Schumer: Deal Reached on Major Parts of $500B Virus Aid

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package for small businesses, including additional help for hospitals and virus testing.Schumer said post-midnight talks among Democratic and Republican leaders, along with Trump administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, produced a breakthrough agreement on the package.“We have a deal and I think we’ll pass it today,” Schumer said on CNN. He cautioned that staff are still “dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.”A Tuesday afternoon Senate session could provide an opportunity to quickly pass the legislation if it comes together quickly, though the Democratic-controlled House is planning on calling lawmakers to Washington for a vote later in the week.A senior Senate GOP leadership aide cautioned that the measure is not finalized and that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has yet to publicly sign off on it.Schumer said that Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were in close contact with McConnell during the endgame talks.“Every major issue was resolved,” Schumer said. “So yes, I believe we have a deal.”Most of the funding, more than $300 billion, would go to boost a small-business payroll loan program that ran out of money last week. Additional help would be given to hospitals, and billions more would be spent to boost testing for the virus, a key step in building the confidence required to reopen state economies.The emerging draft measure — originally designed by Republicans as a $250 billion stopgap to replenish the payroll subsidies for smaller businesses — has grown into the second largest of the four coronavirus response bills so far. Democratic demands have caused the measure to balloon, though they likely will be denied the money they want to help struggling state and local governments.The Senate met for a brief pro forma session Monday that could have provided a window to act on the upcoming measure under fast-track procedures requiring unanimous consent to advance legislation, but it wasn’t ready in time.McConnell, R-Ky., set up the Tuesday session in the hope that an agreement will be finished by then. McConnell warned, however, that he wouldn’t know whether the Senate could pass it by voice vote until the measure is unveiled.The House has announced a vote on the pending package could come later in the week, possibly on Thursday, according to a schedule update from Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Hoyer also announced that the chamber will vote on a temporary rules change to permit limited proxy voting during the COVID-19 crisis.With small-business owners reeling during a coronavirus outbreak that has shuttered much economic activity, the administration has been pressing for an immediate replenishment of the paycheck protection program. But Democrats sought additional money in a replay of the tactical jockeying that caused the recently-passed rescue measure to spiral to about $2 trillion.Talks have dragged as the two sides have quarreled over the design of a nationwide testing regime, among other unsettled pieces.Democrats were rebuffed in a request for another $150 billion in aid to revenue-strapped state governments but did win the ability to used recently appropriated federal funds to cover revenue losses from the economic shutdown in stead of using it only for costs related to suppressing COVID-19.The administration says further state aid will come in the next relief bill. There’s also pressure to help cities with populations of less than 500,000 that were shut out of the massive $2 trillion relief bill that passed last month.Schumer said Monday that he had talked to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell and that Powell said the Fed is working to open up the Main Street Lending program to nonprofits and municipal governments.The emerging accord links the administration’s effort to replenish the small-business fund with Democrats’ demands for more money for hospitals and virus testing. It would provide more than $300 billion for the small-business payroll program, with $60 billion or so set aside for community lenders that seek to focus on under-banked neighborhoods and rural areas.Another $60 billion would be available for a small-business loans and grants program that has previously been aimed at helping businesses harmed by natural disasters like hurricanes. Additionally, it would bring $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing, according to those involved in the talks.The government’s Paycheck Protection Program has been swamped by companies applying for loans and reached its appropriations limit last Thursday after approving nearly 1.7 million loans. That left thousands of small businesses in limbo as they sought help. The National Federation of Independent Business, a GOP-friendly organization that advocates for small businesses in Washington, said it had surveyed their members and reported that only 1 in 5 applicants had received money so far.About $75 billion would go to U.S. hospitals — those straining under a ballooning coronavirus caseload as well as those struggling to stay financially afloat after suspending elective surgeries during the pandemic. About $25 billion would be added for COVID-19 testing, something states have said was urgently needed.The SBA loans, based on a company’s payroll costs, offer owners forgiveness if they retain workers or rehire those who have been laid off. The law provides for forgiveness for companies in any industry — even businesses like hedge funds and law firms. There’s a limit of $100,000 on the amount of employees’ compensation that can be considered when loan forgiveness is calculated.last_img read more

