To Import POP Drink: MOC Grants Trademark to Liberian-owned Business

first_imgThe long-standing controversy over who is the legitimate holder of the trademark (brand name) to import POP Drink Juice on the Liberian Market has ended. In keeping with the Industrial Property Law of the country, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), has granted BAF Trading Corporation, a Liberian-owned Business, the rights to be the sole importer of the POP beverages.In a letter addressed to BIVAC-Liberia dated October 31, 2014, Commerce Minister Axel Addy temporarily suspended the importation of POP Drink on the Liberian market due to a controversy that existed between a Lebanese business, H.K. Enterprise, Inc., and a Liberian business, BAF Trading Corporation over POP Drinks Trademark Rights.According to Minister Addy’s communication, effective January 1, 2015, BAF Trading Corporation, the original holder of the trademark has been authorized to commence importation of the product into the country.BAFTC applied to the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) for trademark rights to import POP Drink to the market and its request was granted by LIPO, thus giving BAF legal authority in accordance with the Industrial Property Law for a period of 10 years.Three years after giving BAF the legal rights over the trademark, LIPO awarded similar rights to a Lebanese company, H.K. Enterprise located at Red-light for a period of one year.The reported double TM rights sparked a serious controversy, “because the right given to H.K. Enterprise had no legal ground and or basis in keeping with the law controlling.”The controversy prompted a whistleblower to write an official complaint to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) requesting the Commission to investigate the circumstances that led to the manner in which BAF Trading Corporation was allegedly arm twisted and their right to the trademark revoked and unlawfully given to H.K. Enterprise.In the mind of the whistleblower, the process was marred by “corruption” and needed to be flagged.However, the latest intervention by the Minister of Commerce to restore the right of BAF Trading Corporation as the holder of the trademark, has signaled the Ministry’s respect for the rule of law, and by extension, has created a safe and conducive environment for doing business in Liberia especially at a time Liberians are actively venturing into business activities that will eventually enhance their capacity to take hold of and control the economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LWSC, CICO Sign US$10.6M Grant Agreement

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Chicquan Construction Company (CICO) have signed a US$10.6 million Agreement for the rehabilitation of the White Plains water treatment plant, outside Monrovia.According to the Agreement, preparations and mobilization of equipment will take four weeks for the contractor to begin actual work at the water treatment.The US$10.6 million funding for the rehabilitation works was provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa Water Facility (AWF).Besides, the Agreement covers the complete rehabilitation of the 21km long pipeline from the water treatment plant at White Plains through Red-light Market in Paynesville.At the signing ceremony on Friday, LWSC Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, explained that the funds are on the basis of grants and not loans.Director Allen also disclosed that the water treatment rehabilitation contractor was selected following an international competitive bidding process. The process, he said, was held among 12 bidding companies that were earlier shortlisted.Of that number, he said four bidders were qualified for the third phase of the interviews for the selection of the winner by a committee of highly qualifies Liberians.He also pointed out that after the third phase of the screening process, CICO was qualified, accepted and declared winner of the contract.When fully rehabilitated, the water agency will be able to pump and supply 16 million gallons of water to Monrovia and its environs every day.In a brief statement, CICO Deputy Country Manager, Chan Zetao, assured LWSC and Liberians that his company will live up to the terms and conditions of the contract.He then expressed the hope for future collaboration between CICO and LWSC.In remarks, LWSC Deputy managing director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, disclosed that the selection for the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract was carried out on the basis of the AfDB’s competitive bidding guidelines. He also assured the government and partners that CICO will work strictly in conformity with the specifications, drawings and designs as documented in the work plan.Mr. Cassell assured Liberians and partners that the rehabilitation works will be double-monitored and supervised by the hired international engineering firm and personnel from the water agency during the implementation period.He also indicated that the effective, management of the current funds provided by the AfDB and AWF are critical to the securing of additional soft loans from partners and other donor institutions in the future.“You are not going to get additional funding if the current funds provided are mismanaged,” Director Cassell warned.For his part, the project manager for the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (UWSSP), Gabriel S. Flaboe Sr., said as a result of the transition of different management heads and delays, the water treatment plant rehabilitation did experience some hurdles.The signing of the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract, he said, marks one of the significant points in the history of the LWSC.The UWSSP official pointed out that the current agreement is only intended to rehabilitate the water treatment plant and did not incorporate the expansion phase owing to the present staggering population of Monrovia. Mr. Flaboe however reminded Liberians and partners that the current water treatment plant was designed to meet the water needs of approximately 750,000 residents and customers prior to the civil conflict, but the population of Monrovia has increased approximately to 1.3 million inhabitants.Manager Flaboe then stressed the need for a robust expansion program in anticipation of pipe-borne water demands in the future by the growing population of Monrovia and environs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Africanised bees bother Diamond residents

