Vermont Quadricentennial Commission Endorses Events for 2009MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Events Committee has given the green light to more than 40 event proposals for the 2009 celebration that will honor the anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival to the lake in 1609. Application review and approval is ongoing with even more events anticipated to be added over the next several weeks and months.While the year-long celebration will feature several unique, special events in and around the Champlain Valley, the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial will also feature existing events that explore Quadricentennial themes. Events recently approved for the Quadricentennial celebration include the Regatta for Lake Champlain, the Winooski River Sojourn, Teddy Roosevelt Day in Isle La Motte and the D’Olobaratz Voyage, which is a weekend race between re-created French and British longboats on Lake Champlain.”Many fellow Vermonters who are deeply passionate about this historic occasion have volunteered their time to organize festivals, educational initiatives and infrastructure improvements,” said Bruce Hyde, chair of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want Vermonters and visitors to experience all that our wonderful state has to offer in 2009 and in years to come.”The event proposals approved in this first wave of applications by the Events Committee by will be included in the first promotional flyer to accompany a Vermont delegation to France in May to commemorate when Samuel de Champlain left France for North America. The flyer will also be distributed by the Schooner Lois McClure’s crew as she heads north for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebration in July. This information will be printed in both French and English.”The goal of the commission is to promote a variety of annual Vermont events that will have a Quadricentennial twist for 2009,” said Commission member Marilyn Cormier, who chairs the Commemoration and Events Committee. “There are dozens of outstanding events held in Vermont year after year, and we look forward to working together to make 2009 a great success.”The 26-member commission and dozens of volunteers are working together to organize events, educational components, infrastructure improvements and cultural exhibits that will take place in the Lake Champlain Basin and around Vermont. The one-time signature events will be supported by successful fundraising by Johnston Consulting, on behalf of The Champlain 400 Legacy Fund Inc., a nonprofit corporation created to support the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.Vermonters celebrated the Tercentennary in 1909 and the 350th anniversary in 1959. The Quadricentennial is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Vermont throughout 2009.”We see the 400th anniversary as a remarkable opportunity for some of Vermonts finest companies, as well as national brands, to forever link their message to an historic event organized by a state that deeply values its history, culture, natural resources and its impact on future generations,” Cormier said.For more information, visit www.celebratechamplain.org/events(link is external).###
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is looking for a Project Manager to manage the ReFLEX project and contribute to other key projects within EMEC.EMEC is leading the £28-million ReFLEX project which will design, build and deliver a virtual energy system in Orkney using localised power balancing mechanisms alongside digital control across the electricity, transport and heat networks.The project aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels.Based in Orkney this full-time post is for an initial term to March 31, 2022.Closing date for applications is Friday, May 2, 2019 with interview date set for May 23, 2019.
Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “It really started with the group we have,” Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, told reporters at the Westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel. “They’ve really helped redefine what a Clipper is – competitive, hard-playing, tough dudes who have some grit and some toughness and some resiliency. And I think you’ll find it in both the young men we drafted.”At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Kabengele reflected on his big moment.“My agent grabbed my leg. He didn’t want to tell me anything, but he said, ‘Be ready,’ ” Kabengele said. “I said, ‘OK, Brooklyn’s picking, so I won’t have to travel and I’m staying here. Then I come to find out that I’m traded to the Clippers. (Coach) Doc Rivers, Lou Williams and (having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) a fellow Canadian was just like a bonus.“The Clippers are great, just similar to Florida State University – the whole team, (there’s) a team cohesion and togetherness … I just know it’s the right spot.”What advice had he received from his famous uncle? “He was everything for me during this whole process,” Kabengele said. “(He told me) what to expect – workouts, coaching and just the business.”The 250-pound Kabengele is considered a mobile big man with the chops to defend on the perimeter. He’s known for his strength and his impressive offensive instincts, including effective footwork and a soft touch.