-30- Vermont Life magazine, the state publication that explores Vermont’s dynamic culture, has won three awards from an international association of regional publications. The magazine won a Silver medal in the Historic Feature category; a Bronze medal in the Most Improved Magazine category; and an Award of Merit in the General Feature category at the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference earlier this week in New Mexico.“These awards really reflect on the dedication and hard work of the staff,” said Vermont Life Managing Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan. “They have done a tremendous job in moving the publication forward, and the fact that we have been honored in the Most Improved category two years in a row shows that the changes we are making have been recognized by our peers.”The Historic Feature award was for Enosburg Falls resident Leif Tillotson’s essay, “Earl’s Barn,” which chronicled the life lessons he learned growing up in the barn and how its recent destruction in a lightning-sparked fire affected him.The essay won the 2008 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Vermont Life and Green Mountain Power.Leslie Wright’s “Killington at a Crossroads” General Feature award winner detailed the changes at the venerable ski area as it turns 50 and moves in a new direction.“These two stories really exemplify how Vermont Life is staying true to its historical roots while expanding its vision to include contemporary topics like outdoor recreation, food, and not just living in but making a living in Vermont,” Nowlan said.Founded in 1946, Vermont Life is published quarterly and is considered one of the nation’s premier regional magazines. It has won over 95 national and international magazine awards since 1990.Vermont Life’s mission is to create an engaging online presence and publish a premier-quality magazine filled with the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer. For more information please visit www.VermontLife.com(link is external) or http://regionalmagazines.org(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.
New Delhi: The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to get underway on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with Mumbai Indians kicking off the campaign on their home ground.Speaking to IANS, a Delhi Capitals official said that the starting date is set to be March 29 with defending champions MI playing the opener at Wankhede.”I am told that the 2020 edition of the IPL will start on March 29 at Wankhede,” the official said.This means that the teams playing the first couple of games will miss the services of the Australian, English and Kiwi foreign recruits as there will be two international series on at that point in time with Australia and New Zealand clashing in a T20I series that has the last game on March 29 and the England-Sri Lanka Test series which ends on March 31. Speaking to IANS, a senior official of one of the franchises had earlier said that they were keeping fingers crossed that the IPL Governing Council will go back to the old format of having doubleheaders through the tournament and start around April 1. IANSAlso Read: 971 players register for Indian Premier League 2020 auctionAlso Watch: Minister Pijush Hazarika rebuts claims of paid crowd at BJP peace rally in Jagi Road
After a season-opening win at home against Cal State Northridge, the USC men’s basketball team had dropped two straight contests by a combined margin of five points.It was, and still is, searching for an identity and looking for a true No. 1 offensive scoring threat. But against South Carolina in the Las Vegas Invitational third place game, sophomore point guard Maurice Jones answered the call.USC (3-4) escaped with a 63-60 victory against the Gamecocks behind 28 points from Jones. Despite coming into the contest shooting just 41 percent from the field, Jones converted on 9-of-15 field goals, including 7-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, which set a USC single-game record for the most 3-pointers made without a miss. At one point, he scored 14 consecutive points for the Trojans, turning a one-point deficit into a five-point lead with six minutes to play in the game.Redshirt sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon registered 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while junior forward Aaron Fuller recorded six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.The Trojans played, arguably, its toughest opponent this season Friday against UNLV, as the Rebels entered the contest averaging 83 points per contest. USC held UNLV to just 66 points on 41 percent shooting — both season lows — but it was not enough as the Trojans dropped the game 66-55. USC shot 52 percent from the field, but Dedmon and Fuller both fouled out, with Dedmon playing just five minutes. The 7-foot center also picked up his first technical foul of his collegiate career midway through the second half with the Trojans leading by two. After that, however, the Rebels went on an 8-0 run and never relinquished the lead en route to victory.Freshman guard Byron Wesley recorded a career-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and also grabbed five rebounds. Fuller, despite playing just 17 minutes, also scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.USC topped a winless Morgan State team 65-62, receiving a career-high 19-point effort from Fuller on Nov. 22, the second game of the tournament. The Trojans trailed by eight at halftime, and by as much as 12 points six minutes into the contest. On consecutive 3-point baskets by junior guard Gregg Allen five minutes into the second half, USC took the lead at 40-38.The Trojans would lead by as many as nine points midway through the second half, but the Bears battled back, even taking the lead momentarily at 61-60 with four minutes left to play. With 1:57 remaining in a 62-62 contest, Jones split a pair of free throws. On the next possession, Jones added a runner in the lane to give the Trojans to a three-point lead. Fuller later sealed the victory to help USC snap a three-game skid. Jones finished with 18 points and six assists while Allen came off the bench to score 14 points, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.USC returns to the court Wednesday night at UC Riverside for a 7 p.m. matchup.
World Travel Market London 2015, the leading global event for the travel industry, has linked up with Worldwide Kids Company to host a seminar giving hotels and resorts detailed advice on how to appeal to high-spending families.Family travel is one of the staples of the industry with a truly global reach. The market is not only growing but also evolving. The seminar will looks at how it is changing and what hotels and resorts can do to take advantage of the opportunities.The seminar is hosted by the Worldwide Kids Company, a childcare consultancy for hotels and resorts which has been in operation for thirty years. Its services range from health and safety audits, providing registered childcare, sourcing equipment and design.Its senior consultant and founder Kate Dicker will host the seminar, with director Richard Liddle one of the panellists.The other confirmed speakers at the session reflect the variety of brands and destinations which are active in the market while the seniority of the participants indicates the organisational importance of family travel.Speakers include:> David Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for JA Hotels & Resorts, a Dubai-based hotel and leisure management company> Amanda Hills, Founder and CEO of PR agency Hills Balfour on behalf of its client Westin Costa Navarino in Greece> Lyle Lewis, General Manager of the Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives> Remko Werkhoven, General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island in the UAE> Julian Houchin, Commercial Director of the Sun Gardens Resort and Spa in Dubrovnik, Croatia> Andreas Birner, Managing Director of INOVA Hospitality ManagementThe session will share best-practice examples of how to deliver an exceptional family holiday experience. Case studies will highlight how investment in the luxury family product can generate significantly higher revenues for hotels and resorts.World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press said, “Family travel is an established part of the travel industry and is changing in response to wider shifts in society at large. Hotels and resorts at the top end of the market need to be aware of this so they can offer an exceptional experience to families. This seminar will provide practical guidance, insight and advice from the market leaders.”