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Fifth Annual Grafton Art Show continues through September 7 despite flood

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first_imgThe fifth annual Exhibition at Grafton organizing committee announces the winners in the juried art show event, which concludes on September 7. One best in show award and four merit awards were given at the artist awards reception on August 27. There are three Vermont winners. The free event, which is held August 26 through September 7, features more than 50 works of art in oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media as well as sculptures in various medium. Art is displayed in Grafton Village at The Old Tavern at Grafton Inn and Hunter Gallery of Fine Art.  While Grafton was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, both properties are intact and the show continues to run. Visitors can access Grafton through Townshend via Route 35 and through Chester. Best in Show 2011: Nest Affair (watercolor and gunpowder), Carol Anne Centre of Langdon, NH. Award of Excellence: Still Water Lake Como (pastel), Mallory Lake of Marlboro, Vt. Donald L Kissel Award: Abandoned Factory and Falcons (oil / canvas), Charlie Hunter of Bellows Falls, Vt. John Alford Award: Ted (watercolor), Robert J. O’Brien of Weathersfield, Vt. Innkeepers Award: Smith Pond September Sunrise (pastel), Kate Beetle of Alstead, NH The juried collection of work was judged by two returning Vermont-based judges: Janie Cohen, Museum Director of the Fleming Museum in Burlington and Jamie Franklin, Curator at the Bennington Museum. Visit ExhibitionatGrafton.com for more details on the show.last_img read more

Five ways to prepare for the coming recession

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first_imgI’m an optimist—even in the midst of challenging times I do my best to stay positive. However, there is a looming negative cloud on the horizon we in financial services must address: the potential of a coming recession.Talk to any economist or read any economic forecast and you’ll see just about every expert is predicting a potential recession the end of 2019 or sometime in 2020. It’s just a matter of how deep and wide it might be.I recently had the opportunity to appear on CUBroadcast and one question host Mike Lawson asked was “From a marketing perspective, what do credit unions need to be doing to prepare for a potential recession?” I gave three action steps you can take (click this link to see the full interview).Here’s an elaboration on those three steps plus two bonus tips for preparing your credit union for a recession. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Grants awarded for TOP events in 2019

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first_imgAt the 50th session of the Tourist Council, decisions were made on choosing a PR agency for cooperation in 2019, decisions on the award of grants for TOP events in 2019, proposals for marketing and PR cooperation within the project “Sports Croatia” were adopted and appointed new director of representative offices Croatian Tourist Board in Great Britain based in London.  “Our goals include continuous improvement and strengthening of the tourist offer, especially in the pre and post season. Only in this way can we reach year-round tourism. An important role in this is played by quality events, which are often the main motive for coming to the destination. This year we decided to allocate funds for the largest events that have an international character and attract a large number of visitors, while we left the allocation of grants for smaller regional events to the system of tourist boards in order to further encourage tourism development at destination levels., said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, adding that a total of 135 valid applications were received for the Public Invitation for TOP events this year.  Photo: INmusic festival Initially available funds within this public call amounted to HRK 2.500.000,00, but the CNTB Tourist Board, due to a large number of quality projects, accepted the proposal to increase the amount of support for TOP events by an additional HRK 1.900.000,00, which totals 4.400.000,00. XNUMX kuna. The subject of the Public Call for Support to TOP Events was the award of non-refundable funds for events that are the main motive for tourists to come to the destination and that contribute to goals such as promoting Croatia as a tourist destination, improving and enriching the tourist offer, extending the tourist season and others. center_img Thus, the Tourist Board of the CNTB adopted a proposal for a decision on the allocation of grants for 32 events with a total value of HRK 4.400.000,00 based on the Public Call for Support to TOP Events, which was open until 11 February 2019. Among the events that approved the largest individual grants of HRK 250.000,00 are the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, INmusic festival, Advent in Zagreb, the 53rd Đakovo embroidery, Rijeka Carnival, Rapska Fjera, Špancirfest and the 54th Vinkovci Autumn, while grants of 200.000,00 .100.000,00 kuna approved by the events Picokijada, Renaissance Festival, Black Sheep Festival and Sinjska alka. Grants of HRK 60.000,00 were approved for events such as the Boat Marathon, Rise up Poreč Music Festival, Porcijunkulovo, etc., while grants of HRK XNUMX were approved for events such as the Christmas story of the Salaj family, Outlook & Dimensions events, Kajkavian Week culture, Retropathy, etc. Attachment: DECISION ON SUPPORT TO TOP EVENTS IN 2019last_img read more

