Governor Douglas Expands Food Assistance Eligibility

first_imgGovernor Douglas Expands Food Assistance EligibilityUp to 30,000 More Vermont Households May be Eligible for BenefitsBurlington, Vt. (September 10, 2008) – To help struggling households and seniors on fixed incomes address rising fuel and food costs, Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today unveiled a new initiative to expand Food Stamp Program (FSP) eligibility to as many as 30,000 additional households in Vermont.The plan is the most recent addition to the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership-a collaboration of public and private partners charged by the Governor with marshaling every available resource to help Vermonters address the rising cost of fuel and food. The partnership is co-chaired by Lt. Governor Dubie.”Vermonters are feeling the pressures of the national economic slowdown in many ways, and low-income Vermonters and seniors on a fixed income are particularly stressed by the high costs of transportation, home heating fuel, and food,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Through the efforts of my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration, the Legislature and our community partners are dedicated to ensuring that no Vermonter goes cold or hungry this winter, or any winter. This expansion of the Food Stamp Program will assure that more Vermont children and families receive financial assistance to purchase high quality, nutritious food during this challenging time.”Governor Douglas said the expansion of the FSP eligibility includes two key provisions: (1) raising the current household income limit of 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL) up to 185% FPL; and (2) eliminating the current asset test to determine eligibility for affected households. The current asset rules limit eligibility by imposing resource limits which serve as a disincentive for lower income households to build savings for emergencies, home improvements, or vehicle repairs – all of which support self-sufficiency.The federal income limit of 130 percent FPL makes many low-income Vermonters ineligible for food assistance, even though they may have high expenses. Raising the income test to 185 percent of FPL aligns the food stamp program gross income test with that of many other benefits programs such as Farm to Family, Reduced School Meals, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and VHAP for parents and caretaker relatives with dependent children in their households.”We’re very excited about this proposal, which gives thousands more Vermont families access to food assistance,” said Department of Children and Families Commissioner Steve Dale. “At present, there are over 28,000 households with over 57,000 individuals receiving food stamps in Vermont. This expansion could allow up to 30,000 more households to access food stamps, or ancillary benefits such as telephone Lifeline and Link Up credits, and free school meals for their children.”During state fiscal year 2008, Vermont households received nearly $60 million in food stamp program benefits. The new program expansion could mean up to an additional $12 million per year in direct food assistance to low-income Vermont families, with an average benefit in the region of $90 per month.”This expansion is extremely important for the 19,000 children in Vermont who are hungry right now,” added Dorigen Keeney, Director of Public Policy and Research for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, an organization which has advocated for this eligibility expansion. “Further, this expansion of the food stamp program will help alleviate the food crisis that many more children may otherwise face this winter.”The Governor and key Fuel and Food Partnership stakeholders will collaborate to create an outreach plan to connect with Vermonters who may be eligible for this expanded program and to work out details necessary to ensure the program’s success. The Department for Children and Families, which administers the federal FSP, plans to put the expanded program eligibility into effect on January 1, 2009.ABOUT THE FUEL AND FOOD PARTNERSHIPEvery Vermont family is facing the realities of soaring fuel costs-but Vermont is fighting back. That is why I launched a comprehensive and collaborative program-the Vermont Fuel and Food Partnership-to help Vermonters address increasing home heating, gasoline and food costs by marshalling every available resource in our state,” said Governor Douglas. “Solving these problems requires an effort that goes beyond government alone and we’re fortunate to have a strong network of community-based organizations and programs to help Vermonters when times get tough. Coupled with the programs and service available from local, state and federal governments and our other private and non-profit partners, we can address this challenge and succeed.”The Fuel and Food Partnership brings together all of the creativity, compassion, information and resources in Vermont to ensure that we make the most of every dollar and that no Vermonter is left in the cold. It will provide Vermonters, through a single entry, access to every available option and empowers them with the knowledge they need to lower their energy bills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”I established this task force, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, to focus every effort and every resource Vermont can bring to bear to help manage the effects of higher energy costs on Vermont families,” the Governor added. “These are difficult times for working families, but Vermont has faced these kinds of challenges before, and is a national example of how deep community roots and a strong commitment to seeking new solutions can resolve even the most difficult challenges. I know that the strength and determination of Vermonters will lead us past these difficult times and leave us with a state that is stronger and more energy independent than ever before.”For more information, visit: is external)last_img read more

