Vermont First Tee Grants 37 Additional Vermont Elementary Schools

first_img(Rutland, Vermont, 8 January 2009) The First Tee National School Program and the Vermont Golf Association, Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Vermont Golf Course Superintendent’s Association, Vermont Golf Industry Committee, Vermont Professional Golfers Association, Vermont Senior Golf Association, and the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association, have today announced that 37 additional local elementary school physical education programs will participate in the 2009 The First Tee National School Program. The 37 new schools join the 15 schools that entered into the program in 2008.2009 schools: Allen Brook School (Williston), Beeman Elementary (New Haven), Bradford Elementary & Graded School (Bradford), Bridgewater Village (Bridgewater), Champlain Elementary (Burlington), Clarendon Elementary (North Clarendon), Dover Elementary School (Dover), Dummerston School (East Dummerston), Elm Hill Elementary (North Springfield), Georgia Middle School (St. Albans), Grafton Elementary School (Grafton), J.J. Flynn Elementary (Burlington), Kurn Hattin Homes (Westminster), Lothrop Elementary School (Pittsford), Manchester Elementary (Manchester Center), Mettawee Community School (West Pawlet), Mt. Holly School (Mt. Holly), Newbury Elementary School (Newbury), Northfield Elementary (Northfield), Oak Grove School (Brattleboro), Orange Center School (East Barre), Orchard Elementary School (South Burlington), Plymouth Elementary (Plymouth), Rochester School (Rochester), Rumney Elementary School (Middlesex), Stockbridge Elementary School (Stockbridge), Warren Elementary School (Warren), and Williston Central (Williston).2008 schools: Barnard Elementary School, Bristol Elementary School, Cavendish Town Elementary School, Chester-Andover Elementary School, East Montpelier Elementary School, Ludlow Elementary School, Lyndon Town School, Milton Elementary School, Mountain View Community School (Rutland), Pomfret Elementary School, Proctor Elementary School, Reading Elementary School, Rutland Town School, Sherburne Elementary School, and State Street School (Windsor).The National School Program curriculum is based on national physical education standards (www.aahperd.com(link is external)), and utilizes equipment that is designed to be developmentally appropriate, safe and fun for children and beginners. The statewide Vermont golf collaborative partners, corporate sponsors, and individual donors are funding up to 75% of the cost to the schools.The golf community and physical education teachers know it is important for kids to learn activities that provide lifetime benefits while integrating strong character values. The National School Program emphasizes The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, respect, confidence, responsibility, courtesy, sportsmanship, perseverance and judgment.Community support is integral to this program and the statewide golf associations and Vermont PGA teaching professionals will provide the school with information on a variety of instructional and play opportunities for interested students and families. Parents may also check the junior golf Web site: www.juniorlinks.com(link is external) or www.thefirsttee.org(link is external) for more information.”The National School Program is structured to present a quality, school golf curriculum that develops competency, understanding and progression through movement and physical skills,” said Benna Cawthorn, Director of The First Tee National School Program. “Through this program, children as young as five will be exposed to the motor patterns associated with golf, along with the inherent values of the game.”Richard H. Mihlrad, President of the Vermont Golf Association said, “The statewide associations for golf in Vermont are excited to expand The First Tee National School Program into the elementary schools throughout the state. We know the results of our efforts will reap great benefits to the children of Vermont.”About The First TeeThe First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org(link is external)) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to over 1.5 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore. Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.For more information, contact Richard H. Mihlrad, President, Vermont Golf Association, by phone (802) 645-1907 or e-mail (rmihlrad@sover.net(link sends e-mail)).Vermont Golf AssociationPost Office Box 1612, Station ARutland, Vermont 05701(800) 924-0418 ▪ (802) 773-7180www.vtga.org(link is external) ▪ vga@vtga.org(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Volunteers to Pour Into Highlands Saturday to Help Town Rebuild

