Champlain Valley Exposition to Host January Business After HoursESSEX JUNCTION — If you are looking for a fun evening and some great silent auction bargains from local businesses and merchants, plan on attending the Ambassadors Silent Auction and Taste of the Chamber on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE).Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization, is home to many of Vermonts biggest events, including the annual Champlain Valley Fair, Rock Maple Snocross Racing, Vermont Flower Show, Everything Equine (named a Top Ten 2007 Vermont Chamber event), the Vermont Balloon and Music Festival, Spring and Fall Essex Crafts, Vermont Quilt Festival, NSRA Street Rods and the Champlain Valley Antiques Festival to name just a few of more than 100 special events.All these events help us fulfill our mission as a non-profit organization to encourage and support education, agriculture, commerce and entertainment, said CVE General Manager David F. Grimm, CFE.The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, located on the 130-acre site, is the largest events complex in northern New England. The Expo Centre offers 81,000 sq. ft of clear-span exhibit space designed for maximum flexibility and is completely air-conditioned for year-round use.The professional staff and event management team at the Exposition provide turn-key services for consumer and trade shows, banquets, conventions, meetings, weddings, concerts and conferences. A 14,000 sq. ft connector building between Expo South and North has offices, conference rooms, concession space, a prep kitchen and additional dressing and rest rooms. Wireless internet service is also available at the Expo Centre and on the grounds of the Exposition during special events.The Expo Centre project was completed in January 2006 by REM Development Company, Williston, Robert E. Miller president.The 2007 Champlain Valley Fair, held at the Exposition Aug. 25- Sept. 3, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) list. Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Vermonts largest annual event offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, said ABA.The Fair also received the 2006 John Deere Agricultural Awards of Excellence Sweepstakes Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for best overall exhibits and agricultural events in the nation. The attractiveness of the Champlain Valley Fair as a dont-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction, said Peter J. Pantuso, ABAs president and CEO. The honor gives Vermont, the Lake Champlain region and the Champlain Valley Fair an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners and travel professionals. According to studies recently completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motor coach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $13,000 in a local destinations economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.With the addition of new electrical and water service throughout the Exposition grounds, the ability to host large recreational vehicle and motor home rallies grew dramatically in 2006.CVE was the site of the Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally in Fall 2006 with more than 900 RVs on site. It was also the host of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in July 2006 which brought more than 9,000 visitors to the Champlain Valley region and Vermont for nearly a week. The resulting regional economic activity CVE events encourages is substantial approximately $80 million per year, Expo officials say.The combination of modern facilities, convenient location near Burlington International Airport and access to major state and interstate highways makes CVE an attractive destination for regional and national organizations like the N.E. Forest Products Expo, Vermont Grocers Association, Green Mountain Alpacas and Green Mountain Dog Show. Champlain Valley Expositions experienced sales and marketing team are ready to help you grow your events in 2007 and beyond.· For information on holding your special events or meeting at the Exposition, contact Tom Oddy, director of special events at (802) 878-5545 email@example.com(link sends e-mail).· To learn how your business can benefit as a sponsor of an event, contact Chris Ashby, director of sales and marketing at (802) 8787-5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).· A complete calendar of events is available at www.cvfair.com(link is external)
Youth and Sports Development Minister, Mr, Sunday Dare, has commended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic.According to Dare “The IOC must be commended for postponing the Olympics in the best interest of the whole world. This is in response to the general calls across the globe to have Tokyo 2020 moved to a time when the virus would have abated.“As much as we were all looking up to the games, the safety and well being of the athletes, officials and fans alike is of paramount importance. We cannot afford to toy with the lives of millions of people around the world. At a time like this, this is the best way to go,” observed the minister. Dare affirmed that the IOC cannot stand alone and it had taken the decision in the overall best interest of safety of all Olympic families.“This decision is an attestation of the fact that the IOC is sensitive and puts premium on the safety of people. This would douse any fear or tension about going against the general consensus which clamoured for a shift in date. We believe that once the pandemic is over, the world can come together in unity to celebrate sports biggest fiesta,” concludes the minister.Similarly, the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has commended IOC’s decision to postpone the summer games in Tokyo.In a statement issued by the NBBF President, Musa Kida, he commended the IOC for taking such a bold but difficult decision to postpone an iconic event for the good and safety of the world.According to him, this is one of the major decisions taken across the globe necessary for tackling the pandemic that has continued to threaten human existence.“Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is the right step taken at such a critical time because as the saying goes, nothing is worth human life. We know this decision will come at an additional cost to sponsors, vendors, the government of Japan, participating countries and their athletes, but it is a necessary step.”Kida said if we have to protect the human existence as it is currently known, there is need for governments around the world to come around, unite and fight the pandemic which till now has no known cure.