Reinventing the concept of retirement key to solving aging workforce dilemma

first_imgWednesday 16 September 2015 4:23 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbes Jessica Morris Reinventing the concept of retirement key to solving aging workforce dilemma More From Our Partners Kansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.com We are in the middle of a fundamental demographic shift that has significant implications for businesses across the UK.By 2022 there will be 700,000 fewer people aged between 16 and 49, yet 3.7m more people aged between 50 and State Pension Age. Meanwhile, the employment rate starts to fall dramatically as people reach their 50s and continue through to their early 60s. Just 69 per cent of 50 to 64-year-olds are in paid work compared to 83 per cent of their younger counterparts.This raises serious questions about how we are going to continue to grow our economy with a diminishing pool of younger workers to call upon.For me the answer is clear: we must change the concept of retirement and reconsider the way we think about recruiting, retaining and retraining older workers.Read more: Britain’s ageing population could boost economic growth – if we adaptThere is a large pool of talent currently sitting un-tapped, and reinventing “retirement” as a period of part-time work for those who want it, before stopping altogether, has many benefits.Giving working people the chance to get on at every stage of their lives goes right to the heart of the Government’s long -term economic plan. We want everyone to have the dignity of a job, the security of a pay cheque, the chance of a home of your own and a decent, well-earned retirement when they are ready to stop.We cannot possibly achieve that if hundreds of thousands of working people are just written off in their 50s, or indeed write themselves off after losing confidence.We are working hard to change attitudes among employers, and scrapped the default retirement age for precisely this reason.To support people who are looking for work, we have also introduced regional Older Workers’ Champions across the Jobcentre Plus network. And older people who are looking for work can benefit from a range of support to help with job search, training and improving their skills.But this is not enough. While we are starting to see signs that the outlook might be changing there remains a huge amount of work to do.There are 10.2m people aged between 50 and State Pension Age, and around one in three are not in work. Government alone cannot deliver the cultural shift that is so badly needed; businesses themselves have a key part to play in making their workplaces as age diverse as possible.And there are enormous benefits to doing so. Older workers bring with them valuable knowledge and experience, and research shows that employers believe they are just as productive as younger workers.What’s more, a mixture of older and younger staff may appeal to a business’ older customers or clients, and can bring a better understanding of their needs.And facilitating more flexible working can make the most of people’s skills while also improving their work/life balance in later life.Read more: Which parts of the UK are most scared about funding retirement?It is encouraging that the message appears to be getting through, including in the City of London. Many businesses are taking the lead when it comes to changing recruitment and retraining practices across a number of sectors.As an example, earlier this month Barclays put on record its commitment to creating career opportunities for older workers when it unveiled its Bolder Apprenticeship programme, effectively scrapping the age limit that was previously in place.Hopefully other financial institutions will now look for similar ways of appealing to older workers. I cannot stress highly enough the importance of doing so, not just because it is in the interests of individuals, but because it is the interests of our economy too.Society is changing before our eyes and businesses need to move with the times or risk being left behind.This represents a tremendous opportunity to boost economic growth, both short-term and in the future. Higher individual and national incomes mean better lifestyles for all. 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OSC fines forex fraudsters

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has handed down sanctions in a foreign exchange trading fraud case, ordering almost $1.1 million in disgorgement and $500,000 in penalties, along with permanent bans for the primary perpetrators. Last year, an OSC panel found that a foreign exchange trading scheme involving a firm called New Found Freedom Financial (NFF) was essentially a Ponzi scheme, which raised approximately $1.8 million from 57 investors (of this, about $700,000 was used to fund monthly payments to earlier investors, among other things). The panel found that NFF, and its founders, Ron Deonarine Singh and Wayne Gerard Martinez traded without registration, distributed securities without a prospectus, and perpetrated a fraud. Keywords Fraud,  Foreign exchangeCompanies Ontario Securities Commission James Langton Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Imposters among us, CSA warns Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Forex trading scheme a fraud, OSC panel rules On Thursday, the panel it handed down sanctions in the case, ordering that they be permanently banned from the markets, banned from trading, registration and serving as directors and officers. It also ordered that Singh and Martinez must each pay an administrative penalty of $250,000; that NFF, Singh and Martinez are jointly liable to disgorge $1,071,269; and that they must pay $85,856 in hearing costs. As for a mortgage agent who directed some clients to the firm, Pauline Levy, the panel found that she also traded without registration and distributed securities without a prospectus. Today, the commission ordered that she is banned for five years, ordered to pay an administrative penalty of $5,000; to disgorge $59,849; along with $5,000 in costs. OSC staff sought a $15,000 penalty against her, but the panel ordered less, noting that she was deceived by Singh and Martinez, and that she took active steps to try and recover money for her clients. Related news read more

