Government Lauded for Emphasis on BPO Sector

first_img Chairman of Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the Government has wisely tapped the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as one of the key industries to “ramp up” growth and employment.Speaking at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 13, Mr. Shirley said that with its rich potential, the sector will now require a bank of skilled workers for its continued growth and sustainability.“The Government has acknowledged this and has mandated its various educational arms, such as HEART Trust/National Training Agency, the numerous universities and colleges, as well as secondary schools, to harness and enhance our human capital,” Mr. Shirley said.“The educational system is not only geared towards facilitating the present demand of the local BPO players but also to prepare it for the future demand of the industry, which we intend to move to what I consider to be a seven-star industry,” he added.Mr. Shirley said the Government recognises that, strategically, it must be the “great facilitator” to provide the cutting-edge space for the industry to do business, employ Jamaicans and allow operators to meet investment targets.He noted that government agencies, such as the FCJ and the Port Authority of Jamaica, have been mandated to build space at competitive rental rates to facilitate the industry’s demands.The Chairman said that the Port Authority has more than 600,000 square feet of BPO space, facilitating the largest workforce within the industry.He pointed out that the FCJ has evolved into the premier provider of space with more than 1.7 million square feet under its management for the various industries, such as agro-processing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and the BPO.“We are now mandated by the Government to provide over 1.8 million additional square feet of space over the next two years,” Mr. Shirley added. Chairman of Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the Government has wisely tapped the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as one of the key industries to “ramp up” growth and employment. Story Highlights Speaking at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 13, Mr. Shirley said that with its rich potential, the sector will now require a bank of skilled workers for its continued growth and sustainability. “The Government has acknowledged this and has mandated its various educational arms, such as HEART Trust/National Training Agency, the numerous universities and colleges, as well as secondary schools, to harness and enhance our human capital,” Mr. Shirley said.last_img read more

Quebecers urged to stay alert as more than 3100 homes flooded across

first_imgMONTREAL — The number of flooded homes across Quebec continues to rise but authorities say they expect water to levels to soon reach their peak.Environment Canada is forecasting little precipitation for the next few days in the flooded corridor stretching west of Montreal along the Ottawa River to the Chaudiere-Appalaches region south of Quebec City.The Public Security Department said it expects water levels to peak today or Wednesday and begin to descend over the coming days. Officials with the department say more than 3,100 homes have been struck by flooding.Urgence Quebec said today more than 1,400 people have been forced out of their homes across the province and some 1,800 properties are isolated because of washed out roads or landslides.In Rigaud, about 70 kilometres west of Montreal, the mayor is telling residents it’s going to be a while until things return to normal. Hans Gruenwald Jr. says the risk of flooding in his community is likely to be drawn out over several weeks.Hundreds of Canadian troops have been deployed to Quebec and New Brunswick to help with flood relief.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rangers youngster wants to be in the starting eleven

first_imgFor Jordan Rossiter, the game against Kilmarnock on Wednesday could be an opportunity to start in the Scottish Premier LeagueIn 2016, English midfielder Jordan Rossiter was bought by Scottish Premier League team Rangers.Before that, he spent two years in Liverpool in the English Premier League, but only played once.And now with the Scottish giants, he has only played in six games but expects a change to be in the starting eleven for the first time this season.“We all know how disappointing Sunday was and as the gaffer said we have a great group of lads here,” Rossiter told the club’s official website.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We just have to go out tomorrow and take it out on Kilmarnock and hopefully go and get the three points.”“It has been a long road back to full recovery but it has been brilliant just to be back in with the lads and involved again on Sunday,” he added.“It was great to be out there on a big occasion but I know I have a long way to go myself to get back to my full match sharpness.”“There is no hiding it I have had a lot of setbacks in the few years I have been at Rangers but I am in a really good place now, physically and mentally,” he commented.“I just have to keep doing the right things on the pitch, as well as off it to make sure I stay available for the gaffer.”last_img read more

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more

India squad for West Indies tour announced 3 surprising omissions from squad

first_imgThe speculations will not relent anytime soon, but well, MS Dhoni is not travelling with the Indian team which travels to West Indies. Chief selector spoke about grooming Rishabh Pant for the role across all the three formats and the young man has been picked in all three Indian squads. Also, Wriddhiman Saha makes a comeback to the Test side after achieving fitness.There was a continuation in the selection process and while few key players were rested owing to workload management, the nucleus of the Indian team remains in place. There are also new faces in the limited-overs side as Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey were rewarded for their impressive performances in the ongoing ‘A’ series against West Indies.However, there were a few names which were expected to be called up, but have missed out. We take a look at 3 surprising omissions from the Indian squad.Shubman Gill Shubman GillHarry Trump/Getty ImagesThe young man was mighty impressive for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL this year and has continued his good form against West Indies A at the top of the order. He was tipped to be included in the limited-overs side but does not make the cut. Chief selector MSK Prasad said that Gill was included for the tour of New Zealand as a replacement of KL Rahul and now that the seasoned opener is back, Gill will have to wait for his chance.KS Bharat Srikar BharatFacebookThe young wicket-keeper from Andhra Pradesh was very close to getting the nod as per MSK Prasad, but then they went with Wriddhiman Saha as per an ‘unwritten’ rule which sees the inclusion of a senior player who was out injured but has regained his fitness.”We have taken India A performances into consideration. In the longer format, KS Bharat was very, very close to getting selected. We have an unwritten norm when a senior cricketer is injured, he should get a comeback opportunity. That’s what we have given to Saha,” MSK Prasad said.Mayank Agarwal Mayank AgarwalMichael Dodge/Getty ImagesMayank Agarwal, who was roped in as Vijay Shankar’s replacement at the World Cup but then did not any game time, has not been considered in the limited-overs squads. Instead, the selectors have gone ahead and picked Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey to shore up the options in the middle order.last_img read more

