Continental Agencies Limited adds new feature to Ajinomoto

first_imgBy Rennella BourneContinental Agencies Limited, in efforts to distinctly differentiate their original Ajinomoto from the counterfeit Ajinomoto, which has been surfacing on the local market, has added a distinct feature to their new stock.The new feature printed on the back of the packet reads “Manufactured for Continental Agencies Ltd.” It was added almost two weeks ago. Some shops and supermarkets may not have the product with the new; however that does not mean that these products are not original. Visible differences can be seen in the products, with the crystals of the original being white while the counterfeit is cream in colour.Marketing and Sales Manager Avalon Jagnandan speaking to Guyana Times disclosed that the counterfeit product surfacing on the local market, mainly the outlying areas, have cost the company tremendous losses in revenue. “We have lost significant revenue due to the fake product being in the local markets, which is unfair competition… A carton of 50 packs X 454 grams of the original Ajinomoto costs approximately $20,000, while the cost for a carton of the counterfeited product only costs $14,000.” Jagnandan noted that the existence of counterfeit products is highly unethical, especially in business. He reiterated that Continental Agencies Limited is the sole distributor of Ajinomoto and admonished persons to desist from “selling this fake product to the shop owners that are not even aware of the products they are receiving.”The sales manager highlighted that the recent circulation of the advisory on the counterfeit product has definitely made an impact in the local market. Consumers are now aware of the visible differences between the products, he posited.Marlon Cole, Director of Guyana Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) speaking with Guyana Times relayed that the GA-FDD is currently engaged in an investigation at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as it pertains to the counterfeit product and its penetration of the local market. “We are finalising our reports to handover it to the CID. We were refused entry in the suspected source of the counterfeit Ajinomoto but we will get to the bottom of this deception in the local markets.”He noted that the perpetrator of this counterfeit product when caught will be charged: “We have to use the particular section of the law to deal with the company behind this deception.” Cole further added that they have seized numerous quantities of the fake products from the market. He remarked that it is the outlying areas that the product remains rampant.The GA-FDD in the recent advisory cautioned consumers, wholesalers and retailers against the use of the fake product since the product can have negative long-term effects on consumers. According to the Food and Drug Department, the original product is made in Brazil and the official distributor is Continental Agencies Limited of Industrial Estate, Ruimveldt, Georgetown.According to the body: “Persons found deliberately offering for sale items of food that is not according to the prescribed standard is guilty of an offence and can be prosecuted under the Laws of Guyana Food and Drug Act Chapter 34:03 Section seven (7).”The GA-FDD disclosed: “Using the counterfeited Ajinomoto can result in excessive salt (sodium) intake by consumers since more Ajinomoto would be added in food than normal to reach the required level of aroma and/or taste. This is of public health significance since excessive salt intake is a contributing factor in the epidemic of Non-Communicable Infections in our society that results in obesity, hypertension and congestive heart failure.”last_img read more

