Initiatives Will be Put in Place for More Persons to Benefit from Tourism – Minister

first_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says initiatives will be put in place to widen the net of people benefiting from the tourism industry in terms of ownership and employment. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says initiatives will be put in place to widen the net of people benefiting from the tourism industry in terms of ownership and employment.“Tourism is a viable sector that can benefit all of us,” he said, adding that if carefully leveraged, tourism can benefit the socio-economic growth of all people in society.Minister Bartlett was speaking at the Thanksgiving Service to commemorate the start of Tourism Awareness Week, at the St. John’s Methodist Church, Montego Bay, on September 24.He said the Ministry is seeking to create an inclusive industry that will be better able to help with poverty alleviation and realise sustainable growth.This, he explained, will be achieved through the “strengthening of linkages in tourism and other sectors of the economy”.The Tourism Linkages Network, he argued, will increase the consumption of local goods and services, create employment and generate more foreign exchange earnings. This, he said, is in keeping with the designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development.Mr. Bartlett said the celebration of Tourism Awareness Week is timely, as Jamaica has been experiencing record arrivals.“For the first eight months of this calendar year (January to August), there was a 6.9 per cent increase in stopover arrivals, in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016,” he said.He argued that as the sector continues to flourish, “it opens up many avenues for entrepreneurs who are interested in entering the market”, and the Ministry will be seeking to put in place practical initiatives to help business operators take advantage of the opportunities being offered by the industry.“We realise that access to financing is a major factor for local small and medium tourism enterprises, so we have made available loan funds to enable these businesses to build capacity so that they are better able to supply goods and services to the expanding tourism sector,” he shared.In addition to this, he outlined that tourism will be used as an effective tool for boosting economic growth and transforming communities through the Community-based Tourism Initiative, which will ultimately benefit the entire country.He highlighted that with the historic United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from November 27 to 29, the Ministry will be given the opportunity to increase awareness of the role tourism can play in achieving social and economic growth.The major outcome of the conference, he said, will be the “Montego Bay Declaration, an action plan for creating a more sustainable tourism sector”, one that generates income, employment, and stimulates trade and linkages.Tourism Awareness Week is being celebrated from September 24 to October 1, under the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development’. Mr. Bartlett said the celebration of Tourism Awareness Week is timely, as Jamaica has been experiencing record arrivals. “For the first eight months of this calendar year (January to August), there was a 6.9 per cent increase in stopover arrivals, in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016,” he said. He said the Ministry is seeking to create an inclusive industry that will be better able to help with poverty alleviation and realise sustainable growth. This, he explained, will be achieved through the “strengthening of linkages in tourism and other sectors of the economy”.last_img read more

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Wenger to Bayern München rumors intensify this Friday

