Road rehabilitation ongoing in Mahdia, but contractors face challenges – MPI’s engineer

first_imgThe cries of residents in the mining community of Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni), are being answered through the rehabilitation of internal roads.Senior Hinterland Engineer, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Naeem Mohamed said that works on the internal roads are ongoing, despite challenges.Ongoing roadworks in Region Eight (GINA photo)In an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Mohamed said that the contractors are facing challenges with the removal of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) utilities. However, these are being addressed and the contractors are increasing the pace of work. To date 15 per cent of the work has been completed.The approximately $720 million allotted in the 2016 budget will see two kilometres of roads concreted, along with several drains, Mohamed explained.Additionally, works on the Mabura road will commence shortly. The contractors will be removing slush from the potholes and other areas, and in the dry season laterite will be added on, “so that the road will be more passable in times to come,” Mohamed claimed.The contracts were awarded to JR Ranch Incorporated, but due to heavy rains, works were delayed. Mohamed explained: “It is challenging doing the grading when the rain comes. When you do on surface road in the rainy season it gets more complicated, the material becomes more plastic and there is a difficulty in doing roads when these times come.”Mohamed pointed out to GINA that maintenance on the roads is usually executed annually, since it would not be economical to carry out periodic maintenance: “We also cannot allow lots of time to pass before we do work on the road so we have to choose the right time to get it done.”Early in 2016 when Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and a team visited Mahdia, they were apprised of the poor state of roads in the community.Minister Trotman had assured residents that works were slated to commence this year, since in the 2016 national budget funds were allocated for the paving of roads in Mahdia.A total of $1.702 billion has been provided for rehabilitation of hinterland roads in Bartica, Mahdia, Ituni-Kwakwani and the Cassandra Bridge, says GINA.last_img read more

Guyana survive double over-time for CBC win

first_imgClad in green, the male national basketball team on Monday evening endured two rounds of overtime to clinch their second victory at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships/FIBA Americup pre-qualifiers in Suriname.The national men’s basketball teamEarly on in the match-up, Guyana found themselves with an eight-point deficit to St Vincent and the Grenadines, a lead that often extended within the first two quarters of the game, but the local boys dug deep to put on another stellar performance at the Anthony Nesty Sporthal in Paramaribo.With a few keen words from Coach Junior Hercules and a change of their game plan, Guyana found themselves back in the game after trailing St Vincent.By the end of the third quarter, both teams were tied up on 62 points. With Guyana capitalising on quick plays and SVG using their height advantage, the match-up could have swung either way, but as fate would have it, the scores remained tied on 81 at the ring of the final buzzer. However, it is no secret that the narrative of the game would have been different had Guyana been consistent with their free throw opportunities. The local team were only able to sink fewer than 50 per cent of their 34 attempts.Going into their first overtime, Guyana had a newfound burst of energy which they used to match every shot that the SVG made. Another tie on 96 meant that the Stanton Rose-led Guyanese side would have another shot at victory.Producing a series-high 41 points, the 18-year-old captain copped a critical rebound near the ending of the second overtime. Surrounded by the five St Vincent and the Grenadines players, Rose set up Ray Victor’s last two-pointer, which turned out to be the winning points of the game. The nail-biting match-up eventually ended on 102-104 in Guyana’s favour.Alongside Rose’s stunning 41 points, which consisted of nine three-pointers, Ray Victor contributed 15.This is the second win in two games that Guyana have recorded – the first being a 93-64 blow-out victory over Grenada. In that match-up, Kevon Wiggins’ 18 points and Shaine Webster’s 16 points allowed the Guyanese team to get away from Grenada at an early stage in the game, a lead that the Grenadian team were never really able to recover from.In their next CBC encounter, the national team will play Suriname later today at 21:00h.last_img read more

Dallas Smith performing at the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede

first_imgTickets will be available by February 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., and can be purchased at the Tiger Box Office Plus locations – either at the Encana Events Centre or at the main office located on 916 102 Avenue – online at, or by phoning 1 877 339 8499.The pre-sale deadline is August 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.At the day of the show, scheduled for August 4, 2015, remaining ticket will be available for purchase at the Dawson Creek Exhibition grounds.- Advertisement -Tickets placed on will call can also be picked up day of the show at the Dawson Creek Exhibition grounds.last_img

