ODPEM Processing List of Relief Supplies from Overseas Donors

first_imgRelatedODPEM Processing List of Relief Supplies from Overseas Donors RelatedODPEM Processing List of Relief Supplies from Overseas Donors ODPEM Processing List of Relief Supplies from Overseas Donors UncategorizedAugust 21, 2007 RelatedODPEM Processing List of Relief Supplies from Overseas Donorscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is processing the list of relief supplies pledged by overseas donors, so that it can better match and meet the needs that emerge from damage assessments now underway.Director of Information and Training at ODPEM, Kretchet Douglas-Greaves, told JIS News today (Aug. 21) that the agency has received “numerous pledges for help for its relief efforts from overseas donors primarily from Canada and the United States.”She singled out the assistance received from Jamaicans living abroad in coordinating relief supplies for the country. “Of note, the Jamaican Diaspora spread across the globe, they are instrumental to the process of rehabilitation. We have been receiving numerous calls from the Diaspora domiciled in various areas such as New York City and various areas of Canada,” she informed.“So in terms of relief, the calls are still coming in, the contacts are still being established, and the list is being compiled so that we can move forward more definitively with a better idea of what to expect from where and therefore how we deploy these items,” she noted.She said that donations are mostly in kind, but this was consistent with the critical items needed in the initial stage of the relief effort.“To date, the pledges that we have gotten from donor states overseas have been in kind. We are looking at things like roofing items, such as our galvanized sheeting, hooks, latches and bolts; we’re looking at non-perishable foods, bedding, sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, first-aid kits, basic drugs, infant necessities such as diapers, baby foods, cereals and juices; toiletries, flash lights portable battery-operated radios and water purification devices,” she outlined.Mrs. Douglas-Greaves said that the response from overseas donors will make a “tangible and significant contribution to Jamaica’s relief efforts”. Advertisementslast_img read more

Help for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions

first_imgRelatedHelp for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions Help for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions UncategorizedJanuary 16, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness has informed that funds will be provided for Early Childhood institutions and practitioners struggling to bring their operations in line with the regulations set out in the Early Childhood Act.In a statement to the House of Representatives on (January 15), on the start of the registration for early childhood institutions, the Minister also appealed to his colleague Members of Parliament to donate funds to help institutions in their constituencies.Mr. Holness said the majority of early childhood institutions “are community based institutions and so I am appealing to my colleagues to assist these institutions in meeting with some of the cost that they have to face for the application process.”The Minister, who is Member of Parliament for West Central St. Andrew, has donated a cheque for $72,000 to assist the 24 Early Childhood institutions in his constituency.The registration process involves a $3,000 fee payable to the Early Childhood Commission and other indirect costs attributed to the required certification. The cost of applying may vary between $8,500 and $15,000.These costs will cover a fire report, a food handler’s permit, medical certificate, police record and a photograph of the applicant.Documents to be obtained free or at minimal cost include a public health report on the institution, floor plan and details of premises, details of fees, proof of training of all employees, job description and terms of employment of all employees, and a referee.In addition, the Minister said the Prime Minister’s wife, Lorna Golding has launched a Foundation to raise funds for needy institutions.The Early Childhood Act, which was passed in 2003, and its attendant Regulations (2005), govern the operations of the Early Childhood institutions in Jamaica.The Act and Regulations outline the minimum operating standards that all Early Childhood institutions must achieve in order to ensure that all children have equity and access to quality early childhood development programmes within healthy, safe and nurturing environments.Of the 2,800 early childhood institutions operating in the island, only 29 are government-owned. RelatedHelp for Struggling Early Childhood Institutionscenter_img RelatedHelp for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions Advertisementslast_img read more

