Region 2 Vice Chairman dissatisfied over slow pace of projects

first_img…say contractors not working according to bill of quantityRegion Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Vice Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah is dissatisfied with what she described as the “snail’s pace” at which contractors are working on projects within the region.Coonjah during an interview with Guyana Times said she is disappointed with the minimum amount of work qualified contractors are doing and explained that often they are not honouring the deadlines specified in their contracts. This attitude, she said, is causing a negative effect on the region’s economy since it is hampering development.Coonjah, who serve as the Chairperson for the Works Committee within the region said at present, staff at the Charity Oscar Joseph and Suddie hospitals are inconvenienced since works at those medical facilities are delayed.She added that despite several interventions from the regional administration, the contractor is still behind schedule. This, she said, is creating extra burdens to both staff at the medical institutions as well as residents.Another project she is concerned about is the Golden Fleece bridge. That project, she explained, was awarded since May 2017, and to date, it has not been completed.last_img read more

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Stars seal Kenya@50 with Cecafa glory

first_imgIt did not matter that the decider, thanks to the ineptitude of the organisers, saw its kick-off delayed after Sudan were held at their hotel as they prepared to leave for the showpiece over unpaid bills but the Local Organising Committee settled the matter to enable the match start At 6.30pm.Stars Belgian head coach, Adel Amrouche who bagged his maiden major trophy with the side following his appointment in February, immediately declared he would retain the winning squad for upcoming assignments after seeing the side go through all games unbeaten and without conceding for the entire tournament despite lacking the flair.“I told my players to give their best since this is the right way we could have rewarded the Kenyan people who are marking their 50th anniversary as a nation.“Everything worked according to our plan and I’m so happy with the boys, we are now focused to preparing this team for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers,” Amrouche added.Amrouche, retaining the same side that sealed a slot in the final, saw his boys start on fire, laying siege on the Sudanese half as deposed skipper Francis Kahata sent in a cross in the second minute, but Gor Mahia striker Edwin Lavatsa fired wide.In the 12th, Teddy Akumu, could have opened the scores but his header off a Kahata corner missed the target with the goal at his mercy.Kenya continued to take advantage of the porous Sudan defense, with Abuod Omar bringing in a cross that found Wanga who sent it goal-wards but keeper Abdelrahman Ali cleared the ball with his left foot.Kahata had a chance to record his first goal in the tournament after breaking through the Sudan defense, but his strike did not bother Abdelrahman.Home keeper Duncan Ochieng who had an anonymous outing thus far was forced to earn his corn when he repelled Nadir Eltayed’s long range shot to deny Sudan an opener in the 28th.Abdelrahman was then forced to save Wanga’s poor shot in the box before denying midfielder Clifton Miheso three minutes later with the match getting into gear.With the crowd getting anxious, Kenya’s pressure finally paid off when Wanga, given the armband after the first match to get his confidence back, rose to head home a David Owino cross in the 35th to calm the host’s nerves and send the fans into cheer, as the net bulged for the opening goal.Azam defender Jockins Atudo could have taken his goal tally to four with his powerful shot that forced Abdelrahman to spill the ball but he recovered quickly to deny him on the rebound and soon after, centre referee Wiish Yabarow, from Somalia whistled for half time.After the breather Kenya who have been cautious thus far in the tournament, pressed on to increase the advantage with Peter Opiyo trying Abdelrahman with his long range shot which went wide. Two minutes later, Ismail Elsidding could have equalised, but Ochieng was at the right position to avert the danger with a composed save.Tournament top scorer Salah Ibrahim, got a fine chance in the 60th after penetrating the Kenyan defense, but Ochieng again came to the rescue to enhance his reputation with his critics singling him out for lack of command at times in the box.Lavatsa who was in bubbling form in the game, received a pass from Opiyo, to unleash a cracker that hit the goal post.Wanga who was voted the man of the match, notched his brace in the 69th after connecting James Situma’s cross from the left wing to send fans into delirium as they sensed an end to all the hurt.Amrouche, brought in all his substitutions replacing Wanga for Noah Wafula, Miheso for South Africa based David Gateri and Paul Kiongera for Kahata.As the subs found their feet, it was Salah who threatened to halve the deficit but again, Ochieng stood tall and the game petered out as a procession as Kenya were crowned champions for the ordained result.Kenya received Sh5.6m (USD 64,741.60) prize money while Sudan took home Sh2.5m (USD 28,902) as the Chipolopolo of Zambia who settled for bronze after beating Tanzania in the play-off pocketing Ksh600,000 (USD6932.40).Additionally, Stars were rewarded with Sh2m (USD23,122) by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.In the third place play-off, guest team Zambia beat the Kilimanjaro stars of Tanzania 6-5 on post match penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.The teams went into the half-time break on a barren draw, with Mbwana Samata and Ronald Kampamba impressing for Tanzania through the 45 minutes.The second half started with each side seeking an early goal and it went the way of Chipolopolo with Ronald Kampamba finding the back of the net on the 51st minute.TP Mazembe forward Mbwana Samata equalized 13 minutes later through a brilliant left shot to see normal time close at 1-1.The first set of penalties ended on a 4-4 draw, with Athuman Chanogo and Justin missing for Tanzania.This led to the sudden death spot-kicks, which saw Ngasa, captain Kelvin Yondani waste their kicks while Kondwani Mtonga missed his, only for Kabaso Chanogo to convert his penalty to grant the Chipolopolo victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, December 12 – Harambee Stars rounded off Kenya’s 50th birthday in fine style by breaking a decade old duck and ensuring the GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup remains here with captain Allan Wanga rising to the occasion with a brace for a 2-0 final win over Sudan defying torrential rainfall that fell over the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday.Having come close last year in Kampala, Uganda when they fell to the hosts at the final hurdle, Wanga ensured the fans who braved the elements went home to complete the country’s Jubilee celebrations by ensuring Kenya laid her hands on the regional trophy for the first time since 2002.last_img read more