Everton boss Marco Silva to be without 12 players for visit of West Ham

first_img 3 3 smart causal Latest Premier League News Marco Silva could field an Everton team without 12 first first-team players against West Ham United this Sunday.The Toffees boss has seen his squad become further depleted since the international break, with several key figures set to be missing to face the Hammers. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Marco Silva has an injury crisis to deal with at Everton 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED silverware With much of the attention focused on Liverpool’s incredible start to the season, the blue side of Merseyside have been neglected – despite making a positive start.The Toffees sit seventh in the Premier League, but were left frustrated after dropping points at home to Huddersfield Town.However, that could be about to change.Seamus Coleman is the most recent high-profile absentee after Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill confirmed his captain had suffered a stress fracture in his foot. Richarlison seemed shocked when he received his red card at the Vitality Stadium Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Seamus Coleman picked up the injury during Ireland’s defeat to Wales huge blow Club-record signing Richarlison is still suspended after being sent off away at Bournemouth, and Theo Walcott is also struggling through injury.Dominic Calvert-Lewin lasted just eight minutes of the England Under-21s game against Latvia before limping out with an ankle injury.James McCarthy (calf), Michael Keane (hairline fracture of the skull), Phil Jagielka (cartilage injury) and Andre Gomes (hamstring) are all set for extended spells on the sidelines.After a successful loan spell at RB Leipzig during the second half of last season, Ademola Lookman could be handed a rare Premier League startMidfield enforcer Idrissa Gueye has a troublesome knee injury which could keep him out, with fellow midfielder Beni Baningime also struggling. no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED possible standings Former Barcelona man and World Cup star Yerry Mina will miss out, having arrived at Goodison Park with an ankle knock.Bernard, a free transfer signing from Shahktar Donetsk, is also still not available.last_img read more


first_imgThe Volkswagen Golf tops the list as most searched for used car model among Donegal car buyers.The colour red and VW Golfs top the online car searches in Donegal.The third Motoring reports shows it is followed by the Ford Focus, Audi A4 and Volkswagen Passat as most popular choices in Donegal.The report is a bi-annual index which tracks trends in both the new and used car markets in Ireland. The data has been compiled using the 60 million searches carried out on during the last six months of the year, vehicle transactions listed on and an in-depth survey of 2,187 motorists nationwide.The results reveal that Toyota is the most searched for car marque in Donegal, ahead of Volkswagen, Ford and Audi.Contrary to the national trend of black, the majority of Donegal buyers choose red as their colour preference when searching for a used car.Overall, 474,418 used cars were sold in Ireland during the last six months of 2013, an increase of 16% on the same period in 2012. The report cites fuel costs and the price of road tax as the top two financial concerns for Irish motorists, while 80% of car buyers continue to opt for diesel models, indicating a desire for better fuel economy.Although almost 70% of those surveyed commute less than 100 kilometres per working day, however, only 1% would consider purchasing a hybrid or electric power model for their next car.The findings show that women tend to choose older cars than men, while also opting for lower mileages and spending less on the purchase price.A quarter of women surveyed purchased their last car based on reliability, while the majority of men (37%) admitted to just wanting a change.Meanwhile, over half of those surveyed have already bought or would buy a car based on the inclusion of gadgets and in-car technology. Commenting on the findings of the report, Warren Cray, general manager at, said: “It is clear from the results that there is cautious optimism in the market as used car transactions continue to rise.“More than 60 million searches were carried out on in the second half of last year alone and we are on track to continue that trend in 2014. Indeed, over half of respondents to our survey plan to buy a car in the next six months so the market shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.”Key Findings· Volkswagen Golf is most searched for car model in Donegal, followed by Ford Focus, Audi A4 and Volkswagen Passat · Toyota is most searched for car marque in Donegal· Red tops the list as most searched for colour among Donegal car buyers· 474,418 used cars sold in Ireland in last six months of 2013· Top two financial concerns for Irish motorists are fuel costs and road tax· 80% of searches on for diesel models· Over 50% of motorists would choose a vehicle based on in-car technologyRED VW GOLFS TOP THE LIST OF DONEGAL ONLINE CAR SEARCHES was last modified: April 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalonline car searchToyotaVW Golflast_img read more

