Challenges lie in “bureaucratic movement” between Ministries – Holder

first_imgUS-imposed catfish ban …says food safety authority would have accelerated resolution Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder has pointed towards the bureaucratic movement between the Fisheries Department of his Ministry and the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department of the Public Health Ministry as one of the main challenges against compliance with the US-imposed catfish ban which was enforced to achieve standard seafood entering that country.In a recent interview with Guyana Times Holder stated that while work has been done to lift the ban, it is an international issue which has to be dealt with in a holistic manner. For now, “nothing new” has emerged from discussions and they are working towards an arrangement to adhere to the standards set out by the United States of America.“There is nothing new on it. It’s the question of coming to an arrangement with the US concerning our adherence to their rule or how we can best adhere to it. We just can’t lift the ban because it is worldwide and not just against Guyana,” said the Minister.He mentioned that if the food safety authority – which would have been created under the Food Safety Bill – was established, the process would have been faster than having two Ministries involved.“We are working with the US. If we had the food safety authority in place, it would have been way much faster but what is happening here is that you have two different Ministries involved which is the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries Department and the Ministry of Health Food and Drug Department so the bureaucratic movement between Ministries have some challenges.”Holder added, “The other is the negotiation with the US, with regards to how best we can comply with their standards. The thing is, when the US is dealing with us, we got to deal with the Ministry of Health and then the Ministry of Health got to get on with Fisheries [Department], then they got to get back on with the Ministry of Health”.The Food Safety Bill was presented to the National Assembly in 2016, providing for a food safety authority, which would spearhead all aspects of food production including preparation and transportation for exportation.Meanwhile, on the part of the Public Health Ministry, Junior Minister Karen Cummings told this publication that “progress” has been made on their end but did not elaborate on the matter.Last December, Holder was questioned by Opposition officials as to what Government has been initiating to lift the ban after some US$14.7 million was set aside for the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism as part of Guyana’s contribution to international organisations.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira questioned whether Guyana could get help from this very organisation, to which Holder replied in the affirmative. She also inquired whether legislation was being drafted to assist Guyana with gaining compliance.According to the regulations, Guyana must be able to catch catfish and transport it to a processing plant while it is alive. This is in contradiction to what is being practised here, whereby the fish is caught, disembowelled and the carcass is iced until it reaches the shore.Holder noted that the fishing industry represents approximately US$70 to $80 million annually to Guyana, with the ban on catfish costing the country US$1.2 million.The ban by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was instituted against Guyana in 2018.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called out the incumbent Administration for not doing enough to address the concerns of the fishing industry with the ban.Jagdeo had said that he is “of the firm view that the coalition Government is fully responsible for the plight of local fishermen, given that they were notified of the USA’s pending changes to export regulations since November 2015. The coalition Government, despite having received notice of these changes, failed to communicate effectively with the stakeholders of the fisheries sector, many of whom have invested heavily in this area”.“To make matters worse, the coalition Government received an extension until February 3, 2018, to bring Guyana into compliance with the new export regulations and failed again” the Opposition Leader had said.last_img read more

The Christmas QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NLEX rookie Ravena flourishes in first playoff game

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEver the competitor, Kiefer Ravena just couldn’t let NLEX down in the endgame as he took matters to his own hands in the Road Warriors’ 105-99 win over Alaska in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.“I really wanted to win,” Ravena said. “I was really in the zone during the game because we’re already here, we had to struggle the whole conference, and we couldn’t afford to relax because it’s just a best-of-3 series. We have to capitalize in games like these.”ADVERTISEMENTRavena weaved his magic in the endgame, first setting up Michael Miranda for the go-ahead bucket with 22.7 seconds remaining before following it up with the insurance layup that put the Road Warriors ahead, 100-96, in the final 18.8 ticks.He finished the job off with a pair of foul shots in the last 7.8 seconds to secure the victory as he wound up with 25 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout read more

Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces

first_imgSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTeam Philippines, because of that win over China, swept its preliminary round assignments to top Group B but just couldn’t get anything going when they faced the Koreans in the first round of the knockout stages.The result was a 118-86 bamboozling on Friday as the Koreans drained a total of 16 triples to carve out the victory that added to another of those heart-rending defeats the Philippines has been taking from way back. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Photo from Fiba.comThe Fiba Asia Cup campaign that started in the most promising way for Gilas Pilipinas took another wicked turn for the worse on Saturday after the Filipinos were blown off the floor by host Lebanon, 106-87, at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut.Fadi El Khatib, one of the finest scorers the region has produced, torched the dumbfounded Filipinos with 36 points and helped the Lebanese bury the Philippines early in a hole so deep to cruise to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ LATEST STORIES South Korea pulls off twin kill over Gilas Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Australia, ranked 10th in the world and a newcomer in the tournament together with New Zealand, advanced to the gold medal game against 2013 champion Iran and Hamed Haddadi on Sunday.Gilas’ next big tournament will be the World Cup Qualifying that starts in November.The Filipinos will play games in Chinese Taipei, Japan and Australia in the first round. The games are scheduled on a home-and-away basis and will be played in November, February and July.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lebanon thus advanced to a clash with China for fifth place even as the Filipinos dropped into a game versus Jordan for seventh (ongoing at press time), which would mean the worst finish for the country in the last eight years.It was the second blowout loss that the Filipinos took as their bid, which started with a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese, will be remembered more for the ripping they suffered at the hands of old nemesis South Korea in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion,” he said in a statement. “It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life. But I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health.”He has fought just once since stepping away from the sport in late 2013 after nine straight welterweight title defenses. But in November 2017 he dethroned middleweight champion Michael “The Count” Bisping in his comeback bout at UFC 217.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSt-Pierre gave up the 185-pound crown a month later, citing concerns with ulcerative colitis. Despite limited activity, he is eighth in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018.He thanked family, fans and coaches as well as trainers, training partners, sponsors and agents. He also made it a point to laud his opponents. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Overcoming hurdles US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img “All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me,” he said. “I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practicing martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision over Karo Parisyan in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship by knockout over Matt Hughes in 2006. After losing the title to Matt Serra, he recaptured the belt by TKO in their rematch in Montreal.“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” UFC President Dana White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport.”In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at more than $12 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The crowd of 55,724 was the second-largest attendance in UFC history.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Canada’s Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement from mixed martial arts during a press conference in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL, Canada—Georges St-Pierre retired Thursday after a career in which he put mixed martial arts on the map in Canada and helped fuel the UFC’s worldwide expansion.The 37-year-old Canadian made the announcement at the Bell Centre. St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Short-handed Bulls stun Wizards

