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: www.crjc.org(link is external)), which oversees the Connecticut River Byway Council (Web: www.ctrivertravel.net/(link 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: www.byways.org(link 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_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Clive Lloyd, the last West Indies captain to taste World Cup glory, has insisted that the regional team need to make smarter decisions if they are to have an impact in the tournament.Lloyd, the legendary captain who won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, made the comments following the Windies’ batting collapse against Australia on Thursday.The Windies were well-placed on 190 for four in the 35th over, chasing Australia’s total of 288, but lost five wickets for 66 runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.Lloyd said he believed it was a game the West Indies should have easily won.“The West Indies team must start to play smart cricket because they have two real big games coming up against South Africa and England, therefore they have to be on top of their game as I’m sure they’d want to qualify,” he said.“I think on another day, with a better analysis of the situation they could have won that game and this would have given them the impetus to realise that they were serious contenders to qualify for the latter stages of this competition.”Lloyd said players needed to realise they were playing 50-over cricket and not T20.“The players have to realise that this is not Twenty20. The batsmen need to turn those scores of 30 and 40 into bigger scores and they must be aware that all these teams have world class bowlers at their disposal,” he said.He explained that their next match against South Africa was a crucial one in deciding whether they qualify for the knockout phase of the competition.Lloyd said it was important for the West Indies to put the loss against Australia behind them.“South Africa are up next and while they haven’t performed to their ability, Windies have to be aware of the job at hand, as South Africa are in danger of missing out on the top four if they lose.“They now have to re-group, look at the mistakes they made and rectify them so that they can return to their winning ways. I’m still feeling positive about the West Indies overall,” Lloyd revealed.“West Indies have to get all the disciplines right on the day and play clever cricket because for the most part of the day (against Australia) they did well, but they simply did not capitalise on the early dismissals.”last_img read more


first_imgThey were two small Argentina players with the same enormous challenge — to meet the expectations of a soccer-mad country.Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi have both proved themselves to be skilful giants on the world soccer stage despite their diminutive frames of 1.65 and 1.70 metres respectively. (Maradona should encourage Messi to come out of retirement, says Bhutia)But, while Maradona reached the heights by lifting the World Cup, Messi’s only major international honour has been Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, even though at club level he has won four Champions Leagues with Spanish greats Barcelona.Argentina’s failure to beat Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario in the United States, a fourth lost final with the national team for Messi, proved too much for the little magician and he chose to quit international football on Sunday. (Messi retirement could hurt his legacy)”The pressure (Messi) got from fans and media was and is very big. ‘Messi must continue with the Maradona legacy’ is the message,” sports medicine specialist Norberto Debbag said.”The fans expect him to be leader and football star at the same time but it appears he’s not prepared for the social pressure the national team demands,” he told the Argentine website www.infobae.com. (Shock retirement leaves Messi-Ronaldo debate unsettled)Maradona, who had so much natural skill that he would often juggle the ball during the team’s warm-up with his bootlaces still undone, was always going to be a hard act to follow in an Argentina shirt.advertisementHe had to be pulled out of a cesspit he fell into as a two-year-old, fought tooth-and-nail for everything he achieved and, with his immense footballing talent, led Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in 1986 in Mexico.It was rarely easy, though.POOR RESULTSArgentina arrived in Mexico after disappointing results in warm-up games and even the country’s president was trying to get coach Carlos Bilardo replaced for fear of a poor tournament but a them-and-us attitude helped steer Maradona’s team through.Argentina fans have always wanted Messi to replace him as the team’s leader on such crusades, creating unbearable pressure with each failure to end a trophy drought dating back to 1993. (Did Maradona trigger Messi’s shock retirement?)The street-wise urchin approach that served Maradona so well does not work for Messi.Taking into account the Confederations Cup, Argentina have lost seven major finals since 1995, three of them to arch-rivals Brazil, and four since Messi’s debut in 2005, including the 2014 World Cup final defeat by Germany.The man closest to the force of personality brought to the team by Maradona and former defender Oscar Ruggeri, who captained Argentina to their 13th and 14th Copa America titles in 1991 and 1993, is Javier Mascherano.But he has suffered even more than Messi with defeats in five finals from 2004.Coach Gerardo Martino brought in former Argentine rugby union international Federico Todeschini in March to help his team with their motivation.Argentina went on a run of eight straight wins, including a tournament group stage victory over Chile without an injured Messi. But for the final, they evidently needed something extra.Harmony appeared to reign in the squad, Messi came back into the team after recovering and scored a record 55th goal for his country against the United States in the semi-final.But he also had a troubled start to the build-up to the final, openly criticising the Argentine FA (AFA) over disrupted travel plans from Houston to East Rutherford in New Jersey.He then decided to stay quiet over his team’s complaints about a lack of proper support from the AFA until after the final, telling reporters: “I’ll tell you afterwards.”However, Argentina’s defeat on penalties for the second time in a year to Chile has overtaken Messi’s concerns for now.last_img read more