Gifford Medical’s Last Mile Ride raises $40,000

first_imgSaturday’s Last Mile Ride – Gifford Medical Center’s annual charity motorcycle ride – attracted more than 180 riders and raised approximately $40,000 for end-of-life care at the nonprofit Randolph medical center.Started in 2006 by Gifford nurse and motorcyclist Lynda McDermott of Randolph, the ride has grown significantly in the five years since in both the number of riders it attracts and the money it raises. This year’s ride took motorcyclists through about 100 miles of central Vermont countryside through Randolph, Northfield, Montpelier, Middlesex, the Mad River Valley, Rochester, Bethel and more. Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak led the ride and combat veterans provided “road guard” services. The ride ended at the hospital with a chicken and rib barbecue and live music from local group “Two for the Show and Company.” Riders were also given free massages and awarded prizes. Riders who raised the most money for the cause received gifts from area motorcycle dealers.Topping the list of riders who raised the most were Tim and Patty Schroeder, who raised $1,847; Linda Chugkowski and Robert Martin, who raised $1,810; and Reg and Rose Mongeur, who collected more than $1,300.Reg Mongeur, a combat veteran, also served as a road guard and rode in memory of his late mother, Caroline Mongeur, who died in Gifford’s Garden Room in May.The Garden Room is a garden-side suite for dying patients and their families. The ride supports free services for those patients as well as for other patients in advanced illness, family bereavement services and special training for Gifford’s staff.“The staff at Gifford and the Garden Room … they made the transition between life and death a lot smoother. Everybody involved from the Gifford side of it, it was like it was their family (member) too,” says Reg Mongeur of how his mother was treated. The experience made Reg all the more supportive of the ride and gave him drive to raise money so others could experience the same service.And Reg – a Vietnam veteran – got a bit of a surprise of his own at the ride.Riders gave the combat veterans a standing ovation for their help at the ride. The act of kindness brought tears to the Vietnam vet’s eyes.This year’s ride also included the raffle of a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low from Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre. Art Peper, a 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran and prison of war, won the motorcycle.Ride organizer Ashley Lincoln called Peper with the news immediately after the ticket was drawn.“I didn’t believe it,” said Peper, who had collected antique Indian and Harley motorcycles before selling them a few years ago.Schroeder sold Peper the winning ticket on behalf of the hospital. “When Tim sold me the ticket he said, ‘This is the lucky ticket,’ and it was.”Peper bought the ticket to support the ride, not expecting to win. He’s now not quite sure what he’ll do with his shiny new Harley, which Schroeder delivered on Saturday afternoon.  “It’s fun, but I don’t think I’ll ever ride it,” said the Randolph resident who has had visitors and plenty of phone calls – some from people he hasn’t talked to in years – since his big win.“It made him very happy,” notes his wife, Rose.Peper’s says he’s just happy the ride raised so much money for end-of-life care.Other winners included Thom Goodwin, a hospital employee from Corinth, who won a stunning quilt make by Gifford nurses. “I’m thrilled and elated. Five nurses poured their heart into creating this. When I look at the quilt I can be reminded daily of what a caring and compassionate community Gifford is,” Goodwin said.And ride volunteer and pediatrician Dr. Mitsu Chobanian was the winner of a 50/50 raffle.The date for next year’s ride has already been set. It will be held Aug. 20, 2010. Visit the hospital’s Web site, is external) for updates on 2011 ride and more photos from this year’s ride.The other Last Mile RideMotorcycles roared through the area on Saturday to raise money for end-of-life care at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. But one rider had a much quieter start and finish. Marci White, a Gifford nurse, wife and mother from Braintree, rode her pedal bicycle 37 miles to Northfield and back Saturday morning to support the cause.Source: Gifford Medical Center. 8.24.2010last_img read more

