NEW GPC warns of ploy to malign, discredit company

first_imgLong recognised as a forerunner in pharmaceutical manufacturing not only in Guyana but in the Caribbean, NEW GPC INC said it was cognisant of what seemed to be a determined ploy to malign and discredit the company as a manufacturer and pharmaceutical supplier.The NEW GPC outlined this latest ‘ploy’ to discredit the company in a statement to the media on Tuesday.On April 19, NEW GPC said it received a complaint from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) that there was an issue with paracetamol tablets which the company had supplied. This stock was imported from another manufacturer who, when contacted by NEW GPC to respond to the complaint, communicated that there were no anomalies observed in its retention samples. The company made it clear that these batches were earlier recalled and subsequently replaced.Further, on April 25, another complaint was received from the GPHC regarding the replacement batches of paracetamol amounting to 186,000 units or 186 bottles.The NEW GPC said it immediately requested the GPHC to quarantine the tablets and the company subsequently initiated a recall.The complaint was investigated on the same day and a response was provided to the Georgetown Public Hospital indicating that testing and inspection were conducted on retention samples for each of the batches and they were all found to be in compliance with the US Pharmacopoeia’s acceptable criteria for microbiological quality. Testing and inspection were also carried out on the raw materials and no problems were found.The NEW GPC said it has since supplied an additional 80,000 units of paracetamol to the Hospital from new batches manufactured at the NEW GPC.“It should be noted that the Hospital also had an issue with Soda Lime supplied by NEW GPC and upon investigation, it was found that the same product was also supplied to a local private hospital in February. The local hospital when contacted indicated that they have no complaints with the Soda Lime, which was recently used last weekend,” the NEW GPC said.The company said it wished to put on record that it has supplied pharmaceuticals manufactured locally and procured from reputable companies internationally to the Georgetown Hospital for decades without any major issue. “Suddenly, there are three complaints on three products from three different manufacturers within a matter of days,” the company observed.The NEW GPC said it has also taken note that the Hospital has chosen to go to select media houses that have always been critical of the company with sensitive information which suggests a determined ploy to malign and discredit the company as a manufacturer and pharmaceutical supplier.last_img read more

Minister’s brother pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking

first_img– to pay $5.7M fine or spend 3 years in jailThe younger brother of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was on Thursday given the option of paying a hefty fine or being jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty in a Grenada court to the charge of cocaine trafficking.Derrick Patterson, 47, confessed to the crime when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St George’s Court in Grenada. The accused was ordered to pay EC$75,000 (G$5.789 million) or serve three years in jail, if he was unable to pay the fine.It was previously reported that Patterson was visiting Grenada and resided at Captain Harris apartments in Grand Anse, St George’s.However, on May 2, 2018, officers attached to the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) intercepted a vehicle that was driven by Patterson.The vehicle was searched and a total of 2.325kg of cocaine, worth approximatelyDerrick Patterson, younger brother of Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonUS$232,500 were found hidden in a plastic bag.Meanwhile, back in Guyana, the Public Infrastructure Minister made a public statement, noting that if his brother was found culpable of the offence, he would have to bear the brunt of his actions.“Our position is that Derrick [Patterson] is a matured adult of 47 years and he must bear full responsibility for the consequences of his actions. Neither I nor any other member of my family can take responsibility for his own, deliberate actions,” the Minister said in a public statement made on Facebook.The Minister further explained that his family’s initial reaction at the news was that of shock, and while they remained deeply distressed and concerned, there was some hope that the law enforcement officials in Grenada may have made a mistake.Nevertheless, he emphasised in his post that his younger brother must face the consequences if he was found guilty in the court of law.Moreover, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had later called on Government to have a full-scale investigation launched in Guyana to ensure that the country’s security was not compromised, given the fact that the accused was a family member of a Government Minister and would have been granted certain “VIP treatment”.“This is where the Government should launch a full investigation into it since this is a clean Government that doesn’t tolerate drug dealing,” he had stated.last_img read more

