LACC Vows to Expose Corruption at BIN

first_imgThe Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier has warned that the commission would not give up investigating acts of corruption at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).“They are a government institution and we will be looking at what they are doing, especially about any suspicion of corruption, we will immediately go there to investigate it. We are going to look at your financial system and accountability,” Cllr. Verdier warned.He gave the forewarning last Friday when he addressed a two –day retreat in Bensonville city, organized by the BIN.Interestingly, the LACC Chairman did not clearly say whether corruption was on the increase at the bureau. Instead, he told the gathering that the BIN was a government institution that is responsible for several basic security activities in the country.“The BIN is a government institution that is under our microscope and we are encouraging them to examine themselves basically because of the kinds of work they do. We are going to look at their financial processes and examine their work,” Cllr. Verdier maintained.“I warn you to look at your assessment capacity; your behavior determines that you have a professional duty. Look at your integrity, look at your financial policy and your system of accountability, look at your professional behavior because we are going to watch you seriously, I am coming to you very soon,” he warned.He also concluded by warning the BIN authority, “Make sure that you are complying with all of the Public Procurement and Concession and Commission (PPCC) procedures.”Before his warning, Cllr. Verdier told the gathering that “I know many of you people were wondering what the LACC boss was doing at the retreat. I believe some of you may have said he has come here to investigate us,” explaining, “I am here to see the BIN progression and growth and to know the challenges and how we can solve them, because I worked with the Justice and Security Sector that was responsible for your sector, BIN.”Surprisingly after Cllr. Verdier’s warning, the BIN Commissioner, Col. Lemuel Reeves publicly confessed: “I must admit that Verdier is my good friend, but I have been praying not to appear before him in a negative manner and I know that I will not do that either.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Win or Be Fired”

first_imgCoach Matthew Saygba Julutweh of FC Fassill would be dismissed today if he loses to Aries FC at the Blue Field in the ongoing Coca-Cola tournament.The 34-year-old has been warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly-contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.NPA Anchor sits at the top of Group B with three-goal lead, followed by the Invincible Eleven (IE), having pinned Aries, 1-0.If  Coach Abraham Sesay’s boys  had converted all their close-up shots, FC Fassell would have conceived 8-0 in a tournament which was bargained by their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cassell A. Kuoh.Anchor’s winger Jimmy Taylue netted the first goal through a penalty in the 14th minute which led to the break. Striker Emmanuel Call increased the tally in 64th minute, and substitutes Bill Hiah and Kelvin Dixon sealed their victory, in the 85th and 86th minutes respectively.Howbeit, in a letter dated May 2, which was immediately after the terrible loss, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation.Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh could not be contacted for his reaction.A source said Coach Julutweh isn’t surprise of the “unprofessional warning from FC Fassell” issued immediately after the inexcusable 4-0 defeat and is considering resigning at an appropriate time to avoid the continuous discomfited and unethical manner from FC Fassell. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Utilise clean water for playing Phagwah – Public Health Ministry advises

first_imgAs the Phagwah season draws near, persons participating are being reminded to take necessary health precautions.It has been observed that people would use water from nearby trenches, drains and gutters to play Phagwah instead of water from the taps.The Public Health Ministry, through its Environmental Health Department, is asking persons to desist from such acts.Principal Environmental Health Officer Abigail Liverpool, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), disclosed that using dirty water could result in serious illnesses and skin infections.“We have to be very careful because the trench water is often times contaminated from effluent that is coming from pit latrines and septic tanks, and they contain bacteria and micro-organisms which can make people sick.”She added that in some areas throughout Guyana, the use of ‘trench water’ and mud was common. She said that if a person came into contact with dirty water while observing Phagwah, there were immediate actions that must be taken to prevent illnesses/infections.“In the event, should anyone ingest dirty water, you should try to consume a lot of water, pure water so that it helps to flush it out…same thing when it comes to the dirty water getting on their skin or the trench water getting on their skin. Wash it off properly, with clean water and soap.”The health official reminded that the Ministry upheld the mandate of good health and wellness for Guyanese; whether through work, play or otherwise, healthy habits must be adopted, resulting in the achievement of a healthier nation.last_img read more

Georgetown Hospital could have saved over $300M

first_imgANSA McAL emergency sole sourcingTwo local companies are confident they could have supplied “emergency drugs” to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for less than half of the total $606 million paid to Trinidadian firm ANSA McAL. After analysing the quotation involved in that transaction, the companies have said the Georgetown Hospital could have saved more than $300 million on this transaction alone, and there would have been added benefits to the economy from having some of the products manufactured right here in Guyana.One local supplier also questioned how is it that ANSA McAL knew there was a shortage of these specific drugs, to be able to bring them in. Further, the supplier emphasised that ANSA McAL does not stock those specific drugs.Management of the Georgetown Hospital has been accused of deliberating creating an emergency situation in order to sole source drugs from its preferred supplier. It has cancelled and delayed four out of its five public tenders within the last four months, thereby creating a situation wherein there was a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals.When contacted, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Hospital, Allan Johnson, refused to speak on the matter, and questions asked were repeatedly met with this answer: “No, thank you”.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who had a role in approving the awarding of the $606 million contract to the Trinidadian firm, also refused to speak to reporters on the issue. On the sidelines of a parliamentary sitting on Thursday, Lawrence told media operatives, “I am not for sale, and neither is my integrity.” The Minister has, however, promised to release a statement on the matter.In a letter dated February 28, 2017, Johnson thanked the Minister for authorising the procurement of medical supplies from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200, even though local firms could have supplied the same quantity and quality of drugs at better prices.Cheaper pricesQuestions are now being raised regarding why local firms which could have supplied the pharmaceuticals at cheaper prices had been sidelined. It raises the issue of motive and possible corruption, which is reminiscent of the earlier decision to rent a non-existent pharma warehouse.In a Kaieteur News report, ANSA McAL claimed it had submitted a bid for the $606 million contract; but according to information received, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, six companies, including ANSA McAL, had each submitted a bid in response to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s public tender for pharmaceuticals. In fact, the list of participating companies and their respective bid totals were published in KN on February 15. Moreover, on the same day, Georgetown Public Hospital also requested quotations, not bids, for emergency supplies based on availability, after it had belatedly cancelled yet another tender for emergency supplies. There was therefore no bidding process for the emergency supplies, as is being alleged.Given the magnitude of this transaction with ANSA McAL, there is a strong possibility that it would impact the public tender/quantities which are still under consideration, and that must be of concern to the five other bidders.Meanwhile another local company, NEW GPC, pointed out on Wednesday that it could have supplied many of the items instantaneously, since there is usually inventory on hand. In a worst-case scenario, the company said, the delay would have been less than a few days to get the products manufactured right here in Guyana.“NEW GPC has surveyed some of the items it manufactures locally and some imported against ANSA McAL, and the company’s prices are significantly cheaper. NEW GPC’s prices could be independently confirmed by reviewing recent bid submissions to the Tender Board in 2016 and 2017,” the firm stated.Additionally, NEW GPC has said that by utilising its established and reliable supply chain, it could have quicker supplied even the items to be imported; for instance, a Clindamycin injection, for which ANSA McAL’s price was 12 times that of the NEW GPC’s. For Diclofenac tablets, the NEW GPC has said, ANSA McAL’s price was 15 times its price; and for Clotrimazole cream, which is made locally, ANSA McAL’s price was as much as 23 times the New GPC’s price. From merely 16 of the 118 items surveyed, the Georgetown Hospital would have saved over G$100 million of taxpayers’ money had it purchased those items from the NEW GPC.The local manufacturing giant strongly believes its quotations are being deliberately excluded, or timed in such a manner as to facilitate ANSA McAL. “Case in point is the Georgetown Hospital’s recent purchase of Oxytocin (Item# 114) from ANSA McAL when NEW GPC had inventory on hand and offered it at what is now confirmed at a fraction of the price. In any case, what reason could there be for an emergency purchase from ANSA McAL if NEW GPC was offering stock on hand at a better price? And what about other local suppliers?” NEW GPC questioned.NEW GPC also noted that in recent meetings with suppliers, Georgetown Public Hospital’s senior management insisted that they would seek out the lowest price to determine tender awards.“Choosing to do business with ANSA McAL with these exorbitant prices is contrary to that publicly stated position and is tantamount to misleading the other bidders who were present,” NEW GPC said.The company also highlighted that the Georgetown Public Hospital’s previous preference for cheapest prices created the opportunity for some importers to supply inferior products at the exclusion of locally manufactured items, and this most certainly had adverse consequences on patients.NEW GPC also noted, with concern, the Georgetown Hospital’s recent removal of the 10 per cent preferential treatment.“Which Guyanese company could realistically secure a contract from the Trinidad Government for US$3 million in pharmaceuticals; and moreover do this outside of public tender – and for the supply of products from extra regional sources, since ANSA McAL is not a manufacturer?” NEW GPC has asked.last_img read more

Red Diadem claims feature at Santa Anita

first_imgRed Diadem beat Belle Fleur by 2 lengths Friday in the $52,300 feature race for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita in Arcadia. Red Diadem, ridden by Victor Espinoza, ran 6 furlongs on the turf course in 1:12.61 and paid $18.60, $7.20 and $4. The 4-year-old British-bred daughter of Pivotal earned $30,000 for her second victory in 10 starts to push her career total to $71,454. Belle Fleur returned $4.40 and $3.20, and Darkness Night paid $2.80 to show. Mayan King rules at Aqueduct: Mayan King fought off a strong stretch challenge from Monopoly Pricing for a half-length victory in the $58,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct in New York. Mayan King, a 5-year-old, won for the fifth time in 10 career starts. The winner set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile race until Monopoly Pricing poked a head in front in midstretch. Ridden by Mike Luzzi and trained by Gary Contessa, Mayan King was timed in 1:43.38 on a fast track. Mayan King, coupled in the betting with fourth-place finisher Malibu Moonshine, paid $5.70, $3 and $2.40. Monopoly Pricing returned $4.20 and $3.40. Evening Attire showed at $4.50. center_img 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

San Pedro father recalls last goodbye from his slain son

first_imgHis father said a bullet also grazed the back of Mariscal Jr.’s fiancee, who is five months pregnant with his daughter. “He was planning to have a baby shower in November,” the elder Mariscal said. “He was very happy, excited.” Already working as a truck driver, Mariscal Jr. recently took another job working at Levitz on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance to prepare for the baby. “Just a guy living his life,” his father said. Police investigators reportedly said the shooting may have stemmed from an earlier dispute. Whether that disagreement occurred in the sports bar was unknown. Detectives handling the case were not available for an interview Tuesday. Mariscal Sr. said he was trying to figure out a way to explain the death to his son’s younger brother, 12-year-old Vincent. Mariscal Jr. enjoyed taking Vincent and his 18-year-old brother, Ruben, to monster truck and dirt bike events. He also looked after his sister, Raquel. “He was always with his other siblings, keeping them aware of the danger that was out there,” his father said. Mariscal Sr. and his son last saw each other Sunday morning, each driving his own car toward the Harbor (110) Freeway. The father was headed toward San Bernardino, the son toward Venice. They called each other on their phones and talked as they drove side by side. They split when his son exited at Pacific Coast Highway. “I looked over as I was passing by and I said, `I love you, mi hijo,’ and he said, `I love you, Pops.”‘ They said they would talk after the game. The father waved goodbye to his son. “That was the last wave,” the father said. “I never thought he would say `goodbye’ forever.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mariscal’s son, Armando Joseph Mariscal Jr., was killed Sunday, shortly after leaving a Venice sports bar where he had watched the Oakland Raiders-San Diego Chargers game with his pregnant fiancee and friends. Police released few details of what happened, but said the younger Mariscal was shot as he rode in the passenger seat of a car stopped for a red light on Lincoln Boulevard at Maxella Avenue near Marina del Rey. A white van pulled alongside them and stopped for the light. Numerous shots were then fired into the car. One hit Mariscal Jr. “It was just apparently random. Some idiot wanted to go and make a name for themselves or something,” his father said. “It was like him being at the wrong place at the wrong time.” Mariscal Jr., who recently moved to San Pedro from Harbor Gateway, died later at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A San Pedro man was looking for answers Tuesday, trying to figure out why someone would kill his 33-year-old son. “Somebody has to know something,” Armando Mariscal Sr. said. “I just want to find out. It will be better for closure if I can find out what happened.” last_img

