Barbados Prime Minister Set to Visit Atlanta
APRIL 8, 2016 | TREVOR WILLIAMS
Barbados is keeping its doors open for foreign investors. Photo by Trevor Williams.
The prime minister of the island nation of Barbados is set to visit Atlanta in May for a major business and cultural festival that aims to recruit investors while solidifying ties with its diaspora.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is set to visit Atlanta.
Freundel Stuart, along with top officials from various government agencies, will speak at the May 29-31 Barbados Comes to Atlanta celebration, the latest in a string of yearly festivals rotating among various cities. Maxine McClean, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, is also set to visit.
But this year is different from previous ones: Barbados in November will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from British rule. The island was an English colony for more than 300 years, padding the treasury of the monarchy with profits from the sugar trade.
Now, Barbados is looking to showcase its assets as an offshore business destination that can help companies enter other markets around the Caribbean and Latin America, and even in Africa. Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean, and boosters say it’s kissed by the winds of West Africa across the Atlantic. Its population of nearly 300,000 is mostly descended from the continent.
Date for release: March 28, 2016
GUYANESE CANADIANS returning home to celebrate our 50th Golden Jubilee
We are a group of five Guyanese-Canadian (Guyanese Canadians -50..) women who have enlisted the support of some of our fellow country people in Canada to travel to Guyana in May to celebrate the country’s 50th independence anniversary. We are Winifred Coddett, Janice McRae, Dessie Fanfair, Roxanne Marques and Sheryl Barry.
During our visit from May 24 to June 11, we will host three events that are aimed at forging bonds between Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora.
To celebrate our 50th Golden Jubilee, Guyanese-Canadians will be hosting a Flash Mob event, #GT50Flashmob2016 at 1pm in Georgetown Guyana. This is a social media, community driven event, please keep checking our facebook page and twitter for updates on promotions, venue etc. As flash mobs go, the fun will last for 2 minutes and “den, party dun”. Everyone is invited to come out and experience our Canadian hospitality. We will have FREE Canadian giveaways, including T-shirt’s. Music by DJ FLEXX. Check out you tube for the rehearsal video (FLASHMOB Guyana50) (read more here)
Grenada Chocolate Festival
May 13 2016
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March 25, 2016
Anthony Hogrebe/Ian Fried, NYCEDC (212) 312-3523; email@example.com
NYCEDC Announces Major Expansion of Initiatives to Support Minority and Women-Owned Firms
Collaboration with Citi Community Development and Interise Will Help M/W/DBE Firms Grow and Succeed
$10 Million Fund Will Provide Loans to Emerging Developers
ConstructNYC Provides Contractors with Direct Access to NYCEDC Contracts
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced a suite of initiatives to support emerging developers and minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses enterprises (M/W/DBE) across all five boroughs. The new programs include Next Level Bronx, a collaboration with Citi Community Development to provide an MBA-style program to M/W/DBE firms, helping them create three-year Strategic Growth Action PlansTM for long-term growth, the Emerging Developer Loan Fund, a $10 million fund to provide low-interest loans on New York City-based development projects, and ConstructNYC, a comprehensive program through which training and support will be offered to prequalified contractors who will have exclusive access to bid on specific NYCEDC construction-related contracts. The new initiatives seek to provide underserved emerging, minority or women owned firms with increased opportunities to help grow their businesses and create jobs in New York City. (read more)
Office of New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, District 38
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2016
COUNCIL MEMBER MENCHACA TO HOLD FIRST-EVER NEW YORK CITY BUDGET HEARING FOCUSED ON IMMIGRANT SERVICES
On Monday, March 28th at 2 pm in City Hall Council Chambers, the New York City Council Committee on Immigration will be having its first-ever budget hearing. The Committee, with the facilitation of the Speaker’s Office Finance Team, will be conducting a comprehensive and holistic analysis of all City budget activity involving immigrant services, with relevant agencies, service providers, and community-based organizations all present in one room. Among those agencies who will present testimony are the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Human Resources Administration, the Department of Youth and Community Development, and City University of New York. This hearing aims to present the successes of immigrant programs in the City, while also highlighting the needs that have gone unaddressed over a period of years.
