Move to Make Private Sector More Competitive

first_imgStory HighlightsFor the 2014/15 fiscal year, the Government will be seeking to strengthen the enabling environment for private sector competitiveness.This will be done through the Jamaica Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth.The project will also seek to focus on three complementary areas related to enhancing competition. For the 2014/15 fiscal year, the Government will be seeking to strengthen the enabling environment for private sector competitiveness, to help Jamaica unleash productivity and growth.This will be done through the Jamaica Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth, which has been allocated $40 million in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the Standing Finance Committee of the House.Focus will also be placed on enhancing competition in the business environment, and facilitating large scale private investment and supporting Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) capabilities and finance.The project will also seek to focus on three complementary areas related to enhancing competition, facilitating large scale investment and supporting SME capabilities and financing, essential to unleash private sector productivity upgrading and job growth.A fourth component will finance policy and societal learning through project implementation and monitoring and evaluation.Anticipated targets for the 2014/2015 fiscal year include: commencing the development of the Logistics Hub Initiative Master Plan; starting an environmental baseline study; conducting a business census; commencing the development of a regulatory framework for design of Special Economic Zones; and providing support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.The project is funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and is to be completed by March 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedCorrectional Facilities to be Repaired and Expanded RelatedAllocation of $123 Million to Boost Export Capacitycenter_img Move to Make Private Sector More Competitive Budget 2014/2015April 9, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton Related$205 Million for Reading Project in Primary Schools Advertisementslast_img read more

CEO Who Raised the Minimum Salary of His Employees to $70K is Now Doing It All Over Again

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMany people recognize Dan Price as the CEO who slashed his own salary back in 2015 so he could raise the minimum wage at his company to $70,000 a year.The Seattle-based businessman is now making headlines all over again since he opened a new office in Idaho and announced that all of its staffers would be given the same salary.Price is the founder and CEO of Gravity Payments: a credit card processing company which he launched out of his college dorm room when he was only 19 years old. According to CNN, their new office in Boise used to belong to an independent company called ChargeItPro before it was acquired by Gravity in 2016. RELATED: Employees Surprise CEO Who Gave $70,000 Minimum Wage With A $70K TeslaAfter Price and his employees held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the office earlier this week, he announced that he would be raising their salaries to the $70,000 minimum before 2024.“This morning, we cut the ribbon on the new [Gravity Payments] Boise office AND announced that all of our employees here will start earning our $70k min salary,” wrote Price. “I’m so grateful to work with this amazing team and to be able to compensate them for the value they bring to our community.”This morning we cut the ribbon on the new @GravityPymts Boise office AND announced that all of our employees here will start earning our $70k min salary.I’m so grateful to work with this amazing team and to be able to compensate them for the value they bring to our community. pic.twitter.com/stwwJgYCqQ— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) September 23, 2019 Price first got the idea for the pay raise in 2015 after reading a research paper on happiness which showed how extra money makes a big difference in the lives of people earning less than $70,000 a year.He managed to make it through the 2008 recession without laying off any employees or raising prices, despite losing 20% of his business. Since most of those young workers stuck with him through the hard times, he saw the wage increases as a way of returning that loyalty—even if it meant slashing his own salary from $1 million to the same $70K per year.MORE: Company Founder Surprises Employees With $20 Million—‘I wanted to show some gratitude’After all 70 of his workers benefited from the pay raise, Gravity Payments became flooded with business. In the week following his announcement, Price says the company recorded the best week for acquiring new clients in the 11 years since he founded it.Half a year after that, he found that his employees were more productive than ever; old customers were sticking with him; and his customer retention rate had risen from 91% to 95%, which was 37 points better than the national average.Now, he hopes that the new Idaho office will help to reap the same benefits for everyone involved—especially his employees.(WATCH the 2015 interview below) – Feature photo by Dan PriceBe Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Shaggy dog story

first_imgA Cumbrian solicitor is taking on a different type of trial as he leads a world competition later this year. Nigel Davis (pictured) is the chair of the organising committee for the 2011 World Sheepdog Trials being held in September. The event is expected to attract far more than simply one man and his dog, with crowds of 40,000 anticipated for a contest involving 240 dogs from 23 different countries. Nigel, who works as a farmer as well as being a director at his agricultural law firm, has long been involved in sheepdog trials and predicts possible home success during the tournament. ‘This will be the fourth time it’s been held, and the first in England,’ he said. ‘We have as good a chance as anyone – I’d certainly expect us to finish in the top three. ‘Sheepdog trials are growing in popularity all the time and have been ever since One Man and His Dog was on television – plus there are more young people getting involved now, which is great to see.’last_img read more

