Govt to construct 4-storey prison at Mazaruni

first_img… 1st phase to start this year – RamjattanGovernment is pushing against criticism that it did not take seriously the prison fire in 2016 and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report. There are plans for the phased construction of a four-storey prison as part of the expansion at Mazaruni, which is scheduled to start this year. Government is pushing against criticism that it did not take seriously the prison fire in 2016 and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report. There are plans for the phased construction of a four-storey prison as part of the expansion at Mazaruni, which is scheduled to start this year. According to Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, building a new prison could end up costing the Government $6B. But after the completion of the prison, design by VIKAB Engineering Consultants Ltd — the Trinidad Company involved in designing the collapsed Supenaam Stelling — the first phase of building the prison at Mazaruni will commence.“There is a criticism that we have not done anything since the Commission of Inquiry,” Ramjattan stated during a press conference on Thursday. “(But) a lot has been done since the Commission of Inquiry in March.”“We have gotten the design from Vikab, the consultant that won the design of a new prison at Mazaruni. This was given and supported by the President since the 29th June. I have (also) supported the new design. So that has started.”He stated that while it would be costly, the idea is to remove the more serious criminals to a safe place in Mazaruni, in order to deal with the overpopulation problem plaguing the prisons. Ramjattan noted that $276M were allocated for the first phase of the project, which will include constructing the concrete structure. “And then, (in) next year’s budget, more (money) will be allocated to carry it up. We want a four-storey building, but the construction will take some time. We have to now put it out to bid, as to who will build. This will be a major piece of construction. They will start as of this year.”Ramjattan noted that the construction phase is slated to last two years and cost approximately $2B. He reiterated that the price tag attached to constructing an entirely new prison is $6B, money the Government presently does not have. He also spoke of the modernisation aspect of the prisons. “The modernisation of our prison system was also a consultancy that was awarded to Trevor Hamilton and Associates, international management consultants. The first question that was asked was selecting one from five options. Whether we privatise the prison system, whether we regionalise it, a combination of both, or keep it in state hands with a board of governors,” the minister revealed.Ramjattan revealed that Government has opted for keeping the prison system under State control and have a Board of Governors to oversee operations, besides having an Executive Director of Prisons. At present, Gladwin Samuels holds the post of Director of Prisons. “We have now furthered that governance structure along with the amendments that governance structure will cater for. (Retired Caribbean Court of Justice Judge) Duke Pollard is the lawyer that is working towards getting the amendments of our prison act to accommodate the modernisation of the GPS as a result of the consultancy we got done by Trevor Hamilton, the Jamaican expert.“So it is not as if we just sat back and did nothing. A lot was being done. All of these things, however, cost a lot of money, and we have to take care also of the consultants and the lawyers. So I just want to make that clear: lots of work was being done to have a safer and more secure place for our prisoners.”Last year March, a fire had raged through the Camp Street Prison and claimed the lives of 17 prisoners. Afterwards, a Commission of Inquiry which cost the treasury some $13M was ordered by President David Granger.According to the report compiled by the commissioners, the combination of being overcrowded, being uncomfortable, and providing unhygienic confinement created ideal conditions for epidemics and for gangs to prosper and propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels is the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100%, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayers’ dollars, but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system.”But despite these recommendations, the Director of Prisons himself confirmed that at the time of the fire which gutted Camp Street prison on Sunday, over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison. Camp Street Prison was originally built to house nearly half that number.last_img read more

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Falcon brings northern prosperity agenda to Fort St. John visit

