1000 Homes ProjectAmid reports of the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) taking a decision to fire the entire team of the 1000 Homes Project, former Housing Minister under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration Irfaan Ali has called the move “sinister”.His comments were in response to an article published on Friday by another section of the media under the title: “Amidst fraud, otherFormer Housing Minister Irfaan Aliirregularities on 1000 Homes project…Central Housing to sack entire team.”The article states that “According to a senior housing official yesterday [Thursday], the decision was taken to send home all the staffers of the project after it became clear that mismanagement, fraud and a number of irregularities were discovered.”However, Ali pointed out that the Board of Directors need to identify the “many instances of fraud” that they are claiming were found within the 1000 Homes Project and produce evidence of same. In fact, he said he is of the view that these allegations were fabricated as part of a plan to dismiss the project’s team and have them replaced by new persons.“It would appear that some sinister motive is at hand to concoct allegations of fraud and corruption in order to get rid of all the staff at the 1000 Homes Project to make way for an entirely new batch that would be handpicked and nurtured to execute the agenda of a select few for their own benefit,” the former Housing Minister stated.Last week, the Hamilton Green-headed CH&PA Board came under fire after it was reported that contractor Ivor Allen was single-sourced to execute ‘corrective’ works on some 11 homes under the Government’s 1000 Homes Project.Guyana Times understands that the CH&PA Board handpicked Allen; a close associate of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Allen was once the Chairman of Region Two under the People’s National Congress (PNC), and served as a Member of Parliament of that party up to 2006.Chairman of CH&PA Hamilton GreenIt was also disclosed that the cost for the works is at $7,467,227, but the internal memorandum issued by the Secretary to the CH&PA Board put the cost for the same 11 homes at a whopping $16,727,623, a difference of over $9.2 million.Moreover, the newspaper article claimed that several of the staffers, inclusive of management members, were not listed as being part of the CH&PA, and that several staffers were related to former Finance Director of the Project Taslim Baksh. It was noted too that during the Board meeting on Thursday, CH&PA Project Manager Fazal Wahab and former Chief Executive Officer, Myrna Pitt, distanced themselves from the 1000 Homes Project.However, according to Ali, the project was managed by a committee headed by Pitt. He pointed out that according to the Project’s Standard Operation Manual, the 1000 Homes team “will be headed by the CEO and will comprise a Project Manager, two Supervisory Engineers, Clerk of Works and other field staff”. He added too that the former Finance Director was only a member of the 1000 Homes Project team and was not responsible for the management of the project as the article is falsely claiming.“The Board of Directors need to produce evidence that staff employed on the 1000 Homes Project is related to the former Director of Finance of CH&PA. No staff working on the 1000 Homes Project has any family relation to the former Director of Finance,” he posited.The former Housing Minister, under whose watch the Project located at Perseverance (behind Providence), East Bank Demerara, began, went onto address reports that the project was poorly supervised, hence substandard work on the two bedroom houses that will require millions to repair.“The supervision of the construction of the houses at the 1000 Homes Project was done by the Projects Department of CH&PA. The site was headed by a Superintendent of Works and several Inspectors of Works that reported directly to the Director of Projects,” the former Housing Minister highlighted.Moreover, there were reports that the CH&PA Board had discovered that a 22-year-old Data Entry Clerk was promoted to Procurement Officer, handling the purchase of $500 million in materials for the project, without there being any records to show why he was appointed.However, Ali explained that the young man, who holds a degree from the University of Guyana, was highly recommended for the position by his supervisor since it was felt that his skills were being under utilised as a Data Entry Clerk. He further stated that the Procurement Officer is housed in the Projects Department and reports directly to the Director of Projects of CH&PA; hence he was not solely responsible for the procurement of over GY$500 million in materials.Furthermore, in response to reports of inaction by the CH&PA in relation to several cases of vandalism, the former Housing Minister noted that steps were taken to have the area secured.“There was vandalism and thefts at the 1000 Homes Site that usually occurred after dark, in spite of security arrangements that were in place. The CH&PA tried to engage the Guyana Police Force to put an outpost in the area because it was impossible for CH&PA to prevent the vandalism and thefts that were occurring on the homes because of the vastness of the project site,” he remarked.
