For 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)
By Dialogo February 02, 2012 Central American technical experts concluded a meeting in Honduras with representatives from other countries and international organizations to define aid programs in the security area for the region. The meeting was organized by Honduras, which is serving as president pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), and was a follow-up to the meeting held in El Salvador in November. At that meeting, SICA evoked the need for a “regional security strategy” and called on the international community to support Central America with financial and technological resources and training to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. On behalf of the Group of Friends, Spaniard national Ignacio Nicolau declared that they were in Honduras “precisely to define the commitments of each of the contributors and friends of this strategy.” The regional security strategy “will promote the efforts that we Central Americans have been making in the fight against insecurity in a tangible way and in response to the growth of organized crime,” Honduran Foreign Minister Salomé Castellanos said. Drug trafficking is at the root of a large part of the high levels of violence and insecurity experienced by Central America. In 2010, Honduras recorded the world’s highest homicide rate, 82 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations.