West New York team aiming to unseat Roque raised $146k in…

first_imgElectionsWest New York The New Beginnings West New York slate aiming to unseat Mayor Felix Roque raised nearly $146,000 in 2018 and has about $25,000 on hand as prime election season is ready to begin. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewThe slate, headed by Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez, raised $145,774 in 2018, despite not formally breaking off from Roque until June, and have about $25,460 on hand, according to a report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission on January 16th.Also joined by Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo and Margarita Guzman, as well as first time candidates Victor Barrera and Yoleisy Yanez, held their campaign kickoff earlier this month as political observers eagerly await Roque’s next move.Roque has not filed a personal ELEC report since January 16th, 2018, according to their website, though the most recent Team Roque filing from July 16th, 2018, showed $118,522 raised for the second quarter of last year with $5,208 on hand.However, that’s back when Rodriguez, Cirillo and Guzman were still on the same page with the mayor and Commissioner Susan Colacurcio.Roque is yet to announce his slate yet, though he has said several times in the past that he will be seeking a third term. By John Heinis – January 29, 2019 6:19 pm 0 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR West New York team aiming to unseat Roque raised $146k in 2018, has $25k on hand Previous articleReport: Suarez included on email chain 3 days after Alvarez accused of raping BrennanNext articleBhalla highlights Vision Zero, Suez and climate change in 1st Hoboken State of the City John Heinis DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision TAGS2019 west new york municipal electionscosmo cirillofelix roquegabriel rodriguezmargarita guzmannew beginnings west new yorksusan colacurcio SHARE Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts Facebook Twitter ACLU files motion to dismiss lawsuit that limited ICE protests outside DeGise home Bayonne last_img read more

Read More →

Equine Canada Announces the Departure of Manager of Coaching

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Ottawa, Ontario—It is with regret that Equine Canada announces the departure of the Manager of Coaching, Danielle Boily. During Boily’s time with Equine Canada, she was able to advance many aspects of Equine Canada’s coaching department. In collaboration with the volunteer coaching committees, she continued Equine Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) transition, the revision of Equine Canada Rider Level manuals, and supported the furthering of the Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) framework. Equine Canada has set up an email address, until the position is filled, for anyone with questions on coaching, LTED, development of new coaching programs and the management of the current ones, or any other coaching matter during the [email protected] Any questions sent to this email will be directed to the proper party and answered promptly. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Read More →

Assistant /Associate Professor of Choral Music / Director of Choral Studies (FT107)

