Norton wants independent probe into country’s procurement system

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton wants Government to establish as soon as possible a team of competent persons to launch a full-fledged investigation into the country’s procurement system in light of a number malpractices and corruption allegations surrounding the process. The minister submitted the proposal at the last Cabinet meeting and the matter is now with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.During an interview with Guyana Times, Dr Norton said it is now left to Cabinet to decide how it will proceed with his proposal and the terms of reference of the investigation.He said recommendations were made to set up a presidential probe so that the person or body chosen to investigate would have subpoena powers to call on anyone to provide information on the matter.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton“I took the paper to Cabinet informing them of the necessity to have that investigation and Cabinet decided that it should be of the nature where we can subpoena persons to respond to the Commission of Inquiry,” Dr Norton explained.The minister said he is extremely concerned about the country’s procurement system and therefore wants the probe to commence as early as possible.“I want to investigate the entire procurement system because we were given assurances that we have enough medication to last until the end of the year and beyond, but that is not the case and we want the information we have at hand to be more accurate and more precise. I might have been using information that is not necessarily too accurate and that must stop,” he explained.Norton said measures should be put in place now to ensure the drug procurement process has adequate checks and balances in place to avoid incidents of corruption and malpractice.“We can’t wait for it to blow up in a way we can’t handle,” he opined.The move to launch the investigation was triggered by allegations of staffers of the Public Health Ministry passing inside information to bidders seeking lucrative drug procurement contracts.Harmon, during a post-cabinet press briefing, had noted that government needed all facts in place before it made a decision in the matter.“At this point in time, we still have allegations and we are basically asking the Minister of Public Health to provide sufficient information on which any future action by the State would take place,” he had stated.Meanwhile Government intends to revamp the entire procurement system of the Public Health Ministry.Already, the agency is advertising the vacancy for a Public Procurement Manager since the person currently overseeing those duties is under-qualified, according to the Minister.Earlier this year, Dr Norton admitted that the change in the procurement system resulted in the drug shortages that were plaguing the country.The Public Health Ministry introduced a new system for the procurement of drugs and medical supplies. This was accompanied by several changes in the bidding documents which were intended to create a more level playing field among competitors.Reports have explained that the changes saw each region submitting to Central Government, a list of drugs needed and the total sum required to make the purchases. Monies will be warranted back to the Public Health Ministry from the Regions to facilitate a centralised procurement.Initially, this administration had mandated that the drug purchases be done at a regional level.However, the process was later changed after some $600 million was returned to the treasury, owing to the incapacity of the regions to source their own supplies.last_img read more

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Freezing rain warning issued for South Peace and Alberta Peace

first_imgSurfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for the Alberta Peace and B.C. South Peace. At this time, the warning has not been extended to Fort St. John and the North Peace.The warning says the region could see freezing rain into Thursday morning for Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and the South Peace and along Highway 16 and 43 in Alberta.  The freezing rain could stretch all the way to Whitecourt.See the full warning below.- Advertisement -4:33 PM CST Wednesday 10 February 2016Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaB.C. South PeaceFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain is expected to develop this evening stretching from Valleyview to Rimbey including portions of Highways 16 and 43. Ice accumulations are expected to be generally light with a few areas seeing up to 2 mm. The threat of freezing rain is expected to persist until early Thursday morning.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Failure to qualify for Euro 2016 ‘a disaster’ for Holland, De Boer tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Netherlands international Ronald de Boer has told talkSPORT the Oranje’s failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 is a ‘disaster’ for the team.After progressing the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil last year, where they lost in a penalty shoot-out to Argentina, many expected it to be a straightforward task for the Dutch to confirm their European Championship spot.But after just four wins from their ten qualifying games, new manager Danny Blind – who was appointed as Guss Hiddink’s successor in June – saw his side fall short.Holland still held distant hopes of moving up to third and sealing a play-off spot ahead of their final game against group winners Czech Republic, but a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday – courtesy of a Robin van Persie own goal – meant they ended the qualifying campaign in fourth.And, with the side hampered by injuries and aging stars, ex-midfielder De Boer admits they suffered from a lack of quality.“It’s a disaster, of course,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Before the qualification started a lot of people already thought Holland would be at Euro 2016.“At this moment we don’t have the quality, we don’t have the players who can make a difference. We don’t have Arjen Robben [currently out through injury] and Robin van Persie, though I don’t write him off, isn’t the competitor he was at Arsenal and Manchester United.“We don’t have players who can really replace those guys.”With Blind now under-pressure after only a short time at the helm, Premier League side Southampton have been rocked by reports linking manager Ronald Koeman to the job.But De Boer believes Holland will stick with their current man.He added: “I think you have to stick with him now, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Danny from the players and he is a respectable coach who has a great idea about football, so I think he has to continue.“I don’t see another contender for the job. Koeman is very happy at Southampton, and I think his next step will maybe be to coach another, bigger, team in England.“And I have spoken to my brother [Ajax coach Frank] and he wants to coach a club, not another country. But he’s happy at Ajax now also.”Despite the disappointment of failing to make next summer’s finals in France, De Boer has hopes for the future of the team, with manager Danny Blind beginning to break through the next generation.“We have so much quality still, for sure,” he said. “They’re young but we have so much talent there, so I believe good times are coming our way.”last_img read more

