$$$B handed out in contracts

first_img− Ministries called upon to expedite workGovernment on Tuesday gave its no objection to several contracts totalling billions of dollars in various sectors, a move which Minister of State Joseph Harmon said had to be taken to ensure work of the various ministries are streamlined.Tuesday’s sitting of Cabinet saw Government looking into important works, Harmon noted, adding that the spending for the year and award of contracts had not been very good.Earlier in the year when an assessment was done on spending and public infrastructure projects, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated that the percentage was unsatisfactory and that all of the government ministries needed to expedite their work to ensure that they are able to satisfy their requirements.According to Harmon at the Post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday, the issue was compounded with the lack of a Public Procurement Commission, which he said has been slowing down operations. The Minister of State added that contracts had to go to the National Tender Board Administration (NBTA), then back to Cabinet, before being handed out, thereby delaying the process.“Those are issues we are now refining, we have now gotten it better and with the introduction of the Public Procurement Commission, some of these steps will be taken out to be much better,” Harmon stated.Meanwhile, Cabinet gave its no objection to a contract for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of miscellaneous roads in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). The rehabilitation and construction of Morris Street, Good Hope, Essequibo for $22.1 million was awarded to Mohammed Fawaz Bacchus Construction and the rehabilitation and construction of an Eastern last street in Charity, Essequibo Housing Scheme for the sum of $18.2 million, awarded to Y.BholaConstruction Services.Additionally, Cabinet also gave its no objection to the construction of the KuruKururu main road in RegionFour (Demerara-Mahaica) for the sum of $67.3 million. The contract was awarded to KhemrajNauth Constructing.No objection given to the construction and rehabilitation of urban roads in Region Four, including‘D’Field main access road, Sophia, Georgetown, at the cost of $26.8 million, which was awarded to JR Construction and the rehabilitation of Pattensen(Turkeyen) Road network at a cost of $75.7 million. This contract was awarded to Handel Garnett.A contract of $22.8 million was awarded to R&B Investments for the rehabilitation of the Guyhocmain access road.Cabinet also gave its no objection to the construction of roads in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) with repairs to the Four-Corner Junction at a cost of $16.1 million, which was awarded to BK International. The company also secured a second contract for the maintenance of Back Road Baidorado for the sum of $13.2 million.Furthermore, a contract for the rehabilitation of the Linden Highway at $37 million was awarded to BardonConstruction Services.The construction of groynesat Cullen on the Essequibo Coast at $23.5 million was awarded to Deodat Construction Firm.Meanwhile, for the provision of designs and supervision service for the construction of a sluice at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara,a contract valued $18.75 million was awarded to SRKN Engineering. The rehabilitation of a concrete bridge at a cost of $60.5 millionwas awarded toAnurudhRamchamitarConstruction.A $240.3 million contract for the rehabilitation of the Bartica Stelling was awarded to Courtney Benn Construction Services; while works on the Goods Wharf at Kingston, Georgetown, to the tune of $58.9 million was awarded to M. Sukhai Construction Service.For the reconstruction of the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) Central Workshop and Administrative building at the cost of $47.9 million was awarded to Gupta Contracting.Cabinet also consented to the rehabilitation of the Leonora Diagnostic Centre at a cost of $74. 4 million and awarded the contract to Builders Hardware Quality.In addition, it approved the extension of the school building at the New Amsterdam School of Nursing,which will cost $25.5 million and was awarded to Doodnauth Contracting andSupplies. A second contract of $49.1 million was awarded to Beresford Harry for the construction of the nurses hostel in the town. Added to that is the construction of an outpatient building at the New Amsterdam Hospital at a cost of $15.9 million.last_img read more

