The forensic audit conducted into the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has revealed that the India-based company that was contracted to supply the Government of Guyana with drainage pumps was also supposed to provide several spares, but failed to do so.According to the audit report, compiled by Nigel Hinds, of the US$2.9 million paid to Surendra Engineering Corporation Limited of Mumbai, India, for the acquisition of pumps, some US$126,000 was for the supply of spares.“The spares were never received by NDIA,” the auditor revealed, adding that “consequent upon the non-receipt of spares, the contract was terminated on October 8, 2014”.The monies paid were part of an agreement between the Guyana Government and the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of India on July 26, 2010. The agreement provided for a Line of Credit to the tune of US$4 million for the purpose of acquiring, installing and commissioning fixed and mobile pumps. The contract was awarded to Surendra.Hinds noted that while the NDIA was unable to provide the dollar credit line agreement, from discussions and documents reviewed by his team it was noted that Surendra was contracted in May 2011 to supply and install eight fixed and six mobile drainage pumps. As part of the contract, the company had to also supply spares and provide technical support.The auditor pointed out that a total of US$2,991,147 was disbursed, leaving a balance of US$1,008,853, which they are trying to locate.“We are yet to receive a confirmation from Exim Bank through the Ministry of Finance that this balance exists,” the auditor stated.Moreover, it was pointed out that the then Chief Executive Officer Lionel Wordsworth had indicated that four of the pumps were rejected because of poor quality materials. The report further stated that there were significant delays in the shipments from India as was noted at several Board meetings.“The first batch of (mobile) pumps along with auxiliary components along with engine, radiator and hydraulic hoses arrived in January 2013, the remaining pumps along with engine, radiator and hydraulic hoses arrived in March 2013,” the auditor stated.These complete units are presently installed in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) at Lima Sluice and Three Fields Sluice; at Lusignan, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Pine Ground, Mahaicony in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), and in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) at Rose Hall Town Sea Side and Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder.As it relates to the fixed pumps, they consist of several units including: engine and radiator, power take off or clutch assembly, drive shaft, gear box and pump assembly. Most of these components had arrived with the exception of one piece each in most cases.The 14 pumps supplied by Surendra Limited are located at: Albion; Bengal, Corentyne; Black Bush Polder; Canal No 1; Crab Wood Creek; Eversham and Gangaram, Corentyne; Lima, Essequibo; Number 19 and Number 43, both in Berbice.The other locations for the Surendra pumps are: Paradise/Enterprise; Pine Ground, Mahaicony; Rose Hall and Windsor Forest.Surendra Engineering Company Limited had several other contracts with the Government of Guyana, including one for the construction of the Specialty Hospital; however, that contract was yanked from the Indian firm in 2014 after there were allegations of fraud and financial irregularities.Following this, the other contacts that the company had were terminated including the one for the supply of the pumps. As part of the contract, engineers from Guyana were sent to India to inspect putting together of the drainage pumps that were being acquired for local use.
