Vermont Public Television launches two new Bennington County channels

first_imgVermont Public Television (VPT) president John King, along with state and federal officials, gathered at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action on Friday, December 2, 2011 to launch VPT’s two new digital transmitters serving Bennington County.The new digital channels, 46 Pownal from Mt. Anthony and 30 Manchester from Mt. Equinox, bring new content and greater coverage to the area.Helping King do the honors were Brian Harwood, chair of VPT’s board of directors; Marie Leahy, VPT community council chair and a resident of Bennington; John Tracy, state director, office of Sen. Patrick Leahy; Sam Haskins, veterans policy advisor/outreach representative, office of Sen. Bernie Sanders; Patricia Menduni, community liaison, office of Rep. Peter Welch; State Rep. Alice M. Emmons of Springfield, chair of the House Institutions Committee; State Sen. Robert M. Hartwell of Bennington, chair of the Senate Institutions Committee; State Sen. Richard W. Sears Jr., of Bennington; and Rhonda Shippee, community programs director, USDA Rural Development.Aiming their remote controls at a giant TV screen shortly after 1 p.m., they tuned in channel 46 Pownal to find ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ on VPT HD, the main channel.  The expanded bandwidth of digital television allows VPT to air the additional channels VPT Create and VPT World.  The new transmitters bring these channels free for the first time to viewers who receive TV over the air.Before this, these viewers could receive only the VPT main channel in analog on 53 Pownal and 36 Manchester.  The analog channels will be turned off at the end of the month.Commenting on clips of VPT-produced stories from Bennington County the guests had screened, John King said, ‘We have many more stories to tell.’  He explained that it takes a myriad of transmitters, microwave hops and antennas on mountaintops to get those stories out statewide.He thanked the state and federal officials for their help in securing the funds that support the conversion of VPT to the digital format.  While there is still work to do on the project, King said the Bennington transmitter launch was ‘a milestone,’ because it completed VPT’s network of six digital transmitters around the state.King spoke of the greater coverage the transmitters bring to the area.  The new channels will reach thousands more households than the former transmitters, and VPT looks forward to hearing from viewers receiving its services for the first time.  Signals reach beyond Vermont into neighboring areas of Massachusetts and New York.A grant from the USDA Rural Digital program covered direct expenses for the new channels. The USDA funding ensures that rural America is not left behind by the digital transition by providing targeted assistance to rural public television stations.Vermont cable viewers are not affected by the change.  Satellite viewers receive just the main VPT channel, not VPT Create and VPT World.  They can use an antenna to tune to those channels. State and federal officials and John King, president of Vermont Public Television (at podium) aim remote controls at the screen to launch VPT’s new digital channels in Bennington County on Dec. 2.  Left to right: Sen. Richard W. Sears Jr. of Bennington; John Tracy, office of Sen. Patrick Leahy; Sam Haskins, office of Sen. Bernie Sanders; Patricia Menduni (partly hidden), office of Rep. Peter Welch; Rep. Alice M. Emmons of Springfield; Rhonda Shippee, USDA Rural Development; Sen. Robert M. Hartwell of Bennington; Brian Harwood, chair of VPT’s board of directors; and Marie Leahy, VPT community council chair.To find out more, get help with reception or see schedule information, viewers can visit www.vpt.org(link is external) Vermont Public Television 12.2.2011last_img read more

Clottey to fight September 14

first_imgFormer world champion, Joshua Clottey, is set for a return into the ring after an absence of almost two years.The 35-year-old is scheduled to fight American Dashon Johnson on September 14 in a light-middleweight contest in New York.The bout, which will be Clottey’s first since stopping another American, Calvin Green, in two rounds in Texas, USA, in November 2011, is intended to be a warm-up toward a major fight later in the year or early next year.“I have been training for sometime now, and I am happy this fight is about to happen,” Clottey, nicknamed Grand Master, told the Daily Graphic on phone from his New York base.It will also be Clottey’s second fight as a light-middleweight since moving up from the welterweight division where he ruled the world under the International Boxing Federation (IBF).But since beating Green, every other proposed fight has fallen through. He lost his last two world title opportunities, first to Miguel Cotto rather controversially and then multiple titlist Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and 2011 respectively.But the power puncher overpowered Green in spectacular fashion on his way to a second round knockout victory to revive hopes of another possible chance at a world title.last_img read more

