Local laboratories to meet international standards – GNBS

first_imgThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) seeks to have more accredited laboratory testing facilities conforming to international standards as part of the agency’s strategic plan for the next five years.GNBS Conformity Department Head Candelle Walcott-BostwickLocal manufacturers are set to benefit from more accredited laboratories shortly. Products prepared for export will be tested and accompanied by certificates enabling their acceptance on the international market.GNBS Conformity Department Head Candelle Walcott-Bostwick, in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), explained: “Quite recently, we would have received notification that the US FDA [Food and Drug Administration] will be enforcing certain requirements where local manufacturers involved in food manufacturing will have a HACCP system in place and the laboratories that they use for testing must be accredited. HACCP is the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system that allows a food manufacturer to identify the risk or the areas of contamination, while involved in the manufacturing process from start to the end.”According to the US FDA website, HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.These local testing facilities will serve as certification and inspection bodies, accredited and meeting the requirements of an international standard. The GNBS has set goals for the next five years to stress the need for standards to be embraced in the business environment, benefitting both the manufacturer and consumer.The primary goals of the GNBS will see a more effective means of fulfilling duties captured in its mission and vision. Walcott-Bostwick noted, “At GNBS, our primary goals really set out to show how we first work with consumers, with industry and stakeholders, communicating with them the benefits and the role of the GNBS.”The GNBS recently finalised a five-year strategic plan providing the opportunity for stakeholders to embrace standards, since standards add value to the quality of life.The agency is also working towards building quality infrastructure to support trade, inspection and certification bodies.last_img read more

‘Firestone Liberia Committed to Upholding Rule of Law’

first_imgCompany responds to “inflammatory media reports”The management of Firestone Liberia Inc. (Firestone Liberia) says it is deeply concerned about “recent false and inflammatory media reports” regarding the company’s Liberian leadership and labor practices.In a statement released Thursday, January 31, 2019, Firestone Liberia said “remarks implying that the company’s Liberian managers are responsible for unspecified ‘bad labor practices’ illustrate a very misinformed perspective of Firestone Liberia’s management team, and our managers’ ongoing efforts to maintain the job security and improve the general welfare of our more than 6,000 employees plus their dependents.”Firestone Liberia, the country’s largest private employer and partner to Liberia for 93 years, employs approximately six thousand (6,000) direct employees, of which more than 99.7 percent are Liberian citizens, the statement said. “The management of Firestone Liberia, and its parent company, Bridgestone Americas, hold its Liberian leadership in the highest regard, and have the utmost confidence in their abilities and competency to perform their duties. Firestone Liberia is very proud of its practice of hiring and promoting Liberians up to the highest levels of leadership, where they sit at the table with other company executives and parent company management to shape the company and help lead its direction.”Also, regarding ongoing media reports concerning certain employees who were alleged to have been unfairly dismissed from the company, Firestone Liberia asserts that the company is operating fully within the laws of Liberia, including the country’s Decent Work Act and with great sensitivity to the rights of all its employees.“Despite the company’s significant efforts to find an acceptable solution and compromise to the situation where the employees in question refused to show up for work, a resolution could not be found, and they were terminated, per company policy, for abandoning their jobs,” the company said.The management of Firestone Liberia says it “does not reach decisions such as the termination of employees without considerable thought.” Throughout the decision-making process, management said it informed the employees in question, their union representatives and the Ministry of Labour, that their continued absenteeism would constitute the abandonment of their jobs, and subject them to dismissal as provided by law.“Instead of heeding these warnings,” Firestone Liberia explained, “these two employees refused to return to work, thereby choosing to abandon their jobs while other similarly situated employees returned to work and were granted requested excused time off to perform their union related activities. The return of these two dismissed employees to the employ of Firestone Liberia would be unfair to all others who have faithfully reported for work and is thus not an option being considered by management, and this position has been clearly communicated.”The management of Firestone Liberia says it remains committed to upholding the rule of law, to fair dealing with all employees, and to working in partnership with the government and people of Liberia to enhance the employment sector in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Health Minister looking into oil and gas review

