Entities Engaged in Social Enterprise Activities to Get Support from SEBI

first_imgEntities Engaged in Social Enterprise Activities to Get Support from SEBI CommerceJune 27, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedKingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators RelatedIndustry Minister Calls for More Medical Labs to Get Accredited RelatedLab Accreditation Should Be Mandatory – Minister Hyltoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 10 entities engaged in social enterprise activities have been identified for support under the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), being jointly implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Jamaica National Foundation.Social enterprises are organisations that incorporate business principles and strategies to maximise social and environmental development, as against pursuing profit maximisation for shareholders.State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, who made the announcement during her 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House on June 25, said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project aims to facilitate and support the growth and development of social enterprises across Jamaica.She explained that the SEBI business development programme is designed to: build the capacity of social enterprises to achieve financial sustainability and increased social impact; enable these organisations to improve their business skills and expertise; and strengthen their business efficiencies through training and development, and networking opportunities.“These (10) businesses/organisations have (already) been identified as making a meaningful contribution to individuals, communities and consequently, to Jamaica’s development,” she informed, pointing out that they were selected based on their response to general invitations from the Ministry for application submissions for SEBI support.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will work with the entities to “transform” them into efficient, competitive and profitable businesses.In addition to these inputs, she said the Ministry also has a Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) programme in place to lend support to those stakeholders. The State Minister informed that the SBDC model was developed in the United States based on the important role that small businesses are deemed to play in economic development.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams explained that SBDCs provide a range of intervention services to clients including management training and capacity building; business start-up and formalisation; business plans and financial forecasting; capital access; and innovation and technology.Against this background, she said the SBDC model has been adapted in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries in order to “develop our micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector.”“We (in Jamaica) have already completed the training of trainers under the programme and are convinced that this programme will greatly assist in the entrepreneurial building process,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams added.Contact: Douglas McIntosh Advertisementslast_img read more

Britain thinks Germans care about Brexit — they don’t

first_imgBERLIN — It’s a pity more Brits don’t speak German. If they did, they’d appreciate just how uninterested most Germans are in Brexit.For months, a parade of British officials have been visiting Berlin, in what has so far been a vain effort to drum up interest in their plight. Inevitably, their discussions with Germans reach an awkward moment (be it a mention of the role of the ECJ, the Swiss model, or some other talking point), where it becomes clear the Germans have no idea what their guests are referring to. They nod and smile, nonetheless.Brexit is not a political issue in Germany. No election will be won or lost because of it. Angela Merkel’s position — to walk in lock-step with France and the Commission — is not controversial, it is consensus across the political landscape. For Berlin, Brexit is less of a negotiation than a punchline. Germans officials like to joke that Brits are quickly becoming the largest refugee group in Berlin.They are bemused at how the British have become more literate in the minutiae of EU rules than at any time during their unlucky four decades as members of the bloc.Few in Berlin are following the finer points of the U.K. debate, however. Boris Johnson’s recent pronouncements on clearing out “the dead bodies” in Libya and his recitation of Rudyard Kipling in Myanmar got more notice than Theresa May’s Florence speech, for example.A prominent German commentator recently compared May to “a beetle lying on its back, kicking its legs in desperation.” Germany’s politicians have shown little inclination to help turn her back over. May’s failed back-channel effort to convince Berlin to push Michel Barnier to move Brexit talks to the next phase is only the latest example of Germany’s unwillingness to help.“The French and the Germans have been pretty clear in what they told Barnier: The mandate he received from the European Council is about discussing phase 1,” said a senior German official.“The Brits don’t seem to get that if we don’t come up with results in phase 1, there won’t be any moving on to other phases.” British hopes that Berlin would eventually intervene to try and protect Germany’s industrial interests in the U.K. have proved misplaced. German auto companies are likely to take a Brexit hit. But the growth in migration of financial firms to Frankfurt has convinced Berlin that Brexit might not be as bad as many feared.This insight is from POLITICO‘s Brexit Files newsletter, a daily afternoon digest of the best coverage and analysis of Britain’s decision to leave the EU available to Brexit Pro subscribers. Sign up here. Also On POLITICO German industry wants Brexit clarity, but isn’t on Britain’s side By Victor Brechenmacher Germany and France push harder line on Brexit talks By Jacopo Barigazzi and Maïa de La Baumelast_img read more

