Piping bags that pipe themselvesIt’s such a great idea, we can’t believe it’s not been done before. This piping bag system allows you to pipe an ingredient through the nozzle without having to squeeze the bag. The pipe – a rubber tube that is under pressure – is simply released with your thumb. Apparently it’s quicker and easier to clean too.Tom says: “It’s a bit like a balloon deflating, forcing the filling out through the nozzle. So the amount of energy required is massively less, which allows people to work for longer. It’s a very natty piece of kit for any business doing a lot of piping.”[http://www.dovemart.co.uk]Ovens that reduce your carbon emissions?Well, not quite. But this seriously clever oven system claims it uses 100% carbon neutral fuel, from purified wood chips, made from sustainable sources, and gives off no smoke. It even qualifies you for a government grant of up to 35% of purchase cost and safeguards you against climate chance levy. The deck oven has one-inch-thick deck stones for great oven-bottom breads and could cut your oven’s energy costs by up to (drum roll…) two-thirds.Tom says: “I like it a lot. We’re a growing business having difficulty keeping control of energy costs. It was looking like we might not hit our target on the energy front, which means we stand to lose up to £6,000 on tax savings. That’s a lovely solution you could bring into the process and I wasn’t expecting to see that – that’s what you hope to find at an exhibition.”[http://www.bakewellovens.co.uk]Mysterious fruits of the OrientNew to the UK, these organic fruits are grown and cooked in raw cane sugar by a co-operative of families in China. They’re available in the UK through Community Foods and come in varieties including chillies, kiwis and carrots. They can be used in several bakery applications, such as savoury muffins, and have a storage life of at least a year.Tom says: “The candied cherry tomatoes would be great for a breakfast muffin. I like the fact they’re organic and they’ve thought through the process and found that they can apply the candied process to carrots and tomatoes, which can help us keep things like muffins interesting and new – I can see that would be a great product in a breakfast muffin.”[http://www.angiusorganics.com]Psychic bake-off ovensThis all-singing, all-dancing fully-programmable oven offers sliding doors for space-saving rather than hinged ones, and claims to give even steam distribution in the bake. And if it ever goes wrong, it sends a message to the manufacturers who will alert you before you’ve even noticed a fault.Tom says: “A product like this would be great for a slightly larger company. With staff turnover being like it is, you could programme it to get a consistent product. But I would much rather train someone up to use the oven and know when it’s baked, because you’re always going to get temperature variations. For an easy life, though, this would be a good one!”[http://www.cbes.co.uk/services/food-systems]
Honeyrose Bakery has bought all the unencumbered assets and equipment of fellow London baker Greenwich Cakes after its voluntary liquidation.The organic handbaker acquired bakery production, packing and office equipment, which Honeyrose MD Lise Madsen said could offer great value to existing Greenwich Cakes customers, who in most cases, for a similar price, can trade up to a handmade, organic cake.She said the purchase gave the company flexibility to have dedicated equipment for certain specific areas, such as gluten-free production.Added Madsen: “We needed to expand our production capacity quickly. We are seeing customer demand really picking up, both for our Honeyrose brand and our private-label business. This fits into our growth strategy, which began last year when we moved into a bespoke, green bakery with 400% additional capacity.”The organic handbaker has also been awarded another two gold awards at the 2009 Great Taste Awards, bringing its tally up to 14 won over the years, five of which were gold. Organic Pecan Maple Syrup Flapjack and Organic Chocolate Gateau were the two most recent winners.Honeyrose Bakery handbakes organic cakes, cookies, muffins and biscotti, including a line of wheat, gluten and dairy-free products, which are sold in shops including Waitrose, Fresh & Wild, Planet Organic, Harrods and Selfridges.
