Comcast awards $30,000 grant to Spectrum Youth and Family Services

first_imgMackenzie announced the grant during Spectrum Youth and Family Services recent 4th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner.  In addition to the grant, Comcast served as the Presenting Sponsor of the annual fundraiser, which raises proceeds to support the Free Meals Program at Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop-In Center.  Employees at Comcast s Burlington office also held a food drive to benefit the organization, collecting over 500 pounds of food to donate. Comcast is committed to making a difference in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont.  We are proud to partner with Spectrum Youth and Family Services to ensure that Burlington s youth receive the job training skills they need to boost their knowledge and confidence, and help them obtain their first job and an opportunity for a successful future. About The Comcast FoundationThe Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company s chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism, literacy and youth leadership development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $43 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com(link is external) click on About, then In the Community. We have seen more young people walk out of doors equipped with the skills to effectively search for employment, interview for appropriate positions, and maintain their job in a professional manner. Thanks to the Comcast Foundation we will be able to serve more youth through this program, said Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in nearly three years, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.  Comcast serves more than 100,000 customers in Vermont and employs approximately 300 individuals. Spectrum One Stop (SOS), conveniently located on Pearl Street in Burlington, is an emergency youth shelter, drop-in center, and multi-service center, which offers youth, ages 14-21 a comprehensive continuum of services, including education, employment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and much more. Spectrum Youth and Family Service s goal is to support homeless youth helping them navigate a successful transition to a productive adulthood. More information about Spectrum and our programs is available at www.spectrumvt.org(link is external) About Spectrum Youth and Family ServicesSpectrum has more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services to homeless, foster, and at-risk youth in Vermont. Spectrum s mission is to work with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct services, and a continuum of support, to create a more just and compassionate community. Comcast Cable,Demonstrating the company s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, the Comcast Foundation today announced it has awarded $30,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, helping the organization fulfill its mission to provide transitional housing and support services to at-risk youth in Burlington.  The grant $10,000 a year over three years will enable the organization to assist local young people acquire the skills needed to obtain and retain an entry-level job.The Comcast grant will support Spectrum Youth and Family Services Job Skills Training Program, which helps homeless, foster and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 obtain, practice and reinforce the skills necessary to obtain and retain an entry-level job.  The program, a two-week intensive course that runs 90-minute sessions five days a week, offers job shadowing opportunities, internships and interviews at local businesses for the young people that graduate from it.  The funds will help offer 540 class hours of job skills training and provide training for 225 at-risk youth over the next three years. ###last_img read more

Government embark on major road rehabilitation project in Roseau

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 31 Views   2 comments LocalNews Government embark on major road rehabilitation project in Roseau by: – April 6, 2012center_img Share Section of Bath Road in the vicinity of the Government Head Quarters and the Windsor Park StadiumThe government of Dominica has embarked on major road rehabilitation project within the capital city of Roseau.The project which began approximately two weeks ago will be done in several phases. The first phase involves resurfacing, drainage and sidewalk works on the Virgin Lane to Roseau link road and Virgin Lane to Newtown section of the road. This phase of the project is costing government over EC$800, 000. 00.Public works minister Rayburn Blackmoore views this major rehabilitation project as complimenting government’s plan to ensure that all roads within the city are in good condition.“What we are trying to do in an incremental fashion is to address some of our main roads in the city of Roseau. A few weeks ago the Ministry of Public Works technical staff along with the Minister took a walk around the city of Roseau with a view of getting a clear understanding as to what needs to be done to enhance the physical structure. We also recognize the need to improve on our drainage in Roseau and also our sidewalks”.Work on the section of road spanning from Newtown to Garraway hotel is expected to commence following the Easter holiday. That aspect of the project will be done at a cost of EC$420, 000. 00.Meantime Senator the Hon. Alvin Bernard who represents people of the Roseau central constituency in parliament views the Roseau Road rehabilitation project as providing relief to road users in the city.“The project has to address three basic problems. One is that of traffic congestion, two is that of the management of pedestrian traffic and three the question of adequate drainage”The Rose Street to Bath Road Bridge and the associated link road around the perimeter of the Windsor park stadium are two projects which have already been completed under government’s wider road rehabilitation project in the city of Roseau. Government is now in the process of seeking funds to undertake other phases of the Roseau road rehabilitation project.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Service Sharelast_img read more

