Twenty per cent of Government contracts will be awarded to small businesses from next year, as moves are currently afoot to modify the procurement process to facilitate the execution of a provision in the Small Business Act which allows for this to happen.Business Minister Dominic GaskinBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin told a year-end press conference of the Small Business Bureau (SBB) that the process should come on stream by the second quarter of the New Year.He said the proposed mechanism is to assess the current procurement process to determine if extra points are needed to be given for registered small businesses and on what criteria.“The idea is to create a system to allow us to assess the value of contracts and percentage of contracts that actually go to small businesses and then to intervene if necessary to provide an extra incentive for small businesses,” he explained.Gaskin noted too that the modified system would have to be integrated with the recently established Public Procurement Commission (PPC) which will be taking over the role of the Cabinet to review suggestions made by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).The Business Minister explained that the authorities are likely to run a pilot programme in the first quarter of the year to assess whether the proposed mechanism is workable.Thereafter, the system will be extended to the Ministries which conduct their own procurement process for particular goods or services.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had explained that by activating this provision, everyone will “get a piece of the pie”.“If the country gives out $10 billion in contracts per year, 20 per cent of that should go to small contractors,” he had stated.For years, small businesses have been complaining about larger enterprises getting the bulk of the contracts being awarded by Government.The 20 per cent of contracts will be awarded yearly and the Business Minister had previously estimated that it would amount to some $15 billion.
LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next Alkhaldi, 24, fought hard in the thrilling dash to the final 10 meters of her favorite 100m free but Ting Wen Quah of Singapore edged her for a record-setting time.Quah clocked 55.76 seconds erasing the 55.93 standard of the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThi An Vien Nguyen of Vietnam was second with a time that also surpassed the record, coming in at 55.70 seconds.The two-time Olympian, who is finishing business administration in marketing and management at University of Hawaii, finished in 55.90. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program KUALA LUMPUR—Jasmine Alkhaldi, the country’s brightest hope in swimming, could only come up with two bronze medals Wednesday night in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.She finished third in women’s 100-meter freestyle, before coming up with the same performance in 50m butterfly event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games We’re finally in the second round and it seems like Lyceum and San Beda are just cruising to get the top two spots in the Final Four.But the sense of urgency is palpable for the middle teams, with teams refusing to back down which led to two games this week going to overtime. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs always, games are won by the heroes and this are this week’s top performers.(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates Last Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro did all he could to salvage Jose Rizal University in its classic duel, drilling clutch triples just to keep his team in contention.However, his disqualification in second overtime after picking up his fifth foul took the air out of the Heavy Bombers. He was the fourth player to foul out in the game, as JRU saw they four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt. Michael Calisaan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall it a redemption game.Thrown out in San Sebastian’s first round meeting against EAC, Michael Calisaan came back with a vengeance as his superb efforts gave the Golden Stags another victory.More importantly, Calisaan’s performance leveled San Sebastian’s record to 5-5 as it gears up against contenders Perpetual and San Beda.(6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs17 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assistsLast Week: 5Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERKent Salado chose the perfect time to be at his best as he delivered the dagger buckets in Arellano’s double overtime win over Jose Rizal University on Thursday.The fearless guard almost single-handedly put the game away and diffused the explosive Heavy Bombers.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers30 points (6-17 3PT FG), 6 rebounds, 1 assist LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 stealsLast Week: N/ACJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERBreaking the norm this season, we finally got a player to top this list twice.Against cellar-dwelling foes, CJ Perez’s steady play lifted Lyceum to stretch its unbeaten run to 11 as the Pirates continued to show their dominance.But tougher foes are still out to put the first dent in the Pirates’ armor, with games against Arellano and Perpetual slated in the next two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City With Robert Bolick serving his one-game suspension on Friday, the forward kept San Beda afloat in its 88-70 win against Mapua.Continuously churning out double-doubles through the course of the season, it should be no surprise that Mocon is in the discussion for this season’s MVP race. (4) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas21 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/APrince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading the MVP race to end the first round, Prince Eze picked up where he left off and unleashed another dominant showing against Letran.The Nigerian imposed his will in the paint against the depleted Knights frontline on Thursday.(5) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 stealLast Week: N/A (2) Gab Dagangon – F, Perpetual Altas21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AGab Dagangon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERPlaying like a team with a purpose, Perpetual Help finally gutted out a 88-82 overtime win over Letran.And the one to anchor the Altas was Gab Dagangon.The senior forward drilled huge buckets in the extra period as Perpetual Help got themselves back into the hunt for a Final Four slot.(3) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 blocksLast Week: 1Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERConsistency is key for Javee Mocon.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
The Seattle Seahawks are at a pivotal point of their season, in 2nd place in the NFC West with a record of 5-3 going into their Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Their big question mark: what’s happened to their running game? In the video above, Neil Paine outlines how a lack of a rushing attack may hamstring the team if it makes the playoffs.
