Related$615 Million for Infrastructural Works at Schools Advertisements Story HighlightsGovernment will spend $23.8 million this financial year, to make final payments under the Inner City Basic Services project.The initiative, which lasted from May 2006 to December 2013, was implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding from the World Bank.Its overall objective involved the improvement of the quality of life for residents in 12 inner city communities through the provision of basic urban infrastructure, financial services, land tenure, and enhancement in public safety. $23 Million Allocated to Inner City Basic Services Project Budget 2014/2015April 8, 2014Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Related$96.6 Million for Banana Accompanying Measures Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government will spend $23.8 million this financial year, to make final payments under the Inner City Basic Services project.Details of this allocation are outlined in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The initiative, which lasted from May 2006 to December 2013, was implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding from the World Bank.Its overall objective involved the improvement of the quality of life for residents in 12 inner city communities through the provision of basic urban infrastructure, financial services, land tenure, and enhancement in public safety.Among the achievements under the project, as at March 2014, were the provision of Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) clinics and guidance counselling services for 31,361 persons, as well as mediation training, mentorship and parenting training for 35,803 persons from specific communities.The programme also saw new or improved access to water for 3,483 households; improved or new access to sewer networks for 478 households; the construction of five community centres; the approval and disbursement of 373 formal microfinance loans; and rehabilitation of 20.7 kilometres of road, which included improvements of the associated drainage systems as well as additional hydrants installed along these roadways. Related$464 Million to Improve JCF Capabilities
A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 19, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has arrested NY-based immigrant lawyer Gnoleba Seri for fraud and identity theft, particularly affecting Caribbean immigrants. Seri was charged for stealing person information from legitimate immigration sponsors for other fraudulent visa applications.Miramar residents gathered in style yesterday to celebrate the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade at Lakeshore Park. Local school bands and traditional Bahamian Junkanoo brands performed for the crowd, while city mascots joined city officials, police and fire department representatives for a special motorcade.Former Jamaican contestant from “The Voice” Anita Antoinette gave a stellar performance of her latest music yesterday at South Florida’s NBC 6 show, “The Mix,” hosted by Roxanne Vargas. A daughter of reggae singer Clinton Fearon, Antoinette says she is working on additional material, due for release later this year.Jamaican U.S. college soccer star Ojai Bedward says he has his eye on joining a Major League Soccer club next season. The 21-year-old Excelsior High School alumni has a stellar performance last year, leading his school Bryant & Stratton College to the USCAA championship final. Bedward will strut his skills for recruiters this summer at the Players’ Development League.What’s trending:Jamaican pop reggae star OMI of “Cheerleader” fame unveils summery video for his latest track, “Drop in the Ocean.” The track is the third single to be taken from his debut album “Me 4 U,” following on from second top 10 hit “Hula Hoop.”For Today’s Weather Forecast:Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 65 and a low of 50. For Miami-Dade, mostly cloudy with a high of 66 and a low of 53.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly
Manchester United strike Marcus Rashford, has emerged the bookmakers’ joint-favourite to win Britain’s Sports Personality of the Year Award after his successful campaign for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays.British ministers originally said that school food vouchers would not be available over the long holiday, prompting the 22-year-old forward to take up the cause and reveal how he had relied on such support as a boy.On Tuesday, the government bowed to pressure and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said it would provide a COVID-19 summer food fund costing around 120 million pounds.Rashford’s efforts have seen his odds of 80/1 cut to 6/4, making him the joint-favourite for the BBC award alongside WBC Heavyweight Champion boxer Tyson Fury, according to bookmaker Paddy Power.Rashford has already helped to raise around 20 million pounds with charity Fareshare UK, to supply meals to struggling families.Other contenders for the award, voted for by the public in December, include Mercedes Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, and Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson, who are both at 12/1.Cricketer Ben Stokes won the award last year for his 50-over World Cup-winning heroics and Ashes displays against Australia.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS tennis, Qatar Open DOHA – Top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka scored a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory over Switzerland’s Romina Oprandi on Wednesday to move into the third round of the Qatar Total Open.Playing on a windswept Centre Court at the Khalifa Tennis Center, Azarenka had her serve broken in the opening game of the match and faced another break point in the third game that would have put her behind 3-0, before she turned the tables on Oprandi. Full force: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a shot during her 6-2, 6-3 second-round victory over Switzerland’s Romina Oprandi at the Qatar Total Open on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI Azarenka, blasting away from the baseline and coming to the net on occasion, broke the 62nd-ranked Oprandi three straight times and proceeded to win six games in a row to take the first set.The Belarusian picked up where she left off in the second set, racing to a 3-0 lead before Oprandi finally held serve after losing nine straight games.The Swiss was able to hold serve in three consecutive games, but was sent packing by Azarenka in 1 hour, 11 minutes.“It was a bit of a slow start for me. I started to go too much for my shots at the beginning,” said Azarenka. “Then I started to be more patient, work the points more. Romina is a bit of a tricky player. She plays so many different balls that you never know what to expect.”Azarenka, who was playing her first match since winning her second straight Australian Open, acknowledged that she faces a formidable task if she hopes to win this tournament again.“It’s the same field as in a Grand Slam here, so I’m really happy to play in this event but it will be tough,” she said.Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Russian qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-2.“The conditions today were not easy at all. It was really windy, and the wind changed every couple of minutes,” Radwanska commented. “It was very tricky. I’m just happy I could play good tennis in the important moment and finish the match in two sets.”In other second-round action, sixth seed Sara Errani dispatched unseeded Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 6-0, while seventh seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic went through when Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova retired due to illness after losing the first set 6-4. Eighth seed Samantha Stosur of Australia bested Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, while ninth seed Marion Bartoli of France was ousted 6-4, 6-4 by unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, the 10th seed, staved off four set points against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in a first set tiebreaker, then romped to a 7-6 (9-7), 6-0 triumph.Wozniacki felt that prevailing in the tiebreaker was dispiriting for Cirstea.“I knew that I had to have a good start in the second set, and then once I had that, I could see that she maybe lost a little bit of the belief in it,” she said.Eleventh seed Nadia Petrova dropped the opening set to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei before rallying to a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic, the 13th seed, moved into the third round after Romania’s Simona Halep retired with a lower back injury after losing the first set 6-3.Sloane Stephens, coming off a quarterfinal victory over Serena Williams at the Australian Open, was bounced in her second-round match. The 16th-seeded American teen was beaten by Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5).Stephens had a match point in the second set, but was unable to capitalize on it. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5