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Govt to settle debt with Barbados firm

first_imgIncomplete forensic labThe billion-dollar state-of-the-art forensic laboratory will soon become operational, once Government honours its US$32,524 in outstanding payments to a Barbados Security Firm, IED, for the completion of the works.Based on a request made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, CabinetThe state-of-the-art forensic laboratoryapproved that the sum of money be paid to the company so it can complete its work on the forensic laboratory, which was commissioned since 2014, but is yet to be equipped with the necessary instruments to conduct basic DNA and gun residue testing which are internationally recognised.Minister of State Joseph Harmon told media operatives on Friday, that once the payment is made, the company would be required to begin the upgrades which should be completed within a month of commencement.The firm was responsible for installing the security system at the laboratory by way of a contract in 2012 and providing consultation oversight in 2013, during phase one of the project, but this never materialised because of the outstandingPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanpayments owed by Government.The firm will therefore be required to complete its work on the laboratory, along with completing the training of persons who are going to operate the facility.The technical and electrical issues that were discovered a while back will also be rectified as soon as the contractors return to work.Questioned on whether any form of testing is being carried out at the laboratory currently, Minister Harmon said that he is not aware if testing of any sort is being done.He explained that based on the information that Minister Ramjattan presented to Cabinet recently, for the laboratory to become fully operational and functional, the owed monies needed to be paid to the security firm so that they can complete the work.The Forensic Laboratory, once completed, is expected to significantly boost the capability of the Guyana Police Force to solve crimes.last_img read more

Judge orders study of field lab

first_imgOfficials with the Department of Energy and the Boeing Co., which owns the lab, said they had received the ruling late Wednesday and were not prepared to comment on it. In the past, DOE officials have said they’re following all state and federal laws, and that their plan would leave the site safe for unrestricted use. Partial meltdown site At issue is a 90-acre section of the lab called the Energy Technology Engineering Center, where the Department of Energy conducted nuclear research from the 1950s through 1988. The center was the site of 10 nuclear reactions, one of which included a partial meltdown, and an open-air pit where workers burned radioactive and chemical waste. The DOE is overseeing its own decontamination at the center site. In 2002, the agency reversed its long-standing commitment to follow the strictest standards and announced it would adopt the less stringent of two cleanup plans. Polluter policing Activists, environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control all raised concern over the proposal. At the time, the EPA also warned that the site would not be safe for anything more than limited camping and picnicking. Yet residents have said they often felt powerless against the Department of Energy. “We were just getting to the end of our rope,” said Barbara Johnson, who lives downhill from the lab. “DOE seems to be doing their own oversight and there seems to be nobody controlling what they’re doing. And they’re the polluter. “I think this ruling will give impetus to the people to keep hanging in there.” Under the judge’s ruling, the DOE must complete a new environmental study. Officials had no estimate on how long a new study might take, but such studies typically are lengthy and time-consuming. Tougher laws sought However, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer – along with state Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley – also are trying to enact laws that would require the strictest cleanup standards at the lab. Feinstein said the court ruling was good news. “This is really an indictment of the Department of Energy’s cleanup plan. They must live up to their commitment to have an EPA analysis of the site, to commence immediately,” she said in a written statement. The lawsuit was filed by the Committee to Bridge the Gap, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the city of Los Angeles. “Today’s decision means the Bush administration must protect Southern Californians from a radioactive and toxic debacle at the Santa Susana Field Lab,” said James Birkelund, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It also sets a precedent nationwide that the Department of Energy must comply with federal law, common sense and basic standards of decency.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Five years after the Department of Energy adopted a controversial cleanup plan for its portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab, a judge ruled Wednesday that the plan violates federal law and that a thorough environmental survey of the former nuclear research site is needed before it can be declared safe. The decision marked a major victory for activists and lab neighbors who have railed against the DOE’s plan to leave 99 percent of the contaminated soil at the hilltop lab. The decision also means the DOE, which had planned to complete its cleanup in the coming months, now must go back to the drawing board and cannot release the land for unrestricted use until a full environmental study is completed. “Our concern is the Department of Energy has been tearing down buildings without remediating the soil and groundwater,” said Dan Hirsch, a longtime lab watchdog whose group, Committee to Bridge the Gap, was a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “This stops them from walking away now with having only done a trivial cleanup of the site.” In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Conti said the DOE violated the National Environmental Policy Act, which is designed to inform and assure the public about the environmental impacts of government projects. “Area IV is known to be radiologically contaminated and, in fact, was the location of at least one well-known nuclear meltdown,” Conti wrote in his ruling. “It is located only miles away from one of the largest population centers in the world and, in all probability, will become part of that center. … It is difficult to imagine a situation where the need for such an assurance could be greater.” Conti also criticized the DOE’s answers to scientific concerns raised about its cleanup plan. He said the agency responded with “a combination of unjustified assumptions, refusals of responsibility and promises of undefined post-hoc evaluations.” Conti ordered the DOE to go back and complete a detailed analysis of contamination at the site and how it will be cleaned up. last_img read more

