On May 23 and 24, business leaders from across Vermont, New England, New York and Canada will congregate at Northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show, the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO. This 23rd annual exposition of business resources and networking opportunities will take place at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT.One of the new events this year is the KPMG / Northfield Savings Bank Business Breakfast, kicking off the two-day festivities. The event this year will feature Mr. Alex Wolff, senior writer for Sports Illustrated and President and General Manager of the ABA’s Vermont Frost Heaves. Mr. Wolff will share his business experience of bringing pro basketball to the Green Mountains. The Vermont Frost Heaves have quickly gained a loyal following in Barre and Burlington with their competitive and entertaining team.Tom Pelletier, President of Northfield Savings Bank, stated, “We are delighted to have Alex Wolff kick off the inaugural KPMG / Northfield Savings Bank Business Breakfast, and look forward to learning about the business side of professional sports.”Ken Deon, Managing Partner of KPMG, added, “The Vermont Business and Industry EXPO continues to play a significant role in promoting Vermont’s business economy. Our partnership with Northfield Savings Bank will enable EXPO to start off strong.”The EXPO Tradeshow will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. The show features nearly 200 exhibitors on the EXPO Tradeshow floor and 3,000 business professionals from Vermont, New York, Quebec, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.A full schedule of events, and more information about speakers, seminars and awards, is available online at www.vtexpo.com(link is external).The Vermont Business & Industry EXPO is organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. EXPO is Northern New England’s largest business-to-business tradeshow featuring nearly 200 exhibitors and hosting 3,000 attendees. The EXPO Platinum Sponsors include IBM, Unicel and Vermont Business Magazine. Information about the show is available at www.vtexpo.com(link is external).
Governor Wolf Receives Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Pink Ribbon Award for Requiring Insurers to Cover 3D Screening Mammograms at No Extra Cost October 06, 2017 Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health, Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today received the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s highest honor, the Pink Ribbon award, for his work to require that 3D mammograms be covered by insurance under existing state law and must be provided to Pennsylvania women at no cost. Since October 2015, insurers must treat 3D mammograms the same as traditional two-dimensional mammograms when determining healthcare coverage.The award was presented by PA Breast Cancer Coalition President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy during the Coalition’s annual luncheon and awards ceremony in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Harrisburg Hilton.“I am proud that Pennsylvania was the first state in the country to require insurers to cover 3D mammograms at no extra cost,” Gov. Wolf told the crowd of 800. “This modern technology offers new opportunities for physicians to diagnose breast cancer in women and provide life-saving treatment earlier than ever.”The Wolf Administration announced the adoption of the 3D mammogram policy on Oct. 5, 2015 when First Lady Frances Wolf was the honorary chair of the Coalition.Three-dimensional mammograms, a service also known as “tomosynthesis,” are becoming more common as many health care facilities in Pennsylvania are replacing 2D mammography with 3D technology. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department had heard from many consumers that when given the choice of a 2D or 3D mammogram, the 3D option comes with an additional charge – typically between $50 and $60 – whereas the 2D mammogram would be free. Other consumers had reported being given a 3D mammogram without any discussion of their alternatives and receiving a surprise bill for the additional fee. All that changed with the adoption of the policy.The Pink Ribbon award is the highest honor bestowed by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and is awarded for an individual or individuals who have done something outstanding in support of women with breast cancer. A Pink Ribbon award also was given to Helen Michener and Laraine Forry during the luncheon ceremony.Any consumer with questions about insurance coverage for 3D mammograms should visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department website, “3D Mammograms FAQs.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Liberia’s messy education system, especially at the tertiary level with specific reference to the University of Liberia, is on the verge of getting a boost from Cheryl Dozier, the president of Savannah State University (SSU), Georgia, U.S.A. Ms Dozier is offering to form a partnership with the University of Liberia.UL is the nation’s premier institution of learning, but the level of academic activities at the institution have been far from encouraging since the 14 year civil crisis ended. The institution has recently been beleaguered by chaotic activities between students, faculty, and staff on one side and the administration on another.According to Ms. Dozier, when the partnership is established, the UL will regain its pre-war status when it competed with world-class universities.The SSU president made the offer on Tuesday, March 4, during a courtesy call to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry Office. She said the offer is in support of President Sirleaf’s courage to see a revamped education sector; and her institution stands ready to support the cause.Prior to the Liberian crisis, according to sources, the University of Liberia was an academic hub where some of the continent’s most renowned leaders and diplomats were schooled. This is no longer the case as the institution has been downgraded to a business center where instructors extort money from students for grades.The partnership, according to this paper’s sources, would give critical consideration to technical areas such as Marine Engineering, Social Work, and the Criminal Justice System. This joint venture between the two schools could help elevate the National Police Training Academy to an Associate Degree-granting institution; a plan that has already been initiated between UL and the Liberia National Police. Madam Dozier said her institution is willing to provide textbooks and enter into a student/faculty exchange program with UL and other institutions of higher learning.Savannah State, the only university awarding a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the state of Georgia, was interested in extending that program by working with UL to see how they could help Liberia with its ports of entry for the security of its own borders.Coming to Liberia to form a partnership with the University of Liberia was like coming home, she said, since Liberia and the State of Georgia have a rich black history in common regarding the emancipation of former slaves. Founded in 1890 by Richard R. Wright, Sr., who was born into slavery, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college in Georgia.President Sirleaf expressed her gratitude and said that she was honored that SSU would see Liberia as a home. The President also announced the formation of the partnership with Liberia’s flagship tertiary institution. She said the historical connection with the United States was clear, as evident by the continuous support from past and current U.S. administrations and the Congress, which has, over the years, made the United States Liberia’s number one bilateral partner. She expressed hope that the partnership would also encourage people-to-people outreach and increase student/staff exchange.She hailed UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, for being an ambassador in government’s quest to restore quality education in Liberia, especially at the tertiary level. She described him as bridge builder between overseas and Liberian universities.Dr. Dennis, in his comments, expressed satisfaction that his efforts to resuscitate the University of Liberia were gaining momentum, and he praised President Sirleaf’s administration for their support in realizing the dream. He thanked Liberia’s Honorary Consul General, Madam Cynthia Nash, for making contact possible with several U.S. universities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)