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Govt. paying PPP activist $1M per month to store drugs in Linden


– Region 10 Chairman says space available for storage, construction of bond

Kaieteur News – Region 10 Chairman, Mr. Deron Adams has flagged a monthly rental fee of $1 million to store drugs for the town when adequate space is available for the construction of a new bond at the Health Centre in Amelia’s Ward.

Region 10 Chairman, Deron Adams (right) during a recent visit to the rental drug storage facility

It was during the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) weekly press conference on Tuesday that the Chairman highlighted the issue. He complained, “Almost one million dollars a month is being paid to a party activist for the storage of health supplies in Linden, when the Health Department has a compound in Amelia’s Ward that has enough vacant space to build a new hospital if needed, much less a storage bond. The PPP clearly is encouraging high levels of corruption by its lackeys in Region 10.”

The Chairman told Kaieteur News that other agencies were not invited to bid for the contract to store the drugs as the Council waived the tender requirement. More importantly however, Adams argued that the rental fees could be channeled to extend the current facility and provide the necessary storage. According to Adams, “At the Bamia Health Centre in Amelia’s Ward, the previous government built the Bamia Health Centre and it has enough space in the compound to build a storage bond. Why is it then folks are renting a bottom house bond when they can just budget for a bond to be constructed within the compound where the Bamia Health Centre is located?’

This newspaper was told that the contract for the rental of the storage bond initiated in September 2021 was rented up to December 2021, and then renewed again in 2022.
He explained that central government has been ignoring representations by the elected representatives of the Councils and making their own determinations about the needs and resources to be provided to the Region.

In fact, “They have been utilizing the waiver of Tender Board Procedures to award friends of the government contracts that have been poorly executed, without the necessary checks and balances of these procedures being followed and when these issues are brought by the Council to the attention of local and national level Tender Board authorities, absolutely no response is provided,” Adams shared.

In addition to the tender requirement waiver, the Regional Chairman said that the Chairman of the Public Works Committee of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has not yet signed off on any ‘End Users Certificate’ for a project in the region. “These certificates are how a project is recorded as being completed satisfactorily and on the basis of which the final payment is made, but in this case, the Council is not allowed to verify that these projects are completed, but payments are made for sub-standard projects,” he argued. The Chairman concluded that this is yet another source of PPP corruption in Region 10.

As a consequence of this issue, he said that the Region was forced to endure situations like the collapse of the road and drain at Silvertown, as well as another poor drainage construction at Third Alley and an instance where the contractor left the site without completing the sewage works at the Christianburg Primary School.

Under the former Coalition government, it was revealed that the Ministry of Public Health paid $264.5M for the rental of a Sussex Street drug bond between July 2016 and March 2018. The issue of the bond surfaced when it was learnt that the bond had been rented under very lucrative terms to businessman, Larry Singh, during the tenure of former Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, who had defended the Ministry’s use of the facility. The controversy surrounding the use of the bond intensified when it was discovered later that the facility was merely storing items such as lubricants and condoms.

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@Mitwah posted:

This new version sucks. It does not allow copy and paste of images from sources with one click like the older version. Am getting frustrated.

Kaieteur News have security that doesn't allow copying and pasting of images . The same was with the old version.

Django
@Mitwah posted:

I had no problem with the previous version. Perhaps it's time to boycott Kaiteur News.

Go Mitwah, Go ... Go ... Go Mitwah ...

Hopefully, you will keep your solemn promise to boycott Kaieteur News.

Demerara_Guy

Go Mitwah, Go ... Go ... Go Mitwah ...

Hopefully, you will keep your solemn promise to boycott Kaieteur News.

I think the problem is with this new version of GCF. I can copy and paste the pictures on Word documents.  Why would KN have at the bottom of its articles "Share This" followed by other popular Icons?

I don't get a hard copy. It's the first News on Line that I read read with my cup of brewed coffee.



