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Over $200M needed to restore City Hall

first_img…plans in place for entire rehab – MayorBY RAMONA LUTHIFuture plans to rehabilitate City Hall may be as costly; in excess of $200 million according to Mayor, Patricia Chase Green in an interview on Wednesday.According to the Mayor, there are plans to be implemented with respect to the entire rehabilitation of the building. Chase Green said though support was offered from the European Union, it was announced in a meeting prior to this interview that the tenders which the Mayor and City Council would have sent to them proved to be inadequate, and so a retendering was required.“We were offered some assistance from the European Union and they would have said to us in a recent meeting that the tenders that were sent in did not meet the requirements for the European Union and so they have to do a retendering,” she asserted.The Mayor highlighted that there were discussions with the World Monument Funding Agency, Guyana Heritage Society and the National Trust, which also gave assurances of their support after a review of the building, indicating that repairs should be conducted in the near future. She pointed out that presently, the wait is on for a thorough report from the organisations along with recommendations on each phase of the restoration process, after which the rehabilitation works will commence.“I would have also received a visit from the World Monument Funding Agency, the Heritage Society and the National Trust. They have also pledged some support. They visited the building and they said to us that the structure needs some repairs and we should do it as early as possible so I’m awaiting the report from the World Monument Fund, and the Heritage Society, National Trust to be forwarded to me and they would also recommend the phases in which the restorations would be made” said the Mayor.Though she pointed out that there was no fixed estimate for the overall cost of the restoration of the City Hall, Mayor Chase Green said it was an approximation of over $200 million, since it was a matter of good quality and adequate quantity.“It will be in excess of, I would want to say, two to three hundred million dollars because if you’re talking about restoration and not simply repair, you have to look at the cast iron work they would have to do for it. To have it replaced, and that would cost money. You have to look at the boards that you’re going to replace, the designs of the board and the quality of the boards you buying. So that will have a cost,” the Mayor stated.last_img read more

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IDB’s credibility now at stake in light of ‘procurement fraud’ ­­­­- Teixeira