CECAFA: Cranes take care of Djibouti to finish group stage on high

first_imgUganda Cranes players celebrate after scoring one of their four goals on Sunday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Uganda 4-1 DjiboutiStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Sunday, 15-12-2019LUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes ensured they end the group stage of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on a high as they defeated Djibouti 4-1 on Sunday.Despite once again resting several key players, Johnathan McKinstry’s side looked in control from the on-set and were more than deserved winners in the end.Muzamir Mutyaba converted from the spot to send Uganda on their way before goals by Joachim Ojera, Ben Ocen and substitute Bright Anukani completed the job.Harouin Hassan had temporarily made the score 2-1 but his goal only proved to be a temporary set back for the rampant Cranes.After just 14 minutes, Muhammad Bourhan was judged to have handled a Patrick Mbowa goal-bound effort, prompting the referee to point to the spot. Mutyaba took responsibility and put Uganda 1-0 up.Ojera then doubled Uganda’s advantage 20 minutes into the second half as he raced onto a long ball before slotting into the back of the net.Out of literally nothing, Djibouti halved Uganda’s advantage as Haroun slid low to tap-in a Fahmi Moussa’s low cross.Twelve minutes from time, Ocen would restore Uganda’s two-goal cushion as he finished off substitute Allan Okello’s pass.There was time for one more goal and it was Anukani who riffled into the back of the net off Ocen’s low cross.The victory ensures Uganda finish top of Group A with a perfect 12 points from four games.The finish the group stage having scored 10 goals and conceded just two.After topping group A, Uganda will now face Tanzania who finished second in Group B, in the semi finals of the competition.The other game played on Sunday saw Somalia and Eritrea draw 0-0 meaning the latter will face Kenya in the other semi final after finishing second in Group A with 7 points.How both teams startedUganda XI Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Paul Willa, Musitafa Mujuzi, John Revita, Paul Mbowa, Nicolas Kasozi, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Karim Watambala, Joachim Ojera, Joel Madondo, Viane Sekajugo.Eritrea XI Innocent Mbonihaukoye (GK), Haroun Mohamed, Fouad Moussa, Abdoulkader Bouhan, Ali Youssouf, Mahdi Houssein, Hamza Abdi, Yabe Siad, Hassan WarsamaComments Tags: allan okelloBen OcenBright AnukaniCECAFA Senior Challenge CupJoachim OjeraJohnathan McKinstryMuzamir MutyabaUganda Craneslast_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball set for tough task in CCAA opener against rival Chico State

first_imgArcata >> For the new-look Humboldt State men’s basketball team, their first introduction into California Collegiate Athletic Association play is going to be quite a doozy.Not only is the Jacks’ No. 1 rival in town. Not only is there going to be a national audience on ESPN3 watching from around Humboldt County and beyond. But the level of competition between the Jacks’ home opener and what they’re going to be seeing tonight is about to go up a couple of levels.Humboldt State and 7th-ranked …last_img

All four conferences to be decided in final week of play

first_imgBy Sunday the Big 5 and Little 4 Conferences, for both baseball and softball, will be decided. As of this morning, however, everything is up for grabs.In the Big 5 a pair of conference-deciding series will begin at 4 p.m. today as Eureka High’s softball and baseball teams will travel to McKinleyville to play the first games of a three-game series which will make conference champions out of whichever two teams take the two pivotal series.Meanwhile, Miranda will be the site for the lion’s share …last_img

Cape Town train times on your mobile

first_imgIt’s now as easy as picking up your cellphone to find out the train schedules in Cape Town.Commuters using the Southern and Northern lines in the Cape Town metro can now get the schedules of the train times via their cell phones. (Image: Cape Town Travel)Brand South Africa reporterGrapevine Interactive, a mobile services firm, has launched a free mobile internet site for Cape Town metro train users of the Southern and Northern lines.Until now, commuters have found it very difficult to get hold of metro train schedules without either physically being at a station or having access to a computer. Now it’s as easy as picking up your cellphone.With more commuters shifting from car to train transport as their most cost-effective option, especially due to the recent fuel price hikes, there is an increased demand for rapid access to train timetable data.Although one can access schedules via a PC connected to the internet, a number of commuters indicated a need for a simple, easy-to-access timetable service on their mobile phones.Standard daily train allows anyone with a WAP-capable cellphone to access the standard daily train schedules for the Southern line from Cape Town-to-Simonstown, and the Northern line from Cape Town-to-Bellville.The schedules work in either direction, include all stations in-between and take into account week days, weekends and public holidays. Special train times are not included.The CTTrains mobi site was initially created as a training exercise for new cellphone application developers at Grapevine Interactive, but it soon became apparent that the greater Cape Town community could make use of this easy-to-use tool.Free-of-charge serviceGrapevine Interactive has now launched the system to commuters as a free service, except for data charges that may be incurred by the mobile operators. The public schedules are accurately reproduced by the service, but unfortunately if there are cancellations Grapevine will not be notified about it.Cliff Court, Grapevine Interactive’s chief technology officer, said in discussing the mobi site: “Once we had developed the site and had shown it to a few train users, it became clear that this was tremendously useful to them. We then decided to offer the system as a free-of-charge service for commuters.”Grapevine Interactive has included a feedback option within the mobi site so that the public can let them know what they think of the site and how it can be improved for even more convenience. If the usage of the site is high, Grapevine Interactive has undertaken to add additional line schedules as well.Source: South African Press Association.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Tackling South Africa’s education challenges

