“Buy local,” agro-processors urge Guyanese

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img– as ‘Uncapped’ exhibition and marketplace gets underwayBy Jarryl Bryan“Buy local” was a prevailing theme of the ‘Uncapped’ agro processors expo as it got under way on Sunday. There were several local exhibitors urging locals to support local items while reminding supermarkets of their local obligations.The ‘agro-processors exhibition and marketplace’ held at the National Stadium had the backing of several companies, including Sterling Products, Edward B. Beharry and Sons, Banks DIH and Exxon Mobil. This publication caught up with several agro processors.According to Rihanna, a representative of the National Milling Company of Guyana, (NAMILCO), the onus is on Guyanese to buy local. NAMILCO’s products are stocked across Guyana, and she stressed the importance of consumers paying attention to what they buy.“We have a new product, the Vanilla cake flour. We have free samples. Right now Scenes from the Uncapped exhibitionNAMILCO is coming up with these health products. We are promoting healthiness. We have the whole wheat flour in a packet, and we also have multi-grain and wheat germ.“We have roti mix and polouri mix. The polouri mix is quick and easy for customers to make a fast meal. The roti mix, to make work easier, you just have to add water to get that perfect roti. We want you to support local,” she said.Noting that there is foreign flour on the local market, she urged customers to read labels intently. Pointing to the importance of adhering to expiry dates, she stressed that NAMILCO provides quality. Added to that, she noted, is the inclusion of recipes on the packages.Other productsThe Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) was also out in full force. This Government entity’s booth featured several sections of produce, ranging from packaged plantain chips to packaged coconut cream and honey — all stocked by the Guyana shop, itself stocked by agro processors.Explaining the process, a representative noted that to be a supplier to the Guyana Shop, products must be agro-processed, and the supplier business must itself be registered in Guyana. In addition, each processor must have a valid certificate of inspection from the Government Analyst—Food and Drugs Department and a valid food handler’s certificate.“We are displaying here the (products) offered by GMC, particularly the Guyana Shop, where we have all the local agro processed products in Guyana. We have most of the agro processors here, but some couldn’t make it. So we’re supporting,” the representative said.“Most of them have their own farm, but some of them would buy from other farmers and process it — slice it, fry it, and package it. And then they bring it to us. These are things we sell every day, including cassava breads, cassareep, and honey.”At another booth, exhibitors hailing from Essequibo had packaged coconut water on sale for $300 a bottle. Roosters Coconut, the company selling the beverage, use coconuts reaped at its very own farm.“The company is owned by Roopan Ramotar,” Farzad Ally, a representative of the company, related. “I do distribution and sales. I recently joined the company, but they’ve been in existence before. We have our own factory, we do our own bottling, our labels. And we do export.”Value of the ExpoDr. Vishnu Doerga, a former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), was there in his capacity as the face of Action Coach Guyana — a company that not only offers complementary entrepreneurship training, but also professional support services for business owners looking to grow their companies.Doerga noted the importance of events such as Uncapped to give agro-processors a chance to shine. According to the businessman, it provides a platform to introduce consumers to the products and brands of agro-processors. Doerga urges consumers to actively support local producers.“The consumers in our country have a lot to do with this. They have to start getting serious and buy local products. And if the product is not up to standard, you tell the persons their packaging is not where it’s supposed to be, their product quality needs to improve,” Doerga urged.“Go into the supermarket you buy from and ask the supermarket owner, ‘Why you aren’t stocking local products?’ If you keep buying foreign products, the supermarket owners are going to continue stocking foreign products. So consumers have a lot to do in moving Guyana and its agro-processors forward,” he explained.It is understood that the GMSA had collaborated with the Government and private enterprises in order to host the first ‘Uncapped’ last year at the Sophia Exhibition Complex. That three-day exhibition had also featured a food festival that saw some 60 exhibitors and thousands of patrons.This year, there was a noticeable crowd at the National Stadium. It is expected that Uncapped will be held in other regions of the country throughout the year.last_img read more


