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Contractor, Communities Ministry dispute City Hall’s report on construction

first_imgKitty MarketThe Communities Ministry has stated, in relation to concerns raised at a City Council statutory meeting last Monday, that there is no intention of stalling works at the Kitty Market.This statement came after the issue was raised by Councillor Oscar Clarke, who claimed that he was informed by the contractor that engineers from the Communities Ministry were interfering with progress on the market’s renovation.“I visited Kitty Market and I met the contractor on the job, and the contractorThe Kitty Marketinformed me that his work on the project is being stymied by the engineers from the Ministry of Communities,” Clarke relayed to the City Council meeting.Councillor Clarke went on to explain, “They told him (contractor) that he had to complete outside before he could start inside. But if a contractor has a job, I don’t know how the contractor can be told not to do work inside when we can do both outside and inside; and if he does that, then he can have the project completed ahead of time.”However, Contractor Bernard Lord has stated that the construction was never stalled, and halting works was never on the agenda of the meeting with the ministry’s engineers.During a telephone interview with Guyana Times, Lord was asked about the request to finish the external work before moving inside, “No, they just wanted to prioritize the outside, to make sure they finish the outside before they finish inside,” the contractor stated.He elaborated on the reason behind the engineers’ visit, stating, “They just wanted to do an assessment of the outside and the areas that are functional and ready for use now.”After the issue became publicised, the Communities Ministry also issued a statement, which concurs with the contractor’s story. While highlighting that the first phase of construction is almost completed, the ministry’s public relations department has noted that there is no plan to stop the market’s completion.The ministry clarified that an engineer attached to their entity met with the team from City Hall to garner their input and discuss the outline of the building; and, as such, a decision had been taken that after the completion of the first two phases (external stalls and upstairs), any excess funds would be used to start internal works on the ground floor.“An evaluation will have to be done to determine the cost of the offices upstairs, and the remaining funds will be used to finish off the ground floor,” Head of the Ministry’s Projects Department, Naeem Khan, explained.“The ministry is basically there to monitor, and does not dictate on the project. The designs, specifications and configurations are all decided by the council,” he added.Slow businessMeanwhile, vendors who are still operating within the vicinity of the market are anticipating the reopening of the market. Declaring that they do not have an issue with paying dues, which amount to about $12,000 per month, the vendors have expressed concerns about the slowing down of business.“Well, it used to be slow, but when holidays coming, like Christmas and so, it does go and come. We are at the side here, so sometimes people don’t notice us,” one vendor told the Guyana Times.While testifying that business has dropped significantly, another vendor stated, “They told us maybe in June or July, so let’s hope and pray they stick to their word this time; cause they told us three months we’ll be back there, but we been here for two years and a half.”The first phase of the construction works on the market is almost complete, with 90 percent of the stalls and 80 percent of the sanitary blocs completed. The construction project is expected to cost some $25 million. This sum includes the construction of 15 external stalls, the sanitary bloc and the administrative office, inclusive of a revenue collection section.Additionally, the building’s design was made to include the Public Health Department, Clerk of Market, Revenue Collectors, and a concert/conference hall which is expected to serve as rental facilities for community events.There are also plans to better the facility’s power system by utilizing solar energy and installing a back-up power system in the event of blackouts.last_img read more

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More Old Trafford misery for Wenger as Fellaini nods late header

