State Seeks Partners In Major Marketing Venture

first_imgState Seeks Additional Partners In Major Marketing VentureMONTPELIER, Vt. – A total of 15 Vermont businesses and the VermontDepartment of Tourism & Marketing (VDTM) are making plans to head southtotap into one of the world’s most lucrative consumer venues and they arelooking for more partners to join them.Beginning October 1 and running through November 15, these businesseswilldisplay their products and services at the 9th Annual EpcotInternationalFood and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando,Florida.The event is expected to draw between 1.5 and 2 million people duringits45-day run. State officials say they still hope to attract a few morebusinesses to join this effort.”We’re very pleased with the response we’ve received so far from a widevariety of Vermont businesses,” said Tourism & Marketing CommissionerBruceHyde. “Given the cost and duration of the event, VDTM wouldn’t have beenable to participate without such significant support from its privateindustry partners.”Hyde said the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is an idealvenuefor Vermont to market itself because Disney’s tourist profiles closelymirror Vermont’s target markets. Four of the top five Disney domesticmarkets are New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. whichareamong Vermont’s key ‘drive/fly’ markets. Internationally, Disney’s topmarkets include the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan which are alsoamongVermont’s largest international markets and a continuously growing partofVermont’s overall tourism picture.”We’re already reaching people in these markets with our regular mediacampaign and public relations activities, but the opportunity to go onestepfurther and put them directly in touch with Vermont products and realpeoplefrom Vermont is invaluable,” Hyde said. “We still have room and hopethatother businesses will be able to make the investment and join us.”Among the businesses currently participating are Cabot Cheese – which isamajor sponsor and which will have its own pavilion, Stowe AreaAssociation,Vermont Ski Areas Association, Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce, MapleLandmark, Green Mountain Beverage, Vermont Farms Association, VermontMapleSugar Makers Association, New England Cooks, Jed’s Maple Products, TheMapled Nut Company, Bove’s of Vermont, New World Enterprises, Smugglers’Notch Resort and Sugarbush Resort.Hyde said that any businesses that are interested should contact MissyMerrell, Director of Sales, as soon as possible at (802) 828-5210 or bye-mail at Missy.Merrell@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail)###Jason AldousDirector of CommunicationsVermont Department of Tourism & Marketing6 Baldwin Street, 4th FloorDrawer 33Montpelier, VT 05633-1301Tel: (802) 828-0528Fax: (802) 828-3233last_img read more

Veterans Memorial Arena gets a new name

first_imgOn Thursday, the Broome County Legislature voted with 13 members in favor of giving naming rights to Visions Federal Credit Union. This comes after Maine’s Paper & Food’s Contract expired in June. Vision’s President and CEO Ty Muse says Broome County is home. Broome County officials say the fee will double if the county is successful in securing funding for and completing a “significant” renovation for the area that will cost more $20 million. “Partnering with the County and Mirabito furthers our investment in the community, and it’s even better knowing that we’ll have a part in drawing more people to the area,” he says. “Whether they’re here for LUMA, hockey, or even a concert, they can experience all the great things that the Binghamton area has going for it.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Floyd L. Maines arena will be renamed the “Visions Federal Credit Union Veterans Memorial Arena.” The deal will be commenced on Jan. 1, 2021 and the name will run for 10 years but could be extended for five more years. Broome County will receive $60,000 per year during this time. Visions has teamed up Mirabito convenience stores to create a reserve account dedicated to increasing the number of live events at the arena and forum theater. Mirabito was announced to be the new sponsor of the box offices at the arena. Mirabito CEO Joe Mirabito called the partnership exciting. “By working together, we will be able to better support the Arena and its efforts to enhance the quality of life in our community,” he said.last_img read more

Prosecutors in Kenosha Drop Sexual Assault Charge Against Jacob Blake

first_imgIn Kenosha County Circuit Court on Friday, prosecutors and Mr. Blake’s lawyer resolved charges that he had faced after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her in May.Prosecutors dropped one count of third-degree sexual assault outright and agreed to drop one count of criminal trespass if Mr. Blake pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct, according to court records and Mr. Blake’s lawyer, Patrick Cafferty.- Advertisement –last_img

