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  • HMRC helplines put callers seeking tax advice on hold for up to 41 minutes

    first_imgSunday 14 December 2014 11:30 pm HMRC helplines put callers seeking tax advice on hold for up to 41 minutes The government yesterday pledged to improve services for people seeking tax advice, after a survey found almost 30 per cent of calls to two helplines were cut off.The consumer watchdog Which? found 29 out of 100 callers seeking advice before a tax return deadline received instead an automated message. Callers were put on hold for an average of 18 minutes, the watchdog found, with a longest recorded delay of 41 minutes.HM Revenue and Customs said services were not good enough at peak times.The sample, analysed in the run-up to the self-assessment tax return deadline of 31 January, looked at 100 calls to the lines dealing with tax returns and general inquiries.It found callers faced long waits to speak to advisers and were instead played a message explaining the service was “very busy”.Which? also found glitches with a voice recognition system designed to direct queries to the right department.“With large numbers of people soon to be seeking help with their self-assessment tax return, we want to see HMRC doing more to monitor and improve their call-waiting times,” Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said.An HMRC spokesman said it received more than 40m calls a year, but added: “We know that some of our customers can struggle to get through on our helplines at very busy times.“This isn’t good enough, and we are working hard to improve the range of services we provide,” the spokesman said.“This year, we are introducing new technology to help us answer more calls quicker at busy times, and we are improving the digital services we offer so that more customers can find all they need online. “There is more to do, and we are committed to improving the service we offer all of our customers at all times.” Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Tags: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Joseph Millis Show Comments ▼last_img read more

  • Woman arrested in Florida for killing grandfather

    first_imgFORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) — A woman wanted on suspicion of killing her grandfather in New Mexico has been arrested in Florida, authorities said.New Mexico State Police said Candy Jo Webb, 27, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Jacksonville, Florida on a warrant for first degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of her grandfather A.J. Harden.Harden’s remains were found Oct. 15 inside a tool chest at a property in Fort Sumner, The Associated Press reports.State Police agents believe Harden’s granddaughter gave him the drugs Xanax and Ambien, then after he died concealed his remains in the chest and drove them to the property where they were found. Florida teen faces charges for accidental shooting of 6-year-old boy June 17, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Port Charlotte man arrested for sexual activity with a minor June 4, 2021 AdvertisementWebb was booked into custody in Florida and is awaiting extradition to New Mexico. Two men arrested for stealing construction equipment form site in Estero June 17, 2021center_img AdvertisementDC 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 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 Missing boy found dead in Jacksonville retention pond June 2, 2021 AdvertisementTags: crimejacksonville RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

  • New addition to Laois senior football management as former Killeshin boss named selector

