Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue upgrade begins

first_imgRehabilitation work on the $6.4Billion Sheriff/Mandela Road upgrade project has begun.The project is being carried out in phases beginning with drainage works and the relocation of pipes/utilities. Acting Project Manager for the Donor Programme at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Green told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that contractor Sinohydro Corporation Limited is currently cleaning all the canals and doing sand filling to facilitate the installation of the new pipes and fittings.“Once we complete the drains and pipe works we’ll then start the embankment work which is to excavate the earth with the sand, loam and crusher run. From then we’ll get a repaired surface on which we’ll build the sidewalks and parking lanes. Once that is completed then we will look to do the pavement rehabilitation,” Green explained.Once completed, Sheriff Street will remain a two-lane road while Mandela will be aActing Project Manager for the Donor Programme at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Greenfour-lane. Green said the upgraded roads will be outfitted with new features including cycle lanes, separate sidewalks and smart traffic signals which will use above ground vehicle detectors.“Also, along the roadway, there’ll be a concrete median similar to that on Carifesta Avenue so you won’t have vehicles changing lanes randomly and colliding with other vehicles. In that median, there will be LED street lighting. At the four-lane from Mandela Avenue to the Hunter Street junction, the concrete median will be retained and a shared pedestrian and cyclist path will be included.”Additionally, two culverts at the junctions of David Street with the Cummings Canal and Lamaha Canal bridges will also be replaced. The wooden bridge atA section of the drainage works being done on the road upgrade projectHomestretch Avenue will be replaced with a concrete structure and other culverts will be extended. A pedestrian overpass and roundabout at the Sheriff Street-David Street junction are also included. Safety features include traffic signs and thermoplastic reflectors and road markings.The final phase of works will see the pavement upgraded and asphalted. All the entrances to side roads will be upgraded, however, side roads will not be rehabilitated. Most of the construction materials and equipment will be sourced locally.Work on the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) venture is being executed with an eye to ensure minimal disruption to traffic and should wrap up within two years.last_img read more

BaiShanLin writes UN on vehicles’ seizure

first_img– says APNU/AFC wants to cripple company’s operations in Guyana– GRA breached agreement between Govts of Guyana and Chinafollowing the seizure of two luxury vehicles from BaiShanLin Forest Development Inc last month, principals of the controversial Chinese conglomerate have written the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon on the matter, stating that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has breached the agreement between the Governments of Guyana and China.On April 5, officials from GRA’s Customs Department seized a Lexus SUV with registration number PRR 2888 and a Nissan mini-van with licence plate PRR 3888, belonging to BaiShanLin. Guyana Times was told that the Chinese logging company allegedly has over $50 million outstanding in duties, which it failed to pay within theUN Secretary General Ban Ki Moonstipulated time frame.However, according to the letter dated May 16, 2016, Attorney C V Satram on behalf of the company complained to the UN that the seizure was in breach of the agreement signed by the two countries in March 2003, noting that “the Government of the Republic of Guyana has commenced operations beginning with the seizure of property and the threatened loss to forfeit the company’s investments and to cripple its business in Guyana”.The letter, which was seen by this newspaper, was also copied to President David Granger. It outlined that BaiShanLin represents Chinese investments in Guyana and Guyana’s relationship with China is threatened by these events; therefore, it was requested that the UN remind Guyana of its obligations.“I shall be grateful if action can be taken to remind the Government of Guyana and China of their obligations in this regard. The matter is causing severe losses to the company I represent, but it may extend to create impediments to foreign investment in Guyana to the prejudice of the national interest when it becomes knownForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgethat treaty obligations are not honoured here,” the letter stated.Moreover, the correspondence further pointed out that in accordance with the agreement, which is on record with the UN as a treaty between China and Guyana, disputes are to be settled after consultations through diplomatic channels. However, in the event of failure to reach a resolution within six months, then the process of arbitration can be adopted.On this note, the company said it has called on Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and the Chinese Ambassador to Guyana Zhang Limin to commence diplomatic consultations with the aim of settling the disputes.In that letter to Minister Greenidge, the company explained that following the execution of the agreement, BaiShanLin went on to invest enormous sums of money in Guyana and in the development of forest products. However, since the Administration was changed after the May 2015 General Elections, the new Government has embarked upon a course of activities designed to cripple the company’s operations in Guyana, the Attorney stated.The latest of which, the letter highlighted, was the imposition of tax liabilities on vehicles for which the company was granted duty-free concessions by the previous Government.“The new Government seeks to dismantle the concessionary structure, and has commenced to seize property (owned by the company)… in pursuance of its tax liability, which the company claims to be unlawful, the Government, through its Revenue Authority, has embarked upon seizures to enforce the tax liability which is denied and is strongly contested,” the correspondence to the Foreign Affairs Minister stated, adding that the investment agreement under which the concessions were granted has not expired.Moreover, a third letter was dispatched on behalf of the Chinese logging company, this time to the GRA, stating the Authority’s action was in disregard of the international obligations of Guyana under the agreement with China.“The purported imposition of the liability is unlawful and the imposition of it triggered a dispute between the company and the Government of Guyana,” the letter detailed.Moreover, Attorney Satram on behalf of the company sought to request that the vehicles be returned within the next week. “On behalf of the company for which I act I hereby call upon you to release and return to the company all property which has been seized from it or has been possessed or confiscated within seven(7)days of the date hereof,” the company’s legal representative stated.According to BaiShanLin, this is a matter of concern not only to it, but to all investors who wish to undertake investment in Guyana.Days after the seizure just over a month ago, attempts were made by this newspaper to ascertain GRA’s course of action in recouping the outstanding payments. When asked whether the Authority would be filing criminal charges against the foreign company or would opt to settle the matter beforehand, GRA Chairman Rawle Lucas had stated that no decision had been taken at the time.However, the latter option might be more feasible, he had noted, since Government wants to maintain its relationship with investors, but at the same time ensure that they operate within the confines of the laws of Guyana.“Remember, what we are trying to do is to make sure that we can try our best to maintain a reasonable relationship that we expect between the Government and the investors; so one should, therefore, expect prudent actions to be taken in order to deal with the matter,” he previously pointed out.last_img read more

