Vermont Travel Industry Conference April 7 & 8 at the Stoweflake

first_imgThe 27th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference will be held on April 7 & 8, 2010 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The event will feature compelling keynote speakers, pertinent workshops on industry topics and trends, and a trade show featuring over 30 exhibitors who sell products or services to the tourism industry.On Wednesday April 7th at 9:00 am, keynote speaker James Chung of Reach Advisors will educate the tourism industry on the Four Macro Trends and the Implications on Travel. Chung will discuss the major trends that will reshape the consumer market as it relates to the tourism industry including: generational shifts, gender differences, health and wellness behaviors, outdoor recreation trends, and household purchasing power.Thursday April 8th at 9:00 am, Steve Richer of the National Tour Association will enlighten attendees on the future of the tourism industry through his keynote presentation the Tourism Industry Crystal Ball: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed. Richer will pull from his experience working on the legislation that will become the Travel Promotion Act to discuss current border and public land issues, and provide attendees with a glimpse into the future and what we can do.The Vermont Travel Industry Conference will feature workshops from five educational, industry related tracks: Management, Miscellaneous Marketing, Media Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Web Marketing. Some of the hot topics this year will include How to Effectively Publicize Your Business Through New Media Tools with Nicole Ravlin of PMG Public Relations, Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Profit with Hans van Wees of Van-Wees, Inc., and How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Seize Money-Making Marketing Opportunities with Chris Diaz of Redpoint Marketing.If you are part of a tourism-related business or have an interest in the Vermont travel industry, this conference is for you! Registration is now open. For more information on participating in the event and to register, please visit the Vermont Travel Industry Conference website at www.vtic.org(link is external) and receive instant updates by becoming a fan on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Facebook page. Source: VTIC. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Why the battle over Dodd-Frank will never end

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Victoria FinkleFive years after its passage, the Dodd-Frank Act remains a political Rorschach test for the banking industry.Depending on who you ask, it is either a landmark law that reined in the biggest banks by heightening capital requirements, requiring stress tests, mandating living wills and giving regulators sweeping new powers, or an economy-crippling overreach that burdened small institutions and won’t prevent the next financial crisis.In the immediate aftermath of such a broad law, such a stark division is relatively common. What’s unusual is the way the divide has persisted five years later, and in many ways even hardened.“Dodd-Frank’s legacy would probably be in the eye of the beholder,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Banking Committee, in an interview. “To the hard left in our political spectrum, they think Dodd-Frank is a wonderful piece of legislation. But to a lot of us, especially those that have had to pay the price of Dodd-Frank — which is ultimately the consumer — it was no panacea. It’s a nightmare.” continue reading »last_img read more

Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

first_imgHundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact.The landlocked southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000.”We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the area north of the Okavango Delta and we have confirmed 275 so far,” Cyril Taolo, the acting director of the department of Wildlife and National Parks, told AFP in a text message. The latest discoveries were flagged by a wildlife conservation charity, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), whose confidential report referring to the 356 dead elephants, was leaked to the media on Wednesday.EWB suspects the elephants have been dying in the area for about three months.According to the report dated June 19, 2020, “70 percent of elephant carcasses were considered recent, having died about a month ago, and 30 percent of the carcasses appeared fresh, ranging from one day to two weeks old”.”There was good evidence to show elephants of all ages and sex appear to be dying,” said the report penned by EWB director Mike Chase.Several live elephants appeared to have been weak, lethargic and emaciated, with some showing signs of disorientation, difficulty in walking or limping, EWB said.”One elephant was observed walking in circles, unable to change direction although being encouraged by other herd members,” said the report. He said the cause of the deaths was yet to be established with anthrax having been ruled out.”We do not suspect poaching since [the] animals were found with tusks,” he said.Samples have been collected and sent to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada for testing.Similar deaths were first reported in May when authorities found 12 carcasses in just a week in two villages in the northwest of the country. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Approval for townhouses gives buyers a choice

