Work on the Sheriff Street-to-Mandela Avenue road enhancement project is set to commence sometime this month, after years of being delayed by various technicalities.The Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) has said a US$31.03 million contract for the project had been awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd back in November 2017, and the contract was signed the following month.The two-year project, which will cover approximately seven kilometres of road, is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and involves the following works: relocation of utilities, lane and shoulder improvements, placement of sidewalks and paved shoulders, traffic signals, traffic signs, streetlights, drainage, a pedestrian overhead walkway, culverts, bridges, and a roundabout.Residents living close to the road, as well as road users generally and the wider community, may be inconvenienced by traffic delays, dust, and general construction activities during the period of construction, the MPI has cautioned.“The Ministry wishes to emphasise that these impacts will be temporary, and will be constantly monitored to ensure their minimisation. The Ministry advises that persons take all necessary precautions (in negotiating that stretch of road while it is undergoing upgrade),” it added.Coordinator of the MPI’s Works Services Group (WSG), Geoffrey Vaughn, said Last month that the contractor has been mobilising and conducting preliminary works before the project commences.The IDB had, earlier last year, revised the scope of works on this road project, putting it on hold and delaying the opening of tenders for the project. This was done following discussions entered into with the Ministry of Finance aimed at achieving completion of the project before the loan deadline set by the IDB had expired.Initially, Loan-2741 was signed in 2012 to the tune of US$66 million, with a completion deadline of March 2018.The revised scope, which is anticipated to cost US$35 million, would include the relocation of utilities, for which the GTT and the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) have been contracted.The initial project was tendered twice: first in 2014, and then again in 2015, both times under the previous administration. On the second occasion, tenders were returned in May 2015, as none of the contractors was deemed responsive.The Public Infrastructure Ministry said last year that several of the internationally funded projects were unable to get a start in 2016, and the Sheriff Street-to-Mandela Avenue project was one of those that did not get off ground as anticipated.It was explained that Government had decided to have a review of this project with it being nullified twice, once in 2015 and then in 2016.“It was basically sent up for review, which has been completed; and that should be out for tendering at the end of this month, once we receive all the no-objections,” Geoffrey Vaughn of the MPI had noted.The review was conducted by the WSG Design Unit along with the consultant firm Egis, in association with SRK Engineering.
The popular annual Finn Valley Spring 5k Series kicks off on Feb 15th continuing 22nd onwards to March 8th and 22nd.Once again there is an added innovative team dimension aimed at the many various Couch to 5k /Fit 4Life/Operation Transformation groups that have sprung up in pretty much every village in the area .Recreation running/walking whether engaged in to lose weight ,to become part of a healthier lifestyle indeed engaged for social community purposes is a win win in every respect . Series Director Patsy Mc Gonagle explains that ‘a Fit Team Challenge will provide an extra stimulus involving as many as indeed the group can enthuse on each day no limit but 10 to score on each day for their Team with Challenge cups for Men /Women separate at Series conclusion based on the 4 days .“It provides an extra outlet for the weekly programme and as they compare notes on their performance over a cuppa afterwards sets each squad up for another week all working and coming together as often as possible to provide the neccessary motivation,” he said.It’s estimated that there are as many as 35 to 40 such groups in Donegal alone .To underline the fun element of the challenge which will be tweaked year on year nobody that has at any point medalled at a championship at novice intermediate senior or Masters level in past 15 years will be scored in this Team Fit Challenge aspect of the events. It will be business as usual in every other aspect but this add on is aimed at the new recruits to the running /walking/jogging fraternity.Every other aspect of the race series remains the same as previous years with spot prizes each day for anyone who turns out .In 2014 the turnout on each day was somewhere between 300/400 . To pre enter its firstname.lastname@example.org or enquiries 0872226112.The final date offers an option of a 10k .as per 2014 . Entry fee 5 euros each day .DETAILS OF FINN VALLEY SPRING SERIES ANNOUNCED was last modified: January 24th, 2015 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:Finn Valley Spring Series
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has come under fire from all corners of the world due to his lackluster batting and captaincy form of late. Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in December 2014 to focus on limited-overs cricket, has struggled to win any major title for India since 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England.Dhoni, who led India to World Cup triumph in 2011 on home soil, has been questioned on his captaincy skills ever since India’s 2015 World Cup semi-final exit. Under Dhoni, India suffered a historic ODI series defeat in Bangladesh last year and lost the home series a few months later to South Africa for the first time.However, India have fared well in the shortest format, winning series against Australia, Sri Lanka, capturing Asia Cup and reaching World Twenty20 semi-final.But former India captain Sourav Ganguly wants selectors to give a deep thought on whom they want to see as skipper at the 2019 World Cup in England. Ganguly, speaking during a sports show on India Today, hinted that Virat Kohli should be made India’s captain in build up to the quadrennial event.”Every cricket team in the world plans their future. But my question to the selectors is three-fours years down the line, do they see MS Dhoni as captain of India?” Ganguly told India Today.”Dhoni has been fantastic in the way he has gone about his job as captain, but does he have the ability in next four years to see India into the World in 2019,” he added.’No need to quit’advertisementHowever, Ganguly backed Dhoni to continue playing international cricket, saying India still “need him”.”I am not saying he needs to quit cricket, I feel he should continue to play in the shorter formats of the game. India still need him in the limited-overs cricket,” Ganguly concluded.’13 years as captain too long’Dhoni has captained India for nine years now and Ganguly said he doesn’t think the 2011 World Cup-winning captain will stay at the top job for 13 years.”Dhoni has been captain for nine years, which is a long period. Does he have it in him to go for another four years? He has already given up Test cricket and now plays only ODIs and T20s,” Ganguly said.’Kohli’s attitude on the field is superb’The former India skipper also lauded in-form Virat Kohli for his phenomenal achievements as Test captain and for his on-field exploits in every format of the game.”Virat Kohli is getting better every time. He is probably the best in the world in terms of consistency. His mental energy, tenacity is unreal. His attitude on the field is superb. His record as Test captain has been good.”So the selectors need to find an answer to whether they see Dhoni leading India in 2019? If the answer is no, then find a new captain. If the answer is yes, which I will find very very surprising, Dhoni continues,” he said.Kohli has been averaging 52.70 as Test captain and has slammed four centuries in his 10-match stint so far. In ODIs, Kohli has led India in 17 matches with an extraordinary average of 70.83, including four hundreds. Overall, he averages 51.51 in the 50-over format.”Decision on appointing Kohli as captain should go in terms of where MS goes from here? There’s no disregard to him, he’s been one of the greatest captains of the country,” he concluded.