PM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has challenged DHL Express to prepare itself to step up its services so that when Jamaica begins to take advantage of the duty free, quota free benefits offered under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), it can interface with this new thrust to provide some of the critical services that will be required.Mr Golding said countries like Jamaica are no longer a part of a little world but a village that is becoming smaller and much of the interaction is taking place in the form of commercial transactions. Jamaica, he said, must assert itself and jump on board as failure to do so could mean that the country will be left behind.Mr Golding was speaking on Saturday night (March 15) at the 20th anniversary reception of DHL Express at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.He said Jamaica can no longer go into the future with the precarious dependence on primary products such as sugar, banana and bauxite.“We cannot afford this not only because the markets for these products are so volatile and our competitiveness is so often overtaken by other countries, but there is so much more value and more assurance if we are able to have a range of products that are penetrating different markets. So that even if there is a market downturn in some commodities, we know we are not so dependent that they can undermine our own economy,’ he said.Mr Golding said that Jamaica is trying to position itself to find a niche in the enormous market of 450 million people in Europe, to demonstrate the quality and uniqueness of our goods under Brand Jamaica.Mr Golding said that another area of opportunity for DHL services could be the area of air cargo. Jamaica, he said had done tremendously well as a transhipment port for sea vessels based on its strategic location to North America, Latin America and Europe. He said through the Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, a study has been commissioned to deal with the establishment of an air cargo transhipment hub in Vernamfield and as soon as this is completed, government would be meeting with investors on its implementation.DHL’s CEO for International Americas, Mr Steve Garside, announced that Jamaica is now rated number 5 out of 50 countries for improved quality of service and last year the company opened a new state of the art gateway in Kingston and will be opening another one in Montego Bay soon. The company operates 365 days a year with an aircraft fleet of 350 and has been voted the most global company in the world. RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPAcenter_img PM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA UncategorizedMarch 17, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Ministry Working to Enhance Customs Facilities – Mr. Shaw

first_imgRelatedMinistry Working to Enhance Customs Facilities – Mr. Shaw Advertisements RelatedMinistry Working to Enhance Customs Facilities – Mr. Shaw FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has said that his Ministry is working to make the Customs Department more comfortable for staff, as well as the general public.He said that the Customs House, is already being repaired, noting that beyond the refurbishing of the facilities, efforts would be made to ensure that there was also adequate staffing available. “I want additional customs officers, I want additional people in the valuation branch, I want additional people wherever they are needed so that we can truly put the users of the wharf and Customs first,” Mr. Shaw said.He was speaking at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Customs Tariff and Port Users Committee, 7th Annual Customs Seminar at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston recently.He also noted that the Department had to be “cleaned up”, stating the reasons as having to do with revenue protection; the protection of fair competition; national security issues related to illicit imports, especially of firearms, and ammunition and other dangerous weapons, as well as drugs and the transshipment of drugs.In addition, he said trade facilities would have to be enhanced, to improve turn-around time. The current turn around time for import and export in Jamaica, he said, is “somewhere between 20 and 22 days depending on whether you are importing or exporting. The Commissioner of Customs has advised me, that his intention is to, over time, significantly improve that, and by my information, he has already started in earnest on that improvement programme,” Mr. Shaw noted.He pointed out that in other jurisdictions, such as Singapore and Panama, the turn around time for import and export is between two and five days. “It is unacceptable that our turn around time should be between 20 to 22 days,” he pointed out.On another matter, the Finance Minister urged the public to take advantage during the month of October of the tax amnesty programme which he introduced in April, and which ends this month (Oct.). “I know it is difficult. Some persons would like to take advantage, but they are in difficult times,” he said, suggesting that those who “can’t take maximum opportunity of the amnesty, (should) come in and talk to your Inland Revenue Compliance Officer..If you can’t make all the payments on the principal, come in, set out a plan, set out a payment plan. Because after that, I still have the discretion as Minister to waive interest and penalties, based on the goodwill that you demonstrate in coming forward to work out a plan,” he stressed.He reiterated that revenue administration in Jamaica, had to be improved “because we have to bring back to our country, an elevated level of respect for paying taxes,” he pointed out. He noted, however, that since the amnesty, almost 4,000 additional people have been brought into the tax net, “and we want to continue to see that.”The Finance Minister further pointed out that in the last five months of the fiscal year, after October, the next phase of the programme will focus on an aggressive compliance programme, “leaving out no group, no sector, everybody is going to be expected to come into the net and play your part. Once we do that, the more compliance we have and the more people in the tax net, is the more we are going to be in a position to lower the overall rates of taxes, whether it is corporate income tax, personal income tax, or even, perhaps, consumption tax”.He stressed that the more persons pay, then the burden becomes lighter for everyone.Mr. Shaw noted that he was serious about revenue administration and assured that tax reform was being worked on. “By the time of the next fiscal year, we will probably announce a number of major initiatives. We are now working on the consolidation of statutory deductions, to make the process simpler, and I’m hoping shortly, to bring the proposals to Cabinet. But this year, I am working on administrative reform and operational reforms to improve the system,” he noted.He noted that there were teams in Jamaica, from the International Monetary Fund, reviewing proposals for the administrative reform of tax administration, as well as representatives from the Treasury Department, the Customs Department, and the Internal Revenue Service Department of the United States. We have had an excellent round of meetings, where they have gone into all of our departments, they are preparing a report now where we will begin to do some adjustments on the basis of just the indicative information that they have seen already, and to cross-fertilise it with their own knowledge and experience,” Mr. Shaw informed.The Minister said the intention is to make it easier to pay taxes, “it is to see how we can cut down on the long lines in the tax offices..we really don’t want paying taxes to be a burden on the people of Jamaica. So beyond the points they have already shown us, we have also asked for technical assistance, where they will send other experts on a periodic basis to assist us in making our programme much more efficient.”center_img RelatedMinistry Working to Enhance Customs Facilities – Mr. Shaw Ministry Working to Enhance Customs Facilities – Mr. Shaw UncategorizedOctober 9, 2008last_img read more

NSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny

first_imgRelatedNSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny NSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny UncategorizedJanuary 10, 2009 RelatedNSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawny Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In its drive to beautify the town of Falmouth and by extension the parish of Trelawny, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), has embarked on a drive to remove all derelict vehicles from the streets throughout the parish.According to the NSWMA Zonal Monitor for North Trelawny, Paul Campbell, between December 2008 and January 8, some 15 such vehicles have been removed from the streets throughout the parish.“For the month of December to January we have removed 15 old vehicles and the breakdown is as follows: one on the Wiltshire main road, one in Granville, four in Rock district, six in Falmouth Gardens, one in Salt Marsh, one on King Street, Falmouth and one on lower Harbour Street Falmouth,” he stated.Mr. Campbell was tabling a report at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council, held in the Council Chamber in Falmouth yesterday (January 8).He disclosed that in addition, six notices were served on individuals to remove vehicles that have become eye-sores and health hazards and are in close proximity to the roadway. He said that his agency is prepared to continue the removal of derelict vehicles from the roadways in Trelawny, as long as it is necessary.He explained that persons with vehicles who want them to be removed but do not have the capability to do so, can contact the NSWMA for assistance.The NSWMA North Trelawny zonal monitor also disclosed that his Trelawny outfit has received a compactor, and a truck to increase the fleet in the parish to four compactors and one truck.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Trelawny Parish Council and Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, complimented the NSWMA for its efforts in keeping the Parish clean. He also expressed the hope that the removal of derelict vehicles from the roadways throughout the parish can be an ongoing effort. RelatedNSWMA Removing Abandoned Vehicles in Trelawnylast_img read more

MP says SDC Must Increase Visibility and Help to Boost Community Groups

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Member of Parliament for South East St. Catherine, Colin Fagan, said that the Social Development Commission (SDC) must increase its visibility and assist in boosting the number of community groups and organisations.“There needs to be an increase in the number of community organisations that have the necessary skills and knowledge to actively participate in local deliberations. The SDC should focus more on the development of these organisations by engaging the abilities of their members to access their strengths and weaknesses, identify priority issues, consider alternative solutions and take appropriate actions in response to identified issues,” Mr. Fagan said.The Opposition Member of Parliament was making his contribution to the 2009/10 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (July 8).The mission of the SDC is to develop the capabilities of citizens within communities. It assists communities to identify and prioritise social, economic, cultural and recreational needs and to take collective action through self-help and in partnership with government and non-governmental organisations, to satisfy those needs. Advertisements MP says SDC Must Increase Visibility and Help to Boost Community Groups Local GovernmentJuly 9, 2009 RelatedMP says SDC Must Increase Visibility and Help to Boost Community Groupscenter_img RelatedMP says SDC Must Increase Visibility and Help to Boost Community Groups RelatedMP says SDC Must Increase Visibility and Help to Boost Community Groupslast_img read more

Jamaicans in Washington, D.C. Virginia, and Maryland Get Ready for Independence

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica residing in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland in the USA, have moved into celebration mode, with a number of official events planned to mark Jamaica’s 47th year of Independence.Over the next three weeks, the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington D.C., under the leadership of His Excellency, Ambassador Anthony Johnson, will be engaged in several activities with support from a number of leading Jamaican organisations.The festivities kick off on Emancipation Day, Saturday (Aug. 1) with a ball organised by the Jamaican Association of Maryland at Martins West, Baltimore, commencing at 7:00 p.m.Ambassador Johnson will deliver the keynote address at that event, where the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor E. Albert Reece, will be conferred with the Marcus Garvey Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Award.The Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University’s School of Law is the venue for the annual Service of Thanksgiving, which will be held on Sunday, August 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Right Rev. Dr. E. Don Taylor, Vicar Bishop of New York, will be the chief celebrant. Members of the diplomatic corps; Washington D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty; members and representatives of the United States Congress, will join Jamaicans at the service.Immediately after the church service, Ambassador Johnson will stage an afternoon of ‘Music and Dance’ at the Organisation of American States (OAS) Hall of the Americas, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Jamaica’s top show and dance band, ‘Fabulous Five’, will provide entertainment, with popular emcee Jerry D.The curtains come down on the Independence festivities with a celebration at the Science Museum of Virginia on August 22, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Organised by the Jamaican Association of Virginia, this evening affair will be preceded by a flag-raising ceremony at 2:00 p.m., with Ambassador Johnson bringing greetings and delivering the Prime Minister’s message.“We are looking forward to the opportunity to stage these events, along with our partners and friends, who have helped to make Jamaica the wonderful country that it is,” said Ambassador Johnson.“We look forward to continuing the tradition of sharing the Jamaican spirit in the years to come and we encourage all of our friends to embrace this year’s theme ‘I Believe in Jamaica’ and join us in the upcoming celebrations,” he added.He thanked sponsors Digicel, Grace Remittance, Bert Smith & Co., P.A. Benjamin, Development Bank of Jamaica, and Washington D.C. Housing Commissioner, David Watson, for their tremendous contributions to the events. RelatedJamaicans in Washington, D.C. Virginia, and Maryland Get Ready for Independence Jamaicans in Washington, D.C. Virginia, and Maryland Get Ready for Independence CultureJuly 28, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedJamaicans in Washington, D.C. Virginia, and Maryland Get Ready for Independence RelatedJamaicans in Washington, D.C. Virginia, and Maryland Get Ready for Independencelast_img read more

Got Flu Symptoms? Stay Away from New Year Gatherings

first_imgAdvertisements Got Flu Symptoms? Stay Away from New Year Gatherings Health & WellnessDecember 29, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As Jamaicans prepare to congregate at various locations across the island to ring in the New Year, Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller, is reminding persons with flulike symptoms to stay away from public gatherings, in order to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses such as the influenza virus.In an interview with JIS News, Dr. Lewis Fuller pointed out that there is usually an increase in influenza cases during these cooler months. “If one knows that he or she is ill then he should stay away from these gatherings because he is putting others at risk,” she advised.“The influenza virus, like many other pathogens, is spread by droplets which become airborne when people sneeze or cough or even if they talk. Talking can give rise to these droplets. In these drops, you have germs some of these germs are disease causing and we breathe in a lot of these droplets,” she explained.To those with flulike symptoms, the MOH Health Promotion and Protection Head urged that they observe proper sneezing and cough etiquette to prevent droplets from getting into the respiratory tracts of other persons.She also cited proper hand washing as an important disease prevention method. “Soap and wash the back of the hands, the nails and in between the webs of the fingers. A good wash lasts for 20 to 30 seconds minimum,” she outlined, adding that “we only really recommend the alcohol – based sanitizers when you do not have running water available.”Dr. Lewis Fuller is also appealing to event organizers to ensure that venues are properly ventilated. “Person arranging these gatherings should ensure that there is proper ventilation, because when you ‘dilute’ the effects of these droplets then the likelihood of it getting into others persons lungs is reduced,” she said.Persons with conditions considered high risk for developing complications from the flu and other respiratory illnesses, are asked to seek immediate health care if they begin to experience flulike symptoms.“If you have an underlying chronic disease such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, if you have any disease that would impair your immune system, if you have a young child under five, at the first sign or symptom of the flu, which includes coughing, sneezing, sore throat fever or general malaise, go to the doctor or health centre straight away,” Dr. Lewis-Fuller advised.“Do not wait to see what will happen because if you can get the medication which we have available then we could avert any adverse complications occurring,” she emphasized.She also encouraged persons, who are visibly well to continue exercising vigilance in preventing the onset of symptoms of the influenza virus or other respiratory illness.“If you suspect that someone is ill, is coughing or have other flulike symptoms, stay away from them; greet them from a distance. For your relatives coming from abroad, many of them are coming from very cold climates where they are having their seasonal flu, encourage them to get vaccinated before coming to Jamaica,” she advised.“If they have the H1N1 (Influenza A) vaccine available (where they are) then encourage them to have that before they come to Jamaica. That protects them and protects us,” she added. RelatedGot Flu Symptoms? Stay Away from New Year Gatheringscenter_img RelatedGot Flu Symptoms? Stay Away from New Year Gatherings RelatedGot Flu Symptoms? Stay Away from New Year Gatheringslast_img read more

