Tourism, manufacturing incentives

first_img4 July 2008South Africa’s Department of Trade and industry (DTI) has launched the Enterprise Investment Programme, offering investment support – in the form of financial grants – to small and medium manufacturing and tourism companies based outside the country’s major metropolitan areas.“We will be making these sectors more attractive to people to invest in,” Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said at the programme’s launch in Pretoria this week.“The idea is to attract investment into [geographical] areas outside of the developed metropolitan municipalities in order to spread development and labour absorption.”Deputy director-general of the DTI’s Enterprise Organisation, Tumelo Chipfupa, said the new programme would run for the next six years, replacing the Small Medium Enterprise Development Programme which was offered between 2001 and August 2006.The Enterprise Investment Programme is made up of the Manufacturing Investment Programme and the Tourism Support Programme.“An investment grant of 15 to 30% of qualifying investment costs will be provided covering the plant, machinery, equipment, commercial vehicles, land and buildings,” said Chipfupa, adding that the maximum investment per project was increased from R100-million to R200-million.Qualifying criteriaChipfupa explained that there were various qualifying criteria which a company would have to match before a grant was given.These include their black economic empowerment (BEE) status, whether the company will be located in a high unemployment area, how labour absorbent the company is as well as whether they are in the clothing and textiles industry.For the Tourism Support Programme, the objective, he said, was to stimulate job creation outside of traditional destination clusters, as well as increase BEE participation in the tourism sector.To be eligible for the support programme, companies need to employ a minimum of eight people and must score at least a level four on their BEE contribution.Diversifying manufacturingDTI director-general Tshediso Matona said at the launch that the department was serious about the building of a strong, diverse and flourishing manufacturing sector in South Africa.“We take this work seriously in the department as it is part of our core mandate of industrial development. We did a review of what the DTI has done and could do to support industry,” he said, adding that increasing industrial development was one of the country’s priorities.The department has also urged private sector financial institutions to work together with the government on the sector incentive schemes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas players

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “I want to clarify Chooks-to-Go is really committed to support the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas all the way to the Olympics in whatever way we can. So my announcement that we’re willing to support a full-time national team, even regarding compensation, there was no intention to put PBA on a bad light,” he said after finishing a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa earlier in the day.READ: Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas playersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMascariñas reiterated that his statements were not meant to offend the PBA teams.“I told the commissioner that I got too overeager to say that we will match the maximum salaries in the PBA. Other owners felt that we’re raiding them of their players and that’s why I’m apologizing,” he said. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I’m sorry if it came as we’re bragging. We consider ourselves a small fish in this big pond of basketball. We’re new, we know better, and we’re here to support the PBA and SBP.”Narvasa, meanwhile, understood where Mascariñas’ eagerness was coming from and he was glad that the Chooks-To-Go executive was able clear things up.“I think it was done in a sincere effort to be able to show support for the Gilas team,” said the league commissioner.“You have to understand that it’s a sensitive issue and an issue that we’re trying to work out. Comments like that, whether it’s meant to help, are sometimes taken out of context, so it’s always good that you clear it.”Though regretful for apparently hurting some feelings, Mascariñas said that his offer for Gilas Pilipinas is still on the table if the SBP and the PBA decides to give them the green light. ADVERTISEMENT “If they need our support for a full-time national team, if the PBA and SBP allows, we’re there. We just want to do it properly this time, that we’re not stepping on anyone. The end objective is we’re still hoping that we can form a competitive national team, and the possibility that it could be full time will always be there. We will continue to support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoBounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas apologized to the PBA on Thursday after various parties reportedly felt slighted by his earlier pronouncements of willingness to pay Gilas Pilipinas players maximum salaries to go full-time for the national team.Speaking after Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym, the executive expressed regret over the misunderstanding that stemmed from his bold declaration, clarifying that his statements are simply reflective on how devoted the Chooks-to-Go brand is on aiding the national basketball team.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Juventus announce Andrea Barzagli return

