Usain Bolt’s foundation joins forces with IAAF programme

Athletics superstar Usain Bolt has announced that his foundation is to join forces with Athletics for a Better World, a programme of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Athletics for a Better World provides organisations and people with a platform to use athletics to make a positive difference around the world, reports CMC.

As part of the programme, the Usain Bolt Foundation will be able to use the IAAF’s global reach, marketing channels and sporting credibility to spread their message and reach more young people than ever before.

“I am very proud that the Usain Bolt Foundation is officially partnered with the IAAF’s ‘Athletics for a Better World’,” said Bolt, world and Olympic 100 metre, 200m and 4x100m champion, on Saturday.

“Since the foundation was formed, we have worked very hard to inspire kids to become anything that their heart desires. So to be given this accolade by the IAAF is a reward for all the hard work, and a great opportunity for us to develop the foundation further and inspire more young people around the world”.

Bolt will also add his name to the 12 athlete patrons currently involved in the campaign who include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marie-Jose Perec, Paula Radcliffe and Wilson Kipketer.

The Usain Bolt Foundation has invested millions of dollars, particularly in Jamaica, into community development projects that enhance the health and education of the young people involved.

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Damian Whylie Pt.2| Shares On Leadership, Gender Equality in IT, Managing Millennials & More…

Damian Whylie
Damian Whylie

In this post we continue with Part 2 of our feature interview with Damian Whylie, Head- Technology Infrastructure, JPS as he shares on leadership, gender equality in IT and more.

PANACHE: What’s the biggest myth in business that you have discovered?

DW: Hmm, the biggest myth in business is that a leader knows everything. The notion that the person that leads you has all the answers is crazy. I believe that we are all leaders and in everything you do- you should own it. I used to have a boss that whenever she was making a decision, she would say to me, “If you were building your house, would this be the way that you’d spend your money?” At first my response was, “What the heck does this have to do with my house?” But over time I understood what she was saying; if you had a vested interest and your hard earned money in the project, would your current approach be the best option? Are you getting the best price and value for the decisions you have made? If you operate with that mindset- more times than not, you’ll make the right decision.

Leaders lead and they encourage. They are empathetic, they are strong and decisive. And it’s not always about leading from the front. For example, if a team were to lift this table, would the leader be lifting it with you? If he/she does that, then that is a true leader- someone who is truly a part of the team. And the team members will know that when things get rough their captain will be in the trenches with them. I have had a couple of great leaders.

PANACHE: Are you a great leader?

DW: I am a work in progress and that is the most honest answer I can give you.

PANACHE: We like that answer…So what advice do you have for millennials entering or already in the workforce? And a millennial is typically described as a person who reached young adulthood around the year 2000 and thereafter.

DW: (Laughs) Millennials… first you have to understand the mindset of a millennial. A millennial is anyone who came after the Generation X-ers and Y-ers and I am deliberately not putting an age limit. Generation X-ers believe if I work hard and work long enough I’ll get there and Generation Y-ers say if I get educated and do the time, eventually I will succeed. Millennials don’t believe in any of those things- they are from the instant coffee, instant oatmeal, instant everything era. They are the Facebook and Instagram generation where everything happens for them now. If I were to give them advice it would be- Be Patient.

Yes, you went to school and you have a degree in management- but that doesn’t entitle you to anything. Also you cannot come out and decide that at the first sight of a challenge you’re going to run in the opposite direction, which is what I have discovered with millennials that I have worked with. Show some “stick-to-it-tivity”. Once you do that and it doesn’t work, then you move on.

The challenge with millennials lies in connecting with them because they see life in a very different way from the typical employee. No, I don’t like that word “employee”, let’s say team member. And because millennials see the world differently, the constructs and boundaries that you could use to motivate a non-millennial is not there. For example, they have no problem with going back home- if they don’t like the work they just leave because bread and butter is not necessary. They’ll say: “I can go back to my parent’s house”. So motivating somebody with that outlook is very difficult- extremely difficult. You need to constantly challenge millennials or they get bored. Bear in mind though, in the right frame work it can be hugely beneficial because they challenge things. They are a source of constant innovation but this has to take place within a structure, without telling them its structure (Laughs). They don’t like structure, they don’t like boundaries, and they don’t like being told what they can’t do- which is great! However, sometimes you really can’t do it as you wish, so the more routine or structured the environment the more difficult it is to manage them.

