This week, hundreds of Vermont hospitality industry professionals from across the state, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT for the 68th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference. During the conference’s awards ceremony, VTIC honored the Town of Killington for excellence in marketing; Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution, for Vermont Travel Person of the Year; and Morgan Goodyear, junior at Johnson State College, as recipient of the VTIC Scholarship.After a series of educational and motivational workshops led by industry specialists representing hotels, state tourist attractions, PR and marketing firms and more, the opening day, May 12, concluded with an awards banquet honoring some of the great people and projects in Vermont hospitality. The first award presented was the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence. As Master of Ceremonies, Josie Leavitt, owner of Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont, told the audience, the award is given to ‘a tourism-related business, region, or association that has shown a clear understanding of the Vermont Brand and has successfully incorporated it into one or more marketing initiatives.’ The award also gives recognition to the ‘ongoing commitment to Vermont’s tourism industry.’ The judges were asked to base their votes on the following criteria: strategy, creativity, innovation or utilization of a new approach, and achievement of stated bbjectives. The nominees were each unique and excellent in their own way and choosing just one proved to be an incredibly challenging task but the winning project successfully met all of the criteria for marketing excellence. Through their rebranding initiative, the Town of Killington, winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence, developed a strategy from the grassroots level that collaborated events, marketing & special projects. They successfully were able to reach multiple audiences via various channels of communication and relied heavily on the public for private partnerships to leverage additional resources. The Town of Killington used Vermont’s intrinsic qualities while still retaining elements unique to Killington. Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Killington accepted the award. Honorable mention for the Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence was given to the Vermont Convention Bureau for their meeting planners guide ‘ a beautiful, comprehensive directory of the Vermont’s event and convention facilities; Ski Vermont for their 5th Grade Passport Program, a project designed to get kids involved in snow sports, and to encourage their allegiance to Vermont products, and again to Ski Vermont for their Digital Travel Initiative, a unique mobile phone application. The second award presented was the VTIC Scholarship. The scholarship fund was established in 1994 to enable Vermont college students to further their education in a tourism-related field. The VTIC Scholarship Award helps a deserving student become a future leader of the Vermont hospitality industry. The 2011 scholarship recipient, Morgan Goodyear, is a junior at Johnson State College and currently works part-time as Conference Planning Assistant at Stoweflake Mountain Resort in Stowe. The final award presented was the Vermont Travel Person of the Year. This award honors a member of the Vermont community who exemplifies and ongoing dedication to what makes Vermont such a special place to visit. The Vermont Travel Person of the Year award is presented to an individual who contributes significantly to Vermont’s travel & tourism industry, enforces the Vermont brand, helps position Vermont as a friendly and fun place to visit, promotes the value of tourism to the state’s economy, and exemplifies what is good within the travel industry and within our local communities. The 2011 Vermont Travel Person of the Year award was presented to Bill Orleans, owner of PP&D Brochure Distribution and Chair of the 2011 Vermont Travel Industry Conference. Bill’s services, as his nominees stated, ‘have become an integral part of the marketing plan of travel related businesses throughout Vermont.’ With over two million brochures distributed last year in hundreds of locations across the state, Bill has made a living promoting and supporting what is good in Vermont. For more information on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference, please visit the website at www.VTIC.org(link is external) or the conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VTIC802(link is external).
