UK telecoms giant BT plans to cut indexation for thousands of its pension scheme members as it seeks to address a funding shortfall of £8.8bn (€10bn).The company has agreed in principle with the trustees of the £50.8bn BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) to switch its inflation measure from the retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI).However, BT has referred the case to the High Court to get clarification that it is able to make the change within the scheme’s rules.In the UK, CPI is generally lower than RPI, meaning inflation-linked benefit increases would be lower. Earlier this month, Dairy Crest said it had made a similar change to indexation rules for its £1.1bn scheme. Indexation changes have been proposed as one of a number of measures to ease the pressure on underfunded UK schemes, but some pension funds’ rules do not allow such a change.A spokesperson for the BT Group confirmed: “As part of the pensions review, we’re reviewing the use of RPI as the index for calculating increases to pensions in payment for Section C members in the BT Pension Scheme, and liaising with the BTPS trustees about this.“The scope of this review includes the future increases received on benefits already built up in the BTPS, including by Section C members who have left BT and those who are currently receiving a BTPS pension.“Having agreed the approach with the trustees, we are seeking clarity, through a court application, on whether it’s possible to change the index.”Section C has approximately 80,000 members. It was set up in 1984 when BT was privatised, and provides final salary-linked benefits for members who joined before 1 April 2009. Since that date the scheme switched to a career average basis. It was closed to new members on 31 March 2001.Section C members are entitled to an inflation-linked uplift every year subject to a 5% cap, according to workers’ union Prospect. Sections A and B of BTPS already use CPI as their inflation measure.According to BT’s annual report for the 12 months to 31 March 2017, the pension scheme had a shortfall of £8.8bn. However, a scheme funding update issued by the trustees earlier this year put the deficit at nearly £14bn as of 30 June 2016.In May this year BT announced it was investigating a potential contingent asset deal with scheme trustees as another option for reducing the deficit. BT has already set out a funding plan involving contributions of more than £2.8bn between 2018 and 2021, and a further £4.9bn by 2030.
Loading… Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at comments from La Liga president Javier Tebas relating to the overturning of the club’s European ban. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed on Monday that the club had been cleared of “disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions” and would be allowed to enter into European competitions as normal. Back in February, the club had received a two-year ban from playing in the Champions League or Europa League following a lengthy investigation from UEFA – the governing body of European football, but that decision has now been reversed. Read Also: Giroud edges Chelsea closer to Champions League qualification He is a firm believer that these business models are damaging for football generally and also for clubs in Spain’s top flight. Tebas usually courts controversy and is rarely withdrawn in his comments – he is behind the league’s attempts to play a fixture in the United States and has had a long-running feud with the Spanish FA over that issue and several other matters, including fixture scheduling. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tebas said on Monday, as quoted by BBC Sport: “We have to reassess whether the CAS is the appropriate body to which to appeal institutional decisions in football. “Switzerland is a country with a great history of arbitration, the CAS is not up to standard.” The Spanish league chief has been outspoken in recent years of Manchester City’s ownership and he had welcomed the decision back in February to ban the club from Europe for two seasons, having accused them of ‘financial doping’. However, Guardiola has now responded directly to the comments from Tebas as he told reporters on Tuesday: “Señor Tebas must be so jealous of the Premier League. “He’s an incredible legal expert. Next time I’ll ask him which judges we have to go to. He has to focus on La Liga. He is one of these people: when the sentence goes for him, it’s perfect, it happened many times in Spain. “When the decision goes against him there are problems. Señor Tebas we will be in the Champions League next season.” The outspoken Tebas has been a long-term critic of both City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain –clubs who are owned by individuals with power in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar respectively. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti
