The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service Marks 10 Year Anniversary

first_imgThe Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) iscelebrating ten years of providing interpreting services for Vermonters.The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service was founded October 1,1992. Ithas grown steadily as awareness of the Service, its effectiveness, and theimplications of the landmark federal legislation, Americans withDisabilities Act (ADA), also enacted in 1992, have grown.VIRS provides state-wide interpreter and CART referral services forAmerican Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreting assignments in settingssuch as governmental, mental health, medical, legal, employment,educational, civil and recreational. VIRS serves all Vermonters, bothhearing and deaf, in need of securing a sign language interpreter.VIRS also provides advocacy for deaf clients, training opportunities forinterpreters and serves as an informational resource throughout the state.Initially established with funding from the Vermont Division of VocationalRehabilitation as a pilot project, the Service is currently funded with agrant from the Department of Aging and Disabilities and with fundsgenerated from finder¹s fees.Rene¹ Pellerin, Coordinator of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,says, “Without question, VIRS enables a far more efficient and effectivesystem of locating interpreters for assignments throughout the state ofVermont. Without them, it would be a time consuming task for individualagencies and businesses to obtain interpreting services.”In honor of the tenth anniversary, and marking yet another leap forward inthe evolution of communications access within the state, VIRS is pleased to announce the official launch of a new comprehensive website,at: www.virs.org(link is external), providing information online for businesses,organizations, interpreters, deaf and hard of hearing people as well asinteractive options for requesting interpreters.A special anniversary event, open to the public, is scheduled for May 3,2003 at the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 60 AustineDrive, Brattleboro. Additional details will be announced closer to thedate.last_img read more

Fabregas has nose operation

first_img “Cesc Fabregas has successfully undergone surgery on his broken nose,” read a statement on Chelsea’s official website. “The midfielder had been having difficulty breathing as a result of the injury he sustained during our game against Stoke last month, but after the successful operation the problem has been resolved.” Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has undergone a successful operation to repair his broken nose, the Barclays Premier League champions have announced. Press Associationcenter_img The Spaniard suffered the injury in a clash with Charlie Adam in early April and was forced to play the remainder of the season wearing a protective mask. But the club have now confirmed that the 28-year-old has had the problem rectified and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque revealed at his squad announcement earlier this week that he expects him to feature in the upcoming matches against Costa Rica and Belarus. last_img read more

BHA ups integrity commitment with RaceWISE update

first_img On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 Charlie Parker joins BHA Board of Directors June 29, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has updated its anonymous reporting service to cover ‘four critical areas’ including the protection of racing integrity and maintaining equality across the industry.The service will now be named ‘RaceWISE’, as the BHA hopes to offer ‘those who work in, bet on and follow the sport more options to speak up and report potential breaches of the Rules of Racing, or practices which concern them.’Chris Watts, Head of Integrity at the BHA, stated: “We are here to protect the honest majority and ensure that those who seek to gain an unfair advantage or act in a manner which could damage the integrity of our sport are held to account.“If there are people out there who hear, or become aware, of any wrongdoing in British Racing we want them to feel confident that they can report it safely and securely. We will do all we can to protect the identity of those who contact us.“This is not confined to possible integrity threats but also how both our equine and human participants are treated, including around areas such as welfare, safeguarding and equality.“The launch of RaceWISE broadens the scope of our previous reporting services. RaceWISE should also mean that we can be more strategic in terms of how we process and investigate any relevant intelligence that we receive, in order to keep racing fair and clean.“We look forward to continuing to work with Crimestoppers and hope that anyone who has any concerns in relation to potential breaches of the Rules of Racing will both trust and utilise this service.”Concerns can be reported through a free phone line or an online form, with individuals able to report issues relating to welfare, integrity, equality and safeguarding.RaceWISE will continue to be run in partnership between the BHA’s integrity department and Crimestoppers, one of the country’s leading independent charities and anonymous reporting services.Advertising content will be sent out to racecourses which will be displayed in both public and restricted areas, with racecard and racecourse TV graphics also being created. The service will also be publicised to those working in racing through the relevant representative bodies.Mark Hallas, Chief Executive of the independent charity Crimestoppers said: “Transparency and openness are key to ensuring horseracing remains a trusted sport for those involved professionally and for the public to continue to enjoy.“We know, however, that there is the potential for someone to break the rules which is why, as a charity, we are keen to offer this enhanced whistleblowing line.“Maybe you are aware of allegations of cheating, illegal or unfair betting, or have concerns about the welfare of an a participant, equine or human, who works in the sport? We will pass your Information to the BHA for them to investigate. You can choose to stay anonymous, or you have the option to leave contact details so that the BHA can speak to you again. If you do, your details will always remain confidential.”last_img read more