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Hope Canal… says cost was deliberately underestimatedThe forensic audit conducted into the Hope Canal Project has revealed that a whopping $4.1 billion was expended on the project that was initially pegged at $3.6 billion.According to the audit report of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), conducted by Nigel Hinds, the budgeted cost of the project was $3.6; however, upon its completion in May 2015, the purported cost was listed as $3.4 billion.“However, our findings indicate the cost of the project was over $4.1 billion,” the auditor stated.Hinds explained that Hope Canal was substantively funded from the PetroCaribe Fund and all payments for the project were done through the Finance Ministry. He noted that the Ministries of Finance, Agriculture nor the NDIA were able to locate the contract agreement or loan terms for such a massive contract.Nevertheless, Hinds said they reviewed the documentation that was available at the Finance, Procurement and Engineering Offices at the NDIA during which several revelations were made.It was pointed out that in addition to the monies paid by the Finance Ministry, the NDIA also paid significant sums from its own funding for the years 2013 and 2014 in the sum of $166,596,644 and $90,817,833 respectively. This total amount of $257,414,477 excluded the cost of fuel supplied.The auditor noted no information was available for years 2010, 2011 and 2015. Moreover, they stated that the NDIA supplied some 1,927,844 litres of fuel to the Hope Canal Project between June 2011 and May 2015, which amounted to a total of $402,919,396.In addition, Hinds said that 14 super long reach excavators were purchased between 2009 and 2012 for the Hope Canal Project at the cost of $441,628,000, but the Finance Office is showing $466,862,450 were paid for 13 excavators and one bulldozer between 2009 and 2012.“The dates do not correspond with the information shown for the Hope Canal Project. Documents were not available to verify dates of acquisition and amounts paid for equipment purchased directly for Hope Canal Project,” the auditor pointed out.He went on to outline that from a list prepared by staff of the Finance Ministry, it showed that 18 units of machinery were dedicated to the Hope Canal Project over the years of construction. Then an additional four units with an estimated value of $90,000,000 were added.Furthermore, two pick-ups were purchased for $8,400,000 from AINLIM for the project; however, registrations and invoices to verify ownership and cost were not available.According to the auditor, the information provided to them indicates that the project cost of the Hope Canal Project amounts to $4,119,294,616.“We were not able to obtain any information from the Ministry of Agriculture to confirm whether any payments for the Hope Canal Project were made through its records as was done in the case of NDIA. We were unable to obtain all the documentation to compute the actual cost of the project as it would appear that deliberate efforts were made to understate the actual cost,” Hinds posited.He stated that the NDIA, the Agriculture and Finance Ministries were unable to access the Loan Agreement to determine the parties to the contract, the terms of the loan and the method of repayment.The auditor pointed out that any finance cost would increase the cost of the project as it has to be capitalised; and given the non-availability of critical information, it is reasonable to infer that the Project exceeded its original cost from the information gathered. He said additional work needs to be done to access all information to determine the true cost of the project and the sources of finance.Hinds pointed out that the Chief Executive Officer had explained that part of the increased cost was maintenance work done because of the prolonged time to complete the project and should not be treated as part of the project cost. “We did not share this opinion because project cost will include all cost incurred up to the point of completion,” the auditor said.He also noted that the Project was supervised by external consultants CEMCO and SRKN, who provided monthly reports on the progress of the Project which were reviewed by Wordsworth. Additionally, the NDIA hired two consultants namely Paul Sarran and Surendra Singh to assist with various aspects of the Project.
