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KARACHI: The main water supply project for the K-IV metropolitan city has been postponed and there is no chance for Karachi residents to have sufficient amounts of water in the next two to three years. According to official documents, the completion of the first phase of the ‘Fourth Supplemental Water Supply Project’ has been postponed until 2023. The Ministry of Water and Electricity has sent the project timeline to the Ministry of Planning and Special Initiatives and thereafter. three months of approval from the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), consultants will be appointed in April this year (2021). The consultant will submit the project design, PC-I, and tender documents in July 2021 and work on the K-IV project is likely to begin in November 2021. Further official documents suggest that the Wapda should complete the project’s civil works. in 20 months, on July 2023. The K-IV main water supply project has been postponed for about 18 years and civil works on the project have also been stalled since August 2018. According to official estimates, completion of the first phase will provide Karachi with an additional 260 million gallons of water per year. day. Starting in 2007, according to the initial project report, the K-IV water project is expected to be completed in 2018, spread over 120 canals and one pipeline network. However, the project has been delayed for the past few years for various reasons. In July 2016, KWSB submitted the construction work for the first phase of K-IV to the Frontier Works Organization (FWO). It is the responsibility of the water board to provide land and electricity for the project but failed and wasted three years from 2015 to 2018. The project design and alignment had to be changed again and again for reasons that cannot be explained.
New Zealand artist CF Goldie’s Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing’ was stolen along with many other unique works of art and antiques. Photo / NZ Police
A major seller of Goldie’s paintings in the country said a piece depicting a late Māori rangatira reportedly stolen today would be worth more than a million dollars.
The Waikato police are looking for information regarding the robbery, including a painting titled Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing, by Ngāti Maru and chief Ngāti Paoa Hori Pokai, by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie.
Police believe it occurred in the Hamilton East area between 27 December 2020 and 3 January 2021.
Other artwork and antiques were stolen, including Koch & Bergfeld’s tableware.
Goldie’s most expensive piece, A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, from chief Ngāti Manawa Wharekauri Tahuna, sold for $ 1,337,687 at an International Arts Center auction in Auckland in 2016.
Director Richard Thomson said he sold another version of the stolen painting in 2008 for a record price of $ 454,000.
“So that’s a million dollars plus artwork that’s on the market today. I’ve sold dozens of Goldies, and it’s a really good example of his work, it has all the advantages.
“I’m quite annoyed [the burglary]. This is a very important national treasure. The owner is the keeper, but the country owns it, really. “
The stolen painting was most likely done between 1933 and 1938, when Goldie was in his sixties.
While Goldie’s previous work tends to fetch the highest price, Thomson says the 2016 record was set in 1941.
Despite his high ratings, Thomson said he thought it would be “worthless” in the hands of the thief.
“There is absolutely no market for it now in the wrong hands. It’s a stupid thing to do and all they’ll get is bad karma.
“My advice is to come back as quickly and safely as possible.”
Webb auction house art chief Charles Ninow said another version of the painting was sold, at a different auction house, in 2012 for $ 280,000.
He believes in today’s market it will be worth “easily over $ 500,000”.
“I remember selling it at a higher than average price, but the market has since been wild for Goldie. His art is just one of those things whose value goes up every year.”
Ninow said he thought it would be rated a little lower than the previous work because of Goldie’s age at the time.
“When he was younger in his career he was in a better mental state, and did this very detailed painting. As they get older they become a little more poetic, looser, and that can affect grades.”
Having such a painting stolen would be of great concern not only to the owner, but also to Māori, who regarded the depiction of tūpuna, the ancestor, as “embodying vairua, soul, nurturer”.
“So, stealing it and not knowing it exists is a huge loss for Aotearoa, for our culture and our nation.”
Ninow said the thieves likely knew what they were doing.
“His works were instantly recognizable, he was very famous, like Colin McCahon. Everyone knows them, and very much sought after. If you’ve seen him in person, it’s very different to you.”
But Ninow believes that it is “impossible” to sell underground.
“The New Zealand art market is bigger than most people think, but it’s still small, and unlikely to be sold through traditional channels. Once it is known that a work has dubious origins, no one will touch it.
“With the stolen works, we often never know what happened to them. They move through these underground channels and we never see them again, but I really hope that doesn’t happen and we can see them again.”
The police asked members of the public for information or possible sightings of the stolen items.
“This is definitely a very special legacy and we want to return it to its owner as quickly as possible,” said Constable Ben Monk of Hamilton’s Tactical Crime Unit.
“If you have information, please call the police on 105 and excerpt file 210103/2961.
“Alternatively, you can call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The government has been urged to speed up the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination, given the increased risk of the new variant destroying Britain and South Africa.
The National Party wants front-line workers, such as those working in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities, to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Party leader Judith Collins wants the Government to consider provisions for vaccines for emergency use for important border workers “before it’s too late”.
“New Zealand has fallen behind the rest of the world with its vaccine program and the Government needs to explain why,” said Collins.
The government has been approached for comment.
Yesterday, the Health Ministry revealed that there had been 31 new imported Covid-19 cases since Thursday – all in managed isolation.
He also revealed that so far 19 cases were linked to a new, fast-spreading strain that has spread in Britain.
“The number of cases reinforces the need for vigilance that is ongoing at the border, as Covid-19 continues to increase overseas,” the Health Ministry said.
But Collins said more than ongoing vigilance was needed to protect New Zealanders.
“It is imperative that we start vaccinating border workers and people working in managed isolation facilities as quickly as possible.”
He pointed out that the Australian Government recently launched a Covid-19 vaccine launch. Health workers, border personnel and elderly residents are at the front of the queue.
Collins wants the New Zealand Government to follow in Australia’s footsteps.
“The Kiwi is rightly asking why Australia plans to vaccinate four million people by the end of March while New Zealand won’t start vaccinating the general public until at least July.”
According to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Covid-19 vaccine will be freely available to everyone in New Zealand by the middle of this year.
But border staff and rescue workers are at the front of the queue and will get vaccines faster than anyone else.
He said the mass vaccination program would be New Zealand’s largest immunization launch in history.
“We are moving as quickly as possible, but we also want to make sure the vaccine is safe for New Zealanders.
He said the government had reached agreements with a number of pharmaceutical companies.
The agreement guarantees access to 7.6 million doses of AstraZeneca, enough for 3.8 million people, and 10.72 million doses of Novavax, enough for 5.36 million people.
Both vaccines require two doses to be administered.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said Thursday that in 2020, the Democratic Movement of Pakistan (PDM) is being destroyed by its own interests, mindset and narrative.
In a series of tweets, the minister countered that the opposition was knocked out by his undemocratic ruse. “If they have the moral courage, PDM will be disbanded after a PPP decision (about resigning),” he said.
The alliance, he said, which was formed to overthrow the government fell victim to his interests, thoughts and rhetoric. He reminded the opposition that today (December 31) is the deadline for resignation. The minister, later noted, that the two PML-N members who had resigned refused when the NA Chair called them for confirmation.
Shibli acknowledged that 2020 was a difficult year globally, while the coronavirus has devastated health systems and economies around the world. He added that under Imran Khan’s leadership, Pakistan is facing this challenge in an efficient manner, because he attaches importance to health and the economy. “A successful smart lock strategy has gained worldwide recognition. Imran Khan has set the right direction for economic improvement and development with a bold decision, ”said the minister.
With an optimistic tone, the minister wrote, “In January, the changes will be this year and the beginning of a new phase of the decisive struggle under Prime Minister Imran Khan to solve people’s problems. The Pakistani people are in the middle of our decisions and policies. “