first_imgSuffolk-based family flour milling company C Marston & Sons has been bought out of administration by Heygates Limited.Marston’s flour mill in Icklingham, Bury St Edmunds, has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Heygates. A freehold property owned by related property holding company D and S Marston Limited has been sold to Throop Milling Limited.The deal, which will allow Marston’s to continue to trade, has secured 16 jobs.The Marston’s milling business had incurred losses in recent years, according to administrators RSM Restructuring Advisory, and had been unable to make the efficiencies needed to make its core contracts profitable.RSM added that the business had also struggled to secure wheat at the right price to meet its obligations.“The sale of the assets and property has allowed the milling activities to continue to trade, and has also secured a number of jobs,” said RSM partner Steven Law.“The related transactions also provide the best possible outcome for creditors in the circumstances.”last_img read more

first_imgThere isn’t anything quite like the experience of seeing Pearl Jam in the live setting. It is something akin to going to church, and last night’s show at Madison Square Garden was a testament to that assertion. With a completely sold-out Garden, the Seattle rockers took to the stage at approximately 8:30pm and delivered close to a 3-hour sermon that captivated everyone in attendance from beginning to end.The group opened the show by walking out to “It Happened Today”, an R.E.M./Eddie Vedder collaboration from the 2011 album Collapse Into Now. Once they got to rocking with “Go” and a vicious “Mind Your Manners,” it was clear that the crowd was hanging on to every single word coming out of Vedder’s mouth, and at times actually singing over the band! Twenty-five years into it, and the band is truly at the top of their game.“Release” was a cathartic experience in and of itself. One of the first songs that Vedder wrote with the rest of the band back in 1990, it resonates just as much as it did then and shows the undeniable connection between each band member. “Rats” and “Wishlist” both made appearances in the first set, while “The End” (possibly the original bust-out of the night), “Chloe Dancer”, and “Crown of Thorns” – a Mother Love Bone song – were all featured in the band’s 11-song encore – or second set, whatever you want to call it; either way it’s about as long as most other bands’ entire show.A surprise cover of the Doobie Brothers‘ “Taking It To The Streets > Whipping” was preceded by what Vedder, ever the storyteller, essentially called a dare from a friend and long-time fan that told him while Vedder is one of his favorite singers, he isn’t as good of a singer as “this other guy” aka former Doobie Michael McDonald. While Vedder explained “hey, we’re playing the Garden, this isn’t a time to fuck around”, he and the band acquiesced and decided to play the song.The second encore began with “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” off of 1993’s Vs., and continued the back and forth between the band and crowd. As the opening notes of “Alive” came from Mike McCready’s guitar, it left you wondering how much was left in the tank, not only for Pearl Jam but for the fans, as McCready shredded an absolutely blistering solo. And if “Alive” wasn’t the epitome of rock stardom played before a sold out show at the World’s Greatest Arena in the heart of New York City – with proposals taking place during the show, and stars such as John McEnroe and Phish’s Trey Anastasio in attendance taking in the spectacle – then let’s just politely agree to disagree.If this all wasn’t enough, Pearl Jam decides to follow that up with a cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ In The Free World”, with the lights in the arena completely on and a mass of people giving all they had back to Vedder, McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, and Boom Gaspar. Ending the evening on a mellow note with “Indifference” put the cap on the night, and sent us back onto the streets of New York ready to testify of the glory that is Pearl Jam. They return to the Garden this evening for what is sure to be another rocker of a show.“Taking It To The Street > Whipping”:“Release”:“Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town”:Setlist: Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – 5/1/2016It Happened Today  GoMind Your MannersCorduroyHail HailGiven to FlyLow LightReleaseEven FlowI Got IdIn HidingRatsDownWishlistJeremyDo the EvolutionWhy GoLukinRearviewmirrorEncore 1The End  Future Days  Off He GoesFootstepsChloe Dancer  Crown of Thorns  Unthought KnownTakin’ It to the Streets  WhippingBetter ManPorchEncore 2Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small TownLightning BoltBlackAliveRockin’ in the Free World  Indifferencelast_img read more

first_imgGovernor Douglas today congratulated AirBoss, a manufacturer of rubber protective gear, after they were authorized for over $243,000 in Vermont Employment Growth Incentives (VEGI).  AirBoss plans to locate a manufacturing facility in Milton, Vermont and create over 30 jobs over the next two years. In April, Governor Douglas and a team of local, state and federal economic development officials met with AirBoss executives to outline a package of supports and incentives.  In May, the company received Initial Approval of VEGI incentives. The state also committed employee training funds through the Vermont Training Program and help from the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  And at its recent meeting, the Vermont Economic Progress Council gave final approval to a VEGI application from AirBoss Defense for incentives totaling up to $243,279. “I am pleased to welcome AirBoss to Vermont,” Governor Douglas said.  “While there is a lot more work to do to help our state rebound from this recession, this announcement is a small step in the right direction.”AirBoss-Defense is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) protective wear, including gloves, footwear and respiratory protection (gas masks). The company had considered several locations for their capacity expansion, including a facility in North Carolina.AirBoss made the decision to locate in Vermont and will open a 20,000 square foot facility, reutilizing a building in the Catamount Industrial Park. The company will invest close to $2 million in equipment and renovations and expects to start preliminary packing and shipping from the facility late this year. By early 2010, AirBoss intends to have four injection presses manufacturing CBRN gloves, creating between 20-30 jobs by 2011. “I am very pleased that AirBoss chose Vermont over other options,” the Governor said. “Programs like VEGI and the Vermont Training Program certainly make us more competitive and can mean the difference between an employer creating jobs in Vermont or elsewhere.”Under reforms proposed by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006 and passed by the General Assembly, the VEGI economic incentives are authorized based on potential job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company earns the incentives and then the company receives incentive installments over a period of years. Companies are eligible to earn the job creation incentives only if they meet and maintain payroll, employment and capital investment targets each year.The Council approves applications after reviewing nine program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which show that because of the economic activity that will be generated by the projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a minimum net increase in tax revenues.  The Council also determines that the projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the Governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.  It is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.The company will partner with the Vermont Department of Labor to hold a job fair at their Burlington office on Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, October 7, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For information on the job fair, contact Melanie Langevin, Vermont Department of Labor Burlington Office: [email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802)524-7932, or Mrs. Barbara Lee, Human Resources Manager, AirBoss Defense, [email protected](link sends e-mail). www.airbossofamerica.com(link is external)Source: Governor’s office. 9.25.2009 ###last_img read more

first_imgTiffany’s virtual graduation comes just days after former President Barack Obama appeared to make a dig at the current president during his remote commencement speech on Saturday night’s Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 special.“This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country’s deep-seated problems — from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it. It’s woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things just don’t work,” he said.But Obama, who didn’t specifically mention the president’s name, also spoke generally about how future leaders could not repeat the mistakes of their parents.The pandemic, he said, had “also pulled the curtain back on another hard truth, something that we all have to eventually accept once our childhood comes to an end. All those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? It turns out that they don’t have all the answers. A lot of them aren’t even asking the right questions.”“So, if the world’s going to get better, it going to be up to you. That realization may be kind of intimidating. But I hope it’s also inspiring,” he continued. “Do what you think is right. Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up. I hope that instead, you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others.” President Donald Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany, is now a Georgetown University law school graduate.Tiffany Trump virtually graduated from law school on Monday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Her graduation ceremony was canceled due to the health crisis, so the 26-year-old instead shared numerous congratulatory messages from friends and family on her Instagram Stories.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyHealth officials remind anglers, swimmers and pet owners to avoid lake algaeLong Lake is a popular swimming hole, located on Carpenter Road in Lacey.An algae bloom in Long Lake near Lacey that’s been lurking since late September has dissipated, and county health officials have lifted the toxic algae advisory at the popular lake. While the warning signs posted around Long Lake and at the City of Lacey’s Long Lake Park are now gone, county health officials remind people and pet owners to avoid any waters with visible algae.“Obviously our lakes are pretty quiet this time of year, but we want to remind people to steer clear of algae blooms if they’re a diehard swimmer, taking their dog for a swim or doing any fishing. Algae blooms are not just a summertime phenomenon,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division.