Small-Business Financing for Discussion at Caribbean MSME Conference

first_img Small-business financing, policy framework to facilitate growth locally and regionally, and matters related to trade within the region are high on the agenda of the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference slated for July 19 to 21 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Small-business financing, policy framework to facilitate growth locally and regionally, and matters related to trade within the region are high on the agenda of the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference slated for July 19 to 21 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.Dubbed ‘Collaboration for Caribbean Sustainability’, the conference will present opportunities for small-business associations to better serve and support economic growth, while creating a space to address areas critical to the sustainability and livelihood of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) within the region.Elaborating on the focus areas, President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ), Hugh Johnson, told JIS News that persons attending the conference will benefit from information on policy, trade and finance, which will be dealt with simultaneously in breakout sessions.“Without the correct policy in place, we will not be able to do better business, so that is why we have called in the Ministers of Industry and Commerce from across the region and other key stakeholders to sit with us for three days to discuss at length, and at the end of it, to conclude on the way forward as it relates to the policy issues that will help to drive the MSME sector in the region,” Mr. Johnson said.Trade-related topics will include the removal of impediments to trade among member States, managing the business risk for survival and sustainability, formalising businesses for increased market access and developing the human capital to increase global competitiveness.In terms of financing, discussions will feature creating a regional venture capital fund for MSMEs, equity financing options for small businesses, attracting angel investors for start-ups, and financial implications for new businesses.Mr. Johnson pointed out that the small-business sector, key stakeholders, policymakers and technocrats will discuss best practices and initiatives that will allow for greater collaboration with businesses in the Caribbean and regional competitiveness to increase economies of scale.“We think it’s high time for the small players within the region to get to know each other, to come together and to forge a path for themselves, along with the regional Governments, (and) to get businesses among themselves moving,” he argued.The SBAJ, in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, will be hosting the conference, with major sponsorship from the Jamaica National Group, RJRGleaner Communications Group, Flow, Development Bank of Jamaica, Caribbean Development Bank, the Spanish Court Hotel, and Caribbean Airlines. Story Highlights Trade-related topics will include the removal of impediments to trade among member States, managing the business risk for survival and sustainability, formalising businesses for increased market access and developing the human capital to increase global competitiveness. Dubbed ‘Collaboration for Caribbean Sustainability’, the conference will present opportunities for small-business associations to better serve and support economic growth, while creating a space to address areas critical to the sustainability and livelihood of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) within the region.last_img read more

Recognising the contribution of queen of sarod

first_imgThe 90th birth anniversary of the legendary queen of sarod, late Guru Sharan Rani is being commemorated with an event in the Capital. As the foremost woman practitioner of the sarod, a handpicked and personally trained disciple of late Baba Allauddin Khan, Guru Sharan Rani pioneered a revolution by making sarod a woman-friendly classical instrument. Her personal contribution to the art of playing sarod, by introducing the instrument to hundreds of music lovers worldwide through innumerable concerts held at prestigious platforms in India and abroad, remains legendary. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn keeping with her pristine status and appeal, a commemorative evening is being organised by her daughter Radhika Backliwal Narain, wherein a Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred on Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the country’s ace Mohan Veena Vadak. The event will be held on April 7, at India International Centre. The event will also see a live concert recital by the maestro, where he will be accompanied by his son and disciple Salil Bhatt, on the Satvik Veena. Tabla accompaniment for the same will be provided by Ram Kumar Mishra. For connoisseurs and music aficionados, there will be an opportunity to relive the Sharan Rani era through a short film of 29 minutes, featuring snippets from the musical journey of the Sharan Rani. The film has been directed by Radhika Backliwal Narain and deftly takes into account the personal, musical and international makeover along with the professional excellence of this performer.last_img read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State knocks off UMass for first home