England women seniors beat Wales

first_img England beat Wales 6-2 on the final day of the Senior Home Internationals at Elie and Earlsferry, Scotland, but were unable to dent Ireland’s progress to the title. The Irish team – bronze medallists at the European team championships – became Home Internationals champions for the first time when they defeated Scotland 7-1. It gave them a 100 per cent record of three wins from three matches. England, the defending champions, finished runners-up. They ended the week with a convincing win over Wales, winning the foursomes 2-1 and the singles 4-1. English senior champion Chris Quinn scored her fourth win of the week and was followed by other singles successes from Felicity Christine, Amanda Mayne – who had been two down after 10 – and Caroline Berry. WALES 2 ENGLAND 6 Foursomes Ann Lewis & Vicki Thomas lost to Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) & Felicity Christine (Banstead Downs) 1 down Olwen Davies & Patricia Fernon lost to Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 4/3 Jane Rees & Denise  Richards beat Barbara Laird (Sandiway) & Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) 1 up Singles Lewis lost to Quinn 3/2 Rees bt Melville 4/2 Christine Harries lost to Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 1 down Thomas lost to Christine 4/2 Richards lost to Berry 3/2      Final placings Ireland 3pt England 2pt Scotland 1pt Wales 0pt Full details www.lgu.org   England women seniors beat Scotland 04 October 2012 England bounced back at the Senior Home Internationals at Elie & Earlsferry yesterday with a  6½-1½ win over the hosts, Scotland. In the day’s other match Ireland beat Wales 5-3 and are the only team going in to the final day with a 100 per cent record. Today they play Scotland, while England play Wales. England, who were beaten by Ireland on the opening day, laid the foundations for their success against Scotland with a 2-1 foursomes win. Then they produced an excellent singles performance, winning four and halving one. They proved particularly strong over the closing stages: of the five singles, three went to the 18th green and the two others ended at the 17th. English senior champion Chris Quinn put England ahead 3-1 with her win in the lead-off singles. Then, Caroline Berry ensured that England could not be beaten by delivering the fourth point. Barbara Laird, who had been four down after eight, battled back to all square after 16 and went on to deliver the necessary half point for the team’s victory. Felicity Christine added her point after a match of two halves. Christine won five holes in a row from the third and was five up after 10. Then her opponent took over the driving seat, winning the 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th to be one down with three to play. Christine held the Scot at bay by halving the last three holes. Roz Adams beat Mary Smith by two holes after leading for the first time at the 17th and also winning the 18th. England scores Foursomes Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) lost to Lorna Bennett & Fiona de Vries 5/4 Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) & Barbara Laird (Sandiway) beat Mary Smith & Anne Ryan 1 up Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) & Felicity Christine (Banstead Downs) beat Heather Anderson & Alison Bartlett 2 up Singles Quinn beat Bartlett 2/1 Berry beat Bennett 2/1 Christine beat de Vries 1 up Laird halved with Anderson Adams beat Smith 2 up Full details: www.lgu.org   England women seniors lose to Ireland 02 October 2012 Defending champions England were beaten 6-2 by Ireland on the opening day of the women’s Senior Home Internationals at Elie and Earlsferry, Scotland. Ireland, the bronze medallists at the European team championship, won all three morning foursomes and captured three of the five singles. Only English senior champion Chris Quinn and former titleholder Caroline Berry won their matches. Chris Quinn scored a notable 4 and 2 win over Irish senior champion Helen Jones, winning five holes to her opponent’s one. Caroline Berry staged a grandstand finish by winning the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th for a come-from-behind win against Pat Doran. Results Foursomes Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) lost to Helen Jones & Pat Doran 1 down Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) & Felicity Christine (Banstead Downs) lost to Sheena McElroy & Carol Wickham 5/4 Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) lost to Suzanne Corcoran & Gertie McMullen 4/2 Singles Quinn beat Jones 4/2 Melville lost to McElroy 4/2 Mayne lost to Wickham 3/2 Barbara Laird (Sandiway) lost to Corcoran 6/4 Berry beat Doran 2 up Image copyright Cal Carson Golf Agency 2 Oct 2012 England women seniors beat Wales last_img read more

