Corruption and deceit at NPTAB is nothing new

first_imgDear Editor,This exposure of tender board officials caught on camera removing documents and the police having to be called in is a very worrisome incident for the following reasons:It shows the deception and dishonesty that have penetrated our society and what has happened to our people. Since people in Guyana, it now seems, can be induced ‘to sell their souls to the devil’ for a few pieces of printed, coloured paper called “money” which will give them temporary luxury yet still demolish their soul for a lifetime for which they will have to pay. This deceit and corruption seems to preponderate more so in recent times than in previous.Anytime humanity does a wrong thing either steal (or commit criminal actions) or lie in thoughts or verbally, something triggers in their body or mind. That is why the lie detector or polygraph machine can pick up when a person is lying. Their heartbeat changes and the body’s biological and psychological systems trigger and tells you that you are doing wrong or not being honest. This is called the human conscience.This is a serious offence when persons go and tender and their submitted, sealed, tender documents are tampered with. Tendering is an expensive process. A simple tender may cause GY$50,000 to GY$250,000 and may even cause millions of dollars to put up a bid, for the 2 per cent bid security, for documents, preparation, and management. In this reported case, I believe that the police department has to put tremendous amounts of pressure on this implicated person so that he can reveal the name/s of the person/s who was paying him to commit this illegal practice.I have observed, as a child growing up from our time of independence, that this level of corruption seems to have impregnated our nation and society with deception, evil, and corrupt activities, from the political uppermost level to the man in the street. We have a serious dilemma – when anyone can go and tamper with sealed tender bidding documents so that their friends or associates can win a tender is a sad state of affairs.I am saying this because I know Guyana and Guyanese, as well as the level of corruption. I previously suffered from a similar incident of this nature some time ago, and when I called the then Chairman of the Tender Board (during the past administration) he was refuting the accusations of corruption and saying that the tender box is where everyone can see it, but I suggested that a camera be installed around the area of the tender box because persons with possession of the keys can enter and tamper with the submitted tender documents.Needless to say that my suggestion went unheeded. In my case, my submitted entire bidding tender document package disappeared from the tender box after my company certified that they submitted it. So this meant that we were watched and one gentleman in the security industry was my main suspect because he was always bragging of his conquests of tampering with submitted tenders aided by his political connections (this conclusion was also formed because of my police investigative skills which I was born with and studied and developed over time).This same gentleman was also responsible for submitting fake GRA documents and NIS compliances, and only because his illegal actions were discovered, I was able to garner the Government regional security tenders for Regions Two, Three, Four, Five and Six. Corruption in the security tendering process in this country is nothing new and it has gone to such a level that it ‘boggles’ the human mind. This is only security service tenders that I am referring to here. Imagine what goes on in buildings, sea walls, schools and road projects. The road projects specifically! One can only imagine what goes on in their tendering processes. One gentleman previously told me that I can get Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine regional security tenders if I give him three million dollars and that the previous guy who won the bids went to KFC and pack money in the boxes – “five million dollars” – and give it to them.I told him that I do not get involved in such corrupt practices and live with a humble disposition so that my children and children’s children lives would not be affected, and the earnings that I have would not bring my family into disrepute and that the universe will not “spite” me because I believe in this karmic order of things in which for the evils we commit and for the sins we commit “two by two”, we pay for them “one by one”( it is my belief).Persons are tendering below cost and one or two persons are always winning all the Government and regional contracts. If persons in the Government should do an audit, they will see massive manipulation of the taxes (GRA, NIS, PAYE, VAT etc), fake GRA and compliance certificates submitted, awarding of contracts to known international criminals, etc.I had the experience of persons taking away 95 per cent of my security businesses and that was as a result of a few persons who maliciously wanted to ruin me financially and install their friends and families. The major part of RK Guyana Security Services was always linked to Government contracts since 1979 when the business was first established with GY$7.50 immediately after the 2015 elections, 95 per cent of its businesses were lost. I reported this to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and the Chairperson of the Commission, who did not do her job and failed to investigate, said it was a matter for the Permanent Secretary of another Ministry.So, it boggles the mind why people would do such evil practices and why the PPC would shirk from its terms of references to be impartial and professional. Here is another example: I won a security contract after a lot of work and cost. But a few hours just before I started, it was terminated for convenience. Cabinet gave the no objection and the tender award was approved by the tender board and the evaluators which came from the Ministry of Education (this matter is sadly now before the courts). So there is corruption in high places and it is painful and hurtful.But such an experience would not cause me to publicly abuse the Government or become disrespectful. I respond by logic, intellect, wisdom, communication, and the avenues of redress available to me eg the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) which failed our company and for which I have lost respect, in this case which is now before the courts.Corruption is rife and rampant in Guyana and I hope that one day we can come out of this and the persons who induce these evaluators with financial rewards (con and paper money) to commit such illegal acts which will destroy their careers, their honour, cause them to go to prison. These are truly evil persons and should be dealt with. I pray for my country, I want this country to develop and grow and for it to prosper and be enhanced. Corruption is eating away at the very heart of our country.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Sophia family terrorised

