Sanders seeks support for Vermont State Hospital

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has brought together Obama administration officials, Vermont state lawmakers and the state Department of Mental Health commissioner to discuss federal funding for the Vermont State Hospital. Restoring the hospital’s certification could yield $10 million or more a year in federal reimbursements for the facility that the state now spends more than $20 million annually to operate and maintain.The state hospital in Waterbury first lost its federal certification in 2003, regained it in 2004, but lost it again in 2005. The lack of certification makes the facility ineligible to claim Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements that could cover more than half of the hospital’s costs.In July, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing concerns about supervision of a single patient, again denied certification for Vermont’s only state-run mental hospital. The decision followed an unannounced visit by investigators to the 54-bed psychiatric hospital.While federal investigators have cited lapses, the hospital was certified in 2008 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.“The quality of patient care must be our top priority, but the state and Vermont taxpayers deserve a reasonable process for correcting problems and restoring the hospital’s certification,” Sanders said. “In these difficult financial times, it is unfair to Vermont taxpayers that the state is losing out on $10 million a year in federal reimbursements.”Sanders convened the meeting of representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and state Sens. Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille) and Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden).“We are on the same page and they gave us a path forward,” Sanders said afterward.Sen. Bernie Sanders meets in his U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C., with (L to R) Cynthia Mann, director of Medicaid and State Operations for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Angela Brice-Smith, deputy director of surveys and certification for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photo by Frank Fey for the U.S. SenateSource: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 20, 2009last_img read more



first_imgDonegal hurling legend Andrew Wallace is best known as a proud Burt man but most of all a lover of hurling. The former hurling star and Donegal hurling manager may have stopped playing competitively for Donegal but he recently faced another challenge.The well-known former sportstar took on a huge challenge in the form of the Westport sea2summit Challenge.the supreme endurance challenge for 2012, the Westport sea2summit Challenge.The sea2summit challenge is made up of a 45 K run, 8 K cycle, 5k mountaon climb (Croagh Patrick), 35 K cycle run and a 4 K obstacle course run. The total distance covered in the challenge is 56.5 K Andrew managed to raise €10,500 for MS Ireland and the Donegal Hospice.Simply click to view.With thanks to our friends in Wallace Media for the video footage. DDTV – ANDREW GETS BANG FOR HIS PUCK AS HE RAISES €10,500 was last modified: January 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew WallaceSea2summit challengelast_img read more


Consumers Find Mobile Web Disappointing, Slow to Load

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces When encountering these slow loading sites, half of consumers reported that they were only willing to wait 6-10 seconds or less for the site to load. Longer than that, and they’ll give up, move on, and probably won’t ever return. Sixty-one percent said it’s unlikely that they would ever visit that site again from their mobile device while another forty percent said they would seek out a competitor’s site that provided a similar service. sarah perez No Mobile Web Presence is Bad for BusinessFor businesses who maintain a web presence, the survey’s findings highlight the potential consequences of ignoring the mobile web. There are more people surfing mobile sites than ever before – 56.9 million as of July, according to Nielsen. Companies who haven’t given consideration to their mobile websites aren’t just losing customers for that initial attempted transaction that goes bad – they’re possibly losing those customers for good seeing as how many of those frustrated users claim they won’t ever return to the site in question.    Although the survey sample size was relatively small (just 1001 total respondents) and the company behind this wants to sell web optimization services, the findings seem to be believable. Anyone who’s spent a good amount of time on the mobile web can assure you that it truly is in its infancy. So many sites are slow, aren’t optimized for viewing from mobile handsets, and it is frustrating when you encounter them. Hopefully, businesses will begin to realize that if they want to compete with the next generation of web surfers, a “web presence” alone isn’t enough. Today, you need a “mobile web presence” too. An independent study by Equation Research found that today’s consumers are disappointed with the performance of the mobile web. Despite the proliferation of smartphones with their full-featured web browsers, the majority of mobile web surfers have encountered issues with accessing websites via their handsets over the past year. The number one issue reported involves websites that are too slow to load, frustrating users to the point that over half said they would never return to the site in question.Mobile Web Disappoints The research study was commissioned by Gomez, Inc., a company that helps organizations optimize the performance of their web and mobile applications. Obviously, that means you have to take these findings with a grain of salt as the company clearly has a vested interest in making the mobile web sound worse off than actually is. That being said, in reading through the findings, you’ll probably find yourself agreeing with much of what’s being said. For example, the study found that the majority of mobile phone users said they expected sites to load as quickly, nearly as quickly, or even faster on their mobile phones as compared to their PC. While intellectually, most of us know that’s not going to be the case – broadband connections at home or work are generally much faster than accessing the web via a mobile handset – there’s still a feeling of wanting the phone to perform the way we’ve become accustomed to…that is to say, FAST. Waiting for a non-mobilized site to load up in the phone’s browser reminds us too much of the painful days of dial-up connections. It feels like we’ve regressed to an earlier time…like there’s something wrong with the site. While slow speeds were the number one complaint, with 73% reporting having issues in the past year, other complaints pointed to a lack of well-designed and stable mobile-ready sites. 51% percent complained of sites that crashed, froze, or received an error and another 48% reported the formatting of the site made it difficult to read. Clearly, there is overlap in these numbers as the survey respondents reported multiple complaints. Overall, though, 60% of mobile users reported having one or more issues accessing a site from their mobile phones. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more


