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Dalarna County Council and Region Gotland are charged with fines/procurement damages for illegally directly awarding air ambulance contracts. The procurements were not advertised in accordance with th ......
|Description||Dalarna County Council and Region Gotland are charged with fines/procurement damages for illegally directly awarding air ambulance contracts. The procurements were not advertised in accordance with the procurement rules, according to the Swedish Competition Authority. Dalarna County Council and Region Gotland were without contracted air ambulances services in 2017. A national collaboration project to provide air ambulance transports was running late. In 2015 it was clear that the collaboration would not provide a contract for 2017. Gotland and Dalarna had not addressed the issue through an advertised procurement while waiting on the joint solution. They ended up directly awarding services of around SEK 3.16 million and SEK 5.2 million respectively. Both cases exceeded the amount limit for when the direct awarding of contracts is allowed. The need for these services had not arisen suddenly, and the Competition Authority’s investigation has not uncovered any mitigating circumstances. “Illegal direct awarding of contracts is a breach of the law that we take very seriously. Ending up without an existing contract is never good,” says Rikard Jermsten, Director-General of the Competition Authority. “When procuring authorities cooperate to make joint procurements, each authority still retains responsibility for ensuring that they comply with procurement legislation. Each procuring authority is responsible for having a correctly procured contract while waiting for the joint project to provide the intended services.” The Competition Authority now turns to the administrative courts in Falun and Stockholm, petitioning for Dalarna County Council to pay SEK 375,000 and Region Gotland to pay SEK 230,000 in fines/procurement damages. For more information, please contact: Jimmy Dominius, Press Officer, tel +46 76-542 15 80, firstname.lastname@example.org Sophia Anderberg, Legal Counsel, tel+46 8-700 15 63|
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Board also approves two-year bus service for Indiana State Feutz Contractors Inc. was awarded a contract to complete the second phase of Terre Haute’s First Street boulevard project. The Terre Haute ......
|Description||Board also approves two-year bus service for Indiana State Feutz Contractors Inc. was awarded a contract to complete the second phase of Terre Haute’s First Street boulevard project. The Terre Haute Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday opened three bids on the project, with Feutz being the lowest bid at $270,181. Staff engineer Marcus Maurer reviewed the bids, saying Feutz was the lowest, complete and responsible bidder, recommending the company. The project will use dirt to cover rocks in the median along First Street where former CSX Transportation railroad tracks were removed. Tree wells will be added in the old rail bed between Farrington and Cherry streets. “Trees will go down to Oak Street, which is about half the trees for the project,” Maurer said. “There will be repairs to curbs and sidewalks and [we’ll] bring all the handicap ramps up to Americans With Disabilities Act specifications. We will have a set of turn lanes at Farrington Street and will have protect crossing median refuge at Farrington, Poplar and south side of Ohio. It is a beautification and pedestrian safety project.” In other road work, the board approved specifications for construction to improve the intersection of First and Hulman streets. “We are requesting to move this project forward to make this intersection safer and more efficient,” Maurer said, adding he hopes the board could open bids next month. The board set a special meeting for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 to open bids for the project. “This will allow us to get bids in before the end of the year,” Maurer said. The First and Hulman project will remove a section of First Street between Hulman and Prairieton Road. The project will make Prairieton Road two-way for traffic, Maurer said. “We will rebuild the Hulman Street intersection so there is no longer the four-way stop.” In other business, the board approved a new two-year agreement, to start Aug. 1, with Indiana State University for bus service. The city will receive $252,600 for 2018-2019 (in two payments) and $258,915 for 2019-2020 (in two payments) from ISU. The rate is 2 percent higher than a previous two-year contract. The city will provide a dedicated ISU campus shuttle route to run through campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting and ending at the city’s transfer center at the intersection of Ninth and Cherry streets. The city will also provide evening routes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and regular routes will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. • The board also approved Riddell National Bank for financing three new ambulances to cost $819,264, through a loan with an adjustable interest rate of 3.69 percent for 5 years and a $182,429 payment per year. • The board also approved a contract for railroad crossing safety improvements at Washington Avenue between 14th and 15th streets. Maurer told the board 90 percent of the project will be paid from federal funds.|
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that 132 companies have scaled the technical bidding process for the execution of its capital projects in the 2018 fiscal year. The Director Gene ......
