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).
13 Jul 2012 England lead by four with a round left in Iceland England continue to lead the European Men’s Challenge Trophy at Keilir in Iceland and are on course to qualify for next year’s European Men’s Team Championships. On day two, with five scores from six to count, England finished on 358 for an aggregate of 710, level par, four strokes ahead of Portugal and the Netherlands in joint second spot. Ben Stow shot a two-under par 69 containing five birdies to lead the individual standing on five under for the tournament, a shot ahead of Portugal’s Pedro Figueiredo and three ahead of the rest of the field. Garrick Porteous returned 72, also with five birdies, but he double-bogeyed the short 16th to drop back and is joint third on two under. Of the other England players, Jack Hiluta, one of the first day leaders, returned 74 for level par overall, Craig Hinton is on three over after a 70, while Callum Shinkwin carded a 74 and Ben Taylor 73. Scores and results for the European Challenge Trophy (Image of Ben Stow © Tom Ward)