North Korean women’s soccer team paraded in the cold for Party…

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome crowds gathered at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on December 6 to congratulate the North Korean women’s soccer team who won the FIFA U-20 Women’s Soccer World Cup. North Korea beat France 3-1 in the final match in Papua New Guinea on December 3. The North Korean team previously won the Women’s World Cup in 2006.After the welcoming ceremony at the airport, an entourage of cars was waiting for the team members, with the authorities preparing a celebration for their victory by mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people in Pyongyang. It is not unusual for the regime to hold such a parade, with similar events having been held several times this year to congratulate those responsible for the nuclear tests and missile launches, as well as winners of sports competitions.Celebration in the cold weatherHowever, it was unusually cold on the day of the parade. On December 6, the temperature in Seoul was less than 3 degrees (Celsius) above zero, which was 10 degrees lower than the day before. In some parts of Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, a cold wave watch was announced. This suggests that the weather in North Korea was similar at the time. According to the weather forecast of December 6 reported by Korean Central TV on December 5, the highest temperature in Pyongyang was expected to be 3 degrees above zero, with a low of minus 5 degrees. Given that the highest temperature was similar to Seoul’s forecast, it is likely that Pyongyang would have been at least as cold as Seoul. North Korea’s under-20 women’s soccer team were paraded through the streets of Pyongyang in a flower-covered vehicle on December 6, celebrating their World Cup win. Photo=KCTV screenshot Analysis & Opinion North Korean women’s soccer team paraded in the cold for Party propagandacenter_img Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Daily NK – 2016.12.12 4:38pm Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion The vehicles mobilized for parade were convertibles with open tops, to allow the team members to interact with the cheering Pyongyang citizens. The team members had to ride through the streets of Pyongyang facing cold winds while sitting in the convertibles, wearing only a single jacket over their suits. The length of their skirts as seen on TV was at about knee level, with all members tightly clutching a large North Korean flag, seemingly more due to the cold than for patriotism.The parade appeared to have gone on for quite some time, with darkness falling by the time the athletes arrived at Mansudae Hill to place wreaths at the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Emphasis on sports, typical of dictatorial regimesDictatorial regimes typically tend to place an emphasis on sports. Sports can induce enthusiasm amongst the population, which helps distract them from the absurdity of the dictatorship under which they live, and helps sweep up patriotic fervor. The intent of the North Korean regime to hold such an extensive parade for the winning team can be understood in this context.*Views expressed in Guest Columns do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NK.last_img read more

Pyongyang car wash station turns to prostitution for cash

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) TAGScorruption SHARE Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News AvatarKim Yoo JinKim Yoo Jin is one of Daily NK’s freelance journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News center_img News North Korean law enforcement recently probed a car wash and disinfection station near Pyongyang after allegations surfaced that it was running a prostitution ring, Daily NK has learned. “The station wasn’t earning as much money as before so the manager turned to prostitution to keep up the station’s profits,” a South Pyongan Province-based source told Daily NK on Monday. “Word got out about the prostitution ring and rumors spread among locals. Then the police got involved and conducted an investigation.” This is the first time that Daily NK has learned of a prostitution ring being operated at a state-run business. Increasingly, North Koreans have opened up massage parlors in their homes or are engaging in covert sex work at saunas and restaurants as economic conditions in the country has worsened.North Korean car wash and disinfection stations are located at the entrance of roads leading into Pyongyang as part of the city’s efforts to control disease and ensure vehicles entering the city are clean. Cars that pass through the stations are thoroughly examined and those deemed “unsanitary” undergo a mandatory wash and/or disinfection. A single wash and disinfection costs drivers USD 4. Frequent visitors to Pyongyang, however, have begun getting their cars cleaned in advance before reaching the stations. Stations have accordingly faced a dip in their profits. What’s more, North Korean truck and van drivers nowadays have less of a need for the stations because they are often accompanied by helpers who keep their vehicles clean.The station facing a police investigation apparently had trouble meeting its USD 2,000 monthly quota set by the state and turned to prostitution to make up its losses. After recruiting prostitutes, station attendants began targeting drivers traveling into Pyongyang from earlier this year. “The station hired pretty women and charged clients USD 20–30 per session,” another Daily NK source in South Pyongan Province said. “Rumors spread about the car wash station running a prostitution ring, but the police didn’t do anything. It was only when locals began complaining that they started an investigation and put a stop to it.”After the authorities investigated the station in early September, the head of the station was called in front of a local party committee and forced to write a self-criticism about his actions.“Locals complained [about the lack of disciplinary action] and said that the head of the station should face more penalties for running a prostitution ring instead of disinfecting and cleaning cars,” the source said. “Ultimately, he was just forced to write a self-criticism. We’ll have to wait and see if he will face further punishment.”*Translated by Violet KimPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] Facebook Twitter North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

