20 small businesses to get help to be GNBS compliant

first_img…as GCCI inks agreement with GNBSAs the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) continues in its quest to upgrade small businesses, some 20 establishments will benefit from upgrades which will allow for them to be more competitive.This is according to GCCI President Deodat Indar, who on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) to enable those businesses to become standardised and compliant.It was explained that the first batch of 20 small, medium and micro businesses will go through an inspection phase and selected thereafter.Indar explained, “The outcome of the project is to develop those 20 companies in the areas of standardisation, certification, as well as to enable them to have proper GMPs, or good manufacturing practices, and also assisting them with properGNBS Executive Director Candelle Walcott signs the agreement with GCCI President Deodat Indarpackaging and labelling of their goods.”He added that this MoU was one aspect of the GCCI’s move to have small businesses compliant, as within the next few weeks, another agreement will be inked this time around with the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department to ensure their products are safe.These new initiatives for small businesses are being made possible through the partnership of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).GNBS Executive Director Candelle Walcott noted that the Bureau was happy to have collaborated with the Private Sector agency and its membership to sign the agreement, which was symbolic of a new relationship.According to her, “We will be providing technical assistance and guidance to 20 agro-processors across Guyana to implement good manufacturing practices as well as other requirements so that these companies can become certified and also become export ready.”She added that with these new standards, the businesses would be able to improve their competitiveness and business operations, enabling them to provide better and safe products for consumption.last_img read more

South Africa targets backpackers

first_img6 December 2007They may not fly first-class or stay in five-star hotels, but they visit longer, their interest in authentic experiences benefits poorer communities – and they’re the fastest growing segment of the global travel industry. The launch of a new publication marks the start of a drive to promote backpacker tourism in South Africa.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with Backpacking South Africa, launched the Backpacking and Youth Travel Trends publication in Soweto last week, to increase available information and take advantage of this niche market.According to a DTI statement, backpacking and youth travel is big business and makes a significant contribution to the global tourism economy – with World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation statistics showing that young travellers aged between 16 and 24 are the travel industry’s fastest growing segment.They represent over 20% of all international visitors and generate over US$100-billion (about R680-billion) each year. In Australia, for example – one of South Africa’s main competitor destinations – backpacker and youth travellers spend in the region of AUS$3-billion (about R18-billion) each year.According to the DTI, South Africa receives about 90 000 backpacker and youth travellers each year, who contribute over R900-million in direct spend to the economy. Despite their average daily spend being less than that of many other tourists, their total trip spend is on a par, and sometimes more, because of their longer length of stay.International backpackers to South Africa stay an average of 42 days, and typically isit Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga provinces.Their interest in rural areas and authentic experiences directly benefits some of the country’s poorer regions and communities. A case in point is the Wild Coast, where the backpacking industry has already made a significant contribution to local economic development.Representatives from the DTI, Backpacking SA, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South African Tourism, the Tourism Grading Council of SA and the Tourism Business Council of SA attended the publication’s launch at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers in Orlando West.The DTI said it had compiled the new publication “after recognising the value and potential of this niche market, and the general lack of information on backpacking in the marketplace.“The information in the publication is aimed at creating awareness about backpacking and youth travel, particularly among existing tourism businesses, entrepreneurs, industry associations and government and development officials.”The publication is the first in a series of tourism niche market reports to be published by the department, to be followed by a birding travel trends publication in 2008.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chilli adds spice to subsistence farmers

