Food and Drug Department Director refutes Superfood boss’ claims

first_img– alleges forged signature, corruption by businessmanThe threat of legal action made by local businessman Rafik Ahmad of Superfood Inc against the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GAF&D), may very well be a lost cause, as the organiastion on Tuesday refuted the claims made by the Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown businessman.Government Analyst Food and Drug Department Director, Marlon ColeGAF&D Director Marlon Cole on Tuesday gave the organsiation’s side of the matter, which he said is currently before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).The claims made by the businessman through his lawyer Anil Nandlall is that the Food and Drug Department has been preventing him from uplifting a container of tinned milk which came into the country several months ago.According to Ahmad, this is the first time something like this has happened, and he has ordered through his lawyer that the items, which will reach expiry date in less than four months, be released.But Cole speaking to Guyana Times said since the arrival of the item in December 2015, Customs for the entry reached his office in early February this year. He said a number of discrepancies were found, including the recognition of his forged signature.It was also found that while Ahmad had recorded the item in the container as powdered milk, it was in fact a sweetened condensed milk.“My forged signature was used to clear the confinement and at the time it was recorded full cream milk, which is [Value Added Tax] VAT exempted from tax, imported by Superfood Inc by Rafeek Ahmad”.He said it was Customs that recognised the unusual signature and alerted the Department.“When we looked at the signature, we recognised that it was unusual. We then sent for the document at Customs; however, before the Department received it, it was intercepted by a staff. It was then realised that the staff may have been in collusion with the Customs broker and the importer,” Cole told Guyana Times.He said the Police was called in, the staff was placed on bail, the importer was charged and the matter is currently before the court.According to the Director, the Department was seeking to gain access to the full cream milk, because there were reports of substandard milk being imported by Ahmad.“We had wanted to retrieve a sample of the milk, but when we got to the container, it was not a container of full cream milk, but of Moee condensed milk. We then wrote the Customs Department on March 29. Since the February 8, we trying to get to examine the container and get a sample of the milk. We were only able to examine the container on March 24.”Cole further related that the importer was supposed to be charged by the Guyana Revenue Authority for false declaration, but he couldn’t say why Ahmad has not yet been charged.He said when it was realized that the contents of the container were condensed milk, it was stamped “entry refused” in March. “We found that it is milk filled with vegetable fat and is being sold as regular standardised milk. So Customs received the entry and the item was changed to condensed milk. The importer had to pay $1.5 million in duty. It was presented to the Department, and was again stamped “refused entry” because it was filled with vegetable fat instead of animal fat.”He said Customs was informed of the reason why the milk was refused entry – it bore the forged signature of the Director. Ahmad later went to the Department, demanding the document, but was informed that he could not get such. Cole added that Nandlall subsequently wrote the Separtment, stating that it has had the document for over a month and asked that it be immediately released.last_img read more

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Eid-ul-Adha moon notice

first_imgThe Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) wishes to inform the Guyanese public and the Muslim community that the month of Dhul- Hijjah1437 AH will commence today.The 9th of Zul Hijjah (the day of Arafa) will be Sunday September 11th 2016.Eid-ul-Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) will be celebrated on Monday September 12th 2016.last_img

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‘The Ultimate Solution’

