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.
0Shares0000Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates habitually up their game for the Champions League, says on-loan Bayern star James Rodriguez © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOBERLIN, Germany, Apr 17 – They may sit third in the Spanish league, but when it comes to the Champions League holders Real Madrid simply engage a special ‘chip’, says James Rodriguez.On loan at Bayern Munich, who host his ex-club Real in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final next Wednesday, James says the Spanish giants’ strength is knowing how to conjure up their best performances in Europe. “They use a different ‘chip’ in the Champions League than they do in the (Spanish) league and manage to get the most out of themselves,” James told Munich-based newspaper TZ.“They know what it takes to fight for this trophy year after year, after all they have made history in the European Cup and the Champions League.”After three mediocre years at the Bernabeu, where he failed to regularly force his way into Real’s star-studded team, James has rediscovered his best form this season amid a two-year loan deal at Bayern.Real could win the Champions League title for the third straight season — and the 13th time in the club’s history — in the Kiev final on May 26.Bayern have every reason to be wary of Real, who knocked them out of the Champions League last season.Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in his last three matches against the Bundesliga giants including two in each of his last two games at Munich’s Allianz Arena.The Portuguese superstar has already scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season.“He is a goal machine and has proven it time and time again,” said Colombia star James, the top-scorer at the 2014 World Cup.“He is always there when needed, as proven by his numbers.“We need to produce a top team performance so he doesn’t have his best day.“You have to take care of him, but Real Madrid is not just Ronaldo.“It won’t be easy, that’s for sure.”A pair of second-half goals by Ronaldo sealed Real’s 2-1 win in the 2017 quarter-final first leg in Munich before the Germans went down 4-2 after extra-time in the Madrid return.But James said there’s no talk of revenge: “I think we should not see the two games against Real as revenge for last year, but simply as two more games on the way to the final.“Of course, the encounters between these teams are almost always unique, but we have to focus on standing up to a team like Real Madrid.”James claims to have been indifferent when Bayern drew Real.“When you go that far in a competition, it does not really matter which opponent you get,” he said.“Real Madrid, as well as Liverpool and Roma, are tough opponents.“With all of them, you have to go to the limit to reach one more round.“What really matters is that we now keep calm, believe in ourselves and play two strong games.“That’s just what I want.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
FERNDALE >> St. Bernard’s quarterback Jack Rice threw for five touchdowns and 313 yards, 225 of those to receiver Isaac Drake, as the Crusaders defeated the Ferndale Wildcats, 49-21, Saturday at Ferndale High School — securing its fourth-consecutive Little 4 championship under head coach Matt Tomlin.“I’m really happy with my guys,” Tomlin said. “Our goal today was that we wanted to play as fast and physical as we could and I think the scoreboard showed that.”Tomlin added that he was most …
Broke the magical eight-hour markWith a stunning performance, Cunnama just broke the magical eight-hour mark for a long distance triathlon, clocking seven hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Victory in the women’s race went to Britain’s Rachel Joyce in 8:45:04, with Germany’s Sonja Tajsich and Julia Gajer in second and third respectively. Bracht finished second to lift the European title, for which Cunnama was not eligible, in 8:03:28. Switzerland’s Mike Aigroz claimed the final podium position in 8:08:28. James Cunnama raced to a first ever victory by a South African triathlete in the 2012 Challenge Roth – which also served as the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships – in Germany on Sunday. Around 3 100 athletes, along with 600 relay teams, from over 50 nations took part, with about 200 000 spectators lining up along the course to take in the action. 10 July 2012 It was Cunnama’s third attempt at the race. Previously he finished sixth in 2010, while he was forced to withdraw last year. After the swim, he, along with race favourite Timo Bracht of Germany, was about a minute-and-a-half behind the leader, Benjamin Samson of France, who clocked 45:58 for the 3.8 kilometres. Recognised as the “heart of the triathlon”, the event consists of a 3.8 kilometre swim, a 180 kilometre cycle and a standard marathon of 42.2 kilometres. Discussing his break from Bracht on the run, Cunnama said: “I could keep up my speed while Timo had problems for a little while. That made the difference today.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The cycle stage belonged to another German, however, with Konstantin Bachor putting in a superb ride to open up a 10 minute lead over Cunnama and Bracht at the transition. He added: “When you win Roth, you are someone in our sport. For me, a dream comes true today.” ‘I am extremely happy’At the finish, he said: “This is an iconic race. You hear about it, you dream about it. You read the names of the big ones that win and now I am standing here. I am extremely happy!” On the final stage, the pair ran together for the first part of the run, but at about the halfway mark Cunnama started to pull clear of the German star. Bachor, meanwhile, was taking strain and Cunnama soon took the lead away from him before pressing on to take an inspiring victory.
