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

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonLuna Bosco is still waiting for her forever and loving family to come to Adopt-A-Pet and take her home! Luna is a beautiful 2-year-old female Blue PitBull Terrier whose birthday is November 14, 2014.  She weighs approximately 50 pounds, is spayed, and up to date with her vaccinations.  Luna loves sitting for treats, fetch, walks, laying in the sun, chewing bones and car rides (she just falls asleep). This smart girl knows obedience commands, has good recall and received 30 days training from Muck Creek Kennels in Roy, WA.  Luna is doing very well with meeting other dogs, following commands, and learning all kinds of fun things. Luna prefers a stable and calm home (adults only please), daily exercise, and someone who will continue to be her leader and challenge her mind!  If you are interested in this beautiful girl, and would like to take advantage of a day of personal instruction at Muck Creek Kennels with Luna, contact Adopt-A-Pet in Shelton, WA.  Emails are preferred.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com.last_img read more

Power to the People: Colts Neck Hires Firm to Help Reduce…

first_imgBy John BurtonCOLTS NECK – The township committee is hoping its recent move to hire an energy-consulting firm will result in savings on residents’ electric bills.The township committee voted to retain Gabel Associates of Highland Park during its Aug. 28 meeting. The firm will act as the township’s consultant to negotiate with energy providers to secure a lower rate than residents and businesses currently can get.Gabel, which has assisted hundreds of school districts with energy needs over the years, began working with municipalities about 18 months ago as a community energy aggregation consultant.So far, Gabel has completed projects for Toms River and Plumstead Township and has secured energy rates that are 14 and 11 percent lower than what users had been paying, according to Ken Esser, a senior associate for Gabel.The firm is currently working with a number of other municipalities.Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, is working as an independent consultant for Gabel.“For me, it’s an opportunity to see residents of my district and the people of New Jersey at-large save money, especially when there’s no risk,” he said. “I’m inclined to get involved to have that happen.”As a consultant for Gabel, O’Scanlon works with representatives from municipal governments, explaining the benefits of having Gabel pursue lower energy rates for the community.In Colts Neck, Mayor Michael Fitzgerald said the township committee received six responses to its request for proposals. Fitzgerald supported Gabel, “because they were successful in a couple of towns” already.What happens in such arrangements is that Gabel Associates, an energy and public utility consulting company, works with a municipality to find an energy provider with rates lower than those being offered by its present provider. In Colts Neck, Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) will continue to deliver the power but the source of the power will be another company as negotiated by Gabel. Home and business owners will still receive their bills from JCP&L, but hopefully at a lower rate.The negotiation of such arrangements is permitted under the state’s Energy Aggregation Act, which the Legislation passed in 2003.According Esser, there is “no out-of-pocket expenses for the municipality in any way,” as his firm earns its fee by factoring it into the total per kilowatt-hour charge that will be paid for by the user. Users new electric rate will be at least 5 to 10 percent lower than currently and could be even lower.Gabel looks for providers to secure the lower rates for a fixed period, usually for one or two years. Customers are not required to opt in and can opt out at any time, Esser said.O’Scanlon said works for the company to educate municipal officials on community energy aggregation and advises Gabel on strategy and other business facets.“He’s really an important part of our team,” Esser said.O’Scanlon, along with his Assembly obligations, runs FSD Enterprises, LLC, in Red Bank, a consulting firm that assists municipalities negotiating with wireless communications providers.Under state law, O’Scanlon is permitted to work with municipalities within his district.“I go out of my way to avoid any potential accusation of conflict of interest,” said O’Scanlon, who is not paid by municipalities but acts as a paid representative of Gabel.Fitzgerald said he expects the average homeowner in his community who participates to see as much as a $200 saving annually on the electric bill.“Every year it seems we have to tell the residents here it’s going to cost them more in taxes,” Fitzgerald said. “If we find a way to save them $200 a year it makes the pain a little bit more tolerable.”There are no big ways to save taxpayers money; it’s up to officials to find as many little ways as possible to save and hope they curb costs cumulatively, O’Scanlon said.“You explore everything,” he said.Among the municipalities Gabel is now working with are Montgomery Township in Somerset County, Monroe, Lambertville and West Orange, Esser said.Colts Neck has been approached by six or seven communities looking for information about the township’s experiences, Fitzgerald said.last_img read more

