The NEWGPC would like to correct several misrepresentations that are being published in the press subsequent to the erroneous statement by Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton that the Government of Guyana paid the corporation .2M per month for rental of its 70,000 sq ft warehouse for storage of pharmaceuticals for the Ministry of Public Health and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The fact is that the NEWGPC has been storing pharmaceuticals at its warehouse FREE OF CHARGE to the Government for more than a decade up to March 1st 2016. The corporation invested hundreds of millions into the most extensive and modern warehousing facility for the Government’s pharmaceuticals. The NEW GPC storage warehouse facility of 70,000 square feet had been provided free of cost to the GPHC and the Ministry of Health. It has the necessary equipment, staff, IT, security, certification and sanitation to comply with WHO/PAHO standards. The facility also has three separate temperature control zones for the storage of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals in addition to a separate area for the storage of controlled substances. It also has testing facilities for pharmaceuticals as well as several loading docks to handle the multiple containers that are usual in the government procurement shipment.After the Ministry of Public Health indicated a substantive and substantial alterations in the old bidding procedure for pharmaceuticals on March 1, 2016, they approached the NEWGPC to continue providing storage for pharmaceuticals for the Ministry of Public Health and the GPHC. At that point the corporation indicated it would charge the government a rate of 7/sq foot for the state of the art storage facility. At this time, contrary to the asseverations of the Minister in Parliament, the NEWGPC has not received a single cent from the government for the rentals due since March 1, 2016 even though there are substantial quantities of pharmaceuticals being stored in the warehouse.There have also been references attributed to Government officials about a “previous” rental agreement . This is totally false: NEWGPC always provided its warehouse free of charge.The NEWGPC, as a professional company that prides itself as one of the most modern in its field in the Caribbean, simply wishes to clarify the false and ambitious statements being circulated.
(From right) Johnson Gbartea, George S. Rogers, Jr, Hassan Corneh and Sekou S. Kanneh,Jr, four of the nine Liberian referees approved by FIFA Referee Committee(Photo: Anthony Kokoi)Nine Liberian referees have been approved by Referees Committee of football world governing body (FIFA) to officiate in international football competitions in 2019.The nine referees were selected from 12 names submitted by the Liberia Football Referee Committee. According to a release from the Liberia Football Association, a communication from FIFA thanked the local football house for nominating international referees for 2019.A release from the LFA listed the names of referees and assistant football referees have been approved by the FIFA Referee Committee. Center Referees accepted by FIFA include, Jerry S. Yekah, George S. Rogers, Jr., newly appointed Security General Isaac T. Z. Montgomery and Hassan Corneh, while Johnson Gbartea, Abraham Boye Fahnbulleh, Sekou S. Kanneh, Jr. and Joel Wanka Doe were the Assistant Referees accepted.FIFA has also accepted Sylvina Welma Garnett as Female International referee from Liberia for 2019. Sylvina is the first female referee to be accepted from Liberia in the last eight years.The FIFA Referees Committee congratulated the referees on their selection and hopes they live up to the confidence reposed in them.In less than a week, the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) has more to celebrate following the appointment of Isaac Montgomery as Secretary General of the FA and the approval of nine of their colleagues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Center referee Hassan Corneh presents the match ball to Terry Sackor.;LISCR FC striker Christopher Jackson scored his 50th goal in 76 matches in the 2-1 win over Monrovia Club Breweries Sensational LPRC Oilers are through to the semi-finals of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) knockout competition.The Oil Boys whipped second division side Mighty Barrolle 3-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on May 8, 2019. After a goalless first half, Terry Sackor put Oilers in the lead in the 46th minute and doubled their advantage three minutes later.Sackor secured yet another match ball when he sealed the win in the 92nd minute following-up on his hat-trick against Keitrace FC on May 1 at the ATS to the delight of head coach Cooper Sannah.