Some 20 per cent of the UK’s social enterprises — businesses which trade to deliver their social or environmental mission — are based in our most deprived areas. One in eight are led by BAME chief executives and directors, compared to one in 20 SMEs. There are three quick things that the government can do to push us towards a better economic model. Opinion First, we need to back businesses working in our poorest communities and with vulnerable people. Let’s target any tax cuts and support at those that most deserve it, rather than a single approach to business tax across the board. The truth is that some businesses are making a bigger contribution to the nation than others, while a few are actually exacerbating inequality through poverty wages and poor working conditions. They should not be rewarded. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. An inclusive economic agenda must not be lost in the midst of crisis (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images) Victor AdebowaleLord Victor Adebowale is chair of Social Enterprise UK and co-founder at Visionable. whatsapp Thursday 4 June 2020 12:01 pm Get City A.M. columnists’ views delivered straight to your inbox in our daily Midday Update newsletter. The fact that nine out of 10 BAME voluntary organisations are at risk of running out of cash is deeply worrying, and evidence of how inaction could make our current inequalities worse. Investing in our social infrastructure over the coming weeks is as important as investing in physical infrastructure. Yet these businesses, which are on the frontline of tackling inequality, are falling through the gaps, unable to get access to grants or finance that meet their needs. This is putting up to a million jobs at risk in some of our poorest areas. These communities face a double whammy, where Covid-19 takes away family and friends, and the economic impact of the pandemic takes their jobs and livelihoods. The Prime Minister’s election victory was based on a repudiation of the previous economic strategy. He recognised then, as we all do, that we have to do things differently. We need to target support at those places that have been left behind. We need to reduce inequalities which undermine our resilience and deprive us of talents that can power our economy forward. Like many, I have been deeply worried by the growing evidence about the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on our black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ If we get our immediate economic response wrong, we risk entrenching inequalities that will cost us down the line. The government must adapt its plans based on the growing evidence presented to it. Share An inclusive economic agenda must not be lost in the midst of crisis. Falling back on tried and failed methods will only lead to the same poor results. The Public Health England research demonstrates how social and economic inequalities have made our country particularly vulnerable to this pandemic. Unfortunately, the government’s economic response risks entrenching the very inequalities that have already weakened us. Closing the gap between our communities is now not just a moral good, but a medical and social necessity. Main image credit: Getty If we are to recover in any meaningful sense, structural inequalities must be addressed urgently, starting with safeguarding economic and social opportunities that benefit BAME people. 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This means breaking down silos between public bodies and using different models of delivery, such as social enterprises and charities, which have a track record of success. Finally, we need to reinvest in our civil society. Social and cultural capital is critical to boosting economic performance and reducing inequalities. Our richest areas do not have more charities and voluntary associations because they are rich, they are rich because they have access to the social and cultural capital that these organisations provide. Public Health England’s latest research, released this week, shows that BAME communities are at far higher risk of catching Covid-19 and are at greater risk of dying from the disease too. The fact that they are more likely to be living in poorer communities and in high-risk, low-paid occupations points to a strong correlation. 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Data from the Office for National Statistics showed UK GDP grew one per cent in the fourth quarter of the year due to recovery in government consumption and business investment as Covid restrictions eased. 