594.000 overnight stays are expected for the Christmas and New Year holidays

first_imgObserving the announcements of tourist traffic in the Adriatic counties, about 126.000 arrivals and 383.000 overnight stays are expected on the coast during the Christmas and New Year holidays, which represents a growth of about 2 percent, while on the continent about 100.000 arrivals and 211.000 overnight stays are expected. turnover growth of about 6 percent.  “Domestic and foreign tourists are increasingly recognizing and praising the quality offer of Croatian destinations in the winter, both on the continent and on the coast, but also on the islands. This is exactly the right direction in the effort to position Croatia as a destination with an attractive and diverse offer throughout the year, ie in a more even distribution of the realized tourist traffic throughout the year.” pointed out the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. According to the results of a survey conducted by the Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with the system of tourist boards, during the Christmas and New Year holidays, ie in the period from December 20, 2019 to January 6, 2020, at the level of the whole of Croatia is expected around 227.000 arrivals and 594.000 tourist nights which compared to the same period last year represents the expected growth of tourist traffic of about 4 percent.   The largest tourist traffic on the coast is expected in Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties, while on the continent the largest tourist traffic is expected in Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje and Karlovac counties.   Cover photo: Fuliranjelast_img read more

These are the suburbs where owners can double their money

first_imgBronwyn Ablett outside of her rental property in Sunnybank. AAP/Image Sarah Marshall.When it comes to easy money, it’s hard to beat set-and-forget real estate.Exclusive analysis prepared by CoreLogic for The Courier-Mail revealed nine Brisbane suburbs where house value gains over the past decade averaged six per cent or more each year.At or above that magic percentage, home values double in 13 years or less.PS Property Advisory senior partner Sue Aspinall said looking at the history of capital growth is important when choosing a location.“That’s a first step because then you have to dig a bit deeper to understand why they grow,” Ms Aspinall said.Fundamentals such as proximity to the CBD helped make a suburb a “safe bet” for consistent gains, she said.“Public transport hubs and a village atmosphere with cafes, restaurants and shops – boutique style – they really make a difference,” she said.Wilston was an excellent example, as was Nudgee which has seen changes around gentrification and education.“The uni (Australian Catholic University) out there has continued to expand which has helped,” she said.Property Chase principal, Ben Anderssen, said long-term growth analysis should be part of any decision.Nudgee, where this home at 26 Elkington St, is listed for sale is predicted to grow in value.“I really do believe, over time, property stills goes up,” he said. Mr Anderssen agreed Nudgee was well worth watching.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “We’ve noticed that in the 1980s you’d no sooner have moved to the broader Hendra area than fly to the moon, but now we’re incredibly lucky to find anything for under one million dollars there,” he said.“Five years ago even, we wouldn’t have touched anything in Banyo, Nudgee and Geebung, but those areas are certainly undergoing gentrification now and they actually have a great feel to them,” Mr Anderssen said.He said improved transport options had helped too.“The tunnels have had a big effect as well as schools and the lifestyle amenity in these areas,” he said.Bronwyn Ablett purchased her Sunnybank property in 1995 for $103,500.The property recently sold for just over $500,000 which exemplified Sunnybank’s long-term growth.Ms Ablett said she originally bought in the area because of family nearby.“Also it was relatively close to the city and in the right price range,” she said.Ms Ablett moved out six years ago and kept the house as an investment.“The rental return has been very good – I’ve never had any difficulty in tenanting it over the years,” she said.Ms Ablett wasn’t surprised that Sunnybank had been a brilliant long-term performer.“It’s close to public transport – both the train and bus – and it’s close to major facilities including hospitals and schools so it doesn’t surprise me,” she said.last_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018: Day 14 India schedule, Timings, Live Coverage and more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On day 14 of the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, Indian athletes will take the centre stage to add more medals to their tally of 65 medals which include 13 gold, 23 silver, and 29 bronze. The Indian contingent is just two medals short to surpass their best ever gold medal count and the athletes will eye the record that is inches away from them.On day 13, the sailing event brought medals for India as Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervergar bagged silver in the 49er FX women sailing event and Harshita Tomar clinched the bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 event on Friday. Whereas, the Indian women’s hockey team lost by 1-2 to Japan in the final of the 2018 Asian Games.Indian men’s hockey team is also set to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the men’s hockey semi-final clash on Saturday (Day 14) of the Asiad.Asian Games 2018 Day 14 Schedule:Boxing (Final)Men’s Light Fly (49KG) – 12-30 pmDusmatov Hasanboy (Uzbekistan) vs Amit (India)Hockey (Bronze medal match)India vs Pakistan – 4 amSquash (Gold medal match)Women’s team final – India vs Hong Kong 1-30 pmCanoe/Kayak Sprint (Medal event)Canoe Double (C2) 200m Men – 7-30 am – Jamesboy Singh, Prakant SharmaKayak Four (K4) 500m Women Finals – 10 amBridge (Medal event)Men’s Pair – Final 2 – Round 1 Start List – 8-30 amPranab Bardhan-Shibhnath Sarkar, Subhash Gupta-Sapan Desai, Sumit Mukherjee-Debabrata Majumder Women’s PairFinal 2 – Round 1 Start List – Marianne Karmakar-Hema DeodarMixed Pair – Bachiraju Satyanarayana-Kiran Nadar, Rajeev Khandelwal-Himani KhandelwalDiving (Medal event)Men’s 10m Platform PreliminarySiddharth BajrangJudo (Medal event)Mixed Team Elimination Round of 16 India vs Nepal – 7-30 am last_img read more