|Description||The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that 132 companies have scaled the technical bidding process for the execution of its capital projects in the 2018 fiscal year. The Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. S. Z. Kazaure, stated this at the bus opening process held at the Conference Hall of the National Headquarters, Yakubu Gowon House, Abuja. Director of Procurement of the Corps, Mr Yakubu Jok, said the NYSC would always ensure transparency and due process in the award of contracts. According to Jok, the NYSC has maintained a tradition of providing a level playing ground for all contractors to participate in the process. The contracts were in 33 lots and items bided for included trucks, ambulances, utility vans, boreholes and renovation of some orientation camps among others. Nine applications were returned for late entry in accordance with the Public Procurement Act. Jok noted that the NYSC was ready to partner with members of the public but would not undermine standards for any reasons. He said that neither the DG nor any other top official of the corps had ever interfered with the bidding process or award of contracts. He also noted that after the bidding process, a competent Evaluation Committee would painstakingly scrutinize the documents before sending them to the regulators for confirmation. Secretary, NYSC Tenders Board, Abubakar Bawa, noted that all late submissions would be returned in line with the Public Procurement Act, noting that the rejection of the nine entries was in line with due process. He urged contractors to subsequently return their proposals in time as enough time was given for that purpose. The technical bid process was interactive with contributions from observers, contractors and the regulatory body, the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP). A representative of the BPP, who did not give his name, agreed that the bid was substantially transparent.|
Requesting anonymity, a fireman says spreaders and cutters are highly important tools. If a person is caught in some vehicle in an accident, these tools can help take that person out. The Emergency an ......
|Description||Requesting anonymity, a fireman says spreaders and cutters are highly important tools. If a person is caught in some vehicle in an accident, these tools can help take that person out. The Emergency and rescue tender which is used in cases of emergency evacuation of people has been lying out of order for the last six months. Most of the equipment installed in the tender to deal with emergency situations like people stuck in vehicles during accidents, building collapse, flooding or any other incidents are all non-functional. This rescue tender is lying dumped at the corner of Sector 17 fire station. There are only two rescue tenders in the city to deal with such situations. In this tender, both the diamond and circular chainsaw, which are used if a tree falls on a vehicle, are non-functional. Of the four hydraulic spreaders and cutters used to take out a person stuck in smashed vehicle during an accident, three are lying out of order. Requesting anonymity, a fireman says spreaders and cutters are highly important tools. If a person is caught in some vehicle in an accident, these tools can help take that person out. Two power units which are used to make this hydraulic equipment are also non-functional. The pulling winch, which is used to pull vehicles caught in waterlogged or flooded areas, smoke exhaust and acetylene gas cutter are also not working. Of the four hydraulic tower lights, three are non-functional. The vehicle also requires batteries as the existing ones have run out. Station fire officer S K Gosain told Chandigarh Newsline, “Yes, the rescue tender is off road. In fact, I have taken over the charge recently. I will make sure all these pieces of equipment are in a functional state.” Not just this, the two ambulances which the fire department had are also lying condemned: one at the Sector 17 fire station and the other at the Sector 38 fire station. The kit of breathing apparatus which has oxygen refilling machines has been lying out of order for the last 10 months at the Sector 17 and Sector 32 fire stations. Firemen use a handkerchief as a mask to go inside a place where fire breaks out. Of the four fire tenders in Sector 38, one fire tender is already condemned while at the Sector 17 fire station, of the four tenders, only two are functioning properly. There is a problem in one tender while the fourth one is completely condemned. At the Sector 11 fire station too, a fire tender purchased around 15 years ago remained off road all these years because officials couldn’t get a permanent registration number. It has a temporary registration number even now and remained unused, following which it was declared condemned. There are two fire tenders here which are functional. At the Manimajra and Sector 17 fire stations, the hydraulic platform turntable ladders were lying non-functional. They were made functional after Chandigarh Newsline reported their pathetic condition this year.|
Bosnian government institutions and public companies spent around 4.5 million euros on purchasing vehicles in the first six months of 2018, BIRN’s new database shows. In the first six months of the y ......