    first_imgHome Sport GAA New addition to Laois senior football management as former Killeshin boss named… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team Previous articleTimahoe NS hold annual Mini Scientist ExhibitionNext articlePopular Portlaoise Pub receives Award and heads on to National Final Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGSLaois senior football teamMaurice BrowneMike Quirke GAA GAA Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mike Quirke met with members of the local media in the LOETB Centre of Excellence over the weekend where he unveiled a brand new member of his backroom team.Former Killeshin manager Maurice Browne was confirmed by the new Laois manager as his third selector alongside Ballyroan-Abbey man Eoin Kearns and former Limerick manager Maurice Horan.Browne, a teacher in Carlow CBS who led them to All-Ireland ‘B’ glory a few years ago, was in charge of the Killeshin senior footballers for the last two years.The Kerry native led Killeshin to their first ever county final appearance this year where they were narrowly edged out by Portlaoise – 0-14 to 2-7.But speaking about his new role, Browne is hoping to bring his knowledge of the local set up to the table.He said: “It’s an honour to be involved, Mike asked me to see would I get involved with the team.“I suppose watching Laois football for the last 20 years in this part of the world, especially the last number of years Laois football is only getting stronger.“I know John (Sugrue) has put a lot of foundation in place and it’s brought them right up to Division 2. The next challenge now is can we build on that with the strong foundation and all.“Like I see a lot of good players coming through in Laois – the talent is there, I think. Certainly from what I see, a lot of clubs are involved in the club senior and I watch a lot of games and there’s an awful lot of talent coming through Laois and I think there’s huge potential there.“Obviously, it’s a huge challenge you know for us as a management team and that to get that potential and the results and that. I’m looking forward to it yeah.”Browne’s move here means that defeated county finalists Killeshin are on the look out for a new manager.And LaoisToday understands that 2018 defeated county finalists O’Dempsey’s are also searching for a new boss following the departure of Eddie Kelly.Mike Quirke has also retained the services of one of John Sugrue’s lieutenants, Eoin Kearns. And he is very pleased with the team he has assembled.He said: “Eoin was eager and I was delighted to get him. It wasn’t like the previous two years had fallen off a cliff and it was going in the wrong direction.“So you want to try and maintain the stuff that was going well. And Eoin tells me that he was a big part of what was going well (laughs). So that was important to get him involved.”As for Kearns himself, he believes that not many of last years team will step away in 2020 and he also expects a number of the Laois U-20s who reached the Leinster final in 2019 to step up.He said: “I wouldn’t think so no (on retirements), the age profile of our squad has been reasonably good, we’ve done a little bit in the last two years, one or two guys have stepped away for various reasons in terms of retirements.“There’s huge interest obviously with us coming up two divisions in the last two years means a huge pile as well. If we were still in Division 4, lads thinking might be different but I don’t see why lads would be looking to step away from the challenge of Division 2, it’s a huge opportunity for them.“Most of the fellas the wrong side of 30 are all in good shape, I wouldn’t think there’ll be a huge shift in there.“From our point of a view if a guy is interested and willing to commit and their attitudes are good and they’re able to show the ability, we’ve an open mind on most fellas so we’re just looking forward to seeing what they have.”Central Council has decided to restructure the U-20 championship and bring it back to its original spring schedule – something Kearns was hoping for.Last year, Sean O’Flynn and Mark Barry were prevented playing for the U-20s in Round 1 and the quarter final after playing for the Laois in the senior championship.But with an earlier schedule, this would no longer be a problem.Kearns said: “I think yeah there’s a serious potential there in terms of lads who have just came out of U-20, lads that have the year before and lads who have one more year left in it.“The structure of how the U-20 championship will have a huge bearing on it too as in the last couple of years it’s been really difficult to manage.“Unfortunately, it’s counties like Laois who are struggling for it, counties like Dublin don’t need their U-20 players for example.“Counties like us we’d benefit if we had two or three lads who you’d be able to use on both squads, we’ll have to wait and see how that falls.“I’m sure we’ll tie in with whoever the U-20 manager will be and make sure we make the best decisions for the players as well for their development.”SEE ALSO – Local weather forecaster predicts SNOW for Laois this week Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 22nd October 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest New addition to Laois senior football management as former Killeshin boss named selectorlast_img read more

  • MFDA bans founders of W.H. Stuart permanently

    first_img MFDA hearing panel finds W.H. Stuart, co-founder violated industry rules Following a penalty hearing, the hearing panel ordered on Friday that the firm’s membership in the MFDA should be terminated and that the Stuarts should be banned permanently from conducting securities-related business for MFDA members. The MFDA hearing panel also ordered the founders to pay $50,000 toward the costs of the hearing. The panel reserved its decision on the issue of monetary penalties against the respondents and indicated that it will issue its decision and written reasons “in due course.” W.H. Stuart Mutuals was placed into bankruptcy in 2013. Photo copyright: serezniy/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) has issued permanent bans against the founders of bankrupt fund dealer firm W.H. Stuart Mutuals Ltd. but no monetary sanctions yet. Earlier this week, an MFDA hearing panel issued a decision in a disciplinary case, which found that the firm and one of its founders, Dianne Stuart, violated several MFDA rules, including failing to deal fairly and honestly with clients and misappropriating money in connection with a note scheme that allegedly took about $6 million from clients. It also found that the other founder, Howard Stuart, failed to co-operate with its investigation. Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Related news BFI investors plead for firm’s sale James Langton PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

  • Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President’s Travel to United Kingdom and Belgium

    first_imgStatement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on President’s Travel to United Kingdom and Belgium The White HousePresident Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to the United Kingdom and Belgium in June 2021. This will be the first overseas travel by President Biden. This trip will highlight his commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalizing the Transatlantic relationship, and working in close cooperation with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better secure America’s interests.President Biden will attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall, U.K., which is happening from June 11-13, where he will reinforce our commitment to multilateralism, work to advance key U.S. policy priorities on public health, economic recovery, and climate change, and demonstrate solidarity and shared values among major democracies. He will also hold bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.From the United Kingdom the President will travel to Brussels, Belgium, where he will participate in the NATO Summit on June 14. President Biden will affirm the United States’ commitment to NATO, Transatlantic security, and collective defense. NATO leaders will discuss how to orient the Alliance to future threats and ensure effective burden sharing. The President will also hold bilateral meetings with fellow NATO leaders.While in Brussels President Biden will participate in a U.S.-EU Summit, which will underscore our commitment to a strong Transatlantic partnership based on shared interests and values. The leaders will discuss a common agenda to ensure global health security, stimulate global economic recovery, tackle climate change, enhance digital and trade cooperation, strengthen democracy, and address mutual foreign policy concerns. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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:america, Belgium, Boris Johnson, British, Brussels, climate change, G7, global health, Government, NATO, President, Prime Minister, public health, transatlantic, United Kingdom, United States, White Houselast_img read more

  • Health insurance claims not contestable after eight-year of premium payment: Irdai

    first_img Insurance News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Health insurance claims not contestable after eight-year of premium payment: Irdai By Press Trust of India on June 15, 2020 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” According to Irdai, the objective of the guidelines is to standardise the general terms and clauses incorporated in indemnity-based health insuranceHealth insurance companies will not be allowed to contest claims once the premium has been paid for a continuous period of eight years, regulator Irdai said in a fresh set of guidelines.Irdai said the objective of the guidelines is to standardise the general terms and clauses incorporated in indemnity-based health insurance (excluding personal accident and domestic/overseas travel) products by simplifying the wordings of general terms and clauses of the policy contracts and ensure uniformity across the industry.“All policy contracts of the existing health insurance products that are not in compliance with these guidelines shall be modified as and when they are due for renewal from April 1, 2021, onwards.“After completion of eight continuous years under the policy no look back to be applied…After expiry of moratorium period (of eight years), no health insurance claim shall be contestable except for proven fraud and permanent exclusions specified in the policy contract,” Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irdai) said.The policies will, however, be subject to all limits, sub-limits, co-payments, deductibles as per the policy contract.This period of eight years is called the moratorium period. The moratorium would be applicable for the sums insured of the first policy and subsequent completion of eight continuous years would be applicable from the date of enhancement of sums insured only on the enhanced limits, the regulator said in the guidelines on ‘Standardization of General Terms and Clauses in Health Insurance Policy Contracts’.On claim settlement, Irdai said the insurance company should settle or reject a claim, as the case may be, within 30 days from the date of receipt of the last necessary document.In the case of delay in the payment of a claim, the company will be liable to pay interest to the policyholder from the date of receipt of the last necessary document to the date of payment of claim at a rate 2 per cent above the bank rate.It also said the policy will become void and all premium paid will be forfeited to the company in the event of misrepresentation, misdescription or non-disclosure of any material fact by the policyholder.On portability, the guidelines said the insured person will have the option to port the policy to other insurers by applying to such insurer to port the entire policy along with all the members of the family, if any, at least 45 days before, but not earlier than 60 days from the policy renewal date.If such a person is presently covered and has been continuously covered without any lapses under any health insurance policy with an Indian general/ health insurer, the proposed insured person will get the accrued continuity benefits in waiting periods. Health InsuranceIRDAI Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0) Related Posts Sharelast_img read more