Zapata hints at minimal June transfer activity

first_img“I have been with the squad for two weeks now and I think the players are competent enough. We have a squad of young talented players and I trust in their quality. We will not do many changes. The only time we can make a change is when someone leaves,” Zapata who joined the team last month noted.“If we do a consistent job with these young players I know we will be somewhere up in history at the end of the season,” further noted the coach.The coach has also hinted he will not go in for an assistant coach anytime soon saying he is pleased with his backroom staff despite the exit of Dennis Kitambi who he says has done an exemplary job at the club.AFC Leopards coach Dennis Kitambi receives the March SJAK/Fidelity Insurance coach of the month award. PHOTO/Courtesy“I think I like my staff the way they are right now and my job is going to be progressive. I don’t want to make many changes in the team and confuse the players. Coach Dennis did a good job here so I have to keep what he has done while trying to improve the team but in a progressive way,” the tactician further explained.AFC currently sits fifth in the Kenyan Premier League standings having accrued 21 points off 14 games, but the team has had a rough patch failing to win any of their last six games.Zapata though is optimistic that they will bounce into winning ways soon, noting that being his first full week handling the team, he will seek to address tactical areas he feels need improvement.In his first match in charge against Chemelil Sugar last weekend, Zapata picked up a point in a 0-0 draw, the second consecutive such result after Gor Mahia’s tie in the Hull City challenge earlier in the week.AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebration during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“The positive thing is that we haven’t conceded a goal which was a problem before. This was among the first things I wanted to improve. In the last two games we created a lot of opportunities but we didn’t finish. That is the next thing I will work on. I know with the quality of players we have the goal will come soon,” the Argentine further noted.He has explained he would want the team to play a ‘beautiful’ brand of football, urging the Ingwe faithful to be patient as he patents the Argentine way of playing to aid the club into their first league title in two decades.“Everybody wants to win and that is my mentality as well so we will do our best. But I believe that to win, you have to play good football,” the coach further said.Ingwe will tackle struggling Nakumatt in their next fixture on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo Zapata passes instructions to his players at half time during their Hull City Challenge match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 9- AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata wants to have a consistent squad playing together for the entire season and has hinted he will not be actively involved in the June transfer window.AFC has been one of the teams notorious for massive squad changes, but the Argentine believes they have a competent squad good enough to challenge for honors and told Capital Sport he will only bring in a new player if someone leaves.last_img read more

State financial chief demoted over stolen data

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The acting commissioner for the Department of Financial Institutions was demoted Friday and an employee he supervised was to be fired after his laptop computer containing data on 232 people and 216 businesses was stolen, state officials said. The examiner in the department for six years broke protocol by leaving the computer in his car and by failing to encrypt the information, said Chris Nance, deputy secretary for communications for the Department of Business, Transportation & Housing. The computer contained tax identification numbers for commercial bank accounts and the Social Security numbers of bank customers, Nance said. There were no bank account or credit card numbers or other personal information on the computer. Brian Yuen, the acting commissioner, was returned to his previous role as chief examiner on Friday and was notifying all the affected customers of the breach. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We have a zero-tolerance for any lapses in protecting the public trust. He was in an acting capacity and we need to have him focus on the examinations end of things,” Nance said. “This is the first time this has happened since (the department) was created in 1909. DFI has a long record of securing financial records.” The computer and a calculator were stolen from the employee’s car May 26 in Marin County. The break-in was one of several in the area and was immediately reported to the sheriff’s department and the California Highway Patrol, Nance said. “This most likely is a random act of burglary and vandalism,” he said. Although the staffer failed to encrypt the data as state regulations require, the computer is password protected and a thief would need to use multiple passwords to access it, Nance said. The department was in the process of firing the employee, who was not named. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet secretary, Fred Aguiar, sent a memo Friday to department heads reminding them of the state’s policy on confidential, sensitive or personal information.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


first_imgOisin McConvilleProbably one of the best know Gaelic Footballers over the last 20 years in Ireland the Oisín mc Conville has had his share of problems in breaking a massive addiction to gambling.The former Armagh GAA player spent years betting compulsively, losing tens of thousands of euro before confronting his problemS.Oisín will be one of the many speakers attending the Building Positive Clubs Conference which takes place on Saturday 28th May at Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. The conference will focus on the many issues that are currently raising their head within the sporting world and sports clubs including anxieties, depression, suicide, addictions as well as the many unrealistic pressures that are applied to young people in sport resulting in many either stopping or moving away from their sport.“Sport has a huge role to play in our society and the sports club play a massive role in providing opportunities for the thousands of young people to participate on a regular basis across the county.“In most cases sport is delivered in a positive environment however there are times when club culture can be poor with limited communications, lack of understanding of children’s sport or where coaches, parents and sports volunteers set very unrealistic targets on our young people which can be at times detrimental to their mental well-being and their health in general,” highlights Myles Sweeney Coordinator of Donegal Sports Partnership who are promoting the conference. The conference will also have speakers such as Peter Mitchell the former professional footballer who played alongside Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Rio Ferdinand at Leeds United and who transformed his sporting career following a car accident.Breifne Early who suffered with severe depression and contemplated suicide channelled his energies towards the World Cycle Race, 30,000 km around 26 different countries spreading the message that ‘Its ok not to feel ok’Antonio Mantero author of the hugely successful blog “thecoachdiary.com” on improving participation and development in children’s sports and has managed to bring some of the most reputable international youth coaches to Ireland. He is also responsible for the “The Silent Sideline” as a tool to allow children to play sport and have fun.Building Positive Clubs Conference will also highlight the steps a sports club can take to building their positive club culture highlighting the recent work done with the Finn Harps FC Academy on this particular topic.The conference is open to everyone, Parents, Coaches, Club Administrators and Young People.The conference fee is €20 with under 18’s free – online booking is recommended via www.activedonegal.com however people can come along on the day.All proceeds go to Jigsaw Donegal the Youth Mental Health Support Service. GAA STAR McCONVILLE TO HEADLINE DONEGAL SPORTS CONFERENCE was last modified: May 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalOisin McConvilleSportlast_img read more