After the transmission of the Juventus vs Manchester United Champions League match, Arsene Wenger made a rare confession about Jose Mourinho.During his time as a manager for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger had a very heated rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson first and Jose Mourinho after.The career that spanned throughout more than two decades with the Gunners, brought the French manager on many occasions in which he really became one of the Portuguese manager’s biggest enemies in football.There were even years in which both managers went after each other and kept a high insult count in every single time they had the chance to do it, but Wenger is out of the game right now and he doesn’t really need to criticize Jose Mourinho.Now that he lives as a retiree for the moment, Arsene can say what he really thinks about Jose Mourinho and the reaction we got during the match between Juventus and Manchester United was very surprising for everyone.Nobody expected that Arsene Wenger would praise the new Red Devils’ boss, but that is exactly what happened after they defeated Juventus at the Allianz Arena Stadium in Turin.It’s in this way that Jose Mourinho has also managed to turn the opinion of one of his biggest rivals in the Premier League.Wenger credits Mourinho with steadying the ship at #MUFC. #beINUCL pic.twitter.com/nwkfF5HZi4— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) November 7, 2018But if we look at the history that these two managers have during their rivalry in England, we can tell you that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really deserve such high praise from Wenger because his criticisms were almost always hurtful.Although the Frenchman is certainly responding to the Mourinho that praised him during the final days of his over two decades at Arsenal, that Jose was very respectful towards the long spell that Wenger had with the Gunners and to the legacy he left behind in English football.It’s to that man that Wenger s responding, which is why we understand the words he said to BeIN Sports as a pundit during the match.“It looks to me that against Everton and Bournemouth he turned his team on the right side in terms of the performance,” said Wenger.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“His team was down and responded twice in a very positive way. Overall you can trust his quality and experience to get Manchester back on track.”“I don’t see him working everyday so I don’t know if he has changed or not. We had very heated confrontations so for me I don’t think his motivation has dropped.”EPL: Wenger Defends Mourinho, Asks Fans To Trust His Experience https://t.co/PRMsr8U5Cg pic.twitter.com/mY1faNNuud— Dove Bulletin (@dovebulletin) November 7, 2018Arsene Wenger is correct on one thing about Jose Mourinho, especially after this Wednesday’s victory against Juventus.The Portuguese manager has double confirmed that he has recovered the squad completely, they can now be considered a title contender without question and they will pose a huge threat to any other club from the Top 5 that thought they could beat the Red Devils.Next Sunday’s Manchester Derby will be one of the most exciting matches of the season, one from which the Portuguese manager cherishes great memories from the last time both squads faced in the Premier League.Maybe you don’t remember but, Jose Mourinho was good enough to prevent Manchester City to claim the Premier League title last season at Old Trafford, an event that could’ve scarred all Manchester United fans for many years to come.Just for this reason alone, the next Manchester Derby should be more than enough reason for anyone to cancel any plans they have and watch the whole 90 minutes of what promises to be an unforgettable day.Wenger: Mourinho turning things around at Man Utd #AFC https://t.co/SoUxmXAeqo pic.twitter.com/AV0m9llWPE— Arsenal Report (@Arsenal_Fanly) November 7, 2018What do you think about Arsene Wenger’s rare praise towards Jose Mourinho? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Post a comment Share your voice 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: Luxury cruising with an electric edge Enlarge ImageMost German companies source their Li-ion batteries from Asia, but the German government hopes to change that. Volkswagen Back in 2018, the German government announced that it would be subsidizing the local production of lithium-ion batteries in an effort to keep up with production from countries in Asia. Upwards of 30 companies have applied for the subsidy including BMW and battery manufacturer Varta. Now though, Volkswagen has opted to join the crowd according to a report published Monday by Reuters.”Volkswagen group wants to take part in Economy Minister Altmaier’s initiative support the industrial production of mobile and static batteries,” said Volkswagen representatives, in a statement.Part of the reason that Germany is late to the lithium-ion party is that high labor costs drove up the price of development significantly. This prohibitively high cost actually forced Daimler’s battery-producing subsidiary Li-Tec to shut its doors back in 2015.In addition to this subsidy for Li-ion batteries, the German government has set aside the equivalent of $1.2 billion to help fund the domestic development of solid-state battery tech as a way to offset a potential loss of jobs as internal combustion engines become less desirable. The German program is part of a larger European Union initiative to decrease battery cell dependence on Asia, with the end goal being that the EU and its members hold a 30 percent market share of global lithium-ion battery cell production. 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright More From Roadshow 35 Photos Car Industry Electric Cars Auto Tech Get to work with the VW I.D. Buzz Cargo Volkswagen BMW 0 Tags BMW Volkswagen
