Baseball goes to bat for Vermont farmers hit by Irene

first_imgOn August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene dumped torrential rain onto the Green Mountains, and Vermonters became victims of historic flooding. Among those who suffered the most devastating losses were the state’s farmers. As part of the nation-wide effort to help, Sam Lincoln and Buster Olney, brothers who grew up on a Randolph Center dairy farm, are raising funds to aid farmers in need through what is being called Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers. The fundraising effort includes an online auction at www.BattingForVermont.com(link is external), a November 12th Baseball Roundtable being held at Vermont Technical College, and direct donations. All proceeds raised through Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers will be donated to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. The fund was established by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and The Vermont Community Foundation in the aftermath of Irene and makes grants directly to farmers affected by the storm. Some of the best minds in baseball will be at the November 12th Roundtable event. Theo Epstein, General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, will join Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington ‘ as well as longtime baseball reporter Peter Gammons, a descendant of Ethan Allen ‘ for a discussion that includes a question-and-answer session with the audience about their teams, their sport, and offseason plans. There will be limited seating, in three different tiers: VIP Seating, which includes access to a cocktail hour with Epstein, Cashman, Huntington, Gammons and Olney; Premier Seating; and General Admission. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 12th online at www.BattingForVermont.com(link is external). The online auction includes memorabilia donated by players, teams, and other celebrities:·         Autographed jerseys and baseballs, including those of Albert Pujols, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Bautista, and Hall of Famers.·         A round of golf with ESPN’s John Kruk.·         A behind-the-scenes tour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.·         Tickets to a Toby Keith concert, with a backstage meet-and-greet.·         A meet-and-greet with Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, whose family owns a Vermont home.·         Ticket packages for several teams. Select memorabilia will be on display at the November 12th Roundtable, and there will be a special presentation for some people instrumental in the flood aftermath. Neal Huntington grew up on a New Hampshire farm. Peter Gammons is an analyst for MLB Network and NESN, and formerly of the Boston Globe and ESPN. Theo Epstein has been the Boston general manager for a decade, and in that time, the Red Sox have won two World Series. Brian Cashman has been general manager of the Yankees for the last 14 seasons, and in that time, the Yankees have won four World Series. The Vermont Community Foundation is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. It was started in 1986 with a mission to grow philanthropy in Vermont and ensure that Vermont nonprofits have the resources they need to be effective. Since then, the Foundation has grown to include more than 600 funds established by individuals, businesses, and organizations for a broad range of charitable purposes. The Community Foundation awards approximately $10 million dollars a year in grants, thanks to the donors who work under its umbrella. Additionally, the Foundation offers planned giving, nonprofit agency endowment management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external).last_img read more

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Three Players Suspended from Last 16

first_imgMarco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar)Cautions: Madagascar vs Nigeria & Guinea vs MadagascarThemba Zwane (South Africa)Cautions: South Africa vs Morocco & South Africa vs NamibiaSteve Mounie (Benin)Cautions: Benin vs Cameroon & Ghana vs BeninShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Following the group stage matches, three players have been suspended for the Round of 16 matches of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.This is in accordance with Article 42.2 of the regulation which states “the cautions received during the matches qualifying phase shall not be taken into account for the matches of the final tournament. At the end of the first phase of the final tournament (group matches), all cautions received shall be cancelled for the rest of the competition. Nevertheless, a player having collected two yellow cards will sustain the one match suspension”.The trio were cautioned for the second time on the final day matches of the group stage, thus ruling them out of the next round. They are;last_img read more

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Miller says he’s struck good compromise with Reynolds over AG’s authority

first_imgDES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, Wednesday said the agreement he’s just made with Republican Governor Kim Reynolds means it’s “pretty unlikely” he’ll sign the State of Iowa onto multi-state lawsuits challenging Trump Administration policies.“There are 26 other Democratic A.G.s to carry on and do what needs to be done,” Miller said during a news conference.Governor Reynolds Wednesday used her item veto authority to nix a policy that would have forced Miller to get permission from her, the state’s Republican-led executive council or from the legislature’s Republican majority to join lawsuits filed in courts outside of Iowa. However, Miller has struck what he calls a “good faith agreement” that’s not set in Iowa law and has promised to seek the governor’s consent before joining any multi-state lawsuits over the next 20 months.“My main concern about this was over the institution of the office of attorney general and the future of the office and my successors,” Miller said.Miller said he’s pleased a Democrat and a Republican could make this deal at a time when there are few examples of good faith bargaining in politics.“What has happened here has been a good compromise,” Miller said.Miller said during his first term in office, attorneys general from other states explained the importance of the powers and duties of the office — and that weighed on his mind.“I won’t be haunted by the ghosts of my elders as a result of the governor’s veto,” Miller said.Miller also got some back-up from current attorneys general, including from Republicans in Idaho and Nebraska, who urged Reynolds to reject the proposal from GOP lawmakers. One of the Republican legislators who sought to put restraints on Miller in state law said he’s pleased the governor pursued this compromise — and if Miller intends to challenge Trump Administration policies in the future, he’ll be doing so under his own name rather than on behalf of the State of Iowa.last_img read more

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