Leading housing figures rebuffed by government over evictions ban extension

May 7, 2021

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first_img–The Labour party and the UK’s two key housing campaign groups have simultaneously called for a new evictions ban to be implemented in England, but have been rebuffed by the government.Citing the start of the new lockdown tomorrow, Labour’s shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire, Shelter chief executive Polly Neate and Generation Rent director Alicia Kennedy have all called on Ministers to re-instate the evictions ban that lapsed on 21st September.“As we head into a second lockdown on Thursday, it is essential that renters and homeowners have re-assurance that they will be safe in their homes,” says Debbonaire.Kennedy adds: “Putting workers back on 80% of wages with benefits insufficient to cover the rent means that once again thousands face getting into debt.“The Government must suspend eviction proceedings again to give renters assurance that they can stay safely in their homes.”Neate says: “With England set to enter another national lockdown and Covid cases on the rise, the Government needs to move again to make sure no-one is forced out of their home this winter by banning evictions nationwide.“It is simply too dangerous to allow more people to become homeless now.”But despite this united front, government sources say the unprecedented measures already taken to protect tenants are sufficient, although the situation will be kept ‘under review’.Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action says an evictions ban in all but name is already under way because bailiffs have been requested not proceed with warrants during the lockdown, and that after that the ‘Christmas truce’ on evictions announced by the government means evictions will not re-start until 11th January.Read more about the evictions ban.ailicia kennedy Thangam Debbonaire polly neate Generation Rent Labour Shelter November 4, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 4th November 2020 at 1:31 pmand just who, do they propose stands the loss of rent ?Private, single-property owning landlords often key workers themselves.Not thought through, as usual.Log in to ReplyMick Roberts, Advance Properties Advance Properties 8th November 2020 at 5:34 pmExactly,How can they propose someone live in a house rent free?Like u say, normal workers theirselves can lose their house that they may have carried on providing homes for tenants for years to come. After all this, they undoubtedly sell & that home could be lost for future tenants, most certainly not for benefit tenants any more.Let evictions happen easy, more Landlords will buy, more choice, standards go up, rents come down.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Leading housing figures rebuffed by government over evictions ban extension previous nextRegulation & LawLeading housing figures rebuffed by government over evictions ban extensionLabour, Shelter and Generation Rent housing chiefs call for new possession hearings ban but government says existing measures suffice.Nigel Lewis4th November 20202 Comments1,271 Viewslast_img read more


Medial Ultrasex

May 3, 2021

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first_imgAn Oxford doctor used hospital equipment to enhance his love life, the General Medical Council heard this week. Jane Sullivan, representing the GMC, told the professional conduct committee hearing that Euan Laird began an affair with a woman, who was only identified as Mrs N, in 1991. The couple had sex on a number of occasions at hospital premises. The hearing was informed that Laird used the ultrasound scanning machine at the Horton Hospital in Banbury for his own “sexual gratification”. Laird, who was senior house officer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital when the relationship began, is accused of “abusing” his professional position, unnecessarily performing smear tests and other intimate examinations on the patient. The relationship continued for a number of years before Mrs N “began to find the nature of his desire invasive and for that and other reasons stopped seeing him in 1997.” Laird was not present or represented at the hearing but is aware that it is taking place. Sullivan said that Laird, who became a consultant during the affair, denied the allegations: “Not only did he say he had had no dealings with her at the time, he denies, and continues to deny emotional or sexual relationship with her, saying that their relationship was a strictly professional doctor-patient relationship”. The hearing continues. Two weeks ago, Cherwell reported that a Queen’s College lecturer, Doctor Henk Giele, had allegedly been conducting a sexual affair with one of his patients at the JR hospital. His case has been adjourned until December. The GMC are unable to comment on either case since both are ongoing.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more


