Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont donates $150,000 to flood relief efforts

first_imgBlue 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 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.last_img read more

North East Comprehensive students back at school

first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary North East Comprehensive students back at school by: – November 22, 2011 Share Share 29 Views   no discussions Image via:chican-izmo.blogspot.comAfter staying away from classrooms on Monday, students of the North East Comprehensive returned to school today. The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) staged a protest action yesterday citing poor learning conditions at the schools.The windows of several classes are said to be damaged, causing massive flooding whenever it rains.According to President of the PTA Matthew Auguiste students will return to the classrooms today and Wednesday however if no progress is made on Thursday, protest action could continue. “The PTA has made a decision that the students are returning to school. That was also our desire to see them return to school. They will also attend school on Wednesday but we are seeking an audience with the officials in the Ministry of Education to let them know what our concerns are. They need to have an idea of exactly what the students are going through at the school. It is not easy. I take it that some of them have no idea,” he explained.He said the PTA also made a decision to continue protesting if the situation does not improve however, it is their hope that a resolution can be reached.“A short meeting was held with the parents outside of the school and they decided if no acknowledgment is received from the education ministry, more action will be taken. I am hoping that none of that happens because I believe there is always a better way to dealing with situations like that,” he said.Only twenty-two (22) of the seven hundred (700) student body attended school on Monday.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Title hopes look grim – Aguero

first_img Press Association Any hope of Roberto Mancini’s side retaining the Barclays Premier League title appeared to go up in smoke on Saturday after they suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat at Southampton. City goalkeeper Joe Hart said in the build-up that anything but victory at St Mary’s was likely to hand Manchester United the title. “Some days, nothing works the way it should,” Argentina international Aguero said via his Twitter account, @aguerosergiokun. “This was one of those days. There’s no excuse – we need to work hard to forge ahead. It all looks a bit grim right now, but I won’t believe giving up is an option.” They were sentiments echoed by captain Kompany, who was forced to watch the defeat on the south coast from the stands due to injury. “Our fans sang and stood behind us all game yesterday, despite losing,” he said on Twitter. “Just reminds me that there will always be a lot to play for. #MCFC !!” center_img Sergio Aguero admits things look a “bit grim” for Manchester City right now, although captain Vincent Kompany believes there is still a lot to play for.last_img read more

Mork family donates $110 million to USC

first_imgDavid Lowenstein contributed to this report. President C. L. Max Nikias and Vice President of Admissions and Planning Katharine Harrington held a ceremony at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center yesterday to announce USC has received the largest single scholarship donation in the university’s history.Julie and John Mork donated $110 million to USC to fund the Mork Family Scholars Program, which will provide a select group of undergraduate students full tuition and $5,000 living stipends for four years.Celebrate · President C. L. Max Nikias speaks about the Mork family and their $110 million donation. John Mork graduated from USC with a degree in engineering in 1970. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan “I’m thrilled about the future. We were worried education is going up cost-wise and great kids cannot get in,” John Mork said. “We want to help anyway we can. We are really blessed to be able to do this.”About 100 undergraduates will benefit from the scholarships each year, according to the Los Angeles Times.The Mork family specifically requested a portion of each year’s Mork Scholars come from high schools in the community surrounding the USC area.“Julie and John and their family believe that education plays a valuable role in life,” Nikias said. “The greatest gift given to another individual is the gift of education.”Nikias, who has been president of the university for about eight months, has helped acquire five sizable donations already.When Nikias was inaugurated Oct. 15, trustee Ming Hsieh announced a $50 million donation to the university for cancer research, and the Annenberg Foundation announced a $50 million donation to construct a new building for the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. More recently, Dana and David Dornsife donated $200 million in an unrestricted endowment to the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann have also donated $15 million to build a new student health center.This new scholarship fund will assist students who could otherwise not afford USC.“It is great that the scholarships will help students from local communities who may be doing well in school, but facing local disparities,” said Carmina Gomez, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention.Mork Scholars will have the same benefits as Trustee and Presidential Scholars, which include living at the residential honors college and access to other programs throughout their time at USC.Lisa Verzemnieks, a Trustee Scholar and senior majoring in civil engineering, said her scholarship changed her educational path.“My family was not in the position to send me to my dream school, but being a Trustee Scholar has given me more opportunities than I could have ever imagine,” Verzemneiks said. “I would not be here without people like the Mork family.”John Mork graduated from USC in 1970 with a degree in petroleum engineering.He is currently the chief executive of Energy Corp. of America, a private company that handles the exploration, extraction, production and transportation of natural gas and oil, based in Denver, Colorado.Julie Mork, who graduated from UCLA, is the managing director of the Energy Corp. of America Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on children and education.The Morks are not new to offering philanthropic gifts to the university. In 2005, the family donated $15 million to benefit the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is now named in honor of the Mork family.To show appreciation for their gift, USC will be place a plaque with the names and images of the Mork family at Bovard Auditorium.“This may seem like a celebration of a gift, but it is really a celebration of the future,” Mork said.last_img read more