VSECU’s member-directed giving program, We Care 2, doubles donations

first_imgVermont State Employees Credit Union,Vermont Business Magazine VSECU is announcing the annual launch of We Care 2, a member-directed giving program through which donations are distributed to Vermont nonprofit organizations. Because of the program’s significant impact on communities around Vermont, the credit union is increasing the amount that will be directed by members from $23,000 to $50,000.Now through November 29, VSECU is accepting applications from Vermont-based nonprofit organizations that make a positive and direct impact on issues of food, shelter, heat, financial education, or the environment.Qualifying applications will be presented on the VSECU website and social media platforms, where community members will have an opportunity to comment, offer testimony, and endorse the work of their favorite organization(s).“VSECU exists because of, and for, our members, with a purpose of improving the quality of life for everyone who lives or works in Vermont,” said Simeon Chapin, community impact officer at VSECU. “Our members know their communities and know where charitable dollars are truly making a difference. We Care 2 has carried the voice of our membership successfully for many years and we wanted to increase the impact and value of every vote—and thus, the change people can make in Vermont, simply by banking with VSECU.”From the qualifying applicants, the We Care 2 Selection Committee will choose five finalists, which will be announced in January and placed on the 2020 VSECU Annual Elections ballot. As they vote for member-owners who have been nominated for the Board of Directors, VSECU members will also vote for the nonprofit finalist organization they would like to fund. We Care 2 funds will be distributed based on the percentage of votes received so that every vote cast by a credit union member will have equal financial value. In another newly instated change, each finalist is now guaranteed to receive at least $5,000.Past recipients include Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Green Mountain United Way, Downstreet Housing & Community Development, Age Well, and Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center.Nonprofit organizations that positively impact Vermonters’ access to food, shelter, heat, financial education, or a healthy environment can apply for We Care 2 funding through November 29 at vsecu.com/wecare2(link is external).About VSECUVSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com(link is external).Source: VSECU 10.17.2019last_img read more

Ashes 2019: England’s Jofra Archer takes six as Australia crumbles in Leeds

first_imgEngland’s Jofra Archer took six wickets as Australia was skittled out cheaply on a rain-affected first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley despite half-centuries from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.Australia lost eight wickets for 43 runs in a dramatic final session Thursday, collapsing to 179 all out after Joe Root put them in under gray skies following a delayed start because of dismal weather in Leeds. Archer conjured up a couple of brilliant deliveries to dismiss Harris and Warner, but a pumped up Broad left Head shaking his head with a peach of a ball which struck the top of off stump.Opta facts- The second-highest stand after David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne’s partnership was only 23 – between the latter and Tim Paine.- Stuart Broad is one wicket away from becoming the all-time leading Test wicket-taker at Headingley.- Labuschagne has reached 50 in eight of his last 11 first-class innings; having been in sublime form during a spell with Glamorgan.- Travis Head’s duck was the second of his Test career – the first came in his maiden innings. Warner (61) returned to form with a battling knock and Labuschagne (74) made a second successive half-century, having frustrated England with a crucial innings when he was called in as a concussion replacement for Steve Smith at Lord’s.Labuschagne, selected with Smith ruled out, and Warner put on 111 for the third wicket before a magnificent Archer took five of eight wickets to fall after tea, giving England a great chance of leveling the Ashes series at 1-1.Strike bowler Archer, whose rapid bouncer flattened Smith last weekend, sealed a maiden Test five-for with figures of 6-45, while Stuart Broad posted 2-32 in the 52.1 overs that were bowled on a gloomy day.FIVE for @JofraArcher in only his second Test!Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/yK4bf7wbfc#Ashes pic.twitter.com/ZRTW4y4PXR— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 22, 2019Archer struck in his second over after play began following a delay of just over an hour, snaring Marcus Harris – in for the dropped Cameron Bancroft – caught behind with a brilliant delivery.Australia were 25-2 when Broad strangled Usman Khawaja down the leg side after an early lunch was taken due to more dismal weather.They were back off for rain with the visitors 39-2 and England lost control after an early tea was taken due to bad light.Opener Warner slapped Ben Stokes for four and brought up his half-century with a streaky boundary over point in the same over as England’s frustration mounted.Warner successfully reviewed when he was given out caught behind off Broad for 61 but was on his way when he nicked a sharp ball from Archer through to Jonny Bairstow.Travis Head was cleaned up by an unplayable delivery from Broad and Matthew Wade was also on his way without scoring in unfortunate fashion, seeing the ball trickle back and hit the stumps after Archer struck him on the glove.Labuschagne was in agony when he was hit in a painful area by Broad after reaching his half-century and Chris Woakes had captain Tim Paine leg before following a successful review.Root held on at first slip when Archer drew an edge from James Pattinson – in for Peter Siddle – and Pat Cummins became Archer’s fifth victim before Labuschagne missed a straight full toss from Stokes and was triggered lbw.Archer fittingly finished off Australia by getting Nathan Lyon lbw with the first ball of the final over of what turned out to be very much England’s day.Archer and Broad hit the mark againArcher rose to the occasion on his Test debut at Lord’s and showed no signs of fatigue with another hostile display of fast bowling.The Barbados-born quick came to the fore in a dramatic evening session, tearing through the tourists as he bowled with pace and great control.Broad was also outstanding once again and could easily have had at least five wickets as he generated plenty of swing and movement off the seam.Warner stops the rot, Labuschagne a super sub for SmithWarner had not made it to double figures in his four visits to the crease at Edgbaston and Lord’s, but the opener was back in business in Yorkshire.The left-hander rode his luck, playing and missing time and again, but struck seven boundaries and ran aggressively in a battling knock.Labuschagne came to the rescue when he replaced Smith in London with a resolute half-century and was in the runs again after earning his place in the side, batting with excellent technique and application.Moment of the daylast_img read more