Culling has great finale at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

first_imgFORT WORTH, TX – Stephen Culling, Steer Wrestler from Fort St. John, had a great finale at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas.On Saturday, February 9, Culling put together three runs in 12.5 seconds to earn over $14,500 and climb to fourth in the World standings.The 2016 PRCA Rookie of the Year won the second go-round with a 3.3 second run en route to the win.- Advertisement -Culling says this win gives him a good start to the season that takes place for the next seven months.“That’s a huge hit at this time of the year. I mean, the year’s just kind of getting rolling now and to get a bump like that, right now, just kind of sets the fire for the next seven months.”Up next, Culling will be in Jackson, Mississippi on February 13 to run his second steer. Then on February 15, in the morning, Culling will be in Buckeye, Arizona and then that night, he will be making the short-round in San Angelo, Texas. Then next week, Culling will be in Tuscon, Arizona.Advertisementlast_img read more

Capital One Cup round-up: Bournemouth knockout West Brom

first_imgBournemouth are through to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals as they beat Premier League side West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Goldsands Stadium.Fresh from hammering Birmingham City 8-0 at St Andrews at the weekend, Eddie Howe’s men put another Midlands side to the sword as Alan Irvine’s side were dispatched on the south coast.Eunan O’Kane gave the Cherries the lead just after the restart with after getting on the end of a Junior Stanislas pass.The Baggies, though, looked to have given themselves a lifeline when Georgios Samaras’ strike hit Tommy Elphick before nestling in the back of the net.But Howe’s side were able to keep their heads up and former Coventry City striker Callum Wilson fired past Boaz Myhill with three minutes left to put them into the next round of the competition.Meanwhile, Chelsea were given a real scare at Greenhaus Meadow as they stuttered to a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.After a goalless opening period it took just two minutes of the second half for the Blues to opening the scoring as Mohamed Salah awkwardly looped a pass to Didier Drogba who swept home his second goal in two games.As the League Two side looked to nab an equaliser, Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro saw his deflected strike clip the post and eventually they did draw level as Andy Mangan knocked the ball home from a corner.But their joy was shortlived as Jermaine Grandison put the ball past his own goalkeeper, as Didier Drogba attempted to get on the end of a Willian cross, handing the Blues the win.At Anfield, Mario Balotelli grabbed his second Liverpool goal to help them turnaround their clash with Swansea City.Marvin Emnes had struck for Garry Monk’s men on Merseyside after 66 minutes but 12 minutes from time Balotelli came off the bench, despite a knee injury sustained in the warm up, and scored the leveller.Federico Fernandez was then sent off for the Swans as the game moved into added time and another Liverpool summer signing, Dejan Lovren, was on hand five minutes into stoppage time to head home the winner.Derby County came back from two goals down to defeat Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage as they also sealed a spot in the quarter-finals.Moussa Dembele had got the hosts off to a great start with the French youngster rounding Kelle Roos, capitalising on a poor Craig Forsyth backpass, to open the scoring and notching his second just before the break.Before the whistle could blow for half time, though, Chris Martin got one back for Steve McLaren’s side from the penalty and in the second half it was all Derby County as they netted another four times.Johnny Russell, Jeff Hendrick and a Simon Dawkins were the scorers to ensure McLaren’s men progress to the next round.Sheffield United also came from behind to triumph as they saw off MK Dons.A Benik Afobe penalty had given the hosts the lead after 67 minutes but Michael Higdon then slammed in a late brace to hand the Blades victory. Callum Wilson celebrates scoring Bournemouth’s winner 1last_img read more

