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 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.last_img read more

Klobuchar surge in New Hampshire could reshuffle Democratic White House race

first_img“We feel the surge. For me, it’s been a long time coming,” Klobuchar said in Keene.Beyond New Hampshire, she faces significant challenges in a party uncertain about what kind of candidate it wants to face Republican President Donald Trump in November – a moderate who can appeal to the middle or a progressive who excites the party’s base.In a Reuters/Ipsos national poll released on Monday, Klobuchar garnered only 3% support – well behind Sanders at 20%, Biden at 17%, Bloomberg at 15% and several others.Klobuchar said her message about her appeal to moderates, independents and disaffected Republicans was beginning to sink in. At each campaign stop, she promised to win back Midwestern and rural voters, implying the party’s progressives like Sanders and Warren could not.Growing CrowdsKlobuchar pulled in her biggest New Hampshire crowd of 1,100 on Sunday in Nashua. Her campaign said she had raised more than $3 million online since the debate.In the two new state polls on Monday, she moved ahead of Biden, the former US vice president, and Warren, a senator from neighboring Massachusetts who was once considered a front-runner in New Hampshire.A Boston Globe poll, conducted with Suffolk University and WBZ-TV, showed Klobuchar with 14% support, just 5 percentage points behind Buttigieg at 19%. Sanders led with 27%.Ira Adler, 58, a FedEx courier who lives in Nashua, said he was leaning toward Buttigieg before the debate but was now leaning toward Klobuchar.”She has done really well on the debate stage. She is strong and tough,” Adler said. “I think she could stand up to Trump.”Klobuchar rarely mentions her Democratic rivals on the campaign trail, sticking to a folksy stump speech filled with wisecracks, biography and pledges to lower pharmaceutical costs, improve infrastructure and increase funding for treatment of drug addiction and mental health.At a lunch in Nashua, however, Klobuchar reminded the crowd she was the only one to raise her hand in Friday night’s debate when moderators asked if the candidates were concerned about a democratic socialist – Sanders – leading the ticket.Klobuchar cited her objection to the proposals by Sanders and Warren to provide free public college tuition. She prefers to focus on promoting two-year and apprenticeship education programs “instead of using taxpayer money to send wealthy kids to college.””We’re not going to have a shortage of sports marketing degrees,” Klobuchar said. “We’re going to have a shortage of plumbers.”Liz Racioppi, 66, a small-business owner in Nashua, said the significant number of undecided voters in New Hampshire – some polls put it at more than one-third – gave Klobuchar a chance for a good showing.”She’s been doing a slow rise, but a lot more people are starting to listen to her now,” she said. A Klobuchar surge would reshape the race. With the campaigns of moderate Joe Biden and progressive Elizabeth Warren struggling, it would put her in line to battle rival Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana – and eventually billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg – for leadership of the party’s centrists in their fight against progressive standard-bearer Bernie Sanders.”Amy is a candidate who can win big, and we are the ones who are going to launch her,” New Hampshire state Senator Jeanne Dietsch told supporters at a get-out-the-vote rally on Monday in Keene.Klobuchar, 59, has drawn bigger crowds and more campaign cash after a strong performance in last week’s New Hampshire debate, where she attacked the 38-year-old Buttigieg for his lack of political experience and his criticism of Washington insiders. She also detailed her history of winning races in conservative or battleground areas, and showed her flair for making her point with humor.But Klobuchar said the roots of the renaissance were in her work in the state. She has visited New Hampshire 23 times since she jumped in the race a year ago and has been endorsed by leading state papers including the Manchester Union Leader and Keene Sentinel. US Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s poll numbers are rising, her crowds are building and she says it is finally her time.Voters in New Hampshire will decide on Tuesday if she is right.Klobuchar, a moderate US senator from Minnesota who has been stuck in the middle of the crowded Democratic presidential pack, rose to third place in New Hampshire in a pair of opinion polls released on Monday, the day before the state’s vital primary.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi officiates Asia Pacific Rayon plant in Riau