“Fi, as their sixth man, was their leading scorer and has an unbelievable knack for scoring inside and out,” Frank said. “He can play the forward position, he can also play some at center, he’s trending toward the new center in his ability to not just roll and finish, but to shoot the college 3. He’s got some good weak-side shot-blocking awareness.”Kabengele shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free-throw line last season in college. He also averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game.Meanwhile, last season at FSU, Mann averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and shot 50.5 percent from the field.“We’re always looking for big wings,” Frank said of Mann, whom one of the Clippers scouts has known since the player was in 7th grade. “And Terance is a terrific playmaker, a very good defender and has improved his shooting each year.”Said Kabengele of his still-teammate: “Terance Mann was everything, a leader, poised and calm. He is someone that I looked up to throughout this whole process. He took me under his wing when I first got to Florida State University. And then how he (carried) himself in Tallahassee, I tried to do the same thing.“We can contribute to the culture that you guys already have.”Drafting Kabengele in the first round means the Clippers will add a guaranteed contract to their payroll. Second-round picks don’t have guaranteed contracts.The projected cap hit associated with the 27th pick is $1,645,300, according to Real GM. In order to maximize their cap space in free agency, the Clippers could waive Tyrone Wallace and Sindarius Thornwell, both of whom have non-guaranteed contracts.Kabengele’s selection made it a record-setting four Canadians selected in the first round. Also picked: Duke’s R.J. Barrett (Mississauga) went third; Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Toronto), 17th; and Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke (Vancouver), 21st.The Clippers hope to make a significant splash in free agency when they reportedly will pursue the Toronto Raptors’ Leonard, the Southern California native who this month won his second NBA title and NBA Finals MVP.“(Free agency) is definitely an important part of the process,” Frank said. “You look at the ways to improve your team and tonight was one of them. Free agency’s next, player retention is another big part of it, player development is another big part of it. Obviously, we’re gonna do our best in free agency and also realize we never put all our eggs in one basket.”Point guard Gilgeous-Alexander, the Canadian already in the Clippers’ camp, also was in Brooklyn, back at the scene of his selection a year ago. He was on hand Thursday to celebrate his cousin Alexander-Walker, a standout at Virginia Tech who was selected 17th by the Brooklyn Nets and promptly delivered to the New Orleans Pelicans.“It’s a blessing, obviously,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, an All-Rookie second-teamer last season, on ESPN’s broadcast. “We worked for it our whole life. And we knew, as early as I can remember, that we’d both make it, and we’re here today … and we’re ready for the challenge.As for which of them won more one-on-one games growing up in Canada?“I’ll say him,” Gilgeous-Alexander joked. “It’s his day.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 As expected, Zion Williamson, the superstar forward from Duke was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson was one of three Duke players selected in the first round, along with Barrett (third to the Knicks) and Cam Reddish (10th to Atlanta).Murray State’s Ja Morant was the second overall selection, by the Grizzlies.Florida State already had a presence with the Clippers; assistant coach Sam Cassell played for the Seminoles before being drafted 24th in 1993.“If you guys have watched Florida State play, they’re a very hard-playing, competitive team,” Frank said. “And I’m a pretty simple guy: You get some hard-playing, tough dudes and you become a hard-playing tough team.“So it just kind of came together. And the fact that they’re on the same team, we saw a little bit of a byproduct (of that) even on the G League level when we had (former Seton Hall teammates) Angel (Delgado) and Desi (Rodriguez). Just having guys who have that connection, they build that camaraderie.”#FSU’s Mfiondu Kabengele, who will play for the #Clippers next year, averaged 22.3 PTS, 11.4 REBS, 2.6 BLKS+ 1.1 STLS per-40 minutes while shooting 37.4% on threes in 71 appearances over two seasons with the #SeminolesHere’s a look at our interview + workout with @Mfiondu pic.twitter.com/uPp69e0xA3— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) June 21, 2019 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates MANHATTAN BEACH — While Canadians keep a watchful eye on Kawhi Leonard’s every trip out to eat or shop or go to the ballpark – documenting them all on social media – the Clippers had their sights set on a Canadian center with impressive basketball lineage.The Clippers traded up to nab 21-year-old center Mfiondu Kabengele – a Toronto native and the nephew of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo – with the 27th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.In exchange for the 6-foot-10 former Florida State standout, the Clippers sent Brooklyn their 56th pick and the protected 2020 pick that they’d received in last season’s Tobias Harris trade with Philadelphia.Then, with the 48th pick, the Clippers selected Kabengele’s Florida State teammate, 6-6 small forward Terance Mann. The 22-year-old reportedly impressed scouts with his versatility and ability to move without the ball during his performance at the G League combine earlier this week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error