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India’s Govt willing fund additional cost – Diplomat

first_imgFormer Indian High Commissioner Venekatachalam MahalingamOgle/Diamond bypass roadThere is a possibility that the Indian Government would provide the additional funding that will be needed to construct the much anticipated East Coast/East Bank Demerara Bypass Road.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of road, which will provide an alternative route connecting the East Coast of Demerara at Ogle to the East Bank at Diamond.The preliminary cost of the project was pegged at US$104 million. However when he presented the 2019 budget last year, the Finance Minister revealed that the projected cost is some US$120 million and as such, Guyana will either have to approach its bilateral partner for more funds or just await revenues from the impending oil and gas sector.However, former Indian High Commissioner to Guyana Venekatachalam Mahalingam recently told Guyana Times that his Government could come up with the extra funds but there will have to be a formal proposal from the Guyana Government.“There had been informal discussions between the Government of Guyana and the Indian High Commission a couple of times. I have also flagged this issue to my government and I don’t think there will a problem to get additional finances from the government of India because we wouldn’t want to leave the road halfway,” he stated.Mahalingam, who wrapped up a five-year tour in Guyana last month, explained that with the oil revenues that are expected to be streaming in after oil production commences early next year, getting additionally money is more likely.“I’m also going to tell my successor (Dr. K. J. Srinivasa) that this might happen and we should look at it positively to finance the extra cost so that whole road is financed by the Government of India,” the former High Commissioner noted.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, a 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to India-based RITES Limited. The consultants have submitted a Detailed Project Report detailing the draft final design of the bypass road.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the National Assembly in May that the project is turning out to be much of a bigger scale than previously envisioned.“What was previously envisaged when the loan was taken was a single road linking house lot developments (but) what has been designed and is being reviewed at the moment is a dual carriageway, which is not just for linking house lots; it is actually an additional new entry way into the city. So it’s is new bypass road (design), so therefore it is vastly improved than what was initially perceived,” Patterson had told the Committee of Supply as he successful sought additional funds.The Minister requested an additional $67.410 million to cover payments for consultancy services provided by the Indian firm as well as to carryout preparatory works on the route earmarked for the new bypass road. He explained that along the area identified for the new link road, there is a ‘swampy’ section and part of the monies sought will be injected into clearing that area.“The surveyors would have walked the entire length from the East Coast all the way the pass Diamond and Grove (on the East Bank) and then encountered a swampy section of about 30 acres of swamp land. So as we have the time now, we want to drain that so that by the time we start construction – hopefully very shortly – it will be drained and ready to have the road (works started)… The scope of the works is obviously enormous… (and) the more we can do upfront will make the project far easier when we do come to full implementation,” Patterson explained.When the final design is approved by government, the project will go to tend for a contractor, which will also be an Indian firm.This Diamond-Ogle Bypass project will see some 26 kilometers of road constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfare. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These includes Diamond, Mocha, Eccles – all on the East Bank – and Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown.Technical Services Manager attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine, had previously explained to the Guyana Times that the road will be a four lane main alignment with a 40 metres reserve in the middle. According to Erskine, government is looking, sometime in the future, to use the reserve in the middle for a rapid rail that would run from the Timehri airport to Ogle in a short span of time.This was confirmed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan bank in March.“[The bypass road] is being designed to cater for a rail system in the middle so we don’t have to break up the road if want to go down a railway [system in the future] and with the kind of resources we expect from oil and so on, a high speed railway will become a reality of getting from Georgetown or East Coast straight to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport,” Jordan had stated.Furthermore, plans are also afoot for major developmental projects along the new road including housing schemes and commercial outlets. Meanwhile, the Coalition government has indicated its intention of extending the bypass road from Diamond all the way to the CJIA in Timehri. This extension will come under a second phase of the project. Erskine had revealed that sometime this year, the Public Infrastructure Ministry is hoping to move ahead with the design consultancy process.In an effort to reduce traffic congestion for commuters on the East Bank of Demerara, which leads to the country’s main point of entry – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the previous People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) regime initiated the bypass road project to link the East Coast to East Bank and subsequently sought funding from the Indian Government before leaving office in 2015.last_img read more

