FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, has said that investments in youth and social development would bring great dividends to the country and provide important socio-economic stability.Delivering the keynote address Friday (August 27) at the closing ceremony of the Ministry’s Steps to Work summer camp at the Kendal Conference Centre, Manchester, he noted that the programme, geared to giving youths who have given up on the educational process a second chance, has given him hope that persons who need to make a change can do so, and that resources spent on such projects were well placed.“There is nothing that we can invest in, as a country, and get the kind of returns as when we invest in human capital. They can make a change to someone who has intent of a career and is going somewhere,” the Minister said.He added that young people hold a great promise for the future and anything that is spent on educating them and showing them that life will be what they make of it, would be well spent.“Take charge of your future, and I believe that if we are able to track some of you in years to come, you are going to be citizens who are making meaningful contributions to our country,” he stated.Manager of the South West Region of the HEART Trust/NTA, Charmaine Dixon, remarked that the camps were of such interest to participants that, at one location – May Day High School – a group of campers walked from their district, Lancaster, to the camp.“They were committed to making a change in their lives. They have now gotten a second chance, and it is not just a three-week camp, the process continues,” she advised.Participants are chosen from Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) households, and have either left school, dropped out or are about to drop out of school due to low school attendance patterns, and have no certification. At the summer camps they receive assistance in skills development, remediation, entrepreneurial training, job readiness and other developmental interventions, aimed at making them active economic contributors to the society.The Steps-to-Work programme is run by the Ministry under PATH, with support from the HEART Trust/NTA, the National Youth Service (NYS), and the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC). RelatedGallimore Predicts Huge Gains from Investments in Human Capital RelatedGallimore Predicts Huge Gains from Investments in Human Capital RelatedGallimore Predicts Huge Gains from Investments in Human Capital Gallimore Predicts Huge Gains from Investments in Human Capital LabourAugust 30, 2010 Advertisements
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Obama announced the availability of USD600 million in Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for this fiscal year and outlines the basics of his administration’s proposal for a four-year USD302 billion transportation reauthorisation bill.Key provisions to the ports included a new USD10 billion multimodal grant programme for rail, highway and port projects; a doubling of funding for the TIGER programme; USD4 billion to attract private investment in transportation infrastructure; and the goal of improving project delivery and the federal permitting and regulatory review process.House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Dave Camp, also proposed to dedicate USD126.5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to fund highway and infrastructure investment, while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also held events aimed at gaining support for a surface transportation reauthorisation bill.”The overwhelming bipartisan passage of water resources legislation in both the Senate and the House last year, the importance President Obama continues to express in investing in America’s ports and the many calls from policymakers on both sides of the aisle on the unquestioned need to improve America’s transportation infrastructure makes us hopeful that all parties will be able to work together to identify a means to provide the needed investments in port-related infrastructure,” commented AAPA president, Kurt Nagle.www.aapa-ports.org
Richardson RFPD, an Arrow Electronics company, has entered into a global franchise agreement with ERZIA Technologies. Headquartered in Santander, Spain, ERZIA is a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of solid-state amplifiers using the latest technologies available to provide rugged and high-reliability solutions for a range of applications, including communications, test and measurement, radar, and electronic warfare. The agreement covers ERZIA’s commercial off-the-shelf products, including high-power/driver amplifier (HPA) modules and low noise amplifier (LNA) modules. ERZIA’s broad product offering covers DC to 100 GHz, with connectorized and waveguide interfaces. All of ERZIA’s COTS products are ITAR-free designs and offer a high degree of customization. Richardson RFPD is franchised for ERZIA’s full line of COTS modules and will initially stock 14 models. Inventory is expected by January 2020 and is available for immediate preorder.Click here to see ERZIA’s products available with Richardson RFPD.Click here to see ERZIA’s complete product line on everything RF.Click here to see an Interview everything RF conducted with Erzia.
An Irish punter has bet £10,000 on QPR staying in the Premier League this season.The bet was placed at a Bet Victor store in Dublin at odds of 6/5.Rangers are bottom of the table and without a league win this season, but the recent appointment of Harry Redknapp as manager has raised hopes that they will avoid the drop.AdChoices广告A Bet Victor spokesman said: “We are very keen to lay Rangers and they are a big liability to finish in the top half of the table having been well backed pre-season at 5/2 (now 20s) and again at 6/1 after their poor start.“We can’t see three poorer sides than the Hoops in the Premier League and believe this will be one of Redknapp’s greatest achievements if he keeps the R’s up.”
Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay: West Ham defeat sickeningby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay says Sunday’s loss to West Ham United was sickening.The Hammers easily dispatched United 2-0 at London Stadium.”It’s sickening when you come in and that’s the result,” he told MUTV. “It’s so tough to take and it’s difficult for all our fans as well who were unbelievable all game. Unfortunately we didn’t send them back with three points.”McTominay added that injuries to a number of players, including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, was not an excuse for the loss.”It’s no excuse,” he said. “We have quality all over the squad and obviously some of the main players who play every week are injured, but so be it.”It’s a chance for young players to come in and make their mark and in the future we have to look to them and hopefully they can get some more game time because we need them. It’s not a time to drop your head.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has decided to implement Xvela’s collaboration services in an effort “to increase transparency throughout the transportation supply chain and more efficiently employ assets and resources.”Hapag-Lloyd and Xvela, an affiliate of Navis, plan to initiate the global rollout on one of Hapag Lloyd’s Latin American services and will continue to broaden the services throughout its terminal partners.The ‘Phase One’ rollout will leverage Xvela’s services to further enhance communication and collaboration between Hapag-Lloyd planners and terminal partners.“Working together with Xvela will create an increased advantage for Hapag-Lloyd and its partners,” Joern Springer, Senior Director Fleet Support, Hapag-Lloyd AG, said. “Through increased visibility throughout the transport chain, all involved parties will be able to optimize asset and resource planning – resulting in greater accuracy and a considerable improvement of collaboration levels,” he added.Xvela, the maritime business network for ocean carriers and terminal operators, said it will provide benefits to both Hapag-Lloyd and its terminal partner network, allowing both sides to leverage the advantages of real-time data sharing, visibility i.e. into MACS3 stability and/or lasting results, and integration with the TOS.“Hapag-Lloyd … will collaborate with its terminal network in Xvela to share critical information in real time. The optimization of stowage across each of their services will further improve operational efficiency and consistency,” Martin Bardi, VP of Global Sales for Xvelaand NCVS, commented. “The network effect of onboarding another large global carrier will serve as a catalyst for other carriers and terminals to follow,” Bardi continued.Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world’s biggest liner shipping companies, has a fleet of 222 boxships with a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU.
CONCORD, N.H. – Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too.Velcro Cos. this week released a music video with a message it hopes will stick as well as its products: “Don’t Say Velcro.”The video features actors portraying trademark attorneys, joined by a few actual lawyers in the background, pleading with the public to respect the company’s brand and refer to similar “scratchy, hairy” products as “hook and loop” fasteners.“We’re asking you not to say a name we took 60 plus years to build,” the group sings. “But if you keep calling these Velcro shoes, our trademark will get killed.”Velcro CEO Fraser Cameron said the video had been viewed more than 4 million times worldwide by Tuesday afternoon.“We want people to know there’s a real company behind the brand folks know and love and that there’s a difference between Velcro brand products and others in the marketplace,” he said. “There’s only one Velcro brand. Everything else is just hook and loop.”Velcro has its roots in nature. Swiss engineer George de Mestral came up with the design in the 1940s after studying burrs that stuck to his dog’s fur and his wool pants during a walk in the woods. He named his invention Velcro, a combination of “velour” and “crotchet,” the French words for velvet and hook.Production began in France, but by 1958 operations had moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where employees marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s U.S. trademark in 2008 by lining up for more than a mile to rip apart 8-inch lengths of the company’s famous fasteners.Today, the company’s global headquarters is in the United Kingdom, and its fasteners, found on everything from spacesuits to diapers, are made in seven countries.“We’re in planes, trains, automobiles, commercial and residential construction, hospitals. … It’s really everywhere,” Cameron said. “It’s really hard to go through a day without encountering our brand.”Velcro’s patent expired in 1978, however, allowing competitors such as 3M to move into the market.Penn Holderness, who wrote and directed the video for Walk West in Raleigh, North Carolina, said the goal was to make a ridiculous 1980s-style video in the vein of “We are the World” for what company officials acknowledge is a First World problem.“Creatively, we wanted to come up with something that looked and felt melodramatic and serious, but also clearly admitting, as Velcro was willing to do, that this is a bizarre problem that a lot of people don’t know about,” said Holderness, who’s known for viral music videos featuring his family.The song includes references to other successful brands that have become nearly synonymous with their products, with the name brands bleeped out: “If you need something/To clean up your socks/Do it with bleach/And not with (Clorox).” And “If you have blood/From a boo boo you made/This is a bandage/And not a (Band-Aid).”
TORONTO – Superior Court has appointed a litigation investigator to review $3 billion in payments made to Sears Canada shareholders, while the company’s pension fund had a nearly $300 million shortfall.The court has ordered litigation investigator Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP to look into the claims and report to a committee of creditors with recommendations about litigation to be pursued.Sears pensioners requested the investigator’s appointment in hopes of recouping some of the money they say has been missing since the company filed for bankruptcy last year.The workers’ complaints partially target U.S. hedge fund ESL Investments and its CEO Eddie Lampert, who took control of Sears in 2005 and received some of the $3 billion.In a blog post, Lampert has previously claimed that Sears had $500 million in cash available for use and no debt after the divided payments were made.He said his company suffered significant losses from Sears’s bankruptcy.He also blamed former workers for conflating numbers in Sears’ retirement plan with health, dental and life insurance that he claims has gone unfunded since 2008.