Employment-related gender gaps greater than previously thought, ILO report finds

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Gender imbalances in access to employment and working conditions are greater than previously thought and progress in reducing them has been disappointingly slow in the last two decades, according to a new ILO brief.

A new indicator developed by the ILO, the Jobs Gap, captures all persons without employment that are interested in finding a job. It paints a much bleaker picture of the situation of women in the world of work than the more commonly used unemployment rate. The new data shows that women still have a much harder time finding a job than men.

According to the brief, New data shine light on gender gaps in the labour market , 15 per cent of working-age women globally would like to work but do not have a job, compared with 10.5 per cent of men. This gender gap has remained almost unchanged for two decades (2005-2022). In contrast, the global unemployment rates for women and men are very similar, because the criteria used to define unemployment tends to disproportionately exclude women.

The jobs gap is particularly severe in developing countries where the proportion of women unable to find a job reaches 24.9 per cent in low-income countries. The corresponding rate for men in the same category is 16.6 per cent, a worryingly high level but significantly lower than that for women.

The brief points out that personal and family responsibilities, including unpaid care work, disproportionately affect women. These activities can prevent them not only from being employed but also from actively searching for employment or being available to work at short notice. It is necessary to meet these criteria to be considered unemployed, so many women in need of a job aren’t reflected in the unemployment figures.

Gender imbalances in decent work are not limited to access to employment. While vulnerable employment is widespread for both women and men, women tend to be overrepresented in certain types of vulnerable jobs. For instance, women are more likely to be helping out in their households or in their relatives’ businesses rather than being in own-account work.

This vulnerability, together with lower employment rates, takes a toll on women’s earnings. Globally, for each dollar of labour income men earn, women earned only 51 cents.

There are significant differences between regions, the brief finds. In low and lower-middle income countries, the gender disparity in labour income is much worse, with women earning 33 cents and 29 cents on the dollar respectively. In high-income and upper-middle income countries, women’s relative labour income reaches 58 and 56 cents respectively per dollar earned by men. This striking disparity in earnings is driven by both women’s lower employment level, as well as their lower average earnings when they are employed.

The new estimates shine light on the magnitude of gender disparities in labour markets, underscoring how important it is to improve women’s overall participation in employment, to expand their access to employment across occupations, and to address the glaring gaps in job quality that women face.

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GloRilla Reacts To Chaos and Possible Injuries At Rochester Concert

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GloRilla reacts to reports fans trampled at Rochester, New York concert, and leaving several injuries. Several people were reportedly injured while


Gucci Mane Beams With Pride After Keyshia Ka’oir Share Pics Of Baby Girl

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Keyshia Ka’oir shares first full pics of baby Iceland Davis, leaving Gucci Mane beaming with pride

Millionaire entrepreneur and wife of Gucci Mane, Keyshia Ka’oir, has shared the first look of her and the rapper’ second child, baby Iceland. Ka’oir gave birth three weeks ago but hasn’t shared many details about her daughter except her name. On Thursday, she shared that her little girl was celebrating her three weeks milestone, and she also shared cute newborn photos of baby Iceland.

“I C E L A N D #3weeksOld #IcelandKaoirDavis,” she captioned the series of photos. Gucci Mane had a much longer caption when he shared the photos of his baby girl. “I got the prettiest daughter in the world Dada love you so much the So Icy Princess Iceland Davis,” he wrote.

The photos showed baby Iceland wearing shades of white and pastel pink, lying asleep on a rocker with a sweet smile, and in another photo, she is seen propped up on her elbow while sleeping on the rim of a bucket.

The baby was also swaddled in a pink blanket with roses around her head while she slept peacefully.

Fans of K’aoir reacted to the baby’s beautiful features. “When you make pretty babies you can show them off at 20 minutes after birth!! But ALL babies are beautiful,” one follower wrote. Another said, “One thing you gonna do is have a pretty baby.”

“Glad you’re not funny acting when it comes to showing your babies,” another follower said.

Ka’oir and Gucci Mane share another child, a son, Ice Davis, who was born in 2020. The rapper and his wife got married in 2020, and each share children from previous unions.

In the meantime, Ka’oir also appears to be healing after childbirth, as she recently shared that she had to have a c-section and was finally recovering and getting her body back in shape with her famous Ka’oir teas. The businesswoman shared the details about her recovery in a post last week.

