February 11th is national ‘2-1-1 Day’

first_imgFebruary 11 (2/11) is official “2-1-1 Day” in recognition of the free, confidential, easy to remember phone number that connects Vermont residents to essential community information and services such as healthcare, rent and mortgage assistance, food and shelter, job training, transportation, childcare, senior care, veteran services and much more. Vermont 2-1-1 helped 238,000 callers get help, give help and discover options since the Information and Referral program of the United Ways of Vermont was launched in 2005, especially as economic woes and natural disasters sent more families looking for help. That number continues to grow as more Vermonters have access to this invaluable referral service. “2-1-1 will be there for Vermonters on Monday, February 11 like we are 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said MaryEllen Mendl, Director of Vermont 2-1-1.  “When a person calls 2-1-1, an Information and Referral (I&R) Specialist or Community I&R Volunteer will speak to you and help assess your situation to determine what services, information or resources are needed to help. And, because we are able to answer calls in 150 languages, 2-1-1 call specialists can really help get information out to the harder-to-reach populations in our community.” Residents, emergency service providers, government entities, non-profit agencies and businesses have all come to understand how 2-1-1 connects people with the services they need, and the annual number of calls to 2-1-1 is on the rise as the economic crisis continues to take its toll.”Without 2-1-1, callers can make an average of eight phone calls to different numbers before finding the services they need,” said Carmen Derby, President of United Ways of Vermont. “2-1-1 cuts through the red tape to save providers time and money, while helping Vermont residents connect with the resources they’re looking for.” However, even as the value of 2-1-1 continues to be demonstrated, limited resources remain a barrier to sustainability and nationwide implementation. To date, 90% of the US population can access 2-1-1. “Every day, 2-1-1 call center specialists are helping people in every state untangle the web of social and government services available in their community,” said Mendl.Some highlights of the Vermont 2-1-1 program include:‘¢           providing 24/7 access to health, human and community services;‘¢           realizing an 853% increase in call volume between 2005 ‘ 2012;‘¢           preparing sixteen staff members to earn National Certification in the field of Information and Referral with four earning a dual certification as Resource Specialists;‘¢           receiving National Accreditation from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems;‘¢           answering over 238,000 calls;‘¢           participating in more than a dozen Vermont Yankee Drills since 2007, including 2 successfully completed FEMA evaluated drills;‘¢           creating new and innovative partnerships and expanding the grant from the Agency of Human Services (AHS) to include answering after hours emergency housing calls for AHS;‘¢           responding to thousands of calls for disaster assistance as a direct result of2-1-1’ s designation as the number to call for flood related inquiries and flood damages reporting;‘¢           Actively engaged in communities throughout Vermont working to address issues including Human Trafficking, school safety, access to mental health and homelessness;‘¢           Responded to nearly 100 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline calls annually from 2007 – 2012 and trained over 70 faith-based, law enforcement, military, social service providers and community members in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training;‘¢           Initiated the development and sustainability of VT Alliance for Information and Referral Systems, a membership organization supporting Information & Referral professionals. Need help finding help?  Dialing 2-1-1 is your first step.  Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Vermont, or visit our website at www.vermont211.org(link is external).  Professional Information and Referral Specialists are available 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, Friday. Vermont 2-1-1 is a program of the United Ways of Vermont. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities.2-1-1 is confidential.2-1-1 is a useful planning tool.  A growing database of services and programs provides aggregate data about the types of calls that 211 receives in order to mobilize resources to meet changing needs of Vermont communities.last_img read more

