4 Regions to benefit from US$30.9M sea defence project

first_imgSome 20 communities in four Administrative Regions have been identified for works to be done on sea andCDB Portfolio Manager William Ashbyriver defence via a third loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).The CDB made the announcement when it launched the US$30.9 million Sea and River Defence Resilience Project, in collaboration with the Government, on Wednesday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.Attending the launch were representatives of the CDB, Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, and the Finance Ministry’s Finance Secretary, Hector Butts.Giving an overview of the project, Minister Patterson explained that it covered the rehabilitation of some six kilometres of sea defence in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).He said, however, that these four Regions’ combined six km of sea defence work represents a mere two per cent of the foreshores that have to be protected countrywide.“So for $30 million, we are only looking into six km of sea defence. If one were to take into account the entire country, it would amount to some 425km.” He said this project was important to Guyana.According to Patterson, Guyana’s sea and river defence form part of an integrated system which plays a vital role in the protection of people, assets and environment on the coastal belt. This system contributes to sustainable and economic growth and future socioeconomic development opportunities through the minimisation of and the prevention of flooding and river and sea water infusion into the low-lying coastal region.“To this end, the sea and river defence sector policy was developed and updated last year to better reflect an integrated approach to the delivering of sustainable sea defence along the coast. This improved integration of the many overlapping multisectoral functions and aspects of coastal zone management will aid in efficient and effective flood risks preparation, planning and implementation, while fostering better harmonisation and other relevant national initiatives,” Patterson relayed.At the end of 2013, the CDB had approved long-term loans totalling about US$255 million to Guyana. This figure will increase with the addition of the current loan. The first sea defence project was approved in 2002 at a cost of $1.8 billion. That catered for 2.1 km of sea defence in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). In 2006, the second loan of 1.9 billion was approved covering a total of 2.4km. This third loan, he said, has several components.“It will focus on flood protection infrastructure and will focus on civil works and upgrading of 5.6 km of sea and river defence. The project sites are located in 20 communities between Region Two, Three, Four, Six along with the coastline and Demerara and Essequibo,” Patterson noted.In his remarks, CDB Portfolio Manager William Ashby said Guyana remained well-known for its rich and natural environment; however, most of its population lived in close proximity to the 430km of coastline, an area threatened by coastal flooding and sea level rise.He said Government had identified the protection of the people and productive land through climate change adaptation measures as a priority.“It has long included efforts to manage the natural sea defence as well as extending and upgrading and maintain the system of sea and river defence infrastructure.”Ashby said the importance of mitigating the impact of flooding on the economy has also been highlighted and improved risk management capabilities identified as essential to the achievement of the country’s developmental objectives.The CDB, he said, has been fortunate to have the opportunity to support Guyana’s work in this sector, through a series of projects which started 25 years ago.“Supporting inclusive and sustainable growth and development is one of the Bank’s main strategic objectives over the 2015-2019 planning period and the promotion and environmental sustainability through climate change resilience, environmental management and disaster risk management are a key corporate priority,” the CDB official said.He added that a key element of the CDB’s climate resilience strategy was providing borrowing member countries with access to concessionary resources to finance climate resilience investments for some of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. Ashby said following its accreditation of a regional implementation facility, the CDB now has better access and more funds to address climate change and help mitigate the impact in borrowing member countries.He said the project would benefit some 45,000 persons in about 9000 households. It will also include a capacity building workshop for Public Infrastructure Ministry staff.last_img read more