Several Hoosiers among those the FBI says stormed the U.S. Capitol

April 20, 2021

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first_img Google+ Twitter Twitter Several Hoosiers among those the FBI says stormed the U.S. Capitol Pinterest Facebook Google+ (Photo supplied/Federal Bureau of Investigations) Several Hoosiers could have been involved in the riot that happened at the Capitol building in Washington, DC on Jan. 6.So far, no one from Indiana has been charged, but that could change.“Like FBI field offices across the country, FBI Indianapolis is receiving tips regarding Hoosiers who may have been at the Capitol building in Washington, DC Jan. 6. Any subjects that are arrested/indicted will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC,” said Christine Bavender, Public Affairs Officer at FBI Indianapolis.The FBI has shared numerous photos of pictures taken from social media posts of people that breached security at the Capitol. On Tuesday afternoon, Steven D’Antuono, the acting director in charge of the Washington D.C. FBI field office, said they have already received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media.“I want to stress that the FBI has a long memory and a broad reach, agents and our partners are on the streets investigating leads, not only here in the D.C. area but also across the country in FBI’s 56 field offices,” said D’Antuono. “We are scouring everyone for investigative and intelligence leads, and we continue to ask for more.”To report tips to the FBI, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or send tips to tips.fbi.gov. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – January 13, 2021 0 358 IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleTwo arrested after car chase through several northern Indiana countiesNext articleHoosiers 70+ can now schedule appointments to receive COVID-19 vaccine Network Indianalast_img read more


Relive 8 Of Our Favorite Wanee Performances That Kept The Love Alive [Video]

