Vermont regulator orders Blue Cross & Blue Shield to return $3 million to subscribers

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration Commissioner Paulette J Thabault announced today that she has ordered BCBSVT to return $3 million in premium refunds to subscribers to conclude the Department s investigation into the excessive compensation paid to former CEO, William Milnes. The Company agreed to enter into a stipulation and accept the requirement to return money to subscribers, rather than contest the matter in administrative hearings.After Mr. Milnes retired from BCBSVT in 2008, BCBSVT reported to BISHCA that it had paid Mr. Milnes more than $7 million at the time of his retirement and over the course of the preceding year. The Department responded by initiating a formal investigation into BCBSVT s compensation practices to determine whether the payments to Mr. Milnes were made in violation of state law. Under our laws , said Commissioner Thabault, the Company is supposed to be operated solely for the benefit of subscribers and at minimum cost. When it doesn t, we will take action.   As part of its investigation, the Department subpoenaed records, engaged its own experts, and examined the compensation practices of other companies before concluding that Mr. Milnes had been paid substantially more than the true competitive range for the position, in part because the Company was comparing itself to much larger Blue Cross organizations. The large bonuses routinely given to Mr. Milnes by the Company Board of Directors also had the effect of increasing the value of an already generous retirement package. Although the Department does not set salary levels or approve retirement plans for insurance executives, the investigation showed that the compensation paid to Mr. Milnes simply was not reasonable when compared to similarly-sized managed care and health insurance companies , said Commissioner Thabault. The Order entered by the Commissioner acknowledged the many steps taken by the Company since Mr. Milnes retirement to reduce executive compensation and otherwise limit administrative costs, but nonetheless required the Company to take additional steps towards improved cost containment efforts to protect individual Vermonters and Vermont businesses from otherwise unsustainable medical trends.Source: BISHCA. 6.2.2010# # #last_img read more

Scientist slams decision to hold Liverpool match, Cheltenham Festival

first_img Loading… Liverpool’s Champions League game with Atletico Madrid and racing’s showpiece Cheltenham Festival “caused increased suffering and death” by going ahead in March, a leading scientist told the BBC on Tuesday. UEFA say they followed British Government advice in allowing the Liverpool v Atletico Madrid Champions League game to go ahead on March 11 Professor Tim Spector, who leads the United Kingdom’s largest Covid-19 tracking project, said rates of cases locally “increased several-fold” following the events.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May Happen Cheltenham attracted over 250,000 spectators to southwest England on March 10-13 and Liverpool played the Spanish side at Anfield on March 11 in front of a 52,000 crowd. Figures seen by the BBC show in the last week of March, Liverpool and Cheltenham were among the areas with the highest number of suspected cases. The Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League Game going ahead was a mistake, a leading scientist has saidThe figure from the Covid-19 Symptom Study show an estimated five to six percent of the population, aged 20 to 69, having symptoms in those two regions.The British government had advised that people should feel free to attend such events despite governments of other countries cancelling events at that time.Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended England’s Six Nations home game with Wales along with his then pregnant girlfriend Carrie Symonds on March 7.Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said at the time there was “no reason for people not to attend such events or to cancel them at this stage”.Professor Spector, though, says having seen the subsequent statistics this advice was wrong.“I think sporting events should have been shut down at least a week earlier because they’ll have caused increased suffering and death that wouldn’t otherwise have occurred,” he said.– ‘No request’ –The government replied that the blame could not be laid solely at the door of the sporting events.Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his then pregnant girlfriend Carrie Symonds attended a Six Nations match between England and Wales on March 7“There are many factors that could influence the number of cases in a particular area, including population density, age, general health, and the position of an area on the pandemic curve,” it said in a statement.However, Edge Health, a firm which analyses data for Britain’s National Health Service, has estimated the Champions League match was “linked to 41 additional deaths” at nearby hospitals between 25 and 35 days later, compared with similar hospital trusts that were used as a control.Imperial College London and Oxford University have estimated Spain had around 640,000 positive coronavirus cases at the time of the match compared to 100,000 in Britain at that stage.About 3,000 Spanish spectators were present when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lost to Atletico in the second-leg last 16 tie.The match was the last major football fixture played in England before the coronavirus lockdown.Liverpool could not call the match off unilaterally or have it played behind closed doors – that decision would have been up to European football’s governing body UEFA.In response to the claim that the match had caused additional deaths, UEFA said: “Any decision taken by UEFA which led to matches being postponed or played behind closed doors was taken in close collaboration with, and based on decisions made by, the relevant national authorities in the respective host countries.Read Also: Police remove goalposts during illegal football match“UEFA did not receive any advice or request from local authorities to play this match behind closed doors.”UEFA said the British government had “stood by its position on the game”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