first_imgLeeko Nkala and Mmabatho Morudi’s chilli business is making a difference in subsistence farmers lives. (Image: Shanduka Black Umbrellas)A business that grew out of a hobby and a love of all things chilli will be beneficial to subsistence farmers.Building on their a passion for cooking with chilli, Leeko Nkala and her cousin Mmabatho Morudi have launched their own brand of chilli sauce, Chilladiddo, which is fast catching on with those who enjoy a kick in their food. The thriving little business churns out about 150 bottles of the sauce a day, and each bottle sells for R40.According to Nkala, their creation is a lot chunkier than most sauces. It has a homemade feel, texture and taste to it – and it’s hot.Nkala previously had a restaurant franchise. She noticed that her establishment, as well as many others, served bland chilli with their meals. In an online news article published by Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU), a non-profit company that supports and develops black entrepreneurs, she said: “I am a chilli or hot sauce lover myself, and the plain green chilli served with olive oil was often not exciting enough, and didn’t complement or enhance the flavour of most foods. So I started experimenting with different spices in my home kitchen, burnt my tongue a couple of times, until two main recipes were finalised which we began to market.“Our range of products includes the unique Chilladiddo relishes, developed mainly as a versatile condiment, to be used to complement or enhance the flavour of a wide variety of foods. It has bite.”THE BEGINNINGIn 2010, Nkala came up with a few recipes that needed to be formalised. The two tested the product and in 2012, they got the business up and running as a full-time endeavour.To expand and see their business thrive, they joined SBU’s entrepreneurship programme to learn the skills needed to take their company to a new level. It was a decision that has already paid huge dividends.“The next step was joining SBU because I wanted grow the business, formalise all its operations and stop running it from the heart. My goal was to create a successful and sustainable food manufacturing company that [would] not only put South Africa on the map but [would] also help to create economic opportunities for rural growers living below the poverty line,” Nkala explained.The partners joined Shanduka’s pre-incubation stage in April 2013 and went into full incubation in September that year.Shanduka has given office support and a structure to the business. Added to this are mentors with a wealth of experience and knowledge who guide the business through its various phases of establishment and growth. They also helped the partners to get appointments with one of the country’s leading wholesalers with a view to selling their products.Shortly thereafter, Nkala and Morudi received R160 000 in the 2014 SAB Kick-start Awards for the success of their business.HOW THE BUSINESS WORKSHailing from the farming province of North West, the duo spoke of their passion for preserving and showcasing the country’s rich heritage through food. “Our business interests lie in agro-processing, a highly labour intensive industry, which helps to create more jobs and develop the potential of people in these rural areas,” said Nkala.Rural farmers in Makapanstad and Winterveld are already reaping the benefits of the sauces as 80% of the ingredients used in Chilladiddo products are supplied by them. Also, 10% of the revenue generated from sales is invested in a fund set up for rural farmers to help develop their businesses further. This should ensure they can continue supplying quality raw ingredients as well as guarantee a market for their produce.The business employs two full-time and eight part-time people. “We are not just about profits,” added Morudi. “We want to uplift rural communities too and we have delicious products that we are proud of.”According to the pair, their inspiration comes from their grandfather, Dr Sam Motsuenyane. Following many years of working for the government, he continues to develop the people in the community from which he comes. He has organised them into farmer co-operatives which today supply citrus products to a major juice manufacturer.Nkala and Morudi dream of owning the whole production process of their business. They said: “We will have our own production facility compliant with all the industry standards and will supply to the biggest retailers in the country and abroad. We also want to develop more rural subsistence farmers as we go by creating a minimum of 50 jobs in the second year of full operation.”They believe business should not be about the bottom line but should be encouraged by passion. “Once you have identified that one thing that gets the fire burning in your core, you then need to form linkages with a reputable incubation programme that can help you turn this passion into a sustainable business with structure and systems.”Future plans revolve around exporting their products and growing the business. It includes having their own label, Made with Rural, which endorses quality products from the rural communities which it takes to the world.last_img read more

Nintendo exec Reggie FilsAime is retiring being replaced by Bowser

first_img News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $299 Walmart $289 Amazon 0 See It $309 Post a comment Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Best Buy Nintendo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Nintendo Switch How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 See it See It Gaming Share your voice Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring.  Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring in April, the company said Thursday. Doug Bowser, currently the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, will fill the role of president after Fils-Aime’s last day on April 15.”Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said in a statement. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community.”Fils-Aime began working at Nintendo of America in 2003 as executive vice president of sales and marketing. In 2006, he became president and COO. Under his leadership, Nintendo expanded its audience with products such as Brain Age, Wii Sports and Wii Fit, according to the release. Bowser, the next president, began working at Nintendo of America in 2015 as vice president of sales. He was promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing the following year, and headed sales and marketing for Nintendo Switch. Before working at Nintendo of America, Bowser was an executive at Electronic Arts and held sales leadership positions at Procter & Gamble.  Tags See Itlast_img read more

