The second in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform took place today in Burlington, Vermont. The forum was hosted by the University of Vermont and was moderated by Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, represented the Obama administration. Forum participants included doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds both Democrats and Republicans who discussed the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity. Today s forum was a tremendous success, said Governor Douglas. The discussion was very helpful and with so many viewpoints represented, I know the White House will come away from this with many good ideas for how we build a more affordable and effective healthcare system in America. In keeping with the Obama administration s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum brought together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system. Health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model with more than 97% of residents insured in just two years, said Governor Patrick. But affordability is still a big challenge and we need payment reform and better cost containment across America to make healthcare truly available for all. Vermont, like Massachusetts, is a model for the rest of the nation, Governor Douglas continued. Our Blueprint for Health, Green Mountain Healthcare products and our Chronic Care Initiative are all programs that will help us bring down the cost of healthcare and lead healthier lives. We really appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with the rest of the country.And Nancy-Ann DeParle represented the Obama Administration. Today we continued our important national conversation on health reform, DeParle said. Exploding costs are bankrupting families and burdening businesses, dragging down state and local budgets, and piling up our national debt. The time to act is now.Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in Iowa, North Carolina, and California throughout the rest of March and early April. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can visit www.HealthReform.gov(link is external) to submit their questions.
Tweet Share Dominican nationals who wish to visit the UK for less than six months as a tourist or family visitor will be able to continue to do so without the need for a visa. In July last year, it was announced that the British government was considering placing visa restrictions on Dominicans travelling to the United Kingdom. In response to this news the government of Dominica established a special committee to coordinate Dominica’s response to ensure that all the concerns raised by the UK were dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.At the end of the review period the foreign and commonwealth office and the home office of the United Kingdom determined that Dominica had in fact demonstrated a genuine commitment to put into effect credible and realistic plans, with clear timetables, to reduce risks to the UK. With the improved systems and new legislation in place, the government of Dominica has been assured that the government of the UK will not impose travel restrictions on Dominican citizens wishing to travel to the UK. Improvements to Dominica’s immigration system are on-going and considerable investment in technology and training will be necessary going forward.Source : Emmanuel Joseph GIS News 53 Views no discussions Share Share LocalNews DOMINICANS WISHING TO VISIT THE UK FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA TO DO SO by: – March 4, 2011 Sharing is caring!
Pat Fahy’s stable star was a Grade One winner over hurdles at the meeting last year and has twice been placed at the highest level over fences this term. He lost little in defeat when third in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last week and Fahy is hoping the ground will be a little slower at Punchestown. “It was maybe just a touch too quick for him,” said Fahy. “Maybe if they’d gone quicker early in the race, he might have been like Lord Windermere in the Gold Cup, a bit outpaced, but then they would have come back to him at the end. “Time will tell, if the ground was slower they might not have got away from him at the finish. His jumping was spot on, though. “We’ll stick to the novice route this year, he won’t go for the Irish National. “He got light coming home so I need to build him back up now and get him ready for Punchestown.” Press Association Morning Assembly will return to the scene of his finest hour for the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.
‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson trumps rivals again; Milling is junior winnerCONTINUING to display match winning form, veteran marksman Harold ‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson has once again outshot his rivals in claiming the top spot in the Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) Smallbore Section .22 Precision Shoot held last Saturday at the Tactical Services Unit Range of the Guyana Police Force.Hopkinson’s form, which allowed him to do well in the just concluded Grenada Gun and Rifle Association’s Second Annual six Stage, Level 2 IPSC competition in the Spice Isle, still held as he amassed 232 points along with two V Bulls to win the senior category.Taking second place was Chad Melville who ended with 228 points the same as Dr Johan DaSilva. However, Melville shot 4 V Bulls which meant that Dr DaSilva had to settle for third place.The senior competitors shot from the 10m and 15m distances while the juniors aimed from the 5m, 7m and 10m distances.The leading junior on the day – the top three competing in their first precision pistol match – was Terry Milling who accumulated 232 points and one V Bull. Second was Michael Tang with 225 points and 5 V Bulls while third place went to Sherwin Solomon who tallied 221 points and 1 V Bull.This was the third such competition held by the GuyanaNRA Smallbore Section for the year.