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MCSSTA Election Registration Extended

first_imgRegistration for the February 17 presidential elections of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has been extended to Jan. 2, 2017.The Independent Elections Commission Chairman, Mason Saweler, told this newspaper in an interview that the extension is to afford interested candidates the opportunity to complete their registrations.Mr. Saweler is also the regional chairman of the MCSS Parent Teachers Association (MCSSPTA). He said so far three candidates have registered for the presidency.He named the candidates as Veto V. Garway (G. W. Gibson), Jargbah A. Jargbah (Gaye Town) and Augustine N. Nyormui (Emmanuel Johnson).He also named other positions yet to be registered for to include vice president, secretary, assistant secretary, financial secretary, among others.“It is our responsibility to make sure that the time-table that the IEC has set for the conclusion of a successful and transparent election is observed,” he said.Saweler appealed to prospective candidates and MCSSTA members to demonstrate their commitment to the rules and guidelines associated with the elections.The MCSSTA Independent Elections Commission was established recently to organize presidential elections for the association, after previous arrangements did not work as expected.The current MCSSTA Independent Elections Commission is co-chaired by Ms. Sonita Dangan, with J. Nwanakula Paye as secretary. Other members are John K. Cummings and Ms. Quita Kumakeh. A representative each from the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) is expected to join the Commission.Chairman Saweler is also the president of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sole-sourced medical $135M contract given to fly-by-night company

first_img… last such contract I will defend – Health MinisterFollowing the pronouncements made by the Alliance for Change (AFC), Minister of Governance RaphaelThe Hydronie, Parika, East Bank Essequibo address of Caribbean Medical Supplies IncTrotman that government gave its no-objections in awarding, via sole sourcing, a $135 million contract for medical equipment to Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc, his A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) counterpart Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, now affirms he will not be supporting any more procurement contracts that will be sole-sourced.The AFC/APNU coalition government came under heavy criticism for promulgating the established procurement procedure that they vehemently condemned under the previous administration.Trotman had revealed through the press that Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc (CMSI), was awarded the $135 million contract to sole source medical equipment such as Biohit Pipette Tips and Devices; Nova Express Test Strips; two sets of Beckman Coulter Reagents and Becton Dickenson Syringes, needles and tubes.In defending the need for the entity to sole source the supplies, Trotman posited that sole sourcing is done when there is the possibility that tendering for supplies would inevitably cause delays which could bePublic Health Minister, Dr George Nortondetrimental to patients who are in need of critical drugs to be supplied.He said further: “The process of going out to tender – the time would cause delay in delivery and of course, the downside of that is people’s lives would be affected. So in an effort to avoid any complaint or any loss of life or injury to person as a result to the absence of critical drugs and equipment, we thought it best to approve this particular sourcing.”However medical sources opined that it was very unlikely the medical laboratory equipment was needed so urgently to “save lives” since they would have been used to conduct routine tests.According to Dr Norton, the swiftness at which they could acquire the medical equipment is why they opted to go the sole sourcing route, but “it is something we are making every effort to get away from, I can assure you. I thought by now we would be rid of sole sourcing, it still exists, but that is the last sole sourcing that I would defend at Cabinet. I wrote to all those in the process of procurement for the Ministry and said to them in no uncertain terms that I will defer any Cabinet paper seeking approval for sole sourcing.”Company’s credibilityGuyana Times understands from a well-placed source that the company, CMSI, which was given the sole sourcing contract is a financier of one of the political parties in the coalition government. This has to be taken against the backdrop of recent pronouncements made in AFC quarters that campaign contributors are “investors who expect returns” on their investments, the source highlighted.Last November the company which just has an address at Parika with no sign of employees or business activity won its first sole sourced contract to supply $35.1M of HIV rapid test kits for the ministry of public health. The HIV tests kits were simply bought over the internet and shopped into the country.In fact, Minister Norton in addressing the observations made about the credibility of the company to deliver such large contracts said: “I must tell you that my Cabinet colleagues, they argued strongly against that particular company, because people wanted to know why is it that this company only formed in 2013, have a large proportion of contracts. I don’t know anything about this company, where it was formed and so on except for the fact that they were recommended by NPTAB [National Procurement and Tender Administration Board].”The AFC/APNU government was very critical of the composition and structure of the NPTAB when they were in Opposition, in fact, AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan had said that “the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board is compromised, given that all of the members are appointed by the Ministry of Finance and are subject to directives from that Ministry.”“Now that they are in government, it seems they have adopted this ‘compromising’ stance” said the source.The Finance Minister, Winston Jordon, had said that a number of reforms to NPTAB were to be addressed but could not disclose what those reforms were going to be and when they would be accomplished. However, since the change of government, NPTAB changed the composition of its board.According to the reliable source, contrary to what the government is saying, the tenders for contracts are being deliberately delayed, either by NPTAB or higher, so as to facilitate sole sourcing for companies that are aligned to this new administration.The source said further, that confidential information, such as bidding prices, of companies that are vying for contracts are being leaked to “the select chosen companies” so that they can outbid or in some cases know whether to split the contracts so that they could come in at the lowest competitive bidding price.Just recently, Guyana Times published an article where a director on the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) accused the government of corruption, citing that they “secretly” awarded a $420M fertiliser contract to a foreign company HDM Labs, whose principal it was outlined, was a campaign financier of the AFC during the 2015 elections.The contract it seems is now dead since HDM Labs, based on the information supplied, does not have the capital necessary to execute the contract.Guyana Times source highlighted that there is a “worrying pattern” that is developing which shows that this government, in delivering on its “investors who expect returns on their investment” policy are allowing their “investors”, who might not be “credible” in a particular field of business, the opportunity to supply contracts. This the source said will have “deleterious consequences,” especially with the quality and standard of the commodity being imported and the impact such transactions will have on the economy.“If these contracts are given to foreign principals, even though there are local manufactures that can supply the same services, then the local manufacturers will suffer losses, eventually leading to them restructuring, which would equate to jobs losses as opposed to job creation had the monies expanded for the contracts been utilised in the local economy”, said the source.Attempts to contact CMSI which is located at Hydronie, Parika, East Bank Essequibo, for a response proved futile.last_img read more

