The companies hired by Barça also attacked two presidential candidates

first_imgAs reported on Monday the program ‘Què t’hi jugues!’ of the Chain Being, Barça would have hired the company I3 Ventures to create favorable states of opinion for the club and the current Board of Directors in social networks and discredit their opponents.Following this information, two of the presidential candidates of the club what they have also been subject to this smear campaign, how Agustí Benedito and Víctor Font, already They have reacted. Benedito, who attended the presidency in past elections, He ventured that the club “will respond in court.” On the other hand, the precandidate Victor Font, what will be presented to the elections for the first time, assured it’s a statement that Bartomeu and his Board should “leave immediately” to explain and, in case the facts are confirmed, he believes that club money will have been spent to attack his members and players, what damages the image of the entity and “shames” its partners.last_img read more

Procurement process failing as politicians drag their feet and some are ‘in the pocket’

first_imgDear Editor,Despite the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) in 2016, Guyana’s procurement process is still infested with prejudice, inequality, unfairness, discrimination, nepotism and racism and, even worse, there is no proper mechanism to deal with appeals and complaints.Government and Opposition politicians are fully aware of this situation, but for some reason they seem to lack the vision, drive, energy or political will to do whatever is necessary to fix the seriously flawed process and make it fair, transparent and accountable as the nation’s Constitution requires. Partial solutions have not worked and cannot work.I recall that it was public pressure arising from deep suspicion about corrupt practices infecting the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) that caused President David Granger to establish the PPC about two years ago to replace Cabinet’s role in approving state contracts.At the PPC swearing in ceremony, President Granger stressed that the commission’s role is to ensure that the procurement process is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective, according to law, and according to such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly.But despite this noble intention, it quickly became clear that the PPC was not fulfilling its role and did not have the capacity to do so. This was because of its feeble response to Opposition calls for probes into the contract to Dutch company for a feasibility study on the proposed new Demerara River bridge, as well as the Durban Park Project and the Sussex Street bond.PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin reportedly promised the Opposition to look into those matters, but added that this would be done “within the confines of (the Commission’s) work programme and available resources”. Quite rightly, this position was rejected because the PPC’s work programme and lack of resources cannot stand in the way of its obligation to investigate such complaints promptly and effectively.I recall that, in July 2017, Opposition MP and former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall called for the setting up of an Appellate Tribunal as prescribed by the supreme law of the land, the Constitution.He pointed out that the Constitution stipulates that Parliament may, by law, provide for the establishment of a PPC Tribunal to hear appeals against PPC decisions, and beyond that, appeals against the Tribunal’s decisions can be heard by the Guyana Court of Appeal.I also recall when the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said it would be assisting Guyana to set up a special mechanism to fast-track projects and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo stated that the IDB needed to know that the lack of delivery on the contracts is not because procurement officials are not aware of the procedures; it is because of corruption.When I heard these pronouncements, I was taken aback because this same situation existed during all the 23 years when the Opposition was in Government and they were in positions of power to make a difference. I asked myself: Where were Jagdeo and Nandlall then? Are they are only seeing this now they are out of power?I always support sense over nonsense. Therefore, I support Nandlall’s position on the setting up of a PCC Appellate Tribunal and I also support Jagdeo’s move to alert the IDB about corruption in the public procurement process. I hope the former President did indeed write to IDB about it as he said.Like many other genuine investors in Guyana with extensive knowledge of the way contracts should be awarded, I am extremely frustrated by the persistence of corruption, favouritism and racism in the public procurement process. It is absolutely atrocious that there is no suitable, independent body in place to hear appeals against bad decisions or to report wrongdoings.Th public procurement process is riddled with irregularities, peculiarities and secrecy. It is also extremely doubtful that it is being handled by persons who have the integrity, independence and expertise to make fair decisions when awarding contracts. It is also quite evident that many contracted works are not being evaluated by honest, principled and technically competent persons.Therefore. I am calling on the members of the Government and Opposition to pull out all the stops and take effective action now to get rid of the corruption and fix in the public procurement process, and also set up an Appellate Tribunal to deal with complaints and appeals.Think of all the millions of dollars in scarce development funds that are leaking through the holes in this corrupt and backward system. The time for talking is long gone; this is the time for action. The nation must not have to endure this nonsense while politicians drag their feet.But it seems that Government Ministers in power and their officers feel compelled to help whom they they like; establish their own corporations under family names even without equipment and experience; or, they feel indebted and must compensate the boys.In the process, professional, non-corrupted, non-political individuals and those who pay their taxes and NIS are left to divine intervention. I know. . . I felt the terror under the PPP/C Government, where some Ministers and some Permanent Secretaries doled out contracts by manipulating the system for their compadres and compatriots and for their part of the ‘take.’ I know of these things. I suffered then, and suffer today. Sadly the PPC seem to have forgotten my case against the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education. Do I now turn to the Court of Law?How quickly certain government officials cause leaders of good intent to lose their credibility. For example, with all the fiasco over payment of less than approved wages to security guards in Region 6 and no remittance of NIS to the scheme, my company’s tender was below the one awarded to a new kid of the block by almost $2 million. Yippee! And he also became a favorite of former Ministers and Presidential aides. I have to admire these guys who can fool Ministers and Governments in power with promises of support at election time.This is an advisory to the Government: Whenever you try to select and support a particular group, those people feel chosen, protected, and hence, shame the Government and abuse the system because they feel protected. With the last Government we saw this with UAS&DS and another party boy favourite, who stole literally billions of dollars from NIS, paid below approved wages and specialized in theft of taxes.UAS&DS operates under a different name today and has now, as it did then, a senior former Government functionary as a Director. What must Guyanese expect? I thought this new administration would have changed the entire system of deceit, manipulation and corruption, but it seems that we are cursed!!!!!!!Sincerely,Hajji Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Bound body found on Abary foreshore

first_imgThe body of an unidentified man was on Friday afternoon discovered at the Abary foreshore, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The discovery was made by persons from the community.The Abary foreshore where the body was foundGuyana Times understands that the man’s hands were bound behind his back and his feet were tied together.There were also marks of violence on the body.Regional Commander, Superintendent Yonette Stephens told this publication that it appears as though the body washed-up from elsewhere. “We wouldn’t know where it came from,” she said.Police have launched an investigation. The body is currently at the Fort Wellington Hospital awaiting identification.last_img

DAIL PROTEST PLANNED OVER THREATENED CLOSURE OF CLEARY CENTRE IN DONEGAL

first_imgAs part of the on-going campaign to save the Cleary Centre in Donegal Town there will be a protest held outside Leinster House next Tuesday July 14th at 2pm.Deputy Thomas PringleSpeaking in support of the campaign, Thomas Pringle, Independent TD for Donegal is calling on people to come out in support of them in the struggle to maintain residential services for Cleary’s users with intellectual disabilities.‘The threat of dispersal of Cleary’s service users across Donegal Town is not acceptable to the families. The Parents and Friends Association are dismayed that this is the HSE’s proposal so it is imperative that the Minister steps in at this stage.’ ‘The service works and has been working for people with intellectual disabilities. It makes no sense that the HSE would break this model up when a simpler more effective solution can be found. We need the Minister to oversee and take an active role in saving this centre,’ concludes Pringle.DAIL PROTEST PLANNED OVER THREATENED CLOSURE OF CLEARY CENTRE IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLEARY CENTREDonegal TownThomas Pringlelast_img read more

WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF STEALING PREGNANCY TEST KIT

first_imgA 23 year old woman whose partner was in jail has pleaded guilty to stealing a pregnancy test kit from Tesco in Letterkenny.The current Letterkenny courthouse.Laura Ferguson appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with shoplifting on December 22nd last. Ms Ferguson’s solicitor, Frank Dorrian, said she found herself in an emergency situation.“The nature of the item taken represented an emergency in her life. She was broke and she was fearful. Her boyfriend was in prison and she found herself in a dilemma,” he said.But Judge Paul Kelly asked why Ms Ferguson, of 26 Glencar Park, Letterkenny had not gone to her doctor.Mr Dorrian said it eventually turned out that the item taken turned out not to be necessary.He added that it was not just a grab of a cosmetic item from a story but that she needed clarification in her life.Judge Kelly also pointed out that Ms Ferguson, who has 14 previous convictions, committed the offence just four days after appearing in court on another charge.He adjourned the case until next week to hear from the probation officer.WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF STEALING PREGNANCY TEST KIT was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONGALLAURA FERGUSONPREGNANCY TESTtescolast_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO HOLD CHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOP

first_imgCHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOPThe Donegal Sports Partnership is holding the last Child Protection Workshop for 2011 in our Letterkenny offices (numbers permitting). 
There are 6 places left. Anyone interested should either email me (danny@activedonegal) or phone: 074 9116078.

Participants must be 18yrs. of age and be a member or affiliated to a sports club or sporting body recognised by the 
Irish Sports Council (ISC). 

