DiPasquale has been president of CCRI since 2006.
He also served as Rhode Island's interim commissioner of higher education for several years while working as CCRI's president.
The other finalists for the Louisiana position are Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University in West Virginia, and Joseph Rallo, a vice chancellor from Texas Tech University, the radio station reported.]]>
Rhode Island was No. 31 on the 2013 list, with a 27.2 percent rate, which ranked all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.
Massachusetts was No. 48, with a 23.6 percent rate.
In 2012, both states fared a bit better on the list, when Rhode Island ranked No. 36 and Massachusetts was No. 49.
As good as the current ranking is, the underlying numbers reflect the national trend of gaining weight. In 1990, Rhode Island's obesity rate was 10 percent, the report stated.
Mississippi and West Virginia were tied for the highest obesity rates at 35.1 percent. Arkansas was next at 34.6 percent. Colorado had the lowest rate at 21.3 percent, preceded by Hawaii at 21.8 percent.
Data showed that 20 states have rates at or above 30 percent, 43 states have rates of at least 25 percent and every state is greater than 20 percent.
All 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South or Midwest. Northeastern and Western states have the lowest rates of obesity.
Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a telephone health survey, is used to compile the results. Through this system, more than 400,000 adult interviews are conducted each year.
"Over the past 30 years, adult obesity rates have sharply risen, doubling since 1980. Today, that rate of increase is beginning to slow. In 2005, every state but one reported an increase in obesity rates; this past year, only six states experienced an increase. Ultimately, however, adult rates remain far too high across the nation, putting millions of Americans at higher risk for a range of serious health problems, from type 2 diabetes to heart disease," the report states.
To see the full report, click HERE.]]>
The study is the only one of its kind being funded by the department and was announced in a joint statement by the four members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation: Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline.
Funding for the program was obtained through the reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act. Whitehouse wrote a provision in the legislation to fund the study.
"I am happy to see federal funding coming to Rhode Island to research this serious problem," Whitehouse said in the release.
Rhode Island Hospital researchers, led by Christie Rizzo, will examine the effectiveness of web-based games and videos in limiting aggressiveness among 8th grade boys. Test subjects will be drawn from the greater Providence area.
Rizzo, in an interview, said that her own research and efforts in the subject of dating violence prevention had previously focused on adolescent girls, and that the new study will come at the issue from a different angle.
"One of the things I've recognized is that there's not enough out there for adolescent boys," Rizzo said. "We need to create more for adolescent boys, from anger management to general relationship skills to how you manage jealousy in a relationship."
The amount of relationship activity among adolescents online has presented particular challenges, Rizzo said.
"When you see on a social networking page that your partner is talking with someone else, how do you manage that?" she said.
The goal of using web-based video games, Rizzo said, is to deal with reticence around the issues of teen dating violence.
"The big thing is that we're trying to engage teenage boys," Rizzo said. "There's a lot of curricula that's face-to-face, and they're not interested. This is teaching them how to deal with jealousy and modern technology."
Rizzo, whose affiliations include both Northeastern University and Brown, has been a local authority on teen dating violence in Providence for the past several years.
A Colorado-based technology company, Klein Buendel, will partner with Rizzo and her research team to develop the games and videos used.
The entire enterprise is designed to facilitate parental involvement in young teens' dating lives, Rizzo said.
"Part of the goal of this project is to really involve parents in the process and hopefully open a dialogue between parents and kids about healthy relationships and how to manage relationships," Rizzo said. "We're hoping that that dialogue will create tools for how to manage feelings and how to properly deal with that stuff."
Langevin said that the program was timely and that addressing the issue among adolescent boys who were only in the 8th grade made sense.
"By focusing on young men and addressing these violent behaviors early on, this program aims to stop the cycle of abuse before it starts," Langevin said in the release.]]>
Fogarty worked at Berkeley Carroll's Upper School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where it was named an NAIS School of the Future in 2012. She also taught at St. Ann's School and the Brearley School, all based in New York City.
