Governor Douglas Proclaims January “Vermont Mentoring Month”

first_imgOn the afternoon of January 15, 2004 at his weekly press conference Governor Jim Douglas declared January “Vermont Mentoring Month.” Vermont mentors and their youth matches looked on.The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP), a project of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, is spearheading Vermont’s celebration of National Mentoring Month, as designated by President George Bush in early January. The VMP connects youth and adults in mentoring programs throughout Vermont, supporting mentor programs statewide and serving over 2,000 youth.The theme for National Mentoring Month is “Who mentored you? Thank them … and pass it on! Mentor a child.” The philosophy behind “Who mentored you?” is to encourage individuals to recognize the importance of mentoring by inspiring them to think about people in their own lives who provided support, and helped them learn and become who they are today.At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Douglas stated: “The State of Vermont is working to expand mentoring and other volunteer activities… Mentoring reflects the great strength of the human connection. This sense of belonging is the heart and soul of the people of Vermont… Mentors are friends, teachers, coaches, and role models. They open doors of opportunity, convey values, and help provide the stability and compassion that youth of today need to succeed… They provide experiences for our youth to explore new careers, and opportunities that help prepare the future workforce of Vermont, helping to build a strong economy.”Research shows that youth-adult mentor matches improve student grades, school attendance, career options, family relationships, and prevent drug and alcohol initiation. One of several dozen state partnerships created by the National Mentoring Partnership, the VMP provides training, certification, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to the Vermont mentoring community.A media campaign accompanies VMP’s community outreach and educational activities during this month. For more information about mentoring in Vermont, log on to the Vermont Mentoring Partnership website (www.vtmentoring.org(link is external)).last_img read more

Confirmed: Wakaso returns to starting line-up against Burkina

first_imgKwesi Appiah makes just one change to his starting team from the previous game as Ghana meets Burkina Faso in the semi-finals at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.Mubarak Wakaso, who came off the bench to score two second-half goals in the last game starts ahead of Albert Adomah in Wednesday’s last-four clash.The game will kick off at the Mbombela Stadium at 18:30 GMT in Nelspruit.A win for the Black Stars will see them make a second final appearance in three years where they will play either Nigeria or Mali.Ghana line up: Fatau Dauda, John Paintsil, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rabiu Mohammed, Christian Atsu, Agyemang Badu, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso, Kwadwo Asamoahlast_img read more

Clayton Kershaw will start NLCS Game 1 for Dodgers

first_imgATLANTA — Order has been restored.The Dodgers broke with expectations and started Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, not Clayton Kershaw.They won’t do that again.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Monday’s victory over the Braves that Kershaw would start the team’s next playoff game whether it was Game 5 against the Braves or Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Looking forward to it,” he said.Asked if he took any special pride in once again being the team’s Game 1 starter, he wouldn’t admit to it.“No, I don’t know. I want to pitch,” he said. “I’m pitching Game 1. That’s great.”It’s likely Kershaw and Walker Buehler will start Games 1 and 2 (both on extra rest) at Miller Park with Ryu held back to Dodger Stadium, where he has been dominant this season (including seven scoreless innings in Game 1 against the Braves).VETERAN PICKUPSThe Dodgers are supposed to be run by statistically-focused decision-makers who make moves based on the numbers.“Yeah, that’s what I keep hearing,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi.But they have also shown a fondness for adding veteran players late in the season whose skills have diminished, making them more valued for their character and experience – from Chase Utley to Curtis Granderson to David Freese and Ryan Madson this year.Freese and Madson proved critical in turning Monday’s Game 4 to the Dodgers.“We’re not trying to prove anything to anyone. We’re just trying to win a World Series,” Zaidi said. “We’ll continue to make unique moves and evaluate players in a way that gives us the best chance.”FREESE UPFreese laughed off the suggestion that his extensive postseason experience – and success in those situations – gives him some kind of advantage in October.“No, no,” he said. “Every year, guys do great things in the postseason. There’s tons of guys that do really cool things in the postseason.”Freese did some really cool things in 2011 for the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the MVP award in both the NLCS and World Series. He points to that as proof experience doesn’t necessarily mean a thing.“Two-thousand-eleven was the first year I was in the postseason,” said Freese whose two-out, two-run pinch-hit single in the sixth inning Monday gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. “Good things just happen. It’s all about the opportunity. If you get the opportunity good things can happen.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The Dodgers advanced to the NLCS for a third consecutive year and Kershaw will start Friday in Milwaukee, at a time to be announced.“It was pretty simple,” Roberts said. “I think that we had our reasons why we decided on Game 1 vs. Game 2. But if there’s a potential Game 5, we feel very confident that Clayton should be the guy taking the baseball.”Kershaw made the best postseason start of his career in Game 2, holding the Braves to two hits in eight scoreless innings. Afterward, he admitted that he took a little extra pleasure from the performance because of the Dodgers’ decision to start Ryu ahead of him.“Yeah, maybe,” he said with a smile after Game 2. “Maybe a tick, for sure.”In the celebratory locker room after the Dodgers’ win Monday, however, Kershaw kept any feelings of vindication to himself. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The Tastiest Foods To Get You Spring Break Bod Ready

first_imgEating healthy for spring break bod success doesn’t mean you have to eat tasteless salads or go on extreme diets. Some of the healthiest food even tastes better than the unhealthy alternative and will prepare you for the upcoming beach season. Here are some healthy and delicious foods that’ll help you to feel your best. 1. Green SmoothiesGreen smoothies sometimes can get a bad rep due to their slightly off-putting appearance but with the right ingredients, they can taste sweet and just like any other smoothie. The best thing about green smoothies is that they sneak in the vegetables you need without being able to taste them. Waking up and already having a serving of vegetables in before lunch is a great way to ensure spring break bod success.2. Protein BallsProtein Balls are basically just healthy cookies in disguise. They are so yummy and a great pre-workout treat or a substitute for dessert. They often pack in ingredients with health benefits too–such as flax seeds or chia seeds. They are easy to make and normally don’t require baking so they are a great healthy snack to keep on hand in your preparation for beach season. 3. Dark Chocolate If you’re anything like me, dessert is the most important meal of the day. I have such a sweet tooth even when trying to eat healthy– so dark chocolate is a must. While it’s best in moderation, dark chocolate has several health benefits–such as reducing cholesterol. Its ok to treat yourself when preparing for that spring break bod.4. ToastEveryone loves a classic avocado toast but there’s no need to stop with just avocado. There are so many delicious and healthy ways to upgrade your toast that will help you to sneak in some extra veggies while still getting that comfort food feel. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory–toast is probably the answer. Plus, toast can be topped with lots of healthy ingredients and is a great food to eat while getting in shape. 5. Overnight OatsSometimes we resort to unhealthy breakfasts when we’re in a rush, but overnight oats are a healthy and tasty solution. You can make them the night before and just stick them in the fridge to eat in the morning. There are so many great overnight oats recipes and are made with ingredients you probably already own. This is a great and healthy way to start your morning.6. Grain BowlsGrain Bowls are personally one of my favorite dinners, plus they’re healthy and very filling. They have many of the same ingredients as a typical salad but are a bit heartier and are often made with some sort of warm grain like quinoa or brown rice. This is a great staple meal to have in the weeks to come before spring break. With spring break right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pack in all your healthy meals while you still can. Spring break body doesn’t mean dieting and eating foods you don’t like just to look good on the beach. With these healthy foods, you can eat tasty food and still look forward to getting your tan on. Sourcelast_img read more