At least 1,350 refugees evacuated from Libya in 2019 ~ UN

first_img149 refugees evacuated from Libya to Italy UNHCR Libya (Image courtesy0 A Libyan police checks a damaged civilian vehicle, after a missile hit the terminal’s park of Mitiga airport in Tripoli, Libya August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVESThe UN Higher Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday that 1,350 refugees have been evacuated from Libya to third countries in 2019.A total of “1,350 refugees left Libya to safe third countries through evacuation or resettlement program in 2019,” the UNHCR tweeted. Because of the insecurity and chaos, Libya is a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, many of whom drown on the way.The UNHCR has said Libya is not a safe port for disembarkation for migrants given the worsening security conditions in the North African country.Related 131 refugees evacuated out of Libya to Niger 146 refugees evacuated from Libya to Italy as fighting continueslast_img read more

The decision on Latvian participants in EC beach volleyball has not…

first_imgMārtiņš Pļaviņš and Edgars Točs Photo by FIVBThe Latvian Volleyball Federation (LVF) has not yet made a decision on the procedure for clarifying Latvian duets for participation in the European Beach Volleyball Championship, which will take place in Jūrmala from 16 to 20 September, LVF Secretary General Gunta Aizporiete confirmed in a conversation with LETA on Friday.The decision to organize the competition in Latvia was made at the July 7 meeting of the Board of the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV).In the previous European Championship in Jūrmala in 2017, when Jānis Šmēdiņš and Aleksandrs Samoilovs became vice-champions, Latvia had four pairs in both men’s and women’s competitions.Aleksandrs Solovejs, one of the potential participants of the championship, raised the issue of the procedure by which the quotas of participants due to Latvia will be distributed this year on social networks on Thursday.“I do not understand how, after the final stage of the” ERGO Open 2020 “Latvian Championship in Cēsis, two special invitations can be given in both women’s and men’s competitions?” he asks on the Instagram platform.“I think it is not objective,” says the volleyball player, adding that he does not believe that he should be given a “wild card” or a special invitation, but also points to the shortcomings of such a decision – to determine the participants of the European Championship in the Latvian championship final.“It seems to me that it would be objective to organize a separate tournament, because both J.Šmēdiņš / A.Samoilovs and M.Pļaviņš / E.Točs will play in the Cēsis stage, [kuri ceļazīmi jau nodrošinājuši ar vietu pasaules rangā], ”Says the athlete. “If a couple meets them [agrākā turnīra fāzē] and lose, there is no chance of it going to the European Championship. ”He also points out that it is clear why the two best Latvian pairs and European champions Anastasija Kravčenoka with Tīna Laura Graudiņš can be immediately included in the European top ranking competition, but he does not understand why Varvara Brailko and Anete Namiķe are honored this season. stable second duo in Latvia.The choice of Latvian duets for the competition officially described by Solovei has not been confirmed and published anywhere in mid-September, however, protesting against such a possibility, Solovejs mentions on social networks that in that case he can also refuse to participate in the Latvian national continental cup, which is another opportunity for Latvian beach volleyball players. to Qualify for the Tokyo Olympics |“The decision on the distribution of European Championship quotas has been entrusted by LVF to the LVF Beach Commission, which consists of ten members and the head of the commission,” LVF Secretary General Aizporiete explains to LETA.“Currently, a formal decision has not been made and made public, discussions are still underway on various details and aspects of the decision. We anticipate that in the near future, at the latest – on Monday, the decision will be made and made public and announced on all LVF public channels, ”says Aizporiete.Solovejs also participated in the 2017 European Championships in Jūrmala, where together with Tomas Šmēdiņš he lost in all three subgroup games and did not continue the competition, taking a shared 25th place.It is interesting that the fourth ticket to the 2017 championship was awarded to Latvia in a similar way. The duo T.Šmēdiņš / A.Solovejs and Inese Jursone / Ance Olte qualified for the competition as the best duo “ERGO Open 2017” in the evaluation of the Latvian championship.This season Solovei starts together with Alexander Samoilov’s younger brother Mikhail Samoilov.Last year in Moscow, the Latvian duo Graudiņa / Kravčenoka became European champions in the women’s competition, and in the men’s competition – the Norwegian Annešs Mūls and Kristians Sērums.The high-quality international tournament in the sand of Majori in Jūrmala has been taking place since 2014. That year, in the final of the CEV satellite tournament, Jānis Šmēdiņš and Aleksandrs Samoilovs beat Armands Āboliņš and Haralds Regžs. A year later, Šmēdiņš with Samoilov was third in the CEV Masters series, but in 2016, when the women’s competition took place for the first time. In Jūrmala, Samoilovs won again with Šmēdiņš, with Mārtiņš Pļaviņš and Regža in third place.In August 2017, Jūrmala organized the most important competition on a European scale – the final of the European Championship. Šmēdiņš with Samoilov reached the final, where he lost to the Italians Daniel Lupo and Paolo Nikola, but Graudiņa and Kravčenoka won a surprisingly high fifth place.Graudiņa and Kravčenoka were in the second European U-22 Championship next year in Jūrmala, but Mihails Samoilovs and Kristaps Šmits won the men’s competition.In 2019, the three-star World Tour for Men debuted in Jūrmala. Here, too, the home team won – J.Šmēdiņš with A.Samoilovs.This year, for the first time, the World Tour stage competition for women was to take place in Jūrmala, but this tournament was postponed to the next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Big ‘no’ to cheap housing

