first_imgVermont Receives $9 Million Grant to Support State’s Youth in Transition EffortsWaterbury, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Vermont will receive over $9 million to support youth in transition through a Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).Governor Douglas said the six-year grant is meant to promote the development of integrated home and community-based services and supports for transition age youth (aged 16-22) with serious emotional disturbances, and their families.”Ensuring that young Vermonters have access to services that enable them to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society is of critical importance to my administration. I was very pleased to sign the Youth in Transition Act into law over a year ago, which provides key supports to at-risk transition-age youth until their 22nd birthday,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “This federal funding will be invaluable in our efforts as we continue to strengthen our support network for all transition age youth, particularly those with severe emotional disturbances currently served by the Agency of Human Services.”This CMHI grant will enable Vermont’s Act 264 State and Local Interagency Teams to build upon the successful Jump on Board for Success (JOBS) supported employment program, using it as a foundation for engaging transition-aged youth through teen centers, recovery centers, homeless youth programs, and at critical intervention points within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.”Our Agency is aggressively enhancing our efforts to best serve transition-age youth, including expanding Vermont youth capacity at Northlands Job Corps and coordinating the efforts of our Department for Children and Families’ Family Services Division and community partners to expand appropriate services,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of AHS. “Through this grant, we will significantly increase community-based supports to ensure more transition age youth are actively and productively engaged in their communities and free from incarceration.”Vermont data indicates clear correlations between youth with disabilities (such as those with severe emotional disturbance) and lower rates of high school graduation, higher rates of incarceration and less access to higher education opportunities. To better serve these youth, the Agency of Human Services created a Youth in Transition Leadership Team in 2007 to design a comprehensive, one agency approach to integrate all AHS efforts to meet the needs of this population.###last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain will on Wednesday reach two months in a row without using electricity from coal fired power stations for the first time since its 19th century industrial revolution, according to the country’s National Grid.Britain was home to the world’s first coal-fueled power plant in the 1880s, and coal was its dominant electric source and a major economic driver for the next century.Britain plans to close coal plants by 2024 as part of efforts to reach its net zero emissions goal by 2050.“The exact two month mark is midnight tonight (00:00 on Wednesday 10 June), which will mark 61 days (or 1,464 hours) since the last coal generator came off the system,” a spokesman for National Grid’s ESO (Electricity System Operator) said via email on Tuesday.Low power prices amid weak industrial demand due to measures to contain the novel coronavirus, and levies on carbon emissions, have made it increasingly unprofitable to run coal plants. Use of renewable power, such as wind and solar, has soared over the lockdown period, helped by lower running costs than fossil fuel producers and favourable weather conditions.May saw the greenest ever month for electricity production in Britain, with the lowest average carbon intensity on record at 143 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour, National Grid said. Carbon intensity is a measure of how much carbon dioxide is emitted for each kilowatt hour of electricity produced.[Susanna Twidale]More: Britain poised to hit two months without power from coal plants Britain closing in on second straight month without any coal-fired generation in its electricity mixlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Old Westbury man has admitted to ripping off at least 40 investors in a $96 million Ponzi scheme that authorities called “one of the largest investment frauds in Long Island history.”Brian Callahan pleaded guilty Tuesday at Central Islip federal court to securities fraud and wire fraud. The 44-year-old fraudster faces up to 40 years in prison, plus restitution.“Through lies and deceit, he misled investors and stole investor funds, including investments from a local fire department, to support a lavish lifestyle,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Callahan told victims that their money would be invested in mutual funds, hedge funds and other securities, but he instead diverted money from four different investment funds that he managed to buy expensive cars, homes in Old Westbury and Westhampton and a Montauk resort he co-owned between 2006 and 2012.Investigators described that resort, Panoramic View, as “an unprofitable 117-unit beachfront resort development,” which he owned with his brother-in-law, Adam Manson, who pleaded not guilty. His case is pending.Callahan covered up the scheme by hiding the money in six offshore accounts, lying to the victims about the nature of the investments, and sending fake account statements to investors that falsely showed that their funds were invested and performing well, authorities said.last_img read more

