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Date: 16 Aug 17 09:03am
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Date: 16 Aug 17 04:51am
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Date: 16 Aug 17 04:33am
Tenders for relaying Government’s fibre optic cable in certain sections along Lethem to Georgetown are expected to be invited within the fortnight. This would increase the cost of Government’s E-Governance Project, which has a budget of US$32M, says Alexei Ramotar, Project Manager.Ramotar does not want to discuss the amount of money already spent on the project but stated that the unit is hoping to have all necessary information including the length of cable to be replaced; soil testing; and cost estimates to invite bids from interested contractors.Project Manager, Alexei RamotarThe affected areas include Mabura, Kurupukari, Annai, and East Bank Demerara Public Road.Physical works for the laying of the 560-kilometers cable began in April 2011. Poor weather conditions and the absence of appropriate equipment were cited for the slothfulness of contractors, Mekdeci Machinery and Construction (MMC), DAX Contracting, Dynamic Engineering and G. Bovell Construction Services, in the execution of the project.The contractors were expected to lay the cable beneath the surface but not all contractors were able to execute their tasks effectively, hence the need to relay sections of the cable in Mabura and Kurupukari. In addition, the supervising team hired (and later fired) was inefficient and the Unit did little or no monitoring during the project execution.Meanwhile, vandalism was responsible for the destruction of a piece of the cable in Annai. And, during the relocation of utility poles to facilitate the East Bank Demerara four-lane expansion, part of the cable was destroyed.With experience gained from the initial project, Ramotar said that the Unit would be collaborating with the Public Works Ministry to supervise the relaying project. Apparently, after some contractors did shoddy work, personnel from the Public Works Ministry were tasked with inspecting while the Unit did testing of the cable simultaneously.“Our engineers came out on June 27, after three weeks of testing, repairing and identifying areas that will require major repair works. There are several such areas, but we are still examining the results from the tests. Areas where repair works will not suffice will have to be redone.”“We have also installed all of our sites, Georgetown, Linden, Mabura, Kurupukari, Annai and Lethem and are testing the power and local site operations. We will then be connecting up with the Brazilian side and testing connectivity between Lethem and Brazil. Once completed, each individual link will be tested and then the full network, ” he stated.According to Ramotar, in an attempt to avoid vandalism the cable will be placed in pipelines below the surface in areas where there are bridges. He said that the cable would be of no value to vandals since its inside is glass and the exterior is rubber.Speaking on the other aspects of the project, Ramotar said that the Unit is using a modular data centre approach for the National Data Centre. The data centre has been installed and is undergoing extensive testing.He noted that a fibre ring has been built around Georgetown connecting the major Ministries and Government agencies. These include the Ministries of Health, Natural Resources and Environment, Education, Finance, Housing, Home Affairs, Brett Hundley College Jersey, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Guyana Revenue Authority, University of Guyana, Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission for the fibre optic outside plant.“Several other Ministries and Government agencies will be completed in August in a second phase that includes Office of the President and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, ” he said.“We have also connected into GPL’s fiber optic cable that will provide access to the West Coast up to Parika and connectivity for Linden/Wismar through our Lethem-GT fiber. Fiber has been run to UG and connectivity for the rest of the East Coast and Berbice is awaiting the completion of the GPL transmission line and substation project, Ramotar stated.In relation to the project’s microwave or long-term evolution, the Unit has 21 sites under construction. They are located at Helena, Cane Grove, New Amsterdam, Melanie Damishana, Foulis, Enmore, Lusignan, Beterverwagting, La Bonne Intention, Liliendaal, Cove and John, Georgetown, Eccles, Den Amstel, Zeeburg, Wales, UG, Suddie and Aurora.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 04:33am
