Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Honored by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) for the Voices Project

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Kathy Parry, BCBSVTMarch 14, 2006 (802) 371-3205 or Mohit Ghose, Americas Health Insurance Plans: (202)778-8494Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VermontHonored by Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)For The Voices ProjectBerlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) was honored last week with a prestigious national award, presented by the health insurance industrys largest trade association, for the Plans Voices Project teen outreach program.The 2006 Community Leadership Award was presented to BCBSVT by the AHIP (Americas Health Insurance Plans) Foundation at an awards banquet on Monday, March 6 in Washington D.C. The award was created to showcase organizations that demonstrate excellence in community outreach by identifying specific programs in the community, designing innovative solutions, and leading community partnerships for success. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont took the award in the category for small/independent health insurance companies.The Voices Project, co-produced by BCBSVT and Kingdom County Productions, was designed to bring public awareness to the issues confronting Vermonts teenagers. More than a thousand adolescents participated in the two-year program, expressing themselves through a variety of creative outlets, including 45 workshops throughout the state. The project culminated in a multi-media collection of creative work and an original musical production inspired, created, and performed by Vermont teens. The musical toured the state in the fall of 2005, playing to enthusiastic audiences in all corners of Vermont.Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP, said the recipients of the awards have demonstrated effective leadership in their communities and the health care field.This award recipient embodies the spirit of our industry by pioneering successful health care innovations and investing in unique education and community action programs, said Ignagni. Their commitment to the consumers and communities they serve makes everyone involved proud to be a part of the health plan community.We believe we can fulfill our role as health policy leader and contribute to Vermonts community-based health care system by producing high-profile, well-accepted prevention and education programs, noted William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Voices is just one of many programs we have created to improve the health and happiness of Vermonters.The Voices Project has also earned the Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretarys Community Award for 2005, and the 2005 Vermont Friends of Recovery Jack Barry Communications Award. More information about The Voices Project is available at www.bcbsvt.com/voices(link is external).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the states oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health benefits plans to 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. (End)last_img read more

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Who are the most creative players in the Ghana Premier League this season?

first_imgThe five-week-old Ghana Premier League season enters its sixth matchweek today. Each of the 18 teams in the league has found the net at least once – in the case of Eleven Wonders, only once.While a lot of the attention has gone to the goalscorers, it is the players behind these goals that make the teams tick.The season might still be in its infancy but some players in the league have already shown that they have an eye for the final pass.Aduana Stars are this season’s goal leaders, having scored nine in five so it’s no surprise that one of their players, Isaac Kwain, is joint top of the assists table.Alongside him is Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s Songne Yacouba, who also has three assists. Only four players have more than one assist so far this season.Take a look at the assist leaders in the Ghana Premier League so farIsaac Kwain (Aduana) – 3 assists Sogne Yacouba (Asante Kotoko) – 3 assistsAgyenim Boateng (Medeama SC) – 2 assistsCharles Mensah (Bechem United FC) – 2 assistsYahaya Mohammed (Aduana) – 1 assistMaxwell Arthur (Dreams FC) – 1 assistEmmanuel Ocran (Dreams FC) – 1 assistPrince Opoku Agyemang (Medeama) – 1 assistKwadwo Asamoah (Bechem United) – 1 assistKojo Obeng Jnr. (Hearts of Oak) – 1 assistlast_img read more

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Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

