Department of Labour National Productivity Legislation Workshop

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 26, 2017 – Nassau – As the Department of Labour continues to fulfill its’ mission of fostering good industrial relations between employers and employees, while promoting high levels of employment, the Department facilitated a two-day “Productivity Legislation Workshop” from September 20 – 21, 2017.    The workshop, sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the National Tripartite Council, brought all social partners to the table to discuss the state of productivity and competitiveness in The Bahamas.    Social partners included executives of The Bahamas Department of Labor as well as participants from various trade unions, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation, corporations and other local agencies.On Wednesday, 21st September, at the opening ceremony of the two day workshop, brief remarks were given by representatives from each pillar of the National Tripartite Council including Mr. Bernard Evans, President of the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB); Mr. Peter Goudie, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation (BCCEC); Mr. Tyrone “Rock” Morris, Secretary General, Commonwealth of The Bahamas Trade Union Congress (CBTUC) and Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, ILO Specialist for Sustainable Enterprise & Job Creation.Mr. Bernard Evans stated in remarks at the opening that after more than 20 years of advocacy for implementation of the Productivity Council here in The Bahamas, it would provide hope in an effort to save a generation of unskilled, unprepared working Bahamians who are ill-equipped to compete on a level both regionally and internationally.    He noted that the main objective of the two day workshop would be to bring together key stakeholders in the various sectors to strategize on productivity improvement and competitiveness with special focus on private sector; to develop a National Action Plan for Productivity Development in The Bahamas.Mr. Evans stated that the plan should outline the performance priority areas, the key indicators of performance on all islands and also focus on a system for monitoring performance and assignment of responsibilities by all stakeholders.    Also, to establish a Bahamian organization of Productivity Agents that will promote the development of productivity and performance-related activities to facilitate regional and international competitiveness and sustainability in production of goods and services within all of our islands.    This, he noted, will improve the quality of life for workers and citizens alike.    Mr. Evans suggests that legislation is a start and is hopeful that the current Government administration will commit to putting necessary legislation in place to begin the process.Similarly, Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, ILO Specialist for Sustainable Enterprise & Job Creation is pleased with productivity becoming a critical word in The Bahamas over the past few years.   He is encouraged that there are a broad range of voices – from politicians and business groups to economists, academics and unions – who are talking about productivity and what should be done to get performance up to speed.    He noted that in order to achieve the acceleration of productive growth in The Bahamas, it requires a country-specific mix of policies aimed at creating an environment conducive to sustainable enterprises, building human capital in basic education including technical and core skills, encouraging the application of decent and productive workplace practices, addressing sector-specific challenges, promoting environmental-friendly technology and ways of doing business.Mr. Sergeant specifically noted that the focus for the two day workshop would be frank discussions on the importance of productivity performance and what the productivity challenges are in The Bahamas.   The interventions needed at all levels of productivity improvement, including the need for legislation to establish a national productivity council is also a paramount focus.The Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes officially opened the workshop by thanking the ILO Team, including Claudia Coenjaerts and Kelvin Sergeant, for their exceptional job in executing the mandate of the ILO in the region.    Minister Foulkes stated that the Government of The Bahamas cannot achieve the goal of increasing economic growth through National Productivity by itself, therefore he congratulated the organizers of the workshop and pledged the Government’s full commitment to continue to work with the International Labour Organization, the National Tripartite Council and all of the social partners to fully implement a National Productivity Council.  Minister Foulkes declared the historic workshop open and noted that he looked forward to the results of the deliberations over the two days.The workshop was held at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street and included discussions and work sessions on The State of Productivity and Competitiveness in The Bahamas, Understanding Productivity and its relation to economic growth and Economic Transformation and Policy Reponses.Director of Labour, Mr. A. Robert Farquharson advised that he was pleased with the work completed during the workshop and looks forward to presenting the results to the Minister.Press Release: Department of LabourPhoto captions:Header: Group of workshop participants representing the Department of Labour, ILO, National Tripartite Council and other social partners.1st insert:  Workshop participants at the National Productivity Legislation Workshop.2nd insert:Peter Goudie, presenting to the workshop participants.3rd insert: Workshop Facilitator, Kelvin Sergeant, ILO Specialist for Sustainable Enterprise & Job Creation presenting to the workshop participants.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours dElegance

