POINTE BLANCHE-Government has “secured” approximately NAf. 13 million from the country’s capital investment budget for the expansion of the Point Blanche prison as a priority project.
Justice Minister Dennis Richardson told The Daily Herald on Wednesday that the NAf. 13 million would include the supervision of the long-overdue expansion. Liccom, which had been executing projects at the prison, was awarded the project.
The expansion includes the construction of two levels on top of the present prison facility in Pointe Blanche. One level will contain 40 cells and facilities that have to be put in place based on the report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment CPT. The other level will contain 18 cells for young adults ages 18-24 years, recreational facilities and other things based on the CPT report.
Richardson said the construction could start as soon as the national decree awarding the construction job was signed by the Governor. “The construction company has been mobilised at the location for some time in view of the reconstruction works carried out. Project duration is estimated at 1½ years,” Richardson said.
He said during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday that the prison expansion project had been prepared in 2014 and was supposed to have started in that year and to have been completed this year, but this had not been possible.
The Daily Herald
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A new mega-yacht has taken up a notable spot at the Charleston Marina. The Attessa IV, a 337-foot megayacht owned by Dennis Washington, docked on Thursday and has picked up quite a bit of attention from people driving by.
The yacht was actually built in 1998 and named the Evergreen by a Japanese businessman, but it was purchased in 2007 and renamed the Attessa IV by Washington, a Montana construction mogul with a love of rebuilding yachts. The redesign included lengthening the stern and bow of the ship.
Washington told Forbes he spent more than three years rebuilding and redesigning the yacht to his liking. Now it includes a fifth-floor sky lounge and bar, a grand staircase flanked by Henry Moore sculptures, a lit pool and deck that includes a spa, and a completely redone engine room. Four rooms were transformed into a gym, a spa, and a massage room.
The yacht even has its own helicopter and landing pad. A deck or two below, Washington and his wife can lounge in custom Gucci chairs on a private deck.
Looking from above, the decks are curved instead of flat like many other yachts, Washington told Forbes. He told the magazine he thought it would be the new standard.
Washington owns or co-owns a controlling interest in the Washington Companies and Canada’s Seaspan Marine Corporation. Forbes lists him as the 79th richest man in the world with a net worth of nearly $6 billion.
Washington is a self-made billionaire. As a child, he says he shined shoes for pocket money and lived in government housing. Some 50 years ago he quit a job working for his uncle to start his own construction business, he told Forbes.