first_imgDONE DEAL: Juventus announce Andrea Barzagli returnby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrea Barzagli has returned to Juventus.The retired defender has been named a technical assistant to coach Maurizio Sarri.His official title is Technical Collaborator of the First Team and he will begin his duties as early as tomorrow.The pleasure is all ours! Good to have you back, @andreabarzagli2! pic.twitter.com/W9GDxNO37n— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 25, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The SEC Is Reportedly Lifting Its Ban On Satellite Camps Too

first_imgSEC logoCould the SEC be added to its 14-team total?Update No. 2: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has released a statement on the matter. Statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on satellite camps. pic.twitter.com/25DEq2mGdh— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Update No. 1 : The ACC often votes in line with the SEC, and it is also following suit in lifting its own satellite camp ban, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. Decision today means the ACC has changed its league rule to match the NCAA rule: Satellite camps are now allowed. Go forth and camp …— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) April 28, 2016Earlier: The conference in most opposition to satellite camps has been the SEC, with much of these camps being held in their territory. With the NCAA reversing its stance on the camps, announcing today that the ban has been lifted, the SEC is now changing its mind on them, too. According to Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.  Confirmed that, without a national ban, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Hugh Freeze isn’t going to be happy. The Ole Miss coach doesn’t like them because they take him away from his family in the offseason.  Hugh Freeze responds to Jim Harbaugh’s comments on refusing to “work harder” and not being a “kindred spirit” pic.twitter.com/zgmuxCdWLu— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) April 13, 2016Will we get to see an SEC team hold a satellite camp in Columbus or Ann Arbor? That’d be fun.last_img read more

MEDC grant to help company bring 38 jobs to Litchfield

first_img The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced a Hillsdale County-based project has been awarded a $228,000 Michigan Business Development Fund grant, according to Rep. Eric Leutheuser.Grand Rapids-based Speedrack Products Group Ltd. seeks to add to its manufacturing capacity and is expected to purchase a facility in Litchfield as part of a $5 million investment. Speedrack, a supplier of pallet racking and storage systems, expects to create 38 jobs with its expansion into Hillsdale County after considering sites in Ohio and Indiana.“This is exciting news for our area,” said Rep. Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “Speedrack knows that we have great employees and a great location for their manufacturing business.  And the state knows that ‘border counties’ like ours are vital to Michigan’s comeback.”The MEDC-based grant is allocated to assist with facility-related upgrades and purchasing of new equipment. Speedrack also has a manufacturing facility in Quincy, Mich.### Categories: Leutheuser News,News 27Jan MEDC grant to help company bring 38 jobs to Litchfieldlast_img read more

