Region 9 RDC calls Procurement Commission to launch probe

first_imgContracts for friends and family…wants inquiry of contracts awarded by selective tenderingFollowing allegations surfacing against the Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) Administration of contracts being awarded to friends and family of senior officials, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has formally called on the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) to investigate.The letter that was sent to the Public Procurement CommissionIn a correspondence seen by this publication, Chairman Brian Allicock informed the PPC that there are cases where contracts are awarded to supporters of the current Government, but these contractors do not have the requisite compliance documents.“It was noted that approximately sixty projects were awarded of which only eighteen were advertised, and the others were done by selective tendering,” Allicock wrote. “It is also observed that contracts were only awarded to the supporters of the coalition Government. Contractors that paid for compliances were not considered.”“Information received from reliable source [State] that most of these contractors who were considered under selective tendering do not have valid compliances. The Regional Democratic Council believes that this is a total violation of National Procurement and Tender Administration Board Act, and, therefore, seeks an urgent intervention,” he also wrote.The correspondence was copied to Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) Berkley Wickham, Ethnic Relations Committee Chairman John Adams, Public Accounts Committee, Auditor General Deodat Sharma and the Accountant General.This publication had previously reported on the award of a number of contracts by the Regional Tender Board in Region Nine to the near relatives of a high-ranking regional official.According to documents seen by this publication, the recipient of one such contract is the son of the regional official. According to the documents, he was awarded a $4 million contract through selective tendering for the construction of sanitary blocks at the Kumu Nursery School in Region Nine.Another contract to the same individual was for maintenance work to the Lethem Sub-Treasury Office, to the tune of $489,000. This contract was also awarded by selective tendering, a case in which the contractor has been invited to tender for a project.Meanwhile, another contractor was the recipient of a $2.1 million contract to carry out repairs on Baitoon Primary sanitary block. The contractor, who is reportedly the official’s son-in-law, was awarded this contract through selective tendering.Documents also show that he received an even larger contract worth $6.1 million to carry out repairs at the Health post at Shea Village, also in Region Nine.This comes at a time when there are rising calls for a policy that will guard against conflicts of interest to be created. Observers have criticised the Ministerial Code of Conduct for lacking teeth and distinct penalties. Meanwhile, the Integrity Commission has previously complained about not having investigators.Region Nine has long been a hot button region when its Administration is called upon to answer for procurement violations at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly. The Audit Office of Guyana has previously red-flagged the region.According to the AG’s 2016 report, a sum of $73.871 million was budgeted for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies under the Health Services Programme for 2016. It stated that amounts totalling $63.871 million were expended as of December 31, 2016.last_img read more

Palace defender McCarthy to stay with Sheffield United until January

first_img Paddy McCarthy 1 Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy will rejoin Sheffield United on loan until January, Eagles boss Neil Warnock has confirmed.The experienced centre-back has spent most of this season at the Blades on a short-term deal and secured regular first-team football after a lengthy injury lay-off.His initial stay at Bramall Lane ended on Saturday, but Warnock has agreed to allow McCarthy to remain with Nigel Clough’s side.The 31-year-old, however, will not link up with the League One side again until after this weekend’s FA Cup first round clash at Crewe as Palace do not want him cup-tiedSpeaking ahead of his team’s trip to Manchester United on Saturday, Warnock said: “I spoke to Paddy on Tuesday because it’s important he gets games really. He realises the benefit of playing a few games as he hasn’t played for a year.“I didn’t want him to go into League One, but there’s one or two big clubs in the division, and Sheffield United is one of them so he’s going to go back on loan. He’s going to play until the window and get some more games under his belt.”last_img read more

Spurs consult fans over where to play Carabao Cup match

first_imgTottenham will take a fan survey into consideration when deciding where to play their third-round match in the Carabao Cup if they are drawn at home.Spurs have not yet announced when their new stadium will open, although talkSPORT understands they are ‘within touching distance’ of doing so. impact Fans will have their say Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS gameday 2 possible standings NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ALTERED center_img silverware Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener smart causal Nevertheless, it will not come in time for the week commencing September 24, when they could be drawn to play at home in the League Cup.The EFL will allow Spurs to reverse the tie or play at a neutral venue and the club are interested to know what the fans would prefer. 2 According to the Telegraph, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust has spoken with the board and subsequently built an online survey, of which the results will be fed back to the club.Fans are being asked whether their preference would be to play at a neutral venue or flip the tie, whether they have attended a League Cup match in the last three years, how likely it is that they would attend a game at a neutral venue, what factors would influence their decision and which geographical limitations they would put on choosing a neutral ground. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the inside of Tottenham’s new stadium looks last_img read more

