Vermont wins $3.1 million grant for healthier communities

first_imgVermont is in line to receive up to $3.1 million over the next five years as part of one of the country’s largest investments ever in promoting good health, the Vermont congressional delegation announced today. Vermont will be a leader in the new national initiative that also will limit spending by avoiding costly, chronic diseases in the first place, according to U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The Vermont delegation had urged U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to include Vermont in the first round of grants. Dr. Harry Chen, the Vermont health commissioner, welcomed the grant. The state will use the first year’s installment of $621,760 to help decrease disparities in health care for poor people and minorities.  The department plans to focus on reducing tobacco use and promoting exercise and healthy diets.  Nationwide, Vermont was one of 61 recipients of grants to fight chronic diseases, the leading cause of death in Americans. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law, the new grant program will address the root causes of disease that often are related to economic, social, and physical factors. Sanders chairs a Senate panel on primary health care. ‘In America today millions of people are dying prematurely and are suffering from a number of diseases because of smoking and poor diets,’ he said. ‘Investing in disease prevention and healthier life styles will not only save lives and ease human suffering, it will also save health care dollars.  The truth is that it is a lot less expensive to invest in disease prevention than in hospital care.’ Leahy said, ‘Curbing chronic disease is a key path to keeping Vermonters healthier, trimming health costs and narrowing the health care gap that separates rich, middle-income and poor Americans.  It’s just common sense, and I am glad that Vermont will continue to lead and innovate on this and other elements of health insurance reform.’ Welch said, ‘Vermont has led the nation in creating better health care outcomes for all citizens, regardless of their economic means. This grant will help the state further that work,’ he said. ‘Providing preventative services to those in need will reduce the rate of costly, chronic conditions among vulnerable populations and better align health care spending to encourage healthier outcomes.’ In Montpelier, Commissioner Chen said, ‘This federal award will go a long way toward strengthening our rural communities’ capacity  to promote health, prevent chronic illness and reduce health disparities for all Vermonters ‘ wherever you live, work, play or get your health care.’ BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 27 ‘last_img read more

Jokowi inaugurates new antiterror agency chief despite criticism

first_imgWhile the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.Boy defended his appointment, saying that some people might have misunderstood the process. He said the National Police chief’s telegram had merely appointed him as a senior officer to the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, who would then be assigned to the BNPT.“So, in the telegram, I was not [directly] named as the head [of the BNPT],” Boy said, adding that the appointment and inauguration of the BNPT head was the President’s domain.Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesperson as well as the Banten Police chief. (asp)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday inaugurated police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) despite criticism from police watchdogs over the manner of the appointment.Boy – a veteran police officer who has held various high positions in his 32-year career, including Papua Police chief – was chosen to replace fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had helmed the BNPT since 2016. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Around 20 people, including some high-ranking officials, attended the inauguration ceremony, maintaining a distance between one another in the line the health protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would like to convey my gratitude to Pak Jokowi for giving me this opportunity. In facing the challenges ahead, the BNPT should be an institution that can incorporate strengths from all elements in the government and society in the fight against terrorism,” Boy said after the ceremony.He added that the focus of the BNPT would be to intensify cooperation with stakeholders from home and abroad. “We know that terrorism is a transnational organized crime. We have to work together; we have to collaborate and incorporate resources from the government and from the people.”The mechanism of Boy’s appointment has been under scrutiny, with Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticizing the fact that Boy was appointed through a National Police chief telegram.Neta argued it was the President’s prerogative to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.last_img read more

Qld property market shines despite southern slump

first_imgAnd thsi one bedroom unit in Brisbane sold for a staggering $2.625 millionThe Pulse report comes as Shane Oliver, the chief economist at AMP Capital Investors, warned that property prices in Sydney and Melbourne could fall by as much as 20 per cent by 2020 due to a number of factors but including the tightening of credit conditions, the rise in housing supply and the “negative feedback loop from falling prices risks developing”.In his latest report, Mr Oliver said property investors should remain wary of Sydney and Melbourne for now and focus on higher yielding markets.Brisbane, and the smaller capitals, are expected to fare much better due.“Prices are likely to perform a lot better in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart along with regional centres as they have not seen anything like the boom in Sydney and Melbourne,” he said. This mega mansion at 106-110 Virginia Avenue in Hawthorne was among the houses sold in the 12 months to July this yearBRISBANE’S powerhouse property market chalked up one of the highest property turnover rates in the country, eclipsing the rate of sales in the southern capitals.The river city tied with Adelaide to record a turnover rate of 5.6 per cent over the past 12 months, well ahead of Sydney (4.1 per cent) and Melbourne (4 per cent). This mega mansion at 106-110 Virginia Avenue in Hawthorne sold for a jaw-dropping $11.128 millionBut property data analysis firm CoreLogic said all four capital cities were showing signs of a slow down, with Brisbane’s turnover down from 8.1 per cent last year.Overall, the latest CoreLogic Property Pulse report has revealed that the number of dwelling sales nationally has fallen from 5.3 per cent in July last year to 4.6 per cent this year.That decline was largely attributed to the softening of dwelling values in Sydney and Melbourne and reduced new stock. “Dwelling sales are tracking 20 per cent below the decade average in Sydney and 15 per cent below average in Melbourne, while Brisbane sale numbers are only 1.5 per cent below the decade average,” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoCoreLogic director of research Tim LawlessAs for regional Queensland, the turnover rate was 5.5 per cent, with rising values in lifestyle coastal regions leading the charge.“Noosa saw the largest proportion of housing turnover over the 12 months to July 2018 (7.4 per cent), while further south on the Gold Coast, 7.2 per cent of housing sold over the same period,” the report said.“However the Gold Coast council area covers a much larger geographical area with over 253,045 dwellings in the region. The Sunshine Coast where housing stock is also considerably higher saw a 6.9 per cent rate of turnover.”center_img A Noosa Heads penthouse with its own private beach, sky terrace and designer furniture sold for $4.05 million in July.The Gympie and Douglas shires also made the top five, with each one recording a 6.3 per cent turnover. “The Greater Brisbane council region of Moreton Bay saw the highest turnover rate with 6.2 per cent of dwellings transacting over the year to July, however there wasn’t a material difference between the Brisbane council regions with all recording around the mid-high 5 per cent range,” Mr Lawless said.last_img read more