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Canada a leader but more must be done for women in conflict

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is a trailblazer when it comes to assisting women in humanitarian crises around the world, but far more needs to be done to improve outcomes for women and girls in conflict zones, says the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Mark Lowcock, who also serves as the emergency relief co-ordinator for the humanitarian affairs office of the UN, delivered remarks in Ottawa on Friday as part of a panel discussion delving into the growing need for a more gender-responsive approach to humanitarian emergencies.He applauded the Trudeau government’s feminist international assistance policy — which includes a plan to eventually ensure 95 per cent of Canada’s foreign aid goes toward initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls — as an example for other countries to emulate.But he also pointed to many examples of women who continue to face extreme risks of sexual and gender-based violence in areas of conflict around the world, saying more needs to be done to ensure humanitarian aid actually helps the women and girls who are being disproportionately affected.“The world’s humanitarian agencies do a good job in saving lives and reducing suffering among people caught up in conflict,” Lowcock said. “But we do not do a good enough job for women and girls.”The Yazidi women who were forced into sexual slavery in Iraq and Syria. The Chibok girls kidnapped in Nigeria. The Rohingya refugees who were gang raped, tortured and lost family members in brutal mass slaughters in Myanmar. These are the stories of women in crisis zones that have captured the world’s attention, Lowcock said, pointing also to women he has met in other regions who continue to live in dangerous situations with fewer opportunities than men to thrive.Humanitarian assistance often does not address the specific needs of women, he said.Every day more than 500 women and girls die from pregnancy and childbirth complications in crisis-affected countries. Also, inadequate help with menstrual hygiene keeps girls confined to tents and shelters, preventing them from accessing services and limiting their mobility.Girls in conflict zones are more than twice as likely as boys to be out of school and women are often more likely to be infected in disease outbreaks because their cultural practices make them caregivers of the sick.These are all areas that highlight why women’s needs must be top-of-mind and at the decision-making table when humanitarian aid is rolled out to crisis zones, to ensure they are not only free of further victimization, but also more empowered, Lowcock said.“Let me be clear that we are making strides in the right direction with all these challenges. But let me be equally be blunt — far more needs to be done.”One key element is the way in which humanitarian aid is donated.Often money raised through the UN or other aid organizations comes with conditions attached by donors that it must be spent on certain things, such as immunizations or specific programming. This may not be what women need most for themselves and their families, said Julie Delahanty, executive director of Oxfam Canada.“That’s not an empowering feeling for the women who are receiving that cash,” she said.“We have to be asking them what kind of modality they want that assistance in — they may prefer food, and if they prefer food, what kind of food do they want? We often don’t ask them such basic questions.”Oxfam Canada published a report in October that took a close look at how Canada provides international humanitarian aid and the gaps that exist when it comes to outcomes for women and girls in refugee situations.It noted that while Canada has made great improvements with its focus on gender equality and feminism as part of its domestic and foreign policy agenda, Canada’s international assistance spending is at a near-historic low, reaching 0.26 per cent of gross national income, as compared to the UN aid target of 0.7 per cent.The organization has called on Canada to develop a 10-year plan to achieve the United Nations aid target and also wants Canada to dedicate a slice of its humanitarian assistance to the needs of women and girls.International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, who also took part in the panel on Friday, pointed to the steps the Trudeau government has already taken, pointing out that half of humanitarian programs previously funded by her department were “completely gender blind,” which has been almost entirely reversed.“We are making this big, big shift, making sure all our humanitarian partners are paying attention to the specific needs of women and girls,” Bibeau said. “And not only seeing them as beneficiaries or victims, but really bringing local women around the table for decisions and making sure that throughout implementation of projects, they are building their capacities their leadership, providing opportunities for empowerment.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Marlene Bird requests court lift publication ban on her name

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation woman who was the victim of a brutal attack in northern Saskatchewan says she doesn’t want to be just another statistic, according to a local report.The family of Marlene Bird says she has asked a Prince Albert court to lift a ban on publishing her name in the media. The court has agreed, the Prince Albert Daily Herald reported Tuesday.The Herald is reporting that a letter was read aloud in court from Bird. In it, she says she consents to media using her name.“We just didn’t want just a faceless nameless person as usual in these cases, we just didn’t want this horrendous crime to be forgotten.”Normally in cases involving sexual assault, a judge will automatically impose a ban on publishing the name of the alleged victim. But Bird’s aunt Lorna Thiessen told the Daily Herald that it’s important the story gets out.“We wanted all the information out through the media so we could follow through with all the fundraising and Marlene’s story to be told.”Leslie Ivan Roderick Black, 29, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault in connection with the brutal attack on Bird, 47, who was left for dead in the parking lot and is now recovering in an Edmonton read more


