first_imgProspective contractors are being encouraged to ensure they can fulfill the necessary requirements before submitting bids in response to Government requests for project proposals.Senior Director, Procurement and Asset Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Cecile Maragh, said this is necessary in ensuring that public procurement is carried out with the highest level of efficiency, transparency and fairness.“When you see a procurement opportunity coming out, make sure that you are fit for that undertaking. Look at the requirements of the procuring entity…if you do not have the requisite staffing, the resources to deliver, we ask that you either get yourself ready to undertake the assignment, or maybe that bid was really just not for you,” she said.Mrs. Maragh was addressing the closing session of the two-day Government of Jamaica National Public Procurement Conference, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, March 20.She said it is imperative that respondents understand the government’s procurement procedures in order to ensure they are “bid ready”, suggesting that a strategic approach be taken in the bidding process.The Senior Director further urged prospective bidders to acquire the tender documents and read them carefully, address each element of the tender specification, and structure their response accordingly.“Be specific in your response. Respond to what we ask for. Understand the procuring entity’s requirements, (and) respond to the questions with relevant evidence,” she said.Additionally, before considering submitting a proposal, Mrs. Maragh suggested that bidders consider factors such as, who their competitors are, and their likelihood of success.“We ask you, do not bid for bidding sake and we ask that if you are going to submit a proposal, put the effort in that we, the practitioners will also put into doing the evaluation,” she said.Mrs. Maragh also advised bidders to ensure they have the supporting documentation in place for compliance, such as a tax compliance certificate. Professionals, such as quantity surveyors, should have their professional certificates in place.“Be mindful that there are certain securities that we ask you to have if you are tendering on certain goods and services to the Government of Jamaica. We ask that you have your civil engineering licence, your insurances, (and) your security, if you are bidding on a security contract,” she said.She further encouraged respondents to realistically price their proposal and to ensure that they examine the evaluation criteria, and how the scores will be allotted. She also noted that they should ensure that documents are proof read and have figures/costing checked.The Senior Director also reminded bidders that they must be registered and should apply within the grade and category of the goods, services, and works that they intend to provide to the Government.She further advised respondents to avoid submitting bids at the last minute, and to ensure that they have the time and resources to prepare the bids by the deadline.“If we accept one bid after the deadline time, then we are opening up a can of worms. People will now say ‘it is five minutes after the deadline but you took one four minutes past, what is another minute?’ and therefore we do not want to go down that road,” she said.Turning to another issue, Mrs. Maragh warned bidders not to “cut and paste” from previous bids.For example, she said, “If you tendered on security services for the Urban Development Corporation (for example), and the Ministry of Finance has put out a tender for security services…you are giving us the very same proposal. Sometimes the specifications were not adjusted, your pricing was not adjusted … we are asking that you do some due diligence on those issues,” she said.The two-day conference, being staged for the first time, is organised by the Procurement and Asset Policy Unit within the Finance Ministry with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank.Held under the theme: ‘Public Procurement: A Mechanism for Economic Growth’, the event seeks to provide practitioners of all Government procuring entities with an update on policies, and pending legislative and institutional reforms. It also offers procurement practitioners the opportunity to network in order to improve efficiency in their daily functions. RelatedFinancial Analyst Says no Alternative to EFF Contract Bidders Urged to Have All Requirements in Place Finance & Public ServiceMarch 24, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Story HighlightsProspective contractors are being encouraged to ensure they can fulfill the necessary requirements before submitting bids in response to Government requests.This is necessary in ensuring that public procurement is carried out with the highest level of efficiency.Prospective bidders have been urged to acquire the tender documents and read them carefully. RelatedEPOC Co-Chair Emphasises Importance of Fiscal Prudencecenter_img RelatedIMF Approves US$71.4 Million Disbursement After Third Quarter Review FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

first_img$1 Billion to be Spent on Infrastructural ProjectsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsIn another two weeks, infrastructural projects valued at over $1 billion will commence, under the US$352 million Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Works under MIDP are divided into three components – major projects, US$220 million, undertaken by CHEC; US$82 million for medium size works; while the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is allocated US$50 million. $1 Billion to be Spent on Infrastructural Projects Works / ConstructionMay 22, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus Related$38 Million Transportation Centre to be Built in Linstead Advertisements Photo: Donald DelahayeMinister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies (3rd left), signs contracts for over $1 billion for road repairs and the building of bridges under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), today (May 21), at his Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices, in St. Andrew. Others participating in the signing are (from left): Operations Director with S and G Road Surfacing, James Samson; Member of Parliament for South East Clarendon, Mr. Rudyard Spencer, and General Manager with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Xutao Chen. Standing from left are: Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Morais Guy; Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell; Communications Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, and State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Richard Azan.