Drug shortages caused by change in procurement system – Norton

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton examining the limited drugs available at the Wakenaam Cottage HospitalBy: Devina SamarooPublic Health Minister Dr George Norton indicated that the change in the procurement system is probably the likely cause for the drug shortages being experienced at certain public health facilities across Guyana.Since the beginning of the year, reports have been surfacing of a massive drug shortage in the public health system.In January, Georgetown Public Hospital’s (GPH) Chief Executive Officer Allan Johnson said cash-flowA new drug procurement system was introduced earlier this yearproblems at that institution resulted in a shortage of drugs.The Diamond Diagnostic Centre’s Medical Superintendent Dr Michael Pereira had also registered concerns about the drug shortages at that institution.Region Three Regional Chairman Julius Faerber had also complained of the massive drug shortages plaguing the region.During a visit to several health facilities over the weekend, hospital staff informed the Public Health Minister and team that there were drug shortages.At the Wakenaam Cottage Hospital, the relatively new staff disclosed that the health facility has been lacking basic essential drugs from the time they were dispatched to the area, which is some three months ago.Pharmacist Dolly Softly said basic drugs such as Panadol and Paracetamol have been unavailable, while other drugs are expired or nearing expiration. In fact, it was highlighted that the current batch of insulin will be expiring today.Prompted on the reason for this shortage, the doctors explained that the drugs would finish fast because there would be an influx in the number of persons coming in for treatment.They explained that they would make requests for more supply, however, none are forthcoming or it usually takes a long while before the drugs arrive—this causes the influx of persons.Regional Health Office Dr Shawn Bancroft explained that in most cases, drugs are stored at the West Demerara Regional Hospital since the demand there is higher.“We are unable to distribute it to all health facilities, we kept most for the inpatients and send the small amounts to the other hospitals,” he stated.However, Minister Norton said it appears persons are just making excuses and urged the authorities to manage the health systems more effectively and efficiently.“Persons have become complacent and taking things for granted… requests were made but nothing seems to be done, nobody seems to be concerned at the level of the region that things were requested and not delivered,” he lamented.Dr Norton said he will take steps to work closer with the Communities Ministry, which to a larger extent is responsible for the regional health system, to address the problems.“I know that’s a large ministry and they’ve got so many on their plate, this is not to say that we don’t have either but I am not going to depend on the region to do everything… we have to do this together, and I would keep in communication with medical professionals in the centre so I can do my part as well,” he stated, hoping that by yearend most of the issues will be rectified.“I hope the shortage we are experiencing now, because of the change in the procurement system, would become available to the public in a timely manner and in sufficient quantities,” he stated.Earlier this year, the Public Health Ministry introduced a new system for procuring of drugs and medical supplies with the aim of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the drug supply chain in the country.This was accompanied by several changes in the bidding documents which were intended to create a more level playing field among competitors.Reports have explained that the changes saw each region submitting to central government, a list of drugs needed and the total sum required to make the purchases. Monies will be warranted back to the Public Health Ministry from the Regions to facilitate a centralised procurement.Initially, this current administration had mandated that the drug purchases be done at a regional level.However, the process was later changed after some $600 million was returned to the treasury, owing to the incapacity of the regions to source their own supplies.The current procurement system gives each region its independence to source the drugs from its preferred supplier as opposed to central government making bulk purchases.last_img read more

