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).
Those surviving who will cherish Walter’s memory include; children, David (Marilyn) Schantz of Brookville, Linda (Larry) Gutzwiller of Sunman, and James (Mindy) Schantz of Batesville; 7 grandchildren, Cindy Schantz Hines, Dale Schantz, Jennifer Gutzwiller Pineda, Jason Gutzwiller, Joe Schantz, Tonya Schantz Wagner, James (Jamie) Schantz; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Ruth Haring of Cincinnati, OH, Edith Fledderman of St. Mary’s, Francis Werner of Napoleon, and Julie Vonderheide of Brookville. He will be missed by many family members as well as his trusty canine pal, Lady. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Raymond A. Schantz; granddaughter, Susan Schantz; sisters, Esther Goddard and Marie Hardebeck, and two brothers, Russell Schantz and Leo Schantz. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Rev. John Kamwendo will officiate a Mass of Christian burial at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations can be directed to Margaret Mary Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Arthritis Foundation. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Walter Schantz. Walter R. Schantz, of Lawrenceville, was born on December 19, 1923 in Dearborn County, the son of Adam and Mabel Wolljung Schantz. He married Viola F. Hitefield on November 22, 1945 in Cleves, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on January 7, 2003. He served in the United States Army during the WWII Era. Walter worked at C G & E Power Plant for 20 years but farming was his lifelong passion. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, enjoyed farming and traveling, and especially loved Hawaii. On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the age of 93, Walter passed away at St. Andrew’s Health Campus in Batesville. read more
Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportWith leaders Enugu Rangers 2-1 defeat in Akure against Sunshine Stars and Rivers United’s third straight victory sealed yesterday, the heat appears getting tougher at the summit of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2015/2016 season.Now, the Flying Antelopes are barely hanging on to the top of the league by the skin of their teeth. Only better goals scored separate them from the resurgent Rivers United who defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0 in the midweek clash at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt. They are both tied on same 28 points. Against the Akure Gunners, Rangers’ Chisom Egbuchulam canceled out Samad Kadiri’s lead before the break for scores to stand at 1-1 but Okiki Afolabi’s strike on the hour mark made sure Sunshine Stars emerged 2-1 winners.Rivers United on the other hand grabbed the winner in the 26th minute through centre-back Gabriel Olalekan to send the Tourists back to Bauchi empty handed.In Ibadan, odds were stacked against Warri Wolves ahead of their match-week 16 game at the Lekan Salami Stadium having lost 0-1 at home to Rivers United in their previous game, while their hosts, 3SC, earned a draw at Rangers.John Odumegwu was the man who ran 3SC’s defence ragged with Izu Joseph being on the end of his runs on and off the ball.On 27 minutes, Odumegwu threaded a sublime pass through the Ibadan club’s defence to pick out former Nigeria’s Under-17 star King Osanga, who made no error in finishing past Emmanuel Fabiyi in goal.The Ibadan club’s only real chance of the half was close to the break when Najeem Olukokun headed a corner kick over the bar.Wolves continued with their pressing style in the restart and it paid off on the hour mark. This time, Odumegwu was the scorer. The Wolves’ man shrugged off his marker, Izu, in a race for the ball to score his side’s insurance goal of the game.Olukokun pulled one back for 3SC on 75 minutes. The 3SC striker then saw his late spot kick saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, who returned to haunt his former employers with that heroic stop.Ismaila Gata scored twice for Niger Tornadoes to edge Heartland 2-1. Ifeanyi Onuigbo’s goals came in between Gata’s double.Plateau United got their second point on the road thanks to the butter fingers of Ikorodu United goalkeeper Segun Fatunwase. At the Onikan Stadium in Lagos, fans of Ikorodu United watched as their side blew their lead twice in a 2-2 draw.A Moses Bunde own goal was all FC Ifeanyiubah needed to defeat Lobi Stars in Nnewi while MFM FC and Enyimba played out a goalless draw at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. Enyimba finished the game with 10 men after Nzube Anaezemba got his marching order for a second yellow card with 17 minutes to time.Nasarawa United were made to toil for the three