Super Horse Pharoah Caps Great Weekend

first_imgStory and Photos by Art PetrosemoloOCEANPORT – More than 60,000 veteran and first-time racing fans jammed Monmouth Park August 2, for the 48th running of the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational. They weren’t disappointed.Triple Crown winner and super horse American Pharoah put on a show dominating the seven horse field over one and one-eight miles on the dirt track under sunny skies and a New Jersey summer heat wave with temperatures in the high eighties.Clad in Zayat turquoise and gold silks, California based jockey VIctor Espinoza and the Pharoah were easy to spot leaving the staring gate in front of the grandstand, all the way around the track into the homestretch where the crowds’ screaming almost drowned out announcer Frank Mirahmadi.Trainer Bob Baffert who won his eighth Haskell Invitation had said pre-race that American Pharoah was training well and he was right on the money. Justin Zayat, the owner’s son, who manages the Zayat racing operations talked, at a pre-race post position press conference about the big horse’s consistency in training.A view of the paddock at American Pharaoh enters the walking ring on Sunday. Photo: Art PetrosemoloComments by the trainer and owner and race predictions by handicappers and fans held true as Pharoah ran the race everyone expected. Breaking well from the gate, he was between the leader Competitive Edge, trained by Todd Pletcher, and Edward Plesa trained Mr. Jordon at the first turn. Sitting off the pace, until the turn for home, he shifted easily into a higher gear and with the shouts of the crowd, headed for home not to be challenged. Pharoah won by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:47.4 Pharoah closing odds were $.10 on the dollar and he paid $2.20 for a $2 win wager. However thousands of tickets were bought as souvenirs and were never cashed.Finishing second to Pharoah was Keen Ice, third in the Belmont, ridden by Kent Desormeaux and Upstart, ridden by Monmouth Park favorite Joe Bravo was third.Announcer Mirahmadi who called the horse’s win April 8th in the Arkansas Derby lead up to the Triple Crown races, said post-Haskell, “American Pharoah gave the crowd what they came for. He is the best horse in the world and no thoroughbred, of any age, can come close to him.”Lines formed at 6 a.m. for the track’s 9 a.m. opening when fans rushed for space in the picnic area and planted beach chairs along the fence by the finish line. The reserved seats, grandstand, clubhouse and picnic area were packed for the 5:50 p.m. race televised by NBC.When American Pharoah came to the paddock to be saddled by trainer Bob Baffert, fans were 12-deep at the rail trying to get a glimpse of the horse, rider Espinoza and New Jersey owner Ahmed Zayat as Paddock Judge Cookie Jones got the field saddled and around the walking ring to the tunnel leading to the track.A roar rose from racing fans as the chestnut colt, out of Pioneer of the Nile, stepped onto the groomed racing surface – to the strains of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run – and paraded before the crowd on the way to the starting gate. The horse known for its huge, ground-covering stride walked quietly, next to a pony, under the hand of jockey Espinoza who has ridden the thoroughbred throughout his undefeated 2015 three-year old season. With the Haskell win, the horse is undefeated in his last 10 starts dating back to September 2014 including eight wins in 2015.Pharaoh paraded in front of crowd by outrider after victory Sunday. Photo: Art PetrosemoloThe Haskell is named for 20th century New York businessman and horseman Amory Lawrence Haskell. Monmouth’s former Monmouth Handicap was renamed for Mr. Haskell in 1968 two years after his death. It is the richest invitational horseracing event in North America.When veteran Monmouth Park starter John Daniels released the Haskell field, Pharoah, there was a roar from the grandstand as the seven horses jockeyed for position before the first turn as lengthening shadows moved over part of the track.Following the win, Espinoza took Pharoah for a long cool down jog to the backstretch and then was lead by an outrider back in front of the grandstand to the delight and cheers of the fans before arriving outside the winner’s circle and being greeted by more than 50 photographers from as far away as Australia.If Espinoza and Baffert orchestrated Pharoah’s race, they had less success in the post-race presentation. Pharoah and Espinoza dug a circular trench in the track dirt as officials and Baffert tried to organize the Zayat entourage into an organized group for post-race photos.When it was over and the super horse headed for the backstretch and his stall in the Kelly Breen barn, the reality of just how good this horse is began to settle in and speculation about his next outing was the talk of the writers in the press box.With his easy victory in the Haskell, Baffert said no plans have been made where or when to run Pharoah next, although they have leaned to the Breeders Cup in October. At one point The Travers Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga in four weeks was discussed but not recently.The colt will need rest and training time for the $5 million Breeders Classic race October 31.Zayat who promised racing fans they would get to see the triple crown winner race again after his Belmont victory in June chose historic Monmouth Park in his home state for the horse’s first test leading up to the Breeders Cup Classic to be run in late fall at Keeneland in Lexington, KY, and ultimately the breeding barn where the stud fees are estimated to be $200,000 or more.* * *Racing fans including families with lots of children took advantage of Monmouth Park’s invitation to watch American Pharoah train the three days prior to the Haskell. Crowds increased each day as the three-year old colt took to the track at exactly 7:30 a.m. to jog and gallop in front of an adoring audience and hundreds of media including news helicopter hovering high over the infield.Monmouth Park welcomed the horse with open arms as it is in the midst of a fight for survival surrounded by tracks in neighboring states with on-site gambling to supplement race purses. The horse, the race and the festival MP planned for the Haskell weekend provided new focus on New Jersey’s horse racing industry and helped bring new fans to the Oceanport facility. The track, now run by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, is transforming itself into a family destination with activities such as on-site miniature golf, activities for children and a soon-to-open gourmet restaurant near the oval’s final turn.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Mt Sentinel Wildcats Soccer Team