Mel Gibson got star treatment from deputies

first_imgHollywood heiress Paris Hilton might have gotten a Coke and a smile from Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies during her stint in jail last summer, but the department went even further for errant actor Mel Gibson. In a review released Thursday into whether movie stars who run afoul of the law get preferential treatment, an investigator found that three deputies involved in the drunk-driving arrest of Gibson violated policy – including driving Gibson to a tow yard to pick up his car. Deputies violated policy by hustling him through the release process and not obtaining his palm print and the required signatures before release, said Office of Independent Review Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco. And after his release, a sergeant gave him a lift to get his car. Baca denied that the report was sanitized or that Gibson was treated differently than other suspects. And he defended the early release of Hilton, citing overcrowded jails and an undisclosed health condition. Gennaco, whose office oversees the Sheriff’s Department, said that during his review, evidence did not support allegations that Hilton was allowed to use a cell phone in jail or received other perks. Still, he said, an investigation is continuing into whether a sheriff’s employee inappropriately gave her a Coke and food and took a picture of her in her cell. In the Gibson case, however, Gennaco said his review found policy violations by three deputies who have since been disciplined by the department. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday that the department is drafting protocols on how to handle celebrity arrests and the type of information that will be released to the public – especially from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s station. “I don’t believe we do treat them specially,” Whitmore said. “I think we treat them differently, as we treat any inmate with special needs. “But our deputies are aware now that the whole world is watching, so let’s make sure we address the special needs of inmates based on the content of those needs and not based on friendships, not based on influence and not based on any other item other than those special needs.” Softer on Gibson The shift comes as Baca has long been described as star-struck and accused of giving preferential treatment to celebrities. Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, said he was surprised the review found that the department went softer on Gibson. “It seems like it took awhile, but it’s good that they did find some problems and the Sheriff’s Department didn’t just sweep it under the rug,” Stern said. “When you step back and think about it, an ordinary citizen would not have gotten a ride to a tow yard. It’s pretty obvious he got preferential treatment, but for them to say so is laudable, and they actually disciplined people.” Gibson’s arrest in summer 2006 and Hilton’s incarceration this summer sparked renewed complaints about perceived unequal treatment and celebrity justice by the Sheriff’s Department. In Gibson’s case, the furor erupted after allegations were made that the department sought to suppress the allegedly inflammatory statements Gibson made, Gennaco wrote in his report. A sheriff’s spokesman had originally told the media the arrest was made “without incident.” Afterward, the department launched a criminal investigation to determine who leaked the police report to the media. That investigation is still ongoing. Internal inquiry An internal investigation by the department found that when the report was first prepared it contained a description of inflammatory statements Gibson allegedly made during the arrest. The initial response by lower-level supervisors was to order that those comments be stricken from the report, Gennaco wrote. The captain agreed, but directed his subordinates to instead prepare a supplemental report. The captain’s intent was to preserve all the relevant information about the remarks, but to present the case to the District Attorney’s Office “in a way that would limit the media’s initial access,” Gennaco wrote. “In spite of speculation that the sheriff or other top department executives directed this action on behalf of Mr. Gibson, the unit commander indicated that the decision to segregate the remarks was solely his,” Gennaco wrote. “The subsequent investigation revealed no evidence that this decision, or any other decision about the treatment of Mr. Gibson, was suggested or influenced by anyone higher in the department hierarchy.” While the decision on how to “package the information and describe the arrest” did not violate department policies, Gennaco said it points out the need to create a thoughtful and systemic approach on handling similar scenarios in the future. In the Hilton case, allegations of preferential treatment arose after Baca released her to home detention shortly after her incarceration. There also were other allegations that while in jail she received new uniforms, special mail deliveries, improper phone access, a freshly prepared and steam-cleaned cell, and undue consideration from supervisors. “The outrage over `celebrity justice’ that attended her initial release was understandable and even predictable,” Gennaco wrote. “However, it also largely overlooked the fact that Ms. Hilton had already served far more time than other individuals convicted of the same offense in Los Angeles County.” As for her treatment in jail, Gennaco wrote, it was determined that when Hilton walked past other inmates, they were ordered to face the wall. “A critic could certainly portray this as an extreme over-indulgence of one person’s sensibilities at the expense of the many,” Gennaco wrote. “However, it is a sound security procedure to require inmates to turn away whenever someone classified as being at a heightened risk of attack by inmates is moving through the jail, as it gives escorting deputies more time to react if another inmate attempts to initiate an assault. “Prior to Ms. Hilton’s arrival in jail, there were several stories of inmates bragging that they would try to attack her. Therefore, this precaution appears to have been justified and prudent.” [email protected] 213-974-8985 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s very rare to have an arrestee being driven to a tow yard so they can pick up their car,” Gennaco wrote in the report. “And in Malibu, the tow yard was 11 and a half miles away.” Hilton controversy The report culminates months of controversy ignited in June when the Sheriff’s Department released Hilton from jail after just three days. She originally was ordered to spend 45 days behind bars for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless-driving case. Under state sentencing guidelines for awarding “good time” for days served, she was expected to serve 23 days. The department and Sheriff Lee Baca also came under widespread criticism when reports surfaced that Gibson went on an anti-Semitic tirade during a weekend arrest on suspicion of drunk driving and that Baca ordered details of the outburst eliminated from a deputy’s report. last_img

