ECD road expansion project to be completed in 2019

first_imgMotorists and pedestrians using the East Coast Highway will have to wait a bit longer for works being undertaken from Better Hope to be completed as the deadline will extend beyond 2018.Head of the Work Services Group (WSG) Geoffrey Vaughn told the local media that the East Coast Demerara Road Widening and Improvement Project will not be completed at the end of 2018.In addressing the Ministry’s year-end press conference, Vaughn said physical workThe expansion of the public road at Better Hopeon the project commenced on August 29, 2017 and the duration of the project is two years.According to him, the contractor is expected to complete 1.3 kilometers of the roadway up to the base level before the end of December 2017.“Presently the contractors are working on the extension at Better Hope and they are at the stage of the sub base because foreign objects and the sub base itself have been removed and replaced and we will be moving to the other cases of the structure,” he explained.It was also noted that relocation of Guyana Water Incorporated utilities is 30 per cent completed, while the heightening and construction of drains are ongoing, with 720 meters already completed.The WSG coordinator said it is projected that the project will be 75 percent completed before the end of 2018, but will most likely roll over to 2019 when it will be fully completed.The contract for this project was awarded to China Railway International. The project entails a four-lane extension from Better Hope to Annandale, and two-lane upgrade from Annandale to Belfield with a total length of 16,998 kilometres of roads and 33,996 kilometres of drains to be built.Apart from the road expansion, the residents are also going to benefit from the project, which included improved drainage since the East Coast is usually susceptible to flooding.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to finance the road expansion project, but the funding was not readily available; hence, the Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works and use the funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included the widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project was divided into seven lots which were awarded to different contractors.Lot one was initially awarded to Falcon Transportation and Construction Services; however, the contract was terminated by the Public Works Ministry in 2012 and awarded last year to Dipcon Engineering Services, which is also tasked with works on Lot Two. The two lots, which covered from Better Hope to La Bonne Intention (LBI), were joined into one.Dipcon also worked on Lot Five (Triumph to Mon Repos). Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited worked on Lot Three, covering LBI and Beterverwagting. Preliminary works on Lot Four (Beterverwagting to Triumph) were done by Compustruct Engineering Inc.Lot Six covers Mon Repos to De Endragt and was awarded to Colin Talbot Contracting Services. This construction company also handled works on Lot Seven (De Endragt to Good Hope).With the China Eximbank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million. The PPP/C Administration had stated that it was saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group.Meanwhile, speaking about the East Bank-East Coast Road Linkage Project, Vaughn said it was awarded to an Indian company called RITES, with a design and preparation expected to be completed before the end of December 2018.He said, “We have sent the draft contract to India. They have responded to us yesterday (Wednesday) agreeing to the draft contract. So we should have that draft contract signed onto and works being executed. The cost for that would have been US$1.3 million.India has approved a new Line of Credit of US$50 million for the East Bank Demerara – East Coast Road Link Project under the previous People’s Progressive Party Government.A credit line was extended by India in 2004 with the construction of the Guyana National Stadium and solar traffic lights in Georgetown, some of the projects to benefit.last_img read more

South Africa pushes solar geysers

first_imgPeters said the continent lagged behind in implementation of solar water heating mainly due to the high costs involved. According to Peters, a typical residential solar water heating system reduces the need for conventional water heating by about two-fifths. “Investments in renewable energy in Africa remain a challenge,” she said, adding however, that she was confident that the five-year target would be met. Speaking at the Solar Water Heating Conference in Johannesburg last week, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said South Africa and the rest of the continent had long under-exploited the power of the sun. She said that South Africa had in the past relied heavily on coal and oil, which used to come cheaply, and as a result other energy forms were not explored. “We are now in a situation where tough choices have to be made regarding our energy,” Peters said. The South African government has introduced a draft framework aimed at ensuring the installation of a million solar-powered geysers in households and commercial buildings in South Africa over the next five years. 9 November 2009 While renewable energy was more expensive, Peters said that the government had made big strides in developing Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs (Refit) to incentivise the industry. She said renewable energy technologies would help to mitigate climate change, and could also help create up to 100 000 new jobs in the country. “I think the target is easily achievable. We want to save people money.” State power company Eskom has also offered incentives to pursuade households to turn to solar power. Solar water heating SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tim Derickson new ODA assistant director

