Editor’s Notes: Wherever Brexit takes us, let’s hope it’s not Norway

first_img However, Labour MPs are determined to call a parliamentary vote of no confidence in the government, which could destroy the Tory-DUP alliance once and for all – leaving the government with no majority.Faced with this scenario, May’s withdrawal agreement looks to be on even weaker ground than it was at the start of the week.This political purgatory is further complicated by the fact that no majority exists for any other form of Brexit. A second referendum is a possibility, but it would require the Prime Minister to make it her policy and at present, it absolutely is not.This leaves either May’s deal, a no-deal Brexit or the increasingly popular Norway option: membership of the European Economic Area (EEA).MPs cannot simply grab the wheel and steer the country to this destination. It would need to become government policy. whatsapp Whatever Brexit’s final destination may be, it should be a long way from Norway.Reputation mattersDespite 2018 bringing us the collapse of Carillion, Philip Green’s misconduct allegations and a host of execs on trial, the reputation of British business ends the year on a high.The Institute for Business Ethics annual survey of the public shows 62 per cent consider UK firms to be behaving ethically – the highest rate since 2003 when it stood at 47 per cent.Of all the age groups, millennials show the most positive change in opinion – with just 24 per cent of them concerned about corporate conduct.En Marche! regressesOh, how the mighty have fallen. Emmanuel Macron was once thought of as a centrist hero and the bulwark against populism, not least by Emmanuel Macron. Christian May Tags: Brexit Carillion Company People Theresa May Twitter Theresa May remains in office, and all her difficulties remain with her.By surviving Wednesday night’s vote, she has secured a grace period of 12 months during which time she cannot be challenged again. Editor’s Notes: Wherever Brexit takes us, let’s hope it’s not Norway Remain-leaning Tories and plenty of Labour MPs present the Norway option as an acceptable compromise, taking us out of the EU’s political institutions while leaving us with a smooth trading relationship.They used to call it “Norway For Now” – hinting that we could improve the terms later, but they’ve since dropped this pretence.They claim it is a credible alternative to May’s deal or a no-deal Brexit. They are wrong. Joining the EEA would mean remaining in the single market and therefore accepting all of its rules without having a jot of influence over them.The Bank of England’s position is that this would be intolerable for the City, as it would have no choice but to swallow future EU rules on financial transaction taxes, bonus caps and EU-wide regulation.That’s to say nothing of the fact that the 2016 referendum question was about leaving the EU, not moving sideways into an inferior version of it. Friday 14 December 2018 1:16 am Share whatsapp But after weeks of violent protest he’s caved in and coughed up £9bn of extra spending to ease the burden on citizens angered by the cost of living.Macron’s grand reform agenda is essentially dead, and his expensive apology puts France at risk of breaking the EU’s budget rules. Protesters are emboldened and Macron’s future is uncertain.No jokeDavid Banks, the former Mirror editor, was presenting an award at a media bash earlier this week when he quipped that “getting an overweight, one-eyed former editor with knackered knees and a walking stick” would demonstrate the event organiser’s commitment to diversity.Off stage, he was challenged by a young journalist who told him in no uncertain terms that diversity was nothing to joke about.“You should be more careful,” she told him.By coincidence, just as Banks was writing up this encounter for the Press Gazette, comedian Ricky Gervais was asking on Twitter if there are any subjects that should never be joked about.As if to answer this question, students at a London university sent a “behavioural agreement form” to comedian Konstantin Kisin, who had been booked to perform at a charity gig.The draft contract demanded he make no jokes about sex, gender, age, class, religion… and it went on. Kisin, to his immense credit, pulled out – citing the students’ absurd attack on free speech. last_img read more

