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Sunday Feature: Restoring the one-room school house

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 203 weeks ago What a nice story. Wonder what the first students of these schools would think about the schools of today. The article state’s of two entrances, one for the girls and one for the boys and the outhouses. Nowadays whatever sex you feel that day is what restroom you can use. What a much more simpler and sensible time. Only sad part is that all the students had to walk 9 miles to and from the schools. Uphill both’s way’s. Report Reply 3 replies · active 203 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down jjordan2773 13p · 203 weeks ago in the snow.. dont forget there was snow year round then too Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 203 weeks ago I accidently hit the thumbs down button on the comment above…instead of the green one….great comment…sorry Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 203 weeks ago I was trying to thumbs up this post…but touched the wrong one….this is a great comment…I am sending this again because my computer locked up and it didn’t show that I sent it… Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Frank Gerberding · 203 weeks ago My Mother, Marla F. Larsen, taught at the Spring Creek School House was she was in her early 20’s. I have been to this school many times as my Mom always insisted that education was vital and that her son would have a solid education. She told many stories and I just love to sit and listen as her eyes lighted up when she went back in time to the days when education really meant something and the students who attended were like family. God Bless You for restoring history. It seems like today our society will do anything to distort the true. When I am back in Wellington, I will be sure to visit. Again, thanks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 202 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Valerie Brunhoeber · 202 weeks ago Yes I’m sure I have seen the name in the records! That is sweet of you to say those nice things! We love it!! Its a lot of work to take care of it all but it is worth it to try and keep the history alive!!! Such little is known about the country schools. I have learned soooo much from the old records with both schools!!! We never stop learning! Report Reply -3 Vote up Vote down Thinking · 203 weeks ago This article about 1room school houses here is example A why I am voting for Hillary. Good job James for makin me see the light. Report Reply 0 replies · active 203 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Valerie Brunhoeber · 202 weeks ago At a point in time, they placed a law stating that children did not have to walk any more then 3 miles to school. There were schools so close throughout the country so children didn’t have to walk as far.. The event will take place October 15th starting at 10am. We will start with the school program in the Belleview Schoolhouse! It will be like a re-enactment of a 1895 school day!! As for the registry with the National registry for historic places… it will no longer be on the National level but will be moved to the state level. It wasn’t going to be on any registry at all the shape it was getting to be in anyway. It will also be on the Country School Association of America’s national registry too like Belleview is currently once we get the restoration more complete. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments These historical schools — Belleview (left) and Spring Creek (right) — were built in 1894 and 1904 James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Mike and Valerie Brunhoeber have been restoring one-room schoolhouses on their farm north of Caldwell for a few years. It is a little remote, and to try to get more people out to see the place, they are planning a special event for Oct. 15 at their farm.The program will feature the Belleview school, which has been restored to the late 1800s, and the Spring Creek school that was moved to their farm last April, and is a work in progress.She will give a program of school type lessons in the Belleview School at a cost of $4 per person. She plans on having a silent auction in the Spring Creek school building, and is still seeking items to be sold. There will also be some vendors who will sell things like crafts on the day of the event.Part of the reason for the event is also to raise some money for further restoration of the Spring Creek school. She plans on restoring it to the 1930s era.One room school houses of six rows of desks to seat round 30 or more students.In the early days of settlement of Kansas, there were one-room school houses all over the county. She has spent a lot of time studying them and doing research. They had been trying to get the Spring Creek school moved for a few years and the goal was finally realized earlier this year. It was in pretty bad shape and needed a lot of work. The building is on the National Register of historic places, so that much was done several years ago, but it was pretty much forgotten after that. Brunhoeber said is checking to see how moving it will affect that designation.Both the schools are registered with national and state historic associations, and they are a non-profit museum.They are also restoring two outhouses, and a coal shed, that were on the property when they moved the school. Another project is to get rock on the path between their driveway and the schools, which is not far, but would allow easier access in bad weather.She is hoping to have special events at least three times each year to raise money and awareness of the museum. She also does programs for schools.The museum on their farm is a place to learn about the old one-room school houses that once dotted the Kansas landscape. Many are rotting away, and she has saved at least two. There is another one called Knowledge Hill, but it may be in too bad of condition to move.The Spring Creek school has had the roof replaced, and much of the siding had to be replaced as well, but the building itself now  is sound.The Belleview school was built in 1894. It had two entrances, and separate entrances were used by boys and girls and they sat on opposite sides of the classroom. The Spring Creek school was built in 1904. Spring Creek was used until 1947, when many schools consolidated. Belleview was used until 1956 when there was another wave of consolidating.The museum is open by appointment for groups of any size.The website for the museum is Their phone number is 620-845-4392Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

