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Govt altered contract to favour Houston-Versailles location – Teixeira

first_img…Dutch consultant warned location’s cost will be higherThe Houston-Versailles location identified for the new Demerara River bridge is among the primary reasons the project is pegged at an astronomical US$170 million – not including the supporting road network and other hidden costs.An artist’s impression the vehicular flyover at Versailles, West Bank DemeraraDutch consultant LievenseCSO, who was hired to undertake a feasibility study for the new project with an initial design, found that by moving the bridge to the Houston-Versailles location some 2.2 kilometres north of the current Demerara Harbour Bridge, it will in fact attract significantly more traffic when it comes to oceangoing vessels.More trafficIn order to allow for smaller vessels such as trawlers, the bridge will as a result have to be constructed with a clearance height of 17.5 metres, close to 60 feet above the high tide water level.The consultant has documented in the findings of the feasibility report, “the main conclusion regarding river traffic is that the location strongly influences the river transit numbers”.According to the findings, if the bridge will be positioned at Houston, the number of trawlers passing will be high.But, with a bridge at the New Hope location, the number of oil tankers would be minimised and no trawlers at all would pass under the bridge, the consultant said.As a result of the 17.5m elevation in the bridge, the approach roads will have to be constructed with an ascending angle of at least six per cent.This means the height of the bridge necessitates a lengthy approach road complete with vehicular flyover, instead of what currently obtains at the existing bridge.The price tag identified in the feasibility study will include only a first phase for the approach roads meaning Government will have to foot the bill for the accompanying road network in order to use the bridge.Altered contractThis past week the political Opposition again questioned the rationale behind the selection of the Houston-Versailles location.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Gail Teixeira told media operatives that information coming to light suggested that the company had been asked to amend the Terms of Reference of the contract in favour of that location.Teixeira was at the time speaking during a press engagement at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.According to the PPP/Civic Chief Whip, “in fact, part of the change in Terms of Reference, which we have not seen, or the contract, or the Terms of Reference of the contract that this Dutch company had, that in the process the Government started to change what the feasibility study would look at.”Teixeira pointed out that the feasibility study – as was the case with the prefeasibility study undertaken under the previous Administration – was commissioned to research three sites.This, she said, has not been contested and is in fact the official pronouncement on the project; “however, at some time in this process, the Government amended, seems to have amended what were the terms of the contract for the feasibility study”.The parliamentarian told media operatives that the consultant was instead directed to focus on the Houston-Versailles location, and “there are many questions why that would have been so”.According to the PPP Chief Whip, there is no evidence of any public disclosure that the contract had either been terminated and renewed, or the original contract amended.Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo has publicly said the location was chosen in order to have the bridge land at a property owned by coalition financier Stanley Ming in order to see Government paying him yet-to-be disclosed ‘compensation’.Jagdeo has also railed against the cost of the project which the consultant pegged at US$170 million.The hidden costs, however, have also been raising eyebrows in recent weeks, such as the likely US$80 million that will have to be added to the overall price tag for the accompanying road network.Even more hidden costs that are expected to see the price skyrocketing even further and will in fact reorient the entire Demerara shipping passages.According to the Dutch consultant, in case the bridge is positioned at Houston, it would affect the nautical procedures between the present harbour limit and the existing bridge alignment.In the case of the river channel used by oceangoing vessels, a bridge at Houston will mean that the nautical procedures and ‘lead lines’ in the harbour area shall also have to be redesigned to ensure safe shipping.last_img read more

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Update – Heavy snowfall warning issued for South Peace

first_imgUPDATE – The snowfall warning has ended for the South Peace.  Environment Canada is still calling for snow in the South Peace for the rest of the day.B.C. South Peace River9:25 AM PDT Friday 22 October 2010Snowfall warning for B.C. South Peace River issuedSnowfall amounts up to 10 cm expected today.- Advertisement -This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.A pacific frontal system is moving through Northern British Columbia today. Snow is forecast for BC Peace River regions. Amounts up to 10 cm are forecast for BC South Peace River. Snow is expected to taper off to a few flurries this afternoon.last_img read more