“We appreciate the county health department’s help with tracking this algae bloom and reminding residents to stay safe,” said Lacey Parks and Recreation Director Lori Flemm.While not all algae blooms are toxic, some algae can produce toxins that can harm the nervous system, the liver, the skin, and the stomach and intestines. Experts from the county’s Environmental Health Division recommend a few simple tips to help prevent illness from algae:Avoid swimming, wading, wind surfing and water-skiing in waters where algae blooms are present.Don’t drink untreated surface water.Keep pets and livestock out of waters with algae blooms.When fishing, catch-and-release is the safest practice. If you do eat your catch, clean any fish you catch thoroughly if you see algae blooms. Before eating, remove the internal organs, which may contain harmful algae toxins.Avoid areas of scum when boating and clean your boat thoroughly.For more information about toxic algae blooms and other water quality information, visit the Thurston County Environmental Health web pages at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/swimming/swimming_index.html.For more information about the City of Lacey, including Lacey’s parks and recreation programs, visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by National Wildlife FederationAre you interested in creating areas for wildlife? Do you want to do your part to keep Thurston wild? Now is your chance to become a Habitat Steward™!National Wildlife Federation is offering a specialized training to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas. The 24-hour training program will take place every Thursday in January from 6:00-9:00pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Room 280 (2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW).NWF volunteers hard at work removing invasive species. Photo credit: Grace Stiller.The workshop includes two Saturday field trips on January 14 and 28 from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The first trip will focus on habitat restoration and native plants, and the second on bird identification and conservation.This training is engaging, fun and highly informative and you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks. Expert speakers will present on topics such as: rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, noxious weeds, habitat restoration, prairie ecology, and much more.The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly, an endangered species, relies on the native plants to survive and is largely restricted to the South Sound prairies of Western Washington. Photo credit: Elspeth Hilton KimCost of the training is $30 to cover classroom materials. Note: scholarships are available! No one will be turned down due to lack of funds.We will provide coffee, tea, and snacks at each training session – you are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner. To register for the training, please visit http://nwfthurston.brownpapertickets.com/ or email Sarah Bruemmer at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgFINISH LINES: Gulfstream Park today has a mandatory payout on its Pick 6 with a pool that likely will reach $5 million . . . Santa Anita’s $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 begins in today’s sixth race, while the $150,000 guaranteed Pick 6 starts in race four . . . Fans can visit Xpressbet on YouTube for workout videos of 2015 Kentucky Derby contenders . . . Victor Espinoza has withdrawn his appeal of a three-day suspension issued March 7 and will serve his ban May 8, 9 and 10 . . . GOOD NEWS!! Scully, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Tale of the Cat, broke his maiden for an $8,000 claiming tag in today’s fourth race at Pimlico. Named for Dodger Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, he paid $7.40, $4 and $3.20. A special thanks to Dodger Publicity wag Steve Brener for alerting Santa Anita Publicity after the race was made official. MANDELLA DOUBLES DOWN IN SUNDAY’S WILSHIRERichard Mandella expressed cautious optimism about Moulin de Mougin and Indecise when they run in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one mile on turf.Indecise was second in the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf Feb. 8, while Moulin de Mougin was ninth breaking on the outside going a mile against males in the Thunder Road on April 4. It was her first start in seven months.The Wishing Well was run Feb. l8, and was the first race for Indecise in almost a year.“I haven’t seen the rest of the field so I don’t know how tough it is, but my two are pretty good in their own right,” Mandella said. “Moulin de Mougin has proven herself to be that good. The other mare is working her way up.”Mike Smith rides Moulin de Mougin, while Mandella protégé Flavien Prat pilots Indecise.“He was only 18 the first year he came to ride at Santa Anita, and he’s 22 now,” Mandella said of the up and coming Frenchman. “This is the fourth winter he’s spent with us, and each year, we hated to see him leave.“Now his visa is good for five years so he’ll be with us for the duration. He’s great kid and a real star in the making. I can’t take too much credit for his success. Anybody would want to ride him.”The Wilshire, the seventh race on an eight-race program: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith, 4-1; Thegirlinthatsong, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; $2,000 supplemental nomination Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Blingismything, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Sky Treasure, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Indecise, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and Birdlover, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2. DORTMUND, BAYERN PUT BAFFERT ON CLOUD NINEBIG JOHN B, ABBEY VALE TOUGH IN LAST TYCOONFESTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY AT SANTA ANITAMANDELLA OPTIMISTIC FOR SUNDAY’S WILSHIRE TOC CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORSThe Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) Nominating Committee has announced a slate of six candidates for five open seats in the 2015 Board of Directors election, including incumbents Bob Baffert, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram and Kathy Walsh and new nominees Allen Aldrich and Gary Fenton.Baffert, who has served on the TOC board since 2007, is an owner-trainer representative and member of the Racing Affairs Committee. Moger has served on the board since 2010 and also represents the owner-trainer category as well as Northern California members. He serves on the Executive and Racing Affairs