Vermonter days begin at Magic Mountain

first_imgMagic Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort,Magic has always had a strong following with local Vermonters as a traditional ski area with some of the best natural terrain in the state. To show its support, Magic continues making skiing and riding as affordable as possible for Vermonters who create such a welcoming community for out-of-state visitors during the long Vermont winters. Besides keeping its normal ticket prices below $60 for everyone, Starting this week, Magic will have special Vermonter Days with reduced pricing on all non-holiday Fridays and Sundays.Vermonters can ski all-day Fridays at Magic’s normal half-day weekday rate ($30 for adults) and get lower weekday rates ($39 for adults) on all Sundays (non-holidays).‘Many locals know that Magic is the place to ski on a powder day’, said Jim Sullivan, Magic Mountain’s president. ‘But, in addition, we’re trying to reach out to the local communities on a more regular basis by extending this offer and creating an affordable opportunity for Vermonters to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. We’re hoping that people who haven’t been here in years or have never been here will give us a try. I have no doubt that they will love the mountain and the relaxed, friendly atmosphere.’And, that friendly atmosphere has been helped by improvements made to the new Black Line Brew Pub which offers excellent, affordable local Vermont dining, music and bar-scene at the top of Magic’s base lodge.Magic first opened in 1960 and will be celebrating this season its 50th anniversary of peak to bottom skiing dating from 1962, which to this day, is still one of the most exciting, challenging and authentic Vermont ski experiences. Different than the corporate resorts, Magic has stayed true to the original Vermont ski culture. Magic skiers enjoy a mountain emphasizing natural, diverse ski terrain in an atmosphere of shared camaraderie for the sport both on the slopes and in the lodge after a long, rewarding day. Magic has an authentic vibe because, in reality, it still remains first and foremost a ski area, not a ‘resort’‘and a distinctly Vermont one at that. It’s a community spirit that keeps Magic thriving for those committed ski and riding enthusiasts who want to ‘carve their own trail’ and experience real snow and obstacles that mother-nature puts on the hill. And, it’s why Magic skiers love the mountain so much that they are personally investing in the ski area via The Magic Partnership in order to enhance and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.January 10, 2012, Londonderry, VTlast_img read more

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Brazilian Firm Embraer to Participate in New U.S. Air Force Bid

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2012 Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer announced on May 8 that it will participate in the U.S. Air Force’s new bid for the purchase of light attack aircraft. “We’re going into the competition with a bit more concern, because we already had the contract signed, but with the new conditions, which give significant weight to the planes’ past combat experience, we believe that we’re going to win again,” Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the president of Embraer Defense and Security, said to the daily Folha de São Paulo. The U.S. Air Force issued the new request for bids on April 13, following the February cancellation of a contract for 20 Super Tucano planes, worth 355 million dollars, that had been awarded to Embraer and its partner, U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, in December. The decision was made after rival U.S. vendor Hawker Beechcraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas, filed suit in a U.S. federal court to block the contract with Embraer-Sierra Nevada, alleging that its Beechcraft AT-6 plane was excluded from the request for bids. The aircraft will equip the new Afghan Air Force. If the selection process is “just, competitive, and transparent,” the Super Tucano should be chosen again, Aguiar insisted to Folha. The situation also threatened the interests of U.S. firm Boeing, which is seeking a contract worth $5 billion for the sale of 36 fighter planes to Brazil. Nevertheless, the Pentagon said that it is confident that the situation with Embraer will not influence the Brazilian government’s decision. The AT-29 Super Tucano is a plane designed for light attack missions, counterinsurgency, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance missions in low-threat environments, as well as for advanced pilot training.last_img read more

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Union pushes Post Office to offer financial services

first_img continue reading » The American Postal Workers Union is making a big ask as part of contract talks it kicked off Thursday with the U.S. Postal Service: It wants the post office to expand customer offerings to include financial services.That will be a challenge. The recently departed postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, said postal banking doesn’t seem needed or feasible. Instead, he recommended focusing on building the agency’s package delivery service for e-commerce companies like Amazon.com, as traditional first-class mail volumes have fallen by more than 20% since 2009.  The union, which is also proposing to extend operating hours at post offices, is hoping new Postmaster General Megan Brennan will consider other ideas.“We’re very serious about the post office taking on financial services. The post office is trusted, it’s in every community, the workers are skilled and trained,” said the union’s President Mark Dimondstein, who spoke at a press conference in Washington Thursday to mark the start of negotiations where the union made its general opening remarks to management.Mr. Dimondstein said cuts and closures to the Postal Service have eliminated tens of thousands of “good, living wage jobs.”“Postal management’s policy has been to severely degrade service, dismantle the postal network, and engage in piecemeal privatization,” he said. “We have a very different vision of enhancing and expanding services,” he added, cautioning that if the union’s proposals aren’t put into action there’ll be more job losses and shifts into low-wage work. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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3 new data reports your credit union should be running in 2016

