Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Put an End to Child Labour

first_img “As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I am deeply concerned about the global trend in child labour,” Mrs. Robinson said. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence. Story Highlights Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has reiterated calls for citizens of Jamaica to put an end to child labour and allow the nation’s youth to enjoy their adolescence.Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26), Mrs. Robinson said if all Jamaicans do not join forces and ensure children are not engaging in child labour, then the objective of the Government for zero tolerance will not be achieved.“As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I am deeply concerned about the global trend in child labour,” Mrs. Robinson said.“Principle two of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child [proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 1386] declares that ‘The child shall enjoy special protection and shall be given opportunities and facilities by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity’,” the Minister added.Mrs. Robinson also noted that data from the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey (JYAS) that contain information on child labour in Jamaica is alarming.“According to the survey, up to 2016, there were an estimated 657,697 children between the ages of five and 17 years in Jamaica, and from that total, 37,965 were recorded to be involved in child labour activities, with 25,797 being boys and 12,168 were girls,” she said.“Furthermore, out of the 37,965 children involved in child labour, an estimated 26,053 were involved in hazardous work, and based on investigation, children are almost twice likely to be involved in child labour in the rural areas, compared to urban areas,” she added.The Minister called on Jamaicans to ensure that child labour is non-existent in their communities.CLEAR II is a new programme through which Winrock and Lawyers without Borders will work with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reduce child labour, with the following intermediate objectives – improving legislation that addresses child labour issues, including bringing national laws into compliance with international standards; improving the monitoring and enforcement of laws and policies related to child labour; and effective implementation of national plans of action on child labour.Activities on CLEAR II will focus on the development of light and hazardous work lists, a Child Labour Prosecution Training of Trainers, the development of a National Action Plan to Combat Child Labour, organisation of a National Action Plan Child Protection Collaboration Workshop and Coordination Plan; and support for a study on street children.This project is funded by the United States Department of Labour, under a cooperative agreement with Winrock International. Speaking at the launch of the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (June 26), Mrs. Robinson said if all Jamaicans do not join forces and ensure children are not engaging in child labour, then the objective of the Government for zero tolerance will not be achieved.last_img read more

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The fight for Attawapiskat became the fight for all First Nations children

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of First Nation students are heading to Geneva to address the United Nations.Their message is about the health and well being of First Nation children across the country.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img

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Father held bleeding son after RCMP shooting in Norway House

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this week APTN told you about Evan Cromarty, the 20 year-old man shot by the RMCP on the Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.Cromarty’s father spoke to APTN’s Shaneen Robinson about his son and the shooting incident.last_img

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Ohio State womens basketball drops second game of the season to Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball squad found a way to slow down the Ohio State fast-break attack Sunday. The Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten) held the No. 9 Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to their third-lowest point total this season en route to their 76-65 win against OSU. Aside from the opening bucket, OSU played from behind the entire game. The deficit began early when the Buckeyes were down by 12 points with 7:41 in the first half, before closing the margin to six. With 30 seconds left in the half, Minnesota sophomore guard Sari Noga sank a 3-pointer to keep the lead, 34-28. The Buckeyes rallied in the second half, with back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Samantha Prahalis to cut the lead to four with 5:51 remaining in the game. It was the closest OSU would come to catching the Golden Gophers. The following possession saw Minnesota sophomore forward Kionna Kellogg answer with a 3-point ball to put the score at 66-59. Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined for 51 of the Buckeyes’ 65 points. Hill had 26 points, but was 3-of-11 from 3-point range, while Prahalis added 25 points and shot 4-of-9 from behind the arc. The Golden Gophers were lead by freshman guard Rachel Banham with 20 points. Banham was followed by senior guard Kiara Buford, who added 15. OSU shit 34.4 percent from the field Sunday, which makes Sunday’s loss the worst shooting performance for the Buckeyes this season. In its only other loss, OSU shot 36.8 percent against Michigan. While the defeat gives the Buckeyes two losses in conference play, they’re still one game behind No. 17 Purdue (18-4, 8-1) for the lead in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers were defeated by Iowa, 59-42 on Saturday. The top two teams in the Big Ten will meet each other February 12 when Purdue travels to Columbus. Players and coaches were not available for comment following the game. OSU returns home Feb. 6 against the Wisconsin Badgers (7-13, 3-5 Big Ten). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Croatia gives England oxygen after beating Spain