No. 8 Trojans welcome Idaho in week two clash

first_imgAfter a convincing 55-6 win over Arkansas State in last week’s season opener, the Trojans (1-0) return to the Coliseum to host the Idaho Vandals (0-1).While the Trojans are sitting on top of the Pac-12 with last week’s win, the Vandals fell to the bottom of the Sun Belt conference with a 45-28 loss to Ohio last week.The Trojans’ 49-point victory over Idaho’s Sun Belt opponent Arkansas State does not bode well for the Vandals heading into Saturday’s matchup. USC has won all nine previous matchups against Idaho.Though the Vandals suffered a tough loss, wide receiver Dezmon Epps nearly broke a school record with 15 receptions for the night, a national best. Safety Chris Hawkins will have the difficult task of containing Epps though Hawkins looked capable with last week’s interception and fumble recovery.Cody Kessler’s No. 1 target, JuJu Smith-Schuster, kicked off his sophomore campaign with four catches for 89 yards.Idaho, who like Arkansas State is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, allowed 489 yards against Ohio, but will need to make some adjustments on defense to stop Smith-Schuster and a dynamic Pac-12 offense.Smith-Schuster even admitted that despite a commanding win, the Trojans were still not at their best.“After we beat Arkansas State, I felt like my teammates, they kind of took it easy,” Smith-Schuster said. “It was kind of sluggish … To be honest, I even came out kind of sluggish.”For Kessler to be an effective quarterback, the Trojans will need to resolve the issues with the offensive line. Kessler was sacked five times against Arkansas State, exposing some gaping holes in USC’s pass protection.Idaho’s defense gave up nearly 500 yards and hardly poses a threat to Max Tuerk and the offensive line, but the Trojans will need to make improvements before they face Stanford next week.“I would suspect that we were able to teach a lot off of [the Arkansas State] video,” run game coordinator Bob Connelly said. “A lot of learning opportunities off that film.”Though Kessler’s protection was concerning, it didn’t faze him for the most part.Kessler displayed why he is on the watchlist for the Heisman, completing 73 percent of his passes and throwing four touchdowns to no interceptions.However, despite a talented receiving corps, Kessler struggled to connect on deep balls last week, overthrowing open receivers.“It wasn’t about delivery or arm motion or things like that, it was just continually staying on him about his feet,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “It’s not a light switch; we’re going to keep doing it day after day after day so that come Saturday he’s back into that groove of where I think he can play at.”Idaho will be led by sophomore quarterback Matt Linehan, who went 36 for 48 last week against Ohio. He threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions.Linehan will need to make big adjustments if he plans to stay on his feet against the likes of Su’a Cravens and Chris Hawkins.Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson left last week’s game with a strained abdominal muscle but is expected to play on Saturday. Tailback Justin Davis, who suffered from a rib injury, is also expected to play on Saturday.The Vandals won only one game last season and are coming off a big loss to a mediocre opponent.The Trojans are heavily favored to win this matchup, but have been blindsided by underdogs before. Sarkisian emphasized that the Trojans have a lot to improve on before they take the field against Idaho.“I think we can really speed things up, get more snaps and that will help us down the road,” Sarkisian said.Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Lincolnshire quartet lead six teams to new national final