Protest at Capitol against Senate Secretary

first_imgMHM Eko- workers protest against US$82,560 unpaid salaryover US$82K Unpaid SalariesThe courtyard of the Capitol Building hosting the members of the First Branch of Government was on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, a scene of chaos when the over 15 workers of the MHM Eko-Liberia staged a ‘peaceful protest’ in demand of their alleged unpaid salary for 15 months AOJIN  US$82,560.The amount, according to some protestors, is owed by the secretary of the Senate Nanborlor Singbeh.Tuesday’s protest is the second in five months against Singbeh.He holds 30 percent of the business in question, while two Czech Republic nationals, Pavel Miloschewsky and Martin Miloschewsky hold 35 percent each as a share of the business.During Tuesday’s protest, the aggrieved employees submitted four separate communications to Vice President and President of the Senate, Jewel Howard-Taylor; Senate Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie, Senator Oscar A. Cooper, and the chairman of the Margibi County’s legislative caucus, Representative Ben Fofana, as they called on them to prevail on Singbeh to pay their ‘just benefits.’The employees, who turned aggrieved, paraded with several posters with inscriptions like: “Singbeh, you are not above the law; pay our benefits.” Other reads,” Singbeh, you are corrupt, enough is enough, pay our 15-months salaries.”When contacted at his capitol building office while the protest was ongoing, Singbeh said his company did not legitimately employ any of the aggrieved workers as they were insinuating.“They were not employees, but casual workers because we want them (at the time) to earn money that they would take to their family,” Singbeh alleges.He also claimed that there was no contractual agreement signed between his company and those who felt that they’re among some ‘aggrieved employees.’“We don’t have any contract document to show that they are employees of my company, so I don’t owe them any salaries or benefits,” Singbeh said.Singbeh said his company was no longer operating, “and so I don’t have any money to pay the daily hired workers.”According to him, his company had only six employees, three of them are security guards, while the rest were caretakers.Singbeh claimed that his company had paid all the six employees and that they did not owe any other employees.But Singbeh did not show any document to that effect when reporters interviewed him on Tuesday.However, document in the Daily’s Observer newspaper’s possession, under the title, “Application for Incentive,” confirmed the employees claim as justified by a letter reportedly Singbeh wrote on February 10, 2015 to George W. Wisner, Executive Director and acting chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC).In that communication, Singbeh informed the NIC that his company has 82 employees, instead of six as it was being rumored.In that letter also, Singbeh said he had 30 unskilled workers; three sites securities; three drivers and 40 skilled workers, as well as a good number of administrative staff.On the issues concerning the salary, Singbeh then informed the NIC that the overall salaries of the unskilled workers were US$15,750. He puts the salaries of the site’s securities and drivers as US$1,350 each, while we paid the skilled workers with US$36,000.In their letter of protest to Vice President Taylor, a copy addressed to the lawmakers, the aggrieved employees added, “Singbeh claimed that we are not employees of the company is a diabolical lie, because his own letter to the NIC named us as employees of MHM Eko-Liberia.”The aggrieved employees’ letter said that they have already sued Singbeh in the Debt Court at the Temple of Justice, whenever, it schedules the case for the hearing, Singbeh’s lawyer will ask for its postponement, because he was not prepared for the trial.“Singbeh feels that he is above the law, so whenever, the court schedules the case for hearing, and we come from Margibi County to hear from the court,” the group spokesperson Francis G. Kerkulah claimed.Kerkulah also said that they agreed with Singbeh in 2013 of which Singbeh agreed for them to work for nine hours and above; and that he was going to pay the employees for overtime work, which has failed to pay to US$82,560.As a result of the Singbeh’s action and many others, the company decided to fold up since last year.Among those who took part in yesterday’s protest was Mrs. Gartee Lorwoe, the widow of the late James Lorwoe, who had sued Singbeh, accusing him of owing her and her five children US$20,000, equivalent to four years unpaid rental fees for 50 acres of undeveloped forest land that contained two large deposits of rocks around the Leiyea Mountain in Seeke Town, District#4, Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI to reactivate well in Port Kaituma

first_imgResidents of Port Kaituma in Region One (Barima-Waini) are soon to benefit from the activation of another well, as works are continuing to provide an alternative source of potable water for the community.Just a few weeks ago, the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) discovered the presence of mercury in the main source of water – the Kaituma River.As such, GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles and a team of technical officials visited the area on Wednesday to inspect the works that have already been completed.At that time, engineers discovered water in a well at Citrus Grove, Port Kaituma, which had been out of operation for a number of years.It was decided that the engineers would rehabilitate this well to supplement anEngineers inspecting the well at Citrus Grove, Port Kaitumaexisting one. This would entail a camera inspection, test pumping the well, and determining an appropriately-sized pump before it is connected to the distribution network.Furthermore, plans are also ongoing for the installation of additional storage tanks at the well site and the rehabilitation of another tank in the community. This is expected to increase the storage capacity of the water network which serve the community. The tanks will be connected to a distribution network that will be connected to each household.The duration of this project to increase water supply and storage capacity is approximately two months.Water from the river tested positive for mercury after samples were taken and sent to the Kaizen Environmental Services Laboratory in Trinidad.Samples were also taken from different sections where they are currently awaiting the results.Presently, residents have been accessing water directly from the well in the interim, but owing to climate change and other environmental challenges, the company has moved to drilling more wells in these areas, so as to ensure equal access to potable water year-round.last_img read more