According to a news release, "[Fogarty] brings to us her passionate commitment to Lincoln's programmatic strengths, as well as visions to expand and partner with many of the exciting academic and nonprofit institutions in our vibrant Providence community. Her time spent in lower, middle and upper schools in her years as a teacher and administrator gives Suzanne the breadth of knowledge essential to guiding our school, from the youngest to the oldest."
Fogarty was appointed as Head of School in March 2013; she spent a year working with interim head, Ann Sullivan, to ensure a smooth transition.
Since July, Fogarty started initiatives including India 2015, a partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design offering "Introduction to Architecture" to grades 10-12, and the online school for girls.
During the search process, current and former colleagues endorsed Fogarty's ability to build relationships with students, families, faculty and staff, and the community more broadly, as well as her passion for finding and eliciting the best in adults and young people.
Lincoln School is an independent, college preparatory school with a Quaker heritage offering all-girls educational programs for grades 1 through 12, and a co-educational early childhood program (nursery through kindergarten).]]>
This marks the second month that Rhode Island has had the third-highest jobless rate. July had marked the first time since October that the state was bumped out of the top spot for joblessness.
The bureau reported that regional and state unemployment rates changed little in August, and that the national jobless rate was 6.1 percent compared with July's rate of 6.2 percent.
Rhode Island was among eight states and the District of Columbia that had significantly higher rates than the nation's rate. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.8 percent.
Rhode Island did show a drop in the unemployment rate from August 2013 to August 2014, going from 9.6 percent to 7.7 percent, a 1.9 percentage point decline.
Among the other New England states, Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.1 percent, followed by New Hampshire at 4.4 percent; Maine at 5.6 percent; Massachusetts, 5.8 percent; and Connecticut, 6.6 percent.
Massachusetts' rate landed it at No. 22 on the list, tied with Indiana, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. In July, Massachusetts' rate was 6.1 percent.]]>
This recognition represents the first time that a health insurance company has been ranked No. 1 in more than one category by the NCQA, according to Tufts, which serves more than 1 million members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The NCQA rankings, which include 507 private commercial plans, 136 Medicaid plans and 408 Medicare plans, are based on quality measures from three performance subcategories: consumer experience, prevention and treatment. It also factors in NCQA accreditation.
"Being recognized for offering the nation's top-ranked private and Medicaid health plans is tremendous recognition that reflects our unwavering commitment to providing affordable, high-quality health care coverage to our members no matter their age or life circumstance," James Roosevelt Jr., CEO, Tufts Health Plan, said in a statement.
In the list of 507 commercial plans, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, which does business in Massachusetts and Maine with its HMO/POS plans, came in at No. 2. Harvard Pilgrim also ranked third for its health care insurance PPO plans in Massachusetts.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts ranked 10th and 11th, respectively, for its PPO and HMO/POS plans.
UnitedHealthcare of New England's insurance in Rhode Island ranked No. 95 for its PPO plans.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island ranked No. 472 for its Rhode Island PPO plan.
In the list of 136 Medicaid plans, Fallon Health, Neighborhood Health and Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, all in Massachusetts, ranked No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island ranked No. 5. All are HMO plans.
In the list of 408 Medicare plans, UnitedHealthcare of New England ranked No. 61 for its Rhode Island plan. UnitedHealthcare Insurance, a regional plan serving Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts, ranked No. 144.
This was the 10th consecutive year that Tufts Health Plan has been ranked among the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation by NCQA and the fifth consecutive year that Network Health, its Medicaid plan, has been ranked among the highest-rated plans by NCQA.
To view the entire list, visit: healthplanrankings.ncqa.org/2014/.]]>
In comparison, Hawaii ranked first in export growth, and Utah ranked last. Massachusetts ranked 13th and Connecticut 37th.
