Mr. Henry P. Wolokolie, chairman, Liberia Consumer Protection Association (LCPA)Consumer Advocacy Group urges swift action to further “Pro-poor” agendaThe Liberia Consumer Protection Association (LCPA), an off-shoot of the National Consumer Council of Liberia (NCCL) has expressed concern over the delay in constituting the Board of Directors of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) and the subsequent appointment of its managing director by President George Weah.In a strongly-worded statement issued in Monrovia and signed by its chairman, Henry P. Wolokolie on May 31, LCPA also expressed shock and indignation about the inaction of President Weah on this matter.The LCPA believes that further delay in naming establishing the Board would expose Liberians to the consumption of substandard and counterfeit medicines, which it notes is definitely against the pro-poor agenda of the government.According to a statement, the continuous and prolonged delay in the constitution of the Board and the appointment of its managing director is growing into a grave health issue and putting the health of consumers at serious risk.Owing to the delay, the statement said, the authority has not been able to regulate and monitor the importation, distribution and retailing of pharmaceuticals on the market.LCPA believes the current delay has led to the influx of substandard and counterfeit medicines on the market.The LCPA statement noted that the LMHRA was established by an Act in 2010 to ensure that safe, effective and good quality medicines reach the Liberian public and them from the harmful effects of substandard and counterfeit medicines and health products as well as to ensure fair trade practices in medicines and health products.Besides, the statement added, the LMHRA is to establish regulations to fight illegal trade in medicines, including counterfeit and adulterated medicines and health products, among others.“The Board of Directors shall have eleven voting members, to be appointed by President Weah,” the Act states.Therefore, members of the association have called on President Weah to speedily constitute the Board of directors of the LMHRA and the subsequent appointment of its managing director.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Los Molinos >> The Los Molinos Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs basketball teams took home wins Friday night over the visiting Portola Tigers, 78-60 for the boys and 49-41 for the girls.Alex Russell had a huge night for the Bulldogs with 28 point and a pair of three-pointers, sophomore Aaron Hardy put up 19 points, freshman Devin Henderson had 12 and freshman Ty Isaksen had 11.Hardy, Kyle Wood and Devin Henderson each had a three.The Bulldogs (11-3) are scheduled to host the Dusmuir Tigers (6-3) …
15 July 2008State telecommunications company Telkom has announced its willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive programme by significantly dropping the costs of bandwidth for the business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) industry in South Africa.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.“We do not expect to make any profit from the BPO sector,” Telkom group executive for strategy Steven Hayward said at a national BPO&O conference in Durban last week. “We are prepared to do this for the department’s incentive programme and the BPO industry.”In 2004, Hayward said, two megabits of bandwidth cost R250 000 a month, which was “absolutely exorbitant”. This had gone down to R200 000 a month in 2005, R135 000 a month in 2006 and R105 000 in 2007.“This year the price for the same amount of bandwidth will be R88 000,” Hayward said.He also announced that Telkom was now offering its multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology – which has voice carrying capabilities and is far less expensive than its equivalents – to the local industry at R50 000.US market ‘under-exploited’Craig Reines, managing director of US-based BPO giant TeleTech, which recently set up a facility in Cape Town, told the conference that South Africa should be at the top of the list when it comes to business process outsourcing and offshoring.India, he noted, had a BPO industry that has grown by over 500 000 jobs since 2004, but unlike South Africa had suffered two major terrorist attacks and four significant natural disasters in that time.Over the same period, another of South Africa’s competitors, the Philippines, had had six terrorist bombings, 50 media assassinations, three attempted coups and seven super typhoons, as well as earthquakes registering above 7.5 on the Richter Scale.Reines asked why South Africa was under-exploiting the BPO opportunities that existed in North America, despite its being the United States’ 10th largest trading partner.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa echoed Reines, telling conference delegates that while the Euro-zone would remain a strategic BPO market for South Africa – “as we get to deal with their service needs in real time” – the United States would be targeted for its potential.The minister explained that as Americans were getting ready to go to bed, South Africans were getting ready to go to work, “and we could therefore deal with their service requirements overnight, allowing the problem to be dealt with by the time they arrived back at work the next morning.”Industry poised to grow globallyMpahlwa said the BPO&O industry was expected to have a global value of around US$50-billion in 2008 and to grow by 50% per annum over the next three to four years, creating an additional 3-million direct jobs worldwide.