Vermont Receives nearly $800,000 in Byway Grants

first_imgVermont Receives nearly $800,000 in Byway GrantsMONTPELIER (November 24, 2008)- The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced today that three Vermont byways have received $797,000 in federal grants to help promote some of the Green Mountain State’s most celebrated roadways.The grants come at a particularly opportune time as this fall Vermont joined most of the other states across the country and began actively marketing its five designated byways.”Byways are created and maintained at the local level, and they provide a community or state region with a vehicle to tell their story to visitors.” said John LaBarge, Vermont’s program manager for byways. “The local residents decide what stories about their regions to share with visitors. In the process, many of them discover even more about how special their home really is.”Grants, which were made available as part of the National Scenic Byway Program, were given to the following Vermont byway organizations.* Lake Champlain Byway: $376,300.00 for the third phase of the River Walk Project in Vergennes, $73,840.00 for a corridor management plan, and $28,000 for recreational access inventory.* Connecticut River Byway: $251,360 for the production of sightseer guides to history on the Connecticut River Byway.* Stone Valley Byway: $67,500 for the development of promotional materials/website etc.The National Scenic Byway Program was designed as a vehicle to get travelers off the interstates and into towns and villages to learn about the culture and history of different areas around the United States. Information on Vermont’s byways can be found at is external).Byways are established around one or more of six intrinsic qualities: Archaeological, History, Culture, Scenic, Natural and Recreational. Grants can be used for a number of purposes including planning, marketing, interpretation, building waypoint/welcome centers, restoring historic sites, preserving land within a view shed, and updating or building recreational areas, overlooks and trial heads.”The byway program is a wonderful tourism and marketing tool,” LaBarge said.” They can help revitalize our villages and downtowns by providing visitor services, educational and recreational opportunities.”Vermont has five designated byways. They are:* The Connecticut River Byway: a two-state byway traversing over 425 miles along both sides of the Connecticut River.* The Lake Champlain Byway: which runs from Alburgh to Charlotte along Route 7 and also includes roadways in the towns of Vergennes and Middlebury.* The Mad River Byway: which runs along route 100B to route 100 and including the towns of Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Granville Gulf Reserve, Fayston, and Buell’s Gore to the top of the Appalachian Gap.* The Molly Stark Byway: which is located on Route 9 from Bennington to Brattleboro and honors the memory of General John Stark and his victory at the Battle of Bennington.* The Stone Valley Byway: which runs along Route 30 from Poultney to Manchester through the Mettawee Valley.last_img read more

Hospitality revamps catering

first_imgUSC Hospitality unveiled a new website this week for its express catering service, which will replace the USC room service website and include a larger menu.Erika Chesley, the USC Hospitality associate director for special events, sales and marketing, said the new express catering service will focus on delivering prepared food and drinks anywhere on the University Park or Health Sciences campuses.“During this summer and up to this point, we worked on creating a brand-new menu for the new concept,” Chesley said. “We deliver freshly prepared meals that are for groups anywhere from 10 to 500 guests, and pretty much everything is either cold or room temperature service, with exception to the coffee.”Chesley said one of the main changes will be the new website, which she said is an improvement upon the old USC room service site.“The new website is phenomenal,” Chesley said. “The website we had for room service was very outdated … this new site is very easy to use and it only takes a couple clicks to get your order.”Chesley also said the express catering service’s menu will be different from the original room service menu since USC Hospitality plans to offer more selections in the new menu, as well as upgraded versions of old menu items.“We’ve expanded the menu and there are more breakfast selections that are available now,” Chesley said. “When it comes to the lunches, we’ve really upgraded the sandwiches, so there’s a wider variety of sandwich options now than there were before.”Some faculty members, such as Associate Director of the Marshall Undergraduate Advising Office Aba Cassell, have praised the service for being a convenient meal option.“I use the express catering because it’s convenient, and because in terms of service, I believe they do a good job,” Cassell said.Cassell did, however, voice concern over the quality of the service.“In terms of placing the order and paying, it can be a bit difficult, though, because it seems they are short-staffed,” Cassell said.Some students said they would not use the service because of its price.“I saw the [updated] USC express catering website from an email from USC Hospitality, and it seemed to be easy to use and well put together,” said Nicole Matthews, a sophomore majoring in political science. “The only issue that I have with the whole service is that it’s pricey for a college student on a budget and frankly, it’s unreasonable unless you work for a department at USC and need something convenient.”last_img read more

Vivaan, Esha win double gold as India dominate Asian shooting

first_img WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 10 months ago Esha Deol’s daughter Radhya’s b’day: Taimur, Inaaya, & others party Last Updated: 7th November, 2019 20:11 IST Vivaan, Esha Win Double Gold As India Dominate Asian Shooting Indian juniors extended their dominance on day three of the 14th Asian Shooting Championship in Lusail, Qatar, picking up 10 more medals including five golds Suman Ray Teenager Esha Singh also won a golden double on the day, capturing both the individual and team titles in the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior competition. Hers was also a wire-to-wire performance, topping qualification with a 579 and then winning the finals with a 242.2 finish. Teammate Priya Raghav was third in qualification with 574 and finished in the same position in the final closing out with a 217.6. Jeong Hyo of Korea won silver while Esha, Priya and Yuvika Tomar won the team gold with a total of 1721, which eclipsed both the Asian and World Junior records in the category. Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar won India’s fifth gold of the day, besting the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Junior event with a dominating 453.1 in the final. China’s Yu Jianuan who won silver finished with 448.7, more than four behind Bhakti. Bhakti, Ayushi Podder and Nishchal also won the team silver in the event. So did the trio of Niraj Kumar, Harshrajsinhji Gohil and Nitish Kumar in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior event. Niraj also picked up the individual silver.READ | Rijiju Congratulates Women’s Hockey Team For Qualifying In Tokyo 2020READ | Hockey: Indian Women’s Team Qualify For Tokyo Olympics 2020 10 months ago Hema Malini’s birthday: Esha Deol pens a loving message for her mother SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By 10 months ago Esha Deol: Know about the actor’s family members on her birthday First Published: 7th November, 2019 20:11 IST Indian juniors extended their dominance on day three of the 14th Asian Shooting Championship (ASC) in Lusail, Qatar, picking up 10 more medals including five gold, accounting for 18 of the 23 medals won by the country so far.  Chinki Yadav also kept India’s search of Tokyo 2020 quotas alive in the Women’s 25m Pistol, placing fifth after round one of qualification. Chinki shot an exceptional 292 and will be looking to make the final on Friday to try and get a realistic shot at clinching one of the four available Tokyo berths. Rahi Sarnobat has already secured the other quota place for India in the event in earlier competitions.READ | Hit By Scandal, Boxing Trials New Judging System For Tokyo OlympicsIndia dominates Asian shootingThe icing on the cake on Thursday at the Lusail Shooting complex, however, was the 1-2 in the Junior Men’s Trap competition where Vivaan Kapoor blasted his way to an individual gold with compatriot Bhowneesh Mendiratta following him whole day to clinch silver. The pair had before that combined with Manavaditya Singh Rathore to secure the team gold in the event as well. Vivaan, who picked up his second and third yellow metal of the competition after winning the Junior Trap Mixed team event on day one partnering Manisha Keer, continued his good form topping qualification with a solid 120 out of 125. Bhowneesh was second with 118 while Manavaditya missed out on the final finishing eighth with a score of 109. Vivaan then missed 5 birds in the final to emerge triumphant with a score of 45 as Bhowneesh missed eight for the silver. Li Siwei of China won bronze.READ | Historic Day For Indian Hockey Team As They Qualify For Tokyo 2020 10 months ago Delhi student becomes the youngest Indian to visit all continents 10 months ago Esha Deol Birthday: Best dance songs of the Dhoom actress LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Down home with the Calzaghes and dreaming of Vegas

first_img Since you’re here… Joe Calzaghe Down home with the Calzaghes and dreaming of Vegas Share on LinkedIn Donald McRae Share on Pinterest This will be the unbeaten Calzaghe’s first fight in America, as well as his first as a light-heavyweight, and the sense of him crossing uncertain territory is sure to be highlighted in the long week ahead by Hopkins, a relentlessly canny operator who has transformed himself from a violent convict to a master of ring psychology. Hopkins’ own undefeated reign lasted 12 years, during which time he established himself as boxing’s best middleweight champion since Marvin Hagler, before he moved up to light-heavy to crush Antonio Tarver and then out-smart the usually wily “Winky” Wright in his last fight.Despite calling himself The Executioner, Hopkins is not a murderous puncher. The terror and damage he promises, as in all the best horror films, is locked in the mind rather than revealed in gory detail. Hopkins has been tunneling away these last few months, trying to find a way into Calzaghe’s head so that he might unhinge him in Vegas. And, aware of Calzaghe’s tight family bond, Hopkins has threatened to get to those who are closest to the British fighter. His prime target is Calzaghe’s trainer and