– results in millions in overpayments to contractorThe Audit Office of Guyana has uncovered discrepancies whereby a contractor carrying out a project for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was overpaid after the project’s evaluators inflated certification documents to cover for the slow pace of work.This is contained in Auditor General Deodat Sharma’s 2017 report. The contract in question was awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for the construction of a timber wharf approach and a floating raft at the GDF’s Coastal Battalion in New Amsterdam.According to the report, the contract sum was $52.6 million, against an engineer’s estimate of $54.5 million. Signed on November 3, 2017, the works were supposed to be completed within six months of the contract signing.However, when the Audit Office carried out a physical inspection of the project on August 29, 2018 (over nine months later), it was discovered that the GDF certified and paid a total of $17.8 million to the contractor for works that hadn’t even started.“Valuation number one was grossly inflated to reflect that the works under the contract were in an advanced stage of completion, resulting in the contractor receiving a total of $32.351 million or 61 per cent of the contract sum at the time of the physical verification,” the Auditor General stated.According to the Auditor General, the contractor had already been given an advance payment of $15.4 million, 30 per cent of the contract sum, on November 30, 2017. The contractor then received another payment of $16.8 million on May 8, 2018.The defects liability period of the contract, in which a contractor must rectify any mistakes out of his own pocket, is for three months. However, the Auditor General could not determine from payment vouchers exactly who certified the works and thus, was responsible for the overpayments.“It is unclear if the advance payment was recovered at the time of reporting. In addition, it could not be determined from payment voucher examined who certified the works,” the audit report states.The Auditor General found that the contract was paid to supply, pitch, point and then drive greenheart timber piles 65 feet long. They were also paid to provide and install greenheart capping beams, supply and compact white sand, install a galvanised metal gate to the entrance of the wharf and install solar lamps, among other things.The report noted that none of these things were in place. But State Auditors did find the contractor on site. According to the Audit Office, the contractor was on site but only the clearing and earthworks on the approach to the wharf had commenced.According to the Auditor General, this is contrary to what was paid for in valuation number one, which certified payments for the wharf, plumbing and electrical installations. To make matters worse, the Auditor General could find no trace of a performance bond or advance payment bond; crucial elements for ensuring contractors do not deviate from their contracts.“The GDF engineer will monitor the ongoing works more closely to ensure the pace of work is increased, in keeping with the payments made,” the Audit Report stated as the GDF’s response to the findings. In its recommendations, the audit office urged the GDF to recover the overpayments and put systems in place to prevent reoccurrences.Overpayments on contracts have long been a sore issue. It was found in the previous Auditor General’s report that overpayments on 98 contracts administered by various Ministries, departments and regions in 2016 amounted to $82.6 million.
Donegal’s Altan are set to play in the Amharclann Gaoth Dobhair later this month as Donegal Connect celebrates 30 years of music in the county. The Irish traditional band will play a special one-off concert on September 29th, as part of the diaspora initiative.Altan said they were delighted to be part of Donegal Connect as the event has been promoting Donegal music and culture, all over the world for over three decades. On the night, the next generation of young musicians An Crann Óg will also be joining them.You can find a full programme of events for Donegal Connect online here.Altan set to star as Donegal Connect celebrates over 30 years of music was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