‘Stone Cold Singh’ – John Cena’s nickname for Ranveer Singh

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/WWEAdvertisement 7lm0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6iiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 88Would you ever consider trying this?😱1jrjCan your students do this? 🌚3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The netizens of the country may not have seen the interaction between a WWE superstar and Bollywood icon too often, but in the ongoing lock down amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, John Cena and Ranveer Singh has been together for a funny banter, and the Indian actor has earned the nickname of ‘Stone Cold Singh’ from the professional wrestler!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/WWEIt all started with a social media post Ranveer Singh made a couple of months ago. Donning dreadlocks, a full beard and eye shadow, Singh shared a photo on hos official Instagram, which was similar to his  Alauddin Khilji look from the 2018 movie Padmavaat.“Me coming out of quarantine” Singh added a hilarious caption with the photo. Check it out below-Advertisement In addition to his fanbase, Ranveer’s post also caught the attention of John Cena, who edited the photo a little, adding in the fists and the signature skull ring of his fellow WWE icon Stone Cold Steve Austin from one of his most famous photos.Cena added the text ‘Sone Cold Singh’ in the picture. Check it out below-The 16 times world champions has a huge fan base in India, who were in fits seeing the post. Other than the photo going viral among both the Bollywood and WWE loving netizens, Ranveer Singh himself appeared in the comments.“Hahahahahaha 🔝 😂🙏🏽” the 34 year old actor commented.Image Courtesy: InstagramBelow here is the photo of Steve Austin that was used by Cena to create the funny picture.Image Courtesy: GettyHowever, its not the first time Cena has used Steve Austin for some of the funny memes he has been creating and sharing during the lock down. From ‘Stone Cold Social Distancing’ to ‘Stone Cold Sweethearts’, the WWE champion’s Instagram is filled with such hilarious posts, and some of them even featured other renowned WWE stars like The Rock, Edge and CM Punk. Here are some below- If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Find out the only Indian who makes it into Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes! Advertisementlast_img read more

Easter Hunts Canceled, Towns Get Creative

first_imgAnd the best part? The Easter Bunny will deliver small candy prizes to the porches of Bingo winners! But the borough asks that parents do not meet the Easter Bunny at the porch for social distancing. An electronic calling system will be used for the Bingo. When a person wins Bingo, the first person to type it in the chat will win. Once the win is confirmed, based on the Bingo card code each board has, boards will be cleared and a new round will begin. FAIR HAVEN – With national orders to continue social distancing through April 30, Easter will have to be celebrated without the typical outdoor egg hunts with extended family, neighbors or community members. By Allison Perrine And get creative with it, the department encouraged. “We want to see those backyard Easter decorations, unique child (or family) outfits, out-of-the-box egg hiding places and maybe even an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself.” To make this a community event, each household is asked to record a 5 to 10-second video of their hunt and email it to recreation@fhboro.net. The video can include activities such the hunt itself or children counting their eggs after the hunt. The recreation department will then compile the clips into one Fair Haven Virtual Egg Hunt video for all to enjoy. It will be uploaded to borough media outlets. In Fair Haven it meant a virtual egg hunt for the town, free of charge. According to DJ Breckenridge, parks and recreation director, over 5,000 eggs were distributed to Fair Haven residents of all ages. Most of them, about 80 percent, were filled with candy. The other 20 percent were filled with toys from the Georgia-based company Ayers Family Eggs. Participating residents were able to pick up their goodies in the front vestibule at borough hall. Each household was eligible for one bag with 15 filled Easter eggs in each bag. The hunt will be held April 4 at 10 a.m in the comfort of everyone’s homes. “We encourage them tostand inside by the front dooror window and the EasterBunny will stop for a waveand photo before hopping tothe next house,” said Kane. Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the three walking trails in town, walk through the borough’s natural area and access the borough’s free online video activity resources. Council president Susan Sorensen said Breckenridge has done an “excellent” job in coming up with community-focused activities that maintain social distancing, the virtual egg hunt included. center_img “We all realize that in times like these, we all really need our sense of community and being able to interact with neighbors, friends and family members more than ever, but are unable to do these things in person,” said Sorensen. “Our recreation department is working hard to maintain Fair Haven’s sense of community through these ‘virtual’ activities – and to have some fun during these trying times.” That includes the borough’s Daily Challenge. Every day for three weeks, which started March 30, residents are invited to submit their best pictures or videos of specific challenges that the borough announces. That might include the funniest pet photo, the best sports trick shot, Fair Haven’s Got Talent and more. The challenge of the day is posted every morning on Facebook, Instagram and the Fair Haven Recreation E-blast. There are four winners each day – child, adult, family and random draw. Prizes include gift certificates to Fair Haven eateries. Outside Fair Haven, Highlands Borough and its recreation department are also taking part in the virtual Easter fun with virtual Candy Bingo, instead of the annual Easter egg hunt on the beach. With federal and state mandates in mind, recreation department heads in the Two River area got to thinking: What can be done with thousands of plastic eggs and holiday treats, without the large crowds or gatherings? Highlands residents ages 14 and under can register for free through League Apps, an electronic management system. Once registered, parents will receive Bingo cards electronically or by porch delivery, as well as electronic invitations to where the activity will be hosted and streamed with chat capabilities, said Jacqueline Kane, Highlands recreation program coordinator. COURTESY FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Recreation Department left bags of filled plastic Easter eggs at borough hall for residents to take and use during an April 4 virtual Easter egg hunt. It can, however, include some virtual holiday fun. “In these difficult times, the borough seeks to continue to engage our community, and keep our ‘family feel’ while maintaining social distancing,” said Breckenridge. “If this event and other programming we are rolling out gives families just a little something to look forward to, we have done what we have set out to do.” This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Beda locks up twice-to-beat edge after downing EAC

