Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) tries to break free of Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)NEW YORK — Dwight Howard of the Charlotte Hornets has been fined $35,000 for making an obscene gesture toward Cleveland fans.The NBA announced the fine on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Howard made the gesture in the second quarter of the Hornets’ 100-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night. He was captured on video mimicking a sexual act.Howard is a 14-year veteran and eight-time All-Star. The 6-foot-11 center is averaging 15.5 points and 12.9 rebounds in 18 games this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

PPP/C transformed Region 10

first_imgDear Editor,Amidst recognition of the necessity for continued improvements, there is much evidence to confirm that a transformation of Region 10 took place under the PPP/C Government, from the sad deteriorated state it had become under the PNC leading up to 1992. Once one of Guyana’s most thriving regions and economic drivers for its bauxite production, a gradual degradation took place over decades of PNC mismanagement of this key industry; and their role in stifling developmental opportunities while in control of the region for over 50 years.The PPP/C inherited Region 10, like most of the country, as a failed region devoid of economic viability, so much so that former President Hugh Desmond Hoyte had signalled his intention to sell the State-controlled bauxite industry and its appendages as scrap. Many Lindeners and citizens residing in the region were to move to other regions or become collateral damage, as there was no financial support to advance the alternative diversification into agriculture. There was loss of jobs and massive retrenchments taking place; together with attenuating social, education and health standards, which the PNC dignified with continued false promises to residents.It was a time of one of the greatest threats to the citizens and a test of the incoming Government, which took decisions to subsidise and re-engineer the industry in the interest of thousands of residing residents and the country at large. Incrementally, over the years, the PPP/C Administration transformed Region 10 into a region where our people’s standard of living developed many folds and a bright future was in the making.Although one would argue and many believe that the PPP/C should have done much more, it is of note that the Administration took over the country with no money in the treasury and was highly indebted – over 94 per cent of revenue had to service the debt created by the PNC Administration. There were also many accompanying setbacks, which they had to manage, but the PPP/C did so in improving the standard of living in Region 10 over the period. I take this opportunity to highlight some of the developments that took place under the PPP/C during the period 1993 to 2015.Health:In the health sector, the PPP/C built and rehabilitated several hospitals, health centres and huts across the region in an effort to complement the access of citizens to medical care. Standout achievements in this respect include:1. A new ($1.8 billion) state-of-the-art hospital at McKenzie, replacing the old hospital built by DEMBA.2. A new hospital at Ituni3. Complete rehabilitation of the Kwakwani Hospital (formerly built by Reynolds).4. Several new health centres in the Berbice and Demerara River.5. Health “huts” all over the interior areas of the regions in the interest of our Amerindian brothers and sisters, who were delighted with the development of health facilities in their communities.6. The provision of sustained supported opportunities for our young people to study medicine and gain employment as nurses and health aids for which many are indeed thankful.Education:In 1992, almost all of our schools in our country were in a dilapidated state, with leaking roofs, broken windows, and unsafe steps and floors. The PPP/C advanced the development interest of youths and citizens in Region 10 by building, rehabilitating and supporting several educational intuitions including:Building:1. A new state-of-the-art Linden Foundation Secondary School, which is comparatively the best, resource-wise, in the Caribbean.2. New secondary schools at Wisroc ($350 million), One Mile, Kwakwani along with a state-of-the-art student dormitory.3. New primary schools at Watooka (formerly built by DEMBA; the new St Aidan’s Primary School at Mackenzie; Ituni; Coomacka, Muritaro, Malali, Great Falls, 47 and 58 Miles, Rockstone and Anarika and at Riversview.Rehabilitating and/or expanding:-4. The Mackenzie High School5. The Wisburg Multilateral Secondary School6. Most other schools in the region. Today, most of the schools need repairs and the APNU/AFC is not doing much to maintain the schools.Information communication:The PPP/C built the first-ever call centre in Linden at which over 100 young people from the region gained employment. It is very sad that the jealous APNU/AFC closed this centre down in 2015.Roads:In an effort to address some of the dust issues and development requirements in the Linden community, the PPP/C resurfaced several roads and asphalt-covered the Burnham Drive public road right down to the Christianburg Burial Ground while also constructing a vehicle parking area. In addition, the new Winfred Gaskin Highway was constructed and built a brand new road through Canvas City. The PPP/C also over the years expended millions of dollars on community roads network and continued to maintain the Linden to Kwakwani roadway over the period.Housing:The nation has witnessed the massive housing drive at Amelia’s Ward phases 1, 2 and 3; at Block Number 22 Wismar, and at other areas in the region, where over 2500 house lots were developed and issued with massive road networks. The development approach addressed much of the housing needs of the region and remains incomparable to any initiative of housing ownership and distribution of house lots to the residents under the PNC Administration or any other period in the history of Region 10. Complementing this massive housing drive was the construction of:1. A brand new fire station at Mackenzie.2. A brand new courthouse at Wismar.3. Two new police outposts at Amelia’s Ward and Wisroc.4. * Rehabilitation of the Charles Rosa Training Centre5. *Rehabilitation and expansion of the Technical Training Complex.Water:Two new water treatment plants – ($1.7 billion) at Wisroc and Amelia’s Ward.Bauxite Mining:In 1992, PPP/C inherited an agreement entered into between the departed PNC Administration and the Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIS), which funded and placed an international mining company (MINPROC) to manage the Linden Bauxite Company (LINMINE). MINPROC’s purpose was to determine and demonstrate whether LINMINE could be profitable, and if not, the company would have been closed by the then PNC Administration. Although MINPROC declared that it could not see a way to make the then operations profitable, the PPP/C did not close the industry because of the unthinkable hardships that would have overwhelmed the citizens. Instead, they injected over US$5 million every year to keep the company in operation until a partner in OMAI was brought onboard to invest and manage operations, providing jobs for hundreds of persons in the region.Other investors were encouraged to come including BOSAI, which is still here keeping the operations going. With the privatisation of LINMINE, the PPP/C Government had to find G$2.5 billion to pay off the workers. It may be recalled that during the downside in the bauxite workforce, the PPP/C had introduced the LEAP programme, providing over $700 million in loans for alternative projects to persons in the region.Other projects done under the LEAP programme include the building of the Benjamin Centre, rehabilitation of the Mackenzie car park, enhancement of the greater Mackenzie waterfront, and many more. When an assessment of the per capita investment by the PPP/C Government in Linden was done, it would have resulted in more money spent in this highly populated PNC-supported region area than in any PPP populated area in Guyana.Further, the PPP/C Government employed 400 community D and I workers from the region to work 4 days at 4 hours per week to maintain their community.Electricity:Over $22 billion was spent on electricity subsides in Linden-Ituni and about $800 million in Kwakwani, over the period. In addition, the PPP/C installed solar electricity in the entire Amerindian villages in Region 10.Agriculture:The PPP/C spent over $200 million on the agriculture roadway at West Watooka and Moblissa. Further, a total of over $3.2 billion was allocated to the Regional Democratic Council for capital projects over the period, which was spent on small projects such as the health centres and the rehabilitation of bridges, etc. The PPP/C also introduced the Women of Worth (WOW) project. The PPP/C developed this programme to help single parents in 2013 and over 44 loans were issued.The foregoing brings into perspective some of the interventions made under the PPP/C, and although there are many who have attempted to underscore these programmes, they represent factual positions that the naysayers should not attempt to discredit.Previous PPP/C Governments did not leave Region 10 behind and the massive developmental programmes will continue under a newly elected PPP/C Administration.Sincerely,Andrew Forsythelast_img read more