So my advice to millennials is before you start having a short fuse… learn your craft and hone your skill. Whatever it is, take a year, two years or five years to hone your skill- but learn it well. It’s one thing to come into a system and criticize it. However, if you cannot offer any solution- be quiet, because in that moment you are adding no value.

PANACHE: Thank you for that, it should prove useful for millennials and their managers alike. So would you say that Jamaica is keeping up in the area of technology?

DW: No, we haven’t been able to capitalize nearly enough in this area. Jamaica is an extremely resource rich country in all its aspects but its greatest resource is its people. A great business for us to be in, is the export of labour. We have some phenomenal people here and I am not just talking about Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce. Take for example, the linemen at my present company, JPS. These linemen are ‘poached’ on a yearly basis by firms from Canada because they are among the best in the world. So within reason, we should be much further along the technology totem pole than we are right now. Nevertheless, I think we’re better than many of our Caribbean counterparts and the ones that we aren’t ahead of – it is not an apples and apples comparison. Our internet penetration is deepening as a result of the proliferation of mobile technology, but then one could argue that neither of our mobile carriers are doing nearly enough to deepen and widen the bandwidth requirements needed.

PANACHE: What do you think is the next big thing?

DW: Not Samsung (Laughs), no I’m kidding.

PANACHE: Watch it Sir, it’s a Samsung Note that’s recording this interview. (Smiles)

DW: Hmm, the next big thing… has already happened. I think a lot of people mistake evolution for revolution.

PANACHE: That’s an interesting statement. Do explain further…

DW: Yes, people mistake evolution for revolution especially when it comes to technology. The iPad was a revolutionary product. Mobile access was revolutionary but since then everything else has kind of evolved (just been an incremental step). The tablet didn’t start with Apple. Microsoft had the first tablet- so one could argue it wasn’t revolutionary it was just evolution. People often times misinterpret the next iteration of something for the next big thing.

However, I will say the next big thing is where we use technology as a service. That is, you don’t need to own the means of technology to use it. You will see technology becoming like electricity, gas or telephone- you’ll simply get a bill at the end of the month and you pay for what you use. That’s it. Now that would be a revolution, especially within the local landscape. When this happens for technology- I believe that’s the next BIG THING.

PANACHE: Lastly, what’s the best way to address the gender gap in information technology (IT)?

DW: Okay, more men work in IT than women. Even Google, one of the best places to work, has undertaken an extensive programme to improve diversity in the workplace. So how do you address this gender issue? Spend more time encouraging girls from the onset because you can’t seek to fix it at the university stage. That’s like a bandaid approach to a hemorrhage- you have to start early. We need to encourage our girls to go into robotics, do mathematics, pursue engineering, get dirty- and let them know it’s OKAY to get physical.

The focus has to be on increasing interest and awareness of the IT professions. Parents play a key role in this, they need to encourage their kids. I grew up in a time where you either wanted to be a lawyer, doctor, engineer, teacher, policeman or a banker and so you were channeled into one of those areas. Unfortunately today, there are only three of those that are still of value- sorry to say.

So you have to start with the foundation from the primary level and high school. We need to host competitions and sponsor more girls in technology scholarships too.We need to open the doors early.

So let’s not just say IT is predominantly male and that’s just the way it is. I reject that notion because you can only choose from the pool of talent you have. And right now, the pool of talent does not include very many women – so we need to start at the foundation. And I will say the two ladies I happen to work with are among the brightest women I have ever worked with- not only in technology but generally. The cream always rises to the top.

So if right now we are faced with numbers of 20% of women in IT let’s set targets of reaching 40% or 60% in a set time frame and put the plans in place to make it happen. The only way to get more people in it is to qualify more people- so that they can be in the pool too.

I can tell you that one of my daughters is mechanically inclined- she loves to build and fix things. As her Dad, I am not going to hinder that and tell her do something else. Girls can do anything they want to do. Women are the stronger sex and medically speaking that’s a fact. Men die an average 15 years earlier (Laughs).

