Press release: UK issues call for proposals for Business Innovation Challenge

first_img More than 70 per cent of Kenyans are under the age of 30, and we know that job opportunities are a priority for them. This fund will harness the innovation and energy of Kenya’s entrepreneurs to spur job creation and support our mutual prosperity – and I am delighted that it will provide opportunities for marginalised groups, such as people with disabilities. The UK government has issued a call for proposals for a Business Innovation Challenge, under its new 4-year Kenya catalytic jobs fund.The Business Innovation Challenge seeks proposals from enterprises who are developing innovative solutions to create jobs, especially for Kenya’s youth. Up to 5 successful enterprises will receive grant funding and technical assistance worth up to KSH 13 million (£100,000) each. The call for proposals targets initiatives that are innovative, scalable, sustainable and which can demonstrate substantial impact. The Challenge is focused on three broad areas: agriculture and manufacturing, the informal sector, and people in marginalised groups and areas. Shortlisted applicants will present their innovations at a pitch event in front of a panel of expert judges.The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is a KSH 650 million (£5 million) 4-year programme, which will test and support innovations with the potential to stimulate large-scale job creation. The new Fund was announced by British Prime Minister, Theresa May, during her visit to Kenya in August 2018 as part of a package of announcements aimed at supporting Kenya’s young people to achieve their goals.Speaking about the Kenya Catalytic Job Fund, the British High Commissioner, His Excellency Nic Hailey said: The call for proposals for the Business Innovation Challenge will close on Monday 8 April 2019 at 11:59 pm EAT. To enter the Business Innovation Challenge, applicants must submit the online application form found at the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund website. The Business Innovation Challenge will be implemented by Mercy Corps as part of the fund’s pilot phase.Further information The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced a package of new initiatives to support African youth during her visit to the continent last year. This included a number of new initiatives in Kenya. For more information, see press release. In 2018, the UK Department for International Development and the British Council co-funded the Next Generation Kenya research which aimed to understand youth attitudes and aspirations, amplify youth voices and, in turn, make a contribution towards improved youth policy. The report found that Kenyan youth are passionate about their country and are eager to contribute to its future, but highlighted job creation as an area of concern. See the 2018 Next Generation Report. The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund will focus on creating jobs for young people, including marginalised groups. Disability inclusion is a priority for the UK Government. Following the UK and Kenya government co-hosted Global Disability Summit in 2018, governments, including Kenya, made commitments to fully value the contribution people with disabilities can make to the success of their nations. You can see a full list of the commitments including Kenya, made at the Summit.last_img read more

Sierra Boggess on Exiting School of Rock for Phantom

first_img School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Star Files In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway fave Sierra Boggess is saying farewell to the halls of School of Rock’s prestigious prep school Horace Green to once again step into the Paris Opera House as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera—only this time, she will literally be in Paris. Yes, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Angel of Music is swapping one of his hit shows for another. Before Boggess hears the final bell at School of Rock on August 8, we asked her to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us what she’ll miss about being part of the faculty.How did you feel when you first got this job?So excited to get to originate such a different type of character than I have played before!How do you feel now that you’re leaving?Bittersweet. I’m excited for the next phase but sad to leave this group of people.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Joyful, renewed, inspired.What was the easiest thing about this job?Coming to work! There is so much joy on that stage—it is fun to be around.What was the hardest thing?When any of the kids got too big and had to leave. That sucked.  What was the highlight of your time at this job? The kids. Hands down. Doing a show with this many children and being reminded that joy is our birthright.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? A balance of openness offstage and sternness onstage!What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Be sure to take time to enjoy the process.How do you think you’ve grown?I feel inspired and rejuvenated.Why are you leaving?I am about to sing all in French my favorite role of all time, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Paris! What will you miss the most?The people. Always, the people. Sierra Boggess(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Matthew Murphy)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Shows Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Jordan Ayew smashes window during Crystal Palace training session [PHOTOS]

first_imgBlack Stars forward, Jordan Ayew, may be finding the target consistently in the Premier League for Crystal Palace but in training, his aim has been a little wayward.At the end of a recent training session, Jordan took aim and fired.The effort was way off its intended target, unless the target was a helpless glass window, which promptly shattered.This drew some laughter from his teammates and Palace staff who documented the ‘crime’ by taking photos.To his credit, Jordan immediately claimed responsibility, rising his hands and the players made their way off the pitch.Palace posted the incident on YouTube as part of their ‘CCTV’ series.Find Jordan’s glass-shattering moment at 3:34 in the video below:last_img