Interstate Matchup Between EC And Moeller This Week’s Game In The 2020 Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown

first_imgEast Central, the 2017 Indiana Class 4A state champion and a perennial Hoosier state power in its division, welcomes tradition-rich Moeller to St. Leon, and Trojan Field at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in a marquee interstate matchup that highlights the second week of the 23-year anniversary of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown presented by Mercy Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Meijer’s.  It certainly won’t be easy for these two talented teams to provide more drama than last Friday’s Showdown Kickoff, a historic week one Greater Catholic League South Division meeting between host Elder and defending league champion La Salle at the Pit in Price Hill.  La Salle eventually prevailed in double overtime, 53-52, when Lancers’ coach Pat McLaughlin elected to attempt the two-point conversion and go for the victory, with senior quarterback Zach Branam just getting into the end zone.   East Central (1-1), which traveled to Indianapolis and fell to defending Class 3A state champ Bishop Chatard, 10-0, is coming off an 11-1 season a year ago that included an undefeated regular season in coach Jake Meiners’ first season.  Moeller opened with a convincing 34-17 win in Columbus against Ohio Division III perennial power Bishop Harley, a game that saw the Crusaders fall behind 10-0, wait through a 75-minute rain delay before coming out in impressive fashion.    The win was the first at the high school level for Moeller first-year coach Mark Elder, who took over the Crusaders’ program after spending four seasons as head coach at Eastern Kentucky University.  Moeller was led by senior quarterback TJ Rotello, who rushed 14 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns while also passing for 196 yards and a score.  Moeller managed to overcome five turnovers thanks to a defense that held Hartley to a combined 2-of-14 on third- and fourth-down conversions.    East Central, which opened its season two weeks ago with a 34-7 win against rival Lawrenceburg, is expected to be a state contender in its division again this fall.  The Trojans are led by senior offensive tackle Luke Collinsworth, a University of Cincinnati recruit, on offense and senior linebacker Kole Viel, who spends time on both sides of the ball.  East Central has played Moeller just twice on the varsity level, losing 27-7 in 2002 and 27-14 in 2003.   The Showdown, which kicked off in 1998, is designed to annually showcase the quality of high school football in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.  While this year’s Showdown will be modified on-site at games to comply with COVID-19 protocol governing fall sports, the event will feature a marquee matchup in the region every Friday night – with the weekly games being announced on Monday of game week via the Showdown’s digital platforms.last_img read more

BCPS Superintendent Says Schooling Will Likely be Online for the Start…

first_imgOn Sunday, Florida recorded the highest one-day total in the country,with over 15,000 new COVID-19 cases. And over the 24-hour period from Monday, 132 new COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, the highest death record in the state so far. That includes full-time or part-time on campus as well as hybrid models that combine on-campus and virtual learning. BREAKING: Florida has set a one-day COVID-19 death record for the state with 132 which means a Floridian is dying every 11 minutes from COVID-19.— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 14, 2020 “If conditions do not improve and continue to worsen, that is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and our teachers healthy and safe,” Runcie told the School Board on Tuesday. “When conditions improve, … additional options will be introduced.” Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said that if conditions do not improve, students will return to schools online on August 19. “[E-learing] is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and their teachers healthy and safe,” he said.center_img Miami-Dade officials have also said that if the county is still under phase two reopening in August, students will also do the same on August 21. This barring a dramatic decline in COVID-19 infections, within the next month. Broward County Public Schools likely will reopen on August 19 with virtual classes only, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.last_img read more

