Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Honored by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) for the Voices Project

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Kathy Parry, BCBSVTMarch 14, 2006 (802) 371-3205 or Mohit Ghose, Americas Health Insurance Plans: (202)778-8494Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VermontHonored by Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)For The Voices ProjectBerlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) was honored last week with a prestigious national award, presented by the health insurance industrys largest trade association, for the Plans Voices Project teen outreach program.The 2006 Community Leadership Award was presented to BCBSVT by the AHIP (Americas Health Insurance Plans) Foundation at an awards banquet on Monday, March 6 in Washington D.C. The award was created to showcase organizations that demonstrate excellence in community outreach by identifying specific programs in the community, designing innovative solutions, and leading community partnerships for success. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont took the award in the category for small/independent health insurance companies.The Voices Project, co-produced by BCBSVT and Kingdom County Productions, was designed to bring public awareness to the issues confronting Vermonts teenagers. More than a thousand adolescents participated in the two-year program, expressing themselves through a variety of creative outlets, including 45 workshops throughout the state. The project culminated in a multi-media collection of creative work and an original musical production inspired, created, and performed by Vermont teens. The musical toured the state in the fall of 2005, playing to enthusiastic audiences in all corners of Vermont.Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP, said the recipients of the awards have demonstrated effective leadership in their communities and the health care field.This award recipient embodies the spirit of our industry by pioneering successful health care innovations and investing in unique education and community action programs, said Ignagni. Their commitment to the consumers and communities they serve makes everyone involved proud to be a part of the health plan community.We believe we can fulfill our role as health policy leader and contribute to Vermonts community-based health care system by producing high-profile, well-accepted prevention and education programs, noted William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Voices is just one of many programs we have created to improve the health and happiness of Vermonters.The Voices Project has also earned the Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretarys Community Award for 2005, and the 2005 Vermont Friends of Recovery Jack Barry Communications Award. More information about The Voices Project is available at www.bcbsvt.com/voices(link is external).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the states oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health benefits plans to 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. (End)last_img read more

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Cooper resigns as coach

first_imgUSC women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper has resigned from his position, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced Wednesday.The news comes after Cooper led the Women of Troy to an 11-20 overall record and a 7-11 mark in Pac-12 play in 2013, which was good enough for seventh place in the conference. The team did not qualify for postseason play in 2013.“This program has to move forward, and it should have moved forward under my leadership. The best thing is for me to step down,” Cooper said in a statement. “I really want to thank the administration here at USC. Pat Haden and [Senior Associate Athletic Director] Donna Heinel and everyone have been very supportive. Coaching these young women at USC has been a wonderful experience for me. I wish nothing but the best for USC and the women’s basketball program.”Cooper, who was a five-time NBA champion as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, caps his four-year career with the Trojans with a 72-57 record, good for a winning percentage of .558. In 2011, he led the Women of Troy all the way to the WNIT title game, where the team lost to Toledo. USC’s last NCAA tournament appearance was in 2006, when the Trojans held an 18-11 record before reaching the second round of the tournament.Before coming to USC, Cooper coached the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks for eight seasons, where he boasted a 187-97 record and two WNBA championships, including a coach of the year honor in 2000.“We appreciate the service and effort Michael Cooper provided while coaching our women’s basketball team, and we wish him well,” Haden said. “USC women’s basketball has a storied heritage, with national championship teams and some of the best players in the history of the sport. We believe we should be competing for Pac-12 championships and NCAA bids on a consistent basis. We will conduct a search to find the right person to help us do that.”The last two seasons were particularly disappointing for the women’s basketball program. After the WNIT run in 2011, the Women of Troy entered the 2011-12 season ranked No. 23 in the preseason with hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament. But a tough nonconference schedule proved to be daunting, and a first-round exit in the Pac-12 tournament dashed any hopes at a postseason run.After losing  guards Jacki Gemelos and Briana Gilbreath to the 2012 WNBA Draft, as well as guard Ashley Corral to graduation, expectations were lowered slightly for the 2012-13 season. But the team still received votes in this year’s preseason polls and had hopes of a strong season. Unfortunately, the team never found its stride and scuffled to a second consecutive poor season.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, June 23, 2015•7:30 a.m. Brittany M. Mefford, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property, domestic battery, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.•10:38 a.m. Officers took a report of found clothing in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•1:48 p.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile problem in the 600 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.•8:50 p.m. Orion Brown, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•8:55 p.m. Alexander J. Rivers, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•10:32 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block N. Day, Wellington.•11:33 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicide threat by a known subject in the 900 block N. C, Wellington.last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: Surprise winners at Uganda National Cross Country Championships in Jinja

