Tourism Minister Projects 41,000 New Jobs by 2022

first_img In his speech, delivered by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer, at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St. James on February 19, Mr. Bartlett said with the continued unprecedented growth in the sector, impending hotel construction and expansion of room stocks, thousands of employment opportunities will be created in the coming years. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.In his speech, delivered by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer, at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St. James on February 19, Mr. Bartlett said with the continued unprecedented growth in the sector, impending hotel construction and expansion of room stocks, thousands of employment opportunities will be created in the coming years.“During the course of 2019, an additional 1,005 rooms are slated to come on stream. When you consider the ratio of 2.3 employees per room, that’s an additional 2,300 workers, and this number does not include people like your bar staff, pool and beach attendants and several other categories of workers,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett said that come 2020 and beyond, Jamaica will witness the largest growth in hotel rooms ever with the construction boom, pointing out that the expansion of current hotels and the construction of new ones will add another 18,157 rooms.“Using the average employee-to-room ratio, that’s another 41,000 jobs,” the Minister argued.In the meantime, Mr. Bartlett said the Government will continue its thrust to train Jamaicans to be able to capitalise on imminent employment opportunities.“We have partnered with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to have hospitality training in tertiary and high schools, and that’s why we have the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) to certify all categories of tourism workers. While we train for employment, I want to see Jamaicans benefiting more from tourism by taking control of the supply side of the industry. Jamaicans must invest in themselves by investing in the industry,” the Minister emphasised.The tourism industry directly employs over 117,000 Jamaicans, while generating indirect jobs for another 250,000 Jamaicans. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Salvage Giant Formed in the Med

first_imgzoom Ardent Global has partnered up with Greek salvage company Vernicos and Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. to form the largest salvage alliance in the Mediterranean.The three companies signed a cooperation agreement on March 20, 2018, to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities.The alliance creation was assigned to shared values with regard to safety and performance.The partnership combines the know-how and assets of a salvage expert, emergency response and wreck removal companies, enabling the alliance to handle casualties of all types and sizes by providing a well-rounded portfolio of services.                          Image Courtesy: Ardent“The alliance allows us to be the most effective provider of salvage emergency response in the region, providing a  well-rounded emergency response effort in a timely manner. It is a joint effort to pro-actively protect our seas by providing emergency response in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions,” said Jean Benzonana, Vernicos Tugs Chief Executive Officer.‘’The synergies between the three companies will guarantee the provision of timely solutions in responding to marine incidents in the area of Eastern Mediterranean, and safeguarding the environment at the same time,” Vasilis Mamaloukas, EPE Director, commented.Ardent, created through the merger of Svitzer and Titan Salvage in 2015, brings to the table experience in technically challenging salvage and wreck removal, along with specialized, proprietary equipment.Greek Vernicos owns a large fleet of salvage and emergency response tugboats in the Mediterranean, while Environmental Protection Engineering has over 40 years of experience in responding to pollution incidents.last_img read more

