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  • Harvard historian sees banks, China dragging down U.S.

    first_imgHarvard economic historian Niall Ferguson, whose “The Ascent of Money” book and TV series traced the world’s financial system, last night painted a pessimistic prognosis for U.S. recovery unless the government takes decisive action.To a packed audience at the annual International Place Executive Event, hosted by Hub real estate developer Donald Chiofaro, Ferguson said that while we barely avoided a second Great Depression, the nation is still in deep trouble because no reforms have been made to its underlying financial problems…Read more here (Boston Herald)last_img read more

  • Hinesburg woman wins Ralph Nading Hill writing contest

    first_imgHeather Anne Caulfield of Hinesburg, Vermont, is the winner of the 2011 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Caulfield’s winning story, titled “Fetching Lambs,” describes a teenager on a Vermont family farm leading the sheep into the shed for the night. As she walks in the frosty darkness, her path illuminated by her flashlight, starlight, moonlight and the glow through the window of the distant farmhouse, she thinks about the family’s life on the farm through the seasons.Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life, commented that the judges were taken by the strong sense of place that came through in Ms. Caulfield’s writing. “We were impressed with her ability to perfectly capture a scene and evoke a feeling that is familiar to anyone who has spent some time on a farm in Vermont. Her unadorned, precise prose made her story an absolute pleasure to read.”Caulfield, 29, grew up in Putney and Dummerston, and worked at her family’s farm stand after school. She graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, and the SIT Graduate Institute. She has taught English as a Second Language in Mongolia. Caulfield is currently the administrative coordinator at VHB in North Ferrisburgh, an engineering and environmental consulting firm.Caulfield said: “I began writing fiction in my early teens, but poetry became my first love by the time I left for college. I’ve written about the ordinary moments such as neighbors, car trouble and gulls in a field, as well as life’s deepest moments, such as the death of my father and the sale of our family farm.” Caulfield describes her winning story as “creative non-fiction. I was trying to recapture a memory from my early teens and I found myself reimagining certain details I couldn’t recall. Although I set the story in early winter, the actual event most likely occurred in during spring lambing.”Ms. Caulfield will receive a $1,500 prize for the short story. The award is named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. It is considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.”Fetching Lambs” is available on the Vermont Life website, www.vermontlife.com(link is external), and will also be included in Vermont Life’s September newsletter.The deadline for this year’s Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize is November 15, 2011. The contest, now in its 22nd year, is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. Submission may include essays, short stories and poetry that focus on “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. Employees of Vermont Life or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.last_img read more

  • Windies Women flattened for 48

    first_imgLEICESTER, England, (CMC) – West Indies Women were bundled out for their second lowest-ever total in One-Day Internationals as their already troubled World Cup campaign took a turn for the worst with a demoralising 10-wicket defeat to South Africa Women here Sunday.Asked to bat first at Grace Road, the Windies capitulated to 48 all out off just 25.2 overs – the sixth lowest total in a Women’s World Cup and the lowest in 20 years.Chedean Nation, batting at number four, was the only player to reach double figures with 26 as the Caribbean side’s long batting line-up inexplicably fell apart in ideal conditions.Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk (4-0) and new ball seamer Marizanne Kapp (4-14) wrecked the innings with four wickets apiece while fast bowler Shabnim Ismail ended with two for 16.In reply, Lizelle Lee stroked a cameo unbeaten 29 from just 16 balls as South Africa coasted to their target off a mere 38 deliveries, to post their second win and remain unbeaten from their three matches.In contrast, West Indies have now lost all three games and are winless on tour after also losing all five of their warm-up fixtures.The defeat was their second to the Proteas in 10 days following a similar meltdown in their official warm-up in Oakham when they were knocked over for 63.Any hopes of making amends for that performance were quickly dashed as Kapp and Ismail produced a telling burst with the new ball to rip the heart out of the West Indies batting and leave the innings in strife at 16 for five in the eighth over.Hayley Matthews, the most consistent Windies batsman so far, perished for four in the third over when she played back to one from Ismail that nipped back off the seam and was lbw with just four runs on the board.Captain Stafanie Taylor lasted just 10 balls for her four before spectacularly losing her off-stump in the fifth over to one from Ismail that also came back.Kapp then turned the game on its head with three wickets in her fourth over, the eighth of the innings, when she sent back debutant opener Reniece Boyce (4), Kyshona Knight (0) and Deandra Dottin (0) in quick succession.The right-handed Boyce chipped a return catch to Kapp off the first ball over the over before Knight missed a straightish one on leg-stump and was lbw first ball.Dottin then played all around a full length delivery, the fifth of the over, and had her leg-stump uprooted.At this stage, West Indies were staring at an historic low but Nation and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira put on 22 for the sixth wicket to steer their side clear of that unwanted record.Nation faced 53 balls and struck five fours – most of them streaky shots behind the wicket – while Aguilleira spent 38 balls over her three.The partnership ended in the 20th over when Aguilleira missed an ill-advised sweep at van Niekerk and was bowled leg-stump and new batsman Shanel Daley followed without scoring in the leg-spinner’s next over, top-edging a sweep to short backward square.Tottering on 42 for seven, there was no resistance from the Windies tail as Afy Fletcher was trapped on her crease and bowled by Kapp without scoring, Nation gifted her wicket by clipping a simple catch to short mid-wicket off van Niekerk before debutant Qiana Joseph was trapped lbw to van Niekerk also without bothering the scorers.The Windies malaise extended into their fielding effort as Taylor then put down Lee at square leg and Anisa Mohammed let off Laura Wolvaardt (19 not out) at first slip off successive deliveries from Dottin in the third over.Lee went on to stroke six fours in her knock while Wolvaardt counted three – the last of which was a delightful cover-drive off Dottin which took South Africa to victory.West Indies will take on New Zealand on Thursday in Taunton.last_img read more

  • BetWarrior pays out COVID-19 postponed events

    first_imgShare Submit Related Articles BetWarrior has paid out all bets made on events postponed or cancelled by the COVID-19 crisis, allowing punters to regain their winnings even if the competition was to resume later in the year.The deal will only be available for customers who placed a wager before March 12 and ranges from every sporting vertical including the NBA, La Liga, the Premier League, and the recently-postponed European Championships.BetWarrior CEO Morten Tonnesen stated: “With question marks over most of the sporting calendar, BetWarrior is delighted to bring some good news to those who placed outright bets on postponed events: you are a winner.“We are all missing the action from the NBA, the Champions League and more right now, but rest assured the BetWarrior team will continue to provide the best mobile entertainment about. Keep posted for updates, and most importantly, stay safe.”The bookmaker also revealed that even if the event is completed with a different result, users will still be able to keep the original winnings.BetWarrior continues to offer a wide range of events and games and it is preparing a full package of promotions and benefits, including the opportunity to bet on non-sporting events, as well as play from a selection of more than 850 casino titles including slots, live dealer, video bingo and more.Bookmakers are adapting to the current sport-less climate by introducing new solutions, such as non-sport betting. Whilst other firm’s are investing in the esports and virtual industries in order to provide alternative sports to its customers. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more