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1,500 Santas will fill the streets of Burlington on Sunday, December 6

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The 5th Annual Ri Ra 5K Santa Run presented by New England Federal Credit Union to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The race starts outside of Ri Ra Irish Pub on Church Street at 10 am and concludes back in front of Ri Ra Irish Pub. The Ri Ra Santa 5k run returns to Burlington, VT again this year after proving to be a big hit the last four years for the community. Runners from all over New England and Canada will join in on the fun.  All race participants receive a Santa suit to be worn during the event and to keep. Plus FREE, full hot breakfast for all participants after the race courtesy of Ri Ra Irish Pub.Runners are encouraged to collect pledges in support of their run for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta!  The runners who raises the most money will receive a gift certificate to Von Bargen’s Jewelry. Donations are accepted online and on race day.  Every donation helps Camp Ta-Kum-Ta give a child those most precious gifts: fun, joyful memories and the freedom to be a kid.“The Ri Ra Santa 5k is a fun way to bring the community together to celebrate the holidays, promote health & wellness and support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta” said Hattie Johnson, Acting Executive Director at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a nonprofit organization established in 1984.  Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides a safe, loving place where children from Vermont and New York who have, or have had cancer can play, swim, share, and heal. In short, Camp T-K-T is where kids go to reclaim a childhood robbed by cancer.  Until there’s a Cure….There’s a Camp! For more information, contact Hattie Johnson, Executive Director at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta at 603-496-1323 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).  For more information about the race, visit www.santa5k.com(link is external).last_img read more

BG exercises option for another KNOT shuttle tanker

first_imgKnutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (“KNOT”) has received a notice from a subsidiary of BG Group plc that BG has exercised its option for an additional Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tanker newbuilding for operation in Brazil.In connection with the September 12, 2014 contract between KNOT and BG for two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tanker newbuildings, BG received an option, for a period of one year, to take up to two more shuttle tanker newbuildings. Following the current exercise of its option for an additional vessel, BG has a remaining option for one more shuttle tanker.The new vessel will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, as are the first two vessels.Upon delivery, expected to be in mid-2017, the vessel will start operations under a time charter with BG (this will have a minimum term of 5 years). If BG exercises all extension options, the vessel would operate under this charter for a period of 20 years.KNOT currently owns eight shuttle tankers, which are vessels designed to transport crude oil and condensates from offshore oil field installations to onshore terminals and refineries.last_img read more

