Congressman Peter Welch joins congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus

first_imgRep. Peter Welch announced today that he has joined the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, at the request of the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council, to help promote the importance of the travel and tourism industry as a strong contributor to the overall economy. Vermont s tourism sector is a critical component of our state s economy and an essential source of jobs, said Rep. Welch, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. With its bipartisan focus on expanding economic opportunities in the industry, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus will be a valuable ally for Vermont businesses and employees in the tourism sector.The latest available data shows that in 2007, visitors made an estimated 14.3 million person trips to Vermont for leisure, business or personal travel and direct spending by visitors for goods and services totaled $1.615 billion. In addition, visitor spending entirely supports an estimated 37,490 jobs for Vermonters (approximately 12% of all jobs in our state). We are extremely pleased that Congressman Welch will represent Vermont on the Travel and Tourism Caucus, said Vicky Tebbetts, Senior Vice President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council. This is an important step in promoting Vermont s vibrant travel and tourism industry and in helping others to realize the benefits that tourism brings to the overall economy.The mission of the Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus is to formulate national policy that promotes domestic and international travel for leisure, business, student, and medical.  Rep. Welch is one of nearly 100 members on the Caucus which has worked on the Travel Promotion Acts of 2007 and 2009, promoting the brand of America to the rest of the traveling world and increasing international travelers to the United States. Other accomplishments of the Caucus include hosting meetings with top US travel and tourism leaders, and supporting the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline extension, as well as offering a resolution in support of National Tourism Week.The US travel industry represents more than 16 million American workers and generates $1.8 trillion a year in economic activity. The economic benefit of travel and tourism extends to all 50 states and every congressional district, contributing more than $115 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal economies. Source: Vermont Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Jose Mourinho lets slip that Chelsea are in for Falcao

first_imgJose Mourinho has pledged to try and make Radamel Falcao into a world-beater again as he all-but confirmed the striker will be joining Chelsea.Mourinho’s candid comments about the Colombian striker suggest a deal is close for Falcao, who endured a difficult season at Old Trafford before Manchester United opted against signing him. “If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it,” he said on South American TV.”It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United.”Falcao only scored four times in all competitions for United – an anomaly in a career which has seen him hit double figures in every season since 2006-07, when he was still emerging at River Plate.Indeed, between 2009 and 2013 Falcao scored a remarkable 142 goals in four seasons for Porto and Atletico Madrid as he became one of the world’s most feared strikers.Falcao even had 11 in 19 games for Monaco in 2013-14 before a serious knee injury wrecked his season, prevented him from taking part at the World Cup and set his career back some distance. But Mourinho, who has a hole to fill in his squad after seeing Didier Drogba depart, clearly hopes to help Falcao recover the kind of form which saw him nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2012 and 2013.OPINIONJose Mourinho and Falcao share an agent in Jorge Mendes, but signing the striker is more than just an act of charity on the part of the Chelsea boss.He didn’t show it at United, but there is a sensational player in there somewhere as his record in Europe indicates. If Chelsea can coax some of this talent out then it will give them an extra dimension in attack.Drogba, after all, only scored four league goals himself and with Diego Costa the first-choice striker it’s not as though Chelsea need Falcao to turn up and score 20 goals. With a bit of pressure off, this could be a cute move for both parties. COULD MANCHESTER UNITED COME TO REGRET LETTING FALCAO GO? Certainly there is a danger of this happening – but what other choice did they have? Signing Falcao on a permanent basis would have been farcical after the season he had just experienced. United just didn’t work out for him and if he does succeed at Chelsea that’s something they will just have to stomach.–last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Why Cardinals should keep Josh Rosen

first_imgHowever, mobility has never been a prerequisite for playing quarterback in the Air Raid. To the contrary, it is a scheme predicated largely on passing from the pocket — Rosen’s bread and butter — with the largely immobile Gardner Minshew leading college football in passing yards playing in the system for Washington State last season.It is also an offense based around simplicity that relies on the same small sample size of concepts being used frequently but often disguised by the use of different formations and personnel.In short, it is an offense that Rosen is actually well suited for and should have no difficulty learning. Murray may offer a touch more upside as a runner, but that upside is not close to being valuable enough to miss out on an elite defensive prospect like Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim should stick with the man he moved for in 2018, and bank on him producing more game-winning moments this year. When analyzing the rookie season of a quarterback, it is often better to focus on moments rather than their record.Many rookie passers struggle off the bat, but if they have season-defining moments that suggest they can have long-term success, then there is reason for optimism. And, in a dismal season in which the Cardinals finished 3-13, Rosen enjoyed such moments. He led the Cardinals on a fourth-quarter comeback against the 49ers and also helped them to a surprise victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field.Playing behind a dreadful offensive line, the fact Rosen was able win three games was a minor miracle. To jettison him after trading up to draft him last year and then use the number one pick on another quarterback when Arizona has a need at almost every other position would border on franchise malpractice.The argument for cutting ties with Rosen and going with Murray is that the latter is a better fit for the “Air Raid” system new head coach Kliff Kingsbury employs, with his upside as a runner bringing more versatility to the scheme.last_img read more