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Video: Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal – Mkhitaryan’s best bits

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Pardew praises Newcastle’s character after ‘special’ win over Chelsea

first_imgNewcastle United manager Alan Pardew couldn’t hide his delight as his men handed Chelsea their first defeat of the season.Pardew’s excellent move to bring on Papiss Cisse for Remy Cabella was the turning point in the match and the Senegalese star bagged the brace which gave them victory.And he was quick to praise the character of his players as they hung on for the triumph despite a later Steven Taylor red card and consequent Didier Drogba goal.“That was about character [and] discipline against the best team, probably, in Europe at the moment,” he said on BT Sport.“At the start of the game I felt we stood off them a little bit and [Eden] Hazard was getting a lot of joy but we stuck at it and we were always a threat on the break.”“For us today, [it is] a special day. It’s a special day for Jak [Alnwick], a special day for a lot of our players. At the end there was a chance, I think [Didier] Drogba left it, and we had two players blocking the shot flying in and that sort of summed us up today.“We had a lot of our pace missing today – [Rolando] Aarons and [Gabriel] Obertan that started this little run that we’re on – but we’ve still got Moussa [Sissoko] and I thought [Ayoze] Perez who trialled away on his own did a brilliant job.“That kind of sums us up – we’re in it together, we’re all pulling one way, we know what we’re doing and our tactical plan stopped Chelsea today and worked quite well.“We’re absolutely delighted for our fans, delighted that we’ve given a little gee up to the Barclays Premier League because it now makes it a lot more interesting for everyone else. I’m sure Jose [Mourinho] won’t agree with that, but it’s been a great day for the Premier League.” Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew 1last_img read more

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Ten-man Bayern Munich end winless streak

first_imgBayern got back to winning ways in Wolfsburg the day after chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness slammed the media in Germany for “disrespectful and disgusting” reporting on star-studded Munich.Bayern worked for the win, playing the last half an hour with ten men after Arjen Robben was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.Head coach Niko Kovac left Thomas Mueller and Franck Ribery on the bench as Bayern broke their four-game winless streak in all competitions.Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead when he tucked away Thiago Alcantara’s dummied pass past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.It was the Poland striker’s first goal after drawing blanks in his last five games for club and country.With half-time approaching, Robben earned his first booking for a blatant dive in the area before Lewandowski struck again just after the break.The Polish striker latched on to William’s misplaced back pass and dribbled around Casteels to poke his shot into an empty net to make it 2-0.There were nervous looks in the Bayern ranks on 57 minutes when Robben was dismissed after a foul on midfielder Elvis Rexhbecaj.Wolfsburg pulled a goal back five minutes after Robben’s dismissal when Dutch striker Wout Weghorst buried the hosts’ first clear chance.James Rodriguez calmed any nerves in the Bayern ranks with a stunning shot inside the post 18 minutes from time.– Sancho nets in Dortmund romp –In Stuttgart, Dortmund remain four points clear after their attack of Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Alcacer ran riot with the trio all claiming first-half goals.Before kick-off, Dortmund’s sports director Michael Zorc revealed Borussia are set to make Alcacer’s loan stay from Barcelona permanent.The Spaniard demonstrated why with his 11th goal this season for Dortmund and Spain to become the league’s joint top-scorer.Fresh from making his senior England debut, Sancho, 18, put Dortmund ahead on just three minutes when he fired home after Reus’ shot was deflected into his path.Reus then made no mistake with his second chance for his fifth league goal of the season.Alcacer made it 3-0 after 25 minutes when his sublime chip beat the Stuttgart goalkeeper.The hosts tightened their defence after the break, but Dortmund deserved the win as Maximilian Philipp slammed home their fourth six minutes from time.Elsewhere, England junior international Reiss Nelson, on loan from Arsenal, scored twice as Hoffenheim warmed up for their Champions League game at home to Lyon with a 3-1 win at Nuremberg.RB Leipzig are third after a goalless draw with Augsburg which cost them their fourth straight win.Brazil defender Felipe was Hanover’s hero, then villain after scoring their second goal, but was then sent off in their 2-2 goal at Bayer Leverkusen, whose Karim Bellarabi scored a late equaliser.On Friday, Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 20, became the youngest player to score five goals in a Bundesliga match as Eintracht Frankfurt romped to a 7-1 win over bottom side Fortuna Duesseldorf.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring the first of his two goals © AFP / John MACDOUGALLWOLFSBURG, Germany, Oct 20 – Ten-man Bayern Munich ended their four-match winless steak on Saturday as Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg, a day after the club’s hierarchy launched an extraordinary attack on the German media.After back-to-back league defeats, Bayern leapt from sixth to second in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund who routed Stuttgart 4-0 with Paco Alcacer claiming his seventh goal in four Bundesliga games.last_img read more

