Unemployment at Record Low 9.6%

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter. The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter.The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter.The Prime Minister made the announcement during Tuesday’s (May 1) launch of Workers’ Week and National Labour Day activities for 2018, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).Mr. Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment, which fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year.He further pointed out that the unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while citing the 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.The Prime Minister said that within the 9.6 per cent unemployed labour force figure would be a significant number of youth who are not trained, are below the educational attainment for their age, and are not currently attached to any institution. “They would probably make up the largest portion of the unemployed,” he added.Mr. Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services generally, mining, and construction and civil development.He noted, however, that the immediate constraint on the expansion of these enterprises is the availability of a labour force “that is at least at the minimum educational attainment level for their life cycle, that possesses work-ready attitudes and are amenable to training”.Mr. Holness emphasised the Government’s goal of ensuring that “no one is left behind” and that there is “equal opportunity for every Jamaican to self-actualise”.He emphasised that the best way to achieve this is by providing individuals with gainful employment.Against this background, the Prime Minister said the Government has been proactive in implementing human resource development policies that ensure alignment between the output of the education and training institutions and the skill demand of industries.To this end, Mr. Holness said the Administration has established the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, adding that aligned with this is the HEART Trust/NTA’s transference “directly under my supervision at the Office of the Prime Minister”.“This is to ensure that there is greater synergy between the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and what is happening with investment promotion. We are also ensuring that those who are below the educational attainment level for their life cycle and who are also unskilled, are supported to find employment opportunities in the labour market,” he added.Mr. Holness indicated that it is now “becoming clear to us” that the greatest constraint to Jamaica’s short-term growth and expansion of industry “is actually a shortage of trained, skilled labour”.“It is actually an urgent problem that needs the direct attention of the Government… and that is why I have moved HEART Trust (to the OPM),” he said.The Prime Minister reiterated that HEART Trust/NTA has been merged with the National Youth Service, Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Apprenticeship Board to form one “purpose-built” organisation that positions Jamaica to produce the skilled labour necessary to support the expansion of industry.“So, as investor confidence grows, the Government must keep that growth going by providing the labour it needs,” Mr. Holness said.Activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 are being held under the theme ‘Ramp it Up… Fix it Up’.The focus will be on building ramps and other facilities at schools and health centres that enable easy access to these buildings for persons with disabilities.Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23.last_img

Kentucky Would Lose To The 76ers At Least 78 Percent Of The

It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same read more

LNG arrives for JPS Bogue power plant

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, October. 23, 2016 –  The Government’s drive to bring cheaper and cleaner energy to the people of Jamaica has been advanced with the arrival of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant in Bogue, St. James.  Supplied by New Fortress Energy, the shipment arrived at the Port of Montego Bay aboard the feeder ship Anthony Veeder on October 22.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JPS, Kelly Tomblin, said the introduction of LNG as part of the energy mix represents “a historic milestone for Jamaica” as the nation pursues “energy diversification and the expansion of its energy sector”.  Ms. Tomblin, who was at the Montego Bay port for the ship’s arrival, said New Fortress has pumped US$750 million into the construction of the LNG terminal.  She said that natural gas will play a key role in transforming the energy sector, while supporting industrial development and economic growth. “We are definitely on the threshold of great things for Jamaica and the region,” Ms. Tomblin added.Just a year ago, New Fortress Energy signed an agreement with JPS to supply LNG for Jamaica’s 120-megawatt power plant in Bogue. Earlier this year, the plant was converted to run on gas as well as Automotive Diesel Oil (ADO).   JPS and New Fortress Energy have also signed an agreement to extend the supply of gas to Jamaica to the new 190-megawatt power plant at Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. New Fortress Energy has agreed to privately finance and develop the infrastructure necessary to deliver LNG to the new Old Harbour plant.Meanwhile, Project Manager at the Port Authority of Jamaica, Keith Mitchell, said the agency is pleased to have done its part in facilitating the arrival of the vessel and to provide the infrastructure for the cargo to be unloaded.  “The LNG diversification project has resulted in the Authority fast-tracking its master plan for the development of the Port of Montego Bay into a modern facility with separate berths dedicated to cargo operations and cruise shipping,” he pointed out.“We are also delighted to have been able to facilitate and enable the realisation of a national objective, which has been in the pipeline for a number of years.  This project is of national importance and is part of the Government’s drive to bring cheaper energy to the Jamaican people,” he added.He informed that the Port Authority leased the lands to New Fortress for infrastructural works to enable the weekly arrival of LNG to be offloaded, converted and channelled for use at the Bogue Power Plant.   “This investment has the potential to significantly reduce energy costs and thus drive economic development and job creation and promote the wide industrial application of LNG,” Mr. Mitchell further explained.“It will also see the facilitation of cruise and cargo vessels using LNG as well as the exportation of the product to other regional countries,” he added.  He noted that with the weekly docking of the LNG vessel coupled with the increased home-porting activities, there is need for the development of new port infrastructure, and a new dedicated cargo berth for docking containers and liquid bulk (fuels) vessels.  “There are indeed numerous opportunities for Jamaica to benefit,” Mr. Mitchell added. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Vista Sheriffs Department searching for missing 42yearold who needs medical attention

first_img Posted: April 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter VISTA (KUSI) — The Vista Sheriff’s Department Friday was asking the public to help locate a missing 42-year-old man who was in need of immediate medical attention.Dakota Anding, 42, was reported missing Wednesday. He was last seen at the intersection of Melrose and Santa Fe around 11:30 p.m.Anding is described as a tan white male, 6 feet tall and 152 pounds. He has blue/gray eyes and a dark beard. He also has a tribal tattoo on his left arm, black bat tattoos on his upper arm, a surf tattoo on his left wrist and an alien tattoo on his right arm.He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black zippered jacket.If you have any information on Anding’s location, please contact the Vista Sheriff’s Department at 760-940-4551. Vista Sheriff’s Department searching for missing 42-year-old who needs medical attention KUSI Newsroom April 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img