The Vermont State Board of Education welcomed three new members to the Board at its March 17, 2009 meeting. State Board members are appointed by Governor Jim Douglas.Don Collins, a resident of Swanton, most recently served six years on the Senate Education Committee in the Vermont Legislature, four years as chairman. He has taught mathematics and social studies the middle and high school level, and served as the director of guidance and curriculum at Lamoille Union High School. He served 28 years in administrative positions, including four years as the principal of Ferrisburgh Central School and 14 years as superintendent of the Franklin West Supervisory Union. He also served as director of Project Head Start in Northeastern Vermont and adjunct instructor at four Vermont colleges. He also served as a trustee of the Vermont State Colleges. He is currently chairman of the Swanton School Board. His term expires in 2015.John Hall, currently of West Danville, most recently served five years as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs. He served on the St. Johnsbury School Board, including stints as chairman, and was a St. Johnsbury Academy trustee from 1977 until his recent appointment to the State Board. He served in the Vermont Legislature from 1993 to 1996, as a member of the House Education Committee and chairman for two years. He then served as the Town Manager of St. Johnsbury until 2000, and was the executive director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. He also served as Director of the Lyndonville Savings Bank from 1996-2003. He has owned Caledonia Supply Company/NAPA Auto Parts since 1987. He previously served on the State Board of Education from 1987 to 1990. His term expires in 2015.Judith M. Livingston of Manchester currently serves on the following community boards: Bank of Bennington; Northshire Civic Center/Riley Rink; Burr and Burton Academy; Dorset Theatre Festival; Northshire Performing Arts Association; and is Trustee Emerita and former Chairman of Hildene. As a 15-year veteran of the Vermont Legislature representing Manchester, she served for six years on the House Judiciary Committee, two years as vice chair of House Ways and Means, two years each on the Appropriations Committee and the Education Committee and two years as vice-chair of the Commerce Committee. She is the legislative member of the Statehouse Expansion Committee and is currently engaged in forming a private-sector advisory council on Nanotechnology collaborative with the Vermont Department of Economic Development. Her term expires in 2015.
Ruddington Grange Golf Club in Nottinghamshire has just become the 700th club to achieve GolfMark, the England Golf award for junior and beginner-friendly facilities. The GolfMark scheme, which incorporates Sport England’s ClubMark award, was launched in 2006. Ian Gelsthorpe, the club’s head PGA professional who led the push to GolfMark, remarked: “Ruddington Grange is very proud to be the 700th club to achieve GolfMark. “It is a fantastic scheme and hopefully it will help us to get even more awareness and recognition in the local community of what we have to offer. “We want to show people that there aren’t the boundaries there used to be to come into a golf club. We’re a welcoming club which looks after and encourages new golfers and new members.” Ruddington Grange is a Get into golf centre for the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership and offers low-cost, structured coaching for beginners. Their own ‘Get into the Swing’ initiative promotes successful, free taster sessions for women, families and children. For example, a ladies-only series early this year encouraged 12 women to take up trial membership. New members’ nine-hole competitions are organised to help people make golfing friends and to integrate into the club. Free coaching sessions for children will begin in January and Ian has also linked with six schools in the area to encourage youngsters to try golf and take up the sport. “Having GolfMark tells parents that we have the correct practices in place and gives them the confidence to leave their children in an organised environment,” he said. Meanwhile, the club has forged links with Nottingham Trent University and recently welcomed over 30 new student members. Ruddington Grange has also just partnered a local gym to reach more potential players. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, congratulated Ruddington Grange and said: “This is a key milestone for GolfMark which underlines the importance clubs place on working with us to support junior and beginner golf. The close relationship between GolfMark clubs and their local County Golf Partnership is helping to grow the game at grass roots by offering more people more opportunities to play golf.” Matt Bloor, the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership’s County Development Officer, added: “Congratulations to Ruddington Grange. They are one of our flagship golf clubs and we welcome their proactive approach to getting new people into the game.” The GolfMark (incorporating Clubmark) scheme will be re-launched in 2014, following an extensive consultation period with key stakeholders. This will ensure the award meets golf club requirements in the changing golfing landscape, with an increased focus on development and business support, including club operations and marketing. GolfMark timeline: June 2008: Birchwood Golf Club, Warrington, is 100th GolfMark club. June 2009: Shrewsbury Golf Club is 200th GolfMark club. April 2010: Stonebridge Golf Club, near Solihull, is 300th GolfMark club. December 2010: Sandburn Hall Golf Club, near York, is 400th GolfMark club. August 2011: East Herts Golf Club is 500th GolfMark club November 2012: Filey Golf Club is 600th GolfMark club December 2013: Ruddington Grange Golf Club is 700th GolfMark club Caption: Nottinghamshire County Development Officer Matt Bloor (left) presents Ian Gelsthorpe of Ruddington Grange with the GolfMark award. 