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England defender on critics: “Gone are the days when I used to take notice of what people say and react”

first_img Phil Jones 1 Phil Jones is “not quite clever enough” to be a centre-back in Paul Scholes’ opinion, but the England international doesn’t care what his former Manchester United team-mate or anyone else thinks.The 23-year-old was rather surprisingly deployed as right-back instead of supposed first choice Nathaniel Clyne in the Three Lions’ friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.Jones was solid enough in the 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium, although centre-back is the United defender’s preferred position – a role Scholes believes he is “not quite clever enough to do”.The defender’s former team-mate believes he gets dragged out of position too easily, and reckons his pace, power and crossing ability makes him more effective as a full-back.“People comment all the time about individuals,” Jones said when asked about the comments.“Gone are the days when I used to take notice of what people say and react to it. It doesn’t bother me one little bit any more.“I am at the stage now where I can’t be considered as a young player any more. I have got to step up, keep playing well and do what I do best.”Right-back is the third different role Jones has been asked to play in as many games, having played in central defence against Lithuania and then pushed into midfield against Italy a few days later.“I was no [Andrea] Pirlo or something like that – do you know what I mean?” Jones said. “I could have told you that before the game!“I can laugh about it now but I try to do the job as best I can. I know I’m not an out-and-out midfielder who is going to get on the ball and start spraying it about. I know what I am good at and I try to stick to that.“I have played in all three [positions)] now and sometimes it can be difficult going from one position to the next, but I feel more comfortable at right-back.“Obviously centre-back is where I want to be playing, but I was happy to play at right-back [against Ireland].“You just take it on the chin and play where you are asked to play. I know I can play in those positions.“Some people think it is easy to just slot in there and everyone assumes that you have got to be up to speed straight away, but I was happy to play and it was a tough game.”last_img read more

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Exclusive – Les Ferdinand reveals Leicester and Crystal Palace had bids rejected for Charlie Austin

first_imgLes Ferdinand has confirmed Queens Park Rangers have rejected bids from Leicester City and Crystal Palace for striker Charlie Austin.It is believed a deal worth around £15million will see the Super Hoops allowed the 26-year-old to leave Loftus Road.But Ferdinand revealed no more bids have been made for the player following moves from the Canaries and the Foxes.“We’ve had no more bids but people have enquired,” he told the Sports Bar.“I’ve seen lots of things in the newspapers but we’ve only had to firm bids come in for Charlie, but they weren’t acceptable to the club. Leicester was one and Crystal Palace was the other.“They weren’t well below the £15million but there were offers of players and swap deals. Like I say, they weren’t acceptable to the club.”And Ferdinand applauded the player’s commitment to the club while he is surrounded by speculation.He added: “It’s great to see Charlie’s got his head down and got on with it. Two goals in his first three games is great for him.”last_img read more