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Wouldn’t you love to know which of your members wants a loan even before they themselves know?  No crystal balls required – but you just may already be close to knowing this, even if you do not know that you do.Big data is what unravels this seeming mystery.  A core idea with big data – why some credit union marketers delve ever deeper into it – is that many of the answers to our burning questions already can be found in big data that we have or can readily possess.Back up a step first.  In some respects, traditional credit bureaus – upon which many lending decisions have been wholly or partly based for several generations – are a kind of big data repository.  The data is not necessarily that big – it has been drawn from a narrowly defined pool – but the idea has been to use past behavior to predict the future.So it is with today’s big data, except now – due to the Internet and data analytics – there are many different kinds of information and also ways to make sense of it at very fast speeds.Imagine this.  Your member, SpeedBump, posts a tweet that reads: “Car broke down today on way to sales pitch. Arrggh!  Prospect declined to reschedule. Double arrghh!!”last_img read more

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Carter Rubin, Shoreham 15-Year-Old, Makes It To Finals on The Voice

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Carter Rubin, 15, of Shoreham, has advanced to the final round of NBC’s The Voice.The sophomore Shoreham-Wading River High School student is the last member of judge and mentor Gwen Stefani’s team left in the competition, along with two singers from Team Blake (Shelton), one from Team (John) Legend, and one from Team Kelly (Clarkson).After last night’s results show, Gwen tweeted: “wow! so proud of u @carterjrubin finals here we come! #TheVoice #TeamGwen gx.”Carter tweeted a photo of him and Gwen on stage and wrote: “BEYOND GRATEFUL for all of you C’MON FINALE #TheVoice #VoiceLives #TeamGwen.”On Monday night, Carter brought his mentor to tears with his rendition of “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets Movie. He dedicated the performance to his brother, Jack, who is on the autism spectrum. Then, during the live results show that aired on NBC last night at 8 p.m., host Carson Daly asked Carter what lessons can be learned from his brother.“My brother, Jack, and a lot of people on the autism spectrum see things a little differently than many of us,” he said. “And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. In fact, it’s a quite beautiful thing, and I think if we all took a second and tried to see the world through their eyes, we’d all be kinder, we’d be more patient, and we’d be more accepting.“We all just want love and respect,” he continued. “And I thank my brother for teaching me those lessons.”Tune in to watch Carter perform in the finals of The Voice on Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The next night, also at 8 p.m. on NBC, the winner among the top five contestants will be revealed.For more entertainment coverage, visit longislandpress.com/category/entertainment.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Russia deploys peacekeeping troops to region

first_imgJubilant scenes in Azerbaijan Russia’s Vladimir Putin said last month that almost 5,000 people had been killed in the fighting. The peace deal, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenia’s prime minister, took effect on Tuesday from 01:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday). The protesters who gathered here overnight accused the government of betrayal. They believed the fighting should have continued until the end and they were confident of victory. The enclave is internationally recognised as Azerbaijani but has been run by ethnic Armenians since 1994. There is a mood of national celebration in Baku. At Martyrs’ Alley – a memorial to Azerbaijan’s fallen soldiers – there are surging crowds among a sea of flags. Two young students are holding a homemade sign that reads: “Tell the world we are coming home.” It is a home they have never seen. Their parents were driven from Nagorno-Karabakh almost 30 years ago, but now they intend to move there to build a new life. read more

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Due to feces in the sea, Ston oysters are infected with the norovirus. The event “Days of Mali Ston oysters” canceled