In the past, budgetary discussions about City immigrant services occurred among several large agencies and within a few different Council committees, leading to conversations that were fragmented, marginal, and limited. This historic decision to grant the Committee its own budget hearing will foster a more cohesive conversation about immigrant services and needs and, most importantly, will help develop better budgetary oversight of vital immigrant resources. (read more)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2016
Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
Re: 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright
“Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark decision in Gideon, which ensures that all those going through the criminal justice system are provided access to a lawyer. Here in New York City, the Council is proud of the strides we have made to expand legal access to all New Yorkers. Thanks to New York City’s defender organizations including the Legal Aid Society of New York, New York County Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, and Queens Legal Associates, people in all 5 boroughs who cannot afford an attorney are still afforded competent legal counsel.
In 2014, the Council created the Unaccompanied Minors Initiative, putting in nearly $2 million so that every unaccompanied minor that comes through our judicial system will get free access to legal representation and justice. Thanks to the collaboration and great work of NYC’s defender services that provide counsel in the spirit of Gideon, these children will continue to have the proper representation during their legal proceedings. The Council added more money into this initiative to ensure that every single child is represented and not left behind. In this way, New York City has carried the legacy of the Gideon case forward. I want to thank the Legal Aid Society, assigned counsel and all of NYC’s defender services for all of their tireless work on helping the poor and giving a voice to the voiceless.”
Release # 021-2016
ECLAC Calls for Measures to Tackle Tax Evasion amidst Reduced Economic Buoyancy
Tax revenues are the cornerstone of the basic financing of modern State, according to the Commission’s new report.
(15 March 2016) Evasion is one of the main weaknesses of the tax systems in the region’s economies, accounting for 320 billion dollars in 2014 - according to the Fiscal Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2016, launched today by ECLAC.
Tax revenues are the cornerstone of the basic financing of modern State, and it is therefore vital to prioritize the creation of a tax culture in which evaders are effectively punished – according to the ECLAC document that will be presented at the XXVIII Regional Seminar on Fiscal Policy, which will be held at the Commission’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile, on 16 and 17 March.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to see the current goal of awarding
30 percent of state contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses applied to more levels of government.
Are you ready to do business with New York State?
Do you know how to get certified?
Do you know what contracts are available?
Attend our Diversity Procurement Conference and get answers to all these
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2016
Contact: Shavone Williams
Public Information Officer
Junior Public Information Officer
New York City Department of Design and Construction’s STEAM Education Initiative Presents ‘Introduce a Girl to Architecture, Engineering & Construction’ Day
Program celebrated female engineers during Pi day and Women’s History Month
Long Island City – In celebration of Pi day and Women’s History Month, the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s STEAM education initiative hosted 20 female high-school students from two high schools located in Queens, NY (High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture and Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology) at the 2016 Introduce a Girl to Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Day. This event was formed in an effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) related disciplines to young women and to establish an inclusive path for New York City’s youth into the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) fields.
Women comprise only 34% of the total number of employed professionals with doctorates in the field of engineering, according to the National Science Foundation. Additionally, males are eight-times more likely to enter college with a plan to study engineering than their female peers according to the Higher Education Research Institute. It’s evident that there is a great disparity between the amount of men and women that get involved in the AEC field.
Left: Five students construct a model of the Brooklyn Bridge at the DDC STEAM education initiative’s annual ‘Introduce a Girl to Architecture, Engineering and Construction’ event on Pi day. (read more here)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2016
CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO, DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CITI RELEASE NEW REPORT:
VENTANILLA DE ASESORÍA FINANCIERA PROVIDES FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND COUNSELING TO MORE THAN 17,200 MEXICAN NATIONALS IN NEW YORK CITY
The Second Anniversary of the Financial Counseling Window Kicks Off the Consulate’s Financial Education Week 2016
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) First Deputy Commissioner Alba Pico, Consul General of Mexico Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain and Citi Community Development released a report today, Ventanilla de Asesoría Financiera: Program Insights for the Field, showing the results of the first year of the Ventanilla de Asesoría Financiera (Financial Empowerment Window). In just one year, the Ventanilla provided financial education or counseling to more than 17,200 Mexican nationals in New York and helped nearly 1,000 Mexican nationals file taxes for the first time in the United States. To date, these numbers have more than doubled. The financial empowerment at theVentanilla has touched the lives of more than 44,000 Mexican nationals in New York City. The announcement took place at the celebration of the second anniversary of the Ventanilla, which also kicked off the Consulate’s fifth Financial Education Week. The first two years of the program were made possible through the generous support from Citi Community Development in partnership with the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Counseling services are provided by Ariva.
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