“Get Fit Lapathon” part of Red Cross’ fundraising effort to raise $3 million

In this Issue:

  • Calendar of Events
  • “Get Fit Lapathon” Part of Red Cross Fundraising Effort to Raise $3 million
  • Jamaica World Cinema Showcase “International Indie Films & Grassroots Documentary”
  • “Freedom Sounds” (From Mento, Ska, Reggae and Beyond)
  • IMF Could Consider Jamaica’s Application in November… says Finance Minister
  • Government Secured US$700M in Low Interest Loans from Multilateral agencies
  • Submissions

Calendar of Events

  • I Am The Change “Run-A-Boat” discussion continues Monday, September 28 at 6:20 p.m. to 28 at 7:20pm at New Kingston Shopping Food Court.
  • Freedom Sounds (From Mento, Ska, Reggae and Beyond)on Sunday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Temple Hall Estate.
  • JBDC Business Development Training 1 & 2 “Supporting Small Businesses in Jamaica” on Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m. to Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the JBDC Incubator & Resource Centre, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 13. Training includes: Entrepreneurship, Identifying Business Ideas, Strategic Planning for Business Success, and Introduction to Marketing/Marketing Analysis. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. DAILY! Registration closes September 30, 2009. Cost: BDT1 – $1,700 and BDT 2 – $2,700.
  • Fundraising Lapathon on Saturday, October 31 at 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Emancipation Park, Kingston.
  • JAYP Business Mixer “The “Our Show” Edition on RJR 94 FM, Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. – 8 at 10:00pm, Fiction Lounge, Market Place, Constant Spring Road. The Business Mixer: Where professionals get great prizes, enjoy great company and are entertained. Admission: Free (Take your business cards). Sponsors: Johnnie Walker, LIME, Arcor, Air Jamaica, Tetley and HD Hopwood & Co.


“Get Fit Lapathon” Part of Red Cross’ Effort to Raise $3 million

October is Red Cross Month and the Lapathon is one of the organization’s key fundraising activities on our calendar which helps in mobilizing much needed resources to effectively respond to the needs of the most vulnerable Jamaicans who are underserved by our traditional social services. The Red Cross hopes to raise $3million to continue our humanitarian work island wide.

The Lapathon Programme is executed in two phases. Prior to and leading up to the event, Lapathon Cards are circulated to Jamaicans across the island through our network of branches in each parish and over 300 School Links (clubs). Holders of these cards will solicit donations from friends, family members and well wishers. Corporate Jamaica has also been propositioned to support the Lapathon by becoming a sponsor for the event and/or collecting donations from their staff on a Lapathon card.

The second phase of the Lapathon Programme is the event. After a brief opening ceremony, everyone will participate in the ‘get fit’ warm up activity led by Karell Ashley Jones of Jamfit. Later, individual and corporate sponsored laps and races will be executed along with a series of novel fun activities with the opportunity for all participants to win incredible prizes.

A mini variety concert will be held during the last hour of the event and will provide wholesome entertainment by way of a talent show, dancing competition, spot competitions and performances by surprise guests.

Throughout the entirety of the event, participants will benefit from a mini health and wellness expo, comprised of exhibition booths from a range of partner agencies, providing information and demonstrations on approaches to leading a healthy lifestyle.

The Lapathon will be broadcast live during which our partners, exhibitors, participants and branch representatives and well wishers will share their products, services and experiences participating in the event. A text line will be set up and promoted for persons who are interested and willing to contribute to the Lapathon using their cellular phone.

Several Jamaican celebrities and notaries have been enrolled participate in the event and to inspire and motivate other well thinking Jamaicans across the island who will be contributing and participating in the Lapathon.


Ja World Cinema Showcase “Int’ll Indie Films & Grassroots Documentary”

The Reggae News Agency (RiddimJamaica) in association with SkyFire International presents the first Jamaica World Cinema Showcase. The event will be held at the Finnigans Winery at 5 Cranbourne Avenue, Kingston 8, from October 7 – 10, 2009, and will feature 15 films from The International Film Circuit.

Highlights of the inaugural showcase include:

  • Sneak Preview – The Heart Of Summer (Jamaica)( Directed By Arian Allen, Starring Paul Campbell
  • What the %$#@ Do We Know, (USA) (The most successful indie documentary ever!!)
  • The End Of Poverty ?, (USA)( Caribbean Premier)
  • Before The Music Dies, (USA) – The Caribbean Premier( Featuring Erykah Badu)
  • The Film That Dares Not Speak Its Name, F**K, (USA) (Awarding Winning Documentary)
  • H.I.M – Man of The Millennium, (Ethiopia)( The first in-depth Docufilm on Haile Selassie)

Head of inaugural organising committee, Lloyd Laing, noted that the idea for the Showcase was a part of The Reggae News Agency’s mandate to stimulate and expand Jamaica’s alternative cultural scene. “We reached out to independent film directors and indie distributors worldwide, and the response was overwhelming. We got 104 submissions, and we have selected 15 films for this year’s first showcase.”

