Westbrook gets fine, tech for confronting Gobert

first_imgView comments Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after loosing the ball as Utah Jazz’s Royce O’Neale, left, Donovan Mitchell (45) and Ricky Rubio, right, defend in the first half during Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday.The league made the announcement Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as a substitution following a stoppage with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 Game 4 loss to the Jazz. He intervened in an incident between Gobert and Oklahoma City backup point guard Raymond Felton.Westbrook committed four fouls in the first half and finished with five. He had 23 points and 14 rebounds, but had just three assists and made 7 of 18 shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Thunder trail the Jazz 3-1 and host Utah on Wednesday in an elimination game. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Barrios: SBP searching for 3×3 road to Tokyo Olympics

first_img“That’s a gold medal already for the US so if they’re chasing the overall count, don’t be surprised if they send out their big guns,” Barrios told the Inquirer.The Philippines will host the World Cup of the event from June 8 to 12 and Barrios said the SBP is looking for ways to qualify for the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere are three routes to Tokyo via 3×3: The top five countries in the world in the event are automatically qualified. There will be an Olympic qualifying event that will award two Olympic berths and another qualifying tournament featuring countries that haven’t played full-court basketball in the last two editions of the Summer Games.“(SBP) president (Al) Panlilio made it clear that we should make the Olympics our goal,” Barrios said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The top five teams in the world in the men’s division are Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, Latvia and Brazil. The women’s top five are China, Ukraine, Andorra, Hungary and Venezuela. The United States (men’s No. 13, women’s No. 19) isn’t highly rated in the world because it rarely fields teams in Fiba 3×3 events.Serbia has been very active in the 3×3 scene. In fact, in the men’s individual rankings, the top eight players on the list are all from Serbia, led by world No. 1 Dejan Majstorovic.The Philippines, which will field Christian Standhardinger, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy and Stanley Pringle to the World Cup, is currently ranked 56th in the men’s division and 47th in women’s.A total of 40 teams, 20 in each division, will participate in the World Cup that will be played at Philippine Arena.“We’re almost done with preparations and we’ve left no stone unturned to make sure we have a great hosting and a great event so people can enjoy watching the games,” said Barrios.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ceres-Negros faces tough trek in crown retention bid with top striker suspended China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios and president Al Panlilio will be part of the Philippines’ delegation for the joint bid in the 2023 Fiba World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netWith 3×3 basketball already included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, expect several countries to take the event a little more seriously, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios said Thursday.That includes the Philippines, which is hoping to find a route to Tokyo, and hoop powerhouse United States, which has been lukewarm in its approach to the event.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Kyrie Irving insists he’ll be ready for Celtics camp

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced And now with LeBron James now out of the East — he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, meaning his eight-year run of being on the team that wins the East is ending — Boston figures to be a popular pick to reach the NBA Finals next season.“At the end of the day, we’re going to be battling anyway,” Irving said. “We haven’t started. Everyone’s 0-0 right now. The expectations, the power rankings, all that other good stuff that the media loves doing, it’s all part of the game. Obviously there’s some expectations that we have to meet individually and then as a group.”Irving was the third-leading scorer for the U.S. at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, starting all eight games and averaging 11.4 points. The U.S. went 8-0 in Rio on the way to gold.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Kyrie Irving signs a basketball for a fan during a training camp for USA Basketball, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Kyrie Irving isn’t in a position where he could play with USA Basketball this week at its minicamp.He made the trip to Las Vegas anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The way Irving sees it, if USA Basketball calls, you answer. So he was in the gym Thursday for the start of the two-day camp, watching and interacting with guys but not partaking in the on-court action.And he insisted that when the Boston Celtics start training camp in about two months, he will be fully ready to go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Easily. Easily. Easily,” Irving said. “It’s just the summertime. This is probably one of the first summers in my last seven years where I’ve actually had time to kind of develop and work on things that I want to improve on.”Irving’s first season with the Celtics ended in mid-March with a knee issue that required surgery. The Celtics went to the Eastern Conference finals even without him and Gordon Hayward (who missed all but the first five minutes of the season because of injury) anyway. Ronaldo set for Juventus league debut at Chievo Verona View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Asian Games-bound Philippine team holds first practice

