Why I left Jesse Were, Cheche out – Migne

first_img0Shares0000Zesco United forward Jesse Were reacts during a past training session with Harambee StarsNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – The interwebs were red hot on Tuesday afternoon after Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne named his provisional team for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Kenyan football fans expressing their anger at certain choices the Frenchman made.Biggest on the list of complains was the omission of Zesco United forward Jesse Were as well as defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng from the list. The two had also not been named in the squad that played Ghana in the last qualifier. And, while naming his squad, the tactician was quizzed on why he once again overlooked the two, especially Jesse Were and said his decision was purely based on what he thought best for the team.“It’s a choice and it’s always difficult. I need to try to harmonize not the best 23 players in my list but the best group,”Jesse Were (in front) with team-mates during Harambee Stars training morning session at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“For Jesse in 26 call ups he has never scored one goal for the national team. I know he is the best striker in Zambia but we also have the best striker in Kenya in the list. Today he is not in my list but tomorrow he is there. Always the player has the answer; maybe it’s a good message for him,” the tactician stated.On Ochieng, the tactician said he personally called the defender who has since been deployed in defensive midfield role for AFC and personally relayed the message he will not be included in the team.“With Cheche what I saw during the last game with Leopards was not enough for him. For me he was not ready to play in the high level. Were (Paul) showed me that he wants to participate. Also Piston gave me a lot last year and in India when nobody was there but for me he didn’t play enough, he didn’t perform enough with his club,” Migne further stated.It is Jesse’s absence from the team that has sparked outrage from football fans especially his stats in the Zambian Premier League with Zesco making up a case for him.Kenya’s Zesco United trio David ‘Calabar’ Owino (left), Jesse Were (center) and Anthony Teddy Akumu (right). PHOTO/courtesyThe forward has hit double digit goals in all the seasons he has been in Zambia. In 2017, he scored 18 goals in the league, three in the CAF Champions League and two in the Barclays Cup to bring his season tally to 23.Last year, the striker scored 18 league goals while this year, he has hit the back of the net nine times in the league and six in the Champions league to bring his tally to 15 with the season not yet over.However, Migne who has called up Were in his previous training camps but has not played much is swayed to make his decision based on his record in the national team.In his place, the tactician has preferred to call up Masud Juma who moved to Libya to join Al Nasr Benghazi after leaving his stint in the United Arab Emirates. However, not much stats are available on the former Kariobangi Sharks forward’s portfolio up north.Cheche moved back to the KPL on short term basis to improve his form and put up a case to be included in the AFCON team after leaving Swedish club IF Bromma and has been playing consistently for AFC Leopards in midfield.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne addresses the press while naming his squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. PHOTO/FKFMeanwhile, the tactician has defended his selection especially for the young players saying he has brought them on board to learn from the seniors.“If you have 34 players with some experience and they are not happy to be on the bench you create trouble for nothing. But if you have someone ready to learn and happy to be there, it’s good. I want positive attitude in my camp,” stated Migne.Meanwhile, the tactician has affirmed the team’s target in Cairo will be to get in the knock out phase at least. Kenya is in Pool C with Algeria, Senegal and neighbors Tanzania. Top two teams across the six groups make it to the round of 16 and will be joined by the best four third placed ranked teams.“Obviously we will not travel to Egypt like tourists. When you play a competition it’s to try to achieve your best and it will be the first target for players will be to get to round of 16. Everything is possible but we will take match after match then we will see. We will try write a good story for Kenyan football,” stated Migne.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on patriots to support an authentic South African story #Matwetwe