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Also Read: Before the Bell: Firm focus on UK GDP numbers this morning Also Read: Before the Bell: Firm focus on UK GDP numbers this morning The US dollar has been in decline for the past week. “Its negative move began following the downbeat US non-farm payrolls report. Mr Powell’s remarks about maintaining the current monetary policy didn’t help,” Madden said. Last week it was announced that Democrats introduced a measure to try and implement President Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending plan without gaining backing from the opposition, the Republicans. Stimulus Before the Bell: Firm focus on UK GDP numbers this morning Also Read: Before the Bell: Firm focus on UK GDP numbers this morning Services account for approximately 70 per cent of the UK’s economic output. The services PMI levels in October, November and December were 51.4, 47.6 and 49.4 respectively. A reading below 50.0 means negative growth. “It has been the overriding story of the week and it is likely to linger too as the process could take weeks. Global stocks have been helped by the possibility of additional spending, in particular, US equities. The S&P 500 finished slightly higher last night,” Madden pointed out. Share “Even though the near-term outlook is bleak because of the lockdowns, the BoE is banking on a successful vaccine rollout to bring out a robust economic recovery later in the year,” Madden noted. Michiel Willems Monetary policy is one of the two major tools that can be used to potentially trigger economic activity, he continued. On Wednesday, the Fed’s boss, Jerome Powell, re-stated his commitment to keeping a very loose policy in an effort to help steer the economy through the current situation. Powell confirmed that stimulus will not be withdrawn until the US economy is out of the woods. “Even if today’s growth rate is negative, it doesn’t necessarily mean that sub-zero rates will be a done deal. Sterling has been elevated lately, so a not-hot reading could prompt a fall in the pound,” Madden concluded. Chinese New Year Today’s UK growth reading will be in focus as it might influence BoE policy. UK gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 9.9 per cent last year, marking the largest annual fall on record. UK GDP numbers this morning “It is clear the tougher restrictions that were introduced from November onwards dented the all-important industry. Given the uncertainty that existed in relation to the UK-EU trading relationship at the back end of 2020, there could have been stockpiling of goods,” Madden said. Also Read: Before the Bell: Firm focus on UK GDP numbers this morning Also Read: Before the Bell: Firm focus on UK GDP numbers this morning It was another uneventful day in the markets yesterday as fresh news stories were thin on the ground. The same old headlines about vaccines being distributed and optimism with respect to President Biden getting his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan approved in the next few weeks continued to be the main focus of traders’ attention. Friday 12 February 2021 7:23 am Yesterday’s jobless claims reading was disappointing on two counts, firstly, the reading was 793,000, missing the 757,000 forecast, secondly, the prior update was revised up from 779,000 to 812,000. The jobs data backs up Powell’s stance with respect to keeping policy on hold, he noted. The CMC GPB Index hit an 11 month high on Wednesday. Sterling benefitted from last week’s Bank of England meeting whereby it was suggested that negative interest rates will not be introduced in the few next months, or potentially at all. Show Comments ▼ Several stock markets in Asia are closed today as countries celebrate the Lunar New Year. Equities in Japan and Australia are in the red. The Australian state of Victoria will enter a five day lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Stock markets in Europe are set to open a little lower. whatsapp “The central banker said the actual unemployment rate is, in reality, is closer to 10 per cent and that it is a long way from full employment. Traders took the update as a sign that policy will remain on hold for some time. That has underpinned stock markets,” Madden said. 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Arts & Culture | JuneauHistoric Juneau park becomes an oasis for Alaska artistsJune 24, 2015 by Lisa Phu Share:Constance Baltuck says she spends hours on the rocks painting. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/06/25GRUENING.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Juneau artist Constance Baltuck paints in the rocky shoreline of Lynn Canal. The legs of her easel are getting wet from the incoming tide. On the canvas, details emerge from the colors.“This is the barnacles and the kelp and the mussels, they’re just so beautiful the way they interact and cling to the rocks,” Baltuck says.Baltuck is the first artist of a pilot program at the cabin run by Alaska State Parks. Located 26 miles from downtown Juneau, the cabin is where former territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening wrote the book “The State of Alaska,” making a case for statehood several years before it would happen. The cabin started out as a summer getaway for the family and later became a year-round residence. More than six decades later, the historic cabin is now used as a retreat for Alaska artists.The Gruenings moved to Juneau in 1939. The cabin, known by the family as Eaglerock, was built in 1947. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Park Superintendent Mike Eberhardt says the Ernest Gruening State Historic Park received $30,000 to run an artist-in-residence program for two years. The artists are required to hold a community workshop and contribute a piece of art to the park. Eberhardt hopes the program will generate more interest in the site.