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More news in brief - Workshop tomorrow for financing persons with special needs

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

With Jamaica continuing to improve the conditions for the disabled, Special Needs Jamaica will be hosting a special needs legal and financial planning seminar tomorrow at 5A Hillcrest Avenue.

The workshop will target parents and providers for special-needs children by outlining best practices for taking care of them financially for the rest of their lives.

Several stakeholders from corporate Jamaica will take part in the seminar being coordinated by Deniece Williams.

"One of the indicators of a country's level of progress is how it takes care of the vulnerable. By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children in 1991, we, as Jamaicans, made a pledge to make our society one which is fit for all children to live in, where no child is left behind," said Dr Charmaine Scott, founder of the Jamaica Down's Syndrome Foundation.

Angels of Love take fight to paediatric cancer

Paediatric Cancer Awareness Month will be recognised for the second year in Jamaica this month.

Philip Liu, founder of Angels of Love Jamaica (AOLJ), has indicated that the month falls directly in line with his organisation's plans as he and his colleagues continue to create awareness for childhood cancer in Jamaica as well as the Caribbean.

"Childhood cancer still continues to be a new issue among many Jamaicans, as there is not much education on it, which poses a major problem," Liu told The Gleaner.

Several activities will mark the month, including the launch, through a church service held last Sunday at the Swallowfield Chapel in St Andrew.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapter of AOLJ will also conduct several activities on campus. Its main activity will be a Balloon Release Ceremony to take place on the UWI, Mona campus, on September 25.

To close off the month, AOLJ will stage a fundraising cocktail function at the residence of the Canadian high commissioner.

Governor general could be cut out of pension process

Deputy financial secretary with responsibility for human resource management, Wayne Jones, says there is a need for an overhaul of systems within the public service, arguing that some have outlasted their usefulness.

At present, the application for pensions goes through several stages, including having the governor general sign off on the person's retirement.

By law, public-sector workers are retired at age 60, but the retirement is not in effect until the governor general gives his permission. The Government, by way of a white paper on pension reform, has indicated that the normal retirement age is to be increased from 60 years to 65 years.

Jones said some of the steps involved in producing a person's retirement benefit need to change.

"We think some of them can be eliminated. To take out some of them will require legislative changes. Others are administrative, but we are trying to reduce the number of steps that people have to go through until you get your pension," Jones said.