Govt policies stifling manufacturing sector – GMSA

first_img…as Govt blasted for tax measuresThe Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) has blasted the Government’s tax measures and lack of an economic plan, saying its policies were harming rather than helping the manufacturing sector.Newly elected President of the GMSA, Shyam Nokta, vehemently made this declaration as he addressed participants at the annual mid-year dinner hosted by the GMSA a few days ago. The tension was palpable as Nokta voiced the GMSA’s concerns and pointed out that “there is no lack of will among the manufacturing businesses”, but the GMSA is often constrained by challenges such as access to finance, cost of electricity, and market access.And there could be no question that the Government got the message, as Finance Minister Winston Jordan was present as an invited guest and feature speaker at the event.Nokta noted that while Government has made public commitments to create an enabling environment, its removal of items from Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption and implementation of other negative tax measures and policies belie these utterances.“Such measures, coupled with increasing domestic demands and imported substitutes in the case of the wood processing sector in particular, have been unhelpful to value adding and encouraging the manufacturing sector,” the business executive said.Encouraging the Government to provide assurances that it had remedies for the malaise affecting the economy, Nokta called on the Finance Minister to provide information on the Government’s policy position.In addition, he called for the Government to make known its wider economic plan relating to other productive and export sectors.New breedIn his rebuttal, however, Minister Jordan warned the GMSA against depending on Government to promote opportunities for them. According to Jordan, what Guyana needs is a new breed of investors.Rebutting the contention that the coalition government has not done anything for the manufacturing and services sector, Jordan said: “In addition to the wide-ranging concessions granted by previous administrations, there have been several legislative and operational changes in support of the manufacturing industry in Guyana, (implemented) since May 2015.”Jordan said exemptions on duty for raw materials and for imported machinery to be used in the manufacturing process have been maintained. He also related that the importation of raw materials has not been subject to excise tax since last year. Waivers on duty and taxes for items not listed on the approved list of raw materials were also cited by the Finance Minister.But he noted the prerequisite that applications have to be made to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).The minister pointed out that the VAT rate was reduced from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, and manufacturers with a revenue flow that is below $15 million are exempted from registering for VAT.Jordan also proclaimed that the manufacturing sector benefitted from a reduction in the corporate tax rate — from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.The sector’s meagre contribution to Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was recently highlighted by Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Deodat Indar. According to Indar at a recent press conference, the sector is starved of incentives.“There is little to nothing in terms of incentives (that) manufacturers get,” Indar said. “Look at the value of the GDP that manufacturers carry; it’s miniscule. We don’t even make a hammer in this country. So for us to really seriously think about manufacturing, we cannot have a seminar (for) a half-day (and expect we) would (be able to) look at all the top-of-the-line problems manufacturers have. We need to dig down in those issues,” Indar had said.last_img read more

Warriors postgame video: Kevin Durant says gameplan got him involved early

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/19/bang_04f75675-d154-4634-9fe7-e22be0e44c98″]Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant says a gameplan that got him involved early helped spur his big 38-point night against the Clippers on Thursday.At a postgame news conference, Durant said that he didn’t want to engage in a one-on-one battle with guard Patrick Beverley; instead, he wanted to play ball. That focus led to 27 points in the first half. The all-star also complimented center Andrew Bogut for …last_img

Power Show photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Power Show Ohio, the area’s largest indoor show, wrapped up last weekend. With more than 200 exhibitors displaying products and services from more than 500 companies, the three-day event gave attendees access to the newest in the power equipment industry including agricultural, construction and outdoor power equipment. Charolette Martin, two-and-a-half, from Franklin County, plays with her new, handmade wooden toys made by Russ Riggle of Possum Products LLC in Newcomerstown. Nolan Gutman, 4, from Troy had plenty to look at on his visit to Power Show. Youth vied for this trophy in from the National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association. T.J. Logan from Amherst managed a 27-foot pull in the National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association competition. The Husqvarna Autmow Smartlawn Specialists drew a crowd of observers as it covered a swath of artificial turf. New at the show this year, Ohio Farm Bureau and industry partners, including Evolution Ag, are presenting Technology in Agriculture at Power Show Ohio. Dale caught up with Paul Hall and Power Show Ohio.last_img read more

