Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont donates $150,000 to flood relief efforts

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced today that it will contribute $150,000 to support relief activities for Vermonters who suffered losses as a result of flooding due to Hurricane Irene. ‘Our state has suffered a disaster of historic proportions, but Vermonters have responded with extraordinary compassion and support for those who have suffered the most because of the terrible flooding that occurred,’ said BCBSVT President and CEO Don George. ‘As the state’s only Vermont-based health plan, it is important to BCBSVT and to its more than 340 employees to do as much as we can to support our neighbors in the difficult weeks and months ahead.’ Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, a non-profit company located in the central Vermont community of Berlin, will donate $150,000 to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund, created by the United Ways of Vermont in cooperation with the executive board of the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Action in Disaster and Vermont Emergency Management, is earmarked to support the long term needs of those most affected by the flooding. George said the donation is unprecedented for BCBSVT, but was decided upon because of the breadth of the losses that occurred because of Hurricane Irene-related flooding and the unique challenges faced by those who lost their homes and belongings. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s only Vermont-based health insurer and is the largest private health plan in Vermont.  The non-profit company employs more than 340 people and provides health care benefits for more than 160,000 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.last_img read more

Djokovic is a ‘deadly spider’, says opponent’s coach

first_imgNovak Djokovic at Wimbledon. photo via @WimbledonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin.The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals.Goffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone.“It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic.“He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall.“I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back.“You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court — otherwise he will kill you.”Goffin, 28, has matched his best-ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final.Four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 record over Goffin — but the Belgian won their last encounter, on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals in 2017.“It’s very important for David to have beaten him once. Most of the guys never have,” Johansson said.“Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he is the defending champion.“We are the underdog — and we like it.”Johansson, 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic, namely a much-improved slice and drawing the top seed to the net. “We will try to find a good solution because rallying with him is not an option,” the Swede said.– Stress and nerves –Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals — and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924.Malisse, 38, said the odds were heavily in favour of Djokovic — but Goffin could still spring a surprise.“It’s going to be tough. Everyone knows it — including him,” the former world number 19 said.“But it’s one match. If he’s on good form and Djokovic is off a bit, gets a little stressed or nervous, that can change things.“It’s about 60 to 65 percent in Djokovic’s favour.”Goffin’s route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn, Jeremy Chardy, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco.Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said her compatriot had been playing better than ever.“It’s very exciting,” said the retired 36-year-old.“He has nothing to lose. It’s been a lot of fun watching him do well and seeing him being more emotionally outgoing and showing his fighting spirit.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Allaire State Park Expands

first_imgFor the township, everyacre that gets preserved isone less acre that can getbuilt on. WALL TOWNSHIP – Allaire State Park, a 3,278-acre home to oak and pine trees, wildlife and even a river, was expanded by nearly 200 acres in a deal that keeps the forested land in Wall Township along Route 34 from ever being developed. By Philip Sean Curran “They’ve already gotan extensive set of trailsthrough the existing park,”Kastning said. “I imaginethey’ll extend those trails.But they want to keep it inits natural state.” The former Fred McDowell property in Wall Township will now be preserved as a part of Allaire State Park.Photo courtesy the State of New Jersey The MCF, a Lincroft-based nonprofit that preserves open space and farmland around the county as part of its mission, said the sale closed Aug. 29. “It’s not a major acquisition in terms of adding a significant amount of size to the park,” Kastning said of the 190 acres in Wall. “But it is significant because it could have been developed instead and it protects a habitat and a forest.” The state must now determine how it intends to use the newly acquired property, at a park where there are trails, camping sites and other amenities for the public to enjoy. A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection could not be reached for comment. Wall Township Mayor Kevin P. Orender said the concrete had been dumped in the woods during work on I-195, “so we’re going to help them get it out of there.” Kastning said the township and the state are providing labor, Wall also is providing equipment and the foundation will provide dumpsters through a donation from one of its board members. Kastning said the property had to be appraised by two certified appraisers and the parties had to resolve who would be responsible for removing concrete from part of the site. “Over a year or (more), we had conversations to determine the price and various caveats to the deal,” Kastning said. “So what we negotiated, then, was a deal that involves Wall Township, the state parks system and MCF, where we’d agree to, within one year after the closing, we’d remove the surface concrete.” The Murphy administration and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) pooled $3.8 million to buy the property from the estate of Wall resident Fred McDowell, a businessman who died in 2016. The MCF provided $201,000 and the state provided the rest. “It was critical because, for decades, the state park system has wanted this property since it abuts Allaire,” MCF executive director William Kastning said. “Anything that increases an existing park, whether it be a state park, county park or a local municipality park, is good. So it provided not only additional habitat and also trail opportunity associated with Allaire, but it also prevented the development of the site.” He said the zoning for the land would have allowed the property to be developed, possibly for residential housing. This is not the first time the conservation foundation and the state have joined forces. Kastning said the state was involved in a deal in Upper Freehold to help acquire 1,200 acres that used to be a nursery. “I’m not a fan of affordable housing, we’re mandated by the state to do this,” Orender said. “Any way, shape or form we can limit where we’re going to build, it’s a win for everyone. So I like to keep as much property as green as possible.” The Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a 42-year-old organization, was involved in a project with Monmouth County to help acquire land in the River Plaza section of Middletown that became Swimming River Park.last_img read more