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David T. Daniels has appointed former State Representative Tim Derickson as the department’s assistant director. Derickson most recently served as executive director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. One of his many accomplishments in the legislature was sponsorship of HB 89 in March 2011 that established Ohio Agriculture Week, an annual week of recognition dedicated to the state’s largest industry.“Tim Derickson will be a perfect addition to our team at ODA,” Daniels said. “His farming background coupled with hisTim Dericksonlegislative and executive experience will help our agency and its dedicated employees serve the people of Ohio by responsibly carrying out ODA’s mission of responsible regulation that allows Ohio’s farmers and food processers to grow and prosper.”Growing up, Derickson worked full-time on his family’s dairy farm in Hanover Township, Butler County, while attending Talawanda High School, Clark State Community College and Miami University. A successful entrepreneur, he managed employer health plans including the Butler County health insurance plan. He and his family later founded Colonial Woods, followed by the development of Indian Ridge Golf Club on the family farm. From 2009 to 2016, Derickson served Butler County’s 53rd District as state representative.“Farming and agriculture is my heritage and remains my passion,” Derickson said. “I have great respect for agriculture and food processing and the thousands of people who make a significant impact to the state. This industry employs one in seven Ohioans and frankly, it affects everyone. I look forward to being part of a team that promotes the industry, protects consumers, promotes environmental stewardship and monitors plant and animal health, among many important duties.”As assistant director, Derickson will oversee ODA’s daily operations, including management of more than 450 employees and more than 15 divisions and offices.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal ‘Yes, I Missed Out But It’s Worth It!’

