Facebook 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. 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 Commissioner
Senco Gold and Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India, drew up a noble way to pay homage to the martyrs of India by organising ‘Youth talent hunt’ contest in Bengaluru recently. Christened ‘An Ode to the Nation’, the contest – being held in memory of the 41 CRPF jawans who gave up their lives to protect the nation – not only presented the students and youths of Bengaluru with an opportunity to showcase their talents, but also to pay their tributes to these brave souls. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresent at the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said: “These brave jawans have made the sacrifice, laying down their lives to protect us and our nation. It is our way of saluting these martyrs, however small it is.” “The platform aims to bring together children, women and especially the youth and mobilise them by inspiring them to contribute to our nation,” he further added. The fbb Colors Femina Miss India South 2019 winners walked hand-in-hand with the children from Gifts of God (Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust), to spread the message of unity and show the world that little children are future of our country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSt Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore received a cheque of Rs 50,001 towards mid-day meal for the needy students, Vasantharatna Foundation received Rs 1 lakh for the stronger future of martyrs’ families and empowering veer naris (war widows) of our nation, Honour point received Rs 50,001 for the development of online memorial for Indian soldiers and creating support system for martyrs’ families and Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust received Rs 70,001 for development of education system for orphaned children. To show solidarity and pay homage to martyrs, various people from different walks of life were present at the event including Major Aditi Mohan (Retired), Lady Indian Army Major, Major Pankaj Adhar (Retired), Saurabh Mukherjee, Deputy commandment of CISF, Regional Head CISB, Col Sandeep Sirohi (Retd), Paratrooper 7 Paras officer, Dr K V Jagadeesh, IPS, DCP (Traffic East), Bangalore, Rudra Shankar Roy, Convener, SXCCAA – South Zone Chapter and Chief Coordinator – ‘An Ode To The Nation’, along with families of martyrs.