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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Xbox expands Nintendo Switch support with Ori and the Blind Forest

first_imgXbox expands Nintendo Switch support with Ori and the Blind ForestAcclaimed platform game joins Cuphead and MinecraftChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 19th August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUpdate: Microsoft has contacted GamesIndustry.biz to state that Cuphead is not an Xbox first-party title, but is actually owned by Studio MDHR. Nintendo stated in March that the game was released on Switch with support from “our friends at Microsoft”.Original Story: Microsoft’s blossoming friendship with Nintendo continued today with the news that Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition will arrive on Switch next month.The hit 2015 game by Moon Studio joins Cuphead and Minecraft as Microsoft-owned IP making the move to Nintendo’s console. It was revealed as part of Nintendo’s latest indie game showcase ahead of Gamescom. The news follows the E3 reveal of Banjo-Kazooie coming to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros series. Banjo and Kazooie are characters that made their debut on N64, but are now owned by Xbox. Elsewhere, Microsoft’s recently acquired studios Double Fine, Ninja Theory and Obsidian all have titles due for Nintendo Switch.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Microsoft has been open about releasing its games on more platforms, including PC and mobile, as it looks to expand its audience of Xbox Live and Game Pass subscribers. The firm also offers a number of video game technology solutions that is available across every gaming platform. The firm’s Azure cloud service, for instance, is being utilised by PlayStation. However, the company remains committed to its own hardware, with a new Xbox scheduled for release next Christmas. The relationship between Microsoft and Nintendo dates back to the birth of Xbox when Nintendo sold its share in UK studio Rare to the company. Rare continued to develop titles for Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS until 2008, and Microsoft also sanctioned a DS version of Age of Empires.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 2 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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USC women’s soccer advances on penalty kicks

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. – For the second Friday in a row, No. 18 South Carolina went to penalty kicks in an NCAA Tournament match.This time, the No. 3 seeded Gamecocks (13-5-5) claimed the shootout, 2-1, over Seattle (15-4-3) to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 for the second time in school history.With senior All-American keeper Sabrina D’Angelo out due to injury, freshman Abbey Crider stepped in to make two crucial saves in penalty kicks.South Carolina saw one of their best chances of the match on a corner kick from the left side in the 65th minute. Chelsea Drennan served it into the box and connected with Taylor Leach. The shot went wide of the right post.On a corner kick with less than a minute left, the referee stopped the clock to issue yellow cards to both Leach and Seattle’s Isabelle Butterfeld. The caution was Leach’s second of the day, leaving the Gamecocks to finish the match down a player.Seconds into the second overtime period, Seattle nearly ended everything. Seattle’s leading scorer Stephanie made another long run and unleashed a shot from range, but Crider dove to her right to make the save, and nine minutes later, the teams went to penalty kicks.The Gamecocks stayed with the same penalty kick order as last week’s shootout against Clemson, but the story was not the same. Down 0-1 after the first two rounds, Crider made a diving save to her right and Lindsey Lane converted to even the score, and the score was 1-all after four rounds.Crider made a spectacular save to her right on Stephanie Spiekerman’s chance and put the game on Drennan’s foot. This week She stepped up to the spot and powered a kick low and left to advance South Carolina to the Round of 16.last_img read more

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Senior Bowl was added personal touch for NFL scouts

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US  NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft.The in-person scrutiny at practices and in meetings is always a meaningful part of the evaluation process at the week-long audition for NFL teams in Mobile, Alabama. Turns out it had perhaps an added significance this year — at least in providing that personal touch.After the game and the combine, the coronavirus pandemic forced many on-campus pro days and the pre-draft team visits to be called off.The Senior Bowl certainly gave some added insight to the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions, whose staffs coached the teams.“We had a chance to really home in and know these guys better than most,” Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said.The Bengals drafted three players — linebackers Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither and offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji — who made strong impressions in Mobile.The Lions picked up two Senior Bowl alums in guards Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg.They got the benefit of up-close exposure to players instead of the Zoom calls that teams had to rely on in the weeks leading up to last weekend’s draft.The game produced the same breakdown of draft picks as last year: 93 total picks and 40 in the first three rounds. That includes four first-rounders —Jim Nagy, the Senior Bowl’s executive director since June 2018, said he didn’t get feedback saying the weeklong experience proved more important to teams given the pandemic. But some NFL personnel people did call wanting his take on the players off the field.“I’ve had more guys from the league call and ask about how the guys were behind the scenes here than I did the year before,” said Nagy, a former NFL scout who added of the Senior Bowl: “They just feel like they get to know them better than (at) any other stage.”That might be especially true in 2020 without the chances for meetings scheduled around pro days as well as the normal March and April visits to team headquarters.The Packers didn’t let that deter them from drafting Love out of Utah State.“We did spend some time with him, and I felt very comfortable with our evaluation process,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “We would have loved to have some of those guys in our facility for an entire day and spend that kind of time with him.“Unfortunately nobody got to really do that with anyone this year. It was disappointing.’’Nagy feels that lack of personal time may have cost some of the more charismatic players from the Senior Bowl. He said UCLA running back Joshua Kelley would have impressed running backs coaches enough that the assistants “would have went back to the building and would have been pounding the table that that guy gets drafted by their teams.”Kelley was a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers.Offensive lineman Ben Bartch from Division III St. John’s in Minnesota was also a fourth-rounder, going to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Again, Nagy felt a position coach would have been more enamored of him if Bartch had been able to visit in person.Bartch sustained a knee injury in practice at the Senior Bowl and couldn’t participate at the combine.“If more offensive line coaches would have been able to spend time with him, he might have gone in the third,” Nagy said. “He might have been bumped up a round.” First Published: 29th April, 2020 14:05 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Last Updated: 29th April, 2020 14:05 IST Senior Bowl Was Added Personal Touch For NFL Scouts  NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft.last_img read more

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