No arrest in former Linden footballer’s murder

first_imgAlmost three days after former national footballer Romel Edison Gomes was found dead in his Buck Hill, Linden shop, Police are yet to make an arrest.E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden told Guyana Times on Wednesday that investigations were continuing with investigators depending on the assistance of persons in the community to identify the suspects.“Some people are helping us and so we are trying to build the profiles of the suspects with the aim of making arrests as soon as possible,” Commander Vanderhyden related.Meanwhile, following a post-mortem examination conducted on Wednesday morning, State Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh gave Gomes’ cause of death as gunshot injury to the head.The 32-year-old businessman was discovered unconscious in a pool of blood on Monday evening. He was at the time in his shop, which is attached to his Lot 53 Buck Hill, Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden home.Based on information received, Gomes was seen arguing with two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun, before a loud explosion was heard.The two men were then seen fleeing in the victim’s Nissan Bluebird motor car bearing registration number PVV 2057. The 32-year-old businessman was subsequently discovered with a suspected gunshot wound to the head, his throat slit, his hands bound and mouth gagged.He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Detectives have since retrieved a blood-stained kitchen knife and a spent shell from the scene. The victim’s bedroom was also ransacked, but the Police were unable to determine whether the motive was robbery.Meanwhile, Gomes’ stolen motor car was found abandoned at One Mile Wismar on Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Student prohibited from participating in Culture Day