first_imgBrand South Africa’s mission is to encourage citizens to find opportunities that promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism. The importance of a patriotic society results in a strengthened Nation Brand image and competitiveness.This is why South African multi award-winning record producer DJ Black Coffee in partnership with stand-up comedian, actor and writer Kagiso Lediga are bringing to the cinemas, their highly anticipated film MATWETWE (WIZARD) from Friday, 25th January 2019.MATWETWE is a coming of age adventure following Lefa (Sibusiso Khwinana) and Papi (Tebatso Mashishi), best friends and recent high school graduates, as they hustle through their young lives. Over the course of an action-packed New Years Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.The South African film industry has had a positive  impact on the economy, as confirmed by The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in its Economic Impact Assessment study. The film industry had a R5.4 billion contribution to the GDP, compared to the R3.5 billion in 2013.Brand South Africa calls on citizens to go out in their numbers to support this local production at the more than 800 cinemas across the country in support of this authentic South African story filled with adventure and comedy. #MatwetweWatch the trailer Matwetwe (Wizard)last_img read more

Profit on Every Deal

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now “We are losing money on every transaction, but we’re going to make it up in volume.”There are a lot of ways to rationalize taking business that isn’t profitable.Maybe you take unprofitable business in a new vertical where you believe you need a client to develop your offering as well as a reference.Perhaps you believe that taking one really bad order where you can’t make money will unlock the better, more profitable business.Maybe you believe that all business is good business; that it’s revenue, and any revenue is better than nothing.These are all rationalizations. No matter how good it feels to capture revenue, there isn’t a single reason to take business at break even, or worse, at a loss.Empty CaloriesRevenue without profit is “junk food” business. You’re consuming calories, but there is no nutritional value. Profit is what allows you to invest in your business.You need profit to grow and expand. You need profit to hire more people. Profit is what allows you to innovate, to create, to develop new offerings that allow you to create even greater value.And it is profit that allows you to differentiate. It is that money that you invest into doing things differently be it better products, better service, or greater caring. It’s profit that fuels these things.Selling Isn’t Supposed to Be EasyThe reason some sales organizations take business at a loss is because selling isn’t easy. They try to make selling easier by removing price from the equation–even when they create value worth paying for.Unprofitable business makes everything more difficult. Without profit, business is a cold, transactional, desperate endeavor, a grind in the older, negative sense of the word. Profit allows you to do purposeful, meaningful work that makes a difference. It also allows you to hire people to help you do the same.last_img read more

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee calls defectors ‘greedy and corrupt’

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday came down heavily on TMC leaders who joined the BJP post the Lok Sabha elections. She called them “greedy and corrupt” and said the saffron party was “collecting garbage”.The TMC chief also said she would be replacing the “traitors” with “dedicated members” and asked those “undecided about joining the BJP” to leave her Party at the earliest.Ms. Banerjee’s remarks came against the backdrop of three MLAs and a majority of councillors from five municipalities in the State defecting to the BJP from the TMC since the declaration of general election results last month.“We are not bothered about a few corrupt and greedy leaders who are switching to some other Party. They joined the BJP as they were afraid they might face consequences for their activities,” the Chief Minister said. She said her administration is contemplating action against those involved in corruption.“We are throwing out our garbage and the BJP is collecting it. But joining some other Party won’t save anyone from corruption probe,” Ms. Banerjee said at an internal meeting of Party councillors from across the State. The TMC president said she would want to restructure her Party ahead of the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, while insisting that those who were in two minds about switching to the BJP should leave immediately.“I would like to urge those traitors who are still undecided on whether to join the BJP or stay in the TMC to leave the Party. We don’t want such leaders and workers,” Ms. Banerjee said.“One person will leave and 500 more will be inducted in his or her place. We want to restructure our Party and replace corrupt and greedy workers with dedicated cadres,” she added.Admitting that her Party’s leadership made a few mistakes while dealing with old-timers and loyalists, the Chief Minister assured that the lapses would be taken care of. Referring to legislator Sunil Singh, who joined the BJP on Monday, Ms. Banerjee said it was a misjudgement on the part of the TMC to have given him a ticket for Noapara Assembly bypoll last year, overlooking the candidature of Manju Basu, wife of slain TMC leader Bikash Basu. She also instructed her Party leaders and workers to increase their outreach activities.Ms. Banerjee warned Party members against infighting as it “affects the implementation of government schemes”.“Work hard and work honestly to reach out to the masses. Don’t fall into the BJP’s trap. People are looking at us. Do remember that councillors play a very important role, they are the face of the Party in their respective wards,” she said.last_img read more

