ZeniMax co-founder Robert A. Altman has diedBethesda Softworks calls parent company’s creator “a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people”Brendan SinclairManaging EditorThursday 4th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareBethesda Softworks today announced that Robert A. Altman, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, has died.”We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO,” the company announced on Twitter. “He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being.”The company’s website bears a notice about Altman’s death, reading, “CEO. Visionary. Friend. 1947-2021.” No cause of death was given.Altman began ZeniMax with Christopher Weaver in 1999, as a parent company for Bethesda Softworks, which Weaver had started in the mid-’80s. The two had a falling out and Weaver was out of the company within a few years, but Altman went on to run ZeniMax for decades.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Over that span, ZeniMax grew the business beyond Bethesda, acquiring studios like id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, and Alpha Dog Studios.In addition, it branched out with the creation of ZeniMax Online Studios and Roundhouse Studios (comprised of former Human Head developers).Recently ZeniMax found itself on the other side of an acquisition deal, accepting a $7.5 billion offer from Microsoft to join the Xbox first-party studio system.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 22 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Yingli joint venture tops 100 MW of solar projects in ChinaThe Chinese solar giant says its close cooperation with state-owned enterprises ensures long-term development of its downstream business across China. January 31, 2014 Edgar Meza Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Yingli Green Energy is celebrating the success of its joint venture, Hainan Solar Power (HNSP), which has surpassed the 100 MW mark in solar project development in Chinas Hainan Province. Formed in in 2009 by Yingli Energy China and two state-owned companies, Hainan Development Holdings and Hainan Provincial Water Conservancy & Hydropower Group, HNSP develops solar, wind and hydropower projects on the island province of Hainan. The company is currently the largest solar project developer in Hainan. After several rounds of capital increases, Yingli Solar now holds a 27.7% stake in HNSP and is the joint ventures exclusive module supplier for all of its solar projects. HNSP owns all of the solar projects, which were developed with a total investment of approximately CNY 1.4 billion ($231.5 million). Installations include utility-scale power plants, residential and commercial rooftop systems, agricultural PV applications, building-integrated PV projects and off-grid applications. Two-thirds of the solar projects are connected to the utility grid. Yingli also provided engineering, procurement and construction services for some of the projects. Hainan province is in a unique position to develop solar power in light of its long hours of sunshine and strong solar radiation. In congratulating HNSP, Yingli Chairman and CEO Liansheng Miao said, “China is looking to PV as a key strategy for tackling its great energy demand, strengthening environmental protection and deepening ecological civilization, which means that China’s solar market is brimming with great potential. 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Job DescriptionThe Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) is seeking aHuman Resources Manager. Reporting to the Dean, the Human ResourcesManager is specifically responsible for managing operational andstrategic activities at VTCSOM in accordance with universitypolicies and procedures. These responsibilities include, but arenot limited to, performance management, compensation analysis,recruitment, employee relations, talent development and planning,coordination of training, and human resources analysis andreporting. The human resources manager collaborates with the Deanand Vice Deans and other VTCSOM faculty to develop staffing,retention, recognition, performance planning, organizationaldesign, and career development plans to address future needs of theschool of medicine. Further, the incumbent will oversee all humanresources processes for the school. This role is located inRoanoke, but is responsible for liaison back to Division of HR onthe campus in Blacksburg.Required Qualifications• Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Management, HumanResources, Organizational Development or related field, orBachelor’s degree with significant related professionalexperience.• HR experience as an HR Manager or HR Generalist providingguidance to management in a large/complex organization.• Demonstrated experience in multiple functions such asstaffing/recruitment, compensation, employee relations, rewards andrecognition, and performance management, and organizationaldevelopment.• Demonstrated proficiency with office software such as MicrosoftWord, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.• Additional qualifications include excellent interpersonal andcommunication skills.• Ability to work independently as well as with diverse,collaborative teams.• Ability to make independent decisions and solve problems.• Ability to prioritize and manage workload.Preferred Qualifications• Experience in an academic, medical, and/or complex researchenvironment.• Experience with large relational databases and online applicanttracking systems such as Banner and Page Up.• Experience interpreting policies and procedures in a largecomplex organization.• Professional Human Resources designation such as SHRM orSPHR.Appointment TypeRegularReview DateMarch 15, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Lisa Howard [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: February 8, 2021Applications close:
