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A successful transition to democracy in Sudan needs press freedom

first_img SudanAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News SudanAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression Follow the news on Sudan May 16, 2019 A successful transition to democracy in Sudan needs press freedom Help by sharing this information Organisation Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal April 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Newscenter_img to go further News The deposed president, Omar Al-Bashir, has been in prison since 16 April but the Military Transitional Council now in charge is maintaining a close control over what the media report.The media regulatory agency, which is controlled by the transitional authorities, has just sent a letter to all Sudanese media outlets prohibiting the publication of any information about corruption. The ban was issued by Abdul Azim Awad – who has held on to his position as the media regulator’s secretary general – amid a wave of corruption complaints against many of the former regime’s leaders“We unreservedly condemn this decision, which runs counter to the Sudanese people’s desire for a public debate of the highest quality at this pivotal moment in Sudan’s history, a debate without the authorities interfering and without the media being censored,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We urge the transitional military authorities to abandon the old regime’s control over the media and to assist the development of a free and independent press instead of trying to keep a tight grip on editorial policies. There will be no successful transition to democracy without press freedom.”The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is no longer systematically seizing newspapers issues, as it did during the protests leading to Bashir’s removal. But the NISS and the former regime’s military commanders, who are in charge of the transition, continue to interfere in the work of journalists.Al Midan reporter Mohamed Al-Fateh was arrested at Khartoum airport on 14 April because he was on a list of banned journalists.Hiba Makawi was suspended from his position as a national radio reporter on 2 May because of a report critical of the NISS. Certain politicians and civil society representatives who have been invited to take part in debates on the public broadcast media are often denied access by NISS agents.Journalists are still a long way from overcoming the instinct to censor themselves, as the intelligence services and the former ruling party continue to control the public media and most of the privately-owned media.Sudan is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Crédit : Sudanese protesters are gathered during a sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on May 15, 2019. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a ban on media coverage of corruption and other acts of censorship by the military authorities now running Sudan, whose policies are blocking the Sudanese people’s desire for independent media, an indispensable component of any successful transition to democracy. News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Where Motor Accident Caused Trauma To Claimant’s Heirs And There Is Nexus Between Accident And Death, Heirs Entitled to Compensation: Allahabad HC

