St. Catherine YIC Opens Homework Centre and Music Recording Studio

first_imgYoung persons residing in Spanish Town, St. Catherine and its environs, now have access to a homework centre and a music recording studio which have been established at the newly rebranded St. Catherine Youth Innovation Centre (YIC).Formerly referred to as a Youth Information Centre, the structure was upgraded at a cost of $1 million with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The homework centre and recording studio were officially opened by Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, during a ceremony at its Young Street location on June 7.Mr. Green noted that the enhanced centre is providing greater opportunities for youth innovation and advancement.He said he was particularly pleased with the recording studio which has been incorporated as a useful tool in the Ministry’s youth development framework, which will see youth using the space to hone their talents through which they can become gainfully employed. “This studio is not just about recording songs and putting out songs…This centre is about teaching our youth that there is a whole industry relating to the music business. We want to create road and local managers, event managers, we want to create production assistants….these are some of the professions we want to see coming out,” he said.Mr. Green stated that he wants young persons to use the space to work on their business plans, to work on their music, “but also importantly, to work with other youth on their homework”.In the meantime, Acting Mission Director, USAID, Andrew Colburn, said he welcomed the partnership with the Education Ministry to provide a space for the continued empowerment of youth in the area.“It is intended to equip youth with information, services and skills to build self-confidence, resilience, and reduce vulnerability by providing a safe, structured, supervised and supportive after school environment for youth to receive free access to homework assistance and tutorial services,” he said.The Government is currently in the process of rebranding Youth Information Centres as Youth Innovation Centres, to place greater focus on positive youth development, resilience, and harnessing the talents and creative potential of youth for sustainable livelihoods.YICs offer a suite of programmes and services that are free of cost, utilise new and emerging technologies and seek to connect youth with labour market opportunities. The programmes will facilitate the start-up of viable and sustainable youth enterprises, particularly in the information and Communications Technology (ICT) and creative industries.last_img read more

dAmico Tankers Sells Product Tanker Oldie

first_imgzoom Ireland-based d’Amico Tankers, a subsidiary of Italian shipping company operating in the product tanker market d’Amico International Shipping S.A., has signed a memorandum of agreement for the sale of MT High Prosperity.The 48,700 DWT medium-range product tanker, built in 2006 by Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding Co., is being sold for USD 14.2 million.“The transaction will generate a positive net cash effect of around USD 6.9 million for d’Amico Tankers, contributing to the liquidity required to complete DIS’ fleet renewal program,” the company said in a release.In addition, d’Amico Tankers will retain the commercial control of the vessel, having also concluded with the buyer a 6-year time-charter agreement.“The sale of MT High Prosperity is in line with DIS’ long-term strategy of maintaining a young owned fleet, through the replacement of some of our older vessels with the newbuildings we have ordered in the recent years. At the same time, this transaction will generate a positive net cash effect of approximately US$ 6.9 million, strengthening our balance sheet and liquidity position, while permitting us to retain commercial control of the vessel at a competitive time-charter rate for the next 6 years, allowing us to benefit from the expected recovery in the product tanker market,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said.As of today, DIS’ fleet comprises 55.5 double-hulled product tankers (MR and Handysize) with an average age of about 7.7 years.d’Amico Tankers has also shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd., for the construction of 6 LR1s product tankers with expected delivery between Q4 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Beside The Points For Monday Oct 9 2017

