– says Procurement Board ChairmanBy Shemuel FanfairFollowing concerns over local companies being sidelined in favour of foreign-based entities, Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Berkley Wickham remarked that nothing was wrong with international companies being awarded contracts to carry out local projects. He made these comments at a tender evaluation workshop in Georgetown on Thursday.NPTAB ChairmanBerkely WickhamWith the country set to become an oil and gas producing nation, local contractors and engineers expressed fear of better skilled and equipped workers and companies flooding the local market. In this vein, many noted that foreign companies could be favoured in the awarding of local contracts once the country improved economically. However, Chairman Wickham posited that with all things being equal, it is allowed for contracts to be granted to overseas-based entities and nationalities.“I see comments in the media where people seem to feel that giving contracts to international companies or to other nationalities, even Caribbean companies, is a problem. There is nothing wrong, absolutely nothing wrong in terms of the Procurement Act with that, providing the playing field is level,” the Chairman declared.The contractors of several major projects, including the one for the $1 billion Kato Secondary School, have come under heavy criticism for poor construction work. Often times, millions of dollars of public funds have to be allocated to correct the issues. It has been observed that foreign entities with higher capacities bid and eventually took over several of the major projects. Despite these concerns, the Procurement Board Chairman highlighted the legal provisions that allow for foreign companies to garner contracts.“There are some key concepts and guiding principles for procurement enshrined in the Guyana Procurement Act of 2003 maximising efficiency; maximising economy and efficiency in procurement; fostering and encouraging participation in procurement proceedings and suppliers and contractors regardless of nationality, thereby promoting international trade – that is enshrined in the Act,” Wickham explained.The NPTAB awards contracts to suppliers based on predetermined criteria. Contract management and post-contract evaluation are facilitated by the State agency which tendered the bid.Earlier this year, Trinidadian-based company ANSA McAL was granted a $605 million contract, sole sourced, for the supplies of drugs to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Prior to that, local juice company Tropical Orchard Products Company (Topco) had won an appeal to the Bid Protest Committee in January over the Government’s decision to award its supply contract to a Surinamese company. Topco, which is a subsidiary of the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), was a long-time supplier of juices to the Guyana Government for its national school feeding programme. However, the Education Ministry, the procuring entity, had deemed its bid for a continuation of the contract unsuitable, based on past performance. According to the Committee, which is based at the NPTAB, the Education Ministry did not make known that past performance was a criterion for selection beforehand.Meanwhile, members of the local Private Sector had argued the point that foreign companies bidding for goods and services in Guyana very often do not pay VAT, PAYE and other taxes and contributes very little to the local economy.
“They said I was fired for hitting a security guard,” Kaib said. “The hotel is doing this to try to scare us.” Melgarejo said she was fired after being accused of stealing hotel towels, which she has denied. Hotel officials said the firings had nothing to do with union organizing activities or the dispute over a living-wage proposal for workers in the hotels adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport. In a prepared statement, the hotel said Kaib was arrested on allegations that he attacked a co-worker with a stick and had other problems over confrontations with hotel guests. “This type of bullying by agents of the union is exactly why Hilton LAX employees want a secret-ballot election, free from harassment and intimidation,” the hotel said. “Employees and guests of our hotel should not be forced to endure these kinds of brutish intimidation tactics, and this kind of deplorable conduct should not be tolerated.” The union representing hotel workers filed an unfair labor practices complaint Wednesday against operators of the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel, accusing the hotel of firing two workers for union organizing activities. A May 14 hearing has been set by the National Labor Relations Board into the complaint filed by UNITE Here on behalf of Michael Kaib and Alicia Melgarejo. Kaib and Melgarejo were fired by the hotel earlier this month. The NLRB will review their firings as well as the dismissal of several other employees. Kaib said a hotel manager pushed him last year after he complained about the need for better equipment at the hotel. He said he was fired after he was arrested for participating in a picket line. The Hilton has been one of the primary targets of union organizing activities and has been singled out by City Council President Eric Garcetti for its anti-union activities. In a letter on behalf of UNITE Here that was sent out to customers of the hotel, Garcetti urged hotel patrons to book their rooms and events in other facilities. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho Brendan Rodgers admits he was left in awe of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after his stoppage-time wonderstrike saw the Reds progress in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.The Premier League side found themselves trailing to Championship Bolton in their fourth round replay following Eidur Gudjohnsen’s second-half penalty at the Macron Stadium.But Liverpool dug deep to complete a late comeback, equalising through Raheem Sterling’s clinical finish with four minutes left before Coutinho’s unstoppable effort from 25 yards sealed a 2-1 victory in stoppage-time.The Brazilian star signed a new five-year contract this week and marked the occasion in fine style.Coutinho has arguably been Liverpool’s best player in their resurgence since the New Year and Rodgers believes the 22-year-old can reach even greater heights.“You would pay money to watch the kid,” said the Reds boss.“He is a great role model for lots of technical players in this country. He will become world class in the next couple of years.“Signing a new deal shows he is really committed to Liverpool and his development.”Rodgers believes his side’s “winning habit” got them through the tricky tie at Bolton, who played the final 25 minutes with ten men after Neil Danns’ sending off but defended resiliently until their late collapse.“We have got a great habit at the minute which is winning games,” the Northern Irishman added.“You can’t question the character. They have shown a real strong mentality in my time here.“At 1-0 I expected us to win it. The confidence at the moment is very high.“Our composure after the penalty – it was never a penalty – was very good. We scored two and could have had many more.” 1
0Shares0000Sudan have had an impressive run at the African Nations Championship in Morocco © AFP/File / STRMARRAKECH, Morocco, Feb 4 – Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech.But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise. Few neutrals expected Sudan to go beyond the group stage of the competition restricted to home-based footballers with Morocco and Guinea favoured to advance from Group A.However, the east Africans came second behind the hosts on goal difference, upset Zambia in the quarter-finals and fell by a solitary goal in a tight semi-final duel with Nigeria.The fighting spirit of a squad coached by recently appointed Croatian Zdravko Logarusic was evident again against Libya as Sudan recovered from conceding a late goal to win the shootout.They converted all four penalties while Libyans Elmehdi Elhouni and Salem Ablo were foiled by saves from Sudan goalkeeper Akram Elhadi.Ablo missing condemned Libya to a first CHAN shootout loss after three spot-kick successes won them the 2014 title and they pipped Congo Brazzaville on penalties in a quarter-final last weekend.Walaaeldin Musa nodded Sudan into an eighth-minute lead and an Ablo header on 84 minutes after Elhadi failed to cut off a deep cross brought the teams level.Morocco host Nigeria Sunday in an eagerly anticipated final at the 65,000-capacity Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca with a record $1.25 million first prize at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Weah, the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, became president of Liberia in January 2018.“Everyone is born with their own star. Everyone at some point gets involved in politics at their own level, but, for the moment, it doesn’t interest me.”The 38-year-old Cameroon legend recently brought the curtain down on a glittering playing career during which he won the UEFA Champions League twice with Barcelona and once more with Inter Milan.An idol in his homeland, Eto’o gave his backing to Paul Biya — who has ruled the country for 37 years — before his re-election in 2018.Biya is 86 and is dealing with a major crisis in Cameroon as a two-year secession drive by anglophone separatists has claimed thousands of lives.Main opposition leader Maurice Kamto walked free from jail earlier this month after a military court ordered his release at Biya’s behest.Of his supposed political ambitions, Eto’o added: “A lot of people might be saying that it’s an idea I have, but I say to them it doesn’t exist in my mind at the moment.“But every citizen has the right. If you want to stand, nobody is going to stop you. But in our country it is as though it is something reserved for certain people. Personally it is not an objective.”The two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner says he wants to move into coaching, although he has also taken a role with the Confederation of African Football.“My role is to lobby the different federations to convince them to adhere to the work being done by president (Ahmad) Ahmad,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Samuel Eto’o says he has no plans to go into politics after retiring from playing in September © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPARIS, France, Oct 30 – Samuel Eto’o is up there with George Weah as an African great on the football field, but he says he has no plans to follow the Liberian into politics “for the moment”.“Everyone wants me to go into politics, but there won’t be 10 million Weahs,” Eto’o said in an exclusive interview with AFP.
NEW YORK – Small-business owners who expect to hit the ground running when 2008 arrives might want to think about sitting back for a just a bit and doing some strategic and financial planning for the new year. Assessing how you did in 2007 and setting goals for the coming year will increase your chances of success, and it might even help you lower your stress levels a little. Accountant Scott Rutter recommends owners go beyond examining revenue and profit figures, instead taking a holistic view of the business and coming up with a long-term strategic plan. “If you don’t have one, you should put one in place,” said Rutter, a partner in the New York-based firm Citrin Cooperman & Co. LLP. He noted that an owner needs to consider, “Where am I taking this business in three years, in five years?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonStrategic planning by necessity needs to be honest and realistic, and it can require some hard questions such as: “Do they think the business has legs? Can I diversify or not?” Rutter said. January is also the time to think about relationships – do you need new customers or suppliers? If you need to prospect for new business, come up with a marketing plan first. “Target some significant areas where you think you can get the business, and focus your energies on that,” Rutter said. Meanwhile, “You really should re-evaluate your relationships with vendors,” he said. “Be sure you’re getting the right price on the right product.” You also need to think about staffing – do you have the right number of employees to accomplish what you want to do in the new year? And, of course, you need to budget for 2008, which involves making decisions across the business. Leon Dutkiewicz, a certified public accountant with Margolis & Co. in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., noted that a budget is critical if a small business is to be assured of a healthy cash flow throughout the year: “They need to be setting aside money for taxes and unforeseen circumstances, capital expenditures and contingencies.” But crucial as this part of running a business is, many owners never get around to it. “A lot of things are responsive rather than proactive,” Dutkiewicz said. Business owners who do put a budget together usually focus on sales and overhead, but accountants say many don’t include important items such as retirement plans that can have a big impact on the company as a whole. Setting up a retirement plan has great tax benefits, but perhaps more critical is that this employee benefit will help a business attract and retain talented workers. The same goes for budgeting for employee salaries – what if one of your most critical staffers asks you to match an offer he or she has from a competitor? With a well-put-together budget, you might be able to hold on to that worker. “But many business owners don’t realize how valuable planning is,” Dutkiewicz said. Capital expenditures are also something that should be budgeted for at the beginning of the year – think now about whether you’ll need to upgrade your computer network or replace your PCs later in 2008, even if your technology is working now. January is also the time for owners to decide whether they want to change their corporate entities, Dutkiewicz said. For example, a partnership might want to think about converting the business to an S corporation, which means different liability and tax considerations; state and federal laws require that to be done in the first few months of the year. Rutter recommends that owners keep focused on those broader strategic issues as they do budget planning. It can be hard to fit planning into an already overpacked schedule. Owners who feel they just have no time should probably think about delegating some of their other tasks – planning is something that shouldn’t be neglected or given short shrift.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Senior forward Jamaal Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cal State Fullerton (9-5, 3-2 Big West) past UC Riverside (2-13, 2-3). Bobby Brown and Justin Burns each added 17 points for the Titans. Rickey Porter led UCR with 21 points. CS Fullerton 90, at UC Riverside 79 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
This morning’s Letterkenny parkrun marks the second birthday of the hugely popular free 5k.Committee member Brendan Delap tells Donegal Daily that a record amount of participants, 130, took part in the event today.As the 3rd February is World Cancer Day, Parkrun Ireland teamed up with the National Cancer Control Programme to raise awareness of the importance of exercise in preventing cancer. Parkrunnners were encouraged to bring a friend to their local parkrun, and this policy seems to have worked well at Letterkenny parkrun as the previous record of 127 is now history. Also today, the committee asked David Donnelly, the town gardener, to be the official starter as they wished to acknowledge the effort both he and his team put into presenting ensuring the park is well-manicured.Run director Art McGrath praised David’s endeavors in both of the town parks, as well as the open spaces around the town which contributed greatly to Letterkenny winning the All Ireland Tidy Towns Award and that many of the visitors to Letterkenny parkrun comment on the beauty of the park very frequently.Before starting the parkrun David Donnelly stated that this was his first visit to the parkrun, and he was very impressed by the whole set up at the Letterkenny course. He adds that he was delighted to see the park being used in such a positive fashion.First home today was an unregistered runner, followed by Aaron Nepgen in 20.07 and Barry Meehan 3rd in 20.10. Every Saturday morning at 9:30am walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k at St. Conal’s Hospital Grounds, which includes Letterkenny Town Park.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Photography by Mary ConwayPicture Special: Letterkenny parkrun celebrates second birthday with record amount of participants was last modified: February 3rd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkenny parkrunpicture specialsecond birthday
SANTA CLARA — George Kittle’s impressive season has impressed his 49ers teammates, so much so they voted the second-year tight end among their captains, a group that also includes Joe Staley, Richard Sherman, DeForest Buckner and Robbie Gould.“It starts with the way he plays and the way he comes to work every day,” Staley said of Kittle. “Obviously he has a ton of talent. … He plays the game the right way with a lot of passion.”Kittle leads the 49ers with 32 receptions for 527 yards, the …