In Trademark Case, Commercial Court’s Neutrality Questioned

first_imgA Commercial Court’s decision to lift a temporary ban that the Ministry of Commence (MOC) placed on the importation of Pop Drink into the country has raised several unanswered questions about the Court’s stance on the matter, although the case is pending before the court.The MOC in October 2014, placed a ban on the importation of the product, based on a complaint filed by BAF Trading Corporation alleging that the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) cancelled its 10-year right granted by the LIPO and subsequently issued the exclusive right to H.K. Enterprise, a Lebanese owned business to import Pop Drink into the country. The 10 years covered 2010 to 2020.When the matter was taken to the Commercial Court by BAF Corporation claiming that H.K. Enterprise was still importing the drink on the local market in spite of the ban, the court authorized H.K. Enterprise to continue with the importation of the product, while it hears BAF’s complaint.Article 43 sections 1 and 2 of the 2003 Industrial Property Act say “the use of a registered mark in relation to any goods or services for which it has been registered by any person other than the registered owner shall require the agreement of the latter.”Section two further provides that “the registered owner of a trademark shall, in addition to any other rights, remedies or action available to him, have the right to institute court proceedings against any person who infringes on the mark by using, without his agreement, the mark as aforesaid, or who performs acts which make it likely that infringement will occur.” It also added: “The right shall extend to the use of a sign similar to the registered mark and use in relation to goods and services similar to those for which the mark has been registered, where confusion may arise in the public.”It was based on the violation of the LIPO Act that BAF Corporation’s legal team sought the intervention of the Court to nullify the LIPO’s trademark issued to H.K. Enterprise that gave it the exclusive right to import Pop Drink, a right it (H.K. Enterprise) continued to enjoy. In the ministry’s communication under the signature of Minister Axel M. Addy, and addressed to BIVAC for the enforcement of its mandate, which copy is with the Daily Observer, stated: “We request your compliment and write to inform you that the MOC has placed temporary ban on Pop Drink from importation into the commerce of Liberia effective Friday, October 31, 2014.”The document further reads, “The ministry has received information from the Liberia Industrial Property Office which led to H.K. Enterprise being granted the exclusive right to import the Pop Drink thereby canceling a 10 year right granted to BAF Trading Corporation.”The communication had it, “We understand that BAF Corporation has some issues with their oversea trading partner who supplies the Pop Drink and have instructed the Industrial Property Office to restore the right of BAF Corporation effective January 1, 2015.”Concluding, Minister Addy assured the parties that the market is thoroughly regulated to avoid excess supply of the drink on the market without hampering fair play in the commerce of Liberia, adding, “We use this medium to intervene in the market and provide the protection of consumers and business enterprises.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indigenous peoples should be afforded desired healthcare – Toshaos