But, Vihiga did themselves a world of favor beating Nakumatt with Posta Rangers who occupied the play-off slot heading into the final match day playing to a 0-0 draw with Kakamega Homeboyz in Kakamega.In the other matches, Chemelil Sugar played to a 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo as Nzoia Sugar produced a 2-0 win over AFC Leopards in Mumias.With the result, Nzoia moved to 13th, with 41 points, Chemelil 14th with 39 while Posta Rangers finished with 38 points at 15th, just one above Nakumatt who slumped to the dreaded position 16.Vihiga United’s Michael Kigadi attempts to find a way past Nakumatt FC’s Clinton Kisiavuki during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe relegation battle of the weekend though was at the Ruaraka Complex where Vihiga and Nakumatt, separated by three points in the standings faced off. While Nakumatt needed a win at all costs, even a point would have sufficed for Vihiga.Within the opening quarter hour of the game, not wanting to take anything to chance, Vihiga had already put one foot into survival grabbing a quick 2-0 lead thanks to some schoolboy play from Nakumatt.Amos Kigadi broke the deadlock in the fourth minute thanks to a well-executed counter from the visitors. Nakumatt winger Timonah Wanyonyi attempted to pass a freekick low from a good scoring range and it instead was intercepted at the wall.Kigadi was sent through and he raced away, skipping past keeper Philip Odhiambo before slotting into an empty net.Nothing was going right for Nakumatt. Their passing was awful and they lost ball after ball, the bumpy nature of the Ruaraka pitch not helping matters for them.They found themselves 2-0 down after 11 minutes, Vihiga hitting the second through Michael Isabwa.The visitors doubled their tally in text-book route one football. With only three touches of the ball from deep in their half, they were on the second goal.Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng heads the ball away under pressure from Nakumatt FC’s Jack Bruno during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSkipper Bernard Ochieng struck a freekick from the edge of their own box to the right of the opponent’s box, Kigadi rising to knock down the ball and Isabwa finishing off with a sweeping volley that left keeper Odhiambo dazed.With danger looming and the possibility of the play-off now more real than ever, Nakumatt started getting into the game and pressing Vihiga in their own half.In the 25th minute, skipper Kevin Thairu’s shot from distance after being teed up by Joe Waithira but the Nakumatt keeper made a good save. The shot stopper was on top of his game once again on the half hour mark when he leaped well to his left to parry away a Kyata Amani freekick.Nakumatt kept punching in the Vihiga backline to get a goal back and some adrenaline to get all the points, but they could not get a goal.Five minutes to the break, they came close once again when Amani’s cross from the right was met by Waithira’s header, but it deflected behind for a corner.Nakumatt FC players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Vihiga United at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half Nakumatt came in with some bit of increased pressure, the half time pep-talkby their American coach Melis Medo seemingly doing some magic.They chased from the onset and came close in the 70th minute when impressive John Avire’s shot from the left went inches wide.But, Vihiga were sitting back and waiting for the opportune time to strike. They almost did that in the 73rd minute when a long ball landed on Kigadi at the edge of the Nakumatt box but his shot was turned behind by Nakumatt keeper Odhiambo.Minutes later, Chris Masinza broke the offside trap well on the right, squared the ball to Kigadi who was at the edge of the six yard box, but the striker could not hit the ball on target under pressure from Faina Jacobs.Nakumatt dug deeper in the final minutes of the game, but their finishing was not up to par. They sunk their heads in the ground at the sound of the referee’s final whistle, knowing only too well the play-off is a lottery they need to play with utmost care.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vihiga United players celebrate one of their two goals against Nakumatt FC during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Nakumatt FC will contend the promotion and relegation play-off with either Nairobi Stima or Ushuru FC after losing 2-0 to Vihiga United on Sunday evening at the Ruaraka Complex.Heading into the final day of the season, there were up to five teams who were in danger of dropping to the play off slot. Vihiga, Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil Sugar, Posta Rangers and Nakumatt were all staring at the possibility of dropping off the top tier.
A DONEGAL Senator expressed his outrage today after it emerged a worker at Glenveagh National Park has been given a written warning because of his work for the Irish language.Donal Ó Cnaimhsí, a gardener in Glenveagh National Park in Donegal, was threatened with dismissal after he criticised the Government’s Gaeltacht Bill in his capacity as spokesperson for Guth na Gaeltachta.The Irish language newspaper Foinse is reporting today that the Gaoth Dobhair man has now received a written warning and been told he cannot speak about it. There was uproar from Irish language groups earlier this summer when news of planned disciplinary action was revealed.Reacting to the Foinse article today, Senator Brian O Domhnaill said: “It is absolutely disgraceful the manner in which this young man is being treated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.“Mr.Ó Cnáimhsí is a Gardener at Glenveagh National Park and has no direct input whatsoever in Irish Language policy formation within the Department.“The agenda being adopted by the Department is extremely questionable and represents an undemocratic silencing of an individual who has given much by way of voluntary contribution to the GAA, Local Community and in particular the Gaeltacht and the Irish Language.” M Ó Cnaimhsí, who had been acting as spokesperson for Guth na Gaeltachta, wasn’t available for comment today.But a friend said: “Even if you do get him, he won’t be able to speak to you.”Foinse reports that lawyers are planning to use European freedom of expression laws to get the written warning quashed.Foinse is out today, inside the Irish Independent. FURY AS DONEGAL WORKER GETS WRITTEN WARNING FOR HIS WORK FOR THE IRISH LANGUAGE was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