first_img A quartet from Blankney Golf Club in Lincolnshire won the latest qualifying tournament for England Golf’s new Club Team Championship and led six groups into the grand final.The team of Rikki and Tony Czajkowski, Jonathan Audis and Caroline Mattock scored a total of 73 points on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire.The other five qualifying teams are: Hickleton Golf Club, Yorkshire, 71 points; Gedney Hill Golf Club, Lincolnshire, 70; Elton Furze Golf Club, Cambridgeshire, 69; Melton Mowbray Golf Club, Leicestershire, 69; and Royal Cromer Golf Club, Norfolk 69.They all go forward to the final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Friday, 14 August, where they will play off against finalists from three other qualifying events. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.The new competition invited clubs to enter teams of two men and two women with combined handicaps between 50 and 96. They play a stableford off three-quarters handicap, with the best two scores counting on each hole. The Blankney group’s handicaps ranged from 10 to 17.“It’s marvellous,” said Rikki and she and her companions were confirmed as the winning team. “We’re absolutely chuffed, we had no idea we would win and it was exciting watching the leaderboard as the scores came in.“It was a fabulous day and the course was wonderful. The fairways are beautiful and the greens are so true. It was a pleasure to play on the course,” added Rikki, who has twice been the ladies’ captain at Blankney.This was the third of four qualifying events. Two have previously been held at Stoneham, Hampshire, and Fulford, York, and the fourth will take place at Coventry Golf Club on June 28.Please click here for full scoresCaption: The Blankney team (from left) Tony Czajkowski, Caroline Mattock, Rikki Czajkowski and Jonathan Audis. 22 Jun 2015 Lincolnshire quartet lead six teams to new national final last_img read more

Jose Mourinho questions players’ ‘quality’ after 3-1 defeat at West Ham

first_img deals Mourinho believes the first result affected the second and also apportioned some blame to officials’ decisions in both matches.“I think a team that comes with that mental fragility of the bad results and after five minutes is losing 1-0 is not the best way to start,” the 55-year-old told BT Sport in his post-match interview.“A goal offside [from Felipe Anderson], a goal last Tuesday [against Derby] which with VAR would not be a goal.“Then in the first half we have a reaction, we have a good reaction, but an own goal makes 2-0.“We are not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot and then we are losing 2-0 with an offside goal and an own goal.“Second half we took a little bit of time to react and then we did. We score 2-1 and, instead of the linesman’s mistake, it’s the referee’s mistake… A foul on Marcus Rashford… Pablo Zabaleta had no intent to play the ball.“The third goal kills mentally the team.” silverware Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested targets IN DEMAND 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January gameday cracker Latest Manchester United News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Goals from Felipe Anderson, Victor Lindelof (og) and Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s strike Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Jose Mourinho declared that he has complaints about his players’ “quality” and “mental approach” following Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to West Ham on Saturday.The Red Devils fell to their second shock defeat of the week after being knocked out of the League Cup by Derby County on Tuesday. Jose Mourinho’s team selection raised eyebrows before the match had even kicked off, as it featured 21-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay as a centre-back.Alexis Sanchez was left out completely while Juan Mata, Fred and Marcus Rashford started on the bench.When asked about McTominay, Mourinho replied: “He was the best [centre-back]. He had a fantastic attitude, he’s aggressive, he’s brave… Really happy with the job the kid did.”On his lack of attacking options, the Portuguese stated: “For many months people are asking for Martial, Martial, Martial.“For many months people are saying Alexis Sanchez is not playing well enough.“So this week it was time to agree and to say let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.” Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder FAREWELL Jose Mourinho’s frustrations were evident during the match boost In conclusion, Mourinho said that while he was happy with his players’ general attitudes, there is still plenty to be desired in terms of quality and mental approach to tough tackles.“I have no complaints with the players’ attitude,” he added.“I can have complaints with some quality, I can have some complaints with some mental approach in certain duels…. But there are certain qualities you have or you don’t have.” 2last_img read more

Back-to-back: Spartans capture NSCIF large school title over Chico

first_imgRed Bluff >> No need for doubles. The top-seeded Red Bluff High girls tennis team was so overwhelmingly dominate on Wednesday that the Spartans clinched the Northern Section large school championship over second-seeded Chico immediately after singles play, winning the title again, 5-1.Cleo Du Frain, Maggie Winning, Audra Brown, Joelle Alexander and Lindsay Harrison were all straight-set winners over their Chico counterparts to wrap up back-to-back titles for Red Bluff, which dropped only one …last_img

Takeaways: Might Tomas Hertl be thrust back into full-time center role?