first_imgOverly complicated match for the Spanish National Team in Zagreb, where they lost 3-2 with a last-minute winner and gave England one last breath.The UEFA Europa League A’s Group 4 where we have England, Croatia, and Spain, went through a major plot twist this Thursday after the World Cup runners-up defeated the Spaniards dramatically.Luis Enrique’s squad now has two consecutive defeats after today, one that leaves them in an incredibly difficult situation for next Sunday and completely out of their hands.A win in Zagreb today against Croatia, would’ve given them the direct ticket to the League A’s final four but Dalic’s side had the support from their fans and never surrendered.Most of the action went down during the second half, all the goals were even scored during the final half hour of the game and it was a real nail-biter because the Spaniards refused to falter until the very last minute when the locals were able to get that result they wanted so badly.Almost at the same time, the England National Team had one eye on their friendly match against the United States, and another one on this match as they were rooting for Croatia’s victory in order to stay alive in the competition.🇭🇷🇪🇸What a match. What a win. Congratulations!#BeProud #NationsLeague #CROESP #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/5DNROKzSTK— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) November 15, 2018After a two-year ban that their supporters had to endure due to their hooligan problem, Croatia was finally able to play a very different match as they were coming back to their people for the first time after reaching the World Cup final last summer.Having the support from everybody in the stadium meant the world to them, it motivated them and kept them as the dominant side throughout the whole 90 minutes of the match.Despite not having scored during the first half, Croatia created many interesting chances that De Gea saved for the most part with a Spanish defense that was against the ropes.Finally, after ten minutes into the second half, Perisic recovered a ball in a very dangerous zone for Spain and he saw Kramaric in a very advantageous position to hurt the Spaniards.The forward didn’t fail when he sent his strike, Croatia was ahead in the scoreline but the match was just getting started. We were in for quite an incredible game, with everybody on the edge of their seat and hoping for more goals.📺 RESUMEN | Echa un vistazo a las mejores jugadas del partido ante los croatas en Zagreb. 🇭🇷 #CRO 3-2 🇪🇸 #ESP👉🏻 https://t.co/Vnnstq9a5N#UnaNuevaIlusión pic.twitter.com/nfTuUCYKFRJadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 15, 2018It took Spain only two minutes to react, they got the equalizer through Dani Ceballos after Isco assisted him with a cross from the left flank. Game on!After another two clear missed chances from Rakitic and Rebic, Luka Modric was able to find Jedvaj’s head before the 70th minute of the match and gave Croatia the lead one more time.Eight minutes later, Vrisaljko wasn’t able to prevent the ball hitting his arm inside the box and the referee decided to call a penalty.Sergio Ramos stood up on the spot again, but he didn’t do a Panenka this time and scored with a potent low shot that the goalkeeper wasn’t able to save.The Spaniards were able to maintain the draw, which left them in a better position than they were with a loss, but the match wasn’t over yet.The hero of the night was Jedvaj again, who was right on the spot as David de Gea deflected a strong shot from Brekalo and gave Croatia the chance to win the match with a final 3-2 result.This win leaves everything for the last match between the Croatian side and England next Sunday. Whoever wins takes all, and only a draw would give Spain the ticket to the final four. What a great competition this has turned out to be.✅ That feeling when you score your first two international goals to defeat @SeFutbol deep into added time. 🇭🇷🇪🇸⚽️⚽️ Well done, Tin Jedvaj! 👏#BeProud #Croatia #Family #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/4kahEjKahQ— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) November 15, 2018What was your favorite moment of Croatia vs Spain match from this Thursday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Christmas Travel Outlook For Kenai Peninsula

first_imgBut traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into the Grinch. If you plan to venture out of the Kenai Peninsula visit 511.alaska.gov prior to embarking on the roadways to check road conditions and possible delays. For travelers heading to Anchorage from the Peninsula, Hewitt advised them to be aware of pothole damage in the Girdwood area, and winter driving conditions are ‘fair’. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Christmas Day, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Home for the Holidays” is a familiar refrain during December. But for a growing segment of Kenai Peninsula residents, Christmas time has become a popular time to travel. Breke Hewitt with the Department of Transportation says driving conditions throughout the Kenai Peninsula for the holiday weekend are ‘fair with some slightly icy patches’: “Drive with your headlights on, give yourself plenty of time to safely get where you may be going for the holiday weekend.” AAA said in a report, that roughly 107.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during December 23 through January 1, a 3.1 percent increase from a year earlier and the most ever recorded. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp3VmJennifer-on-christmas-travel-outlook-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Actions speak louder than words QTIC

first_imgThe Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) warns the Federal Government needs to back up their word with action to the state’s struggling employment sector and tourism industry.QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind said whilst the government has shown support to the manufacturing industry to prevent further job losses, nothing is being done to protect thousands of jobs in Cairns.“Tourism is one of Queensland’s top industries, yet we are seeing no action,” Mr Gschwind said.Mr Gschwind reported that figures show in 2008-2009 tourism provided for 220,000 jobs or ten per cent of the total employment in Queensland.On the back of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s acknowledgment last week that the government needs to ‘strongly engage’ with the tourism industry, Mr Gschwind said that this is “just the first step” in restoring Queensland’s struggling tourism industry.“Saying it needs to ‘strongly engage’ with the tourism industry is just not enough, the federal government needs to put real initiatives in place to ensure our industry is supported as much as other industries, such as manufacturing,” Mr Gschwind said.He said tourism operators have been forced to close their doors, as the industry continues to compete with the high Australian dollar which is driving domestic travellers to book overseas destinations instead of local holidays.“The boom in the resource sector is obviously the focus at the moment but we run the risk of further long-term damage to our economy and our regional communities if the government fails to recognise the significance of our tourism industry.” High Aussie dollar has encouraged travellers to look overseas for their holidays Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Report Qantas Australias most punctual domestic airline