Gagan Narang: Man with the golden gun

first_imgThe trouble with shooter Gagan Narang is that he does not know when to stop winning. On Saturday, he bagged his fourth gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, onesixth of all the gold that the 619- strong Indian contingent has won so far.On current form, he is expected to win his fifth in the 50-metre Prone Pairs event on Tuesday. By the end of the Commonwealth Games, he could have six gold medals, one more than fellow shooter Samaresh Jung’s record haul at the 2006 Melbourne edition, where Narang had won four gold.But in the hierarchy of global sport, a single Olympic gold medal counts more than most other achievements. Therefore, it was not surprising when Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra took all the glory in India that the sport of shooting had to offer, while Narang had to be content with a lower profile.Not anymore.In the Delhi edition of the Commonwealth Games, Narang not only teamed up with Bindra to win his first team gold last Monday, he later beat him to win an individual gold, thus earning the epithet ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. On Saturday, Narang was in top form scoring 1262.2 points in the Rifle Three Positions event. For those not accustomed to the vagaries of shooting, the Rifle Three Positions is a quirky event. Marksmen have to shoot 40 times at a target placed 50 m in front of them. They then fire at 40 targets standing and in the last position they kneel and take aim, again 40 targets.advertisementNarang scored 1166 out of 1200, a Commonwealth Games qualification record. In the final, he shot 96.2 to set a new final Games record for a total of 1262.2 points. It’s no secret that Narang has been itching to have a go at Bindra for two years. It was at the Games’ Delhi edition that he finally stepped out of Bindra’s shadow.The shooting fraternity knows Narang as “Mr Cool” for his unflappable temperament but these appellations do not seem to affect him much. In fact, he has been told by his coach Stanislaus Lapidus to remain inside the Games Village on Sunday and Monday to prevent any distractions. He will emerge only on Tuesday.Many say his shyness is often confused with arrogance. By all accounts, he is not arrogant but it is his well-publicised outrage at not being awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna this year that often works against him. “Am I not good enough for the country’s top award? What have I not achieved?” Narang had cried then. The award finally went to Saina Nehwal.But he may well be a top contender for next year’s top national sports award. For that he may have to win his fifth and sixth medals.Two-time silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Ronjan Sodhi said Narang will win his fifth yellow metal medallion on Tuesday. It is the last medal hunt that could prove the toughest; an event where he faces off with Australia’s Warren Potent, a bronze winner at Beijing.But then champions love a scrap, don’t they, and it could well be that Potent’s presence brings out the best in Narang. In fact, Narang’s success story is much like the story of tennis legend Boris Becker who, at the peak of his form, lunged and dived at seemingly impossibleto- retrieve volleys and won points out of nowhere. Becker later spoke how he had a sort of “tunnel vision” during that period when he did nothing but focus on the sport.Narang has a similar attitude. He refuses to let anything apart from his sport distract him. It is only his weight that troubles him often. The 27-yearold has no serious problem other than the battle of the bulge. He says he can put on 10 kg in two months and knock those off with his own set of exercises.There is no serious “mantra for success” he says. When pressed for it he says, “Just a prayer on my lips. I prefer to keep things simple and focus my attention on the task at hand. I guess it’s all about timing too.” In a country beginning to learn to love its noncricketing heroes, Narang is the perfect role model. Soon after the Commonwealth, he heads to Munich for the rifle World Cup Finals, after which he flies to Guangzhou in China to lead India’s challenge at the Asian Games. “The party can wait till after the Asiad,” he says.Worth His Weight In Gold:Gold in Bangkok Asian Championships 2005 (10m air rifle)4 gold in 2006 Melbourne CWG (10m air rifle, 10m air rifle pairs, 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle 3 positions pairs)Gold in Guangzhou World Cup in 2006 (10m air rifle)Gold in 2008 Bangkok World Cup Finals (10m air rifle with final world record of 703.5, also equal qualification world record 600/600)Gold in Changwon World Cup in 2009 (50m rifle 3 positions)Gold in Doha Asian Championships 2009 (10m air rifle)advertisementlast_img read more

