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Governor Douglas announces changes in BISHCA leadership

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced changes at the Department of Banking, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA).  Commissioner Paulette Thabault will be leaving state government to take a position with CVS Caremark MinuteClinic and Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will be appointed Commissioner of the Department.“I want to thank Paulette for her tremendous leadership at BISHCA and her dedicated service to the people of Vermont and congratulate her on her new position,” said Governor Douglas.  “She will bring her clinical nursing expertise and experience helping to lead Vermont’s innovative health care reform efforts to the largest pharmacy health care provider in the country.”“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Vermont as commissioner at BISHCA,” said Thabault. “I am confident that the coordinated efforts of the BISHCA team along with others in the state will successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of federal health care reform in the months ahead.”Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will take over from Commissioner Thabault in mid-June.  Bertrand has served in numerous positions in state government.  Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner at BISCHA, responsible for overseeing the Insurance Division, he served as Deputy Secretary of Administration, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry and as deputy legal counsel and special assistant to Governor Douglas.“Mike is a strong leader with a wealth of experience throughout state government,” said the Governor.  “I am confident that he will do an outstanding job and ensure a seamless transition taking over at the helm of the Department.”“I am honored and humbled by this appointment, and I look forward to leading the BISHCA team,” said Bertrand.  “Commissioner Thabault has made the Department stronger, more efficient and more effective than ever.  With the help of all the wonderful and dedicated professionals at BISHCA, I hope to build upon that foundation and continue the Department’s tradition of excellence.”Bertrand received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Fordham Law School.  He lives in Montpelier with his three children.  BISHCA protects consumers against unfair and unlawful business practices in the areas of banking, securities, and insurance, while ensuring that licensed entities are financially healthy.Source: Governor’s office. 5.19.2010###last_img read more

Renewable generation sets new records on consecutive days in Australia’s main grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Output from wind and solar have surged to two new record highs in the National Electricity Market over the past 24 hours, with sunny and windy conditions combined to push their combined output towards 12 gigawatts, or nearly 50 per cent of total demand.The Australian Energy Market Operator, which recently released its 20-year blueprint mapping a path to up to 94 per cent renewables by 2040, celebrated the first record with a Tweet that noted the combined output of wind farms, and small and large-scale solar generation, exceeded 11,700MW for the first time. That smashed a record set back in November 2019, where combined wind and solar output hit 11,300MW.But it has taken less than 24-hours for the record to be broken yet again.According to OpenNEM, the combined output from wind and solar sources surged to a new high shortly before 11am, pushing past 11,830MW of combined output. It might have been even higher, given the delays and constraints that have had a heavy impact on wind and solar developers, and by industry estimates has reduced the anticipated output by an average of more than 700MW.At noon on Friday, renewables (including hydro) supplied 48.6 per cent of all electricity generated in the National Electricity Market, which covers New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. The prevailing conditions could see the market share of renewables surpass 50 per cent for the first time since 2019 over the coming weekend as demand reduces.Renewable energy output across the entirety of the NEM has averaged more than 33 per cent over the last 24-hours, with windy yet sunny conditions prevailing across Australia’s eastern states, and is approaching a new daily record, which was set on 12 November 2019 at 34.3 per cent.[Michael Mazengarb]More: Wind and solar output surge to new record high in main grid Renewable generation sets new records on consecutive days in Australia’s main gridlast_img read more

Quarterback competition heats up in spring practice

first_imgThe USC football team continues to have physical practices as their Spring game on April 14 draws closer. On Tuesday, the Trojans dealt with lingering injuries while the ongoing quarterback competition intensified.InjuriesRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu continued to work separately from the team as he recovers from a back injury from last season. Sophomore running back Vavae Malepeai took 1st and 2nd team reps in his return from a short absence. Meanwhile, junior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who is currently dealing with an AC sprain in his shoulder, was a limited participant. He was involved in positional drills that included route running, but did not have pads on and did not play in the scrimmages.Redshirt sophomore Jack Sears is one of several QBs competing to replace Sam Darnold, who departed for the NFL Draft. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanQuarterback BattleBoth quarterbacks had their highs and lows in practice. Redshirt freshman Jack Sears and redshirt sophomore Matt Fink showed athleticism in their ability to maneuver around the pocket but also missed some key throws to their receivers.Quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis stressed that while they are keeping many of the concepts they employed with former quarterback Sam Darnold, he does not want Sears and Fink to mimic everything from their predecessor.“We want them to see and keep learning those concepts we’ve used but I don’t want them to watch Sam because Sam was his own different animal,” Ellis said. “They need to be the players that they are.”StandoutsWith now NFL-bound wide receiver Deontay Burnett’s departure and the Pittman Jr. injury, sophomore Josh Imatorbhebhe has been one of the bright spots for a suddenly thin wide receiving core. Running with the first and second-string offense, Imatorbhebhe showed explosion after a short catch and run as well as deep-threat ability, connecting with redshirt sophomore Holden Thomas on a deep ball down the right sideline. While head coach Clay Helton previously attached Imatorbhebhe’s success to a better understanding of the playbook, the former ESPN 300 recruit attributed his progression to an improved focus. “If I have to run a route, I’m making sure my pad level is low,” Imatorbhebhe said. “I’m getting out of my breaks quickly, and I’m not letting it get into my head if I drop a ball.”His quarterbacks have taken notice of his progress. “[Imatorbhebhe] is a great athlete, and I can’t wait to see him on the field more,” Fink said.On the defensive side of the ball, the senior duo of linebackers Porter Gustin and Cameron Smith stood out again as leaders both vocally and through their play. The duo basically lived in the backfield, and Gustin sacked redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Sears on back-to-back plays while Smith, playing in the “Mike” linebacker position once again in defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s system, called out defenses along with his solid play. Offensive LineAfter finishing last season 71st in the country in sacks allowed with 30, both offensive line coach Neil Callaway and his players focused on one theme: toughness. Sophomore Andrew Vorhees, who started the final nine games at right guard last year, highlighted this, saying, “Our team, and my unit specifically, need to be tougher mentally and physically this year.” The specific game that continues to haunt some of the Trojans and the offensive line in particular, is the Cotton Bowl, where USC allowed a season-high eight sacks. “[Ohio State was] the best defensive line we played all year and the game was an experience we need to learn from,” said sophomore Austin Jackson, a potential starting offensive tackle who appeared in all 14 games last season. With projected starting center senior Toa Lobendahn limited in spring practice, redshirt freshman Brett Neilon and freshman early enrollee Justin Dedich have earned high praise from both Callaway and Helton. Callaway mentioned their “punch and quickness of the line of scrimmage” and Helton praised their ability to “avoid assignment errors and not getting physically beaten.”Entering next season, the USC coaching staff has the tough task of replacing seniors guard Viane Talamauvao and center Nico Falah on the offensive line. However, the unit returns three starters from last year, along with frequent contributors such as Jackson and redshirt junior offensive tackle Clayton Johnston.Both are projected to take on starting roles in the fall.last_img read more