first_imgIt is somehow proving that natural efforts from the Liberian government and its international partners to bring the Ebola virus that is wreaking havoc on the Liberians and others in the Mano River sub-region under control are not yielding the needed results. This has led President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to call on Liberians to look to the supernatural for answers.The Liberian President called on the nation to turn its attention to the Almighty God, whom she said is “the ultimate solution” through fast and prayer, to the Ebola epidemic crisis.President Sirleaf has begun to give due reverence and recognition to God as the Ebola plague, which has claimed over 800 lives in the sub-region, continues to grip the nation.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer, beginning Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8, 2014. Fasting is to start from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The three-day fast and prayer is an effort to appeal to God to heal the land.“Acknowledging our devout gratitude to God for our existence as a Free, Sovereign and Independent State, and relying on His Divine Guidance for our survival as a Nation, I call on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Liberian leader urged.She said this call is indicative that God is the ultimate solution to this crisis and source of Liberia’s deliverance as a nation, the release noted.The observance of the National Fast and Prayer is being held under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC).The Religious Advisor to the President, Rev. Jervis Witherspoon said to climax the National Fast and Prayer on Friday, August 8th, a team of religious leaders will meet at the old Providence Baptist Church on Broad Street to lead prayers for the nation during the last three hours, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Witherspoon is also a member of the LCC,He indicated that state broadcaster, the Liberia Broadcasting System, and other radio stations will carry a simulcast so that those who are unable to attend the service in person can tune in and monitor the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Service.Religious leaders will offer prayers for the spiritual, moral and physical restoration of the land,  including prayers for the elimination of Ebola and other pestilences from the country; prayer for comfort and strength for hurting families who have lost loved ones; prayer for healing and restoration of quarantined individuals in the land; prayer for the protection of health workers and other volunteers in harm’s way as they fight the deadly Ebola virus; prayer against any form of witchcraft activity used to spread Ebola virus; as well as prayer for God’s intervention in the sub-regional counties (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) affected by the Ebola virus.“We are calling on all Liberians to join in this time of true national repentance and prayer against the Ebola virus,” Rev. Witherspoon urged his fellow compatriots, adding, “We believe, in accordance to the scripture, that God will hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal the land.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is wasting no time in taking advantage of this historic promise that has been enjoyed by many including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and the state of Israel that was rescued many times from the numerous enemies that surrounded it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lonestar Cell MTN Denies Tapping Customers’ Lines

first_imgThe management of Lonestar Cell MTN has termed as unfounded, reports that it is being influenced to tap the lines of prominent politicians in the country.In a release issued Monday, Lonestar Cell MTN clarified that it does not have the requisite technology to tap the lines of its subscribers, as to do this is not only illegal, but an unacceptable business practice. Lonestar also added that its operation is being fully monitored, as other service providers are, by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and will not circumvent the laws or employ illegal activities against its earned reputation. The Company warned that it will not hesitate to take necessary legal recourse against individuals and institutions that are bent on making unjustifiable accusations aimed at tarnishing its credibility and image.Meanwhile, Lonestar Cell MTN reminds the public of its role as a corporate entity committed to providing excellent telecommunications services. The release quotes the Lonestar Cell MTN CEO, Babatunde Osho as saying “let us hasten to remind the public, as corporate entity, we are far removed from politics. Our primary concern is to do business and help make the lives of Liberians brighter through the provision of world-class services. The commitment to transform the telecommunications experience of our customers is what matters to us most.” Lonestar Cell MTN is a subsidiary of MTN South Africa which operates in 21 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UG could roll out oil and gas programmes next year