first_imgTwo weeks after announcing he will be running for the B.C. Liberal party leadership, Kevin Falcon made a trip to Fort St. John.Addressing the Peace River North Riding Association for the B.C. Liberals, Monday, Falcon spoke about the importance of the North to the provincial economy.- Advertisement -Falcon has just released a Northern Prosperity Agenda which outlines various items he says are designed to help the growth of the province’s northern economies. The agenda includes extending and increasing investment in the Interior and Rural Side Roads Program as well as reducing the Agricultural Land Reserve’s processes in regards to farm land in the northeast.[asset|aid=3344|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2cf09286142b5d1cca033e53579503a0-Falcon ALR visit 2_1_Pub.mp3] Falcon also says he believes the HST is beneficial for the province, however adds that he supports a referendum on the controversial tax.[asset|aid=3345|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2cf09286142b5d1cca033e53579503a0-Falcon HST visit 7_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Although the tax is expected to go to a binding referendum in September, he says he will support whatever the public decides. However, he also says he hopes to speak with residents about the benefits of the tax, even proposing a decrease in the tax rate. He says he would support a one per cent drop in the tax and a further one per cent decrease whenever provincial revenues allow.After nine years with Gordon Campbell as B.C.’s premier, Falcon says the public is looking for a new generation of leadership, which he represents.[asset|aid=3346|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2cf09286142b5d1cca033e53579503a0-Falcon generation visit 5_1_Pub.mp3] A factor that could affect how the new leader is chosen is a proposed new voting system. The B.C. Liberal party has recommended a new weighted system which would give each region in the province the same number of votes, no matter how many Liberal members it has.Advertisement Whether the new system is chosen will be decided on Feb. 12, just two weeks before the leadership election. Falcon says he supports the new system because he feels it would ensure whoever wins will have support from across the province and not simply from the areas with a large member base.last_img read more

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PM Modi meets with Caricom leaders at UNGA

first_imgIndia’s historic and warm relations with the countries of the Caribbean witnessed a new momentum with the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 14 leaders of the Caricom group of countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday in New York.Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the 14 leaders of the Caricom group he met on the sidelines of the United Nations General AssemblyCurrent Caricom Chairman, St Lucia PM Allen Chastenet co-chaired the meeting. The meeting was attended by the Heads of Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago; the Vice President of Suriname, and the Foreign Ministers of the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Haiti and Guyana.It was the first-ever meeting of PM Modi with Caricom leaders in a regional format and highlighted the steadily intensifying and deepening relations between India and partner countries of the Caribbean, not only in the bilateral, but also in the regional context. PM Modi reiterated India’s firm commitment to strengthen its political, economic and cultural engagement with Caricom. He noted the presence of more than a million-strong Indian Diaspora as a vibrant and enduring link of friendship with the Caribbean.The meeting deliberated on strengthening the political and institutional dialogue processes, boosting economic cooperation, increasing trade and investment and fostering greater and more robust people- to- people relations. PM Modi also laid emphasis on partnering with Caricom countries in capacity building, development assistance and cooperation in disaster management and resilience. He invited Caricom countries to join the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. The PM then expressed his condolences on the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the region and the worst-hit island of Bahamas to which India has provided immediate financial assistance of US$ 1 million.PM Modi announced a US$14 million grant for community development projects in Caricom and another US$150 million line of credit for solar, renewable energy and climate- change related projects. He also announced the setting-up of the Regional Centre for Excellence in Information Technology in Georgetown, Guyana and the Regional Vocational Training Centre in Belize by upgrading the existing India-funded centres in these countries. The Indian PM also expressed support for specialised capacity-building courses, training and deputation of Indian experts based on the needs and requirements of the Caricom countries. He invited a parliamentary delegation from Caricom to visit India in the near future.Caricom leaders welcomed the initiatives proposed by PM Modi to strengthen engagement and cooperation between the two sides, and reassured him of full support from their respective Governments.It was decided that a Joint Task Force would be set up to expeditiously look into possible areas of cooperation and identify the way forward.last_img read more

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The city finds tenant for Passive House

first_img“Once we’ve got that years data, we can move forward with the use of this house in other areas if we choose to,” Mayor Lori Ackerman concluded.The city says they’ll be undertaking an extensive public awareness campaign around the purpose of the house, which will include websites, blogging, tweeting, signage, video, handouts and display material. Councillor Larry Evans approved City Staff’s request to enter into the agreement with Paul Gillis, who helped construct the house and Catherine Rudell during this week’s City Council meeting.Some of the conditions of living include assisting with necessary support, consisting of maintenance on the exterior and interior, tweeting and blogging, while also participating in activities like tours, presentation and videos, which will advance council’s objectives of demonstrating leadership on energy conservation.“What will determine how much they pay is the level of service that they will be able to provide to the city,” City Manger Dianne Hunter responded to Councillor Evans when asked of associated fees.- Advertisement -Another objective of council is to leverage what they learn from the Passive House to improve building energy efficiency in communities across the region.Once competed, the house will be certified under the Passive House Program (CanPHU), LEED and ERN (Energuide), which will help with exposure and relevance to a larger green building audience.An outreach action plan is also in the works, which is anticipated to be rolled out over a two year period. This will include presentation and relevant conferences, tours to the public, builders, developers, students, organizations, professional, local government staff and officials, while also hosting workshops for said developers.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Shaqiri shines as Liverpool rout Man United

