Carifesta Avenue upgrade behind schedule

first_img…1st phase completedDespite assertions that the Carifesta Avenue road upgrade will be finished in time for Caricom Day, onlyPhase one of the Carifesta Avenue road project has been completedphase one of the project has been completed, a source close to the project disclosed.The source told Guyana Times that the preliminary upgrade of the project has been completed by Dynamics Engineering.The company has installed the lamps on the median, which was constructed by H Nauth and Sons.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had indicated that the project would be completed in July; however, the source stated that this was a far cry from reality, since the second phase is scheduled to commence later this month. The second phase consists of the widening of the road.Nevertheless, the preliminary phase has been completed in time for Caricom Day, which also happens to coincide with the 37th Caricom Heads of Government summit.Carifesta Avenue was supposed to be widened and the insignia of various States placed there in time for Caricom Day.Coat-of-Arms of the various member countries will be hoisted along the Avenue, which the Heads will have to traverse to get to the Heads of Government Meeting this week.The upgrade is expected to cost the Government US$138 million. It was divided into two lots which were awarded to H Nauth and Sons, which is handling the road works, and Dynamic Engineering, the company handling the electrical works.Once the project is completed, the road will be wider, able to facilitate more traffic and more brightly lit.last_img read more

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Betsy DeVos Criticized Over Plan to Cut Special Olympics Funding

first_imgEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics.Celebrities, politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in 2020. The organization received $17.6 million from the Education Department this year, but DeVos says it should be supported through philanthropy.House Democrats grilled DeVos in a budget hearing Tuesday, with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., calling the cut “appalling.”Others calling on DeVos to rethink the decision include former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Julie Foudy, former captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team.A department spokeswoman says DeVos supports the organization and has donated to it in the past.By: Collin Binkley, AP Education WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Windfall for many as Google gives away nearly 20,000 Home Mini speakers for free

first_imgIt’s raining Google Home Mini in the United States or at least in a small stadium in the States. When you go to watch a sports match or a movie or a theatre performance, you expect to be wowed by the spectacular performance of the artists or the atheletes. But what if you booked the tickets to a game and you get surprised by Google instead? Yes, you heard me right, Google.Last night at the NBA Western Conference Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Google gave away nearly 20,000 Google Home Mini smart speakers to the fans in attendance at the stadium.The Mountain View, California headquartered tech giant had partnered with the Golden State to surprise all the 19,596 fans, who had come to witness the basketball game, with a Google Home Mini, 9To5 Google reported.In order for the entire stadium to receive the Google Home Mini smart speakers, one lucky fan – Bo Harkins from Walnut Creek – had to take a shot from half court. That’s a heavy responsibility to put on the shoulders of a lone man. What the fans didn’t realise was that even if Harkins had missed the shot, they would all still be taking a Google Home Mini home. And they did.But the list of surprises for the NBA fans was not restricted to getting a Google Nest branded smart speaker for free. All the fans who activated their Google Home Mini smart speakers were entered into a lucky draw where they got a lucky chance to win tickets to the game for free, giving the NBA fans a double blast of surprises.advertisementIf you are wondering why did Google show so much of genorosity by giving away nearly 20k smart speakers for free? Well, according to a separate report by Android Guys, the company wanted to “thank the fans for being awesome”. Of course, one cannot help but wonder if Google wanted to show the NBA fans the things that they could do with its smart speaker and by extension its virtual assistant – Google Assistant, and promote its Google Nest branding at the same time.To recall, Google combined its Home smart speakers and Nest products under the Google Nest brand last week at Google I/O 2019. The Nest Hub Max, that will launch later this year, would be the first smart speaker by the tech giant to launch under the Google Nest brand. Amid such a scenario, the NBA Finals served as the perfect opportunity for the company to turn non-users into users of Google Home and promote its Google Nest brand at the same time.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL go on sale in India: Should you buy itALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL quick review: Best of Pixel at relatively affordable pricesALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 image leak suggests a punch hole camera in frontlast_img read more

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