The 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)
Sexually active teenagers in Liberia generally have a naïve perception of what sex is and rarely know the physical effect of having unprotected sex with multiple partners.“We weren’t taught anything about sex but learned from experience. In LIB, once you tell a girl that you want her, she’ll give you chance. It can be that easy,” stated a union of teenage boys hanging around a popular spot in New Kru Town.Michael Teah, a local video club operator at Point Four says his sexual experiences with women are frequent and he faults his present job as the cause. According to him, some women stay after his video club is closed in hopes of a sleeping place, food or a little money in place of a sexual favor.“I take safe sex seriously. I’m active and make sure to use my condom each time and because of that I have no children yet. Most girls get confused when they see me taking it out of my pocket when we’re about to have sex, but they know my feelings can go if they don’t like using it and we won’t have sex,” he shared.Now 19 years old, Michael says he has contracted an STI twice since he became sexually active three years ago. According to him, his parents became aware of his sexual activities the day he complained of his penis burning.“It was painful to urinate, all around my [behind] had sores as well. Whenever I urinated, my entire body would burn at the same time. I don’t know how I got infected with an STI, but I vowed to never catch that kind of thing again,” he added.At the moment, Redemption hospital has a record of teenage girls and women who are on their family planning program. Apart from birth control measures and HIV/AIDS testing, the program provides coaching on the use of condoms and other safe measures in protecting oneself from sexually transmitted diseases.A certified midwife, who has for the past several years focused on registered family planning patients at Redemption hospital, says the lack of condom usage in their patients is alarming.Though the patients are given free and effective condoms that rarely cause allergic reactions when used, she said, a lot of the women refuse to use it.“Men think the desire they expect to feel won’t be felt if they wear a condom while having sex. We have to educate all of our patients on why using condoms is very important. But still, when they come for their annual checkups, many come back withSTI’s because of not using condoms. We have to always remind them that that it’s not the birth control method causing the infection but rather having too much un-protected sex,” she shared.According to the midwife, who asked that her name not be mention but rather her title, men are more likely the reason why women refuse to use condoms.“There are so many STI’s, Chlamydia and Trichomoniasis being the most common, Gonorrhea falling in third place. These infections cause a burning sensation in both men and women and can have very painful and life threatening long term effects if left untreated,” she shared.Roseline Toe, a single mother of three living in the Duala community, says she was once on family planning, but due to the discomfort of taking birth control pills, she stopped.“I was on planning for five years and had two children at the time. But by 2010, my body was thinning and I had no appetite and ended up leaving it. While on planning, I was not using condoms because I knew I couldn’t get pregnant and ended up getting infections before because of it,” she said.“Whenever I contracted an infection, I never went to the hospital because I thought it was just ‘itchy fish’ and treated myself at home. I used a condom before and it was okay, but I no longer use them because the ones being sold are expired and have so many defaults that can cause pregnancy and infections,” she revealed.Roseline has an 18-month-old toddler who, she says, came as a result of not taking birth control for so many years and having unprotected sex.“It’s not easy taking care of my children alone. I think I had a choice to use condoms, but having a child that you haven’t planned for is not so bad,” she admits. “So most times who cares about condoms because whether you use it or not, you’ll still get some kind of problem. What if it burst?” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Kiefer Ravena played his first game back in the PBA Saturday night. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Shelved for 16 months, Kiefer Ravena picked up where he left off in his return to duty for the NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday night.