Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel raises over $5,000 for Vermont Foodbank with 2nd annual charity sale

first_imgOn Saturday, December 10, Vermonters shopped till they dropped ‘ and raised over $5,000 to fight hunger.Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held their 2nd annual Charity Sale in December, and the store and its customers collectively raised over $5,000 for Lenny’s chosen charity partner, the Vermont Foodbank. This morning, Lenny’s owner Mark McCarthy presented that donation to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.Lenny’s customers purchased tickets, for $5 each, to the one-day sale. With that ticket, customers qualified for substantial discounts on top gift items throughout the store. More than 550 tickets were sold, and 100% of the proceeds from those ticket sales went directly to the Foodbank. Each $5 ticket sold enabled the Foodbank to help provide 30 meals for Vermonters in need.In addition to the ticket proceeds, Lenny’s also donated a percentage of the day’s sales to benefit the Foodbank, making for a total donation of $5,148.‘We’re happy with the success of this event, and we’re so pleased to be able to make this kind of donation to the Vermont Foodbank,’ said Lenny’s owner Mark McCarthy. ‘We’d like to thank our loyal customers for their support – not only of a local business like Lenny’s – but also of the Vermont Foodbank. That’s the true spirit of the holiday season, and we’re so proud to have been a part of it. We’ll definitely be looking to do more of these sales in the future.’Barre, VTVermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonterslast_img read more

UK: OGA seismic data for potential carbon and hydrogen storage sites

first_imgScott Robertson, OGA director of operations, said: A similar guidance covers the publication of more recent, and future, geophysical survey data (i.e. those created or acquired post-2017). “The OGA has consulted extensively on the reporting and disclosure of seismic data, building on the success of disclosure of other data via the NDR. For the purpose of this, the OGA is publishing guidance which outlines the publishing conditions under which geophysical survey data created or acquired under an exploration licence pre-2018 Oil and Gas Authority UK (OGA) will disclose ‘vital’ historic seismic data that could help explorers and developers spot potential carbon and hydrogen storage sites in the North Sea.center_img Following consultation in 2019, the OGA has decided to make seismic data available, under an exploration licence and which are more than 10 or 15 years old, depending on the type of data. “These additional data will be extremely valuable to explorers and developers in meeting MER UK goals, and in supporting a net zero future by identifying potential carbon and hydrogen storage sites that are vital for the UK to meet its emissions abatement targets for 2050 and beyond. “We expect to see a significant increase in the reworking and reprocessing of the legacy data which will be published and the opportunities identified by such analysis will lead to activity that should bring real benefits to industry, the wider UK economy and the UK’s transition to a net zero future.”last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Buccaneers sign QB Blaine Gabbert

first_imgThe move reunites Gabbert with newly minted head coach Bruce Arians.We have signed QB Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal.📰 » https://t.co/JSWD3HyGda pic.twitter.com/B8axxTqOhe— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 27, 2019Gabbert​, who has spent time in Jacksonville, San Francisco and Arizona (under Arians and other members of the Bucs’ new coaching staff), played the most games last season since he was moved to the backup position in 2013. He took over for an injured Marcus Mariota in the team’s 2018 season opener and played in eight total games with three starts before being released. The only other time he recorded more starts as a backup was in 2015 with the 49ers (eight games, eight starts).Gabbert, 29, has a career 13-25 record, 48 passing touchdowns and a 56.2 completion rate.He will be battling Ryan Griffin for the No. 2 spot. The Buccaneers got the backup they needed.Tampa Bay on Wednesday announced the signing of veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal.last_img read more

Shaolin kungfu seeks to strike a blow for Chinese soccer

first_imgXiJinping watches students of his alma mater in Beijing playing soccer during his inspection to the schoolDengfeng, China | AFP | The young martial arts pupils cartwheeled across a pitch, before football coach Sun Dawei ordered one to deliver him a kung fu kick to the stomach.“You see I avoid the kick like this,” Sun said, dodging out of harm’s way before grabbing his young charge’s leg and throwing him to the turf.As tackling and defensive techniques, both would be short cuts to a red card. But the “Shaolin soccer training base” — set up last year near the home of China’s fighting monks — has ambitions to use traditional martial arts techniques to produce elite football players for Team Dragon.China’s national team is struggling: the world’s most populous country ranks a lowly 84th according to FIFA and the latest setback to its fading hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was a 0-0 home draw this week with Qatar — which has only around 300,000 citizens.But China is investing hugely in football training and has vowed to have 50 million school-age players by 2020, as the ruling Communist party eyes “football superpower” status by 2050.The vast Tagou martial arts school, a few miles from the cradle of Chinese kungfu, the Shaolin Temple in Henan province, has 35,000 fee-paying boarders, who live in spartan conditions and are put through a rigorous training regime.Some 1,500 of its students, both male and female, have signed up for its new soccer programme, centred on a pristine green Astroturf football pitch where dozens of children play simultaneous five-a-side-games.A concrete viewing stand is under construction to accommodate future spectators, with cement mixers churning and a crane swinging girders above the children as they practised.“We are responding to the country’s call,” said Sun, a crewcutted former martial arts champion who took a soccer coach training course last year.“What we want to do… is combine Shaolin martial arts with football and create an original concept,” he added.Sun’s class of 12-year-olds wore red jackets emblazoned “Shaolin” and the canvas-style shoes favoured by practitioners of Chinese martial arts, known as wushu.They cartwheeled from one side of the pitch to another, before assembling in formation and running through tightly choreographed routines of high kicks and punches.“With a foundation in wushu, their bodily flexibility and force is a great help when they are playing football,” said Sun. “Their jumping ability is helpful.”‘Awesome things’ The training base has drawn comparisons with the hit 2001 Hong Kong film “Shaolin Soccer,” about a ragtag band of out-of-shape martial artists who defy the odds to storm to victory in a football tournament. The film’s heroes play in yellow monks’ robes, flying through the air, carrying out dazzling dives and overhead kicks of tornado-like power and winning one game 40-0.“The flying… and those sort of awesome things I can’t do,” admitted 12-year-old winger Sun Linyuan.But he added: “In the future I will be able to do spinning kicks and bicycle kicks. Then I’ll be a better footballer.”When the soccer programme opened a year ago the province’s top sport official Zhang Wenshan addressed a ceremony which saw thousands of students carry out a tightly choreographed martial arts routine.“We have carried out deep research into using our province’s advantage in traditional martial arts to develop youth football,” he said.A provincial document vows to “build shaolin soccer into a brand”, and the school has given itself five years to become one of the province’s top three youth teams.Each child who signs up for the soccer programme practises for several hours every day and the school has signed a deal with a British firm to import coaches. Nation’s best Sun’s group split into two teams, with captains assigning positions. One striker in a number 10 jersey backflipped his way onto the pitch.Despite their years of kung fu training, the students’ football skills were still a work in progress, school staff admitted, with sloppy defending, shaky shooting and poor ball control all in evidence.“You’re just running wherever the ball is! Do you think that’s ok?” an exasperated Sun told his students in a half-time huddle. “Should you be marking people or not?”“Yes!” the students all affirmed at once.Long a football fan, Sun admitted there was a “vast” difference between the Beautiful Game and Shaolin kungfu.Still, he said, “We are the number one school for martial arts. So we have the confidence that in another area we can also be among the nation’s best.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more