Comcast provides generators for Irene recovery

first_imgComcast Cable,Comcast is lending a helping hand in support of its customers and employees in Vermont affected by the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Comcast delivered 100 generators, gasoline and bottled water valued at more than $100,000 to the local Red Cross in Clarendon, Vermont.Comcast is a national telecommunications firm and the largest cable television company serving Vermont.Pictured (l to r): Representative Patti Komline, Tuck Rainwater, Comcast Director of Government and Community Relations for Vermont, Senator Peg Flory and Senator Bill Carris.last_img read more

Adventure Race Raises Money for Military Families

first_imgProviding adventure for racers while raising money for a worthy cause, the Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) was hosted in Highlands, NC for its 16th year on Saturday, June 10.“The teamwork we witness is always phenomenal, as well as the sportsmanship. There is incredible camaraderie in the sport between teams,” said two time race director, Nate Kreuter, who put roughly 200 hours into the planning and preparations for Saturday’s race.Race participants and board members came together for a group photo.One of the most astounding attributes of the race’s tradition is the driving force behind it. In the last 16 years, SOAR of Western North Carolina has raised and donated 100% of its proceeds, which is now over $550,000, to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The foundation is a charity that provides college scholarships for the children of Special Operations military personnel who are killed in the line of duty. By partaking in the race, the athletes contribute a great to giving back to the families of our nation’s toughest warriors. Founded by Air Force Colonel, Buck Trott who has since passed away, the race lives on as his legacy and continues to enrich the lives of many military families.Hinton and Virtue look to their maps during the mountain biking section of their journey. Photo by Jay HintonThis year’s edition of SOAR was redesigned to make strategy a key component of the racing experience. Adding the unique challenge of orienteering to the mix, racers depended on a map to navigate their way from checkpoint to checkpoint in the unfamiliar terrain as they raced against the clock. With options of the 6 hour sprint race or the 12 hour elite race, the racers were put through the disciplines of mountain biking, running, paddling, and a 80-90 foot rappel.Racers were able to compete as soloists or teams of 2, 3, or 4 in male, female, and co-ed divisions. With a neat twist, the race included an optional two checkpoint “litter bonus” where teams who collected and brought back 10 pieces of litter would gain points for taking care of the environment around them.The terrain was split into three sections in which racers could choose to attack in any order, but with one catch. Once they returned to the transition area (where different types of gear could be kept) after leaving a section, the racers could not return to the same section to attempt to reach more checkpoints to add to their passport that is kept with them as a tally.The checkpoints throughout the race were found in unique forms throughout the race that the individuals or teams would have to show evidence of when they returned to the transition area. The checkpoints ranged from writing something on the back of a stop sign to finding a particular grave and finding the birthdate from the headstone down. The passports showed which checkpoints the racers had reached and was used to tally up a point system that created the rankings of the teams… that is if they made it in time without being disqualified.Even the fastest runner out there was at risk of being disqualified as the race did not only require speed, but more so a combination of skills and decision making.“You can win the race without being the best athlete. It is all about a balance of time management, strategy and knowing the landscape,” said Drew Virtue, top finisher in the men’s team division for his second year with race partner, Jay Hinton.A waterfall along the course served as a checkpoint area. Photo by Jay HintonLooking back on the race, Virtue explained the journey of the adventure race for their team of two.The night before the race, there was a mandatory meeting that counted as a checkpoint where maps were given out to the racers. Virtue and Hinton, once returning an hour back to their hometown of Cullowhee, NC stayed up for an hour and a half developing a strategy for the morning’s adventure. Going into the race with a year’s experience under their belts, the two of them had a strategy in mind that they thought would work yet again.“We had to revamp everything,” said Virtue.The first section tackled by the men involved running and paddling, two strong suits for them. Returning to the transition area, they stocked up on biking and rappelling gear and once again hit the trail. After a steep decline on the bikes, it was time for the rappel. Taking their time, Virtue and Hinton made it to the bottom where they paused in awe of the team behind them who were military personnel. The two took on the rappell without fear and remarkably fast.The “Pain for Pints” team of Jay Hinton and Drew Virtue who finished first in the men’s team division for a second year in a row.As the day went on, their troubles grew as they faced the trials of the southern section where they managed to briefly loose track of their passport and get a bit lost. Being able to stay in good spirits and work together got the two back on track though, and just in time. Winning first place by a margin of just three points, Hinton and Virtue, better known by their team name, “Pain for Pints” made it to the finish line where they celebrated with beer and food. The two beer buds first thought about doing an adventure race like SOAR while each drinking a pint together and just so, the team name was born.Showing true camaraderie and teamwork paid off for them after a full day of pushing their bodies to the limit. When asked if they plan to return the answer was simple- oh yeah!Not only do the guys plan to return, but they plan to take the step up to the elite 12 hour race this time next year. Their training motivation is simply “108”. It is the number of points both the male and co-ed winning teams reached at the end of the elite race.“The winning teams ended up doing about 70 miles of mountain biking, running, and canoeing, with about 6 thousand feet of elevation gain,” said Kreuter, who will be race director again next year.By the end of the day, luckily no incidents occurred. Safety is a top priority for the board members and race director as things like dehydration and getting lost can become dangerous factors. With incredible volunteered service and resources from the Highland Police Department and Macon County EMS, Kreuter explained his sincerest gratitude for their support. Cooler weather, smart racers, and water reserves placed throughout the course helped to prevent many possible issues throughout the morning and afternoon.With no official decisions made yet in the planning process for next year’s race, Kreuter did allude to a potential change of location.Drew Virtue makes his rappell down the rock face, a crucial step in completing the race.Photo by Jay Hinton“The board is considering the possibility of moving the race somewhere nearby so that we can show the racers new terrain and show some of the other wonderful communities in the area.”For those who may want to race in SOAR next year, the race is a wonderful opportunity for novices as the board behind the race takes pride in creating a racing atmosphere that is approachable for new teams but also challenging for experienced teams.Putting these words into motion, out of the two top finishing teams in the elite 12 hour race- one team was ranked #2 in the country while the other team had never completed a race together before. Amongst the race’s accalades, its 12 hour race served as a regional qualifier for the USARA National Championships for the first time in its 16 years.Showcasing an appreciation for our military, emphasis on teamwork, and the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, the Special Operations Adventure Race will definitely return in 2018 and is sure to be better than ever. For the full results of each of the race’s divisions, you can go to the SOAR website.last_img read more