first_imgThe 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance KUSI Newsroom, April 9, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 9, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A very prestigious automotive event in San Diego is taking place in La Jolla.The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is happening from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 with four events.Ticket Prices: Get your tickets before prices increase THURSDAY, April 11 at Midnight!• Concours Social Club – $110 through April 11 ($125 day of)• La Jolla Tour d’Elegance – $275• A Night of Steampunk – $225 through April 11 ($250 through event)• La Jolla Concours d’Elegance GA – $65 through April 11 ($75 through event)• La Jolla Concours d’Elegance VIP – $185 through April 11 ($200 through event)• Ultimate VIP Package – $450For more information visit KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Lawmakers to Look at Quality of Life Issues Other Capitol Hill Hearings

first_imgThe House Armed Services Personnel subcommittee will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday, ahead of the full committee’s markup, scheduled for June 12.The subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), seeks to increase support and resources for military spouse employment, address widespread problems in privatized military housing, and authorize the administration’s request for 7,700 additional troops, according to a CQ report.It also authorizes a 3.1% military pay raise in fiscal 2020, the largest in a decade.For military spouses, the legislation would increase from $500 to $1000 the amount DOD can reimburse spouses for earning new certifications and licenses when moving from base to base.New privatized military housing language would require the Pentagon to study how to reduce and prevent mold in its privatized housing and create a new scale on home health hazards, including lead-based paint and other dangers.The House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee will also address military housing in its NDAA legislation markup Wednesday.Here is a roundup of lawmakers’ important defense activity taking place on Capitol Hill this week:Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, commander, Air Force Space Command, to lead the new U.S. Space Command, Tues., 9:30 a.m.House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity oversight hearing on the effectiveness of VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) programs, Tues., 10:30 a.m.House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee markup of its fiscal 2020 NDAA legislation, Weds., 9 a.m. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee closed-door hearing on defense innovation and research funding, Weds., 10 a.m.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

American Cancer Society Honors Wilmingtons Joe Martiniello For Dedication To Relay For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Cancer Society recently presented Joe Martiniello of Wilmington with a Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. The award is the most honored accolade by the Society in New England, and it recognizes Martiniello’s remarkable accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission to celebrate lives, to save lives and to lead the fight for a world without cancer.For more than 10 years, Martiniello has been part of the Relay For Life of Wilmington, Billerica, Tewksbury fundraiser walk, raising awareness and funds to support the fight against cancer. In recent years, Martiniello has served on the Relay’s Event Leadership Team and played a critical role in helping bring together the communities of Wilmington, Billerica and Tewksbury under one movement to fight cancer. His deep passion and Relay expertise has been essential in helping the Relay For Life event reach the $1 million milestone last year in donations raised since the event first started running.“As these relay For Life events merged, we saw Joe encourage all volunteers’ ideas, include them in every decision and work with all groups to utilize best practices from both events, and even held a meeting at his home to promote socialization,” said Dennis Cataldo, member of the Eastern New England Board, American Cancer Society. “The inclusiveness that Joe brought to this event has been a positive influence. We are so lucky to have a volunteer like Joe be part of our Relay For Life community.The Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award is named in honor of the late Sandra C. Labaree, a long-time American Cancer Society volunteer from Maine. Despite her death from breast cancer in 2000, Labaree’s spirit and values live on through this award. Each year, the local area Board selects the most inspired and passionate individuals to receive this prestigious honor whose service best exemplifies the Society’s organizational values of mission, stewardship, diversity, data-driven, and respect.For more information on how to become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society or about the Society’s programs and services, please visit or call 800-227-2345.About The American Cancer SocietyThe American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to Martiniello, left, of Wilmington received the American Cancer Society’s Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award from Dennis Cataldo, member of the Eastern New England Board, American Cancer Society, June 15, 2018, at the Relay For Life of Wilmington, Billerica, Tewksbury fundraiser walk. (NOTE: The above press release is from the American Cancer Society.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Joe Martiniello Honored With Top Volunteer Award From American Cancer SocietyIn “Community”Winners Announced In 2nd Annual Taste of Towns Pizza WarIn “Business”$1 MILLION: Wilmington Relay For Life Reaches Fundraising MilestoneIn “Community”last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 FM Arun Jaitley limits cash donation amounts to political

