SOUTH BURLINGTON, VTiTech US, Inc. (iTech), a Vermont based company that specializes in Software Services and Application Development, has been named by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC-EF) as one of its 50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses. The official announcement will be made during the 23rd Anniversary CelebrAsian Annual National Business Opportunity Conference 08, on May 27-29 at the Hilton Washington hotel in Washington, DC. A special presentation will take place at The White House on May 28, and at the Excellence Awards Gala Dinner at the Hilton Washington the same evening. All of us at iTech are honored to receive this recognition from the USPAACC, the White House and our congressional leaders, said Kishore Khandavalli, the CEO of iTech. The growth has come from our ability to hire and retain good, high quality people. This recognition really validates the hard work and successes that weve had as a company We congratulate our 50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses for generating robust growth over the yearsyet another indicator that through innovation, hard work and ingenuity, Asian Americans are at the forefront as engines of growth in our national economy, said USPAACC-EF National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. To qualify for the ranking, companies must be owned by one or more Asian Americans (at least 51% ownership), among other eligibility criteria. Based on percentage revenue growth over three years, selection was determined through direct applications and nominations. All finalists and winners were independently verified by the accounting and consulting firm of BDO Seidman, LLP.The Conference connects the largest number of Asian American suppliers with buyers from Fortune 500 corporations, the Federal government and small/minority-owned business community. Through pre-scheduled one-on-one matchmaking meetings, participants learn about contract opportunities in the era of globalization and outsourcing, different procurement trends and requirements to enhance competitiveness in the marketplace.
USC coach Kevin O’Neill is very adamant that the Trojans’ identity is its defense, and that it needs to stop its opponents in order to have a chance to win.The Trojans (13-11, 5-6) deviated from their defensive-minded strategy in their first game against Oregon State, allowing the Beavers (9-14, 4-8) to score 80 points in a loss in January.“That was a stretch of the season where we relied too much on help [defense], and on [junior forward Nikola Vucevic] to change shots,” said junior guard Jio Fontan.Trojan played hard against the Beavers and it paid off.On Thursday, the Trojans displayed a renewed defensive toughness, defeating the Beavers 67-56 at the Galen Center.It was the first win in four attempts for O’Neill against Oregon State.“We played really good half-court defense,” O’Neill said. “We made some great hustle plays to get back in transition.”After trailing 11-6, the Trojans held the Beavers scoreless for more than seven minutes, going on a 12-0 run behind four points from senior forward Alex Stepheson.USC later went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead, and went into halftime leading 37-23.Oregon State cut USC’s lead to as little as five points in the second half, but the Trojans kept their defensive intensity, limiting the Beavers to 56 points, which was only one more than their season low.“We played more aggressively and smarter on defense,” Vucevic said.The Beavers are also renowned for their defense. They employ a 1-3-1 zone defense that is notorious for causing opposing teams to commit many turnovers.Oregon State came into the game leading the nation in steals, averaging 10.14 per game, and having committed less turnovers than their opponents in 14 of 22 games.The 1-3-1 zone defense did little to frustrate the Trojans though.The Beavers had nine steals, compared to five for USC, but the Trojans did a better job capitalizing on Oregon State’s mistakes, converting 28 points off turnovers, which was 18 more than the Beavers scored.The Trojans had 14 turnovers, compared to 19 for Oregon State.The Trojans were led by Vucevic, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.Stepheson had nine points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Donte Smith contributed 13 points off the bench.Freshman guard Maurice Jones fouled out with eight points and a game-high six assists.Oregon State had a balanced attack, with 10 players scoring at least two points, and no Beaver scoring more than 11 points.The Trojans next host Oregon on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Coming into their Los Angeles road trip, the Ducks have won four of their last five Pac-10 Conference games, including their last two.Ducks’ senior forward Joevan Catron is the reigning Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Ducks sweep Washington State and then-No. 20 Washington last weekend.In those two games, Catron averaged 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.USC fell at Oregon on Jan. 13, 68-62. In that game, which was the opening night of Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks led by as many as 20 points in the second half.Catron did not play because of an injury in the first match-up between the two teams.
The 21-year-old endured a frustrating 2016 season, struggling to find a permanent position in ex-coach Andrew McFadden’s side.Rumours swirled earlier this year that he could be on the way out after he posted a photo to Instagram from the Broncos training base in Brisbane.With the Warriors signing Kieran Foran, fresh rumours circulated last weekend that the exciting young prospect was looking to leave, but Lolohea dismissed those claims.”I’ll definitely for sure be at the Warriors next year,” Lolohea told Newshub.”I know there’s been a lot of talk about me in the media but I’m looking forward to staying here and learning off some of the people at the club.”I just want to let my football do the talking when the chance comes around and just prove people wrong.”McFadden was replaced by former Kiwi Test coach Stephen Kearney after the Warriors failed to make the finals for the fifth straight season.While the NRL hasn’t officially sanctioned Foran’s return after his stunning departure from the Eels, if he is permitted to play, Kearney will have one of the most fearsome spines in NRL history. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – who was injured for most of 2016 – will start at fullback, Foran will partner Shaun Johnson in the halves and Issac Luke will run things from dummy half. Lolohea will most likely find a home in the centres or on the wing, but has been used in the halves and at fullback in the past.
The 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.