Productivity Centre Assists Uniform Manufacturer to Boost Output

first_imgThe Kingston-based Uniform Centre is reporting an increase in efficiencies and productivity as a result of interventions received through the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.Managing Director, Gregory Khan, tells JIS News that output has grown by 38 per cent since the company began implementing recommendations made by the JPC.He says the company, which produces uniforms for the local market, and also exports to Cayman, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands, is now producing between 15 and 18 pieces of garments per worker, per day, up from 13 pieces.Mr. Khan is pleased with the improvements and says he is more than willing to share his experiences with other businesses “to demonstrate what was done and what can be done”.“For us here the possibilities are endless,” he states.The road to more efficient operations for the Uniform Centre began in October 2010, when the company approached the JPC for a productivity assessment. Having identified the shortcomings, JPC was asked to develop a proposal to assist the company in delivering improvements over the short-term.Over a three-month period, JPC was involved in training the staff and implementing measures, which focused on issues such as waste reduction, energy conservation, factory layout, and production scheduling.“They helped us with our production flow, production management, looked at our inventory systems and even touched on our marketing, and demonstrated the importance of having adequate and proper documentation,” Mr. Khan outlines.Among the recommendations was putting in place a strong and active board. “We (also) developed our Human Resources (HR) policy, our HR manual and all of the basic things needed to take our company forward,” Mr. Khan tells JIS News.Other major benefits from the JPC’s intervention included the development of an energy policy, which led to the replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED lighting, thus reducing energy costs by 10 per cent. Employees were also trained and taught the principles of the 5s – Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain, in order to create a more efficient working environment.As a result of the JPC’s intervention there have been improvements in the work process, which have resulted in increased output, allowing the company to be better able to reduce waste and adequately meet its customers’ demands with regard to time and quality issues.Absenteeism, which accounted for approximately five to 10 per cent of lost production weekly, has been virtually eliminated.The company realised it could not achieve growth and increased productivity without having a pleasant working environment. As a result, Mr. Khan says, the company has implemented a discussion activity called “WIFLE” (whatever I feel like expressing) on Friday afternoons, when employees are allowed to share their thoughts and make suggestions.“We hold hands and each person will say something about what it is he/she feels like discussing or mentioning. Some of those thoughts are then acted on. People can come to me at any time; they do sometimes, and we have an open door policy,” he informs.Mr. Khan says that employees, who are parents, are given time off to attend Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meetings. “It is important, partly because of our close relationship with the schools in the area and the wider community,” he notes.He informs that more than 20 employees are residents of nearby communities.The company had been assisting several schools, donating cash and facilitating students at the company to gain work experience.Going forward, Mr. Khan says the Uniform Centre will be focusing on staff training, waste reduction, and overall improvement in productivity levels and diversifying its marketing efforts.While pleased with the improvements, Mr. Khan tells JIS News that there is “far more to go when you assess productivity in terms of the international benchmark.”He notes that the factory’s efficiency level is approximately 60 per cent as benchmarked against an international standard of 85 per cent. “So, we have some way to go. We are little but tallawah and we are just taking it step- by-step,” he tells JIS News.Labour and social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who toured the facility recently as part of Workers’ Week activities, said he was pleased with the successes at the Uniform Centre.“What we have found out is that there has been great improvement in the productivity levels. It is not yet where we expect it to be in respect of where other countries are but they have made a giant leap and we want to congratulate them,” he stated.The JPC is the national organisation responsible for promoting and facilitating productivity enhancement at the national, sectoral, industry, and enterprise levels.It is a tripartite organisation comprising the Ministry, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF).BY ELAINE HARTMAN RECKORDlast_img read more

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Linkin Park To Perform Concert For The Philippines

first_imgLinkin Park, The Offspring, Bad Religion and other special guests will hit the stage on Saturday January 11th, 2014 for the CONCERT FOR THE PHILIPPINES at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.Concert For The PhilippinesProceeds from the concert will benefit survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through the International Medical Corps, and will provide immediate relief to the 12 million people who have been impacted by the storm, which has caused flooding, landslides and massive destruction.Video: HELP LINKIN PARK PROVIDE RELIEF IN THE PHILLIPINESAn extremely limited quantity of 500 tickets to this event are available to fans who donate or raise a minimum of $250 for Music for Relief’s Typhoon Relief effort HERE. The first 300 people who reach the $250 goal are guaranteed general admission pit tickets closest to the stage. The top 75 fundraisers overall will get special perks like meet & greets with the bands, VIP reserved seating, VIP pre-party, parking, commemorative merchandise items and more.
As an incentive to those outside the LA area, fans have the opportunity to donate a minimum of $10 to win one of two special VIP tickets packages including airfare and hotel. Click HERE for details.Find out more about the concert here.last_img read more