He’s a special talent! Norwich striker Cameron Jerome hails ‘Liverpool target’

first_imgCameron Jerome hailed his Norwich teammate Nathan Redmond as a ‘special talent’ after his impressive display in Monday’s Championship play-off final.Jerome netted the opener as the Canaries clinched promotion back to the Premier League by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 at Wembley.But he admits Redmond, who struck the second, was the real star of the show and is tipping the lively winger for great things.The 21-year-old has reportedly been on Liverpool’s radar this season and Jerome told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He can be anything he wants to be.“In the last couple of games he has really stepped up to the plate and has been head and shoulders above everybody on the pitch. He is a real, real talent.“The manager seems to be getting the best out of him like he has a lot of the players, including me.“Nathan is a special talent and the club have done very well and been patient with him because I’m sure they had a lot of suitors for him in January.”last_img read more

Videos: Manchester United target nets brace as Bayern Munich embarrass Hamburg

first_img1 Manchester United target Thomas Muller Manchester United target Thomas Muller scored a brace for Bayern Munich as they began the new Bundesliga campaign with a 5-0 win over Hamburg.The German star hit the third and fourth goals of the one-sided match as Mehdi Benatia, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa also netted for Pep Guardiola’s behemoths.You can see all the goals from the game below…last_img

England striker Harry Kane 14/1 for Euro 2016 golden boot – Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.As we continue to look ahead to Euro 2016, he brings us the latest odds on the race for the golden boot, with England striker Harry Kane 14/1 to end the tournament as top goalscorer.Germany’s Thomas Muller is the 7/1 favourite for the gong, while Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is 8/1 and hosts France’s forward Antoine Griezmann is 9/1.Simon also brings us one of Coral’s Euro 2016 special offers – if you put a £20 bet on a top goalscorer, you get a £5 free bet for every goal that player scores at the tournament!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Royal’s Ward points the way

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Erika (Ward) is a true point guard,” Selleh said. “She’s always looking to pass, and she’s pretty confident. We (also) have a lot of confidence in her.” Part of the Highlanders’ success is that this group has played basketball together for much of its youth careers. Ward and fellow sophomores Shana Moore and Kris King know each other and played together, while Selleh and Heteniak have competed together since the sixth grade. “We’re an evenly distributing team,” Selleh said. “If someone is having a bad night, we’ll get the ball to them.” Heteniak, a pitcher on Royal’s softball team and key ingredient in the Highlanders Div. I championship last season in softball, will continue to be on the receiving end of Ward’s passes, along with Selleh, the team’s leading scorer. Team concept: Royal’s boys’ basketball team (5-9, 0-2) was set back when they lost their center to ineligibility – but their season was not over. “Coach (Craig Griffin) said, ‘Take a look, this is the 12 guys we have,’ “forward Chris Buckley said. “We (the team) are not based on just one person.” In fact, Royal has found themselves in many games despite lacking star power with their gutsy play and knowledge of the fundamentals. “We’re undersized, but we play really hard,” Buckley said. “We’re a scrappy, hard-nosed team. We don’t have a Kobe Bryant, but we’re playing with a team concept.” Buckley, a 5-9 sophomore forward, has been around the game a long time. His father, Jeff, was coached by Griffin’s father, Rich Griffin, in middle school. “It’s been a great learning experience,” Buckley said of his role on the team as a sophomore. “Coach (Griffin) tell me that I will make mistakes. I just can’t put my head down.” Senior forward Brendon Norton, one of the Highlanders’ leaders on the court, has taken notice. “It’s surprising how well he’s playing right now,” Norton said. “I’ve thought about what I was doing a couple of years ago and I think he’s maturing pretty quickly.” Nate Brown, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She’s a very intense player,” coach Mike Kohl said. “She’s also the best long-range passer I’ve ever coached.” Ward, the team’s leader in assists, distributes the ball well and makes sure senior forwards Jessi Selleh and DePaul-bound Becca Heteniak get the ball beneath the basket. center_img Royal High point guard Erika Ward is just a sophomore, but she plays like an experienced senior and is a big reason for the success of the Highlanders (9-5). Ward knows competition at high levels and has even competed against boys in Simi Valley’s youth baseball leagues – an endeavor that has helped Ward size up the Marmonte’s most formidable opponents. last_img read more


