Stop waiting around for a big idea – it’s the mindset that matters

first_imgStartups contribute billions to the UK economy, and we need as many as we can get. Networking events for London’s innovators are aplenty – look out for initiatives like the British Library’s “Startups in London Libraries” which offer advice and resources to those with the entrepreneurial itch. We needed a huge amount of belief to keep going. The glass always had to be a half full – and having co-founders certainly helped. whatsapp Another vital skill is evaluation – great entrepreneurs constantly challenge themselves on whether an action has achieved what they intended. It can simply be a relief to solve a problem in a new business, but to thrive, a founder must continually look for more effective ways of doing things.   There is a one in three chance that you’ve considered starting a business, according to Octopus research. So why are you on your way to someone else’s offices instead of seizing the moment to launch your own company? For me, four characteristics stand out. Simon Rogerson Finally, ruthless prioritisation is essential, as you will never have enough time to do everything you want to. The ability to stay on top of new information and changes in the marketplace has to be balanced with laser focus on those activities that make the biggest difference. People who bleed energy and passion take customers, investors and partners along with them. You see this kind of infectious leadership, and you know, “that’s the person I want to follow”. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance The joke goes “if at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried”. But the reality is that lots of the great entrepreneurs we see today didn’t succeed on their first or sometimes second or third attempt. Stop waiting around for a big idea – it’s the mindset that matters center_img Their success is because they got on with selling their ideas at the earliest opportunity, using their mistakes to figure out something bigger and better. What sets successful entrepreneurs apart is not a eureka moment or a golden idea, it’s their mindset. Share When I, along with my co-founder Chris, left behind my career in a large financial services company to create Octopus, lots of people said that it would never work. Thankfully we proved them wrong, but it was incredibly tough in those first 18 months. Thursday 20 June 2019 7:24 am Having built Octopus from scratch, and as a mentor and angel investor to a number of entrepreneurs, I can confidently say that few businesses end up as the founder first imagined them. Ideas evolve – either through necessity or because the market around them is changing. whatsapp The world is changing more quickly now than ever. Every sector is going to be disrupted – and for the right people with the right mindset, the opportunity is enormous. In my experience, if you have an idea for a business, there’s little value in agonising over whether it’s the right one. The most important thing is you take the first step. The good news is that vulnerability is far more acceptable today, and should be actively encouraged. Asking for help isn’t the same as admitting defeat. And I find that humility and recognising your own weaknesses often open doors to the smart and talented people a founder needs to learn from. First, there’s the willingness to take risks. Calculated, considered, thoughtful risks, but risks, nonetheless. Failure, sometimes epic, comes with the territory in new business ventures, and there’s no room for discomfort or embarrassment. Understandably, leaving the comfort blanket of employee life is scary. But, ultimately, lots of wannabe entrepreneurs believe that their business idea just isn’t good enough. Second, exceptional entrepreneurs are relentless fighters. They are constantly looking for solutions and stay focused on all the reasons something will be a success.last_img read more

Pimlico Plumbers flush with cash despite pandemic pressure

first_img Share Pimlico Plumbers flush with cash despite pandemic pressure Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins predicted a ‘renaissance’ for the British high street Also Read: Pimlico Plumbers flush with cash despite pandemic pressure Yesterday Mullins told City A.M. he considers Brexit a bigger threat than coronavirus, saying he would taking another pandemic over Brexit “any time”. Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins predicted a ‘renaissance’ for the British high street The central London-based company achieved turnover of £43.27m for the 12 months to 31 May 2020. This is compared to £44.84m reached during its previous financial year.  Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins predicted a ‘renaissance’ for the British high street Also Read: Pimlico Plumbers flush with cash despite pandemic pressure “No one asked for Covid or thought it was a good idea, it just happened,” he added, “the same cannot be said for Brexit and I think the outrageous handling of the UK’s departure from the EU is what will finally give Boris the boot out of Number 10, rather than his mismanagement of the pandemic.” Pimlico Plumbers said the drop in yearly turnover was because of the first national lockdown in April and May, when revenue dipped by around £2m. Hannah Godfrey Charlie Mullins OBE, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “Reaching numbers close to 2019’s results, based on the state of the economy and the restrictions and lockdowns we have had to deal with, is quite an achievement.   More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Its head office, which contains a large call handling centre, accounting and customer services function, remained open throughout the lockdown with staff provided with free food and refreshments, free parking and a bonus scheme for those who worked from the office. Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins predicted a ‘renaissance’ for the British high street Also Read: Pimlico Plumbers flush with cash despite pandemic pressure Just this month the company set a new record for most home visits on a Monday, recording 600 compared to 500 set in March 2018. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 17 December 2020 10:17 am Pimlico Plumbers has defied the potential impact of coronavirus on its books and increased its pre-tax profits in its latest financial year.  “We were on course for our best year ever, but rather than dwell on the ‘if’s and maybes’, we should actually hold up this year as proof that fleet of foot entrepreneurial businesses can overcome big challenges.” whatsapp The business maintained similar levels of profit for its 2019-20 financial year. Pre-tax profit rose to £4.95m, up from £4.7m in 2019, with profit after tax £3.85m, down slightly from £3.86m the year before.  With safety measures in place London’s most famous plumbing business was able to continue trading as an essential service throughout the year, and as a result since 23 March the company has completed more than 200,000 home visits. Tags: Pimlico Plumberslast_img read more

