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first_img– vows to advance small and medium scale businessesNewly elected President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, has committed to strengthening the tenets of economic development so that the country can be resilient in the instance of declining prices for Guyana’s oil & gas industry, which is set to commence in 2020.Indar has vowed to advance programmes that would facilitate the growth of small and medium scale businesses.“I want to work with our partners in working on developing small and medium sizedGCCI’s 2018/2019 Executive Management Committeebusinesses. Our partners include Government, financial institutions, development agencies, aid agencies, to make sure that they provide help,” he told Guyana Times.He related that measures will be implemented to ensure that small operators manufacture products to accepted standards where packaging and functionality of the product are concerned. The GCCI President said these products must be suited for consumption. He further explained that he would also be working with services industries to ensure that they, too, elevate their standards.He told Guyana Times that the small and mediums size business owners must not just receive “handouts” in the form of grants and loans, but Government policies should support the growth of the business environment. He observed also that taxes must not be burdensome, and stressed that the GCCI would continue to press for adjustments to policies which are not in keeping with business growth.“The main objective of the chamber is to make sure that whatever additional taxes or increase in taxes (are levied, they) are not burdensome. We will continue to work with our Government partners to explain, to advocate, to show by way of analysis and empirical information, that whatever the policies are that are affecting businesses… once businesses [have] sustained downturn, then (those policies are) not effective in developing a conducive business environment,” Indar told this newspaper.He added that he would advocate for Guyanese businesses to benefit from the oil & gas sector, and noted that importers and retailers must be properly treated by regulators such as the Government Analyst Food and Drugs Department and the Guyana Revenue Authority. He noted that GCCI will continue pushing for the removal of value-added tax on several products and services, such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers, electricity and water.“They [Government] removed from the zero-rated list a whole set of items. Those things are having an impact on businesses,” he stressed.The Sterling Products Limited Executive was on Thursday elected GCCI President for the year 2018-2019 following last week’s election of a new GCCI Council of 21 members. Indar told Guyana Times that the council’s election process was smooth, transparent, and without hiccups.Aside from Indar’s election, Nicholas Deygoo Boyer of National Hardware Limited was elected Senior Vice President, Timothy Tucker of Rid-O-Pes was elected Junior Vice President, and Kester Hutson of Dapper Technology was elected Secretary; while Shanti Persaud of Silvie’s Variety Store was named Treasurer.Established since 1889, GCCI has expanded its membership to over 200 members for 2017/2018. The body also attained a net surplus of $ 5.6 million for 2017 out of $ 72.4 million for total revenue recorded. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

first_img South Africa has been identified as a key emerging market for global investors, moving up to fourth position in a new survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit for UK Trade & Investment, the British government’s international business development agency. Addressing an emerging markets forum hosted by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday, UK Secretary of State Lord Mandelson revealed the findings of the report, which examined global business attitudes to emerging markets in light of the global downturn.UK business ‘must look abroad’ Commissioned by UK Trade & Investment, the “Survive and Prosper: emerging markets in the global recession” report gives fresh insights into the opportunities and longer-term strategic importance offered by emerging economies. “Businesses should be strategic about their exports and plan for the long term,” Mandelson said. “Many emerging markets are outperforming developed economies, and are expected to grow strongly for years to come. “The global recession was a wake-up call for companies to diversify their export base and seek out new opportunities in the emerging world,” Mandelson said. “We are encouraging UK business to look abroad and find new business in these exciting new markets.”Emerging markets outperform developed countries The report, based on a survey of more than 540 high-level business executives across 19 business sectors, found that emerging market economies, on the back of the continued high growth and market size of China and India, had outperformed those of developed countries in 2009. The report found 60 percent of companies surveyed expected to derive more than 20 percent of their total revenues from emerging markets in five years’ time – almost double the current figure of 31%. According to the report, political risk (including the risk of nationalisation and expropriation) was cited by 50 percent of survey respondents as the greatest government-related obstacle to doing business in emerging markets.