first_imgCLAFLIN UNIVERSITY, founded in1869, is becoming recognized as one of the leading institutions ofhigher education in the southeast. With rigorous student-focusedacademic programs and a faculty comprised of world-class scholars,these attributes have contributed to the U.S. News and World Reportranking Claflin ninth in its 2021 list of the nation’s tophistorically black colleges/universities (HBCUs). Claflin is theonly HBCU in South Carolina in this “Top Ten” ranking. Claflin hasearned a place among the Top 10 HBCUs in the publication’sprestigious ranking for 10 consecutive years. U.S. News and WorldReport also ranked Claflin University ninth overall among theschools in the Best Regional Colleges in the South rankings.DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC: The Claflin UniversityDepartment of Music is an institutional member of the NationalAssociation of Schools of Music (NASM). Its degreerequirements are in accordance with the latest publishedregulations of that association. The department is also accreditedby the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE). As a degree-granting department, we offer twomajor programs of study: BA in Music Education and BA in Music andwill launch a jazz studies concentration in the fall 2021 .RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate willserve as Director of Choral Studies, teach undergraduateconducting, conduct choral ensembles, coordinate/oversee the voicechamber ensembles and mentor and coach student conducted ensemblesas needed. The successful candidate scholarly and creative activityshould make a contribution to a body of knowledge within thediscipline of choral music/conducting and reflect a high standardof quality. They must demonstrate and maintain an activeprofessional career and research profile as a leader in their areaof expertise. They must develop a strategic plan for the choralstudies program, conduct or supervise most vocal ensembles, advisestudents, teaching choral methods and choral administrationcourses, supervise student teachers, and teach other undergraduatecourses in music education depending on the Department of Musicneeds. Additional teaching responsibilities may include othercourses within the candidate’s areas of expertise. The Director ofChoral Studies (DCS) oversees the budget for all choral ensemblescholarships as well as the choral studies inventory. The DCS isexpected to maintain a positive profile among South Carolina choraldirectors to actively recruit vocal students within the state. TheDCS must work closely with studio teachers to recruit and maintainsuitable numbers for each voice types in the department. The DCSmust maintain an active presence with the SC NAfME and the SouthCarolina American Choral Directors Association. In addition, theDCS is expected to participate fully in departmental and communityperformance obligations consistent with all ensemble conductingappointments. The candidate is expected to participate fully indepartmental activities such as recruitment, advising andmentoring, and to fulfill University requirements of committeeservice, grantsmanship, and expected to be significantly active increative and/or research activities consistent with all facultyappointments. The DCS is also expected to promote the Departmentwithin the state, nationally and internationally.QUALIFICATIONS: PhD or equivalent training andprofessional experience that equates to an advanced degree inChoral Conducting; DMA and ABD will be considered. Additionally, avalid teaching certification in Music Education with a minimum of 3years of successful teaching within K-12 schools is required. Thesuccessful candidate will have: 1) a demonstrated record ofexcellence of teaching in higher education; 2) a demonstratedcommitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education andmusic; 3) a strong knowledge and command of current technology withskills to teach in multiple learning modalities.APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants shouldcomplete a Claflin University Faculty Application located on ourwebsite. Please visit: (https://careers-claflin.icims.com/jobs)Official transcripts will be required upon appointment. Please senda letter of application, a current curriculum vita, copies oftranscripts of all graduate work, three current letters ofrecommendation and the addresses, telephone numbers and emails ofat least five references. Send all the above materials via email to:Dr. Isaiah McGee, DeanSchool of Humanities and Social SciencesClaflin University400 Magnolia St.Orangeburg, SC 29115Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Read More →

