Sealaska Corp. announces $10.5 million in dividends

first_imgAlaska Native Corporations | Sealaska | Southeast | SyndicatedSealaska Corp. announces $10.5 million in dividendsOctober 31, 2016 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Sealaska Plaza, headquarters of the Southeast regional Native corporation, in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Sealaska regional Native corporation will distribute $10.5 million to shareholders in November.That brings the 2016 total payout to $26.4 million.Payments go to the corporation’s approximately 22,000 shareholders, who live or have roots in Southeast Alaska.An announcement on Sealaska’s website said most shareholders who also belong to an urban Native corporation, such as Juneau’s Goldbelt, will receive $597 directly. The same is true for at-large shareholders, who are not members of a village or urban corporation.Most shareholders who also belong to a village Native corporation, such as Saxman’s Cape Fox, will receive $133 directly. The same is true for shadeholders’ descendants. Elders who register for a special program can receive an additional $133.All amounts are based on ownership of 100 shares. That’s the most common number, but some Sealaska members own more or fewer shares because of gifting or inheritance.Juneau-based Sealaska’s earnings come from savings, investments and businesses.About four-fifths of the fall distribution comes from a pool of shared natural-resource earnings made by other regional Native corporations. That makes up the difference between the lower and higher dividend payments.Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott said in a prepared statement that the corporation’s goals include lessening dependence on the resource-income pool.The fall dividends will be distributed Nov. 23.In past years, they’ve been paid in early December.Share this story:last_img read more

New technology could help save Anchorage homes from wildfires

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | EnvironmentNew technology could help save Anchorage homes from wildfiresSeptember 3, 2019 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:John Parker installs a new wildfire monitoring system on the roof of an Anchorage home. The Anchorage Fire Department hopes it will help them spot wildfires faster. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)In mid-August, Anchorage forester John See stood on the roof of a home in the city’s Stuckagain Heights neighborhood.“We’re going day by day now,” See said, looking out over the Anchorage Bowl. “When we hit these lower humidity, higher temperature days like we’re expecting today and through the weekend, those are kind of the worst case scenario.”See’s words were prescient. That weekend, major wildfires ignited north and south of Anchorage, consuming tens of thousands of acres and, in the case of the McKinley Fire, over 50 homes.Trying to prevent another, similar disaster is why See was on the roof of the Stuckagain Heights home. He was overseeing the installation of a specialized monitoring device, meant to help the Anchorage Fire Department respond to fires faster.The device is called a thermography camera, and it resembles a security camera. It and the accompanying system are designed to locate and analyze the telltale signs of a wildfire, said John Parker, president of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems: “Persistent heat sources, heat sources that grow over time, moving heat sources and heat sources that have the common elements of a fire.”During the testing phase, the camera will sweep forested areas from Tudor Road to the north and Service High School to the south.When the camera detects something suspicious, it will send a signal to the Anchorage Fire Department. First, the potential fire spot will show up on a screen in the dispatch center, indicated by a green square.“Once it determines that it actually is a fire, that square turns bright red and starts strobing,” Parker explained.Then, an alarm will sound and responders will be given a GPS location for the fire. A different camera will zoom in and and show visual image of what’s happening on the ground.The whole setup is not exactly cheap — the thermography camera alone is worth $12,000. But this is a pilot project, Parker said, so he is installing the system at no cost to the city. According to Parker, The Eyak Corporation, the village corporation for Cordova, is helping fund the pilot project in hopes that it could ultimately be used for wildfire detection in rural Alaska.The thermography camera in Stuckagain Heights is one of two now installed in the city; the other is at the Anchorage Fire Department. The system isn’t operational yet, but the department hopes to finish setting it up and begin testing this fall.See with the Anchorage Fire Department said if it works, one of the main benefits is its ability to show exactly where the fire is. That’s because sometimes people who call in to report smoke rising from the forest have a hard time explaining its location, making it take longer for firefighters to get there.“The kind of description the dispatchers get is, ‘well, it’s somewhere east of Elmore Road, and it’s south of Tudor .. I’m not sure exactly where it’s at,’” See said.The cameras, he added, are “definitely going to save critical time”See also said they could help the fire department figure out how aggressively they need to go after a fire. If they show an incident that is less of a risk, it could save resources. On the other hand, if the fire looks like the real deal, “it’ll allow us to immediately contact Division of Forestry and get the assistance we need…the air tankers, helicopters with bucket drops and the crews ordered up to come help us,” See said.According to See, small fires in Anchorage are relatively common — so far, no major wildfire disasters, but there have been some near misses. The hope is that these cameras help the city avoid a bad incident in the future.Chris Northcut owns the house where the camera is being installed. Northcut used to work in fire response and happens to live in a perfect spot for the camera, so he volunteered his roof for the project.“The Anchorage hillside is a tinderbox. And the hotter the temperatures get and the longer that we get and the drier it gets, the worse it could get,” Northcut said.Will the new system provide a bit more peace of mind to someone living in the middle of that ‘tinderbox?’“Lots of peace of mind,” Northcut said.Share this story:last_img read more

