Unusual request for a face-to-face meeting

first_imgDear Editor,The unusual request for a face-to-face meeting with those interested in selling Guyana’s oil and Granger’s minions is a brazen attempt to foster corruption. Brokers do not need to sit in a room with Ministers to offer and agree on terms. The offer of bribes and kickbacks by way of phone, text or otherwise recordable media is foolhardy and can only be done safely in hushed whispers face-to-face. There can be no other reason for the demand for a meeting with brokers in Guyana. None!Contrary to local news reports, it was not Bloomberg that broke the news of this attempt at an unusual arrangement, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo informed the media of this during his weekly press conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019. I recognise that the local press is hampered in following up on information provided by the Opposition by the unavailability of anyone in Government to ask questions. If you cannot reach them, you cannot question them. The entire APNU/AFC cabal is mimicking the strategy adopted by David Granger, a perverse game of ‘hide and seek’ played on the national stage.Editor, the representatives of the company that secures this bid should be forewarned that any contract they sign with the caretaker Government is not worth the paper and may indeed be very costly to their reputation and bottom line very shortly. I do not expect any reputable firm to engage in this most unsavoury process outlined by the Granger Administration for the sale of three million barrels of profit oil. Guyanese are not without knowledge or means to pursue any firm that engages in any form of corruption. Take warning; the world has become a small place for the corrupt.The Guyanese populace has been very patient with the obduracy of Mr Granger; he would be foolish to think that this will extend to his attempt to engage in corrupt practice with our national patrimony. On the off-chance that I am wrongly imputing motives to Mr Granger, he needs to demonstrate that he is not a crook or senile and step in and put a stop to this weekend’s meetings. The redemptive effect of staving off this blatant attempt at corruption by his minions may well be the salve Granger’s soul during his remaining years. We are in a period of advent; repent!Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Huskies drop game one in round two of the playoffs

first_imgIn the second, the Navigators scored half way through the period with a goal from Carson Fairless.In the third period, the Huskies tried to mount a comeback with a powerplay goal from Cole Calliou, but the Navigators scored two powerplay goals of their own in the period.  The Huskies ended up scoring one more goal at the 16:24 mark of the third period from Kole Norris.In the end, the Navigators beat the Huskies 5-2 and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series.  Game two goes Saturday night in Fort St. John at the North Peace Arena starting at 8pm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

PPP regional reps lament procurement corruption

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) regional representatives of Regions One (Barima-Waini) and Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo) are decrying the level of corruption that has infested their respective regional procurement systems.Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Vice Chair of Region Nine, Karl Singh, disclosed that over the past three months, there have been issues whereby Regional Executive Officer (REO) Carl Parker, who is heading the region’s Tender Board, awarded some 85 per cent of the region’s contracts using selective tendering.Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley“So he would have basically selected, not a few, almost all PNC (People’s National Congress – the leading party in the APNU fraction of the Government) people and gave them all these contracts without following all the tendering procedures,” Singh noted.He pointed out that as Vice Chairman, as well as Chairman of the Region’s Works Committee, he wrote Public Procurement Commission (PPC), seeking an investigation into the matter.Region Nine Vice Chairman Karl Singh“That investigation was carried out two months ago and onto now, we have not seen any action taken as relates to that issue,” he posited.As such, Singh said that because of the incompetent contractors who were given those contracts, many of the region’s projects have not been completed as yet. In fact, he explained that usually, around September, approximately 65 to 75 per cent of the works in any region should be completed but in the Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo Region, only about 40 to 45 per cent of the works are completed.He added that in addition to the works moving at very slow pace, payments to contractors is also at a snail’s pace.“So you see the incompetence there on the part of the REO… We continue to see discrimination by him. We continue to see persons, whom he believes are associated with the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) and thinks are associated with the PPP, not getting any work, and those are the ones who are qualified contractors. Those are the ones who are paying the taxes, NIS (National Insurance Scheme), GRA (Guyana Revenue Authority)…,” Singh stressed.Meanwhile, Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley, also lamented the same, telling reporters that major projects in the region that should have been awarded and near completion are not yet awarded or are still in the mobilising stage. In fact, he noted that those projects are only about 30 per cent completed.He specifically pointed to the education sector where many of the schools, including Port Kaituma Primary and Secondary, as well as Mabaruma Primary, have their works stalled. This, he stated, has resulted in the inconveniencing of students, who are forced to attend school using the shift system.“For instance, in Port Kaituma in the morning, the primary school uses the secondary school building and in the afternoon then the secondary school children would go to school,” he noted.According to the Regional Chairman, this is happening despite the contractors recently having the two months holiday to complete the works.Furthermore, Ashley complained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), through two of its major committees – Finance, of which he is the Chairman, and Infrastructure, of which he is the acting Chair – have been prevented in carrying out its mandate to monitor the projects.In addition, the Regional Chairman said there are allegations of corruption of millions of dollars.“For instance, contracts are being awarded contractors such as the Town Council and when we do investigate, it would have already been sub-contracted to someone and so the local democratic organ is not being given the opportunity to decide who the contracts should be sub-contracted to and this all coming through the office of the REO,” he stressed.With regards to the award of contracts, Ashley contended that his region is also experiencing the same level of corruption as Region Nine, whereby hand-picked supporters of the APNU/AFC are being given contractors.“So it’s not something that is being done in a bi-partisan manner. It’s something where, [if you’re] a supporter of [my party] I’ll give you a contract…that is exactly what is being done in Region One,” he asserted.One specific instance, Ashley highlighted, was a contractor, who got the contract to supply dietary to institutions in Mabaruma, recently dying and instead of having the contract go back to tender, it was handed down to the contractor’s son, whose name is not even in the business registration.“Those are the kind of corrupt practices that’s happening in the region. Besides that we have, for instance, contractors getting four, five, six contracts and they cannot get it done. And these things are being done with cronies and buddies of APNU/AFC coalition,” the Barima-Waini Chairman noted.last_img read more

