150 Local and Overseas Investors for March 10 to 12 Forum

first_img150 Local and Overseas Investors for March 10 to 12 Forum CommerceJanuary 23, 2015Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedSignificant Number of Local and Overseas Investors Expected at Forum March 10 to 12 RelatedImportance of National Export Strategy Outlined RelatedGreen Paper on Special Economic Zones Tabled in the House Story HighlightsSome 150 local and overseas investors are expected to converge in the second city of Montego Bay in March, when the country stages its second major investment forum.Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2015 will again place Jamaica centre stage as the preferred investment destination in the Caribbean.The international conference will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from March 10 to 12 and will showcase key growth sectors and significant investment opportunities on the island. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (right), shares a light moment with Chief Executive Officer of Digicel, Barry O’Brien, at the launch of the Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 at the J. Wray and Nephew headquarters in New Kingston on Thursday, January 22. Advertisements Some 150 local and overseas investors are expected to converge in the second city of Montego Bay in March, when the country stages its second major investment forum.Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2015 will again place Jamaica centre stage as the preferred investment destination in the Caribbean.The international conference will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from March 10 to 12 and will showcase key growth sectors and significant investment opportunities on the island.Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the event is being held at a time when Jamaica has recorded significant improvements in its global investment outlook.“Jamaica’s profile as a credible business and investment destination is clearly rising. Opportunities are plenty and investor confidence is high and growing,” the Minister noted.He was speaking at the official launch of the three-day forum at the J. Wray and Nephew headquarters in New Kingston, on January 22.The country has received several endorsements from the international community regarding its global business ranking in recent times.Chief among these is a 64th place ranking out of 146 nations on the 2014 Forbes Best Countries for Business Report. This makes Jamaica the best country in the Caribbean region to do business, and third in Latin America and the Caribbean.Jamaica also improved its ranking in the 2014 Doing Business Report with a significant jump from 94 to 58.Additionally, the country moved eight places up the Global Competitiveness Index for 2014/15, and is now ranked 86th out of 144 countries, compared to 94th out of 148 countries in the 2013/14 report, and 97th  out of 144 the previous year.Mr. Hylton said he expects that with these upgrades, the 2015 forum will result in even greater inflows of foreign direct investments (FDIs)into Jamaica.The last JIF staged in 2012 targeted 75 international investors, but saw over 100 attending and advanced some US$500 million in foreign investment projects.The Minister noted that international investor interest in the island has increased significantly within the last few years, with FDI inflows moving from US$211 million in 2011 to more than US$561 million in 2013.He said both local and foreign direct investments continue to play a significant role in the economic development of the country.“It is through the steady growth of investments that the economy will get onto a sustainable growth path,” the Minister argued.Meanwhile, President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, said the event forms an important part of the government’s thrust to expand its relationships with international business leaders.It also aims to build awareness about Jamaica as a place to do business and mobilise investment in strategic sectors of the economy.“Our strategy is to immerse these investors in a forum that pairs carefully constructed plenary and breakout sessions with ample opportunity for networking and experiencing the Jamaican business proposition,” she said.Mrs. Edwards said the response from investors to date has been promising, confirming that well over half of the available spaces have already been secured by companies from as far as Turkey, Dubai and South Africa.In his remarks, JAMPRO Chairman, Milton Samuda, said JIF 2015 is the country’s opportunity to present to the world a side of Brand Jamaica, which is not often publicised.“Jamaica is, after all, more than beaches, reggae music, and it is more than the world’s greatest sprinters. It is a sophisticated business environment ready for business,” he said.For her part, Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Therese Turner-Jones, said it is a good time for both local and foreign investors to do business in  Jamaica.She noted that in addition to Jamaica’s improved macro-economic and business environment, the significant reduction in global oil prices have also helped to create a much more enabling climate for investors.“I think investors who are thinking about doing business in Jamaica would be very interested and very keen to jump on the fact that energy prices are a fraction of what they were a few months ago,” she said.Predicting that energy prices will stay low for about another three years, Mrs. Turner-Jones said this is a great opportunity for manufacturers who wish to invest in Jamaica.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller will head a high-profile slate of local and international speakers at the forum. Others include Senior Director for Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness at the World Bank, Anabel Gonzalez; Senior Vice President of Product Design and Service at Vistaprint, Jon Habeski; and Head of Export Finance at Commerzbank AG, Jacques Nyssen.The three-day conference is being spearheaded by JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment agency, in partnership with a number of local and international companies, including IDB, Digicel, Commerzbank, Scotia Bank, Development Bank of Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva, Wray and Nephew, and First Global Bank. 150 Local and Overseas Investors for March 10 to 12 ForumJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

Seniors Given Free Video Devices With Easy-to-Use Buttons So They Can Talk to Family for First Time in Months