OSC must send case documents to Mexico: panel

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter An Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) panel has ruled that OSC enforcement staff cannot require a Mexico-based defendant to come to the commission’s office to view the evidence against it. The OSC Thursday published its reasons for a decision made back on September 20, which found that OSC staff have not complied with their disclosure obligations in their case against Cabo Catoche Corp. (aka Medra Corp.). According to the decision, Medra requested that copies of all relevant documents in the commission’s case against it be sent to its offices in Mexico. OSC staff refused, and advised the firm that the documents are available for inspection at its offices in Toronto. The decision indicates that staff refused to send copies to Mexico for fear that Medra would breach their obligation not to disclose the contents of the documents to third parties, under Ontario securities laws. They maintain that neither Medra, nor its Mexican counsel, can give an enforceable undertaking not to disclose the documents. And, that the firm has indicated that it intends to share the disclosure with Mexican authorities, breaching their confidentiality obligation. Therefore, staff argue they should not be required to provide Medra copies of the materials. However, the commission sided with the firm, which did not appear at the hearing. It says that a fundamental problem with OSC staff’s position is that “it draws an unsupportable distinction between respondents living in Canada at the time of disclosure and those living abroad.” Any respondent to a regulatory action could later decide to leave the country and take their disclosure with them, it notes. “In such cases, staff are equally powerless to stop misuse of the documents upon their removal from Canada.” The decision says that to ensure Medra understands the limitations on its use of the disclosure material and agrees to those limitations, OSC staff will not be required to provide copies of the documents to Medra until it provides a written undertaking that it will not disclose the documents. If it fails to provide the undertaking, OSC staff are not required to provide copies. If it gives the undertaking, and then breaches it, it could be subject to further sanctions. The panel will allow the OSC staff to redact any personal information about investors from the disclosure material. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case James Langton Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords EnforcementCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Related news read more

Moody’s downgrades outlook for Canada’s banks

first_imgJames Langton G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work Moody’s says that the Canadian government’s plans to implement a ‘bail-in regime’ for domestic, systemically important banks, coupled with the global trend by governments to seek increased ‘burden-sharing’ from creditors, is behind its decision to change its outlook on the banking system. “The accelerating global trend of governments to share the burden of bank resolutions with senior bondholders could reduce the predictability of government support in bank failure scenarios,” said David Beattie, senior vice president at Moody’s. “Most of the Canadian banks we rate receive rating uplift based on our very high expectation of support from the Canadian government and that expectation may diminish in the future.” Moody’s says that the banks’ strong earnings power, driven by their formidable franchises in a concentrated market, will be the Canadian banking system’s major strength over the next 12 to 18 months. However, it also cautions that their efforts to ramp up growth has led them to diversify into riskier businesses and geographies “which dilute their strong domestic credit profiles and represent a growing risk to the Canadian system’s stability.” Additionally, it notes that high household indebtedness and elevated housing prices remain key risks to banking system stability in Canada. High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’scenter_img Keywords Banking industry With expectations for government support declining, Moody’s Investors Service has changed its outlook for the Canadian banking system to negative from stable. The rating agency says that its assessment of the credit quality of the Canadian banks it rates remains unchanged, and that Canada remains one of the highest rated banking systems in the world. Nevertheless, the outlook has shifted to negative on reduced expectations for the support a failing bank would receive from the government. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Govt. Committed to Improving Literacy Levels of Prison Inmates – Dr. Rhodd