|Description||Bosnian government institutions and public companies spent around 4.5 million euros on purchasing vehicles in the first six months of 2018, BIRN’s new database shows. In the first six months of the year, around 4.5 million euros was spent on vehicles for government officials, institutions and public companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to BIRN Bosnia’s new database. Of this sum, 1.5 million euros were spent on cars, some of them luxury models. The other three million euros were spent on vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances and SUVs. A total of 292 tenders were issued to purchase the vehicles, but in more than 70 per cent of the tenders that were fulfilled, only one company applied, the database shows. Bosnian government institutions and public companies published tenders to purchase 563 vehicles during the six-month period, around half of which were passenger vehicles and SUVs. So far, 106 tenders have been fulfilled to buy 213 cars – 128 of them new and 38 secondhand, and in the other cases details have not been made public. The most expensive vehicle purchased in the first six months was for the medical faculty of the Mostar University, in a tender worth 50,000 euros. Mostar medical faculty dean Milenko Bevanda first issued the tender in late 2017, but annulled it after receiving BIRN’s request for a comment about the purchase. But in spring this year, Bevanda repeated the tender and bought a new vehicle worth 42,300 euros without taxes from the MRM company in Ljubuski. BIRN’s database shows that in the first six months of this year, MRM won the most valuable tenders, worth over 375,000 euros. Porsche BH from Sarajevo won the most tenders, valued at a total of 285,000 euros. Of the 292 issued tenders in the database, BIRN marked 26 tenders in which the requested specifics of the vehicle are so detailed that they can limit competition or suggest a preferred manufacturer, which is against the country’s public procurement law. In six tenders, the final value of the tender or purchase exceeded the amount which was planned. The Bosnian Serb Interior ministry bought six used vehicles for more than 10,000 euros more than the estimated amount. In the rest of the tenders, the demanded specifics of the vehicle suggest or sometimes directly state a particular model or manufacturer, which is against the public procurement law. BIRN Bosnia published an analysis in December showing that around five million euros was spent on vehicles in 2017. After BIRN’s reports about violations of public procurement practices, several institutions amended their tender specifications. The database also contains a register for vehicles already owned by institutions and public companies, which shows that the average cost of a vehicle is around 25,000 euros. The Bosnian presidency and the two entity presidents own a total of 54 cars, worth around 1.7 million euros.|
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY - The Ministry of Healthcare announces a public procurement for 400 new ambulances. This information comes from the website of the Public Procurement Agency (PPA). The Minister hi ......
|Description||HEIDELBERG, GERMANY - The Ministry of Healthcare announces a public procurement for 400 new ambulances. This information comes from the website of the Public Procurement Agency (PPA). The Minister himself said at the beginning of the month that the first wave of new ambulances is to be expected by the end of this year. The order is estimated at 48.7 million BGN (€24.3 million) and is being funded by the "Regions in growth" (2014-2020) program. The procurement itself is split in four - depending on the different sorts of ambulances needed. The first 185 ambulances have to be equipped for transportation, initial treatment and monitoring of the patients. Another 42 of the vehicles are required to be able to perform off-road transportation and 78 have to have a 4x4 drive. The remaining 95 ambulances should be equipped for intensive treatment. The deadline for sending offers is April 24th.|
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New 400 ambulances will be purchased for Emergency Medical Care. This was announced by Health Minister Kiril Ananiev of the Parliamentary Tribune, quoted by the Bulgarian National Radio. Currently, th ......
|Description||New 400 ambulances will be purchased for Emergency Medical Care. This was announced by Health Minister Kiril Ananiev of the Parliamentary Tribune, quoted by the Bulgarian National Radio. Currently, the procurement documentation is being prepared. Due to the acceleration of the procedure, instead of 2019, the first deliveries will begin at the end of this year, the minister said. "The Ministry of Health envisages the implementation of a major investment project under the" Growth Regions - 2014-2020 "Operational Program, priority axis 4 - Regional Health Infrastructure, with the main purpose of renovating and modernizing facilities and equipment in the emergency aid across the country with a total budget of 163 million and a half. "|
(L-R): Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care; Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Prof. Wale Oke, Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teachi ......
