Boondoggle…

first_img…on contractsOne of the greatest failures of this PNC-led Government has been their abysmal monitoring of contracts for executing their work programme. There isn’t a day that goes by when there isn’t a nasty revelation of billions paid to contractors for work done so shoddily it invariably costs more to fix the mess. Remember Durban Park “Jubilee Park” that was going to be built by a newly formed Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) – involving Rupert Roopnarine? They spent $550 million of money collected from the public, for which they never accounted; then had to be bailed out with another billion dollars paid from the Public Treasury to new contractors and the MPI! And it’s still falling apart!Then, of course, there’s the Indian Arrival Monument in Berbice, built by that new contractor from Linden, which fell down like the walls of Jericho without even a bugle being blown!! The Auditor General’s Report for 2017 of course revealed poor or non-existent monitoring of so many contracts the Government might well have plastered the structures with $5000 notes to save themselves some time!!And now they’ve grandly announced that from the 1st January next year, they will be awarding 20 per cent of all Government contracts to “small contractors”!! That’s less than two months away!! Now, if the Government can’t monitor all these massive contracts to ensure performance, how will they ensure they’ll get value with these fly-by-night “small” contractors?? And the answer, sadly, is “value for money” is furthest from the minds of the PNC-Government officials when they’re doling out these contracts. Rather, it’s all about money for the boys and money for their pockets. It’s the “20 per cent boondoggle”!!They didn’t even bother to check if the proposal is legal – and were pulled up short by Mrs Corbin of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). She explained that the law governing procurement will have to be changed to allow this dramatic move. She also pointed out that this 20 per cent Government contract reservation for “small business” is a form of “affirmative action”. In the US, which laid the way in this policy area, 10 per cent of Government contracts were reserved for Black and minority-owned businesses TO RECTIFY HISTORICAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THEM.Your Eyewitness figures the present PNC-led Government want to make their SMALL CONTRACTORS INTO REAL CONTRACTORS, after they failed in their first iteration to make the “small man into the real man”. But, in the US, these “minority contractors” had to first show they had the capability – especially equipment and skills — to do the job! Is the Government going to demand this? And most crucially, the US Government didn’t pussyfoot around insisting that standards be adhered to.Knowing here you have to be “born PNC”, will party cards be necessary?! …and singing for suppersEven the friends of Nagamootoo – few as they are – have bemoaned how far he’s willing to debase himself for the few pieces of silver thrown his way!  Imagine this man – even while acting as President of the Republic – could bring himself to write: “History would record that this APNU+AFC Coalition Government has opened its huge, generous heart to sugar workers”!!!  While fired sugar workers in his native Berbice are at best kicking paddy on the roads.But Nagamootoo quoted from a commentary your Eyewitness made a year ago about the “70 companies” his Government boasted were lined up to buy the closed estates! Your Eyewitness made the point that if the buyers went into sugar and succeeded, they’d make the Government look stupid. But if they diversified into “other crops”, cane cutters wouldn’t necessarily become farmers.Now that there have been only FIVE bids, we’ll soon find out, won’t we?…and Nagamootoo’s ignoranceYour Eyewitness had analogised the highly skilled cane cutters to Ballet Dancers in “Swan Lake”. Nagamootoo claimed the comparison was to “dancers at an opera”. Doesn’t he know the difference between Ballet and Opera?  How uncouth!!Then he took exception to describing cane cutters’ motion as “practiced”. Guess he doesn’t know “practiced” can be an adjective! How untutored!!last_img read more

Shane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan to host charity golf tournament in Donegal

first_imgShane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan are bringing their Celebrity Charity Golf Classic back to Donegal this October. On October 3rd an A-List of celebrities will be joined by local golfers and businessmen and women at the stunning links course on the Sheephaven Bay Peninsula, The Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort in Downings.You just never know who you will play alongside. Its a great boost for the area and also for those teams who get to take part in a fun day of golf and celebrate afterwards with a Buffet dinner and entertainment for guests.It is expected that a list of well-known celebrities will join this duo on October 3rd 2019.This year’s chosen charity is Fighting Blindness Ireland, a patient-led charity with a vision to cure blindness, supporting people living with sight loss and empowering patients.They are the only Irish charity funding research into treatments for sight loss. To date, they have invested over €18 million in more than 100 research and clinical projects. They provide professional counselling and therapeutic services for individuals and families living with vision impairment and blindness.They advocate for equity of access to timely and appropriate diagnosis, healthcare, therapies and support services and, through education and information provision, they work to empower the 247,000 children and adults in Ireland who are blind or visually impaired.Irwin Expert Electrical has been sponsoring this event for a number of years along with Flo Gas and Boc Pix. Declan Irwin is calling out to anyone who would like to take part to either enter a team or sponsor a tee. The craic not to mention the prizes for the winners are amazing.Irwin Expert Electrical are in business for over 40 years, with a showroom based in Letterkenny and another in Buncrana.They are the No. 1 Electrical Retail outlet in the North West and are delighted to be associated with this charity. If you are interested in putting in a team, you can call Gary Keating from GK Events and PR who is the main organiser of this event by calling +353872287541 or emailing gkeating@gkevents.com.Shane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan to host charity golf tournament in Donegal was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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