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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:55am
‘AG spends more time on propaganda rather than doing his real job, ’ says GreenidgeBy Kiana Wilburg“Why was Makeshwar “Fip” Motilall awarded the contract when he has never built a road or hydro plant?”  This was one of the questions raised by Carl Greenidge, the shadow Finance Minister of a Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Attorney General, Anil Nandlall responded that Synergy, owned by Motilall, was only awarded the contract on the basis of being the lowest bidder.Attorney General, Anil Nandlall“If Synergy Holdings was not awarded the contract, the government would have been accused of awarding the contracts to friends and cronies and ignoring the lowest bidder. Yet when the contract was awarded to Synergy, the government was still criticized, ” said Nandlall.However, Greenidge responded, “A contract cannot be awarded solely on the basis of being the lowest bidder. One must meet certain technical and financial requirements, possess the necessary expertise and exhibit professional competence.”Nandlall told this publication that the road contract for Amaila Falls Hydro Project was advertised publicly by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.Three bids were subsequently received from Synergy.Inc, BK International and one from China Railway First Group Co. Ltd (China Rail) and those by China Rail and BK exceeded Synergy’s by several million US dollars.“Indeed one of the bids was almost twice the value of Synergy’s bids so the differential of the prices of the bids were tremendous.”In addition, Synergy completed a substantial amount of the most difficult works on the road. Nandlall indicated that Synergy breached certain conditions of the contract and as such, the contract was terminated.He said that the matter is now before the courts and the government is claiming compensation from Synergy.He continued, “Synergy, as per the contract. lodged a performance bond to the tune of US$1.5million. Upon termination of the contract, the government has taken steps to recover the monies due under the performance bond .When one takes into account the monies to be recovered from the performance bond there is a possibility that the state will come out the net winner in this equation.”The Minister of Legal Affairs stated that the procurement process allows for objections to be made and appeals to be lodged against awards. Why was this facility not used if Mr. Greenidge had any contention with regard to which company was awarded the contract? Is it that the Rip Van Winkle of the opposition has now awakened from his intoxicated slumber?”The Shadow Finance Minister said that the procurement process allows for little to no justice. “I don’t think anything was done with most of the complaints that are made to the tender board. It is a political contract so what is the use in submitting complaints?”“The Attorney General seems to be spending more time doing public relations work for the government rather than his own work. The fact that Synergy is before the court is no surprise. Before one can even look at the financial part of a contract, one must first ascertain whether the company is competent.“Motilall had no track record. He has never delivered but was still given eleven extensions so what is Nandlall talking about? His business seems to be more propaganda rather than executing his responsibilities as an Attorney General.”With regard to questions surrounding why the Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Holdings, Cheap NHL Jerseys, Makeshwar “Fip” Motilall, was awarded the contract despite allegations about his competence, the Attorney General said that the Public Relations Officer of Synergy who was Ms. Cathy Hughes, Member of Parliament, is the best person to answer that question.Carl Greenidge“Mrs. Hughes, who is an executive member of Synergy, disseminated all the information about Motilall’s suitability for this project and I wonder why didn’t, Mr. Nagamootoo or Mr. Greenidge ask Mrs. Hughes then or ask her now about his suitability.”Greenidge firmly responded to Nandlall’s comments, stating that he is not concerned with whether Mrs. Hughes was the CEO or the Public Relations Officer. “It is not germane to the question posited. Nandlall is paid to give advice on the law but he behaves in a way that is above reproach and is always bending information to make propaganda for the government.“He is the only Attorney General that spends most of his time on propaganda rather than doing his real job.”
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:55am
The Guyana Gold Board’s (GGB) Bartica office, which was closed last year under the former administration after allegations of gold tampering surfaced, is set to be re-opened later this month by Minister of Governance with responsibility for Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman.Head of the Guyana Gold Board, Lisaveta Ramotar explains the changes made in the Bartica office to Minister Trotman on Friday.This announcement comes even as the Government has commenced work in the Region Seven District to prepare Bartica for township status.Minister Trotman and Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson; Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral Gary Best; Lawrence Mentis, Head of the Force Unit, Ministry of Public Infrastructure and several other key officials, visited Bartica on Friday to see firsthand, the work being done to prepare the GGB office and the Region as a whole, in the lead up to next year, when the community will be declared a town.Lisaveta Ramotar, Head of the GGB, who met Minister Trotman and the visiting team on location, said that the office will be ready for commissioning by month-end, meeting the deadline, which had been set by the Minister.The Bartica office, which is located in what is considered the gateway to the interior, and a hub of mining activities, had been conducting operations for years and has been one of the main sub-offices for the GGB.Minister Trotman, a Ministry of the Presidency statement said, noted that the closure of the office was having a negative impact on the mining community and a decision was taken to revamp and re-open the office to make business operations easier for the miners and traders in that region, especially with the establishment of the community as a town.Minister Trotman  (second right) and Minister David Patterson (extreme left) with the newly sworn in Interim Management Committee (IMC) of Region Seven, Cuyuni Mazaruni.Ramotar disclosed that the staff is currently undergoing training in Georgetown even as final preparations are being made at the office. She added that strong security measures have also been put in place and once the office is opened, these systems will be fully operational.Minister Trotman and Minister Patterson, who have been appointed as the Ministerial team responsible for the establishment of Bartica as a green town, used the opportunity to visit the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) plant to examine operations there.“We wanted to see what was happening and how things were progressing. We are here to examine the works on the roads and more particularly the situation with GPL and the generators because residents have been crying out about the service so I wanted to assess for myself what was happening, ” Minister Patterson said.He told residents that the government has awarded a contract to repair the Bartica Stelling, while works will be done on the One to Five Mile roads. Minister Patterson added that next year, the Bartica-Potaro Road to Mahdia will be completed, bringing relief to miners and traders. The airstrip in the Region will also be upgraded.The team also visited the identified location for a proposed dumpsite in the region.After touring the GGB’s Office, Minister Trotman on behalf of the Minister of Communities, Cheap Nike Air Max 97 Shoes For Women, Ronald Bulkan, swore in the Commissioners of the Interim Management Committee (IMC), which will oversee the work being done for the community’s township status.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:55am