|Description||(L-R): Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care; Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Prof. Wale Oke, Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health during an inspection tour of health facilities in Lagos. Inset: Some of the newly procured equipments Following increasing health facility utilisation of key health care services, Lagos State Government has procured N2.5 billion worth health equipment to boost the delivery of qualitative healthcare in the state’s General and Teaching Hospital. Dr. Jide Idris, the state Commissioner for Health who announced this at a press briefing at weekend, in Ikeja, said that the move is to meet progressive increase in the health facility utilisation trends for essential healthcare services. Idris, also said that the efforts is directed to improve the quality of healthcare in the state’s secondary, tertiary and health facilities. He noted that the equipment which included General Out-Patient Department (OPD) equipment, Anaesthetic equipment, Theatre equipment and Laboratory equipment would also enhance provision of qualitative care comparable to the ones available in developed countries. “These huge investments in infrastructural upgrade and procurement of equipment in the health sector will help foster an enabling environment for the implementation and take-off of the much awaited Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) which will ensure that residents have unfettered access to qualitative care,” he said. Idris highlighted the infrastructural development projects embarked upon by the Ambode-led administration in the health sector to include the construction of helipad at the Lagos State University Teaching hospital (LASUTH); purchase of 20 Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances; purchase of 26 transport ambulances, power generators and mobile x-ray machines for all the secondary and tertiary health facilities. Other infrastructural upgrade embarked on according to him, are: The installation of additional mortuary refrigerators at Ikorodu and Mainland Hospital Mortuaries; completion of the renovation and upgrading of Epe General Hospital which involves renovation of theatre complex, X-ray, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Out-patient Department and Accident & Emergency unit. The Commissioner added that renovation works were also carried out in phases in several General Hospitals within the state with phase one involving Apapa General Hospital, Epe General Hospital and Mainland General Hospital. Phase II included renovation works at Orile-Agege, Agbowa, Gbagada and Ikorodu General Hospitals and Lagos Island Maternity Hospitalwhile Phase III included renovation works at LASUTH Ikeja, Badagry, Alimosho and Surulere General Hospitals, Accident and Emergency at Toll Gate, Ijede Health Centre and Ketu Ejinrin Health Centre. “This is especially pertinent with respect to the health needs of various population age groups with a resultant overstretching of the resources and capacity of the existing public health facilities requiring urgent but multi-faceted strategic interventions. “It was in this context that strategic infrastructural development of the health sector, upgrading of the existing facilities to a reputable standard and provision of key equipment was embarked upon by the State Government,” he said. Idris added that the effect of infrastructural development in the health sector by the State, aside from enhancing the efficiency of the health workforce and increasing the scope and quality of service delivered at the health facilities was geared towards ensuring that Lagos State emerged as a prime global destination for persons in quest of qualitative medical care. “With an unwavering commitment towards enthroning an efficient and effective system for healthcare service delivery in the State health sector in line with international best practices, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State also graciously approved the Global procurement of equipment necessary for the delivery of qualitative healthcare in Lagos State Secondary Healthcare Facilities and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in 2016 with the objective of upgrading healthcare service delivery in the State public health facilities for the optimum benefit of Lagos residents,” he stated. Idris said the contract for the procurement of the equipment was subsequently awarded to four contractors via a competitive bidding process in compliance with the Public Procurement Law of Lagos State. The scheme will reduce out of pocket expenses on medical care, promote access to qualitative health care, reduce incidence of chronic diseases as citizenry will be encouraged to present earlier as financial barrier to positive health seeking behaviours would have been removed, he argued. Idris appealed to the end users, which are the health workers to put the equipment to good use and ensure that they were well maintained, protected and preserved to serve the purpose of which they were procured for. REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs|
Ethiopia Restricts the Use of Expensive Cars by Government Officials BY ADMIN · SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 Following the issuance of a directive by the Ethiopian government to introduce cost-cutting measures ......
