$100K FOOD TO HELP FEED HUNGRY VERMONTERS-Bove’s donates product to Vermont Foodbank-BURLINGTON, VT- When most Vermonters are wrestling with how they can afford to both eat and heat their homes this winter, the Bove Family will donate over $100K of food to Vermont Foodbank. “Dinner and Dessert” will be in the form of Bove’s award winning sauce and SweetZas (Bove’s sweet flatbread desserts).Governor Jim Douglas will be receiving the donation on Friday (October 31) at noon in front of Bove’s Café in Burlington. Vermont Foodbank will also be on hand to receive the donation.”Bove’s Café has been part of the Burlington community for over 65 years and it has been in our mission since it’s inception to help those in need,” explained Mark Bove, President of Bove’s of Vermont, Inc. “We want to be sure that the children of Vermont are not going to bed hungry. By donating food, we hope to lighten the burden of those families falling on hard times throughout Vermont this upcoming winter.”Earlier this week the Vermont Attorney General released a statement announcing that Bove’s of Vermont, Inc. was in violation of CF 120 and would be fined with a $5,000 civil penalty and would need to make a $50,000 donation to Vermont Foodbank. The Bove family has always been supportive of the Vermont Foodbank, and this year recognized the need to increase their support beyond the level required by the fine. Bove’s of Vermont, Inc. is now in full compliance.Christine Foster, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer said, “With a tenuous economy and a tough winter ahead, the Vermont Foodbank is seeing a substantial spike in demand for charitable food. With a greater number of families and seniors accessing food assistance, the Vermont Foodbank is grateful for businesses like Bove’s. The donation of SweetZas and pasta sauce will be distributed statewide to Vermonters in need.”For more information on Bove’s of Vermont, Inc. visit http://www.boves.com(link is external) . For more information on Vermont Food Bank visit http://www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external)
By Frederick HalleyAT the tender age of nine, Ayden Ramcharran is already a baseball star in the making. The sticky-built Ayden, who has Guyanese roots, has been making waves with his several outstanding performances for his club Ajax Spartans of Eastern Ontario.Although Ajax Spartans is not affiliated with the Blue Jays, Ayden has completed a few practice clinics organised by its training team.A student of Heritage Park Public School, Ayden, who will enter Grade Four when the new school year commences in September, was already playing baseball before his fourth birthday.As a matter of fact, Ayden’s interest in the sport was sparked at the age of one when he was given a ball set for his first birthday and according to his mother Melissa, “It was the one toy he played with all day everyday. At the age of two and a half years, Ayden would play on his own in the backyard pretending to run bases.”Ayden is Ajax Spartans main first base player, but at times he’s called upon to occupy the third base and he also plays outfield when required.Ayden is seen in action as he swings for the stands.Ayden is credited with several outstanding performances, while continuously getting Runs Batted In (RBI’s) in almost every game. He also had the unique distinction of being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of a tournament game and leading off a double play.Among his special skills are good scoops to catch the ball, precise aims when throwing and being a risk-taker when sliding bases in order to be “safe.” Ayden is also recognised for his exceptional sportsmanship when playing first base.According to his mom, “when Ayden first saw baseball, it was a field of dreams. Enamoured with the sport and inspired to be a player, he chose to dedicate all of his time and energy to learn. As Ayden grew, his passion for the game followed suit”. With his family by his side, baseball has taught him teamwork, discipline and how to win and lose. Ayden has plans to make his mark on the game of baseball, but always placing education first.”Ayden comes from a family who is heavily involved in sports administration. His Guyanese grandfather Albert Ramcharran is the president of both Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) and Scarborough Cricket Umpires Association (SCUA).One of two children for Anthony and Melissa Ramcharran, Ayden’s other sibling is Aliya. His other grandparents are Nazmoon Ramcharran, Shanta Singh and the late Ramesh Singh.