Anant Singh buys Mandela memorabilia

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgA signed photograph of Nelson Mandela and Muhammed Ali, sold as part of a lot of rare Mandela memorabilia at a recent auction. By Anne Taylor2 December 2013A set of 79 photographs, memorabilia and documents signed by Nelson Mandela was bought at a recent auction for R950 000 by Anant Singh, the producer of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.The assortment of 79 signed mementos at the rare auction dated from 1964 to 2010 and included the historic “I am prepared to die” speech Mandela delivered from the dock in 1964 during the Rivonia Trial that sent him to prison.My favourite of all the things in the lot is the signed photograph of Mandela with boxer Muhammad Ali – the expression on Mandela’s face says it all, I reckon. Mandela’s signature is said to be the most valuable of any living figure.“I think it’s a fair price. I think the seller got a good price, the buyer got a great price,” Alan Demby, president of auction house Stephan Welz & Co, is reported by AFP as saying. “It’s more about what [Mandela] represents than the actual items.”“It’s not rare, it’s almost priceless. And I think that’s what makes it such a fascinating collection.” – Alan Demby, president of Stephan Welz & CoThe collection included a first-day cover from 10 May 1994, Mandela’s first day in office,  and a R5 inauguration coin. Also in the lot was a photograph of Mandela and Winnie entering a packed stadium in Soweto to address supporters after his release from jail in 1990, a 1988 concert pass for Mandela’s 70th birthday tribute at London’s Wembley Stadium, and a bottle of wine.last_img read more


More people visit South Africa over festive season

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img13 January 2016The 2015/16 festive season recorded a 5.3% increase in traveller movement compared to 2014/15, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Johannesburg yesterday.“From 1 December 2015 to 7 January 2016 a total number of 5 390 856 travellers went through our borders, much higher than the total earlier reported for 1 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, that is, 4 798 183,” said the minister at a media briefing on 12 January.ArrivalsHe said 1 487 148 of the total were South African citizens, and 3 903 708 were foreign nationals.“There were 2 003 509 arrivals of foreigners and 706 365 arrivals of citizens, bringing total arrivals to 2 709 874,” said the minister. The increase in volumes in terms of arrivals was 7.6% for foreigners and 0.3% for citizens.it is quite clear that the 2016 peak period had notable increases in traveller movement compared to 2014 and 2015. …— Malusi Gigaba (@mgigaba) January 12, 2016There was also an increase of 4.9% in travellers from Africa, 6.1% from Europe, 7.8% from North America, 15% from Asia, 2.5% from Australasia, 21% from the Middle East, and a decrease of 1% in arrivals from South America.Gigaba said the top nationalities arriving in South Africa over this period were from Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, United Kingdom, Germany, USA and Namibia.DeparturesOf the 2 680 982 departures, foreigners accounted for 1 900 199 and South African citizens numbered 780 783.“I thank all travellers and our citizens for their conduct in this period, in spite of challenges in some areas, including long queues. This is receiving our undivided attention,” Gigaba said.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more


10 months agoBurton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winner

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgBurton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion are into the Carabao Cup semifinals after their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.On-loan Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh drilled low beyond Darren Randolph from the edge of the area at the start of the second half to ensure Burton’s memorable run in the competition continues, with the Brewers now having overcome higher-ranked opposition in four of their five EFL Cup ties this season.Burton are also the first team from the third tier to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, in 2014-15.Middlesbrough, who were bidding to reach the last four for the first time since they won the trophy in 2004, had a great chance to equalise late on but Aden Flint headed Marcus Tavernier’s cross wide from two yards. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Joe Lunardi’s Latest Bracketology Has Both Pitt, Syracuse Among Final Teams In

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more


Man charged with social media threats about a Saskatchewan country music festival

