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0M fertiliser dealFollowing the pronouncements made by a Director on the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Jinnah Rahman, that the $420 million fertiliser contract that Cabinet approved to HDM Labs to supply fertiliser was a “return” on political investment, done secretly and that its principal Hardat Singh should be investigated, Singh has since responded to Guyana Times, seeking to refute such claims while insisting “The contract is currently in full force and effect.”Singh outlined that around October of 2015, HDM Labs offered to supply “5000 metric tonnes of fertiliser” to the GRDB at G$4160 per kg bag ($US400 per metric tonne), which he posited was 25 per cent cheaper than what was on the local market. GRDB “accepted their offer” and a contract was executed for such.“As part of the commercially negotiated terms, and consistent with HDM Labs’ worldwide terms, HDM Labs requested that payment be secured by a transferrable irrevocable letter of credit, 50 per cent to be paid on the issuance of the purchase order, 40 per cent upon arrival at port, and 10 per cent after receipt. These terms were in no way negotiated due to any financial constraints or unavailability of products,” said Singh.On April 8, however, the GRDB issued a statement that contradicted the last assertion of HDM Labs. “The supplier requested that the Letter of Credit be irrevocable and transferable; which suggested that a supply from this source was not immediately available.”In a letter to this publication, Singh related that “almost immediately upon HDM Labs’ execution with its contract with the GRDB, despite being kept at above G$5500 a bag for an extended period, retailers lowered their market prices in order to compete with the price of urea being supplied by HDM Labs.”General Manager of the GRDB Nizam Hassan had used almost identical language on April 8, in addressing his silence on the issue which was making it rounds across the entire media landscape, that the price for urea fertiliser at that time was between $5500 and $6500 per bag but “when local suppliers became knowledgeable of GRDB’s attempt to reduce the cost of fertiliser to farmers for supply of urea, the price immediately fell from $1000 to $2000 per bag.”Guyana Times understands that around the same time period – November 2015, to the present when HDM Labs made their offer – world prices for the commodity dropped by 20 per cent. As such, it is possible that the drop in local prices were due to the decline in world prices of urea.According to the HDM Labs President, “HDM Labs made the necessary arrangements for 5000 tonnes of urea to be available at port for transport to Guyana, that cargo currently awaiting approval from the GRDB to be shipped.”This approval would appear to be up in the air at this time since Nizam highlighted that “while payment for the fertiliser was by Letter of Credit established through a local commercial bank, the supplier requested that the Letter of Credit be irrevocable and transferable.” And this last requirement cannot be complied by local banks because of local money laundering laws.As such, Nizam said “GRDB continued to monitor the supply and prices of urea on the local market and has been in constant communication with HDM Labs Inc, since the supply of this commodity can no longer be considered urgent and immediate.” It is not know how the GRDB could comply with the requirement for a transferable irrevocable letter of credit, if, in fact HDM demands payment for “available” fertiliser.Singh in his correspondence to Guyana Times highlighted that he is not an “investor” or “campaign financier” of the Alliance For Change (AFC) or the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) but a “philanthropist” and listed some of the companies that he contributed to in a philanthropic way.General Secretary of the Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj; however, had alleged in a press briefing months ago that Cabinet approved a contract for the procurement of $420 million in fertiliser from a “known campaign financier of the AFC/APNU collation”. He also alleged that the contract was not tendered nor advertised and Government’s actions were “in direct contravention of the laws, norms and conventions applicable to the acquisition of farmers’ inputs.”GRDB Director, Rahman had explained to this publication that the alleged $420 million contract fell apart because Hardat Singh could not supply the fertiliser, since he did