“Whatever art comes out of there, whether it be written or music or paintings, using that to publicize the state park system and with notoriety hopefully comes additional funding, comes additional support,” Eberhardt says.Eight artists from across the state applied for the residency and all were admitted for this startup year. Each will stay in the cabin for up to two weeks through September.As the tide comes in, Baltuck gathers her art supplies. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)For Baltuck, the park has been one inspiration after another.“This place is just alive, everywhere you look, there’s something flowering, jumping, creeping around in the woods, flying past the window,” Baltuck says.And she’s trying to capture as much of it as possible. Baltuck describes it as gathering starts — the beginnings of paintings she’ll finish later.Baltuck’s work during the residency depict scenes of the park. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Inside the cabin, unfinished works are laid on a bench or leaned against walls. She counts how many there are out loud.“Eleven this first week, plus I’m doing a series of little wildflower drawings,” Baltuck says. “This is supercharged for me. I’m going to have to go back to town and get more canvas because I’ve just about used up what I brought that I thought would last the whole 15 days.”Baltuck has done other artist residencies. She’s been in the middle of the desert at Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, in sand dunes above the Arctic Circle in Alaska’s Kobuk Valley National Park and once spent three months in Norway. Baltuck says each has shown her windows into different lives.For this residency, when she’s not on the rocks painting or at the easel inside the cabin, she’s on the deck sipping coffee. She watches people fishing and “the eagles,” Baltuck says. “They’re sometimes right up in the trees right over here and the evening is when they swoop back and forth, and I can see whales. And it’s always changing, whether it’s a beautiful sunset or just the clouds, how deep they settle on the mountains.”Baltuck says she’ll leave an easel for other artists this summer. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)More than once, Baltuck calls the residency a gift – a gift of no distractions, no internet, no phone ringing, nobody waiting on you. It’s also a gift of time.“It’s so neat to settle into an experience of observing nature for hours, just looking at the same scene for hours and just knowing you have that time. There’s no rushing out here,” Baltuck says.The only concern, she says, is the tide. When the water comes up by your feet, it’s time to move.Share this story:
whatsapp Share whatsapp Wednesday 8 April 2015 11:52 am Three reasons new car sales had their best month since 1999 Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Jessica Morris Car dealerships across the country have been partying like it’s 1999.They sold 492,774 new cars last month, which represents a six per cent increase from the same time last year, data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers has shown. It was the best March on record, as well as the best monthly performance since the biannual change in number plates was introduced in 1999. The growth was even more impressive given car sales have already put in an excellent performance this year. They rose by 12 per cent in the year to February, and this came after they had roared to ten-year high of 2,476,435 in 2014.But like Prince sang – “parties aren’t meant to last” – and economists have said the trend is unlikely to continue for the rest of the year. “It is unrealistic to expect car sales to keep achieving strong growth rates through 2015 given that they are now at such an elevated level,” Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS, said.Here’s what drove March’s stellar figure:1. New “15” registration plate:Consumers were tempted by the new ’15 registration plates which became available for the first time in March. Before the twice yearly change was introduced about 16 years ago, new plates were only available once a year in September, and this was routinely the best month for car sales.2. As well as confident consumers:The SMMT said customers were taking advantage of “attractive finance packages underpinned by low interest rates”. This means dealerships are using record low interest rates – the base rate is currently at 0.5 per cent – and giving customers desirable deals when they take out a loan to pay for a new car.But behind this is the fact that the UK economy is simply doing better, as “noflation” makes consumers richer, and a general pick-up gives people the confidence to take out new loans.”Consumers’ purchasing power has recently seen marked improvement and this should continue over the coming months due to extremely low consumer price inflation and strengthening earnings growth, while employment is likely to keep on rising,” Archer said.”Furthermore, interest rates are unlikely to rise until around the turn of the year.”3. Not forgetting the fleet sector:Companies renewing their staff car pools pushed new car sales in the fleet sector up 11.6 per cent annually.”The SMMT have noted that many fleet car buyers have a three-year replacement cycle so many of the cars purchased at the start of the upturn three years ago are now due for replacement,” Archer said.