Hamm, Nomar try to raise awareness

first_imgHamm and husband Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers were on hand Sunday afternoon at his old high school, St. John Bosco, to kick off a program to help patients and their families in their fight against cancer. The two call their program “9 to 5” because they consider giving back to the community a full-time effort. While youngsters scurried about on the field, adults filled out forms and had swabs taken to register with the marrow donor program. “Being a donor can be a life-altering experience. It’s an opportunity to help change the world,” Hamm said. Garciaparra said, “Just registering can save a person’s life.” BELLFLOWER – Some six months pregnant with twins, Mia Hamm deftly switched the soccer ball from her right foot to her left, then rolled it behind her to keep an eager young defender from taking it away. Eight-year-old Anthony Arroyo watched approvingly before gleefully sprinting up the field toward the opponents’ goal. Hamm began a foundation to support research on diseases of the bone marrow. She and Garciaparra are teaming with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and plan to put together a fundraising soccer match next year that will feature stars from sports and the entertainment industry. Hamm put her arm around Anthony, noted that he had a marrow transplant after a match was found in the registry, and asked him how he was feeling. “Good,” he shot back, grinning. Anthony’s parents, Ron and Juanita Arroyo, beamed afterward as they watched him running around the field. “We feel very lucky,” Juanita Arroyo said. “They were able to find a perfect (marrow) match for him.” Dr. Neena Kapoor, Anthony’s doctor, watched him chasing around and said, “It’s always amazing. It’s the best reward we can get.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It’s been a while,” said the 34-year-old Hamm, retired from soccer but still one of America’s most-recognized athletes. “Some things definitely have changed. I’ve put on a little weight.” There’s a strong connection between Hamm and Arroyo, who, thanks to the National Marrow Donor Program’s registry, can run and play soccer with the other kids. last_img read more

Undertrained Lezama comes out of nowhere

first_imgPREP CROSS COUNTRY: Leuzinger runner takes first in Bay meet despite focusing on soccer. Fairley looks strong. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER For all intents and purposes, Leuzinger’s Jose Lezama was not even supposed to compete in cross country this year. Peninsula senior Megan Fairley enjoyed a renaissance performance by winning a loaded girls race with an impressive 17:51 clip, showing some of the starpower she had before being besieged by injuries last season. While the Mira Costa girls and boys teams posted dominating victories, the buzz was about Lezama, who seemed to come out of nowhere for the second straight season. Lezama went out in front of the pack with Mira Costa runners Danny Kalinowski and Alex Adler. In the final mile, Lezama took off and grimaced his way to the finish line, trying to catch his breath after his stunning victory. “Man, I’m really dizzy – I need to start practicing again,” Lezama said in near-disbelief. “I couldn’t believe this. I haven’t practiced in so long. “I was doing it for my friend, Josed. My legs were tired at the end, and I thought the other runners were going to catch up, but I knew I had to win for the girl. “I promised her.” Lezama said his P.E. teacher, Sharon Curto, convinced him to come back out for running because she told him that was his best bet to earn a scholarship. Lezama said he was headed to club soccer practice after the meet as he will try to balance running and soccer. “It’s OK – after an hour all the pain goes away,” Lezama said. Adler told Lezama immediately after the race that he should focus on running. Kalinowski took second in 15:27, and Adler followed right behind in 15:28 for Mira Costa, which had 35 points to outdistance Palos Verdes and Redondo, which each had 67 points. “We worked terribly hard this summer, going to Mammoth and training with a club team,” Kalinowski said. “And we did great as a team. But Lezama is a great runner and a great guy, really genuine. I respect him, and I think everybody does.” Fairley looked like her old self with a superb run. Fairley went out with Mira Costa front-runners Shadeh Tabatabai and Kevyn Murphy. Then going up a hill on the last mile, Fairley took off and never looked back, beating Tabatabai by two seconds in a race missing Redondo frontrunner Chloe Curtis, who was held out with a minor left ankle injury. “When the big hill came, I was trying to stick with Megan, but she took off, and I was like `Whoa.’ She’s amazing,” Tabatabai said. “She came back really strong, and that will push us as a league.” Though it was an early-season meet, Fairley said she came out with something to prove. “I wanted to show that I’m not done yet,” Fairley said. “This was the first time I was back with a block of training behind me, and I wanted to show that I still had something to offer. It’s not easy in this league, but that’s what pushes you. ” Mira Costa certainly provides that push. The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division II poll, took four of the top six spots to score 27 points, beating Peninsula (53) and West Torrance (69). Tabatabai secured second place in 17:53. Murphy, competing in her first meet of the season after recovering from her own set of injuries, took third in 18:18, and Kelly Shambaugh was fourth in 18:40. Aleyna LaCroix (sixth, 18:53) and freshman Savannah Pio (12th, 19:12) rounded out Mira Costa’s fab five. “That’s what we’ve been working on – packing – and everyone’s gotten so good for us,” Tabatabai said. tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He had informed Coach Erich Tucker that he intended to focus on soccer. He had not trained since the Bay League track and field finals in early May and did not even decide to run in the opening Bay League meet until a mere few days before. And that’s what made his performance Thursday even more extraordinary. Powered by raw talent and pure guts alone, Lezama burned up the course at the opening league meet at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach, stunning the field with a resounding victory over a talented group of runners who had been training all summer. “I think they’re mad at me right now, really mad,” said Lezama, last year’s league runner-up who covered the three-mile course in 15 minutes, 21 seconds on Thursday. It was a day of comebacks. last_img

