State Announces More Than $182,000 in Historic Preservation Grants

first_imgThe state today announced more than $182,000 in 15 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including two in the town of Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont.Standing in front of the historic Stephen Jacob House, whose owner, Historic Windsor Inc., received a $7,690 grant to install a new roof to protect the building, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Jim Saudade congratulated the grant recipients.“These are difficult times, but we are continuing this administration’s commitment to historic preservation,” Saudade said. “Preserving our past is an important part of keeping Vermont a special place not only for our residents, but for the visitors who come and help support our tourism economy.”In addition, the American Precision Museum in Windsor received $8,000 that will be used to help stabilize and repair masonry at the historic brick Robbins & Lawrence Armory building, an important part of the early machine tool industry in Vermont and the nation.The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of historic buildings with matching funding of up to $15,000 for a variety of capital repairs.Saudade said the grant program is “an investment that helps leverage additional funding sources.”“By partnering with state government, the owners of these buildings can invest in saving them, both for the current enjoyment of residents and visitors, and for future generations of Vermonters,” he said.Judy Hayward, executive director of Historic Windsor Inc., agreed. She noted that her organization had only purchased the Stephen Jacob House, which is historically significant for a court case that upheld Vermont’s constitutional ban on slavery, with the help of a donation last year.“This is an important grant because it is our initial funding and now we can begin the process of fundraising for the restoration,” Hayward said. “It is a lot easier to make that ask when someone has agreed to go first.”Buildings must be on the National Register of Historic Places or eligible for listing, and grant requests are reviewed by the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a group of volunteers appointed by the Governor whose members include experts in archeology, history, and architecture.In making decisions on funding, the Council prioritizes projects based on several criteria, including those most in critical need of repair.“We’re just exceeding grateful to the Division for this grant,” said Cher Laston, a representative of the Washington Unitarian Universalist Church, which received $8,150 to help pay for the installation of a new standing-seam metal roof on the historic church.“We are a tiny congregation, there are 15 active members,” she said. “This is the piece that will ensure our building still stands, so we can continue to do the good work that’s been part of its 158 years of history.”For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external)last_img read more

New airlines from France to Croatian destinations announced

first_imgCurrently, there is an increasing trend of reservations for Croatia with many French tour operators such as Fram / Promovacance, Travel Europe, Top of Travel, Ovoyages and Voyamar. Namely, Croatia Airlines from July 3 announces flights on Fridays and Sundays from Paris za Zagreb, dated July 11th Split will be reconnected to Paris, and a Saturday flight from Lyon.  Air France has announced the return of flights from Paris za Zagreb and from Paris za Dubrovnik from July 4th. The French national airline also announces the return of the flight from Paris za Split of 13 July. Airline Transavia announced the return of flights to Croatia in July with departures from Paris za Split i Dubrovnik, but also from Nantes za Dubrovnik. Easy Jet in July announces the return of flights from Paris za Split i Dubrovnik.  “If the good epidemiological picture of Croatia continues, further growth is expected from this market, especially from August when the French mostly use vacations, but also during September and October when some airlines have already announced extended departures to Adriatic destinations, especially towards Split and Dubrovnik, traditionally the most visited Croatian destinations for French guests, but also towards Zagreb “, said Mihalić Đurica.center_img Photo: Pexels.com The beginning of July marks the return of flights to Croatia of numerous airlines, so French tourists are again allowed air arrivals in our country, said the director of the CNTB Representation in France, Danijela Mihalić Đurica.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri giving Chelsea players greater say in tactics

