first_imgTimehri roundaboutBy Jarryl BryanFar from being responsible for delays to the Timehri roundabout project, Gaico Construction and General Services is maintaining that utility infrastructure impeded the project. However, the company is aiming to complete the project by this year end.This is according to Gaico’s Chief Executive Officer Komal Singh, during an interview with Guyana Times. The Auditor General’s 2017 report had flagged his company for the delayed project, despite receiving $30.8 million in advances.But Singh noted that the State auditors did not take into account work done on the site in order to prepare for the project. According to the CEO, his company delivered approximately 2000 tons of crusher run within a week of the contract, a cost of almost $20 million.In addition, Singh said Gaico demolished and rebuilt a fence; all part of preparatory works he said exceeded the mobilisation advances they received. He then alluded to the sub terrain lines and pipes the company encountered from utility companies like the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT).“Any contract you sign, you sign in good faith that there are no utility issues,” Singh said. “But when we got there, the GTT wire was in the way. And obviously you cannot go and dig. Had we gone and dug and dug up the cable, we would have shut down the whole airport. We had to put the project on hold.”“It (bond) can’t forfeit, because it’s not the contractor’s fault. The project is ongoing. The performance bond is in effect. It’s because of the issue we had on the (utility companies) end. If the Auditor had identified the material on site, it’s valued almost $20 million. And if they had valued the fence demolition, they would have found that the money that was paid (advance) was exceeded.”That being said, they have a new timeline of this year end that they are working with. According to Singh, they are still working with GTT to resolve outstanding issues, such as approval to run a line through the utility company’s compound.“We’re hoping to achieve everything by the end of this year. We should be paving in another week or so. We would have done since last month but the water stuff was in the way. The GPL power cable was in our way,” he said.The reportAccording to Auditor General Deodat Sharma’s 2017 report, the contractor was given advance payments totalling $30.8 million, with $628,568 being paid to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as Withholding Tax. The contractor, who was awarded the contract out of 11 bidders, was supposed to construct a single lane rural roundabout and bypass road.The AG revealed that he examined payment vouchers, contract documents and even paid the site a physical visit a few months ago. Among his findings were that the works were incomplete and behind schedule.While Gaico had mobilised on site, at the time only excavation and general earth work had started. And this was limited to two small sections of the existing roadway. The works were expected to be done at the existing two lane road coming from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the four land highway.The AG also revealed that the advance payment bond, meant to be a security in case the contractor defaulted after being paid up front, expired since December 4, 2017. As of August 2018, only 19.5 per cent of the advance payment had been recovered.In its response, the Public Infrastructure Ministry explained that complications from removing utility connections in the area resulted in the delays on the project.“The contract time of 24 weeks had elapsed, and the works were not completed due to the complications that arose with regards to the removal of utilities from the work area, namely GTT (Guyana Telephone and Telegraph) and GWI (Guyana Water Incorporated).”“These issues arose and required additional $8.5 million to remove GTT utilities and $11.5 million for GWI utilities. These delays caused work to be stalled until June 2018,” the Ministry had said in explaining the delays.last_img read more

first_img1 Captain Wayne Rooney capped off his 100th England appearance with a goal, as his penalty and Danny Welbeck’s brace saw the Three Lions come from behind to secure a 3-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Slovenia.Despite the final score, an 80,000-strong Wembley crowd were forced to endure a dreadful opening half, with the majority of fans looking disinterested in a game of few clear-cut chances.But a dreary match came to life after the break, with the visitors snatching a surprise lead through an unfortunate Jordan Henderson own-goal, before centurion Rooney won and netted from the spot to level on 59 minutes.Roy Hodgson’s men then ran riot in an impressive 15 minute spell, making the most of their ascendency to take a deserved lead when Welbeck fired in a scrappy volley six minutes later.And the Arsenal striker soon put gloss on the scoreline with his second, finishing off a brilliant tiki-taka move around the box with a clinical close-range finish, and firing England six points clear at the top of Group E.It was a scrappy opening 45 on a shredded Wembley