“I got that monkey off my back in the PBA,” he told reporters when asked about his long layoff from the league.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “A guard who can bring the ball down and make decisions. This time we have it,” he added.“We can be pretty solid in the end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Almazan steps up in clutch as Meralco rallies past Magnolia ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees But aside from those stops, it was Ravena’s playmaking that actually greased NLEX’s counterattacks down the stretch—ones that kept their foes in the backseat just as the clock expired.“He’s only going to get better,” the young guard’s mentor Yeng Guiao said in a separate interview. “This is not his best.”Guiao said that Ravena’s knack for scoring makes him an automatic threat on the floor. This advantage opens up options in the form of his role players, who during that match turned out to be Paul Varilla and Philip Paniamogan among others.Both lesser-known Road Warriors delivered twin digit scores by game’s end.“That’s something we’ve been missing without Kiefer. We didn’t have that threat, that steadiness in the end-game,” Guiao said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Ravena, who was projected to finish as one of the top rookies last season, finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists—finishing with most points among the Road Warriors’ local cast.Interestingly, though, Ravena’s first thoughts on the game gravitated on just how lucky they were able to dodge a bullet in their conference opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m just happy more than anything else,” he said. “We know how tough Phoenix is. We really had to [work doubly harder] during the end.”“We were lucky that Eugene (Phelps) had early trouble. We were able to pull away, and by the time he came back, we were already enjoying a cushion. Good thing we got stops that we needed at the perfect time,” he said. View comments Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption
No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—Liaoning stuck it out until the end and held off Seoul, 83-82, to claim the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 championship Sunday night at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.The two teams exchanged blow after blow in the fourth quarter that saw three ties and four lead changes.ADVERTISEMENT Seoul held a 71-67 lead with 6:03 left in the game and was in front until the 2:39 mark of the fourth when tournament MVP Lance Stephenson drove for the layup that gave the Flying Leopards a 76-75 lead.Jameel Warney’s three-pointer put Seoul to within a point with a second left but all Salah Mejri had to do was get rid of the ball and let the milliseconds run out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Stephenson led the Flying Leopards with 34 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Mejri added 19 points and seven boards.Warney had a game-high 36 points and 17 rebounds to lead Seoul. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Abap finalizing England camp for PH boxers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LATEST STORIES
The Varsity Blues took on the Western University Mustangs on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6) at Varsity Stadium. It was a close game for three and a half quarters but the Mustangs scored a number of goals late in the game to win 11-4. Story Links The Blues travel to St. Catherines Friday night, Oct. 11th to play Brock University. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Western scored first in the second quarter and again Toronto responded with two goals to tie the game at 3-3. Scoring for the Blues were attack Darren Elliot (assisted by Barnable) and Aidan Guld on a man-up goal assisted by fellow middie Davis Bottomley. The Mustangs scored twice more in the period to lead 5-3 at the half. Western opened the scoring early but Toronto responded less than two minutes later on a goal by middie Alex Emerson, assisted by attack Jason Barnable. The Mustangs scored again in the quarter to take a slight lead, 2-1. The strong defensive play continued mid-way through the fourth quarter when Toronto, trying to pressure even more, started to take penalties. The Mustangs took advantage, scoring five times in the period, three on man-up opportunities. Final score 11-4 for Western. The third quarter was a tight defensive affair, with both teams scoring once each. Elliott had his second of the game, assisted by Guld. The score at the end of the third period was 6-4 Western.
