Govt gears for massive housing project for State employees

first_imgThe Communities Ministry is gearing to develop several hundred acres of land for housing, including the building of homes and apartment buildings for State employees…currently seeking private partners to develop landsThe Government of Guyana, through the Communities Ministry, is gearing to develop several hundred acres of land for housing, including the building of homes and apartment buildings for State employees.The slated developmental works are scheduled to be undertaken through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.According to an advertisement in the State-owned newspaper, the Government will be embarking on several projects emanating from its strategic objectives as it relates to housing for low-income and State employees.The development is slated to be undertaken along the East Bank of Demerara, the East Coast of Demerara and Georgetown.As such, expressions of interest are currently being invited.The project is expected to be undertaken in three phases – Phase one will entail the executing of infrastructural works, including land preparation, the construction of roads, drains, heavy duty bridges and the installation of a water distribution network.The second phase, according to the Ministry’s invite, will be the construction of apartment buildings and single flat houses. The final phase will be the construction of social infrastructure, such as recreational facilities, commercial facilities, educational and health facilities.The areas identified comprise of underdeveloped lands at Little and Great Diamond, Cummings Lodge and La Penitence. Some 150 acres of land has been identified for development in Diamond, which are said to have been lands previously used for sugarcane cultivation.Lands identified in Cummings Lodge total 99.31 acres, while another 2.3 acres have been identified in La Penitence.According to the invite, the Communities Ministry reserves the right to accept or reject any or all expressions of interest submitted without assigning any reason.The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) was established in 1948 through the Housing Act, to address the housing needs of the citizens of Guyana.The Agency, which is under the purview of the Communities Ministry, has among its primary objectives, the divestment of Government land to eligible Guyanese for residential use; development of housing schemes and regularisation and upgrade of squatter settlements.The move by Government comes even as it attempts to expedite the processing of applications for house lots.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, is on record saying that over the next five years, Government intends to build approximately 4000 houses in cohesive communities to benefit more than 4000 families and approximately 16,000 persons.last_img read more


first_imgThe house in Ballybofey where Irish Water have fitted a water meter: Pic North West News PixTO BE fair to the people of Ballybofey, they’ve done a wonderful job disguising some of the empty main street properties – to make the town look that wee bit better.Just beside Bonner’s Corner Bar is a wee cottage, where a lick of paint makes it look as if it’s occupied.But no-one would ever believe it is actually occupied – unless you’re a contractor for Irish Water. For contractors from GMC Sierra decided they’d install a water meter at the house…just in case.Two men spent half an hour on the main street outside the house fitting a water meter for the property which local people say hasn’t been occupied for years.It’s not as if the painted flowers on the wooden boards in the windows even look REAL!“I saw this and thought ‘you couldn’t make this up’,” said one eye-witness. “Two guys from the contractors parked their silver van further up the street, walked down with all their gear and began fitting the meter outside.“It probably means that whoever actually owns that place will have to pay some sort of charge even though they aren’t using water at all.“It was like something out of a cartoon, two cartoon Irish Water boys putting a cartoon meter outside a cartoon house; except no-one is laughing.”Of course it isn’t a cartoon – water charges are very real.But the incident does raise serious questions. Our picture shows the small metal cover over the newly-installed meter.BONKERS! IRISH WATER FIT NEW METER OUTSIDE ‘FAKE’ EMPTY HOUSE was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ballybofeyempty houseIrish Waterlast_img read more

Jive Software Acquires Analytics Company Proximal Labs

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Today Jive Software announced its acquisition of Proximal Labs, a social network analytics company. Prior to the acquisition, Jive was a customer of Proximal Labs. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Proximal Labs co-founder and CEO David Gutelius is joining Jive as Chief Social Scientist.Jive will use Proximal’s machine learning technology, powered by Apache Hadoop, to help its users apply complex analytics to their enterprise social graphs. Example use cases include locating subject matter experts both inside and outside the firewall or surfacing relevant content within the network. The company is calling the platform “Jive What Matters.”In a statement that sounds consistent with consensus views about where the Web is going, Brian Roddy, senior vice president of engineering at Jive, said “The future of work is personalized. Relevant information should find you, proactively, to improve collaboration and enable faster decision making.”Gutelius founded Proximal after working at SRI on the DARPA-funded Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program. Two companies were spun-out of the PAL program: SIRI, which as acquired by Apple, and TrapIt, which we covered here. Gutelius wasn’t involved in either spin-off.Jive isn’t the only company baking analytics into its social platform. Socialcast has integrated an analytics system for connecting users and surfacing relevant content, and IBM’s Lotus Connections 3.0 has analytics baked in. Other companies are expected to bring analytics to the fore, including, which is already using analytics to provide bonuses to the most active users of its internal Chatter deployment.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Why You Need to Know What Your Competitors Do

