Measures in Place to Retain Skilled Port Workers

first_imgRelatedHopeful Village Fire Victims to Get Assistance RelatedRose Town to Benefit From US$42M Integrated Community Development Project Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says measures are being put in place to manage the outflow of skilled workers from the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to overseas ports.He said that in addition to enhanced training, opportunities are being created for workers to attract increased salary packages.Dr. Davies was speaking in the House of Representatives today (April 7), in response to questions posed by Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry.Mr. Henry queried whether the Government had plans in place to reduce the outflow of skilled workers, given its policy of creating a logistics hub in Jamaica.The Transport Minister informed that skill grades have been created to facilitate more opportunities for advancement in position and increase in salary.Dr. Davies also told the Lower House that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has partnered with the University of Technology, University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Maritime Institute to ensure that there is a cadre of young professionals, who are provided with work study training “thereby creating a pool of personnel from which the terminal may recruit.”“The PAJ has been working with the institutions to develop maritime-related skills, thus creating a bigger pool of workers with these specialised skills. Workers with the requisite specialised technical skills are paid a premium above entry level,” Dr. Davies said.He further told the House of Representatives that new employees are also bonded for a minimum period of two years to recover the cost of training. Measures in Place to Retain Skilled Port Workers Works / ConstructionApril 7, 2015Written by: Latonya Linton Advertisements Measures in Place to Retain Skilled Port WorkersJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img RelatedRepairs to Golding Avenue Sidewalk to Be Completed Next Week Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Transport Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, speaks in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 7). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsMinister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says measures are being put in place to manage the outflow of skilled workers from the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to overseas ports.The Transport Minister informed that skill grades have been created to facilitate more opportunities for advancement in position and increase in salary.last_img read more

Online career counseling available

first_img David Behrend, M.ED., director of Career Planning Services for Lawyers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and Judith Rushlow, executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance, will offer a free career counseling program for lawyers via computer or telephone from the privacy of your home or office. The next session is on Wednesday, August 14 at 12 p.m. The meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month.To log on, go to If the participant is using a telephone, call 213-493-0614. The access code is 684-399-861. The audio PIN will be shown after joining the meeting. The meeting ID is 694-399-861.Among those who may benefit from participating are:• Lawyers who are or should be exploring a career or employment change;• Recent law graduates unsure of the next opportunity;• Lawyers returning to the practice after an absence of time;• Older partners or judges searching for their “encore” career;• Lawyers unable to practice at this time;• Disenchanted lawyers unsure of alternative career options. Jul 15, 2019 Top Stories Online career counseling availablelast_img read more