Bossier wins 9 AAA Dixie Baseball District IV title

first_imgThe Bossier City All-Stars won the Dixie Baseball 9 AAA District IV tournament at the Lawson “Bo” Brandon Sports Complex in Princeton.Bossier City went 4-0 in the five-team round robin event, which started a week ago and concluded Saturday.Bossier City defeated Haughton, Union Parish, Benton and Shreveport, winning all of its games by at least five runs. Its closest game was a 10-5 win over Union Parish.Members of the district champion team are Chase Rambin, Clayton Brandon, Kenner Lauterbach, Zach Schoenborn, Eli Harper, Riley Sitter, Wesley Gardner, Noah Mc-Williams, Conner Stevens, Collin Wiggins, Gibson Harvill and Barrett Newman.Coaches are Dustin Brandon, Bobby Schoenborn and Matt Lauterbach.Bossier City advances to the state tournament, which begins Friday in Ponchatoula.Russell Hedges/Press-TribuneA member of the Bossier City All-Stars Dixie 9 AAA district championship team bats against Haughton.The Haughton All-Stars won two games in the 9 AAA tournament, defeating Shreveport and Benton.Elsewhere, Haughton defeated the Ruston Nationals in the first round of the AAA tournament before falling to the Shreveport Americans in the semifinals. Haughton was eliminated by the Shreveport Nationals in the losers’ bracket.The Bossier All-Stars finished runner-up in the T-Ball state tournament in Shreveport.Members of the state runner-up team are Cole Snell, Caeden Alexander, John Dickey, Kirby Haskins, Brady Gaydos, Aubrey Ramsey, Kamron Blackshire, Cooper Gray, Kaleb Williams, Brock Jordan, Peyton Rayner and Maddox Williams.Coaches are Bryan Rayner, John Gray, Matt Gaydos and Jeff Ramsey.Bossier also won the West Ouachita Dixie T-Ball Warmup and the Bossier Little League T-Ball Open tournaments earlier this summer. Russell Hedges, [email protected]’s Note: This is an updated version of the story printed in the Wednesday, June 9, Bossier Press-Tribune. That story contained an error. Bossier did not have a team in the AAA tournament.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Big Reds stifle East Kentwood with tough defense, cruise to a 68-45 win

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I am these guys’ worst critic.Markell Jackson gets up to block East Kentwood’s CaNas Coleman. Photo/Tim Reilly“I just think that we have so much more than we have given, effort wise. Our first two games I think we played harder. Tonight I don’t think we played as hard.”Muskegon’s Markell Jackson followed up last week’s impressive triple-double performance with a double-double on Wednesday, recording 13 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocks and four assists.“He’s definitely efficient,” Guy said. “He was six of nine from the field, had five offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds, four assists and five blocks. He did it all tonight.”The Big Reds used a balanced scoring attack to keep the game in control from start to finish.Anthony Bethea had a double-double of his own for Muskegon with a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Cornett added 13 points while Amari Saucier chipped in 11.The battle on the glass was key for Muskegon. The Big Reds had a big 36-21 edge in rebounding, and had 20 second-chance points, compared to two for the Falcons.Muskegon led 18-8 after one quarter after holding the Falcons to two field goals. Jackson scored seven of his 13 points in the first eight minutes.The Big Red defense was suffocating in the second quarter, allowing only six points and stopping East Kentwood from scoring a field goal in the final seven minutes before halftime.Tough defense had been an early-season strength for the Big Reds, who have only played three games and are still developing their offense.“On the perimeter, our length and athleticism wreaks havoc for a lot of teams,” Guy said about his team’s defense.Muskegon took a 29-14 lead into the half.The third quarter was all Bethea, who poured in eight of his 15 points. The Big Reds cleared their bench and cruised to the easy victory in the fourth quarter.Muskegon travels to Mona Shores on Jan. 6 to open up O-K Black Conference play.Grand Rapids Christian 57, Holland West Ottawa 49: In Game 2, The front-line duo of James Beck (6-7) and MSU-bound Xavier Tillman (6-8) scored 15 points and 13 points, respectively, as the Eagles held off Holland-West Ottawa, 57-49. Senior Jake VanTubbergen was the tournament’s leading scorer with 31 points in a losing effort. Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … (1009) × Not relevant Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive $15.29$17.99 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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“A negotiation at the will of Tottenham and Mourinho” – Journalist…