Plan to get opponents talking in place of strife

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Coronavirus epicenter Wuhan re-opens for international flights

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first_imgOfficials in white hazmat suits, masks and visors were seen checking the passports of arriving passengers.All international passengers arriving in Wuhan have to pass a test within 72 hours of departure, Li Yizhuo, director of Wuhan’s Civil Aviation Office, told CCTV.China still bans most foreigners from entering and those allowed have to undergo two weeks of quarantine.South Korean budget carrier T’way will operate one weekly round-trip flight between Wuhan and Incheon International Airport, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Other major Chinese cities — including Beijing and Shanghai — already allow direct international flights, but have tightened visa processes and health checks. Topics :center_img China’s Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, has re-opened for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium since the deadly disease first emerged.China stopped international flights in March as global alarm increased about the spread of COVID-19, but has now largely brought the disease under control at home through travel restrictions, testing and lockdowns.A flight operated by South Korean carrier T’way landed at Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport Wednesday morning with 60 passengers, state broadcaster CCTV reported.last_img read more

Garuda holds plane ‘face mask’ design contest to promote health protocols

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first_imgThe airline had previously painted a blue surgical mask livery on the nose of one of its Airbus A330-900 Neo craft, showcasing the mask-wearing plane on Thursday at the hangar of the Garuda maintenance facility in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said the aircraft livery was a symbol of support for the government’s efforts to promote mandatory mask-wearing measures to help curb the transmission of the coronavirus.“We realize that efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 requires full support and the active role of various parties,” Irfan said in Thursday’s statement.“Hopefully, our efforts can help increase public awareness on the application of health protocols in everyday life, especially using masks.”The five mask-wearing planes, Irfan said, would be used for domestic and international routes, including flights to Singapore and Japan. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is holding a competition to design face mask livery for its Airbus planes as part of its campaign to promote health protocols amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Through the competition, the airline invites the public to submit their mask livery design for the planes.Participants can submit their work through Instagram or Twitter until the end of October and the airline will announce the winners on Nov. 7.“The four most attractive designs selected will each get one Garuda Indonesia business class airplane ticket and the design will be used as the Garuda Indonesia aircraft livery,” the airline wrote in a post published Thursday on its official Instagram account, @garuda.indonesia. Topics :last_img read more

Championship 4 owners Tony Stewart, Joe Gibbs share long-standing connection

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first_imgHOMESTEAD, Fla. — The connection and fondness was immediately evident as Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs took their seats Friday morning to talk about their respective teams’ chances in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Gibbs was dressed in a suit and Stewart was dressed more casually in a team button-up shirt and baseball cap — the juxtaposition causing them both to laugh. “Well, this is how you dress when you have one car in the championship and that’s how you dress when you have three,” Stewart joked immediately.HOMESTEAD LINEUP: Rain puts Championship 4 up frontThe truth is, although the two are competing against one another for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title, the former teammates concede they are much more alike than dissimilar. And this is a big weekend for both.Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin will compete against Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick for the series championship Sunday afternoon. And although the competition will undoubtedly be intense for NASCAR’s biggest prize, the two 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees leading the organizations bring a similar mindset into the big race.Stewart, a three-time Cup champion driver, has won two titles as an owner — his third series trophy in 2011 and Harvick’s in 2014. Gibbs is a four-time Cup champion owner — earning two titles with Stewart (2002 and 2005) and one each with Bobby Labonte (2000) and Kyle Busch (2015).Stewart competed in 22 NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Gibbs in 1998 before moving to the JGR team full time from his 1999 rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series through the 2008 season. He joined forces with Gene Haas to form Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.”Every driver is different, and Joe [Gibbs] can tell you better than anybody, because he’s dealt with more, quote-unquote, professional athletes than anybody, and how you get people to respond is different from person to person,” Stewart said of his ownership style. “Sometimes you’ve got to be a little stern with them. But there’s that one button in each of us that gets us to respond.” “I think that’s kind of what makes good leaders and good owners and good crew chiefs and good competition directors. You have to know your people. You have got know what that button is. You need to know what you have to do to get the best out of them.”Stewart looked over at Gibbs and smiled. “I learned a lot from this guy in the years I was there,” Stewart said. “And I’ve said it a million times, if I didn’t work for him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now. I wouldn’t be doing the things I’m doing now.”I also wouldn’t be in debt like I am now, and I blame all of it on Joe.”last_img read more