Police make arrest in £3m boiler room fraud

first_img Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 22 April 2015 9:05 pm whatsapp Express KCS Police yesterday arrested a man on suspicion of being part of a gang that made £3m by flogging fake investments in expensive metals.The 41-year old suspected fraudster was caught in Glasgow. Up to 250 people are believed to have been persuaded by the gang to put their savings into bogus investments, with one victim investing more than £200,000. Victims were cold-called by boiler room operators and informed that they could make big profits, with the metals supposedly being stored for them in secure vaults in Geneva and the Channel Islands. Enquiries by the City of London Police have so far found no evidence that either the metals or the vaults actually exist.“Boiler room fraud in particular is a highly damaging offence that can have a devastating effect on people who fall into the carefully and cleverly laid traps set by the criminals,” said detective inspector Nigel Howard. Share whatsapp Tags: NULL Police make arrest in £3m boiler room fraud Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat is ‘Ranked-Choice Voting,’ the New System for New York’s MayoralFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Prooflast_img read more

News / Gender pay gap at UK ports shows logistics ‘no worse’ than other sectors

first_img UK ports have released their gender pay gap details, and for some – Felixstowe and London Gateway – the differential between the wage levels of men and women has almost vanished, but there is still work required by many.Hutchison’s Port of Felixstowe came out on top among UK container terminals, with the Suffolk gateway recording just a 2.5% (mean) and a 1% (median) gap between the genders.Felixstowe also scored fairly well on the bonus front with male employees actually experiencing a median bonus pay gap of 2%.However, despite a stronger showing on the equality front, very few of the ports employees are female – around 5% in total.Managing director of HR Consulting at Spinnaker Karen Waltham told The Loadstar one thing that came out of the results was logistics appeared “no worse” than other industries.“A lot of industries are in the same shape, despite having been ahead in terms of taking action on the issues,” said Ms Waltham.“This means the logistics sector can take lessons and learn from what the others have done – it means it can keep up with others.”At the other end of the table to Felixstowe was Peel Ports’ Liverpool Port, which reported a mean and median gender pay gap of 20% and 25.5%, respectively.Interestingly, Liverpool alongside Dover – the second worse performing with a mean gap of 16.8% and 22.7% – also boasted the highest number of female employees.In terms of low-paid workers, 56% at Dover were female, with that number 23.8% at Liverpool; Dover also had the second highest percentage of top-paid female employees.Nonetheless, Dover Harbour Board told The Loadstar that the overwhelmingly male composition of staff was a major factor in its wage differential.“The pay gaps identified are a reflection of the demographics of Dover Harbour Board and the overall under-representation of women in specialist professional roles, which attract a higher salary within the organisation. This is also very much reflective of the lack of females generally in both the marine/port and engineering industries.“We are addressing this issue by “growing” our own talent through apprenticeships, bursaries and graduate placements, as well as working with schools, colleges and universities to encourage women into these traditionally male-dominated occupations.“In addition, we ensure that all of our policies, practices and processes are fair and free from bias, with recruitment practices aimed at attracting and retaining the best person for the job regardless of gender,” it said.A spokesperson for Port of Tilbury – which scored third best with an 18.6% mean and 11.9% median gap – told The Loadstar that its owner Forth Ports had implemented actions over the past nine years to redress the balance.“CFO, harbour master, central services, port manager, business development – there are a number of senior female employees in group and central service,” said the spokesperson.“This results in a higher mean and median gap in the Port of Tilbury, and where females are employed in unionised areas there is 0% gender pay gap.”The government’s gender pay gap service uses both mean and median for statistical purposes.“The mean hourly rate is the average hourly wage across the entire organization so the mean gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between women’s mean hourly wage and men’s mean hourly wage.“The median hourly rate is calculated by ranking all employees from the highest paid to the lowest paid, and taking the hourly wage of the person in the middle; so the median gender pay gap is the difference between women’s median hourly wage (the middle paid woman) and men’s median hourly wage (the middle paid man).HR Consulting’s compensation and benefits consultant Sarah Hutley explained what this meant in practical terms for firms looking to address the pay gap: “Had there been an extreme between the mean and median results it would suggest that the higher earners were skewing the results.“But when the mean and median difference is close, it suggests the extremes had little effect on the overall results,” she said.A full breakdown can be found here. © Witthaya Prasongsin By Alexander Whiteman 12/04/2018last_img read more

