115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As of April 1, some 115,000 persons living under the poverty line, who should have been receiving assistance under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), were added to the list.The exercise of getting more of these persons on the PATH programme is set for completion by October this year.Making the announcement at yesterday’s (July 9) sitting of the House of Representatives, Labour and Social Security Minister, Pearnel Charles explained that in his contribution to the Budget Debate in April, Prime Minister, Bruce Golding had announced an increase in the scope of PATH, to include all persons under the established poverty line.“At that time, approximately 360,000 persons were said to be under the poverty line, and only 245,000 were benefiting from the PATH programme,” he told the House. This meant that approximately 115,000 poor persons who should have been receiving assistance, were not considered.As of June 30, some 38,000 new beneficiaries have been selected and registered on the Programme, following the commencement of registration in May. Minister Charles informed that 154 temporary interviewers were employed to assist in the process islandwide.“These persons have been trained and deployed to work alongside the staff of the Ministry of Labour in its relief department in the various offices and centres islandwide,” he said. In addition, temporary targeting centres have been set up in communities to facilitate easy access by prospective beneficiaries. These include church halls, schools, and community centres. “These centres are not fixed. They move from one community to other communities,” he noted.Reform of the social safety net system was launched in 2000 and was fully implemented in 2002, with PATH being the main element. The programme, which is aimed at delivering benefits of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society, amalgamates three existing social assistance programmes, which include, the Outdoor Poor Relief, the Food Stamp Programme, and Public Assistance Programme.In addition to providing benefits to the most vulnerable, PATH aims to consolidate major income transfer programmes into unified benefit programmes that ensure: meaningful levels of benefits; a cost-efficient and accessible delivery system; and access to benefits linked to desirable behaviour changes for promoting investment in human capital and development of the poor, especially children. 115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme UncategorizedJuly 11, 2008 Related115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme Related115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programmecenter_img Related115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

EA did the Wright thing | Podcast

first_imgEA did the Wright thing | PodcastLatest episode also discusses Twitch’s first transparency report and ongoing rumours of a 4K-ready Nintendo SwitchGamesIndustry StaffTuesday 9th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleElectronic ArtsGI PodcastNintendoTwitchOur latest podcast is now available to download, in which Matt, Brendan, Chris and James discuss some of the biggest stories from the past week.We start with EA’s response to a FIFA Ultimate Team player that racially abused ex-footballer Ian Wright, blaming his in-game counterpart for losing a match. The player has been issued a lifetime ban, a response Wright commended.We also explore Twitch’s first transparency report and dive deeper into the missing numbers in order to illustrate the disparity between how the streaming site handles community infractions when compared to abuse, harassment or hateful conduct.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Finally, we discuss the most recent reports of a 4K-ready Nintendo Switch and why the platform holder needs to carefully consider its hardware strategy if it wishes to extend the Switch’s lifecycle beyond that of its predecessors.You can listen to our latest episode in the player above, subscribe to our directly here. It is also available via Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, Player FM, TuneIn and other widely-used podcast platforms.Don’t forget to check out the latest episodes of The Game Developers’ Playlist and The Five Games Of, all episodes of which are on the same podcast feed.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesPodcast: IO’s independence, with Hakan Abrak | GI Live OnlineHitman studio’s CEO on the journey to self-publishing and achieving the vision for the World of Assassination trilogyBy GamesIndustry Staff 4 days agoNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

