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

The ultimate gift guide for finance professionals

first_img This post is currently collecting data… Whew! It’s definitely been a year for the books. Through it all, banks and credit unions have done incredible work to keep our economy afloat (we’re talking TOP of the nice list efforts) – giving us hope for a future that’s merry and bright.While most of us will be happy to see 2020 disappear in our rearview mirrors, ’tis still the season to be jolly – and to thank the incredible financial institutions that got us through.Need gift inspiration for your favorite financial professional this year? We’ve got you covered. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Baltimore Ravens 17-23 New England Patriots: Cam Newton gets better of Lamar Jackson in duel-threat QB clash | NFL News

first_imgFIRST QUARTER Ravens 17-23 Patriots Cam Newton threw his first touchdown pass for the Patriots since Week Three, while he also rushed in for a score Ravens 7-7 PatriotsCam Newton seven-yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead (extra point) Ravens 10-7 PatriotsJustin Tucker 24-yard field goal Almost immediately the Patriots responded, with Newton’s long wait for another passing TD finally ended. Justin Tucker kicked a 24-yard field goal to again nudge the Ravens ahead, only for Meyers’ trick-play touchdown to Burkhead to earn New England a 13-10 half-time lead. – Advertisement – Ravens 0-0 Patriots Ravens 17-23 PatriotsLamar Jackson 18-yard TD pass to Willie Snead (extra point) Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New England Patriots fought through torrential rain and high winds to beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday night. Second-year running back Damien Harris also impressed, rushing for a career-high 121 yards to help the Patriots (4-5) win consecutive games for the first time this season. Newton, meanwhile, was 13 of 17 passing, for 118 yards. His touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead in the first quarter was his since first since Week Three.Patriots stats: Cam Newton, 13/17, 118 yards, 1 TDRushing leader: Damien Harris, 22 carries, 121 yardsReceiving leader: Jakobi Meyers, five catches, 59 yards (and 1 TD pass) – Advertisement – It was one of two TD grabs for Burkhead on the night, with the other coming from perhaps an unlikely source in Jakobi Meyers, though the wide receiver was recruited initially as a quarterback at college.In hugely testing conditions, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was 24 of 34 for 249 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, but the New England defence did well bottling him up on the ground for most of the game, limiting him to just 11 rushes for 55 yards.Ravens stats: Lamar Jackson, 22/32, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTRushing leader: Lamar Jackson, 11 carries, 55 yardsReceiving leader: Willie Snead, five catches, 64 yards, 2 TDsAfter a scoreless first quarter, it was Baltimore who put up the first points of the contest when Jackson found Willie Snead for a six-yard score on the first play of the second period.- Advertisement – Ravens 10-13 PatriotsJakobi Meyers 24-yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead (failed extra point) The home team then started the third quarter strong, Newton capping a four-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run to stretch their lead to 10. That expanded to 13 when Nick Folk fired through a 20-yard field goal later in the third.The Ravens ended the quarter with an impressive 11-play, 75-yard drive of their own that finished with Jackson finding Snead again for an 18-yard score. But Baltimore then picked up just one first down on their first two fourth-quarter possessions.New England then ran down the clock with a couple of key first downs and, though the Ravens (6-3) would get one final possession with a minute remaining, they couldn’t pull off the kind of late heroics seen in Arizona Cardinals’ earlier win.ky Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season – featuring a host of NFL Network programming, a new weekly preview show as well as at least five games a week and NFL Redzone, you won’t miss a moment. Don’t forget to follow us on skysports.com/nfl, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports – on the go! Damien Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 22 carries for the Patriots Damien Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 22 carries for the Patriots