first_imgStage Beyond Letterkenny cast members rehearsing for their forthcoming show. Included are, Jason Thompson, Trevor McGrenra, Martin Towey, Ethan Loughrey, Nicole Breslin and Niamh Sheridan.Stage Beyond, the Derry-based theatre company for adults with learning disabilities which has seven Donegal cast members, is to stage its most ambitious production to date at the Millennium Forum, Derry and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Stage Beyond will premiere Rashomon, the classic Japanese Akutagawa story which was famously brought to life by Akira Kurosawa in 1956.Described by Werner Herzog as “almost perfect”, Rashomon revolutionised cinema by presenting contradictory interpretations of the same event. Sixty years later, Stage Beyond is proud to debut this timeless tale of mystery and murder in a spectacular all-inclusive theatre adaptation by IFTA award-winning writer Ronan Carr, with their outreach partners.Showcasing their natural acting talent as well as elements of Taiko drumming and Kabuki dancing, Stage Beyond invites you to a traditional East Asian production that is a feast for the eyes and ears.Stage Beyond has seven cast members from Donegal of which six are from Letterkenny – Trevor McGrenra, Niamh Sherridan, Ethan Loughrey, Martin Towey, Jason Thompson and Nicole Breslin – and Michael Gormley from Greencastle in Inishowen.Director Kate Guelke explained: “Rashomon is unlike anything Stage Beyond has done. We are drawing on elements of Kabuki dancing and Taiko drumming to really bring this 13th Century, East Asian crime thriller to life.” Artistic Director Dee Conaghan added: “Stage Beyond has a reputation for breaking barriers and challenging assumptions. Rashomon – the origin of the phrase ‘the Rashomon effect’ – is all about coming to terms with different perspectives.  As a theatre company we are proud of pioneering this kind of work that makes people think.”Rashomon opens in the Millennium Forum on Saturday, May 28th at 7.30pm and will tour to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on Monday, June 6th, at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £7/£5 concessionary are available from the Millennium Forum Box Office, Tel: 02871 264455 or Admission to the Lyric Theatre production is by voluntary donation.Stage Beyond, which is based in the Millennium Forum, was founded in 2002 and has 24 cast members who are all involved in this latest production. Stage Beyond is grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Children In Need, the Foyle Foundation, the Acorn Foundation and the Millennium Forum for their generous support.STAGE BEYOND DONEGAL ACTORS TO PERFORM AT LYRIC was last modified: May 16th, 2016 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:actorsdonegalStage Beyondlast_img read more


first_imgJimmy is still winning matches and now all the boys have jobs.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness issued an SOS recently looking to get secure employment for his players.At the time at least five of his players including Ryan Bradley, Anthony Thompson, Leo McLoone, Paddy McGrath and Eamonn McGee were struggling to find work. McGuinness was outspoken in saying the players had put their lives on hold for Donegal and they deserved jobs.But as the team continue their defence of their All-Ireland title, the Glenties man has revealed all the lads are now working.However he said they still need security if they are to continue to play for their county.“We have got them all employed, we worked very hard on that. “The jobs they are in are good and they are happy in their jobs but we would like to get them into jobs where there is a bit of security, so if they want to get married or get a mortgage, there is something available to them.“For some of them that is not the case at the moment,” he said. NOW JIMMY’S LADS ARE ALL WORKING HARD – OFF THE PITCH! was last modified: June 21st, 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessjobslast_img read more