War on terror: Kabul celebrates liberation from Taliban by the Northern Alliance

first_imgHOPE ROLLS IN: Residents of Kabul, some exuberant, some cautious, watch Northern Alliance tanks rumble down the streets of the capitalWith an abandon he said he had not felt in years, 17-year-old Ahmad Zaki chased down a soccer ball on the dusty Wazeer field in central Kabul on Thursday, November,HOPE ROLLS IN: Residents of Kabul, some exuberant, some cautious, watch Northern Alliance tanks rumble down the streets of the capitalWith an abandon he said he had not felt in years, 17-year-old Ahmad Zaki chased down a soccer ball on the dusty Wazeer field in central Kabul on Thursday, November 15. His teammates and opponents yelped in delight as they ran after him, laughing at the tightness of his athletic shorts. He hadn’t worn them since he was 13.Their skills rusty but their enthusiasm at a peak Zaki and his friends took advantage of the third day of the Taliban’s absence in the Afghan capital to break at least two rules laid down by the hardline regime after it captured Kabul in 1996: playing sports and wearing short pants. “I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was young,” Zaki said, out of breath during a pause in the game. “Now I hope I can play every day.”KICKING AWAY THE PAST: A Kabul civilian pays his tribute to a dead soldier of his former Taliban rulersSmall scenes like this played out across the capital in the immediate aftermath of Northern Alliance troops taking control of the streets on November 13. They were the first signs of the tentative rebirth of a city. A boxing club – closed in 1997 by the Taliban, who wanted to turn it into a sandal factory – was refitted with its former punching bags and readied to reopen.In the Jamhuriat marketplace, cassette vendors blared previously forbidden Indian and Persian pop music from tiny loudspeakers, and openly hawked cassettes featuring pictures of unveiled beauties to crowds of young men and boys. Even a few western titles, such as a recording by Jennifer Lopez and the soundtrack of Legends of the Fall, could be found among the formerly dreary music selection.advertisementA few days earlier, customers who hoped to buy such wares had to arrange to meet the vendor at a secret location. “Under the Taliban, we were allowed to sell only religious music and recorded readings of the holy Koran,” said Ahmad Farid, who operates a cassette stall with his brother, Nisar. THE COLOUR OF VENGEANCE: Bodies of Taliban soldiers on the road leading to Kabul”Now I think business will improve.” It had been a heady 48 hours. As Northern Alliance troops rolled into Kabul on November 13 morning despite assurances they would remain outside the city, tens of thousands of surprised residents poured into the streets to welcome the new force in control of the capital, with expressions ranging from cautious optimism to uninhibited joy.After a hasty withdrawal of Taliban officials and military forces on Monday night, an estimated 6,000 Northern Alliance soldiers and police waited just hours before capturing Afghanistan’s biggest prize. At 10 a.m., the first truck-loads of heavily armed fighters entered the city from the north, fanning out to key staging areas, and drawing cheers, especially from young people who had chafed at the repressive Taliban regime.A cart carrying civilians gives way to a Northern Alliance T-62 tank speeding towards Rabat”This is unbelievable, like suddenly being let out of prison,” said 23-year-old Wafiulah Darwish as he waved at passing trucks overloaded with soldiers. “Last night the Taliban left, today the United Front arrives, and tomorrow I will shave my beard and buy a pair of jeans.”But many older residents of Kabul were more guarded in their enthusiasm, having endured nearly a quarter-century of almost constant clashes between forces tugging for control of the capital. “The mujahideen have been here before and made a mess of things, just like the Taliban and the Russians,” said Nabit Marzai, 63. “We will see if this lot can behave better.”Despite his doubts, though, Marzai could not help but return the traditional Afghan greeting, his right hand over his heart, to a group of soldiers. Fears that a Northern Alliance takeover of Kabul could result in wide – spread looting and violence seemed, for the moment, largely unfounded. But the deployment also failed to prevent scattered incidents of mob violence.LIFE STYLE, STRIFE-STYLE: A young girl stands in front of dresses on display in Kabul. Women forced to wear burqas were suddenly welcome at shops selling western-style clothing, reflecting a sartorial tectonic shiftIn a neighbourhood near the Kabul airport, more than a hundred Afghan residents dragged a man they identified as Pakistani through the streets, punching him and pelting him with stones to cheers of “Death to Pakistan!” Northern Alliance forces eventually arrived and hustled the man into a bus.At the home of Taliban Defence Minister Mullah Obaidullah, who