FCPPL review: 7 things we learned from matchday 20

first_imgIn the end, no away team won on the day. And only Hearts were able to get a point.Goals were at a premium unlike like week but surely the sensational result was in Essipong where AshGold lost. But in all these, here are key lessons from matchday 20.First, a reminder of the results.1. Travel is a curseIf there is any consistent trend in the league apart from Ashantigold’s form, it has to be how all teams have been poor on the road.  This was highlighted this week when all teams failed to record awayvictories. The best performing away sides were Hearts of Oak and Berekum Chelsea who could only pick up draws. With nine games left to go in the league, teams will have to perfect their away records as vital points on the road coupled with a good home record could propel teams to higher positions on the log.2. Goals are (too) hard to come byThirteen goals were recorded on this matchday meant an average of 1.6 goals per match. This is a relatively low count considering the high numbers recorded in the previous matchday.  The highest scoring match was in a Kumasi, where three goals were recorded. More worrying was the fact that the leading contenders for the goal king failed to find the net – with the exception of Ahmed Toure. Did coaches work on the defensive side of the game at training this week or did the attackers fail to utilize the chances given them? 3. Aduana are kings of the ‘one goal project’Aduana currently sit second on the log five points adrift of leaders Ashatigold. The Dormaa side recorded their ninth victory at home in ten attempts. More interesting is the fact that this was their seventh one goal victory over an opponent in Dormaa. This home form is reminiscent of their time under Herbert Addo which clinched them their first and only league title in 2009.  Should they continue their “one goal project” and pick up valuable points on the road, the former league champions could end up with the league. This makes their clash against Ashantigold in Obuasi next weekend even tastier.4. Olele is a supermanBarely 24 hours ago, Richard Kingson was writhing in pain after clashing with Christian Atsu to cut short his appearance in Stephen Appiah’s testimonial. To everyone’s surprise, the keeper was in goal against Liberty Professional and kept a clean sheet to boot. He even copped a yellow for time wasting. Was his injury a façade? Did the Oly medical staff pull a miraculous operation on Kingston overnight or was his injury part of the pomp and pageantry of the day?  These are questions best answered by Kingson himself but whatever be the case, Olele is a true superman.  5. BA United’s days are numberedNothing seems to go right in Sunyani at the moment. The Brong Ahafo side are sitting in the relegation zone, nine points from safety and more disturbingly, they could not find a jersey to play their league match until the eleventh hour. BA United are currently sitting on a time bomb and their relegation will be confirmed sooner rather than later. They have not won or picked a single point on their travels this season and with fixtures at Wa, Sekondi and Kumasi yet to come, they are better off making plans for the Division One League next season.6. Lions can’t devour now They sit uncomfortably in third from bottom on the league, which should represent a big source of worry for Randy Abbey’s side. The team that placed second in last year’s league have dipped in form. And markedly so. To worsen matters for Lions, they have been banned from their fortress at Kpando where they have claimed many scalps. It came as no surprise they managed to only draw against a Chelsea side who have been poor on the road in Obuasi. The temporary ban will hit Heart of Lions real hard as they are unlikely to record enough victories as they would like to had they played in Kpando. This is the best time to play against Heart of Lions as they seem to lack the sharp teeth required to devour their prey. 7. Has Duncan found the winning formula?A week ago, there was talk of crisis in the Kotoko camp with some ex-players (read: Sarfo Gyamfi) calling for spiritual help for the club. The mood seems to have changed after the Porcupine Warriors recorded two wins on the trot, one in the FA Cup and one in the league. A key characteristic in these two victories has been the  fact that Duncan stuck to the same starting XI. Conspicuously, both teams included veteran Jordan Opoku who found the going tough in Duncan’s early days at the club. Is he the missing piece of the jigsaw? And has Duncan found the right formula? For now, Duncan must be hailed for these victories but only time will tell if they were no flukes. It begins next week against Medeama in Tarkwa. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odumlast_img read more