Serial thief pleads guilty to multimillion-dollar thefts

first_imgA teenager from the mining town of Linden appeared before the Wales Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Clive Nurse to answer a barrage of larceny charges.The Wales Magistrate’s Court where the teenager appearedSharif Ford, 17, of Lot 19 Industrial Area, Linden, pled guilty to three separate charges but entered a not guilty plea on three others.It is alleged that on July 11, 2016 at Retrieve, McKenzie, Linden, Ford broke and entered the building of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) where he made off with: six USB chargers; five jet sets; 28 cellular phones; 1370 pre-paid phone cards; 100 sim cards; and $12,160 cash, all amounting to $2,229,047, all property of GTT. Ford pled Guilty on this offence.In evidence provided by the Police prosecutor, it was noted that at about 04:00h on July 11, Forde was stopped by Police while on patrol at Yarirabo, McKenzie.After a search was carried out, Forde’s haversack was found to contain the items and had confessed that he stole them.When asked by Magistrare Nurse for a response, the defendant maintained his guilty plea.He also conceded guilt on charges which stated that between July 4 and 5, he broke and entered the variety shop of Rohani Singh, also of McKenzie and stole $80,000 worth in groceries.The Court heard that the shop owner, Singh, knows the defendant since her son was a school mate of Ford’s.The young man also admitted that between August 22 and 23, 2015, at the McKenzie Market, he broke and entered the shop of Lenox Wilson and stole $20,000 in cash and $10,000 in groceries.He however objected to a number of other thefts, which the Police alleged he committed.The Court also heard that on November 30, 2015, at Republic Avenue, McKenzie the defendant allegedly broke into the building of Cell Smart Incorporated and stole 15 cellular phones; 19 phone cases; one sim card cutter; four cellphone chargers; three USB cables; eight cellphone batteries; seven flash drives; one selfie stick; five earpieces; all to a total value of $678,700. Ford expressed that he was not guilty of this offence.Further, the teenager was also accused but pled not guilty to allegedly robbing, at Linden, the store belonging to Banwantie Sirpaul of $500,000 in cash in May 2016; and allegedly breaking and entering the store of Celena Ramdyall and stealing $80,000 cash, also in May 2016.The defendant told the court that he hasn’t had a job since leaving school but currently lives alone. Ford further noted that this was the first time he was charged for such offences.The Police Prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that Ford would commit similar offences if released and that he would “interfere” with some the virtual complainants as he personally knows them.All of the matters, including sentencing on the guilty pleas, were transferred to Linden Magistrate’s Court.Ford will make his next court appearance on July 27, when a probation report is expected to be presented to the court before sentencing.last_img read more

Defense leads Ayala to 1st section crown

first_imgThe top-seeded Bulldogs led 11-9 entering the second quarter, but extended their lead to 10 within four minutes. The lead grew to 19 by halftime, and the Bulldogs led 44-19 with three minutes to go in the third quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the first CIF title for Ayala (30-3) and the second for Sims, who coached Pasadena Muir to a championship in 1990. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment to reach the top of your profession athletically,” Sims said. “It’s great for the (Inland) Valley, because most of the schools that were winning were on the other side of the 605 for so many years.” Both sides of the freeway got to see how good Ayala’s defense can be. No. 12 seed Temescal Canyon ended up just being another team snared by the Bulldogs’ pressure. The Titans (23-7) managed to shoot just 15 percent in the first half and committed 19 turnovers in the opening two quarters. For the game, they shot 25 percent and had 29 turnovers. “We took them out of what they wanted to do,” Sims said. “Twenty-five points in a championship final? That’s defense.” After a tight first quarter, this one turned into another Ayala rout. center_img LONG BEACH – Ayala girls basketball coach Mel Sims wears many rings – symbols of past championships and awards. But none of them glisten as a reminder of a Bulldogs’ CIF title. That’s about to change, thanks to Ayala’s 52-25 victory against Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A finals on Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid. last_img read more

SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS HIT GWEEDORE FOR FOUR TO KEEP PROMOTION HOPES ALIVE

first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Our men’s team kept their promotion hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Gweedore Utd.Drew Connolly, Caolain Grant, Chris Toner and Ronan Sweeney were the scorers. Best wishes to Caolain who is now moving to America. Our u/14’s had a 3-0 win over Convoy Arsenal with Enda Gallagher, Oran Downey and Jack Parke the scorers.This weekend we have three home matches with our u/16’s at home to Convoy Arsenal at 10.30am, our u/12’s at home to Curragh Athletic at 12.30 and our u14’s at home to Ballybofey Utd at 2.30.Our u/12’s are home to Cappry Rovers on Tuesday 31st.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 3,15,17 and 19. 15 people had two numbers with Dessie Gibson drawn out and winning E50. Next weeks jackpot is E5150.00.SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS HIT GWEEDORE FOR FOUR TO KEEP PROMOTION HOPES ALIVE was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