pitch, which continued to suffer following last weekend’s NFL visit.There was little to celebrate about England’s play, which was full of effort but no end product as Rooney, Welbeck and Raheem Sterling went closest with a series of half-chances.Debutant Nathaniel Clyne was a breath of fresh air at right-back, the pacey youngster causing a real problem for the hosts on the flank with sharp passing and darting forward runs, but his deliveries were well dealt with by an otherwise untroubled Slovenia back-four.They did well to keep the Three Lions at bay, with Sterling and Welbeck denied by a string of decent last-ditch interceptions as they looked to run in behind.The first real chance on goal came from Rooney, who hammered over the bar after neat play from Sterling, who later saw an effrt dribble harmlessly wide.And while Slovenia were certainly the more quiet side, veteran forward Milivoje Novakovi? proved a threat in the air but could only plant a header well wide from an in-swung corner.England were brighter after the break, with both Rooney and Phil Jagielka going close, but despite their early endeavour they soon fell behind when Henderson looped a header over Joe Hart and into his own net from a probing Slovenia free-kick.The Three Lions looked shell-shocked but, to their credit, immediately pressed for an equaliser.And their forward push bore fruit when Rooney was clipped in the box after some neat footwork, with the skipper smashing his 44th international goal past Samir Handanovic from the spot, moving him joint-third with Jimmy Greaves in England’s all-time scoring charts.The goal seemed to lift a weight off the hosts’ shoulders, with Welbeck finally putting them in front moments later when his miss-hit volley dribbled though a bundle of bodies and into the net, after Handanovic parried Adam Lallana’s cross-cum-shot.And the Arsenal man continued his fine goalscoring form, netting his fifth in four England games, when he coolly slotted in his second from close-range after a brilliant one-two with Sterling bamboozled the visitors’ defence.The dazzling move looked out of place in an otherwise poor exhibition, and while the hosts had Gary Cahill to thank as his expertly-timed tackle denied Kevin Kampl in the box late on, there was precious little action of note in the final 15, as England saw out a laboured win. England strikers Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney celebrate last_img read more

first_img1 DeAndre Yedlin Tottenham’s new signing DeAndre Yedlin is relishing the chance to make his first-team debut and hopes to repay the faith that Mauricio Pochettino has shown in him.Yedlin finally started training with the north London club last week after weeks of uncertainty surrounding his future.The USA international signed a four-year deal with Tottenham last summer from Seattle Sounders but was expected to be loaned back to the MLS club for the rest of the season.However, the club have pushed through a deal for the talented full-back to arrive this month, adding some much-needed competition to the right-back position as Kyle Walker has only just returned from a long-term injury.Yedlin made his debut for the Under-21 side in their 3-1 win over West Ham on Friday night and now hopes to force his way back into first-team contention.“I am looking forward to progressing and helping the team in any way I can,” he said.“It is awesome to get the fans support and hopefully whenever I get the chance I can go out and prove to the fans that I belong here.“I have been looking for a place, getting a UK phone number and driving on the other side of the road. There has been a lot going on but I am handling it okay.”last_img read more

first_img1 Chelsea are reportedly ready to perform a shock U-turn and hand John Terry a new deal.The long-serving skipper was widely believed to have played his last game for the club after being sent off against Sunderland.He is out of contract at the end of the end season and his two-match ban ruled him out of the midweek draw with Liverpool and Sunday’s final game against champions Leicester.Chelsea were planning a farewell tribute to Terry at their end of season awards ceremony on Thursday evening with a summer exit seemingly certain.But, according to The Sun, the club contacted the awards organisers on Wednesday to tell them to take the tribute section out.That has sparked speculation that Terry could now be in line for a new 12-month deal, taking his playing career at the Bridge into a 19th year.The 35-year-old is wanted by clubs in China and across Europe, but has made no secret of his desire to extend his stay at Chelsea under incoming boss Antonio Conte. John Terry in action for Chelsea last_img read more

