Using CoI process to generate excuses

first_imgDear Editor,Karl Deutsch observed many years ago that political science was myopic in its development of theories and knowledge about power. He complained that political scientists “described the laws and institutions of State much as anatomists describe the skeleton or organs of the body.” But the “nerves of Government,” “the channels of decision-making and communication” by which Government so often asserts its power, proved Deutsch incorrect. Governments not only act, but must also communicate their actions to the people.This now brings me to the question: What really has President David Granger and his ministers done with respect to prison reform, since they promised the people on the campaign trail that they would “implement proposals for the reform and strengthening of the Prison Services, in line with the recommendations such as those made in the Report of the Disciplined Forces Commission, especially with regard to training and recruitment, increasing salaries, and conditions of service” (see Page 44 of the APNU/AFC Manifesto).The answer to the question is: very little!What has Team Granger done to at least accomplish some of the recommendations of the Patterson Commission of Inquiry (2016)? Again, the answer is: very little!Justice James Patterson and his two commissioners, former Director of Prisons Dale Erskine (a top professional in the field), and human rights activist Merle Mendonca, recommended the “formation of a committee to focus on reducing the overcrowding in the prison system, where at least 60% of the population (in March 2016) were on remand.” Again, this was not done!Actually, the situation got worse since the 2016 Prison Fire.It is unfortunate that the policy makers, who were tasked with a slew of recommendations in Justice Patterson’s Report in regard to the events of 2016, did very little with those recommendations. I suspected that President Granger would appoint another Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in 2017, to pronounce on the current tragedy. So said so done; I am advised that there is now a new 2017 CoI into the Camp Street Prison fire.This is nothing but an act of executive laziness from the Cabinet of Guyana. These acts of not making the big decisions to improve the welfare of the nation, by hiding behind the CoI process, are nothing but devious and deceitful on the part of Team Granger. They continue to outsource their functions to these CoIs, wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars in the process, when the answers are right in front of them.What I have observed over the last two years is a trend of Team Granger’s to use the CoI process to generate the excuses needed to camouflage its inability to do the job its members are really being paid to do.In conclusion, why did it take the total destruction of the Camp Street Prison in 2017 for Minister Ramjattan to realize that he has the power to remove 463 hardened, high-risk convicts from the centre of the city to other prisons in remote locations, and to release into freedom 57 former prisoners?Sincerely,Sase Singh,MSc- Finance, ACCAlast_img read more

Five stars to solve Liverpool’s left-back crisis

first_img 5 5 Daley Blind (Ajax) – Click here to view more left-back targets – Blind was one of the stars of the World Cup, performing brilliantly as the Netherlands made a surprise run to the semi-finals. The Ajax left-back provided the sumptuous 50-yard cross for Robin van Persie’s incredible header against Spain and unsurprisingly he is being chased by both Liverpool and Manchester United. Reds fans have already made it clear they want to sign Blind but Ajax are keen to keep hold of the £12million-rated star. 5 Liverpool have been flying in this summer’s transfer market, bringing in a wealth of attacking talent to compensate for the departure of Luis Suarez but frustratingly there remains no defensive additions.Last season the Reds leaked goals at the back and left-back in particular was a problem position with Jose Enrique injured for long spells and Valencia’s on-loan defender Aly Cissokho unconvincing. Brendan Rodgers has identified filling that gap as a priority but so far bids for Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno and Swansea’s Ben Davies have been rebuffed.And with that in mind, talkSPORT takes a look at who the Reds could turn to instead to provide Enrique with competition. Click the arrows to reveal five alternative Liverpool left-back targets. Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon) – Click here to view more left-back targets – Another player to shine at the World Cup was Argentina’s Rojo, who scored the match-winner in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria and impressed as La Albiceleste reached the final. It is thought the Sporting Lisbon star could move for £10million but the Reds face serious competition from Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to land the 24-year-old. 5 Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea) – Click here to view more left-back targets – The Blues left-back has found it difficult to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge and despite Ashley Cole leaving, the imminent arrival of Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis means he will continue to play second fiddle. At 24 years old Bertrand knows his next move is crucial and a link up with Brendan Rodgers – who has got the best out of former team-mate Daniel Sturridge – would appeal. The defender spent half of last season on loan at Aston Villa but has loftier aspirations and is thought to be available for £8million. Alex Sandro (Porto) – Click here to view more left-back targets – The bruising Brazil international recovered from an inauspicious start with Porto to establish himself as one of the Portuguese giants’ prized assets and would be a welcome addition at Anfield. Like many Brazilians, Sandro loves attacking and he mixes excellent distribution in with crunching tackles brilliantly. Porto are renowned for demanding big fees for their stars, so Liverpool would probably have to pay upwards of £13million. Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) – Rodriguez has built up a great reputation as one of the finest left-backs in the Bundesliga and further enhanced his credentials with a solid showing for Switzerland at the World Cup, where he grabbed two assists for his country. Chelsea and Manchester United are also known admirers of the £15million-rated star but at 21 and with 22 international caps already behind him, this attacking yet defensively sound left-back would be a worthy investment for Liverpool. 5last_img read more