first_imgAs Bayern München has announced a mysterious press conference this Friday morning, the rumors of Arsene Wenger taking the club intensified.The situation at Bayern München has become difficult for manager Niko Kovac, who is already imagined by the German media outside of the club and with Arsene Wenger taking his position.This Thursday there was an announcement from the club itself to all the news outlets in the country, where they called everyone for a mysterious press conference in which the manager will speak first.The odd part of all this will be that after Niko Kovac has spoken, both Uli Hoeness and Karl Heinz Rummenigge will also take the microphones and make an announcement to the media that attend the call.As soon as the announcement was made, the rumor of Arsene Wenger taking Niko Kovac’s position started to intensify and even Bild newspaper suggests that the Frenchman will be announced on Friday.We are obviously going to be hunting for any development on that press conference and we will report anything important that happens during and after it ends, there have been mysterious calls like this in the past that have pretty much always ended up in someone getting sacked or announced as the new boss at Bayern.Bayern Munich have summoned the media to a press conference for Friday at 12pm. Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hasan Salihamidzic have something MAJOR to report.There are rumours suggesting that Arsène Wenger will become new FCB manager. #AFChttps://t.co/F1Oh88SVf8— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) October 18, 2018Niko Kovac has reached a point to where he may not be able to salvage the situation, as he has made enemies with some of the most important players in the club and he may not have a way to reverse the situation with some of them.The case of James Rodriguez is the most obvious, as Kovac has left the Colombian player on the bench in very important matches and the midfielder hasn’t responded very well to his decisions.The Bayern München board is convinced that Rodriguez is one of the best players in the world, they trust that he can take Bayern to win the Champions League if he gets enough participation throughout the season.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…They were especially alarmed during the international break, when James demonstrated the special talent that he is with the incredible performance he offered against the United States in a friendly match playing for Colombia last week.Both Hoeness and Rummenigge, think that wasting a talent like James is a luxury that the club simply cannot afford and this latest decision to call for an emergency press conference could be their response to the situation between the player and the manager.🇫🇷 Arsene Wenger is ready. 👊 pic.twitter.com/qHug6XHuMz— SPORF (@Sporf) October 18, 2018The reality is that nobody knows what will happen in this press conference, but we can analyze what the board members have done in the past when something like this happens.Both Hoeness and Rummenigge are club legends who care very much about the institution, they are known for never hesitating when things are not working inside the club and the latest results for Bayern are bad enough to trigger a reaction from them in order to make the clock tick again for the German giants.Bayern München is one of four giant clubs that every season are candidates to win the Champions League, which is why getting results like the latest under Niko Kovac are usually good enough to get the man sacked.There are still no confirmations of Arsene Wenger taking the job, the management might not even be thinking about making any rash decisions this early in the season, but you can rest assured that we will be standing by to see what comes out of this very interesting and mysterious press conference on Friday Morning.Arsene Wenger to become Bayern Munich’s next head coach. [@llirik2000] pic.twitter.com/2PrBoZyBs2— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) October 18, 2018What do you think the Bayern board members will discuss during this press conference? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Pay increase for city workers

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Now that the pension reform law, along with the five-year wage freeze on city workers has expired, the pension debt and wages are beginning to spike again.Pay hikes for city workers over the next few years range from a two percent to 30 percent, adding another $15.8 million to the pension debt.City officials call this “special salary adjustments” to keep experienced people on the job and to lower employee turnover rates.The average salary across the city workforce is $70,000.These raises come as the city is projecting deficits.Are they necessary?“It’s a step in the wrong direction and there will be more steps following it, and this all accumulates so over time as we get an ever more expensive city workforce, unnecessarily expensive, and that’s the key, they think its a necessity, its not,” said Chairman of the San Diego Taxfighters, Richard Rider.Rider said the city’s justification for the pay hikes, above average turnover, is bogus for two reasons. The first, above average compared to what?“City workers don’t leave. It’s not like the private sector. The private sector has a turnover, even high-quality companies have a turnover. That’s two, three times higher than government,” Rider said.Yet, Rider said the private sector is doing well.The second reason is Rider likens the pay hikes to a ratchet situation.“It goes up for people who are above average in turnover and the people below average still get an overpriced salary, we know it’s overpriced cause nobody leaves,” he said.Except for the cops who had legitimate retention issues, Rider said the turnover rate is not a problem across the workforce.The cops were kept under the old, and lucrative pension system, yet they too were given raises up to 30 percent between this July and 2020.Six hundred other city workers will get raises from two percent to 30 percent in 2019 and 2020, on top of the 3.3 percent raise coming this July.“Basically because the city council is beholding to the public employee labor unions, when you get honest about it that’s really what’s in play here,” Rider said.The pay hikes will put pressure on the city budget, at a time when the city’s five-year plan is showing deficits.“It will reduce services because as our city workforce becomes more and more expensive, and the unfunded liability continues to grow, which it is,” Rider added.The pension debt has grown from $2 billion to $2.8 billion over the last two years.And the taxpayer’s annual contribution is also growing. It was about $50 million 15 years ago. This July’s payment will be $323 million. Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh Pay increase for city workerscenter_img Updated: 10:55 PM Posted: April 11, 2018 April 11, 2018last_img read more