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsUnion Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley will be remembered for quite some time as the person who had the guts to bring steps in the budget that had the potential to cut illegal funding for political parties. He would also be remembered as the person who promulgated the idea of electoral bonds.Also read: Union Budget 2017 Income Tax highlights: FM Arun Jaitley gives income tax breaks to common man, but burdens high-earnersJaitley, at the post-Budget press conference, said that he had been inspired by former US President Barack Obama when it came to putting limits on cash donation amounts. He said: “Obama took donations from people — $50 from one, $100 from another. There was no hassle because it came online. We must follow the same example.”Here are the top steps he took to ostensibly clear up political funding and bring transparency to the process:1. Cash donations per source fixed at Rs 2,000: Jaitley said political parties can henceforth receive cash donations of only Rs 2,000 from a single source. However, there is no word on whether the source can be anonymous, because if that is the case, a lot of money can change hands and the purpose of this step is defeated. In picture: The steps taken by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make political funding more transparent.Twitter/MIB India2. Donations through digital and cheques: The finance minister also said provisions would be made for political parties to receive donations through cheques and digital payments. This could help ensure transparency, as those who pay via these means can be tracked.3. Electoral bonds: This is the step that could lead to problems. Jaitley has proposed that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act be amended so that electoral bonds can be issued for political parties by the central bank. It remains to be seen how RBI will act as the issuing authority, and who are going to buy them — the political parties, their candidates or the common man?Also, if the RBI issues the bonds, who is going to pay the interest to the bond holder? If political parties are the ones in whose name the bonds are introduced, how are they going to generate enough income to pay back these bonds and the interest on them? Also, what checks and balances will the RBI have in place to ensure that bonds are not defaulted upon?last_img read more

Transport leader vows to continue 48hr strike

first_imgMany ride on rickshaw getting no bus on 28 October, Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloGeneral secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, Osman Ali, on Sunday said now it is not possible to withdraw their ongoing 48-hour strike, reports UNB.”The minister gave his opinion on the media but he could have talked to us. The matter could be resolved through dialogues,” he said while talking to UNB over phone.Earlier, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said there is no possibility to bring any change in the Road Transport Act right now.Responding to a query about their next course of programme, Osman said they would announce that on conclusion of the strike on 30 October.The strike was peaceful across the country except some sporadic incidents, he said adding that action has been taken against the two transport workers in Jatrabari for pouring engine oil on the face of a car driver.On Saturday, transport workers announced to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demand.Their demands include making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V and stopping police harassment on roads.last_img read more

Man killed in Chuadanga gunfight

first_img.A man was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Uzzalpur Field in Chuadanga sadar upazila early Thursday.Deceased Pappu Hossain, 30, son of a certain Bazlur Rahman of Akandabaria village in the upazila, is an enlisted drug trader, claimed the law enforcement.According to the Ain o Salish Kendra, a national legal aid and human rights organisation, as many as 362 people were killed in “crossfires” and “shootouts” with law enforcement agencies between January and September this year.The criminals opened fire on the police during their regular patrol in the area around 2:30am, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, said Delwar Hossain Khan, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.Later, police detained Pappu with bullet wounds and took him to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police recovered one shutter-gun, two bullets, four hand bombs and one sack of phensidyl from the spot.The OC said Pappu was wanted in six cases, including that of drugs.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Venezuela military on alert after Trump threat