points by a plucky Abia Warriors in a 3-2 win. Abdulrahman Bashir and Emmanuel Makama scored in a game in which their team, Nasarawa United, had to take the lead thrice before winning while a delightful lob by Michael Olaha and a stunner by Ndifreke Effiong could not help Abia Warriors’ cause.However, the game in Ilorin did not take place as Giwa FC did not show up as they were scheduled to play Cup holders Akwa United. Giwa FC was directed to play its next three home games at the Kwara State Stadium by the League Management Company (LMC) following recent crowd trouble in their fixture against Rangers.The Jos club failed to turn up for the first of the three games at Ilorin against Wikki and the LMC awarded three points and three goals to Wikki.Kano Pillars face El-Kanemi in Maiduguri to round off the match week, and could go top if they beat their hosts.MATCH DAY 16Sunshine 2-1 RangersIkorodu 2-2 PlateauMFM 0-0 EnyimbaRivers Utd 1-0 WikkiNasarawa 3-2 Abia W’IfeanyiUbah 1-0 LobiTornadoes 2-1 HeartlandShooting 1-2 W’WolvesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
However, Donald Sterling’s attorney, Gary Ruttenberg, said Shelly Sterling’s attorneys are improperly using confidential medical information, which he called “fruit of the poisonous tree” that should be excluded from court consideration. He also said the NBA is complicit in Shelly Sterling’s actions.“The NBA wants to get rid of my client,” he said. “They were colluding with Mrs. Sterling and her counsel to do this.”The trial’s first witness, Dr. Meril Sue Platzer, testified she conducted two types of brain scans on Donald Sterling in May and then went to his home to perform cognitive testing. She said Shelly Sterling was present and one of Donald Sterling’s attorneys was in another room.Platzer said that after two hours of testing, she told Sterling he had Alzheimer’s disease, and he replied by saying, “I’m hungry, I want to eat.”His wife, however, was surprised, Platzer testified.“She was taken aback, shocked,” Platzer said. “She felt bad for her husband.”Platzer said she recommended that Shelly Sterling get a second opinion of her diagnosis to see if the second doctor backed up her findings. According to Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, the second neurologist concluded Donald Sterling suffered from dementia.Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life earlier this year following the public release of recorded conversations between him and companion V. Stiviano. Sterling is heard on the tape disparaging Stiviano for having her picture taken with black people and telling her not to bring them to Clippers games.The league announced plans to take action against Sterling to force him to sell the team. But Sterling has since filed a lawsuit against the NBA, alleging violations of his civil rights. He has contended that he was recorded illegally while making emotional remarks during a “lovers’ quarrel” with Stiviano. The trial also will deal with whether Sterling’s June 9 revocation of the family trust that held the Clippers had any impact on the proposed sale. Shelly Sterling’s lawyers maintain the $2 billion offer from Ballmer was already accepted by her and that her husband’s actions were meaningless.Donald Sterling tried unsuccessfully to have the case transferred to federal court, contending that his federal privacy rights were violated by the release of his medical records to his wife and the public. The legal maneuver prompted a half-day delay in the start of the Los Angeles Superior Court trial on Monday while the judge and attorneys awaited a ruling from a U.S. District Court judge.By mid-afternoon, however, a federal judge had rejected the case, clearing the way for the state court trial.In opening statements, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said Donald Sterling willingly agreed to undergo neurological exams that found him to be incapacitated. O’Donnell told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas that his client complied with the terms of a family trust when she made the deal with Ballmer. He said no fraud occurred and Donald Sterling changed his mind after originally agreeing to the deal. LOS ANGELES — After being a no-show in court on the first day of testimony, Donald Sterling is expected to take the stand today in a non-jury trial over whether his wife has the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.Sterling is suing over the proposed $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, contending Shelly Sterling was not authorized to sell the franchise.The Superior Court proceedings will focus on whether Donald Sterling was induced into undergoing mental examinations by two doctors without being told the reason. But there will be no rebuttal testimony from Donald Sterling’s attorneys challenging the findings by two doctors that he was mentally incapacitated, which his wife maintains gave her authority to sell the team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