first_imgAfricanised bees can be seen in the ceilingResidents of Diamond New Housing Scheme are complaining of the prevalence of Africanised bees in the area and the inaction of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and Agriculture Ministry in offering them some relief.According to residents, several weeks have passed since both the NDC and Ministry committed to send out an inspection team to determine what can be done to offer assistance.Suresh Sukhwa, a resident of 12th Avenue Diamond, who spoke to Guyana Times on Tuesday said that residents have been reporting the issue since January to the authorities and no action has been taken.“We have been having this problem of African bee infestation months now and we keep reporting over and over and nothing. They never even sent anybody to check it out as they had promised. The NDC neither the Ministry,” he said.Sukhwa, a tailor, said that he is unable to properly carry out his work since any noise raises the bees. “I have to keep my machine inside. I frighten to even turn it on because of the noise and I frighten they raise up. And I have to work and live,” he said. The bees, he said, are in his ceiling and in a barrel in his yard.These bees are deadly and residents are fearful of the harm they can pose for them and their children.Another resident, Suriya Singh, said that she is fearful to even allow her children to play in the yard because only recently, the bees badly attacked a weeder who was working in the area and he had to be rushed to the hospital. “I frighten to have my children outside because the slightest noise does make them fly around. These things kill and only when something bad happen then the authorities would step in. Look how long we keep reporting this thing and nobody even came to pay us a visit,” she said. She is forced to keep her children and grandchildren inside most times because she is afraid of them being attacked and killed by the bees. “These bees are deadly. We have children here and children don’t know danger. I hope that after this article that we can see somebody and get some kind of help in removing these bees,” Singh said.The residents all reiterated calls for the relevant authorities to visit the area and carry out an inspection thereby putting measures in place to remove the bees.last_img read more

Chris Haugan dominates Bear Flats race

first_imgFerris finished his race in 28:35, while Roger St. Jean took third place with a time of 28:52.Rounding out the field was Rob Preater in fourth, crossing the line in 29:07, and fifth was Sam Keats as he registered a time of 32:26.The Blizzard Bike Club has three races coming up through Sunday. Wednesday is a mountain bike race at 7 p.m., that’s followed by another Baldonnel time trial also at 7 p.m., and Sunday is the 40 kilometre Terry Stone Memorial at 10 a.m. from the Hudson’s Hope entrance sign.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mukluk Bonspiel a big success this past weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Mukluk Curling Bonspiel took place this past weekend at the Fort St. John Curling Club.The event’s main sponsor was S&S Turbine Services and was part of the High On Ice event in the Energetic City.Bob Cooper’s team was victorious in the A event while Curtis Rogers of Rogers Trucking won the B event. Shane Marshall’s team won the C event and Tim Maloney’s foursome was victorious in the consolation bracket.- Advertisement –last_img

