GPHC’s CEO reportedly gamed bids for favoured company

first_imgMultiple investigations, including Police probes, have been launched into a number of the drug procurement scandals under the Public Health Ministry, including the most recent $605 million contract which was awarded to ANSA McAL.Public Health MinisterVolda LawrenceThis was disclosed by the Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a live press conference on the National Communications Network (NCN) on Monday where she addressed the issue of the suspicious multimillion-dollar contract to ANSA McAL in light of an emergency drug shortage at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), which many believe was contrived.Lawrence saved herself from answering some of the pertinent questions in relation to the controversial matter by claiming that the information would be provided in the report following the investigation into the $605 million contract to ANSA McAL.In defending herself, the Minister said she wrote a letter to the newly-installed Board of the Georgetown Hospital ordering an investigation into the matter in light of the storm created on the issue by the media.Country Head of ANSA McAL in Guyana, Beverly HarperThe investigation will seek to determine if or how the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) was involved in the process, how the shortlisted companies were evaluated, if all the drugs were supplied by ANSA McAL on time, among other aspects.Although ANSA McAL was awarded the contract in order to fast-track the supply of drugs, the Minister confirmed that not all of the drugs were delivered.When asked, she disclosed that only a “large quantity” was delivered.Meanwhile, other investigations have been launched into instances of delinquent suppliers.“The Ministry is in the process of investigating several matters with regards of supply of various medicines and drugs,” she said.In some cases, the investigations are engaging the attention of the Police. This newspaper was told that that several senior management staff including CEO Allan Johnson and Assistant Director Finance, Karen Cumberbatch are among those being investigated.The Minister explained that on February 3, she called a meeting with the Directors and senior management, along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Georgetown Hospital after she was informed of the drug shortage crisis.She said there was a shortage of some 287 drugs for several reasons, including failure of the suppliers to provide the drugs they were contracted to supply.“Some of them indicated inability to fulfil contractual arrangements. Suppliers supplied a few items and since indicated their inability to supply those drugs listed on the contract,” she said.As a result, she instructed the Georgetown Public Hospital to review the shortlisted companies in order to have the drugs supplied in a timely manner.Lawrence explained that she intervened because at the time, there was no Board in place at the Georgetown Hospital.She explained that most entities have shortlisted contractors, whereby suppliers would apply on a yearly basis to be shortlisted as contractors.But she was unaware if there was a difference between prequalified contractors and shortlisted contractors.“We further discussed what would be the mechanism for us to fill that gap (shortage), since 2017 tenders have not gone out and even if they had gone out, the process and time span for the Hospital to begin to receive those drugs that it would take somewhere between six months for a turnaround in acquiring those drugs,” Lawrence explained.The Minister said documents were prepared and four of the shortlisted companies “uplifted the documents, paid their monies and bid on the list of items”.“Then I was called one morning indicating that there was a contract for ANSA McAL in the sum of $600 million…I wanted to know why ANSA McAL is being given that amount,” she said.Upon inquiry, the Minister said the Georgetown Hospital CEO indicated that “this was the bid they had sent out and this is what they had responded to”.Subsequently, the issue began to make headlines in the local dailies.However, the Minister was unable to say what happened after she passed the instruction for companies to be shortlisted to fast-track the process.“The Minister is not involved in the process; the Minister’s involved in declaring that there is an emergency and implement the mechanisms in place,” she explained.Lawrence noted too that Cabinet was aware of the shortage of drugs but not that it was being awarded to ANSA McAL.Moreover, the Minister disclosed that part of the reason the drug tenders were cancelled by the Georgetown Hospital was because suppliers said they were unable to supply the drugs.“I met with suppliers and some of the suppliers indicated to me that they had issues with the quantities and what was within the lots which they bid on and received, and many of them had issues with the time in which they received their contracts and the turnaround of that,” she explained.Meanwhile, the Minister did not address the issue that for the entire 2016, a similar method was used to procure medical/pharmaceutical supplies.Management of the GPHC has been accused of deliberating creating an emergency situation in order to sole-source drugs from its preferred supplier. Within the last four months, it has cancelled or delayed four of its five public tenders, thereby creating a situation wherein there was a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals.In a letter dated February 28, 2017, GPHC CEO Allan Johnson thanked the Public Health Minister for authorising the procurement of medical supplies from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200, even though local firms could have supplied the same quantity and quality of drugs at cheaper prices. Questions are now being raised regarding why these local firms had been sidelined. 5M ANSA McAL “emergency” contract…as multiple investigations launchedlast_img read more