first_imgTraces of oyster farming in the Mali Ston Bay have existed since the period of Roman rule in this area. The first written documents on shellfish hunting date from the 16th century, and on breeding from the 17th century, records from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. But today, the “modern man” has managed to make it worse. Who is to blame and how this incident came about is likely to determine the establishment of a special Committee and Commission to deliberate in the coming years and no one will be to blame, as is most often the case. It is best to import oysters and we have solved the problem. As it is pointed out in the part of the waters of the Mali Ston Bay, the presence of Noro virus has been determined in about 30% of seawater and shellfish quality samples. Veterinary inspection confirmed norovirus at three of the five checkpoints, which is highly contagious and most commonly spreads through food or water contaminated with feces during preparation. “Having in mind any health problems that could arise from the consumption of thermally untreated shells, a joint decision was made by the organizers to cancel the aforementioned part of the event.” conclude from the Ston Tourist Board. Photo: Municipality of Ston Due to the feces in the sea, ie the large presence of the Noro virus in the sea in the Ston Bay, one of our TOP events – the Days of the Mali Ston Oyster – was canceled. It is also a big blow to the already weak local economy of the Municipality of Stona, which is keeping its head above water through oyster production and tourism. From oyster growers, restaurants, and thus tourism, everyone will unfortunately bear the consequences, I just hope they will not be long-term. ‘You need to know that one bacterium in the sea means that the concentration in the shell is 20 times higher. These are bacterial bombs, a very serious matter. One should not play with it and one should not eat oysters while so. I’m sorry for the producers, the caterers, the people who love oysters, but that’s the way it is. We screwed ourselves up. It is, of course, the cause, the faeces, it’s all from the mainland’, says Onofri.  center_img Senior Scientific Adviser at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of Dubrovnik Vlado Onofri, for Free Dalmatia comments on the new situation with oysters in Mali Ston Bay and connects it with unresolved fecal drainage. “As part of the celebration of the festival of St. Joseph and the Day of the Oyster of Mali Ston, organized by TZO Ston, the Municipality of Ston and the Association of Ston shellfish planned part of the folk festival March 16.3.2019, XNUMX. on the waterfront in Mali Ston for prevention this year was canceled ” report from the Ston Tourist Board. “We shit the sea too”- says a colleague sitting next to me as I write this article. And really, the question arises as to how incapable and careless we must be to bring ourselves into such a position. Especially in the case of Mali Ston Bay which should be at the highest level of protection. We managed to endanger the Mali Ston oyster, which should have been our brand and pride for a long time, because it is made in a top delicacy and aphrodisiac. The reason for the whole story is, of course, not the strategic development of tourism, both on our entire coast and in Ston. Where does all the money from tourism go, if not to the arrangement of cities and municipalities? It is tragic that nowadays, with successful tourism, for decades we have had a problem with sewage, water drainage, electricity… all the basic infrastructural problems. During the tourist season due to the excessive load on the entire infrastructure that cannot withstand the pressure, the city infrastructure cracks at the seams. So the sewer network can withstand the local population, but when you add to that same drain and capacity, hundreds of new apartments and thousands of new residents during the tourist season then everything breaks down. In this case, everything shoots up and goes into the sea that we polluted. TZ Ston How did we get into this situation? Shame. Passionately. Continue string…last_img read more

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White House could soon scrap Trump’s coronavirus task force

first_imgThe coronavirus task force has spearheaded the complex response to the fast-spreading virus, which has already killed about 70,000 Americans.The group headed by Pence and reporting to President Donald Trump coordinates between medical institutes, political staff and state governors, some of whom have spent weeks frantically trying to help overwhelmed hospitals.The task force also drew on medical experts to formulate national recommendations on social distancing.Pence said that those efforts will soon be ready to be turned over to regular government agencies working “in a more traditional manner.” That view of the situation no longer being an outright emergency goes with Trump’s new focus on pushing the country to embrace reopening of the economy.Trump says that while he wants a “safe” reopening, the hardship caused by the economic shutdown is the main threat.Critics say that the health situation remains far from secure and that Trump is rushing to try and boost the devastated economy in time for his difficult reelection battle in November.White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany insisted that Trump will continue to be briefed by the medical teams, even if there is no formal crisis group.”Reporting on the task force is being misconstrued to suggest the White House is no longer involving medical experts. This is totally false. President @realDonaldTrump will continue his data-driven approach towards safely re-opening,” she tweeted. Topics :center_img In the latest sign that the Trump administration no longer considers the coronavirus pandemic its top daily priority, the White House could soon disband the emergency task force handling the outbreak.Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the emergency task force he heads will not be needed much longer than the end of this month.”I think we’re starting to look at the Memorial Day [May 25] window, early June window” for shutting it down, he told reporters.last_img read more

