City Hall wants over $400M for restoration

first_img…to save deteriorating buildingGeorgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) Town Clerk Royston King has pegged the overhaul of the City Hall building at over $400 million, and noted that stakeholders would strive to attain funding for the rehabilitation works. He made these comments on the sidelines of the hosting of a two-day workshop at Duke Lodge to facilitate a study for a Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan for 19th Century structures. King told reporters that the estimated figure was derived around a decade ago and he further observed that given the fact the building has deteriorated even more over time, additional funds would be needed to save the structure, which was completed inCity Hall1889.“It has significant historical and cultural significance and we couldn’t allow the building to remain like that in the city,” King noted on Wednesday.The project is a European Union (EU)-funded initiative that was formed out of collaboration with the M&CC and the National Trust of Guyana. The assessment plan falls under a $64 million contract, which has special focus on the physical and structural state of City Hall and the City Engineer’s Building. A comprehensive green restoration plan and a sustainable conservation management plan will also be put forward to stakeholders. British architect and conservationist Francis Maude said that the local construction industry and capacities for joinery were assessed in various meetings between November 2016 and 2018. “We also visited the municipal archives in order to learn about the history and development of the building and we returned to the UK (United Kingdom) to work on the report to support the findings on what we had done,” Maude observed.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green said that future generations would be able to see and appreciate the beauty of the building, which her grandchildren call a “castle”. However, the building has suffered much neglect over the years even though millions of dollars has been allocated to facilitate repairs, including some $20 million in 2012. Apart from that, an independent fund had been set up to garner donations to salvage the structure. Nevertheless, the Mayor regarded much of the work done over time as “cosmetic surgeries”. National Trust Head Nirvana Persaud added that the technical development plan should be handed over to City Hall by July and it was expected that City Hall would then seek funding from international donors. Persaud is, however, appealing for locals, including the Private Sector, to support the restoration initiative.“In order to make a real difference, we must seek to educate ourselves and each other and learn about the significance of these aspects of our heritage,” she noted.In a previous report, Mayor Chase Green had highlighted that operatives of the M&CC were in discussions with the World Monument Funding Agency, Guyana Heritage Society and the National Trust, which also gave assurances of its support after a review of the building, indicating that repairs should be conducted in the near future. She pointed out then that the wait was on for a thorough report from the organisations along with recommendations on each phase of the restoration process, after which the rehabilitation works will commence.However, the building suffered much neglect over the years even though millions of dollars have been allocated to facilitate repairs, including some $20 M in 2012. Apart from that, an independent fund had been set up to garner donations to salvage the structure. Nevertheless, the Mayor regarded that much of the work done over time were “cosmetic surgeries”.National Trust Head Nirvana Persaud added that the technical development plan should be handed over to City Hall by July 2018 and it is expected that City Hall will then seek funding from international donors. Persaud is however appealing for local operatives including the private sector to support the restoration initiative.“In order to make a real difference, we must seek to educate ourselves and each other and learn about the significance of these aspects of our heritage,” she noted.In a previous report, Mayor Chase-Green had highlighted that operatives of the M&CC were in discussions with the World Monument Funding Agency, Guyana Heritage Society and the National Trust, which also gave assurances of their support after a review of the building, indicating that repairs should be conducted in the near future. She pointed out then, that the wait is on for a thorough report from the organisations along with recommendations on each phase of the restoration process, after which the rehabilitation works will commence.last_img read more

Canucks win Coy Cup semi-finals over Stampeders

first_imgThe Canucks will now face the Fort St. John Flyers in the Coy Cup finals. Puck drop is tomorrow, Saturday, at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.You can listen to the games live on 100.1 Moose FM or through the online player.Tickets will be available at the North Peace Arena three hours before puck drop of each game. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks took on the Williams Lake Stampeders on Friday night in the semi-finals of the 2019 Coy Cup.Prior to puck drop, the Fort St. John Huskies were given pre-game honour for their recent victory of the NWJHL Championships for the second year in a row.The Fort St. John Huskies were given pre-game honour for their recent victory of the NWJHL Championships for the second year in a row. Photo by Scott Brooks- Advertisement -The Goaltenders were able to hold both sides at a deadlock of 0-0 by the end of the first period.Then by the end of the second period, the Canucks were in the lead with a score of 4-1 over the Stampeders.In the end, the Canucks were able to sweep the game with a win of 7-3 over the Stampeders.Advertisementlast_img read more