first_img…school reportedly says traditional indigenous wear “inappropriate”As students from all across Guyana decked out in their cultural wear to participate in the Independence celebrations, a student from Mae’s School was prohibited from entering the school’s compound after his indigenous wear was considered “inappropriate”.The costume that was labelled as “inappropriate”Fuming with anger that her child was unable to showcase his unique outfit after much hard work of putting it together, the child’s mother took to social media to express her disgust at the incident.The parent explained that the school had issued a letter to all parents encouraging that their children wear an ethnic outfit to depict one of Guyana’s six races.“I decided to dress him like an Amerindian, and he was so happy when he left the house, as he was taught mostly by his father to be proud of his appearance and culture,” the child’s mother said on Facebook.She stated that upon entering the gates of the school on Friday morning, her son was confronted by the security guard, who barred him from entering and insisted that he wear a t-shirt because he was “inappropriately dressed”.The disturbed mother related that the child was reduced to tears, and then expressed loathing for the costume, which he once admired. She explained that if the school was skeptical about the type of costume, then a guideline should’ve been disseminated to provide information on what is acceptable.She added that the guard’s position was supported by some of the teachers.“All this is unfolding in front of him, which of course brought him to tears, and later on went on (he went on) to say he hated the way he looks. So it’s okay to dress like the other races, but inappropriate to dress like Amerindian?”The woman’s post went viral, with hundreds of persons lashing out at the school for its position.One popular Amerindian rights activist called for the complete banning of cultural day in schools if persons are not allowed to wear indigenous outfits to depict Guyana’s diversity.“It is discriminatory to subject a student to non-acceptance, non-recognition, and admittedly made to feel humiliated for wearing his traditional wear,” a former Amerindian Affairs Minister posted.In several posts, the mother was urged to file a formal complaint at the Education National Toshaos Council.When this newspaper reached out to the school for a comment on the matter, this publication was told that no senior staff was available to speak with the media.last_img read more

Final Fivestar card of 2013 ready to rumble in Grande Prairie

first_imgTee Jay Klassen v.s. Mike BoudoinMorgan Littlechils v.s. Tang ThongpengBlake Shearing v.s. Michael HayTyler O’Brian v.s. Chris Chapman “Training has been going really well. I’ve been basically training non stop all year without a break. This will be my fourth fight this year so it’s been a busy year,” he admits. “I’m not going to lie, I’m a little worn out but I’m ready for this one and ready to get it over with and take a break.”Wilson brings a variety of skills to the cage and knows Krahn will is a well rounded fighter that will provide a stiff test.“It’s basically a striking style but I’ve learned some jiu-jistu and won my last three fights by submission so I don’t know what I am now,” he says. ” Krahn is a veteran guy. He’s had 20 pro MMA fights; he’s a tough guy and I’m not taking him lightly. He’s good on the feet, good on the ground and good all around. I’m looking forward to it.As for Gary Peck, Donally says Peck brings two main things to the table when it comes to taking on his opponents.Advertisement “Strength, and size,” he chuckles. “Gary doesn’t move like a ballerina or anything. He’s earned his nickname ‘The Grizzly’ for a reason. He’s just a big guy that comes to fight. We’ve been working with Gary for three or four years and tuned up his skills. He hasn’t got as many fights as we would have liked. He’s had a couple fall through. It’s really hard to find heavyweights in Canada, so Gary should have five or six fights by now. He’s right in the heap, if he wins this he’ll be 3-1 and that puts him probably in the top five in Canada. Craig Hudson is ranked number five so a win over Hudson puts him right there.”After Friday’s card, the Fivestar Fight League will turn its focus to next year which will have seven or eight cards scheduled.The other bouts on Friday’s card are listed below:Raph Berman v.s. Marcus HicksRick Pfeifer v.s. Mark DelgadoAdvertisementcenter_img Peck will be fighting in the main event of the evening as he takes on the Fivestar Heavyweight Champion Craig Hudson of Paris, Ontario, while Wilson will be stepping into the cage against Cody Krahn.Fivestar Owner and Promoter Justin Donally says fans should be looking forward to the Peck and Hudson battle, along with the Chad Freeman, Zach Gait tilt for the Lightweight Title.“Well they can look to see in the main event two of the biggest, best heavyweights in Canada going at it for the Heavyweight Title for Fivestar,” he says. “Co-main event we’re finally crowning a 155 Lightweight Champion. Chad Freeman vacated his King of the Cage title to come fight for us, so we’re pretty excited about that one. There’s lots of local guys we’ve got Duncan Wilson, Gary Peck, Tee Jay Klassen, Mike Boudoin all out of Fort St. John on the card. We’re looking at nine fights on the card, an all pro show, no amateur fights so it’s shaped up good.”- Advertisement -Donally says that Duncan Wilson was initially suppose to challenge for the Welterweight Title on the card but that fight has been postponed. Wanting to stay sharp in the cage, Wilson wanted to keep on fighting and he’ll be put to the test against Edmonton’s Cody Krahn.“Duncan is looking to get to 170. He was suppose to be fighting for the 170 belt on this card but that fight fell through. We’re rescheduling that for the new year. Duncan just wanted to keep busy, trying to get to the next level. He took one more fight at 185 against Cody Krahn and Cody is one of the best gamers in the country. He’s 12-8, he’s fought everybody, he’s from Edmonton, he’s a really tough guy, so this is a big step up for Duncan. We’re excited for Duncan for that one, for Fivestar, for the Fight League, and the club. Look for him to go to welterweight in the new year and challenge for the title.” Wilson says that training has been going well up to this point and he looks forward to taking some time off after the tilt.Advertisementlast_img read more

