Statewide fund launches for business flood relief

first_imgThe devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it’s the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check ( is external)) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort. Bailey, a Montpelier communications professional at KSE Partners, has partnered with local organizations to launch the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. Central Vermont Community Action Council will be acting as the fiscal agent, accepting these donations and providing the grant funds to businesses. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund will be focused on raising funds to support small businesses affected by the flooding. Funds raised will be disbursed as cash grants, designed to help businesses keep operating through the immediate aftermath and storm clean-up. Bailey explains the rationale: ‘ Small businesses all over the state are digging out. They are paying employees to clean up and rebuild ‘ and in the meantime, no money is coming in. A short-term grant can be a lifeline for a local store ‘ and we need our businesses ready to go for the critical tourist season.’ Bailey launched a similar effort in Montpelier after the late May flooding damaged inventory and equipment for many downtown businesses.  His grassroots fundraising effort ‘ begun with a ‘boot-filling’ on the State House lawn ‘ ultimately raised $27,000.  Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, echoed the need for these funds. ‘Many small and micro businesses do not have the ready cash to carry them through a disaster, and it can take a while before loans are made available. This kind of support can be an excellent way to fill the gaps and keep small businesses in downtowns and village centers intact. We’re proud to partner on this statewide effort.’ Donation information can be found at is external). Businesses will be able to apply for fund relief, and a statewide review team will review applications and make grants available as quickly as possible. About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief FundThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has been founded by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey to raise funds for small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August, 2011. All funds raised will be donated to help Vermont businesses come back from damage or losses sustained. is external)About Central Vermont Community Action CouncilFounded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. is external) Montpelier, VT ‘ September 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

IKD Caribbean Karate Cup heads to Guyana

first_imgTHE Guyana Karate College (GKC) will host the IKD Guyana Caribbean Karate Cup from August 23 to 25 at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.To date, over 100 overseas athletes have confirmed their attendance.Officials from Canada and competitors from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela are confirmed to participate.Guyana will field approximately 100 athletes, making a total of over 200 participants.Athletes will compete in individual events like kata, which is a choreographed pattern of movements, as well as kumite or sparring.There will also be several team events, including kata, kumite, along with Bunkai (formal application of kata) and Enbu (practical applications of bunkai fighting techniques) events.Participants will compete for medals and the country with the highest gold medal count will win the coveted Caribbean Cup trophy.Speaking about the upcoming tournament, Guyanese Shuseki Shihan (World Karate Master) Frank Woon-A-Tai, 9th Dan, M.S., head of the International Karate Daigaku (IKD) organisation with 70 regions in 50 countries worldwide said, “This will be another milestone in the history of traditional karate in Guyana and the region. Several eighth and seventh Dan Masters will be attending to support fair judging, and competition will be fierce.“However, I respectfully appeal to all competitors and spectators to remember that the aim of the Art of Karate is not in winning or losing, but in the development of the character of all participants. We teach discipline and the strongest karate along with moulding good citizens in Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette and the Most Important Rule – Self Control.”Admission is $500 except for overseas delegations. Considering the above, the GKC expects the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to be packed to capacity.The action begins at 09:00hrs on Saturday, August 23, with all kata, enbu and bunkai events while on Sunday, kumite events along with bunkai and enbu demonstrations will take place.The opening march past ceremony will also take place on Sunday.last_img read more

Shooting through the ranks: Despite challenges off court, Southerland continues to surge through competitive level of basketball with standout ability from 3-point line

