Vermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk Veterans

first_imgVermont Receives Over $2 Million to Support At-Risk VeteransWaterbury, VT-The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) Department of Mental Health (DMH) has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Vermont a five year, $2.1 million grant to create an infrastructure project to serve veterans of all conflicts with trauma-spectrum illnesses, who are at risk or have already become involved with the criminal justice system.”Vermont’s veterans, who have so selflessly protected the liberties we all enjoy, deserve the most caring, compassionate services we can provide to them when they are in need,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Vermont has a proud tradition of providing these supports to our state’s veterans, and we are truly pleased that the federal government has recognized the quality of these services through their support of this new initiative.”The grant will support the creation of a statewide intergovernmental initiative intended to address the needs of Vermont veterans and other adults with trauma spectrum-illness who are involved in the criminal justice system through identification, screening and assessment, and diversion from the criminal justice system to evidence-based treatment and supports.During the project’s first three years, DMH will pilot its infrastructure and intervention model in Chittenden County, screening an estimated 14,000 veterans and other adults in the criminal justice system for trauma-related illness and diverting an estimated 300 from detention to evidence-based treatment and supports. In years three through five, the project will progress toward statewide implementation, screening approximately an additional 24,500 adults and diverting roughly 525 to treatment. Over the grant term, about 38,500 adults will be screened and roughly 825 will be diverted to evidence-based care, resulting in increased access to trauma informed services and evidence-based trauma treatment and community supports for these veterans.”The Agency of Human Services is fully committed to ensuring that veterans and their families have access to comprehensive supports, particularly through our involvement with the Military, Family and Community Network and our promotion of the employment of veterans through our Division for Vocational Rehabilitation,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of AHS. “This SAMHSA grant to our Department of Mental Health will enable us to leverage existing resources as we continue to help at-risk veterans achieve success and support successful community reintegration.””This grant will enhance current efforts by DMH, the Department of Corrections, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program Division of the Health Department, and the Court Administrator to focus on better interventions for persons involved with or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system,” added DMH Commissioner Michael Hartman. “Together with ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration and local veterans groups, this grant will help more veterans access valuable services and supports.”DMH and community partners are currently working out the details of a plan to implement these expanded services for veterans.#####last_img read more

Aon employees unhappy with scheme’s cross-border move

first_imgEmployees of Aon Netherlands have expressed concern over the recent decision to move its pension fund to Belgium, despite the workers’ council (OR) still discussing the matter with employers, according to Dutch financial daily FD. “We haven’t approved anything, and therefore it is strange that the pension fund already has taken such a decision,” Paul Kabel, the OR’s secretary told FD.He indicated that there were still worries among the scheme’s participants about the quality of the Belgian pensions system, and added that a lobby group had been established which was still discussing the issue with Aon.According to the FD, the OR – a statutory representative body of employees – and the employer have different opinions about the scope of the OR’s right of approval. It cited René Mandos, the pension fund’s chairman, who confirmed that the OR had voiced its concerns to both Dutch supervisor DNB and Belgian regulator FSMA.Mandos defended the pension fund’s decision, by saying that the accountability organ of representatives of workers and pensioners had unanimously approved a transfer.However, he stressed that a cross-border move was still subject to the OR’s approval.Almost a year ago, the Aon scheme announced that it was considering placing its pensions in a Belgian IORP.It made clear that its intention came after the employer had terminated its contract for pensions provision with its pension fund, and had transferred pensions accrual to a defined contribution plan with an insurer.For the accrued pension rights under average and final salary plans, “a liquidation of the pension fund, including a collective value transfer, was the most realistic scenario”, the scheme said at the time.According to the pension fund, the employer preferred a transfer to an IORP in Belgium, which could also house pension rights from its Belgian staff, and possibly other European countries.last_img read more

Dino Babers: ‘We’re not paying anybody’

