New report ranks Vermont third in nation in overall child health and well-being

first_imgVermont ranks third nationally in overall child health and well-being in the 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state study on the well-being of America’s children. Vermont ranks in the top ten on eight of the ten individual indicators affecting child well-being that are reported in the Data Book. Vermont improved on five of the ten measures since 2000. New Hampshire ranked first and Minnesota was second. Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi ranked the lowest.Vermont’s success in these national rankings is not luck or magic – it is the result of forward-thinking policies and years of investment in programs and services that have helped kids and families thrive (REPORT). “Our strong showing relative to other states in the nation demonstrates how our public policies and effective support systems are making a difference in improving the lives of Vermont’s children and families,” said Carlen Finn, Executive Director of Voices for Vermont’s Children.The Data Book also demonstrates the importance of using timely and reliable data to guide us in our decisions about how to use public resources effectively to meet the needs of Vermont’s children and families. Data on child well-being help us measure the impact of public services and systems, and help us hold each other collectively accountable for the healthy development of children.In conjunction with today’s release of the 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Voices for Vermont’s Children is releasing its statewide and county-level data pages, an electronic resource for tracking indicators of child health and well-being in the state of Vermont.To access this data, visit Vermont’s KIDS COUNT on the Voices for Vermont’s Children website. Visitors will encounter a map of Vermont; each county on the map links to a two-page report on select economic and health statistics. These statistics include child poverty rates, free and reduced lunch participation, prenatal care for pregnant women, and results from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The reports track changes to rates over time and compare the particular county’s rates to the overall state rates.“These county data give us a richer picture of how children and families are faring in different parts of Vermont. They show that while a majority of our kids are doing well, an increasing number are growing up in conditions that make it difficult for them to prosper and thrive. Now more than ever, Vermonters and their children need support from state and local systems and services designed to mitigate the worst effects of this recession and get people back on their feet,” said Nicole Mace, Research Coordinator at Voices for Vermont’s Children.Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation. 7.27.2010last_img read more

bfinance: satisfied investors still plan risk management changes

first_imgKathryn Saklatvala, bfinanceWhile two thirds of the relevant investors are “happy to use the valuation estimates provided by [their] usual channels”, 24% of investors use a public markets equivalent for modelling the potential valuation changes in their portfolios and 10% are marking down estimated valuations more severely than their asset managers.Kathryn Saklatvala, head of investment content at bfinance, said: “The first half of 2020 has been extremely challenging for investors of all types, and undoubtedly there is more volatility and upheaval in store as the true nature of the economic impact of COVID-19 becomes clearer.”She added that such periods are “uncomfortable” but also crucially informative for investors seeking to understand the diversification and resilience of their portfolios and the discipline and skill of asset managers, in addition to the weak-points in risk management capabilities.“It is great to see the majority of investors reporting satisfaction with overall portfolio performance, risk management and active management results across the majority of asset classes, although there are important changes underway on all fronts,” she added.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Consultancy bfinance’s mid-year Asset Owner Survey concluded that although the vast majority of investors were satisfied with the performance of their risk management processes, research showed that 35% are making changes.Similarly, 82% are satisfied with overall portfolio performance, with just 25% changing their strategic asset allocation in 2020, and most are happy with the results of actively managed strategies across the majority of asset classes.bfinance received responses from 368 investors, just over half of which are pension funds, with combined assets of approximately $11trn (€9.3trn).“The results presented a picture of cautious optimism with the vast majority (82%) being satisfied with how their portfolios have performed and widespread positive feedback for active management results,” it said. However, 50% of those with explicit liabilities – including 63% of relevant pension funds – said their ALM position had worsened this year. More than a third are making changes to risk management as a result of COVID-19, the firm said.The research also showed that 24% of respondents were changing their strategic asset allocation in 2020.Despite the high number of satisfied investors, bfinance found that there are notable problem areas: 53% of emerging market debt investors, 48% of hedge fund investors and 64% of alternative risk premia investors are dissatisfied with the performance of their asset managers – whether external or in house – in those strategies.Illiquid asset classes scored relatively high levels of satisfaction, albeit with considerable uncertainty given the opacity on true portfolio valuations, it added.last_img read more

Sorensen sets up Ireland win

first_img Scottish openers Matty Cross and Calum MacLeod were both dismissed for four and Sorensen clean-bowled Preston Mommsen to leave the visitors in a mess on 11 for three. Sorensen (four for 40) also took care of Hamish Gardiner and Freddie Coleman before the visitors had reached 50 but Berrington continued to rack up the runs to end on 101 not out and Josh Davey helped him out with 40 before Iain Wardlaw was run out for a duck from the penultimate ball of the innings. Davey’s bowling, and two catches from Cross, gave the Scots some hope by dealing with Irish openers Andy Balbirnie (16) and John Anderson (12). But Kevin O’Brien’s 67 put the hosts in command, Stuart Thompson (39) and John Mooney (27no) contributed and Sorensen finished the match in style. Max Sorensen took four Scottish wickets before winning the match with a four as Ireland claimed a three-wicket win in the second one-day international in Dublin. Sorensen took Ireland to 225 for seven with 34 balls remaining after he helped bowl the Scots out for 221. Richie Berrington’s unbeaten century had given Scotland a glimmer of hope after a dreadful start to their innings but the hosts did enough to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more