Court Orders Late Hage’s Assets Audited

first_imgThe Supreme Court has ordered the lower court to conduct an immediate audit of the late Milard Hage’s Estate assets.Delivering the High Court’s opinion on January 24, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor declared that “the Court order for a comprehensive audit to be conducted for both the period the executor administered the Hage estate and the period Ecobank collected proceeds of the Estate to cover loans given by the bank to the late Hage, to ensure that no legal or irregular acts were perpetrated on the Estate.”He said, “This case has been in court for a long time without final determination; the Monthly Probate Court is mandated to give first priority handling.”The late Hage was one of the leading Lebanese businessmen in the country, leaving behind extensive properties.After his death another Lebanese citizen, Bassam H. Jawhary, became the executor of his estate.However, one of the late Hage’s wives, Madam Oumou Sirleaf  Hage, a Liberian, filed a motion to the Monthly and Probate Court praying the court to exclude certain properties said to be owned by her, from the testate estate of the late Milard Hage.She also requested the court to have Bassam H. Jawhary audited in respect of the administration of said estate.But, Judge Vinton J. Holder denied Mrs. Sirleaf Hage’s request asking for what she claims are her properties to be excluded from the estate of her late husband.He agreed for Bassam to undertake an audit of his stewardship of the estate and make a report to the court.That ruling did not go down well with Bassam who later announced an appeal to the High Court.Chief Justice Korkpor later declared “the audit shall include recommendations of steps and actions to be taken in the event of any findings of improper collectors or use of all estate’s funds by any of the fiduciaries.”He continued: “The foregoing acts shall be without prejudice to any actions commenced or pending in any courts of the Republic by or between any of the parties named herein.”He instructed Judge Holder: “You are to order Jawhary to furnish a detailed statement of the status of the loan facility the Hage Estate has with Ecobank.”“Ensure that he establishes an account, if such account is not already established, into which all monies belonging to the Hage Estate are deposited,” the Chief Justice declared.“Operation of the account shall be with the approval of the Monthly and Probate Court for Montserrado County.”He further instructed the lower court, “Investigate the allegations of malpractices alleged to have been committed by Jawhary in his handling of the Hage Estate’s properties including the Estate loans.” “Revoke his letters of testament in the event that the investigation conducted reveals that he has engaged in misconduct or mismanagement of the affairs of the Hage Estate,” the head of the Supreme Court further insisted.“Determine whether or not the lease agreement executed by and between Oumou Sirleaf-Hage and Milard Hage has expired, in accordance with its terms and conditions,” ordered Justice Korkpor.He continued “In the event that said lease agreement is determined to have expired rent all properties covered by the agreement with Oumou Sirleaf Hage.”He again instructed the court to “determine whether or not the property or properties covered by the lease agreement include properties owned by the children of Milard Hage and Oumou Sirleaf Hage.And, if so, render void the lease agreement by and between Oumou and Milard Hage, in so far as it covers and relates to the properties owned by said children,” the Chief Justice concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 found guilty for Land Court Judge robbery

first_img– 2 freed of all chargesBy Kizzy ColemanThree of the five men charged with robbing and feloniously wounding Land Court Judge Nicola Pierre and herThe three accused found guiltyhusband Mohamed Chand were on Friday found guilty of the offence while the other two were freed when they appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Zamina Ally-Seepaul.Damien Millington, 22, of 118 Caesar Street, Agricola, Nicholas Narine, 18, also of Caesar Street, Agricola, and Warren McKenzie, 22, of 18 Brutus Street, Agricola, Georgetown, were all convicted while Anthony David, 28, of Lot 63 Hadfield Street, Stabroek, Georgetown, and Premnauth Samaroo were acquitted.The five men were facing charges which stated that on July 9, 2015 at Montrose, East Coast Demerara, while being armed with a gun, they beat and robbed Pierre and her husband of a quantity of gold and diamond jewellery, a nugget of gold, a quantity of gem stones, among other items, including several Nintendo games to a value of $1 million.In addition they were charged for robbing her husband of five wrist watches, a Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone, US$8000 in cash, a wedding ring, four Oakley sunglasses and one brown leather wallet all valued $2.6 million.The Police also said that on the same day, the men discharged rounds at Ron Peters, the officer on duty at the time, with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.Magistrate Seepaul while making her ruling stated that the evidence provided by the Prosecution was not sufficient to convict David and Samaroo.The Magistrate said that David was charged with the offence based on an oral statement given to the Police. She noted the dangers of relying on an oral statement as it is not admissible in court. As such she stated that the evidence against him was not sufficient and the court was not satisfied with the evidence.Samaroo was acquitted of all charges based on the fact that the evidence given did not establish that he was guilty.However, the evidence provided against Millington, Narine and McKenzie were admissible as such they were found guilty as charged.Millington was positively identified by the victims as one of the perpetrators during an ID parade.He also admitted to the offence during a caution statement, as such he was found guilty of robbery under arm and felonious wounding but was found not guilty of discharging a loaded firearm with intent to cause bodily harm.Narine was also positively identified by the victims and Magistrate Ally-Seepaul said that the court was satisfied with the evidence that was established against him.In addition, McKenzie was found guilty as he admitted knowledge of the robbery to Police officers.The court heard that on the night in question, he had the most verbal interaction with the victims and was positively identified by them.Magistrate Ally-Seepaul said that the evidence provided against him was sufficient to establish the offence of robbery under arm and felonious wounding, however he was found not guilty of discharging of a loaded firearm with intent to cause bodily harm.The three men will appear in court on June 23, 2016 for sentencing.On the night in question, heavily-armed men stormed the house of the judge after overpowering a Special Constable on duty at the time.Both Pierre and her husband were beaten into an unconscious state after which they were robbed.As a result of the beating, Pierre sustained a broken jaw and other injuries while her husband received sever injuries to his eye.Both victims had to undergo reconstructive surgery overseas as a result of injuries sustained.McKenzie was shot when Police officers raided an East Bank Demerara house.During the raid, a weapon matching the one used in the robbery of the judge was found.last_img read more