first_img– as institution moves to open Dept of Petroleum EngineeringGuyana’s premier tertiary level education institution, the University of Guyana (UG), is moving aggressively to get on board with the impending oil and gas sector by putting certain measures in place.UG Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement, Dr Barbara ReynoldsDuring last week, the University hosted one of a two-part series lecture that focused on Guyana’s nascent oil and gas sector, which saw the attendance of several of its students and interested persons.Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement at UG, Dr Barbara Reynolds said her institution is actively engaged in talks with advisors to craft a strategy for the UG to play its role.These advisors include Professor Andrew Jupiter and Professor Clement Imbert, both of Trinidad and Tobago eminent practitioners in the field of oil and gas, as well as Dr Vince Adams.“We have a draft strategy that we will develop and finalise so that we can engage external partners on oil and gas. It is our intention to establish a Department of Petroleum Engineering within the next academic year,” Dr Reynolds revealed.In addition to that, the University is in discussion with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) where they are discussing plans to establish joint programmes in petroleum engineering and an associate in either engineering and a masters in petroleum engineering.Dr Reynolds said, “Those are not the only two programme offerings we would need as a country but we intend to build out from them and offer more courses in oil and gas.Further, the University currently has a group of experts working to enhance and improve the world languages programme being offered. “We are working on ensuring that over the next academic year, we have an updated and current Bachelor of Arts in French, Spanish and Portuguese and a pre university programme in Dutch and mandarin at the associate and masters level,” she added.The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement noted that this will be especially useful for persons working in the older and gas industry, as the industry will attract a lot of foreign nationals who come from diverse backgrounds and speak various languages.Three weeks ago, the University secured a $100 million grant as part of Government’s effort to help the institution establish an oil and gas programme. Last year, the Natural Resources Ministry, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a $100 million philanthropic education grant for the period 2017-2018.The grant provided the UG, Faculty of Technology with much-needed equipment for its geology labs, curriculum development, training, outreach, and field research, all linked to the emerging oil and gas sector. It also provided specific allocations for all other faculties for student-centred enhancements at the university.Professor Griffith had explained that this is one of the University’s most significant grants, with the GGMC. Griffith said it is an investment by the Government in the institution, in an area critical to the nation’s economy. He said the project is a result of UG long-standing relationship with GGMC. He highlighted the fact, that many of the Cmmission’s staff through scholarships has received their higher education at the institution. To date, 87 per cent of the finances have been pumped into realising UG’s oil and gas programme.Some $55 million was used for equipment and supplies to the Faculty of Technology’s laboratories, pursued by the GGMC, Some $10 million was expended on training; some $16 million was for infrastructural projects through UG.When Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, handed over the first tranche of the funds ($45 million) to the Vice Chancellor last year, he noted the Government views the initiative as an investment in education, and development.The Minister noted that the project is significant since “it represents a renewed and enhanced relationship with the Ministry and GGMC with the University of Guyana,” even as the oil and gas sector develops. Additionally, Trotman said similar efforts are also needed in the gold and diamond mining sectors as they will not be neglected in the period, post-2020 when oil production begins.last_img read more

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Guyana could adopt South Africa’s mercury-free mining model

first_imgBased on reports of increased levels of mercury in waterways of interior regions, Government has made a further commitment to confront the issue, as Guyana will be partnering with South Africa to introduce mercury-free recovery methods in the gold mining sector as it seeks to enter commercial mining.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) would need to partner on the mercury-free mining initiative so as to ensure that the environment and people are protected.The South African Government has expressed a willingness to share its bleach gold recovery method as a cost-effective and equally efficient means of recovering gold. A delegation who recently visited Guyana plans to take a number of Guyanese miners to South Africa to observe the gold recovery system.Guyana is among eight countries which will partner with the Conservation International/Global Environmental Facility (CI/GEF) programme, with the aim of ensuring mercury-free mining worldwide.The urgent action is needed to protect millions of men, women and children who are exposed to toxic levels of mercury through gold production every year. This is the main contention of the backers of the new $180 million programme, in seeking to reform the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining sector (ASGM).The programme – the global opportunities for the long-term development of the ASGM sector (GEF GOLD) – aims to reduce the use of mercury in artisanal gold mining, and introduce and facilitate access to mercury-free extraction methods, while at the same time working with Governments to formalise the sector, promoting miner rights, safety and their access to markets.In addition to Guyana, the programme spans several other countries including Burkina Faso, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, the Philippines and Peru.The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), are other partners in the programme.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said GGMC has been discussing the possibility of becoming a gold producer rather than being just a licencing and regulatory authority. This idea, if properly introduced, could help to increase profits for the company.Trotman related that Guyana may not be at that stage yet but could start with a mercury-free model, to demonstrate to the other miners not only how one can mine without mercury but also how they can mine without mercury and still be profitable.Guyana has been taking steps to eliminate the use of mercury in mining here. Several days ago, a meeting of a National Working Group (NWG) on the “Minamata Convention on Mercury” was convened at the Natural Resources Ministry’s Main Street offices in Georgetown.Guyana signed the Convention on Mercury on October 10, 2013, ratifying it on September 24, 2014. Guyana was also elected as one of the two Vice-Presidents from the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) to serve on the Bureau of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP 3).At the meeting, Policy Analyst at the Natural Resources Ministry, Mariscia Charles, said the Minamata Convention follows and builds on the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) conventions which came into force on August 16, 2017.This was the first global agreement on health and the environment for close to a decade. She reminded participants of Guyana’s participation in the plenary sessions which focused on freeing the Amazon from the impacts of mercury used in ASGM.In September 2017, President David Granger attended the inaugural Conference of Parties (COP1) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he affirmed Guyana’s position and committed to the elimination of mercury usage by 2027.last_img read more