first_img– robbed by armed men posing as PoliceA family from B Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, is now traumatised after gunmen, posing as Police ranks, broke into their home in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and terrorised them before carting off approximately $1 million in items.The robbery reportedly occurred sometime around 04:00h when the family was asleep. The head of the household is a security officer attached to Federal Management System.Guyana Times understands that the family of six was awakened by a loud noise emanating from the bottom flat of the house and shouts of “Police! Police!”Upon inspection, a light was shone into the face of one of the occupants of the house and he was told to lie on the floor while another man, who was armed with a cleaver, ran through the house and woke everyone.The masked men reportedly ordered the family to lie on the floor. Soon after, the perpetrators began to assault one of the occupants of the house by hitting him to the head with the gun.An elderly man was also beaten and kicked to his body several times. During the ordeal, the family members were instructed not to look at the faces of the men.The other bandits went on to ransack the house during which they collected a mobile phone, a lap top computer and an undisclosed sum of cash. The men then escaped with a motorcycle belonging to the family valued at $400,000.Speaking with Guyana Times, the security guard related “this has been happening in our area for a long time now. A lot of people complained about the same thing. In some cases, some of them were sprayed with a substance which caused them to sleep through the robbery.The matter was reported to the Turkeyen Police Station and an investigation was launched.last_img read more

REV dominates Don Lugo, 8-0

first_img DIVISION I Upland 4, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 0 Senior Alyssa Davila scored and assisted on goals as the Highlanders (25-0-2) defeated the Knights to advance to the quarterfinals in quest for another Division I title. Dana Sanderlain had two assists for Upland in the win. Upland will play Los Alamitos on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Junior goalkepper Erin Salazar stopped five first-half shots and junior Brittany Winegar made six saves in the second half in combining on the shutout for Redlands East Valley (21-2-2), which plays Murrieta Valley in a quarterfinal match on Thursday. Goalkeepers Julianna Scott and Jillian Stolar combined to make 11 saves for Don Lugo (16-8-3) in the loss. DIVISION III La Mirada 1, Norco 0 Sophomore midfielder Lauren Cope scored off the rebound of a free kick in the 11th minute for the only goals as La Mirada (17-9-2) edged Norco. Goalkeeper Shawna Fredrickson had six saves for the Cougars (14-3-4). It was the 15th shutout of the season for Matadores keeper Kiki Salazar, who needed to make only five saves. La Mirada (17-9-2) had lost to Norco earlier this season. DIVISION V Pasadena Maranatha 2, Big Bear 0 The Minutemen (23-1-3), seeded No. 1 in the Division, scored a Te’anna Robinson goal in the 15th minute off a Jessica Fry assist and never looked back in defeating the host Bears. The win vaults Maranatha into Thursday’s quarterfinal against Notre Dame Academy (12-4-5), a 3-2 winner over Downey on Tuesday, at a site to be determined today at 9 a.m. DIVISION VI Arrowhead Christian 6, Saint Matthias 0 Kristina Gomez scored three goals and had an assist as the Eagles (21-6) defeated the Victorians to advance to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kelsey Gudgeon earned her first hat trick of the season and Taylor Thomas added a goal and two assists as visiting Redlands East Valley defeated Don Lugo 8-0 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section girls soccer playoffs. GIRLS SOCCER ROUNDUP last_img read more

Middlesbrough 1-0 Queens Park Rangers: Grant Leadbitter’s stoppage-time penalty snatches home side a victory