Finest exponents of theatre

first_imgThe theatre fraternity came together on Friday night for a red-carpet awards gala at the 12th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Curated by the Mahindra Group and Teamwork Arts, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the best from the world of theatre were awarded the META at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road.The annual awards, which recognise excellence in theatre nationally, celebrate the intrinsic diversity and rich cultural traditions of India. The META is India’s most comprehensive award and a premier honour for the theatre fraternity, awarding on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLike every year, this year’s short-list of META was diverse and showcased the best of Indian theatre. For a week, the festival staged 10 nominated plays that revolved around motifs ranging from mythology and caste to complex love stories and human emotions. The line-up featuring plays in English as well as several Indian Languages including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, etc., received an overwhelming response from the audience as the shows ran to packed houses. The Jury for META 2017 comprised theatre stalwarts Dolly Thakore, Mahesh Dattani, Sachin Khedekar, Seema Biswas, Avijit Dutt and Maya Krishna Rao. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile ‘Mahabharata’ bagged the award for Best Production along with Best Director and Best Choreography, ‘I Don’t Like It As You Like It’, won Best Ensemble, Best Stage Design and Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female), and ‘Elephant in the Room’ won Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female), Best Costume Design and Best Light Design, giving them three awards each. The award for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was jointly presented to Anirban Bhattacharya (Awddyo Shesh Rajani) and Rajendra Panchal (Katha Sukavi Suryamall Ki). Noted theatre veteran, Arun Kakade was conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. He got a standing ovation as he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He said, “I am so happy that META has been promoting Indian theatre for the last 12 years. There is diverse variety in the plays that come here. I have staged my plays here thrice before, but at the age of 86, I wasn’t expecting any award really. I am thankful to the META Festival organisers for this prestigious honour.”Hosted by Prateik Babbar and Shilpa Shukla, the scintillating awards night saw several luminaries, including Manoj Bajpayee, Sushma Seth, M.K Raina, Sachin Khedekar, Bubbles Sabharwal, Dadi Pudumjee, Vinod Nagpal, Sanjana Kapoor, Nicholas Idier and Jim Hollington. Performances by the band Samarpan, Harpreet, Neil Madhav and Rachna Yadav further enlivened the proceedings.Veterans from theatre, cinema, music, and dance presented the coveted awards to the ecstatic awardees and noted personalities like Manoj Bajpayee, Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Aditi Mangaldas and Seema Biswas were among those who gave away awards.Commenting on the awards, Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd said, “The 12th META has concluded with all the drama, fanfare and applause it deserves. The 10 best productions from across India vied for the top honours in the nation’s capital. While awards were presented to just a few, each META participant has been a winner. The Mahindra Group too feels a great sense of victory for being able to establish a platform that defines excellence in Indian Theatre. A proud moment for us all!”last_img read more

Sunwing fam agents get firsthand look at Varadero

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — Some 40 sales agents from Toronto and Montreal arrived to a warm welcome at Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero on a recent Sunwing fam aimed at showing off Cuba’s post-hurricane recovery.The agents spent the rest of the fam touring some of Sunwing’s top recommended resorts. The agents saw 14 resorts in all, including Grand Memories Varadero, Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero, Memories Varadero, Royalton Hicacos, Melia Las Americas, Melia Las Antillas, Melia Marina Varadero, Starfish Cuatro Palmas, Barcelo Arenas Blancas, Barcelo Solymar, Iberostar Varadero, Starfish Varadero, Starfish Las Palmas and Iberostar Bella Vista.David Wright, Sunwing’s Director of Sales for Ontario and Atlantic Canada, says the fam trip boosted agents’ confidence that these resorts are ready once more to give travellers a quality vacation experience. “The resorts looked so polished that it’s hard to believe a hurricane had taken place just a month ago,” said Wright. “Some of them offer expanded beachfronts now. Needless to say we are very impressed by the amount of progress that was made in such a short time. Canada’s favourite Cuban beach destination is certainly back in business.”Nena Kheman, Saskia Jaspers and Slyvia Javed at Starfish Cuatro PalmasKaren Gill & Roseanne LemdalSales agents from Toronto at Memories VaraderoSales agents from Montreal at Starfish Varadero Sharecenter_img Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Tags: Cuba, Sunwing Sunwing fam agents get first-hand look at Varaderolast_img read more