The overlooked aspect of businesses in Guyana catering for families with children

first_imgDear Editor,Many corporate persons and business owners know the importance of being family-friendly, but it seems that they often don’t pay too much attention, thinking that families with children are a minority market that only those businesses specifically targeting that market needs to cater to. Such a shame since what they do not realise is that families with children make up a much larger market than most people believe!So many places in Guyana, whether it is a retail store, hardware store, shopping mall, restaurant, supermarket, entertainment or recreational facility, a service business or just a general business or company, ignore the needs of families with children and do so at their business’s peril.The presence of children who will be in tow on these trips, more so, during the August holidays, is overlooked and this adds up to a lot of young children power influence, whether they come and how often, how long they stay and how much they spend.Family-friendly encompasses a multitude of factors, especially when it comes to younger children focusing on children’s eating preferences (and those of what their parents would like them to eat), children’s short attention spans and easy boredom, to restrooms with changing tables, catering for parents with children in tow ranging from manoeuvering strollers through doors, between tables and through aisles, parents’ obsession with their children’s safety (both injury and abduction), to the cleanliness of everywhere parents take their children and everything that their children can touch or mouth.Being family-friendly means attention to a few details, most of which would be of little concern to most adults without children in tow but businesses are urged to please take a little extra effort in design, operations and staff training to really please the family with children market and make them loyal customers.When you get it right, when your business is truly family-friendly, you will win customers for life.Sincerely,Mommy Vlast_img read more

Man Utd fight back to beat Chelsea

first_img“I think he played fantastically well,” said Mourinho on Lukaku’s performance.“The team didn’t start well, didn’t start very confident, happened the same to him…he was a little bit lost but then he went together with the team.“He ended the game with the image of a hand in the goal.”Victory against his former club was particularly sweet for Jose Mourinho as he got one over on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but more importantly moves United back above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League.“It’s a good day for me and we won so that’s the most important thing,” said Lukaku.“To get the winner would have been even better for me, but to get the goal before half-time was really important for us. We showed our qualities and our desire in the second half.”Defeat allied to Tottenham Hotspur’s late win earlier in the day at Crystal Palace sees Chelsea slip to fifth.The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period but failed to build on Willian’s 32nd minute opener.“For sure we missed by disappointed for the final result,” said Conte.“Because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points.”The spectre of another fiery clash between Mourinho and Conte, who have publicly bickered in recent months, hogged the headlines before kick-off, but there was a peace offering when the pair shook hands before the action got underway.Mourinho recalled Paul Pogba to his starting XI after dropping the £89 million (100 million euros, $124 million) midfielder for Wednesday’s stalemate at Sevilla in the Champions League.But it was one of Conte’s two changes from his side’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in midweek who nearly made an immediate impact.Alvaro Morata started for the first time in six weeks, but saw his side-footed volley from Marcos Alonso’s driven cross come back off the bar just four minutes in.– United caught out –This way and that: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte on the touchline at Old Trafford on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFFor all Chelsea’s possession in the first period, it was from a blistering counter-attack they opened the scoring.Willian picked up the ball just outside his own area and drove through the United midfield before exchanging passes with Eden Hazard.The Brazilian then unleashed a shot too powerful even for David de Gea to register his fourth goal in three games.The lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as for the first time in a United shirt, Lukaku netted against one of their top six rivals — at the seventh time of asking.Aleixs Sanchez fed Anthony Martial and his clever reverse pass was slotted home by Lukaku to muted celebrations against his former club.Lukaku nearly had a spectacular second 22 minutes from time when he caught a Sanchez cross flush with an acrobatic volley, only to be denied by a finger tip save from Courtois.However, the Belgian did make a decisive contribution when he dropped deep and his in-swinging cross was met by a perfectly timed run by Lingard.Conte had surprisingly removed Hazard just before conceding and that decision looked all the more puzzling as Chelsea searched in vain for an equaliser.Willian saw another effort smothered by De Gea at the second attempt at his near post as United held out for just a second win over Chelsea in 15 meetings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Goal-scorer Romelu Lukaku turned provider for Manchester United’s winner © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Jose Mourinho hailed Romelu Lukaku’s ability to bounce back from a difficult start as the Belgian inspired a Manchester United fightback to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford.Lukaku cancelled out Willian’s opener with his first United goal against top six Premier League opposition before crossing for Jesse Lingard to head home the winner 15 minutes from time.last_img read more