HALLOWEEN HORROR AS YOUNG WOMAN GLASSED AT HOUSE PARTY

first_imgA young woman is recovering in hospital after she was glassed in the face at a Halloween party in Letterkenny.The incident happened on the Ard Ri housing estate during the early hours of this morning.Gardai are carrying out a full investigation into the incident. The young woman was rushed to the Emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital where she remains for treatment.It is understood Gardai are following a definite line of enquiry into the incident in the Glencar area.It is understood that a number of people who were at the house party were interviewed.It is not known if anybody has yet been arrested in relation to the vicious attack.  HALLOWEEN HORROR AS YOUNG WOMAN GLASSED AT HOUSE PARTY was last modified: November 1st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Ard RiGardaiglassinghouse partyletterkennylast_img read more

Sentech’s 2010 television plans

first_img4 July 2006Sentech has announced plans to rollout Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in time for the 2010 World Cup. The upgrade is expected to cost about R1-billion over the next five years.DTT is a digital technology that provides a greater number of channels and better quality of pictures and sound.The company is optimistic that it will play a major role in the 2010 World Cup by ensuring that South Africa’s analogue broadcasting infrastructure is upgraded to a digital-ready terrestrial system.Digital convergencePunted to be the most significant revolution television has yet seen, Sentech spokesperson Bongi Potelwa said DTT would give users access to a multi-channel and multi-platform viewing experience.“It is aimed at average TV viewers; and will finally bring true convergence into living rooms,” she said.Test transimssions have already been broadcast from Sentech’s main broadcast tower site in Brixton, Johannesburg.Frans Lindeque, Sentech’s acting COO, said digital TV sets were to “increasingly” become integrated with fixed and mobile broadband networks, allowing viewers to switch easily between watching television, surfing the internet, or doing online shopping.‘Clearer, sharper’“DTT thus opens the way to combine the pay-per-view services available on the internet with the simplicity of television.“A primary benefit of DTT that is sure to delight consumers will be the clearer, sharper pictures provided without interference and ghosting that some residents of built-up areas or hilly terrain sometimes experience.“It also offers a wide screen format and multiple language offerings per channel,” Lindeque said.He indicated that Sentech would first upgrade its network and duplicate the current analogue network channels on a digital system.Digital migrationSentech anticipates the first phase of network upgrades to take two years, with digital migration commencing in 2008.“Most of the 220 sites needed to broadcast DTT to 92 percent of South Africa’s population are already in place and only need upgrades to become fully digital.“Once that process is complete, DTT and analogue systems will be run side-by-side [a dual illumination process] until South Africa is ready to switch off analogue transmission,” Lindeque said.He also explained that the analogue infrastructure which dated back to the launch of television in South Africa in the mid 1970s, had become increasingly expensive to repair and “DTT provides a timely answer to this problem.”Set-top boxesConsumers will need a set-top box costing about R500 to decode the signal, even for public broadcasting service and free-to-air channels.“Although the cost of the set-top boxes should reduce significantly over the next five years, they will still need to be subsidised if the main aim of reaching the masses in a relatively short time [four to five years] is to be achieved.“It is possible that incentives will be provided to electronics companies to establish set-top box manufacturing facilities in South Africa,” Lindeque said.This, he said would contribute to a reduction in the cost of the set-top boxes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How Emerging Technologies Are Changing the Future of Work