At the end of the day though, I expect the tech landscape to look significantly different within the next ten years. |P|

Have a comment or thoughts to share? Connect with Damian Whylie on LinkedIn.

7 Ways To Not Flush Your Money (Down The Toilet)

As entrepreneurs we are encouraged to make mistakes, to fail over and over.  Poor financial management is one such mistake that is ever so often made by startup, medium and even large companies.  There are several pitfalls we need to avoid.

1. More work does not necessary mean more staff.

We often anticipate that additional staff will be required if we receive contracts, so the natural urge is to increase staffing, but obtaining contracts is not putting money in the bank until we have actually received payments. Therefore, make plans to increase human resource prior to getting the contract if necessary. Do not get carried away don’t hire until the money is real. Have current staffs multitask and place them in areas where they can be more productive, before adding more staff.

2. Borrowing for non-revenue generating reasons.

Banks are in the business to lend money and collect interest which can add huge burdens to your business. Do not borrow to repay credits or service loans unless it is refinancing and the rates are lower. Borrow only what you can afford to repay and what will be used to generate revenue.

3. Not paying taxes on time.

This is a huge mistake that most, if not all businesses make. When we pay taxes late we incur penalties and interests that must be paid, this is money that could be used elsewhere. When we take on staff it is our responsibility to deduct taxes from their salaries and pay over to the government and when we charge general consumption tax (GCT) we are also liable to pay over the GCT to the government. Companies act as agencies for the government. The problem now is that the taxes from employees and the GCT collected are all lodged to the same bank account, where operational expenses are paid from, and this may lead to the government’s money being used up. The solution is to maintain two separate accounts. One for the taxes collected and the other for operational expenses. Another solution is to use an outsource accounting firm that will give the liability its due attention.

4.Pricing.

Businesses in their infant stage tend to lower their prices to differentiate their offerings. Some manufacturing companies have little knowledge of costing, and so end up losing, because the cost of production is higher than the final output. Hire a cost accountant to price the product correctly, spend time to develop your product or service so that you can command higher prices. If you price low at the start and then increase as you grow you will lose your early customers. Build and protect your brand by pricing at a decent margin and maintain and build customers.

5. Accounts receivable.

Offering credit to customers is bad for business because it ties up your cash flow which could be used to pay bills or salaries. You are not a bank. Giving credit is not your business, more often businesses fail because they cannot collect receivable and manage cash. Offer credit only when you can afford to do so and in most cases businesses rarely can accommodate that. If you do offer credit have repayment conditions in place such as reward for early repayment.

6. One major customer.

Ever heard the saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” that is exactly what one major customer is… it’s a disaster. You should look at your revenue as if it was a portfolio. You shouldn’t have all or a majority of your income coming from one or a few sources. Build alternative sources of revenue so that if your major revenue streams get cut off the business can continue.

7. Budgeting, overheads investing in too much assets.

Running a business or even your personal life blind folded is dangerous. Spending and not keeping track of your expenses can lead to bankruptcy or business closure. Avoid investing in too much assets all at once. Do monthly, yearly or even weekly budgeting. Look at what you are spending, align them with your revenue and make comparison with prior periods, cut unnecessary costs as they are identified. Financial management system enables you to accomplish important big picture and daily financial objectives. A good financial management system helps you become a better business owner and individual as you are able to make better financial decisions. |P|

Cyreca McGaw
Cyreca McGaw

Taste of India… Ocho Rios’ New Found Indian Jewel

Take that journey up the winding staircase of one of Ocho Rios’ busiest shopping district at Soni’s Plaza and what will you find? So much more than a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Ocho Rios Bay Beach and Main Street. You will discover a beautiful Indian gem known as the “Taste of India”.Who are we? We are an Indian bistro and bar providing exotic, authentic Indian cuisine, the product of three passionate Indian chefs hailing from north and south India. Together they can whip up a table of the most desi-delicious dishes to sate the appetite of Indian food lovers and individuals just excited to try something new! Complementing our delightful chefs is a team of vibrant professionals that will serve you in a way that will leave you in awe.