Are Energy Codes Working?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Residential energy codes have evolved rapidly over the last two decades. The origin of many of our current energy codes can be traced back to the Model Energy Code (MEC), which was first introduced in 1992. The MEC eventually evolved into the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).In jurisdictions that have adopted the International family of codes, residential builders can usually use the IECC to fulfill energy code requirements. But most home builders choose instead to follow the simpler energy requirements found in the International Residential Code (IRC). Confusingly, IRC energy requirements are similar but not always identical to requirements found in the IECC.The 2004 Supplement to the IECC included radical revisions to the existing energy code. These revisions were designed to simplify the code, in hopes that a simpler code would lead to better compliance by builders and easier enforcement by building officials. These 2004 revisions were designed to be “stringency neutral” — that is, to result in homes that were neither more nor less efficient than homes built to earlier versions of the code.The 2004 revisions were fully implemented in the 2006 versions of the IECC and IRC. The latest version of the codes — the 2009 IECC and IRC — include revisions designed to increase energy code stringency. (For more information on changes adopted into the 2009 codes, see Exceeding the Energy Code.)In pre-2004 versions of the IECC, builders were required to calculate the ratio between a home’s window area and its solid-wall area; this ratio was usually called the window-to-wall ratio (WWR). No matter which compliance path a builder chose — the prescriptive path, the component trade-off path, or the performance path — there was no escaping the requirement to calculate the WWR. Some builders grumbled at the need to make this calculation.Homes with a low WWR usually use less energy than homes… last_img read more


Parrikar trying to blackmail PM: Jaipal Reddy

first_imgFormer Union Minister and AICC spokesman Jaipal Reddy reiterated on Friday that the Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal.He said his party had never approached the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal.“We are ready for discussion in Parliament, but we want JPC because it can ask for all the documents and call every officer, including Chiefs of Defence Forces and the Prime Minister, before it,” Mr. Reddy told a press conference at the Congress headquarters here. Mr. Reddy, in Goa on a two-day visit to address his party’s “Jan Akrosh” rally demanding ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s resignation, said the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was afraid of facts in the Rafale deal and wanted to “avoid the dazzling light of truth.” Mr. Reddy accused former Defence Minister Parrikar of trying to “blackmail” Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Rafale deal to retain his Chief Minister post. “Mr. Parrikar as Defence Minister was not taken into confidence by the PM while signing the deal and the next day Mr. Parrikar was on record stating that since the Prime Minister had agreed, he would back him.”last_img read more