Strengthening of Human Capital a Major Strategic Objective Vision 2030January 8, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedGovernment Continues to Push PPP Agenda Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier (seated centre), is pictured with some of the 1,000 students that will benefit from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Tertiary Bursary intervention for fiscal year 2013/2014. The Minister, on November 13, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with representatives of the 18 institutions, through which the bursaries will be offered, during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston. Director of Social Security in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe (standing 2nd right), and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alvin McIntosh (standing at right), also shared in the moment. RelatedJamaicans Urged to Care for Senior Citizens FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Strengthening of Human Capital a Major Strategic ObjectiveJIS 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 The development of the country’s human capital formed a major strategic objective for the Government in 2013.This saw the administration making significant inroads in the areas of education; school improvement; development and strengthening of the health care system; and the creation of a modern public service.EDUCATIONSignificant strides were made in the areas of education and training as the Government seeks to prepare a high-qualified workforce.More than 100 literacy specialists/reading coaches were deployed to 450 primary, all-age and junior high schools, as well as 25 high schools. The placement of reading coaches in schools is part of measures by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to lift literacy standards, and achieve 85 per cent mastery among grade four students by 2015.A number of school plants were expanded and upgraded throughout the year. Among those institutions which underwent expansion works was the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon; Glengoffe High in St. Catherine and Holy Trinity High School in Kingston. Belair High in Manchester also saw the addition of eight classrooms, facilitating the accommodation of an additional 105 students at Grade Seven. The institution also saw an expanded sixth form and was designated a Grant-in-Aid school. Additionally, the Moreland Hill Primary and Infant School was open in Westmoreland, while the Cedar Grove High School in St. Catherine was opened in September on a phased basis, starting with 100 Grade Seven students.There was also the removal of a number of schools from the shift system to facilitate an enhanced education system. These included the Glengoffe High School; Holy Trinity High School; Albion Primary and Junior High, St. James; Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High, St. James; and the Bethabra Primary and Junior High, Manchester.As the Government improved access to education, some 1,000 tertiary level students from Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) households across the island benefitted from scholarships valued at $100 million to complete their studies.The Government of Jamaica provided the bursaries of $100,000 each, under the PATH Tertiary Bursary to assist the students. The allocation represents a significant investment not only in the youth of Jamaica, but also in the development and growth of the country as a whole.Students under PATH were also provided with transportation grants at the start of the new academic year, as part of efforts to improve school attendance.HEALTHGround was broken in February to begin construction on the over $140 million Cardiac Wing at the Bustamante Hospital for Children through private funding.The state-of-the-art facility, on track for completion in mid-February, will be the first of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean. “We are proud that Jamaica will be leading the way in giving the highest level of care that skills and equipment can provide,” stated Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.The 30,000 square foot facility will accommodate 10 beds, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art operating theatres as well as offices, nurses’ stations and a doctors’ rest station.The Surgical Ward and the Burn Unit at Bustamante were also refurbished at a cost of approximately $5.7 million.A 25-bed new maternity ward was officially opened at the Black River Hospital, in St. Elizabeth. A building on the premises was converted and refurbished by the NHF at a cost of approximately $15 million.Also, some US$23.5 million in upgrading works was carried out at Bellevue Hospital in Kingston to overhaul the kitchen; create state-of-the-art Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, which boasts amenities.The Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas received a state-of-the-art digital x-ray unit, which will increase its capacity to provide quick and efficient diagnostic services. The digital x-ray unit was purchased at a cost of $12.6 million, by the NHF.Ground was broken in March 22, to commence construction of a 47-bed female ward at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, St. Ann, which forms part of $83 million improvement works being carried out at the facility.The project is being undertaken at a cost of $73 million with funds provided by the National Health Fund (NHF).The facility, which will have two on-call rooms for doctors, a conference room, and a staff room, among other features, is slated for completion within eight months.Upgrading of primary health care system continued during the year with the refurbishing of a number of clinics across the island. Among these was the