Alberta Peace Fatal Crash Update

first_imgIn the Alberta Peace, the RCMP has released the name of the BC woman killed in a crash last week, near Spirit River. Sarah Faith Bourdeaux was the driver of a car, which collided with a semi-trailer unit on Highway 49, about 75 kilometres north of Grande Prairie, a week ago today. The 33-year-old Dawson Creek woman died, after she was flown by STARS, to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, in Grande Prairie. – Advertisement -In their original release police said one of the vehicles involved in the crash, crossed the center line of the highway. They still haven’t said which one but, it’s worth noting no charges have been laid and, the driver of the semi-trailer was not injured.last_img

‘New Messi’ eyed by Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United scores stunner – video

first_imgHachim Mastour is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in world football, with many observers likening the AC Milan teenager to Lionel Messi.And the 17-year-old, who is being closely monitored by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, showed just why such big things are expected of him with a stunning strike in Milan’s pre-season friendly clash with Legnano earlier this week.Check it out above!last_img

‘Dele Alli has a little bit of devilment in him. I like it!’ – Harry Redknapp

first_imgFormer Tottenham boss admits Dele Alli was wrong to react to Claudio Yacob’s wind-up tactics in Monday’s draw with West Brom, but insists the starlet’s ‘devilment’ is a positive part of his game.Alli began the evening collecting his PFA Young Player of the Year award in front of Spurs fans, but let himself down as he swung a ‘punch’ at the Baggies midfielder later on in the high-stakes match.Yacob had been at Alli’s heels for most of the evening and the 20-year-old snapped, aiming a punch to the South American’s midriff. He could now face a three-match ban for violent conduct, if the incident is brought to review.A ban of that length would rule the starlet out of the rest of Spurs’ season, which is now set to end trophyless after the 1-1 draw effectively ended their pursuit of Premier League leaders Leicester.It was a moment of petulance to mar what has been a brilliant breakthrough for Alli, but ex-boss Redknapp has given his backing to the young England star.“He’s got that little bit of devilment in him, which I like to be honest,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I don’t want to see him throwing punches, obviously, but he’s not just a good footballer.“He’s not a lad who people are going to kick out of the game and be aggressive with. He comes back at you. He can hand it out as well as take it.“But he’s overreacted to Yacob, and you can’t do that. Yacob is a yellow card man every week and he’s going to have all the tricks in the book.“Certainly Yacob would have come out with the intention to wind him up, to get in his face, to be niggly with him all game, and obviously the kid has bought it and reacted.“But it’s all part of his learning. He’s only a baby still, he’s a fantastic talent and I love watching him.”last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Kildare have made one change to their side to face Donegal in the All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final to face Donegal at Croke Park on Saturday, with Brian Flanagan coming into the half-back line instead of Ger White.Kildare XV v Donegal1 Shane Connolly, 2 Andriu MacLochiann, 3 Michael Foley, 4 Hugh McGrillen, 5 Brian Flanagan, 6 Morgan O’Flaherty, 7 Emmet Bolton, 8 John Doyle, 9 Daryl Flynn, 10 Padraig O’Neill, 11 Eoghan O’Flaherty, 12 Eamonn Callaghan, 13 Robert Kelly, 14 Tomas O’Connor, 15 James Kavanagh GAA ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL: KILDARE TEAM NAMED was last modified: July 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegaldailyGAAkildare team v donegallast_img read more

Arcata volleyball handles business in NCS D-IV opening round

first_imgMaya Mircetich had 12 kills and No. 8 Arcata High was dominant in its first-round North Coast Section Division-IV contest, beating No. 9 St. Mary’s—Albany in straight sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-19), Thursday night at Arcata High.Arcata (24-7) received a bit of a surprise from the visitors and trailed early in the first set 7-3. The Big 5 champs were down 22-17 late in the set mostly due to unforced errors. The Tigers however rebounded as Mircetich hit a rocket of a kill to tie the opening set at …last_img