first_imgSaina Nehwal, the newest entrant in the celebrity cult of Indian sports, is humble, straight-forward, polite, and a no-fuss person; she enjoys her popular status but wears it lightly. ‘I heard somewhere that a couple named their daughter after me! This fan following feels awesome. I feel proud that I have made badminton so popular in India. But I want more,’ she says. Even when you enter her home, you don’t see any trace of a “celebrity”. The living room and the dining space are done up modestly, and her bedroom is almost bare, no shine here. Saina laughs, ‘I grew up very modestly. We only live with what’s necessary. I don’t want to make my room chaotic with things I don’t need.’ And then you spot the cabinet with all the golds, the silvers and the bronzes in it, and you know where the shine lies. ‘These medals have become her identity,’ says Saina’s father, Dr Harvir Singh, a scientist.When we met Saina, she was straining to recover from a leg injury she had sustained while working out on the treadmill. ‘I have missed a few matches because of this. I am really hoping that it heals in time for the championship coming up in London. I get angry at myself if I get injured. I feel irresponsible if I miss matches because I wasn’t being too careful. There’s no room for imperfections if you want to be the world champion.’ No surprise that ambition and determination run side by side in the champ. Saina is quite the pampered one at home – ‘I am the younger of the two siblings, so I was spoilt from the beginning, not just by my parents but by my sister too. She is married now, but when she visits us, I have her make aloo parathas specially – it’s not allowed in my diet otherwise.’Making of a championCurrently amongst the world top five in badminton (and the first Indian woman to have reached so high), Saina, says her father, ‘is obsessive about the game.’ He adds, ‘Saina isn’t the most gifted player, but she has worked hard for every tournament that she has won. She got opportunities and she explored them, and she was patient.’ Candid assessment from a parent of so talented a child. But Saina’s parents have always been this way. While encouraging her in every way, they did not build up a halo around her, and kept her grounded. Saina started playing badminton at the age of eight, in 1998, when her father moved from Hissar, Haryana, where she was born, to Hyderabad, for work. ‘I had no friends here and so Dad said, “Why don’t you join badminton?” So, I started playing with him and my Mom.’Saina’s talent was first spotted a couple of months later at a badminton camp. ‘She was an instant hit at the camp. The coaches saw a lot of potential in her and encouraged me to bring her to the camp regularly. When I saw her compete with other children, I knew my daughter could make the big league – maybe part of it was her good strokes, and part of it wishful thinking on my part, but I was ready to struggle with her!’ says Dr Singh.The training camp was 25km away. Father and daughter would take off on their scooter at dawn to be there on time at 6am every day. ‘The camp used to last for two hours. Then I used to rush her to the school, where she’d mostly be late, and the prayers would have begun. I would go on to my office. Work was again followed by badminton coaching in the evening closer to home, then both of us would come back, have dinner and just fall off to sleep, only to follow this same schedule the next day. Her mother, in the meanwhile, would make sure that both of us were eating right and staying fit. This routine was our foundation and inspiration.’Racing Ahead With The GameChampionships followed – first at the district and state level – and then at national level. Dr Singh, looking back at the decade of the “making of Saina Nehwal”, says, ‘These victories were mentioned in newspapers. When she had just started playing, I had shared my dream of making her a national champ with my relatives and they had laughed at me. Some of the senior family members had said, “Ladka bawla ho gaya hai.” Soon, I had paper clippings to prove that I was serious. I remember, one of her tournaments was held in Tirupati, which she won. I had taken her to the Balaji temple there and prayed for strength, to be able to do all that it took to make her a good player.’Saina, talking about her career, and her inspiration, says, ‘I learnt from my parents. I started playing the game at an age when I was very impressionable. Seeing them work so hard for me made me go the extra mile at every camp and tournament. I learnt that you have to sacrifice a lot, if you want to win. I missed a lot of things in my childhood – friends, going out for picnics, idle Sundays, cartoons, but then the trophies I got made up for it!’ Clearly driven from childhood, Saina is not one to brood over missing the joys of her growing up years!Even today, Saina says that she doesn’t have many friends, besides the ones from the fraternity who she plays with – ‘and even with them, you really can’t be friends, as there’s always an element of rivalry and jealousy.’ So, who does she turn to for advice? ‘I share my emotions with Mom. When I am losing it because I am nervous, or getting depressed when things are not going my way, I speak to her. We play video games and go for movies together when I have time. She is an inspirational person. She was a badminton player too, so we discuss the game, and she gives me tips on how to play an opponent.’ Saina’s mother, Usha Nehwal, was a state-level badminton player from Haryana. Dr Nehwal says that Saina has been influenced by her mother in her strokes. ‘Usha has a good wrist and she can look at a player’s movements and tell you how they play, their moves. She used to stop Saina during the games to tell her if she was playing right or not,’ he says.Saina says that her inspiration to play came from her father, but her inspiration to always win, or lose in the right way, came from her mother. ‘I lost an under-10 nationals and Mom got really angry. She had seen me play and thought I hadn’t given it my all. That is when she told me that I should leave fear in the green room when I come out to play. When you have got to perform, you cannot let your opponent overwhelm you. At the same time, you have to be careful of how your opponent is behaving and playing. It’s a mind game as much as it is physical.’Good Pressure vs Bad PressureSaina’s prodigious success story does lead to some questions. How much pressure is good pressure for your child? And how do you take care that your child doesn’t snap under the need to perform? Dr Singh says, ‘When Saina began playing, we didn’t tell her that she had to bring home a medal. We just told her that if she played with complete dedication and gave the game her all, she stood a good chance of winning. She stood 2nd in her first tournament – she was happy, but also let down that she hadn’t gotten the 1st place. Then she strived for that from the next match.’ Adds Saina, ‘Since my parents knew that I enjoyed playing badminton, they didn’t pressurise me to be the topper in my class. They let me concentrate on my game, as long as I passed my exams.’ That said, Saina says that much is made out of the pressure that parents put on their children to perform. ‘I am all for tough conditioning – we live in a tough world too, and the competition is great! Of course, parents shouldn’t push their child towards something that they don’t have the aptitude for, but if a child has some talent, then the parents should definitely hone it. I will bring up my children in exactly the same way as my parents brought me up.’Dr Nehwal points out, ‘Saina is a very simple and ordinary girl. Her attitude, her thoughts, her approach to life, her body language – everything is “normal”. She just has determined parents who wanted to work hard with her. Don’t force your child but whatever opportunity she gets, let her explore it. There’s time, patience and money involved – but you have to afford it. Children need to be given a chance, yes, but they also need parents who pay attention.’Living With The StarsSaina’s fans are not just limited to young badminton players and parents wanting to name their daughters after her. She has formed a mutual admiration club with Aamir Khan! ‘He messages me when I am going to play an important match. I got to know him during the Padma Shri awards. He knew me and told me that he also plays badminton, and is good at it, but not as good as me. Then he invited me to Mumbai to play with him some time. We have not been able to make time for it as yet, but some day we will.’ Even though I know the answer, I still ask her who her favourite Bollywood celebrity is. ‘Of course, Aamir Khan. He is an icon. For me, he has changed the face of Indian cinema,’ she says. Wherever there is celebrity status, there are endorsements, ads, and movies! Saina is the face of several leading brands today. ‘Endorsements are fun, but I got these deals only because I brought home those medals. My manager takes care of all such deals and keeps the ads in control.’Saina admits that she was offered a movie ‘or something’ recently – ‘but I am not even sure what exactly it was!’ Ask her to elaborate further, and she explains, ‘She (her manager) didn’t even let me know about the offer till much later when she had already said “no” on my behalf. She is concerned about my game and ensures that I do it only when I am not playing. I know the importance of the media – it’s a circle, when you become popular, people want to cover you. The more you are covered, the more popular you become it’s also good money.’Going ForwardSania has a single aim right now: The Olympic Gold. ‘I am not going to settle for less. I know I can do it, if I set my mind to it.’ But she does have some plans for beyond – ‘I am also looking at helping prepare more children for international badminton events. There is a lack of facilities, but there’s also a lack of will. I want more and more Indian women to pick up the racket.’ Her father, referring to the Asian Games, where Saina lost in the quarterfinals, says, ‘That quarterfinal had four women from the same region. If we had more Indian women playing, then even if Saina lost, another Indian would have picked the trophy. Our aim is to be able to fund talented children who can bring home more trophies.’ The going’s good for Saina – ‘some people work well when they know that great things are expected of them. Saina is amongst those people,’ says her father. The champion adds to this: ‘I know that the eyes of the entire nation will be on me when I get to London in 2012. My only wish is that I don’t let them down.’ Amen to that!advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

