Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today announced the creation of a Health Care Cabinet, to help coordinate Vermont’s nationally recognized health reform initiatives across several agencies and departments and to help implement any health reforms that may be enacted at the federal level in the near future. The Cabinet will be comprised of representatives from agencies and departments with jurisdiction over health care services, policy, regulation and implementation, among other responsibilities.“The Health Care Cabinet provides an excellent opportunity to continue to build on Vermont’s successes in the health care arena – to identify efficiencies and new, creative ideas to help Vermont residents. Collaboration across state government will be especially critical as we work to analyze the impact of and plan for the implementation of any national health care reforms. I’m pleased to have such a great team of people working together on this important issue,” said Governor Douglas.Governor Douglas has appointed as co-chairs of the Cabinet Dr. Susan Besio, Director of Health Care Reform and Director of the Office of Vermont Health Access, and Heidi Tringe, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs. “I want to thank Susan and Heidi for taking on this important task.” Douglas continued. “This is an efficient way for us to ensure that we are communicating regularly as federal reforms move through Washington.” Meetings will be held monthly beginning in November. Topics of discussion will include an analysis of federal health reform proposals and the impact of the economic downturn on health care. The Governor signed an Executive Order (EO) last week creating the cabinet, and the text of the EO is copied below.Source: Governor’s office. 10.20.2009.
He was hitting .219 with five homers and a .658 OPS when he got hurt on June 13 in Seattle. Playing shortstop because Andrelton Simmons was out with a sprained ankle, Cozart dove to his right to try to make a play, and he landed on his shoulder.The Angels have Luis Valbuena and David Fletcher currently splitting time at third. It is also possible they could seek a replacement – like Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas – on the trade market.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error BOSTON — Zack Cozart is expected to miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn labrum that will require surgery, the result of an awkward fall attempting a diving play earlier this month.The Angels’ third baseman was initially diagnosed with a subluxation of his left shoulder. He had been taking some swings, but the lack of progress apparently prompted him to seek a second opinion.On Wednesday, the Angels announced that Cozart is set to undergo surgery. The Angels gave no specific timeline for Cozart’s recovery, but the rehab from this type of surgery is typically six to eight months, even in a non-throwing shoulder.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Cozart, 32, signed a three-year, $38-million deal with the Angels over the winter, after a career-best offensive season. A shortstop his entire career, Cozart agreed to move to third with the Angels. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros read more
This year, event organizers have added a 10 km running event, to the 5 km run/walk event, for those who want a longer run. The 10 km run is a chip timed event, which means that participants will receive an official time for their run. Organizer Julie Ziebart, is optimistic that the addition of the 10 km distance will encourage more people to turn out on Sunday.The Mother’s Day Run and Walk will start at the Surerus Fields at 86th Street and 101 Avenue, with registration opening at 8 a.m., on Sunday, May 11th. The race itself will begin with a jazzercise warm-up conducted by April Stewart, at 9:30 a.m., when registration closes. The 10 km run begins at 9:45 a.m, and the 5 km run at 10 a.m, with an additional fun event for children, a free 1 km Kids’ Sprint, starting at 11:15 a.m. A Rotary-sponsored pancake breakfast will follow the prize presentations at 11:30 a.m.Ziebart says they are hoping to see 500 people register for the event this year. The number of participants has been increasing every year, with 450 turning out in 2013, despite the rainy weather. The forecast for Sunday is supposed to be warm with a high near 12 degrees, which she hopes will help the turn-out. Already, over 230 people have registered.- Advertisement -Entry fees are $15 for the 5 km event, if you register by Thursday at midnight, $20 for the 10 km event. After midnight on Thursday, the cost will increase by $5 per event. Two dollars from each entry fee wil go towards the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.Anyone interested in taking part in the event, can register online, on the Stride and Glide website www.strideandglide.ca and follow the links under Events. Online registration is open until midnight on Thursday, May 8th, and in-person registrations are being taken until 9:30 on Sunday morning. In-person registrations are being taken at the MNP office on 102nd Street, and during package pick-up at Ernie’s Sports Experts in the Totem Mall on Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. The first 350 registrants will receive a bag from Ernie’s, containing gift certificates and other assorted goodies. read more
TweetPinShare0 Shares There was a time not too long ago when professional boxing was dominated – absolutely flat-out dominated – byAfrican-Americans. Particularly in the heavyweight division, which since the days of Jack Johnson to the retirement of Muhammad Ali, and then with a short respite through the prime years of Mike Tyson, dominated the sport.Finding a top contender among pro boxing’s heavys who was NOT African-American was about as rare as finding one who was in the National Hockey League.But over the better part of the last 20 years, that statistic has done a complete reverse. This month’s Ring Magazine ratings, which comprise the top fighters in each division, without taking into account the oft-artificial, politically-charged ratings of the “alphabet boys,” i.e., the different organizations that rank “champions” (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO, among others).Ring, the self-proclaimed “Bible of Boxing” and long-considered the sport’s preeminent publication, ranked the fighters as follows: CHAMPION: Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine). 1) Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria); 2) Alexander Povetkin (Russia); 3) David Haye (UK); 4) Tomasz Adamek (Poland); 5) Bermane Stiverne (Canada); 6) Tyson Fury (UK); 7) Robert Helenius (Finland); 8) Chris Arreola (US); 9) Odlanier Solis (Cuba); 10) Ruslan Chagaev (Uzbekistan).Only two of the ten (Haye and Stiverne) are of African descent, and only one (Arreola) is an America. Not one, however, is a black American. Not ONE! In a sport that less than 20 years ago was monopolized, at least in the heavyweight ranks, by African-Americans.It is an utterly amazing statistic. No different than if, say, in 10 years every NFL quarterback were Asian.As amazing as that demographic change might be, if only from a sociological/geographical perspective, the disappointing element is that heavyweight boxing – and, to a greater extent, boxing in general – has been on the decline for several years.Whether because of lack of flamboyant personalities, life-threatening injuries, lack of exciting talent, and dubious fight decisions, boxing has given way to more extreme contests, like the Ultimate Fighting Championship and, for sheer entertainment if not actual undetermined competition, professional wrestling.Over the past century, boxing has always had an ambassador: Jack Dempsey gave way to Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson, who turned it over to Rocky Marciano, then Muhammad Ali, and then Sugar Ray Leonard. Tyson was the anti-hero, but filled the live seats and pay per view orders just as successfully as the protagonists have done.Since Tyson’s slow and definitive demise 20 years ago, however, boxing has waned, and the sport is in danger of going the way of the dodo bird.This time around, perhaps the listless sport can be revised by a great whiteblack hope. read more