Cam Newton difference ‘like night and day’ with new throwing motion

first_imgA post shared by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Aug 7, 2019 at 9:18am PDTIn the second half of last season, Newton was obviously unable to push the football downfield. Secondaries pushed closer to the line of scrimmage and Carolina was forced to insert backup Kyle Allen on plays that required a desperation heave into the end zone.According to Stats Perform data, Newton finished 20th in the NFL with only 22 big play passes that went for 25 yards or more.That shouldn’t be the case as the team has made it a point to post one Newton deep ball after another on social media throughout camp.Curtis Samuel doing Curtis Samuel things 🙌— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 13, 2019Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner has described Newton’s new motion as more compact, closed off and efficient. What that means for how Newton approaches the game is still unclear.Speaking to NBC Sports last month, Newton wouldn’t say if he’s lost a chunk of velocity, but he doesn’t think that really matters entering his ninth season. “To see him come back like he’s doing, I expect big things from him.” Bills running back Christian Wade hopes to hinge hype to roster spot While Newton will not make his preseason debut Friday against the Bills as many had expected, according to a report from The Athletic, the 2015 NFL MVP has been sharp through training camp.“It’s like night and day,” Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (and member of the Panthers in 2018) told reporters this week after a joint practice (via The Charlotte Observer). “[Newton’s] arm looks a whole lot better now. Man, to see him come back from that injury, I know it’s been tough on him. Related News Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl winscenter_img It feels like ages since Cam Newton last took a snap with defenders scratching and crawling to get to him in the pocket.Since being shut down for the season last December, Newton has undergone a second surgery on his throwing shoulder and re-invented his throwing motion to cope. His first tosses and minicamp in June gained a live broadcast by the Panthers on Facebook that’s been watched more the 160,000 times. View this post on Instagram “When you get old, you have to change certain things,” he said. “It kind of keeps you young. I actually look forward to it. I embrace this whole process because it’s made me feel like a rookie again. Learning certain things, learning new mechanics, focusing on the little nuances of playing a quarterback position and trying to master it. So at this point in my career, it’s not about velocity. It’s not about throwing a ball 70 yards. It’s about efficient football that’s gonna win football games.”That’s a mature approach from Newton, regardless of whether or not he was forced into it. Now we wait to see if there’s a payoff.last_img read more

When will the next “Mostar Red Bull Cliff Diving” be held?

first_imgThe Old Bridge in Mostar will be hosting the world’s best male and female high divers for the fourth time on September 8th , according to competition organizers, as it was reported by the Anadolu Agency (AA).The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship, the most prestigious competition for the high diving, marks 10 years of existence this year, and five years since the Women’s Championship was introduced.For this celebration season, seven locations were chosen that were truly “classics” for the championships, and among them is Mostar, after hosting three spectacular competitions at the Old Bridge in the past three years.Jumpers from 12 countries will demonstrate their acrobatic skills in the USA, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Italy. Men will perform at all seven, and women at five of those places.The season begins at the Possum Kingdom lake in Texas (the USA), at the Hell’s Gate cliff. The host of the second competition is Bilbao (Spain), where only men will appear at La Salve Bridge. The third place of the cliff diving leads elite to the grand volcanic monoliths in the middle of the Atlantic, to the Sao Miguel island in the Portuguese Azores. Next is the Lake Uri in Sisikon (Switzerland), which hosted the 2009 and 2010 Championships. The fifth competition of this season is the 70th  in the history of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship, and it will be held in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. Only men will perform there, for which a 27-meter high platform will be placed on the roof of the famous building of the Opera.The penultimate place brings the best jumpers to BiH on September 8th, to the Old Bridge in Mostar , where the tradition of jumps lasts for centuries. And lastly, the final competition of the season will take place in Polignano a Mare, in the very south of Italy, where a new champion will be crowned. (Source: read more