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CAPPRY U16’S EARN THE LOCAL BRAGGING RIGHTS WITH BIG WIN OVER BALLYBOFEY UNITED

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTES  29/02/2016 CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTO Last weeks Lotto took place in the Roadhouse Bar on Saturday night.The numbers drawn in last week’s draw were 9, 10, 15, 23.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Sean Gallen, Navenny Street.The numbers drawn in this week’s draw were 3, 7, 8, 18.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Grainne O’Donnell, The Park, Blue Cedars.Next weeks jackpot is €4550.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!! CAPPRY ROVERS Cappry Rovers suffered a heavy defeat in Cappry Park when Kilmacrenan scored seven without reply. Cappry created a few chances in the first half but couldn’t find the net. Kilmacrenan opened the scoring on the stroke of half time against the run of play when Semi Friel broke from midfield to score from inside the area. They went close just after that when they hit the post.Half time 0-1.Chris Dilton got the visitors 2nd goal in the 49th minute when he beat the offside trap to score past the keeper. Worse was to follow for Cappry in the 54th minute when Dara McDaid scored from close range following a corner. Dara McDaid got his second in the 58th minute when he got to the rebound following a good save from Conor McBride in the Cappry goal. McDaid completed his hatrick on the hour mark when he headed to the net after the ball came back off the crossbar following a free kick. Cappry were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute after an infringement in the penalty area but it was saved by the keeper to show what kind of day the home team were having. Kilmacrenan got their 6th goal in the 76th minute when Gary Gorman scored from close range. Dara Gordon completed the rout in the 82nd minute when he lobbed the advancing keeper to score to the empty net.Final score 0-7.Conor McBride and Michael Lafferty were best for Cappry.Dara McDaid and Chris Dilton best for Kilmacrenan.Cappry are away to Kildrum Tigers next Sunday.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVES Castlefin Celtic recorded a fine 6-0 victory against a young Cappry Rovers side. The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute when Matthew O’Rourke latched onto a ball over the top and slotted home. Castlefin dominated throughout and Paul Logue increased their lead after his shot from 20 yards nestled in the bottom corner after 35 minutes. The second half began in the same sort of fashion and a Keith Nelis cross found Gavin McNulty who finished well at the back post on 55 minutes. The remainder of the second half was a one sided affair and the hosts increased their advantage with goals from James McMenamin, Thomas Devlin and O’Rourke. Best for Castlefin: James McMenamin and Gavin McNulty. Best for Cappry: Team performance.Cappry are at home to Curragh next Saturday.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’s On Thursday evening Cappry welcomed our near neighbours, Ballybofey Utd, to Cappry Park. Cappry controlled the game from start to finish and ran out comfortable winners on a 6-2 scoreline. Kaine McGlynn (2), Luke Gavigan, Joel Bradley Walsh, Kyle O’Meara and Karl Doherty scored for Cappry. CAPPRY CRUSADERS U16’s On Sunday morning a depleted squad made up by a number of young players from the U14 Crusaders team made the long journey to Dunfanaghy to take on a strong Dunfanaghy Youths team. They fell behind in the early stages when Dunfanaghy scored after a mix up in the Cappry defence. Cappry got back on level terms when they were awarded a free kick in their own half which was taken by our stand in keeper, Conor McCormack, who delivered a great kick over the Dunfanaghy defence. Shane Rowan got on the end of the delivery and showed amazing control when he took the ball on his chest and then in one fluid motion expertly chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to score to the back of the net. A real contender for goal of the season. The lads were so dazzled by his skill that they couldn’t concentrate on the rest of the game and went on to concede 6 more goals!!! Fair play and thank you to all the young lads who came and made up the numbers.CAPPRY ROVERS U14’s Cappry Rovers played host to the Cappry Colts team on Friday evening and proved too strong for the Colts. Rovers ran out 7-0 winners with the Colts deserving a lot of credit for the battling qualities they have shown. Great from a clubs point of view to see so many young players getting loads of football at the club.CAPPRY COLTS U12’sFintown harps 0 Cappry Colts 5The Colts travelled to Glenties on Saturday afternoon to play against the hosts Fintown. The Colts came out of the blocks fast and Niall Ryan tested the home keeper in the 1st minute, shortly after this Fintown had a great chance to open the scoring but Shea Doherty pulled off a great save to his left. The Colts linked up well through Patrick Long, Charlie Griffin and Niall Ryan to put Sean Ryan through to score after 15 minutes. Niall Ryan scored number two before halftime. Fintown battled away after the break but Niall Ryan nipped in yet again to get his 2nd and Cappry’s third shortly after the break. The Colts were now playing nice football with Darragh Carroll, Ronan Callaghan and Ethan Deery impressing. The Colts scored their 4th goal through Sean Lyons ten minutes from time after good work by Eoin McGonagle, Odhran Quigley Doherty and Ethan Deery. Three minutes from time Niall Marley scored his 3rd goal of the season from a Patrick Long corner.We would like to thank Fintown for a very sporting contest, match referee Seamus McGroary and the 12 Colts who all played.CAPPRY CRUSADERS U12’s Cappry Crusaders were away to the Ballybofey United Cubs on Saturday afternoon at the Finn Valley. In a very sporting contest, both teams played some nice football. Cappry took the lead through Martin Mbuli. Ballybofey got back on level terms when they scored a good goal of their own. Cappry tried hard for a winner and were unlucky when Dylan Gallagher hit the crossbar from a free kick in the last couple of minutes. In the end a draw was probably a fair result.LAST MAN STANDING COMPETITION Cappry’s last man standing competition is up and running. Selections will be posted on our facebook page in the next few days. Thanks to all who supported the club with this fundraiser.CAPPRY U16’S EARN THE LOCAL BRAGGING RIGHTS WITH BIG WIN OVER BALLYBOFEY UNITED was last modified: March 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cappry RoverssoccerSportlast_img read more

