Kenyan Immigration and Registration of Persons minister Otieno Kajwang has introduced 300 Kenyan Shillings fee for national ID card replacement 1 Kenyan shilling = 0.0116 US dollars. The reason for the decision was that the ID card, that was previously replaced free costs government over 1000Sh to produce and is often being handled carelessly by the citizens. The idea brought controversy to the parliament debate, some members insisted that it’s unfair to charge people for a national ID card while many are strugginling to survive. Minister insisted saying “It is a very precious document, and if you lose it we will ask you to pay only a fraction, (…) It is not about poverty but about taking good care of the document,”.
Emirates ID Authority (EIDA) announced today the delays would be dramatically reduced. Dr Ali Khouri, EIDA director general said “From our side, it will take a maximum of five days to produce the cards, as we are re-engineering our procedures and logistical work,” Additional high speed ID card printers will allow for higher system throughput. After Ramadan a trial period for the ID card services use will begin. Card expiration date will be set to 5 years as smart-card experts recommended for safe lifespan. 3.8 million national ID cards have been issued so far.
Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reminded Tennessee flood victims to be aware of scam artists presence. Number of cases has been reported when FEMA impostors asked flood victims personal information including Social Security Number. FEMA officials remind that all agency representatives wear clothing with FEMA logo, carry government issued ID and use marked vehicles to move around. In case FEMA agent identity is in debt flood victims should contact sheriff’s office or FEMA directly at http://www.fema.gov/index.shtm or 1-800-621-FEMA
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Yesterday Rhode Island Senate voted 27:6 passing voter ID bill. If this becomes the law state ID card, driver’s license, military ID card, US Passport or voter ID card will be required to cast a ballot effective 2012 elections. Until 2014 some other forms of identification will be temporary accepted, these include birth certificate, Social Security card or Medicare card. The new bill divided Democrats in RI, some support saying along with Republicans the law would prevent fraud while other warn that elderly and poor might be excluded from the voting process. Bill now moves to the House floor.
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Following the tornadoes in Arkansas FEMA reminded residents to check ID badges of its workers when they are visiting the victims of the disaster. Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper of FEMA said “Times of crisis bring out the best in most people. Unfortunately they also bring out the worst in a few people (…) Residents affected by the storms should be aware that some unscrupulous individuals will likely be out posing as inspectors in efforts to gain their confidential information”
In case of any suspicious activity residents should call FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.
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Israeli government has unveiled new id card design that would honor 6 million Nazi Holocaust victims. Each card will contain 6 David stars to remind about 6 million victims perished during WW2. For the same reason card will be numbered starting with 6000001, with first number reserved for the president. As every modern ID card this one also has counter forgery measures like built chip with encrypted information and fingerprint. Baruch Dadon, minister of interior affairs said “We haven’t forgotten them (…) They are with us … and they will be with us in the future (…) We are the state of the Jews (…) I think this was necessary ”
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Following the storm of April 27th North Georgia Electric announced there will be more company personnel expected to work on the field estimating damages and assisting home rebuilds. Company officials warned about scam artists posing as NGEMC personnel and other crisis workers. Every NGEMC employee has photo ID badge with the name on it, they also wear company shirts, often with the name imprinted. “Under no circumstances will NGEMC personnel ask to enter your home, ask for you to make a payment or ask for credit card or other personal information,” said tephanie Holder, Director of Member Services. If the identity of NGEMC employee is in question residents can call local offices in Dalton (706) 259-9441; Calhoun (706) 629-3160; Fort Oglethorpe (706) 866-2231; Trion (706) 734-7341.
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After heated debate GOP offered student ID cards to be acceptable form of identification at the state election polls. The photo ID card needs to meet certain restrictions in order to be valid for voting; ID card has to issued by accredited public or private university or college, include a photo, date of birth, current address, an expiration date no more than four years away, and a signature. Democrats insist the change to the voting bill is meaningless as not all students would meet the standards.
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This week New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on the bill to require producing government issued ID card in order to cast a ballot. House Election Law Committee suggests that a voter without a proper ID card would cast a provisional ballot where proper identification would have to be produced within 3 days from voting. The controversial bill has passed the state Senate with different requirements, some non-government ID cards accepted and taking no ID voter photo.
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Starting on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Sentara Norfolk General Hospital tightens up security measures on it’s premises at night. Between hours of 8PM and 5:15AM visitors will have to show photo ID card at the entrance and wear visitor ID badge during the visit. “This is for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff,” says Danny Achterfeld, safety and security manager at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “Most hospitals lock their doors at night except for their emergency rooms. By welcoming visitors through River Pavilion, we can assure that everyone has a reason to be here and help them get where they’re going.”
Sentara Norfolk General is another hospital which enhances security by requiring photo ID card and wearing visitor ID badge during the visit.
more at: http://www.sentara.com/News/NewsArchives/2011%20Archive/Pages/Security-Enhanced-at-Sentara-Norfolk-General-Hospital.aspx
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