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New And Emerging Industries To Create Jobs For Jamaicans



KinGSTON, April 24 (JIS): Jamaica is poised to benefit significantly from the development of new and emerging industries, which will create employment for citizens.

This was revealed in the ‘Labour Market Trends and Prospects for Employment Opportunities in Jamaica’ 2014 study, which was recently tabled in Parliament.

The study, undertaken by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Planning, Research and Monitoring Unit (PRMU), cited job potential in areas such as the Logistics Hub, green economy, business process outsourcing (BPO), creative industries, tourism, agriculture, and health services.
These prospects have the potential to achieve even further reduction in the country’s unemployment rate, which is at 13.7 per cent, the lowest since 2010.

According to the study, the Logistics Hub project has created confidence for economic growth and possible employment within the offshoot areas of transportation and logistics, information technology, manufacturing, business management, human and social services, health and community services and agriculture, food and natural resources.

The other emerging area, the green economy, while relatively new to Jamaica, also has the potential to facilitate employment and new skill sets. The study defines the green economy “as an economy, which is balanced by growth and a sustainable environment where wastes within one industry become raw materials for another.”

Some jobs available within the sector include conservation experts; truck, tractor and heavy duty equipment drivers; chemical engineers; renewable energy engineers; electricians; solar alternative technicians; welders and energy auditors.

The document also said that online employment is becoming a trend in Jamaica as persons are becoming more interested in blogging, freelance data entry, webpage design, among others.

Meanwhile, jobs in the services sector were the main source of employment for Jamaicans in 2014.
According to the document, services accounted for just over 67 per cent of the employed labour force last year, with the wholesale and retail, and repair of motor vehicles and equipment industries, as the top service sector, comprising 20.1 per cent of the labour force.

Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing were the largest employers from the Goods Producing sector, with a figure of 18.4 per cent, followed by Producers of Government Services, with a little over 14 per cent.
A further breakdown showed that professionals, senior officials and technicians, made up the largest group of workers, with 22.2 per cent, followed by service workers, and shop and market sales workers, who accounted for 19.9 per cent.

Sales representatives, security officers, drivers, bartenders and chefs were listed among the “hot” occupations for 2014, based on a review of job advertisements posted in the daily newspapers.
The PRMU will be undertaking additional research this year on the National Labour Market, Employment Opportunities in Four Selected Parishes, Canadian Farm Work Programme, Understanding Green Economy and its Prospects for employment in Jamaica, among other focus areas.

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Caribbean News

TCI Police Detective Holden Speaks Up on Blue Hills Rapes



Dana Malcolm  

Staff Writer  



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – Following the announcement that several women had been robbed and assaulted in Blue Hills in the past weeks, Magnetic Media queried why the Police would wait until they had a man in custody to release an alert. 

TCI’s newest addition to the top brass Detective Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection, told us that it initially appeared to be an isolated offence and not part of a series of incidents. 

“The full circumstances needed to be investigated to ascertain the facts before a public alert could be considered. Misinformation in such a case would only cause unnecessary public concern and confusion and could adversely impact the investigation and the safeguarding of persons involved—” he said. “Even now there is no definitive information that these offences are linked, and investigators remain open-minded.”  

Holden claimed an early alert with limited information could have hindered the investigation and they were trying to protect the women who may not have wanted to be identified based on where they lived.  

As it turns out, the public concern was very much warranted, because there have been more violent sexual attacks, and more victims got hurt, forcing their hands.  

“When further similar offences were committed, the overriding principle of sustained public protection was considered, hence the alert/release issued,” he said. 

That alert was coupled with the news that a man had been arrested. Whether those further similar incidents could have been prevented if the public was informed earlier and taken extra precautions, is the underlying question. To date, we don’t know how many victims there are. 

Police have increased patrols in the Blue Hills area and condemned the crimes as unacceptable. They have not indicated if anyone was charged for the offences yet.  

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Louise Garland Thomas High School are TCISS Inter-High Track & Field 2023 Champions



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – After a festive three days of competition, the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 have concluded with the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School reigning as Champions. Featuring a great turnout, eleven schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands met to compete at the National Stadium March 9-11, 2023.

The competition was stiff among athletes, who were all competing for top spots and by extension a spot-on Team TCI’s CARIFTA 2023 team. From high-spirited invitationals to entertainment by DJ Shakes, spectators enjoyed the best Nationals competition yet.

Overall results:

  •     1st Place: A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
  •     2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
  •     3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School

Twenty athletes have been selected for Turks and Caicos Islands National CARIFTA Team, some who would have competed in the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 and some living abroad.

Here are the athletes:

  1. Roniesha Johnson U-17 Girls CHHS
  2. Branary Delancy U-17 Girls LGTHS
  3. Krysann Williams U-20 Girls LGTHS
  4. Anesha Varus U-20 Girls CHHS
  5. Lynn Antoine U-20 Girls Unattached
  6. Chyna Simmons U-20 Girls BWIC
  7. Rayvon Black U-17 Boys Denbigh/Jam
  8. Renaldo Registre U-17 Boys RGHS
  9. Jarmal Missick U-17 Boys HJRHS
  10. Melique Evans U-17 Boys CHHS
  11. Love Joseph U-17 Boys LGTHS
  12. Kaeson Garland U-17 Boys MBHS
  13. Shamar Garland U-17 Boys HJRHS
  14. Alieandio Durham U-20 Boys CHHS
  15. Bernard Hyde U-20 Boys CHHS
  16. Markey Zepherin U-20 Boys CHHS
  17. Rayvon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  18. Anthon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  19. Alidavidson Higgs U-20 Boys JC/Jam
  20. Darvioun Rigby U-20 Boys Keiser/USA

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Bahamas News

Soca Warriors crush  Bahamas at home



By Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.

The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).

Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.

Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.

Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches.  Next match for the Soca Warriors is against  Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day.  The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.

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