The Faker’s Guide to the EHF Champions League 2016/17

first_imgClick to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTEXT: BEN SHAFRANEurope’s premier handball competition returns this week. To celebrate, we present a guide to the coming season – who to watch out for and who is likely to end up at the Final4 in Cologne on 3-4 June 2017. Games will be broadcast freely on www.ehftv.com.Main storyline: Since the Final4 format was introduced for the 20119/10 season, at least one of Barcelona and THW Kiel have made it to Cologne in each year, and both teams made it to four of the past seven tournaments. With newer teams such as Paris Saint-Germain and the Eastern Europeans on the rise, 2016/17 could see the first Final4 without either of the most successful teams in handball history.Favourite: VeszprémBiggest rival: Paris Saint-GermainOutside bet for the title: VardarMy Final4 forecast: Veszprém, Paris Saint-Germain, Kielce, VardarSeven players to watch: Andreas Wolff (goalkeeper, Kiel) Cedric Sorhaindo (pivot, Barcelona) Uwe Gensheimer (left wing, Paris Saint-Germain) Ivan Sliskovic (left back, Veszprém) Mads Mensah Larsen (playmaker, Rhein-Neckar Löwen) Valentin Porte (right back, Montpellier) Darko Djukic (right wing, Kielce)Five unmissable group ties: Flensburg-Handewitt – Barcelona (5/10/2016 in Germany and 22-26/2/2017 in Spain), after their unforgettable semi-final in 2014, any game that pits Ljubomir Vranjes’ team against Xavi Pascual’s team is a must-watch. Veszprém – Kiel (15/10/2016 in Hungary and 15-19/2/2017 in Germany), these teams have met in the semi-final in each of the last three years and represent the hottest cross-border rivalry in European handball. Barcelona – Veszprém (22/10/2016 in Spain and 8-12/2/2017 in Hungary), one team has rules Europe eight times, the other is desperate to reach the top. Vardar – Kielce (12/11/2016 in Macedonia and 4/11/2016 in Poland), the battle for the top of Group B will be fought in two of the loudest arena in Champions League. Veszprém – Paris Saint-Germain (22/11/2016 in Hungary and 27/11/2016 in France), the draw has placed the two favourites for the title in the same group, and they will go at each other fiercely in a replay of last season’s semi-final match.Every team in my expected order of finish:Group A1. Paris Saint-Germain Handball – The French champions have been getting closer and closer to the European title, and now boast more goal-scoring threat than ever before.2. Telekom Veszprém – Having come as close as possible to the promised land only to stumble on the last step, the Hungarian champions went on a shopping spree and now boast three word-class players in almost every position.3. FC Barcelona Lassa – Out with the old and in with the new, so this might be a season where the Spanish champions take a step back before they re-establish themselves as the best in Europe.4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Some stability in the squad is welcome in northern Germany, and a visit to the Final4 is once again the target.5. THW Kiel – Like Barcelona, Kiel is loading up on younger talent, which many pay off in the long-term but could lead to disappointing results in the interim.6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg – The Danish champions have the experience and ability to sneak through as the last qualifier from this top-heavy group.7. Orlen Wisla Plock – Eternally in second place in the Polish league, Plock have shaken things up and will be targeting a place in the second round.8. Kadetten Schaffhausen – The Swiss champions face a clear gap in depth compared to the rest of Group A.Group B1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce – The defending champions are not favoured to repeat, but they strengthened in the key positions of goalkeeper and playmaker, so it would be foolish to count out Talant Duyshebaev’s men.2. HC Vardar – With every season the Macedonian champions are adding one more piece to a puzzle that increasingly looks like a Final4 berth.3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen – The new German champions lost captain and star winger Uwe Gensheimer to Paris Saint-Germain, but are otherwise loaded with talent.4. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo Zagreb – Legendary pivot Igor Vori returns home to lead a team that is always a tough opponent to the wealthier clubs in the competition.5. MOL-Pick Szeged – Replaced nearly half the squad, but it is the loss of Dean Bombač to Kielce that would hurt the most.6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko – The well of young talent never seems to dry at the Slovenian champions, and is currently highlighted by electrifying right-winger Blaž Janc.7. HC Meshkov Brest – The Belarusian champions feature a number of experienced players, and should compete for a place in the round of 16.8. IFK Kristianstad – Sweden’s lone representative was more competitive than expected last season, but remains an outsider to qualify from this otherwise wide-open group.Handball-Planet EHF CL 16/17 prediction – PSG and Veszprem to run for the trophy!Group C1. Montpellier HB2. Naturhouse La Rioja3. Chekhovskie Medvedi4. TATRAN Presov5. Elverum Handball6. HC MetalurgGroup D1. HBC Nantes2. Besiktas Mogaz HT3. TTH Holstebro4. Dinamo Bucuresti5. HC Motor Zaporozhye6. ABC/UMinhoPHOTO: Jozo Čabraja Related Items:The Faker’s Guide to the EHF Champions League 2016/17 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Read More →

Xavier Bettel asked to form next Luxembourg government

first_imgLuxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri asked Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Tuesday to try to form the next government after his liberal-led coalition won enough votes to stay in power in Sunday’s election.Bettel’s Democratic Party and its allies — the Greens and the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party — together clung to their majority by winning 31 out of 60 seats. Polls ahead of the vote had suggested Bettel’s time could be up, and the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) — which has dominated Luxembourg politics since the war — could return to power.The grand duke said in a statement that all three coalition parties had expressed a desire to start negotiations on a new government. Bettel first took on the country’s top job in 2013 after a spying scandal involving the secret service toppled the government led by Jean-Claude Juncker, now the European Commission president.last_img read more