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American Funds investors at risk through Heartbleed

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news SIFMA releases data aggregation principles Cyber security number one risk to financial markets: survey One of the largest U.S. mutual fund companies, American Funds, is warning that its investors may be vulnerable to data loss through the Heartbleed bug. The firm, which boasts more than US$900 billion in assets, announced that it has determined that there is a risk to those who logged into its site between December 12, 2013 and April 14, from the bug — which is a vulnerability in a version of popular encryption software. James Langton center_img IIAC’s new resource centre to help firms manage cyber risks Keywords Information security Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “The risk, though quite remote, involves information that passes through servers maintained by one of our vendors,” the company says, noting that the vendor installed a security patch before news of the bug was made public. And, American Funds stresses, that it has “no information to suggest that any investor passwords or account information have been compromised.” Nevertheless, the company also advises accountholders who logged into the site during the period in question to change their user ID, password, security image and security questions. Additionally, it recommends that users delete their browsing history and “cookies”, and that investors remain vigilant for any suspicious activity in their accounts. last_img read more

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Industry groups pleased with budget measures

first_img Plans announced for new regime to prevent major bank failures Financial industry associations are heralding efforts to help seniors maintain their retirement funds and Canadians increase their tax-free savings, as announced in Tuesday’s federal budget. The Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU) and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), both in Toronto, are complimenting the proposed changes to withdrawal rules for registered retirement income funds (RRIF). These have not been altered since 1992. Time extended for compassionate care leave Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media More assistance for the disabled Related newscenter_img Ottawa makes significant changes to RRIFs New rules would allow account holders to withdraw less from those funds. For instance, a senior would be required to withdraw 5.28% of his or her RRIF at age 71, down from 7.38% today. See: Ottawa makes significant changes to RRIFs “The RRIF minimum withdrawal rules haven’t kept up with changes in life expectancy and interest rates,” says Clay Gillespie, CALU board member. “At a time when so many Canadians are deeply worried about outliving their personal savings, it’s reassuring to know the government is taking positive action to help seniors make their retirement savings last longer.” Canada’s population is aging at a faster rate than many predicted when the existing RRIF rules were enacted and the industry has supported revising these rules for some time, notes Joanne De Laurentiis, president and CEO, IFIC. IFIC is also happy the federal government wants to maintain a 2011 election promise by proposing to almost double the annual maximum contribution limit for tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) to $10,000. See: Feds increase TFSA room As registered retirement savings plans (RRSP) are not appropriate or available to everyone, TFSAs are an important alternative, says De Laurentiis, especially those on lower incomes and retirees. The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Industry (CLHIA), in Ottawa, is touting health initiatives such as the home accessibility tax credit to help seniors and disabled Canadians make renovations to their home to help improve their mobility. These could include the purchase and installation of wheelchair ramps and walk-in bathtubs. CHLIA is also welcoming renewed support for the Canadian Mental Health Commission and the proposed $14-million boost to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, which would be meant to support the foundation’s work in identifying savings and efficiencies in the health system. One item that IFIC would have liked to see in yesterday’s budget is a move to develop group RRSPs so they would be more similar to pooled registered pension plans (PRPPs). These changes would include permitting the automatic enrollment of employees into group RRSPs, with reasonable opt-out provisions, and the locking in of employer contributions. “As the federal government looks for ways to help Canadians save more for retirement, we will continue to press for the changes to group RRSP rules we proposed,” says De Laurentiis. Click here for more Budget 2015 news. Keywords Budget 2015 Ottawa to lower taxes for small businesses Tessie Sanci last_img read more

