Story Highlights Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the European Union (EU) remains a solid and reliable development partner for Jamaica.She noted that through collaboration spanning some 44 years, the EU has provided support to key sectors of the country, helping to drive social and economic progress.“Areas such as youth development, rural development, security, justice, capacity building in a range of areas, don’t even begin to touch the range of sectors, which have been positively impacted by EU support,” she said.The Minister, who was addressing an EU Day reception in St. Andrew on May 9, said that Jamaica places great value on its relationship with the union.She noted that the Government is “looking forward to the conclusion, in the coming months, of the process of negotiation for a successor arrangement to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which expires in 2020.”The agreement is the legal framework governing relations between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).Last month, Jamaica hosted the CARIFORUM-EU Regional Consultations aimed at creating a modern partnership to replace the Cotonou arrangement.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, in her remarks, said she is proud of the EU’s relations with Jamaica.“It is a partnership that is built on respect and trust and is geared towards supporting Jamaica to achieve its own clearly defined development goals expressed in its Vision 2030 (national development plan),” she said.Ambassador Wasilewska said the EU’s support “is intended to create value and benefit that Jamaicans can feel.”“That is why, over the years, we have supported development actions in several sectors. There is no sector in Jamaica and there is no community in Jamaica that has not been touched by the assistance of the European Union,” she noted.Europe Day marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman Declaration’ on May 9, 1950, when then French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, delivered a speech in Paris, where he set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.The plan, for the creation of a single authority to control the production of steel and coal in France and West Germany (now Germany), to be opened for membership to other European countries, laid the foundation for establishment of the EU. “Areas such as youth development, rural development, security, justice, capacity building in a range of areas, don’t even begin to touch the range of sectors, which have been positively impacted by EU support,” she said. She noted that through collaboration spanning some 44 years, the EU has provided support to key sectors of the country, helping to drive social and economic progress. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (left), and Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, raise a toast to celebrate Europe Day 2019, during a reception held at the Ambassador’s residence in St. Andrew on May 9.
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:The dialogue continues after MacLean’s magazine outs Canada for its racism problem.It went further by naming Winnipeg as the most racist city in the country.In this edition our guests share their perspective on how racism emerged on this land and how Canada may have nurtured its growth.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR McConnell Air Force Base’s 931st Air Refueling Group last week was officially designated as a wing, a recognition of the hundreds of reservists the Air Force Reserve unit is trying to add as the installation located outside of Wichita, Kan., prepares for the arrival of the KC-46A.“For the men and women of this unit who have performed so well over the years, this is an acknowledgment of how well they’ve done,” said Col. Mark Larson, the wing’s commander.The newly minted wing will try to recruit about 400 reservists over the next several years, with about two-thirds of the positions made up of part-time personnel, reported the Wichita Eagle. The unit’s need to grow follows the base’s selection as the first active duty-led main operating base for the next generation aerial tanker.The 931st Air Refueling Group had about 670 airmen in it; the new wing will have about 1,100.The Air Force’s “total force” integration effort means it plans to lean more heavily on Reserve and Air National Guard components to complement its active-duty personnel, according to the story.
BALURGHAT: In view of the recent spate of attacks at state-run hospitals by outsiders, Chief Medical Officer of Health (South Dinajpur) Dr Sukumar Dey has sought 24-hour police protection in all state-run facilities across the district. Dr Dey has sent a letter earlier this week to District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal, in which he has appealed for tight police arrangements in all urban and rural hospitals of South Dinajpur.Expressing his concern over the issue, Dr Dey said: “I have already delivered a letter to the DM of the district seeking round the clock police protection. We have the latest NRS instance in our hands.” According to him, the district Health department has urged the DM for 24-hour police deployment at Balurghat District Hospital and Gangarampur Sub-Divisional Hospital, along with Rashidpur, Harirampur and Tapan block primary health centres, located in rural belts.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read How Success Happens January 12, 2015 Long gone are the days of working solely from the office or haulin g stacks of paperwork from one place to another. Mobile technology pervades in the workplace not as a distraction, but as a tool for building workplace productivity, communication and morale.Workers are constantly on-the-go and, as such, mobility has become a key factor affecting today’s workplace. Here are four data-backed reasons you should consider taking advantage of mobile tech in the office: 1. Mobile learning drives company success.Mobile learning, sometimes referred to as m-learning, is defined as learning across multiple contexts using personal mobile devices. Mobile learning enables employees to receive and engage with real-time information while on-the-go anywhere, at any time. This form of information distribution is especially useful for training employees, who benefit from the flexibility to take in information at their own pace. It serves as a great reference tool for on-site and remote workers alike.An estimated 90 percent of organizations now support corporate applications on a variety of personal mobile devices and by the end of this year the majority of workers will interact with those applications. Mobile is a great way to connect employees with the training tools they need to be productive and engaged members of the workforce. It also saves employers both time and money associated with training.Related: 4 Ways Technology Can Help ‘Clone’ Your Best Salespeople2. Mobile technology provides flexibility.Mobile technology continues to make working anywhere a possibility for many. As the new generation of workers who grew up with social and mobile technology begins to enter the workforce, it is crucial employers create workplaces that support these technological advances.Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever. The global mobile workforce grew from one billion in 2010 to an estimated 1.3 billion in 2015, according to a forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). The rise of mobile in the workplace has greatly impacted the way we work. A 2014 survey of 1,500 job seekers conducted by FlexJobs revealed that 20 percent of respondents would take a cut in pay for flexible work options, largely to achieve a better work-life balance (74 percent). The flexibility mobile technology offers can greatly benefit employees and companies — particularly companies looking to hire remote workers. 3. Recruiting is made easy with mobile tech.Mobile recruiting is a trend that is likely here to stay, seeing as 43 percent of job seekers use mobile in their job search, according to Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey of 1,855 recruiting and HR professionals. Despite the fact that so many job seekers are searching for jobs on their mobile devices, Jobvite’s survey found that 59 percent of recruiters currently invest nothing in mobile career sites.Related: 6 Recruitment Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2015Investing in mobile career sites is crucial to recruiting new talent. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey of 5,518 workers and 2,775 hiring decision makers found that two in five candidates say their perception of a company is negatively impacted if a company career site is not mobile-optimized. With so many job seekers using mobile day-to-day, companies should aim to remedy the mobile disconnect between job seekers and recruiters by making the necessary mobile upgrades to their career sites and applications. 4. Mobile tech takes global business to another level.As organizations continue to grow and expand to other countries, mobile technology becomes a necessity. The use of mobile devices in the workplace allows for instant access to employees and clients both near and far.The use of mobile tech helps employees cross work barriers caused by various employee and client time zones and locations. In its Tech Trends 2013 Elements of Postdigital report, Deloitte predicts a “mobile only” future for the global workforce, making the move to mobile something employers need to consider.Related: Tech Tools That Make Doing Business Internationally Easy Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now