The best part of waking up


Kaieteur News – In 1984, there began a popular television advertisement with the jingle, “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. That ad ran for a long time and became very popular.
We all have our best part of waking up. For some it is scenic – to see the dawn and the music of birds and early morning insects. For others it is their early morning exercise which primes them for the day ahead. For others, it is simply to refreshment which comes with a long night sleep. But for everyone, there should be a best part of waking up.
For me the best part of waking up is about a newspaper in my hand and a cup of coffee. It does not matter whether it is Folgers or Nescafé, the best part of waking up each day is to have a cup of coffee and a hard copy of the Kaieteur News.
It has been a life-long routine of mine to sit at my breakfast table each morning with an open newspaper and a strong brew of coffee. I can think of no better way to start the day.
In the Golden Age of local cinema the late shows began at 8:30 pm and ended old days whenever you exited the late- night cinemas, the newspaper vendors were always there peddling their hot off the press copies.
In those days, the papers used to be off the press early and the late night cinema-goers and imbibers would catch the news before all others by picking up their newspaper copy from the vendors.
But even back then, I merely glanced at the headlines and deferred the heavy reading to the next morning. I did not seek to spoil the best part of waking up.
Times are changing. The newspapers are out later and the newspaper vendors cannot be found on the streets after dark.
Many people also now prefer instantaneous news which they receive efficiently on social media. But much of what passes for social media reporting remains unchecked and hearsay. The usual rigour which goes into verifying details, contacting interested parties, obtaining all sides of the story and giving vital background information is missing from social media platforms. Social media reporting in that respect may be instantaneous but subject to inaccuracies and incompleteness.
Most newspapers today are available online. Some charge a subscription. Kaieteur News took a decision not to charge but to make the news freely available as a public service. And while this may reduce the paper’s hard copy circulation, it has increased the reach of the newspaper.
Reach is important in advertising but it is not the prime consideration in advertising. Social media today is also being used for advertising. Some say it has greater reach but reach does not translate to effect.
A few days ago, I viewed a full-page KFC advertisement in the Kaieteur News. The longer I looked at the image of the succulent chicken, the more I craved for it. By afternoon, I could resist no more. I sent to buy a serving. That is the effect of print media advertising where the reader can look with greater deliberation on an advertisement.
There are a number of features available in the hard copies that are not readily or easily accessible in the newspapers’ social media platforms. One of these is the Classified Ads. It is a cheap and inexpensive way for persons to advertise products and services and many persons buy the newspaper just to see what is available. Persons looking for properties to rent or buy usually pay keen attention, daily, to the Classified Ads.
Then there are the advertisements. You can learn a great deal about what are the trends in society by looking at what is advertised. Over the past few years for example, the electronic stores have not been pushing new gadgets but rather electronic accessories such as headphones and speakers. It is very interesting development which may speak to the slowing down of new products in preference to improving functionality.
Every day, the newspapers provide a number of advertisements about vacancies. Recently, the Ministry of Natural Resources advertised a number of key vacancies. The Bureau of Statistics is seeking a Logistics Officer. Woodlands Hospital had advertised for a number of key medical specialists. Other private sector firms are seeking specified skilled persons.
If you don’t buy the daily newspaper, you are going to miss out on these vacancies, just as the contractors who do not buy the newspapers will miss the Invitation to Tender.
But perhaps the best reason for buying a hard copy of the daily newspaper is because it is simply an integral element of the best part of waking up.

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This might be last item I am posting from KN. I believe the problem is with Crowdstack and not a restriction by KN.

Mitwah

Eh eh! If people doan buy a hard copy how will they wipe batty or line bird cage?

Mits you could be drinking the wrong coffee..banna I use Kick Ass coffee in my French press. It is a tad expensive but good.

cain
Last edited by cain
@cain posted:

Eh eh! If people doan buy a hard copy how will they wipe batty or line bird cage?

Mits you could be drinking the wrong coffee..banna I use Kick Ass coffee in my French press. It is a tad expensive but good.

Cain, here is an oldie....

Mitwah
@Mitwah posted:

@Django, it worked. But it's too much work. I think the compatibility problem is with Crowdstack.

No problems with other medias. Error copying and paste images from article .

https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...ted-and-unjustified/

What happened?

The owner of this website (www.kaieteurnewsonline.com) does not allow hotlinking to that resource (/images/2022/05/Jan.jpg).

Django
Last edited by Django
@Django posted:

No problems with other medias. Error copying and paste images from article .

https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...ted-and-unjustified/

What happened?

The owner of this website (www.kaieteurnewsonline.com) does not allow hotlinking to that resource (/images/2022/05/Jan.jpg).

Error 522

Ray ID: 70c374f7dea22d2a • 2022-05-16 10:33:45 UTC

That's what I get when I clicked on your links.

Thanks anyway and have a great day.

Mitwah

I also find it difficult posting on my tablet when using it horizontally, this was never an issue in the past.

Mits, I do that tune on occasion, especially when most of the crowd sèem ahem, up there in age. Except I doan have the backing as he does, I do use a Vocal processor with an extra mic for my harmony. It gets people wondering as to where the ass the extra voices are coming from.

By the way, I don't remember mentioning this , I go as I'MKE

I'll try to post a pic

Anyway, back to the topic....boycott tarassss

cain

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