Kato school gets  green light for January opening

The never-occupied $728 million Kato Secondary School, in Region Eight, which had to be rehabilitated after an audit found that it was unsafe for children, has been given the “green light” to be opened next month.

This is more than two years after initial construction of the building would have been completed by contractor Kares Engineering.

APNU+AFC Member of Parliament Rajcoomarie Bancroft related the news to the House last week Thursday, when she gave a progress report on work done in the hinterland regions. She stated that the building is currently being furnished.

During an audit of the structure, which was conducted by Rodrigues Architects Limited last August, the building was found to display poor construction, including cracked and crumbling concrete floors and walls, termite-infested wood, unstable safety bars, the protrusion of steel from its walls and poor installation of lab equipment. It was stated that repairs to the building would cost at least $144 million. The firm, Vikab was sole-sourced to supervise the remedial works, which were also to be done by Kares Engineering.

Bancroft also announced that a primary school is currently under construction at Kaibarupai, to ease overcrowding at the old primary school located there.

In addition, she stated that a new building was constructed and handed over to serve as a primary school in Micobie.


Charlestown shop owner shot during altercation

The police say they are investigating a shooting incident which occurred about 11:20 am today at Leopold and Breda streets, Charlestown during which shop owner, Jacqueline Lagnah, 55, of 83 Leopold and Breda streets, sustained two suspected gunshot injuries to her lower back.

Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas.

NY man gets 41 years for killing Guyanese girl

Taariq Stephens (New York Daily News photo) A Brooklyn man got a 41-year maximum prison sentence yesterday for killing a 16-year-old Guyanese girl who authorities said rejected his advances.

Debutant Ngidi leads South Africa to series victory v India

PRETORIA,  (Reuters) – Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second test in Pretoria today and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest.

T&T judge grants injunction stopping highway project

(Trinidad Guardian) Environmental activist group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) has obtained an interim injunction barring the Government from continuing work on the first phase of the $400M Churchill Roosevelt Highway Extension to Manzanilla.

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