Facebook 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:
Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. 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One of her greatest contributions to space exploration included making essential calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module. She also worked on the Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite.Here’s a look at NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia. NASA NASA IV&V assures the safety and success of software on NASA’s highest-profile missions.”It’s an honor the NASA IV&V Program’s primary facility now carries Katherine Johnson’s name,” NASA IV&V Program Director Gregory Blaney said in a statement. “It’s a way for us to recognize Katherine’s career and contributions not just during Black History Month, but every day, every year.” After working at NASA and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics for over three decades, Johnson retired in 1986. 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[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?
Venezuelan 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.