The 5 Ugliest Apple Products Of All Time

first_imgrobyn tippins And in case you think I’m mean for mocking this fellow, here’s a video of me unboxing a Zune around the same time. Guilty as charged.2. eMate 300 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Image courtesy of WikipediaSporting bold colors and hanging on to that clamshell design and plastic handle, the iBook launched in 1999. Specs and weight were unfavorable when compared to the PowerBook, but despite this, the iBook was a commercial success. Then again, it was made by Apple – of course it was a success.The iBook came in multiple flavors: Tangerine, Blueberry, Graphite, Indigo and Key Lime. Yum!Image courtesy of Wikipedia4. The iMac G3iMac in Bondi BlueImage courtesy of WikipediaFirst, I have to grudgingly admit that I lusted after this monstrosity and the included color-coordinated hockey puck mouse when they were released in the late 90s. I never did earn enough money at the time to snag a Ruby iMac and had to settle for a Dell with a red plastic case that popped onto the computer. Sad.The iMac was a huge hit for Apple, but today it just looks like an ugly, bloated piece of pie-shaped plastic. Which, um, it was.  Look at the tangerine one. There’s just nothing attractive about that.Image courtesy of mikes_rite on Flickr5. iPod U2 Special Edition Image courtesy of DigitalNative on FlickrThis beauty was Apple’s attempt to get the students on board the Apple train. Running the Newton OS and sporting a lovely plastic handle, the eMate was a portable, low-cost computer, and with a battery life of 28 hours, it wasn’t all bad. The aesthetic, however, left you hankering for the good old days of putty. Sadly, this clam-shelled laptop went the way of the dodo in 1998, but not before influencing the design of the first iBook, which followed soon after and shows up next on my list.3. iBook Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Image courtesy of  Bob Reck on FlickrIn 2004, U2 was white-hot and Apple released this ugly iPod and this adequate press release which claimed they planned to “redefine the music business,” which I suppose they did, but not due the Apple/U2 “special relationship.”But hey, don’t feel bad if you bought this iPod with red click wheel and engravings of the band’s autographs on the back. The Edge thought iPod and iTunes looked like the future and were good for everybody involved in music. (That’s the quote from the press release.) Live and learn huh?If you are inclined to research Apple design hits and misses further, please check out the Flickr group Apple Prototypes. Tags:#Apple#emate#ibook#imac#messagepad#newton#ugly tech 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Sleek lines, brushed aluminum, shiny glass and rounded corners — Apple is known for creating beautiful products, and justifiably so. There is probably no company on Earth that puts such an emphasis on design and has such an amazing track record of smash hit products.Nevertheless, even Homer nods, as they say, and so, at certain times, has the great and powerful Apple, as exemplified by the products in this list which fell well short of Apple’s best work. In my quest to find the five ugliest Apple products of all time, I chose to avoid spotlighting Apple products that were merely boxy, prototypes or computers that were ugly simply because they sported the ugly putty color we all came to hate from the 80s — because that would just be too easy.1. MessagePad 210030 hours battery life… Who cares if you can’t connect it to a PC?!?Image courtesy of blakespot on FlickrOnce upon a time, before there were smartphones, people had to make do with digital organizers and handhelds like the Handspring, the PalmPilot and the Newton MessagePad 2100. Only a jerk used a paper notebook in those days. Oh how times have changed.If you can sufer through the two minutes hearing a nerd explain what’s so awesome about the Newton MessagePad while just staring at the box, and there’s no reason you should, you can watch this thrilling  unboxing video of a MessagePad, which was 11 years old when the video was made. last_img read more

Shinya Aoki set for ONE lightweight title defense against Christian Lee

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments No. 1 Bucks: Milwaukee clinches top spot in the NBA DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 23-year-old welterweight has since bounced back from the defeat and is carrying a three-fight winning streak against Alexandre (7-1) whose won his last seven fights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Japanese icon submitted former champion Eduard Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era on March 31 in Tokyo and he will be less than two months into his championship reign when he faces Lee to defend the gold on May 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium.Both fighters don’t just share the same stable since they also had successful matches against Team Lakay fighters in their previous fights.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, logisticsREAD: Shinya Aoki puts Eduard Folayang to sleep to take ONE lightweight beltAoki (43-8) carries a four-fight winning streak with all those matches ending in the first round either via technical knockout or submission. Lee (11-3), meanwhile, tries to extend his winning streak to three with his past two victories ending in first round technical knockouts.Lee scored a technical knockout first round victory against Edward Kelly on Jan.19 in ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta.READ: After brutal battle, lightweight rivals Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki share dessertAlso included in the card is the ONE Championship debut of Sage Northcutt as he takes on Cosmo Alexandre.Northcutt (11-2) is considered as one of the fastest rising starts in the sport having won his first seven professional fights before losing to Bryan Barberena on Jan. 30, 2016.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Shinya Aoki is set to defend the ONE World lightweight championship against fellow Evolve MMA star Christian Lee in ONE: Enter the Dragon in the stable’s homeland of Singapore.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Book seeks to decode the enigma called Tiger Woods

