Related Items:#magneticmedianews, bahamas, umemployment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 25, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Department of Labour has completed a series of training sessions in preparation for the launch of the upgrade to its local Skills Bank and Recruitment portal. The software was first introduced in 2006, however an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the Department’s recruitment process has occurred and plans to launch to the general public is underway.The Bahamas Department of Labour continues to respond to the national concern of unemployment by providing access for job seekers and employers alike through this online data portal that will populate data and accordingly match candidates for suitable and available job opportunities. The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Mr. A. Robert Farquharson, Director of Labour explained that the PCRecruiter portal provides the convenience for any job seeker or employer to log in to the portal anytime and from any location. Although, he continued, persons who need assistance or may not have access to get online are welcome to stop into any of the Department’s sub offices and sit with an employee of the Public Employment Services (PES) Unit who would be pleased to assist them with registration and navigation through the portal. He emphasized the Department’s commitment to placing Bahamian job seekers in roles they qualify for and desire and assisting employers in matching their job availabilities with the right employees.Director Farquharson continued that, “The effectiveness of the system is hinged on the registration of job seekers as well as the registration of employers with job opportunities they wish to fill. The inventory of available jobs will be easily accessible once employers enter their job vacancies in the skills bank. The process for employers requires them signing in and editing their registration information; if they have already enrolled in the Skills Bank. For employers across The Bahamas who have not yet registered, they are all encouraged to do so once the portal goes live. They will be able to create or edit job vacancies, view interviews from job seekers or browse the database of job seekers.”“Job seekers must also register in the online skills bank and thereafter will be able to view job vacancies, post a resume, enquire about jobs and update their account and resume information periodically. Also, there are no fees associated with the use of this service”, stated Mr. Farquharson.Mrs. Patrenda D. Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour stated that “the Department also welcomes employed individuals wanting to explore their options.” They are encouraged to register their skills and qualifications into the skills database system. Similarly, students or citizens residing abroad who are desirous of returning home and wish to secure employment options in advance are encouraged to register.She further commented that she is excited to advise that “high schools and other local institutions of higher education, such as the University of The Bahamas, can look forward to teams from the Department’s Public Employment Services Unit scheduling tours and visits to their campuses in order to encourage students preparing to enter the work force to register with the skills bank.”Bahamians living abroad who are considering returning home and wish to begin seeking employment locally are encouraged to register on the portal as well. The recruitment portal will be available through The Bahamas Government website’s Department of Labour page.The date of an official launch to the general public will be announced shortly.Job seekers and employers may visit any Department of Labour sub-office in New Providence or the Family Islands. New Providence locations include Rosetta Street, Robinson Road and Carmichael Road. Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini. Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you
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Rahima from Keraniganj in Dhaka (2nd from the right) briefs newsmen at a press conference organised by Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) Bangladesh at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday Photo: Prothom Alo”Whenever I wanted to talk to my relatives, my employers misbehaved with me. They did not pay me. They did not give me enough food. I had to slog hard day and night. At one point I fled and went to the Bangladesh embassy,” said Rahima Khatun, a migrant worker who returned from Saudi Arabia a few months ago, narrating her ordeal abroad while speaking to Prothom Alo.Rahima, from Keraniganj in Dhaka, was talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of a press conference organised by Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday morning.Rahima said a large number of Bangladeshi women migrants are allegedly tortured and abused in Saudi Arabia.The Bangladesh embassy is doing nothing for them, she alleged.”I stayed at the embassy shelter home for 20 days. There were about 5,000 women. I saw two women giving birth and around 250 women pregnant,” said Rahima who managed to return home as one of her relative in Saudi Arabia bought her a ticket. “Those who have no relatives in Saudi Arabia can hardly return,” she said.”When I was at the shelter home, a woman from Sylhet said her employer took her to different hotels at night. One day she fled and came to the shelter home,” Rahima Khatun added.Rahima, who now works as a day labourer in her locality, also alleged she did not get any money in five months although she spent Tk 150,000 to go to Saudi Arabia.Like Rahima, many female migrants face the same fate in the destination countries including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Malaysia and Oman.According to the government statistics, a total of 973,000 migrants have gone abroad between January and November 2017. Of them, a total of 118,000 are women.OSHE executive director AR Chowdhury Repon said the migrant workers bring in a huge amount of foreign currency by dint of their labout abroad. They contribute to the development of the country.While working abroad, the migrants suffer from various health complications and they have to work under stress and in an unhealthy environment, he said.In a written statement, OSHE vice chairman SM Morshed said a total of 3154 dead bodies arrive from different countries between January and November 2017.”We think these are not normal deaths. We think the government should investigate the main cause of deaths of the migrants,” he added.Morshed said the health officers of factories generally put down cardiac arrest as the cause of death.Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation at the press conference made a 9-point demand to ensure safety and security of the migrants.The demands are: Health and safety issues have to be included in the training and briefing of the bureau of manpower, employment and training, aspirant migrants have to be informed about their rights in the destination country, health of out-bound migrants and returnees have to be checked at government hospitals and occupational safety and health helpline has to be launched at the labour wings.
Ministers and officials including Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif arrive for a family picture after the last plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna. Photo: ReutersThe European Union said Monday its members would set up a payment system to allow oil companies and businesses to continue trading with Iran in a bid to evade sanctions after the US withdrew from a nuclear agreement.Iran and the European Union announced their defiance towards US president Donald Trump’s administration after high-level talks at the United Nations among the remaining members of the accord.The countries said in a statement that they were determined “to protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran.”With the United States and the dollar dominating so much of global trade, the statement said the new mechanism would “facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking at the United Nations alongside Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the countries were still working out the technical details.”In practical terms, this will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world,” she told reporters.She said that the remaining members of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — would also maintain their commitments to support Iran on civilian nuclear energy.”The participants recalled that these initiatives are aimed at preserving the JCPOA, which is in the international interest,” she said.Pressure on Iranian economyIn line with findings of UN inspectors, Mogherini reiterated that Iran has been in compliance with the nuclear agreement — under which Tehran drastically scaled back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.The agreement was sealed in 2015 in a signature achievement for then US president Barack Obama.Trump pulled out of the agreement in May, describing it as a “disaster” and quickly moving to reimpose sanctions on Iran.Despite the protests of the European Union, a number of business including French energy giant Total and carmakers Peugeot and Renault as well as Germany’s Siemens and Daimler have already suspended operations in Iran for fear of triggering US sanctions.With Iran’s economy already feeling the pinch, US national security adviser John Bolton earlier Monday vowed to impose “maximum pressure” on Tehran, while insisting that Washington was not pushing for regime change.US Arab allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as Israel have long sought for Washington to work to curtail non-Arab and predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran’s influence in the Middle East, including in war-torn Syria.The EU move comes a day before Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani separately address the UN General Assembly, with the US leader expected to take a hard line on Iran.