Sovernet’s walk raises over $16,000 for Foodbanks

Posted On Jan 1 2021 by

first_imgSovernet’s recent 3rd Annual Harvest Walk raised $16,440 for the Vermont and New Hampshire Foodbanks. Surpassing their goal by more than 50 percent, Sovernet attributes this year’s success to tremendous support for the event, as well as to an increased awareness of the foodbanks’ mission in challenging times.Three years ago Sovernet and its employees made a commitment to make a difference in the fight against hunger in their communities. With support from many areas, this year’s event continued what has quickly become a growing yearly tradition. Individuals and local businesses gave generously, with the Bellows Falls Rotary taking the prize for top business contributor. Sovernet’s customers were extremely supportive through donations sent in with their invoices. The Sovernet staff bolstered the event through donations of both their time and money and Sovernet itself continued its tradition of matching the first $5,000 of funds raised. Several business sponsors helped maximize the final donation made to the Foodbanks, with top sponsorship honors going to Boccelli’s on the Canal who generously donated over $1,000 to this year’s Sovernet harvest walk.Other sponsorship support was received from the Vermont Country Store, Vermont T’s, Chittenden Bank, The Village of Bellows Falls, MetaSwitch, Paetec and Infodirections. Allen Brothers provided the fruits and vegetables for the event, the Main Street Arts band provided the entertainment, Waste Management handled all the trash and recycling, and the top fundraiser prizes were donated by the Harpoon Brewery and the Green Mountain Flyer.Rich Kendall, Sovernet’s CEO said ” We are proud to support the important work that the VT and NH Foodbanks do to fight hunger in our communities and are pleased that this annual event continues to grow each year. Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success and we look forward to seeing you again next year.”About Sovernet Communications: Founded in 1995, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. The Vermont Company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, with facilities in Burlington and Winooski. Sovernet is committed to delivering superior customer care and total customer satisfaction, while actively supporting its local communities. For more information, please visit www.sover.net(link is external).Vermont Foodbank’s CEO John Sayles receives a check for proceeds from the 2009 Harvest Walk from Sovernet’s CEO Rich Kendall and stafflast_img read more


The 10 year old who just joined University

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgMeet the 10 year old Nigeria child who lives in Britain and who has just been admitted to a university in the UK for a Mathematics degree. For some peope this may sound like a tale of tells but it is real.At her young age Esther Okade who lives in Walsall, UK still plays with toys like any other 10 year old child.She is the first youngest African at that age to be admitted to a university to pursue a degree in Mathematics. She will be attending the Open University.Esther Okade is so brilliant that she is said to be the top student in her class already scoring 100% in the recent exams.Esther has always wanted to go to University and for her being given an opportunity at the Open University of Britain is like a dream come true. She’s so ambitious that she wants to get a first class honors degree and run her own bank.Esther’s mother has been encouraging her and says the process of her daughter joining the university has been quite interesting.last_img read more


Mackay gunning for an old friend

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Pardew will bring his side to south Wales under pressure after a woeful first-half performance in Monday’s 3-2 defeat at Everton, but Mackay has nothing but praise for his former boss. He said: “I could have been at Newcastle. We had that conversation concerning me going up there as his number two, but it didn’t happen. “I know Alan well, he is a good friend of mine and he has certainly been a mentor for me over the past few years in terms of conversations we have had. “I also played for him, I was his captain at West Ham, and he is a good friend of mine and he has done a very good job at Newcastle. He was given a long-term contract and he has brought stability to that club to an extent. “You look at the recruitment he has orchestrated there in his time and that stability is important in football, and that is what I am trying to do here in terms of staff and recruitment. “The first half on Monday was probably not what he wanted and he probably had words at half-time, he changed things a little bit. “But in the second half they played like the Newcastle I have seen over the years he has been there and they could have nicked a draw, which would have been unbelievable on the night. “So I am expecting a tough game against a team who on their day can take anyone apart.” Cardiff boss Mackay was West Ham captain under Pardew during his playing career, and was approached by the Magpies boss with a view to becoming his assistant at St James’ Park. But the Scot chose to remain at Watford, and has since guided Cardiff to the Barclays Premier League for the first time. Malky Mackay could have been in the Newcastle dug-out at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday but will have no hesitation in piling the pressure on his mentor and friend Alan Pardew. Press Association While Mackay may have only good things to say about his opposite number, the Scot will be keen to head into the international break with a win which could move Cardiff into the top half of the table. Last weekend’s 2-1 win at Fulham, courtesy of Jordon Mutch’s late strike, was City’s first on the road this term. Pardew has warned his Newcastle players they cannot afford to rely on Yohan Cabaye digging them out of trouble every week. The 27-year-old France international was left out of the starting line-up for Monday night’s defeat at Everton with his manager feeling something had not been quite right with him in training. However, with his side trailing 3-0 at half-time and in danger of succumbing to a humiliating defeat, Pardew threw Cabaye on and watched him orchestrate a fightback which came up just short as they lost 3-2. The Frenchman is likely to be restored on Saturday, when his manager will hope for more of the same, although he admits an over-reliance on a man who was coveted by Arsenal during the summer would be a dangerous thing. Asked if Cabaye’s display at Everton illustrated why it was so important for Newcastle to retain his services, Pardew said: “Yes, but we mustn’t rely on him. “His forward passing, his forward thinking got us back into the game, but there will be times when he is not there and we need to have that same attitude. “But the answer to your question is he is very important. He’s a great player and this club needs great players. “He is one of the players who gives us the consistency of performance every week, and that’s what some of our guys are searching for.” Newcastle head for South Wales needing a victory to rekindle their season after successive league defeats by Hull and the Toffees, and in the circumstances, Cabaye’s name on the teamsheet would come as a welcome boost. Pardew said: “He has trained this week since the game with no problems, and I don’t see any issue with him in terms of starting this particular game.” Whether or not he will be joined by striker Papiss Cisse remains to be seen after the Senegal international was also not selected for the team at Everton despite ending his 11-game goal drought in the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Leeds the previous week. The form of loan signing Loic Remy, who has scored three times in his last two games for the club, has in part mitigated Cisse’s barren spell. The Magpies sit in 16th place in the league table – where they finished last season – just three points clear of the drop zone. last_img read more