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Last week, after the FBI’s college basketball corruption scandal surfaced, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers told his players to look to their left and right.“None of you guys are getting paid,” SU’s second-year head coach said he told his players. “We’re not paying anybody.”Babers, who has coached at more than one dozen schools, said Monday morning that “everywhere I’ve been, we’ve been good about that stuff.”By “stuff,” Babers means about not paying players. The FBI probe includes allegations that representatives from Adidas promised six-figure payments to players’ families for committing to schools sponsored by the company. Other allegations state that coaches steered players to financial advisers.Assistant coaches at four schools — Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC — have been arrested in related schemes. They face charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville men’s basketball Rick Pitino is on unpaid administrative leave because of the probe, which states UofL assistants involvement in a scheme to pay a highly rated recruit a $100,000 bribe. University interim President Greg Postel announced Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich had been placed on administrative leave after the basketball program was implicated in the FBI corruption investigation.“From a basketball standpoint, that stuff is mind-boggling to me,” Babers said.Postel said Pitino’s status will be determined at a later date. His program is already under NCAA probation for providing prostitutes for recruits. He said he did not know anything about either scandal.It raises questions on whether universities will become more scrutinizing of their coaches in both basketball and football, and whether athletic departments will employ more compliance officers to hold coaches accountable.The repercussions are a “reputational scare for everybody,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said. There’s no reason to believe schools like Syracuse are involved, he said, though many programs may be more careful in how they monitor their teams and coaches. Still, it won’t stop more programs from breaking the rules.“This is just the latest scandal we’ve had,” Bilas said, “and it won’t be the last.”Bilas said the scandal will have little to no impact on Syracuse men’s basketball recruiting, as the probe impacts only a handful of players. Dick Vitale, also an analyst at ESPN, said SU’s recruiting prospects are “absolutely improved.”Last week, UofL basketball lost a pair of five-star recruits in Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey. Sunday, junior college All-American running back Greg Bell decommitted from UofL.“I don’t think it’s over,” Vitale said. “I think it’s just beginning. They’re not going to play games. I hope some of this gets cleaned up. We need someone to be in charge.“It think this is going to make every school take a step of caution in every way possible.”Additional note from Babers’ Monday press conference: The FBI probe renews the debate over college athlete compensation. Babers said a football scholarship “is more than enough for compensation, based on what I did for the game and how it changed my life.” Published on October 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Lakers coach Frank Vogel is eager to show his evolution

