SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT-Robert Gaydos, President of The Benefit Group of New England, has been appointed to the CIGNA National Producer Advisory Council.The council which met in Hallandale, Florida from March 27-29, 2007 was created to obtain feedback from top national producers and prioritize initiatives set underway at CIGNA HealthCare. This council meets twice yearly in order to prioritize producer and customer business needs and to evaluate CIGNAs progress on addressing these priorities. Two main topics dominated the discussion in March; Consumer-Driven Health Care and Assessment & Wellness.The appointment to the council is a two-year term. The council is made up of only twenty to thirty producers whom CIGNA recognizes as Preferred Producers. Their next meeting is scheduled for September of this year.CIGNA HealthCare, headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, provides medical benefits through managed care and indemnity health care plans, dental coverage, behavioral health coverage, and pharmacy benefits.The Benefit Group of New England based in Montpelier, Vermont is a group insurance agency & consulting firm serving over 350 New England employers. For more information on this topic or any inquiries please call The Benefit Group of New England at 1-877-479-3546 or e-mail at [email protected](link sends e-mail).
By Dialogo October 22, 2009 Guatemalan and US anti-drug agents have captured a semi-submersible vessel loaded with 10 tonnes of cocaine off the country’s Pacific coast, Guatemala’s anti-drug prosecutor said. The Guatemalan navy, in coordination with US anti-drug agents, stopped the vessel on Wednesday and captured three Colombians and a Mexican on board, prosecutor Leonel Ruiz told AFP. Anti-drug agents that helped capture the vessel said they believed the craft had been built by Colombian guerrillas. Officials said the cocaine was loaded in Colombia and headed for Guatemala, where it was to be smuggled into the United States via Mexico. The vessel was caught some 180 nautical miles (333 kilometers) off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, officials said. In the past years drug cartels have increasingly been using semi-submersibles to smuggle drugs. The submarine-like vessels are hard to see and easily evade radars, as their hulls mostly underwater and only their flat tops skim the ocean surface. Unlike submarines, the vessels cannot dive. The navy is taking the vessel to a Guatemalan port, where it is expected to arrive on Friday, Ruiz said.
Take charge of making sure your Bar address is correct Take charge of making sure your Bar address is correct It is now easier for Florida Bar members to update their address information in the official Bar records thanks to a recent improvement in the Bar’s Web site.Not only can members now “proof” their data, but also control what is “on file” with the Bar.Members need only to log on to www.flabar.org. Once there, click on “Member Services” in the blue field to the left and a link to a “Membership Records Change of Address Form” will appear on the screen. Lawyers may then key in their own address changes, which will be sent directly into the membership records database.“This new system will relieve the staff in the Membership Records Department from having to manually type in members’ addresses,” said Membership Records Supervisor Willie Mae Shepherd.Before address changes can be made, however, lawyers will first have to provide their Bar number, date of birth, and the year they became a Bar member. This information is needed to register on the Bar’s storefront, is a security feature, and only has to be done once. Registered members will come back and put in their username (which is their Bar number) and whatever password they have selected, and then make the necessary updates. Only members who register on-line can update their own data. August 15, 2003 Regular News