PM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff

first_imgRelatedPM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has said that provisions have been made in the 2010/11 Budget to satisfy the Government’s obligations to Air Jamaica’s staff.“We have made provisions in the budget to satisfy, promptly, all our obligations to the staff of Air Jamaica, some of whom will be offered employment by Caribbean Airlines,” he said during his contribution to the 2010/11 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, today (April 20).The Prime Minister told the House that Caribbean Airlines is committed to servicing the routes that are vital to Jamaica’s interests.“They will fly these routes under the Air Jamaica flag, at least for the initial period, under licence from the Government of Jamaica,” he added.He noted that while it would have been ideal to keep the airline “in Jamaican hands”, no plausible offer was forthcoming and every study done suggested that its chances of success hinged on being merged with another carrier, in order to achieve the necessary economies.He lamented that, ever since the deregulation of commercial aviation internationally, air transportation has become a “cut-throat business” with over US$1 billion in accumulated losses.The national carrier Air Jamaica and the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines have agreed on a new takeover deadline of April 30, pushed back from the previous target date of April 12.In the meantime, the Prime Minster informed Parliament that the privatisation of the Sangster International Airport has gone well, and an enterprise team has been established to pursue a similar strategy for the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).He said that the NMIA offers significant new economic opportunities, including possible benefits from offering easier air travel between the Far East and sections of Europe, on the one hand, and South America, on the other.“In recent times, the US Department of Homeland Security has introduced transit visa requirements for all but 36 countries. Passengers from all other countries are required to obtain transit visas in order to make connecting flights in the US,” he explained.He said that NMIA which has significant excess capacity can provide a visa-free, hassle-free connecting point between these two ends of the world, adding that it offers significant possibilities for increased business in the provision of services and supplies to aircraft and in-transit passengers.“It is a window of opportunity that will not remain open for long. Other neighbouring countries also recognise these opportunities, and we are moving swiftly to formally invite proposals for establishing NMIA as a strategic hub for transatlantic travel,” he added.He said that expressions of interest have been received from a number of reputable entities.He stated that privatisation programme, such as these, are critical in relieving the burden on commercial activities that have drained the public purse, and to allow for private capital to make the kind of investments in entities that the Government is not able to make. RelatedPM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff RelatedPM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staffcenter_img PM says Budget will Cover Obligations to Air Jamaica Staff Office of the Prime MinisterApril 21, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

Batista petitions for reinstatement

first_img November 15, 2008 Regular News B atista petitions for reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alberto Victor Batista has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Batista was suspended for 91 days effective May 19, 2003, as a result of his failure to communicate with his clients and lack of diligence.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Batista’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jennifer Moore, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Batista petitions for reinstatementlast_img read more

Revenues up, but profits down for Coscol

first_imgAccording to the shipping line, low time charter demand and increasing management and financial expenses were the main factors contributing to the profit decline. However, Coscol reported substantial growth from its multipurpose vessel fleet and has begun optimising its overall fleet structure. Coscol will add between four and eight 28,000 dwt heavy lift vessels to its fleet during 2013. It will decommission between four and eight 60,000-110,100 dwt multipurpose vessels in that time. During 2012, Coscol’s total fleet capacity rose to 1.55 million dwt – up from 1.18 million dwt in 2009. Over this time the average fleet age has fallen from 21 to 12.9 years old. read more

No repeat winners in second week at Off Road

first_imgBy Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (April 23) – A second night of racing at Off Road Speedway produced four first-time IMCA feature winners.The list of winners from Saturday night’s four sanctioned divisions, along with the first session of IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, consisted of different names, suggesting that the level of competition at the track is wide open and the standings will see continued movement each week of the sea­son.Tiffany Bittner came out on top in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, winning what became a highly competitive four-car battle with Tracy Buck, TeJay Mielke and Nate DeSive.Eventually, just as Bittner and Mielke were pulling away from the field, a caution and restart with three laps left brought the pack of four together again to finish the race. Bittner’s win, perhaps a one-day-early birthday present to herself, helped rid her of “a monkey on my back the last couple of nights,” adding that the win “felt a lot better.”In the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division, James Roebuck followed up a victory at Boone County Raceway on Friday night with an Off Road Speedway win, taking the lead from Colby Langen­berg just two laps into the race and staying in front for the remaining 18 laps in spite of three restarts which kept the field close together.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars opened their season and Shawn Primrose took advantage of a restart to begin the race, got the lead, and pulled away from the field.Unfortunately for Primrose, a flat right-rear tire with two laps remaining provided an opening for Chad Bruns, who promptly grabbed the lead for the win, later admitting that, “Sometimes it’s bet­ter to be lucky than good.” Primrose held on for second.Shannon Pospisil also earned his first Off Road win of the year, chasing Mark Benedict for nine laps before powering past Benedict on the backstretch nine laps into the 12-lap Mach-1 Sport Compact feature for the win.last_img read more

