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first_imgThe southern breakwater at the Mackay Marina will be closed to the public from Monday 4th November to mid-February next year for general maintenance works.The maintenance work will require placement of about 30,000 tonnes of hard rock along approximately 400 meters of the outer side of the breakwater wall. This will involve the use of heavy lifting cranes and trucks accessing the breakwater road. Individual rocks will vary in size from about one tonne up to eight tonnes.The maintenance works will be complemented by upgrading of the bitumen road in places where wave action has affected the surface.From next year, NQBP plans an ongoing annual maintenance works program to be undertaken between around June and September each year. As with this year’s maintenance works program, public access to the breakwater will be closed during such future works.Operations at the breakwater will be undertaken between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Saturday and every effort will be made to minimise disruption to nearby residents and businesses.As the breakwater will be a construction site it will be closed to public access on a 24/7 basis until access is reinstated.[mappress]Press Release, October 25, 2013last_img read more

first_img Share NewsRegional US Returns Hundreds of Illegally Acquired Artifacts to Haiti by: – February 21, 2020 Some of the artifacts returned to Haiti by the FBI Art Crime Team.(Caribbean 360)  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Art Crime Team has returned more than 450 cultural and historical artifacts to Haiti in the largest repatriation of art from the United State to the French-speaking Caribbean nation .Representatives from the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Haiti’s Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Bureau National d’Ethnologie of Haiti joined the FBI Art Crime Team for a repatriation ceremony at the Bureau of Ethnology in Port-au-Prince to return the items.The 479 Haitian artifacts were discovered in 2014, when the FBI Art Crime Team seized more than 7,000 items from the private collection of an amateur archaeologist Donald Miller, who had likely acquired the items in contravention of state and federal law and international treaties. This was the largest single recovery of culture property in FBI history.Miller amassed his collection over seven decades from locations around the world and kept it on display in his basement in Waldron, Indiana prior to turning it over to the FBI. Since 2014, the FBI Art Crime Team has been working to identify the rightful home of each item in the seized collection.The repatriation returns significant historical property, long missing, to Haiti.“The FBI recognizes the significant role artifacts like these play in a culture’s history and identity. We are honoured to return these pieces to the people of Haiti,” said Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.“The FBI is committed to returning stolen art and other objects of cultural and historical significance to the communities to which they belong.”The FBI’s work on this case is ongoing. Share Tweetcenter_img Share 240 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgRoad Runners The biggest challenge facing Port Moresby Road Runners in the midst of the current state-of-emergency and coronavirus crisis is getting to the start. Public transport was non-existent over Easter and many runners had to walk (or in some cases, run) huge distances to make it to the 5pm Saturday events at Ela Beach. But it takes more than a thorough lockdown to stop Road Runners. They came trudging in from all parts of the city to get their weekly fix of fresh air, friendly company and aerobic exercise. Port Moresby Road Runners president Simon Nutley has made it clear that Road Runners will only stop if they are ordered to do so by a lawfully mandated authority exercising powers in accordance with law. “That has not happened yet, and everything we are doing is strictly by the law. Our gatherings are always under 100 and we deploy social distancing. “Running is not a contact sport. There is a big variation in times. We have very fast runners and very slow runners and many in-between,” Nutley explained. The first score to be settled on Saturday was the 3-km dash to the Big Fish at Koki, and back. Evoh Bai had the biggest catch in a time of 12 minutes and 29 seconds, while Falyn Buda was the best fisherwoman in 14.15. Those doing the middle-distance course faced a tougher assignment as their work was not done when they returned to the beach. They kept going to Ela Beach Tower, then turned right up Musgrave St, left into Douglas St, right into Cuthbertson St, then right into Stanley Esplanade along to the Fire Station before the hairpin turn-back into Champion Parade, left up Hunter St (ouch!), right into Douglas and left into Musgrave and left for the run home along the beach. Joseph “Once” Michael was the tearaway winner in 27.58, ahead of Alasta Mes 31.29, Jamie Loho 31.29, Andrew Berryman 31.32, Robert Michael 34.29, Lionel Emmanuel 35.41, McLaren Joe Sanata 48.45, Simon Nutley 48.45 and David Denniston 54.50. As for the long race, a petition has been returned, signed by all participants and dripping with sweat and tears, to the Keeper of Distances at POMRR, that this course is much longer than the advertised 9.4 km. It starts in the same way as the middle course, but continues straight along Champion Parade at the fire station, curves to the right of the Sir Hubert Murray stadium, then heads up Lawes Road, past the Post-Courier HQ, and at the top of the hill heads right into Air Vos Avenue. It’s now estimated to be 10.2-km. Guksy Maino led home the diehards in 48.06 followed by James Gurumi 48.49, Billy Laurahoi 48.55, Lawrence Augustine 48.59, Thomas Kelly 49.36, Jackson Weingye 50.50, Joe Ready 53.26, Buda Awowari 53.32, Randy Thomas 56.03, Emmanuel Gaudi 70.47, Michael Sullivan 77.09, David Cannings 90.34 and Henry Horou 90.35. Next weekend a double-header is in store. On Saturday at 5pm the runners will be at the Holiday Inn, Waigani, then on Sunday at 5.30am it’s the second round of the Endurance Challenge, a 12-km event at Lego Land (Australian High Commission compound), near the Fraud Squad HQ at Konedobu. Runners and walkers of all standards are welcome. Just be prepared to keep your distance.last_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) will begin its 2018 season with the senior female Inter-County tournament on February 2 while it will not be hosting the Under-19 version of the competition. According to Territorial Development Officer (TDO) attached to the GCB, Colin Stuart, the youth version has been canceled.Stuart, however, told this publication that the body will introduce a “Select Under 19 team” to feature in the competition among the seniors.Stabroek News understands that those who will be at the forefront of selection for the under-19 team which will consist of roughly 20 players will come from players who have represented the country previously and are still eligible as well as those who would have shown talent when they appeared in the GCB under-17 female franchise held in November last year and some of those who have shown potential in various communities. As of yesterday the competitions committee had not finalized venues nor fixtures but gave the assurance that this information will be available as soon as possible.Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has voiced their disgust over the GCB’s cancellation of the youth competition which had been scheduled to begin yesterday.On the BCB’s social media account, the BCB stated “It is a huge shame how the GCB is running cricket in Guyana. They forwarded two emails to the BCB to prepare the team for the tournament that was scheduled to start on Friday 25th January. The BCB has been busy doing so for over three weeks and now they have cancelled the event.” Stuart said that there was some consideration to have the U19 tournament played but at the cricket board level it was decided that it will better served  to have the national U19s in the senior tournament to help facilitate a higher level of competition for the youth team.last_img read more

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