Dear Editor,The Kaieteur newspaper is taking readers for fools with its reporting on the issues with the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. All reports seek to place blame for issues with the construction contract in equal portions on the APNU/AFC and PPP/C. This is disingenuous reporting and should not be practised by a news outfit that touts itself as unbiased.The PPP/C negotiated a fixed price contract on the airport expansion project. For the enlightenment of all concerned, here is the definition of a ‘fixed price contract’: A contract that provides for a price which normally is not subject to any adjustment unless certain provisions (such as contract change, economic pricing, or defective pricing) are included in the agreement. These contracts are negotiated usually where reasonably definite specifications are available, and costs can be estimated with reasonable accuracy. A fixed price contract places a minimum administrative burden on the contracting parties but subjects the contractor to the maximum risk with CJIA’s contract arising from full responsibility for all cost escalations. These facts seem missed on the reporters at Kaieteur News.Therefore, the ‘claims’ by Kaieteur News that they ‘found’ overpriced items in the contract list are of no real value once the contractor delivered the original project at the agreed price. Now we have the situation where the APNU/AFC have renegotiated the contract for a smaller sized expansion; from six air-bridges to four and at the same time have increased the ‘fixed price’ by US$30 million and counting.To simplify, I would like to offer an analogy; A contractor and I sign a $500 ‘fixed price’ contract to build a six-piece living room suite. My brother then takes over dealing with the contractor and ‘negotiates’ with the contractor to build a four-piece suite instead and takes an extra $300 out of my bank account to pay the contractor a total of $800 for a smaller set of chairs than I originally got a fixed price on. I would say it is quite clear my brother is demonstrably incompetent or possibly engaged in corruption to my detriment.The side issues of when the contractor is paid and what he delivered at what time is wholly irrelevant to the issue at hand and are nothing but distractions and smoke screens for puny minds. Guyana got a smaller, shabby renovated airport instead of a larger, newer expansion that was negotiated by the PPP/C and for that, the blame must fall squarely on the incompetent and possibly corrupt renegotiation done by the APNU/AFC.Regards,Nalinie Singh
A PROPOSED €300 Government tax on septic tanks is a tax on people living in the rural areas, politicians have said.MEP Marian Harkin and local TD Pádraig MacLochlainn were amongst those who addressed hundreds of people in Letterkenny.The fee will be paid for annual inspections of septic tanks – with the Government trying to blame the EU for the charge. Deputy MacLochlainn said: “Any suggestion that a registration charge be applied to the 30,000 homes in Donegal with septic tanks is completely unacceptable.“For this Government to take advantage of an old EU directive as a means of raising additional revenue is unfair and unjust and a tax too far.”He urged people throughout the county to lobby Fine Gael TDs Dinny McGinley and Joe McHugh to get the new tax stopped.ANGER GROWS OVER SEPTIC TANK ‘TAX ON RURAL DONEGAL’ was last modified: August 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
Gardai and the emergency services are dealing with a “serious” crash in Inishowen.The two-vehicle crash happened at 5.30pm at Castleforward between Burnfoot and Fahan.The road has been closed by Gardai and motorists have been told to use alternative diversions. A Garda spokesman said they could not comment any further on the crash but said it was “serious.”The road between Burnfoot and Buncrana is very busy as a result of the Irish Open golf at Ballyliffin.We will bring you more on this story as we get it.Breaking: Road closed after “serious” two car crash in Inishowen was last modified: July 6th, 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)
Johannesburg, Monday 21 September 2015 – Research conducted for Brand South Africa by Media Tenor has found that South African corporates are driving positive perceptions of the country in domestic and global media.This emerges from coverage over the last 18 days looking at a total of 7,090 statements in primarily the Business Day, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Les Echoes.Sectors covered include: mining, media, retail trade, the banking industry, the insurance sector, consulting and accounting services, the financial services and healthcare. South Africa’s performance in the retail sector contributes most significantly to positive perceptions about the country.This comes against the background of the launch of the Top 50 South African corporate brands jointly announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa earlier this week. The top 50 brands are collectively valued at approximately R1.5 trillion and contribute to the country’s reputation particularly since many have international footprints. Many of the companies in the top 50 fall within the sectors highlighted in the research performed by Media Tenor.Commenting on perceptions of the South African corporate sector in domestic and international media, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “Corporate brands are a critical pillar of the nation brand because they contribute to perceptions about the country which impact on national reputation. They equally create jobs and help to grow the economy.“The research conducted by Media Tenor attests to our view that the corporate sector is an important partner in the South Africa nation branding endeavor. We look forward to the continued commitment of the South African corporate sector to national growth and development priorities,” concluded Mr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #Top50SABrands
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The U.S. State Department is putting its money where its mouth is, according to the Daily Mail. It is funding the development of an application that will allow pro-democracy activists to delete all incriminating evidence on their cell phones with a single click while sending out an alert to their fellow activists.The “panic button” will send out a text message to everyone in the user’s address book, then erase both that address book and the phone’s call history. This will be an important tool, given how thoroughly governments comb through dissident’s communications technology as a matter of course these days. As “wired” as the world is, many of the most oppressive regimes have spent more money, including “aid” money, on gilding Dear Leader’s toilets than in establishing working infrastructure, so mobile communications are the default for activists.“The initiative is part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s push to expand Internet freedoms,” wrote the Mail, “because of the crucial role Facebook and Twitter has had in fueling pro-democracy movements in Iran, Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere.”Since 2008, the U.S. government has spent $50 million on firewall workarounds and other tools for defying censorship. Whether it’s been of any real on-the-ground value, is another discussion. Contests, both military and philosophical, have moved onto geek ground for good and this is one aspect of the U.S.’s reaction to those conflicts. Panic button photo by star5112 | other resources Dan Rowinski, Government Computer News Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts curt hopkins Tags:#mobile#web
