The women in maize program has officially been launched in South Africa.It aims to empower 5 000 women maize farming co-operatives over the next five years, by investing in skill upgrades for female farmers.Angelo Coppola has more.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A parent advisory committee in Chetwynd and the South Peace Child Development Society in Dawson Creek are two of 60 non-profit organizations in B.C. getting funding through the Community Gaming Grants program.The Little Prairie Elementary School Parent Advisory Council in Chetwynd will be getting $36,000 towards the construction of a new playground. The South Peace Child Development Society will be receiving $16,200 to upgrade its heating and ventilation system. The government is also giving $175,000 to the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George to install a snowmaking system.“I have personally experienced the positive impact that not-for-profit organizations have in strengthening communities, and I consider it vitally important that our government supports their work,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. “The first round of community gaming grants for capital projects generated tremendous enthusiasm and I am impressed by the quality and diversity of applications. Congratulations to all!”- Advertisement -In total, the Province is investing $5 million in non-profit organizations undertaking capital projects.
Contracting firm Liquid Friday has introduced a voluntary benefits programme for its 2,000 contractors.Through the scheme, Liquid Friday aims to boost engagement and help employees retain more of their take-home pay by offering discounts and savings on everyday items.The scheme, provided by Perkbox, gives employees access to a range of practical and recreational perks such as discounted gym membership, theatre and cinema tickets, and technology, retail and travel discounts.Staff can access the benefits via an online platform and smartphone app.Joe Taffurelli (pictured), operations manager at Liquid Friday, said: “Although we have a loyal contractor base, employee engagement and retention will always be difficult. From April, we will face fresh challenges as the government introduces new legislation, restricting the money contractors can claim on travel and subsistence costs.“Now is a perfect time for us to join Perkbox. The fantastic benefits and perks offered on the platform will allow us to make a real difference to our contractors’ take-home pay and overall employment package.”