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Charles confident overseas jobs will normalize in 2011

first_imgRelatedCharles confident overseas jobs will normalize in 2011 Charles confident overseas jobs will normalize in 2011 LabourJanuary 21, 2011 RelatedCharles confident overseas jobs will normalize in 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Despite indications that economic growth in the United States this year will remain weak, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon Pearnel Charles, believes it will be enough for a recovery in the overseas employment programme. “Any growth in the U.S. economy would be good news for us,” Mr. Charles told JIS News. The programme has been hard hit by the downturn in the US economy over the past two years, resulting in a decline in farm work and hospitality employment. But, the Minister believes that the prospects for 2011 are “extremely encouraging”. “Already we are witnessing an increase in employment opportunities in the hospitality programme (which employs hotel workers),” he said, explaining that many of the traditional employers are experiencing an upturn in economic activities, and are recalling workers left out over the past two seasons. He explained that, in the US, new employers are showing interest in participating in the programme. Last year, for example, a new employer in California engaged 300 workers in the citrus industry, an area Jamaica had been trying to exploit for years. In Canada, there are strong indications of a rebirth in the tobacco industry, with more than 160 workers recalled and processed for dispatch.  Mr. Charles says he welcomes new employers and that, once the situation normalizes, his ministry’s focus will have to be on finding new areas and new employers, as the traditional employers are not willing to take on new workers, but insist on recalling former employees. “People hear that we are targeting thousands of jobs and they believe that these are thousands of new jobs but, in over ninety percent of the cases, the employers want to recall their old workers when they resume operations. So, we will have to seek to expand, to get new employers who are willing to employ new people,” he explained.   The Ministry says that its target for this year is so send no less that 12,000 plus workers to both the United States and Canada, basically balanced with 6,000 plus persons going to each country. This would return the numbers to the pre-recession level, which was about the same 12,000. Mr. Charles said that he could not overemphasize the importance to the Jamaican economy of remittances from these workers, which in 2009 was approximately US$2.1 billion, dropping from US$2.3 billion the previous year. The first batch of 177 farm workers left Jamaica on January 5, for 23 farms in Toronto, Canada. They will be employed for eights months in areas of greenhouse farming, tree planting and fruit picking. The next batch will be leaving in February, and that will be a group of over a 100 persons for farms and hotels in Canada. Over 50 persons will be leaving for the US later this month on the hotel/hospitality program. Advertisements By: Balford Henry RelatedCharles confident overseas jobs will normalize in 2011last_img read more

