Jamaica Customs Agency clarifies clearance procedures for containers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Photo credit: Jamaica Observercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 27, 2016 – For many Jamaicans with relatives overseas, receiving a barrel with gifts is a common occurrence.  Though barrels are shipped to the island throughout the year, Jamaicans abroad and at home look forward to sending and receiving barrels at Christmas, which is the busiest period for the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).Customs Manager for the JCA’s Operations Department, Alicia Christian-Scott, told JIS News that duration for processing and clearing barrels ranges from 30 minutes to one hour.   She explained that specific documents are required to facilitate this.   These include: shipping documents from agents; a national identification card; and a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).Ms. Christian-Scott informed that any person clearing a barrel on behalf of a party in whose name the container was shipped must have a written authorization from the individual, as well as a copy of their identification, certified by a Justice of the Peace (JP).   She said the processing fee is $2,500 plus General Consumption Tax (GCT), adding that the minimum duty applicable per shipment is $6,500. The customs officer said the sum of duty payable may vary and is contingent on the barrel’s contents.Ms. Christian-Scott explained that on arriving at customs area, persons should collect their documents from the shipping agent and pay the relevant handling and/or freight charges.   Thereafter, they should proceed to the warehouse where the barrels are stored, pay the relevant handling and storage fees and present the shipping documents to the security personnel on location.Ms. Christian-Scott said once the barrel is located, a customs officer will ask the client to open the container for examination.   The officer will evaluate the contents and, thereafter, direct the client to the customs cashier to pay the applicable duties and fees.  At this stage the release order, received earlier, should be presented to the warehouse operator who will issue a gate pass.  Persons should then proceed to the delivery area with this pass to collect their barrel, which then completes the process.Ms. Christian-Scott told JIS News that if a client receives an unaccompanied baggage clearance declaration (C27/Yellow form) form at the airport, they should present this along with their passport and TRN card to the customs officer at the warehouse.Ms. Christian-Scott said one of the main misconceptions in clearing containers was the belief that the JCA’s and shipping agent’s fees are one and the same.  “When they go to the shipping agent to collect their document and pay the relevant fees to the warehouse personnel, and when they come to customs and we apply the relevant charges after examining their shipment, there are a lot of persons who will tell us that they have already paid, not realizing that when you interface with customs you are required to pay a processing fee and any relevant duties that will be applicable to the item,” she outlined.Ms. Christian-Scott advised persons to ensure that prohibited or restricted items are not included in their barrels.  Prohibited items include: narcotics, indecent and obscene prints, paintings, photographs and cinematograph films, among others.   Restricted items are those requiring a special permit to be brought in. These include meats and plant material, among other items.last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Monday March 11 Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, March 11, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the acceptance of Mink Run Road and Pomfret Road at Annual Town Meeting. Selectmen will also receive information on the matter from Planning Director Valerie Gingrich and Town Engineer Paul Alunni.Selectmen will review and discuss the proposed Town Meeting Warrant. Selectmen will then consider closing and signing the warrant.Selectmen will be discussing letters recently sent by the town and its legislative delegation to the Metropolitan Planning Organization relative to the reconstruction of a portion of Route 38 and intersection improvements to the Lowell Street and Woburn Street.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Town’s Inhabitant Bylaw Study Committee and Town Meeting Review Committee.Hull will provide an update on upcoming open meeting law and public records law training for Wilmington town board members.Hull will provide an update on the Board of Appeals procedure for issuing decisions.Hull will provide an update on the town’s efforts to reach out to Richard Gallant, the new owner of the Ristuccia Arena.Selectmen will consider the request of Board of Appeals Chair Daniel Veerman relative to a disclosure in accordance with Chapter 268A, Section 20 (b) relative to an application for a special permit by the 4th of July Committee.Selectmen will consider a licensing agreement with the Wilmington Farmers Market.Selectmen will consider vehicular safety measures from the intersection at Shawsheen Avenue and Hopkins Street to the Billerica Line.Selectmen will consider a request to light the Town Common blue during the month of April in observance of Autism Awareness.Selectmen will consider the request of resident Michael Murphy to fly the “Donate Life” flag at Wilmington Town Hall in recognition of April being National Organ Donor Month.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (March 12)In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Emilia Clarke has but one regret from Game of Thrones final season