In July, foreign sales of Rhode Island goods increased $41.1 million, or 21.8 percent, on a month-over-month basis following a decrease of 1 percent in June, bringing the value of state exports to $229.6 million, a seasonally adjusted figure.
On a year-over-year basis, exporting companies shipped $76.9 million, or 50.4 percent more goods than in July 2013.
Foreign sales of manufactured goods - a major contributor to the state's economic development - accounted for 53 percent of all state exports in July.
Sales abroad from Rhode Island's factories increased in July by 19.7 percent from the previous month to $122.2 million, adjusted for seasonal variation.
On an annual basis, the latest numbers of exports from state factories were $26.4 million higher than last year's reading in July.
Changes in sales abroad have implications for jobs in Rhode Island, according to a press release from e-forecasting.com.
It is estimated that about one in every five local factory jobs is tied to exports due to the high labor content of manufactures in the chain of production.
Exports of non-manufactured goods increased 24.3 percent in July to $107.4 million, seasonally adjusted, from June. This group of shipments abroad consists of agricultural goods, mining products and re-exports, which are foreign goods that entered Rhode Island as imports and are exported in substantially the same condition as when imported.
According to statistics compiled by the World Trade Organization, global trade continued to grow at a moderate pace in July. In the first seven months of 2014, the value of world merchandise exports rose 2.6 percent to $9.9 trillion dollars from the same period in 2013.
WTO trade statistics from January to July of 2014 show that the United States maintained its position as the second largest exporter in the world with foreign sales hitting $944 billion, which is 3.2 percent, or $29 billion more, than the first seven months of 2013.
China, the world's leading exporter, sold abroad $1.275 billion worth of merchandise so far this year, 3 percent more than a year ago. Germany was ranked the world's third-largest exporter, posting $903 billion in foreign sales in 2014, 7.8 percent more than a year ago.
The outlook over the next few months for exports of manufactured goods depends on the pace of incoming orders from foreign buyers.
According to the August business survey conducted by the Institute of Supply Management, the nation's purchasing executives are optimistic about the prospects of selling abroad their products.
The Tempe, Ariz.-based research institute reported that its export indicator showed an expansion in incoming export orders for the 21st month in a row.]]>
About 55 percent of voters rejected independence, exceeding the "no" side's polling lead in the last days of the campaign.
RBS jumped 3.1 percent to 368.2 pence at 9:21 a.m. in London trading, extending its weekly gain to 5.3 percent. Lloyds gained 2.1 percent to 77.43 pence, and TSB Banking Group Plc climbed 2.3 percent to 293 pence. The British pound also surged.
Contingency plans to move to England are "no longer required," RBS said in a statement today. RBS and Lloyds, both domiciled in Edinburgh, said last week they would move to England if Scots chose to dissolve the 307-year-old union. Analysts estimated a move south may have cost each lender as much as 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion).
"It is business as usual for all our customers across the U.K.," RBS said in an e-mailed statement.
Lloyds said it remains focused on supporting households and businesses in Scotland and the rest of the U.K.
It was RBS's biggest share gain since it reported first- half profit almost doubled on July 25. Credit default swaps insuring the senior debt of RBS and Lloyds fell to the lowest level since 2008 and are the best performers on the Markit iTraxx Senior Financial Index.
RBS and Lloyds, which received government bailouts in 2008, are the two biggest lenders in Scotland and employ about 11,500 people and 16,000 people in the country respectively. TSB and Standard Life Plc, Scotland's largest insurer, also said they had contingency plans to move parts of their businesses to England in the event of a "yes" vote.
"U.K. investors will welcome a reduction in the uncertainty of recent months," Aberdeen Asset Management Plc Chief Executive Officer Martin Gilbert said in an e-mailed statement. Aberdeen's shares climbed 1.1 percent.
After a record turnout of more than 90 percent in some Scottish regions, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated a pledge for enhanced powers for the Scottish Parliament. He also said that would be matched by cutting the influence of Scottish lawmakers sitting in the House of Commons in London.