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Liverpool youngster proving to be one of fantasy football’s biggest bargains

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware ALTERED 1 Latest Premier League News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday The youngster looked unlikely to start ahead of the new season after injury and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fine form at right-back towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.But Joel Matip’s absence has meant he has been selected in his preferred position of centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk, and he has really grasped his chance.The 21-year-old has been outstanding in Liverpool’s first two games of the season against West Ham and Crystal Palace, helping the Reds pick up successive clean sheets.He is the joint fifth highest point-scoring Dream Team defender, level with his teammate van Dijk, having picked up 16 points so far. Joe Gomez, left, has only been selected by 1.8 per cent of Dream Team players Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The new Premier League season is under way and Fantasy Football is already starting to get serious.Fans up and down the country are already questioning their teams, with injuries ruling out star players such as Kevin De Bruyne, and some surprise names collecting points.One man who you would be wise to add to your Dream Team is Liverpool defender Joe Gomez. If he’s already in your XI, then well played! possible standings Gomez is priced at just £2.5million, making him one of the biggest bargains in the game right now considering he is set to keep his place – barring injury – for some time.He is likely to see his price rise on August 31 so get in quick!last_img read more

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STUNNING SNOW-CAPPED ERRIGAL BUT DRIVERS GIVEN ICE WARNING

first_imgErrigal in all of its snow-capped glory at dawn this morning.It is for many Donegal people around the world the most iconic image that reminds them of home.But not too many of us can say we have seen it close-up – at dawn.But this morning local accountant Pat McDermott scaled Donegal’s highest point and took this stunning picture. The picture shows winter is stretching from its slumber with snow covering the peak.Gardai are also warning motorists to take extra care on roads across the county.Temperatures plunged below freezing last night leaving ice on many roads around the county.“Roads are icy this morning and people should take extra care if driving. “Some roads are very slippy and we are asking people to slow down and not to take any chances,” said a Garda spokesman. STUNNING SNOW-CAPPED ERRIGAL BUT DRIVERS GIVEN ICE WARNING was last modified: November 10th, 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:donegalErrigalicesnowWarninglast_img read more