U.S. Executes 2nd Man This Week

first_imgTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution this week, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed.Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Purkey was convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl before dismembering, burning and dumping her body in a septic pond. He also was convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who had polio.Purkey expressed remorse right before he was executed.“I deeply regret the pain and suffering I caused to Jennifer’s family,” he said. “I am deeply sorry. I deeply regret the pain I caused to my daughter, who I love so very much. This sanitized murder really does not serve no purpose whatsoever.”His time of death was 8:19 a.m. EDT.The Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to take place just hours before, ruling in a 5-4 decision. The four liberal justices dissented, like they did for the first case earlier this week.Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that “proceeding with Purkey’s execution now, despite the grave questions and factual findings regarding his mental competency, casts a shroud of constitutional doubt over the most irrevocable of injuries.” She was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.It was the federal government’s second execution after a 17-year hiatus. Another man, Daniel Lewis Lee, was put to death Tuesday after his eleventh hour legal bids failed.Both executions were delayed into the day after they were scheduled as legal wrangling continued late into the night and into the next morning.The Justice Department has been questioned for holding the executions in the middle of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, prompting lawsuits over fears those who would travel to the prison could become infected. The decision to resume executions after nearly two decades was criticized as a dangerously political move in an election year, forcing an issue that is not high on the list of American priorities considering the 11% unemployment rate and the pandemic.Purkey’s lawyers had argued his condition had deteriorated so severely that he didn’t understand why he was being executed. They said he was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.The issue of Purkey’s mental health arose in the run-up to his 2003 trial and when, after the verdict, jurors had to decide whether he should be put to death in the killing of 16-year-old Jennifer Long in Kansas City, Missouri. Prosecutors said he raped and stabbed her, dismembered her with a chainsaw, burned her and dumped her ashes 200 miles (320 kilometers) away in a septic pond in Kansas. Purkey was separately convicted and sentenced to life in the beating death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales, of Kansas City, Kansas.Purkey had a long history of childhood trauma, was sexually abused by family members and a Catholic priest and was beaten by other family members, said Liz Vartkessian, a mitigation specialist who worked with Purkey’s legal team and visited him dozens of times in the last five years.“His case is replete with instances where he has expressed a deep remorse,” she said in an interview earlier this month.But recently, Purkey’s mental health had seriously deteriorated to the point he didn’t have the stamina for long visits with his legal team and often forgot key facts and dates, she said.Correction officers had to help him write down a schedule to remember his visits with his lawyers, she said.He also had a long history of paranoia and delusions and believed the Justice Department was moving forward with his execution because of many complaints and lawsuits he brought in prison, even though most had failed, Vartkessian said.The Supreme Court also lifted a hold placed on other executions set for Friday and next month.Dustin Honken, a drug kingpin from Iowa convicted of killing five people in a scheme to silence former dealers, was scheduled for execution Friday.last_img read more

MVP remains in full support of Gilas despite Chooks backing

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up “Even if Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is a club team, we are still one in cheering for the, cheering Laban Pilipinas come tip off,” said SMART sports head Christopher “Epok” Quimpo.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will kick off its Champions Cup campaign against BC Astana on Friday in the tournament that will run from September 22 to 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTop sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan reaffirmed his full support for the Philippine national basketball team even with Chooks-to-go stepping up to sponsor Gilas Pilipinas.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., the company that operates Chooks-to-Go, has been the main backer for nationals this past year and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus welcomed the company’s undying support for the program.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We started the Gilas program back in 2008 to help achieve the Filipino dream of reaching the Olympics and the World Cup,” the executive said. “Years later, we have found a partner that can help expand the program in Chooks-to-Go. This is what sports does to us Filipinos, it brings us together.”Bounty has been bankrolling Gilas Pilipinas since their partnership started in December 2016. It is also the main sponsor for the team for 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, an Asian club competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is looking to make deep run in the 10-club tourney in Chenzhou, China, which is expected to give the players invaluable experience heading into the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in November.Even with the Filipino team carrying another brand for the club championships, SMART is still throwing its support behind Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas View commentslast_img read more