Nathaniel Clyne has been handed his first senior England call-up for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.The Southampton defender has enjoyed a fine start to the season and now gets his chance to shine at international level, with fellow right-backs Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson ruled out through injury.Hodgson has also recalled Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, two years after he won his solitary cap.There is no place in the 21-man party for Daniel Sturridge, who has been sidelined since sustaining a thigh injury on international duty last month.The striker is expected to return for Liverpool this weekend but Brendan Rodgers had called for the 25-year-old to be omitted from England duty and Hodgson has bowed to his demands.With Manchester United’s Luke Shaw dropping to the Under-21s, Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs will provide competition at left-back to Leighton Baines.Baines’ Everton teammate John Stones has retained his place, as has Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, who impressed on his full debut against Switzerland last month.England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia is as follows:GoalkeepersFraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City) DefendersLeighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), John Stones (Everton) MidfieldersFabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) ForwardsRickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Welbeck (Arsenal) 1 Nathaniel Clyne in action for Southampton
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Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest “I like to play with attacking football. I bring some pace and dynamics to the game. I think the atmosphere here will really suit me. I want to make the crowd proud. I will put everything into it that I have.“After the announcement I had a phone full of congratulations because everyone knows that Celtic is a historical and really big club.“It’s quite an honour to wear these colours and everybody is very happy for me – but none of them are as happy as I am.“When I was at Stoke I’d drive in some times with Darren Fletcher and he was one of the first people to congratulate me. rookie error Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “Charlie Adam – who played for the other side (Rangers) obviously – text me already. Fletcher is a really big player and I learned a lot from him. The same with Charlie.“They know Scottish football and both said I will feel really happy here.“Our former coach at Stoke, Paul Lambert, was telling us about the Old Firm derby day in, day out, so I think it’s going to be amazing. I’m looking very forward to being part of that derby in whatever role I have this weekend.” stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ deals Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT BIG PRESENTS UP TOP on target Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas OFF Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 1 Getty LIVE on talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti He left Rubin Kazan to join Stoke in January 2018, but could not prevent the club’s relegation from the Premier League four months later.Bauer is not eligible for Celtic’s Europa League qualifier with AIK Stockholm on Thursday, but could make his debut against Rangers in Sunday’s Old Firm derby.The Austria international received congratulatory messages from former Stoke team-mates Darren Fletcher and Charlie Adams.Bauer said: “The fans here can expect a very hard worker. I may not be the most talented guy but I make it up with work. Moritz Bauer was a regular for Stoke in their final Premier League season Celtic have signed Stoke right-back Moritz Bauer on a season-long loan.The 27-year-old made just six appearances under Potters boss Nathan Jones last season.
One way of saving electricity in households is to switch off any plug that you are not using.Eskom’s power supply remains extremely constrained so South Africans are still dealing with load shedding. The national power utility has called on South Africans to save electricity.Load shedding – when there is not enough supply capacity to meet the demand – allows Eskom to control power usage and keep the system stable. This allows the utility to avert the scary prospect of a system wide shut down – a blackout.The utility has also urged citizens to play their part by saving electricity at home and at work.These are seven tips to conserve electricity at home:Use less hot water. Shower instead of bathing and install an energy efficient shower head;Switch off lights you are not using and use natural light whenever possible;Boil only as much water as you need at a time;Switch to a solar geyser if you can because the geyser uses 40% of your monthly electricity consumption;Change your light bulbs to energy efficient CLFs;Turn off TV, DVD and computer at the power button while also unplugging your charger; and,Keep the temperature at the golden zone if you are using an aircon.Use the cold water tap instead of engaging the geyser every time;When you leave the office remember to switch of the lights;Only fill kettles with as much water as you need;Do not leave your computer on stand-by, switch the power button;Switch light bulbs to energy efficient CLFs;Before leaving the office make sure you turn off copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch and avoid sleep mode; and,Keep the office temperature at the golden zone.Most of the day is spent at work, so think of the difference you can make by saving electricity in your workplace. Follow these easy tips to reduce your office electricity consumption and encourage all your colleagues to be electricity-wise.EYEWITNESS INVESTIGATIONAn investigation by Eyewitness News (EWN) set out to find out whether parastatals, corporate’s and government where adhering to the call to save electricity.Standard Bank’s headquarters in Rosebank were brightly lit and illuminated with neon staircases. A representative of the bank explains, the building is energy efficient and non-reliant on Eskom’s power supply after hours. “From about 8pm in the evening until about 5am in the morning, in general, we’re totally reliant on our gas plant.”At the same time, Transnet’s offices in Braamfontein appeared strangely illuminated, with multiple floors brightly lit while other levels were in complete darkness. While unable to comment on the specific Braamfontein offices, Transnet’s Sandile Simelane says the parastatal has introduced motion detector lighting systems to many of its buildings.“They sense physical movement. So if there’s no physical presence, there then it automatically switches off after a while.”