GA-FDD urges consumers to report fake products

first_imgThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) is urging consumers to make complaints against unauthentic products sold to them.The caution was issued by the Director of the Department, Marlon Cole during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday.GA-FDD Director, Marlon ColeAccording to him, there is an increased need for monitoring of those supermarkets, especially with the recent incident where the popular milk power was being relabelled.“We normally have National Food Safety and Control Committee meeting every month and they would do monitoring of those Chinese supermarkets for us in the outlining regions. If we got a complaint we would have an investigation performed,” he informed.He added that recently there has been a proliferation of Chinese supermarkets and “if we find that there is a violation, if there is a complaint, or a product is unlabelled and those types of things they (the officers) will deal with it,” the Director posited.Cole warned that members of the business community can be penalised and even lose their business licenses for having illegal, expired or even fake goods on their shelves.It was on that note that the Director pointed out that there is now an increased need for monitoring of certain stores.“There is definitely an increased need for monitoring of these products but you see public health officers are troubled with factory inspection, yard inspection, field inspection and a host of other responsibilities so it could be taxing and challenging,” he said.The Director was unable to say whether there has been a hike in the number of unauthentic products on the market but nevertheless urged that customers should report such instances to the department as well as public health officials.Back in January the GA-FDD said it will be moving to take legal actions against persons or businesses who are selling fake products on the local market.His statement was made after reports surfaced that a Bourda, Georgetown grocery store had sold a woman fake powered milk.Reports are the customer returned the milk to a store and informed the employees that the milk was not authentic and that she could not risk feeding it to her children.The customer examined the product; it was dented and had a label printed in a foreign language.Speaking with this publication, Cole said besides the regular inspections his department conducts, the GA-FDD has to act based upon complaints. He said once a formal complaint is lodged, an investigation will be launched.Part II, section 6 of the Food and Drugs Act states “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offence.”Part seven also reinforces this message, stating that “Where a standard has been prescribed for a food, any person who labels, packages, sells or advertises any article in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for such food, is, unless the article complies with the prescribed standard, guilty of an offence.”It was only last year that the Department had cause to refuse entry to these shores some 2000 cases of tuna.According to reports, the containers were labelled “BUIWICK” instead of “BRUNSWICK” and the exact address of the manufacturer in the country of origin was not stated.The actions were taken by the Department after they were informed by an inspector’s report of the issue.The department refused the cartons on the basis of the section six of the Food and Drugs Act previously quoted.last_img read more

17% increase recorded in tourism development sector

first_img…geared to create growth in Private Sector – Minister GaskinBusiness Minister with responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin, in his address to the National Assembly during the budget debate, revealed that Guyana’s tourism sector has seen tremendous and steady growth over the years.According to Gaskin, there has been a 17 per cent increase over the same period when compared to last year. “This has been very good news to Guyana because visitors bring in money into our economy which, therefore, means that there will be more money circulating in that particular sector”.The Business Minister underscored that an additional 30,000 visitors arrived in Guyana throughout the year, which means that an additional US$15 million wasBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskinpumped into the country’s economy.“If we are to assume, an average visitor spends at least US$500 when they visit – which is extremely conservative – so if we look at all the figures in totality, tourism is expected to bring in US$150 million to be spent in our economy,” he explained.Further, Gaskin noted that the Government realised the importance of this sector and its capacity to create and sustain employment and the need to develop Guyana’s tourism product to keep increasing visitors arrivals. “We do recognise the economic opportunities that tourism can create in traditionally these advantage areas, such as the hinterland where the Indigenous population lives. This is why there has been a steady increase in the budgetary appropriation for the GTA [Guyana Tourism Authority] from $123 million in 2014 to over 300 million in 2019”.Moreover, the Minister anticipated that in 2019, the sector, which fell under the remit of the Business Ministry, will be “up to date” with the annual reports.“The main thrust of our tourism drive is to develop sustainable tourism in each administrative region, starting with areas identified by stakeholders as their tourism hotspot. We are seeking to make tourism a mean of improving lives in the communities where it takes place by making the communities the main beneficiaries of the visitor’s flow that they allocate,” Gaskin noted.Meanwhile, Minister of State, Joseph Hamilton condemned those who have peddled distasteful news about Guyana’s tourism sector. (Yanalla Dalrymple)last_img read more

Chinese Govt donates medical supplies to Linden Hospital

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China through the Chinese Medical Brigade attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) has donated $6.2 Million in medical supplies and equipment.The items were donated on Wednesday by a team of doctors including the leader of the Chinese Medical Brigade to Linden Dr.Wang Feng.The items, which will also alleviate the issue of shortages of some supplies at the hospital, will be disbursed to the Kwakwani Hospital as well as the Upper Demerara Hospital as the need arises. The larger equipment on the list of itemsMembers of the Chinese Medical Brigade along with Chief Executive Officer of LHC, Dr Mohammad Ryasat (centre)donated include ultrasonic atomization, atomizer energy chips, syringe pumps, oxygen pumps, and infant oxygen hoods. Public Relations Officer of the LHC Toshanna Allicock said the staff of the medical facility is extremely grateful for the donation which is an annual exercise conducted for the past 19 years. Last year, $5Million in items was donated and Allicock related that these donations contributed significantly to the improvement of the services, especially emergency services offered at the hospital. Some critical items that were donated last year were anaesthesia machines, portable ultrasound machines and electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.The PRO said the hospital can now offer these services on a 24-hour basis since more doctors and nurses have been trained in managing them. “Since then we have been training doctors and nurses to use this equipment so that we can improve the speed at which we offer EKG testing and ultrasound as well … so instead of waiting for someone to come and have these EKG testing done, we have the nurses right there who are able to handle that, so we can get faster results,” she noted.The brigade has already asked the Management to compile a list of items needed for 2019, and Allicock said, she is confident those will be donated as the hospital looks forward to a continued relationship with Government of China.last_img read more

Edwards courts success at home

first_imgBrumfield, who takes pride in her defense, couldn’t help but chuckle at the rare blooper. Ever since seventh grade, around the time when Taja began playing travel ball for the Cal Sparks, basketball has been as much a part of her family’s life as attending church. Taja has gone from playing street basketball at Victoria Park to showcasing her skills on the travel-ball circuit to winning a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA title with the Jackrabbits in 2005 to finishing runner-up in the same game a year ago to bouncing back to win the Southern California Regional and CIF State Division I crowns. At 8:15 tonight at the Walter Pyramid, the 5-foot-11 senior forward will lead the Jackrabbits, the No. 2-ranked team in the country by USA Today and the No. 1 team in the state by Student Sports Magazine, against Brea Olinda (30-0), the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. On Tuesday, Taja Edwards scored 12 points to lead the Jackrabbits (30-1) past Bishop Amat in the semifinal and back to the finals, where they fell to Lynwood a year ago. Taja, who played a very limited role in the Jackrabbits’ 2006 championship campaign, tore her ACL during summer travel ball. Often times, Brett, Taja and her teammates analyze footage, breaking down Jackrabbit performances. On Sunday night, they had a good laugh about how Brittany Brumfield turned the wrong direction to defend a La Jolla Country Day player on an opening tip, and the player scored an uncontested layup in a game the Jackrabbits won earlier this season. CARSON – The tile in their cozy family room will remind you of the parquet floor of the old Boston Garden. Only this one is a rust color and is well-polished with no dead spots. This is where Taja Edwards of Poly High, with her parents Brett and Cynthia, retreat to spend hours going over basketball game film on their big, black mega-screen television. center_img The pain went beyond her knee, as Pac-10 and other Division I college programs backed away from offering scholarships. This past summer, however, Taja, who has been listed as one of the top players in the country by Street&Smith magazine in 2006 and 2007, proved to scouts that her knee was fine, and she signed with Fresno State earlier this year. “I can deal with life. I was more concerned about her feelings,” Brett Edwards said. “My thing was to encourage her, to try to put things into perspective. The big-time schools that were recruiting her, it’s their loss. (They) couldn’t see past the brace she had on. … I knew her work ethic, how hard she worked to get back to where she is right now. She reached her goal, which was to get a free education.” Brett and Cynthia caught basketball fever when Taja dropped out of the youth church choir and gave up the piano. “I stopped going to choir practices. I started taking basketball more seriously,” Taja said. “I don’t play piano that much anymore. I had a keyboard that sat in my room. I thought about (playing), but I was so tired from basketball practice. So I gave up my music for a pair of Nikes.” Today, for five months each year, Taja, her parents, and her sister Alaja live on the road, traveling throughout California and the country. Travel ball fees run from $1,400-$2,200. Meals are not included. “If we had to pay for it, we wanted her to be 100 percent (committed),” Brett said. “If not, she could play (in the park) where it’s free.” Brett, an electrician, and Cynthia, an accountant, may not have signed up for the entire travel-ball experience, but gradually became consumed by it. Brett is an assistant coach, and Cynthia organizes everything from fund-raisers and to travel accommodations for the girls as they showcase their skills for hundreds of college recruiters and evaluators at events across the country. “You prioritize your life,” Cynthia said. “Sometimes, I’d wake up in another state, and (think) `Wow! I’ve used up all my vacation time to come babysit.’ Then I would get them up and get them together. I love the mentoring part of it.” Earl Williams can be reached at or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Gardena chamber is robbed of donated toys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They discovered they were out of money and then they started looking into where the money could be, so they are doing an audit,” Burnett said. Burnett said there was also an issue over a check that was written to pay the rent but was never cashed. “We have to determine if it’s criminal or a bookkeeping error,” Burnett said. Hoskins, a local bail bondsman, became president about a month ago. He and chamber officials discovered the funds were missing during a restructure of the chamber, which has 400 members. The chamber is seeking to replace the toys for next month’s event at Gardena City Hall. Toys can be donated at Gardena General Insurance, 1220 W. Gardena Blvd. Chamber officials reported the burglary at their office at 1204 W. Gardena Blvd. on Saturday. Someone took furniture, a computer and toys donated for children for a Christmas program, Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett said. Whoever stole the items apparently used a key, Burnett said. The toys, dropped off by the public, were destined for a community holiday event on Dec. 7, chamber President Henry Hoskins said. Burnett said the chamber is looking into the financial loss and plans to question employees. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Patriots look like champs