Schmidt’s four-point night leads Leafs past Riders 6-2

first_imgJames Sorrey finished the game with three assists while Willans and Horswill each had two points.Newcomer Marcus Beesley was solid in the Nelson nets, making key saves when he had to, as the visitors out shot the Riders 56-20.The Leafs, playing its first of a five-game road trip, is in Castlegar Sunday afternoon to face the Rebels.Game time at the Castlegar Arena Complex is 2 p.m.Nitros Mitchell too hot to handle for HawksMatthew Mitchell stopped all but one shot to lead Kimberley past Beaver Valley 3-1 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley scored a goal in each period — Sam Nig, Brett Luker and Matt Barzilay — to beat the Hawks.Beaver Valley out shot the Nitros 36-28 but only Dan Holland could beat Mitchell.The teams play a return match Saturday in Fruitvale. Out with the old and in with the new is the new motto for the Nelson Leafs.The Leafs forgot about 2012’s New Year’s Eve debacle against Beaver Valley in a big way, riding a four-point night from defenceman Seth Schmidt to bounce Eddie Mountain power Fernie Ghostriders 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the East Kootenay City.The win increased Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to four points over Castlegar and six ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley lost 3-1 Friday in Kimberley.Schmidt opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game and Nelson never looked back.Dallon Stoddart and Carsen Willans increased the lead to 3-0 before Dylan Robertson scored on the power play late in the second period to give the home side some life.Fernie cut the margin to 3-2 early in the third on a Dylan Rota power play marker before the Leafs halted any comeback attempts with three goals — Linden Horswill, Connor Gross, with his second since arriving in Nelson from Grand Forks, and Schmidt — three-minutes span.last_img read more