not have the financing to do so and wanted an advance payment on the contract from the bank to be able to deliver the goods, “that’s why he asked for the Letter of Credit to be irrevocable and transferable”. As stated before, GRDB’s General Manager Hassan pointed out, “the local bank only provides the service of irrevocable Letter of Credit which is not transferable.”Hardat Singh in his defence said that he “has never filed for bankruptcy or defaulted on any payment,” and that he is “extremely solvent and being able to effortlessly simultaneously consummate several multimillion-dollar contracts.”According to Singh neither himself nor “HDM Labs have been subject to investigations, or involved with or accused of money laundering, fraud or otherwise since the formation of HDM Labs or at all,” refuting the claims made by the GRBD Director Rahman, who had said that Singh should be investigated “since he is in receipt of information which shows that Singh was convicted in the USA on charges of fraud and money laundering.”Singh asserted that neither he nor his company HDM Labs “are in any way affiliated with, owners or silent partners of, or investors in the entertainment or hospitality industry, and specifically are in no way affiliated with “Spice Restaurant” located in Queens, New York, other than Mr Singh being a patron of the same.” He also said that “HDM Labs does not do business in China nor does it own or operate any Chinese enterprise, or have any Chinese store trading front or otherwise.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The crew from Victory Skateboards, has started construction of a temporary snow park along 93rd Avenue in Toboggan Hill Park.Volunteers were moving snow on Friday and will be building mini features such as boxes and rails. The course will follow 93rd Avenue and finish at the skate park.- Advertisement -Volunteers are welcome to help build the park. Cole Andrews with Victory Skateboards says construction won’t take long, especially if more members of the community come out and help with construction.You can contact Andrews, through Victory Skateboards for information about how you can help.Fort St. John City Council approved the project in December with a minimum of a $5 million liability insurance policy and additional insurance provided by Victory Skateboards.
Florida general manager Larry Beinfest declined to comment Tuesday, but another team official said the front office was angry about the matter. The official requested anonymity because Beinfest wouldn’t comment. Girardi’s relationship with management quickly soured in his only season with Florida, and he was fired in October – then chosen NL Manager of the Year. Marlins left-hander Dontrelle Willis shrugged off the comments about Girardi helping Lieber. “What are you going to do now?” Willis said. “He doesn’t even work here anymore. You can’t dock his pay. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. If we lost the wild card by two games, OK. But there are so many different other factors.” Torre’s brother ailing Joe Torre’s brother could undergo a kidney transplant in the next couple of months after tests determined two of his children are a match for the procedure. Former major leaguer Frank Torre needs the operation because of medication he’s taken since receiving a new heart more than a decade ago. Player news The Twins and reliever Jesse Crain agreed to a $3.25 million, three-year contract. The 25-year-old Crain went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 68 games last season. The Indians have started talks with the agent for C.C. Sabathia on a contract extension. Sabathia is due to make $8.75 million this year and $9 million in 2008. He is eligible for free agency after the 2008 World Series. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He just mentioned that the hitters said everything that was coming in was just very flat,” Lieber told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I wasn’t on top of the ball like I should have been.” Both teams contended for the NL wild-card berth, and Lieber beat the Marlins twice in September. Marlins officials were unhappy to hear that their manager last year, Joe Girardi, gave rival pitcher Jon Lieber helpful tips during the season. Lieber said his season with the Philadelphia Phillies turned around shortly after he was roughed up by the Marlins last July 31, and he credits a phone call from Girardi, a former major league catcher. They played together with the Chicago Cubs from 2000-02.