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgTyrell Eric McKay, who is 30 and is from the Fort Qu’Appelle area has been charged with uttering threats and breach of probation. Police did not identify the music festival. Facebook Officers say they identified a suspect and after trying to find the person, a person turned himself in. RCMP say a member of the public alerted them about the threats on Wednesday. Twitter Advertisement A Saskatchewan man is facing charges after he made online threats in connection with a Saskatchewan country music event.center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement FORT QU’APPELLE, Sask. — A man has been charged after threats were made on social media about a Saskatchewan country music event scheduled for next summer. He is to appear in court in Fort Qu’Appelle on Monday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


Cheyenne Tribal chair accuses Morton County Sheriff of misleading public over weekend

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is accusing the Morton County Sheriff of issuing false statements about what happened during a police assault of #NoDAPL supporters on the weekend.“A majority of the statements made by the individuals are simply not true. You cannot imagine the disappointment I have for sworn law enforcement officials who demonstrate qualities that undermine the trust we place in those selected to protect the innocent,” said Harold Frazier.On Sunday night, local and state police used a jerry-rigged fire hose as a water cannon, pepper spray and rubber bullets on about 400 people who were marching on the Backwater bridge just outside their camp which is the hub of the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline.Hundreds were injured – and a few dozen hospitalized during the assault that went from Sunday night into the early morning hours Monday, including one woman who is in jeopardy of losing her arm after a police concussion grenade detonated after it hit her, according to the water protectors.At a news conference, Morton County Sheriff’s department said that type of weapon was not used during the assault – but that her injuries were likely caused by propane canisters that were carried by the “agitators.”A charred propane canister police say was obtained at the Backwater bridge barricade. Photo: Morton County Sheriff’s Department.“I was present during the attack on peaceful protectors …. not once did I see any kind of ‘jerry’ rigged explosive devices or attempts to cross the police defensive line. The only explosions I witnessed was the explosions from the indiscriminate discharge of concussion, chemical and ‘less-lethal’ weapons on peaceful people,” said Frazier. “I did see brave people attempting to address the officers and asking them not to shoot at them any longer. Their answer was to get doused with water in below freezing temperatures and shot by officers wielding weapons.”Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, whose officers are involved in law enforcement activity against the water protectors, told local reporters Monday the use of water—despite the sub-zero temperatures that have settled in the region for the season—is now one of several weapons police will employ going forward.“It was effective, wasn’t it?” said Ziegler, with a slight smirk, according to a video of the press briefing posted on the Morton County Sheriff department’s Facebook page. “We can use whatever force is necessary to maintain peace. When they are throwing rocks, burning logs, shooting sling shots with projectiles at our officers, that would fall under what we would call less lethal, same things as rubber bullets, which doesn’t hurt as much.”Frazier said Ziegler, and Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, the two men in charge of police operations, need to be at the site more often.“I was there that night and I encourage the Sheriff of Morton County to be present at these conflicts before he tells people what he heard from someone else. All of these allegations were said without offering any evidence in support,” he said.Frazier also sent a letter Tuesday to Lawrence Roberts, principle deputy secretary for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior, demanding the agency expel all non-treaty law enforcement from the area which is the Great Sioux Nation’s treaty territory under the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty.“The risk to the safety of our people protecting resources rightfully belonging to the Great Sioux Nation is too great to ignore any longer,” said Frazier.For Costa, the events are now seared into his memory.“I have seen strong men weep, terrified, all are asking the question: how can this happen?” he said. “Not only are we seeing things with emotional stress and emotional trauma, we are seeing people struggling with, what I would call, an existential question. I am struggling with that.”news@aptn.calast_img read more


Nova Scotia community rallies behind hundreds who lost their jobs ahead of

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian Press SYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton community has leaped into action following the sudden closure of a Sydney call centre that left nearly 700 people without jobs just three weeks before Christmas.In the wake of the ServiCom facility closure announced Thursday — following weeks of pay delays — another local business has decided to forgo its Christmas party, opting instead to donate the funds set aside for the bash to help the employees left stunned and jobless by the move.Seaside Communications, a telecommunications company based out of nearby Reserve Mines, has donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army Sydney Community Church, which is working to assist those affected through its food bank and Christmas assistance program.Seaside Communications CEO Loran Tweedie says the team decided to donate the money because of the “profound impact” the closure had on the tightly knit community.In an email, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education spokeswoman Shannon Kerr said the department has launched an investigation into the situation and is making it a priority.Nova Scotia Business Minister Geoff MacLellan offered a glimmer of hope for the affected staff on Friday, saying he was confident the call centre had a “bright future” after speaking with a prospective buyer Friday morning.last_img read more