South Africa can once again be proud of itself as we successfully conclude our fifth democratic elections – the first since the passing of our inspirational and much-loved former president, Nelson Mandela. The elections presented a unique opportunity for all South African citizens to play their part in the democratic process.By using their hard fought-for right to vote, they renewed their commitment to our country’s future development. Brand South Africa is grateful to each citizen for using their vote to make a difference, and for being part of this important and valued democratic process.Over 18-million people, representing 73.42% of those eligible to vote in the country, participated in the election, which was closely watched around the globe. Post-1994 South Africa has always inspired positive change throughout the world, and is of particular interest to those countries looking to achieve their own democratic freedom.IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said: “As we celebrate two decades of democracy and conclude the 2014 elections, we can affirm democracy is alive and well and thriving in our land.” This positive sentiment was echoed by IEC Deputy Chairperson Terry Tselane, who said the elections had demonstrated the same spirit the country had in 1994, something the nation should be proud of.Both the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer missions congratulated South Africa on a free, fair, transparent and credible election.Building a nationNow that the election is over and the results are known, the work of building a strong, united and competitive nation continues.The journey must ensure a country that is able to deliver on the needs and aspirations of its own citizens, is able to position itself in the global marketplace as an investment destination of choice, and remains a democratic example for others to follow.We should all, as active citizens in South Africa, now look to work together with government and the private sector to play our part in contributing to positive change that will mean a better life for all.The Play Your Part campaign was originally created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in the country, lifting the spirit of the nation as a whole by inspiring all South Africans to make a contribution in some way and to bring positive change to our society and to the lives of others.Roadmap for the futureUltimately, if we are to live up to the aspirations and values laid out by those who fought for the freedom we enjoy today, then we all need to become more involved and start making a difference, playing our part in the next phase of South Africa’s growth and development. By doing so, we will become a nation of people who care deeply not just their country, but also care for one another as individuals and for the environment in which we all live.The National Development Plan is South Africa’s widely accepted roadmap to securing the country’s economic future. It requires every citizen and stakeholder, from every sector of society, who has an interest in this exciting new future, to contribute towards building a prosperous nation.As the National Development Plan is now in its implementation phase, the time has never been better to have a shared strategic framework to nurture real growth and development. The National Development Plan provides a dynamic and resilient roadmap, capable of not only unlocking a brighter economic future for all citizens, but also helping to practically eliminate poverty and reduce inequality.The National Development Plan sets out ambitious goals, together with a practical framework, to address South Africa’s most pressing challenges of poverty reduction, job creation, economic growth and transformation. As the implementation process of the NDP gets fully under way, the role of the private sector and civil society in partnering with the government to achieve these goals will become increasingly more critical.By uniting all South Africans under the overarching National Development Plan framework, the combined energies of all the country’s stakeholders and citizens can help to grow a genuinely inclusive economy. We can work together to create a more globally competitive environment, build the necessary human capital and capabilities required for this new and shared economic future, and meaningfully solve the complex problems that we are facing today and in the future.Every citizen from every walk of life can make a difference by playing their part in whatever small way, and contribute to the building of a strong, vibrant and competitive South Africa for the future. Having made our votes count, let us now make our individual efforts count in building a great nation together.Matola is the chief executive of Brand South AfricaFor more information on Play Your Part, see www.playyourpart.co.zaTo read more about South Africa’s National Development Plan, see www.southafrica.info
Home of Hope founder Khanyisile Motsa features on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, set to air at 9pm on Sunday 3 August on SABC2. Staff at Home of Hope, with Mam’ Khanyi on the right, encircled by a few of the home’s beneficiaries. Home of Hope offers compassion and acceptance to sexually exploited, trafficked, orphaned and vulnerable girls, as well as those who may be infected with or affected by HIV and Aids. (Image: Jayne Parr Davies, Facebook) • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 email@example.com• Khanyisile MotsaHome of Hope+27 73 250 2086 • A place to call home • A better South Africa, one baby at a time • Rhino care on wheels • The great granny revolution • Cheesekids help the less fortunateMelissa Jane CookThe murky streets of Hillbrow and Berea are not for the fainthearted. Gangs, pimps, drugs, abuse and deprivation rule the inner city flatlands. Notoriously dangerous, it is a terrifying place that is home to many thousands of prostitutes, street children and abandoned teenage mothers.In 2000, Khanyisile Motsa descended into the fray. Affectionately known as Mam’ Khanyi, she set up Home of Hope for the sustained physical, educational and holistic wellbeing of exploited girls in Hillbrow and the surrounding suburbs. Her eyes had been opened to the desperate circumstances of these abandoned children when she took