Nominations for PM’s National Youth Awards for Excellence Open Sept. 6

first_img Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica. He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities. Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5. Story Highlights Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence will open on September 6 and run until October 5.Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Kingston today (September 3), Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said this year the focus will be on nation builders and youth leaders in corporate Jamaica.He said the Nation Builders award, which is a new segment of the recognition scheme, will reward youth who have dedicated their services to the development of communities.“Young people are shining right across Jamaica, so nominate our youth. Let us get the applications, so we can vet and see who are qualified,” Mr. Green added.The State Minister said that “we want to reward young people who have formed community groups, given back to the communities in different ways, and lobbied for community centres and sport facilities”.Mr. Green said he is encouraging persons to visit www.moe.gov.jm, or youthjamaica.com for application forms.The State Minister pointed out that the Corporate Leadership award, also new, is in keeping with the Government’s drive to create role models “among young people in business, and reward those young people in corporate life who have shown strong leadership”.The Prime Minister National Youth Awards for Excellence was introduced in 1998 to recognise young Jamaicans who have excelled and contributed to national development.Since its inception, 224 awards have been conferred on individuals in the fields of Academics, Sport, Arts and Culture, Environmental Protection, and Journalism.It is open to all Jamaican nationals between 15 and 29 years old who are living in Jamaica and the diaspora, who have attained excellence and world-class achievement.“We can hold them up as role models for other youth to excel and embrace their positive qualities,” Mr. Green said.last_img read more

Central Government and Public Bodies to Invest $100.9 Billion on Projects

first_img A sum of $100.9 billion is earmarked to implement 194 investment projects by Central Government and Public Bodies during the 2019/20 fiscal year, under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).This is according to the 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.Just over $72 billion is programmed to commence or continue 100 projects by Central Government over the upcoming year, with $28.8 billion set aside to finance the remaining 94 by Public Bodies.The Central Government budget contains a $487.8-million contingency provision for new projects that were not finalised for inclusion in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure but are expected to be approved by Cabinet during the new year.A disaggregation of the allocation’s funding sources shows that just over $43 billion or 59.7 per cent of this provision will be financed from the Consolidated Fund; 29.6 per cent through external loans; and 10.5 per cent from external grants.Approximately $17.7 billion or 61.4 per cent of the Public Bodies investment budget will be provided from the entities’ internal revenues, with the remaining $11.2 billion or 38.5 per cent from loans.The National Housing Trust’s (NHT) provision of $39.4 billion is the largest allocation.The projected PSIP sums over the next four fiscal years, according to the Fiscal Policy Paper, are 2020/21 – $112.7 billion, 2021/22 – $125 billion, 2022/23 – $124.6 billion, and 2023/24 – $101 billion.The PSIP is financed through a combination of government funds, loans and grants from International Development Partners, as well as funds from Self-Financing Public Bodies. A sum of $100.9 billion is earmarked to implement 194 investment projects by Central Government and Public Bodies during the 2019/20 fiscal year, under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP). This is according to the 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. Story Highlights Just over $72 billion is programmed to commence or continue 100 projects by Central Government over the upcoming year, with $28.8 billion set aside to finance the remaining 94 by Public Bodies. last_img read more

