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  • Single sourcing of medication

    first_imgDear Editor,On the August 8th, 2018, I wrote a letter pointing out that something stinks with the HDM Labs / Ministry of Public Health deal. At the time, it was widely believed that the HDM Labs contract valued at $366,826,660.8 GYD or ($1,789,886 US). I asked the Minister of Public Health Hon. Volda Lawerence several questions in parliament. To date, she has refused to answer. But the latest report from the Auditor General dated 31st December 2017, has now confirmed HDM Labs Inc. received a contract valued at $409.497 million on the 31st of August 2017- much more than was previously quoted.In a statement to parliament on the 18th July 2018, Minister Lawerence claimed that only three of the six companies submitted bids. The Auditor General report has identified these companies as IPA, Caribbean Medical Supplies and Ansa McAl Trading. Each of these companies has been regular suppliers to the Ministryimage descriptionof Public Health. But on this occasion, their bids were evaluated and rejected. The disqualification of the three bidders in the first round is highly suspicious; many believe that these bidders received unfair treatment. The government should release the findings from the Bid Evaluation Committee for us to understand why these three bidders were disqualified.In the first round, six companies were invited to bid, of these, only three participated. Of the three companies that participated, all were disqualified. The Ministry re-invited the same six companies to retender. The logic behind the Ministry’s action is questionable, unless they had a prearranged outcome. Of the six companies that were invited to participate, only one submitted a bid, that is HDM labs. It is unclear, whether an Evaluation Committee was established to evaluate the HDM Labs’ bid- if so the report of the committee should be disclosed. If there was no evaluation committee, then on what basis was a decision taken to give the award to HDM Labs? From the information that is currently available, it seems that the process was engineered in favour HDM Labs’ favour.This flawed procurement has led to wastage of taxpayers’ dollars. The Auditor General’s report looked at nine items that were bought by this contract. The report compared the price paid to HDM Labs with that of IPA, Caribbean Medical Supplies and AnSa McAl. For this letter, I will compare HDM Labs’, Price with IPA. Please refer the table:From this analysis, it is clear, that IPA had better prices than HDM Labs.In justifying the need for restrictive tendering, a case was made for emergency supplies of medicines. I suppose that based on this evidence the NPTAB agreed to this restrictive method of procurement. The Auditor General’s report pointed out, “The supplier was required to supply the drugs two weeks after signing of the contract; that is all items should have been delivered no later than 22nd September 2017. At[To] this date, no items were delivered, and delivery commenced in October 2017. As of 31st December 2017, items to the value of $141.892 M (35% of the contract price) were delivered. The supplier fulfilled his obligations under the contract in March 2018, that is, six months after the agreed delivery date.”As the Auditor General’s report pointed, out some of the medicines arrived six months after the date of delivery.This deal reeks of corruption. For the nine items that the Auditor General analysed, the government could have saved $166,942,315 million if IPA was used. HDM Labs was required to deliver the drugs in two weeks but took six months. The Ministry of Public Health should explain to the public whether it has taken any action against HDM Labs for failure to deliver as specified in the agreement. The National Tender Procurement and Administration Board (NTPAB) should say whether, based on bad performance on this contract the company would be blacklisted. The Public Procurement Commission should launch an immediate investigation into the multiple breaches of the Procurement Act, and the wastage of taxpayers’ dollars. If the government is serious about corruption, it should call in the police to do a thorough investigation.Sincerely,Dr Frank Anthony, MPlast_img read more

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  • ‘Women Pressured by Society to Compromise on Violence’

    first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration and Public Safety, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, has acknowledged that women in Liberia are often pressured by society to compromise on violence against themselves.Addressing women security officers during a program held Monday at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on UN Drive in Monrovia, Deputy Minister Barnes explained that women around the world gather on this day to celebrate their economic, political and social achievements and to promote actions that advance their rights and opportunities.The International Women’s Day was celebrated under the global theme, ‘Make it Happen’ and the national theme, “Women Rising Beyond Ebola: the Way Forward for Female Security Sector Officers in Liberia.” “In many stances, women are pressured by society to compromise on this kind of violence against them—rape,” Minister Barnes said.  “As security officers, it is your responsibility to help educate communities on the law and to encourage even survivors to come forward and build trust within the law.”The Minister explained that on a daily basis Liberian women continue to suffer a high level of violent abuse, including rape, gender-based violence and domestic violence.  “We are also acting in solidarity with women across the globe who took time to pay tribute to women and support women’s equality.”She recalled that the UN General Assembly Resolution instituted this day in 1977 to highlight and recognize that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms required active participation of equality and development of women.She continued, “Women’s Day is also created to appreciate the efforts of women in maintaining international peace and security.  In Liberia, our history has taught us that there is no sustainable peace and security in the absence of equality.”Also speaking, the President of Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association (LIFEA), Atty. Asatu Bah Kenneth, said they were grateful for International Women’s Day and explained that women in the security sector were also engaged in various assignments during the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.  Women served in ETUs and at the borders, she noted.“With support from partners we are now able to create awareness among women in the various counties that while executing our duties some of us could become victims of the deadly Ebola virus.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Body found at City Hotel still unidentified – ‘A’ Division Commander

    first_imgThe male body that was found in a room of the K&VC Hotel in South Road, Georgetown on Wednesday afternoon has still not been identified.This is according to Police “A” Division Commander Leslie James during a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Thursday afternoon.Police “A” Division Commander, Leslie JamesIt was reported in sections of the media that at around 13:30hrs on Wednesday last, the unidentified man’s body was discovered by staff members of the hotel.This publication was told that the man, who appeared to be middle aged, had checked into the room on Tuesday, and had paid to utilise it for 24 hours.However, when that time expired at around noon the following day, the receptionist reportedly called on the guest but received no response.After other staff members knocked on the man’s room door, but received no response, the hotel’s manager granted the staff permission to enter the room.The elderly man’s lifeless body was found lying on the bed, clad in only a grey three-quarter pants. A white substance suspected to be poison was observed around the bed and on the floor near the man. The body bore no sign of violence, the Police say.The corpse was taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await identification, after which an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.last_img read more

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  • SAM’S HOME: IT’S ALL GETTING A WEE BIT TOO MUCH FOR THIS PAIR!

    first_imgAfter celebrating their little hearts out after Donegal’s win the Rodgers brothers Alan and Donal from Meenmore in Dungloe have finally had enough. Pic Edward Sweeney SAM’S HOME: IT’S ALL GETTING A WEE BIT TOO MUCH FOR THIS PAIR! was last modified: September 26th, 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)last_img read more

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  • French giants enter race to sign wantaway West Brom ace

    first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chadli wants to leave West Brom following their relegation from the Premier League Chadli has caught the eye at the World Cup, helping Belgium reach the semi-finals Chadli, however, is reportedly keen to leave the Baggies this summer after the club was relegated from the Premier League.The former Twente and Tottenham star is unlikely to be short of suitors as he has caught the eye at the World Cup in Russia. RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade And, according to France Football, Lyon are one of those keeping tabs on Chadli in case he leaves.The French club want to add a wide player and they are interested in bringing in the Baggies man.Napoli are another side who have enquired about Chadli and they are waiting to hear back from West Brom. REVEALED moving on Lyon are tracking West Brom winger Nacer Chadli, according to reports.The 28-year-old is currently with Belgium at the World Cup and has put talks about his club future on hold. Chadli made just five Premier League appearances for West Brom last term, three before Christmas and two on the final two matchdays of the campaign.He started only two matches, and failed to complete a full 90 minutes on any occasion. Latest transfer news targets targets TOP WORK LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