Tags: David DengFUBA NBLRonnie MutebiSaidi AmistopUCU CanonsWarriors Warriors lost to UCU in the first round. (PHOTOS/File)FUBA National Basketball LeagueYMCA Courts, WandegeyaFriday, 16-08-2019 -Ndejje Angels vs Sharing Youths-Warriors vs UCU CanonsWANDEGEYA – Warriors will be eyeing revenge when they take on UCU Canons in one of the two FUBA National Basketball League games to be played on Friday evening.Ronnie Mutebi’s side lost 60-62 to UCU in the first round, one of only two defeats they have suffered all season.The first-round game is one that Warriors will feel they should not have lost and Friday presents a chance to straighten the record.“Friday’s game will help us maintain the low number of losses,” said Mutebi ahead of the game.“We lost to UCU cannons in the first round so we have a score to settle.“We also have just lost terribly to city oilers so we really want to come out of this pit we have put ourselves into.”While Mutebi eyes victory, he is also worried about the threat that UCU poses going into the game.“UCU has proved to also be a title contender so we want to dominate them for us to gauge our preparedness.“We have been hit by many injuries on top of the suspension of Carmelo so the odds are tight on our side but we will go through strong.“It’s a chance for the warriors to prove to the doubters especially ourselves that this year is ours.”Warriors are one of only two sides that are still unbeaten in the second round having won all their 5 games so far. The other is Oilers who are 6-0 in terms of second-round record.For UCU Canons, they come into the game on the back of a first second-round loss of the season.Nicholas Natuhereza’s side lost 64-67 to Oilers on Wednesday night and will very much want to return to winning ways.Going into the contest, David Deng is a major doubt for Canons while Warriors are still without the suspended Saidi ‘Camelo’ Amis.UCU have the best record for the season so far, winning 15 of their 17 fixtures so far.UCU have won 15 of their first 17 games this season.For Warriors, they have won 14 in 16.The other fixture on the night will see Ndejje Angels take on Sharing Youth.After a decent run in the first round, Ndejje have struggled in the second, winning only 2 of their six games so far.For Sharing, they have so far won three and lost as many in 6 second-round games.Comments
OAKLAND — Jordan Bell knows there is a chance to play a bigger part with the Warriors this season, and the second-year power forward is embracing that.“I’m definitely ready for a bigger role,” said Bell, the former Oregon star, who elaborated on that topic with our Logan Murdock recently. “I think the work I put in this summer will shine during the season.”While the Warriors wait for All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to get healthy, Bell will be one of three players given the chance to compete for …
27 February 2014 A national “thanksgiving” service to celebrate the life and work of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December, will be held at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday. The 1 000-year-old abbey has been England’s coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 British monarchs. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will give an address at the service, which will be attended by Prince Harry, representing Queen Elizabeth II, the abbey said in a statement on Tuesday. Also in attendance will UK Prime Minister David Cameron, UK opposition leader Ed Miliband, and members of the Mandela family. Business Day reported on Thursday that South African President Jacob Zuma would not be attending the service due to work commitments, but that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would be there at the head of a government delegation including at least two Cabinet ministers. Prince Harry’s attendance at Monday’s service will be a further sign of the deep respect for Mandela felt by the British royal family. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, had represented the Queen at Mandela’s funeral in Qunu. Both he and the Queen paid warm tribute to Mandela in statements issued following his death, Prince Charles describing him as an “embodiment of courage and reconciliation,” and the Queen praising Mandela’s achievements, saying he had “worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today”. SAinfo reporter
Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 30, 2011March 30, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Hike or seek this seasonSeptember 17, 2019In “News”Five scenarios where Pocket Queries are the ultimate TOTT (tool of the trade)May 21, 2019In “News” Get Out the Door and on the Trail FasterPocket Queries make preparing for your geocaching adventure a simple 2-step process.Step 1: Create a Pocket Query for the area that you want to go geocaching. You can select which cache types to receive in the results, specify your range of difficulty and terrain levels, choose cache attributes and more. Want to see only traditional caches within 25 miles of your home that are above a difficulty 3 and require a long hike? This step lets you do so. When you’re done, you’ll receive an email containing a file with the Pocket Query