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Imagine your workplace ten years from now. Chances are it’ll be very different from today thanks to fast-evolving technologies that are changing the nature of work, the dynamics of the workforce, and the notion of the workplace.To stay relevant and competitive, you need to understand the impact of emerging technologies on the future of work. You must incorporate these innovations strategically to attract the right talent, increase efficiencies, and improve the bottom line.How the Future Of Work Will ChangeEmerging technologies will impact the future of work in these major categories:The Nature Of WorkTechnologies will minimize the need to perform repetitive tasks manually. While fewer workers will be hired for manual tasks, more will be employed for job functions that involve creative and strategic thinking. The nature of work will shift from focusing on task completion. Problem-solving, communication, listening, interpretation, and design will gain prominence. The ability to learn new skills will be more valuable than having specific knowledge. Organizations will seek out workers that have the mental ductility to learn continuously. Employees will need to adapt to the “lifelong retooling” of their skillsets.How Work Is DoneAdvances in AI-driven technologies and robotics will increase the range and amount of work that can be done by smart machines. 38% of U.S. jobs (PDF) will likely be automated within the next 15 years, affecting at least 100 million knowledge workers by 2025.Meanwhile, jobs will become less routine, and roles will be redefined by marrying technology with human skills and advanced expertise. Organizations will need to innovate how humans work alongside machines. They’ll need to rethink how they invest in workers to maximize the impact of human-machine interactions.Who Does the WorkTechnology allows organizations to leverage a continuum of full-time employees and freelancers to managed services and gig workers in the most cost-efficient way. Companies will reconsider the employee lifecycle. They’ll use multiple employment formats to obtain the creativity, passion, experience, expertise, and skill sets needed for the project at hand. As such, hiring will focus on problem-solving ability and task performance rather than filling roles in the org chart.Where the Work Is DoneNew communication platforms break down barriers among multiple office locations and remote teams to enable seamless collaboration. Organizations can transcend the limitations of distance and tap into a global talent pool so tasks can be completed as cost-effectively as possible.However, the distributed model isn’t merely a way to increase efficiency or reduce overhead. It also requires companies to rethink how they can foster culture and team connections within a virtual working environment to nurture and retain increasingly scarce talent.Key Emerging Technologies That Will Reshape the Future Of Work The notion of work is fast evolving, and here are the key emerging technologies that impact the future of work:Visual, Low-Code Process AutomationAutomation, as distinguished from AI, is foundational to reaping the benefits of upcoming technologies. For example, it produces digital data, which is the fuel for machine learning.Automation is key to increasing efficiency, reducing human error, and lowering operational costs. Fewer workers will be needed for repetitive tasks, and more employees will focus on strategic decision-making and creative problem-solving.There are two main types of process automation technologies – Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Business Process Automation (often called Business Process Management or BPM.) RPA automates individual tasks that are repetitive and time-consuming with very little added value (e.g., faster data entry.) It cuts cost without the need to change the underlying infrastructure. Meanwhile, BPM is the automation of end-to-end business processes (e.g., more accurate decision-making). BPM often serves as the strategic foundation of an organization’s digital transformation.Automation will prompt businesses that rely on repetitive processes to assess how to improve efficiency. They’ll need to retrain and reallocate workers to take on roles that can utilize their experience and institutional knowledge in a strategic capacity. Cloud-Based Communication PlatformsUnified communications (UC) platforms enable organizations to leverage the benefits of a remote workforce effectively. These cloud-based technologies help streamline workflow, facilitate collaboration, and increase efficiencies.They enable real-time communication and collaboration through functionalities such as voice and video calls, instant messaging, screen and file sharing. They allow companies to access a global workforce and attract talent without being hindered by inefficient communications. A UC platform that offers a reliable environment for effective communication is the “hub” of a digital workplace. It changes how and where work gets done, prompting a re-thinking of “workplace” and introducing a global element to many workforces. Ashish DeshpandeCEO Ashish Deshpande is the CEO and co-founder of frevvo Inc., a leading provider of online forms and workflow software.Dr. Deshpande received a PhD in Computer Science from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage SourceAI-Driven TechnologiesThe artificial intelligence (AI) umbrella encompasses machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, natural language generation, and more.The use of AI allows organizations to efficiently extract insights from their proprietary business data for accurate and timely decision-making. Of course, organizations must first embrace automation to generate this business data. For example, automation and analysis of the resulting data can increase the efficiency of an organization’s procurement process by enabling accurate demand forecasting in real-time.Meanwhile, the reduction of repetitive tasks allows employees to focus on strategic and creative work that’s more valuable and meaningful. AI is making work more enjoyable and fulfilling by augmenting the capabilities of knowledge workers.AI’s ability to process a large amount of data and extract insights is crucial. It helps humans cut through the clutter and figure out where to focus their attention to enhance strategic thinking and decision-making.Digital Talent PlatformsThe ability to access talent from all over the world through a variety of work arrangements is promoting organizations to reconsider their talent model and employee lifecycle. SourceThe use of digital talent platforms reduces the impact of a mismatch between skills, availability, and location. Companies will shift from filling specific “roles” to hiring talent based on the skills required to complete a specific project successfully.Digitally-enabled independent workers will be less confined to a specific job title but have to adapt to the objectives of each project to continuously demonstrate value. With technologies and business requirements always in flux, specific skills will matter less. The ability to obtain new knowledge and adapt to new technological solutions will become the key to success.Quantum Computing Quantum computing can process data thousands of times faster than traditional silicon-chip-based computers while using less power.This exponential increase in computing capacity makes it possible to run complex AI-powered applications. They’re used for analytics and modeling, allowing organizations to leverage a large amount of data available. Quantum computing can support an array of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. They can significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy in training and diagnostic processes.Also, it can dramatically improve cybersecurity. It’ll reduce IT costs and allow organizations to protect sensitive data effectively when using technologies from cloud-computing platforms to automation software.  ConclusionWhen considering the impact of emerging technologies, organizations need to go beyond the bottom line and efficiency.  Take a step back to consider the holistic picture of how the nature of work, the composition of the workforce, and the notion of workplace interact with each other to shape the future of work.We need both a visionary and pragmatic approach to take full advantage of emerging technologies by imagining the possibilities based on industry-specific data to define a transformational strategy.Organizations need to rethink workflow, workforce, and workplace from the ground up to take advantage of technologies while creating meaning and value for employees.Last but not least, companies have to align organizational structure, leadership, and workforce development as they execute a cohesive strategy that goes beyond a short-term equation of cost and efficiency to creating sustainable innovation. 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Ateneo gets back at UST, forces decider for UAAP volleyball crown