Large COVID-19 outbreak at Bethel jail

first_imgCoronavirus | Health | Public Safety | SouthwestLarge COVID-19 outbreak at Bethel jailDecember 4, 2020 by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel Share:Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center (Aleina Tanabe/KYUK)There is a large outbreak of COVID-19 at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel. As of Dec. 3, there were 46 inmates with active cases at the Bethel jail. Since the pandemic began, a total of 65 inmates and nine staff members have tested positive for the virus.Alaska Department of Corrections Spokesperson Sarah Gallagher said inmates who test positive for COVID-19 have been placed together in a separate cohort due to the limited number of individual cells. Gallagher said they are monitored daily for symptoms and receive medical care when necessary.Gallagher said the remaining inmates in affected parts of the facility are being tested every three days, and this testing schedule would continue until no new positive cases were identified for 14 days.Staff are advised to get tested if they are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Gallagher said staff members are required to either receive a negative test result or quarantine for 14 days before returning to work. Employees also have their temperatures checked before every shift.There are 207 inmates at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center. The maximum capacity of the jail is 232 inmates.Share this story:last_img read more

8 Amazing Weekend Events: March 22-24, 2013

first_imgUncategorized8 Amazing Weekend Events: March 22-24, 2013Super smart ants, war pix, fried chicken and more!By Elina Shatkin – March 23, 2013449ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItNow that we’re officially on daylight savings time, use the extra sunlight in the evening to socialize.SEE: War/Photography: Photographs of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath Explore images of conflict from dozens of countries around the world, and step behind the lens to look at the people who shot those compelling photos. It’s compelling and not nearly as grim as it sounds. (Opens Saturday, March 23; Annenberg Space for Photography)LEARN: Adultcon Meet your friendly neighborhood porn star and ask about the dissonance between nativist and empiricist schools of thought in cognitive psychology. Or ask for directions to the drilldo booth. (Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24; L.A. Convention Center)LISTEN: Burgerama It’s a bit of a drive, but the Observatory in Orange County (Santa Ana to be precise) is hosting a two-day music festival that’s like a scaled down, locavore version of Coachella. The Burgerama lineup includes Black Lips, the Spits, Fidlar, Nick Waterhouse, the Pharcyde, Tijuana Panthers, Beachwood Sparks and many others. (Friday, March 22-Saturday, March 23; Observatory in Orange County)SEE: Phase IV Saul Bass, famous for his film titles, only directed one feature film. It’s about super smart ants who invade the earth. Tonight, it’s screening with a “new” ending, the one that Bass wanted for the film. (Friday, March 22; LACMA) FEAST: Dante Fried Chicken Pop-Up Brunch Chef/owner Sarkis Vartanian of the Daily Dose collaborates with Dante Gonzales of the Dante Fried Chicken Truck for a deep-fried brunch of scrambled eggs, fingerling potatoes, coconut-honey biscuits, and Dante’s “sock-it-to-me” fried chicken smothered—all for $15. Bring a bottle of champagne to pop, as the brunch is BYOB. Reservations are required. (Sunday, March 24; The Daily Dose)LISTEN: L.A. Guns Back in the ’80s, Axl Rose fronted the hair-metal act L.A. Guns before he started that other band. Today the rockers keep high kicking and head banging to remind us of those Aquanet-ed days on the Sunset Strip. (Friday, March 15-Saturday, March 16; various locations)WATCH: Savion Glover Whether you’ve seen his footwork on Broadway (Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk) or on Sesame Street, Glover stomps, slides, and taps out patterns so precise, they’d make a jazz drummer jealous. (Friday, March 22; Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts)WATCH: Chris Marker Movie TributeOn the 30th Anniversary of Sans Soleil, Marker’s spellbinding travelogue and freeform essay, Cinefamily will screen it in glorious 35mm. They’ll also host a Cinespia Salon featuring his short films including La Jetée. (Friday, March 22 – Saturday, March 23; Cinefamily)  Previous articleThe F-Stop: A Declaration of WarNext articleIt’s Time to Canvas the CityElina Shatkinlast_img read more