Worklife balance precarious workers a focus for revamp of federal labour code

first_imgOTTAWA – Restoring a work-life balance and better protections for part-time and temporary workers will be among the key focuses of a planned rewrite of Canada’s federal labour rules which are to be updated by the time Labour Day rolls around next year, Canada’s employment minister says.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said legislation will be introduced this fall to update the decades-old federal labour standards that haven’t been revamped in a substantive way since they were first written.Hajdu said changes to the labour code would reflect key themes that emerged from consultations Ottawa held over the last year, and that the lack of a work-life balance was raised a lot.“People were saying things have to be fairer, things have to be more predictable and we need time…to spend with our families,” Hajdu said.Any change to provide more work-life balance or new job protections will target the most precarious workers in federally-regulated fields, she said.“Ultimately, at the end of the day, the code is there to protect the most vulnerable in the workplace,” Hajdu said.Standards enshrined in the Canada Labour Code were originally drafted in the 1960s in an era when the average worker had a full-time, permanent job with benefits. But the code is feeling the strain under a shifting labour force that since the 1970s has been increasingly marked by what is described as non-standard work — usually part-time, temporary or contract work.Federal officials wrote in a consultation paper last year that some of the labour code’s provisions are basically out of date.A summary report of the consultations was released last week and showed a tension between labour groups that wanted more stringent rules, and employer groups that wanted more flexibility to adapt to changing labour market dynamics.Experts also felt the right set of rules could unlock economic potential, but also cautioned about a one-size-fits-all approach.The summary report also listed changes to federal minimum wage rules as an area for further review, as well as a proposal to give workers the “right to disconnect” and turn off their work-related devices while at home.Hajdu said the goal is to have legislative changes passed by next summer, after which there would be a need for consultations with employers and labour groups on the necessarily regulatory texts.The labour code affects more than 900,000 federal workers in Canada, representing about six per cent of the national workforce.last_img read more


Morocco Reaffirms Support for Yemen to Overcome Current Crisis

Cairo  –  Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar voiced Morocco’s concern over the latest political developments in Yemen, expressing the Kingdom’s support to help the country overcome the current crisis.During his meeting with Yemeni counterpart Jamal Abdallah Sellal, on the sidelines of the 142nd ordinary session of the Arab League’s foreign ministers council held over the weekend in Cairo, Mezouar underlined that Morocco is ready to provide the help necessary for this brotherly country especially in this difficult and unbearable juncture.He added that Yemen is in need of friendly countries to assist it in laying the bases of the State and stop anarchy through security and economic cooperation. The talks touched also on ways and means to foster bilateral relations and issues of shared interest including the fight against terrorism.The Yemeni official recalled the issue of Houthis and the problem they create regarding the country’s security and stability and their mobilization to serve Iranian agendas. read more


Murray Roberts Cementation simulates mine environment for students

first_imgMurray & Roberts Cementation recently invited final year mining engineering students from the University of Pretoria, in South Africa, to try out a simulated learning environment at its Training Academy.The company’s facility at Bentley Park, near Carletonville, Gauteng, offers a blend of e-learning and experiential learning in simulation conditions, the company said. The facility includes mock-ups of mine development areas and shafts, as well as a virtual reality blast wall which the students were able to experience.Executives from Murray & Roberts Cementation also often lecture at local tertiary institutions and universities, adding to the students’ knowledge base.Tony Pretorius, Education, Training and Development Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, said: “The Tuks students were able to appreciate our targeted and holistic approach, in which we apply simulators in a blended learning experience. This improves the way we transfer knowledge and build capacity among South African companies, to strengthen and build the local mining sector.”Learners at Bentley Park complete structured e-learning modules, followed by visual training and pre-simulation training. They then undergo simulation training, followed by in-workplace learning using an actual machine under the direct supervision of a competent person, Murray & Roberts Cementation said.“This is how we apply the situational leadership development model of ‘Tell, Sell, Participate and Delegate’,” Pretorius said.last_img read more