Read More →

Exclusive Video | Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann Sits In SuperGroup w/ Lettuce Members

first_imgGrateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann has been doing a lot of sit-ins recently, from bucket drumming on the streets of San Francisco to joining an unsuspecting band for a cover of the Dead’s classic tune, “Scarlet Begonias.” Perhaps it’s no surprise that Kreutzmann continued his sit-in streak.The “Fantastic Four” concert, featuring an all-star lineup of Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch and Robert Walter featuring Cheme Gastelum (Dap Kings/Antibalas) at the Blue Nile in New Orleans, were in for a surprise, as Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann joined in the festivities.During the show Kreutzmann exclaimed to his manager Benjy Eisen, “Do you see this? Do you see this!”, as he gushed over Deitch’s playing. After his sit-in Bill Kreutzmann was quoted by L4LM saying, “Adam Deitch is my current favorite drummer!”Adam Deitch currently plays in Lettuce, Break Science, and Pretty Lights Live Band. It is no surprise where Adam’s talent comes from, as both of his parents are remarkable musicians. His father, Bobby Deitch, is playing a Live For Live Music show with Adam Deitch in New York on May 19th at Webster Hall! His mother, Denise Deitch, recently sat in with Marco Benvento, Robert Walter, Skerik, and more in New Orleans! Watch Exclusive L4LM Pro-Shot Video footage below via Greg Aiello:last_img read more

Read More →

Almirola, Bowman, Kyle Busch collected in Stage 1 wreck

first_imgNASCAR Cup Series playoff drivers Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon were all involved in a crash during the closing laps of Stage 1 at Talladega Superspeedway.Almirola was leading on Lap 57 of the YellaWood 500 when he was turned by second-place driver Bowman on the backstretch. Both received significant damage after hitting the outside wall. Busch spun while trying to avoid the collision. The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota came across the backstretch and got hit in the left side by the No. 12 Team Penske Ford of Ryan Blaney.RELATED: Race Results | Playoff standings updatedAlmirola was forced to retire after taking the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford back to pit road to survey the damage. Bowman, Busch and Blaney visited pit road multiple times to make repairs and were able to continue, staying on the lead lap in the process. Bowman ultimately finished 14th while Blaney was 25th and Busch 27th.Logano and Dillon were able to continue on without any significant damage. Logano finished 26th and Dillon was 12th.Almirola came into Sunday’s Round of 12 race with a 27-point deficit on eighth-place driver Bowman. Almirola left Talladega in last place among the 12 playoff drivers, 48 points below the cutline.“I got hit from behind and got turned into the outside fence,” Almirola told NBC after being checked and released from the infield care center. “… Unfortunate. I don’t know if he got in the back of me and hooked me or how that worked out. My car just made a hard right into the fence.”RELATED: Almirola frustrated after Talladega wreckThe caution came out again for debris on Lap 67 when the left-front tire went down on Busch’s car due to a severe tire rub. Busch’s team were able to make more repairs to stay on the lead lap.The caution put an end to Stage 1 as Chris Buescher earned the victory, followed by Logano, Dillon, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones to round out the top five in order.last_img read more