Ferris wins Roubaix Cup

first_imgPat Ferris has won his fourth Roubaix Cup Trophy.On Sunday March 27, the final 27 km leg of the Cup, known as the Two River Roubaix took place, with Ferris coming in first with a time of 1:00:54, only 24 seconds ahead of second place George Gamble.- Advertisement -Ferris and his competitors overcame less than ideal cold and snowy conditions, racing through pavement, packed snow, ice, mud and water.Despite the conditions, Ferris was able to close the gap while racing in the mud, passing leader George Campbell and maintaining the lead throughout the final paved stage of the race.With a victory in the final race, Ferris won two stages in the Roubaix Cup, securing him 13.5 points and first place overall. Gamble, who finished second, ended the event with 11.5 points and third placed Gary Hilderman finishing with 6.5 points.last_img read more

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Conditions in Yankees’ Game 2 loss bug Clemens

first_imgFrom news services If Roger Clemens had been making the call, the New York Yankees really would have bugged out. Clemens viewed Friday night’s insect invasion at Jacobs Field from both the dugout and a television in the clubhouse, and he concluded it was too distracting an environment to pitch in. “I would have probably pulled us off the field,” Clemens said Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Yankees rookie Joba Chamberlain was covered with the midges, an insect related to mosquitoes. He threw two wild pitches that allowed the tying run to score in the eighth, and Cleveland went on to win, 2-1, in 11 innings and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. “It’s hard enough for our young kids to go out there and concentrate in that situation to have something like that happen,” said Clemens, the Yankees’ Game 3 starter today. Asked whether he would have pulled the team off the field had he been an umpire or manager, Clemens didn’t give a direct answer and then said his earlier response benefited from hindsight. “It’s easy to say now because it only lasted about 40 minutes,” Clemens said. Yankees first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said playfully that the gnat-like nuisance was caused by the cologne brand of the team captain. “The joke around the guys was that we all have Derek Jeter’s `Driven’ on,” he said. “Joba looked like the movie, `Bees.’ He had them all over his neck and his back. But then again, so did their guys.” Can’t get no satisfaction Philadelphia closer Brett Myers suggested before Game 3 of their NLDS with Colorado that the Phillies might have been satisfied with just reaching the playoffs. “I think we won a division championship and have been content with that,” Myers said. “Hopefully, we can change that and go out and just win, play like we have played all year instead of worrying about just being the division champs.” Coolbaugh remembered Never had two pitches in the dirt drawn such a loud ovation from a crowd. Jake, 3, and Joey Coolbaugh, 5, the sons of Rockies minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, who was killed by a line drive on July 22, trotted to the mound with their uncle, Scott Coolbaugh, and bounced their pitches in front of home plate. The crowd gave them as much applause as when the Rockies took the field. Earlier this week, Rockies players voted to give a full playoff share to the family. “The Coolbaughs have a special place in our hearts,” Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd said before Game 3 of the NL Division Series with Philadelphia. “And they always will. I’m sure Mike’s up there and has got a lot to do with what’s happening to our club right now.” O’Dowd said he learned of the players’ voting the playoff share while thumbing through paperwork and saw Coolbaugh’s name. “I started almost crying,” O’Dowd said. “It was very emotional for me. It really went to the core of the character we’ve worked so hard to bring to this organization.” Coolbaugh’s wife, Mandy, was supposed to attend but couldn’t make it because she’s due to give birth to the couple’s third child this month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Euro 2016: France 5-2 Iceland: Emphatic Les Bleus thrash brave minnows

