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PM Holness Convenes First Social Intervention Committee Meeting

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Holness noted that community initiatives have already started in Mount Salem with the establishment of a special Back-to-School Fund. The establishment of the Committee follows the prime minister’s announcement of Mount Salem as the first Zone of Special Operations on Friday, September 1. Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (September 5) convened the first meeting of the Social Intervention Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday (September 5) convened the first meeting of the Social Intervention Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.Addressing the leadership and representatives of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies that will constitute the Social Intervention Committee, Prime Minister Holness said they must focus on community and peace building initiatives.“Crime is multi-dimensional; it is not just policing which is needed. Community building is needed as well. What the Zones of Special Operations (law) is designed to do is to bring the security element but also bring the community building element – the peace building element. That is what the Social Intervention Committee is about,” he explained.The establishment of the Committee follows the prime minister’s announcement of Mount Salem as the first Zone of Special Operations on Friday, September 1.The Zones of Special Operations Act stipulates that a Social Intervention Committee must be established within five (5) working days of the declaration of the Zone.Highlighting the importance of the Zones of Special Operations, the prime minister said, “This is a well-organized strategy which will yield great results. I was there on Sunday (Mount Salem), we toured and the people on the ground are happy and they have expectations. What we are going to do is continue to build the confidence of the people in the area and continue to engage them,” he added.Prime Minister Holness noted that community initiatives have already started in Mount Salem with the establishment of a special Back-to-School Fund.The next early intervention initiative will be a Community Services Fair, to be spearheaded by the Social Intervention Committee. This multi-agency response will take place this weekend, September 9-10 with a wide array of services including civil registration, health and social protection, employment and skills training.Omar Sweeny is Deputy Chair of the Committee. Other committee members will be confirmed in short order.last_img read more

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Gov’t Providing $100M for High School Tourism Certification Programme

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for employment in the sector, while emphasising that “training is a key part of the human capital development programme for the Ministry”. Story Highlights The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry. Mr. Bartlett also highlighted the human resource development programme being undertaken at the recently established Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which graduated 150 students three weeks ago. The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for employment in the sector, while emphasising that “training is a key part of the human capital development programme for the Ministry”.He was speaking during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8).Mr. Bartlett also highlighted the human resource development programme being undertaken at the recently established Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which graduated 150 students three weeks ago.The institute trains and certifies persons with the requisite qualifications that will enable them to secure employment anywhere in the world.Mr. Bartlett said this is a significant turning point in engendering professionalism in the industry and augmenting labour market reform.The JCTI is an assessment institution that provides specialist education tailored to improve competitiveness and employment opportunities in the tourism sector. Target areas include hospitality, culinary arts, and management.Its programmes, which include a partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), are expected to certify more than 8,000 people over the next five years.Mr. Bartlett also informed that the labour market is being reviewed in a bid to create better workers and enhance the work environment, thereby facilitating fair and decent work for all that results in improved productivity, among other positive outcomes.last_img read more

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Delos Shipping Linked to Order of Up to 12 VLECs

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license US investment banking and principal investment firm Delos Shipping has been linked to an order of up to twelve very large ethane carriers (VLECs).According to data provided by Asiasis, the company ordered the units from two South Korean shipbuilding majors, Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.Delos Shipping reportedly placed firm orders for three ships at each shipyard, along with three options attached to each contract.The units are scheduled to be handed over to their owner starting from the second half of 2020.Asiasis added that the units would feature 93,000 cbm. Although the price of the vessels was not unveiled, it is understood that the shipbuilding deals could be worth up to USD 1.5 billion.The shipbuilding order is reportedly the same one revealed earlier this week by Samsung Heavy. Namely, the shipbuilder said that it won a deal for the construction of three special-purpose ships with a value of KRW 415.7 billion (USD 371.5 million) from an undisclosed North American shipowner.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more