Labour Force Being Equipped With In-Demand Skills

first_imgStory Highlights As such, he said that strategic partnerships have been forged with the Jamaica Manufacturing Association (JMA) and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) to aid in the setting up of a Sector Skills Council. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government is working to ensure that the local labour force is equipped with the skills that are demanded by investors.As such, he said that strategic partnerships have been forged with the Jamaica Manufacturing Association (JMA) and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) to aid in the setting up of a Sector Skills Council.Mr. Vaz said that establishment of the body is part of recommendations arising from the Labour Market Forum held in April through contribution from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).He informed that apprenticeship programmes will be created with support from the private sector “to address skill gaps experienced by employers (which) will lead to greater employment”.Mr. Vaz was speaking at the official opening of Honey Bun Limited’s new US$1-million warehouse facility, at its Retirement Crescent headquarters in Kingston on May 3.He said that the Government is continuing its pursuit of policies that will boost job creation and economic growth.“These policies are (already) bearing fruit as unemployment continues to trend downwards. In January this year, the unemployment rate was 9.6 per cent, the lowest it has been for at least a decade. This figure represents a decrease of 3.1 per cent when compared to 12.7 per cent in 2017,” he indicated.Minister Vaz commended Honey Bun on the new facility, which, he said, “signals the confidence of the private sector in the economy”.The 11,500 square-foot space, built on the site of the former studio of veteran Reggae Producer, Joe Gibbs, will enable Honey Bun to increase production and exports as well as boost employment by 100 persons.Honey Bun Executive Chairman, Herbert Chong, said that the new warehouse will enable the company to operate at maximum capacity “utilising every inch of space in the most effective way”.It has been named in honour of the company’s late non-executive Board member and mentor to the Board, Sushil Jain.Founded in 1982, Honey Bun is the fastest-growing wholesale bakery in Jamaica, specialising in producing packaged pastries and baked snacks.It is the first Jamaican bakery to be Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)-certified, and became publicly listed on the Jamaica Junior Stock Market in 2011.Mr. Chong said that through the junior market the company has been able to realise “many of its accomplishments”. Mr. Vaz said that establishment of the body is part of recommendations arising from the Labour Market Forum held in April through contribution from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says the Government is working to ensure that the local labour force is equipped with the skills that are demanded by investors.last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin Calls On Government To Shut Down Cherokee Bear Zoo

first_imgIn a letter sent this week on behalf of PETA, actor Alec Baldwin is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban bear pits.Addressing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Baldwin notes that while bears in the wild spend their time exploring diverse terrain, foraging for food, and digging in soft earth, captive bears are confined to cramped and barren concrete pits, which can lead to psychological distress, arthritis, pressure sores, and other painful, debilitating conditions.The actor writes, “Animal advocates like me depend on the USDA to protect animals who are used for entertainment from lives of deprivation, pain, and abuse …. I’m writing to you today to ask that the USDA recognize the cruelty and danger inherent in bear pits and ban this archaic form of confinement without delay.”Baldwin is also urging families to stay away from roadside zoos this summer in a new video for PETA: “People talk about the right to bear arms. After seeing this video, you might want to push for the right to arm bears.” The video, available here, goes on to show some of the several hundred bears who are displayed across the U.S. in tiny cages and barren pits, where they have little to do but pace in circles, beg for food from tourists, and break their teeth by gnawing on cage bars.“As long as well-meaning people continue to go to roadside zoos and shows, the bears will continue to suffer,” concludes Baldwin in the video. “The most important action that you can take for captive bears is simply to stop supporting their abuse: Please, steer clear of roadside zoos, bear pits, and fairs where they are forced to perform.”To date, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” — has rescued more than 50 captive bears, including Fifi, a Syrian brown bear who spent more than 30 years in a barren cage at a ramshackle roadside zoo, and transferred them to reputable sanctuaries.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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Presidential hopeful Yang becomes the crypto candidate

