Story Highlights “The Justice Ministry recently gave indication that steps are being taken to finalise the drafting of the OSH Bill by month-end. This means that the target for enacting this legislation within this legislative year is still achievable, and I pledge to work harder to bring this matter to fruition,” The Bill will set the groundwork for the protection of all workers in all spheres of economic activities, and will comprehensively address all occupational hazards. Plans remain on track for enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act within this legislative year, says Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier. Plans remain on track for enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act within this legislative year, says Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier.“The Justice Ministry recently gave indication that steps are being taken to finalise the drafting of the OSH Bill by month-end. This means that the target for enacting this legislation within this legislative year is still achievable, and I pledge to work harder to bring this matter to fruition,” he stated.Mr. Kellier, who was addressing a breakfast meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston on October 16, said the Government is committed to putting the legislation in place, which will provide the framework for securing the safety and health of workers in the workplace and other connected areas.The Bill will set the groundwork for the protection of all workers in all spheres of economic activities, and will comprehensively address all occupational hazards.It covers a broader range of considerations than the existing Factories Act, to protect workers on the job and define working conditions. It also establishes a joint Health and Safety Council that monitors the safety and well-being of workers.Mr. Kellier pointed out that safe and healthy workers are the most productive “and so we work assiduously to ensure the protection of workers and promote wellness at the workplace.”The Labour and Social Security Minister noted that in recent times, one major workplace concern has been HIV and AIDS, which statistics show, is most prevalent in the 15 to 49 age group, when people are in their most productive years.He said the OSH Bill specifically makes it a responsibility for workplaces to help reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including prejudice, negative attitudes, abuse, and maltreatment directed at people living with the disease.“As leaders and managers and change agents in your organisation, we need you to understand that where workers are free from stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV status, they can lead long and productive lives and contribute significantly to their communities and the national economy,” he pointed out.Mr. Kellier further noted that the OSH Bill encourages all worksites to employ any standard that will protect the health and safety of workers and the customers and clients they serve.“The international standard for food handlers is HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), and as you are all aware, the process for HACCP certification includes a pre-requisite about personnel, with specific reference to hygiene policy. One cannot obtain HACCP certification without compliance regarding communicable and non-communicable disease,” he said.Mr. Kellier informed that the Ministry has been pro-active in educating and preparing employers and employees for the legislation through its Voluntary Compliance Programme.The breakfast meeting was organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) and sought to increase awareness at the highest corporate level, about occupational safety and health issues, and the need to reduce levels of stigma and discrimination in the food service industry.
The Children’s Defense Fund-California will host its 26th Annual Beat the Odds ceremony on December 1, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The momentous occasion will be hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien. O’Brien will also serve as the night’s emcee. He will be joined by additional special guests to be announced at a later date.WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:30pm Media Check-in6:30pm Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE: Beverly Wilshire Hotel 9500 Wilshire BlvdThe Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the state office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA was established in 1998 to meet the needs of underserved children in the state of California. With offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach, CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, ensure all children have access to health coverage and care and a quality education, and invest in our justice-involved youth.
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Netflix has introduced a new ‘smart downloads’ feature that will see the service automatically delete an episode once it has been watched and then download the next one.The new functionality is initially available on Android phones and tablets running the latest version of the Netflix app and kicks in when a user is connected to WiFi. Users can opt to manually manage their downloaded content by turning off smart downloads.“We know how annoying it can be to go through all your apps and delete files you no longer need; we also understand that when it comes to Netflix, the faster you can get to the next episode you want to watch, the better,” said Cameron Johnson, Netflix’s director of product innovation, in a company blog post.“We want to emphasise that giving consumers more control over their entertainment experience is at the heart of everything we do, and members can choose when they want to use smart downloads.”Smart downloads builds on the download function that Netflix first rolled out in 2016, which first allowed Android and iOS users to watch selected Netflix content on their mobile devices when they are on the move or not connected to the web.