first_imgThat’s according to Sky Sport Italy journalist Luca Marchetti, who says it is Spurs boss José Mourinho who is pushing the transfer.Tottenham were first linked with a move for Skriniar at the end of last month, with reports suggesting he could be included in a deal for Ndombélé.That was followed by a claim from TF1 journalist Julien Maynard who stated that Inter were keen on the French midfielder and were ‘accelerating’ their efforts to sign him and would need to include a player to get it done.Embed from Getty ImagesHe didn’t reveal at the time who that player could be, with the likelihood being that Inter would have several options they could present to Spurs.It seems, though, that the man they’ve chosen is Skriniar, at least according to the latest update from Marchetti.“Skriniar is included in a negotiation at the will of Tottenham and José Mourinho,” he told Sky Sports, relayed by inter-news.it.“It’s the exchange with Ndombélé, who is on the margins of the Spurs project but has always liked Inter. “Among the Nerazzurri, the exchange with Skriniar is also privileged to keep up the value of the players. “It’s important to understand who will make up the difference between the two clubs. “Not an easy negotiation, a possible replacement for the Slovak could be Marash Kumbulla.”Embed from Getty ImagesThe interesting thing about this is that it is Mourinho seemingly pushing the transfer, and that would make a lot of sense.He’s never seemed all that keen on Ndombélé, having criticised him in public and so getting rid of him would be a logical step.Doing so and getting a player like Skriniar, who is a vast improvement for Spurs’ defence, an area Mourinho will have identified as needing reinforcement, is likewise a smart move.It seems, though, there is a gap between the clubs at present, and so this is a rumour to expect more of in the coming weeks as they presumably try to work that out.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoInvest With VICShe collects rental-like income every month! See how she does it!Invest With VICUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndoGOMO by Singtel.Switch to GOMO. 40GB for $20 for 12 months!GOMO by Singtel.UndoSingtel PowerInstant savings and a $50 rebate.Singtel PowerUndo Inter Milan are locked in negotiations with Tottenham over a deal for Milan Skriniar that would see Tanguy Ndombélé going the other way.last_img read more

Clairton High School Hall of Fame honors the city’s best athletes

first_img“I LOVE THIS TOWN”—1980 Clairton graduate Gary Mullen was one of 13 inducted into the inaugural Clairton High School Hall of Fame, Sept. 21. (Photo by J.L. Martello)Gary Mullen’s love for the city of Clairton and its sports teams is evident.“I love this town. This is home. Clairton is a special place. I am a Bear for life,” said Mullen, a 1980 graduate of Clairton High School who was a standout member of the football and basketball teams.He held the quarterback and defensive back positions on the football team and led the Bears to the WPIAL playoffs during his senior year of high school. Although the team didn’t win the final championship game, Mullen was named the Pittsburgh Press Class A Player of the Year.After being recruited by West Virginia and Minnesota, Mullen chose West Virginia and played in three of the Mountaineers’ Bowl game victories; the 1981 Peach Bowl, the 1983 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl and the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl.KAMELA GISENDANNER, CLASS OF 2003 (Photos by J.L. Martello)After graduation, Mullen was signed by the Detroit Lions in 1985 but was released before the season began. A year later he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers but left the team on his own free will when he couldn’t shake a bad case of the flu. One day before he was ready to give up on his football dreams and join the Army, he got a call to try out for the Arena Football League’s Denver Dynamites. During his rookie year with the Dynamites, Mullen was named MVP after his team won, 45-16. His prowess during the 1987 season led him to play three games with the Chicago Bears during the NFL players strike.last_img read more

Police: Man returns bike belonging to Steelers receiver

first_imgMount Oliver police Chief Matt Juzwick said the man called from a bar about 11 p.m. Tuesday after realizing from TV news the bike was reported stolen by the Steelers receiver. Smith-Schuster was expected to pick it up Wednesday.Mount Oliver is a tiny borough bordering Pittsburgh. The man who turned in the bike gave police a description of the man he bought it from and Pittsburgh police are hoping to find him.Smith-Schuster, a 20-year-old rookie, didn’t get a license while attending USC because of the school’s ride-sharing program. He’s used the bike to get from his apartment to the Steelers nearby practice facility. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) crosses the goal line for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a man has returned a bike belonging to Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, telling investigators he bought it from someone for $200 on the street.last_img read more

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin charged with teammate threats

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was charged Tuesday with threatening two former teammates who had harassed him in the NFL and with threatening his former prep school classmates, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin looks up from the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, file) Martin pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded firearm, district attorney’s office spokesman Greg Risling said.A post on Martin’s Instagram page last month showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended.The post also included mentions of the Instagram usernames of former Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey and said suicide and revenge were the only options for a victim of bullying.Martin left the Dolphins midseason in 2013 after accusing teammates of bullying. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin.Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Buffalo Bills.Pouncey was released by Miami last week and agreed to a two-year contract Monday with the Los Angeles ChargersThe NFL’s investigation also found that teammates threatened to rape Martin’s sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being “black enough.” Martin is black and Incognito is white.Court documents say Martin “did willfully and unlawfully threaten to commit a crime which would result in death and great bodily injury” of Pouncey and Incognito. Both Pouncey and Incognito feared for their own safety and the safety of their families, the documents said.Prosecutors said Martin also had a loaded firearm in his vehicle in Glendale, but court papers provided no other details.The name of Martin’s attorney was not immediately known. Prosecutors said he is due back in court next month and faces up to six years in prison if he’s convicted.___More AP NFL: https://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Step forward on school rebuild

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows A $1.16 million upgrade to Kooweerup Secondary College is making progress with the announcement architects have been…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img