Digital cinema boosts Vancouver tech firm

first_imgRandy Barber, president of CRU Inc., explains a device designed to safely store digital photo files. The movie industry’s rapid shift to digital cinema has provided a fresh creative outlet for some filmmakers, cost advantages to distributors and picture-perfect viewings to audiences.But the impact goes beyond the confines of Hollywood and your local movie theater.Just ask Vancouver-based CRU Inc.The 27-year-old company, which makes portable devices for corporations and government agencies looking to safely and securely store their data, has been busy capitalizing on the rise of digital cinema.The company now holds a significant share of the digital cinema market, with many films distributed to theaters by way of its sturdy storage drives. CRU counts entertainment companies such as Dolby and Technicolor among its customers. And the Liberty Theatre in Camas, using its new digital projector, recently showed the 3D computer-animated comedy “The Croods,” a film that arrived on a CRU hard drive.“We have customers all around the world,” Randy Barber, president of the company, said of the burgeoning digital cinema market. “Digital cinema is being rolled out country by country.”Indeed, it’s a promising time for a growing business that’s seen its share of changes over the years.Originally founded in California in 1986, CRU went through two acquisitions in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when it ended up with Logitech International, which has offices in Camas.last_img read more


Unstimulating Fiscal deficit hovers at 96 of fullyear target dashes stimulus hopes

first_imgReuters fileThe government’s hopes of pushing in a monetary stimulus to revive demand and economic growth is likely to run into hurdles with the fiscal deficit getting dangerously close to its full-year target. In the April-August period, the fiscal deficit came in at Rs 5.25 lakh crore, the highest ever for this period, according to a Business Standard (BS) report on Saturday.The BS report said that fiscal deficit for the first five months of 2017 stood at 96 per cent of the full-year target of Rs 5.46 lakh crore despite cut in capital expenditure in August. The data was released by the Controller General of Accounts on Friday. “The trend is contrary to the earlier pattern when expenditure was front-loaded, at least for capital outlays,” the report said.For the same period last year, fiscal deficit stood at 76.4 per cent of the full-year target.The target for the year as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 3.2 per cent, which is already under stress because nominal GDP growth in 2017-18 might not be 11.4 per cent as assumed in the Budget. For the first quarter, nominal GDP grew only 9.3 per cent, the report noted.When there has been active discussions within the Narendra Modi government regarding the possibility of issuing a stimulus package, the news of the runaway fiscal deficit figures will come as a dampener to stimulus proponents.Higher capital spending by the government has been advocated by industry and the analyst community to boost manufacturing and infrastructure and create jobs. However, any fiscal stimulus could lead to a higher-than-budgeted fiscal deficit for 2017-18, the report said.For April-August, tax revenues were at Rs 3.41 lakh crore, about 28 per cent of the full-year Budget estimates, compared with 26.6 per cent for the same period last year. For the first time, GST figures were taken fully into account. For August, Central GST contributed Rs 15,263 crore to the state kitty.Aditi Nayar of ICRA was quoted by BS as saying that if lack of clarity on the post-GST buoyancy of revenues after netting of refunds persists over the next two to three months, it may cloud the budget planning process for fiscal 2019.Non-tax revenue was Rs 69,256 crore, or 24 per cent of the full-year target, compared to 32.5 per cent for April-August last year. “The sharp year-on-year decline in non-tax revenue receipts is likely to reflect the lower surplus being transferred by the RBI,” Nayar told BS.Non-debt capital receipts were Rs 15,534 crore, or 18.4 per cent of the full-year target, compared with 12.7 per cent last year, the report said.There has been a clear hiatus on the public expenditure front, as revenue expenditure rose just two per cent in August year-on-year. Revenue expenditure for April-August came in at Rs 8.41 lakh crore, about 46 per cent of the full-year target, compared with 41 per cent for the first five months of 2016-17.The biggest chunk of public expenditure cut was borne by capex, which was down 26 per cent in August on a year-on-year basis. This resulted in capital expenditure of only Rs 1.09 lakh crore, 35.5 per cent of the full-year estimates, down from 37 per cent for the same period last year. Till July, capex was higher in 2017-18, compared with April-July of 2016-17.last_img read more


