first_imgThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) is warning importers that, in the New Year, there will be no wavier regarding the relevant documentation from the countries where food items are being brought.The GA-FDD on Saturday reminded food importers that Customs entry documents must be accompanied with the original health or free-sale certificate that must be issued by the regulatory authority of the country of origin, as is prescribed in the Food and Drug Act 32 (2), which states that “no article of food…shall be imported into Guyana unless the article wholly conforms to the law of the country in which it was manufactured or produced, and is accompanied by a certificate in prescribed form and manner that the article does not contravene any known requirement of the law of that country…” and its regulations.The GA-FDD disclosed that during 2017, it had been inundated with requests for waivers by importers, which is a clear violation of the Act.To this end, the GA-FDD has stated that for the upcoming year 2018, requests for such waivers will not be facilitated by the Department. It added that only custom entries that are accompanied with the relevant documents will cause the release of goods for sale on the local market.Moreover, importers are also advised to ensure that suitable and approved (licensed) storage facilities are available for the safe and protective storage of food items to be bought by consumers.This is a requirement according to section 8 of the Food and Drugs Act: “Any person who manufactures, prepares, preserves, packages or stores for sale any food under insanitary conditions is guilty of an offence.”The GA-FDD further warns that importers who are without the requisite storage facilities will not be allowed to import items of food to be released for sale to the general public.last_img read more

first_imgThree new ambassadors were accredited by President David Granger during separate ceremonies at State House on Wednesday.Those accredited were new Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to Guyana, David Solomonia; Non-Resident Ambassador Mohammed Ahmad Al-From left: Minister within the Communities Ministry, with responsibility for public affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; High Commissioner Haralambos Kafkarides; President David Granger; Mrs Kafkarides and Director General Audrey WaddellHayki, of State of Qatar and Non-Resident High Commissioner, Haralambos Kafkarides, of the Republic of Cyprus.Speaking at the accreditation ceremony of Ambassador David Solomonia, President David Granger said Guyana is looking forward to sharing experiences and expertise with the Republic of Georgia, as both countries move to pursue green development initiatives.The President noted that Guyana’s efforts to improve conditions of life for all its citizens and Georgia’s proven expertise in several fields of common interest represent a platform for enduring cooperation. He also underscored the fruitful bilateral cooperation that Guyana and Georgia have shared over the past six years. This cooperation has resulted in an agreement between the two countriesAmbassador of the Republic of Georgia to Guyana, David Solomonia laying a wreath at the Independence Arch at Brickdamfor visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports and the Memorandum of Understanding for political, economic and social cooperation between the Foreign Affairs Ministries of Guyana and Georgia. Additionally, Guyanese students have benefited from scholarships, which the President said has advanced relations and common interests.Echoing the President’s sentiments, Ambassador Solomonia said there is much scope for improved trade and economic exchanges between the two states which has the potential to significantly enhance social welfare and economic prosperity. Guyana and Georgia established diplomatic relations in April 2012, aimed primarily at promoting greater understanding and increasing people-to-people contact.Meanwhile, the President invited the State of Qatar to examine ways of investing in the development of the emergent oil and gas sector.According to the Head of State, Guyana and Qatar have utilised their membership in organisations such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of IslamicAmbassador Mohammed Ahmad Al-Hayki, of State of Qatar receives a military salute upon his arrival at State HouseCooperation (OIC) to advance their shared interests. This, he said, is a reflection of the two countries’ confidence in the efficacy of multilateral diplomacy to address international issues which are beyond the capacities of single states, strong or weak, rich or poor.Ambassador Al-Hayki informed that his country has committed to using its financial resources to invest in education, health and social welfare and human resources development.These investments have resulted in Qatar having one of the most advanced educational systems and some of the best universities in the world.Guyana and Qatar established diplomatic relations in August 1996.Additionally, received Letters of Credence were accepted from High Commissioner Haralambos Kafkarides, as the non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to Guyana. The new High Commissioner will reside in Brasilia, Brazil.President Granger said the relationship between the two countries is founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security.Meanwhile, High Commissioner Kafkarides said Cyprus attaches great importance to the strengthening of its relations with Guyana at both the bilateral and multilateral levels. “Our two countries have signed a number of bilateral agreements and we are discussing the conclusion of others. High-level official visits have also contributed to the enhancement of our bonds of friendship and cooperation,” he said.Guyana and Cyprus established formal diplomatic ties 45 years ago, in February 1972.last_img read more

