Linden hosts exhibition, trade fair

first_img…New GPC lauded for local products manufactured…as businesses urged to embrace technologyThe Linden Exhibition and Trade Fair officially opened in the mining town at the Egbert Benjamin Centre on Friday evening, with over 50 local businesses and industries on display.Gafoors products on display at the trade fairThe annual event which is put on by the Linden Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Development (LCICD) was declared officially open by Minister of Business Haimraj Rajkumar. The three-day event forms part of a “Business Week” initiative put on by the Chamber which is being hosted under the theme, “New horizons, new opportunities in 2019 and beyond”. It will feature three days of showcasing local large, medium and small scale businesses from across the country.Speaking at the event, LCICD President, Victor Fernandes alluded to a successful three days of the business forum thus far, with engagements with persons from the diaspora, entrepreneurs, business professionals and investors. He noted that moving forward, the exhibition intends on showcasing local products and businesses. He urged all to accept new challenges associated with changes in business in 2020 and beyond, noting that there is much potential in what is to come as it relates to the oil and gas sector in Guyana.Locally manufactured products on display“The only way how we can benefit is if we should retool because it is something that is new to us and for many of us if we don’t rise to the occasion of new innovations and the technology that comes with oil and gas we would be lost, overwhelmed by it all. And, therefore, in many instances, we would miss the economic benefits…Businesses must, therefore, learn and learn quickly to be innovative and to be up to the challenge of the economic transformation that is to come,” he told the gathering.Fernandes added that local businesses must rise to meet challenges and embrace the use of technology to market products.He said emphasis must be placed on quality in standards and services offered and to ensure that products are of the highest quality, more so as it relates to marketing and packaging. He said, therefore, the exhibition provides the opportunity to enhance local products while creating an opportunity for businesses to network and create opportunities for new markets.Fernandes highlighted local companies such as the New GPC Inc, which he noted is currently manufacturing a large quantity of local products.Minister of Business Haimraj Rajkumar in speaking on behalf of President David Granger said many opportunities are available across the country in economic sectors but would not be materialised unless deliberate actions are taken to make them a reality.The Minister said with the emerging oil and gas sector, the economy has taken a new direction.“Petroleum is now part of our economic reality. The question is, how will our business community benefit from procurement opportunities that directly relate to this sector? Although there are not many opportunities in this sector, we must be able to create it…and we must prepare ourselves to benefit from the spinoffs of this sector…As a Government, we are committed to ensuring that Guyanese business have equal and fair access to those business opportunities, but it has to be a collaborative effort. As businesses leaders, the growth and development of our business will depend on how well we are able to respond to change”, he said.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Small Business Bureau, Dr Lowell Porter in his remarks alluded to the available opportunities in the community but pointed to the need for support from larger businesses so that small businesses can grow. He also urged small business owners to come in and find out how the Bureau can be of assistance to them as he posited that grants are available. Dr Porter also urged entrepreneurs to be creative and innovative in starting a business.last_img read more