apparently fled the city on the night of Monday, November 12, Northern Alliance guards kept Pakistan resident Abdul Ghani locked in a downstairs bathroom, his wrists bound with a headscarf. Claiming to have been brought forcibly to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban, Ghani had been “arrested” on the street by Kabul residents early on Tuesday morning, said guard Mohammad Aziz. “We will keep him here until we have the facilities to put him on trial,” said Aziz. advertisementAn Afghan man shakes hands with a teenaged neighbour in the sort of streetside encounter that was banned by the Taliban and would probably give Mullah Omar the shivers”He will not be physically harmed.” Other areas of the city bore more grisly signs of a chaotic shift of power. In a park near the city centre, the bodies of three men identified by onlookers as Taliban sympathisers lay bloodied by multiple gunshot wounds. On the northern outskirts of town, the corpses of four apparent Taliban fighters were strewn by a roadside, their mouths stuffed with Pakistani banknotes by killers angry at the neighbouring country’s support for the Taliban.Widespread looting was reported in the early morning hours of November 13, including at a Red Cross storage facility and the home of one of the organisation’s expatriate staff members.PSSST PLEASURES: Kabulis ogle at postcards of Indian actorsSuch reports were cited by the Northern Alliance as justification for the takeover of the city. “We had not planned to move into Kabul, but when the Taliban left there were many bad elements in the city, with weapons at their disposal who put at risk the safety of the citizens,” said Abdullah Abdullah, the foreign minister of the Northern Alliance’s political wing.Though relatively efficient because of the sheer numbers of soldiers on the streets, the first steps at law enforcement by the Northern Alliance appeared somewhat confused. Newly inaugurated police officers, wearing confiscated traffic warden helmets, checked many cars for weapons, but seemed bewildered in their efforts to control the frenzied flow of automobiles, bicycles, and pedestrians.A man carries a video player out of a shopA few of the city’s traffic wardens who remained after the Taliban’s exit offered tips to their new colleagues. “My bosses fled with the Taliban, but they said I should just go to work as usual,” said Nuraghman Omani, a 13-year veteran of traffic control in Kabul.”Now maybe I will get a promotion. The early changes in the behaviour of Kabul residents were far from universal. At the Shahala family’s home-based, underground beauty parlour, formerly illegal due to the Taliban edict against women wearing makeup, patriarchs barred foreign visitors from seeing the beauticians and their customers. “We do not allow access to our women,” said Sahid Sahala, who declined to give the name of his sister who runs the beauty parlour.A young Afghan shaves for the first time in five years”Even if we open a legitimate salon some day, we will provide access to customers only. As in other areas of Afghanistan, most women in Kabul continued in public to wear the head-to-toe burqas; a few shed the heavy garment and showed their faces for the first time. The Northern Alliance announced that it would encourage women to seek employment outside their homes and to gain an education – both forbidden under Taliban rule. That announcement came over the airwaves of the newly renamed Radio Afghanistan, and the radio station quickly followed the advice; it hired three women to read the news. The station also played popular Afghan music along with public service announcements urging residents to stay calm, obey the law, and return to work.advertisementVANQUISHED: Taliban prisoners on the way to Kabul. Some of the few Taliban sympathisers who remained in Kabul were shot dead, while a suspected Pakistani bore the brunt of mob furyDespite the public relations push, the Northern Alliance had to square many circles. A battle still raged in Jalalabad and Kandahar. The leadership issue was still a question mark. At a traffic booth near the empty Ministry of Communication building, a crowd of about 30 men jostled for a better view of a photocopied image of Ahmed Shah Masood, the Alliance’s war hero, assassinated in September. Most of the onlookers refused to budge as others tried to elbow in for a view.FREEDOM ON AIR: The logo of Radio Afghanistan being reinstalled in Kabul. The station has hired three women newscasters.For at least 15 minutes, those close enough read again and again the quote inscribed below Masood’s photo: “We may find enough food to eat and enough water to drink, but life is meaningless without emancipation.” “We are all still in mourning for our lost leader,” said Bariolai Osmoni, 38. “My only wish is that our country can produce other great leaders who can make Afghanistan proud and independent.”Throw in “peaceful” and “stable” and you have the whole world’s prayers.last_img read more