Several hospitalized after shooting stemming from fight at Florida mall

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementAventura Police closed down the mall until further notice. There is no active shooter threat.Several people on Twitter reported crowds of shoppers leaving the mall as well as customers and employees having to lock down inside stores.shooting at aventura mall.. pic.twitter.com/Yhel1RVoXJ— Naty Denegri (@natydenegri) May 8, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 AVENTURA, Fla. (WTVJ) – Several people were hospitalized and shoppers were caught in the chaos after a shooting stemming from a fight Saturday afternoon at Aventura Mall.Aventura Police said two groups of people got into a fight near the Hugo Boss store at the luxury mall, located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard. Someone brought out a gun, but another man drew his gun and started shooting, NBC affiliate WTVJ reports.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they transported five people to local hospitals — one of them was taken to a trauma center — but Aventura Police reported three people were injured.Several people were detained in connection to the fight, Aventura Police said. The person who fired their weapon ran away from the mall and is at large. AdvertisementTags: aventurashootingcenter_img Deputies investigate overnight shooting in Golden Gate June 10, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Two teens arrested in Cape Coral shooting investigation June 16, 2021 Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021last_img read more

JOB ALERT: This week’s job vacancies in Laois

first_img Community We bring you job opportunities this week in a diverse range of businesses – including a Chef’s role in The Gandon Inn, a Retail Sales Assistant in Telfords Electrical, a receptionist/secretary in a Portlaoise-based solicitor’s office and Healthcare positions in Oakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington.Chef de Partie – Gandon InnAs part of The Gandon Inn’s ongoing development, they are now recruiting a Chef de Partie to join the team in this long established restaurant just off the M7 at Junction 15 near Emo outside Portlaoise. See full job description here. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleVanhalla – Camper Heaven, a fun new blog from local writer that wants you to join in the journeyNext articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, April 22, 2018 LaoisToday Reporter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Rugby Council Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 22nd April 2018 Pinterest Health Care Workers – Oakdale Nursing HomePart-time And/Or WeekendDay/Night DutiesRequirementsPassionate about Caring for the ElderlyMust have FETAC Level 5 in Care of the ElderlyTo ApplyEnquiries & C.V. in writing to: Avril Finnerty (Director of Nursing)Or send by email to: [email protected]:  Tullamore Road, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.Phone Number: 057 86 45282SEE ALSO – Would you like to advertise a job vacancy on LaoisToday? Get in touch with a member of our team Home Jobs JOB ALERT: This week’s job vacancies in Laois Jobs Receptionist/Secretary – JP Fitzpatrick and Co SolicitorsJ.P. Fitzpatrick & Company Solicitors, based in Portlaoise, are currently seeking applications for a full-time receptionist/secretary. See full job description here. Retail Sales Assistant – Telfords ElectricTelfords Electric, the leading Electrical Retailer in the midlands, has an immediate vacancy for a Retail Sales Assistant with a passion for technology, customer engagement and being part of the Audio, Visual and IT Department. JOB ALERT: This week’s job vacancies in Laoislast_img read more