“I started my pills last night for the first time since being pregnant & LAWD OF MERCY! I cuss myself! I said ain’t Noway! NEVER AGAIN! THIS IS TEWWW much I was so HOT & was sweating,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.


Three days of mourning in Haiti following death of former PM

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Three days of national mourning have been declared in Haiti following the recent death of former Prime Minister G?rard Latortue.

In a statement , the prime minister’s office said the days of national mourning will be from March 5 to March 7.

During these days the national flag will be lowered and radio and television stations will feature shows and music reflecting the mourning period.

Latortue, a former interim prime minister of Haiti who helped rebuild and unite the country after a violent coup in the mid-2000s died on February 27. He was 88.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said Latortue’s death was a tremendous loss for the nation and described him as “a reformer, a convinced patriot, an eminent technocrat, a voice of change, of development (and) a supporter of democracy.”

Latortue was a former exile who was sworn in as interim prime minister in March 2004 following months of bloodshed and political strife that left more than 300 dead and culminated in the ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The turmoil at the time prompted the US military to escalate its mission in Haiti.

In February 2006, Haiti held general elections to replace the interim government of Latortue, who was succeeded by former Prime Minister Jacques-?douard Alexis.

The provisional president, Boniface Alexandre, was succeeded by former President Ren? Pr?val.

Latortue had previously served as Haiti’s foreign minister, as a business consultant in Miami and as an official with the UN Industrial Development Organization in Africa.

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PAHO urges Caribbean countries to tackle main driver of NCDs

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Obesity greatly increases the risk for many chronic diseases, including heartdisease and diabetes.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging countries to tackle the main driver of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Americas, including the Caribbean.

On World Obesity Day on Saturday, PAHO said front-of-package warning labels, restrictions on the marketing of processed and ultra-processed products high in fats, sugars and salt, and taxes on unhealthy food and beverages are among the measures being promoted to tackle the growing problem of obesity in the region of the Americas.

According to PAHO, obesity is one of the main risk factors for several noncommunicable diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, as well as several types of cancer.

In 2021, PAHO said obesity was responsible for 2.8 million deaths from NCDs in the Americas.

PAHO said rates of overweight and obesity have tripled in the region over the past 50 years, adding that these conditions now affect 62.5 percent of the population, the highest regional prevalence in the world.

Levels of overweight and obesity among children is also on the rise, affecting 33.6 percent of children and adolescents aged 5-19 years in the Americas, PAHO said.

It said this is primarily due to low levels of breastfeeding, and poor diets that are low in fruits and vegetables and high in ultra-processed food and drink products.

“Noncommunicable diseases are the biggest killer in the Americas, accounting for 80 percent of all deaths in the Americas, one-third of which are preventable,” said Fabio da Silva Gomes, PAHO’s regional advisor on Nutrition and Physical Activity. “Halting the rise in obesity is essential to combat the growing burden of NCDs and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the Americas, including the next generation.”

To tackle the growing trend of obesity in the Americas, PAHO said it works with countries on the implementation of proven strategies to prevent and reduce the problem.

These include – protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, which reduces the risk of overweight and obesity by 13 percent in children; improving nutrition and promoting physical activity in pre-schools and schools; taxes on sugary drinks and the regulation of food marketing; and intersectoral actions through health promotion, surveillance, research and evaluation.

PAHO said it is also working with countries of the Americas in the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Acceleration Plan to STOP obesity, discussed during the 75th World Health Assembly in 2022.

“The aim of the plan is to accelerate progress towards reducing obesity, with a focus on high-burden countries,” PAHO said.

In December 2022, PAHO experts met with representatives from Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago in Brasilia, to start the development of country roadmaps to implement the plan in the Americas.

PAHO said World Obesity Day is celebrated every year on March 4 “to raise awareness of the urgent need to address the global obesity epidemic.”

The theme of 2023 is “Changing Perspectives: Let’s talk about obesity.”

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Nations reach accord to protect marine life on high seas

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Green sea turtles are the world’s largest species of hard-shelled sea turtle.

For the first time, United Nations members have agreed on a unified treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas – representing a turning point for vast stretches of the planet where conservation has previously been hampered by a confusing patchwork of laws.

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea came into force in 1994, before marine biodiversity was a well-established concept. The treaty agreement concluded two weeks of talks in New York.

An updated framework to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, had been in discussions for more than 20 years, but previous efforts to reach an agreement had repeatedly stalled. The unified agreement treaty, which applies to nearly half the planet’s surface, was reached late Saturday.