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here’s the chilling truth for the rest of the NFL: The New England Patriots look like champions again. And they have no fear of hitting the road for the rest of the postseason. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, Willie McGinest broke two records for sacks and the Patriots set an NFL mark with 10 straight postseason victories by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3 on Saturday night. “It’s a great accomplishment,” McGinest said. “We’re not downplaying it, but they are not passing out any trophies tonight. We’ve got a long way to go.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Pursuing an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl title, New England battered the overmatched Jags. Brady, who improved to 10-0 in the postseason, matched his playoff career high for TD passes, and McGinest set NFL postseason records with 4 1/2 sacks and 16 for his career. Next, the Patriots go to either Denver on Saturday night or Indianapolis the next day, depending on the outcome of today’s Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game. “We’re going to keep fighting, I know we will keep fighting,” Brady said. “We’ll get ready to play the toughest game of the year. “Now we are even with the best teams in the league, Indy and Denver.” New England’s milestone surpassed the nine straight playoff victories by Green Bay in the 1960s. The Patriots (11-6) last lost a playoff game in 1999, to the Jaguars. Since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, they have won three Super Bowls in four seasons but never played in the wild-card round until now. center_img “At this point in time, you win or go home. We’re not ready to go home,” defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. McGinest surpassed Bruce Smith’s record for postseason sacks, getting 1 1/2 in the waning moments. “In the company of guys like Bruce Smith and Reggie White, it’s definitely a compliment,” he said. “I’m just humbled to be in the same category with those guys.” McGinest and the rest of the defense – even without co-comeback player of the year Tedy Bruschi, who was in uniform but didn’t play because of a calf injury – kept Jacksonville from mounting a challenge. The Jaguars (12-5) looked like a team making its first postseason appearance since 1999 and one that faced an easy schedule in compiling such a strong record. “You’ve got to turn your game up more, especially against the defending champs,” linebacker Mike Peterson said. Brady had touchdown throws of 11 yards to Troy Brown, 3 to David Givens and 63 to Ben Watson – the tight end did all the work on that one – and the defense never let Jacksonville’s offense breathe. Cornerback Asante Samuel was particularly active with a 73-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter that clinched it, and New England finished with six sacks overall. Although they sputtered early, the Patriots were plenty sharp in dominating the second half. They haven’t lost a playoff game at home since 1978. The first half was marked by tenacious defense on both sides. The Jaguars had four sacks and yielded only 126 yards. New England got two sacks and allowed 115 yards. Jacksonville didn’t get a first down until about 11 minutes remained in the second quarter. Then Eugene Wilson laid a vicious hit on backup running back Alvin Pearman, forcing a fumble. Seymour recovered at the New England 40. The Patriots did nothing with the takeaway, however, and the Jaguars finally got something going, a 12-play, 56-yard drive to set up Josh Scobee’s 36-yard field goal. New England should have gotten seven more points at the end of the half, but Deion Branch, wide open inside the Jacksonville 10, dropped Brady’s long pass. The Patriots also were forced to use Brown as a defensive back in passing situations, a ploy that worked well last season, but rarely was tried in 2005. Not surprisingly, he performed well in his part-time job. “You never know what will happen on this team, so you have to be ready,” Brown said. Givens, who was wide open after a superb play fake by Brady, has a TD catch in six straight playoff games, two short of John Stallworth’s NFL mark. Watson broke three tackles after taking a short pass on third-and-13, making it 21-3. Six plays later, Samuel stepped in front of Reggie Williams, stole Byron Leftwich’s pass and motored down the left sideline to score. “That was a great effort by Benjamin to break those tackles,” Belichick said, “and make a big play out of what probably should’ve been a third-down stop.” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called it a critical play. “All of a sudden, instead of us having an opportunity to keep it close, it got blown open right there,” Del Rio said. Leftwich, in his first action since breaking his left ankle on Nov. 27, looked rusty and indecisive. New England’s defense had much to do with that, of course, and he left midway through the fourth quarter. By then, the Patriots had topped Vince Lombardi’s Packers and could start thinking about literally hitting the road to the Super Bowl. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Downings singer Shane McLaughlin is through to the last ten on The Voice of Ireland.The 31-year-old had battled glandular fever all week to give a gutsy rendition of ‘Valerie’.Kelly won straight through with the public and judges votes from Kian Egan’s team. That meant Shane needed to get a lifeline – relying on the overall public votes to see if he went through to next week.Kian Egan said Shane had “upped his game” and deserved to go through to the final ten.And Shane won the lifeline – to get through to next week on the TV show.Looks like Donegal had been voting!   BRAVE SHANE GRABS LIFELINE TO MAKE FINAL TEN ON THE VOICE OF IRELAND was last modified: April 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Downingsshane mclaughlinThe Voice of Irelandlast_img read more