Tokyo 2020 paratriathlon test shortened due to bad water quality

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.The International Triathlon Union (ITU) shelved the swimming leg after tests showed levels of e-coli more than double the acceptable standard. SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT “It was regrettable,” he said, vowing to step up preparations for Sunday’s Mixed Relay, the last in the four-day competition. Former British paralympic triathlete Clare Cunningham tweeted that staging a duathlon was “a completely different race” that “puts some athletes at a huge disadvantage racing in their tri classification.” “Disappointing for all,” said Cunningham.Tokyo 2020 organisers have won widespread praise for their preparations but extreme summer heat and poor water quality have given them a headache at test events, with less than a year to go until the Olympic Opening Ceremony.Competitors at a marathon swimming test event on Sunday complained of smelly water and high water temperature at Odaiba Bay, the location for long-distance swimming and triathlon.READ| Tokyo Olympics 2020: You’ll Never Believe What The Medals Will Be Made FromOrganisers are desperate to avoid the embarrassment of the Rio Olympics in 2016, when the pool used for diving events turned an unsettling shade of green overnight.Brazilian officials also had to scramble to clean up the bay used for sailing and windsurfing that was plagued by sewer bacteria and filthy with rubbish.In October 2017, Tokyo 2020 organisers were left red-faced after tests revealed levels of e-coli bacteria more than 20 times higher than international standards, sparking doubts about the venue’s safety.At the time, the organising committee blamed prolonged summer rain that had brought pollutants from offshore for the high readings between late July and early September.A year later, organisers said that tests using underwater “screens” to filter the water had successfully reduced bacteria levels at the venue.They tested single and triple-layer screens — some 20 metres (66 feet) long and three metres wide — and found that both were effective in bringing bacteria down to safe levels although the triple screen, expected to be employed during games time, worked best.  It was the most recent disappointment at a test event for Tokyo 2020 organisers, after the women’s triathlon run was also cut short due to extreme heat in the Japanese capital.Despite this, French triathlete Cassandre Beaugrand was taken to hospital with suspected heatstroke.READ| I Want To Retire After Tokyo Olympics, Says Mary KomAround a dozen competitors and spectators fell ill at a rowing test event, also due to high temperatures, as Tokyo swelters through a deadly heatwave.”I’m so sorry for athletes that we could not prepare the competition conditions effectively,” Shinichiro Otsuka, managing director of Japan’s Triathlon Union, told reporters. LIVE TV Last Updated: 17th August, 2019 12:14 IST Tokyo 2020 Paratriathlon Test Shortened Due To Bad Water Quality The swimming section of a paratriathlon test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled Saturday due to high levels of bacteria in the water, the latest in a series of difficulties over water quality and temperature.center_img The 70 paratriathletes instead competed in a “duathlon” format with two runs and a bike race. WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 17th August, 2019 12:00 IST Press Trust Of India FOLLOW USlast_img read more


Fitcom reach kit sponsorship deal with 62 Ghanaian clubs

Posted On Aug 27 2020 by

first_imgGhana Football Association presidential aspirant, Nana Yaw Amponsah has led officials of Fitcom, Turkish giant kit manufacturers to sign a four-year kit sponsorship deal with 62 clubs in the country. Per the contract, the clubs including some Premier League sides, Division One League clubs and all 16 women’s league clubs will be provided with a set of home kit, a set of away kit, two sets of training kit, a set of tracksuit, polo shirts and bags at no financial cost. Chairman for the occasion, Frank Nelson, former Hearts of Oak management member pointed out that his checks on Fitcom indicate that the Turkish-based kit manufacturing company is a company any focused football driven country would like to be associated with.Nana Amponsah, who is also the CEO of Phar Rangers, mentioned that ” l realized branding was an area that needed attention if we want to package our football and make good money like countries like Brazil and others are doing.”I started with Phar Rangers and proposed to Fitcom why they should come to the Africa market and Ghana in particular. Branding football well makes it attractive and gives you the right kind money in return, that is why clubs outside sell one player for so much. Football is big business, and it starts with the right branding and it the reason Fitcom is here.”General Manager of Fitcom,  Demirkaya Tunahan said Nana Amponsah’s quest to take Ghana football to another level stirred his outfit to come on board saying, ” What we are witnessing today goes beyond just sponsorship, through the instrumentality of Nana Amponsah, plans are in place to establish kit shops across the country in the short term and later build kit manufacturing factories in Ghana.” Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA ) chairman Cudjoe Fianoo, who described the signing as monumental commend Nana Amponsah highly for the initiative and expressed the wish that the marriage lasts longer taking into account the benefits the clubs and Ghana in general stand to gain. A beneficiary club administrator, Alhaji Karim Gruzah (King Faisal) lauded Nana Amponsah and his team for the initiative.All being equal, the sponsorship is expected to start from the 2019/20 league season.—last_img read more