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of National Security is committed to improving the literacy levels of inmates in penal institutions islandwide.This was emphasised by Minister of State in the Ministry, Dr. Donald Rhodd, during a tour of the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine on July 24.Dr. Rhodd informed that the government was pursuing a programme to ensure that inmates were literate up to the Grade 9 level before leaving a correctional institution.In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Rhodd also said that a part of the rehabilitation programme for inmates was the building of a 5,000-bed facility to ease congestion in prisons. He pointed out that a tender bid for the complex was opened on July 21.“One of the challenges of rehabilitation that we face is the need for space. When you look around at the other institutions, you’ll realise that they are really cramped for space and there’s very little space in terms of classrooms for the teaching of skills and other educational programmes,” he said.The State Minister said it was important for inmates to learn skills while at the institutions, so that they could work and be “better off” when they leave. “I think the Tamarind Farm institution, for example, would do very well if we were to expand some of the working areas and so we intend to work very closely with the HEART Trust/National Training Agency to certify these skills, so inmates on leaving can make a better life for themselves,” he added.The Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre is a low-level security penal institution situated on 57 hectares of land adjacent to the Spanish Town bypass in St. Catherine. Advertisements RelatedGovt. Committed to Improving Literacy Levels of Prison Inmates – Dr. Rhodd RelatedGovt. Committed to Improving Literacy Levels of Prison Inmates – Dr. Rhoddcenter_img Govt. Committed to Improving Literacy Levels of Prison Inmates – Dr. Rhodd UncategorizedJuly 25, 2006 RelatedGovt. Committed to Improving Literacy Levels of Prison Inmates – Dr. Rhoddlast_img read more

Bugatti wants to make a more ‘affordable’ hybrid daily driver

first_img RELATED TAGSBugattiLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Bugatti is looking to introduce a second, more affordable model of car to its current multimillion-dollar lineup, Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann revealed in a March 6 interview.Winkelmann characterized it not as a mere halo car but as a best-in-segment daily driver with a top-line price to match—and it would be at least partially electric.“There I would see us doing a battery electric vehicle,” he said of the proposed new car. “There, the balance between performance and comfort is much more important, and it’s about daily usability. This is what I see.” See More Videos Trending in Canada Face-melting speed in this second car “will be far less important,” he said.Of course, these terms are all highly relative, considering the US$3-million Chiron comes with 1,500 horsepower and a top speed of 420 km/h. Any new Bugatti will still cost a lot: It stands to reason that even a far “lesser” creation could cost half a million dollars and pack an 800-hp punch.Winkelmann declined to give more specifics about the cost, chassis, and performance of the potential car but said the company has already begun analyzing the prospect. “Let’s see what we can do,” he said. “I’m hoping for the best.”There is room to expand, even with the beaucoup business million-dollar cars like the Bugatti Chiron and Divo already provide. The average Bugatti customer has 42 cars at home, according to a Bugatti spokeswoman, and often two of them are Bugattis. More than half of the 250 Chirons made were purchased sight-unseen—an astounding figure considering the astronomical price tag.In North America and Europe, billionaire populations are are growing by 17 percent and 18 percent respectively, according to Knight Frank’s 2019 Wealth Report. In Asia, there will be 1,003 billionaires by 2023, a 27-percent increase from 2018 and more than a third of the world’s 2,696 total billionaire population. Since 2009, sales of automobiles costing more than $180,000 has quadrupled, according to IHS Markit.“At the end of the day, the difference of the price in a car is the brand,” Winkelmann said of how the new model may be positioned within the Volkswagen Group. “And this I think will stay the same, fortunately for us. I’m convinced about this.”Bugatti would hardly be the first classic brand to attempt evolution and relevance via electric and/or halfway practical vehicles. Ferrari and Lamborghini had long eschewed deigning to make less-expensive sportscars and – gasp! – SUVs in volume plays that would bolster their tiny global outputs (formerly sub-5,000 units).But in the past few years Lamborghini incorporated the Urus SUV into its lineup, and Ferrari executives said last week in Geneva they are working on a hybrid supercar of their own. (Recall, Ferrari introduced the hybrid LaFerrari six years ago.) These moves effected no discernible impact in terms of “damaging” a storied brand.The real challenge will be to develop an electric vehicle with either significantly improved range or more exotic technology than the much-hyped Porsche Taycan, another sibling in the VW Group family and one that will be on the road before the end of 2019.Any new vehicle from Bugatti would likely borrow extensively from VW Group hardware such as the Premium Platform Electric architecture to be used by Porsche, Bentley and Audi—but with a badge like Bugatti’s, it better provide an amplified experience.RELATED This black-as-night Bugatti may be the world’s most expensive new car Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Bugatti Galibier 16C Concept  Handout / Bugatti Bugatti won’t follow rivals into the luxury super-SUV segmentIn the meantime, a lot can happen. Even if Winkelmann gets the green light from Volkswagen AG, the prospect of an underling Bugatti remains far from reality.He doesn’t yet have approval from the Volkswagen board, which can be difficult to procure. It took years of lobbying from Bentley and Lamborghini to get the go-ahead to make an SUV. (For the record, Bentley “won” that battle: It got the okay to make its Bentayga before Lamborghini produced the Urus.)If and when Winkelmann gets a yes, it will take another four years of development before a second Bugatti family line hits the road. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Might as well start saving money now. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Dodge Durango price upped for 2021, SRT Hellcat starts at $114,000

