PICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference

first_imgRelatedPICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference RelatedPICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference PICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference Foreign AffairsJune 14, 2011 By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Jamaican nationals overseas, who are attending the June 15 to 17 Diaspora Convention at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, will be able to apply for or renew their passports. Director of Customer Service at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Carole Saunders-Hammond, said that the agency’s mobile passport service will be offered to accommodate the Diaspora. “We recognise the short time the delegates will be in attendance at the Diaspora conference and we also recognise that there may be a need for the service, so we want to extend ourselves to the Diaspora and this is a very good opportunity to be able to do so,” she said. She explained that the service will be available from June 14 and persons, who submit applications up to June 15, will be able to pick up their new passports on June 17, as long as all the supporting documents are in order. “Persons will be able to submit their applications, pay for the services and… we will be delivering the passports to delegates, who have applied,” Mrs. Saunders-Hammond informed. Those, who make submissions on June 16 and 17, will be required to collect their passports at the PICA office at 25 Constant Spring Road in Kingston. Applicants will need a completed passport form, which can be obtained at the agency’s website at: www.pica.gov.jm. The application must be accompanied by an original birth certificate or Jamaican citizenship certificate; a marriage certificate or the divorce decree; deed poll or naturalisation certificate. Applicants will also need two passport photographs, one of which should be certified by the person certifying the application form. A fee of $4,500 is applicable for the seven-day service; $6,000 for the three-day service; and $7,000 for the next day service. Jamaicans from the United Kingston, the United States and Canada will meet for the fourth biennial convention, which is being staged under the theme: ‘One Nation: Jamaica and its Diaspora in Partnership’. The event, which seeks to expand partnerships between Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, was last held in 2008. This year will mark the first time that the conference is being held outside of Kingston. Activities will include plenary sessions, as well as panel discussions and presentations by members of government, regional Diaspora representatives, and specially invited presenters. Key topics will include governance and operational structure of the Diaspora, engaging future leaders as well as national economic and social initiatives and the Diaspora contributions. RelatedPICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference Advertisementslast_img read more

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Pensions Increase Proposal for 2014/15 Sent to Cabinet

first_imgPensions Increase Proposal for 2014/15 Sent to CabinetJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerFormer Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Kenneth Hall (left), converses with Deputy Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Wayne Jones (right), Accountant General, Accountant Generals’ Department, Carlene Murdock (second left), and Chairman, Jamaica Government Pensioners’ Association, Charles Jones, following the opening ceremony of Pensioners’ Day 2013, held at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston on November 22. RelatedCivil Servants Are Delighted To Serve RelatedEconomic Growth Integrally Linked To Performance Driven Public Sector – Minister Dalley Deputy Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Wayne Jones, is assuring pensioners that the Ministry is doing all it can to ensure that they receive their annual increase in benefits for fiscal year 2014/2015.Speaking at the opening of the inaugural Pensioners’ Day 2013 at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on November 22, Mr. Jones said the proposal has been sent to Cabinet for approval.“Let me reassure that, that little increase in the pension that you are used to on an annual basis has not been forgotten. As recent as Tuesday (November 19), we had our meeting and…I can assure you that the requisite submission is on its way to Cabinet and so you’ll be hearing about your increase and receiving it in short order,” he stated.He further gave the commitment that the Government is working closely with all its partners to improve the lives of all pensioners and senior citizens. “We will continue to be there for you as a government,” he stated.An increase of 16.67 per cent was approved for the Government pension scheme in January 2013.The Accountant General’s Department Pensions Unit administers and processes pension payments for more than 33,000 former government workers.Mr. Jones said it is estimated that within the next five to 10 years, another 10 per cent of serving officers will be added to the pension bill.He noted that as such, it is important that the Government is efficient in the way it administers the payment of pensions to ensure that “we don’t attract any unnecessary costs”.In the meantime, Deputy Accountant General in charge of Corporate Services, Rose McKay, urged all pensioners to provide the AG’s Department with their banking information, so that their pensions can be sent directly to their bank or credit union accounts.She said this is being done to minimise the hassle experienced by some pensioners, who are forced to travel long distances to collect and change their pension cheques. “We are currently on a drive to prevent you from collecting a cheque and then going to the bank to change that cheque,” she explained.Mrs. McKay also reminded pensioners that this new system will allow them to avoid paying the fees that are now being charged by some institutions to change cheques.Accountant General, Carlene Murdock said Pensioners’ Day was organised by the AG’s Department in recognition of the many contributions that government pensioners have made to society.“We wanted to set aside a special day to recognise and honour our pensioners, as we continue to serve them. We are hoping that at the end of all these activities, we would have communicated with you better and would have helped in some way to make you more aware of what the pension process is all about,” she stated.Pensioners’ Day 2013 was held under the theme, ‘Serving those who have Served’.The Accountant General’s Department (AGD) is the nation’s treasury and the operational department within the Ministry of Finance and Planning, charged with facilitating and reporting on the flow of funds within the public sector. Story HighlightsThe Ministry is doing all it can to ensure that they receive their annual increase in benefits for fiscal year 2014/2015.An increase of 16.67 per cent was approved for the Government pension scheme in January 2013. The Accountant General’s Department Pensions Unit administers and processes pension payments for more than 33,000 former government workers.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPIOJ Reveals Top Growth Earners for September Quarter Pensions Increase Proposal for 2014/15 Sent to Cabinet Finance & Public ServiceNovember 25, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Advertisementslast_img read more

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Cashilard water supply removed from EPA Remedial Action List

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – May 22, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleOliver success at Sligo RacesNext articleCllr hits out at Government over ‘failing fishing community in Donegal’ News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Irish Water has confirmed that the Cashilard water supply has been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.Almost 360 consumers in the area will benefit and it brings the total number of schemes on the RAL reduced from 10 to 5 since 2015.The Cashilard supply has been removed from the EPA’s RAL following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal County Council.The upgrade works have removed the risk from THMs and will ensure the community in Cashilard have a safe, secure, reliable water supply.There are currently five others supplies in Co Donegal on the RAL. They are Creeslough, Glenties-Ardara, Greencastle, Letterkenny and Milford-Letterkenny.Three water supplies in Donegal have elevated THM levels.Irish Water say they are currently upgrading or constructing new plants at Cresslough, Letterkenny and Glenties-Ardara with all works expected to be complete by year end.The utility plans to connect the Greencastle scheme to the Inishowen East scheme.The Milford-Letterkenny supply which is supplied from Letterkenny, will also be removed from the RAL once the Letterkenny Water Treatment Plant has been upgraded.Irish Water says, all three plants will also include a cryptosporidium barrier. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Cashilard water supply removed from EPA Remedial Action List Twitter Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

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