Increased Productivity Helps Keep Inflation Low – Minister Williams

first_img She said that low productivity results in “cost increases that flow through to product prices and thereby raised inflation”. Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, is emphasising the importance of increased productivity in staving off potential inflationary pressures.She said that low productivity results in “cost increases that flow through to product prices and thereby raised inflation”.“For a country, productivity growth is important because being able to provide more goods and services to its citizens translates into better quality of life. Ultimately, that is what we want,” she added.Mrs. Williams was participating in a panel discussion at the 2018 Productivity and Continuous Improvement Conference hosted by Make Your Mark Consultants (MYMC) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on October 24.She said investment in human capital development will increase labour productivity and expand the range of the productive capacities of the Jamaican people.President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), Senator Kavan Gayle, agreed that investment in human capital, including training and certification, is critical for increased productivity.“It calls for good interpersonal skills; it also means computer literacy, as jobs are constantly changing. It also requires the capacity and ability to work as part of a team if we are going to promote productivity,” he said.Mr. Gayle pointed out that the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC), which was established in 2003, is a valuable agency, which needs to be financially strengthened to “continue to drive the focus of productivity in the country”.Other panellists included Executive Director at the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Dr. Damien King; Sagicor Chairman, Richard Byles; and Wisynco Chairman William Mahfood.Managing Director of MYMC, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, said the conference, which is in its second year, is aimed at discussing the issues that contribute to low productivity in the country and to examine best practices and solutions to addressing these. Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, is emphasising the importance of increased productivity in staving off potential inflationary pressures.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

ALBERTABORN ACTOR ERIC JOHNSON JOINS SEASON 6 OF VIKINGS

first_img Twitter Johnson has quite the packed resumé. Besides Smallville, Flash Gordon, Rookie Blue and The Knick — the series referenced above — he has also been seen in Orphan Black and The Girlfriend Experience, and made his movie debut at 14 in the Oscar-winning Legends of the Fall, which starred Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. He also gets close to top billing in a couple of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, including Fifty Shades Freed, which is out Friday.Closer to home, Johnson will pop up on Canadian TV screens soon in Caught, the CBC miniseries that debuts Feb. 26, playing a drug mogul opposite star Allan Hawco.Vikings, a Canada/Ireland co-production, is currently shooting in Ireland, with broadcast details to be announced at a later date.Viewers can catch up on Season 5, including the recently aired midseason finale, at history.ca and on the History GO app.by DEBRA YEO Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement He’s played a high school rival to Superman, a comic-book hero, a police detective and a turn-of-the-century doctor, and now Alberta native Eric Johnson is adding Viking warrior to his resumé.Edmonton-born Johnson, 38, has joined Season 6 of the History drama Vikings.In a news release, History said the new character is Erik, “a formidable warrior who is an outlaw living on his wits and martial skills.” Alberta-born movie and TV star Eric Johnson is adding Viking warrior to his resume.last_img read more

US authorities targeting TorontoNew York City Chinese human smuggling network using Akwesasne