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Charming beachfront Queenslander oozes tropical magic

first_img167 O’Shea Esp, Machans BeachON THE Coral Sea’s doorstep and radiating tropical charm, it is no wonder this Machans Beach Queenslander has already garnered strong market interest.The four-bedroom house is just metres from the ocean and lends itself to creative types.It has provided an idyllic Far North lifestyle for Gabrielle Gelly, a former newspaper editor and tourism officer who moved to the region from Victoria’s Yarra Valley about six years ago.“My daughter lives in Kuranda, but I always thought if I was going to buy a house in Cairns it would be on the beach at Machans,” Ms Gelly said. “I walked in for the first time, went down the passageway and thought ‘oh yes, I’ll have this’.”Built in 1960, the airconditioned home includes an attractive pool and plenty of room for outdoor entertaining. Ms Gelly said having the beach at her front door had been a “surreal experience”.“I still wake up every morning, open the front doors and think it is just amazing,” she said. “You can see the big ships on the horizon going back and forth.“Just before a huge osprey came down and caught a fish in the water, and dolphins come past all the time. “I’m also an artist, so I often just set myself up on the front porch and paint.”She has adorned the home’s interior with eclectic artwork. Ms Gelly also added a self-contained wing to the property, which has become a successful business venture as a bed and breakfast.“It’s been great, and I have had people stay from all over the world, especially honeymooners,” she said. “It is fantastic to live in a wonderful home and have a business operating totally separate to the house.” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe home is listed for offers above $699,000She is now preparing to leave Cairns, albeit with a heavy heart, but was looking forward to the next phase of her life.“I’ve been here, done that. I’m in my early 70s, so it’s time to move on,” Ms Gelly said.“This is the 12th house I’ve bought and sold –I just like moving around.” She said her 539sq m property was ideal for someone looking for a “unique” home.Ms Gelly said she would also certainly miss the “village atmosphere” of Machans Beach, which is about 10km north of the Cairns CBD.“Many of the other northern beaches are quite touristy, but Machans is not,” she said. According to CoreLogic, the average selling price for Machans Beach houses is about $360,000.Sonia Poole of Ray White Cairns Beaches said the property, open for inspection today from 4pm-4.45pm, was well-placed to sell. “About 15 parties came through at the first open home,” she said. “It’s full of charm and character, people just walk in and feel at home. “This house ticks a lot of boxes.” The Machans Beach property is listed for offers above $699,000.last_img read more

The Qld region experiencing a dramatic rental market turnaround

first_imgRents are on the rise in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region, according to CoreLogic.LANDLORDS are reaping the benefits of a massive turnaround in fortunes for some of Queensland’s hardest hit regions, with residential rents in one market jumping a whopping 12 per cent in a year.In a sign confidence is returning in the wake of the mining downturn and the wrath of natural disasters, new figures reveal the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region recorded double-digit rental growth in the 12 months to the end of March 2018 — the strongest in the state.The median weekly rent in the region is now $368, with a healthy gross rental yield of 6.4 per cent, according to the latest CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERERents are on the rise in regional Queensland, according to CoreLogic.According to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, the vacancy rate in Mackay was at three per cent at the end of the December quarter — a far cry from the 7.9 per cent rate recorded the same time a year earlier.Townsville is also making a recovery, with rents growing 2 per cent in the past quarter, while Cairns recorded a 0.3 per cent rise in rents in the first three months of the year, according to CoreLogic.Paul Bryan, director of Mackay real estate agent Penny Wood Lane, said it wasn’t uncommon a year ago for landlords to struggle to find a tenant within eight months, but now he is fielding multiple applications for rental properties and significant jumps in rent.Mr Bryan said he recently increased the rent for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse from $380 a week to $500 a week.“That’s a big jump,” he said.Mr Bryan said well-maintained, lifestyle properties were in high demand, with rentals in the $350-plus range or higher experiencing rent increases of at least 10 per cent.“I am seeing now that the executive properties, the low maintenance apartments, the lifestyle ones…are jumping by $50, $60, $100 a week,” he said.“But it is still patchy and coming in waves.“It’s not across the whole market yet.”BRISBANE CRACKS TOP 100 LISTHAMPTONS IN BRISBANEMEET THE NEW OWNER OF PAT RAFTER’S HOUSERental rates rose in most Queensland markets in the first quarter of 2018, according to CoreLogic. Photo: Paul Guy.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoBrisbane also recorded rental growth in the first quarter of 2018, though not as strong as in regional Queensland, according to the CoreLogic figures.Rental rates in the city increased 1.1 per cent in the first three months of the year.The last time Brisbane recorded such a strong rental growth rate in a first quarter was in 2011.The median weekly rent for a house increased 1.1 per cent during the quarter to $449, while the average rent for a unit rose 1.3 per cent to $399.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said interstate migration to Brisbane, and Queensland in general, was helping the rental market.“I think you’re seeing a lot of people flow out of Sydney and I think that’s having a bit of an impact,” Mr Kusher said.“We’re also seeing a pullback in housing construction, particularly unit construction, and a lot of people don’t just move to a city and have a house already purchased.”A house for rent in Brisbane. Photo: Media Mode.Amid the widely publicised unit oversupply and falling unit prices, rental yields have held strong.Six of the state’s 10 regional markets have higher gross yields than a year ago.And Brisbane’s rental yields have only moved marginally lower over the past year, from 4.42 per cent to 4.4 per cent.Mr Kusher said that was an appealing return when compared to some other capital cities.“A 4.4 per cent yield is much more attractive to an investor than the rental yields in Sydney and Melbourne at the moment,” he said.Gross rental yields were 3.2 per cent in Sydney and 2.93 per cent in Melbourne at the end of the first quarter of 2018.Nationally, weekly rents increased by 0.3 per cent in March to be 1.1 per cent higher over the first quarter of 2018.Over the past 12 months, rents increased in all capital cities except for Perth and Darwin.Mr Kusher noted that the first quarter was typically a seasonally strong time of the year for rental growth.“People come to the end of the year and say, ‘OK we’ll put rents up’ and more people are also moving to a city in the first quarter,” he said.last_img read more

