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first_imgLOS ANGELES — In a sport where players are often quick to reach for the cliché, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty isn’t afraid to speak honestly and spit out quotes that make good headline fodder.With that in mind, it isn’t surprising that Doughty found a way to spin the Sharks addition of Erik Karlsson to a blue line that already includes Brent Burns in a skeptical light.“I’m questioning what’s going to happen there. Two All-Star D like that,” Doughty told Lisa Dillman of the …last_img read more

first_img26 May 2006The government is to set up a special unit to help cut through the red tape blocking the growth of South Africa’s small business sector, says Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.She was responding to a question in the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Tuesday on how regulations governing small businesses were effecting the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Special unit“We’ve undertaken a review of some of our regulations that impact on small business, so, yes, we’ve identified those regulations that hamper small business development,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said.The Deputy President said that as some regulations were removed, new ones were introduced, and the situation needed to be monitored to ensure an optimal environment for a sector identified as key to Asgi-SA’s target of 6% economic growth.A unit would be set up in the presidency to conduct this monitoring, she said.Removing obstaclesThe Cabinet had already adopted a plan “to remove unnecessary regulatory obstacles that make the work of SMMEs either cumbersome or expensive,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that these included tax burdens.“Poorly designed or implemented” labour regulations had also been identified, along with the need to focus on electronic business administration and communications to facilitate cheaper, more efficient practices.Obstacles in the municipal legal environment, such as “the many bylaws that we find in our municipalities that make it difficult for small business to trade,” were also receiving attention, the Deputy President said.MicrofinanceInterventions already identified, she said, included the acceleration of the Apex and Mafisa programmes to provide microfinance for start-up businesses – a sector often neglected by the mainstream banking sector.Another intervention was a new product on offer from the Khula development agency for entrepreneurs looking for loans of between R10 000 and R250 000.The National Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) is being supported by the presidency in another initiative that aims to create 100 000 new SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) every year.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says that the new National Sport Policy, currently before Parliament, paves the way for sports in Jamaica to become more of a business. Mrs. Neita Headley was addressing day-two of the Business of Sport International conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, May 2, where she spoke on the topic: ‘Sport Entities, The Government, National Policy and The Body Politic.’ She also presented a copy of the document to Barbados’ Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hon. Stephen Lashley, whose country is currently developing its own policy. [RELATED: Government Spends $344 Million on Sports] The White Paper, which was tabled in Parliament on March 25, seeks to transform Jamaica into one of the most engaged and successful sporting nations in the world.   It recognises the major contribution of sport to national progress and establishes the framework for the development of sport over the decade 2012 to 2022. The White Paper, which has the input of a wide cross section of stakeholders, addresses human resources and structures needed to ensure transparency, accountability and reliable governance structures. Also dealt with is the provision of well-equipped, appropriate and safe indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, and it identifies key stakeholders and their roles in the development of sport. The policy also recognises the unique opportunities created by the country hosting and participating in international sporting competitions and the ability of these events to contribute to economic growth by strengthening Brand Jamaica in the global marketplace.   Mrs. Neita Headley stated that in this, the 21st century, sport must be seen as a potential career path, providing employment to athletes, administrators, managers, agents, trainers, coaches, support personnel and officials.    The Minister cited the recently announced Caribbean Premier League in cricket as a major step in professionalizing the sport in the region. Meanwhile, Moderator and President of Business of Sport, Carole Beckford, informed that currently, just over 27,000 persons are employed in the sports industry, which is contributing more than 2.6 per cent of Gross Development Product (GDP). Also addressing the session were Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in Belize, Hon. Herman Longsworth; and the Barbadian Sports Minister, Hon. Stephen Lashley, who both called for more regional collaboration in sports. Minister Lashley also pointed to the need for greater focus on disciplines such as golf, polo and rugby, which he said, “are doing extremely well in the sports tourism market”.   By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more