first_imgShaqiri, of Switzerland, was one of five recent high profile signings which saw Liverpool shell out more than 200 million pounds in an attempt to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City.It was a nice way for the Reds to finish up their US exhibition swing as they now travel back to Merseyside before continuing their preparations for the season with a training camp in France beginning next week.Sadio Mane converted a penalty to open the scoring for Liverpool in the 28th minute.Manchester United’s 22-year-old midfielder Andreas Pereira tied the game 1-1 in the 31st minute off a free kick.But Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad seized command in the second half, starting with Daniel Sturridge’s 66th-minute strike.Shaqiri, 26, did the heavy lifting on the play, outmuscling a United defender and then slipping a pass back to Sturridge who made it 2-1.Sheyi Ojo then scored off a spot-kick in the 74th minute. That set the stage for Shaqiri to bring the packed stadium to its feet eight minutes later with his overhead kick from inside the box off a nice feed from Ben Woodburn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool finished up their US exhibition swing with a 4-1 win over Manchester United and now head back to Merseyside © AFP / JEFF KOWALSKYCHICAGO, United States, Jul 29 – Liverpool scored three second half goals as they wrapped up their pre-season tour of America on Saturday with a dominating 4-1 victory over Manchester United at Michigan Stadium.Xherdan Shaqiri put a stamp on his Liverpool debut with a spectacular bicycle-kick goal to round out the scoring in the International Champions Cup match in front of a crowd of 101,000.last_img read more

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Saddam Juma brace hands Uganda CECAFA bronze

first_imgBurundi broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, Ochan spilling Pierre Kwizera’s curling freekick from the right when he seemed to have had a good grip of the ball.It had been a balanced start to the match, each team trying to open up for an attacking opportunity, but Kwizera’s freekick was the first shot on target in the game.Burundi should have doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Shabaan Ahmed’s dipping cross from the left was met by Laudit Mavugo at the far post, but the Tanzanian based striker headed wide.Burundi’s Ndikumana takes on Uganda’s Nelson Ssekantuka. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThree minutes to half time, Abdul Razak Fiston took on a daunting run on the left, evading his markers to break through to the edge of the box before releasing a shot from the outside of his foot which bounced against the crossbar.In the second half Uganda came back with more purpose and they needed just four minutes to get back on level terms.Shabaan volleyed the ball home from the edge of the six yard box after tournament top scorer Derrick Nsibambi nodded the ball down for him from a Geoffrey Madoi cross from the left.In the 55th minute, Nsibambi should have had his fifth goal of the tournament but his effort from a tight angle after beating the keeper trickled across the face of goal. Uganda continued to press and in the 67th minute, Milton karisa who had just come on as a second half substitute came close with a flicking header unmarked from inside the box after Nsibambi cited his run into the box.They finally got the goal five minute later when Shabaan took on the responsibility after being fouled at the edge of the box, curling a wonderful freekick over the wall and leaving the Burundi keeper dazed.They should have had more goals through Allan Katterega and Karisa, bit they were thwarted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Saddam Juma is joined by teammates in celebrating his goal against Burundi in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup third place play off at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 17- Saddam Juma’s sumptuous second half brace saw defending champions Uganda Cranes come from behind to beat Burundi 2-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday afternoon to claim the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup bronze.Uganda goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan’s butter fingers had given Burundi the lead in the first half, but a sublime volley and a well taken freekick by Juma in the second half handed the Cranes a consolation prize for their efforts.last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY BEATEN IN QUEST TO BECOME FIRST ‘TOURISM TOWN’