Shaw moves to Improve Fiscal Responsibility in the Public Service

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedShaw moves to Improve Fiscal Responsibility in the Public Service RelatedShaw moves to Improve Fiscal Responsibility in the Public Service RelatedShaw moves to Improve Fiscal Responsibility in the Public Servicecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced his intention to bring to Parliament, two pieces of legislation, which will provide for greater fiscal responsibility within the public service.The legislation, which will be tabled in Parliament on February 2, are amendments to the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act and the Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act.“The FAA Act is going to be amended to ensure that we establish a fiscal responsibility framework,” the Minister informed in the House of Representatives on January 26.The proposed changes, he explained, seek to correct shortcomings identified in the existing fiscal policy and administrative systems relating in particular to the control of expenditure, reporting of financial performance, accountability, transparency and the oversight of macroeconomic fiscal policies and programmes.The amendments will impose a duty on the Minister of Finance to table in Parliament each year, a fiscal policy paper, a fiscal responsibility statement and a fiscal management strategy. It will also require the Auditor General to review the fiscal policy paper and report to Parliament thereon and authorise the Minister of Finance to withdraw, suspend or impose conditions on any expenditure authorised under a warrant, if the exigencies of the financial situation warrant it.The Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act, in the meantime, will seek to make public bodies more accountable to Parliament by, among other things, prohibiting them from entering into negotiations to borrow money, by way of bonds, without the prior approval of the Minister.It will also require that corporate plans and modifications of these are presented to the Minister in charge for his endorsement and for it to be laid before both Houses of Parliament for approval. The amended Act will also require that the estimates of expenditure for each public body and a summary of their corporate plan be laid before the House before the end of each financial year.“These represents material commitment to fiscal responsibility and they are going to be honoured,” Mr. Shaw stated. Shaw moves to Improve Fiscal Responsibility in the Public Service Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 28, 2010last_img read more

$300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payments now available

first_img$300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payments now available Eligible South Australians who have undertaken a COVID-19 test, are required to self-isolate and do not have access to paid leave or other income support can apply for a new, one-off $300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payment.Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said many South Australians may be eligible for this payment, including casual workers and sole traders.“Recognising that this is a particularly tough time for many South Australians, COVID-19 cluster isolation payments are now available for those eligible,” said Minister Lensink.“These targeted, one-off $300 payments are specifically for eligible South Australians who have undertaken a COVID-19 test, are required to self-isolate pending the test result, have been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolation and have no access to paid leave or other income support.“If this means people have missed a rostered shift or can’t work as a result of waiting for COVID-19 test results, they may be eligible for this payment.“We appreciate the mammoth efforts of the many thousands of South Australians who have come forward for testing.”COVID-19 cluster isolation payment eligibility criteria:have undertaken a COVID-19 testbe required to self-isolate pending the test resulthave been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolationhave no access to paid leave or other income support * be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a holder of necessary visa and work permits (temporary visa holders and international students)be aged 17 years or overTo find out more and to apply for the $300 COVID-19 cluster isolation payment visit: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au or call (08) 8226 2500.The Federal Government is also administering a payment of up to $1500 for eligible people who have been instructed to self-isolate or or quarantine at home by SA Health, or due to a positive COVID-19 test. Applications for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment payment are via the Services Australia website. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, covid-19, disaster, Federal, federal government, Government, health, Human Services, international student, Minister, SA, SA Government, SA Health, South Australia, testing, websitelast_img read more