first_imgWINDSOR, Vt. Vermont and New Hampshire tourism officials today formally announced that the Connecticut River Byway, running from Brattleboro, Vermont to Pittsburgh, New Hampshire, has been named a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Connecticut River Byway, which stretches from the Canadian border to Massachusetts, follows 500 miles of state highways in 53 communities along the Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire. The byway embraces traditional New England historic and cultural sites which tell the story of the nations first explorations into the wilderness, first transportation corridor, and the initial expansion of American culture.The awarding of national designation follows a long and competitive application process, according to Sharon Francis, executive director of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions (Web: is external)), which oversees the Connecticut River Byway Council (Web: is external)). We know we have a river valley with outstanding scenery and impressive history, but it is sweet news to hear that we are among the winners in a national competition, Francis said.This is very exciting news and will be enormously important for both tourism and economic development in this region, said Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. In August, Governor Lynch and I toured cultural heritage sites along the byway on both sides of the Connecticut River and renewed our commitment that our two great states would work together to promote the entire Connecticut River Byway. The National Scenic Byway designation will give those efforts an enormous boost.Americas Byways (Web: is external)), of which the Connecticut River Byway is now a part, is a distinct collection of American roads and treasured places recognized for their scenic, historic, natural, recreational, cultural and archeological qualities. Congress created the National Scenic Byways Program in 1991 to meet widespread demand that the nations unique places should be preserved and shared while at the same time promoting tourism and economic development by bringing tourists to rural America and much-needed dollars to small communities. Since its inception, the Americas Byways has provided $206 million for 1,495 projects in 48 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Colombia. In New Hampshire, the program also recognizes the White Mountain Trail and Kancamagus Scenic Byway. The Connecticut River Byway is the first National Scenic Byway in Vermont.The Connecticut River Byway includes nine waypoint centers where visitors may learn about the river valleys history, culture, arts, and recreational opportunities, as well as local lodging, dining, and entertainment. The waypoint centers are in Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, St. Johnsbury, Windsor, and White River Junction, Vt., and Claremont, Lancaster, and Colebrook, N.H. Wells River, Vt. and Woodsville, N.H. share a waypoint center located in Woodsville. ###last_img read more

first_imgby: Glenn ChristensenCredit union mergers are tough proceedings, both for leaders guiding the process and employees who are anxious over potential outcomes. Employee anxiety can lead to loss of morale, engagement and productivity while the merger proceedings are moving forward. Take charge of the organizational change process during the merger and ensure that your employees are kept appropriately in the loop in order to enjoy sustained morale and productivity.Communication is KeyLack of timely communication is extraordinarily damaging to morale and productivity during a merger. While certain information cannot legally be disclosed during specific merger processes, you should plan to share as much information as is possible to share on an ongoing basis.Mix one-way and two-way communication. Some information is a simple recitation of facts, making the perfect inclusion for leader emails or employee newsletters. Other information, however, including future staffing plans and milestone dates, may be good to spark two-way conversation between leaders and hourly employees. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgMirvac’s residential apartment development Ascot Green next to Eagle Farm racecourse.Mirvac general manager of residential in Queensland Warwick Bible said Ascot Green’s strong buyer appeal would almost certainly increase now that construction had officially started.