Press Association “It’s the biggest game of the year for us, finishing off the November series. “And after last week we didn’t do the jersey justice.” Admitting huge frustrations in Ireland’s failure to transfer their training-field progress to the Wallabies contest, O’Mahony said Schmidt’s side must not get caught up in the myths that encircle New Zealand. He said: “We must have a performance to be proud of, and that shows how hungry we are to play for Ireland. “It’s frustrating because we’ve put some great work in, so for it not to come to fruition, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. “It’s so frustrating we’re not showing everyone how good we can be. “They are not machines, they make mistakes when they are under pressure. “If you get your detail and intensity right, then you can put pressure on them.” Jonathan Sexton will start at fly-half against New Zealand despite suffering a hamstring strain and being withdrawn at half time in the four-try Australia defeat. Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss rejected any suggestion starting the Racing Metro playmaker will be a risk this weekend. Joe Schmidt admitted he would have selected Ulster’s Paddy Jackson to start had Sexton failed in his fitness bid. But with Sexton fit, Schmidt has handed Ian Madigan the understudy role from the bench, drawing on the Leinster pivot’s ability to play at centre and full-back too. Kiss said both fly-haves in Ireland’s squad are ready to take on the reigning world champions. He said: “Jonny looks fine, he was tight at half time last week “We expect 80 minutes from him, and he expects 80 minutes from himself. “Ian Madigan’s been with us for the last three weeks, nearly four now, and he’s ready. “So I’ve got absolute faith he’ll do a job for us if called into action from the bench.” Loose forward O’Mahony said it is all very well Joe Schmidt’s men being passionate within the squad – but now they must show it to the public too. He said: “We need to have a bit of that fire and intensity for ourselves. “The fans, we haven’t given them anything back for their support. “I want them to see how much it means to us to play in an Irish jersey. “I want them to see the whites in our eyes on Sunday, see our desire – that’s important to us. “We had an honest meeting on Monday where a good load of things were brought to light. “People put their hands up and we put it to bed. “We were a bit passive, and as an eight at home, that’s the last thing we wanted to see. The Munster captain has conceded Ireland owe it to their supporters to right the wrongs from last weekend’s 32-15 defeat Australia when they take on the All Blacks. Ireland will close their Guinness Series autumn schedule on Sunday, gunning to deny New Zealand their 14th consecutive victory of 2013 and the perfect season. Peter O’Mahony admits Ireland’s underperforming stars must prove how much international rugby means to them against New Zealand on Sunday.
Published on February 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Trevor Cooney insists there are no mind games when shots don’t fall.“I’m not saying, ‘If I make the first one, I’m going to shoot an X amount of shots,’” Cooney said. “… I’m not saying, ‘Oh, great, now I’m 1-for-5. If I miss the next one, I’m 1-for-6.’“I mean, you just keep telling yourself to take good ones and if I’m open, I’m going to shoot it.”So he does. But lately, Cooney’s mantra hasn’t yielded results — at least not at an efficient rate. The Syracuse junior has now shot less than 37 percent from the field in each of his last four games, but hopes his luck turns around Saturday when Syracuse (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) takes on Pittsburgh (17-10, 6-7) at noon in the Carrier Dome.Cooney lumbered through Wednesday night’s game, hitting just 1-of-10 from the field and totaling just three points. The Orange still prevailed over No. 12 Louisville, 69-59, despite what Jim Boeheim called the worst game of Cooney’s career because of how good his looks were.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Maybe he’s got to take tough ones, I don’t know,” Boeheim said. “But he got really good looks tonight. This was the first time this year, that I can remember, where he got a lot of good looks and he just couldn’t get the ball to go in the basket.”Cooney’s turned in a pair of 28-point outings in ACC play, the latest being SU’s loss at North Carolina on Jan. 26, but his drop-off from 3-point range dates back even further.In SU’s loss to Clemson on Jan. 17, five foul shots accounted for all of his scoring as he missed seven shots from the floor. He hasn’t made more than four 3s in a game since SU’s win over Wake Forest on Jan. 13 — 10 games ago.And in the four games since then that he’s made three or more 3-pointers, he’s had to fire at least eight attempts to reach that total. It’s translated to less attempts from inside the arc — tries that usually help Cooney balance out his game.“He takes the shots he takes in practice and he knocks them down,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said. “He’s going to go into practice, work on the same shots he takes and he’ll be fine.”On Wednesday, Cooney elevated from the right wing to drain a triple 32 seconds into the game for the Orange’s first points. But that was all he’d get to go down against the Cardinals.He missed in all sorts of ways and from a range of distances — including a fast-break layup that rolled off the rim for his only miss within the perimeter, and a deep, NBA-range 3-point attempt that clanked off the iron just as his other shots did.When it was all said and done, Cooney’s 10-percent clip was his second lowest in a single game this year.He’s possibly the only SU player currently averaging 10 points per game that will come back next year. Christmas only has five more games in an Orange uniform and forward Michael Gbinije’s hot streak could mean a departure to the NBA.So how Cooney finishes up the last five contests of the season could go a long way to dictating the momentum — or lack thereof — that Syracuse carries into next year.