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer: What we know, think we know and are just guessing atThe changes aren’t only under the hood, the fascia has been worked over as well, with a new chin spoiler, engine oil cooler duct, air guide, and snorkel for cold-air induction. Around the back there’s a new wing, which at top speed generates 140 pounds of down force.To bring it all to a stop is a set of Brembo brakes, six-piston in the front with 15.75-inch vented and slotted rotors; four in the rear with and 13.8-inches of vented and slotted rotors.Dodge also released pricing for the less-exciting trim models, which generally see a small bump up from where they were last year in Canada.Durango SXT AWD: $47,495 Durango GT AWD: $52,495 Durango R/T AWD: $61,395 Durango R/T AWD Tow N Go: $66,890 Durango Citadel AWD: $60,495 Durango SRT 392 AWD: $75,995 The Tow N Go trim has a towing capacity of 3,946 kg (8,700 lbs), as well as upgraded Brembos. The Citadel trim is Dodge’s most luxurious Durango, and is available with an “Anodized Platinum” package that adds shiny bits to the exterior and interior of the car. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Dodge has announced pricing and specifications for the all-new Durango SRT Hellcat, plus six other Durango trims.For 2021, Dodge has really gone bonkers, bringing an insanely powerful SUV to market in the all-new Durango SRT Hellcat, which costs $114,345. For that price you get a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that produces 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, which makes this Durango the most powerful mass-production SUV ever.According to Dodge, the Durango Hellcat can hit 96 km/h from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, and hit a top speed of 290 km/h. Dodge getting Durango Hellcat, Charger Redeye and 807-hp Challenger for 2021 First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened See More Videos advertisement Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The entire Dodge Durango lineup for 2021 features new aggressive exterior styling, a new interior with a Challenger-inspired, driver-centric cockpit and the available 10.1-inch touchscreen with five-times faster Uconnect 5 RELATED TAGSDodgeSUVNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury To make the Hellcat even more exciting, there’s an all-wheel-drive system with launch control to help put those gobs of power down to the pavement; as well as selectable drive modes such as Street (Auto), Sport, Track, and Custom.RELATEDlast_img read more

Oakland Wine Festival Founder, Melody Fuller, on Live TV

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Oakland Wine Festival Founder, Melody Fuller, on Live TVIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessOakland Wine Festival Founder, Melody Fuller, on Live TVBy Press Release – April 20, 2017 82 0 AdvertisementKTVU FOX (Channel 2) on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 9:45amOakland, California, April 20th, 2017 –The Oakland Wine Festival will be in the spotlight this Sunday as Founder, Melody Fuller, will host a live tasting on KTVU FOX, showcasing the Wines of South Africa and South African wines being featured in this month’s Kick-Off Tasting and Soiree event.  Wines from Founding Sponsor, Silverado Vineyards will also be featured during this lively segment of beautiful wines and wine education. Tune into KTVU FOX at 9:45am to get a glimpse into what is in store for this year’s festival.For the third year, The Oakland Wine Festival is hosting a seated tasting, Soiree and Silent Auction presenting the wines of a featured International Wine Region. The featured Wines of South Africa are the premium wines from Ken Forrester Vineyards, and the special Western Cape varietals: Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon from The Three Foxes.Guests to the tasting and Soiree will also enjoy fine and exciting wines from South Africa to include:The noble white wines and superior red wines of De Wetshof Estate;  The high quality boutique and flagship wines of Warwick Wine Estate;  The award-winning and renowned wines of Delaire Graff Estate and the wines of immense character of A.A.Badenhorst Family Wines.  These wines are made possible by educational partner and founding sponsor Broadbent Selections. About the Oakland Wine Festival:The Oakland Wine Festival is a high profile, educational, wine and food event featuring celebrated winemakers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and around the world. The festival is collaboration between Founder, Melody Fuller, and some of her close friends in the Napa Valley and beyond. The Oakland Wine Festival features premium, reserve, library, high-end, hard-to-get and newly released wines.Melody was named Best Westerner by Sunset Magazine for the innovative and creative work that she does in the wine world.  The Oakland Wine Festival is the result of the desire to further acknowledge an overlooked – yet key – community of wine lovers who appreciate having world-class vintners and chefs within arm’s reach.Advertisement Twitter ReddIt Share Previous articleVinexpo Bordeaux and Wine Spectator to Present “Fire and Rain: Climate Change and the Wine Industry”Next articleBuying Brand Only and Building on an Asset Light Wine Business Press Release Email Pinterest Linkedin Facebook TAGSMelody FullerOakland Wine Festival last_img read more

