New contract for controversial Region 6 bulldozer

first_img– RDC concerned over REO’s handling of issue– company wants 60% more to supply smaller bulldozerBy Andrew CarmichaelIt would appear that the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has signed a contract for the supply of a bulldozer without the required tendering process.This was the conclusion made after documents were produced when the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) met last Thursday.Initially, the National Tender Board had issued a contract to K and P Project Management to supply a D43 Caterpillar bulldozer to the tune of $14.8 million.The company had received $8 million as an advance to mobilise in June last year, but never delivered the equipment until the end of December. The balance was then paid.Subsequently, it was discovered that the bulldozer did not match the specifications stipulated in the contract.After the issue was made public in January of this year, both the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Kim Williams-Stephen and the Regional Chairman, David Armogan held separate press conferences at which they announced that the contract was null and void, since the contractor did not supply what he was contracted to.However, last Thursday when the RDC met, a letter was produced in which the REO submitted a document stating that the very contractor was now contracted to supply a D3 Angle Blade bulldozer.Under the new arrangement, the contractor has until June 13 to deliver the equipment.The REO had written a letter to Councillor Haseef Yusuf accusing him of misrepresenting the facts.Yusuf is quoted in the press as saying that the regional administration failed to secure a bond when the contract was issued.However, the REO produced documents to indicate that the administration has secured a bond.However, Yusuf revealed the document only proved more corruption coming from the REO. “My letter in the press was published on March 17, 2018. This bond is dated March 14, 2018, so it means that this bond is for a new contract… therefore, this does not cover that bulldozer that is sitting out there. There is no bond for that bulldozer,” the Councillor said.Yusuf had in the past questioned what mechanisms were in place for the administration to get back the almost $15 million of taxpayers’ money that it had paid to K and P Project Management.Meanwhile, Regional Vice Chairman Dennis De Roop, weighing in on the issue, noted that there should have been a bond so that the administration could recoup the $14.8 million.Addressing the issue of the bond under the new contract, he pointed out that the performance guarantee, which has been issued by Caricom General Insurance Company Inc, expired on March 10.Speaking to reporters on the issue, Regional Chairman Armogan said the contractor should not have been paid unless the bulldozer was certified.He said the RDC was now recommending that a manager’s cheque be deposited to serve as a bond if the contractor failed to deliver after receiving some of his money.Meanwhile, in a letter issued by the CEO of K and P Project Management, Terry Thomas, he said the company could only source the specified equipment at a price that is more than 60 per cent of the agreed contracted price.last_img read more

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ECD road expansion to be completed by September

first_imgThe East Coast Demerara road extension project, which has caused much discomfort to drivers and motorists over the past months, due to ongoing works at peak hours, is slated for completion by September.This was the position shared by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson who told Guyana Times that the works are ongoing, positively assuring that it will be completed within the stipulated time frame.For now, he estimates that some 60 per cent of the work is completed and the other 40 per cent will take shape in the coming months.“It is ongoing. We are monitoring the contractors and it is supposed to finish in September of this year. The last I heard in January was that it was around 55 per cent so by now, it should be around 60 [per cent],” said Patterson.Works were scheduled to commence at Cummings Canal on Sheriff Street, including the relocation of water pipes and works along Dennis Street and Durey Lane between Middleton Street and Stone Avenue. There will also be a construction of a detour at Cummings Canal and the stage reconstruction of the bridge at Cummings Canal.Meanwhile, the construction of another Mandela Avenue culvert is scheduled to commence. During the day when works are in progress, persons are asked to take caution when traversing these areas and maintain a speed limit of 20 kilometers per hour at the construction zones.The US$50.2 million East Coast road expansion project has two components. One features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale and the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project, and that agreement was signed in January last year.The project entails a total length of 16.998 kilometres of roads and 33.996 kilometres of drains to be built. Furthermore, the construction of seven bridges, the extension of 12 culverts and a median along with streetlights in the centre of the four lanes are supplementary works. The project commenced under the previous administration.Workers on site during the initial stage of the expansion projectWith the China EXIM Bank 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 People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration had stated that it is saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group.Upon completion of the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion. Apart from the road being expanded, the project includes improved drainage for the East Coast, which is usually susceptible to floods.Meanwhile, India approved a new Line of Credit of US$50 million for the East Bank Demerara – East Coast Road Link Project under the previous PPP Government.last_img read more