“It’s frustrating when you get good looks, you finally get good looks, and they just don’t go in,” Cooney said. “I felt like I was right on. You can compare it to baseball — just hitting line drives up the middle and they’re just getting caught in the outfield.“I mean, hopefully I’m just due. That’s all I can say.” Comments
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Claiborne Farm’s homebred Bendable faced winners for the first time Friday at Santa Anita and responded with a polished 2 ¼ length win in the track’s $58,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Richard Mandella, she broke from the rail with Flavien Prat and although she was pressed from the outset, remained well within herself around the far turn. As the field turned for home, Prat called upon her and she left her competition in her wake, cruising to a final six furlong clocking of 1:09.59.“She’s a fast filly,” Mandella deadpanned afterward. “The nice thing about today is that she was in control and within herself. She was able to sit while getting pressured from the outside and it looked like Flavien had quite a bit under him. She was within herself and she didn’t get rank or get excited. Like I say, she’s fast.”A 3 ¾ length maiden winner here going 5 ½ furlongs June 3, she was off at 1-5 in a field of five and paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10.A Kentucky-bred daughter of Horse Greeley, out of the Arch mare, Bend, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $68,400.Last and about six lengths off the winner with a quarter mile to run, Sweet Halory, who was ridden by Mike Smith, rallied well through the lane for second, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Run for Retts. Off at 9-1, she paid $4.40 and $3.00.Next to last at the quarter, Run for Retts rallied three-wide under Tyler Baze for third and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Street Surrender. Off at 7-1, Run for Retts paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.42, 44.34 and 56.69.First post time for a nine-race card Saturday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Pauli is currently in Gosford Hospital and the club’s immediate concern is for his welfare.As soon as the club medical staff have further information, the club will provide an update.
Herrera: Start again with the absence of Koke. Strength in the middle, powerful in the melee and in the fight for the ball, however he was more inaccurate when he had to be in charge of getting the ball played. He failed to pause the ball in the middle. He left replaced by Vitolo near arriving at game time. Belt: Intense in the recovery from the right wing, put in a lot of trouble to the white back in the ball. It generated danger and left a play in the area where the auction was about to arrive after making several breaks in the area. He focused his position, until he started the second part as a second point. He asked for a penalty for a trip of Ramos. With the passing of the minutes his participation went off. He was about to score in the last two actions of the extension. It is pure electricity. Constant work, emptied physically. GIUSEPPE CACACE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Correa, during the match against Real Madrid.GIUSEPPE CACACE (AFP) Oblak: Sure to tackle the auctions of Modric and Mendy in the first half. Double action of merit in the extension before the shooting of Modric and Mariano, the latter very close. He had two plays with difficulty communicating with Felipe and Giménez. Very attentive also in the lateral centers. Your ability to catch the ball without leaving any rejections in the area is gold. He continues to falter in the penalty shootings, where it is hard for him to hit the opponent’s pitch. He did not stop any of the pitches of the Madrid players. Trippier: He received a hard hit from Isco as soon as the match began. The Englishman did not have a comfortable encounter and lived to the limit of He relied on a play where he ended up finishing Mendy after beating his back. Fantastic shipment to space to generate an occasion of Morata gold in the second half. He marked his penalty. Felipe: He was not heavy to see a yellow at 27 minutes for a foul on Jovic. Very safe in the air game and intuitive to get ahead of the Serbian striker, it is a wall behind. Fantastic signing of Atlético. Savic’s entry made him go on to play as the left center. He completed 14 clearances, the one that more of the game bending to Ramos, the second that more. Giménez: Back to eleven after missing the semifinals for inconvenience. Well in his constant aid to Lodi, acting as a central left and falling a lot to the band. He had to go to the ground to prevent Jovic from planting hand in hand with Oblak. He