Surge in parttime work offsets fulltime losses helps drops unemployment rate

first_imgOTTAWA – The economy generated 54,100 net new jobs last month and saw its unemployment rate fall — but the headline improvements overshadowed weaker details: a rush of new part-time, public sector positions and a drop in full-time work.The overall July increase in jobs pushed the unemployment rate back to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent, down from six per cent the previous month, Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey said Friday.But a closer look at the numbers revealed that the country gained 82,000 less desirable, part-time positions last month — and it lost 28,000 full-time jobs. The public sector made the biggest contribution to the July increase with 49,600 new jobs, while the private sector added 5,200 positions.Average hourly wage growth, which is scrutinized by the Bank of Canada, continued its gradual cool-off last month with a year-over-year reading of 3.2 per cent. In June, it expanded 3.6 per cent and in May the figure was 3.9 per cent, which marked a nine-year high.The total number of hours worked in July expanded 1.3 per cent, a slightly slower pace than the June reading of 1.4 per cent.“In the wacky world of Canada’s monthly employment numbers, July came up with another head scratcher, with some big headlines but some disappointments in the fine print,” CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote Friday in a research note to clients.Shenfeld added that there are “lots of reasons to question just how good the data really are here.”But overall he said the report contained a “good” set of numbers that will keep markets guessing whether the Bank of Canada will introduce its next interest rate hike in September or October. CIBC predicts the next rate increase will land in October as the central bank continues to proceed cautiously along its rate-hiking path.Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter also wrote about the jobs numbers in a research note: “Today’s job report is a classic case of ‘nice headlines, shame about the details.’ While we would still give the overall result a passing grade, it’s tough to get overly enthusiastic.”By industry, the goods-producing sector lost 36,500 jobs in July, with a notable loss of 18,400 positions in manufacturing and a drop of 12,300 in construction.The services sector saw strong gains last month with a combined net increase of 90,500 jobs, which was led by 30,700 positions in health care and social assistance as well as 36,500 in education.Both Shenfeld and Porter underlined those big gains in education as signs the July numbers are likely weaker than they look at first glance. Porter noted that, in the past, summertime education employment boosts have often been reversed in the ensuing months.National Bank of Canada chief economist Stefane Marion wrote in a report Friday that the public sector is the “only game in town” so far in 2018. Marion’s research note was titled: “Where are the private sector jobs?”Across the provinces, Ontario gained 60,600 jobs — all in part-time work — and the unemployment rate dropped 0.5 percentage points to 5.4 per cent for its lowest reading since July 2000. The education jobs fuelled much of the gain in Ontario, Statistics Canada said.Employment also rose in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba lost jobs last month.More women between the ages of 25 and 54 years old were working in July as the category saw a gain of 30,300 jobs.The youth unemployment rate — representing workers aged 15 to 24 years old — fell to 11.1 per cent, down from 11.7 per cent in June. The report said the main cause of the drop was due to the fact fewer young people were looking for work.Compared with a year earlier, overall employment was up 1.3 per cent following the addition of 245,900 jobs for an increase driven by 210,500 new full-time positions.In an interview, Shenfeld added that “for the past year, Canadians have certainly been enjoying a very solid labour market with a low unemployment rate and that’s still true in the latest data.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Amazon says it plans to create 600 new tech jobs in Toronto

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Amazon says it plans to create 600 new tech jobs in Toronto.The online retail behemoth says the jobs will be in fields including software development, machine learning and cloud computing.The announcement comes as Amazon is set to open an expanded office in Toronto’s downtown core.The city was on the shortlist to host the company’s highly coveted second headquarters, but eventually lost out to New York City and Arlington, Va.Had the Toronto region won that bid, it would have landed 50,000 Amazon jobs.Amazon says it currently has more than 800 corporate employees in Toronto.last_img read more

Rohit Shekhars wife questioned for 8 hrs

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Saturday questioned the wife and family members of Rohit Shekhar into his unnatural death case. Crime Branch officials questioned Shekhar’s wife Apoorva for over eight hours, sources said.She was questioned about her entry in their Defence colony residence, her schedule –what she did during the day and why she did not find it odd when Shekhar was sleeping throughout the day, they said. Shekhar’s brother Siddharth and househelps –Martha and Golu –were also questioned since they, too, were present at his residence at the time of his death, the sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officials suspect that an insider was involved in the murder, they said. The Delhi Police had on Thursday registered a case of murder into the death of Shekhar, 40, hours after his autopsy report stated that he died of asphyxia due to strangulation. Shekhar, son of late Uttarakhand chief minister ND Tiwari, was brought to Max Hospital in south Delhi around 5 pm on Tuesday in an ambulance and doctors declared him dead. The case has been transferred to the crime branch for investigation. Shekhar’s cousin Rajeev and his wife Kumkum are also being questioned in connection with the case. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources said at least five-six calls were made from Rohit’s phone to Kumkum from 2 am to 4 am on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. They said police is trying to ascertain the reason why did Shekhar contact her at the odd hours. Neighbours claimed that the couple often had fights and just last month a PCR call was made by one of them. “They had a fight last month. A PCR call was also made in this regard. The local police had come to the residence of Shekhar. We could hear noises and we were out to check,” said a neighbour requesting anonymity.last_img read more