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December 30, 2020

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 23, 2013

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for April 23, the day William Shakespeare was born in 1564, much to the chagrin of every 10th grader in America:Maryland Man Dies in Tough MudderA 28-year-old Ellicott City, Md. man died Sunday during a Tough Mudder in Berkley County, W.Va. on Saturday. Avishek Sengupta was treated by staff and medics on site after being pulled from a deep pool in the “Walk the Plank” aquatic obstacle – in which participants jump into water from platforms as high as 15 feet. The event held at Peacemaker National Training Center was particularly difficult for participants, 20 of whom were taken to the City Hospital of Martinsburg with injuries ranging from heart attacks to hypothermia. According to a Tough Mudder spokesperson, Sengupta is the first person to die in an event since the first one in 201o (750,000 participants in 50 events over that time frame). Sengupta’s official cause of death was drowning and was ruled accidental by the medical examiner.West Virginia is Stressed OutOf all the lists that West Virginia could land on, this one is a little unexpected. According to a Gallup Poll, the Mountain State is the most stressed state in the Union, narrowly beating out Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah, and Massachusetts. Actually, none of these states make a whole lot of sense; you would think New York would at least crack the top five, but apparently WV, KY, and UT have been leading the list for the past five years. With all the beauty in WV, with the woods and mountains and rivers, you’d think it would be easy to relive some of that anxiety, but that’s before you factor in mountain top removal mining, fracking, high rates of obesity, and poverty. So there you go. No surprise on the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii is the least stressed state.Loveland Avalanche Victim Warren Wilson GradOne of the victims of the worst avalanche accident in Colorado history had ties to Western North Carolina. Rick Gaukel, 33, majored in outdoor leadership at Warren Wilson College and was the department’s outstanding student in 2005 and the MVP of the mountain biking team that same year. Gaukel was part of a group of six skiers and snowboarders caught in the avalanche at Loveland Pass on Saturday, only one survived the slide.last_img read more

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January 12, 2020

Education Ministry yet to decide on the way forward – PS

first_imgFollowing a recent ruling by the Bid Protest Committee (BPC) ordering that a contract with a Surinamese subsidiary supplying beverages for the school feeding programme be annulled, the Education Ministry is currently in discussions on the next step forward.Permanent Secretary Delma NeddContacted on Wednesday, Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Delma Nedd, told Guyana Times that discussions have commenced and are ongoing.“I can’t say how long it will take… but no steps have been taken with regards to that decision (by the BPC),” she indicated. Further asked whether a contact was made with the Surinamese company on the ruling with the intention of putting on hold obligations under the contract signed last year, Nedd related that the Ministry is still discussing the issue.The Bid Protest Committee ruled this week against Government’s decision to award its supply contract to the Suriname Company.Tropical Orchard Products Company (Topco), which is a subsidiary of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), was a long-time supplier of juices to the Guyana Government for its national school feeding programme until the Education Ministry deemed its bid for a continuation of the contract unsuitable, based on performance, and handed the contract to Caribbean International Distribution Inc (CIDI), a subsidiary of Rudisa Beverages out of Suriname. This prompted the local fruit juice company to appeal the decision to the Bid Protest Committee, which has since ruled that the Ministry breached sections of the Procurement Act and therefore ordered that the evaluation of the tenders be annulled because the Ministry’s evaluation committee “used an unlawful procedure to assess the bid of (Topco)”.The Committee pointed out that the Education Ministry failed to make known that past performance was a criterion for selection beforehand. “The non-disclosure of past performance as an evaluation criterion in the solicitation documents prevents and precludes the procuring entity from belatedly relying on such criterion in the evaluation and determination of the bid,” the Committee said in its ruling.It went on to rule that “The procuring entity failed, refused and/or neglected to consider only such evaluation criteria as set forth in the solicitation and tender documents contrary to sections 5 (3), 39 (2) and 39 (4) (c) of the Procurement Act, Cap 73:05.”The Bid Protest Committee further ordered the Ministry to compensate Topco for the cost of the preparation of its bid.The evaluation committee has a specific remit from which it should not deviate. Firstly, it must only use the evaluation criteria that are in the tender documents to evaluate the bidders. Secondly, using these criteria, it determines the lowest evaluated tender and“Thirdly, it conveys its recommendation to the procuring entity in a timely manner. No scope is given to the evaluation committee to use any criteria other than what is set out in the tender.”Six companies, Surinamese subsidiary, had bid for the contract and Topco reportedly submitted the lowest bid of $506.6 million. Citing issues with performance such as expiration dates being breached and spoilage, the Ministry wrote Topco a letter to inform the company that it had been unsuccessful.Despite Topco responding and asking for its bid to be reviewed in accordance with the criteria set out in the bid documents, Government did not reply. This stance continued until Topco complained to the Bid Protest Committee, after which the Education Ministry revealed it had felt compelled to invite the juice company.At the hearing, which was held on November 29, 2016, Topco requested that the Ministry annul its decision against Topco and re-evaluate the company’s bid according to the bid documents. In addition, a request was made for a full refund of its registration fee. Present at the hearing was the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd.last_img read more

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