first_imgJohn Trifone joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts Management TeamBerlin, VT John Trifone, of Montpelier, VT, has been named Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT).Mr. Trifone has expertise and experience in finance, treasury and information technology functions, as well as management and process improvement. He will be accountable for Corporate Accounting, Treasury, Actuarial, Underwriting, Legal and Facilities functions at the states largest health insurer.Prior to joining BCBSVT, Mr. Trifone was employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi where he served both as Vice President for Finance, and Corporate Vice President for Information Technology & Development. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic & Hospital, and spent fourteen years in “Big 4” public accounting in both auditing and management consulting positions. He is a CPA in the States of Mississippi and Connecticut.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

first_imgAUSTRALIA will defend their Women’s T20 World Cup title against India today,, with organisers aiming to break the record for the biggest crowd at a women’s sporting event.The four-time champions are the heavy favourites going into the final, which is being held on International Women’s Day, with India making their maiden appearance.However, India were the only team to beat Australia in the group stages, claiming a superb 17-run victory on the opening night of the tournament.More than 75 000 tickets have already been sold for the finale at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The record for a women’s sporting event is 90 185, achieved at the Football World Cup final between United States and China in Pasadena, California in 1999.The MCG is one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world and can hold 100 024 persons.The final, which is bookended by a performance from Katy Perry, begins at 07:00 GMT, with commentary available on 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website from 06:00 GMT.“We’re not coming just to put on a good show,” said Australia captain Meg Lanning. “We’re coming here to win.“It’s been a long time coming and the build-up to the game is something I haven’t experienced before.“It will be the biggest moment of my career.”Australia began the tournament as favourites, having appeared in every final of the competition since 2010.They have lost the final just once in that time – against an inspired West Indies in 2016 – but they are more experienced in crunch situations than India.However, it has not been straightforward for Australia. They were undone by India’s bowling attack in the first game and they have since lost star all-rounder Ellyse Perry to injury.Pace bowler Megan Schutt excelled in the semi-final against South Africa, while captain Meg Lanning has been an immovable rock, scoring 116 runs in four innings.But India are probably the most improved side in women’s cricket, with their bowling attack spearheaded by diminutive spinner Poonam Yadav.They have an explosive opening partnership in 16-year-old Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, while pace bowler Shikha Pandy returned to form at the start of the tournament.India have appeared in a global final before, when they lost to England in the 50-over World Cup at Lord’s in 2017, but the MCG atmosphere will be a new test for them to deal with.The record stands in Australia’s favour – the hosts have won 13 of their 19 T20 meetings – but India will take heart from their opening night performance.“Sunday is a fresh day, a fresh start,” said India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. “We have to start from ball one.“We are used to playing when a lot of crowd is around us. Sometimes there’s no noise going around in the stadium so we need to keep an eye on each other.“Rather than thinking about what is going to trouble us, it’s only about being there, enjoying the moment and giving our best.”Australia opener Beth Mooney has been the bedrock for the hosts so far, scoring 181 runs in five innings, including two half-centuries.With Alyssa Healy struggling for consistency, Mooney and her patient play will be important for Australia. She is also one of only two batters in the side to average above 30 against India’s spinners.No Australia bowler has taken more T20 wickets against India than Perry’s 22. Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux, recalled in Perry’s absence, will have to play a containing role during the middle overs.For India, it is hard to look beyond Shafali Verma. While the teenager has yet to score a half-century in the tournament, her aggressive strokeplay and the ease with which she hits sixes will be crucial to getting India off to a strong start.It was leg-spinner Yadav who put the brakes on Australia in the opening match.Her short stature and extra flight behind the ball makes her tricky to attack, and she enters the match as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with nine from four innings. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities are reporting that they have made arrest in murder of an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer in LaBelle.20-year-old Eliceo Hernandez was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting.According to the report, 30-year-old Officer Julian Keen Jr. was found dead Sunday morning near Apache Circle and Nobles Road.A witness told the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office that Officer Keen witnessed a reckless driver and then got into his truck to go and follow him.At some point, Keen confronted Hernandez and was later shot.Hernandez has since been charged with murder and is currently been held on a $500,000 bond.last_img

