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first_imgDavid Patterson, when in Opposition, self-righteously proclaimed himself as absolutely incorruptible, totally committed to accountability and, particularly, to all procurement laws. Now, as Minister, he is in charge of a Ministry seriously vying for the title champion of corruption. The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) last week confirmed that Minister Patterson’s Ministry deliberately violated procurement laws in awarding the Demerara River Bridge consultancy contract to a Dutch company. The report justifies the call for Minister Patterson to resign immediately. I know the Minister will not resign and I know that, as he hides from the media, President Granger will ignore this and other corrupt deals that have become the norm for his APNU/AFC Government.In September 2017, the Chief Whip of the PPP in Parliament, Gail Teixeira, wrote a letter of complaint to the Chairperson of the PPC, charging that the Public Infrastructure Ministry, with the full approval of Minister Patterson, knowingly violated the Public Procurement Act of Guyana. The complaint related to the award of a contract to a Dutch firm that had submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Ministry, after having ignored a tender that resulted in 23 companies submitting expression of interest. While the PPC has been slow and seemingly disinterested in the slew of corrupt procurement practices that appear to be daily events in Guyana, it did take time to investigate this quite blatant violation of the laws.The consultancy recommended that the new bridge be constructed across the Demerara River from Houston, Greater Georgetown; to a property in Versailles, West Bank Demerara; a property owned by a member of the PNC. Last year, the PPP MPs vigorously objected to the contract and described vividly how the procurement laws were violated by Minister Patterson’s Ministry. The Leader of the Opposition addressed this issue more than once in his engagement with the media. Independent political commentators have also addressed the issue. Now the PPC, headed by the wife of a former leader of the PNC, has unambiguously stated that Minister Patterson’s Ministry, indeed, blatantly breached the procurement laws of Guyana. The report is unequivocal that the Minister was fully aware of the transaction at every step.Twenty-three companies expressed an interest to provide consultancy services – 12 were shortlisted and two submitted their proposals in accordance with the tender requirements. However, the Government annulled the tender. In spite of the recommendation by the National Tender and Procurement Administration Board (NPTAB) that the Public Infrastructure Ministry re-tender for a consultant, given that the original tender was annulled, the Ministry proceeded to award a contract to the Dutch Company, LievenseCSO Engineering Consultancy BV. This company had not submitted an interest in the consultancy and submitted an unsolicited proposal only after the annulment of the original tender to provide consultancy services for the Demerara River Bridge project.Minister Patterson, by memorandum dated November 18 2016, requested Cabinet’s approval to use funds from the Demerara Harbor Bridge Corporation (DHBC) to fund the feasibility study and to commence a contractual engagement with LievenseCSO as of January 1, 2017. Minister Patterson’s memorandum was a direct request from the Minister, sidelining the NPTAB and the DHBC. Cabinet approved the memorandum submitted by the Minister Patterson in November 2016 for a total sum of $161,514,420 to be used from the DHBC to cover cost for the feasibility study for a new bridge across the Demerara River. Rawlston Adams, General Manager of the DHC, signed the contract, but informed the PPC that the Board of the DHC was not a party to the decision to use these funds for this purpose. He was clear that he had not signed the contract on behalf of the DHC, but only signed the contract because he was requested to do so by Minister Patterson. The Minister, facing public queries, had also mis-represented that the funds came from the IDB, a claim the IDB rejected.Since this scandalous development, the Minister now informs us that they will not use this feasibility study because they want to change the kind of bridge to be constructed. Whatever happens, taxpayers’ resources are being wasted and there is no accountability. This transaction, as pointed out by the Opposition and by many others, has now benefited from scrutiny by the PPC and confirmed to have breached the procurement laws of Guyana. The Minister must resign for clear misconduct in office. If he will not, the President has an obligation to dismiss him.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,In recent road travels on the coast from Charity to Springlands, I noticed several potential dangers that could be causes of accidents: parking of vehicles and heavy equipment on the sides or parapets of roads (some even protruding onto the driving lane of the highway); sun-drying of daan (paddy); and burning of chafe (or dried vegetation) on or near the roadway (with billowing black smoke blinding drivers). There were near-accidents, evoking fear of driving on the roads. In fact, I was informed that, over the years, many accidents — some fatal — have already occurred as a result of the preceding related causes; and those accidents have caused too many lives and limbs to be lost.Some form of control is needed, and this may require Government as well as traffic police intervention. In Guyana, there are no hazard alerts of danger ahead. This should be mandatory, or a fine should be imposed for this violation.Owners of vehicles and heavy equipment, and farmers also, need to be considerate of others using the roadway and display utmost regard for life. They should exercise some common sense when parking equipment, or drying daan, or burning garbage. They cannot occupy large stretches of the roadway (especially in residential areas) to dry grains, and they cannot burn waste near roadways; because it creates a situation in which drivers cannot see in front of them, and this leads to head-on collisions.Also, when parking vehicles and equipment — cars, trucks, buses, minivans, combines, ploughs, tractors, trailers, draglines, and other heavy equipment – they should ensure that no part thereof extends onto a parapet or roadway, as this can constitute a fatal accident waiting to happen.In cases when accidents have occurred because of any of the foregoing reasons, the person or persons responsible for setting the stage for the accident to happen by engaging in any of the foregoing practices should be charged and/or sued for contributing to the cause of an accident. These cases should be used as examples or precedents set to prevent potential disasters.In the US, police are known to have levelled manslaughter charges and/or fines on owners of parked vehicles if it was determined that the manner in which their vehicles or equipment were parked contributed to the cause of accidents (resulting in loss of life, property, limbs, etc). It is known as reckless parking and depraved indifference to potential loss of life, and the charges have been justified.In the US, heavy equipment cannot be parked on roadways, except when construction is ongoing; and they have to be kept in a secluded (gated) area where they do not pose any possibility of causing an accident. The same should be done in Guyana, since land space is not an issue. Also when not in use, heavy vehicles should mandatorily be kept off the road.Also, in the US, when there are hazards on the road, there are warning signs and bright visors or reflectors attached to the parked equipment or vehicle, so that motorists are forewarned from some distance away. The same can be required in Guyana.Road construction is also a problem, with no signs being erected warning of holes or trenches or (heavy) equipment ahead on the road. High visibility safety materials (apparel) should be posted on the equipment to alert motorists to slow down and be aware of the danger.With traffic congestion steadily increasing, people need to become safety conscious and use some amount of common sense to prevent potential accidents.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