Arsene Wenger pleased with strong response as Arsenal seal Wembley return

first_img1 Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final triumph over Manchester City proved doubters wrong over their big game credentials.Despite a rugged first-half display, the Gunners fell behind thanks to Sergio Aguero’s second-half strike but showed resilience and responded through Nacho Monreal’s equaliser before Alexis Sanchez booked their place in next month’s final in extra-time.In arguably Arsenal’s biggest game of the season, Wenger’s men dug deep and fought for the victory, something the Frenchman applauded.The Gunners boss said: “I felt it was a big test for us today, a mental test because many people question if we can turn up on an occasion like this and that’s why I’m very proud of the players because they stayed united and determined.“We had a strong response today, we had a little bit of a cautious start, hesitant sometimes, but we didn’t give chances away and we grew into the game and slowly we became better and better.“In the second half we were very strong and in extra-time very strong. We always looked solid and dangerous because we played more in the second half.“I want them (the players) to enjoy playing together and to play for the club. That is, for me, the most important thing and to reach the targets we set together.“Football is a team sport, and as a manager the biggest joy is when you feel like you have a real team performance, that was the case today and that’s why I’m happy today.“You know I feel the club is in a very strong shape, and that we have a very strong overall situation and a very strong team, we have shown that today and for me, that is the most important.“One day I will leave anyway so the most important thing is that Arsenal will always be a great club that everybody admires.”Premier League defeats at Liverpool, West Brom and Crystal Palace prompted Wenger to change his formation and use a 3-5-2 formation. Victory at Middlesbrough followed and the Frenchman believes tactical alterations were needed in order to restore stability, not due to pressure from the fans.Wenger added: “No matter what you do, even if you get it right at some stage, people say ‘why didn’t you do it earlier? So it’s like the opposite is right as well, if you get your starting line-up wrong, you change it at half-time, people will say ‘see he is a tactical magician,’ because he changed the team at half-time but they forget that he got it wrong at the start.“You can always judge it on both ways but I think what I did is just to give a bit more security to a team who conceded three goals in the last three away games at West Brom, at Liverpool, at Crystal Palace. And at some stage you need to focus on something for the players which creates some confidence.“I had it in mind. First of all that we won the game (Boro game) and the team got its confidence back and after when you analyse the game again you look where did we suffer? Were we good? How does Man City play? Where do they play through? And can we cope with that? And to me it was positive enough to try today.” The Gunners booked their place in a third FA Cup final in four years last_img read more

Palmdale man dies at reservoir

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He and his brother had gone on a hike, and the two decided to swim in the reservoir, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Dana Camarillo. During the swim, Meza became distressed, though it was not immediately clear why, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. John Hocking. The younger brother was able to swim to safety, but Meza was not, Camarillo said. Two emergency service detail divers dropped into the reservoir from a helicopter and pulled Meza’s body out of nine feet of water after 10 minutes of searching, she said. Meza was pronounced dead at the scene, Camarillo said. “Nine feet’s not too terribly deep, but it’s deep enough,” Jonsen said. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – A young Palmdale man drowned while swimming during a family picnic at the Little Rock Reservoir, authorities said. Lazaro Meza, 20, was pronounced dead just after 6 p.m. Friday by paramedics after he was pulled by divers from the water of the reservoir, authorities said. The reservoir is located in the Angeles National Forest. Meza was on a picnic with his mother and 7-year-old brother, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Jonsen of the Palmdale station. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