  • JTB Joins with Pleasant Holidays to Offer Holiday Trip

    first_imgRelatedJTB Joins with Pleasant Holidays to Offer Holiday Trip RelatedJTB Joins with Pleasant Holidays to Offer Holiday Trip FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has collaborated with Hot 92.3 (KHHT-FM) and Pleasant Holidays to offer patrons at the Spaghettini Grill & Lounge in Seal Beach, California, a chance to win a trip to Jamaica during the restaurant’s legendary Sunday brunch.On May 9, 16, 23 and 30, HOT 92.3 FM will broadcast live from the restaurant and consumers can enter to win a five-day/four-night trip for two to Jamaica, courtesy of Pleasant Holidays. The prize includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Jamaica and accommodation at the all-inclusive Club Hotel Riu, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.“This event is an exciting way for Californians to kick off the summer with a well-deserved Jamaican getaway. The island offers an array of summer festivals that celebrate our culture and that special vibe, which make Jamaica a unique and unforgettable destination,” said John Lynch, Director of Tourism.“We are thrilled to partner with HOT 92.3 FM, Pleasant Holidays and Spaghettini Grill & Lounge to give restaurant patrons a chance to win their dream vacation,” the Director said.In order to enter, consumers need to make reservations to attend the Spaghettini Sunday brunch. Entries will be accepted every Sunday and the winner will be announced on May 30. RelatedJTB Joins with Pleasant Holidays to Offer Holiday Tripcenter_img JTB Joins with Pleasant Holidays to Offer Holiday Trip TourismMay 7, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

  • Geologists to focus on Geoscience Legislation

    first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail President of the Geological Society of Jamaica (GSJ), Gavin Gunter, says that activities for Geosciences for Development Week 2010 will be largely focus on legislation.Mr. Gunther says that the lack of a specific legislative and regulatory framework relating to the practice of geosciences in Jamaica is a major concern, because public safety, as it relates to both life and property, can be greatly impacted by the proper application of the knowledge of geosciences.“(This) has shown itself to be relevant, time and time again, with perhaps the latest episode relating to the effects of the excessive rainfall during the passage of the weather system Nicole,” he pointed out.November 15 to 19 has been declared Geosciences for Development Week by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen.He made the announcement at a special ceremony at King’s House on Monday (November 8), explaining that the week will provide a real opportunity for Jamaicans to show appreciation for the abundant natural resources with which the country is blessed.He said that during the week, the GSJ will work with the geo-scientific community, and the wider society, on better understanding and more responsible use of the country’s natural resources for the sustained and harmonious development of the country.Mr. Gunter said the GSJ has begun consultations with key decision-makers and government agencies, such as the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), to promote key areas of reform, which he hopes will ultimately result in the promulgation of laws and regulations to protect the interest of the public.“At minimum, we seek to ensure that only persons qualified to do so will provide formal advice for developmental and other activities, as Jamaica embarks on her journey to attain first-world status by the year 2030,” he stated.Mr. Gunter argued that in searching the laws of Jamaica on the Ministry of Justice’s website, he has seen only one instance in which the use of a geologist was specifically mandated by law on a public body. That instance related to a regulatory requirement for a geologist to be on the Advisory Council for Jamaica’s national parks. In other instances, it is simply implied that a trained and qualified geologist should be used.The GSJ president said Jamaica has had a long and distinguished history in the practice of geology, having been the first place in the western hemisphere to have a geological survey conducted and a map produced.He said Jamaica was also among the first places where key fossil groups, such as rudists, were identified in the New World. Rudist bivalves are an unusual type of clam that inhabited tropical waters and became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period (65 million years ago) along with the dinosaurs, he informed.Mr. Gunter also disclosed that Jamaica will host the International Conference on Rudists in June 2011. The GSJ is co-organiser of the event, and Jamaica will play host to over 30 highly specialised palaeontologists.“Jamaica has some of the best exposures in the western hemisphere, suitable for studying these organisms in the timeframe leading up to their extinction,” he said.In 2011, the GSJ will observe the 50th anniversary of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Geology Department. To mark the event, the GSJ and the department plan to host a conference that will provide an opportunity to reunite persons who have been trained in the geological sciences at the UWI. RelatedGeologists to focus on Geoscience Legislation Geologists to focus on Geoscience Legislation Governor GeneralNovember 12, 2010center_img RelatedGeologists to focus on Geoscience Legislation RelatedGeologists to focus on Geoscience Legislationlast_img read more