first_imgChelangat wins the women junior race in Jinja on Saturday. PHOTO VIA MTNJinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  In the absence of fancied Joshua Cheptegei, long distance ace Thomas Ayeko took over the mantle as National Cross Country Men’s Champion in Jinja on Saturday after a photo finish with Phillip Kipyeko.The two dominated the 10km men’s race at the national cross country event in Jinja, with Ayeko declared winner in 28:25.3 after crossing the line at the same time as last year’s runner up Kipyeko who was recorded at 28:25.3 minutes.This year’s national cross country event had new winners in many of the categories. Sarah Chelangat stunned Peruth Chemutai to win the junior women’s 6km race in 19:18.9 while Victor Kiplangat took full advantage of the absence of World Junior champion Jacob Kipagat to win the the junior men’s 8km race in 22.48.8.It was only Mercyline Chelangat who retained her title, wining the senior women’s race in 32.20.7 minutes, edging out Stella Chesang.The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) will use the event to select the national cross country team to represent Uganda at the 5th edition of the Africa Cross Country Championships due March 17, 2018 in Algeria.Joshua Cheptegei and Kiplimo are still expected to make the Ugandan team going by their performance on the international scene. Just last month, it was a 1-2 finish for Cheptegei and Kiplimo as they dominated one of the most prestigious Cross Country races,  the 36th Cross International de Italica.The National Cross Country and three other National Trials have been lined up by the Uganda Athletics Federation in the course of the remaining two months to assist athletes beat the qualification deadline of March 3, 2018 for the Commonwealth Games.2018 UGANDA NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS IN JINJA National xc top 10 Uganda 2018 from Alberto Stretti****2017 RESULTS AT KOLOLOSenior Men (10km)1 Joshua Cheptegei 29:022 Phillip Kipyeko 29:243 Abdallah Kibet Mande 29:404 Timothy Toroitich 29:425 Stephen Kiprotich 29:466 Stephen Kiisa 29:537 Fred Musobo 29:558 Mande Bushendich 30:049 Peter Kibet 30:1310 Filex Chemonges 30:18Senior Women (10km)1 Mercyline Chelangat 34:412 Rachael Chebet 35:163 Dorcus Ajok 35:464 Doreen Chesang 35:545 Doreen Chemutai 35:566 Annet Chebet 36:167 Juliet Chekwel 36:388 Stella Chesang 36:469 Prim Twikirize 37:0010 Sarah Akiror 37:03U20 Men1 Jacob Kiplimo 23:252 Titus Kwemoi 23:533 Victor Kiplangat 23:544 Elisha Chemutai 24:035 Kevin Kibet 24:04U20 Women1 Peruth Chemutai  0:20:202 Janat Chemusto  0:20:393  Esther Chekwemoi  0:21:08Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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A class apart – season of success for English schoolkids

first_img1 Oct 2019 A class apart – season of success for English schoolkids The curtain has come down on the English Schools’ Golf Association season and the campaign – supported by England Golf – has been hailed a roaring success.With strong backing from England Golf, the ESGA successfully competed in international matches against Scotland and Wales as well as hosting individual Under 16 and Under 19 championships and a team event.A small army of volunteers at county level has enabled young golfers from all across the country to represent their schools at regional and national levels and enjoy the thrill of competition.The numbers of players and the skills on show at all the championships left an indelible impression on anyone fortunate enough to witness the matches and Steve Akrill, secretary of the ESGA, has been impressed with the levels of ability coming through the ranks.“It’s been a great season for both the boys and the girls and the events at regional and national level have shown we have a lot of strength in depth,” admitted Akrill.“In particular we had a lot of younger players emerging and more than holding their own against older players in their age bracket. That’s always great to see.”The season kicked off in July with the 42nd English Schools’ Championship which was held at Sherwood Forest GC in Nottinghamshire.The emergence of younger talent was never more evident than at this event as two 14-year-old competitors scooped the top prizes.Louise Burke from Lytchett Minster School in Dorset emerged triumphant in the girls’ event and Yorkshire’s Josh Berry was the boys’ champ.An additional bonus for the duo, pictured above, was the chance to captain English Schools in the international matches which followed later in the summer.Berry, from Campsmount Academy in Doncaster, has since gone on to represent England in Under 16 Home Internationals and is part of the England Golf Boys’ squad for the 2020 season.The English Schools’ team event was staged at the National Golf Centre HQ at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire with 34 teams from 26 counties taking part.Dyke House Academy from Hartlepool took the trophy back to Durham with their three-man team of Jack Burton, Louis Westmoreland and William Skipp enjoying a three-point victory in the Stableford competition.The under 16’s championship was staged in West Yorkshire at Cleckheaton and District GC.A total of 65 girls and boys took part with Rachel Gourley and Finn Nelson, pictured below, claiming the honours.Rachel’s form has earned her a call-up to the England Golf set up and she will be part of the girls’ team – along with Louise Burke – for a challenge match against Ireland at Hunstanton GC on October 12-13.The two games against Scotland and Wales always brings an edge to proceedings with national pride at stake!The match against Wales was played at Luffenham Heath GC in August and saw England win 11.5 – 6.5.After travelling north to face Scotland on the links at Irvine GC, the match proved to be a real nail-biter.England’s form was excellent and it looked as if they were well on their way to victory before the Scots fought back to win the final three points available and secure a 9-9 draw.Akrill added: “Scotland had five players who were in their national set-up for Home Internationals.“But the team spirit for that match really shone through with the girls finishing their games and heading straight back out onto the course to lend their support to the boys.“When the girls faced Wales they were definitely underdogs. Our average handicap was three compared to Wales’ one, but the girls performed superbly with three wins in the singles helping the combined team to get over the line.“It’s been a really positive year with lots of good golf being played and the enthusiasm of the youngsters shining through.”Three venues for next year’s events have already been decided with the national championship taking place at Gog Magog GC in Cambridgeshire, the under 16 event going to Northamptonshire County GC and the away game against Wales set for the Rolls of Monmouth GC. Tags: English Schools’last_img read more

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