Charles Chin Loy Health Centre in West Kingston. The Type II facility will provide maternal and child health care as well as curative services such as chronic diseases treatment and care, nutrition, paediatric and dental services, and mental health care.It was refurbished at a cost of $31 million through funding support from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.The Oak Glade Health Centre in South West St. Andrew was opened after extensive upgrading at a cost of $33.98 million. The facility serves approximately 20,000 residents.CENTRES OF EXCELLENCEThe first of four facilities across the island, being established as centres of excellence for primary health care, was opened in November.The Santa Cruz Health Centre of Excellence was completed at a cost of $25 million. Another $88 million will be spent in phase two, bringing the total investment to $113 million.The other three centres at Darliston, Westmoreland; Isaac Barrant, St. Thomas; and Claremont, in St. Ann, are at varying stages of completion. Ground was broken for the $40 million Claremont facility in August, while the $17.8 million contract for the Darliston centre was signed in February. The Ministry also signed multi-million dollar contracts totalling $25 million for the Isaac Barrant health facility.Up to June, work was completed on 20 health centres at a cost of $54.8 million under the Primary Health Care Infrastructure Improvement Project. The improvement works included those ongoing from 2012.The Ministry of Health also implemented a major strategy, which resulted in the creation of one authority for Sexual Reproductive Health. The National Family Planning Board and some aspects of the National HIV Programme were merged.The move gives effect to one of the key strategies outlined in Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan which is to expand and improve integration of family planning, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, into primary health care.PUBLIC SERVICEGovernment also made significant strides in the way of creating a modern, responsive and efficient public service to support national development in 2013.Some achievements in this area include the commencement of the public sector and pension reform and transformation process, including the start of the parliamentary debate on the Pensions (Superannuation Funds and Retirement Schemes) (Validation and Amendment) Act.Public sector pension reform, slated for implementation by April 2016, will entail civil servants contributing to their pensions.The public sector transformation process is geared towards cutting public sector spending, which is also a requirement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal.In 2013, the reform process also saw the Jamaica Customs being changed to an Executive Agency, thereby enabling it to effectively carry out its operations autonomously. Story HighlightsSignificant strides were made in the areas of education and training as the Government seeks to prepare a high-qualified workforce.Ground was broken in February to begin construction on the over $140 million Cardiac Wing at the Bustamante Hospital for Children through private funding.Government also made significant strides in the way of creating a modern, responsive and efficient public service. Advertisements RelatedDrafting Instructions Given for Local Governance Laws
Global commodities giant Cargill has said container shipping lines ought to reconsider their opposition to container freight derivatives in response to rapidly declining spot rates on the major east-west trades.Speaking to The Loadstar on the sidelines of the TOC Container Supply Chain event in Rotterdam yesterday, Victor Helmand, EMEA container lead at Cargill, said: “I would encourage the container shipping lines to use the derivatives product because it would give them more predictable revenues.“I understand that carriers have compared the device to gambling, but as long as the hedge is at a good level it will return them positive margins – and with the current low rates, if they had hedged before they would be now earning better revenues.”He said that the current climate of low rates had created a culture of low service levels, with rate volatility matched by low schedule reliability, which had increased costs for Cargill. By Gavin van Marle in Rotterdam 10/06/2015 “Because the rates are so volatile, we have had to spend a lot more time working on the inefficiencies in the supply chain created by the bigger ships. When the rates are so low our other supply chain costs increase.“If the carriers would hedge long-term on freight rates then that would allow us a lot more time to talk service levels with them,” he added.Although the company uses a variety of derivative products in its bulk shipping and commodities businesses, Mr Helmand added that Cargill had also used forward freight agreements a few years ago for a particular product transported in containers because “we wanted to fix the price we paid”.He describes the container freight market as the most volatile the company trades in, and said that on many tradelanes container shipping had effectively become a commodity where the only differentiator was low prices, “which means low service”.“We see a focus on cost, but we would rather see a focus on cost awareness,” he added.Cargill’s overall annual transport spend across all modes is $5.5bn, and sees around 12,000 shipments a day executed across water, road and rail, serving 40 business units.In terms of container traffic, its global spend is around $240m a year, which can vary dramatically depending on spot rates, and amounts to about 220,000 teu, Mr Helmand told delegates in a speech. It uses a total of 34 carriers, although some 80% of its volumes are concentrated with eight major lines.
