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Musical benefits OC student scholarships

first_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Local News Previous articleGUEST VIEW: If Manafort is guilty of acting as foreign agent, so is Hillary and the DNCNext articleEvents, displays for all admin Globe Theater logo.jpg center_img “The Last Five Years” ticketsThe Globe of the Great Southwest, 2308 Shakespeare Road, has scheduled the musical “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown at 7:30 p.m. May 18-19 and 2 p.m. May 20.Proceeds will go towards scholarships for Odessa College students.Go online for tickets. Twitter Musical benefits OC student scholarships Twitter WhatsApp By admin – May 11, 2018 last_img read more

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Outdoor Brands Receive Accolades in Tennessee’s Governor Awards

first_imgThe Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recognized Jackson Kayak for its excellence in engaging in global trade. Jackson Kayak Founder and President Eric Jackson accepted the award on Nov. 14, during an Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development luncheon.“Tennessee’s economy is more connected to the global economy than ever before, and I congratulate our GATE Award winners on their business acumen and their aggressive approach to global markets that has allowed them to tap new markets and maintain international competitiveness,” said Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner.Jackson Kayak was joined at the recognition ceremony by fellow outdoor industry performance sock manufacturer Swiftwick and iconic guitar maker Gibson. All three companies are located in or near Nashville. Gibson is in Nashville, Swiftwick is in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood and Jackson Kayak is in Sparta, just 90 miles east of Nashville.“Jackson Kayak is honored to receive this award and share the stage with such awesome companies as Swiftwick and Gibson,” said Jackson Kayak founder and president, Eric Jackson. “Tennessee’s progressive approach to economic development has helped Jackson Kayak grow to its top position in sales and reputation around the world. In addition to being a great state to do business in, White County is a wonderful place to call home.”Within just two years of its first kayak sale in 2004, Jackson Kayak established sales bulkheads on five continents. Since then, the company has made many more distributor partnerships in countries around Europe, Asia and South America. The company most recently began exporting to Russia and China.In 2013, Tennessee based companies tallied $32.3 billion worth of goods and services exported in 2013 making Tennessee tenth among all US states in export volume. Tennessee was named “2013 State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find them on the web: tn.gov/ecd.Founded in 2003, family owned and operated Jackson Kayak is the world’s leading maker of whitewater and fishing kayaks. Other user-design inspired products include touring kayaks, coolers and other paddling accessories. All Jackson Kayak products are proudly made in the USA with exclusively American made parts, people and manufacturing partners. For more info, visit the company online at http://jacksonkayak.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/jacksonkayak.last_img read more

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Potential Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble boosts demand | News

first_imgResearch undertaken by ForwardKeys has illustrated a measure of pent-up demand for travel between Hong Kong and Singapore. The two cities outlined plans for a ‘travel bubble’ in the middle of last month, raising hopes for a limited reopening of borders. – Advertisement – When it comes to tickets, travel has been booked throughout December, with the 18th-25th being the peak travel dates. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of people, over 80 per cent, will be travelling for leisure or to visit friends and relatives. Deeper analysis by ForwardKeys suggests that tourism-dependent retailers based in Hong Kong are likely to be significantly happier than their counterparts in Singapore, because the immediate uplift in flight bookings from Singapore to Hong Kong is more than three times higher than in the opposite direction.- Advertisement – The in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral air travel corridor this month caused an uptick in interest in the potential route.In the week that followed, flight searches for travel from Singapore to Hong Kong, which had been flat since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, soared to 50 per cent of 2019 levels, while bookings jumped to 30 per cent.The main focus of travellers’ interest is the Christmas holiday period, with the peak dates for flight searches to Hong Kong covering the weeks of December 10th, 17th and 24th.- Advertisement – On March 23rd, Singapore and Hong Kong announced that their borders would be closed to all foreign travellers. Since then, it has been almost impossible to fly between the two places (or anywhere else) and hardly anybody has been searching or booking travel.Jameson Wong, APAC director, ForwardKeys commented: “This bilateral air travel bubble is a milestone arrangement as it will be the first moment international leisure travel is permitted again in our region. “The immediate rush of bookings is significant because it proves that people want to travel and they will travel, as soon as the right safety protocols are put in place and government-imposed travel restrictions are lifted. “Our findings will provide a much-needed breath of fresh air and hope to the multitude of businesses and individuals that rely on travellers for income. “We can expect material gains in travel demand, certainly more than what we are tracking right now, when the policy is implemented and when the precise details of the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble are announced. “I am confident that other countries in the region will see this as a case study to guide their own travel facilitation initiatives in the near future.”center_img OlderIATA data reveals slowdown in aviation recovery – Advertisement –last_img read more

