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No remedial works yet for defective Kato School

first_img– hundreds of students remain in limbo Hundreds of students remain in limbo as no remedial work at the Kato Secondary School has started, an official at the Education Ministry disclosed on Monday.Kato Secondary SchoolPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had stated that an audit report into the school, which pinpointed several defects in its construction, was sent to the Chambers of the Attorney General for an investigation to be conducted.But to date, Attorney General Basil Williams is yet to indicate what has become of the contractor who carried out the “shoddy work”, and whether he would be held accountable.However, an official at the Ministry has disclosed that the matter was yet to be thrashed out, even though the 400-plus students of the school were crammed into another school, which was already overcrowded.“No decisions have been made as yet,” the official said. Although Kares Engineering, the firm which constructed the school, has indicated its willingness to remedy the faults on the school, Patterson stated that given the fact it was under investigation, the firm would not be awarded the contract to fix the deficiencies.He had asserted that the company was given many opportunities to correct its poor work, but did not.The school, which was built at a cost of $728.1 million, has glaring evidence of poor construction: cracked walls and flooring, termite infested wood and cheap materials being used to build rooms.However, Kares Engineering said the school was built to “rigid specifications”.Also, although Patterson has placed the extremely defective school high on the Government’s agenda for projects to be completed, discussions have just started.There has been no advertisement for bidding for the remedial works on the school, which could cost the Government another $140 million.last_img read more

PPDI looking to launch pilot programme

first_img…to integrate renewable energy on small scaleIn keeping with the times, Power Producers and Distributors Incorporated (PPDI) has embarked on plans to ‘convert’ at least one of its engines in an effort to determine the logistics of introducing renewable energy into the grid.In a brief interview with this publication, PPDI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Arron Fraser explained that the initiative is a pilot project, but there is the possibility of expansion if success is achieved.“It is a pilot project,” Dr Fraser explained to this publication. “It involves retrofitting the engine. And we have a partner on board.”Back in 2017, PPDI officials had announced that a three- year strategic plan to combine the use of hydropower and associated natural gas to generate electricity was being prepared.Mined from deep beneath the earth’s surface, associated natural gas is composed of methane as well as both hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon gases. Not only is it a fossil fuel, but it is also non-renewable.PPDI CEO, Dr Arron FraserThis plan was to have been executed at the New Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop power plants, once Guyana starts oil and gas production. Asked about this energy plan, Fraser said this was currently a work in progress.In Guyana, the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL’s) Demerara interconnected system is fed with power by the PPDI, which replaced Wärtsilä, a company from Finland which for two decades maintained over a dozen engines for the utility company. Energy costs remain a prohibition, however.In an interview with this publication on the sidelines of a workshop last month, Private Sector Commission (PSC) Executive Ramesh Dookhoo shared his thoughts on oil and gas. According to the businessman, the price fluctuations and high cost of fuel prohibits Guyana from being competitive with other countries.“We still have a huge challenge, as a manufacturing country, with the cost for electricity. I would urge the Government to continue to look for sustainable supplies and initiatives in energy. Fluctuations that govern the price of oil affect us and put Guyana in a place where we’re not competitive to export and compete with countries that have cheaper energy,” Dookhoo explained.He expressed need for renewable energy, like hydropower, to be integrated into the system, so that costs can be lowered. He also cited the previous Government’s approach of adjusting the excise tax in order to stabilise prices for consumers.“The way I see it, we either do hydropower or set up other systems; or we will be in the same position ten years from now. There is talk about getting some of the gas here. I don’t know how much it will cost,” Dookhoo declared.“There has been a call by manufacturers to the Government to try and adjust the duties. Most of the diesel prices have gone up tremendously. What the previous Government did was adjust the duties so that the price could be stable and predictable,” he said.According to Dookhoo, this practice seems to have now been abandoned by the current Government. He was, however, hopeful that other ways of reducing the cost of fuel would be pursued.last_img read more