Stylist Samidha Singh gets candid about quitting her job to work on

first_imgSamidha SinghPR HandoutSamidha Singh is a renowned fashion and lifestyle blogger and stylist. She has collaborated with top brands in the world and has been a part of several big fashion shows. Samidha’s journey in the world of fashion is something that will leave everyone inspired.Singh studied Bachelors in Banking and Insurance from HR College in Mumbai and did Masters in Economis from Mumbai university. She has worked in a NBFC “Tata Capital” for two years as a credit underwriter. Samidha soon realised her passion fot fashion and wanted to do something in it.She resigned from her job and followed her passion for fashion. When she resigned, Samidha Singh told her parents that she can’t work in corporate world and do a desk job for 10-12 hours. She saved enough for her to decide how to go about fulfilling her dream of working in the fashion industry. She joined fashion designing in SNDT college and realised designing wasn’t her thing, but it was styling.She shared, “I used to get a lot of compliments about my style and there I came across ‘Fashion Blogging’. I researched about it and gave it a shot. I eventually started getting DMs from brands for barter collaborations. I still remember my first collaboration was with ‘Maddish the Style bar’, it was an instagram page where they sold stuff like bags and clothes. We did the collab but they never gave me my barter stuff. I was disgusted but I knew that if I have faith I can move ahead. And slowly I started getting barter collabs.”Life since then has been going well in fashion world for Samidha. She has been a part of London Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week, Goa Fashion Week, Bangalore Fashion Week and many others.last_img read more

Detroit Business Owner Spits on Black Man in Parking Dispute

first_imgBy The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — A parking dispute at a social justice gathering in Detroit ended with a White business owner spitting on a Black security guard, who captured the altercation on video and posted it on Facebook.Ibrahim Mission was providing security at the event Tuesday when Detroit Mercantile Co. owner Robert Stanzler grew disgruntled over some participants parking on his property, the Detroit Free Press reported.In this July 18, 2018 photo, Ibrahim Mission sits outside The Eastern, an Eastern Market event space where Detroit Mercantile Co. Owner Robert Stanzler spat in his face during a dispute Tuesday, July 17, in Detroit. (Rochelle Riley/Detroit Free Press via AP)Stanzler asked Mission to stop people from parking near his business, which sells antiques and Michigan wares. Mission told Stanzler to speak to the building owner, and Stanzler responded by making an offensive hand gesture and spitting on Mission’s face.Maxyne Franklin said members of her group were moving their cars during the incident. Franklin said it was “outrageously disgusting behavior and completely unnecessary.”Police arrested Stanzler for simple assault. He was released Wednesday and apologized, calling his actions “unconscionable, offensive and disrespectful.”“I take full responsibility for my actions, and want to convey regret for my gross and despicable behavior during the course of my argument with Mr. Mission,” Stanzler said.He also apologized to those who witnessed the incident, his staff, other business owners in the area and Detroit residents.Mission, who grew up in Detroit, said he has worked security at many different types of events with people from all backgrounds.“I’ve encountered somebody saying a racial slur, somebody not being too happy with security, but never ran into where an individual, especially a White individual, felt comfortable enough to spit on me,” he said.Mission said Stanzler’s actions were humiliating and disrespectful.He said, “People like this should not be allowed to be in this community of Detroit and be able to feel they could take such liberties with helpers.”last_img read more

Recordbreaking gene edit disables 13200 LINE1 Transposons in a single cell

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Explore further An international team of researchers has succeeded in making 13,200 edits to a single cell—and the cell survived. In their paper uploaded to the bioRxiv preprint server, the team describes the edits they made, how they did it and why. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Distorted, stretched DNA may increase risk of off-target changes with CRISPR-Cas9 Citation: Record-breaking gene edit disables 13,200 LINE-1 Transposons in a single cell (2019, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-record-breaking-gene-disables-line-transposons.html The CRISPR gene editing technique has made headlines around the world over the past several years as researchers have used it to edit genes in a variety of ways. More recently, researchers have attempted to make multiple edits to the same cell. Up until now, the record was 62 edits as part of an effort to remove remnants of retrovirus genes in a pig genome.The researchers explain that the reason they are working to perfect the multiple edit technique is to give them a way to remove LINE-1 transposons, also known as “jumping genes.” LINE-1 transposons are snippets of DNA that can move from one part of a genome to another, hence the nickname. Prior work has suggested that they are not necessary, and in fact, can lead to problems such as genetic diseases. Prior work has also shown that they make up approximately 17 percent of the human genome. That means that each cell has a lot of them, but getting rid of them one at a time would be a difficult challenge, to say the least. Because of that, the researchers with this new effort sought to get rid of them all in one fell swoop.The team notes that they first tried the regular CRISPR editing technique, but found that it resulted in a lot of collateral damage typically ending in cell death. The group then switched to using a version of CRISPR that has been modified into what has been described as a base editor—a gene editor that does not cut the DNA strand, but instead makes in-place letter swaps. Because it did not cut anything, the approach allowed the team to edit thousands of genes without killing the cell. The researchers note that the 13,200 edits they made represented just half of the LINE-1 transposons in the cell they were working on, but plan to continue working until they find a way to remove them all. More information: Cory J. Smith et al. Enabling large-scale genome editing by reducing DNA nicking, bioRxiv (2019). DOI: 10.1101/574020 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Capitals date with Comic Con

