Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Wires Funds To Hurricane Relief Fund

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Kathy ParrySeptember 1, 2005 (802) 371-3205Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Wires Funds To Hurricane Relief FundBerlin, VT Recognizing a desperate need for funds to bring help and medical care to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) today contributed $10,000 toward a special relief fund being developed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and administered by the American Red Cross.Its impossible to see the devastation and human suffering caused by this tragedy and not want to help, said William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. We hope that this contribution, made on behalf of our customers and members, can bring some measure of relief to the victims of this terrible natural disaster.Milnes said that in addition to the corporate contribution by BCBSVT, the companys employees also have initiated a fundraising effort for the hurricane victims.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) joins many of its sister Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans across the nation in raising funds to aid relief in the most recent hurricane disaster. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association said it hopes to raise a total of $1 million from its independent member plans to contribute to the American Red Cross relief efforts.BCBSVT joined a similar effort by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans to raise funds to help relief efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.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.(End)last_img read more

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Dominican Republic ups fight against narcotics, organized crime

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The early October seizure of more than a metric ton of cocaine by Dominican counter-narcotics agents is another sign of the Caribbean country’s success in fighting transnational organized crime groups. The Caribbean’s biggest transhipment point for illicit drugs going to the United States and Europe, the Dominican Republic also is leading the way in the battle against drug smuggling. With a series of recent seizures, Dominican authorities said they are on pace to break the record nine tons of cocaine seized in 2012. Maj. Gen. Julio César Souffront Velázquez, president of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD), recently said Dominican counter-narcotics forces are “committed not to allowing drug trafficking and its tentacles take ownership of a society that aspires to follow the path of healthy and peaceful development.” He said various arms of Dominican law enforcement were working together against drug smuggling, which has resulted in a series of successful counter-narcotics operations. On Oct. 9, the authorities seized more than a ton of cocaine from a small boat 14 nautical miles off the country’s southern coast in another major raid. Agents arrested three men after a counter-narcotics operation involving aerial, maritime and terrestrial arms of the Dominican military. Aboard the blue, bi-motor Eduardoño vessel, agents found 1,060 packets that tested positive as cocaine, making the 1,110.5-kilogram shipment one of the largest seized by Dominican authorities in months, according the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF). Miguel Medina, a spokesperson for the DNCD, said the operation required coordination among the Dominican Navy, Air Force and a tactical unit of the Sensitive Investigations department that “combed the land searching for possible accomplices” while the raid was carried out at sea. Medina highlighted the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Coast Guard as well. The successful operation comes amid an increase in trafficking through the Caribbean, as 27 metric tons of cocaine was shipped through the Dominican Republic in the first half of the year – a 23% increase compared to the same period a year earlier – according to the DEA. The country is the main transhipment point in the Caribbean, a region responsible for trafficking 14% of cocaine into the United States during the first six months of the year, according to the DEA. But traffickers have taken note of the Dominican Republic’s sizable busts and are beginning to move elsewhere, according to Daurius Figueira, a Trinidad-based narcotics researcher and author. “You’re going to see a dramatic tapering off in interdictions in the Dominican Republic because what has happened now is that Colombian and Venezuelans using go-fast boats to bring drugs to the country’s coastline is going to become a thing of the past,” said Figueira, author of the recently published Cocaine Trafficking in the Caribbean and West Africa in the Era of the Mexican Cartel. In the Dominican Republic, “the wild days are over,” he said. The Dominicans effectively eliminated illicit drug flights from South America, which had been bombarding the country with hundreds of bundles of cocaine, causing traffickers to shift to maritime routes. With the help of U.S. radar that can spot suspect vessels, Dominican officials have recorded major seizures off the southern coast. On Sept. 4, authorities seized roughly 446 kilograms of cocaine and arrested more than a dozen alleged drug traffickers after a dawn raid on a maritime shipment resulted in a deadly gunfight. The operation capped a run in which Dominican authorities made three major narcotics busts within the span of three weeks. In mid-August, DNCD agents seized 1,500 pounds of cocaine from speedboats presumably coming from Santo Domingo. On Sept. 2, Dominican authorities busted a clandestine cocaine laboratory that was discovered on a farm in a small town 40 kilometers west of the capital, Santo Domingo. Police seized 225 kilograms of cocaine paste, enough to make 2,000 kilograms of cocaine. It was the first such facility discovered in the Caribbean country. Dominican Republic, Colombia work together to combat narcotics Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón visited the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, and held high-level meetings with his Dominican counterpart, Adm. Sigfrido Pared Pérez, and Dominican President Danilo Medina on Oct. 3. Colombia has offered to share more intelligence with Dominican security forces and to coordinate on missions against drug trafficking and organized crime, the defense ministers said in a press briefing following the meetings. “The collaboration offered by the Colombian government is aimed at training personnel, as well as maintaining and improving levels of information they share with intelligence agencies [of the Dominican Republic],” Pared said in the briefing. The agreement with the Dominican Republic comes amid a “security diplomacy” tour by Pinzón. A day before he met with Dominican officials, Pinzón signed an agreement with Guatemala to work together to secure maritime, narco-trafficking routes. “We have been touring brother countries in Central America and the Caribbean principally looking for ways to cooperate and ways to help each other … to improve security and peace for our citizens,” Pinzón said. By Dialogo October 16, 2013last_img read more