Judge drops animal-cruelty charges

first_imgLANCASTER – A judge Wednesday dismissed animal-cruelty charges against a Palmdale couple accused of failing to confine their two pit bulls that attacked and killed a neighbor’s small dog. Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Alan Rosenfield ruled that the facts of the case did not constitute animal cruelty. “The District Attorney’s Office is considering an appeal because we feel the judge’s ruling was erroneous,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. The charges against Jose Velasquez, 32, and his wife, Vilma, 35, were dismissed at their preliminary hearing. They were both free on a written promise to appear in court. In an incident the previous month, the pit bulls broke into the yard of the neighbor who owned the Shih Tzu and attacked a German shepherd that belonged to the neighbor’s son, Cromer said. That incident led to $600 in vet bills, Cromer said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Their attorneys did not return phone calls seeking comment. Cromer said the couple’s two pit bulls broke through their fence and attacked other dogs on two previous occasions before the fatal attack on the Shih Tzu on April 11, 2005, on Avenue Q-15. “They knew the dogs were dangerous, based on prior attacks, and they still failed to keep the dogs confined in their yard. One of the previous attacks was only two days before the charged incident,” Cromer said. The Shih Tzu was in a neighboring yard, Cromer said. In the incident two days earlier, the pit bulls broke through the fence at a neighbor’s house down the street and attacked another dog, another small breed, that suffered injuries resulting in more than $340 in veterinarian bills, Cromer said. last_img read more

Nelson plays for soldiers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Hundreds of patients, family members and hospital staff clapped and cheered Friday as Nelson walked into the hospital’s atrium. He opened, as usual, with “Whiskey River.” After more than an hour and 22 numbers – including standbys such as “On the Road Again” and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” – he finally set down his well-worn acoustic guitar and was mobbed by fans. – Associated Press Lachey may seek spousal support Nick Lachey wants what’s his, and maybe what’s Jessica Simpson’s. Willie Nelson warmed up for a concert by playing a long freebie gig for soldiers injured in Iraq. For the second straight year, Nelson squeezed in a show at Brooke Army Medical Center on Friday while he and his band were in San Antonio to play at the city’s annual rodeo. “I have a lot of respect for the military,” said Nelson, 72, an Air Force veteran. “I like to show them that I support them every chance I get. … We get as much out of it as (the soldiers).” A year ago, the singer wore out his voice singing 11 songs at the Army hospital and had to cancel his performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. In court papers filed Friday in response to Simpson’s Dec. 16 divorce filing, Lachey said he was reserving the right to seek spousal support, even though she has asked the court not to give him any. The singing couple, who starred in their own MTV reality show, “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica,” had no prenuptial agreement. He cited irreconcilable differences for the dissolution of the three-year marriage. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more