Jagan’s 100th birth anniversary– but says stamps will be issued only once they conform to standardsGovernment is holding out that it will issue the commemorative stamps in honour of late former President Dr. Cheddi Jagan, once the stamps adhere to equity and the national criteria for such symbols.The stamps that were prohibited from being issuedAccording to a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, stamps are national symbols, and they “must not be used for private, partisan or political messages.”Despite the fact that the stamps were supposed to be issued on a particular date to commemorate Jagan’s anniversary and were not, the Government, in its statement, denied scrapping the issuance of the stamps.“The Government of Guyana has no intention of ‘scrapping’ or ‘scuttling’ the issuance of commemorative stamps. The Ministry of the Presidency reasserts that commemorative stamps, which are national symbols, must adhere to national criteria, and must not be used for private, partisan or political messages.”President David GrangerGovernment’s message continued: the stamps “ought to be used for national purposes. The Government has stated clearly and has iterated its decision to ensure that the stamps will be distributed within that context.”The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) has lashed out at the Guyana Times and the Stabroek News, claiming that the newspapers’ articles “seemed aimed at stirring up strife and creating controversy.”The MotP has reiterated previous statements made that national symbols will be announced shortly for both former presidents Jagan and Arthur Chung.CJRCThis publication had reported statements from the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) which were critical of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) for failing to deliver on its commitment to make the collection of stamps available for Dr Jagan’s birth centenary last week.In a statement on Wednesday last, the CJRC blasted Government for the deliberate attempt to disturb the activities planned on Tuesday to launch the stamps. According to CJRC, this should have been a routine transaction…rather than a politically interfered one, and it views this as a measured attempt to hinder the work of the Centre amidst the controversy over Red House.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallThe CJRC highlighted that despite being given assurance by the GPOC and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes that the collection would be made available, the CJRC was told by the Guyana Post Office Corporation that the Office of the President should be contacted in this regard.Former Chairman of the Board of GPOC, Juan Edghill, said it is unprecedented for a client, in this instance the CJRC, to be referred to the Ministry of the Presidency for explanations or other information as it relates to this unfulfilled transaction between the Corporation and a client.“This is nothing short of a full and open display of petty, partisan politics influencing a business transaction that could be considered purely an administrative matter,” Edghill noted on Wednesday.The CJRC had also reflected this as an “action of assault” against the late President of Guyana, who made significant contributions towards the development of the nation.No authorityFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall, one of the most resounding voices against the Government’s move, has contended that the process should not have been politicised by the Ministry of the Presidency in the first place.In a statement issued on Sunday, Nandlall stressed that GPOC is a statutory body corporate. He pointed out that, by law, it is managed by a Board of Directors and possesses its own personnel. Hence, he chalked the Ministry of the Presidency’s actions to an exhibition of authoritarianism.“(GPOC) can attract liabilities, own assets and hire its own employees. It is not a department of the Government, but an agency of the state. It must now be inexorably clear that the GPOC is not a Government department. It is not part of the Government. Therefore, its policies and activities are not to be dictated by or interfered with, by the Government. Likewise, its employees are not employees of the Government,” Nandlall stated.“They are not public servants. Therefore, they are not subject to Government’s supervision or control. It must also be unequivocally clear that any attempt by the Government, including the President, to interfere with the day-to-day activities and operations of the GPOC and its staff would be unlawful, clear executive lawlessness, and abuse of power.”Nandlall noted that it was the CJRCI that entered into a contract with the GPOC to produce and issue the stamps. He related that after a seven-month-long discussion, the CJRC paid GPOC a 50 per cent deposit.“Although it was absolutely unnecessary, I am informed that the transaction received the positive imprimatur of the subject Minister. Yet, on the day in question, the GPOC failed to deliver the stamps. They directed CJRCI to make contact with the Ministry of the Presidency. Based upon the legal authorities to which I have referred, the Ministry of the Presidency has absolutely no authority in this matter.“The Ministry of the Presidency, in a statement, essentially admitted that (it has) prohibited GPOC from issuing the stamps. Clearly, the Ministry of the Presidency has acted ultra vires and has unlawfully usurped the functional responsibility of an independent statutory body corporate. It has also exposed the GPOC to civil liabilities for breach of its contract with CJRCI.”