6 6 1. France -2/1 England have defied the odds to reach the last four of the World Cup Finals in Russia.Gareth Southgate’s men had too much for an abysmal Sweden side, putting two goals past them with no reply. 6 England were too strong for Sweden in Samara 3. Belgium – 11/4 6 2. England – 5/2 After finishing second in their group behind Belgium, the Three Lions have started to hit their stride in Russia.A fiery victory over Colombia saw England overcome their penalty hoodoo, and it looks as though there is no stopping England in their pursuit of World Cup success.As a result, the odds on them repeating the success of 1966 have drastically shortened.Check out the full price below! 6 6 4. Croatia – 6/1 5. Russia – 20/1 Odds are provided by SunBets and are correct as of 17.20 on Saturday, July 7.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
Chelsea and Manchester City have joined Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in the race for Leonardo Bonucci.The defender has now asked to leave AC Milan this summer after spending just one season at the San Siro. IN DEMAND Bonucci is looking for a new club Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LIVING THE DREAM The Italy international is reportedly unhappy with the club’s prospects after US hedge fund Elliott Management seized control following financial troubles.Bonucci too is well aware of interest in him and both PSG and Manchester United have already failed with bids.That has led to the 31-year-old asking to leave but, according to Football Italia, he has even more offers on the table.The Italian news outlet claim that both Chelsea and Manchester City are now also interested in Bonucci and they are ready to bid.City boss Pep Guardiola is a long-term fan of the centre-back and would love to add him to his squad at Etihad.Chelsea, on the other hand, have started tracking Bonucci after new boss Maurizio Sarri informed them of his desire to land the player. moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer
27 June 2005President Thabo Mbeki lit a flame of freedom in Kliptown, Soweto on Sunday to mark the official opening of the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, the site of the Freedom Charter monument.The Charter, adopted by a People’s Congress of thousands on 26 June 1955, is seen by many as the foundation of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution.Kliptown and the Freedom CharterOn 26 June 1955 over 3 000 people made their way through police cordons to gather in a dusty square in Kliptown to draw up the Freedom Charter.Accompanied by former president Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, the wife of the late struggle hero Walter, Mbeki first read the wall of remembrance of the historic event, the Freedom Charter.The President then lit the “flame of freedom” to symbolise the opening of the Square before unveiling a plaque in honour of Walter Sisulu, who died in 2003.Sitting in a wheelchair, Albertina Sisulu said she was happy that she had “seen this” and was thankful to the people of South Africa for remembering her husband in such a manner.Addressing the 20 000-strong crowd, Mbeki said the adoption of the Freedom Charter was a commitment to accomplish the noble vision spelt out in the document.In the same way that it took time and great sacrifices for the country to achieve liberation, Mbeki said, so it would take time and demand new sacrifices to fully translate into reality the vision, born in struggle, represented by the Freedom Charter.On Monday, Cabinet ministers will gather in a multipurpose hall overlooking the square for a formal sitting of Parliament – the first time that the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces will have a joint sitting outside Cape Town.Kliptown urban renewal projectThe Walter Sisulu square forms part of the Kliptown urban renewal project, an initiative supported by the provincial government and the city of Johannesburg to the tune of R160-million.“Kliptown is undergoing major infrastructural, environmental and economic development aimed at transforming it into a significant tourist destination and heritage site, as well as prosperous residential and commercial area,” Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane said last week.The development programme aims to integrate the area’s local economy with that of greater Johannesburg, creating business opportunities and employment in the retail, manufacturing, tourism, transport, services and construction industries, and increasing transport efficiencies to and within Kliptown.It includes providing new housing, rehabilitating the Kliptown River, cleaning up the wetlands and creating a green space for recreation.The square, already proclaimed a national heritage site, will feature two squares representing the period of transition.Its 10 pillars represent the clauses of the Freedom Charter, while paving featuring crosses celebrate the freedom to vote.The site will be used as a gathering place and venue for concerts and other