DeLay case judge is out

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – In a courtroom victory for Rep. Tom DeLay, the judge in the campaign-finance case against the former House Republican leader was removed Tuesday because of his donations to Democratic candidates and causes. A semiretired judge who was called in to hear the dispute, C.W. Bud Duncan, ruled in DeLay’s favor without comment. Duncan ordered the appointment of a new judge to preside over the case. The ruling came after a hearing in which DeLay’s attorneys argued that state District Judge Bob Perkins’ political donations created the appearance of bias. Perkins, a Democrat, has contributed to candidates such as John Kerry and the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org. “The public perception of Judge Perkins’ activities shows him to be on opposite sides of the political fence than Tom DeLay,” defense attorney Dick DeGuerin argued. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Perkins had declined to withdraw from the case, and prosecutor Rick Reed argued at the hearing that DeLay had to prove that a member of the public would have a “reasonable doubt that the judge is impartial” before Perkins could be removed. “Judges are presumed to be impartial,” Reed said. Perkins did not attend the hearing and did not immediately return a call for comment. DeLay had no comment as he left the courthouse. Throughout the proceedings, he sat in the front row behind his attorneys with his wife and aides. He often smiled, and occasionally chuckled when Democrats said negative things about him in their testimony. DeLay’s lawyers are also seeking to have the trial moved out of Austin, citing the media attention and noting that Austin, widely perceived as a liberal college town, is “one of the last enclaves of the Democratic Party in Texas.” Judges are elected in Texas and are free to contribute to candidates and political parties. DeLay’s lawyers repeatedly said during the hearing that they were not accusing Perkins of doing anything wrong, but that there should not be a public perception of partiality in the case. The issue came up for Perkins before. He voluntarily stepped aside in a 1994 case against Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Perkins had made a $300 contribution to Hutchison’s opponent. Hutchison, who was also represented by DeGuerin, was ultimately acquitted of misconduct charges. DeLay was forced to step down as House majority leader after being charged with funneling corporate campaign contributions to GOP candidates for the Texas Legislature. Texas law forbids the direct use of corporate money for campaigning. DeLay’s lawyers cited 34 contributions Perkins has made to Democrats since 2000, including donations to Kerry and to MoveOn.org, a group that has waged a campaign against DeLay. Perkins said that his contributions to MoveOn.org were made before it launched its anti-DeLay campaign. Prosecutors also argued that six of the contributions were wrongly counted twice by DeLay’s attorneys. DeLay’s attorneys subpoenaed Perkins to testify, but Duncan did not make him take the stand. Perkins argued that his participation would threaten the public’s confidence in the judiciary. Associated Press writers Kelley Shannon and Liz Austin contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Round-up: Whiley triumphs and Fulham edge closer to Rolan deal

