Vermont jobless claims down for week, up from last year

first_imgWeek Ending August 30, 2008There were 606 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 251 from the week before. Altogether 7,019 new and continuing claims were filed, 206 less than a week ago and 2,057 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,801 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, a decrease of 132 from last week.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img

New CYF complaints authority

first_imgNZ Herald 11 Oct 2012Complaints against social workers could be handled by a new independent authority by 2014.The change is one of the possible outcomes of a review into best practice that has been planned in the Government’s White Paper.At present, complainants can ask the Ministry of Social Development to take their complaints, made directly to the ministry, to an external advisory panel.The panel is meant to give an impartial review and report recommendations to the ministry’s chief executive.An independent body would receive and process complaints rather than going through the ministry.According to the White Paper, an independent review would recommend the best practice for handling complaints next year, to be put into place by the end of 2014.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the review would consider whether Child, Youth and Family needed something similar to the Independent Police Conduct Authority to consider complaints about it.The White Paper also sets out a goal to improve CYF’s workforce.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10839713last_img read more

The TRC Recommendations, War Crimes and Justice

first_imgBy Abdoulaye W DukuléIt’s been almost a decade since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, (TRC), an instrument of the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) that ended the civil war completed its task. The mandate of the TRC was to look back at the civil conflict, listen to both perpetrators and victims and make recommendations for national reconciliation.At the peace negotiations in Accra, which brought together the Government of President Charles Taylor, the warring factions (LURD and MODEL) who were fighting to unseat President Taylor and some 17 political parties, the Diaspora and civil society. At the end of the talks in Accra, the parties reverted to previous peace accords signed since 1990 and which called for disarmament, a transitional government not to be headed by none of the warring factions, free and fair elections under international supervision.This was the baseline crafted by the Interfaith Mediation Committee at the height of the war in 1991 and remained the pillars of all 16 peace or so peace agreements. The difference in Accra centered on how to deal with atrocities of the war. War crimes and human rights abuses had been everywhere during the war.The issue of justice and reparation for victims was on the agenda. The choice was either a war crimes tribunal or a truth and reconciliation process, where victims and perpetrators would face each other and tell their side of the story. The end of the war depended on the willingness of the warring factions to lay down the guns.The truth and reconciliation process prevailed without much surprise. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)was set-up during the administration of Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant in 2005 but became operational and sworn into office early after the elections of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2006.The TRC accomplished a tremendous task, going around the country, listening to perpetrators and victims and came up with a comprehensive document that not only provided detailed accounts of the conflict, but also looked at its root causes and made recommendations for national atonement and reconciliation.The Report was submitted to the Government. And then started the problems. Politics entered the debate, as many of those occupying high level positions in every branch of the government were indicted by the report.The discourse over the TRC Report got lost in the process and rarely went beyond the issue of punishing the perpetrators or not. As required in the CPA, the President set up a Human Rights Commission that reports to the Legislature and was charged with implementing the TRC Report.For the past 10 years, many groups have been incessantly calling for the implementation of the TRC Report, and other groups insisting on a war [and economic] crimes tribunal. The CPA was drafted by a group of political leaders and warring factions in the heat of a deadly war. None of the warring factions could claim victory but each controlled large swathes of territory.There was intense international pressure to end the war. ECOWAS appointed a former Nigerian head of state to steer the negotiations, with the UN, EU and the AU all in the process. These factors impacted the nature of the agreement. Warring factions were ready to lay down their guns in exchange for power but most importantly, for amnesty.Therefore, coming out of Accra, Liberian political leaders agreed to pursue a path to reconciliation and forgiveness rather than the punitive road of the war crimes tribunal. LURD and MODEL were warring factions fighting against an NPP (National Patriotic Party) government which itself was born out of a warring faction just a few years earlier.In the absence of a national consultative process, the people of Liberia had no say in the formulation of the CPA. It was the result of a compromise between warlords and politicians, who had not been elected nor vetted by anyone, except – ironically – the NPP government. A war crimes tribunal requires the creation of a legal framework.The International Criminal Court at the Hague does not have jurisdiction over war crimes committed prior to its coming into existence on July 1, 2002. But Liberia can create an ad hoc court to address war crimes.The advocates for a war crimes tribunal must also consider that “the Court can generally exercise jurisdiction only in cases where the accused is a national of a state party, the alleged crime took place on the territory of a state party, or a situation is referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council.”The Court is designed to complement existing national judicial systems: it can exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes. Primary responsibility to investigate and punish crimes is therefore left to individual states.” (‘The Jurisdiction Of The International Criminal Court International Law Essay‘, Lawteacher.net, August 2018).How high is this issue on the list of priorities of the Weah-led administration? The implementation of the TRC Report does not need the creation of any new legal framework. It is already part of the laws. The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), if infused with more political and legal power as well as viable logistical support, can implement the TRC Report.That’s its mandate. Economic crimes do not need a special court, there are many institutions to tackle corruption, theft, misappropriation and so on. But again these institutions have very little capacity and support. Sometimes their efforts lead to nowhere. Results of investigation and audits are thrown on shelves or buried, encouraging impunity.Why have someone to declare their assets upon assuming office but not going back to check how rich or poor they have become at the end of their tenure? The CPA was written in the heat of the war. The TRC Report was written when the wounds of the war were still fresh.Now maybe it’s time for Liberians to sit in a truly national forum and reach consensus on many issues still hanging, from land matters to the importation of bottled water and how to deal with the TRC Report or the meaning of cultural identity and dual citizenship.Constitutions can be amended; therefore recommendations of a panel report can also be adjusted. Costly, but priceless compared to instability and chaos.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lets Do Something About Ambient Despair

