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More than two years past the deadline, a $3.6B man-made canal critical to help drainage on East Coast Demerara, is nearing completion with just few minor works left to be done.According to Government officials on Friday, contractors are concluding a few aspects on both the canal and the high level discharge sluice in time for the December 31 deadline.The project was launched in October 2010 and funded directly from the coffers – an initiative that Government said was the largest of its kind using public funding.A view of the Hope Canal Bridge, completed in February 2014The Hope Canal, as it is known, linking the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) and the Atlantic Ocean, on the north, was conceptualized after the crippling 2005 floods which left East Coast Demerara under water and billions of dollars in losses.According to Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, in a Government statement giving an update on the project, which had been delayed time and again, Hope Canal which many viewed as almost impossible, and which was heavily criticised, is almost operational.During an inspection visit to the project Friday, Ramsammy noted that the entire project has been under intense scrutiny and criticism, and by very experienced professionals. “We are thankful for their ideas; we are thankful for their input, but sometimes we all have to come together when we are doing important things; things that are needed; things that are new.”He called for the older, experienced engineers to help the younger ones. ”Guyana will not be able to stand as is. If we are going to progress we will have to bring new things that many of the young engineers may not have had experience with, but so too have the old experienced professionals.”Excavator completing the tying of the embankment to the bridge and the high level discharge sluiceWhilst the project benefitted from input aboard, it was conceptualised, designed and constructed by Guyanese professionals. Ramsammy insisted that 20 years ago such a project would not have been possible in Guyana.“Even if we had conceptualised it then, we would have had to bring in international consultants,China NFL Jerseys, international engineers to design and even bring international contracting firms. This thing was built by a Guyanese contracting firm with Guyanese staff and was designed and put into place by Guyanese professionals.”Accompanying Minister Ramsammy on the site visit was Chief Executive Officer (CEO,) of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA,) Lionel Wordsworth, who noted that the authority is currently concluding some remaining aspects of works on both the canal and the high level discharge sluice, for the December 31 deadline.The super structure of the high-level sluice was expected to be completed yesterday.The Hope Canal eight-door high level sluice at the Atlantic Ocean end which is almost completed.He noted that the eight gates are already in place and what would follow are the installation of the lifting mechanism, the cementing of the very top and the construction of a control room, all of which are expected to be tied up by year-end. All that will remain is some landscaping work that will be done in the New Year.Wordsworth said that at the head regulator, during the week, the engineers started opening and closing the gates. “Not (by) allowing water to come through, but to make sure that they close freely the way we want to before we make that final cut in the conservancy dam to make that connection to allow water to come into the channels.”The engineers are also working on connecting the canal to the two other structures. “We would have had in place, whilst construction was going on, some accesses across the channel to allow movement of equipment, fuel and such, and we are now in the process of removing those and tying the  embankment to the bridge, and of course the high level discharge sluice,” Wordsworth explained.Government is also working to cut a new access road for residents who live in the area.All the super structure of the Hope Canal project is set to be completed by December 31. The project itself will become operationalised in early 2015, the Government statement said.The $3.6B,Wholesale Jerseys From China, four-component project comprises a canal, a high-level sluice outfall structure,NFL Jerseys 2018, a conservancy head regulator and a public bridge. The latter was completed and commissioned last February.The 10.3km canal will allow excess water from the conservancy to drain into its via the three-door sluice at that end,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, and run along the excavated channel and spilling into the Atlantic via the eight-door high-discharge sluice structure.Government had signed a contract with consulting firm CEMCO on March 19, 2009 to deliver design options. The value of that design contract was some $56.4M.Using long-boom excavators, Government turned to its engineers for the canal but had contracted out the bridge and the sluices to private construction firm.To justify the project, Government had argued that East Demerara area alone, in the MMA section, there is an estimated 30,Cheap Jerseys From China,000 hectares earning US$1,000 per hectare, which translates to around US$30M. If half those crops are lost when the flood waters are released on the land, that would account for US$15M in lost revenue – the cost of the project.