The exotic menu features a rich mixture of south Indian and Tandoori cuisine but we can’t explain enough the importance of coming to try our Head Chef Prabhakar’s world class Briyani specialty. Not a briyani fan? Chef Rakesh will definitely leave you drooling for more of his specially made Butter Chicken. Bread anyone? Chef Shaaghi never fails with his Butter Garlic Naan and Roti.

Come to Ocho Rios and dine with us! From the rich ambiance to the excellent food and warm inviting service- we guarantee it will be nothing more than a second, a third, a fourth visit…until “Hey, there regular customer!”

Taste of India also provides specials for business groups, a service we call the Lunch Box Club. Membership
will offer you a variety of lunch specials at discounted prices. Also, be sure to drop in every last Sunday for our FUN FAMILY FOOD Sunday Buffet.

So next time you’re in Ocho Rios- Be sure to stop by and enjoy your Taste of India! |P|

When Should I Have Sex? 7 Dos & Don’ts For Honoring Your Own Desire

By Vanessa Marin, Lifestyle, Bustle |Source: http://www.bustle.com/

We’re always hearing that we could be having better sex, a better orgasm, or a better relationship. But how often do we hear the nitty-gritty of how we can actually better understand our deepest desires and most embarrassing questions? Bustle has enlisted Vanessa Marin, a sex therapist, to help us out with the details. No gender, sexual orientation, or question is off limits, and all questions will remain anonymous. Please send your sex and relationship inquiries to tips@bustle.com. Now, onto today’s topic: when you should say “yes” and “no” to sex in a relationship.

Q: My boyfriend wants sex a lot more than I do. He doesn’t exactly pressure me to have sex, but when it’s been a few days, I can tell that he starts feeling irritable. He’ll drop little hints, like asking me what’s wrong and why my sex drive is so low. His attitude makes me feel pressured, but I’m not sure if I’m being oversensitive. I basically want to know when I should say yes to sex, and when it’s OK to say no.

A: Thanks for your question! It’s always tricky to manage mismatched sex drives in a relationship, and it sure doesn’t help when your partner is making unhelpful remarks about your sex drive. Let’s mix things up this week by talking about the Do’s and Don’ts of saying “yes” or “no” to sex in a relationship.

Do: Honor Your Own Desires

Let’s jump right into my single most important piece of advice — it’s always OK to say no. Always! It’s your body, and you get to choose what does and doesn’t feel right to you. If you don’t want to have sex, you shouldn’t force yourself to do it. Neither should your partner. It’s crucial to talk about this issue because there are definitely situations where these types of dynamics can border on (or even fully cross over into) abuse.

If the thought of turning down sex makes you feel nervous, you may want to try practicing beforehand. Test out a few ways of saying “no,” and find the words that feel most natural to you. Some examples include, “I want to connect with you, but I’m not feeling like having sex right now” or “I’m not feeling in the mood for sex, but is there something else we could do?”

Don’t: Let Your Partner Get Away With Being Passive-Aggressive

Your boyfriend is being immature by pouting and trying to make you feel guilty about not desiring sex as often as he does. You don’t want to reinforce his behaviors by giving into him when he’s pressuring you. Tell him that you want to have a sex life where both of you feel fulfilled, but that his comments aren’t very kind. Let him know the reaction that it stirs up for you.

Do: Ask Your Partner To Be More Direct With Their Initiations

This pattern that you’re describing is one that happens quite frequently in relationships. Usually the partner with the higher sex drive starts to feel rejected, and tries to initiate sex without really initiating. It’s hard to directly ask for sex, because it puts you in the vulnerable position of potentially hearing “no” in response. But by sulking and not expressing his wants, he’s only adding more pressure to an already tense situation.

Tell him, “I’m not always clear when you are or aren’t wanting sex, so then I don’t really know how to respond. Can we both try to be more direct?”

Don’t: Think There’s Anything Wrong With You

You said your boyfriend keeps asking you why your sex drive is “so low,” so I want to remind you that there is no “right” or “wrong” sex drive. We all have different levels of desire, and we should respect what our bodies are telling us. Your sex drive may be lower than his, but that doesn’t make it something you need to “fix”. This is important, so let me repeat it again: there is nothing wrong with you!

