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Changing a community, from the ground upChanging a community, from the ground up

first_imgArea residents, members of community-based organizations, elected officials, and Harvard representatives gathered at the Charlesview Community Center in Brighton today for the annual Allston-Brighton Legislators’ Breakfast.Seven area residents were honored by local elected officials and the Allston-Brighton Adult Education Coalition for their ongoing work in the community. The coalition is a group of more than 20 education providers in Allston-Brighton who together offer services such as classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), workforce development and literacy programs, and help obtaining citizenship.“All of us have our own programs, but every one of us knows that we can do more when we work together,” said Sister Pat Andrews, director of The Literacy Connection and a member of the coalition.Jason Clark, a program coordinator at the Harvard Ed Portal, was honored with the Community Partner Award for his work with community members seeking to take ESOL classes.“In the past year [Clark] assessed and placed more than 120 students into 12 different education programs across Allston and Brighton. That’s 120 residents who probably would have sat on wait lists for a year or two,” Meghan Bea, assistant director of the Harvard’s Bridge Program, an adult education and training program, some of which are provided at the Ed Portal. “Those who have met with him describe him as welcoming and understanding. The ESOL directors that he refers students to describe him as organized, ambitious, and just plain wonderful.”Another honoree, Archange Saintus, a Haitian immigrant, has been working with many of the organizations in the coalition, including the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Harvard Allston Workforce Collaborative, the Literacy Connection, and the Ed Portal. It’s been a busy time for Saintus; he became a U.S. citizen just last week.,The awards ceremony attracted more than 40 community members, including State Sens. Will Brownsberger and Sal DiDomenico, and State Rep. Kevin Honan.“This is the greatest county in the world because of the opportunities we receive. We need to make the road a little easier for those that follow,” said DiDomenico. “Who are we as a society if we don’t help the people who need it the most?”Honan stressed the extraordinary amount of resources that can be found throughout the community, particularly those offered by the coalition.“The great anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. It is indeed the only thing that can.’ That applies to all of us here today,” said Andrews. “I think back to 17 years ago when a group of us got together and said, ‘What can we do to help our fellow community members?’ These success stories, and these people here today, this is what it’s all about.”In addition to Clark, Alinea Paiva of the Brazilian Worker Center, Neildes Doucette of the Brazilian Women’s Group, and Wils Magloire and Yuri Alvarado of the Jackson Mann Community Center all received student awards, and Joyce Gallagher, director of nursing at Good Shepherd Community Care, received the employer award.last_img read more

Cricket News Bangladesh Secure Tense Last Over Win Vs Zimbabwe, 19-Year-Old Afif Hossain Hits FiftyCricket News Bangladesh Secure Tense Last Over Win Vs Zimbabwe, 19-Year-Old Afif Hossain Hits Fifty

first_imgBangladesh lost the one-off Test to Afghanistan.Afif Hossain slammed his maiden fifty in just his 2nd T20I.Ryan Burl also hit his maiden fifty but Zimbabwe lost by three wickets. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: At 60/6 in the 10th over in pursuit of 145, Bangladesh’s poor form looked set to be prolonged. Zimbabwe, who were playing their first game since being handed a suspension by the ICC for political interference in their cricket board, were in with a great chance to secure a win. However, 19-year-old Afif Hossain smashed his maiden fifty and shared an 82-run stand for the seventh wicket to boost Bangladesh and give them a tense three-wicket win in the final over to give Shakib Al Hasan’s side something to cheer after their 224-run loss to Afghanistan in the one-off Test. The match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur was delayed due to heavy rain and after a lot of hardwork on the outfield, the match was reduced to 18 overs per side. Bangladesh chose to bowl and they struck early when Taijul Islam removed the dangerous Brendan Taylor cheaply. Hamilton Masakadza, who will announce his retirement from all forms of cricket after the end of this tournament, looked good during his knock of 34. However, in the middle overs, Zimbabwe lost four wickets for 12 runs and it required a partnership of 81 between Ryan Burl and Tinotenda Mutombodzi. After starting off slowly, Burl broke the shackles by blasting a four and a six in the 15th over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. However, the 16th over witnessed carnage as Burl blasted 30 runs in Shakib’s over. Burl launched Shakib’s first ball into the stands at deep square leg for a big six and two followed it up with two fours. On the fourth ball, Burl blasted a full toss from Shakib to deep midwicket for yet another six. After another four, the sixth ball was hammered to long on as Burl notched up his maiden fifty.Also Read | Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan: Afghans Thrash Bangladesh To Secure 224-Run WinAfter play was halted for a couple of minutes due to a power failure, Mutombodzi slammed a couple of fours as Zimbabwe ended up with a decent total. In response, Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara took a couple of wickets as Bangladesh were left reeling at 29/4. Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah attempted a partnership but both fell quickly and Bangladesh’s hopes were sinking. Also Read | Are Zimbabwe cricketers ready to play for free?Afif decided to counterattack and he hammered two fours and a six off Sean Williams and Mosaddek Hossain complimented him well with two sixes off Burl. Afif regularly found the boundaries and when he hammered two boundaries off Jarvis in the 16th over, Bangladesh had the advantage. The left-hander notched up his maiden fifty off 24 balls but he fell as Bangladesh neared a win but Mohammad Saifuddin smashed a boundary as Bangladesh won with three balls left.center_img highlightslast_img read more