Duthie doubles up with back to back wins

first_imgMonday’s A & B Flight winners: Fred Land & Tony Duthie.In the B flight the scores were not so flattering where (Steady Eddie) Tony Duthie just managed to sneak home in first place with 32 points. There was a three-way count-back for the other two places where the unfortunate Alex Millbourn lost out.Near pins went to Fred Land, Richard Hurley, Alex Millbourn and Billy Vickers.A Flight1st Fred Land (16) 40pts2nd Shaun Tracey (15) 37pts3rd Ning Neal (15) 35ptsB Flight1st Tony Duthie (20) 32pts2nd Brian Neal (20) 31pts3rd Ken Meek (21) 31ptsThursday, July 21, Bangpakong – StablefordEvery once in a while it’s worth the trip to come up here and play this course. But today it was a bit of a lottery as the weather turned really nasty after just five holes. It began pouring with rain and continued for almost an hour. 30% of the players gave up and returned to the club house while the other 70% stayed out and braved the conditions. Although it was very wet underfoot the course was still playable and was drying out by the minute. Unfortunately for those who gave up this course does not adhere to the rain check policy.Of those who stayed out Tony Duthie took the honours with 33 points which was not bad in the conditions. This was the second time this week he has finished in pole position.Near pins went to Fred Land, Tony Duthie (2) and Jason Cole.1st Tony Duthie (20) 33pts2nd Ken Meek (21) 32pts3rd Jason Cole (5) 31pts4th Fred Land (14) 31ptsNote: The Fairways Driving Range and Golf Society is situated at the top of Pattaya Klang on Sukhumvit Road. Anyone wishing to play with us can call into the club house and put their names down on the lists provided or call Scott on 084 389 2379. Transport provided if required. PSC golf from The Fairways Golf SocietyTuesday, July 19, Khao Kheow – StablefordOnce again we arrived at the course to find out we had it virtually to ourselves and as always here it was in good condition. So with a good turn out today we split the field up into two divisions and set off for a very pleasant round of golf. The A flight was taken in great style by Fred Land with 40 points. Fred has only been back in Thailand for one week and this is the third time he has amassed 40 plus points. I can just visualise the handicapper sharpening his scissors right now! Only one other player managed to play under his handicap, Shaun Tracey with 37 points, well played Shaun. Ning Neal also carried on with her good form to finish third.last_img read more

