PM Urges NHT to Provide More Affordable Housing Solutions

first_imgRelatedWork Commences on Granville to Retirement Road in St. James Contact:    Communications Unit-OPM FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller,has called on the members of the Board of the National Housing Trust (NHT) to be far more aggressive in its pursuit of providing affordable housing solutions for NHT contributors. In a meeting with the members of the NHT Board on Thursday (September 6), the Prime Minister who also has Ministerial responsibility for the NHT, implored them to pay special attention to the young professionals, many of whom are unable to afford some of the houses now being built by the NHT. The Prime Minister also called on the Board members to be sensitive to the disabled community when housing solutions are built, by putting in the necessary features to comfortably accommodate those beneficiaries who are physically challenged. She also took the opportunity to remind the Board members of the raft of NHT related promises she made in her Budget presentation earlier this year and that she was looking for all these promises to become a reality within the timeframe outlined. Those promises include the construction of houses to be accessed by sugar workers and hotel workers. The Prime Minister further pointed out that the NHT was never established just to build housing solutions, but to create schemes with all the necessary features of modern communities, including working in collaboration with other agencies of the Government and the private sector, to provide amenities such as community centres, basic schools and playing areas. PM Urges NHT to Provide More Affordable Housing Solutions TransportSeptember 8, 2012 Advertisements RelatedPM Urges NHT to Provide More Affordable Housing Solutions RelatedPM Urges NHT to Provide More Affordable Housing Solutionslast_img read more

Health Care in Churchill County

first_imgThere are many health care services in Churchill County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Nevada Health Link’s website ( help applicants walk through the maze of choices.See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCESA community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.For a full list of community health centers in Nevada, visit the Nevada Health Centers website at and select “Locations.”DENTAL CAREThe Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners website,, is a useful place to verify a dentist’s license. Select “License Verification” from the “Consumers” drop-down menu to verify a dentist or hygienist. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?Is the dental office close to your home or office?How are dental emergencies handled?Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?Is the staff helpful and friendly?What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?The Oral Health Program of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at A LOCAL DOCTORBefore you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners online license search at You can browse for a provider by type or by location. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners website at or call 775-688-2559. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable?Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.last_img read more

Minter: Tuition-free community and technical college for Vermonters

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter has announced her plan for “Vermont Promise,” which will provide two years tuition-free at Community College of Vermont (CCV) and Vermont Technical College (VTC). The plan is modeled on the widely hailed Tennessee Promise and will ensure Vermont students the education and training required to access livable wage jobs. Speaking at CCV Winooski last week, Minter was joined by former Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges Tim Donovan, former President of CCV and Johnson State College Barbara Murphy, Representative Clement Bissonnette, former Representative George Cross and former Representative Jason Lorber.Minter campaign photo.Vermont currently ranks in the top five states in the country for its high school graduation rates (almost 90 percent), yet near the bottom nationally for college continuance (about 60 percent).Vermont Promise will enable all eligible high school graduates in Vermont to obtain high quality, post-secondary credentials tuition-free. This will help break down barriers to ensure that our next generation is qualified for livable wage jobs. And, it will ensure that young Vermonters are not saddled with crushing student debt. For community college students who continue to four-year college, Vermont Promise will effectively cut the cost of a Bachelor’s Degree in half.“Education is the most powerful tool there is to change lives, grow a 21st century work force, and eradicate poverty,” Minter said at a news conference at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski. “Vermont Promise will enable young Vermonters to achieve their dreams.”“This is a win for everyone,” Minter said. “Vermont students will be trained for good paying jobs, families will have an affordable pathway to college and businesses will have access to the skilled workers they need to grow and thrive.””In the global economy, the equivalent of two years of college has the same importance as a high school diploma did 15 years ago,” said Tim Donovan, former Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges, who spoke at the press conference with Minter. “Sue Minter is making access to that level of education a centerpiece of the gubernatorial campaign. Without this, Vermont’s political leadership will be leaving Vermont’s young people and its economy ill-equipped for the future.”High school seniors applying for Vermont Promise will work with a volunteer mentor to navigate the college admissions process and complete a financial aid application, which they can submit to any college. Vermont Promise applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, have graduated high school within the previous year, and must enroll full-time at CCV or VTC.“Two-thirds of jobs in Vermont will require some post-secondary training by 2020,” Minter said. “The lack of access to college and job training is a major driver of Vermont’s opportunity gap. Vermont Promise will help close that gap by enabling Vermonters to be qualified for today’s jobs.”Minter highlighted the proven benefits of a post-secondary education. Compared to high school graduates with no college:Holders of associate’s degrees earn 51% more ($12,000) per year.Holders of bachelor’s degrees earn 134% more ($32,000) per year.Lifetime earnings for BA holders are about $625,000 (114%) greater.The incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower among holders of a BA.The probability of being employed is 24 percent higher.Vermont Promise would be a “last dollar” plan – the state would cover tuition costs at CCV or VTC that are not covered by other scholarships and grants.Vermont Promise will cost approximately $6 million in its first year, and $12 million by its second year of operation, when two years of students will be enrolled. It will be funded by a bank franchise fee on the largest banks and by expanding Vermont’s corporate income tax to the biggest banks doing business in Vermont. Banks operating in New Hampshire and New York currently pay corporate income tax, but banks in Vermont do not.Vermont Promise is a component of Minter’s plan to support working families. The plan includes access to quality affordable childcare at Vermont community colleges, paid family leave, and raising the minimum wage. This follows Minter’s plan to grow economic opportunity through InvestVT and InnovateVT(link is external).Source: Minter Campaign. 6.7.2016last_img read more