Workshop is 3 hrs. in duration and will be held on a week night starting at 6:30pm. 
Cost is: €15.00 per person.DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO HOLD CHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOP was last modified: November 28th, 2011 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)last_img read more

HOSPITAL REFUSES TO GIVE WOMAN A SECOND OPINION ON ILLNESS

first_imgThe Ombudsman has investigated a case where a Donegal woman was refused a second opinion despite confusion over her diagnosis.The woman, who was not identified, was suffering with heart palpitations.She was initially diagnosed as having long QT syndrome – a genetic abnormality which gives rise to the risk of sudden death from vigorous exercise – by a consultant cardiologist at Letterkenny General Hospital in June 2007. But another consultant she was referred to gave a contradictory diagnosis.The woman then wrote to Letterkenny General, seeking an urgent second opinion.However, this wasn’t acted upon and the woman felt she had no option but to arrange a further opinion herself privately. This eventually clarified she did not have the condition.Following the Ombudsman investigation, the HSE apologised and refunded her costs.   HOSPITAL REFUSES TO GIVE WOMAN A SECOND OPINION ON ILLNESS was last modified: September 27th, 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:hospitalletterkennyOMBUDSMANlast_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA PLAY JAMES BOND THEME

first_imgDONEGALDAILYTV: HERE’S another HD video from the Donegal Summer School of Music, this time featuring the orchestra playing a well-known James Bond theme.The orchestra brought together musicians from all over Donegal to Loreto College in Letterkenny for a week-long course.Other videos can be seen on donegaldaily.com and DonegalDailyTV on YouTube.  DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA PLAY JAMES BOND THEME was last modified: July 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTVDDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA PLAY JAMES BOND THEMEdonegaldailytvlast_img read more

MAN WHO THREATENED TO PIPE-BOMB WITNESSES IN BUNCRANA BURGLARIES CASE GIVEN BAIL

first_imgA suspected raider who threatened to burn out all the witnesses to burglaries on a Buncrana housing estate has been released on bail.Out on bail – Jonathan Gibson.Jonathon Gibson will now live just a “stones throw” away from the houses he allegedly burgled last weekend. Gibson, who was charged with a number of offences at the Cloncool estate in Buncrana where he was living, will now reside at another estate nearby with his partner.Gibson appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday facing a total of sixteen charges including burglary, trespassing, criminal damage, theft and interfering with cars.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said he was looking for bail for his client but this was strongly objected to by Garda Inspector Michael Harrison.He said the accused had made two serious threats towards witnesses in the case while in the company of detectives when arrested last Saturday.Detective Garda Bernard Mullins told the court he was with Gibson in the waiting room of Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday last.Detective Mullins said he made notes of the conversation and that Gibson threatened he would “burn out all the witnesses” when he got the book of evidence.While in the patrol car he also allegedly said that he would pipe-bomb “all the witnesses in Cloncool Park.”Gibson shouted that this was a lie and was asked to sit down in court.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said that was it not the case that his client was under the influence of drugs or drink and that it was a different man that was before the court today.“I would suggest that was a throwaway remark and was off the rictor scale,” said Mr Dillon.Detective Mullins said he accepted that Gibson appeared to be ‘coming down’ off of whatever he was on but could not say what his intentions wereThe court heard that Gibson had a range of previous offences including two of arson but none involving explosives.Judge Paul Kelly said he was granting bail on a number of conditions.These include that Gibson sign on daily at Buncrana Garda station, that he keep a curfew and not go out between 10pm and 8am, that he not enter Cloncool Park and that he stay away from any witnesses in the case.The case was adjourned until May 19th for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.MAN WHO THREATENED TO PIPE-BOMB WITNESSES IN BUNCRANA BURGLARIES CASE GIVEN BAIL was last modified: February 18th, 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:buncranaburglarCloncool ParkDonegal courtJonathan GibsonJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

Anti-gay group scolds bank

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Chris Hammond, a vice president of business development for Wells Fargo & Co., the nation’s fifth largest bank in assets, said the bank provided a $50,000 grant to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He said the bank did not, however, agree to match contributions as GLAAD had advertised and Focus criticized. “That being said, we do support many communities, and we’re proud to be a diverse organization,” said Hammond, acknowledging that some donations go to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups. Hammond said he told Focus officials that the San Francisco-based bank contributes to many charities, “including nonprofit agencies Focus on the Family believes in.” Glennda Testone, spokeswoman for GLAAD, issued a written statement saying: “Thankfully, corporate America knows that discriminating against a group of people based on who they love is not only bad for business; it’s just plain wrong.” “Let’s just call this what it is – another attempt by an anti-gay group to try to intimidate companies into not supporting or doing business with gays and lesbians,” Testone said of the action by Focus. DENVER – The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family says it is withdrawing its funds from Wells Fargo because of the bank’s support of gay organizations. “Focus on the Family has elected to end its banking relationship with Wells Fargo, motivated primarily by the bank’s ongoing efforts to advance the radical homosexual agenda,” according to a statement on the group’s Web site dated Thursday and attributed to the Focus president and chief executive, Jim Daly. “Our decision is not personal, but principled, and we trust our constituents and others will respect it.” The statement does not say how much money the group had deposited with Wells Fargo. Calls were not returned Saturday from the group’s Colorado Springs headquarters to those who left messages requesting further information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more