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Guardiola would welcome UEFA Fair Play probe

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hoping for a swift conclusion to UEFA’s investigation over alleged breaches of financial fair play by the English champions © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEWATFORD, United Kingdom, Dec 5 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes a swift conclusion to UEFA’s investigation over alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) irregularities committed by the Premier League champions will silence the speculation surrounding the case.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said after an Executive Committee meeting of European football’s governing body on Monday that an independent body looking into the allegations made by German magazine Der Spiegel as part of their Football Leaks campaign would provide answers “very soon”. Reports on Tuesday claimed City could even be banned from next season’s Champions League should they be found guilty.Guardiola insisted the story hasn’t been a distraction to his players, as they moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday with a 2-1 win at Watford.However, the Catalan coach is hoping for an end to what he described as “voices” surrounding the club’s business.“If UEFA found something the club will make a statement and I’d like to do that because we will know exactly and to finish with these voices,” said Guardiola.“We will know if we did something irregular and if we didn’t do something irregular, the people is going to finish talking about it.”It is claimed City bypassed UEFA’s FFP rules, designed to restrict the losses clubs can make and therefore lavish spending on player transfers and wages, by allowing their Abu Dhabi-based sponsors to make cash injections and backdate sponsorship contracts.A member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, Sheikh Mansour, has owned City since 2008, transforming the club by investing billions of pounds in players and the club’s facilities.In a repeated statement City said they would not comment on what they described as “out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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COC’s Ryan goes D-I

