Labour Ministry and ILO Stage Workshop for Small Entrepreneurs

By on June 12, 2021

first_imgRelatedLabour Ministry Targets Job Scammers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Labour Ministry and ILO Stage Workshop for Small Entrepreneurs LabourJanuary 26, 2015Written by: Sharon Earle Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conducting a two-part series of Entrepreneur Skills Training workshops, aimed at formalising the informal economy.It is also aimed at stimulating growth in the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector in Jamaica.The second set of workshops under this pilot project gets underway on January 26, in Montego Bay and runs until January 28, at the Wexford Hotel. RelatedJamaica-Canada Employment Programme Pumps $1.7 Billion in Economycenter_img RelatedJob Opportunities In The United States Advertisements The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conducting a two-part series of Entrepreneur Skills Training workshops, aimed at formalising the informal economy.It is also aimed at stimulating growth in the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector in Jamaica.The second set of workshops under this pilot project gets underway on January 26, in Montego Bay and runs until January 28, at the Wexford Hotel.In attendance will be MSME operators and prospective entrepreneurs from the rural community of Garlands, St James, and its environs.The first of the three-day workshops, which was held in November 2014, saw some 20 MSME entrepreneurs from Granville and surrounding communities participating.Regional Director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security offices in Montego Bay, Angella Morris, told JIS News that the collaboration sees the ILO undertaking the training and the Labour and Social Security Ministry selecting participants and facilitating the workshops.“The workshop aims at engaging the micro, small and medium enterprises in the community of small businesses and potential entrepreneurs, by establishing foundations to successfully promote, facilitate and support job creation and at the same time enhance quality jobs, which will reduce informality,” she said.She pointed out that plans are for the project, which falls in line with the government’s Human Capital Development policy, to be replicated in other urban and rural communities across the island.Specialist in Sustainable Enterprise Development and Job Creation at the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Kelvin Sergeant, told JIS News that the first three-day workshop was essentially geared towards teaching participants about how to transition their business ideas to business plans, and how to start-up their own MSME.“What we are doing is teaching people all about business. We are teaching them, for example, how to do a marketing plan… how to do financials, but more than that, we are teaching them about legal aspects of  business, all the regulatory (and) insurance aspects of  business,  not only internationally, but what is relevant for Jamaica as well,” Mr. Sergeant said.Trainers from the National Insurance Board and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will coach participants to understand employer and employee responsibilities, rights and benefits from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), responsibilities of employers as they relate to employment, hours of work, sick leave, formulating employment contacts and severance packages.last_img read more

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Archers, Eagles botch Filoil debuts

By on January 20, 2020

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were lucky down the stretch,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson. “We made crucial stops and our players just didn’t give up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meneses now hopes to see consistency from the Bombers.“Honestly, I don’t have a good team and we’re not strong, but if we play the same way every game in the NCAA the way we played against La Salle, we’ll go places,” he added.The Pirates showcased a balanced offensive with six players, led by newcomer Jaycee Marcelino, finishing in twin digits.Former Ateneo recruit CJ Perez, who sat out last season to comply with the NCAA’s residency requirement, had 13 points for the Pirates but gave the Eagles an opportunity to snatch the game with a turnover.Mike Nieto missed a triple at the buzzer, though, allowing the Pirates to open their campaign on a high note.ADVERTISEMENT Showing renewed confidence, NCAA upstarts Jose Rizal U and Lyceum pulled off stunning victories on Monday at the start of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup in San Juan.The Heavy Bombers defied the odds by shocking a surprisingly misfiring La Salle squad, 85-81, before the Pirates survived a late Ateneo onslaught to nip the Blue Eagles, 90-89.ADVERTISEMENT The results were unexpected considering La Salle and Ateneo played in the finals of the UAAP last season with the Archers coming out on top. The victors failed to even make the Final Four of the NCAA.The Heavy Bombers seized control of the game early, stifling La Salle’s attack while leaning on Tey Teodoro’s hot start. Teodoro finished with 17 points while Jed Mendoza added 15 for JRU, which forced the Archers to 4-of-32 shooting from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnReigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala tallied 22 points and grabbed 15 boards, but Ricci Rivero and Aljun Melecio combined for 10-of-35 shooting from the field, typifying La Salle’s woes.“We knew we had nothing to lose and plenty to gain against La Salle,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Fifa seat for nonong Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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From the Very Bowels of Human Excess: Jennifer Aniston Owns a Couch That Costs More Than Your House