Academic institutions receive updated H1N1 guidance for fall

first_imgAug 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal education and health officials today unveiled updated guidance to help colleges, universities, and other institutions prepare for the return of the novel H1N1 influenza virus to campuses this fall, where school administrators may face difficult challenges.Young people up through age 24 have been among the hardest hit by the virus, which recently led the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) vaccine advisory group to include them among the first groups to receive the pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine. At the group’s Jul 29 meeting, some members raised concern about virus circulation in crowded dormitory and apartment settings and the risk of students transmitting the virus to the wider community through off-campus jobs.Pandemic planners at many of the nation’s colleges have spent the past several years putting together detailed plans that center around a severe event that would send students home, but many are now struggling with how to handle a more moderate scenario where sick students are more likely to stay on campus.The updated guidance was released today during a press teleconference hosted by the secretaries of the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It appears on the government’s pandemic flu Web site and includes a communication toolkit and technical report.Education secretary Arne Duncan told reporters that the guidance includes commonsense actions, including having students clean their own frequently used items such as computer keyboards, asking students to stay home when they’re sick, and removing barriers to faculty and staff staying home when sick.Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, said college students—known for not seeing their doctors regularly—should be encouraged to take care of themselves and to receive the novel H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. She urged colleges to make use of social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate flu news and prevention steps to their students.Dr. Beth Bell, deputy director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the guidance includes several suggestions for isolating sick students, such as having those who live relatively close to school return home to recover so that roommates are not exposed to the virus. The guidelines also suggest that sick students enlist roommates or friends to help take care of them by bringing meals and medications.She advised university administrators to act now to review and revise their pandemic response plans as needed. Each school’s situation will be different, based on resources, housing situation, student population, and circulation of the virus in the local area. Though some schools might consider setting up temporary housing for sick students, the strategy might be not be manageable for other schools.If the pandemic becomes more severe, the guidance recommends permitting high-risk students, faculty, and staff to stay home when the virus is circulating in the community. It also suggests increasing the self-isolation period for sick people to at least 7 days after the onset of symptoms. Those sick longer than 7 days should stay home 24 hours after symptoms resolve.Suspending classes may be needed if absences impair the school’s normal functioning, the guidance states. The CDC said it might recommend preemptive class suspension if the virus starts causing severe illnesses in the college-aged population.Dr. Anita Barkin, director of student health services at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, listened to today’s teleconference and praised the guidance, saying it reflects the CDC’s close involvement of colleges in its H1N1 pandemic response. “This is a wise approach, given that we don’t have a vaccine yet,” she told CIDRAP News. Barkin also chairs the American College Health Association’s (ACHA’s) Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition, which is producing a white paper on pandemic H1N1 response for higher education institutions.The CDC guidance suggests a host of options and leaves room for schools to implement what works best for their location. “Schools are going to have to do some creative thinking,” Barkin said.She acknowledged that many schools have planned for a 1918-like pandemic scenario and have focused on what would trigger sending students home so that campuses aren’t put in a position to care for large numbers of gravely ill patients. The fact that the H1N1 cases now circulating are generally of moderate severity makes evacuations less likely, leading school administrators to revisit their thinking, she added.”We have not faced this type of disease in the absence of a vaccine on a college campus since 1968—we’re out of practice,” Barkin said.How to isolate sick students in a congregate setting is “an incredible educational challenge,” she noted. At many schools, residence halls are filled to capacity, with no flexibility to offer sick rooms for students with the flu.Some schools are already thinking of ways to support student self-isolation, she said. For example, some university dining halls are developing menus of meals that can be packaged and delivered to sick students. In many ways, schools are relieved that the H1N1 virus seems to be mild, because many pandemic plans included provisions for food stockpiling in anticipation of large numbers of stranded students and shaky supply chains.College students are always a challenge to reach with seasonal vaccine messages, and this year colleges and universities will be rolling out their seasonal flu vaccine campaigns early, in advance of the pandemic H1N1 campaign expected later this fall, Barkin said.However, if the virus severity ramps up in the fall, she predicts students will be eager to receive the vaccine. “Students are very driven to complete their academic responsibilities. If there are illnesses, they’ll miss classes,” she said. “They may be more likely not to want to interrupt their classes.”Barkin said the ACHA’s pandemic white paper is due out early this fall and will discuss the rationale behind many of the actions spelled out in today’s CDC guidelines.See also:Aug 20 CDC flu guidance for higher education institutionsFlu communication toolkit for higher education institutionsHigher education institution flu guidance technical reportAmerican College Health Association Web sitelast_img read more