first_imgRED BANK – The Red Bank Volunteer Fire Depart­ment held its annual chiefs election at the Red Bank Borough Courthouse. Members selected Thomas “TD”’ Doremus as chief for 2013, Thomas J. Welsh as first deputy chief and Joseph Lauterwasser as second deputy chief.Doremus is the fifth generation from his family to be a member of the Red Bank Fire Department, following his dad Thomas and his grandfather, Albert, as chief of the department.Red Bank Fire Chief Joshua Sanders (second from the left) congratulates incoming Chief Thomas “TD” Doremus and hands over the chief’s helmet to him as First Deputy Chief Thomas J. Welsh (left) and Second Deputy Chief Joseph Lauterwasser look on.Welsh is on his second, three-year term as a chief serving the Red Bank community. He is also a Red Bank fire marshal. Lauterwasser is a second-generation firefighter. His father George is a former departmental chief.A reception and celebration was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Independent Engine Company on Mechanic Street following the election. Mayor Pasquale Menna and Red Bank Fire Commis­sioner Arthur Murphy said a few words and commended the department on the excellent job it did during and after Super Storm Sandy. The borough officials then presented the new chiefs with their badges. Fire department members stop­ped by throughout the evening to congratulate the new chiefs.last_img read more

first_imgQPR have been forced to make a number of changes for tonight’s game at Burton, where Conor Washington has again been asked to operate as a lone striker.Idrissa Sylla misses out through illness, Jordan Cousins has failed to recover from a hamstring problem in time, while Sebastian Polter, who has been nursing an ankle knock, is only fit enough for a place on the bench.Winger Yeni Ngbakoto is still out with a thigh problem. Sandro is among the R’s substitutes, as is former Burton man Nasser El Khayati.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell, Wszolek, Borysiuk, Luongo, Henry, Chery, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Lynch, El Khayati, Polter, Shodipo, Sandro, Kakay.Burton: McLaughlin, Mousinho, McFadzean, Turner, Williamson, Atkins, Dyer, Ward, Naylor, Palmer, Irvine. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCHICAGO – The “Hoop Dreams” came true for Warriors guard Alfonzo McKinnie.It did not just involve returning to his hometown wearing a Warriors uniform in the team’s 149-124 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday at United Center, which is 12 minutes away from his childhood home. It did not just involve providing a subplot to Klay Thompson’s 52-point night on an NBA record 14 3-pointers by adding his first career double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It did not just involve playing in the …last_img

first_imgCodeMakers teaches learners at schools in Umlazi, eThekwini to understand computer programme coding and in the process tell their stories through creating their own animations, games and interactive stories.The isiZulu option on the Scratch website helps Umlazi learners learn more about coding. Non-profit organisation CodeMakers set it up to help youngsters understand the coding programme better. (Image: CodeMakers)Brand South Africa reporterMore than 700 learners in Umlazi, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, have learned computer programme coding and have produced animations that tell their stories in their own words and their own language. The skills training was undertaking by the non-profit organisation CodeMakers.The organisation began in 2015 with a pilot of linked courses — coding, cardboard engineering and robotics.Stories told through programmingSpeaking to talk radio 702, CodeMakers founder and executive director Justin Yarrow said the group gave children an opportunity to take apart a piece of technology and build their own. “What we are doing is helping kids in many different ways other than just understanding how coding works.”Scratch, a free visual programming language, is used. Learners are able to create animations, games and interactive stories.“Doing Scratch computer coding is very creative and for kids with curiosity, it gets them to approach problems from a point of logic,” Yarrow told Business Day Live.“It also gets kids to express themselves and letting their stories be told is incredibly important.”This gave children recognition, he said. Through the project, they had found that many children “don’t feel like they can be creators of technology”. CodeMakers wanted to change this.Its goals included helping its learners recognise the power of computers, especially since many South African children left school without ever using a computer, Yarrow said.Currently CodeMakers work with grade 6 to 10 learners of Umkhumbane Secondary School and Bhekaphambili Primary School. “We have worked with or run workshops at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), eThekwini Municipality Area Based Management Unit, Chesterville Extension Library, Meadowlands Secondary and Wiggins Secondary,” said Yarrow.“In the workshop we did with learners at KZNSA they made stories about what they thought the year 2050 would look like, with talking animals, robots, flying cars, and the extinction of rhinos.”CodeMakers has three inter-linked programmes that teach, inspire and empower learners to understand and pursue studies and careers in science and technology. The programmes are:Skills through hands-on coding classesInspire through video interviews of early career professionalsEmpower through offline internet education resourcesCareers in science and technologyMedical microbiology student Bonisile Luthuli is one of the people profiled by CodeMakers through video interviews. One of her tasks is testing various drugs on tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in the search for those that will kill the bacteria.She was interested in how science kept evolving, Luthuli said. The deaths of relatives from TB had driven her to a career in science, Luthuli said, and she hoped to make a difference by finding a cure for the illness.She works at KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV. “I went to a school that didn’t have a library or computers. I had never touched a computer in my life before I came to university and I had never seen a microscope.”She encourages learners to pursue careers in science and technology. “Go for it, work hard, and focus on your studies,” Luthuli said. “You don’t have to be super smart. You just have to work hard.”Watch Bonisile Luthuli explains what her work entails:Watch a biomedical scientist profiled by CodeMakers:Sources: CodeMakers, Business Day Live, Radio 702 and CodeMakers, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgIndia’s golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar on Sunday won his maiden European title as he held out a record-breaking charge from Australian Anthony Quale to win the Fiji International by one stroke while Ernie Els shot a 7-under 65 to finish a further stroke behind.Bhullar, the overnight leader by a shot, produced his best round of the tournament, a 6-under 66, to move to 14-under over four rounds at the par-72 Natadola Bay course. Quayle went lower, shooting a course record 9-under 63 to all but snatch the trophy and the winner’s share of a $1.2 million purse.Bhullar and Quayle shared 11 birdies and three eagles in a thrilling final round duel while Els added an eagle and six birdies for his first top-10 finish since June, 2016.New Zealand’s Ben Campbell, leader after the first and second rounds, tied Els in third place at 12-under while Australian Jarryd Felton was fifth two shots back.The leaderboard after the final round at the #FijiInternational-14 Bhullar-13 Quayle-12 Els-12 Campbell-10 FeltonFinal scores here: https://t.co/3TNHhHVwWN pic.twitter.com/qjDo1G5V1OThe European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 5, 2018The par-5 17th played a big part in the theater of the final round as Quayle and Bhullar made back-to-back eagles. Quayle had taken the lead at 13-under as he played his first 14 holes in 7-under par and had picked up nine shots in 13 holes when he eagled the 17th.But the 30-year-old Bhullar snatched back the lead when he chipped in from 40 meters at the 17th just as Quayle reached the clubhouse. A par at the last was enough to retain the lead and to give him his fourth Asian Tour title in three seasons.advertisementTake a bow @gagsbhullar Well played!That’s your win on Tour. pic.twitter.com/o52MSLS1uXAsian Tour (@asiantourgolf) August 5, 2018″To be honest, I was mentally prepared for that,” Bhullar said. “I knew somebody or another had to go low today. Even Ernie Els, he’s a legend, he was playing really well.”I still had hopes. I still had kind of a feeling that I can still win the tournament, but I think that chip-in on No. 17, that pretty much closed out the day.”Four-time major winner Els gave notice of his challenge with an eagle at the par-5 first which put him within a shot of the lead.”I did almost as much as I could,” Els said. “I set out to try to shoot 65, which I did, and Anthony just played unbelievable. Jeez, what is it, 29 on the back nine? That’s unbelievable stuff.”(With AP inputs)last_img read more