Castaic rejects shelter

first_img “They’re here whether there is a shelter or not,” he said. “The majority of people I’ve dealt with (at past shelters) are willing and ready to work.” Paul Novak, an Antonovich aide, said he plans report back the results “before any decisions are made.” The Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation has operated the shelter for the past eight years under contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. But before the agency could grant SCCDC this year’s contract, the nonprofit organization must have a shelter site – currently the county’s responsibility. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” Andy Pattantyus, an SCCDC board member, said Thursday. “We’re saddened and disappointed by the reaction. We came purely to answer questions and be factual.” Some believe fear mongering has made any discussion of the issue difficult. Prior to the meeting, a second anonymous flier circulated prior in Castaic tied the proposed shelter to a “major crime increase” and urged residents to attend the Town Council meeting to protect the community from “sex offenders, panhandling, loitering, drug abuse … and a decrease in your quality of life.” “It is not conducive to a healthy discussion when there are anonymous fliers circulating misinformation,” said Jana Cooley, Antonovich’s children’s services deputy. Shelter security searches each person, and anyone found possessing weapons, drugs or alcohol would be arrested, organizers said. Speakers – many identified themselves as law enforcement professionals – claimed the shelter would encourage homeless to linger and bring crime to this unincorporated community of of more than 22,000 northwest of Santa Clarita. One offered a petition of more than 600 signatures against the shelter plan. Another presented statistics showing crime increases near the Via Princessa Metrolink station in Canyon Country, where the shelter was staged for two years. Resident Chuck Kovach compared chronic homelessness to a cancer. “You don’t transplant it to another part and hope for immunity,” he said. “You cannot provide help for people who don’t want to help themselves.” Sheriff’s officials acknowledged that crime has trended up in that community, but it bares no direct link with the shelter. “There is an increase to begin with, which is related to residential growth,” said Sgt. Roger Wallace, who oversees the unincorporated communities west of Interstate 5. “But there isn’t an increase in reported crime in the area due to the shelter. (Crime statistics) are very subjective. It takes an in-depth investigation.” “We heard a lot of information tonight,” Lewis said. “Some of that is speculation; some of it a lot of fear. There are genuine people in the community that need our help.” He added he was skeptical an active criminal would go to a shelter sitting behind the gates of the county lockup. Still, some town council members were not swayed “With the homeless shelter in Castaic, I do not see a community benefit with it,” Kelly said. Fancett said the community already has to deal with occasional jail escapes: “I feel we’ve done our fair share.” Lewis supports the shelter, but faulted officials with failing to offer a strong case before the public. He said the lack of a location next year doesn’t inspire confidence. “I don’t think the city or the county has come up with valid, solid answers,” he said. “There has not been enough information. … I think everybody is doing a horrible job. I don’t think this will be resolved in the period of time you want it opened.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The visitor’s parking lot at the Pitchess jail – separated from the nearest residential street by an eight-lane Interstate 5 – was suggested as this winter’s county shelter site. It would offer warm cots and a hot meal for up to 40 people from Dec. 1 to March 15, then reopen at a yet-undetermined city site in December 2006. Town council members John Kunak, Bart Davidson, Paul Fancett and Robert Kelly voted in support of a resolution against locating the shelter at the jail or anywhere else in Castaic. Councilmen Lloyd Carder, Phil Hof and Bob Lewis dissented. Council members Bruce Van Wetter abstained, while Joanne Carras and Patti Gustafsson were absent during voting. “I’m still not convinced that this couldn’t work,” said Kunak, president of the local policy advisory council organized by Antonovich. “But if it’s going to cause the community to be on edge in these winter months, I’m not sure if I can support it.” Hof said there was nothing to fear from local homeless, and urged residents to open their community to those less fortunate. CASTAIC – The Castaic Town Council rejected a county proposal to operate a seasonal homeless shelter on the grounds of the Pitchess Detention Center, a decision that has forced officials to reassess what they thought would be a longterm solution in staging the embattled relief program. The narrow 4-3 vote Wednesday night came in the second of two contentious meetings on the issue as more than a dozen angry residents faulted local and county officials for even considering a plan they believe would increase crime and damage their quality of life, even though sheriff’s officials assured it wasn’t the case at past shelter sites. “I’m a little bit more concerned about the children in the neighborhood,” resident Starlet Derby said before than 100 at the standing-room only crowd. “A lot of homeless people – they should be heavily medicated. … I don’t think it’s the wisest choice.” Under the proposal from 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a Santa Clarita Valley-based emergency winter shelter would be staged at four to six sites in the unincorporated areas and the city of Santa Clarita, with each jurisdiction hosting on alternate years. last_img read more