One player every Premier League club could sign on transfer deadline day

first_img Swansea City – Andre Ayew (West Ham United) – West Ham want £20m for Ayew but Swansea have not yet matched that asking price. Their most recent bid of £18m was rejected, but the Swans are expected to return with an improved offer in the coming hours. 20 Liverpool – No one – Jurgen Klopp has made it very clear Liverpool will not be signing any more players before the transfer window closes. Virgil van Dijk will be the only arrival at Anfield, despite fans calling for a new creative midfielder to replace the departed Philippe Coutinho. 20 20 20 Newcastle United – Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) – Mangala has been reported as a Newcastle target in the last few hours, as Man City close in on the signing of Aymeric Laporte. The defender will be pushed even further out Pep Guardiola’s squad when Laporte arrives at the Etihad, and Rafa Benitez could offer him an escape route. He would be guaranteed first-team minutes at St James’ Park. Manchester United – Benoit Badiashile (Monaco) – United are not planning to bring any senior players to Old Trafford on deadline day, but they could complete the signing of Badiashile, the Monaco wonderkid. He has caught the eye in France, and has not yet signed a professional contract. Because of this, the 16-year-old is free to join whomever he desires for a relatively low fee. 20 20 Huddersfield Town – Danny Ings (Liverpool) – Daniel Sturridge has left Liverpool meaning Ings may not be departing Anfield this month. However, he wants to play consistent first-team football and Huddersfield have shown an interest in the England striker. A loan deal is most likely, as it will allow Ings to show whether he can still cut it in the Premier League. 20 Leicester City – Aleksandar Dragovic (Leicester City, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen) – Dragovic has impressed for the Foxes since his summer arrival from the Bundesliga, and he has been quoted admitting he wants to sign Claude Puel’s side on a permanent basis. Whether this deal gets over the line before tomorrow’s deadline remains to be seen, but Dragovic should be a permanent Leicester player before too long regardless. Stoke City – Badou Ndiaye (Galatasaray) – A £14m fee has been agreed for Stoke to buy Ndiaye before Wednesday’s deadline. He is expected in Stoke today to complete his medical and discuss personal terms with the Potters. Work permit troubles could mean the transfer goes to the wire. Everton – Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) – There have been numerous calls for Sam Allardyce to bring a left-back to Goodison Park this month. Everton were linked with Van Aanholt earlier this month as Allardyce worked with him at both Sunderland and Palace. The rumours have gone quiet recently, but a deadline day swoop could be considered. 20 Tottenham Hotspur – Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) – Moura has travelled to London for his medical with Spurs as he closes in on his move to north London. A fee has been agreed with Paris Saint-Germain for the Brazil winger, while he has reportedly accepted personal terms as well. West Ham United – Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) – The former Southampton striker is a target for the Hammers as David Moyes wants further goalscoring reinforcements. Talks have already been held with the Italy international, though there are questions over his wage packet as Pelle earns around £1m-a-month in China. Brighton and Hove Albion – James Justin (Luton Town) – Luton have accepted a £1.5m bid from Brighton for right-back Justin, the England Under-20 international. Chris Hughton has been impressed by his performances in League Two, and Brighton now just need to agree personal terms with the highly-rated 19-year-old. 20 Manchester City – Jack Harrison (New York City FC) – Harrison looked set to join Stoke on a permanent basis earlier this month, but a refusal to increase their bid has made the deal fall through. Harrison will join Man City instead, before heading to Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season. 20 20 Southampton – Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow) – Southampton have been tracking Promes for much of the January window but have not got a deal over the line yet. They are reportedly running out of time to sign the winger, as Spartak are unwilling to lose their prize asset this month. Promes is said to be keen on the move to St Mary’s, and he could force a transfer through on deadline day. Chelsea – Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – Chelsea’s continuing hunt for a striker has to come to a close tomorrow night, and it appears Giroud is the target most likely to arrive at Stamford Bridge. The France international is keen to join Chelsea as he wants to stay in London, though Arsenal took so long to accept a £15m bid the Blues took it off the table. They are expected to return for Giroud, however. 20 20 Burnley – Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) – Sean Dyche has tracked Worrall, the England Under-21 international, for a number for weeks and has finally made a formal approach for the defender. Burnley’s £11.5m bid has been rejected by Forest, though the Clarets are expected to return with an improved offer. Bournemouth – Ollie Watkins (Brentford) – The Cherries are weighing up a £6m offer for Watkins ahead of the transfer deadline. The forward, 22, only moved to Brenford in the summer, but his tally of seven Championship goals has caught Eddie Howe’s eye. This move will likely happen should Benik Afobe leave Bournemouth, as is expected. 20 There are just a few hours to go until transfer deadline day, and it promises to be a brilliant end to the January window.We have already seen some huge deals completed, but a number of managers still want to further strengthen their squads before Wednesday’s 11pm deadline.But what deals could go through in the final hours of January?Click the right arrow, above, to see one player every club could sign on transfer deadline day… 20 20 20 West Bromwich Albion – Andre Schurrle (Borussia Dortmund) – Schurrle was reportedly at the Hawthorns on Tuesday to discuss terms over a move to West Brom for the remainder of the season. The former Chelsea winger has struggled at Borussia Dortmund, and could look to return to the Premier League to kick-start his career. 20 Arsenal – Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – click the right arrow to see the player every other club could sign on deadline day – A fee has reportedly been agreed to transfer Aubameyang to Arsenal, but the deal is still not complete. Dortmund need to sign a replacement before they sell their star striker, so this one is surely going to go to the wire. 20 Watford – Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) – The Hornets are considering midfield options in the final stages of the transfer window, and Dendoncker, the Belgium international, has been targeted. Anderlecht have previously quoted an asking price of over £20m for the midfielder, so Watford will have to pay big to get their man. 20 Crystal Palace – Vicente Guaita (Getafe) – The Eagles have monitored Guaita throughout the transfer window and he has reportedly already passed a medical to join Palace. However, the deal with Getafe has still not been fully worked out so the transfer has dragged on. The keeper should be confirmed a Palace player on deadline day. last_img read more

