Sunday October 28, 2012
operated individually or collectively, and that the first preference would be individuals or organizations already involved in the business. Atlantic Hotel Inc., the company spearheading the Marriott Hotel project, said that it was “looking for operators who have already established themselves as a brand, regionally or internationally and can demonstrate extensive knowledge of the particular field of operation.” They must also have knowledge of local laws and regulations. AHI has invited expressions of interest for the building of the casino at the proposed Marriott Hotel site. Minister Clement Rohee reacts as the opposition chants “Rohee must go”
SUNDAY SPECIAL ANTI-MALARIA DRUGS TENDER…INVESTIGATION SHOWS DRUGS WORTH SIGNIFICANTLY LESS Government’s purchases of drugs in recent years have come under growing fire, with questions of transparency and whether Guyana was getting value for its precious dollars. Not only has the state auditors criticized the process of procurement, but the opposition parties in Parliament have expressed alarm and have crossed swords with Government. Every year, billions of dollars are handed out in lucrative contracts to especially New GPC, which has been at the centre of the controversy. A little less than two weeks ago, in the latest of such, the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), which is the body tasked with assessing bids for government contracts, handled the opening of tenders for the supply of a quantity of 10 anti-malaria drugs. Two lone bids were submitted, one was from the International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) for $32.7M and the other for $261.5M from New GPC – a difference of more than $228M. Kaieteur News is in possession of the list of anti-malaria drugs that Government needed. That list includes Artemether/Lumefantrine; Primaquine; Chloroquine; Artesunate; Mefloquine and Quinine. There are a number of websites easily available which give the prices of drugs. One of them is http://
erc.msh.org. According to the site, a popular one used by suppliers, the cost per tablet or capsules and injections for the listed anti-malaria drugs range from one US cent to the most expensive being about forty-eight US cents.
at the junction of Irving and Lamaha Streets. De Abreu’s car, PHH 9488, collided with a fire tender that was reportedly responding to a grass fire in Non-Pariel, East Coast Demerara. The accident occurred around 9:30hrs.
ALMOST 15 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION DEPRESSED – HEALTH MINISTER As much as 15 per cent of the population is affected by mental health issues, primarily in the form of depression, a state of affairs that has caused the Ministry of Health to review its approach to deal with such ailments. This assertion was made by Minister of Health Dr Bheri Ramsaran, who revealed during an interview that the Ministry is now seeking to include mental health treatment at the primary health care level. His remarks were forthcoming as he responded to concerns about the recent incident at the West Demerara Regional Hospital which saw a 35-yearold man plunging to his death from the Male Medical Ward of the medical facilities Friday October 12, 2012.
ALLEGED MASTERMIND IN MINING CAMP ROBBERIES MURDERED
MONDAY EDITION DESINCO BOSS CRITICAL, FIREMEN INJUREDAFTER COLLISION Doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) were up to late Sunday night working feverishly to save the life of prominent businessman Frank De Abreu, Managing Director of Desinco Trading and Home Décor, whose car was involved in an accident
Dead: Deon Monderson Deon Monderson, the alleged mastermind behind a spate of robberies at Piari Landing, Puruni last year, was slain early Sunday morning in East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme during a confrontation with an old enemy. Monderson, also known as known as ‘Yellowman’ and ‘Shabine,’ of North Road, Georgetown, was wounded in the chest during a confrontation with another man at around 01:30 hrs in the East Ruimveldt ‘Back Circle’ area. Some reports state that the 30-year-old was stabbed twice in the chest. Initial reports had indicated that he was shot. He was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. The killer fled
the scene. Close associates of Monderson said that the suspect is an East Ruimveldt resident and that the two had an old dispute which originated in French Guiana. According to reports, Monderson and some friends were at a Bar-B-Que when the suspect, known as ‘Dukas,’ walked up to the group and stabbed Monderson before fleeing. The wounded man was rushed to the GPHC where he succumbed. It is alleged that in October 2011, Monderson and eight other men carried out a spate of daring robberies at Puruni Landing and Looking Glass Falls, netting some $30M in cash, raw gold and other valuables. TUESDAY EDITION OPPOSITION DROWNS OUT ROHEE Chants of “Rohee must go” by the opposition-led National Assembly Monday evening drowned out Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, from getting involved in the business of the House, when sittings of the House re-commenced after a two-month break. Rohee was listed to present for a first reading of the Firearms (Amendment) Bill 2012, but the opposition slammed the government for continuing to employ Rohee even though the National Assembly has passed a “no confidence” motion against him. The government remains defiant, with President Donald Ramotar not acting on the “no confidence” motion that called for the dismissal of Rohee. After lengthy arguments by both sides of the House, the Speaker said he was not clear on whether he could prevent or encourage a Member of the House from presenting a Bill. With no agreement on both sides, Minister Rohee rose to present the Bill, but he was drowned out by the
chants of “Rohee must go.” The Clerk then rose to read the Bill, as is customary once it is presented, but the opposition Parliamentarians sought clarity on whether the Bill was read as being presented by Rohee, since they did not hear him reading it. The Speaker clarified that he had instructed the Clerk to present the Bill, because the rule allows the Clerk to present a Bill on behalf of the government. The Speaker said he had sought legal advice on what powers he has in such cases. WEDNESDAY EDITION MARRIOTT PROJECT…BRASSINGTON SEEKS TO OUTSOURCE CASINO, RESTAURANT AND NIGHT CLUB
Winston Brassington Head of Atlantic Hotel Incorporated (AHI) Winston Brassington, has formally indicated that the casino, night club and specialty restaurant that would exist within the Marriott Hotel complex will not be included in the hotel’s management. By way of an advertisement in the Tuesday, October 23, 2012 issue of the Guyana Chronicle (p.14), Atlantic Hotel Inc., said that it was seeking “expressions of interest from reputable organizations to outfit, operate and maintain” the three entities. The advertisement stipulated that each may be
SARAH HAKH IS REGION’S MOST OUTSTANDING CSEC CANDIDATE Guyana’s Sarah Hakh of Abram Zuil Secondary School has been declared the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Region for the 2012 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination. The 16-year-old has been added to a long list of Guyanese candidates who have copped Regional Top Awards for outstanding performances at CSEC. According to a release issued by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), the awards were ratified at the meeting of the Sub-Committee of Schools Examinations Committee (SUBSEC) held on Thursday October 18, 2012. Hakh wrote 16 subjects and achieved all Grade Ones with all A’s on the Profile grades. The 16 subjects are: Agricultural Science (Single Award), Biology, Economics, English A, Food and Nutrition, Home Economics Management, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Spanish, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology. As a result of Hakh’s performance, Abram Zuil (Continued on page 40)