first_imgConsidering the quality of the opposition at the single-A division, the Mount Sentinel Wildcats were pleased with their finish at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Soccer Championships in Nakusp.The Wildcats lost four very close games to elite teams from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan before defeating zone rival Nakusp to finish 15th overall. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to applaud the Cats for a job well done with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, coach Dan Szabo, Patrick Falle, Aaron Abrosimoff, Aslan Mackay, Johnny Johnson, Spencer Szabo, Denver Skey, assistant coach Devon Dunkley. Front, Kaden Ellis, Andrew Knapik, Carlos Berger, Bryce Twible, Lucas Raugust, Riley Osachoff and goalkeeper Erik Stewart.last_img read more

Do it again: Mighty Mouse defends belt vs Cejudo at UFC 227

first_imgMOST READ Mighty Mouse loves the practice of mixed martial arts, and he thrives on the discipline necessary to hone his skills. But that’s just about all Johnson cares about in the MMA game — and that’s basically why one of the greatest fighters in the sport’s history isn’t even headlining the show at UFC 227 on Saturday night in Staples Center.During 11 consecutive title defenses of increasing brilliance, Johnson has become arguably the most tactically well-rounded and creative fighter ever to step inside a cage. But when asked if he is the greatest mixed martial artist in the sport’s history, Johnson dismisses the question with an arched eyebrow and tries to turn the discussion back to video games, his true passion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“That kind of thing is all about hype and what other people think,” Johnson said. “I don’t really worry about it.”The 5-foot-3 Johnson’s disinterest in his legacy has been underlined by his steady refusal to move back up in weight from the 125-pound flyweight class to the 135-pound bantamweight division, where he fought earlier in his career. While he has hinted there’s a dollar figure that could change his mind, Johnson would rather keep embarrassing the world’s top flyweights instead of chasing a superfight with bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw or former champ Cody Garbrandt, who will meet in the main event at UFC 227 in another rematch. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Dib quits after losing to Farmer in IBF super featherweight bout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES “I don’t care,” Johnson said. “That’s not my goal. I’m just focused on Henry Cejudo.”Cejudo was knocked out by Johnson just 28 months ago in the first round of their much-hyped meeting, but the Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler is already back for another crack at the most unsolvable problem in MMA. Although Cejudo is only six months younger than Johnson, Cejudo started training in mixed martial arts in January 2013 — four months after Johnson won the UFC belt in his 19th professional fight.The reason for this rerun is twofold: Cejudo is a better, more experienced fighter now — and Johnson would rather grant a rematch to a flyweight than chase bigger bouts with bigger fighters.Nobody doubts Cejudo has improved in the two years since his loss to Johnson. He embarked on a worldwide quest to round out his game with trips to Brazil, Thailand and the Netherlands, and he has won his two fights in the interim against contenders Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis.Yet even the Los Angeles-born Cejudo knows he’s a major underdog against Johnson in the UFC’s first show in three years at LA’s most prominent arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img FILE – Demetrious Johnson (r) battles Wilson Reis (l) during their Flyweight Championship bout on UFC Fight Night at the Sprint Center on April 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Demetrious Johnson has been the UFC flyweight champion for the entire existence of the weight class, becoming the longest-reigning champion in the promotion’s 25-year history. He has won 13 consecutive bouts and cleaned out the 125-pound division so thoroughly that previously trounced opponents are getting second chances.Yet any discussion about Johnson’s place in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings or the annals of UFC history ends quickly, due to Johnson’s insistence that he couldn’t care less.ADVERTISEMENT “Even my fans might not think I can win, but I use all of that as motivation,” said Cejudo, who ended up flattened by Johnson’s blizzard of strikes in their first bout. “I burn it for fuel. Somebody has to dethrone him. There has to be a new story line. The baton has to be passed, and it’s my time.”One flickering reason for optimism exists for Cejudo: Johnson is coming back from the longest layoff of his 11-year professional career. Thanks to an injury, Mighty Mouse hasn’t fought since last October, when he submitted Ray Borg.Johnson dutifully fulfilled his promotional responsibilities this week in Los Angeles and then ducked back to his hotel room to play video games on his laptop. Although cordial to most reporters, Johnson has been actively antagonistic toward the media in general for years, repeatedly complaining about instances of what he sees as inaccurate coverage.Yet Johnson also has complained about his paychecks relative to other UFC champions, apparently failing to see the connection between his level of fame and the public’s interest in paying to watch his fights. Johnson wants the prizes without playing the game, oddly enough for a relentless gamer who can get advertising and subscription revenue from his streaming exploits.Perhaps Johnson sees the contradiction, but it doesn’t change the way he approaches his sport or his real life. He fights for self-improvement, and for money to support his wife and soon-to-be three children — and not for anyone else’s approval.“I’m not going to go out and buy a Rolex (after a fight),” Johnson said. “I’m going to buy video games and a new computer. 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Eichin, Carr lead Mack to wins over Fortuna