12 February 2014Bafana Bafana will face a star-studded line-up when they take on World Cup hosts Brazil in a friendly international at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 5 March.Brazil’s 16-man squad, announced on Tuesday, is made up entirely of players with European clubs, but will later be added to with further players from Brazil. Coach Luis Felipe Scolari has indicated that he will add at least two strikers and a goalkeeper to his squad.Four players from Chelsea were included, namely defender David Luiz and midfielders Willian, Oscar and Ramires.Dante and Rafinha, who ply their trade with German powerhouse Bayern Munich, also cracked the nod, as did the Barcelona duo of Dani Alves and Neymar.GoalkeeperQueens Park Rangers’ Julio Cesar will look after the goalkeeping duties, even though he was not the first-choice at the English League Championship club and has since been loaned out to Toronto FC, who campaign in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS).Scolari said he hoped Julio Cesar would be able play the pre-season with the Canadian club and then play about a dozen matches before the World Cup.Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain) and Marcelo (Real Madrid) were the other defenders named.The midfield includes Luis Gustavo (Vfl Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).Up front, Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) and Bernard (Shaktar Donetsk) join Neymar.OmittedLiverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho failed to crack the nod, while other notable absentees were AC Milan’s Kaka and Robinho, Inter Milan defender Hernanes, and Roma defender Maicon.The match against South Africa will be Brazil’s third-last outing before they kick off the World Cup against Croatia on 12 June.Past matchesBrazil has played Bafana Bafana four times previously, winning all four games, but only by a goal on each occasion.The teams shared a memorable clash in Johannesburg in 1996, when Brazil were world champions and Bafana the champions of Africa. Incredibly, South Africa led 2-0 at the break after goals from Phil Masinga and Doctor Khumalo.Brazil pulled one back in the 56th minute through Flavio and 12 minutes later the teams were level at 2-2 thanks to a goal from Rivaldo. Just four minutes from time, Bebeto found a winner for the world champions. In 1997 the teams again met in Johannesburg, with Brazil taking the honours 2-1.Almost 12 years later the teams clashed in the semi-finals of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, once more in Johannesburg. A very tight clash was finally settled in the 88th minute when substitute Dani Alves netted for the Brazilians with a stunning free kick.The most recent meeting between the teams occurred in September 2012 when, in coach Gordon Igesund’s first match in charge of Bafana Bafana, Brazil won 1-0 in Sao Paulo.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Will Rogers said, “If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.” Spending time rehashing the past is not one of my favorite things, but 2015 had some important agricultural legal developments that are worth noting.Due to the algae problems in Lake Erie and its western basin, the Ohio Legislature passed new manure regulations for parts of Ohio, effective on June 21, 2015. New restrictions include prohibitions for hauling on frozen or wet ground. A crucial component of the law is the provision that provides the planting of cover crops to increase manure handling options. These or similar restrictions will likely be law for all of the state in the future.A federal court in Idaho ruled that Idaho’s “ag gag” law was unconstitutional as it violated the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution. These laws that restrict photographing livestock and other forms of speech were passed as a reaction to undercover activists recording alleged animal abuses and then releasing the films to the media. Temple Grandin, the expert on animal handling for the agricultural industry, gave a fascinating presentation in Celina in 2015. While she did not approve of the activists’ activities, Grandin stressed that prohibiting speech just causes the general public to question what farmers are doing.Class action lawsuits have started over Syngenta’s release of a corn variety in 2014 that contained a genetic trait to control armyworms, MR162. While these seeds were U.S. approved in 2010, they did not gain clearance in China until 2014. China, however, found traces of the genetic material in U.S. corn shipments in 2013 and rejected them. Consequently, in 2015, a class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of farmers who did not plant the corn variety with MR162 against Syngenta for disruption of the U.S. corn market. Syngenta countered that at the time China was not a major buyer of U.S. corn, and there is no evidence that the release of MR162 impacted the corn market. These suits are in the early stages, so it is too early to guess an outcome. Plaintiff lawyers love class actions because if they are successful, their attorney fees are typically paid by the Defendant, a rare occurrence in our legal system.Proposed federal regulations for use of drones in agriculture were released in early 2015, and the comment period closed in April 2015. