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Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Delay in processing of driver's licence

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is advising members of the public that they may encounter some inconvenience with the processing of driver's licences at revenue service centres islandwide.

The TAJ says this is as a result of incorrect lamination pouches received earlier, which caused its supplies to be depleted sooner than anticipated.

This will, therefore, cause an unanticipated delay in the delivery of supplies, which the TAJ says is done to order, and as such, turnaround time for manufacture and delivery has resulted in a shortfall.

Meanwhile, the TAJ says it is expected to have the supplies in the island by mid-September and in the interim, individuals should use both their receipts and expired driver's licence as evidence of renewal.

In addition, the TAJ says persons who have renewed their licences will be advised by public notice and telephone when they can return to the tax office to complete the process. Persons applying for new driver's licence will, however, not be processed during this period.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be working with the TAJ to facilitate motorists during this period, and motorists are advised to carefully retain their receipt and old driver's licence for presentation to the police should they be required to do so.

  • Cornwall County residents receive GG Achievement Award

Fourteen residents from the County of Cornwall have received the 2014 Governor General's Achievement Award (GGAA), in recognition of their contribution to nation building, in general, and the development of their respective parishes, in particular.

The recipients from Westmoreland are University of the West Indies student, Allaina James; educator, Swaine Esson; and training consultant, Pius Lacan.

Educators Cameil Campbell and Sandrene Hill and retired health-care professional, Marjorie James, are the recipients from Hanover, while university student Chevelle Griffiths and retired educator Cynthia Brown are the awardees from Trelawny.

The awardees from St James are educators, Dr Anthony James and Veronica Jennings, and Cornwall College student Garenzo Toppin, while university student Karon Lewis, financial auditor Kimar Findlator and retired educator Bradford Gayle are the awardees from St Elizabeth.

The recipients were presented with their awards by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, in Black River on Thursday.

  • Nominations open for Caribbean Hall Of Fame Awards

Nominations are open for the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence 2014, in the categories of the Arts, Music, Culture and Sports.

The awards are hosted by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

It is expected that 30 Caribbean nationals will be honoured for their contributions in the fields of sports, music, the arts, and culture at the awards function to be held on October 25, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Chairman of the foundation Merline Daley said the group was looking forward to receiving a strong list of nominees.

"There is never enough appreciation of the people who give in these areas, and anything that can be done to highlight them and to encourage them, we are prepared to do that because in this country, sports and culture and the arts are really our lifeline," Daley said.

She was speaking at the launch of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday.

For his part, executive director of the foundation and chairman of the organising committee, Garnett Reid, explained that the awards are aimed at encouraging young Jamaicans and Caribbean nationals to follow the footsteps of other great persons.

  • Open call for Reggae Month events extended to September 10

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has extended its open call for the submission of new and existing entertainment events to be added to the 'Reggae Month its Kingston for February' 2015 calendar, to Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Damion Crawford explained that "events eligible for submission are those that fall between February 1 and 28, 2015, and which are being held in the Kingston and St Andrew metropolitan region. The proposed events must also be related to reggae or another musical art form typical of Jamaica."

'Reggae Month its Kingston for February' is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment aimed at using reggae music and the cultural significance of February to attract visitors to Kingston.

To apply for endorsement, event organisers should complete and submit two original copies of the 'Reggae Month its Kingston for February' endorsement form, which can be found on the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's website: www.mot.gov.jm/entertainment. Applications must be typed and returned to the 1st Floor lobby at the ministry, at 64 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5, or by email at: entertainment@mot.gov.jm

Minister Crawford said "I would like to encourage event organisers who will be staging events which meet the standards outlined, to submit their proposals for consideration as we would like wide-scale participation in this major entertainment initiative."