RelatedCulture Ministry Launches Culture Card Pilot Programme RelatedMuseums and Galleries Free for Students With Culture Cards Authentic Jamaican Products on Sale at Kumba Mi Yabba CultureDecember 13, 2013Written by: Kadian Brown Authentic Jamaican Products on Sale at Kumba Mi YabbaJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedCulture Ministry Launches Visual Art Exhibition Christmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village, the Jamaican craft producers’ marketplace, set for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Sunday, December 22.The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise. Additionally, the show provides the medium for entrepreneurs to access a wider market, both locally and overseas.Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Things Jamaican, the retail arm of the JBDC, Janine Taylor, informed that Kumba Mi Yabba is a market access event for its clients, with products ranging from ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories, craft items made from leather and straw and local cuisines.In addition to the marketing component, there will be a strong cultural and family oriented package for patrons, including a Kiddies Fun Village, traditional and cultural performances and a food village.“The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) partnership is richer this year as we want to create that feel, that energy of a traditional Jamaican Christmas, while we celebrate all things Jamaican, including the products and entertainment,” Mrs. Taylor expressed.She added that some 40 producers/exhibitors are expected at the event, including those involved in agro-processing, as “we are trying to tie in the whole farmers market idea and create a grand market feel with a little bit of everything.”“This particular event works well in promoting and developing the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, as it allows their products and services to be displayed and to show that there is in fact a market for high quality, authentic Jamaican products that can be produced here in the domestic market,” Mrs. Taylor said.“The more we are able to build our local economy, the more we will be able to provide more jobs and create and strengthen the whole entrepreneurship initiative…so whether you need your outfit for your Christmas party or gifts, just about anything that you would want for the festive season, you can get it at Kumba Mi Yabba,” she highlighted.The event is free of cost and will last from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information on registration, persons may call 758-3967-8, 928-5161-5; email [email protected] or visit the JBDC’s website at www.jbdc.net. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements Photo: JIS Photographer Story HighlightsChristmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village.The JBDC-led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise.There will be a strong cultural and family oriented package for patrons, including a Kiddies Fun Village.
At the moment, charges are levied in nine different ways across the Union, making it awkward to offer international services. To avoid making more environmentally friendly rail transport unattractive, the Netherlands and Sweden do not charge for infrastructure access, while the German system seeks full recovery of costs.The new legislation would allow for a limited menu of exemptions for extra charges. Track-owners would be allowed to charge an entry or subscription fee so long as this did not discriminate against newcomers and different prices could be established for different types of trains. The new proposals to be adopted by Commissioners next Wednesday (22 July) would allow “non-railway undertakings” to bid for the use of rail paths (time-slots when a train can use a particular section of railway infrastructure) and then contract a licensed rail company to operate the service.“Access, that is the right to operate trains, would remain with rail undertakings. But the right to acquire capacity would be extended to anyone who had a justified interest,” said an official.If the plan is approved by EU governments, a specialist transporter who wanted to shift cargo at a specified time every day could bid for the ‘slot’ and then invite the cheapest and most reliable offers from rail operators. City transport authorities keen to control departures and arrivals on a public service network could bid directly for a path. “They would become involved as players and could take on the incumbent rail operators,” said an official.Kinnock believes recent developments justify this move. The French and Belgian railways have formed a freight alliance, and are soon to be followed by the Italian and Swiss networks. Last month, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Deutsche Bahn surprised the markets by announcing the merger of their freight transport arms.This new transportation giant, to be named Rail Cargo Europe, aims to provide a seamless pan-European network for moving goods by cooperating with other rail companies, freight-forwarders, road haulage firms and barge transporters. “At the moment, the two companies have a monopoly in certain countries,” said a Commission source.The proposed directive also sets out rules for the companies which own and maintain rail infrastructure to charge operators for running on their tracks. In principle, says the Commission, prices charged for access to infrastructure should reflect the total costs of running the service, a system known as ‘marginal cost-pricing’. This latest proposal, coming hard on the heels of Kinnock’s campaign to open up 25% of the EU’s rail freight market over ten years, will anger French labour unions whose opposition to liberalisation helped bring down Alan Juppé’s centre-right government.“European railway companies are too fragile to engage in a fratricidal fight,” said Lucien Lecanu, international secretary of the Fédération CGT des Cheminots. “We are opposed to all modifications of the 1992 directive which are proposed by the Commission.”Kinnock believes the original, six-year-old legislation, which forces new freight companies to forge alliances with existing monopolies if they are to win access to national markets, has failed.
Nearly half of individuals dissatisfied with legal services do not complain, the Legal Services Consumer Panel says today.The figure of 44% is far higher than the 27% of disgruntled customers who fail to complain in the services sector overall.The panel, which identified the figure in its latest annual tracker survey, says this suggests barriers to complaining to law firms are ‘higher than for many other types of organisation’.The chair urged more efforts to ‘rebuild confidence in the sector’.However the survey also shows that overall levels of satisfaction with legal services are holding steady, at 79%. Levels of public trust are also up, with 43% of the public trusting lawyers to tell the truth, up from 42% last year. In this league lawyers rank behind doctors and teachers but marginally ahead of accountants and well ahead of bankers. Will-writing is the highest-rated market for client satisfaction – though the consumer panel points out that ‘consumers are poorly placed to assess the technical quality of work’. White people in more affluent social groups are more likely to trust lawyers than C2DEs and black and minority ethnic clients. The consumer panel says that public trust in professionals generally has fallen since 2011. Elisabeth Davies, the panel’s chair (pictured), said she hoped that this fall in confidence had now bottomed out – but that ‘this news doesn’t mask what is far from an ideal state of affairs’.She said the panel’s research shows a link between customer service failings and low trust in lawyers. ‘A relentless focus on transparency and good service would help to rebuild confidence in the sector and encourage more people to use legal services.’The survey data shows consumers are benefiting from increased competition in the sector, she said, but said access to justice would be threatened by ‘inequalities of trust and experience’.A Law Society spokesperson said: ‘Law is a contentious area and, for many complainants who are facing serious difficulties, is a distress purchase. The fact that there is 79% satisfaction with lawyers’ services in these circumstances is a tribute to thousands of dedicated lawyers providing high-quality services in their clients’ interests.’As with any service industry, there will be cases where things do not go right and the Law Society is keen to support solicitors to provide great service. In addition, the protections available to clients are unrivalled. All solicitors and firms have their own customer complaints procedures. These often solve problems without matters having to reach the SRA or Legal Ombudsman. All clients should be made of aware of these internal complaints procedures.’Consumers can be reassured that solicitors are highly regulated and insured and there is a compensation fund in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.’