first_imgLast week once again brought some surprises toward the top of D/ST scoring. Washington, the Jets, Seattle, and Tampa all had big games, while San Francisco also ranked among the best — not necessarily a surprise because of the team but rather who it was playing against. Either way, this serves as a reminder that D/ST can be a bit unpredictable in any given week, with waiver wire streamers and surprise sleepers capable of big points each game. That’s part of what made our Week 13 fantasy defense rankings so difficult to put together. The toughest part, though? Figuring out what to do with the Patriots and 49ers. Two of fantasy’s top defenses all year, San Francisco (@ Ravens) and New England (@ Texans) both have brutal matchups in Week 13. They both proved their worths in tough matchups last week (with New England getting an assist from the weather), so their owners likely aren’t seriously considering sitting them this week. But the 49ers, in particular, are a worry, as the Ravens already showed this year they can severely limit a top D/ST’s points. When Baltimore played New England in Week 9 — also in Baltimore — the Pats managed just one sacks and two fumble recoveries while allowing 31 offensive points.  Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis!WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: DefenseMORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderRankTeam1Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Browns. Pittsburgh’s defense has put up big numbers virtually every week since Week 1 — except for Week 11 against Cleveland. The Steelers managed just one sack and no takeaways that Thursday night in Cleveland, but a second crack at a turnover-prone Browns offense — this time at home — should result in better stats. Pittsburgh has at least two takeaways in all but two games this year, and it’s racked up at least four sacks in four of the past five games. You can also expect a little extra emotion this time around after Week 11’s end-of-game brawl.  2Philadelphia Eagles @ Dolphins. The Eagles haven’t been anything special on defense this year, save for a monster game back in Week 5 against the Jets, but the Dolphins are as fantasy friendly to D/STs as virtually any team. Even with the offense seemingly getting on track lately, Miami has still allowed at least three sacks in every game but one and turned it over multiple times in five of the past seven contests. Philadelphia managed six sacks and two takeaways against an efficient Seattle offense last week, and over the past four games, it hasn’t allowed more than 17 offensive points. 3Carolina Panthers vs. Redskins. Carolina’s pass rush has slowed down a bit since the start of the season, but this is still a defense that can get after the quarterback, as shown by its multiple sacks in every game but one this year. Washington has allowed at least three sacks in each of the past five games (20 total) and turned it over six times in that span while averaging 10.8 offensive points per game. That includes nine sacks and three takeaways in the past two games against the defensively challenged Jets and Lions, both of which the ‘Skins faced at home. If nothing else, Carolina has a high floor in this one. 4Chicago Bears @ Lions. Chicago has continued to disappoint with sacks and turnovers, total just three QB takedowns and four takeaways the past three games. However, in that span, the Bears have allowed an average of just 14.7 offensive points. In Jeff Driskel’s three starts under center, the Lions have allowed 11 sacks and six takeaways while scoring 18.7 offensive points per game. On the shortest turnaround of the season (12:30 p.m. ET kickoff on a Thursday), expect the Bears to do well — especially if Driskel (hamstring) is out and David Blough starts. 5New York Jets @ Bengals. The Jets have really taken advantage of favorable matchups lately, piling up 16 sacks, three takeaways and a defensive touchdown against the Dolphins, Giants and Redskins in Weeks 9-11, then having their best performance of the year in a neutral matchup last week against the Raiders (sack, two takeaways, defensive TD, three points allowed). The Bengals haven’t scored more than 17 points in a game since Week 5 and have allowed 18 sacks, 11 takeaways, and three defensive TDs in their past five games. Andy Dalton, who returns to the lineup after three games on the bench, was quarterback for two of those five games, and he also struggled earlier in the season (11 turnovers, 29 sacks in eight games). There’s a strong argument for the Jets to be even higher this week.6Green Bay Packers @ Giants. The Giants turn the ball over a lot, but their 15 lost fumbles (at least one in all but two games) feels like more bad luck than anything. At some point those numbers figure to regress, but even if they do, Daniel Jones is still good for some sacks and INTs most weeks. The Packers have disappointed in the takeaway department, but they still get a decent amount of QB pressure. When you put it all together, Green Bay should be another high-floor option this week. 7Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buccaneers. The Jags aren’t like most of the teams ahead of them on this list, as their floor isn’t nearly as high but they have plenty of upside. Jacksonville has struggled over its past three games (99 points allowed, five sacks), but it’s still managed five takeaways. Those matchups weren’t particularly fantasy friendly (Texans, Colts, Titans). This week, they get turnover-machine Jameis Winston and the Bucs, who can put up points in a hurry but can give them back just as quickly. Over his past six games, Winston has thrown 15 INTs, and the Bucs as a team have lost six fumbles. Again, this is a high-risk, high-reward play, but you might might not to take that shot if you’re gunning for big points this week. 8Los Angeles Rams @ Cardinals. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals have been surprisingly careful with the ball this year, but it’s started to show cracks lately, turning it over four times in its past two games. The Rams have been getting steady pressure on QBs, racking up 16 sacks in Weeks 8-11 and allowing just 9.5 offensive ppg in that span. Yes, they were completely dominated by the Ravens in Week 12, but the Cardinals and Ravens aren’t in the same class. There are reasons to think L.A. has a lower ceiling than usual, but it should still have a nice floor in its first meeting against Murray.9New England Patriots @ Texans. The Patriots were tamed by Lamar Jackson in Week 9 and have had just two total takeaways in their past two games against the Eagles and Cowboys. They’ve still managed to keep the scores low (19 total points) and racked up five sacks against Philadelphia (but zero against Dallas). Houston has had protection issues (seven sacks allowed against Baltimore in Week 10) but has always scored points (23.5 per game) and more often than not has one or fewer turnovers. Given all the factors, the Patriots seem like a relatively decent-floor, low-ceiling play, but we know they always have a high ceiling, so they’re very much in play this week. 10Baltimore Ravens vs. 49ers. Baltimore has been as hot as any D/ST over the five games. In that span, it’s scored five defensive TDs and had 11 takeaways. The Niners have been solid on offense all season, but Jimmy Garoppolo has been loose with the ball at times, turning it over five times in Weeks 10 and 11 and throwing an INT in all but three games this year. With San Francisco having to travel across the country to play in an early-afternoon game, Baltimore should have a slightly better-than-expected showing. 11Cleveland Browns @ Steelers. A few weeks ago, we pointed to Cleveland’s upcoming favorable schedule and said the D/ST was about to take off. It took a few games, but Cleveland has finally stepped up, posting six INTs and eight sacks in its past two games. This week, it gets either Mason Rudolph (who the Browns picked off and sacked four times in Week 11) or Devlin Hodges. Either way, you know Cleveland will enter this game with an edge after Week 11’s brawl. The loss of Myles Garrett limits Cleveland’s ceiling, but this is still a favorable matchup. 12Washington Redskins @ Panthers. Kyle Allen has been up and down most of the season, but one thing that’s been constant has been the pressure on him. Allen has been sacked nine times the past two weeks and threw four INTs two weeks ago. The Redskins continue to have mostly solid showings in favorable matchups, as they’ve posted six takeaways against the Jets and Lions the past two weeks. They also had a season-high six sacks against the Lions last week. Even on the road, Washington should get a decent amount of points here. 13San Francisco 49ers @ Ravens. Since back-to-back three-turnover games in Weeks 4 and 5 (which included five INTs from Lamar Jackson), the Ravens have turned it over just four times, one of which was a Robert Griffin III INT in garbage time. Jackson doesn’t have a turnover in his past six games. The 49ers have been great virtually every week, but it’s worth noting that they’ve faced mobile QBs three (Rusell Wilson and Kyler Murray twice. In the two Arizona games, San Francisco managed seven sacks and two takeaways (both lost fumbles) while giving up 51 total points. Wilson and Seattle struggled, yielding five sacks, four takeaways, 21 points allowed. It’s tough to have a lot of confidence in any defense facing Baltimore after what it did to New England, but it’s also difficult to bench the 49ers, who just dominated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. 14Denver Broncos vs. Chargers. Denver’s defense has only had a couple decent fantasy days this year, but one was against the Chargers in Week 5 (three takeaways, 13 points allowed) — and that was before Philip Rivers started throwing picks on the regular. He’s tossed seven in his past two games, both against mediocre defenses (Oakland and Kansas City).15Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jaguars. Tampa will always give up points, but it’s had at least two takeaways in two of the three games, and it racked up six sacks last time out against Atlanta. Nick Foles has struggled in his two games since returning from injury, and even though that hasn’t yielded a bunch of sacks (five) or takeaways (two), those could come in bunches at any time. The Bucs are a low-floor, high-ceiling option.16Los Angeles Chargers @ Broncos. The Chargers have been a major disappointment this year, while Brandon Allen has actually been solid in his three starts, taking just two sacks and turning it over only once. Despite those two trends, any team with good pass-rushers against an inexperienced QB could put up points. This is another low-floor, high-ceiling play. 17Seattle Seahawks vs. Vikings18Minnesota Vikings @ Seahawks19Detroit Lions vs. Bears20Tennessee Titans @ Colts21Indianapolis Colts vs. Titans22New Orleans Saints @ Falcons23Buffalo Bills @ Cowboys24Dallas Cowboys vs. Bills25Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jets26Kansas City Chiefs vs. Raiders27Houston Texans vs. Patriots28Arizona Cardinals vs. Rams29Atlanta Falcons vs. Saints30Miami Dolphins vs. Eagles31New York Giants vs. Packers32Oakland Raiders @ Chiefs WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | KickerFortunately, there are several legit waiver wire options if you don’t want to risk it with either of these D/STs. The Eagles (@ Dolphins), Panthers (vs. Redskins), Jets (@ Bengals), and Packers (@ Giants) all figure to be top plays and are under 40-percent owned in Yahoo leagues. The Redskins (@ Panthers), Chargers (@ Broncos), and Broncos (vs. Chargers) are also decent streamers and sub-40-percent owned.