Aaron Gordon stars Orlando Magic add to Miami Heat woes

first_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gordon had 16 of his points in the third as Orlando outscored Miami 30-12, the Magic turning what was a four-point halftime deficit into a 14-point lead. Most Miami fans started heading to the exits with a few minutes left, and Heat center Hassan Whiteside left for the locker room with 40.5 seconds remaining.“Probably extremely upset, like we all are right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, after his team dropped to 9-14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhiteside wasn’t available for comment after the game. A team official said Whiteside went upstairs to the team’s practice court after the game to shoot free throws after going 0 for 2 on Tuesday — dropping him to a staggering 4 for his last 28 from the foul line over the last six-plus games, a 14.3 percent clip.His free throws aren’t why Miami lost Tuesday, but merely just one of many things going wrong for the Heat right now. Luka Doncic’s 21 points lead Mavericks past Trail Blazers SOUTHEAST WOESOrlando is now atop the Southeast Division at 12-12. The five teams in Southeast are a combined 47-71 this season.MO’ WADE BLOCKSWade added another 7-footer to his blocked-shot collection, when he rejected Orlando rookie Mo Bamba at the rim in the fourth quarter. No player who stands 6-foot-4 or less has more blocks in their career than Wade.UP NEXTMagic: Host Denver on Wednesday.Heat: Visit Phoenix on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) shoots as Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder (17) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic added to Miami’s rising level of frustration.Gordon scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Magic rode the strength of a big third quarter to take control and beat the Heat 105-90 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Justise Winslow scored 14 for Miami, which still hasn’t had a three-game winning streak this season. Kelly Olynyk scored 13, Whiteside had 12 and Wade and James Johnson each added 11 for the Heat.Miami was only 2 for 5 from the foul line in the game, as opposed to Orlando’s 15 for 20. The two free throws made in a game tied a record-low in Heat history, and the five attempted ties for the second-lowest.Lulls have doomed Miami all season, and a third-quarter one was the difference.The Magic were 1-10 this season in games in which they weren’t winning at halftime, but outscored the Heat 30-12 in the third quarter to grab control. It was Miami’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season — one point less than its opening quarter against Brooklyn on Nov. 20 — and the worst quarter the Heat had against Orlando since an 11-point third on Feb. 8, 2012.“It’s our inability to sustain,” Spoelstra said. “That’s it. … There’s a flagrant inconsistency that we keep bumping into.”Orlando held the Heat to 24 percent shooting in the third (5-21) and the Magic didn’t commit a turnover in the period.“Obviously Aaron Gordon was tremendous in the third quarter, both his offense and the defense,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Our defense was better and they missed some open shots also.”TIP-INSMagic: Orlando is 2-0 against the Heat this season and 7-2 in the last nine meetings. … The Magic have posted three quarters with a score differential of plus-18 or better this season — and all have been on the road, against New York (20), Golden State (18) and Miami (18).Heat: Tyler Johnson returned after missing six games with a hamstring strain. Goran Dragic (knee), Derrick Jones Jr. (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle rehab) remained sidelined. … It was Miami’s last home game until Dec. 20. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I thought our offense just stunk tonight,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.Miami had won two straight, but Wade said the same approach that the Heat had in those victories over New Orleans and Utah wasn’t there against Orlando.“It didn’t feel like a game,” Wade said. “It didn’t feel like the last two games felt, when we needed wins because we were struggling. After winning two, I felt like we relaxed for some reason, like we’ve got enough wins around here. We’ve got to go. It’s go time, man. You don’t want to get too far behind.”Terrence Ross added 19 off the bench for the Magic, who were 14 for 28 from 3-point range. Evan Fournier scored 13 and DJ Augustin had 11 for Orlando.“We just picked it up on the defensive end,” Gordon said. “Stops on the defensive end, playing the whole court and being aggressive.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Communication Not a Luxury’