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Last week I was asked about a post on Roz Purcell’s book, ‘Natural Born Feeder’.The post was about a cheesecake that was “finally a healthy alternative that is actually good for you”.The idea behind this was that it was lower in carbohydrates than most cheesecakes and it had more protein, so it was better than a generic homemade one. However, this ‘healthy’ alternative came in at almost 6200 calories.The base alone had almost 4000 calories due to the amount of nuts in it.If you cut it into 12 slices you were still getting more than 500 calories per slice.In a Tesco brand Strawberry cheesecake, you are getting 1250 calories per 500g cheesecake. Joe Wicks is another person who keeps creeping up in online forums.I like Joe and his message isn’t bad, and better than some of the posts that I see out there.However, Joe’s philosophy seems to be that if you are eating healthy fats in your diet, your body will burn more calories and burn more fat.This simply isn’t true.In his ‘Lean in 15’ book, one of Joe’s recipes comes in at a whopping 1200 calories and it is down as a single serving. That is the daily calorie allowance for a small female looking for weight loss.It is half of the daily calories I was on while dieting last year.But there is no calorie count in any of the recipes in either of these books.You, as you should, trust that the author has researched the ingredients and is putting you in the best possible place for your health and weight. Unfortunately, in both of these cases, they did not.There is an ongoing idea within differing communities online that if your diet is low in carbs or in any way ‘clean eating’, then you can eat as much as you like and still burn fat.This idea is usually backed up with before and after photos or a post about a friend who has done this and lost weight.This unfortunately isn’t the case.Whether you believe it or not, calories count.At the base of any weight loss program or diet is calories.If you are eating more than you are expending, you will gainweight.If your calorie intake matches your expenditure, you willmaintain your current weight.If your calorie intake is lower than your expenditure,you will lose weight.This doesn’t change. It doesn’t matter how you look at it or what diet program you are following. This is true for all of them.If we look at the list of ‘healthy’ foods that are being marketed as such at the minute, the one thing that they all have in common, is they are extremely calorie dense, meaning you will be getting loads of calories for small amounts of that particular food.Nuts, cereal bars, smoothies, gluten free foods, dried fruit, flavoured yoghurts, fruit juice, breakfast cereals, coconut oil, butter, all other oils.That isn’t saying that these are bad for you and should be excluded from your diet, but if you are not taking the right amounts it is very easy to take in large amounts of calories from small amounts of these foods.The picture on the right shows youdifferent foods that all have 200 calories.You can see at the bottom that butter andpeanut butter are very small amounts comparedto the fruit and vegetable servings at the topof the image.Yet butter and peanut butter are being heraldedas virtual superfoods that will help you to lose weight.They can be added into your diet in small amounts, but if you are adding them in larger amounts, it is very easy to be taking in small amounts of food, but still be way over on your daily calorie allowance.Fat is the ‘in-food’ at the moment.The problem is that the information being given is not coherent enough.It doesn’t explain that if fat is high, carbs should be lower and that eating a low carb and high fat diet doesn’t allow for binging on junk foods along with it. (That is a recipe for disaster)Fat is extremely calorie dense. If you have a lot of it in your diet and you are not aware of how much you are eating, you could be going over your daily calorie allowance without even realising it.I have spoken before about using the Precision Nutrition method for measuring out portion sizes using your hand.This is simple and easy to implement.If you would like some recipes to go along with this, you can check out my free downloadable eBook that has 40 delicious recipes here.I have worked out the calories in all of the recipes to make it easier for you to know what you are eating at each meal.Eating healthy and eating for weight loss are not the same thing.If you are currently eating what you think is healthy and wondering why you cannot lose weight, you need to reassess your food portions and remember to watch the amount of oils and dressings you are cooking with and adding to foods.#TrainSmartContact me for more information through the link below. RUSHE: WHY HEALTHY EATING IS KEEPING YOU FAT was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by John2Share 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:emmet rusheFathealthy eatinglast_img read more