“Terry, Varney and all the players are doing very well. The team is jelling together every day in training and during matches. We take every game seriously. There is no big and small game. “Last season, we narrowly missed out on the championship to Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), but we want to win the double this season. I am enjoying the league and the organization, thanks to the Mustapha Raji-led administration. Football is getting better,” said Sannah.LISCR FC striker Christopher Jackson scored his 50th goal in 76 matches in the 2-1 win over Monrovia Club Breweries.Oilers have set-up a meeting with LISCR FC, who defeated Monrovia Club Breweries FC 2-1 in Kakata, Margibi County. Defender Dirkir Glay gave the Shipping Boys a five minute lead, but Prince Kennedy restored parity for the Beer Boys seven minutes later. And tormentor-in-chief Christopher Jackson took his tally to seven goals in the FA Cup by converting a 69 minute penalty.Also known as the Big Man, Jackson has 13 goals in 13 league games and 20 goals in 16 games in all competitions this season. LISCR have congratulated Jackson for scoring half a century of goals in 76 matches.In the other pairing, BYC FC will meet Keitrace FC following contrasting victories and venues. The Blue Boys ran riot with second division side Samira FC in game two at the ATS. Benjamin Gbemy, fresh from India, gave BYC a 15 minute lead and their defeat was looming when Saye Kpolleh was sent-off in the 50th minute for his second bookable offense. Trokon Myers, who scored a hat-trick against NPA Anchors at the Blue Field on 5 May, then increased the score nine minutes later.Mohammed Varney and Prince Nagbe wrapped-up the win for head coach Robert Lartey, who admitted Samira FC was difficult to beat. “You know FA Cup games are full of surprises all over the world. We are aware that a lot of teams want to BYC. So we were not really surprised. I am thankful to God that we are into the semis,” said Lartey.Earlier in Kakata, Keitrace needed an own goal from Nicholas Swen and a 92 minute winner from Mamadi Traore to beat Sanniquellie-based Heaven Eleven FC 2-1. The semis will be played at the ATS on 29 May when Oilers meet LISCR at 1:30 p.m., and Keitrace take on BYC at 3:30 p.m.The third-place will be held on 12 June at the ATS at 3:30 p.m., while the grand-finale is set for Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on June 30 at 3:30 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Gaming Authority has been listed as another agency that is culpable of corrupted actions, after information surfaced that one business owner was asked to bribe officials in order for his casino licence to be granted.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis was brought to light by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday, who stated that the owner of SleepIn Hotel was denied his licence after being asked to pay a large sum of money to see his application through.This is one of the main reasons why the casino of the Hotel was never opened to the public, despite a multimillion-dollar investment.Another individual was involved in the process, proposing that the licence be issued to his establishment and then sold to the SleepIn owner.The proposed SleepIn Hotel CasinoUnder the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, provisions were made for only three casinos to be operational in every region. While the Ramada Princess Casino was functional, the Marriott Hotel had signalled interest along with SleepIn Hotel.As part of the requirements, prospective casino owners were asked to construct a hotel with no less than 150 rooms and other requirements to encourage economic activities and they would be granted a licence to operate.It was recently announced by the Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon that there has been a surge in the number of betting and gaming shops in Guyana. Jagdeo lamented that this is because of the slackness in having companies pay the bribe without making any investments that could provide services or employment to Guyanese.“You have some foreign companies that have come in here and quickly go through the process of getting licences. They never built a hotel, they never built 150 rooms and employed thousands of Guyanese. … This is what is happening now,” the Opposition Leader alleged.Marriott HotelIn 2016, hotelier Clifton Bacchus was denied permission from the Gaming Authority to commence operations, having invested millions into developing a state-of-the-art casino, which remains closed. Chairman of the Gaming Authority, Roysdale Forde indicated on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ forum that a second application was filed.During that event, Harmon had acknowledged that there has been a multiplication of these gaming outlets and admitted that the Authority would be pressured to ensure that all outlets were in compliance with the requisite licensing. Some of these gaming establishments are situated in communities which are suffering from socioeconomic constraints.The Ramada Princess Hotel Casino“With our economy moving at the pace at which it is moving, I can only anticipate that it is going to be a tremendous pressure on the Authority for licences to open gaming establishments. What I have also seen that there is a proliferation of these betting shops all across Guyana. I trust that the Gaming Authority takes this responsibility of ensuring that these entities are properly regulated and that they operate within the confines of the laws of Guyana, because they cannot escape notice that some of these operations are in some of the especially challenged communities of our country,” he had stated.The Director General insisted that operators and consumers of these establishments should be engaged on the negative impacts of betting and gaming sites.“The Gaming Authority has a responsibility to ensure that the public and operators of gaming establishments are aware of not only the positive but also the negative impacts that gaming can have on an individual and our society in general. This is necessary so as to assist owners in appreciating the need for a systems and policies that will support responsible gaming and gambling.”