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four after a 18-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-14 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Red Spikers wrapped up their elimination round campaign with an 8-1 record, the same as Arellano’s, but will settle for the second place because of the Lady Chiefs’ edge in points, 23-21.ADVERTISEMENT Nieza Viray torched the Lady Generals with 22 points to lead San Beda while skipper Cesca Raqraquin added 16 points.Rebecca Cuevas also had a meaningful offensive output for the Lady Red Spikers with nine points while Trisha Paras and Jiezela Viray added seven points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJaylene Lumbo led the eight-seeded Lady Generals, who ended their campaign with a 3-6 card, with 13 points. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year NCAA volleyball: Perpetual stops Letran, gets third seed View commentslast_img read more

Gilas’ Tratter shows up for D-League team ahead of Australia trip

first_imgPBA IMAGESAbu Tratter didn’t have to play, but still showed up for Marinerong Pilipino on Monday.Tratter, who is one of the surprise inclusions in Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ 14-man pool set to fly to Melbourne later in the day, didn’t want to leave his team behind as he helped the Skippers hack out a 109-93 rout of AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m a man who keeps my words. My main priority is making sure that I can fulfill my end of the bargain for my home team which is Marinero,” Tratter said after collecting six points and seven rebounds in his solid nine minutes of play to help his crew rise to 4-2 in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.That kind of dedication from Tratter is just what made him a great catch for coach Koy Banal, who was one of the least surprised that the former La Salle bruiser made the cut to join the Philippine delegation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Nothing could compare to hard work, and we believe he showed the coaches that he deserves to be there,” Banal said of Tratter.Though Tratter admits that making it to Gilas Pilipinas has always been a goal of his, he was still surprised with how stiff the level of competition is in the national team’s training sessions. MOST READ Altas recover, down Chiefs to force NCAA Finals decider Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course, it’s always a surprise when you get added to something like that, but I was confident that I can make the team. That’s always been my goal. I know that through working hard, I can get there,” he said. “But it was a shock to see how different it was compared to the UAAP and in the D-League. Coming in there, it’s just a different atmosphere at the most.”With modest expectations, Tratter knows better to treasure his rare opportunity as he seeks to learn from elite big men like Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo.“I just want to learn, continue to be a sponge out there especially in practice. I want to continue to ask advice from all the vets and continue to learn from them,” he said.The Philippines takes on Australia on Thursday at the start of the second window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

