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first_imgNew DHB feasibility studyChief Works Officer of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn, on Saturday stated that a company has been decided upon to conduct a feasibility study and design for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB).An artist’s impression of the new harbour bridgeVaughn disclosed that one of the 22 tenders was successful and is presently being assessed by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) to determine whether the contract should be awarded.He stated that although the bidder might have met the financial criteria for the project, the NPTAB still conducts background checks to ascertain if the company has met the terms and reference of the project.“They have to ensure that they are capable of taking on the project,” he said, but was unable to state if it was a local or international company which was successful during the tender.Government had specified that the companies bidding must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services with verification in brochures, reports of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, and availability of appropriate skills, among other criteria. It was stipulated that the consultant can also associate with another company to enhance their qualification.In December 2015, 22 companies from around the world submitted bids to conduct the study and furnish a design for the bridge. Thus far, three connections are being examined for the construction of the bridge – which are between Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and Versailles, West Bank Demerara (WBD); between Peter’s Hall, EBD and Schoonord, on the WBD; and between New Hope, EBD and at Laurentia Catherina, WBD.The bridge must have a navigational clearance of 100 metres wide, with navigational aids, an air draft of 50 metres, adequate marine collection protection at the navigating channels and an estimated length of 2250 meters.Faced with constant mechanical problems and heavy traffic, calls were made for the construction of a new bridge across the Demerara River. Floating at 1.25 miles, the Demerara Harbour Bridge is a strategic link between the Eastern and Western Banks of the Demerara River.The structure, which opened in July 1978 with the expectation of lasting only 10 years, has been floating for 37 years.General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Company (DHBC), Rawlston Adams had said that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has already made the evaluations and recommendations for the consultancy.“Those recommendations are with the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board, I think to forward to Cabinet,” he stated.Adams said the Harbour Bridge Company will be reviewing the process as it relates to the Terms of Reference and the evaluations.Speaking about the feasibility study, Adams stated that it will “identify all the issues and costs involved in building the new bridge. The study will guide us in which direction – do we build a new bridge? Do we keep this one? Do we have two and that’s why we do feasibility studies to identify all the issues and to have them address.”last_img read more

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first_img… now says only 2M was recovered, not reported .8BOne day after firing its Debt Recovery Manager, Lear Goring, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) said the monies the unit had managed to recover is close to half of what it had previously announced.During a press conference on August 10, 2016, it was reported that GWI raked in $1.8 billion in arrears for the period ending July 2016.This however is incorrect.According to a missive issued by the entity’s Public Relations Department, “after checks and verification, it was found that the arrears collection figure up to July 2016 is $921,814,791.”Lear GoringThe Debt Collection Department was, up until a week ago, ran by a twice convicted and deportee Lear Goring, who was hired by the entity’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles.Goring came to prominence recently when it was discovered that both he and the GWI Managing Director were in fact business partners.The two are Directors of Atlantic Fuels Inc – a company that obtained a fuel licence under questionable circumstances.Goring was sent on leave a week ago and officially fired on Thursday following a decision taken by the utility company’s Board of Directors.Goring was unqualified for the position to which he had been appointed by the GWI Managing Director.He was also convicted of drug trafficking twice and was deported on both occasions from the United States ofDr Richard Van West-CharlesAmerica (USA).Publicly available US court documents show Goring was convicted in the early 1990s before being deported to Guyana in 1993. He was also charged with possession and with intent to distribute cocaine in 1995 and he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 63 months in prison by Judge K M Moore in a Brooklyn, New York court.He had reportedly used a forged passport to make his way back to the United States.With regards to Goring’s appointment as Debt Recovery Unit Manager, Dr Van West-Charles had told this publication that Goring had applied for the job, was interviewed and subsequently hired.He had defended Goring’s employment, pointing to the $3 billion debts owed to GWI and said he needed a person in the position that he could trust.last_img read more

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first_imgThe money will go to support building new resource roads and pipelines, mostly in the Montney shale gas play north of Fort St. John. It’s expected that these credits will increase drilling operations and generate over $320 million in new capital spending by industry while creating over 1,500 jobs. Like in past years, energy companies will fund the entire cost of a selected infrastructure project, and will then be able to recover up to 50 per cent of an approved project’s cost through royalty reductions.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_img Layvin Kurzawa in action for France Under-21s 1 Manchester United are leading the race for Layvin Kurzawa, according to reports in France.The left back has been in impressive form for Monaco this season, with the 22-year-old’s performances earning him his international debut for France earlier this month.Several clubs are reportedly scouting Kurzawa but, according to Le Parisien, Manchester United are at the front of queue.talkSPORT told you back in March about Kurzawa’s desire to move to Old Trafford, with the France international telling beIN Sports: “The club of my dreams? Manchester United. It is one of my goals to play there one day.”And it now looks as though the defender may get his wish as Louis van Gaal looks to prepare a January bid for his services.last_img read more