first_imgA mother who on Tuesday appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty charged with endangering her infant was ordered to pay a fine of 0,000 or face an alternative sentence of three months in prison.Jewel Coates, 35, of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and was not required to plead to the charge.It is alleged that on September 30, 2016, she wilfully contributed to her three-week-old child being in need of protective intervention.During the hearing, Coates told the Magistrate that she did not want the infant anymore and as such, decided to get rid of her.She explained that her decision stemmed from frustration over problems with the child’s father.However, the prosecution contended that on the day in question, Coates was followed by family members after she left with the child.According to a member of the family, Coates put the baby on the roadway and walked away, but subsequently returned after a dog approached the child.She picked up the child and took her to another location where she once again put the child on the corner of the road and ran away.The child was picked up and the matter was reported to the East Ruimveldt Police Outpost. Coates was later arrested and charged for the offence.last_img read more

first_imgCHATSWORTH – Funeral services will be held in Chatsworth today for a Los Angeles police officer killed in a freeway crash last weekend, only hours before an LAPD colleague was found dead as a result of a separate accident on the same freeway. The service for LAPD Detective George “Mike” Selleh, 52, of Simi Valley will begin at 10 a.m. at The Church at Rocky Peak. Selleh was driving his personal motorcycle on the southbound Hollywood (101) Freeway about 3:20 a.m. last Sunday when it struck a car that had crashed into the center divider moments earlier near the Highland Avenue exit, the California Highway Patrol reported. Selleh, who was assigned to the LAPD’s Mission Station, was on his way to provide security at a movie shoot. A 29-year veteran of the LAPD who once worked as a narcotics officer, he is survived by his wife, a 20-year-old son, an 18-year-old daughter and two sisters. About seven hours after Selleh was killed, LAPD Officer David Rodriguez, 33, of Palmdale, was found dead in his car in the center median of the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway near the San Diego (405) Freeway in Sherman Oaks. Services for Rodriguez will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church, 10738 Hayvenhurst Ave., in Granada Hills. Rodriguez was traveling east on the 101 Freeway when his 2004 Mazda hit a guardrail near Sepulveda Boulevard and overturned, according to the CHP. Rodriguez, who had been with the LAPD for 4 1/2 years, worked out of the North Hollywood Station, where the patrol officer was recently assigned to the gang unit. He is survived by his mother and a brother. 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

first_imgLeicester City star Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his reaction to receiving a red card against West Ham on Sunday.Vardy reacted angrily to Jon Moss’ decision to send off the Englishman for diving and could face a further ban, in addition to the automatic one-game suspension for being sent off.The 29-year-old will already miss the Foxes’ game with Swansea but is now also in danger of being suspended for their trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.Chelsea striker Diego Costa received a similar charge following his reaction to being sent off against Everton earlier in the season and was dealt a further one-game ban and a fine of £20,000.Leicester City Football Club have also been charged by the FA for failing to control their players following the awarding of an 83rd minute penalty to the Hammers.Both the player and the club have until 6pm on Thursday 21 April 2016 to reply to their charge. Jamie Vardy reacted angrily to referee Jon Moss’ decision to send him off 1last_img read more

