Louis among five dark horses for British Open glory

first_imgThe 148th British Open gets underway on Thursday for the first time in 68 years in Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush.Here are five dark horses who could challenge for the Claret Jug on Sunday:Xander Schauffele (USA)US golfer Xander Schauffele watches his drive during a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEAge: 25World ranking: 11Previous British Open best: Tied-second (2018)— The American has produced the best performances of his career so far in the major tournaments, proving more consistent in golf’s biggest events than some of his more heralded counterparts. Schauffele announced himself at the top of the game with a top-five finish at the 2017 US Open, and finished in a tie for second at last year’s British Open behind Francesco Molinari, before matching that performance at the Masters in April.Gary Woodland (USA)US golfer Gary Woodland takes part in a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 17, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEAge: 35World ranking: 12Previous British Open best: Tied-12th (2016)— The big-hitting American only finished in the top 10 of a major for the first time last year at the PGA Championship, but produced a magnificent display to hold off world number one Brooks Koepka and win the US Open at Pebble Beach last month. Ranked at a career-high 12th, Woodland has played only once since, missing the cut in Detroit. “I’m getting to a point now where I’m confident enough in my game, that gives me a lot of confidence, winning a major,” he said.Adam Scott (AUS)Age: 39World ranking: 16Previous British Open best: Second (2012)— The former world number one suffered a steady decline in form after anchored putters were banned in 2016. But Scott has rediscovered some strong form in recent months after slipping outside the world’s top 75, with a third-placed finish at last year’s PGA Championship the catalyst. The 2013 Masters champion has finished second twice this season. He could give himself a chance of banishing the memories of his Open collapse in 2012, when he bogeyed each of the last four holes to lose by a single stroke to Ernie Els.Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)England’s Tommy Fleetwood takes part in a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEAge: 28World ranking: 20Previous British Open best: Tied-12th (2018)— Last year’s US Open runner-up has not hit the same heights in 2019, but remains a dangerous player and came close to sealing a maiden PGA Tour win twice earlier this season at the Memorial Tournament and the Players’ Championship. “Hopefully (I’ll) keep practising. Hopefully my form will come back to where I’d like it to be and I’ll keep challenging it,” said Fleetwood.Louis Oosthuizen (SA)Age: 36World ranking: 22Previous British Open best: Champion (2010)— The winner at Royal St Andrews in 2010, Oosthuizen has often been strong at links golf. He lost in a three-way playoff to Zach Johnson in 2015, also at St Andrews. Strong play in his native South Africa last December saw him climb back into the world’s top 25, and he narrowly lost out by one shot to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship in March. For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year

first_img Britain’s Prince William, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, right, arrive to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein) Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the crowd after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein) 1 of 11 SANDRINGHAM, England | Queen Elizabeth II wove personal reflections into the latest edition of her annual Christmas message, saying she hoped her long life brought a measure of wisdom and noting her grandchildren’s contributions to Britain’s royal family.The 92-year-old queen, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, also included the customary tribute to military personnel and wishes for world peace in the message, which was pre-recorded at Buckingham Palace and televised Tuesday.“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom,” Elizabeth said in the recording. “I’d like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good and yet a capacity for evil.” Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets members of the crowd after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein) Britain’s Prince William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge wave to the crowd after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein) Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)center_img Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the crowd after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) In this image released on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth poses for a photograph after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, London. (John Stillwell/Pool via AP) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP PhotoFrank Augstein) Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the crowd after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) On a lighter note, the queen listed the House of Windsor’s 2018 milestones with the same unabashed pride of someone writing their yearly Christmas letter for friends and far-flung relatives.“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied,” Elizabeth said, not forgetting to mention her own firstborn,“We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales,” otherwise known as heir to the throne Prince Charles.The annual message was broadcast to many of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Elizabeth recalled that her father, King George VI, welcomed eight former British colonies at the first meeting of Commonwealth leaders in 1948.“Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding,” she said.The queen mentioned her father, from whom she inherited the throne when he died in 1952, again while expressing gratitude for soldiers and sailors past and present. During World War I, two decades before his own unexpected ascension to the throne, he served with the Royal Navy and saw friends killed in battle, Elizabeth said.“At Christmas, we become keenly aware of loved ones who have died, whatever the circumstances. But, of course, we would not grieve if we did not love.Earlier in the day, Elizabeth and her family received cheers from a Christmas crowd when they arrived for a church service in the English countryside. A chauffeured limousine delivered the queen, while her descendants and their spouses walked from a nearby estate of the monarch’s.Prince Charles led the way, followed by his sons: Prince William and his wife, Catherine, and Prince Harry and his pregnant wife, Meghan. Harry and the former American actress known as Meghan Markle married in May and are expecting their first child in the spring.The couple walked arm in arm next to William and Catherine. Many in the crowd wished them “Merry Christmas” as they strolled to the church in the English countryside on a cold, wintry morning.After the 45-minute service, people gave them flowers as they headed back for a traditional Christmas lunch.The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who is 97 and largely retired from public life, did not attend the service. Charles’ wife Camilla, who is recovering from flu, also missed church.William and Catherine’s three children — Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and 8-month-old Prince Louis, also stayed home.Britain’s royals usually exchange small gifts on Christmas Eve, a practice popularized by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The queen typically frowns on extravagant gifts, and many of the presents are novelty items.When the queen was younger, Christmas meant a brisk family walk through the woods on Christmas or an excursion on horseback.Elizabeth delivered her first Christmas Day message when she took the throne in 1952. The seasonal addresses aired on the radio until she made the transition to television in 1957.They have been broadcast during every year of her reign save one. In 1969, the queen decided her family had received enough exposure from giving a TV crew unusual access for a documentary.That year, she issued the message in writing.Katz reported from London. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the Christmas day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)last_img read more