Will Omega become the north-west’s Stockley Park?

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Arsenal hierarchy ignored departing scout’s recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

first_imgArsenal hierarchy ignored departing scout’s recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Hojbjerg was on Arsenal’s radar but he will join Tottenham this week (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will have to wait a little longer to reinforce their midfield, though, with any move for Partey having to wait until after the culmination of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League campaign.According to The Athletic, a defensive midfielder is not the only player on the agenda, with Arteta also keen to sign a box-to-box midfielder and a No.10 to play behind the striker.Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will both need to be offloaded to fund those moves, while Arsenal are hoping to secure a second season-long loan for Dani Ceballos after his impressive performances under Arteta.MORE: Arsenal bosses to offer Mesut Ozil massive pay-off to leave the clubMORE: Tottenham register interest in Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Arsenal put him up for sale against Mikel Arteta’s wishesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 10 Aug 2020 10:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Raul Sanllehi and Edu are taking Arsenal’s recruitment in a different direction (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are looking to overhaul their midfield but have snubbed a recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from one of their many departing scouts, according to reports.Mikel Arteta is keen to sign significant reinforcements to bolster his midfield this summer, having long targeted Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey in a £45million deal.However, Arsenal’s recruitment drive has been overshadowed somewhat by the decision to make 55 staff members redundant, many of whom work in the scouting department – notably Francis Cagigao, who unearthed Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin. Arteta wants as many as three new midfielders, all with different skillsets (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chiefs Raul Sanllehi and Edu favour a more contact-led approach to transfers and have been looking to streamline the club’s enormous scouting network for some time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnother high-profile casualty is UK scout Peter Clark, who, according to The Athletic, had proposed an alternative to Partey in the shape of Southampton star Hojbjerg.Clark was very keen to sign the Denmark international, who skippered the Saints prior to making it clear he wanted a transfer this summer, but the club’s hierarchy ignored his recommendation.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalInstead, Hojbjerg is set to undergo a medical with north London rivals Tottenham on Monday ahead of completing a transfer worth around £15million – a third of the price of Partey.In a separate deal, Spurs are also selling Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton for £12m, meaning Tottenham have only had to fork out £3m to land their top midfield target.center_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Outlines Workforce Training, Restore Pennsylvania for Pipe Trades Workers

