first_imgWHAT: Governor Jim Douglas will announce a partnership with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company at a news conference on February 12th to give away free $50,000 life insurance policies to families in need across Vermont.WHEN/WHERE: The Governor will hold a news conference on February 12th, 11AM at  the State House, 109 State St., Montpelier, VT in the Governor s Ceremonial Office to announce details of the program, including the date and time of a public application event where people can apply for free life insurance policies. He will also announce who qualifies for the program and how it benefits the children of Vermont.WHY: The free life insurance program is called LifeBridge. This is strictly a philanthropic program with no additional obligations or commitments from families who qualify for the free insurance policies. MassMutual is the only company in the nation giving away life insurance as part of a charitable giving program.The $50,000 benefit from these life insurance policies will help pay for the education of children if their parent or legal guardian dies during the ten year policy term. MassMutual hopes to give away up to ten million dollars in life insurance coverage in Vermont.EDITORIAL NOTE: If you can not cover the news conference, please contact me for a news release about how people can apply for free life insurance; interviews with LifeBridge experts in Vermont can be arranged.last_img read more


first_imgThe USC Fisher Museum of Art held its fourth annual Celebration of the Arts this Saturday, hosted by Students with Fisher@USC. The Celebration of the Arts is an afternoon filled with music, live entertainment, interactive art and free food. Students with Fisher@USC, an organization created by the museum to generate student interest in the arts, ran the celebration in the theme of one of the museum’s current exhibits, “Triumph of Philippine Art.”Dance at the museum · Kristal Ha, a junior majoring in biochemistry, performs at the Festival of Arts, which took place on March 8. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanDanielle Acheampong, the education and outreach coordinator for the Fisher Museum, explained the work that went into planning the event.“The Students with Fisher@USC group thought it would be a good idea to kind of take a cultural or international perspective for our event, especially given how diverse our campus and community is,” Acheampong said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Acheampong noted that planning the Celebration of the Arts took a lot of teamwork and manpower in order to ensure a successful event and collaboration with the vendors and performers.“We wanted the booths to relate to the theme in their own way and also have an interactive art piece for people to have fun with,” Acheampong said in an email.Some of the many booths set up by vendors, nonprofits and USC organizations included 31 Bits, which sells eco-friendly jewelry made by women in Uganda, and Troy Philippines, a cultural organization at USC that seeks to promote Filipino culture, dance and music throughout campus.“[Troy Philippines] wanted to be a part of the event, promoting the [Filipino] culture and helping out, especially because of the Philippine art exhibit that’s at Fisher right now,” said Zach Chaco, president of the group.Troy Philippines’ interactive art booth had attendees make flowers for the Panagbenga Flower Festival, an annual celebration in Baguio, Philippines similar to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.Ani Mnatsakanyan, a junior majoring in art history, is part of Students with Fisher and helped organize the event. She expressed that events like the Celebration of the Arts are important to USC because art speaks to everyone.“It doesn’t matter if you’re an art major or anything,” Mnatsakanyan said. “If you live in this world, you already have some relationship with art. That’s all it takes.”Many of the students who came to enjoy the Celebration of the Arts supported this belief of interacting with art no matter your academic background.Anthony Ge, a first-year graduate student majoring in mechanical engineering, said that he is interested in different forms of art and that his hobby is to interpret the art process.“We don’t get enough exposure to modern arts in class, and I like that I can interact with different arts and art students today,” Ge said.Acheampong stressed that the Celebration of the Arts gives students a way to interact and view art in a way that is not traditional.“An event like Celebration gives students a chance to engage with art outside of an academic setting,” Acheampong said in an email. “It’s a chance to learn more about their campus and the campus community.”Frieda Leung, a freshman majoring in accounting, noted that the Celebration of Arts was unique in the fact that it offered an experience often hard to find on campus.“USC has a lot of performing arts, like Visions and Voices, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for visual and interactive art that we had today,” Leung said. “The Celebration of the Arts provides that experience.”last_img read more


first_imgWorld football governing body has banned Iran national football team from hosting Zimbabwe in an international friendly match on Wednesday 12 November.Iran Football Federation official Omid Jamali confirmed that they were locked out by the federation’s rule which orders that teams have to rest at least three days between any two games in two different continents and duration of their flights to be more than five hours.Registered another friendlyThe Warriors of Zimbabwe had scheduled a friendly match away to Morocco on Sunday 16 November hence cannot play another four days later in Asian continent. -After preliminary talks for a friendly game between Iran and Zimbabwe, we sent the required forms to FIFA, seeking their permission when we were told that Zimbabwe had earlier registered another friendly game in Morocco with the country’s national team, Jamal is quoted as saying by Harare24.comHarambee Stars This happens after Iran cancelled their friendly with Kenya’s Harambee Stars claiming the latter’s football authorities had demanded a hefty $50,000 in cash apart from their travels and accommodation.last_img read more