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‘We Believe in Fair Competition’

first_imgA commissioner at the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) has said that executives and members of the Commission believe in ‘fair competition’ as they go about executing laws that govern procurement and bidding for contracts. According to PPCC’s Commissioner Charles Collins, the entity was also under an obligation to execute the laws of procurement and bidding. Under that obligation, Mr. Collins assured several heads of government entities and their deputies that the PPCC would enlighten them by working a periodic workshops and seminars. Mr. Collins made the comment Wednesday, March 26, on behalf the Commission’s executive director, Madam Peggy Varfley Meres, during ceremony marking the official opening of a one-day PPCC workshop for medium and large spending entities of government. The workshop was conducted by the PPCC in her drive to contribute to government and other actors’ efforts to strengthen corruption prevention, transparency and accountability as well as to provide support to both state institutions and civil society organizations to increase transparency and accountability in governance process. Wednesday’s workshop was held on the theme, “Enhancing Structural Authorities Ability to Prevent Corruption, Ensure Transparency and Promote Compliance.” It was conducted with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through a project called, “Strengthen Transparency Accountability Oversight and Participation (STAOP). UNDP was represented at the workshop by its program analyst, Yvonne Wolo. The project, according to PPCC director of information dissemination and communications, Nathan N. Bengu, aims to support the achievement of the Agenda for Transformation (AFT), and the objectives of the UN Development Assistance Framework for Liberia (2012-2017), which prioritizes strengthening governance and promoting transparency and accountability. He said, the PPCC as an implementing agency for the project, is charged with the responsibility to increase corruption prevention capacity of oversight institutions and line ministries; increase prevention capacity in at least five counties; organize capacity development workshop for PPCC staff on standard concessions procedures and contracts, and also increase public awareness on the reform program and concessions awards through drama, jingles and hold radio talk show. “Consistent with the implementation plan of the STAOP project, PPCC will utilize the available resources to increase corruption prevention capacity of oversight institutions and line ministries through the conduct of technical working session, utilizing the theme.”According to Mr. Bengu, the intent of the technical working session is to increase public awareness and strengthen the procurement capacity of key staff of line ministries and agencies to help them understand the policies, processes and procedures guiding public procurement and adopt corruption prevention measures. It is expected that the corruption prevention capacity of oversight institutions and line ministries will be increased and corruption prevention methods adopted. A total of 132 participants, who represented 33 procuring medium and large spending entities, included heads of entities/deputies for administration, comptrollers, internal auditors, and the procurement directors attended yesterday’s session of the workshop. Topics discussed at Wednesday’s session included Public Procurement Compliance Requirements, Overview of Procurement Methods and Legal Time, etc.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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Bad Road Conditions Cause Price Hikes

first_imgThe major highway to Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County is in a deplorable state making the commute a horrific experience. The bad road, according to commuters, has resulted in the increase in transport fares and the price of commodities.For example, county residents bemoaned the price of a 25 kilogram bag of rice, previously sold at L$1,650, and now going for L$1,750. Transport fare from Monrovia to Robertsport as of Wednesday, August 3 increased to L$550 from L$450. Other commodities affected are cement previously sold for L$900 and is now L$1,050; and a gallon of gas sold for L$400 a week ago, but is now going for L$475.Travellers to the county told the Daily Observer that what used to be a two-hour journey from Monrovia to Robertsport now takes three to four hours and forty five minutes due to the terrible condition of the road.Some sections of the roads in Bomi and Cape Mount counties have deteriorated to the extent that there are huge potholes and mud pools that challenge the sturdiest vehicles and make the trip extremely difficult and dangerous.Several commercial drivers spoke of the urgent need to rehabilitate the highway.Driver William Kaizolu said he spends a considerable amount of money on repairs and maintenance of his vehicle as a result of the deplorable condition of the highway.“I’m appealing to the Ministry of Public Works to fix the bad roads and the highway,” Mr. Kaizolu said.In support of Kaizolu, Mohammed Pasawee – whose 14-seater bus suffered a mechanical breakdown because of the road – and businesswoman Martha Freeman want the government to fix the highway and bad roads in Robertsport.“We need our government to fix the highway to encourage businesses to grow,” Madam Freeman said.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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Defaulting contractor compensates masjid