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSAside from the 49ers and Pats, the Ravens (vs. 49ers), Seahawks (vs. Vikings), Vikings (@ Seahawks), and Saints (@ Falcons) are all highly owned D/STs in tough spots. The Falcons tend to be really good or really bad, so the Saints can still work on Thursday night, and we’ve seen Jimmy Garoppolo have turnover issues, so the Ravens are also in play at home. Seattle and Minnesota owners should probably hit the waiver wire in search of streamers, though.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endlast_img read more

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Oxford sweeps West Elk, improves to 9-4 and 7-3 in league.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Oxford Wildcat baseball team improved its record to 9-4 overall and 7-3 in the Walter Johnson (SCBL) League with a double-header sweep over West Elk at home Tuesday. The Wildcats defeated West Elk 4-3, 4-3. Game 1: Oxford 4 West Elk 3Oxford –       0-0-2-0-2-0-X   4West Elk –    3-0-0-0-0-0-0   3Starter for Oxford: Grant Smith, 4 IP, 9 K’s, 1 BB, 3 runs, 1 ER, 3 hits. Winning pitcher for OHS: Cal Shimkus 3 IP, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 hits, 0 runs.Oxford Offense:Grant Smith 2-3, 2 singles, 1 RBI.Dylan Reuter 2-3, 1 single, 1 double, RBI.Dakota Mitchell 1-3, 1 double, 2 runs, 1 stolen base. Comments by Oxford head coach Kyle Green:Game 2: Oxford 4 West Elk 3Oxford-   0-0-2-1-0-0-1   4West Elk –   1-0-1-1-0-0-0   3Winning pitcher for Oxford: Camren Clements 7 IP, CG, 3 runs, 2 ER, 9 K’s, 2 BB, 7 hits.Oxford OffenseCal Shimkus  2-3, 2 SinglesCamren Clements 1-3, Single, RBIGrant Smith 1-3, Triple, BB, 1 SBBlake Thurmond 1-3, SB, BB, Game winning Single and RBI in the bottom of 7th. Game #1: Oxford head baseball coach Kyle Green comments:We got another solid start from junior Grant Smith. He did a great job through 4 innings for us. Really got going in the third and the fourth. Because of our long week of games, three double headers, he was on a pitch count tonight. I loved his competitiveness as always tonight. Sophomore Cal Shimkus came in and threw 3 solid innings for us to pick up the win after we took the lead in the 5th. He hadn’t thrown in a while, but he needed the work, and he did a great job as well. He battled out of some tough spots late in the game to get the win. Our offense struggled in this game, yet as these boys always seem to do, they found a way to get it done. Game #2 Green comments: Sophomore Camren Clements took the bump in this game. He went the distance, throwing 7 innings and doing a great job. The plan coming in was to have him on a pitch count as well, but we needed a sweep in this double header to give us a shot to host league tournament here. Our offense again struggled in this game, but the boys found a way. Dakota Mitchell got on in the 7th and with his dirtbag mentality, moved up to 2nd on a throwing error.  He then moved up to 3rd. With 2 outs, Junior Blake Thurmond singled to right center for a walk off win. Overall Double-header comments:Coming into this week, we knew we needed 2 wins tonight to challenge a very good Flinthills game on thursday for a shot to host the first round of league tourney at Oxford. West Elk had struggled early in the year, but they are very well coached, and they do the little things very very well. Very typical of them, they always get the best out of their kids. We had Grant and Cam on pitch counts going in, but as they sometimes say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. With Grant in game 1, we were able to stick to it and bring Cal in behind him. With Cam, he was throwing so well, and we were tied most of the game, I felt like he was throwing so well, we would ride him out. He may not start vs. FH on thursday in two big games, but I know with Grant and Cal, we have two guys who will give us a chance. It’s a nice luxury to have those 3, they are solid. Our offense struggled at times last night. We squared up a lot of baseballs, but it seemed like we hit it right at kids or kids made great plays. That’s baseball on some nights. We just kept grinding a long and found a way to win. That’s the best part about this bunch, they don’t panic in tight games. They just look for ways to win and don’t quit. Right now we are 9-4 overall, 7-3 in league. If we want to host WJL first round, we will have to sweep a very good and very well coached Flinthills team here Thursday. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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