first_imgA MAN from Dunfanaghy has appeared in court charged with theft.Letterkenny District Court heard that Mingfei Guo, with an address at The Great Wall Chinese Takeaway, Dunfanaghy, was arrested at Tesco in Letterkenny on December 4.A defence solicitor asked that the case against the 30-year-old be adjourned for four weeks to allow for an interpreter to be present. Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 13.A second charge relating to immigration matters was withdrawn by Gardai.DUNFANAGHY MAN IN COURT ON TESCO THEFT CHARGE was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgFolk legend Martin Simpson has been described as a “guitarist’s guitarist” and is no stranger to awards for his music.Nominated 26 times in the 12 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including nine times consecutively as Artist of The Year, which he has won twice, this acclaimed musician plays the Regional Cultural Cultural Centre on Friday night.He is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are said to be intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever.There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music.He has written some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.Martin Simpson, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Friday October 17th, 8pm.ACCLAIMED FOLK ARTIST MARTIN SIMPSON IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 15th, 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:folk musicletterkennymartin simpsonRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more

City to pay a call on NFL owners

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “What we are going to let the owners know is that we are ready and able to take on a team almost immediately.” Earlier this month, the City Council signaled its willingness to bring a team to Los Angeles by extending a $115 million redevelopment project for the area around the Coliseum, including Exposition Park. Coliseum General Manager Pat Lynch told the Ad Hoc Stadium Committee on Monday that he is confident a new stadium – built within the existing walls of the Coliseum to preserve its historic status – could be completed within two years and constructed in such a way to allow USC to continue playing in the facility. “Keeping USC in the Coliseum is one of the top considerations we have,” Lynch said. Parks, Lynch and Coliseum Commission President Bill Chadwick all will be attending the NFL owners’ meetings, which begin today. Armed with a $115 million plan to revitalize the area around the Memorial Coliseum, city officials prepared on Monday to make a pitch this week to NFL owners to return a professional football team to Los Angeles. Although the owners are not scheduled to formally discuss “the L.A. situation,” or where they should spend some $500 million to build a new stadium, most believe Los Angeles or Anaheim would be the top choice for an expansion or relocation team. Three local officials plan to be in Kansas City for the National Football League owners meeting to let them know Los Angeles is serious about hosting a team. “We have made remarkable progress and a turnaround in attitudes in the last two years,” said City Councilman Bernard Parks, who has spearheaded an effort to return pro football to Los Angeles after a 10-year absence. “It might be they just see us sitting in the lobby, and they ask their staff, What are those L.A. guys doing here? Maybe we should discuss the L.A. situation,” Lynch joked. Lynch said the agenda for the owners meetings focuses on collective bargaining and revenue sharing, and that no decision on Los Angeles was expected until a meeting scheduled for March. Still, Chadwick said, it is important for Los Angeles officials to be there this week so the owners know the city is still interested and available to respond to any issues that arise. Speculation has centered on relocating the New Orleans Saints – forced from their home by the destruction of Hurricane Katrina – but Parks said the city would wait to see how the situation plays out. “It is up to the NFL to decide where teams play,” Parks said. “If a team moves here on its own, without the league’s permission, there won’t be the money for a new stadium and there wouldn’t be much chance of getting a Super Bowl in the future.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter of support to the committee, saying he hoped professional football does return. “The economic impact of bringing the NFL back to the city of Los Angeles is significant,” Villaraigosa said, adding he was also pleased that city, county and state officials were working so well together on the project. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