The Data Domain company was founded in 2001. The Data Domain appliance was created to transition tape-based backup to disk. Disk-based backup allowed for greater compression rates and the ability to reduce storage consumption by comparing new backup data to already stored data, thus making backups much more efficient. The process of comparing new data to stored data was originally called, “capacity optimization” and has since been changed across the industry to data deduplication, or dedupe for short.Data Domain began collecting Series A and Series B funding in 2002 and eventually went public in June of 2007, raising over $110 million from 7.4 million shares. In June 2009, EMC Corporation announced their intention to acquire Data Domain. Once Data Domain was brought into the portfolio, the adoption of Data Domain appliances accelerated.In 2004, the DD200 appliance had a capacity threshold of 1.25TB. Today’s Dell EMC Data Domain product line has a top end DD9800 appliance capacity threshold of 1PB, or roughly 1000 times the capacity of the DD200. The current line of appliances also includes Data Domain Virtual Edition, which gives you the ability to take advantage of a Data Domain appliance in a virtual form factor, both on-premises and in the cloud. Data Domain appliances also support cloud tiering for long-term retention, expanding available capacity by up to 2x. Cloud tier allows the customer to tier data to a supported cloud of their choice, freeing up space on their on-premises appliances.Rich Colbert, Field CTO at Dell EMC, sat down with Jeff Frick and Dave Vellante from The SiliconANGLE to discuss the acquisition and the innovation packed into Data Domain over the past decade.According to the IDC Market Spotlight, Purpose-Built Backup Appliances: 2018 Market Results, Dell EMC enjoyed a 60% market share of the $3.6 billion PBBA market in 2018. Dell EMC has been the market leader by revenue for as long as IDC has been tracking the market.Data Domain has had a successful decade as part of the now Dell EMC portfolio, and we look forward to what is coming next! Make sure to check out our data protection blogs and follow us on Twitter for more data protection news. Enough from us, check out what our customers have to say about Data Domain appliances.FieldCore, a GE CompanyThe Dell EMC solution was implemented in less than four days. “We went from a 4:1 deduplication ratio to a 41:1 deduplication ratio with Data Domain. We saw backups go from taking upwards of 24 hours to complete to 98% of our backups completing in less than one hour. This allowed us to replicate our data before the storm actually hit.” – Kerry Johnson – Senior Systems Engineer – FieldCorePhoenix Children’s HospitalBefore Phoenix Children’s Hospital had implemented protection storage from Dell EMC, their prior solution resulted in backup windows that were upwards of 24 hours. “Moving to Data Domain with deduplication we can finish our full backups in less than 7 hours” – Theodore Fotias – VP IT Infrastructure – Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Marinades, Sauces and Rubs: Anisa’s Secrets Rosemary Lemon Pepper, Anisa’s Secrets, Marietta Hot Steve-A Seriously Spicy Chile Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea, Atlanta Leek, Chive and Onion Seasoning and Dip Blend, The Salt Table, PoolerMeat and Seafood: Medium Smoked Link Sausage, Carroll’s Sausage and Meats, Ashburn Hot Georgia Night Sausage, Hunter Cattle Company, Brooklet Chorizo Sausage, White Oak Pastures, Bluffton Judges have selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia’s 2016 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest March 14-15 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta. This year marks the 10th annual Flavor of Georgia contest. Over the last decade, the contest has grown in scope and prestige, but it remains the state’s premier testing ground for both small, upstart food companies and time-tested products. The 33 finalists, who have passed the first round of judging, were selected from a field of more than 135 products in 11 categories, the largest amount of entries in the contest’s history. Finalists will bring their products to the final round of judging as part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Ag Day at the Capitol. “Each year it becomes more difficult to select finalists because each year the field of products submitted to the Flavor of Georgia contest is better, more diverse and more innovative than the year before,” said Sharon P. Kane, contest coordinator and economist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A food business development specialist, Kane and her center colleagues have organized the annual contest since 2007. Judges for the final round of the contest will include food brokers, grocery buyers, chefs and other food industry experts. They will judge each entry based on commercial appeal, Georgia theme, taste, innovation and market potential in each category. This year’s finalists are listed below by product name, company and