GraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunities

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The urgent need for Jamaica, and the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean, to start focusing on how to benefit from opportunities arising from the current global economic crisis, has been emphasized by Vice-President of GraceKennedy Money Services, Noel Greenland, Monday (October 11).UNI Americas, global trade union organization, representative, Joanne De Freitas, speaking to regional trade union leaders at a workshop/seminar on trade unionism in the financial sector hosted by UNI and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, Kingston on Monday (October 11). The workshop ends on Thursday (October 14).Speaking to regional trade unionists at the opening of a seminar/workshop at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, Kingston, Mr. Greenland suggested that it was time for the region’s leadership to recognize the need to focus on how to maximize the benefits that will arise.“Let us ask ourselves this fundamental question: What if the crisis was to end tomorrow? What would be our lesson from that? What would we take as a people, as a coming out of this crisis: ‘Here is the opportunity that I have identified and this is what I am going to do’.what is it that is going to take us through that?” Mr. Greenland raised the issue.“I put it to you, my friends, that maybe the single most important thing that we can do to get us on that path to recognizing our opportunities, is for us to focus to on them, and there are so many good things that we have as a region and as a people we need to focus on them now,” he stated.He called on the leadership within the region to recognize that things need to be done, and while a few opportunities have been identified, there was optimism that there are many unrecognized opportunities out there.“Our roots are here, but our branches spread far and wide, right across the world,” he said as he proposed the Caribbean Diaspora as one area still be to be fully exploited.He suggested that the region ask itself the question: “What will be my legacy, or our legacy be from this crisis?” Other speakers at the opening ceremony included: global trade union organization, UNI Americas’ representatives Joanne de Freitas and Marcio Monzane; FES Director, Judith Wedderburn; BITU President, Kavan Gayle; and UAWU President, Lambert Brown.The Seminar/Workshop is being hosted by UNI Americas, of which local trade unions – the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) and the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) are members, and the Friederich Ebert Stiftung (FES) which focuses on issues such as trade liberalization and integration within the region.The workshop has as its theme, “Building Union Power and Global Framework Agreements In (Regional) Multinational Enterprises” and concludes on Thursday, October 14. Issues being tackled include: Implications of CSME and Financial Regulation on the Caribbean Finance sector; Challenges Facing Caribbean Women and Youth in the Financial Services Sector; Strategic Organising for Caribbean Finance Sector; and Strategic Collective Bargaining for Caribbean Finance Sector. GraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunities LabourOctober 11, 2010 RelatedGraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunitiescenter_img RelatedGraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunities RelatedGraceKennedy VP Urges Region to Focus On Global Crisis Opportunitieslast_img read more

Zedd Is Upset With Fans’ “Selfish, Stupid Behavior”

first_imgIts been an entertainment filled past few days for EDM on Twitter. Diplo’s opinions on the new Daft Punk album, BT’s tweet attack on Porter Robinson, and now Zedd’s very opinionated rampage against fans exhibiting “selfish, stupid behavior”.After the release of his album Clarity exhibited a significantly lighter version of Zedds usual style, many Zedd fans criticized the producer, labeling him a sell-out and viewing the tracks as unoriginal and uninspired. Now either Zedd has been feeling the sting of these criticisms as of late or he’s gone to batt for a similarly offended musical friend, his tweets don’t make this clear, but either way he’s obviously peeved.Zedd’s opinion that fans sometimes “gotta let the artist be the artist and either accept what an artist puts out creatively or just listen to something else” makes me think this must be a reaction to statements that he’s changed his style with his new hit ‘Clarity’. Sick of feeling like his fans are trying to “own” him Zedd condemns those “fans” who share negative comments just to get a response.Maybe we should let Zedd know we still love him. He’s managed to make music that appeals to everyone, that defies the boundaries so often created by the EDM genre. Success should be respected, not met with contempt .See below:last_img read more

Winners of largest German tender named

first_imgGERMANY: Berlin-Brandenburg transport authority VBB has selected DB Regio and Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn as the winners of regional operating contracts with a total value of €1·3bn in the largest rail tendering process undertaken in Germany. VBB managed the tendering on behalf of the Länder of Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The contracts cover 16 passenger services totalling 22 million train-km a year, which were combined into four lots and tendered with the condition that one company could not be awarded all four contracts. The contracts for the operation of regional services begin in December 2011, with Regional Express trains following a year later. All run to December 2022. DB Regio won two of the lots with a totoal of nine services, and will run the Berlin Brandenburg International airport express which is to be launched in November 2011. From December 2014 it will run also Berlin-Lichtenberg – Eberswalde services. DB Regio is to refurbish the double-deck stock used on some of the routes to increase capacity, and will deploy Talent 2 EMUs on other routes from December 2011. Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn’s two lots cover five routes totalling 7 million train-km a year. Double-deck Flirt EMUs will be ordered from Stadler, along with GTW 2/6 DMUs.last_img read more