first_img Captain Grant Leadbitter won it late on for Boro 1 Grant Leadbitter’s late penalty stole Middlesbrough a fortunate 1-0 win over QPR at the Riverside.The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Leroy Fer’s late handball in added time gave the referee no choice but to award the hosts a penalty.Leadbitter fired home from the spot to hand Aitor Karanka’s side their tenth win of the season, beating a Rangers side without a recognised striker.Hosts Middlesbrough were looking to return to winning ways after losing to Hull last time out, before the international break.Karanka’s men went into the clash sitting fourth in the league, playing a 13th-placed QPR side who were without a win in their last three.They had to travel to Teesside without interim manager Neil Warnock, who was absent due to “personal reasons”, the club revealed earlier on Friday afternoon. Kevin Blackwell, who was brought in to assist Warnock, took charge of the Hoops at the Riverside.It was reported this week that Warnock expects to be in charge of the Loftus Road club for two further games.A slow start to the game saw few chances mustered in the opening ten minutes.David Nugent looked to be through on goal shortly after that period, before Rangers captain Nedum Onuoha made a last-ditch challenge to prevent the former Leicester forward from advancing.Lively Boro wideman Albert Adomah looked to create an opening after 20 minutes, when he made a dangerous run into the right-hand side of the box. He squared the ball to Nugent, who did not get clean contact on the ball but his shot still beat goalkeeper Green, hitting the inside of the post as the ball trickled along the goal line before the former England stopper gathered.Brazilian midfielder Sandro forced Boro shot stopper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos into making a good save after his long-range strike, before Boro’s Diego Fabbrini, on loan from Watford, flashed a shot wide at the other end.QPR made a positive start to the second period, with Yun Suk-Young attacking dangerously down the left before pulling it back for Matt Phillips, playing up front in Charlie Austin’s absence. He could not get the ball out of his feet, despite being just yards from goal, and danger was averted.Konstantopoulos was on hand to stop Fer’s stinging shot before getting a hand to Alejandro Faurlin’s effort.Stewart Downing shot wide for the hosts before Grant Hall headed past the post at the other end, as a 0-0 score-line looked inevitable.Karanka pushed for a late winner by putting on Cristhian Stuani and Kike alongside existing attackers Downing and Nugent, but QPR continued to look comfortable with a high line before Fer was dismissed in stoppage time.An overhead kick by Kike looked destined for the back of the net, although Green was sprawling, and the Dutch midfielder needlessly punched the ball clear on the goal line and the referee had to award a spot-kick.With 92 minutes on the clock, Leadbitter coolly converted the penalty past Green to snatch Boro all three points. Ahead of the rest of the Championship’s games this weekend, the win puts Boro up to third, a point ahead of Burnley who slipped to fourth.last_img read more

MAN ARRESTED DURING DISTURBANCE JUST ‘WANTED TO GO TO BED”

first_imgA 32 year old man who “just wanted to go to bed” was arrested during a disturbance in Stranorlar.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Mark Doherty was found by Gardai at 104 Ard Macool on October 20th last and was under the influence of alcohol. When Gardai went to speak to him, the father-of-two called them “f***ing pigs” and had to be restrained.Letterkenny District Court heard Doherty had been asked to leave the address by a woman but said he just wanted to go to bed.“He thought he could sort it out but it just got worse,” said his solicitor.Doherty had worked in the construction industry but work had dried up and he was now doing a computer course and hoping to go to third level education.Judge Denis Fitzpatrick adjourned the case to see if Doherty was fit to complete community service.MAN ARRESTED DURING DISTURBANCE JUST ‘WANTED TO GO TO BED” was last modified: December 4th, 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:Ard MacoolcourtMark DohertyStranorlarlast_img read more

SENATOR O DOMHNAILL TAKES WALKING WIN IN HIS STRIDE!

first_imgSenator Brian O Domhnaill is going global!Walker Brendan Boyce from Milford with Senator O Domhnaill.The Gortahork politician is a seasoned walker.And yesterday he showed his class by winning the Masters over 35 3000m race Walk in a superb time of 13.28 at the indoor AIT Atlone track. The winning time sees him qualify for the World Indoors in March.O Domhnaill simply announced his achievement by stating ‘it’s good to be back’ on Facebook. He is a former Irish International athlete, before he turned his attention to public service. SENATOR O DOMHNAILL TAKES WALKING WIN IN HIS STRIDE! was last modified: January 26th, 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:SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLwalking racewinlast_img read more

ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS LOSE COURT CHALLENGE TO COUNCIL’S FOYLE SEWAGE SCHEME

first_imgEnda CraigENVIRONMENT campaigners in Greencastle and Moville have lost their legal challenge to sewage being pumped into Lough Foyle.Mr Justice John Hedigan ruled in the High Court that local man Enda Craig had failed to produce any evidence to prevent Donegal County Council going ahead with its proposed treatment plant.At times of flood, the proposed scheme would allow untreated sewage to come ashore. Mr Craig and other residents – including John and Pat Hume – have long argued for a treatment scheme which would pump waste water outside the Foyle estuary.It’s now thought the British government will move to prevent the scheme from going ahead.Mr Craig can appeal to the Supreme Court after today’s hearing.However the British – through the Crown Estate – claim ownership of all of Lough Foyle. Sources there say they will not allow treated sewage to be pumped into the Foyle.Mr Craig said they will now take the case to the European courts. ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS LOSE COURT CHALLENGE TO COUNCIL’S FOYLE SEWAGE SCHEME was last modified: August 26th, 2013 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:ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGNERS LOSE COURT CHALLENGE TO COUNCIL’S FOYLE SEWAGE SCHEMElast_img read more