first_imgRon Naclerio could tell immediately that James Southerland was not a post player. Regardless of how tall Southerland was when he and his father, Jim, walked into Naclerio’s office on a late June day toward the end of Southerland’s eighth-grade year, just the way he moved told Naclerio something different. Jim Southerland told Naclerio his son could shoot the ball.They walked upstairs to the gym and watched Southerland shoot. He had the form. The confidence. And what made him truly unique for a knockdown shooter, the height.Through the arduous workouts and practices with Naclerio at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, N.Y., the competition against elite players in his class and his ability to excel academically despite a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the sixth grade, Southerland opened the eyes of major Division-I programs, including Syracuse.After three years in the background with the Orange, Southerland opened the eyes of the rest of the country in his senior season, which was interrupted for six games because of an academic-related eligibility issue.“I really felt like I could take it this far. Luckily, I was blessed to have a lot of good people around me,” Southerland said. “It’s just a blessing and I’m glad I got this far.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBasketball provided Southerland with an outlet. A place where focus was never an issue.Jim Southerland said James struggled in a classroom setting as a child, but tested well, which raised red flags. James was tested for learning disabilities, and that’s when he was diagnosed with ADHD.Southerland said it’s not something that bothers him. With ADHD, Southerland said if he misses five shots, he’s probably not thinking about them when he takes his sixth.“So you’ve got to take the good with the bad,” Southerland said. “It doesn’t stop me from doing anything.”Certainly not on the court.Naclerio knew Southerland was a special player from the first time he saw him shoot. He decided to put Southerland on the varsity roster, where he could push him every day in practice.As a freshman, he was practicing with players headed to Division-I teams, including Gonzaga-bound Theo Davis.Southerland showed flashes of brilliance in practice, Naclerio said.“Put it this way, if he did well in practice, he was doing it against really good players,” Naclerio said.Southerland stepped into a starting role his sophomore year and continued to improve. That’s when he started getting the recognition that lasted for the rest of his high school years.During Southerland’s junior season, Cardozo scrimmaged Brooklyn’s Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. The day before the scrimmage, Naclerio received a call from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who expressed interest in coming to watch then-Bishop Loughlin star Devin Ebanks. Ebanks ended up going to West Virginia and now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.Naclerio told him he had a stud who could shoot.The day of the scrimmage, Naclerio and Southerland were walking toward the gym when they ran into Pitino. Naclerio said Southerland became so nervous, he struggled to introduce himself.Pitino already knew who he was.Southerland didn’t take an outside shot the entire first quarter, but Pitino saw all he needed to see during warm-ups.“After the first quarter,” Naclerio said, “I went by Pitino, he goes, ‘Ron, you’re right, he can shoot the s*** out of the ball.’”The calls from Big East schools started rolling in. St. John’s expressed interest. Southerland said the instability within the coaching staff limited his interest in playing for the Red Storm. Then-head coach Norm Roberts, who grew up with Jim Southerland, was fired from SJU in 2010.Southerland only wanted to go to Syracuse.“I knew from ninth or 10th grade. It was early. I feel like it had a lot to do with where I came from. Basketball was big in that area,” Southerland said. “My high school drew a lot of crowds. I thought like, 2,000 people are at our games, so imagine 35,000.”The interest between Southerland and Syracuse was mutual. Southerland impressed SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins immediately at an open workout.Southerland committed to Syracuse early in his junior season. But he still wasn’t ready for college, physically or emotionally. He enrolled at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., and stayed for two years.Everything Naclerio taught Southerland about working hard at Cardozo carried over to Notre Dame Prep.Head coach Ryan Hurd said Southerland would wake up at 5:30 a.m. to go on a two-mile run, come back to the gym to shoot, then take a quick nap before breakfast and his first class.It was an incredible routine Southerland never even told the coaches about. Hurd said they only found out about it once the coaches saw him running one morning.By the time Southerland arrived at Syracuse, he had a remarkable shooting form combined with an ability to dribble and drive to the basket. He could make jaw-dropping dunks and athletic shots at the rim.But for his first couple of seasons, his playing time for the Orange was limited. Southerland began to grow concerned he wouldn’t crack Syracuse’s lineup. Other college coaches began calling Naclerio, telling him they’d be glad to take Southerland if he wasn’t happy at Syracuse.Last year, he started seeing more playing time. He played in all 37 games and drained 37 3-pointers. But Dion Waiters, an eventual-No. 4 pick in last June’s NBA Draft, held the role of the Orange’s sixth man. Southerland waited patiently behind him.“Last year, we had a bunch of guys, but at the end of the year, James was big for us,” SU assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “James was, if you really looked at it, he was right there, but we had so many names, so I think this year, when that came out, it was like, ‘We didn’t know he was that good.’”Southerland had a brilliant start to his senior season, including Syracuse’s game at Arkansas, where he hit nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points. In the following two months, he had three games with at least three 3s. He was a spark off of the bench.But everything grinded to a halt on Jan. 12. The NCAA announced Southerland was ineligible. Eventually, it became clear it was academically related.For everyone around Southerland, it was a shock. He had gotten a 3.3 GPA. Jim Southerland said his son had done so well during summer school, professors were giving him recommendations and praising him for his hard work.The suspension contradicted all of that.“I was upset, a little frustrated,” Southerland said. “There was nothing I could really do about it, that’s what frustrated me. They don’t know why.”Southerland ended up missing six games. During that time, he worked on the scout team during practice. He worked harder than ever, not only to keep fresh, but to also keep his mind off everything off of the court.When the team traveled, though, Southerland couldn’t be there. His Syracuse teammates were without the player whose outgoing personality could lift them all up. Southerland said it was painful watching television while his team lost on the road at Villanova and Pittsburgh.“A basketball team is a close-knit group,” Autry said. “So it’s like one of your brothers not being there and you know they want to be there and they can’t be there and also, he’s paid his dues. He’s a senior.”On Feb. 8, Southerland appealed to a Syracuse University academic hearing panel and won. He returned to the court and started knocking down shots immediately. In each of his first seven games after the suspension, he hit at least three 3-pointers.He turned Madison Square Garden into his personal showcase, hitting a Big East tournament record with 19 3-pointers in Syracuse’s four games, leaving everyone in the building in awe.He opened up even more eyes. With his performance, Southerland put himself in good position for the NBA Draft in June. His ability to hit big shots off of the bench could make him a valuable commodity among professional teams.“Whether it’s in the NBA or overseas,” Southerland said, “I just want to continue playing basketball and doing something I love.”He’ll have that chance.Southerland is closing his collegiate career with the same type of performances he burst onto the New York City scene with back at Cardozo with Naclerio. His picture hangs throughout his old high school, in the locker room filled with orange and blue lockers, and on the walls of Naclerio’s office.Southerland’s skill has only increased through the years as the work he puts in on and off of the court becomes more intense.He starred in high school. He starred in college. Another level awaits.“I think you always need someone that can shoot the ball, and he’s athletic,” Autry said. “There’s always a place for people like that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2013 at 12:35 am Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Jackson leads Pistons past Lakers