March 2, 2021

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first_imgWhen discussing unique musical identities, the name Dr. John is bound to be brought up. John’s instantly recognizable Cajun drawl made him a curiosity in his earliest days before his raw talent won him a legion of fans. Though the years clearly weigh on the good doctor, he had no problem singing in the voice that could only be his. The Nite Tripper set was basked in the sun as lifelong fans and newbies alike agreed that, unlike the song, they were in the right place at the right time. Watch Dr. John and company nail a delightful take on his chart-topping classic “Right Place, Wrong Time” below.“Right Place, Wrong Time”Gov’t MuleWarren Haynes knows all about the legacy of the Allman Brothers thanks to his many years making magic with the band. Stepping into such a iconic act would intimidate anyone, Haynes included. But rather than shrink away from the spotlight, Haynes instead led the Allman Brothers into a new era with his soul-drenched guitar licks. Though he has played with versions of the Grateful Dead as well as his own band, Gov’t Mule, Haynes was and always will be family to the Allman faithful. Watch Gov’t Mule deliver an amazing one-two punch with a pair of jams below.“Eternity’s Breath>St.Stephen”Trey Anastasio BandTrey Anastasio proved to the Wanee crowd that no matter how big he gets, at his heart he is like them—a fan. The Phish guitarist gushed like a schoolboy about his years-gone-by chance to join the Allman Brothers on the very stage he was rocking. His words about experiencing the precision and power of Butch Trucks’ work on the drum kit were not those of a jaded arena rocker.  They were the thoughts of a fan who knew, for a fact, that he was one of the luckiest people on the planet. It says a lot that in a set that saw several incredible moments, the highlight was a simple story of a childhood dream come true. Watch Trey share his tale and then lift the crowd with a soaring version of a soul classic below.“O-o-h Child”Bob Weir & The Campfire BandBob Weir brought a stripped-down, confessional feel to the Peach Stage as he performed solo and with The Campfire Band. With the dissolution of the Allman Brothers, Wanee has reached out to a wide variety of legends and icons to help keep the festival a top tier event. Over the course of his two days worth of music, Weir delivered the goods in the form of new acoustic tunes, Grateful Dead classics, and a Lady Gaga track that seemed to fit as perfectly as could be imagined. He even had a surprise up his sleeve in the form of special guest—Trey Anastasio! Though America has watched Weir go from cherubic-faced rhythm guitarist to wizened elder statesman, his voice and spirit have never diminished. Weir’s willingness to have a bit of fun in his banter with Anastasio and cover modern pop hits showed there is plenty of light left sparkling in his worn eyes. Check out the crowd-stunning jam session on “Deep Elem Blues>Friend Of The Devil” below.“Deep Elem Blues > Friend Of The Devil”The passing of Butch Trucks was, to many, the final nail in any hopes of an Allman Brothers reunion. Persistent health rumors about Gregg Allman have provided plenty of doubt, but the faithful had, until now, been holding out hope. No band has suffered as much loss and still kept the music alive as well as the Allman Brothers.  Sadly, with the heart of the band gone, it is difficult to imagine any of the principals seeing the worth in gathering once more.While not completely surprising the atmosphere at Suwannee was actually incredibly upbeat. Thanks, as always, to the environs of the Suwannee and the magnificent weather, it was hard to do anything but smile as the sun set the world aglow. When the night fell and the tributes got more emotional tears did flow, but they were tears of remembrance, not sorrow. The Wanee Music Festival managed to serve as a memorial for the fallen and a celebration of the living at the same time. While, as always, the line of cars leaving Suwanee was full of tired fans ready for home they all shared one thing—a smile on their face and a song of love echoing in their hearts. This year’s Wanee Music Festival was much more than a celebration of music—it was a celebration of life itself. Music legends like Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio, and Dr. John shared the stages with up-and-comers like Marcus King, Blackberry Smoke, and Turkuaz in an all-out effort to lift up those attending with the power of song.Music has a unique and mystical ability to connect listeners on a level far above the baseline of simple inputs to our senses. The right song, the right note, can spark a revolution in the heart and mind. Each act that played the beautiful festival grounds of the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park this weekend seemed mindful of the importance of spreading a message of hope.This focus on living was the result of the untimely passing earlier this year of Allman Brothers drummer and Wanee co-founder Butch Trucks. The passing of the beloved percussionist added another sad chapter in the history of one of the most important bands in American history. The Allmans created a sound that was distinctly their own—a mixture of gospel, rock and pure pride in their southern heritage.Their impact on the music scene is difficult to truly measure. The Allman Brothers’ dynamic arrangements, expert musicianship, and undeniable hooks made them a national draw almost instantly. At the heart of any band, no matter how sizable, is the man on the drummer’s stool. Trucks loss removed the heart of one of rock’s most storied bands and cast a long shadow over the entire weekend.Trucks was a fan of the festival dynamic and was a vocal champion of the idea of an Allman Brothers-centric weekend. When it came time to pick a location for the event, the only logical choice was the Spirit Of The Suwannee. Between Suwannee’s closeness to their base, the scenic grounds, and the ability to hosts tens of thousands of fans without issue gave the Wanee Festival a perfect home. Festival goers at the park have long described themselves as a family, and this year they gathered to say goodbye.The Freight Train BandWanee organizers had a tough task in figuring out the right way to give folks a chance to share their pain but still lift their spirits. In a impressively astute move, they gathered the brother duo of Cody and Luther Dickinson and paired them with the many musical members of the Trucks family. Vaylor and Melody Trucks led the way with an emotional tribute to kick off “The Freight Trane Band” honorarium of their father’s storied life. Watch the emotional beginning and first two songs from their set below:“Hot Lanta>Trouble No More”Leftover SalmonThough Wanee’s first tribute was an emotional affair, the next day found Leftover Salmon doing a much more upbeat honorarium of the works of Neil Young. The setting was picture perfect thanks to sunny skies and the amazing backdrop of live oaks and Spanish moss that line the Amphitheater. Over the course of ninety minutes of well-received Young re-imaginings, the legendary partnership of Salmon co-founders Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt picked and grinned their way through classics like “Cinnamon Girl” and “Heart Of Gold.” Check out more highlights from their set here and watch a smiling, high-speed take on “Cowgirl In The Sand” below.“Cowgirl In The Sand”JJ Grey & MofroJJ Grey’s success story is a perfect example of an artist exemplifying his roots. Grey’s love of his southern-Georgia/northern-Florida surroundings is at the core of every note he plays and every syllable he sings. Whenever he takes the stage at a Suwannee festival, he can’t help but relate stories of his many visits as he grew up. Rocking thousands of delighted faces not a mile away from his favorite childhood swimming hole is obviously a treat for the singer-songwriter.You can see more highlights from Grey & Mofro’s set here, but check out his amazing rendition of “Every Minute” below.“Every Minute”Widespread PanicThe Allman Brothers rise to icon status during the seventies seeded an entire generation of musicians with the thought that it was okay to be proud of the sounds of the south. Widespread Panic are the current reigning champs of that down-and-dirty spirit, though their take differs noticeably from that of the Allmans. From John Bell’s cigarette-scarred voice to Jimmy Herring’s soaring guitar notes, they have a distinct and beloved flavor that is all their own. Even though their latest addition, Duane Trucks, brings the Allman legacy neatly into Panic, they have long since climbed to the pinnacle of southern rock’s highest peaks. Watch Panic flow nicely into a smoking “Junior” below.“Junior”Dr. John & The Nite Tripperslast_img read more


Soulive Announces Six-Night Bowlive VIII Residency At NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl

March 2, 2021

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first_imgFor years, jazz/funk fusion trio Soulive held down an annual winter spot at the Brooklyn Bowl for a guest-filled residency dubbed Bowlive. After taking a year off from the tradition, the band returned in 2017 for a summer rendition, then took 2018 off. Now, in celebration of their 20-year anniversary as a band, Soulive will make their triumphant return to the Brooklyn Bowl for a reduced, six-night run on July 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th.Part of the glory of these Bowlive shows is the unexpected moments that often transpire. You truly never know who will walk through the doors of the Brooklyn Bowl, especially when Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans are hosting a show. While special guests have yet to be announced, fans already know they’ll be in for a treat.Previous special guests have included Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, George Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Robert Randolph, Nikki Bluhm, Karl Denson, Doyle Bramhall II, Antwaun Stanley, GRiZ, John Scofield, Marcus King, and so many more legendary musicians.We’ll be sure to update you as more details become available. Tickets to Bowlive VIII go on sale this Friday, April 19th at 10 AM. ET. Limited three- and six-night packages will be available. Click here for additional information.last_img read more


Harvard awards 8,042 degrees and certificates

March 1, 2021

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first_imgToday the University awarded a total of 8,042 degrees and certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below.Harvard College granted a total of 1,533 degrees. Degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were awarded by Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Design.All figures include degrees awarded in November 2017 and March and May 2018.Harvard College1,533 degrees1,499 Bachelor of Arts34 Bachelor of ScienceGraduate School of Arts and Sciences952 degrees272 Master of Arts96 Master of Science11 Master of Engineering573 Doctor of PhilosophyHarvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences457 degrees250 Bachelor of Arts34 Bachelor of Science11 Master of Engineering96 Master of Science14 Master in Design Engineering52 Doctor of PhilosophyHarvard Business School926 degrees915 Master of Business Administration11 Doctor of Business AdministrationHarvard Divinity School140 degrees48 Master of Divinity1 Master of Theology85 Master of Theological Studies6 Doctor of TheologyHarvard Law School767 degrees172 Master of Laws6 Doctor of Juridical Science589 Doctor of LawHarvard Kennedy School631 degrees100 Master in Public Administration214 Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career)65 Master in Public Administration in International Development225 Master in Public Policy9 Doctor of Health Policy6 Doctor of Political Economy & Government9 Doctor of Public Policy3 Doctor of Social PolicyHarvard Graduate School of Design342 degrees96 Master in Architecture44 Master of Architecture in Urban Design92 Master in Design Studies58 Master in Landscape Architecture1 Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design42 Master in Urban Planning9 Doctor of Design14 Master in Design Engineering (Joint with SEAS)Harvard Graduate School of Education720 degrees658 Master of Education10 Certificate of Advanced Study28 Doctor of Education Leadership24 Doctor of EducationHarvard Medical School257 degrees8 Master of Biomedical Informatics27 Master of Bioethics48 Master in Medical Science174 Doctor of MedicineHarvard School of Dental Medicine50 degrees13 Master of Medical Sciences4 Doctor of Medical Sciences33 Doctor of Dental MedicineHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health663 degrees399 Master of Public Health101 Master of Science28 Master in Health Care Management7 Master of Arts25 Doctor of Public Health62 Doctor of Science41 Doctor of PhilosophyHarvard Extension School1,047 degrees4 Associate in Arts153 Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies890 Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studieslast_img read more