By on December 21, 2019

first_img“Architectural Digest” recently visited JENNIFER ANISTON’s house, and one of the pictures shows a Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa.  Only about 150 of these were made in 1947, so they’re pretty rare. There’s no word how much Jennifer paid for hers, but two of them were sold at auction in 2016.  One went for $358,000, and the other sold for $754,000.  For a FRICKIN’ COUCH.  ELLEN and KANYE WEST apparently have them too. Celebrities like expensive things.  And hey, they can afford them, right?  But there just seems to be something morally wrong with buying a sofa that costs more than what most of us paid for our HOMES.last_img read more

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US airline seat legislation may not mean more legroom

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgUS legislation requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to draw up regulations covering minimum airline seat dimensions has been given a bipartisan tick but passengers shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a more comfortable ride.The House and the Senate reached consensus on a 1200-page bipartisan bill to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration funding for five years over the weekend and one of the provisions requires the FAA to set minimum legroom and width limits for airline seating.The FAA will then have a year to develop regulations on minimum standards for economy seating, including seat pitch (the space between a seat and the seat in front of it), width and length.But the legislation does not specify what this should be other than to say they would be minimum dimensions “that are necessary for the safety and health of passengers”.Nor does it give any indication how the rules would relate to cramped seating already in place.There is some speculation The FAA  could establish a floor for seat pitch as low as 28  inches and a minimum width of 16.5 inches, dimensions that would still be cramped for most people.This FAA was forced to visit the issue after a federal court judge ordered concerns about what she described as “the incredibly shrinking airline seat’” during a case brought by consumer group Flyers Rights.Flyers Rights had argued that narrower seats and closer seat spacing were “endangering the safety, health and comfort of airline passengers.”.But in its response, the FAA indicated it did not have a problem with seat pitches as low as 27 inches, although it doubted airlines could sell a configuration that tight.The lowest seat pitch currently is about 28 inches but many legacy carriers offer 31 to 32 inches.The US regulator told Flyers Rights in a letter that it had no evidence of an immediate safety issue requiring a change to existing rules.It said that nothing in letters or submissions provided by the consumer organization “demonstrated that current seat dimensions (width and pitch) hamper the speed of passenger evacuation, or that increasing passenger size creates an evacuation issue.”Airline chiefs are opposed to outside interference in how they configure their cabins and say people who want more space can buy it.READ: Economy class crunch, airline chiefs warn against legroom regulations.However, the bosses of two major carriers, American and Delta, pledged recently not to make seating any tighter than it already was.Some other changes in the FAA Bill may have more impact on passengers.It prohibits passengers from being involuntarily removed from flights once they’ve passed the gate. This provision was put forward in response to the infamous incident where a  doctor was dragged screaming from a United flight in Chicago.Airlines will also still have to advertise the entire price of a ticket, including taxes and charges, and regulators will now be able to determine whether airlines are fibbing when they tell passengers that flights have been delayed or canceled because of weather.But successful lobbying by airlines means a proposal limiting baggage and reservation change fees was dropped, although carriers must now refund passengers for services for which they paid but did not receive.Other changes cover the potential return of supersonic flights by allowing reduced sonic booms over land and the ability of passengers traveling with small children to check strollers.One of the more bizarre provisions makes it against the law to place a live animal in an overhead storage compartment.This was prompted by anger over the death in March of a 10-month-old French Bulldog after a flight attendant required it to be placed in an overhead bin.last_img read more

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New Jersey Legislature Passes Tax Amnesty Bill

By on December 12, 2019

first_imgThe New Jersey Legislature passed a bill that would require offering tax amnesty in 2018. The amnesty period would have to:be 6 months; andend by December 31, 2018.If enacted, the bill would take effect immediately.Relief Under Tax AmnestyA taxpayer who qualifies for amnesty will receive relief from:one-half of any interest due as of May 1, 2018;recovery fees;civil penalties, orcriminal penalties.Eligibility for New Jersey AmnestyTo receive amnesty, a taxpayer would have to pay:any tax owed; andone-half of any interest due.Amnesty would only apply to state tax liabilities for tax returns due from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2017.It would not be available if the taxpayer is under criminal investigation or charge for any state tax matter.Failure to Pay PenaltyA 5% penalty would be imposed on an eligible taxpayer that does not pay taxes owed during the amnesty period. The penalty would not be waived or abated. It would also be in addition to all other penalties, interest, or collection costs allowed by law.Appeals and Rights of AppealTaxpayers would lose all rights of appeal that have not expired as of the date payment is made.In addition, an amnesty payment would not be accepted without approval for any tax assessment that is already on appeal.A.B. 3438, as passed by the New Jersey Legislature on June 21, 2018Indiana has a tax amnesty in 2018. The one-time voluntary disclosure initiative runs through December 31, 2018.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Is outsourcing the question or the answer?