father, Enzo.As if on cue, the wizened Sardinian walks into the gym, jabbering away in his amalgam of accents as he barks out greetings and commands in combinations which sound like incomprehensible jabs and hooks. Joe waves Enzo away. He holds Jo-Emma lightly by the hand and looks at me: “Tell Jo what Hopkins said to you.”I relive the moment when, in his Philadelphia gym at the end of January, Hopkins pulled his chair so close to mine that our noses almost touched. Hopkins gripped me by the arm and told me that when he had been as near to Calzaghe in Vegas a month earlier, just before Ricky Hatton was outclassed by Floyd Mayweather, he had felt the Welshman’s fear. “I looked Joe in his face and said, ‘I ain’t ever gonna lose to a white boy’,” Hopkins cackled. “He looked petrified.”Calzaghe emits a dirty laugh. “Can you believe that?””Oh God,” Jo-Emma shudders, “I just don’t like that man. He’s nasty.””After the white guy thing,” Calzaghe says, “people asked if I was offended? I thought ‘are you crazy?’ I fucking loved it, because I knew then the fight was on.”Boxing’s grimy mix of race and violence is a little too much for Jo-Emma. She knows it’s a long way from the night four years ago when, after a minor role in a fuzzy boxing film called The Calcium Kid, with Orlando Bloom, she was invited to the grand opening of a gym in London. Calzaghe, having just separated from his wife, was the star attraction – and Joe and Jo have been together ever since. But it’s hard to think about a love story when there’s so much danger ahead.To avoid any more talk of The Executioner, Jo-Emma embraces Enzo, planting an extravagant kiss on his cheek. “Now that’s a proper hello!” the old trainer exclaims.His son, meanwhile, concentrates on the looming fight. “I fear nothing in Hopkins, but he’s cagey. He’s not the kind of fighter I like. I love fighters who come at you but Hopkins is too sly for that. But the only thing I worry about is that you’ve got three American judges and an American referee. And Hopkins will resort to dirty tactics. It’s just how far he can get away with it. So I’ve got to watch for the dirty stuff -head, elbows, low blows. But as long as I’ve got my jab working, and my speed, it’s an easy win.”Enzo looks up. “Joe will mash him – he throws a thousand punches to every hundred from Hopkins. Even the judges will see that.””Hopkins ain’t thrown a thousand punches in his last 10 fights put together,” Joe shrugs. “He talks far better than he fights.””I dug Joe in the ribs at the press conference,” Enzo mutters darkly. “I says, ‘Did you hear what Hopkins just called you? How can you let him get away it?'””I let dad do the pantomime,” Joe says archly. “He gave Hopkins some real lip.””Someone had to do it,” Enzo yells. “Hopkins turned to Joe and said, ‘I’m more scared of your dad than you!’ Too bloody right.””It was comical,” Joe sighs.Confidence over fear There is something far less comical in the fear that haunts Joe’s mother. Jackie Calzaghe admits that, while immensely proud of Joe, “I’m afraid whenever he steps in the ring. I think he should retire, while he is at the top, because I worry about something going wrong.”Calzaghe reveals that his mum, who has never attended one of his fights, broke the habit to sit down in front of the television to watch his last bout, a world title unification contest against Mikkel Kessler. Jackie claims she only glanced at the screen for a few seconds at a time – “to make sure Joe was all right.” After one of the finest performances of his career she phoned him in his dressing room to urge his retirement.”I told her I wanted Hopkins in America and one more fight after that. But that’s it. I’ve just turned 36 and I don’t want to fight out of greed. If you keep fighting you’re going to lose and get hurt. That’s why I don’t want my boys to fight. My one boy used to say, ‘Dad, I want to box’. I said no. Boxing’s too cruel.”As the wife of a hardcore trainer and the mother of a son who has had 44 fights in almost 15 years as a professional, Jackie Calzaghe understands that truth. “But she knows it’s coming to an end,” Joe says. “She’s now saying that she might even go to Vegas. She won’t watch the fight, but my one sister, Sonia, is going, so mum might keep her company. My younger sister, Melissa, is pregnant so she can’t go.”Will Calzaghe see much of his boys next week? “Every day. I’m going to be very relaxed. You know me. I’m not one of those fighters who locks himself away to get in an evil mood. On the afternoon of the fight I’ll have an hour or two on my own, with my iPod, just to think but otherwise I’ll keep things nice and normal. When they were younger I never took them to fights because I don’t believe in doing that to small kids. But Joe’s almost 14 now and Connor’s almost 12. I want them to share in the experience. I want them to able to say they saw their dad fight in Vegas.”Later, as Joe and Jo-Emma drive me through Abercarn and Newport, taking me on a scenic tour, we talk about a different journey they all made late one night last November. Shortly before midnight, with Jo-Emma behind the wheel of a much smaller car, she drove Joe and his two sons to the Millennium Stadium where he was due to fight Kessler in a 2am showdown.”I was nervous,” Jo-Emma admits, “because there was lots of hype. I’m getting better at handling my fear because, initially, I was hopeless. I hated it. But now I’ve got so much confidence in