“However, it is also anticipated that there will be some unmet demand, as existing centres will not be able to maintain or grow their supply for a number of reasons,” including talent and infrastructure “bottlenecks” in traditional BPO centres such as the Philippines.At the same time, the global increase in prices had forced many companies to cut costs, particularly in the United States, creating an added incentive for businesses to shift certain functions, such as after-sales service and data processing – overseas.“What this means is that a window of opportunity exists for us to further develop the sector in our country, and to do so as rapidly as possible,” the minister said.Support programme“Certainly the evidence exists that rapid development is possible,” he added, noting that R658-million in investment value had been attracted, and more than 25 000 direct and indirect jobs had been created, since the launch of the government’s BPO&O support programme in 2007.This programme includes a BPO&O investment incentive comprising an investment grant of between R37 000 and R60 000 per seat, and a Training and Skills Support Grant – to help cover the costs of company-specific training – of up to R12 000 per agent.Mpahlwa said the department would be looking to raise these incentives further still.Andrew Briggs, sales group executive at Dimension Data, said that while the government had shown commitment to making South Africa’s BPO industry more attractive, the cost and ease of doing business in the country remained a concern.Source: BuaNews
Johannesburg, Saturday 19 September 2015 – Brand South Africa today joins the nation in wishing the Springboks well ahead of their first game against Japan in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.Speaking from Johannesburg CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “The South African nation today stands behind the national rugby team ahead of their first encounter in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”“We look forward to the South African flag flying high in Eastbourne, England when South Africa meets Japan on the field.”“Team South Africa invites all supporters to the fan parks and mini-Ekhaya venues which will be set up in the cities in which the Springboks are playing their matches during the tournament. Let’s get behind the Boks and support them with pride, passion and patriotism,” concluded Mr Makhubela.Supporters can join Team South Africa as follows:CityVenueBirminghamDuke of Norfolk Pub113-114 Western Road, Brighton and HoveEast Sussex, BN1 2ABBirminghamThe Rose Villa Tavern172 Warstone LaneBirmingham, B18 6JWNewcastleThe Black Bull PubBarrack Road, Newcastle Upon TyneNewcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and WearNE4 6BBLondonThe Slug, 7 Hartfield Road, WimbledonLondon, SW19 3TALondonGJ’s, 89 Garret Ln, London, WandsworthSW18 4DWFollow the conversation on #RWC2015 or #Springboks
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Cattle Company, LLC; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc.; John Deere, JD Equipment and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.ALL cattle entering Ohio to show in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an electronic identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show. To obtain farm EID tags, exhibitors must first obtain a Premise ID number through the state’s Department of Agriculture – Animal Division. Once the Premise ID is received, contact an animal health product distributor and purchase EID tags. Visit best.ohiocattle.org to learn more about applying for a farm’s Premise ID before ordering EID tags.As the BEST program prepares to kick off its’ 20th year on Thanksgiving weekend, the program’s volunteer leadership has kept the focus on continuing a family-friendly atmosphere. User-friendliness is always the priority when any decisions are made for the program. In true celebratory fashion, the BEST committee and shows have a year of fun to be had! The 20th BEST entry into shows will be reimbursed their entry fees. The exhibitor must enter as normal and then will be notified if they are the 20th entry and their show entries will be reimbursed after the show. Additionally, commemorative BEST apparel will be available for pre-order throughout the year. Be sure to participate in our Throwback Thursday photos on OCA’s social media for fun and prizes to be awarded weekly! Use the hashtags #OhioCattle #BESTThrowback to be eligible for prizes! Stay tuned to OCA’s social media for more fun 20th year celebration activities as we go through the BEST season.BEST nominations and ALL online show entries must be made at best.ohiocattle.org. Each exhibitor, BEST and non-BEST) will create a unique user account and record their cattle along with that account. Exhibitors who have participated in the program in previous years are able to keep their existing username and password. Exhibitors may complete this portion of the sign-up process now, and show entries can be made starting on the Monday prior to each BEST show until the closure of check-in at each event. At the first BEST sanctioned show, the animal’s EID tag number will be recorded and will be used to check that animal in at any future BEST show for the 2018-19 show season. Once the participant and animal are entered into the system, show entries must be made prior to each show. Exhibitors may then pay for