Minor teenager housewife gangraped in three dists

first_imgIn separate incidents, a minor girl, a teenager and a housewife have reportedly been gang-raped in Bhola, Kishoreganj and Rajshahi districts, reports UNB.In Bhola, a minor girl was ‘raped’ by two youths in Kalma union of Lalmohan upazila on Wednesday.Police arrested the alleged rapists after victim’s father filed a case over the incident on Wednesday night.The arrestees are victim’s neighbour Faruque, 28, and his cousin Shahin, 26, said officer-in-charge of Lalmohan police station Mir Khairul Kabir.He said the duo took the girl, a Class-V student, to a bush while returning to school after buying biscuit from a nearby shop, and raped her in turns.In Kishoreganj, six miscreants picked up a teenage girl from her house under Adampur union in Astagram upazila on 12 April evening after she refused the love proposal of one of them.They took her to an isolated place and raped her in turns.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members arrested the six rapists from Doyarbazar in Companiganj upazila of Sylhet on Thursday morning.The arrestees are Hazrat Ali, 20, Asad Miah, 20, Sushen Miah, 19, Emdadul Miah, 17, Masum Miah, 23, and Zaher Miah, 27.In Rajshahi, a group of 4-5 people gang-raped a housewife at Hamirkutsha union in Bagmara upazila allegedly with the help of her husband.Sub-inspector of Bagmara police station Humayun Kabir said Jewel Rana, 26, son of Ayen Uddin of Arjunpara village, wanted to push his wife into prostitution.On Tuesday night, Jewel along with his 4-5 friends tied the victim and raped her one after another throughout the night.Locals informed police about the incident on Wednesday morning.Later, police rushed in and sent the victim to Bagmara hospital. They also arrested Jewel, the SI said, adding that they were trying to arrest others.In Faridpur, a girl was raped by the owner of the Faridpur Medical College canteen on Wednesday night.College principal Khabirul Islam said the girl came to the canteen along her mother like every day. As the canteen was almost empty, its owner M Aminur raped the girl.As an intern rushed in hearing her screams, Aminur tried to flee the scene, the principal said, adding that he was later caught and handed over to police.In Jashore, locals caught a madrasa teacher for trying to rape a minor girl in Jhikargachha upazila on Thursday morning.The arrestee is Azizur Rahman, 60, a teacher of Baharul Ulum Qawmi Nurani Madrasa and the muezzin of the madrasa mosque.Locals said Aziz tried to rape the girl on the first floor of the madrasa around 7:00am as she went there for taking Arabic lesson.Hearing her screams, locals rushed in, caught the teacher and handed him over to police after a beating.last_img read more


Govt offices reopen Sunday after Eid

first_img.Government offices, banks and financial institutions will resume operations from Sunday after a five-day Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.This year, government officials enjoyed holidays between 4 and 8 June, reports UNB.Bus stations, launch terminals and railway stations were teeming with people returning to their workplaces.Wasik Billah, a senior officer of Bangladesh Krishi Bank, told UNB that the work pressure will be huge from the opening day.last_img


Gazipurs exacting mayor Karim joins BNP

first_imgAbdul Karim, former acting-mayor of Gazipur municipality joins BNP on Saturday, 17 Aug, 2019. Photo: UNBAbdul Karim, former acting-mayor of Gazipur municipality, along with around a hundred followers joined Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday.Karim formally joined BNP by presenting a bouquet to party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.Giving his instant reaction, Karim said he had joined BNP to work for the ‘restoration’ of democracy and the rule of law in the country.“We love the country. We want people to remain in peace in a democratic atmosphere. So, I’ve joined BNP to bring democracy back, ensure the rule of law and take the country forward,” he added.A Jatiya Party leader, Karim acted as the acting mayor of Gazipur municipality during Ershad’s rule. Later, he joined Awami League, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.Speaking at the joining programme, Mirza Fakhrul greeted Karim and his followers and asked them to work for strengthening their party in Gazipur.“There’s no alternative to strengthening the organisation. You’ll get success in the movement and the elections too if you’ve a strong organisation. Our party leaders and activists should keep it in mind,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that the government has depoliticised the country in a planned way to enforce a one-party rule. “They (govt) repeatedly amended the constitution as part of their plot to eliminate politics from Bangladesh. Their main target is to keep only one party in the country.”The BNP secretary general said Awami League is now out to establish one-party Baksal rule as it did it 1975.“Many of us have forgotten that a youth was beheaded by his father for his involvement with the opposition party at that time (during Baksal rule) and they (AL leaders) played football with the head of a youth. This is history. The same way, they’re now repressing the opposition leaders and activists using the state machinery,” he observed.The BNP leader said the country is now in a very bad shape for lack of good governance and the rule of law. “Misrule is everywhere in the country. Innocent people are getting killed, women and children are raped and extrajudicial killings are going on as there’s no rule of law. Even, people are languishing in jail years after years without any trial.”Fakhrul accused the government of destroying the country’s economy and banking sector through widespread plundering and corruption. “They’ve now ruined our leather industry.”“The leather industry is facing the destruction due to the foul play of corrupt business syndicate and lack of any government policy,” the BNP leader alleged.Fakhrul urged the government to free their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail for the restoration of democracy in the country.last_img read more