Update – Teenager missing in Grande Prairie

first_img  UPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise the public that 13 year old Cortney Antypovich who had been missing since the evening of Sunday August 28, 2011, has been located in Edmonton by Edmonton Police Service.- Advertisement -Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in locating Antypovich. Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 13 year-old teenager.The RCMP is searching for Cortney Antypovich was last seen at her residence Sunday August 28, 2011.Antypovich is described as 5”7’, 135 lbs, blonde shoulder length hair, blue eyes, has pierced ears and wears braces.The RCMP believe she may be traveling in a 2002 blue Ford Windstar.Advertisementcenter_img If you know where Antypovich is or have any information in this regard, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700.last_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Do you agree with this XI?

first_img 11 Two weeks into the Premier League season and players are starting to brush off the cobwebs from their pre-season exertions.Leicester, many pundits’ tips to struggle under Claudio Ranieri’s stewardship, have proved the surprise package of the opening fortnight as they mix with the big boys in the top four.Chelsea are in mini crisis, while in stark contract Manchester City look like world beaters after dispatching the Blues in the first heavyweight contest of the campaign.Here’s your talkSPORT team of the week… 11 11 Centre-back: Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – The Swansea captain has been integral to their impressive start to the season and against Newcastle he combined defensive assurance with a brilliant range of passing. Williams completed 102 out of 105 passes, with a remarkable 44 of them coming in Newcastle’s half. Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) – Remarkably, despite conceding three goals, Begovic makes our XI because of an outstanding first-half showing in his duel with Sergio Aguero. The Bosnian goalkeeper, stepping in for the suspended Thibaut Courtois, denied the City frontman on four occasions before the Argentine maestro finally found the net. Has he staked a claim for a first-team berth? Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – Kolarov has hugely benefited from an injury to Gael Clichy, and looked back to his elegant best against Chelsea by establishing a promising relationship with Raheem Sterling on the City left. He’s created seven chances so far this season – the same as David Silva. 11 11 Attacking midfield: Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) – First Branislav Ivanovic, now Daryl Janmaat. Both right backs will be glad to see the back of Montero, although the latter seemed intent on jumping ship as soon as possible before his inevitable red card on Saturday. Montero must be a striker’s dream, knowing the Ecuadorian is a reliable source of service from the left. He’s a throwback to traditional wingers and we can only hope his form continues. Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – Liverpool may well have just found a solution to their right-back problem. Clyne was the pick of the Anfield debutants as the Reds squeezed out a 1-0 win against Bournemouth, combing attacking forays with reliable defensive work. His tackling, in particular, caught the eye, leaving several Cherries players in a heap on the floor after crunching challenges. 11 Defensive midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City) – What a performance from the Brazilian. While the likes of Silva and Aguero may take most of the plaudits, Fernandinho delivered a brilliant defensive display to contain Cesc Fabregas and Willian. Although he may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch after a lunge on Diego Costa, he took his goal brilliantly. 11 Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Insignificant one week, world class the next. Ozil’s enduring qualities came to the fore in Arsenal’s impressive win at Crystal Palace as the Gunners rediscovered their verve. He misplaced just one of his 55 passes, created five chances for his team-mates and grabbed a brilliant assist for Olivier Giroud’s goal. Genius. 11 Central midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – It’s a big season for the young Englishman and he’s had a whirlwind start. Everton were brilliant at Southampton on Saturday lunchtime, with Barkley central to everything good about the Toffees’ performance. His goal was excellent, and his link up with Romelu Lukaku suggests Roberto Martinez’s side may have rediscovered their groove. 11 11 11 Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Another player seemingly revitalised after a subdued season last term, Lukaku was unplayable against Southampton. He took his two goals brilliantly and when he’s in that kind of mood, no defender on the planet would fancy facing him. Is he starting to justify that £28m price tag? Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – He’s back, and that’s a menacing thought for the rest of the Premier League. After a personal season to forget last term, Kompany bullied Diego Costa into submission on Sunday afternoon and looked more fired up than ever. Two goals in two games puts him in contention for the golden boot, too. Ha! Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – The league’s shining light – we can only hope injuries evade him this season. He absolutely terrorised the Chelsea defence and if it weren’t for an inspired Begovic, we could have been talking about an Aguero hat-trick before half time. His display was so devastating John Terry had the indignity of being hooked at the break – the first time he has ever been substituted under Jose Mourinho. last_img read more