Felix Pena, Ryan Yarbrough show pitching in bulk can be a winner

first_imgYarbrough is glad to be part of the organization that was first out of the gate.”Like we saw last year, everyone was like, ‘This is ridiculous, outrageous,’ and then obviously you see a lot of teams starting to use it this year because they see how successful it has been, so, just kind of being in the forefront of all that is really great,” he told SN. “They’re just trying to put us in great position to win ballgames, and that’s really all you can ask for from a front office.”This article has been updated with quotes from Ryan Yarbrough, who spoke with SN’s Joe Rivera at Yankee Stadium. Felix Pena typically leaves the game in the middle innings when he pitches, but Friday was not a typical night.First, the memory of Pena’s late Angels teammate Tyler Skaggs was pushing him to succeed; second, he was pitching hitless ball, and the pitcher who preceded him, Taylor Cole, had done the same.  After Pena’s fourth inning of work — the top of the sixth — a no-hitter watch was on. Would LA manager Brad Ausmus decide that Pena had done enough and then turn the game over to his late-inning relief crew? MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAusums decided to go old-school — as old-school as a combined no-no can be, anyway. He kept sending Pena to the mound, and Pena kept working hitless frames. Ausmus gave Pena the ninth.On his 81st pitch of the game, Pena retired the Mariners’ Mallex Smith on a grounder to second. The combined no-hitter was complete. So was the greatest opener game in the year-plus history of the strategy. Cole and Pena’s reign almost ended two days later.Sunday in Baltimore, Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough was three outs away from finishing the first combined perfect game in baseball history. His regular tag-team partner, Ryne Stanek, set the stage by retiring the first six Orioles batters. Like Pena, Yarbrough was in his seventh inning of work. Unlike Pena, he could not finish. He allowed hits to the first two hitters in the ninth and left one batter later. Tampa Bay couldn’t preserve the shutout, either, as the O’s pushed across a run.The Rays will take the eventual 4-1 victory just the same, and though they failed to make history, they did draw more attention to the strategy they introduced last year and that other teams are adopting — slowly — this year.♦♦♦The opener attracts heat from players, pundits and fans who believe that giving the ball to a horse who can work into the late innings is still a better plan. Those critics probably dismiss the idea that the pitcher who follows the opener can also get the game to the setup man and closer, or, in Pena’s case last weekend, finish the job.Pena had several factors working in his favor Friday night: He was given a big lead early and he was throwing too well, in Ausmus’ estimation, to be lifted. His seven innings pitched tied a season high. Still, Pena has worked into the seventh or later five times in 13 bulk outings.Yarbrough definitely knows how to pitch in bulk. He threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the first opener game, May 19, 2018, in Anaheim, and he has combined with Rays openers to go seven or more innings in eight of his 25 career bulk appearances. He had not worked into the ninth until Sunday, but with a perfecto on the line and with his pitch count modest (76 through six), Rays skipper Kevin Cash stuck with him.Those performances are on the extreme high end for opener games, though. On average, opener-bulk tandems max out around the sixth inning, just as today’s regular starters do. SN has indentified 99 opener-bulk games, or 3.5 percent of all MLB game starts, this season through July 15. The chart below shows just how closely the tandems’ stats track with the average results of the other 96.5 percent of game starts.STATOP+BULKAVG SPIP/game5.555.42BF/game23.6123.10ERA4.414.47WHIP1.3111.308K/97.938.50League average begins to look really good when a team — the Angels, say — doesn’t have enough quality starting pitching. LA used an opener-bulk tandem 18 times through July 14, about the same number of turns as a mid-rotation starter. The comparison to the team’s non-opener starters is striking: STATOP+BULKLAA SPIP/game5.834.97BF/game24.2221.51ERA4.715.46WHIP1.1811.356K/99.008.56The Rays, on the other hand, have been excellent in both settings this year. Their tandems put together a 2.42 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in an MLB-most 29 games (5.51 innings per game) through July 15, while the traditional starters had a 3.09 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 67 games (5.79 innings per game).