first_imgVermonters around the state will get a chance to comment directly to the Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) about the proposed annual budgets of their local hospitals.  On August 4 the Vermont Health Care Administration, a division of BISHCA, will hold a public hearing from 1:30 pm to 5 pm to hear comment about the fourteen hospital budgets now under review by the Administration.   BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell and Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Davis will lead the hearing at the Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive in Montpelier.  For the convenience of Vermonters around the state, ten additional sites will provide an interactive video link-up to the hearing: Bennington  – Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 124 Pleasant StreetBrattleboro – Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd, Room 125Lyndonville – 1001 College Road, Lyndon State CollegeMiddlebury – 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, 2nd FloorNewport – North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Ave.Rutland – 8 Stratton Road, Stafford Technical Center, Room 108Springfield – 307 South Street, Howard Dean Education Center, 2nd FloorSt. Albans – Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, 4 Hospital DriveWRJ – Community College of Vermont, 145 Billings Farm RoadWilliston – Blair Park, 451 Lawrence Place To help interested parties prepare for the hearing, BISHCA will post on its website copies of the hospitals’ budget summaries as well as copies of each hospital’s budget narrative.  The website will allow posting of comments for review by BISHCA, and these comments can be read on the site by the public.   ‘Vermont is breaking new ground in its work with hospitals on spending and cost containment,’ said Commissioner Kimbell.  ‘This is an opportunity for me to learn from the people in the hospitals’ communities.  They are the ones impacted the most by these budgets.’last_img read more

first_img Press Association Scotland need to get at least a point against Poland on Thursday to keep their play-off hopes alive while the Republic host Germany. And Bonner is convinced both teams could be on the plane to France if Scotland beat second-placed Poland. “It’s really difficult to call,” said Bonner, who has just released his autobiography, The Last Line. “We are four points ahead but Scotland know if they can get a result against Poland then we could struggle against Germany and it goes down to the last game. “I do think Scotland could get something against Poland. Ireland did it in the Aviva and there’s no reason why Scotland couldn’t. (Robert) Lewandowski is going through the time of his life but with the fans behind them and the passion that Hampden can produce, the players can do it. “Ireland need a good performance against Germany. If we take something from that it would be a miracle because they are a good team, but we need a performance to take us into the last game. “If Poland go into that game needing a result then they could be very nervous and we have nothing to lose. We got something in Germany and there’s no reason why we can’t go to Poland and get something. “I have played against Poland many times and we have always been able to do something against them. Yes, they have some quality players but Ireland fight and they will fight to the end. They have shown in this group that they are never beaten.” Bonner has been recalling his spells on the big stage when writing his book. “It was life-changing,” the 55-year-old said. “When we qualified for the European Championship in ’88, we needed a bit of luck from Scotland, Gary Mackay scoring the goal that helped us qualify. Bonner became an Irish hero when he kept a clean sheet in his country’s first game at a major tournament – their 1-0 win over England in Germany in 1988 – and cemented his status when his penalty save from Romania’s Daniel Timofte helped send them into the World Cup quarter-finals two years later. The former Celtic player, who is still based in Glasgow, is watching the climax of Group D very closely with both his native country and adopted land still vying for qualification for the European Championship finals in France. Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Pat Bonner believes both his former team and Scotland can taste the “life-changing” experience of playing in a major finals next summer. “But that was the start of it for us under Jack Charlton, giving us the confidence to take on the world. That first game against England in the European Championship changed my life. “The World Cup in 1990, saving the penalty, again changed my life. All for the good. The way that captured the nation, I’m talking about it 25 years later and everyone knows exactly where they were. “Everybody I speak to in Donegal says ‘I was here, I was there’, and they can tell you who they were with. That’s the power of that emotion. When it’s good it sticks in your mind and you never forget it. “That’s what international football can do for a country and I would love to see Ireland and Scotland getting there again and getting success when they’re there. “If we get there first and foremost, both of us, then it would be fantastic and to do well the whole country will get behind it. “There’s no better thing than having people coming up to you and thanking you for what you have done for them.” Bonner’s book tells the story of a teenager who moved from Donegal to Glasgow to embark on a 20-year career with Celtic. “It’s been a fantastic journey, sometimes stressful when you have to dig into certain areas where you don’t want to go,” he said at Celtic Park. “But I have enjoyed looking back and I love looking back at my time in Donegal and the early years here and the 1980s, which was a really good time.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports is confident the International Olympic Committee’s ban on Ghana will be lifted at its next general meeting slated for Durban, South Africa in July.This comes after the ministry informed the IOC of amendments to sections of the country’s existing sports decree which violated the IOC Charter.The SMC Decree 54 which was used by government to elect new officers of the Ghana Olympic Committee last year breached the IOC Charter.This led to the international body banning the country from taking part in any of its activities.But, Youth and Sports Minister Kofi Humadi says he expects the ban to be reversed.The minister said Ghana has done enough for the ban to be lifted, and was confident by July the ban will be no more. Source; Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img