Corentyne woman hacked to death by neighbour

first_imgA man is in custody after almost decapitating his neighbour at Belvedere, Corentyne.Dead is Bhumattie Delall, 53, of 351 Fifth Street, South Belvedere. Reports are that Delall was in her yard, when her neighbour, a cane harvester, armed with a cutlass, went into the yard and dealt her several chops to her neck, almost severing it. He then calmly walked out of the yard and crossed the street into his yard where he was later arrested. The suspect’s name has been given as Jainarine Balgobin, called “Boyo”. Balgobin had allegedly stolen money from a brother-in-law and was detained by Police at Albion. However, on Monday, his mother settled the matter and he was released.The bod of Bhumattie Delall being removed from her homeNeighbours say Balgobin has a history of physically abusing his mother and on most times, the now dead Delall would go over to make peace.On Monday, Balgobin allegedly sexually assaulted Delall by fondling her private parts as she was in her yard. About 09:00h on Wednesday, he started to verbally assault her and neighbours. He walked into the yard and left shortly afterwards and went onto the street where he continued his explicit tirade against the neighbours. He then ran back into Delall’s yard and chopped her to death. The dead woman’s sister, Chandra Kumarie Hussain told reporters that she was at home when she received a phone call informing her of her sister’s death. She said upon her arrival at the scene, her sister’s lifeless body was lying on the floor amid blood smears.According to one eyewitness, after Balgobin left the yard, neighbours rushed in and moments later some were seen slowly walking out with their heads bowed. One villager described the scene as “bloody”.Some referred to Balgobin as being “mentally unstable” and a frequent user of illegal drugs. Delall was divorced, unemployed and supported by overseas relatives. She took care of a 26-year-old daughter, Purnime Nandram and her two children.She leaves to mourn two children and two grandchildren, including a two-year-old who witnessed the chopping.last_img read more

Good news for Halfway River Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – No news is also good news for the Halfway River Fire.The fire has not grown past the 5,000 hectares it grew to yesterday. The fire is also still contained at 50%.The B.C. Wildfire Service says that operations have gone well, and will continue today.“Dozer guard west of Farrell Creek on the SW flank is complete, patrol and mop-up continues on the perimeter where possible. Planned ignitions on the south flank were successful and burning on the north and west flanks may happen today as opportunities arise”- Advertisement -Rain is expected to hit the Peace River Region tonight, which will also help fire fighting efforts.The current list of crew working on the fire are the following:Advertisement • 61 firefighters• 5 helicopters• 3 heavy equipment15 support staff are also working on this incident.last_img read more