|Description||Ethiopia Restricts the Use of Expensive Cars by Government Officials BY ADMIN · SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 Following the issuance of a directive by the Ethiopian government to introduce cost-cutting measures at government agencies, the Office of the Prime Minister early August came up with another directive restricting the use of high-powered vehicles by high-level Ethiopian officials, including ministers. A letter issued two weeks ago and signed by Alemayehu Tegenu, state minister of cabinet affairs at the PM’s Office, clarifies on the need to bring equitable distribution of vehicles used by Ethiopian government officials. Affected officials include ministers, state ministers, speakers and their deputies of both houses of parliament, presidents and vice presidents of federal courts, commissioners and deputy commissioners as well as directors. The directive puts restrictions on Ethiopian officials’ use of high-powered automobiles while traveling within Addis Ababa. Thus, officials are to refrain from using sports utility vehicles (SUVs) such as Nissan Pajeros as well as Toyota Prados and G-9s inside Addis Ababa. These expensive vehicles will instead be used for travels outside the capital, and will be authorized only for field-work by the officials. Based on officials’ ranks, eight CC vehicles are reserved for Ethiopian ministers, state ministers, speakers and their deputies, presidents and vice presidents of federal courts, commissioners and deputy commissioners whereas six and four CC vehicles are for directors in different sectors. Each Ethiopia’s government office is also instructed to coordinate the utilization of vehicles and allocate vehicles appropriately. The directive also includes a provision that will benefit local Ethiopian vehicle assemblers. Any purchase of vehicles for Ethiopians officials’ use has to be cost-effective, sustainable and centralized. Moreover, it explicitly stipulates that any future automobile purchase has to be exclusively from local Ethiopian assemblers or manufacturers. When public offices are occasionally in need of more vehicles, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) is mandated to allocate them. Ethiopian public officials are also barred from using cars which are purchased for projects financed by donations or loans. The directive has also put limitations on the use of gas for automobiles used in the city. Therefore, Ethiopian officials can use only up to 135 liters of benzene per month. The offices have to apply to MoFEC in cases when more gas is needed than allocated. The ministry will then decide based on the merit of each request. Up until purchase of locally-assembled automobiles is made, offices are allowed to continue with their current use of vehicles at their disposal, reads the directive. The directive had become effective since the first week of August 2017. In related news, MoFEC has ordered the Public Procurement and Property Service to purchase 178 different vehicles, including ambulances and buses. The purchase will be done via an open international tender. Just a couple of weeks ago, the ministry ordered federal budgetary institutions to submit their budget reduction action plans by early September 2017, following the issuance of a directive which orders federal agencies to cut all unnecessary expenses. The directive also listed around 19 different purchase activities under recurrent expenditure that should be taken into consideration by federal offices while using their budget. Among other things, government offices are allowed to serve only water and coffee while hosting workshops, seminars and different meeting during the budget years. It is also forbidden to purchase t-shirts, bags and cultural dresses which has become a common practice across the board. By the same token, the offices are not allowed to advertise themselves via mass media and/or sponsor different events. Not only that, government agencies and public universities are not allowed to give a donation to any organization or individual other than university students with disabilities. These two particular directives came just after the government started to crackdown on corruption, resulting in the arrest of a number of officials and businesspeople in the country. In most of the cases, the accused are either implicated with construction projects or public procurements contracts.|
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Monday inaugurated the ultra-modern Lassa Fever Virology Centre constructed by the Ebonyi Government at the cost of N350 million. Inaugurating the proj ......
|Description||The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Monday inaugurated the ultra-modern Lassa Fever Virology Centre constructed by the Ebonyi Government at the cost of N350 million.
Inaugurating the project situated at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA) premises, Adewole said that the Federal Government would partner with Ebonyi to deliver adequate healthcare to the people.
“The Federal Government will inaugurate six virology centres across the country to check the disease, as the 2015 outbreak was the most disastrous in the country’s history.
“The mortality rate was about 60 per cent which implied that for every 10 cases, six fatalities were recorded due to late diagnosis.
“This centre will be designated as the South East Virology Centre to cater for patients battling with the disease in the zone and beyond.
“The Federal Government will not grant the state government’s request for refunds on the project but will assist it in ensuring that the centre is viable.”
The minister further said that the government had completed arrangements to implement the Universal Health Coverage Programme for overall healthcare delivery to Nigerians.
“The state governor should be commended for his commitment in inaugurating the centre; he is a shining example of a provider of adequate healthcare delivery in the country.”
The minister also inaugurated the Ebonyi Health Insurance scheme, reiterating the Federal Government’s resolve to partner with states that had shown commitment to improve healthcare delivery.
In his remark, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi said that the government watched helplessly while its people died of the Lassa Fever disease in 2015 and decided to salvage the situation.
“The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of this hospital informed me that he had sought the construction of the centre for over 10 years and this motivated us into action.
“We want refunds for the construction and equipping the centre and if this is not granted, we will charge fees for treatment of patients coming from other parts of the country,” he said.
On the Health Insurance Scheme, Umahi said that the state government had earmarked N1 billion for the smooth commencement of the programme.
“This programme will involve saving the lives of over three million citizens of the state; the 13 general and six mission hospitals in the state will be strengthened to actulise this goal.
“We have submitted the State Health Insurance Scheme bill to our State House of Assembly and are expecting its expeditious passage into law,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the minister inspected facilities at the centre which include six ambulances for conveyance of patients and he also inaugurated a 21-man committee for the successful implementation of the State Health Insurance Scheme.
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