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Details of Northern Ireland philanthropy programme announced

first_img  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Details of Northern Ireland philanthropy programme announced Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Northern Irelandcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The theme for this year’s Philanthropy Fortnight in Northern Ireland is the region’s tradition of charitable giving.Running from 6th to 15th May the programme will feature a host of events taking place throughout Northern Ireland celebrating its heritage of charitable work while encouraging the public to get involved in today’s charities.Highlights of the programme include:A free exhibition at the Linenhall Library entitled ‘The Belfast Harp Society – an 18th Century Example of Engaged Philanthropy’, The society was set up in 1808 to provide tuition to blind children so they could earn a living as musicians. This takes place May 6-15.A Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Skills  Initiative, which engages and encourages secondary school students to participate in community-based projects.A series of events marking women’s role in philanthropyThe launch of a programme of post-graduate research bursaries into philanthropy by Giving Northern Ireland.A number of events aimed at fundraisers including an Arts and Business NI seminar at the Ulster Museum on May 8 and an information session on the Acorn Fund at Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre on May 13.Details of the programme can be found on Giving NI’s website.Giving NI was established with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies and Lloyds TSB Foundation NI. Howard Lake | 2 April 2014 | Newslast_img read more

Use member analytics to create better service at your credit union

first_imgEvery day, consumers tell financial institutions (FIs) what products, services and marketing efforts are most relevant to them. Consumers are explicit in what they want from their relationships with their FIs. For FIs, however, the key lies in knowing how to listen.Data analytics and business intelligence are the tools that help FIs translate the secret language of consumers into real, actionable demands. They bridge the information gap between FIs and consumers, helping them achieve mutually beneficial solutions.A recent article from Visible Equity highlighted several key questions data analytics can help FIs answer to improve their consumers’ experience. A few of them are listed below.What are the needs, values, desires and behaviors of your target audience?To what extent is your target audience being reached?Which consumer groups have the highest levels of engagement, loyalty and longevity?Which consumers are most likely to promote your FI to others?Are consumers being adequately reached across all channels?How are offers personalized for consumers based on their data? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Solskjaer hopeful Gomes will stay at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has delivered an update on the futures of Angel Gomes and Odion Ighalo, in his first pre-match press conference since the COVID-19 lockdown. The boss is in the midst of preparing the team for its first competitive fixture since 12 March: a Premier League match away to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday. But the Norwegian took time out to answer reporters’ questions on Gomes, who is in the process of negotiating on a new contract, and Ighalo, who recently extended his stay with the club until January 2021. Ighalo has made a great start to United life since joining in January.Advertisement Loading…center_img “Angel is a top, the top kid who we have had at the club for so many years,” began Solskjaer. read also:Ronaldo, Iniesta inspire Angel Gomes “We’ve offered him a deal, hopefully, he takes it. If not, I wish him all the best. Hopefully, from what I understand, it’s not too far away, so if not we wish him all the best.” Gomes has made six appearances this season but has not featured since a substitute appearance during the final 10 minutes of our 4-0 win over Norwich City on 11 January. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