Welch backs Obama on national plan, Shumlin on Vermont’s approach

first_imgby Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Representative Peter Welch, D-VT, is on board with President Barack Obama’s decision to allow individuals to extend their current health insurance plans for one year ‘ and with Governor Peter Shumlin’s preliminary decision to table a delay in implementation of Vermont’s mandatory health care exchange program.Obama needed to offer that one-year extension in order to keep his word, Welch said. The president had repeatedly said that Americans who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act, which was not true for plans that failed to meet minimum requirements.‘The bottom line is this is an issue that the president is addressing. He made a promise and a promise made is a promise kept,’ Welch said.The decision is also expected to bring Democratic lawmakers, who were threatening to break ranks with the White House, back into the fold.Welch said he thinks Congress needs to be fully committed to ‘rolling up our sleeves’ and fixing problems with the Affordable Care Act. To that end, he’s backing legislation drafted by House Democrats, which mirrors the executive order Obama announced Thursday. The GOP-led House is expected to vote it down.Beyond that, Welch said he didn’t plan to support other immediate legislative ‘fixes’ that are being floated in Congress.‘Right now the two priorities are the website ‘ that’s got to be operational ‘ and, number two, keeping the commitment the president made,’ Welch said.The House approved legislation Friday, drafted by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., that would allow people to continue to purchase new plans that don’t meet the ACA standards. Obama, whose order only permits people already on those plans to keep them for a year, has said he will veto Upton’s bill if it reaches his desk.Welch said that the bill ‘reintroduces a race to the bottom’ for insurance policies and would undermine the ACA.Vermont’s lone representative said he would defer to Shumlin on the decision to not permit Vermonters to extend their plans for a full year. And while he encouraged constituents to call his office if they are having problems with the exchange, he trusts that the Shumlin administration will remedy the situation.‘The state is really taking the lead on this,’ Welch said. ‘Of course I’m reading that there are some issues there, but right now most of the issues arising are being handled by the governor and the people in Montpelier.’last_img read more

Fraunhofer IIS Presents 8K Video-over-IP Transmission With JPEG XS at the Virtual IBC 2020

first_imgThe standardized JPEG XS codec was developed to handle media workflows from acquisition to the distribution encoder by using internet settings and Ethernet infrastructure only. The Fraunhofer IIS expert team for video coding successfully implemented a pilot project for streaming of 8K video-over-IP in cooperation with the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.JPEG XS — the new standardized low-latency codec for transfer of images up to 8K in production quality via IP. JPEG XS provides lowest latency for video-over-IP transmission. With the requirement for seamless media workflows, the handling of highest-quality images over internet protocol (IP) in local and wide area networks was required and JPEG XS is a codec enabling these requirements. The video coding expert team of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen developed a JPEG XS SDK in order to integrate JPEG XS in broadcast and movie production workflows to transfer high-quality images during the production and post-production process via IP in studio quality. The Fraunhofer JPEG XS SDK runs with CPU and GPU support.Production and broadcast studios are looking for new ways to manage video and image transmission by Ethernet to make their workflows easier and more cost-efficient. With JPEG XS as a new standardized video codec by ISO focusing these requirements, Fraunhofer IIS set up a system consisting of a PC-based real-time encoder with 4 by 12G SDI input and 10G Ethernet output and a PC-based real-time decoder with 10G Ethernet input and a 4 by 12G SDI output synchronized to the input of the encoder. The transmission of the data was operated on a 10G Ethernet link as SMPTE 2110 stream. The synchronization between input of the encoder and output of the decoder was realized over PTP IEEE1588 (Precision Time Protocol).Together with the Japanese broadcaster NHK and the team of Siegfried Foessel, head of the department moving picture technologies at Fraunhofer IIS, they carried out a pilot project to proof the capability of JPEG XS under real-time broadcast conditions. “In this pilot project the challenge was not only to use JPEG XS for transferring 8K video streams, but also to check the synchronization and the behavior of the system under real-time conditions,” said Foessel.“We verified the quality of JPEG XS during our evaluation phase with different compression ratios in order to use for our broadcast services. We will present all technical details about this evaluation and the excellent results in this pilot project at the virtual SMPTE ATC conference in November,” said Masayuki Miyazaki, deputy head of production engineering division at Engineering Development Center, NHK.For further information check out the virtual booth here: www.ibc2020.digitalmedia.fraunhofer.de.last_img read more

Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

first_imgNPR: Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa.New nutritional guidelines, announced in 2012, require public school lunchrooms to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk and fewer starchy sides like french fries. But short of stationing grandmothers in every cafeteria, how do you ensure that students actually eat the fruits and veggies they’re being offered?A minor lunchroom makeover could make a big difference, says Andrew Hanks, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.In a study published online by The Journal of Pediatrics, Hanks and his colleagues David Just and Brian Wansink, at the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, demonstrate that small, simple changes in presentation and layout can have a large impact on how — and what — students eat.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Premier League – We never calculated that the Citizens would not…

first_img© skysports.com, fotbalportal.cz – Frank Lampard Yesterday 18:19 – They are currently third, but by the end of the competition they are still waiting for a bitter fight. Chelsea has three league duels left to play. He must collect as many points as possible in them. So far, they have everything in their hands. An important news for English teams is the abolition of the penalty for Manchester City. This means that fifth place does not mean a certain participation in the Champions League. Frank Lampard says he never thought about it. The Blues are really complicating the end of the season. Losing with Sheffield United is a big complication. So far, Chelsea is third. Yesterday’s defeat of Leicester with Bournemouth, who is fighting for rescue, helped her a lot. The Foxes lose one point to Chelsea.The fifth is Manchester United, but he has a good finish with Southampton today. If he manages the match for three points, he will go to Chelsea in third position with a one-point lead.Today it was decided that Manchester City would be able to play the Champions League. His two-year ban was lifted. This means that the top four will slip into the millionaire competition. Frank Lampard says he didn’t calculate for a moment that the Citizens of the Champions League might not be playing.“I am not looking further than the next match. We have a few more matches ahead of us that we want to win. Then we’ll see if it brings us the Champions League. ““I never put any hope in the situation that another team could get into the Champions League. We only care about ourselves. If we win enough matches now, we will go to the Champions League. “Not participating in the Champions League could be a big complication. Also given the reinforcements Chelsea has already brought and what she plans.“We’ve brought in a few players, which I think clearly shows a really positive view of the way we want to go.”“It is important to have enough competition in the team. Of course, the economy of the club is also related to this. We’ll see how it all turns out. “Where now?More information about Chelsea FC can be found here.Michal Čermák / skysports.com, fotbalportal.czlast_img read more

Oscar De La Hoya I Cheated on My Wife, But I’m No Tiger Woods

first_imgOscar De La Hoya is opening up about why he checked himself into rehab — claiming he was abusing cocaine and alcohol, cheating on his wife … and even considering suicide.The boxing icon spoke with Univision — saying, “There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2-and-a-half years and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine.”De La Hoya says he’s been sober for three months — but he’s still undergoing treatment. He also says he’s joined Alcoholics Anonymous.The boxer says he thought about killing himself, but ultimately decided he did not have “the strength” and “courage” to do it.Oscar also revealed that he cheated on his wife — explaining, “We are obviously not talking Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful.”last_img read more

Poor second-half shooting ends Retrievers winning streak

first_imgThis loss is a crushing blow to the Retrievers hopes of winning the America East regular season title. Even if they win the remainder of their games, they’ll still need some help in order for that to occur. UMBC heads out on the road and will next face the Maine Black Bears on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm. The Retrievers (14-10, 6-3) snapped a five-game winning streak, shooting only 33.3% from the field in the second half. With 8:31 remaining in the game, the Retrievers trailed by only three, 47-44, then quickly went cold. It would be over three minutes before they would score their next point, and by then Hartford (12-12, 5-4) had built an eight-point lead. Lynch wasn’t the only Hawk with a big game, senior forward George Blagojevic netted 13 points, as did senior guard Jason Dunne. Redshirt senior forward John Carroll dominated the boards with 10 rebounds. Junior guard K.J. Jackson led the Retrievers with 16 points, but once again had problems with ball security as he was responsible for four turnovers. Junior forward Arkel Lamar checked in with 13 points, but was only 3-9 from the field. center_img Then with a five-point run under a minute later the Hawks suddenly enjoyed a 10-point lead, and never looked back. Hartford’s senior guard J.R. Lynch turned in a big performance, pouring in 28 points on five of nine from the field and missing only one of his 16 free throws, as the Hawks downed UMBC, 70-61, Wednesday evening at the UMBC Event Center. UMBC took an early lead, 17-7, nearly halfway through the first half, but Hartford clawed back into the game, trailing 33-32 at half, setting them up a big second half. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Bengals get another chance at 23-year drought