Dawson Creek resident survives stroke by drinking toilet water for 7 days: CBC News

first_img They say it’s important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, “like dizziness, sudden numbness or loss of use of an arm, trouble speaking, blurred vision or a headache.”If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s recommended to immediately go to a doctor or call 911, as this may be a warning sign of a stroke on its way. Steve Adsley, 62 years old, says he suddenly fell in his bathroom while going about his normal routine inside his single bedroom apartment, the CBC reports.Adsley says his entire left side of his body was paralyzed, screaming for hours with no help in sight.“Later on that night I figured out my problem was water,” Adsley is quoted as saying by the CBC. “So I unscrewed the bolts from the toilet, turned it into a little cup and could reach with one arm, just far enough in – and could put a little cup in the water in the bottom of the toilet bowl. So I drank it.”- Advertisement -After day 7 of the stroke, his neighbour heard screams and called 911 for assistance.Adsley was found to be severely dehydrated, but within a few weeks, he’s regained feeling on his left side and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.The CBC also interviewed the Heart and Stroke Foundation, who says Adsley had risk factors associated to strokes like high blood pressure and smoking.Advertisementlast_img read more

Concern expressed over ‘dangerous’ bridge in Glenties

first_imgA community activist in Glenties has expressed concern over the current state of the Altar Bridge after it suffered damaged over the weekend. It is understood that part of the sidewall on the bridge had been hit on Sunday night and as a result had fallen into the river.Brian Carr, who recently ran in the local council elections in May, said two barriers had been put in place but the damage had left it in a dangerous situation. Barriers have been put in place following damage to the Altar Bridge in Glenties. Photo: Brian CarrHe said: “Please if you are driving or walking around Altar please do so with caution, as all that is stopping you from going into what is a very swollen river is two plastic barriers put there by locals.“This is a very serious health and safety situation.“I have reported it to the council.”Concern expressed over ‘dangerous’ bridge in Glenties was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA, China to build R45m fish hatchery

first_img“Through the construction of this hatchery, unemployed communities will gain employment and develop their skills by learning more about fishery,” Magashule said. South Africa and China have formed a partnership to build a R45-million fish hatchery at Gariep Dam in the Free State province by 2011, in a bid to develop rural aquaculture and create employment in the country. The South Africa Agricultural Demonstration Centre will aim to function as a fingerling supply station for rural aquaculture projects within the Free State and beyond. Aquaculture has been expanding rapidly across the world, and China is the largest contributor to global aquaculture production. Jianhua said the partnership was a result of his government wanting to assist developing countries and teach them about fisheries. “If the industry production levels grew to the projected level of 90 000 tons per annum, then this could double the employment potential of the industry,” Hawes told a Parliamentary committee in Cape Town last month. “Abalone farming in particular has shown extremely positive growth trends that exceed global levels.” The sod-turning was attended by Magashule, Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Chinese Ambasador Zhong Jinhua, China National Agriculture Development Corporation GM Liu Lianjun, and other delegates from both countries. Aquaculture development He added that the project was a sign of friendship between the two countries. The Chinese government has injected more than R45-million into the project, and will give R15-million each year for the next three years. Speaking at a sod-turning ceremony at Gariep Dam this week, Free State Premier Ace Magashule said hundreds of jobs would be created as construction got under way. The hatchery will also be used to advance research, providing a facility for agricultural scientists, technicians and farmers to test new farming methodologies. 29 October 2009 Chinese assistance According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, aquaculture is defined as the culture of aquatic organisms, including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants, either in cages within the shallow waters of the ocean or in dams or structures on land fed by water. According to department’s deputy director-general, Andile Hawes, the environmental potential for aquaculture in South Africa is huge, and this could have positive effects on the unemployment statistics. A total of 105 locals and 12 Chinese nationals will be employed at the beginning of the project. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A brief history of the Fifa World Cup