KSAC Expects Huge Crowd for Downtown Shopping Extravaganza

first_imgStory HighlightsKSAC is anticipating a large turnout for the staging of Jamaica’s biggest annual one day shopping extravaganza, Christmas in the City.The event is scheduled to take place on King Street, near South Parade, from 8:00 am to midnight.Vendors are required to register at the St. William Grant Park between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. up to Wednesday. KSAC Expects Huge Crowd for Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Local GovernmentDecember 17, 2013Written by: Jeneva Gordon and Jhenelle Mcintosh RelatedConsumers to Benefit From Downtown Shopping Spree KSAC Expects Huge Crowd for Downtown Shopping ExtravaganzaJIS 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 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedReactivation Fee Required for Dormant Development Approval Applicationscenter_img RelatedCountries Urged to Put in Place Sound Disaster Risk Reduction Systems Advertisements The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is anticipating a large turnout for the staging of Jamaica’s biggest annual one day shopping extravaganza, Christmas in the City, on Wednesday, December 18, downtown Kingston.The event, which is being staged by the KSAC in association with its partners, is scheduled to take place on King Street, near South Parade, from 8:00 am to midnight. It will mark the first day of the downtown 2013-14 shopping season, which continues through to January 4.Manager of Commercial Services at KSAC, Gary Robotham, said that this year’s event promises to be an exciting one.“Each year the event gets bigger and better, and this year, we are expecting nothing less. One of the main reasons is that you get the best prices downtown during this time of year. Shoppers will benefit from great deals and discounts on a variety of household and personal items,” he said.He informed that vehicular traffic will not be allowed at South Parade and King Street, which will be transformed into a busy commercial shopping paradise for merchants and shoppers. Bus stops in those areas will be relocated to North Parade to ease traffic congestion.Mr. Robotham said that there will be an increase in police personnel, who will be on the lookout for illegal activities during the shopping period. He said that the KSAC is aware that there are some unscrupulous persons, who are charging motorists to park in certain areas.“The police will be leaving no stone unturned, as they have identified the troubled spots, and will be at such locations to prevent any form of disturbance that might occur. They have worked out their strategy, and will be increasing their presence, as they have always done in the past, to make the shopping experience safe and incident-free for all,” Mr. Robotham stressed.The KSAC Commercial Services Manager said that vendors, who wish to participate in the event, are required to register at the St. William Grant Park between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. up to Wednesday.“Registration is currently ongoing in the park and will continue throughout tomorrow, prior to the event. If there are available tent spaces on Wednesday, then we will continue registering vendors, until all the spaces are occupied. All the conditions for selling will be clearly outlined to potential vendors wanting to secure a vending spot, tent or space,” Mr. Robotham explained.He said that while the rigid parking rules will be somewhat relaxed, shoppers are being asked not to park close to fire hydrants, and avoid parking in no parking zones, such as spots earmarked for the disabled.“There will be designated parking areas, and persons will be guided by the police as it relates to proper parking within those areas. There will however be some leniencies… (but) where there are extreme (offences), the police will have no option but to tow away vehicles affecting normal operations,” he said.Mr. Robotham said that over the years there has been great support for the event from both merchants and patrons from all walks of life, noting that the event has always been enjoyable and incident-free.He is encouraging the public to come out and support the event, and experience a “shop til yuh drop” lifetime experience, while being entertained by a number of popular reggae artistes.Wisynco’s Boom Energy Drink is the title sponsor of this year’s event. Other supporting groups are the Gleaner Company Limited, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and LIME.For further details, persons can contact the KSAC at 967-4196 or 279 0708. Photo: JIS PhotographerMayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke addressing today’s (December 10) Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Council meeting, at its Church Street chambers, in downtown Kingston. Mrs. Brown Burke outlined plans for a Downtown shopping spree to be held on December 18. last_img read more

Housing starts fall for first time since August

first_img(iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Housing starts fell in January, marking the first time since August that there hasn’t been month-over-month growth in residential construction.Privately owned housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.58 million, down 6 percent from December’s revised rate of 1.68 million, according to the Census Bureau’s monthly report. December was the strongest month for residential construction since 2006.Starts for single-family homes fared worse, with an adjusted rate of 1.16 million, down 12 percent from December’s revised rate of 1.3 million.Read moreResidential construction had busiest year since 2006: MBALumber prices at record highs thanks to hot housing marketVicious cycle creates “huge supply crunch,” pushing home prices up Full Name* Email Address* Message*center_img January housing starts were also down 2.3 percent year-over-year; the revised rate of starts at the beginning of 2020 was 1.6 million.The declines come as home and lumber prices are rising, potentially indicating waning demand from homebuyers who may be priced out of the market. But homebuilder sentiment ticked up in February after two months of declines, a signal that strong demand remains among prospective buyers.On the bright side, the rate of building permits issued ticked up significantly in January, an indicator of future starts. The seasonally-adjusted rate of permits issued last month was 1.88 million, up more than 10 percent compared to the revised December rate of 1.7 million. January’s issuance is up 22 percent compared to the same time last year.The rate of housing completions last month also slipped to a seasonally adjusted 1.3 million, about 2 percent down from December’s revised rate. The rate of single-family completions, however, jumped to more than 1 million, up 10 percent from the previous month’s revised rate of 942,000.Overall, the housing completion rate was up 2 percent year-over-year last month, compared to January 2020, though the number of homes available to purchase remain at historically low levels.Contact Erin Hudson This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to Ferdinand’s backing of Ramsey

first_imgLes Ferdinand’s call for QPR fans to be patient following their team’s uninspiring start to the season has been met with a mixed response on Twitter.Some have called for head coach Chris Ramsey to be sacked after the 4-0 defeat to west London neighbours Fulham.AdChoices广告Others have urged their fellow supporters to give Ramsey more time, while a few have started to question director of football Ferdinand’s role. “Supporters antagonised because Chris isn’t a household name” No Les. Just want a fit, organised competitive team playing good football #QPR — Mark Coughlan (@MarkCoughlan) September 30, 2015 See Ferdinand rolling out the ‘patience’ and ‘consolidation’ excuses. Only consolidation I’ve seen is Karl Henry’s place in the side #QPR — Michael (@MichaelHi92) September 30, 2015 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Never mind Ramsey, was Les Ferdinand the best man available for his job ? #QPR— NortholtQPR (@Northolt_QPR) September 30, 2015last_img read more