Chager rules Mombasa, Flash firms up lead

first_img0Shares0000The “Flying Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points.MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 12- Baldev Chager emerged the winner on the sixth round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) in Kilifi County ending months of a winless streak.The “Flying Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points. Chager and his partner Ravi Soni clung to  second spot on 96. Skoda Fabia R5 speedster Onkar Rai came in second overall as Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X ace Tundo settled for third navigated by Tim Jessop.Onkar remains in a distant third on 79 points.Chager was all smiles after victory and this is what he had to say: “The course was very challenging today due to the harsh weather. I am very happy and proud of my team as well as myself.”“This is a big win for me and the team since this is the first win that I have had a win since 2016 in Kisumu. I hope to do even better at the next rally which will be in Nanyuki.”Izhar Mirza won the Johnny Hellier Memorial trophy as the best placed coast driver in fifth spot.Farhaaz continued with a good run with a 100% finish record whilst homeboy Sohanjeet Puee won division two in eighth as physically challenged driver Nikhil Sachania finished 9th on his Mombasa debut driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.Asked about the MMC round Chager said: “The rally was a good challenge a nice mix of surfaces and all sorts of weather too. Job well done by MMC. Twisty stages suited the Skoda very well and we knew that from the recce it would be hard to beat in those conditions.”“Only chances were the open stages and that’s where we tried to push harder and it worked. Very good battle with my team mate Onkar. Looking forward to Nanyuki next month.”Subaru crew of Eriv Bengi and Tuta Mionki finished 4th overall, first in Group N and Division One in the tough yet very exciting MMC rally.Provisional results:Baldev Chagger/Ravi Soni-Mitsubishi Evo10 Rai/Gavin Laurence-Skoda Fabia Tundo/Tim Jessop-Mitsubishi Evo10 Bengi/Tuta Mionki-Subaru Impreza N12 Mirza/Kavit Dave-Mitsubishi Evo10 Sachania/Alfir Khan-Mitsubishi Evo10 STANDINGS AFTER MMC  MOMBASA RALLY ROUND 4Carl Tundo 118Baldev Chagger 96Onkar Rai 79Manvir Baryan 57Farhaaz Khan 43Amaar Haq 21Aakif Virani 20Tejvir Rai 20Ian Duncan 180Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe area around Gallogley’s Clock on Main Street, Ballyshannon remains cordoned of this morning after fears for the safety of passers-by. The Fire Service and Gardaí attended the scene yesterday evening following reports of damage to the face of the clock.The area was cordoned off as a public safety precaution and remains cordoned off today. The owner of the building is following up with specialists to try and resolve the problem as soon as possible. GARDAI SEAL OFF AREA OVER FEARS FOR DAMAGED CLOCK was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannonclockdamagelast_img read more

Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwins usually have a distinct bond and brothers Matt and Mike Nieto are no exception. As Matt laid bloodied on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala, his twin brother Mike had to be restrained on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga talked sense into Mike after the forward threw his towel on the playing floor during the first game of the Finals of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“To be honest, when Matt fell down, when Ben hit him with the elbow I felt that I also got hurt,” said Mike in Filipino after the Blue Eagles’ close 76-70 victory Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I didn’t want to see my brother get hurt.”Mike got his moment of vengeance in the fourth, although Matt was already playing after team physicians covered up the wound above the left eye, when he put on a personal 7-0 run that gave Ateneo a 67-59 lead midway through the final frame. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “I didn’t want to retaliate by hurting La Salle physically or punching them, I just wanted to win the game,” said Mike, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds. “I just got really motivated to win the game when Matt went down and I know he didn’t do it on purpose. I really needed to step up because the game was close and we had to enjoy those types of games.” Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough PLAY LIST 01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