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Market risks abound, Europe’s regulators warn

first_imgEU flags waving in front of European Parliament building. Brussels, Belgium pgrecaud/123RF Companies European Securities and Markets Authority Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton European financial regulators are warning industry firms to prepare for declining asset quality and the risk of market corrections, among other threats.In their first joint risk assessment this year, Europe’s securities, banking and pension regulators warned that a resurgence in Covid-19 infections in the first quarter of 2021 has intensified economic uncertainty. While the initial distribution of vaccinations “provides a crucial anchor for medium-term expectations,” the regulators said that disruptions in the rollout due to insufficient production, delivery delays and mutations of the virus “are weighing heavily on short-term recovery prospects.”Yet this uncertainty has not been reflected in “asset valuations and market volatility,” the regulators said, noting that they have generally recovered to pre-crisis levels.This represents “a continued risk of decoupling of valuations from economic fundamentals,” they said, and poses a risk of “possible further market corrections.”As a result, the regulators advised policymakers, financial institutions and market participants to prepare for a decline in asset quality, the risks of a prolonged low interest rate environment, and to ensure adequate risk pricing.They also called on firms to remain conservative in paying dividends and engaging in share buybacks, and suggested that investment funds step up preparations for potential redemption spikes and valuation shocks.last_img read more

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Kingston Water and Sanitation Project Receives $27 Million

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some $27 million has been allocated in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure to the Kingston Water and Sanitation Project, to continue to, among other things, rehabilitate and expand the water supply and distribution systems in Kingston and St. Andrew.Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Omar Davies on Wednesday (April 12) tabled the Estimates in the House of Representatives.The Water and Sanitation project seeks to also improve the delivery of sewerage waste disposal services in Kingston and St. Andrew, and strengthen the institutional capacity of the National Water Commission through a modernisation exercise.As set out in the Estimates, the project initially sought to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of citizens living in Kingston and St. Andrew through the delivery of adequate potable water and sewerage disposal systems, and to increase the efficiency of the National Water Commission by improving the quality of services provided as well as to reduce the related costs.Funded by the Jamaican government and the Inter American Development Bank, the project began in August 2003, and will continue until July of next year.Since its implementation, a feasibility study was completed for the project in August 2003, with the results of the study being used to finalise loan arrangements, with the IADB subsequently granting approval for the loan in June of 2004.For the 2006/2007 fiscal period, targets include the establishment of a project implementation unit, and the preparation of designs and contract documents for the rehabilitation of water supply facilities, and mains replacement. In addition, refurbishing works are expected to begin at the Constant Spring, Hope and Mona Water treatment plants. RelatedKingston Water and Sanitation Project Receives $27 Million RelatedKingston Water and Sanitation Project Receives $27 Million Kingston Water and Sanitation Project Receives $27 Million UncategorizedApril 14, 2006center_img RelatedKingston Water and Sanitation Project Receives $27 Million Advertisementslast_img read more

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Price of a life: why food delivery services need a regulation overhaul

