There will be no distrust in Public Procurement System – Patterson

first_imgAlluding that some persons were of the misconception that they could be awarded contracts because of a ministerial or political connection, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Friday set the record straight by stating that there should be no distrust in the system because the Ministry would be interrogating every contract.Patterson made this declaration at the opening of the Procurement Symposium at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, East Coast Demerara. He stated that when they took office they were approached by persons with contracts for employment but when they interviewed them it was disclosed that “these people” never submitted a tender.He stated it is because of this distorted system that persons ended up having “complete distrust in our procurement system” and were under the impression that the process was there to empower “certain contractors,” while the other entrants did not stand a chance.Labelling it as a misapprehension, Patterson affirmed that his Ministry, along with the Finance Ministry would not allow it to live on. He indicated that the Public Infrastructure Ministry had started to interrogate the tenders received, and what they found were some glaring omissions.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonHe stated that persons were not completing their forms or providing sufficient information for them to be awarded the contracts. He added that his Ministry is guided by procurement laws and they cannot subvert them, so if proper tenders are not submitted then contractors would not “stand a chance” at getting contracts.Indicating that some persons were expressing frustration with the government and declaring that “this is not what they voted for,” Patterson stated that if they voted for law and order, then they should not expect anything less; thus the path to acquiring contracts would be transparent and open.“Not because you voted for change means that automatically you have voted yourself a contract. We stand for law and order…and I’m sure you would not want us to go down a path that is not open and transparent,” he said.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson stated that the objective of the symposium is to educate the existing and new suppliers of civil works and services on the procurement requirements legislations.She stated that public procurement is a very critical issue for the government since more than 70 per cent of the National Budget accounts for public procurement, approximately $160B annually. The Ministry of Finance estimates that public procurement accounts for 27 per cent of the country’s GDP.Former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran contended that as a result of weaknesses in the system of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the government loses approximately $28B annually due to corrupt behaviour in public procurement, which includes sole servicing of drug contracts, contract splitting, inflated engineer estimates, evaluation bias on behalf of favoured contractors, the use of inexperienced contractors, the absence of competitive bidding in some cases and over-payments to contractors.This has raised significant concerns within the Ministry, Ferguson said, adding that the symposium is thus “timely and pushes to increase transparency and fairness and eliminate corruption throughout education of the procurement act and regulations.”She stated that the Ministry anticipates that from this symposium they will attract more suppliers of works and services to enhance the competitive bidding process: “We hope that new suppliers with the requisite education and qualifications will be able to qualify and produce quality works and services.”She indicated that it will advance the reputation of contractors and “the government will get value for money, the citizens are happy and there is less financial burden on the treasury”.At the symposium new entrants were educated on the National Procurement Act and the prequalification for contracts, as well as how to become compliant with the Guyana Revenue Authority, National Insurance Scheme, and local insurance companies.They were able to learn about the bid evaluation process and were privy to a simulation bid submission. This simulation highlighted the “dos and don’ts” of bid submissions and provided participants with realistic examples. Moreover, focus was placed on informing participants on the contract award process, as well as the protest process.last_img read more

NLC students perform under pressure

first_imgStudents in the Industrial Instrumentation Foundation Trades program at the Fort St. John Campus of Northern Lights College showed their creativity during a recent piping project.Instructor Stacy Smith asked the students to construct three-dimensional (geometric) shapes that could be pressure tested (and hold) to 30 pounds per square inch (PSI).The projects yielded some impressive results, with the students proudly displaying their work in the classroom.- Advertisement -For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programs at NLC, check the website at or call the College at 1-866-463-6652. Photo:  Brittany Zarichney, Christine Micha, and Lucy Downey show off there projectlast_img read more