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Judge: Spicy must close

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – A judge’s ruling means the closure of Spicy Gentlemen’s Club on the basis it is not operating in the right zoning area. The ruling Thursday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael C. Solner did not give a specific date for the closure. The two sides in the case, the city and businessman Edwin Kwong, disagree what Solner’s ruling means for the local nude club. City Manager Fred Latham declared the city a winner in its legal bid to close down the club, which opened in July 2006 at 12215 E. Slauson Ave. Deborah J. Fox, special counsel for the city, said the ruling is final upon completion of the requisite paperwork. “Mr. Diamond’s assessment that it is not final is wrong,” she said. “The court made its ruling.” The city originally filed May 1 for an injunction to close Spicy, calling it a public nuisance and claiming Kwong is in defiance of zoning laws by operating an adult-oriented business in the zone it is in. The area is zoned for manufacturing. Diamond argued that the city’s zoning regulations are unconstitutional because they do not realistically provide for adult businesses. “The judge’s ruling did not address the constitutionality issue,” Diamond said. By federal law, cities cannot use zoning laws to unreasonably prohibit adult-oriented businesses from opening. However, Judge Solner’s decision stated there were alternative sites available for the defendant when he established his business. Diamond will file a statement of decision, which requires the judge to give a more comprehensive statement. “We are going to request he address it, and he’s going to have to deal with the (constitutional) issue,” he said. Diamond said he was pleased about the judge’s finding that the club was not a public nuisance. “Despite the fact that there was evidence of a shooting at Spicy and the `dancers’ may have acted inappropriately when an undercover officer conducted an investigation there, the court cannot find that the operation of Spicy is a public nuisance,” Solner stated. According to testimony by a sheriff’s deputy, three members of the vice unit went undercover to the club on April 10. They recorded women giving lap dances entirely in the nude, Fox said, and groping them. She called the video graphic in nature. “I’m a little concerned about the inconsistency of the ruling,” said Fox. “He said it’s not located in the right zone, which is a basis for public nuisance.” Fox, who has faced Diamond in court for more than a decade, wondered if the billboard on the southbound side of the San Gabriel Valley (605) Freeway before Beverly Boulevard will be removed. It states, “We won – city lost,” above the name of the club. Diamond declined comment on the sign. He has 10 days from Thursday to file his request for a statement of decision. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The judge ruled in our favor, and we are very pleased,” Latham said. “They have to close.” In his ruling, Judge Solner said the defendant is permanently prohibited from operating an adult business. Attorney Roger Jon Diamond, representing the club and Kwong, said the city is premature in its assessment. “The ruling is not final,” said Diamond, who accused the city of deliberately misconstruing the facts. “The judge’s decision will have no effect on my client’s operating his club,” he said. “It remains open.” last_img
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IHS Issues Call for NHDI Volunteer Judges

first_imgThe Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is issuing a call for volunteer judges to take part in the 2017 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) contests. This year, the need is greater than ever with the addition of a new regional contest at Hanover College (March 18).Also for the first time, the Indianapolis Public Schools contest (March 15) will be held at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS and the Indiana Experience. In addition, judges are needed at four annual regional contests in Notre Dame, Ind. (Feb. 25), Indianapolis (March 11), Nashville (April 1) and Evansville (April 8), as well as the state competition at Ivy Tech’s campus in downtown Indianapolis (May 6).This year, more than 5,400 students are expected to participate in NHDI, creating projects in the form of documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites. This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History.At the contests, volunteer judges will work in teams to evaluate projects, interview students and rank winners. Regional winners will advance to state, where students can win special prizes for Indiana history topics. The top two entries from each junior and senior category at state are also eligible to compete in The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June at the University of Maryland.Typically, NHDI judges have a background or interest in education, social studies or media. Teachers who volunteer as judges will be eligible for Professional Growth Points (PGPs) from IHS. Registration is open online at www.indianahistory.org/historyday.NHDI contests are sponsored by IHS, with support from the Hoover Family Foundation, the Richard W. and Irene Rooker Family Foundation, the TCU Foundation and the Vigran Family Foundation. For more information on NHDI and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882.last_img read more

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Task Force Seizes 340 Fake Nintendo Systems

first_imgHundreds of fake Nintendo Classic systems were seized by North Carolina’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force at a Triangle area shopping center recently, the Secretary of State’s Office said.The Task Force has worked for the last two weeks to obtain the counterfeit systems from sellers. Those sellers are voluntarily surrendering them. A total of 340 fake Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition Systems were surrendered amid the operation.The real Nintendo systems have 30 pre-installed games while the counterfeit systems claimed to have 620 and even up to 800 preinstalled games. “The estimated retail value of the goods exceeds $800,000. The estimated retail value is the amount the genuine trademarked goods would sell for,” the Secretary of State’s office… WBTV3 News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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New Visitation Record: More Than 43 Million People Visited Philadelphia in 2017

