Vermont Ski Museum welcomes Beck, Broomhall, Chaffee and Sheehan into Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Vermont Ski Museum is pleased to announce the 2009 Inductees into the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame: Bill Beck, Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, Suzy Chaffee, and Bobo Sheehan. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor athletes, special contributors, and pioneers of Vermont skiing who promoted and/or contributed to the sport of skiing in Vermont; to document the histories of Inductees in the Museum’s collection; and to recognize their accomplishments through the Induction ceremony and the Hall of Fame exhibit. This year’s Induction ceremony will be on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Old Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont. Bill Beck, of Middlebury, Vermont, was a member of the National Ski Team from 1951-1957. He had the best downhill finish by an American male with his fifth place in the downhill at the 1952 Olympic Games. His record stood for 32 years until Bill Johnson won the gold medal in 1984. Beck also finished 5th, in 1952, in the prestigious Alberg-Kandahar Downhill, again a best ever by an American skier. He was a member of the 1954 World Championship Team, the 1956 Olympic Team Captain, and coach of the 1960 Olympic team. He remained active in the ski industry after retiring as a coach, industry representative, sport shop owner.  Robert “Bobo” Sheehan was a legendary coach from 1945-1968. He skied on the Newport Vermont High School team in 1939, 1940 before joining the Middlebury class of’44. Sheehan coached the Middlebury women’s team in 1946 and led the Middlebury men in 1948 to their first of two consecutive national championship titles. In the same year Becky Fraser ’46, captain of the 1944 and 1945 women’s teams, became the first Middlebury skier to compete for the U.S. Olympic Team. He coached the 1956 US Olympic Team. He was president of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association and member of the Olympic Ski Games Committee. In 1984, Middlebury College dedicates the Robert “Bobo” Sheehan chairlift in celebration of 50 years of skiing at the College. Sheehan died in 1999. Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall, originally from Rumford, Maine, dedicated his career to giving opportunities to young skiers in Southern Vermont. Broomhall had a successful college career racing for the Western State College Cross Country Ski Team. He came to Bennington in 1966 “to head a total ski program for the kids of all ages from kindergarten through high school.” He coached cross country, jumping and downhill, winning 5 Vermont State High School championships and helping at least 25 skiers to the Junior Olympics. He was one of the first in the nation to coach a girl’s team and brought the first girl’s team to Junior Olympics in 1968. In 1969, he left his coaching position to start the Torger Tokel League, now known as the Bill Koch League to develop skiers not yet in high school. center_img Suzy Chaffee, from Rutland, VT, had a successful career on the US Women’s Ski Team competing in the downhill. Due to a miscalculation in wax, she did not fulfill her Olympic potential in the 1968 Games, but she received press for her silver racing suit. She used this press to launch many ventures including a modeling/endorsement/film career, a designer clothing line, and ski equipment made for women. She has been a strong advocate for women’s equality in sports. She joined the freestyle ski team as professional in 1971 and competed with the men since there was no women’s division; she won titles in 1971-73. She was one of the first two women to serve on the USOC’s Board of Directors; she assisted in the passage of the “Amateur Sport Act of 1978”; she served on president’s council on physical fitness under four administrations. Most recently she founded the Native Voices Foundation with the mission “to create joyful unity through sports and education to heal mother earth for all our children.”last_img read more

Evosun Wraps Up Maniyafaru Land Reclamation Project

first_imgImage source: EvosunEvosun Sdn Bhd has just announced that the Maniyafaru land reclamation project in the Republic of Maldives is now successfully completed.Under this $2 million development scheme, funded by private company operating two resorts in the Maldives, Evosun created new land by using more than 380.000 cubic meters of sand.The Maniyafaru land reclamation contract was signed on July 1, 2017, and the work was successfully wrapped up last month, November 15, Evosun said in its announcement.Earlier this year, Evosun also completed the Meemu atoll Muli land reclamation program, creating 40 hectares of new land by using more than 1 million cubic meters of sand.Image source: Evosunlast_img read more