Video: See Benfica wonderkid Renato Sanches’ sensational tackle on Hulk

first_imgBenfica wonderkid Renato Sanches is beginning to make a real mark in Europe.The 18-year-old midfielder, in just his third ever Champions League clash, was up against a host of talented Zenit St Petersburg stars.He more than held his own against the likes of Axel Witsel, ex-Manchester City man Javi Garcia and compatriot Danny.The player who felt his force most, though, was Brazil star Hulk who, when it appeared he’d beaten the youngster in the middle of the park, had the ball pickpocketed from him in the most astonishing manner.It’s no wonder the player is one of Football Manager 2016’s top wonderkids!You can see the excellent tackle in Benfica’s 1-0 victory in the video above…last_img read more


first_imgCars left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.Donegal has been battered with overnight storms with many places flooded across the county.Parts of Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Annagry have been badly hit.Power cables are down, a boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg while the car park in Donegal Town was completely submerged in water. Our pictures show the impact of high tides and strong winds have had on Co Donegal overnight.A boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg this morning. Pic by Neil Campbell.People are being warned not to go walking along the coastline as storm-force winds of up to 120 mph continue to last the county.Met Eireann have kept a status orange alert for Donegal and other parts of the countryA huge section of Annagry village was left under water. Cars parked overnight alongside The Pier in Donegal Town were left stranded with the fire services attending at first light.ESB crews have been called out across the county with a number of reports of downed powerlines.The ESB are currently fixing a powerline which has come down on the Carnmore Road in Dungloe.Hundreds of homes in Lifford, Newtowncunningham, Dungloe and Bunbeg are without power.Despite the storm-like conditions there are no reports of serious injuries. Send all your storm pictures to and we publish them as soon as we can.A large section of Annagry village was left under water this morning. Pic by James McDevitt.The tourist office in Donegal Town was in danger of being flooded this morning. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.A car left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 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:AnnagrydonegalDonegal TowndungloeESBFLOODINGstormlast_img read more


first_imgIs í Lauren Ní Bhaoill a bhuaigh an chéad áit sa chomórtas nua scríbhneoireachta, a reáchtáladh den chéad uair i mbliana i gcuimhne ar Phádraic Uí Chonaire agus ar fhís chultúir 1916.Is í Lauren Ní Bhaoill, mac léinn Ardteiste ó Thoraigh i nDún na nGall buaiteoir Chomórtas Uí Chonaire, comórtas scríbhneoireachta a d’eagraigh Conradh na Gaeilge do scríbhneoirí faoi bhun 25 bliana d’aois anuraidh. Is é Lorcán Ó Conchubhair, as Cnoc na Cathrach i nGaillimh a bhuaigh an dara háit, agus roinneadh an tríú duais idir Éadaoin Ní Dhomhnaill, as Inis Meáin agus Gráinne Ní Mhuilneoir as Port Laoise.Eagraíodh an comórtas i gcuimhne ar Phádraic Ó Conaire, scríbhneoir clúiteach na Gaillimhe agus mar chomóradh ar an bhfís litríochta a bhí ag baill Chonradh na Gaeilge a ghlac páirt in Éirí Amach na Cásca.Bronnfar duais €1,000 ar Ní Bhaoill, atá i mbun staidéir do scrúduithe na hArdteistiméireachta i gColáiste Cholmcille i dTóraigh. €400 a bhronnfar ar Ó Conchubhair agus roinnfear €250 idir Ní Dhomhnaill agus Ní Mhuilneoir.“Agus muid ag eagrú an chomórtais seo chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar 1916, mheas muid go raibh sé tábhachtach ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar fhís chultúrtha na glúine sin agus dul i mbun gnímh freisin a chuirfeadh le feidhm phraiticiúil a thabhairt don fhís sin, trí ghlúin scríbhneoirí óga a spreagadh agus ábhar léitheoireachta comhaimseartha a chur ar fáil do dhéagóirí,” a dúirt Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Cathaoirleach Choiste Chontae na Gaillimhe de Chonradh na Gaeilge. Dúirt sé freisin gur aithníodh “an tábhacht a ghabhann leis an bhféiniúlacht a chruthaítear trí do litríocht féin” agus go bhfuil “gá ann i gcónaí” an litríocht a spreagadh san aos óg.Ba iad an scríbhneoir agus foilsitheoir Ré Ó Laighléis agus eagarthóir na hirise Feasta, Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa a rinne an mholtóireacht do Chomórtas Uí Chonaire.DD GAEILGE: COMÓRTAS UÍ CHONAIRE BUAITE AG CAILÍN AS TORAIGH was last modified: April 21st, 2016 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)last_img read more