first_img Presidential candidate Andrew Yang talks geo-engineering,… Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: What the heck is blockchain? Blockchain Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Donald Trump 12:10 Cryptocurrencies are far more complicated than the rise and fall of bitcoin. People have mostly treated them as assets to invest or speculate in. Cryptocurrencies can also serve a purpose similar to plain old money used to buy and sell things, or to store value.The accounting mechanism behind cryptocurrencies, called blockchain, can be used for all sorts of record keeping, like the sale of houses or the tracking of inventory. “The blockchain has vast potential,” Yang wrote.Yang: Not every crypto asset is a securityYang argues that US regulations must differentiate between cryptocurrencies used as money and cryptocurrencies used as securities, like company stock, that you can invest in. He also calls for consumer protections for cryptocurrency transactions, as well as simpler tax rules for buying and selling digital assets.Today, the IRS treats cryptocurrency largely as a security. If you buy some cryptocurrency and it rises in value, you have to pay tax on any profits you make when you sell it. That tax treatment is at odds with the idea that cryptocurrency can function as money. 1:49 Andrew Yang, son of an IBM researcher and university systems administrator, is a techno-savvy candidate for president. What’s with the MATH hat? He told CNBC: “One of my supporters said something to me — that the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.” Alex Wong/Getty Images Cryptocurrency is now an official issue in the US presidential election.You’re probably most familiar with cryptocurrency by way of bitcoin, which soared in value in 2017 then mostly collapsed in 2018. But the technology spreads far beyond that, and presidential candidate Andrew Yang says now’s the time for clearer government rules to encourage its development in the US.Yang, a tech entrepreneur and now one of at least 18 Democratic challengers to Donald Trump, is far from the frontrunner for an election that’s still a year and a half away. But the fact that he’s weighing in at all shows that cryptocurrency and related technology, like blockchain, isn’t just an obsession of crypto-anarchists who want a high-tech alternative to a safe full of Krugerrands.If Yang gets his way, cryptocurrencies could become more useful and move beyond early problems like initial coin offering (ICO) scams and criminal payment uses. Maybe they’ll even be something you use in your daily life.Today’s rules, including federal and some state laws, have had “a chilling effect on the US digital asset market,” and laws haven’t kept up with cryptocurrency developments, Yang said in policy paper published Thursday. “Uncertainty in what regulatory framework will develop is causing US investment in the area to lag behind the investment of other countries.” Politics Tech Industry 3 Though Yang shows a certain enthusiasm for cryptocurrency issues, at least compared with his Democratic rivals, that doesn’t mean everybody in the cryptocurrency world is a fan. One person’s clear regulation and consumer protection is another person’s government meddling.For example, one person in Reddit’s cryptocurrency forum assessed Yang’s cryptocurrency proposal as an effort to “tax it to oblivion” and require us to report all past and current cryptocurrency holdings to the IRS.Andrew Yang, cryptocurrency candidateYang had already staked out a claim as the cryptocurrency candidate in his 2018 announcement, in which he said he’d accept donations in bitcoin, ether and other cryptocurrencies. The process isn’t simple, though, and requires “a 15-minute phone call with a member of the compliance team.”Meanwhile, Yang also would like to see the US get rid of a financial instrument he sees as obsolete: the penny.Andrew YangYang during an interview at CNET in March. Jesse Orrall/CNET “It costs more to make a penny than it is worth,” which means taxpayers have to pay $70 million a year, Yang argues. “Getting rid of them will save us money and time. Good for the environment too.”Yang, the son of an IBM researcher and university systems administrator, is a techno-savvy candidate. In an interview at CNET in March, Yang discussed everything from drones to deplatforming people on social media to Trump’s Space Force. Among other technology related stances in his policy positions, Yang wants to:Create a Department of Technology to regulate AI from its headquarters in Silicon Valley.Pay all adults $1,000 a month in a universal basic income designed to “prevent the massive disruption” that’s coming as technology like AI automates people’s jobs.Restore net neutrality through FCC oversight of internet service providers.Shift to new security algorithms that quantum computers can’t crack and research those potentially radical machines to “develop our own systems ahead of our geopolitical rivals.”Modernize the US electrical grid, with smart meters in houses and tariffs to encourage renewable energy.Pay for body cameras on all police officers.Move to a value-added tax system, common in other countries, which Yang believes will function better as technology automates today’s jobs.Combat climate change by investing in technology to capture carbon dioxide and geoengineering, such as attempts to have the atmosphere reflect more of the sun’s energy back into space. He also is in favor of nuclear energy.Invest in more technology to monitor border security.Appoint a news ombudsman to find and banish fraudulent accounts on social media in order to curb misinformation and foreign intervention in elections.It’ll be difficult to finding political consensus on any of those issues, much less to win an election on them. But as the digital revolution spreads to every corner of our lives, expect more politicians to acquire Yang’s taste for tech.last_img read more

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Chokhani murder case Kishan Yadav acquitted of all charges