first_img0Shares0000Fellaini’s late winner helped Man Utd seal a top-four finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League.© AFP Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Arsene Wenger was honoured by Manchester United on his final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager, but left beaten once more on the field as Marouane Fellaini’s stoppage time header handed the hosts a 2-1 win.Wenger was greeted by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and current manager Jose Mourinho before kick-off and even presented with a glass momento. However, the Frenchman was left empty-handed when it came to points as defeat left sixth-placed Arsenal mathematically out of the race for a top-four finish.Fellaini rose highest to flick home the winner after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s second-half strike against his former club had cancelled out Paul Pogba’s early opener.United have now sealed their place in the Champions League next season and move closer to their target of finishing at least second best to champions Manchester City by opening a five-point gap on Liverpool.Ferguson told the United website ahead of the game that his clashes for many years with Wenger’s strongest Arsenal sides over a decade ago “made the Premier League.”But it was a sign of how far Arsenal have fallen that Wenger made eight changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday as he had already given up hope of a top-four finish.Alexis Sanchez became the latest of a number of leading Arsenal players to leave towards the end of Wenger’s reign in search of more success and more money in January.Fellaini.And in his first appearance against his former club, the Chilean was heavily involved in the opening goal on 16 minutes.Romelu Lukaku picked out Sanchez at the back post and after his header was deflected onto his own post by Hector Bellerin, Pogba had the simple task of tapping into an unguarded net.Wenger included club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, who was the makeweight for Sanchez to move in the other direction, among a side littered with youngsters.But it was the visitors who posed the greater threat for the remainder of a soporific first 45 minutes.Mkhitaryan dragged a shot from the edge of the box just wide before Aubameyang’s tame header was too close to David de Gea.United suffered a blow at the start of the second period when Lukaku limped off to be replaced by Marcus Rashford.And the hosts soon also lost their lead when Mkhitaryan pounced on some slack United defending to fire across De Gea into the bottom corner to muted celebrations despite enduring a troubled 18 months under Mourinho before joining the Gunners.United struggled to create in their search for a winner, but Arsenal failed to heed their warning when Rashford was denied by the offside flag after Fellaini’s header came off the post a minute from time.Moments later Fellaini rose highest once more to meet Ashley Young’s cross and the Belgian’s looping header found the far corner to leave Arsenal still without a point away from home in the Premier League this year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Matic is ‘priceless’, claims ex-Chelsea star

first_imgFrank Sinclair has hailed Chelsea star Nemanja Matic as “priceless.”The Serbian midfielder has been one of the Blues’ star performers this season and has been a revelation since returning to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in January this year.And Sinclair, who spent almost a decade with the west London club and won the FA Cup and League Cup during his time there, insists the 26-year-old is fulfilling a crucial role for the Premier League leaders.“Matic is priceless,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “It’s no coincidence that he didn’t play in the one game they lost this season [against Newcastle]. He plays a big part.“And in the last few games [John Obi] Mikel has come back in as well and they look even more solid with the two of them in there, and that gives Cesc Fabregas the licence to get forward and do his stuff further up the pitch.”Chelsea ensured they would go into the busy festive period top of the league with a battling 2-0 win at Stoke on Monday night, and Sinclair believes it was important they maintained that momentum.He added: “It was a big statement to beat Stoke because Man City are going well and they would have had a boost going into the New Year if they were joint top.“For what Chelsea have done so far this season, being so far in front and then being pegged back by City, I think it was important they kept that little gap going into the Christmas period.”last_img read more

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Exclusive – John Stones transfer request was inevitable, claims Charlie Adam

first_imgStoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes it was only a matter of time before John Stones handed in a transfer request at Everton.The England defender asked to leave Goodison Park on Tuesday as he tries to force a move through to Premier League champions Chelsea. Stones has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer and Everton have reportedly rejected three bids for the 21-year-old.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Adam sympathised with the situation Stones finds himself in.“It was inevitable, if he wants it to happen, it’s the next stage,” said Adam.“He’s played 50 games for Everton but you don’t get Chelsea coming to your door very often. He wants to play at the top level and in the Champions League.“Everton’s a good club, with great fans and Bill [Kenwright] has done a great job, but it’s an impossible job not to turn Chelsea down.“When Chelsea come for him again, it’ll probably happen within the next week.”last_img read more

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Singles dance club to bop, twist for charity