Groves names Fitzpatrick as new trainer

first_imgIrishman Paddy Fitzpatrick has been named as George Groves’ new trainer.Groves and Adam Booth recently announced that they have ended their working relationship after five years.Booth, who has been his trainer and manager since Groves turned professional, said last week that he would not be working with him in the build-up to the Hammersmith super-middleweight’s world title challenge against Carl Froch on 23 November.Fitzpatrick has been a key member of Groves’ training team for some time and has been in his corner for previous fights.“Paddy and I have worked closely together in the past and already have a very good relationship, one built over many years,” said Groves.“Not only has he worked my corner for important fights, we have also spent a lot of time together when abroad on training camps, where Paddy has overseen a number of significant sessions.“Although this is a fresh change for me, I’m working with someone I know and respect, and someone who knows my game inside out.“We both know how the other works, so it won’t take long to hit the ground running.”Fitzpatrick has spent much of his career working alongside highly regarded trainers Freddie Roach and Buddy McGirt at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.And Groves, 25, believes he will be in good hands ahead of the showdown with champion Froch in Manchester.“His experience and knowledge of the game is world class and he is, without doubt, the perfect trainer to help me prepare for my next fight,” said Groves.“He has a great energy, both in the gym and on fight night, and I feel totally comfortable in his presence.“I’m looking forward to working with Paddy on a full-time basis and I’m excited to start adding many more tools to my arsenal.“By the time 23 November arrives, I’ll be better than ever – and more than capable of dethroning Carl Froch.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ex-Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha turns his professionalism to cinema

first_imgNnamdi Asomugha made a name for himself in the Bay Area. First with Cal’s football team, then with the Raiders, and finally with a cameo with the 49ers.He was a shutdown corner who didn’t get a lot of traffic in his prime, so reluctant were opposing quarterbacks to throw his way. Respected, cerebral, professional and above all that, talented. A first-round pick by the Raiders in 2003, Asomugha was twice voted All-Pro in his eight seasons in Oakland. His departure in 2011 was a huge blow to …last_img read more

Infrastructure needs investors: Zuma

first_img19 October 2012 The government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa’s proposed mega infrastructure programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg, where a memorandum of understanding to take the infrastructure roll-out plan forward was signed between different ministers and potential investors. Zuma told the gathering that infrastructure development was a catalyst to sustainable economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation. The infrastructure plan, announced by the government in February, is expected to guide the construction of new infrastructure while speeding up current projects that support economic growth.18 strategic integrated projects It proposes 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy. Some of the projects are already commissioned. They include the Dube Trade Port in Durban as well as the expansion of the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Zuma said the summit was about the crucial role of partnerships on infrastructure development in the present and future South Africa. He urged investors to take advantage of and support the plan. The costs of the 18 strategic projects are estimated at about R4-trillion over the next 15 years. The government is expected to contribute R844-billion of the R1.3-trillion needed for the projects over the next three yearsPrivate sector support needed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, also addressing the conference, said the government, with the support of the private sector, wanted to make the plans a reality. “We need their support for the projects included in the plan to be a success. The projects cannot be financed solely through domestic savings … we need the support of other development institutions, banks as well as other partners,” Motlanthe said. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters on Friday that the government was committed to mobilising public funds to speed up the progamme, but pointed out that the private sector would have to play its role. “Construction needs money, it needs minds … so there has to be co-investment; we have to ensure there is coordination between private sector investment and public sector investment.” Patel said the infrastructure programme would provide long-term opportunities for both the state and the private sector. “Investors clearly do want to be part of these opportunities, and so if you look at the long-term demand, including commodity demand over the next 15 to 20 years … what government is doing now in the short term will help create a conducive environment for investment in the long term.”Crucial jobs driver The country’s New Growth Path sets a target of five-million new jobs by 2020, and the government believes that infrastructure development will be a crucial jobs driver. Zuma said the parties had been identified to be part of the conference because they were “crucial stakeholders with whom government can forge a partnership to enhance the implementation of the country’s long-term infrastructure plan”. Zuma said the government had paid special attention to the lessons learnt from building infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That experience should be used to build new infrastructure crucial to the economic development of the country. “We all have proud recollections of how we managed to build stadiums, roads and refurbished airports ahead of the World Cup. We must use that project management experience to change our country’s landscape and improve living conditions while growing the economy.” This would include prioritising skills development, public and private investment as well as creating the right environment for economic growth. Source: read more