first_imgWakenaam flood update– to meet with severely affected familiesAs the flood damage and needs assessment continues on the Essequibo island of Wakenaam, the contractor who has accepted partial blame, Deowdat Singh, has donated some $500,000 to the San Souci Sunnatul Jamaat Mosque, which was adversely affected.Guyana Times understands that members of the masjid, which is in front of the breached sea defence, received a cheque from the contractor pre-dated for next month, and they were appreciative, since it would assist in replacing the wall-to-wall carpet that was immersed in three feet of salt water which came rushing in during the spring tide on Sunday.This newspaper was, however, told that total damage to the concrete building builtScenes from last Sunday’s floodingin the 1960s was estimated at $1.5 million.Wakenaam Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman Sheik Amad told this publication on Wednesday that operatives at the NDC were continuing to assess the sea defence structure to ensure that no further seepage was observed. He added that residents were still in the process of cleaning up. Speaking on compensation for those severely affected, Amad stressed that the contractor would meet with them in the coming days.“He will visit each of the 12 homes next week and donate based on the assessment,” the Chairman observed.Residents in Melville and Sans Souci woke up to flooding on Sunday, which resulted in damage to appliances, carpets, and other household items. Many officials, including Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikarran and the NDC Chairman have contended that the flooding came as a result of negligence on the part of the contractor. However, Singh was quoted in the press as saying that the situation was being “grossly exaggerated” even though he was taking responsibility. In fact, he claimed that the sea defence did not suffer a breach, but rather the tide was “too high”, noting that it exceeded what they were expecting and they had not catered for such height.Guyana Times reported that some two weeks ago, construction began on a rip-rap seawall at the back of Sans Souci Mosque, but the structure started seeping last week Tuesday and the contractor was called in to do remedial work.REO Jaikarran and a team from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) visited the area to assess the situation on Sunday, and together facilitated distribution of hampers to residents which included disinfectant, bleach and other cleaning materials.last_img read more

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15-month-old crushed to death

first_imgDays after a five-month-old child was electrocuted in his Berbice home, another baby, this time who barely made it to 15 months, was crushed to death on Saturday morning.Guyana Times understands that the baby was killed instantly at about 06:30h at his Access Road, Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo home.Police investigations revealed that the child’s grandparent exited their home to make a purchase from a lorry bearing registration number GVV 363, which was selling cooking gas and kerosene. The child unknowingly ventured out of the yard and went under the vehicle.It was only when the lorry drove off that they discovered that the child was under the vehicle, but it was too late for little Terrence Wilson, as he was crushed by the left rear wheel of the lorry.The 15-month old toddler was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His body are presently at the Ezekiel’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.Meanwhile, the lorry’s 27-year old driver of North Zeelugt Housing Scheme, EBE, is in custody assisting with the investigation.Just on Tuesday, Guyana Times had reported that a five-month-old infant was electrocuted at his Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home.Dead is Mason Cush of Lot 207 Number 76 Housing Scheme, Corentyne, Berbice.Reports are the infant’s mother, Onessa Jackson, 27, took him off her bed at about 12:00h on Tuesday and placed him on the floor as she straightened the bedding.However, while on the floor, the infant grabbed hold of an electric cable which had tape on a section of the wires which was broken. The infant reportedly made contact with the exposed part of the wire and was helpless; by the time Jackson realised what had happened, the child was electrocuted.He was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The incident was reported to the Police and the mother was taken into custody and later released.last_img read more

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Enerplex is still awaiting padding for oval

first_img He also says the site plan for the parking will be available soon. The plan will map out parking lot ideas, along with traffic flow. Photo: Construction is on track with the Enerplex – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca – 01/09Construction at the Enerplex is continuing, though the padding for around the oval has yet to arrive. – Advertisement – Director of Protective services Jim Rogers says the padding is still in Vancouver. [asset|aid=1078|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d7a37670fd521c1ce4384feff0a17287-Jim Rogers 1_2_Pub.mp3] Rogers also says there is still frost in the building, which is getting more difficult to remove. [asset|aid=1079|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d7a37670fd521c1ce4384feff0a17287-Jim Rogers 2_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal face Rennes, Chelsea- Dynamo in Europa last 16