How the Premier League top six fared in the transfer window

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Harry Maguire signs for Manchester United via @HarryMaguire93London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs splashed out well over £1 billion ($1.2 billion) in the transfer market arms race ahead of the start of the new season on Friday.The vast majority of that sum was again spent by ‘top six’ powerhouses Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, but some have strengthened wisely, while others still look under prepared for the new season.Here, AFP Sport looks at how each fared in the transfer window:Manchester City (2018/19: 1st)Last season’s domestic treble winners have strengthened an enviably deep squad with the signing of Rodri for a club-record £63 million ($77 million) as the long-term successor to Fernandinho in defensive midfield.The full-back positions have also been reinforced, with Joao Cancelo competing with Kyle Walker at right-back, while Angelino has been bought back from PSV Eindhoven to offer cover at left-back for Oleksandr Zinchenko and the injury-prone Benjamin Mendy.However, City have failed to replace former captain Vincent Kompany after he left to take charge of Anderlecht.Kompany’s leadership will be missed and City could be vulnerable in central defence.Liverpool (2018/19: 2nd)The European champions have stepped away from the bidding wars this summer, making just three low-key signings in teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott and reserve goalkeeper Adrian, none of whom are expected to have much impact on the first team this season.“You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers. That makes no sense, it’s not about that,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “If you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players?”The Reds are banking on the stability of retaining the side that posted a club-record 97 points last season and won a sixth European Cup.However, the decision not to build from a position of strength will be questioned if Liverpool’s long wait for a league title stretches beyond 30 years come May.Chelsea (2018/19: 3rd)The Blues’ ban on registering new players means the focus of preparation for Frank Lampard’s first season in charge has been on returning loanees such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, who could finally be given their chance to shine for the Chelsea first team.Lampard’s job has not been made any easier by the loss of the club’s best player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and David Luiz’s deadline-day move to Arsenal. Christian Pulisic, who was signed in the winter transfer window before being loaned back to Borussia Dortmund, will add attacking zest and Mateo Kovacic’s loan deal from Real Madrid has been made permanent.Tottenham (2018/19: 4th)Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy again left it late but the signings of Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon on Thursday, allied to the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record fee earlier in the transfer window, has finally reinforced a Spurs squad that had gone 18 months without a new recruit.Spurs, though, still do not appear to have the depth to rival City or Liverpool for the title.Right-back Kieran Trippier has not been replaced since joining Atletico Madrid and a failed attempt to land Paulo Dybala from Juventus means there remains little back-up to Harry Kane up front.Arsenal (2018/19: 5th)Against expectations, with budgets tightened by a lack of Champions League football, Arsenal have strengthened across all areas with the additions of Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Luiz.Pepe’s club-record £72 million move from Lille adds even more firepower to a frontline already containing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Ceballos, loaned from Real Madrid, will add guile and goals from midfield.However, it is at the back where Arsenal were desperately in need of improvements.Captain Laurent Koscielny’s acrimonious departure to Bordeaux further weakened a defence that conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season, but Luiz will add experience, while Tierney will prove a substantial upgrade at left-back.Manchester United (2018/19: 6th)A change of approach at Old Trafford to target young, British talent has not come cheap, with around £145 million spent on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.Maguire’s arrival made the English international the world’s most expensive defender at an eye-watering £80 million, but that fee was a necessary splurge to shore up a leaky defence in need of leadership.However, questions remain over whether enough has been done to improve a side that finished as close to the relegation zone on points as to champions City last season.Striker Romelu Lukaku has departed for Inter Milan and not been replaced, while moves for a number of midfield targets such as Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes have not borne fruit.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Robo.to: They’re Watching the Social Web in Real Time – But Will It Pay?