I don’t consider myself a Marxist: Datta Samant

first_imgDatta Samant: Balance sheets are manipulatedFor a man who can mobilise 15 lakh workers at the snap of his stubby fingers; who is the nemesis of India’s industrial barons and one of the most successful negotiators on the trade union front – Datta Samant hardly lives up to his larger-than-life,Datta Samant: Balance sheets are manipulatedFor a man who can mobilise 15 lakh workers at the snap of his stubby fingers; who is the nemesis of India’s industrial barons and one of the most successful negotiators on the trade union front – Datta Samant hardly lives up to his larger-than-life image. He displays neither the fire-breathing oratory of a George Fernandes nor the suave sophistication of a Sharad Joshi. He is, instead, strangely inarticulate. His answers to questions are contained in jerky, incomplete sentences delivered in an inaudible monotone. Constant interruptions in the form of telephone calls and a steady stream of visitors make it virtually impossible to conduct a normal conversation.A full working day for Samant begins at 7.30 a.m. and winds up late at night – a lifestyle that allows the maverick labour leader little time to spend with his wife Vanita and his five children, and ensures that he travels up to 150 km a day.To pin down the man and probe behind the affable facade he sports, India Today Correspondent Chander Uday Singh joined the Doctor in his gleaming white Premier Padmini gifted by workers, for an entire day. Between negotiations and in the course of the long day, Singh pieced together Samant’s halting responses to questions. To gain a more complete picture, India Today editors invited Samant and his close advisers to the magazine’s New Delhi office where he was grilled all through a two-hour session. Excerpts from both interviews:Q. Your militant methods often result in interminable strikes which hurt the workers involved very severely. Is this uncompromising attitude entirely necessary?A. You must understand that there are no economic changes which come through the Parliament or by talking alone. You have to organise and fight these injustices which exist. It is morchas and agitations which deliver the goods, not talk.advertisementWe are not taking the workers on indefinite strike to prove a point or for prestige: we do it because we want our legitimate share of productivity and profit. This is a mass agitation for pressing demands which no labour leader has been able to get the workers. We have to face these kinds of odds, you can’t expect everything to be sweet and rosy.Q. What about the middle class employees, the clerks, supervisory staff and executives who suffer during your strikes without getting any of the benefits?A. This is not really true. Today even the middle class employees have started joining my unions. In the case of these clerks and supervisory personnel, they are all educated people who know that they are being exploited. But because of their so-called standards of morality and decency they are too weak to resist it.These people actually want the benefits of an agitation without having to fight for them. And when they find that the managements are talking to me and giving my workers benefits, then they suddenly come around and join my unions. Today, in almost 80 per cent of my units, the technical and supervisory staff are my members.Q. An argument frequently used against you is that you disrupt productivity in every unit you enter, thus hurting both the employer and the labour force, who have to forgo their wages for long periods.A. This is not true. Firstly, strikes and violent agitations are not the norm. It is not in more than 1 per cent of my units that the matter escalates into a strike. Secondly, at factories where we have reached a settlement my workers give at least 5 to 10 per cent extra productivity. I tell them that now that you have got your money you have to do your share.In Mukand Iron, Viren Shah has given me Rs 450 to 525 rise in wages, but he will be the happiest person, because he will be getting so much more productivity. And the factory owners know this.Q. Many of the textile mills are in financial straits, and it is possible that your strike will drive them to sickness. Won’t this hurt the labour force in the long run?A. These mills were made sick by all types of malpractices and misappropriations by the owners. People like the Kilachands and Kapadias who mismanaged them deliberately drove them to sickness. It is irresponsible to say that the workers are making them sick by demanding their due; this is all the millowners’ propaganda. The Government should have stepped in and seen that these people did not bleed the mills dry. Why should the workers suffer for this man-made sickness?advertisementQ. Economists argue that due to your frequent wage demands you are infact contributing to inflation because the increased wages are passed on to the consumer.A. Not correct. That statement is absolutely untrue. There is no control whatsoever on the selling price of every item, and the manufacturers are indiscriminately hiking up prices. The price neutralisation given to workers comes only after prices have already risen, and that neutralisation is only a third of the price rise. So to say that the workers’ pay is responsible for inflation is a very bad proposition and I am not going to accept it.Q. You are accused of total non-application of mind to individual negotiations, which hurts the workers interests since you do not pay attention to economic facts or balance sheets. Is this true?A. I may be guilty of doing injustice to a few employers by not applying my mind, but in 90 per cent of the cases my attitude is correct. Balance sheets are all I manipulated by the employers, the laws are all outdated and can give no justice where balance sheets are fabricated. I have got a lot of experience in different industries, and today I can visualise the financial