first_imgSharesSokratis scored Arsenal’s decisive third goal to see them past BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium and into the Europa League last 16PARIS, France, Feb 22 – Arsenal will face French side Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Chelsea were paired with Dynamo Kiev in Friday’s draw.Both Premier League clubs will be at home in the first leg on Thursday, March 7, with the return matches scheduled for March 14. Arsenal’s draw means that their veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will return to face the club he represented for two seasons before joining Chelsea in 2004.The Gunners overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to qualify for the last 16 by beating BATE Borisov of Belarus 3-0 on Thursday.Meanwhile, Rennes reached the last 16 for the first time in their history with a fine 3-1 win away to Real Betis in Spain, a result that gave them a 6-4 aggregate triumph.The Brittany club finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season and are currently in mid-table, but have impressed since the 38-year-old Julien Stephan was appointed as coach in December.Arsenal manager Unai Emery — who won the Europa League three years running as coach of Sevilla — is familiar with Rennes from his two seasons in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.London rivals Chelsea, the other Premier League club still in the competition, might also view winning the Europa League as their most likely route into next season’s Champions League.After beating Swedish side Malmo 5-1 on aggregate, they might find the going tougher against Ukrainian giants Dynamo.The clubs met in the group stage of the Champions League in 2015-16, drawing 0-0 in Kiev before Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.Elsewhere, Sevilla, who have won the trophy five times including twice in its former guise as the UEFA Cup, will face Slavia Prague.Widely-fancied Napoli will take on the Austrian champions Salzburg, who reached the semi-finals last season.Former European Cup finalists and UEFA Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt were drawn against Inter Milan, who won the UEFA Cup three times in the 1990s.Benfica face Dinamo Zagreb, while Valencia’s reward for knocking out Celtic is a tie against FC Krasnodar of Russia.That is one of two ties between Russian and Spanish sides, with Zenit Saint Petersburg drawn against Villarreal.The final of this season’s Europa League will be played in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on May 29.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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UEFA explain controversial Champions League VAR calls

first_imgAjax and Manchester United benefited from disputed decisions in sealing dramatic comebacks to eliminate holders Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.The handball given against PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe to award United a stoppage time penalty, which Marcus Rashford converted to complete a 3-1 win on the night at the Parc des Princes and progress on away goals, was branded “a disgrace” by injured PSG star Neymar.Even former United players Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen said in their roles at TV pundits the penalty should not have been awarded.However, UEFA explained why Slovenian referee Damir Skomina reversed his original decision not to point to the spot having been alerted to watch a replay of the incident by the VAR.“Following the on-field review, the referee confirmed that the distance that the ball travelled was not short and the impact could therefore not be unexpected,” said UEFA’s statement.“The defender’s arm was not close to the body, which made the defender’s body bigger thus resulting in the ball being stopped from travelling in the direction of the goal. The referee, therefore, awarded a penalty kick.”Ajax’s third goal in a 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu was reviewed over whether the ball had gone out for what would have been a Madrid throw-in prior to Dusan Tadic’s finish.UEFA said referee Felix Brych was right to award the goal in the absence of conclusive proof the ball crossed the touchline.Porto’s comeback from a 2-1 first leg defeat to beat Roma 3-1 after extra-time was also marked by big VAR calls.The Portuguese side’s winner came from a penalty awarded by VAR three minutes from time.Roma then had a penalty claim of their own turned down when Patrik Schick tumbled inside the area.“Last year we asked for VAR in the Champions League because we got screwed in the semi-final and tonight, they’ve got VAR and we still get robbed,” raged Roma president James Pallotta.However, UEFA insisted on the Schick incident “no clear and obvious error had occurred and that there was no ground for a VAR intervention and an on-field review.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe conceded a penalty for handball after a VAR review in a 3-1 Champions League defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday © AFP / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – UEFA took the unusual step on Friday to explain a series of controversial Video Assistant Referees (VAR) calls in this week’s Champions League last 16 ties.European football’s governing body bowed to pressure by bringing forward the introduction of VAR into the Champions League for the knockout rounds, having not used the technology for the group stages.last_img read more

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Africa Cup of Nations 2019 tops and flops