The former Labour Treasury minister behind the infamous “there is no money” letter has apologised for the gaffe, admitting it helped the Tories attack Labour’s financial irresponsibility.Liam Byrne, Treasury minister under Gordon Brown, said he had “burnt with the shame of it” since leaving the one-line letter for Liberal Democrat successor David Laws in 2010. The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill wrote “I’m afraid there is no money”, before wishing Laws “good luck!”. The letter was paraded by David Cameron during the election campaign as evidence of Labour’s untrustworthiness on the economy.Read more: David Cameron is putting together his first all-Conservative cabinetRead more: Why first past the post killed UkipWriting in the Observer, Byrne said he was “so sorry” for letting down his party.Byrne wrote:I am so sorry. David Cameron’s daily flourish of my leaving note at the Treasury helped hurt the party I love. And offered sheer offence to so many of the people we want the chance to serve. Party members ask me: “What on earth were you thinking?” But members of the public ask: “How could you do something so crass? And so bloody offensive?”I’ve asked myself that question every day for five years and believe me, every day I have burnt with the shame of it. Nowhere more than when standing on doorsteps with good comrades, listening to voters demanding to know what I thought I was playing at. It was always excruciating. Sunday 10 May 2015 6:13 am whatsapp Joe Hall Share Labour MP: “There is no money” letter made me “burn with shame” whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼
New Analysis: Countries with Higher Unemployment Benefits Have Lower Jobless Rates Australia InstituteNew analysis from the Australia Institute shows Australia’s unemployment rate is worse than that of most OECD countries. In fact, this analysis shows that across the OECD, it is higher unemployment payments (the ‘net replacement rate of unemployment’) that correlate with lower unemployment rates.The Government and commentators have long argued that Australia’s internationally low unemployment payments are required in part as an incentive to encourage the unemployment to look for and accept work.Key findings:Despite having the lowest unemployment payment, Australia did not have the lowest unemployment rate – or even place in the top half of OECD countries for low unemployment.In 2019 Australia had the 20th lowest unemployment rate of 33 OECD countries.If the Government’s theory that higher unemployment payments are a disincentive to work is correct, then comparing countries’ level of unemployment payments and their unemployment rate should show that countries with higher unemployment payments also have higher unemployment rates.A study of 33 OECD countries does not support the Government’s theory. On the contrary, it shows that countries with higher unemployment payments are more likely to have lower unemployment rates.“This research shows there is no economic basis for unemployment payments to be set below poverty levels to incentivise the unemployed to look for work,” said Matt Grudnoff, senior economist at the Australia Institute.“In fact, this analysis suggests the Government is being unnecessarily cruel to the unemployed and that lower unemployment rates are possible even with much higher unemployment payments.“If the Government’s theory were correct, Australia should have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the OECD to match its low unemployment payment rates, not one of the highest.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australia Institute, Government, OECD, research, study, unemployment
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email A judge will decide on Jan. 20 whether the punishment in a plea deal for state Sen. Greg Barkus is appropriate for felony charges stemming from an Aug. 27, 2009 boat crash on Flathead Lake. Barkus pleaded no contest to felony criminal endangerment as part of the deal at a hearing in Kalispell Thursday. Malta District Judge John McKeon will review the proposed agreement, released Nov. 9, between Barkus and Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan. McKeon said he would not impose a sentence until he can review a presentence investigation report. If the judge rejects the agreement, or imposes a sentence different from what’s in the deal, Barkus then has the opportunity to withdraw his plea and go to trial. Barkus, 64, faces three felony charges: one for criminal endangerment and two for negligent vehicular assault after the boat he was piloting crashed into a rocky outcropping near Wayfarer’s State Park, injuring all five passengers. Prosecutors say Barkus’ blood alcohol content was 0.16, twice the legal limit, when taken two hours after the accident. Under the deal, Barkus pleaded no contest, in exchange for the dismissal of the other two charges. The agreement also imposes a three-year deferred sentence that could end after 18 months if there are no violations, and he would pay the state $4,000 in restitution. “I will not entertain any dismissal of counts two and three until I consider the plea agreement,” McKeon said. The judge questioned Barkus at length – on his mental state, medications he was prescribed and whether he had consumed any alcohol recently – to ensure that he understood the implications of pleading no contest to a felony, a charge that can carry a maximum sentence of 10 