first_imgAfter a tense third set that saw Rookie of the Year Eya Laure momentarily leave the game due to a left ankle injury, the Lady Eagles kicked things up a notch in the fourth set.Ateneo was on fire in the fourth, going on a 20-8 start that essentially put things to bed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUST managed to get to a 5-1 spurt and cut the lead to eight, 21-13, but Ateneo’s buffer was tougher than what the Golden Tigresses could ever claw against.Maddie Madayag then scored on two straight kills, including an emphatic block on Season MVP Cherry Rondina, for Ateneo’s 23-13 lead, during which Laure subbed out of the match. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Ateneo Lady Eagles force UAAP Game 3. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo is set to fight another day after tripping University of Santo Tomas 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-15 in Game 2 and tying the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals series Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Eagles also stopped the Golden Tigresses’ seven-game winning streak that stretched back to the middle part of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ The deciding Game 3 is on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Alyssa Valdez grateful for UST, Ateneo’s influence in her life Ateneo libero Dani Ravena then put the Lady Eagles at the 24-13 match point with an improbable save that went over the net and onto UST’s defense.Rondina salvaged a point for UST with an off-the-block kill, 24-14, but KC Galdones’ ensuing service went beyond the baseline.“Today’s game, we really played our best,” said the graduating Madayag. “We really worked as a team. And of course it gets into our minds that this might be our last game but we know we should cross that out and that we will fight, we won’t go down without a fight.”Madayag led Ateneo with 17 points on 10 attacks, four blocks, and three aces, while Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino had 13 and 11 points, respectively.Rondina led UST with 22 points while Laure added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Happy Birthday Vin Diesel: 10 best films of the xXx star you must watch