first_img0Shares0000Algeria players celebrate their victory over Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final © AFP / Giuseppe CACACECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 20 – Algeria ended a 29-year wait for a second Africa Cup of Nations title on Friday night with a 1-0 victory over Senegal, who again missed out in their quest for a maiden continental crown.AFP Sport takes a look at the standout performers over the past month in Egypt and those who fell short of expectations: TopsMadagascarMadagascar celebrate their penalty shootout victory over DR Congo in the last 16 © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOLed by charismatic coach Nicolas Dupuis, Madagascar emerged as the surprise team of the tournament with a fairytale run to the quarter-finals.A squad largely comprised of players from the French lower leagues, the ‘Barea’ stunned African giants Nigeria in the group stage and extended their remarkable adventure with a memorable penalty shootout victory over DR Congo in the last 16.After four games without defeat, the exhausted debutants found a Tunisia side ranked 83 places above them a “step too high” to surmount.Djamel BelmadiThe straight-talking Belmadi inherited a talented but troubled Algeria squad and rebuilt it into a championship-calibre team.Having taken over a side that failed to advance from the 2017 group stage and endured a woeful World Cup qualifying bid, the 43-year-old succeeded where a series of predecessors could not by turning a drifting side into the sleekest unit in Egypt.Former Cup of Nations-winning coach Claude Le Roy labelled Algeria “Guardiolaesque” in terms of organisation, and the Desert Foxes proved worthy champions, twice defeating the top-ranked nation in Africa to capture the title.Odion IghaloOdion Ighalo scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the third place play-off © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKISharp criticism and death threats almost caused Ighalo to quit Nigeria duty after last year’s World Cup.Following encouragement from coach Gernot Rohr the China-based forward reaffirmed his commitment to the national team and finished top scorer in Egypt with five goals as a young Super Eagles side clinched third place.The 30-year-old was at his best in the win over holders Cameroon in the last 16, when he scored twice and set up the winner for Alex Iwobi.He announced his international retirement on Saturday after netting the only goal in the play-off against Tunisia.Ismael BennacerThe former Arsenal youngster was named player of the tournament after emerging as a core component of Algeria’s midfield.The all-action 21-year-old combined defensive duties with vital contributions in attack and provided three assists, which included setting up Baghdad Bounedjah’s winner in the final.He will join AC Milan from Empoli ahead of the new season and Belmadi singled him out as one to watch for the future.FlopsNicolas PepeThe in-demand Ivorian forward arrived in Egypt as one of the players to watch after a magnificent season with Lille, his 22 goals in Ligue 1 second only to Kylian Mbappe.He showed glimpses of his ability in the opening 1-0 win over South Africa, but the 24-year-old failed to shine and was left on the bench as his side lost on penalties to Algeria in the quarter-finals.Clarence SeedorfHanded the tricky task of leading Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations title defence, Seedorf’s coaching credentials took another hit as the holders were bundled out in the last 16.He paid the price for what the Cameroon FA described as a “premature” exit as he was sacked scarcely a week later along with assistant Patrick Kluivert, adding to failures at AC Milan, Deportivo La Coruna and Shenzhen.EgyptMohamed Salah looks on in disbelief after Egypt are bundled out in the last 16 © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEAs winners of three of four previous editions in Egypt, the hosts were expected to be chief contenders for a record-extending eighth title.But after sailing through a favourable group, Mohamed Salah and the Pharaohs suffered a shock 1-0 loss to South Africa in the first knockout round.The fiasco cost coach Javier Aguirre his job and prompted Egyptian FA president Hani Abou Rida to resign.A sexual harassment scandal involving midfielder Amr Warda also reignited a heated debate about women’s rights in the country.Hakim ZiyechHakim Ziyech (2nd-R) is left distraught after his missed penalty in stoppage time against Benin © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKIThe Ajax winger starred as the Dutch giants secured a domestic double and came within seconds of reaching the Champions League final, but after a long season with his club Ziyech struggled to inspire Morocco.Left out of the 2017 squad, he was hoping to propel the Atlas Lions towards a shot at the title but his missed stoppage-time penalty against Benin hurt Herve Renard’s team dearly as they eventually succumbed to the Squirrels in a shootout in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool’s worrying record against Man United and Chelsea’s ‘rubbish’ midfielder – Premier League quiz

first_img1 Try the talkSPORT Premier League quiz Liverpool v Man United is live on talkSPORT at 1.30pm on Sunday 22 March.The club’s fierce rivalry will be on display at Anfield, but there are other games on, too. Arsenal, one-point behind second place Man City, travel to Newcastle, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side hosting West Brom.So here are 10 Premier League questions to get your heads around, ahead of the early kick-off at the Etihad.About | Privacy | Termslast_img

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Sam Allardyce reveals Sunderland striker boost ahead of Premier League trip to Stoke

first_imgSam Allardyce is expecting Jermain Defoe to be fit for Sunderland’s visit of Stoke on Saturday.The striker picked up an ankle injury against Crystal Palace on Monday night, shortly after firing the winning goal for the Black Cats.It was initally feared that Defoe, who has netted seven times in 12 appearances this season, had suffered ligament damage.But Allardyce, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday, said: “I think he is alright.“It looked serious on the night but he was walking around yesterday without a strapping on it so there is every chance he will be fit for selection against Stoke.”The 1-0 win over Crystal Palace was Sunderland’s first on the road this season and moved them up to 18th in the Premier League, just a point adrift of safety.Allardyce was delighted with the clean sheet, given his side shipped six at Everton in their previous away fixture, but admits there is still plenty of improvements to be made.“If we are to go about our job correctly and get out of trouble we have to get better than we were at Palace, particularly in possession,” he said.“Hopefully we can get better and better and gain more confidence.”last_img read more