Keane to the rescue as The Heath are crowned U-20 ‘B’ champions

first_img Twitter Keane to the rescue as The Heath are crowned U-20 ‘B’ champions Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results The Heath 0-11 Clonaslee-St Manmans 0-10U-20 ‘B’ Football Championship Final The Heath had a one point win of Clonaslee-St Manmans in Mountmellick this afternoon but the win didn’t come too easily.It was a an entertaining second half which looked as though the game would be pushed to extra time but The Heath’s Neil Keane came to the rescue.Although Clonaslee-St Manmans went in as favourites, it was the Heath who were off to a strong start.Leon Holland, Dylan Kavanagh and Neil Keane split the posts to put their side ahead by three points after 12 minutes.A minute later it was Clonaslee-St Manman’s first score of the game which came off the boot of Paddy Hyland but it was soon cancelled out by a Conor Booth point.Clonaslee-St Manmans towering mid fielder, Sean Condon struck over a lovely point but The Heath held their lead thank to a Jake Ratcliffe point and Booth free.The trailing side began to find to their feet in the build up to half time and scored three consecutive points thanks to the sharp shooting of Dunne and Hyland.Hyland was the architect behind the sides last point of the half from Dunne before Conor Booth pushed The Heath’s lead to two points at half time.The second half was very entertaining and was point for point heading for the final minutes, and has all the potential to see extra time being played.The Heath increased their lead as a result of a Leon Holland free in the opening minute of the half and hero of the day, Neil Keane claimed his second point.A Hyland point for Clonaslee preceded two Downey points in a row in the opening 10 minutes.Conor Booth brought one back for The Heath before a monster free from Clonaslee-St Manman’s centre-back, Jack Owens.Sean Dunne was next up to raise the white flag and while both sides had multiple chances in the final minutes to take the win, it was seven minutes later when the winning points came from Neil Keane.The trophy was one of the last outing for Tom Jones, who presented his club with their accolade before will officially step down from the Laois County Board executive at the County Convention next month.Clonaslee St ManmansTom Jones with The Heath’s captain PJ DalyThe HeathSCORERS – The Heath: Conor Booth; 0-4 Neil Keane; 0-3, Leon Holland; 0-2 (1 free), Dylan Kavanagh; 0-1, Jake Ratcliffe; 0-1. Clonaslee St Manmans: Sean Dunne; 0-3, Paddy Hyland; 0-3, Bob Downey; 0-2, Sean Condon, Jack Owens; 0-1CLONASLEE ST MANMANS: Barry Kelly; Ethan Cusack, Liam Senior, Ciaran Fitzgerald; Oisin Murray, Jack Owens, DJ Callaghan; Sean Condon, Cian Barrett; Daragh Hogan, Sean Dunne, Jack Hilliard; Tom Horan, Paddy Hyland, Bob Downey. Subs: Ryan Kehoe for HilliardTHE HEATH: Ali Rasool; James Whelan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Jordan Ratcliffe; Dylan Kavanagh, Garrethh O’Brien, Jack Reddy; PJ Daly, Liam Kinsella; Jake Ratcliffe, Neil Keane, Conor Hyland; Aaron Thorton, Leon Holland, Conor Booth. Subs: James Phelan for HylandSEE ALSO – Athy/Rathangan Tennis Club runners up in Leinster LeagueSEE ALSO – Books, jerseys, hats – the LaoisToday store is now open Twitter WhatsApp TAGSThe Heath GAAThe Heath v ClonasleeU-20 Football final WhatsApp GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Home Gaelic Football Club Football Keane to the rescue as The Heath are crowned U-20 ‘B’ champions Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAAThe Heath GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest Previous articleAthy/Rathangan Tennis Club runners up in Leinster LeagueNext articleRemember The Game: Star-studded Portlaoise topple Stradbally Parish Gaels in 2000 U-12 final Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Facebook By Aedín Dunne – 30th November 2019 GAA Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA last_img read more

