NASCAR Next roster for 2013 announced

first_imgSport’s young rising stars spotlighted DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 7, 2013) – Filled with prospects coming from Nevada to Georgia, from Canada to Mexico, and a number of hometowns in between, NASCAR unveiled today the 2013 driver roster for NASCAR Next program at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.NASCAR Next, an evolution of the Next9 initiative that began in 2011, is an overarching industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars – and bolster fan recognition around talent that will grow into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series mainstays.  In addition to competing on various NASCAR series across the country, drivers in the program will participate in several media and promotional activities throughout the next 12 months. Ryan Gifford (24, Winchester, Tenn.)The NASCAR Drive For Diversity product became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in 2010. Kenzie Ruston (21, El Reno, Okla.)As a rookie, has three top-five finishes in five career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts and recorded the highest finish by a female driver in series history with a third-place effort in April at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. “This program has made great strides in a short time,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR vice president, industry services. “The evolution of NASCAR Next builds on that success with the influx of young, talented drivers continuing throughout all of NASCAR’s racing series. This program provides a platform to help foster their growth within our sport, and introduce these young and talented drivers to NASCAR fans who will likely be hearing more about them in years to come.”This year’s NASCAR Next group ranges from 15 to 24 years of age, represents three countries and 10 U.S. states from Nevada to Connecticut. They have amassed 32 NASCAR touring series wins and one series title. The multicultural group represents a diversity in geography (10 different U.S. states, in addition to Canada and Mexico), with racing backgrounds from asphalt to dirt and open wheel to stock car.The team was assembled through a thorough process that included separate nominating and voting panels. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and possess the skillset to realize that goal.Additionally, each driver in NASCAR Next must be actively competing in a NASCAR touring or weekly series – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East or West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series, Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series or NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors also are eligible providing they are in the first full-time season in their respective series.Former NASCAR Next members that have moved on to success in NASCAR’s national series include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr.The NASCAR Next members for 2013-14 are: Dylan Kwasniewski (18, Las Vegas, Nev.)The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year and 2012 series champion is competing for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title this season. Michael Self (22, Park City, Utah)As a relative newcomer to stock-car racing, he is a bona fide NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title contender and has four wins in last 13 series starts. Ben Rhodes (16, Louisville, Ky.)as driven his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model to podium finishes this year at the UNOH Battle At The Beach in Daytona and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown in Richmond, while also making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut. Cameron Hayley (16, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)The NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner at inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway in February is a K&N Pro Series West championship contender. Chase Elliott (17, Dawsonville, Ga.)A two-time Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he had a win and 15 Top 10s and has two top-five finishes in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season. “The evolution of NASCAR Next builds on that success with the influx of young, talented drivers continuing throughout all of NASCAR’s racing series.”—Jill Gregory, NASCAR vice president, industry services Ryan Preece (22, Berlin, Conn.)A two-time championship runner-up in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with five career wins and 12 poles and is a top competitor in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’ Modified Divisions in Connecticut. Brett Moffitt (20, Grimes, Iowa)Has 31 top-five finishes in 52 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts and is among the series’ all-time leaders in wins and poles. Ben Kennedy (21, Daytona Beach, Fla.)Has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins in five starts this season and will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in August at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Gray Gaulding (15, Colonial Heights, Va.)The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rookie set series records for youngest pole winner and race leader in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Jeb Burton, (20 years old, Halifax, Va.)Four top-10 finishes in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season with three pole wins as a rookie. Daniel Suarez (21, Monterrey, Mexico)A product of the NASCAR Driver For Diversity program, competes fulltime with Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and is a title favorite in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series.last_img read more

Election 2014 – and the influence of Value Your Vote

first_imgSo what did we learn last night…1. Labour’s Maryan Street didn’t get back in. So it’s bye bye to attempts to decriminalise euthanasia for a while :-):-)2. Bye Hone. Families won’t miss your foul language3. A disaster for the Greens. And was it because of their abortion policy? We’re pretty sure it was!4. Gay marriage and ‘bathroom bills’ (gender confusion…) cost Labour. When will they learn to shut down MP’s who want to do radical social engineering. All their vote was down in the South Auckland seats – as Sua William Sio predicted. Even ex-leader David Shearer said on television this morning that Labour had been hijacked by special interest groups. Of course he was referring to MP’s like Louisa Wall.5. Did Labour and Greens do badly and NZ First and Conservatives do better because of Value Your Vote? You betcha!! We’ll be back! #valueyourvote2017last_img read more

