As it relates to youth programmes and training initiatives, Mr. Sweeney informed that “we identified a strong youthful population there, especially within the age range of 15 to 24 years, and a number of youth within the community need to be attached to programmes, whether secondary school, vocational, tertiary, internships and jobs”. Deputy Chairman, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says effective implementation of community-redevelopment, citizen-security and public-safety initiatives can significantly transform vulnerable and volatile communities. Mr. Sweeney said the objective of the interventions is to effect change and provide relief to residents. He said the services being delivered will empower people to solve their own problems and, ultimately, uplift their community. Story Highlights Deputy Chairman, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says effective implementation of community-redevelopment, citizen-security and public-safety initiatives can significantly transform vulnerable and volatile communities.Speaking in a recent JIS ‘Issues and Answers’ interview, Mr. Sweeney pointed out that communities have already been benefiting from social-intervention activities and engagements being undertaken by various government agencies as a means of effecting positive changes.He said that through the work of the committee, the agencies that are operating in these volatile areas every day “will now have a coordinated approach in providing the intervention that is needed, whether through work on the physical environment, skills and educational development or social services”.Mr. Sweeney told JIS News that the social-intervention activities being implemented in Mount Salem in St. James, where the first ZOSO is in effect, are expected to serve as the blueprint for similar activities in other areas.He noted that three major areas of focus were identified for Mount Salem. These are enhancement of the physical environment, youth engagement programmes and civil registration.In terms of the physical environment, he outlined that initiatives are focused on sanitation, solid-waste removal, utility regularisation, bushing, improving road conditions and street lighting for public safety.As it relates to youth programmes and training initiatives, Mr. Sweeney informed that “we identified a strong youthful population there, especially within the age range of 15 to 24 years, and a number of youth within the community need to be attached to programmes, whether secondary school, vocational, tertiary, internships and jobs”.He said that “once we put them in the programme and they have matriculated out of the programme, we say to these entities and employers that we are the reference; I know where this person lives… I know where they come from… I know what they have been trained in”.Mr. Sweeney added that with this approach, the youth will develop trust and confidence in the system, knowing that their address will not be an inhibitor after they have invested their time and effort in a training programme.In addition, he noted, they would have seen others in the community getting sustainable jobs and engagements after they have gone through these State-provided programmes.In terms of civil registration, some of these services were delivered at a two-day community fair, where a number of entities were on hand to process important documents for residents, who also benefited from free medical and dental checks.The entities included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART Trust/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Ministry of National Security and its agencies.“So, it was about processing birth certificates, passports, voter’s identification, driver’s licence to ensure that persons have proper identification. If we know who you are, if we know your demographics, your personal situation, then we can better serve you and mobilise the type of agencies, or direct you to them,” the Deputy Chairman reasoned.Mr. Sweeney said the objective of the interventions is to effect change and provide relief to residents. He said the services being delivered will empower people to solve their own problems and, ultimately, uplift their community.“When you leave a community such as Mount Salem, you want to return and see the community almost empty in the daytime because those people are at jobs, there is good infrastructure, there is social cohesion within the community and there are no zinc-fence structures, but (instead) lines of visibility where you can interact from your home to the street,” Mr. Sweeney noted.The Social Intervention Committee is charged with developing a sustainable development plan, which will include addressing issues related to health, the environment, social improvement, infrastructural development, education and economic development.This is in keeping with the clear, hold-and-build strategy aimed at containing crime while safeguarding the rights of citizens and promoting sustainable community development.