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officiated on Friday a fiber manufacturer PT Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) plant in Pelalawan regency, Riau — a site expected to improve the nation’s textile sector and the Industry 4.0 road map.In his speech, the President claimed he was surprised to learn that wood could be used as primary material to make textile products. “The plant also has its own nursery with a total capacity of 300 million seeds. Where in the world could we find a manufacturing plant with such a huge capacity other than in Pelalawan?” Jokowi said on Friday.The plant can produce around 240,000 tons of rayon annually. It can also produce 10,000 tons of yarn every year. The APR, an affiliate of major pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings, is expected to increase the production capacity to 600,000 ton per year.“We should appreciate this technology. Stop thinking that [advanced] technology only exists in Europe, such as in Germany or Scandinavian countries. We also have one too in Indonesia; it’s located right here, in Pelalawan regency,” said Jokowi.APR’s capability to turn wood into fabrics and garments, the President added, had showed that Indonesia could compete with European countries or the United States. “The competition is no longer between regencies or provinces [within Indonesia] but with other countries. It’s not about rich countries defeating poor ones but about those that can outpace the slowpokes,” the President went on to say.Read also: Viscose may give Indonesia’s textile industry edge in sustainabilityJokowi also appreciated APR’s investment in the regency since it contributed positively to the region’s economic growth and people’s welfare.The director of APR’s holding company, PT Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), Anderson Tanoto, said the total investment allocated to build the viscose factory had reached up to Rp 15 trillion (US$1.1 billion). He added that the plant in Pelalawan was capable of producing 240,000 tons of rayon fiber every year.“We also opened up 1,200 jobs in the region,” Anderson said.The plan could also generate up to US$131 billion of foreign exchange earnings every year and reduce the country’s dependency on imported raw materials valued at up to $149 million annually.The RGE would invest Rp 20 trillion in the plant for the next three years to support its product downstreaming program in Indonesia, Anderson went on to say.The manufacturing company had exported its goods to 14 countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil and several countries across Europe.“We also hope to grow in supporting the domestic market with the support of the Industry Ministry. We hope the government will aid us in supporting the local textile market through the modernization and improvement of machinery,” said Anderson. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Substitute Traore inspires Wolves to away win

first_imgAdama Traore came off the bench to inspire Wolverhampton Wanderers to a 2-0 win at West Ham United on Saturday.It was an outcome that presented a significant result at both ends of the 2019/2020 English Premier League table. The quicksilver Spanish winger was perhaps surprisingly left on the bench for 64 minutes but his introduction enlivened an otherwise humdrum encounter at an empty London Stadium.Traore’s surging run and sublime cross was perfect for Raul Jimenez to head powerfully home in the 73rd minute.Traore was then involved again in the move which ended with fellow substitute Pedro Neto firing home a sensational left-footed volley to seal the win.It lifted Wolves into sixth place, level on 46 points with fifth-placed Manchester United.Defeat for West Ham, their fourth in their last five Premier League games, left them in 17th spot, ahead of Bournemouth, who faced Crystal Palace later on Saturday, on goal difference. West Ham worked hard to match Wolves but struggled to create much, apart from a glorious early chance for Pablo Fornals who lashed a shot wildly high and wide.The home side must have feared the arrival of Traore from the bench and so it proved as he provided the spark to earn Wolves an important win in their quest for Europe.West Ham’s left-back Aaron Cresswell is no slouch but he could get nowhere near Traore who powered past him before clipping over a cross for Jimenez.The goal helped the Mexican to chalk up his 14th goal of the season, nine of them assisted by Traore.Traore then showed some fancy footwork before passing to Matt Doherty whose cross was dispatched in style by Neto. No wonder Traore was named man of the match for his 25-minute cameo appearance.“It’s about using the substitutes at the right moments,” Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo later said.“We needed this win to feel that we are really back. We will never get used to playing without fans. Let’s hope and pray we get a vaccine or something so we can be together again.”With derbies against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea looming, West Ham manager David Moyes knows these are critical times for the club.RelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away “I thought we limited a very good team but the difference was when Traore came on,” Moyes said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Adama TraoreDavid MoyesPedro NetoRaul JinenezWest Ham UnitedWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

French referee banned 3 months after kicking player

first_imgFILE – In this Jan.14 2018 file photo, French referee Tony Chapron gives a red card to Nantes defender Diego Carlos, second left, after Carlos inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels during the French League One soccer match between Nantes and Paris Saint Germain, in Nantes, western France. The French soccer federation has banned referee Tony Chapron for three months after he kicked a player during a league match. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)PARIS — The French soccer federation has banned referee Tony Chapron for three months after he kicked a player during a league match.The federation announced the decision Thursday night, giving him a six-month ban with three months suspended.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Chapron was summoned by French league officials to a disciplinary hearing following the incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos before sending him off.The bizarre incident happened near the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win at Nantes. Carlos was running behind Chapron near the halfway line, and trying to catch up with play, when he inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkChapron rolled forward onto the turf then swiped his right leg at Carlos. Chapron later acknowledged that Carlos inadvertently knocked him over and apologized. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amid hot streak, Hotshots focused on bigger picture Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more