Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today announced the creation of a Health Care Cabinet, to help coordinate Vermont’s nationally recognized health reform initiatives across several agencies and departments and to help implement any health reforms that may be enacted at the federal level in the near future. The Cabinet will be comprised of representatives from agencies and departments with jurisdiction over health care services, policy, regulation and implementation, among other responsibilities.“The Health Care Cabinet provides an excellent opportunity to continue to build on Vermont’s successes in the health care arena – to identify efficiencies and new, creative ideas to help Vermont residents. Collaboration across state government will be especially critical as we work to analyze the impact of and plan for the implementation of any national health care reforms. I’m pleased to have such a great team of people working together on this important issue,” said Governor Douglas.Governor Douglas has appointed as co-chairs of the Cabinet Dr. Susan Besio, Director of Health Care Reform and Director of the Office of Vermont Health Access, and Heidi Tringe, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs. “I want to thank Susan and Heidi for taking on this important task.” Douglas continued. “This is an efficient way for us to ensure that we are communicating regularly as federal reforms move through Washington.” Meetings will be held monthly beginning in November. Topics of discussion will include an analysis of federal health reform proposals and the impact of the economic downturn on health care. The Governor signed an Executive Order (EO) last week creating the cabinet, and the text of the EO is copied below.Source: Governor’s office. 10.20.2009.
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Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet FaithLifestyleLocalNews Caribbean looks to religion for spiritual help by: – February 17, 2014 87 Views no discussions ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday February 17, 2014, CMC – Caribbean religious and political figures met here on Sunday for a three-hour regional inter-faith service ahead of a forum on Monday that they hope would help formulate a strategic plan for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).They are also hoping that the event would begin a process among Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) within the region aimed at transforming the social fabric of the Community.Host Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, who spearheaded the initiative for the regional inter faith conference, told the congregation at the St. John’s Pentecostal Church that he was certain that the Lord “has brought us here and forum was an historic occasion (and) we start off by worshipping together”.He described the one-day forum on Monday as “a very important event” that would place religion at “the future of this region”.CARICOM chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said religion played an important role in the life of Caribbean people.“The Caribbean nations are founded in the supremacy of God and we are here today to re-affirm the fact that we are founded in the supremacy of God,” he said, adding there was nothing more joyous “to hear our people in the Caribbean in praise of our God and Saviour.Gonsalves told the congregation that the Caribbean is awash with several religious persuasions and values “but whatever the bundle of belief, we in our region worship with a Caribbean particularity with a joy.“There is absolutely no celebration in the world that gives as much joy,” he said, adding “it is easy for us to celebrate inter faith (but) what we have to do is go beyond and celebrate with meaningful love for without it, faith if meaningless”.Gonsalves said that given the number of religious faiths in the Caribbean it was also important to resolve whatever differences that may arise “and let us not fight one another”.He also took the opportunity to remember Haitians residing in the Dominican Republic who are likely o be affected by a Constitutional Court ruling last September that could render those of Haitians stateless.General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC), Gerard Granado said his membership consisting of 33 churches in 32 countries was committed to the forum “because as people of faith we know God is a God of possibilities”.But he warned that the event would “not be a walk in the park” and urged representatives of all faiths to have respect for each other’s beliefs.He said the forum should also set the stage for regional countries keeping developmental issues such as human resource and poverty alive, saying it also calls “for a love that is patience and a dialogue hubled with respect for each other”.Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of National Diversification and Social Integration, Dr. Rodger Samuel said the forum is a manifestation of God’s work in showing that people of different races, creed and religion could come together and seek his guidance in their future.He said the Caribbean was the only place in the world where people of different races can live together and are not involved in ethnic cleansing and religious wars.Samuel said that while in the past Caribbean countries have ooked to the churches to see what role they can play in development of society, it was important now for a reversal and governments to understand the will of God.“God is using our region as the tip of the arrow to ensure that this region will set standards so tohers will follow,” he added.The organizers said the conference here on Monday coming ahead of the 24th Inter-Sessional Summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadinesis to reignite the spirit of fellowship among the Community’s religious leaders.They said it is also aimed at developing a framework for a regional consultative process to facilitate appropriate engagement of FBOs in the decision-making process in the Community. The religious and political representatives are also hoping the conference will provide an to discuss the formation of an organisation to tackle hunger and poverty across the CaribbeanBy Peter RichardsCaribbean Media Corporation read more
PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have collectively accounted for 59 percent of Iowa’s scoring this season and 63 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Penn State, Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins and Myreon Jones have scored 51 percent of the team’s points this season, including 67 percent of all Nittany Lions points over their last five.LIKEABLE LAMAR: Stevens has connected on 27.2 percent of the 81 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 15 over the last five games. He’s also made 73.2 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Iowa has won its last 12 home games, scoring an average of 81.9 points while giving up 65.9.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Hawkeyes have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Nittany Lions. Iowa has an assist on 46 of 78 field goals (59 percent) over its past three contests while Penn State has assists on 30 of 65 field goals (46.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Penn State offense has recorded a turnover on only 16.5 percent of its possessions, which is the 30th-lowest rate in the nation. The Iowa defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18.1 percent of all possessions (ranked 257th among Division I teams).___ Associated Press No. 16 Penn State looks to knock off No. 18 Iowa February 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 16 Penn State (21-7, 11-6) vs. No. 18 Iowa (19-9, 10-7)Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Penn State goes for its fifth straight win vs ranked opponents against No. 18 Iowa. Penn State’s last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes 106-74 on Dec. 7, 2019. Iowa lost 78-70 at Michigan State on Tuesday. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com read more