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Norton defends multimillion-dollar ‘drug bond’ agreement

first_imgPharmagate…offers apology but skirts direct questionsPublic Health Minister Dr George Norton on Friday, apologised for telling the National Assembly that New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC) had been paid in excess of $19 million for the rental of its drug bond, and that drugs had already been stored at the controversial Sussex Street property, since this was inaccurate.Dr Norton met with the media at Parliament Buildings shortly after he supposedly handed over a written apology to Speaker of thePublic Health Minister,Dr George NortonNational Assembly Dr Barton Scotland.Reading a prepared statement, Minister Norton said the answers he had given on August 8, 2016 in the National Assembly were in part a result of personal knowledge, in addition to the advice he received at the time.He added further that ever since August 8, 2016, “I have come to the firm position that the answer given to the questions related to NEW GPC and the storage of drugs at the bond at 29 Sussex Street, were not accurate and these were based on information provided to me. In the circumstances, I wish to express my sincere and profound regret to his Excellency, Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Honourable Dr Barton Scotland, Speaker of the National Assembly, Prime Minister Mr Moses Nagamootoo and my Parliamentary colleagues of the APNU/AFC, members of the Parliamentary Opposition and all others who were present or were able to observe the process of the consideration of the estimates.”According to Dr Norton, “as Minister of Public Health I know that high standard of duty and care is expected of me and the staff of the Ministry of Public Health, so I take full responsibility for this unfortunate episode and give my full commitment that it will not re-occur.”ResignationResponding to mounting calls for his resignation, the minister told the media: “I have admitted that I made a mistake of which I take full responsibility for, assuring you that this will not re-occur and I am still committed.”The Public Health Minister’s subsequent pronouncements however, has left more questions than answers in addition to what the final cost of renting the bond will be, in addition to the $12.5 million rental fee; whether the new facility is in fact a savings to government, and further, whether the rented space is compliant with international standards for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.Appearing at the press engagement with Dr Norton was Director of Public Information Imran Khan−who at times attempted to provide answers for the Minister.PS signedDr Norton was relentlessly grilled by the media and said that it was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Trevor Thomas, along with Larry Singh−the majority owner of Linden Holdings Inc, the controversial company in question−who were the signatories to the agreement, thus he was unable to say at the time who witnessed the signing of the agreement.As was the case with whether an apology was in fact delivered to the Speaker, Dr Norton gave varying answers with regards why an unsigned agreement had been released to the public on Friday−void of the signatories or witnesses.He suggested that what had been handed to the Speaker was in fact a copy of a copy of the contract and that the signatories were inadvertently left out.This he said would be rectified but up to press time, the complete agreement had not been released inclusive of the signatories for the Sussex Street property.Commenting on the fact that the inked agreement speaks to the rental of the premises for the purpose of a professional office and not a drug storage bond, Dr Norton said he could not at the moment provide an answer on the ‘technicality.’DPI khan at this point attempted to intervene and reminded that the Cabinet Sub-Committee had found that the Building did in fact meet PAHO/WHO standards for the storage of drugs and medical supplies but Dr Norton could not substantiate this claim with any form of verification.Too much spaceSpeaking about the cost savings in light of the discrepancies that have since been pointed out over the different proposals in terms of rental fee, Dr Norton said that Government found itself in a position where it needed space to store its drugs and medical supplies.He could not say however, what is the specific size of the Sussex Street bond, only that the storage space being offered by NEW GPC was too much and that government did not need that much storage area.Dr Norton said government was looking at how much money it could save in the shortest possible period, since there had been an emergency (unexplained) where government required storage space.He conceded that the problem of storage space only obtained when government decided to end its pre-qualification arrangement with NEW GPC−which in turn asked for rent to be paid for a service it had been providing free of cost for over a decade.Larry SinghAsked directly how Larry Singh of Linden Holdings Inc came to know of the need of government to secure a bond in an emergency situation, it was DPI Khan who attempted to explain but the media were adamant that Minister Norton needs to provide the answers.Khan attempted to suggest that the minister could not be expected to answer the question as to how the Ministry and Linden Holdings Inc initiated their arrangement. Minister Norton eventually told the media: “I would not be able to say that.”He was also unable to say whether Larry Singh was in fact a member of the People’s National Congress Reform, saying “I can’t confirm that.”Dr Norton was also unable to provide an answer as to how Larry Singh, ‘coincidentally’ paid $25 million to purchase the property−the same amount fronted by government in it security deposit for the facility−during the same time government began searching for an alternative storage bond.Questioned as to whether government was prepared to re-tender the contract given the brouhaha that has erupted, Dr Norton defended the merits of the actual contract, insiting that it was the better deal. He said: “There is a collective responsibility on the part of the Cabinet and um…every decision will be have to make at the level of cabinet.”Asked frontally if Cabinet−of which he is a member−is prepared to re-tender the contract, Dr Norton replied that it is not a decision that has been taken.DPI Khan at this point again interjected to remind of the Cabinet Sub-Committee’s recommendation that the contract be reviewed.Fall GuyDr Norton was also asked to respond frontally to the claim that he was in fact being placed as the ‘fall guy’ for someone within Cabinet with a personal interest in the contract.According to Dr Norton he was unaware of such a thing.Pressed again on how the ministry became aware of the Sussex Street property, Dr Norton said he could not recall when this happened but assured, “yes I did visit the bond and I was convinced that it was suitable.”Pressed again on whether he had suggested to Cabinet that the entire contract be revisited given the public’s reaction, Dr Norton said he did not, because he did not see it to be necessaryAccording to Dr Norton, notwithstanding the public flack, his public apology and the numerous questions surrounding the entire affair, he did not believe that the contract needed to be re-tendered. Dr Norton conceded that he was not comfortable with the way the entire affair played out, hence his apology but glowingly stated: “I am comfortable with the bond…I think it has what it takes to store the medication in a proper way”last_img read more


