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

Gary Best heads CoI into mining death

first_imgFormer Guyana Defence Force Chief-of-Staff, Rear Admiral Gary Best has been sworn in to head the latestRear Admiral (Retired) Gary Best taking the oath to head the latest CoI on TuesdayCommission of Inquiry (CoI), this time to probe a mining death.This comes less than two weeks after 33-year-old miner Keon Wilson was killed after a mining pit collapsed on him at Rock Creek, Mining District Three, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Under the orders of President David Granger, the CoI was set up to investigate, examine, probe and report on the circumstances that led to the miner’s demise. The Rear Admiral took his oath before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday morning, and pledged that he would be impartial while executing his duties.After being sworn in, Best told media operatives that the CoI was a “step in the right direction” as it could establish blame for the fatal event.“The Commission of Inquiry is an important step in determining what happened…and to determine blameworthiness, if there is blameworthiness; whether or not the Government will implement those or not, that is for the Government – I trust that they will,” the former Army Chief explained.A preliminary report will be released in two weeks, the public was informed.Meanwhile, Best was questioned over concerns that only ex-military officers were being chosen to oversee the many CoIs set up. The Rear Admiral noted that while he did not see any difficulty in ex-military personnel or civilians conducting inquiries, he believed that “competence” of the individuals must be taken into consideration.Over 35 mining deaths have been recorded so far in Guyana over the past two years.last_img read more

‘Sorry’ Shujaa return to stone cold welcome

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 7 – As top five teams; South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, England and Australia battle for automatic 2016 Olympic Games qualification, Kenya have been left to pick the scraps of saving their Core Status in the HSBC World Series.With the 2014/15 season entering enters its penultimate legs in Europe next month pressure is on head coach Felix ‘Totti’ Ochieng to rescue Shujaa’s dignity after an underwhelming tour of the Far East. Ochieng swore Kenya would not be relegated under his reign and was confident his charges will finish the season on a high when the tour wraps with the Glasgow and London 7s tournaments next month.He was speaking when the crestfallen squad arrived back to Nairobi Tuesday to a low key reception where no officials from Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) or sponsors Kenya Airways were on hand to receive them at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.“The results were not favourable in Hong Kong it was so close yet too far and ended up playing in the Shield, but in Japan we started well but lost focus against South Africa and Canada. We are very disappointed with the results; our structures worked well but did not reflect in regards to the score sheet.“We have only two tournaments to go and I understand there is a lot of pressure in regards to relegation, I assure our fans we are on task despite the challenge. We have fallen a bit but we will rise, we will always keep on fighting,” Ochieng declared as his downcast players trudged off to a waiting van with heads hung low.– Sharp contrast-This was in stark contrast to the fanfare and grandeur that receives them when they perform well in the tour including sumptuous meals and in some cases, limousine rides as the gloom from the pour outing where Kenya scored a paltry four points from the Far East manifested itself.“I know Kenyan fans are very impatient but I can assure them the job will be done. I’m committed and I’d rather die than for Kenya to lose Core Status,” the head coach pledged.Shujaa failed to reach a second Main Cup quarter-finals of the season as Ochieng registered his worst returns since taking charge in January.He did not spare his boys criticism after they failed to maintain consistency that saw them lift the consolation Shield in Hong Kong before fading under in Tokyo where they were bundled out in the semis of the same competition by Argentina.-Bowl final-Kenya who are drawn in another uncompromising Pool B at Glasgow 7s in Scotland alongside series leaders South Africa, New Zealand and Samoa, must reach at least the Bowl final in at the penultimate leg to avoid relegation.“It’s a very tough pool South Africa and New Zealand are playing for Olympic qualifiers while Samoa are trying to climb the ladder so we have teams who are also playing for their lives just like us.“We have to respect the opposition but we don’t fear them. It’s not negotiable; we need to go out there and perform if we are to remain in the Series,” Ochieng underpinned.Experienced fly half Lavin Asego is out for the rest of the season after the Mwamba man was operated on in Japan after sustaining an ankle injury against the Blitzbokke.However, the coach was up beat Michael Wanjala and vice captain Collins Injera will recover in time ahead of Glasgow and London rounds.“Losing Asego was critical because he is a key player maker in combining the backs and the forwards but we will work hard in training to see his position is filled.”– Adema, Lugonzo vying-In Asego’s absence, Nondescripts’ Biko Adema and Homeboyz’s Augustine Lugonzo are in the frame to fill the void.Skipper Andrew Amonde, was downcast but looking forward to the side bouncing back to finish with a flourish.“Our performance was below limit and it was very pathetic. We are very sorry to our fans, sponsor and Union, this is the first time we have left the country down and the players are aware of it but we are going to work hard for the remaining legs.“We need to work more in the execution and score more tries, we are not afraid of relegation we are sure we will get back to form,” he rued.The series heads to Glasgow on the weekend of May 9 and 10 before wrapping up in Landon a week later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier-designate John Horgan’s leadership team announced