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCarla Bales chats on Facebook Portal – Dreamweaver FoundationSeniors who are social distancing to stay healthy during the pandemic are now gaining much-needed companionship, thanks to ultra-loud, easy-to-use devices that connect them directly to loved ones.The Dreamweaver Foundation has provided 300 free Facebook Portals to seniors in nursing care homes in Nebraska and Iowa—and the grateful reactions have ranged from “tears of joy” to an overwhelming sense of relief.Most seniors who received a Portal were connected to loved ones with a clear picture and sound for the first time in months. The eight-year-old Omaha-based nonprofit usually grants wishes to seniors, like hot-air balloon rides or race car driving, but all that stopped when COVID-19 hit.“We still wanted to serve seniors in a special way” said Cheri Mastny, Dreamweaver Foundation executive director. “Many families had been resorting to window visits or calls on smartphones which can be both expensive and difficult for seniors to operate.”RELATED: Send A Birthday Greeting To The Oldest Living World War II Vet In The U.S. As He Turns 111With a Portal, the buttons are super large, so it’s very easy to touch and use. It has a big subwoofer speaker in the back, so the sound is much better for someone who is hard of hearing. Calls can be made seamlessly to and from smartphones and tablets.Warren Taylor – Dreamweaver Foundation“My grandma was a lucky recipient of a Portal and I could Facebook chat with her. It was the first time I had seen her in months,” said Jill Sauser Hamilton. “I can’t tell you how happy this gift has made her. Her daily video chats with our family give her something to look forward to.”RELATED: Senior Home in Brazil Creates ‘Hug Tunnel’ So Visitors Can Embrace Their Loved Ones“Residents are definitely missing their families,” said Teala Ward, a certified nursing assistant at Lincoln’s Sumner Place. “I set them up and add every family member possible.”Since seniors began using them, Dreamweaver has been overwhelmed with requests for more, so they launched a fundraising campaign to purchase more of the Portals. Help them deliver family connections at DreamWeaver.org, and watch the local news coverage below…MULTIPLY The Good By Sharing the News On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

EU funding plan builds on TEN-T revisions

first_imgEUROPE: Rail and port expansion projects lie at the heart of a €50bn spending plan to improve Europe’s transport, energy and digital networks unveiled by the European Commission on October 19. This will form a key element in the EU budget for 2014-20.The Commission said the Connecting Europe Facility ‘will help to create jobs and boost Europe’s competitiveness’ through a series of ‘targeted investments in key infrastructures’. These would address missing links and facilitate greater use of renewable energy. The Commission is proposing a ‘Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative’ as one of several risk-sharing instruments designed to attract private finance. Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the two initiatives are ‘a perfect demonstration of the value added that Europe can provide’, adding that ‘we are closing the missing links in Europe’s infrastructure networks that otherwise would not be built. This investment will generate growth and jobs and at the same time make work and travel easier for millions of European citizens and businesses’. The Transport element of the Connecting Europe Facility will provide €31·7bn to upgrade infrastructure and eliminate bottlenecks. This includes €10bn ring-fenced for projects in the 14 cohesion countries. The money will be focused on less-polluting modes, notably rail and inland waterways, in order to make transport more sustainable and provide greater travel choices. Suggesting that around €500bn will have to be invested to create ‘a real European network’ by 2050 as envisaged in the recent transport white paper, the Commission has grouped the most important projects into 10 cross-border corridors to be developed by 2030. The Core Network has emerged from a review of the TEN-T programme over the past two years, and will be supported by other feeder routes at regional and national level, which are to be financed largely by member states with some EU support. According to Vice-President Siim Kallas, the €31·7bn allocated for transport will act as ‘seed capital’ to stimulate further investment, with every €1m spent at European level expected to be matched by €5m from the member state governments and €20m from the private sector. The 10 core corridorsBaltic – Adriatic: Helsinki – Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warszawa/Gdynia – Katowice – Brno/Bratislava – Wien – Graz – Klagenfurt – Villach – Udine – Venezia – Bologna – Ravenna Warszawa – Berlin – Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Felixstowe – Midlands Mediterranean: Algeciras – Madrid/Sevilla – Valencia – Barcelona – Perpignan – Lyon – Torino – Venezia – Ljubljana – Budapest – Ukraine border Hamburg – Rostock – Berlin – Praha – Bratislava – Budapest – Arad – Timi?oara – Sofia – Burgas/Turkish border/Thessaloniki – Piraeus – Limassol – Lefkosia Helsinki – Turku – Stockholm – Malmö – København – Fehmarn Belt – Hamburg/Bremen – Hannover – Nürnberg – München – Brenner Pass – Verona – Bologna – Roma – Napoli – Bari/Palermo – Valletta Genova – Milano/Novara – Simplon/Lötschberg/Gotthard – Basel – Mannheim – Köln – Düsseldorf – Rotterdam/Amsterdam/Zeebrugge Sines/Lisboa/Porto – Madrid – Valladolid – Vitoria – Bordeaux – Paris – Mannheim/Strasbourg Dublin/Belfast/Glasgow – London – Paris/Brussels + Dublin/Cork/Southampton – Le Havre – Paris Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerpen – Brussel/Bruxelles – Luxembourg – Dijon – Lyon – Marseille + Luxembourg – Strasbourg – Basel Strasbourg – Danube: Strasbourg – Stuttgart – München – Wels/Linz + Strasbourg – Mannheim – Frankfurt – Würzburg – Nürnberg – Regensburg – Passau – Wels/Linz – Wien – Budapest – Arad – Brašov – Bucurešti – Constanta – Sulinalast_img read more

Live from New York, Jason Aldean opens “Saturday Night Live”: “When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit…they’re unbreakable”

first_img Related Courtesy NBC(NEW YORK CITY) — In his first public appearance since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean opened Saturday Night Live with a speech and a song.Aldean was onstage at the Harvest 91 Festival in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing nearly 60 people and wounding hundreds more.  He’s posted several messages online since then, but Saturday night on SNL, he took center stage to comment on the tragedy. “I’m Jason Aldean,” he began.  “This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history.  Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting.  They’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family.”He continued, “So I wanna say to them, ‘We hurt for you and we hurt with you.’ But you can be sure that we’re gonna walk through these tough times together, every step of the way.  Because when America is at its best, our bond, and our spirit…it’s unbreakable.”Aldean and his band then kicked into the perfect song, not only given the circumstances, but given the fact that this past week, we also lost a music legend who inspired both rock and country musicians. He played Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more