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Many wars, rare peace accords: Israeli-Arab ties

first_imgIn 1956, Israel attacks Egypt alongside Britain and France, which are seeking to overturn the nationalization three months earlier of the strategic Suez Canal.They eventually withdraw under pressure from both the United States and the then Soviet Union.In June 1967, Israel wins a crushing victory over its Arab neighbors in the Six-Day War.It seizes the West Bank including east Jerusalem from Jordan, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt.In 1973, Egypt and Syria launch a surprise attack on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur to try to win back their lost territories, but are repulsed. Israel and its Arab neighbors have waged eight wars and struck rare peace accords. After Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed Thursday to normalize relations, here is a brief overview of milestone events. Intifadas, Oslo accords The first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, erupts in 1987.It ends in 1993 when Israel agrees to limited Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank and Gaza as an interim step towards a comprehensive peace agreement, which has yet to emerge.The so-called Oslo accords are sealed with an historic handshake between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Rabin, who is assassinated two years later by a Jewish extremist.The second intifada breaks out in 2000 when right-wing Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon pays a provocative visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in annexed east Jerusalem.The Israeli army reoccupies much of the West Bank in a series of large-scale military operations and begins building a separation barrier between the two communities that in places cuts deep into occupied territory. The intifada ends in 2005.In 2005, Israel withdraws all troops and settlers from Gaza after 38 years of occupation.It imposes a crippling blockade after Islamist group Hamas seizes control in 2007.It carries out three deadly offensives against the territory in six years, the latest in 2014. Peace treaty with Jordan A second peace accord, with Jordan, follows in 1994, signed by prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Abdel Salam Majali.The Wadi Araba Treaty formally ends 46 years of war between the two neighbors. Creation of Israel and warsIsrael is created on May 14, 1948, formed out of part of Palestine three years after the end of World War II when the Nazis killed more than six million Jews. Israel immediately comes under attack by its Arab neighbors — Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria — but repulses them. More than 760,000 Palestinians are driven out or flee, becoming refugees.center_img Trump’s support In December 2017, US President Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a declaration condemned by the Palestinians who regard east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.In May 2018, Washington transfers its embassy to Jerusalem.In March 2019, Trump formally recognizes Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights.On January 28, 2020, Trump unveils a controversial Middle East peace plan which provides for the annexation of swathes of the West Bank by Israel.On August 13, Trump, in a surprise announcement, says that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a “historic” peace agreement. In the deal Israel pledges to halt annexation of Palestinian lands.Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu says the agreement means “a new era began in the relations between Israel and the Arab world”.  First peace treaty The year after the historic visit in 1977 by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem, Israel and Egypt agree on peace terms after talks brokered by the United States. The Camp David accords are the first peace agreement between Israel and an Arab state.The peace treaty is signed in 1979 by Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Sadat.In 1978 and again in 1982, Israel invades civil war-wracked Lebanon in a bid to halt cross-border attacks by Palestinian militants.Israeli-backed Lebanese militiamen kill hundreds of civilians in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps on the outskirts of Beirut. Israeli troops will remain in southern Lebanon until 2000. Topics :last_img read more

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Nigel Winterburn rates Mikel Arteta’s performance at Arsenal so far

first_img Comment Advertisement Nigel Winterburn rates Mikel Arteta’s performance at Arsenal so far Arteta has impressed Winterburn (Picture: Getty Images)Nigel Winterburn has been impressed with the job Mikel Arteta has done thus far at Arsenal and while it’s ‘not perfect by a long way’ there are signs that his former club are moving in the right direction.Winterburn hailed Arteta’s ability to tackle disciplinary issues head on – with Matteo Guendouzi recently left out of a matchday squad against Newcastle after a row in their winter training camp in Dubai – and for the manner in which he’s improved Arsenal’s defence.Despite failing to convert plenty of draws into wins, Arsenal are unbeaten in 2020 and seem a more resolute proposition under the Spaniard – who was formerly Manchester City’s assistant manager under Pep Guardiola.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd while there’s plenty of room for improvement, Winterburn threw his full support behind the Arsenal manager and is ‘positive’ about the job he’s done so far.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 5:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Winterburn has been impressed by Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘I like the job that Arteta has done at Arsenal so far. What I particularly like as well is little bits that are coming out with how he’s dealing with the discipline,’ Winterburn told GentingBet.‘When we talk about players, the amount of money that they earn and how they can control what’s going on, I think Mikel Arteta has the right attitude, he doesn’t care who you are, if he doesn’t think you’re right, you don’t play and you stay out of the squad. I really like that.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Team-wise, we’ve talked about a lot more energy, a lot more belief and a lot more organisation, particularly defensively, and I’m talking about the whole team, not just the back four. Also, he’s working with a back four that has been playing without two of its regular fullbacks.‘It’s not perfect by a long way and I think he will want to make some significant changes over the next couple of seasons, but at the moment I’m positive.’Is Mikel Arteta doing a good job at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

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