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday is all about helping friends, fellow business owners and maybe total strangers who are in need after what Super Storm Sandy has wrought.That’s the intent of the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. event Saturday, April 27, organized by the Highlands Business Partner­ship. The partnership’s Hope for Highlands project is expected to draw more than 400 volunteers who will offer their assistance to help the community so devastated by the October storm, according to Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the partnership, which oversees the borough’s business improvement district.“It’s amazing to me how many people who have pulled together and organizations that have partnered with us to really get the town moving,” Cefalo-Braswell said of this and previous efforts to assist the community.Saturday’s effort will in­volve volunteers from among such corporate entities as Comcast, Sherwin-Williams and Raymour & Flanigan, along with members of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Associ­ation and Love, INC, who all will be offering their sweat equity to help residents and businesses.Volunteers will be asked to help with cleaning, gardening, raking, doing some Sheetrock work and painting. Some skilled volunteers will work on rebuilding homes damaged and destroyed.Along with the physical help, Cefalo-Braswell said Sherwin-Williams is donating paint, which will be used to refurbish the exterior of a couple of restaurants and residences. Raymour & Flanigan will offer some furniture and Comcast is expected to make a cash contribution to be used by residents and businesses, as they continue to rebuild and restore in Sandy’s aftermath.“It really will be a day of celebrating volunteerism – that’s what it’s all about,” Cefalo-Braswell said.Along with those efforts, the firefighters benevolent association has selected the borough’s Veteran’s Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues as the site of its next Where Angels Play playground, Cefalo-Braswell said. The organization is working to build playgrounds in honor of the 26 victims in last December’s Newtown, Conn., shooting.The group plans to construct 26 playgrounds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; the first was built in Sea Bright last month.Association members will tear up and haul off the destroyed boardwalk located along the shoreline at Veter­ans Park to make way for a new boardwalk, Cefalo-Braswell said.Among the local businesses expected to be helped will be two restaurants, the Inlet Café, 3 Cornwall St., and Chilangos, a Mexican restaurant located at 272 Bay Ave. Both locations were hit hard by the storm and their owners have been working feverishly to open in time for Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, respectively, and for the important summer season.Volunteers will paint the restaurants’ exteriors, Cefalo-Braswell said.Chilangos had about 6 1/2 feet of water rush through the structure. Owner Leo Cervantes has been wading through insurance headaches as he tries to get the business up and running, he said.“It’s been really nice getting help from friends and family” and he appreciates what the others are willing to do, he said.Doug Lentz, Inlet Café’s owner, called the damage to the café, his other location – the Original Oyster, 1 Willow St. – and his home, which is attached to the café, “catastrophic.”Work at the café, which was flooded with about 5 feet of water, is now about 75 percent complete, Lentz said. The Original Oyster, however, “took a pretty good hit and that will not be reopening as it was,” he said.Lentz is considering other opportunities for the location; a tiki bar is one possibility, he said.“This is a town with a lot of potential,” Cervantes said of Highlands, where he is also a resident. “In the long run, it’ll be a better town, definitely 100 percent better.”Lentz, on the other hand, appeared a little more introspective about the future. “I think it’s a town in transition,” with a number of residents and businesses deciding to not return. But with the café’s reopening, “we’re looking for a good season,” he said.“I think a lot of people need to hang in there,” Cefalo-Bras­well said, though she ack­now­ledged “there are a lot of people still undecided, proceeding with caution” for the future.“There’s help available,” both financial and physical, through the Hope for High­lands effort and the generosity of organizations like the Robin Hood Foundation, which has contributed a $250,000 grant for repairs.“There’s always a friend, there’s always someone to lend a helping hand,” she said.last_img read more