first_imgEngland’s forwards shone the most in their 40-0 victory over Georgia at Twickenham for the visitors’ first ever visit to the home of English rugby. Hooker Jamie George grabbed a hat-trick, while the pack scrummaged well and dominated at the lineout. Last Updated: 14/11/20 5:53pm 8 Billy Vunipola: Started strongly but faded as the game wore on. Not his usual safe self. 6/10Replacements – Max Malins made his debut off the bench and while Eddie Jones sent on the cavalry, it did not have quite the desired impact. 6/10 Elliot Daly scored a try in a solid shift, but England's backs did not particularly have the desired impact Elliot Daly scored a try in a solid shift, but England's backs did not particularly have the desired impact

first_imgFeb 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – From stigmatization of people exposed to the virus to maintaining methadone treatment facilities, public health officials need to plan for a wide spectrum of mental health challenges that would likely emerge during an influenza pandemic, federal officials said today at a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) live Web seminar (webinar).Dana Taylor, chief of emergency medical services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), urged pandemic planners to think more broadly than just how the pandemic events will affect people’s feelings and emotions. He said that public perceptions and conclusions will affect their decision-making and behavior, which will be especially important when public health officials need their compliance with social distancing measures and other pandemic-related actions.Taylor  said pandemic planners can work with their communities now to build resilience and can use a process that mental health professionals call “stress inoculation.””The more an individual knows what to expect, the more mitigation of fear and panic,” said Taylor, who suggested that pandemic planners can use prepandemic stages to identify credible and trustworthy leaders who can address the public during a pandemic.Brian McKernan, a technical assistance team manager at SAMHSA, emphasized that mental health pandemic planning is already well underway in several states, including California, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, and New Jersey. Some have already planned ways to ensure adequate supplies of psychiatric medications for mental health in-patient and outpatient facilities, while others have developed resources to address more general needs such as stress reduction. He also said federal officials have addressed mental health planning in a supplement to the HHS pandemic flu plan.McKernan  urged webinar viewers to consider training people to provide psychological first aid, a well established, practical approach to contacting and engaging people and assessing their mental health needs in an emergency setting. Having these first aid providers will help alleviate the strain on traditional mental health providers during a pandemic, he said, “And it’s designed for use by paraprofessionals.”Linda Ligenza, a public health advisor to SAMHSA, said the Red Cross has developed a psychological first aid protocol, adding that each state has a disaster mental health coordinator.She advised pandemic planners to identify groups ahead of time who might be especially vulnerable to pandemic disruptions, such as frail, elderly people and those with disabilities or chronic illnesses who depend on other people for their care.The experts also singled out children as another vulnerable group. Taylor urged parents and guardians to use a tone of voice that projects security when talking to children about pandemic topics and limiting the information to age-appropriate topics that they can participate in, such as instructing smaller children about proper hand-washing technique.”It’s vital to limit what they watch on television. They don’t need to be overwhelmed by the trauma,” he said.Healthcare workers will also require mental health support, McKernan said. For example, public health officials can plan ahead to ease workers’ contact with their families during tough working conditions through Internet chat rooms or message boards. Also, he said healthcare workers and their families might face stigmatization because of possible exposure to the virus.Taylor said that unlike during the 1918 pandemic, today’s public health officials can make creative use of technology to deliver mental health services to wide groups of people during a pandemic.After a pandemic ends, mental health services will gravitate back to face-to-face interventions focusing on those who were most impacted and suffered multiple losses, the experts said. However, they urged viewers to consider public ways to make a mental health connection after the pandemic, such as convening a community memorial on a pandemic anniversary date.See also:Dec 1, 2008, CIDRAP News story “PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING: Addressing psychological needs in disaster response”last_img read more

