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_img “Vincent is improving and maybe it is not such a serious injury as we thought at the beginning – but he needs to see the whole week and we will see what happens with him,” the Chilean said. Pellegrini watched his side hit back from conceding an early opener to Connor Wickham as the hosts looked to make it five straight home wins over City in the top flight. Wickham’s effort – a fortunate deflection off an attempted clearance by Pablo Zabaleta – came after Jack Rodwell had already come close to giving the Black Cats the lead. But City swarmed back with the imperious Sergio Aguero hitting his 18th goal of the season in stunning style two minutes later before setting up City’s second for Stevan Jovetic. Zabaleta added City’s third after the break before Aguero rounded off another stunning display with a fine individual goal to ensure City stay six points behind Chelsea in the title race. Pellegrini added: “I think we are returning to the performances we had last season. I think if we continue playing this way, of course, we will fight for the title, but I think three or four other teams will also be there. “(Aguero) is an important player but it is not just Sergio Aguero – we play in a way that it is very useful for him to score but it is important for him not just to think about scoring but to play for the team. “There are a lot of good strikers but I said before the last game that I am sure he is one of the best five players in the world because he is not just scoring – he is playing very well.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admitted his side could have no complaints about the manner of City’s victory, but rued his team’s inability to hold onto their early lead for more than two minutes. Poyet said: “I can’t have too many complaints – they were better than us in every aspect of the game. We started well and had a chance before we scored our goal, but then Aguero appears from nowhere and does something special.” Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini received a double boost after watching his side come from behind to slay Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.center_img Pellegrini believes his side’s performance proved they were back to the form which swept them to their second title last season. And captain Vincent Kompany is on the road to recovery. Kompany missed the Sunderland clash with a hamstring strain and is also out of the weekend’s game against Everton, but Pellegrini now hopes he could be back for next week’s crucial Champions League clash with Roma. last_img read more

first_imgBarry Shank, professor of American studies, cultural theory and popular music at the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University, discussed culture in music at a seminar Monday hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Listening · Professor Barry Shank of the Ohio State University speaks at a seminar Monday about his research into cultural meaning and interpretation of popular music. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanHis presentation “From Sentimental to Interrogative Listening: Clining in the Aural Imaginary” focused on what is called the “aural imaginary” by ethnic studies expert Roshanak Kheshti: “where experiences of musical pleasure are inescapably structured by relations of dominance.”Shank received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and currently studies the “political agency of music, commercial popular culture and cultural history,” according to his biography on the Ohio State website.Shank is currently working on a project called “Silence, Noise, Beauty: The Political Agency of Music,” which was presented at the lecture.Shank explained the idea that it is impossible for human beings to listen to sounds from various cultures and experience meaning in the same way.“If we only listen to music we already know, that music does nothing but reaffirm our already existing sense of the world and our already existing sense of what we believe,” Shank said.One band of a specific culture that Shank referred to is Tinariwen, whose members originate from the Sahara Desert area of northern Mali. The members of the band met in refugee camps in Libya and many participated as rebel fighters in Mali. Their music sends a strong message about the suffrage of the Tuareg people and other suppressed groups using an instrument familiar to Western listeners: a guitar.Shank said that the melodies of Tinariwen “stage an exchange of articulate voices,” and that the presence of the band’s music all over the world shows the use of a familiar medium to convey a message foreign to many.“What’s sought isn’t your affection, but your respect,” Shank said of the music of other communities around the world. He noted that listeners are often unable to empathize with the messages of people of vastly different cultures, but can still feel the music and note the sense of beauty in the work.Many students who attended the seminar were not familiar with the subject at hand, but were enticed by the implications of Shank’s work.Robert Sarkesium, a first-year Ph.D. student in Annenberg, said he enjoyed Shank’s presentation even though he did not have much experience with the topic.“I am very happy that this work is being done [with] the focus on different cultures and music and different kinds of media,” Sarkesium said.last_img read more