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Divided Appeal Court inserts need for “absolute majority” in Article 106 (6)

first_img…PPP to appeal rejection of 33 as majority of 65 to CCJThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition will be moving to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to challenge Friday’s Appeal Court ruling, which stated in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the no-confidence motion brought against the Government last year.The ruling means that the motion was not validly passed, and hence the coalition administration was not toppled as a result of the events that occurred in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018 – when the minority Opposition had secured the crossover vote of former Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud to obtain a 33 majority to pass the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly.Acting ChancellorYonette Cummings-EdwardsGovernment had subsequently asked the House to reverse the passage of the motion, but its Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had declined the request and had advised that the court be approached. As such, Government had gone to the High Court to challenge the validity of the motion, saying that a 34 majority is needed for it to be successfully passed.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018 passage of the no-confidence motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud on Friday dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the state’s appeal. Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65- member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no- confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.On the other hand, the three appellate judges upheld the Chief Justice’s ruling regarding the appeal filed by private citizen Compton Reid on the validity of Charrandas Persaud’s vote, given his dual citizenship status.Justice George had ruled in the High Court that while it is illegal for MPs to be dual citizens, in Charrandas’s case, this did not affect the validity of his vote on the motion; and as such, the Appeal Court judges on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by Reid.Justice Rishi PersaudMeanwhile, both Justices Cummings-Edwards and Rishi Persaud dismissed the state’s appeal regarding the matter involving political commentator Christopher Ram, who had petitioned the court to have Government resigned and President David Granger call elections within 90 days, as stipulated by Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.The High Court had ruled that Cabinet should have resigned upon the passage of the motion.The acting Chancellor said in her ruling that the State’s arguments on the Ram case were “out of hand”, and as such, the decision of the CJ would “suffice”. However, Justice Gregory, in a dissenting decision, posited that because a 34 majority was need to pass the motion in the first place, Ram’s was not entitled to the orders he had sought.Following the three-hour court session on Friday, Attorney Anil Nandlall, who was representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in the proceedings, indicated that the Opposition will be appealing the Appellate Court’s ruling on the 34 majority.“It was always an accepted fact by all sides that the case will go to the Caribbean Court of Justice; and it will go there, because this is an important matter.“Unfortunately, one issue, just a singular issue, has to be determined now. So this is a case that can be heard in a matter of days. This court has accepted everything that the Chief Justice said, except what constitutes a majority; so that is the narrow issue… that is the only ground upon which we will appeal,” he asserted.Nandlall, a former Attorney General, went on to express his disappoint at the rulings, saying that 33 has always been considered the majority in the National Assembly since independence.Justice Dawn Gregory“Belief of ours, supported by reality, has been turned upside down. So whilst we would have won on all the issues of law…we lost on maths; and I never thought this to be a case of maths, I thought it was a case of law. But you heard the judges, they rejected every single submission by the appellants, the Attorney General and Mr. Reid, but upheld that singular argument that 33 is not a majority of 65,” he stated.Nandlall further rejected the claims by the judges in their decisions: that it was accepted by all the counsels that Article 106 (6) required an absolute majority. The former AG contended that there was no mention of the term “absolute” in front of the word “majority” in the article, which is something that was deliberately done by the framers of the Constitution of Guyana.“…If the framers of our Constitution wanted to use the term ‘absolute majority’, they would have used that term; instead, they said “a majority of all [the elected] members of the National Assembly”, and a majority of all the members of the National Assembly when the whole is 65, in my view, continues to be 33,” Nandlall said.Meanwhile, Attorney General Williams told reporters after the ruling that he was pleased with the decision of the court, but could not say whether Government will discontinue its efforts to prepare for General and Regional Elections later this year.President Granger on Wednesday informed Jagdeo via a letter that he will soon announce a date for polls based on the guidelines provided by the Guyana Elections Commission. The elections body has advised the Head of State that it would not be ready to host elections until late November, when a new voters’ list will become available following house-to-house registration.On the other hand, the attorneys representing the other parties have since indicated that they will also be approaching the CCJ to reverse the Appellate Court’s upholding of decisions handed down by the Chief Justice.Senior Counsel Neil Boston, representing Reid, insisted that Charrandas’s vote was not saved, as posited by the judges in their rulings.Attorney-at-law Roysdale Forde, representing Minister of State Joseph Harmon, also held the same view.last_img read more