first_imgNews UpdatesWhere Motor Accident Caused Trauma To Claimant’s Heirs And There Is Nexus Between Accident And Death, Heirs Entitled to Compensation: Allahabad HC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 May 2021 12:29 AMShare This – xIn an appeal from a motor accident claim, the Allahabad High Court recently underscored the importance of ensuring the claimant(s) received the compensation they were entitled to in the event of a dispute between the owner of the vehicle that caused the accident and the insurer.To this end, the Bench of Justices Dr Kaushal Jayendra Thaker and Justice Ajit Singh emphasised that even the heirs of the claimant, once their status as heirs was established, would be entitled to claim compensation due to the original claimant. Relying on Surpal Singh Ladhubha Gohil v Raliyatbahen Mohanbhai Savlia it was stated,”The facts go to show that the claimant was under the constant treatment of doctors till the claimant survived therefore, it can safely be held that the accident caused lot of trauma both to the claimant as well his heirs. There is nexus between the death of the deceased and accidental injury. There is sufficient evidence to the effect that death of the deceased was due to development which took place due to resultant multiple injuries caused by the accident which would show that injuries were the root cause of the death. Therefore, heirs are entitled to compensation.”What transpired in the case After the original claimant met with a motor accident in February 2005, he approached the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal in September. Summons was accordingly in 2007 issued to the owner of the vehicle (though this was subsequently disputed). The Insurance Company filed one reply presented in 2009 denying liability after a request for an adjournment was made in 2008. In 2010, the Insurance Company was allowed to contest the proceedings. After this, the Tribunal passed an award in favour of the claimant. Since the owner did not present himself, the Tribunal concluded that the vehicle could not have neem insured on the date of the accident. Thereafter, the claimant took out execution proceedings against the owner in 2011. Notice was issued and unresponded to. After two years, when the tribunal passed an attachment warrant against him, the owner presented himself and challenged the Tribunal’s award as ex-parte. He filed an application under Order 9 Rule 13 of C.P.C., contending that he was never served with any summons/notice and came to know of the proceedings only later. His vehicle was insured with respondent no 2 (Insurance Company) who would be liable to satisfy the decree, he averred. The Tribunal thereafter stayed the award and no further steps were taken. The claimant died during the pendency of the proceedings and his heirs argued that his death resulted from the injuries sustained in the accident. The Award was then set aside on the ground of the original claimant’s demise. What the Court held The High Court reasoned that the decree could have been set aside in part, with the dispute between the owner of the vehicle and the insurance company decided as between themselves. The claimants ought to have been allowed their rightful compensation, the Court concluded. Therefore, the Court allowed the heirs of the claimant compensation of Rs 24 Lakhs along with interest amounting to 7.5% per annum from the date of the filing of the claim petition till the date of actual deposit. Importantly, the Court said – “The Tribunals in the State shall follow the direction of this Court as herein afore mentioned as far as disbursement is concerned, it should look into the condition of the litigant and the pendency of the matter… The same is to be applied looking to the facts of each case.” The Bench its gratitude for the assistance of the Counsel who appeared in the case. Observations “It can be safely culled out from the record that the main purpose for filing the application under Order 9 Rule 13 C.P.C. by the owner was to see that the liability is mulcted on the Insurance Company and not on them. The decree could have been set aside in part namely qua issue of liability as it was a award which could be set aside in part there was definitely severable decree” The Court also narrated the facts of in Surpal Singh Ladhubha Gohil v Raliyatbahen Mohanbhai Savlia to demonstrate that heirs could be allowed the compensation that was due to the original claimants “The death of original claimant during pendency of claim petition his legal heirs being brought on record and where the Tribunal held that claimants would not be entitled to compensation since they have no right to continue the proceedings on the death of original claimant, since action for personal injury abates with the death of original claimant. The question whether maxim “actio personalis moritur cum persona” namely that personal right of action abates with the death of the person, can be imported to a social welfare legislation so as to deny the benefits to legal heirs of a deceased claimant, to the advantage of a wrong doer the High Court held that strict application of maxim “actio