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  • West Ham sticking by Pellegrini despite Premier League start, says Brady

    first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY possible standings highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade “It hasn’t happened yet but I have complete faith that things will soon start to turn our way. The most important thing is to stick together.“It takes time for a new team to gel, but gel they will and anyway targeting the manager or certain players will help no-one.“As a club, we will stand by them all, confident that they have the makings of an excellent side.“They need the encouragement of the many people, like the supporters and the chairmen who love this club.” Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ADVICE impact Brady believes Pellegrini is the man to turn the clubs fortunes around Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Most popular football newscenter_img 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move silverware 2 BEST OF RANKED Pellegrini has endured a frustrating start to the season smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? West Ham’s vice chairman Karren Brady has given her backing to manager Manuel Pellegrini after the clubs woeful start to the season.The Hammers have lost their opening four games and face Everton at Goodison Park in their next fixture before back-to-back games against Chelsea and Manchester United.Brady has pleaded for togetherness and for fans to back the former Premier League champion. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Pellegrini remains under pressure after spending more than £100m on ten new arrivals in the summer with no points on the table.Brady told The Sun: “Having decided we did not want to go through another season like the last one, the board took action.“We appointed a manager with the most successful career we have ever had in Manuel Pelligrini and spent over £100m on players he wanted that we all thought would improve the team considerably.last_img read more

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  • IN-FORM HARPS FACE DERRY CITY IN LEAGUE CUP

    first_imgFinn Harps will take a break from league action on Monday evening when they face neighbours Derry City in the EA Sports League Cup at Finn Park (kick-off 7.45pm).Sean McCarron against Mervue on Friday nightHarps recorded back-to-back victories against the top two in the First Division by beating Mervue United at Finn Park on Friday night last.The result has lifted Harps up to second spot in the table with the only goal of the game coming via a wonder strike from Sean McCarron in first half injury time, who has now scored in three successive games. “I thought we fully deserved the victory,” said Harps boss Peter Hutton after Friday’s victory over Mervue.“First half I thought we dominated possession and created a few chances but it took a fantastic strike from Sean McCarron to get us in front. Second half Mervue changed their shape and really went for it but a combination of sheer determination, focus and great resilience coupled with a bit of fortune allowed us to claim an important victory.”Hutton was full of praise for goalscorer McCarron. “Sean has been doing really well of late but still has a lot to learn. His goal against Mervue was a top quality strike and merely demonstrates the capability Sean possesses but he too will be the first to admit that talent doesn’t guarantee success and if he is to continue to develop then he also has to have a great work ethic. Sean will be a big player for us this year and hopefully beyond.”Another player that Hutton was quick to acknowledge is goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher who produced a great save in the final minute to keep the scoreline at 1-0. “Again Ciaran was great when called upon,” said Hutton. “For long spells he was a spectator but his growing maturity and experience ensured he remained focused and made a great save that helped us gain the 3 points. “Clean sheets as I said before are the bedrock of success and I’ve been pleased how we’ve defended as a team but again there is certainly room for improvement.”With Michael Funston sitting out Monday’s game due to suspension, the Harps boss has also hinted that he may make a further change or two for the visit of the Candystripes as he keeps one eye firmly on next weekend’s league game in Wexford.“Monday’s game will be an extremely tough game with them flying high in the Premier division and on the back of a great result away to Drogheda. However the First Division itself is a very tough league and there are no easy games so we will continue to look forward to the next challenge and hope to give a good account of ourselves.“We will assess the players over the weekend as a few are struggling from the Mervue game with knocks and bumps so there will certainly be changes.“Of course it would be great to progress to the next round (of the league cup) and we will strive to do that but I’m sure most fans would rather we get promoted or at least have a chance of gaining promotion rather than merely progressing in a league cup game. “We will go out to win the game no doubt and will field a team I feel capable of getting us a result but we also have to balance the long journey coming on Friday away to Wexford and those struggling with injuries from Mervue.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Michael Funston Doubtful: Paul McVeigh (knee).Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-W-L-D-W-W (10 pts)Derry City: W-D-W-L-L-W (10 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six home games against Derry City10-Dec-03 – Finn Harps 0-0 Derry City (Promotion/Relegation Play-Off)16-Apr-05 – Finn Harps 0-2 Derry City (Premier Division)07-Oct-05 – Finn Harps 0-1 Derry City (Premier Division)18-Aug-07 – Finn Harps 0-1 Derry City (FAI Cup)27-May-08 – Finn Harps 0-2 Derry City (Premier Division)30-Jul-10 – Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Kevin McHugh – 6Sean McCarron – 6Thomas McMonagle – 2Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)17-May-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United (McCarron)11-May-2013 – AL – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (McCarron, McHugh, McDonagh og.)04-May-2013 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (McHugh, McCarron)26-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United19-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Salthill Devon (McMonagle)12-Apr-2013 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps05-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)LC – League Cup. AL – Airtricity League.IN-FORM HARPS FACE DERRY CITY IN LEAGUE CUP was last modified: May 19th, 2013 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:derry cityfinn harpslast_img read more