Reviews about the Super Rugby Season

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesGambling has become the number one activity that most individuals are going for. Most people engage in gambling for money while others do it just for relaxation. There are a number of trusted gambling sites which embrace a variety of online games such as the sbobet, MAXBET as well as CBET. The gambling sites besides offering betting services to the consumers have reviews on various games geared to attract customers. The gambling sites such as agen sbobet offer betting opportunities for rugby games, for instance, the super rugby as well as national rugby league. How is the super rugby team?Agen sbobet describes the super rugby season as the season that transformed the rugby union forever. The super rugby season inception was in 1996 and since then rugby has greatly changed and it is more interesting. The super rugby season starts from February and ends in July. Agen sbobet claim that the super rugby is the leading team though it has various rivals. The rival teams include the all blacks which started before them in 1930 and has continued to grow each day. The super rugby season is one of the seasons that betting agencies such as agen sbobet earn much through. It is almost similar to the rugby leagues in regards to the betting markets. Many individuals bet in these games just like in rugby leagues. The difference between the two types of sports is that they differ in the rules.Embed from Getty Images If you examine the agen sbobet sites you will see this similarity of their betting market. The rugby leagues have similar match betting. The match bets include head to head betting, line, and points as well as margin betting. In margin betting the bookmakers’ offer margins that are between 1- 12 points as well as 13+ points in each side. The margin betting is offered for all the games in the entire competition. The margin betting include $ 3.75 rebels 1-12 points, $23 draw, $2.65 waratahs 1-12 points, $2.75 Waratahs 13+ points as well as $ 8.50 rebels 13+ points. Head to head betting, in turn, is between two teams and there is the use of decimals. The line and points betting are almost similar to head to head betting but have enhanced odds. The super rugby season has been ranked by agen sbobet as the best union competition as it has over the years been throwing up excellent betting opportunities. The opportunities are a great boon to the betting industry as well as the individuals who bet. If for instance, you bet against a team that you know that it may be affected by the travel schedules you have a great chance to win big. Therefore, super rugby season is great as it enhances the players, as well as the betters. Get into the agen sbobet site today and start betting this season. Don’t be left out! You can win large amounts of money to enjoy together with your family this super rugby season. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

South Africa’s Gift of the Givers turns 23

first_img11 August 2015Gift of the Givers, the internationally renowned aid organisation that is based in Pietermaritzburg, reached a milestone when it celebrated its 23rd anniversary on 6 August.It has been congratulated on its achievement by a number of organisations and government departments.“We honour our association with an organisation that has made an incalculable contribution to the upliftment of the under-privileged, not just in South Africa but around the world,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs.The department noted the humanitarian and disaster relief work done by the NGO. “Gift of the Givers provides aid to 40 different countries around the globe. Its humanitarian services know no boundaries of race, colour, or creed.”Thanking people for their support, whether that be through donations or contribution of skills, the NGO said: “There will be no celebration, no party, no cutting of cake but only a silent prayer of thankfulness to the Almighty, for through His permission, we have managed to serve millions of people worldwide.“We appreciate the contribution of every single person, be it cash or kind, be it R1 or R100 000; be it in the form of prayer, words of support, well wishes, advice or promoting our activities through whatever manner.”Gift of the Givers workers were described as South Africa’s brand ambassadors. As part of its humanitarian aid, the organisation provides highly skilled medical personnel to those most in need.“Twenty-one years into democracy, South Africa continues to face challenges that are the legacy of centuries of discrimination and deprivation of the majority,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs. “But we have much to be proud of: we have come a long way.”About Gift of the GiversThe organisation describes itself as the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent.Based in the KwaZulu-Natal capital, it was established by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, a South African, on the instruction of a spiritual teacher, Sheik Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi, in Istanbul, Turkey on 6 August 1992.Since then, Gift of the Givers has delivered lifesaving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 41 countries, South Africa included.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Rackspace Adds More Cloud-Based Services, Moves Down the Collaboration Path

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Rackspace is launching a new service called “Cloud Drive,” that allows businesses to store, share and back up files in the Rackspace cloud.Rackspace is one of the world’s largest hosting companies but with more services being offered in the cloud, it is starting to look like it is also establishing a presence as a collaboration services provider.Pat Mathews, president of email and apps for Rackspace said this is exactly what is happening.“We are definitely moving down the collaboration path with Cloud Drive,” Mathews sad.In reality, Rackspace is following a natural progression. With the ability to move IT to the cloud, Rackspace will have to deepen its collaboration service.For instance, search is not a part of the current offering. But it is part of the roadmap and will become a critical service for customers as they move their files to the cloud. It’s a focal reason why collaboration providers like Box.net put a heavy premium on search. Customers need the capability. Without it, the information can end up in folders without ever being touched again.Some of the features that are part of Cloud Drive include:Synchronized folders across one or more computers.Syncronized version control to make sure colleagues are working with the most recent files.Automatic data backups in the event of a hardware failure.Complementing Cloud Drive is Rackspace Server Backup, which backs up applications and protects file server data. Its primary function is to back up Windows or Linux data.Bot Cloud Drive and Rackspace Server Backup are powered by Jungle Disk, which Rackspace acquired last year.Rackspace Cloud Drive costs $4 per user, per month. Rackspace Server Backup costs $5 per server, per month.center_img alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Umpire Harper accuses Dhoni of intimidating him