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is planning to release the final regulations this year. Drones have many potential applications in agriculture, so this could be fascinating.Thanks to an Iowa case, there is a determination that the EPA is not required to regulate CAFO air emissions. In 2013, a group of Iowa plaintiffs filed a citizen suit under the Clean Air Act to force EPA to regulate air emissions from CAFOs. (Obviously these people have too much free time on their hands.) The federal district court held that EPA was not required to regulate air emissions from sources till EPA determines the sources meet the requirements under the Clean Air Act. In this case, EPA had not made that determination so the court could not force EPA to act. In 2015, the DC Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision. More importantly, in November 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari ending this case.Other federal action in 2015 involved the Waters of the U.S. Rule. The EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers proposed a revised definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act in 2014. The final version of the rule was announced in May 2015 and effective as law on August 28, 2015. In October of last year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay from EPA enforcing the rule. To date, Congress has been unsuccessful in passing bills, which would overturn the new language. This may be interesting to watch this year.That is about as much looking back at 2015 as I can handle. It is time to put the crop disaster, low prices and heavy rains in the past. Will Rogers wisely advised, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Development After Andy Baio co-founded and sold social events listing site Upcoming.org to Yahoo! he could have spent the rest of his days doing whatever he wanted. He spent a year and a half writing, but this month he decided to join another startup (Kickstarter.com), because he loves building social software. Baio is a thinker, a hacker of big social patterns and an admirer of the collective intelligence that emerges from groups of people acting independently on the web. We sat down with him this week and discussed some of his ideas about what makes good social software grow. In addition to Upcoming, Baio is also well known for his quirky, smart writing and link sharing at Waxy.org. His best known works there include tracking piracy data for Oscar nominated films for the past six years, the first published interview with an Italian factory worker who mysteriously produced the most-viewed video of all 2008 on YouTube and a number of fascinating experiments with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system, including one titled The Faces of Mechanical Turk – he payed Turk workers a small sum to post their pictures with a sign saying why they participated.After years of experience, observation and thought, here are a few pearls of wisdom Andy offered us about how to build compelling social software. You can also follow Baio on Twitter @waxpancake.Build to Existing Social ConnectionsThe company Baio has joined is called Kickstarter. It’s a service that lets people fund small projects by collecting “all or nothing” pledges from people around web – if a project’s financial goal is met by its deadline then the money is collected, but if the goal isn’t met then no one’s contribution is withdrawn. The site will open to the public at the end of August, but one principle that he’s had underlined by his experience with beta testers and from his time at Upcoming is this: you can’t just post a request for funds or an events listing up on the web and expect strangers to stumble upon it and give it support. In both cases, these sites provided infrastructure that allowed users to reach out through their own established networks and say “here’s where we’re processing your show of support.”It’s like social middle-ware, these kinds of services are neither inherently viral nor really destination sites where people come to browse. They add value in ways that people can’t easily produce themselves – RSVP lists, maps, etc in the case of Upcoming or