into her care five girls who had escaped from one of the brothels. Word of the refuge spread and soon, more girls escaped and came looking for her. Her brave crusade has changed many of these lives for the better.Born to a Swazi mother and Zulu father, Motsa was raised in a rural town in KwaZulu-Natal. In her loving family, education was highly valued. “My parents were staunchly religious,” she explains. “We were taught to respect everyone and to take no one for granted. My mother was very strict.”Over a decade ago, she moved her family to Johannesburg so she could run an import-export business – which she has since given up to focus all her energies on the street children in her care.The respect learned in her childhood home is found in her shelter today “because of what each child is taught when she [first] comes in. I introduce myself and say, ‘I am giving you a present – I am going to be your mother, and all these [other] girls share this present, which is me, as mother.’” Khanyisile Motsa received the Award in the Youth Movers Category 2010 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Awards. She has used her indigenous knowledge with great success to get the project off the ground and then applied a strategy of firstly identifying the street children, mostly girls who have been exploited on the streets of Hillbrow, Berea and the inner city of Johannesburg. (Image: Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year)Home of HopeThe Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope offers mercy, compassion and acceptance to sexually exploited, trafficked, orphaned and vulnerable girls, as well as those who may be infected with or affected by HIV and Aids. However dire the girls’ circumstances, Home of Hope believes it can help them take control of their lives; if given the tools and guidance, they be integrated into society.When Mam’ Khanyi’s personal funds ran out, she formed a committee and became the founder and co-ordinator of the Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope, a shelter for street children and an outreach point for those to whom she has become a familiar figure and refuge. She is “mother” to a very large family – over 62 orphaned girls from as young as four months old. Driven and guided by an “inner voice”, she has navigated a tough road. It has included being evicted from her flat for overcrowding, being injured in a revenge attack, and sacrificing her business and career to start the orphanage.Motsa’s mind overflows with ideas about how to help these young people. She says there is a desperate need for interim housing in the area, places where young people can stay while they find their feet, or receive entrepreneurial and skills training. This will enable them to use seed money to set up their own businesses.Watch Khanyisile Motsa talk about Home of Hope:Trapped in the cityThe children themselves come from desperately poor circumstances, broken homes or are destitute. Girls make easy pickings for criminal gangs on the streets of Johannesburg. Many of the children come from poor rural areas in other provinces like KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. After the girls are abducted or coerced, Motsa says, they are trapped in the big city.She would like to be a lifeline for those who would otherwise slip through the cracks and disappear into the growing underbelly of the city of gold. “It is only money we lack,” she says. But this does not stop her from getting up every day and fighting the good fight again. “What can I say? If we and the others like us stop, what will be left?”The sanctuaryMotsa and her helpers operate out of two crowded but spotless premises – a flat that she rents in Hillbrow and a small three-bedroom house about 10 kilometres away in the suburb of Kensington. Her operation tackles each challenge as it arises. One of these is the fear of abductions or revenge attacks for exposing and fighting rampant child abuse. Motsa herself was deliberately run over in the street and seriously injured a few years ago.The centre has a core of 10 full-time and 26 part-time helpers. They work in the heavily populated area, giving health advice and suggesting solutions to those living in often unsanitary conditions. Working closely with government officials, they also keep a constant watch for evidence of abuse. Vulnerable girls are identified and sometimes referred to other institutions.Motsa describes the problem as enormous. Someone has painted her phone number on to a wall and she sometimes receives desperate calls for help. “We will help any person in need,” Motsa says emphatically. The home survives on donations and by growing as much produce as possible in a small garden. The Kensington house was bought three years ago with the help of the staff members of a local bank.Today, both the homes are bursting at the seams – the Kensington house has grown from 20 to 32 girls – and Motsa continually commutes between the two. She would love to acquire an adjoining Kensington property that has become available and to consolidate the operation in one place.Learning to trustThe first challenge has always been to win the girls’ confidence to be able to withdraw them from the streets. Then to offer them a safe environment in which the healing process can start. After a period of nurturing and rehabilitation they are given the opportunity to get formal and informal education, which is the foundation of a successful adulthood. Employment opportunities are explored and they also have the opportunity to re-unite with their families.Motsa has also formed support and peer groups to monitor and help the girls who in many instances were forced into prostitution by drug lords and pimps or have been victims of child labour and trafficking.Many of them have had their dignity restored in the Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope. Imparting valuable information about HIV and Aids has been an important part of the education and where a few years ago the disease was considered a death sentence among these street girls, the education has had a positive impact on their lives.These and other interventions have helped the girls to gain confidence and feel better about themselves, which has encouraged them to look forward with a dream of a better life.