The neurons that hold our hidden thoughts

March 1, 2021

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first_img Making memories Study sheds light on how neurons form long-term memories Stem cell researchers manage to formulate them out of skin cells Researchers identify neurons that control hibernation-like behaviors in mice For the first time, scientists have identified the individual neurons critical to human social reasoning, a cognitive process that requires us to acknowledge and predict others’ hidden beliefs and thoughts.A team of neuroscientists at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had a rare look at how individual neurons represent the beliefs of others by recording neuron activity in patients undergoing neurosurgery to alleviate symptoms of motor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Their findings are published in Nature.The researchers were studying a very complex social cognitive process called “theory of mind.” “When we interact, we must be able to form predictions about another person’s unstated intentions and thoughts,” says MGH neurosurgeon and the paper’s senior author Ziv Williams. “This ability requires us to paint a mental picture of someone’s beliefs, which involves acknowledging that those beliefs may be different from our own and assessing whether they are true or false.” A simple example of theory of mind: A friend appears to be sad on her birthday. I may infer she is sad because she didn’t get a present or she is upset at growing older.This social reasoning process develops during early childhood and is fundamental to successful social behavior. Individuals with autism, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and traumatic brain injuries are believed to have a deficit of theory-of-mind ability. “By combining the computations of all the neurons, you get a very detailed representation of the contents of another’s beliefs and an accurate prediction of whether they are true or false.” — Mohsen Jamali Relatedcenter_img Previous research on the cognitive processes that underlie theory of mind has involved functional MRI studies, where scientists watch which parts of the brain are active as volunteers perform cognitive tasks. But the imaging studies capture the activity of many thousands of neurons. In contrast, Williams and his colleagues recorded the computations of individual neurons — a standard preparatory step for neurosurgery but put to a new purpose: to provide a detailed picture of how neurons encode social information. “Individual neurons, even within a small area of the brain, are doing very different things, not all of which are involved in social reasoning,” says Williams, an associate professor in neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS). “Without delving into the computations of single cells, it’s very hard to build an understanding of the complex cognitive processes underlying human social behavior and how they go awry in mental disorders.” Creating pain-sensing neurons State of stasis For the study, 15 patients agreed to perform brief behavioral tasks before undergoing neurosurgery for placement of deep brain stimulation for motor disorders. Micro-electrodes inserted in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex recorded the behavior of individual neurons as patients listened to short narratives and answered questions about them. For example, participants were presented with this scenario to evaluate how they considered another’s beliefs of reality: “You and Tom see a jar on the table. After Tom leaves, you move the jar to a cabinet. Where does Tom believe the jar to be?” The participants had to make inferences about another’s beliefs after hearing each story. The experiment did not change the planned surgical approach or alter clinical care.“Our study provides evidence to support theory of mind by individual neurons,” says neuroscientist and the paper’s first author Mohsen Jamali. “Until now, it wasn’t clear whether or how neurons were able to perform these social cognitive computations.”The investigators found that some neurons are specialized and will only respond when assessing another’s belief to be false, for example. Other neurons encode information to distinguish your beliefs from another’s. Still other neurons create a representation of a specific item, such as a cup or food item, mentioned in the story. Some neurons may multitask and aren’t dedicated solely to social reasoning.“Each neuron is encoding different bits of information,” says Jamali, an instructor in neurosurgery at HMS. “By combining the computations of all the neurons, you get a very detailed representation of the contents of another’s beliefs and an accurate prediction of whether they are true or false.”Now that scientists understand the basic cellular mechanism that underlies human theory of mind, they have an operational framework by which to begin investigating disorders in which social behavior is affected, adds Williams. “Understanding social reasoning is also important to many different fields, such as child development, economics and sociology, and could help in the development of more effective treatments for conditions such as autism spectrum disorder,” he says.Funding for this study was provided by the National Institutes of Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and Harvard University’s Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative.last_img read more


Is Colin Firth Back on Board for My Fair Lady on B’way?

January 18, 2021

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first_imgCould he dance all night? Oscar winner Colin Firth, who was previously speculated to be the frontrunner for headlining a Broadway revival of My Fair Lady before supposedly being replaced by Ralph Fiennes, is now on board to play Henry Higgins. Theater titan James Nederlander Sr. reportedly told The New York Post, “Colin Firth is already set. The female isn’t cast yet.” Names in the mix to play Eliza Doolittle have so far included Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and Skylight’s Tony nominee Carey Mulligan. A production directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher had been aiming for a 2014 opening; no word yet on when this incarnation will play Broadway.Firth won the Oscar for The King’s Speech and was nominated for A Single Man. His many other film credits include Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Then She Found Me, What a Girl Wants, Girl With a Pearl Earring and the movie musical Mamma Mia!Featuring music by Frederick Loewe and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. The production won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Harrison snagged a Best Actor trophy. My Fair Lady was last seen on Broadway in 1993, starring Melissa Errico and Richard Chamberlain. View Commentslast_img read more