results.Step 2: Plug your GPS into your computer. Either drag and drop the emailed Pocket Query file onto the device or use third-party software to load the file (the process for loading files depends on your GPS device). You can find a list of your Pocket Query files that are ready for download under the tab “Pocket Queries Ready for Download” here.That’s it! You now have the complete Pocket Query (up to 1000 cache listings) including cache coordinates, descriptions, hints and recent logs on your device, so whether you decide to go geocaching right outside your house or miles away, you’re ready to go.Users can even look up caches when away from home! When you create a Pocket Query, just set it to run on one or more days of the week. The query will run on the specified day(s) and can be saved for later use, set to run automatically each week or deleted.Pocket Queries are a Premium Member feature. Premium Members can run up to 5 queries per day with up to 1000 caches per query. Premium Membership is only US $30 per year or US $10 for 3 months and it’s well worth it for the amount of time (and paper) you’ll save. Don’t believe us? See what other Premium Members have to say about the benefits of Premium Membership.
By Carol ChurchAs discussed in Can Members of the Military Get SNAP Benefits? we typically hope and believe that members of the military and their families will be provided for when it comes to food, shelter, and medical care. Most of the time, this is the case. However, occasionally families of lower-paid members or families in various special circumstances (such as those with many children or those with a disabled member) need assistance. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides specific nutritional support for pregnant and postpartum women and young children, and it is easier to qualify for than Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).What is WIC?WIC provides redeemable vouchers for specific types of nutritious food to pregnant and nursing women and to infants and children under age 5. Examples of the types of food covered include fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat, nuts, beans, and grains. Families can also receive vouchers for infant formula, an expensive product.Participants also have regular appointments with WIC staff to talk about nutrition and check in on their health. They will receive nutritional counseling, recipes, and other useful information. The point of the program is to make sure pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children who are at nutritional risk are eating well and doing well physically.How Do You Qualify?Typically, the family income for WIC applicants must be no more than 185% of the federal poverty line. You can see those numbers here. However, things are somewhat different for members of the military. Individual states have the option of excluding certain important military payments when calculating whether a family is eligible for WIC. These include, but may not be limited to:Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)Family Separation Housing (FSH)Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)Overseas Continental U.S. (OCONUS) Cost-of-Living Allowances (COLA)BAH, in particular, is typically not used when determining WIC eligibility. Thus, depending on which state the service member lives in, it may be possible to obtain WIC benefits even if total pay package is significantly higher than 185% of federal poverty.Pexels/Pixabay.com, CC0Members serving overseas may be particularly likely to be eligible for WIC due to how eligibility is calculated. This TRICARE page goes into detail about the Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program, which is relatrively new and offers WIC benefits to those overseas. This benefit may be quite important to young families living outside the United States.To ApplyTo apply for WIC, service members serving on base should first find out if there is a WIC office on base. Otherwise, visit this site to find out how to contact the appropriate WIC state agency.WIC is a modest program that provides healthful foods for growing families. It can temporarily fill financial gaps for families, especially those who struggle due to underemployment or unemployment of a military spouse. Since this is a common issue for military families, WIC has an important role to play.For more information on government programs that can assist military families with food needs, visit this FDA page. References:Lightfoot, L. (2017). How WIC Benefits Military Families. Retrieved from https://themilitarywallet.com/wic-benefits-military-families/National Military Family Association. (2016). No Child Should Ever Go Hungry—Nutrition Assistance Programs For Military Families. Retrieved from http://www.militaryfamily.org/featured-news/no-child-should-ever-go-hungry.htmlTricare. (2016). Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program. Retrieved from https://tricare.mil/wic/USDA. (2016). Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Retrieved from https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/who-gets-wic-and-how-apply
