Residents Encouraged To Upgrade Skills to Access Job Opportunities at New JPS Power Plant

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging residents of communities surrounding the new Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 190 megawatt (MW) power plant being built in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, to upgrade their skills in order to qualify for the higher level positions that will become available when the facility is completed. The Prime Minister was speaking with journalists following a tour of the project site on Tuesday (August 21). “As the plant moves from its rudimentary construction phase into the more technical areas, they will require higher level skills and I would encourage the people who live around the community to start getting certified, because after the plant is constructed you would still need to have a certain level of labour force for maintenance and upgrade,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging residents of communities surrounding the new Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 190 megawatt (MW) power plant being built in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, to upgrade their skills in order to qualify for the higher level positions that will become available when the facility is completed.“As the plant moves from its rudimentary construction phase into the more technical areas, they will require higher level skills and I would encourage the people who live around the community to start getting certified, because after the plant is constructed you would still need to have a certain level of labour force for maintenance and upgrade,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking with journalists following a tour of the project site on Tuesday (August 21).Mr. Holness encouraged community members, some of whom have been employed for the construction phase, to make use of the numerous skills training offerings at State educational institutions, in preparation for the plant’s operations, as well as other large projects he anticipates will come on stream.“So this is an opportunity now, to make that long-term investment in your own personal development. Get some skills… get training. HEART Trust/NTA is there with many great courses… please utilise the opportunity. Other such large projects are coming and we will need the skills,” he emphasised.The Prime Minister said he is pleased that the US$330 million project has already provided employment, particularly for a number of locals.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), poses for photographs with workers on the construction site of the new US$330 million Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 190 megawatt (MW) power plant being built in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. Also pictured (at right) is JPS President and Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel DaRosa. The Prime Minister was on a tour of the project site on Tuesday (August 21).More than 570 persons have been recruited, 444 of whom are Jamaican. Residents of Old Harbour Bay and adjoining communities account for 225 of the workforce.The development, dubbed ‘Project Renaissance’, will entail replacement of 292 MW of obsolete power generation equipment with new efficient natural gas-fired generating capacity.Financing of approximately US$210 million was secured through a consortium of local banks.Additionally, JPS’ major shareholders, East-West Power Company of South Korea, and Marubeni Corporation, based in Japan, committed equity in excess of US$45 million each.South Jamaica Power Company (SJPC), a subsidiary of JPS, partnered with Spanish contracting firm, TSK, to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services on the project.Additionally, United States entity, General Electric (GE), is manufacturing equipment for the plant, which includes a power block capable of burning natural gas as the primary fuel, and diesel oil as a contingency.Initiated in June 2010, the Renaissance Project, which was 82.9 per cent complete as at July 2018, is slated to be concluded in June 2019.last_img read more

MSC Buys Remaining Stake in Brazils Portonave

first_imgzoom Swiss container shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has taken full control at Brazil’s port operator Portonave as it purchased the remaining shares in the company.Namely, MSC has, through its subsidiary Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), reached an agreement to buy the 50 percent share in the port operator from Triunfo Participações & Investimentos (TPI).The company already held a 50 percent stake of Portonave.Valued at around BRL 1.3 billion (USD 389.8 million), the deal is subject to necessary approvals by relevant authorities, according to TPI.Triunfo opted to sell its share in Portonave as part of its efforts to collect cash in order to satisfy debt payments, Reuters earlier said, citing Eleven Financial Research.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NEW RESTAURANT ALERT Habit Burger Grill To Open Its First New England

