Dear Editor,The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) is presently executing road works in Berbice at a cost that is unknown to the public. The works being executed are of a very poor standard, especially on the East Bank Berbice and New Amsterdam roads.What is shocking is that Strand (Water Street) in Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, completed a few weeks ago, is rapidly deteriorating. This definitely shows that the standard of work being done by the MPI Works Services Group is substandard.The coalition Government and Minister Patterson should ensure that taxpayers’ money is being spent properly. Because of the huge amount of corruption within this group and the MPI, taxpayers will not get value for money.The sad thing about this APNU/AFC Coalition Government is that whenever any issue is being highlighted, they use the Department of Public Information, the NCN and other agencies to try and cover up the issues; for example, the Ophthalmology Hospitals’ issue.The President should launch an investigation into this specific Minister and Ministry, to unfold the corruption.Sincerely,Zamal Hussain
The second suspect in the attempted robbery at North Ruimveldt who received a sound thrashing from residents was on Wednesday slapped with two charges and taken before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Collis Amos, 21, pleaded not guilty to the first charge which stated that on August 17, 2016, he attempted to commit a felony, that is to say robbery under arms on Roger Lovell.Suspected bandit: Collis AmosSuspected bandit: Patrick GoodluckHe also denied the second charge which read that on the same day he had in his possession one .9mm pistol while not being a licensed firearm holder.Police Prosecutor Kerry Bostwick objected to bail, citing the severity of the offence and pointing out that a gun was used in attempted robbery. The Prosecutor also informed the court that the defendant was positively identified by the Virtual Complainant (VC).On Monday, Amos’ alleged accomplice Patrick Goodluck, 22, of Lot T-72 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was charged for the offence.Reports are Lovell was watching television when the defendants broke in to the house and demanded his gold chain and motorcycle.However, an alarm was raised and the defendants were apprehended and dealt a severe thrashing by public-spirited persons.Amos, like Goodluck, was remanded to prison. The case will continue on September 6.
…Parika-Goshen road to be rehabilitatedWith sea defence works ongoing along various sections in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the Public Infrastructure Ministry has announced that contracts have also been awarded for works on the islands of Leguan and Wakenaam.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMaking this revelation earlier this week, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson noted that, with those plans for the latter part of this year, 1.2 km of road works at Windsor Forest, Waller’s Delight and Ruimzeight have already been completed.“We look forward to have this momentum going throughout this year. We’ve also awarded contracts for sea defences in Leguan and Wakenaam. We have sea defence work structures to be done in Uitvlugt, Leonora, Den Amstel, and rehabilitation of sluices along the West Coast of Demerara. All works are slated for completion this year. In fact, as of today, sea defence works remain ongoing in De Willem,” he said.He noted that while those projects are ongoing, rehabilitation and other projects will be slated for next year. Meanwhile, emergency works along the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) have been approved by Cabinet after ruptures had been caused during the high tide in March.During an interview with Guyana Times a few weeks ago, Chief Sea and River Defence Officer Kevin Samad had indicated that four projects would be tendered, but evaluations were still ongoing at that time. However, he posited that the projects are expected to begin at the end of the month.Three of the projects will see the construction of rip-rap structures at Leonora, Uitvlugt and Den Amstel, while the fourth involves rehabilitation of several drainage structures.“We’ve had a temporary intervention which would entail placing some rocks for the critical section at Uitvlugt. The current status is that we went ahead with four projects on the West Coast for rip-rap works at Leonora, behind the hospital; Uitvlugt; the Den Amstel area; some other areas along the coast; at Windsor Forest and Blankenburg, where we have the sluices and drainage structures,” Samad noted.Samad also highlighted that the unit is pushing to commence the works at the earliest, and as such, the works would commence before the next spring tide, during October/November.“It depends on the contractors that are successful with the necessary resources required; and at this point, I wouldn’t be able to say which contractor will be going first. But with our timeline, we would want all the contractors to mobilise at least by July month-end to August, before we have our next high tide in October-November,” Samad explained.Meanwhile, consultations for other works will be facilitated later this month by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which will focus on the upgrade of the Parika Stelling. This project is expected to last for approximately six to eight months.“On July 27, 2018, the CDB will be (conducting) studies for the upgrade of the Parika Stelling; and we do anticipate that those studies will take approximately six to eight months, and we can actually hope that we can have some work commencing in 2019,” he added.Minister Patterson indicated that the much-awaited feasibility study was also completed for the Parika/Goshen Road, and the ministry is seeking to complete the project via a public-private partnership.“The feasibility for the Parika/Goshen Road has been completed, except one element; and we do anticipate that we will be going out with a request for a public-private partnership to ensure that that road be commenced and completed as well,” Minister Patterson has said.
