Marked Improvements By Athletes Under JamaicaChina Technical Assistance Programme

There has been marked improvement in the performance of local athletes, who are being trained under the Jamaica-China Technical Assistance Programme. More than 400 local sports personnel in seven disciplines will benefit from training in China over a three-year period under the agreement, which was officially signed last year. This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, during a meeting with representatives of the China Sports International Corporation in Beijing on Thursday (Aug.15). Story Highlights There has been marked improvement in the performance of local athletes, who are being trained under the Jamaica-China Technical Assistance Programme.This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, during a meeting with representatives of the China Sports International Corporation in Beijing on Thursday (Aug.15).More than 400 local sports personnel in seven disciplines will benefit from training in China over a three-year period under the agreement, which was officially signed last year.The specialised areas are synchronised swimming, badminton, basketball, football, gymnastics, volleyball and basketball.The first batch of 138 athletes, coaches and managers completed a 60-day programme in September 2018. Since early July, the second batch of 138 personnel has been receiving specialised training in China.“Some of the swimmers that were here last year went back to CARIFTA this year and performed extremely well. We have had people setting national age group records and winning gold medals at the CARIFTA championships,” Mr. Thorpe said.“We have already heard about the success of the synchronised swimming team that has taken part in a championship here (in China) and their scores overall have improved tremendously,” he added.For her part, Manager of the badminton team in Yiyang, China, Beverly Baugh, said that the delegation has produced outstanding results.“Thalia Richardson, she was one of the persons on last year’s (trip to China)… she was able to beat our number one female champion, Catherine Wynter, and we are really proud of the progress so far.“We also have a player/coach here, Mathew Yee-Grant, he came last year (as a player) so that’s the progress of the team so far and we are happy for the opportunity,” she said. read more

JBDC Accepting Applications for Design Fusion 2019

Speaking with the JIS News, Technical Services Manager at the JBDC, Colin Porter, said that ‘Design Fusion 2019’ is being held for the first time, but is a follow-up to other work done by the organisation in the creative industry. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) is now accepting applications for their ‘Design Fusion 2019’ programme.The programme, which commences next month, will select 10 fashion and 15 gift & craft designers to participate in a specialised design-based development programme for emerging fashion and gift & craft designers.Speaking with the JIS News, Technical Services Manager at the JBDC, Colin Porter, said that ‘Design Fusion 2019’ is being held for the first time, but is a follow-up to other work done by the organisation in the creative industry.“It is a part of JBDC’s larger programme of offering product development, business development, financial literacy and marketing support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) who are involved in the fashion, gift and craft (accessories) sectors,” he added.Mr. Porter said the programme will see designers benefiting from the wide suite of services offered by JBDC to facilitate them growing their businesses at a rapid pace.“The Design Fusion programme provides an opportunity for participants to hone their entrepreneurial skills and business acumen, allowing them to be more competitive, to employ best practices as it relates to managing a small business, developing a design identity and using the appropriate marketing tools,” he explained.According to Mr. Porter, the programme is aiming to have emerging designers who have strong concepts and are ready to grow their businesses and become visible players with long-term goals.“We are targeting those who already have the basic skills for creating products that appeal to both local and international markets and who need to build their brands and visual identity as part of their overall business strategy. We have limited spaces, so we encourage persons to apply early,” he said.Applications for ‘Design Fusion 2019’ close on Friday, September 6. Persons with an interest in the programme are invited to visit the JBDC website at www.jbdc.net and complete the application to be considered. The programme will run until November. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) is now accepting applications for their ‘Design Fusion 2019’ programme. Story Highlights The programme, which commences next month, will select 10 fashion and 15 gift & craft designers to participate in a specialised design-based development programme for emerging fashion and gift & craft designers. read more

Legal Aid Council Provides Help For 107 Mentally Ill Persons

Mr Spaulding’s case was resolved when his sister came forward and the Council was able to make the requisite application to the court. Story Highlights Mr Faulkner expressed that justice should be accessible to all members of society, irrespective of their socio-economic background or mental health. The Legal Aid Council (LAC) has provided legal representation for 107 mentally ill persons, within the last year. The Legal Aid Council (LAC) has provided legal representation for 107 mentally ill persons, within the last year.Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, says his organisation was only able to act, because a family member came forward to receive these individuals.“We are urging persons who have family members who are mentally ill in custody and have not been going to court, to contact us once they are willing to undertake supervision and care of the person,” Mr Faulkner said.In January, the LAC provided representation to Leslie Spaulding, a mentally ill individual, who had been in custody for 23 years.Mr Spaulding’s case was resolved when his sister came forward and the Council was able to make the requisite application to the court.Mr Faulkner stated that the LAC also provides its clients with expert services such as DNA testing, to aid their case.“In two of the cases concerning the mentally ill, we paid private psychiatrists to do the evaluations for the courts so that the persons were not delayed in the system,” he shared.Mr Faulkner expressed that justice should be accessible to all members of society, irrespective of their socio-economic background or mental health. read more