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100-year-old Exposition Worker Wins National Award

first_img100-year-old Ray Jenkins NamedVermont’s Outstanding Older WorkerESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – H.F. ‘Ray’ Jenkins, who turns 100 years old on Tuesday, July 18, has been named Vermont’s Outstanding Older Worker by the Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program.The honor, presented to one working individual over age 65 in each state, is given by the non-profit organization, based in Arlington, Va., to highlight people who are still contributing to their communities and keeping themselves healthy by working.The announcement of the award was made by Vermont’s Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie on Saturday, July 15 at a special open house held at the Champlain Valley Exposition held to honor Jenkins as he approached his century-mark birthday.These award recipients are selected through an extensive grassroots effort in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Selection committees look for individuals who best reflect the characteristics of leadership, lifelong learning, mentoring and community service, and who continue to make meaningful contributions in the work force.Jenkins, who lives in Colchester, retired as an engineer from IBM when he was 65. He has worked at the Champlain Valley Exposition for 27 years and is currently Maintenance Coordinator, working 40 hours a week as a seasonal employee (March 15-October 15). He oversees the work of three employees and coordinates the efforts to maintain the Exposition’s fleet of trucks, tractors, mowers, golf carts and other maintenance equipment.Jim Gometz, Director of Operations for the Exposition, described Jenkin’s work ethic as amazing. His ability to see the whole picture, isolate a problem and then come up with a workable solution is one of his greatest strengths. Gometz spearheaded the nomination effort earlier this year and feels the Experience Works made the right choice. “Ray has truly earned this honor. He is loved and respected by all his fellow workers and the community of friends he has made over the years working at the Exposition.”The Outstanding Older Worker awards will be presented to Jenkins and winners from the other states in Washington D.C. in October.For more information about Experience Works,visit www.experienceworks.org(link is external)last_img read more

Syracuse football game day: Everything to know about matchup with Colgate

first_imgIt’s finally Syracuse football game day, the highly anticipated debut of Dino Babers as the Orange’s head coach. His often-talked about offense will be on display for the first time so all the “you’ll have to wait and see how fast it is” statements from players can be put to rest. Here’s everything you need to know for the first game day of the season.How can you watch the game? On ACC Network Extra, which can be found under the “Live Now” tab on Watch ESPNHow much do student tickets cost? Nothing. All students get in for free with a valid SUID.What is Babers saying before his first game as head coach? See what he had to say on the ACC coaches’ teleconference  and at his press conference earlier this week.What should you know about Colgate? Everything you need to know can be found, here.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat’s the deal with Syracuse’s weakest position group on paper? They’re out to prove people wrong.What do our beat writers think will happen tonight? Find out here in our beat writer predictions.Anything else you should  know? In the season’s first podcast, our beat writers make season predictions, offer their opinions on over-unders and weigh in on what a successful season for Syracuse would be. Comments Related Stories Football Guide 2016Syracuse football predictions: Beat writers vary in Orange’s margin of victory over ColgateSyracuse football podcast: Beat writers discuss season predictions, over/under and more5 things Dino Babers said during his 1st ACC teleconference Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 2, 2016 at 10:30 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Ten years of Onduparaka FC: Challenges and prospects for the club

