PPP raises concerns about Govt spending with World Bank

first_img– to lodge complaint with IDB about use of fundsThe People’s Progressive Party has raised concerns with the World Bank about Government’s expenditure during a period when the State should be paving the way for early elections.This was communicated by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at his press conference on Thursday. There, Jagdeo referenced home improvement subsidies that were recently distributed.“You’ve seen the accelerated use of money, bypassing all the transparency safeguards. So they’re giving out money now, to fix your house … what should have been done over time, they’re rolling out in three months.”According to Jagdeo, they have already raised concerns about Government spending with one donor agency. The next step, he said, is for the Party to raise its concerns with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).“This is money from the Inter-American Development Bank. We plan to write them. We plan to raise this. We’ve already raised this in a meeting with the World Bank, about the abuse of resources in this period.”Jagdeo also raised concerns about land distribution and whether it was being done in an equitable manner. According to the Opposition Leader, there are cases where land is being distributed to persons aligned with the Government.Since the passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, the Opposition has said Government should be in caretaker mode. Government has insisted that programmes under the 2019 Budget will be carried out as per normal.At a recent post-Cabinet press conference, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said that Government would not operate in a caretaker mode, but would continue business as usual. In fact, the Minister issued a direct statement to public servants that they must continue to carry out their functions as per normal.According to Harmon, Government fully intends to carry out all its programmes in the 2019 Budget. The Minister insisted that public servants had a duty to ensure these programmes are carried out. According to Jagdeo, however, Harmon cannot protect public servants who do wrong and as such, he advised them to be careful of being used for nefarious purposes.last_img read more

CH&PA $50B revamped housing programme “backward, nonsensical” – Ali

first_imgFollowing the announcement by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) that there will be the construction of close to 10,000 housing units under a revamped low-income housing drive with apartment and duplex housing units, former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali has deemed this move as “backward and nonsensical”.Former Housing Minister Irfaan AliThe Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) recently told this publication that the decision was conceptualised without the requisite analysis.“You can’t move into an apartment concept without expert analysis and understanding the housing market, without an understanding on the needs of the people [or] the structure of the market,” Ali noted.He stated that under his watch, there were “experiments with various models” all aimed at developing sustainable housing. Ali claimed that from analysis conducted in the past, “Guyanese were not willing to move towards apartment units.”“What is the bank going to hold as collateral, did the ministry work out a level of financing with the bank… the concept does not take into consideration the concept of equity value. When you develop a land that is sold for $500,000 and you put in infrastructure, immediately that parcel goes up to $6-$7 million; how are they going to build these units in [areas] where you have mixed forms of housing – gated, middle, low income,” the former Housing Minister queried.The turn-key housing programme was described as overly ambitious by CH&PA Chairman, Hamilton GreenAli then challenged the statistics regarding occupancy rate as posited by the CH&PA and opined that over the years, a high occupancy rate of house lots was recorded.“There is an increase in occupancy over the years: in some areas, you had 65 per cent occupancy; some had 70 per cent occupancy… the number of persons applying for loans over the years grew,” he outlined.It was announced that the new housing project will cost some $50 billion. This was revealed by Chairman of the CH&PA , former Mayor Hamilton Green, through a Ministry of Communities release on Tuesday when he explained that the previous Government’s housing drive was “overly ambitious”, which he reasoned resulted in a low occupancy rate. It was explained that just over 28,000 of the 66,000 lots developed were currently occupied.According to Green, the difficulties in accessing financing and the challenges associated with undertaking construction led to the poor occupancy rate. Green was particularly scathing of the 2011-2015 period where the 38 housing areas developed yielded 20,015 lots, but 16,273 are unoccupied, representing more than 80 per cent.“The programme also promotes inclusivity and good planning practices, since it focuses on improving the living conditions of both coastal dwellers and hinterland Indigenous households. It incorporates an urban renewal component to restore and beautify open spaces/reserves through the relocation and re-settlement of squatters living under disastrous and unsafe conditions to liveable and wholesome communities,” an excerpt from Green’s statement noted.The CH&PA Chairman said that based on the current applications, 17,851 out of 25,000, are classified as from low-income households. As such, he indicated that the Authority had revamped the current low-income housing programme, which will see the construction of approximately 50 per cent of the 10,000 housing units (apartments and duplexes) inclusive of infrastructural works which will amount to $50 billion. Additionally, he said that another $60 billion would be needed to complete infrastructural works in existing schemes.last_img read more

