‘No Money Paid for Awarding Contracts’

first_imgPublic Works Minister Gyude Moore has lashed out at people who he said are trying to tarnish his hard-earned reputation by insinuating that road construction contracts are awarded to firms for a kickback.“There is no way anybody at the Ministry of Public Works under my leadership would award a contract to a firm that does not qualify for it simply because somebody has been given money to be able to do it,” he said.In an interview in Monrovia yesterday, Minister Moore described himself as a professional. “I think it is important for people to understand that my training is not in engineering. I am a good manager and that is why the President sent me to the Ministry of Public Works.”Trained in foreign policy and international security, Moore said he is not one of those people who want to spend their entire lives working for the government. “What I want to be able to do is I believe what the President was trying to do for this country, and that is why I left graduate school and came back home to work for her, for our country in the government that she has established. So when this is done, I am walking away from the government,” he said.Moore said that as Minister of Public Works, he does not by himself evaluate the bid to award a contract. Rather, the Minister is the head of the procurement committee. “But when bids are open, all of the prices are announced and every contractor who bidded on the contract hears the prices. Then the Ministry appoints an ad hoc committee or bid evaluation committee which does the evaluation and makes a report to the procurement committee,” he explained. The procurement committee, according to Moore, does not do the evaluation, but listens to what the evaluation does, and then they vote up or down.In this fiscal year, Moore disclosed, his Ministry has US$23 million for ongoing works, US$4 million of that amount for repairs and maintenance while US$3 million is put under the Small Business Act (SBA) so that only Liberian companies can compete for it. For instance, he said the US$1.5 million side walk construction project from Vamoma House to S. D. Cooper Road was won by the Liberian company MDNC. “When I first came to public works, one of the things that I noticed, and it happened in the middle of the Ebola crisis, was that almost all expatriate firms left the country and the only people who remained and were working were Liberian companies,” he noted.Based on this, Moore disclosed that he had a meeting with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and raised the suggestion that certain percentage of civil works expected on the Fish Town-Harper road project should be subcontracted to Liberian companies.“This will allow them to be able to copy and transfer knowledge so that in the future these companies would be able to bid for some of the big contracts,” Moore said.The AfDB told him that it was a good idea, but that such a change occurs during the project appraisal and that the Fish Town-Harper road project had already been appraised, he saidHowever, he said AfDB noted that whoever wins the contract during negotiations, the Ministry can negotiate with them so that part of it would be given to a Liberian company.Moore said a similar discussion was brought up when the Arabs came for the Gbarnga-Mendikorma road.“So when people say that we don’t care about Liberian companies, I have no idea what they are talking about because I want to see evidence of any Public Works Minister before me that approached international lending institutions to talk about the possibility of subcontracting, putting it in the appraisal documents for subcontracting civil works to Liberian companies. “We are doing everything within our power to be able to empower Liberian companies, but by the same token, we have to get value for money. If a Liberian company is deserving and meets the criteria, that company will be awarded the contract,” he said. This practice of trying to destroy a person, to damage his reputation, is giving reason for a lot of young people to think that maybe as soon as one goes into government, “you have to be corrupt, which is not the case,” he contended. “But because people cannot win a contract legitimately, they do everything within their power to destroy other people,” the Minister observed.Moore, however, said he was not troubled by what he described as “wild allegations of bribe taking” because “some of those people making those claims are not credible characters, and everybody knows some of them offer opinions for money.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A.V. standout Crenshaw is ruled ineligible

first_img160Want 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 eventCrenshaw was said to carry a 3.0 GPA before the incident. “Improving the grades shouldn’t be a problem for him,” Hucke said. “He’s definitely going to graduate.” Phone calls to Crenshaw’s residence were not immediately returned. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 Antelope Valley High of Lancaster senior Andre Crenshaw, a four-sport standout for the Antelopes and defending state champion in the long jump, will miss the remainder of the track and field season after he was declared academically ineligible this week, according to track coach Rob Hucke. Crenshaw, who has signed to play football at Oregon, was competing in track and baseball for Antelope Valley this spring before substandard scores on a mid-quarter progress report drew the suspension. A favorite to repeat as long jump champion at the June 2-3 state meet, Crenshaw competed in four years of football and track, three years of basketball, and two years of baseball for the Antelopes. Hucke, who was outspoken in discouraging Crenshaw from playing baseball in spring, said the suspension should not impact his ties to Oregon because grades don’t become finalized until June. last_img read more


