Contractor for airstrip junction road project a no show – Region 1 Chairman

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first_imgMonths after contact awardedThe continuation of the paved road from the airstrip junction to the North West Secondary School area in Region One (Barima-Waini) is at a standstill and according to Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley, no effort is being made to commence works on the project.Ashley, in an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, said that to date the contractor who was awarded the contract in 2018 is yet to turn up at the site to begin preliminary works.“Up to now, the contractor has not turned up not even to show that they are mobilising to get the work done. Things like that are incomplete in this region. This was a Ministry of Infrastructure project that was awarded since last year.”In addition, other projects, Ashley said, which should have already commenced for 2019, are yet to begin.The sum of $3.4 billion was approved for the Region One Regional Administration during budgetary allocations in December 2018.Ashley posited that three months have passed since the budgetary year began and the region is only now in the process of advertising for the capital projects.“It is in the third month and the region is yet to… it was expected that these projects would have been awarded at least by the 2nd week to the 3rd week of January. They should have started advertising so that by now the contractors would have been able to at least be awarded the contracts for what they are for so that work could have started,” he told this publication.He also stated that at the end of this year, if the monies from 2018’s budgetary allocation have not been utilised then they would be returned to the national treasury and many of these projects would have to be “rolled over” to 2020.“Some of these projects are for the construction of health facilities, enclosure of buildings, gridding and shaping of roads, rehabilitation to health and education facilities, purchasing of vehicles and ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) etc.”On December 12, last year, under the education capital programme for 2019, the sum of $151.200 million was approved for rehabilitative work to the Port Kaituma Primary and Secondary Schools and extension of White-Water Nursery School. The sum also catered for the construction of sanitary blocks at Waramuri, Port Kaituma and St John’s Primary Schools and the construction and enclosure of living quarters at Unity Square and Manawarin. Some $21.9 million was to be spent on school furniture and equipment Including equipment for smart classrooms, desks, benches, cupboards, tables, chairs, racks, fire extinguishers, musical and sports equipment at several schools in the region.$15.7 million was also allocated for transportation. The money caters for boats and outboard engines at Moruca, Barama, Pawaikuru, and St Nicholas, Waramuri and Santa Cruz Primary and Santa Rosa Secondary Schools among others.In the area of health, $101.1 million was allocated for the completion of an X-ray room at Pakera District Hospital and staff quarters at Mabaruma; construction of a maternity waiting home at Santa Rosa, health training complex at Mabaruma; health post at Parakese and incinerator at Kwabanna; enclosure of living quarters and upgrading of the central duct system at Mabaruma Regional Hospital and provisions for hot water baths. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more


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first_img Share President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to African nations as “s**thole countries” during a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of senators, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the conversation.Trump made the comment during a discussion of U.S. visa and immigration policies inside the Oval Office. Trump was meeting with the senators to discuss a bipartisan plan to grant legal protections to the roughly 800,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought to the country as children. During the conversation Trump also questioned why the U.S would want to accept people from countries like Haiti and said the U.S. should want more people from countries like Norway, the aides said.The comments were first reported by the Washington Post.The senators had hoped to convince Trump to support their plan which pairs increased funding for border security with new legal status for immigrants who were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The White House rejected the plan and asked the senators to keep working on a new proposal.Evan Vucci/APSen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump and lawmakers on immigration policy Tuesday.The White House issued a statement rejecting “weak and dangerous stopgap measures” on immigration but did not deny Trump’s remarks.“The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country,” said deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”The meeting delivered a significant setback to the bipartisan working group which first announced the deal earlier on Thursday afternoon.“We are at a deal,” Flake told reporters on Capitol Hill. “So we’ll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with that.” Flake added that “it’s the only game in town. There is no other bill.”Later that afternoon, after members of the six-person Senate group presented their agreement to Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters there was more negotiating to be done.“I was at the White House talking about what I thought was a bipartisan proposal,” Graham said following the meeting. “No deal yet.”White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill that the group — which included Flake, Graham, Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. — presented what amounted to a small group agreement but the White House did not sign off.“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Short said.The negotiations began in earnest at the end of December, months after Trump first announced in September 2017 that DACA would be ending, and gave Congress until March 5 of this year to come up with a replacement.Democrats and other supporters of the so-called DREAMers have called for a legislative implementation of DACA to be attached to a must-pass spending bill that would keep the government funded beyond January 19.As part of any agreement about DACA, President Trump has insisted that there be funding for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, which many Democrats have opposed. He also called for ending the diversity visa lottery, a State Department program that gives residents of nations with few migrants coming to the U.S. a chance for a green card, and for ending family-based migration (called “chain migration” by its opponents) that allows extended family members of immigrants already in the U.S. legally to come to the U.S. as well.The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to “act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so.”The letter continues, “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.”Julieta Garibay, co-founder and director of the Texas chapter of United We Dream (UWD) –the largest ‘Dreamer’ group in the United States–, told Houston Public Media that the ‘Dreamers’ will not “take no for an answer.”“We know there is the will and now it’s just a matter of leadership,” noted Garibay, while adding that “we know it’s something that can be done by January 19th.”The activist anticipated there will be “a lot of ups and downs” in the next few days as members of Congress and the White House negotiate an immigration bill.Garibay also stressed her group wants the potential legislation to provide a path to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’.last_img read more