first_img…willing to discuss issue with President Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is insisting that any changes to the composition formula used by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will have to be a model that encompasses impartiality.Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo posited that he is willing to have discussions with President David Granger on a new formula for the composition of the elections body but only if that new method would ensure impartiality at GECOM.“We’re not reticent to discuss anything but we are going to be very cautious to ensure that a formula that we have now enshrined in our Constitution, which emphasises impartiality and joint participation in selecting the Chairman, that that formula is not undermined in favour of one that will remove that consensus or impartiality,” he stated.At a press conference two weeks ago, President Granger said the ‘Carter Forumla’ that currently guides the composition of GECOM has exhausted its usefulness and that he will include it on the agenda to discuss with the Opposition Leader during their planned talks.The ‘Charter Formula’ refers to the composition of the Commission, which is comprised of six Commissioners – three from the Opposition and three from the Government’s side – and a Chairman appointed by the President in “meaningful consultations” with the Opposition Leader.This method was devised by former United States President Jimmy Carter following the controversial 1992 elections.However, President Granger has faced heavy criticism when he unilaterally appointed retired Justice James Patterson as the new GECOM Chairman last year after rejecting three lists of six nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader.This had once again reinforced the need for electoral reform, something which the Head of State recognises but told media operatives at his press conference on Friday that it would require consensus on both sides.“Yes we could consider the reform of GECOM, we are still working under the Carter Formula which we generally agreed to have exhausted its usefulness. It’s like having a cricket match with one umpire from each team… it is not a formula for consensus, it’s almost a formula for gridlock. So there needs to be a change… So I’m in favour of reform but we must adopt the architecture, we must adopt the procedures which are in place for other constitutional commissions,” the Head of State had asserted.However, Jagdeo on Thursday said he will have to seek clarity from the President as to his proposed model.“The President said we could use the model of other constitutional bodies and somehow there has been, in the minds of a few people, what those constitutional bodies are, which model. There are several constitutional bodies and most of these do not require two-thirds support of the National Assembly to be put in place – because I saw some comment that we should go with that model. So I have to seek out from the President which of these constitutional bodies he is talking about when he said we should use those as the model,” the Opposition Leader indicated.for decades now, election observer groups both internationally and regionally have been insisting that while GECOM’s purpose for existence is to administer free and fair electoral processes, Guyana should consider reforms that would reduce or eliminate the politicised composition of the election body in order to ensure independence and impartiality.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary Spring League basketball playoffs wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon.On the Juniors side, team Red outscored team Blue 24-18, Green beat Orange 20-15, while Yellow managed to get the win in a nail biter of a game against Lime Green, final score was 30-29.The Senior Girls games saw some intense action once again. Team Quigley squared off first against team Jiffy Lube, who ended up falling to the Q’s 49-38. The D. Bauer and Sunlife squads fought a much closer game, which ended in a 31-31 tie. Quigley ended up in first after all was said and done for the season, followed by Jiffy Lube. Sunlit and D. Bauer tied for 3rd place in the standings.- Advertisement -On the Sr. Boys hardwood, Sunlife beat Quigley to take 1st in the season standings, final score after four quarters was 72-57. D. Bauer beat Jiffy Lube 57-48 to take 3rd spot.last_img read more

