Wellington Football Preview: The Crusader program has some continuity, but will it translate to victories?

first_img Outside linebackers: Interior: Horn and Troutman are likely to start against Goddard.“There will be a lot of people being rotated in and out of that spot,” Ryan said. 11Andrew Pelkey215′ 11″160 11Jace Bruns116′ 1″165 10Jared Shields166′ 0″150 2013 AV-CTL DIV opponents: Augusta, Wichita Collegiate, Circle, Andale, Clearwater. 11Jaden Hines375′ 7″185 10Skyler Struble885′ 11″155 9Chevy Nuss225’8120 11Alejandro Vargas645′ 11″180 OFFENSE: Trevor NanceNance returns as an honorable mention all-league quarterback. He started as a sophomore in week #5 against Circle which was Wellington’s first win of the year.“I expect him at the end of the season to be one of our top quarterbacks in the Wichita area,” Ryan said. “He is getting better all the time.”Nance and Ryan attended a quarterback camp in Oklahoma last summer, working on his mechanics.“There are some things that Trevor is going to struggle with,” Ryan said. “But with the camp he attended last summer, he will have something to refer back on.” 10Bryce Oldridge405′ 8″130 10Ethan Tunnell635′ 10″150 Guard: Taylan Lamkin (5-10, 195, sr.) and Skyler Brand (5-11, 210, jr.) will be the starters with Jason Norris (6-1, 260, so.) coming in regularly off the bench. “These guys have been real solid guys in practice,” Ryan said. “I’ve been impressed.” Defensive line: Norris and Lamkin could be starting on both sides.“I think you could pencil one of those two as being our only two-way starter at the moment,” Ryan said. 10Chandler Hain505′ 9″175 10Sage Ferguson35′ 5″125 9Matthew Mason815’7115 Tackle: Tyson Hodson (5-11, 285, sr.) is a returning starter on the left side. Trey Coulter (6-1, 275, jr.) and Nick Hyde, (6-0, 220, so.) will rotate on the right side. 10Josh Amos616′ 1″240 12Chance Hain195′ 10″170 11Joey Haydon235′ 10″165 12Mitchell Lowe685″ 11″245 11Lane Beard45′ 6″145 9Seth Smith485’8160 9Lane Morgan846’0160 10Remington Gilkey315′ 10″140 DEFENSE:Interior defensive line: Dalton Holt (5-8, 225, sr.) and Adam Condit (6-0, 195, jr.) will be manning the interior line. This is the first time Holt has been back since his sophomore year after suffering a back injury his junior year. Ryan’s view of the strength of the team: Depth up front.“We have looked pretty decent in practice,” Ryan said. “I think it will really help that we have potential starters practicing against one another.” Ryan’s view of the weakness of the team: Lack of depth and team speed. Wellington’s offense: Ryan said he will continue to run the flex bone offense as it did in 2012. But could see some variations coming out of the offense.“I still believe in the philosophy of running to set up the pass,” Ryan said. “But we most certainly will be throwing with Nance behind center.” Running backs: Austin Dunn (6-0, 200, jr.) will be the fullback. Connor Phelps (6-0, 180, so.) and Andrew Horn (5-7, 150, sr.) will probably start on the wings.Look for Jaden Hines (5-7, 185, jr.) to rotate in and out of the lineup.“We will be moving people around trying to get the right combination,” Ryan said. “Four or five people could be in the running mix.” Defense - Taylon Lamkin 5’10 195 Sr. DEAdam Condit 5’11 210 Jr. DTColin Reichenberger 6’0 160 Jr. DB 11Trey Coulter776′ 1″275 WHS Record in 2012: 2-7. Wellington went 1-2 in district, beating Clearwater before losing to Mulvane and Winfield. 4. Clearwater4. Wellington 5. Circle5. Augusta 9Derek Driskell95’3115 Field goal kicker: Reichenberger will start as the placekicker. It was a position of great frustration in 2012.“We just didn’t get that foreign exchange student from Europe this year,” Ryan joked. 9Chase Hamel865’7120 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. 