Do: Talk About Both Of Your Expectations For Your Sex Life

It sounds like you haven’t had many open conversations about what you each want out of your sexual relationship. Not being clear on your expectations only serves to create more tension. Is he just getting grumpy every once in a while, or could this potentially be a sexual compatibility issue?

Ask him, “what level of sexual frequency feels healthy for you?” Share your own answer with him, and try to have an honest conversation about the level of compatibility between the two of you.

Do: Consider Occasional Maintenance Sex

There are going to be times where you know without a doubt that you’re not interested in sex, and there are going to be times where you feel pretty neutral. Your question cuts to the heart of one of the main issues that comes up in relationships — how much to compromise. Compromise is just a natural part of relationships. We do it because we care about our partner’s needs and we are willing to show them as much consideration as we show ourselves.

I’m being tough on your boyfriend, but I’m hoping that once the two of you talk openly, he’ll take a more mature approach to initiating sex. If your partner’s desires are important to you, there may be times where you feel totally fine having maintenance sex, even if you’re not particularly in the mood. There may even be times where it feels good to take care of your boyfriend in this way, or when you feel not in the mood, but feel open to seeing if foreplay would get you there.

The key is that you’re making an active decision here, not caving in to sexual coercion. Maintenance sex shouldn’t happen at times where your boyfriend is being pouty or pressuring, and you should never feel badly about changing your mind and saying no at any point during sex.

Don’t: Stay In A Relationship Where You’re Not Sexually Compatible

If it feels like you and your boyfriend are arguing about sex more often than enjoying having it, it may be time to move on. Sexual compatibility can — and should — be a deal-breaker in a relationship.

Like I said before, I’m not sure how intensely your boyfriend is pressuring you, but if it ever feels like he’s displaying a lack of respect or bordering on emotional abuse, you absolutely should end the relationship.

Introducing Chantelle Fraser

Chantelle Fraser, star of Bravo TV’s hit reality show (2.5 million viewers), Blood Sweat and Heels, was born and raised in England to Jamaican parents. She is an entertainment entrepreneur and a graduate of the London School of Economics. In 2006, Chantelle founded Flawless NYC, a successful promotional company that is the go-to agency for booking entertainment and talent for high-end events and prestigious brands.

Chantelle is a fashion lover who enjoys the finer things in life and prides herself on being completely self-sufficient. A proud practicing vegan, Chantelle is passionate about healthy living and fitness, a lover of animals (especially her Westie, Milkshake) and an avid supporter of pet adoption and the anti-fur movement. In this issue we caught up with Chantelle for a quick one-on-one to get to know more on this mogul in the making:

What is your motto?
Always face your fears, because fear is the number one saboteur of success.

What is your favourite occupation?
I am doing it! I own and operate a promotional modeling and entertainment company, we book models and unique entertainment for luxury events, it’s very exciting and dynamic. I would also love to do more TV work and would relish having my own talk show, I think I would make a good host!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Keeping my business afloat for nine years, without any financial backing, and getting through the recession in New York city, one of the most expensive and difficult cities in the world.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My hands definitely – they are so dry.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Pride. I think pride is mainly ego driven and can really hold a person back I think it’s often rooted in fear and many people let pride get in the way of their happiness or success – that’s why I think that it is overrated.

What is the trait you most despise in others?
Narcissism. People who are self-absorbed and only think and talk about themselves. It is a real turn off for me.

What is your greatest fear?
Being mediocre. My aim in life is to be the best version of myself. This is a journey I am constantly learning and trying to do things better than I did before- I am committed to this. I have recently started a new website called flawless-living.com which is focused on self development in the areas of health & fitness, beauty, lifestyle, self and everything else in between.

Which business leader do you admire most?
Even though she is not alive I really admire Madam CJ Walker, she was the daughter of a slave and a washer woman. Despite being a woman and Black in a time of extreme prejudice and racism, she became the first self made female of any race in America. She never let her circumstances dictate her success and I think this is very admirable.

Any final thoughts?
Yes I am so happy to be so well embraced by the Jamaican people. It’s great to get the support especially as a member of the Jamaican Diaspora. I am trying hard to represent as best I can. |P|