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

first_imgIn this April 13, 2015, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe acknowledges fans prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness.“Don Newcombe’s presence and life established him as a role model for Major Leaguers across the country,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. “He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium, and players always gravitated to him for his endless advice and leadership. The Dodgers meant everything to him, and we are all fortunate he was a part of our lives.”Newcombe, like Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson, was signed by Branch Rickey from the Negro Leagues and went on to make a huge mark in the major leagues.From left, in a July 12, 1949, file photo, Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson pose at the 16th annual All-Star Game at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, New York.  (AP Photo/File)“Newk” was a fierce presence on the mound, a 6-foot-4 and 225-pound bear of a man who stared down hitters and backed up anyone foolish enough to crowd the plate. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first Black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Newcombe was a friend and mentor who had a great impact on his life.“What he did for baseball, as being one of the first African-American players, his career with the Dodgers and how he impacted the organization,” Roberts said after spring training workouts in Glendale, Arizona. “Sharing stories about Jackie Robinson and his plight helped me and furthered my education on our history, so we lost a great man, a great Dodger today.”When asked if he shares Newcombe’s history with current players, so they understand his accomplishments and his sacrifices, Roberts said, “Absolutely, Don was around a lot for games and he would spend time with our players individually and as a team. So, for his legacy to live on, through me, through other players is paramount.”Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen was close with Newcombe and said he was at Jansen’s wedding.“He’d always talk to me about how strong I have to be. He spoke to me a lot about mental toughness and physical preparation, running, conditioning. He’d say be aggressive out there. He kept me motivated,” Jansen said in a statement on Twitter . “He taught me about the history of the game. He talked to me about being a leader. He talked to me about being a good husband and a good father.”Newcombe played in Nashua of the New England League and for teams in Montreal, Venezuela and Cuba before joining the parent club in 1949.center_img He was a four-time All-Star and won 20 games three different times.In this Sept. 19, 1956, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field in New York. (AP Photo/File)“Don Newcombe had a ton of talent and he was a great competitor,” former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who was a teammate of Newcombe’s, said in a statement. “He was a helluva pitcher and he was one of the best hitting pitchers I have ever seen.”His greatest year was 1956 when he went 27-7 and won both the Cy Young Award, then only given to one pitcher for both leagues, and the National League MVP award.“He was a powerhouse. I don’t think he really got enough credit for his overall performance,” said former teammate Carl Erskine. “He threw a fastball that had great location and a curveball that was a short, hard breaking pitch.”Newcombe, Robinson and catcher Roy Campanella were a trio of black stars for the Dodgers who often supported each other.“We came up with a strategy,” Newcombe later recalled. “We knew the impact we were attempting would have. We had to endure. (Robinson’s) character, his backbone, his guts — those were the keys. Jackie was the leader under Mr. Rickey.”The three talked frequently, Campanella and Newcombe from the Dodgers’ Nashua, New Hampshire, farm team and Robinson from Brooklyn.“We talked about how things were going,” Newcombe said. “What if somebody charged the mound on me? What would I do? Nobody did.“I remember in the New England league, a catcher threw dirt in Roy’s face. He said, ‘If you do that again, I’ll personally take your arm out of its socket.’ They challenged us. They did anything they could to break down the idea.”Newcombe’s Dodgers were perennial also-rans who specialized in winning the National League pennant then losing the World Series to the Yankees. Newcombe played on three pennant winners with the Dodgers and the World Series champions in 1955, the year they finally beat the Yankees.Born June 14, 1926, in Madison, New Jersey, Newcombe pitched in the Negro Leagues starting in 1944 at age 18. In 1945 he had an 8-3 record with the Newark Eagles and won the attention of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization.This is a Feb. 28, 1951, file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Donald Newcombe in Vero Beach, Fla.  (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)In 1989, at a reunion of Negro League greats, Newcombe gave a speech in Atlanta where he reflected on his experience.“I wish that in some few words I could wipe away that pain you’ve suffered so long because you have skin this color,” he said. “We know that we would not be here today if it were not for the Negro Leagues. I thank God I had the chance to walk shoulder to shoulder with you.” He went 17-8 in 1949, his first season with the Dodgers and was named NL Rookie of the Year.Newcombe, Robinson and Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians became the first Black players to appear in an All-Star game that season, when the Dodgers hosted the mid-season contest at Ebbets Field.On July 8, 1949, Newcombe and Hank Thompson of the New York Giants became the first Black pitcher and hitter to face each other in a major league game.In 1950 Newcombe went 19-11, and in 1951 went 20-9, but he failed to win the season’s most important game. He was the starting pitcher in the decisive playoff series between the Dodgers and the Giants, and he held a 4-1 lead going into the ninth inning. But he gave up three hits to the first four batters and was replaced by Ralph Branca, who quickly achieved baseball infamy when Bobby Thomson lofted a pennant-winning home run, “the shot heard ’round the world.”Like many ballplayers of his generation, Newcombe lost some prime years to military service, giving the Army the 1952 and 1953 seasons. “Wait until next year” had become a virtual mantra in Brooklyn as the Dodgers won the National League title in 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953, only to lose the World Series every time.Then came 1955, “the year next year finally came” in Brooklyn parlance.The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the World Series and Newcombe went 20-5 during the regular season, winning 18 of his first 19 decisions. On the day of his 20th win he hit his seventh home run of the season, a National League record for a pitcher at the time.But Newcombe always struggled in the postseason. He lost the first game of the 1955 series to the Yankees and was passed over in favor of Johnny Podres after preparing to pitch in Game 7. He was 0-4 with an 8.59 ERA in career World Series appearances.In his MVP year of 1956, Newcombe became the first Black pitcher to lead either league in wins. Brooklyn won another pennant that year, but lost the World Series to the Yankees in seven games, with Newcombe defeated in the final game.Newcombe faded quickly after 1956 as he pitched for the transplanted Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.He had a brief resurgence for the Reds, going 13-8 with a 3.16 ERA in 1959.In a 10-year major-league career he had a 149-90 record and a 3.56 ERA.He pitched for Spokane, Washington, in the Pacific Coast League in 1961 and finished his professional career in Japan in 1962.Alcoholism helped lead to his early retirement. He gave up drinking in later years and worked for drug and alcohol prevention programs. He continued working for the Dodgers, most recently as special adviser to the chairman.He was a frequent presence at the stadium in recent years, always nattily attired in a suit and tie with a fedora atop his head.He took part with Sandy Koufax in a first pitch ceremony before Game 7 of the 2017 World Series vs. Houston at Dodger Stadium and was at the park for last fall’s World Series vs Boston.In 2011, Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander joined Newcombe as the second man to sweep the sport’s three major awards. Newcombe introduced Verlander at the following year’s Baseball Writers Association dinner.Newcombe wasn’t elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, due mostly to his Army and alcohol-shortened career.He kept virtually no memorabilia from his career. He sold his Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young trophies, along with his World Series ring, to filmmaker Spike Lee.He pushed for greater pension rights for former Dodgers and promoted the idea of a national holiday to honor Jackie Robinson.In 1968, Newcombe met with Martin Luther King Jr. just 28 days before the civil rights leader’s assassination. King had dinner at Newcombe’s home in Los Angeles before returning to Atlanta.According to Newcombe, King told him, “Don, you’ll never know how easy you and Jackie and Doby and Campy made it for me to do my job by what you did on the baseball field.”Newcombe outlived most of his Dodger teammates and was deeply affected when Campanella and Don Drysdale died within a week of each other in 1993.“When tragic things happen, it gets the guts out of you,” he said at the time. “You try to be strong, but when those things happen, you break down and cry like a baby.”Newcombe is survived by his wife, Karen Newcombe, son Don Newcombe Jr., daughter Kellye Roxanne Newcombe, son Brett Anthony Newcombe, grandchildren Cayman Newcombe and Riann Newcombe and stepson Chris Peterson.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Son Heung Min selected as London’s Premier League player of the year