Time to raise red flag as Tiger skips Players

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – It’s officially time to raise the red flag. Tiger Woods’ absence from last month’s WGC-Mexico Championship, where he played well last year in his course debut, was surprising but not earth-shattering. His decision to skip last week’s Honda Classic, held just minutes from his Florida home, didn’t register on the Richter scale.  Even his choice to pass on this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won eight times before, didn’t seem like reason to sound the alarm. Yes, agent Mark Steinberg’s inclusion of back stiffness as a factor in the decision seemed ominous, but Woods missed Bay Hill last year and captured a fifth green jacket a few weeks later. But his latest non-commitment, this time opting out of The Players just hours before the entry deadline because of lingering back concerns, raises an entirely new set of questions.   Since the calendar flipped to 2020, the focus has been on what Woods’ Masters prep might look like. Now there’s reason to wonder whether he’ll be ready for his Augusta National title defense at all. “Back just not ready,” Steinberg said in a statement to “Not concerning long-term, just not ready.” Steinberg’s bullishness about Woods’ long-term prospects is understandable, but there is no hiding from the fact that something has seemingly gone awry. Woods himself has not spoken publicly about his health since the Genesis Invitational, where he finished last among the 68 players who made the cut. That weekend he seemed a shell of his former self, but he didn’t offer any indication that his health status would remain in jeopardy a month later. “I feel stiff, but I have weeks like that,” Woods said on Feb. 15. “Especially in the cold mornings like it was the other day. Don’t quite move as well, and that’s just kind of how it’s going to go.” When it comes to Woods, health expectations need to be calibrated appropriately. He’s now 44 years old, still essentially on borrowed time after back fusion surgery in 2017. He is not going to be able to play the ambitious schedule of a 25-year-old, nor should anyone expect him to do so. Golf Central Tiger to skip Players: ‘Back just not ready’ BY Randall Mell  — March 6, 2020 at 3:55 PM Tiger Woods is skipping the Players Championship next week. His agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN that Woods’ “back [is] just not ready.” But there’s a difference between playing it safe and not playing at all. Woods has spoken time and again about the importance of peaking for the Masters, having done so in such memorable fashion last year. But among the various strategies with which to approach Magnolia Lane, a two-month layoff doesn’t qualify as a recommended option. And at this point, that’s now in play for the reigning Masters champ. Last year, Woods made the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in his final start before Augusta, and the year before he was a runner-up at the Valspar Championship. While he could technically still enter either upcoming event, or both, as a Masters tune-up, it’s hard to envision that an injury that has kept him out of a series of high-profile tournaments over the last month might clear up overnight. Right now, no scenario is off the table – including the prospect that Woods may have already played his final competitive round before the Masters. “I knew he struggled a little bit in Australia on that Saturday, when he was going to play twice. And then I talked to him in L.A., and he wasn’t feeling all that great there,” said Steve Stricker, who played two rounds alongside Woods at Riviera. “But I thought a couple weeks off, especially not playing here, would get him back into a position where he could play. So yeah, it’s a bit of a shock that he’s not going to be playing next week as well.” Golf Central Begay: Tiger feels ‘ripple effect’ from busy 2019 BY Rex Hoggard  — March 5, 2020 at 11:05 AM Tiger Woods still has time to commit to next week’s Players, but Notah Begay painted a picture of continued uncertainty. Granted, Woods has been through this sort of situation before. He missed more than two months after withdrawing from Torrey Pines because of a back injury in 2015, only to return at Augusta National and finish a more-than-respectable 17th. His first start of 2010 came at the Masters, where he made his comeback from personal scandal under the brightest of spotlights and tied for fourth. But in neither of those instances was Woods returning amid the azaleas as the defending champion. After last year’s watershed victory, this year’s Masters was expected to be a celebration of both what he had accomplished and how far he had ventured to make it all happen. But now, as has so often been the case over the last decade, a cloud of injury hangs over perhaps the greatest golfer of all time. There’s still a chance that cloud could dissipate. There’s a chance that Woods’ injury isn’t serious, that there really is no reason for long-term concern. He could show up in Tampa in two weeks, or in Austin the week after, and show everyone that they had no real reason to worry. But with only scant information publicly available, his decision to skip the PGA Tour’s flagship event speaks volumes about the current state of his health. And with another Friday entry deadline in the rearview mirror, the level of concern is justifiably higher than at any point since he slipped into that green jacket 11 months ago.last_img read more

Report: Thailand’s PTT keen on buying Petronas stake in Sarawak block

first_imgThailand’s oil and gas company PTT has reportedly shown interest in buying Petronas’ stake in the SK316 block offshore Sarawak. Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Malaysia’s Petronas was aiming to sell as much as 49 percent in the gas project off Sarawak for up to $1 billion. If undertaken, the move would be one of Petronas’ first major recent sales as the company is grappling with the lower oil price.On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Thailand’s PTT was interested in buying the stake from the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company.“Petronas are interested in selling SK316 and we are interested because this is an upstream business,” Reuters quoted PTT Chief Executive, Thewin Wongwanich, as saying.The Thai-state-owned PTT is a parent company of PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP).Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Zac Blair comes off PGA Tour, wins Sand Hollow Open

first_imgHURRICANE, Utah — Zac Blair, who played on the PGA Tour this year where he won $1.24 million, came back to his home state to play in the Sand Hollow Open. And to no one’s surprise, Blair won the tournament, posting a 54-hole score of 198 to beat Joe Parkinson by two shots.Blair, an Ogden native and former BYU golfer, shot a final-round 66 Saturday to beat Parkinson, another former Cougar golfer, who also had a 66. Former Weber State golfer Davis Garner finished third at 201 after a final-round 65.For winning, Blair earned the winner’s check of $15,000, but said he plans to donate the money to charity.Colorado pro Jim Knous finished fourth at 202, while Kurt Kitayama and former Utah Open champ BJ Staten tied for fifth place at 203.last_img read more