Logistics Hub Initiative to Generate Several Employment Opportunities

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Logistics Hub Initiative is expected to generate numerous employment opportunities for Jamaicans, irrespective of qualifications.In an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme, Mr. Hylton noted that a range of opportunities will be created from the lower end to the highest end of the spectrum.“From the highly skilled to the merely functional supportive kind of role, we believe we can maximise those job possibilities by the preparation we make… getting HEART Trust/NTA and our tertiary institutions involved…getting specialised agencies like the (Caribbean) Maritime Institute, the Aviation College, for the training of the high end and the skilled positions that we know are integral to the process,” the Minister said.He added that unskilled or low skilled individuals will also be catered for in the initiative.“The construction and the build out of the facilities will employ significant numbers and we are talking about projects that span numbers like US$9 billion of investments, a lot of that in physical infrastructure,” the Minister said.Mr. Hylton pointed out that the sustainability of the activities, once the infrastructure is built, will focus on “our services sector and our ability to supply critical services efficiently and in a competitive way, and for that we have to train and bring the range of skill levels up.”The Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2015.Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama Canal.The key elements of the initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

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Wijnaldum Liverpool are not focusing on title battle

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they are focusing on themselves and not on Manchester City’s results ahead of tonight’s game at WolvesAfter 17 games, Jurgen Klopp’s side remains unbeaten with a one-point advantage over City at the top of the Premier League.But Wijnaldum, who impressed in last Sunday’s 3-1 win against Manchester United, says Liverpool are only keeping focus on themselves.And the Dutchman expects a stern challenge from Wolves, who defeated Chelsea 2-1 earlier this month at home.“This season we didn’t think about getting close to City,” Wijnaldum told the club website.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When we were in the future situations [playing after them], or in this case to go four points ahead.“We don’t really think about that, we just want to play the game and try to win the game and then we will see what will happen at the end of the week. We just have to make sure we win our game, that’s the only thing we have to do.“I think Wolves have shown already against the ‘big’ teams that they are a good playing side, especially at home, so it’s going to be a really, really tough game.“We know we have to be 100 per cent concentrated to win that game.”A win tonight at Molineux will move Liverpool four points clear over City, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday.last_img read more

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Denying health insurance for genetic disorders violates rights of policyholder says Delhi

first_imgMedical insurance for people with genetic disordersCreative Commons.In a landmark move that will benefit insurance claimants with genetic diseases, the Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that insurance companies cannot discriminate against people with such ailments. The court also observed that such practices violate people’s rights. Excluding people with genetic disorders from obtaining health insurance or denying their claims is ”discriminatory” and contrary to public policy, Justice Pratibha M Singh observed while delivering a verdict in favor of one Jai Prakash Tayal against United India Assurance Company, reported the Times of India. United India Assurance Company had refused the insurance claim of Tayal, who was suffering from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. The company denied the claim by saying his condition was genetic, and as per his health insurance policy, no sum is payable for genetic diseases.The high court noticed observed that the exclusionary clause of “genetic disorders” in the insurance policy was violative of Article 14 (equality before the law) of the Constitution of India. Ruling in favor of Tayal, the court observed that the right to avail the health insurance is an integral part of the Right to Healthcare and Right to Health, as recognized in Article 21 of the Constitution. It also observed that discrimination in health insurance based on a genetic disorder is unconstitutional, reported Bar and Bench.The court felt that there was a need for a framework that would prevent genetic discrimination and would dictate how genetic data is collected and preserved, and also how it is kept confidential.”Insurance companies are free to structure their contracts based on reasonable and intelligible factors which should not be arbitrary and in any case cannot be exclusionary,” the court observed. The court also asked the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to scrutinize the exclusionary clauses in insurance policies. This would be to make sure that insurance firms do not reject claims on the basis of genetic disorders, the Bar and Bench report said.last_img read more

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Aussie cops raid public broadcaster ABC amid media crackdown

first_imgn this file photo taken on 27 September 2018 the logo for Australia`s public broadcaster ABC is seen at its head office building in Sydney. Photo: AFPAustralian police raided the headquarters of public broadcaster ABC on Wednesday, the second high-profile raid on journalists in 24 hours in a sharp crackdown on sensitive leaks.Six police descended on the corporation’s offices in Sydney armed with a warrant targeting three senior journalists and executives involved in a two-year-old investigative report.In 2017, ABC obtained documents that showed Australian special forces had killed innocent men and children in Afghanistan.The Australian Federal Police said the search was “in relation to allegations of publishing classified material, contrary to provisions of the Crimes Act 1914.”ABC executive editor John Lyons said the search warrant demanded access to reporters’ handwritten notes, emails, story drafts, footage and passwords, among other things — going through a total of 9,214 documents.”This is a really serious escalation of the attack on the free media, and that hits the public,” he said as the raid continued. “I’ve never seen an assault on the media as savage as this.””It’s not just about the media. It’s about any person out there who wants to tell the media about a bad hospital or a school that’s not working. Or a corrupt local council.”A day earlier police raided a journalist’s home in Canberra over a report that detailed the authorities’ bid to gain powers to spy on Australian citizens communications at home.Police said there was “no link” between the two raids which relate to “separate allegations of publishing classified material”.Both stories involved sensitive and potentially classified materials and were embarrassing to the Australian government and the security services in particular.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to distance himself from the raids, which come just days after the re-election of his conservative government, insisting they were police, not government, matters.”Australia believes strongly in the freedom of the press and we have clear rules and protections for the freedom of the press,” he said during a visit to London.”There are also clear rules protecting Australia’s national security and everybody should operate in accordance with all of those laws passed by our parliament.”- ‘Attempt to intimidate’ -Police said that controversial Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was not notified about the raids beforehand, and that the issues had been referred by two unnamed agency heads.Shadow home affairs minister, the Labor party’s Kristina Keneally, demanded an explanation for why the raids occurred.Although the press in Australia can report largely free of political interference, strict defamation laws, court gag orders and state security statutes affect what can be said in print and broadcast.Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance union branded the raids a “disturbing attempt to intimidate legitimate news journalism that is in the public interest.””Police raiding journalists is becoming normalised and it has to stop… it seems that when the truth embarrasses the government, the result is the Federal Police will come knocking at your door.”last_img

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