An alleged bird thief, who of recent had reportedly been on a bird snatching spree, was killed in Sophia, Greater Georgetown on Tuesday morning when he allegedly attempted to snatch another bird.Dead: Shelton JordanTwenty-one-year-old Shelton Jordan, called “Mickey Mouse”, of West La Penitence, Georgetown, was reportedly killed at about 05:30h.Guyana Times was told that Jordan attempted to steal a bird on Dennis Street, Sophia but was unsuccessful.An argument reportedly ensued between him and the owner of the bird and Jordan reportedly stabbed the man to his hand. This resulted in a scuffle between the two.The robbery victim managed to disarm Jordan of the knife he was carrying, and stabbed him several times in the process.The 56-year-old man then proceeded to the Police station where he reported what transpired.Tiffany Lowers, the girlfriend of the now dead accused bird thief, was in a distraught state at the scene of the incident.According to the woman, Jordan left home at about midnight on Monday but never returned.“He left home at 12 last night (midnight Monday) to work… he had no problems with the Police before…we had been together for the last seven years,” the young woman cried.However, at the scene of the crime, several persons who had their birds stolen, alleged that Jordan was among a group of men who had been prowling the area and stealing birds.“We know this motorcycle,” one eyewitness relayed, adding “this same motorcycle pull up and grab two birds from that man there with that black hat, it was this boy (pointing to dead man) and another red skin boy,” the man revealed.Another person told this publication that he was sitting on his veranda one day attending to one of his birds when he noticed Jordan riding past on numerous occasions.The man’s body along with the motorcycle following the stabbing“I see he deh driving pass for about three times. I had my bird right in front of my yard up on a lamp post. He play like if he was about to pee but he grab the bird from the post and by the time I reach down he did already drive away,” the man explained.According to a resident in the area, a wildlife dealer, the stolen birds are expensive and are being sold to persons who smuggle them out of the country.“The birds are expensive, especially if it’s a racing bird but the birds are being stolen and sold back at a low value.”When this publication visited the dead man’s home, his family were not at home and were said to be at the Police station.The Police are continuing with their investigations.
The Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport on Friday evening culminated the Mashramani activities 2019 with the annual awards ceremony which gave recognition to the talents shared by outstanding participants.Alexi LaRose receiving an award from Social Cohesion Minister Dr George NortonIn delivering her report for this year’s activities, Director of Culture Tameka Botswain noted that despite some challenges, Mash 2019 exceeded expectations.“Mash 2019 exceeded expectations. The Department of Culture with the determination to make Mashramani 2019 larger and louder, embarked on an intense campaign in the latter half of 2018 to redefine the way Guyanese see the festival…Mashramani is so much more than the costume and float parade,” she said.Junior Calypso Monarch Jamal Stewart collects his winning trophy from an official at the award ceremony on Friday eveningAccording to her, there was an increased number of participants that outgrew traditional locations. Next year will bring the 50th anniversary of Republic Day and signature activities will be orchestrated to celebrate this milestone.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton said there were commitments to make this celebration better than the previous years and it was executed as planned while promoting inclusivity. He mentioned that this was demonstrated with the decentralisation of events to all administrative regions.“Mashramani 2019 was a massive success. Apart from a spectacular and incident free costume and float parade, the festival was executed in a manner that was all-inclusive.Allison Parker collects a trophy on behalf of the Business Ministry that copped the first place in the individual female costume competition and second in the full costume medium band contestThe mash route was crammed and D’Urban Park was packed to capacity. With much hard work from the members of committee and Mashramani Secretariat, we were able to ensure that every region across the beautiful land of Guyana was able to witness one or more of our major calendar events,” said the Minister.The evening saw prizes being awarded to the Junior Soca Monarch, Jovinski Thorne; Junior Calypso Monarch, Jamal Stuart; Chutney Monarch, Stephen Ramphal; Soca Monarch, Brandon Harding and Calypso Monarch, Kenroy Fraser.Winners of the children’s float parade, dance and panorama were also rewarded. Smyth Street Nursery, Graham’s Hall Primary and Tucville Secondary won first place prizes for their contributions.The winner of the regional presentation for the costume parade was Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), followed by Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts, seven-time Road March Queen, receives her trophy from Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for youth, sport and culture, Dr George NortonRegion Three copped almost all the prizes for the costume and float parade categories, with the Best Designer Antonio Paul collecting several prizes.Designer Nelson Nurse was also recognised for a number of bands which he created this year.National Designer of the Year was presented to Trevor Alfred while Antonio Paul received the prize for Regional Designer of the Year.Throughout the evening, the audience was entertained by the Guyana Police Force band, Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts and steel pan renditions.Mashramani 2019 was celebrated under the theme: “Celebrating 49 with victory in mind: Rediscovering El Dorado”.
