RelatedState Minister Proposes Mandatory Pension System RelatedTourism Ministry to Embark on Intensive Promotional Programme October/November Deadline for Start-Up Jamaica Launch Sectoral Debate 2014/2015June 12, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedCabinet Approves Event Rating System FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements The Government’s ‘Start-up Jamaica’ initiative, aimed at providing technical support to local entrepreneurs and innovators in the area of technology, is expected to be formally launched in October/November of this year.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 11.‘Start-up Jamaica’ is a public/private partnership for economic growth and development, which aims to help Jamaica’s innovators and entrepreneurs grow their business ideas into a product, thus increasing employment and access to foreign exchange.He dubbed the initiative an accelerator for entrepreneurs, designed to turn business ideas into start-ups.“The accelerator is a physical facility which takes equity in start-up companies that go through an intensive selection process, in return for seed capital, training, and mentorship,” he said.Mr. Robinson added that the entrepreneurs will occupy the physical incubator for a period of 100 days, after which they will graduate and have an opportunity to acquire funding from private equity investors.“Once a team is selected, they will be provided with cash and in kind support of US$30,000, half of that would be cash and the rest represents the support of being in the incubator and having the technical expertise there. The companies will be required to provide an equity stake which means they will have to give up a percentage of their ownership,” he explained, adding that a boot camp will be held in September.Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) have been signed with several companies including LIME, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), and Oasis500, to advance the initiative.Through the partnership with JNBS, the facility will be located at Duke Street in Kingston. It is also receiving funding from the DBJ for the initial stages of establishment.Telecommunications company, LIME is to provide Internet connectivity, furniture, and equipment for the initiative, while Middle East based accelerator company, Oasis500, will invest in tech entrepreneurs who are interested in going through the required process for selection.‘Start-up Jamaica’ also seeks to move Jamaicans from being primarily consumers of technology to becoming producers of technology; and to position the country as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship with the Caribbean region. Story HighlightsThe Government’s ‘Start-up Jamaica’ initiative is expected to be formally launched in October/November of this year.‘Start-up Jamaica’ is a public/private partnership for economic growth and development, which aims to help Jamaica’s innovators and entrepreneurs.The initiative is an accelerator for entrepreneurs, designed to turn business ideas into start-ups.
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Lionel Messi produced a hat-trick of assists as Barcelona pulled off a gutsy 3-2 win at Real Betis after trailing twice in an enthralling match in La Liga on Sunday, finally giving the Catalans something to celebrate after a week of upheaval. Clement Lenglet headed home the decisive goal in the 72nd minute from a Messi free kick, earning second-placed Barca a first away win in the league in four matches and cutting the deficit behind leaders Real Madrid back to three points.French defender Lenglet was then sent off for two bookings, moments after Betis’ Nabil Fekir had been dismissed for earning two yellow cards in the space of a minute.Barca coach Quique Setien was making his first appearance back at Betis since being sacked by the Seville club last May and desperately needed a victory after Real had beaten Osasuna 4-1 earlier in the day.But the visitors got off to a terrible start when Sergio Canales gave Betis the lead in the sixth minute from the penalty spot after a VAR review showed Lenglet had handled the ball.Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong promptly equalised with the help of a lofted pass from Messi but Barca soon found themselves on the back foot again when Betis restored their lead with a strike from World Cup-winning forward Fekir in the 26th minute.Messi proved pivotal in the Catalans levelling right before halftime, delivering a free kick into the path of Sergio Busquets who converted from close range.The Argentine was also able to pick out Lenglet for the winning strike, setting up a goal for the fifth time in three games.The topsy-turvy encounter was a fitting end to a dramatic week for Barca in which Ousmane Dembele sustained a serious injury, Messi lashed out at sporting director Eric Abidal and the team lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao to exit the Copa del Rey.“This is a hugely significant win for us because Betis are a great team and were being roared on by their fans at home,” Barca coach Setien told a news conference.“This is a very important victory because it keeps us near the top of the table and it will give us a huge psychological boost.”Barca, who hired Setien last month after sacking Ernesto Valverde, had not won away from home in the league since beating Atletico Madrid on 1 December and were smarting from a recent defeat at Valencia as well as the last-gasp loss in the Cup to Bilbao.RelatedLate Messi Penalty Lifts Barcelona Top Of La LigaMarch 7, 2020In “Spain”Griezmann Double Seals Barca First La Liga WinAugust 26, 2019In “Spain”LaLiga: Messi Sinks Sevilla in 50th Career HattrickFebruary 24, 2019In “Spain”
And later this week she will run out in the green and gold uniform of the Australian Women’s Open team when they battle it out against New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series in Mudgee, New South Wales. The Brisbane school student, who turned 17 last month, becomes one of the youngest players to ever represent Australia at an Open’s level, while teammate Ashleigh Quinlan, who turned 17 late last year, also joins her in the team. While Caslick didn’t expect to be making the team so early in her career, she is looking forward to making her mark on the series when it starts on Thursday. “I was sort of a bit shocked but yeah I’m really excited, I can’t wait,” Caslick said. Caslick started playing Touch Football as an 11-year-old, and it didn’t take long for her to impress on the field, making her first Queensland team that year. While it’s been a big 12 months for the 17-year-old, which included helping her side, the Brisbane City Cobras win the 2012 National Touch League Women’s Open title, she is keen to use this week’s experience to learn as much as she can from some of her Touch Football idols, and she says she has already learnt plenty along the way. “I’d already played with Woodsy (Kelly Woods) and Chez (Emilee Cherry) before but playing with Peta (Rogerson) and Louise Winchester and KJ (Kristy Judd), they just taught me so much and they were so encouraging, just learning from all of them, they all have little things that help so much.”