first_imgLetterkenny has been beaten in its quest to become Ireland’s first ‘Tourism Town’.The Cathedral Town was one of ten named at the Tidy Towns Awards in an event organised by Failte Ireland.Today it was revealed  the title has gone to Portmagee in County Kerry. Portmagee receives a €10,000 grant towards developing itself as a tourism destination.A spokesperson for Letterkenny Chamber said it was an achievement in itself being named in the top ten towns in the country.LETTERKENNY BEATEN IN QUEST TO BECOME FIRST ‘TOURISM TOWN’ was last modified: December 7th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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Donegal man launches search for his birth family

first_imgA Donegal man who believes he may have been subject to a cross-border adoption from a mother and baby home in Co Down has launched a desperate appeal to find his birth family.Mark McCollum was adopted in 1966 after his mother, a 16-year-old from west Belfast, fell pregnant following a relationship with a British soldier.Mark says he knew from an early age that he was adopted but despite having a wonderful childhood with adoring adoptive parents, always felt something was missing. His mother, who he believes was called Kathleen, was sent to the Marianvale mother and baby home operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters in Newry and gave birth on October 27 1966.Her son – originally called Paul – was christened in the parish of Lower Killeavy, Bessbrook and adopted shortly afterwards.The 51-year-old – who is now a father to two teenage children – has no birth certificate, only an adoption and baptismal certificate that provide limited details.He thinks members of his Belfast family may have made efforts to find him in the past but because of data privacy laws and the complications of the adoption being conducted over two jurisdictions he has only snippets of information. Mark told the Irish News “I’ve tried over the years to trace my birth family, but the information I have is limited. I’ve picked up odd pieces of information but don’t have a complete picture.“The nuns appear to have concealed a lot of what went on for whatever reason. I’ve no birth certificate or original record of my birth.”The Marianvale mother and baby home operated in Co Down between 1955 and 1984.A recent investigation by the BBC uncovered details of at least 25 babies who were adopted out of Northern Ireland, Most, like Mark, went to families in the Republic with at least two being sent to the USA.Campaigners have questioned the legality of moving babies across state borders, although the Good Shepherd Sisters has insisted adoptions were “conducted strictly in accordance with the legislation”. “I think my birth mother moved away to England shortly after being released from the home,” Mark said.“I hope she made a new life, I hope she found happiness. I want her to know I hold no ill will against her, to tell her I had a wonderful life and if she does feel guilty then she shouldn’t, she has nothing to feel guilty for.“I’ve a daughter who is now 16. It pains me to think that someone her age would have to go through an experience like that.“I’ve an inherited heart complaint but was never able to give doctors any medical history – that’s the reality of being adopted. “She would still be a young woman, I hope she’s still alive but if any family are still around I’d love to speak to them.“There’s just something missing, a gap in my life that I’d like to fill.”Donegal man launches search for his birth family was last modified: July 25th, 2018 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:adoptiondonegalMark McCollumRelativessearchlast_img read more

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Celebrating Africa Month 2016