Setback suffered by GlobalFlyer

first_imgMOJAVE – The Mojave-built GlobalFlyer’s preparations for another record-setting around-the-world flight have been delayed after the aircraft’s wing was damaged during a ground accident. The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer received “considerable damage” when its wing tip collided with a fuel truck at the airport in Salina, Kan., on Wednesday. The aircraft had just been fueled for a test flight when the accident occurred. It was not immediately known what impact the incident would have on the GlobalFlyer team’s plans to set a record for the longest flight. The accident canceled a planned flight today to Florida to begin preparations for the record attempt. “Everyone involved in the record attempt is as disappointed as I am that repositioning could not take place as planned,” said pilot Steve Fossett. “We are currently assessing the damage for how long the repairs will take to see when we can get back on track.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The GlobalFlyer team is shooting to break the distance records of 24,987 miles for the longest aircraft flight, set by the Voyager airplane in 1986, and the 25,361 mile mark set by the balloon Breitling Orbiter 2 in 1989. GlobalFlyer was designed by Burt Rutan and built by his Scaled Composites company in Mojave. Rutan also designed the Voyager aircraft. Virgin Atlantic Airways signed an agreement with NASA to use Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the starting point for the flight, which is to cover 29,000 miles and end in London. No exact date has been set, but the flight was expected to take place in February. The flight will be piloted by Fossett, who made a 20,373-mile solo nonstop flight around the world in the GlobalFlyer that concluded on March 3. During the attempt for the longest flight, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. During Fossett’s around-the-world flight, GlobalFlyer had a mysterious loss of more than 3,000 pounds of fuel. Despite that, Fossett was able to complete the flight and still had 1,500 pounds of fuel when he landed. Engineers established that the fuel escaped through vents in the fuel tank behind the engine. Scaled Composites has since modified the aircraft. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want 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