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first_imgNews | November 02, 2012 Mevion Medical Systems Continues Manufacturing Ramp up for Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System A fifth proton accelerator enters manufacturing line at Mevion headquarters November 2, 2012 —  Mevion Medical Systems announced the delivery of its fifth TriNiobium Core proton accelerator, the powerful proton source that is at the center of the revolutionary Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System. This accelerator will be delivered early next year to First Coast Oncology in Jacksonville, Fla. All 2013 and early 2014 Mevion S250 deliveries are already in the manufacturing stage.“The Mevion S250 has redefined the economics, availability, and the future direction of proton therapy, by bringing the management and operation of proton therapy to the level of modern radiation therapy,” said Scot Ackerman, medical director for First Coast Oncology. “Our Mission has been to provide the most advanced radiation treatment for our cancer patients, and the Mevion S250 will allow us to offer to our patients the full benefits of proton therapy.”The Mevion S250 proton therapy system represents the latest innovation in proton therapy, providing the same precise, non-invasive treatment advantages and capabilities of larger proton therapy systems but with a significantly reduced footprint, improved reliability, high patient throughput, more advanced clinical systems and lower implementation and operational costs. Powered by a patented gantry-mounted TriNiobium Core accelerator, the Mevion S250 has a footprint only slightly larger than a conventional linear accelerator.In addition to the construction at First Coast Oncology, the Mevion S250 is installed at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and is under installation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. and Oklahoma University. An additional site in Florida, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando just broke ground in September 2012.More than a dozen Mevion S250 proton therapy systems are slated to be installed in the United States including five NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and six international projects. “The simple and modular design of the Mevion S250 supports a lean and fast manufacturing process. This is a first in proton therapy which traditionally has been limited by the enormous size and complexity of the device”, says Joseph K. Jachinowski, chief executive officer of Mevion Medical Systems. The Mevion S250 is the only proton therapy system designed and manufactured in the United States, and has recently received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE certification enabling Mevion customers to treat patients.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (… read more News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and… read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 03, 2019 Civco Displaying Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution at AAPM The upcoming release of Civco’s Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution will allow proton therapy centers… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.last_img read more


Solomon Islands PM praises tourism industry 2017 performance

first_imgPraising the Solomon Islands tourism industry for its efforts in 2017, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, the Hon, Rick Hounipwela MP has told delegates attending a key tourism forum in Honiara that 2018 will be the year to push new boundaries and to challenge the status quo.Speaking at the ‘Tourism in Focus – Disruptive Positive Change’ forum taking place at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, the Prime Minister said the 2017 Q3 result, which saw visitor arrivals increase by 13.8 per cent to more than 18,500, as going “well beyond expectations.”“Having seen the increase in 2017, I have no doubts that 2018 will be the year to push new boundaries and to challenge the status quo so that visitor arrivals can grow in leaps and bounds to drive new investments to our humble destination,” the Prime Minister said.“The visitor arrival target is set at 9 per cent growth for 2018. To achieve the target, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau will need the cooperation and support of the tourism industry to realize its goals and objectives, to build the momentum with strategic and clinical approaches to its activities.“It needs to disrupt and challenge the status quo to realize its true potential – hence, this tourism in focus forum.”The Prime Minister also drew reference to a long standing government vision that tourism will one day replace logging as a more sustainable driver needed to pick this emerging economy from the “swamps of sluggishness. “However, he said, it will have to expand 5.4 times to parallel logging receipts let alone to replace it.“Amongst the things deemed fundamental to translate this dream to reality is to adopt a disruptive approach to speed up the transition,” he said.“To replace logging receipts Solomon Islands will need to generate 125,000 additional international visitors and the spin off from this extra arrivals is huge and can positively affect Solomon Airlines equipment acquisition, agriculture and fisheries sectors to increase production to feed our guests.“To do this in the shortest period of time will require active participation from all key stakeholders including total government support, willing resource owners and keen and capable investors to commit to the destination.“Absence of good and quality accommodation in the Capital and the Provinces is identified as one of the main obstacle to growth. The disruptive approach is to saturate Honiara and selected Provinces with quality accommodation so inducing market forces to dictate play, effectively making Solomon Islands a more affordable destination compared to its Pacific neighbours.Recognising the important contribution the tourism industry being to the Solomon islands’ economy, the Prime Minister pledged his government would continue to develop the tourism sector through the development and introduction of national tourism legislation.This, he said, would include plans to implement a range of activities under the Tourism Division Capacity Development program to ensure consistency in tourism standards and quality management as well as enabling increased visitor satisfaction levels and improving industry competitiveness.Thanking the delegates attending the forum, and particularly those who travelled long distances to be there, SIVB CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto echoed the Prime Minister’s comment regarding the need to change the status quo.“We cannot go on the way we are if we want to grow our tourism sector,” he said.“We have done pretty well considering the challenges we face but we really need to develop the leisure market and hopefully by the end of this year, if we can achieve that, we will have finally cracked the 25,000 international visitation mark.”Pictured from left to right: Ministry of Culture & Tourism Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nihopara; Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, the Hon, Rick Hounipwela MP; Minister for Culture & Tourism, the Hon. Barnaby Parapolo, and Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau chairman, Wilson Ne’e.Source = Solomon Islands Visitors Bureaulast_img read more


