Young HR Specialist Hails LMIS

One young beneficiary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is hailing the initiative for positioning her for a rewarding career.Daysia-Gay White, who is a graduate of The Mico University College, told JIS News that she was referred to the online employment portal through the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). She was placed on PATH while attending the then Trench Town High School.After leaving The Mico, Miss White benefited from training via LMIS, to prepare her for the workplace, before being placed on work/internship at IBEX Global Jamaica, where she is now employed as a human resource (HR) specialist.Miss White, who shared her story with JIS News at the recent launch of the LMIS’s Mobile Application at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, said she is thankful for the opportunity, noting that she plans to do advanced training.She is encouraging others to make use of the facility, noting that “it will place them on the right path”.“The programme (LMIS) has helped me in my holistic development and I am sure that it can help other persons,” she added.Meanwhile, Human Resource Manager at IBEX Global Jamaica, Meisha McDonald, told JIS News that Miss White “has grown tremendously” since she joined the company over two years ago.“From an HR administrator, she is now an HR specialist, and she has been doing tremendously well,” she noted.Miss McDonald said that the LMIS is a “good programme,” and is advising more young people to access the benefits in order to “chart their future.”“Reach out to the Ministry, ask questions and positive things will happen,” she said.To register with the LMIS, persons may visit lmis.gov.jm. or download the mobile application from the Google Play store. The app will soon be available for Apple devices.The objectives of the LMIS are to disseminate labour market intelligence; provide easier access to employment opportunities; provide a wide range of information on past, current and prospective economic conditions and job availability; and facilitate equity in the labour market by providing support and assistance to the unemployed and special groups such as the disabled, aged and youth. Daysia-Gay White, who is a graduate of The Mico University College, told JIS News that she was referred to the online employment portal through the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). She was placed on PATH while attending the then Trench Town High School. One young beneficiary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is hailing the initiative for positioning her for a rewarding career. After leaving The Mico, Miss White benefited from training via LMIS, to prepare her for the workplace, before being placed on work/internship at IBEX Global Jamaica, where she is now employed as a human resource (HR) specialist. Story Highlights read more

Bodles Research Station to Evaluate Use of TMRs

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, made the announcement while addressing agricultural stakeholders at the joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Red Poll and Jamaica Black Cattle Breeders Societies, at the Minard Estate in Brown’s Town, St Ann, recently. The Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, will be undertaking research to evaluate the use of total mixed rations (TMRs), with a view of introducing it to the local market. TMR is the practice of combining feeds into a complete balanced mix that provides adequate nourishment to meet the needs of dairy cows. It is the most adopted method to feed dairy cows in the world. Story Highlights The Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, will be undertaking research to evaluate the use of total mixed rations (TMRs), with a view of introducing it to the local market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, made the announcement while addressing agricultural stakeholders at the joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Red Poll and Jamaica Black Cattle Breeders Societies, at the Minard Estate in Brown’s Town, St Ann, recently.TMR is the practice of combining feeds into a complete balanced mix that provides adequate nourishment to meet the needs of dairy cows. It is the most adopted method to feed dairy cows in the world.“The advantages include the provision of a nutrient-balanced ration for cows, and increased milk fat,” Mr. Green outlined.The State Minister also noted that TMR aids digestion and can improve the production of beef.This research will complement Bodles’ ongoing work to store collected straws of semen from superior local bulls, such as the Jamaica Red Poll, which are made available to farmers locally as well as for export.Mr. Green indicated that the Bodles Research Station is essential to this process. He maintained that it is critical that Jamaica have a proper cattle breeding programme to “create new lines and improve existing ones”.“As the Ministry continues to work towards repositioning the cattle industry to its pride of place, it is important that you, the cattle breeders, continue to conserve the lines. That is why, given the shortage in breeding stock and weaners among Red Poll cattle, the Ministry has joined forces with the Red Poll Cattle breeders to conserve the semen of superior bulls,” he explained.Mr. Green noted that the Ministry is also pursuing initiatives to conserve the Jamaica Black Poll breed.The day’s activities saw the handover of a semen bank containing 1,300 straws of semen of the Jamaica Red Poll breed. read more