J.J. Watt injury update: Texans defensive star out for season with torn pec

first_img Jaguars fans troll Jets’ Sam Darnold’s ‘ghosts’ ahead of game J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the Texans defensive star confirmed Sunday night. This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 28, 2019Watt left Sunday’s game against the Raiders under his own power with just over five minutes remaining in the first half and headed to the medical tent. He then left the tent and jogged to the locker room for further examination, and was initially labeled as questionable to return with a shoulder injury. He was later ruled out.The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year missed significant portions of the 2016 and 2017 campaigns with season-ending injuries. Related News Tom Brady’s relationship with Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick could determine future with Patriotscenter_img “This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal,” Watt tweeted. “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.” A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver (ankle) hopes to return by Week 10last_img read more

2017 National Retail Security Survey Now Available for Data Submission

first_imgThe 2017 National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) input form is now available for retailers to provide shrinkage and other loss prevention benchmarking data. Dr. Richard Hollinger, professor emeritus at the University of Florida and consultant to the National Retail Federation (NRF) who sponsors the survey, said, “I strongly encourage all loss prevention executives to participate in this survey so that the results represent the entire retail industry. With retail’s growing consolidation, submitting your company’s data is more important than ever.”Benchmarking is an important exercise for LP organizations to participate in and why the magazine supports and reports on many of the surveys conducted by the various associations, including NRF, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), as well as the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC). No matter what association your company is a member, it benefits the entire retail industry to participate in the NRSS and similar studies. That is also why the magazine recently instituted an ongoing benchmarking column to hopefully add to the industry’s knowledge base.“With a constantly evolving retail landscape, loss prevention becomes more complex every day,” said Bob Moraca, NRF vice president of loss prevention. “LP professionals have been working diligently to find advancements in technology aimed at deterring crime in our industry, sometimes even before it happens. But as our techniques get more sophisticated, so too do the criminals. The NRSS has been invaluable in allowing LP executives and others understand the causes of retail crime and its changing methodology, and allowed the industry to respond to changing crime patterns and technological enhancements that deter retail crime.”- Sponsor – The 2016 NRSS, which accumulated data from 2015 retail results, found inventory shrinkage averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $45.2 billion, up by $1.2 billion from 2014. Just under half of those retailers submitting results reported increases in overall inventory shrink with shoplifting accounting for the greatest cause—the second year that external theft surpassed internal theft. Results also showed robberies were increasing significantly for retailers. These types of retail theft statistics are critical for LP organizations to consider when comparing their results with others in the industry.Links to the 2017 survey instrument were sent out the last week of March via email. If you did not receive the email, please contact Hollinger at rhollin (at) ufl (dot) edu or Moraca at moracar (at) nrf (dot) com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

When will robots finally take farmers’ jobs?