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Today’s seed will measure weight of Bruins’ last week

first_imgHollins, an enigma much of his career, was the most outstanding player of the Oakland regional. Bozeman’s quiet, calm demeanor served as a reassuring presence, and he played well defensively in the tournament. The current Bruins lack such experience. Afflalo is a third-year starter, but beyond that, the Bruins are sophomore- and freshman-laden. So how does UCLA get past its lack of senior leadership? “Hard work,” Howland said. “It’s basic. It’s fundamental.” Players said poor effort was the primary reason for both losses, though such reasoning never sits well with Howland. If defense is mostly about effort, which Howland says is the case, UCLA surely didn’t put forth a strong effort against Washington and Cal, at least as reflected by statistics. The Huskies outrebounded UCLA by 15. Cal shot 48 percent from the field. For the season, UCLA is holding opponents to 43.3 percent shooting from the field and has outrebounded opponents by nearly three a game. Howland vowed his Bruins would have a hard, intense practice Saturday as he tried to get them to regain the type of focus they had in winning eightstraight conference games leading up to the loss at Washington. How the Bruins can regain their swagger, or whether they can, will be asked again and again until the ball is tipped in the first round. “It’s going to be a long week, a long week about the thoughts that go through the minds of our team, and of those who support us,” Afflalo said. “You hate that.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Still stinging from a surprising first-round exit at the hands of eighth-place California in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament, regular-season league champion UCLA will gather this afternoon at the school’s Morgan Center to watch the selection show with more questions than just how the brackets shake down. “We have some soul-searching to do in terms of what we need to do to get back to playing as well as we were last Thursday,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We won the league championship (March 1), so we’re not that far away from playing good. It’s the really small things that are the difference between winning and losing.” UCLA will learn today whether the NCAA Tournament selection committee will punish one poor week of play or reward four very good months; and at the same time, the Bruins will learn their destination and opponent for the first round. It will be a few more days before UCLA learns something much more vital to its long-term prognosis: If it is mentally strong and mature enough to tune out a bad week, or whether not having a senior on the rosterwill hurt in a tournament in which senior leadership often determines games. center_img Several expert projections still have UCLA as the top seed in the West, meaning the Bruins would open in Sacramento, with the opportunity to play the regional semifinals and final in San Jose. Even if the selection committee penalizes UCLA (26-5) for finishing the season with losses to Washington and Cal and the Bruins fall to a No. 2 seed, they are still expected to be placed in Sacramento, with a chance to go through San Jose on the way to a possible Final Four appearance in Atlanta. However, talk of seeding and potential opponents is a non-issue for the Bruins. What matters is whether they can learn from the adversity and flourish in its aftermath. “I think that will be a reflection of myself,” said Bruins All-American junior guard Arron Afflalo, who scored threepoints and fouled out in the loss to Cal. “I think if I’m mature enough to handle this situation … because there’s no mystery about it, the way I played (against Cal) is the majority of the reason why we lost. I think it will be a reflection on how I bounce back, and I think the other guys will do a great job leading along with me.” During the run to their national title game loss to Florida last season, the Bruins relied heavily on experience. Although Afflalo and Jordan Farmar were the regular-season stars, center Ryan Hollins and wing Cedric Bozeman, both seniors, played big roles on and off the court in the NCAAs. last_img read more