Tourism industry issues SOS needs more workers

first_imgStakeholders in the tourism industry sounded an SOS on Tuesday over the “dire” shortage in both skilled and unskilled workers with the summer season just around the corner.Hoteliers and caterers said demand for labour is fast outstripping supply. For Limassol alone, the local chamber of commerce and industry forecasts that an extra 7,000 workers will be needed over the next couple of years – but these individuals are extremely hard to find.Director general of the hoteliers association Zacharias Ioannides told MPs that, with competition from rival tourist markets expected to heat up this year, it is imperative that Cyprus up its game in terms of value-for-money offerings.In order to achieve that, there is a desperate need for qualified staff especially.In 2019 Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia are expected to bounce back in a big way as tourist destinations.During a discussion in parliament, the Association of Owners of Recreation Centres likewise appealed for help, saying it was inconceivable for the single largest industry to be facing a scarcity of workers.Little progress has been made in tackling the issue since a similar discussion was held a year ago almost to the day.Hoteliers want the government to relax regulations governing the hiring of foreign college students (non-EU nationals) in the tourism industry.Under current regulations, foreign students are permitted to work in the tourism sector only during the summer season and provided that their studies are related to the field in question.Hoteliers propose that these students be allowed to work in hotels throughout the year and irrespective of their field of study.By contrast, in other professions – such as food deliveries or petrol stations – currently college students who are non-EU nationals can work up to 20 hours a week when school is in session, and full time when on vacation.Relaxing the hiring restrictions on tourism would require a decree to be issued by the minister of labour.It’s understood, however, that this is stumbling on resistance from labour unions.Ioannides later told the Cyprus Mail that during the next two years between 2,500 and 3,000 employees would be needed for the casino resort in Limassol. An additional 1,000 job opportunities would arise for the brand-new Park Lane and Amara hotels, plus demand for extra workers in the shipping industry is estimated at 1,500.“And that’s only for Limassol,” he stressed.As for Cypriots, they tend to eschew jobs like waiting tables, cleaning and kitchen work because they involve working late hours and because business peaks during the local holidays (mid-August) when most prefer to rest.Last year MPs had heard that some 7,500 Cypriots were designated as unemployed on government lists (in the tourism sector).The labour ministry had promised to go through the lists and determine which of these people might be willing to return to work.They began contacting these individuals in May, but it turned out that the vast majority of interviewees cited one reason or another for not being interested.It’s believed that many prefer to receive unemployment benefits (for six months) or to work under the table.Ioannides denied that low salaries are a disincentive.“No that’s a myth. In reality the salaries offered, even for what we call supporting jobs, are far above the Guaranteed Minimum Income. When it comes to Cypriots, it’s a question of negative attitudes toward this type of work.”In previous years, he said, somewhat successful efforts were made to plug the gap by hiring EU nationals.But the rising cost of living is now keeping away this category of prospective job applicant.“With rents now being so high, particularly in Limassol, people might end up paying a third of their salary for housing,” Ioannides said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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