New legislation to guard against rogue operations – Gaskin

first_imgScrap metal trade– database system among measures to trace metal transactionsBy Jarryl BryanLegislation intended to facilitate the full reopening of the scrap metal trade have been submitted to, and approved by, cabinet. Their now having been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin is confident that the draft laws would allow for a more regularised trade.Scrap metalIn an interview with Guyana Times, Minister Gaskin explained that the draft laws contain provisions intended to guard against vandalism of metal, theft, and rogue scrap metal operations.“The regulations have been completed…,” Gaskin related. “The draft legislation provides for the establishment of the Scrap Metal Unit within the Ministry of Business. It provides for oversight of the Unit by a board of directors,” he detailed.“It stipulates what licences scrap metal dealers are allowed, and what criteria they need to meet to be licensed. It distinguishes between exporters and collectors of scrap metal, as well as special conditions for salvage operators,” he explained.Gaskin also related that the law will cover the transportation and compacting of scrap metal. Theft of scrap metal, and especially metal that cannot yet be considered scrap, are legitimate concerns for many businesses. This concern also extends to decommissioned Government equipment which are not safe from rogue operators.According to Gaskin, the law will stipulate a time frame within which dealers must keep scrap metal, in order to prevent the disposal of someone else’s property and enhance the traceability of metal through a system. He related that dealers will be required to enter details of their transactions into a software system.“It (the draft) speaks to issues like a timeframe between when you purchase scrap metal and when you dispose of it; so that if metal has been stolen and you’ve identified the source, you can go to the dealer and he can check his stock to see if he has indeed purchased stolen scrap metals. It’s done in other jurisdictions.“The most important thing is that, as a dealer, you must have an approved scrap metal yard. It must be a yard that is properly approved and inspected by the Scrap Metal Unit, to ensure business is not being conducted on the parapets or streets. All your business has to be done inside the yard, so we don’t have these unsightly heaps of scrap metal (lying around on the streets),” he declared.OutdatedIn 2016, an audit carried out by Ram and McRae accounting firm into the Scrap Metal Unit had found that the laws governing the scrap metal trade needed to be completely revamped. The report had cited a number of irregularities and uncertainties surrounding the trade, including the fact that the laws governing the operations are severely outdated.The unit has its origin in the Old Metal Dealers Act, Cap. 91:08, first promulgated in 1900. Supervisory responsibility for the unit has been transferred from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) by virtue of a 2012 Cabinet Paper dated January 31, 2012.The CH&PA was conferred with specific statutory powers and duties, but those do not include regulation of the business of dealers in Old Metals, as described in the long title of the Old Metal Dealers Act 91:08.The report has recommended that there be widespread consultation with key stakeholders before any concrete decisions are taken on the way forward in relation to the operations.The document also pointed out that interim measures must be put in place, since the trade is currently at a standstill, and exports are temporarily banned. The auditors also noted that there is no consistent policy towards the trade, with Government opening and closing the trade at will.Noted also is that there is seemingly a total lack of coordination between and among the four agencies involved: the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Business, the Scrap Metal Unit, and the Guyana Revenue Authority.The report said it is unclear why responsibility for the trade was transferred to the CH&PA, and why no Export Duty is paid under the Customs Act.The scrap metal trade was banned under the previous administration, and this trend had continued intermittently. The ban on the scrap metal trade came about following persistent complaints about vandalism. There were also issues regarding management of the trade.There have been intermissions, such as the three-month reopening of the trade last year. It is understood that, as of last month, the trade has been reopened, but only on a limited basis.At the launch of the Guyana Metal Dealers and General Exporters Association (GMD&GEA) earlier this year, executives had been heavily critical of the trade being banned and Government turning a deaf ear to the plight of would-be traders. The association had been explicit that the status quo of ‘Peter pay for all’ cannot continue.last_img read more