Nagpur: While accepting that the state loan may touch the ₹ 4.64 lakh crore figure before the next budget, Minister of State for Finance, Deepak Kesarkar on Monday claimed that release of only 70% of the allotted money for the district schemes does not amount to a cut in funding. More money will be released if targets are met, he added.Mr. Kesarkar was replying to a question on funding for the farm loan waiver scheme in the Council. Replying to Peasants and Workers Party’s (PWP) MLC, Jayant Patil, on whether the central government is extending any helping hand to the scheme to raise over ₹ 34,000 crore for the scheme, Mr. Kesarkar said that the centre is not providing any financial assistance for the scheme and the state will be raising the money on its own.“The government has made the provision of ₹34,000 crore through supplementary demands; but does the government have that much money in reality? Is the government planning to avail loan at a time when the state’s loan is is continuously on the rise?” asked Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLC, Sunil Tatkare NCP).Mr. Kesarkar replied that though the loan amount is on the rise, and may touch up to ₹4.64 lakh crore, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) allows up to ₹6.19 lakh crore to be raised. “We are within the limits prescribed by the Centre,” he said. Mr. Tatkare alleged that the cuts of 30% to district planning schemes proves that the state is in a shambles on the economic front.“We have not enforced any cuts; will release the remaining money (30%) whenever required and if earlier targets of expenditure are met,” the Minister said.The opposition claimed that the ‘savings’ of the state claimed by the government are in reality cuts on expenditure and have nothing to do with financial discipline. “This government has been presenting supplementary demands of thousands of crores, much more than what we did. Our actions were labelled at financial indiscipline, then shouldn’t the BJP’s handling of financial matters be termed as indiscipline,” Mr. Tatkare wanted to know.
Residents of remote Bhainsadani village in Odisha’s Nuapada district on Sunday walked 15 km carrying a human skeleton and other articles to the local police station, seeking an inquiry.The skeleton, purported to be of Sukal Sai Paharia, a health worker posted in Bhainsadani panchayat, who was reportedly summoned by the police seven weeks ago, was traced to a forest on the outskirts of their village. “My husband was summoned by the police on April 19 last. Since then he had not returned home. Four villagers had gone to the forest on Saturday when they discovered a skeleton. I don’t know whose skeleton it was. But the towel, bag, mobile phone and slipper found near the skeleton were of my husband,” said Saubhagya Paharia, Sukal’s wife. Sukal’s family members alleged that the police had not disclosed his whereabouts ever since he was summoned by them on April 19. Villagers suspected that Sukal, the first post-graduate from the extremely backward Paharia community, died in police custody.Moreover, the Boden police also refused to receive a complaint from Ms. Paharia about her missing husband. With no option left, she had written to higher-ups of the Odisha police and subsequently to the National Human Rights Commission, seeking a direction to the Boden police to accept her complaint.
An unlimited number of highly-skilled Indian workers will be able to migrate to the UK under new proposals that could come into effect in 2021, with a senior British minister on Wednesday saying that in the new system the country will be open to the “best and brightest” from India. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
The police in Thailand are soon going to press charges against many international and language schools for allegedly forging visa documents on behalf of foreigners, Bangkok Post reported.The schools that will be charged are said to have plotted with Thai brokers as well as a group of immigration police officers. They offered student visas to people who allegedly had no wish to study in Thailand, Tourist Police Deputy Commissioner Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakpal said, according to the report.“We now know who the brokers and police officers are and are going to act against the schools,” he was quoted as saying by the publication. Students having non-immigrant visas, known as ED visa, are permitted to live in Thailand on a yearly basis, Hakpal explained.The non-immigrant ED (educational) visa is issued to applicants who wish to study, attend a seminar, training session, or internship in Thailand. The validity of the visa is three months, and the holder is entitled to stay in Thailand for a maximum period of 90 days. The person can apply for an extension of stay and can be granted an extension for a period of one year from the date of first entry into Thailand.According to investigators, several people are registered in these schools as a front. They would hardly ever attend any classes, and the police are now well aware about this practice. They have cautioned the schools to not advertise themselves as “visa changing sites,” Hakpal added.He said that his agency is now making arrangements to have a meeting with education officials to discuss measures that can help prevent foreigners from exploiting legal loopholes in a bid to stay in Thailand illegally. So far, the Tourist Police have arrested 1,088 suspects in Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigners conducted by them for over a year.The police crackdowns revealed that a number of foreign criminals possessed education visas allegedly obtained in an illegal manner so that the suspects could stay in Thailand for a longer period.The Thai Police on April 26 searched 118 spots across the country in a nationwide raid for illegal immigrants and arrested 99 foreigners. Among those arrested were nationals from India, Myanmar, Germany and Laos, the Bangkok Post reported. More emphasis was laid on international schools because foreigners staying illegally in Thailand most often approached these schools as language teachers, Hakpal was then quoted as saying. The most common charge against the arrested foreign nationals is overstaying in Thailand after expiry of their visas. Related ItemsThailand
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor aren’t just fighting for money in the boxing spectacle of the summer.The winner also gets The Money Belt.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Perlas’ bid for gold ends in loss to Malaysia LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The World Boxing Council has created a special prize for this weekend’s 154-pound showdown, which isn’t actually for any real WBC championship.Instead, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Wednesday revealed the gloriously blingy Money Belt, which is studded with 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds and 1 1/2 kilograms of 24-karat gold on green Italian alligator leather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSulaiman grinningly showed off the Money Belt and Mayweather posed for photos with it after a news conference for Saturday’s show.The WBC also created a similarly shiny monstrosity for Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was a longtime WBC champion before his retirement. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments