Contract void of bond certification, space was for professional office

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img… Govt expenses exceed monthly rental of .5MThe drug bond scandal continues to blow up in Government’s face, with the contract now confirming thatThe building was for a professional office, not a bondthere is no proof that the Sussex Street Bond is compliant with international health and safety requirements and that the landlord would be receiving exceedingly generous benefits.An unsigned contract (Agreement of Tenancy) between the Public Health Ministry and the controversial warehouse owned by Linden Holdings Inc was circulated to parliamentarians on Thursday.Among the number of red flags contained in the document, the most alarming is that the parties involved agreed that the building would be used for a professional office as opposed to a drugs warehouse.This would explain why the building, which critics and experts have since argued is not certified to properly store pharmaceuticals, is presently under renovation while simultaneously keeping drugs which will be distributed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and other public health agencies for usage by the public.Government was adamant that the building is certified by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) for the storage of pharmaceutical supplies; however, the contract bears no such stipulation despite the criticalness of this bit of information.Additionally, the released contract shows that the landlord will be benefiting greatly from this deal, particularly with provisions to hold the property for three years along with a 12-month notice of termination.Exceeding expensesThe contract reveals that Government might have undervalued, whether deliberately or unintentionally, the expenses it will incur in renting the bond.In addition to the $12.5 million monthly rent which will be paid to Linden Holdings Inc for usage of the building, the contract outlines that Government will pay the required Value Added Tax (VAT) to the Guyana Revenue Authority. Inclusive of VAT, the rent would total $14.5 million instead of the $12.5 million that Government was touting.The contract stipulates also that Government would be responsible for paying utility bills to the Guyana Power and Light and Guyana Water Inc.While it was reported that Government made an upfront payment of $25 million to the company, it was demanded in the contract an advance of $37.5 million – representing two months’ rent in advance and one month’s rent as a security deposit.The Government also agreed to stand the expenses to maintain the building, including cleaning, regular and emergency repairs, the servicing of the air conditioning units, etc.The contract stipulates that if Government fails to execute the functions within a stipulated timeframe, the landlord will take up the responsibility and all costs incurred will be recoverable from Government as if it were rent in arrears.CorruptionCommenting on these revelations, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo charged that the deal is undoubtedly a blatant act of corruption on the part of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.“This scandalous corrupt act demonstrates the level of petulance, fickleness, lack of transparency and accountability, and irresponsible use of taxpayers’ money,” he expressed in a statement to the media late Thursday evening.Just the day before, the former President alluded to a possible major cover-up within Cabinet, among a number of senior Government officials in relation to the drug bond deal.He called for the contract to be terminated and that an external investigation be launched into the undertakings.NEW GPCFurther, Jagdeo asserted that Government is attempting to fool the public into believing they grabbed a better deal, when in reality, they are desperately trying to cover-up corruption.“Which competent and responsible Cabinet would approve a contract of $12.5 million VAT exclusive ($14.5 million) for a 6000 square foot residential building versus $19 million VAT inclusive for a 70,000 square foot modern internationally certified pharmaceutical bond? Per square foot the Government is paying $2416 for a 6000 square foot building versus $271 for a 70,000 square foot fully equipped and certified pharmaceutical bond! This can only be seen as an act of corruption,” he stated.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton had told the National Assembly that the fees charged by NEW GPC INC at $19.2 million a month to store the pharmaceuticals were too exorbitant.Dr Norton also mislead the house when he indicated that Government had raked in exorbitant expenses by paying NEW GPC for the warehouse services. However, it was revealed that NEW GPC never received any rent from the Government of Guyana for use of its state-of-the-art storage facility for over a decade.ApologyNorton is expected to issue an apology to the Speaker of the National Assembly today.But, Jagdeo contended that the “crocodile tears” is nothing but a media gimmick to garner sympathy from the public.He also raised concerns about this apology coinciding with the People’s National Congress’ 19th Biennial Delegates Congress which begins today.“Coinciding with this ‘mea culpa’, the Government has moved into full PR mode; Cabinet Ministers have jumped into the fray to cover up the stench of this corrupt act!” he stated.The Opposition Leader also rejected sentiments expressed by AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan that the entire situation is a human error.Linden Holdings Inc is a company whose majority shareholder is listed as Larry Singh.last_img read more

Kurtenbach: These reeling Warriors don’t look like a team bound for a miracle

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgThe Toronto … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/08/bang_8dc6a707-e9db-4e6f-9363-f83399d6cee0″] Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — If the Warriors are going to go down as the greatest team in modern NBA history — if they’re to win a third-straight title and a fourth championship in five years — they’re going to have to summon something truly special over the next eight days.And even that might not be enough to get the job done.last_img

2016 National Farm Machinery Show Highlights

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 51st National Farm Machinery Show will host more than 300,000 attendees as they visit over 850 exhibitors covering 27 acres inside the Kentucky Expo Center. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found some of the highlights of the 2016 show.Here are some pictures from this year’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 25, 2018

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are dry today over an overwhelming majority of the state. Now, there is a little action that we need to watch near the Ohio River, but most of the rain and thunderstorms we are seeing through the day today stay south in KY and WV. Still, it bears watching and we can at least see some clouds building at times through the day in the far south. The rest of the state will be sunny, dry and pleasant.  Tomorrow we see sun followed by increasing clouds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be nosing into western Ohio by midnight tomorrow night and will then spread east from there across the state through the overnight and through Wednesday. Rain totals look to be from .25”-1.5” with 100% coverage. We all see rain tomorrow night through Wednesday. Thunderstorms will be needed to reach the upper end of the rain range, but we think where some potential for stronger thunderstorms Wednesday is.  Thursday features mixed clouds and sun, but there is a chance of a few scattered to isolated shower in far southwest Ohio, near the Cincinnati area. Rain totals will be minor. Dry weather is in for the entire state Friday through the weekend.  Thunderstorms develop overnight Sunday night in NW Ohio and will then move east across north central parts of the estate through Monday morning, ending up in NE Ohio by early to mid-afternoon. Most of this action stays north of US 30 until we get to Monday evening. Then, we see scattered showers sag south through Monday night and into Tuesday. We end up seeing .25”-.75” across 60% of the state when combining all action from midnight Sunday through Tuesday. We are dry Wednesday in all areas.  For the extended period, we have scattered showers around for Thursday, July 5th. These will have only a .25”-.5” potential, but 70% coverage. Then a strong high-pressure dome moves in for the remainder of the forecast period, keeping us Sunny, dry and warm from the 6th through at least the 11th.  Temps will be below normal today and tomorrow, but from Wednesday forward, we will see a move to above normal levels statewide.  Overall, this pattern shows still timely moisture potential, but you notice each system is significantly smaller, has shorter duration and much less total precipitation than we have seen over the past 7 days. The map at right shows 10-day rain totals. Combine that with temps that rise quickly, and we will be looking at a much different forecast pattern for the start of July than what we saw for the month of June. Temps are likely not problematic but will look to stay above normal for most of the upcoming month.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 23, 2011

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 6, 2012June 6, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Thank You Volunteers!Please join Groundspeak in thanking the volunteers who fuel the geocaching adventure for millions of treasure-seekers. More than 350 Volunteer Reviewers, Moderators and Translators give their time and talent to support users. These dedicated volunteers serve the worldwide geocaching community by reviewing each cache listing before publication, moderating Groundspeak’s community forums and translating hundreds of pages of text. The volunteers don’t just serve the world of geocaching; they represent it.The geocachers who volunteer are a diverse and hard-working group from nearly 30 countries. They are involved in their local geocaching communities and help a growing number of new geocachers discover and enjoy the activity.The ranks of the volunteers are growing too. Groundspeak added more than 40 new volunteers in 2011. Collectively, they have published more than a half million new geocaches, supported more than 380,000 new geocachers and translated geocaching information into more than 25 languages in the past year alone. That’s a lot of time and geocaching know-how shared for the good of the global geocaching community. Oh, and most of them have “regular jobs” too.Please take the time to join us in thanking a Volunteer Reviewer, Moderator or Translator today! Visit the Facebook page to say thank you and leave a message for your local volunteers. Click here for information about finding your local Volunteer Reviewer. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgSBP condemns violent attack on referees during game in Olongapo Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The first order of business for the Rivero-led Philippine campaign is to top its group in the qualification phase to earn a berth in pool play.The Philippines is in Group A in the qualifier along with Qatar, Iran, Samoa and Thailand. The winner will be slotted with host China and New Zealand in the preliminary round.Rounding out the women’s squad, which is coached by Patrick Aquino, are electrifying guard Janine Pontejos, Afril Bernardino and Clare Castro.The Filipinas will also need to go through the qualifying stage against Chinese Taipei, Samoa and Vanuatu in Group A.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Ricci Rivero and Jack Animam banner the Gilas Pilipinas’ men’s and women’s 3×3 teams, respectively in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup beginning Wednesday in Changsha, China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRivero, who has played in several international 3×3 competitions including the Fiba U23 World Cup last year, will be joined by Far Eastern University big man Barkley Ebona and high school standouts RJ Abarrientos and Rhayyan Amsali with Ronnie Magsanoc calling the shots.READ: PH taps its best for Fiba 3X3  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Local Government Ministry to Increase Education Grants