Read More →

Professor discusses Barbie doll’s impact

first_imgWith blonde hair and blue eyes, Barbie seems like an all-American girl next door — but behind the plastic doll lies a mysterious past and a troubling message, according to Terri Russ. Russ, a communication studies professor at Saint Mary’s College, outlined the truth behind Barbie’s life and her impact on women in her lecture “Barbie — Love Her, Hate Her, Who Cares?!” on Thursday evening in the Saint Mary’s Student Center. “[Barbie] is this really interesting toy,” Russ said. “She’s been around for well over 50 years now … [but] even though she’s a doll, she … represents more than that. Clearly, she’s part of our cultural understanding of a lot of things.” Barbie, whose full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts, is a teenager with an interest in fashion. She hails from a make-believe town in Illinois where she lives with her architect father and stay-at-home mother, Russ said. The story behind Barbie’s creation is guarded closely by her manufacturer Mattel, , Russ said. “One of the things [Mattel] has … done is been very protective of what the public knows and doesn’t know about Barbie,” she said. “One of the ways we see that play out is in terms of the creation of Barbie.” Mattel advertises that Barbie was named for the daughter of her creator, Russ said. However, there are other possible stories of Barbie’s creation. “[One] story is that Ruth Handler, the woman who we think came up with the idea of Barbie, wanted to design a doll for her daughter, Barb, so that her daughter and her friends could practice being an adult in play and make believe,” Russ said. At that time, the only other popular dolls on the market were made of paper, she said. Handler wanted to enrich her daughter’s playtime, so she turned to another doll on the market for inspiration — a highly sexualized German fashion doll named Lilli. “Lilli was a sex toy doll marketed to men in Germany and other places in Europe,” Russ said. “So, you can kind of tell why Mattel would want that [sanitized].” The second story, Russ said, starts with a man named Jack Ryan — an engineer employed in the defense industry. “After World War II, the defense industry kind of went downhill, so [Ryan] needed to find something to do,” Russ said. “He was really good with plastics, so he went to work for Mattel.” Some believe Ryan’s interests dictated the appearance of Barbie, Russ said. “Jack was kind of like the Hugh Hefner of his time,” she said. “He had a preference for thin, blonde women with big boobs. The story is that he designed Barbie.” However, Russ said most Barbie scholars believe the true creation story is a blending of the two. Beyond mystery surrounding Barbie’s creation, the doll also has a powerful effect on the lives of little girls around the world. “[Barbie] is this idea of little girls getting to practice being a woman, and they do that by buying Barbie,” Russ said. “But, buying Barbie is never enough, because she only comes with one outfit, and the whole purpose of Barbie is to dress her up. To do that, you have to buy more outfits, and all the accessories.” This constant need to purchase Barbie accessories instills consumer behavior in girls, Russ said. “As we know from other research, that whole consumer identity continues in other forms,” she said. “We’re marketed that we can improve ourselves if we buy the right product. That presents this really interesting phenomenon.” Despite Mattel’s idea that Barbie should inspire girls to pursue careers as doctors, teachers, dentists and more, there is a strange reality left out of this empowering thought, Russ said. “It’s interesting, because we’re supposed to view Barbie to help us be anything we want to be as a girl, but it’s very controlled by Mattel,” Russ said. “If you think about all the careers Barbie has been, which is a lot, there’s also a lot of things she hasn’t been.” Barbie has never been a professor, single mom or other realities women face, Russ said. “If [Barbie] is supposed to represent what it’s like to be grown up as a woman, it presents a very narrow view, not just physically, but holistically,” she said. Russ said Barbie’s physique creates an ideal body that is unrealistic. “We’re not going to find anyone who even comes close to looking like Barbie,” Russ said. “Even if they are blonde and thin, still nobody can really look like Barbie. She’s just completely unreal. I mean, hopefully no one has feet like that.” In fact, she’s creating a body image paradox that is not ideal, Russ said. “While we all know Barbie is just a doll and she’s unrealistic, there’s still that part of us that asks, ‘Well, what if? What if I could do that?” she said. “There is this ambivalence. We love her, but we know we shouldn’t love her, but we don’t really hate her, and she’s hard to hate. She’s a doll.” Despite Barbie setting unrealistic physical standards, mysterious career paths and disjointed thought paradoxes, Russ said Barbie does not have to be hated. “Nothing … is good in excess and nothing is good in a vacuum. It needs to be contextualized,” she said. “At the end of the day, [Barbie] is a toy — a doll — but a really, really famous doll.”last_img read more