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If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 9Hunter Etter515’7150 The predictions… Preseason polls – AV-CTL IV 11Austin Dunn346’0200 9Chris Kop256’0180 Wellington’s defense: Wellington will run a 4-3-5 or 4-4 defense. Ryan said he has thrown in a few more wrinkles in the defense and has spread it out more since more teams have the propensity of passing these days. 10Nick Hyde546′ 0″220 3. Wellington3. Clearwater 10Cameron Bartelson305′ 11″130 1. Andale1. Andale 9Chance Wilson535’5150 11Vince Ast746’0″170 11Zach Bodkins126′ 0″160 9Brad McBath875’9180 9Dylan Goodman145’8155 11Colin Reichenberger106′ 0″160center_img 9Connor Burnett586’2300 9Colton Glover245’5120 11Levi Beard435′ 6″150 10Caden Rusk85’6140 2013 District opponents: At Clearwater, Oct. 18; host Mulvane, Oct. 25; at Winfield, Oct. 31. 9Dylan Ferguson425’10155 Center: Ben DeJarnett (5-11, 170, sr.) and Vincent Ast (6-0, 170, jr.) are vying for the starting job. Ryan said right now DeJarnett appears to be the starter against Goddard. 11Kyle Dall575’10220 11Aaron Fair705′ 10″190 10Michael Norris636’1190 10Wyatt Witmer605′ 8″205 Inside linebacker: Hines, Andrew Pelkey (5-11, 160, jr.) and Dunn have the potential of being one of the two starters for game one. 10Brad Wiens175′ 10″135 Wichita EagleVYPE Magazine 9Lucas Soria625’7140 Cornerback: Ryan said he is taking the committee approach: Nance, Reichenberger, Dunn, and Austin Pfalzgraf (6-0, 160, jr.) all were mentioned as potential starters.“We are looking at a lot of guys at that position,” Ryan said. “No one has just separated themselves from the pack quite yet.” 11Adam Condit596′ 0″195 10Jace Lowe755′ 9″230 6. Augusta6. Circle. 12William Staley455′ 11″200 10Migel Lujan786′ 0″300 Returning starters: Offense –Trevor Nance 6’5 190 Jr. QB HM – All LeagueTyson Hodson 5’11 270 Sr. OLSkylar Brand 5’11 215 Jr. OLColin Reichenberger 6’0 160 Jr. WRBen DeJarnett 5’10 170 Sr. OLAustin Dunn 5’10 185 Jr. RB 11Trevor Nance26′ 5″200 11Brenton Troutman66′ 0″170 10Jason Norris656′ 1″260 11Nick Franks796′ 2″180 9David Matlock465’10145 Tight end: Brenton Troutman (6-0, 170, jr.) and William Staley (5-11, 200, sr.) will play at tight ends.“Staley is bigger, but Troutman is quicker,” Ryan said. 10Grayson Dejarnett565′ 9″135 Tyler Ryan gives speech to team during a recent scrimmage.Head coach: Tyler Ryan, second year. Ryan is a former head coach at Wichita Trinity. He is a Circle High School graduate. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time in four years, the Wellington football team has the same coaching staff, the same offense, and a solid group of returning starters. These were things taken for granted on the Crusader gridiron in the Y2K years.Will that be enough to spark a Wellington football turnaround? Who knows? But continuity sure doesn’t hurt.Think about this for a second. Wellington has not had a winning season since 2009 and hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010. The team has won seven games in three years. That would seem unfathomable to the Crusader football fan of even five years ago.But the signs are there that things are looking up. For one thing, Wellington is solid at quarterback. Trevor Nance, a 6-5, 190 pound, junior, will be starting behind the center after starting for five games in 2012.There is also a solid line. In fact, second year head coach Tyler Ryan said he has enough depth there that he can platoon and have just one player starting both offensively and defensively.The competition also doesn’t look as rock solid as a year ago. Throw out teams like Andale and Wichita Collegiate and Wellington matches up well with the others. The prognosticators picked the Crusaders to finish either third or fourth in the league. More importantly, their district of Mulvane, Clearwater and Winfield is not impossibly tough.Wellington, though, has some significant question marks. The skill positions are lacking in depth.“We are either have great depth in skill positions and thin on the line, or vice versa,” Ryan said. “We can’t seem to get them both at the same time.”Last year, Wellington had an abundance of speed – not so much this year. And actual game time experience is always a question mark as the season approaches.