first_imgThe poster for the 1930 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Fifa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected]• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] lot happened in the year 1930. Constantinople was renamed Istanbul, the planet Pluto was discovered, and Agatha Christie’s first full-length Miss Marple novel rolled off the presses. And world football as we know it emerged with the inaugural Fifa World Cup in Uruguay.None of the competing teams had to qualify. A total of 13 teams accepted invitations to compete, four from Europe, eight from South America and one from the United States.The draw for the group stage was left until all the teams had safely arrived in Uruguay. Once underway, the tournament produced football at its contemporary best. By the end, the host nation won through and became the first team to lay hands on the coveted trophy, then known as Victory, or simply as the World Cup.By the time of the second edition in Italy four years later, interest in the global showdown had soared. Thirty-two countries took part in a qualifying round to determine the 16 finalists – and again, the hosts carried off the honours.If good things really come in threes, hosts France should have won the third Fifa World Cup in 1938. The French made it to the quarter-finals but were beaten by champions Italy. The Squadra Azzurri duly went on to claim the world crown for the second time in a row, cementing their enduring reputation as formidable exponents of the game.Brazil emergeThe Second World War caused a 12-year gap until the cream of the world game gathered again in 1950. During the war Dr Ottorino Barassi, the Italian vice-president of Fifa, hid the trophy in a shoe-box under his bed to keep it safe from occupying troops. In 1946, the trophy was renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy, in honour of the then Fifa president, who had worked hard to preserve the spirit and structures of the game during the war.The starting field in Brazil for the 1950 World Cup again numbered just 13 nations. Following a league-based preliminary round, Brazil, Sweden, Spain and Uruguay played off for the trophy.To seal the title, A Seleção needed just a point from their meeting with Uruguay at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. But a crowd officially recorded as 199 954 – estimates vary from 174 000 to as many as 205 000 – watched in mounting horror as the Maracanazo, the Maracana Disaster, unfolded. One of the biggest upsets in footballing history ended with the Uruguayans sealing a second triumph.The next World Cup also had a shock outcome. Germans refer to the events of 1954 as The Miracle of Berne, as Sepp Herberger’s West Germany beat the seemingly invincible Hungarians 3-2 in the final. The 1954 tournament, held in Switzerland, was the first time fixed squad numbers were assigned to all players.It was also easily the biggest event of its kind thus far, with a record number of nations competing in the qualifying round. The Asian Confederation was founded that year and entered teams from Japan and Korea, with Egypt representing Africa in the first truly global edition of the event.Sixteen teams earned the right to compete in Switzerland, and this remained the size of the starting field until the 1982 finals in Spain, when it rose to 24.O Rei illuminates Sweden and MexicoIn 1958, the show in Sweden belonged to a 17-year-old by the name of Pele, a major contributor to Brazil’s maiden Fifa World Cup triumph. Just Fontaine of France scored 13 goals at the tournament, a record which still stands today, and the finals between England and Brazil resulted in a first-ever goalless draw. Sweden 1958 was also the first Fifa World Cup to be broadcast around the world on TV.Brazil retained the world crown in Chile in 1962, but 1966 finally saw a host nation triumph once again, as England defeated West Germany 4-2 in a thrilling and controversial final at Wembley.The Brazilians were back at their best for the 1970 finals in Mexico, sweeping aside the competition and taking home the Jules Rimet trophy in perpetuity in honour of their third triumph. For the second and last time since 1950, no player was sent off during the tournament.The finals also saw the first use of substitutes, and the introduction of yellow and red cards. Viewers at home could tell the difference too: the Fifa World Cup was broadcast in colour for the first time.At the 10th edition of the finals in 1974, the honour of receiving the new Fifa World Cup Trophy for the