first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 06.07.11 What a busy week! Trust me to book my holidays at the right time!! Pride of place this week goes to the U-14 Boys Footballers under Ciaran Maguire who brought home our first  National title when they triumphed in the Div. 3 Féile Final in Cork last week. Their picture appeared in the Irish language section of today’s Irish Independant for anyone that wants to pick that up. In the group matches they defeated Blarney, Whitechurch, St. Martin’s and Thomas Russells. In the semi final they hammered undefeated Macroom before also running out easy winners in the Final against Ahan Gaels. The lads were back in action away to MacCumhaills on Wednesday evening and ran up a big score winning by 3-20 to 0-01. The Seniors booked their passage into the Q-Finals of this year’s Championship after a tense draw at home to Dungloe was enough to see them through to face neighbours Glenswilly. They are due to travel to Glenties this Sunday for a league match with Naomh Conaill, throw-in at 3pm.The Reserves snatched a good victory over Dungloe in their return leg to force a play-off. They also travel to Glenties this Sunday with  a 1:30pm throw-in.The Juniors were unable to finish off Downings at home on Sunday afternoon, despite leading for most of the game, going down by 3-07 to 0-14. Like last year, goals proved their undoing and they will have to meet one more time in a play-off after their good 1st leg victory in Downings.The U-16 Boys footballers made a very disappointing exit from the Championship on Monday night away to MacCumhaills in their Northern semi-final. This will be a big setback for the lads after reaching the League Final and brings their season to an abrupt end. The U-12 Go Games team completed their season with yet another big win over Gaoth Dobhair, winning the Final by 6-09 to 1-05 on Monday night. The lads went undefeated through the entire section and were disappointed not to have the chance to face MacCumhaills, who topped the other section in the Final.Our U-11’s took on MacCumhaills in Ballybofey in the Section 2 Final and went down narrowly by  5-08 to 3-10. Another great display from this team giving a year to most other teams, watch out for them next year!The U-10 Sunday Morning Football Academy is on at the usual time this week. Arrangements for next weekend (17th Ulster Final) will be available this Sunday.Congratulations to the 6 St Eunan’s Hurlers who have been picked to represent Donegal in Croke Park: Ryan Hilferty, Conor F. Kelly, Cian Randles, Patrick Curran, Cathal Kilcullen and Brendan O’Donnell.  The U12 Hurlers are away to MacCumhaills this Thursday in the League. The U16 Hurlers play MacCumhaills at home this Thursday. The U12 Camogie team played against Burt and MacCumhaills last Friday in O’Donnell Park. Despite losing the girls performed well. There is a Camogie League Blitz next Saturday. Details at training.U-12 Hurling training is on Tuesday at 5:30pm. U-16 & Minor training is on each Monday at 5:30pm. There will be a further U-10 Hurling blitz on 24th July. The Friday Hurling / Camogie Academy is on at 6:30pm. The next U-8 hurling blitz will be held on 10 July.Time is running out to book for our Camps. Hurling & Camogie is 18th – 22nd July with the Football the following week, 25th – 29th July. Contact Paul McGovern (086-8114151) for bookings ASAP to ensure delivery of Giveaway pack. There is a great night planned for next Wednesday, July 13th in the Mt. Errigal Hotel. There will be a star-studded line-up on hand for what promises to be one of the most entertaining nights for any GAA fans to be held in Letterkenny. Tickets are on sale at various outlets around the town and can also be booked by credit card from the Mt. Errigal on 074-9122700. Tickets are in big demand so book right away to ensure you don’t miss this fantastic event. Brendan Devenney will be joined by Manus Boyle, Paddy Bradley, Nudie Hughes and the fast talking Tony Scullion as they preview the upcoming Ulster Final between Donegal and Derry. Charlie Collins will act as referee / host (!) on the night and we hope there will be some argy-bargy for him to comment on!!Sympathy is extended to the McMonagle family and the Curran family on their bereavements.GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgShay Given is expected to sign a two-year deal with Middlesbrough later today. .FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland international Shay Given is set to complete his transfer from Aston Villa to Middlesbrough later today.Given had a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough in November 2013.Given produced some outstanding performances and was a hugely popular figure with the fans during his spell and the club were desperate to keep him at the club. However, he returned to Aston Villa and eventually reclaimed the No.1 jersey at Villa Park.Given last played for Aston Villa in the FA Cup final in May.Unfortunately for the Lifford man – Villa went down 4-0 to a rampant Arsenal side.Despite the heavy defeat Given produced a number of superb saves in the game and also retained his place in the Ireland side for their crucial EURO 2016 clash with Scotland in June. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has agreed to release Given from the last year of his contract with the club which has paved the way for his move to the Riverside stadium.Given is expected to complete the formalities later this afternoon.  SHAY GIVEN SET TO SIGN TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH MIDDLESBROUGH was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aston VillaHome-page SportMiddlesbroughnewsShay Givenlast_img read more