first_img46 Burlington Street, East Brisbane.The property, in one of Brisbane’s blue-chip suburbs, sold on September 5 for $990,000.The buyers have the choice to keep the property as it stands and land bank, transform the Queensland into a family home, or renovate the existing house and build a further two dwellings.“This was a rare opportunity to secure a sensational parcel of prime East Brisbane real estate enjoying great development potential,” Ms Roche said.The property is a short stroll to the iconic Gabba Cricket Ground, Churchie, bus transport, Mowbray Park City Cat Terminal, local parks and an array of restaurants, cafes and wine bars. 46 Burlington Street, East Brisbane.A four-bedroom, one-bathroom property at East Brisbane has sold for just shy of $1 million.Ray White – East Brisbane selling agent Madi Roche marketed the property at 46 Burlington St as being “ready to go with DA approval confirmed”.“Envisage three freehold dwellings on this 607sq m allotment (existing dwelling plus two townhouses),” she said in her realestate.com.au listing.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The approved plans will be available to all genuine buyers.”last_img read more

Women’s water polo tops No. 4 Arizona State at home

first_imgOn a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, the No. 1 USC women’s water polo team was able to overcome some early offensive woes to take charge in the second half and earn a gritty 11-4 win over conference foe No. 4 Arizona State. With the victory, USC maintains its unblemished 25-0 overall record and improves to 3-0 in MPSF play, while Arizona State falls to 18-5 and 2-2 in conference.The Trojan offense was stagnant to begin the game, and the Sun Devils were able to capitalize. Though freshman utility Maud Megens skipped a shot past Arizona State goalie Mia Rycraw to put USC on the board first, the visitors scored twice to take the 2-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Trojans did find some footing in the second, however, as scores from senior2-meter Avery Peterson, Megens and junior utility Hayley McKelvey — and solid defending in the cage by sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Longan — put USC ahead 4-2 by halftime. In the third period, senior driver Ioanna Haralabidis took a nice feed from McKelvey to score USC’s fourth-straight goal, and though the Sun Devils would answer with a goal of their own, the score was 5-3 in favor of USC heading into the fourth and final frame. In the end, USC’s depth proved to be too much for Arizona State to handle, as the home team was able to turn on the jets and finally pull away from the visitors thanks to goals by Haralabidis, senior 2-meter Brigitta Games and freshman driver Kelsey McIntosh.Senior driver Stephania Haralabidis’ late strike would put USC into double digits with the team’s tenth goal of the day, and a big save by Longan, her eighth, would seal the victory. In all, Arizona State was outscored 6-1 in the final frame, as USC went on to secure the 11-4 win.Seven Trojans scored on the day, led by MPSF Newcomer of the Week Megens’ two goals and three assists. In addition, reigning MPSF Player of the Week Games, Ioanna Haralabidis and McKelvey also scored twice, while McIntosh and Stephania Haralabidis added one goal apiece. Though the scoreboard may have shown a blowout win for USC, the Trojans were certainly tested throughout the game and were forced to dig deep in order to pull out the victory.“I think we started off a little slow, and we just were not on the same page,” McKelvey said. “But after the second quarter, we really came together and decided that we needed to change this, and it just clicked from then on.”USC now extends its series lead to 26-2 all-time against the Sun Devils, with wins in each of the programs’ last six meetings. More importantly, the nation’s top team also extended its record-winning streak to 52 matches in a row.Next up for USC will be a match against conference rival No. 2 Stanford on Saturday at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Trojans will host the Cardinal in a nationally televised battle on the Pac-12 Network, set for 5 p.m. with major postseason implications on the line. USC and Stanford are two of three undefeated teams in the conference (UCLA being the third), and a victory over the Cardinal this weekend would give the Trojans great position heading into the final two games of the season.USC will also honor its seven seniors in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the start of the match.last_img read more