first_img Arsenal should replace goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny 1 In his regular talkSPORT column on the Gunners, Arsenal fan Jamie Sanderson reveals why his patience with Wojciech Szczesny is wearing thin…Just when we thought we could finally forget about Arsenal’s goalkeeping troubles, Szczesny drops two clangers against Southampton, and ends up falling out with manager Arsene Wenger.David Ospina has stepped in, with Szczesny benched, but while the former has been fine in recent matches, he doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence.Ospina is a solid and reliable back up, somebody who can play cup matches and won’t let you down – but he’s not a first-choice regular at a club like Arsenal.Szczesny was given another chance at the weekend, against Brighton in the FA Cup, but struggled again and is now firmly our No.2.I’m a Szczesny fan but his attitude leaves big question marks. In less than three months he’ll be 25, so not a young man anymore. He shouldn’t be making basic errors and doing stuff like smoking in the showers.Can we trust him? I think it’s time we looked for another goalkeeper.A lot of the main options will be around in the summer, but we should look to get somebody now. Even if it means spending a little bit more.I’m sure Petr Cech could be convinced to quit Chelsea with a big contract offer, while Genoa’s Mattia Perin looks a real talent. Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic is another option I really like – and would be free to play in Europe.Let’s end the doubt and frustration over our goalkeeper issue and sign somebody quality now.Agree or disagree with Jamie? Let us know exactly what you think, by leaving a comment below…last_img read more

first_imgThe brilliant Boyle family honour their mum up Errigal.They came, they climbed and they raised a shed-load of money for the Donegal Alzheimer’s Association.The Boyle family from Errity in Manorcunningham decided they wanted to raise some funds for the group in honour of their beloved mum Ethna.Ethna, 69, suffers from Alzheimers so her six sons and six daughters all came together on Saturday last to climb Errigal. Two of the brothers traveled form Scotland while another two made the journey form their homes in England.And while it may have bucketed from the heavens, the group had an amazing time.Not only that but they managed to raise more than €1,400 for the group.And if you happened to miss the guys heading up Errigal and wanted to give them a couple of euro, then don’t panic. The group have set up a donation fund which will be open until the end of September.If you would like to add to their total then log onto HOW THE BRILLIANT BOYLE FAMILY CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN FOR MUM was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AlzheimersdonegalErrigalfundraiserlast_img read more

first_imgROWLAND HEIGHTS – When Deputy Jim Gilmartin met a little girl whose bicycle had been stolen, he didn’t just take down a report. He spent his own money to buy her a new bike, along with a backpack, because her family couldn’t afford school supplies, said fellow Deputy Tim Bryant, who also works in Rowland Heights. “That’s the kind of guy he is,” said another colleague, Deputy Robert Mackenzie. “Everyone likes him.” Gilmartin, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 16 years, has patrolled Rowland Heights for the past six. The 41 year-old isn’t used to taking sick days – until recently when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Four weeks ago, he underwent surgery to remove about 15 percent of the three-centimeter tumor and is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the rest of it. In about a month, he will know if the treatments are starting to work, Gilmartin said. Bryant and Mackenzie are helping to organize a barbecue fundraiser to help defray his medical expenses. Albertsons and Starbucks are sponsoring the event, from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Albertsons, 19725 Colima Road in Rowland Heights. Donated food, bakery items and gift baskets from Starbucks and Albertsons will be raffled off and tickets can be bought at the event. The department’s special enforcement bureau will bring an armored vehicle and a police dog. Those who want to help can also send a donation to the “Sheriff’s Relief Fund #332, care of Jim Gilmartin” to the Walnut Sheriff’s Station, 21695E. Valley Blvd., Walnut, CA 91789. Gilmartin, who is married with two children, said he loves his job and patrolling Rowland Heights. “I’m not giving up. I really want to go back to work in the field,” he said. “I miss my partners. I miss doing good things out there.” Employees at the Starbucks on Colima and Fairway said they wanted to get involved in organizing the barbecue because they got used to seeing Gilmartin, Mackenzie and Bryant drop by for their morning coffee. “He’s been coming in for like six years. When we found out, we had to do something,” said assistant store manager Laura Willemstyn. Community members are also showing their support for Gilmartin, who is described in a posting on the Rowland Heights Coordinating Council Web site as “the tall deputy (6’6″) with the perpetual smile on his face (unless you are one of the bad guys).” Gilmartin said he is touched by the concern and plans to attend Saturday’s barbecue. “I just want to show up and see everyone,” he said. “I don’t care what they give me \, but it’s so nice they are doing that.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want 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_imgSPORT: Are you 40+ years old this year and still playing GAA or looking to play football for your county? Donegal Gaelic Masters are now registered to compete in the Gaelic Masters Association Championship this summer. Players who are interested in playing for the Donegal Masters team can register at the Player registration meeting which will be held at Mc Cumhaills Social Centre in Ballybofey on the 11th May at 7-30pm.All details of the management team, insurance, fees, championship, training and matches etc will be discussed at the meeting.For more information contact 0879604817 or email donegalgaelicmasters@outlook.comAs the Gaelic Masters motto goes “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing!” So come along and join the ranks of other 40 something players who are active and playing football within the county!ARE YOU 40? DONEGAL GAELIC MASTERS ARE LOOKING FOR PLAYERS was last modified: May 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAGaelic MastersSportlast_img read more