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – BC NDP Leader and premier-designate John Horgan announced his leadership team on Tuesday afternoon.Former BCIT President and Central 1 Credit Union CEO, Don Wright, will serve as Deputy Minister of Executive Council, Cabinet Secretary, and Head of the Public Service. Write will resign from Central 1, effective July 7 according to a release.Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs will serve as Chief of Staff to the Premier. Meggs has resigned from City Council in Vancouver to commit to working with the BC NDP full time.- Advertisement -Outgoing Chief of Staff and BC NDP Campaign Director, Bob Dewar, will stay on as Special Advisor to the Premier.Spokesperson for the transition and Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA, Carole James, says the announcement of the leadership team is a signal that Horgan is wasting no time getting to work.“John is getting to work for British Columbians by quickly putting together a capable leadership team,” said James. “He’s already working hard to deliver on the commitments he made to British Columbians, and the skill and experience brought by Don and Geoff to these important positions will help make that change a reality.”Advertisementlast_img read more

SOCCER ROUNDUP U.S. gets together to thump England

first_imgFrom news services Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly held a players meeting in their hotel room a day before the United States played England in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup. All meetings should be so productive. Having aired any grievances, the U.S. went on to defeat England, 3-0, on second-half goals from Wambach, Shannon Boxx and Lilly during a 12-minute span Saturday in Tianjin, China. Lilly, the 36-year-old captain, is playing in an unprecedented fifth Women’s World Cup. She and Wambach are almost psychic in anticipating each other’s moves. “She looks up; I look at her,” Wambach said. “We make eye contact and she just puts a perfect ball on the back post. I run in and put my head on the ball and it goes into the goal. No matter how far apart we can be distance-wise on the field we’re always connected.” Boxx made it 2-0 in the 57th after Whitehill stripped the ball from England’s Jill Scott near midfield. The ball fell to Boxx, who scored on a low, long shot that went in off the fingertips of surprised England goalkeeper Rachel Brown. “The first goal is always the hardest,” said Boxx, a South Torrance High graduate. “Once you get one, you can continue to get more and that’s what happened.” In the 60th, Lilly finally broke through with her first goal of this tournament and her eighth in World Cup play. A long ball from Whitehill from across midfield bounced high and fooled Brown, who went far from the net. She leaped and could only tip it, with Lilly running in behind to knock it home. “We feel like we’ve just been due,” Wambach said. “This team hasn’t shown its best. And the only way you can show your best is if you score goals and win games.” In another quarterfinal … Germany 3, North Korea 0: Defending champion Germany advanced to the semifinals with another shutout at Wuhan. Germany hasn’t allowed a goal in this World Cup, recording its fourth straight shutout. Kerstin Garefrekes, Renate Lingor and Annike Krahn scored as Germany wore down North Korea and booked a match with the winner of today’s Norway-China quarterfinal. In MLS matches … Crew 2, Toronto FC 1: Jason Garey and Jacob Thomas scored second-half goals and visiting Columbus extended Toronto FC’s skid to 11 games. Miguel Canizalez scored in the second minute for Toronto, breaking the team’s scoreless drought after a league-record 824 minutes. Red Bulls 2, Revolution 2: Juan Pablo Angel scored with six minutes remaining to lift New York to a tie with New England at East Rutherford, N.J. Real Salt Lake 1, Rapids 0: Kyle Brown scored in the 30th minute to propel RSL to a victory over visiting Colorado, ending its four-game winless streak.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We came together and we said: `Everybody get off your shoulders what you want to say,”‘ defender Cat Whitehill said. “It was just kind of an open forum for us. Just to say this is what I think is working, and this is what I think isn’t working. I think it really helped us.” The No. 1-ranked Americans advanced to Thursday’s semifinal in Hangzhou. The final is Sept. 30 in Shanghai, with the U.S. seeking a third title to go with the ones from 1991 and ’99. The Americans will meet the winner of today’s Brazil-Australia quarterfinal in Tianjin. After a scoreless first half, Wambach banged in a header in the 48th minute, directing home a corner kick from Lilly before a crowd listed at 29,000, although far fewer fans seemed to be in 60,000-seat Olympic Center Stadium. It was her fourth goal of the tournament and her 81st for the national team in 100 appearances. “The first goal is always critical in a match,” American coach Greg Ryan said. “It was difficult for England to get their game going again after that. They lost the momentum and we kept pressing, going after them.” last_img

