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Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

Gaskin urges entrepreneurs to be positive as Berbice Expo 14 launched

first_imgThe 14th Annual Berbice Expo and Trade Fair was officially launched on Wednesday evening under the theme “Advancing Economic Progress through Professional Standards and Entrepreneurship”.The four-day event will be held at the Albion Sports Complex from October 5 to 8, 2018. The Expo was declared open by Business Minister Dominic Gaskin who urged entrepreneurs to be positive if they wanted to stay in business.He noted that they must be prepared to be “risk takers” who are prepared to put their “money where their mouth is”. “They must be prepared to work hard to ensureBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin addressing the gathering at the launch of the 14th Berbice Expothat they make a profit,” Minister Gaskin said as he addressed the gathering.The Expo is being organised by the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) and according to Gaskin, the Ministry is pleased to be associated with the initiative.“These various organisations allow the Guyanese business community to be better informed and to have a stronger voice and Berbice businesses must have a strong voice because Berbice businesses must drive the Berbice economy,” the Business Minister declared.However, he noted, “This does not mean that we don’t need foreign investment or foreign businesses in Guyana … We need foreign investors to undertake large projects that we can’t finance locally; we need foreign investors in places where we lack expertise and experience.  We also need foreign investors that understand international markets.”Referring to the theme under which the Expo will be held, the Minister explained that professional standards were needed in good entrepreneurship since standards play a key role in conducting business on the international market.Meanwhile, Region Six Chairman David Armogan noted that the Social Cohesion Ministry has been supporting small community businesses and although the programme was mainly being promoted in areas which were pro-government, it was a step in the right direction.Among the projects the Ministry has been financing are the construction of pens for the rearing of birds and animals and the construction of factories to make concrete blocks.“It is that the Government is trying to build capacity within the villages, and it is good to build the economy, but, at the same time, building villages’ economies with small plots of land cannot create development. That is what subsistence agriculture is,” Armogan pointed out, adding that Guyana needed to move away from subsistence.The Chairman further stated that the Chambers of Commerce needed to also focus on non-traditional areas in the agriculture sector. “For too long we have been looking in the direction of primary production. We need to start adding value to whatever we are producing.”Chamber President Poonai Bhigroog said the 2017 Expo was a success, adding that this year in excess of 22,000 persons were expected to pay to enter the trade fair while more than 120 exhibitors were slated to participate.The CCCC will be giving concessions to small entrepreneurs, continuing an initiative which was started last year.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2020

Toward improving environment one light bulb at a time

first_imgIf you’re concerned about global warming but can’t afford a hybrid car, try changing the light bulbs in your home. The swirl-cone fluorescent bulbs, which use just a fraction of the energy of traditional bulbs, are on the front line of environmental regulation as lawmakers see them as a relatively painless way to do something about greenhouse gas emissions. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, has already proposed a ban on incandescent bulbs, while Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, has proposed a bill that would dramatically ratchet up energy efficiency over the next 13 years. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average home pollutes more than the average car. So if all American households changed five light bulbs to compact fluorescents, it would be equivalent to removing 8 million cars from the road. The reason, federal officials say, is that most of the nation’s electricity comes from coal-burning plants, which emit carbon dioxide as a byproduct. About 20 percent of electricity used in homes goes to lighting. So a switch to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use about a quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs to generate the same amount of light, makes a difference. gene.maddaus@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6639 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Harman’s bill, which she announced on the liberal blog The Huffington Post, would require incandescent bulbs to meet today’s fluorescent standards of energy efficiency by 2012. By 2020, incandescents would have to be about 10 times more efficient than they are today. “We set standards for lots of things in this country. If we are serious about tackling global warming, we’re going to have to set more standards for energy efficiency.” Compact fluorescents generally cost $3 to $5 each, compared with as little as 50 cents for an incandescent bulb. But fluorescents last 10-15 times longer while also slashing energy costs, making them substantially more cost effective than incandescents. But critics note that fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, so they must either be recycled or taken to an electronic waste disposal site. Supporters of fluorescent technology note that mercury is released during the production of electricity from coal, which means the net effect of fluorescents on mercury pollution is still positive. Some homeowners dislike the quality of the light, which can feel a little colder than incandescent bulbs. last_img read more