first_imgPrice of a life: why food delivery services need a regulation overhaul Governments are scared of appearing business ‘unfriendly’ if they intervene in the gig economy and big companies are using this to their advantage, say experts at UNSW Sydney“A federal inquiry into exploitation of gig economy workers is necessary as some of the existing legal framework is federal and cannot be addressed on a state-by-state basis,” Dr Alice Orchiston says. Photo: ShutterstockBoth federal and state governments put restrictions in place to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 throughout 2020, including the shutting down and curbing of non-essential services – such as eating in at restaurants, cafes and bars.Food outlets across the board turned to takeaway and delivery services to make up for lost revenue. This was good news for food delivery platforms, and food delivery workers took to the streets en-masse – often with only a bike and a helmet – to meet the demand of supplying food to a new and significant base of new customers.Close to 20 per cent of Australians now use food delivery platforms and services, and according to Statista, the sector in Australia is projected to generate $2.7 billion in revenue last year.But at what cost?From 27 September through to late November last year, one food delivery driver has died on average every 11 days in Australia.In addition, food delivery drivers and riders often earn less than the minimum wage. A survey conducted by the Transport Workers’ Union in September, for example, found that food delivery workers earned an average of just $10.42 an hour after costs. In contrast, the current national minimum wage in Australia for casual employees is $24.80.Food delivery workers are vulnerable to exploitation as the sector is characterised by a workforce that comprises of typically low-skilled, young workers, with a migrant background, said UNSW Law Lecturer Dr Alice Orchiston.“Regulatory intervention is needed to protect gig workers from exploitation,” said Dr Orchiston, who noted that 8.1 per cent of Australian workers (around 1 million people) are independent contractors – many of whom work in the gig economy.The impact of COVID-19 on jobsDue to COVID-19, Dr Orchiston observed there is increased competition for jobs, leaving workers with less bargaining power than if there were better economic conditions and more jobs.“They are typically offered work on ‘take it or leave it’ conditions and their contracts typically permit the gig platform to unilaterally change certain terms of the contract. If the gig platform wants to increase its commission by reducing the workers’ pay – for example, by reducing the rate the worker receives per delivery – it can.”Workers are classed by the law as ‘self-employed’ and have no safety net of minimum conditions, Dr Orchiston said. “They have no protection from being sacked, and the ease at which they can be fired operates as a powerful disincentive to challenging unfair working conditions”.Greig Taylor, Lecturer in the School of Management at UNSW Business School, describes this kind of precarious work as dehumanising and he said it will increasingly emerge as one of the modern evils of society unless something is done to regulate it.“The shift towards more precarious and temporaneous work is a symptom of modern capitalism in liberal market economies,” he said.How crises can be used to rationalise the workforceCrises such as the GFC or COVID-19 simply provide an opportunity for companies to speed up and justify rationalisation of workforces, and the manner in which workers are engaged by proxy, said Dr Taylor.“The contemporary economic model in countries like Australia places the needs of the shareholder far above and beyond those of other stakeholders, and this results in a perverse emphasis on profit maximisation at all costs, without any acknowledgement of how this affects people and society more broadly.”The gig economy (and reticence to regulate it) is just another manifestation of this, according to Dr Taylor, who said governments are scared of appearing unfriendly to businesses by intervening in the market.Big companies sometimes use this to their advantage to oppose any changes to the law which might better protect this emerging underclass of workers, he said.Despite this, the Fair Work Ombudsman has taken up several court cases, most notably against Uber Eats and Foodora.“In the case of the latter, the company decided to cease trading in Australia, rather than countenance accepting their workers being categorised as employees,” said Dr Taylor.The need for government interventionHowever, leaving this issue to the courts to assess on a case-by-case basis is not a sustainable approach, and Dr Greig said that sooner or later the government will have to intervene to classify gig workers on the employment spectrum.“However, the current administration has a history of siding with employers over workers, so it is difficult to see where meaningful change will occur,” he said.“Clearly, the world of work has faced significant disruption in recent years and the law needs to adapt to take this into account, otherwise vulnerable categories of worker will continue to be exploited through underpayment of wages and denial of basic employment rights.”Dr Orchiston said the ACCC recently introduced a ‘class exemption’ (Competition and Consumer [Class Exemption-Collective Bargaining] Determination 2019) which will make it easier for independent contractors to bargain collectively to improve their pay and conditions – without the risk of breaching competition law.The NSW Government recently established a new Taskforce to investigate food delivery driver fatalities. The Taskforce will assess the risks and examine how safety can be improved.Dr Orchiston said that Victoria recently conducted an inquiry into gig work, which recommended regulatory intervention to protect gig workers.“A federal inquiry into exploitation of gig economy workers is necessary as some of the existing legal framework is federal and cannot be addressed on a state-by-state basis.”“One reform that this inquiry could consider is inserting a deeming provision into Australia’s federal workplace law – the Fair Work Act 2009,” she said.The deeming provision could classify certain independent contractors (such as gig platform transport and food delivery drivers) to be employees for the purpose of the Act.“This would extend minimum employment conditions to these workers, including the right to be paid a minimum wage.”“There is a strong link between the current pay structure and safety – because food delivery drivers are paid per delivery rather than for the actual time they spend working, they have an incentive to take risks to increase the number of deliveries that they perform,” Dr Orchiston said. /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:ACCC, Australia, Australian, Commission, employment, Fair Work Act, gig economy, Government, minimum wage, national minimum wage, NSW, price, regulation, sustainable, Sydney, university, University of New South Wales, UNSW, UNSW Sydneylast_img read more