time-delayed money processing in the case of Kickstarter – and thus give users an incentive to reach out and ask friends to visit their pages on the sites. Social Goals Are Front and Back End HeavyKickstarter’s early beta tests mirror what Baio saw at Upcoming when it comes to distribution of social input. It tends to come in the most at the very beginning and at the very end. At first, project initiators are enthusiastic and do a lot of promotion. Then, if they later get close to their goals then they do a final push to promote their project. That’s especially true with Kickstarter, where 90% of a fund raising goal is as good as nothing at all – users will lose all the support they’ve gained unless they put out another push to pass 100% Baio says that he’s looked at the numbers and found that the two biggest factors in project success at Kickstarter appear to be offering rewards if the goal is met and sending out regular updates to supporters of a project. The Kickstarter crew isn’t creating content themselves, they are creating software for other people to create content. “One thing I found out over the last year,” Baio told us, “is that writing doesn’t scale. When you code, it takes on a life of its own. I ignored Upcoming for a year after my son was born and it kept growing. I did not write a line of code in a year and it got more popular.”That too seems intuitive, but building software in a way that makes it easy to offer rewards, prompts people to send out regular updates and helps them create good content for themselves on your site could be the difference between a good idea and a successful one. That’s true for both the particular projects on Kickstarter and the site itself.Games Are Good – But Make Sure Users’ Goals Align With the Site’sBaio is a big fan of games. He likes iPhone games (his favorites include ZenBound, Eliss and Edge), he likes retro 8-bit style games and he likes the prospect of bringing game-like elements into non-gaming environments.As a part of that thinking, Baio believes it’s important to make sure that users’ interests on a site align with the interests of the site itself. On Kickstarter, “success depends,” he says, “on your ability to promote your work.” And thus to promote the site as well.The risk here is that a game-like system of rewards can change the way people behave in ways that aren’t helpful. “Yahoo Answers, for example,” Andy says, “got the point system totally wrong. They tuned it for traffic instead of for quality. People get points for offering any answer at all to questions, so you’ve got all these people just entering one word answers to loads of questions so they can climb the leader board.”Successful examples? Baio pointed to the UK Guardian’s MP Expenses experiment, where readers are crowdsourcing analysis of hundreds of thousands of expense reports filed by members of Parliament and finding some pretty funny claims. That’s similar to the Sunlight Foundation’s Transparency Corps. (Check out that project’s latest – a crowdsourced national directory of state-level elected officials on Twitter – cool!)In systems like that, and especially in Baio’s much-studied favorite Mechanical Turk, users “have full control over their choice of tasks. They turn work into a little bit of play.”Build to existing social connections, maintain engagement during the quiet spells in the middle of goal pursuit and make it like a game – but be careful how people play. That’s some of Andy Baio’s advice. You can begin to see it in action at Kickstarter.com. That site’s full functionality will open to the public at the end of August.Top photo by Jeremy Keith on Flickr. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick
A list of players sold on Day 1 of the IPL 4 auction. Gautam Gambhir tops the list with Rs 11.4 crore tag.IPL season 4 table 1PlayerBought byPrice in RsFormer team 2Gautam GambhirIPL Kolkata11.04 crIPL Delhi 3Tillakaratne DilshanIPL Bangalore 2.99 crIPL Delhi 4Zaheer KhanIPL Bangalore 4.14 crIPL Mumbai 5Ross TaylorIPL Rajasthan 4.6 crIPL Bangalore 6Yusuf PathanIPL Kolkata 9.66 crIPL Rajasthan 7Kevin PietersenIPL Kolkata 3.00 crIPL Bangalore 8Mahela JayawardeneIPL Kochi 6.9 crIPL Punjab 9Yuvraj SinghIPL Pune 8.28 crIPL Punjab 10Camroon WhiteIPL Hyderabad 4.99 crIPL Bangalore 11AB de VilliersIPL Bangalore 5 crIPL Delhi 12Kumar SangakkaraIPL Hyderabad 3.22 crIPL Punjab 13Jacques KallisIPL Kolkata 5.06 crIPL Bangalore 14Andrew SymondsIPL Mumbai 3.91 crIPL Hyderabad15Rahul DravidIPL Rajasthan 3.2 crIPL Bangalore 16Rohit SharmaIPL Mumbai 9.2 crIPL Hyderabad 17Adam GilchristIPL Punjab 4.14 crIPL Hyderabad 