first_imgA salesperson asked me a question that sounded a lot like this: “Do I have to understand my competitors’ solutions to be able to sell effectively?” This is was in response to a challenge from a prospective client who asked him, “How is your solution different from your competitor’s?”You have to know what your competitors do so that you can differentiate your offering from their offering. Without knowing what they do, how they do it, and why they do it their way, differentiating is difficult at best, impossible at worst. You also cannot be impartial about the right solution and disqualify clients that you can’t easily serve (Let’s look at how both of these ideas help you differentiate and gain trust.)By knowing what your competitors do, you can explain where they create value and who might be a good client for them. For example, if they have a low price model that is at quite the opposite of yours, you can point to the fact that if price is the dominate decision factor for your prospect, your competitor may be a better choice. If you can’t serve them, you can point them to someone with a lower price, and by doing so; preserve the relationship so that if they move upstream, you are the first person they call.Another reason to know what your competitors do is so you can suggest that in some cases they may be the right choice, but in other situations, where different outcomes are important, your solution is likely a better fit. By acknowledging that there are cases where their solution might be right, you create the opportunity to explore where yours is different, as well as explaining how and why you do things differently to produce the better result you do in the situations where you do produce better outcomes.Being willing to share the differences between what you do and what your competitor does, and where they create value that appeals to some people, you create trust and your honest candor makes it easy to believe you when you point to the areas where your solution is better.If you don’t know what your competitor does, you cannot easily differentiate your offering. If you can’t differentiate your offering, you sound like a commodity, you reveal that you are not a subject matter expert (and are really only an expert in your product), and you make it unlikely that you can hold the position of trusted counsel because you lack the advice that would be necessary to doing so. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Sangrur ‘attack’: CBI probe sought

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged attack on the cavalcade of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal in Sangrur on Thursday.At a joint press conference, senior SAD leaders Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Daljit Singh Cheema alleged that the ruling Congress government was behind the attack.“The police have diluted the charges by refusing to book the assailants under Section 307 (attempt to murder), besides not observing the guidelines of the blue book which is compulsory in all such incidents involving people with Z-plus security,” they alleged.The leaders demanded that the Congress government immediately entrust the case to the CBI for investigation as “the State police could not be expected to give justice in the case”. The CBI alone can unmask the political conspiracy behind the incident and bring the real culprits to book, they said.Meeting with RajnathA party delegation would also meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprise him of the incident.The SAD leaders said that the Congress was feeling insecure and rattled ahead of the Akali Dal’s proposed rally on October 7 at Patiala, the home town of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.Mr. Badal’s cavalcade was attacked with sticks on Thursday, allegedly by people associated with radical Sikh outfits.last_img read more

Himalayan States demand separate Ministry, green bonus

first_imgHimalayan States on Sunday came together at a conclave here to demand a separate Ministry to deal with problems endemic to them and a green bonus in recognition of their contribution to environment conservation.The twin demands formed part of a common agenda of the Himalayan States which was handed over to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the end of the conclave, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told reporters after the event.Ten out of 11 States took part in the conclave. It is for the first time that the Himalayan States have come on a single platform to take a unanimous stand on the issue of green bonus and demanded a separate Ministry to deal with problems unique to them.Explaining the rationale behind the demand for a green bonus, Mr. Rawat said most of the country’s rivers originate in the Himalayas and therefore, the Himalayan States had to play the most significant role in the Prime Minister’s water conservation initiative.He said it was also necessary because the Himalayan States’ contribution to environmental conservation was the biggest with all their green cover. The Himalayan States were also at a disadvantage because large swathes of land fell into eco-sensitive zones where all sorts of development activities could not be carried out.A green bonus thus was needed to compensate the Himalayan States for their disadvantages, Mr. Rawat said.last_img read more