Cash-strapped local sporting associations have seized advantage of funding available through Jamaica Sport, accessing sponsorship valued at more than US$260,000 for 13 events since the initiative was launched in October 2014.Ten sporting bodies have accessed funds so far.Among the events staged were the recent Jamaica Volleyball Association Beach Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, as well as the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 2015; the 2014 and 2015 Reggae Marathon; the Jamaica International Invitational; the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships; the West Indies Test series against England and Australia and Caribbean Premier League; the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships; and the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers.The Jamaica Taekwondo Association was the first body to access funds to host the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup in August 2014.The Jamaica Badminton Association, Netball Jamaica, and the Jamaica Surfing Association also benefited from Jamaica Sport, which receives funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.MORE BOOKINGSDeputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Jason Hall told The Gleaner that 20,000 hotel-room nights, with an additional 4,000 tourists, have helped generate an economic impact of US$6 million to date.”Back in 2014, all the associations were contacted to notify them of the existence of Jamaica Sport, and our strategy, and what we were trying to achieve. We also held a number of information sessions that speak specifically to sport tourism economic-assessment model,” Hall said.The ITF World Cup, he said, had generated US$2.6 million from 15,000 guest nights.The figures were arrived at using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM).”A measurement tool, where you input the data from the event and even factors non-foreign visitors,” said Hall.He also noted that the International Tennis Federation Senior Championships, which featured French tennis star Marion Bartoli, was televised on four different networks, with 840 guest nights being used.”Staging a major event requires major sponsorship, and the sponsorship from Corporate Jamaica is limited. We are looking at a broader gamut,” he said.BETTER QUALITY EVENTS”We are looking to increase the quality and quantity of events with sporting potential. We are targeting specific events for development,” he added.Hall noted that for interested parties to access funds, their event must have tourism potential and must be sanctioned by the sport’s local governing body. Tourism potential would be evidenced by a marketing plan.Criteria for approval for funding would include giving Jamaica a competitive advantage through hosting, a high multiplier effect, and lower operating costs.Hall said that the events of interest include golf; masters’ events; beach events such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, and beach football; endurance events; high school and youth competitions; training camps; sports conferences; motocross; and surfing.He added that discussions were now in progress to stage a cycling tour of Jamaica in the vein of the Tour de France.Jamaica Sport is chaired by Chris Dehring and includes Howard McIntosh, Caribbean Premier League director of operations; Michael Hall, head of communications at the West Indies Cricket Board; Carole Beckford; and general manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown.
Ray Maota Since July 2008 to date Teach Children to Save South Africa, through 15 banks and 28 financial sector institutions, has empowered more than 350 000 grade four to seven pupils in over 1 500 schools. (Image: Flickr) Fikile Kuhlase of Basa said that the rationale of the programme is that the earlier children learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely, the better the chances that this culture will be engrained in them. (Image: The Banking Association South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Teach Children to Save South Africa + 27 11 645 6721/6740 RELATED ARTICLES • SA financial whiz is world’s best • Grooming future leaders: priceless • Young people: own your destiny! • All aboard the Youth ExpressThe need for a culture of saving has been reiterated countless times by financial institutions. How better to get one going than to instil it in young people who will benefit from the habit in their adult years?This is where the Teach Children to Save South Africa (TCTS SA) programme comes in. This year the initiative is celebrating five years of grooming youngsters to be savvy savers.Set up by the Banking Association South Africa (Basa), which partnered with the national Department of Education, the programme focuses mainly on primary school pupils under the age of 13 years.Basa represents local and international banks registered in South Africa, and currently has 34 members. Its fundamental mission is to provide banking services to as many South Africans as possible in the interest of developing growth in the country’s socio-economic sector.“Financial literacy is among the strategic objectives of the association,” said Fikile Kuhlase, senior GM of socio-economic growth and development at Basa.How the programme worksThis year’s edition of the programme will be rolled out nationally from 16 to 27 July, with the main event taking place on the 18th at the Booi Primary School in Port Elizabeth’s Zwide township.During the week of the campaign, pupils will participate in lessons and activities designed to create an understanding of crucial tools like budgets and savings plans.They will also be taught how to differentiate between needs and wants, track their daily expenses and learn how to make saving an integral part of their lives.“The lessons are delivered by volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals who have willingly traded the boardroom for the classroom to instil lifelong sound habits of saving,” said Kuhlase.Since July 2008 to date the programme, through 15 banks and 28 financial sector institutions, has empowered more than 350 000 grade four to seven pupils in over 1 500 schools.“The rationale is that the earlier children learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely, the better the chances that this culture will be engrained in them,” said Kuhlase.Interested schools have to register with the South African Savings Institute (Sasi) to become part of the programme.Role modelWell-known television and radio personality Minnie Dlamini (22) has been appointed as the programme’s ambassador.“Minnie epitomises the type of behaviour we hope to instil with this programme,” said Kuhlase.“Not only is she financially savvy, but she is astute as well, and because of this, she is now financially independent.”Besides appearing in broadcaster M-Net’s popular television series The Wild, Dlamini is also the face of international hair-care brand Motions and presents a music programme on national radio station Metrofm.Financial literacy criticalFinancial literacy is critical in improving South Africa’s saving rate. According to Basa, 70% of South African adults do not save.In 2011 the country’s domestic savings rate had seen a drop of over 10% from 35% 23 years before, in 1988. The country is ranked among the lowest in the world at 20%.In contrast, consumers from developing countries such as China are saving more, with the Asian country boasting the highest rate in the world with 52% of national GDP.While the poor savings culture impacts individual households, it also affects the inclusive growth of the country’s economy, says Sasi, which celebrates national savings month every year in July.“The current domestic economic situation with slow growth and inflation at the top of its band has exposed South Africans’ vulnerabilities in terms of their income, expenditure, savings and debt,” said Sasi chairperson Prem Govender, at the launch of the campaign earlier in July.She said South Africans needed to take charge of their lives by saving.“Many South Africans still count on the state or their neighbours to bail them out of financial woes,” said Govender.