Farmers Market AppThe Telecommunications Ministry, through its Farmers Market App, is searching for persons with any type of vehicle, suitable for transporting goods, to express their interest in providing this service.In a notice published in Guyana Times on Friday, the Ministry reminded that transportation services will be needed to supply both local and international markets with fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, seafood and even meats among other things.As such, owners of aeroplanes, canters, refrigerated trucks, vans, or boats, heavy-duty cargo trucks, barges and tugs are needed to transport the items.The app was launched on Tuesday to help farmers buy and sell produce.Farmers will, however, have to be certified by the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) by proving their goods are of an exceptional standard.A representative from the Agriculture Ministry explained that the farm certification means that the Agriculture Ministry, or NAREI, in particular, is providing the assurance that the produce being exported or traded are of the highest quality.This assurance also extends to the fact that the products would have passed through a certification programme that ensures that it is free from pests and diseases.The representative explained that the Agriculture Ministry’s NAREI branch will be responsible for visiting farmers and advising them to ensure they meet the requirements for certification.The Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, pointed out the importance of the app, as she highlighted that some parts of the world are still struggling to produce their own food.Further, she pointed out that the app will help farmers to properly choose a crop to plant based on the demands of the public, rather than planting on presumptions.This will reduce the occurrence of spoilage and more importantly, revenue loss.Hughes had urged farmers to collaborate with each other on the initiative to supply the international market if their produce does not reach the required amount requested.The new app, which is being welcomed by farmers and potential agriculturalists, was developed by 2017’s winner of the Ministry’s Hackathon, Innovative Systems.
0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty saw off a Juventus comeback and put Real Madrid into the last four of the Champions LeagueLONDON, United Kingdom, July 5 – Real Madrid are considering an offer of about Sh11.7bn (£88m) from Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo.The 33-year-old Portugal forward is Real’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals. However his age, and Real’s need to reshape a squad that finished 17 points behind La Liga champions Barcelona last season, has encouraged the Italian champions to make their move.Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League title with Madrid in May.Since that victory over Liverpool in Kiev, Real boss Zinedine Zidane has left the club and been replaced by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future has been the subject of intense debate over the past few years, and his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez has also been questioned.Any move would eclipse Juventus’ record transfer fee of Sh10.5bn (£79m), which they paid for Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain in 2016.It would also be more than the Sh10.6bn (£80m) Real paid Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009.Time for a change of guard at the Bernabeu?Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s unhappiness at Real Madrid have become an all-too-predictable annual occurrence, and in the past they have always resulted in the Portuguese having his ego stroked, his pay packet boosted and the problem solved.So when Ronaldo once again revealed his disenchantment with the club in the immediate aftermath of the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, at first nobody took him seriously.But this is starting to look a little bit different, and there’s a growing sense within Spain that this might actually be the summer when Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid.That suspicion has arisen partly because the club has not done too much – publicly, at least – to fight to keep him, fuelling speculation that all-powerful president Florentino Perez believes this is the right time to cash in.If Real can command a fee of 100m euros from Juventus, Perez could well see that as great business for a player who will be 34 by the end of next season.Lurking in the background is the figure of Neymar. For a long time it has appeared to be just a matter of time before the flamboyant Brazilian ends his Parisian sojourn and moves to Madrid, where his combination of prodigious footballing talent and enormous marketing power would make him a perfect signing.If Neymar does come this summer, it’s hard to see how both his and Ronaldo’s egos could coexist happily on the pitch or in the dressing room, and the older man would need to make way.Even if Neymar isn’t captured, Perez is also a big admirer of another PSG star, Kylian Mbappe, whose eye-catching World Cup performances have made him an even more appealing prospect.All things considered, it could well be time for a changing of the guard at the Bernabeu.‘Wages are the issue’It’s his wages which are the big problem because they are four times what Higuain, their current highest earner, is being paid.Juventus are interested, they have been talking to his agent, but it looks like this will be a very difficult transfer to pull off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Four members of a family were in critical condition today after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning because of a faulty wall furnace, authorities said. A 36-year-old woman, a 37-year-old man and two children suffered carbon monoxide poisoning after using the heater overnight for the first time at the Water Village Apartment Complex at 12255 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood, a Los Angeles city fire captain said. The four were taken to a hospital just after 3 a.m., officials said. A Gas Company crew was sent to the scene.