Organisms Refusing to Evolve Over Millions of Years

first_imgSeveral more cases of “extreme stasis” have turned up, calling into question Darwin’s notion of constant, gradual change over millions of years.Earlier human migration: Science Magazine reports evidence of mammoth bones in Siberia that indicate hunting and butchering by humans, 10,000 years earlier than evolutionists presumed people should have been up those cold climes. New Scientist‘s headline reads, “Humans adapted to Arctic life 10,000 years earlier than thought.” The bones are claimed to be 45,000 years old; that means that humans were essentially the same as us—intelligent, adaptable and capable—for at least 8 times all recorded human history (actually, much longer: they believe upright, thinking hominins existed for 1-2 million years). That phrase “earlier than thought” shows up a lot in evolutionary studies. It means that evolutionists are surprised at cases of early appearance and stasis. This pattern stretches into much longer time periods in the following examples.Tree shrews refused to evolve for 34 million years, Science Magazine says. A new fossil doubles its period of stasis. It has a “living fossil” story to tell:Tree shrews are often held up as being living fossils, presumably very similar to our own earliest primate ancestor. The dearth of actual fossils of these small tropical mammals, however, has meant that much of this conclusion has been speculative. Li and Ni describe a new fossil tree shrew that is exceedingly similar to the extant pen-tailed tree shrew (Ptilocercus lowii), yet twice as old as any previously described sister taxa. The fossil suggests that this tree shrew has gone nearly unchanged since the Oligocene (over 34 million years ago).Squid stasis for a much longer period was reported in Live Science. Belemnites are members of the Cephalopod (head-foot) class that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Fossils found in Solnhofen, Germany (home of Archaeopteryx and other exceptionally-detailed fossils of the Jurassic Period) show that one species was already highly skilled. “Generally speaking, Acanthoteuthis‘ fins and bullet-shaped body, much like modern squids’, suggest that it would be a good swimmer,” the article says. The Jurassic is claimed to span from 200 to 145 million years ago. Noting that cephalopods date back even farther, “500 million years,” the article points out that squid like this possessed balance-sensing organs (statocysts), muscles, cartilage, a digestive system, and 10 arms. Cephalopods also have exquisite eyes as complex as those of mammals, yet are not related to any tetrapods in the evolutionary scheme. For a type of animal that is abundant today, this squid had an awful long time to evolve into something else, but it didn’t. Its statocysts, for instance, “resembled structures found in pelagic squid” that swim in the same oceans today.Crustacean stasis: A division of crustaceans called branchiopods includes many living species, including water fleas and fairy shrimp. Current Biology published a find with a headline that tells all: “A 365-Million-Year-Old Freshwater Community Reveals Morphological and Ecological Stasis in Branchiopod Crustaceans.” This phylum dates to the Cambrian Explosion. Early fossils of branchiopods have been found in fossil beds as widely dispersed as Canada, Scotland and Sweden. This new find in Belgium tops them all, yet looks strangely familiar:Here we report the discovery of an ephemeral pool branchiopod community from the 365-million-year-old Strud locality of Belgium. It is characterized by new anostracans and spinicaudatans, closely resembling extant species, and the earliest notostracan, Strudops goldenbergi. These branchiopods released resting eggs into the sediment in a manner similar to their modern representatives. We infer that this reproductive strategy was critical to overcoming environmental constraints such as seasonal desiccation imposed by living on land. The pioneer colonization of ephemeral freshwater pools by branchiopods in the Devonian was followed by remarkable ecological and morphological stasis that persists to the present day.Not only do the bodies (morphology) look the same, the whole community (ecology) looks the same. How do evolutionists deal with the fact that this fossil bed looks like it was buried recently? These biologists got creative with their Darwinian imaginations. The creatures evolved, they say, but not in ways that are visible to the human eye—they used encryption!The ecological and morphological stasis may be explained by the mixing of eggs from decades-distant populations, a singularity likely to prevent the fixation of new phenotypic variations. Nonetheless, the apparent morphological stasis does not mean that these clades did not evolve through time, but rather that the changes are cryptic, as revealed by changes in egg size. In addition, variations in physiology and egg hatching phenology have been reported for several species without significant morphological change and seem to be important for the long-term occupation of ephemeral pool biotopes. Fishes are generally absent in ephemeral pools, and increased fish predation in marine and fluvial environments during the Devonian may have triggered the modifications that allowed large branchiopods to colonize these continental environments devoid of predators. Paradoxically, the variable and harsh ephemeral pool appears to have been one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.This admission is amazing. They found an ephemeral pool that should have been subject to variation and harsh environmental change, yet their dating of the fossils forces them to say it must have been “one of the most stable continental ecosystems over hundreds of millions of years.” Were there not meteors, tsunamis, continents subducting, and other dramatic geological changes, including major extinctions, in 365 million years?B as in billions: The winner for stasis is the bacterium. PhysOrg discusses “evidence of cavity-dwelling microbial life from 3 billion years ago,” from a time when there was not supposed to be oxygen or protection from UV radiation. Supposedly, South African greenstone beds allowed microbes to shield themselves by dwelling in cavities in the rock. Notice the word similar in what they say about these microbes:The team conducted multiple tests on the mats and the microbes found hidden under them, including bulk carbon and SEM analysis and Raman micro-spectroscopy and report that the microbes were shaped like rods, growing in train like filaments, similar to many bacteria alive today. They note also that the microbes were quite uniform in shape and that they were able to control their diameter and length as modern microbes do. The fossils are also approximately 500 million years older than any other previous fossil found in a habitat, and thus represent some of the earliest forms of life ever found (the very earliest date back to approximately 3.43 billion years ago.)With their short generation times, bacteria should evolve very rapidly. Wouldn’t anyone get bored living in a rod-shaped cell for billions of years?Wag your head in astonishment at the credulity of the modern evolutionary biologist. When they jumped onto Darwin’s bandwagon in 1859, and got drunk with his Darwine snake oil, their inhibitions over just-so storytelling faded away. They let go of their scientific rigor and all joined in singing, “How dry I am.” What they didn’t know was that Charlie bamboozled them. He sold them the Stuff Happens Law and tricked them into thinking Darwine was a health tonic; “Everything evolves constantly,” he would say, “except when it doesn’t. When something stays the same for billions of years, that’s evolution, too!” He used his own lyrics. He was really singing, “How wry I am.”(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Unforgettable SA hiking trails