first_imgCellcom Telecommunications Incorporated does not see communication as a luxury, but an essential need in today’s world of globalization, digital inclusion, and therefore for Liberians not to be left behind, it has vowed to provide affordable, and quality products and services to enhance Liberians experience in the sector.In a press release yesterday, responding to recent claims by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lonestar/MTN and Presidential hopeful Benoni Urey that Cellcom’s 3 days free calls is harmful to Liberia, Cellcom’s Chief Executive Officer, Avishai Marziano said, “We look at our promotions and discounts as a way of giving back to the people of Liberia and ensuring that Liberians have a little extra money in their pockets at the end of the day because we are both concerned and find it highly unfortunate that Lonestar/MTN will actively be campaigning to lobby the passage of laws that will prevent GSM companies from offering cost saving programs that are benefiting Liberians.”Marziano said Mr. Urey’s statements “are carefully calculated attempts to prolong Lonestar/MTN’s goal of restricting competition and thereby continuing to exploit the Liberian people and therefore it should be the Liberian people and not the owner of Lonestar to speak on whetherCellcom’s promotions are harmful or not.”In a recent letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and published in the local media, Lonestar MTN’s board chairman Urey, called on the President to end “various freebies,” i.e. “free calls to the USA; $1 for 3 days or $1 for 5 days.” He further called for an end to discounts and special promotions, claiming that a competition driven market was bad for Liberia and would limit his company’s ability to reinvest. Urey argued that the continuance of the “freebies” and promotions has caused millions of United States dollars in lost revenue by the government of Liberia and the telecommunications industry as a whole. In his letter he explained that the freebies and promotions, such as what Cellcom is providing, result in reduced quality of services, reduced tax revenue for government as well as reduced revenue for telecommunications operators, who in turn would have to lay off staff commensurate with losses in revenue. Marziano said Lonestar/MTN’s only goal for writing the Liberian President was an attempt to influence the Liberian government to restrict a free market economy and get rid of innovative promotions and GSM products, which have brought relief to thousands of Liberians. “The goal of Cellcom is to provide quality and affordable telecommunications services to all,” said Marziano, “but it seems as if the goal of Lonestar/MTN is to hike and fix prices and swindle money from the average Liberian. Our business strategy is market driven, where we depend on competition to survive, not market control.” Mr. Marziano noted that telecommunications companies and businesses around the world offer discounts and promotions to attract andmaintain customers and attain revenues. These promotions and products, especially across the African continent, are geared at ensuring that instead of spending a large portion of their income on telecommunications services, citizens are able to instead utilize these savings to put food on the table for their families, send their kids to school, invest in small businesses, or deal with urgent pressing problems.Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, questioned Urey’s motive in advocating for the death of the freebies, suggesting that the Lonestar chairman might want to repeat history. “When Lonestar/MTN was the only company operating in Liberia,” Weeks said, “they made tens of millions of dollars by charging exorbitant prices for phones, SIM Cards, and call tariffs. There was no excuse for Lonestar to have charged the Liberian people US$65 for a simple SIM Card that is today being sold for as low as $1.00; but they did this for a long time and got away with it until Cellcom entered the Liberian market. We cannot afford as a country to revert to those dark days and continue to subject the ordinary Liberian citizens to undue financial hardship for our financial gains.” The longstanding rivalry between the two companies, it now seems from Urey’s letter to the President, has driven each party to define its argument. For Lonestar Cell MTN, the more money the company makes, the more jobs it creates; the more tax revenue the government earns toward the national budget and development agenda. For Cellcom, the objective is to increase subscriber base with lower prices, essentially putting the savings into the hands of the people. Government would still earn substantial tax revenue, and communication would be available for everyone. Cellcom’s 3 days free calls program continues to be hailed across the country as the greatest telecommunications relief to the Liberian people. As a result of the program, thousands of average Liberians are now able to afford to communicate with their friends and family on a daily basis. Weeks stressed that contrary to claims by Lonestar Cell MTN that the program is causing loss of revenue to the sector, Cellcom’s contribution to the national revenue through taxes has increased consistently year to year since the inception of the program. “What Cellcom has working in its favor is increased revenue by volume of sales. Because more Liberians can afford $1 to purchase a scratch card, there is a significant increase in the numbers of people who are consistently and frequently purchasing $1 scratch cards to utilize the 3 days free calls program, thereby increasing the volume of call minutes and accrued revenue,” he stated.Cellcom contends that if Urey’s proposal is accepted by the Liberian government, thousands of Liberians will no longer have access to voice and data services because of affordability. The company says that this will essentially plunge Liberia into a communications black hole, which will take years to recover from and drastically affect revenue collection by the government.What Mr. Urey failed to take into consideration is that immediately as prices go up, there will be drastic reduction in the number of call minutes that will proportionately put a big dent in revenue generation for both his company and the Government of Liberia, he said. “All over the world, the trend now in the telecommunications industry is to lower tariffs and increase volume. The incremental volume of call minutes and data usage thus translates to incremental revenue for the operators and governments,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Overpaid, defaulting contractors paying back millions – MPI