Gold miner Petropavlovsk seeks approval for £206.5m refinancing plan

first_img More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Gold mining company Petropavlovsk has launched a package to refinance $310.5m (£206.5m) of its debt, but it requires share and bond holder approval.The plan, described in a statement released yesterday evening, includes a new five-year $100m convertible bond and a £155.1m rights issue.The firm will also look to go ahead with a debt-for-equity exchange.The main job of the refinancing is to address the repayment of existing bonds on 18 March.“Our operational and exploration success has been overshadowed by a liquidity problem and the need to refinance our outstanding $310.5m convertible bonds – with the resulting uncertainty causing a sharp decline in our share price. The refinancing is required in order for the group to continue as a going concern,” said chairman Peter Hambro.In order for the refinancing to be implemented, the approval of both bondholders and shareholders is required.“The quorum required is holders of two-thirds of the principal amount of bonds by value, and the majority needed in favour is 75 per cent of those voting. At the time of this announcement, a group of bondholders representing over 71 per cent of the principal amount of bonds have already signed up to a recapitalisation agreement giving their support to this refinancing,” Hambro said.“The next important event is the shareholders’ meeting, which is scheduled for 26 February 2015, at which the company needs the approval of 75 per cent of those shareholders who vote in order to effect the refinancing.” The company has a market capitalisation of less than £30m. Its net debt is $900m which it plans to shrink to $700m once the refinancing is completed. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoUltimate Pet NutritionIf Your Dog Eats Dry Food, Do This Every DayUltimate Pet NutritionUndo whatsapp Gold miner Petropavlovsk seeks approval for £206.5m refinancing plan Express KCS whatsappcenter_img Monday 2 February 2015 8:41 pm Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

George Osborne’s budget deficit elimination plan gets IMF seal of approval

first_img More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Tuesday 28 July 2015 9:03 pm Tags: George Osborne IMF People Express KCS Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to eliminate the budget deficit by 2020 received a thumbs up from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday. While some have argued that his aim to balance the state books is a risk to the UK’s economic recovery, the IMF said that sustainable growth would require moving away from public support toward growth in the private sector.  Further growth could also be achieved by trying to boost demand for British goods from abroad, the IMF said. The UK could look toward investing more in skills and public infrastructure to boost productivity, which would help British exports compete with those of other countries. This would reduce the trade deficit. “Sustaining a strong and durable recovery in the UK requires rebalancing away from public support toward private sector-led demand, along with greater reliance on external demand,” the IMF said.  However, some economists say the trade deficit is predominantly due to weak demand from abroad, where economies have struggled to grow, and strong demand from the UK for foreign goods.  whatsapp Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More George Osborne’s budget deficit elimination plan gets IMF seal of approval Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndo Sharelast_img read more

News / Uber adds to its forces in grocery delivery battle and expands freight portal into Canada