“It is crucial for basketball players in Nigeria and abroad to know the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine as being promoted by the World Health Organisation and medical personnel as a key step in breaking the chain of the viral infection,”observed the NBBF chief.Nigeria’s men and women’s senior basketball teams have qualified for the 2020 Olympics earlier scheduled for the iconic city of Tokyo between Friday, July 24 and Saturday, August 9, 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The No. 8 USC men’s volleyball team (18-8, 15-7 MPSF) has earned home-court advantage as the fourth seed in the MPSF tournament. The Trojans will host the No. 6 BYU Cougars (17-9, 14-8 MPSF), who hold the fifth seed in the MPSF. USC has won seven of their last eight games and has an 11-3 record at home.Earlier this season, the Trojans hosted the Cougars on back-to-back nights, with the two teams splitting the matches. When they met previously, USC was ranked No. 2 and BYU was ranked No. 7. In the first game, the Trojans fought back from a two-set deficit to win the match in five. Junior outside hitter Alex Slaught led the team with a strong offensive performance and a career-high 24 kills. Freshman outside hitter Larry Tuileta had a strong showing with 15 kills off the bench.USC’s offense beat out BYU, even though the Trojans only had a .209 hitting percentage and BYU posted 20.5 blocks. In addition, USC’s serving was spectacular; the Trojans recorded 11 aces (BYU had none), and senior middle blocker Robert Feathers and Slaught each had four aces.In the second game, BYU was out for revenge. Slaught again had a spectacular night with 19 kills, but BYU managed to maintain a handle over USC and beat the Trojans in four sets.Head coach Bill Ferguson is optimistic about playing the Cougars in this weekend’s match. Ferguson pointed out that the two teams have had similar trajectories this season. Both teams started out on a dominating hot streak; USC won nine of their first 10 games (with an 8-0 start), and BYU won eight of their first 10 games.Then, both teams hit a bit of a rough patch, but now they are both “getting together when it counts.”“It’s cool as a competitor,” Ferguson stated. “It’s two teams on the rise coming to play each other.”The team is excited to have the opportunity to play at home, and it’s significantly better than the alternative — playing in Provo in front of 6,000 BYU fans. Home-court advantage is much more than just playing in front of a home crowd: it’s being able to practice on the court, being familiar with everything and even sleeping in your own bed.But it’s the playoffs, so there is definitely an added level of excitement for the team. Additionally, when BYU and USC met last year, the Cougars swept the Trojans in three straight sets. This year, the Trojans are looking to return the favor.“It’s normal to have the juices get flowing with a match like this,” Ferguson explained.For this team, being at home is a huge advantage. The Trojans have had some mental ups and downs throughout the season, so being able to have the comfortable routine of playing at home is a great boost which allows them to focus more on the match.“Anything positive motivationally or environmentally is a good thing,” Ferguson said. “That’s human nature.”The best motivating factor for the team is the fans. With the quick momentum shifts of volleyball, it is always helpful for a team to have support in the stands. This week, players have been encouraging their fans to come out to the match.“At home you get the energy of the crowd,” Ferguson said. “They’re behind you.”In front of the support of their home crowd, the Trojans will have to focus on themselves and on their mentality. One thing that the Trojans will specifically focus on is their serve-pass game. That’s what led to BYU winning the second match in the teams’ first series.“They’re the first team to have handled our serving really well,” Ferguson explained. “It’s what decided it when we played them.”The Trojans will look to piece everything together in front of a large, loud and energized crowd as they take on the Cougars at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at the Galen Center.
For bookings or information, call Majestic Whale Encounters on 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au Source = Majestic Whale Encounters Spectacular new videos chronicle biggest-everSpectacular new videos chronicle biggest-everThe biggest-ever whale swim season in Tonga – both in numbers of whales and travellers – has been chronicled in two compelling, new, short videos produced for Majestic Whale Encounters that capture the beauty and power of swimming with the gentle humpbacks in the kingdom’s tropical lagoons.The inspiring and moving clips – both under four minutes long and now available for viewing on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au – follow a bumper whale swim season in Tonga for Majestic Whale Encounters, with more whales than ever and bookings for the Australian eco operator up 15 per cent on last year.“We’ve been running whale swim holidays in Tonga for six years now and the number of whales this year was 10 per cent up on 2016, with every year a record in terms of the number of humpbacks which use the warm lagoons as a nursery for their calves in August and September every year,” said Majestic Whale Encounters Director, Carmen Ellis.“And our bookings have grown likewise with more and more nature lovers drawn to the warm, clear, tropical waters of Tonga – itself an idyllic destination – where they can spend longer in the water to watch the humpbacks at play,” Ms Ellis said.The two spectacular, new videos were shot by videographer Darren Rice who owns Sandy Beach Resort where Majestic Whale Encounters’ guests stay on the Ha’apai group of reef islands 40 minutes by air north of the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa. One video – ‘A Magical Place’ – is accompanied by gentle piano music while the other – ‘Dreams Can Come True’ – is set to tribal beats to show the mothers and calves frolicking underwater as well as visitors swimming with the gentle giants and enjoying their tropical holiday.Majestic Whale Encounters will offer eight eight-night whale swim tours in Tonga in 2018 with three already fully booked. Spaces on the remaining departures in August and September, 2018, are available from $4300 per person, twin-share, including local, inter-island flights, main meals, transfers and five memorable days of swimming with whales. Majestic Whale Encounters staff also remain with guests throughout the eight-day experience, assisting with the whale swims and sharing their knowledge of and love for the humpbacks.Flights to Tonga from Australia (five hours direct) with Virgin Australia or via New Zealand are extra.* Direct links for the two new videos now on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au: