Region 3 REO rejects bids contrary to requirements of standard bidding documents

first_imgThe Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Dennis Jaikarran, on Tuesday rejected a number of bids at the opening of the tender for medical supplies, when bid submissions were made at the region’s Lot 1-3 Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) office for medical equipment.Region 3 REO Dennis JaikarranAccording to the REO, bids from International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA), Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc, Western Scientific Co Ltd and NEW GPC INC were all deemed irresponsive because the respective bidders failure to submit a handwritten bid, utilising the original bid document which was purchased by the bidders.IPA owner Lloyd SinghGuyana Times understands that this is the first time printed bids were rejected. According to Section 13.2 of the RDC Region Three Standard Bidding Documents: Procurement of Medical Equipment 2017, “The bidders’ names, bid prices, including alternatives (if alternatives are permitted), information on the presence or absence of required bid security, or bid securing declaration, information on the presence (absence) of tax debts and debts of social insurance payments, will be announced at the opening. No bid may be rejected at the opening, exclusive of late bids to be returned to the bidder unopened.”A representative of one of the bidding companies said that only the names of bidders were called at the opening. There was also no mention of submission of compliances, bid security and total amount tendered.Guyana Times also noticed that two recently blacklisted companies were allowed to participate in the tender – Western Scientific Co Ltd, recently blacklisted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for fraudulent and collusive practices; and Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc, which was blacklisted by the Board of Inquiry set up to probe allegations of mismanagement and malpractices within the procurement process of pharmaceuticals at the Public Health Ministry.It has been long established that bids are rejected due to: (a) lateness, (b) failure to submit valid Certificates of Compliance from NIS/GRA, (c) failure to submit the offer in the specified format. However, never for being submitted in print.last_img read more

New report suggests resource road networks in B.C. are becoming a liability

first_imgThis comes as the board releases a new report on the state of access management.“It is extremely difficult for the public and other users of resource roads to have any reliable idea of where roads are and whether they are accessible or safe for travel,” writes board chair Tim Ryan.“Resource roads are a multi-billion dollar public asset and a liability.”- Advertisement -According to the report, three quarters of the existing roads in the province were built by the forest industry, with the oil and gas and mining industries responsible for most of the rest.The three key areas of concern go to inventory, strategic management and operational issues. The report indicates that many of this resource road networks are not useable for industrial purposes and is in some state of deactivation. With that in mind, the board says they’re presenting risks to the environment, fish and wildlife, and are also providing unintended public access in some areas.“Government is not managing them to ensure we maximize the positive benefits of public investment in road development and minimize the negative impacts roads can have,” Ryan writes.Advertisement The report makes a number of recommendations to government that include a website that allows for collaborative editing of road location and status; setting objectives for access and public notice requirements; implementing the B.C. Forest Safety Ombudsman’s recommendation for a new public highway designation for resource roads that provide access to communities; and finally creating new policies and minor legislative amendments to address operational issues.The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for forest and range practices – reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.The board can investigate and report on current forestry and range issues, and make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.last_img read more

‘His tactics are always spot on, he’s Mourinho-like!’

first_imgMiddlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford has hailed Aitor Karanka – claiming the Spaniard is similar to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.The Boro chief worked under the Portuguese maestro during their time together at Real Madrid and, while Mourinho has guided the Blues to the Premier League title this season, Karanka is on the verge of sealing a Championship Play-Off final spot.And Bamford, currently on loan at the Riverside Stadium from Chelsea, claims the 41-year-old has learned from one of the very best.“Aitor Karaka is very similar to Jose Mourinho in the detail he goes into with everything,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“He spends every minute that he’s not on the training pitch looking at the opposition and working out what we can do against them.“His tactics are always on point. He manages the squad very well. It’s very difficult with the squad we’ve got because we have so many players. There are always going to be people who are upset after being left out.“So far he’s done a good job. The team is really together.”last_img read more


first_imgBIG-HEARTED Daniel O’ Donnell will put on his dancing shoes to help a young boy walk for the first time. The singer will perform at a dance for the first time in 23 years to raise funds for five year old Paul Doherty who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.It is just over 8 weeks since the launch of the Donegal fundraiser Mammy, I Want to Walk. The fund wants to raise much need money to send 5 year old boy Paul Doherty to America for life changing surgery. In this short space of time, a staggering amount of money has been raised to support the wish of the young Donegal boy.Since the fundraiser started, Anne Marie has been sharing the story about her sons wish to walk and how this could be achieved. Donegal got behind her and her son. The Donegal Senior Football GAA Team got behind her and her son.Now Daniel O’ Donnell is lending his support. Daniel is well known for getting involved in charitable causes both locally and further a field.Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulLittle Paul’s mother Anne Marie knew it would be a great coup if she could get Daniel O’ Donnell to help her out. With a heavy dousing of Knock holy water & plenty of prayers too, Anne Marie posted a hand written note to Daniel O’ Donnell in Kincasslagh. She explained that she was arranging a dance in December and hoped that Daniel might be at home to sing a few songs on the night. Daniel O’ Donnell is well known to have a big heart when it comes to supporting those in need.In the days since that initial contact Daniel O’ Donnell & Anne Marie have been busy organising a very special night to raise funds for young Paul.Daniel has taken Paul’s story to his heart and promised to be lead act in a fundraising dance at the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on Sunday 28th December. Daniel explained to Anne Marie that he hasn’t done a dance in over 23 years!Anne Marie has promised Daniel there will be plenty of room for dancing on the night. Daniel fans will relish this intimate gig with their hero. This will be one of the few opportunities left to see Daniel before he takes an 18-month break from the music business to spend more time with his wife, Majella, who has battled breast cancer.Anne Marie explains, the goodwill & generosity shown to her and her son have been staggering. “We have almost €50,000.00 raised to date. I never thought it possible.”Daniel will be accompanied by Daniel Craig & Grainne Gavigan. Dancing from 10 till late. Tickets available exclusively from Villa Rose Hotel on 074 9132266You can follow the Paul & Anne Marie’s story BIG-HEARTED DANIEL TO COME TO LITTLE PAUL’S AID was last modified: November 4th, 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalpaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more

Annagry Lassies raise over €1300 for Dungloe Hospital and Aras Gweedore

first_imgA team who took part in the grueling 555km Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Cycling Race have raised €650 each for both Dungloe Hospital and Aras Gweedore patient comfort funds.Team Annagry Lassies finished the face in 23 hours and 10 minutes, and presented staff from each establishment with a cheque. They have thanked everyone that sponsored them and helped in any way.The enormous race took place last month with participants traveling from all over Ireland, the UK, and Europe to complete the 555km circuit around Donegal’s rugged coastline.Competitors left Letterkenny on the morning of the 23rd of June and embarked on the route that takes them past Malin head, Mamore Gap, Knockalla, Atlantic Drive, Horn Head, Carrickfinn, Glengesh Pass, Sliabh League and Barnesmore Gap all within 60 hours.Annagry Lassies raise over €1300 for Dungloe Hospital and Aras Gweedore was last modified: July 23rd, 2017 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:annagry ladiesaras gweedoredonegal atlantic way ultra cycling racedungloe hospitalfundraisinglast_img read more

Puppies in Permafrost Stun Scientists

first_imgThey say these dogs are 12,400 years old, but their organs and fur are intact, along with remains of their last meal.Permafrost is thawing in Russia, and with it, astonishing discoveries of animals and plants from long ago. Siberia’s frozen mammoths are well known, but PhysOrg reports that the discovery of two exquisitely-preserved puppies is a first:“To find a carnivorous mammal intact with skin, fur and internal organs—this has never happened before in history,” said Sergei Fyodorov, head of exhibitions at the Mammoth Museum of the North-Eastern Federal University in the regional capital of Yakutsk.Be assured that this is not an April Fool prank. It’s been reported in Discovery News, Science Alert, and The Guardian. Well, maybe the latter’s headline “Bark to the Future” is over the line, along with suggestions the find will reveal something about “canine evolution,” but really: scientists are eagerly examining the remains, dubbed the “Tumat puppies” after the nearest village. They are hoping to do genomic testing and compare the dogs’ brains with those of modern dogs. The newly discovered specimen appears to be from the same litter as one found in 2011.The most complete report with the most photos is in the Siberian Times, with a video clip of scientists holding and cleaning the specimen, chattering in Russian and English. Apparent butchering marks on some nearby mammoth bones, along with evidence of fire, suggest that humans were on the scene. Maybe these were domesticated dogs, at least partially.Dates of 12,400 years are being assigned to the carcasses. Preservation of puppies is rare, the reports say, because they have thin bones and delicate skulls. What did it eat for its last meal? “When we opened it [the stomach], we were very surprised. The second puppy’s stomach is mostly full of twigs and grass,” Fyodorov said. He thinks “perhaps the animals were not exclusively carnivorous or whether they started eating grass after they were trapped by a mudslide and began to starve.”“The fact that soft tissue is preserved will give much more information compared to information that can be obtained from ‘normal’ fossils,” she said [Mietje Germonpre, a palaeontologist from the Royal Belgian Institute, quoted by The Guardian].The exceptionally warm weather is motivating local people to go deeper into the Siberian permafrost where excavation of mammoth tusks for sale is permitted. The tusks can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. They “are increasingly prized by Chinese carvers given trade bans on elephant ivory,” PhysOrg says. New discoveries have risen several-fold over the last few years, a researcher said, hinting that “Yakutia’s melting permafrost is likely to yield up even more treasures in the coming years.”The Guardian quotes a researcher saying “Everyone understands that the tissue of mammoth fauna loses its structure with every passing second, even in the freezer.” Is it reasonable these remains are over 12,000 years old? Maybe a quarter of that time is plausible, but a lot of climate change could happen in 12,000 years, leading to rapid decay. In addition, the dogs would have had to be buried and frozen quickly to be so well preserved, and kept at a very low temperature year round. Whatever happened to the dogs, the mammoths and the other creatures caught frozen up there, it was a unique occurrence unlike anything known in our world today. A global cataclysm like a Flood seems the reasonable explanation.The circulation of the Siberian Times exceeds that of the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal combined. Gotcha! OK, we had to include at least one April Fool joke. (Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Qantas scoops major awards