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedAtkinson Wants Resort Status for Falmouth In another two weeks, infrastructural projects valued at over $1 billion will commence, under the US$352 million Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Signing of the contracts to improve roadways and build bridges took place today (May 21), at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, in Kingston.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies; the main contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and sub-contractors signed the documents.In his address, the Minister told the contractors and sub-contractors that they have to perform, because the people and Government must get value for money.He emphasised that while persons will be getting work from the projects, it must be clear to all that every dollar spent must be justified to the public, and the Parliament.“Under this programme, there were bids and people tendered. The scope was advertised, and everybody (sub contractors) who are here won a bid,” Minister Davies said, noting that the bidding process is ensuring that the projects are carried out at reasonable costs.“The bid process gives you better value for your money. There is transparency and equity, and there is a benefit to the country…the tender process yields you better results,” he added.Works under MIDP are divided into three components – major projects, US$220 million, undertaken by CHEC; US$82 million for medium size works; while the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is allocated US$50 million.The MIDP is funded jointly by the China Ex-Im Bank, and the Government of Jamaica. It aims to secure the rehabilitation of approximately 430 kilometres of roads, deemed in need of urgent attention to facilitate seamless vehicular movement; the rehabilitation or construction of 27 bridges and retaining walls; and executing supporting protective works identified by the National Works Agency (NWA). RelatedBeach Upgrading Project Progressing Welllast_img read more

first_imgHomeNewsEnvironmentRain possible this week Nov. 19, 2019 at 6:00 amEnvironmentFeaturedNewsRain possible this weekeditor2 years agofirerainweatherwinter12 Southern California may finally see rain following several days of unseasonal heat.Skies are expected to darken and the marine layer return starting Tuesday with mid to high level clouds moving in from the north.“The clouds and onshore flow will drop most temperatures about 15 degrees, bringing them back down to normal values,” said the National Weather Service (NWS).The NWS said rain is possible in Los Angeles County after midnight on Tuesday. Forecasters said the models estimate the rain will be less than initially thought and will move through the area faster than first predicted. Officials said Los Angeles County could see up to half inch.“The best chance of rain will be Wednesday morning and afternoon with rain tapering off overnight Wednesday and pretty much ending Thursday morning,” said the NWS forecast.“Since the bulk of the dynamics of this storm are concentrated in the southern portion of upper low’s flow it is likely that Orange and San Diego county will receive the majority of the rain from this system.”To the north, winds are picking up, rekindling fears of wildfire.Northern California is bracing for more power outages after Pacific Gas & Electric started notifying customers that it may turn off electricity Wednesday because of strong winds that could spark wildfires.The latest planned blackout is expected to affect 660,000 people in parts of 22 counties, including the San Francisco suburbs, Sierra Nevada foothills and wine country.The notices Monday come as California lawmakers prepare to grill PG&E officials at a hearing over massive outages last month, including one that affected nearly 2.5 million people.Local officials and customers said the utility botched communications and the outages meant to prevent electrical equipment from igniting fires were too broad.California regulators have ordered PG&E to say why it should not be sanctioned for violating state rules regarding such shutoffs.Three Day ForecastTuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.Tuesday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Wednesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around [email protected] :firerainweatherwintershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUS officials granting $29 million for coastal protectionDrunk driver kills elderly womanYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority is proposing to ease law firms’ insurance obligations should they wish to change regulators.The regulator today announced that it is consulting on making a change to its Participating Insurers Agreement (PIA) that would ‘make it easier’ for firms to switch regulators and ‘improve competition in the market’.The SRA would waive a firm’s obligation to obtain six years’ run-off cover for its professional indemnity insurance if the firm moves to another legal services regulator. However, PIA would still require run-off cover to be in place.SRA executive director for policy Crispin Passmore (pictured) said: ‘Legal businesses are increasingly owned by, and employ, a range of lawyers and non-lawyers, so choosing a regulator is an important business decision.’Passmore said the regulator had to be ‘careful’ that ‘removing unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles for firms does not create potential risks for the clients of firms wanting to switch.‘We want to get the right balance between encouraging a competitive market and ensuring the interests of those using legal services continue to be protected, so we are keen to hear views on how best to do this.’The regulator says waivers can be given only if firms are switching regulator, rather than ceasing to practise entirely.‘Other regulators have their own indemnity insurance requirements,’ the SRA said in today’s announcement. ‘If changes to the agreement were made, firms would still need to negotiate with their insurer to change the conditions of their policy.’The SRA added that the consultation ‘is not tied in’ with the ‘more substantive’ consultation on PII planned for later this year.The consultation closes on 14 July.last_img read more