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AFTER his stunning victory in the mid-term elections (and make no mistake it was his victory) President Bush was in Europe for the NATO summit last week at the zenith of his power. At home, the Republicans control both houses while the Democrats are in disarray with conflicting and confused messages coming from a babble of candidates limbering up for the party’s presidential nomination. Abroad, the US, with its unparalleled military power, dominates the world. At Prague, Bush controlled the summit, pushing through the major decisions on enlarging NATO, the restructuring of commands and creating a 20,000 rapid response force “to help in the war on terrorism”.How did Bush do it? What will he do with this awesome power? Can he now achieve what his father failed to do and win re-election in 2004? Can anything possibly go wrong?From candidate to PresidentIt is important to recognise that Bush never wanted to become President. He never had the burning ambition that drives most politicians to stump through the snows of New Hampshire and spend weeks on the ‘rubber-chicken circuit’. Bush did not seek his party’s nomination – the party sought him out as the most likely candidate to regain the White House after the ‘shame’ of the Clinton years. He was perfectly content as Governor of Texas, an occupation that did not tax his intellect, nor demand difficult decisions (except for the death penalty), nor take up too much time from his favourite pursuits, jogging, chopping wood and watching baseball. Contrary to most political pundits, Bush ran a skillful election campaign in 2000 against the more experienced Al Gore and although he lost the popular vote he gained a plurality of states and thus gained the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. During his first nine months in office, and handicapped by a Senate in Democratic hands, Bush spent much time shoring up his conservative base with massive tax cuts, increased defence spending and a blatant ‘America first’ approach in foreign policy. His world, and America’s world, then changed in an hour of unprecedented terror on 11 September 2001.After a shaky first 48 hours, Bush swiftly grasped the magnitude of what had happened and rallied the country to fight the ‘war on terror’. In times of crisis most Americans tend to rally round their President. Bush wrapped himself in the flag and became overnight a ‘national security President’. Despite subsequent corporate scandals (Enron, Worldcom) and a stagnant economy it became impossible for the Democrats to land a clean punch, let alone a knockout blow, on the President. During the congressional elections they led on issues such as health care, education and the environment. But Bush stomped the country, raising an unprecedented $150 million in the process, asking for the voters’ support in a time of national crisis. Without doubt he connected with most voters, drawing large crowds in the suburbs and the cities. He mobilised his party’s base unlike any recent party leader and without his personal involvement it is doubtful whether the Republicans would have won back the Senate or consolidated their hold in the House of Representatives. This was a historic achievement for a first-term President whose poll ratings remain over 65%.Priorities What can the Democrats do to defeat Bush? Not much at present it seems. They cannot attack the President on national security issues without appearing unpatriotic. They cannot attack him on the economy as he argues that the war effort must take precedence. Their other issues, from health care to the environment, are drowned out by the White House spin doctors, masterminded by Karl Rove. Dick Gephardt has resigned as minority House leader and his replacement, Nancy Polosi, a liberal from California, will not find it easy to make a mark. Meanwhile the list of potential Democrat presidential hopefuls is lengthening with Gore, Joe Lieberman and John Kerry heading the pack. Gore has not yet decided whether to run. He has name recognition, but most Democrats doubt whether he could beat Bush in a re-match of 2000. In any case it will not be before the spring of 2004 that the Democrats have a leader who can start to profile himself and the party against Bush and the Republicans.Meanwhile can anything go wrong for the President in his quest to secure a further four years for the Bush dynasty in the White House? Another major terrorist attack in the US could damage him as could a failed Iraqi military operation. A prolonged economic downturn could also result in a slide in his popularity. But ‘Teflon Bush’ seems impervious to criticism. He has this inner strength as a result of not wanting the job in the first place. This fact alone will make it very difficult for anyone to defeat him in 2004. The Democrats and Europeans better get used to Texan barbecues for six more years.Fraser Cameron is the director of studies at the European Policy Centre. He has recently published a book on US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. As far as the EU is concerned the administration is likely to remain largely negative and schizophrenic. With few exceptions, such as US Trade Representative Bob Zoellick, there is little knowledge of or interest in the EU within the Bush administration.There is slightly more knowledge of NATO but the only interest in the Alliance, despite the flowery rhetoric in Prague, is whether it can do anything useful in helping the US defeat terrorism. This means that disputes over the role of global institutions and the rule of law, as epitomised by the differences over the International Criminal Court, Kyoto and numerous arms control treaties, are likely to continue to sour relations. There is also unlikely to be much give on the trade front. Bush’s insistence on ‘America first’ , as seen in the steel tariffs and farm bill, paid handsome electoral dividends. Essentially the security debate in Washington will continue to be fought out between the conservatives and the neo-conservatives. Both camps believe in unrivalled US supremacy but while the former (Powell, Rice) argue that Washington should only intervene selectively when essential interests are at stake, the latter (Rumsfeld, Cheney) argue that Washington should use its omnipotent power to effect ‘regime change’ wherever possible. At present the latter have been boxed in to accepting the UN path in dealing with Iraq. But they will be looking for the slightest breach of UN conditions to renew the argument for ‘regime change’ by force. If Bush does decide to use force, he will encounter little domestic opposition.Six More Years? Bush is now lord of the manor. There are no more excuses. The Republicans control the Senate and the House and cannot accuse the Democrats of blocking legislation, whether on home and security, tax cuts or the controversial drilling for oil in Alaska. The Republicans will also be able to push their judges through the Senate.But what will Bush do in foreign and security policy? He has an accomplished and activist team around him – Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney – who, even if they do not always sing from the same hymn sheet, are extremely loyal to the President. Richard Lugar takes over from Joe Biden as chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, a post he first occupied under President Ronald Reagan. Lugar is noted for his bill to provide finance to help secure ‘loose nukes’ in the former Soviet Union. John Warner replaces Carl Levin as chairman of the armed services committee which will mean more money for the military overall, a quickening of missile defence and the development of robot combat planes.As Bush stated in Prague, the war on terrorism will continue to be priority number one. The administration is frustrated that they cannot find Osama bin Laden but they will not give up. Patience is one of Bush’s virtues. They will also, according to the national security doctrine, build up relations with the ‘great powers’. Currently this would include Russia, China, Britain and France in the top league (with Israel a special case) and Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil in the second league. Germany has been relegated to the third division and will have to work hard for promotion to the second. It was clear at Prague that Bush has not forgiven Gerhard Schröder for his anti-American election rhetoric, despite a cordial handshake and some hamming up for the cameras. Other countries such as South Korea or Saudi Arabia may achieve temporary privileged status. A good indicator is to watch who is invited to the Bush ranch in Crawford. So far only Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Jiang Zemin and Crown Prince Abdullah have enjoyed the barbecue treatment.
“When the bear was brought in I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of the facility. “But she’s responding very well to treatment and by winter we believe we’ll be able to return her to the wild.”WATCH: Childless Couple Rescued an Orphaned Bear—Now 7-feet Tall, He Loves to CuddleFirefighters working on the massive 416 fire, which burned 47,000-acres of national forest, but is 37 percent contained as of Saturday morning, kept an eye on the bear for a couple of days but didn’t see a mother bear nearby.Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager in Durango, then made the decision to send the bear to Frisco Creek to determine if it could be treated.“We weren’t optimistic at first,” Thorpe said. “It probably hadn’t eaten in a couple of days, but it had survived on its own so we wanted to give it a chance.”Photo by Colorado Fish and WildlifeWATCH: Amusing Video of Two Cats Trying to Pass Each Other Atop a Narrow DoorframeHow the cub became separated from its mother is unknown, but Sirochman speculated that ‒ as is common with most wildlife species ‒ the mother placed the cub in a safe place but was unable to return.One concern about treating bears for injuries is that they could become habituated to humans which, in turn, can makes them unfit to return to the wild. Consequently, Sirochman and his staff have set up Frisco Creek so that bears have almost no contact with humans. In the case of the injured cub, it must be anesthetized for every treatment, and when it wakes up the human is gone.Photos by Colorado Fish and Wildlife“We have good luck returning young bears to the wild,” Sirochman said.The bear is being fed a liquid milk replacement that imitates the milk of a sow. It’s also receiving solid food.MORE: Gorilla Hugging Man Who Saved Her Life: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year AwardSirochman estimated that bandaging the feet will continue for up to a month. After the feet are healed it will be placed in an enclosure with the four other cubs currently at the facility. The bears will grow and fatten up throughout the summer and fall.While no decisions have been made about how the bears will be released, it’s likely that after they begin to hibernate in late fall Colorado wildlife officers will build a den close to the area where the bears were found. Responding to the natural hibernation cycle, the bears will emerge in the spring of 2019, probably by April.The fires are also affecting communities across the state with smoke inundating towns as far as a hundred miles away. One employee at a Conoco gas station in Pueblo told Good News Network, “The smoke has been really bad… A friend of mine had ashes falling all over his car.”Spread the Good News–Share with your Pack!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDry, hot, and windy weather conditions have fed a dozen wildfires across Colorado forcing the safe evacuation of thousands of homes in the West and South, but one furry resident ‘bearly’ made it out.Firefighters spotted a bear cub wandering alone in a burned-out area north of Durango with no sign of her mother.The cub suffered severe burns to its feet, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff who have been treating the animal, estimated to be 4-5 month-old, at their Frisco Creek wildlife facility near Del Norte.