first_imgFrance set-up a semi-final clash against Germany by beating fan favourites Iceland 5-2 at the Stade de France.The hosts were well worth their victory having raced into a 4-0 lead at half-time via goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.Although Iceland managed to net twice in the second period – Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason with the goals – Giroud grabbed his second of the night to secure the most emphatic result of the tournament.Iceland managed some early chances, Sigurdsson firing straight at Lloris and Bodvarsson going down under pressure from Umtiti, with calls for a penalty which was not given.However, Halldorsson had to produce a fine claim to prevent Griezmann tapping Sissoko’s cross into an empty net, and the hosts finally broke through after ramping up the pressure.Matuidi sent a perfectly weighted ball through the heart of the Iceland defence, and Giroud – who was slightly offside – ran onto the pass before sending a first-time finish past Halldorsson into the far corner of the net.The goal settled French nerves, and seven minutes later Pogba netted his first goal of the tournament, converting Griezmann’s corner with a thumping header.Iceland were sitting remarkably deep, and failing to show any of the composure they had in the victory over England in the Round of 16.Chances were few and far between, but Bodvarsson should have pulled one back when Gudmundsson’s throw was sent into the area and flicked on by Sigthorsson; however, the 24-year-old could only lob the loose ball over the bar.France had no trouble dominating the ball, pushing towards goal when they pleased with no fear of being counter-attacked by an Iceland side who were looking tired after just half-an-hour of play.Matuidi volleyed wide from Payet’s cross, before the West Ham star grabbed the third of the night, sending a low left-footed finish into the far corner from the edge of the area.With the half-time whistle just moments away, Iceland would have been pleased for the break, but before they could leave the field, Griezmann broke through on goal and chipped Halldorsson to extend the lead to 4-0.The second half started with France still on top, Griezmann and Payet fluffing chances from the edge of the box, and Pogba sending a low piledriver wide of the post.Iceland did manage a chance – just their second of the game – as the ball broke to Bjarnason on the edge of the D. However, his first time strike ballooned off his foot and flew high and wide of Lloris’ goal.Despite the miss, Iceland seemed to gain confidence from a rare attack, and Sigthorsson pulled a goal back, tapping home Sigurdsson’s right wing cross at the near post.Few suggested the comeback was on, and they were proven right minutes later, as Giroud headed home Payet’s cross to register his third goal of the tournament.Sigurdsson then fired over from inside the box as Iceland got at Les Bleus’ defence, and Lloris pulled off a magnificent save to deny Ingason’s powerful close-range header.The game had reached something of a lull, with the result decided so early on, but Iceland refused to feel sorry for themselves and continued to attack.Sigurdsson had a shot deflected wide, and with six minutes left Bjarnason headed past Lloris to grab a second consolation goal for the brave Iceland side, who bow out of Euro 2016 having earned a number of plaudits following displays of spirit, hard work, and tactical excellence. Antoine Griezmann celebrates his majestic goal 1last_img read more

Best Buy considers in-store layoffs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MINNEAPOLIS – Best Buy Co. Inc. may lay off some workers as the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer looks to rein in spending, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. A memo from Best Buy President Brian Dunn this month asked managers to find spending to cut, Best Buy spokeswoman Susan Busch said. The idea was to tell managers, “This is what we’re up against, we want to talk about the work we’re doing and what implications it might have, and to talk about the transformational changes that are under way,” she said. Busch said the changes could include layoffs. Best Buy employees will be told more about potential layoffs in April, she said. Busch said the memo did not include a cost-savings target. Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Best Buy is seeking $300 million in savings during the current fiscal year. Wall Street sent Best Buy shares plunging by 12 percent on a single day in December when the company acknowledged that its sales and administrative expenses had risen 22 percent for the quarter. Chief Executive Brad Anderson called the spending “unacceptably high” at the time. The extra spending comes as Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy is remaking many of its stores to cater to certain types of customers. For example, it has added personal shoppers at stores aimed at suburban soccer moms, or added high-end home theater sections at stores aimed at affluent professionals. Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter said in a research note on Wednesday that the $300 million figure would amount to about 5 percent of Best Buy’s expenses, which he called “very significant.” That would be enough to push 2006 earnings guidance above the current $2.65 per share expected by analysts, he wrote. “Many of the cost cuts could come at the store level, where the company may have gone (too) far in hiring layers of management” at the stores that focus on certain customer segments, Balter wrote. Some stores have managers for each segment, such as soccer moms. “We believe this type of extra is not necessary and eliminating these positions will not significantly impact the company’s service-centric strategy if done properly,” Balter wrote. Best Buy shares fell 64 cents, or 1.2 percent, to close at $54.52 on the New York Stock Exchange. last_img read more