first_imgBarristers appear to have shunned the idea of setting up alternative businesses structures licensed by the Bar Standards Board in the 10 months since the opportunity has been available, figures have revealed.An ABS structure allows non-lawyers to own part or all of a firm. The BSB’s approved ABS list shows just seven licences to have been granted since the regulator became an approved licensing authority in April 2017. The BSB said at the time that by licensing ABSs it had shown its desire to ‘encourage innovation and competition and to improve access to justice within the legal services market’.Of the seven, four were previously BSB entities. By contrast, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said it has licensed 709 ABS businesses since March 2012.The BSB, however, said it was unconcerned by the slow take-up.A spokesperson told the Gazette: ‘It is the regulator’s role to allow these types of vehicles, to encourage new and innovative delivery models and to encourage competition, which is good for consumers. How many ABSs come forward is for the market to decide.’Leading sets told the Gazette that the low take-up was a sign that the traditional set-up was still strong.Josh Lewison, a member of Radcliffe Chambers, said: ‘The chambers model is already working well: barristers keep what they earn, maintain their independence and are not conflicted out of a case if another member of chambers is involved. Why change in the absence of a compelling case to do so?’Catherine Calder (pictured), director of client care at Serjeants’ Inn, said that ‘at a time of change and challenge for the profession, it’s crucial to join forces with solicitors and other clients’. However, she added that this can also be achieved informally. The set has created a client care team which comprises five members – including two former solicitors – which works to support lay clients.last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews “White goods” collection planned for Canefield by: – June 3, 2013 19 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: www.awm.delaware.govThe Environmental Health Department (EHD) and the Canefield Urban Council will from Tuesday 4th June embark on the collection of “white goods” in the communities of Canefield and Morne Daniel. The aim of this activity is to provide an avenue for residence to remove all white goods and to clean all water ways and drains as a means reduction of breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents and to enhance the aesthetics of the environment. The white goods collection will take place on Tuesday June 4th, 2013 for residents of 1st street to 22nd Street, Roger, Benna Ravine and Yander.On Wednesday June 5th, 2013 collection will take place in Canefield East, Housing Scheme, RBC Housing Scheme and River Estate, while residents of Cocoa Bottom and Morne Daniel will be served on Thursday June 6th, 2013.All pickups will commence at 10 a.m. “This serves as a mitigating measure at the commencement of the hurricane season, ensuring that all unwanted items are removed from around the homes as these can become missiles in the event of strong winds and or hurricane,” a press release from the Department notes.Residents are advised to make use of this opportunity to remove old stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, galvanize, irons and other metals.The department strongly encourages residents to remove unwanted items from their homes.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgDia Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv(NEW YORK) — Braxton Family Values star Traci Braxton releases her second album, On Earth, on Friday, and after years of struggle, she says she’s feeling better than ever about her life, and her career.Traci realizes that she hasn’t achieved the success of her sisters Toni and Tamar, but she says her dedication is finally paying off, even though people constantly doubt her.“My life and where it’s going and my career and my business adventures, it’s like everything is falling into place,” she tells ABC Radio.The second oldest of the Braxton sisters says that persistence has been the key to her prosperity. “Putting in hard work after hard work and people knocking you down and just keep getting up, brushing yourself off and it’s still happening for you, this is the greatest feeling,” Traci says.Traci released her debut solo album, Crash & Burn, in 2014. Her sisters Toni, Towanda, and Trina join on her on the new album, On Earth.“Oh my goodness, On Earth is a joyous occasion because when it says, ‘This is the greatest feeling on earth,’ my life right now is the greatest feeling on earth,” Traci says.Traci’s not just thrilled to be releasing new music: She’s also grateful to be a grandmother, and to have a healthy family.“I mean I’m a duchess, my album coming out. I mean, my family is good, no one is sick, everyone is in the land of living,” Traci continues. “This is the greatest feeling on earth that everybody can get a chance to be a part of.” Traci is also proud to make acting debut in the new movie, Sinners Wanted, starring Clifton Powell, Lamman Rucker, Tasha Cobbs and Roland Martin.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more