Disabled people who receive support through the In

first_imgDisabled people who receive support through the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have been caused fear, stress and anxiety by the process leading to its closure, according to new research.A seminar organised by the campaigning disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell heard that ILF-users interviewed about the reassessments of their care needs they had been given by their local authorities said they had found the process bureaucratic, inflexible and unprofessional, compared with the empowering and flexible nature of ILF.Introducing the seminar, Baroness Campbell said she was “not going to apologise for the disruption outside”, caused by a high-profile protest by Disabled People Against Cuts against the ILF closure (pictured).She said: “It gives this day even more meaning, I think. We have the deadline of the closure of the ILF at the end of the month, and we have people outside who have come to demonstrate their frustration and anger over their reducing care packages.”The fund – which helps nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently – is due to close on Tuesday (30 June).The Department for Work and Pensions has promised to transfer one year’s worth of non-ring-fenced ILF funding to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.Dr Tom Shakespeare, a leading disabled academic and now senior lecturer in medical sociology at the University of East Anglia (UEA), told the seminar at the House of Lords that the research showed local authorities appeared to have a “very minimalistic interpretation of independent living principles”.He said that the uncertainty and bureaucracy of the transition process were causing “fear, stress and anxiety” among ILF-users.His team carried out in-depth interviews with 12 ILF-users with physical impairments – across six local authorities in Greater London and East Anglia – earlier this year, and only one of them said they had found the re-assessment process by their local authority to be a positive experience.One said the council assessor had treated them as if they were stupid, while another said their local authority had been “not very professional”.When asked how they felt about the assessment, one said: “Can I use the word ‘crap’? Because crap is how it makes you feel… crap.”One ILF-user said: “It is not fear of change but my fear is people haven’t really thought it through.“They are asking us to give up something without really knowing what is in its place.”Another said there was a “vagueness” about the reassessment process.Shakespeare said of the 12 people who agreed to be interviewed: “They do recognise there are budgetary restraints but they feel their needs and rights to participate will not be respected.”Only one of the 12 said he was not worried about what would happen to his support package as a result of the ILF closure and being reassessed by his local authority.Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, told the seminar: “For people with high support needs, what we need is a national system, because a local system just doesn’t work.“Local authority budgets just cannot cope with the differences in numbers of people with high support needs in their area.”The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with support from the user-led organisations Independent Living Alternatives and Equal Lives.The research adds to evidence compiled by Disability News Service (DNS) of delays to the transition process and cuts to people’s care packages, with many ILF-recipients yet to be informed by their local authority how much support they will receive once the fund closes next week.Last week, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) admitted to DNS that there were problems with the transition process, insisting that central government was to blame.The Scottish government announced last year that it was setting up its own ILF, for both existing and new users in Scotland, using the UK government’s funding and an additional £5.5 million of its own money.The Welsh government has opted to transfer the Westminster funding to its local authorities – with conditions attached – and will protect the budgets of existing ILF-users for the first nine months, with funding after that dependant on the UK government’s next spending round.The seminar also heard about another piece of research, carried out by UEA and the University of Essex, into older people’s disability costs and disability benefits.Ruth Hancock, from UEA’s health economics group, said they had concluded that the disability benefits available to older people – attendance allowance (AA) and disability living allowance (DLA) – were “well targeted at people who have relatively low incomes, people who have difficulty affording the costs that disability brings in later life”.She said: “Some people have suggested they are not well targeted; our conclusion is that they are well targeted.”Their research also found that only 13 per cent of disabled people aged 65 and over received AA or DLA, and just 2.5 per cent received council-funded social care, while less than half (47 per cent) of older people with the highest support needs received either DLA/AA or council-funded social care.Hancock said: “We should be much more concerned about the people who do not receive help than maybe those who do receive help and in some people’s views do not need it.“The current system fails to prevent deep poverty among many older people with disabilities, allowing for personal disability costs.”Shakespeare told the seminar that disabled people “do not want to be seen as needy and vulnerable and desperate”.He said: “The discourse that we have is we are going to separate out the undeserving from the very needy, but I think that small amounts of personal assistance or small amounts of benefit can make a huge difference for many, many of us.“I want to get away from the idea that these are desperately vulnerable people who want to be looked after and [move the discussion] back towards rights. We should be using the funds we have to help people participate and flourish.”Meanwhile, a group of disabled campaigners and organisations, including Baroness Campbell and the writer and researcher Jenny Morris, are looking for disabled people who access support from their local council to take part in a survey about changes to independent living.The deadline to take part in the survey is 30 June (Tuesday), and the group aims to carry out follow-up work over the next two years with those who take part, if they agree to leave their contact details.The group – which includes disabled people who were part of the independent living movement in the 1970s, as well as younger activists and others concerned with the future of independent living – have been meeting over the last two years to discuss how to “move the independent living agenda forwards”.last_img read more