GOL Must Stop the Corrupt Practice of Front-Loading

first_imgIt is called “Front Loading” in Government circles and it has been trending since 2006 and there is no sign yet on the horizon of the scrapping of this odious policy that promotes and encourages corruption in the handling of government contracts.Front Loading is a system or practice wherein a contractor of a given project is paid fifty percent (50%) of the total value of the contract well before any actual work is done. Under such arrangements kickbacks are paid upfront by the contractor to holders of the project. In a number of cases on record, the projects are left uncompleted, thus requiring the project holder to seek new contractors to complete the project.When selected, the new contractor’s first action is to condemn all work done by the previous contractor in order to provide justification for refinancing of the project. When the bidding/selection process is completed, the new contractor is front-loaded meaning fifty percent (50%) of the fees charged is paid up front to facilitate and enable the payment of kickbacks.Thus for example, a donor may provide financial support to a government project which the donor may not have the resources or expertise to execute directly. Under what is referred to as a “Loan on Arrangement” (LOA) funds are transferred on request to the particular government agency in charge of the project.Under such arrangements, the Government of Liberia, upon completion of the project, provides a full report to the donor agency detailing how the funds were expended. It is a process meant to facilitate and enhance rapid and efficient delivery of services to the Government of Liberia.But the system has been subject to abuse and it is now high time that such system and practice come under critical review. Why? Because through abuse of the system by corrupt functionaries, thousands if not millions of dollars intended for public use, are siphoned off to private pockets.It is this practice which appears to be embedded in the recently passed EBOMAF contract agreement wherein the selected contractor will be paid sixty percent (60%) upfront even before he commences the project. And this may probably be the same situation with the Eton financed road project agreement.To drive the matter home the story carried in the June 22nd edition of the Daily Observer and subsequent revelations is a case in point. The United Nations Development Program provided support to the Liberian Judiciary for the construction of court house facilities in Botota, Bong County.According to Daily Observer reporter Abednego Davis who covered the story, the cost of the project was put at US$138,269.96 and that UNDP proceeded to pay 90 percent of the project cost before the project was completed. The project was not completed and the contractor, Semoh Group of Companies was taken to court as a result.What is now emerging is that a corrupt functionary, then in the employ of UNDP had manipulated the bidding results and awarded the contract to a company he owned, never having disclosed his personal connection to the Semoh Group of companies.Consistent with the practice of “Front-Loading” the Semoh Group of Companies requested fifty percent (50% ) payment upfront from Judiciary officials, under the “LOA” arrangement frequently used by government agencies executing donor supported projects.The Judiciary paid this money upfront rather than as per completion of milestones or benchmarks as would ordinarily be the case. New contractors hired to complete the project according to available information, firstly condemned previous work done on the project and accordingly demanded “Front Loading”.But the problem was Semoh Group of Companies had already been “Front-Loaded” and the Judiciary was not placed to provide the required funds for new “Front-Loading”. It is our understanding that the owner of the Semoh Group of Companies had been separated from the UNDP after he fraudulently manipulated the bid results, although his fraudulent act had not at the time been discovered.The point being underscored here is that our financial and accountability systems especially those concerning procurement of goods and services have over the years been bastardized and transformed into instruments of personal control and self-enrichment. Consider how, for example, the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission was conveniently left out of the process selecting the road contractors in the recent road financing agreements.The both loan agreements appear to be smelly of the odious “Front-Loading” arrangements. The raucous cheers from legislators, calling on the George Weah Government to source yet more loans, without even subjecting the loan agreements to rigorous scrutiny, ring loud bells of suspicion about the unprecedented haste with which those agreements were approved by the Legislature.As it appears, the uncompleted Belle Yella road project and several uncompleted projects around the country which are all suffering from the “Front-Loading” syndrome have not taught our leaders any lessons at all. More worrisome is the prospect of possible failure of the newly proposed road projects, since no performance bonds required of the proposed contractors.Why were all such lapses including the virtual waiver of due diligence requirements permitted to stand? Is it because our officials have been “Front-Loaded”? The practice of Front-Loading must be stopped and it should be done NOW.Donor agencies are called upon to ensure that funds intended for the use and benefit of ordinary Liberians are not used to “Front-Load” corrupt officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Product still on the shelves of local supermarkets

