Source: LSC. 9.16.2009 Lyndon State College is the recipient of a $71, 590 grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northern Region. The money will be used for paid student internships in Essex County in Vermont and Coos County in New Hampshire. These two areas fall in one of the nation’s most economically depressed regions, and this support will help businesses develop sustainable business models.The grant creates a promising win-win situation for businesses and Lyndon students. Not only will the businesses have access to the latest in planning and development, but students will no longer have to choose between an unpaid internship and a job.Making these types of internship opportunities available is important to both preparing the region’s future workforce as well as helping these students play an active role in building the capacity of businesses and organizations that could become their future employers. The struggling economies of the Northeast Kingdom and Coos County provide an excellent laboratory for Lyndon State College students. By working under the close supervision of experienced faculty who are coordinating with engaged employers they will have the opportunity to put theory into practice while helping to keep and create jobs in the target area.This summer, for example, Lyndon State College senior Ashley Beard and two interns from Mt. Abraham Union High School worked under a Tillotson grant to map parts of the Northern Forest. This information will make the land more accessible to businesses who have questions about types and locations of specific kinds of timber on the land. Other Tillotson money has been used by the College for work with the Northwoods Stewardship Center and the Appalachian Mountain Club.The focus of this internship program will be to help put into practice the recommendations outlined in the SEI’s (Sustainable Economy Initiative) A Strategy for Regional Economic Resurgence while developing regional capacity along with that of participating businesses and organizations. Small and emerging companies, as well as nonprofits, are often unable to pay interns, which limits the pool from which the businesses can choose. Making these types of internship opportunities available is important to both preparing the region’s future workforce as well as helping these students play an active role in building the capacity of businesses and organizations that could become their future employers. The struggling economies of the Northeast Kingdom and Coos County provide an excellent laboratory for Lyndon State College students.The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been improving the quality of life in our communities since 1962. It builds and manages a collection of charitable funds totaling nearly $490 million, created by individuals, families and corporations. The Foundation has awarded more than $125 million in the past five years. Based in Concord, N.H., the Foundation roots itself in communities across the state through seven regions including Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua and the Upper Valley.
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein has savaged plans to hand his current role as FIFA vice-president to Asia’s football boss in a row which threatens to plunge regional soccer into a fresh round of infighting.In an open letter, the Jordanian royal “strongly opposed” the proposal backed by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, which will be put to the vote in June.”I stand firm by my conviction that all sport… should be free from politics and completely devoid of politicos and self-interest individuals and groups that exploit the sport and all its stakeholders for their own personal gains,” Prince Ali wrote.Four of football’s six global confederations combine the role of regional president and FIFA vice-president, with the AFC and South America’s CONMEBOL the two exceptions.Bahrain’s Shaikh Salman was elected as permanent replacement for the scandal-tainted Mohamed bin Hammam last year in a move warmly welcomed by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.Shaikh Salman will now seek a change in AFC statutes to merge the Asian presidency with the FIFA vice presidency. He is expected to seek re-election as AFC boss next year. Jordan’s Prince Ali, 38, was elected as one of the eight FIFA vice-presidents to a four-year term in January 2011. He said the proposal to combine the two roles, which would take effect next year, was convincingly beaten at the AFC Congress where Shaikh Salman was elected last May.”I am truly surprised that this proposal has resurfaced in the past few months, led vigorously by the current AFC president,” the prince said in his letter released on Wednesday.”It is unfortunate that the direction taken by the AFC president and other AFC officials is one driven purely by politics instead of focusing our energies and valuable time to improving the game in Asia,” he added.No immediate comment was available from Shaikh Salman but the AFC said the proposal will be put to the vote at an extraordinary Congress in Sao Paulo on June 9, ahead of the World Cup.The AFC has had internal troubles in recent years after bin Hammam was accused of bribery during his 2011 campaign for the FIFA presidency, and later of financial wrongdoing while in office. At last year’s presidential election, Shaikh Salman shrugged off allegations of human rights violations targeting Bahraini pro-democracy supporters to record a landslide win.
“I understood what the club did. But here (in England), the television companies decide the fixtures and we’ll adjust,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager added.“We are going to play the final at Wembley on February 25, and then play on Thursday against Arsenal in the Premier League. Sunday it’s Chelsea, then the Champions League after that.“We’d prefer more time but we are in four competitions and we have to adapt. That’s not going to change.“Sometimes you have one more day to prepare for a game, and sometimes you have one day fewer, because television decides. There are a lot of games. We have played a lot, and we have a lot to play.“But I prefer to be in the four competitions and we’ll see where we get to.“It’s another final on Sunday. Every game is so important. Game by game, we will see where our level is.”City remain hopeful of signing defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of £57 million ($81 million, 65 million euros), but Guardiola refused to give a public update on the transfer.“No, I can’t. He’s player for Athletic Bilbao. If it happens, it happens. If not, then it doesn’t.“We will try to do the best for the squad, for now, for the next six months, and for the years to come.“If we can going to do something interesting now, we’ll do it now. If not, then we’ll do it in the summer.“If not in the summer, we’ll stick with the guys who’ve done amazingly.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City remain committed to lifting the FA Cup this season despite the prospect of a nightmare-run of fixtures.The City manager has earmarked an 11-day spell in late February and early March as the defining period of the club’s season, when they will face four matches across three competitions.That sequence will begin with the English League Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on February 25, followed by a Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium four days later.The following Sunday comes a home league match against Chelsea, before the second leg of City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Swiss champions Basel three days later.Should they lose their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Cardiff on Sunday, City will have a clear 12 days next month to prepare for that testing run of games.But a victory over the second-tier club in south Wales will guarantee City a fifth-round tie on the weekend of February 17, a week before the League Cup final.Guardiola has repeatedly refused to discuss the idea of City winning the season quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, something which has never yet been achieved in English football history.His predecessor at City, Manuel Pellegrini, effectively had to give up on the FA Cup two seasons ago amid similar fixture congestion.Pellegrini picked a side made up largely of fringe players and academy graduates for a fifth-round tie at Chelsea, played three days before a Champions League away match against Dynamo Kiev, and ended up losing 5-1.Guardiola said he understood why Pellegrini made that decision –- with City going on to reach the Champions League semi-finals –- but added that the club are in a stronger position to deal with such tests now.– ‘Have to adapt’ –“That situation was completely different to now,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday. “The club tried to speak to the federation (England’s governing Football Association) to ask for the fixture to move, to have one more day to go to Kiev.