Protesters have warned the National Autistic Socie

first_imgProtesters have warned the National Autistic Society (NAS) that it needs to listen to the voices of autistic people or face being “sidelined”, in the wake of the Mendip House abuse scandal.Representatives of three autistic rights organisations were protesting outside the charity’s London headquarters (pictured) about its failure to act on the regime of abuse that took place at the Somerset care home.They saidthe scandal was a “wake up call” for NAS.Protesterswarned the charity that the autistic rights movement was growing ever strongerand that NAS must do more to listen to their voices.Two familiesof autistic people who were abused at Mendip House in Brent Knoll, Somerset, were alsoat Friday’s protest, and provided Disability News Service (DNS) with furtherevidence of how the charity had failed their relatives.The familieswere highly critical of NAS, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the policefor their failure to stop the abusive regime earlier, and to provide justicefor their autistic relatives.Among thoseprotesting was Joseph Radford, a member of the organising group of Neurodivergent Labour, which launched in February.He said hismessage to NAS was that “autistic people are not going to take this anymore”.He added: “Weare organised. There are more of us. We are not going to be fobbed off. “We are agrowing movement. We are speaking with a clearer voice.“You can’tkeep sweeping stuff under the carpet anymore because if you do there will be pushback.“Eitherlisten to our voices or end up sidelined yourselves.”He said thefailure to punish the perpetrators of the abuse “just shows how autistic peopleare not listened to in society” and are judged only on their ability tocommunicate.He said: “Ifwe can’t communicate, we are ignored, not listened to, and abuse isoverlooked.” EmmaDalmayne, chief executive of Autistic Inclusive Meets, who organised the protest, said: “TheNAS by and large is recognised by the autistic community as being for parentsand children. “In order tomove forward from this, I believe autistic people need to become more involved.“They alsoneed to start supporting the hordes of adults out of work who need an advocate.”Dalmayne calledfor a “proper inquiry” into what happened at Mendip House.And she saidNAS should offer compensation to the former residents of Mendip House who wereabused, and that it was “appalling” that none had been offered so far.She said: “Moneycannot erase the memories or degradation. It can however go towards future careand necessities for the residents and their families.”JulianMorgan, an AIM director and a committee member of AutisticUK, said: “NAS aresaying they want to move forward from this but part of moving forward ischanging your culture.“We haveseen no sign that there is any intention to change their culture.“They don’twork with autistic advocates, they don’t work with autistic groups, they don’tsupport them.”He said thecharity had not admitted that anything happened at Mendip House until it was forcedto do so.Morgan saidtheir concerns were not about many of the people who worked for NAS, who were“hard-working and conscientious and care about what they do”, but seniorexecutives in “what has become a rather bloated organisation”.He said NAShad been concerned only with its image after it found out about the abuse atMendip House, which he said was “objectionable and abhorrent”.And hecalled for senior executives responsible for failing to stop the abuse to be“stripped out” of the charity.Rebecca*, themother of one of the former residents of Mendip House, said NAS had downplayedthe seriousness of the abuse at the homes when she and her husband were firsttold about it in the summer of 2016.She told DNS:“We were told it wasn’t serious, it wasn’t sexual, it wasn’t physical and ithad been dealt with and people had been suspended.”It wasn’tuntil they saw the safeguarding adults review in January 2018 that theyrealised the seriousness of what had happened, she said.The reportdetailed how staff had thrown cake at service-users and taunted them with food,while one resident was sent to his room because he refused to eat an onion,another was made to crawl on the floor on all fours, medication went missing,and one resident was said to be “known to flinch in the presence of particularemployees”.Newspaper reports also suggest that one resident was“slapped, forced to eat chillies and repeatedly thrown into a swimming pool”.CQC decidedearlier this month not to prosecute the charity, and instead fined it just£4,000 for financial abuse by staff, despite the regime of “taunting, mistreatmentand humiliation of residents”.Rebecca saidshe was angry that the perpetrators of the abuse had avoided prosecution and hadbeen able to “move on with their lives”.And she saidthe way the charity had dealt with the abuse had been “shocking”.She said: “Iam still so angry. They absolutely failed our kids. We have had, ‘We are reallysorry,’ but sorry comes cheap.”Her daughterwas a resident at Mendip House for 22 years, until she left after the abuse wasuncovered.Rebecca saidthere were concerns about safety standards in the home “right from thebeginning” because her