‘Share in SA construction boom’ In the equivalent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2008, titled “Tomorrow’s Markets”, South Africa was ranked eighth in a top 10 list of “new wave” investment markets. The latest report – in which South Africa moves up to fourth position – is part of a wider push by UK Trade & Investment to raise awareness about the potential trade and investment opportunities for British companies in high-growth markets. It follows the release on Friday of another UK Trade & Investment report, titled “Building South Africa: opportunities for the UK construction sector”, which highlights opportunities stemming from the South African government’s multi-billion rand infrastructure development plans. “South Africa is a fast growth economy with infrastructure plans to match,” UK Trade & Investment CEO Andrew Cahn said in a statement on Friday. “With investment opportunities in both private and public sectors, coupled with a severe skills shortage, now is the time for UK companies to take advantage of the construction boom.”‘Gain a foothold in sub-Saharan Africa’ Cahn said South Africa’s infrastructure spending plan was set to accelerate the annual growth of the economy by between 4.5% and 6%. “Its ambitious plans for mass transport, water projects, prisons, hospital and prison upgrades provide plenty of opportunities for UK companies,” Cahn said. “This investment, and events like the 2010 football World Cup, are acting as a catalyst for growth in the private construction sector. Opportunities include hotel and residential development as well as urban regeneration projects. “By establishing a business in South Africa, UK companies can gain a foothold into sub-Saharan Africa.” Several UK companies are already actively involved in major infrastructure projects for South Africa, including Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, which is providing the new train fleet for the Gautrain project, and Mott MacDonald, which is involved in state logistics company Transnet’s rail and port expansion programme. UK Trade & Investment’s presence in South Africa “is stronger than ever, with 34 staff based in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to support these opportunities and expansions,” the agency said on Friday.South African Press Association (Sapa), with additional reporting by SAinfo 15 October 2009last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is no doubt about it. Baby goats are cute. They are also very trendy.Baby goats have exploded in popularity in recent years for their charming antics and apparent appeal to certain demographics when they are wearing little goat onesies online. Videos attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers feature baby goats tormenting other livestock, jumping about on playground equipment, wearing bizarre articles of clothing, sharing living quarters with humans, and even eating waffles. And, goat yoga? Yup, it really exists.Robin Saum of Fairfield County is the immediate past president for the American Dairy Goat Association.National dairy goat interest is clearly being driven to some degree by the cute baby goat obsession, but legitimate markets for dairy goat products continue to grow on their own merits. Goat cheese is an increasingly popular foodie trend and can be found in upscale restaurants everywhere and the lower lactose milk from goats is gaining favor in the United States as well.The newly released 2017 Census of Agriculture data recently quantified this increasing dairy goat popularity. From 2007 to 2017, dairy goat numbers increased a shocking 62% in the United States, by far the largest increase of any livestock sector. The next largest increase was with ducks, with an increase of just over 20%. Hogs, laying chickens, dairy cows, and broilers saw slight increases. Turkeys, beef cattle, sheep, and bison all had slight declines in that decade. Meat goat numbers were more than 20% down as were Angora goats, deer and horses. There were larger decreases for elk, ostriches and emus. Llama numbers declined the most dramatically in the nation with a more than 60% decrease in 10 years.The dramatic dairy goat increase is no surprise to Robin Saum, who has raised dairy goats for many years on her family’s Fairfield County farm and is currently the immediate past president for the American Dairy Goat Association. Saum and her daughter, Hannah, currently raise some Saanen and Nigerian goats on their diversified family farm.“There are way more goats here now than there ever were. The miniature goats are seeing a huge increase in animals. There is this big back-to-the-farm movement. People want to buy their food locally and know where it comes from.Robin and Hannah Saum hold a couple of Nigerian goats on their family’s Fairfield County farm.A lot of people are purchasing those mini goats because many towns are allowing people to have some hens or some small dairy goats. Depending on the town, you can put three Nigerians in your backyard and the neighbors will never know they are there. People want them for their milk to drink or make cheese or whatever,” Saum said. “I have a couple Nigerians and they average about 5% to 7% butter fat. They don’t milk that much, but how much milk do you need for a family? They are the ideal family animal and they are easy to handle.”In Ohio the number of dairy goats is also on the rise. USDA numbers for Ohio reported 10,674 dairy goats on 1,341 farms in 2012 and there were 13,937 dairy goats on 1,504 Ohio farms in 2017. Saum also said the increase in dairy goat popularity is very apparent at the national level with the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA).“We now have over 3,000 adult ADGA members and 874 youth in Ohio. In 2008 we had 8,119 members nationally in ADGA. The 2017 numbers nationally were 14,347 and in 2018 it was 15,494. The youth membership was just over 4,000 each year, so we are up significantly,” she said. “At the ADGA we only see the registered animal numbers, but our numbers have increased exponentially every year. In 2008, we registered 34,583 animals nationally compared to 2018 when we registered 58,822. It is a big increase. We are glad we are computerized.”ADGA currently maintains herd books for the Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable, and Toggenburg breeds. With increased dairy goat popularity, ADGA’s programs, including linear appraisal, have also gained popularity.“People in the organization value the milk testing and the linear appraisals we do,” Saum said. “They may not do it for all of their animals, but when they buy animals, they want animals they can prove will milk and be structurally correct.”Similar to dairy cattle appraisals, ADGA’s linear appraisal program objectively evaluates individual and inheritable traits that affect structural and functional durability of dairy goats, allowing users of the program to take full advantage of the potential for genetic improvement through selective breeding. The appraisal program provides the framework for a uniform record system that can be used in making farm management decisions, marketing the animals for breed characteristics and “visualizing an animal by the numbers.” The system uses trained appraisers to evaluate 13 traits including stature, udder depth and teat placement on a sale from 0 to 50.ADGA also offers a Dairy Herd Improvement program that includes year round monitoring of milk volume, components and herd health and a genetics award program for members.“Those programs have increased numbers in our association because there is only one other registry in the country for standard size or miniature dairy goats and they do not offer any of these programs. For us, that brings people in and makes the programs more valuable,” Saum said. “People with different breeds have different mindsets. Some people very much value having that genetic information and they really want some of this information before purchasing their goats.”As far as the end uses for the diary goat milk from Ohio’s operations, Saum said it really depends.“Ohio has some very strong laws with milk compared to other states. In Ohio you can do the herd shares, which I have done in the past. Since the customer technically partially owns the animal, they can get the milk and drink it. We used to raise Holstein calves off the extra dairy goat milk. This year I am only freshening six Saanens and three Nigerians. Usually I freshen about 10. Currently my dairy goats are feeding one orphan calf and three orphan sheep and all of their own babies, and we drink the milk too,” she said. “I am a huge advocate of pasteurization of the milk before human consumption. We have some really nice pasteurization equipment that is easy to use. I will not let the milk leave the farm without being pasteurized.”Dairy goat milk is also popular for making cheeses and soaps.“The primary use in Ohio is home use. People drink their own milk, make their own cheese, make their own soaps,” Saum said. “People want to leave a small footprint on the world and dairy goats leave a much smaller footprint than dairy cows. The miniature animals have hit the scene and the numbers have just exploded. They are easy to keep. They are small. They provide the right amount of milk for a family and they have high butterfat, which is good for making cheese, sour crème, cottage cheese, anything like that.”Nationally there are several larger goat dairies that have been selling cheese and other products on a commercial scale. In addition, there is also growing domestic demand for dairy goat meat in Ohio and further east.“It is a growing industry. It is amazing the prices we see. We have such ethnic diversity in this country and there are many ethnicities that like dairy goat meat. We don’t talk much about that, but you can sell them for meat for almost as much as you can sell them for as a registered breeding animal,” Saum said. “I sold four or five dry yearlings at the Mt. Hope auction before Easter and I got $175 a piece for them. They were Saanens with a dairy background. Somalis, Muslims and Jewish people buy them. They are very popular with the Jewish and Eastern Orthodox people. It is a huge market.”The meat, cheese and milk markets for dairy goats clearly have room to expand and the cute-goats-wearing-onesies-and-eating-waffles trend certainly shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Those who still need further evidence of the reality of this fad need only conduct a quick online search for “goat video” to find ample goat onesie video viewing opportunities.Baby goats are cute, but dairy goat milk, meat and cheese demand is also expanding.last_img read more

first_imgThe initial trends in the counting of 32 Sikkim Assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha seat indicate a close contest where the Opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is leading over the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), that has remained in power for 25 years.Out of seven Assembly seats for which the trends are out the SKM is leading in four and the SDF in three. In the Lok Sabha seat, Indra Hang Subba of the SKM is leading over the SDF’s D.B. Katwal by a margin of over 6,350 votes. The SKM led by P.S. Goley is taking of SDF’s Pawan Chamling who has the record of being the longest serving Chief Minister of the country. The vote share at the Assembly level also indicate a close contest where the SKM’s vote share of 47.6 % whereas the SDF has secured 47.1 % votes.last_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer expects attacking boost from injured Man Utd starsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to improve when their attacking players return from injury.Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both absent as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer lamented about his lack of attacking options.He said: “[The lack of chances] is symptomatic of where we are at at the moment. “We’re working hard, we stick together as a team but we don’t create. “You can say, as you started, that we have loads of injuries and loads of players away and there are some attacking players away of course. “We hope and expect them to come back firing on all cylinders.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgNearly a decade before the National Institution for Transforming India or the NITI Aayog envisaged private partnership in rural healthcare, a PPP-run hospital in Gujarat’s Kutch district – India’s largest – has transformed hundreds of lives. The Adani Foundation-run Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences (GAIMS) in Bhuj was ostensibly India’s maidensuccessfully operating PPP model in the healthcare sector. From earthquake rubble to a state-of-the-art hospital that caters to more than 1000, patients a day, it’s a historic journey of community empowerment and nation building. Over the years, the successful model has contributed in creating confidence which led to rollout plans of six brownfield self-financed medical colleges in Tapi, Dahod, Panchmahals, Banaskantha, Bharuch and Amreli districts by upgrading the government hospitals through PPP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Its healthy ripple effects can now be felt at the national level. Last year, the NITI Aayog also accepted the merits of the model and invited private players to partner with government hospitals at the district level. The government approached many corporates such as Narayana Hrudalaya and Manipal Education to adopt the hospital on PPP basis. But none of the proposals worked owing to feasibility challenges. Since 2009, when the Adani Group entered into a PPP partnership, the group invested a Capex of around Rs100 crore in ramping up infrastructure among other things. A decade since then the cumulative operating deficit stands at 25 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Adani G K General Hospital caters specifically to the healthcare needs of the poor and marginalized sections of the society. People from special and deserving categories receive further specialized and free IPD services. In addition, the hospital also connects people with various government schemes such as AyushmanYojana, MA Yojana, students’ healthcare programme etc.” said Vasant Gadhavi, Director Administration, GAIMS Sea change in hospital infrastructure and human capital GAIMS always had fairly robust infrastructure. But considering the massive geography of the Kutch region it needed consistent upgradation – something that became a seamless process following the private partnership. From Outdoor Patient Wards to the Operation Theatres and Labour Rooms to Intensive Care Units, every critical aspect of the hospital infrastructure grew manifolds (see table 1 below for details). Likewise every specialised treatment such as Dermatology, Psychiatry, Paediatric, Surgery, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology, and ENT among others recorded rapid augmentation from time to time. Retaining quality talent pool in remote locations has been one of the key challenges for most sectors and pressure is even worse for healthcare. However, the hospital management did a remarkable job in building a team of top line medical experts. Medical officers, nurses, technicians and the outsourced team of support were deployed at par with growing patients’ footfalls in the region. Establishment of GAIMS Medical College While the pillars of the hospital facilities became stronger, the PPP-model also anchored the establishment of the GAIMS Medical College in 2009. Today the medical college offers 150 seats for under-graduate courses and 51 seats for post graduate courses. Specialisations offered at the facility comprise Physiology, General Surgery, Anatomy, ENT, Microbiology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Respiratory Medicines, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Paediatrics, Radiology and Anaesthesiology; thus creating dependable pool of talented doctors to service ailing patients of Kutch. Improving health indicators Health indicators have improved remarkably following the takeover. For instance, the number of OPDs nearly tripled from 1, 39,199 in 2014-15 to 3, 17,361 in 2017-18. Likewise there has been steady rise in child births as well. From catering to just over 2000 deliveries in 2014-15 the number rose by nearly 35% in 2017-18. At the same time a combination of preventive and curative measures has ensured that the infant mortality rate has been brought down from 5.62% in 2014-15 to 3.65% in 2018-19 (April-January).last_img read more

first_imgA food ingredient widely used in baked goods and artificial flavouring may increase levels of several hormones that are associated with risk of obesity and diabetes, a study has found. Researchers from Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US combined data from a trial in humans and mouse studies. The study indicated that propionate can trigger a cascade of metabolic events that leads to insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia – a condition marked by excessive levels of insulin. The findings also showed that in mice, chronic exposure to propionate resulted in weight gain and insulin resistance. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Understanding how ingredients in food affect the body’s metabolism at the molecular and cellular level could help us develop simple but effective measures to tackle the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes,” said Gokhan S Hotamisligil, a professor at Harvard Chan School. More than 400 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes.The surging rates of diabetes, as well as obesity, in the last 50 years indicate that environmental and dietary factors must be influencing the growth of this epidemic. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardResearchers have suggested that dietary components including ingredients used for preparation or preservation of food may be a contributing factor, but there is little research evaluating these molecules. The team focused on propionate, a naturally occurring short-chain fatty acid that helps prevents mold from forming on foods. They first administered this short chain fatty acid to mice and found that it rapidly activated the sympathetic nervous system, which led to a surge in hormones, including glucagon, norepinephrine, and a newly discovered gluconeogenic hormone called fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4). This in turn led the mice to produce more glucose from their liver cells, leading to hyperglycemia – a defining trait of diabetes. Moreover, the researchers found that chronic treatment of mice with a dose of propionate that was equivalent to the amount typically consumed by humans led to significant weight gain in the mice, as well as insulin resistance. To determine how the findings in mice may translate to humans, the researchers established a double-blinded placebo-controlled study that included 14 healthy participants. The participants were randomised into two groups: One group received a meal that contained one gram of propionate as an additive and the other group was given a meal that contained a placebo. Blood samples were collected before the meal, within 15 minutes of eating the meal, and every 30 minutes thereafter for four hours. The researchers found that people who consumed the meal containing propionate had significant increases in norepinephrine as well as increases in glucagon and FABP4 soon after eating the meal.last_img read more

At the Warzycha dinner table, soccer is rarely discussed. Still, the sport remains a way of life for the family of five. Ohio State midfielder Konrad Warzycha didn’t start playing organized soccer until he was 8 years old, but it is no surprise that the game came naturally to him. His father, Robert, played professionally for 18 seasons, overseas and later for the Columbus Crew, where he currently serves as the team’s head coach. “Everything that I know and how I play is based on how he’s taught me,” Konrad said about his father. “From an early age, he’s always helped out as a coach on my club teams and always given me advice, and I always look to him for advice.” Konrad was born in Poland and lived in both England and Hungary by the time he was 8 years old. It was not until Robert joined the Crew for the team’s inaugural season in 1996 that Konrad began playing organized soccer in a recreational league in Dublin, Ohio. “In England there really wasn’t a team for younger kids and in Hungary I went to an all-Polish school and didn’t know many people who played,” Konrad said. “My parents didn’t really know how to go about signing me up for a league.” Konrad picked up the game quickly and joined a club team, Blast Futbol Club, in 1998. At Dublin Jerome High School, Konrad was twice named team MVP, and was a first-team All-Ohio selection as a senior in 2006. Konrad is the oldest of Robert and Eliza Warzycha’s three children, but his younger siblings have also found success on the soccer field. His brother, Bartosz, 20, played a collegiate season at Marshall University, while his sister, Olivia, 18, was a 2009 All-Ohio selection her senior year at Dublin Jerome. Despite his family’s ties to the game, Konrad insists that soccer is not what defines his family and that the game is rarely discussed in the Warzycha household. “Sure, it’s something that we have in common, but we don’t really talk about it much at home. We just talk about regular family stuff,” Konrad said. OSU men’s soccer coach John Bluem had been a friend of Robert’s even before Konrad came to OSU and said he sees similarities in the father and son’s style of play. “His father was known for his powerful right-footed shot, and Konrad has that same kind of strength and power in his right-footed shot,” Bluem said. Konrad’s senior season at OSU has gotten off to a fast start, as he leads the team in both goals and total points, with four and eight, respectively. He is 47th on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s rankings of the top collegiate players in the nation. “He’s off to a very good start,” Bluem said. “He’s a very physically dominating player, with great size, strength and speed. He’s great on the ball and a very good passer. Also, he has the ability to score goals,” Bluem said. “I think he has some more goals in him.” The Buckeyes (5-2-1) opened conference play with a 1-0 win over Michigan, a trend Konrad hopes will continue as Big Ten play wears on. “Our goal is to win the Big Ten regular-season title and then make it to at least the third round of the NCAA championships,” Konrad said. “Last year we got a high seed and then didn’t really show up for our first game.” Bluem said accomplishing those goals will have a lot to do with Konrad’s play on the field. “We hope he just continues to play well for us and do the things that he does best,” he said. “He’s a heck of a player, and I think he has a future in soccer after college.” If it were up to Konrad, that future would happen in America, as opposed to returning overseas. “I definitely want to see if I can play here first because we’ve been here for so long,” he said. “This is where my family is.” read more