first_img(Screen grab of search warrant affidavit to examining cell phones seized during Aug. 11 arrest of 3 Chinese nationals)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsU.S. federal authorities are trying to dismantle a smuggling network moving Chinese nationals from Toronto to New York City through the Mohawk community of Akwesasne which straddles the Canada-U.S. border, court documents show.The smuggling network advertises its services by publishing ads in Chinese-language newspapers sold in the Toronto-area. The ads include the phone number of a broker who sets up the smuggling run, according to court documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court Northern New York District.Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders, is often used by networks trying to smuggle people from Canada into the U.S.The geographic location of Akwesasne, with a portion of the St. Lawrence River running through it, makes it an attractive area to attempt runs across the border. It is possible to take a boat from the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River to the southern shore of the St. Regis Village or Snye areas of Akwesasne and then walk across unguarded portions of the international boundary into the U.S.U.S. authorities have recently turned their attention to a network smuggling Chinese nationals from Toronto to New York City.The U.S. Border Patrol filed three search warrant affidavits last Thursday with the Federal Court to conduct forensic examinations of cell phones and a GPS device seized during the Aug. 11 arrest of three Chinese nationals who were on U.S. soil illegally. The three individuals were in a 2013 white Honda Pilot SUV with New York State plates that was stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol shortly after it left the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.Court documents show U.S. Border Patrol investigators are trying to dismantle the Chinese smuggling network through leads unearthed by examining the seized cells phones and GPS device.Investigators are currently focusing on a Chinese national named Wanxiang Chen, the driver of the SUV, who admitted to authorities he had successfully transported seven people in three previous trips from Akwesasne to New York City, according to court documents.Chen, who lives between the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs of the city, was also found by authorities to be residing in the U.S. illegally.A U.S. Federal Court judge has ordered Chen’s two passengers, Lili Cai and Kang Shen Shi, to appear as material witnesses against Chen during trial.Cai and Shi’s immigration status in Canada remains unclear.U.S. Border Patrol investigators turned their sights on Chen after obtaining information following a raid of a home in Akwesasne in July and from the cooperation of an individual facing alien smuggling charges. Investigators were tipped off to a smuggling operation involving Chinese nationals set for July 27.  This eventually led them to Chen’s Honda SUV, according to court documents.When Chen returned on Aug. 11, Border Patrol agents were ready.Court documents reviewed by APTN formed a partial snapshot of how the smuggling operation worked and it began with the newspaper ad.Cai told investigators that she phoned the number in the newspaper ad. The man who answered the phone set up the operation and arranged transport from the Toronto area to a marina on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. The trip would cost Cai $8,000.Cai told investigators she was transported across the river, but the documents provided no details on how she ended up at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, which sits on the U.S. side of the community, where she was eventually picked-up by Chen.Previous human smuggling cases, however, revealed that smuggled individuals are usually hidden in a home in the community after they are taken by boat across the river. They are then spirited to a spot on the outskirts of the reserve for the final leg of the trip to New York City or other points. In one case last year, an Akwesasne resident bought bus tickets for two Chinese nationals for the trip to New York City.After Cai phoned the number in the newspaper, a man from a “travel agency” in New York City contacted Chen to travel to the casino for the pick-up. It would be his fourth trip. Chen told authorities he was paid $900 cash for each trip by a man who handed the money over on a street corner in the city.This time, however, Border Patrol agents were watching as he drove his SUV into the parking lot of the casino and through the valet parking area near the entrance to pick up Cai and Shi. The SUV left the casino at 12:56 p.m. It was tracked and pulled-over at 1:06 p.m. on State Route 37 as Chen and his occupants travelled through Fort Covington, NY.Chen, who is in custody, is scheduled for trial which is scheduled to begin Nov. 9 in Syracuse, NY.None of the allegations contained in the court documents have been proven in [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Raudha committed suicide Fresh autopsy

first_imgMaldivian medical student and model Raudha Athif, found dead at a dormitory of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital on 29 March, committed suicide, according to the second autopsy report, says UNB.In the postmortem report, it was mentioned that the actual reason behind the death could not be found as the body got decomposed, Inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigative officer of the case Asmaul Haque said, adding, “But the suicidal incident can’t be ignored.”As soon as the report of the test of Raudha’s mobile phone, and laptop are available, the final report will be submitted to the court, he said.The IO also said they are conducting in-depth investigation to ascertain whether it was a suicide or a murder.Earlier on 29 March, police recovered the body of Raudha, an MBBS second year student of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital, from its female hostel.The medical college authorities filed an unnatural death case with Shah Makhdum police station on that day.The following day, a three-member physician committee of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital conducted an autopsy on the body of Raudha and reported that the Maldivian student committed suicide.On 10 April, Raudha’s father Mohammad Athif filed a murder case with a Rajshahi court against victim’s coursemate Sirat Parveen Mahmud, 20, alleging that Raudha was strangled.Later, the case was transferred to the CID on 13 April.On 18 April, a court ordered Raudha’s body to be exhumed for a fresh postmortem.last_img read more

No social media for Kate Winslet her children

first_imgShe is starring in the upcoming film about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but Oscar-winning actor Kate Winslet says she is not good with technology.The 40-year-old actor is mother to a 15-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and her youngest son will turn two in December, reported BBC online.“I’m terrible. I am the least techie person you will ever meet, I’m rubbish. “We’re not a big deviced-up household. We don’t have any social media, nothing like that,” she said.Asked if she is strict with her children about how much they can use technology, Winslet said, “Not strict. But you have to have rules I think and we certainly have those, yes.”last_img