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Creating a dynamic press kit for your film is an incredibly effective way to grab the attention of festivals, potential investors, and executives. Here’s how to go about it.Top image via Elon in Los AngelesCreating your content is just half of the filmmaking process. The other half is promoting and selling that content in order to reach a wider audience. For a feature film or documentary, festivals are a great way to gain a wider audience. For television content, you develop a pitch for producers and networks through services like The Blacklist.In order to take either of the above steps, you need a solid press kit. Let’s take a look at what a press kit is and the steps needed to create one.What Is a Press Kit?A press kit is a publicity package that’s distributed to media outlets, festivals, and potential investors. The press kit should include all of the vital information about your production. It should work to sell others on why your content is relevant and why it should be shared, gain news coverage, or be purchased for distribution.How to Make a Dynamic Press KitImage via PropbayCreating a press kit isn’t easy, but if done correctly, it should benefit you greatly as you prepare to send your content out into the world. The vast majority of press kits will be developed digitally. However, there will be plenty of instances where you will need to have a physical copy of your press kit for festivals or screenings.Here are six tips to be aware of when creating your press kit. Following these simple steps will help you create an incredibly dynamic press kit that will impress its recipients.1. The Kit Folder or Link to KitWhen developing an electronic press kit, be sure to include an attention-grabbing cover sheet. Think of it as an ad for your film. Include crucial information such as the title of the film, your contact information, and any mention of awards the film has won.Image via SpectacleYou can also utilize a press kit through a link on the main page of your film’s official website. This can be done two different ways.Link to a PDF version of your press kit.Create a separate page on the site that houses all of the elements we’ll get into shortly.Image via EbayFinally, there is the physical press kit folder. For this you can simply purchase two-pocket folders and apply labels to the cover that feature your film’s name. Or, if you have some money to spend, you can have a printer such as Staples, Company Folders, or Vistaprint create custom folders with images and/or the film’s title embossed onto the cover.2. Write a SynopsisImage via PropbayChances are you already have the synopsis for your film somewhere in your pre-production documentation. If this is the case, then you can simply copy and paste your synopsis into your new documentation. However, if you haven’t crafted a synopsis yet, you’ll need to do so. For help on writing a synopsis, check out this helpful guide from Greenlight My Movie.3. Cast and Crew BiosImage via Trek CoreInclude bios for the principal cast and crew. For your actors, have photographs alongside a page dedicated to their professional career. Include their previous film, theater, and television credits. For the principal crew, create a solid one-page biography that details previous work on other productions. Lastly, don’t forget yourself! Make sure your own bio is included.4. Production NotesImage via Neil OsemanThe production notes section will reveal the process of making the film. Think of this as a written-out behind-the-scenes featurette. You can add images to this page — just make sure they’re high-resolution and professional. Beyond this, be sure to give anecdotes about what happened during the filmmaking process. This will make the press kit lighthearted and more enjoyable to read.If you want to see a strong sample of production notes for a press kit, then check out this well-developed set of notes for 2011’s The Artist via The Weinstein Company.5. Publicity StillsImage via eCraterIncluding publicity stills is always a good idea. These stills are different than the professional photos of your principal actors. Publicity stills should be photos taken during the filmmaking process, such as behind-the-scenes photos. They can be screen captures from the film itself, which can be done through just about any NLE like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer.6. Include Reviews and EndorsementsImage via Giant BombWhile your film goes through the festival process, add reviews from media outlets that have seen and commented on your work. You can also add endorsements from others in the filmmaking community who are championing you or have openly commented on the film. Utilize reviews and endorsements to to your advantage.Got any press kit tips for the community? Share them in the comments below.
HOUSTON, B.C. — Hereditary leaders of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a tentative deal with RCMP, quelling some fears of escalation following a raid on a nearby checkpoint earlier this week.The chiefs say members will abide by a court injunction granting the Coastal GasLink pipeline company access to a bridge that had been blocked, if RCMP agree not to raid the nearby Unist’ot’en healing camp.They plan to meet with RCMP again Thursday to discuss details such as retaining a gate that residents and supporters of the camp say is vital to their safety.Chief Na’Moks told residents, supporters and media gathered at the camp Wednesday that the decision has nothing to do with the pipeline company and everything to do with ensuring the safety of residents at the camp.On Monday, 14 people were arrested after the Mounties took apart a different gate that blocked access to an area where Coastal GasLink wants to build a natural gas pipeline.TransCanada Corp., which announced plans to change its name to TC Energy on Wednesday, says it has signed agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the path, including the Wet’suwet’en.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsMore than four years after he was reported missing, Cody Wolfe’s disappearance is still a mystery.Over the weekend, volunteers made a fresh search of a southern Saskatchewan reserve and the surrounding area seeking any clue that might help locate the vanished teenager.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has this story.