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release Hershey, PA – With budget negotiations continuing with the legislature, Governor Tom Wolf outlined his plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation and address critical infrastructure needs across Pennsylvania. The governor spoke to hundreds of steamfitters, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, plumbers, HVAC service technicians, and welders at the Pennsylvania Pipe Trade Association Conference in Hershey.“Our commonwealth needs more skilled workers with hands-on training for good jobs that offer family-sustaining wages,” said Governor Wolf. “These are exactly the type of jobs that will be in demand as we begin to address the state’s critical infrastructure needs through my Restore Pennsylvania plan. We can invest in worker training and make lasting improvements from our big cities to our rural communities.”The governor has a comprehensive plan to create the highly skilled and competitive workforce that employers need. The proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and collaborates with the private sector to focus job training on in-demand skills. The program builds on the success of the innovative PAsmart initiative launched last year which is expanding science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training.Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax, will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years to help communities address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure. The plan has bipartisan support in the legislature.Learn more about Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. June 19, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Outlines Workforce Training, Restore Pennsylvania for Pipe Trades Workerslast_img read more

Sterling: Liverpool always in my heart

first_img Sterling also revealed he would pick England’s former midfield trio Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard over Spanish stars Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Xabi Alonso. He added: “I’m sorry but I’ve got to go with Lamps, Gerrard and Scholes. Read Also:Smalling informs Man Utd he wants Roma stay “Don’t get me wrong, Iniesta, Xavi, and Alonso are unbelievable players and they have won everything but, growing up watching Gerrard, Lampard, and Scholes…frightening.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City attacker, Raheem Sterling, has confessed his admiration for Liverpool. Sterling has gone from strength to strength under Guardiola Sterling took part in the session on the Instagram account of Colossal Sports Management, the agency that looks after his affairs, on Monday night. He was asked directly if he would return to Liverpool one day and replied: “Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool. “Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that did a lot for me growing up so…”Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All TimeCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegancenter_img Loading… last_img read more

EPL: Spurs eye sixth spot finish

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Venue: Selhurst Park Kick off: 4PMTottenham Hotspur will be looking to snatch sixth position from Wolverhampton Wanderers when they finish their 2019-20 Premier League campaign away to struggling Crystal Palace this afternoon. Spurs are currently seventh in the table, one point behind sixth-placed Wolves, while Palace have slipped into 14th following a run of seven straight defeats.Palace’s form since beating Bournemouth on June 20 has been incredibly disappointing, losing each of their last seven in the Premier League to go from top-half challengers to a side occupying 14th spot in the table.The Eagles cannot finish lower than 14th regardless of what happens on Sunday, but they could take 13th away from Newcastle United depending on what occurs on the final weekend, with the Magpies taking on Liverpool.Roy Hodgson’s side have lost each of their last three league games at Selhurst Park to Burnley, Chelsea and Manchester United, and it would be fair to say that their performance levels have seriously dipped since reaching 40 points, which will have disappointed their supporters.It promises to be an interesting summer transfer window for the club as Hodgson has recently spoken of his desire to sign a new striker, with the London outfit once again struggling for goals, netting just 30 times in the league, which is the second worst record behind already-relegated Norwich City. Spurs, on the other hand, will enter this weekend’s match in impressive form, having won each of their last three in the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s side lost at Sheffield United on July 2 but have won four and drawn one of their five matches since, including victories over Arsenal and Leicester City in two of their last three during a strong run of form.There is no question that Mourinho will be keen to boost his squad this summer, but there have been plenty of positive signs in recent games, and a spot in next season’s Europa League could be on the cards.Spurs are guaranteed to finish at least seventh in the league, which would bring a Europa League place for the 2020-21 campaign providing that Chelsea win the FA Cup.As mentioned, though, the capital side are only a point behind sixth-placed Wolves, who go to Chelsea on Sunday, and claiming sixth would be a success for Spurs considering their problems during the season. Palace possible XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew. Tottenham possible XI: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Lo Celso, Sissoko, Son, Alli, Lucas, Kane.Tags: Crystal PalaceJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Key West to allow residents restricted access to parks and beaches

first_imgOfficials in Key West, Florida have reopened all beaches and parks to residents with some restrictions.Beginning Monday April 27th,  Key West residents will be able to take walks and exercise at parks and beaches while still practicing social distancing.“We hope that by easing some restrictions on public spaces our residents  can enjoy the natural environment Key West has to offer,” City Manager Greg Veliz said.While the parks and beaches will be reopened, playgrounds and water features will still remain off limits to the public.The city says their next step will be to open up some nonessential businesses but that timeline will be entirely based on Florida’s stay-at-home order being lifted.last_img read more