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Demand to live in the well-established suburb of Ascot is already high and we expect this to continue as construction on Ascot House ramps up and the vision for Ascot Green as a residential masterplan starts to come to life,” Mr Bible said. “Civil works including external road works, site preparation and basement excavation are now well underway, and the foundations commenced in December 2016.” Ascot is a very in demand area with reporting an average of 754 online visits per property listing compared to a Queensland average of 268 per property.Works have been approved for public parklands, bike paths, open green spaces and plans for public art to be exhibited in the communal outdoor areas. LtoR: Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Mirvac general manager of residential in Queensland, Warwick Bible celebrate the start of construction on Ascot Green at Eagle Farm Racecourse.SALES are off and racing and the sod has officially been turned in stage one of the $950 million Ascot Green development at Eagle Farm Racecourse.With the official soil throwing taking place last week for the nine-storey Ascot House, the first residential tower out of the gates, sales are racing along with more than 60 per cent sold since its launch in July last year.Tower two, 12-storey Tulloch House is set to soon be released to the public with a one-bedroom apartment starting at $460,000. Mirvac’s residential apartment development Ascot Green next to Eagle Farm racecourse.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the residential development and overall revitalisation of the Eagle Farm precinct would help put the area on the map as a premier recreation and residential destination in Brisbane.“It is an exciting time for Brisbane, as construction commences on this landmark development which will provide approximately 1,000 trackside apartments as well as retail and commercial buildings that tie in with the area’s rich heritage,” Mr Quirk said.Brisbane Racing Club Chairman, Neville Bell, said there were plans in place for premium retail facilities and building of a new childcare centre was currently underway. “We’ve recently submitted a development application for a new shopping precinct in the area which would include eleven specialty retail stores and a major supermarket, further bolstering the area’s appeal,” Mr Bell said.“In addition, we currently have a new childcare centre on Lancaster Road under construction, and we are taking expressions of interest for an aged care facility in the area.”last_img read more

first_imgWoods jumped out to an early 3 score lead after recording birdies on Hole 5 and Hole 6. McIlroy then had a shocking miss on Hole 10, giving Woods a 3 score advantage. It seemed as if Woods had this in the bag, but then McIlroy made things interesting by cutting the lead down to 1 with back-to-back wins on Hole 12 and 13.MORE: Watch Tiger Woods at WGC-Dell Match Play live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The turning point of the match was Hole 16. Woods was up only 1 at the time and shot the ball under the lip of the bunker. This was set up perfectly for McIlroy to stay the course and even things up. But disaster struck as McIlroy hit a shot near a bunker, then past spectators in an impossible lie. He decided to go back and hit where he was, and hit the ball into another bunker.What a change in momentum.Rory: 395-yard drive (longest drive of the day on 16)Tiger: Finds the bunkerTiger: Lays upTiger: Finds the greenRory: Misses the greenRory: Goes longRory: Takes unplayableRory: Finds the sandRory: Cards a 7 @TigerWoods is 2 UP thru 16.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019He eventually conceded the hole, which meant Woods went up 2 with two holes left. He made the match-ending par putt and advanced.This was the first time Woods and McIlroy faced each other in head-to-head format.Sporting News tracked the scoring updates and highlights from the Tiger vs. Rory match. Catch up on the action below.Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy scoreboardHole (par)Tiger WoodsRory McIlroyScore1 (4)44AS2 (4)44AS3 (4)44AS4 (3)33AS5 (4)34Woods 1 Up6 (5)45Woods 2 Up7 (3)33Woods 2 Up8 (4)44Woods 2 Up9 (4)44Woods 2 Up10 (4)45Woods 3 Up11 (3)33Woods 3 Up12 (5)64Woods 2 Up13 (4)44Woods 1 Up14 (4)44Woods 1 Up15 (4)44Woods 1 Up16 (5)—CWoods 2 Up17 (3)33Woods 2 Up18 (4)———Tiger vs. Rory match play updates, highlightsHOLE 17: McIlroy  nearly  gets in the putt for par, but barely misses. This set up Woods to putt for the win, which he did. “It was a fun match for us. I know that we battled pretty hard against one another and we thoroughly enjoyed it,” Woods said after the match. Fantastic finish to a fantastic battle. @TigerWoods closes out Rory McIlroy 2 & 1 with a clutch up-and-down on 17.Take a bow, Tiger and Rory. What a match. 👏👏👏 #LiveUnderPar— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019HOLE 16:  Woods started off … not great.This is where Tiger’s ball ended up …— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019But he was able to get out of that situation, and was bailed out by McIlroy hitting a bad shot near a bunker. McIlroy followed that bad shot up with, well, an even worse shot. His ball rolled past spectators and landed against the railing next to the cart path. Instead of hitting the ball here, in an extremely difficult position, McIlroy decided to hit back where his last shot was instead. McIlroy continued into disaster, hitting the ball into yet another bunker. He followed that shot up with a shot near the hole, but since it didn’t go in, McIlroy realized he had no shot at winning the hole. He conceded, which means Woods takes over a very important point late in the match.In summary: McIlroy concedes, Woods up 2 with 2 holes left.IN OTHER NEWS:  Lucas Bjerregaard won his match over Henrik Stenson. Bjerregaard will face the winner of Woods vs. McIlroy.HOLE 15: Rain isn’t as much of an issue anymore, although it’s still very windy. The wind is going from right to left at about 15mph, according to the live broadcast. The wind really started to be a problem for Woods on a long putt. He started and stopped several times because the wind was getting to be too much for his birdie putt. He missed that and came up surprisingly short, but followed up with a clutch putt for par to survive. McIlroy also finishes with par. Onto 16.Rory chips it close for par. @TigerWoods responds by walking in his par putt. 