first_imgThe year 2020 is deemed the start of a “transformative era”, and the leaders of some Indigenous communities are expectant that this decade will include critical improvements in areas such as health, among others.Bumbery Hill village chief: Elizabeth RomascindoPast surveys conducted by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have found that lack of modern-life facilities is the main hindrance to quality health care in Indigenous populations but village leaders are of the view that 2020 is the year to end health woes.Guyana Times spoke to the Toshaos of Bumbery Hill and Four Miles, located in Region One (Barima-Waini) where they highlighted health care challenges and needs within the respective communities.The country’s oldest village chief of Bumbery Hill, Elizabeth Romascindo, explained that the tight-knit community is in dire need of a health post. This, according to her, will benefit senior citizens in particular, who would often experience financial difficulties as they would have to travel to the Hosororo community to access health service.Region One Chairman, Brentol Ashley“We need a health hut because people are getting old. We have one at Hosororo but persons sometimes do not have money to travel. So we need one, that even if a person doesn’t have money they can visit the one within the community,” Romascindo noted.The need for trained health practitioners was also highlighted, as Romascindo added that surrounding villages are in to benefit.“We would also need trained health workers…We have persons in other surrounding communities that can come here because if you don’t have transportation money you would think twice to walk. So if we have a health hut it would be better for us.”Similar views were expressed by the leader of Four Miles, Lloyd Adolphus, who endorsed that it is an appropriate time to end health issues, pointing to drug shortages. He recounted a recent shortage of malaria treatment, a disease that is prevalent within the area.“We need a building but one with drugs inside…We have had drugs shortages for malaria, one time we did not have tablets at all, we have to wait for the treatment come from Mabaruma and malaria is very dominant here,” Adolphus posited.The leader further placed calls for a trained medical team, and an improved health facility to treat patients and store drugs.“In terms of health-wise, we are in need of someone whom is properly trained and a better building for our health post, patients and drugs to be housed in,” he added.Drug shortageMeanwhile, Chairman of Region One (Barima-Waini) Brentol Ashley said that the shortages of drugs, particularly those used for the treatment of malaria and hypotension, is continuing to put a strain on health services in the region.Ashley, during an interview with this publication, added that drug shortage is plaguing several communities.“As you know Region [One] is one of the regions that records the highest cases of malaria infection and that also that area the drugs medical supplies of that is also somewhat is short from time to time and also other chronic areas hypotension, diabetes depending on which area these patients are living,” Ashley added.Ashley further stated that there are some instances where drugs and medical supplies are expired.The Chairman added that even though monies were budgeted for the communities’ medical supplies, there has not been any significant improvement in the provision of drugs and medical supplies over the years.Moreover, the Chairman lamented the Regional Executive Officer’s decision to transport the drugs via ferry rather than by an aircraft.Last month, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence was heavily criticised by former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy for the rapid decline of the health sector since 2015.last_img read more

Guyoil raises fuel price

first_img– public transportation users fear increased faresAs the country continues to experience an economic downturn, the challenges consumers face will likely increase as the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) on Saturday announced that there will be increases in fuel prices. These increases will take effect today and have been premised on the backdrop of an upward trend in the acquisition cost for fuel. The local oil company revealed that from all indications, fuel acquisition will continue on an upward path.Ferris DayEarlington PayneAccording to Guyoil, the retail price per litre of gasoline in the capital city will move from $170 to $180, while the price for kerosene increased by $10 per litre and will now retail at $105. Diesel users will be paying $152, up from $150 and Berbice fuel users will pay $2 more per litre more than users in Georgetown on each commodity.Amanda Ramkission“The Guyana Oil Company Ltd (Guyoil) has always sought to make petroleum products available to the Guyanese population at prices better than the competition, which has once again been demonstrated in our delayed price review,” a Company’s release stated. Guyoil added that it will continue to inform the public of any actions on relative price movements.However, the increased price movements did not sit well with many taxi and minibus operators. On Saturday, a number of drivers expressed their dissatisfaction with the increased fuel prices, with many pointing to rising maintenance costs, especially with the recent ban on used tyres, adding that it will cause much strain.“How come gas all over de world drop and gas raise here [but] if it raise we can’t do anything but we gone feel the squeeze,” a taxi driver, Eon (only name given) noted.“Customers will got to feel de squeeze if everything raise. Cause transportation price gon raise too,” the taxi driver further opined.This fear was echoed by commuters, many of whom told Guyana Times that they are finding it hard to make ends meet with the current economic situation.Speaking with this newspaper, Ferris Day, a pensioner, said as someone who utilises the public transportation system, he is worried over possible increases.Donelle Pillu, a single parent of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, explained that she is worried that with the increased gas prices, she will have a larger burden to send her children to school if public transportation prices rise also.A sales girl, Amanda Ramkission, told this newspaper that subsidies should be implemented to cushion the trickledown effect of such an increase.It was just over four months ago that Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced Government’s decision to slash fuel prices after mounting calls came from the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and main Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/C (PPP/C) for there to be a reduction considering that the world market price for the commodity was low.In February, the price of gasoline at Guyoil service stations moved from $190 to $170 per gallon, diesel dropped from $161 to $150, and kerosene had decreased from $120 to $90 per gallon.last_img read more