Stone cold stunner: Wisconsin’s offense disappears, NCAA run ends in 61-54 loss

first_imgNEW ORLEANS (AP) – Matt Howard and Butler are starting to make this look a little bit easier.After narrowly surviving its first two NCAA tournament games by margins of two points or less, Butler led by 20 points before holding on for a 61-54 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night.Now the Bulldogs are a win away from their second straight Final Four appearance.Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Shelvin Mack scored 13 points and Shawn Vanzant 10 for the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (26-9), who upset top-seeded Pittsburgh by one point in the second round and now have knocked off another higher seed in fourth-seeded Wisconsin.The victory sent Butler into the Southeast regional final, where the Bulldogs meet second-seeded Florida (29-7) on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.Jordan Taylor scored 22 for Wisconsin (25-9), which shot 30.4 percent (17 of 56). Jon Leuer, normally one of the Badgers’ top offensive forces with 18.7 points per game coming in, was 1 of 12 shooting and finished with three points.Butler was the aggressor from the outset, using quickness and heady play to counter Wisconsin’s size advantage. The Bulldogs took a 6-5 lead on Vanzant’s 3 from the corner and never trailed again in the first half.While the Bulldogs shot 50 percent (12 of 24) in the opening 20 minutes, their defense was equally impressive. Wisconsin came in averaging only 7.5 turnovers per game, but had eight in the first half alone. Taylor, who entered the contest with the nation’s best assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.18, had one assist and two turnovers to that point.The Badgers’ shooting woes only made matters worse. They missed 15 of their first 23 shots. They also uncharacteristically missed four of their first eight free throws after coming in with nation’s best .823 free throw percentage.Wisconsin wound up with 11 turnovers for the game and went 13 of 19 (68.4 percent) from the foul line.Butler began to gradually pull away when Smith scored inside and Chase Stigall turned a steal into a transition 3 to make it 23-16.The Bulldogs later scored the final four points of the first half on Smith’s free throw and Howard’s second 3 in as many tries, giving Butler a 33-24 lead heading into the locker room.Butler then scored the first nine points of the second half, with Mack scoring five during the spurt, to open up a 42-24 lead.Soon after, Howard hit one of his three 3s and Andrew Smith added a layup to make it 47-27 with 11:32 to go.Wisconsin made one last push when Mike Bruesewitz hit a driving layup with 3:21 to go. That sparked a 9-0 run that was capped by Taylor’s 3, pulling Wisconsin to 53-49 with 1:38 left.No stranger to late-game pressure, Butler maintained its composure. Mack came off a screen and drained a jumper from near the foul line, then Vanzant added a free throw to make it 56-49.Taylor hit one last 3 with 34 seconds left to make it 56-52, but Butler made the free throws it need to put the game away.last_img read more

Living Legend series with Ras Morgan premieres on Amazon Prime

first_imgNew York, NY January 3, 2019— Aflik TV is one of the largest digital distributors of videos on demand (VOD) bringing us Nollywood movies and other African inspired content. Most recently, Aflik TV produced Living Legend an original series on Amazon Prime, with Ras Denroy Morgan. This series will provide an inside look into one of Jamaica’s legends, musician and producer. The series was created and directed by Akeju.Living Legend: Denroy Morgan aired on January 3 and took an intimate look into the life of Ras Denroy Morgan. Ras Denroy Morgan discussed his journey to becoming a musician and producer, his current projects and his spiritual activism including the decriminalization of the herb. Ras Denroy Morgan was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and has been in the entertainment industry for many years. He started as a musician, then producer and manager; he still maintains these roles. He is also a spiritual activist and shares his spiritual growth. Morgan is a versatile musician some of his hit songs are, “I’ll do Anything for You”, “Sweet Tender Love”, “Africa is Calling”, to name a few. He is the father of Grammy award winning reggae band, Morgan Heritage also known as the “Royal family of reggae”. During his interview he talked about the R & B dance song “I’ll do Anything for You” and how that came about. He also touched on the inspiration for “Africa is Calling”.Morgan said, “Something is always going on in humanity to cause sufferation of our people. Africa is always calling…We have something to offer.” He shared some many other interesting messages in his interview.Akeju, President and CEO of Aflik TV stated, “We want to highlight some of our other work outside of Nollywood movies. We created the Living Legend series; there are some many trailblazers I wanted to create a series to highlight  them. Ras Morgan was selected because of his versatility and he promotes peace, love and family.” This Living Legend series with Ras Morgan was a collaboration with Kofi Bannerman, President of Restless Media. The Aflik TV team is looking forward to future collaborations.About Aflik TVThe company has over 5,000 movies in distribution and over 10,000 in its portfolio. They are one of the largest producers and distributors of Nollywood movies and TV shows. You can view their content on several major video stream platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, itunes, Hulu, and Vudu.last_img read more