first_imgUmpire Daryl Harper, who was involved in a controversy in the recent first Test match between India and the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday, accused India captain MS Dhoni of trying to intimidate him during the match.Retired Umpire Daryl HarperHarper said Dhoni should have been penalized for his comments on poor umpiring, adding that he was forced to break his silence following the International Cricket Council’s ( ICC) inaction.According to the now-retired umpire, Dhoni approached him after Praveen Kumar was warned for running on the pitch, and said “we’ve had problems with you before, Daryl,” which the umpire interpreted as an attempt to intimidate.”I decided what he meant was that I was one umpired not influenced by any personalities or teams or boards. He hadn’t been able to intimidate me, I think that was part of it,” Harper said.Harper also said that Dhoni should have been punished for his comments at the post-match conference, where the India skipper had said: “If the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.””That was my opinion (that he should have been censured), those were inappropriate comments. I think that’s definitely inappropriate,” Harper said.Harper also hit back at his critics and the ICC for not supporting him. He said he withdrew with from the third Test in Dominica because he didn’t want all the focus to shift to him from the players and the contest.advertisement”It would have been all about my performance in my 96th Test. I’m not sure if any more scrutiny was actually possible,” he said. “I loved my role but I didn’t want to see the focus switch to me when it should centre on the players and the contest.”The ICC had reacted to Dhoni’s criticism of Harper by saying: “The reality of the situation is that Daryl’s statistics show his correct decision percentage in Tests involving India is 96 per cent, which is considerably higher than the international average for top-level umpires.” Harper said it would have been better if the ICC management had shown the same support before he stepped down from the third Test.”If this type of support had been forthcoming before the horse had bolted, I would have stayed and officiated in my 96th Test match,” he said. “If it happened on my watch, I’d take action. If it happens after my watch, after the game is over, I expected the ICC, the controlling body, to do some controlling.”The Australian, however, admits to making two mistakes against India in the Test, as per the ICC Incident Log, compiled by the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe and regional umpire’s performance manager Barry Dudleston.last_img read more

Strauss has retired with grace

first_imgCricketwallah by Ayaz MemonIn a year marked with retirements of major players- some spontaneous, some forced- Andrew Strauss’s has been the most enigmatic and perhaps also the most significant. More than anything else, it shows how vulnerable cricket captains are in the modern game.True, Strauss lost the Test series and England the world number 1 ranking to South Africa. In an age when success is demanded at every step, and past records gather cobwebs once day turns into night, this setback was always going to hurt Strauss.It must be remembered that England had also lost a Test series 0-3 to Pakistan in the Middle East a few months back, so their fall from the top position had been as dramatic as India’s, though this may not have been reflected in the rankings. The fact that the current defeats came at home, where most England fans believed their team was invincible, would have been doubly troubling for Strauss: this, as also his own personal form which has waned more often than waxed since the Ashes victory last year.Yet, Strauss seemed to be under no immediate threat to relinquish his position.The selectors were still unwavering in their support, and the establishment had been solidly behind him in the controversy involving star batsman Kevin Pietersen.What makes a captain take such a drastic call is something that still daunts cricket academics. Retirement for a sportsperson- with its accompanying insecurities and loss of identity- is always a vexing issue.For a cricket captain it is even more excruciating because it also means- apart from all else, tremendous loss of power. No other sport vests so much authority in a captain.advertisementSome captains are gross misfits, some let others call the shots, some blunder along till they are replaced. There are only a few who- once they accept the job- make it their purpose in life.Strauss was clearly from the last category which makes his retirement both perplexing and admirable. But unless there is some diabolical reason for Strauss to quit which could be overturned, this seems highly improbable. As things stand, one can only say, “Well played sir!”last_img read more