first_imgEmilia Clarke is mighty upset and wishes she could undo this particular mistake that she made during filming the last season of Game of Thrones. Apparently, the actress has been kicking herself for not picking up a memento after wrapping up HBO’s Game of Thrones and it certainly is something we can relate to!In an interview with Variety magazine, as Emilia became the cover star, she spoke about how she is annoyed at herself for not snagging a memento from the sets. She said, “I didn’t take anything from the set and I deeply regret it and I’m very annoyed and I’m really hoping that the showrunners will give me a dragon egg. Having it come to its final moment feels utterly surreal and completely bizarre and so much life has happened in the ten years…At first, it was an existential crisis. Who am I? Where are my dragons?” she said. “It felt really deeply emotional… You saw everyone’s truthful fragility as it ended… When it did finally end, it broke every one.” Emilia ClarkeInstagramFurther, in her interview, Emilia, the Mother of Dragons, admitted that the show changed her life completely and for the better. It managed to save her from her own self! She quoted, “Daenerys really saved my life because it puts you in quite the headspace when you’ve had a brain injury. Walking in her shoes, I just put so much more into each season because it really was life or death and I felt so powerfully like she was saving me it was like I couldn’t see anything else, I could only see her,”The finale of Game of Thrones was very emotional for fans and even the actors. Since the main leads did dedicate a decade of their lives to the show, it wasn’t an easy goodbye. Many of them were left in tears and Kit Harington even enrolled himself for therapy as a post-effect of the show. Emilia Clarke’s farewell postInstagramTaking to Instagram as Clarke big farewell to her role as Daenerys Targaryen, she wrote, “Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,” and continued, “The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown.”last_img read more

3G 4G services suspended again

first_img.The mobile phone operators were ordered on Saturday to stop 3G and 4G services ‘for the sake of state security and to prevent rumours’.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) order comes a day before the country goes to polls.The services would be unavailable from 3:00pm Saturday to Sunday midnight, BTRC senior assistant director (Media) Jakir Hossain Khan told UNB.On Thursday, BTRC ordered suspension of 3G and 4G data services but later withdrew the directive after about 10 hours.last_img