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington recently ratified collective bargaining agreements with two unions in town — the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1370 and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 1703, Unit 1 (custodians and building maintenance workers).Fire Fighters Union“Basically, the major terms of the agreement are a COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) of 2.5% retroactive July 1, 2018; a 2.75% COLA beginning July 1, 2019; and a 2.75% COLA beginning July 1, 2020.” announced Hull at last week’s Selectmen’s Meeting. “There’s a number of language clarifications in the contract. One of the things we obtained was confirmation that when someone is out on unpaid leave, they won’t accrue personal, sick or vacation time… There was also an adjustment to their uniform allowance, with an increase from $700 to $1,000.”Selectmen unanimously approved and executed the agreement without discussion. The town had been negotiating with the union since early 2018.Custodians & Building Maintenance Workers Union“The contract expired on July 1, 2018. We’ve been negotiating with them since early 2018. They’ve received COLAs of 2.5% retroactive July 1, 2018; a 2.5% COLA beginning July 1, 2019; and a 2.5% COLA beginning July 1, 2020,” explained Hull. “The agreement also contained language indicating employees on unpaid leave would not accrue benefits. In addition, employees have to notify the town 72 hours in advance if they’re requesting vacation time. And we’ve codified what happens when someone accrues personal time after they’ve been hired. There had been confusion on this matter that led to a grievance.”Selectmen approved and executed the agreement without discussion. Selectman McCoy abstained from the vote.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Enters Into New 3-Year Contract With Dispatchers UnionIn “Government”Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Sign New Agreement With TownIn “Government”
jahangirnagar universityA faction of Jahangirnagar University teachers on Monday staged a token ‘sit-in’ programme in front of vice chancellor’s office demanding academic council election for unelected and date-expired posts, reports UNB.The teachers under the banner of ‘Shommilito Shikkhak Shomaj’ also demanded the election of Jahangirnagar University Central Students’ Union (JUCSU) after ensuring congenial atmosphere on the campus.They took up positions in front of the VC’s office at 11am and staged the ‘sit-in’ until 1pm.Leader of the anti-VC alliance, professor Kamrul Ahsan said, “According to the university act, VC is compelled to hold elections of different unelected posts. VC professor Farzana Islam earlier decided to hold the elections within 6 May after discussing with the authorities. But, now she is delaying process by showing cause of her sicknesses.”Addressing the function, convener of the teachers’ unity and president of Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) professor Ajit Kumar Majumder said they want that the university authority would ensure the congenial democratic atmosphere on the campus and would follow the university acts.”We are not demanding the resignation of JU VC,” he added.Professor Jamal Uddin Runu, JUTA secretary professor Sohel Rana, professor Shamsul Alam Selim, professor Koushik Saha, professor Farid Ahmed, professor Khabir Uddin, professor Kamrul Ahsan and professor Mafruhi Satter, among others, spoke at the programme.Another faction of teachers backed by the VC – ‘Bangabandhur Adarsher Shikkhak Parishad’, termed the demands as inhuman and illogical.JU VC professor Farzana Islam has been on leave since 6 March due to illness.
French president Emmanuel Macron (R) accompanies out british prime minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 9 April. Photo: AFPThey call it the Trojan Horse strategy: Brexit supporters furious at their government’s failure to leave the EU on time are aiming to undermine the European Parliament following elections next month.The Greek myth about the hollow wooden horse Odysseus used to sneak his men into Troy to capture it from within was invoked by Conservative MP Mark Francois ahead of Wednesday’s critical EU summit.”If we were to be held in the EU against our democratically expressed will because some in the EU hope against hope that we will change our mind, then they will live to regret it,” Francois told a Brexiteer conference in the heart of London.”We will become a Trojan Horse within the EU and utterly derail all their attempts to pursue a more federalist project,” he said from a lectern bearing a portrait of Margaret Thatcher — a premier whose views on Europe grew darker with time.Francois warned EU leaders meeting in Brussels later Wednesday to consider the UK government’s request for another Brexit delay that “they will need to bear all these inconvenient truths in mind”.As difficult as possibleThese inconvenient truths were first raised in a tweet last Friday by Jacob Rees-Mogg — the leader of a rightwing insurgency tearing at prime minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party.”If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU we should be as difficult as possible,” Rees-Mogg wrote moments after May asked Brussels to push back Britain’s departure to keep it from crashing out.EU leaders’ expected approval will put Britain in the paradoxical situation of having to take part in European Parliament elections on 23 May — nearly three years after voting to chart its own