Several Sectors Recorded Growth for July – Sept.

first_imgRelatedSeveral Sectors Recorded Growth for July – Sept. RelatedSeveral Sectors Recorded Growth for July – Sept. Several Sectors Recorded Growth for July – Sept. UncategorizedNovember 18, 2008 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedSeveral Sectors Recorded Growth for July – Sept. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several sectors of the economy recorded strong growth for the period July to September, with mining and quarrying emerging as the star performer for the period.The sector recorded a 6.0 per cent growth, reflecting a 0.2 per cent contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).This was largely due to an increase in alumina production (8.4 per cent), with the average capacity utilisation at alumina refineries increasing by 6.4 percentage points, data released by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), indicate.Outlining details at this morning’s (Nov. 17), quarterly press briefing on the country’s economic performance, PIOJ Director General, Dr. Wesley Hughes, informed that this was the first quarterly increase in more than a year. “This improvement should be viewed against the background of declines registered in the corresponding period of last year, due to the passage of Hurricane Dean,” he said.Meanwhile, electricity and the water industry recorded an increase of 5.9 per cent during the period, reflecting higher levels of electricity generation (up 6.4 per cent) and water production (up 3.1 per cent).Dr. Hughes said the 1.5 per cent growth in the financial and insurance services sector, was due to the expansion in the volume of activities by deposit-taking institutions and security firms, resulting in increased interest and non-interest income. “The higher interest income was due partly to expansion in loan disbursement, and growth in investment portfolios of fund-managers,” he noted.Meanwhile, the manufacturing industry grew by 0.4 per cent, with food, beverages and tobacco value added growing by 0.2 per cent.There was growth of 0.5 per cent in the wholesale, retail trade, repair and installation of machinery (distributive trade), which represents the largest component of the economy. “There were increased sales in textile, clothing, shoes, automobiles, commercial and transport equipment. Performance in the sector was facilitated by increased loans, and advances, continued buoyancy in remittance flows and higher levels of imports during the previous quarter,” Dr. Hughes informed.The agricultural sector declined by 2.0 per cent for the period, with four of the major categories registering reduced outputs. The sector reflected a 29 per cent fall in traditional export crops, such as banana, sugar cane and coffee, while other agricultural crops declined by 6 per cent.This, Dr. Hughes, said reflected lower output in six of nine product groups, with the major factor being the decline in the use of fertiliser, which fell significantly in response to the rapid increase in the price of the commodity. Animal farming declined by 5.4 per cent, mainly in the poultry area, while fishing went down by 5.3 per cent. “The industry was adversely impacted by the storm, which had an overall impact of about $1.6 billion,” Dr. Hughes pointed out.The hotel and restaurant sector declined by one per cent, with total stopover arrivals declining by 6 per cent and .4 per cent, respectively. Of the 1.8 per cent decline in construction, Dr. Hughes said this was due to the downturn in both residential and non-residential activities.Despite these downturns, work continued apace on Highway 2000 and there was increased activities in relation to installation by telecommunications companies, as well as renovations and construction work in the tourism sector.last_img read more

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New Challenge branded apparel from C4