first_imgThe McKinleyville High baseball team, behind dominant pitching performances from starters Corbin Eichin and Kyler Carr, handed visiting Fortuna a pair of losses, 11-0 (5) in game one and 6-1 in game two, to sweep the season series between the two Big 5 Conference teams, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.Eichin, the game one starter, tossed a 1-hitter en route to the shutout victory. The sophomore is 2-0 in his last two starts including an April 6 win against Arcata, and has allowed just …last_img read more

Nitish takes a dig at Modi over neglect of Ganga

first_imgTaking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement made before the 2014 Lok Sabha poll in Varanasi that he had come there on the invitation of (river) Ganga mata, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said “Ganga maiya” now has been asking where was her son.Mr Kumar also said the condition of the river had become so deplorable that “he gets emotional over it.”“When I visited Varanasi recently people there were saying river Ganga has been asking for her son who earlier had declared that he had come there only on the invitation of Ganga mata…why he (PM Modi) has stopped saying so…the condition of river Ganga has become so deplorable that I get emotional seeing it,” the Chief Minister said while addressing an international conference on “Incessant Ganga” here.“Close Farraka”Mr Kumar said he had demanded the closure of the Farakka barrage in West Bengal “as it has been the root cause of siltation causing floods every year in Bihar.”“Several river experts have expressed a similar opinion but nothing has been done yet,” he said.“It is because of the Farakka barrage that Bihar gets flooded every year…there is a danger to Bihar due to the barrage,” Magsaysay award winner and water conservationist Rajendra Singh said.He said the Central government project of Namami Gange has been benefiting only contractors.Another river expert and economist, Bharat Jhunjhunwala, said the Central government raises the issue of cows but not of Ganga.Problem of silt depositBihar Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the conference would discuss in detail the problem of siltation in the river bed.The experts and delegates would look into all aspects of human intervention, including the proposed construction of barrage for inland waterways, which have resulted in the deterioration of the Ganga, an official of the state Water Resource Department said.last_img read more

Vista Shipping to Finance New Tankers with USD 111 Mn Loan

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Vista Shipping, a joint venture between Hafnia and CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping, has secured a USD 111 million loan to finance four newbuildings.The term loan facility, that would finance four new LR1 tankers being built at Guangzhou Shipyard International, was agreed with a banking consortium consisting of KfW IPEX-Bank, Societe Generale Hong Kong Branch and OCBC Singapore.The parties would each participate with 33% as lenders at the term loan facility and have reached financial close.The 12-year post-delivery financing profits from Sinosure cover and is secured by first-ranking ship mortgages over the vessels as well as joint and several guarantees from Hafnia and CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping.last_img read more