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.) Forward Timo Meier could have a healthy long-term contract offer coming his way from the Sharks in the summer of 2019 when he’s set to become a restricted free agent.The way Meier’s been playing lately, that potential deal certainly isn’t getting any cheaper.Meier scored two goals for the second straight game Thursday and Joe Thornton netted the game-winner with 12:04 left in the third period as the …last_img

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Ancajas adds weight but camp not worried: ‘It’s normal’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Jerwin Ancajas jogs inside his room at Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina. | @rluarcaINQ pic.twitter.com/DldrHk9ZL2— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 2, 2018He told Manila-based sportswriters that Ancajas was really supposed to weigh within that range less than 24 hours before Friday’s official weigh-in.“It’s normal for Jerwin,” said Jimenez. “He can shed two, four or even five pounds in one solid training session” because he perspires a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion went old-school sauna to help him sweat more Thursday night.Earlier, he did the mitts with trainer Joven Jimenez and ran short jogs to rev up the muscles. After 15 minutes, he went out, stripped out of sweat suits and proceeded to the toilet to check his weight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas logged 117 pounds—two lbs above the weight limit and 1.2 over the 115.8 he registered Wednesday night.Instead of being concerned, however, Jimenez felt relieved. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Even former world champion Rodel Mayol and Asian Games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz, who were tapped by Jimenez to assist him and Ancajas here for the Feb. 3 title fight, were surprised by the amount of sweat that oozed out when Ancajas did the treadmill Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina fitness center.“With the way he (Ancajas) sweats , he can even go down to 105,” Mayol, the former World Boxing Council light flyweight titlist,” said in jest. “But we have to make sure that the nutrients he lost are replenished.”Jerwin Ancajas does old school “sauna” after Thursday night’s workout at his hotel room. | @rluarcaINQ pic.twitter.com/NuTPHUQRUy— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 2, 2018That’s why Ancajas was allowed to eat small servings, with soup on the side, making him heavier when he woke up after an afternoon nap.According to Jimenez, Ancajas will still be given food by midnight, but without rice.To give his ward ample time to rest and sleep, Jimenez switched rooms with Ancajas.“When he wakes up, hell’ be a little bit heavier and he’ll get the weight in one session before lunch,” said Jimenez.If not, the old reliable sauna will come in handy. Staredown fails to shake Ancajas’ knees Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jerwin Ancajas weighs 115.8 pounds after Thursday morning’s workout.CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS—At first glance, the pile of white tucked at the corner of Jerwin Ancajas’ hotel room were soiled beddings and pillows.But upon closer look, a cell phone became visible and there was slight movement beneath the sheets. Somebody was in there, listening to music. It was Jerwin Ancajas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd midfielder Mata insists good relationship with Mourinho

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Mata insists good relationship with Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists he has a good relationship with Jose Mourinho.United signed Mata for £40million in 2014 after then Chelsea boss Mourinho made it clear the midfielder did not fit into his plans.Two years later, Mourinho was appointed United manager. Mata told the Daily Mail: “I have no personal bitterness towards him at all.”My football is not perfect for his idea of football. That’s what happens.”I was at Chelsea, player of the year for two years, everything was rosy and then he arrived with a different approach, which I respect because there is not only one approach in football.”So there was a football reason. I take it like it is. I went to United and after some time, he came to United, too.”I feel content and happy with myself because again the easiest decision would have been to leave, knowing his approach and my qualities.”But I didn’t leave and despite what many people said and wrote, I played more than people expected.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more