PATH Lauded By World Bank and IDB

first_imgPATH Lauded By World Bank and IDBJIS 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 Advertisements The Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) is being lauded by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for its tremendous achievements over the past 12 years.Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank, Kathy Lalazarian, said that due to the programme’s successes, the World Bank’s Board of Directors, in January of this year, approved an additional US$40 million loan to strengthen PATH and expand its reach to 500,000 beneficiaries.Ms. Lalazarian was addressing a PATH Top Achievers Award ceremony, celebrating beneficiaries’ achievements in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, on July 9 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston.PATH is a conditional cash transfer initiative, which delivers social assistance benefits to the most needy in the society. The programme is administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education and other agencies. It is funded by the IDB, the World Bank and other development partners.As at June 2014, PATH cash transfers have been provided to approximately 370,000 registered beneficiaries.Ms. Lalazarian said the World Bank is pleased to be partnering with PATH for more than 10 years, noting that the programme has consistently succeeded in impacting the lives of thousands of the country’s most vulnerable and has also been able to increase school attendance and improve the vaccination rate among children.“Because of Jamaica’s PATH programme, other countries have been able to follow suit – Bahamas, Belize, Grenada and St. Lucia,” she noted.Ms. Lalazarian said the overall objective of the World Bank is to ensure that one in five Jamaicans, including nearly two thirds of the poorest children, will benefit from PATH programmes by 2017.She added that the institution also aims to have 1,000 young people graduating from the job readiness and skill training programme, and anticipates that 80 per cent of families enrolled in the programme will receive complementary benefits, such as entrepreneurship and skills training to help them become self-reliant.“We have every confidence that with the continued success of PATH, these indicators will all be achieved,” she said.In the meantime, IDB Representative, Donna Harris, said PATH is one of the principal vehicles by which the institution has continued to pursue its region-wide agenda.“PATH remains aligned to one of our strategic priorities that seeks to increase effectiveness of social policy, increase equity and reduce poverty, and in parallel, improve productivity of our member countries,” she said.Ms. Harris informed that over the past six years, the IDB has contributed US$145 million in loan financing to the programme. In addition, the institution has supported the research and knowledge agenda with grant financing in the sum of US$1.64 million that includes the support of the most vulnerable groups – persons with disabilities.Meanwhile, Project Director, PATH, Elsa Marks-Willis, said the programme has been internationally recognised as one of the premier conditional cash transfer projects due to its achievements.Among the successes that the Ministry has been able to record under the programme to date are: the design, development and maintenance of a state-of-the-art beneficiary management information system; and an effective benefit review mechanism to ensure the timely review of benefits in line with the rate of inflation.“We have also been able to develop a package of benefits to our PATH families to ensure regular school attendance and consequently, improvement in educational outcomes,” she added.Some of these benefits include: differentiated bi-monthly cash transfers to PATH beneficiary students, based on their gender and school grade; access to school meals free of charge under the Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Programme; transitional grants to assist students leaving the secondary system and who have been accepted into a post-secondary educational institution; and transportation allowances to students who are frequently non-compliant because of difficulties in meeting transportation costs to attend school regularly. RelatedOutstanding PATH Scholars Recognised RelatedPATH Helping to Reduce Child Labor RelatedBook on Caribbean Labour and Employment Laws Launchedcenter_img Story HighlightsThe Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) is being lauded by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for its tremendous achievements over the past 12 years.Due to the programme’s successes, the World Bank’s Board of Directors, in January of this year, approved an additional US$40 million loan to strengthen PATH and expand its reach to 500,000 beneficiaries.PATH is a conditional cash transfer initiative, which delivers social assistance benefits to the most needy in the society. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PATH Lauded By World Bank and IDB LabourJuly 11, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Photo: JIS PhotographerSector Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Donna Harris (left), and Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank, Kathy Lalazarian (right), congratulate Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Top Achievers for 2012 and 2013 (from left): Denbigh High School student, Othneil Williams; Glenmuir High school student, Chedukia Longley; Immaculate Conception High student, Kimberley Burnett and Glenmuir High’s, Peter Williams, following the PATH Top Achievers Awards ceremony at the Knutsford Court hotel on July 9.last_img read more