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first_imgBOSTON – Boston Scientific Corp. further raised the stakes Thursday in a bidding war to buy rival medical-device maker Guidant Corp., boosting its offer by about $330 million in hopes of ousting rival suitor Johnson & Johnson. Boston Scientific’s sweeter, cash-and-stock bid of $73 per share – larger than the value of J&J’s overall offer, but with a smaller cash component – came 24 hours after J&J raised its bid for Guidant from $21.5 billion to $23.2 billion. With its new offer of roughly $25 billion, Boston Scientific hopes to turn Guidant’s board away from J&J’s offer and in favor of its proposal quickly. Boston Scientific said Thursday night it notified Guidant’s board that its latest offer would expire at 4 p.m. EST today unless Guidant’s board declared Boston Scientific’s offer superior by then. With such a declaration, Boston Scientific’s offer will remain open until Jan. 24. “Our amended offer addresses all of the outstanding issues raised by Guidant’s board,” Boston Scientific Chairman Pete Nicholas said in a statement. If the proposed transaction doesn’t close by March 31, Boston Scientific said it would increase the offer’s price each day thereafter at a daily rate that amounts to an annual interest rate of 6 percent. On Sunday, Natick, Mass.-based Boston Scientific announced a separate deal to satisfy antitrust issues by selling a piece of Guidant’s business for about $4 billion to Abbott Laboratories Inc., contingent on the closing of Boston Scientific’s Guidant proposal. J&J has argued its proposal offered Guidant shareholders greater certainty and a quicker deal than Boston Scientific’s bid. Boston Scientific’s Nicholas said his company “increased the value of our offer, satisfied any perceived antitrust concerns and provided shareholders increased certainty of value by agreeing to pay interest on the $73 share price if the transaction is not closed by the end of the first quarter.” J&J is a close No. 2 behind Boston Scientific in the market for drug-coated stents – metal-mesh devices that are coated with drugs to prevent scar tissue from creating new blockages after artery-clearing surgery. With new entrants expected in that field, Boston Scientific and J&J both see Guidant’s business as a crucial element in the expanding $10 billion market for pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. Earlier Thursday, a major Guidant shareholder said it planned to vote against the J&J offer, even at its revised price. Elliott Associates, a New York hedge fund with about 3 million Guidant shares, or just under 1 percent, wrote a letter to the company’s board, accusing J&J of using “heavy-handed and aggressive” tactics. Boston Scientific’s latest offer was announced after Guidant shares closed down 4 cents to $70.40 on the New York Stock Exchange. Boston Scientific stock fell about 1.4 percent, or 36 cents, to close at $25.05, and J&J traded down 29 cents to $62.21. Boston Scientific’s offer includes a protection to guard shareholders in case of a 10 percent up-or-down fluctuation in Boston Scientific’s stock before any shareholder approval. In December 2004, J&J offered $25.4 billion for Guidant, but lowered the amount to $21.5 billion 11 months later because of Guidant’s product recalls and regulatory investigations. Since June, Guidant has recalled or issued safety warnings for about 88,000 heart defibrillators and almost 200,000 pacemakers. The company also faces numerous lawsuits. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Guidant spokesman Steve Tragash did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. J&J spokesman Jeffrey Leebaw declined to comment. New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J and Indianapolis-based Guidant said in a joint statement Wednesday night that Guidant’s board of directors would recommend shareholders vote in favor of J&J’s offer in a Jan. 31 shareholder meeting. With the latest offer, Boston Scientific is valuing Guidant at $73 per share – $2.60 above its closing price Thursday – and proposes to pay Guidant shareholders half in cash and half with its own shares. J&J’s offer would pay $37.25 in cash – 75 cents per share more than Boston Scientific – and 0.493 shares of Johnson & Johnson common stock for each outstanding share of Guidant common stock. J&J’s offer is worth $67.92 per share. In announcing the formal version of its initial Dec. 5 bid on Sunday, Boston Scientific had said that offer totaled “$25 billion in the aggregate” based on that bid’s $72 per-share price. But in announcing the revised offer Thursday night, Boston Scientific said its initial offer had been $24.6 billion, and that it boosted the total an additional $330 million in its revised offer, to just under $25 billion. last_img read more