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Tiger Woods, who just clinched his first PGA title in five years, is the most mysterious athlete of his time, an enigma obsessed with privacy who mastered the art of being invisible in plain sight, of saying something while revealing virtually nothing, says a new book on the champion golfer.Investigative journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian have come out with a biography of Woods, packed with behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of a global icon.”Tiger Woods” offers a 360-degree look at Woods’ entire life to date, closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall, and return.The authors say Woods’ greatest victory is not in golf but rather in his journey back into the light, and for the first time in many years, into life.In 2009, Woods was a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life – married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children.Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than USD 100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T and Gatorade.But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years – one that exploded in the aftermath of a late-night crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional life off a cliff.advertisementIn “Tiger Woods”, Benedict and Keteyian dig deep behind the headlines as they seek an answer to the question that has mystified millions of sports fans for nearly a decade: who is Tiger Woods?The book, published by Simon & Schuster, draws on more than 400 interviews with people from every corner of Woods’ life – friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, swing coaches, business associates, Tour pros and members of his inner circle.According to the authors, Woods will forever be measured against Jack Nicklaus, who won more major championships.”But the Tiger Effect can’t be measured in statistics. A literary comparison may be more fitting. Given the full spectrum of his awe-inspiring gifts, Woods was nothing less than a modern-day Shakespeare. He was someone no one had ever seen or will ever see again,” they say.”The Woods family dynamic,” they say, “made Tiger the most mysterious athlete of his time, an enigma obsessed with privacy who mastered the art of being invisible in plain sight, of saying something while revealing virtually nothing”. PTI ZMN RBRBlast_img read more

Baylor Football: 400-Pound TE LaQuan McGowan Threw Out The 1st Pitch At Last Night’s Rangers Game

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants) https://t.co/GsijMk4ize— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.last_img

Black History Month Activities to Lead Cultural Revolution

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture will be using the celebration of Black History Month in February to sensitize young people about their rich heritage as part of a campaign to achieve a cultural revolution in the country. “We want to instill in our young people a militancy, and an attitude that uplifts them…when you talk to them, it is clear that there needs to be a cultural revolution in the country that looks at values, how they treat one another, how they see their place and purpose in Jamaica, how they understand where they are and how they understand the meaning of identity,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna.She was speaking to JIS News on Friday (Feb. 1), during the staging of a ‘Cultural Explosion’ event at Emancipation Park in New Kingston.The day-long event, organised by the Ministry and its various agencies, is one of the mediums being used in the change process, which also focuses on instilling proper values and attitudes.According to Ms. Hanna, if young people are able to fully grasp these positive messages and teachings, then “the bleaching would stop, the way they relate to each other (would improve),” she said, noting that they would also have a greater sense of self-worth.She argued that young people would also come to realize that culture is not only about dance and music, but “is a dynamic process of our country, including the way we develop and the kinds of mores and value systems that we have developed over time”.“One of the things we realise in speaking to our young people and our children is that many of them are taught history but they are not able to make that history empower them. So when you tell them how 300 years ago our Maroons beat a world super power and we led the abolition of slavery in this country, (and so on)…(this is inspirational),” she stated.Ms. Hanna told JIS News that the Ministry “wants to position Black History Month to lead that cultural revolution that we are starting. We realise that one month is not enough and so we are launching Black History today with this kind of function with exhibitions for school children.”She said the Ministry will be staging a series of events over the course of the month, “to lead us into that discussion and that conversation with our youth and our children and our nation really, so that we don’t just take things superficially, but we have a deeper meaning about where we’ve come from and how we are positioned and the purpose that we serve in the country”.The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), National Gallery, and the National Library of Jamaica, were some of the exhibitors at the Cultural Explosion.Several youngsters were afforded the opportunity have discussion with the Minister about their culture. Ms Hanna, who told JIS News that some of the youngsters were from places of safety, said she enjoyed the sessions with them as they were truly receptive. “There were so many school children here and I had a rap session with them about (several) things (such as) how they respect themselves and our history. We danced with them, did a lot of historical dances with the drummers and it was good because they really felt a part of what was going on. They viewed the exhibitions and they asked us questions,” she informed.The event also included a panel discussion with the youth. Patrons were also treated to performances depicting various aspects of the country’s traditions, including dances such as kumina and dinki minni, and drumming. A concert featuring several reggae artistes ended the event on a high note.last_img read more

