May 14

Ronaldo skips questions following Portugal victory

first_imgThe 32-year-old netted the only goal of the game to help the European champions to victory in Moscow, beating goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev from close range early on.As man of the match, he was due to appear in front of the press, but Ronaldo was in no mood to take any questions amid ongoing uncertainty about his future at Madrid and stuck to a few prepared words on Portugal’s win.”Obviously we are very happy, it is the first time that Portugal wins in Russia,” he stated.”I think the team played very well. We played against an opponent playing at home with a home crowd, a team which pressured us, but we were better.”We had more opportunities and we were just winners. We have four points and we have to congratulate our team.”Ronaldo also skipped his media duties after winning the man of the match award following Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead.The Madrid star has been making headlines in recent weeks following accusations that he defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.Reports have since suggested he has set his sights on a move away from Madrid and Spain, although club president Florentino Perez stressed this week they have no intention of selling the former Manchester United man.Ronaldo himself has yet to comment on the latest developments and his actions at the Confederations Cup suggest he does not plan to open up on his plans for the future any time soon.last_img read more

January 13

Importers protest F&DD

first_imgSeveral local importers on Friday staged a protest in front of the Ministry of the Presidency claiming that they are denied basic rights, including the right to be heard by the F&DD Head, Marlon Cole.Protesting businesspersons outside the Ministry of the Presidency on WednesdaySpeaking to the media, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sueria Manufacturing, Frank Sanichara said that several importers have written to the President on the issue with F&DD.“We wrote to the President and I want to thank him for acknowledging our letter. And he said he has forwarded it to the Minister of Health, but if the Minister cannot direct this man, who do we go to?”He said the group has made several complaints to officials to address their concerns, including Prime Minster Moses Nagamootoo and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin.“They have received different correspondence from different companies but what is it they have done to address our problem?” He said to date, the importers are still awaiting a meeting with Government to discuss the issue.“If we are writing you for months, and you are not taking care of us, why do you think other people would want to come? You have to take care of your local investors here so that they can make a good recommendation for you. This is total nonsense,” Sanichara said.He said many brokers, investors and importers are afraid to speak out for fear of further victimisation.The importers are claiming that Cole has been deliberately preventing products from coming into the country and the importers have already filed a lawsuit against him.However, F&DD through numerous press statements have been imploring on importers to have their products registered as required by law. According to the regulations importers of food items that are to be released on the local market must be accompanied by the relevant documentation which includes and in some cases is notlimited to: a Free Sale Certificates or a Health Certificate and/or a Certificate of Analysis.The laws of Guyana Chapter 34:03, Section 32(2) ; and its regulations # 10 of 1977 part 13 states that “ Except as provided by the regulations, no article of food , drug, cosmetics or devices shall be imported into Guyana unless the Article wholly confirms to the Laws of the country in which it was manufactured or produced and is accompanied by a certificate in prescribe form and manner that the article does not contravene any know requirements of the laws of that country and that its sale therein would not constitute a contraventions of the law.Only recently at an importation awareness session at the Grand Coastal Inn, Cole pointed out that iimporters are only 50% of importers are actually on the department’s register. While not naming anyone, Cole said that only one company in Guyana presents importation documents, which are readily in order. “If you come to the department and your document is not right, we say request a waiver from the country that the product is shipped from, “ he said. However, in many cases persons would abuse the measure put in place , “and so we have problems with authenticity of products,” he had said.Only recently, the F&DD had to stamp its authority on the importation of the Lilac Milk and issued the recall of the milk on two grounds – the product’s noncompliance with Food and Drug Regulation (12) of 1977, which prohibits distributing a product in Guyana that is not distributed in its country of origin. The distribution company, International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA), have since admitted its LAILAC product was not sold in France, the country of origin but only in the Third World.Meanwhile, Guyana Times made futile efforts to contact Cole on Wednesday for a comment on the protest by the local importers.When contacted on Wednesday, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin told this publication that he indeed received complaints from the importers but such issues do not fall under his purview. (Alexis Rodney)last_img read more