In Pictures: Record number take part in Portlaoise 5k race

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 18th March 2018 Community Competitors at the finish of the Portlaoise 5k road race The Streets of Portlaoise 5k race saw a record number of 800 runners take part on St Patrick’s Day.The annual 5k road race took place on what was a cold but dry morning.Elite runners came from all over the country including Olympians Mick Clohisey and Kerry O’Flaherty.This year saw the introduction of a new course and team prizes.First to cross the line was Hiko Tonosa in a time of 14:40 from DSD AC, followed closely by Eric Keogh from Donore Harriers. Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp 1 of 16 Previous articleLaois hurlers see off Antrim to maintain Division 1B status for another yearNext articleGlory for Portlaoise boxer Doheny as world title fight looms Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Mick Clohisey was hot on their tails to finish in 3th place, with Sean Heir Rathfarnham in 4th and William Maunsel, Clonmel A.C in 5th.The women’s field was equally as competitive with Kerry O’Flaherty winning in a fantastic time of 16:10.Shona Heaslip form An Riocht was 2nd, with Claire McCarthy following in 3rd. Linda Byrne from DSD A.C. followed in 4th with our own Mary Mulhare finishing in 5th place.Over 350 children lined up to take part in the three children’s fun runs with each child receiving a medal and Easter egg.Portlaoise Athletic Club would like to thank everyone who supported the 5k race including all our sponsors and marshals.A special word of thanks to all the Gardaí for all their help in ensuring that the Streets of Portlaoise 5k ran smoothly and safely.Full results can be viewed on popupraces.ie.Our photographer was also there and she captured some of the action: SEE ALSO – Laois hurlers see off Antrim to maintain Division 1B status for another year Twitter Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Competitors at the finish of the Portlaoise 5k road race Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste In Pictures: Record number take part in Portlaoise 5k race Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook TAGSStreets of Portlaoise Rugby Home Sport Athletics In Pictures: Record number take part in Portlaoise 5k race SportAthletics WhatsApplast_img read more