Carver calls for Newcastle to be more professional

first_imgNewcastle manager John Carver called for his side to be more professional, after the Magpies conceded a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Sunday.The 50-year-old looked good for his second consecutive win as head coach, before Peter Crouch struck with a stopper-time header as the Potters exploited the hosts’ lack of organisation in defence. “I’ve told the guys in that dressing room they have to be more professional,” said Carver. “There’s two minutes left on the clock, we’ve got the ball in the final third, we play four five passes backwards to our goalkeeper who kicks it, we’re out of shape and before you know it it’s in the back of the net.“We can’t do that. They’re young players learning their trade.“Why take the free-kick so quickly? The one thing I’ve worked on since taking over is making sure that we’re in a good shape when we take goal kicks and free-kicks and we were too open.”He added: “We’ve got to see games out; you can’t afford to give one opportunity. Really, in the second half they’ve had one opportunity and scored.”Carver also refuted claims that Jack Colback should have been awarded a second yellow card for a tackle on Victor Moses, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes calling for referee Kevin Friend to be “stronger” in producing a red card for the 25-year-old.“Colback is a very competitive footballer and I wouldn’t have him any other way,” Carver said. “But so is Glenn] Whelan, so is [Steven] N’Zonzi, so is [Phil] Bardsley.“This is a competitive league and there are a lot of things that go unpunished. It might have been a suspect tackle, but the referee controlled the game quite well and managed that situation well, so I’ve got no complaints there.”last_img read more

`Sweat And Tears’

first_imgBungalow N26 outside County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a triple-wide trailer that for more than 20 years has served as the hospital’s Child Crisis Center, where doctors examine suspected child abuse victims. Until recently, Exam Room 1, where children are taken for physical evaluations, was a plainly decorated place with peeling wallpaper borders and an old, dingy floor. The walls hadn’t been painted in at least seven years. But now the room has a new vibe thanks to the efforts of Ali Gomez, a Redondo Union High School student who gave the room a makeover in her effort to receive the Gold Award, a Girl Scout’s highest honor. “It was an OK room before, but now it’s a very child-friendly room,” said Sheri Lovall, a nurse practitioner at the Child Crisis Center. “She performed a service that was much-needed for our clients.” The 17-year-old Gomez repainted the room light blue, put in white linoleum flooring and new blinds, added a shelf for books and sewed – for the first time – 100 cloth bags and filled them with school supplies for the center’s patients to take home. She even got a volunteer muralist to paint a beach scene on the wall across from the exam table. Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories profiling the community service projects of Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts earning Gold Awards. Send information on such projects to Lisa Martini, assistant city editor, at 310-540-5511, Ext. 356, or lisa. martini@dailybreeze.com. By Laura E. Davis STAFF WRITER Lovall said the mural is a special addition to the room because it provides kids with a distraction while they are being examined. “It makes a big difference with the families,” she said. “It’s very calming, very pleasant.” Gomez knew when she first began brainstorming ideas for her Gold Award project that it had to have a connection with children. “I knew I wanted to work with kids and help in some way with children,” she said. Gomez’s troop leader, Anna Conway, said she was proud of Gomez’s project choice. “She picked something that was out of her comfort zone because she doesn’t really like hospitals or that environment,” Conway said. Gomez proposed her project to the Angeles Girl Scout Council in March, she said, and the council approved it in late April. She began work on the room in mid-July. Gomez said she originally wanted to improve the pediatric emergency room in the main hospital, but she faced too much bureaucracy. The hospital referred her to the Child Crisis Center. There, she met with program director Rosanna Beaumont, who became her mentor. “She helped me and she encouraged me, and she motivated me to do it,” Gomez said. Last year, only about 5 percent of eligible registered Girl Scouts – those in grades 10 through 12 – received their Gold Awards, according to the Girl Scout Web site. Gomez and four other girls with her in Troop 91, which she has been a part of for 11 years, are going for their Gold Awards. Although Gomez logged 81 hours for the project, she is not yet a guaranteed Gold Award recipient. The Angeles Girl Scout Council must review her work and decide if Gomez should receive the honor. Gomez and her mother, Angelica Gomez, said the most frustrating part of the project was realizing that businesses she thought would donate supplies were not willing to help her. “She was thinking she was going to go in there and they were going to say, `Sure, let me see what I can give you,’ and everybody kept saying `No,”‘ Angelica Gomez said. “It was a lot harder than we thought.” Instead, Gomez relied on contacts through her friends and family for supplies and monetary donations. The dental practice where her aunt works gave her $200 for supplies, she said. And her grandfather’s autobody business bought all the materials needed for the room. She knew the muralist through a cousin, and a contractor friend helped install the floor. “It was literally true that Ali did put her sweat and tears into this project,” Beaumont said, since Gomez both cried over her frustrations and sweated during the labor. Gomez did all her work over four or five weekends, when the center is closed, so she didn’t get to meet any of the children she was helping, she said. But when she recently went to drop something off during work hours, she and her mother saw a young boy, about 2 or 3 years old, emerging from the center, holding a social worker’s hand and clutching a teddy bear under his arm. “It made it real for us,” Gomez’s mother said. laura.davis@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

LETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS CUP FINALS

first_imgThe Letterkenny and District Schoolboys league held four cup finals over the past week with Ballyraine FC, Letterkenny Rovers and Glencar Schoolboys all coming out victorious.Three finals were played at Leckview Park and one at the Community Centre. DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR BALLYRAINE FCBallyraine FC had a double celebration at the weekend when their Under 12s and 14s won their finals against Bonagee United and Glencar Hammers respectively. Their under 14s had a 4-0 victory over Glencar Hammers in the Shield Final at the Community Centre. Ballyraine goal scorers were Eoghan Harkin(2), Conor Gallen and Ben Fleming.Their Under 12s defeated Bonagee on penalties after the game finished 1-1 aet in the Schoolboys Under 12 Cup Final on Sunday evening. Ballyraine took the lead through Mikey Sweeney but Bonagee equalised with a wonder goal from Aaron Wasson. Ballyraine won 4-3 in the shoot out. The victorious Ballyraine side was managed by Charlie Shields. Charlie has been involved in local football in the town for almost 30 years. ROVERS COMPLETE TREBLELetterkenny Rovers Under 16’s completed a league and cup treble on Saturday afternoon after another penalty shoot out . Rovers who previously won the Schoolboys league along with the Donegal Schoolboys Champions League defeated Swilly Rovers in the Legues Cup Final. Letterkenny’s keeper Chris O’Donnell scored and saved three spot kicks in a dramatic 9-8 penalty shoot-out after the game finished 1-1 aet. Kevin O’Donnell had put the Cathedral Town side ahead before Darragh Black equalised for the Ramelton men.GLENCAR SQUEEZE PAST LAGANAnd also on Saturday, Glencar Schoolboys won the Under 14 Cup final after overcoming Lagan Harps by 3 goals to 2. Lagan were unlucky in this game as they found themselves 3-0 down at one stage in the contest. Glencar goalscorers were Billy Jnr Bandy, Gareth Doherty and Luke Nelis. Steven Gallagher along with an Og were the goals Lagan registered.RESULTSUNDER 12 CUP FINALBallyraine 1–1 Bonagee United Ballyraine won on penaltiesUNDER 14 SHIELD FINALGlencar Hammers 0-4 BallyraineUNDER 14 CUP FINAL Glencar 3-2 Lagan HarpsUnder 16 CUP FINALLetterkenny Rovers 1-1 Swilly RoversLetterkenny won on penaltiesLETTERKENNY AND DISTRICT SCHOOLBOYS CUP FINALS was last modified: May 21st, 2012 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:Letterkenny and District Schoolboy Cup Finalslast_img read more

CELEBRATING SAM’S RETURN AT PRAMERICA

first_img CELEBRATING SAM’S RETURN AT PRAMERICA was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CELEBRATING SAM’S RETURN AT PRAMERICA STAFF at Pramerica will be hitting the town in Letterkenny tonight to celebrate the return of Sam Maguire.Ahead of the visit here’s some snaps showing them getting into the spirit of Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland heroes. last_img

