$4.4 Billion Set Aside for PATH Beneficiaries

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedJIS Jamaica 50 Photo Album Wins International Award $4.4 Billion Set Aside for PATH Beneficiaries InformationApril 5, 2013 RelatedNo Let Up in NHT Housing Provisionscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $4.4 billion has been earmarked in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, for the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme.The project’s main objective is to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve human capital and labour market outcomes of the poor by enhancing the effectiveness of key social protection programmes.Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include: the payment of Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) grants to approximately 400,000 beneficiaries, effective August 2013, reflecting a 15 per cent increase in payments; payment of post-secondary grants to 2,500 PATH students; introduction of a bus fare assistance programme for PATH students; development of a school feeding policy; and implementation of an on-the-job training pilot project.Physical targets initially envisaged under the programme include conducting baseline studies to support the development of a national employment policy strategy; implementation of a pilot for a parenting education workshop for PATH beneficiary households with children age two to six years old; and upgrading the PATH management information system.The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with support funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is slated to run from December 2012 to November 2016.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Light & Motion Trade-Up / Upgrade Specials

first_imgLight & Motion is giving trade-up credit for your old systems, or you can upgrade from their ARC to the new LED Seca lights.Through Dec. 31, 2008, they’ll take your your old Niterider, Cateye, Cygo-lite and Blackburn systems—any rechargeable light system—working or not; and give you a credit of up to $50 toward the purchase of a new Light & Motion LED light system.Seca Trade-In PromoReceive a $50 credit toward any new purchase of any Seca 700 Race, Seca 700 Ultra or Seca 400 light system!Stella Trade-In PromoReceive a $40 credit toward the purchase of a Stella 200L light system!For more details, download the PDF flyer and call Light & Motion or your local Light & Motion dealer today (find your local dealer by clicking here). Light & Motion’s inside sales team is available between 8:00 and 5:00 (PST) Monday through Friday at (831) 645-1538 or via email at [email protected] “more” to see how you can updgrade your ARC to a SECA for a special deal… ARC to Seca Upgrade for Current Light & Motion CustomersOne of the most common questions we’ve received since we launched Seca is; “Can I upgrade my current ARC system to work with Seca?” We’re happy to say that the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”Because Light & Motion systems are largely backward compatible, you can simply buy a new Seca 700 or 400 light head and it will work with any of your ARC’s batteries and charger! Not only will you receive a bump in run time, but you’ll get all of the reliability and increased power that the new Seca LED systems offer.Seca 700 Upgrade (light head only): $269 MSRPSeca 400 Upgrade (light head only): $199 MSRPlast_img read more

Christopherson takes helm at Port of Stockton

first_imgChristopherson has been on the Commission for a decade and practices property, estate and business law in Stockton, California.The port recorded a strong year in 2007, the latest year for which official figures have been released, and is enjoying a small but growing project cargo trade. In 2007, the port saw 3.3 million tonnes of freight, of which 6,135 tonnes was inbound project cargo. The significant traffic was the growing volumes of wind power generating equipment destined for the US Midwest. Components are loaded onto railcars on the newly constructed rail link to the port.last_img read more

Consumer push has six appeal

first_img’Use a professional. Use a solicitor’, is the theme of a high-profile advertising campaign launched by the Law Society today to remind consumers to go to solicitors rather than unregulated providers for legal advice.,It focuses on six areas of law: conveyancing, personal injury, wills and probate, business law, family law and criminal law.The highly visual campaign – which includes online media such as ITV Player, and railway station and bus adverts – will run until early next year. Law Society members will be able to use images from the campaign in their own marketing materials.Society president Andrew Caplen said: ‘The campaign reinforces solicitors as the go-to experts when people are seeking legal advice on house purchases, will-writing or establishing a new business, and directs people to the Find a Solicitor service.’last_img read more

Orville Higgins | ISSA’s transfer rules are flawed

first_imgThe issue of a transferred student-athlete is being discussed in sporting circles. It involves an athlete who was transferred from a western Jamaican school to Kingston College (KC) last year. My sources tell me that the athlete went to KC in March last year, mere days before the 2019ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. The youngster is super talented. He was good enough to break records for his previous school a couple of seasons ago. He sat out Champs last year while at KC. The reigning Boys champions want him to compete for them at Champs next month. He would be one of the favourites for an event in Class Two. It appears that he will not be able to compete, and I happen to feel really sorry for the young man. ISSA’s rules state that athletes have to sit out a year without competing before they are allowed to represent the school they are transferred to. The rules also speak to missing one event that the student wants to participate in while he or she is at the new school. It should have been fairly straightforward. March last year to March this year is a 12-month window where the youngster would not have competed for KC. Champs starts on March 24 this year. On the surface, it appears he has satisfied the requirements. Alas, that is not the case. The registration deadline for athletes to compete at this year’s Champs passed yesterday, February 14. Based on how ISSA is interpreting the rules, the youngster would not have been at KC for one year at the time of registration, and therefore will not be eligible to compete for KC at Champs this year. While the student would have served his one-year period of inactivity by the time Champs comes around at the back end of March, he will have to watch on television like most of us. As a man bluntly put it to me earlier this week, “the registration rule ketch him.” A longer wait To compete for KC next year, the young athlete would have had to miss not one, but two Champs. This is unfortunate and quite unfair. ISSA’s stance on athletes sitting out a year before they can represent their new school is understandable. The rule was designed to stop athletes moving willy nilly from school to school. This case is special. The youngster did miss Champs last year while attending the North Street institution. That should have been enough to see him compete for KC this year. The timing of the registration should not have been the cut- off point to determine when he satisfied the 12-month rule. The 12-month rule should be from the time he started school, to the time of the competition he intends to partake in. That said, surely Kingston College should have known that the rules would ‘ketch the yute.’ Why did they not make him start KC in February? The registration for Champs is always the middle of February. Why would the youngster start attending KC in March and not early February, or even January? Somebody at KC seriously dropped the ball. Going strictly by the letter of the law, ISSA is right to bar the athlete from Champs this year. My opinion though is that they need to revise this rule forthwith. It is harsh to have this youngster sitting out two Champs before he can don the purple colours of KC. Orville Higgins is a veteran broadcaster with more than 20 years experience in the field of sports.last_img read more