♦♦♦The Angels moved Pena into a bulk role in April after he made four starts to begin the season. Even though Friday was unusual for many reasons, it was also a typical night, for these reasons:— He began with a clean inning after replacing Cole. Pena has not entered a game mid-inning as a bulk reliever.— His first batter was the Mariners’ No. 7 hitter, Tom Murphy, rather than the leadoff man, Smith. Pena has faced the No. 5 hitter or lower first in 10 of his 13 bulk outings; the other three appearances began with the No. 4 hitter. — He faced 22 batters in all, just two over his season average as a bulk reliever. The only batting order spots he faced a third time were seventh, eighth, ninth and first.Those last two points go to the heart of what teams try to do with bulk relievers: keep them away from the top of the order in the first inning, when the most runs historically are scored, and the third time through, when slash-line averages spike.MORE: White Sox will limit Dylan Cease, who plans to become a workhorseIt seems clear from the numbers that the Angels are most interested in giving Pena an easier “start” by having him follow an opener. He has a career 6.00 first-inning ERA and .815 first-inning opponents’ OPS; only his ninth innings (7.41 ERA, .936 OPS) have been worse. His third-time-through numbers as a starter are excellent (.580 OPS in 81 plate appearances).The Rays, as originators of the opener strategy, are more nuanced in using Yarbrough and their other primary bulk relievers, Jalen Beeks and Yonny Chirinos.— They set up Yarbrough, a left-hander who doesn’t throw hard, to follow the flamethrowing right-hander Stanek.— Yarbrough can enter the game anywhere from the first to the third, depending on matchups, and Cash will hook him quickly if necessary. As evidence, Yarbrough’s bulk innings this year range from two to 6 1/3.— Yarbrough has faced batters a third time in just two outings, and for only eight batters total. He faced 21 hitters Sunday, well above his 14.6 season average for bulk games. In contrast, he’s averaging seven innings and 27.75 hitters in his four starts.Yarbrough’s focus, naturally, is just on getting outs. “It’s basically the exact the same,” he told SN on Tuesday of bulk relieving and starting. “The only difference is I’m coming in in the second or third inning; that’s the only difference. I’m throwing bullpens in between, just like a starter would. I’m coming to the field later, like a starter would. It’s just a matter of coming in later in the game, not starting the game.”♦♦♦There is one other similarity between Pena and Yarbrough, and they share it with the bulk of this year’s bulk relievers: They don’t have a lot of major league service time. Pena was at one year, 79 days coming into the season, while Yarbrough accrued a full season as a rookie last year.Of the 36 bulk relievers who pitched in games through July 15, 30 had less than three years’ service time prior to 2019. The exceptions: Edwin Jackson, Wade LeBlanc, Tommy Milone, Drew Smyly and Angels hurlers Trevor Cahill and Nick Tropeano.Using less-experienced (and mostly less-hyped) pitchers increases the likelihood of buy-in into this innovative plan. Stanek (one year, 38 days prior to 2019) told reporters last year that he’d rather be opening in the majors than pitching in Triple-A. There’s also a monetary benefit to teams that go that route. Pitchers working in these roles don’t get to accumulate large counting numbers other than wins (Yarbrough had 16 last year as a swingman), and wins are supposedly passe among the fancy-stats folks who are running clubs. Those pitchers won’t, in theory, be able to make strong cases when they reach salary arbitration.♦♦♦Sixteen MLB teams, more than half the 30 clubs, used an opener through July 15, per SN’s research. They’ve treated opener games mostly as tandem starts rather than as advancements in bullpenning. Four teams — the Rays, Angels, Mariners and Yankees — accounted for more than two-thirds of all opener games (67 total).That’s why it was said at the beginning of this article that the strategy is catching on slowly, but maybe teams should speed things up. Those four clubs are a combined 42-25 (.627 winning percentage) when an opener goes — and when a bulk reliever follows.last_img read more