first_imgAdvertisement 0Powered by Firework0 Tottenham Hotspur’s star player Son Heung Min was selected as the London’s Premier League Player Of The Year. On the other hand, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino was selected as the best manager of the season 2018/19.Advertisement Son Heung Min is having a great season as he has already scored 16 goals in this season. The South Asian International has been able to beat the star winger of Chelsea, Eden Hazard and the centre forward of Arsenal, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to grab this award.Advertisement After receiving the award, Son Heung Min stated,“It means a lot,”Advertisement “For me, it’s special, my first award (of this kind). Many players have not won this trophy so for me it’s really, really special, especially because such big names have won this award (in the past). It means a lot and I’m very happy to win.”The manager of Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino also sounded happy about the award of Son Heung Min. He told,“I think it’s fantastic. He is doing a fantastic job, he is having an amazing season and we feel so proud. I feel so proud of all my squad, of course, but in that case, Sonny won the award, Premier League Player of the Year, and I am so happy for him because he deserves it.”Tottenham Hotspur will welcome Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday in the North London Derby. These two awards will certainly boost up them before the big match.Fulham appoint Scott Parker as interim manager after sacking Ranieri Advertisementlast_img read more

Connor cuts lose

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL WGCA LOWER GRADES REVIEW – ROUND 10 (one day) B GRADE WINLESS after nine rounds it was…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Motorsport Ireland Weekend Round-up

first_imgAndrew Purcell and Mark Wiley were the leaders on Saturday night in another Fiesta R5, just two seconds ahead of the eventual winners, with former Valvoline Forestry champion Josh Moffett and his co-driver Stephen Thornton another fourteen seconds behind. The Monaghan-Donegal pairing of Barry McKenna and Leon Jordan scored a narrow victory in the Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally at the weekend, even though they weren’t the winners on either of the two days. Moffett was the pacesetter on yesterday’s six stages, closing to within twelve seconds of McKenna by the finish, while Purcell slipped back to third position, just over a minute behind the victorious pair. Each day counted as a separate round of the Valvoline Championship, with Purcell and Moffett being the two top scorers.Motorsport Ireland’s Young Rally Driver of the Year, Callum Devine from Derry, took fifth place in the Junior WRC section of Rally Finland, giving himself a successful debut in the famous World Rally Championship round with its fearsome, ultra high speed, gravel surfaced stages.Devine and co-driver Brian Hoy climbed to fourth at one point, behind drivers with lots of experience on this type of stage, but a puncture on the Assamaki stage cost him valuable time and one place in the final results.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgShare This!We’re traveling around the world on our best of Instagram. Come along for a break from Monday!If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!February 18, 2019February 19, 2019February 20, 2019February 21, 2019February 22, 2019February 23, 2019February 24, 2019Top Follower of the Week!I have so much nostalgia for the old Imagination pavilion that the way it is now is almost painful to see at times. Some things are still awesome (the jumping fountains forever!), but there’s so much potential there. Mystic Manor in that pavilion? As long as they keep Figment, I’m game for that! What do you think?Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplans.last_img read more