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs announces new Ambassador to Geneva

    first_imgRelatedMinister of Foreign Affairs announces new Ambassador to Geneva RelatedMinister of Foreign Affairs announces new Ambassador to Geneva RelatedMinister of Foreign Affairs announces new Ambassador to Geneva Minister of Foreign Affairs announces new Ambassador to Geneva Foreign AffairsDecember 1, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh has announced the appointment of Ambassador Wayne McCook as Jamaica’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies in Geneva.Ambassador Wayne McCookA career diplomat, Ambassador McCook is Head of the Policy Planning Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He served as Jamaica’s first resident Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China having been assigned the task of establishing Jamaica’s Embassy in that country. He was also assigned (concurrently) as Non-Resident Ambassador to Vietnam, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand, Laos; and Non Resident High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pakistan and Singapore.Prior to his Ambassadorial appointment, Ambassador McCook served as Senior Director and Under Secretary in the Foreign Trade Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Director of the Caribbean and Americas Department and also Director of Information in the Ministry.He has also served as Jamaica’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Deputy Head of Mission in Jamaica’s Embassy to the USA, and Information Attachẻ in Jamaica’s High Commission in Ottawa and Embassy in Washington.Ambassador McCook also undertook an assignment with the Broadcasting Commission in 1995, as Executive Director, during which time he helped to develop and implement the framework for the licensing of Subscriber (Cable) Television Services in Jamaica.A graduate of the University of the West Indies (B.A. Hons), Ambassador McCook received his Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from the Georgetown University Law Centre Washington DC. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has been called to the Bar in Jamaica and in the United States.Ambassador McCook succeeds Ambassador Peter Black, a career diplomat, who was posted to Geneva in 2008. Ambassador Black will be going on pre-retirement leave in January 2011, completing 40 years of service with the Foreign Ministry.Ambassador McCook is expected to assume office in January (2011). Advertisementslast_img read more

  • Handbook on Child Labour Launched

    first_imgStory HighlightsProfessionals, who deal with cases of child labour, are now better equipped to address the issue with the launch of the Child Labour Handbook for Professionals.The Tackling Child Labour Through Education (TACKLE) Project, launched the handbook, during a training workshop, held at the Alhambra Inn in St. Andrew on Thursday, February 14,.The publication aims to enhance the knowledge base on child labour and is designed to provide guidelines for professionals, who encounter instances of child labour in the course of their work and assist them in enforcing regulations. RelatedHandbook on Child Labour Launched FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedHandbook on Child Labour Launched RelatedHandbook on Child Labour Launchedcenter_img Advertisements Professionals, who deal with cases of child labour, are now better equipped to address the issue with the launch of the Child Labour Handbook for Professionals.The Tackling Child Labour Through Education (TACKLE) Project, launched the handbook, during a training workshop, held at the Alhambra Inn in St. Andrew on Thursday, February 14,.The publication aims to enhance the knowledge base on child labour and is designed to provide guidelines for professionals, who encounter instances of child labour in the course of their work and assist them in enforcing regulations.Director of the Child Labour Unit in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Marva Ximinnies, said the handbook is a welcome addition, as resource material on child labour is very scarce in Jamaica.“The handbook is comprehensive and points to areas that are in need of greater exploitation….the handbook has gone into great detail on what are some of the major issues that need to be addressed,” she added.The Director said the Ministry was happy to have partnered with several entities over the years in addressing child labour in Jamaica, including the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), the Child Development Agency (CDA) and non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).“We have been able to make an impact on the lives of close to 2,000 children,” she said.“[The document] as a starting point, will provide the basic information and the steps necessary for referring children, who have been impacted by child labour through the legislative and legal system,” explained Nasolo Thompson, International Labour Organization (ILO) National Project Officer for TACKLE.Ms. Thompson noted that based on ILO’s estimates, there are 20,000 professionals nationally who could utilize this document. These include members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), guidance and counselling staff in the Ministry of Education, teachers, coaches and medical professionals.“So, there is a wide variety of people, who actually need access to this information and it’s up to us to see the best way, in order to get it into their hands,” she noted.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon-Harrison, also welcomed the publication noting that “it represents a compendium of best practices that emphasize the Jamaican situation and therefore allows for realistic implementation by professionals, who may encounter child labour in its several forms”.“It summarises the international and local positions that are relevant to the employment of children and by so doing, provides access to resource material that treat with this issue. Indeed, the handbook sensitises practitioners about how they can detect whether in fact child labour is occurring, and how to address the problem if they so find,” she added.Child labour is work that is physically or mentally harmful to children’s health and development, or interferes with their schooling, homework, rest and playtime.The production of the handbook was funded through support from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat, and the European Union (EU).The TACKLE Project, which is administered through the Labour Ministry, was launched in 2009 to address child labour through education. Handbook on Child Labour Launched LabourFebruary 15, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more