Just 6 days remain…

first_imgGuinness “Greatest of the Streets”…It is an observable fact that the street football phenomenon known as the Guinness “Greatest of the Streets” Competition is the most anticipated event in the shorter version of the sport and the ninth edition is shaping up to provide a wonderful experience for the fans.The Guinness brand, under Manager Lee Baptiste, has every intention of making this year’s national playoffs as inclusive as possible and all the stops are being pulled out to ensure that the tournament’s legacy is enhanced and secure.The organiser, Banks DIH, has attempted every year since the tournament’s inauguration to improve some aspect of the experience for the fans and players, and this year’s national play-offs would be bigger and better.Last year saw the introduction of colourful uniforms and balls in keeping with the new trend seen internationally and apart from a duplication of that effort, the organiser is planning to make seating accommodation available for fans so that more persons could share the wonderful experience of witnessing the games.Teams have begun to intensify preparations and as usual, the quality on display over the three nights is nothing short of fantastic.With the Bartica Zone just concluded and their representative decided, they now have the opportunity to showcase the talent of that community against the more-established communities of Georgetown, East Coast, Linden and West Demerara, and the early whispers are that the newcomers will adequately acquit themselves judging from the performance of zone winner Disconnection Crew that have a few Brazilians in their line-up.They will definitely want to prove something against the opposition and vindicate their presence in the tournament.Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars, who became the first team outside of Georgetown to win the national competition, will no doubt be aiming to prove that last year’s performance was no fluke, while the Georgetown entries will be looking to reclaim lost glory.Then, there are the dark horses from the other communities who’re yet to stamp their authority on the big tournament, but just as the reigning champions showed, the gap is closing among all the teams.This year could prove to be a blockbuster extravaganza and one that fans will truly enjoy.At this point, it is anyone’s guess what will be the outcome of this tournament with all the teams raring and ready to rumble.The tournament opens on July 27, at Pouderoyen Tarmac, West Demerara and then moves to Haslington Tarmac, East Coast Demerara on August 1, before the final showdown set for August 4, at the National Stadium.The teams that have qualified are:GeorgetownGold is Money-ChampionSparta BossLeopold StreetBent StreetEast CoastUprising-ChampionParadiseMelanie-BBuxton DiamondWest DemeraraShowstoppers-ChampionESPNWest Side BallersLindenSilver Bullets-ChampionDave and Celina’s All-Stars-National ChampionSwag EntertainmentBerbiceTrafalgar-ChampionBarticaDisconnection Crew-Championlast_img read more

Chickenpox cases hit La Mesa school

first_imgSymptoms of chickenpox include fever, headache and fatigue as well as pimple-like skin irritations and scabs. But some cases of the highly contagious disease can be so mild there are no symptoms. Parents who suspect that their child might have chickenpox should call their doctor, the nurse said. To find a public health clinic, call (800) 427-8700. SANTA CLARITA – An outbreak of chickenpox at La Mesa Junior High has parents running to the doctor’s office. Despite the chickenpox vaccine being available for about 15 years, it seems some parents might have skipped the second dose of the shot that, if given at the right age and time, can prevent the disease. In a letter to parents, Christine Amstutz, Hart Union High School District nurse, warned parents about several cases of chickenpox on the junior high campus. “This is an excellent opportunity to make sure your child gets the second shot of chicken pox vaccine if he/she has not already gotten it,” Amstutz wrote. 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

Polish F-16 fighter coming for tests

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Paul Hattendorf, a Lockheed Martin test pilot, made the first flight. He checked engine-throttle transients at various altitudes and made radar checks using a photo chase F-16 as a simulated target. He also made some other system checks, took the aircraft to supersonic speeds and performed high-G maneuvers during the flight, which lasted more than an hour. F-16 jets are on order or already in use by the armed forces of the the United States and 23 other countries. More than 4,300 F-16s have been produced since the 1970s. When delivered, the Polish F-16s will be the most advanced in NATO. Features include an AN/APG-68(V) 9 radar fire-control system and a Sniper Extended Range pod, which is a targeting feature – designed with an infrared pointer, laser, day TV, forward-looking infrared, laser spot tracker and advanced algorithms. Additionally, the Polish pilots will wear a helmet-mounted cueing system used for directing precision guided munitions and off-bore-sight missiles. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – The first Lockheed Martin F-16 made for Poland is due to arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in April for testing. The fighter jet, the first of 48 ordered by the government of Poland, made its maiden flight March 14 from Lockheed Martin’s assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas, and is planned for delivery to the Polish Air Force later this year under a program called Peace Sky. After several additional check flights by pilots for the company and the U.S. Air Force, the F-16 is scheduled to be ferried to Edwards in April for more system-specific testing. “The Poland Peace Sky program continues to progress right on schedule,” said Irma Sippel, director of the program. “First flight is a significant milestone and the first of several leading to the planned arrival of the aircraft in Poland later this year.” last_img read more