first_imgView comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The game was the second between the teams since the deal that sent Porter to the Bulls for Parker and Bobby Portis on Feb. 6. The Wizards beat the Bulls 134-125 three days later in Chicago, with Beal scoring 31.This one went to overtime after Beal hit a baseline jumper to tie it with 2.4 seconds left. Markkanen then inbounded to Robin Lopez at the top of the key following a timeout. The Bulls wanted their star to get the ball back, but the Wizards took away that option.Lopez was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.OUCHMarkkanen insisted a blow to the face he took from Portis in the final minute of regulation while trying to score down low was unintentional.Markkanen made two free throws to extend the Bulls’ lead to 112-109 with 50 seconds left. Portis got called for a flagrant foul.“I actually haven’t seen the play yet, but I don’t believe it was intentional,” Markkanen said. “I don’t think he’s like that. The thing about Bobby is that he just always plays so hard so stuff happens.”TIP-INSWizards: Portis had 15 points. … Parker has 10 straight games with 15 or more points.Bulls: Porter missed his second consecutive game. Coach Jim Boylen said an MRI showed no structural damage, but was not sure when his player will return. Porter expects to return this season from the injury, which occurred during the game at Sacramento on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joel Embiid unstoppable as 76ers finally beat Celtics Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “They didn’t get a field goal?” Dunn said. “That’s what I like to hear. That’s what I like to hear. Great team defense.”Tied at 113 through four quarters, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run to start overtime, with Robin Lopez hitting two foul shots and Dunn nailing two 3-pointers. It was 121-117 with a minute left when Dunn missed two free throws.Beal then missed the first and made the final two free throws after getting fouled on a 3, cutting the lead to two. But Markkanen nailed a 3 from the top of the key to make it 124-119 with 32.3 seconds remaining.Parker then put up an airball on the second attempt after making the first free throw, and Dunn hit two foul shots to make it 126-120 with 19.5 seconds left.GOING TO OTADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving UP NEXTWizards: Host Denver on Thursday.Bulls: Host Utah on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They were hungry,” Washington’s Bradley Beal said. “When you have a team like that — guys who, a lot of them weren’t on the team last year, weren’t on the team early in the year. Guys who don’t have deals; they’re hungry. They want to play and they’re taking advantage of their opportunity and kicked our (butt).”Markkanen nailed five 3-pointers, including a key shot beyond the arc in overtime. Dunn hit two 3’s in OT, and converted a pair of free throws near the end to make it a six-point game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShaquille Harrison scored 18. Cristiano Felicio added 15 points, and the Bulls won their second straight after dropping five in a row, despite leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) not playing because of injuries.Jabari Parker led Washington with 28 points against his former team. Beal scored 27 and hit the tying jumper in the closing seconds of regulation. But the Wizards went 0 for 6 from the field in OT, losing for the third time in four games. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, center, celebrates with Robin Lopez, left, and Ryan Arcidiacono after he made a 3-point basket during overtime of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Chicago. The Bulls won 126-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO— The fading Washington Wizards were going against a struggling team missing two of its top players. It’s fair to say their latest loss had a little extra sting.Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brighton

first_imgRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says the Premier League’s best managers wouldn’t be able to take a smaller club into the top-six.Redknapp believes the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola would not be able to dominate the league without their star-studded playing groups.Asked about former club Spurs, Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.”You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management. “If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

House Senate negotiators agree on 700 billion for Pentagon

first_imgWASHINGTON – House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defence policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount President Donald Trump sought as lawmakers aim to restock what they say is a depleted U.S. military.The bill allots just over $634 billion for core Pentagon operations and nearly $66 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, according to summaries of the legislation released Wednesday by the House and Senate Armed Services committees. The funding boost pays for more troops, jet fighters, ships and other weapons the bill’s backers said are needed to halt an erosion of the military’s combat readiness.Trump’s 2018 request sought $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for overseas missions. Republican defence hawks in particular were surprised the president didn’t seek more given his bullish campaign talk about rebuilding the armed forces. But they kept their criticisms largely to themselves as they set about boosting the Pentagon’s budget to a level higher than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Yet the lawmakers pushing the hardest for the big increase still face an uphill battle. For the billions of additional dollars to actually materialize, Congress first will have to agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on most federal spending. But that won’t be easy. Lifting the budget caps will face resistance from Democrats who also are seeking to increase the budgets for domestic agencies.The policy bill would give U.S. troops a 2.4 per cent pay raise, which is slightly higher than the wage increase the Pentagon had proposed.The blueprint calls for 7,500 additional active-duty Army soldiers and 1,000 more National Guard and Army reserve troops. The Navy would get 4,000 more active-duty sailors and 1,000 additional reservists. The Marine Corps will see an increase of 1,000 active-duty Marines, and the Air Force is due for 4,100 more active-duty airmen, 900 National Guardsmen and 800 reservists.The defence bill provides money for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 20 more than Trump asked for, as well as 24 F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, 10 more than requested.The budget also includes three Littoral Combat Ships, two beyond the budget request. The ships are new to the fleet and operate in congested areas near the shore against small boats and mines. Overall, the bill provides $6.3 billion more than Trump sought for five additional “battle force ships,” according to the Senate summary.The legislation folds in the nearly $6 billion Trump requested Monday for urgent missile defence improvements to counter the threat from North Korea, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and speedy repairs to Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific theatre.A large chunk of the money would be used for the construction of an additional ground-based interceptor field at Fort Greely, Alaska; the initial procurement of 20 new ground-based interceptors; ship-based missiles; and interceptors for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, a U.S. mobile anti-missile system. Many of these specific increases had already been addressed in earlier versions of the bill.The bill also covers the $1.2 billion Trump sought to allow the Defence Department to deploy an additional 3,500 U.S. troops to Afghanistan as part of the president’s new strategy for the country where the U.S. has been fighting since 2001.The legislation also fully pays for repairs to the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald. Both ships from the Pacific-based 7th Fleet were damaged in deadly collisions that led to eight top Navy officers, including the 7th Fleet commander, being fired from their jobs.The legislation is expected to be released as soon as Thursday. The defence bill is essentially silent on Trump’s proposal to exclude transgender people from military service, according to congressional staff members who weren’t authorized to discuss the legislation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump had ordered a reinstatement of the long-standing policy that barred transgender individuals from joining the military; service members who were revealed to be transgender were subject to discharge. A federal judge last month barred the Trump administration from proceeding with the plan.___Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rplardnerlast_img read more