Chappell’s show: UCLA junior gets medalist honors

first_imgBehind freshman Carl Smith’s 2-under par 70, Pepperdine carded a final-round 2-over 290 to finish with a 54-hole score of 46-over 910 and in 10th place. Alabama won the event with a 54-hole total of 881 (+17). MEN’S BASKETBALL CSUN 64, South Dakota State 63: Junior Calvin Chitwood scored a team-high 18points and Thomas Shewmake made a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left that proved to be the difference for the Matadors (13-14), who won their second road game this season. BASEBALL Last May, Chappell won the NCAA East Regional title at Lake Nona GC in Orlando, Fla. As a team, the Bruins finished in a tie for fourth place at 899 (+35) with Central Florida and Alabama-Birmingham. UCLA junior Kevin Chappell won his second collegiate indvidual title in the final round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Chappell won medalist honors by firing a final round 3-under 69, despite a double-bogey at the 16th hole. Chappell’s 54-hole total of 214 was 2 under. He beat Vanderbilt’s Jon Curran by a stroke and Coastal Carolina’s Dustin Johnson, the 16th-ranked player in the country, by two shots. center_img UC Irvine 6, USC 3: Matt Cusick went 3 for 4 and drove in the first two runs for the Trojans (7-6) in the first inning at Dedeaux Field. The Anteaters got one run in the third and tied the score in the fourth, then took the lead for good in the sixth with two runs. Long Beach State 14, UCLA 1: Brady Dolan drove in the only run for the visiting Bruins (6-4) and went 1 for 3. The Dirtbags scored eight runs in the eighth inning to snap UCLA’s four-game winning streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Piggy-back’ Keita third Liverpool star hurt in Africa

first_imgA Guinean official confirmed to AFP that Keita, who joined Liverpool during the close season from RB Leipzig, had injured a hamstring but gave no further details.The 2019 Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade Nyamirambo in Rwandan capital Kigali finished 1-1, depriving leaders Guinea of qualification with two matchdays to spare.Salah scored direct from a corner last Friday, but had to be substituted just before full-time as Egypt defeated eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) 4-1 in Cairo.Mane suffered his injury while helping Senegal outclass Sudan 3-0 in Dakar 24 hours later.Liverpool, third in the English Premier League behind Manchester City and Chelsea on goal difference, are away to third-from-bottom Huddersfield Town this Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Keita joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig earlier this year © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONKIGALI, Rwanda, Oct 16 – Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita had to be piggy-backed off the field by a Guinean team-mate Tuesday after hurting a hamstring because no stretcher was available in a Rwandan stadium.He was the third Anfield star to be injured on Africa Cup of Nations duty after attackers Mohamed Salah (strained thigh muscle) and Sadio Mane (broken thumb) since last Friday.last_img read more

Man City readying stunning contract offer to lure Dortmund ace

first_img Marco Reus 1 Manchester City would be willing to hand Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus a huge £10m-per-year contract if he decides to join them, according to German newspaper Bild.Reus has emerged as a key target for City boss Manuel Pellegrini – but he faces stiff competition from Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the race for the Germany international.All three clubs know that Reus has an exit clause in his contract that means he can be bought for £19.6m during the next summer transfer window – and the trio are expected to bid.But now, according to Bild, City are planning to tempt him to the Etihad with a huge salary, which is said to be almost £1m more than any of Bayern’s top earners.Dortmund are also working hard to keep him at the club and it has been suggested that Puma, who sponsor both Reus and Dortmund, could help subsidise his new deal with the club which could reach around £8m per year.That is still some way short of what City are reportedly ready to offer – but Reus, 25, could choose to stay put rather than move to England.last_img read more

Robertson says God punishing Israeli

first_img160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He also said, however, that in the Bible, the prophet Joel “makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who ‘divide my land.”‘ Sharon “was dividing God’s land and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU (European Union), the United Nations or the United States of America,” Robertson said. In discussing what he said was God’s insistence that Israel not be divided, Robertson also referred to the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had sought to achieve peace by giving land to the Palestinians. “It was a terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless he was dead,” he said. The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement urging Christian leaders to distance themselves from Robertson’s remarks. He had made similar comments as the Gaza withdrawal occurred, according to the ADL. “It is outrageous and shocking, but not surprising, that Pat Robertson once again has suggested that God will punish Israel’s leaders for any decision to give up land to the Palestinians,” said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the group, which fights anti-Semitism. “His remarks are un-Christian and a perversion of religion. Unlike Robertson, we don’t see God as cruel and vengeful.” NORFOLK, Va. – Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land.” “God considers this land to be his,” Robertson said on his TV program “The 700 Club.” “You read the Bible and he says ‘This is my land,’ and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, ‘No, this is mine.”‘ Sharon, who ordered Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza last year, suffered a severe stroke Wednesday. In Robertson’s broadcast from his Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, the evangelist said he had personally prayed about a year ago with Sharon, whom he called “a very tender-hearted man and a good friend.” He said he was sad to see Sharon in this condition. last_img read more