JUST THE STATS: DONEGAL RED HOT FAVOURITES TO BEAT CAVAN

first_imgGot some cash?: Cavan are 4-1, Donegal 2-7 and 7-2 the draw.Stand tickets (€25, €15 for OAPs and €5 for under-16s).Terrace (adults €15, OAP/Student €10 and under-16s free). Our view: If you are loaded, put a wedge on Donegal. If you’re not, don’t. Gambling on a two-horse race is madness anyway. Just ask Carlos Tevez…CAVAN: J Reilly; P O’Reilly, D Reilly, R Flanagan; K Meehan, J McCutcheon, R Maloney-Derham; D Givney, G McKiernan; F Flanagan, M McKeever, N Smith; J Brady, E Keating, B Fitzpatrick. Subs: K Fannin, K Clarke, J McLoughlin, D Tighe, F Slowey, T Corr, J Hayes, K Tierney, N McDermott, R Galligan, R Cullivan.DONEGAL: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; L McLoone, K Lacey, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, N Gallagher; M McElhinney, M McHugh, R Bradley; P McBrearty, C McFadden, D Walsh.Subs: M Boyle, D Walsh, M Boyle, T McKinley, C Toye, S Griffin, D McLaughlin, M O’Reilly, D Molloy, P McGee, A Hanlon. Referee: C Reilly (Meath).JUST THE STATS: DONEGAL RED HOT FAVOURITES TO BEAT CAVAN was last modified: May 19th, 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES

first_imgIt was a very successful week for our senior team this weekend as they took four points out of a possible four in the Division 2 league. On Friday they travelled to Bundoran to to play Realt Na Mara C.L.G and recorded a 2-11 to 2-5 win.Two days later Cloughaneely were the visitors to Pairc Naomh Columba where the Glen were comfortable 1-11 to 0-8 victors. Glenswilly are now on 9 points at the top of the table, three clear of next weekends opponents Naomh Muire who are in second. That game throws in at 3pmThe reserves had no games over the weekend and will be hoping that pitch conditions improve for their tie against Cloughaneely at 7.30pm this Friday 26th, and also for their game against Nomh uire on Sunday at 1.30pm. Both these games are home fixtures. The u14’s play Termon away this Wednesday in the league, throw in at 7.30pm in the Burn Road.The u15’s had an impressive Gaeltacht championsip win over a fancied Kilcar outfit on Monday evening. The boys won that one by 4-07 to 0-06. They advance to the semis next weekend against Glenties. Venue and time TBC.That game is pencilled in for 3pm on Sunday the 28th.Winning lotto numbers 7,11,13,17. Match 3 winner Seamus Gallagher. Next weeks sellers are Stephen McDaid and JB McGeehan. The jackpot lies at €2240.GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 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:Glenswilly GAA Clublast_img read more

Mandela film to debut in Toronto

first_img26 July 2013 The world premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the long-awaited big-screen dramatisation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, will take place at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film will be released in South Africa on 28 November. Making the announcement on Wednesday, producer Anant Singh said he was delighted to the film selected for the prestigious festival. “We always believed that Toronto is the perfect platform to launch the film to international audiences,” Singh said in a statement. “We are pleased to continue a 15-year association with the festival which has featured many of our South African productions, including Red Dust and the Oscar-nominated Yesterday “The Toronto Film Festival is unique as it allows us to present the film to both industry people and regular film-goers in Canada.” The epic film, directed by Justin Chadwick, spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The film is authorised by Mandela, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory having provided research and archival support. Three actors play Mandela in the film: Siza Pini plays the eight-year-old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years. Others in the cast include Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu, Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada, Zolani Mkiva as Raymond Mhlaba, Simo Magwaza as Andrew Mlangeni, Fana Mokoena as Govan Mbeki, Thapelo Mokoena as Elias Motsoaledi, Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, Lindiwe Matshikiza as Zindzi Mandela, Terry Pheto as Evelyn, Jamie Bartlett as James Gregory, Deon Lotz as Kobie Coetzee, and Gys de Villiers as President FW de Klerk. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Election volunteers: the beating heart of democracy