11 Dec 2013 Ruddington Grange is England’s 700th GolfMark club
Charlie McConalogue TDDeputy Charlie McConalogue has labelled An Post’s move to close Greencastle Post Office just weeks after the former postmaster’s death as “insensitive”.The family of former Postmaster Cyril Gormley received a letter from An Post notifying them the post office could be closed down, just five weeks after his death in August. The post office has been in the Gormley family for almost 100 years.Deputy McConalogue said that this was an insensitive move and questions must be answered as to how this decision was made. Every effort must be made to save the post office from closure, he said.“Closing this post office, which is an integral part of life in the area, would be a major blow to the community at a time when they can least afford it. It would amount to yet another attack on rural services in a county that has seen more than its fair share of cuts recently,” says McConalogue.An Post will meet with a delegation from the community to hear their views. Interested parties are invited to submit their views on the matter no later than 27th September 2013.Letters can be addressed to Peter Gillespie, Retail Operations Manager, An Post, Wine Street, Co. Sligo. Alternatively, emails can be sent to [email protected] INSENSITIVE TO CLOSE LOCAL POST OFFICE WEEKS AFTER POSTMASTER’S DEATH – TD was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueGreencastlepost office
14 April 2014It was action all the way at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg on the weekend. In the downhill, triple world champion Greg Minnaar had to settle for third place as the USA’s Aaron Gwin put in a flawless run to claim the victory.South Africa’s Minnaar was returning to World Cup competition after undergoing knee surgery late last year, so was not disappointed by the result.‘I’m happy’“I’m happy. I haven’t raced since Norway in September last year. I’ve only been on a bike just over a month, so I was really nervous up top and I was really struggling this morning. Finally, in the final run, I got the top the best I had and I can’t complain. I couldn’t have ridden the top better and I pushed as hard as I could down the bottom, and I had the legs, but I just didn’t have time on the bike,” he told SAinfo.“It was hard. It is always hard,” he said of the lactic-acid inducing final third of the downhill run. “The crowd always lifts me up, and I know it’s close to the finish line, so I put down as much as I could down to the line.”‘It couldn’t have gone any better’Gwin, the only man to previously defeat Minnaar in Pietermaritzburg when he won in 2011, was thrilled with his performance. “It couldn’t have gone any better for me. It was a great run,” he said.“I did everything I wanted to do, top to bottom, and I didn’t mess anything up, so I was happy. I knew I had the speed. But it is always so tough when it is race day, so it was good to pull through when it counts and get the win.”A tough pill to swallowFor perennial runner-up Mick Hannah, it was a tough pill to swallow. For once he got the better of Minnaar, who finished third, but then Gwin, the last man down the mountain, snatched victory from the likeable, quiet Australian, becoming the only man to break four minutes with a time of 3:59.344.“A bummer. I felt like I had a pretty good run at the bottom, but I made some mistakes at the top. At this level, you can’t do that,” Hannah said.First World Cup winGreat Britain’s Manon Carpenter claimed her first World Cup win in the women’s downhill, comfortably relegating fellow Brit Rachel Atherton, who had won the World Championships in Pietermaritzburg in 2013, to second place, with the USA’s Jill Kintner in third.“I was pretty nervous coming into this race. I know I can do well here, but it was about getting it right on “the race day, trying to keep calm, not getting stressed, and trying to make it down,” Carpenter told SAinfo.“For the past two years, I’ve been near the top, so it’s nice to come out here and to have done it won now.”Cross-country battleThere was a tight battle for the men’s honours in the cross-country between world champion Switzerland’s Nino Schurter and two-time Olympic champion Julien Absalon of France before Schurter punctured on the fifth of six laps and had to ride half a lap on the undulating course before being able to change his back wheel.Absalon rode superbly to go on to victory in 1:38:05, 34 seconds clear of Manual Fumic, who was also second at the Cascades MTB Park last year in the World Championships. Third place went to Absalon’s compatriot Maxime Marrotte, 20 seconds behind Fumic.It was Absalon’s 27th career World Cup victory.Reversal of fortune“I’m really happy,” he said afterwards. “It’s great to win the first World Cup, especially with it being here in South Africa where I crashed twice and broke ribs at last year’s World Champs.