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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Sterling praised after debut

first_imgRaheem Sterling won praise from manager Roy Hodgson after the Liverpool youngster made his England debut against Sweden.The 17-year-old from Harlesden was involved in the first England goal in their 4-2 defeat and caused the Swedish defence problems before being substituted late in the game.“I thought the debutants were good, all of them did fine and I am certainly a wiser man than before this game going into 2013,” said Hodgson.“We were undone by some individual brilliance and maybe a bit of inexperience,” he added. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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eNews Channel Africa launches in UK

first_img21 August 2012 South African independent television news network eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), formerly known as eNews Channel, has gone global, offering UK viewers African news coverage and content through the Sky pay-TV platform. Rebranded eNews Channel Africa on Sunday, the channel launched its 24-hour news service to UK viewers through the Sky digital satellite platform, which boasts more than 10-million subscribers, on Monday. On Tuesday, South African President Jacob Zuma congratulated eNCA on their move, “which contributes positively to the development of the broadcasting industry in our country and in Africa. “We sincerely hope that the outcome will be the provision of an avenue for Africans to tell their own stories to the world in their own words and perspective,” Zuma said in a statement. eNCA Africa editor Chris Maroleng told Business Day that the establishment of the UK network would allow for more objective international reporting on the African continent. Africa was often covered by the international media “in the form of stereotypes” presenting it “as a continent pervaded by doom and gloom,” Maroleng told Business Day. The eNews African Edition, appearing during UK prime time, will provide an African perspective on Africa, working from bureaux in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi. eNCA, available to African DStv subscribers on channel 403, offers its special daily pan-African news broadcast for Sky pay-TV subscribers on channel 518 from 21:00 to 23:30, repeated later. Patrick Conroy, group head of news at eNCA, said South African and African viewers would still get to see the same content locally, from 00:00 to 06:00. “But Sky viewers get that first, because we want to see if we can grow the appetite for not just South African news, but from the rest of the African content as well.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Crop insurance options for producers facing delayed harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) said producers with Federal crop insurance that are experiencing a delay in harvesting their crop and potentially have a loss should contact their Approved Insurance Provider (AIP) to file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest. The late maturing crop coupled with extremely wet and wintery conditions this fall have extended harvest for producers across the Midwest.Brian Frieden, Director of RMA’s Springfield Regional Office, reminds producers who have federal crop insurance coverage and are experiencing delays in harvesting their crop to contact their crop insurance agent to file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest.Producers must file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest before the end of the insurance period, so that Federal crop insurance claims are settled based on the amount of harvested production. For producers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, the end of the insurance period for corn and soybeans is Dec. 10.AIPs may allow additional time to harvest, on a case-by-case basis, when all of these conditions are met:The producer gives timely notice of loss to his or her crop insurance agent.The AIP determines and documents that the delay in harvest was due to an insured cause of loss.The producer demonstrates that harvest was not possible due to insured causes, such as wet conditions preventing access to the field with equipment or that harvesting under such conditions would damage equipment.The delay in harvest was not because the producer did not have sufficient equipment or manpower to harvest the crop by the end of the insurance period.When an AIP authorizes additional time to harvest:The end of the insurance period is not extended. Rather, the producer is granted additional time to attempt to harvest the crop to settle any loss based on harvested production.Any additional damage to the insured crop during the extension period is covered provided it is due to an insurable cause of loss like excessive moisture.The producer’s crop insurance policy will cover loss of quality (as specified in the crop provisions), reduced yields, and revenue losses if revenue coverage was chosen.The cost of drying the harvested crop is not covered.More information on requesting assistance due to delayed harvest is available on RMA’s website.Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and on the RMA website.last_img read more

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