Football News Manchester United move to fourth in Premier League with thumping win over Fulham

first_img Manchester: Manchester United swept into fourth place in the Premier League as Anthony Martial’s sublime strike inspired their 3-0 win over struggling Fulham on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Paul Pogba’s clinical finish early in the first half at Craven Cottage. But it was Martial who stole the show as the winger raced over half the length of the pitch before finishing emphatically to double United’s lead before half-time. That swaggering solo effort was followed by the influential Pogba’s second-half penalty as United moved into fourth place, one point above Chelsea, who face Manchester City on Sunday. Winners of six consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since May 2009, United are firmly in the hunt for a top four finish after trailing 11 points behind those places on the day Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.        They have won 10 of 11 matches in all competitions since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho as interim boss. United remain unbeaten under their former striker Solskjaer, who has lifted the gloom from the unlamented Mourinho’s divisive reign and put himself in contention to land the job on a permanent basis.       United’s stroll by the banks of the River Thames was the perfect preparation for their Champions League last 16 first leg against Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Fulham are second bottom having lost five of their last six league games and face a daunting task to avoid relegation. With United’s clash against PSG on his mind, Solskjaer made six changes, leaving out Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Victor Lindelof. Those switches left United looking uncertain in the opening moments and Luciano Vietto reached Andre Schurrle’s cross, only to scuff his half-volley wide when he should have hit the target.   Schurrle fired over from close-range after Alexsandar Mitrovic harried Chris Smalling into another mistake moments later.               But on a blustery afternoon, United had riden their luck and were about to blow Fulham away. They took the lead with a superbly constructed goal that exposed the Premier League’s leakiest defence in the 14th minute. Ander Herrera deftly evaded a sliding lunge from Jean-Michael Serri and picked out Martial on the edge of the Fulham area.Electric United Martial’s perfectly-weighted pass caught Fulham flat-footed and Pogba took Sergio Rico by surprise with a fierce strike from a tight angle that flashed past the Fulham keeper at his near post. It was Pogba’s seventh goal since Solskjaer took charge, underlining how the France star has come out of his shell following the departure of his nemesis Mourinho.Since Solskjaer’s arrival, Pogba, now deployed in a free-roaming role that better suits his personality, has been directly involved in more goals, either scoring or assisting, than any other Premier League player. Yet Pogba was reduced to the role of admiring spectator for once when his compatriot Martial doubled United’s lead in the 23rd minute. Jones started the electric counter-attack, winning possession and spreading the ball wide to Martial just inside the United half. Fulham had thrown too many players forward and they were ruthlessly punished.Martial accelerated past Maxime Le Marchand and left Denis Odoi trailing in his wake before bending a fine finish into the far corner.Martial, another United star who felt slighted by Mourinho’s acerbic tongue, is back to his best and his 11th goal of the season was the perfect way to celebrate signing a new five contract recently.   With Fulham impotent in attack, boss Claudio Ranieri was jeered when he replaced Schurrle with defender Cyrus Christie early in the second half. United piled on the misery for Ranieri in the 65th minute. Romelu Lukaku’s pass found Juan Mata just inside the area and Le Marchand responded with a panicked shove, conceding a penalty that Pogba converted in typically nonchalant style. Manchester United have won 10 out of 11 games ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.Manchester United are six points behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Manchester City lead the table ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Iozzi thrives with left foot, versatile skill set on Syracuse’s back line

first_imgAs a kid, Mario Iozzi learned that you need two good feet to be a dangerous soccer player.So when teaching the sport to his daughter, Maddie, in the family’s backyard, he stressed that practicing and playing with her left foot was even more important than learning to use her once-dominant right. The pair focused on it while she was learning the game with what is now her preferred foot.Now a sophomore defender for Syracuse, Maddie Iozzi’s left foot has become one of her most valuable assets to the team.Iozzi’s become dangerous from the back left for Syracuse’s defense and the team hopes to continue to rely on her versatility in its final four games of the season. Iozzi’s game is strengthened by the use of her left foot, a tool Syracuse depends on for a boost from the back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely my left foot,” Iozzi said, when asked what her most valuable skill was.  “It’s rare to have left-footed players and it’s something that makes me different than any of our other defenders.”Left-footed players are at an advantage on the left side of the field, Iozzi said, because they are able to naturally dribble with their dominant foot and keep the ball away from opponents and toward the left sideline.They also have an edge when delivering services into the box from that left side of the field, and Iozzi is no different.“Guaranteed that 10 times out of 10, her services into the box from the left side are going to be spot-on,” said freshman defender Jessica Vigna. Iozzi stresses that although her left foot is her dominant foot, she is not reliant on it. She is able to cut the ball back from her left side back to her right side in order to make a move and go by opposing team’s defenders. Being able to use both feet and make runs down the left side of the field is what makes her dangerous, Iozzi said.Vigna said that Iozzi is effective when she gets into the attack and makes those runs down the field. Iozzi’s ability to come forward, get shots on goal and push some balls through the defenders to the team’s playmakers makes her so valuable, Vigna added.A consistent player for the defense, the sophomore defender has started in 11 of the team’s 15 games and played in them all, no matter which system the team has used. Her ability with both feet allows her to play effectively in both the team’s 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 systems, which create a tactical advantage for the Orange.“We’ve looked at each game separately and asked ourselves, ‘What’s the best matchup?’” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “In both systems we’ve used this year, she’s been able to play because she likes to push forward.”In the 3-5-2 system SU plays, the team has only three defenders and Iozzi would play as more of an outside midfielder or attacking wing back — playing up and wide, utilizing her speed and athleticism. In a 4-3-3 system she uses her aggressiveness and strong tackling and plays more as a left back, one of the team’s four defenders in that particular set, Wheddon said.Wheddon would like to see his sophomore defender do a better job keeping possession out of the back of the defense and improving her timing of stepping to get pressure on the ball. Iozzi deftly takes advantage of her physical gifts and skills, making her a dangerous player regardless of how or when she is used. Said Vigna: “When she comes in off the bench or when she starts, I don’t think I’ve seen her have a bad game yet.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