The best adventure hardware put to the test out in the field.1. Deuter ACT Lite 65+10There are no bells and whistles on this pack, but damn does it carry well. At 65 liters, plus a 10-liter extension, it was the perfect size for core backpacking—but it was the fit and feel that really impressed us on a four-day hiking trip. Once we cinched it down, we barely knew it was there when rock hopping and navigating tricky traverses, and the air-contact Lite ventilation system kept us dry and comfy without feeling like too much bulk on the back. $199; deuter.com2. Sierra Designs Zissou 30 Sleeping bag with DriDownThis bag has already won numerous awards from a host of outdoor publications and we will happily hop on the bandwagon. The 600-fill DriDown is real down, but it works even when wet, ideal for the Southeast where down is a logical choice but a huge bummer if it does get wet. $200; sierradesigns.com 3. BOA Beefy Split ShortsRunning shorts can be skimpy and awkward. Not the BOA split shorts, which provide plenty of coverage while still giving legs the freedom to spin. Featherlight and fast. $35; boa.com 4. Gerber Bear Gryllis KnifeThe world’s best-selling knife has a carbon stainless steel blade and features a firestarter built into the handle. It also includes a pommel at the knife base for hammering and an emergency whistle. The stout blade had no problem drilling fire holes in wood and cutting through thick rope. It’s the ultimate survival tool. Don’t leave home without it. $62; gerber.com 5. Big Agnes Fly Creek 2P Platinum UL Our first reaction when we picked up this ridunkulously light, 1-pound, 13-ounce tent was, “no way.” We were not sure if we could trust it on a serious trip. But we packed it for a weekend A.T. hike, and we were absolutely shocked how well it survived nasty gusts atop the Roan balds. Even better, we got rid of the tent itself and used it in tarp and ground cover mode for a hard-charging expedition up a 6,000-foot peak. $500; bigagnes.com 6. Petzl NeoIt won’t be on store shelves until July, but we were lucky enough to test Petzl’s much heralded USB-rechargable-power headlamp in caves and camp this spring. It comes complete with a sensor that powers the LEDs according to how much light you need, so we didn’t blind our buddies in camp but were able to peer into the darkest recesses underground. $175; petzl.com7. Native Eyewear EndoThese shades became our go-to eyewear for everything from fly fishing to chasing our racer buddies on mountain bike rides to slogging a big backpack up the steep trail to Mitchell. The key was ventilation above the interchangable lenses that truly stopped fogging. $109–$129; nativeeyewear.com8. Patagonia AdvocateThe slip-ons are durable and conveniently clip to a pack for storage on the go. Leaving a light footprint, a 20 percent recycled EVA footbed and sole offers comfort and support as well as ample grip. $45; patagonia.com 9. Scarpa SparkThe perfect trail runner is light enough to save energy, yet sturdy enough to endure the sharp rocks and hard landings of the trail. Meet the 9.5-ounce Spark, which combines the best aspects of runner and scrambler. $115; scarpa.comUse this gear on your next road trip, and here is our road trip guide to get you there! read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Daisy KahnThe shiny red boxing gloves projected on a screen over Daisy Khan’s shoulder definitely didn’t fit her as a young child in Kashmir, India, when her father gave her a life lesson using the oversized mitts as a prop, and they would surely swallow her up now. Yet they forever have a use.Khan, just a toddler at the time, occasionally escapes to that moment in her life, as she did again at a recent event at Long Island University Post, her alma mater. Khan said her father hoped the gloves would resonate years later if his youngest child was ever faced with a foe or a challenge seemingly too daunting to overcome.“Why?” she asked him.“‘Because you were my third daughter, and I never wanted anybody to bully you,’” Khan remembers him telling her. “‘And if anybody was going to try and bully you, I wanted to teach you to defend yourself.’”The elder Khan wasn’t advocating future physical retaliation, she said. Instead, it was his way of empowering his daughter early on. Khan has adopted that lesson and tries to encourage Muslim women in America and in other countries to amplify their voices and become leaders in their own communities.Khan, now 55, is executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, a nonprofit organization that she founded with her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Both became the public faces behind the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” a project that stalled after intense pressure from opponents who blasted the plan as insensitive to families of victims who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Khan also launched WISE (Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality), an advocacy group that supports Muslim women across the globe.Khan, invited by LIU Post to speak Nov. 13 as part of its five-week-long lecture series dubbed “Muslim Journeys,” told the female-dominated crowd that it felt good to be back at the university, which was “pivotal in shaping my world view.”She left India at age 16 and moved in with her uncle, Dr. Faroque Khan, one of the founders of Westbury’s Islamic Center of Long Island, in Jericho, and eventually enrolled at LIU, where she signed up for a Farsi class that gave her the opportunity to hang out with the “cool Iranian kids.”Khan took advantage of her LI education and later became a successful architectural designer for several Fortune 500 companies and even admitted to The New York Times in 2010 that she sometimes struggled with her faith during that time, partly due to its suppression of women’s rights.Sept. 11 changed everything.Khan was peppered with the same question that has become all-too familiar for many other Muslims who were suddenly forced to defend their faith: “Why is your religion so violent?”She was inspired to “unearth the truth of Islam,” she told the crowd.In 2006, Khan—“compelled to create a modern-day Muslim women’s suffrage movement,” she said—established WISE, while at the same time advocating for Muslim Americans through interfaith collaboration.“I believe…that by giving voice to women is our best chance to stop them,” she said of extremists.WISE’s official launch came during a conference in Times Square in ’06, which included 150 Muslim women from 25 different countries.“This faith-based activism is continuing with Muslim women today,” she said.“We cannot let the extremists hijack the discourse from us,” Khan added. “Our voices have to be the strongest because we are the strongest in numbers.”Armed with the memory of her father’s boxing gloves, so dear to her heart, she passes their power on. read more