“We only really have two major global commons — the atmosphere and the oceans,” said Georgetown marine biologist Rebecca Helm. While the oceans may draw less attention, “protecting this half of earth’s surface is absolutely critical to the health of our planet.”

Nichola Clark, an oceans expert at the Pew Charitable Trusts who observed the talks in New York, called the long-awaited treaty text “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect the oceans — a major win for biodiversity.”

The treaty will create a new body to manage conservation of ocean life and establish marine protected areas in the high seas. And Clark said that’s critical to achieve the U.N. Biodiversity Conference’s recent pledge to protect 30% of the planet’s waters, as well as its land, for conservation.

Treaty negotiations initially were anticipated to conclude Friday, but stretched through the night and deep into Saturday. The crafting of the treaty, which at times looked in jeopardy, represents “a historic and overwhelming success for international marine protection,” said Steffi Lemke, Germany’s environment minister.

“For the first time, we are getting a binding agreement for the high seas, which until now have hardly been protected,” Lemke said. “Comprehensive protection of endangered species and habitats is now finally possible on more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s surface.”

The treaty also establishes ground rules for conducting environmental impact assessments for commercial activities in the oceans.

“It means all activities planned for the high seas need to be looked at, though not all will go through a full assessment,” said Jessica Battle, an oceans governance expert at the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

Several marine species — including dolphins, whales, sea turtles and many fish — make long annual migrations, crossing national borders and the high seas. Efforts to protect them, along with human communities that rely on fishing or tourism related to marine life, have long proven difficult for international governing bodies.

“This treaty will help to knit together the different regional treaties to be able to address threats and concerns across species’ ranges,” Battle said.

That protection also helps coastal biodiversity and economies, said Gladys Mart?nez de Lemos, executive director of the nonprofit Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense focusing on environmental issues across Latin America.

“Governments have taken an important step that strengthens the legal protection of two-thirds of the ocean and with it marine biodiversity and the livelihoods of coastal communities,” she said.

The question now is how well the ambitious treaty will be implemented.

Formal adoption also remains outstanding, with numerous conservationists and environmental groups vowing to watch closely.

The high seas have long suffered exploitation due to commercial fishing and mining, as well as pollution from chemicals and plastics. The new agreement is about “acknowledging that the ocean is not a limitless resource, and it requires global cooperation to use the ocean sustainably,” Rutgers University biologist Malin Pinsky said.

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Lawyers: US Wrongly Deported Client to Haiti

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FILE – Haitians deported from the United States deplane at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, Sept. 19, 2021.

Paul Pierrilus was deported two years ago from the U.S. to Haiti, where he has been trying to survive in a chaotic and violent country where he wasn’t born and had never lived.

Both his parents are Haitian, but they emigrated to the French Caribbean territory of St. Martin where Pierrilus was born. The family did not apply for citizenship for him in either Haiti or St. Martin and later moved to the U.S. when he was 5 years old. He grew up in New York speaking English.

Deported — after a long delay — because of a drug conviction two decades ago, Pierrilus is now in Haiti, where he does not speak Haitian Creole, has been unable to find work, and has little savings left as he hopes for a way to leave the increasingly unstable country.

“You have to be mentally strong to deal with this type of stuff,” Pierrilus said. “A country where people get kidnapped every day. A country where people are killed. You have to be strong.”

The 42-year-old financial consultant spends most of his days locked inside a house reading self-help, business and marketing books in a neighborhood where gunshots often echo outside.

Lawyers for Pierrilus in the U.S. are still fighting his deportation order, leaving him in legal limbo as the Biden administration steps up deportations to Haiti despite pleas from activists that they be temporarily halted because of the Caribbean country’s deepening chaos.

His case has become emblematic of what some activists describe as the discrimination Haitian migrants face in the overburdened U.S. immigration system. More than 20,000 Haitians have been deported from the U.S. in the past year as thousands more continue to flee Haiti in risky boat crossings that sometimes end in mass drownings.

Cases like Pierrilus’ in which people are deported to a country where they have never lived are unusual, but they happen occasionally.

Jimmy Aldaoud, born of Iraqi parents at a refugee camp in Greece and whose family emigrated to the U.S. in 1979, was deported in 2019 to Iraq after amassing several felony convictions. Suffering health problems and not knowing the language in Iraq, he died a few months later in a case often cited by advocates.

Pierrilus’ parents took him to the United States so they could live a better life and he could receive a higher-quality education.

When he was in his early 20s, he was convicted of selling crack cocaine. Because he was not a U.S. citizen, Pierrilus was transferred from criminal custody to immigration custody where he was deemed a Haitian national because of his parentage and ordered deported to Haiti.

Pierrilus managed to delay deportation with several legal challenges. Because he was deemed neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk, he was released, issued a work authorization and ordered to check with immigration authorities yearly.

He went on to become a financial planner.

Then, in February 2021, he was deported without warning, and his lawyers don’t know exactly why his situation changed.

Lawyers for the nonprofit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization in Washington have taken up his cause. “We demand that the Biden administration bring Paul home,” organization attorney Sarah Decker said.

French St. Martin does not automatically confer French citizenship to those born in its territory to foreign parents, and his family did not seek it. They also did not formally seek Haitian citizenship, which Pierrilus is entitled to.

Though he could obtain Haitian citizenship, his lawyers have argued that he is not currently a Haitian citizen, had never lived there and should not be deported to a county with such political instability.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a brief general statement to The Associated Press that each country has an obligation under international law to accept the return of its nationals who are not eligible to remain in the U.S. or any other country.

In 2005, the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed an appeal by Pierrilus’ previous attorneys to halt his deportation, saying “it is not necessary for the respondent to be a citizen of Haiti for that country to be named as the country of removal.” Decker, his current attorney, disagrees with that finding.

Pierrilus said that while he was being deported, he told immigration officers, “I’m not going anywhere. I’m not from where you’re trying to send me.”

Overpowered and handcuffed, he said he stopped resisting. As he boarded the flight, he recalled that women were screaming and children wailing.

After being processed at the airport, someone lent Pierrilus a cellphone so he could call his parents. They gave him contacts for a family friend where he could temporarily stay. Since then, gang violence has forced him to bounce through two other homes.

Warring gangs have expanded their control of territory in the Haitian capital to an estimated 60% since the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, pillaging neighborhoods, raping and shooting civilians.

The U.N. warned in January that Haitians are suffering their worst humanitarian emergency in decades. More than 1,350 kidnappings were reported last year, more than double the previous year. Killings spiked by 35%, with more than 2,100 reported.

Pierrilus rarely goes out and relies on his faith for hope. He says he stopped going to church after he saw a livestreamed service in April 2021 in which gangs burst into the church and kidnapped a pastor and three congregants.

He talks to his parents at least once a week, focusing on the progress of his case rather than on challenges in Haiti.

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CARICOM Skilled Workers Programme to be launched with Secondary School Teacher Attachments

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat launches a CARICOM Skilled Workers Programme on Monday with a short hybrid ceremony at its Headquarters in Georgetown Guyana.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska are scheduled to give remarks at Monday’s launch.

Renee Atwell, Dean, CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme and other officials are also expected to give remarks.

The Skilled Workers Programme, which is supported by the European Union, is intended to provide opportunities for the learning of best practices in the administration of the regimes of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. It is hoped there will be the development of practical skills through the work-related attachments to assist Member States to implement the CSME and decisions of the Organs and Bodies of the Community. The programme is also intended to create effective advocates for CARICOM integration through the exposure given to participants. Thus, the targeted groups have been selected for the critical role they can play in implementing and sustaining training and advocacy at the national level in respect of the CSME, in particular, the Free Movement of CARICOM skilled nationals.

The launch of the programme will coincide with the component for Secondary School Teachers. Nineteen CARICOM teachers are being placed on two-week attachments to Secondary Schools in Barbados, Belize, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago during the period 6-17 March 2023.

Other components of the Skilled Workers Programme which will be rolled out later this year involve, attachments to the CARICOM Secretariat for CARICOM Youth Ambassadors; attachments to other CARICOM Member States for Border Control Officers, and National CSME Focal Points.

Monday’s launch will have both in-person participation at the CARICOM Secretariat and other stakeholders joining online.

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Arif Cooper, Jamaican Disc Jockey, Dies After Collapsing At Party

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Tributes pour in after popular Jamaican Disc Jockey Arif Cooper passed away.

DJ Arif Cooper was deejaying at a party on Saturday night when he collapsed and died, reports claimed in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The entertainer was well known in the music fraternity as one of Jamaica’s best DJs and as a radio broadcaster on the local radio station, FAME 95FM.

According to several news reports, Cooper reportedly died from a suspected heart attack. Details of the medical condition are scarce, but fans at an event held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday night says that the disc jockey appeared normal while playing a set at the party before he collapsed and appeared to be having a “seizure.” He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Multiple sources confirmed with Urban Islandz that Cooper was pronounced dead at the hospital by medical staff.

Arif Cooper first began deejaying in the thriving 1990s music culture starting in 1991, but his schooling in music came much earlier thanks to his father, Michael Ibo Cooper, the founder and a member of the legendary reggae band Third World.

Cooper spent much time with his father as a child and benefitted from learning music by playing the piano, and later he would go on to be able to study many popular artists like Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting.

He later joined his father on the road as a crew member for Third world as the band performed across the world.

Cooper later set out on his solo DJ career, starting as a house party DJ but quickly rose in popularity. He, along with several others, founded the popular Syndicate Disco that operated from 1992-1997, and he later left as he took on gigs around the world as a DJ for clubs, parties, and shows in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, and Japan.

Over the course of his three-decade career, Cooper toured the world as DJ for artists like Sean Paul, Voice Mail, and Alaine and he has also worked with Vybz Kartel, Tami Chynn, Jah Cure, Elephant Man, Baby Cham, Demarco, Aidonia, Konshens, Wayne Marshall, and Christopher Martin.

Sean Paul shared a tribute for the artist on Sunday morning.

“Jah know, still cyaah believe I woke up to this news,” Sean Paul wrote. “So much great musical memories shared with this legendary producer and DJ. Condolences to his family and friends.”


Nicki Minaj Performs With Lil Wayne, Link Up With Skeng At Rolling Loud 2023

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Lil Wayne brought out Nicki Minaj during his set at Rolling Loud California last night.

Skeng is rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest as he was spotted enjoying the company of Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne on Saturday night after the latter appeared as a guest during Lil Wayne’s set. The “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” rapper, along with 2 Chainz and Gudda Gudda, all joined Lil Wayne at Rolling Loud California. Excited fans were treated to the Young Money leader and the Queen of Rap performing their hits “Bedrock,” “High School,” “Truffle Butter,” and others.

Wearing a sexy tie-dye mini-dress and sporting the pink and red wig from her “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” launch, the new label owner and Wayne began their joint set to “High School.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, no need for an introduction,” Lil Wayne says as she waves his hand. “The Motherf***king Queen,” he added.

Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj / @nickiminaj IG

“Cali make some mf noise right now, where my bad b***hes at, where my vatos at? Where my real n****s at,” Minaj says to the audience before the instrumental for the song comes on to thunderous screams.

Nicki Minaj also performed her song “Super Freaky Girl” before jumping into her latest No. 1 track, “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” which she performed for the first time since the song was released last Friday.

“I just put out this song yesterday, so Imma just let it rock,” Minaj says. The rapper also stopped the song halfway after calling out the deejay, “is the song offbeat?” she asks.

“I said I don’t f**k with horses. I said it’s 700 horses when we fixing to leave but I don’t f**k with horses since Christopher Reeves,” the rapper clarified one of the lyrics of the track.

The rapper had seemingly planned a solo performance for fans which she cut short due to audio issues.

“Stop, what the f**k is good. Yow Juice, fix my mf-ing mix,” Minaj says as the song “Fendi Prints” came on instead of “Red Ruba Da Sleeze” as she directed.

Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Skeng / @nickiminaj IG

“You know I don’t get down like that when the President is in the building, you know I don’t f**k when the GOAT is in the building, I gotta do this sh*t right…you know when Young Money in the building the Queen gotta show the f**k out right,” she added.

The Trinidad-born rapper appeared annoyed at one point as she rolled her eyes when “Chun Li” came on and stopped several times. The audio chips in and out, and it becomes awkward as Lil Wayne tries to talk to fans, but the music comes on abruptly before cutting out again.

In the meantime, Nicki Minaj was all smiles backstage as she posed for photos with Skeng, Mac Maine, and others.

There are reports that she has signed Skeng Don as one of four new artists to her new label, which she announced this weekend. Skeng has not confirmed the reports. On the other hand, the label name has not been revealed yet, but it will be an imprint of Republic Records, the artist shared as she also named veteran A&R Wendy Goldstein, who formerly served as co-president of Republic Records, as head of her label. It’s unclear if Goldstein has left her substantive position at Republic to take on Minaj’s label.

Nicki Minaj also shared a few clips from her appearance.