first_imgTopics : It is currently closed to Victoria state and Sydney, and Gunner said he expected other regions to be excluded.Australia, which has recorded almost 22,000 cases and 332 deaths from the virus, has also closed its international borders indefinitely. Australia’s Northern Territory will be closed to visitors from virus hotspots for a further 18 months to protect its large and vulnerable Aboriginal population, authorities said Tuesday.The sparsely populated northern region is home to roughly 250,000 people — 30 percent of whom are Aboriginal — according to government figures.”We’ll have our hard border controls in place for at least the next 18 months. And we’re resourcing so we can do that,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told public broadcaster ABC.center_img Indigenous Australians are considered more at-risk to diseases such as COVID-19 because of socio-economic and cultural factors affecting access to medical care and underlying health.Many Aboriginal groups fear the virus could sweep through remote indigenous communities where healthcare services are limited.”This is what I think I need to do to make sure some of the most vulnerable people in the world stay safe,” Gunner said.The Northern Territory has recorded few virus cases and no deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgNear the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, meanwhile, the mob allegedly tried to seize control of a pickup.Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Nana Sudjana said police had apprehended around 500 people who had allegedly provoked the protesters to start the clash. He said he suspected they had infiltrated the masses to instigate riots by throwing objects at police personnel.“There were around 600 people trying to provoke the mass. We [Police] stood by at first, but they kept throwing [things] at security personnel. At that point, we pushed and apprehended them,” he said.Read also: FPI, 212 rally alumni protest over omnibus law, demand Jokowi’s resignationEarlier in the day, thousands of protesters of the FPI, GNPF and 212 Alumni had gathered on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan in Gambir, Central Jakarta, – around 1 kilometer from the Presidential Palace, reported. They recited prayers and voiced demands for the government to revoke the omnibus law. They also called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to step down.“The omnibus law will cause Indonesian citizens to be colonized in their own country. We’re here to defend the workers,” Muslim preacher Sugi Nur Raharja said in his speech during the demonstration, as reported by Kompas TV.The 212 Alumni Brotherhood is known as the driving force behind the so-called 212 rally in December 2016 to demand the imprisonment of then-Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy.The protestors followed the members of labor unions and university students that had vowed to continue to stage protests to voice their opposition to the highly contentious law.According to the Jakarta Police, around 12,000 police and military personnel stand ready to ensure public safety and security in the capital. Heru said 650 police officers and soldiers had been deployed to the Horse Statue area.Some public transportation services were suspended on Tuesday as a precautionary measure in anticipation of disruption caused by the large-scale protest. The MRT only served trips from the Lebak Bulus Grab Station to Blok M BCA Station, while the Transjakarta bus service halted operations across the city.Topics : What began as a peaceful protest against the Job Creation Law turned into riots on Tuesday as violent opposition to the controversial law continued in the capital city.Unidentified people reportedly threw bottles and stones at police officers near the Arjuna Wiwaha Monument, also known as the Horse Statue, in Central Jakarta, just as protesters from the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), the National Movement to Safeguard Fatwas (GNPF) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood started to disperse.At 3:45 p.m., the protesters, mostly dressed in white and wearing caps, began to leave the location. Central Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Heru Novianto appealed to the masses to remain calm while leaving. “This is a peaceful protest. Now the rally is over, let’s return home peacefully. FPI group, please keep the situation [under control] and do not riot,” Heru said to the masses.Read also: Foreign force behind chaotic protests over Job Creation Law: PrabowoHowever, a group of people without attributes refused to leave the area. Clashes erupted when the mob reportedly started to hurl mineral bottles and stones at the police barricades, which the police countered with tear gas fired near the Horse Statue.Clashes also erupted in the nearby Tugu Tani area, also in Central Jakarta, at 5 p.m., where the rioters set alight various goods in the middle of the road, reported.last_img read more