first_imgStalled ECD 4-lane highway…– Chinese firm expected to restart project in JuneBy Jarryl BryanCourtney Benn Contracting Services and Compustruct Engineering Incorporated, who were red-flagged by the Auditor General’s 2014 Report for receiving millions of dollars in overpayments in regard to the East Coast Demerara Highway Improvement project, have begun to make restitution.The first repayment cheque, valued at $10 million, was actually submitted to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure four months ago, according to Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Geoffrey Vaughn, who said that at least two cheques have been forthcoming from Courtney Benn Contracting Services and Compustruct Engineering Incorporated; and more payments should be forthcoming, though not on a fixed instalment basis.“They have started paying back,” Vaughn said. “We have the deductions. We had the first cheque (four months ago) and it’s continuous.”The East Coast Demerara road project, started in 2011, spanned from Better Hope to Belfield, with the civil works split into seven lots. Originally intended to bring a number of benefits to motorists using the road, including reducing congestion, this project has been at a standstill for years, with lots one to five at varying stages of completion. More than $2.7billion have been expended on this project.Courtney Benn Contracting Service had been assigned to do work on Lot Three − from La Bonne Intention (LBI) to Beterverwagting, with the contract sum being $349M. Compustruct, on the other hand, was assigned Lot Four, ranging from Beterverwagting to Triumph. The cost for works on this lot was $322.3million.According to the 2014 Auditor General’s Report, both contracting firms were granted time extension up to June 17, 2015. On September 18, 2015, the auditor observed that Lot Three was 80 per cent complete, while Lot Four was halfway complete.The Auditor General had noted that advance payments of $120.6 million for Lot Three and $132.7M for Lot Four had not been recovered. The AG had also stated that Compustruct submitted only one advance bond, while receiving three advance payments. Compustruct’s performance bond expired on December 31, 2014. In the case of Courtney Benn Contracting, the company’s bonds also expired in 2014.In February 2017, however, Courtney Benn had denied reports that his contract was terminated because he had not fulfilled his contractual obligations. In fact, Benn reportedly stated that his work was completed, as the roadway was widened, drains dug and sheet pilings erected.Fresh startAfter the initial work on the various lots had been done, the coalition Government proceeded to sign a framework agreement last year with outgoing Ambassador from the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Limin. The agreement was for a concessional loan from the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China to the tune of US$45.5 million.Chinese engineering firm China Railway First Group will take over completion of these works, and is expected to complete the upgrade project. Vaughn said there are a few technical aspects still being worked out before the firm starts mobilisation.“Mobilisation for China Railways is expected within the next month or two,” Vaughn said. “So as soon as we are able to get that bond, we will be able to wrap things up. We are working along with them in some price differences that we’re seeing, and as soon as those are wrapped up, we will have the project moving.”He said the Ministry could not provide details of those price differences, but that information would be provided once negotiations conclude.The Auditor General red-flagged notable examples of incomplete work. In this picture showing Lot Four of the East Coast Demerara four-lane project, works were completed on the southern side of the road onlylast_img read more

Thousands without potable water on WCD

first_imgThousands of persons on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) have been deprived of potable water for the past three weeks, which has caused major disturbances in the execution of chores and other daily routines.Presently, four major villages – Meten-Meer-Zorg, Zeelugt, De Kinderen and Tuschen – are facing the unbearable inconvenience that has left villagers with no other option than to source water from nearby trenches.One of the affected persons, who hail from Railway View, Meten-Meer-Zorg, related to Guyana Times that water would normally be supplied from a well that is situated in close proximity. However, a restoration exercise was ongoing that was expected to last for four days. It has since been three weeks and the water supply was not restored.She further noted that the only relief the community received was the allocation of half of a barrel of water to an entire household. This did not suffice for even a few hours.“I am not getting any at all. What they used to do was come around with a half barrel water and give from a tractor to support you with it. Now we aren’t getting in almost three weeks. Everybody is without water.”“I have four tanks and imagine all is empty. What about those that don’t have? Is a lot that don’t have. Presently, I’m running mad cause I got to wash the children school cloths for tomorrow morning. I don’t know what to do. Every day I would keep calling them,” a resident said.This is not the first time such activities have occurred, since constant repairs are being done on the well.“They tell us that the repair would be for four or five days and now is three weeks. We ain’t getting rainfall so it affecting us really. They were repairing the well and it’s a constant thing to repair the well every three and four months. They saying every time you call that it coming on the same day and we living in hope,” a resident related to this newspaper.In Zeelugt, a different scenario enveloped the village as persons in distress walked about the streets with their buckets to obtain water from nearby trenches. Bicycles were seen transporting the water to their homes and would thereby be used for washing and cleaning.Councillor of Constituency Number Four, Poorandai Sukhu, vented her frustration at the way the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has handled the matter, as she explained to Guyana Times that no interventions were made to fix this long-term issue.The Councillor recalled, “Now since last week, we getting no water. The entire village is without water. The residents have to go by the trench to dip water to do their chores. They have a pump station in Vergenoegen and since we’ve been having this problem. We write GWI and they replied that they will fix the problem but the problem is getting worse.”Initially, the area was supplied with potable water on a 24h basis. Consequently in 2016, a decision was taken to modify this process. For the past days, GWI has reportedly shut down the pump station with no explanation being issued to those affected.“We used to get water all day, 24 hours. Since this Government took over, we getting water from 05:00h to 12:00h noon. It stops and then you getting back water at 17:00h to 19:00h. Although they have a specific time, sometimes they don’t put on the pump,” said Suhku.In relation to the quality of water being distributed, it was safe to say that it cannot be used for drinking purposes and in some cases, even domestic uses.“The water is not clear. It’s reddish, sometimes it’s muddy and sometimes you can’t use it because it causing itching on the children and the adults as well. Other villages like Tuschen North Old Scheme is having the same issue. For Zeelugt alone is like about 600 persons affected,” she mentioned.After many letters and no action being taken to end the scourge of unreliable water distribution, the locals are insisting the utility company address the issue as soon as possible.While they are compelled to pay their bills, the quality and frequency of an important daily necessity does not meet their expectations.last_img read more

