Women in Business Expo does not only focus on entrepreneurship – Sonia Noel

first_img…empowers women to develop personally and professionallyThe Women in Business Expo is not just an event that caters for the empowerment of women in the area of business skills and marketing but also provides a platform for females from all walks of life and various careers to have a voice and inspire each other.Those were the words of the organiser of the event, Sonia Noel, who on Sunday on the last day of the two-day expo told Guyana Times that the turnout this year was much more than expected.Some of the women displaying their products at the Expo“We have like 67 exhibitors and some of them from the first year, second year, third year and a lot of the first years… because they develop themselves in their capacities and it is not just their businesses. And one of the things coming out is the personal development coming out from these people, we talk about health and youth and different things that help you give the world the best version of you.”She stated that the feedback has been “tremendous” and that the “Inspire You” motivational event over the years featured many phenomenal women from here in Guyana, the Caribbean and internationally.“It is not just a women expo for business. Business is part of it but it is adding value to life …we want life elevation…it is you being better, your business, your family and by extension your country, being better.”Noel noted that this is the fourth year that such an event has been hosted in Guyana and it will be repeated in years to come because of the impact that it has on the female population especially those who are focused on becoming entrepreneurs.“Small businesses definitely can contribute so much to the development of this country,” she added.Meanwhile, one of the motivational speakers at the event on Sunday, held at the Pegasus Hotel, Thandi McAllister, told this publication that the “Inspire You” activity presents a platform for women to not only share their life-changing stories but it also serves as another platform for women to be inspired by stories in their professional and personal capacities.“So that can transform lives and transformation does not have to be huge, the tiniest change is good enough and I think that is what Inspire You sets out to do. Sometimes it is difficult to recognise that stumbling blocks could be indeed stepping stones. It takes some of us longer to come to that recognition.”Additionally, Renata Burnette, another motivational speaker, stated that such an event serves to empower and enhance the lives of all the women in attendance in more ways than one.“To have a room full of women coming from all walks of life having different careers encouraging each other not knowing which space of mind they are in currently; it is really good. You never have that as often as we should so I felt as though it was the perfect timing and also it is the month for women,” she said.The Women in Business Expo 2019 was hosted by the Sonia Noel Foundation for Creative Arts, in collaboration with the Women’s Association for Sustainable Development.Every year for the past four years, this event has been held in the month of March as part of the activities attributed to International Women’s Day held on March 8.This year, the expo is being held under the theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.  It is referred to as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.last_img read more

No greater gator than Reggie

first_imgAs the reptile relaxes in quarantine, Recchio and the other keepers will determine whether they can accommodate him. “With Reggie’s fame, I’d bet they’ll try to keep him,” said Jay Young, a wrestler and proprietor of Colorado Gators, an alligator rescue facility in Mosca, Colo., who briefly engaged in an earlier hunt. “They’d be silly not to – he’s the most famous alligator in the world, so they’ll probably try to find a way to set him up there. But if not, hey, we’d be happy to take him.” With Ruby the Elephant recently retired to a sanctuary in Northern California, the zoo could use another marquee name to attract interest. The only trouble is, that interest doesn’t necessarily mean more people come and buy tickets. At the San Diego Zoo, letters still come trickling in for Hua Mei, the rock star panda baby born in 1999 – and she moved to China in 2004. The black-and-white fuzzball won San Diego Person of the Year in a contest several years ago, but Public Relations Manager Christina Simmons said attendance didn’t increase as expected. “When they have a name, a history, a story, if they’ve been characterized with people attributes, it raises them to celebrity status,” she said. “Animals like that really have a following, but that doesn’t mean (the fans) come to the zoo.” While Reggie’s future remains murky, his turn in the spotlight has won him at least one high-profile supporter. Legendary television host Bob Barker, a noted animal lover who’s retiring from “The Price Is Right” next month, praised Reggie and declared him to be “quite a guy.” “I think the world of him,” Barker said. “Too bad we couldn’t have had him on the show, but I suppose he might have wanted to take a bite out of one of Barker’s Beauties.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Senior animal keeper Ian Recchio of the zoo’s reptile department recalled the dramatic Thursday scene where he and a crew of park workers pounced upon the struggling, hissing crocodilian. “I was thinking, `This is Reggie. We’ve got to get him. We can’t let this opportunity pass us by,”‘ Recchio recounted. “It’s like shooting a free throw to win the championship.” Recchio sank that proverbial free throw, a team transported the subdued submariner to the zoo and Reggie made the evening news and the headlines. On Friday, there was no greater gator. “Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie!” chanted Michael Levine, an author and expert on all things Hollywood. “We’re living in wacky times, so that helps create diversions like this. … Reggie the Alligator, Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, things like that create a wonderful antidote to a national panic disorder.” Famous and popular as he is, Reggie faces a problem with his new digs – eight roommates who aren’t up for another lodger in their home. Recchio determined that the zoo’s present complement of alligators – six Americans and two of the Chinese variety – would be unsuitable to bunk with the new kid. GRIFFITH PARK – Forget Paris. Lindsay Who? The hottest smile in town belongs to an elusive celebrity who loves the water and has a taste for chicken. A day after he was nabbed Thursday while sunbathing near Machado Lake, Reggie the Alligator found himself the talk of the town. The reptile recluse, 6-feet-6-inches, 140 pounds and blessed with an immense array of gleaming pearly whites, captivated the nation with his two years of exploits cruising the Harbor City lake. After he was carted in, shackled with duct tape and blindfolded, the scaly celeb was romping behind closed doors Friday at the Los Angeles Zoo’s quarantine area. He’ll live the lush life there, dining on chicken and fish between dips in the pool, for at least another 30 days as keepers figure out what to do with their prized catch. last_img