$545M contract signed for creation new housing schemes

first_imgGovernment through the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) will be fast-tracking the development of two new housing schemes on the East Bank of Demerara, following the signing of several contracts on Tuesday at the agency’s Brickdam, Georgetown office.Seven firms were awarded with contracts to complete roads, drains, culverts and other infrastructure works at the Peter’s Hall – Phase 2 – and Providence – Phase 4 – housing schemes. The contractors for the project are Chung’s Global Enterprise, Guy-America Construction, Eron Lall Civil Engineering Works, Colin Talbot Contracting Services, H Nauth and Sons, KB and B Contractors and Romell Jagroop General Construction.CEO of CH&PA, Lelon Saul (Centre) and Projects Director, Omar Narine (right) with the contractors (standing with their contracts in hand)Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lelon Saul said on completion of the works, 368 persons will be issued with house lots in these new schemes in November. The investment for this critical housing project is $545.8 million.Saul noted that these contractors were selected through a fair and open tender process. “Those who would have satisfied the requirements were evaluated and were deemed suitable to execute the work. The process was overseen by the National Procurement and Tender Board,” he said.The CH&PA CEO also urged the contractors to ensure the works are completed in a timely manner. “I trust that you will adhere to the terms and conditions of the contract which you signed. If you fail to do so, as an agency, we will be forced to take appropriate actions,” Saul said to the contractors on Tuesday.Director of Projects at the CH&PA, Omar Narine, said he was confident that the projects will be completed on time as some of the contractors have done work for the agency previously. He also revealed that works will begin in June and are expected to be completed within next five months. According to him, there will be construction of 5.4km of crusher-run roads, construction of 10.4 earthen drains, construction of 47 concrete culverts, and insulation of 5.4km pure water distribution network.In January, $1 billion was put towards general infrastructure works at Peter’s Hall and Providence on the East Bank Demerara (ECD) and Cummings Lodge in Greater Georgetown. These works also included construction of roads, drainage, land preparation and the installation of electrical distribution networks.Meanwhile, the development of two lots at the Perseverance Phase III housing scheme, which began in 2017, is expected to be completed this year. In 2017, works were completed in Section B and D Non Pariel, East Coast Demerara, Farm Phase II East Bank Demerara, and Zeelugt Phase III East Bank Essequibo.last_img read more

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Goodwill San Diego selects new chief executive officer

first_img Posted: March 13, 2018 March 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Goodwill San Diego selects new chief executive officer SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of San Diego County announced Tuesday the successor to existing Chief Executive Officer, Michael S. Rowan.After an extensive nationwide search by an executive recruiting firm, Toni Giffin has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.She follows Mr. Rowan who is retiring March 15 and served San Diego Goodwill for 35 years.“Toni’s experience has prepared her well to lead our organization into the future,” said Jonathan Tibbitts, Chairman of the Board.  “We interviewed many excellent candidates but ultimately Ms. Giffin’s exceptional leadership skills and vision for the organization best fulfilled the requirements of the position.  We are extremely fortunate to have her as our next leader.” Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Goodwill San Diego FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Initiative to Reform Overhead Spending Aims at Wrong Target Analyst Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The proposal by House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to trim spending on the Pentagon’s fourth estate by 25 percent is unlikely to generate the promised savings as most of the department’s management functions reside within the military services, Gordon Adams, a White House budget official for national security programs during the Clinton administration, writes in an op-ed in Defense One. “The services would love to divide up some of these larger functions among themselves, rolling back consolidation, regaining funds they once controlled — and recreating the management inefficiencies that led to centralization in the first place,” Adams states.The Defense Business Board previously found that 70 percent of overhead spending occurs within the services, not in the cross-defense activities which Thornberry’s proposal targets. Significant savings could be achieved, Adams argues, by carefully scrutinizing overhead budgets. “It is not clear Thornberry and his colleagues want to take on that real management challenge,” he concludes.last_img read more