National Grid commits $20 million for economic development in NH

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine National Grid’s Granite State Power Link (GSPL) and the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) in Littleton, NH, today announced a partnership and $20 million to support economic growth and opportunities along the project’s route in New Hampshire. GSPL in December also committed $20 million to the Northeast Kingdom, as part of the transmission line will run through Vermont. Several energy firms are competing for a massive request for proposal issued by Massachusetts for 1,200 megawatts of new renewable energy.Canada is a power source for several of the bids and Vermont will get at least some financial benefit from three of them.GSPL is in a bitter fight with competitor Eversource that intends to run a 1,000 MW line parallel to its existing line that runs from Hydro Quebec, through a sliver of Vermont and down through New Hampshire. A third bidder, TDI, also intends to use Canadian hydro and run a 1,000 MW line down Lake Champlain nearly 100 miles before cutting over to Ludlow. TDI has promised Vermont over $200 million to host the project and is favored by Governor Phil Scott.Meanwhile, GSPL, a renewable energy transmission project co-developed by GridAmerica Holdings Inc, an affiliate of National Grid and Citizens Energy, will deliver 1,200 MW of Canadian wind power to New England. Staying adjacent to existing transmission corridors, GSPL will build approximately 59 miles of new overhead HVDC (direct current) transmission line from a new converter station in northern Vermont to a new converter station in Monroe, NH. From Monroe, the existing AC transmission corridor will undergo an interconnection upgrade for 109 miles to Londonderry, New Hampshire, utilizing existing structures and staying within the existing right-of-way for over 97 percent of the route. The benefits package will total $20 million over 40 years and be administered by the NCIC to support and promote economic and community development and employment opportunities through a revolving loan fund and economic and community development grants to route host communities. Other firms are bidding to run lines from Canada down through Maine or even under the Atlantic Ocean from Canada directly to Massachusetts.“NCIC is excited to partner with the GSPL to bring new and expanded opportunity New Hampshire businesses and communities,” said Jon Freeman, NCIC President. “This new infusion of capital means our programs can support more growing businesses and employment initiatives in communities across the region ranging from workforce development to small business capital investments. It’s a win-win for New Hampshire, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”Since its announcement in March, GSPL has executed a fulsome outreach and education program, which included briefings to local select boards, a series of information sessions in host communities, and meetings with landowners and other key stakeholders throughout the route in New Hampshire. GSPL is focused on facilitating a dialogue with those impacted to gain critical feedback that improves the overall project. In December 2017, GSPL entered into a similar partnership and funding program with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) to benefit residents and businesses of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.“The work NCIC does has tremendous impact on the North Country of New Hampshire and throughout the state, and we are proud that the Granite State Power Link can support this outstanding organization by bolstering local and regional economic development,” said Will Hazelip, Vice President of Business Development, National Grid. “When we set out to plan, permit and build Granite State Power Link, we were excited about becoming a fabric of the community and partnering with institutions like NCIC as they are driving economic progress for the region. We are honored to know GSPL can provide an infusion to continue this into the future.”GSPL is under consideration in Massachusetts for a competitive commercialization contract. The project is scheduled to begin construction in mid-2020 with an end of year 2022 in-service date.RELATED STORIES:National Grid commits $20 million to the NEK as part of new Power Link lineHallquist: Changes and challenges facing the electric grid in 2018 and beyondAbout Granite State Power LinkThe Granite State Power Link (GSPL), a project co-developed by National Grid and Citizens Energy, will deliver 1,200 MW of clean, affordable Canadian wind power to New England. Staying within or adjacent to existing transmission corridors, GSPL will build approximately 59 miles of new HVDC (direct current) transmission line from a new converter station in northern Vermont to a new converter station in Monroe, New Hampshire. From Monroe, the interconnection point, approximately 109 miles of existing AC (alternating current) transmission line will be upgraded to a new switching station in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Visit www.GraniteStatePowerLink.com(link is external) for more about GSPL.About NCICEstablished in 1975, NCIC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation that provides capital and expertise to strengthen businesses, communities and employment opportunities across our service region. NCIC develops lending solutions and coaching services based on individual business needs and supports community leaders with job-based solutions including industrial infrastructure, telecommunications, energy and tourism development. NCIC serves New Hampshire and Vermont.  NCIC offices are located in Lancaster, NH and St. Johnsbury, VT. For more information visit: www.ncic.org(link is external).  About National GridNational Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.About Citizens Energy CorporationCitizens Energy Corporation, a Boston-based non-profit founded in 1979 by former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, has a long history of using revenues from successful commercial energy ventures to finance charitable programs to help the poor. Starting in the oil and natural gas industries, Citizens also launched innovative businesses in the health care, electricity trading, and energy conservation fields. More recently, the company expanded into the solar, wind and transmission industries – in every case using profits from its ventures to help the poor wherever it operates.Source: NCIC January 9, 2017last_img read more

Vanessa’s Top 5 Holiday Weekend Dining Spots

first_imgNavigate the Hamptons food scene like a pro with my five favorite spots, from the best in al fresco dining to where to sneak off in the early AM for the best coffee!The American HotelThis Sag Harbor restaurant has so much character and Old-World charm. The bar is one of my favorites in the Hamptons; I could sit there for hours mixing it up with talking to neighbors and reading. I love to drink tea and play backgammon in the lounge during the afternoons. It’s the perfect escape. I love to do brunch on the front patio.Jack’s Stir BrewThough most known for its Amagansett location, I frequent its Sag Harbor coffee shop as it is within easy walking distance to the Long Wharf and Marina. I always love to grab a honey latte or cappuccino before going sailing in the mornings, or after a workout at the nearby gym.SaazGulab Jamun from Saaz.This Southampton restaurant is one of my favorite places to stop on my way out from the city. Its lunch buffet is one of the best deals around. My favorites are the korma curry and the mango chicken. For dessert, order a traditional Indian gulab jamun, a spongy dessert soaked in rose scented syrup.Lulu Kitchen & BarGrilled Heirloom Cauliflower from Lulu Kitchen & Bar.I would come to dine at Lulu, in Sag Harbor, every day if I could. I love to sit next to its open kitchen that is anchored by the wood burning grill and oven. My top choices are Lulu’s grilled heirloom cauliflower, which can easily be split among four people, and the Trufata pizza.East Hampton GrillA staple dining spot in the Hamptons, it offers some of the best service and is highly regarded among residents and visitors alike. Go for its heavenly rosemary biscuits with honey, and for me, it is always a tossup between the barbecue ribs and crab cakes. Either way, I know I will have a substantial portion to take home with me for the next day.Vanessa Gordon is the founder and publisher of www.eastendtaste.com. Follow her @EastEndTaste. Sharelast_img read more

Flyers skate past Capitals

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Washington’s Jakub Vrana (left) is tripped by Philadelphia’s Philippe Myers in the third period on Wednesday night. | AP IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NHL, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana each scored first-period goals for Washington, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots.The Caps began the night with a league-best 65 points. Despite the loss, Washington is still an impressive 17-6-1 on the road.Jets 4, Maple Leafs 3 (SO)In Toronto, Blake Wheeler scored the decisive goal of a shootout and Winnipeg defeated the Maple Leafs.Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and Mason Appleton scored in regulation for the Jets, who have won two games in a row.Stars 2, Kings 1In Los Angeles, Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, and Dallas held on for a win over the Kings.Stars goalie Anton Khudobin made 30 saves in the victory. center_img RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS PHILADELPHIA – Travis Konecny, Robert Hagg and Kevin Hayes each scored one goal to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday night.After a rough 1-4-1 road trip, the Flyers returned home, where they’re now 14-2-4. Philadelphia goaltender Carter Hart allowed two goals on his first eight shots but wound up with 26 saves.last_img read more