first_imgRay Maota Bechet High School, in Durban, is oneof the schools that have been part ofthe project with Anthony Golding fromMetso Automation as its PfP. Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEOof Symphonia, was the PfP atKannemeyer Primary School in GrassyPark, Cape Town.(Images: Symphonia of South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• James EckleyS@CC Project Manager+27 21 786 2627/ +27 84 824 6832RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal• Can drive raises R8.5m for education• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• Teacher laptops to enhance educationIndustry and community leaders have been called on to become partners in the School at the Centre of Community project (S@CC), which aims to tackle educational challenges in South Africa.The project is an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, a company focused on developing leadership skills and the capacity of leaders in the country.S@CC project manager James Eckley said: “Business and community leaders are not asked to just give money to schools to solve educational challenges, but are asked to be actively involved in seeking solutions.”The project came about when Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, looked at the challenges facing disadvantaged schools in South Africa and realised that education has to be a national priority, not just for government.The cost of participating in the year-long leadership and educational programme is R30 000 (US$4 000) and covers the cost of training sessions, coaching and support for the school.This could be paid for by the participant’s employer or a sponsoring organisation.Participation is not limited to business leaders – ordinary people who feel passionate about a school can also take part if they have the funds.The cost covers leadership courses for the participating individual and the chosen school’s principal, and community engagement programmes and seminars that address ways the school and the community can work together to get the best results out of their pupils.Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, said: “It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future, then our schools must lead the way.”O’Connell is one of the S@CC project endorsers.Partners for possibilityCommunity and business leaders are urged to use their experiences and connections when they partner with principals of their desired school. It is hoped that this will help identify community projects that benefit both the school and surrounding community.Leaders will take up the role of Partner for Possibility (PfP). This is not a mentorship role, but rather becoming a “thinking partner” of the school’s principal, helping him or her find suitable solutions for the school and community’s challenges.Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, said: “”Being Ridwan’s partner was without any doubt the most powerful leadership development experience that I have ever participated in. It was, for me, more powerful than doing an MBA or a Doctorate.”Van Rhyn was the PfP at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The school principal is Ridwan Samodien.Van Rhyn added that being the PfP taught her valuable lessons about a community she was detached from. “If all industry leaders were to experience this, it would be the beginning of the strengthening of South Africa’s societal fabric,” she said.Activities for each school and community will be unique to the needs of both parties.“S@CC appeals to all South Africans to become citizens and to become actively involved in the education of our children. Education is the key to securing a bright future for all our children,” said Samodien.Schools already part of the initiativeThere are already a number of schools and communities that have already benefited from this project.There are nine schools in Cape Town, four in Durban and 10 in Johannesburg.These include John Ramsay in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town; Rippon Road Primary in Sydenham, Durban; and Bovet Primary in Alexandra, Johannesburg.Sanlam, Nedbank Business Banking, Metropolitan Foundation, Aurecon, Hollard, Murray & Roberts and Gijima People Development are some of the companies involved in the project.Benefits of the S@CCEveryone from the organisation sponsoring the PfP, to the PfP, the school, pupils, and principal gain something from the projectThe school will particularly benefit from the exposure to the company sponsoring the PfP.Eckley said: “The PfPs spend a year working with the school and most cannot detach themselves from the school after that. Most of them stay on as the company usually ends up investing in infrastructure development at the school or sponsoring school events.”Due to increased involvement from parents, the community and teachers, pupils usually become more proactive in their studies.A principal’s job of running a school is also made easier as he or she is able to identify what it is the pupils and community need to make the institution more effective.Through greater participation in the school’s activities, the surrounding community gains a sense of belonging and relationships between individuals improve.PfPs and the organisations they represent will learn a lot about themselves and their problem-solving capabilities outside their usual environment.last_img read more