U.S. consumer spending strong as incomes soar

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Incomes surged by a record-breaking 21.1% in March after having fallen 7% in February. The big gain reflected delivery of billions of dollars in relief payments with individual payments of up to US$1,400 from the US$1.9-trillion support package President Joe Biden pushed through Congress last month.The strong gains provided more evidence that the economy is poised for a robust recovery following last year’s pandemic-triggered recession. Economists are counting on strong consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of economic activity, to power a recovery this year, helped by trillions of dollars in government support, increased vaccinations which are encouraging more people to leave their homes and a surge in pent-up consumer demand.The government reported Thursday that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product,, rose at a robust annual rate of 6.4% in the January-March quarter. Many analysts believe that growth in the current April-June quarter will be even stronger, perhaps topping 10%.Friday’s report showed that inflation rose 2.3% in March compared to the same month a year ago but excluding volatile food and energy, the gain was a lower 1.8%.The Fed at this week’s meeting kept its key interest rate at a record low of 0% to 0.25%, and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank will not be concerned by what it expects will be a temporary blip in inflation this spring. 8508076 - close-up of payment machine buttons with human hand holding plastic card near by 123RF Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords U.S.,  Consumer spending,  Economic indicators Facebook LinkedIn Twitter U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in nine months while incomes soared by a record amount in March, reflecting billions of dollars in government support payments aimed at putting the country firmly on the road to recovery.Consumer spending rose 4.2% last month, the Commerce Department said Friday, the best showing since a 6.5% spending increase in June. Spending had fallen 1% in February as frigid winter weather disrupted sales. Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumerslast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Create Protective and Nurturing Environment for Children

first_imgRelatedJamaicans Urged to Create Protective and Nurturing Environment for Children Jamaicans Urged to Create Protective and Nurturing Environment for Children UncategorizedSeptember 3, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Regional Director for the Child Development Agency (CDA), Sydney Grant, has called on Jamaicans to unite in creating a more protective and nurturing environment for the healthy development of the nation’s children.Mr. Grant, who was addressing the Sandal’s Montego Bay scholarship awards ceremony held on September 1, said that the CDA has been pursuing a more integrated approach to ensuring a safe and caring environment for children.“One such approach is the Life in Family Environment Programme, which is geared towards helping fragile families ensure a better future for their children, providing nurturing families to children, who have never been exposed to such environment and building an effective and supportive welfare system”, he pointed out.The Foster Care Programme is another initiative and Mr. Grant said that the programme has been a success, with more than 1,100 children placed in a wholesome family environment over the past few months.Meanwhile, he commended Sandals for supporting children through the scholarship programme, noting that the awards would assist in their educational development.Ten students from St. James, whose parents are employed to Sandals Montego Bay, received scholarships totaling $150,000 under the hotel’s Special Achievers Core programme.The awards are valued at $15,000 each, and the students were selected based on their recent Grade Six Achievement Test results as well as their end of year school reports.General Manager of Sandals Montego Bay Hotel, Horace Peterkin, in his remarks, noted that in addition to providing scholarships for children of hotel employees, “we have had, over the last 10 years, a Sandals community scholarship programme and. this year some 20 students from the (Flanker) community have been selected to be beneficiaries.”He noted that this marked the fourth year of the Special Achievers Core and “out of this initiative, we have launched out into a programme of employment assistance known as the Sandals Training and Recruitment Tier (START)”.Mr. Peterkin explained that START, which was initiated in February 2004 “assists the community of Flanker with fighting future crime. I believe that if we provide a solid opportunity for youngsters to gain meaningful careers, they will not be attracted to or be available for criminal activity. The idea is that all hotels with the necessary wherewithal take on at least two youngsters and embrace them in their career start, thereby guaranteeing them life-long earning”.He argued that if hotels across the country bought into this initiative, then over 20,000 youngsters could be taken off the streets every year and placed on a “fantastic path to economic stability”.The Special Achievers Core is sponsored by Sandals Montego Bay, Supreme Ventures Limited and Dehring, Bunting and Golding. RelatedJamaicans Urged to Create Protective and Nurturing Environment for Childrencenter_img RelatedJamaicans Urged to Create Protective and Nurturing Environment for Children Advertisementslast_img read more