by Bea Grause Vermont’s regulators have just about finished their annual review and approval of hospital budgets, so naturally there has been a lot of dialogue about the work hospitals are doing to create a system where everyone gets care they can afford, from the hospital and doctor of their choice. Vermont’s hospitals are doing what Vermonters have asked them to do. We’ve held spending growth to historic lows for the third consecutive year. We are improving the delivery and coordination of care within hospitals and throughout our communities. And we are ensuring access for everyone – regardless of ability to pay. RELATED STORY: Vermont hospital budgets up 3.5 percent for FY2016But there’s more work to do to make care, and insurance, affordable for everyone.Advancing payment reform and building community partnerships are top priorities for Vermont’s hospital leaders. They are figuring out how to change how providers are paid in order to realign our health care systems’ incentives away from intervention and toward prevention. It’s a win-win for Vermonters – better health and healthcare, and reduced costs over time. Community-based efforts to improve health and access to primary care will help decrease the need for hospital care. Payment reform will support this work and will also ensure that our hospitals can continue to serve Vermonters whenever they are needed. We believe this simultaneous effort is the way forward, and that it is the best way to help Vermont contain growth in health care spending to a level that is consistent with growth in the economy.As caregivers, we are pushing ahead on these reforms because we understand that Vermonters need relief from rising health care costs – now. The complexity and magnitude of these efforts cannot be an excuse for inaction because we simply cannot afford to wait. Creating lasting improvement in the health of Vermonters begins with shared leadership in our communities – a responsibility we take seriously. Earlier this year, the Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit focused on community health, compared healthcare delivery and payment reform efforts in Vermont communities with national case studies. In their findings, they noted that the leadership of Vermont’s hospitals is unique among states working to reform health care through community prevention efforts. “Unlike the national case studies, it is notable that Vermont hospitals frequently serve as the integrator and not merely a… participant.” We understand that addressing the unique health needs of our largely rural state will require the leadership of many health care and community leaders. We are learning from them and want to support the work we need to do together.In Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Northwestern Medical Center is helping to tackle obesity through a community partnership called Rise Vermont. The hospital has deployed health advocates throughout the community, leading exercise groups and helping businesses; schools and municipalities adopt healthy practices and start their own health programs. It’s just one example of how hospitals are working as community partners to improve health.Health challenges like obesity have to be tackled locally in order to reduce the incidence of other costly diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The challenge we face as a state is that we need to bring health care costs down by getting healthier ourselves. Support for healthier choices must exist in our homes, schools, our offices and our hospitals. There’s no other way.Our approach is uniquely Vermont – everyone is at the table. We need to stay on this course over the coming months and years, as we work together to improve health, expand coverage, reduce costs, and maintain access to hospitals and doctors of choice for every Vermonter.Bea Grause, President and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS)
Vermont Business Magazine The Personal Income tax, by far the state’s most important General Fund revenue source, was below its target by over $25 million for April. The PI had been running ahead of annual projections, but has now fallen over $11 million behind with only two months left in the fiscal year. The Sales and Rooms & Meals taxes also were below targets. The only component now ahead for the year is the Corporate tax, which was up for the month over 34 percent and for the year nearly 19 percent.Overall, General Fund revenues collected for the month of April totaled $201.10 million, which is -$21.65 million, or 9.7 percent, below the consensus monthly revenue target adopted by the Emergency Board on January 19, 2017, according to Secretary of Administration Susanne Young. The poor performance in April was driven by a -$25.34 shortfall in the Personal Income Tax. The Corporate Tax for April finished ahead of projections by +$3.94. April marks the 10th month of FY2017.Through these first 10 months, total receipts for the General Fund are -$3.55 million below projections, or $1,237.75 million against a target of $1,241.30 million. This does not take into account up to $16 million of pending Corporate Tax refund requests currently under review.“We knew that our revenue picture for the fiscal year would come into focus at the end of April,” said Young. “Unfortunately, while we ended March with a $18.1 million positive position, the April revenue downturn has moved us to a net negative $3.5 million position.”“The lower-than-expected tax receipts in April coupled with relatively flat receipts in Meals and Rooms and Sales and Use taxes with only two months left in the fiscal year is a concern. I will not be surprised to see a revenue downgrade in July as new consensus targets are established,” added Young.The Transportation Fund collected $22.91 million for the month of April, which is -$1.47 million below its $24.38 million target. This underperformance was driven by a decrease across all revenue streams within the fund. Year-to-date receipts in the Transportation Fund are $216.19 million against a target of $219.16.Governor Phil Scott’s Communications Director Rebecca Kelley said in a statement: “Today’s report on April revenue collections is yet another reminder of the significant economic challenges Vermont faces. With the April revenue downturn and only two months left in the fiscal year, we face a potential budget gap at year end.