Refreshed Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is confident of regaining his rhythm quickly for the Champions Trophy after being sidelined nearly three months with a foot injury.Starc is set to be unleashed against Pakistan in Edgbaston later on Monday in Australia’s final warm-up ahead of the one-day tournament. It will be his first competitive hit-out since breaking down during the second Test against India in March.The left-armer was rusty coming back against West Indies last year after a more serious foot injury kept him out of action for seven months, but he felt it would be a smoother return in England after positive signs at training.Starc, who skipped the Indian Premier League and returned to training about a month ago, said he has found it much easier to get up to speed after the latest injury.”So even coming back into the nets, it didn’t feel like it took too long to get some good rhythm back. So hopefully it’s not like last time with such a big lay-off,” he added.”I’m pretty confident with how it’s going, it’s feeling good in the nets and with the few centre wickets we’ve had.”But it’ll be nice to get out in the middle and bowl some overs in match-like conditions.”Starc will lead a young but formidable pace battery including Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.Injuries have kept the quartet from coming together sooner, so Starc was thrilled they were all fit for selection.”We’re looking forward to hopefully playing a few games together if the four of us get picked,” he said.advertisement”We’ve obviously come through the ranks together, we’ve played a lot together and against each other in the under-age stuff and heading into to domestic cricket.”But we haven’t all been on the park at the same time for Australia. So I think it’s exciting for the four of us.”Australia’s preparations for the tournament, which they start against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday, have been overshadowed by a pay dispute between the players union and board, Cricket Australia (CA).Over the weekend, The Australian newspaper reported CA high performance chief Pat Howard had written to senior players directly in a bid to end the impasse with less than a month to go before a new collective bargaining agreement is due.Starc, who hinted at the possibility of an Ashes boycott on social media earlier this month, said the Australian Cricketers Association had players’ full support.”They have four weeks to go on the MoU (memorandum of understanding) and the players are leaving it to the ACA to sort it out for our side of things,” he said.
The Indian hockey team rode on twin strikes from Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh Kanjugam to register a sensational 4-3 win over Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour here.Ramandeep (25th minute, 32nd min) and Chinglensana (37th min, 60th min) helped India overcome Austria on Wednesday, and end their tour with three wins and two loses.After two successive wins against World No.4 The Netherlands, India made a steady start against Austria. While they kept most of the ball possession, penetrating into the striking circle was hard to come by. In fact, it was Austria who took an early lead through Oliver Binder’s goal in the 14th minute to end the quarter 1-0.India however, made amends in the second quarter when they won a penalty corner (PC) in the 25th minute. A clever variation saw comeback-man Amit Rohidas pass the ball to Ramandeep Singh who deflected the ball into the circle to equalise the score to 1-1.The 10-minute halftime break saw India come back into the game as a stronger team with better attack. They made better circle penetrations and a brilliant breakthrough came in when Ramandeep scored a rollicking field goal in the 32nd minute.It was a reverse hit from the top of circle which flew past the Austrian goalkeeper to give India a 2-1 lead. India found another chance to score when Mandeep Singh helped win a PC through a stick check.But the opportunity when amiss with the ball hitting the cross bar. However, another opportunity created by Mandeep again was successfully converted by India vice captain Chinglensana Singh in the 37th minute through a superb variation by drag-flicker Varun Kumar.advertisementGoing into the final 15 minutes, India had a comfortable 3-1 lead. But a determined Austria put one past the India goalkeeper when they won a PC and Michael Korpher converted it successfully in the 53rd minute to set up a close finish.Though India had won a PC only minutes before- thanks to forward Gurjant Singh, injector Manpreet Singh sent the ball slightly wide. With a little over eight minutes left, forward Lalit Upadhyay found a great opportunity to score but failed to beat the Austrian goalkeeper.Austria then pushed India on the back foot when they scored in the 55th minute via Patrick Schmidt to equalise 3-3. It was a tense final few minutes with India pushing hard for a goal.With just 10 seconds left for the final hooter, Chinglensana scored a sensational goal when Ramandeep made a brilliant circle penetration to find Gurjant Singh. A cross hit by Gurjant saw Chinglensana deflect the ball into the goal and seal the match with winning points.