Work Far Advanced on PPP Policy

first_imgRelatedWork Far Advanced on PPP Policy RelatedWork Far Advanced on PPP Policy FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Finance and Planning Minister, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, says work is far advanced on the establishment of a framework for a Public/Private Partnership (PPP) policy. He also announced the establishment of a PPP Secretariat in the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), while opening the 2012/13 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on May 24. In an address entitled: ‘A New and Binding Covenant for Stability, Equitable Growth and Prosperity’, Dr. Phillips said areas being targeted for PPPs include: infrastructure projects, such as port facilities, schools, transportation, and hospitals. He pointed out that given the “limited fiscal space” which the country currently faces, leveraging limited resources through targeted PPPs and through “judicious privatisation” of State assets, is an “important strategy” for the administration over the medium term. The Minister explained that PPPs are a long-term performance-based approach for procuring public infrastructure, where the private sector assumes a major share of the responsibility as regards risk and financing for the delivery and performance of the infrastructure, from design and structural planning, to long-term maintenance. He added that the value of PPPs is characterised by the engagement of private sector capital and innovation to share risks of development, while relieving the government of the financial obligation of funding the provision of urgently needed infrastructure.  “Members of the local private sector have already expressed serious interest in participating in the government’s PPP programme. We have already received attractive proposals for the funding of PPP projects in the private sector. We welcome this interest and we will be responding and pursuing these projects with some urgency,” Dr. Phillips stated. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter Work Far Advanced on PPP Policy Finance & Public ServiceMay 28, 2012center_img RelatedWork Far Advanced on PPP Policy Advertisementslast_img read more

Gov’t Pensioners Association on Drive to Recruit New Members

first_imgGov’t Pensioners Association on Drive to Recruit New MembersJIS 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: Mark BellPresident of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Charles Jones (right), in discussion with (from left) Secretary of the association, Lucy Flash O’Sullivan ; First Vice President of the entity, Leebert Brown; Consultant for Government Business, Sagicor, Rupertia Smith; and Tanisha Weir-Grant of the Accountant General’s Department. Occasion was the association’s 47th annual general meeting, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, on August 14. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJFLL to Roll Out High School Diploma Equivalency Programme in September Story HighlightsPresident of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association is encouraging more persons to join the organizationThe organization seeks to enhance the welfare of all government pensionersThe entity also makes appropriate representations to Government RelatedPATH Advancing Education Development of Young Peoplecenter_img RelatedSocial Protection Strategy Document Being Drafted Gov’t Pensioners Association on Drive to Recruit New Members LabourAugust 15, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards President of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Charles Jones, is encouraging more persons to join the organization, as it seeks to extend its reach to assist more retirees.“We are on a drive this year to start new chapters and to get new members to increase our income, because we have to do our part,” he told JIS News during the entity’s 47th annual general meeting, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, on August 14.He stressed that it is important for more persons to join the organization, which seeks to enhance the welfare of all government pensioners, “because the subscriptions will help us in our administrative costs.”“We have been assisted by Government, but we have to think more about assisting ourselves, especially in the climate we now find ourselves,” Mr. Jones said.The President said the association is grateful to the Government, which has been “very receptive to the demand of government pensioners” over the years, not only in providing accommodation, but also helping financially.“We continue to work with the government to see how best we can get benefits for the pensioners. We know it’s tight, but we ask for an increase in pension each year (and) we have been fortunate over the past years. We hope this will continue and we also talk with government about seeking enhanced benefits under our health scheme,” he said.The entity also makes appropriate representations to Government or others in respect of matters affecting the condition of pensioners. Its functions are carried out in collaboration with the agencies with responsibility for government pensioners  – Accountant General’s Department, Ministry of Finance and Planning, and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). The group also liaises with Sagicor Life, the providers of the pensioners’ health scheme.The 47-year old organisation which currently has five chapters – Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St. James – is registered under the Registrar of Companies and Friendly Societies.Mr. Charles informed that to become a member of the organisation, individuals must have worked with the government or statutory bodies and are in receipt of a pension from the government.For more information on joining the association, persons can visit its office situated at the A Block of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, 30 National Heroes Circle, Kingston; telephone 948-2902; or email: [email protected] Advertisementslast_img read more