first_imgNew Demerara River Crossing…says highly suspect contract could lead to criminal chargesNow that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has indicated that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had funded the Feasibility Report for the $146 million New Demerara River Crossing, that international financial institution is being called on to make a public statement on the matter, in light of the different pronouncements being made.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraThe People’s Progressive Party, on Friday, through its Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, made the demand of the IDB in light of its reputation and adherence to procedures—procedures that Teixeira insists appear to have been flouted by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Teixeira on Friday met with members of the local press corps, along with Member of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill, to call on the IDB to make public its involvement in the entire sordid affair which is now mired in controversy.“The credibility of the IDB is now at stake,” Teixeira said, as the Members of Parliament questioned how exactly the Public Infrastructure Ministry came to know of the Dutch consultants it eventually paid to undertake the study.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonBishop Egdhill, in questioning the choice of the company and how the ministry came to know of the company, pointed out that the company was not even interested in providing an Expression of Interest in the project when the ministry first advertised for the feasibility study.Patterson, in what was described as a knee-jerk reaction to a publicised complaint and call for a formal investigation to be done by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), had issued a public statement which essentially confirmed that Government did in fact hand-pick the Dutch consultants.According to Patterson, with funding from the IDB, the ministry advertised the Consultancy for Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River Bridge, and 22 entities expressed their interest.Twelve of the 22 firms were subsequently shortlisted, but according to Minister Patterson, only two submitted bids; and of the two submissions, only one firm had a valid bid, albeit the firm’s bid price exceeded the US$800,000 budget.He said, too, that concerns were also raised on the technical level.Minister Patterson said the Public Infrastructure Ministry subsequently made the decision to annul the process in May, following permission from the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and the Finance Ministry.The Opposition has since demanded the minutes and documentation verifying all of what Patterson has claimed, including the authorization issued by the NPTAB.In demanding the minutes of meetings and other pertinent documentation, Edghill also demanded the evaluation report for the company to undertake the project, and questioned against which companies the report was compared, since the process had been annulled in the first instance.Teixeira, in addressing the matter on Friday, firstly pointed to the fact that had the PPP not complained very publicly to the Procurement Commission, the information divulged by Patterson would not have seen the light of day.She was adamant that the Administration has never made public the fact that it had discarded the original tenders for the project, and had in fact instead hand-picked a consultant.Pointing to the Administration’s penchant for retendering for projects—a situation which has led to the abysmal implementation of any of its annual budgets—she said there is no record of a contract being awarded to any company, including the Dutch consultants that eventually prepared the report.According to Teixeira, the explanations given by Minister Patterson have simply mired the contract in even more controversy, and makes the contract even more highly suspect. “And in my view, (this) could lead to criminal charges,” she expressed.Teixeira said that by Minister Patterson’s own admission, he is making the situation worse, and she pointed to the fact that his public statement is the first to implicate the IDB in the process.As such, Teixeira told media operatives, “If this is so: that the IDB was funding the feasibility study – and, at this point, we can’t believe anything the Government is saying, because we are now being overloaded with lies, in a sense — if that is so that the IDB is funding it, what is at stake now is the credibility of the IDB.”The Opposition Chief Whip was adamant, “It is important for the IDB to say, ‘yes,’ they were funding this project; two: that they approved this process.”She recalled that the IDB has its own procurement laws, which would dictate that the matter cannot be simply transported to the level of Cabinet.Teixeira reminded that, before the Cabinet is allowed to have a voice in the matter, the NPTAB must first write to the IDB, which would then decide on approvals before it can be transmitted to the Cabinet for its no objection.Insisting that the local procurement laws had been flouted, the Opposition Chief Whip was quick to also point out that she was not in any way attacking the Dutch company, but rather the process used by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.Teixeira, in writing to the Public Procurement Commission calling for an investigation, had pointed out to the constitutional body that part of Guyana’s international obligations under the Inter-American Convention against Corruption was to ensure that there was transparency and accountability, in order to enhance public trust and confidence, particularly in respect to the public procurement process.last_img read more

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Police searching for shooting suspect

first_imgHACIENDA HEIGHTS – A man was shot in the hand while talking on a public phone Thursday morning, and police are still looking for the shooter. Deputies responded to reports of shots fired on the northeast corner of Gale and Stimpson avenues in Hacienda Heights at about 11 a.m., said Lt. Jaime Baltazar of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Industry station. They found the victim, a 22-year-old Hispanic male, suffering from a gunshot wound to his left hand. The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to a hospital, where his injuries were determined not to be life-threatening. “He said he was at a phone booth making a call, and was approached from behind by an unknown assailant,” said Baltazar, who added investigators do not know if the attack was gang-related. “He saw he had a gun, raised his hand to shield himself and was shot.” The suspect is described as a a male Hispanic in his 20s, about 5 foot, 7 inches tall, 130 pounds and clean shaven, possibly with a shaved head and wearing a baseball cap. The incident prompted officials to place the nearby Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District administrative offices on temporary lockdown. Anyone with information should call the Industry station at (626) 330-3322. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Snowfall warning remains in place for Highway 97 north of Fort Nelson