first_imgLANCASTER – To thank the Lancaster Elks Lodge for lending its hall for weekly dances, the 40 and Up Singles Dance Club’s dance this Sunday will benefit the Elks-supported charity Children with Disabilities. Children with Disabilities has been a perennial major project sponsored by the California/Hawaii Elks organization. “We think this is the least we can do to repay the Elks Club for all the perks we enjoy at our dances in the lodge facilities,” said Deanna Hunter, executive director of the singles club. “Like everybody, they need to know they’re appreciated.” DeeJay Ralph Bartoli from “Route 66” will provide music for the 1950s theme dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2There will be snacks and an open bar. Cost to members is $10; nonrmembers $12. A contra dance, a craze similar to square dancing, will be held June 17 in Lancaster, a dance preceded by lessons. Callers Ginger Alberti and her husband, Mike Sabo, will call the dance, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Avenue J. Music will be provided by Danance, a seven-piece band of local musicians – Dan McMahon, a founding member of the Nuns for Fun, on piano, keyboard, guitar and electric bass; Lorena Mackey and the Hi-Lites; Frank Javorsek, on fiddle and mandolin; Marsha Trochim, also a former member of the Nuns for Fun, on fiddle; Nancy Sell, flute; Dan Baumgartner, lead guitar for Nuns for Fun and electric guitar; and Paul and Robert Schwerdt, bass. Cost is $8; children 14 and under are free. For information, call McMahon at (661) 272-5648. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998 or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, 661-267-5740.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Malin GAA club raise €655 for ISPCA following church collection

first_imgMalin GAA NotesChristmas DrawAll underage team players will be selling tickets throughout the paris for our annual Christmas draw with 5 great prizes to be won. The draw will take place on Sunday the 19th of December. ISPCAThe recent church gate collections across the parish collected by club members for the ISPCA raised 655 euro, thank you for your generosity and donations.UnderageThe final day of the Annual Packie McGonagle and Shaun Farren Tournaments took place last Sunday in Connolly Park. A fine display of skill along with teamwork was witnessed across all the girls and boys who took part. Well Done to all the children who played over the last three weeks and well done to the winning teams and those players who received Player of the Tournament trophies, well deserved. Special thank you to Geraldine & Adam McGonagle and Eleanor & Michael Farren who were there to present the medals & trophies this morning. It’s a lovely way to remember Packie McGonagle who was instrumental in setting up our Club and Shaun Farren who played for our Club at the same age as those kids who play in the tournament now in his memory. Thank you as always to all those involved in running these tournaments which are great for our underage players.The boys under 6 training continues every Sunday at 10:00-11:00am, new members welcome. The under 12 girls continue training every Wednesday  from 4:00 – 5:00pm, All girls are reminded to bring runners, football boots, €2 and a gum shield, new members welcome. Club Pool RoomThe pool room is now open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse for anyone looking to play a game of pool.Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.Club Shop The last orders for Christmas can be taken up to next Sunday the 6th of November. The Club Shop is open every Saturday from 12.00pm to 2pm and Sunday from 11.20am to 2pm or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242. The shop stocks a great range of in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, gear bags and much more club merchandise. The club facebook page has a picture of some of the many items available along with a pricelist.Club GymCharlie Byrne Health and Fitness is now running exercises classes in the New Get Fit Gym at the Malin Gaa Clubhouse. Mixed morning classes at 6:30am and 9:30am, Ladies only class at 6:30pm and Indoor cycling at 7:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Men’s class on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm.  €5 per class or €60 for all classes for 6 weeks. 1 year Gym Membership for existing Malin Gaa members €100. New Gym members €120. Call 0874103782 or message on Facebook for more details.Malin GAA club raise €655 for ISPCA following church collection was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMalinSportlast_img read more

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Spurs made summer approach to sign two Man United stars

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? It is stated that the approach was quickly knocked back by United, who kept hold of the pair past the end of the deadline. Though Mata was expected to stay at Old Trafford, Martial had been backed to leave United after his agent, at the end of last season, said the France international was looking to depart the Red Devils. silverware 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Daniel Levy came under fire for Tottenham’s failure to sign a single player during the summer Martial was linked with Spurs, as well as Chelsea, over the summer gameday cracker How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest The biggest success for the Lilywhites was keeping hold of their star players such as Harry Kane, the forward, and midfielders Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, though fans were disappointed by the refusal to strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, was the subject of much of the criticism, though a recent report claims he WAS making moves to try and bring players to north London.The Manchester Evening News report that Levy made an enquiry to Manchester United over the possibility of a deal for two Red Devils players, believed to be forwards Anthony Martial and Juan Mata. SORRY predicted Most read in Premier League Earlier today, talkSPORT told you United did NOT make contact with Spurs over a deal to sign Toby Alderweireld or Danny Rose, despite constant summer reports suggesting the defenders were two of Jose Mourinho’s top targets. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City smart causal Tottenham made an enquiry to sign Manchester United pair Anthony Martial and Juan Mata during the summer transfer window, according to reports.When the window closed for English teams earlier this month, Spurs became the first team since it was introduced in 2003 to not sign a single player. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 whoops last_img read more

