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Captive insurance association names Diane Leach interim president

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) has appointed Diane Leach interim president of the Association. The appointment will become effective upon Molly Lambert’s departure from the organization. Lambert has been recommended by Senator Patrick Leahy for appointment by President Obama as State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire.In announcing Leach’s interim appointment, Chair of the Board Michael Bemi, stated, “Diane’s 20+ years with the VCIA, her outstanding service to the Association and her deep understanding of the captive insurance industry make her the perfect interim leader.” Leach is a resident of Stowe, VT and has held the position of Director of Education and Program Planning for well over a decade. She was the first staff person of the VCIA when she joined the organization in 1988.As the Association transitions to new leadership, the Board also recognized the tremendous talent of each of the VCIA staff and the critical role that each will play in the organization’s continued success.The Board will outline a formal search process for the future president of VCIA during its June board meeting to be held in Burlington, VT.The VCIA is the largest captive insurance association in the world and is host to nearly 500 member companies. For updates on the search process or any other VCIA news go to www.vcia.com(link is external).Source: VCIAlast_img read more

Eberechi Eze debuts for Crystal Palace as Eagles thump Southampton

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Eberechi Eze made his Palace bow against Southampton, coming off the bench in the Eagles’ opening day win.The Nigerian-born midfielder starred for minutes as second half substitute, replacing Jeffrey Schlupp in a match they won by a lone goal. Speaking in his post-match press conference, Palace manager Roy Hodgson explained his reasoning behind not starting the new signing from Queens Park Rangers: “It was mainly because he has had so little game time.“He came to us not having played in matches for Queens Park Rangers – not even, perhaps, having done the level of fitness work we or he would’ve liked because of course he was in the middle of transfer negotiations.“He came to us and did one session and then played from the start in a game on the Saturday [v Charlton Athletic] but got injured.“He should’ve been going away with England but the injury meant he couldn’t do that.“We’ve then had to wait until the start of this week to see him in some sort of training again. “I knew this was going to be a very physical and tough game, therefore, I thought the best thing to do for the team and the club was to have him in reserve.“And I think it worked out quite well, because in that last 15 minutes, when our wide midfield players, who had done such an enormous amount of work and were beginning to tire, I was able to put him on, and even in that 15 minutes he was able to showcase the qualities he possesses.”—Tags: Crystal PalaceEberechi EzeJeffrey SchluppSouthamptonlast_img read more

Wellington Compost Site to be open Saturday, Jan. 4 for Christmas tree disposal

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — As the holiday season winds down, several of you will have live Christmas trees to dispose of.The City of Wellington wants to remind everyone those trees can be taken to the Compost Site located at Lincoln and Arthur on Saturday, January 4, 2014 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  That will be the last day the compost site is open until March.Please remember to use the detour route beginning at Fair and 4th Street to get to the Compost Site.  If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 620-326-3631 or the Wellington Street Department at 620-326-7831.last_img read more

Indian shooters wide of the mark to secure Tokyo 2020 berth despite healthy medal…

first_imgAdvertisement bsfxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vssv9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6t7y18( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ozcWould you ever consider trying this?😱bi42Can your students do this? 🌚0r5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian shooters were wide of the mark to secure Tokyo 2020 berth despite healthy medal haul. It was not a great day for Indian shooters in Doha as they were not successful to qualify for the Olympics in the next year. However, Indian team has won quite a few medals in this competition.Advertisement Kynan Chenai showed a brilliant performance in the first round as he qualified as the joint topper with 122 points out 125 available. He finished his mark with a 25. However, Kynan Chenai was unable to repeat his performance in the next round. As a result of it the Olympian finished at the sixth position in the final round. Kuwait grabbed all three top positions in Trap. Kuwait took away one Olympic berth in this competition. The other two spots were claimed by Chinese Taipei and Qatar respectively. It was heartbreaking for Kynan Chenai to finish at the sixth position in this position. India won a bronze medal in this event as a team.Advertisement On the other hand, Anish Bhanwala finished at the 14th position in Men’s 25 m rapid fire pistol. However, India grabbed a silver medal in this event as a team. In Junior men’s competition in the same event India won a Bronze medal as a team.Mary Kom powers into semifinals of World Boxing Championships; assures herself record breaking 8th medalAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

