first_img Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Opposition Leader wants details on Layou River restoration contracts by: – October 31, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Hector John. Image via: uwpdm.comLeader of the Opposition United Workers Party Hector John has indicated that his party need information with respect to the companies contracted to dredge the Layou River following the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in July.The Matthieu Dam which collapsed on the 27th of July, 2011 caused the Layou River to overflow its banks and as a result damaged properties, agriculture, livestock and businesses.Disaster Management Officials have warned that due to the rise in the river bed, the Layou area is prone to flash flooding and have erected signs to warn the general public.Mr John told a press conference with media workers last week that the Opposition UWP requires the government to explain the terms of the contracts awarded and to whom.“After three months of the disaster of the Matthieu Dam we are hearing that the government from Monday has contractors on the river doing some excavation. We would like to know the name of the companies on the river, the terms and conditions of the contracts with these companies on the Layou River.”John further stated that the government also needs to inform the public whether they have made arrangements with land owners in Layou in order that their property could be used for stock-piling of the excess silt.“We also would like to find out if there were agreements with the land owners on the banks of the river because you have a lot of stock piling to do and you need property to do that if you want to clear the river, he said.Mr John also stated that “we would also like to find out who is the government engineer responsible to oversee the excavation works on the Layou River”.According to John these points are pertinent and need to be clarified as the Layou River situation is a serious one which affects the entire west coast communities.“It is very important and we need to get some information because we have not heard anything coming to the public on what is going on at the Layou River. We are just seeing barcoes and heavy equipments on the Layou River so we need some clarificationMeantime John says the livelihood of the residents of Layou have been affected since the collapse in July.“It is a serious, serious disaster affecting the people in that area especially farmers, they do not have access to their farms in Layou Park area and we do not have access to the country through that interior road. The livelihood of the people of Layou, the fishing, agriculture and also employment opportunity for the young men of Layou and St. Joseph who worked on the Layou River during the tourist season in terms of river tubing; all these people are at home.”According to Mr John, “farmers were promised $500.00 each by the government sometime in August they had that meeting in St. Joseph and they have not received that, we had damage to our Agricultural Station on the west coast; the only one in the Layou Valley area and to damaged private property”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


first_imgMcCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Five IMCA divisions are in action during Junction Motor Speed­way’s Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16 Barb Nunnenkamp Memorial McCool 100.IMCA Modifieds race for $775 to win both nights, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $675, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $525 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500. Mach-1 Sport Com­pacts chase a top check of $200 on Sunday.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Nebraska State points will be awarded both days.Entry fees are $70 for Modifieds, $60 for Northern SportMods, $50 for Stock Cars and $40 for Hobby Stocks; entry fees postmarked after Sept. 12 are $90 for Modifieds, $80 for Northern SportMods, $70 for Stock Cars, $60 for Hobby Stocks and $20 for Sport Compact.Pit gates open at 10 a.m., the grandstand opens at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 4 p.m. both days.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for ages five and under. Pit passes are $25 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday.More information is on Facebook.last_img read more


first_imgDubai: On the eve of the marquee clash against India, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Tuesday acknowledged the pressure of the high-octane match but maintained that as players the approach to every game remained the same.”There’s always pressure in India-Pakistan games. We’ve told our players, not just this game, consider every match as an India-Pakistan game if you want to win the event. There’s pressure, but we’re trying to not let it affect us, and perform well,” Sarfraz said in the pre-match presser.”As players, we take India-Pakistan match very normally, but when the match comes up, the sort of hype that’s created – TV channels discuss it, there are small programmes on social media so the hype has an impact.”But the players are told that whenever there’s an India-Pakistan match, you will try and play like you play any other game.” he added.Sarfraz also dismissed the cliches surrounding the battle between Indian batting and Pakistan’s bowling, saying he hoped it to be a good contest.”A lot of people say this game is between Pakistan’s bowling and India’s batting. But I don’t believe that.””If you see the past season, our batting is doing well, and bowling is also doing well. I feel it’ll be a good contest and I am hoping we put on a good show,” he said.On being asked if he expected another contest on the lines of last year’s ICC Champions Trophy final in England, which his side won handsomely, the Pakistan stumper preferred to start afresh.”It was a time in the past and it is gone now. It was obviously a memorable match for us and that will remain in our minds forever,” he said.”The players who were part of that game will remember it throughout their careers. But it is a new event now, new atmosphere, the conditions are completely different. So we’ll try to ensure that the momentum that we’ve got from the first game, we’ll take it forward,” he added. IANSlast_img read more


first_imgThe Chinese construction company, CNQC, is expected to turnover for dedication today the Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit, ETU, being constructed at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville.A local senior staff of the Chinese construction company, Amadou Kamara, speaking to reporters Monday, said the ETU is equipped with highly functional and complete supporting facilities.He said the 100-bed facility is expected to be manned by at least, 160-specialized medical personnel from China, in collaboration with their Liberian counterparts.                                             According to him, it will be very exciting that the ETU constructed by the Chinese Government has been completed to join into the fight against the deadly Ebola virus under the joint effort of the Chinese Peacekeeping Engineers and CNQC.At the same time, Mr. Kamara has expressed satisfaction over the level of cordiality among local staff and their Chinese counterparts.He said despite the slow pace in the country’s economy due to the widespread Ebola, CNQC has never relented to pay them their regular salaries.CNQC, a major Chinese Construction Company in the country, has undertaken several major construction projects including the Ministry of Health, Grand Royal Hotel, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more