city. Barbecue Sauces:Joe Kem’s Bar-B-Que Sauce, Joe Kem’s BBQ, Moultrie Smokin’ Jerk BBQ Sauce and Marinade, Nature’s Kitchen, Roswell Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q Original Sauce, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, MariettaBeverages: Heaven’s Finest Lemonade (Charlotte Bell Caribbean Blend), Heaven’s Finest Beverages, Atlanta Paulk’s Pride White Muscadine Juice, Paulk’s Pride, Wray ASI Tea-Muscadine, Yaupon Tea Company, SavannahConfections: Dark and Milk Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt, Blue Ridge Candy Company, Blairsville Caramel Pecan Pie, Buttermilk Pie Company, Gainesville Coco-Nilla, The Chocolate Box, ConyersDairy: Banner Butter Sea Salt Cultured Butter, A Good Churn, Doraville Cherokee Rose Cheese, Nature’s Harmony, Atlanta Nekkid Espresso Dairy-Free Gelato, Revolution Gelato, AtlantaHoney: Papa’s Private Selection Honey 100 Percent Pure, Raw, Unfiltered; Bruce’s Nut-N-Honey Farm/The Honey Shack; Homerville Sweet Georgia Peach Honey, Native Honey-Native American Indian Honey Company, Homer H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey-Wildflower, Franklin Foods, StatesboroJams and Jellies: Aronia Berry Lime Ginger Jam, Elange, Fayetteville Peach Pecan Jam with Jack Daniels Winter Blend, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnWisham Jellies Wild Mayhaw Pepper Jelly, Wisham Jellies, Tifton All finalists receive a one-year, silver-level Georgia Grown membership from the Georgia Department of Agriculture and a customized Flavor of Georgia logo for their label and promotional materials, along with the opportunity to pitch their product to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest. Category and grand prize winners will receive trophies, and the grand prize winner receives complimentary exhibit space at the Georgia Food Industry Association’s annual conference and consultation services from the UGA Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center. The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is organized by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, with support from Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. More information about the contest is available at flavorofga.com and by following the contest on Twitter at at twitter.com/FlavorofGA or on Instagram at instagram.com/flavorofga. Miscellaneous: Banana Bread, Back to the Basics 101, Cochran Dinner Tonight White Bean Chili Seasoning, Backyard Safari Company, Covington Pocketful of Starlight Vanilla Sugar, Beautiful Briny Sea, Atlanta Salsas, Chutneys and Condiments:Abby J’s Blackhawk Field to Fork Sweet Fire Pickles, Abby J’s Gourmet, Clarkesville Adictos a la SALSA, KelRaeeMar, Sharpsburg LeAnn’s Gourmet Zucchini Relish, LeAnn’s Gourmet Foods, McDonoughSnack Foods: Kim’s Cheese Straws-Pecan Cheddar, Marsh Cabin Bakery, Statesboro Cinnamon Roasted Pecans, Pearson Farm, Fort Valley Short Straws, Spicy Flavor, Southern Straws Cheese Straws, Columbus
Plea for 2-Year Moratorium on U.S. Coal Plant Closings Lands With a Thud FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press: The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.The Energy Department says it considered issuing the order sought by companies seeking relief for plants it says are overburdened by environmental regulations and market stresses. But the department ultimately ruled it was unnecessary, and the White House agreed, a spokeswoman said.The decision is a rare example of friction between the beleaguered coal industry and the president who has vowed to save it. It also highlights a pattern emerging as the administration crafts policy: The president’s bold declarations – both public and private – are not always carried through to implementation.President Donald Trump committed to the measure in private conversations with executives from Murray Energy Corp. and FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. after public events in July and early August, according to letters to the White House from Murray Energy and its chief executive, Robert Murray. In the letters, obtained by The Associated Press, Murray said failing to act would cause thousands of coal miners to be laid off and put the pensions of thousands more in jeopardy. One of Murray’s letters said Trump agreed and told Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “I want this done” in Murray’s presence.The aid Murray sought from Trump involves invoking a little-known section of the U.S. Federal Power Act that allows the Energy Department to temporarily intervene when the nation’s electricity supply is threatened by an emergency, such as war or natural disaster. Among other measures, it temporarily exempts power plants from obeying environmental laws. In the past, the authority has been used sparingly, such as during the California energy crisis in 2000 and following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Obama administration never used it. The Trump administration has used it twice in seven months in narrow