The Uganda cricket team. PHOTO @AminahBabiryeUganda 144/10 in 46.3 ( Mukasa 57, Kayondo 20, Irfan 15; Khan 3-28-9, Magsood 3-34-10, Ilyas 2-5-7.3)Oman 145/4 in 27 (Singh 58, Ahmed 22, Lalcheta *19; Ifran 1-32-6, Nsubuga 1-43-9)More questions were raised again about Uganda’s batting abilities, as they could only manage 144 runs in their second defeat at the ongoing World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Kampala.Oman duly capitalised for their second win, a comfortable six wicket victory at Kyambogo oval on a sunny Friday afternoon.The only good news for the hosts is that in Entebbe, bottom placed Malaysia handed Canada, who were the only unbeaten side, a six wicket defeat. While Uganda could only manage 144 runs, Canada fared worse, managing only 141. (Canada 141 in 48.5 ov; Malaysia 143/4 in 38.0 ov)Uganda must now beat USA and Malaysia by huge margins in their final two games, and hope two of the top three falter. Three of those top teams on the table have to play each other, reducing the chances of more than one getting 8 points. (The maximum Uganda can now get is 6 points)Remaining fixturesDAY 4Uganda vs MalaysiaCanada vs USASingapore vs OmanDAY 5Malaysia vs OmanCanada vs SingaporeUganda vs USA*** Fans up in arms Oman211002–0.732Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018 Malaysia202000–1.546 The fans recognized Uganda’s bowling as key, but said a big score at Lugogo is a must against Malaysia on Saturday.“First the ground matters. We are playing in Lugogo so we expect to score runs….we don’t put on a good score we ain’t winning much as our bowling unit is the best at this tournament.”Asked what they would change in the team, the answer came quick. ” If we win the toss we bat first…we saw what Canada did when they batted first there. I would also drop Arthur Kyobe, Lawrence Sematimba and Sebanja and play Arnold Otwani, Deusdedit Muhumuza and Brian Masaba.”Over to you coach Steve Tikolo.Points table Uganda312002–0.728 Oman321004+0.254 Uganda211002+0.000Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three United States312002+0.457 Singapore211002–0.200 TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus Canada220004+1.620Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 **By Louis Jadwong and additional reporting ESPN, WikipediaShare on: WhatsApp The pressure has finally got to Ugandan cricket fans. They are now openly questioning the team’s tactics going into the last two games.“We seem to be getting the tactics wrong which plays against us,” an ardent fan told The Independent online, adding, “take today why did we bat first after winning a good toss?”Malaysia has batted first in their first two games, both at Kyambogo. The managed only 121 in a defeat to Singapore, and 117 in another loss to USA, with both winners chasing with ease.The luck of the toss aside, fans also thought the team tactics need to be flexible, depending on the situation. ” What was Jonathan Sebanja doing playing in the XI if he ain’t going to bowl? We had better batsmen than him on the bench!” TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus Canada321004+0.709Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 #ICCWCL3UG Tweets*******Wednesday result: Uganda beats Singapore by 66 runsUganda 217/9 in 50 overs (Otwani 47, Ukani 46, Kayondo 41, Muhumuza 25*; Vijayakumar 2 for 39 in 10 )Singapore – 151 ALL OUT in 44 overs (Kumarange 40, Mutreja 35; Mohammed Irfan 5 for 38 in 10, Frank Nsubuga 1 for 12 in 8 overs) A man of the match performance with the ball by Uganda’s leading all-rounder Mohammed Irfan earned the hosts a crucial win that put their World Cricket League Division 3 title ambitions back on track.For many moments in the Day 2 game on Wednesday at the Lake side oval in Entebbe, Singapore looked like they would deny Uganda, who were desperate after their opening day 66 run defeat by Canada. Singapore confidently batted to 132 for four after 35.5 overs, before the Ugandans unsettled them.Irfan’s five wickets for 38 were complimented by miserly bowling by offspinning allrounder Frank Nsubuga (1 for 12 in 8 overs) as Uganda smothered the Singapore fight to snatch a 66 run win.Uganda next take on Oman, Friday, in another match they cannot afford anything but a positive result to keep their dream of playing the final and qualifying to the WCL Division 2.Uganda, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and U.S.A are in Uganda battling to join Hong Kong, Namibia, Nepal, Kenya or Netherlands in Division 2.ESPN best described what is at stake. “This time around, the competition feature six teams – Canada, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore Uganda and USA – who have been in the wilderness, hoping to return like prodigal sons back to Division One, where they once belonged.”