first_imgParticle, the Justin Timberlake-funded microapp development shop, is dedicated to creating “massively small” products that provide simple, creative solutions to real problems.When we first reviewed their Robo.to application, we weren’t sure whether to be confused or delighted – but we knew there was more to the app than met the eye. Not long ago, we had a telephone chat with Particle CEO Rey Flemings; he revealed that Robo.to is to become the channel-surfer of the real-time web. He also told us what Particle is rolling out next. Read on for insights on the microapp universe – including monetization – and a few surprises, as well.On Watching the StatusphereRobo.to is an app that allows users to create soundless, 4-second video clips. These can be used as video avatars, sent as social-web calling cards, attached to all manner of links or geographical data, or simply updated with a line of text as one would update any other status-based message service. Of course, the videos and text can be automatically forwarded to the usual lineup of social networks.What the newly launched TV mode allows for is topic-based surfing of all Robo.to content.“It allows you to watch hashtags,” Flemings explained. “As bits of content bubble up, you can follow that along with the video posts. Users go into TV mode through search or by clicking on a topic. People tend to lost about half an hour when trying this out, because it’s fascinating to watch what people are doing.”For example, here’s what it might look like to watch the hashtag #squee on Robo.to’s TV mode:Flemings did say that the clips will remain soundless. “One of the things we’re trying to do is making it impossible to create bad content. Without parameters, people make all kinds of stuff… What we are doing on the audio front is to create more environmental sound – themeing, music, designing an experience.”On Being Massively Small“Our mission,” said Flemings, “is to reengage with the persistent snags of day-to-day Web use. We approach fairly contained, verticalized problems, apply a creative approach, and launch a massively small, feature-ful product to solve it.”So, what problems are the Particle apps designed to solve?Crusher addresses the problem of how to have a cool party. Pop is a tool for cool-hunting. Robo.to, which began as Smirk, attempts to solve the issue of the static user avatar.And there’s a new app in the works: Uooo. The name, said Flemings, “is based on the sound you make when you see something you ought to be capturing.” Like Robo.to, Uooo will present short-form video for the social web. Unlike Robo.to, Uooo will encourage users to point their cameras at the world around them rather than simply recording themselves. It will launch initially as a Robo.to feature.Particle is trying to perfect the most concise expressions of the social web, a concept that’s been ragingly popular ever since Twitter made tiny sexy and bloated networks began hemorrhaging users. The apps are small and lightweight enough for mobile browsers. The designs are compact. Even the product names are tiny and – dare we say it? – intentionally cute. But can these single-function, “massively small” products generate the massively large user base to generate revenue, and how do Flemings et al. intend to capitalize on their microapp suite?On Finding Users and Making MoneyBack at Robo.to’s launch, we wrote:Then there are the apps that, while nifty, don’t have the power to become a continent or an island because they can’t consistently draw users back. They become digital jetsam, and adoption declines after initial rounds of publicity are over.We’re not damning Robo.to to this particular fate, but we want to know: Why will we return to Robo.to and continue to upload content? What will remind us? Is returning even necessary? Has the Particle team succeeded in creating an app so tiny it’s virtually invisible?And without consistent user traffic prompted by that sticky, infectious property the best new apps have (hel-lo, Twitter!), how will Particle have the leverage to generate revenue?In the weeks between Robo.to’s rather quiet launch and our phone conversation with Flemings, we were told that the app’s user base had doubled and hundreds of video clips were being uploaded each hour.What Flemings could not share was specifics on exactly how many users the site has or how his team plans to monetize the app suite.“Robo.to is a new product,” he said. “It is a social serivce, the key focus is providing utulity and benefit and growing a community of users. Particle has products with much nearer term revenue propositions… Social products unlock their revenue potential at scale. There are certainly very strong ideas, but we’re not publicly talking about those.”Flemings’ purposely vague response left us disconcerted. We’ve been promised “revolutionary” approaches to social media monetization in the past, only to be confronted with freemium models, white-labeled apps, and endless streams of ads, none of which strike us as remotely innovative. Whatever these “strong ideas” happen to be, and however many users Particle needs to acheive their revenue-generating critical mass, we hope the results leave both users and Mr. Timberlake satisfied. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microapp#start center_img jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Resource Discovery| Caregiver Self-Care Activity Book

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson MS, LMFT & Hannah Hyde, M.Ed.We can’t talk enough about the importance of self-care. We also can’t talk enough about the importance of resources! VA Caregiver Support offers training, educational resources, and many other tools to assist and support caregivers in their important role in the health and well-being of Veterans.We found the Caregiver Self-Care Activity Book which is a resource full of great self-care suggestions and tips. The following are some of our favorites…Go Outside!As John Muir eloquently put it, ” Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  Go outside and relax for a little while! VA Caregiver Support recommends leaving your cell phone inside to minimize distractions.Stretch AwayAccording to VA Caregiver Support, “stretching increases flexibility, range of motion, and energy levels. It reduces muscle tension, and provides relaxation and stress relief.” Not sure how to get started stretching for self-care? This section provides a list of stretches that you can do any place, any time!Create a Mindfulness Glitter JarIf you like to get your creative juices flowing, this is a great activity for you! Here you can find how to make a glitter jar and the ways in which this jar can be helpful for you through creating a clearer mind and focused breathing.Make friends and improve your social lifeThe Mayo Clinic contends that friendships can enrich your life and improve your health in a number of ways. Here you will find a detailed list of ways in which you can make friends and improve your social life!Walk down memory lane“Reflecting back on a happy or joyful time is powerful. It can ignite gratitude, hope, and remind you of your strengths.”  VA Caregiver Support suggests an activity to help reflect back on good times.LaughWho doesn’t love a good laugh? Take a look at the different things you can do to get that silly bone working! If you like a good corny joke check out their list!Comfort StoneHave you ever heard of a Comfort Stone? Learn more about what it is and how to use it in this section of the activity book.Journaling“Journaling is a creative and therapeutic activity that you can do for yourself anywhere, anytime. You can explore your innermost thoughts, feelings, and experiences.”  In this section, you are provided with some ideas to get your ideas flowing for journaling on your own.Prepare Yourself for Sweet DreamsAccording to NIH, “sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” This activity book provides things you can do to prepare for a good night’s sleep!Interested in further exploration of this resource?You can check out this resource from VA Caregiving Support at Caregiver Self-Care Activity Book.  We suggest you look at all of their recommended activities in detail if you are looking for ways to increase your self-care.Written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde, M.Ed., of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team.last_img read more