Anzisha Prize offers a million to African entrepreneurs

first_imgOver a million rand is up for grabs to winners of the Anzisha Prize. Weeklong training in Johannesburg is planned for the 12 young African entrepreneurs, who range in age from 18 to 22, shortlisted for the prize before the awards ceremony. Training includes entrepreneurial leadership, mentorship and a significant transfer of skills. Mabel Suglo, a 21-year-old Ghanaian, is one of the 12 finalists for the Anzisha Prize, to be handed out on 17 November 2015. Her business makes shoes from discarded tyres. All her employees are disabled people. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) Melissa JavanSome 12 young entrepreneurs from nine African countries will participate in a training workshop between 10 and 18 November at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg – and also stand a chance to win the Anzisha Prize of $75 000 (about R1.033-million).The winners of the Anzisha Prize will be announced on 17 November. This event will coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is held to celebrate entrepreneurship. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, reads the GEW website.“These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors – introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.”About the Anzisha PrizeThe prize pilot was run as the African Leadership Innovation Prize in 2010. Its aim was to recognise innovative youth in Africa. Following its success, the Anzisha Prize was established in 2011 to recognise entrepreneurship and community impact by African youth. Grace Kalisha is the senior programme manager of the African Leadership Academy and the manager of the Anzisha Prize. (Image: African Leadership Academy)This would be the fifth year that the Anzisha Prize awards was held by the ALA, said Grace Kalisha, the senior programmes manager of the ALA and the manager of the Anzisha Prize. “The Anzisha Prize awards are beneficial to Africa, because [they raise] the profile of African youth entrepreneurs as role models for other youth.“We are propagating an African dialogue around truly African-relevant models of entrepreneurship in sectors that are relevant for Africa. We see youth entrepreneurship as an essential part of improving livelihoods for youth,” she added.This year’s awards would be different. “We will be inviting fellows from our past cohorts to join in the awards ceremony and [to] speak on a panel to elucidate their journey, lessons and successes so far.”Watch the introduction of the Anzisha Prize:Watch Thato Kgatlhanye, a fellow of 2014, talk about how entrepreneurship changed her life:The finalistsThe 12 finalists – who range in age from 18 to 22 – were selected in September for the Anzisha Prize. According to a press release from the organisers, the selection process was rigorous: there were almost 500 applicants, of whom 77 were shortlisted for phone interviews; 23 were then prioritised for site visits. The final 12 now stand a chance to win a share of $75 000. The grand prize winner will take home $25 000.Watch the 12 finalists explain their projects:The finalists are invited on an all-expenses paid entrepreneurial leadership training and coaching programme, held at the ALA in Johannesburg. During the training week the Anzisha finalists learn more about entrepreneurial leadership, receive mentorship and a significant transfer of skills that will ultimately benefit the growth of their venture. “We provide them with access to business leaders as mentors, expose them to a strong curriculum and enable them to engage with each other to build lasting relationships,” said Kalisha.A panel of five experienced professionals from the business and social sectors, who represent a holistic view of contributors to the dialogue around youth entrepreneurship in Africa, will judge the finalists.Kalisha said the five judges would make their decision on the winners during the week. “There is a presentation and deliberation session to be held on 16 November, during which they make the decision. The actual announcement is made at the awards gala on 17 November.”The finalists and their businesses, in no specific order, are:Daniel Mukisa, 21, Uganda – motorbike delivery service in Kampala;Chantal Butare, 21, Rwanda – dairy co-operative that empowers female survivors of genocide;Blessing Fortune Kwomo, 20, Nigeria – health care solution for low-income families;Karidas Tshintsholo, 20, South Africa – clothing brand making a difference;Fabrice Alomo, 22, Cameroon – empowering local merchants;Hidaya Ibrahim, 22, Ethiopia – improving the local education system;Chris Kwekowe, 22, Nigeria – e-learning and skills development;George Mtemahanji, 22, Tanzania – lighting up rural areas with solar energy;Mabel Suglo, 21, Ghana – making shoes from discarded tyres;Vanessa Zommi, 19, Cameroon – processing tea to treat diabetes;Farai Munjoma, 18, Zimbabwe – accessing courseware content, past exams and career guidance; and,Sirjeff Dennis, 21, Tanzania – community development through poultry farming.last_img read more