2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 33. Jordon Ibe (right wing) – With Adam Lallana struggling for form, teenage star Ibe may get the chance to shine against the Hammers 12 12 12 12 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 Liverpool are now within touching distance of the top four, so can Jurgen Klopp’s men continue their climb up the table and kick off 2016 with three points against West Ham on Saturday?The Reds have recovered from their mid-season blip, although somewhat unconvincingly with two 1-0 wins courtesy of back-to-back Christian Benteke strikes.But will their forward be boosted by the return of England striker Daniel Sturridge as the Reds travel to Upton Park on the hunt for a third consecutive Premier League win?Sturridge hasn’t featured since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the start of December, when he suffered a fresh injury blow.Reports this week have suggested the frontman could make a return to the team for the West Ham clash, after revealing on social media this week he is ‘good to go’ after making a return to training.However, is appears Jurgen Klopp is still cautious over Sturridge’s long-term fitness, with confirmation the frontman has NOT travelled with the team to London.Captain Jordan Henderson is also out of the game after limping out of the victory over Sunderland with a foot injury, while the likes of Divock Origi [hamstring], midfielder James Milner [calf] and defender Martin Skrtel are also on the sidelines.So, with Sturridge sidelined, who will Klopp pick to face Slaven Bilic’s men? Click the right arrow for talkSPORT’s predicted XI… 21. Lucas (holding midfield) – Supposing captain Henderson is ruled out, the Brazilian is likely to deputise 12 12 12 23. Emre Can (holding midfield) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 10. Philippe Coutinho (left wing) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham 12 9. Christian Benteke (striker) – Click the YELLOW ARROW to see the possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Our fear is that he still has access to women and may still be sexually assaulting additional women.” Gaspar fled with his wife and toddler son after paying $150,000 bail and might have connections from the Sacramento area to Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, Toosbuy said. Gaspar might still be working in the medical field, police said, or as a massage therapist. “I have every reason to believe there were more victims,” Toosbuy said. Anyone with information can call Toosbuy at 818-374-7724 or 877- LAW-FULL (529-3855). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – Police sought help Tuesday to nab a male nurse suspected of sexually assaulting at least 10 women at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. Ramon Eduardo Rodas Gaspar, 39, of Canoga Park jumped bail in July 2006 after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting three women recovering in the hospital after surgery. Since then, the certified nursing assistant has been implicated in seven more assaults on patients between age 29 and 64. “These women were victimized shortly after surgery, post-surgery,” said Detective Ninette Toosbuy during a news conference at the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley station. “They were slightly under the influence, so they were vulnerable.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The economy is becoming a well-oiled machine,” said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. Industrial strength in March was broad-based. Machinery, clothing, consumer appliances, furniture and carpeting, and business equipment all posted production gains. Even the struggling automotive sector saw some improvement. That swamped some weakness in home electronics and textiles. Economists believe economic growth for the January-March quarter will clock in at a brisk pace of 4.5 percent or higher. The government will release first-quarter figures at the end of the month. In the current April-to-June quarter, the economy is expected to moderate to a pace in the range of 3 percent, which would still represent good growth, analysts said. With the economy solidly chugging ahead, the Federal Reserve and other economists are being especially watchful for any signs that inflation may flare up. WASHINGTON – U.S. industry headed into the spring with a full head of steam: Production at factories, mines and utilities rose by 0.6 percent in March in the latest encouraging sign for the economy. The snapshot of industrial activity, released by the Federal Reserve on Friday, comes on the heels of other positive economic barometers. Consumers – a key ingredient of the country’s economic health – are keeping cash registers busy, and businesses are ramping up hiring, according to recent government reports. The solid increase in industrial production in March came after a 0.5 percent advance in February and was the largest since December. The showing was better than economists were expecting. The Federal Reserve boosted a key interest rate to a five-year high on March 28, the latest in a series of rate-raising moves since June 2004 to keep inflation in check. Many analysts expect another rate increase on May 10, the Fed’s next meeting. The proportion of overall industrial capacity in use climbed in March to 81.3 percent, the highest since September 2000, the Fed report showed. Economists look at this capacity utilization figure for clues about the future inflation climate. For instance, if plants were running at full tilt and couldn’t crank out enough goods to satisfy customers’ demand, there could be a run up in prices. March’s capacity utilization figure isn’t worrisome at this point, analysts said. “We are not there yet. I think anything north of 83 percent, we could see price pressures,” said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. The biggest slice of overall industrial production is manufacturing. Production at factories rebounded in March, rising by 0.5 percent. Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a research group, said the performance is akin to “a green light for manufacturing.” Analysts said factories are benefiting from decent demand for their goods not only from customers in the United States but also from other countries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Bluebirds challenged the red card, but their appeal has been rejected by the Football Association.After the game, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock branded the decision as “very soft” and accused Spurs striker Harry Kane of “trying to make an issue of it” by squaring up to Ralls. 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ADVICE REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Cardiff have lost their appeal against Joe Ralls’ red card at Tottenham.Ralls was sent off by referee Mike Dean for a 58th-minute tackle on Lucas Moura in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Wembley. MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Kane reacted furiously to the challenge “You don’t go off like that. He (Kane) is doing that to make an issue of it, to get the referee thinking (it was) worse than what it is,” Warnock said.“I don’t think you should try to get other pros sent off, just because he’s had a poor game and Spurs were having a poor game. He shouldn’t take it out on us.”Ralls will now serve a three-game ban and miss matches against Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Ralls will serve a three-match ban huge blow RANKED 2
Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has accused the Environment Minister Phil Hogan of refusing to be straight with septic tank owners.The Donegal Senator was speaking after Minister Hogan refused his appeal for an extension to the registration deadline until after the new inspection standards are published.Senator Ó Domhnaill again appealed to Minister Hogan in the Seanad today to publish the new septic tank inspection standards before forcing homeowners to register their tanks. The Minister refused and is pressing ahead with the registration deadline of February 1st. “Once again the Minister has refused to consider the concerns of septic tank owners who remain in the dark about what the new septic tank legislation will mean for them,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“His refusal to publish the National Inspection Plan before forcing people to register demonstrates a total disregard for the concerns of septic tank owners. In my view, septic tank owners are entitled to the full facts before they are forced to register.“The Minister has left people with no choice but to adhere to the February 1st deadline if they wish to avail of the grant aid available. It is regrettable that they are being made do this while so much confusion remains about the standards that will apply and what this will all mean for them.” O DOMHNAILL ACCUSES HOGAN OF REFUSING TO BE STRAIGHT WITH SEPTIC TANK OWNERS was last modified: January 22nd, 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:Brian Ó DomhnaillPhil Hoganseptic tanks
Six Olympians will take to the long jump runway at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee as part of the Rio Games Olympic Preview, Relays director Brian Brown announced March 15.Of those six Olympians, four have Olympic medals to their credit and the entire nine-jumper field will be using the Rio Olympic Games Preview as the springboard to add to that tally. Last season, four of the nine in the field finished the season ranked in the top 11 in the world. Four of those scheduled to compete at Drake Stadium were in the final of last summer’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Headlining the field is American Brittney Reese. With a total of five World Championships, Reese is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the long jump and owns a personal best of 23-9.5 (7.25m). Last weekend she claimed the U.S. Indoor national title with a jump of 22-7.25. In 2013, Reese competed at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and won the long jump with a mark of 22-9.5.Janay DeLoach is another American Olympic medalist, having claimed bronze at the 2012 London Games. She owns a personal best of 23-0.75 (7.03m) in the event and finished the 2015 season ranked No. 6 in the world. She also jumped at the 2013 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished second in 22-8.5.Tianna Bartoletta comes to Drake Stadium after finishing 2015 with