S.I. Distributing celebrates 40 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Morgan McCollow, Contributing Writer, Journal News – Spencerville, OHS.I. Distributing was started by a farmer who wanted innovative products and loved tinkering, and that’s what the company still does 40 years later.In the late-1970s, Joe Whitney, a grain farmer, was the owner of Spencerville Implement — a John Deere and a short line dealership in Spencerville. As a farmer, Whitney always looked for innovative ways to improve his farm equipment, which led to the formation of S.I. Manufacturing in 1979. This new company manufactured tools that improved the current farm equipment.As a result of the Farm Crisis of the 1980s that brought high-interest rates, low crop prices, and more negative effects to the John Deere dealership, Whitney made the decision to close the dealership in 1986.Whitney kept S.I. Manufacturing going, continuing to add on new innovative products to sell. Shortly thereafter, S.I. Manufacturing became the first U.S. distributing partner for the Schumacher Company, selling their SCH EasyCut cutting system. These parts were originally manufactured in Germany for German-made equipment and S.I. Manufacturing was able to import the parts, adapt them to fit and work with farm equipment made in the US., and distribute them to numerous farmers here in the states. Today, the company is still Schumacher’s largest distributer in the U.S.In 1993, S.I. Manufacturing was incorporated and renamed S.I. Distributing, Inc. In 2004, Joe Whitney retired and offered to sell the company to two long-time employees: Todd Keysor, who had worked for Whitney since 1984 and Dave Burgei, who began working for Whitney in 1995.Their goal is to find unique, innovative products, something that will make the equipment better. Today, with a total of 26 employees, S.I. Distributing sells their products throughout the United States.When asked what was most fulfilling about working for the business, President and co-owner Dave Burgei stated that the company doesn’t just sell a product; they try to understand and identify the problem or roadblock/issue the farmer has, whether it’s in planting or harvesting, and then recommend what would improve his specific experience.last_img read more

A List of Things Artificial Intelligence Will Not Replace

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Artificial intelligence has made an enormous impact on our lives, including behavioral algorithms, smart home technology, and self-driving cars. There is no doubt that AI will continue to advance and alter our world, but there is also no doubt that there are things it cannot and will not replace.Relationships: You don’t have a relationship with Siri. Or Alexa. These two ladies don’t have any idea who you are. The possibility that humans will go from tribes that live, survive, and thrive together to helmets that live alone and shun other human beings is exceedingly small.Caring: It will be a long time before artificial intelligence becomes conscious, if it ever makes the monumental, evolutionary leap that, so far, has occurred only in sentient beings, and mostly the human variety. Automation, when used as a substitute for human interaction, is the complete elimination of caring. It is an outsourcing of what should not be outsourced.Inspiration: Human beings are inspiring and inspired. Artificial intelligence doesn’t make us feel anything. We are moved by human beings that exercise their compassion. We are inspired by those who achieve great feats, great works of art, and who sacrifice.Wisdom: Artificial intelligence can beat world champions in the game of Chess and the infinitely complex Chinese game called Go. But it can’t tell you how to live a good life, how to discover your purpose, or what is the source of happiness. There is a difference between information and insight. Wisdom is not intelligence; it’s something more than that.A Sense of Belonging: You are not among “your people” when you are surrounded by automatons and computers. You are among your people when you are around “your” people. You can’t replace the sense of being with the people with whom you belong. Friendship is going to be more valuable and more important in the future.Shared Experiences: You are not going to take your artificial intelligence to dinner or on vacation to the south for France. You may let it assist in doing some of the planning.Curiosity, Imagination, and Resourcefulness: These things are infinitely human. Artificial intelligence provides information. It will not replace human curiosity, imagination, or resourcefulness, something that the mind developed as a method of survival. Artificial intelligence doesn’t dream, but you do.Desire: Artificial intelligence may help satisfy some desires, but it isn’t going to create it. That burning feeling in the pit of your stomach when you really want something—and the ability to create that desire—isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.last_img read more