Latest: Fulham 1 Liverpool 0

first_imgKolo Toure’s ninth-minute own goal gifted Fulham the lead at Craven Cottage.Rene Meulensteen’s side, bottom of the Premier League but buoyed by Sunday’s draw at Manchester United, had Liverpool on the back foot straightaway and Simon Mignolet saved Ryan Tunnicliffe’s low shot in the opening minute.The Whites kept up the early pressure and Toure had to react quickly to prevent Darren Bent getting to Kieran Richardson’s left-wing cross.But the next time Richardson crossed from the left Toure contrived to slice the ball into his own net from close range.And on-loan Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby almost doubled the lead with a 20-yard effort that fizzed just wide.Two mis-cued attempts by Luis Suarez is all Liverpool have managed to muster so far.The striker chipped straight into the arms of keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and then sliced high and wide from an acute angleFulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Manual Developed to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

first_imgAs part of Government’s efforts to eliminate gender-based violence in Jamaica, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA) has developed a training manual to equip individuals with the required knowledge to adequately tackle the issue.The document, ‘Gender, Youth and Violence’, seeks to train participants in conflict management techniques, and support the development of advocacy skills.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the manual also aims to help increase understanding of the principles of gender equality; develop gender-sensitivity among young males and females; build mutually respectful relationships; and foster a gender-safe environment.“As a Government, we are committed to the elimination of gender-based violence and to enhancing a gender-sensitive environment that will contribute to both the lessening of gender-based violence as well as achieve an overall reduction in the incidence of violence perpetrated by our youth,” she said.Ms. Falconer, who was addressing a Next GENDERation Initiative forum on June 5 at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, noted that the Government’s commitment to this cause is “solidly reflected” through plans to advance the National Policy for Gender Equality and adopt the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence.She noted that the National Strategic Action Plan, which has already been discussed at three national stakeholder consultations, provides a comprehensive multi-sectoral framework for tackling gender-based violence.“It focuses on prevention, response, support, children and vulnerable groups, coordination, monitoring and evaluation,” she informed.Further, as part of this strategic plan, a special committee on violence against women, which was established by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, last year, has put forward recommendations to address gender-based violence in the country.These include public education, institutional strengthening, shelter services, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.The Next GENDERation Initiative is a partnership between the Ministries of Youth and Culture and Education; the BWA; the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the World Bank.It aims to raise awareness and promote discussion among youth, grassroots organisations and the government on youth violence using a gender perspective.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Over 248,000 NHF Cardholders Accessed Benefits in 2017