Ohio State then-junior forward Mason Jobst (26) attempts to evade a Badger defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey scored in the final minutes of the game against UMass to win their first home game of the season by a score of 3-1.Coming off a 6-3 Friday night loss to the Minutemen in their home opener, head coach Steve Rohlik said the Buckeyes were looking to respond to the loss and play like the No. 1 team in the nation to earn their first home win of the season.“I like our group and our room. We’ve got a great culture,” Rohlik said. “It was a good response. You don’t like losing, and certainly don’t want to lose two in a row, so it was a good response for our guys tonight.”The teams traded goals early, with a goal by UMass sophomore forward Mitchell Chaffee being followed up only 13 seconds later by Ohio State junior forward Tanner Laczynski’s first goal of the season. Laczynski’s goal was assisted by junior forward Ronnie Hein and sophomore defenseman Grant Gabriele, his first point of the season.After these goals, however, a scoring drought developed,  as neither team scored for the next 51 minutes of game time. Both teams had two power play opportunities during the game that were killed, and had multiple open shots that went off the post or wide of the net.Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier allowed one goal and had 35 saves, tied for a career-high, and has only allowed one goal through two games this season.UMass freshman goaltender Filip Lindberg contributed to the Buckeyes woes on offense for most of the game, only allowing two goals and saving 36 shots for the Minutemen.The tie was finally broken with Lacyznski’s second goal of the game, assisted by redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege with less than two minutes remaining in the game. “Last night we came out, we played hard first couple shifts, but then, you know, we were just flat the rest of the game it felt like,” junior forward Tanner Laczynski said. “It was good today, I thought we came out hard, put the pressure on them, and I thought we were consistent the whole night.”Ohio State outshot the Minutemen 39-36 on the night. Senior forward Mason Jobst added an additional goal in the empty UMass net with less than a minute left to make the final score 3-1.The Buckeyes will remain home for their series-opening game against Bowling Green next Friday at 7:00 p.m. and will travel to Bowling Green for their game Saturday at 7:07 p.m. read more

Dortmund seals late win to avoid Cupset

first_imgLate goals from new boy Axel Witsel and Marco Reus ensured that Borussia Dortmund beat Greuther Fuerth 2-1 in the German Cup on Monday.Dortmund was on the verge of an upset at the hands of the second-division club before Belgium midfielder Witsel restored parity to send the game to extra-time.Reus completed the comeback late in the game with an injury-time winner.Dortmund, who won the competition in 2017 failed to impress in Lucien Favre’s first competitive game in charge, and they paid the price when Sebastian Ernst opened the scoring for Fuerth.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Witsel, who joined Dortmund from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian, was set up by Reus, who was the beneficiary of Jadon Sancho’s incisive play for the winner – after goalkeeper Roman Buerki denied Fuerth’s Fabian Reese in a one-on-one.Fuerth coach Damir Buric missed the game due to a family bereavement.In the other encounter, Freiburg needed penalties to get past third-division Energie Cottbus. Tim Kruse missed the decisive spot-kick as the Bundesliga side won 5-3.last_img read more

Fulham vicechairman tells a fan to go to hell

first_imgTony Khan attacked a fan on Twitter after the supporter asked him to step down from his position as Fulham lost against Burnley.Fulham FC was defeated 2-1 by Burnley in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.And fans are angry as their team lay in the 19th position in the table, just three points ahead of the last place.One Fulham supporter took his frustration to Twitter, where he asked the team’s vice-chairman Tony Khan to step down from his position.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Never. I’ll die at this club. Go to hell,” replied Khan.“To squad, staff, and supporters, some people are waving the white flag and saying we should surrender, people said the same when we were 6 & 4 points behind the past 2 seasons; we closed the gap both times,” he was quoted as saying by The Independent.“Our squad has great moments, but they’ve shown their abilities more often than they’ve gotten the points we need. But we can close this gap.”“As with last January we’ll make multiple signings to improve the squad, but it’s on our players now to fight, finish & win. Come on Fulham!” he concluded.last_img read more

ANWR Fight Starts First Day Of Conference Committee

first_imgCongressman Don Young R-AK: “Most of you never participated at all, because you wouldn’t participate when you (were) asked – House and Senate side. That’s not good legislation, that’s TV legislation.  You are playing to the cameras.”  Congressman Don Young R-AK: “Thank God I’m wearing my cowboy boots today. You know why cowboys wear cowboy boots? To keep their damn pants clean from the horse manure that comes from people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Congressman Don Young opened the House-Senate Conference Committee meeting on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by chiding members who failed to do their homework on the ANWR provision, opting instead to come out against the proposed legislation with canned arguments that are not on point. Young put on his Dean of the House hat and educated his fellow members on how those from both sides of the aisle together framed the tenants of the initial legislation that formed Section 1002, and set it aside for the express purpose of oil and gas development.center_img In iconic Young fashion, the former teacher from Fort Yukon illustrated his point with a traditional Alaskan lesson on footwear adjusted from hip waders to cowboy boots to tailor the message to his audience. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp3VmDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more