first_img“We felt good about adding players that will star in their roles around A.D. and LeBron,” he said. “The guys that we had all lined up are all going to come in and play their part and we feel just as good about our opportunity to compete for a championship now.”While Davis seemed averse to considering load management (the practice of deliberate, healthy resting) – “I’m gonna play,” he said at one point – Vogel said the decisions will be handled by the team’s medical staff led by Dr. Judy Seto. James struggled with injuries last season for the first time in his career, and Vogel said Seto and her staff are likely to have discussions about the practice with James and Davis – “I am going to fall in line with that,” he said.Vogel talked about a few players specifically on next year’s roster, calling Kyle Kuzma a “maximum-effort guy” who is already polished on the scoring end and he believes can escalate his game defensively to become another standout alongside James and Davis.He also expressed optimism about adding DeMarcus Cousins: Citing his own experience with Paul George after he shattered his leg in 2014, he believes the second year after an injury (Cousins ruptured his Achilles in January of 2018) can be when a player regains his prior stature. While the Lakers have noted that Cousins appears to be svelte and in good shape, Vogel said they’ll be patient. But he agreed with Pelinka that if Cousins can approach his All-Star caliber form of the past, it could raise the team’s ceiling.“This is the year that I think he hopefully starts to really regain his form,” Vogel said. “If he does, then we have one of the most powerful, dominant players in the game.”Vogel said his staff will soon be finalized, and on Sunday, ESPN reported that former Cavaliers and Raptors assistant Phil Handy – a coach with a sterling reputation for talent development – is being hired as an assistant. The Lakers will also have Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Miles Simon on staff next season.Vogel said while it’s unusual for a team with no continuity to talk openly about winning a title, he’s not surprised – or intimidated. He doesn’t expect it to be a smooth journey all the way through, but he thinks the Lakers have the potential to get there.“There’s going to be a lot of bumps in the road,” he said. “Hopefully as the season goes on, you continue to work to build that chemistry and come playoff time, hopefully, you’re coming together at the right time. If this level of talent comes together and learns to play with each other, and play selflessly and work hard on the defensive end, the sky is the limit.” Anthony Davis might have forgotten where he was for a moment as he described his ideal position. He’d rather play power forward than center – he’s made that much clear.Then he turned to his left, and a toothy, sheepish smile formed as he extended a long arm to his new coach, Frank Vogel.“If it comes down to it coach, and you need to play the five,” he said, “then I’ll play the five.”The talent is assembled, and the Lakers are expecting big things from a veteran-laden roster led by Davis and LeBron James. On Saturday during Davis’ introduction, the word “championship” was tossed about liberally – the high standards are no secret for the coming season. Vogel was influenced by James’ Miami teams, with whom he sparred twice in the Eastern Conference finals. He started evolving during his two-year tenure in Orlando, he said.“It’s a simple concept, put shooters around elite offensive talents and you are going to be pretty good because your guys are either going to score or they’re going to find shooters on the weak side,” he said. “That’s the way our roster has been set up and built and we got an army of guys on that weak side that can punish either with the three or making plays off the bounce.”Vogel echoed an earlier sentiment from Rob Pelinka: Though the team had hoped to land Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they had done advance work to protect themselves from Leonard’s eventual decision to join the Clippers. Vogel said he had been comfortable with either scenario and the way the roster worked out, he thought Pelinka and the front office had done well to assemble a competent cast for James and Davis relatively late into free agency.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe man in charge of putting all the pieces together, the 46-year-old head coach hired during a chaotic month of May, now faces the season well-stocked with proven players. And the roster the Lakers have put together reflects the style Vogel expects to play come October, which he outlined in a session with the media on Saturday following Davis’ introduction.In a way, Vogel, whose own introductory press conference was overshadowed by Magic Johnson-related turmoil, is still waiting to show the NBA how he’s evolved.“It’s not so much how I believe it should be played; It’s just the way I coach,” he said. “For instance, my Pacers teams (wanted to) pound it in the post. Because that was the personality we had. We wanted to play through big (Roy) Hibbert and David West, and we didn’t have the kind of 3-point shooting that teams are playing with nowadays. You see the benefits; you see how it shifts, and like anything, you measure whether that makes sense for your club or your style of play.”This Lakers team won’t resemble his Pacers teams of the past very much, Vogel suggested.With a 304-291 career record, Vogel’s calling card in both Indiana and Orlando has been as a defensive-minded coach who played with less tempo on the offensive end. The New Jersey native says the past few seasons have changed his approach to offense, and he’s more eager to create spacing for shooters. The Lakers’ heavy investment into guards – the team has seven on its 14-man roster, many of whom have overlapping skillsets – reflected how Vogel will likely want to play, surrounding James and Davis with shooters sprawled along the perimeter. 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Believe It or Not Attack on Titans Anime Adaptation Is Five Years

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Attack on Titan has been a phenomenon for quite some time now, acting as one of the most popular mainstream anime titles out there since its debut. You can watch the anime, read the manga, read novels, play video games, and even watch a live-action movie based on the property, which are all signs that a series has done very well for itself.But can you believe it’s been five whole years since the anime made its debut? The fanbase is having a bit of trouble dealing with that fact, heading to social media both to celebrate and talk about the disbelief involved with the fact that, yes, Attack on Titan’s anime series is five years old, and it’s become an important part of otaku culture in the meantime.5 years ago this legendary opening was shown for the first time— Attack on Titan Wiki (@AoTWiki) April 7, 2018 LIKE WHERE TF DID THE TIME GO I REMEMBER WHEN THAT WAS THE BIGGEST DEAL!— Nurse Barbara (@sootbobcat) April 7, 2018After running for so long, the series still shows no sign of stopping. The anime’s third season is still on the horizon, and there’s a lot to learn about familiar characters. Wit Studios and Linked Horizon had better have a banging new theme song to appease longtime fans, especially since the original was such an earworm — you’re singing it now, aren’t you?Attack on Titan has been running since the manga debuted in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2009. Since then, it’s been released in 23 volumes as of last year, following a world where massive creatures named Titans are taking over the world, breaking into the walled off area that humanity clings to as its last bastion and safeguard from the creatures. Things are going to get even crazier as the show wears on, so you won’t want to miss the third season. Make sure you get caught up before then. And do you feel old as an anime fan yet? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more