DONEGAL GIRL LAURA POCKETS €30,000 ON TV’S WINNING STREAK

first_imgA young Donegal student won’t have any problems with her fees anywhere – she’s just won €30,000 on TV’s Winning Streak.Laura Dowds from Newtowningcunningham won €10K in the first round of the hit National Lottery show.And then she added another €20k. She didn’t get to Spin the Wheel to win a million, but declared she was “very happy indeed” with the cash she did win.The LYIT student travelled to Dublin with friends and family and is just the latest winner on the show from Donegal.It was the first time she had entered the competition – by sending in a winning scratch card to the TV show.  DONEGAL GIRL LAURA POCKETS €30,000 ON TV’S WINNING STREAK was last modified: October 11th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLaura DowdsletterkennyNewtowncunninghamWinning Streaklast_img read more

Ambling little bear lured from big pipe

first_imgWESTLAKE VILLAGE – A black bear cub that has been spotted frequently the past few days scampering in the hills above the Agoura-Westlake Village area was captured Friday evening after hiding for hours in a storm drain. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said the 100-pound cub appeared in good health when he was caught shortly before 7 p.m. Plans were to release him into the Los Padres National Forest. The cub was seen Friday morning just north of the Ventura Freeway near Lake Lindero, at Lake Crest Drive and Canwood Street in Agoura Hills. It ran through a field by the freeway into Westlake Village and into a 3-foot-diameter drainage pipe that runs underground past two large office buildings under construction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I’ve lived here 30 years and never seen anything like this,” said Tara Young, who lives nearby. “He was up in the hills by our house,” said her daughter, Shaeli, 5, who was worried the cub had lost its mother. The concrete storm drain near the Ventura Freeway was covered at both ends with chain-link fencing to trap the bear inside. State Fish and Game wardens cooked bacon over a camp stove in hopes that the promise of a treat would draw the cub out of hiding. One game warden surmised that the cub and its mother had recently emerged from hibernation and it was time for junior to be on its own. A larger bear was seen in Westlake Village on April 27 and tranquilized two days later in nearby Newbury Park before it was released into the forest. Officials said the cub caught Friday might have been the same one that had been seen last weekend in the area. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD COMPETITION: GALWAY ROCKERS ‘TUATH’ SEEK YOUNG BAND TO OPEN FOR THEM IN DONEGAL

first_imgGalway based musicians TUATH are going on tour and one of their dates is in Letterkenny on the 27th of September.TUATH in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky band the opportunity to open for them when they play in the Greenroom next month.Local act The Pox Men were originally planned to be the opening act for TUATH. However, after much deliberation between band members they decided they wanted to give a younger, less well-known band the opportunity to open for them on the night to give them more exposure than your usual open mic night.If you’re a budding young musician out there or a young band looking for exposure then this competition could be the chance you’ve been looking for.To be in with a chance of winning all you have to is follow the instructions outlined below.Like the TUATH Facebook page, post a video or audio performance of your original music on their wall and they will choose which one they feel is most appropriate for opening the night. https://www.facebook.com/Tuathband?fref=tshttps://soundcloud.com/loricroductions/tuath-pollbeo-1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dvxW0k1Ug0The deadline to submit your video or audio performances on their Facebook page is Friday the 5th of September.DD COMPETITION: GALWAY ROCKERS ‘TUATH’ SEEK YOUNG BAND TO OPEN FOR THEM IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:concertDD competitionEntertainmentFeaturesnewsOpportunityRockerstourTuathYoung Bandlast_img read more