New CEO for NWA Soon

first_imgRelatedNew CEO for NWA Soon RelatedNew CEO for NWA Soon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A new Chief Executive Officer is expected to be appointed soon for the National Works Agency (NWA). This was disclosed by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing the Hon. Dr Omar Davies in a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday Feb. 21. He informed that the response from qualified persons for the post, which became vacant in 2011, was “overwhelming”. “We await the completion of the selection process which is being executed by the Office of the Services Commission and the Public Service Commission,” Dr. Davies stated.   Work on JDIP Audit Continues   On the matter of the forensic audit of the Jamaica Infrastructure Development Programme (JDIP), Dr. Davies said the draft terms of reference for the audit were reviewed by both the Attorney General and the Auditor General and their comments were incorporated into the final document. “I should indicate that the draft terms of reference were also sent to the Contractor General’s Office. While not commenting on the contents, the Office of the Contractor General advised the Ministry of their intention to monitor the process that will be used to engage consultants,” he said. The Transport Minister further informed that the National Contracts Commission approved the request from the Ministry to utilize the limited tender methodology to engage the consultants. Accordingly, the request for proposals was sent to six firms, which operate locally and internationally. Dr. Davies also gave a summary of the schedule to select the consulting firm and to conduct the audit: Invitation date, February 12, 2012; Closing date for receipt of proposals, February 29, 2012; evaluation date, March 4, 2012; opening of financial proposals, March 15, 2012; review by various National Contracts Commission Committees, March 16-23, 2012; contract signing, March 29, 2012 and start date for the audit, April 2, 2012. In his first presentation to the Lower House on the JDIP project, Dr. Davies had indicated that the combination of payments made for work completed (payments due for work completed and the value of new work orders issued) totaled US$398.1 million. This means only US$1.9 million was left to be allocated from the US$400 million loan, which was intended to finance a five year project. Meanwhile, Dr. Davies informed that there were outstanding amounts of money totaling US$60 million or $52 billion owed to contractors who worked on JDIP projects. “As we speak there are outstanding amounts due to the contractors as part of the government of Jamaica’s 15 per cent counterpart funding of the project. On Friday last I met with the regional representative of the contractor to explain that the full sum owed for the financial year 2011/12 cannot be paid, but all efforts will be made to address the arrears in the financial year 2012/13,” the Minister said. He however added that the decision has been made to complete projects which had been started as well as to construct the Westmoreland Bridge (located in St. Mary). “However I have instructed that wherever possible, ongoing projects should be re-scoped in order to allow for the reallocation of US$50 million to fund the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme. For example, the Westmoreland Bridge originally costed at US$21 million, has been re scoped by reducing the planned expenditure on the approaches,” Dr. Davies said. He also informed that the Ministry has started a programme of patching, based on the greatest need. Dr. Davies also informed that this programme will be expanded island wide in financial year 2012/13 requiring expenditure of approximately $500 million as a Capital ‘A’ project. Further details will be announced as the budget for the financial year 2012/13 is finalised. RelatedNew CEO for NWA Soon New CEO for NWA Soon EnvironmentFebruary 23, 2012 By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Jeju International Triathlon becomes Kona qualifier