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Clutch Thompson downplays Game 5 heroics ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIEScenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re just trying to bring them together for the first time,” said national team coach Yeng Guiao before practice at Meralco gym.“Probably, start of practice we’ll just be talking and making some announcements, reminding the guys what will happen the next few days and just familiarizing ourselves with each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle and Gilas captain Gabe Norwood led the attendees.They were joined by Rain or Shine’s James Yap, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, Maverick Ahanmisi, NLEX’s Asi Taulava, Blackwater’s JP Erram and Gilas cadets Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine team converged for its first practice on Monday night just eight days before the 2018 Asian Games comes off wraps in Jakarta, Indonesia.The almost every player in the 14-man pool attended training except for Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, who just played for San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Rivero came straight to practice despite going on a 17-hour flight from Serbia, where he and the rest of the University of the Philippines held their training camp.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Unfinished business brings Romeo Travis back to the PBA

first_imgTravis said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero gave him a call to join the Hotshots and he immediately jumped at the opportunity.“It was a good situation and I looked at the roster, I looked at the conference with the All-Filipinos, they went to the finals, they showed that they have good players, and that is why I wanted to come back.”Travis, who put up 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, is now a naturalized citizen of the Republic of Macedonia, which will help him get playing contracts in Europe but the 2015 championship loss to San Miguel still left him with a void.“The way we finished, when I was with Alaska in 2015, that stuck with me for many years,” said Travis. “I didn’t play well when my team needed me the most and that’s pretty much why we lost.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Travis’ previous foray into the Philippines saw him win the Best Import award in the 2015 Governors’ Cup while still with Alaska but failed to lead his team in the finals against San Miguel.This mixture of accomplishment and defeat was what made Travis return to the Philippines and play for Alaska, but that never happened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I wanted to come back with Alaska to be honest,” said Travis Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after his new team Magnolia beat NLEX 102-72 in the Governors’ Cup.“But for two years they chose someone else when I was available, but now I was free and I got to choose any team.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Djokovic excited by prospect of Federer doubles link Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Romeo Travis had a memorable first stint in the PBA despite its bittersweet ending.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Stars of Manila shine their way to 2nd place

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spitfire guard Chris Bitoon joined forces with Kyles Lao in an explosive finish as Manila repulsed Parañaque, 98-88, on Wednesday night to grab second place in the MPBL Datu Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome.Bitoon poured nine of his 22 points in the second half, while Lao came off the bench to finish with 14 points as the Stars rallied in the fourth period to hike their record to 11-2 in the North division.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Later, Bacoor ruined former player Mikee Reyes’ debut with Valenzuela as the Strikers overcame the Classic, 88-81.Leo de Vera delivered a breakout performance with 11 points and 17 rebounds, while Rama Morales stepped up for the struggling Gab Banal, tallying a career-best 23 points for the Strikers, who improved to 8-5 for solo third in the South division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPlaying his first game since he was traded by Bacoor for Rocky Acidre, Reyes took only one shot and ended up scoreless, but finished with 12 assists, five rebounds and three steals. The former University of the Philippines guard also missed two potential game tying free throws down the stretch.Morales got off to a blistering start, unloading 16 points in the opening half, before fouling out midway in the fourth quarter. LATEST STORIES De Vera nailed a jumper with 1:13 remaining for a four-point cushion for the Strikers, who also drew a solid performance from Samboy de Leon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Three teams target third win View commentslast_img read more

Marvin Bagley has 32 points, Kings extend Suns’ skid to 14

first_imgSacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, is fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes, right, as he goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marvin Bagley III was more than a little excited playing against Phoenix for the first time. The Sacramento rookie grew up in Tempe, Arizona, and was briefly high school teammates with the Suns’ Deandre Ayton.Phoenix passed over Bagley with the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft, taking Ayton instead. Bagley fell to the Kings at No. 2 — a little added motivation there, too.ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea routed 6-0 by Man City for biggest loss in 28 years Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Bagley had his best game as a pro while dominating in the paint. The second overall pick in the draft, Bagley shot 10 of 15 and went 11 for 13 from the free-throw line. He also scored Sacramento’s first 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a driving 360-degree spinning layup.“He’s doing what we knew he could do in the beginning,” Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “It’s really on him. He’s getting the time, he’s putting in the work and it’s showing.TIP-INSSuns: Jackson scored six straight points in the third on a free throw, dunk and 3-pointer. He was also called for a technical foul in the same period. … Booker returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games because of right hamstring tightness. He had a scare in the third quarter when he banged knees with Bogdan Bogdanovic and limped off the court, but he came back to start the fourth and promptly made a 3-pointer.Kings: Sacramento had only two turnovers in the first half. … Fox spent much of the first quarter on the bench after picking up his second foul early.FINISHING WHAT THEY STARTThe Kings are 4-1 this season in games when they lead by 15 or more at halftime. The only blemish was a 115-11 loss to the Suns in Phoenix on Jan. 8 when Sacramento blew a 19-point lead at the break.UP NEXTSuns: Play in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Wednesday.Kings: Play at Denver on Wednesday. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history It’s also the fastest the Kings (30-26) have reached 30 wins since 2004-05 when they did it in 43 games.“We have this goal in our heads about getting to the playoffs and it’s getting close right now,” Bagley said. “Every game matters. I’m excited, after we get done with this next game, how we come back from break and see where we can go from there.”Devin Booker had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in his return from injury for Phoenix. Ayton added 16 points and nine rebounds.The Suns’ losing streak is one shy of its franchise record of 15 set last season. They’ll try to avoid matching that dubious mark Wednesday against the Clippers.“The Kings came better prepared, more ready and more aggressive,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. “We said before the game that they were going to throw the first punch hard at us. We were not ready to accept that punch.”ADVERTISEMENT Bagley had another strong game off the bench with a career-high 32 points and six rebounds, and Sacramento beat Phoenix 117-104 on Sunday to hand the Suns their 14th straight loss.“I love playing against the Suns,” said Bagley, who missed the Kings first two games against Phoenix due to a knee injury. “It’s fun playing against Deandre, the whole organization, everybody involved. I got to meet them when I went there for my pre-draft work and I met a few of those guys. So it was good competing against them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBuddy Hield scored 18 points, De’Aaron Fox had 17 points and nine assists, and Nemanja Bjelica added 10 points and eight rebounds to help Sacramento to its fifth win in six games.The Kings inched closer to ending the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. Sacramento, which last made the postseason in 2005-06, pulled within a half-game of the idle Los Angeles Clippers for the final playoff spot in the West. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