“We just do not know what will happen when they turn on the lights on Friday night,” Ryan said. “A player can look good in practice, but then forget everything he knows when the game starts. There are a lot of questions out there that is still unanswered.”Wellington will know soon enough when it travels to Goddard to open the 2013 campaign, just eight days (or nights) away.••••• 10Kaleb Hunt806’2175 10Connor Phelps56′ 0″180 9Levi Preston446’0190 2. Collegiate2. Collegiate 11Ian King155′ 7″145 No. of players: 68. Seniors: 10, Juniors: 21, Sophomores: 20, Freshman: 17. 11Austin Pfalzgraf186′ 0″160 12Ben Dejarnett525′ 11″170 Potential Wellington starters: Wellington’s competition….•Goddard, away, Sept. 6. Hopefully, the 2013 season won’t start out like 2012 in which Goddard scored on a long pass on the first play of year. Goddard would go on and finish 4-6, bowing out in the first round of Class 5A to Salina South. With 12 returning starters, including eight on defense, the Dukes have their work cut out for them.•Concordia, home, Sept. 13. Wellington’s trip to Concordia was a beat down as the Panthers amassed 417 yards against the Crusaders in a 51-20 win. The prospects for a more competitive game in Wellington this year is a strong possibility. Concordia lost a lot of seniors. Wellington is deeper up front.•Augusta, away, Sept. 20. Wellington lost its homecoming game to a team that hadn’t won in 11 games. It was the low point of the season for the Dukes. Wellington needs to win here and will serve as a benchmark of the progress of the Ryan regime.•Collegiate, home, Sept. 27. Although Wellington lost in Collegiate in 2012, there was a spark in the Crusaders not seen before that season. Wellington just couldn’t keep hold of the football, turning the ball over five times in the game. Collegiate comes to Wellington. The Spartans will be heavily favored. Recruiting was good this spring.•Circle, home, Oct. 4. The Thunderbirds have been the one program Wellington has seen success winning the past two seasons. This will be a great opportunity to see the Dukes get another win.•Andale, away, Oct. 11. Whatever momentum the Dukes had the week before, came to a crashing halt against Andale. The Indians are ranked second in the Wichita Eagle Class 4A poll behind Holton. Andale has it going on.•Clearwater, away, Oct 18. The Wellington coaches won’t say it, so we will. This is the key game of the season. Wellington opens district play against Clearwater. A win here gives Wellington some momentum for the final two games. Wellington’s victory over Clearwater in 2012 was the highlight game of the season.•Mulvane, home, Oct. 25. Wellington hasn’t seen much success against Mulvane lately. Maybe this year. Mulvane lost 18 seniors from a team that reached the Class 4A semifinals. Trouble with that theory is, Mulvane has a tradition of winning at the moment. Don’t expect the program to fall off the precipice.•Winfield, away, Oct. 31. Wellington has underachieved badly against Winfield the past two seasons for whatever reason. If things go right, Wellington could be vying for a playoff berth. A win here would be huge for the program. 12Alex Langford416′ 0″140 12Andrew Horn15′ 7″150 12Gage Tunnell75′ 11″150 Colin ReichenbergerWide receivers: Colin Reichenberger (6-0, 160, jr.) gives the Crusaders breaking speed as a wideout. But Ryan said outside him, Wellington is struggling to find other starters at that position.“We’ll go with a committee approach until we find someone who will break out as an established starter,” Ryan said. Kick returners: Phelps and Reichenberger could start.“We have been working on special teams this week,” Ryan said. “It’s a position we will continue to evaluate. We don’t have that one burner.” The roster… Safety: Phelps and Jared Shields (6-0, 150, so.) have the nod at starters at that position. 12Dalton Holt555′ 8″225 Punter: Nance, who was an all-league punter, will return as a starter. 12Tyson Hodson725′ 11″285 12Taylan Lamkin735′ 10″195 11Skylar Brand715′ 11″210last_img read more