first_imgFollowing the cancellation of Ironman Japan, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and the Korea Triathlon Association will offer 50 qualifying slots for the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship, held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, at the Jeju International Triathlon (JIT) on 11 July 2010 on Jeju Island, South Korea.The opportunity to race for these slots is available to athletes who were entered in the 2010 Ironman Japan event. Additionally, WTC has opened a limited number of entry places for international competitors who were entered in Ironman Japan. These slots are being made available as a result of the cancellation of Ironman Japan due to the host venue’s concerns over the spread of foot and mouth disease.Ironman Japan was scheduled to take place on 13 June 2010. “With the sudden and unexpected cancellation of Ironman Japan, we wanted to provide Japanese and regional athletes with the best possible alternative to qualify for Kona this year,” said Murphy Reinschreiber, WTC’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific.“While there were no opportunities in Japan to stage or cooperate with an existing Ironman distance event before September 1st, the qualifying deadline, the Jeju International Triathlon was the perfect alternative.Jeju Island, Korea is an easy trip for Japanese athletes and the Jeju International Triathlon will provide athletes with a fair opportunity to qualify for Kona in a full-distance event.”JIT will include an ‘IQ’ (Ironman Qualifier) division. Athletes entered in the IQ division will be eligible to compete for qualifying slots to the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship. Age group awards will be determined by the overall (combined JIT and IQ) race results. All athletes who were entered in the 2010 Ironman Japan race are eligible to race in the IQ division and can enter the race by following this link.Ironman Japan athletes are required to re-register to enter the IQ division. The entry fee is US$500. All race materials and finisher items for the IQ division will be branded ‘Ironman Japan’. Competitors registered for JIT before 10 June may upgrade to the IQ division for a fee of US$350.IQ division registration opens on 11 June 2010 at 11 am (Japan Standard Time).Over the coming days, WTC will be contacting displaced international Ironman Japan competitors in regards to entry places at other 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship qualifying events held around the world.www.koreatriathlonjeju.com www.ironmanjapan.com Relatedlast_img read more

No. 4 UWF drops road series at No. 7 DSU

first_imgNo. 4 UWF drops road series at No. 7 DSU The No. 4 West Florida baseball team will head to the GSC Tournament at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham, Ala. May 2-6. (Emmele Photography) CLEVELAND, Miss. – The No. 4 West Florida baseball team lost its second series of the year in the final weekend of the regular season on the road at No. 7 Delta State Saturday.The Argonauts (31-9, 22-7) lost game one of their doubleheader 4-0 and game two 7-4 to the Statesmen (35-9, 27-5). UWF needs one Alabama Huntsville loss to West Alabama this weekend to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Gulf South Conference Tournament.Game one: Delta State 4, West Florida 0 UWF was unable to get anything going offensively against the DSU pitching staff, managing just three hits in game one of the doubleheader.Dayan Rodriguez (Sarasota, Fla./State College of Florida) was tagged with his first loss of the season after allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.Sean Plunkett (Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida), Austin Southall (Baton Rouge, La./Chipola) and Jeremy Bajdaun (Hialeah, Fla./Florida International) each recorded a hit in the game.Game two: Delta State 7, West Florida 4The Argos got out to an early lead after a two-run second and an RBI-single by Trumon Jefferson (Decatur, Ga./Georgia Perimeter) in the third extended the lead to 3-0. But, the Statesmen cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.Alex Greene (Orlando, Fla./Hagerty HS) extended the UWF to lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the fourth inning, but DSU capitalized on a UWF error in the bottom half of the inning with five runs to lead 7-4.Jordan DeLorenzo (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings.Matt Rodriguez (Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida) pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief while allowing just one hit.UWF will head to the GSC Tournament at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham, Ala. May 2-6. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Delta State Univ. 4, West Florida 0 (04/26/14 at Cleveland, MS) (Game 1)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 000 000 000  –  0  3  1      (31-8, 22-6)Delta State Univ…. 020 010 01X  –  4 10  0      (34-9, 26-5)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Dayan Rodriguez; Walker O’Connor(6); Josh McLaney(8) and Garrett Flynn. Delta State Univ. – D. Milligan; N. Goza(8) and C. Leal.Win-D. Milligan(3-2)  Save-N. Goza  Loss-Dayan Rodriguez(6-1)  T-2:36  A-1394HR DSU – B. Langston (2).Weather: 82 degrees, sunny, wind S9Game: UWF39-Delta State Univ. 7, West Florida 4 (04/26/14 at Cleveland, MS) (Game 2)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 021 100 0 –  4  6  2      (31-9, 22-7)Delta State Univ…. 002 500 X –  7 10  0      (35-9, 24-5)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Jordan DeLorenzo; Matt Rodriguez(4) and Kyle Hamner.Delta State Univ. – J. Moody; T. Stark(7) and Ben Pickard.Win-J. Moody(8-2)  Save-T. Stark(4)  Loss-Jordan DeLorenzo(10-1)  T-2:08  A-0Weather: 81 degrees, sunny, wind SSE6Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Sharelast_img read more