The women behind the athletes

first_img“Whenever things have got tough, my mother has always been behind me, no matter what,” said Austin Civita, who quarterbacked Canyon High to a Southern Section Div. II championship in December. “She was always there even before the season started at every passing-league game, taking stats. All summer long, she’d tell me the truth, good or bad, and tell me if she thought I needed to work harder.” Civita’s mother, Joey, often went above and beyond the call of duty. On Thursdays before every game, she’d cook massive platters of food to serve dinner for Canyon’s linemen – a subtle reminder not just to eat well and be healthy, but perhaps to give an extra effort to protect her precious son from oncoming tacklers the following night. “Actually, she wouldn’t just cook all the food. She’d also serve the dinner and do all the cleanup, too,” Austin said. “She always has wanted to invite more and more players and make the dinners bigger and bigger. Now she even wants to make a reunion dinner.” Alyssa Ishibashi, a shortstop on Valencia High’s softball team that is ranked No. 1 by the Daily News, has done all she can to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Debbie Brozovich, a former top prep athlete at West High in Torrance. “In high school, my mom was the captain of the volleyball team and the first freshman to make the varsity softball team,” Ishibashi said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without her. She used to practice out in the street with me if I didn’t want to by having me throw into a circle. If I didn’t do it 25 times, she wouldn’t let me back in the house – and now I appreciate it.” Valencia baseball coach Jared Snyder, who’s among the area’s most successful coaches in any sport, knows full well his teams wouldn’t have won as many games over the years without the support of so many great moms. “They have a big influence,” Snyder said. “They’re the nurturing part of the kids, the ones who really look out for the interests of their children. I think kids would be lost without the support of their mothers, especially at this level and especially boys. Let’s face it: We’re all momma’s boys at heart.” So here’s to you, moms. Our greatest fans, our most understanding and compassionate supporters and the universal dispensers of unconditional love. Our legs run to win races. Our arms throw footballs to score touchdowns. Our eyes focus on basketball hoops to score points. Our heads knock soccer balls into a net to score goals. But our hearts beat for you. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThey’re there to drive us and pick us up from soccer practice every day. And they’re there to buy us a hot fudge sundae after scoring the first goal of our lives. They give us a soft place to fall when we don’t make the final cut when rosters are posted, and they’re there to encourage us not to give up when we don’t make the cheerleading squad. They’re there to host parties for our whole team to celebrate the end of the season – whether we’ve won every game or, as usually is the case, not been so fortunate. They’re our mothers, the lifeblood of youth sports, and today we salute them on Mother’s Day. Such overdue recognition seems more than fair considering so many of our sacrificing mothers make every other day of the year feel like our day. They’re there for us from the first instant of life. They feed us, warm us with their embrace and provide total security with a simple hug when we need it the most – and not just as infants or toddlers or children or teenagers or college students or adults or even in our golden years. They’re there for us at our first Little League tryout. They’re there to console us and wipe away our tears after our first strikeout – with the bases loaded and the tying run on third. They’re also the first one to jump up and down to cheer our first home run. last_img read more

Brighton complete signing of Brazilian defender for £9million

first_imgBrighton have completed the signing of defender Bernardo from RB Leipzig for an undisclosed fee.The Seagulls have paid a reported fee of £9million for the 23-year-old Brazilian full-back, who has agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League side. targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 Sao Paulo-born Bernardo moved from his homeland to Europe in January 2016, joining Red Bull Salzburg.After winning the Austrian title, he transferred to Leipzig seven months later, making 49 appearances for the Bundesliga side during the last two seasons, including three in the Champions League and five in the Europa League.He is Brighton’s fourth signing this summer, following the arrivals of Jason Steele, Florin Andone and Leon Balogun at The Amex Stadium. moving on center_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Bernardo in action for Leipzig last season Albion manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to welcome Bernardo to the club. He is a strong, committed defender who can play on the left or right, and so his versatility gives us good options at the back.“For a young player he already has good experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the Europa League.“He is a good character and speaks numerous languages, and I’m sure he will fit in well with the rest of the squad.” REVEALED LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND last_img read more

GARDAI HUNT MAD AXE MEN

first_imgGARDAI in Milford are hunting axe-wielding thugs who threatened a woman at her home in Ballyheerin at the weekend.The incident is said to have happened late on Saturday night.The incident happened at a house at Ballyheerin in Kilmacrennan, 8km north of Letterkenny, at about 11.45 pm on Saturday last. During the incident two masked men armed with a small hatchet and a handgun broke into the house and threatened  a 50-year old woman before fleeing empty-handed 10 minutes later.The woman was alone in the house at the time of the incident.Gardaí are seeking to identify the two men involved in the incident and also wish to speak to the occupants of a blue van observed in the vicinity prior to the attack.The first man was wearing a dark coat and leggings. There were two distinctive white stripes down the back of the coat. He spoke with what is described as a local accent. The second male is described as being tall and of thin build. He wore dark clothing and a grey scarf and dark woollen cap.Both are thought to be aged in their 40s or 50s.Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the weekend is asked to contact gardai on 074 91 53114.GARDAI HUNT MAD AXE MEN was last modified: July 28th, 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:ballyherindonegaldonegaldaily exclusivekilmacrennanlast_img read more