B.C. modernizing water act

first_imgOnce implemented, the updated Water Sustainability Act will provide a variety of policy directions. Some key directions outlined in the policy include protecting stream health and aquatic environments, regulating ground water usage, improving water security and efficiency and measuring and reporting water usage. The third phase will start this spring when the new legislation will be drafted.Finally, the fourth phase will be when the bill is introduced into the legislature and will be voted on for approval.Council discussed the importance for this type of legislation in the province. The province’s water supply is affected by numerous factors including climate change, a growing population and the government’s inability to accurately measure how much water is being used.At the local level, Shopland says there are several factors that affect water usage in Fort St. John. These demands include competing water interests, the effect that land and resource development has on the city’s water supply as well as an increasing demand for groundwater, which is not regulated in B.C.Advertisement A presentation given to Fort St. John’s City Council Monday, outlining how the province is updating its Water Sustainability Act.The City’s Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works Victor Shopland gave a presentation on the province’s modernization of the act.- Advertisement -The provincial water act dictates who can use available water and how much of it can be used. It also outlines how the Province is working to monitor the resource’s usage.The Province will be reviewing its water laws in order to improve how it uses water and monitors water usage. Some changes to the act will include increasing community involvement in decision making and regulating the use of ground water in priority areas.The process to modernize the water act will go through four key phases before being approved. The first phase required a review and background research on provincial water usage, which has already been completed.The second phase involves policy development. This phase has already begun with the 2009 launch of the Living Water Smart Blog. The blog allows residents to voice their ideas and concerns with regards to water usage.Advertisementlast_img read more

MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE PART 5 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS

first_imgIT’S the weekend – and fitness guru Michael Black continues his series for donegaldaily.com on the A to Z of exercise and fitness. Here’s Part 5.Previous articles can be found at the end of this article.TTable TennisDetail: When table tennis is played at the right tempo, it is an extremely physically demanding sport. The stamina, strength, and agility needed in order to play a high speed table tennis match is remarkable. But when played socially or for leisure it is rare for amateurs to get up to the speeds required to burn the calories desired. Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 5/10Tae Kwon DoDetail: Originally learnt as a form of self defence Tae Kwon Do practices techniques involving punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints to defeat your opponent. Although it doesn’t provide a strenuous aerobic workout Tae Kwon Do will improve strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, stamina, and posture. Weight loss: 7/10Muscle building: 6/10Toning: 7/10TennisDetail: Indoor, outdoor, grass, or concrete it doesn’t matter, wherever you’re playing, tennis is an immense workout for the whole body.  Tennis will increase your flexibility, agility, strength, stamina and your spatial awareness. Facilities and equipment are easy to find too.Weight loss: 7/10 Muscle building: 5/10Toning: 7/10TrampolineProbably the most fun you can have whilst trying to stay fit and healthy.  Trampolining is a low impact cardiovascular workout that will enhance your coordination, strength, flexibility, timing and balance.Weight loss: 4/10 Muscle building: 1/10Toning: 6/10TriathlonDetail: A Triathlon combines swimming, cycling and running which are all part of a single race in which the competitor will participate in all three sports one after the other.  Triathlons exist locally for all levels of athletes but training prior to competing is essential.Weight loss: 8/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 8/10VolleyballVolleyball can be played indoors, at the beach and even in water.  It’s easy to pick up and enjoyable to play.  As well as being a good cardiovascular exercise, due to the game’s quick changes of pace and direction it will build up you speed, agility, spatial awareness and improve you teamwork and communication skills.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 4/10Toning: 6/10YYogaDetail: Yoga is a relaxing low intensity Hindu discipline that improves your flexibility, strength, and posture. A combination of breath exercises, Yoga positions, body locks, and meditations make up a Yoga session. It takes discipline to accomplish each Yoga pose, but if you persevere the results are worth it.Weight loss: 2/10Muscle building: 1/10Toning: 4/10WWalkingDetail: You do it everyday without even thinking about it, so just walk that little bit further.  You don’t even have to go anywhere; you can do it on the treadmill at home or at the gym, but getting out and about will also give you that feel good factor!Weight loss: 6/10 (Depending on Intensity)Muscle building: 3/10Toning: 6/10Weight LiftingDetail: Weight lifting is great for toning and strengthening muscles but there is a common misconception that weight lifting alone will also burn fat.  It is important to incorporate some aerobic exercise in to your workout in order to increase your metabolism and lose weight and keep it off.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 8/10Toning: 7/10Personal Trainer &Sports [email protected]: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports Coachingyou can read part one and part two and part three by clicking the links below:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/06/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-one/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/14/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-2-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/20/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-3-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF FITNESS PART 4 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESSMICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE PART 5 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalexercise columnMichael Blacklast_img read more