Donegal North-East Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh is inviting constituents whose business or finances are affected by NAMA to meet him for discussions about a set of proposals that he is currently developing regarding NAMA’s impact on the national economy.Speaking to Donegaldaily.com, Deputy McHugh said: “I am currently working on a set of proposals regarding NAMA and its impact on the national economy.“The so-called National Assets Management Agency has been in operation in our country since late 2009, and it controls assets with an estimated book value of €88billion. “It is a very significant player in the Irish economy, and the role that it plays in our economy needs close analysis.“I invite constituents whose businesses or personal finances are being affected by NAMA to contact me for discussions about issues relevant to NAMA.“I am available at email@example.com or at my office on Lower Main Street, Letterkenny (tel: 074 91 64787)”.NAMA and greedy bankers have devastated dozens of businesses in the county. TD BID TO HELP BUSINESSES HIT BY NAMA was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:joe mchugh tdNAMA
ON YER BIKE! AN POST DUNGLOE TO LETTERKENNY CHARITY CYCLE – IN PICTURES! was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Minister of State John Perry is under fire after an announcement at Sligo General Hospital today.Mr Perry admitted that his promise during the General Election to restore full breast cancer services to Sligo for the women of the county and south Donegal was ‘incredibly difficult’ to deliver.He did announce that mammography services would be restored to Sligo in October for women who require follow-up services. Furious campaigners for the restoration of full breast cancer services described Minister Perry’s announcement as a whitewash, with some calling for his resignation.They said they had voted for Mr Perry on the basis of his promise to restore cancer services and he had reneged on that.Cancer campaigner Deirdre O’Sullivan fumed: “We destroyed Fianna Fáil for you John Perry.”She said people she had asked to vote for Fine Gael had taken his promises in good faith, but she added: “I am so so angry today, so mad about this promise being broken.” The announcement means hundreds of Donegal women will continue to travel to Galway for treatment.ANGRY SCENES AS MINISTER ANNOUNCES ‘WHITEWASH’ CANCER SERVICES FOR SLIGO was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breast cancer servicessligo general
TUI Vice-President and teacher with Donegal ETB, Joanne Irwin said teachers will always give their full support to positive change that guarantees improvement.Joanne IrwinShe was speaking as teachers from Donegal joined colleagues around the country in taking part in a one day’s strike today in protest over significant aspects of the Framework for Junior Cycle proposals.The strike was organised by second level teacher unions TUI and ASTI. Ms Irwin said “We agree that portfolio and practical work are vital elements of a modern assessment system. Indeed, many subjects already contain such elements, but these are assessed externally.“However, we are gravely concerned by the potential for damage posed by the new Junior Cycle proposals’. Joanne Irwin has attended all meetings with the Minister for Education and Skills since September and has stated that the teacher unions have achieved significant improvements from the original proposals envisaged under the previous Minister.“Despite being reduced from 100% to 40% of the total marks in the Minister’s latest proposals, we believe that the introduction of school-based assessment for certification purposes would compromise the credibility and transparency of the examinations process. As practicing educators, we also believe that it would significantly change the relationship between teacher and student.“In addition to this, schools continue to struggle in the wake of six years of austerity cutbacks. Teachers have serious concerns about the capacity to deal with the magnitude of change that the implementation of the proposals would involve. None of these cutbacks were reversed in last month’s Budget, and the Department of Education and Skills refused to engage in any discussion of resourcing in the most recent negotiations with TUI and ASTI. “There is also strong opposition to an increased bureaucratic workload that would deflect teachers from their core teaching role and a lack of clarity in terms of the number of assessment elements proposed. Too many assessment elements overlapping will increase rather than decrease the pressure on students. Our principal teachers will also experience a significant increase in administrative workload. Despite these serious concerns, the Department of Education and Skills refused to engage in any discussion of resourcing, including time, in the most recent negotiations with TUI and ASTI.“Today, we are sending a clear message about our concerns over education standards, fairness, quality and the need for resources and time to accommodate major change.’“The OECD’s Government at a Glance 2013 report shows that out of 34 countries surveyed, Ireland enjoys the highest level of public satisfaction with the education system and schools – 82% compared to the OECD average of 66%. These findings are echoed by the Chief Inspector’s Report 2010-12 (published in November 2013) which shows that 87% of parents are happy with the teaching standards in second level schools. Teachers do not want to put this high level of public trust at risk.” DONEGAL TEACHERS WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT POSITIVE CHANGE – TUI VICE-PRESIDENT was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JOANNE IRWINstriketeachersTUI