“I wasn’t the fastest downhill and I arrived a little bit stressed after my two crashes last year. I wasn’t really feeling comfortable in the Tree House rock garden, but I did a safe line, maybe not the fastest, but a safe one, and the feeling and shape was good, so I was happy.“I used a lot of energy during the first lap to overtake about 15 guys. Once I got up to Nino it was a nice fight though. He was very fast in some of the technical sections, but then he got a flat tyre.”Despite his mishap, Schurter still managed to come home in six place.Elite win on first tryThe women’s title went the way of Swiss star Jolanda Neff in her very first elite women’s World Cup race. In 2013, she had won the under-23 World Championship title in Pietermaritzburg.“I feel a lot stronger on the bike. I had a really good ride last year at World Champs here, but the rest of my races last year were not 100 percent. I had really good training over the winter and I feel a lot stronger now, and I’m really happy that it has come together now at the race,” she told SAinfo.Neff also gave a thumbs-up to course designer Nic Floros’ circuit. “It’s a lot of fun. I also liked the old track a lot because I became world champion on that track. The new one is a lot of fun as well, and has some really cool sections in there.”Norwegian wonder, Gunn-Rita Dahle, now 41 years of age, placed second, 25 seconds behind Neff, in 1:38:25, with Neff’s team-mate, Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska taking third place after a fascinating duel with Absa Cape Epic winner Annika Langvad of Denmark.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s going to be another fast-paced duel between guards LA Revilla of Phoenix (red) and Roi Sumang of Blackwater. —RICHARD A. REYESLouie Alas wants his team to make hay while the sun is shining.With his Phoenix Pulse crew getting the benefit of playing the lesser lights in the PBA Philippine Cup early, Alas knows that stringing together as many wins as they can will help them in great stead until the time “we play the heavyweights.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix has opened up with three straight victories and is setting the pace. It is the best start in Phoenix franchise history, but Alas is just halfway through his personal record achieved several years back when he was still coaching Mobiline (now TNT KaTropa).“That record is not important [for me],” he said. “What we want is to win more games and move closer to the playoffs.”Phoenix’s last five games are against perennial title contenders.After going through Meralco, TNT and then Columbian, the Fuel Masters will close out against NLEX, Alaska, Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra and four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.Meanwhile, the Beermen and Rain or Shine, two squads coming off their first loss in their last three games, slug it out at 7 p.m. contest with wins keeping either at the upper half of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Not that he is belittling Blackwater, the Fuel Masters’ foe on Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo, but Alas knows that Phoenix stacks well against the Elite in their 4:30 p.m. duel.“This game is very important to us,” he told the Inquirer, as he stressed the importance of keeping intact the conference’s only spotless slate. “We need to win as many as we can this early because we will be playing the heavyweights [later on in the eliminations].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlas said that he felt that Blackwater has at least six players capable of big nights every game, and that he had a basic defensive plan going into the contest.“We cannot stop all of them,” he said of the six Elite. “That’s why we have decided that we will just pick our poison and allow some of them their usual outputs. But I cannot tell you who they are.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Money isn’t everything SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Beermen went down against the Texters, while the Elasto Painters will come into this game still licking the wounds of a 111-99 loss to the Elite.“Actually, they (Elite) have played well in their last two games. That game against Meralco was very winnable,” he said. “And I told my players that there is no easy outing in this league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments
OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) posts up during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 74-50.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team dipped back under the .500 mark in a game at Connecticut on Saturday afternoon that wasn’t ever much in question.Playing in their first true road game of the season in Storrs, Connecticut, the Buckeyes (4-5) were manhandled in the first half, setting the stage for a 75-55 loss.UCONN (6-3) received heavy contributions from a pair of guards coming off its bench, as senior Omar Calhoun and freshman Jalen Adams combined for 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.Calhoun’s performance also featured a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.OSU received 15 points from sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate and 14 from junior forward Marc Loving, but an inability to get a stop all afternoon did the visitors in. For the game, UCONN shot a stunning 60.4 percent (32-of-53).The Buckeyes hung around for the early part of the first half, trailing 22-16 at the 10-minute mark. From there, however, the Huskies took complete control, winning the rest of the half 21-6 to take a 21-point lead into the intermission.OSU had no answer for the Huskies’ inside game, as UCONN held a 38-20 edge in points in the paint, including 24-10 in the first half. A big reason for that was redshirt senior forward Shonn Miller, a Cleveland native and transfer from Cornell, who finished the game 5-of-8 for 11 points, while also pulling down nine rebounds.Junior center Amida Brimah was also a factor for the Huskies, contributing 11 points on an efficient 5-of-6 from the field.The Buckeyes led at no point in the game on Saturday, which ended their brief two-game winning streak.OSU also failed to block a shot on Saturday, despite the return of freshman center Daniel Giddens from a two-game absence. Giddens came into the game leading the Big Ten with 3.3 blocks per game, having blocked multiple shots in each of his previous five games. OSU’s previous season low for blocks was four, in the opening game.Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle had a miserable game for the Buckeyes, going 0-of-7 to finish scoreless. It was the third game in his last four that Lyle was held under 10 points.Loving played all 40 minutes for coach Thad Matta, pulling down six rebounds to go with his 14 points.OSU is set to return home to try to reclaim the .500 mark on Wednesday against another Huskies squad, this one of Northern Illinois. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Coming off a game in which he scored a career-high 22 points, coach Thad Matta said that he wanted to see how LaQuinton Ross handled success. The sophomore forward responded with another statement performance on Saturday for Ohio State. Ross scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds as OSU (6-1) dispatched Long Beach State, 89-55. “I came out strong this game too,” Ross said. “I tried to show my coaches that I’m not going to base my whole season off that last game.” Matta said he liked what he saw. “The big thing with LaQuinton is continuing to just focus on all the little aspects of the game,” added Matta. “To get him playing his best basketball is obviously good for our team.” Ross wasn’t the only bench player to make an impact for OSU. Sophomore guard Shannon Scott scored just three points, but dished out nine assists and secured five rebounds. Sophomore center Amir Williams contributed with seven points and a blocked shot. In all, OSU’s bench outscored LBSU’s, 37-14. “I felt like all those guys that came in brought some energy, brought some cohesiveness,” Matta said. “Everybody came in and shared the basketball.” After making less than 40 percent of their field goals in the past two games, the Buckeyes regained their shooting touch against the 49ers. OSU connected on 31-66 (47 percent) of its shots, including 10-30 from 3-point range. The 30 3-point attempts were a season-high for OSU, and in part a product of LBSU’s defense. The 49ers seemed content to sit in a zone and cut off OSU’s penetration on drives, with the cost of giving up open looks from deep. In the first half the strategy had some success. The Buckeyes couldn’t capitalize on several wide-open looks and connected on just 4-15 3-point attempts. But in the second half the Buckeyes caught fire, made five of their first six from behind the arc, and used the deep ball to put LBSU away. “The guys work so hard on their shooting,” Matta said. “It’s amazing, it kind of becomes contagious, and when somebody knocks one down it carries over. I don’t know if I want to shoot 30 3’s in a game. We’ve got to continue to find our shooting touch and make shots.” Junior forward Deshaun Thomas led the team in scoring with 18 points. The loss drops LBSU to 3-6 on the season, in part because of a grueling non-conference schedule. Before falling to No. 7 OSU, the 49ers were defeated by No. 4 Syracuse, No. 8 Arizona and No. 20 North Carolina. LBSU coach Dan Monson said that the Buckeyes separate themselves from the other teams on the defensive end of the floor. “Of those teams, OSU is the best defensive team,” Monson said. “[Junior point guard Aaron] Craft is as good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country.” OSU’s defense frustrated LBSU all day, and held the 49ers to 31 percent shooting. “Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a lot of defensive drills in practice,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “Right now as a team we’re playing together well on the defensive end of the floor.” OSU returns to action on Dec. 12 in a home game against Savannah State.