Park to open Saturday

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – The city of Santa Clarita will celebrate the grand opening Saturday of Todd Longshore Park, a $4.5 million project named for a parks commissioner who died in April. Planned for 20 years on a hilltop with a sweeping view of the city, the 32-acre park features a tot play lot, hiking trails, gazebos and picnic areas. The 11 a.m. ceremony will be held at the park, 28151 White Canyon Road. Longshore died April 24 at age 49 of a pulmonary embolism. He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, three sons and a daughter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNate Longshore, the eldest son, had a stellar football career at Canyon High School and now is quarterback for the University of California at Berkeley. 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

Women to focus on leadership

first_imgNEWHALL – Senior Cinema will present “Casablanca” starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. The suggested donation is $1 and popcorn will be available for 25 cents. For information or group transportation, call (661) 259-9444. Get your taxes done, no charge NEWHALL – Volunteers trained by IRS/AARP will be on hand Wednesday and Thursday afternoon to complete and file income taxes for seniors at the Senior Center. The service is free, but appointments are required and can be made by calling (661) 259-9444. Bring a photo I.D., last year’s tax return and any 2005 applicable tax information to the appointment. Get `Spellbound’ at free screening NEWHALL – Movies to Talk About will feature the uplifting documentary “Spellbound” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 245041/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. The film follows eight kids as they participate in the annual Scripps Howard spelling bee. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit and click on “Events.” A stitch in time at the Quilt Guild SAUGUS – The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild will hold a sewing night at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Annual membership is $25 or $22 for seniors. Cost to visit a meeting is $5 for guests. For information, call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385 or visit Moms seeking moms for mixer VALENCIA – A Mom’s Mixer will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at a private home in Valencia. For information and directions, call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044. Eggstravaganza on Easter Eve CASTAIC – The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will present its annual Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road. Admission is free. For information, call (661) 775-8865. Hart Museum trains volunteers NEWHALL – Training courses will start next week for those interested in volunteering at the William S. Hart Museum, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. For information, call Sabina Miller at (661) 254-4584. Student leaders compete for cash SANTA CLARITA – The Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees will award scholarships to local students June 6. Candidates must submit applications detailing their community service activities along with an essay addressing the topic “Leadership Through Community Action: How I Can Make a Difference.” Applications are available at Submissions must be postmarked by April 25. For information, call Jenny Ketchepaw at (661) 586-4244 or e-mail her at To comment or contribute to the Community News page, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventprogram offered VALENCIA – Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Therapy Services offers a free spine education program from 5 to 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. For information, call (661) 253-8959 to register. `Casablanca’ film of night at center VALENCIA – A Women’s Leadership Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The one-day conference will include sessions on career and professional development, entrepreneurship, and personal growth and enrichment. The conference is open to women professionals and aspiring businesswomen across all industries and organizations. For information or to register, contact Agnes Eguaras at (661) 362-5034 or Spine education last_img


first_imgA MOTORIST caught driving despite being banned has been told he can’t drive again – until 2020.Kieran Lynch; Prockliss Termon was stopped on April 30 2012 at Clonkillymore, Termon.He was driving without a license or insurance, Letterkenny District Court heard. Lynch was appearing back in court after completing a the Pro Social Drivers Course.“I’m going to give him one more chance – I will not lock him up today,” said Judge Paul Kelly.He gave Lynch a 6 months prison sentence, suspended for two years. He also bound him over to be of good behaviour for two years and banned him from driving for six years,“The only reason you are not going to jail is because the organiser of the Pro Social Driving Course had good things to say about you,” said the judge.MOTORIST WARNED TO STAY OFF THE ROADS UNTIL 2020 was last modified: March 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:driving banKieran Lynchsuspended prison sentenceTermonlast_img read more