Watkins in the spotlight

first_imgThe Outback Golf BarMonday, Dec. 11, Burapha – StablefordA group of 21 Outbackers took on the A and B courses on a pleasant breezy day.Svenn Lund posted the best score of the day, 42 points, to win the A flight and finish four ahead of Carl Roma Lukaw on 38. David Atkinson was a further two points back in third place. Bruce Mcadam returned with 40 points on his card to top the B flight while John Langley won a count-back over Jack Penny for second place, both with 38 points.Only one ‘2’ was registered, going to George Briffa.Wednesday, Dec. 13, Khao Kheow – StablefordFour groups played the tricky Khao Kheow course which was in excellent condition. Winning the day was Lester with 37 points, one ahead of a count-back on 36 that saw John Hoddy in second and Chris Thompson third. George Britta completed the podium in third with 33 points.Friday, Dec. 15, Green Valley – StablefordWith the bulk of Outbackers taking part in other tournaments we only had 10 players today at Green Valley. Steve Watkins played the round of his life to score 47 points and win the day. Vic Hester was a county mile back in second on 36 points and Bruce McAdam and Jack Penny completed the podium in third and fourth with 35 and 33 points respectively.last_img read more

5 of the biggest routs in Masters history

first_imgIn this April 13, 1997 file photo, Masters champion Tiger Woods receives his Green Jacket from Nick Faldo at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, file)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Jordan Spieth won the Masters by four shots last year, and he made it seem easy.He became the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976. Perhaps even more telling was that Spieth was the first Masters champion since Craig Wood in 1941 to never let anyone closer than three shots of his lead after the opening round.It could have been worse.Spieth had a three-putt bogey on No. 12, and he missed a short par putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the Masters record. Instead, he tied Tiger Woods (1997) at 18-under 270.It was a dominant victory, to be sure.But it still doesn’t make the list of the biggest blowouts in Masters history.5. CARY MIDDLECOFF: One round was all it took for Middlecoff to build a big lead and coast to his first Masters title.The story going into the 1955 Masters was Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, who had combined to win the previous four Masters. Middlecoff stole the spotlight in the second round with four straight birdies for a 31 on the front nine, and then an 80-foot eagle putt on the 13th hole that carried him to a 65. It gave him a four-shot lead over Hogan, and that was all Middlecoff needed. He and Hogan each shot 72 in the third round, and Middlecoff stretched his lead to six shots going to the final nine.Middlecoff won by seven shots, at the time the largest margin of victory at the Masters.4. SEVE BALLESTEROS: Of the five majors he won, Ballesteros was never more exciting to watch than at the 1980 Masters. So dominant was the 23-year-old Spaniard that he opened with rounds of 66-69-68, and then made three birdies on the front nine Sunday to build a 10-shot lead. All he needed to do was shoot par on the back nine to become the only player in Masters history with all four rounds in the 60s and to break Jack Nicklaus’ record for largest margin of victory.Ballesteros made bogey on No. 10. He hit into Rae’s creek on No. 12 and made double bogey. He hit into a tributary of Rae’s creek on the 13th and made bogey. Ballesteros steadied himself with a birdie on the 15th and closed with three pars for a 72 to win by six shots.3. RAYMOND FLOYD: Floyd put a 5-wood into his bag for the 1976 Masters, and it paid off _ along with a hot putting week.Floyd opened with rounds of 65-66 to set the 36-hole record at 131 that stood until Spieth broke it last year. He led by five shots over Nicklaus, the defending champion. Floyd then shot a 70 in the third round as Nicklaus fell back with a 73.One year after the high drama of Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf, there was no drama at all on the back nine. Floyd played the final 14 holes without a bogey, closed with a 70 and won by eight shots over Ben Crenshaw. Floyd shot 271 to tie Nicklaus’ 72-hole record at the Masters.2. JACK NICKLAUS: The “Big Three” were in their glory in 1965. Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player had won 12 of the last 22 majors, and one of the three had won a major every year dating to 1958. And in the 1965 Masters, they were tied for the lead going into the final two rounds.The weekend was a runaway for the Golden Bear, however. Nicklaus shot a 64 in the third round to tie the course record (set 25 years earlier by Lloyd Mangrum). That put him five shots ahead of Player and eight shots clear of Palmer. In the final round, Nicklaus shot a 69 and beat his two biggest rivals by nine shots. Nicklaus shot 271, shattering Ben Hogan’s record by three shots. That’s what led co-founder Bobby Jones to say of Nicklaus, “He plays a game with which I am not familiar.”1. TIGER WOODS: In his first Masters as a professional, Tiger Woods played the opening nine holes in 40. It hardly looked like a Masters for the ages, even when Woods turned it around with a 30 on the back nine to shoot 70. The rest of the week was a display never before seen at Augusta National.Woods shot a 66 in the second round to take a three-shot lead over Colin Montgomerie going into the weekend. Smashing his driver so far he only had a wedge into some par 5s, Woods followed with a 65 for a nine-shot lead. Montgomerie, who shot 74, said after the round it was not “humanly possible” for Woods to lose. When someone pointed out that Nick Faldo rallied from six down to beat Greg Norman by five shots the previous year, Montgomerie replied, “Faldo is not lying second. And Greg Norman is not Tiger Woods.”Woods closed with a 69, set the tournament record at 270 and won by 12 shots. It was the largest margin in any major since Willie Smith won by 11 shots in the 1899 U.S. Open.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgTo the fabulous family of Leroy Freeman, we also wish you all the best. His loss this past week was simply shocking. I will give you more on “Free” in Overtime next week, but know this, none worked harder and were better on the hoop court than Leroy Freeman. Simply a powerful force in poetic motion. A killer jumper . . . ball handle skills . . . excellent condition . . . and would dunk it on ya! Belated blessings and tremendous love to the Rivers family, some of whom now reside in Atlanta, Georgia. May God continue to bless you for the loss of your son “R.J.”. Opening night tonight for NBA bragging rights. Game one goes to the Warriors in a rout. Take it to the bank The Pens are up two games to zip on the Sharks. “Looks Like We Don’t Need Bigger Boat After All”! Belated blessings also go out to the family of my Brother, my partner, my friend, Master Jacquet Bazemore. His death was a tragic and terrible loss to the Pittsburgh community. “The Ultimate Force” of Master Jacquet Bazemore will truly be missed forever, and ever and ever!!! Bill NealWhat can I tell ya. I’m back. Deal with it! It’s been a rough month or so. < You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Vicente del Bosque backs under fire RFEF chief Angel Maria Villar