years. Barkus pleaded not guilty to the charges in Oct. 2009.McKeon referenced evidence, presented by Corrigan at the beginning of the hearing from the investigative report, that the boat was traveling at least 40 miles per hour when it struck the rocks, based on the testimony of Kristin Smith, a passenger who said she saw the tachometer at 4,000 rpms shortly before crashing. Corrigan also noted the boat was not using any headlights and that Barkus was navigating from a GPS unit. An accident reconstruction specialist hired by the prosecution corroborated Smith’s assertion of the boat’s speed. “Do you agree, with that evidence, the jury would find you guilty?” McKeon said. “Yes, I suppose,” Barkus replied.The crash occurred in the evening following a reception at The Docks restaurant in Lakeside. Barkus, a Kalispell Republican, was driving the boat east toward Bigfork, where passengers U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., and the congressman’s two staff members, Smith and Dustin Frost, were staying that evening. Barkus’ wife, Kathy, was also on the boat. While Kathy Barkus and Smith sustained less severe injuries in the crash that left the boat lodged on rocks above the waters of Flathead Lake, Frost was in a coma for a week, Rehberg suffered a broken ankle and Barkus broke his pelvis. At the hearing Thursday, McKeon asked Corrigan whether the victims were consulted on the plea deal. Corrigan said he has spoken with Frost, Rehberg’s state director at the time of the accident who now runs a political consulting firm, and that Frost accepts the deal but considers it too tough on Barkus.“Mr. Frost has provided me with a letter in which he implored me to reduce these charges to a misdemeanor,” Corrigan told McKeon. “He’s of the opinion it’s probably a little harsher than it should be.” Smith also accepted the deal, according to Corrigan. And though he said he had not spoken directly with Rehberg, who was reelected to a sixth term last month, Corrigan said he talked to the congressman’s wife, Jan, “She did express a desire to get this matter resolved without trial.” Corrigan added that he had received an e-mail from Rehberg’s attorney, “expressing a high regard for everyone involved,” with confidence that the correct outcome would be reached through the justice system. In considering sentencing, McKeon will also likely look at Barkus’ criminal history. The judge discussed briefly with Corrigan a 2004 incident in Lake County where Barkus was pulled over for drunken driving, a charge reduced to reckless driving. Barkus said at the time his driving was due to worry over the health of his mother. He has also received several minor traffic violations.
Email A district court judge has ordered that the Flathead County Commission can take no further action on a federal grant that would provide a group of homeowners with money to mitigate the erosion of a bluff near Whitefish Stage Road.Last month, the commission voted to stop the process of a $400,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant. FEMA had agreed to pay $298,000, and the homeowners whose property is in danger of sloughing away paid the matching $102,000.The county’s role would have been to manage the funds, which the commission agreed to in November, 2013. But the decision to stop the grant process has put the federal funds in limbo.In interviews, the county commissioners have said they have concerns about the county being held liable if something goes wrong with the project. Two of the homeowners whose property on the bluff near Whitefish Stage Road – Susan Storfa and Scott Gearheart – filed suit against Flathead County, asking a judge to stop any further action by the commission, such as sending a letter to the state and to FEMA terminating the grant and forever nixing a project four years in the making. The proposed project would construct safer slopes, provide adequate drainage to reduce the risk of flowing water removing more soil, restore the pond’s storm water capacity, repair damaged storm water pipes that were affected during the major slumping episodes, and reduce additional sources of water on the bluff.On April 15, Judge Ted O. Lympus issued a temporary restraining order against the county commission, saying that the commission and its “agents and representatives are hereby restrained and enjoined from terminating the grant approved by FEMA, by letter or otherwise” until the case can be heard in court. Lympus set a hearing for April 23 for both sides of the argument to provide information and cause about why the preliminary injunction should or should not have been issued. Storfa said she is pleased with the judge’s decision, but she still hopes the issue can be handled out of court.