Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Funds Influenza Vaccine for State’s High-Risk Uninsured

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Funds Influenza Vaccine for State’s High-Risk UninsuredBerlin, VT – Thousands of uninsured Vermonters who are at high risk for complications from influenza will receive the flu vaccine free of charge this fall thanks to a $32,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.Continuing a 27-year tradition, the states largest health insurance company has once again in 2008 provided funding for purchase of vaccine that will be distributed to approximately 3,000 high-risk Vermonters between the ages of 18 and 65 by the state’s eleven nonprofit home health agencies at flu shot clinics this fall.”Influenza can be a dangerous and even life-threatening illness for people who are most vulnerable,” said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO William Milnes Jr. “We are pleased to be able to help protect those who are at highest risk.”The vaccine funding is one of many health-related community service activities and direct health-care services Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont supports annually.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s 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 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.last_img read more

Dominica comes alive with a summer of exciting cricket

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img NewsSports Dominica comes alive with a summer of exciting cricket by: – May 25, 2011 Tweet Photo credit: theoriginsofcricket.comCricket fans in Dominica are set for a summer of sub-regional and international cricket when the island hosts the Winlott T20 Windward Island Tournament from May 26 to 29, and then the 3rd Digicel test match with West Indies and World Champions, India, July 6-10, both at the Windsor Park Stadium.The Winlott T20 Tournament pits the best T20 Windward Island cricketers against each other for supremacy in the format of the game that has taken the world by storm. Dominica, the current Windward champions will hope to defend its crown on home soil boasting a team of a number of exciting young cricketers and some experienced hands. Players like West Indies under-19 star, Kavem Hodge, Tyronne Theophille, Sam Mitchel, and Kevin James join ranks with veterans like West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford and Liam Sebastien to provide a solid team for the host.The tournament should come alive with the power and special talents of players such as West Indies pros, Grenadians Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher and Nelon Pascal, St. Lucian stars like West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, and team mate, Gary Mathurin, along with the hard-hitting Vincentian Star, wicket- keeper/batsman, Lyndon James.The summer activity peaks when Dominica hosts its first test match at the Windsor Park, from July 6-10 for the 3rd Digicel Test Match of the West Indies versus India 2011 Series. The Windsor Park will become the 105th test venue in the world and will provide the backdrop for matching the skills of a young West Indies team against the world champions.Cricket fans and cricket lovers will find the Dominica experience extraordinary as they will encounter an island steeped in cricket tradition and residents with a deep love for the game. The games are organized to give local and visiting patrons an opportunity to sample the sweet taste of calypso cricket and the amazing wonders of the Nature Island.Since 2009, the Windsor Park has hosted cricket matches involving the West Indies and visiting international teams.  The modern and spanking new stadium hosted the Bangladesh and South Africa national teams for ODI’s in 2009 and 2010, respectively, attracting large crowds of passionate local and regional cricket lovers and history is about to be set with the upcoming 1st Test.Press ReleaseDominica Cricket Associationlast_img read more

Lawal defeats Nana Budu in Eastern Regional FA elections.

first_imgAbdul Ganiyu Lawal cruised to a landslide victory to retain his post as the chairman of the Eastern Regional Football Association on Saturday, crashing his opponent Nana Kwadwo Budu II to a humiliating defeat.Lawal received an outstanding 90% of the votes, signalling his overwhelming support among delegates in Koforidua, bringing an end to an acrimonious two-year battle for the control of football in the region.Lawal polled an impressive 147 votes with his main challenger; Nana Budu managing a paltry 17 votes out of the total valid votes cast in elections.The retention of Lawal signals a massive endorsement of his stewardship as against Nana Budu who has attempted in several ways including going to the law courts to unseat the incumbent despite being profoundly unpopular within the Eastern Region football circles as the elections results showed.While hundreds of people gathered at the elections ground to joyously jubilate the emphatic and resounding victory, the humiliated Budu promptly exited the venue to minimize the impact of his thrashing.Some reports suggest Budu left the venue in the company of some machomen, threatening a new round of court action against the decision to vote Lawal into office. But supporters of Lawal were unconcerned as they poured white powder on the administrator, signalling success as they sang and chanted his name with gusto.last_img read more