VERMONT PHYSICIANS TO RECEIVE GUIDES ABOUTDOMESTIC VIOLENCEBerlin, VT – A physician guide about domestic violence will be distributed to all Vermont primary care providers, emergency room providers and OB/GYNs as part of a New England-wide project, organizers have announced.The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, according to a 2003 study by the CDC. The health effects of domestic violence are staggering. In addition to the immediate trauma and injuries caused by abuse, domestic violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems and can interfere with the management of other illnesses.This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. This year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has joined forces with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans from across New England.To address this community need, a “physicians guide” will be distributed to all primary care providers (internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians) as well as Emergency Room providers and OB/GYNs in New England on October 14th in honor of Health Cares About Domestic Violence. 10,000 practitioners will receive guides and “victim safety cards” that outline safety tips for victims leaving a violent situation and the numbers to call for help. The guide is a joint production of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England states along with the individual state domestic violence support organizations.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)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Boz Scaggs, the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter/guitarist, released his latest album Memphis in 2013, after a five-year hiatus. The record is a self-proclaimed retrospective compilation of songs that Scaggs says best matches his style and voice. All those tracks and much more were on full display at NYCB Theatre at Westbury Sunday night, Aug. 3.The evening’s set list was a mix of something old, something new, something borrowed—and mostly blues.Born William Royce Scaggs, Boz (shortened from Bosley, a nickname given from a school-age friend), recently celebrated his 70th birthday, and not showing his age one bit, reached a pinnacle in his performance with his whiskey-smooth voice galvanizing his fans into a swaying mass. Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter/guitarist Boz Scaggs delivered an electrifying set Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. (Photo: John J. Murphy III)Gold standards like “Georgia” and “Lowdown” were backed up by a stellar six-piece band, and Scaggs, confident in his own near-perfect performance, shared the spotlight with Grammy Award-winning singer Ms. Monet (Conesha Monet Owens), who brought the house down with her rendition of Sly & the Family Stone’s Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You.” “Corrina, Corrina,” a 12-bar country blues song that was written more than 85 years ago was “Bozzed” into a perfect rendition and begs the eternal question that Bob Dylan and so many others have asked throughout the decades: “Corrina, Corrina, where have you been so long?” Scaggs ended the concert with the funky, sultry “Lowdown,” and when the band left the stage, many fans left their seats to get a jump on exiting the parking lot. After a loud and long standing ovation, Scaggs and his band took the stage once again and launched into “Lido Shuffle.” Almost like a fire drill in reverse, fans raced back to their seats so they wouldn’t miss a minute of this classic.Scaggs managed to save his bluesy best for the encore, with a powerful 15-minute production of “Loan Me A Dime,” a concert staple, reminiscent of his days back in ’69 laying down the track for his second, self-titled album, with the late, great Duane “Skydog” Allman. Scaggs and his entourage had the entire venue moving to his own brand of music with a hypnotic beat, like “Smokestack Lightning.”For more information on future shows at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear.
Former President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou spoke to an audience of students, faculty and international press at Town and Gown on Monday. Photo by Ling Luo | Daily TrojanOver 500 guests, ranging from students to members of the international press, crowded into Town and Gown Monday afternoon to see Ma Ying-jeou, the former president of Taiwan, speak at an event hosted by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.Ma spoke mainly about the country’s relationship with China, along with the rising power of that country.CPD Director Jay Wang opened the event by highlighting the importance of diplomacy in politics, especially in what he calls “volatile and dynamic regions.”After Wang, USC President C. L. Max Nikias introduced Ma, calling him a strategic thinker who “showed a special skill for listening.”“20 years ago, our special guest was a rising star on the world stage — an optimistic mayor with a bold, dynamic vision,” Nikias said. “As he grew, so would Taipei. The Taiwanese also took notice, electing him president in 2008 and re-electing him four years later.”Ma then spoke, stressing the importance of strengthening mutually beneficial relations between Taiwan and its neighboring countries.“We are caught in the crosshairs of great power, between powerful nations,” Ma said. “The U.S. and China, the emerging power, which places Taiwan directly in the middle.”Ma also said that when he took office, Taiwan’s relationship with the United States was at its lowest point. He said he worked to restore bilateral trust.“My strategy was simple,” Ma said. “Build a peaceful relationship with mainland China, Japan and the U.S.”During his presidency, Ma signed over 20 treaties with China in an effort to maintain a good relationship with the country.However, Ma said the peaceful and prosperous status quo he worked so hard to maintain for eight years began to crumble after his administration ended. He described the time after his administration as a “cold winter.”Willow Bay, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, moderated a discussion with Ma, asking him questions about his opinions on the “One China” policy, a policy that states that there is only one China — and that Taiwan is within it.Ma remained optimistic about the future of Taiwan and China, explaining the necessity of maintaining peaceful relations between the two countries.“The more [cultural] exchange [with China], the better,” Ma said. “Just to learn of each other.” The conversation with Ma ended with questions from the audience. When asked about building a better future, Ma said exchange and study abroad programs for students were important to widen global and cultural perspectives.Some students in attendance said they were grateful for the opportunity to attend this talk and get in touch with their cultural roots.“He was funny and charismatic,” said Grace Kim, a sophomore majoring in communication who is Taiwanese-American. “It was cool for me to learn more about Taiwanese politics firsthand.”Jared Yamasaki, a junior majoring in neuroscience, said he enjoyed Ma’s talk.“I respect him so much more now that I’ve seen how he interacts, laughs with and talks to people like me,” Yamasaki said.