The North Peace Cultural Centre’s artSpace has some new plans for 2011.The program’s location is currently in the process of being made over, in order to make participants experience more enjoyable while at the centre. The artSpace is also excited to announce the start of its new Winter Session. The session includes a new lineup of classes, new faces involved in the program and a whole new experience at the Centre.- Advertisement -There are special interest community classes fit for everyone, including cooking, arts, dance and much more. There are no age restrictions for those who are interested.The new Winter Session starts Jan. 17 and everyone is encouraged to check out what the Centre has to offer. The event schedule can be viewed in multiple ways, either by checking out the Cultural Centre’s Facebook page, their twitter account and postings on energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.More specific details are also available at the Centre’s website here, or call 250-785-1992.
State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, is confident that the proposed Venture Capital Development Fund, which will target financing for newly established businesses, will be in place by year end.Speaking at the opening session of the University of Technology’s 18th annual students’ conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on Wednesday, March 20, Mr. Robinson assured that the initiative will facilitate access to private equity financing by fledging entrepreneurs encountering challenges accessing funds through traditional sources, such as commercial banks.“We are acutely aware that some of you may not be able to go to a bank and borrow money and that is a huge hindrance in allowing you to build and develop those ideas. I am very confident that before the end of the year we will be in a position to announce the start of the new venture capital fund facility,” he said.Mr. Robinson also reiterated the government’s commitment in facilitating information and communication technology access to as many persons as possible, noting that this is imperative in an era of “rapidly changing technological advances”, globally.The State Minister said this commitment will be fulfilled through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which has already established over 100 Community Access Points (CAPs) in schools, post offices, churches, and community centres islandwide, equipped with computers and internet connectivity.By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, has reported that 240 business meetings were facilitated at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.He also noted that several investments will be coming into the country as a result of the links made at the three-day event, which ended on June 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.“The 240 meetings were facilitated among 14 investors on 30 local projects. That is significant. Out of that, seven investors indicated that they were desirous of making equity investments in 17 projects, and have requested additional information from these project owners,” the State Minister said at the closing ceremony.“JAMPRO is going to follow-up with these (prospective investors), and the country will hear more about the investments. The future of Jamaica is extremely bright,” the State Minister added.He noted that some 600 delegates attended the conference, and reiterated that Jamaicans overseas are committed to their country.“The important story is not the size of the conference, it is the commitment of Jamaicans to Jamaica,” Mr. Brown said.There were deliberations on the soon to be published Jamaica International Migration and Development Policy at the conference, which among other things will seek to minimize culture shock and prepare migrating Jamaicansfor assimilation, so they can contribute to the development of both Jamaica and their host countries. It will also assist in tracking the number of those who will be joining the Diaspora.“Our objective is to prepare our people to deal with the challenges that they will face in different spaces, and to let them know that if things don’t work elsewhere, they can return home, anytime they are ready. We want Jamaicans to know that this is their home, and once you are ready to return, we are ready to receive you,” Mr. Brown said.Contact: Garfield L. Angus