first_imgColombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero has been so impressive at the World Cup that he is now at the centre of a bidding war, with Tottenham and Real Madrid eager for his signature.The attacking midfielder is on loan at Argentina’s River Plate from Porto and has been in scintillating form in Russia alongside Falcao and James Rodriguez. 3 Quintero has been the heart of Colombia’s midfield in Russia He could well put an end to England’s World Cup hopes on Tuesday having scored a free kick against Japan in the group stage, but nevertheless Spurs are keen to bring him to the Premier League.However, the 25-year-old playmaker’s club future is complicated. Porto signed Quintero in 2013, where he made 42 appearances and scored six goals, but he has spent the last three seasons out on loan at Rennes, Independiente Medellin and now Buenos Aires outfit River, where he signed a one-year loan deal in January. The deal did not include a recall clause, but gave River the option to make the deal permanent with a sum of €3.25 million for 80 percent of his rights, after paying an initial sum of €500,000.Though Real and Spurs are willing to pay big bucks to sign him, especially after his World Cup campaign, it is River who are in control. Should they complete the deal to make Quintero’s stay in Argentina a permanent one, clubs will have to pay a minimum of €22 million to release him.And should Colombia defeat England on Tuesday, that figure is likely to go up. England will want to silence Quintero in their knockout match on Tuesday center_img 3 He has made 13 appearances for the Buenos Aires outfit and scored once 3 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

first_img 7. Cardiff City’s Ninian Park (1910-2005) 1. Tottenham’s White Hart Lane (1899-2017) – click the arrow above to see more lost English league grounds 17 17 17 2. Arsenal’s Highbury (1913-2006) 12. Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Park (1903-1995) 6. Swansea’s Vetch Field (1912-2005) 17 Tottenham Hotspur are set to move to their new stadium, despite news which will see the opening delayed.They had planned to play their first game back in N17 against Liverpool on September 15 but fans most now wait a little longer and many are now reminiscing about their time at White Hart Lane, the world famous home of the Spurs. 17 10. West Ham’s Upton Park (1904-2016) 17. The original Wembley Stadium (1923-2000) 17 9. Sunderland’s Roker Park (1898-1997) 16. Wimbledon’s Plough Lane (1912-1998) 4. Southampton’s The Dell (1898-2001) 13. Derby County’s Baseball Ground (1890-1997) 17center_img 11. Millwall’s The Den (1910-1993) 17 5. Brighton’s Goldstone Ground (1901-1997) 17 15. Leicester City’s Filbert Street (1891-2002) 17 8. Stoke City’s Victoria Ground (1878-1997) 17 17 17 14. Coventry City’s Highfield Road (1899-2005) 17 17 Football clubs may move on in this modern era but supporters will always remember their team’s old home – indeed, the fans’ old home.Take a look at some of the grand old grounds we’ve lost from English and Welsh football in recent times below. 17 3. Manchester City’s Maine Road (1923-2003) 17last_img read more