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first_imgA community alert has been issued following suspicious activity in the Termon area this afternoon.It follows a number of incidents in which a white van was spotted at a number of houses.Two occupants, a man and a woman, were then seen trying to access the backs of houses. When approached the duo asked people if they had any scrap metal for sale.The van is a new 141 DL van and is white in colour.Anybody who spots the van should report its movements to local Gardai.    COMMUNITY ALERT: PUBLIC ASKED TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OF COUPLE IN WHITE VAN was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaiTermonwhite vanlast_img read more

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first_imgDDTV: Watch an RTE ‘Sunday Game’ preview of this Sunday’s clash between Donegal and Mayo at Croke Park.There are three pundits in studio….click Play to Watch who they think will win the match.You might be surprised.  DDTV: ‘SUNDAY GAME’ PUNDITS SPLIT OVER DONEGAL V MAYO RESULT was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTV: ‘SUNDAY GAME’ PUNDITS SPLIT OVER DONEGAL V MAYO RESULTSlast_img read more

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first_imgA creditors’ meeting has been called for another hotel and nightclub complex – this time in Killybegs.Cope House, in the centre of the fishing town, had been for sale on the open market.Now the troubled business will have a meeting with all of its creditors on July 18th. Cope House is an imposing three-storey building on the main street with the Galleon Bar, a Chinese restaurant, the Lighthouse nightclub and 12 bedrooms. The creditors meeting will take place at the Millpark Hotel in Donegal town on July 18th.The news comes after another business in the town went into administration.John Cunningham & Co ran a Spar Shop in the town. Specialist Patrick McDermott of Patrick McDermott & Company in Letterkenny was appointed liquidator last week.Meanwhile a creditors meeting will take place next Tuesday, June 28th, in relation to one of Letterkenny’s best known businesses – B.G. Tyres Limited. That meeting takes place at Gallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny at 9am.Next Monday, June 27th, a creditors meeting takes place – also at Gallaghers Hotel at 9am – in relation to Jack Barr & Sons Manufacturers Limited, Burnfoot.Last September the company was ordered to pay a total of €353,698 to the Revenue including €223,593 in taxes and €130,105 in interest and penalties.In a separate development, a Donegal publishing company has had a Judgement registered against it.Durgan Media Limited has had a Judgement registered against it for more than €1k by a Belfast-based graphics company. The judgement was registered on June 17th. CREDITORS MEETING CALLED FOR DONEGAL HOTEL was last modified: June 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BG Tyrescope housecreditors meetinghscreditors meetingsDurgan Mediadurganmedia.iejack barr and sons burnfootKillybegsletterkennylast_img read more

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first_imgGarda investigators examine the scene of last night’s crash.Garda investigators are still at the scene of a road traffic accident which took place last night between Dungloe and Loughanure in the townland of Craugheyboyle.Gardai have now confirmed to Donegal Daily that one woman has been seriously hurt as a result of the accident.The road will remain closed for another number of hours as Gardai carry out their work. Five emergency vehicles including NowDoc, fire crews and ambulances attended the scene last night.Initial reports suggested a vehicle has left the road but it is unknown how many occupants were in the vehicle.The accident has happened on a straight stretch of road at Craugheyboyle.     GARDA INVESTIGATORS STILL AT SCENE OF WEST DONEGAL CRASH was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportcrashGardaiLoughanurelast_img read more

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first_imgThe next outing in the Donegal Regatta season take place this Sunday on Dunlewey Lake. Hosted by Cloughaneely Rowing Club, Cumann na GCurach Ccf, this will be the first Skiff Regatta hosted by the club.Around 200 competitors are expected from the 10 clubs around the County. Racing will be extremely competitive as teams battle it out across 11 categories including U14, U16, U18, U21, Senior Ladies and Men as well as a Senior Mixed category.The location for the Regatta is the popular Ionad Cois Locha at Dunlewey making the Regatta a great Day out for all the Family.The Category Draws will take place at 12pm, with the first race off at 1pm.Skiff Racing has been on the increase over the past few years and now visits the Dunlewey area for the first time. So for a fun filled day with lots of thrills and hopefully no spills, Dunlewey lake is the place to be this Sunday.POPULAR REGATTA AT SCENIC DUNLEWEY LAKE THIS SUNDAY was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunlewey LakeREAGATTAlast_img read more