Cannabis gummy bears could be banned under law reform

first_imgNewsHub 9 May 2019Family First Comment: Far more to worry about than just gummi bears.This shows just how naïve OR misleading the Greens are being around the real risks of cannabis products. #saynopetodopeGreen MP Chlöe Swarbrick has brushed off National’s concerns around cannabis-infused edibles, suggesting most types will likely be banned.National’s drug law reform spokesperson Paula Bennett said cannabis-infused edibles could be “dressed up so they’re appealing to young people and accidental use is of real concern”.Swarbrick wouldn’t confirm cannabis-infused gummy bears would definitely be banned, but said there was consensus among the Greens, Labour and New Zealand First that protecting children and displacing the black market were top priorities.“In line with all of those things, it’s pretty evident that we will be following what other jurisdictions have done in terms of banning or ensuring that we won’t have gummy bears.”Swarbrick said there’s no way with the Government’s “health-based approach” to drug reform that “we would be enabling products that could be argued as targeted towards children”.She said there will be “nothing to glorify the consumption of cannabis” – and actually, “quite the opposite because there will be public education campaigns about the harms”.Swarbrick wouldn’t confirm cannabis-infused gummy bears would definitely be banned, but said there was consensus among the Greens, Labour and New Zealand First that protecting children and displacing the black market were top priorities.“In line with all of those things, it’s pretty evident that we will be following what other jurisdictions have done in terms of banning or ensuring that we won’t have gummy bears.”Swarbrick said there’s no way with the Government’s “health-based approach” to drug reform that “we would be enabling products that could be argued as targeted towards children”.She said there will be “nothing to glorify the consumption of cannabis” – and actually, “quite the opposite because there will be public education campaigns about the harms”.Comparing cannabis-infused lollies to alcohol-soaked lollies, Bennett said: “You’re not going to get absolutely drunk off a couple of vodka-soaked lollies, but you can get absolutely wasted on a few concentrated marijuana [edibles].”READ MORE: read more

Delray Beach residents say homes flooded after city took their sandbags

first_imgSome residents in Delray Beach are reporting that they experienced flooding in their homes after the city removed the sandbags they purchased and placed around their homes to help protect them from the rising waters during king tide.On resident in particular, CJ Johnson, told our news partners at CBS12 that he purchased $6,000 worth of sandbags to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Johnson says he placed the bags in the roadway by the Intracoastal which is across the street from their homes.City officials later came out and removed the bags from the roadway“My sandbags would’ve stopped all of this and they took them away,” Johnson said.While Johnson and other residents believe the city is responsible the for damage because they removed the bags, City of Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter says the sandbags caused damage to the road and would have not protected their homes from flooding.“The sandbags that were placed on the roadway by one of the residents caused a good deal of damage to the road which now needs to be repaired. It is not sound, from an engineering perspective, to put so much weight the edge of a older road. In short, the sandbags could not stay and were not providing any substantive protection to those residents from their most common flooding issue, namely ground water,” said  Carter.“Placing sandbags on a small section of roadway can not provide protection from flooding, especially if it is actually caused by ground water. In other to truly address their ground water flooding issue the homeowners would need to raise their homes,” said Carter.Eugenia DePonte, who has lived in the area for almost 30 years says he has noticed the flooding is getting worse, she continued.“It seems to be getting worse, particularly during a hurricane,”DePonte said.The city says they have plans to build a seawall to help prevent flooding, however, residents say they need a fix while that is in process.last_img read more