Police seek skate store robbers

first_img“This is a major problem for me,” said Anton, who has operated the store since 2003. “This is the first time something of this magnitude has happened. I thought the first time that would be it, but then they came back a month – and then a week – later.” Anyone with information about these crimes should call Chavez at (562) 949-2421. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying two teenage boys caught on a surveillance video breaking into a skate store three times since July. The boys appear to be 14 to 16 years old and dress in a gothic-mod style, Sgt. Art Chavez of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station said Thursday. “I’m sure that they are local because it’s a specialty shop, and they’re familiar with it,” Chavez said. “We just want a little help from the public in identifying these individuals.” The burglars broke in to At The Beach store at the Pico Rivera Town Center, 8762 Washington Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThey used rocks and a baseball bat to smash the glass front doors early on the mornings of July 14, Aug. 16 and Aug. 24, Chavez said. They grabbed clothing, skateboards and other merchandise inside the store, he said. Store owner Fred Anton said the three burglaries have cost him about $4,500 in lost merchandise, and $2,650 in repairs to his glass doors. He said he is also now worried that his insurance company will cancel his policy or raise his rates because of the claims. The Town Center shopping area has no security guard at night, so Anton said he has been bringing in his own security to prevent future burglaries. last_img read more

Spurs won’t change policy on ‘Y** Army’ chants ahead of Chelsea clash

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 Spurs will make the short trip west to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the Premier League, raising concerns from some sectors of the Jewish community.The north London side have traditionally garnered the support of a large Jewish fanbase, with some supporters historically claiming to be part of the ‘Y** Army’.And fans of rival clubs, including Chelsea, have used the term against Spurs in a series of derogatory chants.A Tottenham spokesperson said: “We have always been clear that our fans (both Jewish and gentile) have never used the term with any offence. REPLY “A re-assessment of its use can only occur effectively within the context of a total clampdown on unacceptable anti-Semitism.”The World Jewish Congress (WJC) insisted last month the ‘Y’ word has “anti-Semitic connotations”, citing Chelsea as a club that has taken steps to stop fans from using similar terms.Chelsea fans were reminded in a statement on New Year’s Day fans that racism of any kind is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘unwelcome’ following allegations of anti-Semitic chanting during their Premier League 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? MOST READ IN FOOTBALLcenter_img Tottenham have confirmed they will not change their policy with regards to fans using the ‘Y’ word huge blow Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ revealed Tottenham Hotspur say only ‘a total clampdown on unacceptable anti-Semitism’ would make them reassess club standards on their fans chanting a term for Jewish people.The statement follows reported comments from Chelsea chairman, Bruce Buck, who claimed ‘the use of the Y-word by Spurs supporters or by anybody is wrong’. gameday cracker SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 whoops last_img read more

Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club

first_img Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS rookie error Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 2 PEP TALK Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty – Contributor Haaland is reportedly on a flight to Manchester However Solskjaer remained tight lipped on Haaland’s movements when questioned about his flight.He said: “Well… he’s not coming to Manchester. I know the boy and I know his friends and he’s on a Christmas holiday. You can’t fly anywhere from Stavanger, you need to go via!When asked if he would see Haaland before his apparent connecting flight, he replied: “No.”Despite the forward’s prolific record, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes the Red Devils would be making a mistake in signing the teenager. stalemate statement Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff “There are a lot of rumours about Haaland joining next month, but honestly at the moment, with the three upfront that United have, I don’t see where Haaland will fit in the team,” he told Betfair.