TCI with Seven top resorts says Condé NastTraveler

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Parrot Cay – Condé Nast, one of the world’s leading travel magazine publications has named its Top 20 resorts in the Atlantic and seven of the spots belong to the Turks and Caicos. Como Parrot Cay tops the Turks and Caicos properties on the list at number 4. West Bay Club at No. 7, Gansevoort is at No. 8, Grace Bay Club is 11th on the list; The Palms is 12th; Seven Stars comes in at No. 15 and at No. 18 is Amanyara on the favorites list of the Reader’s Choice Awards.#MagneticMediaNews#Top7Resorts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Shutdown looms as President pushes the border wall

first_img Allen Denton, Allen Denton 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Congress faces a December 7th deadline to fund part of it’s government or we could see a partial shutdown.KUSI’s Allen Denton has more on the story. November 28, 2018 Posted: November 28, 2018 Shutdown looms as President pushes the border wall Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Office Manager at KA ExpressFull-Time Account Sales Manager at Red BullFull-Time Client Partner Mobile Solutions at VerizonFull-Time Maintenance Technician at DSMFull-Time Accounts Receivable Representative at ViantPart-Time Show Room Assistant at Brooks BargainFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time Inside Sales Support at Altro(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Trump fears Mueller interview could be a perjury trap

first_imgUS president Donald Trump answers a reporter`s question as eight different phones and recording devices placed on his desk by reporters and White House staff members record his words during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, 20 August 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump said on Monday he was worried that any statements under oath he provides to Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be used to bring perjury charges against him as part of the probe into Russia’s electoral interference.In an interview with Reuters, Trump echoed the concerns of his top lawyer in the probe, Rudy Giuliani, who has warned that any sit-down with Mueller could be a “perjury trap.”The president expressed fears that investigators could compare his statements with that of others who have testified in the probe, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and that any discrepancies could be used against him.“Even if I am telling the truth, that makes me a liar,” Trump said. “That’s no good.”Despite his concerns, Trump did not comment on whether he would ultimately agree to an interview with Mueller, who is, among other things, investigating whether Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russians during the 2016 election and whether Trump has obstructed justice in the probe.Trump also declined to say whether he might strip Mueller of his security clearance, as he did last week to former CIA Director John Brennan, who had repeatedly criticized Trump’s handling of foreign policy and national security issues.Russia has denied interfering in the 2016 US election and Trump has denied any collusion took place.last_img

Wests Wild words Stir Again Kanye Calls Slavery A Choice

first_img Share flickrKanye WestBefore the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on “TMZ Live” after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”Others put it more briefly.“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”last_img read more