instances.Murray’s company is seeking a two-year moratorium on closures of coal-fired power plants, which would be an unprecedented federal intervention in the nation’s energy markets. The company said invoking the provision under the Power Act was “the only viable mechanism” to protect the reliability of the nation’s power supply.Murray told the White House that his key customer, Ohio-based electricity company FirstEnergy Solutions, was at immediate risk of bankruptcy. Without FirstEnergy’s plants burning his coal, Murray said his own company would be forced into “immediate bankruptcy,” triggering the layoffs of more than 6,500 miners. FirstEnergy acknowledged to the AP that bankruptcy of its power-generation business was a possibility.Murray urged Trump to use the provision in the Federal Power Act to halt further coal plant closures by declaring an emergency in the electric power grid.Murray’s claims raise the possibility that Trump was warned against the move by his advisers – some of whom are known to be more cautious – or that he simply made assurances to Murray to avoid immediate confrontation. Coal has become an increasingly unattractive fuel for U.S. electricity companies, which have been retiring old boilers at a record pace. At least two dozen big coal-fired plants are scheduled to shut down in coming months as utilities transition to new steam turbines fueled by cleaner-burning natural gas made more abundant in recent years by new drilling technologies.Other coal executives have urged similar government intervention to save their businesses. In a speech last week, the CEO of Peabody Energy Corp., the nation’s largest coal producer, also said a two-year moratorium on coal-plant closures was needed.More: Coal CEO Expected Trump Help, but Administration Said No
Recently, I needed to cancel a line on my cell phone. I logged into my account and “cancel a line” was not one of the transactions I could do myself. However, a chat window popped up and promised me help and let me know that I was in the queue. The notification went further and told me that as long as the chat window was open, I would remain in queue for the next available agent. Great news! I could do a few other things while waiting. So, I did just that and kept my eye on the chat window. Instead of seeing a nice little message from the chat person asking how they could help, which I expected, I saw a notice pop up that I was being timed out for inactivity. I had to log in again to get back into the queue. Little Annoyances Lead to Big, Bad ImpressionsIt wasn’t a horrible experience but certainly an annoyance that took more of my time than I would have liked. The experience was a mismatch of perception and reality. The company set my expectations to perceive that as long as the window was open, I was actively waiting. The reality of what actually happened was very different leaving me feeling this is a company that doesn’t value my time. Is your credit union, even in little ways, doing that to your members as well? Are you promising it will work one way, but it actually works differently? Your members’ perception is your reality. Your members might initially just feel annoyed at their interaction with you, but over time, annoyance leads to the impression that it’s hard to do business with your credit union. Prioritize the Member Experience in 2020As you prepare for the new year, drafting budgets, finalizing strategic initiatives and writing the business plan, it’s time to be honest about the promises you are making to your members. Are you setting expectations that don’t match the delivery of the experience? Here are three actions to incorporate into your 2020 initiatives that will help you deliver on your promises, avoid annoying your members and create positive impressions of what it means to be a member of your credit union:Understand Your Members’ Behavior: Do a little research before deciding how you’ll promote your products and services and in what channels for 2020. Understand how your members use your checking accounts, pay their bills and receive their paychecks. Also, understand how your members interact with you. Do your members come into a branch, use your mobile app, read email on their phones or at a desktop? Gathering this information on member behavior will help you align your experiences with your members’ expectations. Evaluate the Experience: Get a handle on the actual experience you are providing and make changes so the delivery matches your promise. Identify those member experience pain points by going through your various delivery channels. Establish an experience team to walk through your website and see if your processes match your description. Have your new employees call the contact center and ask how to become a member or apply for a loan. Sometimes the smallest changes can lead to big impacts. If my chat window from the cell phone provider had actually stayed open, I would have been completely happy with my experience.Take Action on What You Learn: Communicate to your members that