`Newlywed’ suspects have colorful history

first_imgThe FBI said the male half of the “Newlywed Bandits” robbed the first bank. The woman pulled the second heist. And the two robbed the last three banks together. It’s not clear how Rocha and Meyercamp met, but public records and authorities shed some light on the couple’s background. Rocha enrolled at Rio Hondo College in the fall of 2006 and listed a home address in La Puente. College officials said her major was administration of justice and that she was taking 11 units this current semester. Court records show she was convicted of possessing a drug pipe on June 7, 2004, but didn’t say what her sentence was. The case was heard in El Monte Superior Court. On Feb. 22, 2006, she applied for a temporary restraining order in Pomona Superior Court against a Cano Gustavo Meza. The restraining order was under the case type, domestic violence, and included children. The order was granted by the court on March 27, 2006. Meyercamp is a parolee who has been in and out of prison. Records with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, however, list him as Paul “Meyerkamp.” Meyercamp went to state prison Sept., 21, 2000, after being convicted of committing battery with serious injuries. He was there until 2004. He returned to prison in 2005 for a firearms violation, a conviction that came with a sentence of two years and eight months. In 2006, he got into trouble for making a weapon in prison, was convicted and received a sentence of one year and four months. Meyercamp was then paroled on Aug. 14, 2007. Somehow, his path and Rocha’s crossed. The FBI didn’t know who their bandits were until someone saw news reports about the robbers and called them. “We also had information they went to Las Vegas,” Eimiller said. Rocha and Meyercamp fled to neighboring Las Vegas where they allegedly robbed a pedestrian, did a carjacking and were caught Nov. 18, according to the FBI. They are suspected of also robbing a bank there. Eimiller said they believe the two were in Las Vegas about two days before they were caught. Officer Jose Montoya of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said they have no record that they arrested Rocha or Meyercamp. But he found a record card taken out by Rocha to work as a dancer at the Can Can Room in Las Vegas. It doesn’t say when she obtained the work card and it’s not known if she did land the job. The Can Can Room bills itself in its Web site as “the oldest and still best fully nude show in Las Vegas.” No one answered the business phone and the voicemail was full. The FBI doesn’t yet know the reason why the two allegedly started robbing banks. “Generally speaking, bank robbers will rob banks to fund a gambling or drug habit or they’re desperate for money,” Eimiller said. “They clearly robbed banks for cash. Anyone who would walk into a bank undisguised and (be caught) on surveillance camera would be desperate,” she added. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThey are not fighting extradition to California and could be returned sometime this month, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. She said the U.S. Marshals Service has 30 days to transport the two back to California. Rocha and Meyercamp are being held without bail at the North Las Vegas Detention Center in North Las Vegas, Nev. They face federal charges related to five bank robberies in California. The first robbery was Oct. 18 at an East West Bank in EL Monte. Five days later, a Bank of America in Duarte was hit. An East West Bank in Diamond Bar was the bandits’ next target on Oct. 30, a Downey Savings in Claremont on Nov. 6, and a La Habra Wells Fargo Bank on Nov. 8. She was a criminology student with one conviction for possessing drug paraphernalia, he has been in and out of prison. Together, authorities said they made a dangerous pair. As the so-called “Newlywed Bandits,” Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp Jr., 26, allegedly robbed five local banks in a span of three weeks. They then fled to Las Vegas where they were caught. last_img read more

Video: Glenn Verbauwhede’s childish goalkeeping for Maritzburg United

first_imgCheck out this clip of Glenn Verbauwhede. The Belgian goalkeeper currently plays for South African Premier League side Maritzburg United and he certainly provided entertainment for spectators. In the KwaZulu-Natal derby against Golden Arrows, the 30-year-old has possession of the ball at his feet. Before picking it up, he goaded his opponents, picking the ball up and quickly diving dramatically. The second one in particularly caused trouble, as he accuses his opponent of sticking his foot in dangerously. See above!last_img read more