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli graces the cover of Men’s Health magazine

first_imgUnmukt Chand is lucky. The skipper of the India U-19 team has become a national phenomenon overnight after his team’s World Cup win in Townsville. This is in stark contrast to 2008. Despite trouncing South Africa in the World Cup final in Malaysia, the country’s U-19 squad led by an enthusiastic Virat Kohli did not make it to the front pages of national dailies.However, the world’s largest men’s magazine Men’s Health saw the potential in these young boys and picked out Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan for their first-ever fashion shoot.Says Kohli, who has comfortably slipped into the shoes of Team India’s go-to man and become the vice-captain of its ODI squad, “We were starstruck teenagers then(in 2008). Though I was a tad nervous, we thoroughly enjoyed the shoot. In hindsight, that episode with MH eased me into the limelight.”The accompanying story throws up the question: how does a simple boy from West Delhi take to the limelight? The answer: like a fish does to water.Kohli, who features on the cover of Men’s Health’s bi-annual 15-page Guide to Style section in the September 2012 issue, discusses how men can make small tweaks in their dressing to turn heads, without ever crossing the line of masculinity or audacity. “A fit body gives you confidence,” he says.”And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident,” Kohli adds.Jamal Shaikh, the editorial director of Men’s Health, says, “This is Kohli’s third shoot with Men’s Health India in four years, though this is the first time he’s gracing the cover.advertisementWe’re a real man’s magazine, and Virat’s success story and sense of style are very achievable for the common Indian youngster. That’s what makes him an even bigger star in our eyes.”last_img read more

Maria Sharapova has paid the time she had to pay for doping offence: Arantxa Sanchez to India Today

first_imgAt 45, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario still looks as fit as a rookie 17-year-old girl hustling around at Roland Garros, where she inflicted one of the biggest tennis upsets back in 1989.Steffi Graf, who could do nothing wrong those days, was on a roll and was unbeaten in the last four Grand Slams, before she ran into Sanchez. Rest, as they say, is history as the Barcelona girl became the youngest women’s singles player to lift the French Open title, defeating Graf in a hard-fought final.That day, Sanchez fought hard for a dream, which still remains the closest thing to her heart, and that is what she preaches to youngsters as well.It was a healthy rivalry those days with players like Graf, Sanchez, Monica Seles and even Martina Navratilova battling around against each other. Even today, there’s no dearth of talent in the women’s tennis, but American Serena Williams has made a place of her own.Maria Sharapova, probably, comes closest to Serena, but the doping ban she endured, took her away from the game for a 15 months. Sharapova will make her first appearance at the Stuttgart Open next week where she has been handed a wild card. That move has rubbed some big names in the women’s tennis the wrong way. Many feel Sharapova should go through the qualifiers and shouldn’t get an automatic entry into the main draw.But Sanchez has backed the former Russian World No.1 and says Sharapova has served the punishment for her anti-doping rule violation.advertisement”There will be a difference of opinion on this issue. But I think she has already paid the time she had to pay for the doping offence. She will be playing her first tournament at the Stuttgart Open after serving her doping ban. It will be interesting to see how she comes back, so that’s what we need to look at,” Sanchez, who is in the Capital to promote the Rendezvous Roland Garros wild-card tournament, told India Today.Sancehz, nicknamed ‘Barcelona Bumblebee’, always relished the opportunity to play at the clay courts of Roland Garros. Three of her four Major titles came at the French Open, which has been ruled by another Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, over the years. But lately, Rafa has been losing his grip.Sanchez also had a game very similar to Rafa as both relied on their ability to retrieve virtually everything from the baseline. So can Rafa win one more at the French Open?”I think both of us had one common thing. It was and is our determination and ability to never give up, whatever the situation may be. We always fight till the end and have the ability to turn things around. Rafa has been playing well and he came early to play at clay this season. He is looking good and surely, to win his 10th French Open title. Definitely, great signs for him,” reckons Sanchez.  Sanchez also feels in the coming days, Czech Karolina Pliskova will be the player to beat in the women’s tennis, although the Spaniard still believes a fit Serena will be a difficult nut to crack.”Serena has been very dominant and has the motivation to keep winning these Grand Slams. When she is playing, she is always the favourite but when she is not, it opens the door for others. As long as she is healthy she will play. Last year it was Angelique Kerber, and this year, it could well be Karolina Pliskova. she is very good and could well be the next World No. 1 after these two.”last_img read more

