$4.4 Billion Set Aside for PATH Beneficiaries

first_imgA 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 Reporterlast_img read more

Crewman with Leg Injury Evacuated from Tanker

first_imgzoom A 39-year-old Croatian crewman has been evacuated from the crude oil tanker MV Almi Navigator off Port Elizabeth, South Africa.The ship reported the patient to Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) and after a Government Health EMS duty doctor evaluated the patient in communications with the ship, the ship was diverted to Port Elizabeth for a patient evacuation.“An injury to the crewman’s leg sustained onboard earlier in the month had progressively worsened and after evaluation by the EMS duty doctor an evacuation to hospital was ordered for as soon as possible,” Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said.The sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft was launched accompanied by EC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics.It rendezvoused with the ship off the shore of Port Elizabeth in the early evening hours the same day and the patient, walking wounded, was transferred onto the sea rescue craft. He was brought to shore and transported to hospital in a stable condition for further medical treatment, NSRI informed.last_img read more