Notley disappointed Alberta out of running for new Amazon HQ

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it’s disappointing the province won’t be home to Amazon’s second headquarters.Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the short-list for the e-commerce giant’s new North American office.Notley says her office spoke with the Seattle-based company and was told the Calgary bid was particularly exciting and reflected well on Alberta.She says the exercise underscored that the province needs to up its game when it comes to developing mass transit systems.Notley says Alberta is as big an economic centre as British Columbia and Ontario, but investment in transit lagged under previous governments.She says diversifying Alberta’s economy away from oil and gas won’t happen overnight and the Amazon bid was a good learning experience.“There’s no question, it’s unfortunate. It would have been great to have gotten that deal,” Notley said Thursday.“In the meantime, we are certainly going to continue our work that is focused on diversification. We have a province where there was a lot of talk of diversification for many years, but not a lot of work going on about it.”Notley said over the last 2 1/2 years the Alberta government has made a lot of investments to turn that corner.last_img read more

James hints BC speculation tax being redrawn for vacation homes implications

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister is dropping hints the blueprint for the province’s proposed speculation tax is being redrawn after a homeowner backlash.Carole James introduced the speculation tax in last month’s budget, but details were scarce other than saying it will come later this year and it targets foreign and domestic buyers who do not pay B.C. income tax.She said Wednesday concerns about unexpected tax increases from some B.C. property owners with two properties are being heard.The homeowners have been telling the government about fears their vacation homes will be hit with large tax bills despite promises of offsetting income tax credits.“Details to come, as I said then (on budget day),” said James. “We’re working on those details now, including all of the issues that people have been raising. They are on our table. They are part of our considerations.”The details in the budget pegged the proposed speculation tax at $5 for every $1,000 of assessed value this year and rising to $20 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.But the budget was not clear about British Columbia residents with vacation or second homes in the province.“The new annual property tax will target foreign and domestic home owners who do not pay income tax in B.C., including those who leave their homes vacant,” said the budget documents.James said the government is preparing the final details for the speculation tax, and vacation property owners from B.C. is one of the tax issues being reviewed.“We’re aiming to make sure that we get speculators out of the market,” she said. “We don’t want people treating our housing as a stock market.”James said earlier the tax measures in her budget are part of the government’s aim to improve housing affordability for thousands of people, including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who refuse jobs in B.C. because they can’t find a place to live.The proposed speculation tax will not apply to every region of the province, targeting Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria area, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the minority New Democrat government appears to be making up tax policy on the fly.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the tax would rise to $10 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.last_img read more