For three weeks this month, VPR reporter Steve Zind will report from Afghanistan, where he’ll be embedded with 1,500 members of the Vermont National Guard.Zind will be based at Bagram Airbase in Kabul, and will travel with the guard to rural outposts where Vermonters are stationed, providing a unique and local perspective on the war in Afghanistan. He’ll file stories and interviews from the field, capturing the sounds of the soldiers’ daily lives, and accompany them on patrols and training missions.He will also keep an online journal, where he’ll post photos and share thoughts and observations about his experience. He has also asked listeners to share the questions they would like answered about the mission, or suggestions for stories he should pursue.”VPR’s reports from Afghanistan will deepen our understanding of the role the Vermont National Guard is playing in this war,” said Vice President for News and Programming John Van Hoesen. “For the trusted information we all seek, there is no substitute for reporting from the ground.”Zind has covered the Vermont Guard for several years, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, returns to Vermont, as well as military funerals. In 2006, Zindtraveled to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to talk with members of Task Force Saber as they returned from duty in Iraq. He has also been on several reporting trips to Iran,where he first visited in 2004 in search of family history. He returned to Iran as a reporter in 2005, 2006, and 2009.”Steve’s longtime reporting of the National Guard in Vermont and his experience in reporting from Iran over the last several years provide him with the background to provide VPR listeners with depth and perspective on the Vermont soldiers’ mission in Afghanistan,” Van Hoesen said.Source: VPR. 09.01.2010 – Colchester, Vt. –About Vermont Public RadioListener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR’s services, visit www.vpr.net(link is external).
As millions prepare to celebrate Diwali across the world, Asian football fans have spoken of its importance and how the game could play a bigger part in the festivities.Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a time when families and communities come together, lighting candles and fireworks, as part of the traditionally elaborate celebrations.- Advertisement – 0:50 Swansea midfielder Yan Dhanda explains how lockdown has changed his plans for Diwali this year, and his hopes for next year’s celebrations However, with coronavirus restrictions in place, most of this year’s celebrations will be curtailed, leaving people potentially feeling further isolated and alone.Nilesh Chauhan, co-founder of Villans Together, an Aston Villa supporters’ group that champions diversity and equality, believes clubs could certainly do more to make supporters feel connected during these turbulent times.Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Chauhan said: “There’s always a cultural background that everyone has got and Diwali is a part of people’s lives and it can be part of football. – Advertisement – 1:17 – Advertisement – The Premier League can attract millions of fans in India if they increase the profile of the Diwali festival, says Bournemouth’s Hindu defender Dinesh Gillela Surinder Aujla, who works for West Bromwich Albion’s Foundation as well as being chair of Apna Albion, a West Bromwich Albion’s Supporters Group, agrees, but also believes it is very much dependent on the make-up of the club in question.“Each club will do its own celebration but it depends on the demographic of that club and what the local community is and how integrated they are,” Aujla said.“A lot of the football clubs have a charity arm and they are the ones that do a lot of the outreach programmes as well.“Certainly from a West Bromwich Albion point of view it’s a big area for Asian families, Indian families, Sikh families, Hindu families so there is a lot of work that goes on locally.” “Football can celebrate Diwali and there are major organisations that can shout out about Diwali and wish everybody a good Diwali.“In this current situation where we can’t be with our families we could have big organisations and big social media players shout out about it a bit more – support about it would have been great today.“Villa always do a shout out on Diwali and on any other religious event and other clubs do and should do the same.“It’s great to see because clubs have supporters from all genders and backgrounds and to have your clubs support it means a lot.“Villa actually make their own personal images with an embedded Villa badge which really means something – it shows the club are really supporting you and you feel connected and people feel connected. It’s massive.” – Advertisement –