had to face an extension after a very physically demanding game and left replaced by Savic at 97 minutes. He showed his frustration on the bench after being changed. I gave it: Unsure in defense with the entries of Valverde and Carvajal by its side. Madrid looked for him and Simeone was disdained in the band correcting his position. During the second half he suffered less in defense, but his participation did not increase. In attack he was shown in band as support for his teammates, although they did not seek him regularly. He left replaced in minute 87 by Llorente. Thomas: Participation with the ball in search of breaking lines, something he managed to find Morata at 20 minutes generating danger. Sometimes he risks too much and commits dangerous losses, but he is the only player in the middle who tries to do different things from behind. He got the yellow one in the 74th minute for a foul on Rodrygo. He tested Courtois in the 90th minute with a very distant foul. His penalty was guessed by Courtois, who cleared his pitch. Atlético jumped into the derby with the only novelty of Giménez instead of Savic regarding the eleven that defeated Barcelona. However, despite the fact that the team was the same, the starting pressure lines were much higher than in the semifinals against Barcelona. Atlético squeezed the exit of Madrid a lot, without allowing Ramos to leave with ease and a robbery, João Félix’s first chance came, whose shot was defective. With the passing of the minutes and without the goal came, Atlético was retreating over its area and the robberies were taking place further. In the end of the first part and in the second it was Correa in charge of starting as second point and João Félix on the right wing. Simeone moved the change before reaching game time to give vitality to the rojiblanco attack with Vitolo in the place of Herrera passing Saul to the center of the field. Like any final against Madrid, the game went on extra time with very few occasions, one of them from Morata against Courtois who did not finish well and another from Vitolo already in extra time. The ‘9’ was planted hand in hand when Valverde hunted him from behind with a very hard entrance that cost him the red one. In the penalty shootout Atlético fell again with the failures of Saul and Thomas. Saul: Inner left, he worked in defense and in attack had freedom of movement. He tried to find a goal with a Chilean far away. He was not precise with the ball. With the first change, Vitolo for Herrera, he went on to play in double pivot with Thomas. There he had more presence, winning many stunts with white midfielders and trying to unbalance with game changes. With the entry of Llorente by Lodi he had his third change of position of the game, going on to play on the left side. Then he returned to the middle when Arias replaced João Félix. He threw his penalty to the stick. João Felix: More participatory at the start of the game than against Barça, he had the first great opportunity for Atlético taking advantage of a steal from Sergio Ramos in the front of the rival area, but his shot went too cross. An occasion where greater precision is required. Over the minutes he moved from the front to the right wing. It was a chance to punch the table and he didn’t take it. He lacked clarity when receiving the ball and turning and sometimes he tried to find the pipe and the beautiful action before the most practical. He participated in a danger play by Vitolo with a nice heel. He said goodbye to the game at 100 minutes, the last athletic change. Morata: At 80 minutes he did not score on a very clear occasion against Courtois, taking advantage of a fantastic shipment of Trippier into space, but his shot was easy for Courtois. He was the player who generated more danger and had two other occasions to try the goal. He tested his distant shot with a right hand near the goal of Courtois at 20 minutes and with a scissors in 106 that Courtois stopped. Valverde prevented him from staying hand-in-hand with Courtois with a very hard entry in the race and while he was on the ground he stomped on his head that caused him a huge bump. Batallador in the air balls, had a difficult mission with Ramos and Varane in their attempts to retain the ball. He could not reproach effort, squeezing Courtois and the centrals, but rarely won. Four changesVitolo: He replaced Herrera in the 56th minute. He positioned himself on the left wing to find the imbalance. He tested Courtois at the start of the extension by taking advantage of a pass to Morata’s space, but the Belgian came out victorious in his shot down. He had some very dangerous loss back. With the ball try to always look for the partner to attack by combining. Llorente: Change in the last moments of the regulatory time by Lodi to reinforce the midfield. It gave strength and was an important piece with its multiple aids to the defenders. Savic: For Cholo, the physicist of Giménez said enough in 97 ‘and the Montenegrin jumped into the field as a central right. He saw the yellow after facing Carvajal through the very strong entrance of Valverde to Morata.Arias: He entered the left side by changing the entire tactical scheme by replacing João Félix. It was hard to profile towards the less skilled leg.