“I hope and pray that the county commissioners will take notice and listen to our pleas and rethink their position,” Storfa said. Concerns about the bluff’s erosion began in 2010, when about two-thirds of Storfa’s backyard slid away in a major landslide. She tried to find a grant to stabilize her property, but found she would need more people involved if she wanted public funds.After the wet spring of 2011, the president issued a declaration of disaster for Montana due to the flooding, and Storfa started pursuing a FEMA grant, like the kind the City of Kalispell received to stabilize the Buffalo Hills Golf Course after flooding. Working with the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services, Storfa, her neighbors, and the Village Greens Golf Course community situated below the bluff sent a letter of intent to pursue a hazard mitigation grant.The grant application makes note that the properties in question – six lots to the east of Whitefish Stage Road and west of Village Greens – are in both Flathead County’s and the City of Kalispell’s jurisdictions.The bluff’s geologic components include clay and silt, and there has been development activity in the area since the 1970s, when the Mission Valley subdivisions started cropping up north of the properties listed in the grant application. However, in recent years, the significant erosion events – landslides in at least two places, one behind Storfa’s house, and a smaller one behind the property two houses north of the Storfas’ – coupled with high groundwater levels and flooding on the Stillwater River have led to considerable sloughing. “If unabated the annual erosion rate of the slope will catalyze catastrophic failure of six residences over the next three to eight years,” the FEMA grant application reads.Total tax appraisal values for the properties in question come to about $1.4 million.RELATED: Slowly Sliding Away Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Water outages expected with repair works in south Inishowen Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest WhatsApp Essential leak repair works on water mains in South Inishowen will lead to water outages today.Irish Water say supply will be impacted for the day as a result of essential water main repair works.Irish Water and Donegal County Council are advising customers in South Inishowen that their water supply may be impacted as a result of essential water main repair works taking place today from 8am to 6pm.The works will affect customers in Fahan, Cristlamore, Inch, Burnfoot, Bridgend, Newtown Moyle, Whin Hill, Burt and surrounding areas.It is expected that the repairs will be completed by 6pm this evening but some customers’ supply may take a further two to three hours while water returns to the network.The essential repair is being undertaken in response to planned leak detection works undertaken in the area and will prevent the loss of a significant volume of drinking water through leaking pipes.Updates can be found on the water supply and services section of the website water.ie Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 22, 2020 Previous articleRemembering Manus ‘Mandy’ KellyNext articleDisappointment as Waterworld to remain closed this year News Highland Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Facebook
Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition ← Get on Board on an Experience-Intensive Journey through China, Mongolia and Russia March 24, 2016 Published by Ivana Petriskova Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. +1 Submit Your Video and Win a Trip to Brussels Deadline: 30 June 2016Open to: participants between the ages of 15 and 35 with innovative ideas which contributes to the Sustainable Development GoalsPrizes: Grand Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and People’s Choice PrizeDescriptionThe Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme and an online platform, which supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With this competition young people have the opportunity to participate in an online study programme in entrepreneurship education at the Entrepreneurship Campus. There, you can graduate and receive a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Stiftung Entrepreneurship Berlin. This Certificate offers young people a knowledgeable qualification in entrepreneurship. The certificate study programme is free of charge this year, and is sponsored by The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship and Digital Experts United.EligibilityBe between the ages of 15 and 35;You have an innovative idea for an enterprise which contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your community or you are operating such an enterprise in the form of a business, a non-profit organization or an informal program;You are able to submit your entry in English.PrizesGrand Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and People’s Choice Prize winners will be selected in each of the following two categories:Best Ideas Category: Innovative ideas and plans to be implemented (by the entrant or by others);Best Projects Category: Already existing enterprise which has demonstrated social impact. Similar Stories Pocket Grand Prize winners and the People’s Choice Prize winners will receive a Gold Medal and a Certificate;Second Prize winners will receive a Silver Medal and a Certificate;Third Prize winners will receive a Bronze Medal and a Certificate;Finalists not chosen as prize winners will receive Honorable Mention;Entrepreneurship Campus Prize winners will receive a Certificate;Grand Prize and People’s Choice winners, Second Prize and Third Prize winners, and the Entrepreneurship Campus Prize winners will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin on 9 October 2016.How to apply?In order to be able to submit an idea/project you need to be logged-in. In order to do so register HERE.More information on the official website. The Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Competition Reddit Tweet Share 0 Fully Funded Uversity Undergraduate Scholarships at IADT in Ireland LinkedIn 0 Research and Messaging Consultant at US Human Rights Network →