400,000 Jamaicans Have Benefitted From PATH

first_img Between December 2002 and August 2008, the value of the PATH grants was standardised for all categories of beneficiaries. In December 2008, a system of differentiated benefits was introduced for children receiving education grants. The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) has helped to transform the lives of over 400,000 Jamaicans since its inception in 2002.A conditional cash transfer programme, funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the initiative provides assistance to the most needy, by way of cash grants.Director of Social Security at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Denzil Thorpe, tells JIS News that PATH offers an array of benefits to children from birth to completion of secondary school; senior citizens 60 years and over, who are not in receipt of a pension; persons with disabilities; pregnant and lactating women; and poor adults, between the ages of 18 to 59 years, who are duly registered.“To qualify for the programme, an applicant must satisfy the eligibility criteria, by verifying that he/she is a member of a needy family. This is done through the application of a ‘proxy means test’. The applicant is interviewed, and an application is completed with the help of a representative from the Ministry,” he explains.To fully complete the application process, applicants are asked to provide personal data pertaining to his/her family, including levels of education attained, as well as the family’s access to basic social amenities.“On the basis of the information submitted, and the application of the electronic Beneficiary Identification System (BIS), families, who meet the established criteria, are selected. Information provided at the interview is later verified by a home visit, after which qualified applicants are registered to begin receiving payments,” he says.Mr. Thorpe informed that bi-monthly payments are made to compliant beneficiaries by one of two modes, either by a cheque or by cash card. Cheque payments are made through the island-wide network of post offices and postal agencies.Between December 2002 and August 2008, the value of the PATH grants was standardised for all categories of beneficiaries, however, in December 2008, a system of differentiated benefits was introduced for children receiving education grants, to encourage school attendance and school retention at the secondary level. These benefits were revised on August 15, 2013.Mr. Thorpe explains that boys in grades one to six receive $950.00 per month, while girls in the same category receive $865.00. Boys in grades seven to nine receive $1,240.00, while girls receive $1,125.00. Boys in grades 10 to 13 receive $1,455.00, and girls receive $1,325.00.“Our aim is to promote education at the highest level among all categories of beneficiaries, in particular boys, who our studies have shown are more likely to drop out of school than girls. In essence, the benefits that boys at the primary and secondary levels receive, are a little higher than what the girls receive, in an effort to increase their compliance rate for school attendance.  With this initiative, we encourage them to attend school on a regular basis, so that they receive the full benefit.” Mr. Thorpe points out.He says that the payment of benefits is linked to the compliance information, which is periodically communicated by the schools, to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, in relation to each PATH student.Mr. Thorpe tells JIS News that it is the responsibility of the household to ensure that each child attends school at least 85 per cent of the academic year, in order to continue to receive the full cash grant.“So, if the child is absent for more than three days out of each month, they are only paid a base benefit of $400, which is far less than the full benefit,” he says.The base benefit is paid to non-compliant beneficiaries on a monthly basis, instead of no benefit at all. “The full benefit is only disbursed if the required compliance conditionality is achieved,” Mr. Thorpe says.Turning his attention to senior citizens, and persons with disabilities, two of the most vulnerable groups within the society, Mr. Thrope informs that these groups receive $1,500.00, and $1,035.00 respectively, on a monthly basis. Pregnant and lactating mothers, who are beneficiaries of the programme, also receive a cash benefit of $1,035.00 per month.In addition to the standard cash grants, the Social Security Director notes that senior citizens, pregnant and lactating mothers can also access basic health care, at public health facilities island-wide.He also mentions that under the programme, students who are pursuing post secondary education, whether Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, diploma, degree or other certification courses, can also receive a cash grant, depending on their course of study.“The value of the post secondary grant ranges from $15,000 for CSEC resits to $50,000 for students who have advanced to a degree programme. A tertiary bursary valued at $100,000 for eligible students in the second to fourth year of a diploma or degree programme, is to be introduced for 2013.He informs that payments to beneficiaries are made in February, April, June, August, October and December, from the 15th day of each month.“Payments are ideally made to a single family representative in each family. However, elderly or disabled adults within these families may request that payments be made directly to them. In such cases, a family may have more than one family representative collecting a benefit,” he says.For further details on PATH, persons can visit the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide, or call 922-8000-13 or 1-888 991-2089 (toll free). Bi-monthly payments are made to compliant beneficiaries by one of two modes, either by a cheque or by cash card. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Narcotics officers raid marijuana delivery service in Pacific Beach

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Narcotics officers raided a marijuana delivery service run out of a Pacific Beach apartment, seizing cannabis and cash and arresting the alleged operator in a continuing crackdown on unlicensed marijuana businesses, police said Wednesday.Officers served the search warrant around 8 a.m. Tuesday at the delivery service Beach Budz, which was operating out of an apartment in the 3800 block of Ingraham Street, said Lt. Matt Novak of the San Diego Police Department’s narcotics unit.“The search warrant yielded approximately (two pounds) of high-grade marijuana, concentrated cannabis and edibles, $1,200 in cash and business documents and records,” Novak said.Anthony Cruz, 29, was arrested and issued a citation on suspicion of marijuana sales and operating a business without a license, according to a SDPD statement.Recreational use of marijuana became legal on Jan. 1, but businesses must be licensed to sell the product. The SDPD and the San Diego City Attorney’s Office have continued to crack down on unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services as part of an operation that began last year.“All persons operating these illegal marijuana businesses will be arrested and prosecuted,” Novak said. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Narcotics officers raid marijuana delivery service in Pacific Beach May 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Surfboard shop damaged in fire in Morenaarea

first_img Updated: 8:45 AM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Surfboard shop damaged in fire in Morena-area April 12, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A two-alarm blaze near a surfboard shop in the Morena area Friday morning and sent a firefighter to the hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion, authorities said.Dispatchers received a call shortly before 2:20 a.m. from a person who reported seeing smoke near the 5100 block of Pacific Highway, San Diego Fire-Rescue dispatch supervisor Brent Peterson said.Firefighters responded to the scene and found smoke and flames near a surfboard repair shop, Peterson said.The owner of Lord of the Dings Surfboard Repair, Mauricio DeSuza, said that his building did not sustain any fire damage and it was a building next to his that was burned.Crews doused the blaze and had the flames knocked down within 40 minutes, the dispatch supervisor said.A firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion, SDFRD spokesman Jose Ysea said. An update on the firefighter’s condition was not immediately available.The cause of the fire was under investigation. Posted: April 12, 2019last_img read more

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