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The Alliance For Change (AFC) is adamant that Moses Nagamootoo is perfect for the post of Speaker of the National Assembly.This was expressed by Chairman of the AFC,Jerseys From China, Khemraj Ramjattan,Cheap Jerseys Online, during the party’s weekly press conference at their Fourth Street,Cheap Jerseys From China, Campbellville, headquarters yesterday.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is recommending Senior Counsel,Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, Ralph Ramkarran, to return as Speaker while A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) has endorsed attorney-at-law, Deborah Backer.Leader of the AFC, Raphael Trotman, whose name was up in the air has withdrawn.Moses NagamootooIn noting Nagamootoo’s qualities for the post of Speaker of the National Assembly, Ramjattan said that the former PPP stalwart has legal knowledge, was a part of the legal Constitution Reform Commission, and has an understanding of the needs of parliament and its functions in the country. He also has the capacity to be assertive and diplomatic when required.“He is as consensual as it can get.”Acknowledging that the opposition parties have a list of priorities for Parliament,Jerseys Wholesale, Ramjattan said the political parties must discuss and come to a compromise hopefully for the best interest of the country.A lawyer by profession, Nagamootoo has long said that he was earmarked for the leadership of the PPP, after Dr. Cheddi Jagan, who led that party back to power in 1992,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, died. However, that claim was refuted by the PPP.Nagamootoo has been largely silent in recent years and was not elected back into the party’s senior hierarchy.In recent months, he was highly critical of the PPP/C administration and finally ended speculations that he was considering leaving the party, when he announced his endorsement of the AFC.

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With a brief ceremony on Saturday,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Courts Guyana Inc. officially opened the doors of its spanking new Parika store to the general public.The construction of this much larger edifice will offer customers over 5,000 square feet of shopping space, which is an increase of over 70% of the previous area.After prayers by religious groups, and welcome remarks by the Parika branch manager, Pamela Humphrey, Universal Academy’s Joyanne Ramnauth recited an exciting dramatic poem dubbed ‘Unity,Wholesale NFL Jerseys,’ which evoked much laughter and applause from the sizeable audience.Commerce Minister Manniram Prashad (centre, back row) and the Courts team pose outside the new store.Addressing the invitees, Courts Country Manager Lester Alvis said that he was delighted to announce the launch of the new store, noting that the increase in store space will allow Courts to display and offer a much wider range of merchandise,Cheap NHL Jerseys China, from which customers can make their selections.He pointed out that the branch in Parika has become an integral part of the community, emphasizing that this significant investment in the venture is a tangible demonstration of the furniture giant’s long term commitment to serving the residents of the West Demerara and Essequibo communities long into the future.He noted that Courts is committed to providing the widest range of quality products at the most affordable prices, backed up by exceptional service and a range of credit facilities which make it possible for everyone to buy what they need for their homes.In closing,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, the Country Manager expressed his gratitude to the Parika RDC and other stakeholders who have contributed towards making the new project a reality,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, and to Courts’ valued customers, whose exceptional support has made the investment possible.Immediately following the Country Manager’s remarks, Universal Academy’s Janelle Grimmond executed a brilliant interpretive dance,Cheap NBA Jerseys China, which paved the way for Regional Chairman (Region # 3), Julius Faerber’s brief speech.Faeber said he was more than pleased to be among those attending the launch, indicating that Courts’ services in the area over the years have impacted positively on residents. He called on other corporate businesses to invest in the area, which has tremendous potential for investment and sizeable returns.Tourism Minister Manniram Prashad, in his address, noted that he was indeed happy to be a part of the venture, emphasizing that Courts ‘made the difference’ when it introduced its hire purchase payment plans like ‘a breath of fresh air’ to the public several years ago.The minister said low income employees can now enjoy the necessities of life for an affordable cash value, compliments of the furniture and electrical appliances giant.Minister Prashad noted that Courts has set a style and high standards with its many charitable ventures, and has become “a good corporate citizen.”The minister urged other businesses to follow suit, stating also that with each new Courts outlet comes immediate employment for many locals.He applauded the entity for its high class management style and entrepreneurial skills.A ribbon-cutting and plaque-unveiling ceremony followed, before those attending retired for light refreshments.(Alex Wayne)