Bourama Sidibe looks to develop into the forward Syracuse’s frontcourt needs

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Editor’s note: In late October, freshman forward Oshae Brissett told The Daily Orange: “Our freshmen, people don’t know how good we are.” Granted, no one knows just how good the four freshmen are yet, but in a four-part series this week, The D.O. tells you who they are.The future of the Syracuse frontcourt arrived in Spain at the age of 13 with barely a year of basketball experience to his name. Santi Lopez, a former coach, measured him at 6-foot-6 and 147 pounds. He struggled to stitch a sentence together in either Spanish or English, yet he left his home in one of the poorest countries in Africa for a better education and a shot at basketball opportunity.Flash forward seven years to fall 2017. Syracuse has not played in the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three years and, unless Sidibe and junior Paschal Chukwu protect the rim with consistency, Syracuse could miss out on the Big Dance again. Sidibe, a former three-star recruit originally from Mali in Africa, brings a presence to the Syracuse frontcourt and will play about 20 minutes per game, said head coach Jim Boeheim. In that time, the Orange will need every bit of the 20-year-old freshman’s 6-foot-10, 205-pound frame to alter shots at what is Syracuse’s most unproven and least experienced position.The Orange has lost 98 percent of its minutes at center from a year ago, per, which puts the onus on Chukwu and Sidibe against some of the best frontcourts in the country. Sidibe’s experience playing competitive high school-level basketball in Spain, plus his two seasons in a premier basketball program at St. Benedict’s (New Jersey) Preparatory School, have provided him a platform on which to build.But there are plenty of legitimate questions, including whether Sidibe can adjust quickly enough to Division I basketball. At only a tad more than 200 pounds, whether he can body up more experienced collegiate players. And whether he will pose an offensive threat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a good player,” said SU assistant coach Allen Griffin, who works primarily with the bigs. “It’s going to be a process for him.”Sidibe’s backstory suggests he might just be able to help Syracuse hold its own in the paint. The way he guards the basket, with little emotion, belies the fierce passion for why he plays. He is driven by his family an ocean away in Africa. He said he will do everything in his power to be a productive college big. Hopefully, he said, he will play in the NBA, earn a hefty payday and send some of it back home.For now, Sidibe looks to endure this new set of challenges the way he managed his transition to Spain and then to the United States. When he arrived in Spain at 13, Sidibe learned Spanish and English while training several hours per day on the court. He had played soccer as a goalkeeper, mostly, and had only shot baskets at a “junky” court near his house for about one year, said Lopez, his coach in Spain at the Canterbury School.Sidibe lived with Lopez, his wife and his son. He learned Spanish and English at the bilingual school, adding two more languages to his repertoire of French and native Bambara. He worked out two or three times per day, spending long sessions on the court. He recalibrated his diet, which was mostly rice in Africa, to meat, pasta and paella, Lopez said. He ate meals with Lopez’s family and shared a room with his son. Sidibe gained about 50 pounds in two years, while learning two languages and the game of basketball, Lopez said.Andy Mendes | Digital Design Editor“Santi was like a father to me,” Sidibe said. “He taught me everything.”It didn’t take long for Lopez to recognize the Division I potential in Sidibe. Through mutual friends, Lopez eventually put Sidibe in touch with coaches in the U.S. In 2015, Sidibe landed at St. Benedict’s, where former SU guard and first-round draft pick Tyler Ennis graduated from in 2013.The difficulty of the initial adjustments were lessened because Sidibe had already learned English in Spain. But he had to take the SAT as well as college-level classes. St. Benedict’s suggested Sidibe stay for a “prep year,” an extra year of high school, or enroll in a junior college so that he could both learn more English and improve his SAT scores. He resisted.“Bourama is very, very, very self-conscious of being successful,” said Art Pierson, an assistant coach at St. Benedict’s. “He never gets outmatched in anything he does.”For his college application essay, Sidibe weathered multiple drafts. He wrote about his travels, leaving home for Spain at 13, then to the U.S. He wrote about how it made him more responsible and how he speaks four languages.Sidibe stowed away time to study for the SAT nearly every day and improve his scores, which were “rough” at first, said Stephanie Kranz, his math teacher. The wordiness of the test, Kranz said, did not help a student who had moved to the U.S. at age 16.One day in math class, Kranz, a Syracuse alumna, asked Sidibe to get head coach Jim Boeheim to autograph the Syracuse flag hanging in her classroom. On one of his first recruiting visits, Sidibe brought the flag with him. The day Sidibe returned, Kranz asked if Boeheim had signed it. Sidibe said no, then hung up the flag. On it was Boeheim’s signature.“I thought you said he didn’t sign it,” Kranz said.“I thought you asked if I had signed it,” Sidibe replied.As his English improved, his wit off of the court became apparent on it. Sidibe knows he is sometimes “over-quick” with the basketball. He was called for a few traveling violations in the first exhibition game last week. His strength is shot-blocking, former coaches said, while he can improve on staying firm with the ball and playing with his back to the basket. Still, he compensates for his thin build with an inner aggression and ever-evolving skill set.In a 2015 game for St. Benedict’s at Montverde (Florida) Academy, one of the top high school programs in the country, Sidibe led a near-comeback in the fourth quarter. St. Benedict’s head coach Mark Taylor said Montverde broke a full-court press three consecutive times, but there was Sidibe as the last resort. He pinned three-straight layup attempts on the backboard, each of which produced a transition basket at the other end.Later in the season, in a state playoff game, Sidibe scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against a pair of 6-foot-11 Division I commits. St. Benedict’s played one of the most difficult schedules in the country, Taylor said, but Sidibe never shied away against bigger players with more recruiting attention. In an AAU game, Sidibe stayed competitive against future No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons. Teammates began to call Sidibe, “The King,” former coaches said.Andy Mendes | Digital Design Editor“He doesn’t say anything,” said Taylor, “but boy he takes care of business at the rim.”With his ability to block shots, rebound and as he developed as a scorer, Sidibe was recruited by Memphis, UCLA, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Syracuse didn’t “get on to him” until after his junior season, later than most other schools, Taylor said. But SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara made several trips to visit him. Former assistant Mike Hopkins also made two visits and was impressed with shot-blocking ability, Taylor said.When he arrived at Syracuse, Sidibe was shy, just like he was when he first got to Spain and St. Benedict’s. But redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer said Sidibe broke the ice during a team trip to the Jersey Shore this summer. Sidibe cracked jokes that loosened the team and established himself as comfortable in yet another unknown territory.Meanwhile, Sidibe keeps his family at the forefront. It is the key motivator in his life. Every time he flies home to Mali, he brings with him extra clothes and uniforms for his family to wear. This summer, he spent nearly all of the money he had saved to travel back home. He paid fees to check three extra bags, which he stuffed with dozens of shirts and sneakers for his family. He knows he came “from nothing,” Lopez said, and he wants to repay his family.“What pushes Bourama is the fact that he’s so happy to be in America,” said Brandon Pierson, an assistant at St. Benedict’s. “He’s so happy to be here and make an impact and help out at home.”The transitions Sidibe has made were difficult. This one at SU will be, too. A few months into college, Sidibe doesn’t always know how to articulate what he thinks. He is learning more English and how to communicate on the court. His unpredictable life has led him from a village in Africa to Spain to central New York, where the Orange will count on the outstretched arms that got him here.“I’m excited,” Sidibe said. “I’m ready.” Commentslast_img read more