Laing also noted that the JWCS was also a prelude event to Reggae Film Festival 2010, and the best of JWCS 09 will be featured at RFF10.

This year’s sponsors include Nexcite Energy Drink, TalkTV, Telstar Cable, Finnigans Winery, The Reggae News Agency (RiddimJamaica). It is endorsed by Jamaica Film Academy.

Tickets are on sale October 1st. $450 single | 1500 per couple + a bottle of wine.

View our website for schedule for more information and tickets visit http://jwcs09.ning.com or call (876) 469.4760 for ticket delivery or visit 5 Cranbourne Avenue, Kingston 8, Jamaica.

About The Reggae News Agency (Riddimjamaica):
The Reggae News Agency is the first and only Independent News Agency dedicated to the Global Reggae Industry. The company operates The ReggaeWire, the industry’s number one press wire and RiddimJamaica magazine, the industry’s premier e-magazine supported by over 200 correspondents in 80 cities, covering 5 continents. The company also has various interests in television production, music production, and event promotion.www.RiddimJamaica.netwww.riddimja.comwww.rhythmjamaica.com.


“Freedom Sounds” (From Mento, Ska, Reggae and Beyond)

Against the magical setting of the Temple Hall Great House, a live music concert of all genre featuring The World Renown Nambo Robinson on the Trombone, the founding member of The 809 Band and today, still a sought after musician for touring Reggae Acts. Joining him on this exquisite setting are:

  • Shawn Anderson on the Drums
  • Steven Maxwell playing the Keyboards
  • Maurice Gordon – Guitars
  • Recording Artiste and Guitarist for Jimmy Cliff,
  • Nhamdi, Guitars,
  • Plus Special Surprise Guests.

“Come and relax in the cool environs of the Great House as your mind soul and body be soothed by Nambo and friends,” said Howard, adding that the cost is $600.00, and refreshments will be on sale. Gate will be opened at 7:00 p.m. and Show Time is set for 8:30 p.m.


IMF Could Consider Jamaica’s Application in November… says Finance Minister

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is likely to consider Jamaica’s application in November due to the delay of the technical team going to Washington and the IMF’s participation in the annual World Bank Meeting in Europe.

Minister of Finance and Public Service, Audley Shaw told journalists attending the Post Cabinet Press Briefing at Jamaica House today (September 23), that the delay of the technical team’s visit to Washington is due to government’s efforts to  fine tune the medium term programme in line with its  plans, targets and projections.

“We are the ones that said to them (IMF) we couldn’t come last week and we’re going to come this week because Cabinet is going to sign off on what we are coming with to you” Mr. Shaw explained.

The Minister noted that the delay will involve a return trip from the IMF, but that this cannot happen next week or the following week because most of the IMF’s principal people will be going to the annual IMF World Bank meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. He also will be in attendance.”

He said that he will use the opportunity to have discussions at the appropriate level after which members of the IMF team will come to Jamaica in the middle of October to complete discussions and put together the letter of intent that will go back to Washington for consideration by the IMF board.

Mr. Shaw explained that Prime Minister Bruce Golding has been going out of his way to promulgate the IMF discussions so as to ensure its success. He also added that the government of Jamaica is pleased with the relationship that has been re-established with the multi-lateral institutions in Washington.


Government Secured US$700M in Low Interest Loans from Multilateral agencies

Government has secured US$700 Million of low interest funding for budgetary support over the past two years. This was revealed today (September 23) by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, during the Post Cabinet Press Conference at Jamaica House.

The Minister said, “We are exceedingly pleased and proud of the relationship we have re-established with the multilateral institutions….Up to now we have accessed almost US$700 M in raw cash from the World Bank, the International Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank. These are a combination of policy based loans or project specific loans that we have been able to access.”

Minister Shaw noted that an agreement with the IMF would make more low interest loans available to Jamaica. Securing these loans, he noted, would reduce the interest rates from 16% of GDP to about 10% of GDP over a few years.

“In terms of public sector investment, I am getting cheap money; and this fiscal and project support from multilaterals is going to begin to permeate and show an overall trajectory of lower interest rates on the budget over the medium term.”

This, Minister Shaw said, would make Jamaica less reliant on costly borrowing on the international and domestic markets. He gave the example of the recent loan for US$121M at 2.25% to construct acruise ship pier at Falmouth and current negotiations for a 3% loan with the Chinese EX-IM Bank to undertake an Islandwide road repair programme.

He said that the Government’s fiscal policy led to success in securing cheap loans.

“We were willing to  commit to critical reforms in the economy… prudent fiscally responsible approaches to governance, including legislation to guide us….The IMF has said to us we are impressed with what you are achieving with our sister multilaterals. What remains now is a fine tuning of the medium term programme going over the next four to five years,” Minister Shaw said.



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