SRK’s Raees faces another roadblock, now postponed?

first_imgRahul Dholakia’s next movie, ‘Raees’ starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been making news ever since the project was announced.Now it has come to the fore that the film which was due to go on the floors in November has been further postponed.Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be playing a bootlegger in Rahul Dholakia’s RaeesAccording to a leading tabloid, producer Ritesh Sidhwani has gone on record to state that since co-producer and actor Farhan Akhtar was not very pleased with the second half of the script, the film has been delayed in order to make the necessary changes.Farhan apparently wants some sequences in the script to be re-written and once the final draft is in place, the shooting will begin, but not in November since it is too early.This is for the first time that Shah Rukh and Farhan will be sharing screen space. They had worked together for the remake version of ‘Don’ and its sequel ‘Don 2’, where Farhan was involved in the project as a producer while SRK played the main lead.Based in Gujarat, the film will see Shah Rukh play the head of a mafia gang.last_img read more

Asus launches new gaming laptops at a starting price Rs 92,990

first_imgExpanding its Republic of Gamers (ROG) line-up of gaming laptops, ASUS on Wednesday unveiled “ROG Strix HERO” edition, “SCAR” edition gaming notebooks and “Strix GL503” gaming laptop, starting at Rs 92,990.The Taiwanese tech giant also introduced “ASUS Gaming FX503″ notebook that will be available at Rs 69,990 (starting price).”E-sports is gaining tremendous popularity in the country. The new series delights not only those who care about performance but also those who demand great aesthetics, thus enabling E-sports contenders to gain the winning edge,” Arnold Su, National Business Development Manager, PC and Gaming, said in a statement.With a desktop-style keyboard layout, N-key rollover and fast-actuating keys, “ROG Strix SCAR” edition features Intel core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 series graphics cards.Also Read: Asus ZenFone AR review: Bending reality, one Tango at a time”ROG Strix Hero” edition features Intel core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards and runs Windows 10 OS.It packs a 120Hz wide-view IPS display and a desktop-style keyboard with N-key rollover for fast, precise response to every input.”ROG Strix GL503″ sports a keyboard layout inspired by desktop designs, featuring four hotkeys and four customisable RGB-backlit zones. It has an ergonomic 0.25mm-deep keycap curve with ROG-exclusive overstroke technology.The device also has a thermal design that employs heat pipes and dual 12V fans to automatically adjust the cooling system.”ASUS Gaming FX503″ houses Intel i7-7700HQ CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. The intelligent dual-fan cooling design enables intense gaming sessions without throttling, the company claimed.advertisementlast_img read more