👏Tiger remains 1 UP heading to No. 16. #QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019HOLE 14: Very similar paths for Woods and McIlroy on this hole. Their balls ended up in almost the same spot as they both chipped it close to the hole. The only difference is Woods conceded his shot to McIlroy for par while McIlroy made Woods attempt his par putt. He made it and the score remains the same with Woods up 1.HOLE 13: Rain has started to come down, making the conditions a little more difficult. Woods got himself in a bit of trouble, but recovered with a clutch putt for par. This set up McIlroy to make an important putt where he’d either take the lead or even things up with par. He made it. This match is getting interesting now as Woods’ lead has dwindled down to 1.Not. Going. Away. @McIlroyRory steps up and delivers a HUGE birdie to cut the deficit to 1 DOWN. #QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019HOLE 12:  McIlroy is fighting back. He nearly eagled on this hole, but he still beat Woods by two under-par. But the points system is set up where you only win one point per hole, so even though McIlroy had a better outing on this hole, he earns just one point. Woods is still up 2.HOLE 11: Nothing too exciting to report from this hole. Woods and McIlroy each finish with par. Score remains Woods up 3.HOLE 10: We’ve got some drama on this one. McIlroy conceded Woods’ short par putt, but Woods did not return the favor. Woods made McIlroy attempt his seemingly short and easy putt. This turned out to be a good decision as McIlroy missed and lipped out of the hole. Woods finishes with par, but McIlroy gets the first under-par score of the match. Woods goes up 3.3-putt puts Rory 3 DOWN. @TigerWoods heads to the 11th hole with a commanding lead.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019The Turn:  McIlroy has missed out on several opportunities for birdies and remains at par after the 9th hole. Woods has missed a few opportunities as well, but is two under thanks to back-to-back birdies on the 5th and 6th holes. Should be an entertaining final nine holes.HOLE 9:  McIlroy wasn’t close with his birdie attempt. Woods  was  close, but missed. We end with another even hole heading into the turn. HOLE 8: Woods recovered after a rough start to make a nice putt for par. McIlroy also makes par as the score remains with Woods up 2.HOLE 7: Woods had a long putt for birdie, but came up a little short. McIlroy’s shot for birdie was shorter, but he missed to the right. No change after this hole.HOLE 6: Woods got in some early trouble with a bunker, but had a beautiful chip near the green that almost went in. It set him up perfectly for the birdie putt. Meanwhile, McIlroy’s chip went further away from the hole, which made him unable to capitalize on a birdie. Woods scores another point.2️⃣🆙 @TigerWoods is dialed in early. #QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019HOLE 5:  McIlroy had a shot at birdie, but barely missed his putt. Woods on the other hand, made his putt. We have our first break of the match as Woods goes up by one point.🐅 draws first blood …A birdie on No. 5 gives @TigerWoods the early lead against Rory McIlroy.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019HOLE 4: Woods  juuuuust  missed a birdie putt as it rolled along the edge. All squared up after four.HOLE 3: Woods had a chance at another birdie putt, but it went wide. We’re tied again after three holes. The 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play  couldn’t have scripted a better Round of 16 matchup than Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy. Two of the world’s most famous golfers squared off Saturday with Woods winning 2&1 as he’ll now face Lucas Bjerregaard in the quarterfinals at 2:10 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon.Follow Woods’ action during the WGC-Dell Technologies quarterfinal play here. HOLE 2: Woods’ drive went in the right rough while McIlroy went in a bunker. McIlroy made a long putt to par and save the tie. Woods two-putted for par.HOLE 1: Woods had a birdie attempt, but it went wide and he settled for par. McIlroy also finished par, starting off with a tie after the first hole.HOLE 1: Woods and McIlroy have teed off and the event is underway.Here. We. Go. @TigerWoods vs. @McIlroyRory starts NOW.📺:— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2019last_img read more