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CSR: The project “Knowledge to excellence” to the promotion of tourism and hospitality professions

first_imgIn cooperation with the Knowledge in Action Foundation and the Association of Directors of Hospitality and Tourism Schools, Valamar implemented a large strategic project “Knowledge to Excellence” within the company’s socially responsible business, which was a significant step forward in the promotion of tourism and hospitality professions.Valamar opened in Poreč, Rabac and Krk, and in cooperation with project partners  doors for 27 schools from all parts of Croatia and for over 500 students, parents, principals and teachers organized a stay in their facilities where through two-day interactive and educational workshops they learned about trends and careers in tourism.Students participated in thematic workshops such as Sommelier, cocktail making, Masterchef workshops and career development workshops where they have experienced mentors – Valamar employees,  shared their experiences of working in tourism and acquired knowledge.”Valamar Riviera and its partners have implemented a unique open door project at the same time for all users of the vocational education system for tourism professions – for schools, students, parents, mentors and professionals in tourism and guests from relevant ministries, agencies and associations. The participation of as many as 27 schools in the workshops certainly gave motivation to the young generations to choose the hospitality and tourism professions in their future careers.” said Nevena Tolanov, head of human resources development at Valamar Riviera.In addition to educational workshops, students also participated in various competitions, quizzes, games and a film evening. It was also organized for students  an educational trip where the employees of Valamar’s hotels introduced them to the challenge of working in the hotel industry and gladly took them on a tour of the facilities. “The activities and programs of the Knowledge in Action Foundation are aimed at connecting all levels of education with the economy, which is why the cooperation with Valamar has begun. Three years ago, we set off for Poreč to Valamar’s facilities with one bus full of students and teachers, and this year we have quadrupled the number of participants. What makes us especially happy  is the fact that this year we also included parents in the educational visit which are an important link between the school and the choice of the future profession of these young people” pointed out Daška Domljan, a member of the Management Board of the Knowledge in Action Foundation.With almost 3.000 hours of training and introduction to working at Valamar, the participants in this project gained practical knowledge that will surely help them in further career development in tourism, and Valamar gained insight and a base on the future workforce in the long run.last_img read more

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International wine judge, Saša Špiranec became a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards

first_img“The best years are 2013 and 2016, and we suspect that 2019 could be just like this year, if not betterAnnounced Špiranec, who is also the co-founder of the oenological laboratory Vinolab, which deals with consulting and laboratory analysis of wine. Saša Špiranec is the founder of Vinart Grand Tasting, the top Croatian wine event, as well as the extremely popular summer wine festival Vinski Grad, which is held at several locations, and is the author of the book Wine Routes – Guide to Croatian Wineries and Wines. Saša Špriranec is an experienced international wine judge, and his field of expertise is the wine regions of New and Central Europe with a special emphasis on wines from Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria, which is the most common topic of his reports, articles and books. Saša is also a longtime columnist and his texts are read with pleasure, and his opinion is extremely appreciated. We also asked him what the 2019 harvest was like and he was very optimistic and satisfied, so he seems to have something to look forward to in the wine world. He will judge sommelier Siniša Lasan and Marija Meštrović at this year’s prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards., and the third judge from Lijepa naša Saša Špiranec from Vinart. “I am just happy to be invited and to be a part of this story. It is a great honor to be invited to the recommendation of leading authorities Anthony Rose, Caroline Gilby and Andrew Jefford with whom I had the opportunity to participate in the tasting and then recommended and invited me, which I am extremely glad because they are world-renowned experts, ”  pointed out Saša Špiranec who is also our guest at the Day One conference where he will present the 4 wine regions we wrote about here. The most important wine event in Lijepa naša, Vinart Grand Tasting this year is held from 6.3. to 7.3. 2020 in Lauba, Zagreb. Photo: Vinart Grand Tasting Source: decanter.com,last_img read more

