PICA Reaches Quota – Customers Invited to Come Back May 21

first_imgRelatedPICA Increases Work Stations to Cope With Persons Applying for Passports RelatedPICA Implements Customer-Flow Measures Prior to Introduction of New Fees PICA Reaches Quota – Customers Invited to Come Back May 21JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsThe Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is advising members of the public that it has reached its daily quota for the processing of passport applications at its head office in Kingston, and is inviting members of the public, whose applications are over the limit, to come back tomorrow (May 21).Chief Executive Officer at PICA, Jennifer McDonald, says the agency began processing passport applications at 6:00 a.m. today (May 20), and had reached its daily quota of 1,000 applications by 8:30 a.m.PICA took the decision yesterday (May 19) to introduce a daily quota for passport applications at its branches, in order to manage the overwhelming number of persons seeking to apply for passports prior to the implementation of increased fees on May 26. Photo: Michael ShawChief Executive Officer of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jennifer McDonald. The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is advising members of the public that it has reached its daily quota for the processing of passport applications at its head office in Kingston, and is inviting members of the public, whose applications are over the limit, to come back tomorrow (May 21).Chief Executive Officer at PICA, Jennifer McDonald, says the agency began processing passport applications at 6:00 a.m. today (May 20), and had reached its daily quota of 1,000 applications by 8:30 a.m.“We are inviting persons to come tomorrow, because we are at our capacity now and we have to manage the carrying capacity of the premises, which includes our staff… it’s all hands on deck, we are involved in the processing and so we are just asking you to understand and come tomorrow,” she told JIS News in an interview.PICA took the decision yesterday (May 19) to introduce a daily quota for passport applications at its branches, in order to manage the overwhelming number of persons seeking to apply for passports prior to the implementation of increased fees on May 26.The daily quota will be in place for the rest of the week at the Head Office and its branches as follows: Head Office, 1,000 applications; Mandeville, 150; Montego Bay, 250; St. Ann’s Bay, 200; May Pen, 100; and Portmore, 90.The agency is also reminding persons that until Friday, May 22 it will only accept applications from customers whose passports have expired or will expire in six months or less as well as from first-time applicants.In addition, PICA will not be offering expedited service during the period, save for emergency cases.Customers in the Corporate Area are also being reminded that those who are scheduled to pick up their passports this week must do so at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road. Collection of passports will continue at this location until Friday May 22, 2015.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PICA Reaches Quota – Customers Invited to Come Back May 21 National SecurityMay 20, 2015Written by: Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Advertisements RelatedPersons Reminded to Pick Up Passports at Police Officers’ Clublast_img read more

Georgia Gives Day Builds On Previous Success

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Share 2:11 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party The first Georgia Gives Day in 2012 pulled in about $800,000 – a tad short of expectations.  Last year, giving almost doubled.  When the clock struck midnight, nearly $2.3 million had rolled in to support Georgia’s nonprofits. That easily shattered last year’s record.An audio version of this story2:11“We are seeing such incredible momentum year-over-year in the growth of this movement,” said Betsy Reid, a Georgia Gives Day spokeswoman. “And it is such an outpouring of love and caring.”Not to mention, cash.It turned out to be a good day for Wings for Kids, a non-profit that teaches elementary school students social and emotional skills.   “We’re thrilled,” said executive director Denise Blake. “The response to Wings for Kids has been right on point with what we were expecting, what we wanted, and we’re going to leverage that into additional opportunities after the day is over.”The group’s financial goal was $10,000. But equally important, Blake said, is the awareness the day brings.  Without Georgia Gives Day, Blake said that degree of visibility just wouldn’t happen.But not all see the day as a magic fundraising bullet.  An executive director of an Atlanta non-profit, speaking on background, said the day falls at the same time most organizations are starting their own year-end campaigns. He said the messaging can get confusing.Brent Hafele, a fundraising expert and owner of Wisconsin-based NewDay Nonprofit Solutions, said there are potential downsides to being stacked up against similar non-profits.  To some degree, they’re competition. “Non-profits can get lost in the shuffle,” said Hafele.Plus, there’s the potential for confusion when one charity is asking for money through two different channels, he said.  And virtual giving means there’s no face-to-face contact, something Hafele said is essential to building long-lasting relationships.Despite the potential negatives, it’s probably still a good idea to participate, he said. “I don’t see a major downfall.”According to Georgia Gives Day officials, 10 percent of donors made their first-ever contribution to a nonprofit, 17 percent gave to a new nonprofit, and 19 percent donated more than they budgeted. last_img read more

Union Pacific acquires key link in western Oklahoma

first_imgUSA: Union Pacific confirmed on October 8 that it had acquired complete ownership of a former Rock Island line which links Texas and Kansas through the western part of Oklahoma.The line has been acquired under a lease-purchase agreement signed on November 1 1982. After the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad filed for bankruptcy, the state of Oklahoma purchased the 565 km route through Enid, El Reno, Oklahoma City, Chickasha, Duncan and Lawton under a deal with Oklahoma-Kansas-Texas Railroad as the new operator. Union Pacific subsequently acquired the OKT network through a series of mergers, and last year completed payment of $35m plus accrued interest to buy the line.‘This type of agreement was unique, but we felt it was critical that we preserve the rail corridors and work towards getting them back in the hands of private industry’, said Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley. ‘The railroad tracks that were saved 30 years ago are a valuable part of the transportation network and are bustling with activity today.’ The north – south route is currently being used to deliver frac sand and pipes for oil and gas companies operating in the Anadarko Basin.Documents transferring ownership to UP were signed by Ridley and the railway’s Assistant Vice-President, Real Estate, Tony Love at a meeting of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Commission. Love presented Ridley with a Union Pacific Railroad Partnership Coin, which commemorates UP’s 150th anniversary. He thanked ODoT for its ‘foresight’, which had ‘paid off for rail shippers in western Oklahoma and throughout the country’.Between 2007 and 2011 UP invested more than $214m in Oklahoma, where it operates almost 2 000 km of route.last_img read more