the top jump in the world at 23-5.25 (7.14m) to win a World Championship last summer in Beijing. As a member of the United States’ 4×100-meter relay team, she earned a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Finishing a few spots behind Bartoletta in the world standings last year was Christabel Nettey with the fourth-longest jump in the world of 22-11.25 (6.99m). The Canadian is the reigning Pan-American Games champion in the event and finished fourth at last summer’s IAAF World Championships.Lorraine Ugen will travel to Des Moines after finishing her 2015 season ranked 11th in the world with a personal-best mark of 22-8.5 (6.92m) and finishing fifth at the IAAF World Championships.Chelsea Hayes is another Olympian set to compete for the prize purse at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Hayes unleashed a huge personal best of 23-3.5 (7.10m) at the last Olympic Trials to stun the field and earn a spot on Team USA. Another Olympic medalist in the field is Nigerian Blessing Okagbare. Okagbare claimed a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has five African Championships on her resume. She owns a personal best of 22-11.75 (7.0m) in the event.Funmi Jimoh competed alongside Okagbare in the 2008 Olympics and finished 12th in the event. She has a personal best of 22-10 (6.96m) in the event.Rounding out the field in the women’s long jump is another past Relays performer in Sharon Day-Monroe. A multi-event athlete, Day-Monroe has represented the United States in the heptathlon in each of the last two Olympics. Two years ago, she competed at Drake Stadium in the high jump. The Rio Olympic Games Preview women’s long jump is scheduled to be contested during Hy-Vee Night at the Relays on Friday, April 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. Single-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee go on sale to the general public on March 24 at 9 a.m. All-session and multi-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are currently available at www.DrakeRelays.org, www.DrakeTix.com or by calling the Drake Athletic Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.Print Friendly Version
ANTI WIND farm campaigners in Co Donegal have demanded a new investigation into the safety of turbines after another one collapsed.The turbine on Screggagh wind farm in the Fivemiletown mountain range of Co Tyrone collapsed – sending debris 1km away.One local family said the noise from the collapse “sounded like a bomb going off”. In March 2013 a 64m-high turbine ‘snapped’ and fell over at a wind farm in the remote townland of Maas, between Glenties and Ardara. MILLION EURO WIND TURBINE COLLAPSES ‘LIKE A BOMB’ was last modified: January 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:collapseTurbineTyronewind farm
Donegal shoppers are doing ‘berry’ well when it comes to looking after their diets.Strawberries are popular in Donegal according to Tesco.That’s according to Tesco which has analysed the most popular products frequently added to customer shopping baskets across Ireland and has found interesting regional preferences in the nations’ shopping habits.The research has revealed that some products are making shopping lists more regularly in particular counties. It shows that Donegal shoppers are displaying a preference for a healthy start to the day buying proportionally more berries and probiotic drinks than the rest of the country.Breakfast cereals and porridge are the morning fuel of choice for Monaghan and Cavan shoppers prefer cooked breakfasts buying more breakfast meats; sausage, pudding and bacon than the rest of the country.Shoppers from Carlow and Offaly would pair well together for household laundry with Carlow purchasing more detergent and Offaly more fabric conditioner proportionally than the rest of the country.Dubliners purchase proportionally more bagged salad, eggs, cheese and salad ingredients including avocados, beetroot, radish and spring onions. Bread is most popular in Leitrim and Cork with Leitrim stocking up on sliced pan and more shoppers in Cork opting for in-store bakery bread such as baguettes. Laois shopper’s purchase more baby food while Tipperary shoppers are clearly pet lovers, stocking up on more dog and cat food. Saucy Wexford shoppers came out tops for condiments including mayonnaise, tomato sauce and brown sauce while Roscommon shoppers are the cream of the crop buying more milk & cream and Clare shoppers stocking up on butters and spreads.Christine Heffernan, Tesco Ireland Corporate Affairs Director added “It’s interesting to see such diversity across the country when it comes to product preferences. We’re committed to giving our customers the best overall value, range and experience every time they shop in Tesco.“We continue to offer lower prices through our Staying Down campaign with hundreds of products now reduced including well-known brand and own label products that research has shown us matter most to customers. 100% of the fresh lamb, beef, pork, eggs and milk we sell is Irish and sourced from over 13,000 Irish farming families.”DONEGAL SHOPPERS DOING ‘BERRY’ WELL ACCORDING TO SHOPPING SURVEY was last modified: May 25th, 2015 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:berriesdonegalshoppingtesco