Region 6 accepts ‘old’ $15M bulldozer

first_img…investigation launchedRegional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Kim Williams-Stephen says the used bulldozer, which was recently purchased is indeed the property of the regional administration.Her acceptance came days after she denied that the machinery was property of the regional administration at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting last Thursday.“It is not a part of our property; we have not signed as receiving it as yet,” she told the RDC and also denied that the Region had paid the supplier for the equipment. However, at a press conference on Monday, the REO told reporters that the bulldozer, which was purchased for $14.8 million, now belonged to the Region. It was at the RDC meeting that concerns were raised over the bulldozer.Councillor Zamal Hussain called on the administration to explain the purpose of buying an old machine versus a new one.The bulldozerWeighing in on the matter, Regional Chairman David Armogan said it appeared to be a D3 Caterpillar bulldozer that was painted over and a D4 sticker was placed on it. He told the RDC that from his observations a further $6 million would have to be expended based on the level of deterioration of the machine. However, the REO told reporters at her press conference that the money was approved by Cabinet for a D3 bulldozer, noting that the proper procurement procedure was followed.“On Friday last the supplier was called and he promised to come in on Tuesday (yesterday) and if there is any defects, he is going to correct,” she said. She added that the equipment, which is now the property of the Region, came with a one-year warranty.“The facts are that the Region is in receipt of the bulldozer. If there are any defects, then it will be communicated to the supplier, who would have given the administration the one-year warranty so that in the event that we have any faulty or malfunctioning of the equipment, it will be addressed.”At the RDC meeting, the REO had said that the administration did not pay for the equipment. However, records at the RDC showed that early last year the supplier was paid $8 million for mobilisation and a further $6.7 million was paid on December 28.The bulldozer was accepted even though no inspection certificate was signed, and Armogan is calling for an investigation. He said that they should invite engineers to view the equipment and evaluate its cost and also whether it was indeed a Caterpillar D4 bulldozer.last_img read more

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first_img Posted: April 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:38 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRising Trade tensions are rocking Wall Street.The Dow closed Monday down 459 points, or 1.9 percent.The NASDAQ sunk 2.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 2.2 percent.The tech industry also saw some trouble with Amazon losing five percent after an attack from President Trump.And Tesla, Netflix and Cisco also all dropped by at least four percent.KUSI was joined by Brent Wilsey of Wilsey Asset Management with more. Dow Jones Industrial Average latestlast_img read more

Pentagon to Expand Benefits for Military Families

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Service members will be allowed to request deferring a transfer to a new duty location for a family-related reason such as remaining close to a medical facility treating a dependent or allowing a child to finish at the same high school, under a series of initiatives Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced last week to improve quality of life for military families.Such requests would be subject to the military’s force needs and would require the individual to extend a service commitment, reported DOD News.Other initiatives will extend maternity leave and expand access to child care and expensive reproductive technologies. The changes are intended to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Carter said.“As we introduce today’s reforms, our calculation is quite simple,” Carter told reporters. “We want our people to be able to balance two of the most solemn commitments they can ever make — a commitment to serve their country and a commitment to start and support a family,” he said.DOD will now provide 12 weeks of paid maternity leave for all service members, a doubling in time off for the Army but a cut for sailors and Marines who can receive 18 weeks of paid maternity leave under a change implemented last year.The department also will expand the hours of subsidized child care offered on installations to 14 hours a day across the force. Military families frequently use outside providers because the hours at military child care facilities cannot accommodate service members’ work schedules, according to the story.“By providing our troops with child care they can rely on from before reveille until after taps, we provide one more reason for them to stay on board,” Carter said. “We show them that supporting a family and serving our country are by no means incompatible goals.”last_img read more

Western Posts Picked to House Armys Newest Security Assistance Brigades

first_imgThe Army will station new security force assistance brigades (SFABs) at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Carson, Colo., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., bringing to five the number of SFABs with identified home stations. The units slated for Fort Hood and Fort Carson, the Army’s 3rd and 4th SFABs, are scheduled to begin standing up later this year, reports Army Times. The 1st SFAB is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and the 2nd SFAB at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army also plans to stand up a sixth and final SFAB assigned to the National Guard.The decision to station the SFABs — specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations — at these three posts was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs, according to a press release. The Army is also establishing a command element within Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, with the intent to conduct training and readiness oversight of the SFABs.Photo by Patrick Albright Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Mass Organization Of State Engineers Scientists MOSES Endorses Mark Kratman

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists (MOSES) recently endorsed State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) in the 19th Middlesex race.“MOSES recognizes your commitment to protect public employee’s collective bargaining rights and your extensive experience as a labor leader for NAGE Local 368,” reads the endorsement, which notes the union represents more than 3,300 public employees across the state. “We are proud to endorse and stand with you in your candidacy for State Representative.”Kratman previously announced endorsements the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman also has the endorsements of Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien and Lowell’s State Representative Dave Nangle as well as Tewksbury Town Moderator Jayne Miller and the entire Tewksbury Planning Board.Kratman, an administrator with the Massachusetts Highway Department, is currently serving his fourth year on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, having been elected to his second term this past April. He serves as Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Committee.Kratman is also a member of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee (Vice Chair), the Board of Directors for the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, the Tewksbury Lions Club, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Teamsters Local Union 25 Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more