Adoptable Pet Of The Week – Sweetie

first_imgHomeFeaturedAdoptable Pet Of The Week – Sweetie Apr. 17, 2020 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsPet of the weekAdoptable Pet Of The Week – Sweetieeditor1 year agoadoptBullmastiffdogPet of the WeekpetsshelterSweetie Hi, I’m Sweetie! I’m a 1-year old female Bullmastiff and I’m running for Shelter Dog Of The Month! Why me? I’m a likable candidate! Preferring human’s to other dogs, I’m quiet and gentle with a caring spirit. I’m outgoing and take delight in playtime. My motto? More homes for pets mean more love for humans! My platform? All pets deserve a home and humans deserve the love of animals! As the sole dog in an adult-only home, I believe I can see my agenda realized while bringing a unique point of view to my new family. Do I have your vote? Sweetie, ID#A058349, is available for adoption at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter located at 1640 9th Street. The shelter is closed to the public and adoptions are by appointment only by calling the shelter at (310) 458-8595, Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a full list of adoptable animals, visit Tip Of The Week: Dog LicensingAlong with Love, the primary requirement for responsible pet ownership is being in compliance with all pet laws including dog licensing. This annual requirement must be fulfilled by providing animal control with your dog’s current rabies certification and paying licensing fees. Violation of dog licensing include hefty fines, the possibility of a notice to appear in court, and depending on the circumstances, animal control may confiscate your dog.There are benefits to dog licensing! Dog parks are only available to Santa Monica residents who are current in dog licensing. If your dog gets lost, dog licensing can increase the chances of your dog being reunited with you. In the US, only 13% of dogs are reunited with their owners due mostly to dogs not having proper identification. If your dog is found and taken to an animal shelter, your dog’s license gives animal control the opportunity to contact you.Dog licensing saves lives! The revenue from dog licensing provides funding for spay and neuter programs, and pays for any needed emergency medical treatment for stray dogs if they are found ill or injured. Most important, having your dog rabies certified protects them from the fatal disease.To license your dog, contact your local animal control division. If you are a Santa Monica resident, you may register your dog online at Click on Animal Control Section. For questions, call the Santa Monica Animal Shelter at (310) 458-8595.Pet of the Week is provided by Carmen Molinari, a long-time volunteer at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter and founder and CEO of Love At First Sit, a pet care and dog training company in Santa Monica. Learn about her, pet tips, and Love At First Sit services at :adoptBullmastiffdogPet of the WeekpetsshelterSweetieshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA’s minor league manager off ventilator in coronavirus fightProvidence St. John’s nurses call for transparency from hospital managementYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agolast_img read more

Five-year-old girl attacked, dragged by black bear

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MESA COUNTY, Colo.) — A 5-year-old girl was attacked by a bear in Colorado early Sunday.The unidentified child had gone outside of her home in East Orchard Mesa in the predawn hours to investigate noises she believed were coming from a dog, her mother told authorities.When the mother went to look for her daughter in the home, which is above the Colorado River corridor in Grand Junction, she heard screams about 2:30 a.m., according to a news release by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.That’s when she saw a large black bear dragging the girl, according to the release. The mom screamed at the bear, which then let go of the girl, the release said.The girl was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries, but she was later upgraded to fair condition, according to CPW.CPW officers were working with federal wildlife services personnel to track the bear, according to the news release.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chart’s critical care products up by 34%