KITTEN DUMPED BY MOTORIST GETS A NEW ‘HOME SWEET HOME’!

first_imgJeeves at ‘home sweet home’ with his new family The Monaghans.A few weeks ago we brought you the shocking story of how a car pulled up outside a house in Mountain Top in Letterkenny and simply dumped a kitten on the footpath.The three month old black and white kitten was dumped before the person jumped into a waiting car and drove off.The owner of the house, who found the kitten crying on their doorstep, contacted the DSPCA who collected the kitten which they named Shadow. Now the good news is that one kind and caring family who read about Shadow’s plight on Donegal Daily have given him a new name – and a wonderful new life.This is the message they left with us complete with a picture of a very healthy and happy ‘Jeeves’!“Hi, we thought you’d like to know that after reading on your website about a kitten abandoned at the Mountain Top, we contacted the rescue centre & brought him home with us. He has had a few hard weeks, but after a few visits to Parkview Vets and a couple of courses of antibiotics and being syringe-fed for a while, the now re-named Jeeves is doing well. “He has settled into the family. He enjoys play fighting with our year old cat, Alfred and regularly snuggles up with our dogs, Honey & Poppy. He even enjoys watching our snake in the vivarium, although we can’t be sure he isn’t trying to work out how to get into the tank! We thought you might be wondering how he is doing after being abandoned in such an unkind way. He is being thoroughly spoiled by us all, The Monaghan Family.”  KITTEN DUMPED BY MOTORIST GETS A NEW ‘HOME SWEET HOME’! was last modified: July 29th, 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:donegalDSPCAdumpedkitteletterkennylast_img read more

Funeral of tragic Lifford man Ruby Colhoun tomorrow

first_imgThe funeral of tragic Lifford man Joe Ruby Colhoun takes place in Lifford tomorrow (Wed).Mr Colhoun passed away at the weekend after he was taken from the River Foyle.His son David also perished in the River Foyle and his body was recovered in February 2012. Mr Colhoun’s remains will repose at his son Mark’s home at 7 Beechwood Grove, Lifford on Monday (August 6th) from 6p.m.His funeral mass takes place at 11am at St Patrick`s Church, Murlog at 11am.His cremation will take place afterwards in Lakeland Crematorium.Funeral of tragic Lifford man Ruby Colhoun tomorrow was last modified: August 7th, 2018 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)last_img