daughter has been injured several times by a“challenging” fellow resident, on one occasion having to be admitted tohospital.She said:“We weren’t told about it until he had hurt her three times.”One of thethings she and her husband want to see for disabled people in care who do nothave capacity to make their own decisions is the installation of CCTV camerasin communal areas of such homes.Rebecca’shusband said he believed NAS had taken in residents with challenging behaviouralongside others like his daughter who were vulnerable in such situationsbecause it allowed them to charge more money.He said: “Aperson like [my daughter] should be entitled to be not afraid of the peoplethey are living with.”Rebeccasaid: “It was a whole system failure. Everybody has failed us: the CQC, thepolice, the commissioners who paid for it, and mostly the NAS.”Sarah*,whose brother was a resident of Mendip House for more than 40 years, said shetoo had been told by the charity in the summer of 2016 that the concerns werejust over “laddish” behaviour and “horseplay and high jinks” by young malemembers of staff.But shelater found out that her brother had “gone through this terrible ordeal”.She was toldthe abuse only took place over a year-and-a-half, but she believes he was beingabused for far longer than that.She said: “Iam looking back through those years when he said, ‘I don’t want to go back toSomerset Court [Mendip House was one of seven NAS facilities on the SomersetCourt site].’“He wouldget so depressed that he had to go back to Somerset Court. It got worse andworse, particularly in the last six years.”She said herbrother was much happier now in his new home.Sarah hasspoken to one whistle-blower who says she was sacked and threatened after sheraised concerns about the abusive regime at Mendip House.She said:“What is not right is it just being swept under the carpet. For me, thewhistle-blowers and the abusers are being treated the same – they all losttheir jobs.”She alsowants to see CCTV cameras installed in such homes in the future, as well as“transparency” from service-providers like NAS.NAS repeatedits apologies for the abuse at Mendip House, and said it was “shocked to hearthat families believe there was abuse before 2014, as this is not somethingthat has come up in previous investigations. “We hopethat they will raise it with us in our subsequent correspondence so we caninvestigate. “They should,of course, also still report this to the CQC so that it can be investigated.”Aspokesperson said NAS was “profoundly sorry for the abuse and poor practice” atMendip House.He said: “Welisten to the voices of autistic people and always make sure that our work isinformed by the experiences of autistic people and their families. “And we’realways open to ideas about how we can do this more or better.”He saidautistic people work at the charity, shape its campaigns and training materialand co-present at its training and conferences, while the autistic people itsupports are “absolutely central in planning their own care and support”. He said NASwould work with any further inquiries that were launched, and would respond toany concerns from families, including on possible compensation.The spokespersonsaid that NAS had taken “immediate action” once it became aware at a nationallevel of what had happened at Mendip House in 2016, disciplining and dismissingstaff and then introducing “a range of other changes to try and make sure thatnothing like this ever happens again”.He said: “Webelieve we had and have the right people in place to implement these changesand that any resignations would not have helped the situation. “If it everbecomes apparent that we don’t have the right staff in place – at any level –then we will of course replace them with people who can continue to improve ourservices.”He said thatthe decision of Mark Lever, NAS’s chief executive, to leave the charity “doesnot have anything to do with the abuse at Mendip House”.And he saidNAS was “very sorry to hear that two of the families feel that we misled them”about the scale of the abuse in June 2016, and added: “At the time of thismeeting we did not know all the details and were also limited in what we couldsay because there was an ongoing police investigation.”He also saidit was “not true” that NAS had taken in residents with challenging behaviouralongside those who would be vulnerable living alongside them so it couldcharge more money “as each and every placement in our services has to be basedon someone’s needs and also compatibility with the other people in the service”.On the issueof CCTV cameras in communal areas, he said: “It’s obviously a complicated issue,given that we’re talking about people’s homes. “However, werecognise that this is something that all care providers need to think aboutand we are exploring how this could work while protecting people’s right toprivacy.”He said anysuch decision “must be made in consultation with the people who use… services,their families, carers and staff”.He alsodenied that any member of staff at Mendip House was sacked for being awhistleblower, which he said was “not something that we would do”.*Not their real namesA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more