first_imgThe endangered Cape mountain zebra isfound in the area of the Tierkloof trail.(Image: Cites) The rare Mimetes chrysanthus, or GoldenPagoda, a member of the protea family,on the slopes of the Gamkaberg reserve.(Image: Plants of Africa) A seldom-seen resident of the area – theAfrican black oystercatcher.(Image: African national parks) A lone hiker on the vast sand dunesof the Oystercatcher trail.(Image: Oystercatcher trail website)Janine ErasmusThe Oystercatcher trail near Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern coast, and the Tierkloof trail in the Gamkaberg reserve are among the world’s thirty most spectacular walking trails. This is according to a new BBC publication titled Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die.The fifth book in the BBC’s Unforgettable series focuses on a breathtaking selection of global rambles ranging from leisurely to arduous in a wide variety of settings and on all the major continents. There are two other walks located on the African continent. These are the hiking trail through the sandstone-dotted territory of the Dogon tribe in Mali, West Africa, and the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.Each walk takes no longer than two weeks to complete, although some are more taxing then others. A stroll through the intricate network of canals in Amsterdam or around the temples of Kyoto, Japan, contrasts sharply with a climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro or a trek through China’s 22-km long Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.The selection of adventures caters to many interests, from ancient legends and history to religion and nature. Other walks featured in the book are the Yellowstone National Park in the US and Peru’s 45-km Inca Trail which winds through the mountains to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The Freedom Trail in Boston, a red path leading to sixteen significant historic sites, and a walk along the 32 km of paths on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater estate in Pennsylvania are of interest to history buffs.The Tour du Mont Blanc is an 11-day trek through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps on a circular route around Mont Blanc. The amazing monasteries of Meteora in central Greece, most of which are perched upon towering sandstone cliffs, are a sight to behold. There are many other fascinating walking trails mentioned in the book, which is illustrated with glorious images throughout its 256 pages.Homegrown adventureThe Oystercatcher trail wends its way along the southern-most coastline west of Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Gourits river. Not only has the trail featured in Getaway magazine’s top 10 South African hikes but as part of the Ker & Downey Splendours of the Cape safari it has snatched a place on National Geographic’s 2007 list of the world’s best tours.The trail can be negotiated over three or five days. Luggage is carried by porters. Along the way hikers are sure to spot Southern Right whales, dolphins and sea birds. The trail is named after the African black oystercatcher, an endangered bird. It is said that hikers are more likely to catch a glimpse of a whale than of one of these solitary birds, which find their food among rocks and on the beach. Estimates put the number of African black oystercatchers left in the world at no more than 5 000.The Tierkloof trail lies in the Gamkas, an isolated mountain range in the south-eastern part of the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province. It lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains near the town of Outdshoorn. The name originates in the word gami, meaning lion, which is taken from the language of the Khoekhoen people, the aboriginal herders of the Cape.The Gamkaberg (Afrikaans, meaning Gamka mountains) reserve, a natural habitat of the endangered Cape mountain zebra, was established in 1974 to help conserve the rare animal. A relatively flat mountain plateau covered with mountain fynbos towers over dry bush below. Deep gorges cut through these extremes of terrain. Lying between South Africa’s winter and summer rainfall regions, the reserve experiences gentle soaking rain in winter and thundershowers in summer.Gamkaberg is renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life. Here observers can see Cape mountain zebra, leopard, and honey badger, as well as eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, duiker, baboon, caracal and many others. The recently discovered and rare Mimetes chrysanthus, a member of the protea family, is found here.The six-hour Tierkloof trail, which is actually the first stage of the two-day Oukraal trail, is picturesque and moderately strenuous. Hikers trek up the deep forested Tierkloof ravine up to the fynbos-covered plateau, gaining almost 700 m in altitude. Here they can put their feet up at the Oukraal camp and admire the views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains on either side.Essential travel destinationsThe BBC’s Unforgettable series tracks down essential sights and experiences around the world. Seasoned travellers, photographers and writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones tour the world in a quest to find the most inspiring and exciting travel destinations. The other books in the series are Unforgettable Journeys To Take Before You Die; Unforgettable Islands to Escape to Before You Die; Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die; and Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die.For their latest book Watkins and Jones travelled for nine months to 24 countries and took over 60 000 images for the 30 walks featured in the book.Useful linksThe Oystercatcher trailGamkaberg nature reserveHiking trails in South AfricaNature reserves in the CapeBBC shopNational Geographic best toursGetaway magazineKer & DowneyPlants of AfricaCites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)last_img read more