300 prisoners released – Ramjattan

first_imgJailbreak… Police ID 3 more escapeesPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan late Wednesday night revealed that about 300 prisoners have been released following the massive fire which flattened the Georgetown Prison at Camp Street. He also stated that 85 convicted inmates have been relocated to the Mazaruni Prison in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The Minister made those revelations in an interview with media operatives at the University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain Talks at the Pegasus Hotel.The approximately 300 persons include those who have been granted bail for non-violent offences and prisoners who were scheduled for release in the months of July and August. The Minister said he invoked his extraordinary powers and granted those inmates early release since they would have displayed good behaviour for the duration of their sentences.Ramjattan further stated that more prisoners are expected to be released to ease overcrowding and make room for those displaced.“We will be going to the other prisons at Mazaruni, Lusignan and Timehri and see those prisoners who are scheduled to be released soon and if they display good behaviour, they will also be released, so we can transfer those (from Camp Street) to those facilities,” the Minister stated.Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force has identified three more high-profile prisoners who have escaped from the Camp Street penitentiary during Sunday’s jailbreak.Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud on Tuesday confirmed to Guyana Times that a total of eight prisoners are on the run; at the time of the jailbreak, the identity of only three was made public, but the Police Force has since identified three others, and on Wednesday released their identities. They are: 24-year-old Desmond James of Hotoquai Creek, North West District; 32-year-old Cornelius Thomas of Lot 36 Guyhoc Gardens, Georgetown and of Trinidad & Tobago; and 26-year-old Cobena Stephens of Lot 82 Gope Street, Middle Walk, Buxton, ECD.The police have said these each of these three prisoners was in jail for the capital offence of murder, and are now additionally wanted for escaping from the Georgetown Prison on Sunday last, when the facility was set on fire.Police have already issued wanted bulletins for the alleged masterminds of the jailbreak — Mark Royden Durant, ex-cop Uree Varswyck, and Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander.Durant, also known as “Royden Williams” and “Smallie”, was jailed for both the gruesome Lusignan and Bartica massacres. The other two were also imprisoned for murder.The police are still to release the identities of two other prisoners that comprise the eight escapees on the run. In the meantime, a Joint Service Operation is currently being carried out in the backlands of East Bank and East Coast Demerara villages, as well as in the community of Buxton. “In an effort to recapture the prisoners, there is a joint patrol in the backlands,” Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken told the Guyana Times.And acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, told the Government’s Information Hub on Wednesday that prison authorities are currently working to accurately inform the public about the prisoners as soon as possible.“I know that the media is seeking a lot of information as it relates to names of persons who have been transferred, who have been discharged, who are probably at large; we are currently working on compiling all of those lists, so that the information can be provided… We have several persons putting the pieces together,” he stated.Samuels added that, once completed, the information would be submitted to the Public Security Minister, who would in turn make it public. This information, the acting Director of Prisons noted, would bring some sense of relief to the public, especially in light of speculations that there are “many prisoners” at large following Sunday’s incident.Authorities revealed earlier in the week that some 1018 inmates were at the Camp Street facility at the time of the jailbreak. But there have been subsequent reports of that figure being 1090, 1110 and even 1144.When pressed further, however, to state what was the exact number of prisoners that were at the Camp Street Prison at the time of the incident, Commissioner Persaud posit, “I am interested in the ones that have escaped…we are trying to assist the prison in restoring order, and pursue those who have escaped and get them rearrested.”Sunday’s fire which flattened the Camp Street jail had served as a distraction for inmates to escape from prisons. In their bid to do so, several prison officers were brutally attacked, and have suffering from shotgun wounds and lacerations.In fact, one of the seven wounded officers, 33-year-old Odinga Wickham, succumbed to several gunshot wounds to the chest.last_img read more