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgOnce upon a time, the answer to the question of what are the main benefits of outsourcing was cost savings based on labour arbitrage, but today that response would be superficial and incomplete.I believe the main benefits of outsourcing are access to scarce skills, expertise and the latest technology, cost reduction, turning capital expenditure into operating expenditure, and the opportunity to concentrate resources on core business objectives.If you think about outsourcing in this manner, you will not only start to realise areas within your IT organisation that would benefit from adopting it but also ways as a strategic leader you can add further value to your entire organisation by doing so.The first big error people make when considering outsourcing is looking to resolve a problem without first looking to so in-house – a problem remains a problem no matter where it sits.Sensible outsourcing providers will often sniff this out during the RFP or other stages of the bidding process but others may look to take it on, hoping they can fix the issue(s) as a calculated risk whilst trying to win the business (the fact a vendor accepts this huge risk should really start ringing alarm bells for you as you both know there’s an elephant in the room).Those that don’t take the business (and hopefully this is the majority) will likely make you consider going back and fixing the problem before retendering. Those who take it on will only delay the inevitable, leaving you not only with a larger problem downstream but also with the added bonus of a whole heap of complex contractual issues to sort out (which I imagine you will now discover were also not properly agreed or worded up front).Many take this approach and get their fingers burnt with outsourcing, vowing never to return.It’s a real shame, as outsourcing done in the right way is an extremely beneficial way to add to the value you provide to your organisation.The second biggest error people make when considering outsourcing is to engage with and select a vendor by having only had a few live sales meetings/conference calls with a cursory glance over provided case studies. Coupled without ever having visited their operating/service centres to see them in action in a live environment or meet their staff that will be working with your team in person.You wouldn’t do this if you were hiring permanent staff or running the project in-house, so why do this when exploring outsourcing? It makes no sense.This often occurs when a company decides to outsource a small project or a portion of it to see if outsourcing works for them in an operational sense.The vendor is often chosen just on labour arbitrage and due to this the work is often performed in Asia or Eastern Europe.The ‘project’ is often then left with the vendor with scant and seemingly erratic communication and only poured over in detail once the deliverable is returned with obvious errors.The end result is the project often has to be redone in-house, blowing the project budget, causing delays and delivering red faces all round.Outsourcing is again blamed as the enemy with the lack of communication and poor vendor selection/interaction issues being swept conveniently under the carpet.So, in reflection it may be outsourcing is not for you but you owe it to yourself and your organisation to try everything that can add value to what you deliver.Outsourcing executed properly can provide real value when opportunities are identified, structured, communicated and managed correctly, so what are you waiting for?last_img read more

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Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Tornadoes are shooting for their third straight title, but they have to do it without 2015 Grand Prix MVP Lindsay Stalzer, who was instrumental in their last two championships.Stalzer has jump shipped to Petron, the team Foton beat twice for the titles, in a move which Branislav respects.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We respect all players, and thanks to Lindsay because she played very hard last year for Foton.”Helping Branislav in his quest for a third straight Grand Prix title are Dragana Perunicnic, Sara Klisura, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic. Coaches Ramil de Jesus of F2 Logistics, Francis Vicente of Generika-Ayala, Parley Tupaz of Iriga City, George Pascua of Cignal, Moro Branislav of Foton, Shaq Delos Santos of Petron, John Paul Dolorias of UST, Kungfu Reyes of Cocolife and Macky Carino of Sta. Lucia declare readiness to compete in the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting Saturday at Filoil Flying CentreFoton has been the ruler of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Conference and head coach Moro Branislav has been preparing his team to keep it that way this 2017.“My opinion is, Foton will bring a very big surprise this conference,” said Branislav Wednesday during the pre-season press conference atr Viking Venue. “I’ve been preparing my team and we’ll see how we’ll finish so good luck to all the other coaches.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Foton will defend its title against eight other teams in the biggest Grand Prix to date.This season’s Grand Prix will feature nine teams—Foton, Petron, Cocolife, F2 Logistics, Generika, Sta. Lucia, Iriga, Cignal, and guest team University of Santo Tomas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

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3 days agoFormer Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effect

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea star Zenden: Lampard in middle of snowball effectby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea star Bolo Zenden is delighted seeing Frank Lampard succeed as manager.Chelsea are at Ajax for tonight’s Champions League clash.And Zenden told De Telegraaf of his former Blues teammate: “If you realise your goals, you get respect and a snowball effect is created.”Frank is intelligent, has a good relationship with the press and was an international. “The snowball was getting bigger, so did he and his personality.”Zenden is curious about how Chelsea will perform in the busy winter months. “The bill is then often paid. But Ajax has to work, because Chelsea is still in a fairly positive flow. But let’s be honest: it is no longer the Chelsea of a few years ago.” last_img read more