ECOWAS’ Rep. Calls for Equipped Health Facilities at Borders

first_imgThe Special Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, has called for the sponsoring of a proposal that would be geared towards the construction of fully equipped health posts at Liberia’s border communities.According him, these posts would create a sense of belonging to residents of bordering towns and villages.Ambassador Ajisomo also called on the Mano River Union’s (MRU) membership to cooperate and collaborate with the rest of ECOWAS’ member states.He said ECOWAS would work with its members to provide assistance to its host communities. Ambassador Ajisomo made the statement when he paid a courtesy call on Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly at his Capitol Hill office.During the meeting, the envoy assured the Minister of ECOWAS’ readiness to work closely with the Ministry towards advancing integration projects in Liberia and in the sub-region. In response, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly recounted the role of ECOWAS, especially in the days of the civil war when countries deployed troops in Liberia. Minister Dukuly welcomed the plan by ECOWAS, saying it would strengthen relationships at the borders and strengthen trade, sustainable development and security. He said it was time to begin building a peaceful infrastructure that included trans-border trade and open markets between MRU countries. The MIA boss told the ECOWAS envoy that discussions are underway that were initiated by the Liberian government to introduce what he called the “MRU Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Trust fund.” The Minister said the MRU Peace building and Reconciliation Trust fund would be supported by all members of the Union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Contracts split to facilitate cronies

first_imgDear Editor,The National Procurement and Tender Administration Act 2003 was activated to ensure that every contractor and supplier in Guyana, and even overseas, is given equal access to bid for contracts.Since the coalition Government’s assumption of office in 2015, the Procurement Act has become more or less a political tool to ensure those political activist friends and families of various APNU/AFC Government officials are being awarded contracts.Let me compliment the Opposition Leader, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, for constantly exposing the coalition Government in violating the Public Procurement Act, and the rampant corruption in every section of this APNU/AFC Government.Only recently, the Special Projects Unit invited contractors to submit bids for the “Weeding, Cleaning and Maintenance of the West Coast (Berbice) and Corentyne, Berbice Public Road Shoulders, Region 5 and 6 Project”, this project would cost taxpayers in excess of one hundred million dollars, and only fifteen selected contractors were given bids.The specific contracts were divided into eight lots to facilitate the cronies, and would be awarded by the ministerial tender board. If an investigation should be conducted on the names of the contractors, we would conclude they are either APNU or AFC councillors, activist friends, or families of the coalition Government.According to the Public Procurement Act 2003 Section 30(1), a procuring entity shall solicit tenders by causing an invitation to tender to be published in newspapers of wide circulation and post in public places…as the Constitution of Guyana continues to be ignored to facilitate corruption by the APNU/AFC coalition Government.Why was there no public tendering for this specific contract? The conclusion is that this will enable certain contractors to be guarantee contracts.This trend is evident in all the procurement processes in Guyana presently. Competitive bidding promotes effectiveness in procurement, and discourages monopoly situations; avoids favouritism, and will ensure taxpayers get the best deal in terms of value when it is publicly tendered.The main reason for the diversion by the Government to this method of procurement is because of the excellent work of chairman of the PAC, Mr Irfaan Alli, who continues to expose corruption.The public procurement system is to ensure the procurement of goods and services and the execution of works are conducted in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost effective manner, according to the laws.Sincerely,Zamal Hussain,Regional Councillor,Regional Democratic CouncilRegion Sixlast_img read more