New-look senior events for men and women

first_img28 Nov 2012 New-look senior events for men and women England Golf will run three senior tournaments next year which offer competition to both men and women. There will be separate men’s and women’s competitions at each event, with both sections playing their own 36-hole stableford, off handicap. These events replace the senior women’s regional tournaments and it is hoped they will attract full fields. Entries, costing £50 per person, will be accepted online from 1 February 2013 on a first come, first served basis. The tournaments are open to women aged 50 and over, with a handicap limit of 24.4, and men aged 55 and over, with a handicap limit of 20.4. They are: Senior Men’s and Women’s Midland Tournament at Leamington & County, Warwickshire Practice day: 17 July Competition: 18-19 July Senior Men’s and Women’s South Tournament at Liphook, Hampshire Practice day: 27 August Competition: 28-29 August Senior Men’s and Women’s North Tournament at Pannal , Yorkshire Practice day: 4 September Competition: 5-6 September Caption: English senior stroke play champion Janet Melville, who also won a regional senior women’s title in 2012. Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Spurs star Sess and West Ham’s Michail Antonio to play out derby on FIFA 20

first_imgTottenham star Ryan Sessegnon and West Ham’s Michail Antonio to play out derby on FIFA 20… and loser has awful forfeit The match will not go ahead because the Premier League has been suspended until April 4 due to the outbreak of coronavirus.But Spurs star Sessegnon and Hammers forward Antonio will give fans the next best thing. RYAN SESSEGNON and Michail Antonio will put it all on the line when they play out this weekend’s suspended derby clash on FIFA 20.The pair will recreate the match between Tottenham and West Ham that was set to take place on Saturday – and there’s a cruelly embarrassing forfeit for the loser!2 Michail Antonio challenges one of his 93,000 Twitter followers to play him at FifaCredit: Alamy Live NewsThe clash cannot go ahead because the Premier League has been suspended until April 4 due to the outbreak of coronavirus.But Spurs star Sessegnon and Hammers ace Antonio will give fans the next best thing on Friday evening at 8pm.Antonio kicked off proceedings as he tweeted: “I ain’t missing playing a London derby this weekend… Fifa, who wants it?”Ex-Fulham star Sessegnon quickly replied: “I’m game, when we playing?”The West Ham ace then responded with a GIF of himself celebrating alongside the caption: “You ain’t ready for this…”After Sessegnon called for less talking and more gaming, Antonio decided to up the stakes.He confidently tweeted: “It’s on, let’s raise the stakes, loser gives a full apology wearing the other team’s shirt?????”Sessegnon showed no signs of backing down as he replied: “Gonna need a shirt for @Michaelantonio @SpursOfficial.”Antonio hit back as he said: “Not a chance mate!!!!! @WestHam sort me out with a kit for this guy I’m taking to school. Friday 8pm work for you?!”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutSport-deprived fans went wild on social media as Sessegnon agreed to the match.It is also understood that the winner of the match will be given £1000 from their agents USM to donate to a charity of their choice.Mason Greenwood also lined himself up a FIFA 20 match against a YouTube star after he shared his Ultimate Team on Twitter.2 Ryan Sessegnon will take on Michail Antonio on FridayCredit: PA:Press AssociationChelsea show class as Roman Abramovich vows to give NHS staff FREE accommodation at Millennium Hotel in coronavirus battlelast_img read more

Spencer signs PUMA deal

first_imgPUMA today announced it has signed an endorsement deal with Jamaican hurdler Kaliese Spencer. The 28 year-old 400m hurdles standout will join PUMA’s roster of athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Kaliese joins the Global Sport brand’s growing female portfolio that includes 2015 US NCAA 100m Champion, Jenna Prandini and Australian sprint hurdler, Michelle Jenneke. Kaliese has been at the top of the game for years, with an impressive and lengthy list of personal achievements. Her 400m hurdles career highlights include gold at the World Junior Championships in 2006 and fourth place at the 2012 Olympics Games in London six years later. As the fastest performer in the world coming out of 2014, Spencer is only getting started; and will push for gold this summer. Talking about the signing, Kaliese Spencer said, “I have known PUMA for many years throughout their partnership with the JAAA, I like them and their people; they are great support to have around, more like a family really! I am excited to be a part of PUMA as it increases its focus on women, and I hope that involving female athletes in the campaign will inspire young girls to hit the track. I look forward to doing great things with my new PUMA family.” Pascal Rolling, Head of Sports Marketing, Running at PUMA added, “Kaliese is another great addition to PUMA as she embodies the brand’s distinctive attitude, especially through her determination to succeed. She has been competing internationally for 10 years now and is at the top of her game. This combined with her likeable nature and personality make her a perfect fit for PUMA.”last_img read more