first_imgIndia go into the final ODI Thursday eyeing another home series triumph against the West Indies, a far cry from the dominant force it was when the city last hosted a 50-over international three decades ago.A victory in the fifth and penultimate One-day International will ensure India maintain their unbeaten run since the reverse against South Africa in 2015.Leading 2-1 in the five-match series that also witnessed a tie, the hosts faced unexpected resistance in the past few days, including suffering a shock defeat, since the time the West Indians set foot in the country a little more than a month ago.The weather is expected to play a part with showers predicted.Virat Kohli’s men bounced back from the loss in the third match at Pune to record a massive 224-run win at Mumbai.The home team will hope to carry the momentum into the series decider in the Southern city.The last ODI played in Thiruvananthapuram was also between the two teams and was won by the visiting side, then an eminent force in world cricket. Jason Holder’s men will look to seek inspiration from their illustrious predecessors and level the series.With the series being the first in the run-up to the 50-overs World Cup in England in June next year, the two sides are more or less aiming to zero in on the combination for the showpiece.What time does the 5th ODI between India vs West Indies start?5th ODI starts at 1:30 PM IST on November 1, Thursday at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.advertisementWhat TV channel and live stream is the 5th ODI between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs West Indies match.Where will the 5th ODI between India and West Indies be played?The 5th ODI between India and West Indies will be played at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram from 01:30 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 5th ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 5th ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 5th ODI between India and West Indies?India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Manish PandeyWest Indies: Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (WK), Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy.last_img read more

first_imgThe iconic Yass Touch Knockout will again be held on the Australia Day weekend (24 and 25 January 2009). The biggest touch knockout in Australasia is celebrating 21 years next year and is calling on teams to help them enjoy the party.The six a side competition will hold men’s, women’s and mixed divisions in A and B divisions.$12,000 prize money is up for grabs in the two day knockout which will be held at Walker Park. The tournament which attracts teams from all across Australia and beyond has long been a solid hit-out for teams in preparation for the National Touch League. If you wish to participate in this unique Touch Football event, visit the Yass Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=508&pID=14 or see the attached Nomination Form.Nominations close on Friday, 9 January 2009.Thanks to Rod Wise for providing the article content.Related Files2009_yass_touch_knockout_form_211008-pdflast_img read more