As word spread quickly in January 2007 that Mike Tomlin would be the next head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, no one needed to explain the significance of the move to Steve Jackson. Then a safeties coach with the Washington Redskins, Jackson was among the many African-American assistants rooting for Tomlin to get the job. Just a few years earlier, Tomlin, who had just completed his first season as the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator, probably wouldn’t have been on the short list for one of the most prestigious coaching gigs in professional sports. But under the Rooney Rule, times were changing.“For me, that’s the one that really stood out,” said Jackson, now the Tennessee Titans’ assistant secondary coach. “It was the Steelers. That’s one of those jobs that everyone looks at. And he wasn’t the leading candidate when he walked in for the interview, but he got in that room and he made his case. That’s what we all want: just to have a real chance to compete for the job. A lot of us [black coaches] looked at that and said, ‘Yeah.’”There’s no debating that the Rooney Rule has had a positive impact on the NFL. By providing owners with the first leaguewide tool to make hiring potentially more inclusive, the NFL took a significant step toward changing its culture. The rule continues to be expanded, and major corporations have followed the league’s lead. But in a workplace in which the overwhelming majority of players are African-American, the NFL has many more opportunities to strengthen the rule and further increase diversity in its management ranks.In place since 2003 for head coaches and expanded in 2009 to include general manager jobs and equivalent front-office positions, the rule — named after Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and onetime head of the league’s diversity committee — mandates that an NFL team must interview at least one minority candidate for these jobs. The rule, however, has two fatal flaws: the temptation to substitute sham interviews in place of a search for real diversity, and coordinator-level positions, a crucial step to head-coaching jobs, are not under the umbrella.The NFL did recently expand the rule again to include women: For all executive openings in the commissioner’s office, a woman must be interviewed. The San Francisco 49ers were the first team to formally adopt the practice, but the same flaws still apply.But the league did provide a blueprint for corporate America to improve its poor hiring record when it comes to diversity. Facebook, Pinterest, Intel, Xerox and Amazon are among the major companies that have instituted their own version of the rule. Even the Pentagon has explored using some form of the rule to diversify its officer corps.“The Rooney Rule really has become the best practice for diversity and inclusion,” said Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer. “The Rooney Rule is all about access and opportunity, and it’s exciting to see where we are now after having the Rooney Rule in place for 12 years when you look at what the Rooney Rule has delivered.”In the 12 seasons before the rule was instituted, the NFL had only six non-white head coaches. In 12 seasons under the rule, the league has added 14 head coaches of color. From the NFL’s standpoint, there were other encouraging numbers last season regarding diversity. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida found that:At the start of last season, there were six head coaches of color, one more than in 2014. In 2011, the NFL had an all-time high of eight head coaches of color.There were seven African-American general managers in 2015 and for the ninth consecutive year, there were at least five general managers of color.Eight of the last 18 Super Bowl teams have had either an African-American head coach or general manager.Clearly, minorities have made modest strides in filling leadership positions. The problem is, there are 32 NFL teams. Even at its highest point, minority representation among coaches was a meager 25 percent. Almost 68 percent of the NFL’s players are African-American, but there are no African-American team presidents, and only one team president of color. Although the NFL received an A grade for overall racial-hiring practices from Central Florida, only 19.4 percent of the league’s professional positions — front-office and business-operations personnel — were filled by “people of color” in 2015. The numbers tell the story: There’s still plenty of work to do.Jeremi Duru wrote the book on the Rooney Rule. Literally. In Advancing The Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL, Duru masterfully details the history of the process that resulted in the rule. Duru, a law professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, agrees that the rule is not perfect, but “the whole idea of it is to prompt kind of a culture change in the league,” he said. “It’s not that the outcome of each particular interviewing season is going to vindicate the rule, but rather that the rule will put in place the sense that, in order to be the best, you have to think broadly. It’s the idea that in order to succeed and be competitive, you have to look at a deep pool of candidates.”One of the biggest criticisms of the rule is that it hasn’t effected change fast enough. For the rule to have been in place so long, some African-American commentators have argued, the NFL should have many more minorities in the highest-ranking positions. “It’s extremely difficult to eradicate a long-standing problem quickly,” Duru said. “The Emancipation Proclamation itself isn’t going to be a panacea. But it creates a culture where there’s no longer lawful slavery, and where we start to see progress, slowly but surely.