first_imgChelsea have picked up successive league wins (Picture: Getty)The Daily Mail claim Sarri is working to get his players back on side and has made major strides with his star men by including them in discussions on tactics.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea’s squad now have a greater say and there has been a clear improvement in performances in the last month.Sarri had said he would not be swayed from his tailored style, but has now backed away from that position. Chelsea appear to have turned a corner in recent games (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri is giving his Chelsea squad a say on tactics after proving he is able to compromise on ‘Sarriball’, reports say.Chelsea players were becoming increasingly concerned their manager had no Plan B, and would dig his team deeper into a hole due to his resistance to change.Back-to-back wins in local derbies over Arsenal and Fulham has eased the pressure on Sarri after a dismal start to the year. Advertisement Advertisement Chelsea players are now getting a say in how they play (Picture: Getty)The U-turn has improved Sarri’s standing with the players and the board, despite the club chiefs continuing to make plans should they decide to axe the Italian.After the win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger hinted Sarri is softening his approach.‘I think everyone has adapted to new things – also the coach,’ he said.‘You saw the way we played against Tottenham and Manchester City. It was different to the way we played in the first three months.‘Everyone needs to adapt, everyone needs to learn and it is good that it has happened in this moment.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Sarri has strengthen his position as manager after a difficult few months (Picture: Getty)‘In life, you need to adapt to things. This league is different to Italy, you have to adjust a bit.‘The coach learned from that game against Manchester City (where Chelsea lost 6-0). There we went high, we went to press, we wanted to win the ball and everyone knows what happened.’Chelsea are reluctant to pull the trigger on sacking Sarri during the season and would prefer to wait until the end of the campaign to make a decision.The Blues are battling to claim a Champions League spot this season and could leapfrog Manchester United into fourth place if they win their game in hand over the Red Devils.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarryTuesday 5 Mar 2019 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link844Shares Maurizio Sarri giving Chelsea players greater say in tacticslast_img read more

Ghana Rugby extends grassroots development programme to LaDMA District

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) on the 13th of October 2015 embarked on a sensitization program to train sports teachers and introduce the game of rugby, specifically Tag Rugby, into primary and junior high schools in the La Dadekotopon Municipal Authority (LaDMA) District.   The objective of the program was to enlighten the teachers coming from the various schools on the values, benefits and basic rules of the game of Rugby. The program which took place at the Tenashie Cluster of Schools was hosted by the coordinator of sports for the LaDMA District under the auspices of the Ghana Education Services (GES). The event was attended by 52 sports teachers (45 men and 7 women) and 2 district sports coordinators.  Members of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA), Marshall Nortey, Jason Dzata and Philip Asomani, conducted the programme and  took the participants through the values of Rugby. These values include the following: INTEGRITY – Integrity (adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty) is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play PASSION – Rugby people have a passionate (powerful or compelling emotion or feeling) enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby family TEAMWORK – The only way to succeed is by working together (coordinated effort acting together in the interests of a common cause – Rugby) DISCIPLINE – Discipline (training to act in accordance with rules) is an integral part of the Game, both on and off the field, and is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby’s core values RESPECT – Respect (being esteemed or honored) for teammates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount This was followed by schooling in basic Rugby skills and rules followed by Tag Rugby sessions where participants were divided into various groups to play against each other.  Tag Rugby is a non-contact form of Rugby where each player has a belt with a tag in front and one on his back. To “tackle” a player, opponents should take one of his tags. The tackler then puts his hand up with the taken tag and shout “tackle” to signal a tackle.  Immediately after being tackled, the player has to pass the ball. After passing the ball, the tackled player takes its tag back and puts it on his belt. The tackler must give it back before starting to play again.  The participants were sent back to the classroom where they were given the chance to ask questions and get enough clarifications on issues pertaining to Rugby. At the end of the session contact details of the GRFU were provided with most of the participants having already booked sessions with GRFU for the introduction of Rugby at their various schools.  This training followed on similar programmes already ongoing at Ghana International School (GIS) and St. Thomas Aquinas SHS.  The President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, commented on the programme by saying that grassroots development at schools level was identified as one of the top priorities by the GRFU and said that he was delighted at the LaDMA programme. “You will find that all the top Rugby nations have a very well established grassroots or schools development system that not only serves as source of players for clubs, but eventually as source for the national teams,” he said. Mr. Mensah also said that Ghana Rugby is rebuilding the Game in Ghana from almost scratch despite the fact that it faces a major development dilemma. “Developed Rugby nations have various substantial sources including government support, development support from the world governing body World Rugby, broadcasting rights, major corporate sponsorships and gate proceeds to mention but a few. Developing countries such as Ghana are expected to develop the Game but have none or very little of the above resources at its disposal,” Mr. Mensah said. He continued to invite corporate Ghana to embrace the development programme at schools level to not only make a valuable investment in youth development but indeed to create lasting goodwill for their brands. “The values of Rugby not only serves to improve the performance levels of students at school but indeed help them to become top performers in life after school. It also helps to build character as well as fitness and fosters a set of core values which will benefit its participants for life. Rugby further creates a sense of sense of self-worth and belonging that that are invaluable,” Mr. Mensah said.  Marshall Nortey of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA) explains the values, mission and vision of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) to Sports Masters of the LaDMA District. Sports Masters of the LaDMA District listen attentively to the briefing about the principles and rules of Rugby. Marshall Nortey of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA) demonstrates the skill of handling the ball to Sports Masters of the LaDMA District. Sports Masters from the LaDMA District practice the basic skills of ball handling. A member of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA) explains some basic Rugby skills to Sports Masters of the LaDMA District. A Sports Master of the LaDMA District asks for clarification on a point during the demonstration of basic Rugby skills by members of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA). Sports Masters from the LaDMA District listen attentively to members of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA) during a classroom session. A Sports Master from the LaDMA District studies a Rugby ball with interest. Sports Masters from the LaDMA District look attentively at the demonstration of basic Rugby skills by members of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA). Members of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA) explain the principles of Rugby to Sports Masters of the LaDMA District.  Sports Masters from the LaDMA District with ball in hand  in a classroom session during the training undertaken by members of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA).last_img read more

