first_imgNotre Dame’s Army ROTC Iron Irish competition tested more than physical strength Wednesday.The second year of the annual competition placed the four army platoons against each other, racing across campus to complete tasks, Cadet Second Lieutenant and senior Scott Vitter said.Platoon B1 won after performing well through several of the events, Vitter said.“We did very well on the swimming portion,” he said. “Overall, we came out on top.”The competition is the culmination of a semester-long scored competition between the platoons, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and senior Tom Capretta said.“The main reason we run the Iron Irish Race is to build platoon cohesion through competition.  Cohesion is important to the success of any unit in the military,” Capretta said. “As cadets, we try to improve ourselves and each other, and building a cohesive team is an important part of accomplishing that goal,” Capretta said. “The competition also affords leadership opportunities to our upperclassmen, which is important preparation for us as we look to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.”The Iron Irish competition included five events. The platoons competed in a timed swim, rope climb, ruck run, simulated rifle competition and a “mystery event,” which was a paintball tournament on White Fields between the platoons that was postponed due to a thunderstorm warning.“The weather was terrible, but it was a lot of fun,” Vitter said. “The storms added another dimension to the competition, making it more difficult, but people stepped up and worked.”He said event planners hope to have the paintball tournament in future years.“At the end of the day, all of the tasks are meant to be completed by everyone,” Vitter said. “There’s more to get out of the competition than who has the fastest time.”Vitter said before the competition he was hopeful his platoon would perform well as a unit.“I hope we show the camaraderie and group mentality that we’ve developed over this semester,” Vitter said.Cadet Corporal and sophomore Trevor Waliszewski, also a member of platoon B1, was also hopeful for a win.“A win would increase the solidarity of our platoon and establish as the clear favorites for all battalion competitions next year,” Waliszewski said.Waliszewski said the competition helped his platoon think together.“The Iron Irish is an event designed to motivate us to work harder during Physical Training sessions throughout the year,” he said. “As we will be completing all of our challenges as a platoon, the event encourages teamwork and makes us look out for one another.”Waliszewski said the event helps prepare for real-world combat experience.“The Army teaches us a Warrior Ethos including the statement, ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade,’ and Iron Irish allows us to put that into effect as we complete all the challenges as a team. It’s a competitive environment where we can learn lessons that will make us better officers in a real-world combat environment,” he said.Vitter said he attributes his platoon’s win to the group mentality.“Our platoon has come a long way since last semester in terms of teamwork and cohesion,” Vitter said. “That was the biggest part of today. We may not be the biggest or strongest platoon out there but we worked together and that’s what the competition was about.”last_img read more

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_imgThe immediate past Minister of Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has exclusively revealed to Joysports poor record-keeping at the ministry is responsible for the huge debt the National Sports Authority (NSA) is saddled in.The NSA has gone bankrupt with a debt in excess of GHc2 million in default of electricity bills, as well as owing Meridian Travel and Tours and Goshen Travel and Tours $25,600 and $25,000 respectively.In addition to this, the National Sports Authority is fighting a Court order in favour of Litina Travel and Tours Agency who are demanding Judgment debt of $380,000 for denying themthe opportunity to airlift Ghanaians to the 2015 All Africa Games.The Travel agency took to the court after a contract it legally won was handed to another company.According to Vanderpuye book-keeping is a big problem for the NSA‘’As a Minister when the issue came to me, we went through all our records and there is no record of Litina Travel and Tours having won a contract from the Ministry so I asked my Chief Director to engage them (NSA) to furnish the ministry with the records of that contract award in other for us(Ministry) to know… there are so many of these debts’’ ‘’One of the things that is affecting the Ministry is a lack of legal representation, reason a lot of judgment have been given against the ministry’’‘’The difficulty we were having was that some of these cases run as far back as 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and documentation was a problem, records were no available’’last_img read more