first_imgRomelu Lukaku would relish the competition provided by Wayne Rooney if Chelsea can seal a deal for the Manchester United striker. Lukaku began the season as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres against Hull and Demba Ba against Aston Villa, and plans to take his opportunity when it is given. “I’m getting closer to where I need to be and hopefully also closer to the starting line-up, my main ambition,” the 20-year-old former Anderlecht striker added. “If I keep working hard, like I’m doing now, showing the talent that I have hopefully I get to start in the next game. “Compared to the first year, when I arrived here it was all about learning and taking a bit off all the players, now it’s about starting games.” The physically imposing Lukaku offers a different attacking threat for Chelsea and is often likened to former Blues striker Didier Drogba, who he used to sit next to in the dressing room on his arrival from Belgium. Mourinho has been wary of the Drogba comparison and Lukaku is too. “There will always be comparisons but I have my own name,” Lukaku said. “I am still young and I can still make my own way.” Rooney will be the subject of a third bid from Chelsea after the bank holiday encounter at Old Trafford, when Belgium forward Lukaku aims to start and build on his 17 goals on loan for West Brom last term. “Every player wants to be in the best team there is,” Lukaku said. “If a player can improve us, why not? Samuel Eto’o, Wayne Rooney, I have heard everyone. I am not scared. Let them come.” Chelsea play United, Everton, Fulham and Tottenham in their next four Premier League matches and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup in Prague next Friday, the match which resulted in the Villa match being brought forward. David Luiz could be fit for the trip to Old Trafford following a hamstring injury, but may be given a further few days to return. After the opportunity to strike an early blow in the title race, attention then will turn to Mourinho versus Pep Guardiola, the Bayern Munich boss who was linked to Chelsea. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Chargers injury update: Melvin Gordon (knee), Austin Ekeler out vs. Chiefs The Chiefs (11-2) are slated to host the Chargers (10-3) in a critical AFC West showdown with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET. Kansas City is leading the division, but the Chargers are just one game behind. #Chiefs S Eric Berry, who will get one of the loudest ovations we’ve heard at Arrowhead Stadium tonight, is going to start and be on a pitch count, I’m told. He’ll take it slow — not having played since Week 1 of 2017 — but KC’s leader on D is back from Achilles & heel injuries.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 13, 2018Berry hasn’t played since Week 1 of 2017 after suffering a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon against the Patriots. He was listed as questionable in Week 14 against the Ravens, but did not end up playing.Berry, who turns 30 this month, has been rocked by injuries in recent seasons, but still managed to earn five Pro Bowl and three All-Pro selections in his nine-year career. Related News Eric Berry is expected to make his 2018 debut Thursday against the Chargers after missing the first 14 weeks of the season with an Achilles injury. According to NFL Network, the Chiefs safety will start Thursday and will be on a pitch count as he is expected to take his return slow.  Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs WR expected to play vs. Chargers, report sayslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders was trying to determine his next moves on Wednesday, after Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona and seized a commanding lead in a Democratic presidential race upended by the coronavirus.The Vermont senator’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said Sanders “is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign.” But Shakir also suggested his candidate is no hurry to make any decisions about dropping out, noting that “the next primary contest is at least three weeks away.”More immediately, Sanders “is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable,” Shakir said in a statement.Even if Sanders ultimately decides to keep running, however, he has little hope of catching Biden — especially in a political world turned as upside down as much of the rest of society amid efforts to combat the spreading virus, which has killed at least 115 people in the United States.Neither candidate is traveling or holding campaign rallies, and much of the electorate has been staying home. Indeed, Biden’s third big night in as many weeks on Tuesday came amid tremendous uncertainty about how an already severely disrupted Democratic primary will proceed.Polls were shuttered in Ohio, and election workers and voters reported problems in the three states where primaries went forward, all of which Biden easily won. The former vice president now seems on a glide path to the nomination, his delegate lead over Sanders nearly insurmountable. Top Democratic leaders and donors have also increasingly lined up behind Biden as the best option to square off against President Donald Trump in November.Using a livestream to address supporters from his home state of Delaware, Biden seemed ready to move past the primary. He paid tribute to the Vermont senator for advancing key issues including affordable health care and combating climate change.