January 17, 2020 0

Liberians in Black Money Scams

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January 15, 2020 0

BRAC-Liberia Unveils US$2.7M Health Project

first_imgBRAC-Liberia has unveiled a US$2.7 million, three-year health-project with support from the British Department for International Development (DFID) with strong collaboration from the Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW).The US$2.7 million-three-year health project will be implemented through BRAC-Liberia in collaboration with the Family Health Division of MoHSW.The project, which has been hailed by several key stakeholders in the health sector, is aimed at improving the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health of 106,000 women and adolescent girls and 53,000 under five (5) children  in 7 counties of Liberia.The disclosure was made recently in Monrovia, during a “national advocacy meeting on a community-based approach to improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) programs for adolescent girls and under five in Liberia.”According to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister/Preventive Services-MoHSW, BRAC-Liberia has succeeded in reaching out to vulnerable communities through community awareness activities.Minister Nyenswah lamented that Liberia cannot succeed in reducing maternal mortality with the contraceptive rate which currently stands at 19% and could still increase—something which is critical for young people.He warned that reproductive health is also tied to the issue of human rights, from which people have the choice to what they want. He pointed out that proper adolescent, youth and child health care require proper education.Minister Nyenswah mentioned that the Ministry of Health’s current focus is to move in the direction of community-based care, stressing: “Lots of children at the community level need health care and we should give it to them so that they remain healthy and stay alive.”  Dr. Cuallau Jabbeh Howe, Director/Family Health Division-MOH, added that it was befitting to have a partner like BRAC- Liberia who continues to reach out to people at all levels, covering seven (7) counties—something she considered to be “remarkable”.“It is all about a coordinated effort to work in the community and build hope in it by what we do,” Dr. Howe.Mr. Salam highlighted the need to work with other partners and stakeholders, adding. “BRAC is trying to act; but from one program we cannot solve every problem”. Being an experienced health worker who has worked in health related areas for over 23 years, he was quick to mention that besides the maternal mortality rate there are other reproductive health challenges like teenage pregnancy.Meanwhile, several participants drawn from a cross-section of the NGO community and other key stakeholders, have expressed thanks and appreciation to BRAC Liberia for successfully concluding the exercise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 15, 2020 0