first_imgThe show will feature over a 250 exhibitors, including artists, writers and creator s from across India and abroad. Spread over 100,000 sq feet, it will feature the best and the brightest from the Pop-Culture universe in India and the world including experiential zones, the coolest merchandise and comics along with an awesome line up of Indian and International guests. Kristian Nairn, actor, HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones will be attending, taking special sessions, signing posters and speaking to fans at DCC. This is for the first time that Comic Con India is bringing in an International actor as a special guest to Delhi.  Kristian is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, where he initially appeared as a guest star in the first season and returned in this role for the second, third and fourth seasons.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When asked about the event Kristian Nairn said, “I am really excited and looking forward to attend Indian Comic Con in Delhi. I can’t wait to meet all the fans of Game of Thrones, will see you all soon in December!”Famous international personalities and Comic Book guests like Rob Denbleyker, author of Cyanide and Happiness, Ty Templeton, Canadian comic book artist and writer and Dinesh Shamdasani, CEO, Valiant Entertainment will be attending and taking special sessions at DCC 2015. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the sheer love for Comics, around 12 new titles will get launched at the convention. There will be International Exhibitors like Marvel Comics by Hachette India, DC, Dark Horse & Vertigo Comics by Random House India. Also, there will be some Awesome Anime & Manga Merch from Japanese Merchandiser IINE Toys, along with the best and most exclusive International merchandise at the convention from across the globe. Comic Con India is dedicated to creating unique events and giving the fans, exhibitors and partners a platform to celebrate their undying love and passion for comics and pop culture. Comic Con India is dedicated to expanding India’s popular culture by creating high profile events that cater to fans of not only comics, but also, gaming, movies, television, merchandise, toys and more.last_img read more

GitHubs new integration for Jira Software Cloud aims to provide teams a

first_imgLast week, GitHub announced that they have built a new integration to enable software teams to connect their code on GitHub.com to their projects on Jira Software Cloud. This integration updates Jira with data from GitHub, providing a better visibility into the current status of your project. What are the advantages of this new GitHub and Jira integration? No need to constantly switch between GitHub and Jira With your GitHub account linked to Jira, your team can see the branches, commit messages, and pull request in the context of the Jira tickets they’re working on. This integration provides a deeper connection by allowing you to view references to Jira in GitHub issues and pull requests. Source: GitHub Improved capabilities This new GitHub-managed app provides improved security, along with the following capabilities: Smart commits: You can use smart commits to update the status, leave a comment, or log time without having to leave your command line or GitHub View from within a Jira ticket: You can view associated pull requests, commits, and branches from within a Jira ticket Searching Jira issues: You can search for Jira issues based on related GitHub information, such as open pull requests. Check the status of development work: The status of development work can be seen from within Jira projects Keep Jira issues up to date: You can automatically keep your Jira issues up to date while working in GitHub Install the Jira Software and GitHub app to connect your GitHub repositories to your Jira instance. The previous version of the Jira integration will be deprecated in favor of this new GitHub-maintained integration. Once the migration is complete, the legacy integration (DVCS connector) is disabled automatically. Read the full announcement at the GitHub blog. Read Next 4 myths about Git and GitHub you should know about GitHub addresses technical debt, now runs on Rails 5.2.1 GitLab raises $100 million, Alphabet backs it to surpass Microsoft’s GitHublast_img read more