Trade Facilitation Task Force urged to focus on boosting competitiveness

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 19, 2016 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, has charged members of the Trade Facilitation Task Force to explore strategies that will enable the country to become more competitive within the Caribbean region and globally.“We must collectively… concentrate immediately without delay on ways of reducing our charges at the port of entry… to remove bureaucracy from the process of both importing and exporting.   I happen to believe that an importer of raw material for the purpose of converting agricultural produce into agro-industry should be at the head of the line,” he said.Minister Samuda was addressing a meeting with members of the body held at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston recently.  He urged them to be specific in their recommendations and set time frames for which the measures should be achieved. “By so doing, I think the task force can make the greatest contribution with all players on board,” he said.The task force, established under the National Competitiveness Council in the Ministry, is charged with improving the business environment in order to boost trade and enable the country to fully meet its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation.Minister Samuda said the work of the body is critical to achieving economic growth.  He urged that stronger linkages be forged with the critical Ministries and Departments, in order to achieve its objectives as well as redound to the overall benefit of the country.In the meantime, Minister Samuda said agro-processing “is the modern way to go” in order to retain the value of the goods that are produced locally.   He said the role of JAMPRO is critical in maximising the benefit from agro-processing.  “So, it is JAMPRO who must introduce our manufacturers to lucrative markets, not just to get investors to come in and invest but also to search out lucrative markets,” he argued.For her part, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, urged the task force “to leave no stone unturned” in ensuring that the country’s trade-facilitation processes and systems are modernised and in keeping with 21st -century best practices.  “This is critical if we are to benefit from the renewed global investor confidence and the improved ranking from international rating agencies,” she said.Trade facilitation is an integrated approach to reducing complexities and cost of trade transactions and ensuring that all these activities take place in an efficient, transparent and predictable manner.center_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Department of Labour SubOffice Temporary Schedule Adjustments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 15, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Department of Labour is preparing to launch an upgrade to its local Skills Bank portal.  The software was first introduced in 2006, however an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the Department’s recruitment process is underway.  The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).As a result, the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services teams from all islands will be trained on the upgraded PCRecruiter system.  To facilitate this training, the Department wishes to announce the following temporary sub-office closures throughout the country.Temporary suspension of operations will take place on the following dates at the following Department of Labour sub-offices:Monday, 17 – Wednesday, 19 July, 2017 – (New Providence) Robinson Road and Carmichael Road sub-offices will have temporary suspension of services. Normal operations will resume at these locations at 9:00am on Thursday 20, July 2017.  Monday, 17 – Thursday, 20 July, 2017 – Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera and North Eleuthera Offices will also have temporary suspension of services. Normal operations will resume at these locations at 9:00am on Friday, 21 July 2017.  All services offered to the public at the Robinson and Carmichael Road Sub-Offices will be available at the Department’s Headquarters located in the City Corporate Centre, Rosetta Street, New Providence.Mrs. Patrenda D. Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour stated that “it’s been a long time coming and I am pleased about the upcoming training and launch of the upgraded PCRecruiter system.  It is a necessary tool for job seekers as well as employers who seek to fill vacancies with suitable Bahamians, and we want to ensure that our Public Employment Services employees are trained and able to continue to capably serve the general public using this system.”Press Release: BISlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Office of DPP to Serve as a Deterrent to Official Corruption

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – The creation of an Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will be one of the most important advances in the modern Bahamas in combating official corruption as it puts public officials, both elected and non-elected, on “notice” that if they engage in corrupt practices, they will face legal consequences, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told Parliament Thursday.The Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is to be staffed by independent professionals.“This is a new day for The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “The creation of this Office is one of the most important advances in the modern Bahamas in combating official corruption which became rampant in our country.“For too long, we have turned a blind eye to official corruption which has drained our country of many hundreds of millions, if not more, of public funds.  Official corruption retards and hinders national development and our progress as a country.“The massive corruption of the last five years was a shameful, national disgrace which should never be allowed to happen again in our country.   This critical legislation is designed to serve as a deterrent.   It is designed to limit and to prosecute such corruption,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis said that, in his welcome remarks at a recent Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials Meeting held in New Providence, he told delegates that corruption is a crime and a violation of public trust.“Moreover, the net effect of corruption is to siphon off valuable state resources that could be used to assist in development and improve the lives of citizens.   I stated that we are amending our Constitution to enshrine the Office of an Independent Director of Public Prosecutions – which was one of the recommendations of our Constitutional Commission and one of the commitments made by this Government.“I also stated that I was proud to announce that one of the pillars of my Administration’s governing mandate was ‘no tolerance’ for official corruption.   We are demonstrating that such activities will be vigorously investigated, prosecuted and punished,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend

first_imgGoogle also hinted that more celebrity cameos could be on the way thanks to the company’s WaveNet tech — a speech synthesis program that helped bring John Legend to your countertop smart speaker. In the meantime, here is Google’s list of questions you can ask to hear a reply from John Legend: Easter eggs: “Serenade me.” “Sing me a song.” “Are you John Legend?” “Do you know Chrissy Teigen?” “How are you?” “Sing Happy Birthday.” “Tell me a joke.” “Who’s your celebrity crush?” “What’s your favorite song?” “What’s your best pickup line?” “Compliment me.” Ordinary questions: “What’s the weather?” “How far away is the moon?” “What are jazz hands?” “How do you cook bacon in the oven?” “Is there an atmosphere on the moon?” “Is Venus the same size as the Earth?” “Why is the sky blue?” “What’s the temperature outside?” “Do I need an umbrella today?” $99 Smart Home Culture Share your voice Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2019: Here’s everything announced so far 6:59 See it Walmart Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $79 reading • Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Almost a year ago, Google announced a bunch of new voice options for the company’s digital helper, simply known as Google Assistant. Singer and songwriter John Legend headlined the group of voices, which were otherwise of the AI-generated variety. The rest launched shortly after the May announcement, and finally, starting Wednesday, Google’s first celebrity cameo for Google Assistant goes live. John Legend’s voice will be available in English in the US on any device with Google Assistant — smart speakers like the Google Home, smart displays like the  Google Home Hub and smartphones. You can enable it in the settings of the Google Assistant app or by telling your device to “Talk like a Legend.” (Here’s more detail on how to give Google Assistant John Legend’s voice.) Note that your default Google Assistant will still respond to most of your queries. John Legend’s voice will respond only to certain relevant questions like, “What’s your favorite music?” as well as some more general ones like, “What’s the weather?” And apparently, John Legend’s voice will be available only for a limited amount of time. $69 Now playing: Watch this: • See It Mentioned Above Google Home Comment Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See It Google Assistant makes your Android texts smarter Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected How To • Make Google Home get your groceries CNET Smart Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 1 24 Photos Tags Crutchfield See All Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday May 5

first_imgWe’ll talk about what many characterize as the abrupt dismissal of Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Gregory Thornton. Also, a conversation with Kristefer Burnett, the newly elected City Council member representing the 8th District. These stories and much more, coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes. Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3ulast_img

From pain to paint

first_imgNot all can transform their lives in to something that is worth the time and effort of hundreds others. And when it comes to a life of difficulty and pain – the effort is a million times more.The Bindu Art School does something not many others have dared to do till date. They use art to transform the lives of people affected by leprosy. By painting and selling pictures, students attain financial independence without the discrimination of receiving alms and support similar people with their income. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Drawing from intense experiences, students produce impressive paintings, tinged with a rare type of beauty. Founded by the Austrian Multimedia Artist Werner Dornik and the Indian Social Activist, Padma Venkataraman, the schools opened in 2005 at Bharatapuram, Tamil Nadu.Werner Dornik has been working since 1980 with photography, text, music and painting in Europe and Asia. Besides 40 one man exhibitions he published amongst other things the photo-text-volume ‘If you go you just go’, given an honorary prize and then awarded the State Prize ‘The most beautiful books of Austria’. His book- and exhibition projects are mostly directed against the ‘consumer society’, encourage spiritual freedom, and support social projects. The proceeds go mainly to the Leprosy Stations Khandwa and Indore in India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs curator of the artist-exchange-project ‘The Search Within’,  together with 20 artists from Austria and India, he illuminates the political and spiritual backgrounds of modern painting in both countries over three years. With the multimedia project  ‘The Journey from: Technic to: Techno’ in Austria, Germany, Portugal, Italy and India, he pointed at the dangers of technical development.Padma Venkataraman, has been active in social welfare programmes at National and International levels. In Vienna she was, among other things, permanent representative of the All India Women’s Conference to the U.N., member of several NGO Committees accredited to UN, such as Committee on Narcotics, Committee on Disabled, etc., Vice President of NGO Committee on Women, President of the United Nations Women’s Guild. In India, she has been most active in grassroots work in leprosy rehabilitation for 15 years. Was Honorary Director of a FAO/All-India Women’s Conference Project for leprosy patients in the 4000 strong Shahdhara Colony in Delhi; and worked with Hope World Wide to construct houses for 800 families there. For over 5 years was Honorary Director of a major Tamil Nadu wide DANIDA-funded leprosy rehabilitation project under the auspices of the Women’s Indian Association, Chennai.The art school is holding an exhibition in the city with paintings made by leprosy patients. Do your bit for the cause, head over and give it a look.DETAILWhere: Azad Bhavan Art Gallery, Azad BhavanWhen: On till 27 Marchlast_img read more

National strike brings Italy to a halt for 24 hours

first_img Friday, October 21, 2016 National strike brings Italy to a halt for 24 hours Posted by Tags: Italy, Strike Share Travelweek Group ROME — Italy is dealing with a 24-hour general strike today, impacting not just flights but public transport and the public sector as well.Anyone flying to or from Italy is advised to check with their airline. Airports in Pisa (where there is an addition 24-hour industrial action) and Venice are expected to be hit hard by the strike action. Major airlines including British Airways are attempting to operate a normal schedule today but warn of baggage delays.Rome is also seeing major disruptions on its public transport routes, with two Metro lines stopped completely, and bus routes and commuter rail lines facing delays and stoppages as well.pics from today of strikes, demos and blockades as part of the #generalstrike across #Italy #scioperogenerale pic.twitter.com/ksTnDm2kPh— bethan bowett (@BethanBowett) October 21, 2016 @Ryanair do strikes in italy affect international flights (flying into Rome and out of it) ?#oct21 #strike in #italy pic.twitter.com/TMcSQh8qQo— Edrea20 (@edrea20) October 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more