personlis mortiur cum persona” cannot be imported to defeat the purpose and object of a social welfare legislation like Motor Vehicles Act. Once the status of claimants as legal heirs or legal representatives is conceded and acknowledged, to deny benefit of compensation to them on the ground that injury was personal to the claimant, it will be giving a premium to the wrong doer and it would defeat the very purpose and object of beneficial piece legislation. The question whether injury was personal or otherwise is of no significance so far as wrong doer is concerned and he is obliged to make good the loss sustained by injured, even after death of injured, claim petition does not abate and right to sue survives to his heirs and legal representatives.”The Court again held – “In our case Order 9 Rule 13 C.P.C. could not have been made applicable by setting aside the entire decree instead partial modification 14 of decree even in execution could have been resorted to which would have served the purpose of all the litigating parties. Even if during the execution, proceedings it was brought to the notice of the executing court that the vehicle was insured, the liability could have been fastened on the contesting insurance company with whom the vehicle was insured.” Speaking of what would have been the outcome had the award not been set aside, the Bench said – “In the event the decree would have been executed, of course, the claimants would have got the benefit of the decretal amount during the life-time of the original claimant who breathed his last in 2013. Had an illegal stay would not have been granted, what would have been the position. The Tribunal instead of granting stay could have directed the Insurance Company to verify the documents and deposited the amount as per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 more particularly Section 169 read with Section 170 and further Section 174 of the Act. 33. It is settled position of law that the award of the Claims Tribunal shall be paid by owner or driver of the vehicle in the accident and they would be indemnified by insurer or by all or any of them, as the case may be.” The Bench therefore concluded that the Tribunal acted in a very casual manner by not deciding the matter for a period of five years namely 2013 till 2018. It said -“The Tribunal committed a mistake rather irregularity by setting aside the award and decree in totality under Order 9 Rule 13 C.P.C. after the death of the original claimant without impleading the legal heirs. The Tribunal further committed an error which is apparent on the face of record by re-deciding the compensation. The only new circumstances were death of the injured claimant and production of documents so as to prove that the vehicle was insured and there was no breach of policy condition. 37. The awards passed by of the Claims Tribunal must be in conformity with the provisions of Section 166 read with Section 169 and 170 of the Act will also go to show that the Tribunal has erred in exercising power under Order 9 Rule 13 of C.P.C. The decisions impugned are not in conformity with the object of the Act. The findings are perverse and do not satisfy the legislative intent of the Act. The claimants were under the impression that the lis was between the owner and the Insurance Company and had the owner deposited the entire amount which he was supposed to, he could have recovered the same from the Insurance Company; if he had proved that there was no breach of policy condition. The primary duty to satisfy the decree is on the driver and owner of the offending vehicle. The only basis of challenge was that the owner had all the documents and therefore, it was the liability of the Insurance Company to indemnify as per the Act…. The provisions of part – II namely Sections 36 to 74 as well as Order 21 of C.P.C. relates to the payment of money under decree. The process for execution was also stayed without any order directing part compliance of the decree as required under the the provisions of Order 21 Rule 26 C.P.C and that the order staying the execution to the detrimental of the claimant could not have been passed 19 ex parte frustrating the very provision of the Code and Act.”Message to Tribunals in the State The Bench directed Tribunals in the State to “follow the direction of this Court as herein afore mentioned as far as disbursement is concerned, it should look into the condition of the litigant and the pendency of the matter and not blindly apply the judgment of A.V. Padma). The same is to be applied looking to the facts of each case. A copy of this Judgment be circulated by the learned Registrar General to the Motor Accident Claims Tribunals in the State of Uttar Pradesh for guidance after seeking approval of the Hon’ble the Chief Justice”. CASE: (Deceased) Satish Chand Sharma And 3 Other v. Manoj And AnotherCOUNSEL: Advocates Abhishek, Umesh Kumar Singh for appellant, Advocate Nishant Mehrotra for RespondentClick here for judgmentTagsMotor Accident Compenstion Motor Accident Claim Allahabad High Court Justice Dr. Kaushal Jayendra Thaker Justice Ajit Singh Motor Vehicles Act 1988 Next Storylast_img read more