France launches global contest to design new NotreDame spire

first_imgFlowers are laid on a bridge in front of the Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on 17 April, 2019, two days after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo: AFPAFP . Paris, France France will invite architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral that was destroyed in a devastating blaze, prime minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday.The goal is “to give Notre-Dame a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era,” Philippe told reporters a day after president Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the cathedral “even more beautifully” within five years.Thousands of Parisians and tourists watched in horror Monday as flames engulfed a monument that has symbolised Paris for nearly a millennium, toppling the spire and gutting a large part of the roof.No sooner had firefighters extinguished the flames than pledges of donations towards rebuilding it began to pour in.Within 24 hours, the pledges had reached more than 800 million euros ($900 million), with French business magnates and corporations jostling to outshine each other with displays of generosity.- Rebate debate -But the slew of announcements raised eyebrows in France, with some leftist politicians arguing that the ultra-rich could best help protect the country’s cultural heritage by fully paying their taxes — or helping the “human cathedral” of people in need.The huge tax breaks available on the donations also caused some unease, prompting Francois-Henri Pinault, the billionaire CEO of the Kering luxury goods empire, to announce he would forfeit his rebate.”The donation for Notre-Dame of Paris will not be the object of any tax deduction. Indeed, the Pinault family considers that it is out of the question to make French taxpayers shoulder the burden,” Pinault said in a statement.Pinault had led the pledges of donations starting Monday night with a promise of 100 million euros.Billionaire Bernard Arnault and his LVMH luxury conglomerate, Total oil company and cosmetics giant L’Oreal also each pledged 100 million euros or more, while US tech giant Apple said it would give an unspecified amount.French corporations are eligible for a 60-percent tax rebate on cultural donations.The government said Wednesday that number would remain unchanged, but increased the rebate on individual donations for Notre-Dame of up to 1,000 euros to 75 per cent. Bigger private donations would qualify for the standard 66 per cent rebate.A picture taken with a mobile phone shows smoke and flames rising during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on 15 April, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. Photo: AFP- Rebuilding for 2024 Olympics -On Tuesday evening, Macron set out an ambitious timeline for rebuilding the cathedral, an enduring symbol of Paris that had survived revolutions and wars throughout the ages.”We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautifully and I want it to be finished within five years,” Macron said in an address to the nation, in which he hailed how the fire had shown the capacity of France to mobilise and unite.In a sign of the monument’s resilience, the copper rooster that topped its spire was found Tuesday in the rubble from the partly collapsed roof, “battered but apparently restorable” according to a spokesperson for the culture ministry.The walls, bell towers and the most famous circular stained-glass windows at France’s most visited tourist attraction also remain intact.But the floor of the nave was left covered in rubble and scorched beams from the fallen roof.Macron’s announcement of a five-year timeframe indicates he wants the reconstruction to be completed by the time Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024.But some experts have warned a full restoration could take longer, with one of the biggest tasks involving replacing the precious oak “forest” of beams that held up the roof.”I’d say decades,” Eric Fischer, head of the foundation in charge of restoring the 1,000-year-old Strasbourg cathedral, told AFP.Germany, Italy and Russia are among the countries to have offered expertise.In France, meanwhile, political parties continued to observe an unofficial truce after months of mutual finger-pointing over the violence that has marked the “yellow vest” protest movement.Macron said the dramatic fire had brought out the best in the country, showing the French to be “a nation of builders”.The bells of French cathedrals will sound at 1650 GMT on Wednesday, exactly 48 hours after the fire started.- ‘Long, complex’ investigation -Investigators trying to determine the cause of the blaze are questioning workers who were renovating the steeple, an operation suspected of accidentally triggering the blaze.The police have already spoken to around 30 people from five different construction companies.Public prosecutor Remy Heitz has said the investigation threatened to be “long and complex”.Meanwhile, work to secure the cathedral continued Wednesday.Junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said Tuesday that although “some weaknesses” had been identified, overall the building was “holding up OK”.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_imgKit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Kit Doyle Catholicism News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doylecenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes Catholic and Baptist clergy sexual abuse issues, the end of the Lunar New Year, and more.People gather at République square to protest against anti-Semitism, in Paris, France, on Feb. 19, 2019. The banner refers to French jews assassinated recently with the words reading: “It is enough.” In Paris and dozens of other French cities, ordinary citizens and officials across the political spectrum geared up Tuesday to march and rally against anti-Semitism, following a series of anti-Semitic acts that shocked the nation. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)A man selling chicken sits in an area recently retaken by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Islamic State militants in Hajin, Syria, on Feb. 16, 2019. President Trump has claimed that the Islamic State has been fully eradicated, although many disagree. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Tibetan Buddhist monks and other devotees watch Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on a television as he gives a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, on Feb. 19, 2019. Hundreds of Tibetans and other devotees gathered to mark the auspicious 15th day of the Tibetan new year with prayers. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)A child watches a dragon dance performance during the Lantern Festival organized by city government at a square in Yufa town of Beijing’s Daxing district on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Tuesday marked the Lantern Festival in China, the final day of the annual celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Masked people stand on a gondola as part of the Carnival in Venice, Italy, on Feb. 16, 2019. The Venice carnival in the historical lagoon city attracts people from around the world. Carnival indulgences lead up to Lent, which highlights sacrifices before Easter. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Activists in Poland pull down a statue of a prominent deceased priest, Father Henryk Jankowski, who allegedly sexually abused minors, in Gdansk, Poland, on Feb. 21, 2019. The activists said it was an act of protest against the Polish Catholic Church for failing in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope Francis has gathered church leaders from around the world at the Vatican to grapple with the church’s sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Bartek Sabela/Gazeta Wyborcza)Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination’s executive committee on Feb. 18, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Just days after a newspaper investigation revealed hundreds of sexual abuse cases by Southern Baptist ministers and lay leaders over the past two decades, Greear spoke about plans to address the problem. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Children carry pictures of murdered community activist Samir Flores Soberanes as they walk behind his coffin in Amilcingo, Mexico, on Feb. 21, 2019. Flores, who was fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town, was killed Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Protestors throw stones during a clash between communities while protesting against Thursday’s attack on a paramilitary convoy that killed at least 40 in Kashmir, in Jammu, India, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday’s bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in Kashmir. The attack has raised tensions elsewhere in Hindu-majority India. Hundreds of residents carrying India’s national flag in Hindu-dominated Jammu city in the Muslim-majority state burned vehicles and hurled rocks at homes in Muslim neighborhoods, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand) Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals By: Kit Doyle Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Kit Doyle,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts The ‘Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special session all about? Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