GDF rank, husband arrested with illegal gun, ammo

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force’s Narcotics Branch arrested an East Coast Demerara (ECD) couple on Tuesday afternoon after an unlicensed firearm with matching ammunition was found at their house.The 9mm pistol pistol along with seven matching rounds that was unearthed by the PoliceThe suspects have been identified as a 32-year-old taxi driver and his 34-year-old reputed wife, who is a member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).The arrest was made during an intelligence-led operation carried out at the couple’s Latchmie Street, Better Hope, ECD home.According to Police reports, the ranks unearthed an unlicensed 9mm pistol along with seven matching rounds at the house. They also found a matching 9mm spent shell in the yard.The couple remain in custody as the investigation continues.In its last monthly statistical report for 2017, the Police Force reported that at the end of November last year some 115 illegal firearms were seized, compared to 97 for the corresponding period in 2016. Among these weapons were: 66 pistols, 19 revolvers, 18 shotguns and 12 rifles.last_img read more


January 12, 2020 0

Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Moto Race takes place May 11 and 12

first_imgThe Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Moto Race is taking place May 11 and 12 at the Taylor Motocross Track.For more information, you can visit the PMA’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Motocross Association is gearing up for the first race of the 2019 season.On May 11 and 12, the Motocross Association will be holding their Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Moto Race.PMA President, Trevor McDonnell, says it’s the first race of the season and will be featuring riders of all ages from all over the Peace Region.- Advertisement -“It’s the first race of the Peace Motocross Association’s schedule. There will be riders from all over the Peace area, from Fort Nelson to Peace River to Grande Prairie. We have a very strong Association with up to between 200 to 300 riders at every event and we have races for all ages from four-years-old to a 40-plus class.”Admission to watch the race is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family.For those looking to participate, McDonnell says the fee to register is $30.00 for a day pass and $20.00 per racing event.Advertisementlast_img read more


January 12, 2020 0

St. Bernard makes most of Long shot

first_imgSt. Bernard elected not to onside kick and Cathedral took over at the 25-yard line and began to run out the clock. The St. Bernard defense stiffened, forced a punt, and the Vikings got one more chance as they lined up at their 42-yard line with 23 seconds left on the clock. But instead of passing the ball, Simpson handed it to Long and watched him weave his way in and around the Cathedral defense on the way to a 58-yard touchdown. Steven Locke’s extra point was the winning margin. Long, who took third at the CIF State Track and Field finals in the 200 meters, led St. Bernard with 10 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. Simpson was 6-for-9 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, including a 17-yard pass to Dennis Hope for the Vikings’ first score. Kristaan Ivory rushed 18 times for 117 yards for Cathedral (4-5, 1-3), and Joshua Nevarez scored two touchdowns to lead the Phantoms. St. Bernard faces Serra next week in a showdown for the outright league championship.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Just ask St. Bernard. The Vikings snatched victory from the jaws of defeat Friday night against Cathedral High at St. Matthias in Downey, scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes for a 21-20 Del Rey League victory, capped by an improbable 58-yard touchdown run by St. Bernard running back Adam Long. St. Bernard trailed the entire game as Cathedral rushed for nearly 300 yards and controlled the time of possession. The Phantoms ran 63 plays to only 31 for the Vikings and was cruising with a 14-point lead late into the fourth quarter. Then St. Bernard (6-3, 4-0) began its comeback with just over three minutes left in the game. Quarterback Ryan Simpson hit Sterling Jordan over the middle for a 55-yard touchdown pass to close within 20-14. DEL REY LEAGUE: Running back’s late 58-yard TD run stuns Cathedral. By Tim Warneke Correspondent It’s never over until it’s over. last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