African great Eto’o hangs up his boots

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp He also had brief stints at Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League.Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, his last club.With Cameroon he won two Africa Cup of Nations as well as Olympic gold in 2000. FILE PHOTO: Samuel Eto’ocenter_img Paris, France | AFP | Cameroon’s four-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto’o announced his retirement on Saturday at the age of 38.“The end, towards a new challenge,” the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker posted on Instagram.“Thank you all, big love, adrenalin,” added Eto’o, who enjoyed five hugely successful seasons with Barcelona from 2004 to 2009.In that time he won a pair of Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns before departing for Inter Milan.He helped Jose Mourinho’s team win the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in his first season in Italy before moving to Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala.last_img read more

Clarke claims U17 trophy in Ireland

first_img Lancashire’s Oliver Clarke led for England to win the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ championship at Tuam Golf Club. The 16-year-old from Hillside was also third overall, finishing on six-over par with rounds of 75 71 74 75. The runaway winner was Adrien Pendaries of France, who had a course record 65 in his two-under total (75 72 65 74). The three other members of the England Golf squad all finished in a six-way tie for fourth place. They were Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 17, (Sandiway) 77 76 72 72; Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 18, (Trentham) 73 71 75 78; and Max Martin, 17, (Ladbrook Park) 70 75 77 75. Pendaries won by eight shots and is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his father, Marc, a former European Tour regular Click here for the full scores 27 Jun 2015 Clarke claims U17 trophy in Ireland last_img read more

Blueliners trek to Vernon for weekend tilt

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s been one of those seasons for the Nelson Blueliners Women’s Hockey Club.Too much drive for not enough tournaments.However, the Heritage City squad will get back on the ice Friday in the Central Okanagan at the annual Vernon Women’s Hockey Tournament.The event serves as a precursor to the 16th annual Icebreaker Tournament April 8-10 at the NDCC Arena.The three-day affair is the oldest advance-intermediate tourney still running in the Kootenays.Already confirmed to attend is the Spokane Women’s Hockey Club, Whitefish Wailers, Fernie Hustlers, Trail Chix with Sticks, Thorman Drilling out of Nelson, Vernon Vixens and the Kelowna Ice Dragons.The Blueliners enter the home tourney as the defending champs.However, for the home side to repeat the club must overcome strong teams from Trail and Fernie, which also have found their way to the winner’s circle.The tourney begins Friday with the final set for 2:45 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Prior to the final is the consolation game at 1 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more