Calpine pushes to void contracts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In another development, Calpine said Thursday that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Burton Lifland has approved the company’s request to spend up to $500 million of a $2 billion credit line from Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston. The company will use the money to fund its ongoing operations during the early stages of a bankruptcy case expected to last two to three years. Calpine’s effort to get out of its long-term power contracts is likely to face fierce opposition in California, a focal point of the company’s operations. The largest contract was negotiated by the California Department of Water Resources on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric during the state’s energy crisis of 2001. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Calpine Corp. asked a federal judge to void eight power-supply agreements as part of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, including a massive, politically sensitive contract that serves the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Calpine, a power producer and marketer based in San Jose, would lose $1.2 billion if forced to supply power through the expiration of all eight contracts, it said Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York. Calpine signed the contracts between 2001 and 2003, when natural gas, the main fuel for Calpine’s power plants, was much cheaper than it is today. Calpine customers with threatened contracts are Edison International unit Southern California Edison, Acadia Power Partners, PG&E unit Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Reliant Energy Electrical Solutions, and the Northern California Power Agency and Strategic Energy, which is the retail supply subsidiary of Great Plains Energy.last_img read more

Doherty welcomes review into supports for children with Down Syndrome

first_imgMinister for Education Richard Bruton has today announced that the National Council for Special Education will be asked to review support scheme to include children with Down Syndrome.The Minister’s announcement comes today, on World Down Syndrome Day, following calls made by Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty in the Dáil where he urged the Government to immediately amend the existing scheme to ensure that all children living with the condition are automatically guaranteed access to the programme known as July Provision.Deputy Doherty said: “The Programme for Government acknowledges that, despite the current supports made available as part of special education provision, children with DS and their families still face great difficulty in accessing services. “The July Provision scheme provides funding for an extended school year for school-going children with a severe or profound general learning disability or children with autism. Yet, children with Down Syndrome remain ineligible for the scheme as DS is still not considered a qualifying condition for access to the support.“The Government has already committed to reviewing the July Provision scheme under the advice of the NCSE to examine issues around access and funding with the view to extending July Provision to children with Down syndrome.“Today March 21st, on what is World Down Syndrome Day, I again called on the Government to give a commitment to extend eligibility for the scheme so that children living with DS and their families can finally access this vital support so that their needs can finally be met.“In response, the Minister replied to state that in light of my call he will now ask the National Council for Special Education to review the policy in respect of July Provision for children with DS. “This is of course a very welcome development and I am glad that the Minister has agreed to have this matter examined.“I am now hopeful that this review will yield a positive outcome for children with DS because, as many parents of younger children with DS will know, the current provision is haphazard and it is therefore crucial that going forward all children with Down syndrome may automatically be guaranteed a place under the programme.”Doherty welcomes review into supports for children with Down Syndrome was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Down SyndromePearse Doherty TDspecial education supportWorld Down syndrome daylast_img read more

Chelsea reportedly close to keeper signing and in talks to sell Schurrle

first_imgChelsea have reportedly opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a potential deal to sell Andre Schurrle to the Spanish club. The Mail say Atletico are pushing for an answer from Chelsea and that Blues boss Jose Mourinho would prefer to sell a different foreign player as the club seek to stay within the Premier League quota.German Schurrle, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen a year ago, is believed to want to stay.Schurrle has been linked with a move away from Stamford BridgeChelsea are again linked with Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, this time by the Evening Standard.The Mail say Samuel Eto’o, linked with Liverpool since his recent departure from Chelsea, is attracting interest from Everton.Meanwhile, Goal.com say Chelsea are close to securing a deal to sign Croatia youth international goalkeeper Ivan Brkic.The 19-year-old, who plays for Istra, is tipped to move to west London for a fee of around £800,000.And Fulham want a £2.5m loan fee for Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou, again according to Goal.com.Mitroglou, who moved to Craven Cottage in January, has been linked with a return to his former club Olympiacos.Fulham are tipped to sign another forward if Mitroglou leaves.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more