Bonus as Portlaoise rugby get back on track with big win

first_img Council Twitter Home Sport Rugby Bonus as Portlaoise rugby get back on track with big win SportRugby Facebook By Steven Miller – 25th November 2018 Portlaoise 34 Mullingar 9Rugby – Leinster League Division 2AThe Portlaoise rugby team recorded a bonus point win at home to Mullingar this afternoon as they bounced back from their first loss of the season against Cill Dara the last day out.Twelve points from the boot of Jack Reddin and a try from the ever reliable Robin Foot helped Portlaoise to a 17-9 lead at the break.Foot went over for another try early in the second half which Reddin converted and late tries from Niall Keenan and Mark Sherlock made sure of the big win and the crucial bonus point.Man of the match Brian Flannery was excellent at prop in a pack where Harry Lalor, Ross Cooper and Shane Reilly all dominated.Philip O’Brien and Reddin controlled the game from half back as the side under Paddy McEvoy, Michael Fennelly, Mark Delany and MJ Dwyer showed great form.The win keeps Portlaoise in fourth place – but just four points behind leader Clondalkin. Newbridge (away), who are second in the table, are next up next Sunday.PORTLAOISE: Gavin Thompson; Matthew Thompson, Andrew Ryan, Armand Smith, Niall Keenan; Jack Reddin, Philip O’Brien; Shane Reilly, Harry Lalor, Brian Flannery; Diarmuid Joyce, Will Sherlock; Mark Sherlock, Ross Cooper, Robin Foot. Replacements: Mark Ikponwen, Aron Coughlan, Daniel Checa, Jack Kavanagh, Kevin Griffin.SEE ALSO – Eight Talking Points as Portlaoise bow out of Leinster club championship Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSPortlaoise Rugby Club WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Community Pinterest Pinterest Community WhatsApp Previous articleHeartbreak for Portlaoise as they lose out to Kilmacud Crokes in classicNext articleEight Talking Points as Portlaoise fall short in Leinster club Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Bonus as Portlaoise rugby get back on track with big winlast_img read more

McElwee Pharmacies are here to stay as they announce new partnership with totalhealth Pharmacies

first_img McElwee Pharmacies are here to stay as they announce new partnership with totalhealth Pharmacies RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 27th November 2019 WhatsApp Pinterest GAA WhatsApp McElwee Pharmacies are here to stay as they announce new partnership with totalhealth Pharmacies.McElwee totalhealth Pharmacies, under Peter, James and Mary McElwee, have outlets in O’Connell Square in Mountmellick, in the Davitt Shopping Centre on Connolly Street Mountmellick and at the Cedar Clinic on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise.What is totalhealth?totalhealth is a group of independent pharmacies who have come together under the symbol brand of totalhealth Pharmacy.The group consists of over 70 independent pharmacies nationwide working together to give all the benefits of being part of a large retail brand to our customers. Customers can now benefit from local knowledge, local commitment and national benefits.Why should a customer choose a totalhealth Pharmacy?Trusted + Local + Care:Trusted: totalhealth is the same local pharmacy where you have always received excellent advice and attention. Nothing of that has changed. Your local pharmacist now has the support and expertise of over 60 of our colleagues to add to that knowledge and advice.With continued investment in training and standards throughout the group we can offer our customers services and assistance that are second to none.McElwee totalhealth Pharmacies can be contacted on:O’Connell Square, Mountmellick – 057 8624255Davitt Shopping Centre, Mountmellick – 057 8624289The Cedar Clinic, Portlaoise – 057 8666826Launch DayMcElwee totalhealth Pharmacies special launch day Friday, December 13!There will be special discounts on the day and special launch prizes including a 54” Panasonic TV, medical kits and more!SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday TAGSMcElwee totalhealth PharmaciesMountmellick Facebook GAA GAA Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Portlaoise GAA reunion and social night a huge successNext articleUnique country setting, historic Georgian building, sumptuous Christmas meal – have your party in The Gandon Inn LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Twitter Home Sponsored McElwee Pharmacies are here to stay as they announce new partnership with… Sponsored 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

European regulators mull complaint handling guidelines

Related news Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Regulators are seeking to develop a harmonized approach to handling complaints across the investment, banking and insurance sectors, which would apply equally across Europe. The ESMA and the EBA are proposing to develop complaint handling guidelines that are identical to the existing guidelines for the insurance sector. “The objective is to provide EU consumers with a single set of complaints handling arrangements, irrespective of the type of product or service and of the geographical location of the firm in question,” it notes. “This will also allow firms to streamline and standardize their complaints handling arrangements and national regulators to supervise the same requirements across all sectors of financial services.” Comments are due Feb. 7, 2014, and the ESMA and the EBA expect to publish the final guidelines in the first quarter of 2014. James Langton European financial regulators have issued a consultation paper on complaint handling standards in the banking and securities industries The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) jointly launched a consultation Wednesday on guidelines for complaint handling in the securities and banking sectors. The regulators say the proposed guidelines will build on the existing guidelines on complaints handling by insurance authorities. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IIROC drops expanded OBSI reporting proposal When does poor service become a regulatory issue for online brokerages? Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Complaints read more