Overall commitment The question was asked by Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, who has called on the ECB to answer six questions pertaining to Clarke’s ongoing role and the board’s overall commitment to good governance that he believes the cricketing public deserves to know. The six questions include: “What is the ECB’s vision for how the ICC should be run? Does the ICC feel that Transparency International has been fair in its criticism of the ICC is failing to adhere to recognised governance standards, including increased accountability and transparency? And, if so, as an influential boat at ICC, is the ECB prepared to publicly commit to tackling these problems? “Will the ECB be putting forward Giles Clarke as their nominee for ICC Chairman? And, if so, does the ECB think it is appropriate to be endorsing someone who played such a prominent role in reforms that have been widely condemned as bullying, inequitable, and ignoring the need for those basic governance standards as noted? “Can the ECB give full disclosure as to the terms of Giles Clarke’s presidency of the organisation? And what does Giles Clarke’s duties as president of ECB entail? Are they limited to representing the board at the ICC?” Clarke’s candidacy, however, received a blow earlier this year when it was understood that neither South Africa nor Australia was willing to support his bid to become the ICC chairman, although, at a recent meeting in Dubai, it was agreed that all nominees had to be either a past or present ICC board member. Clarke, who was chairman of the ECB at the time of the ICC takeover, became the ECB president in 2015, and the feeling is that if he takes over as the chairman of the ICC, it would be seen as a “conflict of interest”. That is why MP Collins, who sits on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee, wants Clarke before the committee to answer the six questions, especially after the move among sporting bodies towards “transparent and accountable governance” and particularly after the Indian court forced Narainswamy Srinivasan to give up his dual role as ICC chairman and BCCI president after he was found to have ownership of IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. The committee, it is said by a member of the House of Commons committee, decided to look into the conduct of the ECB in relation to cricket because of the recent scandal in FIFA and because of other investigations it has been doing in football, athletics, and tennis as far as sports governance is concerned. While Clarke’s appearance before the select committee of the House of Commons may come to nought as far as the ‘Big Three’ is concerned, it may be the start of something big. In terms of the British parliament’s influence on cricket in particular, and on sports in general, it may be something probably as big as the impact, not only of 50-over cricket and of 20-over cricket, but also of franchise cricket. Cricket, sports in general, and politics should not mix, not according to the ICC, FIFA, IOC, IAAF, ITF, and many international sporting bodies. In most cases, governments toe the line, especially when it comes to influencing sporting policies and selections. Control everything Following the ICC’s interim chairman Shashank Manohar’s broadsided attack on the cricket coup of 2014, cricket’s unpopular takeover by the ‘Big Three’ of India, England, and Australia is coming under increasing pressure to survive. The coup, which was planned in almost secrecy and which promised the other ICC members, among other things, but more important, better financial returns, took place after a long fight headed by South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, who resisted the takeover to the end. The first to come out against it was Manohar, an Indian. Then there was a protest to “change cricket”, organised by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber outside The Oval on the first morning of the fifth Test between England and Australia, and then there was a film, Death of a Gentleman, named as the Documentary of the Year by the Sports Journalists’ Association in London last week, which was shown in the House of Commons on Monday evening. The fifth and probably most deadly attack on the coup came a week or two ago, and it was an attack bearing far-reaching implications for the official running of the game, and especially so at this time in the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been asked by the British parliament, by a member, to “confirm whether it intends to put forward Giles Clarke, the ECB president, as its nominee for the forthcoming election for the ICC chairman in June, in spite of his prominent role in the ICC structural reforms of 2014 that were widely criticised in last month’s ICC board meeting in Dubai”. Other investigations While most countries go along with this quietly, some countries, like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, do not agree with it and sometimes do their own thing. The feeling is that if they control everything else in the country and pay the bill for things to do with sports, and in some cases, all things to do with sports, they should have a say in all sports. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, where the sports minister recently made Kumar Sangakkara a selector of the national team, the governments are involved in almost everything and yet the ICC turns a blind eye. In other countries, like the West Indies, the governments follow almost blindly. They toe the line, regardless. Things, however, may change shortly. The tide appears to be changing. With Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh doing their own thing already, with India joining the action, and with Britain seemingly set to follow, it may be, or will be, only a matter of time before it becomes the norm. The West Indies, and their many separate sovereign governments, are probably looking on longingly, hoping for that day to come, and quickly at that, especially after last week’s rejection by the board of the governments’ plan to scrap it. The present confrontation between the West Indies Cricket Board and the heads of governments may have left the governments, the representatives of the people, coming to the conclusion that they who pay the piper, they who pay the bills, especially at the request of the board, have the right to call the tune, not in cases of selection and such technical matters, but especially when it comes to good governance, or as Keith Mitchell, the prime minister of Grenada, said a few days ago, and accountability.