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, July 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”BREAKING NEWS: What’s Going On With Michael’s Place?In “Business”The Dunkin’ Next To The RMV Holds Grand Reopening, Donates $2,000 To Wilmington Fourth of July CommitteeIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Habit Burger Grill announced this week it will be opening in Wilmington — in the new retail plaza being built at 196 Ballardvale Street — across the street from Target.Never heard of this popular burger joint? The California-based Habit Burger Grill has 265 restaurants in 12 states, but none in New England… until its Wilmington location opens in the spring of 2020.Habit Burger Grill is expanding into Massachusetts and New Hampshire after inking a 7-store development agreement with Adam Quinn, Chief Operating Officer of Heidi Burgers LLC. Quinn, a Dunkin Donuts franchisee who owns six of the locations in town, has 15 years of experience in the quick service restaurant industry. Quinn has repeatedly given back to the Wilmington community, including a recent $5,000 donation to Wilmington Public Schools.Quinn will open Habit locations in Middlesex County and Essex County, with the first location planned for Wilmington.“I knew I wanted to partner with The Habit when I met the leadership team. I was impressed with their focus on operational execution, the guest experience and metrics-based decision making,” said Adam Quinn, Chief Operating Officer at Heidi Burgers in a statement. “We are excited to bring the hand-crafted-to-order quality and value of The Habit’s chargrilled burgers, sandwiches and salads to the Bay State and beyond. We know consumers will fall in love with The Habit Burger Grill in the same way my wife and I did.”“Massachusetts and New Hampshire are burger strongholds, and we are eager to see Heidi Burgers bring our chargrilled style of food and focus on customer service to this area. We’ve met few operators who have as much passion for the way we do business as Adam Quinn. We look forward to his team’s success in these communities,” added Russ Bendel, President and CEO of The Habit Restaurants.According to a press release from the company, the Habit Burger Grill — currently celebrating its 50th anniversary – is “a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and handcrafted sandwiches featuring USDA choice sirloin steak, grilled chicken, and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame.”The restaurant also features fresh made-to-order salads; popular sides — onion rings, sweet potato fries, french fries, and tempura green beans; and tasty shakes and malts.The restaurant was named as having the “Best Tasting Burger in America” in 2014 by Consumers Report. Just this year, the restaurant was named the winner of USA Today’s 10 Favorite Regional Fast-Food Chains.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Afghan suicide attack kills 19

first_imgAn Afghan child lays on a hospital bed as he receives treatment in Parwan province on 1 July, 2018. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country.The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor’s compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded.There were scenes of anguish at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other as they waited for news of their loved ones.”It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us,” a man told AFP, too upset to give his name.Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal confirmed 19 people had been killed, the majority of them Sikhs.Small communities of Sikhs and Hindus reside in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. It is not clear if they were the intended target of the attack.Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed a suicide bomber carried out the attack — the latest in a series of recent deadly assaults in the restive province.Ghani’s spokesman said the president was still in Nangarhar but was “away from danger”.Ghani arrived in Jalalabad earlier Sunday to open a hospital, part of a two-day visit to the province bordering Pakistan.- Ceasfire ends -The attack came a day after Ghani ordered Afghan security forces to resume offensive operations against the Taliban following the expiration of the government’s 18-day ceasefire.The government’s unilateral truce overlapped with the Taliban’s three-day ceasefire for Eid, but the militants refused to prolong it.The unprecedented ceasefire over the holiday capping Ramadan triggered spontaneous street celebrations involving Taliban fighters, security forces, and war-weary civilians.But it was marred by two suicide attacks in Nangarhar that killed dozens of people and were claimed by the Islamic State group, which has a smaller but relatively potent presence in Afghanistan.IS was not part of the ceasefire.The attack comes as US envoy Alice Wells visits Kabul as part of efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Taliban to engage in peace talks.The Taliban have so far ignored Ghani’s offer of peace negotiations. Instead, they have insisted on direct talks with the United States, which Washington has repeatedly refused.Wells said that since the Afghan government and United States were willing to start talking without preconditions, the onus was now on the Taliban to respond.”Right now it’s the Taliban leaders… who aren’t residing in Afghanistan, who are the obstacle to a negotiated political settlement,” Wells said in remarks embargoed until Sunday.Wells, who is due to hold talks in Pakistan on Monday, said Islamabad also needed to do more to squeeze the Taliban and get them to the negotiating table.”Pakistan has an important role to play… but we have not yet seen that sustained and decisive action on the part of Islamabad,” she said.last_img read more