“I think I’m just going to learn so much from the older girls and that’s what I’m looking forward to the most, I think it will be fun in general,” she said. Caslick credits Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell as one of the biggest influences on her Touch Football career to date and says that having him as her coach at the highest level is making her feel more comfortable in the lead up to the series. Representing Australia at the Open’s level at such a young age doesn’t seem to faze Caslick, who after representing the Australian 18’s Girls team last year made it her next goal to make the Women’s Open team. “I haven’t really thought about how young I actually am, I’m honoured to have had so much help… everyone has helped me so much.”Stay tuned to the website to meet the team’s other 17-year-old, Ashleigh Quinlan, in the coming days. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to the club.While Thomas started the match against Espanyol last week, he has often been left out of Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for the biggest matches.”Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico,” he said after the game.”To be happy you have to play in important games and feel stronger, more confident.The Ghanaian wanted to clarify his statements and went to social media in order to do so.”On Saturday after the match I made some statements that were not understood well,” he wrote.”I want to explain myself better.”Atletico is the club where I want to be and I would like to keep growing as a player, for the club and for the fans.”And it’s true that I feel like I can be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day.”I do not want to be content and that is good [as I look to become] the best player that I can be.”Merry Christmas and Aupa Atleti!”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadershipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJulen Lopetegui urged Sevilla fans to stay calm as they sit top of the table.Sevilla lead the LaLiga Santander after a 1-0 win away at Alaves on Sunday.”Being top does not tell me anything because there’s such a long way to go,” Lopetegui said”The only thing it tells me is that the team is doing well, that we are getting stronger as a team and now we are heading into Europe.” A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches and Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s display.”We played a good game and a very good first half against a difficult opponent who make things very challenging.”The team did very well with the aspects we had worked on.”In the second half, it was tougher. They played more direct and perhaps we needed to interpret the situation and not back down. It was a deserved and fair victory,” he added.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was off 7.80 cents at $5.0260 a bushel; Dec. corn was up .40 cent at $3.6660 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 6 cents at $2.8960 bushel while Nov. soybeans gained 4.40 cents at 8.7440 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle was up .98 cent at $1.15 a pound; Nov. feeder cattle rose .80 cent at $1.4890 a pound; Dec. lean hogs gained 1.70 cents at .5750 a pound.The Associated Press
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Cycling has hired Rob DeMartini as its president and CEO, giving the longtime New Balance boss the job of not only growing the sport at the grassroots level but preparing the nation’s elite athletes for success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The governing body announced DeMartini’s hiring in a statement Monday. He takes over for Derek Bouchard-Hall, who undertook a massive restructuring of USA Cycling before leaving the organization at year’s end to become CEO of Swiss cycling apparel company ASSOS.DeMartini, an avid cyclist, was hired primarily for his business acumen. He spent 20 years with Proctor & Gamble, then spent time with Tyson Foods, before taking over New Balance.He took the shoe and apparel company from annual revenues of $1.5 billion in 2007 to $4.4 billion last year, helping New Balance to regain its position as a leader in the running industry.The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Auditor General of B.C. says the Province can do more to ensure commercial vehicle safety.The report says over the last 10 years, 300 people have died per year in motor vehicle incidents, with almost 20% of those collisions involving a commercial vehicle.“The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and ICBC have commercial vehicle safety programs in place that prevent crashes and save lives, but much more needs to be done to ensure British Columbia’s roads are safe,” said Carol Bellringer, auditor general. Heavy commercial vehicles, such as dump trucks, container trucks and semi-trailers, represent about 3% of vehicles registered in B.C., yet they are involved in 19% of fatal collisions in the province. In the majority of fatal collisions involving a heavy commercial vehicle, the commercial driver is not at fault.Safety education and awareness programs for road users on safe driving in and around commercial vehicles can prevent crashes. However, these programs are limited in B.C. because even though multiple organizations are involved, none have the budget or authority for overall responsibility. The report recommends that government establishes clear responsibility for the promotion of commercial vehicle road safety education and awareness.Government also needs to review the standards for commercial driver licensing. In B.C., drivers are not required to take driver training to get their commercial licence. Government does not know whether commercial driving standards in B.C. are adequate but has recently started to address this issue.The report also recommends that government do more to ensure commercial vehicles are operating safely on B.C.’s roads. For example, government does not have a clear and effective system to hold licensed private inspection facilities accountable for complying with commercial vehicle safety standards. Also, commercial vehicle safety and enforcement officers have a challenging job and could be more effective with better supports.
The Oilman of the Year award went to Art Jarvis, with Dave Marshall receiving the Ivor Miller Award.Oilmen’s President Dustin Stirling and Local MP Bob Zimmer were in attendance to congratulate and thank the oilmen for their continued support and involvement in the oil and gas industry. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association held their 10th Annual Oilmen’s Family Camp over the weekend at Peace Island Park in Taylor.This event was an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a weekend of camping, boating, barbeques and even a duck race.On Saturday, the Oilmen held an awards ceremony where they honoured two of their members for their ongoing involvement and support in the oil and gas industry.