first_imgAustralia’s major airline Qantas, which is the world oldest continuously operating and most experienced airline* is a big winner in the 2017 Airline Excellence Awards.The airline picked up Best Catering, Best Lounges, Best Domestic Service and was named 2nd in the Top promotes excellence and innovation in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Best CateringQantas for the third-year running won this important category on the back of the airline’s domestic offering which is the world’s best. Its commitment not only to premium dining, but to economy travel which makes up over 90 per cent of passengers is well ahead of the pack.On international flights the airline has introduced an unprecedented four choices of main meal for economy passengers, a doubling in the size of meals, and the ability to order online ahead of the flight.According to Editor-In-Chief Geoffrey Thomas “Qantas’s catering commitment to both its domestic and international passengers is industry leading.”Best LoungesAnother win for Qantas with its lounges an Australian air travel institution while its overseas lounges are also an industry benchmark.Qantas Lounges not only provide complimentary food and beverages the airline was a leader in installing showers. Importantly the airline’s lounges have robust broadband internet access that can handle demand – something lacking in many other airline’s lounges. “The Qantas Lounge is the place to be for the savvy traveler,” said Mr Thomas.Best Domestic ClassIn an era where domestic offerings are becoming leaner Qantas’s domestic in-flight product is a global standout and in many cases, matches or exceeds international service.“There is little doubt Australians are the world’s most spoilt passengers with full meal service on all flights across its network,” said Mr Thomas. Qantas offers complimentary beer and wine between capital cities after 4pm on weekdays and on transcontinental flights from lunch time daily.The airline has recently completed the rollout of its lie-flat beds on its A330 fleet which perform most of the transcontinental services.  World RankingTo be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger developed its unique seven-star ratings system after two years of evaluation and consultation with the industry’s governing body the International Civil Aviation Organization.For the yearly ranking the editors of, some of the most experienced and awarded, combine four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings to arrive at a ranking.“We are looking for leadership, airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class,” said Geoffrey Thomas Editor-in-Chief.This year Qantas jumped from 4th to 2nd on the strength of a rise in customer satisfaction and the airline’s dramatic financial turnaround.Its customer approval rating is at an all-time high and it continues to innovate with lie-flat beds on all its A330s that operate domestic and regional international flights.* UK Advertising Standards Association adjudication 2008.last_img read more

Press release: Owami calls on women to empower each other

first_imgBrand South Africa and Owami Women call on South Africans to play their part in the development and empowerment of women this International Women’s Day 8 March.This year – International Women’s Day 2017 will be commemorated under the theme ‘Be Bold For Change’ – a call to all global citizens to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Johannesburg, Wednesday 08 March 2017 – Today the world commemorates International Women’s Day, a day that seeks to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.Commemorated annually on 08 March, this year Brand South Africa and Owami Women call – a women empowerment stakeholder of Brand South Africa, call on South African businesses, government and civil society to increase women economic empowerment initiatives to ensure equitable access to opportunities.Bridget Nkuna, Founder of Owami Women said: “The growth and development of a nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women. Our quest as a nation for inclusive economic growth – including the empowerment of women, the youth, and other members of vulnerable groups should be designed to help us achieve the type of society where everyone has a better life.”In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, particularly in rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account by proposing a range of measures to advance women’s equality.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “Through various women development and empowerment initiatives, South Africa has begun to undo the dire conditions that marginalised women under apartheid. Our pro-women policies and established institutions dedicated to women have over the years facilitated their economic development.“The political will and leadership demonstrated by the South African government through the NDP 2030 underscores precisely what is required to help us reach our women and to reinvigorate them to partake in the socio-economic development pursuit of our nation.”This year – International Women’s Day 2017 will be commemorated under the theme ‘Be Bold For Change’ – a call to all global citizens to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world.last_img read more