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Concern over ‘stalled’ Letterkenny-Burtonport Greenway

first_img Twitter By News Highland – September 14, 2020 WhatsApp Concern over ‘stalled’ Letterkenny-Burtonport Greenway Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Twitter There’s concern that the proposed Letterkenny to Burtonport Greenway project is not getting the attention it deserves. The project, which would upgrade the old railway line into a walk and cycle way has been on the table for years but there are fears locally that it has stalled indefinitely, with other greenway projects in Donegal progressing.Cllr Michael McBride is calling for a joint meeting of both Letterkenny and Glenties Councillors to see ascertain how the greenway can get off the ground.He believes it has huge potential:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/mcbridedfgdfgdfggreenway.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ Previous articleCrash barriers sought for cliffs at KnockallaNext articleB&B owners can apply for grants from today News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Headstones provide connection to American Revolution

first_img Sponsored Content Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 6:39 pm Friday, June 19, 2020 Scott Griffin said John Griffin’s birthplace was Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England in 1743. “My research has found his age at the time of death at 97 which conflicts with another account of 110,” he said.John Griffin fought in the American Revolution and carried British lead in his body until the day he died. He came to Alabama from Virginia or North Carolina before it was admitted as a state. He settled in Pike County in 1822 in the Mulkey Community near the present day location of Bethel Church. He died at Carpenter’s  mill place about two miles east of Troy.His family connections in Pike County are with the Pughs and Griffins. Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Headstones provide connection to American Revolution However, for Scott Griffin of Baytown, Texas, just being there was an emotional experience.Griffin is a direct descendant of John Griffin and was in Pike County with the hope of visiting  the gravesite of his fifth great grandfather. Griffin is a United States history teacher and a family historian. He has a vested interest in his ancestor and has done extensive research to know more about John Griffin.“I never thought I would have the opportunity to stand at John Griffin’s  gravesite,” Griffin said in a quiet voice. “Establishing a connection to an ancestor I never knew for most of my life … it’s emotional. To finally come here makes my heart glad. It gives me a sense of family, a sense of belonging to something bigger than me.” You Might Like Parole board rules on Huk A Buk killer’s request The man convicted of robbing and murdering a Pike County restaurant owner in 2001 was denied paroled for a second… read morecenter_img Email the author Griffin said paying respects to an ancestor who led an extraordinary life was exceptionally meaningful.“Being here is a fulfillment of many years of research,” he said. “As an educator, it certainly feeds my passion for teaching and helping young adults appreciate the lessons of the past.”Griffin has five grandchildren and said he looks forward to sharing the story of his ancestor who was an American patriot. John Griffin’s grave had gone unmarked for many years until research revealed that he was buried next to his son, Isaac Griffin, in Pea River Cemetery. When Scott Griffin learned where his ancestor was buried, he wanted to, one day, stand at the gravesite and honor him. Griffin’s son, Chad, was there to share the moment with him. Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip On a brisk Sunday afternoon in May 2011, beneath the towering oaks at Pea River Cemetery in rural Pike County,  three fifth generation grandsons of John Griffin ceremoniously unveiled the headstone to mark the final resting place of  the patriot of the American Revolution.On late Thursday afternoon, in stark contrast to the unveiling ceremony for marking of  the American Revolutionary soldier’s grave, there were no humbling words of sacrifice; no bagpipes were played; and there was no final musket salute.Storms had scared the cemetery’s landscape, weeds were having their way and only the hum of mosquitoes broke the silence. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Scott Griffin of Baytown, Texas and his son, Cade, were in Pike County Thursday to visit the gravesite of his fifth great grandfather, John Griffin, a patriot of the American Revolution, who is buried at Pea River Cemetery. Griffin’s gravesite was unknown until research determined it to be next to his son Isaac in the rural Pike County cemetery.last_img read more

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Double murder suspect on the run after string of violent crimes in Tennessee: Police

first_imgTennessee Bureau of Investigation(STEWART COUNTY, Tenn.) — Tennessee authorities are desperate to a capture a double murder suspect who they say is on the run after a string of violent crimes.As the search intensifies for 53-year-old Kirby Gene Wallace, some intersections in Montgomery County have been shut down, and in Stewart County deputies will be following some school buses Tuesday to load and unload children for their safety, the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office said.“We do know what his capabilities are,” authorities said at a news conference Monday. “He knows he’s got this area here surrounded, it’s gonna be difficult for him to get out. So I would say that he would do about anything to get out of this area.”Wallace is suspected of killing a 63-year-old woman after she and her husband came home from church Sept. 23, Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray said, according to The Tennessean. The couple was bound and their house was set on fire, Gray said, according to the newspaper.Wallace is also suspected of shooting and killing a man and stealing his truck on Monday in the search area for Wallace in Montgomery County, The Tennessean said.Days earlier, a woman in her 80’s was returning home from church Thursday when Wallace allegedly stopped her at her car and forced her into her home at knife-point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.Inside the home Wallace allegedly showed a loaded rifle, threatened her and took apart her phone to keep her from calling for help, the sheriff’s office said. Wallace allegedly tied her to her bed before fleeing in her car, officials said.As the manhunt continues, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on Monday urged residents to stay inside, keep their doors and windows locked and report any suspicious activity.Wallace was believed to be wearing camouflage and traveling on foot on Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.Wallace is described as having gray hair, hazel eyes and possible facial hair. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 157 pounds, authorities said.Wallace is wanted on charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated arson and especially aggravated kidnapping, authorities said.Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 911.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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BYU sets a program record with 18 3s in 77-54 win over LMU