first_img© Vadymvdrobot By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 25/11/2019 Uber is turning up the heat in the online grocery delivery sector. Its acquisition of a majority stake in Cornershop comes days after rival DoorDash announced a tie-in with Mercato – and meanwhile, Uber Freight is continuing its international expansion with a push into Canada. Chile-based Cornershop is a leading express delivery service for online grocery orders in its home market as well as in Mexico, Peru and Toronto. The takeover is expected to close early next year.  Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi described the acquisition as “a piece of an over-arching strategy” in the final mile and transport arena. “Whether it’s getting a ride, ordering food from your favourite restaurant or, soon, getting groceries delivered, we want Uber to be the operating system for your everyday life,” he said. For Cornershop, “Uber is the perfect partner as we embark on our quest to bring our unique flavour of on-demand groceries from incredible retail partners to many more countries around the world,” said founder and chief executive Oskar Hjertonsson. Uber’s move comes a month after DoorDash teamed up with e-commerce platform Mercato to provide same-day delivery of online grocery orders. Mercato serves some 750 independent grocers and speciality stores in 22 states in the US. They said their alignment aims to help smaller, locally owned grocery businesses compete with larger firms. Cathy Morrow Roberson, founder and head analyst of research and consulting firm Logistics Trends & Insights, views the Uber-Cornershop tie-up as a response to DoorDash-Mercato.  “They’re going after DoorDash,” she said, “both are expanding like crazy.”  They are chasing a rapidly growing market segment. According to Statista, a market data portal, the global online grocery business will balloon to $150bn by 2025. It is also fiercely contested. Walmart tried to acquire Cornershop for $225m last year, but the deal was blocked by Mexican officials. Ms Roberson noted that Walmart’s e-commerce business grew about 40% last year, with groceries one of the major drivers. In a somewhat ironic twist, Walmart announced the expansion of its partnership with Cornershop in Toronto from five to 14 stores the day before the Uber-Cornershop marriage was made public. Walmart had worked with Uber for final-mile deliveries, but the platform’s decision earlier this year to shutter its UberRUSH service put an end to their co-operation in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Meanwhile, Amazon is also on the prowl. Late last month, it announced it was scrapping the $14.99 fee on free grocery deliveries for users of its Prime subscription package, describing online grocery deliveries as one of its fastest-growing businesses. Ms Roberson said the sector was highly fragmented and very competitive, and while operators had reported impressive revenue gains, none had declared a profit so far, she noted. She expects to see fall-out in the segment, adding that “it looks like DoorDash and Uber are the ones in the lead”. She sees promising synergies between home deliveries of meals and groceries, pointing out that grocery stores increasingly offer hot meals and meal kits. Last year, Uber’s Mr Khosrowshahi described grocery as fundamental for his company and an adjacent business to its restaurant delivery platform. The Cornershop acquisition should help Uber with its expansion in Canada, Ms Roberson said. The platform’s footprint there is set to increase massively with its move into Canada’s C$68bn trucking market. On October 30, it announced that Uber Freight would be expanding into Canada and management has signalled that it expects a more or less repeat of its experiences in the US market. Earlier this year, Uber Freight set up in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland to establish a European presence. “They think their platform is easy to adapt around the world, so it should be easy to expand internationally,” said Ms Roberson. Uber claims its freight arm’s share of the US market has been growing rapidly. Revenue was up 81% in the third quarter to $223m. However, losses also increased, with ebitda down 161%, resulting in a Freight loss of $81m for the period. The expansion will drive up revenue, but whether it can lift profits is a different question. Overall, Uber suffered a $1.2bn loss in the period, on adjusted net revenue of $3.5bn. Management is targeting profitability for 2021, but as investors show signs of losing patience, the breathing room for expansion in logistics may be getting tighter.last_img read more

LISTEN: Biotech buyouts, CEO breakups, and The Rock does CRISPR

first_img About the Authors Reprints We’ll be back next Thursday evening — and every Thursday evening — so be sure to sign up on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected] Why are biotech investors suddenly so exuberant? What does it mean when a CEO scrubs his LinkedIn profile? And can CRISPR turn your dog into a winged hellhound bent on destroying Chicago?We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. Stick around for a parsing of merger mania, a history lesson on biotech breakups, and the story of how a sleepy little cancer conference became a multimillion-dollar business. Also STAT reporter Megan Thielking joins us to talk about how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has brought gene editing to the big screen, and Adam mentions Four Loko.For more on the topics we cover, here’s the EP Vantage story on M&A; here’s something on a CEO manicuring his LinkedIn; and, most importantly, here’s STAT’s review of “Rampage.”advertisement Damian Garde Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. By Damian Garde , Rebecca Robbins, and Adam Feuerstein April 12, 2018 Reprints Tags biotechnologypodcast [email protected] center_img The Readout LOUDLISTEN: Biotech buyouts, CEO breakups, and The Rock does CRISPR Adam Feuerstein @damiangarde National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. [email protected] @adamfeuerstein last_img read more