January 13

City Hall audits to commence this week

first_imgThe long-awaited audit of City Hall is underway after Town Clerk Royston King wrote to the Auditor General’s Office on February 28, requesting the audit.The audit will continue with an examination of City Hall’s financial statements, this week.Auditor General Deodat SharmaAuditor General Deodat Sharma recently confirmed that the request has been taken up. In an interview with this publication, Sharma related that the audit being carried out was twofold; one part would be a stock audit, while the other would be a financial audit.“Right now, we’re at accounts. It’s two parts. We’re trying to look at the stocks, end of year. And we’re asking to audit the financial statements. So, we will start that (this week),” he had said.Sharma related that auditors have been able to get city officials to cooperate. He also recalled the work of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). He noted, however, that some of the records from a few years back were missing, but reiterated that City Hall officials were cooperating.“We’re getting (officials) to cooperate. This is an audit that was long outstanding. We started from 2012, so there will be some gaps. So, we have to find out what happened to the records. We’ll be looking at all of that. But they only gave us from 2012 to 2016.”There have been persistent calls for City Hall to be fully audited. Back in 2015, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) had received two grants under the Communities Ministry’s Capital Programme for the “Georgetown Restoration Programme”, in addition to the “Emergency Solid Waste Management of Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill”.Each multimillion-dollar grant was based on Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between the Communities Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and the capital city’s Town Clerk.According to the Auditor General’s Report, there were several “discrepancies” in the way the allotted monies to the City Council was spent during the year. According to reports, after examining 212 payment vouchers, a number of discrepancies were found, including hundreds of instances where there was no evidence of the payment vouchers being certified by the accountant or another authorised officer.Last year, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor Bishram Kuppen had written to the press. In the letter, he had expressed dissatisfaction that the motions for an audit of the municipality’s affairs were denied.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green had denied all suggestions that she was stymieing attempts to conduct an audit into City Hall. In fact, she claimed she had been the one calling for an audit.“Since 2012, I’ve said it that we are open to an audit whenever and by whoever. I want it to be clearly said that I have no objections to any audit. Since 2011 I have been calling for an audit for the City Council. When the PPP was in Government, they did not take heed and now in 2016, you’re hearing all the cries for an audit. I still don’t have any objections,” Chase Green had declared.In his letter, the PPP Councillor had cited the accusations of corruption and mismanagement levelled against the Council. He had also mentioned the millions of dollars in revenue the city had collected, with important services still unprovided and financial difficulties being cited.Kuppen had also referred to the $8 million donation from the Chinese Government, intended to assist the clean-up campaign in Georgetown.last_img read more

December 30

Liverpool FC boss Klopp gets Mullered, best away fans and Wenger laughs at Mourinho

first_img2 BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: NOVEMBER 2015As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2015 and today we look back at November. It was a month that saw Liverpool linked with an unlikely move for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, prompting us to mock up a picture (above) of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp getting ‘Mullered’… with a Muller fruit corner yogurt, naturally.Here’s the best of the rest.MOST POPULAR – RONDA ROUSEY KNOCKED OUTHolly Holm shocked Ronda Rousey with a second round knockout to take the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, in November.VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RONDA ROUSEYHolm landed a vicious head kick to record one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history.MOST POPULAR FEATURE – TOP FIVE SETS OF AWAY FANS IN ENGLISH FOOTBALLAccording to talkSPORT presenter, Adrian Durham. Find out which fans make his top five, here. Klopp gets Muller 2 MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW – STAN COLLYMORE REACTS TO ONLINE TROLLS AFTER PICTURES RELEASED DURING VILLA V CITY MATCHCollymore, who was alongside Sam Matterface on talkSPORT’s live commentary game between Aston Villa and Man City, was captured in the press box sticking his thumb down when former Villan Fabian Delph came on for the visitors.A video was uploaded on social media and some fans tweeted their disagreement at Stan’s action, but the talkSPORT presenter hit back with a reasoned, passionate explanation: “When I put my hand out and give the thumbs down, that’s the supporter in me saying that I disapprove of this guy as a fan.“But with the words coming out of my mouth, when he’s playing football: ‘good pass from Delph, good challenge from Delph, poor pass from Delph’, I treat him the same as everybody else.”Check out Stan’s full explanation here.TALKSPORT.COM PICK OF THE MONTHOver on talkSPORT’s YouTube channel, this video mash up of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho got plenty of thumbs up…last_img read more