WTOP: Crowds begin to gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza amid Election Day

first_img AP/John Minchillo WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 3, 2020: Local residents gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza, a section of 16th Street, on Election Day. On November 3, 2020, the United States elects its president and vice president, 35 Senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 13 governors of 11 states and two US territories, as well as state and local government officials. Incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden are running for president. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images) AP/J. Scott Applewhite WTOP/Kyle Cooper Activists opposed to the Trump presidency are dressed as characters from the dystopian “Handmaid’s Tale,” as they demonstrate at the Capitol on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. WTOP/Scott Gelman (1/25) This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP for more details. WTOP/Kyle Cooper Previous AP/Jacquelyn Martin AFP via Getty Images/ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS AP/Alex Brandon WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez A man holds an anti-President Donald Trump flag on Election Day. District of Columbia Metropolitan Police attempt to arrest a demonstrator who was blocking their efforts to remove an illegally parked truck at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Protesters gather near the fencing that surrounds the White House on Black Lives Matter Plaza on Election Day. People watch a big screen displaying the live election results in Florida at Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House on election day in Washington, DC on November 3, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Previous WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – NOVEMBER 3, 2020: Supporters of Joe Biden, a candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, gather in a street near the White House on Election Day. On November 3, 2020, the United States elects its president and vice president, 35 Senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 13 governors of 11 states and two US territories, as well as state and local government officials. Incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden are running for president. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images) Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Yegor Aleyev Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Yegor Aleyev At the White House, Alvarez reported that parts of the newly enforced fencing had posters on it warning against ticket scalping and underage drinking. WTOP/Scott Gelman Next Stations have been set up to hand out water and snacks to protesters in Black Lives Matter Plaza on Election Day. Crowds continued to grow around 5 p.m. near Black Lives Matter Plaza. Murals have been hand painted on pieces of plywood boarding that cover the glass on storefronts. Some businesses are worried about possible unrest similar to what the city experienced over the summer. Next Share via email. An anti-Trump protester kneels in front of a broken plaster Make America Great Again hat in Washington, DC, on November 3, 2020 as demonstrators rally near the White House. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) A man walks past messages on a fence around Lafayette Square near the White House on Election Day in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 3, 2020center_img Yegor Aleyev/TASS/Yegor Aleyev AP/Jacquelyn Martin AFP via Getty Images/OLIVIER DOULIERY A man waves an anti-Trump banner during the 2020 general elections. A demonstrator going by the name Azul Azul sits on a sidewalk outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. AFP via Getty Images/NICHOLAS KAMM AP/John Minchillo D.C. police stand watch as demonstrators gather outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. AP/John Minchillo A mural dedicated to late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorns a layer of plywood covering the windows of a business in downtown D.C. WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez Around 3 p.m., a crowd of around at least a few hundred had gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Share on Twitter. Share on Facebook. EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY – Black Lives Matter Plaza, near the White House, is quiet early on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Crowds gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Amid boarded-up downtown businesses and increased “anti-scale” fencing around the White House, hundreds gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza to rally and await the results of the 2020 presidential election Tuesday.The rally unfolded relatively peacefully throughout the afternoon and evening except for a few scuffles, but as crowds were dispersing shortly before midnight, a group of several hundred protesters began marching elsewhere throughout the city.WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez reported that this group consisted of “black bloc” protesters, who tend to be more radical and often conceal their identities. He said the protesters launched flares as they wound their way through the streets, many carrying black umbrellas to shield their faces from the cameras.Earlier in the afternoon, it was a very different scene as hundreds of people, including members of Shutdown DC And Black Lives Matter DC, gathered around the White House. Alvarez said the event was not a coordinated rally. Rather, people were mostly waiting for the election results and watching coverage of the races on projection screens that had been set up at Black Lives Matter Plaza and McPherson Square.Alvarez noted that many organizers said they would wait until the results were in before deciding what to do next.At times the mood was festive, with people dancing and singing, but frustrations were also on display.Gabriel Pietrorazio — one of the University of Maryland student journalists covering the elections for WTOP — spoke to Don Folden, founder of Capital Buddy Tours, who said he hopes the political divisiveness ends after the 2020 election.“What I’m trying to do is get people to stop hating each other because they disagree,” he said. “It’s interesting because some of the people who hate each other like the same music. They have a lot of things in common, but they only focus on what they don’t have in common.“This division, this hatred – it’s got to stop.”By the time Alvarez returned to the BLM Plaza around 1:30 a.m., he said about 100 people were still milling around, including members of the media. But with the presidential race essentially in a dead heat and inconclusive, the mood was far more somber than it was earlier in the day. AP/Jacquelyn Martin WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez Vladimir Kostyrev/TASS/Vladimir Kostyrev Dmitry Kirsanov/TASS/Dmitry Kirsanov A police car parked by Lafayette Square near the White House ahead of the 2020 general elections. Share This Gallery: WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez A demonstrator holds up a sign while waiting for election results at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) A La Colombe boarded up its windows ahead of the results of the 2020 general election. Print. A protester wears a costume and holds a sign denouncing President Donald Trump. Demonstrators stop to pray outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. Demonstrators gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza outside the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgSmoothie King signs are up at its new location.Smoothie King takes out license. The Smoothie King that is planning to open in mid- October along Johnson Drive has taken out its business license with the city. Smoothie King will be opening in the former Blockbuster building. The menu features a long list of smoothies and other items.Two SM East students are Jostens finalists. Kelsey Cox and Laine Duckworth, both students at SM East, are finalists in the 2016 Jostens Adobe Design Contest. Only 10 students from high schools across the country qualified as finalists in the contest.CFD2 August calls near 200. The Consolidated Fire District No. 2 August report shows 193 calls for service from fire and rescue and 230 medical calls. The department also logged 1,115 training hours. The department responded to several water rescue calls during the storm in late August.Mission Coffee with a Cop Sept. 16. The next date for the Mission Police Department to hold Coffee with a Cop will be at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 at Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Early Behavior Therapy Found to Aid Children With A.D.H.D.

