Vermont Chamber seeks 2009 Citizen of the Year nominations

first_imgFor more than 40 yeas, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has recognized an outstanding citizen with the prestigious Citizen of the Year award. Nomination materials will be collected through July 31, and a special selection committee will meet soon thereafter to select this year’s recipient.Nominees are judged on three criteria: This award is presented to a Vermonter who has made major contributions to the progress and betterment of the Green Mountain State; has been distinguished through outstanding service to his or her community and region; and in the judgment of the selection committee, typifies the true spirit of service and self-sacrifice in representing the finest ideals of Vermont citizenship.The 2009 Citizen of the Year will be honored with a special recognition dinner in the fall. The application includes a nomination form, a brief biographical sketch of the nominee, and supporting testimonials. A selection committee comprised of Vermont Chamber members and past award winners will select this year’s recipient.Last year’s Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year was Bobby Miller. Past winners include Kenley Squier (2007), R. Allen Paul (2006), U.S. Senator James Jeffords (2005) and Stephen Morse (2004).Contact Antonia Opitz, Director of Events with any questions or to receive a nomination form at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call (802) 223-0603.  You may also fill out a nomination form online at: http://www.vtchamber.com/upload/photos/3182009_Nomination_Form.doc(link is external)The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2009.last_img read more

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Arsenal hold on to beat Palace

