Supermarket owner fined for tampering with expiration dates

first_imgA Chinese supermarket owner, who operates on the East Coast of Demerara, was on Monday fined $60,000 when he appeared before the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, to answer to three charges of tampering with food items.Yuhai Lin of Lin Supermarket admitted he repackaged foods under insanitary conditions, sold expired products and tampered with the labels of milk products. Lin was fined $60,000 for the three offences.A section of food items discovered to be repackaged under insanitary conditionsCriminal proceedings were instituted against the proprietor in accordance with the laws of Guyana – Food and Drug Act of 1971, Chapter 34:03, Section 35.Under this law, Part II (5), it states: “any person who sells an article of food that is unfit for human consumption or was manufactured, prepared, packaged or stored under the unsanitary condition is guilty of an offence”.Part II (6) of the Act went on to outline that: “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quality, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offence.”Head of the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD), Marlon Cole told Guyana Times that he hoped this would be a warning to other businesses who may be involved in illegal repackaging and tampering.The owner of the embattled supermarket was just last month busted during an inspection exercise on the East Coast of Demerara, on October 5.According to the GA-FDD, the proprietor of the supermarket, which was only recently established, was discovered to be repackaging foods under insanitary conditions, selling expired foods and also tampering with expiration dates. He was found to be extending the date mark on condensed milk products.The Department disclosed that 51 395-gram tins of condensed milk which had the date marks tampered with were seized and removed from the premises. These tins just had the manufacture date and the expiry date, whereas those products that were not tampered with carried a barcode along with the manufacture and expiry dates.The GA-FDD is calling on consumers to pay closer attention to the expiry dates on products being sold.“Consumers are again asked to ensure that all items of food have a label, is English translated and to ensure the dates are closely examined and not altered or tampered with,” the Department warned.last_img read more

Emre Can set for Juventus move – reports

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Emre Can has reportedly agreed terms with Juventus © AFP / Oli SCARFFMILAN, Italy, Apr 30 – Liverpool defensive midfielder Emre Can has agreed a five-year contract with Italian champions Juventus, according to reports in Italy on Monday.The 24-year-old German international, who is sidelined with a back injury, will sign with the six-time Italian champions as early as this week, Gazzetta dello Sport reported. The midfielder can leave Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of the season, and Gazzetta reported that the German has already agreed a deal worth six million euros ($7.5 million) per year.French champions Paris Saint-Germain were also reported to be interested in signing Can who preferred a move to Italy with fellow Germans Sami Khedira and Benedikt Howedes already in Turin.Can arrived in Liverpool in 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen, having previously won the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich in 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Keep your eye on iTax plans

first_imgBy Michelle Steel The iPod started it all. Then came iTunes and now the iPhone. Could the next step in the iRevolution be the iTax? If California’s pro-tax lobby gets its way, a new iTax on digital downloads could reach California consumers before Apple’s next innovation can even pass the test phase. To understand the looming iTax threat, take a brief moment to understand California’s basic sales and use tax law. Most consumers know that when you buy a tangible good in California, you must pay sales tax on the purchase. For example, when you buy a CD or DVD from a store, you will pay sales tax on that product. However, Apple’s innovations have revolutionized the way that consumers access digital entertainment. As President Reagan once said, “A value-added tax actually gives a government a chance to blindfold the people and grow in stature and size.” Value-added taxes also increase the propensity for double taxation because the burden is on taxpayers to ask for a refund. Even worse, this new iTax stifles technological innovation. America is an invention incubator because we protect new ideas from theft and taxes. In return, our inventors reward us with the countless benefits of innovation. Digital downloads are just better. Consumers instantly receive the product; businesses save money on packaging; and the environment benefits from fewer trips in your car and less packaging sent to public landfills. E-commerce helps the state While California loses some sales tax revenue from e-commerce, the economic benefits of e-commerce far outweigh any lost sales taxes. More so than any other state, e-commerce has been an economic boon for California. E-commerce brings high-paying jobs, major economic benefits, and significant tax revenue to the Golden State. State government has received increased capital gains, property, income and business taxes from e-businesses. Earlier this year, capital gains from the stock sales of just 16 Google employees delivered $380 million in tax revenue for California. That’s right, just 16 Google employees offset close to 40 percent of the lost sales-tax revenue from all of e-commerce. California’s recent budget battle showcased state government’s desperate search for more revenue. Given enough time, government always finds a way to tax ingenuity’s affluence. However, Californians shouldn’t rush to download a new I-tax. Michelle Steel serves on the California State Board of Equalization, California’s sales and use tax agency. She represents a district that includes part of the South Bay. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Downloading’s on the rise Increasingly, consumers are choosing to download software, movies, music and entertainment from the Internet, instead of buying a CD or DVD from a brick-and-mortar store. Because no tangible goods are physically transferred, California lacks the legal authority to apply sales tax to these transactions. That’s where the iTax advocates enter the equation. Pro-tax lobby groups such as the New America Foundation, which are desperately seeking more government revenue, view this perceived inconsistency as the impetus for a new iTax on all digital downloads. Their end goal isn’t just this iTax, but a wider sales tax base that includes services, food and water. Earlier this year, New Jersey paved the way by expanding its sales tax base to dozens of other sectors and services along with its new iTax. This iTax trend is one fad Californians can afford to pass up. Expanding the sales tax base contradicts the primary function of California’s sales tax law, stifles innovation and hurts our state’s robust e-commerce industry. California’s Depression-era lawmakers, who created our sales, use and personal income tax laws, thought it was wrong to double-tax goods and services. When drafting the state’s sales tax code, they used the precise phrase “tangible goods” to avoid any excess taxation. Digital downloads are not a tangible good, and expanding the sales tax base to include these products essentially replaces our sales tax law with a European-style value-added tax. last_img read more