Avengers fall behind, lose opener

first_img“It’s hard to pick a positive out of a loss,” Hodgkiss said. “But, we went head-to-head with a team that some are predicting are not only going to win (the American Conference’s Western Division) again, but compete for an Arena Bowl.” Sonny Cumbie completed four of his first five pass attempts, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lenzie Jackson in the first quarter. The second-year quarterback from Texas Tech finished with 357yards on 25-of-40 passing and six TDs. “(Cumbie) is more confident this year, no doubt,” Hodgkiss said. “He was making all the right reads and played good enough for us to win.” Jackson had 13receptions for 238yards and three scores. Trailing 38-31 at halftime, the Avengers (0-1) needed just twoplays to score on the opening possession of the second half when Cumbie connected with Kevin Ingram on a 21-yard strike to tie the score. Ingram finished with seven catches for 67 yards and two TDs. After the SaberCats (1-0) scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Grieb to Nelson, SanJose kicker A.J. Haglund successfully put down an onside kick. The SaberCats scored fourplays later on a 3-yard run by Rodney Wright for a 59-45 lead with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter. “We spend more time then any other team on special teams in practice,” Hodgkiss said. “It looks like we have to hit the special teams even harder, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like this.” The Avengers found themselves in a hole at the end of the first quarter after the SaberCats’ Rodney Wright rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. With the Avengers behind 21-14 in the second quarter, Silas Demary jumped at the line of scrimmage to intercept a Grieb pass, which led to a 17-yard field goal by Remy Hamilton. 21-7 justin.frank@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Going into Sunday’s season opener at Staples Center, the Avengers could not have wanted anything more than to defeat the Western Division rival San Jose SaberCats to help put last year’s 5-11 season behind them. So much so, they attempted an onside kick on the opening kickoff – a decision made by Avengers coach Ed Hodgkiss about two days ago. center_img The Avengers recovered, only to have the ball given to San Jose because of an offsides penalty. San Jose scored one play later on a 6-yard pass from Mark Grieb to Ben Nelson, giving the SaberCats the lead just 23 seconds into the game. From that point on, the Avengers were playing catch-up, and despite coming back to tie the score four times, they fell to the SaberCats 66-58 in front of 12,586. last_img read more

