… says Chinese contractor “woefully” behind scheduleThe Public Infrastructure Ministry is unhappy with the progress being made by China Harbour EngineeringCHEC workers engaged in pile driving recently on the US$150 million CJIA Expansion ProjectLtd (CHEC) on the US$150 million Cheddi Jagan International Airport Extension Project and has since decided to haul in the contractor for a meeting to address the unsatisfactory issues.According to a statement issued by the Ministry on Wednesday, among the concerns to be addressed is the fact that CHEC is still to submit the final construction drawings of the new arrival terminal building.This complaint has been a recurring problem with the CHEC team which has time and again failed to meet deadlines in submitting critical designs for approval.The Ministry has also identified among other problems, the keeping of the agreed schedule for the completion of the project and has signalled a proposal which would see the “fast-tracking of the project via simultaneous works to the runway/new arrival terminal building and renovations of the existing terminal building.”Additional manpowerThe Ministry has proposed to CHEC that works on the new terminal be conducted in parallel with works on the existing building and runway, but said too that it is cognisant that “this proposal will require additional manpower and equipment to achieve the December 2017 deadline.”Among the other contractual concerns listed by Government with regards to the controversial Chinese contractor – CHEC – is the timely delivery of concrete onsite; the procurement schedule for equipment and the progress of the works on the generator room and fire pump station.The Ministry reported Project Manager Carmichael Thorne as saying, “We are progressing but we can do better… There are areas we can improve on and these are areas that the contractor can improve on by upping the efforts.”CHEC has since been asked to provide supporting documents detailing the designs, plans, schedules and assigned resources before the scheduled meeting.Thorne said that the CHEC’s management has already been contacted with the intent to have unsatisfactory areas rectified.Negative publicityCHEC recently found itself on the receiving end of negative local publicity after it was discovered that the Chinese company had inked an agreement with a Surinamese-based company for the supply of some 300,000 tons of stone for the CJIA project, at a price of US$7.5 million.The news was met with consternation on the part of local suppliers that have since lodged complaints with local representatives, coupled with the increase calls for Government to have the arrangement re-negotiated since preference should be given to local suppliers.Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, had also come in for intense flak after he told media operatives that Government was essentially powerless to revoke the contract since it was a private arrangement between CHEC and the Surinamese-based company.The Public Infrastructure Minister had also come out in defence of the arrangement saying that CHEC had opted for the cheaper alternative in the supply of crushed stones for the project.President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) had also come out in support of greater protection for local content in the undertaking of such large projects.The US$150 million Project has been one of the bug-bears of the current coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration ever since it was in Opposition.It had argued, among others, that the contract was unfavourable to Guyana and was in fact borne in corruption.After taking office in May last year, it almost immediately halted and renegotiated the project, after which it was restarted with a December 2017 completion date.
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RAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 16th March 2012SOCIAL CLUBThe Family Resource Centre has recently established a social club for people with physical, sensory or learning disability. The club, which meets in the Family Resource Centre on every second Thursday evening from 6.15-7.15pm, is a joint initiative with the Community Group Home, Ballyduff Park, Lifford. Activities include bocce, curling, pool, table- tennis, air-hockey, Wii-fit and badminton. The Family Resource Centre would like to thank Raphoe Curling Club for the use of its equipment and John Hunter for facilitating the badminton workshops. For further information please contact 074-9145796. COOKING ON A BUDGETRaphoe Family Resource Centre is planning to run a “Cooking on a Budget” course. We are hoping to run this course at the end of April/start of May. If you would like to participate in this course please contact us on 0749145796.HEALTHY WALKSHealthy Walks take place every Thursday morning at 9.30am starting from Raphoe Family Resource Centre. So if you’re in or around Raphoe come and join us for an enjoyable walk around the town to keep fit! Everyone welcome!!WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMESNEW TIMETABLETuesday: 3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pmWednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Cafe 1st -3rd Year 7.15-9.00pmThursday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Cafe Transition, 4th & 5th Year 7.00-9.00pmRegistration forms are available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes. COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre offers a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service is for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. The service operates on an appointment basis only.Please contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe Club staged a very successful Novice Tournament in the Club-house on Sunday last and there were 6 clubs in total taking part that saw 30 contests taking place and 12 Raphoe boxers took part as well as boxers from Lisnafin and Immaculta from Co. Tyrone, Oak Leaf B.C Derry and Donegal clubs Bundoran and neighbours Convoy B.C and a very special thanks to all the clubs for taking part.The Raphoe Club will host its annual major showpiece on Friday 23rd March in the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe when a highly rated Raphoe Select face the N.W All-Stars with 14 quality contests down for decision on the night. A very special thanks to our major sponsor Mike Kelly (Building & Scaffolding Contractor) and to all the generous business people of the town for their continued financial support. A bumper crowd is expected on the night so patrons are advised to be in their seats early.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.ST EUNAN’S BOWLING CLUBThe winners for St Eunan’s Bowling Club Table Quiz are as follows:1st prize – Eoin Waters2nd prize – Sharon Clarke3rd prize – Joan ColhounWe would like to thank everyone who bought tickets, we appreciate your support. Relay For Life LK PETS DOG SHOWLK Pets Dog Show, Relay for Life takes place on Sunday 1st April at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. All proceeds in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. Entries taken from 1pm on the day, first class starts at 2pm sharp. Please note: €3.00 for each entry for each class, responsible owners should carry Poop scoop & bags, dogs on the dangerous dog list will be muzzled (except in the ring), any dog showing aggression will be asked to leave, the organisers have the right to refuse entry or to ask anyone to leave.Relay For Life REWIND TO THE 80s DISCO NITEIn Friel’s Raphoe, on Saturday 24th March 2012 dancing 9.30-1pmMusic by Strabane Radio DJ Sean MAC (80s Dress optional)All proceeds in aid of Irish Cancer Society.Please come along & enjoy a night that promises to take you down memory lane while you boogie the night away to your old time favorites.Tickets are now on sale at €5.00 each.Your support will be much appreciated.RAPHOE PEOPLE NEWSLETTERCommunity News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at [email protected] or to Lisa [email protected] Thank You.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE LOCAL NOTES was last modified: March 16th, 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:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE LOCAL NOTES