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY Our Community School Open House Tour, 8 a.m., 16514 Nordhoff St., North Hills. Call (818) 920-5285. Emek Hebrew Academy/Teichman Family Torah Center will host Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, 5:45 p.m., 15365 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 784-0439 or (818) 720-2941. Valley Village Neighborhood Council Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Colfax Elementary School, 11724 Addison St. Call (818) 766-2932. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Doctors investigated for ‘spying’ on Sir Alex Ferguson in hospital

first_imgHe was in the crowd for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker The legendary former Manchester United boss had an emergency operation at the hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was discharged in June and has gone on to make a full recovery.The Sunday Times reports that at least two nurses are also being questioned after an audit of the computer system at Salford Royal.Investigators are said to suspect the staff were accessing Ferguson’s confidential notes to satisfy their personal curiosity.The case has been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which investigates data protection breaches. Most Read In Football scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sir Alex Ferguson greets the Old Trafford Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Dr Chris Brookes, chief medical officer for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs Salford Royal, told the newspaper: “Investigations are ongoing to determine if the individuals have accessed a patient’s record electronically without a clinical requirement or authorisation to do so.”Ferguson publicly thanked staff for the treatment he received in a video message released by Manchester United in June.He said: “Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today. So thank you from me and my family.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade latest On Saturday 5 May, the football world was rocked by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson had undergone surgery for a brain haemorrhage.Since then, the most successful manager in English football history has battled in a way only he knows how.Today, we bring you a special message. pic.twitter.com/NgGejgM46e— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 26, 2018Ferguson is British football’s most successful ever manager, having won 49 trophies across four decades.He retired as United boss in 2013 after 26 years at the helm but has remained a director of the club and is a regular at games home and away. 2 SORRY LATEST ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Doctors at a Manchester hospital are being investigated for allegedly prying into Sir Alex Ferguson’s medical records while he was in hospital fighting for his life.According to the Sunday Times, two doctors and a senior hospital consultant have been accused of illegally accessing the 76-year-old’s records when he was a patient at the Salford Royal hospital in May. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Alex Ferguson in the crowd at a Manchester United game PAYBACK REPLY last_img read more

Buffon explains why he turned down Ferguson and big spending Man City

first_img CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE Gianluigi Buffon has claimed to have turned down the chance to play in the Premier League by rebuffing offers from both Manchester clubs. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The legendary goalkeeper began his career at Parma, before moving to Juventus for £32m in 2001, where he spent 17 years, until signing for Paris Saint-Germain last July. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Now 41, Buffon will line up against Manchester United in the Champions League second leg last 16 tie on Wednesday and said Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign him during his peak years.“When I was a boy playing for Parma, Ferguson tracked me closely for two or three years, and he’d always send scouts to watch me,” he told BT Sport.“At the time, Parma was my world and I didn’t feel like leaving. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Buffon is now with PSG after a hugely successful career PSG v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT at 20:00 on Wednesday 6 March huge blow REVEALED “I later had a very big offer from Manchester City, when they started to build the team and become the most important side in Europe.“They wanted me to be the first signing, but I stayed at Juve.”During his spell in Italy, Buffon won nine Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia four times and also finished runner-up in Europe on two occasions with Juventus in 2003 and 2015.With 176 caps, Buffon has also made the most appearances for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006.last_img read more

