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HUD awards Vermont $386,383 in job training grants

first_imgFunded through HUD?s Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program (HCV/FSS), the grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with welfare agencies, schools, businesses, and other local partners to develop a comprehensive program to help individuals already  participating in HUD?s Housing Choice Voucher Program increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain jobs that pay a living wage. The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a long-standing resource for increasing economic security and self-sufficiency among HCV participants.  A new report just issued by HUD evaluated the effectiveness of the FSS Program. Conducted from 2005 to 2009, HUD?s study shows the financial benefits are substantial for participants who remain and complete the program. This study is the second ofa three-part series by HUD that evaluate the effects of the FSS program. The first study found individuals who participated in the FSS program fared better financially than those who did not enroll in the program. HUD?s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will launch the third and final installment to complete this series this year. ?This program is absolutely critical in today?s economy,? said Donovan. ?The research demonstrates that this program works.  When families are given the tools they need to move beyond the voucher program, they do.  Ultimately, they become self-sufficient and more vouchers become available for other families, some who have been waiting for long periods to receive housing assistance. For America to win the future we need a trained and skilled workforce.? US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that public housing agencies in Vermont will receive $386,383 to link low-income families with the necessary education and job training to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. These agencies are among nearly 600 that will receive approximately $54 million in grants. See national list here.    Vermont Agency                                                        Positions Funded                    Amount FundedBrattleboro Housing Authority                                                   1                                  $49,700.00Burlington Housing Authority                                                     2                                $101,685.00Vermont State Housing Authority                                              4                                $234,998.00                 VT Total:        7                                $386,383.00 Participants in the HCV/FSS program sign a contract that requires the head of the household to get a job and the family will no longer receive welfare assistance at the end of the five-year term. As the family?s income rises, a portion of that increased income is deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account. If the family completes its FSS contract, the family receives the escrow funds that it can use for any purpose, including paying educational expenses, starting a business or paying back debts.  PD&R will also launch two additional studies this year about the FSS program. The first study will examine whether FSS participants who were still enrolled when the Prospective Study ended went on to graduate from the FSS program and whether they met their goals for financial self-sufficiency. The second will study the effectiveness of the FSS program nationally. This will be the first national study of the FSS program as part of HUD?s Transformation Initiative, which was created in 2010 to encourage more transparency and accountability within the agency. HUD?s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov(link is external) and espanol.hud.gov. The funding allows local housing authorities to hire coordinators (or caseworkers) to link adults in the Housing Choice Voucher program to local organizations that provide job training, childcare, counseling, transportation and job placement. ###last_img read more

Jonhatan Singh grabs five for 21 as Scarborough Blues triumph

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – Leg-spinner Jonhatan Singh grabbed five for 21 as Scarborough Blues defeated Actionzone by 23 runs in their feature Juniors 40-over clash, played at the L’Amoreaux ground, Scarborough here last Thursday.The 17-year-old Singh, son of former Guyana Chronicle Finance Controller, Mohan Singh, exhibited immaculate control as he spun webs around his Actionzone counterparts, bowling eight overs on the trot to tilt the game in Scarborough Blues’ favour.Set 145 for victory after limiting Scarborough Blues to 144 for eight in their allotted 40 overs, Actionzone were given a fine start of 46 in nine overs between Canadian Under-19 player Mihir Patel (29) and Dheer Desai (22) but once medium-pacer Kyle Karran broke the partnership it paved the way for Singh to perform his heroics.Skipper Patel, who had the distinction of scoring an impressive 90 in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup earlier this year, hit three fours before succumbing to Karran.Arjun Dhuraisingam, son of former Canadian fast bowler Sanjay Dhuraisingam, shored up the middle-order with a stubborn undefeated 25 but failed to get the desired support after batting at number eight.Karran supported Singh with three for 23 in seven overs while left-arm spinner Raquib Shamshundeen, who also represented Canada in the Under-19 World Cup, bowled economically to claim one for 18 from 7.3 overs.Earlier, SCA Blues found the going tough after winning the toss and opting to take first strike on the heavy outfield. It took a flamboyant unbeaten 59 from Shamshundeen and 26 from Ethan Gibson to propel them to what eventually turned out to be a winning total. Shamshundeen struck three fours while Gibson hit a solitary boundary. Shamsundeen dominated an unbeaten 25-run ninth-wicket partnership with Singh whose contribution was a mere four.Anindya Dass finished with two for 12, Rohan Garg two for 15 and Patel two for 22. SCA Junior Coordinator Vish Jafunauth managed the SCA Blues while Dhuraisingam was in charge of Action Zone. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more