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley won her fourth successive Wimbledon ladies wheelchair doubles title as she and Yui Kamiji stormed back from a set behind to beat second seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot.The 25-year-old was beaten at the first hurdle in the singles by De Groot earlier in the week but claimed revenge and her ninth Grand Slam doubles crown in front of a delighted crowd on court three.They had witnessed a superb 37-shot rally in the fifth game of the opening set, which was taken 6-2 by the Dutch pair.But Whiley and Kamiji won eight of the first nine points of the second set to seal an early break, which they momentarily lost midway through the set but regained immediately. Fulham close to striker dealEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham are close to completing the signing of Diego Rolan from Bordeaux.The Whites have agreed a £5m deal with the French club for the 24-year-old striker.Rolan is in London to meet with Fulham, who are hoping to convince him to join despite reports of Premier League interest in the Uruguay international.He is yet to receive a serious offer from a top-flight club but reports say Newcastle are interested. Van Ginkel loan deal agreedEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea and PSV Eindhoven have reached an agreement for Marco van Ginkel to return to the Dutch club on another season-long loan.West London Sport recently revealed that PSV were looking to take the Netherlands international on loan again.Van Ginkel, 24, has been at PSV during the past two seasons. Smith ready to recall JotaJota will be available for Brentford’s friendly at Oxford United on Wednesday if there is still no offer for him by then, according to boss Dean Smith.Jota missed a second pre-season game for the Bees, this time against Lausanne on Saturday, because his future at the club remains uncertain.West London Sport revealed last week that Jota would not play in the friendly at Aldershot because of an imminent bid expected from a Premier League club.That bid did not materialise and Smith said: “If nobody comes in with this imminent bid, which we were told about, he will be available for the Oxford United game.“We have had that chat and he will be happy to do so.”West London Sport revealed last month that Jota was of interest to Everton, West Ham and Newcastle, while newly-promoted Huddersfield have since also shown an interest. Stones defender lands Wednesday trialWealdstone defender Ciaron Brown has been handed a trial by Sheffield Wednesday.The 20-year-old has attracted interest from League clubs since he joined the Stones from Bedfont Sports last August.Brown can play at centre back and left-back and impressed in the run-in to last season.Stones manager Gordon Bartlett said: “We have a great pedigree at Wealdstone of bringing young players on and moving them up to the pro ranks and Ciaron is more than capable of making the step up having made consistent progress.“I’m sure that he will do well in whatever the future holds and we will never hold a player back.” Hall nursing injuryEmbed from Getty ImagesGrant Hall missed QPR’s friendly at Peterborough because of tendonitis.Hall’s conditon will be assessed in the next 48 hours after he was withdrawn from the squad on the eve of Saturday’s game.Jordan Cousins and Sean Goss also missed the match and defender Joel Lynch, who has been nursing a knock, featured after coming through a fitness test.Cousins is being slowly eased back after a long-term thigh problem, while Goss was also left out on the advice of the Rangers medical staff.“We’ve had Hally pulled out yesterday and I almost didn’t have Lynchy as well,” manager Ian Holloway explained.“We’ve protected Jordan and Gossy we’ve protected as well. Jordan has worked so hard during the summer to get himself fit.”Jamie Mackie, Jack Robinson, Ebere Eze and Charlie Owens scored QPR’s goals as they won 4-2 in a 120-minute match at London Road. Holloway admits 120-minute game stretched squadEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway admitted agreeing to play a 120-minute friendly at Peterborough ended up stretching QPR’s squad to the limit.The idea of two 60-minute halves – effectively two separate games – was initially suggested by Posh director of football Barry Fry.Rangers were happy to agree, but when three players were withdrawn from the squad, manager Holloway had to make late changes to his plans.In addition, QPR’s Under-23s played Wycombe and a Rangers XI visited amateur side Bovingdon on the same day.Holloway said: “What we got wrong, and I’ll admit it, is that we also had an Under-23s game and another game, so we had to fulfil four fixtures.“When Barry first mentioned it it was fine because you can prepare for it, but we’ve since had a few injuries.“But I’m delighted. It’s good for them (the players) and it’s good for our fans as well to see everything.” Chelsea Ladies sign Swedish defenderEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea Ladies have signed Sweden international Magdalena Eriksson from Linköpings.The 23-year-old left-sided defender has signed a two-year contract and will wear the number 16 shirt. Middlesex beatenEmbed from Getty ImagesBeleaguered Middlesex captain Brendon McCullum failed yet again with the bat as his side were thrashed by Somerset in the T20 Blast at Uxbridge.The former New Zealand star, who has now mustered only 36 runs in four T20 games, presided over a second comprehensive Middlesex defeat in the space of three days.And this latest loss – by 21 runs – came against a Somerset side who had not succeeded in winning any of their previous 10 fixtures in the competition.last_img read more

Sharks thoughts: what can Joe Pavelski fetch on the free agent market?

first_imgSAN JOSE — With 13 goals in 21 games, Joe Pavelski is putting himself in position to be an attractive commodity on the free-agent market next summer.The Sharks captain, who was named the NHL’s third star of the week Monday, is well on pace to reach the 30-goal mark for the fifth time in his storybook career, showing no indication that he’s on the decline heading toward his 35th birthday in July. Though it’s rare for NHL general managers to hand out lucrative multi-year deals for players in …last_img

African wild dogs off to Botswana

first_img12 November 2007A pack of 18 African wild dogs have been moved from Limpopo province’s Marakele National Park to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, in an effort to establish a viable population of the endangered animal in the Limpopo Valley.“It is intended that this reintroduction will facilitate the establishment of a viable population of wild dogs in the Limpopo Valley, specifically within the area earmarked for incorporation into the Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area,” Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Group manager Harriet Davies-Mostert said.The recently proclaimed Limpopo-Shashe Transfrontier Conservation Area straddles the international borders of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.The African wild dog is southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore, with fewer than 500 individual dogs occurring in South Africa, most of which are found within the Kruger National Park.In 1997 it was recommended that packs be reintroduced into several protected areas across the country to expand the dogs’ range.To date, nine wild dog sub-populations have been established in areas such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park and the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.Wild dogs were first reintroduced into Marakele National Park in May 2003 when a pack of 16 wild dogs were released into the park.This population remained vulnerable, however, because it was difficult to maintain fences on inaccessible terrain, resulting in some dogs escaping. It was therefore decided to relocate them to the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.They will be fitted with tracking collars before being released and will spend the next two to three months in a boma before being released into the 72 000-hectare reserve.It is hoped that the pack will link up with a neighbouring population of wild dogs, on the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve a few kilometres south, of the South African side of the border, to form new packs.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Meet the Presenter: Chef Leah Sarris, RD, LDN

first_imgChef Leah Sarris, RD, LDNMeet our Presenter, Chef Leah Sarris, RD, LDN, Director of Operations/Executive Chef Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, Tulane University.  Learn more about this pioneering program by registering for the free webinar “Culinary Medicine:  Where Health Meets Food”.  Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.  RSVP at this link: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22042/Leah Sarris is a chef and dietitian that has worked in diverse areas of food service and related industries including restaurants, academia, research & development, foodservice consulting, far ming and community outreach. As the Director of Operations and Executive Chef for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, she has developed and implemented the United States’ premier interdisciplinary program between culinary arts, science, nutrition and medicine, based out of New Orleans. She teaches professionals in the healthcare and foodservice sectors, as well as the community at large, how to cook food that is affordable, beautiful, healthful, easy to prepare and most of all, delicious. This program is the first of its kind and has been licensed by over 20% of the medical schools in the nation. Leah’s passion lies in teaching everyone how to make delicious food that just happens to be good for them, arming people with the knowledge and the skills to bring that vision into their kitchens.last_img read more

San Beda barges into 12th straight Finals, ousts San Sebastian

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next The best-of-three championship series between Lyceum and San Beda begins on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.David paced San Sebastian with 16 points and seven rebounds, Ryan Costelo got 15 markers, three boards, and three assists, and Calisaan had 10 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.The Golden Stags may have gone down but not without a fight, slicing the lead down to five, 67-62 with 5:02 remaining.Unfortunately, Justine Mercado and Costelo were both meted with unsportsmanlike fouls in a span of a minute and the momentum went back the Red Lions’ way, allowing them to bring the lead back to 10, 72-62, with 3:41 left to play.San Beda also made a living from the charity stripe, going 25-of-36 from the free throw line against San Sebastian’s 3-of-6.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 23, Bolick 21, Tankoua 13, Soberano 9, Potts 6, Presbitero 4, Abuda 0, Cariño 0, Doliguez 0, Noah 0, Tongco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – David 16, Costelo 15, Calisaan 10, Capobres 7, Calma 6, Gayosa 6, Bulanadi 4, Navarro 3, Ilagan 2, Mercado 2, Baetiong 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 26-11, 44-31, 57-51, 76-71. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda powered its way to the NCAA Season 93 Finals with a 76-71 victory over San Sebastian in the stepladder semis Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena and book its ticket to its 12th straight Finals appearance.Javee Mocon pumped in 23 points, 22 rebounds, and five blocks, while Robert Bolick drained 21 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from threw, on top of four boards and four assists as the two carried the Red Lions to the championship series once again.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Showing no signs of rust from their 19-day layoff, the Red Lions started the game like a house on fire with a 10-2 opening blast and went on to establish an 18-point lead, 32-14, after Bolick and AC Soberano drilled back-to-back threes with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter.But the Golden Stags bounced back, relying on the duo of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David to inch closer and cut the deficit to as low as four, 52-48, late in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, San Beda’s poise prevailed in the end as Mocon and Bolick put on the finishing touches to claim the win.“19 days off is really tough. But I give full credit to my players. They sacrificed a lot in preparation for this game,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “We lost against Lyceum and I know people have been doubting us, but the players believed in themselves. I gave them my trust and they gave me this day.” MOST READ View commentslast_img read more