Plants Use Electrical Sunscreen

first_imgPerhaps only a scientist, or a kid, would worry about how a plant doesn’t get sunburn, but it took elaborate scientific work for six months to find the answer.  EurekAlert told about research at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State that found how plants get rid of excess solar energy.  They use carotenoids, molecules responsible for the yellow color of fruits and vegetables, like electrical wires to convey excess electrons safely away from their light-harvesting machines: “Carotenoids act as ‘wires’ to carry away the extra sunlight energy in the form of unwanted electrons, somehow wicking away the extra electrons across long distances from locations that could damage plant tissues and photosynthesis.”    It’s no wonder these wires were not found earlier.  They are a “miniscule 2.8 nanometers long and less than a single nanometer thick, or about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.”  Carotenoids are not particularly conductive, but exceed the specifications required by the plant.  The surprise was that these molecules are able to shuttle the electrons across their surfaces without becoming oxidized themselves.  The new work sheds light on the process of photoprotection, “an intricate internal defense mechanism, … which acts like sunscreen to ward off the sun’s harmful rays.”  See also our 01/24/2005 entry on photoprotection, “one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.”Do a word search in this article for anything about evolution.  We got “word not found.”  The research was not motivated by or benefited by evolutionary speculation.  The scientists just wanted “to more fully understand how photosynthesis works.”  Students use similar motivation in auto shop without assuming car engines evolved from rocks.    Notice where this research came from: the Biodesign Research Institute at U of A, whose starting point is “exploring the remarkable structure and function of living systems…. Inspired by nature and powered by collaboration, our bold new approach ensures that discoveries are rapidly translated into real-world benefits.”  (We left out the sentence in the middle that made no sense: “From microbes to man, these systems have been honed by thousands of years of natural selection.”  At least thousands is down from millions, and the sentence could be interpreted to mean that the systems were already present.)  Anyway, good research is flowing from another of the popular new interdisciplinary academic centers seeking to understand and apply biological design (05/13/2006, 06/25/2005).  The Darwin Party has nothing to offer this new trend in biodesign research and should get out of the way.  This is intelligent design science at work: stimulating and productive.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Best Buy To Offer Online Video Rentals & Purchases

first_imgBest Buy is getting into the Internet video rental and sales game, joining the likes of Netflix, YouTube and, at some point in the near future, Hulu. The company will also be competing against other traditionally offline retailers, such as Walmart and Blockbuster. The move, it said Tuesday, will come by the end of the month and will involve selling and renting newly-released movies over high speed Internet connections.According to the company’s press release, the service will be available through a number of select connected Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs, as well as on PCs by way of CinemaNow. Best Buy purchased CinemaNow from Sonic Solutions, the company that will provide the technology for piping video to buyers.Immediate availability of new releases is a primary feature of Best Buy’s new Internet video service. Rentals will be available for around $4 with title purchases varying from $10 to $20. The one hesitation we have with this is, why should a DVD purchase, minus the physical DVD, cost the same?According to the Associated Press, Ryan Pirozzi, Best Buy’s director of digital video, said that the technology will take time to gain traction and it will be 2012, at the earliest, before Best Buy will begin phasing out DVDs in its stores. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#news#Video Services#web mike melansoncenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Waiting for California to Raise Its Solar Subsidy Limit

first_imgNancy Skinner, a Democratic freshman in the California State Assembly, began her political career, on the Berkeley City Council, before she had even graduated from college. She knows well that the success of legislative initiatives – particularly environmental proposals – often is tied to perseverance.But it also helps when a proposal is popular among consumers. This spring, Skinner proposed Assembly Bill 560, which would expand a program that that allows homeowners who have installed solar power systems to get full retail value for the electricity the systems generate back into the grid. Existing law requires utility companies to offer the subsidy, called net metering, to customers until the program capacity in their service area exceeds 2.5% of the utility’s peak demand.The program is indeed popular. So much so that the capacity limit could be exceeded in the central and northern parts of the state by the end of 2009. The net metering pace in Southern California is slower, but still robust enough to prompt Skinner to present AB 560, which she did in April. The bill originally proposed increasing the limit to 10%, but the cap was amended early this month to 5% by the California Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. The bill awaits approval by the Senate’s Appropriations Committee. From there it will be presented for a vote by the full Senate.Utilities: Let’s not be hastyBut while the solar industry and homeowners who have installed PV systems support the legislation, California’s three investor-owned utilities –Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric – oppose it. One of their complaints is that it is too early to tell if the program is cost-effective or shortchange customers who can’t afford to install solar power.A recent Los Angeles Times story points out that solar power users already get a state subsidy of about 20% of the purchase and installation cost and a federal income tax credit of 30%.“We want to make sure there isn’t an unfair level of cost-shifting,” Jennifer Briscoe, a spokeswoman for San Diego Gas & Electric, told the Times.But Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar Initiative, a San Francisco advocacy group, sees net metering as crucial to increased use of solar power. “Without net metering we’re not going to see a lot more people” buy expensive solar systems, he told the paper. “If we hit the net metering cap, the California solar industry grinds to a halt.”last_img read more

Builder Invents Clip for Installing Foam

first_imgPaul Fabis, a New Hampshire builder, has been installing rigid foam insulation in roof and floor assemblies for years. But he found the process painfully slow, which drove up both labor and workers comp costs for his small business.So Fabis invented the Rigid Foam Clip, a plastic support that holds rigid foam in place until it’s permanently fixed with a bead of foam, caulk or tape. The clips can accommodate standard thicknesses of foam between 1/2 inch and 3 inches while automatically setting the distance between the top of the foam panel and roof or floor sheathing at 1 inch. Each polyethylene clip can be tacked in place with a single nail.The number of required clips varies by the thickness of the foam and the distance between framing members, he said.Fabis said the clips save time because sheets of foam insulation do not have to be cut precisely to the distance between joists or rafters. He typically cuts the foam so there’s a slight gap between the edge of the sheet and the framing — no need for a friction fit — and fills the gap with polyurethane foam.The clips cost 70 cents each. Fabis had a local manufacturer turn out 5,000 clips, which he sells through the distributors listed on his website. He said he can meet any sized order with about a week’s lead time.Fabis approached a local Home Depot, and while the retailer liked the idea Fabis was told he should partner with a large, established manufacturer to help handle the logistics of wide-scale distribution. That’s what he’s in the process of doing now.Rigid Foam Clips are protected by three patents.last_img read more