first_imgCurrent details:A long period of snowfall, with total amounts of 20 to 30 cm is expected.A cold upper trough of low pressure over the province has created a moist easterly flow over northeast BC. Snow will continue over eastern sections this morning. Total snowfall accumulations will range from 5 cm up to 30 cm over eastern sections. The snow will ease late this morning and change to rain at lower elevations by Sunday afternoon.Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Travel is not recommended. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go tohttp://www.getprepared.gc.ca/Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email topacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm in British Columbia and #YKStorm in Yukon.Advertisement Up at Muncho Lake, only rain has fallen, but Environment Canada still calls for snow in the area, especially at higher elevations.A picture from Muncho Lake at 7:20 a.m. Sunday - NAV CanadaA picture from Muncho Lake at 7:20 a.m. Sunday – NAV CanadaHere is the full warning from Environment Canada.Issued at 2016-05-29 11:54 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park, B.C. (088200)Advertisement FORT NELSON, B.C. – A snowfall warning issued for the Muncho Lake, Stone Mountain Park area is still in effect.  Environment Canada says portions of Highway 97 from Fort Nelson up to Muncho Lake could still see snow Sunday.  The forecast calls for up to 30 cm before the snow turns to rain by midday.A snowfall warning for Fort Nelson has now ended.Here is a look at Fort Nelson this morning from a webcam, located along Highway 97 south of the community.- Advertisement –Highway 97 in Fort Nelson Sunday morning - see more from this webcam at http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/124.html - Drive B.C.Highway 97 in Fort Nelson Sunday morning – see more from this webcam at http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/124.html – Drive B.C.Meanwhile up at Steamboat Mountain, 80km from Fort Nelson, there is significant snowfall and more is expected.A photo from Steamboat Mountain along Highway 97. See more from this camera at http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/484.html - Drive B.C. A photo from Steamboat Mountain along Highway 97. See more from this camera at http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/484.html – Drive B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

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DONEGALTV DOCUMENTARY ON ROAD TO CROKER TO AIR ON SKY TONIGHT

first_imgJim McGuinness chats with Charlie Collins from DonegalTV in the documentary which will be aired tonight.A DonegalTV special on Donegal’s march to Croke Park is to be broadcast tonight on SKY TV.For viewers in Donegal, Ireland and the UK, the documentary will air on Sky Bonanza Channel 266 at 7pm this evening.For viewers in America the special will air at 3pm on worldview & 5pm on MHz1 in DC. The DonegalTV team.The documentary will be hosted by Charlie Collins and will have exclusive interviews from both the minor & senior camps including Jim McGuinness, Michael Murphy, Rory Kavanagh, Frank McGlynn, Neil & Eamon McGee, Declan Bonner, Niall Harey, Stephen McBrearty and we will also have reaction from fans, family & GAA pundits.British based Canis Media CEO Clare Bramley is extremely enthusiastic about their new partnership with DonegalTV.“We are delighted as a new Service provider on the Sky platform to be associated with Donegal TV in this very exciting time for the County. Donegal TV is now an established brand name and the programmes they have produced to date have been of the highest quality. We look forward to working with them in the long term and to showcase Donegal to a worldwide audience and we wish the Donegal senior and minors the best of luck on Sunday next.”Shane Wallace from Donegal TV says that there will be an announcement shortly with regard to the next phase of Donegal TV which will include weekly shows to be screened in Ireland, UK and the USA. “We have Donegal GAA special shows being aired tonight (15th September) in Ireland and the UK at 7pm on Sky channel 266 and in the States scheduled to be shown at 3;00PM ET on MHz Worldview & 5p ET on MHz DC1.  DONEGALTV DOCUMENTARY ON ROAD TO CROKER TO AIR ON SKY TONIGHT was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool legend says: Chelsea will not fight for title with Alvaro Morata