Athlone library is running Easter holiday programmes. Arts and crafts, storytelling, Easter egg hunts, games, reading programmes, movies and more are on the menu at city libraries during the school holidays.Residents can visit their library or check the City of Cape Town’s website for details.The City’s recreation and parks department is also running daily activities for children of all ages, from Monday April 3 to Monday April 17 at community centres, sports fields and parks. Indoor programmes include table-tennis, air hockey, e-games, limbo, pool, poetry and drama, concerts, and indigenous games. Oudoors activities include five-a-side soccer, mini-netball, hikes, Easter egg hunts, and spray park games.JP Smith, the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security; and social services, said the programmes kept children busy over the holidays and encouraged them to take part in sport and recreation.“I encourage residents to visit their local community centres daily to find out what is happening,” he said.Armien Fredericks is the children’s librarian at Athlone library, in Protea Street, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. He said the library programmes were popular with children, but books had to be very interesting to compete with modern technology.“I am very excited about the programmes and especially arts and crafts. It is important to host these programmes to get the kids to the library so that they can use our services and also to promote library stock,” he said.The library usually has more than 20 children taking part in its holiday activities daily.“Arts and crafts attracts the most children,” said Allison Goliath, assistant librarian at the children’s library. “The parents are very happy about the programme and eager to send their children. They always ask us when is the next programme.”Reading not only helped grow a child’s vocabulary and stimulate their imagination, said Ms Goliath, it also developed their creative writing at school, not just their spelling and grammar. “The children always socialise well in groups during the programmes; they all enjoy it.”Assistant librarian Hayley Daniels said library staff did a lot of preparation for the programmes and pored over books to find fun things to do.“We choose something challenging but not too difficult for the children to do. We try it out first and then introduce it to the children,” she said.Computer games and DVDs are always very popular, but the staff make an effort to include physical games, arts and crafts.Ms Goliath said many children were often left at home with their grandparents during the holidays because their parents could not take leave from work. It was also hard for children in outlying residential areas to reach the library in the Athlone CBD. Nevertheless, Ms Goliath said the children learned so much at the holiday programmes that it was worth making every effort to get them to the library.“It also keeps children off the streets during the school holidays,” she said.Children also come after school and water the plants in the library’s vegetable garden.Ten local schools will take part in a reading competition at the library, on Wednesday April 26.Each school will send one child to participate and three as audience members. Judges will ask the participants three questions and give them three words to spell from a piece of reading. They will also be judged on how they read and the time they take.Public pools and spray parks, which have been closed because of water shortages, have been reopened for the school holidays. The pools are open daily, from 10am to 5pm, until Tuesday April 18, with the exception of Newlands, Westridge and Trafalgar pools, which are undergoing repairs. Sea Point pool is open from 7am to 6pm.Call recreation officer Mary Scholtz at 021 906 0783 or 071 851 1143 for details. 1 of 2 Athlone library is running Easter holiday programmes. Athlone librarys vegetable garden.