Students Urged to Avoid Reckless Drivers

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kenute Hare, is imploring students not to get into taxis and buses operated by reckless drivers. Director of the Road Safety Unit, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kenute Hare, is imploring students not to get into taxis and buses operated by reckless drivers.“Don’t allow anybody to ‘bun up’ any speedometer with you. If you know anybody, who drive bad, come out of the vehicle. Come out. Life is sweet, life is nice. It is better to be here alive and here walking freely than in a hospital,” he said.He was addressing wards of the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, at a recent Career Day activity. Mr. Hare was among a number of professionals, who visited the home to provide guidance to the boys as they begin the new academic year.He told the boys that many road crashes resulted from human error and encouraged them to think about their own safety as they traverse the roads daily. He noted that making the wrong decision about which vehicle they enter could have a serious impact on their lives, robbing them of their future.“Do you know how many children are disadvantaged because of traffic crashes? Lives have been destroyed in this country because of traffic crashes. Traffic crashes bring suffering and disaster,” he stressed.Turning to the matter of seat belts, Mr. Hare reiterated the importance of passengers, including children wearing the safety device.He warned that under the new road safety legislation, the fine for transporting children without a seat belt is going to be increased.“Fines are for lawbreakers. If you want to give away your $10,000, $5,000 or $15,000 to pay (for) a traffic violation, that’s your business. But I would say to you, buy some school books, pay school fees for your children, buy some food at the supermarket… But the only way you are going to stop paying for traffic tickets is when you obey the rules of the road,” Mr. Hare said.The Mount Olivet Boys’ Home Career Day was organised by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), which adopted the home in 2009 as its main Corporate Social Responsibility project.Sponsors for the event were YB Afraid; Wisynco; Sagicor Foundation; Sammy’s Shoes; Cooper’s Delights; CB Chicken; Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) and private individuals including staff of the Jamaica Customs Agency. “Don’t allow anybody to ‘bun up’ any speedometer with you. If you know anybody, who drive bad, come out of the vehicle. Come out. Life is sweet, life is nice. It is better to be here alive and here walking freely than in a hospital,” he said. He was addressing wards of the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, at a recent Career Day activity. Mr. Hare was among a number of professionals, who visited the home to provide guidance to the boys as they begin the new academic year. Story Highlights read more

EYEWITNESS Why surprise…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Talk on…October 19, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Can’t touch this…March 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Bitch slapped…January 30, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …at City Hall’s arrogance?Your Eyewitness is surprised that some folks are surprised the PNC-led APNU/AFC government hasn’t even HINTED that the officials of City Hall in general, and the Town Clerk in particular, would even be SPOKEN TO  after their latest outrageous act –which is beyond any pale one may conceive of. But isn’t the City officials’ covering up the sexual violation of a child by one of their evident “own” a direct replication of the PNC hierarchy’s covering up for their “own” in the said City Council?While most right-thinking folks would recoil at the rape of a troubled youth by a City Constable — whose duty was to protect him — wasn’t the Mayor, Town Clerk and her other two colleagues — all members of the PNC — signing of the secret — and illegal — Parking Meter Contract also an attempted rape of the entire city of Georgetown? And wasn’t it covered up? Weren’t we all violated when we were threatened with a fleecing that puts those champion Aussie shearers to shame?Imagine the Chairman of the PNC — who just happens to be the Attorney General — and the Minister of Finance both highlighted the potential damage the contractual rape would’ve inflicted on the parking public — not a word was uttered to stop the outrage. In fact, the Minister of Communities waived his power to intervene in a municipal manner by signing off the necessary by-laws!!As your Eyewitness pointed out then, this PNC code of “omerta” is more effective than the Mafia’s:  they only kill the person “snitch”, the PNC cut off access to the public purse — and you know, dear reader, money speaks louder than bullets!! So, even after the scandal of the secret rape contract was exposed, the mayor was REWARDED with a position on the PNC Executive Committee!So, dear reader, let’s return to the sordid rape of the ‘wandering” boy by the City Constable; actually, Lance Corporal. Seems this wasn’t even the first time the fella had done his despicable act — and the Gang of Four knew of it, because the matter was sent to the DPP. The latter didn’t press charges because the violated boy had “decided” not to testify. And we all know what determined THAT “decision”!Truth is: the Gang of Four controls a city administration that’s in a perpetual “shake down” mode over the citizens of Georgetown.Like the old Tammany Hall ward bosses of yore in the US, the Gang of Four will be untouched, because they are expected to get out the votes, come 2020.So what if our children are violated? “Collateral damage”!…at the homeless Indian MonumentThe Monument to the Indian Immigrants was years in the making. Built by and in India, it was shipped to Guyana since January 2016. It retraced the trip across the “kala pani” that the original immigrants had taken. Designed by local Guyanese artists, it was supposed to get a permanent home in time for the 100th anniversary of the Abolition of Indian Indentureship, on March 12, 2017.But like those Indians who struck out for Europe hundreds of years ago and earned the name “gypsies”, which is synonymous with wandering and having no fixed abode, this seems to have become the fate of the Indian Monument. The PNC-led APNU/AFC government was supposed to take the baton from the ousted PPP Administration, but dropped it like a hot potato!They brought in from Linden a “contractor” with absolutely NO experience to build the base, and yet expressed surprise the structure fell down like Humpty Dumpy!!Maybe the homelessness of the Monument is the Government’s message to Indian Guyanese?…on environmental adviceRear Admiral Gary Best was appointed Presidential Advisor on the Environment. Civil Society activist Chris Ram complained that, with oil in the offing and the Deepwater Horizon spill still fresh, Best should speak up.C’mon Chris, the man, by definition, can lead only from the REAR!! read more