first_imgSo the students are seeking a local celebrity act who can help out or donate their time. For more information, call Cowan’s class at (661) 538-0304, ext. 246. “We are looking for celebrity talent. This is kids trying to further their education,” Bishop said. In the meantime, the students have been auditioning student rock bands, dancers and singers to perform at the concert. The students made a Power Point presentation to Antelope Valley Nissan Superstore in Palmdale, where Bishop’s father is service manager, and asked the car dealership to sponsor the event. “We talked about the benefits for them and us, helping us further our education, and putting their name and ROP’s name out,” Bishop said. The dealership agreed and is contributing more than $7,000 to sponsor the concert, including getting the venue, providing lighting and helping with advertising. “It was a couple of things. One was it’s our own community, and the ROP class did a great job in doing the presentation,” said Keith Turner, Antelope Valley Nissan’s general sales manager. Senior Leah Lippincott, who is manager of advertising and marketing for the concert, said the students this year decided to have a collaborative senior project. The ROP project management class plans events at Highland such as college information night and other school events. “We also learn about business and entrepreneurship and running your own business,” Lippincott said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Twenty-seven Highland High School students are auditioning local talent and hunting for a celebrity headliner act for a benefit concert that will raise scholarship money for students in high school vocational training programs. With financial help from a local car dealership, where the father of one student works, the group has booked a hall at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Nov. 11 for the “Dollars for Scholars Benefit Concert.” The organizers’ goal is to raise $24,000. Highland senior William Bishop said he got the idea for the concert after attending a Regional Occupational Program scholarship event at the end of last school year. “These were bright kids attending four-year universities. I sat there and watched them get $1,500 checks. But they are going to a four-year university and only getting $1,500. That covers a class and a book,” Bishop said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“The next day I sat down and asked how can we increase scholarship funds and said let’s have a concert with famous celebrity guests,” Bishop said. The students are in an ROP project management class and are putting on the concert as part of their senior project, a graduation requirement. The concert will take place from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the J.P. Eliopulos Pavilion. Tickets bought in advance cost $20, at the door, $25. “I think it’s excellent. It’s nothing for themselves. It’s the first time it’s being done. It’s a project for students being run by students,” said Daphene Cowan, the project management class teacher. The students had hoped to sign Pretty Ricky, a hip hop ensemble, to perform, but the group at the last minute said they had to go to Japan to film a music video. last_img read more

first_imgFemale action star: Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, Uma Thurman. Male action star: Johnny Depp, Samuel L. Jackson, Jet Li. On-screen matchup: Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn in “The Break-Up”; Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Departed”; Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Female singer: Faith Hill, Shakira, Carrie Underwood. Male singer: Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith. Group: Black Eyed Peas, Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Pop song: “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira; “Promiscuous,” Nelly Furtado; “Stupid Girls,” Pink. Rock song: “Call Me When You’re Sober,” Evanescence; “Dani California,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi. R&B song: “Ain’t No Other Man,” Christina Aguilera; “Sexyback,” Justin Timberlake; “Shake It Off,” Mariah Carey. Hip-Hop song: “Grillz,” Nelly; “Ridin’,” Chamillionaire; “Shake That,” Eminem. Country song: “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood; “What Hurts the Most,” Rascal Flatts; “When the Stars Go Blue,” Tim McGraw. TV comedy: “The King of Queens,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Two and a Half Men.” Animated TV comedy: “Family Guy,” “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons.” TV drama: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House.” Competition/Reality show: “American Idol,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Talk-show host: Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey. Female TV star: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Male TV star: Patrick Dempsey, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood and Shakira lead the nominees for the 33rd annual People’s Choice Awards. The nominations were announced Tuesday at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills by Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Isaiah Washington and Kate Walsh. Internet research firm Knowledge Networks called on pop-culture fans to help determine the nominees. The public can help choose the winners online at www.pcavote.com. The CBS-TV show will be broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 9. A second round of nominees for categories that include favorite movie, new TV comedy and remake of a song will be announced later. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The first round nominees are: Female movie star: Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock. Male movie star: Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington. Leading lady: Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson. Leading man: Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT — DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group will unveil a restructuring plan that includes job cuts and plant closures when it releases its 2006 earnings in February, a company official said Friday. The official, who did not want to be identified because he is not authorized to speak about the plan, said the restructuring won’t be as drastic as in 2001, when Chrysler shed 40,000 employees with layoffs and the sale of component plants. Company spokesman Jason Vines would not comment on the plan, details of which were reported by The Detroit News on Friday. DaimlerChrysler’s shares fell 43 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $60.80 on the New York Stock Exchange. Industry analysts have predicted job cuts and up to two plant closures as Chrysler moves to stem losses. The company lost $1.5 billion in the third quarter, and its sales were down 7.7 percent through November compared to sales in the first 11 months of last year. Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Tom LaSorda has said he does not expect widespread buyout and early retirement offers to be included in the restructuring. Domestic competitors Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. both offered buyouts to all their hourly workers earlier this year. About 38,000 Ford workers signed up for the offers, while 34,000 GM employees have decided to leave the company. LaSorda has been giving the DaimlerChrysler governing board updates on the restructuring at its meetings, the official said. The board last met on Wednesday. Analysts have speculated that a Chrysler plant in Newark, Del., that makes large sport utility vehicles and one in St. Louis that makes pickup trucks are likely to be closed when the restructuring is announced. DaimlerChrysler AG plans to make its 2006 earnings announcement at Chrysler Group’s Auburn Hills headquarters on Feb. 14. Company officials have said previously that they are looking for cost cuts in all operations and that the results would be unveiled in the first quarter of next year. In July, the company began to look for cuts amounting to $1,000 per car, but expanded its cost-cutting efforts in September after the dramatic third-quarter loss.last_img read more