Janette Mohamed is soliciting financial assistance to save her 13-year-old daughter, who is suffering from a heart condition that requires surgery at the earliest possible opportunity.Janette Mohamed (left) and her ailing daughter, Sheryann Martin.Janette explained that when her daughter, Sherryann Martin, was just a baby, she ‘would get blue’ whenever she cried. She said that on taking the child to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), O.J. Simpson College Jersey, she was diagnosed as suffering from the heart condition, which required the mother enlisting her daughter into the heart clinic at the GPHC.So far, the young girl has undergone two surgeries, one in Canada, when she was just two years old. The other surgery was performed in India last year. Now Sherryann’s life depends on this final surgery. Sherryann is suffering from TOF, non-confluent pulmonary artery, and is required to travel to India for surgery in March of next year. The cost of her life saving surgery is some US$6, 500. So far, her mother has accumulated only some G$300, 000.Airfare for Sherryann and her mother will cost about US$5, 000 to India, where the surgery is to be conducted at the Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Delhi.The mother, who resides at Fellowship Village, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, said that in desperation she would ‘walk from house to house’ in order to raise funds.Persons or entities interested in donating to the cause can call Naresh Jairam, President of Three Rivers Kids Foundation Inc. of Guyana, on phone number 225-7886, or Jeanelle Singh on phone number 905 891 6149, or mobile phone 416 879 6156.Persons can also contact Sherryann’s mother on phone number 683-2844.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 04:33am
In his latest report on the nation’s finances for the period of 2013, Auditor General (AG) Deodat Sharma highlighted instances within the Ministry of Home Affairs where millions of dollars were overpaid to defaulting contractors.Auditor General (AG) Deodat SharmaThis led to legal advice being sought from the then Ministry of Legal Affairs in an effort to recover the money.In the report on the country’s overall finances, Sharma said that for 2013, overpayments amounting to $22.1M were made on measured works on various contracts administered by Ministries, Departments and Regions, including the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Guyana Defence Force and Regions Four, Five, Six, Eight and Ten.In relation to the Ministry of Home Affairs, one contract had to be canceled following negligence from the contractor. Overpayment also occurred in the case of the Albion Police Station. Some $3.5M in materials was left outstanding.According to the AG report, the Ministry was unable to recover the sum of $3.4M overpaid on the contract for the construction of the new capital dormitory at the Georgetown Prisons. The contract was subsequently terminated due to an extreme lack of diligence on the part of the contractor.The Ministry eventually levied on the performance bond held at the Colonial Life and General Insurance Company Limited (CLICO). According to the AG, evidence was seen whereby the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to the Ministry of Legal Affairs seeking assistance and advice for the institution of proceedings against the contractor.A reminder was also sent to the Ministry of Legal Affairs on January 28, 2014 in an effort to conclude the matter.In ruling on this outstanding sum, the AG’s advice was for the Ministry to pursue the matter to finality with the relevant authorities.The report also highlighted cases of overpayment with regard to remedial works done on the floor, NFL Jerseys Supply, walls, roof, windows and doors at the Albion Police Station, totaling $3.5M. The Ministry subsequently wrote to the project consultants for a resolution, resulting in the consultant accepting responsibility.In this matter also, the Audit office recommended that the Ministry pursue the matter to recover the overpayment.Meanwhile, the contract for the rehabilitation of the Kamarang Police Station, which was awarded in 2010 to the tune of $3.3M, was also cited by the AG.According to the AG, amounts totaling $2.3M were paid on certified works for that year. A subsequent payment of $697, 150 in the year 2012 increased disbursements under the contract to $3.088M.An inspection of the works in that year revealed that a total overpayment of $1.2M had occurred as a result of twenty discrepancies in measured works, where payments amounted to $1.7M and actual works were valued at $508, 600.According to the AG, the Ministry was able to clear to the satisfaction of the Audit office an amount of $272, 750, leaving a balance of $1M to be recovered.The audit office recommended in the report that the Ministry make every effort to recover the overpayment and put systems in place in order to avoid any overpayments to contractors  in the future.
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