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won whoops ‘He scored against Arsenal last weekend and looks a decent player — mobile, sound technically, and elegant — but, I’m sorry, I don’t want an elegant centre-forward. I want a warrior to take blows, which is part of playing in that position, not a player who goes missing when the going gets tough, as Morata did too many times last season. Chelsea also have Olivier ­Giroud, a World Cup winner for France, but he did not manage a ­single shot on target in seven games at the tournament.‘In contrast, look at how Costa influenced Atletico Madrid’s recent 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the European Super Cup, when he scored twice. If he is not scoring, he is noising people up, so they want to snap at him and lose their focus and discipline. Morata can be easily discouraged, while Costa says to defenders: “I’m going to mess you around today”.’Morata, signed from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee last summer, started his life in England excellently, netting nine times in his first 14 Premier League appearances.However, a back injury kicked off a period of dreadful form which saw the Spain international find the back of the net just once in the league in 2018. silverware SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted revealed REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 smart causal Morata found life hard during his debut season in English football latest Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most read in Premier League Morata scored just his second league goal of 2018 in the defeat of Arsenal last weekend tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Alvaro Morata is the reason Chelsea will not seriously challenge for the Premier League title this season, according to Liverpool legend Graeme Souness.Souness, writing in his Sunday Times column, believes the Blues are only a ‘top striker’ short of being a genuine contender for English football’s biggest prize, with Morata lacking the ‘stomach’ for a title fight. The player Chelsea are said to be missing is Diego Costa, who was sold by the west Londoners back to Atletico Madrid last season after winning the title in two of his three seasons at Stamford Bridge.‘Chelsea remain a top striker short of being genuine contenders to win the Premier League,’ Souness writes. ‘If they still had Diego Costa waging a war on defenders and driving them to distraction, I could see Maurizio Sarri’s side challenging Manchester City and Liverpool, but I’m not convinced that Alvaro Morata has the stomach for a title fight. The 25-year-old Spaniard had a difficult first year at Chelsea. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Many expected Sarri, appointed Chelsea manager earlier this year, to sell Morata and bring a new forward to Stamford Bridge, but he kept faith in the 25-year-old – and has been rewarded by one goal and two bright performances from the forward in the Blues’ first two matches of the season.last_img read more

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FPL tips: The Premier League star you need to Triple Captain in gameweek 4

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal 3 This week, Manchester City host Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium and it can mean only one thing – goals for Sergio Aguero.The Magpies’ last three visits to Pep Guardiola’s team have resulted in three defeats, and 14 goals, thanks to scorelines of 5-0, 6-1, and 3-1. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener RANKED And it’s not just that which points the way to a healthy haul for Aguero.The Argentine attacker has netted nine of those goals, including five in the 6-1 win back in October 2015, his record against them is unreal. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade BEST OF silverware MONEY highlights Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester City star Sergio Aguero celebrates one of his many goals against Newcastle United. 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img possible standings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions We may only be in the fourth gameweek of the Fantasy Premier League season but it might be time to play your Triple Captain.Yes, call us crazy. But the stars might just be aligning and you might just want to take advantage of it. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED So, what are you waiting for? Play that Triple Captain chip and reap the rewards! impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Extend this out further and at St James’ Park in the three reverse fixtures, City have won two and drawn one with Aguero netting another two.In fact, he’s got 14 against Newcastle United in total the most by one player against a specific club in the Premier League. Aguero scores in the 6-1 victory over Newcastle United in 2015. Latest Football News gameday And it’s another goal for Aguero against Newcastle United. 3last_img read more

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MOTORISTS WARNED TO TAKE CARE AFTER SNOWFALLS

first_imgMotorists have been warned to drive with extra care after snowfalls across the county.Most of the snow has been confined to higher ground. However a short time ago falls have been recorded between Ballyshannon and Donegal Town.Our picture shows a snow shower on the N15 with heavy snow on the mountains in the background.Temperatures are expected to continue to dip tonight with more sleet and snow forecast.  MOTORISTS WARNED TO TAKE CARE AFTER SNOWFALLS was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonDonegal TownMOTORISTSsnowlast_img read more

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Hard to pinpoint when series turned

