Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Announced

first_imgVermont Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards AnnouncedWHAT: 6th Annual Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards BrunchThe Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards honor outstanding farmers, industry supporters and others dedicated to the success of our agricultural community. Farming is an integral part of the fabric and history of Vermont and these individuals are being honored for their commitment to promoting the economic and environmental stability of agriculture.This year’s recipients are:Senator Patrick LeahyDean MerrillSenator Justin Smith MorrillPhilip K. GrimeWHEN: Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:00 a.m.WHERE: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VermontExpo North Buildinglast_img read more

In the first half of the year, almost 11 percent more passengers were recorded at airports

first_imgIn addition to the number of passengers, the number of aircraft operations grew by 12 percent in June and by 7,5 percent in the first half of the year. Gross monthly income per employee is around HRK 14.300, not counting the Croatian Air Navigation Services, where the average gross salary per employee is extremely high and climbs over HRK 49.000. “Passenger growth rates at our airports in the first six months of 2019 are extremely good, and ZL Dubrovnik would especially point out with a growth rate of over 17 percent, primarily due to the arrival of the largest European company Ryan Air and the world’s largest company American Airlines. We see that such an increase in traffic has entailed investment in infrastructure”, Said the president of the Air Transport Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and director of Brac airport Tonci Pejovic, adding that the trend of shorter stays of tourists in one destination is in favor of airports and carriers because it implies faster change of passengers. By the way, air transport entities in Croatia include nine international airports, two companies and flight controls. In 2018, they generated HRK 4.3 billion in revenue and HRK 451 million in profit. They directly employ about 4.100 employees, and it is estimated that about 9.000 people earn their total income from air transport-related activities. In June, the highest growth of as much as 43 percent (120.397 passengers) was recorded by Zadar Airport, followed by ZL Rijeka with a growth of 37,5 percent (30.786 passengers), and the number of passengers in ZL Pula (14 passengers) and ZL increased by 135.715 percent. Dubrovnik (413.200 passengers). Split Airport carried 8,2 percent more passengers than in June 2018 (510.768 passengers), while Zagreb Airport recorded a slight increase of 0,8 percent (333.838 passengers). A drop of 8 and 5 percent, respectively, was recorded by Brač Airport and ZL Osijek. While there are heated debates about this season’s tourist figures, Croatian airports continue to have high growth rates and investments in infrastructure in the first half of the year.center_img This is also shown by the unofficial statistics of the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, according to which in June this year, 11 percent more passengers were transported at airports across the country than in the same period last year (1.557.530 passengers), and a similar growth of 10,7 percent .4.287.075 passengers) have been recorded by domestic airports since the beginning of this year. Pejović predicts the continuation of positive trends, both in Croatia and in Europe. “What worries us is how the situation regarding Brexit will unfold, because England has been a signatory to the Open Sky agreement so far. When and if that changes, a lot of things will need to be negotiated to know what the flight regimes are, and that has not yet been done. Another thing that could negatively affect air traffic is the crisis in the Persian Gulf, due to which the prices of oil and kerosene could rise.”, Explained Pejović. Source: Croatian Chamber of Commerce Similar trends prevail in the first half of the year. ZL Zadar and ZL Rijeka are in the lead with a growth of 39 and 19,6 percent, respectively, followed by ZL Dubrovnik (17,4 percent) and ZL Pula (16,3 percent). The number of passengers in ZL Split and ZL Zagreb also increased by 8,1 and 3,9 percent, while a decrease of 13,6 percent and 12,1 percent, respectively, was recorded by Airport Brač and ZL Osijek.last_img read more

LVG: United best team in Manchester

first_imgLouis van Gaal hailed his United side as the best in Manchester after they put four goals past sorry City in Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford. United ended a run of four successive Manchester derby defeats with an impressive 4-2 victory against their local rivals. Ashley Young cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener before United ran riot, with Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling finding the net prior to Aguero’s late second. The fans who booed his team were belting his name out at Old Trafford on Sunday and he was looking forward to toasting the biggest victory of his United career at his favourite Chinese restaurant in Manchester. “I can go to Mr Wing’s (restaurant) tonight, because you can do that when you win,” Van Gaal said. “When you lose, the fans say what is Mr Louis doing because he loses and goes out to the best restaurant. “This afternoon is maybe the best feeling (since coming to United). “It was not the best performance, because we started very badly, but we regained our confidence, scored the goals and the second half was fantastic. “At the start of the season it was not fantastic to be a United man and the fans still have supported us. “This week they can go on the streets, heads up and say: ‘We are the better team because goal average (over the two derbies) is in our favour’.” Van Gaal played down his role in United’s revival before kick-off, claiming his players should take credit for the recent upturn in form. But the Dutchman must take a lot of praise for the way he has helped Young and Fellaini develop into two of the most destructive players in the league on current form. Young lacked confidence last year and looked almost certain to be heading out of Old Trafford after Van Gaal replaced David Moyes. But on Sunday he gave Pablo Zabaleta, one of the most experienced and consistent right-backs in the league, a truly torrid time. Young s wept the ball into the City net at the second attempt following a block by Gael Clichy to equalise and he then set up Fellaini, who put United 2-1 up. Young also provided the cross for Smalling’s goal, a free header which he nodded past Joe Hart with 17 minutes left. The United boss praised the 29-year-old after the match. “He was fantastic. He was our best player,” Van Gaal said. “I am very happy for him but I have a group of 25, 26 players. “Ashley has always made a big contribution, he has always played with me.” Van Gaal was also happy to see Fellaini given a standing ovation in the second half when he was substituted. “The fans also see that he is very important for the team,” Van Gaal said. “He scores goals, he beats pressure when we need it and he passes well. “I am very happy for him. A standing ovation is fantastic for the players.” The only downside from the afternoon was that United finished the game with 10 men because Michael Carrick came off injured after Van Gaal had made all three substitutions. The problem does not seem too serious, though. “It was a little bit stupid of me (not to substitute Carrick),” Van Gaal said. “He was wise to step off but we have to wait and see tomorrow. He had a stiff calf.” The win moved United four points clear of their ‘noisy neighbours’, who are now in a scrap for Champions League qualification after being joint-top of the table on New Year’s Day. When asked whether he regarded United as the best team in Manchester, Van Gaal said: “We are this moment four points ahead so that is a fact. There was a faint attempt to try to play down expectations. “Maybe the difference will be one point again next week,” Van Gaal added. But the main feeling was one of pure joy from the Dutchman after the final whistle, and who can blame him? He has, after all, presided over a remarkable turnaround at Old Trafford. After the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, United were 10th in the standings, having won three of their opening 10 games. Now Van Gaal’s team are almost certain to qualify for the Champions League. They are nine points ahead of Southampton with six matches to go and just one shy of second-placed Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more