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Down, not completely out

first_imgRedshirt senior Ethan Armstrong (right) is among three key returnees to the Wisconsin defense that has been held out of spring practice, but not the learning of a new defense.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin football team broke in the turf in Camp Randall Stadium for the first time in 2013 this week, with players in full pads working on new schemes brought in by Gary Andersen and his coaching staff.The defense continued to work on implementing the new 3-4 system for the front seven brought in by new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.Although the new defensive scheme was looking effective during its outdoor practices this week, it will look very different come fall because of the numerous injuries to key players the defense has sustained this spring.Senior defensive tackle Beau Allen and linebackers Ethan Armstrong and David Gilbert headline the injury report for the defensive squad that is in transition.Allen, coming back from January surgery on a torn anterior talofibular ligament in ankle, is the biggest cheerleader for UW’s defense during spring practices.“It’s definitely frustrating because I want to be out there and getting reps,” Allen said. “I just have to be patient with myself and not come back before I’m ready, but it is frustrating. But, I’m kind of also being a big cheerleader on the sidelines just trying to get everyone psyched and ready for practice. I’ve got a role to fill even though I’m not out there.”Gilbert and Armstrong are also recovering from surgeries on their foot and shoulder, respectively.With so many key players down for the Wisconsin defense, the players have put together as Allen said “a special rehab group” to help push each other to ensure smooth recoveries.“Since none of the guys in the transitional rehab are playing, we’re really working on getting our bodies right and healing injuries, but also making gains in the other areas that we can really train hard,” Armstrong said.While Allen is openly itching to get back on the field with his teammates this spring, it will be a while longer before Armstrong and Gilbert suit up for the cardinal and white since Gilbert just underwent surgery on his foot in mid-March, and Armstrong is nursing his shoulder back to health until the fall.Although Armstrong will not be lacing up until long after spring ends, he is not worried about catching up with his defensive teammates.“In fall camp, we’ll have 30 practices to get it all hammered out,” the redshirt senior said. “I’ve done more in less time before. So, we’ll be alright.”While all three, as seniors, have extensive experience to lean on in missing spring practice, they will be learning Aranda’s 3-4 system for the first time just as the newest players have been.Allen says he isn’t too daunted by the task of catching up with the new defensive system once he finally does get to put his hand in the ground again.“I’ve played a lot of football here,” Allen said. “I’ve got three years under my belt and [the 3-4] is not too different.”Since the injured players can’t take live reps with the rest of their teammates on the field, Aranda is making sure the guys who are out are kept up to speed.“We give them scripts when they are on the sidelines so they can follow along with the calls,” Aranda said. “We involve them in all of the meetings and we have player teach tapes where I voiceover a defense. So they’ll be able to study that and get better that way.”One positive to be taken away from the onslaught of injuries that the defense has sustained this spring is increased amount of reps the younger players get to see while filling in for the injured veterans.Allen sees the opportunity for the younger players to get better and has made sure he does whatever he can to help them improve every day.“One thing I’ve been doing a lot is helping out with the younger guys because they haven’t gotten as many reps,” Allen said. “It’s a good opportunity for them to step in and get those good reps, prove themselves and get good experience.”At the end of the day, all of the defensive players coming back from injury want to get back on the field and are doing everything they can to make sure that will be sooner rather than later.“Even though we aren’t out there during practice we are still getting our time in,” Allen said. “We just all want to get back on the field and be healthy and I think we’re all motivating each other to do that.”last_img read more

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Beat writers predict another loss for Syracuse against No. 18 Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 10, 2020 at 6:44 pm The last time Syracuse (8-7, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) and No. 18 Virginia (11-2, 3-1) played, the Orange scored the fewest points in the Jim Boeheim era. That season-opening loss to the defending national champions proved to be a bad omen for Syracuse’s season.Here’s what our three beat writers think will happen on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia.Nick Alvarez (13-2)Hammer the underVirginia 62, Syracuse 38I originally had Syracuse’s over/under for points at 34. After conversing with Josh, he bumped it up to 45. I’ll agree that that’s more realistic, but I’m still taking the under. After these teams’ first matchup, I got the sense that most SU fans braced for a down year. But even the most pessimistic fan couldn’t have envisioned what has transpired since. Injuries and inefficient play have rocked this Orange squad and, almost fittingly, they’ll settle back to .500 against the team they opened the year with. Now, I’ll play the optimist and say that it would be very Syracuse to pull off a massive upset, but aside from Elijah Hughes dropping a 40-point triple-double, give me the national champs in a rout.Michael McCleary (10-5)Defense wins championships?Virginia 50, Syracuse 41AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt doesn’t seem like either of these teams want to be a part of a championship, though. Virginia is still well on their way to a tournament bid, but even against the Orange, their offensive woes won’t allow them to blow SU away. Syracuse will still lose this game, but it will make for a sloppy game on both sides for sure. Because of how the Cavaliers struggle to get points from anywhere and the sizeable untapped potential of SU’s shooters, there might be an upset alert in the minds of some people. But those people most likely haven’t watched the Orange all season. There’s little reason to believe Syracuse will bounce back against one of the nation’s best defenses.Josh Schafer (12-3)Wahoo a defensive showdown!Virginia 63 Syracuse 46Last time Syracuse and Virginia played, an inexperienced Orange team struggled mightily. While Syracuse has grown significantly since the worst offensive output under Jim Boeheim, it hasn’t grown enough. The Orange don’t have enough unique ways to score and even Virginia’s struggling offense will likely find holes against Syracuse’s defense. Though the Orange will score a bit more this time around, it won’t matter. Road games in the ACC are always hard and Virginia’s defense, which ranks first in adjusted defensive efficiency is just too good for Syracuse. Commentslast_img read more