first_img The top 28 finishers in last week’s Southern Section individual championship at Diamond Bar Golf Club earned automatic berths into the regional championship, which also is the final qualifier for Wednesday’s state championship. Loy shot 81 and lost in a five-way playoff for the final automatic berth, and Mannix shot 82 to miss the playoff by a stroke. Both wound up as provisional qualifiers, in the event any of the 28 individual qualifiers also get regional berths as members of regional-qualifying teams. Valencia already has one guaranteed individual regional participant in junior Tracy White, who earned that with an 80 in the individual section final at Diamond Bar, where she became the fifth Viking to post the team’s low score for a 2005 competition. Numbers game: Thursday’s section team final included six teams – Dos Pueblos of Goleta, Torrance, Wilson of Long Beach, Northwood of Irvine, Gahr of Cerritos and Arcadia – that qualified individuals for regional play, a combined six on Wilson, Dos Pueblos and Torrance teams that are three of the strongest in the section. Dos Pueblos shot 397 to win the Northern Divisional qualifier – its fifth consecutive title in that competition – and Torrance (380) and L.B. Wilson (381) finished 1-2 in the Eastern Divisional. Valencia, 32-2 and ranked No. 1 in the Daily News area, also is one of the stronger teams in section. The Vikings finished second in Tuesday’s Northern Divisional at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, where they shot a school-record 403 and were the clubhouse leaders before Dos Pueblos got a 77 from its final scorer. If Valencia advances as a final-four team out of sectional play to Monday’s regional, all Valencia starters – Loy, Mannix, White, Kristin Tayo, Andrea Ferris and Jenny Kim – can compete for state berths as individuals as well as members of a competing team. The top three teams and top six individuals in the regional championship qualify for the state final at PGA of Southern California Golf Club in Beaumont. Should any of the top six regional individuals also be members of state-qualifying teams, that would open more berths for members of non-qualifying teams. Back in the final: No. 2-ranked Hart (30-6), which handed Valencia its only two Foothill League losses this season and also defeated the Vikings in the Keppel Tournament – won by Hart – made its second consecutive appearance in a section final Thursday. The Indians qualified with a third-place finish in the Northern Divisional, led by Eleanna Tan’s 78. Tessa Harp, Ashley Redmond, Ashley Windsor, Krystal Pieracci and Lindsey Rollins were the other starters for Hart, which shot 424. Timely shooting: Foothill Leauge MVP Loy, who shot 2-over-par 73 at River Ridge to share tournament medalist honors, said Valencia is playing its best golf at the best time of the season. “We’re playing really well right now,” she said after the Vikings concluded their best showing ever in a postseason event. “Everyone is within 12 shots of each other on our scoring. We’ve got to play well enough to get here and then play well when it matters.” Scholarship watch: Foothill Leauge tournament champion Mannix of Valencia has accepted an offer from UC Riverside, and Loy is considering UC Riverside, Georgetown and Columbia. “I haven’t made any decisions,” said Loy, who has a near-4.3 grade-point average.” Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 dave.shelburne@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The former Hart standout helped the Indians go 46-0-1 in his final high school season, then led Canyons in scoring as a freshman, when he nearly won the conference scoring title. Ryan followed that with a strong summer in tournament play, challenging for the title in the Pasadena City Amateur and winning a tournament in Fresno. Prep postseason: Valencia seniors Stevy Loy and Michelle Mannix went into Thursday’s Southern Section team final with increased chances of advancing to next week’s Southern California Regional championship. They were in position to advance to the regional as members of a qualifying team, if Valencia finished in the top four of the 16-team sectional final at Indian Hills Golf Club. Or, one or both of them had a chance to advance to Monday’s regional final – at SCGA Golf Club in Murrieta – as individual participants, depending on which four teams qualified for regional out of the section championship. College of the Canyons will be defending its Western State Conference men’s golf championship without its top scorer from 2004, and COC coach Gary Peterson couldn’t be happier. “That’s what we’re here for,” he said after Matt Ryan accepted a scholarship offer from Fresno State. The Canyons coach said that although he would miss Ryan, creating the opportunity for players to move on to compete in the four-year ranks – especially at a NCAA Division I program – is the purpose of community college golf. It is unusual for JC players to move on to a four-year program after just one season, but Peterson knew he had a special talent in Ryan before the Cougars started the 2005 season. last_img read more

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Sharks fans pack downtown San Jose to watch amazing Game 7

first_imgWhat a game. It was exhausting just watching it, but what an amazing ride. And what an amazing night to be in downtown San Jose.There may have been thousands of screaming San Jose Sharks fans inside the Shark Tank, but it seemed like there were just as many packing every place downtown that had a TV. From SAP Center to San Pedro Square and South First Street, the slogan “This is Sharks Territory” has rarely felt so true.The weather was California perfect and fans showed up early to party at …last_img read more

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The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour is on the road again