Southampton 0-3 Man City: Ten-man Blues leapfrog Saints into second

first_img1 Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard celebrates his goal against Southampton Ten-man Manchester City put a high-flying Southampton side to the sword with a slick second-half display, clinching a 3-0 away win to leapfrog the Saints into second place.Ronald Koeman’s men were aiming to kick off their hectic festive schedule with a big win and close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to just four points.But the in-form side were largely second-best at St Mary’s and, after a cagey first-half, City finally found their stride when Yaya Toure opened the scoring with an arrowed strike.The Blues found themselves a man down with 15 minutes to play when clumsy centre-back Eliaquim Mangala was sent off for a second yellow card, but City only increased their lead, with Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy scoring in the final ten minutes to seal a comfortable victory.The top-of-the-table clash began in controversy when the visitors were denied what looked to be a blatant penalty inside the opening ten minutes when Sergio Aguero was brought down by Jose Fonte just inside the box, with referee Mike Jones instead booking the Argentine for diving and awarding the hosts a free-kick.The early focus remained on the official following a string of questionable decisions, but the attention soon returned to the field when the last man heroics of Joe Hart saw Southampton thrice denied the opener.England’s No.1 saved first from Graziano Pelle, who failed to make the most of a failed City clearance, and then got down brilliantly to stop Steven Davis’ well-struck effort, with Dusan Tadic also thwarted on the follow-up as the hosts pressed.Man City then had a brilliant chance to go in front with their first clear sight of goal after Samir Nasri’s pass found Stevan Jovetic in behind the defence.The Montenegrin saw his angled shot only partially blocked by Saints stopper Fraser Forster, but covering defender Toby Alderweireld spared the England international’s blushes by clearing off the line after the ball slipped through his legs.Southampton were disciplined and kept the likes of Aguero, Jovetic and Nasri quiet throughout the first-half, with Aguero trying his luck from range as City failed to make ground inside Saints’ box.However, the home side’s efforts at the back meant they rarely threatened their opponents’ goal, despite the best efforts of spritely duo Sadio Mane and Tadic.Ronald Koeman’s men still looked in the contest at the break, but the south coast outfit’s inexperience at the top level was perhaps exposed as they were outclassed in the second-half.There was a sense it was going to take one moment of individual brilliance to break the deadlock, and, as Saints came quickly out of the half-time blocks, it seemed Tadic had mustered that magic when he sent a wicked drive towards goal from an angle, but his effort flew just past the post.That moment did eventually come, though, as Toure soon put Man City in front with a low, drilled effort from 20 yards which found its way through a bunch of bodies before nestling into the bottom corner.It was only the second time Southampton had conceded at home this season, and the hosts had a battle on their hands to keep their excellent defensive record in one piece, as the Blues began to turn on the style.Aguero went close to doubling the lead when he rushed in at the back post from a corner, but the pressure from his marker was enough to put him off his game as the Argentine fired over the bar from a few yards out.The cagey affair continued as Southampton looked for an equaliser, and the hosts were given a huge boost when City were reduced to ten man for the final 15 minutes when Mangala was given his marching orders for a reckless challenge on substitute Shane Long.But Saints failed to capitalise on their man advantage and perhaps were guilty of throwing one too many men forward in search of the equaliser, as classy midfield maestro Lampard soon put the result out of doubt with City’s second.A counter-attack saw James Milner steal possession and scamper up the pitch, with an untracked Lampard trotting just behind him and receiving the ball on the edge of the box before firing into the bottom left hand corner with a fine finish.City went on the rampage soon after as Aguero broke clean through and looked certain to add to his 12 league goals, but Forster – who refused to rush out of his area – stood his ground and denied the frontman with a superb last ditch save.Koeman’s side mustered their best chance of the afternoon with five minutes left when Long beat the offside trap to race clear on the right flank, but strike partner Pelle failed to get a touch on his dangerous cross.The Blues then sealed a vital three points on their next