Stability testing looks at sinking

first_img Sweeney’s letter to the Coast Guard came after The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Coast Guard awarded a contract just days before the Lake George accident to study the effect of raising the average weight estimate. The Coast Guard also acknowledged it had been concerned about the issue since last year. Investigators also are looking at modifications made to the boat that may have made it heavier, including a wood-Fiberglas canopy that replaced a canvas model, a bigger engine and ballast to keep the boat level. Investigators were awaiting results of an alcohol test on the Ethan Allen’s captain, Richard Paris, 74, the only crew member aboard the 38-foot boat when it overturned. Paris voluntarily provided a urine sample Tuesday at the NTSB’s request, Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland said. Investigators did not have reasonable cause to test Paris immediately after the accident because he showed no signs of impairment during an interview, Cleveland said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. – A tour boat nearly identical to the one that capsized here, killing 20 elderly tourists, became unstable after weight equivalent to just 10 people was placed at the edge of the vessel, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday evening. Wednesday’s stability test found the Ethan Allen unsuited to handle the weight of the 48 adults who were aboard, said Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the NTSB. He would not say how many passengers the boat could have safely held. During the test of the Ethan Allen’s sister vessel, the de Champlain, investigators placed three 55-gallon barrels at the boat’s edge, then filled them with water, at which point the boat became unstable. The combined weight of the barrels was just over 1,400 pounds, or the equivalent of 10 adults as defined by Coast Guard weight standards. “We terminated the test because it was unsafe at that point,” Rosenker said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Wednesday’s test was the first step toward recreating conditions on this Adirondack lake that might have caused the Ethan Allen to capsize Sunday. NTSB officials believe the weight and distribution of the 47 passengers in the boat may have contributed to the incident. Both the Ethan Allen and the de Champlain are owned by Shoreline Cruises. NTSB investigators continued to examine the Ethan Allen, which was hauled from the lake Monday, and may put it back in the water for tests. The Ethan Allen was just shy of its 50-person capacity when it overturned, but that limit was based on a decades-old standard that assumes an average weight of 140 pounds for everyone on board. Late Wednesday, Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., urged the Coast Guard to speed up its review process for changing the outdated weight calculations. last_img read more

Worst President In History?

first_imgA reputed historian, representing a profession that is usually very circumspect about making sweeping judgments, recently speculated that President George W Bush could go down as the worst president in U.S. history.Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton University, wrote that great presidents, “Presented with arduous, at times seemingly impossible circumstances, they rallied the nation, governed brilliantly and left the republic more secure than when they entered office.”By contrast, “Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties — James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Herbert Hoover and now Bush — have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off.”Current public opinion, which is notoriously fickle, seems to reflect Wilentz’s view. Bush’s favorability ratings have been hovering around 30 percent. According to Gallup Poll, which has measured presidential job approval ratings since the 1940s, only four presidents, Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and the first George Bush, have ranked lower and none recovered.During his 1980 presidential bid, Ronald Reagan posed a dramatic question that resonated with the electorate and crucified then Pres. Carter. “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” A recent poll found that a resounding two-thirds of the American public believes the country is worse off than when Bush assumed office. Some 70 percent think it is on the wrong track; more than half consider Bush dishonest and untrustworthy.Gross ineptitude, reckless politicking even with national security, nepotism, cronyism and sleazy corruption are at the root of Bush’s failed presidency. The administration politicized national security after 9/11 by stoking fear for the sole objective of mobilizing public opinion. Shallow and incompetent political cronies, hucksters, personal friends and business associates were rewarded with plush appointments and contracts by the Bush administration.Disastrous as Bush’s incompetence and nepotism have been and the terrible price the country has paid as a result in precious resources and lives in the politicized war on terror and the misadventure in Iraq, Bush’s most dangerous legacy is the erosion of America’s vaunted traditions of civil rights and liberties, which served as a beacon around the world.The first decade of the 21st century will go down in ignominy with the Red Scare of the McCarthy era, the Alien & Sedition Acts of 1798 and the persecution of dissenters in World War I and World War II. The Bush administration has used terrorism in this decade, much as McCarthy used communism.In the name of the war against terrorism, the Bush administration has engaged in unconstitutional and criminal abuses, including kidnapping people, torturing suspects or rendering them to other countries for torture, holding prisoners without trial and sometimes without even access to attorneys and family in Guantanamo Bay and other secret gulags, and warrantless tapping of emails and telephones of U.S. citizens.These egregious abuses have been made possible because the Republican majority in the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives failed in its constitutional oversight responsibilities. With two-and-a-half years still remaining of the Bush term, the prospect that we are living under an incompetent and unchecked president in such perilous times ought to be sobering.Fortunately, the American public will get an opportunity later this year for some damage control during the midterm Congressional elections. We hope that they will restore some semblance of checks and balances on a reckless, inept and constitutionally unrestrained chief executive by electing Democratic majorities in both houses so that proper investigations can be undertaken and constitutional speed breakers installed until the long Bush nightmare comes to a welcome end in 2008. Related Itemslast_img read more

