The Rutland County Community Advisory Board (RCCAB) ofBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announced today the releaseof its Worksite Wellness Grants for 2011. The grants, available tobusinesses in Rutland County, will range from $250 – $750 per site,according to program scope and need. The grant applications are due onMarch 22, 2011.To request an application or to get more information, please contact MeganPeek at (802) 764-4858 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)The organizations will be selected based on the strength of their grantapplications ‘ with a focus on the potential improvement of employeehealth, as well as the level of innovation, creativity, intended impact andevaluation plan. All of the organizations will report their programoutcomes to the RCCAB.The Rutland County Community Advisory Board, which is supported by BCBSVT,was formed to identify health needs in the area and address those needsthrough programs, events and activities and is dedicated to supportingworksite wellness in the region. The Board consists of community leaderswith an interest in health education and promotion. The Board developedthe grants program in an effort to encourage health improvement throughemployer-based initiatives.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largestprivate health insurer, providing coverage for about 150,000 Vermonters.It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branchoffice in South Burlington and offers group and individual health plans toVermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermontis available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shieldof Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with theBlue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent BlueCross and Blue Shield Plans.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Pakistan this week set in motion a plan to boost the share of its electric power that comes from renewables to 30% by 2030, up from about 4% today, government officials said.“The targets in the newly announced policy are a 20% share of renewables in installed capacity of Pakistan’s power mix by 2025 and 30% by 2030,” said Syed Aqeel Hussain Jafry, policy director for the government’s Alternative Energy Development Board. That will include mainly wind and solar power, but also geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy, he said.With boosts in hydropower capacity expected as well, the shift could bring the share of clean energy in Pakistan’s electricity mix to 65% by 2030, said Nadeem Babar, head of a task force on energy reforms in Pakistan.But the legislation leaves in place plans to build seven more coal-fired power plants as part of the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project – something that could impede scale-up of renewable power, warned Zeeshan Ashfaq, a solar and wind energy developer in Pakistan.The new national renewables policy, approved by the prime minister’s cabinet last December, was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and as negotiators tried to resolve disputes with individual provinces. But Asad Umar, federal minister for planning and development, said on social media the resolution of those disputes now opened the way to “unleash Pakistan’s full potential” for renewables.International investors could put as much as $15 billion into the plan by 2030, Ashfaq predicted – though he cautioned that renewables investment would depend on clear government targets for its use, and growing demand for power as the country industrialises.[Rina Saeed Khan]More: Pakistan pushes renewables – but coal expansion continues too New Pakistani energy plan aims for 30% renewable generation by 2030
The Education Ministry is currently streamlining a new project which will aid in meeting the needs of students in need of counselling.The announcement was made by Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson as he launched a new programme on Wednesday at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) on Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown.“Shortly you will see another initiative in the Ministry of Education…pertaining to the Welfare Department is that of a Mobile Unit. This Unit will be driven into different areas (and) communities based upon the needs. There is also a schedule (or) a document prepared as to how this unit will be used so that the children will be exposed to psychosocial counselling and whatever need that they might have that we need to respond quickly in terms of emergency,” Hutson explained.He went on to say that the need for the upcoming project was recognised after examining the Ministry’s Welfare Department data. “We recognise that we need to move and to reach into some places very quickly if we’re going to effect the kind of change that we want to see,” he added.Although the CEO did not elaborate much on the issue, a welfare officer reliablyChief Education Officer Marcel Hutsontold Guyana Times that the project would actually be about transporting resource officers to particular locations of crisis, where an intervention could be done on the spot.According to that officer, vehicles for the new initiative have already been procured and they were awaiting Cabinet’s approval before the official launch.Currently, there are officers in each Region who are responsible for conducting counselling sessions with students, be it one-on-one, small-group or large-group interventions, the officer related.The Mobile Unit will, however, be a tool to bring together not only psychologists from the Education Ministry but officials from other agencies who may be necessary for specific cases.It was clarified by that officer that it was not a case where counselling was not being done, but this new initiative was a step taken by the Ministry to ensure that counselling could be done in a more effective manner.The officer explained, “Let’s say it’s a case where a student or a mother or a father commits suicide, we need to be there on spot to ensure that the students in that child’s classroom are exposed to the intervention that is necessary. Likewise for the child or children if a parent would have committed the act.”It was further explained that in a situation where students were found drinking alcohol, the team would also be activated, with not only the welfare officers but with public health officials who will make the process more influential.The welfare officer was keen to note that the new programme would, however, not be used only in emergency cases, but would also facilitate preventative counselling.