Lieutenant Governor Scott thanks Vermonters for outpouring of support after business burns

first_imgLieutenant Governor Phil Scott is ‘honored and humbled’ by the hundreds of Vermonters who reached out to him over the weekend after his business, DuBois Construction of Middlesex, burned in a massive fire on Friday night.The building and some of the company’s equipment are considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials have ruled out arson.Friends, competitors and colleagues in the Legislature and state government expressed their condolences and desire to help. Some have even suggested wanting to hold fundraisers to help the business rebuild.‘I’m honored and humbled to be thought of in this way,’ said Scott, ‘but I can’t in good conscience accept any monetary donations, after having personally witnessed so many Vermonters losing everything as a result of Irene. Our company was insured. While insurance never makes you whole, we should be able to rebuild and stay in business, unlike many small business owners who will never rebound from their losses as a result of Irene.‘I understand people’s desire to help,’ Scott continued, ‘and I would encourage those who feel compelled to contribute in some way, to make a donation to one of the Irene recovery groups or to their local volunteer fire department. In our area, the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and several other local departments worked tirelessly to try to save our building.’VT Long Term Disaster Recovery Group: http://www.vermontdisasterrecovery.com/donate(link is external)VT Irene Flood Relief Fund: http://www.vtirenefund.org/donate/(link is external)DuBois Construction was founded by Scott’s uncle in 1946. For the last 26 years, Scott and his cousin, Don DuBois, have run the business together. Scott and DuBois are determined to rebuild. With the help of friends, they set up a temporary office trailer over the weekend, and were ready to fulfill road salt orders as usual on Monday morning.Source: Lieutenant Governor’s office.last_img read more

Summertime in Frederick County

first_imgSummer is a beautiful time of year all over Frederick County, but it is truly stunning along its scenic byways. Whether you want to fill your weekend with unique stops and exciting attractions or you just want to spend an hour taking in the gorgeous views, a journey down one of Frederick County’s two most traveled roads is sure to be a memorable experience!Throughout the changing seasons, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway or Route 15 is full of engaging stops that will appeal to the whole family. One of America’s most unique and special destinations, Downtown Frederick boasts a charming Main Street filled with one of a kind restaurants, specialty shops, and a vibrant arts community. North of the bustling city lies the quieter countryside. Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS) holds 25 miles of hiking trails offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with nature. Just on the edge of the park, Cunningham Falls State Park is home to a 78-foot cascading waterfall, lakefront beach, and loads of other recreational opportunities.Moving toward the Town of Thurmont, road trippers will find the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. This is one of the few places in the mid-Atlantic to board an open-air truck and ride right through the habitats of emu, zebra, and bison. If you would rather stroll at your own pace, the zoo offers walking paths surrounding over 450 exotic animals. Nearing the Pennsylvania border, travelers will see Mount Saint Mary’s University, home of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, overlooking the path. Discover the story of Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton, the first U.S. born Saint, at the nearby Seton Shrine. Tour the museum, wander through the house where she lived, and step into the awe-inspiring basilica.If you are looking for an East to West (or West to East) adventure, look no further than the Historic National Road, America’s first highway. Dating back to 1811, what is today known as Route 40, was a crucial portion of the westward movement for many families. Today, travelers can explore along the Historic National Road in Downtown Frederick on Patrick Street. Consider a stop at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine which tells a story of healing and compassion and houses over 1200 artifacts in five expansive galleries.Further west, high atop South Mountain and hidden by the woods that surround it, sits the original Washington Monument. The beautifully manicured trail leading from the visitor center to the site is short, and not as rigorous compared to the two-mile march up the mountain that citizens took to create the attraction years ago. Like the monument in DC, visitors who reach the top of the monument are rewarded with an incredible view. Nearby South Mountain Creamery will satisfy even the strongest dessert craving with fresh from the farm ice cream! Tour the property to find out how the creamery’s dairy products are made on site.last_img read more

China has become the largest source of tourists in the world

first_imgPhoto: Pexels.com During 2018, the three largest destinations in the European Union, in terms of the volume of arrivals of Chinese tourists, were the United Kingdom (+ 2,4%), Germany (+ 2,6%) and France (+ 7,7%). The three countries with the largest expansion were Croatia (+ 45,7%), Estonia (35,8%) and Hungary (+ 25,1%). More attached. Minister Shugang also stressed the importance of civilized tourism. “On the one hand, measures should be taken to guarantee the safety of tourists, but on the other hand, we must also advocate the civilized behavior of Chinese tourists, which would present the Chinese image and civilization in a positive light.” He also stressed the need to further modernize the infrastructure at tourist destinations, as well as improve the quality of reception and services, in order to make the travel environment as pleasant and comfortable as possible for tourists. He said that despite the fact that it would take another two years to address the shortage of toilets, the “toilet revolution” in the country has made steady progress over the past four years with the construction and renovation of 35 tourist toilets by the end of last year. Luo Shugang, China’s culture and tourism minister, said China has become the world’s largest source of tourists. Namely, the Chinese’s foreign travels reached the figure of 150 million in 2018, reports Travel and Tour World. CHINESE TOURISTS EXPECT TRADITIONAL CUISINE, NATURE PARKS AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS FROM CROATIA JOANNE CHAN, IPPWORLD: THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CHINESE TOURISTS. THEY WANT TO SEE HOW LOCAL PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND HAVE FUN CHINESE TOURISTS SPEND THE MOST ON HOLIDAYS RELATED NEWS: EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS Speaking about the “toilet revolution”, a campaign launched in 2015 to increase the number of toilets in tourist locations, Shugang said toilets, as well as sanitation, should be improved at major tourist attractions. EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS last_img read more