That compares to just $11,290 for the same two month period last year. By Dwight FordOne institutional permit, which goes to structural steel at the hospital construction site, has pushed the 2010 value of construction in Fort St. John to a level that is more than 8 times what it was this time last year.The year-over-year totals for Janaury and February are $9,153,000 this year, as compared to $1,116,000 in 2009.- Advertisement -The aforementioned permit, worth 7,400,000 dollars, was one of ten issued in February and it put the monthly total at 8,280,000 dollars.That is more than 13 times the 2009 February total of 607,000, from five permits.The ten permits last month also resulted in about $26,500 in city revenue, putting that year-to-date total at $31,792.Advertisement
If you have any further details about this accident, send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-787-7100. – Advertisement -Energeticcity.ca has confirmed a Greyhound bus has crashed near Prophet River.A Greyhound spokesperson has confirmed 6 people were on the bus that left Grande Prairie this morning headed towards Fort Nelson.Greyhound states the bus was involved in a single vehicle accident.It is not clear how many people may be injured or the severity of those injuries.Greyhound has already dispatched a bus to take passengers from Prophet River to Fort Nelson.Advertisement Photo: This photo of the Greyhound accident near Prophet River has been provided by Jeff Giersch.
The rich in this case are developers who are getting $176 million in taxpayer help to build high-end condos, a luxury hotel, swanky restaurants and shops that most Angelenos won’t be able to afford. Plus, there’s some “park space.” In order to dupe the public into believing this investment of their money is anything more than a giveaway to the developers of an outdoor mall, the project has been promoted as some sort of L.A. version of Central Park. But all promoters have done is tack a 16-acre park onto the development, add some trees and landscaping to the rest and called the whole thing a park. What taxpayers will get for their investment in Grand Avenue is, for the most part, a lot less money to improve their neighborhoods and some low-paying service and retail jobs. City Hall will undoubtedly make taxpayers subsidize those, too, with a “living wage” requirement. The LAUSD and the Los Angeles Community College District ought to join the lawsuit, as well as any other group that believes taking from the poor and giving to the rich is a crime. The judge will decide whether or not Grand Avenue steals directly from students. But one thing is for sure, there’s no doubt that the project steals from us all. THE lawsuit filed by the Westin Bonaventure Hotel challenging public subsidies for the $2.05 billion Grand Avenue project claims they will rob millions from local schools. The claim is that the massive project’s tax structure is flawed, and would deny as much as $25 million over eight years to the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as the local community colleges. As is the case with many things claimed in a civil lawsuit, this claim may or may not be accurate. But, nonetheless, it is true in the larger sense. The Grand Avenue project steals from everyone in Los Angeles – and including students – to give to the rich. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here are the top football headlines in Thursday’s newspapers…Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers does NOT want to return to Swansea following Garry Monk’s sacking, because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager next summer. (The Times) Ex-Swansea defender Sam Ricketts believes former Liverpool boss Rodgers would be taking a ‘backwards step’ if he returned to take charge of the Welsh club. (talkSPORT)Former Chelsea star Adrian Muta has branded Jose Mourinho “a fake person”, and insists “as a coach, he is finished”. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United could sack manager Louis van Gaal if the Red Devils finish outside the Premier League’s top three this season. (Daily Express)The United players are getting increasingly frustrated with Van Gaal’s tactics and methods, and were bewildered after he took off Juan Mata for the inexperienced 21-year-old Nick Powell in their Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg. (The Times) According to reports in Turkey, Liverpool have agreed personal terms with 27-year-old Galatasaray winger Kevin Grosskreutz, who Reds boss Jurgen Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund. (Takvim) Arsenal are among the clubs in the race to sign Brazil wonderkid Gabriel Jesus. The 18-year-old Palmeiras forward has already been touted as a better prospect than Neymar. (Daily Mail)The Gunners also want to sign Deportivo La Coruna’s Spanish winger Lucas Perez, 27. (El Ideal Gallego) West Brom striker Saido Berahino is again set to miss out on a dream move to Tottenham, because the Baggies are refusing to deal with them. (Daily Mirror)Premier League leaders Leicester City want to sign former Manchester City midfielder and Netherlands