first_imgStory Highlights More than 248,000 Jamaicans accessed benefits using their National Health Fund (NHF) cards at participating pharmacies across the island in 2017. “Arising from these claims, NHF spent just over $4.3 billion in subsidy payment for NHF cardholders, which is slightly more than the $4.1 billion paid out in 2016,” he informed. Meanwhile, there was a five per cent increase in the number of persons enrolling for the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) with 11,499 persons over the age of 60 years signing up compared to 10, 937 in 2016. More than 248,000 Jamaicans accessed benefits using their National Health Fund (NHF) cards at participating pharmacies across the island in 2017.Chief Executive Officer at the NHF, Everton Anderson, said that approximately 4.11 million claims were submitted in comparison to 4.10 million by over 239,000 individuals in 2016.“Arising from these claims, NHF spent just over $4.3 billion in subsidy payment for NHF cardholders, which is slightly more than the $4.1 billion paid out in 2016,” he informed.Patients with hypertension had the highest number of claims with 19,913; arthritis, 12, 999; vascular disease, 12,778; and high cholesterol with 12,405 claims.Meanwhile, there was a five per cent increase in the number of persons enrolling for the Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) with 11,499 persons over the age of 60 years signing up compared to 10, 937 in 2016.Overall, NHF enrolment increased by three per cent, moving to 29, 472, up from 28, 557 in 2016.During the year, there were several adjustments to the NHF and JADEP Drug Lists with changes in drug limits, label names and the addition of new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), among others.Mr. Anderson said the Fund is committed to increasing access to quality pharmaceuticals for Jamaicans and “will continue to provide support to reduce the burden of health care costs, especially as we focus on improving the delivery of pharmacy services in the public sector in 2018.”During 2017, NHF continued the takeover of public sector pharmacies and at year- end facilities in all but four parishes were under NHF management.“The full transfer of the public sector pharmacy services is expected be completed in 2018 and NHF has planned new initiatives to improve service and waiting time for public patients,” said Mr. Anderson.This includes the expansion of the Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Partner Programme under which public patients can access approved medication at selected private pharmacies for a fee of $200.During the pilot of the programme in 2017, approximately 55,000 prescriptions were filled for public patients in 17 private pharmacies located in Kingston and St. Andrew, May Pen and Montego Bay.Meanwhile, the NHF continued offering screening tests islandwide through the hosting of community health days and at sponsored events.A total of 76 NHF community health days were conducted during the year in which 51,274 screening tests were done. An additional 45,879 screenings were conducted at various sponsored health fairs during the year.last_img read more

Wildfire fight moves closer to Alberta border

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsWildfires continue to burn across British Columbia and 43 000 people in the province remain displaced.One of the fires in BC is now just kilometers away from Alberta and crews have been working to stop the blaze from crossing the [email protected]last_img

Investors hear 3 words they fear inverted yield curve

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter.The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signalled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year.WHAT IS IT?The yield curve measures how much more in interest investors get for owning a long-term Treasury bond than a short-term one. When the economy is healthy and investors are forecasting good times ahead, they generally demand higher yields for Treasurys that mature a decade or more into the future than those maturing in a year or two. That’s in part because investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the future as the economy and inflation power higher.But when investors are worried that growth will fall off sharply, perhaps as a result of the Federal Reserve pushing short-term rates higher, they’re willing to accept less in interest for a Treasury maturing far in the future.When yields for short-term Treasurys fall below yields for long-term ones, market watchers call it an “inverted yield curve,” and Wall Street starts getting more nervous.WHAT JUST HAPPENED?The yield on the five-year Treasury dropped below the two-year and three-year Treasury yields on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the five-year yield was at 2.78 per cent, 0.01 percentage points lower than a two-year Treasury and 0.02 points lower than a three-year Treasury.It’s the first time any part of the yield curve has inverted since 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.SHOULD I PANIC?No, at least not yet. Most economists are forecasting the U.S. economy will continue to grow in 2019, though at a slower pace than this year. The job market is strong, and consumer confidence is still high.Market watchers also say they won’t get worried until a more important part of the yield curve flips. They pay much more attention to the spread between two-year and 10-year Treasury yields. An inversion of this part of the yield curve has preceded each of the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. It was still positive on Tuesday at 0.12 percentage points.Of course, that’s still “pretty doggone tight,” said Randy Frederick, vice-president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. A year ago, the cushion was at 0.62 percentage points.The Cleveland Fed, meanwhile, has focused on the difference in yields between three-month Treasurys and 10-year Treasurys. An inversion in that part of the curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. But it also has not inverted, and a 10-year Treasury yields 0.50 percentage points more than a three-month Treasury bill.Even if the more important parts of the yield curve flip to inversion, that doesn’t mean a recession will happen the next day. It has sometimes taken more than a year for a recession to occur after the yield curve inverts.There have also been false positives in the past, where the yield curve has inverted but no recession has followed, such as in 1966.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Presslast_img read more