VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HIRES STUART COMSTOCK-GAY AS PRESIDENT & CEOMIDDLEBURY, VT – The board of the Vermont Community Foundation announced that Stuart Comstock-Gay has been named the next President & CEO. Comstock-Gay comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of institutions dedicated to bringing people together in the pursuit of community-minded goals.Rob Woolmington, the VCF’s board chair said that Comstock-Gay’s experience would be instrumental in continuing the work of the Foundation to help people, businesses, and organizations give effectively in Vermont. “The board was particularly impressed by Stuart’s understanding of how a community foundation can engage philanthropists and assist charitable partners in building healthy and vital communities. That is the core work of the Vermont Community Foundation. We believe Stuart will be an effective, thoughtful, and engaging leader, and we look forward to working with him.”Comstock-Gay started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Demos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.Most recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Demos, he has worked to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he has worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.Comstock-Gay said that he sees great potential to harness the community-minded spirit of Vermonters. “America’s best traditions include civic engagement and community spirit. Vermont has a long and inspiring history of these traditions. The VCF has proven that it is an important part of Vermont life. I am eager to work with VCF donors, supporters, and partners to address some of the states’s most pressing issues.”Comstock-Gay holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife have three daughters.The Vermont Community Foundation helps individuals, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of giving through opportunities to learn, lead, and grow as philanthropists. The VCF has more than 500 charitable funds, each of which was established to build healthy and vital Vermont communities. In addition, the VCF offers planned giving, nonprofit agency fund management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions.###
Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield unveiled that it is currently in negotiations related to further investment in modern vessels with long term charters.The final decisions with respect to these investments is expected to be made during the next few weeks.“The investments are still subject to board approval and agreement on documentation,” Ocean Yield said.In early December, Ocean Yield signed a contract to purchase Nordic American Tankers’ (NAT) three Suezmax newbuildings with ten-year bareboat charters to NAT.The 157,000 dwt tankers are under construction at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and are scheduled for delivery in June, August and October 2018.Lars Solbakken, Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, earlier said that the transaction “fits well with our strategy to invest in modern vessels with long-term charters.”Under the deal, Ocean Yield will pay USD 43.2 million per ship after seller’s credit. NAT will buy back the vessel at the end of the ten-year charter, but also has the option to acquire the vessels from Ocean Yield after year five and seven.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham. The Belgium defender suffered a thigh injury in City’s defeat of Everton a fortnight ago. Recent reports had suggested the 27-year-old could be back in contention for the trip to Upton Park on Saturday but, while he has made good progress, he will not be considered. Press Association Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “Vincent is working hard. He is not ready to play but I hope next week he will be.” With a tough week ahead, Pellegrini does not want to take any chances with his influential skipper. City travel to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday and then face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following Sunday. Kompany has already missed three games this season after sustaining a groin injury in the opening match against Newcastle. He was sorely missed during that absence, as he was when injured at a critical stage of last season. Martin Demichelis, who has not featured since his arrival in August due to a knee injury, is not yet fit to come in but could be in contention in the coming days. Pellegrini said: “Demichelis played last Wednesday, 45 minutes for the under-21s. “I think he is in the same shape as Kompany. I hope that next week both of them could be fit.” City head to West Ham looking for their first away win of the season after defeats at Cardiff and Aston Villa and a draw at Stoke. Pellegrini said: “I think we deserve more points playing away the way we are playing, but the reality says we have one point from nine so we need to win.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy’s declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders’ clash at Old Trafford. Remy is hopeful of playing in what would be a boost for the Portuguese. The France striker said: “I will see what happens in the next few days. But I am ready for Manchester United, of course. “I got the injury before I scored. I felt a little bit sore. I preferred to keep going and stay on the pitch. I really hope that it is not too bad. “These things happen but the most important thing is we won. I was disappointed when I came off but there is no reason to be afraid. “We must now look forward to the game against Manchester United.” Remy was deputising for Diego Costa, the scorer of nine goals in seven Premier League games who is yet to feature since the international break when, Mourinho says, a hamstring problem was exacerbated on Spain duty. Mourinho has put no timescale on Costa’s return, only saying the £32million signing from Atletico Madrid had “very little” chance of playing at United, but it would not be a surprise were the Blues to be headed by the formidable frontman at Old Trafford. Costa’s hamstrings have been a regular discussion point this season but, following the defeat of Arsenal – admittedly prior to Spain’s matches with Slovakia and Luxembourg – captain John Terry questioned where the reports of an injury had come from and described his team-mate as a handful in training. Press Association Mourinho deployed, out of choice rather than necessity, Andre Schurrle as a ‘false nine’ at United last season and, if Costa and Remy are out, will have only one recognised striker to call on in Didier Drogba. The 36-year-old has only just returned from an ankle problem and scored the first goal of his second Blues spell from the penalty spot against Maribor. Mourinho had declared on Monday that Drogba was not fit to play for 90 minutes, but after featuring for 75 the Ivory Coast striker was content. “I’m happy with the minutes I played against Maribor,” Drogba said. “There was no reaction (for his ankle) so I’m happy. “It was special to score for Chelsea again in my stadium. I always felt lucky when I had the chance to score here, to have that feeling again is great. “It’s a big coincidence scoring my first goal with a penalty after my last for the club was also a penalty in the (2012) Champions League final.” On Sunday’s match, Drogba added: “It is up to the manager to decide.” Remy wanted to take his chance in Costa’s absence. “It’s frustrating, of course, because I had a chance to play because Costa is injured but I am not afraid,” Remy added. “I don’t think it is really bad. We will check and I really hope to play again this weekend. “It is a huge game but every game is tough. Especially this one because it is a big game against a good opponent but I will try to recover as quickly as possible.” Mourinho gave Dominic Solanke his Chelsea debut, aged 17 years and 37 days. The teenager had been poised to come on at Crystal Palace but a late goal meant Drogba was sent on for stoppage time to become Chelsea’s youngest Champions League player. Solanke told Chelsea TV: “I nearly made it the other day (at Selhurst Park). This was a lot more special at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. “It’s a great bit of history. It’s amazing, really. I’m just speechless.” As for the possibility of playing at United on Sunday, Solanke added: “You have to be ready. You’ve got to take your opportunity when you get it.” Remy scored the opening goal in Tuesday night’s 6-0 Champions League Group G win over Maribor before departing with a groin injury which saw Mourinho rule him out of the United duel. Chelsea’s first team had a day off on Wednesday, with Mourinho insisting he did not wish to know any injury news until preparations for Old Trafford began in earnest on Thursday.