experience is a priority and that you want to hear from them. Use your enewsletter and the news section on your website, for example, to tell members that you want to not only meet their expectations but exceed them and that you’ll be sending surveys and providing avenues for them to communicate with you about their experiences. Throughout the year continue the dialogue and tell them what you learned, how you are going to improve and outline the changes you are going to make. Most of us choose options that will help us avoid hassle, annoyance and anxiety. As you look to 2020, bring your member experience into focus and seek out ways to make the expectations and the realities match. Your attention to even the small aspects of the experience you provide will make a big, positive impression on your members. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryn C. Conway Bryn C. Conway, offers more than 15 years of experience as a former credit union executive with extensive background in strategic planning, brand development, member experience, retail delivery and public … Web: https://www.bccstrategies.com Details
Only 218 tests for the new coronavirus have been carried out in Haïti since the first two cases were confirmed March 19, however, leading to criticism from the national medical community of the government’s handling of the pandemic.Since the virus first appeared, the government has announced stringent measures to contain it, but they have not been rigorously followed or enforced.A ban on gatherings of 10 or more people is routinely violated, notably in the country’s crowded public transportation system.Stay-at-home measures, like those in place in Italy and France, are difficult to apply in Haiti because the vast majority of its inhabitants depend on the informal economy to survive. The density of the population of Port-au-Prince, the most populous capital in the Caribbean, with three million people, also makes strategies like social distancing impractical. Haiti on Sunday reported its first novel coronavirus death, a 55-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.The health ministry said the man suffered from diabetes and hypertension.He was one of only 21 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Haiti, a demographically young country where over half those diagnosed with the disease have been under age 45. Topics :
Tenants and homeowners are in a good position, property experts say.He said they would have been impacted most by investors fleeing the market because of the elimination of negative gearing.However, he said everyone would benefit in some way.“There are really no losers,” he said.“We’re very real estate oriented here so we’re happy the Opposition didn’t come in.“That’s why the market has got a bit of spring in its step this week.“The mood has lifted. It’s definitely made people feel far more optimistic.”REIQ director and Professionals Surfers Paradise director John Newlands backed Mr Bell’s comments.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said a large portion of the Coast’s market was investors so if they fled following dumping of negative gearing, property values would plummet.“It would be a completely different place,” he said.“(The market) wouldn’t be as solid as it had been with that element.”Mr Newlands said first-home buyers also stood to benefit under the Coalition Government, based on its election promise to lower the amount needed for a deposit, but it was not clear what the scheme would look like yet. He believed renewed confidence in the market would make it much more stable and better positioned for growth.“I don’t think prices will go up dramatically. It will be a steady increase,” he said.“There’s still great affordability on the Gold Coast.”John Henderson Professionals Real Estate director Luke Henderson said house hunters instantly felt more confident about the market.“I had a high volume of buyer inquiry on Sunday,” he said.“I haven’t heard anything negative from a buyer or seller about Saturday night’s result.”He believed sellers would benefit most because property values would gradually begin to rise again.“I also think buyers who act quickly will benefit,” he said.Mr Henderson said many buyers would wait for signs the market was lifting but said they might end up paying more. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 [email protected] Who are the Gold Coast’s property winners and losers of the federal election?TENANTS are among those who appear to have come out on top following the Coalition’s shock victory in the federal election.This time last week they were bracing for fewer housing options and rental price hikes under the Labor Opposition’s plan to axe negative gearing.But the surprising outcome has offered tenants hope of a more level playing field, and is expected to restore confidence in the rest of the market.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said tenants and homeowners in suburbs with a large number of rental properties, such as Southport, were the biggest winners.