first_imgThe B.C. Ministry of Health Services has responded to requests for an inquiry into the oil and gas activities in the province.In a statement, Health Minister Mike de Jong says, “We agree that a review of the possible health effects of this project is a reasonable request and are aware that considerable work around this topic already exists. We are currently working on a plan around the scope and nature of this review.”- Advertisement -The Minister’s response comes just days after several environmental groups called for a public inquiry into the environmental and health implications of the shale gas industry.Furthermore, in January, the Peace Environment and Safety Trustees had called for an inquiry into whether oil and gas companies were properly protecting the public from chemical emissions. They had also previously called for an inquiry into the 2009 sour gas leak at an Encana facility.Minister de Jong had also heard residents’ concerns about the oil and gas industry at the first town hall held in Fort St. John last month, says Stephen May, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.May says that, right now, the process is still in the planning stages, determining what needs to be looked at and is reviewing past studies. He says the ministry has not even determined what form the process will take; whether it will be a public inquiry, review or other form. However, he says that the ministry plans to keep the process as open and transparent as possible, but it is dependent on time and financial resources.Advertisementlast_img read more

World class! Peter Crouch hails England record-breaker Wayne Rooney on talkSPORT

first_imgPeter Crouch paid tribute to Wayne Rooney on talkSPORT after the Manchester United forward became England’s all-time leading marksman.Rooney scored from the penalty spot against Switzerland on Tuesday night to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing haul of 49 goals Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday, Stoke striker Crouch said of his former international teammate’s achievement: “It’s incredible.“The fact he has stayed at the top for so long is the most amazing thing.“He is a class player. We have probably got two or three world class players and he certainly came into that category when I was in the squad.“He has got so much ability and it is not just the goals he brings to the team, it is the all-round performances as well.”last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal family is one of two who have taken a High Court challenge over resource hours for their children who have special needs.The two families, whose children are Down Syndrome, have been successful in getting more than four extra hours for their children each week.The extra hours were granted by President of the High Court, Justice Nicholas Kearns. Speaking after the case, Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty said he was very happy for both families.“I am delighted that the parents have been successful in the High Court challenge and that the maximum resource hours have been allocated to the children at the centre of this case.“Today’s outcome is a vindication of the long campaign that the parents have fought to ensure that their children receive the appropriate resource hour allocation. I commend them on their tireless campaign and on their victory today.“It is also an indictment of the Government’s approach to this issue and I look forward to the day when parents of children with Down Syndrome or other conditions no longer have to battle with the state in order to ensure that their children’s needs are recognised and appropriate supports put in place.”DONEGAL FAMILY GETS EXTRA RESOURCE HOURS FOR THEIR CHILD IN HIGH COURT BATTLE was last modified: June 27th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgMr Flaherty leaves Donegal Circuit CourtTHE skipper of a Galway trawler failed to declare a total of 187 tonnes of mackerel landed in Killybegs in 2003 and 2004, it has been alleged in court.Sean Flaherty, who is 63 and from Rossaveel in Co Galway, appeared before Donegal Town Circuit Court to face four charges brought by the Attorney General. A jury of four women and eight men heard on the first day of the trial that the State would prove that records obtained in Garda raids showed that Mr Flaherty had failed to properly log his catch on four occasions in 2003 and 2004.Thomas O’Connell, senior counsel for the State, told the jury that documents obtained during Garda investigations from fishing agents and fish processors will prove the landing on each of the days in question were quite different from what Mr Flaherty recorded.“These documents will show that the landing declaration in each instance is false; supported in some part from receipts from the processors,” alleged Mr O’Connell in his opening statement.“Significantly more fish was caught than was declared.”Going through each of the charges of failing to accurately record his landing of mackerel, Mr O’Connell alleged that in total – on November 13, 2003, December 11, 2003, December 16, 2003 and January 8, 2004 – Mr Flaherty failed to declare landing 187 tonnes of herring.The trial continues.GALWAY SKIPPER FAILED TO DECLARE 187 TONNES OF FISH IN KILLYBEGS, COURT HEARS was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal TownKillybegsRossaveelSean Flahertylast_img read more