The most likely result in every Championship match this weekend

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 latest MONEY Most Popular Championship News 6 Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki Blackburn Rovers v RotherhamBlackburn win – 45 per cent chance of happeningRotherham win – 26 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happeningBolton Wanderers v Swansea CityBolton win – 29 per cent chance of happeningSwansea win – 42 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happening SHOCK Birmingham City star Kristian Pedersen beats Sheffield Wednesday’s on loan midfielder Joshua Onomah. Derby County boss celebrates knocking Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup. 6 6 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update AJ reacts after Hearn reveals he is on verge of being forced to vacate world title The biggest clash of the day sees Leeds take on West Brom in the evening kick-off and the game could easily go both ways though, but we wouldn’t like to predict what the outcome will be. Instead we’ll leave it to some people with fantastic knowledge and a tested system.FiveThirtyEight have crunched the numbers and given the likeliness of each outcome in every game, but what do they think will happen? Find out below.*All figures are rounded and may not total 100 per cent 6 LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap POLITICS Joshua on verge of being forced to vacate a world title, frustrated Hearn admits QPR will be looking for another win Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Sheffield United v Sheffield WednesdaySheffield United win – 60 per cent chance of happeningSheffield Wednesday win – 17 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 23 per cent chance of happeningBirmingham City v Hull CityBirmingham win – 46 per cent chance of happeningHull win – 25 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happening Middlesbrough v Wigan AthleticMiddlesbrough win – 61 per cent chance of happeningWigan win – 13 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 26 per cent chance of happeningNorwich City v MillwallNorwich win – 49 per cent chance of happeningMillwall win – 24 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 27 per cent chance of happening Can Leeds United stay top of the Championship table? Tom Carroll in action for Swansea City. gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Bristol City v Preston North EndBristol City win – 47 per cent chance of happeningPreston win – 25 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 28 per cent chance of happeningDerby County v Aston VillaDerby win – 46 per cent chance of happeningAston Villa win – 26 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 28 per cent chance of happening Reading v Ipswich TownReading win – 46 per cent chance of happeningIpswich win – 26 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happeningWest Bromwich Albion v Leeds UnitedWest Brom win – 39 per cent chance of happeningLeeds win – 33 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 28 per cent chance of happening revealed BEST OF 6 MANDATORY Saturday is here and we’ve got 11 Championship games to get stuck into.Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday got the weekend underway live on talkSPORT 2 as they played out a 0-0 draw, thanks to Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson who saved a penalty The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Watch astonishing moment heavyweight out on his feet turns tables and floors prospect Nottingham Forest v Stoke CityNottingham Forest win – 33 per cent chance of happeningStoke win – 38 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happeningQueens Park Rangers v BrentfordQPR win – 32 per cent chance of happeningBrentford win – 40 per cent chance of happeningDraw – 29 per cent chance of happeninglast_img read more