In this file handout photo taken on 15 April 2018 and released by the Saudi Royal Palace Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. AFPSaudi Arabia and Canada on Monday showed no signs of backing down in an escalating row over human rights, after Riyadh abruptly cut ties over Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the kingdom.The Saudi government expelled Canada’s ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, while freezing all new trade over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.Ottawa did not give any ground over the shock expulsion of the envoy, Dennis Horak, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying Canada would continue to defend human rights around the world.The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted early Monday.The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Later Monday, the row appeared to escalate as Riyadh said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, and state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.A pro-government Saudi Twitter account provoked outrage when it posted-and then deleted-a 9/11-style digitally altered image showing a plane flying towards the Toronto skyline.The account later apologised and the image was reposted with the plane removed, but screenshots of the original tweet spread quickly. Saudi Arabia’s media ministry said it was investigating the incident.Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia “will deal with any interference decisively”, dismissing Canada’s position as “built on misleading information”, in a statement carried by state media.Last week, Canada said it was “gravely concerned” over the new wave of arrests of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, and called on Riyadh to “immediately release them.”Canada doubled down on Monday.“Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Freeland told an audience in Vancouver.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar’s brother, blogger Raif Badawi, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s rights campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a combative foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.The United Arab Emirates, a strong regional ally, supported the Saudi response to Canada, with a senior government official calling Ottawa’s behavior “unacceptable.”Defence contract in peril?In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.“It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East campaigns director.But Riyadh’s singling out of Canada is aimed at strongly discouraging other critical Western governments from speaking out, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy are the… thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said.When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government “looks forward” to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.
On behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League leaders place wreaths in memory of the martyrs of the 21 August grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka on Wednesday.Photo: Hasan RazaRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the ‘mastermind’ of 21st August grenade attack Tarique Rahman will be exposed for the highest punishment.“We’ve the opportunity to go to the higher court and we will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman,” he told newsmen after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of the grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital paying homage to the martyrs.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement said that they carried out the attack after getting order from Tarique Rahman.“All of the masterminds of the killing would be exposed to trial,” he added.Awami League general secretary and the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe AL leader further said the gruesome grenade attack, on 21 August 2004, was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of the Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance to eliminate the party top leader and the then opposition leader in Jatiya Sangsad and now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.“For blessings of the Almighty, our leader and Bangabandhu’s daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage,” Quader said, adding the trial of the masterminds of the heinous attack will be held in this soil and the people of the country are waiting to see it.He said, “The promise of the day is that we will face terrorism and fundamentalism in the country’s politics under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”
On Nov. 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the First Tabernacle Beth-El, 401 New York Avenue, NW will be hosting its Community Youth Empowerment Workshop in partnership with Deeds of Kindness Outreach Services. Youth of the community are encouraged to come out and share their thoughts on today’s issues of police brutality, the 2016 education, Black Lives Matter, and protests (i.e. Colin Kaepernick). This event is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Due to the nature of issues being discussed, youth 10 years old and up are encouraged to attend; youth nine years and under are welcome with adult supervision. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.