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) attempts to drive around Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Reggie Jackson is rounding into form for the Detroit Pistons.Monday night was a positive sign.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jackson played 28 minutes — the most action he has seen since his return.“I could barely breathe in the second half, but that’s all right — my legs are getting better every game,” he said. “Once I get my legs back under me, I’ll be able to play the way I’m used to playing, but tonight was enough to help us get a win.”Randle had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Lonzo Ball finished with 15 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Kyle Kuzma had 20 points and 11 boards.“We were competitive again, and we gave ourselves another chance to win,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “That’s what we ask from these guys. We just came up a little short.”The Pistons led early, but the Lakers rallied behind Kuzma, a Flint native who was supported by a large contingent from his hometown about an hour north of Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jackson had 20 points in his fourth game back from an ankle sprain, helping the Pistons to a 112-106 victory over Julius Randle and the Los Angeles Lakers.Detroit (34-40) won for the fourth time in five games, but trails idle Miami by five games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith Blake Griffin reduced to 24 minutes due to foul trouble, reserve Anthony Tolliver added 15 points as the Pistons put six players in double figures. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 18 rebounds and Griffin finished with 15 points.“I don’t know if we’re going to see all of it in these last two weeks, but I know that with Reggie, Blake and Andre, we have the pieces to be really good,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “That was fun,” he said. “It was great to see my family and friends. It was tough to lose, but that was a plus.”Randle and Griffin each picked up three first-half fouls, so they were on the bench when Ish Smith hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to pull the Pistons to 55-53 at the break.Griffin picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and headed back to the sideline. But the Lakers weren’t able to take advantage of his absence.Tolliver replaced Griffin and scored eight points in the period as Detroit built an 81-76 lead.Tolliver started the fourth with a 3-pointer to put the Pistons up by eight. Griffin was whistled for a fifth foul, but he returned to hit a 3-pointer that made it 102-93 with 3:32 left.TIP-INSLakers: Isaiah Thomas (hip) and Brandon Ingram (groin) were sidelined by injuries. The Lakers had G-Leaguers Thomas Bryant and Gary Payton II active for the game.Pistons: The Pistons held a moment of silence before the game for Grand Rapids Drive guard Zeke Upshaw, who died earlier Monday after collapsing late in a game on Saturday. Grand Rapids is Detroit’s G-League affiliate.DRUMMOND’S DEFENSEVan Gundy wasn’t happy with Drummond’s first-half defense, but acknowledged he picked it up in the second half, including a spectacular play where he stole the ball from Randle on a lob. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “In the first half, he made Ivica Zubac look like Usain Bolt, but he picked it up down the stretch,” Van Gundy said. “There aren’t too many players in this league who can make the play he made against Randle.”UP NEXTLakers: Return home to play the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.Pistons: Host the Washington Wizards on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Walker comes up big in OT, Hornets top Knickslast_img read more