Jamaicans Urged to Embrace Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ Mantra

first_imgRelatedJamaicans Urged to Embrace Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ Mantra RelatedJamaicans Urged to Embrace Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ Mantra RelatedJamaicans Urged to Embrace Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ Mantra FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Don Wehby, is calling on Jamaicans to embrace United States President-elect Barrak Obama’s campaign mantra, “Yes we can!” as together Jamaicans seek solutions to the challenges facing the country at this time.“Our challenges are great; we need economic growth, we need to protect our citizens from rampant violent crime, and we need to invest in the human capital. That is the future of Jamaica. Regardless of party affiliation, we all want those same goals. The challenge ahead of us is enormous and the only way we are going to get through it is together. We should embrace Obama’s campaign mantra and say ‘yes we can’.Senator Wehby was keynote speaker at the launch of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation’s ‘2008 Salaries and Benefits Survey’, earlier this week.Drawing from his past experience as a private sector executive, the Minister called on employers to focus on six measures, which can enable their organisations to adjust to the new and emerging challenges of globalisation and the unfolding international financial crisis.“Reduce costs and involve everybody. I have found that the best ideas often come from non-managerial and junior staff. Secondly, stay close to your customers and be sure to listen to them carefully. Remember always that cash is king, monitor attentively, your operating cash flow, communicate with your staff about your strategies and ensure that they understand why certain actions are being taken. Increase the productivity of everyone in the company setting clear targets, from the bearer to the CEO, lastly and most importantly, remember that wherever there are challenges, there are also opportunities. Markets do rebound and you should be in a position to take advantage of that when it happens,” he stated.center_img Jamaicans Urged to Embrace Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ Mantra UncategorizedNovember 14, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Palaszczuk Government’s $7 million boost for Gold Coast mental health

first_imgPalaszczuk Government’s $7 million boost for Gold Coast mental health Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthHealth Minister Yvette D’Ath today turned the first sod on a new $7 million Mental Health Crisis Stabilisation service at Robina Hospital.Minister D’Ath said the new service, incorporating 12 chairs in a new purpose-built building, would deliver an important expansion of mental health support services on the Gold Coast.This is in addition to an extra 8 mental health beds being delivered within the existing Robina Hospital.“This will be one of the first health services in Australia to introduce a crisis stabilisation facility and model of care, which offers a more suitable environment for treatment than the Emergency Department,” Minister D’Ath said.“It’s been designed by clinicians and people with lived experience to provide a non-clinical, more home-like, therapeutic environment for consumers and their families.“Extensive stakeholder consultation with Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service and various non-government organisations have helped inform the design of the facility.”Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the new service, when operational, would transform the care experience of Gold Coast consumers experiencing acute mental health issues.“Our goal is for the majority of Gold Coast mental health consumers to have an alternative to Emergency Department, transforming their care experience,” Ms Scanlon said.“The Crisis Stabilisation Service is one component of Gold Coast Health’s Crisis Now Initiative which also includes expanded 24-hour Crisis Line for triaging and coordination of consumers.“I’ll continue to advocate for more investment in mental health and other health services for Gold Coast residents.”Construction on the new facility is expected to be finished in mid-2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ambulance, Australia, Emergency, emergency department, environment, Gold Coast, Government, health, health consumers, health services, Investment, mental health, Palaszczuk, purpose-built, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Policelast_img read more