South Africa wins 1st test vs England after 4th-day collapse

first_imgEngland’s batsman Rory Burns bats on day four of the first cricket test match between South Africa and England at Centurion Park, Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Centurion, South Africa (AP) — South Africa won the first test by 107 runs with a day and a bit to spare on Sunday as England fell away quickly after dreaming briefly of another miracle chase.England was 121-1 overnight facing a target of 376, raising faint hopes of a Headingley repeat, when Ben Stokes led the English to one of test cricket’s most memorable come-from-behind wins in the Ashes series against Australia in August.But South Africa struck twice in the first session of the fourth day at SuperSport Park, bided its time waiting for the new ball after lunch, and then ran through England taking the last six wickets for 46 runs in 12 overs.England was all out for 268 and lost nine wickets for 147 on the day. “We needed that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, referring to a terrible year for South African cricket that ended on a much-needed high.South Africa had lost its last five tests and had rushed in a new coaching team led by Mark Boucher to stabilize a struggling ship less than two weeks before the start of the England series.Behind the scenes, South African cricket is in turmoil with the chief executive of the national board suspended on allegations of misconduct and fellow executives resigning in protest at his leadership.South Africa was desperate to turn it around, at least on the field.Newcomer Anrich Nortje led the South African bowling attack with the key wickets of opener Rory Burns for 84 and England captain Joe Root for 48 in his 3-56.Nortje was playing just his third test.Spearhead Kagiso Rabada wrapped up the England tail for his 4-103, clattering into Stuart Broad’s stumps to end it before tea.There are three more tests to come in the series, with the next in Cape Town starting on Jan. 3.England showed signs of fight despite a contagious flu-like illness that had quickly worked its way through the squad and support staff in South Africa. At least 10 players fell ill in the buildup and during the game.Fast bowlers Broad and Jofra Archer, allrounder Stokes, Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler all played but were sick at stages. Broad, Archer and Stokes recovered enough from their illnesses to play, although Broad was in bed for nearly a week in the buildup to the test and Stokes left the field on the first day with dehydration. Root and Buttler got sick during the test, missed periods of play, and were put in quarantine at the ground at one point to try and stop the spread of the bug to the other players. Loading…Sponsored Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?center_img “It’s been a really tough week off the field,” Root said. “Pretty much everything has been thrown at the group. But credit to everyone, they stood up, tried to put in the best performance, and at no stage have they let anyone down.”Burns inspired hope that England might get the 376. But Burns added just seven runs to his overnight score of 77 at SuperSport Park despite batting for nearly an hour on the fourth morning. Tied down by South Africa front-line quicks Rabada and Vernon Philander, he lashed out at a short ball from Nortje — Nortje’s second of the day — and lobbed a catch to Rabada at mid-on.Stokes arrived with England needing 218 more runs — the same equation as when he strode in at Headingley — but the parallels disappeared when he chopped a delivery from spinner Keshav Maharaj onto his stumps to go for 14.England’s hopes effectively ended with Root’s nick off Nortje to leave the tourists 232-6.When James Anderson, playing his 150th test, a record for a bowler, walked in as the last man, he shared a joke with long-time bowling partner Broad and they both smiled widely.Their last-wicket stand lasted four balls but England appeared surprisingly positive in defeat.“I think pretty much everyone has been ill now, so hopefully that’s out of the way,” Root said. “Hopefully that’s the end of it and we can bounce back strong.”last_img read more