first_img The Gunners went ahead through an early penalty from Santi Cazorla following a trip by Pape Souare on Danny Welbeck, which the Palace bench protested had been just outside the area. Referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant were central to another big call on the stroke of half-time when Welbeck was waved onside and Olivier Giroud netted a second from the rebound after the England forward’s shot had been blocked. Coquelin eventually went into the notebook for a late trip on Campbell as the match continued to be played with plenty of positive aggression. Arsenal doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Alexis Sanchez played a perfectly-weighted pass into the left side of the penalty area for Welbeck, who was adjudged onside as he ran across the Palace backline. The England forward sent in a low, angled drive, which Speroni palmed out and Giroud was alert to get to the loose ball ahead of three defenders to stab home his 50th Arsenal goal. Palace looked to make a positive start to the second half, and pushed Arsenal back as Wilfried Zaha caused problems down the right channel, forcing a string of corners before a looping header from Mesut Ozil dropped onto the top of the crossbar. The German, who has returned from a knee injury a much stronger player, broke away on 57 minutes and fed Sanchez on the overlap down the left. Arsenal’s leading scorer burst into the box and then stabbed the ball just wide of the far post, when both Welbeck and Giroud were screaming for a pass. Palace were forced into a change when Campbell limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Yannick Bolasie. There was a stoppage when David Ospina went down a few minutes after the goalkeeper had come racing out of his penalty area to jump over Per Mertesacker and head a long ball clear. After some treatment for what appeared to be a back problem, play continued. Palace continued to push Arsenal back, as Dwight Gayle sent a bullet header just over before Jason Puncheon’s 20-yard free-kick curled just wide. With 15 minutes left, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, whose side host Monaco in the Champions League next week, looked to shore up the side as defender Kieran Gibbs came on for Welbeck and Ozil was replaced by Tomas Rosicky. Palace boss Alan Pardew sent on Murray for Gayle and Shola Ameobi made his debut to replace Joe Ledley. Murray saw a late close-range header saved on the line by Ospina, who was then beaten in another goalmouth scramble during five minutes of added time. Palace almost snatched a dramatic equaliser at the death as Ospina flapped at a left-wing cross, which Murray crashed against the base of the post with a flying header. Arsenal moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. Palace showed plenty of endeavour to try to get back into the match, and grabbed a stoppage-time consolation through substitute Glenn Murray, who then hit the post with a flying header as Arsenal held on to close out victory to climb back above Southampton, who play Liverpool on Sunday, and Manchester United, beaten at Swansea. The tone for what was a hard-fought contest was set early when Fraizer Campbell was caught on the chest by a high boot from Francis Coquelin, Arsenal’s new midfield enforcer. However, Clattenburg gave only a free-kick and no card – much to the disbelief of the Palace bench. The home management team could then not believe it moments later when Arsenal were awarded a penalty. Souare, making his Premier League debut after signing from Lille, came across to try to block Welbeck, but tripped the Arsenal forward as he darted away down the right. The initial contact looked right on the edge of the penalty area, and Clattenburg immediately pointed to the spot. Cazorla made no mistake from the spot as he sent Julian Speroni the wrong way for his seventh goal of the season. Palace looked to make an instant response, pushing Arsenal back with some direct balls into the danger area. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against Barcelona – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool will “suffer” in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona but will also have chances, says manager Jurgen Klopp.The Reds meet the Spanish champions at the Nou Camp on Wednesday (20:00 BST).Klopp, who guided Liverpool to the final in 2018, said: “We were in contention last year, but they have been in contention for nearly 20 years.“It will be so difficult, but I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity.”Like Liverpool, Barcelona are five-time European champions.Four of the Spanish side’s titles have come in the past 13 years. In contrast, Liverpool’s sole success since 1984 came in 2005.Last year’s run to the final came after Liverpool had failed to qualify for the competition in the previous season. Barcelona, meanwhile, are on an unbeaten run of 31 home games in the Champions League.“Will we be perfect? That’s not possible,” said Klopp. “Will we make mistakes? Oh, yes. Will we suffer? Oh, yes, 100%.“Will there be moments when we have a chance? Yes, 100%. I hope we will use them – that is what we will try to do.”“We can feel completely free to play our game. It is a brilliant team here at Barcelona.”Klopp, who also took Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final, added: “I would say a draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we go for it, but it would be OK.“So many people came to Barcelona and had a plan and in the end they got a proper knock.”Liverpool are fighting for a first domestic league triumph in 29 years, sitting a point behind Manchester City with two games to play.However, even with Liverpool relying on City dropping points in order to win the Premier League, Klopp would not be drawn on whether the Champions League represented his side’s best chance of winning a trophy this season.“We still have to play against Barcelona,” he said.“We have a chance in both these competitions, but we have to play these games. I never understand when people think a game is won or lost before it is played.“At the moment, I do not need to know which is the better chance for us to win. We will try to play our best football, then we will see what we can get from it.“When we go home, we will not be playing against City, we will be playing against Newcastle. But nobody has to think about that game tomorrow, because it would be a massive mistake to play Barcelona with 15% or 20% of your mind on Newcastle.”–Source: BBC Sportlast_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SELF-BELIEF IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: “Self-efficacy is one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed in a specific situation or accomplish a task”Self-efficacy is one of the most important factors when it comes to success in a weight loss or exercise program.How we approach our goals at the beginning will ultimately make or break the outcomes of our goals. This is one of the main reasons for the failure rate of New Year’s resolutions before the end of January.According to Albert Bandura, self-efficacy (self-belief) affects thought patterns that can aid or hinder the individual.A person with high self-belief. within exercise will feel that he or she has the ability to be successful in exercise-related activities.Bandura proposed that self-belief is formed and affected by 4 main sources of information:Personal accomplishmentVicarious experienceVerbal persuasionPhysiological statesSo, why is this so important when it comes to you and your goals? When we look at new year’s resolutions, or diets, or the popular weight loss programs that the media like to flaunt at this time of year, they all have one thing in common; high failure rates.These programs are not made to last, and we know this.In fact, if you look at some of the advertising for some of these products, they actually tell us that other similar products have failed, but theirs is different.They are setting you up for failure before you even begin by planting the seed of thought that it might fail.This is absolutely detrimental to you when you are starting out on an exercise or weight loss goal. Think about it;How many times have you tried and failed before?How many times have you tried, only for your friends/family/co-workers to make it hard for you to succeed because of negativity or pointing out previous failures?All these things affect self-efficacy. Self- belief plays an important role in how we approach goals, tasks and challenges.If we start our journey with the mind-set that we have been down this path before and we ‘know’ that failure is at the end, we will more than likely fail.We have to approach our new goals with a new approach.In my first article of the year, I spoke about how setting mini goals within a larger goal can help you to stay on track.This is a way to increase your self-efficacy when you are starting out.We have 2 types of goals:Outcome focused goalsProcess focused goalsOutcome focused goals are easy. We all have them: “I want to lose 2 stone”, “I want to be rich”, “I want to have a 6 pack”.These are all great goals to have, if you want them, but they are meaningless without having a clear process to get us to our outcome.This is where the mini goals come into play.If the outcome is to lose 2 stone the process has to reflect this goal, and if set out right can help to keep you on track.OUTCOME – Lose 2 stonePROCESS;Drink water every dayWorkout 3 times per weekReduce the amount of sugary drinks I have per weekWalk to work 3 out of 5 days per week.Reduce the amount of processed foods I eat.Eat some sort of protein with every mealYou might look at this process and think that ‘Sure that’s simple, WE ALL KNOW THAT’, and you would be right, but have you ever actually tried it?Or do you always go for the extreme ‘quick fixes’ that always fail?If you focus on the process you will always have ‘mini wins’ that will lead you to your outcome.Can you drink water every day for a week?Yes? Congratulations, you have just had a mini accomplishment.Can you do some sort of physical activity 3 days per week?Yes? Congratulations, you have just had another mini win.With each ‘mini win’ that you have you are increasing your feeling of self-efficacy and your belief that you can actually accomplish that goal.With process goals we want to win early and win often. This will keep us on track.The easier we can make the process for ourselves, the better able we will be to stick to the task at hand.External motivators are great, they go hand in hand with outcome goals in the sense that they show us what we want, but they are not as powerful as internal motivators.Internal motivators are our ‘why?’Answer the questions below. Be truthful and you will reach your actual ”why?”Why do you want to make this change?How might you go about it in order to succeed?What are the 3 best reasons for you to do it?How important is it for you to make this change and why?What do you think you will do about it?There is a great quote by Henry David Thoreau“Things do not change; We change”.I honestly think that people miss this simple point, we have to change, in order to get change.If we don’t, we will always be in the same situation.Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing.Setting out a clear process that will let you have small accomplishments every few weeks, will keep your motivation high, but more importantly it will keep your sense of self-worth and self-efficacy high and this will ultimately lead to your success.#TrainSmartI help all of my members with their goals through our private Facebook group.This is exclusive to Rushe Fitness members only and booking for our classes opens up at the end of this week.Contact me for more information through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SELF-BELIEF IS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS was last modified: January 25th, 2016 by John2Share 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)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

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