Don’t eat dead fish from oil spill-hit areas, BFAR warns

first_imgThe latest Philippine Coast Guard estimate of the volume of bunker oil that spilled out of the ruptured tank of AC Energy’s power barge in Bo. Obrero in Lapuz district was at 251,000 liters, reaching as far as 23 Guimaras’ coastal barangays and the northern coastal towns of Dumangas and Leganes in Iloilo province. She explained that milkfish in fish pens are mainly prone to the threat of leaked bunker oil since they cannot swim out to the open sea. Aside from being a breeding ground for several marine life, mangrove trees are also good defenders during storm surges and serve as effective infiltration systems for agriculture. “We will coordinate with the Department of Science and Technology to check kon may presence sang bunker fuel,” Aparri said. According to Aparri, the BFAR is set to conduct a sample test for laboratory analysis of fish samples available in various markets in the city to ensure these are safe for consumption. Activists blasted the incident, which affected the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen. Iloilo and Guimaras rely on the salt-tolerant trees and shrubs to protect them from typhoons that frequently hit the vicinity./PN Initial findings revealed that the oil spill was caused by a rupture in the barge’s fuel tank. The company said it was able to contain the leak at 10 pm, about seven hours after the incident occurred, after 170 combined personnel of the company and the coast guard were deployed.  “Gina-consider naton nga isa ka critical habitat ang mangrove trees kay dira nagakaon, breed and spawn ang fish. Kon natabunan sang bunker fuel ang magagmay nga mga aquatic organism mapatay ni sila kay indi sila makahalin,” the BFAR official said. She also noted that the oil spill has already breached about two to three hectares of mangrove areas in Barangay Bo. Obrero and Dumangas.  center_img Aparri said apart from Barangay Hoskyn, as of yesterday they have not yet received reports of fish kill from other coastal areas in this city and Iloilo province. Power barges are self-contained, floating power plants that private companies deploy to address recurring electricity shortages in the Visayas grid. On July 3, a power barge operated by the energy arm of Filipino conglomerate Ayala Corporation spilled nearly 270,000 litres of bunker fuel off the coast of Iloilo City. ILOILO City – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Western Visayas has issued a warning against eating dead fish in coastal areas contaminated by bunker fuel from a barge damaged by an explosion last week.Remia Aparri, BFAR regional director, said an undetermined volume of dead milkfish (bangus) fingerlings in fish cages were reported in the waters off Barangay Hoskyn in the capital town of Jordan, Guimaras. Smoke from the bunker fuel forced some 255 families to temporarily evacuate to a nearby elementary school as they complained of difficulty of breathing, sore throat and nasal congestion.  Mangrove trees are known for storing more carbon compared to other trees, which is valuable in the fight against global warming. Just off Iloilo’s southeast coast is the island province of Guimaras. Aparri called for the immediate cleanup of spilled bunker fuel to save aquatic life beneath mangrove roots.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Memphis Depay ‘could be on the back of Manchester United shirts’ next season

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson told Alan Brazil and Ray Parlour about Memphis Depay’s possible £25m move to Manchester United.The PSV Eindhoven star has been linked with a switch to the Red Devils, along with Liverpool and PSG, and Stevens believes the name ‘Memphis’ may be on the back of United shirts next season if the betting is anything to go by.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Quique Sanchez Flores relaxed about Watford future despite sack reports

first_img Quique Sanchez Flores 1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists he is not afraid of the speculation which continues to cast doubt over his future at the club.A 2-0 defeat at Liverpool only added to the feeling the Hornets are drifting towards the end of the campaign having won just twice in the Premier League in 10 matches since securing their top-flight status.And despite guiding the promoted side to an FA Cup semi-final, Sanchez Flores is seemingly not guaranteed to stay on for next season.“The rumours are normal. You need to learn to live with these kind of things,” said the Spaniard.“Sometimes life is ridiculous but it is out of my control. I am not afraid of anything.“It is not time to talk about me, it is time to talk about the match.“It is important to be a realist and try to enjoy the moment we are living with Watford.“Sometimes I could be sad about the people around me who are not enjoying this experience but not for me.“I understand life is very hard, football is very hard and is normally more bad situations than good situations.“When you get promotion it is usual to live with pressure but we have avoided that – if people are not able to enjoy this I am sad for that.“I am completely happy. I want to enjoy the last month of the competition.”last_img read more