Damian Lillard torches Clippers with 39 in Trail Blazers win

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Avery Bradley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES— Damian Lillard scored 22 of his 39 points in a dominant third quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 131-127 on Monday night.Lillard hit five of his six 3-pointers in the third when the Blazers outscored the Clippers 42-28. Portland was 10 of 20 from 3-point range in the game.ADVERTISEMENT C.J. McCollum added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20.Tobias Harris matched Lillard with a career-high 39 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 for the Clippers, who have lost four in a row for the first time this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLos Angeles trailed by 15 in the first quarter but erased the deficit in the second when the Clippers took their first lead, only to fall behind by 15 again in the third.Lillard’s fifth 3 left the Clippers down 95-80. Portland made seven 3s in the period and stretched its lead to 18 points early in the fourth. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum James Harden’s 47-point eruption lift Rockets past Jazz The Clippers chipped away and got to 125-123 after Harris hit three of four free throws. McCollum’s jumper kept Portland ahead 127-123.Danilo Gallinari, who finished with 22 points, missed a 3-pointer, but after a scramble got the ball back and made the same shot to leave the Clippers trailing 127-126. McCollum got fouled and made both to keep the Trail Blazers ahead by three.The Clippers were forced to foul Lillard, who hit both free throws to seal the win.Gilgeous-Alexander’s 3-pointer in the final seconds missed.The Trail Blazers set the tone in the opening quarter when they began the game on a 33-18 run while shooting 80 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Terry Stotts recorded his 289th victory and is two from tying Rick Adelman for second on the team’s all-time coaching wins list. … The Blazers have won five of their last six against the Clippers.Clippers: Montrezl Harrell committed a flagrant-2 foul in the fourth and was ejected. … Los Angeles fell to 7-2 against West opponents at home. … Tyronn Lue, fired as Cavaliers coach in October, was a visitor. He was a Clippers assistant in 2013-14. … G Lou Williams (sore left hamstring) and F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) could return within the next week. Williams has missed four straight games, while Mbah a Moute has been out for 26 in a row.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host Memphis on Wednesday.Clippers: Host Dallas on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Public Health Ministry adopts new drug in fight to eliminate filaria

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry is set to add a third medication to two pills which are currently used in Mass Drug Administration (MDA) in the fight against Lymphatic Filariasis (LF).Ivermectin is an oral medication which paralyses or kills the microfilariae gradually. This medication is used to treat certain parasitic worm infections in the human body. Also, it can be regarded as a more effective treatment regimen for sterilising the adult worm in the lymphatic system which later on in life causes Filaria. The other pills currently prescribed are Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and albendazole.According to Dr Fabu Moses-Stuart, the National Coordinator for the Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID) attached to the Public Health Ministry, this intervention will come on stream in 2019. The introduction of Ivermectin will be preceded by anThe Mass Drug Administration exerciseaccessibility study where Vector Control Services will oversee a random house-to-house survey in which people will be asked their views on the new pill.“Ivermectin, in combination (with DEC and albendazole), has been proven to present superior parasite killing effects on microfilariae which includes sterilisation of the adult worm for longer periods of up to two years with one single treatment,” Moses-Stuart is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.She added that the addition of this third pill to the prevention regimen for filaria “shortens the course needed for MDA from five years to only two years if done correctly”. This new pill has little to no side effects in an individual and significantly reduces the heavy worm burden present in the body.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 1987, the manufacturer of Ivermectin – Merck & Co, Inc – declared that it would donate it free of charge for as long as needed. This unprecedented donation is administered through the Mectizan Donation Programme, which works with Ministries of Health and other partners to distribute the drug.At the launch of the MDA against filaria, the NID National Coordinator indicated that the Public Health Ministry has actually adopted three new interventions within the last year, intensifying efforts in the fight against filaria.This, she said, was backed by strong scientific evidence and supported by empirical evidence from countries within and outside of this Caribbean region. The other two interventions, along with the use of Ivermectin, are the remapping of the other six regions not yet targeted for MDA and lymphatic drainage and limb reduction.last_img read more

