Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced today that it will contribute $150,000 to support relief activities for Vermonters who suffered losses as a result of flooding due to Hurricane Irene. ‘Our state has suffered a disaster of historic proportions, but Vermonters have responded with extraordinary compassion and support for those who have suffered the most because of the terrible flooding that occurred,’ said BCBSVT President and CEO Don George. ‘As the state’s only Vermont-based health plan, it is important to BCBSVT and to its more than 340 employees to do as much as we can to support our neighbors in the difficult weeks and months ahead.’ Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, a non-profit company located in the central Vermont community of Berlin, will donate $150,000 to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund, created by the United Ways of Vermont in cooperation with the executive board of the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Action in Disaster and Vermont Emergency Management, is earmarked to support the long term needs of those most affected by the flooding. George said the donation is unprecedented for BCBSVT, but was decided upon because of the breadth of the losses that occurred because of Hurricane Irene-related flooding and the unique challenges faced by those who lost their homes and belongings. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s only Vermont-based health insurer and is the largest private health plan in Vermont. The non-profit company employs more than 340 people and provides health care benefits for more than 160,000 Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
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Throw in for Tipp versus Offaly on Saturday is at 5.30 in St Brendan’s Park, Birr, Co Offaly.Tipp FM Camogie analyst Geraldine Kinane explains. Tipp have to beat Offaly on Saturday in the All Ireland Championship to have a chance of going through to the quarter finals of the All Ireland Camogie Championship.Despite being bottom of Group 2 on no points, if Tipp win and other results go their way, the girls can still qualify.Cork are untouchable at the top of the group, however, Offaly and Limerick could still finish behind Tipperary – if the Premier beat Offaly, and if Wexford beat Limerick. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography
“It could be broken (Saturday), it will be very close.”Wray added: “Being eight, nine degrees above normal is fairly significant.”Much of British Columbia is bracing for record breaking temperatures this week, a heat wave driven in large part by a ridge of high pressure moving its way up from the Gulf of Mexico.“It a really, really strong, entrenched ridge of high pressure,” Wray says.Advertisement Pack your sunscreen, grab your shades, and raid the stores for all the water, ice cream and popsicles you can find — the heat this weekend is likely to break records.Meteorologists are forecasting highs of 29 C for both Saturday and Sunday in the Fort St. John area, well above normal highs of 21 C for this time of the year.Environment Canada meteorologist David Wray said Fort St. John is likely to set a new temperature record on Sunday, but said Saturday will be the day to watch the mercury as it rises.- Advertisement -The current temperature record for June 27 is 30 C, set in 1928.The highest temperature on record for June 28 is 27.8 C, set in 1950.“We are expecting highs of 29, which is quite warm, not too far off the record highs,” says Wray.Advertisement “This type of pattern we start to see this time of year.”Temperatures are expected to peak Sunday afternoon in the South Okanagan and East Kootenay, where the mercury will hit 40 C and higher.Back here in the Peace, Wray says we can expect a little bit of a reprieve on Monday and Tuesday, where a cool, low pressure air mass will move in and drop temperatures between 24 and 27 C.There could be a chance of a thunderstorm or two, Wray added, that will also help cool things off.The reprieve will be short lived, Wray predicts, with another high pressure ridge expected to swoop in on Wednesday, and pushing the mercury back up through the rest of the week.Advertisement