PLANS to privatise Australia’s principal standard-gauge freight operators have been shaken up by a surprise proposal to sell the New South Wales owned Freight Corp. Despite earlier commitments not to privatise the business, the NSW Labour administration voted on September 7 to dispose of Freight Corp to whichever bidder is selected to take over Commonwealth-owned National Rail Corp. Freight Corp is valued at around A$1bn.The sale of NRC, announced in August 1997, has been delayed by disagreement between the state governments over whether to allow bids by state-owned operators. Both Queensland Rail and Freight Corp had expressed interest in buying NRC, which owns no tracks and operates over the interstate network controlled by the Australian Rail Track Corp. Victoria opposed the state involvement, but NSW and Queensland were in favour (RG 11.99 p727).The NSW proposal would merge the two largest standard-gauge freight carriers to create a near-monopoly on interstate operations. It would also block QR’s attempt to take over NRC, leaving only private bidders such as Toll Holdings, Lang Corp and various US operators.The NSW government plans to keep the infrastructure and passenger services in state ownership, and to provide a subsidy of A$170m a year for freight operations on selected routes. It would also guarantee employment of 2200 Freight Corp staff for ’a number of years’. Open access interstate operator SCT Transport has cancelled its contract for Australia Southern Railroad to haul its thrice-weekly Melbourne – Perth service. From November the trains will be worked by Victoria-based Freight Australia, using 10 G Class locos which are to be uprated from 2220 kW to 2600 kW with new US diesel engines. NSW-based locomotive leasing group and open access operator Austrac has gone into voluntary administration, citing problems in competing with a subsidised Freight Corp.
By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff [email protected] Second Annual Parrot Eyes Bay Fishing Tournament is slated to take place on Saturday, Aug. 27 with a fundraiser benefitting the Laguna Madre Humane Society (LMHS).Registration for the tournament will take place on Friday, August 26 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Parrot Eyes. Official tournament … To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Aug. 25 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here. RelatedDA to decide alleged cheaters’ fateBy HEATHER C. COX Special to the PRESS Seven individuals associated with a boat called Nice Tails face third-degree felony charges for alleged fraud in the Ladies Kingfish Tournament, hosted by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce on August 11. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the team’s winning…October 15, 2012In “Gallery”Walk for Women slated this weekend By SCARLET O’ROURKE South Padre Parade [email protected] The annual South Padre Island Walk for Women is in full swing for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. According to Margie Swartz, a spokesperson for the event, their mission is to raise money for local women battling breast cancer as well…September 29, 2011In “South Padre Parade”‘Shellabration’ event on tapSpecial to the PRESS The turtles have begun their 2012 nesting season on South Padre Island, and it looks to be a record breaking year. To mark the start of the nesting season, the public is asked to join in this year’s Turtle Days ‘Shellabration’. The Annual Lighting of the…May 10, 2012In “News” Share
IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 20/11/2018 at 12:57 CET Corriere dello Sport: “Pogba ha dicho sí a la Juventus” It seems the tension between Pogba and Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dressing room is no longer sustainable. The player’s desire is to return to the Italian club, who he refers to as his “family.” Juve are also in need of a new midfielder following an injury to Emre Can — although his knock may not be as serious as first feared. That’s more likely now given that UEFA have changed the rules, meaning that players are no longer cup-tied in the Champions League if they’ve played in the group stages with another side (as was the case with Philippe Coutino at Barça last season). 19/11/2018 Pogba returned to Turin recently as a United player in the Champions League. While there, he was given a warm reception by the home fans, who would be delighted to welcome him back. Mireia Jiménez The France star did not celebrate the goal which gave United a 2-1 win and after the game was asked about a possible return to Italy: “Who knows? Now I am at United.” “Pogba has said yes to Juventus.” That’s the headline on Corriere dello Sport. The Italian newspaper say the Manchester United midfielder could even make the switch in January. In this context, the report says that Juve will make a big effort to bring him back — and could even be prepared to do a deal this winter.