first_img This isn’t Los Angeles, technically, where the Dodgers have been away from prominence long enough to incite fire-the-owner brimstone. This is Anaheim, where the Rally Monkey resides and expectations are as young as Game 5’s national anthem singer. But still, we need to know how the Angels, a team that showed such grit and elan in beating baseball’s $208 million monster, New York, in the AL Division Series, became such a complete zero in the AL Championship Series, wandering Anaheim like a fleet of the homeless. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week What caused Vladimir Guerrero an atrocious 1 for 20 in the ALCS and 7 for 38 in the postseason, producing averages of .050 and .184, respectively to start swinging the bat like Vladimir Putin? How did Chone Figgins go from chief pest to docile pet? How did a team that hit .270 during the regular season and led the majors in average with runners in scoring position suddenly freefall to a .175 average in the five games, and struggle to get the meager 11 runs and 27 hits they did? The average is the lowest ever for a five-game LCS and the 11 runs the second-lowest. How did they allow the Chicago White Sox to throw four straight complete games in an era where they are endangered, and win the series in five games, 4-1, with their 6-3 Game 5 win? How did they take their first lead since Game 1 in the fifth inning and then allow Jose Contreras to retire the last 15 hitters? “It was tough,” Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said about watching Guerrero flail at the plate, his stroke messed up beyond comprehension. “You count on your better players to play well, and I’m sure no one is more disappointed than Vlad. “The hitting all season was not consistent. But the way we finished the season, and the way we hit against New York, I thought we were a hit team. We were, and then we weren’t.” “We had our hands full trying to do some of the things we wanted to do and have done all season,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s tough to lose, but we put our hearts into everything we did, and it just didn’t work out.” The simplest answer, and the one the Angels chose after the series-ending 6-3 loss, is that they were beaten by a better team with a pitching staff reminiscent of some of baseball’s all-time best. In assessing the loss and the team that beat them, they found a lot of comparisons to the 2002 Angels team that made an incredible run to the World Series title. Lights-out pitching, in this case starting pitching compared to Anaheim’s bullpen in 2002. Timely performances from players like Joe Crede, who reminds one of Scott Spiezio. Paul Konerko playing the role of Troy Glaus, Scott Podsednik cast in the shoes of David Eckstein. “They took it to us pretty good,” said second baseman Adam Kennedy, who had two of the Angels’ five hits Sunday. “They had good arms and a good game plan and made good pitches. It was a great display of how to pitch.” “They do what we do, only they did it better,” pitcher John Lackey said. The Game 5 loss may have ended the series, but one can speculate all winter on exactly when the series turned on the Angels. Maybe it happened immediately after baseball’s Bermuda Triangle convened in Game 2, home plate umpire Doug Eddings, A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox and Angels catcher Josh Paul, and produced the Great Chicago Firestorm. The Angels disappeared thereafter. “We need to move on about that,” Lackey said. Can it be traced to the executive offices of Fox Sports, the network that forced the Angels’ three-games-in-three-nights-in-three-cities playoff schedule? No one wants to say they were fatigued, but anyone who flies knows what jet lag feels like. “Everyone is tired this time of the season,” Scioscia said. Did it occur when Bartolo Colon blew out his shoulder in Game 5 of the Yankee series, shuffling the Angels pitching staff? No one in red wanted to use that as an excuse. Could it even be traced to July, when Stoneman decided against acquiring another bat when the lineup developed a hole? The G.M. kind of shrugged at that question while admitting the bats of 2005 had holes. “We’ll probably look for a bat in the offseason,” he said. That will be a heck of a lot easier than looking for answers in what will forever be known as The Chicago Whitewash. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img This isn’t New York, where every Yankee loss is examined with the efficiency and detail of the CBS’ “CSI’ crew. This isn’t Boston, where every Red Sox defeat has the gravitas of history, even if they did win last year’s World Series. last_img read more

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YOUNG VOICES

first_imgSeniors at California High were asked: “How do you help out or contribute to your community or school?” “At my school, because I’m on ASB (Associated Student Body), we do a lot of things to make the students come together and make the school more diverse.”– Sarah McLellan, 17 “I volunteer at a convalescent home once a week because I’m involved with my church youth group. And it’s part of what I’m doing for my senior project also.”– Rod Lopez, 17 “I’m in a business academy here that requires you to do 15 hours of community service a year. I do things around school, like helping out with (the breast cancer fund-raising) Relay For Life.”– Devin Marquez, 17 “I’m a Sunday school teacher; I co-teach a class of 3- and 4-year-olds. I’ve been doing it since I was 13 because I love the kids, and I want to do it in the future.”– Becky Kopp, 17 “I volunteered at Whittier Hospital Medical Center during the summer and met a lot of cool people. I want to be a doctor, and I got a preview of what that would be like. It was an eye-opener.”– Lionel Perrales, 16 “At my church, I help out with the toddlers, with their workshops or crafts. And here at school, I help out with the girls’ volleyball team.”– Luis McLean, 16 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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