ST EUNANS PUPILS MAKE SUPER START AT UCD

first_imgThe pupils along with St Eunan’s College principal Chris Darby.Four of the class of 2013 from St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny have received entrance scholarships to UCD.The pupils received this award in recognition of high academic achievement(560+ points) in O’Reilly Hall, UCD recently.They are Eamonn Sweeney, James Dorrian, Seán Blaney and Shaun Crossan. This is a great achievement for the boys and the vent was attended by college principal Mr. Chris Darby and their families.ST EUNANS PUPILS MAKE SUPER START AT UCD was last modified: November 21st, 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:Chris DarbyscholarshipsSt.Eunan’s CollegeUCDlast_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

Neil Lennon says there is a big anti-Irish racism problem in Scotland

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Lennon was angered by comments made by Partick Thistle boss Gary Caldwell suggesting the Hibs boss partly brought the attack on himself ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “There’s a problem. It’s a big problem. And you all turn your back on it, you all laugh about it, and brush it aside. It’s right there. I keep hearing all this ‘One Scotland’, we are open to everyone. At times it hasn’t been the case to me.Hearts and Hibernian united in condemnation of Edinburgh derby trouble“I had a career in England unblemished by all this stuff. I had two years at Bolton – no abuse, no attacks, no suspensions. As soon as you come back to Scotland, it rears its ugly head.“It’s there right in front of you every week, you hear the songs in stadiums. That’s got to be stamped out but people don’t want to do it. They say ‘there’s 40,000 people in there, there’s 60,000 in that stadium, you can’t do anything about it’. You can, if you really want to.“And I’m not the only one to suffer from sectarian abuse. There are plenty of Rangers players who suffer it and I think it’s disgusting in this day and age. Sometimes its worse here than it is back home.” REVEALED Lennon believes the attacks against him are racist Latest Football News Lennon was struck by a coin after celebrating Hearts’ disallowed goal in the Edinburgh derby Neil Lennon is adamant there is a major problem with anti-Irish racism in Scotland following his denial he incited the latest attack against him.The Hibernian boss, backed the words of his agent Martin Reilly, who claimed Lennon has been routinely targeted for abuse due to his Catholic roots and the fact he played for and managed Celtic. 3 huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Lennon was among several participants who were assaulted during Wednesday’s Edinburgh derby and was angered by claims – including from former team-mate Gary Caldwell – that he had partly brought in on himself by signalling to Hearts fans to calm down following a disallowed goal.Neil Lennon is partly to blame for coin incident, say talkSPORT hostsThe former Northern Ireland international has previously been attacked at Tynecastle and suffered a number of other crimes in Scotland, including being knocked unconscious in the street and being the recipient of a parcel bomb.The message ‘hang Neil Lennon’ was daubed on a wall near Tynecastle on Wednesday and Lennon agreed with Reilly’s assessment on the cause of most of the abuse. “Everybody gets it at times but in my case – and I’m not crying over spilled milk because I put up with it, I get on with it and I’ve been successful through it – I get it a lot worse than most people do.“So maybe Gary Caldwell and people like that can walk in my shoes for a day or two and see what it’s like.” BEST OF Lennon spoke to Partick Thistle officials after their manager Caldwell made comments but did not take a phone call from his former colleague.He added: “It’s pretty poor all this – I was goading people, I bring it on myself. There’s an effigy (graffiti) outside Tynecastle saying ‘hang Neil Lennon’. That was before the game. Did I bring that on myself?“Did the linesman bring it on himself? Did Bobby Zlamal bring it on himself? Did Marvin Bartley bring it on himself? Why do I bring it on myself then when people attack me or throw things at me? This is the mentality that needs to change. It’s embarrassing. It makes me very angry.Linesman left with bloody head after being struck by item allegedly thrown by Rangers fan It is fair to say it all kicked off in the Edinburgh derby last night… A last-minute disallowed goal, celebrated by Neil Lennon, caused carnage. More: https://t.co/ww2YADyMMi pic.twitter.com/KBOPaT83eK— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 1, 2018“That’s the basis of it, has been since 2000,” said Lennon at a pre-match media conference ahead of the visit of St Johnstone.“You call it sectarianism here in Scotland, I call it racism. If a black man is abused, you are not just abusing the colour of his skin, you are abusing his culture, his heritage, his background.“It’s the exact same when I get called a Fenian, a pauper, a beggar, a tarrier. These people with the sense of entitlement or superiority complex. And all I do is stand up for myself.“I’ve been subjected to this for 18 years. I’m 47, I’m fed up of it. I’m the manager of Hibs now and I’m still getting it. Hanging people is something the Ku Klux Klan did in the 60s to black people, so maybe that’s the mentality of the people who write this stuff. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice MONEY REVEALED RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3last_img read more