first_imgby, Martin Bayne, ChangingAging ContributorTweet4Share62Share2Email68 SharesHere’s an idea for every residential aging facility that struggles with ambient despair (chronic melancholy, fatigue, pain, sleeplessness and anxiety) that masks itself as “activity indifference” (the resident spends her entire day in her room or a chair in the main lobby avoiding activities and other residents).Historically, such residents have simply been written off, until the day arrives that their Activity of Daily Living (ADL) profile justifies transfer – most go to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) or to a child’s home.In most of these cases, the adult children of these residents are the POAs and advocates. Because most children are never contacted unless there’s an acute medical problem, the child is unaware there’s a problem in the first place. And even when the children are contacted about ambient despair, the child’s attitude is usually, “Hey, this is why we pay you a zillion dollars a month.”In fact, why does the facility administrator even care about these unresponsive residents? The answer is, because after a while, ambient despair creates a “revolving door” syndrome and the cost of filling that bed with a new resident is not insignificant – just ask the Director of Marketing in an eldercare facility.What to do?Create a Platinum Club.A Platinum Club is a Members-Only group whose sole purpose is to create activities that are well-attended. How? Give everyone a monthly discount (X-$5/day) where X is the current rate, to everyone who participates. In this case, that $150 discount off their monthly charge gets the kids excited; they in turn talk to their parent (“Hey dad, why aren’t you attending the Men’s Club and Resident’s Council?”)If either parent or resident balks, no harm done. It’s just a discount.Email Martin Bayne at mkbayne@alum.mit.eduRelated PostsTen Things You Need To Know About Assisted LivingMartin Bayne has spent the last ten years as an assisted living facility resident and shares the top 10 things to know before moving in.What it Feels LikeIf you are looking for some “real deal” writing by a person who lives in assisted living and knows how it FEELS to live there, check out Martin Bayne. I’ve known Martin for a bunch of years and he always has a thought provoking perspective on issues related to age,…Nursing Homes: Finding the RIGHT OneOn July 16, 2012, one of my favorite bloggers, Ronni Bennett, posted a piece about institutional elder abuseon her excellent “TimeGoesBy” site. While I hope my family never needs to initiate the process of finding senior housing for me (I started doing it for myself — after my Parkinson’s diagnosis…Tweet4Share62Share2Email68 SharesTags: Ambient Despair Assisted Living long-term care Martin Bayne nursing homelast_img read more