Kevin Durant Closes The Door On LeBron

CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.“To be honest with you, we don’t really need you that much in the regular season,” Green recalled telling Durant, who silenced the crowd with the biggest shot of his career — a 26-foot, go-ahead 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James with just under a minute to play — in the 118-113 victory. “But you know when those NBA Finals come around we’re really going to need you to play big for us.”When all’s said and done, and this club inevitably wraps up its second NBA title in three years, the degree to which the Warriors didn’t need to rely on Durant earlier this year will stand out; if only in contrast to the mileage James accumulated carrying the Cavs all season.Durant was spectacular and will undoubtedly be named Finals MVP once the Dubs win a fourth game.1Even though Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double in the Finals, which is crazy. His impressive showing here, largely against the best player of the past generation, figures to prompt conversation about whether we’re seeing a changing of the guard concerning which player deserves to be considered the best in the world.We watched this movie play out for a third straight game on Wednesday night: LeBron being on fire for a half, then suddenly becoming less aggressive when he runs out of gas in the fourth quarter, while Durant saves his best for last. LeBron James3925211170%71%40%36% PLAYERQ1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Kevin Durant2628173165523967 LeBron’s 4th-quarters lag in the 2017 Finals, Durant’s improve Source: NBA The pace in this matchup has played a key role in that dynamic — particularly for James. But the accumulation of minutes and miles on James’s legs this season — and over the past seven seasons, during his incredible Finals streak — probably hasn’t helped, either. This year alone, in which the 32-year-old averaged an NBA-high in minutes per game, James has run 47 miles more than the 28-year-old Durant,2This was the disparity heading into the NBA Finals, when combining both regular and postseason games. who missed just over a month’s worth of games during the regular season following an injury. (Golden State went 16-4 without him.)It would be unfair to the Warriors, who figure to go down in NBA history as perhaps its greatest team, to suggest that fatigue alone is the deciding factor in what may be a four-game sweep. The Warriors have so much more talent, and defensive skill, than the Cavs do. But James — who was sensational, and finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists — having more burst in the fourth quarter Wednesday might have at least helped Cleveland hold onto that game. And a 2-1 series, with Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, would have been promising.Warriors dominated with LeBron sittingRecognizing the importance of Game 3, James got hardly any breathers. Of the game’s 48 minutes, he took a seat for a grand total of two minutes, 24 seconds. Yet in that span of rest, his Cavaliers were outscored 12-0, an enormous margin in a game decided by just five points.3Yes, it’s only fair to point out that James was on the court for Golden State’s stunning 11-0 run to end the game over the final three-plus minutes of play.Almost all of the trouble stemmed from a lack of ball movement, starting with Kyrie Irving, who played a fabulous game with 38 points, but didn’t look good in this stretch.4He also got a very poor 1-on-1 look against Klay Thompson that misfired just before Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. Cleveland had six offensive possessions without James on the floor; five of them featured one pass5Not counting outlet or inbound passes or no passes, while the other possession was this.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/withoutbron1.mp400:0000:0000:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, the Cavs didn’t take advantage while the Warriors’ superstars sat. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a handful of costly rotation choices in last year’s NBA Finals, trotted out lineups without Durant or Stephen Curry on Wednesday. (This is likely the biggest reason why the Warriors have struggled in second quarters this postseason relative to their dominance in the other three periods.) In fact, Kerr did this twice, for a total of five minutes, 34 seconds. Yet Cleveland didn’t create a real gap, only outscoring Golden State by three, 14-11, in that time.Curry’s unexpected rebounding was criticalWhen you think about the NBA’s most gritty players, people like Green, Tony Allen and Patrick Beverley might come to mind. Curry? Not so much.But the 6-foot-3-inch sharpshooter came up big in the trenches Wednesday, logging 13 rebounds,6This was tied for a game-high, along with Kevin Love’s 13 boards. the most for a point guard in the NBA Finals since at least 1984, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.7The Play Index only goes back to 1984 in some categories. Even more impressive: Five of those rebounds were offensive, and the Warriors ended up scoring seven points off those extra chances — a huge boost in a five-point victory.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/curryboard2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To put Curry’s rebounding into context, consider that he had more total boards on Wednesday alone than ace rebounder Tristan Thompson — whom the Warriors have neutralized beautifully by getting bodies on him while the ball is in the air — has had in this entire series.Curry doesn’t get quite enough credit for mixing it up to help his team win. Aside from defending pick and rolls a bit differently in this year’s finals, he’s also been arguably the NBA’s best off-ball screener, because of how much opponents sell out on the threat of his jumper, and how it opens up things for his teammates.For one night, Curry’s offensive rebounds were just about as lethal as his 3-point shooting. And in part because of them, we may have a new NBA champion by tomorrow night. POINTSFIELD GOAL % read more