“When you buy someone what does it say about your current strikers who, in United’s case, are all young players? I think if it happens it will bring some unnecessary tension at the moment.“For me [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Daniel] James and [Mason] Greenwood are great, great players. But also the question is, what happens if one or two of them get injured and you don’t have a replacement on the bench, so this is a tricky situation.” appointed update targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son AFP or licensors Berbatov believes United would be making a mistake signing Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future on target latest The Red Devils, among a host of several top European clubs, are keen on signing the 19-year-old in January – and it looks as though the Premier League club are winning the race, with Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenbladet reporting that Haaland will touch down at Manchester airport at 10.15am this morning.Haaland played under fellow Norwegian Solskjaer at Molde before moving on to Salzburg and recently shared a picture of himself signing a United shirt to fuel the rumours of an imminent move to United.His father, the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City player, Alf-Inge Haaland, was reportedly with him on the flight. Manchester United’s pursuit of Erling Haaland has been stepped up a notch after the red-hot striker reportedly boarded a plane to Manchester to hold talks over a transfer.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his admiration for the forward, who has netted a staggering 28 goals in 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in all competitions this season.last_img read more

The Best of TouringPlans Forums – Week of June 9, 2019

first_imgShare This!Did you know that TouringPlans has discussion forums where you can ask questions of other readers and discuss the Disney and Universal news of the day? Do you have a question, or some answers? Please join us in the forums.Imagine a world where all your trip planning questions are answered. That world exists in the TouringPlans forums.Here are some of the recent discussions that have caught our eye.Walt Disney WorldIs there a way to request a view of the fireworks when dining at ‘Ohana?What time should I make a dinner reservation on my arrival day at Walt Disney World?Looking for tips on dealing with motion sickness on the rides.Any ideas on using Disney Dining Plan snack credits on savory breakfast items?How often should I plan to take breaks during my WDW trip?Where should I make my room request for at Boardwalk Villas?I need clarification of the procedures for booking my dining reservations at the 180 day mark.What physical sensations can I expect on Flights of Passage and Dinosaur?I need a quick summary of what to expect for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios.Tips for making dining reservations during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.DisneylandIs the Best Western within walking distance of Disneyland?Help me understand the Disneyland ticket options.From a reader: here’s my personal review of Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.It’s my first trip to Disneyland. Help me understand the walking patterns in my touring plan.What are the guest observation policies at Savi’s Workshop when building a lightsaber?Which attractions have single rider lines at Disneyland?Universal OrlandoCan you see the Hogwarts Express train without a Park to Park ticket?How do Halloween Horror Nights impact crowds?I’m looking for strategies on visiting Hagrid’s Coaster.Another great resource for personalized questions and answers is the chat feature in the TouringPlans Lines app where other subscribers can help with trip planning advice. Some TouringPlans users find the Forums better for at-home planning and the Lines chat better for questions on-the-fly in the parks, but there is a fair amount of overlap. TouringPlans subscribers can fire up the app and find the chat feature at the bottom of their screen. Save time! Save money! Have fun! For complete access to all of our great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, customizable Touring Plans, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE, subscribe to TouringPlans.com.For the latest news on all things Disney and Universal, follow our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.last_img read more