first_img• Kate Bapela Spokesperson Independent Electoral Commision +27 12 622 5700 spokesperson@elections.org.za • Frequently asked questions about voting in the 2014 elections • Elections 2014: A guide to all registered parties • South Africa’s 2014 elections – a resource pack • Elections 2014: All you need to know • National order for ‘Free Mandela’ songwriter Jerry DammersSulaiman PhilipThere are armies on the loose in South Africa; legions of dedicated, earnest citizens, young and not so young wearing out shoe leather, and making endless pots of tea and mountains of sandwiches as they go door to door explaining the finer points of their party manifestos. Their t-shirts, the colours of the rainbow, identify their political allegiances.These are the election volunteers, the men and women who believe that democracy involves more than having the right to vote. They are the beating heart of democracy, and they are, as Ivan Scheier, a US pioneer of political volunteer management, said, “Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” For these South Africans, volunteering is not a choice; it’s a responsibility, which gives them a voice to shape and mould a democratic South Africa they can be proud of. It’s impossible to say exactly how many election volunteers there are. They are however all participating fully in building a democratic culture in South Africa.  Meet the election volunteers “I will continue to vote and specifically vote for the ANC to ensure that it takes South Africa Forward.” Siphile Buthelezi (Image: Siphile Buthelezi) Siphile Buthelezi is one of the many good stories South Africa can tell. The son of a domestic worker and builder, the one-time taxi driver is now a lawyer, and an African National Congress (ANC) election volunteer; he likens himself to a foot soldier.“The ANC created an environment conducive for a black child like me to prosper. My family were beneficiaries of a government housing subsidy, running water, sanitation, electricity; and I was able to study thanks to a National Student Aid Fund Scheme bursary. Volunteering is my way of ensuring that the sacrifices of leaders like Chris Hani and Solomon Mahlangu and Nelson Mandela were not in vain.” For Buthelezi this means telling the good news story of South Africa over the past 20 years. He is committed to seeing the ANC retain control to build on the gains of the past 20 years. His duty, as he sees it, is to explain the path the government has set the country on and why it is important not to stray from it. “As a volunteer I get to deliver the good news about the ANC. Most SA voters don’t necessarily read party manifestos in detail, which makes it very important to have volunteers to verbally explain what the ANC is all about, what the ANC has done and plans to do in future. They are the only progressive force of change; SA voters love the ANC and still want to be governed by the ANC despite its shortcomings.” “AgangSA volunteers spread the good news of change that the party can bring to the nation.” Monica Brown(Image: Monica Brown) Monica Brown, an AgangSA volunteer in the Western Cape, who voted for the first time in 2009, says she “voted for COPE then because their promises were appealing and I felt my vote did not matter to the ANC or the DA”.Like all volunteers she understands that freedom and democracy allow her to live peacefully alongside neighbours who have made different choices. Brown has volunteered for two parties in her short political career; the one constant she has found is that voting is not taken seriously by South Africans. “We need to begin voter education at school level. South Africans can quickly take to the streets and protest, but they do not even register to vote. The fact voter education is a priority for AgangSA is one of the reasons the party appeals to me.” “I want to have an answer when my children ask ‘dad what did you do to secure our future?.” Raleigh Ellis (Image: Raleigh Ellis)For some volunteers the unpaid work they do is about building a sense of identity as South Africans. Raleigh Ellis, a Democratic Alliance (DA) volunteer in Hartebeespoort, in Gauteng province, voted in the 1992 referendum when eligible white voters were asked to decide the future of apartheid, but not again until 2011. “In my father’s house politics was not allowed to be discussed or tolerated. In 2011 I looked at my children and realised that I had to become involved or they would struggle in the future. I did not want to be faced with the question, ‘Dad what did you do to secure our future?’ Yes my opinion of voting has changed; it is part of your risk analysis when planning your family’s future.”Business-minded Ellis says South African voters do not understand that a strong economy and the freedoms of democracy are inextricably linked. He believes that voters need to see themselves as paying customers – their votes their currency – who should treat the government as a company that needs to react to their needs. “Political promises have financial implications; voters become gatvol [fed up] because government is unable to keep their promises. There are even some black DA supporters who are saying that things were better under apartheid – at least they had work. South Africans are still learning about their power in a democracy – as a volunteer I get to help them understand that the government they have is a result of the choices they make.”The established parties can afford slicker campaigns with paid staff, but smaller, newer parties have been able to build strong localised grassroots campaigns. In the Western Cape, especially in Cape Town, the Patriotic Alliance has made strong inroads in part because it has built its presence through on-the-ground volunteers. In her Western Cape Mitchells Plain home Elizabeth Prinsloo woke from a dream filled with an unshakeable belief that her God wanted to use her to spread His message in politics. She has found a new political home in the Patriotic Alliance, whose posters proclaim the Damascus conversion of their founder, former bank robber, Gayton Mckenzie. She says, “The Lord will get that man into parliament. I can’t say that the ANC or the DA did nothing for us, but we need a coloured man in parliament to speak for us.” Prinsloo burns with the anger of a woman who expected her life to change, but has seen her community stagnate. Volunteering has given her an avenue to remake her community as she imagined it at the dawn of democracy. “My grandchild has a matric but she is sitting at home; we have gangsters as role models for our unemployed children. My neighbours have tried all the other parties – it’s time for us to give someone else a chance,” says the pensioner who has signed up 1 000 new voters by her own count. “I volunteer not for myself but for the world I leave behind for my children and their children.” Elizabeth Prinsloo (Image: Sulaiman Philip)Keeping an ear to the ground through election volunteersThe popular US phrase, “all politics is local”, is especially true of South African politics. Faced with inherited problems that need to be solved while rebuilding a society, it sometimes seems to local communities that their government has forgotten them and their problems. Volunteers give parties an ear on the ground that allows them to find local solutions to local problems. All the parties contesting this election, the big and the small, know that winning or losing hangs as much on their “ground game” as it does on their message. For them it means giving their volunteers the right data for when they knock on doors and canvas their neighbours.In his book Dreams of my Father President Barack Obama narrates his experiences as a volunteer working in the poorer sections of Chicago’s South Side, where talking to people on different sides of the political and economic spectrum shaped his world view and sharpened his ability to look at issues from different perspectives. AgangSA volunteer Brown agrees that volunteering is the best classroom to learn first-hand the problems facing a community. “Your vote is your voice” she says, before adding, “In my short life volunteering is the most fulfilling thing I have done. I have developed skills I did not have and earned a renewed respect for myself. Today I am able to help my communities in a better, more effective way.” There needs to be a fundamental shift in the way that voters think about elections and how it affects their lives, says Ellis. In his experience he finds that voters don’t see the connection between a vote and how it can change their economic future. “Voters need to be more involved in shaping the plans of political parties and changing the fortunes of this country. As volunteers it is our responsibility to drive home this simple message.” Volunteering is an expensive exercise for political parties. It is inefficient, time-consuming and exhausting. But, and this is true especially in the final weeks of a campaign, it is better than any other tactic for reaching people and getting the message out. Get Out The Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout is the bible of voter mobilisation. Written by Donald Green and Alan Gerber, political scientists at Yale University, they found that door-to-door canvassing remains the most effective tool for political parties. It produces, on average, one vote for every 14 home visits; personal phone calls and text messages are the next best, winning a vote with every 38 people contacted.And, as one anonymous wit once put it, “Don’t knock volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic, by professionals.”last_img read more

