LIFRA Joins Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Liberian Football Referees Association (LIFRA) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital worth about US$2,000.00 in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The items included 200 pieces of head caps, 110 pieces of isolation gowns, 100 pieces of nose masks, 15 packs of gloves (100 pieces in each) and six packs of surgical masks (50 pieces in each).Others were 12 pieces of overhead isolation gowns, seven pieces of spectacles, three rolls of plastic sheets and a rain wear.The donation was made last Wednesday on the first day of the reopening of the Ebola-hit St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital after three months of closure.Chief of Referee Lamin Kamara said the anti-Ebola items “are to help the hospital in its continuous services to the Liberian public.”“As members of this organization, (LIFRA), we are making the donation as our effort to help fight and eradicate this killer disease from our country,” Kamara said.Receiving the items, the hospital’s acting administrator Dr. Bernard I. Benda thanked the referees for the donation and disclosed that the hospital has finally reopened to the public, with only eight beds for inpatients in the maternity ward.Dr. Benda said the remaining 16-bed capacity and the opening of the pediatric ward would come later to its full pre-Ebola capacity. The details of the reopening will be announced later.The Joseph’s Catholic Hospital shut its doors in July when nine staff members, including four missionaries and five Liberians, were killed by the Ebola Virus Disease.They included Rev. Fr. Miguel Pajares, Rev. Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Rev. Br. George Combey and Rev. Sr. Chantal Mutuameme.Others were Layson Wilson, Mrs. Tetee Dogba, Ms. Lanrene Togba, Mr. Dominic Wesseh and Mr. Richard Kellie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ram & McRae demands full inquiry into D’Urban Park Project

first_img…says investigations must shed light on directors, Govt roleReminiscent of the allegations of financial mismanagement that had accompanied the 2007 World Cup saga under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), eminent accounting firm Ram & McRae has now called for a full inquiry into all aspects of the D’Urban Park Project, including the Government’s role and that of Homestretch Development Inc and its directors.The call for inquiry into the project and the several hundred million dollars that poured into the edifice through Homestretch Development Inc, attracted the attention of the accounting firm in its post-budget analysis of the 2017 Estimates.D’Urban ParkAccording to the firm, “There are so many conflicting versions of this matter that it is hard to know where to begin.”It was observed that the matter burst into the open only days ago when Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson admitted in the National Assembly that a private company – Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) – had been formed to undertake the D’Urban Park Project.Chartered Accountant Christopher RamHe named a number of persons as directors but whether by accident or design he omitted to mention Dr Rupert Roopnaraine as one of the directors.President David Granger on his weekly show, sought to defend Dr Roopnaraine and offered his views about HDI which he described as a special purpose company.According to Ram & McRae, “It appears that the President was misled into misleading the public as the company never was a special purpose company.”It was observed that, among the types of business it was formed to carry on included the “import and export generally to and from Guyana” and the “business of Real Estate.”This is confirmed in the Articles of Incorporation which stated that there is no restriction on the business the company could carry on.As such, Ram & McRae has determined, “That is not a special purpose company, if ever there was one.”It was observed too that President Granger was also reported as stating that the project was delayed because of the presentation of the Budget.“In fact, when the President spoke his government had presented two budgets – one in August 2015 before sand filling of the site had taken place – and the other in January 2016…HDI was incorporated in January 22, 2016, one week before the presentation of the 2016 budget in which $350 million was approved for the Jubilee Celebrations.”According to the accounting firm, “Whether a company is a special purpose vehicle, a government company or a private (non-government) company they are all required to comply with the Companies Act.”It was pointed out that the Act contains rules dealing with contracts entered before a company is incorporated, require an organisational meeting of the directors while the common law imposes fiduciary duties of incorporators and promoters.In addition to the $350 million voted in the 2016 Budget, a further sum of $406,758,312 was spent out of the Contingencies Fund for the “completion of D’Urban Park Development Project to facilitate the holding of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.Ram & MaRae pointed out too that there would have also been moneys received from the celebrations all of which need to be accounted for: “In so far as the moneys were public moneys they ought to have been paid into the Consolidated Fund… As of now, there clearly are more questions than answers.”last_img read more