Focus on ‘Logistics-Centred’ Economy Will Influence Business Atmosphere – Ffolkes-Abrahams

first_imgFocus on ‘Logistics-Centred’ Economy Will Influence Business Atmosphere – Ffolkes-Abrahams CommerceJune 4, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says that the government’s thrust to establish and sustain a ‘logistics-centred’ economy, will result in a more efficient and business friendly atmosphere.Addressing a cocktail reception to welcome participants of the 5th Annual Caribbean Microfinance Forum at the Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel Suites in Montego Bay on Monday, June 2, the State Minister reiterated government’s support for the conference which is being staged under the theme, “Building An Environment for Entrepreneurs To Excel”.She noted that the theme is in keeping with government’s position on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, but it also means “greater wealth-creating opportunities, jobs and inclusive growth; greater opportunities and rewards for entrepreneurship; more possibilities for innovation; doing things faster, more efficiently and in general, an improved business environment with far less bureaucracy.”Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams pointed to great expectations across the business environment, informing that over the period 2013 to 2016, the global microfinance market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.6 percent which, she said, can be used as an indicator of future growth of regional markets.“Have we ever stopped to seriously ask the question, ‘why is it that we care about micro enterprises and micro finance?’ Why is it that we have in excess of 10,000 micro finance institutions globally? Why is it that in Latin America and the Caribbean we have more than 600 micro finance institutions with billions of dollars in loans to more than 10 million low-income clients?  Why is it that global growth of 15 to 20 per cent is expected in the micro-finance industry during 2014?” Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams enquired.She suggested that Jamaica’s economy at this time needs small business development and growth, and the financing to offer support to the sector.“We are building an environment for entrepreneurs to excel … here in Jamaica and across the Caribbean and we want to welcome and congratulate all of you who are here to participate in this forum which is expected to plan for the development of this initiative,” Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams said.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Glendon Harris welcomed the over 155 delegates and presenters from across the region.The Mayor advanced the view that  micro financing was the solution to reducing unemployment in the country.“We have been going through challenging times over the years and I am sure that with the right opportunities, our Jamaican people will greatly improve and enhance their entrepreneurship and move up the economic ladder, reducing poverty in the country.  We hope that this conference will serve to enlighten and empower persons to be better entrepreneurs,” Mayor Harris noted.Participants in the four-day forum will be exploring best practices and trends, as well as challenges being faced within micro enterprises and microfinance providers.The forum is being jointly funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (a member of the IDB) the European Union, Caribbean Development Bank, the Citi Foundation. RelatedGovernment’s Commitment to Enhancing Business Underscored RelatedNational Certification Body to Host Stakeholders Forum Story HighlightsThe government’s thrust to establish and sustain a ‘logistics-centred’ economy, will result in a more efficient and business friendly atmosphere.State Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams suggested that Jamaica’s economy at this time needs small business development and growth, and the financing to offer support to the sector.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Glendon Harris advanced the view that micro financing was the solution to reducing unemployment in the country. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams addressing participants in the welcome reception of the 5th Annual Caribbean Microfinance Forum held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel Suites in Montego Bay yesterday (June 2).Some 155 delegates and presenters from across the region, North America, Europe, Pacific Asia Fiji and Africa are participating in the four-day event (June 2 to 5).Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris (left) has the attention of (from right) Programme Manager and CEO of Development Options Limited, Maureen Webber Related150 Jobs for First Phase of Kingston Wharves Logistics Project Focus on ‘Logistics-Centred’ Economy Will Influence Business Atmosphere – Ffolkes-AbrahamsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more

Utah Jazz fall apart in fourth quarter as Nikola Jokic passes out 16 assists in Denver victory

first_img David Zalubowski, AP AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Snyder acknowledged that his team’s lack of offense, particularly in the final quarter, put pressure on the offense by not making shots.“It was three competitive quarters. We competed the fourth quarter, but the score didn’t reflect our effort. But, ultimately, you’ve got to put the ball in the basket. We weren’t able to do that in the fourth quarter, and I don’t think it was a reflection of our execution or anything other than we need it to go in.”The Jazz welcomed Donovan Mitchell back in the lineup after he missed Friday night’s game with hamstring tightness. He gave the Jazz a scare when he went down to the floor midway through the fourth quarter and had to be assisted off the floor. However, he returned a few minutes later after getting his ankle wrapped. 3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 103-88 loss to the Denver Nuggets Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell rests on the court after being injured during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. Mitchell returned to the game later in the half. The Nuggets won 103-88. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) “I was just being a baby,” he said afterward. “I’m good. I’ve twisted an ankle before, it’s not a great feeling. That’s all it is, just day-to-day, nothing bad.”Mitchell finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five steals, but his shooting wasn’t very good as he ended up 7 for 22 from the field and 0 for 7 from long range.The best player for Utah Saturday was Jae Crowder, who came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. He also led the team with three blocked shots.Rudy Gobert came back from a slow start to get a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick Favors was solid with 12 points in just 19 minutes, and Ricky Rubio had 11 points.For Denver, Gary Harris led the way with 20 points and Jamal Murray added 19 points while ex-Jazzman Paul Millsap had 13 and Malik Beasley scored 12 off the bench.The Jazz return home for three games this week at home, Monday night against Toronto, Wednesday against Dallas and Friday night against Boston in the homecoming game for Gordon Hayward. Grid View Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O'Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Defense hasn’t been up to par in Utah Jazz’s slow start this season Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)center_img Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER — During his three years in the NBA, Denver’s Nikola Jokic hasn’t hurt the Utah Jazz too much. Last year, he averaged just 8.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in four games last year against Utah, well below his season marks.In Saturday night’s game, Jokic again didn’t score many points, finishing with just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, well off his 19.4 average this season. Where the 7-foot, 250-pound center did kill the Jazz was with his passing as he dished out 16 assists, half of his team’s total, in a 103-88 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center.No wonder Jazz coach Quin Snyder calls him the perhaps best passer in the NBA.“He’s probably the best passing big man, maybe the best passer regardless of height,” Snyder said before the game. “He has such a feel for the game in that regard with the array of passes and the accuracy and the timing.”“It speaks to his greatness. Nikola can dominate a game without scoring at all,” added Denver coach Mike Malone. “The sign of greatness is he makes everybody around him better, and in my opinion does that better than anyone in the NBA.”I was just being a baby. I’m good. I’ve twisted an ankle before, it’s not a great feeling. That’s all it is, just day-to-day, nothing bad. – Donovan MitchellIn Denver’s 15-point victory, Jokic had more assists in the fourth quarter than the Jazz had baskets as the Nuggets turned a five-point deficit into a 20-point edge in the final quarter, outscoring the anemic Jazz 35-15.Up until that point, the Jazz looked like they might have put Friday night’s disappointing loss to Memphis in their rearview mirror against the team with the second-best record in the league, as they were playing some of their best defense of the season with 12 steals up to that point. Utah led by as many as nine points.However, it all fell apart in the final 12 minutes as the Jazz suddenly went cold from the field (23.5 percent), while the Nuggets shot 56 percent from the field with all 13 of their baskets coming off assists.With the loss, the Jazz fell to 4-5 on the season, well below expectations, but Jazz coach Quin Snyder wasn’t expressing any panic afterward. In fact, on the whole, he was pleased with his team’s performance, particularly their effort.“Tonight, I thought we were better defensively,” he said. “I thought we were focused on trying to play the way we’ve worked on who we are. You’ve got to demonstrate that and cling to it tightly, and I thought we did a much better job of that tonight.” Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O’Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Related Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)last_img read more