first_imgFebruary 14, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU sets a program record with 18 3s in 77-54 win over LMU Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/WCC Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES – BYU men’s basketball hit a program record 18 3-pointers and the Cougars pulled away in the second half to claim a 77-54 win over Loyola Marymount Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion.“I thought our guys did a great job, especially in the second half,” BYU head coach Mark Pope said. “These guys are trying to make plays for each other and it’s beautiful. We are watching something that’s never happened in the history of BYU and we are really lucky to watch it.”Alex Barcello recorded 18 points as he went 6 of 8 from the field, all from beyond the arc. The six 3s are a career best for Barcello. The guard also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. TJ Haws tallied 17 points, three assists and two rebounds. Jake Toolson and Yoeli Childs followed with nine points apiece.The Lions scored the first two baskets of the game, but a slow offensive start by both teams resulted in an 8-6 LMU lead six minutes into the game. Following a timeout, Toolson buried a 3-pointer to give the Cougars their first lead of the game and a Barcello trey gave BYU a 12-8 advantage with 11:39 on the clock.Six-straight points returned the lead to the Lions, 14-12. However, Haws and Toolson scored back-to-back buckets from beyond the arc to bring the score to 18-14 with under eight minutes to play in the first half.Another trey by Haws and three points from the charity stripe gave the Cougars a 29-22 lead. An LMU bucket in the paint slowed the run down, but a 3-point play by Haws sent BYU into the locker room with a 32-24 lead. The Cougars shot 37.0 percent from the field in the first half compared to the Lions’ 52.4 percent.Once again Loyola Marymount scored the first buckets of the half after hitting a 3-pointer and a layup in the first minute after the break. BYU answered with an 18-2 run that included a pair of Barcello 3-pointers and back-to-back treys by Haws as the Cougars extended their lead to 50-31 with 12:12 remaining in the game, forcing a timeout by the Lions.Following the timeout, LMU scored a layup but Zac Seljaas went on to score eight-consecutive points – including two 3-pointers – to add to the BYU lead, 58-35.The Lions went on a 7-0 run before Connor Harding hit a bucket from beyond the arc to quiet the LMU defense. With 5:22 on the clock, Barcello buried his fifth 3-pointer of the night to bring the score to 67-46.The Cougars closed the game with three more buckets from beyond the arc from three different players, including the record-setting 18th by Evan Troy.On the game, the Cougars shot 43.1 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from 3 and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Lions recorded 51.1 percent from the field, 20.0 percent from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line. Written bylast_img read more

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British Pie Awards open for entries

first_imgThe British Pie Awards are set to return this year and are now officially open for entries.The event, organised by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, will take place in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on Wednesday 25 April 2012. In 2011, the awards received more than 600 entries from 118 bakers and butchers and the organisers are expecting a similar level of interest in 2012.The organisers have also amended the category list so that the hot savoury category is now broken down into proteins, with a lamb, chicken and beef category, alongside the old favourite of steak & kidney pie.The Supreme Champion 2011, Graham Amison from Morecambe Football Club, who was crowned for his Chicken, Ham and Leek Football Pie, commented: “Winning the title of Supreme Champion at such competitive awards in 2011 was, without doubt, the proudest moment of my 15-year career as a chef.  As a result, we have received great levels of media coverage, which has helped to raise even further the profile of this popular product among our loyal football customers who recognise the quality of our pies.” Organisers have renamed the Apple Pie class, which had always specified a Bramley apple filling, as the Bramley Apple Pie class. Fillings for this pie will have to comply with the TSG specification for the filling available on the Defra website. Other protected foods featuring in the Awards are the Cornish Pasty and the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, both of which they have their own class.For further information and details of how to enter, visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk.last_img read more

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These 10 Adorable Children Prove You’re Never Too Young To Go To A Music Festival

first_imgLong Island’s Great South Bay Music Festival was a family-friendly free for all situated in Patchogue, NY with some top-notch musical acts, a craft village, and a whole “kidzone” curated just for children. It was the perfect way to spend a weekend enjoying tunes without having to look for a babysitter or break the bank on one. With the proper care, in the right environment, you’re never too young to attend your first music festival!These ten adorable children prove just that. Photos by Faces of Festivals – full weekend gallery at the bottom. Photos by Faces of Festivals – Full Gallery: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Governor embraces Vermont State Hospital futures master plan with $61.4 million in ARRA funds