The sharp-dressed men of Africa

first_imgThe sapeur Willy Covari, one of the most admired sapeurs of the Bacongo neighbourhood, walks with his two children in his plot. (Image: Hector Mediavilla)• Loux Gebhardtemail: loux the vinatge guru • Shweshwe, the denim of South Africa • Tlale returns to wow New York • Soweto Fashion Week supports African design • Zim teen new face of Louis Vuitton • Trio aspires to retain Hector legacySulaiman PhilipIt’s not just African designers like David Tlale or traditional cloth like shweshwe that have been turning the heads of fashionistas recently. Men who live by the motto that life can be beautiful and beauty begins in your closet, are spreading their gospel of style across the world.Namibian designer and fashion blogger Lourens Loux Gebhardt and the sapeurs of Congo are not mere Prince Cinders; they are men who believe in the inspiring, redeeming and consecrating effect of dressing well.The men of La Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or the Society of Atmosphere Setters and Elegance (sapeurs), are the subject of a new Guinness advertisement that celebrates their sense of style, ethics and grace. The ad, which was filmed in KwaMashu, in KwaZulu-Natal but set in Bacongo, Brazzaville in Republic of Congo, celebrates the foppish tastes of these dedicated followers of fashion in the shantytown of Bacongo. Sapeurs also exist in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.The ad comes on the heels of a book by Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni. Gentlemen of Bacongo is his celebration of tailored suit wearing, bowler hatted, cigar chomping working class men. A superficial reading of the sub-culture paints it as simply a group of men obsessed with clothing. And indeed, “les sapes” take huge pride in their clothing, spending most of their money on the most unusual shirts, ties, shoes and suits; but it is not just about expensive suits and colourful shirts.In Congo-Brazzaville – I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul:Living with joyLes sapes believe they are a source of inspiration and positivity in their community. They have a simple philosophy: live with joie de vivre. “Even if I don’t have money in my pocket, I only need to wear a suit and tie to feel really at ease,” says Prince Armel, one of the men in the Guinness ad.After their day’s work is done, these farmers, taxi drivers, carpenters and labourers transform. They use flair and creativity to express their identity and code of honour using clothing to rise above the circumstances of their war-torn lives. Le sape is not about raising aesthetics to a religion; for sapeurs it is a longing for the manners and ethics of the idealised perfect gentleman. “Dressing well can symbolise many things, and for a sapeur their fine clothes stand for peace, integrity and honour. A sapeur has to be respectful, non-violent, well-mannered and an inspiration through their attitude and behaviour,” explains Armel.The sartorial African man is not a new phenomenon. The photos of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé capture Africa embracing social change and discovering new identities by tweaking the look of their departing colonial masters. The Congolese sapeurs in turn grew out of an act of civil disobedience. This working class group of fashionistas embraced the suit and tie after Mobutu Sese Seko, former president of the DRC, declared them a throwback to the country’s colonial past.And in NamibiaIn his signature snap brim hat and vintage spectacles, Gebhardt is the epitome of style. He looks for all the world like a man who lives by Frank Sinatra’s rules on personal style: shirt cuffs must extend half an inch from the jacket sleeve; trousers should break just above the shoe; do not sit down because it wrinkles the pants; if you have to sit, don’t cross your legs; pocket handkerchiefs are optional, but preferably always wear one. Something of a time traveller, he would have been comfortable in that style icon’s inner circle. His look is about reworking vintage style into something modern and new. “Too many Africans look at vintage simply as old clothing.”Omuthiya-Gwipundi, in the far north of Namibia, is not the fashion capital of the country but its open air market is a goldmine of vintage suits. Vendors don’t realise the treasures they have on offer, says Gebhardt, so he is able to buy tailor-made suits from the sixties and seventies at knock down prices. “It makes me different from most people here; I manage to dress myself cheaply and end up looking like a million bucks.”The hundreds of photographs of Gebhardt floating around the internet show a man swaddled in an atmosphere of charming gentility. A sharp-dressed man projecting the best version of himself: it’s a sensibility born of a true love of fashion, not trends but an aesthetic that comes from trying different looks until you find that urbane character waiting to shine. “I stand apart from the crowd. It is simple; I am suave.”For the self-confessed hipster – “It just means I get to express myself and influence other people’s fashion sense” – clothing is a way to try on new personalities until you discover who you are. It’s a lesson he learned at the knee of his grandfather, another sharp-dressed man. “He would tell me that fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”Money can be an issue but Lou Gebhardt has perfected the art of buying inexpensive clothing at thrift stores – and always looking supremely dapper. (Image: Loux Gebhardt)Vintage suitsA vintage tie and suit, updated and personalised, a hat and shoes shined to a mirror gloss are his every day wear. It’s a style he refers to as sophisticated punk. His reworked suits are light weight, best for Africa, and pay homage to traditional western tailoring. Each one has a twist that makes them distinctively African. Some days it’s the addition of Ovambo beads, the next a brooch or a pocket square. It’s an avant-garde mix that Gebhardt believes is helping him to change the way Namibians look at design and style.A novice who learned how to make clothes under the tutelage of Namibia’s tailors, a dying art worth saving he says, Gebhardt is designing a line of suits he hopes to show at one of Africa’s fashion weeks. African flair and style is unique, he believes, and it is catching on across the globe. “We need strong brands that reflect this African spirit. Go to a show and you will see that African fashion is on point. The world is waking up to the fact that Africa is blessed with more than just models. There are designers doing really interesting things.”Like dreamers around the world, his are on hold while he struggles to find money to emulate his heroes Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh, the artist and the designer behind fashion label Art Comes First. They share his fascination with vintage clothing, taking them apart and grafting them together again to create something new.Meanwhile in Bacongo on a Saturday night, hip young men roll up the trouser cuffs of their Yves Saint Lauren suits as they navigate their way through the streets of this town on the edge of a rain forest. In handmade Grenson shoes and a splash of Armani cologne they dance to le sape hero Papa Wemba, who once sang,last_img read more