cultural events.BuaNews and SouthAfrica.info reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley-Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and an attorney from CelinaTexans love to proclaim that everything is bigger in Texas. And some things truly are —their hair and their pickup trucks, the Texas Capitol (which is several inches taller than our nation’s), the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush that bloom in the spring, their farms and ranches that are often measured in sections not acres, and the post office LBJ had built in his hometown, Johnson City. A recent case decided by the Texas Supreme Court on March 23, 2018, Annette Knopf and Stanley Gray v William Robert Gray, Karen Ann Gray, and Polasek Farms, LLC, No 17-0262, indicates that family disputes may be bigger in the Lone Star State as well.The trouble all started when Vada Wallace Allen wrote her own will. Chances are that Vada paid a mechanic to work on her vehicle, sought a dentist when she needed a filling, and would not have even considered replacing her own knee. But it bothers some people to hire a lawyer when all they do is write words on paper. So Vada took matters into her own hands and drafted a will that disposed of all of her assets, the biggest being a 316-acre ranch in Robertson County (East Central Texas).Here’s what she wrote:NOW BOBBY I leave the rest to you, everything, certificates of deposit, land, cattle and machinery, Understand the land is not to be sold but passed on down to your children, ANNETTE KNOPF, ALLISON KILWAY, AND STANLEY GRAY. TAKE CARE OF IT AND TRY TO BE HAPPY.Vada died on June 8, 1993, and her will was admitted to probate on November 11, 1993.What did her son do? At some point, Bobby and his wife sold the land to Polasek Farm, LLC. They conveyed the land in fee simple via multiple warranty deeds.What did the grandchildren do? I assume they got bowed up (Texan for very angry) and threw a hissy fit (Texan for outburst or tantrum). Then, the two who were living (Annette and Stanley) promptly sought legal counsel and filed suit, seeking a declaratory judgment that Vada devised only a life estate to Bobby, thus precluding him from delivering a greater interest to Polasek Farms.Fee simple is a permanent and absolute tenure of an estate in land with freedom to dispose of it at will. A life estate is ownership in real property that ends at death when ownership of the property reverts to the original owner or passes to another party.What did the language Vada used in her will create? Did her son receive a fee simple or a life estate? The trial court, the 82nd District Court of Robertson County, found for Bobby, as did a divided Court of Appeals of Texas, Tenth District. Both courts indicated the troubling language was merely a disabling restraint, which was void.The Texas Supreme Court, however, held that Vada’s language clearly created a life estate, when interpreted as a layperson would, absent evidence that the testator received legal assistance in drafting the will or was otherwise familiar with technical meanings. Furthermore, the Court held that her will as a whole indicates an intent to keep her property in her family and to bequeath certain property to multiple generations. This Court clearly followed the cardinal rule of will construction which is to ascertain the testator’s intent and to enforce that intent to the extent allowed by law.So, 25 years after her death, and three court fights later, it was finally clear that Vada’s will created a life estate in her son that would pass to her grandchildren upon his death. My best guess is that legal fees for drafting and executing a simple will in Robertson County in the early 1990s would have only been several hundred dollars, at most and likely less than that. I can only imagine the legal bills incurred by both sides as they fought up the Texas court system, easily many, many thousands of dollars. And how to measure the wasted time spent fighting and agonizing and plotting and scheming? Worse yet, this was a legal brawl between immediate family. Holiday gatherings, if they even happen, will never be the same. Bless their hearts.Perhaps some good will come of this. As they say in Texas, good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