Liverpool star’s human side on show while representing his country

first_imgFollowing the Netherlands’ dramatic Nations League draw against Germany, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk consoled referee Ovidiu Hategan.The official’s mother is understood to have died in the build-up to the game and, when he blew the final whistle and wiped tears from his eyes, received a hug from the Dutch captain. no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Referee Ovidiu Hategan recently lost his mother. Right after the FT whistle Virgil van Dijk went towards him to comfort him, while crying. This is beautiful. pic.twitter.com/NnHJMGCCGO— AFC Ajax 💫 (@TheEuropeanLad) November 19, 2018The Netherlands came from two goals down against Germany to snatch a late point at the Veltins-Arena.Timo Werner and Leroy Sane had given the Germans a commanding half-time lead, but Quincy Promes’ 85th-minute strike followed by Van Dijk’s thunderous volley saw Ronald Koeman’s men top Group A1. Van Dijk was the hero for the Dutch Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Touch of class from Virgil Van Dijk for consoling the ref who lost his mum ln 🙌🏼— Адам (@adammoham_) November 20, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Van Dijk hugging the ref after the game last night because the ref had found out just before the game his mum had died. Why the hell weren’t United in for him! Not only a good defender a top bloke as well. Can’t help but like him— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) November 20, 2018 2 RANKED ADVICE REVEALED Popular Football News Captain @VirgilvDijk; leading by example 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/HrH2UhfeOk— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 20, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Virgil van Dijk consoles referee Ovidiu Hategan at full-time REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Twitter “That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother,” Van Dijk, who scored a 90th minute equaliser to send his nation into the Nations League semi-final.“I wished him strength and said that he had refereed well. It’s a small thing, but maybe it helps him.” The Netherlands join England, Switzerland and Portugal in the Nations League semi-finals with the draw taking place in Dublin on December 3. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 shining REPLY last_img read more

From trashed to tidy

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Cammy Babaie had the neighbors from hell. Dozens lived in the house near Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road. They threw their trash in the yard to gather maggots, showered outdoors, allowed the grass to die and took up all the parking in the neighborhood. “They would bring groceries home and leave the shopping cart outside the front gate,” she said. The medical student and her fiance sought help from the city of Santa Clarita, but were told multiple complaints were needed before the city could step in. So Babaie and her family have spent about 200 hours in recent months knocking on doors and passing out fliers, trying to unite their neighbors to speak up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Their drive is finally beginning to pay off. The city’s Community Preservation division has begun a pilot program that will help some property owners spruce up run-down properties. Through the Neighborhood Re-investment Program, inspectors will seek out property maintenance violations instead of waiting for complaint calls. The program is community-driven, said Tina Haddad, a city management analyst. “We don’t intend to be the Gestapo in neighborhoods,” she said. Neighbors have anonymously reported a number of code violations while city code enforcement officer have spotted others during routine inspections. Haddad said the program was created in response to residents’ complaints about local albatrosses – blighted properties that diminish overall curb appeal and threaten residents’ sense of security. People who showed up at community meetings were looking for an alternative to tattling on their neighbors. “Where it became a ‘he said, she said,’ thing,” Haddad said. Some folks have said they are afraid of being harassed by the code violators. The offending homes may have hardscrabble lawns, debris strewn in the driveway, cars parked on the front yard, peeling paint or illegally converted garages. Barbed wire spirals on chain-link fences fronting some commercial properties. Others may be transacting business without the necessary permits. “We’re not going in after one chip of paint, one blade of grass in the wrong direction,” Haddad said. About 2,000 properties could qualify for help through the program. Sometimes older people who rely on fixed incomes may have difficulty maintaining their front yards or keeping up with odd jobs around the house, said supervising community preservation officer Curtis Williams, who oversees the field inspectors. “If we’re working with seniors, we would connect them with the Senior Center and find out if there’s a program they would fall under,” he said. The Handyworker program, which serves low- to moderate-income residents of all ages, provides products and services for free, although donations are welcome. Workers remove black mold, paint homes and replace roofs, broken windows and screens, said Jamie Smith, an assistant at the center. Staff members from the city’s planning, building, and safety and engineering departments will share their expertise in face-to-face meetings with property owners who need help figuring out how to proceed. Periodically, roll-off trash bins will be provided to East Newhall residents. The first bins will be delivered Saturday. Funding for the program is a work in progress and the Santa Clarita City Council will ultimately need to approve the expenditure. Low- to moderate-income residents who need help paying for repairs may be able to tap into a $300,000 pool of Community Development Block grant funds obtained by the city, Haddad said. Subsidies on permit fees might be offered as an incentive. Property owners will be given 60 days to remedy violations, which is a month longer than before. Haddad said the deadline could be extended for projects that are more time or labor intensive, like re-roofing a home. The program targets five areas in the city where violations are clustered. Canyon Country claims three spots, and Saugus and Newhall have one each. Residents were most vocal about problems in these areas. In Canyon Country, addresses on Soledad Canyon Road between Oak Street and River Circle, on Whites Canyon Road, and on Scherzinger Lane just off Sierra Highway have been identified. In Downtown Newhall, the area on San Fernando Road between Via Princessa and Pine Street has been outlined, and in Saugus, an area on Bouquet Canyon Road between Seco Canyon Road and Haskell Canyon Road is below par. Williams said inspectors have latitude in finding solutions that make sense. “We’ve never turned down somebody who has agreed to work with us,” he said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 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