NFL See more NFL predictions See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe rob:scoring is crazy so far this postseason. The regular season average was 9.3 runs per game for both teams. So far we’ve had 12, 19, and now at least 6. And it’s usually harder to score runs in the postseason.(As of this morning: Teams are averaging 5.21 runs per game in the 2017 postseason, versus 4.65 per game in the regular season)Predictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetDumb bet alert: the starting QB for the Jets-Browns contest on Sunday was a rich mystery back in July. Things That Caught My EyeThings that won’t catch their eyesBased on rosters from the 31 NHL teams, only 34 players will not use a visor on their helmet this season. This breaks down to about 94 percent of players wearing the extra protection. [The Associated Press]Smooth move JetsCongratulations to the New York Jets for beating the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but even more congratulations are in order for… the Cleveland Browns, who at the time of the loss had a 55 percent chance to earn the #1 pick in the NFL draft, compared to the now less than 1 percent chance of getting the top pick for the Jets. [ESPN]40-year CycloneOklahoma was favored to beat the Iowa State Cyclones by 30.5 points Saturday but instead lost 38-31, shaking up the college football playoff situation and causing the worst upset for Oklahoma in 40 seasons. [ESPN, Stats & Info]USMNT still could screw this upThe U.S. men’s national team, after beating Panama, is now in good position to make the 2018 World Cup — but they still have an opportunity to screw this one up. A win against Trinidad & Tobago on the road Tuesday gets them in; a loss opens the door to not qualifying based on what Panama and Honduras do in their matches. [SB Nation]Giants broke BeckhamOdell Beckham Jr. sustained an ankle injury Sunday in a game against the San Diego Chargers, putting his season in doubt. His play-by-play performance since he entered the league in 2014 has translated to about 2.3 points added per game, which is huge for a non-quarterback. [ESPN, ESPN]BREAKING: Scandinavian Country Leads Way On ThingNorway will double the remuneration for its female soccer players to even the field when it comes to compensation for its players regardless of gender. [Reuters]Big Number7 OTWestern Michigan beat Buffalo on Saturday 71-68. The first quarter finished 10-14, Buffalo, then went to 17-14 at the half, 24-14 at the end of the third, and finally 31-31 at the end of the fourth. This, dear readers, this is where the trouble started. The first overtime ended with each team getting a touchdown apiece, 38-38. The second overtime went about the same, finishing 45-45. The third overtime was scoreless; the fourth overtime each team got a touchdown and two-point conversion, 53-53. The fifth overtime and sixth overtime both had each team get a touchdown and miss the two-point conversion, making it 59-59 and then 65-65. But the seventh overtime! That’s when this business was finally settled: Western Michigan responded to a Buffalo field goal with a touchdown, ending the unholy event and tying the FBS record for most overtimes. [ESPN, h/t Holly Anderson]Leaks from Slack All newsletters read more

JAMAICA Modern Court Infrastructure in Two Years says Justice Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 21, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says that within the next two years, Jamaica should have a modern court infrastructure comparable to anywhere in the world.Addressing the Jamaican Bar Association Annual Conference at the Half Moon Hotel, Rose Hall, St. James, on November 18, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry is working assiduously to install modern technological support where “ultimately, we will have a paperless court system”.“Modernised courtrooms are priorities for the Ministry.  We will have new and properly maintained elevators, air conditioners, photocopiers and computers,” the Minister pointed out.He noted that the Government is committed to providing the necessary resources to improve the justice system, so as to protect and enforce the rule of law and to ensure timely justice outcomes.   The Minister said that significant budgetary support has already been provided to repair, rehabilitate, establish additional courtrooms and offices, and to provide support staff for judges.Mr. Chuck pointed to the importance of having the nation’s courts performing at optimum level, adding that “the way forward must be to have our courts perform better and provide better service to our people”.“Now is the time to introduce proper professional management processes in the courts, and the justice system as a whole; now is the time to introduce feasible specific timelines, so the system can earn the trust and confidence of the Jamaican people; and now is the time for the legal processes to be well defined and to have definite start and end points,” the Minister emphasised.He argued that each court complex across Jamaica requires better management of the infrastructure, use of the courtrooms, maintenance of equipment, scheduling of cases, and the movement and protection of files within courts.“The present court administrators are trying, but it is management not administration that is needed.   Judges should be allowed to concentrate on adjudication and matters in the courts without being burdened with administration and management of the court complexes,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck said it is his view that each parish court complex should have a professional manager, who would be “fully responsible” for everything within the complex.“The manager would work with the judges, the Court Administration Division and the Ministry of Justice to promote efficiency and the effective delivery of services within the courts,” the Minister explained. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more