Coastal GasLink Statement on RCMP Criminal Investigation

first_imgCALGARY, AB – Coastal GasLink released a Statement on the RCMP’s Criminal Investigation regarding security and safety concerns on the Morice West Forest Service Road.On January 8, 2020, the RCMP issued a news release expressing safety and security concerns following their discovery of hazardous blockades, partly cut trees and stacks of flammable materials and accelerants at locations along the Morice West Forest Service Road.The RCMP also announced the commencement of a criminal investigation under Section 247 of the Criminal Code in connection with the laying of traps.- Advertisement -Coastal GasLink President David Pfeiffer called the findings extremely disappointing.“Coastal GasLink respects the rights of individuals to peacefully and lawfully protest so long as their activities do not jeopardize the safety of the public, our employees, our contractors, or the RCMP,” said Mr. Pfeiffer.“Our primary concern is the safety of all users of this public forestry road, including those who wish to protest our activities. Unlawful actions that put people at risk for serious harm are dangerous, reckless and unacceptable, and do not reflect peaceful protest.”Advertisement “Once again, I invite Chief Namox to meet with Coastal GasLink so we can try to find common ground and a mutually agreeable solution that ensures the safety of all involved and that results in a peaceful resolution.”last_img read more

Villarreal chief confirms club ready to sell Eric Bailly to Manchester United

first_img Eric Bailly [right] in action for Villarreal 1 Villarreal are ready to sell Eric Bailly to Manchester United, according to the Spanish club’s CEO.The Ivorian defender has emerged as a key transfer target for new United boss Jose Mourinho and reports have suggested that a £30m switch could be on the cards.And now Villarreal have confirmed that they have no intention of standing in Bailly’s way if United stump up the cash to sign the 22-year-old.The club’s chief executive Fernando Roig Nogueroles told Marca: “There is a team that is very interested and if the three parties agree there will be no problems.“If the player wants to leave and Manchester are interested and pay, we will reach an agreement.”last_img

GARDAI INVESTIGATE BREAK-IN AT CARN HOSPITAL

first_imgGARDAI have appealed for information following a break-in at an Inishowen hospital office.The NowDoc offices at Carndonagh District Hospital were raided some time between 12..30am and 1.30am yesterday.The HSE says it reported the break-in to gardai. Staff spent yesterday detailing items which were stolen.Gardai say that no drugs or computers were taken in the theft. GARDAI INVESTIGATE BREAK-IN AT CARN HOSPITAL was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI INVESTIGATE BREAK-IN AT CARN HOSPITALlast_img read more

LYIT GETS HUGE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE AS RECORD NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLL

first_imgMore students are choosing to go to LYIT.The number of college students who have chosen to stay in Donegal to continue their education has increased dramatically.Offers from CAO 2013 show that more secondary students are choosing Letterkenny Institute of Technology than ever before.Students opting for courses at the college are up by a significant 11%, with first preferences up by 15% while offers for Level 8 Honours Degrees has increased by a substantial 42%. Students discussing their options at LYITThe courses which are proving to be the most popular include Animation, Law, Sports, Childcare, Health & Social Studies and Applied Agriculture.The LYIT completely refreshed its curriculum in the last 18 months and has added a wide range of new programmes. All are in growing industry sectors and many have been developed with industry. In 2013 it has added Law and Destination Tourism with marketing.LYIT now has 48 CAO listed courses, 21 of which have a work placement element. Students can choose from 21 different add-on Level 8 programmes, 11 Postgrad Diploma and Masters programmes enabling them to take their education as far as they want to go.According to Billy Bennett Registrar LYIT said the number of students choosing LYIT has been steadily increasing year on year. “However, this is a substantial rise, which shows that the courses recently added are in areas, which people wish to study. These courses are in expanding sectors with high employment prospects.“We believe this has encouraged students to look at all courses which are on offer at the college as well. LYIT has a lot to offer – excellent facilities, a reputation for accessible teaching and a strong reputation with industry.“We’re confident by the end of the CAO offers our first year intake will be well above 1000,” he said.Letterkenny IT now offers over 100 courses running across its Schools of Science, Business, Tourism and Engineering, many up to Masters level. The college also has a diverse and interesting range of courses as part of its Life Long Learning programme.To find out more visit www.lyit.ie LYIT GETS HUGE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE AS RECORD NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLL was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 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:CAO offersdonegalLYITstudentslast_img read more