ACC riding wave of buzz from FSU’s title, Winston

first_imgPittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – It’s been a while since the Atlantic Coast Conference entered a season with this much buzz.The realigned league has the defending national champion, a Heisman Trophy winner and a national coach of the year.The ACC stumbled through much of the BCS era, but enters the first year of the four-team college football playoff with a secure future among the power-five conferences and boasts a favorite to contend for another title in Florida State.“I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody to be in the top four the first year,” commissioner John Swofford said Sunday, the first of the league’s two-day preseason kickoff event.“We will have teams in the mix to be in the four-team playoff every year, and any time we don’t have one, we’ll be disappointed.”At least on paper, that sure looks like the Seminoles.The defending BCS champions are trying to keep themselves at a high level. The rest of the league is hoping to piggyback off Florida State’s success, hopeful that the Seminoles’ rising tide will lift the league’s other 13 boats.“Anybody can shock this ACC … and that’s what impresses me,” North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams said. “Everybody’s going to come to compete this year – everybody feels like they have a lot of energy and a lot of confidence since Florida State won the national championship. That builds a lot of conference teams’ hype and getting more swag.”The ACC won a total of two BCS games from 1998-2011 before combining to win three in the past two years.Two of them belong to the Seminoles, who captured the final BCS championship back in January when Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston led a touchdown drive in the final seconds to beat Auburn.Boston College defensive back Dominique Williams called it “a good look for the ACC” and Winston began his hour-long sit-down session with reporters by asking them to clap.“How does it feel to have an ACC team come in here with a national championship?” Winston asked. “Can we get us, the ACC, a round of applause? Finally. We took it away from the SEC, man. It’s a blessing.”That wasn’t all. Duke’s David Cutcliffe earned a handful of national coach of the year awards after guiding the Blue Devils to a school-record 10 wins and a most unlikely Coastal Division title.And the ACC boasted more than a few individual award winners: Walter Camp and Davey O’Brien (Winston), Doak Walker (Boston College’s Andre Williams), Outland and Lombardi (Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald) and Lou Groza (Roberto Aguayo, Florida State).But that’s in the past. Now it’s almost time to find out who can get it done this year.Will it be league newcomer Louisville, the 2013 national champion in men’s basketball and replacement for Maryland that has won 23 football games in its final two years in the old Big East and American Athletic conferences?“You do good in one sport, the next sport, it’s like, ‘OK, since our school does this in one sport, we’re going to go ahead and show that we can do it too,” Cardinals defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin said. “Basketball does good, that means football season is right around the corner. Football season has a follow-up with basketball. … It’s just an ongoing change but we all want to be great at the University of Louisville.”Will it be Miami and Duke Johnson, who’s coming back from a broken ankle yet still looks like the league’s top offensive player not named Winston? Johnson rushed for 920 yards and six touchdowns before breaking his ankle in the Florida State loss.“In my heart, I feel like we have the potential to be” the Coastal’s best team, Johnson said. “But having potential and going out and doing it are two different things.”Will it be North Carolina, a perennial sleeping giant which returns 17 starters and is settling into third-year coach Larry Fedora’s up-tempo offense?Or will it be a surprise – just like Duke last year?“It’s all wide open,” Williams said of the league’s Coastal Division – the one without Florida State.If nothing else, the Seminoles have given the rest of the league something to shoot for – and, for the ones that have them on the conference’s eight-game schedule, a chance at a season-making victory.“You may say this is being too optimistic, but if and when we beat them this year, that’s really going to have a lot of positive attention on us,” Wake Forest fullback Jordan Garside said.___Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyaplast_img read more

Virat Kohli retains test batting crown and Ajinkya Rahane joins him in the top…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement fev4nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsd7dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8w5lr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) keg9tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8x1rCan your students do this? 🌚2h6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Since usurping Steve Smith to gain the no. 1 spot in International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test batting ranking list last December, Virat Kohli entered the new decade with his rank unruffled. With 928 ratings, the Team India skipper is still leading the list, while teammate Ajinkya Rahane holds his position at 8th with a rating of 759.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPAlong with brilliant spell in the recent limited overs cricket, Virat Kohli had an amazing performance during last year’s Test series against South Africa and Bangladesh. The 31 year put up an astounding 254 against the Proteas in October 2019, and an impressive knock of 136 against Bangladesh in the historical pink ball Test match in November at Eden Gardens.Eearlier expressing his love for the Test format, Kohli has been revered by pundits and supporters for endorsing red ball cricket in the country, and even Ravi Shastri, the head coach was full of praise for the skipper for his leadership role.Advertisement Former Aussie captain Steve Smith is trailing behind Kohli in second position with a rating of 911. The previous world no. 1 reached the top spot after a brilliant Ashes last year, but post his place to Kohli after a lacklustre Pakistan series.Ajinkya Rahane, who dropped from 6th position to 8th, hasn’t got recent call ups for the Men in Blues in white ball cricket, but is still the Test squad’s middle order run machine. In the Bangladesh Test series back in November, the 31 year old put up a combined total of 137 runs. He was India’s second highest scorer in India’s first innings in the first test at Holkar Stadium, and scored his 22nd half century of red ball cricket in the second test at Eden Gardens.Advertisement Cheteshwar Pujara, previously wanked world no. 4, went down to 6th position in the list with 791 ratings. The 31 year old scored 81 in the first South Afirca Test match, followed a 58 in the second one in October. In November, he scored two half centuries in the Bangladesh test series.Following the closure of the ongoing T20 and thereafter the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand, the much awaited Test is coming next month, starting on 21st February at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.Also read-Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was behind us!’ Advertisementlast_img read more