Vermont Public Television receives 2010 EDGE Award

first_imgThe Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) will recognize Vermont Public Television with a 2010 EDGE Award to for demonstrating the great potential of digital television. The EDGE Awards are presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.“This year our EDGE Award recipients have a common theme—they use their broadcast and other resources to draw upon the energy and engagement around some of the most pressing issues affecting our country—jobs, education and health care,” said Larry Sidman, President and CEO of APTS. “These projects show that stations are moving beyond traditional broadcast and are engaging their communities in new and innovative ways. Audiences are reached through over-the-air, online, and on-the-ground partnerships, impacting their communities in ways that really set them apart.”Sidman said: “Vermont Public Television teamed up with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Law School and the Vermont office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to carry out a multi-faceted, multi-platform, month-long community engagement campaign that brought together national and local television broadcast components, in tandem with Web-based and community forums to create open discussion about the challenges, solutions and impact of mental illness on Vermont communities.”“This award is especially meaningful, because it recognizes the importance of all three platforms of the project—over-the-air, online and on-the-ground—in raising awareness of and decreasing the stigma attached to mental illness,” said project head Elizabeth Ottinger, Director of Community Outreach at Vermont Public Television.Specifically, the October 2009 campaign augmented the national broadcast of the Fred Friendly Seminar Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness with a day-long legislative event at the Vermont Law School for legislators, and five town hall screenings that brought together legislators and community leaders to form action plans to advance various strategies to promote a greater awareness and understanding of mental illness in Vermont. Oliver Goodenough, professor at Vermont Law School and a Co-Director of the MacArthur Education and Outreach Program, expressed gratitude for the EDGE Award to the Minds on the Edge project. “Mental health issues are at the heart of many of our most difficult challenges in law,” he said. “We were pleased to be able to be a part of this important initiative and to help our legislature grapple with these thorny problems.”“Vermont Public Television’s month-long campaign has had an exceptional impact across the state, but it also has had a profound impact outside the state,” said Richard Kilberg, President of Fred Friendly Seminars. “We have presented Minds on the Edge to mental health professionals, citizen groups and policymakers at conferences across the country throughout this past fall and winter, and we have repeatedly held up Vermont as the model of how to use a public media project to move public dialogue. The story of their success has inspired stakeholders in numerous other states to bring key constituencies together around this public media program and work together to transform a badly broken mental health system.”“We are proud of the role Dr. Thomas Simpatico, our Director of Public Psychiatry, played in helping educate the public about mental health and the legal system in both the national Minds on the Edge program, as well as in Vermont Public Television’s statewide town meetings and “Public Square” program,” said Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. “Dr. Simpatico has been an advocate in our state to bring attention to this issue, facilitating dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure patients and their families can navigate the system to get the care they need.”Connie Stabler, President of the Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness-VT, said, “NAMI-VT is honored to have partnered with Vermont Public Television as a participant in the Minds on the Edge Project. Following the public screenings, community leaders, legislators and others joined families, friends and individuals living with mental illness in town-hall style meetings around the state for continued dialogue on improving treatment options. In our state where one in five people are affected by serious mental illness, this program provided a public service in educating the public and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.”In 1980, America’s public television stations created the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) as their premier advocate. For the past thirty years, APTS has been the voice of the public television station community – offering member stations and future leaders of public television unparalleled opportunities for impact. Find out more at is external).Source: WASHINGTON— February 23, 2010 — APTS# # #last_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday January 6, 2011