show entries online with a credit card or they may choose to pay upon arrival at the BEST show. Computers will also be available at each BEST show to facilitate online check-in. Please note that all cattle must be entered in the show prior to bringing cattle through check-in. Participants may also use their smartphone, tablet or PC and make show entries.OCA and sponsoring partner, Weaver Leather Livestock, have teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents may nominate other cattlemen, breeders and exhibitors for any of the Character Traits to be awarded at the end of the nomination period. Character Trait nominations for the 2018-19 season will open at www.ohiocattle.org on Nov. 23, 2018 and close on April 1, 2019. The categories eligible for nomination include: passion, determination, influence, motivation and integrity. View more about the Character Traits at https://www.thewinnersbrand.com/about-us/principles-for-success. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee and awarded during the BEST program awards banquet on May 4, 2019.The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May where over 200 awards will be presented valued at over $75,000. All BEST participants that sign up for the program will receive a participant gift as a special incentive. Additionally, sponsoring partner, M.H. Eby, awards one lucky BEST participant the use of a livestock trailer at the end-of-the-year awards banquet. BEST participants earn a ticket into the trailer drawing for each time they exhibit a nominated animal at a BEST-sanctioned show. First or second year Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a grooming chute, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.For the 2018-19 show schedule or for more information regarding the BEST program, visit www.ohiocattle.org or contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat or visit www.ohiocattle.org for the latest program updates.
WOBURN, MA — Eileen C. (Gregoire) Marsan, 77, of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019 at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill, MA after a lengthy illness.Eileen was born January 28, 1941 in Malden, MA to the late Narcisse and Marion Gregoire and was raised in Everett, MA. She was a graduate of Cheverus High School in Malden and Bentley College in Waltham. She was a long-time resident of Woburn where she raised her family. Eileen had an entrepreneurial spirit where she held both a real estate license and owned a tax practice where, for many years, she provided tax preparation, tax planning, and personal financial planning services to her clients as an IRS registered tax preparer. Additionally, she cared for the less fortunate and had previously worked for the Boston Housing Authority where she helped obtain funding to rebuild homes in various Boston neighborhoods.Eileen was a long-time parishioner at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn where, among things, she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Eileen also volunteered as Girl Scout leader in Wilmington for four years. Eileen was a loving and caring person, never seeking attention, whose lasting legacy was the wide range of people in her life she touched.She is survived by her son, Paul Marsan, of Woburn and granddaughter, Jacy Higgins, of Braintree, MA. She’s also survived by her brother Neil Gregoire Sr. and his wife Laurie of Arizona, her ‘adopted’ son, Mark Donovan, and her step children: Jennifer, Jill, Michael and Sean, and other family members and friends. She was the mother of the late Jeannette Marsan and sister of the late Jean Conte.We would like to give special thanks to the staff at High Pointe Hospice for all their care and support to Eileen and her family.A memorial service to celebrate Eileen’s life is pending, and will be announced later.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Arthur Graham Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Eileen Quirke Neville, 91In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”
Listen X The NBA is, well, a little weird. Case in point: a three-team trade announced on Thursday between Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Philadelphia — while not yet even officially approved — will supposedly mean Carmelo Anthony’s headed to the Houston Rockets. But how?Houston Matters finds out from Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia Magazine and Houston Press. He updates us on the Astros’ second-half start and all the latest local sports stories. 00:00 /08:06 Sue Ogrocki/AP PhotoOklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony is guarded by Rockets’ guard James Harden during a preseason game on Oct. 3, 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
“Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker’s father has filed a lawsuit against car company Porsche, alleging wrongful death of his son.In the court documents obtained, the actor’s father, who is the executor of Walker’s estate, alleges the Porsche Carrera GT lacked certain safety features that could have saved the lives of Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, who was driving at the time of the accident, reported People magazine. Similar to the wrongful death lawsuit the actor’s daughter Meadow brought against the car company, Walker’s father states that the missing features include a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line that could have stopped the car from catching on fire after it hit three trees.