first_imgQantas Airways has recorded the best on-time performance of any Australian domestic airline.According to data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), 2014 is the fifth successive year that Qantas has beaten its rivals for arrival and departure on-time performance.The airline’s on-time performance was 4.7 per cent higher than Virgin Australia and its key east-west routes  (Sydney-Perth, Melbourne-Perth and Brisbane-Perth routes), made an average of 84 per cent on time performance for arrivals and also for departures.Qantas Domestic chief executive officer Lyell Strambi said that punctuality is a key strength of the airline it can leverage to attract customers. “We celebrate results like this not because it looks great on paper and we’re ticking boxes but because it means we’re delivering a premium reliable service for our customers,” Ms Strambi said.“A record like this comes from the efforts of so many people right around Qantas from baggage handlers, catering, engineers, pilots, cabin crew and more,“It is their determination to deliver a service customers can rely on that makes Qantas the number one choice.”Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Netflix has inked a programming deal with the Wein

first_imgNetflix has inked a programming deal with the Weinstein Group. The content streaming and delivery service’s deal with the movie producer and distributor gives it access to a raft of features including The Artist, which will now debut on Netflix ahead of premium cable in the US.The multiyear deal also gives US-listed Netflix Weinstein’s Undefeated, which will also debut on Netflix ahead of cable. The features covered by the deal will be available on Netflix within a year of their theatrical release. Other titles include The Intouchables, W.E. and Bully.“We couldn’t be happier to be working again with Harvey and Bob, who have an unmatched track record of creating critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.“It is a fantastic coup for Netflix to acquire The Artist and the package of additional titles,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, “It’s exciting that we can offer consumers a supremely convenient way to see the kinds of movies that made us want to be in this business in the first place.”last_img read more

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Disneyowned sports broadcaster ESPN is considerin

first_imgDisney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN is considering making its content available via the Apple TV service, according to US reports.The sports channel operator is reportedly considering allowing authenticated pay TV customers access to the WatchESPN app via Apple TV although it is not, it said, yet involved ion active discussion to that end.WatchESPN, which includes digital channel ESPN3, is already available via Microsoft’s Xbox console and via certain pay TV subscriptions. ESPN has also worked with Facebook to allow authenticated users to watch content online.last_img read more

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AOL has announced plans to build a stateofthear

first_imgAOL has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 360-degree content studio in downtown New York.The public-facing studio is due to open this autumn on Broadway and will expand AOL’s “commitment to provide an immersive live and virtual reality experience,” according to the firm.AOL Build, the internet firm’s live interview series, will be filmed at the new 13,400 square foot studio. The series currently produces some four hours of live programming each day and 75 live events per month, with more than 800 episodes having been filmed to date.Jimmy Maymann, executive vice-president and president, AOL Content and Consumer Brands, said that the new studio would connect “the physical and digital worlds for our consumer”.“The studio reflects our commitment to creating immersive live experiences and creating a studio that will serve as a cultural destination, digitally, as well as within New York City.”last_img read more

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Netflixs teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why was th

first_imgNetflix’s teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why was the most ‘in-demand’ digital original in Germany in the second quarter of this year, supplanting Q1 favourite The Grand Tour, according to Parrot Analytics’ Global Demand Report for the second quarter.Click to enlargeParrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platforms.13 Reasons Why attracted an average of 5.837 million demand expressions in Q2. Amazon’s The Grand Tour, which topped the rankings in Germany in Q1, slipped to fourth place with an average of 2.15 million in Q2, according to Parrot. The Grand Tour did however see a spike in demand expressions in June following presenter Richard Hammond’s car crash while filming the latest series.Amazon has been seen as the leading international SVOD player active in the Germany market, in contrast to many other international markets, where Netflix is seen as the dominant player.However, for the three months to June, Netflix dominated the top 25 most in-demand digital originals in the country in Parrot’s ranking, with House of Cards and Orange is The New Black taking the number two and three spots respectively.Overall, Netflix took 18 of the top 25 slots in the list, with Amazon taking four – for The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch and Hand of God.Demand expressions for US police procedural drama Bosch jumped 528% when it was released in April. The show performed best in Germany according to Parrot’s ranking, only appearing in its top 25 in two other countries.Netflix’s Gilmore Girls ranking meanwhile outperformed other markets, despite a lack of new episodes.Amazon’s first German original, You Are Wanted, which was released in March, did not appear in Parrot’s top 25 in Q2.Other non-Netflix originals in the top 25 list for Q2 included high-school drama Skam from Norway’s NRK. The series is officially geo-blocked for copyright reasons, but is evidently attracting interest in any case.As part of a collaboration with Parrot Analytics, Digital TV Europe will provide regular updates on the most in-demand shows across key European markets, based on Parrot’s unique datasets.Parrot’s Global Demand Report for the second quarter will be published next week.last_img read more

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