Deputy Minister for Sports, G. Andy QuamieWith less than six days to the official kickoff of the 2018/2019 National Country Sports Meet, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister G. Andy Quamie says preparation for this year’s sporting festival is well on course.The National County Sports Meet, which is the country’s biggest sporting festival, is expected to begin on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with the official kick off scheduled to take place in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.This year’s event is being sponsored by Orange Liberia under the theme: “Celebrating 15 years of Peace”According to Minister Quamie, 60 sets of jerseys branded and customized with the Orange emblem have been provided to the 15 participating counties ahead of the official kickoff. The Deputy Minister made the statement yesterday when he appeared as guest on a local radio show.Early November, the Ministry of Youth and Sports along with the County Meet’s official sponsor, Orange Liberia, promised to make the 2018 edition of the event ‘the biggest in Liberian history’.Minister Quamie added that basketball has been re-introduced in the tournament while women’s football will, for the first time, be introduced as well, as a test case during the quarterfinals stage of the event.The preliminary rounds of the tournament will simultaneously be played at four venues across the country. Group I contains host Nimba, Sinoe, Montserrado and Gbarpolu counties.Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh will host Maryland and Grand Bassa counties in Group II; in Group III Kakata City, Margibi County will host Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, and Grand Kru counties, while Group IV comprises host Bomi, with Bong, River Gee, and River Cess counties.Eight counties will progress to the quarterfinals and come to Monrovia on January 5, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The grand final will be played on Sunday, January 13, while the third place match will be played on Saturday, January 12, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn has called for the speedy enactment of the food safety regulations even as the Bill gained the attention of a Parliamentary Select Committee. Quinn made these comments when he addressed the dinner and awards ceremony hosted by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Ltd over the weekend.One year has passed since the Food Safety Bill 2016 was first read in the National Assembly. It was after fierce debate on both sides of the House in February 2017, that the Bill was placed before a select committee. Ambassador Quinn, however, maintained that enactment of such legislation was key in protecting the health of citizens and to ensure that regulations were duly monitored.“There is a need to ensure proper food safety legislation is in place. This provides the necessary assurance that food will be produced, processed and stored in a way which protects the health of consumers. There is work afoot for a food safety bill, and I would encourage the conclusion of such legislation as soon as possible,” Quinn told the GMSA gathering last week.He added that his country’s advocacy for such legislation was to ensure that all of Guyana’s resources were for the benefit of all and to ensure that Government spent in a way that would benefit all citizens and to ensure proper regulatory oversight.When Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman addressed the Bill in February, he stated that it looked to prevent the spread of foodborne diseases through the control of the production, preparation, handling, storage and the transportation of food and provide for connected matters. Trotman added then that the Bill would consolidate the functions of agencies like the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD).The Bill also speaks to: requirements for registration; licensing of food business; power to charge fees and suspend and revoke licence; return of licence; Permit to engage in street food vending: requirement for health certificate; application for permit; granting or refusing of permits; and cancellation of permits. Provisions for permits for food handlers and obligations of operators of food-handling establishments are also included in the Bill. The Bill addresses the liability of food inspectors, who will not be liable when acting in good faith, according to specific provisions.The establishment of a Food Safety Authority and other matters related to food safety are addressed in the Food Safety Bill 2016. The Authority will have the power to seize food and issue notification of unsafe food.Provision for a “general offence and penalty” is provided for in the Bill, which means that for any general offence, there will be a fine of $20,000 and imprisonment of six months. The political Opposition had called for the Bill to be sent to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee to which Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had agreed.