first_imgWith a name like Vin Diesel, one cannot help but be fast and furious. The action superstar who has slowly but steadily made a mark in Hollywood and has developed a fandom outside America has quite a number of films lined up for release in 2016 and 2017.SEE PICS: Vin Diesel begins shooting Fast and Furious 8 in CubaSEE PICS: Deepika Padukone looks super intense in the new xXx posterALSO READ: Deepika Padukone meets Vin Diesel’s daughter Pauline While on one hand he will be seen with Deepika Padukone in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third part of the xXx franchise, he will also reprise his roles in Fast 8, the upcoming Fast and Furious film, and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.Much before he became the global superstar that he is, he paid his dues in the world of theatre. He even wrote, directed and starred in a few films, including the short film Multi-Facial (1994) which got screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and the feature-length film Strays (1997) which was selected for competition at the Sundance Festival.Following Strays, Diesel was cast in the minor role of a soldier in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan (1998). With the release of The Fast and The Furious in 2001 and xXx in 2002, Diesel, overnight, became ‘action hero’ and since then, he has never had to look back.On his 49th birthday, we revisit his career and  take a look at Vin Diesel’s ten best films.1. Strays (1997)DVD cover of Strays Written, directed, produced by and starring Diesel himself, Strays is the story of Rick (Diesel) who is a drug dealer and hustler trying to change his ways after he falls in love with a girl in the mean streets of New York.advertisement2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)Vin Diesel in a still from Saving Private RyanDiesel stars as Private Adrian Caparzo in this seminal World War II film by Steven Spielberg. Though he does not have much screen time, he plays a sensitive character who dies in war trying to protect a little girl.3. The Iron Giant (1999)A still from The Iron Giant Diesel voices the titular role of the Iron Giant in the debut film of director Brad Bird who later went on to make The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Diesel’s deep voice added depth to the kind and gentle giant.4. Pitch Black (2000)A still from Pitch Black Diesel stars in his iconic role of Richard B. Riddick for the first time in this low-key, stylishly made science fiction action film. The film is out-and-out suspense and action with Riddick fighting aliens on an unknown planet.5. The Fast and the Furious (2001)A poster of The Fast and The Furious The film that started it all: launched a franchise worth USD 3 billion and made Vin Diesel a household name. Diesel plays a semi-truck hijacker and professional street racer Dominic Toretto. With the success of this film, he went on to reprise the role seven more times.6. xXx (2002)A poster of xXxVin Diesel stars as extreme sports professional Xander Cage who is recruited by NSA agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson) to infiltrate a Russian terrorist group called Anarchy 99. Guns, explosions, stunts and babes, you know the drill.7. Find Me Guilty (2006)A still from Find Me GuiltyMobster Jackie DiNorscio is perhaps Diesel’s first dramatic role after 1997’s Strays. Directed by the great filmmaker Sidney Lumet, Find Me Guilty is the true story of a mobster who underwent the longest Mafia trial in the history of America.8. Fast Five (2011)A poster of Fast FiveThe fifth film of the Fast and the Furious franchise changed the game for both the film series as well as Diesel. With a bigger budget, less emphasis on car races and car culture and more focus on action, and of course, the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson, Fast Five was a box office success, grossing over $ 625m worldwide.9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)Groot in a still from Guardians of the GalaxyDiesel voiced Groot, one of the most lovable and much remembered characters in this 2014 comic book film from Marvel Studios.Groot’s catchphrase “I am Groot” became highly popular after the release of the film.10. Furious 7 (2015)A poster of Fast FiveThe highest grossing Fast and the Furious film was sadly shadowed by the death of its star Paul Walker. Nevertheless, the film was appreciated for its writing, action, and most importantly the chemistry between Diesel and Walker.last_img read more