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights “We introduced it for the first time [in 2016] where the elected representatives, the councillors, every year, receive a grant of over $300,000 per division to assist needy students in their division for back-to-school. It is my intention in the new financial year to increase that figure to $500,000 per councillor,” he said. Minister McKenzie was speaking at the third staging of the Board of Supervision’s awards and recognition ceremony held at the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in St. Ann on March 1. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds provided to municipal councillors to assist needy students with back-to-school preparations will be increased in the 2019/2020 financial year.“We introduced it for the first time [in 2016] where the elected representatives, the councillors, every year, receive a grant of over $300,000 per division to assist needy students in their division for back-to-school. It is my intention in the new financial year to increase that figure to $500,000 per councillor,” he said.Minister McKenzie was speaking at the third staging of the Board of Supervision’s awards and recognition ceremony held at the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in St. Ann on March 1.He urged local government representatives to spare no effort in supporting the educational needs of children in their divisions.He noted that the Administration remains committed to “providing the right environment” in order to foster excellence in student output.The scholarship awards ceremony recognised children whose parents are clients of the Board of Supervision.A total of 64 students received awards for high academic performance in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).The Board of Supervision is a statutory body under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.It was established under the Poor Relief Act to supervise and monitor the delivery of the poor relief services through the municipal corporations. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds provided to municipal councillors to assist needy students with back-to-school preparations will be increased in the 2019/2020 financial year.last_img read more

Prepare noise pollution maps NGT directs CPCB

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country.The green panel said the absence of implementation of noise pollution norms affects health of citizens, especially infants and senior citizens. It also affects sleep, comfort, studies and other legitimate activities, it said. A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to prepare the map, identify noise pollution hotspots and categorise cities with specified hotspots and propose a remedial action plan within three months Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedNoting that the CPCB has established a noise monitoring mechanism, which is functioning on a continuous basis, in seven cities, the NGT asked the board to consider setting up of such mechanisms in all cities where noise pollution is beyond permissible limits. “The state pollution control boards may undertake noise level monitoring in conjunction with police and take remedial action. “The police departments of all the states and Union territories may obtain the noise monitoring devices within a period of three months and specification of such devices may be finalised in consultation with the respective state pollution control boards,” the green panel said. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe NGT said police may also train their staff regarding the use of such devices and develop a robust protocol for taking appropriate action against the defaulters. “The CPCB may explore the possibility, in consultation with leading manufacturers of public address systems and other manufacturers of such instruments, to manufacture such equipments wherein the noise meters with data loggers are fitted therein so that as and when the prescribed parameters are violated, the same gets recorded and retrieved by the regulators for fixing the responsibility on the violators,” it said. Chief secretaries can finalise action plans in this regard within three months and submit the same to the CPCB, the NGT said. The CPCB may also lay down the scale of compensation to be recovered, including conditions on which equipment seized is to be released within one month, it said.last_img read more

Buckeyes setting sights on run to the Final Four

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team’s main goal entering the 2010 NCAA Tournament Saturday is simple: win the first two rounds of the tournament and advance to the Final Four. “Even from preseason, our biggest goal was making the Final Four,” senior back Bri Doak said. “If we play like I know we can play, I don’t see why we won’t be in the Final Four next weekend.” OSU (16-4) will play the No. 15-ranked University of Albany (16-5) in the first round of the tournament. Because the bracket for the tournament was not released until Tuesday night, the OSU coaching staff has had little time to scout Albany. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has seen enough to know Albany will be a tough challenge for the Buckeyes. “They’re strong. They’re very, very strong with their tackling,” Wilkinson said. “They have great individual skills and they are very disciplined with the way they play.” The Buckeyes enter the NCAA Tournament coming off a disappointing loss to the Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Finals. Before the loss to UM, OSU had a 10-game winning streak. With the winning streak gone, OSU players are now looking at the NCAA Tournament as a fresh start. “The Michigan game was a disappointing loss for us,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. “The NCAA (Tournament) is a new season. We are 0-0 across the board, so anything can happen.” Cacciatore is excited for Saturday’s game against Albany for more than a chance to make up for the UM loss. Albany’s senior midfielder Sarah Deane is Cacciatore’s good friend and former high school teammate. “I’ve been asking coach to play her for years. When I found out, I knew it would be bittersweet because one of us will get knocked out,” Cacciatore said. “It’s taught me I better be careful what I wish for.” The game will be special for Doak as well. She will be making her 80th career start, setting a new OSU record. “When (Doak) came in as a freshman, she kind of flew under the radar, but she’s always been a constant for us,” Wilkinson said. “She came in with great fitness and has maintained it. She has earned every minute.” OSU plays Albany at 2 p.m. Saturday in State College, Pa. The winner will advance to the second round and play at 2 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Penn State and Syracuse. read more

Tom Rooney steps away from Ohio State rugby after more than 20

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

In his final home game as coach of the Ohio State rugby team, Tom Rooney’s team displayed the toughness and rigidness of the coach’s more than 20-year career. The Buckeyes lost to 10th-ranked United States Naval Academy, 23-18, on Saturday in a tightly contested and physical game. The night was more significant than the final score as the game served as a celebration and remembrance of Rooney’s career. Sophomore scrumhalf Luke Hickey said the team will miss Rooney’s charisma and presence. “You know when he’s on the field because he’s always chirping in your ear, helping you out and telling you what to do,” Hickey said. Many in Columbus consider Rooney a Buckeye legend because of his resume. He was originally a wrestler at OSU and then played for the Columbus rugby team Scioto Valley RFC in 1982 where he was elected captain of the team. An injury forced him to redirect his focus on coaching in 1992 as an assistant with OSU. Rugby is not a Division I sport at OSU, but Rooney still made his presence known. “In Ohio and the Midwest, he’s become a legend of the sport,” Hickey said. Assistant coach Ron Bowers will take over the rugby program next year, and said he has learned a lot from working alongside Rooney. “He’s taught me how to conduct myself as a professional and how to lead by example as a coach,” Bowers said. Rooney was emotional after his final home game and talked about some of his favorite memories from coaching at OSU. He said he had a lot of memories, but his proudest moments were watching his team and players success over the years. “I was an assistant for two final fours here, there have been 23 All-Americans from the program. I’ve also had two kids named to the National team, and I got to travel to watch them compete internationally and represent our country,” Rooney said. Rooney said he was also proud of being involved with the development of the two rugby fields at the Fred Beekman Park. The university said it would turf the fields at the park but Rooney said the project has been delayed for the third time in a row. Rooney said he would like to see that project completed in the near future because it will help the team overall. “Not having the turf field is really going to make competition difficult for us,” Rooney said. “I think that’s a really unfair position for the university to have taken.” Even on his last day on the job, Rooney was looking out for his team to help them any way he could. As Rooney walks away from coaching to take on an administrative position, The OSU rugby team thanked him for his commitment to the program for more than 20 years. “We all loved playing for him and we’re really going to miss having him around here,” Hickey said. “OSU rugby and Coach Rooney go hand-in-hand.” read more