Joe. No one’s invincible but I just believe he’s always going to win.”Calzaghe nods thoughtfully. “You’re definitely handling it better but, that night, I did notice how quiet the boys were in the back of the car. Obviously they were nervous for their dad. Like anybody they feel a lot of emotion in that situation. It’s intense and scary.”There is a hush in our car, as well, as thoughts turn to Vegas and the Executioner. How might the boys feel watching their dad fight so far from home? “They’ll be excited,” Calzaghe says. “They know I’m going to kick Hopkins’ arse. Mind you I don’t say that in front of them. I don’t want them getting too cocky. It’s a tough enough battle getting Joe to do his homework without him thinking his dad is gonna make the rest of his life dead easy. After Vegas is out the way I want him to concentrate on his schoolwork.”Rooted in raw realityWinding down toward the centre of Newport we slip into good old dad-talk, swapping homework and parents’ evening anecdotes, while Jo-Emma turns up the music to keep herself entertained. I eventually ask what she’s looking forward to most about next week.”When it’s all over and Joe’s won,” she says with a dazzling smile. “Then we can go off on holiday. That’ll be the best bit.””Yeah, that’ll be good,” Calzaghe grunts, as he struggles to park his Range Rover in a tight space near the station. “We’re bringing the boys back home and then we’re going out on our own to the Caribbean. I can’t wait.”We step out on to the street, and all eyes seem to swivel their way as if Joe and Jo are Newport’s very own Posh and Becks. But, inside the fighter, there is something far too rooted in raw reality for Calzaghe to be compared to Beckham. He stretches out his hand as I wish him good luck.”Watch out for Hopkins,” I say dumbly.”Don’t worry,” he grins. “I’m going to be fine.””Of course he will,” Jo-Emma says, pulling him towards her. “He’s going to be brilliant.”A family travelogueBorn in Sassari, Sardinia, in 1949, Enzo Calzaghe, Joe’s father, had his first taste of Britain aged two, when his family moved to Bedford. Ten years later the family returned to Sardinia, where Enzo spent the rest of his formative years dreaming of becoming a professional footballer.After completing national service in the late 1960s the 21-year-old Enzo grabbed a guitar and some clothes and vowed not to return to Sassari until he had made a name for himself. Having hitch-hiked his way across Europe, sleeping rough and busking from his Simon and Garfunkel songbook, he ended up on a tomato ship bound for Bournemouth, where he got a job working in a restaurant during the day and sleeping there at night.In the summer of 1970 Enzo was on the brink of giving up and heading back to Sardinia but on the passing recommendation of one of his customers at the restaurant he decided instead to move to Cardiff. He knew little about the city but found a job at Wimpy, where he met Jackie, a young Welsh waitress who became his wife.Joe was born in Hammersmith in 1972 but soon after this the family settled in Newport where Joe grew up and, aged nine, began to learn how to box. Tom Drew Sat 12 Apr 2008 12.56 EDT Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics Boxing Contact author Joe Calzaghe trains with his father Enzo. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP Share via Email Read more Shares00center_img Boxing Share on Twitter Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Facebook The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage comment Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. First published on Sat 12 Apr 2008 12.56 EDT The black door to the Newbridge Boxing Club, a bleak and low-slung building streaked with sweat and pain, seems to be locked. Jo-Emma Lavin rattles the metal bolt and then, curling her hand into a small fist, hammers on the door. In the long silence which follows she looks down to check that she has not broken one of her immaculate nails. “OK,” she sighs, as if realising that I’m not going to be of any use in this puzzling deadlock.The 27-year-old model and aspiring actress from Hull hands me her bag and the keys to her world champion fiancé’s gleaming new Range Rover. And then in a fluid movement she swivels on one long leg and uses her other cowboy-booted foot to kick the door open in a killer-babe kung-fu move. Inside, a dank corridor leads to the gym where we are due to meet Joe Calzaghe, the love of her life. “Joe?” she calls out in the gloom. Her voice echoes against the concrete walls.And then, in a roaring blur, he jumps out at her from behind a corner. Jo-Emma screams. “Boo!” he yells back imaginatively, like a ghost from the Gwent valleys. Calzaghe grins as he whips off his black beanie. “Guess who?”Love, race and violenceYou scared the life out of me,” Jo-Emma complains, suddenly looking less like Humberside’s answer to Uma Thurman in Kill Bill. It becomes easy, then, to imagine her deeper fears this morning as, in the company of Calzaghe’s two young sons, Joe Jr and Connor, she flies to Las Vegas. The fighter is already out in the Nevada desert, preparing for next Saturday night’s battle against Bernard Hopkins, and the tension and worry has set to work on those who love him most. @donaldgmcrae Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter British boxing’s first family have mixed feelings about fear factor at work ahead of the fight against Hopkinslast_img read more