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2 days agoMan Utd launch Maddison charm offensive

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd launch Maddison charm offensiveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain hopeful of completing a deal for James Maddison.The Manchester Evening News says the Leicester playmaker has caught the eye with a host of eye-catching performances which have seen him called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate.The report also claims Harry Maguire, a close friend of Maddison, could help get the deal over the line.United tried their luck in the summer but to no avail and they’re expected to return for the midfielder.Old Trafford sources believe United’s England contingent of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard helped sway Maguire amid competition from Manchester City, who outlined their intention to move for Maguire on the day United agreed an £80million fee with Leicester. last_img read more

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Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St Louis business

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgST. LOUIS – When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded.The unrest that followed Friday’s ruling closed large corporate offices, shut down restaurants and bars and even forced U2 to call off a concert that would have drawn 50,000 fans into the heart of the city. And protest organizers may not be done.The demonstrations engulfed the St. Louis region after a judge acquitted Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Within hours, downtown came to a standstill as marching protesters blocked traffic. The demonstrations went on through the weekend, with protest crowds swelling to thousands of people and spilling into a posh area of restaurants and bars in western St. Louis, the hip Delmar Loop area of nearby University City and even into two shopping malls.More than 140 people were arrested.The protests forced U2 to cancel a concert at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis’ largest venue. Police said they could not provide normal protection because of the unrest, the band and concert promoter Live Nation said in a statement.Singer Ed Sheeran also called off a show. The St. Louis Symphony and a Shakespearean Theatre group cancelled performances, too.Democratic state Rep. Bruce Franks, a protest organizer, said making the entire community uncomfortable is an important part of the demonstrations. Franks said protests would continue, but he did not say when or where.“Folks got to pay attention, right?” Franks said Monday. “Do we just say, ‘Oh, it’s another case where an officer’s found not guilty and leave it at that?’ No, we get out here and disrupt and make our presence felt.”Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, said it’s too early to put a dollar amount on the economic cost.“But in the long term, there are greater economic impacts from the racial disparity and the mistrust many have in the criminal justice system,” Reagan said. “This is not new to St. Louis or unique to St. Louis, but this is a challenge.”Many business owners are dealing with more than lost time or cancelled events. Police said nearly two dozen businesses were damaged Saturday night in University City, mostly by having their windows broken. On Sunday, more windows were broken in downtown St. Louis, and several large decorative pots with plants were smashed.Chris Rubin de la Borbolla, owner of a clothing, jewelry and accessories store in University City, said his broken window will probably cost him at least $2,000. Damage to merchandise will cost him about $2,000 more.Joe Edwards, owner of the Blueberry Hill restaurant and concert venue and many other Delmar Loop businesses, said he was particularly frustrated because much of the damage occurred at businesses owned by minorities.“Forty-five years ago, this street was in great decline and by embracing diversity we overcame it,” said Edwards, who is white. “Whoever threw rocks doesn’t care. They just want anarchy.”But Edwards said it was heartwarming Sunday when artists from around the region turned out to transform the plywood covering broken windows into art. Restaurants and shops were busy with people who “came in to shop and show support,” he said.Protests resumed for the fourth straight day just after dawn Monday. A racially mixed crowd of roughly 150 people marched silently to City Hall for a rally, then to a city court building for another. Police did not intervene.On Monday night, demonstrators gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those who remained behind bars after being arrested on Sunday.It was a far cry from the scene hours earlier, when a small crowd left over from an earlier peaceful protest marched into downtown late Sunday. Once they started breaking windows and throwing things at officers, police reinforcements quickly emerged and protesters scattered.For the next several hours, hundreds of officers in riot gear lined downtown streets. More than 80 people were arrested, including onlookers who refused orders to disperse. Among those arrested was reporter Mike Faulk of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, according to the newspaper.The cause for the escalation was not clear. Protesters blamed police for showing up in riot gear. Police said demonstrators began throwing things at them.One officer suffered a leg injury and was taken to a hospital. His condition wasn’t known.“I’m proud to tell you the city of St. Louis is safe and the police owned tonight,” interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said in an early morning video posted on Twitter.The Sunday night unrest followed a pattern familiar since the protests in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Raucous but peaceful protests dominate during the daytime and early evening, giving way to much small but more confrontational demonstrations at night.“The days have been calm and the nights have been destructive,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said as she stood with O’Toole on the Twitter video.___Associated Press writer Summer Ballentine contributed to this report.last_img read more

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