HUGE transfer news! Romelu Lukaku set to join Man United in a £75m deal

first_img1 Romelu Lukaku is on his way out of Everton Romelu Lukaku is on his way to Manchester United in a £75million deal, it is being reported.Everton are said to have accepted an offer from United for the Belgian striker, with the move expected to be finalised by Thursday evening.Premier League champions Chelsea had also been interested in re-signing the 24-year-old.But United stepped up their interest this week and now look to have won the race to secure his signature.Jose Mourinho has been searching for a new striker this summer following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure.Alvaro Morata has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, but United are said to have ended their interest in the Spaniard with Lukaku their number one target.last_img


first_imgSaturday saw a great turnout for President Martin Farren’s prize in Greencastle G.C. Thankfully the weather seemed to go for us on the day as well as the course being in very fine shape. Winner on the day by an absolute country mile was Chris Hegarty, also a winner last time out in Murvagh, with an outrageous score of 46pts, a great score from a young golfer who will surely tumble down the handicaps.Second with an otherwise fine score was popular society chairperson Jim McGlynn with 36pts b.o.t. closely followed by Eanna o Mainnin also on 36pts. Three players were also split on b.o.t. on 35pts namely Sean Boyle, Liam Galbraith and Alex Harkin respectively. Mary Walsh on 34pts won the category 4 prize.The society would like to extend its thanks to Cllr Martin Farren and his wife for joining us on the day and to Greencastle G. C. for the excellent service and meal. Next month’s outing takes the society to Ballybofey G.C. on May 19th and as always new members are encouraged to join.The top three in the golfer of the year standings after two outings are 1st Chris Hegarty 50pts, 2nd Eanna O Mainnin 42pts and 3rd Martin Gallen 40pts.  DONEGAL VEC GOLF NOTES was last modified: April 22nd, 2012 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


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 22 were Joseph Britton, c/o Britton’s Pharmacy and Annie Faulkner, Clar Road. The numbers drawn were 3, 17, 20 & 21 with the jackpot now standing at €3,300.  Nomination Forms for the Senior Board AGM and for Club Person of the Year 2012 should also be returned to Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell not later than tomorrow Friday December 14th. The Club would like to remind members of the 2012 – 2013 Annual Lotto that those members who pay their subscription of €100.00 in full before next Monday December 17th will be entered in a Bumper Xmas Draw for the following prizes: 1st Prize: €200 SuperValu Shopping Voucher (In Association with SuperValu) 2nd Prize: €150 Home Heating Oil Voucher (In Association with E&J Oil Services Ltd) 3rd Prize: 10 Bags of Coal (In Association with Cassidy Coal) 4th Prize: €100 SuperValu Shopping Voucher (In Association with SuperValu). To be included in this special draw, members should arrange to pay their annual subscription of €100.00 to either their original seller, Paul Timoney, Assistant Treasurer or any committee member before Monday.  GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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:Four Masters club noteslast_img read more

How long Neymar has actually spent on the ground

first_imgHis theatrics has attracted criticism, though not from everyone as talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham explains.Plus, as Opta point out, he has been a threat to the opposition, having recorded 48 touches in the opposition box, which is 16 more than any other player. At the time of writing he has scored twice and created one goal for Brazil. Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the floor in pain Neymar in a familiar position at the World Cup 3 And Neymar has spent a total of 14 minutes – apparently hurt – on the floor so far in Russia.Actually, it’s 13 minutes and 50 seconds, according to Swiss Broadcaster RTS Sport. 3center_img Maybe it’s better FIFA make football a non-contact sport so Neymar feels better 3 There have been some mightily impressive stats at this World Cup.Harry Kane, for example, is the first England player to score in six consecutive games for his country since Tommy Lawton in 1939. Neymar is among the best players in the world, but thanks to his numerous attempts at winning the Fallon d’Floor award, the 26-year-old has also given us plenty of memes.Brazil v Belgium in the World Cup quarter-final is live on talkSPORT at 19:00 (UK time) on 6 July here.last_img read more

Juventus accidentally upload video ‘confirming’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img Ronaldo’s days at Real Madrid appear to be numbered Juventus may have inadvertently revealed they are going to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese superstar looks set to complete a multi-million pound move to Italy in the coming weeks as he prepares to leave Real Madrid. Getty Images 1center_img However, it looks as though his move to Serie A could be happening sooner than expected.On their Chinese website equivalent to Facebook (called Weibo), Juve uploaded a video of all their previous number 7’s.It begins with club favourite Angelo Di Livio and goes through the ages with names such as Gianluca Pessotto, Simone Pepe and more recently Juan Cuadrado.But at the end of the short clip it leaves a space for their newest recruit… Portugal’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Although the video was quickly deleted, fans were quick to spot the mishap. Nel noto social cinese #Weibo , il profilo ufficiale della #juventus ha pubblicato e prontamente rimosso questo video, facendo impazzire migliaia di tifosi. #CR7 #ronaldo #SerieA #juve #RealMadrid #Calciomercato #cuadrado #zaza #pepe #number7 #football— Juventus News (@juve_news_) July 7, 2018It is only set to fuel the transfer speculation the 33-year-old will leave Los Blancos.Their have only been six players to officially wear the No.7 for Juve in their history, with fans speculating the video may have been sent out to celebrate Jul 7th (7/7).However, the fact that CR7 would technically become the seventh player to adorn the prestigious number surely cannot be a coincidence, can it?last_img read more

Close call on Orange Line

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa was taking his first ride Monday on the Metro Orange Line to promote safety around the busway when suddenly the driver hit the brakes, narrowly avoiding a motorist who apparently ran a red light at Kester Avenue. It was a real-life, real-time example of what officials are seeing repeated across the San Fernando Valley as buses practice for Saturday’s opening. For the mayor and others on board, it underscored the need for motorists and pedestrians to be careful. “For San Fernando Valley residents who’ve waited for their share of transportation improvements, the Orange Line is a down payment on progress,” said Villaraigosa, who also chairs the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, at a press conference at the Valley College Station. “Pay attention to the red lights. Pay attention to all the traffic signs at the intersections. Save yourself some money, but most importantly save yourself some injuries and pay attention. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Let’s make the Orange Line the Valley’s safest new short cut.” Sheriff Lee Baca’s deputies have issued more than 500 citations over the past month along the route, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky noted the sheriff’s “ruthless and merciless” enforcement of the traffic laws. “The reason we’re being so hard is because we want people to live through this experience – and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t,” said Yaroslavsky, another MTA board member, who has led the effort to build the Orange Line. “This is a great amenity, and the only thing that can ruin this amenity is (if) somebody, through their own negligence, ends up getting hurt or getting killed.” Dozens of intersections have been reconfigured along the 14-mile busway, which runs on a former rail corridor between North Hollywood and Warner Center. A right turn on red is now banned at many of the corners – to prevent motorists from turning into the path of a bus. “In the San Fernando Valley, that’s a new type of sign,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. “We want to make sure people are actually reading those signs and obeying those signs.” Sherman Oaks resident Haleh Zahab complained to officials about getting a $147 ticket for making an illegal right turn at Burbank and Fulton avenues after dropping her child off at school. The intersection is posted with a sign, but not a red-arrow signal like other intersections have. She asked whether the sign could be upgraded to a light. “We’ll look at it,” Villaraigosa told her. Critics have long said the $330 million Orange Line should have crossing gates like those at a railroad crossing, but officials maintain that gates are unnecessary because traffic can be managed the same way it is on city streets. The mayor – on his first ride of the Orange Line – heaped praise on the busway, saying it will offer Valley commuters an alternative to sitting in gridlock on the 101 Freeway. He also admired the landscaping along the route. The MTA has brought hundreds of thousands of plants and trees in a $20 million beautification effort. Officials stopped briefly at the Sepulveda Station, noting they’ve created 3,200 parking spaces along the route. “It’s going to be a great addition to our regional transportation system,” Villaraigosa said. The Orange Line is expected to draw at least 5,000 riders a day during its first year. Yaroslavsky said the busway will remain a work in progress, with service added or adjusted based on commuter demand. “When we cut the ribbon on Friday and it opens to the public on Saturday, that’s not the end of the project. That’s the beginning,” he said. “We’ll look at what works and build on it, and we’ll see what doesn’t. … That is our challenge. That is our goal. We will continue to fine-tune this thing. Saturday is a beginning, not an end.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 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