Women Building More Flexibility In Their Careers

first_imgYesterday, I had the great opportunity to participate in the SHRM #NextChat focused on women in business. After answering the questions, I realized that there’s a theme to my answers — flexibility is key.Women are often taught that they can have it all, and that’s a dream men haven’t realized in years. If you look at the armed forces, before women started to serve, those men spent months and years away from their families. Today’s road warrior might be on the front lines, but he could also wear a three-piece for his flight suit and pack M&A due diligence reports for his flight plans.Place a woman in that road warrior’s shoes, and suddenly there are more considerations on the table — how does she balance work and home life? Can she still raise a family?As women push to equalize the higher ranks, there’s even more demand for flexibility. I’m not talking about flexibility from the company perspective, like giving employees unlimited PTO or the ability to work from home. While those are incredibly important benefits in today’s workforce, true flexibility is anchored in the career decisions women make. Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, got lots of people talking about flexibility, and so I have to add my two cents.If you’re not willing to make big changes for your career, you’re not truly flexible.Career-focused decisions can go both ways — making a change to support your career, or not changing in order to focus on your family. Having true flexibility means that you understand the sacrifices at every decision point, and you are contented with those decisions.Trish McFarlane shared:”Personally, I think women trying to fit some mold defined by someone else is the challenge. Make your own way, your own rules.” This infographic finds some of the interesting statistics out there about women in the workforce — only 60 percent of women who went to the elite schools are now working fulltime, or that just 32 percent of mothers with non-adult children want to work full-time. These numbers tell me that a career path for women to the executive ranks isn’t an simple mathematical equation — attend good college, work your way up, get a corner office. Things get in the way, and at some point, women might not even want the corner office anymore.When looking at flexibility, you have to understand that you’re making a choice. That’s the power of choice, but a choice always means giving something up.So at the end of the day, flexibility isn’t just getting the outside world to work with you, it’s you working with the outside world.As OneWire noted:”Career satisfaction comes in all shapes and forms, especially with men vs women.” Check out the rest of the #NextChat here.If you weren’t able to join us, share your opinions — this discussion will be going on for a while.last_img read more