Utes score another strange defensive touchdown on 2nd play of game against USC

first_img Related Sunday Morning QB: Stars and stats from No. 19 Utah’s comeback victory over No. 20 USC Game winning catch a dream come true for Southern California native Kaelin Clay Utah quarterback Travis Wilson goes airborne when he needs tocenter_img Keeping it rolling: Utes top Trojans in a thriller SALT LAKE CITY — Just like two years earlier against USC, Utah got on the scoreboard on the second play of the game Saturday with a strange defensive play for a touchdown.In 2012, Ute Nate Fakahafua (now Nate Orchard) ripped the ball away from USC quarterback Matt Barkley and ran 8 yards for the touchdown just 47 seconds into the game.This time it was Davion Orphey picking up a loose ball and rumbling 53 yards for a touchdown just 33 seconds into the game and this time it helped a Ute victory.USC quarterback Cody Kessler threw a backward pass that hit the hands of Darreus Rogers and bounced forward 12 yards. As the ball was rolling on the turf near the Ute bench, Orphey alertly picked it up and started running down the east sideline, while everyone else stood around. Only one player, Kessler, ran after Orphey, diving for him at the 5-yard line as Orphey lunged into the end zone.Coach Kyle Whittingham credited Orphey for picking up the ball, but said “We were screaming for him to pick it up . . . and then run. He did it and upon review it was obviously a backwards pass.”Then Whittingham added, “We need to do a better job of coaching to make sure we do that all the time without having to persuade them to do it.”BLACKOUT GAME: Just a few days before Halloween, most of the fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium as well as the Utah football team were dressed in black for the Utes’ seventh-annual “blackout game.”The Utes had done well in previous blackout games, winning four of the six, including victories over TCU in 2008, Wyoming in 2009, Oregon State in 2011 and Cal in 2012.The only losses came against TCU in 2010 and UCLA last year.The Utes wore black pants, black jerseys with red numbers trimmed in white, and black helmets with a large U. inside a drum and feather.USC wore its traditional yellow pants, white jerseys with red numbers, and red helmets that were “metallic-tinged, with chrome face masks’’ that the Trojans debuted last week against Colorado, according to a USC press release.RECORD CROWD: The Utes set an all-time record for attendance with their 29th-straight sellout Saturday. The announced crowd of 47,619 was nearly 1,000 more than the previous record of 46,768 against Cal in 2003.EXPERTS PICK UTES: Even though USC came in as a one-point favorite, most experts picked Utah to win Saturday night.They were right — barely, as it turned out.Three of the five experts on ESPN’s “College GameDay” picked the Utes, including Lee Corso, with Desmond Howard saying the Utes should “win big.’’Also, six of eight SI.com college football experts picked the Utes, as did all five ESPN Pac-12 bloggers.UTE NOTES: Utah heads back out on the road to play another ranked team next week at Arizona State in a 9 p.m. MDT game in Tempe, before returning home to play still another ranked team, Oregon, on Nov. 8. … Ute safety Tevin Carter sat out for the third time in four games with an undisclosed injury. … Eric Rowe, who started the previous three years at free safety, returned to his old position after playing cornerback the first six games. Then in the second half, Rowe returned to corner and Marcus Williams went to safety. …NFL scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and the New Orleans Saints were on hand for the game. … Representatives from the Alamo Bowl and the Holiday Bowl were in attendance at the game. … The temperature was a balmy 71 degrees at kickoff with a strong south wind. … Travis Wilson came into the game as the only quarterback in the country with at least 100 pass attempts and no interceptions and kept his record perfect with no picks, while completing 18 of 32 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. … Westlee Tonga had caught just nine passes all season before Saturday, but had five in the first half alone against USC. … Before Saturday’s win, Utah’s last win over USC at home came in 1915. … USC kicker Andre Heidari, who kicked four field goals in the Trojans’ victory over Utah last year, had missed the past two games with a groin injury, but returned Saturday night. He made three PATs Saturday with no field goal attempts.last_img read more