President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday denounced City Mayor Hamilton Green as obsolete and of being of a different era.He stated that should the leader of the Main Opposition Party Robert Corbin agree to have in place an Interim Management Committee then he is supportive of that and should instruct such a course of action given the unacceptable state of affairs as it relates to the Capital City, Georgetown.According to Jagdeo, Green’s outcries for more funds to be injected into the City Council are lame excuses for his inability to properly function as Mayor of Georgetown.Jagdeo told media operatives yesterday at his press briefing at State House that “anyone who had a modicum of sense……who could use one percent of their brain…..would recognize that most of the problems in the city have to do with the inefficiency, lack of leadership there and lack of accountability.”He noted that had Mayor Green possessed a minutia of common sense then he would have known that, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, “his two by two initiatives that he is proposing will not raise a fraction of the monies that we (the Government) have spent in the city.”Jagdeo drew reference to the many streets in the city such as Lamaha, Robb, and Regent among others, which he stated that his Government has spent millions of dollars to repair over the years.He further emphasized the large taxes that government pays as well as the costly equipment that was handed over to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), and the amount of times that the M&CC was bailed out by the Government.President Jagdeo also told the gathering that he could no longer work with Hamilton Green, and stated that he will be meeting with the members of the City Council, Robeson Benn, Minister of Transport and Hydraulics and Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh to have talks concerning the future of the City Council.Jagdeo concluded his lash out at Green by saying “(I) will work with people in the city council who are a little decent and hard working, and will exclude Hamilton Green from all of this.”
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:54am
A soldier was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) early yesterday. This was reportedly after he collapsed in the vicinity of Umana Yana, High Street during one of his annual fitness runs.Dead is 28-year-Eon Blair of Lot 305 Number 51 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.According to a statement from the Guyana Defence Force, the father of two was participating in the five-mile run with other members of his unit when he reportedly experienced chest pains while in the vicinity of Umana Yana.The statement further stated that Blair was immediately placed into an ambulance and taken to the Force’s medical Centre in Camp Ayanganna, then subsequently transferred to GPHC, where he was pronounced dead.But according to Blair’s family members, the 28-year-old man’s body was left right where he collapsed for several minutes and when it was finally moved, “it was dumped at the GPHC.”The dead man’s uncle, Edward Reynolds, said that he was told that his nephew complained of having serious chest pains but that “the person who was in charge cursed him and forced him to run although my nephew was getting bad stomach pain.”“I hear when he collapsed, they leave him there for a while and then take him to the hospital and again left him right there, ” Reynolds said, adding that he was on his way to Georgetown when he received the call of his nephew’s death.“I headed to the hospital and I when I reach I was looking for Army personnel but I didn’t see anyone so I went into the Accident and Emergency Unit and I ask the hospital staff if any soldier body come here and she said yes, ” the uncle said.He added that he was required to wait a while before he was permitted to view his nephew’s body. By then, he said, it was already wrapped in plastic and tagged off.“He died in his Army clothes and I saw people from Lykens come for the body so I asked them to wait until I get an answer from the Army as to what happened but I wait and I wait but didn’t see anybody, NFL Jerseys For Sale, ” Reynolds said.Lance Corporal Eon Blair has served the Guyana Defence Force for the past nine years.
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A man from Mora Point in the Mazaruni River went berserk yesterday, killing his wife and then burning their house down following a heated domestic argument.Desmond Lawlist, a miner, was caught hiding in a clump of bushes, then told investigators that he had ingested a toxic substance after hacking to death his wife, Cynthia, and torching his house with her body inside.Up to late last night, the Police who went to Mora Point, some three miles from Bartica, had not recovered the woman’s remains.Two of their children managed to escape the horror by fleeing the house while Lawlist was savaging his wife.The entire incident stemmed from a bitter domestic dispute that led the couple, who were together for the past 10 years, to the Bartica Police Station earlier yesterday.It is reported that the woman had indicated that she wanted to end the relationship, Air Max 97 Silver Bullet For Sale, a move which angered Lawlist.       Accordin g to reports, after speaking to the Police, the couple was sent home to resolve their differences, but the argument got worse.Kaieteur News understands that, after returning home with his wife, Lawlist began beating his wife before chopping her about the body and then tying her up.While this was going on, the couple’s two young children became afraid and fled the house to seek assistance. Sensing that help would be coming soon, Lawlist set fire to the house with his wife’s body inside, and fled the scene. However, he was subsequently apprehended clad only in his underwear.He claimed to have ingested poison, and was taken to the Bartica Hospital, where the contents of his stomach were pumped out.Residents reported seeing smoke at around 14:30 hours, and this has led many to believe that Cynthia’s attempt to leave Lawlist triggered his anger and resulted in his violent actions. The house was completely razed, and the onset of night forced members of the Police Force to abandon their search for Cynthia’s body.This is the second domestic violence atrocity in the vicinity of Bartica this month. Recently, Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, lashed out at Police officers who are unsupportive of women who are abused.The minister had observed that there was the reluctance on the part of the Police to be aggressively involved in taking and following up on complaints of domestic violence.
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