Jamaicans Urged To Designate Day To Clean Their Communities

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:fenton forguson, jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 17 (Jamaican Information Service): Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is calling on all Jamaicans to come together and designate a day to undertake community clean-up activities. He pointed out that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmit the Chikungunya virus, breeds in and around areas where people gather, so the school, home, church and business places should be a part of this clean-up.“I urge Parliamentarians to lead their constituents in this drive,” Dr. Ferguson said.Speaking in the House of Representatives, today (September 17), the Minister also called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to engage in constructive discussion about the Chikungunya virus.“I must caution persons to be careful with the discourse, as the misinformation being spread in some quarters is not in the best interest of the public and can only be detrimental to efforts to secure public health,” Dr. Ferguson said.He informed that as of September 16, there was seven affected parishes with the disease, as the Caribbean Public Health Agency has confirmed one case from St. Mary and three from Portland. The other parishes are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Ann and St. Thomas.The Minister noted that up to the week ending September 13, there were 524 notifications of which 251 were classified as suspected cases. He added that as of September 16, 31 cases were laboratory confirmed, with 26 being discharged due to negative results and 194 cases remain suspected.So far, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas seem to be the areas with the most cases, he added. Dr. Ferguson informed that he has visited Nutts River in Eastern St. Thomas as well as the Yallahs Primary School, where it was reported that a number of students and teachers were displaying flu like symptoms.“I expressed my sympathies and assured the leadership of the school that we will continue to work closely with them through the St. Thomas Health Department, which has visited the institution four times since August 25,” the Minister said. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

CHURCHES HAVE A CHOICE TO REGISTER SAYS FSC COMPLIANCE

first_img Related Items:churches, compliance unit, finacial services commission, registrar of companies IMF recommends tougher laws, tougher FSC CHURCHES DEADLINE TO REGISTER WITH FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION NEARING Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you CHURCH CHARGES FOR FSC BREAK DOWN Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – The Compliance Unit of the Financial Services commission was in touch with Magnetic Media today; saying they want to set the record straight that they are not registering churches for $1,500 per year, that churches are not the only ones who have to comply and I quote now: “Many churches are already a company. In this case the Companies Amendment Ordinance requires a Non Profit company to elect to “Continue” as a Non-profit Company. To do this requires certain changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association as well as changing the name to have, instead of Ltd, a suffix – one of Incorporated, Inc, Corporation or Corp. For this process the Registrar of Companies charges a flat fee of $200.00.” But that flat fee does not include the attorney’s fees to do this work, that amount varies. Magnetic Media in its interviews on this story found that some churches are paying as much as $1,500 in total – not only to the FSC – but to the government and to the law firms that are being hired. Paul Coleman, who heads the Compliance Unit is saying there is a lot of misinformation about this process; a process which has been delayed over a year due to the requests and battles with non-profit organizations which claimed not to have enough time to get with this new programme. The legislative side of the FSC falls under the governor of the country and one church pastor told Magnetic Media, the country’s elected leaders should do a better job of defending entities like the church from the Policy which some find intrusive and as one preacher put it, ‘a tax on Jesus.’ Nonetheless, the same church pastor explained there are residents who embrace this documented level of transparency and accountability. The churches in the country which fall into the category of being an NPO or a registered TCI company have until February 20th to comply; that is the same date for charities and other organizations under the new law. last_img read more

Caribbean countries too rich and too poor CARICOM Sec Gen says rules

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFebruary 28, 2018 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – CARICOM countries are in a financial quagmire because they are too rich to qualify for certain aide following catastrophic encounters like the ones with hurricanes Irma and Maria, but too poor to afford the cost of damages and losses caused by these natural disasters.CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin Larocque made the announcement, which was no surprise, during day one of the 29th CARICOM intercessional meeting held at the Marriott in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Larocque said ideally, CARICOM countries need to access more concessionary money and although there was some success at a United Nations and CARICOM sponsored Pledging conference where some $5b was raised, not all of the money has been provided as yet.Mr. Larocque pointed to The Bahamas, which over three years was hit with a damage bill of $678 million and associate member country, British Virgin Islands where the price tag after the September hurricanes of 2017 is $1 billion.“What is needed is access to resources which must include significant grant funding and very concessional financing. Without access to such financing, this would exacerbate already high debt levels across the Region, which is due in large measure to exogenous shocks including severe climatic events.  Most of our countries are categorized as middle or high-income and are largely ineligible for concessional development financing and Official Development Assistance (ODA), due to the use of GDP per capita as the principal criterion.”There was no comment on where this concessionary funding would come from. Larocque did say though that, “There is need for new thinking, leading to changes in the criteria for determining access to concessionary financing by small, vulnerable, middle income countries.” Related Items:#irwinlarocque, CARICOM, haiti Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Recommended for you Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resignlast_img read more

Atlanta to Launch Planning Process for Remaining Acreage at Ft McPherson

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With the sale of about two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry complete, the city of Atlanta soon will begin crafting a redevelopment plan for the remaining 145 acres at the southwest Atlanta site.The master planning process will come under the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Cities Initiative and encompass property outside the post, including the Oakland City MARTA station just north of it and the western extension of the Atlanta BeltLine, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The BeltLine is a far-reaching transportation and economic redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. Construction of the BeltLine trail and Perry’s movie and television production complex are expected to bring more than $140 million in investment to the immediate area that could spur additional growth.The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority would like to attract retailers to serve the studio and local neighborhoods, according to Executive Director Brian Hooker. Hooker said he plans on marketing the office buildings at Fort McPherson for a variety of end uses, according to the story.Last month, an Urban Land Institute panel recommended the remaining land at McPherson be used for a mix of retail, restaurants, office space and apartments. The panel also suggested luring federal agencies, government contractors and media companies to the installation.“It’s of critical importance to get under way now,” Hooker said, so that retail and other amenities at the Army post can be ready to support the community and Perry’s studio.last_img read more