“Sen. Sanders and his supporters have brought a remarkable passion and tenacity to all of these issues. Together they have shifted the fundamental conversation in this country,” Biden said. “So let me say, especially to the young voters who have been inspired by Sen. Sanders, I hear you. I know what’s at stake. I know what we have to do.”With the exception of North Dakota and the Northern Mariana Islands, Sanders hasn’t scored a victory since Super Tuesday on March 3. He made no moves to contact Biden immediately after Tuesday’s results, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the candidates. During online remarks before most results were in, Sanders said little about the future of the race.Also Tuesday, Trump formally clinched the Republican presidential nomination after facing minimal opposition. But much of the action was on the Democratic side, where higher vote totals in some key states suggested enthusiasm that even the coronavirus couldn’t contain. Turnout in Florida’s Democratic primary surpassed the 1.7 million who cast ballots four years ago.Some Democrats are now calling on Sanders to drop out in the name of party unity, but Sanders’ advisers have suggested he won’t rush to do so, betting that the political landscape could look different as the virus continues to reshape life across the country. Four years ago, Sanders kept an insurgent primary bid against Hillary Clinton going for months, even as it became clear he had no chance of winning.Biden, meanwhile, maintained strength in the latest three states to vote with African Americans and older voters, who have been the hallmark of his campaign. He also appeared to chip away at Sanders’ previous advantage with Hispanics that helped him win Nevada and California early in the race.In Florida, Latinos made up roughly 20% of Democratic primary voters, and they largely sided with Biden. The former vice president received the support of 62% of Puerto Rican voters and 57% of Cubans, according to AP VoteCast, a broad survey of primary voters.Still, going forward, the primary will be disrupted by the public health and economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus.For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted Ohio for closing polls on such short notice, sparking confusion. But he also urged states with upcoming primaries to expand vote-by-mail and absentee balloting, as well as polling station hours — trying to ensure the primary continues, at least in some form.“The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and we must do everything we can to protect and expand that right instead of bringing our democratic process to a halt,” Perez said in a statement.Four states — Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland — have joined Ohio in moving to push back their upcoming primaries, and others may yet do so. As Shakir noted, that has left the Democratic primary calendar empty until March 29, when Puerto Rico is scheduled to go to the polls. But island leaders are working to reschedule balloting there, too.That means there is nowhere for Sanders to gain ground on Biden anytime soon, even if he could find a way to mount a sudden surge.At least one of Sanders’ top advisers chided party officials for going forward with voting on Tuesday.“The Democratic Party rightly berates the GOP for ignoring scientists’ warnings about climate change,” David Sirota tweeted. “The same Dem Party just ignored scientists’ warnings & pushed to continue in-person elections during a lethal pandemic, rather than delaying until there is vote by mail.”There were problems across the country on Tuesday. In Illinois, for instance, there was a push to relocate about 50 Chicago-area polling places after locations canceled at the last minute.Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, said the board asked Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week to cancel in-person voting, but the governor refused. Pritzker countered that state law doesn’t give him the authority to make the sweeping changes that elections officials wanted.“Let me tell you this: It is exactly in times like these when the constitutional boundaries of our democracy should be respected above all else,” the governor said. “And if people want to criticize me for that, well, go ahead.”There weren’t problems, everywhere, though. Mel Dockens, a 49-year-old small-business owner, voted in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and said it was a tough choice. But he went for Biden because he thought Sanders’ progressive views might turn off some Democratic voters.“It’s all about electability,” Dockens said. “It’s not that I don’t trust Bernie Sanders, but I trust (Biden) a little more.”last_img read more