Read More →

Auditor questions DCF fraud collections, commissioner cites mission to help poor

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont state auditor’s latest investigation was made public today on how much fraud plagued the Vermont Department for Children and Families. State Auditor Doug Hoffer reported that the DCF substantially investigated alleged beneficiary fraud on two of the programs, but not all, and improper payments were not effectively collected. Only 3SquaresVT disqualified fraudulent recipients for a period of time. The DCF budget in FY 2015 was $101.2 million (the fraud amount was $1.8 million on 1,036 improper payment claims over 40 months).The auditor also questioned how hard the DCF was trying to collect improper payments. For instance, DCF could work with the Tax Department to garnish income tax refunds.He also believes that if a recipient is cheating on 3SquaresVT, it’s reasonable to investigate whether that same person is cheating the fuel assistance or another program, but DCF did not take that initiative.The auditor can investigate and make recommendations, but he does not have enforcement authority. The report can be found HERE.(link is external)DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz said in a written response to the report, in part, that: “Overall, we agree with most of the findings and recommendations of the draft report, although we do not believe the title of the report (“Alleged Beneficiary Fraud Investigated, but Improper Payments Not Effectively Collected”) accurately reflects the reasonable efforts made to collect on improper payments and respectfully request it be changed. As you found in your audit, the scope of the improper payment is tiny when compared to the very sizeable amount of benefits issued by ESD programs and the integrity of the program administration is strong.”He goes on to say that some of the recommendations will be implemented as soon as possible. However, because of the cost of the technology involved and the time involved, “We need to be mindful of the cost benefit analysis of implementing changes within the availability of program resources.”Typically in an audit report, the department targeted defers to the auditor more so than is found in this case. Schatz not only pointed out the relatively small amount of money involved, but also stressed that DCF must focus on its ultimate mission.“Our programs serve Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens,” Schatz wrote, “and we need to make sure implementing any proposed recommendations does not inadvertently jeopardize their health and safety. The recent policy shifts in Vermont support this approach, such as the current implementation of significantly reduced traffic fines for indigent Vermonters to allow them to regain driving licensees to support them in becoming more financially self-sufficient as well as waiving the normal General Assistance rules to implement cold weather exception in the emergency housing program to ensure all homeless Vermonters have a safe, warm place to stay during very cold winter weather.”According to the report issued September 12, in fiscal year 2015, the Department for Children and Families’ (DCF) Economic Services Division (ESD) distributed millions of dollars in benefits to, or on behalf of, low and moderate income Vermonters.These programs provide help to families with children for their basic needs and services that support work and self-sufficiency (Reach Up program), food assistance (3SquaresVT program), home heating assistance (Seasonal Fuel Assistance program), and emergency assistance (General Assistance program).Because of the magnitude of these federal and state-funded programs, the auditor decided to conduct an audit of how DCF was addressing the risk of beneficiary eligibility fraud. Our objectives were to:(1) determine whether and how DCF’s ESD prevents and detects beneficiary eligibility fraud and(2) determine the extent to which claims are established, beneficiaries are disqualified, and improper payments are recovered for ESD programs.The audit found that ESD’s fraud unit prevented and detected beneficiary eligibility fraud by conducting investigations of potential fraudulent activity based on information contained in referrals from internal and external sources.The fraud unit documented its investigations, which generally met the unit’s internal standard for timely completion.However, ESD did not have assurance that all allegations of fraud were reviewed as they did not record and track to resolution all allegations made by the public. Without such tracking, ESD management cannot be certain that the allegations were handled properly.Between January 1, 2013 and April 21, 2016, ESD’s fraud unit determined that $1.8 million was owed by program beneficiaries resulting from 1,036 improper payment claims.However, all of the cases were in the 3SquaresVT and Reach Up programs with no claims having been established in the Seasonal Fuel Assistance or General Assistance programs.ESD’s fraud unit did not check whether overpayments in these programs also occurred when they substantiated client violations that resulted in overpayments in the 3SquaresVT and Reach Up programs. As a result, ESD may not be seeking repayment for all inappropriately obtained benefits.Moreover, if an individual is found to have intentionally misrepresented his/her income or household composition, the only program that disqualifies beneficiaries from receiving benefits for a period of time is the 3SquaresVT program.Except in very limited circumstances, beneficiaries in the other programs may continue receiving benefits if they continue to meet eligibility criteria, without consideration given to previous intentional misconduct.Lastly, ESD did not utilize all available methods to collect the improper payment claims. For example, ESD did not send bills to individuals that defaulted on their debt, with the exception of when a 3SquaresVT debt was sent to a federal offset program for interception of federal payments.Nor did ESD use the Vermont income tax refund offset program, which allows any State agency to send their debt to the Department of Taxes for offset against personal income tax refunds and homestead property tax income sensitivity adjustments. As a result, ESD is losing opportunities to recoup additional improper payments.“We made a variety of recommendations to DCF,” Hoffer wrote in the report, “including establishing a system to track all allegations and utilizing the State’s income tax refund offset program to collect defaulted debts.”Recommendations:1.Direct ESD to create a system to track allegations of fraud from inception to resolution and periodically review whether the allegations are being handled appropriately.2.Enable the public to submit an allegation of beneficiary fraud electronically.3.Direct the FACU to develop a mechanism to track the confirmations sent out regarding potential fraudulent activities identified via the Department of Labor wage data match and Public Assistance Recipient Information System data match and follow-up as necessary.4.Fix the ACCESS software problem that isresulting in too many matches with theVermont Department of Labor’s wage data.5.Direct ESD to regularly perform a computer data match between ACCESS and the Department of Corrections’ case management system to identify prisoners who may be receiving benefits.6.Direct the FACU to check whether changes in income or household composition detected during investigations would have affected whether or how much a client received in Seasonal Fuel Assistance or General Assistance benefits and seek recoupment of overpayments when found.7.Direct ESD to modify program rules to disqualify Reach Up clients for a period of time if they are found to have intentionally violated rules in the program in order to fraudulently obtain benefits.8.Direct ESD to modify program rules to disqualify Seasonal Fuel Assistance clients for a period of time if they are found to have intentionally violated rules in the program in order to fraudulently obtain benefits.9.Direct ESD to modify program rules to disqualify General Assistance clients for a period of time if they are found to have intentionally violated rules in the program in order to fraudulently obtain benefits.10.Direct the FACU to set a standard for a reasonable maximum repayment period in negotiating the monthly repayment amount for overpayment claims.11.Direct ESD to periodically bill clients who are in default in repaying overpayment claims.12.Direct ESD to use the State’s income tax refund offset program to collect ESD’s delinquent debt for overpayment claims.13.Direct ESD to review the duties of the FACU supervisor and reduce her capability to control or perform all key aspects of the investigation and claims process.Source: Vermont Auditor. 9.12.2016. In accordance with 32 V.S.A. §163, the auditor is also providing copies of this report to the commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management and the Department of Libraries. In addition, the report is also available at no charge on the state auditor’s website, http://auditor.vermont.gov/(link is external).last_img read more