first_imgHow IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Tags:#Agriculture#Autonomous#Lux Research#robotics The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Francesco Gatti Robots could scoop up the remainder of jobs in agriculture over the next two decades, as machines become smarter, cheaper, and more efficient.That’s according to a new report by Lux Research that reveals how robots and autonomous systems could take over and change the agriculture industry.See Also: Crownstone takes home automation beyond AlexaRobots have not been economically viable for a lot of farmers, and tests have shown most robots are less efficient than their human counterparts. On top of that, robots typically have one or two functions, compared to the large variety of tasks that humans are able to complete.Lux argues that in the near future, we are going to see farming robots that are not only much cheaper than human labor, but capable of executing tasks with much more efficiency and accuracy. That could lead to higher crop yields for farmers and a workforce that doesn’t need to rest every few hours.In the graphic (above), Lux shows the cost per acre of a lettuce thinner and lettuce weeder, compared to the human labor cost. As we enter into the next decade, the lettuce weeder is already $50 lower per acre, and the lettuce thinner reaches the human labor cost at 2027.Other crops, like corn, are already seeing autonomous systems enter the workforce. An Autosteer system for tractors and harvesters has already reached 10 percent market penetration, and Lux predicts the cost factor will be negligible by 2020.Lux also mentions that in Japan the average age of a strawberry picker is 70, and once the current generation of farm workers leave the workforce, farmers may be forced to move to an autonomous system.Don’t worry — people are still neededWhat the report doesn’t suggest is that all human labor will be removed from agriculture. Instead, Lux suggests that humans will be used for other tasks, like maintenance and sorting, tasks that are not fit for robots currently.Agriculture has become a much less important sector in most developed countries, contributing to less than five percent of the U.S. GDP. Employment in agriculture over the past fifty years has dropped from 30 to 4.2 percent, according to Momagri.That said, it is still a major source of revenue and employment in Africa and Oceania, at 52 and 59 percent, respectively. Across all developing countries, agriculture accounts for 48 percent of all employment.The invasion of robots in the agriculture market may force countries in Africa to quickly urbanize, similar to China’s urbanization period in the 1980s. While some may respond well to this, others countries may struggle to find new jobs for the millions entering the workforce due to a lack of rural employment.last_img read more

Brazilian fans chant homophobic slur at Copa America opener

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippe Coutinho leads Neymar-less Brazil to opening win in Copa America Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bolivia’s Carlos Lampe fails to stop a penalty from Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho during a Copa America Group A soccer match at the Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)SAO PAULO — Brazilian fans have sung homophobic chants during Copa America’s opening match at the Morumbi stadium.Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe heard the slurs several times Friday, chanted by thousands of Brazil fans behind his goal in Brazil’s 3-0 victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Homophobic chants were overlooked in South America until recently. They usually take place when the visiting goalkeeper runs to take a goal kick.Brazilian stadia started seeing a wave of homophobic chants after the 2014 World Cup the South American country hosted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGoverning body FIFA has repeatedly fined the Brazilian soccer confederation for homophobic chants.On Thursday, Brazil’s top court ruled homophobia is a crime akin to racism. Perpetrators of prejudice against homosexuals will be jailed between one and three years. Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up PLAY LIST 01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Panic over NRC grips Kolkata several parts of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Hundreds of people lined up at government and municipal offices here and across West Bengal Tuesday to collect their birth certificates and necessary documents to be in readiness should NRC be implemented in the state despite assurances by the TMC government that it would not be allowed. The omission of a large number of Hindu Bengalis from the final NRC list in BJP-ruled Assam has apparently created panic among the people and has led to six deaths in the state so far. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Large queues wereseen outside Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquartersand other division offices in the city and BDO offices in other parts of Bengal as people waited for their turn to search for land and other necessary documents. “I have come to the KMC office to collect my birth certificate as I had lost it long back. I have heard that we need to have our birthcertificates to prove that we are citizens of this country in case NRC is implemented in Bengal,” said 75-year-old Ajit Ray, who was seen standing outsideKMC headquarters. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway 55-year-old Bimal Mondal was seen standing outside the land records department of KMC, in search of documents of land procurement in Kolkata by his parents five decades ago. In rural Bengal similar picture was witnessed outside various government and panchayat offices. “What will we do if we are declared foreigners though we were born and brought up in this country ? From where will I get documents of my father being born in this country?” 25-year-old Khalque Mollah of South 24 Parganas district said. According to government sources, six people have died so far in the districts. Two of them allegedly committed suicide after failing to procure old documents and four others died after falling ill while standing in queues with thousands of villagers at different government offices to get their documents. More than 19 lakh people in Assam have been excluded from the recently published final NRC on August 31, out of which around 12 lakh are Hindus. “We are requesting people not to panic at all. There will be no NRC in Bengal. The TMC government will never allow it. As long as TMC government is in power not a single person will be touched,” Kolkata Mayor and senior minister Firhad Hakim told reporters. West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused BJP of creating panic over NRC and had iterated she will not allow NRC exercise in the state. The BJP Bengal leadership has, however, blamed Banerjee and her party, the TMC for creating a panic over NRC in Bengal to instill fear among the Hindus. “Only TMC will be responsible for the deaths over NRC in the state. We have clearly said all the Hindus who have come from other countries will be given citizenship under Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and then NRC will be implemented to weed out the infiltrators,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.last_img read more