18Graeme SmithIPL Pune 2.3 crIPL Rajasthan 19Robin UthappaIPL Pune 9.66 crIPL Bangalore 20John BothaIPL Rajasthan 4.37 crIPL Rajasthan 21VVS LaxmanIPL Kochi 1.84 crIPL Hyderabad 22Daniel VettoriIPL Bangalore 2.53 crIPL Delhi 23Brendon McCullumIPL Kochi 2.18 crIPL Kolkata 24S SreesanthIPL Kochi 1.14 crIPL Punjab 25Irfan PathanIPL Delhi 8.74 crIPL Punjab 26R.P. Singh IPL Kochi 2.3 cr IPL Hyderabad 27Michael Hussey IPL Chennai1.95 cr IPL Chennai 28Shaun MarshIPL Punjab 1.85. cr IPL Punjab 29J.P. DuminyIPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 30Shikhar Dhawan IPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 31Saurabh Tiwary IPL Bangalore 7.36 cr IPL Mumbai 32Parthiv PatelIPL Kochi1.3 crIPL Chennaiadvertisement 33 Dinesh KarthikIPL Punjab 4.1 cr IPL Delhi 34 Naman OjhaIPL Delhi1.24 cr IPL Rajasthan 35Wriddhiman Saha IPL Chennai45.3 lakhs IPL Kolkata 36 Brad HaddinIPL Kolkata1.49 cr IPL Kolkata 37 Tim PaineIPL Pune1.24 cr – 38 Davy JacobsIPL Mumbai87.4 lakhs – 39 James HopesIPL Delhi1.61 cr IPL Punjab 40Ravindra JadejaIPL Kochi 4.37 cr IPL Rajasthan 41Shakib Al HasanIPL Kolkata1.95 cr – 42Stuart Broad IPL Punjab 1.84 cr – 43 Abhishek NayarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr IPL Mumbai 44 Angelo MathewsIPL Pune 4.37 cr IPL Kolkata 45 Dwayne BravoIPL Chennai92 lakhs IPL Mumbai 46 James FranklinIPL Mumbai46 lakhs – 47 Steven SmithIPL Kochi92 lakhs IPL Bangalore 48 Ishant SharmaIPL Hyderabad 2.07 cr IPL Kolkata 49 Praveen KumarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr IPL Bangalore 50 Ashish NehraIPL Pune 3.91 cr IPL Mumbai 51 Brett LeeIPL Kolkata 1.85 cr IPL Punjab 52 Morne MorkelIPL Delhi 2.18 cr IPL Rajasthan 53 Dale SteynIPL Hyderabad 5.52 cr IPL Bangalore 54 Ryan HarrisIPL Punjab 1.49 cr IPL Hyderabad 55 Doug BollingerIPl Chennai 3.22 cr IPL Chennai 56Muttiah MuralitharanIPL Kochi 5.06 cr IPL Chennai 57 Piyush ChawlaIPL Punjab 4.14 cr IPL Punjab 58 R AshwinIPL Chennai 3.91 cr IPL Chennai 59 Pragyan OjhaIPL Hyderabad 3.2 cr IPL Hyderabad 60 Amit MishraIPL Hyderabad 1.38 cr IPL Delhi 61Nathan McCullumIPL Pune 46 lakhs – 62 Ramesh PowarIPL Kochi 82 lakhs IPL Punjab 63 Brad HodgeIPL Kochi 1.95 cr IPL Kolkata 64Callum FergusonIPL Pune 1.38 cr – 65 Manoj TiwaryIPL Kolkata 2.18 cr IPL Kolkata 66Cheteshwar PujaraIPL Bangalore 3.22 cr IPL Kolkata 67 S. BadrinathIPL Chennai 3.68 cr IPL Chennai 68Paul CollingwoodIPL Rajasthan 1.15 cr IPL Delhi
Kareena Kapoor’s look in the forthcoming Salman Khan biggie, Bodyguard, has been leaked online. In the snaps that are doing the rounds on the net, Kareena sports primarily an Indian attire that brings back flashes of her look in the 2007 superhit, Jab We Met. A fan reportedly clicked her on the sets of Bodyguard and then posted the pictures on the Twitter site, kareenak_fc.The fact that Bodyguard is being shot in extremely-guarded sets has meanwhile given rise to speculations if the Kareena photos were deliberately leaked by the film’s unit to kickstart a publicity campaign for the film. Coincidentally, this is the second time in a couple of weeks that onset photos of Kareena in a forthcoming film have been leaked online. Recently, someone posted snaps and a video clip of Chhammak chhallo, Kareena’s much-hyped dance number in Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming Ra.One.”Leaking photos and video clips of upcoming movies is a common ploy that Hollywood biggies resort to, to generate buzz for a big film. “It’s too early to say if Kareena’s looks in Bodyguard and Ra.One were deliberately posted to create hype but whatever happened does help in generating buzz for both the films,” said a trade analyst.
OTTAWA – Public Safety Canada warns that extremists are increasingly carrying out simple but deadly attacks using knives and vehicles.In its annual public report on the terrorist threat to Canada, the department notes such unsophisticated but “high-impact” assaults took place recently in Edmonton, where five people were injured, and in New York, killing eight people and injuring several more.The report says terrorists also intend to develop cyberattack capabilities, but to date have shown little ability to launch damaging operations.It says just over 190 extremists with a nexus to Canada are abroad and suspected of engaging in terrorist activity.In addition, the government is aware of about 60 who have returned to Canada.The report says these numbers have remained relatively stable over the last two years, as it has become more difficult for extremists to successfully leave or return to Canada.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter