Government apartments a big mistake, waste of scarce resources – fmr CH&PA Director

first_imgThe stated move by Government to engage private developers to construct apartment buildings for among others, State employees, is being met with resistance. The move by Government comes even as thousands of Guyanese are currently waiting on the processing of their house lot applications.Former Director of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) Board, Mohamed Khan, has called the proposed move by Government not only a big mistake, but also a waste of scarce resources.Khan, the former CHPA Director, was at the time responding to reports that several hundred acres of land has been identified for housing, including the building of homes and apartment buildings for State employees.According to Khan, apartment buildings were built in 1989 by the late Hugh Desmond Hoyte’s Government but this had failed. He pointed to the cost of maintenance of those apartments by the occupier as being “huge and was milking them of their resources.”Speaking to some of the problems that had arisen out of the Hoyte’s apartment building programme, Khan pointed to constraints on the part of the occupier of the unit who was made to carry out all work ordered by any competent public authority in respect of the apartment.“Many of the occupiers couldn’t enjoy the common property in the manner for which it was designed; often there were complaints of noise nuisance and hazard to the occupier by an occupier of another apartment.”According to Khan, “my take on this whole issue is that Guyana has 83,000 square miles with a population of about 700,000 people, and still the present and previous Governments have been finding it hard to find land for the 10,000 outstanding applicants.”He said “with 83,000 square miles of land, every Guyanese should be able to own a big plot of land to build their house and have land space to do some subsistence gardening which will help augment their small income, but it seems to me we do not have good planners in the Government systems to guide our Ministers.”According to Khan, when the Government builds apartments, the occupiers will have no space to plant a kitchen garden or even a flower garden, “so what kind of planning is this… This plan will have little or no impact on the applicants’ needs.”He posited that an evaluation of the nature and forms of housing in Guyana for over three decades to 2016 would lead to the conclusion that there had been no recognisable policy and programme in place. “There was a better policy in 1972 under the National Development Plan, where the house lots were bigger with all the necessary infrastructure in place before the applicant occupied their land in the schemes.”Khan reminds that at the time, the Central Board of Health inspectors had to inspect the new schemes and make sure that all infrastructure was in place before the first and second certificates were issued to the Ministry of Housing.It was pointed out too that in October 1992, when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic took over the reins of Government, it removed these requirements and applicants were given plots of land without the infrastructure in place, in order to facilitate the fast-tracking of certificates of title so the owners could secure mortgages from the banks to build.The size of the house lot was reduced and the price skyrocketed 10 fold, according to Khan, who suggested that the applicants had no choice because they were badly in need of a piece of land to build a house; many of them were living in rented houses working for a small salary.“When this new Government first took office on May 11, 2015, they too followed suit, issuing small house lots at the same price without the basic infrastructure in place.”According to an advertisement in the State-owned newspaper, the Government will be embarking on several projects emanating from its strategic objectives as it relates to Housing for low-income and State employees.The development is slated to be undertaken along the East Bank of Demerara (EBD), the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and in Georgetown.As such, expressions of interest are currently being invited.The project is expected to be undertaking in three phases – phase one will entail the executing of infrastructural works including land preparation the construction of roads, drains, heavy-duty bridges and the installation of a water distribution network. The second phase according to the Ministry’s invite will be the construction of apartment buildings and single flat houses. The final phase will be the construction of social infrastructure such as recreational facilities, commercial facilities, educational and health facilities.The areas identified comprise underdeveloped lands at Little and Great Diamond, EBD; Cummings Lodge, ECD; and La Penitence, in Georgetown. Some 150 acres of land has been identified for development in Diamond – lands that had been previously used for cane cultivation.Lands identified in Cummings lodge totals 99.31 acres while another 2.3 acres have been identified in La Penitence.last_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S NATIONAL SCHOOL MAKE A RAINBOW FOR RELAY IN THE SUNSHINE