Former CEO Johnson acted “recklessly” – Board

first_imgGPHC procurement probe… after tampered tendering led to drug shortageA probe conducted by the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) into the nearly $632 million emergency drug procurement expenditure earlier this year has found that former GPHC Chief Executive Officer (ag) Allan Johnson had acted recklessly when he signed off on the contracts for emergency supplies without going to tender. “The Board was shocked and disappointed to learn that GPHC had breached the (procurement) laws,” a statement from the hospital said on Friday. Following weeks of criticisms from stakeholders, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had in March ordered the GPHC Board to investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of a $605 million contract to ANSA McAL to procure emergency drugs and supplies for the GPHC. The investigation ordered sought to determine if/how the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) had been involved in the process; how the shortlisted companies were evaluated; and whether all the drugs had been supplied by ANSA McAL on time, among other issues. It was reported earlier this year that the emergency contract was awarded to the Trinidad-based company after the hospital had found itself facing “critical drug shortage”, a situation that was created as a result of, among other reasons, a GPHC Finance Department staffer tampering with tender documents. “GPHC authorities cited reasons for the shortage, including the underestimation and late quantification of drugs; the annulment of a tender because a GPHC Finance Department employee had tampered with a tender document; and the failure of some local suppliers to honour their 2016 contracts,” the statement on Friday said.In light of the shortage, several emergency meetings were held. On February 3, Minister Lawrence met with then CEO and senior staff of the Finance and Pharmacy Departments of GPHC, during which she instructed them to immediately devise a plan of action to alleviate the drug shortage as quickly as possible. To this end, the hospital staff reported to the Board that the minister requested that the hospital take into consideration Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) emergency mechanism to supply pharmaceuticals, and also check with Materials Management Unit (MMU) of the Public Health Ministry to ascertain whether they had any of the required drugs in stock before a determination could be made about which drugs the hospital would need to procure from suppliers.At a subsequent meeting that day, the Public Health Minister reportedly listened to a plan of action developed and presented by the GPHC Finance Director, which included determining availability of drugs from PAHO, MMU and local suppliers; obtaining quotations from suppliers; sending an evaluation report to the National Procurement and Tender Administration (NPTAB) for approval, then followed by the award of tender. However, it was found during the probe that the GPHC did not follow its stated plan of action. “The Procurement Act provides that any contract beyond the sum of $15 million must go through NPTAB, which then forwards it to Cabinet for review and approval. Former Acting Chief Executive Officer of GPHC, Mr Allan Johnson, wrote NPTAB seeking approval for the contracts after GPHC had begun to receive pharmaceuticals from the suppliers,” the Board said.Moreover, none of the information received by the Board during the investigation revealed that Minister Lawrence had ever given instruction to GPHC officials to bypass any procurement procedures or laws. “The Board believes that the senior staff of the Finance Department had an ethical and professional duty to properly advise Mr Johnson, since this matter was within their realm of expertise. Mr Johnson had been known to trust and depend on his officers to do the right thing, and it is regrettable that they failed him in this instance. However, ultimately, the power was within Mr Johnson’s judgment and signature, and he acted recklessly”, the Board said.The Board also said that it was unacceptable that when it held its first meeting, on February 22, after being installed, the now former CEO had failed to disclose this serious matter to the members.The decision for the GPHC Board to probe the emergency drug procurement at the medical institution was heavily criticised by General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had stated that the board could not impartially investigate the matter. He noted that such a probe should have been undertaken by the Auditor General’s Office or by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). One week later, Chair of the PPC, Carol Corbin, announced that the Commission was probing the procurement of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies, specifically done by the GPHC. That probe is still ongoing, and the Board, management and staff of GPHC have said they have been fully cooperating with the Commission in its investigation.“We wish to defer to the report of the PPC in relation to this matter, since that body has the remit and required expertise to conduct a thorough investigation. Further, the PPC has wider jurisdiction to interview all parties involved,” the Board said on Friday.last_img read more