Now Sony Is Squawking Legal Threats At Twitter And Its Users

first_imgrichard procter 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Sony Pictures Entertainment has started issuing legal threats to Twitter and its users in its latest attempt to stem the spread of its internal documents following its epic hack by a group of hackers possibly linked to North Korea. According to Motherboard, Sony has sent a letter to Twitter saying that if Twitter does not remove tweets with private Sony information, it “will have no choice but to hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss” resulting from said tweets. The letter also requests the suspension of one @BikiniRobotArmy, an account run by Val Broeksmit, a musician Sony accuses of having disseminated leaked information. Earlier this month, Sony sent similar letters to publications including the New York Times, Recode and the Hollywood Reporter, demanding that they stop publishing information obtained from internal Sony emails and to destroy existing copies. Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde has said previously that Twitter is committed to improving transparency with its users. North Korea was implicated by U.S. intelligence sources as being “centrally involved” in the cyber attack on Sony, and on Friday, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. would respond. As of Monday, North Korea experienced an extended internet outage, with intermittent outages on Tuesday as well. This is familiar ground for Sony in a way, as the company was subject to a 2011 security breach involving the personal data of over 70 million Playstation users. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Sony had been warned about another security breach in its network a year ago by an outside contractor. Photo by Brian Evans Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#hack#North Korea#Sony#twitter#Val Broeksmit last_img read more

Azzurri to break records in Bosnia?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy can write history against Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight as they have already equalled the record of nine consecutive wins set by Vittorio Pozzo in 1939. Never have Italy won 10 matches in a row, but tonight the possibility presents itself at the Bilino Polje stadium in Zenica. This Azzurri can also pick up their sixth successive victory away from home – another feat never to occur in the history of the Italian national side. The last time an Italy team managed to win five consecutive matches on the road was 56 years ago, in 1963. On this spectacular run, Mancini’s side have kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 games, five of the eight coming in European qualifiers. Winning nine on the trot also means they will have found the net in each of those fixtures, as only a 0-0 draw with Portugal in the Nations League stops them embarking on a run of 11. They may even prolong their streak of scoring at least two goals in their eight last matches, given Bosnia have conceded at least twice in their previous five. Finally, it’s worth bearing in mind that Federico Bernardeschi could become the first player to score in three consecutive matches since Eder performed the feat in 2017.last_img read more

TOUCH-e-TALK NOVEMBER EDITION

first_imgIt’s hard to believe but the countdown to Christmas is on. November is here and so is the November edition of Touch-e-Talk, Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) online newsletter.It’s full of stories on the All Nations Championships, upcoming NSW and Qld State Cups, the signing of a new sponsor for TFA and more. Make sure you click here to read the newsletter: TOUCH-e-TALK NOVEMBER EDITIONIf you would like to join the mailing list please email [email protected]last_img

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez tells Klopp: I had to sell at Liverpool to buy

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez tells Klopp: I had to sell at Liverpool to buyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp ahead of their clash with Liverpool.The Spaniard won the Champions League in his first season at Anfield in 2005 but could not return a first league title since 1990.”When I was there we had to sell to buy,” he said ahead of his return to Anfield.”Now, I think is they have a better squad because when you spend money you bring in better players. “So when they sign Fabinho and Naby Keita, yet they keep Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum, the squad is better and that means competition and you always have a strong team on the pitch.” last_img read more

25 days agoSolskjaer insists Man Utd ‘building something’ after Arsenal draw

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer insists Man Utd ‘building something’ after Arsenal drawby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says there were plenty of positives in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday night.The result at Old Trafford leaves United with their worst start to a season in 30 years.In a laborious opening stanza, it took a moment of quality from Scott McTominay to break the deadlock, with the Scotland international lashing the ball past Bernd Leno from outside the box right on the stroke of half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then equalised after 58 minutes but not without some controversy, with of course, VAR.The Gabon international’s sublime finish over David De Gea was initially ruled offside. However replays showed record signing Harry Maguire had kept him in play.Maguire then had a thunderous strike saved by Leno with fifteen minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough as United had to settle for a point.Despite the result Solskjaer remains confident he is building something special at United.He told Sky Sports: “We go 1-0 up and then we don’t get the second goal that we want to get. “That’s the learning now for this time. Be more cynical, clinical. “There are so many games we have been 1-0 up. We will learn. It’s a bad goal to give away but sometimes you make those passes, you play out and it looks good. We learn from it.”We are at the start of building something. It’s just a bit disappointing that we can’t get that second goal.” last_img read more