New school program gives Baldonnel School students handson building skills

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgTo watch the progress of the build; CLICK HERE BALDONNEL, B.C. – Grade 5 and 6 students at Baldonnel Elementary are being given an opportunity for hands-on learning with the construction of two sheds at their school.School District #60 has partnered with Petronas on a tool trailer that is taken out to schools to work on hands-on projects. This new Applied Skills and Technology curriculum is about project-based learning and takes students learning outside of the classroom.Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers and International Education, shares schools are embracing the new curriculum.The storage sheds at Baldonnel are a great example of this.  Students are learning math in the classroom and then going outside and applying their learning.  Tradespeople from the school community are also coming in and lending a hand as well.  Having the involvement of the parent community also gives the students valuable career exposure, shared Campbell.Christine Todd of Baldonnel School shares the kids are loving the experience and accomplished a lot on their first day. The plan is for the school to keep one shed and auction the other off. Proceeds from the sale of the second shed will go back into the school to help continue to fund project-based programs.Rona has helped with donating some of the building materials, and AAA Safety has helped provide safety equipment the students are using.Campbell shared, everyone, is looking forward to seeing the finished product.last_img read more


Kanhaiya Kumars candidature from Begusarai became dealbreaker between CPI and RJD for

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: Candidature of former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai constituency in Bihar was the “deal-breaker” between CPI and RJD as the Lalu Prasad-led party doubted Kumar’s winnability quotient in view of several controversies surrounding him.According to Rajya Sabha MP and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha, the CPI-RJD alliance could not be forged also because his party was not willing to compromise on its candidate Tanveer Hassan, considering his popularity and the work done by him in Begusarai. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”RJD has been a very strong force. Even in the so-called Modi wave in 2014 elections, our candidate got almost four lakh votes and since then he has never left Begusarai. It was impossible for us to set aside Tanveer Hassan’s candidature. We have a strong cadre and that wanted Tanveer Hassan and there is nothing we could have done. It is all about our cadre, our people, therefore, another candidature than his became a deal-breaker,” he told PTI. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Hasan had finished second by losing to BJP’s Bhola Singh by a small margin of over 55,000 votes. CPI’s Rajendra Singh was at a distant third with nearly 1.92 lakh votes. Sources in the RJD claimed that there were “several strong factors” –being an old face, non-controversial image and minority tag–which were in favour of Hassan and contributed to the party’s decision to let go of the alliance. Significantly, according to sources in the CPI’s Bihar unit, there was also discontentment among a section of leaders about the party nominating Kumar and compromising on the alliance. Jayant Jigyasu, who was a close aid of Kanhaiya during the sedition row but later parted way’s to establish RJD’s student wing in JNU, said it was “Kumar’s arrogance and ignorance that led to the alliance fallout”. “Kanhaiya was massively supported in JNU by different factions because he was seen as a leader and not an opportunist. As a leader he should have thought of forming the alliance and defeating the BJP collectively rather than being adamant for the sake of his political career. “There is nothing wrong in having political ambitions but there is much more he could have brought to the table rather than him just becoming a deal breaker for a crucial alliance,” Jigyasu said. Kanhaiya did not respond to repetitive calls made to seek his comment on the alliance fallout. Kanhaiya, who has emerged as a prominent face of Left politics, is pitted in a three-way contest with NDA’s Giriraj Singh and RJD’s potential leader from the constituency Tanveer Hassan. The former JNU leader shot to fame in 2016 and was later arrested on sedition charges following an event on hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. On January 14, Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more