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ISKCON sets up immersive 360 degree full dome at Mayapur

first_imgKolkata: ISKCON has set up an immersive 360 degree full dome at Mayapur to preach the message of harmony and world peace.The hi-tech theatre was officially launched for public viewing on the auspicious occasion of Narsingha Chaturdashi on April 29.It may be recalled that during her visit to Mayapur in February, Chief Minister had assured the ISKCON authorities every cooperation in their attempt to declare Mayapur as a World Heritage Centre. Full dome refers to immersive dome based video projection environment where the viewer is surrounded by the video projection in a hemispherical angle view. The dome horizontal or tilted is filled with real time or pre-rendered computer animations, live captured images or composite environments. Even though astronomy is the most common topic, there are no content limitations and is used for hyper realistic presentations, explained Sridama Das, a native of New Zeland and the main mind behind setting up of the theatre. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Top grade technology is used which is at par with the best theatres in the world to give a spiritually riveting audio-visual experience”, he added. The theatre has a capacity of 108 seats and is centrally air-conditioned. Currently two highly immersive films are running in Bengali and English in alternate shows. First film is named, The Churning, a unique look at the Samudra Manthan pastime (Lila) of Lord Vishnu using classic paintings from the books of His Divine Grace Swami Prabhupad, founder Acharya of ISKCON with additional immersive 3D graphics inside a 360 degree setting. Second film is 9 steps to eternity, which explores Nabadwip and the 9 forms of devotional service to please Lord Krishna.Every year Mayapur, is being visited by more than 6 million devotees, pilgrims and tourists from different parts of the world.Full Dome films on esoteric subjects like Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagvatam, Chaitanya Charitamrita and other Vedic literature in an enlivening manner.last_img read more

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Passion for job can be cultivated too

first_imgIf you are not happy with what you are doing for a living, do not be quick to give up as researchers say passion too can be cultivated and you may well enjoy the very job you earlier disliked.The findings offer assurance to those who have not — or have yet — to find what they are passionate about: If you can not discover your passion, you can learn to develop it.“We can choose to change our beliefs or strategies to cultivate passion gradually or seek compatibility from the outset, and be just as effective in the long run at achieving this coveted experience,” said the study’s lead author Patricia Chen, doctoral psychology student at University of Michigan in the US. The dominant mentality is the belief that passion is attained through finding a fit with the right line of work, or “following one’s passion”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An alternative mindset is that passion can be cultivated over time as one gains competence in a line of work. Researchers examined people’s expectations, choices and outcomes associated with each of these two mindsets — termed as the “fit theory” and “develop theory”.They found that both mentalities are similarly effective at achieving vocational wellbeing. People with the fit theory tend to select vocations that they enjoy from the outset —an indication of compatibility that is important to them. In contrast, people with the develop theory focus on cultivating passion and fit over time. “Thus, they are more likely to prioritise vocational characteristics other than immediate enjoyment, such as pay,” Chen said. The findings suggest contrary to popular wisdom, a love-at first-sight experience is not necessary when evaluating a potential job. The findings appeared in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.last_img read more

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Muscular men favour inequality in society

first_imgMen with higher physical strength, like well-built muscules, are more likely to favour inequality in society as well as have apathetic political attitudes towards redistribution of resources, according to a study. “The study shows a stronger correlation between physical strength and political attitudes…(it) supports that raw physical strength is indeed the decisive factor,” said Lasse Laustsen, Associate Professor from the Aarhus University in the UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the researchers, the findings may help explain the paradox of why some men with limited financial resources still favour financial inequality although they would in fact benefit from a greater redistribution of resources. “Our analysis suggests that these men expects to be able to rise in the hierarchy on their own. And once they reach the top of the hierarchy, an unequal society will increase their chances of maintaining that position,” said Laustsen. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study, published in the journal Political Psychology, takes a cue from the study of animals which explains that physical strength shapes the conflict behaviour of animals. If animals are larger and stronger than their rivals, they are prone to attempt to assert themselves in the struggle for status and resources. However, if they are weaker than their rivals, they are likely to withdraw from the conflict. In the new study, the same logic applies to modern men when they reason about political conflicts about the redistribution of resources in society, the researchers said. “Today, physical strength is highly unlikely to affect how big a share of society’s resources you are able to acquire. However, our data shows that physical strength nonetheless continues to affect men’s political attitudes towards redistribution,” Laustsen added. For the study, the team measured and asked about the physical strength of 6,349 participants who belonged to different nationalities. The results showed that men who trained their upper-bodies for two months became more positive towards inequality. However, no link between physical strength and political attitudes concerning women was observed.last_img read more

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