Hart-break: What now for Manchester City keeper ahead of summer of uncertainty?

first_img Joe Hart shows his appreciation to the Torino fans It’s June 10 2016 and Joe Hart is undoubtedly geared up for England’s opening Euro 2016 game against Russia eager to show the world what he’s made of.Fast-forward a year and no one would have predicted how the next 12 months would turn out for the Three Lions number one.England’s Euro 2016 was a disaster, but for Hart it was personally damaging after high-profile errors led to goals in the game against Wales and the Iceland horror show.Plenty thought the former Birmingham City loanee could return to Manchester City and reclaim his form as number one but incoming boss Pep Guardiola had other ideas.Hart couldn’t play well enough with the ball at his feet for the ex-Barcelona manager and, six years after returning from his successful spell at St Andrews to claim City’s number one position from Shay Given, the England keeper was to be shipped out on loan again.This time he went on an Italian adventure and became Torino’s marquee signing for the season.But, while he was much-loved by the fans and didn’t embarrass himself abroad, his form still hasn’t been anywhere near his best.So here we are in the summer of 2017. Manchester City have now signed two goalkeepers, in Claudio Bravo and brand new face Ederson, to take over as starting goalkeeper at the Etihad.Hart’s City spell is most certainly over.But what an earth happens now for the England shot stopper? He is after all a two-time Premier League champion.Time for pastures newObviously the ex-Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper will be looking for a new club this summer but, as was proved in the last summer window, this could be tricky.As a keeper with multiple honours to his name you would imagine a host of bigger clubs would be looking into signing Hart.However, most of the Premier League big boys, and their European counterparts, have their goalkeeping situations sorted.Of the Premier League’s top four you would consider Manchester City to have had the biggest issues in the position last season, with Bravo unable to save a shot for an extended period of time, but Hart is clearly not wanted.Liverpool also had their own goalkeeping problems and, while many think this is still an option for Hart, Jurgen Klopp now seems sold on the abilities of Simon Mignolet and probably hasn’t given up on Loris Karius just yet.Realistically if Hart is going to stay in the Premier League there are only two viable options based on current squads – West Ham and Crystal Palace.Everton had seemed the best bet for Hart with Ronald Koeman juggling between Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg as starter throughout the season, but the Toffees are close to securing Jordan Pickford’s services.West Ham also struggled for consistency in goal and had seemed to be targeting Pickford, but may turn their attentions to Hart if the Sunderland man heads to Goodison.Crystal Palace may also be on the lookout with Steve Mandanda likely to head back to Marseille and Wayne Hennessey not really convincing fully as a Premier League number one.Maybe someone abroad will come in for Hart or maybe Torino will secure another loan deal until a club, who can viably afford the England man, require a keeper.Whichever way you look at it Hart doesn’t have as many options as he might hope.Still England’s main man?Hart has now been undisputed number one of the Three Lions since the 2010 World Cup concluded but, probably for the first time in his international career, he faces tough opposition.Fraser Forster has been close for a while but the real threat to Hart’s position is Stoke City’s Jack Butland.After coming through a year-long injury layoff Butland is back and appears as impressive as he was before he went off injured playing for the national team.At 24 years of age, and performing better than Hart, Butland could become first choice under Gareth Southgate.Tom Heaton’s Premier League form for Burnley means he also has a credible claim and Sunderland’s Pickford could be an absolute star of the future.Looking ahead to the 2018 World Cup it is highly conceivable we see Butland starting, with Pickford as back-up, while Hart could be third choice or out of the squad all together.This summer represents the biggest challenge of Hart’s career as he faces up to an uncertain future at club and international level.If he can get a move and play regularly, chances are he will be in with a good shout of keeping his place as England number one.But Pickford and Butland represent a real threat to the 30-year-old because the fact of the matter is Hart is now England’s past – Butland and Pickford are England’s future. 1last_img read more