attack, moving the ball from end to end in three swift passes as the influential Aguero unselfishly squared to an unmarked Clichy at the back post to coolly fire in for his first ever City goal and perhaps breath life back into the 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Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_imgZidane picks up where he left offZinedine Zidane may have made a winning start to his second spell as coach of Real Madrid but Barcelona look to have the La Liga title already sewn up.Lionel Messi’s latest hat-trick even drew the admiration of the Real Betis fans © AFP / JORGE GUERREROBarca blew away Real Betis 4-1 on Sunday as Lionel Messi scored his fourth hat-trick of the season and 51st of his career, prompting even the Betis fans to stand and applaud.The Catalans now have a 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid, who were beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, four days after their Champions League heartache at the hands of Juventus.Real’s hopes of catching Barcelona were already all but over but Zidane has at least lifted the gloom.He recalled a handful of old favourites against Celta Vigo on Saturday, including Isco, who scored the opener, before Gareth Bale — who was not always appreciated by Zidane in the coach’s first spell — added another in a 2-0 victory.Spalletti avoids ‘Last Supper’ with InterUnder-fire Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti hit back at his critics with a dramatic 3-2 Milan derby win which lifted his side to third in Serie A.Inter Milan rebounded from their Europa League defeat by Eintrach Frankfurt to take the spoils against city rivals AC Milan © AFP / Miguel MEDINAFor Spalletti it was a third derby win in four since taking over in mid-2017, and just days after crashing out of the Europa League, as Inter extended their unbeaten run in the derby to six games, their longest run since 1999.“I read that this was to be my last derby, the ‘Last Supper’,” said the former Roma and Zenit Saint Petersburg coach.“And instead I know that there’s another supper for me,” he added, after being praised by Chinese-owned Inter’s president Steven Zhang.“We’re now already looking to the future, to the next match and next month,” said Zhang. “This derby sends an important message.”Juventus, without Cristiano Ronaldo, fell to their first Serie A defeat of the season in a 2-0 reverse to Genoa but still have a 15-point lead.Davies offers glimpse of Bayern futureCanadian teenager Alphonso Davies became the youngest Bayern Munich goalscorer since Roque Santa Cruz in 1999, a year before the former was even born, in Sunday’s 6-0 demolition of Mainz.Bayern are level on points with Borussia Dortmund as they bid for an eighth successive Bundesliga title, but the meek nature of their Champions League exit against Liverpool posed questions about the future of a number of ageing stars.With a clear-out on the horizon in Bavaria, the 18-year-old Davies, acquired last July in a $13 million (11.5 million euros) move from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps, could soon be given the opportunity to stake his claim as a core component in a new Bayern generation.Jardim return a shrewd move by MonacoMonaco left it late to beat Lille as Carlos Vinicius struck a 90th-minute winner © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETWith their Ligue 1 status under threat, Monaco’s decision to cut short a failing experiment with Thierry Henry in January and replace him with predecessor Leonardo Jardim has paid off handsomely.Friday’s 1-0 win at second-place Lille, enjoying their best points return at this stage of the campaign since 1948, extended Monaco’s unbeaten run since his return to seven games in Ligue 1.They remain just two places above the relegation play-off spot but are eight points clear of Guingamp and recent form suggests they will surely avoid the drop.Ajax wobble ahead of crucial PSV showdownChampions League quarter-finalists Ajax slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie to drop five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.PSV won 1-0 at VVV Venlo over the weekend courtesy of a late strike by Mexico international Hirving Lozano.Ajax, who won the last of their record 33 Dutch championships in 2014, must now win their clash with PSV in Amsterdam on March 31 if they are to remain in the title race.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 16, 2019. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSPARIS, France, Mar 18 – Zinedine Zidane marked his return to the Real Madrid dugout with a victory although Lionel Messi again stole the show in Spain with a magnificent hat-trick as Barcelona continued their march towards the La Liga title.AFP Sport looks at what we learned from the weekend’s key action across the continent:last_img read more