Books and then some

first_imgThe 20th edition of Delhi Book Fair and 16th Stationery and Office Automation Fair at Pragati Maidan ended on 31 August. The last day of the event featured award giving ceremony by Rita Menon, Chairperson and Managing Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for Excellence in Display.Awards were presented in different categories comprising Hindi, Regional and English languages. In Hindi language category, Prabhat Prakashan won the gold trophy, Kitabghar Prakashan won silver and Hindi Book Centre won bronze trophy while  in  the English language category, MBD Group, Full Marks Pvt. Ltd. and Amity University Press won the gold, silver and bronze trophies, respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’National Book Trust bagged the gold trophy and Sahitya Akademi won the silver trophy in the Regional language categories. Ballarpur Industries Limited bagged the gold trophy and Paper Theatre and GSC Glass Ltd. received the silver and bronze trophies, respectively, for Excellence in Display in the Stationery and Office Automation Fair. The event also witnessed a workshop on book review Let’s Review a Book and an interactive session-cum workshop with an illustrator for school children on 29 August organised by National Centre for Children’s Literature, a wing of National Book Trust. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe programme was divided into two sessions. The first session on book review was conducted by Nandini Sahu, Associate Professor of English, IGNOU and creative writer. The second session was on illustration was conducted by Subir Roy, renowned illustrator and Art Director at Children’s Book Trust.While giving details on how to write a book review, Sahu said ‘The role of reviewer is very important as the reviewer tells the reader what the book is all about. Since the reviewer has the freedom to write about the book, his mind should be open and should not have negative approach towards the writer.’ In the second session, Roy gave an insight into designing a cover of the book. He informed children about the young Indian artistes who have won several awards at international level. Roy shared his experience as an illustrator and gave tips to children to draw good illustrations.More than 150 children from various schools of Delhi and NCR including DAV Public School Paschim Enclave, DAV Public School Shreshtha Vihar, Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar, Shraddha Public School, Faridabad participated in this programme.The best twenty students in the workshop were given away awards and certificates. The next edition of the fair will be organised from 29 August to 6 September, 2015.last_img read more

Two new sales plus firstever YVRCosta Rica nonstops for Sunwing

first_img TORONTO – Coming in December, Sunwing will be launching new nonstop flight service from Vancouver to Costa Rica, making it the only carrier to offer this route direct from YVR.Departing on Sundays between Dec. 23, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the weekly direct service to Liberia will be operated on the airline’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Last year, Sunwing became the first to offer a direct flight from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica. With the addition of Costa Rica, Vancouverites can enjoy access to 11 different Sun destinations this winter season.“We’re very pleased to be introducing Costa Rica for the coming winter. As well as being renowned for its eco tours and adventures, this popular destination also stands out for the quality of its accommodation,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “With this new service, our Vancouver customers will be able to choose between two of our consistently most popular top-rated resorts – Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Guanacaste – or be among the first guests to experience the new Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, opening his fall.”More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaTo celebrate the Oct. 1 opening of this new resort, Sunwing is inviting guests to be among the first to visit the property with a new Red Carpet sale. Travellers who book Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica by June 29 can take advantage of savings of up to 50% on vacation packages. Even more, agents can earn 4X the STAR Agent Reward points that convert to cash on all new bookings, for departures between Oct. 1, 2018 and Dec. 20, 2019.Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica is the first-ever, all-inclusive luxury resort for Planet Hollywood and features an array of upscale amenities, including handcrafted ‘Phabulous Beds’, 24-hour room service, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi throughout, plush bathrobes and slippers, private balconies and terraces, and daily supervised kids activities. Guests who upgrade to Star Class can enjoy Al-list treatment that ranges from their own personal agent and preferred seating at restaurants, to exclusive access to the private pool and bar.Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, Costa RicaMore savings can be had with another Sunwing sale, this one designed for families. The Summer Family Fun sale, available until June 15, includes savings of up to $2,000 per family on a wide range of vacation packages to all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Limited space is still available for summer dates, so families are encouraged to book quickly.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSunwing recommends several family-friendly properties, including Riu Dunamar in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, a beachfront property that offers rooms for families of five, all-day entertainment, water sports, an on-site Splash Water Park, and RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited à la carte dining and spa discounts.There’s also the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica, a top-rated luxury resort featuring five-star accommodations, a pool complex, spa and complimentary kids club, as well as Grand Memories Santa Maria, featuring an on-site kids club, kayaking, pedal boating and beach volleyball.All vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can enjoy a welcome sparkling wine toast, buy onboard Sunwing Café menu with selections inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, and backpacks for children filled with games and toys. Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tags: Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood, Sunwing, Vancouvercenter_img Monday, June 11, 2018 Two new sales plus first-ever YVR-Costa Rica nonstops for Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more