first_imgVermont is open and the beauty of its fall foliage is more spectacular than ever thanks to the unprecedented recovery achieved in just five weeks, according to the Vermont Country Store.’Vermonters have worked tirelessly to get our great state open again after the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said Bill Shouldice, president and CEO of The Vermont Country Store. ‘With the all-important Fall Foliage season upon us, we are incredibly proud of the efforts of so many that helped re-build our roads, so folks could enjoy the experience of our brilliant colors, and our genuine hospitality. We have long held that the strength of Vermont is in its people, and that has never been more evident.”The Vermont Country Store is just one of thousands of businesses with the ‘OPEN’ sign out, ready to welcome millions during October,’ former Vermont Commerce Secretary Shouldice said.There was intense media attention focused on the damage to Vermont’s roads and homes so great concern remains that Vermont is inaccessible, he said. Thanks to community efforts, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, roads and businesses are 99 percent accessible across the state, and visitors have been flocking to view the spectacular landscapes only found in Vermont. To help spread the word, The Vermont Country Store has created a website, www.VermontIsOPEN.com(link is external), which links to well-established Vermont vacation sites and recommends events and attractions to visitors. A companion Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/vermontisopen(link is external), has been created to help businesses link up with customers who need the latest information about attractions and hospitality, along with directions and open road information.Vermont Is OPEN is complementing the efforts of the State of Vermont, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, regional chambers, and attraction organizations to help get visitors the latest information about what’s open and available. Many businesses, attractions and event organizers have offered their support to Vermont Is OPEN, among them:AAA North America, Killington Resort, Long Trail Brewing Company, Equinox Resort, Rock of Ages Corp, Orvis, Simon Pearce, Shelburne Farms, Danforth Pewter, Hildene, Champlain Orchards, and Stratton Resort.About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.VermontCountryStore.com(link is external).  MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10.6.2011last_img read more


first_imgPublic Discourse 21 April 2015Fewer than 9 percent of the countries belonging to the United Nations have redefined marriage to include same-sex relationships—and only one of those did so via its judiciary. A judicial redefinition of marriage would make the United States an extreme outlier on the global stage.Very Few Nations have Redefined MarriageThere is no “emerging global consensus” for same-sex marriage. In fact, same-sex marriage in any form has been adopted by only 17 of the 193 member states of the United Nations—a mere 8.8 percent. In their brief, Koh and company stretch that number to twenty by counting Wales, Scotland, and England as separate nations, and by counting Finland, which has legislation in the works, but no final law.All of the rest—176 sovereign nations— retain the understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. That is, taking the 193 member states of the United Nations as the reference point, over ten times as many countries disallow same-sex marriage as allow it. Additionally, more nations have constitutional provisions defining marriage as the union of a husband and a wife—47, as of last month—than have recognized any form of same-sex union. Many other countries have adopted legal protections of same-sex unions that stop short of changing the definition of marriage.Moreover, rejection of same-sex marriage is not the result of mere animus and intolerance: 95 of the 176 states allowing only traditional marriage have decriminalized homosexual conduct. Eighty-eight have affirmatively extended constitutional and/or legislative protections to LGBT individuals, including prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation, considering hate crimes based on sexual orientation as an aggravating circumstance, prohibiting incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation, and constitutionally prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.The countries that have refused to redefine marriage are a far cry from the “anti-models” that the Koh amicus brief puts forward. Rather, they are constitutional democracies that share our values of individual freedom.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14874/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=4ad2f9ea71-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-4ad2f9ea71-84094405last_img read more


first_img`CRISTIANO Ronaldo was named the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards in London.The Real Madrid and Portugal forward beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar to the honour.Ronaldo, 32, helped Real to a Champions League-La Liga double in 2016-17.Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won best female player, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane was named best men’s coach and Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman the best female coach.Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017 for his ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.Celtic won the fan award after they honoured the club’s 1967 ‘Lisbon Lions’ with a stunning 360-degree card display on the 50th anniversary of their historic European Cup win.It has been another hugely impressive year for Ronaldo, who won the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards gong on the back of leading Portugal to victory at Euro 2016.This year he scored two goals in Real’s 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final and also found the net 25 times in 29 appearances as his club won La Liga for the first time in five years.“We are in England for the first time, and I win it for the second consecutive time. This is a great moment for me,” Ronaldo told the ceremony audience at the London Palladium.(BBC Sport)`last_img