RelatedGovt. Looking at Legislation to Better Protect Household Workers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Additional Funds for Poverty Intervention ProjectJIS 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 Additional Funds for Poverty Intervention Project LabourJune 24, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedJamaicans Urged To Protect Children from Child Labour RelatedGov’t Committed to Advancing Disability Agenda Another $75 million will be allocated under the Short Term Poverty Intervention Project this year, as the Government continues its work to protect the nation’s most vulnerable.Cabinet has approved the increased funding due to the positive impact the initiative has had on recipients.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon Derrick Kellier, in a statement to the House on June 23, informed that approximately 3,500 poor households benefited from the intervention project last year, with the $75 million budgetary allocation.The project was done in collaboration with Members of Parliament, each of whom was allocated $1 million. The funding was directed largely towards entrepreneurial ventures, and the provision of compassionate grants.Mr. Kellier noted that each Member of Parliament (MP) will again be allocated $1 million. However, the funds will be given in two tranches. A total of $500,000 will be made available from July to September, while the remaining $500,000 will be allotted in December.The Minister said the methodology used last year will again be adopted. Each MP will receive a letter that provides details of the project along with the prescribed form for the submission of beneficiary names and projects.The recommendations are to be sent directly to the Permanent Secretary, who will initiate the necessary investigations by social workers to ensure that the projects are productive and beneficial. Story HighlightsAnother $75 million will be allocated under the Short Term Poverty Intervention Project this year, as the Government continues its work to protect the nation’s most vulnerable.Cabinet has approved the increased funding due to the positive impact the initiative has had on recipients.Approximately 3,500 poor households benefited from the intervention project last year, with the $75 million budgetary allocation. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Labour & Social Security and Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Derrick Kellier. (FILE)
BATON ROUGE – His Tigers may be preparing for the biggest game of the season against Alabama on Saturday, but LSU football coach Les Miles opened his weekly press luncheon Monday by urging everyone to vote in the general election Tuesday.“Just recognize that it’s Election Day coming up, where all model citizens will get off and take care of their duties to their country,” he said. “This is not Columbus Day. This is not just for the Italians. This is certainly not St. Paddy’s. It’s not just for the Irish. It is for all those who have the ability to vote in our country, so get out and do that, please.”Asked what candidates he may vote for, Miles said, “I refuse to say. Hey, it’s a right of every American to keep that private. Your voting, I didn’t ask, ‘Hey, raise your hand if you’re voting for this guy.’ I just said everybody should go vote.”THE RECRUITING BOWL: Several high school prospects’ decisions come down to LSU or Alabama every February, but it is rare that a prospect bases his decision solely on the outcome of that game, the latest of which will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium on CBS. No. 4 Alabama is 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference. No. 14 LSU is 7-2 and 3-2 in the SEC.Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine High in New Orleans was the No. 1 prep tailback in the nation last year, and he weighed LSU versus Alabama throughout his recruitment. In the end, he chose LSU even though it lost for the third straight time to Alabama last November.LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) rushes in the Tigers’ 10-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 25. LSU hosts Alabama on Saturday.“Certainly, there’s a piece of recruiting that is specific to winning,” Miles said. “To what extent, I’m not certain. I can always tell you, it’s a lot more fun to call after you won one, though.”Former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell said he did base his college choice on the outcome of the LSU-Alabama game when he was a senior at Williamson High School in Mobile, Alabama. Heavily recruited by Alabama, he was on the field as an LSU visitor at Tiger Stadium on Nov. 16, 2002. Alabama beat LSU, 31-0, that night, and Russell chose LSU because he said he felt the Tigers needed him more.LSU-BAMA SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has won the last three against LSU, including 38-17 last year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and 21-17 in Tiger Stadium in 2012. But the Tigers still lead the series this century by a 9-6 count. The Tigers were 7-1 against Alabama from 2000 through 2007 — the most dominant period in LSU’s history against Alabama. The Tide leads the overall series 48-25-5 with a 26-8-2 advantage in Tiger Stadium. LSU coach Les Miles is 5-5 against Alabama and 3-5 against Alabama coach Nick Saban.Connect with Glenn on Twitter @LSUBeatTweet
FRISCO, Texas – University of New Orleans junior Hafsa Laraibi has been selected as Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Honorable mention this week goes to Nicholls sophomore Stephanie Barnett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sophomore Judit Vives, Lamar senior Carolina Maso and Stephen F. Austin senior Malena Gordo. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Hafsa Laraibi, New OrleansLaraibi had a perfect week, going 4-0 in singles and doubles as she helped New Orleans get off to a 2-0 start for the spring season. The Casablanca, Morocco, native dropped only four total games in her two singles matches at the No. 6 position. In doubles, Laraibi teamed with Yasmine Rashad at the No. 3 doubles spot to notch two more wins and cap an undefeated weekend against Florida A&M and Jacksonville State. The junior defeated Elizabeth Clayton of Florida A&M, 6-1, 6-1, and then had an identical score against Jacksonville State’s Danielle Kerindi. In doubles, Laraibi and Rashad were 6-4 winners over Florida A&M and had a 6-1 victory against Jacksonville State as the Privateers swept both teams 7-0. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.