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced his full support for both the Future’s Plan concept and the specific recommendations of the Department of Mental Health. The Governor also announced a funding plan that will allow these new facilities to open starting in 2012 and fully close the Vermont State Hospital by 2014.  The Governor proposes to appropriate any future extension of enhanced Medicaid matching funds (also known as FMAP) to fulfilling the plans outlined in the Future Group report.“Even in difficult financial times,” said Governor Douglas, “good ideas can move forward and be funded in a fiscally responsible manner.  It is fortuitous that the estimated amount of one-time enhanced ARRA funding matches up squarely with the need for one-time funding to build the Futures Plan.”Since 2005, the Futures Group and successive citizen committees, established by the Legislature, have considered alternatives to the physically and functionally obsolete Vermont State Hospital. The  Department of Mental Health recommends a community based model that includes a state operated 15-Bed Secure Residential Recovery Program in Waterbury and  forty-five (45) new intensive inpatient beds with 12 at Rutland Regional Medical Center and another 33 adjacent to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in White River Junction in collaboration with Dartmouth Medical School. The estimated design and construction costs of this Plan are $61.4 million.The Future’s Plan is fully consistent with the Future Group’s recommendation that the new model-of-care address the concepts of integration of mental health with general health care, be based on the best practices, and reflect Vermont’s longstanding commitment to community-based care. A full description of the Futures Plan is attached.For months, there has been discussion in Washington about extending enhanced FMAP for six additional months from January 2011 through June 2011.  President Obama included this in his recent budget recommendation and the House of Representatives included it in the Jobs bill passed late last year.  If approved by Congress, this enhanced funding will bring between $55.5 million and $62 million in one-time ARRA funding to Vermont.  The Governor’s FY2011 Recommended Budget did not include this possible funding.In his Budget Address in January, the Governor stated:“I am not counting on additional federal assistance in my budget. But even if new aid does eventually come our way, we must recognize that federal recovery funds will not flow forever, nor should they. We must take responsibility for our own programs and begin to step down our funding levels gradually and responsibly. By starting now the difficult process of realigning human services spending within currently available resources, we will spare programs from devastating cuts when the federal spigot is inevitably turned off.”“Any additional funds from Washington must be used to transition to a more effective, efficient and affordable state government, while investing in one-time efforts to create jobs and grow our tax base.”“By using these enhanced one-time federal funds for a very important one-time human service need serving our most severely mentally ill neighbors, we can move quickly to honor our commitment to the mental health community,” said Governor Douglas. “This approach leaves the State more flexibility to fund important investments through the Capital Bill in future years including information technology improvements and deferred maintenance on state buildings.  But most importantly, it means that Vermonters can receive intensive psychiatric care in state-of-the-art community and inpatient programs. ”Source: Governor’s office. 2.18.2010last_img read more

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There never was, is or will be such a thing as too much snow. Say Hello to Snowshoe’s Incredible Snowmaking Upgrade.

first_imgAdvertisement El Niño? La Niña? Yes, there will be snow. Guaranteed. The legendary snowmaking crew at Snowshoe has been busy during the fall to install over 160 brand new, state-of-the-art snow guns, also known as Happiness Generators. Half of these bad boys are the infamous Titan 2.0’s – the most powerful machines in all of North America. Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumored to have been the head of engineering on this model.Why did Snowshoe invest in more, bigger, and stronger snow guns?Three words: You, the planet, and more you. Yes, not only does the new lineup use far less electricity to make much more pow pow (5,000,000kwh less to be exact), it allows Snowshoe to open terrain up earlier, keep it open longer, and give it a quick once-over in-between whenever necessary. Consider that a little touch up around the neck line to keep things looking great and skiing great.Where exactly will you notice these new improvements?The entire Snowshoe Basin side is now covered from head-to-toe, but more importantly, the infamous runs on the Western Territory will now be able to live up to their full potential. Both Shay’s Revenge and the Jean-Claude Killy designed Cupp Run, the black diamond gems in Snowshoe’s crown, are now destined to open earlier in the season, and stay in tip-top shape more consistently than ever before.One more time?Mother Nature, Snowshoe’s got your back.As for the rest of us: There will be snow. Lots and lots of it.About Snowshoe Mountain:This is Snowshoe – part pure adventure, part cushy comfort, 100% contagious happiness. Our three distinct areas all have personalities worth getting to know. With the perfect amount of vertical in all the right places. A slew of kickers, rails, and other flip-worthy features. Plenty of runs groomed with the same attention paid to top show dogs. And enough variety to keep things interesting from first chair to last.last_img read more