first_imgThe New York Times:Children with attention-deficit problems improve faster when the first treatment they receive is behavioral — like instruction in basic social skills — than when they start immediately on medication, a new study has found. Beginning with behavioral therapy is also a less expensive option over time, according to a related analysis.Experts said the efficacy of this behavior-first approach, if replicated in larger studies, could change standard medical practice, which favors stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin as first-line treatments, for the more than four million children and adolescents in the United States with a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D.The new research, published in two papers by the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, found that stimulants were most effective as a supplemental, second-line treatment for those who needed it — and often at doses that were lower than normally prescribed.…“We showed that the sequence in which you give treatments makes a big difference in outcomes,” said William E. Pelham of Florida International University, a leader of the study with Susan Murphy of the University of Michigan. “The children who started with behavioral modification were doing significantly better than those who began with medication by the end, no matter what treatment combination they ended up with.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Daily Postcard: Luminous Double Rainbow Over White Rock

first_imgDaily Postcard: A luminous double rainbow appears in the sky and colors the clouds about 7:45 p.m. Friday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbslast_img

Conveyancing boost from stamp duty reforms

first_imgThe conveyancing sector has experienced a buoyant start to the year as solicitors rushed to complete transactions prior to higher stamp duty rates coming into force, latest research shows. The government introduced a higher levy of three percentage points above current stamp duty land tax rates on 1 April.Search Acumen’s conveyancing market tracker shows that 275,002 transactions were registered in the first three months of 2016, up 10% from the first three months of 2014, when 251,042 transactions were recorded in the run-up to the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority’s pre-mortgage market review rules.2014’s first-quarter results were the first time more than a quarter of a million transactions had been recorded in a single three-month period since the recession.Search Acumen chair Mark Riddick said the ‘artificial stimulus’ of government intervention had put ‘major pressure’ on workloads.Riddick expects to see a ‘residual effect’ in the second quarter of this year, ‘as some of the transactions logged by HM Revenue and Customs in March filter through Land Registry records as more applications are completed.’The total number of firms active in the market rose by 2%, from 4,177 in the first quarter of 2015 to 4,278 this year. The top five conveyancing firms’ market share fell from 8% in the first three months of 2014 to 5% this year. Riddick said ‘challenger’ firms further down the ranks had enjoyed the biggest benefits of a year-on-year rise in transactions.He added: ‘A modest rise in the population of active firms has also occurred, with occasional players emerging to take some of the spoils and share the load.’Looking ahead, Riddick predicted continued quarter-on-quarter growth in ‘first registrations’ as a result of a reported rise in the number of new dwellings in England and Wales.last_img read more