Suspect in teen’s ordeal charged

first_imgLUGOFF, S.C. – A man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and keeping her in an underground bunker was charged Sunday with raping the teen, Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill said. McCaskill said Vinson Filyaw had eluded police with an elaborate system of hideouts and bunkers since November 2005, when he was charged with criminal sexual conduct on a 12-year-old girl. He surrendered Sunday morning to police as he walked along Interstate 20 near Columbia, about five miles from where investigators found the teenager. Police say Filyaw, 36, abducted the girl as she walked home from a school bus stop on Sept. 6. Investigators said Filyaw posed as a police officer when he met the 14-year-old girl and the teen was walked around in the woods by her captor until she became disoriented. He used handmade grenades and a flare gun to threaten her while she was in the bunker, McCaskill said. “You just don’t know who is living across your front yard,” Sharon Turner, Filyaw’s neighbor, said.160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleInvestigators arrested Filyaw in neighboring Richland County about 24 hours after rescuing the girl, who sent a text message to her mother on Filyaw’s phone while he was asleep Wednesday, McCaskill said. The sheriff said Filyaw woke up and the girl still had the phone, but she told him she was simply playing with the phone. Investigators used cell towers to determine a general location of the phone and deputies began searching for Filyaw on Friday night. McCaskill said the girl cried out as searchers approached the bunker. The girl was found Saturday about a mile from her home, hidden in a booby-trapped, 15-foot-deep hole carved out of the side of a hill and covered with plywood. The bunker had a hand-dug privy with toilet paper, a camp stove and shelves made with cut branches and canvas. Filyaw had dug two bunkers in his own yard and two in the woods and had used them to hide out since he was charged in the assault case in November. His girlfriend Cynthia Hall has been charged as an accessory and with neglect in the earlier case, McCaskill said. Investigators say she allowed the earlier assault to take place in her home and provided Filyaw with supplies to live in the bunker. last_img read more

Trucker crushed to death at Santa Fe Springs yard

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – A 45-year-old veteran truck driver from Washington state was crushed to death between two semi trailers at a Santa Fe Springs truck yard, police said Friday. The victim died instantly when a truck he was working on rolled back, pinning him against another tractor-trailer at Warner Truck Yard at 12820 Imperial Highway just before 10 p.m. Thursday, said a statement from the Whittier Police Department, which patrols Santa Fe Springs. He was part of a two-man trucking team, working with a rookie driver from Kentucky, and had been in the process of swapping semi trailers, the statement said. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’last_img read more

Gerrard can go on to succeed Klopp as Liverpool manager, insists Crouch

first_img RANKED SORRY BEST OF “That point was proven in the last couple of days.“Should things continue to go well — and I don’t see why they won’t — in the long-term, I could envisage Steven ending up back at Liverpool.“If he can make a club as big as Rangers successful, he would be an ideal candidate to succeed Jurgen Klopp.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Gerrard has enjoyed a superb spell in charge of Rangers so far Most Read In Football Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “They totally dominated from the start and the final score did not reflect the performance Rangers produced.“Going to Rangers was a big call but the pressure up in Glasgow has held no fears for him.”He continued: “You can see how much he is enjoying it. There has been no let-up in the schedule since he started work in June, but he has given the squad an overhaul.“Simply by being Steven Gerrard, he has made Rangers an attractive destination — how could you not want to go and work under him? gameday cracker Gerrard’s men got the better of their arch-rivals Celtic in their final game of 2018 at Ibrox last weekend, and as a result are now level on points with Brendan Rodgers’ side at the top.The result was extra significant as it was the first time Rangers had defeated the reigning Scottish champions since April 2016.And Crouch, a former club and international team-mate of Gerrard’s, believes the experience of managing the Ibrox side could set him up a for a sensational return to his beloved Liverpool in the future.In his Daily Mail column, he said; “Rangers have been bossed by Celtic in Old Firm derbies for so long, but last Saturday they were absolutely deserved winners. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Peter Crouch has backed Steven Gerrard to eventually succeed Jurgen Klopp in the managerial hotseat at his former side Liverpool.The Liverpool legend has excelled in his role up in Scotland as Rangers boss after taking over in the summer. Peter Crouch, left, has backed his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard to take over as manager at Anfield one day Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest 2 revealed 2 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more

Picture Special: Still some fuel left for the Rally after party!

first_imgManus Kelly and Donal Barrett are revving up their celebrations after winning the Joule Donegal International Rally for the second time in a row.The victors parked the Subaru Impreza up at Larkin’s of Newmills on Sunday night to join the Rally after party and toast to their success.This weekend, Manus and Donal became the first Donegal crew in the history of the event to win back to back Donegal titles. Friends, family and supporters gathered together at the pub to give the duo a special party, which has so far lasted two days. Manus and Donal are still celebrating at full throttle, with a further after party taking place at Larkin’s on Monday night with music provided by Off The Kuff Band and Gary Mc Evoy. Photo: Geraldine Diver    Picture Special: Still some fuel left for the Rally after party! was last modified: June 19th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of December 20, 2019