Announcing the December Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the November Featured Geocacher of the MonthNovember 23, 2011In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 27, 2012In “Community”Announcing the April Featured Geocacher of the MonthMay 25, 2012In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Every month, Lackeys at Groundspeak Headquarters have the chance to learn about the outstanding geocachers in our community. They are nominated by community members for “Featured Geocacher of the Month” because they exemplify innovation, creativity, respect for the environment, and helpfulness. Based off of these nominations and the votes on our blog, each month Groundspeak selects one “Featured Geocacher.” We continue to be stunned by the number of quality candidates as well as the number of geocachers who participate in this monthly process.All three of December’s Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees have done amazing things for our community. This was a close competition. Over 100 geocachers submitted votes, showing great support for each nominee.  Based on these votes, a panel of Lackeys selected AbbeyAckbar as the December Featured Geocacher of the Month.December Featured Geocacher of the Month, AbbeyAckbarAbbeyAckbar, a geocaching couple, is known for organizing many of the most creative and popular events in Dublin, Ireland. According to one cacher, “AbbeyAckbar have gathered people for such events as: WWFM VIII – Dublin, Ireland and a mega huge International Geocaching Day (IGD)01: CITO Burrow Beach, Dublin, Ireland and later that day another event: IGD01: Dublin, Ireland and recently 11.11.11 – It’s all about the numbers. They are great planners, everything is always under control with them.”AbbeyAckbar is also being recognized for their consistent willingness to assist a geocacher in need. One geocacher mentioned, and many others agreed, that, “they introduced me to Geocaching and have been great to me, on many a geocaching outing, helping and encouraging me along the way. They are all about fun and are so friendly and helpful, they deserve to be geocacher of the month.”AbbeyAckbar will receive a collector’s edition Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. Those nominees not chosen as the Featured Geocacher of the Month receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the Featured Geocachers of the Month here. The geocaching community is encouraged to renominate those not named December Featured Geocacher of the Month.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for Geocacher of the Month, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinEvery nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the January Featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by January 27th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.last_img read more

Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer to hit Indian roads today

first_imgGiving a tough competetion to BMW X1 and Audi Q3, Mercedes Benz is all set to steal hearts in India.Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer will hit Indian roads on Wednesday. The car was apparently seen at Buddh International Circuit. The Mercedes Benz has some quality features:- Looks amashing with an classy dashboard- AMG style steering wheel- Can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 10.2 secondsMercedes Benz will be priced at sub Rs.25 lakh level as per reports.last_img

LEECO 5 LAST

first_imgWith Complete Ecosystem, Ground-breaking Technologies,With Complete Ecosystem, Ground-breaking Technologies, and Disruptive pricing as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in a myriad of businesses, spanning from Internet-based Super TV and SuperPhones, video production and distribution, smart devices/accessories and large-screen applications to e-commerce and even connected super-electric cars.The company also features one of the worlds largest content libraries, comprising of movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be conveniently viewed on LeEco products, including the SuperPhones, Super TVs, and in the near future, Le Autos. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Nitin Kinger nitinkinger@le.com +91-9769988304 LeEco India Source: Le Ecosystem Technology India Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more