international Nigel de Jong, 31, from AC Milan. (Calciomercato.com) Manchester United have joined Tottenham in showing a strong interest in Fulham youngster Moussa Dembele. (Evening Standard)Southampton are tracking 23-year-old Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula as a possible replacement for Victor Wanyama, who is yet to commit to a new contract with the Saints. (Daily Mirror)And here are the top talkSPORT.com headlines…?Exclusive – Sicknote Daniel Sturridge is a ‘luxury Liverpool can’t afford’, claims Reds legendExclusive – Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury won’t affect Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool vision, claims Rene MeulensteenDietmar Hamann’s verdict on ‘dire’ and ‘toothless’ Man United: ‘Champions League exit isn’t a surprise’Liverpool blow as Xabi Alonso says he is staying at Bayern MunichJurgen Klopp close to Liverpool reunion with former Borussia Dortmund midfielderSteven Naismith concedes he may leave Everton for first-team football
1 Peter Bosz has left Ajax for Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund have appointed Ajax boss Peter Bosz as their new head coach.The 53-year-old, who led Ajax to the Europa League final in his sole season in charge of the Amsterdammers, has signed a two-year deal to succeed Thomas Tuchel, who left the club last week following a rift with club bosses.Dortmund said on Twitter: “Peter Bosz will be BVB’s new head coach. Contract to 2019.”Bosz, who will face the media on Tuesday afternoon, was under contract at the Amsterdam ArenA until 2019, so Dortmund have had to agree a compensation package to secure his services.Ajax confirmed on their official website that an agreement had been reached with Dortmund, with general manager Edwin van der Sar describing it as a “good deal”.The former Manchester United goalkeeper said: “I have mixed feelings about this move. When we brought Peter to Ajax last summer it was not the intention that the partnership would end after one year.“We have had a great season, especially in the Europa League. As with our players, the coach also attracts the attention of clubs from Europe’s top leagues.”Bosz guided an exciting young Ajax side to their first European final in 21 years, where they were beaten by Manchester United, but missed out on the Eredivisie title by a point to Feyenoord and ended the season without silverware.The former Holland midfielder’s only previous coaching job outside his home country was a brief stint in charge of Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv before he took over at Ajax.Dortmund finished third in the Bundesliga last term to qualify for the Champions League, and also won the DFB-Pokal, but Bosz will have his work cut out to challenge the dominance of Bayern Munich.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer is expected to return from his three-month suspension on Tuesday, July 2, but Baer will not have the same level of power within the organization.The Giants announced Saturday that Baer will rejoin the franchise in his prior role, but the franchise will make changes to its leadership structure. Baer, 62, is no longer the Giants’ “control person” with Major League Baseball as that role has been given to Rob Dean, who served as the interim CEO …
22 June 2010President Jacob Zuma has wished the national team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of their crucial Group A match against France on Tuesday, while reminding South Africans that, whatever the outcome of the game, they are “already winners.”“South Africans are already winners,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on the weekend. ” The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.”Zuma urged the country not to give up hope and to continue supporting the national team, but more importantly to support the World Cup in general. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts.”Zuma also took the opportunity to thank South Africans for helping to create an amazing spirit around the World Cup.Since the opening of the tournament, South Africans have come out in numbers to display the colorful energy that the country is known for, brandishing their plastic vuvuzela trumpets and headgear made from miner’s helmets.“We congratulate each and every citizen for such patriotism and amazing energy,” Zuma said. “You are ensuring that this becomes a vibrant African World Cup.”The President was also impressed by the massive attendance at soccer games and fan parks, saying the country had proven to the world that it could deliver a spectacular event.Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament.The team will hope that Uruguay give the same treatment to Mexico as the two South American teams battle it our simultaneously at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. Both clashes start at 16:00.Bafana will go in to battle without their number one goalie Itumeleng Khune, who was given a red card, and a one match ban in last week’s game, for foul play. It will be up to the team’s number two goal keeper tomorrow, Moeneeb Josephs, to keep the French at bay.Source: BuaNews