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Monday, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour’s eastern leg departs from Columbus, Ohio and will head west over the next 4 days to get a close up look at crops throughout the corn belt.The tour’s primary goal, is to provide the industry with accurate late-season information about likely corn and soybean yields during the upcoming harvest season at the state and regional level, and this year many in the ag industry, and not just farmers, will be watching to see if yield estimates on tour will match up with USDA’s August crop estimate figures.“When we talk with traders there is a high level of skepticism over that 175.1 for a national average corn yield and even for the 48.9 bushel per acre soybean number,” said Pro Farmer’s Editorial Director Chip Flory.On the eastern leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour teams of scouts will be taking samples of random corn and soybean fields and those scouts will be miles from home.“We’ve got 12 foreign countries represented on the tour this year,” Flory said. “It’s become a global event and we respect that and we are very careful about how we handle the data and do it in a very transparent way so there isn’t any questions about how we do things out there in the field.”There will be daily results released as the tour makes nightly stops in Fishers, Indiana, Bloomington, Illinois, Iowa City, Iowa and Rochester, Minnesota. Those estimates will be raw data without any spin or perspective added to it.“When we release the Pro Farmer crop estimates on Friday, that is when we really try to evaluate the crop conditions that we saw throughout the week, in detail, to go along with the raw data collected all week,” Flory said.Nearly 1400 samples of corn and soybeans will be collected over the week on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, which covers almost 80% of the U.S. corn and soybean growing region.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins is on his 5th straight tour, taking part in the Eastern Leg again this year. You can follow his coverage at OhioAgNet.com and on Facebook and Twitter with #PFTour16.last_img read more

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Last minute tips for managing soybean disease prior to planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As I was digging weeds already out of the garden this weekend and looking at the buds on the trees, it looks more like early May rather than early April.  Either way we are getting our seed together for research plots and checking our list of locations to begin for what is already an unusual season.  While the rain is keeping us at bay, here are some reminders of last minute checks and to-dos before it turns into those crazy long days.Sample for SCN.  We’ve always recommended sampling in the fall after a soybean crop.  This is primarily due to when SCN populations will be the highest as well as more time in the fall to sample these fields.  Fall sampling has not been ideal the last few years.  This year it is very unlikely that there was any winter kill of eggs, those that are not protected by the cyst wall.  Based on Laura Lindsey and Terry Niblack’s recent survey most of our fields have some SCN and they are below the economic threshold.  However, there were also some surprises and we know historically that once populations get super high (more than 15,000 eggs/cup of soil or 60 cysts) that it is very difficult to get those populations to drop with just crop rotation.  Not to mention the consistent loss in yield over time. The top fields to target this spring would be:Fields where the yield is consistently 10 to 20 bushels off your farm or county average.Fields that have been in continuous soybean (for more than five years)Fields that have a proliferation of winter annuals or cover crops that are also great hosts for SCN (legumes, purple dead nettle, and Sheperd’s purse)For a refresher on how to sample for SCN, here is a link to sampling by one of our newly minted Ph.D. students (#8 in the series)  https://plantpath.osu.edu/about-us/multimediaCheck your varieties — what are the disease resistant scores.  Most farmers in Ohio know which fields have had diseases, Phytophthora root and stem rot, Sclerotinia stem rot, Frog eye leaf spot and replanting due to seedling diseases.  All of these are best managed with resistance.  Each company uses a different scoring system.1 to 9 – where 9 is dead and 1 is little to no disease1 to 9 – where 9 is best – top rating and 1 is tons of disease and plants are dead.As you look at these ratings you are going to see that most of the varieties are in the range of 3 to 7 — in the middle. This is because the resistance that we most commonly deploy takes many genes (quantitative) to manage the particular disease and under conditions that are highly favorable for disease development some disease will occur.A good example is Sclerotinia stem rot. Varieties with the highest resistant ratings will develop 6% to 15% incidence under high disease conditions, well below where overall yield loss can occur.Do you have a seed treatment? Is it the right package for your conditions? Replanting is costly.  From a seed, herbicide and delayed planting perspective. In Ohio, soybean seedling pathogens are very diverse and include the watermolds (Phytophthora and Pythium) as well as true fungi (Fusarium spp. and Rhizoctonia). All of these are very well managed with seed treatments, but there is not one fungicide that will control this plethora of pathogens. The mainstay, metalaxyl/mefenoxam is very good for P. sojae and some Pythium spp, the same is true for ethaboxam.  A strobilurin will have efficacy towards some Pythium spp. and some true fungi.  Fludioxonil and several other chemistries will manage Rhizoctonia and Fusarium. The key for today’s seed treatment mix is to be sure you have several fungicides in the package,that will actually mix and work well together.last_img read more

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