“On the previous two occasions that Uganda were relegated from Division Two, they bounced straight back with promotion from Division Three, at Bermuda in 2013 and Malaysia in 2014. After suffering relegation two years ago in Namibia, they are hoping to go right back up again.”FULL SCORECARD (click here)WCL Div 3 Table standings as at May 25, 2017 Singapore321004+0.059Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three Malaysia312002–0.616Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018 United States211002+0.883 read more
“I’ve had friends whose grandma has passed away, I’ve had family members as well that have passed away. You’ve got to be wise and take care of yourself and those around you.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in parliament on Monday that the return of sport on TV would “provide a much-needed boost to national morale”.However, a YouGov poll revealed that 73 percent of 2,000 people surveyed said the return of the Premier League and English Football League would not lift their spirits.Britain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic, with the government officially recording more than 32,000 deaths from COVID-19.“People’s lives are at risk,” Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, told an Instagram live.“Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”The Premier League are due to meet unions for players and managers later this week to discuss protocols for a return to group training.A further complication for Project Restart is where any matches would be played with the clubs opposed to a proposal for a limited number of neutral venues to be used.The UK’s national football policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, had previously stated resuming matches on a home-and-away basis would “present challenges” to the emergency services.But he said on Tuesday that police, government and football authorities were working together on a plan “which minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services, but facilitates a sensible restart to the season.”London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against the idea of playing matches in the capital at this stage, with the city having been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.Five of the 20 Premier League sides are based in London.“With the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital,” Khan’s spokesperson told the Evening Standard.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs face having to pay a huge refund to broadcasters even if they manage to complete the coronavirus-disrupted season behind closed doors.Broadcasters would be reimbursed for matches not being played as scheduled and the lack of atmosphere in empty stadiums is also a factor.The BBC reported the bill facing the English top-flight, which continued talks on “Project Restart” on Monday, could be as high as £340 million ($420 million).“We were able to update our clubs today on our situation with broadcasters, which is obviously confidential,” said Premier League CEO Richard Masters.“Whatever happens, there’s going to be significant loss of revenue for clubs. That is inevitable.“We were able to paint a picture today about what would happen in various scenarios, playing out the season and not playing out the season, to allow them to have a picture of that as we stand in the early part of May.”The rebate to broadcasters would surge to an estimated £760 million if the season cannot be completed. Masters has previously warned of a £1 billion loss once the absence of gate receipts is taken into account.For the first time on Monday, the 20 Premier League clubs discussed models that may have to be used to decide final standings if it is not deemed safe to resume.New government guidelines have paved the way for elite sport to return behind closed doors in England from June 1.– Player fears –However, England internationals Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are the two latest high-profile players to raise their concerns over a return to contact sport when the rest of society is being advised to follow social-distancing guidelines.“The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it’s not just for footballing reasons, it’s safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees,” Sterling told his YouTube channel.“(I am) not scared, but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be. read more