Health insurance rates hold steady for Catamount Health Insurance program

January 1, 2021

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first_imgCommissioner Paulette Thabault of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) announced that her Department has received no 4th quarter rate increase requests for Catamount Health Insurance.  The state-subsidized health plan is sold by both Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health, and neither has filed for an increase since the inception of the program in October 2007.  Commissioner Thabault said, The rates are so far holding steady.  That speaks well for the early success of Catamount as a public/private partnership to provide affordable health insurance to all Vermonters.   All health insurance rate changes must be filed with and reviewed by BISHCA, and may be approved, adjusted or denied by the Commissioner. Governor James Douglas said, I m pleased that our Catamount Health insurance initiative is holding a steady course.  As the country tackles the complexities of national health care reform, I m proud that Vermont has led the way with concrete gains in the effort to give all citizens access to affordable health care.Catamount Health opened for enrollment in October of 2007.  It offers comprehensive, quality health care to uninsured Vermonters no matter how much they earn.  Premiums are tiered by income, and premium assistance is available to those in the most need.  This time of year, many college grads face a loss of health insurance coverage because they are no longer students and, with other young people, reach the age at which they can no longer be covered under their parents policy.  Catamount Health may be an option.   There are two important reasons not to let your coverage lapse: First, even when you are young and presumably healthy, it s a dangerous wager to decide to just skate without health insurance for any length of time.  No one ever plans to have a serious accident or illness.  They can happen to anyone.  Without health insurance, majormedical expenses could snarl you in debt for decades.   Second, with a lapse in coverage, pre-existing medical conditions may be excluded from your coverage under a future health insurance plan.  To see an online overview of Catamount eligibility and costs, go to www.greenmountaincare.org(link is external). Green Mountain Care has free or low-cost health insurance programs for Vermonters offered by the State of Vermont and its public and private partners.Source: BISHCAlast_img read more


Richmond firm gets $400,000 for campus crime prevention

January 1, 2021

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first_imgAbout Margolis, Healy and Associates, LLC:Margolis, Healy and Associates, LLC, is a professional services firm specializing in higher education safety and security. With more than 15 years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Mr. Steven J. Healy have quickly positioned MH&A as a leading professional services firm for safety and security needs at universities and colleges. MH&A provides a range of services to help keep campuses safe and secure, prepare for natural or man-made disasters and violent incidents, or respond to crises. The firm’s services include:Campus Safety & Security Program AssessmentsEmergency Preparedness & Crisis Response Systems and ExercisesPublic Safety Management StudiesExpert Witness & Litigation ConsultationImplementation of Lethal & Less-than-Lethal Force OptionsSpecial Event Security Planning & ManagementExecutive Search SupportMass Notification System Selection & ImplementationClery Act Compliance Assessment & TrainingCrisis Support ServicesSource: MH&A, please www.margolis-healy.com(link is external) Margolis, Healy & Associates (MH&A), of Richmond, a leading professional services firm specializing in higher education safety and security, today announced that it has received a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) 2010 Competitive Grant for Enhancing Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention. BJA received 42 applications and made six awards for a total of $3,194,243 in funding.The BJA Grant Award of $399,800 will provide MH&A with funding to implement a project entitled, “Best Practices for Campus Crime Prevention: Developing Evidence Based Modern Crime Prevention Strategies for Institutions of Higher Education.””We will use an inclusive, research-focused strategy to identify, evaluate, refine and replicate best and promising practices in modern evidence-based and age-appropriate crime prevention programming at institutions of higher education,” said Dr. Gary J. Margolis, MH&A managing partner.According to Dr. Margolis and MH&A managing partner, Steven J. Healy, a preliminary review of available literature and general observations of campus safety agencies and crime prevention programs, reveals that institutions have implemented crime prevention strategies based on thirty-year old efforts originating from K-12 school and community settings, and with no consideration for modern communication and social interconnectedness; communication and developmental needs of the current generation of student; or the higher education settings.”Effectiveness of these older programs is questionable at best, and at worst, institutions are missing opportunities to affirmatively impact student safety, both on and off campus,” Healy said.The deliverables of the project include:Producing crime prevention program templates for crimes identified through the grant, and making them available to institutions across the country at no cost. The templates will be disseminated through national education associations and a website developed and hosted by MH&A;Development of a website that will serve as a dissemination point for the crime prevention program templates and a social networking resource for institutions seeking further information and assistance on modern crime prevention strategies;Creation of a web-based Technical Assistance Center, hosted by MH&A. The Technical Assistance Center will present findings at national or regional meetings of higher education associations and via Web-based video and teleconferencing services.The purpose of the BJA grant program is to improve the capacity of state and local justice systems through training and technical assistance targeted to address state and local needs. The following agencies received funding under this BJA grant program:GranteeStateAward AmountNational Council on Crime and DelinquencyVA$400,000The Johns Hopkins UniversityMD$376,621Margolis, Healy & AssociatesVT$399,800Institute for Intergovernmental ResearchFL$800,000National District Attorneys AssociationVA$599,966International Association of Police ChiefsVA$767,656last_img read more