Candidates offered two how-to sessions

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Residents interested in running for local office – the Santa Clarita City Council or water or school boards – are invited to Candidate Academy at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 19 at the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. Candidate Academy is a nonpartisan event at which people interested in running for office will receive information and can ask questions. Among the highlights of the first day of the academy will be a presentation by City Clerk Sharon Dawson, who will discuss the logistics of preparing and filing the paperwork to run for office. Afterward, Scott Wilk will discuss how to form, market and promote a campaign. On the second day, lawyer Hunt Braly will discuss campaign financing. The session will conclude with a panel of elected officials and prior candidates who will discuss their experiences in running for office and answer questions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The chamber office is at 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. The cost is $20 for both nights. For reservations, call Felicia Scorse at (661) 702-6977 or via e-mail at [email protected] Candidate Academy is sponsored by the chamber and the Santa Clarita Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Rain should jump start winter steelhead run

first_imgIt wasn’t much, but it was a start. Tuesday’s storms brought just enough rain to bump up the river flows, and hopefully light a fire under the winter steelhead. Most of the rain fell from Eureka north, with the Smith and Chetco each jumping a couple feet. The Smith was dropping quickly and will likely be clear by Saturday, but the Chetco should be in great shape and fish through the weekend. Locally, the Mad River saw increase of roughly 300 cfs, which is plenty to pull some fresh steelhead …last_img

King of Karate in Khayelitsha

first_imgSensei Monwabisi Njomba has taken the lessons he learnt mastering martial arts and used them to develop the minds and bodies of young people in Cape Town.Monwabisi Njomba (right) is a trained martial arts teacher, who learnt valuable lessons and healthy living. He is now inspiring young people and others in the community through his Njomba Fitness Academy in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. (Image: Monwabisi Njomba Facebook)CD AndersonSensei Monwabisi Njomba got his start in karate, kung fu and other martial arts as a young man in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. When he moved to Cape Town in 2010, he had a dream of opening his own dojo, or martial arts gym, for youngsters who wanted to learn both the physical and mental pillars of the ancient arts of self-defence.“I always had a heart for young people and decided to pursue the idea of opening my own gym. I then started Njomba Fitness Academy [in Khayelitsha] to try to bring young people together through fitness and prevent them from doing wrong,” he told News24.The academy started small, at the township’s Eyethu Hall and set up with only the most rudimentary equipment and his knowledge of martial arts. But the idea soon found an appreciative audience. Children in the area approached the academy in droves, inspired, like Njomba when he was young, to learn the quick and agile moves made famous by films stars such Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.Njomba says the principles of karate and other martial arts are not only about strength and physical power, but also about self-discipline and mental focus. “I always kept my head high because I was passionate about karate,” he says, and he is doing his best to instil that same self-belief in his young students.The academy is not only for the young, with many older residents learning the more delicate though equally fulfilling practices of yoga and Pilates. He also teaches basic self-defence methods to women and organises aerobics classes and fun runs. While the main focus of the academy is martial arts, Njomba ensures there is something for everyone in the community.“My main aim [for the community] is to keep the young people fit and help elders to live healthy and better lives.”Right now, Njomba’s biggest challenge is keeping the academy running, and he is always on the lookout for new sponsors and companies interested in partnering with the gym to be able to continue giving the residents a place to make friends, and learn tolerance and healthy living.“We don’t have proper gear [for karate] and sometimes transport is a hassle when we want to go to championships. But we keep our heads high and try to help the young ones who are passionate about the sport,” Njomba said.The popularity of the Njomba Fitness Academy is growing, and for the founder himself, its success is the fulfilment of his life’s dream to bring karate to the community. “I really love what I do… I believe everyone needs to exercise in order to live a healthy life.”Watch a video of Njomba and his Fitness Academy on the News24/Beautiful News website.Source: News24/Beautiful News, Monwabisi Njomba FacebookWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