Greek oil and gas company Energean has submitted to the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus applications to import and supply natural gas to Cyprus, starting in 2021.Energean is the operator of the Karish and Tanin deepwater field developments located in the Eastern Mediterranean, approximately 90km offshore Israel.Energean said on Tuesday that the submission of the applications followed the ‘Karish to Cyprus Preliminary Pipeline Development Plan’ that had already been presented to Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority.According to the plan, natural gas will be transported through pipelines from the Karish offshore block to the Energean Power FPSO, and from there through a pipeline to Vassiliko, Cyprus, where it will landfall.The pipeline from the Energean Power FPSO to Vassiliko will have a total length of 215 kilometres and transport natural gas from the Karish North field, offshore Israel, which contains 25 BCM of discovered recoverable resources.Total investment will be circa $350 million and will be funded by Energean. The Republic of Cyprus will bear no upfront cost. Provided that there will be no delays in permitting procedures, the project will allow the Republic of Cyprus to receive competitively priced natural gas from 2021.Mathios Rigas, CEO of Energean, stated: “Energean’s proposal offers the Republic of Cyprus the option to switch to natural gas as soon as possible, and under the most competitive terms. Execution of the proposal will bring competition to the Cypriot natural gas market, decrease energy costs across the economy and result in enhanced diversity and security of supply.“Our proposal enhances the planning of the Republic of Cyprus and the security of supply, as it is supplementary to the LNG import procedures launched by the Cypriot Government. We expect that the Republic of Cyprus will take advantage of the options that the market offers for the benefit of the Cypriot economy and the consumers.”Power plants in CyprusEnergean has already signed Letters of Intent (LOIs) with all three IPPs that have been granted a license to construct combined cycle power plants in Cyprus: Power Energy Cyprus, Lysarea Energia, and Paramount Energy Corporation.The Energean Power FPSO has a capacity of 8BCM per year and Energean has already signed firm GSPAs with Israeli IPPs and industrial consumers for 4.5 BCM per year for an average period of 16 years as of 2021.The FPSO hull was undocked and floated out from the COSCO Shipyards’ dock in early October 2019. The sail away of the FPSO hull from China to Singapore is expected in late 2019.In related news, Cyprus has recently approved the development plan and granted an exploitation license for the Aphrodite offshore gas field to a Noble Energy-led consortium. First gas is expected to start flowing in 2025. Aphrodite is a gas discovery made by Noble energy offshore Cyprus in 2011. The field, located approximately 170 kilometers south of Limassol, was declared commercial in 2015.The development plan envisions deployment of a newbuild floating production facility at the Aphrodite reservoir, with an estimated maximum production capacity of approx. 800 MMCF per day, through five production wells at the initial stage, and export of natural gas to the Egyptian market.
LocalNews “NO VAT” Shopping Day might create administrative challenges by: – January 18, 2012 Share Tweet 7 Views no discussions Share Photo credit: opinion-maker.orgPrime Minister and Minister of Finance Roosevelt Skerrit says a “No VAT” Shopping Day might create administrative challenges for the government, specifically the Inland Revenue Department.LINK News Magazine in its Christmas 2011 Edition suggested that the government of Dominica consider implementing a “NO VAT” shopping day in an effort to help local consumers as well as to increase sales for local businesses.The Magazine also alluded to neighboring island Barbados where a “duty-free” shopping day was “successfully implemented” which was open to the entire public which, according to reports, assisted in “boosting their economy”.Prime Minister Skerrit told Dominica Vibes News on Tuesday while he has heard the requests, implementing it could pose complications for the Value Added Tax Unit at the Inland Revenue Division.“I have heard the request from people calling on Government to declare a “No Vat Day” for the country, I guess one would have to be advised on how it works but one has to appreciate that these kinds of measures can create administrative challenges in terms of the private sector accounting to the Inland Revenue and the VAT Unit on the VAT sales. So there can be some complications and management costs both for the Vat unit and for the private sector firms.”Prime Minister Skerrit said, “We would have to be advised on the implications of that decision and also the difficulty of implementing that particular measure”.He noted although he does not know how exactly the “NO VAT “Day operates it is a good idea. “It is a good idea, I know in Barbados for example they implemented something similar to that but it was only for I believe those companies that are involved in duty-free sales. So the duty free sales were extended to local Barbadians because to take advantage of duty free in a country you would have to be travelling. So I think they took a decision in St. Kitts as I understand it, a “No Vat Day” as to how it worked I do not know.”According to the Prime Minister it is something which his government would consider as he is certain that the citizens would love for it to be implemented however, the government must also consider the implications of that decision.Value Added Tax (VAT) is a form of consumption tax in which buyers pay a tax on the purchase price while for sellers it is value added to the product or service. A 15% VAT tax took effect in Dominica on 1st March, 2006 replacing four taxes; Consumption Tax, Sales Tax, Entertainment Tax and Hotel Occupancy Tax.With the implementation of VAT in 2006, General Imports are subjected to five different types of duties, taxes and surcharges: Import Duty, Environmental Surcharge, Customs Service Charge, Excise Tax and Value Added Tax. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!