first_imgHomecare Provider Bluebird Care has announced the creation of 15 new jobs across Donegal. The positions will come on stream immediately with the company seeking to fill vacancies for Care Workers & Nurses.Managing Director of Bluebird Care, Marty Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We currently employ 140 people across the county. “The creation of a further 15 positions will help us fill the increased demand for our home care services.A report by the Carer’s Association suggests that in order to manage the current carer to patient population ratios, Ireland will need an additional 44,289 carers by 2021.“We have an exceptional team who are committed to delivering first-class care. In the current economic climate we are delighted to be able to create these news jobs.“We are seeking carers in the following areas Ballyshannon / Bundoran, Annagry, Derrybeg, Bunbeg, Cresslough and Letterkenny. “We are also seeking RGN’s & Pediatric Nurses for Letterkenny & Dungloe’ Says Marty.Bluebird Care with offices in Letterkenny, has been operating in Donegal for the past five years and is Q Mark certified for the highest standards in quality care.Their team provides care for people of all ages and all abilities in their own homes and in the community.If you are interested in working with Bluebird Care please send a completed application form available to download from www.bluebirdcare.ie recruitment and send with a current CV and cover letter to donegal@bluebirdcare.ie or call us on 074 91 29562. JOBS BOOST AS DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCE CREATION OF FIFTEEN NEW POSITIONS was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bluebird CareBusinessFeaturesjobs boostnewslast_img read more

NCS soccer: Cherms nets golden goal, Arcata girls down Eureka in OT to advance to section title match

first_imgBailey Cherms delivered a stunning golden goal which drifted just over the Loggers’ goal-keeper’s head from just a foot or two outside the penalty box, giving Arcata a 2-1 overtime win over Eureka in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division-I playoffs, Wednesday night at Eureka High.With the game-winning goal Cherms, who was sidelined last season due to a knee injury, sends Arcata to the section title round where it will host No. 5 Middletown on Saturday.“It was just an amazing …last_img

SA second for budget transparency

first_img13 February 2009 Twenty-five countries surveyed provided little or no budget information. These included Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, the Kyrgyz Republic, China, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. “The worst performers tend to be low-income countries that often depend heavily on revenues from foreign aid or oil and gas exports, and that have weak democratic institutions or are governed by autocratic regimes,” Idasa said. A low score on the Open Budget Index suggested that decisions about public spending were made behind closed doors, which excluded meaningful participation by citizens, Wildeman said, adding that governments that restricted access to budget information could be hiding unpopular, wasteful and corrupt spending. Only the United Kingdom gained a higher score, with 88 points, while France also scored 87. “Providing the public with comprehensive and timely information on the government’s budget and financial activities empowers people and allows them to judge how their government is managing public funds,” Wildeman said in Pretoria this week. “It also creates opportunities for citizens to participate in decision-making, which can strengthen oversight and improve policy choices.” South Africa has been placed second only to the UK on the Open Budget Index, an international measure of public spending transparency. The survey is directed by the International Budget Partnership, based in Washington DC, and is conducted by independent civil society organisations in the participating countries. The Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa) is the index’s partner in South Africa. Access to information The least transparent countries were mostly located in the Middle East and North Africa, with an average score of 24, and in sub-Saharan Africa, with an average score of 25. Source: BuaNews According to Idasa, the index is a comprehensive survey of 85 countries that evaluates whether governments give the public access to sufficient, reliable budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process and hold their governments accountable. Only five countries of the 85 surveyed – France, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the US – make extensive information publicly available, as required by generally accepted good public financial management practices. The International Budget Partnership described the state of budget transparency around the world as “deplorable”, with the average score for the survey being 39 out of 100 – an indication that, on average, countries surveyed provided minimal information on their central government’s budget and financial activities. Good financial management Idasa economic governance programme head Russell Wildeman explained that transparency in budget decision-making meant that citizens had access to information about how much revenue was being collected and how it was allocated to different types of spending. South Africa scored 87 out of a possible 100 points on the Open Budget Index, which is based on responses to a set of survey questions and assess eight key budget documents that international good practice requires all governments to publish.last_img read more