Family of Indian American Teen Shot Dead in California Seek Transparency

first_imgThe family of an Indian American teenager, who was wanted on a felony firearms possession warrant and was killed on April 5 by police officers in Fremont, California, after he allegedly fired at them, seek transparency about the incident.The Fremont Police Department released a report on April 19 saying that Nathaniel ‘Nathan’ Prasad, 18 years, had pointed a gun at the police officers. He was shot by seven Fremont police officers near a traffic stop at Fremont Boulevard and Nicolet Avenue the evening of April 5, East Bay Times reported.A resident of Hayward, California, he was wanted on a felony firearms possession warrant, a felony probation warrant, and a misdemeanor evading arrest warrant for fleeing from a Fremont school resource officer on March 22.“Two patrol officers responded to the area, activated their emergency lights and siren, and stopped the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped and Prasad fled from the right passenger side of the car on foot,” the police report stated. One of the police officers followed the 18-year-old.“Prasad pulled a firearm from his waist area and it appears that he fired one to two shots in the direction of the officer. The officer drew his duty weapon, returned fire and broadcast over the police radio that the suspect had a gun,” the police report added. The police said that this interaction was captured on video surveillance and was corroborated by statements of the involved officer and witnesses at the scene.Prasad started running again away from the police officers and at one point used his firearm again to fire at the police. “In response to Prasad’s fire, officers shot in the direction of Prasad, striking him several times, causing him to fall,” according to the police report. On the ground, Prasad still had the weapon in his hand and officers fired additional rounds,” the report stated.The six officers involved in the incident have all been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the police report. Meanwhile, the family of the high-school graduate called for transparency from authorities.“We keep seeing what’s written about him and it does not seem to fit how he was,” said Prasad’s father, Danny Prasad. He said that his son graduated from high school after independent study and was “waiting for his gown” while looking at colleges.“The police, they’re saying ‘These are the type of people we need to take off the streets,’ and all those other hurtful comments,” Danny Prasad said adding, “He was just a scared little kid.” A civil rights lawyer John Burris, who has been hired by the family, said that the police video of the incident should be released to the family.  Related ItemsIndian Americanlast_img read more

PAOK Plays Off Penalty Points

first_imgATHENS – The PAOK soccer team, which was penalized three points for fan hooliganism, erased it with a 3-0 victory over Atromitos in playoff action, but Panathinaikos is still favored to win the tourney after beating Asteris Tripolis, 3-1, to take a three point lead.Panathinaikos got goals from Viktor Klonaridis, Mehdi Abeid and Tasos Lagos, and by Markus Berg go along with stellar play from goalie Stefanos Kapino.The appeals committee of the Hellenic Football Federation rejected the appeal of PAOK against the penalties imposed on it for riots at the Cup game with Olympiakos, and has deducted three points from the PAOK’s tally in the mini-league as well as slapping a two-game stadium ban plus a fine.The Thessaloniki squad had to play Atromitos in an empty stadium but came through, led by Bibras Natkho’s penalty shot and goals from Miroslav Stoch and Zvonimir Vukic.With three games left to play in the Super League tournament, Panathinaikos has seven points, PAOK and Asteras have four and Atromitos has three. On May 11, Atromitos hosts PAOK and Asteras travels to Panathinaikos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more