course.Rees-Mogg said Britain should make best use of its predicament by vetoing “any increase in the (EU) budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block (French President Emmanuel) Macron’s integrationist schemes”.Francois pointed cheerfully to a response to Rees-Mogg’s tweet from the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt that also went viral.”For those in the EU who may be tempted to further extend the Brexit saga, I can only say, be careful what you wish for,” Verhofstadt wrote.”Who am I to put try and put it better than Guy Verhofstadt,” Francois chortled.FireworksRees-Mogg and Francois voted against the Brexit deal that May struck with the EU all three times it came up for a vote. They view it as too EU-friendly.Only 26 of the 314 Conservatives in parliament joined them the last time around — a shrinking group that May hopes will grow even smaller by the time she tries to get her pact through on the fourth attempt.Her ability to do this quickly could still keep Britain from having to actually fill its 73 seats when a new European Parliament opens its doors in July.Some of the current places have in any case been reassigned.Yet the level of Conservatives’ anger with May seems to be rising as the possibility grows of Brexit being pushed further out of reach.Ninety-seven Conservative MPs voted against a measure Tuesday aimed at averting a no-deal scenario. It prevailed by a 420-110 margin.Veteran EU foes such as Nigel Farage — a poster boy of the pro-Brexit campaign who once headed the nationalist UKIP group — hope the groundswell of discontent will carry his new Brexit Party to big gains in Europe.”If we have to fight those European election on 23 May, we’ll fight them because it’s time we taught them a lesson,” Farage says in a video campaign message.And even those not running themselves sound tempted by the idea of Britain making a nuisance of itself in European halls of power.Asked whether he might consider running in the European elections, veteran Conservative MP William Cash told parliament this week: “I must admit that if I were to, there would be quite a lot of fireworks in the European Parliament”.
Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — When Philip Rose took over as Regional Director, Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board seven years ago, he came here from the U.S. “and I had all my big ideas. I quickly learned that Canada is a very unique market with nuances that cannot be overlooked.”Rose is leaving the JTB’s Canadian office for a new post with the tourism board, an appointment he says he’ll be able to announce in the next couple of weeks. He starts his new role in the new year, and meanwhile a new Regional Director will be announced for the Canadian market.Does Rose have any advice for the incoming new Regional Director? “Ask questions. Listen. Trust the team. And trust the partners,” he says.Asked what he’s most proud of, looking back on his 7 years heading up the Canadian market, Rose singles out his Canadian team: “I’m especially proud of how active, how professional my team has been here.” And, he adds, he’s proud of all the extra airlift to Jamaica.When Rose took over the post seven years ago, the Canadian dollar was starting to decline after a run at-par, prices to Jamaica had gone up and capacity had gone down. “It was like ‘Welcome to Canada, Philip’,” he jokes.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“All of our partners rallied together and went to the market and our numbers started to rise.”Over the 7 years, “we’ve done remarkably well,” says Rose.More importantly than the increase in visitor numbers from the Canadian market, Rose and his JTB have also put in place new strategies that will ensure ongoing visitor satisfaction levels with the Jamaica travel experience remain high, and return rates stay high as well. “We’re not only interested in the numbers increasing from Canada, but also customer satisfaction,” he says.He adds: “We firmly believe one of the reasons for our high return rate is that we take the time and invest the resources to ensure our retail partners have the tools to make sure their clients are in the resort that’s right for them.”Rose says he wants to thank everyone in the industry for all the support over the years. “I have made some incredible friends here, both in the industry and in the community. I will miss you all! Canada has been good not only to me, but to my family too. We have been proud to call Canada home for seven wonderful years, and we are truly going to miss it…other than the Toronto traffic and winters, of course,” he jokes.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesRose officially ends his stint as Regional Director, Canada for the JTB on Dec. 15 – “just before the brutally cold temperatures”.Seven years ago Rose arrived in Canada from Texas, where he was in charge of the Western USA market. Is he headed back to the U.S. in his new JTB role? Time will tell but if it’s another cold climate, he’ll be well-prepared, thanks to the lessons he learned here in Canada: “I now wear a toque as opposed to a hat.” Monday, December 3, 2018 Travelweek Group JTB’s Philip Rose says ‘until next time’ as he leaves Canadian market after 7 years Tags: Departures, Jamaica, JTB