first_imgIn Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spirit Jersey and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!It’s time for the final chapter in the Skywalker saga! Who else has their tickets?In addition, we’re in the last of the holiday crunch! So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kawanzaa, Festivus, or something else, I wish you a very happy holidays!This week, there were a number of actual news stories relating to the futures of both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Learn more now!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsHead’s up! SuperShuttle is going out of business. In addition, Disneyland Express bus service to LAX and John Wayne airports will also cease operation.When will Star Wars droids start roaming at Galaxy’s Edge? The answer may not be what you want to hear.Also interesting in transportation news, Brightline and Walt Disney Co. officials have confirmed advanced talks about a station on or near theme-park property.The more I see of this movie, the more excited I am for it. Who else can’t wait for Onward?Frozen 2 crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. This marks the third Walt Disney Animation Studios film to reach this milestone. It’s the 6th film to cross that milestone this year.A big win for Universal Orlando this week. Orange County commissioners voted 4-3 to approve a controversial plan to give $125 million to Universal Orlando to build a new road.last_img read more

Leratong hospital gets much-needed revamp

first_imgKrugersdorp’s Leratong Hospital will soonbe able to offer a much improved service.  Not just the equipment and facilities,but also the patient environment isundergoing a revamp.  Currently run down and neglected, theLeratong Hospital serves residents of thesurrounding communities and informalsettlements.(Images: Romaana Naidoo)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Phumelele Kaunda  Media liaison, Gauteng health dept  + 27 11 355 3862 or +27 82 334 9851 RELATED ARTICLES • R13.8m surgical skills centre for SA • Smile Week to transform children’s lives • New centres to fight HIV in KZN • Soweto to get second state hospitalRomaana NaidooThe derelict Leratong Hospital outside Krugersdorp, east of Johannesburg, has been earmarked for major renovations which will transform it into a top-class public health facility.Located in the industrial area of Chamdor, the hospital, which already has a new reception area and trauma unit, will undergo further phased renovations in March at a cost of approximately R8-million (US$1.06-million).Through partnerships with corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Leratong Hospital will be revamped from top to bottom, ensuring patients have healthy, clean surroundings and ample facilities.The upcoming renovation phase will form part of the hospital’s P3 Walk-in Casualty area.Better care for patientsThe renovations will be done with the help of the South African Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation, whose main function is to assist provincial health departments with medical equipment and infrastructure especially in relation to tuberculosis, HIV and trauma.Dianne Pols, director of the SAME Foundation, says technology at Leratong is so behind, it’s unbelievable. “We work in crises situations when people can’t afford to better their conditions.” In July 2011, SAME Foundation renovated and re-equipped Leratong Hospital with top-of-the-range Welch Allyn diagnostic equipment from Germany. Currently it is the only hospital in the country, public or private, to use such equipment.More beds, modern equipmentThis revamp forms part of a three-phase project. On 16 May 2011 a ceremony was held for the renovations and equipping of the Leratong Hospital. Three months later, Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe officially opened the Emergency and Accident Unit.Renovations of the unit included increasing the number of beds from 15 to 32.All beds have diagnostic and monitoring equipment and, owing to the size of the resuscitation area, a central monitoring station has been installed to alert staff if any patient is in distress.The reception area has also been restructured and refurbished. Because of the large volumes of people and patients using the hospital, it was vital to rearrange this section so that patients can be attended to efficiently, and sit in a comfortable environment while they wait for care.Leratong Hospital mainly serves previously disadvantaged communities and has a bed capacity of 800. However, a lack of equipment means that not all beds are utilised. Currently 755 beds are in use.The hospital serves mainly poor to middle-class communities in the surrounding area, which is densely populated with informal settlements.Its key health challenges are HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and trauma, with violence off all kinds being a major contributing factor to the latter situation.Leratong Hospital is known amongst emergency services personnel for its lack of sufficient equipment.last_img read more