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Share Share Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday January 6, 2011 by: – January 6, 2012center_img **Dominica was ranked number six of the World’s Most Unique Snorkelling Sites by Yahoo **Yahoo Travel has ranked Dominica number six of the World’s Most Unique snorkelling sites. Smarter Travel, which is an online travel source for unbiased travel news and expert advice on destinations, compiled the listing for yahoo Travel. The article highlights the Champagne snorkelling site in Dominica as a must see and experience of any nature loving traveler. The article resulted from the promotional efforts of the Discover Dominica Authority. **Discover Dominica Authority partnered with Dominica Solid Waste Management Cooperation on the Adopt – A –Block initiative.**The Adopt-A- Block program was officially launched on, Thursday, January 5, 2011 on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard. The Adopt-A-Block program, a collaborative effort between Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Discover Dominica Authority and Roseau City Council, is geared towards business owners taking some level of ownership of the various ‘Block’ around the city. Businesses have the option of participating by purchasing bins (the SMART BIN) to help alleviate the litter problem in the City, maintaining street lights, providing man power resources for washing down streets and keeping their respective block clean on a daily basis.**Dominica hosts two journalists from Sweden** Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalists from Sourze magazine on January 1, 2012. The journalists, Mikael Bjornfot and Per Sjodhal covered aspects of Dominica’s culture and history through visits to the Cabrits National Park and the Kalinago Barana Aute. Sourze is an online news medium which targets young readers in Sweden. The website ( has an average of 40,000 online readers monthly, some of whom pay to have their articles published on the website. The article on Dominica is expected to be published in February 2012. **Dominica featured in French Newspapers**Dominica was featured in two articles in Aujourd’hui en France and Le Parisien national newspapers in France which were published on December 25, 2011. This was further to a press trip by French journalist Cecile Everard in March 21-25, 2011. The articles, published by the same company have a circulation of 524,554 copies and a media value of €555,422. The articles featured hiking the Waitukubuli National Trail, wildlife in Dominica, attractions such as the Boiling Lake and Victoria Falls and the Kalinago people. **Dominica featured in French online newspapers**The Waitukubuli National Trail received much needed exposure on French trekking website The article provided basic information on travelling to Dominica and listed some activities such as whale watching and hiking which might interest the traveller. The article was published by Gregory Rohart of ITrekking further to a group press trip of journalists from France held from December 9–14, 2011. ***Discover Dominica Authority Prepares for Tourism Awareness Month in May*** The Discover Dominica Authority is well underway for preparations for the 2012 Tourism Awareness Month. Tourism Awareness Month, which is recognized in Dominica in May, brings attention to the tourism industry of Dominica. This year’s activities will again involve the youth, the community and the media. Hike fest and other village activities will also be highlighted in the month along with the coordination of Paint-a-Thon as part of an overall beautification project for the city of Roseau. The industry awards ceremony will also be held to honour industry professionals who have excelled in their respective fields. The Discover Dominica Authority encourages the involvement in the many activities during May 2012 as we seek to improve the awareness of destination to the general public and by extension the region. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

See the late Opoku Afriyie’s two spectacular goals that won Ghana the 1978 AFCON [VIDEO]

first_imgIn the African Cup of Nations final in 1978, the late Opoku Afriyie scored a brace to hand the Black Stars of Ghana its 3rd trophy.After a difficult opening 30 minutes of the game, the match between Ghana and The Cranes of Uganda looked set to end in a goalless first half but Opoku Afriyie produced a moment of magic to hand the West African giants the lead.The prolific goal poacher caught a loose ball right in the air and hit a volley to break the deadlock against a resilient Ugandan side.Opoku Afriyie produced yet another brilliant goal to send the Accra Sports Stadium into ecstatic cheers and jeers in the 68th minute of the game.The striker caught a through pass with his head which he nodded down, run with the ball a few seconds before hitting a half volley with his right foot beyond the on-rushing Ugandan goalkeeper.His brace won Ghana’s third AFCON trophy after The Black Stars had won the 1963 and 1965 editions.He also scored the Black Stars’ first goal of the African Cup of Nations in 1978 as Ghana narrowly edged past Zambia in 2-1 win.The Asante Kotoko hitman ended the tournament with the golden boot award with three goals, tied with Segun Odegbami of Nigeria and Phillip Omondi of Uganda.Opoku Afriyie in his playing daysAfriyie, also known as Bayie later went on to win two-goal king awards in the Ghana Premier League in 1979 and 1981 and helped Kumasi Asante Kotoko win domestic laurels.Watch his flawless brace here:last_img read more