first_imgChart increased associated production by over 50% to meet continued demand for liquid oxygen for Covid-19 patients, according to the cryogenic equipment manufacture’s 2020 first quarter results (ended March 31, 2020). All Chart manufacturing locations globally have been deemed essential business by each local and federal government and therefore continue to operate under this status. Source: ChartInstall of two back-up Perma-Cyl® 5500 MicroBulk Storage Liquid Oxygen Systems for Ventilator Support at Stony Brook University Hospital, New YorkJill Evanko, Chart Industries’ CEO, “Typically, my quote would be about the financials and decisive, agile responsiveness during this unprecedented time. The related facts in this release contain that information, and instead I would like to thank our team members who, as essential personnel, have worked tirelessly and safely to increase production on critical care products that are being used globally to save lives.”In March (2020), Chart increased production on specific medical oxygen related products by over 65% in the US and 50% in the Czech Republic. Order activity for its medical oxygen products used in hospital applications increased 34% in Q1 2020 when compared to Q1 2019 and increased 29% when compared to Q4 2019. The regional breakdown compared to Q1 2019 is: China, an increase of 69%; Europe, an increase of 21%; India, an increase of 122%; and the US, an increase of 39%.Orders for Chart’s cryobiological product line – used for storage and transport of vaccinations, cell therapy and biological inventory – increased by 14% to $20.8m in Q1 2020 when compared to Q1 2019.Month to date through April 20 (2020), Chart received more medical oxygen kit orders in the US than in the entire first quarter, and total medical oxygen specific demand is already at 35% of the first quarter levels. Chart expects this Covid-19 related demand to return to pre-Covid-19 levels later in 2020.Chart’s Q1 2020 results also revealed the company executed on $49m of annualised cost savings year-to-date 2020, which is in addition to the $38m completed in 2019.Chart also declared, “We are withdrawing prior 2020 full year guidance due to uncertainty of the duration and impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic but reiterate our long-term strategy and ongoing cost alignment.”Backlog in China is $68m as of the end of Q1 2020, and subsequently, Chart received the largest industrial gas order in its history in China in early April.Chart also said in the results, “Specialty market orders in the first quarter of 2020 were up 9% over the fourth quarter of 2019 and up nearly 11% over the first quarter of 2019. Specifically, hydrogen, cannabis and food and beverage continue to see demand, with fast food, convenience stores, and alcohol, wine, beer and cannabis considered essential during the shelter-in-place orders. We received an order for a study on using liquid hydrogen to fuel large marine vessels, which is the first of its kind. In addition to 35 customers each placing over $1m in orders in the first quarter 2020, we also had 15 ‘first of a kind’ orders for a variety of applications. These ranged from the first LNG regasification station in Malaysia to the first doser used for fuel additives to our first retrofit of an existing LNG baseload facility on the US Gulf Coast.”last_img read more

Conquerors crowned Elite League champs

first_imgFruta Conquerors were crowned the Guyana Football Federation [GFF] Elite League winner after battling to a 1-1 draw with defending champion the Guyana Defence Force [GDF] on Sunday at the Georgetown Football Club [GFC] ground, Bourda. The Tucville giant secured the championship following a series of results on what was their penultimate fixture of the tournament.Needing a win or a draw against the army unit and for Western Tigers to either lose or draw their matchup against Den Amstel, the Tucville outfit walked away with the title, after Western Tigers was held to a 1-1 result by the West Demerara unit.   Domini GarnetteWith the respective results, Fruta Conquerors took an unassailable lead on 42 points heading into the final round of matches while second place GDF move to 37 points. Western Tigers, who have two games remaining, climbed to 35 points and remain in fourth position while Den Amstel, with  36 points is in third place.In the matchup, Fruta Conquerors took the lead in the 66th minute following a scoreless halftime interval when Domini Garnette scored.However, GDF struck back in the final moment of the match as Sherwyn Caesar etched his name on the scorer’s sheet in the 90th+3. The feature clash of the night mirrored the aforementioned contest as Western Tigers snatched the opening goal in the 64th minute, compliments of a Ryan Adolph conversion.Den Amstel refused to go down without a fight and crafted the equaliser in the 79th minute via a Jamaal Harvey strike.last_img read more