Former NFL Player is Now a Medical Doctor Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic

first_img(Black News.com)–Myron only played in the NFL until 2013 when he announced that he would leave the NFL to attend medical school in 2013. He did just that and enrolled at Florida State University College of Medicine where he graduated in May 2017. Now, he is a third-year neurosurgery resident at one of Boston’s busiest hospitals.During a recent interview with ESPN, he reveals what its like trying to save the lives of patients infected with Coronavirus. He says that he is “seeing so many individuals with respiratory distress and respiratory compromise, and the numbers are staggering.”“It is hectic, that’s for sure,” he adds. But he explains that being a former football star still comes in handy. “I think of the operating room like a game, like it’s showtime, let’s perform. I gotta do what I gotta do because people are counting on us right now. This is our time to help very sick people. So that motivation continues to drive me every single day.”Myron is also founder of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of health, wellness, educational and other charitable initiatives throughout the world that benefit children and families in need.Follow him on social media:Twitter – @MyronRolleInstagram – @MyronRolleNationwide — Dr. Myron Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar and college football player who was drafted by the NFL to play for the Tennessee Titans in 2010. But nowadays at 33-years old, he is a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston helping to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.Former NFL Player is Now a Medical Doctor Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemiclast_img read more

Arsene Wenger ready to make January return to management – Bayern Munich waiting?

first_imgAdvertisement 6u8igNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eug( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9dfflWould you ever consider trying this?😱a1Can your students do this? 🌚ulhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Bavarians are without a win in four games, which has triggered speculation that changes are imminent. Niko Kovac , the Bayern Munich boss has lead Bayern to a fairly poor start as per Bayern’s standards. Losses to Gladbach and Berlin and draws with Ajax and Augsburg sees Kovac on shaky grounds. To add to the entropy , Bayern has announced a shock press conference scheduled for Friday morning.Advertisement German publication Bild report that club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic will all attend the press conference and the last time all three men held a joint press conference was to announce that Jupp Heynckes was returning as manager.Advertisement This shock press conference gives rise to speculation that Arsene Wenger could make a return to the footballing scene after departing from his Arsenal empire prior to this summer. Some reports claim Arsenal is in for a managerial role at Munich while the others believe the French coach could be hired in an advisory role.“If you can’t beat them, join them.” could be a saying come true if Arsene Wengers joins the Bavarians while the memories of Arsene taking the defeat against Bayern Munich more often than not are fresh in the fans’ memories.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Weapons and drugs on board

first_imgA WOMAN in her twenties was charged with trafficking drugs and possessing dangerous weapons last week. Police, who found approximately…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Women and politics