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MAN IS CHARGED WITH BOGDAN MURDER

first_imgMurdered: Bogdan MichalkiewiczA 20-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a popular Polish man found dead in his apartment a year ago.Kryszstof Grezegorski, from 35 Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny, was charged with the murder on May 15 last year of Bogdan Michalkiawicz (41). Michalkiawicz was found dead at his Riverside apartment in Letterkenny. He had been last seen alive two days earlier.His brother Tomasz sat in court today during the hearing, holding a framed picture of him.Detective sergeant Michael Galvin told Letterkenny District Court today that Kryszstof Grezegorski made no reply when he was charged with murder this morning.Judge Paul Kelly remanded the accused man in custody to reappear via video link on June 9 next.Kryszstof Grezegorski leaving court todayMAN IS CHARGED WITH BOGDAN MURDER was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Bogdan MichalkiawiczKryszstof Grezegorskiletterkennymurder chargelast_img read more

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Shaban Lubega: PML Daily Premier League team of the Week 10

first_imgBerkley scored one and assisted two more as Chelsea defeated Burnely 4-0 on SundayArsenal’s 11 match winning streak in all competitions can to an end over the weekend as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace. Chelsea and Liverpool continued with their unbeaten start to the league campaign thanks to 3-0 and 4-1 victories over Burnely and Cardiff City respectively. At Old Trafford, Manchester United powered their way onto a fifth league win of the season as Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Everton 2-1.Elsewhere, only Brighton in the bottom half managed a league victory on match-day 10 thanks to a 1-0 defeat of Wolves while Watford and Bournemouth also helped themselves to three points over Huddersfield and Fulham respectively.Here are the 11 players that stood out for me in game week nine.GK. Lukas Fabianski (West Ham United).Playing for over 50 minutes with 10 men, West Ham was always going to be on the back foot against a more than potent in attack Leicester City side on Saturday evening. They had to rely on shot-stopper Lukas Fabianski if they were to get anything out of the game and boy, how the Polish international helped their cause.Fabianski made seven saves as his side grinned out a point at the King Power, more than enough to convince me to slot him in between the sticks in my team of the week.RB. Bruno Saltor (Brighton and Hove Albion).The Bright and Hove Albion Captain became the oldest player since Jussi Jaaskelainen in 2014 to provide an assist in the league as his side defeated in form Wolves 1-0 on Saturday.Aside from the assist to Glenn Murrey for the winner, the 38 year old was magnificent at right-back as his Brighton side helped themselves to a third consecutive victory and clean sheet of the season.CB. Fabian Balbuena (West Ham United).Yes the ball deflected off his back for Leicester’s equalizer but Balbuena who has instantly hit the ground running in the Premier League stood out of the fold at the King Power on Saturday.Solid and composed at the back all day and also managed to score his first goal in a Hammer’s shirt to put his side 1-0 up in the first half. He made 15 clearances against Leicester City, the most by any player over the weekend.CB. David Liuz (Chelsea).After a frustrating season last, Luiz is playing arguably the best football of his career under new manager Maurizio Sarri this season. He was solid all day against Burnely as he stood firm and layed the foundation for his sides’s 4-0 victory.his partnership with Antonio Rudigar promises to take Chelsea places this season.LB. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).Xhaka conceded the second penalty that resulted into Palace’s second goal but his perfomance at left-back was ok provided that he is a Central-Midfielder inside-out .Scored arguebly the best goal of the weekend via a stunning free-kick and also delivered the corner from which Arsenal scored their second in the 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.MF. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).The Palace Captain converted two penalties as his side fought to a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal on Sunday.Palace has been struggling to score goals lately and coupled by Milivojevic’s penalty miss last week, that all tells you how vital the Australian’s two were for him and his side.MF. Ross Berkley (Chelsea).A goal and two assists for the Englishman as his Chelsea side brushed-aside Burnely 4-0 this past weekend.On a day that the Blues were missing their star player-Edin Hazard, it was Berkley who took over and ran the show proper, ensuring that Chelsea stay just two points off top spot.MF. Roberto Pereira (Watford).Pereira scored a wonderful goal as Watford defeated huddersfield Town 3-0 on Saturday. His solo run baffling half the Huddersfield team, and a creative inspiration for the in-form Hornets.FW. Anthony Martial (Manchester United).Tormented Everton, winning a penalty, scoring a stunning curling goal and playing as well as he has at any point in his United career.Martial now looks like the player he promised to become when he made the lucrative move from Monaco four years ago.FW. Muhammad Salah (Liverpool).Scored one goal and helped set up two more in the 4-1 defeat of Cardiff. As the Reds prepare for a mouth-watering fixture away to Arsenal next weekend, is it proper to say that Liverpool’s Egyptian king is back in form?FW. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).A well-taken brace against Fulham showed his considerable threat and took his tally to six league goals for the season.Comments Tags: premier league team of the weektoplast_img read more

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Akal Takht jathedar resigns

first_imgGiani Gurbachan Singh, jathedar of the highest Sikh temporal seat, the Akal Takht, has tendered his resignation from the post on health grounds. Mr. Singh has forwarded his resignation to SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal.last_img

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Asian Games: Indian women’s team wins 25m pistol bronze

first_imgAnisa Sayyed, Rahi Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu during the medal ceremony in Incheon. Photo: PTI.The Indian women’s team won the bronze medal in the 25 metre pistol shooting event of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon on Monday.The Indian team comprising Rahi Sarnobat (580), Anisa Sayyed (577) and Heena Sidhu (572) shot a total of 1,729 to claim the bronze medal. Rahi was the only Indian to qualify for the semi-final of the individual event.The team gold went to the South Korean team of Kim Jangmi (584), Kwak Junghye (583) and Lee Jungeun (581) with an accumulated score of 1,748. China got the silver after the trio of Zhang Jingjing (591), Chen Ying (580) and Zhou Qingyuan (576) shot a total of 1,747.The bronze was India’s fifth medal from the Asian Games and fourth from the shooting range. Jitu Rai won the gold medal in the 50m pistol event and led the 10m air pistol team to a bronze. Shweta Chaudhry also won the bronze medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A10 rumoured to be company’s first with in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgYou may be aware by now that Samsung is going with a new strategy wherein it introduces new technologies to its mid-range Galaxy A line instead of its flagship Galaxy S line. The Galaxy A7 (2018) was the company’s first to come with a triple rear camera system, following which we had the Galaxy A9 (2018), which was the world’s first quad-camera smartphone. It now seems that the Galaxy A10 (2019) will be the company’s first smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor.This latest rumour comes via a Chinese tipster, but we urge our readers to take this leak with a fistful of salt. The tipster tweeted very simply, “Galaxy A10, UDFS” where UDFS stands for Under Display Fingerprint Sensor. Now, it is widely expected that the upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship will sport an ulltrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, but its launch will only happen sometime in February. That leaves the whole of January clear for Samsung to bring out the Galaxy A10 (2019).It won’t be surprising considering Samsung just launched the Galaxy A8s a few days ago, which was the company’s first smartphone with an Infinity-O punch-hole display. The Galaxy A10 (2019) will likely be Samsung’s most premium mid-range phone yet, which is why it may just get a 2018 flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Galaxy A8s runs on a Snapdragon 710 chipset, so it makes sense for Samsung to give the A10 a more powerful processor.These are among the first set of rumours about the Galaxy A10, so it is best to be a little skeptical for now. We still have no information about the design or other specifications of the Galaxy A10. Chances are that Samsung go with an Infinity-O display much like it did with the Galaxy A8s. We should know more about the Galaxy A10 in the days to come so do follow this space for more information.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A8s launched: Key specs, features, price and everything else you should knowALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 may get the biggest battery in a Samsung phone yetlast_img read more

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