December 29

Whiskey distillery breathes new life into famous Donegal factory

first_imgThree Donegal men are on the cusp of completing their new venture into whiskey distilling – and bringing the craft back to Donegal for the first time in 180 years.Crolly Distillery, located in the former Crolly Dolls Factory, will be a fully-functional distillery and visitor centre which aims to attract tourists and whiskey enthusiasts from all over the world to West Donegal.Joe Devenney from Annagry, Conor McMenamin from Ballybofey and Kieran Davis from Letterkenny are the men behind the exciting Donegal whiskey revival project. The team are delighted to be bringing new life to the former Crolly Doll factory and envisage the first liquid gold will flow through their pot stills in early 2020. Founders of Crolly Distillery – Kieran, Joe and ConorA state-of-the-art visitor centre will open in 2021 for specialist whiskey tours and tastings. It aims to attract 20,000 visitors in year one, with hopeful growth in these projected tourism figures going forward. Whiskey was last (legally!) produced in Donegal by William Leatham at the Bohillion Distillery in Burt but those stills fell silent in the early 1840’s. Three years ago, Joe, Conor and Kieran set about reviving the craft and reviving the famous  Crolly Doll factory, which has lain dormant for twenty years until now.Crolly Distillery constructionThe location was selected alongside the Dore River as it provides ideal climatic conditions to slowly age a high-quality single malt Irish whiskey. Authenticity and originality are at the core of this endeavour and this sets Crolly apart. ‘If it’s Crolly on the bottle, it’s Crolly in the bottle’ is the mantra of the boutique distillery, which will produce in small batch volumes of an artisan, delectable single malt whiskey (50,000 litres of pure alcohol annually). The promoters have invested heavily to create a distillery which will be as sustainable and green as possible, harvesting rain water and recycling heat energy from the mashing and distillation process. The founders have also sourced two beautifully restored ex-cognac copper pot stills from the South of France and grade A ex-bourbon oak casks shipped from the United States for their premium product.Crolly WhiskeyThe Crolly Distillery story has already begun with the Founder’s 180 Club Cask Programme. The investment programme invites whiskey lovers to acquire one of the very first casks of Donegal-produced Irish whiskey from The Crolly Distillery. There are just 180 individually numbered casks available, and owning a cask allows members to be part of an exclusive Crolly club.Since the Crolly Factory renovations began, the distillery founders and promoters have been struck by the fond memories and anecdotes shared with them from locals – and they want to preserve those memories in the visitor centre and online in the future. The team are requesting your Crolly memories, be they pictures or written word, to hello@thecrollydistillery.com  The worldwide chatter about the ‘the goings on’ in Crolly has already resulted in 50 Founders 180 Club casks sold at home and abroad.Cheers to that!Tugann an ghníomhaireacht rialtais, Údarás na Gaeltachta, tacaíocht don tionscnamh seo.Whiskey distillery breathes new life into famous Donegal factory was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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)last_img read more

December 27

DEAL CLOSE! Tottenham set to seal Davinson Sanchez signing from Ajax

first_img1 The Colombia international is closing in on a £35million move to north London Tottenham are preparing to smash their club transfer record to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, according to reports.The Colombia international was the Dutch club’s Player of the Year last season and is closing in on a £35million move to north London.According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is in Amsterdam to thrash out a deal with the Eredivisie outifit, ahead of completing his side’s first piece of business of the summer transfer window.The versatile defender is able to play at centre-back and right-back and would further strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s defensive options.Sanchez’s potential transfer would go some way to silencing critics of the Premier League’s runners-up recruitment policy, with defender Danny Rose voicing his concerns in an explosive interview with The Sun.last_img read more