first_imgOnduparaka FC. photo via @ondufcArua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Onduparaka, which started as a village team in Arua has marked 10 years of its existence and consistency in the Uganda Premier League.Its rise to one of the top-flight teams over the years has not only opened up the region to the sports world but also enhanced the rise of dozens of young boys from West Nile to football prominence in Uganda and Africa. To many fans and the general public, Onduparaka FC is God sent.Yusuf Andabati, one of the managers of Haraka FC in Yumbe district from where Onduparaka FC has picked 10 first squad players since its inception says that Onduparaka’s unique playing-style which made it defeat most of the local clubs in the region has not only inspired many youths, but also given back in kind to various categories of needy communities in Yumbe.He says that the teams rise to prominence rides more on players from Yumbe district, a development that will forever make them proud.In Koboko district and the Municipality the fan base of Onduparaka and its impact on the Kakwa people cannot be underestimated according to one of the first fans in the area. According to him, the Club has made a tremendous achievement of keeping many youths out of idle life as they are engaged in sporting activities with Onduparaka FC.Koboko district has so far sent two players to Onduparaka FC, Ezra Bida and Geriga Atendele.Omar Risasi, commonly known in West Nile as Muzee Onduparaka from Maracha district, has been part of each and every match the team played, over the last 10 years. The 70-year old says he has devoted his life to support the team as an inspiration to generations to come.In greater Nebbi district and among the Alur people, Onduparaka has continued to inspire and enjoy unlimited support from the fans and sports lovers and more importantly contributing to the rise of Paidha Black Angels, which has lately suffered relegation from the Premier League. Onduparaka’s home ground Greenlight Stadium was home to Paidha Black Angels for two seasons prior to Paidha’s elevation to the league.Innocent Opargiue, the chairperson of Onduparaka Fans in greater Nebbi says the love for Onduparaka has been deep-rooted in the Alur people basing on the club’s triumphant record over the years. He says apart from inspiring many youth and football lovers in Alur land, many businessmen and women have become agents and dealers in Onduparaka Jersey’s which has enjoyed record sales in the greater Nebbi.As the club prepares to celebrate its ten years in the UPL, it has been challenged by the departure of its key players. It, however, hopes that some of its problems will be resolved when they eventually establish a football academy for the U17 team and find a sponsor.According to Benjamin Nyakuni the CEO Onduparaka FC, there is need for all the people of West Nile to forget their differences and unite to make the club achieve more in the years ahead and promote football talent in West Nile.******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Perplexed Pitt left to ponder again

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Another tremendous regular season, another failed postseason for Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers. A No. 1 seed for the second time in three seasons, Pitt lost two of its last three games, with only a victory over a No. 16 seed to show for its postseason run.The Panthers, with three senior leaders showing the way, went 28-6 and won the Big East regular-season title with a 15-3 mark. They advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive time. But a Final Four in this new era of Pitt Basketball still eludes them.“It’s very tough. I thought this was the year,” Pitt junior guard Ashton Gibbs said. “I was confident. It’s tough for it to end like this.”A week after losing to UConn 76-74 in the Big East tournament, the Panthers opened up the NCAA convincingly enough with a 74-51 victory over N.C. Asheville. On Saturday, though, their season came to a stunning end, with a 71-70 loss to Butler.“We’ve had a few losses this year, not a lot, but they’ve all been disappointing. This is a disappointing loss for us,” Dixon said. “We got down and made a number of plays to put ourselves in position, had a lead, and just were not able to close it.”And that’s become quite a March epidemic for the Panthers. Last year, they lost to Xavier 71-68 in the second round. In 2008, they lost to Michigan State 65-54, also in the second round. And in this 10-year run, the furthest they’ve made it is the Elite Eight, where they lost to Villanova 78-76 in 2009.“Well, I think everybody remembers the losses. We’ve won a number of the games in the tournament as well,” Dixon said. “I think we’ve been consistently good every year, so everybody looks to us. Other teams have had dropoffs in the regular season, and people get written off. But I think we’re about as consistent as anybody in the country.”That’s certainly true in the regular season. In the past 10 years, Pitt has been ranked for at least 10 weeks of every season, and was ranked in 20 weeks twice. The Panthers were the No. 1 team in the nation at times in both 2009 and this year. And in that same run of 10 years, the Panthers have played in seven Big East championship games, winning two of them.“Anytime we’ve lost in the tournament, there’s been no good losses,” Dixon said. “We just gotta keep working harder and keep having great years and keep putting ourselves in the position that we’re in. We just gotta keep doing that. That’s what we’ll do and that’s what we have done. And teams would love to be in our situation.”Which is true. But this loss signaled the end of the road for senior forward Gilbert Brown, center Gary McGhee, and guard Brad Wanamaker.“A loss is a loss, regardless of the outcome,” Brown said. “It comes down to the plays that we didn’t make in the game, whether it be on buzzer-beater or the free throw at the end. It hurts all same. And it hurts even more because it’s our last game. We know we’ll never be able to put the jersey on again and go out there and play with our teammates. Everybody on the team is like family, so this being the last game is really an emotional blow to us.”But, indeed, successful programs are built for the long term, and that’s what Pitt will cling to this offseason. Next year’s recruiting class, after all, will include Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center from Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts. He is rated as the nation’s top center by many recruiting services and is No. 11 overall on ESPN’s Top 100.“Nothing really surprises me as far as what can happen,” Dixon said. “You gotta be prepared for everything.”It’s time to start preparing for next season.last_img read more