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By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsTalk about walking around with a Murphy’s Law bull’s eye on your back.But this time, Raymond Reimer wasn’t walking he was running. Running up a flight of stairs training to stay in shape when that bad boy Murphy, like a heat-seeking missile, struck at the knees.It was just six games into Reimer’s third Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season when the lanky, 6’4”, 205-pound defenceman went down with a torn meniscus.“I trained pretty hard this summer, didn’t make a Junior A team but came to Nelson,” the Vanderhoof product said following Nelson’s 4-2 New Year’s Eve win over Spokane. “I was starting to play pretty well but every year it seems I’m getting injured, which is tough to take.”Reimer followed Nelson Leafs coach and GM Chris Shaw to the Heritage City from the Penticton Lakers. In 2009 he played for the Summerland Sting. At the time of the injury back in September, it was thought Reimer might be lost for the season.However, the doctor decided to perform a less complicated surgery that allowed Reimer to return to the line up for game 32 December 29 in Castlegar.“It depends on surgery,” Reimer explained when asked if he thought the injury might be season ending. “If (doctor) would have fixed it, I would have been out for six months. But he just cut it out so it was six to eight weeks.”Still eight weeks off the blades, watching your teammates under perform and knowing that your presence would make a difference was difficult to stomach for Reimer.“It was really frustrating watching from the stands,” confessed the stay-at-home Reimer, who has two assists in three games. “Nelson has always been a top team in the league and seeing us not playing like a top team, and I know we can, it was really tough.”All that sitting and walking into the dressing room between game six and game 32 in street clothes is all in the past for Reimer.However, after dressing for his first game last week, a 9-0 shellacking at the hands of the Castlegar Rebels, Reimer may have pushed his return back a game.“This team needs to come together,” Reimer exclaimed. “We can’t have one person per game trying to carry the team on its back. We need the whole team to come together and if that happens, we’ll start to win.”Reimer admits to being in less than perfect shape during his first weekend back in spite of all the roadwork he did on the stationary bike.However, it shouldn’t take too long 19-year-old rearguard to get back into tip-top shape.Which should help as the Leafs begin a stretch run to the playoffs.ICE CHIPS: Nelson, 19-15-0-1 for third in the Murdoch Division of the KIJHL concluded the month of December with a 3-4 record . . . . Nelson takes to the road for a trek into the East Kootenay. The Leafs face the Ghostriders, Golden Rockets and Columbia Valley Rockies during a three-game swing against Eddie Mountain opposition starting Friday in Fernie. [email protected]
Moycullen’s Martin Mulkerrins has been crowned the Australian Wall Ball Open Champion. Mulkerrins who is currently working in New Zealand travelled to Melbourne last Wednesday to play, and now win, the Australian Openprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The All-Ireland senior Wall Ball (One Wall) Champion had it all to do in Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday Morning, surviving a tie-break against Sydney’s Dylan King in the quarters, clawing back a 17-20 deficit in the semi to win 21-20, 21-4 to book a place in the final against New York’s Ed Dotsenko which the Galway and Moycullen ace won 21-17, 21-8.
Picking toysToys for the gift bagsNow that we know what they are, let’s talk about putting them together. The first step in coordinating the gifts is deciding on the actual present part. My personal favorites from that recent trip were goggles, sunglasses, pool toys, glow sticks, puzzles, coloring books, stickers, and games. Most kids I know aren’t too thrilled with new clothes as a gift, but sometimes Disney themed t-shirts or pajamas work wonders for getting children excited to dress for the parks or get ready for bed. You could even make or buy mouse ears that represent their favorite character. The key is to prepare useful items that will be fun during the trip and will pack away easily. This is not the time to buy that 3,000 piece Lego set and expect your child to keep it in the box the entire trip because you don’t want to lose any pieces in the hotel.Shopping for these souvenirs in advance presents a great opportunity to save some cash. Target, Walmart, dollar stores, party stores, Etsy, and even Amazon are just a few of the places you can find inexpensive Disney inspired gifts. For official Disney Parks merchandise, the Disney Store and Shop Disney Parks app offer discounts on occasion as well, making it easy to save money on things you might buy at the parks anyway. You can also save by including some snacks or candies with the gifts. Personally I like to throw Frozen or Star Wars