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KCCA FC host Maroons as UPL 2017/18 kicks off

first_imgComments Patrick Kaddu set to feature against his former team Maroons as KCCA FC kick start their title defence. Photo by Shaban LubegaFOOTBALL–Six matches will be played this evening in different playgrounds across the country  as the Uganda Premier League 2017/18 season kicks off.In one of the most anticipated season starts in recent history, their will be matches played in Kampala, Entebbe, Masaka, Jinja, wakiso and Arua on the first day.Two-time defending Champions KCCA FC will start the defence of their title at home to new comers Maroons FC.Speaking at a pre-match press briefing yesterday, KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi, who has won five major trophies in the last two years, cited defending the league title as the target this season.“Our ultimate target as a club is to defend the league and that means being better in every match than we were last season,” he said.Mutebi who signed 11 new players in the off season also said that despite notable key departures, he believes the young players he has brought in can very much do the business.“The media and some sections of the fans have continuously questioned our activities in the transfer market but I guarantee that the boys will do the job well effective tomorrow,” Mutebi said.Derrick Nsibambi (right) and Paul Mucureezi (left) are both expected to start for KCCA at home to Maroons as the season stars. Photo by Shaban Lubega.KCCA FC who successfully defended the Uganda Cup last Saturday will have no major injury scares going into the game apart from midfielder Jackson Nunda who has been nursing an injury in the last couple of weeks and is not expected to feature.Meanwhile, Maroons have been in the news for all the wrong reasons, especially that they are set to start the league minus a head coach after Asaph Mwebaze, the man responsible for bringing top flight football to Luzira again threw in the towel and will be expected not to trouble KCCA so much.Maroons saw a couple of influential players like goalkeeper Jamal Malyamungu and last season’s big league top scorer move on(to KCCA) with no proper replacements.Today’s games•KCCA FC vs Maroons FC @StarTimes Stadium 4:30pm.•Bright Stars FC vs Vipers SC @Champions Stadium 4:30pm.•BUL FC vs Mbarara City @Kakindu Stadium 4:30pm.•Masavu FC vs Police FC @Fisheries Traning Institute Play Grounds 4:30pm.•Onduparaka FC vs Proline FC @Green Light Stadium 4:30pm.•SC Villa vs Soana FC @Masaka Recreation Grounds 4:30pm.last_img read more

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Half-time: Fulham 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgFernando Torres had Chelsea’s best chances as the west London derby remained goalless at half-time.The Spaniard, making his first league start in over a month in place of Samuel Eto’o, pounced on a mistake by Maarten Stekelenburg and fizzed a shot just wide of the far post before testing the Fulham keeper again with a volley just before the break.Whites midfielder Steve Sidwell sliced an effort that wasn’t far off the target moments earlier, as a much improved Fulham enjoyed the better of the opening period.On-loan forward Clint Dempsey, making his final appearance before returning to Seattle Sounders, also went close for Fulham when he headed wide from Pajtim Kasami’s cross early on.But the Whites lost captain Brede Hangeland just 15 minutes into the game after he appeared to clash heads with team-mate Kieran Richardson, forcing the Norwegian to be replaced by Dan Burn.New Fulham boss Felix Magath dropped Lewis Holtby to the bench, despite the German impressing since joining on loan from Tottenham, and restored Darren Bent, Kasami and Dempsey to the starting line-up.Meanwhile, Blues manager Jose Mourinho handed starts to Ramires and Andre Schurrle, as well as Torres, all of whom featured in the midweek Champions League stalemate with Galatasaray.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Willian, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Why Stephen Curry will sit out Warriors’ game vs. Dallas Mavericks

first_imgStephen Curry will miss his first game since late November on Saturday when the Warriors host the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.Like our Warriors Facebook page for more Warriors news, commentary and conversation. Per the NBA’s injury report that was posted Friday afternoon, Curry will be out for ‘rest’ reasons. Also sitting Saturday’s game for rest will be center Andrew Bogut and guard Shaun Livingston.The Warriors host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. After this weekend, the Warriors …last_img

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