Geowoodstock XII Mega-Event: The Quest for Lewis and Clark

first_imgCan you spot the Geocaching HQ’er? (This photo was taken from the ladder of a fire truck!)Editor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are  attending dozens of Mega-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching. Each person at Geocaching HQ brings their own unique talent to advancing the adventure. Some write code for the website, others design images for the apps, and some shoot videos explaining it all. Mario Bellemare (|\/|ario) is developer at Geocaching HQ specializing in Lab Caches and other innovations. He recently traveled to St. Charles, Missouri, the final embarkation point of the Lewis and Clark expedition, to join more than a thousand people in a celebration of what Lewis and Clark’s journey represents and what geocaching is all about: exploration. The log book. Can you guess who these characters are? (Hint: The Quest for Lewis and Clark.)Location: N 38° 46.500 W 090° 28.983  –  St. Charles, MOGC Code: GC4BGXMNumber of attendees: 1,396 Attended LogsI had the opportunity to attend one of the biggest Geocaching events of the year in the United States: Geowoodstock XII. This year’s Geowoodstock was located in St. Charles, Missouri, a charming location with a really rich history.  Main street is a cobblestone road surrounded by beautifully preserved, restored, and century-old buildings containing a variety of enticing little shops and restaurants. I made my way from the airport straight to the Pre-Geowoodstock Meet-N-Greet event, where I picked up my registration packet and got to meet a lot of the volunteers and attendees. The place was very busy as the Missouri River Irish Festival was rockin’ right next door.  At the end of the evening, I went out to a local pub to grab a bite and share some stories with a few reviewers and some geocachers.Saturday, the day of the event, was a very busy – and exciting – day.  The mayor, the Leprechaun (representing the Irish festival), Signal the Frog, the organizers and I were led onto the main stage by a bagpipe player.  I stayed on the ground of the main event the entire day only going out for a quick lunch across the street from the event.  I had many opportunities to practice my autograph because one of the squares on the event’s bingo sheet asked the attendees to “Find a Lackey”. The event was very well attended (even surpassing the attendance from last year’s Geowoodstock!) by geocachers from all over the States, as well as some international attendees from Germany and as far as Thailand.I ran into a lot of interesting and unique trackables, including a nice wooden carved version of Signal the Frog… and a tooth (yeah, a tooth trackable!).Geowoodstock was followed in the evening, by the Midnight Madness – Geocoin Event – GWXII where I got to hand out some trackables and was given a few trackables including this mysterious geocoin. (I’m still trying to work it out. Hints welcome!)The following day, I went to the Biking and Caching on the Katy Trail event to see geocachers head out on their bikes for some exploring.  The logbook was well suited for the occasion – a large deflated bike tube.  I wanted to make sure I could complete the Geocaching Adventure (Lab Caches) set out for the event.  So, before I had to head home I set out to do some exploring and also enjoy and take photos of the stunning Main street.Yeah, a tooth trackable! SharePrint Related14 Km Geocaching Hike Starting after 10pm – That’s PortugalJuly 15, 2014In “Local stories”What You’re Missing at a Mega-Event – The Brugse Beer IV Mega-Event VideoMay 13, 2014In “Française”Geocachers are the nicest people: My trip to the 12th Annual GCHR Picnic Mega-EventSeptember 23, 2014In “Community” Kicking off the exploration Lewis and Clark style. Geocaching HQ’er Mario on the big stage! Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer offers Brian Heruela, David Semerad, 1st round picks for embattled Terrence Romeo “I think I know my role, I know what my role should be which is in the defensive end. But if I need to score, I’ll score.”And if Ragasa endured almost three hours of high-wire tension, he had a bit of a laugh when the one who announced his pick was Batang Pier superstar Stanley Pringle.For those uninitiated, Ragasa is a dead ringer of the bearded Pringle. Moala Tautuaa, who also has a thick beard, helped lighten up the atmosphere of the proceedings.“It must be the beard, but he has a baby beard and I got a big beard,” said Ragasa laughing.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Waiting for your name to be called in the draft is always a nerve-wracking experience, especially when 40 names had already been announced before your turn came.That’s exactly what John Ragasa went through in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft when he was called as the 41st overall pick for a chance to fight for a roster spot at NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Being the last pick in the Draft? It was crazy man. I thought I was going to go undrafted,” said Ragasa, who let out a sigh of relief Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing and a good feeling to be drafted.”Ragasa was, technically, the third pick in the fifth round and was a former player of the Mekong United Raptors in the Thailand Basketball League and once played with former national team center Marcus Douthit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAlthough he was still drafted, Ragasa’s future with the Batang Pier isn’t set in stone as only the first round draft picks will have a guaranteed contract. Meaning, the 6-foot guard will still have to fight for his place.“As cliché as it sounds, I’d say I’d work on my defense during practice. Of course, each team has go-to guys,” said Ragasa, who was NorthPort’s fourth pick in the draft after Robert Bolick, Edrian Lao, and Jeremiah Taladua. View commentslast_img read more