December 25

United for reform?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The two have agreed to push for an audit of the LAUSD bureaucracy and a performance review of its teachers – two reforms that the board and other LAUSD insiders have long resisted. This is a hopeful sign that Brewer will be truly independent of the board that hired him. And perhaps, working with his good friend the mayor, the two can begin the process of turning the LAUSD around. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EVEN though the Los Angeles school board selected the new schools superintendent without consulting the mayor, that hasn’t stopped David Brewer III and Antonio Villaraigosa from joining in what can only be called a reform-minded lovefest. At their first weekly meeting last week, it was all smiles and good cheer. Villaraigosa called Brewer his “good friend,” and gushed that by the meeting’s end, they were “finishing each other’s sentences.” But more important, this pair is seemingly united on the needs of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “I’m now even more certain there’s a meeting of the minds when it comes to reform at L.A. Unified,” Villaraigosa said. Or as Brewer put it, “The mayor and I are going to transform this school district.” last_img read more

December 17

AFF Houston’s Noelle Mandell Nationally Recognized

first_imgYou are shaping a generation through America’s Future Foundation.  AFF Houston chapter leader Noelle Mandell was recognized in Red Alert Politics.  Upon learning of the honor, Noelle explained why she sees great promise in the future:“[AFF has] an amazing track record of supporting and empowering individuals on the ground to create spaces for like-minded people to come together and network for a purpose, to learn and promote a freer society while fostering lifelong relationships.”AFF empowers Millennials to advocate the ideas of liberty in their local communities.  Houston is America’s 4th largest city and a hotbed of progressive activism in Texas.  But because of your support, AFF chapters are in America’s largest cities promoting free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility.Noelle further reports,“I’m excited to be pioneering a new chapter of a nation-wide organization with an amazing track record for supporting and empowering individuals. I can now make a bigger on-the-ground impact by creating spaces for like-minded individuals to come together and network for a purpose. It’s a great way to promote a freer society while fostering life-long relationships.”With your help, AFF-Houston has hosted a parade of great speakers including economist Bob Murphy and AFF executive director Roger Custer.  These speakers are equipping Houston’s young leaders with the knowledge and determination to fight government overreach and recruit more of their friends and colleagues to the liberty movement.Because of your unique investment, AFF continues to grow in strength and numbers and recapture America’s promise.  You are connecting, empowering, and promoting the next generation of liberty-minded leaders like Noelle nationwide.You can meet AFF’s other chapter leaders here.last_img read more

December 15

PayPal President David Marcus Is Taking His Talents To Facebook

first_imgdan rowinski A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#Facebook Messenger#instant messaging#Mobile Payments#PayPal The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos David Marcus is getting out of the payments business. PayPal’s president is leaving his post at the Web’s largest payments processor to join Facebook as its vice president of messaging products.Marcus has been at PayPal since 2011. He was the founder and CEO of Zong, a mobile payments provider for gaming and social networking companies, before it was acquired by PayPal in July 2011. Marcus also founded Echovox and GTN Telecom, both of which were acquired.After Zong bought PayPal, Marcus became VP and general manager of mobile at PayPal before being promoted to president of the eBay-owned payments platform in April 2012. At Facebook, Marcus will take charge of Facebook Messenger. The social giant recently rolled out Messenger into its own stand-alone app for smartphones and tablets outside of the standard Facebook app. Facebook said in a statement:Every day around 12 billion messages are sent on Facebook, and in April we announced that Messenger, our standalone messaging app, is now used by more than 200 million people every month. We’re excited by the potential to continue developing great new messaging experiences that better serve the Facebook community and reach even more people, and David will be leading these efforts.Marcus will definitely fit in with the ethos at Facebook. Marcus is a believer in social media and of company executives engaging with customers via social channels. In an onstage interview at a ReadWrite Mix event earlier this year, Marcus told ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas his thoughts on being accessible to customers on social media.“If you lead a company, you’re the master of your calendar,” Marcus said. “You need to know what’s important and what’s not. For me, my customers are my number one priority and that’s it. If someone has an issue, no matter who you are or how big or small you are, it’s our mission to solve it for them. And I’m fanatical about this.”last_img read more