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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

Contactless payments security: Myth vs. reality

first_img continue reading » Over the last few years, the payments landscape has experienced many changes – shifting from standard magnetic stripe cards to EMV cards and now contactless payment methods. More and more merchants are beginning to embrace contactless and turn on their near-field communication (NFC) technology, allowing payments to be processed using tap-and-go payment options. And while convenience, speed, ease of use and merchant acceptance are all important factors impacting the use of this payment type, many consumers are concerned about the safety of contactless cards and other tap-and-go payment methods – including smart watches and mobile wallets.Contrary to what some consumers may believe, there are multiple layers of security throughout the traditional credit and debit payments systems that protect all parties involved in the contactless payment transaction. Read on for five myths surrounding contactless and insight into the reality of how secure contactless, tap-and-go payment methods really are:Myth: A contactless card may accidentally process a transaction while inside a wallet.Contactless technology does not work until the consumer removes it from his or her wallet and holds it in close proximity of the point-of-sale (POS) terminal. The close range proximity – 10 centimeters or less – is required in order for the contactless technology to respond to the POS terminal. Contactless payment methods use radio frequency to communicate. However, do not confuse that with RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology that also uses radio frequency but has a much longer proximity range of up to 5 feet. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eni: Coral Sul FLNG hull launched

first_imgItalian energy conglomerate Eni and its Area 4 partners launched the hull of the Coral Sul floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) treatment and liquefaction facility at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The FLNG is part of the Coral South project that will put in production 450 billion cubic meters of gas of the Coral reservoir, offshore Mozambique.The launch marks the timely progress of the project, which exceeds 60 percent completion and is in line with production start-up by 2022, Eni said in a statement on Tuesday.The hull is 432 meters long, 66 meters wide and weighs approximately 140,000 tons.Its eight-story accommodation module, which will house up to 350 people, is also ready to be lifted and integrated with the hull system.Fabrication activities are also well underway for the 12 gas treatment and LNG modules, with all main equipment ready for integration and first deck stacking executed, Eni said.The FLNG will have a liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tons per year (MTPA) and will be anchored at a water depth of around 2,000 meters by means of 20 mooring lines that weigh a combined 9,000 tons.Eni noted that drilling and completion activities for the six subsea wells that will feed the liquefaction unit are ongoing offshore Mozambique.last_img read more

Last batch of Bacolod, Iloilo LSIs return home

first_imgThe Palace spokesperson further said that National Task Force for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. issued the temporary moratorium on the transit of LSIs due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the provinces. MANILA – The last batch of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) has been transported back to their respective provinces before the government starts to implement new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing protocols. According to Roque, the recent arrival of one million reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) test kits prompted the government to come up with new health protocols in sending stranded individuals back to their homes. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said two ships were utilized in transporting these LSIs to the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. Roque also urged the receiving local governments units to administer RT-PCR tests, which detect the virus that causes COVID-19, in their areas and subject the returnees to quarantine./PN “Ang sabi po ni Secretary Galvez, dahil dumating na ‘yung ating one million testing kits for PCR, pupwede na nating bigyan ang lahat ng LSIs,” Roque said. “They need to first get a negative test result before they can be transported back to their home provinces.” “This is the last batch of LSIs allowed to return to their respective hometowns until we subject them to RT-PCR tests,” he added.last_img read more

Bielema previews upcoming game with OSU

first_imgAs the Wisconsin football team prepares to square off against a familiar and unbeaten foe, head coach Bret Bielema will see a new face on the opposing sideline.Ohio State officially hired Urban Meyer as head coach Nov. 28, 2011. Meyer has guided the Buckeyes to a 10-0 mark in the 2012 campaign. In his weekly press conference Monday, Bielema complimented OSU’s talent and execution under Meyer.“Each year is a different year,” Bielema said. “This year, they’ve obviously done a very nice job to get to where they are today, and you would expect more of the same.”Upon arrival, Meyer installed a new offense that differed from the philosophy of his predecessor, Jim Tressel. Bielema said Tressel’s offense was similar to Wisconsin’s, but Meyer has gone “totally away from that.”When asked about the coaching matchup between himself and Meyer, Bielema deferred, saying the game would be decided on the field. Bielema sat down with Meyer during Meyer’s working stint as an analyst for a meeting Bielema called an “enjoyable experience.”According to Bielema, the much-publicized tiff between him and Meyer this summer over recruiting was overblown. Bielema said he was surprised at how big the issue became and added he learned from the ordeal.The competition between Wisconsin and Ohio State extends beyond the football field. Wisconsin recruits heavily in Ohio, Bielema noted, and some of the players from both UW and OSU have known each other well before they even take the field against one another.“Recruiting, you wear that on your sleeve,” Bielema said. “That’s the life line of your program. A lot of times, that’s when the feelings get very emotional.”Despite having already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game with a 62-14 win over Indiana Saturday, Bielema said the Badgers still have plenty to play for in the final two games of the regular season.Dismissing the notion he might sit players for health reasons in the last two games, Bielema instead said the team’s focus is on winning a share of the Leaders Division title. Ohio State has already secured at least a share of the division crown.“I might have a mutiny on my hands if I tried to pull anybody out of the game this Saturday,” Bielema said.When the Big Ten expanded to 12 teams with the addition of Nebraska in 2010, Wisconsin and Ohio State were placed in the same division, meaning the two teams will play every year. In the past, the road to a Big Ten title meant beating Ohio State, Bielema said.“When the divisions came out and Ohio State was in our division, I thought that was a great thing for us,” Bielema said. “Just because we knew we were going to get to play them every year.”Bielema is 1-4 against Ohio State in his career, with his lone win coming in 2010 against a top-ranked and undefeated Buckeye team.Preparing for MillerOhio State is led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, a player Bielema said has improved since his freshman year and one Wisconsin will need to contain Saturday.Miller has accounted for 65.6 percent of the Buckeye’s offensive output this season with 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns passing as well as 1,116 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.The perfect dual-threat quarterback in Meyer’s spread attack and a potential Heisman candidate, Bielema noted UW recruited Miller out of high school before Miller ultimately chose OSU.“We knew that he was a tremendous athlete and a tremendous kid,” Bielema said. “He’s just a really, really gifted human being.”Bielema said he noticed Miller’s accuracy has improved this season, due in part to another year of experience and the scheme OSU has installed around Miller. According to Bielema, Miller is one of the most mobile quarterbacks he’s ever seen. When asked to compare Miller to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Bielema claimed there was no comparison.Following last season’s 33-29 loss in Columbus, Bielema said he noticed Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson sought out Miller to congratulate him on the victory.“I just wish we didn’t have to play him every year,” Bielema said. “He truly is special.”last_img read more