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore Court on Friday acquitted domestic help Kishan Yadav in connection with the murder of 54-year-old Usha Chokhani on March 16, 2008. The elderly lady, who used to live alone in her apartment at Mandevilla Gardens under Gariahat police station area, was found murdered with a pair of scissors piercing her throat and a deep wound on her neck.”After nine years of prolonged custody trial, 17th Additional District and Session Judge Subhasish Ghosal of Alipore Judges Court acquitted Yadav of all charges as police could not produce enough evidence to prove hi involvement in the crime,” Subhamoy Samaddar, the counsel for Yadav said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere were as many as 31 witnesses who had deposed before the court during the trial. The anti homicide squad of the detective department of Kolkata Police had arrested Yadav in January 2009 nearly a year after the murder of the victim from Bengaluru. He had been in judicial custody since March 2009 and was not granted bail even for once.The sleuths pleaded before the court that Chokhani’s murder was ‘for gain’, however, the only thing that went missing from the apartment was a piece of gold earring. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedA watch, a ring and an earring were found intact on Usha’s body when police recovered it from the drawing room of her third-floored apartment. Sammadar, counsel for the accused pleaded before the court that the elderly lady’s was killed due to family dispute. “She lived alone while her two sons, Bharat and Nikhil, lived with their father Atmaram Chokhani in Ballygunge Place. The lady was looked after by a number of domestic helps. Moreover, nothing went missing from the house. The earring that was primarily found missing was also recovered from the apartment itself during the course of investigation. There were as many as 26 injury marks on the body that makes it clear that it was an act of vengeance and not for gain,” he reasoned. Her daughter Ruchi Sabetia lives in Delhi. It may be mentioned that the victim lady had hired Kishan, a resident of Banka in Bihar, only 10 days before the murder on the recommendation of an employee of a neighbourhood tea stall.last_img read more

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Traffic movement unhindered in city despite PMs rally

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement in the city was more or less normal with the Kolkata Police making arrangements in advance to restore normalcy in traffic, keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground. “The movement of goods vehicles in the city from 12 noon to 8 pm, along with some restrictions in parking in and around the meeting venue augured well for us and traffic flow was more or less normal,” a senior police officer of the Traffic department of Kolkata Police said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe police did not allow any sort of parking in and around Victoria Memorial, Kidderpore Road, Hospital Road, Queens way, Cathedral Road, Casuarina Avenue and Lovers Lane. Senior officials of Kolkata Police were on the road and made necessary diversions as and when required. Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma had instructed the traffic wing to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that common people are not inconvenienced by any means.last_img read more

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These Siblings Want to Open Up the Movie Theater Experience to NonEnglish

first_img 3 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer December 7, 2016center_img Listen Now For many families, especially during this time of year, going to the movies can act as both a tradition and an easy way to spend time with each other. But for Olenka Polak and her family, “a trip to the movies together was just non-existent,” Polak says.That’s because the Polak and her brother Adam grew up in a multilingual household, with Polak’s parents mainly speaking Polish. The siblings always wanted to figure out a way that their parents could enjoy movies and understand all their nuances and cultural references.In 2012, while she was a student at Harvard, it occurred to the siblings that there are studio-produced dubbed audio tracks on both DVD and internationally releases of films. They then came up with idea for myLingo.Related: 18 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch It’s an app that enables moviegoers to download a Spanish language audio track onto their phones. The app syncs to the action on screen, and the phone’s microphone captures and calibrates the sound to get the full experience of what is happening — from the dialogue and sound effects to the soundtrack. While Spanish is the first language available, the Polaks are currently at work on providing more languages.”Since initiating our beta program, we’ve had tens of thousands of users download and test out myLINGO,” Polak says. “We now have some amazing studio partners on board and are working to build out even more as we prepare for a formal commercial launch next year.”Related: 5 Movies With Great Lessons for Entrepreneurs Those official studio partners are Disney, Paramount and Sony, and the company is also working with Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Theaters, two of the top three exhibitors in the industry.  The pair have worked over the past four years to develop a proprietary algorithm and figure out how to make the platform helpful for moviegoers. For example, users listen to the alternate track through headphones, and in the event the headphones become unplugged, the audio simply stops — it doesn’t start blasting out to the theater.The central hurdle was getting industry buy-in from the studios and movie exhibitors, including developing a training program for movie theater staffers to be able to tell the difference between someone using myLingo and someone who was pirating the movie.Related: 14 Inspirational Movie Quotes for Entrepreneurs “This is the first time that Hollywood studios have allowed for their content to be on an app platform during a theatrical window,” Polak says. “We had to make sure our content security protocol could fight through the fiery hoops of studio requirements. We are one of the very first apps that major circuit exhibitors have endorsed.”And with these big name partnerships, the Polaks have their eyes on getting all of the major studios to jump on board, not just in the United States, but overseas. “No matter where you are in the world,” Polak says, “you can listen in your language.”last_img read more

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