first_img Del Bosque was asked about the chief and said he would “put my hand in the fire for him”. The Spain coach explained: “I would put my hand in the fire for the president because I know that he has football’s best interests at heart – he defends the game with passion wherever he goes and he always wants the best for the sport.” Upd. at 21:29 “Football is so powerful that no one person is bigger than it,” he said. CEST Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has backed Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar, against corruption allegations in the FIFA scandal. center_img Sport EN Del Bosque thinks that football will not be tarnished by the scandal in the long run. 29/05/2015 “Football will always come back stronger. In football, and in society, there will always been something which is unlawful but in the end, the good will always shine through.”last_img read more

Hockey star in national squad

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER SHOWING her pedigree as one of Australia’s brightest hockey stars on the rise, Rachael Guy has surged…[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

Weekend Galway GAA Results

first_imgSalthill Hotel Senior Hurling Championship FinalSarsfields 0-12 Craughwell 0-12 Minor A Hurling Championship FinalClarinbridge 1-11 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 1-11 Senior Hurling Qualifiers -Group ACappataggle 1-16 Beagh 1-13Senior Hurling Qualifiers -Group CArdrahan 2-14 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 1-16Division 1 Football LeagueMountbellew/Moylough 4-4 Annaghdown 0-6Kilconly 3-10 Caherlistrane 2-6Division 2 Football LeagueSt Michael’s 5-13 Leitir Mor 2-4Moycullen 3-7 Menlough 1-12An Cheathru Rua 2-7 Cortoon Shamrocks 0-7Micheal Breathnach 1-7 Barna 0-9Division 3 Football LeagueCaltra 0-12 Claregalway 0-8Dunmore MacHales 4-17 Headford 0-7Oilein Arainn 1-9 An Spideal 1-7Division 4 Football LeagueWilliamstown 1-13 Clifden 1-8Glenamaddy 0-14 Ballinasloe 0-6Micheal Breathnach 1-5 Tuam Stars 0-6U16 Football Championship – Div 1 finalMoycullen 0-13 Monivea-Abbey 1-6Wers Waste U15 Football League – Div 1A finalCorofin 9-13 Tuam Stars 4-5Junior B Hurling Championship Semi FinalCraughwell 2-15 Menlo Emmets 0-8Junior C Hurling Championship FinalKilnadeema-Leitrim 1-9 Mullagh 0-8Division 8 North Football semi finalMeelick-Eyrecourt 1-8 Annaghdown 1-5Minor B Shield semi finalAnnaghdown 0-10 Michael Cusacks 0-10print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Rugby League’s All Ireland Grand final Preview