Strong safety: Browns’ Redwine committed to change off field

first_img First Published: 29th August, 2020 08:47 IST WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 08:47 IST Strong Safety: Browns’ Redwine Committed To Change Off Field A part-time starter as a rookie, the Browns’ modest second-year safety has emerged as a trusted and respected voice in a Cleveland locker room brimming with high-profile names and extroverted personalities Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Sheldrick Redwine’s passion extends way beyond the chalk-lined boundaries of a football field.A part-time starter as a rookie, the Browns’ modest second-year safety has emerged as a trusted and respected voice in a Cleveland locker room brimming with high-profile names and extroverted personalities.During this past offseason, Redwine, a second-round pick in 2019 from Miami, was asked by first-year coach Kevin Stefanski to be on the team’s social justice leadership committee, a position that has taken on even greater meaning for him in light of current events.“I have a voice that I should use,” Redwine said Friday. “I love expressing my feelings, because it is something I hold in. But I feel like it is like a relief to me just to talk about it.”There was a lot of heartfelt dialogue on Thursday at the Browns’ training facility and across the NFL as numerous teams decided to cancel their practices to protest — and show solidarity with other sports — following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black father in Wisconsin.The Browns decided to cut their practice in half, spending the first hour on the field and the second meeting to brainstorm ideas to make meaningful change.Redwine said those conversations with his teammates were helpful, but he wants more than talk. It’s time for action, not words.“To be honest, this is a frustrating topic for a Black man and how we live,” he said. “It’s been going on for so long, and there’s been repetitive attempts of trying to stop this and bring change. It seems like the way everything is structured, there is resistance toward change.”Redwine didn’t reveal any plans to protest by the Browns, andsaid there has not been any talk about refusing to play a game like NBA players did, triggering other pro athletes to protest this week.The 23-year-old Redwine learned about racial injustice through talks with his grandfather, Credrick Pratt, who told a young Redwine about inequality and an uncle who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. It shaped Redwine, pushing him to want to do more to impact his race and community.While being quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic, Redwine educated himself and “find myself on a deeper level.” He read books on finances, meditation and watched motivational videos, which he then shared with teammates, coaches and friends.Redwine also started the Gloria Redwine Foundation — named in honor of his great grandmother — that helps teach inner-city kids life skills.“Because a lot of people where I am from, it is either football or nothing,” he said.That background has molded Redwine, and he’s been using those experiences to educate some of his white teammates who may not understand his drive.“Being Black in America is tough,” he said. “I go to the store — I have dreads and tattoos — and I get followed. I have had run-ins with the police where I felt like I have been treated unfairly. I just feel like this time, it is something that we all deal with our entire life, and it is unavoidable, and it is out there.“I just want to bring knowledge to the situation. Whatever I can do to make a change, it just has to be done. I feel like it is more than just talking. It is time for action.”Redwine’s season has already taken a turn.He wasn’t expected to start, but rookie safety Grant Delpit, a second-round pick from LSU, ruptured his right Achilles tendon this week and won’t be back until 2021. Redwine said he nearly cried when he saw Delpit go down, and has been doing all he can to support his teammate.“I saw him in the training room and I just told him, ‘Keep your head up. Just constantly keep your head up. We have your back,’” Redwine said.NOTES: Starting CB Greedy Williams missed his third straight practice after leaving Monday’s workout with an unspecified shoulder injury. Stefanski said the second-year defender is “day to day.” … Center JC Tretter remains sidelined following knee surgery on the eve of camp, but Stefanski wouldn’t say if he’s committed to rookie Nick Harris starting the opener on Sept. 13. But with that game just two weeks away, that now seems likely. … The Browns were forced to practice inside for the first time in training camp due to thunderstorms.Image credits: AP last_img read more