‘Barca are a money-grabbing, greedy bunch of suits’ – Durham slams Spanish side

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 3 revealed But the Premier League have got their own back on Barcelona by charging Spanish fans the same price for an away ticket at Old Trafford. “Barca might be a big club, but they should be severely sanctioned.”“It’s the most expensive ticket to watch Man Utd EVER. It’s a disgrace!” 😡@talkSPORTDrive on Barca charging #MUFC fans £102 for #UCL tickets. pic.twitter.com/YxG3edr00c— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 21, 2019 “But UEFA need to act on this and fast. A cap on Champions League ticket prices should be in place and I am amazed it’s not in place already.“Until it is, UEFA should preserve the integrity of it’s top club competition by stepping in to sanction clubs who do this kind of thing.“Their motto at the Catalan club is ‘More than just a club’. Well Barcelona are also a money-grabbing, greedy bunch of suits who disrespect fans and I am glad they have got their comeuppance on this one.” United have confirmed they will use the extra cash generated to subsidise the costs of away tickets for their own supporters.And in an extremely passionate rant on Drivetime, Durham heaped praise on ‘class’ United and tore into their Spanish opponents. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow “It happens to United away fans a lot, they know exactly what I am talking about here – a price hike because United are in town.“Hence the song when United fans go away: ‘You’ve only come to see United’.“United have been very clever here and I will give them a lot of praise for this; they’re charging Barcelona fans the exact same price for the second leg at Old Trafford and using £27 of that ticket “price to subsidise United fans going over to the Nou Camp.“How brilliant is that? That’s clever – that’s how you treat football fans, that’s a touch of class from Manchester United. SORRY 3 whoops tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 He said: Sometimes, things happen in sport that make you angry, that leave you raging at decision-makers in the game and at individual clubs as well.“You’re left feeling like you’ve got very little faith left in football after some of these stories.“Barcelona may well be one of the biggest clubs in the world, but they should be severely sanctioned for charging Manchester United fans 102 of your English pounds to get into the Nou Camp to watch their Champions League quarter-final first leg.“It is the most expensive ticket to watch Manchester United ever and it is a disgrace. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker The Nou Camp is one of the most magnificent stadiums in the world Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Barca are charging United fans £102 per ticket for the Nou Camp clash – the most United fans have ever had to pay for a ticket outside of a major final. Adrian Durham has launched a furious tirade at Barcelona officials after it was revealed they would charge Manchester United fans record-breaking prices for their Champions League tie.After completing a sensational comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the round-of-16, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were drawn against the Catalan giants in a mouth-watering quarter-final clash.And if it required a monumental effort for  the team to make it the Camp Nou, it is going to be even harder for fans. Barcelona sailed through to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Lyon latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REPLY Marcus Rashford celebrates after sending Man United into the quarter-finals of the Champions League last_img read more

31-year-old goalkeeper dies from heart attack day before international game

first_imgCuracao’s back-up goalkeeper tragically died after suffering a heart attack before his country’s match with Haiti.Haiti’s sports minister, Edwing Charles, confirmed that Jairzinho Pieter died on Monday following a cardiac arrest in the Curacao team hotel. rookie error on target Twitter @Haiti-Tempo latest En tant que Ministre de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de l’Action Civique, je suis à l’Hotel Marriott pour accompagner la Fédération Haïtienne de Football dans le dossier concernant le décès du joueur de la Sélection de Curaçao, Jairzinho Pieter, victime d’une crise cardiaque. pic.twitter.com/D1Ezj9IIox— Me Edwing CHARLES (@EdwingMinistre) September 9, 2019A statement from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) said: “CONCACAF is deeply saddened by the passing of the Curacao National Team goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter, who passed away at the age of 31.“Jairzinho died on Monday morning in Port-au-Prince at the hotel in which the Curacao team are staying ahead of their CONCACAF Nations League match against Haiti.“The thoughts and prayers of our CONCACAF family are with his loved ones, the Curacao Football Federation and his team at this difficult time. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ “The Confederation has been informed by the Curacao Football Federation that following consultation with the players, it has decided to play tomorrow’s match against Haiti in tribute to their team-mate.“A moment of silence was conducted today in CONCACAF Nations League matches and will be held before kick-off tomorrow, as the entire Confederation pays its respect to Jairzinho for his contributions to the game.” He wrote on Twitter: “As Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, I am at the Marriott Hotel to accompany the Haitian Football Federation in the case concerning the death of the player of the Curacao Selection, Jairzinho Pieter, victim of a heart attack.”The match on Tuesday is still going ahead despite the unexpected death of the Curacao player with the squad said to be eager to play as a tribute to their late team-mate. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 1 Jarzinho Pieter died from a heart attack center_img statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals targets last_img read more