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High Prairie Regals fold on night of NPHL season opener

first_imgHIGH PRAIRIE, A.B. – The High Prairie Regals have announced just hours before playing their first game that they will not be playing in 2016-17 North Peace Hockey League season.The Regals informed NPHL president Jack McAvoy of their decision on October 28th. In an email statement, McAvoy stated: “The High Prairie Regals have informed me that they are folding their team for the 2016-17 hockey season. I did not want this to happen but they couldn’t proceed due to a lack of players and sponsorship.”The Regals took a leave of absence two years ago before the start of the season. It was the first time since their inaugural season in 1957-58 that the Regals did not field a team in the NPHL, and ended in impressive streak of 57 consecutive years of operation. The Regals rejoined the NPHL last season but posted a terrible 0-24 record. Overall, the club has now lost 30 straight games.- Advertisement -The club attempted to raise money with a small executive since last Spring, but wasn’t able to achieve much. Last week, two longtime executive members resigned, further complicating efforts.The Regals’ resignation from the league leaves the West Division teams with 22 games and East Division with 20 games. All games with the Regals are deleted. Games will be added in the East Division at random to bring their total back to 22. The new schedule will be released early next week.last_img read more

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Revealed! Super computer predicts final Premier League table for 2015/16 – November update!

first_img 20 20 20 12. Stoke City are predicted to finish with 48 points 20 20. Sunderland are forecast to have 31 points at the end of this season by the Super Computer (and are currently calculated to have a 73.5% chance of getting relegated), putting them bottom of the table in 20th place. To find out where your team is predicted to finish, click the arrow above! 20 11. Leicester City are predicted to finish with 50 points 4. Chelsea are predicted to finish with 66 points (and are currently calculated to have a 39.3% chance of finishing in the top four) 20 14. West Bromwich Albion are predicted to finish with 42 points 20 2. Arsenal are predicted to finish with 78 points (and are currently calculated to have a 39.4% chance of finishing as champions) 1. Manchester City are predicted to finish with 79 points (and are currently calculated to have a 40.4% chance of finishing as champions) 20 20 10. Crystal Palace are predicted to finish with 52 points 20 20 20 15. Watford are predicted to finish with 39 points (and are currently calculated to have a 19.8% chance of getting relegated) 20 13. Swansea City are predicted to finish with 45 points 19. Bournemouth are predicted to finish with 33 points at the end of this season (and are currently calculated to have a 67.2% chance of getting relegated) 9. West Ham United are predicted to finish with 53 points 20 8. Everton are predicted to finish with 56 points (and are currently calculated to have a 3.4% chance of finishing in the top four) 5. Tottenham Hotspur are predicted to finish with 66 points (and are currently calculated to have a 35.5% chance of finishing in the top four) 16. Newcastle United are predicted to finish with 39 points (and are currently calculated to have a 20% chance of getting relegated) 20 20 The Premier League has paused for the November international break, and clubs are taking stock after 12 games of the 2015/16 season.The biggest story has been defending champions Chelsea, who are faltering badly in 16th place, with the title surely gone and fourth place currently 13 points away.Meanwhile, last season’s strugglers Leicester City are sitting pretty in third, Tottenham are eyeing up the Champions League places in fourth, and West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace are all ahead of Liverpool.Manchester City and Arsenal are level on points at the top, with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bournemouth in the bottom third.So, how will the Premier League table look after 38 games?At this stage, no one can say with any certainty, but Stats.com have produced a predicted final table.A leading sports technology and data company, Stats use a complex aglorithm to determine ‘expected points’.Take a look at the latest predictions, above.Where do you think your team will finish? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 20 20 6. Liverpool are predicted to finish with 64 points 20 3. Manchester United are predicted to finish with 76 points (and are currently calculated to have an 18.8% chance of finishing as champions) 7. Southampton are predicted to finish with 56 points (and are currently calculated to have a 3.6% chance of finishing in the top four) 20 18. Aston Villa are predicted to finish with 33 points (and are currently calculated to have a 61.8% chance of getting relegated) 17. Norwich City are predicted to finish with 37 points last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Experienced administrator required