Time to embrace all things mental – with Majella O’Donnell

first_imgThe Donegal Mind Wellness charity invites every person in Donegal to pay special attention to their own wellbeing this World Mental Health Day:The 10th of October has traditionally become the day the world celebrates mental health and it is a day the Majella O’Donnell looks forward to every year.Over the past few years, Majella has made sure that she is in her adopted county of Donegal for this day. Because of the challenges in her own past Majella has come to appreciate the importance of learning how to mind her own mental health, and from this grew a passion to do what she could to raise the profile of mental health in County Donegal. Majella founded the charity Donegal Mind Wellness back in 2014 with a very clear aim – to help people deal with the ups and downs of everyday life that can lead to anxiety and depression as well as other mental health related problems. Although many people are more aware of mental health in the general sense these days, there is still a big challenge in actually persuading people to prioritise looking after their own mental health. We all can get so preoccupied with what is going on in the world around us and we can neglect our own inner world – our thoughts, emotions and how we behave. This is usually how a lot of mental health related problems begin. If we cannot read these early signs, it can escalate and at some point life can become a real struggle. And even at this point we may find it really hard to seek help. “There is usually opportunities for all of us to deepen out self-awareness after we have been through tough times, and this is an important part of recovery and personal development” Through her charity Majella wants to encourage everyone in Donegal to be more proactive when it comes to looking after our mental health. “Praemonitus praemunitus” is latin for “forewarned is forearmed” – in other words – if we were more self-aware about the cues for when our mental health is slipping, we could take action at an earlier stage.Donegal Mind Wellness has been bringing this message to people all over the county by regularly delivering an excellent Stress Control programme which basically teaches people to become their own therapists. The programme has proven to be very popular and Majella thinks this is down to the simplicity of the programme. It does not use any jargon and explains how stress affects us in a way that is easy to understand. At the end of the programme people feel they have more confidence in controlling stresses in their lives.Latest research on the programme which was carried out locally in Inishowen has shown that many people in Donegal have seen their lives improve after doing the programme.Following on from last year’s successful afternoon in An Grianan Theatre, Majella wants to invite everyone back for an evening of varied entertainment to celebrate all things Mental. She will be giving a talk herself, there will be singing and a short drama piece looking at stress in the work place.Majella Celebrates World Mental Health Day – 10th October at 8pm in An Grianan Theatre. This is a free event, but tickets must be booked through the theatre beforehand.To find out about events and stress control courses, visit donegalmindwellness.ieTime to embrace all things mental – with Majella O’Donnell was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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 mind wellnessMajella O’Donnellmental healthlast_img read more

Over 1 in 3 speak Irish in Donegal

first_imgThe Central Statistics Office (CSO) have published a Census 2016 report which shows that almost 40% of people in Ireland can speak Irish.Daily Irish speakers in Donegal account for 28.8% of all daily Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas, with An Bun Beag-Doirí Beaga and Letterkenny being two of the strongest Irish areas nationally.1.76 million people aged three and over indicated that they have a firm grasp of the Irish language. In Donegal, 37% of people (56,738) can speak Irish, down from 58,998 Irish speakers in 2011.Over 75% of people in the following areas speak Irish; Arranmore Island, Gleanncholmcille, Fintown, Cloghan, Dungloe, Letterkenny, Magheraclogher, Annagry, Meenaclady, Dunlewey, Cross Roads, and Roguill.On the other end of the scale, there were no Irish speakers recorded in Killygordon, Templecarn, and Pettigoe.Source: CSONationally, more females (968,777) than males (792,643) stated that they could speak Irish, with a slight decline of -0.7% in the language usage being recorded compared to 2011. Almost one in four of those who said they could speak Irish (23.8%) indicated that they never spoke it. A further 31.7% said that they only speak our national language within the education system.The number speaking Irish daily stood at 73,803, representing 1.7% of the population. This was a decline of 3,382 (4.4%) on 2011. Most of those whole spoke Irish daily (20.2%) lived in Dublin City and suburbs. Together, Cork, Galway and Limerick accounted for 8.2% of daily Irish speakers.Outside of these cities, the largest absolute numbers of daily speakers were living in An Bun Beag-Doirí Beaga (771), followed by Letterkenny (525) and Swords (487).Daily Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht areas of Galway County and Donegal made up almost three-quarters of all daily Irish speakers in Gaeltacht areas, with 9,445 (45.9%) in Galway and 5,929 (28.8%) in Donegal.To see the percentage of Irish speakers in your Electoral Division, you can follow this link to visit the CSO’s interactive map:http://census.cso.ie/p10map51/ Over 1 in 3 speak Irish in Donegal was last modified: November 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CSOGAELTACHTirishstatisticslast_img read more