first_imgSpecializing in long distance multisport apparel – C4 has presented the new Challenge Family winter apparel line. As the company notes, ‘We don’t stop training in the winter and we know you don’t either.’ Helping athletes get ready for their next Challenge event or just helping getting the Challenge brand out on the road and trail, the winter line is designed to ensure that athletes can handle all the cold and wet weather that comes with dedicated training off-season training.C4’s technical gear also aims to function indoors ‘at the high levels needed by serious racers to stay cool and manage internal body temperature.’ The company added, ‘You can work the trainer or crush a spin class in confidence in our jerseys and cycling shorts and still be capable of going another round.’C4 and Challenge Family are launching the new apparel range just in time for Christmas.Athletes can visit the Challenge Family apparel store and ‘no matter where you are in the world’, all orders placed before 1 December will be delivered in time for Christmas. The new Challenge branded C4 range includes apparel, from tri suits to cycling gear, and accessories through to Challenge Family knitted beanies, plus gift certificates for US$50, US$75 or US$100.C4 began in 1999 and started ‘making a few outfits for friends’, then expanded into producing custom items for events. The first was the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon in 2000 and ‘we’ve come a long way since then.’As C4 grew, customers around the globe chose the company to design, produce and sell merchandise and outfit teams. The company cites its clients as: international events like the Boston Marathon, The New York Marathon, Bike New York, Chicago’s Boulevard Lakefront Tour, Ironman Asia, Ironman Japan, the ITU World Championships, and Irongirl.’www.c4sports.cawww.challenge-family.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Violence spreads like a disease among adolescents, study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Pinterest Share Share on Facebook “This study shows just how contagious violence can be,” said Robert Bond, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.“Acts of violence can ricochet through a community, traveling through networks of friends.”Results showed that participants in the study were 48 percent more likely to have been in a serious fight, 183 percent more likely to have hurt someone badly, and 140 percent more likely to have pulled a weapon on someone if a friend had engaged in the same behavior.Bond conducted the study with Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State. Their results appear online in the American Journal of Public Health.These results fit in with other studies that have shown that characteristics and behaviors from happiness to obesity to smoking spread within social networks, at about the same rates found in this research.“We now have evidence that shows how important social relationships are to spreading violent behavior, just like they are for spreading many other kinds of attitudes and behaviors,” Bushman said.Data from the study came from 5,913 young people who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (ADD Health) and who were interviewed in-depth in 1994-95 and again in 1996. The ADD Health researchers interviewed as many students (grades 7 to 12) as they could from 142 schools across the country so they could have information on social networks within each school.Participants were asked to name up to five male and five female friends from their school at both of the two interviews. They were asked how often in the past 12 months they had been in a serious physical fight, how often they hurt someone badly enough to need bandages or care from a doctor or nurse, and how often they had pulled a knife or gun on someone.The researchers then analyzed whether each student’s friends (and friends of friends, and so on) had said they committed the same acts of violence.The finding that adolescents were more likely to commit acts of violence if their friends had done so is not surprising, Bond said. Much of that association is related to what scientists call a “clustering effect” – people with similar interests, including the use of violence, tend to cluster together as friends.But the researchers also tested whether friends could influence each other to commit more acts of violence than they might normally commit given their friendship.They could estimate this influence effect because they had data from two different points in time, a year apart. They calculated the effect by determining whether friends had committed more violent acts at the time of the second interview than could be explained by what their shared history at the time of the first interview would suggest.Results showed that each additional friend who had seriously hurt someone increased the likelihood that a participant had hurt someone badly by 55 percent, even after taking into account the clustering effects and other factors. If you include only male participants (who were more likely than females to seriously hurt others), then the likelihood increased to 82 percent.After taking the controls into account, the researchers didn’t find influence effects for being in a serious fight or pulling a weapon on someone. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the influence of friends doesn’t play a role in these violent acts, Bond said.One explanation may be that fights are common enough among these adolescents that it is difficult to find the role of influence. On the other hand, pulling a weapon was rare enough that they may not have had a large enough sample size to determine influence.This study is the first to show how far violent behavior may spread within a social network, Bond said. The findings showed that the influence of one person’s violent act can spread up to two degrees of separation (friend of a friend) for hurting someone badly, three degrees (friend of a friend’s friend) for pulling a weapon on someone, and four degrees for serious fights.The influence declines with each degree of separation, but is still noticeable.For example, a student in the study was about 48 percent more likely to have participated in a serious fight if a friend had been involved in one. But they were still 18 percent more likely to have participated in a fight if a friend of a friend had.This result is particularly important because it shows the value of anti-violence programs.“If we can stop violence in one person, that spreads to their social network. We’re actually preventing violence not only in that person, but potentially for all the people they come in contact with,” Bond said.center_img Email A new study of U.S. adolescents provides some of the best evidence to date of how violence spreads like a contagious disease.Researchers found that adolescents were up to 183 percent more likely to carry out some acts of violence if one of their friends had also committed the same act.But the spread of violence doesn’t just stop at friends – results suggest the contagion extends by up to four degrees of separation – from one person to a friend, to the friend’s friend and two more friends beyond. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Dominican chosen as Caribbean Tourism Young Leader

first_img(Dominica News Online) A daughter of the soil has been selected as a Caribbean Tourism Young Leader. Her name is Namene James Rodgers and she is from Marigot but resides in Antigua and Barbuda. She was selected by the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association recently when they launched the inaugural programme named Young Leaders Forum. It’s basically a program designed to engage with up and coming hospitality professionals in a series of discussions, learning opportunities and engagement with industry leaders. Namene is employed at the Cocos Hotel and she applied and was accepted to represent the twin-island state at the official launch of the programme in Miami this month. Her journey in the tourism industry started around eight years ago while she was a university graduate. Read more at: Dominica News Online Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean tourism officials to focus on business, service excellence(St. John’s, Antigua) – As Caribbean tourism rebounds, tourism practitioners within the region are making their next strategic move by focusing on enhancing the quality of their product, and developing a strong culture of service excellence.  The Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley and other well-known Caribbean tourism…March 29, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Will ganja and medicinal herbs offer Caribbean new path to wellness?(Caribbean Tourism Organisation Press Release) – Bryanna Hylton, the Westwood High School, Jamaica student who won this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organizstion (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, will join the CTO’s programme of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month (CTM) which is observed during the month of November. The 17-year-old Hylton will join…October 31, 2018In “Caribbean Tourism Organisation”European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries17 July, 2018 –  Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Lucia today signed agreements in support of the post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction efforts in the CARICOM Member States. The financing agreements amount to €30 million. The agreements were signed in Brussels in…July 17, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Sathyajith stars on debut

first_imgBy Nick Creely If Saturday was a future indicator, Nivin Sathyajith has an extremely bright future in Victorian cricket. The Cranbourne Cricket Club…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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