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Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
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Use our symbols

correctly - Felix

Advertisers, marketers and public relations practitioners are being reminded to follow the guidelines and rules governing the appropriate use of the country's national symbols and emblems.

Chief of State Protocol at the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix, said the symbols and emblems signify the national goals, values and history and it is important that they are held in high regard.

"It is through these emblems and symbols that we can respect our heritage and commit ourselves to continue the legacy of building and development," she noted.

Ambassador Felix was addressing a training session for public relations practitioners on the use of Jamaica's national emblems and symbols held at the Office of the Prime Minister last Thursday.

The emblems are: the National Flag of Jamaica, the Coat of Arms of Jamaica (more correctly known as the State Arms of Jamaica), and the National Anthem.

The four national symbols are the Ackee fruit; the Swallowtail Hummingbird; the Blue Mahoe tree; and the Lignum Vitae flower.

Ambassador Felix informed that the symbols and emblems can be utilised for official, commercial (in trademarks) and personal use.

As it relates to the National Flag, which is one of the most misused emblems, she advised that it should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor and should be used with extreme care.

It should not be draped over vehicles of any sort, except those of the military or police and on State or official occasions.

Gov't remained committed to pension scheme - Shaw

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to implementing the proposed contributory public-sector pension scheme by April 2017.

Pension reform is a structural benchmark under the four-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

The Bill to formalise proposals for the reform arrangements was retabled by Minister Shaw in the House of Representatives in August.

It proposes, among other things, that Government workers contribute five per cent of their salary towards their pension; that benefits be computed using an average of the final five years of the beneficiary's salary, instead of the final pay as now obtains.

Additionally, retirees would be given the option of receiving one quarter of their entitlements with reduced or full pension benefits.

Addressing Prime Asset Management Limited's pension seminar at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Shaw said the reform is necessary as the administration "can no longer afford a non-contributory scheme". He noted that the annual pension bill is $26 billion, and that the figure is growing.

WRHA Group to support children with diabetes

A Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Diabetes Support Group will be launched at the Cornwall Regional next week Friday. Concurrently, there will be a one-day camp for children living with diabetes.

Both events are being spearheaded by the Jamaica Association of Professionals In Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD) and Ministry of Health Supervised Practice Programme (JSPP) participants under the theme, 'Help Save a Life: Support Children with Diabetes' and will be staged on the lawns of the hospital between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00p.m.

The support group will be working in collaboration with the Medical and Paramedic groups of CRH and WRHA administration to assist children and adolescents living with diabetes and their caregivers to enable them to better cope and manage the condition resulting in a better quality of life for the children and their families.

In 2007, the Global International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes reported an estimated 440,000 children around the world having diabetes with 70,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Also, the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, Life for a Child, revealed that over 1,000 children with diabetes are being treated in the public sector. Of this, approximately five per cent are registered and receive treatment within the public hospitals in the Western Regional Health Authority.