Spanish Investments Have Been Significant – PM

first_imgRelatedSpanish Investments Have Been Significant – PM RelatedSpanish Investments Have Been Significant – PM RelatedSpanish Investments Have Been Significant – PM Spanish Investments Have Been Significant – PM UncategorizedMarch 6, 2007center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller said today (March 6), that Spanish investments over the last few years have been significant, and have played a major part in the island’s booming tourism sector.Speaking at a special meeting of the Spanish Confederation of Entrepreneurial Organisations in Spain, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that “the impact of Spanish tourism investment on our island is enormous in terms of potential foreign exchange earnings, economic and regional diversification and employment generation”.“Jamaica welcomes this buoyant level of Spanish investment in our tourism industry,” she said.Spanish business leaders attending the meeting expressed enthusiasm about the prospects of investing in Jamaica,.and buoyed by the success of current Spanish investors in the tourism and other sectors in Jamaica, members of the Confederation expressed confidence in doing business on the island.The Prime Minister told the meeting that Jamaica was also making impressive records in other sectors other than tourism. She also spoke of the very positive reports on the economy by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Noting that total Foreign Direct Investment flowing into Jamaica exceeded US$900 million, Mrs. Simpson Miller said this was the highest level since 2000. She told the gathering that the macro-economic policies pursued by Jamaica were consistent with those globally associated with growth and market development.These achievements, Mrs. Simpson Miller said, were not accidental.“They are the results of a deliberate policy and serve to demonstrate that Jamaica has the institutional capacity to design and implement sound policies and strategies which are supportive of the economy in general and tourism in particular,” she added.The Prime Minister pointed to the many lucrative investment opportunities in Jamaica.“Jamaica is a country on the move. As we are opening up new areas for economic development, Jamaica has an impressive portfolio amounting to $2 billion covering infrastructural development projects in areas such as roads and highways, ports, ICT creative industries, tourism and more. Jamaica has global brand recognition that is well beyond its size,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller’s address was followed by a presentation by the Director General in the Ministry of Development, Dennis Morrison, who gave details of the investment opportunities and the incentives for potential investments.“We have done very well and have made progress in establishing Jamaica as an attractive investment product,” he said.Spanish investor, D. Luis Quintana Cavanillas of the ACS Group, which operates the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, gave a positive report of their experience, and also indicated keen interest in future projects.There were also inquiries about potential investment projects, such as housing, oil refining and health tourism.Also attending the meeting were Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Jesus Silva; and the Director General in the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, M. Jose Fontana Liopis.The meeting was chaired by Jose Maria Lacasa, Director of the International Relations Department.The Prime Minister, who is on a four nation tour of Europe, will return on March 9. Advertisementslast_img read more

Job postings for CU-Boulder grads up 28 percent compared with pre-recession numbers

first_img Published: Sept. 20, 2012 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Demand for University of Colorado Boulder graduates continues to grow, with the number of companies posting full-time jobs on the CU-Boulder campus jumping 28 percent in the 2011-12 school year, compared with pre-recession numbers in 2006.The number of postings for part-time jobs also jumped, increasing 37 percent, while the number of internships for CU students increased by 50 percent.“While it may be surprising to many people, we’ve continued to see growth in our job postings throughout the recession,” said Lisa Severy, director of CU-Boulder’s Career Services office.A number of factors have contributed to the healthy increase, according to Severy.“We have certainly put a great deal of time and energy into building employer relationships across the region and nationally,” she said. “In addition, we have heard from some recruiters who were scaling back their on-campus interviewing programs by only going to a handful of schools. With the power of CU’s reputation, we’ve stayed on those ‘preferred schools’ lists.”Technical skills remain in high demand, but Severy said many companies also are looking for strong employees in “education mode” who can be quickly trained in a new industry.“That’s why most of the recruiters we work with are not particularly interested in one major or another, but are more interested in skill sets like customer service, communication, social media skills and the ability to work in teams that new college graduates are especially suited for,” Severy said.For students graduating in December or next May, Severy recommends starting early and using all the tools at their disposal when it comes to the job search.“The key is to connect with as many folks as possible and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves,” she said. “The tools are a little different today – like using LinkedIn in addition to your resume and networking – but the strategy is the same.”The fall career and internship fair for CU-Boulder students and alumni will be held Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Memorial Center. The fair is open only to CU-Boulder students and alumni.Since 2009, CU-Boulder has offered free job search assistance to alumni.For more information about Career Services and the fall career and internship fair visit http://careerservices.colorado.edu/public.Contact: Lisa Severy, 303-492-4104 Greg Swenson, CU media relations, 303-492-3113center_img “We have certainly put a great deal of time and energy into building employer relationships across the region and nationally,” said Lisa Severy, director of CU-Boulder’s Career Services office. “In addition, we have heard from some recruiters who were scaling back their on-campus interviewing programs by only going to a handful of schools. With the power of CU’s reputation, we’ve stayed on those ‘preferred schools’ lists.”last_img read more