Militants raid Ethiopian base in latest Somalia attack

first_img© AU UN IST/AFP/File | File picture shows Ethopian soldiers wearing their new African Union berets, in Baidoa, Somalia Al- Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian army base in central Somalia early Thursday in the latest raid targeting foreign soldiers deployed as part of an African Union force in the country, rebels and local residents said.The Al-Qaeda linked militants attacked the base in Halgan in Hiran region, the group said in a statement distributed on its Telegram messaging channel.© AU UN IST/AFP/File | File picture shows Ethopian soldiers wearing their new African Union berets, in Baidoa, SomaliaIt claimed that fighters had killed “at least 43” Ethiopian soldiers, but this could not be verified independently.Residents in the area close to Halgan said the attack began when a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded, after which jihadist gunmen fought their way into the base.“There was a huge blast and then heavy exchange of gunfire started,” said Osman Adan, a nearby resident.Shabaab launched this style of “swarming” attack a year ago and have since overrun forward operating bases manned by Burundian troops in Lego in June, Ugandan troops in Janale in September and Kenyan troops in El Adde in January.The contributing countries refuse to confirm casualty numbers but it is believed that scores of soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been killed in each attack.This is the first such attack on an Ethiopian outpost.“Mujahideen fighters stormed the base and massacred many of the Ethiopians,” the Shabaab statement said.The Shabaab was forced out of the capital Mogadishu five years ago but continues to carry out regular attacks on military, government and civilian targets in its battle to overthrow the internationally-backed administration.The group commonly steps up its attacks during Ramadan, but this year is an especially critical one with Al- Shabaab eager to disrupt an expected change of government leadership due in the coming months.last_img read more

Nagico to give all Tropical Storm Erika claims ‘top priority’

first_imgBusinessLocalNews Nagico to give all Tropical Storm Erika claims ‘top priority’ by: – August 31, 2015 158 Views   2 comments Chairman of the NAGICO Group, Imran McSood AmjadNAGICO Insurances has made a commitment to settle all claims related to Tropical Storm Erika as quickly as possible in an effort to restore stability to their clients in Dominica as soon as possible following the devastation left in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika last week.The insurance company has issued a mandate to all its regional offices, in their 19 territories, to allow all their Dominican native clients residing in their respective islands to submit their claims there at any of their local Branch offices.“First of all we would like to offer our condolences and sympathies to the people of Dominica, following this catastrophic storm which has dealt a tremendous blow to the people and the country. We at NAGICO have been through this type of devastation before, as we have weathered several hurricanes in the past, so we understand how difficult a time this must be right now for the island. We intend to do our part to make the restoration process for our clients, as efficient and hassle free as possible,” Chairman of the NAGICO Group, Imran McSood Amjad said. “And as such we have already deployed additional staff from some of our neighboring territories to assist our local staff who are no doubt suffering loss or traumatized at this time given the recent events and we do not want to put them under any further strain. We have also deployed a team of Claims Adjusters who will be solely focusing on handling the storm related claims submitted by our clients, as well as other resources necessary to complete the claims process in a timely manner.”“Our hearts go out to the families who suffered loss and the entire population of Dominica at this time,” he said. “We have made a donation to the relief efforts and have started an internal Fund to further assist with restoration efforts, but one of our main focus now is to assist our client by settling their claims in a fast and fair manner as we have done in other territories which have had similar experiences like with Hurricane Lenny, Luis and Gilbert to name a few.”NAGICO Insurances has also advised that in addition to regular Monday to Friday office hours, their Branch Office in Dominica will be open on Saturdays until further notice, to handle all claims matters related to Tropical storm Erika. McSood also reminded clients that the sooner their claim is reported, the quicker they will be settled. “We know that communication is limited and transportation at this time almost non-existent as a result of the destruction caused so we are opening all avenues to our clients,” he said. “They can report their claim via our [email protected] email address, via our Dominica NAGICO facebook page by simply sending us a message, or call us at our office 449-8990 or mobile: 275-1314.” Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Filtronic Signs Multi-Year Supply Agreement for Microwave Modules

first_imgFiltronic has announced that it has entered into a new multi-year supply agreement with a major European defence contractor to provide state of the art microwave modules for use in aerospace radar systems. The agreement is subject to a production.Under the terms of the Agreement Filtronic will manufacture and test the modules at its advanced mmWave centre of excellence in Sedgefield, UK. The multi-year contract has an anticipated potential value in the region of £3.0m to £5.7m dependent on the final volumes delivered over the duration of the Agreement.Rob Smith, CEO, said “We are delighted to have been selected as a supplier of these modules to this prestigious customer. We have worked hard to develop opportunities in the defence and aerospace market and this contract flows from the successful ramp of our other defence contracts. This further underwrites our growing credibility in this important market.”last_img read more