LEN launches low-income housing project in Linden

first_img– Commissions first model homeThe Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has launched the Region 10 Low Income Housing Project with the commissioning of its first model home at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie on Thursday.The home, which costs approximately $3.5 million, is the first of its kind in the bauxite mining community to be constructed with bauxite overburden as one of its main constituent materials. The blocks are made from that material, which is normally considered a waste product.LEN is expected to collaborate with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) and banking institutions to provide more of this type of home to low income earners.The home was commissioned with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon during a simple ceremony at which Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell said it was a privilege to see the level of creativity coming out of Linden and Region 10.“With the Government’s sustainable development cities and towns, this is one of the things and ideas to have this type of work done… I want to encourage LEN to continue to support these innovations,” Mayor Arindell noted, as she urged banks to continue assisting young people with housing loans.Speaking on behalf of the Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Adams-Yearwood, Technical Assistant to that Minister, Remington Nelson, said it is common knowledge that Guyana as a whole, and Linden in particular, has a huge housing deficit, and the people that are mostly affected are those in the lower income bracket, including public servants.She further stated that many young people cannot even qualify to obtain loans at commercial banks.“It is a problem for which we need a solution… Not only is this LEN’s low income housing project a welcome contribution to Government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, it also illustrates that the solutions we seek may be found where we least expect — right in our house, so to speak,” he said.Quoting from the minister’s speech, Nelson said the project demonstrates innovation, imagination, ingenuity and initiative. He said the project has also provided jobs, will provide low income homes, and is useful in finding housing solutions.“We are transforming useless bauxite overburden into valuable building blocks to provide homes for families at a reduced cost…the LEN low income housing project shows initiative at work…let this project stand as a beacon of inspiration as to what can be accomplished when, instead of looking to someone else to solve your problem, you can ask yourself, ‘What do I have in my possession?’ “, Nelson posited.LEN Chairman, Orin Gordon, in his address, also highlighted the project’s ingenuity, and noted that what is considered waste product is now being used to construct homes.He said 100 percent of the materials were derived from within, and bought from suppliers and contractors in, Region 10. The spanking new home has as its main features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, and sitting room.last_img read more

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Guardiola reveals why he left Toure out of Man City side but quiet on Bravo link

first_img1 Yaya Toure was left out of the squads to face Sunderland and Steaua Bucharest Yaya Toure has been left out of Manchester City’s squad for the first leg of their Champions League play-off at Steaua Bucharest.The Ivory Coast midfielder did not even make the bench for the first match of new manager Pep Guardiola’s reign, against Sunderland on Saturday.Now the 33-year-old has not been included in City’s travelling party for Tuesday’s clash in the Romanian capital, a decision by Guardiola which could increase speculation over the one-time team linchpin’s future.Speaking in his pre-match press conference at the Arena Nationala, Guardiola said: “He is a player of us and he is training amazing, but I was not sure if he was going to play, and so I prefer it if he stays there training good in Manchester.“We travelled with two young guys and for the selection I prefer it to be the young guys than Yaya Toure.“I prefer it if he stays there training and focuses on the next game. I have a lot of respect of him, for his career and quality, but for the first days – against Sunderland – we were looking for a more intensive game. That is why he didn’t play, the only reason why.”Guardiola also made headlines prior to Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Sunderland by leaving long-time City number one Joe Hart on the bench.The Spaniard said that he needed a goalkeeper to play more with his feet and Willy Caballero, having returned for pre-season training ahead of Hart, was more attuned to the requirement.The ruthless decision has also sparked conjecture over the England keeper’s status but Guardiola would not discuss reports the club have lined up a move for Barcelona’s number two Claudio Bravo.The former Barca boss said: “I think it is not the moment to talk about players who are not in Manchester City. They are players for another club. I am not going to talk, one day before one of the most important games of the season, about transfers.”A question on whether City might be open to offers for Hart was cut off by UEFA’s representative but Guardiola said he has been pleased with the player’s response to the situation.He said: “Since I am manager of Manchester City, from the time we were together with Joe, it was perfect – his behaviour, his training sessions, on the pitch, off the pitch. He is a big professional.”last_img read more

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