Standard Life said it will consider the implications of any changes for customers and stakeholders, and expects further constitutional changes. Its stock gained 1 percent to 420 pence, extending its weekly gain to 2.3 percent.
A split would have seen months of negotiations, including a clash over what currency an independent Scotland would have used.
RBS Chief Executive Officer Ross McEwan, 57, can now return his focus to restructuring the lender. He's been selling off non-core assets via its bad bank and scaling back the securities unit to restore investor confidence after a series of conduct fines. RBS is 80 percent owned by the British government and even after reporting first-half earnings that beat expectations, the stock remains below the 407-pence price where taxpayers will break even on their 45 billion-pound bailout in 2008.
The banks may still opt to move their legal headquarters to London in coming years to remove the risks associated with any future referendum, some analysts say.
"Fears over the dislocation caused by a Yes vote and the distractions of another corporate reshuffle at each bank has not gone away," Chris Wheeler, a London-based analyst at Mediobanca SpA who has a neutral rating on RBS shares, said in a note today. "We sense that the two banks will become re-domiciled south of the border in any event, given the prospects of a demand for another referendum in the medium term. They will now just have a less frenetic timetable to achieve it."]]>
"Working with the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and the Public Utilities Commission, we were able to develop a plan that has made access to our natural gas distribution system a reality through our pilot program," Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid in Rhode Island, said in a statement.
"This project is also an example of 'Connect 21,' National Grid's initiative to address the energy challenges facing America. In this case, it means providing an energy source of customer choice and working with our regulators to make that happen," Horan added.
Previously, consumer access to natural gas had been limited to those living near an existing natural gas distribution system.
Unless a prospective customer lived on a street where National Grid's natural gas mains were already installed, that person was often left without the opportunity to bring natural gas into their home unless they were willing to shoulder the cost of installing new gas mains to reach their home.
When combined, construction and heating system conversion costs could run into tens of thousands of dollars. Over the past several years, as the number of conversions to natural gas grew, it became clear that a way needed to be found to respond to consumer demand for the fuel, according to information from National Grid.
Last year, the PUC agreed to a plan in which the majority of construction costs would be spread across the company's entire Rhode Island rate base.
The company then surveyed residents in selected areas of the state to determine interest in the pilot program.
As a result, four neighborhoods were selected. Projects have been completed in the area of Cranston's Courtland Lane and Mountain Laurel Drive. Work is underway in the Vista Drive neighborhood of Rumford in East Providence, and work is scheduled to begin soon in the area of Cool Spring Drive in Cranston.
Within the four projects, 70 service agreements have been signed with new customers. And within the boundaries of the four areas chosen for the pilot, there are 360 additional potential customers.
Approximately 22,000 feet of new gas main will have been installed when the four projects are completed.
Customers who signed on for the program pay an additional $150 above the $800 that all new customers on the existing distribution pay to have service installed.]]>
The publication said that Bay State officials confirmed the shortfall this week, saying it is a "preliminary figure" that will not be finalized until at least Oct. 1.
Spokeswomen in the state's offices of Administration & Finance, and Health and Human Services described the anticipated shortfall as a "cash-management issue" that will see unpaid Medicaid expenses for the state's fiscal year that ended June 30 pushed into the current budget cycle, which began July 1.
The $500 million estimate is roughly twice as large as the $280 million shortfall recorded at the end of fiscal 2013 and marks the latest incremental increase to a Medicaid-funding deficiency created as a result of the state's financial crisis following the last recession.
The state expects to pay down the deficit by Dec. 31, but that will create a "$500 million hit" to the current fiscal budget that sets the stage for another Medicaid shortfall in fiscal 2016.
State officials blamed the deficit and its year-over-year growth on expansion in the state's Medicaid population which made the program's annual budgeting process difficult, as well as unspecified "unforeseen events" that contributed to higher-than-anticipated costs for the state.]]>