first_imgWomen play an integral role in the development of the world. They are fluid beings who manage to ascribe unto themselves all sorts of non-traditional roles that sharply conflict with conservative, conventional and traditional descriptions of what it means to be ‘female’ and a ‘woman’.As a matter of fact, women, over the past four decades, have sought to remove the barriers set by society, and in some cases religion, about the types of jobs and roles that they must play in order to maintain what some refer to a healthy ‘gender-balance’.In sharp retaliation, women have refused to be viewed as the weaker gender or sex; irrational, emotionally weak and incapable of leadership. They have broken so many barriers in order to prove to the world and menfolk what they have always known — they can do anything that a man does, just as good as he does it, or even better.In recent times, womenfolk have achieved much success in their fight for equality and gender parity, as well as equity. They have fought long and hard to be respected, but they know too well that men will not willingly relinquish whatever God-given claim they believe they have to the divine hallways of ‘power’, ‘authority’ and executive leadership on several global fronts.And so women internationally have set about to redefine the world they live in in order to prove that they, too, possess the divine ethos to lead, govern, and be respected, if not feared. According to Forbes Magazine, last year 100 women did just that, but out of that total, three emerges as the most powerful and influential in the world of politics. These women are the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Taiwan’s President Tsa Ing Sung.No Caribbean woman featured on that list. And this is important, because only a few women within this hemisphere attempt to run for higher political office; and when they do, they have upset the norms and status quo of their respective parties in order to be selected or seen as possessing the qualities to run as Prime Minister or President. The race is most times more taxing on women than men. Portia Simpson-Miller, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Mia Motely — respectively from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados — understand this all too well. But these women, when given the chance, have rolled out remarkable reforms that have resulted in booming economies, the advancement of women and children’s rights, social progress, and law and order. But many of them have been outfoxed by their male counterparts, who most times attack their sex and their suitability to govern men, even if it is not explicitly said.At home, Janet Jagan led the way after becoming Guyana’s first female parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister (1953, 1957, 1961), before serving as the country’s first female President under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Winifred Gaskin and Shirley Field-Ridely are among others who soon followed.At the December 16, 1968 elections, some 212 names featured on the lists submitted by political parties, but only 23 were women (10.8 per cent). This number increased by 2.2 per cent in 1970, according to the University of West Indies, and by another three per cent by 1980. The numbers climbed in the early 1990s and 2000s. Today, over 34 per cent of all parliamentarians here are female.By throwing her hat in the race to become the People’s National Congress’s Presidential Candidate back in 2011, the late Dr Faith Harding was attempting again to change the status quo and politics of conventionalism in her party. Despite, the fact she failed, Dr Harding wanted to send a strong message to womenfolk here. That message was that they needed to do much more than be satisfied with ministerial appointments and parliamentary seats. If they wanted real change, they needed to steer the ship; fly the plane; lead the Parliament as Speaker and/or run the country. Also, Elizabeth Harper’s decision to accept nomination for the Prime Ministerial post in the PPP is nothing short of bold and admirable, though the PPP lost. The recent PNC Congress, too, where Volda Lawrence and Annette Ferguson clinched two of the party’s top posts, is also instructive.By their actions, they have paved the way for ‘the girl child’ and womenfolk to build confidence to go against the grain. Guyanese women are strong and fierce competitors. Whilst they thrive under Home Economics in the conventional sense, they also understand what Guyana needs to move it forward. Those women from the major political parties, who have long languished in the dark, must seize the moment and run for office in 2020. They must break the glass ceilings above their heads and at least shake-up the country’s political establishment.Too many of our women politicians are invisible. They must be seen and heard. 2020 may be the year when Guyanese utter the words Madam President or Madam Prime Minister again if they invest the political capital and funds needed into running a campaign using mainly women as their constituency.last_img read more

“Women have no place in prisons” – GHRA

first_imgThe Guyana Human Right Association (GHRA) is of the view that women should not be placed in the prison system but should be sent to some sort of “half-way house” to be rehabilitated instead.In a statement on Friday, the association welcomes and lauds the intention of President David Granger to pardon non-violent female prisoners, highlighting the injustice that incarceration imposes on women in ways that do not apply to men.“Women, for the most part, have no place in prison. Some 90 per cent of women are in prison for three offences: petty theft, drug trafficking and murder – all related to disordered relationships with men.  Female drug traffickers carry the can – so to speak – for the male king-pins, or are charged jointly with men for drugs found in homes; they steal to maintain children neglected by child-fathers and kill in retaliating against men who are persistently violent,” the release stated.According to the GHRA, none of these women poses a danger to society, which is the fundamental reason for incarceration. In fact society does not fear women in general, at least not in the sense of being a threat to life or property. The Association noted that even women who have committed violent crimes are not viewed with the dread that male perpetrators can inspire.Reference was made to a recent Australian study from the Centre for Evidence-based Sentencing: “Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prison numbers are now the highest in recorded history.”GHRA added that the study also outlined that a high percentage of women in prison suffered from sexual and violent abuse in their childhood. This, the release detailed, when added to the other factors highlighted earlier for which most women are incarcerated, prison as a response to women in trouble with the law is simply a reflection of an area in which gender inequality remains undisturbed.In fact, the study notes: “Nearly every incarcerated woman is the victim of a perverse and lazy policy disfigurement that fails to acknowledge the marked difference between female and male offenders.”The human rights organisation went on to stress that incarcerating women is a harsher penalty than for men: “Put men in prison (in humane conditions) and provide them with cigarettes (and – it would seem – access to Facebook) and they just do the time. Women in prison are pre-occupied by what is happening to their children, their homes and their partners – all of which can be dispersed and disappear by the time they leave prison,” the release said.Furthermore, GHRA related that reports from other societies show women in prison experience much higher rates of sexual violence than men and from men, stating that while no reports of such acts have been received from the New Amsterdam prison, the higher the numbers grow the more exposed inmates become.“The GHRA has for many years held the position that rather than prison, the overwhelming number of women found guilty of crimes requires a place safe from the men who are complicating their lives.  A half-way house approach is needed where women can undergo forms of rehabilitation to restore self-esteem and learn problem-solving techniques – problems being a major cause of why they got into trouble in the first place,” the human rights organisation posited.Since Guyana needs radical solutions to address rising levels of criminality, the association believes that starting a programme along the lines being suggested with women would not generate hostility to the extent it would with men. The release added that such alternatives to imprisonment successfully tested with women could in fact be extended to men in a reverse of the thinking which saw women being incarcerated in the first place.On a different aspect, the GHRA noted that in light of prison overcrowding, Presidential pardons on a more regular basis would be a welcomed development, particularly given judicial and magisterial sloth with respect to remand prisoners and the ponderous procedures of the Parole Board.last_img read more