first_imgMay is Africa Month, to mark the annual commemoration, on 25 May, of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity – the precursor of today’s African Union – in 1963.South Africa is an integral part of the African continent. Our national interest is intrinsically linked to continental stability, unity and prosperity – the development, upliftment and celebration of all African people.In 2016, the continent’s future is under the spotlight at the World Economic Forum on Africa, a gathering of global leaders hosted in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May.      ‘The destiny of Africa is in your hands’ – Brand South Africa CEO Kingsley Makhubela Read the full text of the address by the CEO of Brand South Africa, Kingsley Makhubela, at the Africa and Middle East Conference of the Junior Chamber International on Thursday 5 May 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. (Image: Alessandro Vannucci) READ MORE > WEF Africa 2016: How do we deliver shared prosperity across the continent?  Important questions will be discussed in Kigali, Rwanda this week, as the World Economic Forum on Africa gathers under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”. We take a look at the meeting’s main sub-themes. READ MORE > WEF Africa 2016: Connecting Africa’s resources through digital transformation  With Africa’s economy under pressure, the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, will look at how the continent’s technology industry can help overcome its challenges. READ MORE > Highlights of 26 years of WEF on Africa  The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa celebrates 26 years of developing the continent as a global economic player. The forum has witnessed many historical moments and important policy decisions made. Here are selected highlights of the event since 1990.  READ MORE > Fast facts: Africa from A to Z  Think you know Africa? Think again. Our continent of 54 countries holds a fascinating range of histories, languages, amazing people, and diverse and complex cultures. From Algeria to Zimbabwe, here’s a snapshot of each country on a continent South Africa should know more about. READ MORE > Good things to know about WEF Africa host Rwanda  Over 20 years ago, the Rwandan genocide brought the country to a standstill and it found itself at a crossroad. Choosing the correct path, today Rwanda and its people have risen to become one of Africa’s greatest modern nations.  READ MORE > Infographic: African alliances help boost regional prosperity  Regional alliances of African countries have one goal in common: to increase economic cohesion and so improve the lives of citizens, as sovereign nations align their priorities to achieve a wider prosperity. READ MORE > Librarian saves ancient African manuscripts in Timbuktu  When al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts – documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science – from the extremists. READ MORE > Miss Africa 2016 calls on young people to build a better continent  Inspiring the youth to make Africa a better continent and working with forgotten senior citizens are just two of the projects planned by recently crowned Miss Africa Continent Rebecca Asamoah.  READ MORE > Spotlight shines on African cuisine  Africa’s food is as rich and diverse as its people, yet its culinary offerings are not that well known. Filmmaker and foodie Tuleka Prah wants to change that. She has started to chronicle traditional recipes made by ordinary people on her website, African Food Map. One day, she would like to create an African Food Dictionary. READ MORE > Infographic: Back into Africa  Studies into DNA and genetics have shown that the human race is more connected than previously thought. This is because migration out of Africa about 60 000 years ago was not in a single direction. There was a second wave of movement back into Africa that started about 3 000 years ago. READ MORE > New video game developed in Africa  A new video game, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan has been developed in Africa. The work of a studio in Cameroon, Kiro’o Games, it explores African tales in a phantasmal setting. The main character, King Enzo Kori-Odan, uses collective energy, channelled through ancestors, called aurion. READ MORE > Rwanda: Marvel of growth and WEF Africa 2016 host  Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has dramatically transformed since the 1994 genocide. The country is becoming a high-tech hub of sub-Saharan Africa and boasts one of the region’s fastest GDP growth rates. And now, from 11 to 13 May, the country’s capital of Kigali will host the 26th annual World Economic Forum on Africa. READ MORE >last_img read more

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Ben Klick, Oct. 23

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are racing against the clock and the rain. We are done with all of the first crop beans. We have about 100 acres of double-crop beans behind hay and wheat to cut, but I’m not too concerned about those. We switched over last evening to corn after we got done baling up corn fodder and bean stubble. We are on our way back to the field to shell corn now for a few hours until we get rained out.For beans, we thought we were going to have a better crop than we did. We just didn’t get the moisture we needed in August or September. Most of them were planted in mid- to late-May and into June and they just didn’t get those late summer rains they needed. When you go dry for six or seven weeks you can’t expect too much.These were also some of the driest beans we have ever run. We almost didn’t want to run them during the day because they were under 10% moisture. We were fairly consistent on the beans. We had a farm that ran 65 and a farm that went 35 and everything else was in between and averaged out around the 45- or 50-bushel mark.The beans were deceiving in a bad way but the corn has been deceiving in a good way. The corn has been as good as the beans were bad. We have only run around 100 acres of corn and the first stuff we planted is doing very well, especially considering this spring it sat in cold, wet soil for 10 or 12 days. We didn’t have the heat units at first, but we did get plenty of rain.We still have some corn with green on it. It will be 24%or 25% moisture. The corn we are running today was planted April 28 and it is around 17.5%. I am pleased with how the corn has turned out so far and I hope it continues. We planted the corn in thirds this spring based on how the rains came and I am interested to see how that works out yield wise this fall.We do have some stalk rot. We have seen some corn falling over and we want to get as much of this off before the storm comes as we can. So far so good. If everything went as planned it wouldn’t be a normal fall harvest.There are some guys done and putting their equipment away and some have a long way to go.last_img read more

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