Support Jamaican Artists – Wayne Chen

first_imgRelatedSupport Jamaican Artists – Wayne Chen RelatedSupport Jamaican Artists – Wayne Chen RelatedSupport Jamaican Artists – Wayne Chen Support Jamaican Artists – Wayne Chen CultureNovember 2, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Wayne Chen, is appealing to Jamaicans to support the genius of local artists by viewing and purchasing their work.“The talent is all around us, the question is how to .get a wider community to appreciate that we have talented and creative people, who need to make a living from their talent and creativity,” Mr. Chen stated.He was giving the keynote address at the launch of the 19th annual Mandeville Art Fair on Thursday (October 28) the St. Bosco Catering Hall in Mandeville.“My mission, for a long time, has been to urge my peers to buy Jamaican art. When you think of buying something special, a gift for your family or friends, buy a piece of Jamaican art. Not only is it a lifelong thing to hold as treasure, it is also supporting your Jamaican artists,” Mr. Chen said.Organiser of the Mandeville Art Fair, Sister Suzan Fraser, said that the annual event has raised much needed funds to address the needs of the less fortunate. “Our young children have schools to attend, our orphans have a place to call home, the sick and indigent receive much needed care, and young adults are taught skills, which give them hope for a future,” she informed.The Mandeville Art Fair, staged by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville, supports charities in communities throughout the parish of Manchester.It exposes the works of established Jamaican masters as well as young and exciting emerging talents.This year’s show will be held over three days from November 12 to 14, at the Mount St. Joseph’s School Hall in Mandeville. Patrons will be able to view the art from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the opening day (Nov.12) and all day on the other two days. Advertisementslast_img read more

JEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor

first_imgRelatedJEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor RelatedJEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedJEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor JEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor LabourJune 6, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says addressing the housing needs of thousands of Jamaicans living in poverty, will be one of the key areas of focus under Phase II of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). Speaking on June 5, during her presentation in the 2012/13 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government will collaborate with Food for the Poor in providing 1,200 housing units throughout Jamaica, each year, for the next five years. (Related Story: NHT Contributors to pay less Interest Rates) Additionally, she informed that Food for the Poor and the Ministry of Housing and the National Housing Trust will collaborate in providing a starter unit for contributors earning between $5,000 to $7,000 weekly. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that the beneficiaries will be identified through the National Housing Trust, adding that the lands for these housing units will be identified either from the beneficiaries themselves or government owned lands. “We are combining State resources with private investment to achieve economic growth to improve living conditions and to train and employ workers,” she said. The Prime Minister said that under Phase II of JEEP, there will be projects from the Ministry of Agriculture, HEART Trust/NTA, the National Works Agency, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Housing and the National Housing Trust (NHT). She said the total amount which will be spent during this fiscal year will be just over $6 billion, and informed that financing has been identified and secured. “Regardless of the criticisms which have been leveled at the programme, it is interesting that every single Member of Parliament has reacted positively to the opportunity to provide employment and carry out productive activities in her/his constituency. We expect that this involvement will continue in Phase II of the programme,” she said. The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme has already provided more than 5,800 jobs across several sectors.  The JEEP was launched by the Prime Minister on March 22, in Kingston. It is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skills levels. Advertisementslast_img read more