Bacolod’s No. 7 most wanted person nabbed

first_imgThe 39-year-old Jimboy Malan was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant at his residence in Barangay Banago on May 29, a police report showed.Police officers served the warrant in relation to illegal drug charges Malan faces. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the police station. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – He was listed as the No. 7 most wanted person in Police Station 3 in this city.last_img

Lady Bulldogs Netters Victorious Over Lady Golden Bears

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Varsity Tennis team defeated Shelbyville 3-2 on Monday. Alana Pinckley and Rachael Rose won at #2 and #3 singles while Audrey Weigel and Anna Kick won at #2 doubles.In JV, Batesville swept Shelbyville 6-0. Mary Elkins, Jenna Harmeyer, and Grace Heppner were winners in singles. In doubles, Baylee Rohlfing and Corinne Stone won two matches while Maggie Schwettman and Sophie Brown also won.Both teams are 6-0 and will play at Lawrenceburg on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Sevilla captain dedicates UEL victory to Reyes, Puerta

first_img Attacker Navas, however, was quick to hail Reyes and Puerta. Read Also: Conte throws Inter future into doubt after UEL defeatDiego Carlos, whose overhead kick deflected in off Romelu Lukaku 16 minutes from time to give Sevilla victory, says he had double reason to celebrate.“This title was very important for all of us. I thank the club for all they have done for me. I’ve scored a goal, won a trophy and my wife is pregnant,” said the 27-year-old Brazilian.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Reyes, who played in three Sevilla teams which won the Europa League, was killed in June last year.Puerta died at the age of 22 after suffering a heart attack in a Liga game in August 2007.“To be able to raise this cup as captain of my Sevilla means so much to me, for all the people, for friends who are no longer here — for Puerta, for Reyes,” Navas said.“And for my godfather who has died. I hope Sevilla fans are proud of us. We all lift the trophy because we are all captains.”Navas also hailed coach Julen Lopetegui, two years after the embarrassment of being sacked as coach of Spain on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.He then lasted just 14 games as Real Madrid boss.“Lopetegui works 24 hours a day for Sevilla, he deserves this,” Navas said. Sevilla captain Jesus Navas dedicated his club’s sixth Europa League title triumph to former players Jose Antonio Reyes, killed in a car crash last year, and Antonio Puerta, who died from a heart attack in 2007. The Spanish side defeated Inter Milan 3-2 in a thrilling final on Friday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Special night at the Harrison City Council

first_imgHarrison, OH—Several residents were recognized at Harrison’s October 1 City Council meeting. Matt Hackworth (left) was sworn in as a new Council member by Mayor Bill Neyer. Hackworth, most recently a Harrison Planning Commission member, is filling the vacated seat of Urbano Galindo who moved out of state.Also during the meeting, Police Chief Charles Lindsey (left) presented Police Chaplain Chris Sheneman with the Harrison Police Department Exemplary Service Award and Exemplary Conduct Award for his dedication to officers and residents the last four years. Finally, Kevin Maas of JTM foods presented an update to Council about the company’s continued growth. JTM, the City’s largest employer, now has over 500 associates and has seen its recent $80 million factory expansion rise to full speed. Maas said the company expects to experience double-digit growth this year, nearing the $250 million annual sales level.last_img read more