Proposed new Whittier police station grows in size, not in cost

first_img The new station will be built at the southeast corner of Washington Avenue and Penn Street on the City Hall property. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER – The city’s proposed police station has grown, but only in size, not in cost, according to the latest city projections. The final design of the station now calls for a 50,625 square-foot station, instead of the 45,000 square-foot facility approved by the City Council in March. Still, the projected cost remains at about $35 million, with bids expected to be sought in the spring of 2008 and construction expected to begin in the summer. “We’re feeling pretty about about where we’re at,” City Manager Steve Helvey said. “We’re still on schedule. The entire inside of the building is laid out. We’ve had two cost estimates and both are about the same.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16s GET OFF TO WINNING START

first_imgThe seniors had no fixture this weekend; a home tie against St. Nauls is scheduled for next Saturday (13th).The reserves took on Glenswilly’s third team in a challenge on Friday evening. Their next fixture is a home league match against St. Nauls on Saturday.Well done to the u10s who took part in the Northern Board blitz against St. Eunans B and Cloughaneely at O’Donnell Park on Saturday. Thanks to St. Eunans for hosting and for the refreshments afterwards. The u12s hosted Glenfin on Monday. Despite a number of players being unavailable the green team drew although the yellow team lost. The final fixture for both teams is at home to Robert Emmetts on Monday (8th) at 7:00 pm.The u16s got their league off to a winning start against Robert Emmetts at Pairc Colmcille on Friday evening. Their next match is at Muff on Friday (12th).Cul camps start this Monday 8th in Pairc Colmcille Newtown and run every day until Friday from 10am to 2pm. All Children are welcome between aged of 6 to 12 years. Please bring a packed lunch and we will run a tuck shop for 10mins after the lunch break. The camp is run by qualified coaches and a week of games and fun is in store. All kids receive a full kit ie top shorts and socks and a kit/school bag. Cost is €55 per child and €45 for each child thereafter. For more details contact Sharon 087 9685558. Registration from 9:45 am on Monday.Ticket requests for the Ulster final should be sent to Alison Ferry (0879154559) by 9:00 pm Monday 8th July. You can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow.The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion is on again this year. Collection bag will be in the clubhouse soon. Please collect the bottle tops for the club. This year we can collect for balls, equipment, jerseys etc. Thx.Congratulations to Karol and Breda Friel on the birth of their baby son.Training and Match ScheduleThe use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at http://www.gaa.ie/mouthguards/; and on the club website. Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Blitz this Saturday (13th July). Details to follow during the week. U10. Training continues Friday 12th July at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour (tbc).U12. Training has finished now for the year. Last home match on Monday (8th) at 7:00 pm against Robert Emmetts.U13. Training will start in August (date tbc). First match on Saturday 7th September.U14. Training – check Facebook / website for updatesU16. Training continues on Monday 8th July at 6:30 pm. See Facebook page and website for updates during the week.Minors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday (9th) and Thursday (11th) at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly LottoLast week’s numbers were 12, 3, 22, 5, 7. Declan Breslin matched 4 numbers and won €75. This week’s numbers were 23, 17, 21, 8, 18. The three winners who won €25 each were Kieran and Darina Friel, Paul Callaghan and Oliver McDaid. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16s GET OFF TO WINNING START was last modified: July 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Lionel Messi to miss El Clasico as he faces three weeks out with fractured arm

first_imgHowever, the Camp Nou outfit confirmed in a statement released on Twitter that Messi will miss just three weeks of action with a fracture.The statement read: “Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. #FuerzaLeo” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most read on talkSPORT.com predicted gameday cracker latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Lionel Messi will miss the first El Clasico of the season having been ruled out for three weeks with a fractured arm.Messi, the Barcelona forward, fell awkwardly in his club’s 4-2 defeat of Sevilla on Sunday night, with early fears he would face an extended spell on the sidelines with a broken arm. whoops 1 tense center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Messi was withdrawn before the break on Saturday evening How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? ❗ [INJURY NEWS] Leo #Messi fractures arm in 4-2 over Sevilla. More details 👉 https://t.co/w3VkoQHzZM— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 21, 2018As well as missing next weekend’s Clasico, Messi is also likely to sit out the La Liga clashes against Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis. Barca also have the Champions League group stage double header against Internazionale of Milan in the next three weeks, as well as the first leg of their Copa del Rey round-of-32 clash against Cultural Leonesa. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF SORRY last_img read more