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, greets Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)CINCINNATI (AP) – The Bengals are back in the playoffs, and so many of their fans are wondering already whether they’ll lose in the first round like usual.A rookie running back is providing hope that things could, at long last, be different this time around.The Bengals (10-4-1) are morphing into a very different type of team as they head into the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Instead of relying so much on up-and-down Andy Dalton, they’re giving the ball to Jeremy Hill and letting him carry the load.Hill ran for 147 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown, during a 37-28 win over Denver on Monday night that sent Cincinnati back into the postseason. It’s the kind of approach that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been trying to develop all season.“We just have a new attitude,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “The running game has really sparked kind of a feistiness, a will to make something happen for us. At times, we haven’t had that, for whatever reason.”They’ll need it in the next two weeks. They go to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night game that will decide the AFC North championship. The winner gets the title and a home playoff game, while the loser takes a wild card and goes on the road.New England has clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bengals will get the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye if they beat the Steelers and Denver loses at home to Oakland. The Broncos get the No. 2 seed with a victory or a Bengals loss.Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, tied for the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history, according to STATS. They’re 0-5 during that time, with all of the losses coming under coach Marvin Lewis.Unlike those other years, they seem to have developed a running game that can carry them.The strategy to beat the Bengals in the playoffs has been to shut down the running game and put all of the pressure on Dalton. Cincinnati showed a very different approach on Monday night – give it to Hill and allow Dalton to throw low-risk passes to tight ends and running backs. Fourteen of his 17 completions were to a tight end or running back.And Hill showed how much he’s changed the offense. The second-round pick from LSU ran for 140 yards for the fourth time this season, joining Eric Dickerson (1983) and Curtis Martin (1995) as the only NFL rookies to do it, according to STATS. He became the 10th Bengals player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first since Corey Dillon.The Bengals had been blown out in their two previous prime time games this season, with the offense failing to do much of anything. Hill was the biggest difference on Monday night.“Especially with the way we’ve been performing in prime-time situations, I just knew that somebody had to ignite the team,” Hill said. “Somebody had to inspire everyone else. If that had to be me, then so be it. I’m just a guy who plays with a lot of emotion.“Guys tapped me early on in the game and said, ‘We need you.’ I tried to respond and help out the team.”They’re going to need him on Sunday in Pittsburgh when they try to win the AFC North for the second year in a row – something they’ve never done. The Steelers came to Cincinnati on Dec. 7 and won 42-21, limiting the Bengals to 86 yards rushing. The Bengals have run for 244 yards and 207 in the two games since then.“We knew we were going to have to take that same attitude into this game,” rookie center Russell Bodine said. “It’s a mindset. We had our mind made up before we went into it.”Notes: The Bengals have reduced the price of their cheapest playoff tickets – from $86 last year to $56 – and are allowing fans to buy single-game tickets instead of two-game playoff packages. Last year, the Bengals, Colts and Packers needed an extra day to sell out their first-round games. … Dalton joins Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only starting quarterbacks to lead their teams to the playoffs in each of their first four seasons.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Two-goal Casemiro Madrid’s unlikely match winner against Sevilla

first_img The referee booked Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro from Madrid, while for Sevilla Ever Banega saw a yellow card as well. Sevilla on away loss to Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Real Madrid went into the match knowing victory after winning away by a 0-3 victory against Getafe while Sevilla scored a 1 draw against Athletic, adding a point in the last match played of the competition. At the moment, Real Madrid is 1st in the LaLiga, having garnered 43 points from 20 matches, while Sevilla sits at 4th with 35 points after playing a total of 20 matches. There were no goals during the first half of the game. CET Real Madrid took the lead in the second half, with a goal from Casemiro in the 57th minute. Sevilla gave an equalizer thanks to a goal from Luuk De Jong 64 minutes in the game to establish the 1-1. However, Real Madrid in the 69th minute took the lead thanks to a new goal from Casemiro, scoring his second goal, which saw the second half to a 2-1. At the end of the match, both teams made 3 substitutions each. For Real Madrid Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Ferland Mendy came on for Luka Jovic, Rodrygo and Marcelo, and Sevilla brought on Youssef En-Nesyri, Oliver Torres and Rony Lopes for Munir El Haddadi, Franco Vazquez and Ever Banega.center_img SPORT.es 18/01/2020 Upd. at 19:25 Real Madrid with their next fixture against Real Valladolid at away stadium, while Sevilla will face Granada at home stadium.last_img read more

Quarry blackout ends

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows The developers behind the controversial Bunyip North quarry have signed up to a State Government project aimed…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img