first_img Mamadou Sakho receives treatment for a knee injury 1 Mamadou Sakho may have played his last game for Crystal Palace after being ruled out of the club’s final two games of this season.The defender, on loan from Liverpool, has not featured for the Eagles since the end of last month after suffering a knee injury against Tottenham.Sam Allardyce has now confirmed the Frenchman will not be fit for the remaining Premier League fixtures against Hull and Manchester United.It a big blow for Palace, as they fight to secure their top-flight status. Allardyce’s side are 16th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone, and face third-bottom Hull on Sunday.Sakho has been outstanding since his arrival at Selhurst Park in January, helping the club claim impressive victories against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.Such has been his impact, the 27-year-old was this week nominated for the Palace Fans’ Player of the Year prize, despite having only featured eight times for the club.With Sakho out, Allardyce could be tempted to risk Scott Dann for Palace’s vital clash with Hull.The Eagles need just a point to be guaranteed safety, while Hull must win at Selhurst Park to maintain their survival hopes.Dann, who suffered a knee ligament injury in Palace’s remarkable victory at Chelsea last month, has been hugely missed in recent weeks, with the Londoners sliding back into trouble.And Allardyce admits, although it would be a risk bringing him back into the fold, he is tempted to recall the central defender.“He’s not match fit,” Allardyce conceded.“But it would be a calculated risk to bring him back.”last_img read more

first_imgWhile Daryl Impey has been making Tour de France history, South African road race champion Ashleigh Moolman Pasio has continued her rise up the International Cycling Union (UCI) women’s rankings with an eighth place overall at the Giro Donne. Moolman Pasio has remained in Italy after Sunday’s final Giro Donne stage to reconnoitre the course for the 2013 World Championships. The eight-day Italian event is the most prestigious women’s road stage race in the world and the women’s equivalent of the Tour de France. Moolman Pasio has been South Africa’s top achiever in women’s road racing over the past four years and her eighth place in the general classification at the 2013 Giro Donne, which concluded on Sunday, confirms she’s still on the way up. 9 July 2013 AscentAt the 2010 edition of the race, she finished 17th, 42 minutes behind the overall winner; in 2011 she was 13th overall, 20 minutes off the winner’s time. Last year, she broke into the top 10 with 10th position and was 10 minutes off the pace. This year she was eighth and just over five minutes behind the winner. “My best results before have been on courses that have successive climbs and the finishing circuit, which we will do five times, has just such a profile.” “I do intend to return to try give the overall win at this race a big go at some point in my career.” ‘A great team’“It’s a great team with lots of talent, but we just lack stage racing experience and that counted against us at this race. The good thing is that I learned a lot and know where my weaknesses are. “Mara Abbot, the American that won the Giro Donne this year and in 2010, is based in the USA for most of the season and puts all her focus into this one race. She’s obviously at a point in her career where that’s possible.” World ranking“World ranking is important to me this year,” she explained. “It’s the main measure of success in women’s racing currently.center_img Biggest challengeExplaining the biggest challenge the Giro Donne presents, Moolman Pasio added: “The race has gone back to its original format and has some really long climbs – this year there was a 20km climb – and most of the one-day races that carry the big UCI points don’t have any ascents like that, so for most of the riders, it’s not a priority to train for that kind of climbing specifically. ‘Major goal’“The World Champs is my next major goal for this year,” she said. “The course is tough and definitely suits my strengths. Moolman Pasio, who races for the Momentum Toyota team when in South Africa during the European winter, is focusing on scoring as many world rankings points as possible this year. On 24 June, prior to the Giro Donne, she was ranked 14th, the highest ranking ever achieved by a South African road racer, male or female. “We can’t afford to spend a whole season focused only on one race like the men can. The financial rewards are nowhere near what the men earn and the UCI points are differently weighted. “If I am to be in a position to challenge for this race win in future, I need to focus the majority of my time training very long mountain climbs at high altitude. That’s where this race is won.” Moolman Pasio said her positioning wasn’t ideal at crucial points of the key climbing legs – stages five and six – and put it down to her own inexperience and that of her young Lotto Belisol team. SAinfo reporter “A win at the Giro Donne gives you 80 points, but a World Cup race win is 100 points and the World Championships win is 200 points. “If you look at my progression like that, it’s encouraging. But I don’t feel I achieved my potential this year,” said Moolman Pasio from Florence, Italy on Monday. “My goal this year was a stage win and my third place on stage three was a great result; but that was the only stage where I really can say I was at my potential.”last_img read more