Fastest players in the Premier League – top 10 ranked by top speed reached

first_img Joint 4. Brad Smith: 35.19km per hour 6. Kyle Walker: 35.18km per hour 10 Speed is a vital component of the modern footballer, but who was the fastest player in the Premier League last season?Find out the answer in the gallery above, according to Premier League stats. 2. Marcus Rashford: 35.21km per hour 10 Joint 7. Erik Pieters: 35.1km per hour 10 10 10 9. James McClean: 35.04km per hour 10 1. Shane Long: 35.31km per hour 10 3. Matt Phillips: 35.2km per hour Joint 4. Lynden Gooch: 35.19km per hour Joint 7. Jamie Vardy: 35.1km per hour 10. Eden Hazard reached a top speed of 35.03km per hour in the 2016-17 season – click right to count down to number one 10 10 10last_img read more


first_imgVoodoo Venue has been nominated for a prestigious award by IMRO and reiterates its status and standing as a leader in the entertainment industry in the North-West.Voodoo Venue is without doubt the most popular clubbing venue in the North-West with revellers descending on the premises every week.Dedicated to providing seven days of live music entertainment it’s no surprise Voodoo Venue has been recognized for its effort. It’s a testament to the hard-work and dedication of their management and staff who constantly strive to make Voodoo Venue the No.1 venue for Live Music.The Greenroom area of Voodoo is a hugely popular and has provided platforms for local bands and artists to showcase their talents.Neighbours McGinleys Bar and McGrory’s in Culdaff have also been nominated for awards.If you’d like to vote for Voodoo Venue then simply click on the link below and cast your vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/imrovenueawards VOODOO VENUE SHORTLISTED FOR ULSTER LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: January 16th, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesIMROLive Music AwardsnewsNominatedVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

first_imgEden Hazard’s penalty put Chelsea ahead after a cagey first half bristling with animosity and ill-feeling between the two sides and managers.Hazard won the penalty after a superb jinking run that saw him fouled by Laurent Koscielny, who was lucky not to be sent off.Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho exchanged angry words after a late challenge by Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez near the touchline, with Wenger moving out of technical area and pushing the Portuguese.On the pitch there was little in the way of goalmouth action to a game delayed by 15 minutes because of an “incident” – believed to be a flare being let off near the away section of the ground.Arsenal, mindful of the 6-0 humiliation they suffered at Stamford Bridge last season, were cautious and defended deep.Their brightest moment saw Sanchez race through and smash into Thibaut Courtois, who took a blow to the head and soon had to be replaced by Petr Cech.Chelsea had the better of possession and looked lively on the break, particularly through Eden Hazard.But they also struggled to create chances in a game that already seems certain to be remembered for Wenger shoving Mourinho.The Blues could extend their lead over Arsenal to nine points with a victory and – depending on Southampton’s result against Tottenham – could be five points clear at the top of the table.Andre Schurrle and Oscar both started for Chelsea meaning Willian was on the bench, while Arsenal were without the injured Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois (Cech 24); Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs not used: Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Reinventing the U.S. Economy

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. The U.S. economy has run out of steam. Many Americans have concluded that the time has come for economic models based on never-ending growth to be replaced by an economy based on sustainability.Although it’s easy to describe the promised land — a nation that spends within its means, does a better job of meeting human needs, protects the environment, provides adequate systems for mass transit, and eschews fossil fuels for renewable sources of energy — it’s hard to imagine a smooth transition between our existing “growth is good” economy and a sustainable future.It may be useful to summarize how we arrived at our current crisis. Our nation’s trade balance has been out of whack for years. While many nations (especially China and Saudi Arabia) produce things we want, the U.S. hasn’t been very successful at convincing overseas customers to buy what we produce, so our exports have a much lower value than our imports. We’ve “handled” the problem by borrowing billions of dollars from the governments of China and Japan.At the same time, the indebtedness of the average American family has been growing at a rapid clip, due in part to the easy availability of credit cards. More and more Americans have been acquiring things they haven’t paid for yet — things we hope to pay for with money we’ll earn next year.During the housing bubble, many of us, encouraged by profit-hungry bankers, decided to take out a second mortgage and use the cash to buy even more stuff. These loans were a new twist on run-of-the-mill indebtedness: they were backed by fictitious collateral.The strong growth rates experienced by the U.S. economy during the 1990s and early years of this century turned out to be an unsustainable smoke-and-mirrors game.… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more