December 26, 2019 0

$1.1 billion awarded to oil, gas companies

first_imgA federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government must repay $1.1 billion to oil and gas companies with long-held leases off the California coast for enduring repeated delays in developing the undersea oil fields. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., made its decision Tuesday and announced it Thursday. The decision is a significant development in resolving the fate of 36 undeveloped tracts off Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The 13 oil and gas companies holding the leases are prepared to return them as soon as they receive $1.1 billion and a few hundred million dollars in related costs, said their lead attorney, Edward Bruce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The leases, which sit atop an estimated 512 million barrels of oil, have not been developed, in part, due to delays by federal regulators, state environmental concerns, various lawsuits and efforts in Congress to give states more power over oil-drilling decisions. In a 42-page opinion, Judge Eric G. Burbank ruled that the congressional act in 1990 that gave states more authority to review oil drilling in federal waters off their shores breaches a contract with oil companies by changing the rules. The companies should be reimbursed for what they paid decades ago for the 36 leases, Bruggink ruled. The oil companies will continue to seek an additional $145 million for four other releases canceled by the federal government and for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on exploratory drilling and other costs. A telephone call made after business hours Friday to the Justice Department was not immediately returned. “It seems to me that this is another giveaway to the oil companies,” said Peter Douglas, executive director of the California Coastal Commission. Under a moratorium imposed by Congress and presidential order, no new offshore oil leasing is allowed off the coast of California. Forty-three offshore tracts are now in production and the current dispute is over 36 nearby leased tracts without platforms. Denver-based Delta Petroleum Corp., one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, and its subsidiary, Amber Resources Company, have a net share of about $121 million from the $1.1 billion award, company officials said in a statement. 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


December 25, 2019 0

Gritters out on roads as plunging temperatures and snow forecast

first_imgWith temperatures set to plunge tonight, Donegal County Council’s gritting crews have been ordered out to treat all designated routes around the county.Cold wintry showers are forecasted for tonight and into tomorrow with heaviest and most frequent showers in the west and north.Met Eireann have forecast snow on higher ground. Donegal County Council is urging all road users to take extra care on the roads this evening and to assume that no road is ice free.Motorists and road users can stay up to date on routes to be gritted by checking the Donegal Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map available on www.donegalcoco.ie .This map is linked to the Councils social media platforms and provides information on routes and length of routes to be gritted on any given night as well as an hourly forecast feed for most areas of the county so that users can check their local weather forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours. It also shows locations where sand and grit stock is available for use by the public.Donegal County Council’s gritting routes.Road users can also view live road conditions at a number of locations around the county and across the northwest via the Councils website. Locations include N56 at Gaoth Dobhair, N15 at Bundoran, N 15 at Lough Mourne, N15 at Killygordon, N13 at An Grianan Aileach, A515 Foyle Bridge and A6 at Glenshane Pass. These resources have been developed over the last number of years with a view to providing road users and motorists with the necessary information to make safe driving decisions during the winter months.Stay up to date on road conditions and gritting plans this winter by following us on Twitter @roadsdcc @donegalcouncil or by following us on Facebook.In addition, the Office of Emergency Planning has recently launched www.bewinterready.ie to assist households in preparing for severe weather and coping with it when it actually happens. This online booklet includes practical tips and advice on staying safe and warm this winter, on being prepared at home and at work for freezing temperatures and water shortages, as well as road safety tips including making sure your vehicle is winter-ready and much more.Gritters out on roads as plunging temperatures and snow forecast was last modified: November 18th, 2016 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


December 22, 2019 0