Why Spurs boss Pochettino wants nothing more than to beat ‘enemy’ Barcelona

first_imgHis second period was more bittersweet. The veteran returned in the twilight of his career and soon helped Espanyol go from relegation battlers to finishing fifth in La Liga – only missing out on a Champions League spot by a solitary point. But the excellent year for the club of his heart came with poor timing, coinciding with the coming of age of Frank Rijkaard’s brilliant Barcelona team who dazzled Spain through Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and co, and dominated the headlines.The limelight proved similarly difficult to grab the following season. In 2006 Espanyol pulled off the by their standards remarkable feat of winning the Copa del Rey for the second time in six years, but Barcelona’s league title and Champions League double sealed a few weeks later (the Blaugrana’s first European Cup since 1994) meant the spotlight was well and truly stolen. Still the underdogs, even when winning trophies. latest Mauricio Pochettino is no fan of Barcelona Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Mauricio Pochettino is his Espanyol playing days From a purely professional point of view it’s obvious Mauricio Pochettino would delight in emerging victorious against FC Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday. Beating a league champion with the best player in the world in their ranks is always an appetising prospect for a competitive elite coach like the Argentine.But the Spurs manager’s desire to do something big this week goes well beyond the good it would do their position in Champions League Group B. It’s personal, and he would love nothing more than to get one over on a club he grew to detest as an Espanyol player and later manager – a sentiment he has been more than happy to express in the years since. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF You can guarantee Pochettino didn’t enjoy having his bubble burst like that. Nor did he enjoy being on the losing end in Barcelona derbies nine times out of 13 as a player (only winning once back in 1997). That no doubt helped fuel him making up for the imbalance as a manager, where he narrowed the gap somewhat despite being in charge of Espanyol at a financially difficult time for the club, and sharing the city with Guardiola’s almost unstoppable Barça.Pochettino’s Pericos were still overwhelmingly the underdogs, but they produced some big performance and took several good results from the Blaugrana, the most celebrated of which was a famous (and rare) 2-1 away victory at the Camp Nou when he was still new to the job in 2009. The same year, lest we forget, that Barça won the treble and became the talk of Europe. tense 3 REVEALED “My sporting enemy,” was the term he used to describe Barça when asked about the fixture by Tottenham’s press department in August. The year before he claimed he’d “rather go back to work on my farm in Argentina” than coach the old enemy, adding “I’m an Espanyol fan. I love Espanyol.”Nor were there illusions of friendliness when he spoke of Barcelona icon Xavi in April 2017, branding him as – you’ve guessed it – “my enemy” and claiming the Catalan wanted “to destroy our focus on winning because he hates me” by speaking about Dele Alli in an interview.Pochettino then recalled in noteworthy detail an incident from a 2009 Barcelona derby, in which he claims Xavi simulated to win a penalty: “He cheated the referee. He fell down, it wasn’t a penalty, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for Barcelona and they won the game. No one touched him and everyone in the media was saying no, no trust me – it was a penalty. Come on. It goes from lie to lie.”To be clear then, Pochettino hasn’t forgotten any of the heated encounters between his beloved Espanyol and their bigger, richer, more powerful city neighbours. Far from it.As a player. he wore the Espanyol shirt for ten seasons in two different periods. In the first, the defender was part of the Blanciblaus team that ended a 60-year wait for a major trophy, winning the Copa del Rey in 2000 in a year when Louis van Gaal’s Barcelona came up short in both the league and Champions League. Proof that there was more than one side in the Catalan capital capable of winning silverware – at least that year. gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 most read in football SORRY scrap LATEST Mauricio Pochettino spent three years as Espanyol boss Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 silverware revealed Yet his 1-1 draw in 2012 was perhaps the most noteworthy, not for the result, but in the way it was carried out. Espanyol took the at the time revolutionary approach of pressing high against Barça and leaving Guardiola’s team suffocated, with no answers. It foreshadowed the style with which Pochettino would gain a major reputation as a coach in years to come, and the result contributed to Barcelona conceding the league title to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid that year. Pochettino laughed last that season.He will be desperate to laugh at Barça’s expense once again this Wednesday. Not just for Spurs, but for Espanyol.last_img read more