first time fell to the West German hosts. The tournament is also fondly remembered for the startling and revolutionary Total Football practised by beaten finalists the Netherlands, featuring all-time legends Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens.Another of the great footballing nations finally registered a maiden triumph in 1978, as Argentina hosted and won the event. It was to prove the end of the road for a great Dutch generation, runners-up for the second time in a row, and then not present at all for the first 24-team finals in Spain four years later. That tournament was won by a resurgent Italy.Diego and Zizou excelAs Pele is to Brazil, so is Diego Maradona to Argentina. The diminutive midfielder led La Albiceleste to their second world crown at Mexico 1986, and also featured in a re-run of the final against West Germany at Italy 1990.On that second occasion, Franz Beckenbauer’s side exacted revenge and the Germans drew level with Brazil and Italy on three Fifa World Cup triumphs apiece. The Argentinians earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first team not to score in a Fifa World Cup final – and also of losing two players to red cards during the match.Ahead of the 1994 finals in the USA, a record 147 nations started out on the qualifying road. For the first time in history, the final was decided on penalties, with Brazil defeating Italy in the decisive shoot-out to secure a fourth triumph.The records continued to tumble in the years that followed. The 1998 tournament in France was comfortably the biggest-ever event of its type, with a starting field of 32 and a total of 64 matches played. The name of Zinedine Zidane will forever be associated with the hosts’ victory.Brazil’s triumph at the 2002 Fifa World Cup Korea/Japan, the first time the event was held in Asia, meant the South Americans could claim the distinction of winning the famous trophy on every continent that had staged the finals. And in 2006, Italy beat hosts Germany in the semi-finals to settle the clash between two three-time winners in their favour. Fabio Cannavaro and his team went on to beat France on penalties in Berlin and earn a fourth star for the national jersey.And what of 2010? New records and fresh milestones look a formality, as the world’s biggest single sporting event decamps to yet another new continent.Can Brazil pull further clear with a sixth triumph, or will the Italians retain the trophy and draw level on five? Or could an African side open a new chapter in the long and exciting history of the game?(Image: Wikipedia)2010 FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL HISTORY Year Host Final Third Place Match Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place 1930UruguayUruguay4–2 Argentina United States*Yugoslavia1934ItalyItaly 2–1(AET)Czechoslovakia Germany3–2Austria1938FranceItaly4–2 HungaryBrazil4–2Sweden1950BrazilUruguay** Brazil Sweden***Spain1954SwitzerlandWest Germany 3–2 Hungary Austria3–1Uruguay1958SwedenBrazil5–2 SwedenFrance6–3West Germany1962ChileBrazil3–1 Czechoslovakia Chile1–0Yugoslavia1966EnglandEngland 4–2(AET) West Germany Portugal2–1Soviet Union1970MexicoBrazil4–1 ItalyWest Germany1–0Uruguay1974West GermanyWest Germany 2–1 Netherlands Poland1–0Brazil1978ArgentinaArgentina 3–1(AET) NetherlandsBrazil2–1Italy1982SpainItaly3–1 West Germany Poland3–2France1986MexicoArgentina 3–2 West Germany France4–2(AET)Belgium1990ItalyWest Germany 1–0 Argentina Italy2–1England1994United StatesBrazil0–0(AET)(3–2 pens.) ItalySweden4–0Bulgaria1998FranceFrance3–0 Brazil Croatia2–1Netherlands2002Korea Republic& JapanBrazil2–0 Germany Turkey3–2Korea Republic2006GermanyItaly 1–1(AET)(5–3 pens.) France Germany3–1PortugalAET = after extra time* There was no official World Cup third place match in 1930; the United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Fifa now recognises the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the tournament.** There was no official World Cup final match in 1950. The tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). However, Uruguay’s 2–1 victory over Brazil was the decisive match – and also coincidentally one of the last two matches of the tournament – which put them ahead on points and ensured that they finished top of the group as world champions. Therefore, this match is often considered the final of the 1950 World Cup.*** Sweden’s 3–1 victory over Spain, played at the same time as Uruguay vs Brazil, ensured that they finished third in the 950 Fifa World Cup.Source: Fifa and Wikipedialast_img read more