first_imgGA-FDD’s recall of LAILAC infant milkThe International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) Guyana Ltd is ignoring a recall issued by the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) for LILAC Infant Milk.LAILAC Infant Formula on the shelf of a leading supermarket in GeorgetownIPA is the local distributor of LAILAC Infant Milk. It insists that although the product does not comply with the GA-FDD’s substantive standards to be defined as infant milk, nor with its procedural requirements to be imported into the country, the product should be available for sale to the public.The GA-FDD, in early February 2016, issued a recall for the product.When Guyana Times visited several supermarkets on Wednesday, more than six weeks after the recall deadline of March 22, 2016, the product was on the shelves. The IPA has persistently disregarded the GA-FDD’s instructions contending that LAILAC Infant Milk is a milk-based baby formula.It was also reported that LAILAC Infant Milk is still being sold at retail and wholesale entities in and around Georgetown.The GA-FDD issued the recall 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 IPA has admitted its LAILAC product was not sold in France, the country of origin but only in the Third World. The IPA continues to argue that the product is being distributed in France, but under a different brand.The company said that LAILAC was a regional brand name for products manufactured by the French Company Nutribio for the African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern markets.The IPA also argued that the product LAILAC Milk is distributed in France under the name NUTRILAC. This publication also checked a number of retailers of infant milk in France, but none of them have LAILAC as a product on sale locallyGA-FDD Director Marlon Cole was quoted in other sections of the media as saying that LAILAC was not and could not possibly be sold in France as milk.“Our regulations clearly state that the product must be free distributed in the country of production. That product is not sold in France. No other Caribbean country has LAILAC Milk. It is not milk,” he was quoted as saying.Cole has based his conclusion on a reading of the product’s label which shows that the product is labelled infant milk although in the production process vegetable oils were used to replace milk fat.This is the second ground on which the GA-FDD based its recall order.According to the GA-FDD, in making the product as close as possible to “mother’s milk”, some vegetable oils were added to the cow milk-based substance. When digested by infants, the formula can prove to be dangerous since the fatty acids in the triglycerides produced influence their function negatively.last_img read more

Man shot 7 months ago dies of wounds

first_imgLA PUENTE – A man shot seven months ago in La Puente has died of his wounds and police still have no suspects in his death, officials said. John Quesenberry, 22, died Saturday after being hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles since July, officials said. Sgt. Richard Garcia of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Quesenberry was shot about 11:25 p.m. July 2 at a Jack in the Box restaurant at 1805 Hacienda Blvd. “The victim and two of his friends were in the drive-through at Jack in the Box when they were approached by a couple of male Hispanics,” Garcia said. “One of them fired into the vehicle, which struck the victim in the head.” Garcia said the shooting is believed to have been gang-related. No one else was injured. Police have no additional information on the suspects and are asking for the public’s help, Garcia said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want 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

Tottenham line-up v Real Madrid: New signings to start and hero to make shock return?

first_imgTottenham Hotspur, rather oddly, have not one but two pre-season games this week, just days before they begin their campaign against Manchester United on Saturday.Spurs’ first test over in Munich, as they compete for the Audi Cup, is the mighty Real Madrid and the prospect of facing a couple of friendly faces in Gareth Bale and Luka Modric on Tuesday evening.With their first game of the season so close it will be intriguing to see how Mauricio Pochettino manages his squad, especially when they will face either AC Milan or Bayern Munich tomorrow.How Tottenham could line up against Real Madrid: Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate Harry Kane’s goal against MLS all-stars GoalkeeperTottenham Hotspur have been handed a huge boost ahead of the new season with reports Hugo Lloris could be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday. He’s been pictured training despite fracturing his wrist earlier in the summer. Deputy Michel Vorm is still likely to be the starting shot-stopper against Real Madrid though.DefenceIt’s shaping up to be one hell of a battle for the role of right-back at White Hart Lane this season. Kyle Walker’s career has stalled with poor form and injuries leaving him a little way off his best, while Spurs swooped to sign Burnley’s talented Kieran Trippier. As Walker started against MLS all-stars, we could see the later play from the off against Real Madrid.Elsewhere, despite interest from Chelsea, Danny Rose should start at left-back, and in the middle Jan Vertonghen is likely to team up with compatriot Toby Alderweireld in the middle of the back four, while Federico Fazio and Kevin Wimmer will replace them.MidfieldThankfully, Pochettino has plenty of options in midfield so the team will be rotated heavily. It could allow the Argentine to give new boy Dele Alli a test against a higher level of opponent, while also giving Ryan Mason some much-needed pre-season minutes.Youngsters Harry Winks and Josh Onomah also travelled but expect them to play a bigger role in Wednesday’s match and Eric Dier, who played at right-back and centre-back last year could reprise a defensive midfield role too after three pre-season matches in this position.Either Thomas Carroll or Nabil Bentaleb is the likely partner for Alli, while, further forward and on the wings, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen will feature.AttackTottenham have named just forward in their squad for these two games and it is – you’ve guessed it – Harry Kane. He won’t play both games though and we could see Chadli, or even Mousa Dembele, operate as a frontman at points. 1 1last_img read more