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Anti-Brexit protests held along Donegal-Derry border

first_imgProtests have been staged at border crossings along the Donegal-Derry border tonight (Weds) amid ongoing efforts to reach a Brexit deal.The Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) Group held the silent action as hundreds of local people from both sides of the border came together along 38 of the 200 different border crossings.Protesters held candles and posters to indicate their opposition to the uncertainty created by Brexit. Anti-Brexit protests held along Irish border on Wednesday night (Pic: Cllr Gerry McGonagle)Cllr Jack Murray told Donegal Daily: “The people of the border community will not tolerate a hard border because of the consequences would be absolutely devastating.“This has nothing to do with party politics, it is about the free movement of people across the border.“It has huge economic and social factors and if there was a hard border it would be catastrophic for the people of Inishowen and Derry.”“Protesters carried signs with slogans such as “No Boris Border” and “No to Borders in Ireland”.A spokesperson for BCAB said border communities would be the collateral damage if there is a no-deal Brexit. Advertisement “What is happening at Westminster today is giving us cause for concern and too much uncertainty around the border issue remains,” he said.“Border communities are going to be the collateral damage if there is a no-deal Brexit so we want people living on the northern or southern side to come out and make a stand against any hard border returning.”It is understood that members from the group are set to meet EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the Brexit impasse and the impact it is having on people living in border communities.Anti-Brexit protests held along Donegal-Derry border was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:border communities against brexitBrexitDonegal-Derry Borderlast_img read more

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Humboldt State men’s basketball adds D-I talent, begins 2019-20 campaign Friday

first_imgThree NCAA Division-I senior-transfers all hailing from Compton decided to reunite for their final collegiate season.Humboldt State University men’s basketball will gladly play host.The Lumberjacks open up the 2019-20 season on the road at Point Loma Nazarene University Friday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Golden Gymnasium.The three senior transfers, Leland Green, Rob Lewis and Raysean Scott Jr., will be on the count for tip-off and look to be nightly starters for the ‘Jacks throughout the …last_img

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Deal Site Groupon Launches G-Team, Campaigns for Local Causes

first_imgPopular group-buying daily deal site Groupon has gone back to its roots with the launch of an initiative called “G-Team,” which harnesses the collective consumer power that has made Groupon such a success, in order to connect users to local fundraisers, campaigns and other charitable causes. The causes will be tied to the deals posted to Groupon so as to attract like-minded shoppers with community organizations whose campaigns they may be interested in. For example, a deal on canoe rentals might be tied to a campaign to clean up a river, a deal on bike tuneups might be linked to a campaign to donate bicycles to disadvantaged youth and so on.G-Team: Campaigns for Charity or Just for FunBut G-Team campaigns don’t necessarily have to be focused on charity: they can be used for fun too, like organizing a flash mob or rounding up Groupon shoppers to use their coupon together on the same night at a particular venue. Although the G-Team initiative was announced over a month ago, there has been little media coverage so far, likely due to its staged rollout. Initially, G-Team is only available as a pilot program in Chicago, but Groupon says it plans on bringing the program to more cities in the future.The first campaign, just announced via Twitter and now available here, is raising money to support a local theater organization. sarah perez Groupon’s Roots are in Community Organization Many of Groupon’s users may not realize that initiatives like these actually served as the roots of what became the discount shopping experience that’s now practically a household name. According to the Groupon website, the organization grew out of a website called The Point, launched in 2007, which lets anyone start a campaign, but delays action until enough people have committed to the project. That same philosophy of collective power was later applied to what became Groupon, a site that offers a daily deal that’s only available once enough people join that day. With the G-Team campaigns, now hosted on The Point’s site, there will be a “tipping point” that will need to be reached before action is taken. And anyone can apply for one of these Groupon campaign sponsorships, either as an individual or a representative from a non-profit or other local grassroots organization. Explains Patty Huber, community manager for both The Point and Groupon, “First, we’ll help you create a campaign page on The Point. Next, we’ll develop a partnership with a Groupon merchant who will help support your campaign. Then, we’ll promote your campaign along with the merchant’s daily deal to our huge subscriber base.” G-Team campaigns, says Huber, are designed to benefit local communities, run for a limited period of time (usually a day), support causes that resonate with subscribers, aid specific projects and are organized around a “compelling story.” If you or your organization wants to be considered for sponsorship, the online application is available here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#Non-Profits#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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