Donegal families reminded to apply for Back to School Allowance

first_imgOver 6,000 Donegal families have been allocated the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for this coming school year.More families are being encouraged to apply for the allowance before the 30th of September.The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., is urging families with school-going children, who have not yet applied, to check out their entitlement to this scheme as they may qualify for a payment depending on their financial circumstances. The payment has been increased by €25 this year for each qualifying child.An allowance of €150 is paid for each eligible child who is aged 4 – 11 on or before 30 September 2019 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12 – 22 on or before 30 September 2019.Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.Minister Doherty said: “This can be a particularly stressful time of year for many families. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides valuable support to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn and this year we are providing for an additional €25 payment per child. I would urge anybody who has not yet applied to check their eligibility for the scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.” Families who have not received notification from the Department of an automated payment will need to make an application. Application forms are available at all Intreo Centres, on the Department’s websitewww.welfare.ie , via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by customer’s name and address to 51909) or by sending an email to [email protected] . This year, people can also apply online via the Department’s website.The closing date for receipt of applications for this year’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is 30 September 2019.The Department is also providing a dedicated phone bank to answer enquiries during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact (071) 9193318 or LoCall 1890 66 22 44.Donegal families reminded to apply for Back to School Allowance was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BACK TO SCHOOL ALLOWANCEBack to School Clothing and Footwear Allowancelast_img read more

Crafts partnership empowers women

first_img16 March 2012The lives of rural women in parts of KwaZulu-Natal are changing for the better now that their arts and crafts are being properly marketed and sold, with help from the Siyazisiza Trust.The Trust, started in 1987, operates in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, and opens up distribution channels for the women. It also provides the women with training and financial literacy.The Trust works with affiliate organisation Khumbulani Craft, which provides job skills and practical business training to crafters in the KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa visited Nongoma on Monday to see for herself how women are trying to eradicate poverty and sustain their lives through their art.Xasa urged the women to persevere with their businesses because apart from financial gains, their craft also told stories about the country’s history and culture.Phumla Mnganga, chairperson of the Siyazisiza Trust, told BuaNews that illiteracy rates among rural women were high, “so they don’t always understand the concepts of costing. We provide organisational capacity and help them create proper structures for their work.”Some of the women’s work has been used to decorate the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, and had it not been for the Trust, they would not have had such an opportunity, despite being highly skilled in their craft.Tourism company Tourvest is another distribution channel made possible by the Trust.“We are aware that often such partnerships tend to be exploitative,” Xasa said. “We are assured that, through the involvement of the Siyazisiza Trust, the women receive a fair price for their crafts.”Xasa said the partnership was a great example of how, through socio-economic development, rural craft women were being empowered.The government has prioritised the development of a culture and heritage strategy for South Africa, which will identify ways of turning culture and heritage into sought-after attractions.“We also are looking at unlocking the economic development of these products,” Xasa said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Happy Holidays from the Personal Finance Crew!

first_imgWe’ll be taking a break at the end of December, but we’re already looking forward to getting up and running in the new year with new blog topics, new web conferences, and more engagement in our social media spaces.We value your feedback: how can we better serve the Personal Finance Managers community in 2012? Please leave your comments!Have a happy holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous new year!last_img

Harnessing the Power of Metadata in Premiere Pro

first_imgUtilizing metadata in Adobe Premiere Pro is a fantastic way to stay organized and streamline your video editing workflow.Top image via ShutterstockSo what exactly is metadata? Metadata is descriptive information about a file. Video and audio files already contain a certain amount of basic metadata information, including file name, type, size, path, date, and duration. You can add metadata information to clips using Premiere Pro’s Metadata panel.If you work with a lot of media assets, or work with a group of other editors (or both), metadata can help you immensely. By adding information to video and audio assets, you can quickly and easily find the information at a later time with a simple keyword search. Let’s take a closer look at how and why to use metadata in Adobe Premiere Pro. The Metadata PanelThe best way to work with metadata is to select Premiere Pro’s default Metalogging workspace. This workspace is designed to be used directly after you import your footage. Simply go to Window > Workspace > Metalogging. Or you can open just the Metadata panel by selecting Window > Metadata (or keyboard shortcut Alt+Shift+8).Clip Metadata vs. File MetadataOnce you have the Metadata panel open, you’ll notice several sections, including Clip and File. Clip metadata differs slightly from File metadata. Clip metadata provides information about your clip in Premiere Pro, and the information is saved in the Premiere Pro project. File metadata is specific to your actual file, and is saved to the source file or a corresponding sidecar file.This is important to understand because if you create subclips or import duplicate clips, your Clip metadata will only correspond with your clip in Premiere.XMP ExplainedExtensible Metadata Platform, or XMP, is a standard format for storing and displaying information across applications and platforms. For the most part, XMP metadata is stored within a source file. For file formats that don’t support XMP, an XMP sidecar file will accompany the source file.Metadata DisplaysIf you look at the File metadata in the Metadata panel, you’ll see a number of different sections. These are called schemas. A schema is a collection of metadata properties specific to a certain workflow, whether that is photography, copyright, script, etc.Naturally, this is way more metadata information than you would ever need, and some of it is not specific to video. To customize schemas to your own workflow, click Metadata Display in the panel drop-down menu. This will allow you to create your own custom metadata display.How to Use MetadataOnce you’ve added your desired metadata to your media, you can browse and filter metadata information in Premiere’s Project panel. Simply enter your keyword information in the search bar, and Premiere will filter out your clips accordingly. Or browse and filter your metadata in columns in the Project panel. Lastly, you can customize your columns in the Metadata Display dialog box, which can be found in the Project panel menu.How has working with metadata impacted your workflow? Share your experiences in the comments below!last_img read more