Lampard could return for Manchester City against West Ham

first_imgFrank Lampard could return for Manchester City’s visit to West Ham on Saturday.The 36-year-old missed the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night after suffering a thigh muscle injury in last weekend’s Premier League victory over Tottenham.But Manuel Pellegrini has not ruled out the midfielder making an appearance against the Hammers, although he is understood to have only an outside chance of being fit for the clash with his former club.Meanwhile, it has emerged that City’s new state-of-the-art training centre could be used by Lampard’s club New York City FC for a pre-season camp in January.That could benefit City by allowing the midfielder to extend his loan spell at the Etihad deeper in to the new year than was first envisaged.The new MLS franchise is part-owned by City’s owner Sheikh Mansour and the new Etihad Campus in Manchester, built at a cost of £200million, is one of a number of options for New York City as a base for pre-season training.Sources say that Lampard’s loan spell will play no part in any decision of the venue for the training camp, however.Lampard was voted City’s player of the month for September by fans and has scored a number of important goals for the club, including a dramatic equaliser against his old club Chelsea.He also won a penalty against Tottenham last weekend before limping out of the game.City boss Manuel Pellegrini said last week he was not surprised by how well Lampard has been performing.“For me it is maybe not a surprise because I know his quality,” said the City manager.“When you are the age of Frank Lampard you are not able to play three games in a week but when you have so great a player, you can resolve a lot of problems that we have during the game and I think that Frank is doing these duties at this moment. I am very happy with him.” Frank Lampard 1last_img read more

HOT, FRIGHTENING AND NOT SHORT OF A WORD – JSB IS NOW APPRENTICE DARKHORSE

first_imgSHE thinks she’s going to be the hottest housewife in Ireland after learning how to cook a curry.Last year’s camp contestant Panos thinks everyone is terrified of her.And some contestants on her own team hate her because they can’t get a word in edgeways Donegal’s Apprentice star Joanne Sweeney Burke is already proving to be a dark horse on the popular TV3 showThe Letterkenny businesswoman took a back seat this week as she allowed one contestant to fire himself and another to talk herself out of a job!Tyrone motormouth Eoin finally talked himself to death and realised he couldn’t stand the heat and saved Bill Cullen the bother of uttering those immortal words.And larger-than-life Ruth stabbed her team-mates in the back in the boardroom leading Bill to give her a red card also. The task this week was for contestants to come up with a phone APP for Unislim.And it was pretty clear from an early stage that the only way people would lose weight using the Apprentice App was by locking yourself in your car and sticking the App and your iPhone in your mouth from now until Christmas.It’s early days yet but unless JSB brings a shotgun into the boardroom or chats up Bill in front of Jackie, she could be around for a while yet!EndsHOT, FRIGHTENING AND NOT SHORT OF A WORD – JSB IS NOW APPRENTICE DARKHORSE was last modified: October 17th, 2011 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:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprenticelast_img read more