Pressing questions answered

first_imgQ: In the television show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” the secret agents often entered the headquarters through a tailor shop. What was the name of the shop? How about the address of the HQ? – M.H., Winchester, Ky. A: The name of the nondescript tailor shop was Del Floria’s. The exact location varied through the run of the series. However, the general location is the East Side of Manhattan, near the United Nations, along First Avenue in the 40s. Q: In the 1968 science-fiction movie “Planet of the Apes,” in what year did the events take place? Q: I have never seen Bojangles dance, but it is my understanding he was a pre-eminent tap dancer. Where did he get his nickname? When and where was he born? – J.R., Lincoln, Neb. A: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949) was born in Richmond, Va. Robinson, who wasalways claimed that he had no idea where Bojangles came from or what it meant. Q: I understand one of the most visited sites at Arlington National Cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknowns. I’ve also heard it called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Which is correct? When did it open to the public? When did guarding the tomb begin? given the nickname as a child, – C.E., Ann Arbor, Mich. A: According to the folks at Arlington National Cemetery, there is no official name for the tomb, which opened to the public on April 9, 1932. The Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) began protecting the monument around-the-clock on April 6, 1948. Q: In more than one spy novel, the hero orders a magnum of champagne for himself and his lady friend. What kind of champagne is this? – B.E.R., Middle Valley, Tenn. A: It’s not a type or brand; it’s the size of the bottle. A magnum is equivalent to two standard- size bottles, or 1.50 liters. Q: You said three Major League Baseball players hit a grand-slam home run in their first at-bat: Bill Duggleby (1898), Jeremy Hermida (2005) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (2006). What about Bobby Bonds? Didn’t he do the same thing? – M.L., Elmira, N.Y. A: Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) played his first major-league game on June 25, 1968. If you were scoring his first plate appearance that night, your scorecard would have read HBP – hit by pitch. However, in the sixth inning, he hit a grand slam. Bonds, like the others, hit a grand slam in his first major-league game – but not in his first appearance at the plate. Q: For several years I have had tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ear. What does the word tinnitus mean? – B.L., Waco, Texas A: Tinnitus comes from the Latin “tinnire,” meaning “to ring.” Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at or c/o United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.– F.T., Roanoke, Va. A: The film – starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter – took place in A.D. 3978. Q: In the 1960s, I spent my teenage years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I listened to a local group called Chad Allan and the Reflections. I even have the band members’ autographs in my collection of stuff. I know this is a long shot, but can you tell me what happened to the band? – K.H., Bar Harbor, Maine A: The band formed in 1960 as the Silvertones and, two years later, became Chad Allan and the Reflections; the members subsequently changed their name again, to Chad Allan and the Expressions. One more name change in 1965 to The Guess Who. last_img read more


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