first_imgNew Visitation Record: More Than 43 Million People Visited Philadelphia in 2017When:Tuesday, June 12 – Monday, December 31 Here at VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the organization behind uwishunu.com and visitphilly.com, we work to build Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and build the region’s economy.And today, we’re thrilled to announce record-breaking annual visitation numbers for Philadelphia, which highlight the importance of travel and tourism to the Philadelphia region’s economy.FAST FACTS43.3 million people from the U.S. visited the Philadelphia region in 2017.Record visitation generated $7.1 billion in direct spending and $11.5 billion in economic impact.2017 visitor spending supported 98,300 jobs.The Visitation NumbersIn 2017, the Philadelphia region saw record visitation and economic impact: the area welcomed 43.3 million visitors from the U.S., 88% of which visited for a leisure purpose. And 2017 marks the eigth consecutive year for record visitation to Philadelphia.In 2017, 43.3 million people visited Philadelphia from the U.S. — the eighth consecutive year of record visitation.The Impact NumbersAll of this visitation delivers major economic impact to the region: the $7.1 billion in visitor spending in 2017 generated a record-breaking $11.5 billion in economic impact, which equates to $31.5 million every day.In addition, the $7.1 billion in 2017 visitor spending supported 98,300 jobs (!) and generated $938 million in state and local taxes, which directly benefits priority public services.Visitor spending generated $11.5 billion in economic impact for Greater Philadelphia in 2017 — a new record.The numbers are clear – tourism and hospitality is one of the largest industries in the region and is critically important to the vitality of Greater Philadelphia. The money visitors spend supports local businesses, creates jobs and generates taxes, helping to build quality of life in Philadelphia.And here at VISIT PHILADELPHIA, we’re very happy to be able to promote all of the amazing reasons to visit Philadelphia on a daily basis.Cheers to yet another record-breaking year, Philadelphia!VISIT PHILADELPHIA worked with Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Longwoods International to develop the 2017 visitation numbers and used CBRE Hotels as a source for leisure numbers.For more on our regional impact, mission and work, see full report below and go to visitphilly.com/about.last_img read more

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Barcelona cruises to victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey

first_imgLATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer scored in the first half and Gerard Pique, Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Jose Arnaiz each added goals after halftime to give the hosts an 8-0 aggregate win against the third-tier club.“We played with great attitude,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “You don’t want to go through any scares in these games, and the best way to do that is to play with good rhythm and dynamism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBarcelona played without most of its regular starters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Valverde had also rested the team’s top players in the 3-0 first-leg win last month. Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The goals ended Torres’ scoring drought after 13 matches this season.Jose Gimenez also scored for Atletico, which has won three straight in all competitions.Sevilla advancesWissam Ben Yedder scored twice in the first six minutes to lead Sevilla to a 4-0 win over third-division club Cartagena, securing a spot in the last 16 with a 7-0 win on aggregate.Paulo Henrique Ganso added to the lead just before halftime and Joaquin sealed the victory in the second half.It was Sevilla’s first match without coach Eduardo “Toto” Berizzo, who underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer on Tuesday.Assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci is in charge until Berizzo returns.Las Palmas goes throughLas Palmas advanced 6-4 on aggregate after a 3-2 home loss to Deportivo La Coruna, but it lost striker Vitolo just before halftime because of a left leg injury. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FC Barcelona’s Gerard Piqu, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring during a Spanish Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Murcia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID, Spain—Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 5-0 win over Murcia on Wednesday, but Basque Country teams Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao were eliminated by third-division clubs.Atletico Madrid advanced after a 3-0 win against Elche to overcome a first-leg draw.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Conte sent to stands as Chelsea beats Swansea Pique, who missed the Spanish league game against Valencia at the weekend, started the match at Camp Nou but was substituted right after scoring his 56th-minute goal.Barcelona is trying to become the first team to win four straight Copa del Rey titles since Athletic Bilbao in 1930-33.Sociedad stunnedTeenager Bojan Radulovic scored an 87th-minute goal that allowed third-division club Lleida to eliminate top-flight club Real Sociedad on away goals.Lleida won 3-2 after trailing by two goals at halftime at Anoeta Stadium. It had lost the first leg 1-0 at home.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “This hurts,” Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan said. “We have to ask for the fans’ forgiveness. We are very disappointed.”Sociedad, seventh in the Spanish league, went ahead with goals by Diego Llorente and Juanmi, but the Catalan outsiders rallied with goals by Aitor Nunez and Manu Molina early in the second half. The 18-year-old Radulovic stunned Sociedad with a header near the end.“I’m speechless,” Radulovic said. “It’s my first goal with the first team, in a stadium like this, against a first-division club.”Bilbao oustedAthletic Bilbao was eliminated by Formentera after conceding a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time at its San Mames Stadium, losing the two-leg series 2-1.“We know that this is a huge loss and that the fans are disappointed,” Athletic coach Jose Angel Ziganda said. “This is probably the worst moment I’ve had to go through as a coach.”Substitute Alvaro Muniz netted the winner with a header off a corner kick cross to stun the home crowd in Bilbao.“Tomorrow it will sink in what it means to beat Athletic in its stadium,” Formentera coach Jose Angel Garcia Sanjuan said.Atletico stays aliveFernando Torres scored a goal in each half as Atletico easily defeated third-division club Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, advancing 4-1 on aggregate. 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