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Perspectives On Atomic Bomb Offered At CU-Boulder Symposium

first_img Published: March 31, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail “Copenhagen,” a Tony Award-winning play about ethical, moral and personal dilemmas surrounding the creation of the first nuclear bomb, will provide the backdrop for a two-part symposium presented April 13-14 by the University of Colorado at Boulder and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Nobel Prize-winning CU-Boulder physics Professor Carl Wieman, physics Professor Allan Franklin, and history professor and former Los Alamos resident Lee Chambers will join regional theater pioneer Zelda Fichandler, theater critic Sylvie Drake, scientist and author Lawrence Cranberg and production director Anthony Powell as panelists. The April 13 session will be at the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom at Speer and Arapahoe in downtown Denver from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On April 14, the panel will meet at the Eaton Humanities Building on the CU-Boulder campus from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free but reservations are required and may be made by calling (303) 492-1423 or e-mailing [email protected] Both sessions will be followed by receptions. The symposium is part of the Copenhagen Project, run by CU-Boulder’s Center for Humanities and the Arts in cooperation with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Denver Center Theatre Company. The project also includes an educational outreach partnership with Boulder’s Base Line Middle School. As part of the outreach program, students from Base Line will travel to Denver to view a special performance of “Copenhagen,” thanks in part to the CU-Boulder Office of Community Affairs. Winner of the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play, Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen” depicts what might have happened during a mysterious 1941 meeting in occupied Denmark between Werner Heisenberg, head of Nazi Germany’s nuclear research, and his half-Jewish mentor and old friend Niels Bohr. Historians have debated what the two Nobel laureate physicists discussed in their awkward encounter at the height of the race to build the world’s first nuclear bomb, but few facts are known. For more information on the Copenhagen Project symposium, call (303) 492-1423 or visit http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/CHA/chadcpa.htm. For DCTC “Copenhagen” ticket information, call (303) 893-4000 or visit http://www.denvercenter.org/.last_img read more

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WEConnect International & Women of the Vine & Spirits Collaborate to…

first_imgPinterest Email AdvertisementNew alliance to create pathways for supplier diversity and increased market-share for women-owned businesses in alcohol beverage industryNovember 5, 2018 (New York) – Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry, has formed a Strategic Alliance with WEConnect International, the corporate-led, global non-profit that helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains, worldwide. The two organizations recognize the common interest to cooperatively pursue activities that enhance the business opportunities and professional development of women’s business enterprises.The Strategic Alliance is aimed at promoting the visibility and value of working with women-owned businesses in alcohol beverage, expand market opportunities for women-owned businesses to connect with corporate buyers and other women-owned businesses around the world, and to educate and create awareness about certification and supplier diversity programs.To achieve these objectives, the organizations will collaborate on educational tools and resources, webinars, consultations, and events focused on educating women about certification, expanding and scaling their businesses, and more. Furthermore, Women of the Vine & Spirits will be offering a new Women Owned & Certified membership package targeting women-owned business in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. The new membership will be formally announced, November 19 on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.“It is our goal at Women of the Vine & Spirits to provide women-owned companies in the alcohol beverage industry a pathway to supplier diversity programs,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Purchasing products from a woman-owned company is an investment in women’s economic empowerment which sets a direct path towards gender equality and economic growth globally.”“Across the globe, women continue to earn, on average, less than one percent of the trillions of dollars spent on suppliers by large corporations and governments,” said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, International CEO & Co-Founder, WEConnect. “WEConnect International’s new partnership with Women of the Vine & Spirits helps to bridge this gap, connecting more women-owned businesses, in more industries, to the resources, education, and networks needed to succeed in global value chains.”Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Diamond Members: Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; Caesars Entertainment; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Moët Hennessy USA; and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Platinum Corporate Members: Delicato Family Vineyards; Frederik Wildman & Sons; J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery; Palm Bay International; Pernod-Ricard; Shaw Ross; Trinchero Family Estates; William Grant & Sons. For a full list of Corporate Members including those at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Associate level, visit the Corporate Members tab at womenofthevine.com.About Women of the Vine & SpiritsWomen of the Vine & Spirits is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits is an organization for members to connect through our global and diverse network and collaborate across all industry sectors. Providing members with resources and opportunities to thrive is the cornerstone of our organization and success. We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership benefits that include: education, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and resources for personal and business development. Together, we are a committed community taking action and making a positive impact on the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide. Save the date for the Fifth Annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, March 11- 13, 2019 in Napa, California. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com.About WEConnect InternationalWEConnect International is a 501(c)(3) organization that identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers. WEConnect International members represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and a deep commitment to supplier development and inclusive sourcing. The result is a network of corporate buyers working with women business owners based in over 100 countries that are learning, collaborating and winning billions of dollars in new business.  For more information, please visit the website here.Advertisement Facebook Share Linkedin TAGSWeconnect InternationalWomen of the Vine & Spirits Twitter ReddIt Previous articleZinfandel Technical WorkshopNext articleTwisted Roots Wine Offers Custom Labeling Program for Bottles of Its Award-Winning Wines Press Release Home Industry News Releases WEConnect International & Women of the Vine & Spirits Collaborate to Champion…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWEConnect International & Women of the Vine & Spirits Collaborate to Champion Women-Owned BusinessesBy Press Release – November 5, 2018 64 0 last_img read more