The current sole-director structure at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) jeopardizes the bureau’s foundation as an objective, neutral consumer protection agency, CUNA and its partners told members of the U.S. Congress last week. CUNA and the other organizations wrote in support of the Financial Product Safety Commission Act (H.R. 1266), asking for it to be includes in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill.“This common-sense, bipartisan policy would create a five-member board at the CFPB, is fully paid for over the next ten years, and provides a smooth transition process that provides continuity of leadership at the Bureau,” the letter reads. “Looking ahead, the current sole director structure at the CFPB jeopardizes the foundation of the Bureau as an objective, neutral consumer protection agency. A commission would serve as a source of balance and stability for consumers and the financial services industry by encouraging internal debate and deliberation, ultimately leading to increased transparency.”The letter adds that a bipartisan board would allow the CFPB’s processes to be more effective in protecting consumers, while allowing input from “multiple leaders with diverse experiences and expertise.”In December 2009, the House passed legislation that would have created a five-member commission to oversee the CFPB, led by then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Barney Frank, who was then chair of the House Financial Services Committee, with 223 Democrats voting in favor of the measure. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
Consumers say posting too often is the most annoying thing that brands do on social media, according to recent research from Sprout Social.The report was based on data from a survey conducted in July 2016 of 1,022 social media users in the United States.Survey respondents say the most annoying actions that companies take on social media are sharing too many posts/promotions (57.5% cite), using slang/jargon (38.4%), not having any personality (34.7%), trying to be funny when they’re not (32.3%), and not replying to messages (24.7%). continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Thursday that it had cut its benchmark interest rate, the BI seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points to 4.25 percent. It had already slashed the rate by 50 basis points this year. The central bank signaled there was room for further reduction. “This is an opportunity to attain capital gains,” Ivan said. Historically, bond prices have moved in the opposite direction of interest rates, making them highly sought-after instruments in times of crisis.Read also: Investing in bonds safe bet amid market volatility: ExpertsIvan suggested that investors reduce their proportion of equities and, in turn, increase their exposure to bonds. For balanced asset allocation, according to Ivan, 40 percent should be allocated to fixed-income assets, 35 percent to money market assets and 25 percent to equity assets. “In fixed income, the flight to safety is to government bonds,” Eastspring Investments Indonesia chief executive officer Alan T Darmawan said in a livestreamed press conference organized by Prudential Indonesia on Tuesday. He said that especially during the pandemic, when considering corporate bonds, investors needed to look at the company’s performance, including its cash flow, before deciding to buy the instrument. This is not to say that investors should leave the stock market entirely, investment managers have said. As the JCI has fallen 21.88 percent this year as of Friday, they say this is a good time to collect stocks at discounted prices. “Before the economy picks up in the year 2021, people have to invest. But because we are afraid of the possibility of a W-shaped recovery [because of a second wave of infection], invest gradually,” Michael of Schroders Indonesia said. Read also: Low stock prices lucrative entry point for investors: Schroders IndonesiaHe added that foreign investors would most likely invest before the economy recovered, adding that entering after that time would be too late.Throughout the year, foreign investors, who make up about 40 percent of investors on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), have sold Rp 12.6 trillion worth of stocks. Over the past month, however, the IDX recorded a net foreign buy of Rp 15 trillion. “Are all sectors [performing] badly? Not really. There are sectors that are benefitting from the changes happening in the world,” Eastspring Investments Indonesia chief investment officer Ari Pitojo said in the press conference. Among those sectors were healthcare and communication services, Ari noted. Prudential Indonesia chief investment officer Novi Imelda explained that defensive sectors such as technology and consumer goods were among Prudential’s preferred stocks amid the pandemic. Throughout the year, the index for the trade, services and investment sector fell by 21.21 percent, while the consumer goods industry sector slumped by 11.50 percent. These declines were more modest than the property, real estate and building construction sector which fell by 32.94 percent over the same period. Topics : Indonesian asset managers are expressing a preference for bonds amid crisis-driven market volatility, suggesting that investors gradually enter the market before the economy starts to pick up.Bonds, especially government bonds, are considered relatively low risk and have become attractive to investors as interest rates fall. “Sovereign debt gives quite a good return relative to time deposits, despite its downside being its difficulty to liquidate compared to time deposits,” said Michael Tjoadi, president director of Schroders Indonesia, which manages about Rp 61 trillion in funds. The benchmark 10-year government bond yield is 7.45 percent, according to data from the Indonesia Bond Pricing Agency (IBPA). Meanwhile, the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) deposit rate is now at 5.50 percent, and the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), a benchmark measure of the Indonesian stock market, has dropped about 20 percent this year.Read also: Strategy key in stocks investment amid volatility: Experts“2020 is the year for bonds,” said Bank Commonwealth head of wealth management and premier banking Ivan Jaya during a webinar organized by the bank on June 16.“We are of the view that bonds are a good choice, either rupiah- or dollar-denominated bonds, as the Bloomberg consensus says that there will be more interest rates cuts.” read more
“We have prepositioned 500 food packs inthe town of Barbaza; 1,100 food packs in Tobias Fornier; 500 food packs inPatnongon; and another 500 in Bugasong,” she said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)Regional Field Unit in Western Visayas is set to start the distribution of foodpacks for families affected by the enhanced community quarantine in theprovince due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The DSWD is also requesting localgovernment units in the province to submit their list of affected familymembers so that the department would know how many are still in need ofassistance. Moscoso added each food pack is worth P360containing four corned beef, four sardines, six coffee sachets and six kilos ofrice. She said that DSWD Regional Office 6 hasalso requested an additional P3 billion from the DSWD Central office for thefood packs in whole Western Visayas in case the prepositioned items would notbe enough. “The DSWD will be augmenting the neededfood packs of the LGUs due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine,” she said. Luna Moscoso, chief for DisasterResponse Management Division of DSWD 6, said they have already prepositioned2,600 family food packs in four towns of the province. The priority of the DSWD augmentationwill be the poor families listed on the National Household Targeting System andsecond, would be the non-poor but affected families by Covid-19, Moscoso said. She added the DSWD will just augment theLGUs which will be the first to respond in providing the needed food suppliesof their constituents under their respective calamity fund. “The food pack will last for two daysfor a family with five members,” she said. “The DSWD Regional Office 6 might not beable to sustain the needed huge amount that we have requested for additionalfunds from our central office,” she said. (With a report from PNA/PN) read more
Joe Bogdanovich (third from right), Investor & CEO, Downsound Records is flanked by (from left) Lloyd Distant, CEO, Hardware & Lumber Limited; Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Tourism; Taurus Riley, recording artiste; Gary Matalon, CEO & Director, KLE Group; and Marcus Richards, Executive Vice Chairman of Argyle Industries Inc., and Director of Hardware and Lumber at the launch of the Caribbean Love Campaign in support of post-hurricane rebuilding efforts in islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Bogdanovich will leverage the businesses and brands with which he is associated to rally donations on behalf of the people in islands impacted by the hurricanes. Jamaican entertainment entrepreneur and investor Joe Bogdanovich recently announced the launch of Caribbean Love, a hurricane relief campaign o support rebuilding programs in Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.As part of the campaign, Bogdanovich will leverage the businesses and brands with which he is associated to rally donations on behalf of the people in islands impacted by the hurricanes. Each business and brand will participate in the relief effort in their own way.“As human beings, we should all be deeply concerned by what has happened over the course of the hurricane season. But this is an opportunity for us to define who we are as Caribbean people. The devastation must be met with hope, unity and a sense of purpose,” said Bogdanovich.The brands and businesses Joe Bogdanovich has made the launch partners of Caribbean Love are: Reggae Sumfest, Downsound Records, Downsound Entertainment, FranJam, KLE, Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, H&L Rapid True Value, H&L Agro, Parkland Industrial Co., Argyle Industries and the R Hotel. Additional partners will be announced as the campaign is deployed.At present, the key initiatives of the campaign include contributions of cash from each business as well as:Sumfest Reloaded… the BenefitA benefit concert and telethon set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica tentatively scheduled for a date in November 2017.Donations of equipment and suppliesHardware & Lumber will also donate equipment and building supplies. Jamaicans are also invited to make donations of canned food, clothing, tarpaulins batteries and solar lamps, etc. in containers donated by Parkland Industrial Co. at all 15 H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island. One hundred percent of all donations will be distributed to the people of the affected islands.Bogdanovich appealed to corporations and artistes to join the Caribbean Love movement. “Now more than ever, we have to stand up for our Caribbean brothers and sisters. No one could have imagined that so much could be lost so quickly. Jamaica is in the position to help in a meaningful way, but we must act now, and we must act together,” he said. read more