“In the end in the NFL, hopefully, the idea is that it really becomes clear that the best coaches come from all sorts of different places. And if you think broadly about coaching and you slow down and take time with your hire, you’re going to find yourself with the best outcome. It’s not a consequence of the rule itself, but of the culture that the rule has ushered in.”Unfortunately for the NFL, the public perception is that sham interviews are integral to the league’s culture. Invariably each season, rumors have swirled that some teams interviewed African-American candidates only to comply with the rule. In January, the timing and execution of the Philadelphia Eagles’ hiring of new coach Doug Pederson raised questions about whether they had violated the spirit of the rule. The Eagles interviewed Duce Staley, a former Philadelphia player and current assistant coach on the team. Staley had never been a coordinator and only served as a position coach for three seasons. To many league observers, it appeared the Eagles had skirted the rule by interviewing an in-house candidate who obviously lacked the experience to be a head coach.That’s where the Fritz Pollard Alliance comes in. Together with the league’s front office, they determine whether a team’s interview process is legitimate. In the first year of the rule, commissioner Roger Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, fined former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen $200,000 for “failing to discharge his duties” under the rule.Although the specter of fines should serve as a deterrent to teams violating the rule, there’s another step the league could take to ensure compliance besides the removal of draft picks: require teams to provide transcripts of interviews with minority candidates. That way, the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the commissioner’s office could judge for themselves whether teams adhered to the spirit of the rule.“The Rooney Rule requires that there be a meaningful interview of a person of color, not just an interview,” Duru said. “Any mechanism that can be used to ensure an interview that is meaningful should be on the table.”However, among NFL decision-makers, there’s no momentum for detailed transcripts to become part of the process. “What is important is getting interview feedback,” the NFL’s Gulliver said. “We really do find that getting feedback, getting candidate feedback, on what worked and what didn’t work, and what can even be better the next time, will help candidates as they continue their quests to become a head coach or a general manager.”That being said, covering more potential candidates under the rule would seem to be a logical next step. Generally, coordinators have the most responsibility among assistant coaches. Owners often pluck coordinators from successful teams to become head coaches. If there were more minority coordinators in the pipeline, theoretically, there would be more minorities in the applicant pool for head coaching positions. The Rooney Rule does nothing to address that basic fact.In response to the NFL’s horrible hiring record after the 2012 season (eight head coaches and seven general managers were fired; 15 white guys were hired), the Fritz Pollard Alliance proposed that coordinator-level and team president positions should be covered under the rule. The NFL rejected the proposal, but in 2013 the league did restart the Career Development Symposium, which previously ran from 1998-2008.The commissioner’s office requested that teams send two representatives, including at least one person of color, who aspire to be general managers and head coaches, to a three-day program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Besides networking with decision-makers from throughout the league, participants honed their interview skills through presentations and panel discussions. (In March, the league had its first Women’s Career Development Symposium.)But remember: Last season, the league had only six head coaches of color and seven African-American general managers. Obviously, the Career Development Symposium didn’t hobble efforts to improve minority hiring — but how much did it help? It just seems that including coordinator positions under the rule could be another major turning point in the ongoing struggle to level the playing field.In ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 8 Super Bowl 50 Issue, senior writer Mina Kimes wrote that white position coaches and assistants are more than twice as likely to be promoted to coordinator than their African-American counterparts, according to research from professors at Georgetown, George Washington, Emory and Iowa State University. Moreover, those promotions occur regardless of the white coaches’ performance, experience and coaching background. The data shouldn’t be ignored.The Titans’ Jackson is a 13-year NFL assistant. Despite his experience, Jackson knows it’s downright impossible to make the leap from an assistant coach to a head coach without first being a coordinator.“There’s always a network, an inner circle, and then there are others,” he said. “And if you’re in the others, you have to do everything you can to get in the door.”The argument against expanding the rule to include coordinator positions is that head coaches should be allowed to pick their staffs without any restrictions on interviewing. There may be something to that.During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Brian Stewart directed the Dallas Cowboys’ defense. If coordinators are covered under the rule, Stewart envisions the potential for conflict. “That would be rough,” said Stewart, now a college coach at Nebraska who works with defensive backs. “You really have to leave picking those guys [coordinators] to the head coaches. They have to be allowed to choose their own people.“That’s one of the benefits of reaching the level of head coach. And if you don’t let them interview only the guys they want to interview, it could really open up a can of worms when you talk about relationships on the staff. If guys feel like a coordinator didn’t get the job the right way, there could be a lot of resentment from all the other assistants. It could be a problem. It could be a big problem.”Of course, there’s often resistance to change. When the rule was instituted, many within the league suggested head coaches wouldn’t have credibility if they were hired as a result of the process. But who would argue that great coaches such as Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Tomlin and Carolina Panthers’ Ron Rivera lack credibility? The Steelers’ pick of Tomlin worked out spectacularly.The Rooney Rule is still evolving and growing pains are part of the process. But with the NFL on the right track, it’s definitely not time to slow down. Editor’s note: Tuesday was opening day at The Undefeated, a new ESPN website that explores the intersections of race, sports and culture. In an introductory letter, Kevin Merida, its editor-in-chief, says the site won’t shrink from covering challenging subjects with a mix of original reporting, innovative storytelling, provocative commentary, must-see video, narratives and investigations. At FiveThirtyEight, we’re so excited at having a new sibling that we’ve been running several of The Undefeated’s articles on our site this week — including the one that follows here — and we have big plans for partnerships in the future. More stories from The Undefeated:Serena: The embodiment of it all by LZ GrandersonDon’t believe the fairy-tale mythology that sports promote by Domonique FoxworthWill my 2-year-old nephew end up like Michael Brown? by Wendi Thomas
There will be an underwater search that will look at the seabed for Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson.The search for Cardiff City’s Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala continues.The player and his English Pilot, David Ibbotson, disappeared more than a week ago when they were traveling from Nantes, Frances, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.After French and English authorities tried to locate them alive, the search was not successful and they ended up calling off the mission after more than three days.But his family wants closure, and a private GoFundMe campaign has reached £300,000 in donations.And today the underwater seabed search will start as explained by chief investigator David Mearns, who will work together with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).Vital victory today, important in so many ways 💙💐🙏🏿 this was for you Emi #BlueBirds #CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/gUDN08GIPh— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 2, 2019“Once we locate any wreckage then we go into the next phase of identifying it visually with a robotic vehicle… that will be to define and identify the wreckage,” Mearns explained to Sky Sports News.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“If it was summertime it would be straightforward but there’s a lot of complications.”“I don’t want to give people false hope, there’s never a guarantee with a search, particularly in this area where wreckage can actually move,” he commented.“We saw earlier this morning there were seven French trawlers in that area with scallop dredgers on the seabed.”“Hopefully, they haven’t disturbed anything beyond anything like that and we have a very good chance of finding this,” he added.Sala’s family had previously asked authorities not to stop looking, but the French and English authorities said there was no chance to find them alive.His family arrived in Guernsey ahead of the search, and have been actively talking to the press about Sala.Meanwhile, there have been tributes for him all around the football world, with Cardiff City welcoming him as a player even if he never trained at all with them.Huge result. Special night 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/2bAFuni2rQ— Joe Bennett (@JoeBennett27) February 2, 2019