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Apply to be trained as mediators - Chuck
Teachers, pastors, Justices of the Peace (JPs) and community leaders are being encouraged to apply to the Justice Ministry for training in mediation and Restorative Justice (RJ) practices.
The urging came from Portfolio Minister Delroy Chuck at a justice services sensitisation session held at his Constant Spring Road offices last Friday.
Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes without the need for the matter to go to court, whereas RJ focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.
"These are simple skills that can be used in your community, not only to resolve disputes and conflicts, but also to heal some of the wounds and to ensure that there is greater peace, order and discipline across our communities," Chuck said.
He informed that training offered by the Justice Ministry in mediation is done over a two-week programme, whereas training in restorative justice is conducted over two days. "I hope that all of you will make yourself available to be trained," he said.
GK Insurance develops Livelihood Protection Policy plan
Farmers and persons living in areas that are susceptible to catastrophes can benefit from insurance coverage under a policy developed by GK Insurance.
The Livelihood Protection Policy (LPP) covers loss of income due to heavy rains or high wind speed.
Assistant Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Support at GK Insurance, Jordan Tait, said the scheme is aimed at mitigating the effects of natural disaster, particularly in vulnerable communities.
He explained that the product is a parametric insurance. Unlike traditional indemnity insurance that covers a policyholder's actual loss, parametric insurance pays out in response to defined triggers. This means the insurer can quickly establish how much it owes the policyholder, providing faster, smoother payouts.
Tait said that GK Insurance adopts a method that is used globally where, "we identify a threshold of wind speed or an amount of rainfall within certain geographical locations and once this threshold is exceeded there is a payout".
"After a disaster when you have to go out and assess damages, this will ultimately take a longer time to get compensation, which will slow down the recovery process. This method will speed up the recovery process significantly," he pointed out.
The annual premium under the LPP ranges from $6,600 to $66,000 while coverage ranges from $50,000 to $500,000.
BPOs seeking to set up operations in Manchester - Shaw
Several companies in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector are seeking to set up operations in Manchester and other areas of central Jamaica, says Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw.
The minister said, recently he met with the president of Sutherland Global Services (SGS), and he indicated that their most productive BPO facility is located in Mandeville, which began operations just one year ago and employs 1,300 persons.
"Other companies have said they are interested. They see the productivity, and they want to come and operate from Manchester, Clarendon, and other areas of central Jamaica," the minister said.
"We have to continue with that, as people are in urgent need of gainful employment," he emphasised, while delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the expanded Rapid True Value store in Mandeville on Sunday.
Shaw told the gathering that while the push began with the previous Government, his Administration will be ensuring that it continues for the benefit of the country.