Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP Funding

first_imgGovernor Douglas and Coalition of Northeastern Governors Urge House to Pass Additional $1 Billion for LIHEAP FundingWaterbury, VT-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) yesterday (May 29, 2008) urged House leaders to support an additional $1 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as originally proposed by the Senate, in the FY2008 supplemental appropriations bill.CONEG, which is chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, is requesting that the House support allocating these funds equally between the regular LIHEAP block grant and emergency contingency programs, and that such funds are released in a timely manner to address the needs of the most vulnerable low-income households in the upcoming cooling and the heating seasons.”Thanks to financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, our state provides the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household. However, we absolutely need the continued support of our federal partners to ensure this program is able to provide relief to the nation’s vulnerable, low-income households faced with dramatically increasing home energy bills,” said Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.”Approximately 23,000 households in Vermont receive home heating assistance through LIHEAP. This additional funding is vital to supporting our efforts to ensure all eligible Vermonters receive the significant benefit we have been able to provide,” added Pam Dalley, Fuel Assistance Program Chief at the Department for Children and Families.LIHEAP funding is targeted to low-income households that are especially hard hit by high home energy costs. The demand for this highly effective program continues to increase, but the steady rise in prices for home heating fuels has lessened the purchasing power of the LIHEAP dollar. As a result, the average LIHEAP benefit nationwide has decreased since 2006.last_img read more

‘The Literary Festival & Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation’ – Dr Severin

first_imgLocalNews ‘The Literary Festival & Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation’ – Dr Severin by: – August 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Dr. Francis Severin. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica’s 4th Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair have been portrayed as part of the country’s celebration of Emancipation.Dr Francis O. Severin, the keynote speaker at the launch of the event, has described the theme ‘Hooked on Books’ as ‘succinct yet profound; clichéd yet relevant; and constrained yet liberating’.Dr Severin said that as we participate in the activities, we must preserve within our clear vision the fact that the Literary Festival and Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation and indeed, culminates our national celebration, in this regard.“Emancipation celebration ought to be a period when we specifically reflect upon the dignity of our forefathers who went through the sacrifice and “trouble” of losing their lives so that we might live, NOT as undignified and shameful beings, NOT, in Rex Nettleford’s phrase, as “hopelessly black”, but to emerge as free men and women. I do not at all believe that this freedom was simply intended to be physical; indeed, and more importantly, it was also meant to be psychological and mental. It is only the naïve who perceive differently”.Using a common extract from Bob Marley, “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds”, Dr Severin believes that our pursuit of knowledge ought to be a shared and communal one that is not separated or defined by class, politics, gender, skin texture, degree of melanin in the skin, hair or eyes, or indeed any other discordant variables.“Absolutely no group must be left behind. Besides, no group must feel intimidated by our collective thirst and hunger for knowledge. Indeed, Bob Marley assures us in ‘Blackman Redemption’ that there is No need, no need to get jumpy, and in another song ‘One Love’, he pleads to humankind, cautioning us as he does so, that “there ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation”, he said.He cautioned however, that being hooked on the wrong genre of books can indeed have harmful effects on our minds.“Being hooked on books of the right sort or genre, my dear brothers and sisters, offers us the opportunity not only to inform ourselves, BUT IMPORTANTLY to break the cycle of mis-information.  Being hooked on books also requires us to sharpen our cognitive skills by which we interrogate and deconstruct what we read and hear,” Severin stressed.The 4th Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair, which began on August 5th culminated on August 7th with the distribution of prizes and awards.Activities held during the weekend activities included a series of workshops facilitated by writers, poets and artists.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Colombia win football gold medal at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games, beating Venezuela

first_imgBarranquilla (Colombia), Aug 1: Hosts Colombia have won the football gold medal at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games, beating Venezuela 2-1 in the final at the Romelio Martinez Stadium here.Honduras won the bronze-medal match after crushing Haiti 3-0 on Tuesday, reports EFE news agency.The hosts took the lead early in the final after a Luis Sandoval shot touched Venezuelan Jean Gutierrez for an own goal in the 11th minute.They scored again in the 32nd minute to make it 2-0 after Leonardo Castro fired home from on a free kick.However, the Venezuelans fought back with a goal four minutes later as Yohandry Orozco scored on a rebound. (IANS)last_img