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Blue Cross and blue Shield of Vermont announces distinguished employee for July

first_imgpMs. Blow is a compliance specialist in the customer service department and has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield since 2003. She is cited for her professional attitude, her willingness to help her co-workers, and for her dedication. A co-worker stated, “Katy is consistently an innovative, positive, thoughtful hard worker.”Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employs about 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its branch office in Williston. A committee of employees recognizes an employee each month in honor of Carol L. Goodrich, the winner of the first-ever Employee of the Year award in 1992. This program awards individuals who demonstrate extraordinary effort above and beyond the scope of their current responsibilities. 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

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Dodgers’ Farhan Zaidi mulling Giants offer; Dave Roberts’ contract nearing resolution

first_imgAnother significant position is likely to be resolved Wednesday as well. The Dodgers are close to reaching agreement on a multi-year contract extension for Manager Dave Roberts.Technically, Wednesday is the deadline for the Dodgers to exercise the club option for 2019 in Roberts’ original contract with the team. But Friedman said exercising the option was “not an issue” because he was “very confident” the two sides were moving toward an agreement.The deal could be for as many as four years and figures to give Roberts a significant raise from the $1.1 million salary the option would pay him in 2019.“We’ve talked about this for a long time,” Friedman said. “I get the public part of asking the question. I just know the conversations have been pleasant. They’ve been ongoing, tabled at times … while we’re focusing on other things. It’s just not really a story among us, certainly appreciating it is outside.”The coaching staff under Roberts will have at least two significant changes in 2019. Third-base/infield coach Chris Woodward left to become the Texas Rangers’ new manager and now Ward has left a vacancy at hitting coach.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Tuesday saw another departure from the major-league coaching staff with hitting coach Turner Ward accepting the same position on the staff of new Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell.But most significantly, the San Francisco Giants have offered Farhan Zaidi the position as their president of baseball operations in a reconfigured front office. Zaidi is considering his options with the expectation that he will make a decision soon, perhaps on Wednesday.After serving under two of baseball’s leading front-office forces – 10 years under Billy Beane in Oakland and three under Friedman with the Dodgers – the move to San Francisco would afford Zaidi the opportunity to rebuild an organization as the top executive on the baseball side.“Obviously, that’s Farhan’s news and it’s not appropriate to comment on,” Friedman said.It was notable, however, that Zaidi is not in attendance at the GM Meetings and it was Friedman who represented the Dodgers during the media availability session on Tuesday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start CARLSBAD — Making it to consecutive World Series was not enough to satisfy most of the Dodgers’ fan base. But it has certainly impressed their competitors.For the second consecutive November, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s first days of the offseason have been spent dealing with the departures or possible departures of key members of the team’s on-field staff and front office.“These past, whatever it’s been, nine days, I’ve been more of an HR director than anything else,” Friedman said Tuesday at the GM Meetings. “It’s a compliment to our organization and to the guys who are getting these new opportunities. And I’m happy for them. But it’s also challenging to replace them.“It’s one of the things that happen in our business.”center_img “The vision of what they’re trying to do, I can see it,” Ward said to reporters of leaving the National League champions for a job with the Reds. “I’ve been impressed with their offense. Also, add the logistics of being closer to home. Family is very important to me and it made it hard being in L.A.”Ward lives in Alabama during the offseason and his wife has had health issues in recent years.“I think proximity to home and an opportunity for him that he just couldn’t pass up,” Friedman said. “Our philosophy is to never stand in someone’s way if something makes more sense for them for whatever reason. I think it was a situation that falls under that umbrella. He’s been a big part of what we’ve done the last few years.”Friedman said he and his staff are trying “to wrap our arms around it” and compile lists of candidates to replace Woodward and Ward.A year ago, the Dodgers lost Josh Bard and Tim Hyers from their coaching staff to the Yankees and Red Sox, respectively. Alex Anthopoulos left the front office to become the Braves’ GM. And the top two executives in their player development department left – Gabe Kapler to become the Phillies manager and Jeremy Zoll to run the Twins’ player development. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Why Anthony Davis declining Lakers’ max contract extension offer doesn’t really matter

first_imgThe six-time All-Star turned down a four-year, $146 million max extension from Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, and Davis plans on entering unrestricted free agency this summer. Why not just take the contract on the table now? Well, it makes zero sense (and far less cents) for him to do so.MORE: LeBron James reacts to critical comments from Kyle Kuzma’s trainer Anthony Davis declined the Lakers’ contract offer! He’s available! Cats and dogs living together!OK, everybody relax for a minute. This isn’t huge news. Assuming Davis declines his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21, he will be eligible to re-sign with the Lakers for $202 million over five years. That’s an extra $56 million a few months down the road. If Davis wants more future flexibility, he could sign a two-plus-one deal and align himself with LeBron James.Putting aside that giant pile of money, it’s also extremely difficult to find a logical landing spot for Davis outside of Los Angeles. As ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes, the Lakers can offer Davis the most money and a realistic chance to win titles in his prime years. Teams like the Cavaliers, Hawks, Hornets and Knicks will hold significant cap space, but good luck trying to convince Davis to join a massive rebuild.And on top of all that, “no one within league circles” believes Davis will leave the Lakers after one season, per Haynes. Sorry to all of the Lakers haters. Nothing to see here.last_img read more

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Creatine effects on Parkinson’s to be studied

first_imgWASHINGTON – Government scientists want to know if a dietary supplement thought to boost muscles might boost the brains of Parkinson’s patients. The National Institutes of Health began a major study Thursday to see if creatine might help preserve the nerve cells that die off in Parkinson’s, and thus slow the disease’s worsening. The study will enroll more than 1,700 people with early-stage Parkinson’s – using doses higher than usual with today’s over-the-counter brands, said Dr. Debra Babcock, a neurologist with NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Moreover, “creatine is not completely benign,” she said, cautioning patients not to try the approach on their own. Kidney failure and muscle and heart problems are potential side effects. It is the second dietary supplement under NIH scrutiny for Parkinson’s; a study of coenzyme Q-10, thought to help cells’ energy production, is under way. Parkinson’s affects 1.5 million people in the United States and 6 million worldwide. It gradually destroys brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical crucial for the cellular communication that controls muscle movement. What results are increasingly severe tremors, periodically stiff or frozen limbs, slow movement and impaired balance and coordination. Standard treatments eventually quit working and don’t fight the disease’s underlying cause. Muscle cells produce creatine, and athletes often swallow more in hopes of improved performance and muscle bulk. But because dietary supplements are only loosely regulated, there is little scientific proof of how, or even whether, it works. With Parkinson’s, the theory is that creatine may boost cellular energy or act as a cell-protecting antioxidant. In a pilot study, patients given a high-dose, drug-like version of creatine didn’t seem to worsen as much over a year as those given a dummy drug. The new study will more stringently track participants’ functioning for five to seven years.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

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