first_imgThe students at St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe made the most of the good weather this morning when they set off on their Rainbow Relay walk around the town.The students and teachers who were joined by several parents and Relay for Life committee member, Liam Porter, all wore bright colours for the walk – symbolising the many different coloured ribbons associated with various cancers. “The aim of the rainbow walks is to raise awareness of cancer – schools don’t need to raise any funds to do this, but of course if they choose to do so they can. The main aim though is the awareness and it was great to see the children dressed in their various colours enjoying a walk through the town on a glorious day,” said Liam. “I am sure some people in the town will have been wondering what the walk was about and as conversations happen about that, it raises awareness of Relay for Life and its aims of helping the Irish Cancer Society continue with its fantastic work in Donegal,” Liam said.He added: “The pupils from the older classes were all very much aware of the reasons behind the walk and were very keen to take part and it was great to see the effort they made for the day.”Liam is hoping that other schools across the county will follow the example set by St Eunan’s over the next few weeks.“I’m hoping other schools will take some time and organise their own walk at a time that suits them over the next few weeks. It doesn’t even have to be outside the school grounds. A walk around the school yard even can help raise awareness and if any school would like to organise a walk or find out more they can call me on 0862657758 or e.mail lporter@eircom.net,” Liam concluded.  ST EUNAN’S NATIONAL SCHOOL MAKE A RAINBOW FOR RELAY IN THE SUNSHINE was last modified: May 16th, 2014 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:Liam PorterRaphoeRelay WalkRelay WeaSt Eunan’s NAtional Schoollast_img read more

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Intra-African trade ‘a matter of urgency’

first_img26 August 2011 Supporting intra-Africa trade should be a matter of urgency, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe. “The recently launched agreement for the establishment of the Tripartite Free Trade Area has made it more urgent to promote intra-Africa trade, and that should be at the top of the continent’s economic agenda,” Thabethe said at the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum in Cape Town on Wednesday. The free trade area centres on building Africa’s biggest free trade bloc, merging the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC). “Strengthening trade and investment links with the continent is a key policy priority of the government, both to benefit our economy and more importantly, those of our partners on the continent.” Thabethe said African countries had the potential to develop into modern industrialised states that could compete on the world stage, due to their richness in natural resources. The forum, hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, took place on the second day of the state visit to South Africa by Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, who was accompanied by a strong business delegation. On Wednesday the department, through Trade and Investment South Africa, also signed a memorandum of understanding on trade investment the Ghanaian Investment Authority. Since 2003, bilateral trade between the two countries has been growing, with annual trade statistics indicating South African exports to Ghana to the value of R2.523-billion and imports from Ghana worth R84.275-million. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgFilipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathon Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Batang Gilas splits opening day matches, eyes top-two berth

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippine youth team vies for a top two spot in Pool A Friday night after splitting its first two assignments in the Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.Led by Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu, Batang Gilas looks to win over Poland and Turkmenistan to advance to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The young Filipinos kicked off their campaign with a 19-17 triumph over Israel before falling short against the favored Netherlands, 13-10, Wednesday night.Edu and Juan Gomez di Liano fueled the Philippines’ comeback against Israel that turned an 11-14 deficit into an 18-15 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBatang Gilas also rallied to tie the Netherlands at 10, but Maik Bouwer sealed the win for the top seed.The Netherlands topped Pool A at 2-0 in Day 1, while the Philippines—with Encho Serrano and Rhayyan Amsali also in the lineup—wound up tied at 1-1 with Israel and Poland. Turkmenistan remained winless in two outings. Bradley: Pacquiao still can fight vs young guys Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the next round.Last week, the Philippine men’s 3×3 squad bowed out in the first round with a 2-2 record in France. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Virender Sehwag catches up with India’s women cricketing stars

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag met up with the stars of the India women’s cricket team who reached the final of the World Cup last month and lost to England by a mere 9 runs.Sehwag took to Twitter to share an image of his meet with Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Raut and Rajeshwari Gayakwad.Sehwag was elated after meeting the girls and said, “What a joy and pleasure to meet these wonderful girls who make us so proud.”What a joy and pleasure to meet these wonderful girls who make us so proud.@ImHarmanpreet , @vedakmurthy08 Jhulan, Ekta,Poonam & Rajeshwari pic.twitter.com/2oG1oXbHvf- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 4, 2017Wishes and rewards have been pouring in for Indian women after their stellar performance at the World Cup where they defeated the mighty Aussies in the semi-final.India captain Mithali Raj was gifted a BMW for her team’s wonderful performance in England along with her personal accomplishments on the road.While veteran Jhulan Goswami dished out an outstanding bowling performance in the final, Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant 171* against Australia steered India to the final of the tournament.Poonam Raut also scored a century in the tournament and was a stable figure in the Indian batting line-up. On the other hand, Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari Gayakwad both registered a five-wicket haul each against Pakistan and New Zealand respectively.last_img read more

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