position in different industries. Also, what one employer in an industry is able to pay, the other can certainly pay.You must understand that there are no economic changes which come through the Parliament or talking alone. You have to organise and fight these injustices which exist. It is morchas and agitations which deliver the goods, not talk. In many units the supervisory staff are also with us, so we make inquiries with them about the productivity and financial jugglery. We find out when they are altering their books or indulging in black transactions. Maybe we do an injustice to workers or employers in a few cases by asking for too much or too little, but in 90 per cent of the cases we are eventually proved right.Q. Who do you consider your main rivals in Bombay?A. I have no rivals. Where is the question of rivals. I’m not doing it for my own sake. On the contrary, I want somebody should work honestly with the workers as we are doing. Work should be shared.Q. Do you collaborate with other unions? A. How can I collaborate. The workers leave (other) unions to join me. But in any labour action, mass action, if the aim is the same, we can collaborate.Q. What is your ideology ?Should, for example, private companies be taken over by the Government?A. At present, to take over by the Government, that type of conciousness has not come in our workers. But the Government can immediately do certain things. At present, it is the main financier for industry, all the money given by the banks and financial institutions, land, everything. So they can know the cost price of anything and regulate the selling price. On a broad base it is possible. The Government can then decide how much wage can be given to the workers. The Government should have a broad wage policy, to protect the wages of the worker.advertisementQ. Is the problem then basically of wages?A. As a trade unionist. I’m concerned with wages. Prior to my coming on the scene, wage agreements were of 40 to 50 rupees. Now they are 200 to 300 rupees.Q. Are the demands of workers sometimes unreasonable ? Do you scale them down?A. Sometimes, ten to 15 per cent these things happen. Because of my mass thinking that balance sheets are bad, I may be doing injustice. But hardly 10 per cent.Q. Do you believe there should be a private sector?A. Yes, the private sector should be free, but on that there should be some restrictions on wages and prices.Q. Do you agree that companies must make profit?A. Yes.Q. Do you consider yourself a Marxist?A. No, I don’t consider myself a Marxist.Q. You’re not a Marxist, you believe in private enterprise, then in what way are you left of centre?A. This is the thing. You must see the workers interest. If private enterprise can be properly controlled seeing the interest of the customers and workers, that type of controlled economy the Government can run.Q. You mean socialist control?A. Yes, socialist control, that is a good word you have used.Q. Have you considered joining any political party?A. No, because I’m finding the present parties are not taking up workers’ causes.Q. Are politically controlled unions bad?A. These unions are more interested in politics than in workers’ economic gains.Q. At one time you were in the Congress(I)….?A. That is right, from 1972 to 1977 I was a Congress(I) MLA, but I was the only one who was arrested under MISA.Q. Given a chance, would you join the Congress(I) again?A. No, no, not at all. I have not approached them and they have not approached me. I will not bargain away the workers’ interest with any party.Q. How did you find Antulay as a chief minister. Was he sympathetic to the workers’ plight?A. He was a short-tempered man. We never went to him with our problems. We found that if we went to him, the problems became more complicated.Q. What do you think of Mrs Gandhi?A. As far as labour is concerned, she doesn’t have any policies.Q. Do you believe productivity and wages should be linked?A. Not necessarily.Q. In your negotiations, what pressures do you put on the managements?A. I don’t pressure. The employers realise that if they don’t give money (to the workers) this union will resist, go for strikes, that is why they give in. That may be the pressure.Q. Do you have any national plans in your trade union work?A. No!Q. Why not ? If your formula works in Bombay, Maharashtra…?A. I’m a small man. I can’t manage that. I have no ambition.Q. By doing all the negotiation yourself, aren’t you negating the concept of collective bargaining ? Shouldn’t the workers be learning to negotiate themselves, to gain confidence?A. You’ve raised a very important point. That is my desire for many years. that the worker should study this. It shouldn’t go on behind one individual, that is not correct also. But the whole practical difficulty is that many of my workers are not educated. Second thing is that the educated people in the factory never come forward to give their help because they are fifty-fifty-fifty (per cent) with the management and fifty with the workers. So that type of intellectual will never come forward.Third, my difficulty is that if I leave things to the workers, it is not properly put up. Sometimes they make any demand taking my name, and sometimes the management tackles some of them and starts negotiating from a lower level. And, subsequently I find things difficult to correct.Q. What kind of relationship do you usually have with the employers?A. Very good. In the majority they know they must pay a good share to workers. I tell them if they do, the workers must work well. It is only a handful where they don’t realise this.Q. You have called the Tatas traders? They are not traders. They have investment worth a thousand crore.A. Their mentality is that of traders. I don’t mean in the bania sense. The whole tendency of employers is to keep the wages at a minimum level.Q. What is your idea of a good employer?A. One who gives the worker good things.last_img read more