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Team Jamaica Bickle prepares for athletes

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail WASHINGTON — With just a few days to go before the 117th staging of the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), has been finalising preparations to host the Jamaican contingent as well as their Caribbean counterparts. Some 500 athletes, coaches and support staff  are expected from Jamaica, and 120 from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Penn Relays will be held from  April 28 to 30. To cater to the athletes, TJB relies heavily on contributions from Diaspora businesses and corporate donations as well as fundraisers to meet the annual budget of approximately US$$67,000 (J$5.6 million)  to fund its operations. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture,  Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, will lead a high-level team of officials representing the government of Jamaica. Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks, will be TJB’s honoured guest for the Penn Relays weekend of activities.  An avid supporter of the youth, Ambassador Marks takes a keen interest in sports. Since taking office  in Washington, D.C., she has been kept informed of the work that Team Jamaica Bickle has carried out on behalf of Jamaican and Caribbean athletes in the Diaspora.  “I am particularly pleased with the work that Team Jamaica Bickle does and continues to do on behalf of the athletes, and to that extent the people of Jamaica and the Diaspora,” said Ambassador Marks. “On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I am delighted to be the honoured guest of the Team Jamaica Bickle Penn Relays weekend activities, 2011, and equally happy to embrace the youth of the nation while they represent school and country with pride. The flag of Jamaica flies proudly at Franklin Field, a first for any foreign country, and graciously so, due to the efforts of Team Jamaica Bickle,”  she added. For the past 17 years Team Jamaica Bickle has sought to make the Penn Relays experience a nurturing one, filled with great memories and special moments for the athletes.   The Team Jamaica village provides for the athletes a “home-away-from-home,” partnering with Vincent HoSang and the Caribbean Food Delights brand to provide Jamaican meals and refreshments. “We recognise the power of the athletes and we consider them ‘Brand Ambassadors’ for the country, each time they step on the field,  Chief Executive Officer and Founder of  TJB, Irwine Clare told JIS News. Thousands of Diaspora residents from cities all over the United States are expected to attend the Penn Relays. The TJB was created in 1994 as a non-profit organisation to provide needed assistance for the athletes, officials, and coaching staff while they compete at the Penn Relays.  Support is delivered in the form of meals, transportation, physical therapy and amenities.  Team Jamaica Bickle prepares for athletes SportApril 26, 2011 By Derrick A Scott, [email protected] RelatedTeam Jamaica Bickle prepares for athletes RelatedTeam Jamaica Bickle prepares for athletes RelatedTeam Jamaica Bickle prepares for athletes Advertisementslast_img read more

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