first_imgDenied visas under new U.S. policy, say Kashmir athletes A Kashmiri sportsman has been held on charges of molestation during a snowshoe racers’ event in United Nation’s Saranac Lake village, New York.J&K Sports Council secretary Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra confirmed to The Hindu that a sportsman on an independent event “has been detained.” “We are ascertaining the facts. Initial reports suggest that a Kashmir-origin sportsman has been detained. We are in the process of providing him the legal aid since he belongs to Jammu and Kashmir. So far, we have sketchy details of what has actually happened at the venue,” Mr. Parra said.A U.S.-based website,, has identified the Indian snowshoe racer as Tanveer Hussain, 24.Mr. Hussain, a J&K Bank employee, is on a visit to Saranac Lake for an international snowshoe competition. “He (Mr. Hussain) was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child,” the website quoted the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.According to the Enterprise, Hussain is accused of “inappropriate sexual behaviour with an underage girl, contact which allegedly took place on Monday in the village of Saranac Lake.”In a statement released by the Saranac Lake Village Police, according to a U.S.-based newspaper, the officials accused Mr. Hussain of “engaging in a passionate kiss with a 12-year-old girl”.“He further was accused of touching her in an intimate area over her clothing…There was no accusation of force. The charges result of the age differences of the individuals. There were no other allegations made against Mr. Hussain,” the police is quoted as saying.In January this year, The Hindu reported that two Kashmiri athletes, including Mr. Hussain, were denied visa by the U.S. embassy in India “due to the Donald Trump administration’s tough laws”,  an accusation denied by the U.S. administration later.Also Read  Mr. Hussain was allowed a visa to enter the U.S. for the competition, according to the website, following intense lobbying from local officials and residents in the Adirondacks, as well as by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: The State government formed a high-level steering committee on Saturday to hasten the decision-making for setting up the infrastructure for the under-17 FIFA World Cup. Goa would host nine matches of the event, including one quarter-final.The tournament is scheduled to begin on October 6. Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma will chair the committee.A government spokesperson said the committee has been formed “to provide the required executive decision-making, to meet all the requirements and obligations of being a host city for the event.”The venue for the matches is Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda, South Goa.last_img read more

first_imgA 10-day-long social audit of welfare measures of the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Board in Ajmer district’s Beawar block has revealed irregularities by a vast network of agents and e-mitra centres operating in the region. The agents, who get the applications passed in the Labour Department, allegedly demand huge commissions and block the approvals for eligible labourers.Public hearing Construction workers narrated the instances of corruption and harassment in the system and recounted their experiences at a ‘Jan Sunwai’ (public hearing) organised in Beawar on Sunday after the conclusion of social audit. Activists of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and Labour Department’s officers were present at the event.The construction workers said they were deprived of the benefits of welfare schemes if they did not pay commission to the agents. The applications of labourers applying for various works through e-mitra centres were mostly rejected.Some of the workers alleged that the Labour Department’s officials had approached them at their homes demanding bribe for approving their applications for children’s scholarships, Shubh Shakti Scheme and social security death benefits for survivors.The social audit teams met a total of 1,370 families in Beawar block during the exercise and verified 509 applications for registration and 829 applications for various schemes. They found large-scale irregularities in both the categories.Most Backward Class The nomadic Gadia Lohar community, categorised as a Most Backward Class in Rajasthan, faces difficulty in getting the benefits of schemes because most of its members do their own work and are unable to get the employer’s certificate. The community members said their children were unable to go to schools and get scholarships.Social activists attending the public hearing said the BOCW Board should be made more transparent and efficient and steps be taken to carry its welfare component to the intended beneficiaries with a higher success rate. Gandhian leader Sudarshan Iyengar said the Gram Sabhas could play an important role in this task.While MKSS founder Aruna Roy said the government officials should take care of “Mahatma Gandhi’s last man” during his 150th birth anniversary celebrations, Board’s joint secretary Patanjali Bhu assured the gathering that the e-mitra centres charging commissions would be blocked and cases would be registered against them. He said the Board would conduct social audit in other districts as well.last_img read more