Survey Information Strictly Confidential – STATIN

first_imgStory Highlights The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential. Currently,  STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication.    The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential.“All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.Sections 17 & 18 of the Act prohibit the publication or communication of information in any manner that may identify an individual or business.“STATIN celebrated 70 years last year and in that 70 years, we have never released individual information to anyone, whether Government, private sector or person… we have never had a breach and we intend to keep it that way,” the Director General affirmed.She noted that the data collected is used for statistical purposes only and added that “when we are doing our analysis and we are entering our data, names do not matter as that is not an interest to us at STATIN…what is important is the data that comes,” Miss Coy emphasised.The information provided from the surveys assist in producing publications highlighting living conditions; national income and product; the labour force; quarterly gross domestic product; demographic statistics and employment and earnings.Currently,  STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication.Miss Coy encouraged persons to cooperate with the interviewers who may visit their homes, and urged them to make contact if there are doubts or concerns.“If you are concerned about the persons asking questions, feel free to call the offices for clarification on the surveys being administered,” the Director General said, adding that each STATIN representative has the necessary identification as proof.Explaining the HES process, Miss Coy said there will be an initial visit to the households to introduce the interviewers and explain the survey. A diary will be left with a randomly selected member of the household to collect individual expenses and input other relevant information.“We want to capture everything that the household spends on…so the diary will be left to record their expenses over a two-week span,” she pointed out.She added that during the process, a questionnaire will also be administered to members of the household.“It (the survey) might require more than one visit depending on the accommodation of the householder, but once the questionnaire has been completed, that is the end of the data collection process for that household,” the Director General said.The HES is being conducted from February 6, 2017 to February 2018. Each month, a sample of approximately 1,200 households are visited by the STATIN interviewers, with about 15,000 households to be reached by the end of the survey.For further information on the HES or other surveys in the field, persons may call 630-1600 or visit STATIN’s website at: www.statinja.gov.jm. “All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.last_img read more

Funding Initiative for Farmers to be Launched at Denbigh

first_imgLocal farmers are set to benefit from grant funding through the Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Taskforce (JDAT) Investor Circle, micro farming enterprise social fund.The initiative will be officially launched at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon on August 6.Speaking with JIS News Chairperson of JDAT, Kimone Gooden said the project’s aim is to create a mechanism for farmers “to be able to ask for a grant, get it quickly, prove that they use the funds appropriately, and get the support that they need.”She informed that the Investor Circle will be accepting applications for funding at Denbigh.Farmers may also apply online at www.jdat.callingalljamaicans.org, or request a copy of the application form by sending an email to jdat@callingalljamaicans.org.Ms. Gooden noted that grants are disbursed within 30 days and will be given based on the merit of the application.She explained that the first instalment will be paid to start the requested project, while the final instalment will be paid after a progress review.The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Taskforce was created for members and organizations in the Diaspora who are passionate about Agriculture.The Taskforce is committed to combining forces and impacting the sector in the following key ways: supporting the economic viability of the Jamaican farmer through professional development and education targeted to local/export market readiness and expanding the export market; bolstering food security by focusing on projects that will help to reduce the importation of foreign food; and promoting an organic option in Jamaica.Meanwhile, Co-Chair of JDAT Denise McLaughlin explained that, it was identified that farmers needed further support, adding that the organisation continually receives requests from farmers for assistance.This, she said, is the basis on which the Investor Circle was formed, adding that the group consists of persons within the Diaspora who have pooled their resources, in an effort to provide the grants.For his part, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Norman Grant, said that he is looking forward to the launch of the funding project, noting that he was appreciative of the work of the taskforce.In the meantime, Miss Gooden said that if the investor circle is successful, “we will be looking to replicate it across the other Diaspora taskforces, as collectively we can do so much more.”last_img read more