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For Family Promise of Monmouth County, Home is Where the Heart…

first_imgDespite her job at the Goddard School in West Long Branch, Hooten lacked the financial resources to afford an apartment for herself and her children. For the board members, staff members, legislators, volunteers and donors who worked to make it happen, this was a moment to celebrate: A day to cut the ribbon on a reality that began as a dream – the dream of having a stable home for the agency whose mission is to help homeless families find stable homes of their own. OCEANPORT – The red brick building at 501 Malterer Ave. was as crowded as a holiday party last Friday as supporters of Family Promise of Monmouth County gathered to celebrate the official opening of the agency’s day center for homeless families on a site formerly part of Fort Monmouth. FPMC, an affiliate of thenational Family Promiseorganization, paid FMERA$1 for a 99-year lease on the2,800-square-foot buildingand 2-acre site. The nonprofit investedapproximately $125,000 torenovate and improve thebuilding for its new mission. Anthony and Tatiana Rivera were among that number in 2018, when their mother, Suheil Hooten, found herselfwithout a home following theend of her marriage. The nonprofit is one of three social service agencies supporting the homeless that was granted the right to occupy a building at the former Fort Monmouth by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). The day center includesa comfortable living room,a fully stocked playroom,locker space where familiescan store their belongings,two showers, a kitchen, alaundry room and officespace for the agency’s threefull-time employees. Behind success stories like Hooten’s is a corps of volunteers from area religious congregations who work together to provide shelter, food and a constellation of services that support FPMC families as they tackle the obstacles that stand between them and stability. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Monmouth County is the fifth wealthiest of New Jersey’s 21 counties, with an annual median family income of over $100,000. Nevertheless, some 200 children in this county become homeless every year. Those employees are supported by an estimated 1,200 volunteers from area Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faith communities who do everything from making sandwiches to wielding sledgehammers. By Eileen Moon “It was very hard as a single mom with two kids to have to give up and say, ‘What am I going to do?’ ” she said. Fortunately, she found Family Promise. “They put a roof over my head. Me and my children had a safe haven. They provided all our meals. That gave me an opportunity to save every penny that I had. It was just amazing. They really provided time for me to do what I needed to do.” Today, Hooten and her two children have a three-bedroom apartment in Freehold that she was able to afford with the help of FPMC’s savings match program that doubled the money she set aside from her paycheck to cover the cost of a security deposit. “We’ve been working ongetting into this buildingsince 2008,” said FPMCboard vice president MikeMeriton. “The great ironyof this is that our missionis to help families in needget a permanent home andwe didn’t have a permanenthome ourselves.” “We are a small team but we are a dedicated army,” said FPMC executive director Christine Love. “Everything that you see in this building, we did with blood, sweat and tears.” “I was homeless as a child, but I was also homeless as an adult,” Love told the gathering Friday. Despite those struggles, she eventually graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in social work, followed by a master’s in business administration. “It doesn’t matter where you stop,” she said. “It matters that you keep going.”last_img read more

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Bruins rally back to edge Leafs 4-3 in Boundary City

first_imgHowever, Dylan Haney scored late in the second frame to cut the advantage to 3-2.Rylan Smaha-Muir tied the game on the power play midway through the third period before Hascarl completed the rally.Chad Grambo scored the other goal for Grand Forks, winners of two straight games.Grand Forks out shot the Leafs 26-20 in the contest.Bruins’ netminder Anthony Galliart won for the third straight time against the Leafs while Zakery Babin, making his second start for Nelson, took the loss in goal.Babin was acquired earlier this month in a deal with the Princeton Posse.Nelson travels to the Hawks Nest to meet Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Friday in Fruitvale before returning home to host former Leaf netminder Brett Soles and the Osoyoos Coyotes Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Hawks routed Spokane 8-2 Tuesday in Fruitvale to move into a first-place tie with Castlegar in Murdoch Division standings.Beaver Valley has two games in hand on the Rebels. The Grand Forks Border Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge the Nelson Leafs 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Tuesday night in the  Boundary City.The loss continues the recent slide of the Heritage City franchise, losers of five consecutive games and 12 of 14 games dating back to October 31.Logan Hascarl scored with five minutes remaining in the third period to complete the comeback and give the Bruins its third consecutive win over the Leafs in the battle of the two Murdoch Division rivals.Grand Forks also builds a three-point lead over the Leafs for third spot in Murdoch standings.Goals by Sam Weber, Austin Anselmo and Aigne McGeady-Bruce built a 3-1 lead for the Leafs less than a minute into the second period.last_img read more

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