first_imgCloonacool52038366174 St Farnan’s32016148134 Castleconnor G.A.A Club2101544682 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS St Mary’s50053187-560 Tubbercurry GAA Club6204989354 Owenmore Gaels54019062288 Easkey7511121932811 St Molaise Gaels7313979527 St John’s730491105-146 Curry/Curraigh7115105119-143 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), St Mary’s 2-6 Tourlestrane 1-16Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), CooleraStrandhill 3-8 Tubbercurry 5-12Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), Coolaney/Mullinabreena 2-19 St Molaise Gaels 2-16Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), Curry 1-18 Eastern Harps 0-12Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), Shamrock Gaels 2-11 Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 0-6 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane41036958112 St Farnan’s710677101-242 Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / Mullinabreena75111351211411 Enniscrone/Kilglass7313121103187 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2 Castleconnor G.A.A Club63219484108 Cúil Irra/Leathros/CooleraStrandhill410342100-582 Bunninadden7313109114-57 St Patrick’s711589118-293 Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige7403909008 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA club712485104-194 St Michael’s/Naomh Mícheál710656116-602 Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane7610112773513 Shamrock Gaels/Gaeil na Seamróige510464103-392 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS St Molaise Gaels43018866226 Owenmore Gaels31024779-322 Calry/St Joseph’s7601123744912 Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / Mullinabreena44009638588 St Mary’s75021231022110 Eastern Harps61146387-243 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 2Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), St Patrick’s/Dromard 0-9 St Michael’s 2-8Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), Easkey 3-11 Calry/St Joseph’s 0-10Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), Castleconnor 2-16 St John’s 1-14Sun, 10 Jun, (Round: Round 7), St Farnan’s 2-16 Enniscrone/Kilglass 3-10 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3Sat, 09 Jun, (Round: Round 5), Cloonacool 0-11 Shamrock Gaels 2-8 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 4 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 3 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 4Fri, 08 Jun, (Round: Round 4), Owenmore Gaels 1-6 Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 6-15Sat, 09 Jun, (Round: Round 4), St Molaise Gaels 3-19 CooleraStrandhill 1-5 Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA club42028060204 Geevagh650196692710 Calry/St Joseph’s30033965-260 Ballymote Round Towers44008826628 Eastern Harps53025565-106 Curry/Curraigh54016679-138 Cúil Irra/Leathros/CooleraStrandhill721483103-205 Easkey31025661-52last_img read more

first_imgdoesn’t get much more Jersey than this! • Taylor Ham+French Toast ice cream debuts tomorrow as part of our ‘Only In Jersey’ collection! #taylorham #maplesyrup #icecream #jersey @petegenovese @FoodAddictors @nytfood @NewJerseyFood @Food52 @PeopleFood10:36 PM – Apr 20, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy I’m just not sure these are two foods that needed to get-it-on.  An ice cream company called Windy Brow Farms just created an ice cream that’s filled with big chunks of PORK.  Every gallon has almost a pound of pork roll in it. (UPI) 18 people are talking about this View image on Twittercenter_img The ice cream is also flavored with French toast and maple syrup because they realized if it was JUST pork ice cream it’d be, in their words, “gross.” Windy Brow Farms@WindyBrowFarms If you’re interested, you’ll probably have to go to their main store in New Jersey or other ice cream shops in that area.  Or just buy some ham and mix it into a pint of Haagen-Dazs. 27last_img read more