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  • Madison Bumgarner exits early, Giants blank Rockies

    first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–With a two-hit shutout Friday, Chris Stratton became the first Giants pitcher and just the third National League West starter to record a complete game this season.For the first six innings of the Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Rockies Saturday, Madison Bumgarner was on pace to follow Stratton’s lead and blank a visiting Colorado squad.But in a season marred by injuries, Bumgarner was the latest to require attention from the Giants’ medical staff.After Bumgarner threw his first …last_img read more

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  • Five things to watch in Raiders’ exhibition opener against Rams

    first_imgNAPA — The home fan base gets its lone shot at seeing the Raiders this exhibition season, but what they’ll be watching will bear little resemblance to the team that takes the field in Week 1.Projected starters got lots of work over two days of joint practice sessions with the Los Angeles Rams. Whatever drama emanates from the Raiders’ exhibition opener Saturday night will come from position group battles and those fighting for spots on the 53-man roster against Rams players who are in the …last_img read more

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  • South Africa’s national anthem

    first_imgIt’s one tune that Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Hashim Amla, Jean de Villiers, and Julius Malema all know the words to. It pulls together two anthems, five languages – and more than 49-million people. South Africans, take ownership of your song!South Africans pledge allegiance to the flag and take pride in their national anthem. (Image: IEC)Brand South Africa ReporterRead the anthem:Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrikaMaluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,Yizwa imithandazo yethu,Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.Uit die blou van onse hemel,Uit die diepte van ons see,Oor ons ewige gebergtes,Waar die kranse antwoord gee,Sounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom,In South Africa our land.TranslationThe isiXhosa and isiZulu of the first stanza, the Sesotho of the second stanza and the Afrikaans of the third stanza translate into English as follows:Lord, bless AfricaMay her spirit rise high upHear thou our prayersLord bless us.Lord, bless AfricaBanish wars and strifeLord, bless our nationOf South Africa.Ringing out from our blue heavensFrom our deep seas breaking roundOver everlasting mountainsWhere the echoing crags resound .History: two anthems into oneBefore South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the country had two anthems – an official and an unofficial one. The official anthem was Die Stem, in English The Call of South Africa. The unofficial anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, was a symbol of independence and resistance to apartheid, sung by the majority of the population and at all anti-apartheid rallies and gatherings.In the official anthem of the new South Africa, the two anthems merge into one.Die Stem van Suid Afrika (The Call of South Africa)Die Stem van Suid Afrika was originally a poem, written by CJ Langenhoven in May 1918. The music was composed by the Reverend ML de Villiers in 1921. At the time, the South African Broadcasting Corporation played both God save the King and Die Stem to close their daily radio broadcasts, and so the public became familiar with the Afrikaans anthem.Die Stem was first sung publicly at the official hoisting of the national flag in Cape Town on 31 May 1928, but it was not until 2 May 1957 that the government accepted it as the official national anthem. In 1962 the English version, The Call of South Africa, was accepted for official use.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrikaNkosi was composed in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist mission school teacher. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi. A Sesotho version was published by Moses Mphahlele in 1942.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was popularised at concerts held in Johannesburg by Reverend JL Dube’s Ohlange Zulu Choir. It became a popular church hymn that was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings, sung as an act of defiance.The first stanza is generally sung in isiXhosa or isiZulu, followed by the Sesotho version. Apparently there is no standard version or translations of Nkosi, and the words may vary from place to place and from occasion to occasion.Reviewed November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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