Steve Pouliot, Executive Director for the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), is pleased to announce that Abbe Sweeney recently joined the staff as the development assistant. This position is based in the Burlington office.A native Vermonter and Colchester High School graduate, Abbe currently resides in Burlington. She has an Associates Degree in PC Networking fromChamplain College and is working towards a Bachelors Degree in business. Her responsibilities in her new position include recording daily gifts, mailing donor acknowledgments, assisting with direct mail campaigns and other development projects. In her free time, Abbe enjoys travel, reading, yoga and cooking.VABVI was founded in 1926 with the assistance of Helen Keller and the American Foundation for the Blind. The organization is the only private,non-profit organization in the state providing comprehensive training and support services for visually impaired Vermonters of all ages. They also provide information about adaptive equipment that can help after vision loss. VABVI offices are located in Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, and Rutland. Call 1-800-639-5861 or write [email protected](link sends e-mail) for more information. Our website is located at www.vabvi.org(link is external)\main.
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ZIMBABWE’S historic series win against Sri Lanka has given the West Indies a glimmer of hope of direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with the gap between two-time former world champions West Indies and 1996 champions Sri Lanka narrowed to 10 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings.India defeated the West Indies by 3-1 and Zimbabwe overpowered Sri Lanka by 3-2, resulting in changes to the ODI team rankings, giving West Indies renewed hope in the race to the September 30, 2017 cut-off date for direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Sri Lanka had entered the series against Zimbabwe, needing to win by 4-1 or better to secure a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2017.However, the eventual result has brought the West Indies back in contention as Sri Lanka slipped from 93 points to 88 points, which, in turn, has meant the 16 points gap between the eighth and ninth ranked sides has been trimmed to 10 points.According to the current Future Tours Programme, Sri Lanka will now have a second chance to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they host India for a five-ODI series in August.And if Sri Lanka win two or more matches in this series, then it will qualify automatically for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, irrespective of how England and the West Indies series pans out.However, Sri Lanka’s failure to win two matches against India will mean the West Indies will still have a chance to avoid featuring in next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.If India beat Sri Lanka by 4-1, then the West Indies will have to win all five matches against England. But, if India sweep all five ODIs against Sri Lanka, then the West Indies will need to beat England by 4-0 or better.These permutations give tremendous context to the presently scheduled upcoming ODIs, as Sri Lanka and the West Indies will be fighting tooth and nail to secure the eighth and last available automatic place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The remaining two places will be filed by the top two sides from the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, which will be completed by the bottom four sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League.Meanwhile, Zimbabwe have received points boost following their 3-2 series win. For this achievement, Zimbabwe have earned five points, which lifted them to 52 points – two behind 10th-ranked Afghanistan and 11 ahead of 12th-ranked Ireland.Upcoming ODIs, currently scheduled on the FTP in the lead up to the September 30, 2017 cut-off date, are:SRI LANKA v INDIAAugust 20 – 1st ODI, DambullaAugust 24 – 2nd ODI, PallekeleAugust 27 – 3rd ODI, PallekeleAugust 31 – 4th ODI, ColomboSeptember 3 – 5th ODI, ColomboENGLAND v WEST INDIESSeptember 19 – 1st ODI Old TraffordSeptember 21 – 2nd ODI, NottinghamSeptember 24 – 3rd ODI, BristolSeptember 27 – 4th ODI, The OvalSeptember 29 – 5th ODI, SouthamptonMRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on July 11 after West Indies v India and Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe series):Rank Team Points1. South Africa 1192. Australia 1173. India 114 (-2)4. England 1135. New Zealand 1116. Pakistan 957. Bangladesh 948. Sri Lanka 88 (-5)9. West Indies 78 (+1)10. Afghanistan 5411. Zimbabwe 52 (+6)12. Ireland 41(Developed by David Kendix)