Inderski Named MVC Volleyball Player Of The Week; Bulldogs Crack Top-100 In RPI Rankings

first_imgInderski’s individual honor was complemented by the Bulldogs climbing into the top 100 in the RPI as a team at No. 98. The ranking comes as a result of the Bulldogs’ 15-3 start to the season and 4-0 start to MVC play to sit in first place in the league standings after two weeks of conference games. The team’s 4-0 start to the conference season is the program’s best since 1996 and the eight-game win streak is the longest since the 2010 team won 14-straight games. The Bulldogs aim to keep their quick start going this week with games at Evansville and Indiana State, Oct. 6 and 7.  The Bulldogs have gone a combined 9-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Sycamores and Purple Aces. She is the only player ranked in the top five in the MVC in kills and digs in MVC games and has continued to climb in the career record book at Drake as her 1,272 kills are the second most in school history and her 1,280 career digs rank fifth all-time. The good news continues to stream in for the Drake University volleyball team. Riding an eight-game winning streak with a 4-0 record in Missouri Valley Conference play, the conference has named Drake senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) the MVC Volleyball Player of the Week. Also, the Bulldogs broke into the top 100 in the nation in the NCAA’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) at No. 98. The Bulldogs are one of three MVC teams ranked in the top 100. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have won six-straight MVC games and eight of their last 10 matches against conference opponents.center_img  Print Friendly Version Last week, Inderski led Drake to three wins, two in the MVC, by averaging a double-double with 47 kills and 44 digs to average 4.27 kills per set while hitting .304 and adding 4.0 digs per set. She has recorded seven-straight double-doubles and in this week’s MVC games, she had 32 kills for a 4.0 kills per set average and 33 digs for a 4.12 digs per set average Inderski started the week with 15 kills on 26 attempts (.538) in three sets at Chicago State and added 15 kills and 17 digs in the five-set win over Illinois State with three of those kills coming on her seven attempts in the fifth set. In just three sets in the win over Bradley, she had 17 kills on 41 attempts (.293) and added 16 digs.last_img read more

DDTV: FORMER FINN HARPS STAR SCORES A ROCKET FOR IRISH UNIVERSITY SIDE

first_imgDDTV: Former Finn Harps and Wexford Youths player Johnny Bonner scored an absolute screamer for the Irish Universities side ahead of the World Student Games in South Korea.Bonner scored a stunning 35-yard effort in his side’s final warm-up game before departing for the tournament in South Korea. Bonner’s effort was in vain though as his Irish side were defeated by the Irish Amateur side 3-1. Bonner signed for Finn Harps in 2013 but left the club midway through last season.He signed for Wexford Youths in January was decided to leave the club earlier this month.Bonner is a quality player and Ollie Horgan may swoop to re-sign the talented midfielder now that he’s become available again. To view his superb goal simply click play on the video above and enjoy.DDTV: FORMER FINN HARPS STAR SCORES A ROCKET FOR IRISH UNIVERSITY SIDE was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVnewsSportlast_img read more