first_imgGalway’s 24 man squad below. Will be dropped to 20 for the game.Andrew Atonio (Captain)Josh NugentAlan McMahonCathal EvansPaddy FinnDave RowlandPater O’NeillColm NearyConor MackeyEnda StanfordPatrick CurranJay KolovsonJacob SpargoKevin CurleyAaron MurrayAaron ByrneJason EastDaithi JoyceDylan DonoghuePeter RyanMattia CeszonaroEathon MoloneyNicholas ClarkRobert Tapia The officials for this Saturday’s finalReferee Simon OwensTouch Judge James SpencerTouch Judge Paul CausbyIn Goal Julian PringleIn Goal David ChambersReserve Official Declan Campbell The McGettigans All Ireland Grand final will take place on Saturday 6th August at the Carlisle ground, Bray. The final will be contested between the best of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with their respective grand final winners the Rabbitohs (NI) and the Galway Tribesmen (ROI) duelling to become the island’s champion team. Rabbitohs of Ballynahinch V’s the Galway Tribesmen center_img This year sees a changing of the guard in the competition with the Titans of Limerick, dominant for almost ten years ,not being finalists.From Northern Ireland the Rabbitohs of Ballynahinch will be looking to win their first All-Ireland final. They have been the champion team in the northern competition for many years now but have been unable to translate their dominance up there into anything meaningful in the All Ireland environment. They qualified this year by beating the Pumas of Portadown in a free scoring Ulster final and will be desperate to finally win the trophy they covet so much.The Rabbitohs (named after the Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs (and Crowe has been in contact with the team and follow’s their progress via twitter)) boasts full Ireland internationals such as Gareth Gill and Connor Phillips. They aim to be the first side from Northern Ireland to lift the trophy. In a team full of stars they have one player who is going the extra yard and that is Hugh Van Asbeck, a native of New Zealand who has delayed his return home to finish the season here. A try scoring full back or winger he added another notch to his belt with nine conversions in the NI regional finals.Under the stewardship of Kenny Calladine the Rabbitohs are a team that is keen to keep the ball alive and have players in support at all times. With the Ulster league’s top try and points scorers and with the ability to create tries form anywhere on the pitch this is a team that will go into Saturday’s game full of confidence and full of belief.The Tribesmen of Galway knocked out the league champions to qualify for the ROI grand final last Saturday. They dominated in a game where the defences were very much on top taking every opportunity to secure their points and this included three penalties and a drop goal.The Tribesmen is a team that formed five seasons ago and have been finalists in their provincial competition twice but have not been able to get to the business end of the season due to the dominance of the Treaty City Titans over the last decade. They have a largely native element to their team but do have a smattering of Antipodeans, South Sea Islanders, an American and even an Italian!This Saturday’s All-Ireland Grand Final will see a new name on the trophy. That in itself should be the incentive for both these teams and will add a spice to the proceedings on Saturday.All Ireland Grand Final Galway Tribesmen v The RabbitohsSaturday 6th July 2016The Carlisle Grounds Bray 1400hrs kick off. Rabbitohs sidePaddy James (Captain)Ben ParkinsonCallum ForemanCathal McguireChris GibsonChris OrrGary CrawfordHugh Van OssuckJames SimpsonJamie MillerJason BarrJordan GrattonKarl YellopKenny CalladineLee BarlowMark HobsonOnisi Burekamaprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more