THE GAA may ask Donegal to return to Croke Park for their first National League game in February, Donegal Daily has learned.The All-Ireland Champions are pencilled in to start their league campaign on the first weekend in February, probably Sunday the 3rd.But GAA bosses are working on the idea of Donegal playing Kildare and Dublin playing Cork in a floodlit double header on the evening of Saturday February 2. The provisional fixture list is below with times and venues to be re-arranged.Sunday February 3rd at 2pm:Donegal v KildareSunday February 10th at 2pm:Donegal v DownSunday March 3rd at 2pm:Donegal v TyroneSunday March 10th at 2pm:Donegal v Kerry Saturday March 16th at 7pm:Donegal v CorkSunday March 24th at 2.30pm:Donegal v MayoSunday April 7th at 3pm:Donegal v DublinGAA: DONEGAL COULD MAKE EARLY RETURN TO CROKER was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: DONEGAL COULD MAKE EARLY RETURN TO CROKER
A CO DONEGAL ladies GAA club is quitting Facebook as a reaction to online bullying.The Ardara girls teams will quit the social networking site throughout the month of February.The decision was made in an effort to raise funds for the club, and to send a message to online bullies. Parent and coach Thomas Boyle said it was a reaction to that.“We needed new training tops for the underage girls and we were looking at how to raise funds,” he said.“We thought it would be a good thing to do for sponsorship so all of the girls are leaving Facebook throughout the month of February.“It is also a response to recent deaths of children as a result of what happened to them online.” As part of the campaign Donegal Daily is making a donation to the Ardara Ladies GAA club.Other parents in Donegal are also launching a new campaign to close down the Ask.fm site after a huge increase in the number of cyber bullying incidents in the county. DONEGAL LADIES GAA TEAM QUITS FACEBOOK was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL LADIES GAA TEAM QUITS FACEBOOK
Colin Farrell produced this amazing oil painting as a tribute to former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.This amazing oil painting by Colin Farrell (Not the Hollywood film-star) has received wonderful plaudits after being unveiled earlier this week. Letterkenny based artist Colin Farrell, produced the painting as a tribute to the former Donegal manager who departed from the Donegal job a fortnight ago.McGuinness is a much revered figure in Donegal following his hugely successful tenure as manager. McGuinness was the county’s most successful ever manager, landing three Ulster titles, and one All-Ireland in an incredible four-year period.Colin painted the wonderful picture above of McGuinness, as a tribute to the impact the charismatic Glenties man has had on the whole county since taking over the Donegal GAA Senior team in 2010.Colin is employed as a graphic designer with Letterkenny based business 3-D Issue, but as you can see from the painting above is a supremely talented artist.Originally from Dublin, Farrell’s been a resident of Letterkenny for the best part of a decade now, and is an adopted Donegal man as you can see with his tribute painting to the great man that is Jimmy McGuinness! COLIN FARRELL PRODUCES AMAZING OIL PAINTING OF JIM MCGUINNESS! was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colin FarrellFeaturesJim McGuinnessnewsOil Paintingtribute
Apparently what’s good for the GOAT is good for a four-time, first-team All-Pro.On Saturday, Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown posted a video on Twitter giving fans a glimpse of his workout regime, which includes tossing a brick from hand to hand while moving side to side and back and forth. A trainer peppers him with encouragement: “Keep it going, yup! Rhythm baby, rhythm. Do this all day.”Somewhere Jerry Rice, whose legend was built on a foundation of countless bricks, is nodding his …
Mandela Day 2018 launch – a centenary celebration Yesterday 23rd April 2018, the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched Mandela Day at the Constitution Hill in honour of the legacy of Madiba and placing emphasis on the culture of volunteerism.The Foundation invited all to play a part in building a society inspired by the values of the global icon – Nelson Mandela. The centenary celebration campaign prompts global citizens to take #ActionAgainstPoverty, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.“It is important that we use the capabilities we have, wherever we are stationed in life, in a way that dismantles the unequal structures of power and protects the most vulnerable. All of us must commit to continuing Madiba’s work; fight poverty and inequality; strive to eradicate the growing scourge of racism; and reckon with the history of oppression”, said Mr Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Constitution Hill was bustling with various stakeholders who exhibited their respective Mandela Day initiatives, calling on citizens to sign up and play their part to contribute to Mandela Day and the betterment of the country.The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Obama Foundation also made an official announcement that President Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture under the theme “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World” in Johannesburg at the Ellis Park Arena on the 17th of July 2018.As a build-up to the lecture and Mandela Day, citizens are encouraged to make every day a Mandela Day. There are various initiatives for citizens of all races and ages to play their part and give 67 minutes of their time to the less fortunate and #ActionAgainstPoverty.Some stakeholders took to social media to share their initiatives planned for Mandela day: @HFHSouthAfrica 21m21 minutes ago At @NelsonMandela Centenary Celebration launch today. Book your team for July’s ‘100 Houses for 100 Families in Honour of 100 Years’ in KZN, JHB and CPT: email@example.com or call: +27 81 840 7968 #rememberingmandela #BeTheLegacy @ZeldalaGrangeSA 47m47 minutes ago Launching our #MandelaDay plans as #BikersforMandeladay #B4MD during the Nelson Mandela Foundation centenary celebration launch. 14 July Mass Biker rally Cape Town – Paarl 15 July Mass Biker rally Johannesburg – Tshwane Details tbc @Absa 2h2 hours ago Like the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we believe in being an active force for good, which is why we’re proud to support them. And to mark the lead up to uTata’s 100th birthday, we’re inviting you to help write the new chapter of Madiba’s legacy. #TheNewChapter #MandelaDayFollow the conversations; www.brandsouthafrica.com and www.nelsonmandela.org
India and the US are headed for a major row over Indian religious sentiments attached to the cow, for which US-origin dairy products are banned in the country. Read it at Economic Times Related Items