“Coupling this trend with our shrinking workforce and decline in K-12 student populations, it is more important than ever to focus on growing the economy and making Vermont more affordable – priorities the Governor has set for his Administration. We cannot afford to ignore these trends, and we must recognize that the status quo will not reverse them.“With the potential for a shortfall, it is clear the state cannot afford an FY2018 budget that spends a single penny we do not need to spend. That’s why the Governor feels it would be irresponsible to leave up to $26 million in property tax savings on the table, which the state could realize through school districts’ more affordable health plans.“Governor Scott will continue to work with the Legislature on this proposal, and other savings opportunities, to put the state in the best position to reverse these trends.”The Education Fund collected $15.75 million for the month of April, which is -$1.22 million below its $16.97 million target.Compared to revenues collected at this point in FY2016, there is an increase of 2.42%, or +$29.26 million in the General Fund; a 1.28%, or $2.73 million increase in the Transportation Fund; and a -0.01%, or -$0.01 million decrease in the Education Fund.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine In commemoration of Juneteenth, 2020 the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Diversity and Inclusion Council announced today that the non-profit will match the proceeds of an employee-led fundraiser for Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington and the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont said in a statement today that they condemn racism and systemic oppression and stands in solidarity with other local Vermont institutions and organizations to proactively disrupt the status quo. Furthermore, they believe the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are a result of long-standing aggression and racial profiling dating back generations. Remaining silent in the face of overt acts of violence, daily micro aggressions, and injustice towards people of color reinforces and perpetuates this deeply entrenched system. “We will not remain silent.”“We are launching this fundraiser today to stand in support of the local leaders who are raising their voices for racial justice,” says Megan Peek, Director of Community Relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. “It is long past time for our society to collectively rise against senseless racial violence and begin to take concrete steps to address the health disparities faced by people of color. We support societal racial justice reforms through community-led policies and education.”As America gathers to protest systemic racism, we are galvanized to listen, speak up, and stand strong alongside one another to fight for what is right and what is just. If one person is harmed, we are all harmed. This is our pledge to all Vermonters: First and foremost, we pledge to act. We will work with our Diversity and Inclusion Council to identify opportunities for growth within our organization and develop concrete steps to closing these gaps. From implicit bias training to hiring practices, we will work with leading organizations to educate ourselves about white privilege and how to support anti-racism work every day and through every interaction.We pledge to listen and learn. As health care leaders we promise to make a dedicated commitment to understanding and addressing factors that cause African Americans to suffer more than half of the COVID-19 cases and nearly 60 percent of deaths nationwide. We will seek out, listen to, and support advocates and organizations to end racial violence and oppression.We pledge to be part of the change we wish to see. We will work to support our partner organizations in their efforts to address racial bias and health disparities in communities throughout Vermont, including Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington(link is external), the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance(link is external), and Governor Phil Scott’s Racial Equity Task Force(link is external). Furthermore, we support the Floyd family’s call to create a national task force that would establish bipartisan legislation focused on ending racial violence and increasing police accountability. We will call on elected officials to commit to a process of healing and we will refuse to support leaders who perpetuate messages of division.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont(link is external) is Vermont’s only local, not-for-profit health plan. For over 70 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has been enhancing the health and well-being of the Vermonters by offering innovative plans to individuals, seniors and businesses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is dedicated to developing new ways to support high quality care and programs and events that promote wellness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsvt.com(link is external).Connect with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont:Twitter: @bcbsvt(link is external) Instagram: @bcbsvt(link is external)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcbsvt(link is external)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-of-vermont(link is external)Source: Berlin, VT, June 19, 2020—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
At least two longtime Fairway city councilmembers will be squaring off to replace Mayor Jerry Wiley this November.Ward 1 councilmember Jim Poplinger this week filed as a candidate in the city’s mayoral election. His Ward 1 counterpart Melanie Hepperly was the first to file in the race back in March.Poplinger has served on the council since 2007, and was elected to a third term in office in 2015. He currently serves as chair of the Administration Committee, as well as in roles on the Finance and Police Committees.Professionally, Poplinger is the president of Avlex Corporation, which he founded in 1999 after having previously served as legal counsel at Western Auto Supply Company. Avlex is a supplier of professional audio products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and political science from the University of Kansas and a law degree from the University of Tulsa.He and his wife Nancy have lived in the city for more than 40 years, and have three children and two grandchildren. He’s active with Boy Scout Troop 192 out of Old Mission United Methodist Church, and is a member of Village Presbyterian Church.Poplinger has not returned a call seeking comment on his motivations for entering the race. We’ll update this post when we get in touch with him.