United Way Womens Forum Meets in Baltimore to Tackle Tough Issues

first_imgWomen from across Maryland met April 22 in Baltimore to discuss ways to make life better for Maryland families in need.At the James Rouse Visionary Center at the American Visionary Art Museum, members of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Woman’s Leadership Council mulled issues including food deserts in Baltimore City, graduation rates, and how to keep teachers in the classroom.It was part of the group’s first Women’s Forum, and marked a special occasion for the United Way of Central Maryland.“This event not only marks United Way of Central Maryland’s Women’s Leadership Council’s 15th anniversary, it also celebrates United Way of Central Maryland’s 90th anniversary,” said the chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Women’s Leadership Council, Dana Gloor.The event was led by United Way’s U.S. president Stacey Stewart. Stewart, along with youth, nutrition and homeless experts from around the state discussed ways that things have changed for families in need, and things that still need improvement.“Women are the ones who nurture. They are the ones who are driving many of the decisions to keep families on track,” Stewart said before the event. “Women who have resources and have the ability to give back never lose touch with this. They understand the struggle and challenges that women face. This is an opportunity for women to give back and realize that individually, our impact is so much more amplified when we work together.“These are women from all kinds of backgrounds,” Stewart said. “Business leaders, community leaders, coming together around a common desire to want to lead and change things in the community.”She said that members of the council have made it their mission to tackle some of the biggest challenges in Maryland – including things like poverty and homelessness.  She said the group has helped spearhead a healthy food initiative.She said that the United Way is especially skilled at solving the problems that plague many communities because they know how to unite various agencies to create a positive solution.“There’s never a silver bullet solution,” she said. “United Way is the organization that looks at issues holistically and then galvanizes a community to work collectively.”The United Way of Central Maryland said that the Women’s Leadership Council is part of a network of 55,000 women worldwide. The group says they have raised more than $1 billion to help communities all over the United States.Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” was the event’s keynote speaker. She discussed the role of women in the workplace.last_img read more

MTA Undergoes Major Rebranding

first_imgOn June 18, fewer than 100 days from now, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will implement Gov. Larry Hogan’s BaltimoreLink transit plan. The transformative rebuilding and rebranding of MTA’s transit system connects people to jobs and life’s opportunities by linking our bus and rail network with high-frequency, reliable service.In preparation for the launch of BaltimoreLink, MTA’s more than 3,300 dedicated employees have worked to ensure our customers see the benefits of this new initiative immediately.First, you may have noticed MTA’s distinctive 40-foot-long buses wrapped in the BaltimoreLink colors. For many years, MTA buses used different paint schemes, which confused our customers and didn’t tie the MTA to the identity of the Baltimore region. Now, MTA is wrapping its buses in the striking BaltimoreLink colors, which are based on the red, gold and black of the Maryland state flag. The new look for our buses establishes a strong link with the region we serve and helps longtime customers and people using our service for the first time know they’re about to board an MTA bus.In addition to the new look, MTA’s buses are getting a new, modern cleaning treatment. MTA recently awarded a contract for the application of EcoSeal, a substance that seals all the interior surfaces and seats of every bus with an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial agent that protects our passengers and our operators from germs and other hazards.BaltimoreLink is visible in more places, too. One of the most exciting new things we’re doing is replacing all 5,000 old MTA bus stop signs with redesigned signs that include more information and are easy to read and understand. The old blue, white and red signs consisted of a picture of a bus with a route number and included no information on the actual bus route or any connections. With our changes, you can see the dramatic difference. The new signs identify the route, route destination, frequency of the route and stop identification number with instructions on how to text this number to MTA for information on the next arriving bus.When these new two-sided signs are unveiled in June, our customers will have more information at their bus stops than ever before.And last, but certainly not least, you may have seen the dark red dedicated bus lanes installed downtown on Pratt and Lombard streets. Dedicated bus lanes are the first step in increasing bus travel speed through our system so the vehicles can stay on schedule and minimize sitting in traffic congestion. The key to making our bus lanes efficient is enforcement. So far this year, MTA police have issued more than 113 citations to vehicles that were driving or parked in the bus lanes. We will continue to focus on enforcement so our customers can get where they need to go on our faster, more reliable system. These are just some the exciting new features of the Hogan administration’s BaltimoreLink you can see right now as you travel throughout the surrounding region. Additional improvements are coming soon, including new transit signal priority equipment on key north-south routes such as Loch Raven Boulevard, York Road and Greenmount Avenue.Paul Comfort is the MTA administrator and CEO.last_img read more

Wenger rues lack of efficiency

first_imgA subdued and sombre Arsene Wenger was left to rue Arsenal’s lack of efficiency after his team lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United on Saturday in a game they dominated. ‘We have not dominated many games against United like we did today but we were not efficient enough and made defensive mistakes. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we are very disappointed. We were a bit naive,’ Wenger told a news conference. Wenger’s misery was compounded by injuries to midfielder Jack Wilshere and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who were both forced off in the second half.  ‘Jack has an ankle injury. I don’t know how bad it is yet. Wojciech is not bad,’ he said.Arsenal have slipped to eighth in the EPL table, 15 points behind Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.last_img