3 Great Online Resources For Writing A Business Plan

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… EBS Business Plan BuilderThe New England Business Service has provided an excellent online tool for easily creating a business plan. Simply fill in the fields and the NEBS does the rest, formatting your plan for you to copy and paste into a word processing application of your choice.Critical Steps to Writing a Business Plan Along with several other articles for writing and preparing your business plan, About.com has put together nine steps to complete to make the process simple. From determining your audience to reviewing and editing, follow these steps and you’ll have a great business plan in your hands.Bplans.com If you’re looking for a sample business plan to look over before you start writing one of your own, Bplans has you covered. With over 500 samples and their own software for business plan creation, Bplans is an excellent online resource for young entrepreneurs.For an extensive list of resources for writing a business plan, be sure to check out OnlineAccountingColleges.com‘s list of 50 Free Sources for Business Plans, Templates and Models. Earlier this week we told you how a well crafted elevator pitch can be more effective than a well written business plan, but a business plan is still a necessary step in any startup. Writing a business plan can be a daunting task for a first-time entrepreneur with little or no experience in business. Thankfully there are plenty of resources online for researching and creating a great business plan, so here are three great examples. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#StartUp 101 last_img read more

Woman gang-raped after son elopes with lover in U.P.

first_imgThe mother of a youth belonging to Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, who eloped with a girl, was abducted and gang-raped allegedly by the girl’s relatives, the police said on Saturday. Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said the alleged gang rape victim is a resident of Bhopura village. The victim and her family were kidnapped and taken to Nojal, a nearby village, where she was gang-raped. The police have registered a case against the accused. Mr. Sharma said the 26-year-old man, the son of the rape victim, studied in Ghaziabad and fell in love with his classmate. They eloped on November 20. “The accused and his accomplices came to Shamli and abducted the family members of the man, including his mother, father, brother and brother-in-law. They beat them up and kept them in their custody for almost a week and traumatised them,” he said. “We have registered a case of gang rape and abduction against the family of the girl,” Mr. Sharma said. “We got a tip-off about the abduction, after which we freed them. Later, the victim narrated her ordeal and we registered a case of gang rape against the girl’s father, and her two uncles. One of the accused has been arrested, and the rest are at large.”last_img read more

Martinez ‘surprised’ with Olympics showing after just 3 weeks of training

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Martinez, 21, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the Games after finishing eighth in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, which served as an Olympic qualification last September.READ: Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free stake roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after the pullout of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov, he was given the last quota spot and earned his ticket to PyeongChang.Despite the short notice, Martinez still pulled off a clean performance, scoring 55.56 in his short program performance, which was only good for 28th place among 30 competitors. Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Though he failed to improve his standing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez is proud with his showing in the men’s figure skating given the circumstances he had to deal with.“With three weeks to prepare for PyeongChang and to be able to perform what I just did, that was just unbelievable,” he told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It may not have been enough to advance to the free skate round, where Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the gold medal, but Martinez was satisfied with what he was able to showcase.“A lot of people knew about it and very surprised that the fact I am back on doing my triple jumps again and be able to skate a clean program is truly something else,” he shared. “Usually it takes two to three months to get the jumps the way it was before, and need at least another two months of training to be able to prepare for a competition, but I only did it in three weeks.”With another Olympic experience under his belt, Martinez hopes that his showing would serve as an inspiration for the young figure skaters as he seeks to continue hoisting the Philippine flag in the Winter Games.“I really worked so hard for me to be able to do what I needed to do out there. I really am proud that I get to represent our country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. To be part of this Olympic Journey is truly amazing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Polish competition regulator UOKiK has approved th

first_imgPolish competition regulator UOKiK has approved the merger between Canal Plus’ Polish subsidiary Cyfra Plus and rival TVN Group, operator of the ‘n’ pay TV platform.The pair’s strategic partnership will see the creation of a new unified platform with a base of 2.5 million subscribers.Canal Plus is expected to take up to 40% of N-Vision, the company that controls 51% of TVN Group.The deal is also expected to give Canal Plus a 51% stake in the merged platform, with TVN holding 32% and Liberty Global holding 17%.TVN Group said it expected the deal to close before the end of the year. CEO Markus Tellenbach said the integration of the Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ platforms would begin immediately after the deal is completed in order to take advantage of planned synergies.last_img

Ericsson has opened a new broadcast and media serv

first_imgEricsson has opened a new broadcast and media services facility in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, that will house a 3,000 square meter TV facility. At launch, the Mediadome centre will manage production, post-production and distribution of 30 television channels, as well as non-linear, on-demand services.It will also house the offices of the Canal+ Overseas business.Ericsson said the new centre is part of the company’s strategy to grow its business in France to support “the ongoing transformation of the broadcast and media services industry.”“For Ericsson, it is very important to be close to our customers while providing them with the benefits of the global scale and capability of our company,” said Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson.“Viewers increasingly have the opportunity to watch their favourite content on a smartphone or tablet – wherever they are and whenever they want. This is having a significant impact on media consumption patterns and is driving rapid development in broadcast technologies. As a leading provider in this area, Ericsson offers a wide range of services to support this transformation. Mediadome is a landmark in this development and our capability strategy.”The Mediadome was opened yesterday at a ceremony that was attended by Mikael Damberg, Sweden’s minister for enterprise and innovation.last_img read more