Parliamentarians to Pay Tribute to President Chavez

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations Parliamentarians to Pay Tribute to President Chavez ParliamentMarch 6, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Arrangements are being made for Parliamentarians to officially pay tribute to the late President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who passed away on Tuesday, March 5, after a two-year battle with cancer.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made the announcement during Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Representatives.In expressing condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, she said that the late President was a good friend of Jamaica, who assisted the country at a time when it needed to have that support.“Jamaica, I am sure, will remember that we were able to benefit from the PetroCaribe Fund as a result of the vision and foresight of President Chavez. He felt Jamaica was very special because Venezuelan liberator, Simon Bolivar, wrote that famous letter from Kingston, Jamaica, calling for unity of the Americas,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.“We are sad, but we will arrange so that we can pay our tribute to the passing of the President,” the Prime Minister stated.Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, also expressed his deepest sadness at learning of the passing of President Chavez.“I had the opportunity to meet the man personally. When we have a chance to have that formal tribute in the House, we can say definitively, that he was a good man, with a good heart, and he had a special place in his heart for Jamaica,” Mr. Holness said.Prime Minister Simpson Miller, in a message sent to the Venezuelan Government and people, said that President Chavez was truly a man of the people, who never forgot his humble beginnings or the plight of those who were disenfranchised or marginalized.She said he sought to give a voice to economically disadvantaged people everywhere, by espousing South – South cooperation and self-reliance.“He will be long remembered for his willingness to challenge the status quo, to take a stand against inequality and injustice at the individual, national, regional and international levels, and to make the difficult decision in order to achieve the greater good. Most importantly, however, he will be remembered for his deep love and commitment to his country Venezuela, and to Venezuelan citizens everywhere,” the Prime Minister said.“We mourn with our brothers and sisters of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as they contemplate a future without the President, who has served as the face of the Bolivarian Republic for the past 14 years. Our dear Venezuelan brothers and sisters have lost a President and a patriarch, and Jamaica has lost a dear and treasured friend,” the message said.center_img RelatedParliamentarians to Pay Tribute to President Chavez RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changeslast_img read more