FF plan on Jobpath inclusion welcomed by Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the decision by Fianna Fáil to introduce a Bill to prevent Jobpath, the labour activation initiative, from denying participants from taking up a place on a Community Employment (CE) Scheme, the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) or the Tús Scheme.Pat the Cope added the aim of the legislation which is being introduced by Willie O’Dea is to give a legal entitlement to a person taking part in the JobPath activation programme to opt out of said programme in order to take part in a Community Employment Scheme, a Tús Scheme or a Rural Social Scheme, in circumstances where a place on any of these schemes becomes available.Currently dozens of participants each year are denied a place on these social employment schemes due to the fact they are on Jobpath at the time such a vacancy arises. Deputy Gallagher said “I and my colleagues have been inundated with complaints from people who feel that they are being unfairly coerced into JobPath but would prefer to take up place on a CE, RSS or Tús scheme, which in many instances is more appropriate and suitable to their needs.”He added that the Bill will also prevent JobPath, which is a payment by results model and operated on behalf of the Department by two private companies, from side-lining CE, RSS and Tús Schemes, which are an integral to the social fabric of communities the length and breadth of the country.He said “Fianna Fáil is determined to put a halt to Fine Gael’s right wing and ill-conceived activation agenda and reverse the damage that is being done to these vital schemes by JobPath.“I fully acknowledge the massive contribution that schemes such as CE, RSS and Tús offer rural communities right across Donegal and furthermore these schemes are of tremendous benefit o participants and to the community at large and we are determined to safeguard them.” FF plan on Jobpath inclusion welcomed by Pat the Cope was last modified: March 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CE SchemedonegalJobpathPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Warriors’ Kevin Durant apologizes for ejection in Game 1 over Clippers

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – For Kevin Durant, the interview table quickly became a confessional booth.The Warriors’ star sought forgiveness for getting ejected with 4:41 left in the team’s Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Clippers of their first-round matchup on Saturday after collecting two double technicals with Patrick Beverely within a 19-second span.“I don’t want to …last_img read more

Blitzbokke capture Edinburgh Sevens

first_img6 May 2013The Springbok Sevens team became the only team to win three times in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series when they captured the Edinburgh Sevens with a 28-21 victory over New Zealand on Sunday.It was South Africa’s second successive tournament win, following on victory in Tokyo last month. In fact, they have won three of the last four tournaments. Fiji, with two wins, is the only team to have won twice, while New Zealand has won just once despite making five finals.The Kiwis, however, captured the overall 2012/13 HSBC World Series title by reaching the final in Edinburgh, with South Africa in second place with one tournament left to go.Second placeFiji can still overhaul South Africa for second spot, providing they win the last tournament in London and the Blitzbokke fail to make the Cup quarter-finals.Commenting after the final, Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu was quick to congratulate New Zealand for their Series win.“They were the most consistent team this year and that is why they are the overall champions, so it is well deserved to them,” he said.Treu then paid tribute to his players. “We arrived here without two of our playmakers (Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika), but this just made the remaining players in the squad much more determined.‘Very rewarding’“We had to nurse a couple of players through this tournament, so it is very rewarding to see their hard work paying off.”The final was a tense affair. South Africa started well with a great try by Seabelo Senatla, but the Kiwis scored from the restart to level matters. They subsequently took a lead into half-time with a well-worked try (14-7).Treu’s talk at the break then lifted the Blitzbokke. “The coach reminded us to what our strong points are and urged us to execute that. He asked us to play minute-to-minute, doing what we do best. We did that and it worked for us,” captain Frankie Horne said afterwards.Tries by Steven Hunt, Philip Snyman and Cornal Hendricks took South Africa into a comfortable 28-14 lead before New Zealand added another converted try to set up a thrilling finish.South Africa’s defence held up to the challenge and the title was theirs.ResultsEarlier, they outclassed USA in the Cup quarters, beating them 22-5. Chris Dry, Senatla (2) and Paul Delport scored the tries.In the semi-finals, they faced England and, again, two breakaway tries by the speedy Senatla set-up the win. A Cornal Hendricks try secured a 24-17 victory.On day one, the Blitzbokke edged Kenya and Canada 17-14 and thumped Samoa 27-0 to finish top of their pool.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more