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Committee seeks feedback on changes to Child Support Guidelines

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Domestic Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana is seeking comments on proposed changes to Indiana’s Child Support Guidelines, which are used to make decisions about child support in dissolutions of marriage, legal separations, paternity cases, Title IV-D proceedings, and all other actions for child support.The proposed changes address:A parent’s legal duty to support a prior-born child when no court order existsConsideration of whether a child support amount prohibits a parent’s ability to support himself or herselfIn-kind benefits and payments from structured settlements as incomeSituations in which a parent is incarceratedClarification of children’s health insurance costsFeedback will be accepted until noon EDT, Friday, May 17, 2019. Comments may be submitted online or sent by mail to the Indiana Office of Court Services, c/o Domestic Relations Committee, 251 North Illinois Street, Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.The Domestic Relations Committee is composed of judicial officers from across Indiana and receives staff support from the Indiana Office of Court Services. The Committee will review public comments to assist in recommending amendments of the Child Support Guidelines to the Indiana Supreme Court. The Court has the final authority over the Guidelines.last_img read more

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Arsenal star Ozil attacked by carjackers with knives, as teammate tries to fight them off [VIDEO]

first_imgArsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil was pursued in his vehicle by suspected carjackers, holding knives and riding on a moped,  through the streets of North London on Thursday afternoonOzil, driving in his Mercedes G-Class SUV, eventually ditched his car and bolted into a nearby Turkish restaurant.The Daily Mail reported that his Gunners teammate, Sead Kolasinac, on realising the situation, exited his car and attempted to fight the two carjackers “with his bare hands.”The chefs and attendants at the restaurant then came onto the street, driving away the assailants.The police were called and are said to have arrived in minutes after which they questioned all the witnesses, including a very visibly shaken Ozil who was with his wife in the car.Yasmin Tahsiner, the co-owner of the restaurant told Sky Sports: “They asked him [Kolasinac] straight away ‘give me your watch’. Then when they tried to attack him, he tried to go inside the car. From the other door, the attacker tried to go inside of the car as well. When Ozil drove the car, they chased them with the motorbike for 15 minutes.”She added that the German’s car was badly damaged by the assailants with stones and bricks.Police statementThe entire incident was captured by security cameras, the footage from which the police are examining.The Police have said that no arrests have been made so far although the matter is still being investigated.The Metro Police later released a statement confirming the incident.“Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 17.00hrs on Thursday, 25 July to reports of an attempted robbery. It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.”“The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers.”An eyewitness, Azuka Alintah, told the Mail that the player was terrified and barely escaped his attackers who had their faces concealed.“It was totally mad and strange. His car was standing there empty in the middle of the road with its door hanging open. It is very distinctive, with gold trim. Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives. He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was.”“I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail. They didn’t take off their helmets and were all in black, wearing long-sleeved tops in this hot weather. They stood out. It was really creepy. ‘God knows what would have happened if they’d caught him. It looked to me like he’d have been hacked to shreds and he clearly thought so too.”Watch as Ozil’s teammate, Kolasinac try to fight off the assailantsVideo Playerhttps://citisportsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ozil-attack.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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