CH&PA Chairman defends sole-sourced contractor, inflated estimate

first_imgCore homes ‘corrective’ worksChairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Hamilton Green has defended the decision to sole-source contractor Ivor Allen for the execution of corrective works on several homes under the Government’s Core Homes Project.In documents seen by Guyana Times, the Board said that by way of round robin, it selected Ivor Allen to execute the works on the homes it listed as “moderate income”.Chairman of the Board of Directors of CH&PA Hamilton GreenThe Board in an internal memorandum, dated June 10, 2016, stated that it had considered and approved Ivor Allen to be awarded the contract to execute the corrective works to 11 houses (lot numbers provided) at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Based on the information seen by this publication, the Board of Directors of the CH&PA handpicked Allen, a close associate of the coalition Government, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).According to Green, the Board handpicked Allen since he was one of the four contractors that built the core homes and the only one whose constructions were done without complaints from the occupants. “It turned out that only one of the four contactors houses we received no complaints from, that contractor was Ivor Allen…we felt it prudent that since he had worked in that area to award him the contract to do corrective works.”Green further highlighted that the reason the contract for remedial works did not go to tender is because the 11 houses outlined were the “worst cases” and the corrective works were deemed “extremely urgent.” He noted that at a meeting, the residence complained that “it is inappropriate for them to have a house that they can’t use, can’t occupy.”“We could not wait to proceed with tenders because the people were anxious, paying mortgages and paying their rent. People complained to us in tears about the conditions, some doors moved away, some can’t close, it’s really a horror story,” said the CH&PA Chairman.As it relates to the discrepancies in cost outlined for the remedial works, Green said that the Board had no confidence in the figures given by the engineering core since this is the same group that produced figures from time to time, which resulted in the very poor quality work.“I am prepared to anchor our reputation on the one contractor who did works for which we received no complaints… the Board is not prepared, to either deal with that estimate or give it to the same engineering core and have two weeks after, to receive complaints that we have been receiving from the occupants,” he noted.The Chairman surmised that the estimates given on the “Summary of Bills” seen by Guyana Times was produced by the engineering core and was inadequate to execute quality corrective works on the 11 “worst case” homes that were listed. He said Allen’s prices were higher because the works done by the contractor were of a high standard, and as such, the memorandum issued by the CH&PA reflected the costs needed to execute the corrective works properly.The “Summary of Bills” seen by this newspaper puts the cost for the works at $7,467,227. However, the internal memorandum issued by the Secretary to the CH&PA Board put the cost for the same 11 homes (verified by matching lot numbers) at a whopping $16,727,623, a difference of over $9.2 million which worked out to an increase of 124 per cent.Green in April had declared that the Authority will be spending over $100 million on corrective works to core homes built by contractors under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration.“Bad roofs, leaking roofs, walls that are twisted, paint peeling, septic tanks porous, floors that were doing a special dance, among other things,” was how Green described some of the defects found.His claims were quickly rebuffed by former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, under whose stewardship the programme was initiated.Ali had said that Green’s statement was “shocking” as he questioned the quoted $100 million Green planned to spend on fixing the ‘defective’ homes.Ali said that CH&PA had previously stated that corrective works on the turnkey homes would have cost about $20 million.“How is this now estimated at $100 million plus,” Ali had asked.last_img read more

Rose happy to battle Davies for Tottenham starting spot

first_imgTottenham left back Danny Rose has admitted the signing of Ben Davies has spurred him on.Davies was signed this summer from Swansea, a move that looked as though it would force Rose onto the substitutes bench or even out of White Hart Lane.However, the 24-year-old was picked ahead of the Welshman for Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Ham and Rose believes competition will help his game progress.“I am happy that Ben has come. I hope I can improve Ben and he can improve me,” said Rose.“There could be up to 60 games this season if we do well in all competitions.“So whenever I do play I want to try an improve as much as I can and play as well as I did today.” 1 Tottenham’s Danny Rose last_img