SDC secures 51 Million for community groups

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 20, 2017 – The Social Development Commission (SDC) has secured $5.1 million under the Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant Fund for some 170 community development committees (CDCs) across Jamaica.  This was disclosed by Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, as he addressed a recent JIS Think Tank.  The grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all CDCs to be used for administrative support, once they meet the established criteria.   Dr. Vernon said the money, which was disbursed up to December 31, 2016, was used to help the groups to strengthen their administrative capabilities and undertake measures to increase “people participation” in their community.He informed that another 178 applications are being processed for grant assistance under the Governance Capacity Grant Fund (GCGF).  He said that $1 million is to be disbursed “so they can implement projects they believe can strengthen their organisation, consistent with the themes of the SDC.”   Governance structures can access funds under the GCGF to improve their sustainability and viability, to make more effective and meaningful contribution to parish and national development.Dr. Vernon also disclosed that the SDC is taking steps to introduce a grant facility to support new small and micro-enterprises.    This facility, he said, will be implemented through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP) and will have specific focal points to aid and support the beneficiaries into a stronger operational position.  “We’re going to be putting in place this grant facility and we’re very confident that this will happen.  The facility will… allow them to strengthen their productive base and also to support their registration. We also want to support them with money to help them to take their products to market,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Dr. Vernon informed that the SDC has relaunched 19 community groups, bringing the total number of active bodies to 577 island wide.    “We have strengthened 193 of the 577 community groups through the implementation of training strategies to enhance their community operations,” he said.center_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Pause a while to play with your imagination

first_imgA solo exhibition Pause and Play, by Puja Kshatriya is all about the inner strength and the complexities and dual nature of relationships. This exhibition is a series comprising of 11 canvases, is an unique interplay of monochromatic figures, emphasising the dual nature and complexities of our relationships. Headless figures, amputated or shifted limbs add an element of surrealism and deconstruction and repetition of images has produced some interesting works. It is almost like looking through a kaleidoscope, where forms join together and then melt away. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Strength and power are often wrongly perceived. Those who appear frail, may in fact be resolutely strong. Wars, as it is has been said, are not always won or lost on the battlefield, but often in the mind. This series called Pause and Play explores the power of mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ said the artist Puja.’There is no single factor that has inspired me to paint this series. I think, as one  evolves and grows spiritually one realises the power of the mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ added the artist. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer series Pause and Play emphasises the importance of detachment and the need to build our inner strength. She added, ‘If we can learn to distance ourselves from the immediate surrounding, we can review our perceptions and transform our lives.”I am having an exhibition in Delhi after a hiatus of almost 12 years, my last three solo shows in 2003, 2005 and 2007 being in Mumbai. Since I am from Delhi, this is a special show for me; it’s almost like a homecoming exhibition,’ said the artist. ‘With the objective of creating an interface between Indian contemporary art and its various interpretations, Puja Kshatriya’s work is a vision, an interpretation, allowing the viewer to indulge in their imagination,’ said Ashwini Bahadur, founder of the Artspeaks India.Trying to innovate from the traditional style of painting, Puja uses blade scraping technique, where in two-three layers, oil colours are applied and then blade is used, to bring out the forms. The pressure while scraping is varied, bringing a sculptural effect to the figures.DETAILAt: Shridharani Gallery,Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg On till: 12 November Timings: 11am to 7pm Phone: 23718833last_img read more