3 Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingPerfecting your geocaching treasure-hunting technique takes practice. The best kind of practice is simply to geocache more. Here are 3 quick tips that can help add more joy to geocaching for new cachers and those who have a few finds under their belts.1) Set Yourself up for Success — Start your first geocaching adventure looking for difficulty 1, terrain 1 geocaches. Check the logs to make sure the geocache has been found recently. This will let you know the geocache will be in place. Search for a “regular” or larger geocache that has at least a few Favorite Points.2) Know Your Cache Containers — Geocaches are often cleverly hidden. They might be camouflaged to look like a rock or to blend into the environment. Check out this video to see 5 Geocaches in 30 Seconds. If you’re still stumped while looking for a geocache, check out the recent logs and the hint. As a last resort, you can email the cache owner for an additional hint.3) Find a Geocaching Friend — Geocachers love to share the location-based adventure. Attend a local geocaching event to meet other geocachers. They’ll be glad to help with any questions and offer a wealth of knowledge into geocaching around your region.Once you’ve found your first geocache, make sure to write a log thanking the cache owner and detailing your adventure. You might even spice up your log with some geocaching lingo like TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing). You’ll be a geocaching pro in no time. Check out the benefits of Premium Membership to really kick your geocaching adventure into high gear.Trackable Week 2012Join your fellow geocachers in celebrating all things Trackable on the official Geocaching.com blog from Sept 17th through the 23rd. How far has the furthest active Trackable traveled? Who’s the 14-year-old that has moved more than 25,000 Trackables (so far)? And who do you think will win the Great 2013 Geocaching Block Party Travel Bug Race? Watch the official Geocaching.com blog for the answers to these questions and more about trackable Geocoins, Travel Bugs® and Promotional Trackables. You’ll be able to share your favorite Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and coveted Geocoin.During Trackable Week 2012, special discounts on Trackables and limited time special offers will be available through Shop Geocaching and Shop Geocaching Participating Vendors around the world.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThree Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingSeptember 25, 2018In “News”Be a better hiderAugust 21, 2018In “News”Geocaching in Harmony with Nature (Part 2)November 23, 2013In “Community”
Construction detailsHere are the details as provided by Cascade Built:Exterior walls: Wood-framed 2×6 walls are sheathed with OSB and insulated with blown-in fiberglass in the cavities plus 4 inches of Roxul mineral wool on the exterior (for a total of R-39).Roof: Framed with 11 7/8-inch I-joists and insulated with blown-in fiberglass plus an additional R-15 of polyisocyanurate insulation (for a total of R-63).Foundation: Stem walls for the concrete foundation and crawl space are insulated to R-20, and the floors are insulated to R-38.Windows: Three of the townhouses have double-pane Zola windows; the solar heat gain coefficient (glazing only) of these windows is 0.62, and the whole-window U-factor is 0.21. The other two townhouses have triple-glazed Zola windows with a glazing-only SHGC of 0.5 and a whole-window U-factor of 0.14.Mechanicals: Heating and cooling is provided by ductless minisplit air-source heat pumps. All units have Zehnder Model CA 350 heat-recovery ventilators for whole-house ventilation.Airtighness: The Passivhaus-certified unit had a blower-door test at 0.5 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals (ach50). The other four units tested at approximately 1 ach50.Domestic hot water: On-demand gas-fired water heaters.Renewable energy systems: Units are pre-wired for photovoltaic arrays and electric car charging. The Seattle developer who built the city’s first single-family Passivhaus has completed construction of “View Haus 5,” a five-unit townhouse project that includes one unit built to the Passivhaus standard.It would be the first townhouse in the city to earn Passivhaus certification. The builder is Cascade Built, whose owner, Sloan Ritchie, built “Park Passive,” a three-story home that was completed in 2013.The townhouses were designed by b9 architects. Among the Passivhaus consultants who worked on the project were Mike Eliason of Brute Force Collaborative and Joe Giampietro of NK Architects (the company which designed the Park Passive project). The units range in size from 1,100 to 1,700 square feet and have either two or three bedrooms. Each townhouse is three stories and has two bathrooms.Each of the units has a different look, but only one of them will be submitted for certification by the Passive House Institute U.S.“All units were built using Passive House techniques to achieve a significant reduction in energy use to heat and cool the house,” developers explained in an e-mail. “Passive House is an unknown for many buyers and as a result it’s difficult to secure the needed ROI to make a project like this financially feasible. This project is located on an urban lot in a dense city neighborhood and would have required each unit to be modeled separately, resulting in additional and prohibitive cost increases, so we modeled one unit to Passive House levels and used that same wall assembly for every unit.”One of the two-bedroom units is listed for sale at $690,000 ($403 per square foot), similar in price to a slightly smaller non-Passivhaus two-bedroom nearby, which is on the market for $650,000.