first_imgDonegal Travellers Project is seeking to recruit a part-time/temporary administrator.The desirable candidate will have:At least 5 years experience in a busy officeAdministration skills including financeTo apply: Apply in writing with CV toSiobhan Mc Laughlin,Donegal Travellers ProjectPort HousePort RoadLetterkennyCo. Donegalor via email travcom@eircom.netTel: 0749129281 Closing Date: 11th August 2017Job Vacancy: Experienced administrator required was last modified: July 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Traveller’s ProjectFinanceJob VacancyOffice Administratorlast_img read more

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KCCA FC arrive in Ethiopia ahead of clash with St. George

first_imgComments KCCA FC players and staff have arrived safely in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as they prepare to take on St. George in the CAF Champions league on Wednesday.A contingent of 32 personnel departed Entebbe Airport this morning at 2:45 am and arrived at their destination at round 10:00 am.The personnel include 18 player, nine coaches and five administrators.KCCA will be in Ethiopia where they will carry out two training sessions as they get ready for the first round of the Champions league.The Kasasiro Boys defeated Madagascan side CNaPS on away goals rule in the preliminary round of African club show piece while St. George progressed via a no contest as South Sudanese side Wau Salaam failed to honour any of their two fixtures against the Ethiopian reigning league Champions.St George has never faced off with a Ugandan side in the Champions league and have always featured prominently in the competition.KCCA’s Contingent that is in Ethiopia.The players.1. Kavuma Habib2 Bukenya Lawrence3. Nsibambi Derrick Paul4. Mutyaba Muzamiru5. Kizza Mustafa6. Mucureezi Paul7. Okot Denis Oola8. 9. Ssenjobe Eric9. Kirabira Isaac10. Poloto Julius11. Lukwago Charles12. Okello Allan13. Obenchan Fillbert14. Malyamungu Jamil15. Shaban Muhammad16. Okwalinga Solomon17. Kaddu Patrick Henry18. Awany Dennis TimothyCOACHES1. Mike Hillary Mutebi2. Byekwaso Morley Ochama3. Kaddu Badru Mukasa4. Kiwanuka Daniel5. Magera Jackson Kaddu6. Malinga Richard7. Kabuye Robert8. Tusuubira Emmanuel9. Ssewanyana IvanADMINISTRATIVEKalema Ronnie – Leader Of Delegation Tags: CNaPSKCCA FCsports top KCCA’s Paul Mucurezi(left) celebrating his goal against CNaPS with Shaban Muhammed(right),in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions league. KCCA FC won the game 1-0 to progress to the first round.AF Champions league first roundSt. George(Eth) vs KCCA FC(Uga)Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis AbebaWednesday, 07-03-2018 2. Magero Moses Mwanje3. George Opio Okello4. Ochieng Patrick Fred5. Namukisa Josephinelast_img read more

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