Former US team standout shines for HD Spikers

first_imgThe 28-year-old from Arizona State University said picking up wins early means a lot for her team.“This is a very important win for us; we get to show that we can fight and we can win games,” said Wilson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe six-foot heavy hitter scored 24 points to power Cignal past Sta. Lucia Realty, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-23, Saturday at Bacoor Strike Gym in Cavite.“The key factor is we stayed together no matter what,” said Wilson who once played for the United States in the World Under-23 championships. “One person went down and another steps up and as a team we get back.” Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Cignal placed sixth the previous two Grand Prix tournaments and has yet to win a conference title after becoming co-champions in 2016 Invitationals.It has seen several major lineup changes especially after losing key player Jovelyn Gonzaga due to the military and to subsequent injury.The HD Spikers improved to 2-1, while the Lady Realtors fell to 1-3.Later, PLDT FIBR finally connected with a hard-earned 24-26, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 15-8 victory over Generika-Ayala.Grace Lazard led PLDT with 32 points while Lizlee Ann Pantone added 26 excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Playing only her third game for Cignal HD, American open hitter Erica Wilson knew exactly how small the HD Spikers felt going up against the big guns in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ ALA says Nietes not ducking Palicte; purse bid set PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

Video: Watch TCU RB Aaron Green Do LeBron James’ Powder Toss During A Snowstorm

first_imgAaron Green does LeBron-style powder toss with snow.It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out:  Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.last_img

Video: Dalvin Cook’s Little Brother Meets Ole Miss’ Football Team

first_imgDalvin Cook celebrating with his helmet off.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: MVP Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates their 33 to 32 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Deandre Burnett is a guard on the Ole Miss basketball team. He’s also the brother of Dalvin Cook, Florida State’s top player.Ole Miss and Florida State will hit the field Monday night to open the 2016 season in the Camping World Kickoff. The Seminoles’ best player, running back Dalvin Cook, has a unique connection to Ole Miss: his brother plays basketball for the Rebels.Cook’s brother, Deandre Burnett, will be eligible to play guard for Ole Miss this season after sitting out last year. He’s a transfer from the University of Miami.In this hilarious video released today by Ole Miss basketball, Burnett meets Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly and members of the Ole Miss defense. When he is introduced to the latter, things get interesting.? Our dynamic new guard Deandre Burnett, brother of FSU’s Dalvin Cook, meets Chad Kelly & the @OleMissFB team ???— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) September 1, 2016That’s fantastic social media work by Ole Miss. Well-done.Florida State and Ole Miss kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have the broadcast.last_img read more

Gov’t Seeking Partners to Grow ICT Space

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says that the Government is actively seeking opportunities for public-private partnership to develop additional Information Communication Technology (ICT) space to meet growing demand. She noted that some 26 companies are providing over 13,000 jobs in the offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, while other investors are to come on board. “Without any doubt, the local ICT sector is experiencing a growth phase.  We are seeing for example, the entrance of BPO giants such as Sutherland Global Services, who will commence operating a Global Delivery Centre at the UWI (University of the West Indies) Mona campus very soon.  “Indeed with the current expansion rate and projected growth of the ICT sector, it is expected that some 5,000 jobs will be created over the next three years,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams stated. She was speaking at Wednesday’s (December 12) official opening of the LIME Contact Centre in the Montego Bay Free Zone, which was set up through partnership between LIME Jamaica and Canadian-based TELUS International. According to the State Minister, Jamaica, with its near shore access to the United States (US), low attrition rate and high labour force availability among secondary and university graduates, is seen as an attractive destination for ICT investment. In fact, she said, the country is regarded as the leading contact centre location in the Caribbean. She noted that the Government has introduced a range of reforms and measures designed to support the industries and attract more businesses to the island. “Recently, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell announced the development of 100,000 square feet of factory space through an ICT programme.  As part of the programme, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) will be transforming some 63,000 square feet of space in the Montego Bay Free Zone over the next 18 months,” she informed.  The State Minister, in the meantime, commended the operators of the contact centre, which, she said, will create some 180 new jobs in the initial stage of its operations, while the country will benefit from the technology transfer. “I …welcome the initiative, as bringing in the technology to operate the call centre, sharing experiences and expertise will certainly serve to complement the efforts to enhance the development of our telecommunications industry.   The fact that this investment will result in the creation of 180 new jobs, we welcome and applaud your efforts,” she stated.last_img read more