Ballpark undergoes renovation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The change will result in 500 fewer seats in those sections, but will be offset by reopening 500 of the seats — either on the reserved (fourth) level or in the outfield pavilions — that were decommissioned last winter. The seating configuration in the rest of the stadium won’t be changed. As for the color scheme, the entire field-level bowl, including the premium seats behind home plate and down the lines (which currently are blue), will be yellow. But it will be a lighter yellow, in more of a pastel shade, than the current field-level seats. Ditto the loge level, which will go from bright orange to pastel orange. The reserved level will go from bright blue to turquoise, with the top deck going from bright red to sky blue. The pavilions also will go to the orange pastel. The wooden seats on the suite level will be unchanged, but they will be removed and refurbished before they are reattached. The new color scheme will be practically identical to the one the stadium had when it opened in 1962. But Greenspun cautioned against using the term “retro.” The premium seats beyond each dugout, meanwhile, will be replaced with fewer rows of box seats that will include a tabletop counter in front of, and running the length of, each row. “It is (being done) to eliminate the sightline problems and really create a new level of seating down there,” said Dodgers chief operating officer Marty Greenspun, who added that the boxes will have extra leg room. LOS ANGELES — After hearing countless complaints about bad lines of sight from the new premium field-level seats he had installed down each outfield line last winter, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt vowed to address the problem after the season. That is one promise McCourt is keeping, overhauling those sections as part of a $15-$20 million ballpark renovation that already is under way and is expected to be completed in time for next spring’s Freeway Series with the Angels. With the exception of those on the suite level, all of the stadium’s 56,000 seats will be replaced this off-season. The new seats will be of the same plastic as the old ones, but the ballpark’s color scheme will be dramatically different. center_img “I think it’s a restoration feeling,” he said. “It’s really going back to the time when the stadium was built, which is mid-century modern architecture. It was territorial in nature. There was definitely a Southern California or West Coast mid-century (architecture) and an East Coast mid-century, which was a different color palette than the West Coast palette.” In other words, the idea is that Dodger Stadium, with its new pastel-based scheme, will re-create the feeling of Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Greenspun added that cup holders will now be a staple of every seat in the stadium except those in the pavilions, which will continue to feature bleacher seating only. – The Dodgers have granted Seattle permission to interview Roger McDowell, the pitching coach for their Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, for the Mariners’ vacant pitching coach position. McDowell, who posted 159 saves in a 12-year major-league career that included four seasons with the Dodgers, just completed his second season as the 51s pitching coach. Dodgers pitching coach Jim Colborn had been a strong candidate for the Mariners job, but he decided to join former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy in Pittsburgh. — Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3675. 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

Probe begins into private jet crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The craft routinely has a two-member crew and seats six to eight passengers. The plane is owned by R.S.B. Investments, based in Washington, Pa., a company that does business as Skyward Aviation, Nelson said. Skyward is an aircraft charter, sales and management company. A company spokeswoman said she could not name the victims without the approval of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the probe. Investigator Wayne Pollack flew to Truckee on Thursday from Los Angeles. He and other members of his team will analyze the wreckage and the weather conditions at the time of the crash. The plane attempted to land during a rainy Sierra storm, with winds of 23 mph and gusts hitting more than 40 mph, officials said. The airport had issued a warning on its Web page saying pilots might encounter “turbulence, downdrafts and wind shear.” TRUCKEE, Calif. – Federal investigators began their probe Thursday into the crash of a private business jet heading from Idaho to California that went down in a fiery crash as it tried to land at an airport north of Lake Tahoe, killing both occupants. Placer County Sheriff Edward N. Bonner said the victims had been tentatively identified, but positive identification was awaiting forensic testing. The twin-engine Learjet 35 had taken off from Twin Falls, Idaho, and was scheduled to pick up two passengers at Truckee Tahoe Airport, said Bruce Nelson, a Federal Aviation Administration operations officer in Los Angeles. The passengers were waiting in a car for the plane to arrive when it went down. 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

How Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald deals could impact free agency

first_imgAaron Donald and … The new league year begins March 13 with the start of free agency, but the 2019 season unofficially started this week with the NFL Scouting Combine.Beat writers Matt Schneidman (Raiders) and Cam Inman (49ers) have got you covered in Indianapolis for their respective teams. Here are some other issues to be sorted out in a league-wide sense between now and free agency, the draft, minicamps, training camps and finally the playing of games.The Donald/Mack effectlast_img

R23m upgrade for Cape port

first_img12 March 2004The South African Port Operations – a division of parastatal Transnet – has introduced a state-of-the-art technology at the Cape Town container terminal to improve and manage capacity at the facility.Nad Govender, the general manager of operations in the Western Cape, said SAPO will acquire four new Kalmar straddle carriers to handle the increase in the number of container traffic at the port.The port of Cape Town provides services for containers as well as general cargo port callers.The port handles cargo from the Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia, and Europe.Govender said SAPO had reclaimed a portion of the port to cater for the influx of containers into the harbour.The four berths at the port, which were at different levels, create problems for arriving vessels, Govender said, adding that the six cranes at the harbour, which differed in size, were also inadequate to cater for the increased movement of cargo.He said the Port of Cape Town has six cranes in the terminal, four of which are 25 years old, the other two eight years old.Govender said SAPO will buy eight new Super Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes over a six-year period.“Four of these will replace the existing Demag cranes and the other four will add to the Container Gantry cranes.“We have reclaimed a portion and created additional capacity for containers, which has given us the capacity to handle the volume,” he said.The port operator has invested R23-million for new straddle carriers, which will increase the current fleet from 23 to 27.“This will increase the throughput capacity of the terminal by allowing us to stack containers higher,” Govender said.He added that SAPO had installed 404 additional reefer points to accommodate the growth in refrigerated container cargo, and was also in the process of installing remote reefer monitoring and control systems to improve service delivery.In the 2004/2005 financial year the terminal is expected to handle 480 000 TEU containers, representing a 3.5 percent increase on the previous year’s volumes.Govender added that this growth will continue.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Rhino poaching numbers in South Africa continue to grow

first_img20 November 2014The number of rhinos killed for their horns continues to rise in South Africa, fuelled by a multi-billion dollar illicit global trade in wildlife.The South African department of environmental affairs says 1 020 have been killed so far since January 2014, 16 more than the number of rhinos killed during the same period last year.Kruger National Park seems to be the prime spot for rhino poaching. The park recorded highest number of rhinos killed with 672 poached so far this year. By province, a total of 110 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 84 in KwaZulu-Natal, 70 in Mpumalanga, 58 in North West and 15 in the Eastern Cape.In a statement released on Thursday, 20 November, the department said curbing rhino poaching is exacerbated by the lure of big money for the poachers who are raking in huge amounts of money from their illicit deeds.However, South Africa will continue to strengthen existing measures to curtail the killing of rhinos in the country, and is working on new ways to ensure the long-term survival of the species.“Government is implementing integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa to address the ongoing scourge. This includes interventions aimed at disrupting crime syndicates,’ the department said.Some of the perpetrators have not gone scot free, though. South Africa’s efforts to arrest and bring them to book have seen some success. A total of 344 alleged rhino poachers, couriers and poaching syndicate members have been arrested in South Africa since the start of 2014.The record number of arrests this year follows an intensification of anti-poaching actions by the South African National Parks (SANParks), the police, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and provincial conservation and security officials.“South Africa’s multi-disciplinary response further includes the creation of an intensive protection zone within the Kruger National Park, the introduction and implementation of new technology, pro-active intelligence, improving national, regional and international collaboration, and translocating rhino to safe areas within South Africa, and in rhino range states,’ says the department.Speaking at a Rhino Conservation side event at the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, this week, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, said it is unfortunate that the threat of poaching has continued to escalate while various multi-faceted interventions are being implemented by South Africa.“We are concerned that poaching is part of a multi-billion dollar worldwide illicit wildlife trade. Addressing the scourge is not simple.’The public can report incidents of poaching and tip-offs using the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.SAnews.govlast_img read more