NBA: Shaq blames ‘the man upstairs’ for his poor free throw shooting

first_imgO’Neal’s shooting was so bad that coaches resorted to the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy, where opposing players deliberately fouled him since he couldn’t make most of his free throws.The scheme continued long after O’Neal retired, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver placing a new rule to alter the tactic.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Shaq, Kobe reunite in hilarious video for NBA 2K18ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Shaquille O’Neal poses after the unveiling of his statue in front of Staples Center, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)At the peak of his career, retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was arguably the most dominant force the league ever saw, and was merely unstoppable inside the paint due to his massive size and sheer power.However, one thing that held him back was his porous free-throw shooting, averaging an atrocious 52.7 percent throughout his 19-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shaq recently addressed his charity stripe woes to Nina Mandell of USA Today’s For the Win and said that it was all the work of the “higher powers that be.”“The theory is, it was the man way upstairs’ way of keeping me humble,” the 45-year-old Hall of Famer said. “Seriously. Because the way I played, the way I made everyone else around me better, all of the publicity I was doing—imagine if I was doing that and had shot 90 percent from the free throw line. I would have been arrogant. I’d probably be so arrogant. So it was just his way of saying ‘Hey, buddy, you’re just like everybody else.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe player-turned-analyst also downplayed speculations that he didn’t work enough on his shooting during his storied career.“I tried to make 200 a day,” Shaq revealed.  “And then when I got really big time and was able to build gyms in my house, I shot all the time. But there’s a difference between playing craps at your house with your boys and going to (a) casino and playing craps. When I’m by myself I shoot like Steve Kerr. But it’s just something about when I’m in a game, there’s pressure, I just tighten up.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cebu Ironman: Amelia Watkinson redeems self after subpar stint last year Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra bag bonus point, Delhi edge Rajasthan

first_imgMaharashtra registered a comprehensive innings and 52 runs win over Assam in a Group B Ranji Trophy match on Thursday.The win gave Maharashtra seven points, along with a bonus point for completing an innings win. They bowled out Assam for 234 in the second innings after managing 256 in their first essay.Maharashtra scored a huge 542 in the first innings and forced Assam to follow on. They reduced Assam to 115 for six at the close of the third day’s play on Wednesday.They required 27 overs on the fourth and final day of the match to complete the proceedings. Maharashtra’s medium pacer Anupam Sanklecha was named the Man of the Match for his 12-wicket haul. He claimed eight wickets in the first innings.Assam’s KB Arun Karthik was the highest scorer in the second innings with an unbeaten 87.In Wayanad, Delhi narrowly edged Rajasthan by two wickets after suffering a batting collapse.Chasing a target of 153 runs, they started the day on 51 for 3, needing 102 runs to win. Shikhar Dhawan, overnight batting on 35, was dismissed for 49.Delhi were tottering at 76/5 at one stage. Nitish Rana (31) and Sumit Narwal (27 not out) helped Delhi to victory.In Hubli, Mumbai were dismissed for 417 in their first innings against Gujarat, surrendering a 15-run lead, but the match ended in a draw.In response to Gujarat’s 437, Mumbai began the day at 328/6. Shreyas Iyer, batting on 191, stood between Gujarat and a first innings lead. His dismissal for 194 meant Mumbai couldn’t surpass their opponent’s first innings lead.Gujarat moved to 82/0 in the second innings when the match was drawn.advertisementIn New Delhi, Karnataka battled to avoid defeat against Odisha, forcing a draw. They got a point from the match, allowing Odisha three, as they conceded a first innings lead.Karnataka were bowled out for 179 in their first innings. Odisha capitalised on their opponents’ low score to post 342, thus guaranteeing them three points for taking the first innings lead.Karnataka were 81 ahead with four wickets when play began on Thursday. CM Gautam (95) and Shreyas Gopal (77) helped Karnataka shoot up to 393, setting Odisha a target of 231 in 32 overs.Odisha batted steadily to end the match on 63/0, sealing three points.Brief scores:Maharashtra 542Assam 256 and 234Rajasthan 238 and 221Delhi 307 and 156/8Gujarat 437 and 82/0Mumbai 422Karnataka 179 and 393Odisha 342 and 63/0last_img read more

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