SKA South Africa invests in local people

first_imgWhile the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) may be globally renowned for its cutting-edge science and advanced technology, the project’s proudest contribution is to the people of the nearby town of Carnarvon in Northern Cape, and by proxy to the South African people as a whole.At a visit on 16 July 2016 to the SKA site, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor recognised the contribution that this world-renowned radio telescope project had made to the community around it.Since the launch of the project in 2011, close consideration had been given to involving and benefitting the people of Carnarvon, including its youth.“We now see with the young people… that indeed science, astronomy sciences, can change communities, can change lives, can create opportunity, and can build new human capital in areas never imagined,” an enthusiastic Pandor said.“I’m convinced as a minister that nobody will dissuade me that big science projects matter to communities that are developing science capability.”In addition to awarding study bursaries to matriculants at the local high school who have shown an aptitude and enthusiasm for science and technology, SKA also offers business and employment opportunities to local enterprises in the area, particularly during the construction of infrastructure around the SKA site.The project also provides technical apprenticeships to the community’s tradespeople, specialising in the various mechanical and technical operations done at SKA.Personal testimonyDuring the site visit, three representatives of the town presented personal testimonials of how the project had changed lives.Janethon de Klerk is one of five Carnarvon High School 2015 matriculants who received SKA SA bursaries to study in the fields of science and technology.“I am busy with my bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physical science,” De Klerk said. She had finished her first semester with two distinctions. “I believe that now there are many opportunities for youngsters in our area in the field of science, mathematics, and technology.“I want to be known as ‘the astronomer of the Karoo’ (and) I want to thank the SKA for giving me the opportunity to do something that has never been done (here before).”Knock-on effectClemens Scheepers, another bursary recipient, this time for technical and vocational training in diesel mechanics – a vital cog in the machinery that powers the SKA project – also spoke about how the project had changed life in the small, remote town.“The arrival of the SKA was greeted with great excitement,” Scheepers said, “but also a lot of scepticism… we are used to promises that are not always delivered on (but) here I stand as an example that the SKA has delivered on the promise of helping Carnarvon as a community to grow.”Local businessman Raymond Kamies, whose construction business has been tasked with building the road safety infrastructure between Carnarvon and the SKA site, also spoke of a knock-on effect of the project, saying he was now able to provide employment to more than 50 local workers, offering their families an opportunity of a better life.Rob Adam‚ project director of SKA SA, reiterated the organisation’s commitment to investing in the community and continuing to develop and nurture a passion for science and technology that would benefit all South Africans for generations to reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using materiallast_img read more

Gram sabhas turn over a new leaf

first_imgBuoyed by the success of their trade with a West Bengal-based company, 17 gram sabhas in Odisha’s Kalahandi district have now started negotiating directly with companies for the sale of tendu leaves.Till recently, the government was controlling the lucrative trade across the State.This year, six villages — Kalipur, Kanakpur, Kasturapadar, Jamjharan, Jamgadabahli and Khasiguda, under the Khaliapalli and Dhamanpur panchayats — have exercised their right of ownership on tendu leaves and not allowed the forest department to do the routine bush cutting of plants.The annual bush cutting is carried out to allow the leaves to sprout afresh, making them softer and bigger in size. “Villagers came out in large number and made a contribution of ₹2.5 lakh for bush cutting this season. We did not want any involvement of the forest department from the beginning. After collection and processing of the tendu leaves, we will sell those directly to the companies,” said Kunja Bihari Chandan, who has been leading a federation of gram sabhas in Kalahandi.Last year, six gram sabhas sold a band of 60 leaves to a bidi company for ₹7.50. Bidi is a type of hand-rolled cheap cigarette made from tendu leaves. Had the villagers sold the leaves to the government-run Odisha Forest Development Corporation Limited, which carries out marketing and sale of these tendu leaves, it would have fetched them ₹4.8 per band of 60 leaves. Six gram sabhas had earned ₹13.47 lakh by selling tendu leaves directly to a company.The successful trade by eliminating the role of OFDC as an intermediary has encouraged 11 more villages to transact directly with companies.According to Chittaranjan Pani, an expert on non-timber forest produces, Odisha has the potential to harness 4 lakh quintals of tendu leaves annually. “At present, the turnover of tendu leaf trade in the State stands at ₹400 crore. It involves 9 lakh tendu leaf pluckers, mostly tribals, 26,000 binders, who participate in processing, and 22,000 seasonal staff that monitors collection, storage and trade,” said Mr. Pani.last_img read more