Read More →

Tri Summer campaign from British Triathlon

first_imgNational governing body British Triathlon is seeking to give people the chance to get active this summer through swim, bike and run by signing up for one of three Tri Summer challenges.Launched on 22 July, Tri Summer offers individuals the chance to sign up for three different distances – Sprint, Standard and Middle – which they can complete in their own time throughout a six-week period.‘Following on from the success of Tri January, the new campaign sets participants the challenge of working towards completing a triathlon distance in smaller chunks which will fit it with their daily lives.’The Tri Summer challenges are:Tri Summer Sprint – 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km runTri Summer Standard – 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km runTri Summer Middle – 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run Once participants have completed their chosen challenge, they will have a chance to put their training into practice by taking part in a number of Tri Summer festival events that will be hosted up and down the UK.There will also be an exclusive Tri Summer training bundle on offer for participants who are ready to take the next step and become a member of British Triathlon.Jenny Vincent, British Triathlon’s Head of Participation, said “We’re excited to be launching our second campaign of 2019 designed to help people get started in swim, bike and run.“We are proud of how many people got involved during our Tri January campaign; and Tri Summer will provide that next step, with the aim of completing a triathlon distance in their own time. We genuinely believe that triathlon is for everyone, no matter your shape, size or background. There is simply nothing like being part of the triathlon family, it is such a welcoming community, providing great experiences.“I hope that anyone interested in getting active this summer gives our Tri Summer campaign a go.”Deborah James, who is best known for being part of the myth-busting podcast ‘You Me and the Big C’, is taking part in the summer campaign with her family. She has previously taken part in Tri January and a Go Tri event in Leeds.“I’ve always enjoyed keeping fit but since my involvement in the Tri January campaign I’ve really found a love for riding my bike,” Deborah James said. “I loved taking part in the campaign and then completing my first GO TRI event in Leeds in June. With the summer holidays just starting, I’m looking forwards to getting my family involved in the Tri Summer campaign and getting active together.”www.gotri.org/trisummerwww.britishtriathlon.org Relatedlast_img read more

Read More →