SCHOOLS SUCCESS FOR LOCAL ATHLETES

first_imgBy Patsy McGonagle: Well it was one of those special day the Irish schools athletics finals at Tullamore; the sun was shining, there were many many qualifiers from earlier Ulster qualification and the excitement and nature of the competition was always going to provide a serious test to the adequacy of Donegal athletics at this point.Well to get straight to the point it came in somewhere in the area of B + in terms of medals won ,diversity of disciplines engaged in and performance . The best day ever overall really so the curve is rising . The acheivers were by school St Columbas , Stranorlar, Blaithnaid Patton, triple jump gold 11. 27 having being earlier dissappointed with her high jump . Ian Brennan a bronze , pb in triple jump 12.93 how neat it would be if he could climb beyond 13m this season .,Jade Leeper discus bronze 33.06and Janine Boyle silver long 5-24m and beat simply on the dip in 100m as photofinish indicated it was that close . Brendan o Donnell ,St Eunans early in the day got the hammer out to 53m + to win easily and late afternoon was only centimetres off a discus gold 44m odd . Finn Valley College athlete Naoimh Mc Granaghan bronze in the javelin and Sommer Lecky a gold at 1.63 in the high for her school Strabane Academy ,she competes out off Fvac, and indeed jumped similar to 3rd in long but squeezed out on countback. Abbet Voc School had Kate Mc Gowan with a pb 400m hurdles 62.32 to win and for good measure her friend Kelly Mc Grory 3rd and they formed part of the senior girls relay bronze team add in a silver for Katie Hoad in the pole vault.Gairmscoil Cu Uladh Aaron Mc Glynn ran an absolute blinder a mature race to win impressively over 800m his time 2.0.78 just outside the schools record and i repeat just that record held by Galway man Paul O Donovan at 2.00.0 from way back in 1978 .The Kelly lads from the Royal and Prior first up Leaving Cert student John 17.27m in the shot an easy victory BUT he was chasing Victor Costello s outstanding record of 17.93m set 1990 and he fell short and such is the heights indeed distances he pushs towards he was disappointed then brother James in round 4 got out to 14.06 m in junior boys shot to edge the title a rare occurence two brothers in gold on Schools day.Finally from Killybegs V S Dylan Kearns stepped up to the mark with a 43m odd javelin to claim silver . A strong medal tally all round the influence of dedicated coaching in the clubs and the support of certain schools combined to bring this positive day to a conclusion . One can’t but remark on the none-engagement of many schools throughourt the area at Ulster schools level and therein possibly is the key to bringing that B+ to an A + in the years ahead as the sport continues to develop. Its interesting at this point in time to note Irish schools records held by Donegal school/club athletes . They are as follows noel Collins inter boys 1500 steeple 2007 4.18.30; Ruairi Finnegan ,3.55.22 1500m inter boys 2011; Abbey Voc School junior girls relay 50.34 2011 and Inter relay 2013 49.23 ;Mary Mc Loone ,Triple jump senior 11.73 in 2000;   SCHOOLS SUCCESS FOR LOCAL ATHLETES was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:athleticsdonegal schoolsTULLAMORElast_img read more

St. Paul shuts out Redondo

first_img The leading tacklers for St. Paul included Macias (nine), Solis (six), De La Cruz (five) and Peak (two). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDONDO BEACH — Two touchdowns within a 42-second span early in the fourth quarter decided visiting St. Paul High School’s 24-0 nonleague victory over Redondo Union on Friday night. With 9:28 left in the game, St. Paul quarterback Pete Gonzalez passed 5 yards to Matt Carrillo to give the Swordsmen a 17-0 lead. The big plays on the 80-yard drive were a 15-yard run Nicolas Grigsby and a 25-yard pass from Gonzalez to Jesse Martinez. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 On the crucial play, a tackle by Solis and Michael Peak stopped the Seahawks, giving the Swordsmen the ball on downs. St. Paul then drove 99 yards, with Grigsby running five yards behind the blocks of David Hatch, Keith Ojeda and Jose Perez into the end zone to give the Swordsmen a 7-0 lead with 10:44 left before halftime. The key plays on the drive included Grigsby runs of 16, 23, 10 and 15 yards. Grigsby, the Swordsmen’s top running back, carried the ball 18 times for 136 yards and one TD. St. Paul stopped Redondo on downs again on the Seahawks’ next possession. After Redondo had driven to midfield, tackles on successive plays by Devin De La Cruz, Macias and Carrillo set up a crucial fourth- down play. Carrillo tackled the Redondo quarterback as he threw the ball, causing an incompletion. With 27 seconds left in the first half, St. Paul began a 62-yard drive that culminated in Michael Thomas’ 32-yard field goal. The long-gaining plays on the drive included Grigsby’s 18-yard run, a 15-yard pass from Gonzalez to Martinez and a 20-yard pass from Gonzalez to Grigsby. center_img Four plays later, Swordsmen linebacker Jonathan Solis returned an intercepted pass 37 yards to give St. Paul its final touchdown. The game began in dramatic fashion when St. Paul stopped Redondo on the game’s first possession at the St. Paul 1. After Redondo had driven to a first down at the St. Paul 8, tackles on three consecutive plays by Rigo Macias forced the Seahawks into a fourth-and-1. last_img read more