CPJ Says New Distribution Centre Will Keep Hotels Adequately Supplied

first_img The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12. Story Highlights He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”. With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.center_img With the country’s hotel room stock projected to reach approximately 48,000 by 2022, local food distributor, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), is pledging to ensure that the hospitality sector “will always be adequately supplied”.The company’s founder and co-chairman, Tom Tyler, gave the pledge as he addressed the official opening of CPJ’s US$10-million Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay, on February 12.He said that the state-of-the-art building is a realisation of the vision, at the company’s establishment in 1994, to sell, market and distribute a wide and high-quality selection of consumables and “formalise distribution to Jamaica’s fast-growing hotel industry”.Founder and Co-Chairman of Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ), Tom Tyler, addressing the official opening of the company’s Distribution Centre in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 12. “We are a strategic partner to the hotel industry, the island’s largest revenue earner. By providing the widest range of goods to meet the demands of local and foreign visitors alike, CPJ helps to build Jamaica as an international destination,” he noted.The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. David Lowe, said the opening of the new distribution centre, which has “significantly expanded capacity”, demonstrates CPJ’s commitment to support some of the most important industries in Jamaica.“By building a First-World facility, this will enable us to accommodate the planned and massive growth in the hotel sector over the next five years.”Dr. Lowe said that by providing the additional capacity to supply food service right across the island, CPJ is confident that it will continue to be a critical stakeholder in the tourism industry.“We are getting ahead of the curve by being ready to accommodate this demand,” he noted.“We have won the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) award for the being the best purveyor for 10 of the last 11 years and we want to continue earning the trust and support by evolving and investing in our ability to service the industry. It will allow us to implement the latest processes and technology that will create greater efficiencies and cost containment as we grow,” he added.For his part, JHTA President, Omar Robinson, said that CPJ’s relationship with the hotel sector is “invaluable”.He said that in anticipation of the thousands of new rooms that will be coming on stream over the next five years, “it is comforting to have a distribution company like CPJ to ensure that the hotels are never short on supplies and where guests will be provided with top-quality products”.last_img read more

Quebec inquiry hears many Inuit get paid less benefits for same work

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsAs the director of health and social services in Nunavik, Minnie Grey says the health care system in northern Quebec has created class divisions.One where non-Inuit can make $40,000 in non-salary benefits, while local Inuit receive only a quarter of that.“Can we just do away with what was given in the ’60s so we can all just be even?” Grey testified at the Quebec inquiry that has been examining discrimination experienced by Indigenous Quebecers.The reason for the difference, according to union rules for health service providers, is that workers working more than 50 kilometres from home are entitled to greater benefits.Those include vehicle expenses, flights back home and, perhaps most offensive to Grey, free housing where overcrowding is rampant.“The inequality comes in the fact that we’re not offering these incentives to local people, so we’re not attracting them to be working in our services,” she said.Because many jobs in Nunavik require knowledge of Inuit culture and language, so local workers are highly sought after. Many leave their communities to make what non-Inuit make, which in turn makes things more expensive.There is also the issue of a lack of qualified Inuit.Jean-Francois Arteau, a lawyer for Nunavik Health Services, testified Quebec is not meeting its education and training obligations under the James Bay Agreement.“It’s been 40 years since the agreement has been signed, we’re not in the first few years of operation, we’re 40 years later and it’s still complicated for Inuit to access jobs that were targeted for them,” said Arteau.Grey said her team has proposed a solution – create positions just for Inuit workers and pay them their fair share.“The fact that we’re still trying to convince the ministry that giving equality to local workers can save a lot of money because we have a very high turnover of non-locals,” she said.It’s not something the province has jumped at, she said, but Grey is happy to share her knowledge with the inquiry.“I’m very pleased that I was able to be here with my colleagues and to have a voice and someone is listening,” she [email protected]last_img read more