Gardeners try to recover from freeze

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Nurseries are being bombarded with customers who want to know if their plants are dead after the winter’s freeze. A deluge of lifeless foliage and the welcome onset of spring have driven sales up. However, some people new to the area, driven by glossy magazine spreads or memories of past gardens, are cultivating the wrong plants. “We haven’t been below 28 degree in six or seven winters, and as a consequence, a lot of the newer residents are watching their newer-resident neighbors plant the wrong types of plants and trees for our area,” said Richard Green, owner of Green Landscape Nursery in Saugus. Plants that were felled and will not recover are ficus left out in the open, bougainvilla plants, bower vines, multicolored lantanas, most jacarandas, Eugenias, banana plants, most giant birds of paradise and hibiscus, he said. Local nurseries don’t grill customers on their ZIP codes but the information could prove helpful. Hanifan, who has been plying his trade for 27 years, has noticed Sand Canyon gets colder for longer stretches than Valencia does. “And somebody will plant a Valencia-type yard in Agua Dulce or Acton … They get colder there, the soil is harder; (they need) something that’s tougher,” he said. Green attributes the stampede of customers to the harsh winter and onset of milder days, when gardens become a magnet for those with cabin fever. Droves of customers are also prowling the aisles of Green Thumb International in Newhall. “We’re the busiest we’ve been in years. Everybody’s trying to replace things they’ve had for many years in their yard that were never damaged before,” said Jerry Wittmann, an advanced California certified nurseryman for Green Thumb. He cautions weekend gardeners against dawdling once they hatch a plan. “Hopefully, people will get plants established in the ground before it heats up too much,” he said. “Summer’s going to come and plants will be stressed out from the record-breaking heats we’re expecting.” This winter may have been chilly, but Green, who established his first nursery in Newhall in 1978, recalled a cooler one in 1990. “I had a thick ice sheet across my pool with a pool sweep running under it,” he said. “They called that one the `Arctic Express.”‘ Annuals mostly die in winter, but some folks gamble. Plant lust can cause people to buy varieties that won’t thrive in their yards and the nurserymen say they try to prevent plant loss. “We do not carry ficus. Ficus is an indoor plant in this valley,” Green said, noting he stocks bougainvilla, another popular plant, only in spring. “People come in wanting 20 additional bougainvilla because they purchased 25 someplace else and we tell them, no, they’re making a big mistake – it gets cold out here; they die in winter.”‘ Hanifan counsels his clients. “They’ll want to plant something in (the) middle of a lawn that’s always boggy – a beautiful flowering tree that will most likely just die – I advise against it,” he said. Hanifan beamed with the resolve of a general who’s won the campaign – recalling the first phase of freeze recovery weeks ago, when pipes and valves had to be fixed. “It was like a war zone!” he said. “The plumbers and irrigation guys out there were getting really tired.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The key is understanding what perennial and seasonal plants are suitable for this intermediate valley, between the high desert and coastal valleys such as the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley and Fillmore, Green says. A local landscape contractor fine tunes the nuances even further. “You want to look for microclimates within the landscape,” said Chuck Hanifan, owner of Unique Landscape Services. “Exposure as far as the sun, placement of plants close to the house – you have to think of prevailing winds, drainage issues in different parts of the yard and soil types.” Ninety-five percent of his 300 clients suffered some losses from the winter freeze and had to replace at least one plant. Some plants suffered freeze burn, but should revive. Day lilies, calla lilies, canna lilies and hydrangeas sometimes go dormant in cold weather, Green said. last_img

Standout guard to redshirt

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It just wasn’t getting better fast enough,” she said. “But I’ll be back next year. I’m trying to stay positive.” Tulikihihifo initially thought she’d be able to return from the injury, suffered during the preseason, by the beginning of November, but her recovery process has been slower than expected. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Without her in the lineup, the Matadors have struggled. After a 76-70 win Monday at UC Riverside, CSUN is 4-10 and 1-2 in Big West play. Tulikihihifo has not played in a game this year. “Ofa commanded a lot of respect from opponents, and without her, we have had to create a new identity,” first-year coach Staci Schulz said. “But other players have been able to produce in her absence and make key contributions to help us win.” – Ramona Shelburne center_img Cal State Northridge women’s basketball player Ofa Tulikihihifo will redshirt this season with a stress fracture of her left tibia. Tulikihihifo, a senior guard, is a three-time All-Big West Conference first-team selection. She has led the Matadors in scoring each of the past three seasons. last_img read more

Another pill to help smokers be quitters

first_imgWASHINGTON – A tablet shown to help more than one in five smokers quit on Thursday joined the limited number of effective stop-smoking drugs approved by federal regulators. When varenicline goes on sale later this year, it will become the first new prescription drug for smoking cessation approved by the Food and Drug Administration in nearly a decade and only the second stop-smoking drug that is nicotine-free, according to Pfizer Inc. The New York company plans to market the twice-daily tablet, intended for adults only, as Chantix. “It’s a welcome new addition. It’s like with cancer or heart disease or high blood pressure or diabetes: The more effective treatments you have, the better off patients are,” said Dr. Steven Schroeder, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who is active in smoking cessation efforts. 160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsVarenicline works in two ways, by cutting the pleasure of smoking and reducing the withdrawal symptoms that lead smokers to light up over and over again. Most other stop-smoking drugs are various nicotine-replacement therapies, sold by prescription and over the counter in gum, patch, lozenge, nasal spray or inhaler form. In 1997, the FDA approved bupropion, an antidepressant already sold as Wellbutrin but rebranded as Zyban, an anti-smoking drug.last_img read more