Repurposed Mandela Centre to inspire

first_img28 May 2013 The newly refurbished Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory will soon be officially opened for South Africans and visitors to the country to explore and enjoy the legacy of the life and times of Nelson Mandela. Speaking to SAnews during an event to showcase the refurbished centre in Johannesburg on Monday, Sello Hatang, who will take over the reins as the centre’s CEO on June 1, said: “We’ve got a centre that is beginning to re-imagine itself as a public resource. “We hope that in August or September when we [officially] open, a lot of south Africans, people from other countries in Africa, including the global community, will be able to come and enjoy what we have here. “We want to serve as a centre that will galvanise people to do Mandela Day activities daily, organise people around dialogue, and share Madiba’s legacy.” Hatang said the facility represented the final transition of Mandela’s post-presidential office into a public and dialogue facility, as well as a physical home for Madiba’s legacy, adding that Mandela did not belong to any one institution, but was a global resource to be shared. Hatang noted that entry to the refurbished centre would be free but by appointment only, as the facility would not be able to cater to large numbers of visitors at the same time.50 years since arrival on Robben Island Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who attended Monday’s event, said the refurbishing of the centre also coincided with the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s arrival on Robben Island. It was on 27 May 1963 when Mandela arrived on Robben Island as a prisoner for the first time, just over six months after he was sentenced to five years in prison for leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike. Motlanthe said Madiba was an iconic figure not only for the country, but for the international community as well. The Deputy President also emphasised the importance of archives in measuring progress towards goals. “Distance in a temporal sense is managed by the future as projected by those who came before us. We need to go back in time and mine the important resolutions and dreams from the archives to measure how far we’ve come,” he said. The acting chairperson of the Mandela Centre of Memory and chairperson of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, said the three key objectives of the centre were to deliver to the world an integrated information resource on the life and times of Nelson Mandela; to convene dialogues on critical social issues of the day; and to share Madiba’s legacy through campaigns such as Mandela Day. The centre’s outgoing CEO, Achmat Dangor, said he had learned two important lessons from Mandela: firstly, that when you are fundraising, “don’t leave without the cheque”. And secondly, “when you bring people together who agree with one another, that’s a chat; but when they disagree and want to talk about it, that’s dialogue.”Exploring the centre Guests at Monday’s event were invited to browse the centre’s reading room and spend a moment in Madiba’s post-presidential office, which has been transformed into a public dialogue facility. The office has been preserved exactly as he left it in 2010. The upper level of the centre has been transformed into an interactive space for visitors, with a permanent exhibition called The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela. It will also feature a reading room for research and reference work, as well as facilities to host discussions. On the lower level, a high-tech archival storage facility has been created for the centre’s archival collections, including Madiba’s personal papers. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during youth gun season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s young hunters braved less than ideal weather conditions over the weekend and checked 5,930 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s youth gun season, 7,223 white-tailed deer were checked.Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or specific straight-walled cartridge rifle and were required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult during the two-day season. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a dedicated hunting experience for young hunters. Youth hunting seasons are also available for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl.Ohio offers many more opportunities for hunters of all ages to pursue deer. The deer-gun season is Monday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 4, and Dec. 17-18. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 7, through Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Find complete details in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations at wildohio.gov.Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.gov. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.For summaries of past deer seasons, visit wildohio.gov/deerharvest.last_img read more

Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgMOST READ That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. View comments San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy Final: Akshay Wadkar’s maiden century helps Vidarbha gain upper hand against Delhi

first_imgAkshay Wadkar was the hero for Vidarbha against Delhi on day three of the Ranji Trophy final at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. At stumps on day three Vidarbha lead Delhi by 233 runs, as they finished with 528/7 after 156 overs on the board.The stage was set for Wasim Jaffer, resuming his inning from 61, to score another ‘big one’. But Jaffer was surprised by a incoming Navdeep Saini delivery. The veteran had to depart for 78, trapped while trying to work the ball from his pads.Delhi were sniffing for a way back in the game, but in stepped Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate for the seventh wicket to flatten any such misconceptions. They joined forces at 204 and by the time Delhi finally managed to breach Sarwate’s defences, Vidarbha had gone make 415 on the scoreboard.Sarwate was sent back by Nitish Rana trying to fish outside his off stump, as skipper Rishabh Pant held for dear life. He scored 79 from 154 balls, which included 11 boundaries.Wicket keeper Akshay Wadkar went onto score his maiden first-class century. At the end day’s play he was unbeaten on 133 runs off 243 balls. His innings was studded with 16 fours and one six.He was invlved in two massive partnerships, a 169-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Sarwate and another 113-run partnership for the 8th wicket with Siddesh Neral. Neral also reached his half-century, ending the day on 56 off 96 balls.On day 2 , Rajneesh Gurbani ended a 45-year-old drought by claiming his maiden hat-trick, to become only the second bowler after Tamil Nadu’s B Kalyanasundaram to take three wickets of successive deliveries as Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295. Gurbani removed Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Shorey and Kulwant Khejroliya off successive balls.advertisementlast_img read more