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Avengers Endgame tops Black Panther as mosttweeted movie

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AMD ROCm GPUs now support TensorFlow v18 a major milestone for AMDs

first_imgAMD has announced the support for TensorFlow v1.8 for their ROCm-enabled GPUs. This includes the Radeon Instinct MI25. ROCm stands for Radeon Open Compute and it is an open-source Hyperscale-class (HPC) platform for GPUs. The platform is programming-language independent. This is a major milestone in AMD’s efforts towards accelerating deep learning. ROCm, the Radeon Open Ecosystem is AMD’s open-source software foundation for GPU computing on Linux. Mayank Daga, Director, Deep Learning Software, AMD stated: “Our TensorFlow implementation leverages MIOpen, a library of highly optimized GPU routines for deep learning.” There is a pre-built whl package made available for a simple install similar to the installation of generic TensorFlow in Linux. They also provide a pre-built Docker image for fast installation. AMD is also working towards upstreaming all the ROCm-specific enhancements to the TensorFlow master repository in addition to supporting TensorFlow v1.8. While they work towards fully upstreaming the enhancements, AMD will be releasing and maintaining future ROCm-enabled TensorFlow versions, like v1.10. In the post, Daga stated, “We believe the future of deep learning optimization, portability, and scalability has its roots in domain-specific compilers. We are motivated by the early results of XLA, and are also working towards enabling and optimizing XLA for AMD GPUs.” Current CPUs which support PCIe Gen3 + PCIe Atomics are: AMD Ryzen CPUs AMD EPYC CPUs Intel Xeon E7 V3 or newer CPUs Intel Xeon E5 v3 or newer CPUs Intel Xeon E3 v3 or newer CPUs Intel Core i7 v4, Core i5 v4, Core i3 v4 or newer CPUs (i.e. Haswell family or newer). The installation is simple, First, you’ll need the open-source ROCm stack. Then, install the rocm library needs to be installed via APT: sudo apt updatesudo apt install rocm-libs miopen-hip cxlactivitylogger And finally, you install TensorFlow itself (via AMD’s pre-built whl package): sudo apt install wget python3-pipwget http://repo.radeon.com/rocm/misc/tensorflow/tensorflow-1.8.0-cp35-cp35m-manylinux1_x86_64.whlpip3 install ./tensorflow-1.8.0-cp35-cp35m-manylinux1_x86_64.whl For more details on how to get started, visit the GitHub repository. There are also examples on image recognition, audio recognition, and multi-gpu training on ImageNet in the GPUOpen website. Read next Nvidia unveils a new Turing architecture: “The world’s first ray tracing GPU” AMD open sources V-EZ, the Vulkan wrapper library Sugar operating system: A new OS to enhance GPU acceleration security in web appslast_img read more

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Virtuosos Best of the Best directory taps into 2017 hotel trends

first_img Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Tags: Luxury Travel, Virtuoso Virtuoso’s ‘Best of the Best’ directory taps into 2017 hotel trends NEW YORK — Virtuoso has released its ‘Best of the Best’ directory for 2017, the largest collection to date with 656 pages, including 75 new properties, bringing the total portfolio to over 1,150 hotels in 100 countries.According to Virtuoso, hot hotel trends include:Luxury hotel boom in emerging destinationsSouth Africa, Portugal and Colombia are among the top up-and-coming destinations, says Virtuoso. New luxury hotels and resorts include South Africa’s Tswalu Kalahari and Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.Hotel lobbies that ‘work’Hotels are upgrading their lobbies to create a more comfortable work place to meet, network and conduct business. Two examples: San Francisco’s The Palace Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel New York.Hotels that bring destinations to lifeVirtuoso’s new collection incorporates 76 pages dedicated to cultural itineraries. These include sushi making with one of Tokyo’s top chefs, camel rides along Erg Chebbi and night safaris in Laos. Hotels are also now immersed in famous regions terrain, such as Amanera Resort inside the Dominican Republic’s jungle and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsBoutique rulesBoutique and one-of-a-kind experiences are highly coveted. Some 60% of the 40 boutique hotels in Virtuoso’s directory have fewer than 100 rooms. New additions include Ted Turner’s one-room Ladder Ranch, spread over a 156,000-acre property, and the 18-room Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa with outdoor hot springs, both located in New Mexico.Wellness 3.0Wellness travel is expanding 50% faster than the overall tourism industry and is expected to hit US$680 billion this year, says Virtuoso. A destination spa in Sedona, Mii amo, offers therapies such as Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland, a new medical retreat, combines cell therapy and holistic wellness.last_img read more

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