first_imgVenezuelan defense minister Vladimir Padrino © gestures as he delivers a speech surrounded by military men at the Defense Ministry building, in Fuerte Tiuna complex, in Caracas, on 19 February. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s military said Tuesday it was on “alert” at its frontiers following threats by US president Donald Trump and ordered its border with Curacao closed ahead of a planned aid shipment.Opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido vowed to bring aid in from various points Saturday “one way or another” despite military efforts to block it.But commanders doubled down on their allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro after Trump warned them to abandon him.“The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders… to avoid any violations of territorial integrity,” said defense minister Vladimir Padrino.Regional commander Vladimir Quintero later confirmed media reports that Venezuela had ordered the suspension of air and sea links with Curacao and the neighboring Netherlands Antilles islands of Aruba and Bonaire.Shipments of food and medicine for Venezuelans suffering in the country’s economic crisis have become a focus of the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido.Aid is being stored in Colombia near the Venezuelan border and Guaido aims also to bring in consignments via Brazil and Curacao.A Brazilian presidential spokesman said the country was cooperating with the United States to supply aid to Venezuela but would leave it to Venezuelans to take the goods over the border.Maduro says the aid plan is a smokescreen for a US invasion. He blames US sanctions and “economic war” for Venezuela’s crisis.No safe harborGuaido, the 35-year-old leader of the Venezuelan legislature, has appealed to military leaders to switch allegiance to him and let the aid through.He has offered military commanders an amnesty if they abandon Maduro.But the military high command has so far maintained its public backing for Maduro—seen as key to keeping him in power.“We reiterate unrestrictedly our obedience, subordination and loyalty” to Maduro, Padrino said.Guaido posted a series of tweets calling by name on senior military leaders commanding border posts to abandon Maduro.He has branded Maduro illegitimate, saying the elections that returned the socialist leader to power last year were fixed.The United States and some 50 other countries back Guaido as interim president.Trump has refused to rule out US military action in Venezuela. He raised the pressure on Monday, issuing a warning to the Venezuelan military.He told them that if they continue to support Maduro, “you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”Padrino rejected Trump’s threat, branding the US president “arrogant.”If foreign powers try to help install a new government by force, they will have to do so “over our dead bodies,” Padrino said.Pack of liesDespite sitting on the world’s biggest oil reserves, Venezuela is gripped by a humanitarian crisis, with a shortage of food and medicine.It has suffered four years of recession marked by hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund says will reach 10 million percent this year.An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country since 2015.Guaido says 300,000 people face death without the aid but Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis.Padrino said the military would not be “blackmailed” by “a pack of lies and manipulations.”Maduro said that 300 tonnes of Russian aid would reach Venezuela on Wednesday. He previously announced the arrival of goods from China, Cuba and Russia, his main international allies.In a series of tweets, Guaido urged supporters to write to the generals “from the heart, with arguments, without violence, without insults,” to win them over.Battle of the bandsGuaido says he has enlisted the support of 700,000 people to help bring in the aid on Saturday and is aiming for a million in total.He thanked Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain for pledging “more than $18 million for the humanitarian aid.”British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he will hold a pro-aid concert just over the border in Colombia on Friday.British rock star Peter Gabriel and Colombian pop singer Carlos Vives are among those scheduled to perform.Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters weighed in on Maduro’s side in a video broadcast on Venezuelan state media, criticizing Branson and Gabriel and said the aid was being politicized.Maduro’s government plans to stage a rival concert on its side of the border.last_img read more

Thousands of tourists stranded as flights cancelled over Pakistan

first_imgStranded passengers wait outside the Thai Airways ticket counter at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on 28 February 2019. Photo: AFPThousands of holidaymakers were stranded in Bangkok on Thursday after Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad suddenly closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India.Twenty-seven flights, the majority to and from European routes, have been cancelled, the Thai flag carrier said, with three passenger jets forced to return to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on Thursday.The cancellations follow a snowballing crisis between nuclear armed neighbours Pakistan and India, which has raised fears of an all-out war.Pakistan claimed it shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace, although it later clarified only one Indian pilot had been captured.India said its forces had also shot down a Pakistani fighter jet as Pakistan suddenly closed its airspace.Thai Airways said nearly 5,000 passengers had been caught up in the cancellations.”There are 4,000 from European flights and 700 to 800 from flights to Pakistan,” a Thai Airways spokesperson said.”We are waiting for permission to fly over other countries,” she said, explaining Iran had rejected a request to fly over its airspace.”Now we are contacting China,” she added.The carrier said stranded passengers were put up in hotels at its expense.But frustration mounted Thursday at Bangkok’s main airport at the sudden delays.”We have waited here for 11 or 12 hours already,” Gerda Heinzel 55, a German tourist flying back to Munich after a holiday in Phuket.”We have not been given anything to eat, anywhere to stay. There are no German-speaking staff to help us.”Flights to London, Paris, Brussels, Milan and Munich were all cancelled on Thursday, while 10 incoming flights from Europe were also scratched.The cancellations are a blow to Thai Airways during one of the country’s most popular travel periods.last_img read more

Full Show Prop B Ruled Unconstitutional And Radiolabs Jad Abumrad May 16

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Thursday’s Houston Matters: With the ruling yesterday that Proposition B violates the Texas constitution, which the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association plans to appeal, we take a closer look at where the saga goes next and how it will affect this year’s mayoral election.Also, this hour: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we learn how the local non-profit Communities in Schools of Houston promotes mental wellness for the students at their institutions.Then, Jad Abumrad, co-host of the public radio show Radiolab, tells us how the show took shape and about the stories that have stayed with him over the years. He’ll be in Houston for a live stage show Saturday.And Meg Booth, the new executive director of the Society for the Performing Arts tells us about her new role.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X 00:00 /55:56center_img Listen last_img read more