Representatives of Start-Up Companies Being Trained in Jordan

first_imgRepresentatives of three Jamaican ‘start-up’ companies are currently receiving global business training in the Middle East, to make their ventures more successful.They are Mannin Marsh, Alecia Aris and Tajhlois Laidley from The Vinelist; Dave Oakley of CrimeBot; and Ricardo Gowdie, Oshane Gooden and Warren Robinson from RevoFarm. All three companies are involved in technology.The seven new entrepreneurs are part of the Government’s Start-Up Jamaica programme, which received significant assistance from local and overseas partners, including local banks, the World Bank and a Jordanian based investment company, Oasis 500, where the Jamaicans are currently based.Oasis 500 is a leading early stage and seed investment company, which started out building a platform for Information Technology (IT) entrepreneurship in Jordan and the Middle East by helping ambitious entrepreneurs start their own companies. Assistance includes entrepreneurship training, business incubation, mentorship guidance and follow-up investment and funding.Participants are also schooled in how to transform ideas into ‘start-up’ businesses and help is extended to  existing entrepreneurs to further develop and grow their companies with the help of an ‘angel investor’ and mentor.Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, who has been keeping track of the young entrepreneurs in the Middle East, said feedback from the young people has been quite encouraging.“The feedback has been quite positive. There was some minor cultural ‘adjustment’ but in terms of the experience, all have been very positive, especially as it presented an opportunity to work with other entrepreneurs across the world,” the State Minister tells JIS News.He informs that Economic Consultant with the World Bank, Fabio Pittaluga and himself will  be travelling to Jordan in July to meet with the Oasis 500 team to discuss the next phase of acceleration for Start-Up Jamaica.Mr. Robinson says he is quite happy with how the Start-Up Jamaica programme has evolved and believes that it will be able to attract and support young entrepreneurs and innovators who currently utilize Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to develop their own businesses.The programme began with 218 applicants, 60 of whom were chosen for a boot camp. During the camp, 15 teams made investment pitches, of which six received offers.“Three took it up, which included an investment of US$30,000 in exchange for an equity stake in the company,” Mr. Robinson notes.It is these three teams that are now in Jordan to fine tune their products and services for the marketplace, the State Minister says.He adds that the others have gone on to improve their services, hiring staff and launching out on the local marketplace.The Start-Up initiative is being undertaken over a five-year period and seeks to move Jamaicans from being primarily consumers of technology to becoming producers; and to position the country as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship within the Caribbean region.Support is also encouraged through what is called an ‘Angel Investor’ (friends, family or friendly supporter) who at a very early stage will give monetary support to a company.  This is usually done before the larger ‘equity investors’ become involved.Among the companies playing an important role in the Start-Up Jamaica Programme are local telecoms provider LIME, Jamaica National (JN), National Commercial Bank (NCB) and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).The State Minister says each has played a significant role in the life of the project. He also recognises the important role that the World Bank plays in facilitating contacts and relationships and opening doors at a global level.“They continue to play a very active role in the management and oversight of Start-Up Jamaica. Quite honestly, we would not have gotten this far without their support, which has made Start-Up Jamaica what it is,” he says.He adds that the initiative can be a source of growth and partnership with the private sector, affording them the opportunity to mentor and employ the entrepreneurs and invest in their businesses.The State Minister tells JIS News that success for the three ‘techtrepreneurs’ in Jordan will be significant.“Success for us means that these businesses get established, earn revenue and employ people, because [as a government] we want to see economic growth and development. We want to provide the assistance for them, so that they can build businesses and solve problems, not just in Jamaica but across the world,” Mr. Robinson says.World Bank Consultant, Ivan Gonzalez, says that the success of the Start-Up programme is important, because “everyone is looking into their own sectors.”“Costa Rica, Mexico, Nigeria and others are looking into these sectors and are looking at the results that are achieved in Jamaica.  It’s still early but all these countries are willing to replicate, to get a loan from institutions similar to the World Bank and do something similar.  It’s definitely something that they are very, very interested in,” he tells JIS News.He explains that out of a search for solutions for youth unemployment, and the creation of opportunities in the island, the Bank, through an innovative programme called ‘Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries Project’, facilitated the Government’s roll out of the various strategies.“The World Bank’s involvement has basically allowed the Government of Jamaica to identify those sectors with high potential for investment. This is one of the key projects in the World Bank right now, a sector where the bank has never invested before.  It’s a kind of  pilot and a lot of countries are looking at Jamaica right now to see how this will evolve and whether they can do something similar,” Mr. Gonzalez says.Start-Up Jamaica had its genesis in a World Bank programme under component one of a five-year US$5 million grant programme with the Government of Jamaica.  Digital Jam 2.0, a festival to identify specific ‘App’ development talent, was the fore-runner. That was followed by Digital Jam 3.0. The success of the programme led to a specialized ‘boot camp.’ Now there is Start-Up Jamaica.Mr. Robinson says not everyone will be able to “hit a six out of the park” through their involvement in Start-Up Jamaica, but it is critical for the Government to provide the opportunity for entrepreneurs to have access to mentorship, networking and funding.“We just want to give our entrepreneurs the opportunity to excel and grow globally,” he explains. Representatives of Start-Up Companies Being Trained in JordanJIS 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 fullscreenPlay Advertisements RelatedTechnology Ministry to Spearhead Open Data Policy FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: Donald Delahaye Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell (second right, standing); Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson (third right, standing) and Economic Consultant with the World Bank, Fabio Pittaluga (right, standing), interact with Start-Up ‘techtrapreneurs’ at a recent workshop.center_img RelatedUS Signs US$47 Million Financing Agreement for Solar Energy Project in Jamaica Story HighlightsRepresentatives of three Jamaican ‘start-up’ companies are currently receiving global business training in the Middle East, to make their ventures more successful.They are Mannin Marsh, Alecia Aris and Tajhlois Laidley from The Vinelist; Dave Oakley of CrimeBot; and Ricardo Gowdie, Oshane Gooden and Warren Robinson from RevoFarm.All three companies are involved in technology. RelatedGovernment Moving To Protect Technology Infrastructure Representatives of Start-Up Companies Being Trained in Jordan TechnologyJune 29, 2015Written by: O. Rodger Hutchinsonlast_img read more