VODAFONE BROADBAND SLOWS TO CRAWL FOR FED-UP DONEGAL CUSTOMERS

first_imgTELECOMS company Vodafone has been accused of ‘hoodwinking’ customers as its broadband service to Donegal has deteriorated.Complaints from readers follows anger amongst the company’s mobile phone customers in west Donegal where service has been very poor recently.Now it seems Vodafone At Home customers are facing ‘joke’ experiences over its ‘completely inept’ broadband. One reader said he was told by customer service that his broadband could download and upload up to 10Mb.But when he used the company’s own speed check it was less than 1Mb on download and “almost zero” when it came to uploading.One businessman said he could no longer work from home because of the worsening broadband coverage.“Vodafone Broadband was always very poor in Donegal but it seems to have got worse and worse over the past year to the stage where it is just crawling along,” he said. “I wanted to download software for my work and the computer was telling me it would take 16 hours and 45 minutes,” he said.“I went into a local hotel and was able to download it there in just 12 minutes. It’s chronic and all I ever get when I complain is a pack of lies.” VODAFONE BROADBAND SLOWS TO CRAWL FOR FED-UP DONEGAL CUSTOMERS was last modified: April 10th, 2015 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:broadbandshiteVodafonelast_img read more

Plenty to discuss with the weather

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a record warm December, colder weather returned to Ohio and surrounding areas for January with temperatures in January running just below normal.The headlines surround a strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. This looks to be the strongest on near-term record. Most of the data suggests this El Nino is similar to the winters of 1957/58, 1982/83 and 1991/92 and like but with some differences to the 1997/98 winter. El Nino is only one of many things affecting the weather pattern but it has its strongest influence on our weather from January into March.The big challenge for the upcoming planting and growing season is the rapid decline in El Nino (warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean) toward a possible La Nina (cooling). This rapid change could result in reduced forecast skill once it gets going this spring and summer.Short-term into first half of February…We expect a pattern change toward warmer and slightly wetter conditions into the first half of February. This will likely result in rain events versus snow events though some minor snows are possible.Second half of February into March…A warmer and drier than normal pattern is forecast across the area. There is some risk of normal precipitation though.Spring…There is uncertainty in spring with transition away from El Nino. Most indications are for a bit warmer and drier than normal. If that transition does not happen as fast away from El Nino it could turn to a slightly wetter and cooler pattern so confidence is low past March. We should know more about this in the next two to four weeks.You can keep up on all of this at the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center Seasonal Briefing Page at: http://w2.weather.gov/ohrfc/SeasonalBriefinglast_img read more

“Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” GC2JPJJ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 20, 2010

first_imgImage from “Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey”“Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” (GC2JPJJ) offers adventurers one of the joys of geocaching: an amazing story. This geocache literally traveled through space before being hidden in North Carolina.On December 18th, team GAIAcaching hosted an event to launch a geocache into orbit. Team member Woyi organized the event. It’s only the third time a geocache container has traveled out of the earth’s atmosphere. The first geocache in space (GC1G3H2) was launched from the West Coast of the United States and has since been disabled. The second geocache in space resides aboard the International Space Station (GC1BE91).More than 30 geocachers attended “Event Horizon!” to watch the geocache, containing Travel Bugs®, a H.D. camera, two Android phones along with a geocoin and other items lift into space carried by a giant inflatable balloon.The geocache that traveled into spacePreparing for flightThe launch zone marks the first stage for this difficulty two, terrain three Multi-Cache.  After it lifted off, the geocache traveled approximately 124 miles. According to GAIAcaching team member, Waya, the balloon climbed to an altitude of 101,001 feet. During the decent Waya tells Latitude 47 the balloon reached a velocity of 130 miles an hour.The landing zone is the final stage. The balloon touched down on private property. The team lead from GAIAcaching, e6c, worked with the land owner to allow geocachers access to find the cache.The cache page instructs geocachers to let the homeowner know you’re geocaching for artifacts from space in his backyard. The balloon which carried the geocache also remains at the site for posterity.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in Space FAQOctober 9, 2013In “Community”The First Geocaching First-to-Find in SpaceNovember 18, 2013In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”last_img read more