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS NEIGHBOURS surrounding a proposed affordable community housing hub in Pakenham have held at least two large public…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Intermediate Hurling Final 2018 – The Commentary

first_imgListen back to Niall Canavan and Conor Hayes on commentary from Duggan Park as Oranmore Maree defeated Kilconieron to win the 2018 Intermediate Hurling Championship… Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/2018%20IHC%20final%20Oran%20Maree%20v%20Kilconieron.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Kerry Dyck Memorial Thanksgiving Soccer Tournament goes Saturday

first_imgA fun day of soccer is planned to remember Kerry Dyck.The Kerry Dyck Memorial Thanksgiving Soccer Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 at Lakeside fields.The format of the tournament is strictly fun. People interested in playing can simply register and pay online. Once registered the players will be selected onto random teams. “We held the tournament last year to raise money to help Kerry with his treatment,” said Nelson Soccer Association chair, Chuck Bennett. “It was a lot of fun. Most of us knew at the time that Kerry probably wouldn’t beat his cancer and I think it was a way for us to come together as a soccer community to spend time with a person who meant a lot to all of us as individuals and a sport community. It was a special day.”Dyck passed away in January of this year and as a way of celebrating his contribution to the association, NSA decided it would start a bursary at L.V. Rogers in Kerry’s name.“We are using the funds from this tournament to fund that bursary,” added Bennett.The cost to participate is only $20 and it is open to male and female players, 17 or older and of all skill levels.Also, for those who don’t want to play soccer, but still want to participate, Jackson’s Hole has come on as a sponsor and there will be a fun night of prizes and draws following the tournament at the restaurant. The Vancouver Whitecaps have generously donated a signed jersey and four games tickets, while Nelson Brewery has donated a brewery tour and appy event for 10 people.“We are going to do both draws and a small live auction,” said Bennett. “It should be a lot of fun. I also think it will be a time when we remember and celebrate Kerry.”To register visit www.nys.ca.last_img read more