CTICC plans ‘SA’s greenest building’

first_img30 October 2008The Cape Town International Convention Centre and the South African government are at an advanced stage of negotiations on a partnership to expand the hugely successful conference and expo venue, and in the process to create “the greenest building in South Africa”.A comprehensive feasibility and economic impact study of the proposed expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has been the focus of a team headed by CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy over the past six months.Toefy, who spoke about the expansion at a press conference in Cape Town on Friday, said the construction of a “six-star green building” was an opportunity for the city to provide the kind of global leadership Capetonians could be proud of.“In the context of climate change, sustainable business development and being in a competitive industry, CTICC’s focus must be on minimising its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of any planned expansion,” Toefy said.CTICC Phase 2 – to be located on the site of Customs House on Cape Town’s foreshore – would be built to requirements set by the Green Building Council of South Africa. It would be designed to use 40% less energy per square metre than the present CTICC, consume 95% less potable water, and produce 25% less waste to landfill.Water and energy saving technologiesThe planned 30 000 square metre development, of which 9 500 square metres would be exhibition space, would incorporate state-of-the-art water and energy saving technologies, including special wind turbines to harvest electricity while simultaneously ventilating the parking garages.“We plan to incorporate some of the most progressive environmentally friendly building techniques available, and will set the highest possible international standard in sustainable building design and management,” Toefy said.Reduction in energy would be mainly through the building’s “passive energy design”, extensive use of “daylighting”, and provision of renewable energy using wind and solar.Potable water usage would be reduced mainly through recycling of rainwater and an on-site water treatment system, while the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites would be reduced by providing adequate space for on-site sorting and recycling.A planted green roof would also be provided, as well as bicycle facilities, integrated with planned city cycle routes, for staff and visitors.The business caseMaking the business case for expanding the CTICC, Toefy said there was an “unquestionable need to expand from a purely operational business point of view”, with record occupancy levels pushing the CTICC’s existing space and resources to the limit in 2007/08.The CTICC had also commissioned a study on the impact of the expansion by economists Barry Standish and Anthony Boting of the UCT Graduate School of Business.The report found that the expansion, and the hotel and offices which form part of the project, would result in direct spending in Cape Town of R2.27-billion over an anticipated three years of construction.Spin-offs from the CTICC expansion would contribute in the region of R457-million to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012/13, increasing to more than R1.7-billion a year by 2018.In addition, 513 “direct jobs” and 720 “indirect jobs” would be created in 2012, increasing to 1 276 direct jobs and 1 892 indirect jobs by 2018.Toefy said that all planning was on track and was now dependent on final negotiations with the Department of Public Works, adding that, if successful, this would “result in a unique new partnership in which all three tiers of government – city, provincial and national – have equity in the holding company of the CTICC.”The City of Cape Town currently owns 50.2% of the CTICC and Western Cape provincial government 25.1%. SunWest International is the main private sector shareholder.“If we get the go-ahead in the next three months we could expect building completion in mid-2012,” Toefy said.“The CTICC expansion will not only propel Cape Town into the forefront of sustainable building design and management, but will continue to drive the city’s rise as one of the leading business tourism destinations worldwide.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more