themed fruit snacks into the bag. The kids can munch on that in the parks rather than splurging on an overpriced bag of Goofy’s Candy Co. character gummies. Disney packaged graham crackers, cookies, and other candies also found their way into the gifts at a much lower price than buying them at Walt Disney World.WrappingOnce you finish selecting the presents, your next consideration should be gift bags. Like the gifts, the wrapping must fit easily in a suitcase. Depending on the size of the gifts, small white paper lunch bags decorated with Disney characters and the child’s name work well and are relatively inexpensive. When I did this, I drew characters and wrote each child’s name on a bag for each day. You could just as easily purchase a Disney gift bag for each kid and re-use it each day. Another option is to make your bag out of the gift itself. For example, if part of the gift is a Disney beach towel, lay that down, pile the gifts for the day on top, then pull up the ends of the towel to make a bundle and wrap a ribbon around it. A princess purse or pirate pouch could be used in a similar manner to hold any smaller treats. For one last idea, letting the kids decorate their own bags can build anticipation for the trip and give them something to do during some downtime as well. Might as well score that quiet time when you can!Place t-shirt/towel down flatSet gifts on topPull edges in and tie with ribbonPutting it all together With the presents purchased and the bags prepared, the last thing to do is decide on an order for the gifts and write out the letters. Think about your own family and vacation style and plan accordingly. If swimming is an essential part of your vacation, items like googles or water toys should come early in the trip, so they can be used all week. Games or puzzles can be gifted on resort or relaxation days. Activity books work well for the last morning, so that kids have something to do on the flight or drive home. Once the order and itinerary are finalized, the letters can be created as described above.Note from Mickey on the last day of the tripFrom my recent experience visiting Walt Disney World with children, Tinker Bell gifts were a fun way to get them out of bed each day. While they had a blast at the parks, the immediate promise of something positive and amusing to them was more effective at waking them up than the thought of being at the parks in another hour or two. They made lots of friends at the pool with their toys, so I never once heard an “I’m bored”. And while it didn’t solve all the sibling squabbles, I think it was a great way to keep that reminder to be on their best behavior in the back of their mind. Plus, because they already had snacks and toys at the ready, they didn’t even really ask for much at the parks. We had a great time, and it was a low cost way to add some extra Disney magic to the trip. As much as I’d love to have a personalized gift from Disney Floral and Gifts delivered every day, it’s just not in the budget, and this was a perfect alternative.Have you tried this with any of the kids in your traveling party? Would you? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Share This!Tinker Bell GiftsImagine with me, if you will, a parent’s paradise in Walt Disney World. No, not that one where you ditch the kids and head over to the Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island (RIP). The other one. The one where the kids wake up bright and early, brimming with excitement to start their day. No whining about getting up early for rope drop, no nagging for that $16 autograph pen from the gift shop, and absolutely no fighting between siblings. Sound too good to be true? Maybe. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to aim high! So let’s talk about how Tinker Bell gifts can not only encourage good behavior but also add an extra touch of Disney magic while simultaneously helping you save money on souvenirs.Note from Tinker BellWhat are they?For those who haven’t heard of them, Tinker Bell gifts are small presents you leave in the room for the kids in your group. They can be left overnight for discovery in the morning (like a Disney version of Santa), or if you can find a way to sneak back into the room without the kids noticing, you can leave them as a surprise for when they return from the parks. Typically, the gifts are accompanied by a note explaining the gift and who gave it.Though they are called Tinker Bell gifts by most people, if you think the child(ren) in your party would be more excited about a letter from Rey (Star Wars) thanking them for their help with the Resistance than a note from Tinker Bell, then this is the time to get creative. Personally, I like to leave a note that includes four things: a quick mention of the fun from the prior day, an itinerary for the current day, an explanation of the gift, and a reminder to be well behaved. On a recent trip with younger relatives of mine, each note was written by a different character and tied into whatever the kids would be doing at the parks that day.