4 days agoFIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pair

first_imgFIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

2018/19 Financial Year Officially Begins Today

first_imgThe 2018/19 Financial Year officially begins today (April 1), with the Government projecting to spend $773.6 billion for the year.When former Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, tabled the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure in the House of Representatives in the afternoon on Thursday, February 15, the document outlined that the Government expects to spend $560 billion for Recurrent (house-keeping) expenses and $213.6 billion on Capital (development) projects for the year.Before the tabling of the Estimates, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, delivered the Throne Speech, outlining the programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government during the year.The fight against crime remains a major national priority, with the Government committing additional resources and support to the security forces for the 2018/19 fiscal year.The Governor-General noted that organised crime, along with the violence and homicide it produces, is the biggest threat to citizens’ security and continues to stymie the growth and prosperity of the country.He said the Administration will be seeking approval for a number of legislative measures designed to improve crime-fighting efforts and better enable law-enforcement agencies to interdict criminals.These include the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, Finger Prints(Amendment) Act, Firearms (Amendment) Act, Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, Parole (Amendment) Act, and The Justice Protection(Amendment) Bill.In addition to the legislative measures, the Government will continue to focus on strengthening its administrative and technological capabilities, crime-prevention and community safety measures, and rehabilitation and redemption.The justice system will also be given special attention in order to reduce the backlog of cases and improve efficiency and effectiveness.The Governor-General said the Government has committed to enabling growth and national development through a sound and predictable macro-economic policy framework that maintains low inflation, a stable exchange rate and competitive interest rates; and improving revenue administration by creating a simple, equitable andcompetitive tax environment to enhance growth and ensure greater compliance.Other areas of focus highlighted in the Throne Speech include programmes to rehabilitate and make new investments in critical health infrastructure; accelerating construction of affordable housing and providing greater access to funding; construction and maintenance of water and irrigation systems; commencement and completion of road projects to ease congestion and improve road safety and security; and scaling up progammes to reach more unattached youth.Social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation.Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children’s homes and places of safety, school feeding, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating women.Special attention will be placed on the Programme of Advancment Through Health and Education (PATH), which targets some of the most vulnerable segments of the population – children and students aged zero to 19 years; the adult poor, including the disabled, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the destitute Measures to establish a National Identification System (NIDS) will be advanced with the National Identification and Registration Authority Regulations to be developed and tabled in the House by September 2018.Work will continue to digitise the records of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD); develop processes to link the records of births and deaths to prevent identity theft; commence transformation of the RGD into the National Identification and Registration Authority; and establish a National Address Database, which will indicatewhere all parcels of land are located within the island in order to support the enrolment of persons in the NIDS.The Government will embark on an aggressive legislative agenda to support its strategic priorities to ensure food security, sustainable use of agricultural land and fisheries resources, and facilitate an enabling local business environment.Fire stations will be constructed in Montego Bay, Port Maria and Yallahs, two drop-in centres in Trelawny and St. Thomas, and homes built for indigent persons.Additional garbage trucks will also be purchased.The Government will be putting measures in place to increase protection of women and girls with the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill this year.The proposed Gender Advisory Council is also to be established.Work will begin to build out entertainment zones in Fort Charles and Fort Rocky, Port Royal; Seville, St. Ann; and Westmoreland and St. Catherine.The necessary legislative work and amendments to the various laws regulating entertainment will alsobe done in parallel.As it relates to education, five new schools are to be constructed, while money is to be provided from the e-learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools from the early-childhood to secondary levels.The support programme for children zero to three years will be given focus, and the Early Childhood Rationalisation programme continued.When Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House on March 20, he emphasised that achieving economic growth and curbing crime remain national priorities.Mr. Holness said the Administration is taking positive action in securing the nation’s prosperity, through effective stewardship reflected in delivering jobs and housing and undertaking infrastructural development.The Prime Minister argued that if Jamaica is to grow and develop into the desired inclusive, nurturing and caring society, Government spending will have to be “reprioritised towards critical growth areas, infrastructure spending and poverty alleviation.”last_img read more