Nimba County Superintendent, Fong G. Zuagele, has directed civil authorities of Buu – Yao Administrative District, including the chiefs and commissioners, to ensure that those involved in the brutal killing of a murder suspect at the Buutuo Police Station in late February are brought to justice. Supt Zuagele gave the order during a one day “Non Mob Violence” forum held in Gblorlay Township on Tuesday, April 21 when he instructed the chiefs and civil authorities in the district to ensure that those who carried out the mob justice are arrested and turned over to police so that peace, justice and security can prevail in the area.“I will be very clear here. Our partners will be gone and thereafter, we will make sure that the rule of law prevails because we have the responsibility to support law enforcement without any limitation,” he said. Supt. Zuagele further emphasized that anybody who commits crimes such as murder and their collaborators, irrespective of their status will be prosecuted by our administration. Speaking on the topic, “Consolidating Buu – Yao District,” he described the area as the food producing belt of the county. He then cautioned the residents to shun violence and instead seek peace and unity. The occasion brought together nearly all stakeholders of Nimba, including commissioners, chiefs, elders, youths, security apparatus in Nimba and also citizens of the two chiefdoms (Wea and Nimkwai) where the dispute leading to the mob violence started.Earlier, the Acting Clan Chief of Frolay Town, Nuah Yealue, who initially handled the case, expressed dismay over the manner he and the elders were marginalized by the Statutory Superintendent of Zoe Geh District, Albert Farnga, and the Commissioner, Daniel Zehkpeh, who he accused of not showing any concern over the incident.On February 23, a group of angry men from Wea Chiefdom stormed the Buutuo Police Station, overpowered the two police officers assigned there and hacked to death a suspected murderer who was in police custody. The suspected murderer was accused by the angry men of killing one of their kinsmen.Since the incident, the police have been able to arrest two persons, while 11 others are still at large. There is a speculation that those involved are carrying on their normal business without any attempt being made to arrest them for their alleged complicity in the murder.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Haags Bosch contract controversyThe Communities Ministry has once again reached out to the public in defence of the process used to award the $221 million contract to Puran Brothers Disposal Inc for the development and maintenance of the controversial Haags Bosch solid waste disposal site at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The Ministry had come under fire last week by another contractor, Cevon’s Waste Management, which had also bid for the contract. Cevon’s had accused Government of going against protocol to hand the project to Puran Brothers.The Ministry had immediately responded to the claims by Cevon’s, but has again made a statement in this regard.The release said that the Ministry would at no time seek to deny any interested stakeholder the opportunity to contribute to the integrity and reliability of the process that would lead to improved solid waste management.“The Ministry further reiterates that it will act with dispatch in accordance with the necessary provisions to secure the environmental integrity in the operation of sanitary landfills.”According to the Ministry, no effort will be spared to ensure the highest standards of integrity, civility and ethics at the other municipal landfill facilities.Cevon’s Management, following the award of the contract to Puran Brothers, had moved to file a protest with the Bid Protest Committee (BPC). It said the decision to award the contract to Puran Brothers Disposal Inc was unfair and biased. Cevon’s also cited low price, technical competence, operation methodology and past performance as reasons for the protestLast week, the $221 million one-year contract was inked between the Communities Ministry and Puran Brothers Inc for that company to maintain the Eccles, EBD dumpsite. Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, when questioned by Guyana Times assured that the awardee was found to be the most suitable among the bidders for the project.He said efforts to bring relief to residents of Eccles and neighbouring communities have been, over the past several months, in the pipeline to ensure that the Haags Bosch Landfill facility was transformed into a site which complied with international and environmental standards.The Ministry said it remained committed to ensuring that new measures were implemented to guarantee the effective management of waste.At the signing of the contract, Bulkan had said that the signing of the new contract provided for different and improved features, including the use of a compactor unit to more efficiently manage waste and to extend the lifespan of the landfill site.“There will be daily cover of the waste to prevent odour and other unsanitary effects. There will also be proper firefighting equipment,” he said, since there have been numerous fires during the last couple of months, following the departure of the previous contractor.The Communities Minister said it was expected that a “fresh approach” from what was said was the continuation of an intended meaningful relationship between Central and Local Government.