committees. Pegram, who has been on the board since 2010, is board Chairman and serves “ex officio” on all TOC committees. Walsh was first elected in 2012 and serves as chair of the Racing Affairs Committee.Aldrich, a resident of Northern California, has been a licensed owner since 1978 and averages more than 100 starts per year. He had an ownership interest in Eclipse Award winning champion She’s A Tiger.Fenton is a managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing, which presently owns 16 horses in California. A Southern California resident, he has been an entertainment attorney for almost 20 years.Ballots, including full candidate statements, will be mailed to the TOC membership on May 15. The deadline for returned ballots is June 15. BAFFERT HAPPY WITH DRILLS BY DORTMUND, BAYERNBob Baffert was on Cloud Nine, literally and figuratively, Saturday morning after two ofhis star runners, unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, worked at Santa Anita under regular rider Martin Garcia.Dortmund, in his final major drill for next Saturday’s 141st Kentucky Derby, worked six furlongs in company with Lady Bull in 1:13.60. Lady Bull was clocked in 1:15.40.Bayern and stablemate Cat Burglar worked six furlongs in company from the gate, each timed in a bullet 1:10.80.“I’m really happy with how they went,” Baffert said en route via air to Kentucky where tomorrow he will supervise a five furlong workout at Churchill Downs by Derby favorite American Pharoah, who will have Garcia aboard.“Dortmund just cruised around there. He’s pretty fit and doesn’t need much. He’ll gallop into the Derby.”Bayern, who has not raced since winning the Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 1, likely will make his 2015 debut in the Grade II, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on May 1, although the son of Offlee Wild is also nominated to the Grade II, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on May 2. Crack sprinter Private Zone is likely to run in that race.“He’ll probably run in the Alysheba,” Baffert said of Bayern.Also at Santa Anita on an overcast Saturday morning, Sunland Derby winner Firing Line, twice beaten a head by Dortmund, worked five furlongs with Gary Stevens up in 1:02.20.“I’m very happy,” said Simon Callaghan of Firing Line, a son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher. “It was just to stretch his legs. He’ll get on the plane early tomorrow morning so we didn’t want to overdue it. He’s fit, looks good, everything seems ready.”Callaghan plans to leave for Kentucky on Tuesday.Reflecting on Firing Line’s two narrow defeats by Dortmund, in the Los Alamitos Futurity and the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Callaghan said, “Our horse is doing very well; obviously, he’s run against very good company.“Dortmund won the (Santa Anita) Derby extremely well and I think our horse has progressed since then, so I think we’re going to Kentucky with a very good shot.”D’AMATO GOES FOR LAST TYCOON GOLD WITH DUOBack in the glory days of Army football, the Black Knights of the Hudson had thedynamic backfield duo of “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside,” Felix (Doc) Blanchard and Glenn Davis.Phil D’Amato hopes for an equine version some 75 years later when he sends out Big John B from the No. 1 post position and Abbey Vale from the outside eight hole in today’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Big John B, a 6-year-old gelded son of Hard Spun owned by Michael House, hasn’t raced since Nov. 1 when he finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, having made the most of his outside No. 12 post position in the mile-and-a-half race.Abbey Vale, a 5-year-old Irish-bred son of Moss Vale owned by Andy Ellis, JR Riley Stables and Michael Sim, has won two of three starts in the U.S., each time coming from within shouting distance of the pacesetters.“I don’t think they’re going to hinder each other at all with their styles,” D’Amato said. “Abbey Vale might have a little more speed than Big John B, but it’s time to get him started. He signaled in his last two drills he’s ready to go.“Abbey Vale has always been highly thought of, so we’re going to give him a shot. He won pretty nicely the other day, so I think they’re both ready to go.”KENTUCKY DERBY GALA AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY            Fans can join the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky at Santa Anita next Saturday, May 2, a day filled with world-class racing, hat contests, mint juleps and live racing.Festivities include an Infield Beer-fest with live music from Seedless and a party in the Premium Gallop Out in the Club House East. Purchase a Trackside Package for a prime seat and your first drink in a commemorative cup featuring Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, plus all the fun and excitement of racing’s best 3-year-olds in the 141st Kentucky Derby.First post time next Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at santaanita.com.last_img read more

first_img17 July 2014South African playwright Athol Fugard, the creator of anti-apartheid masterpieces such as Blood Knot, The Island and Master Harold … and the Boys, has been named as the first African recipient of a Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award, Japan’s highest honour in the arts.The five winners of the 2014 awards – Fugard in the theatre/film category, Martial Raysse for painting, Giuseppe Penone for sculpture, Steven Holl for architecture, and Arvo Part for music – were announced in Paris on Wednesday.“The five artists are recognized and awarded for their achievements, for the impact they have had internationally on the arts, and for their role in enriching the global community,” the Japan Art Association said in a statement.The awards, each of which comes with an honorarium of 15-million yen (about R1.5-million), will be handed over at a ceremony in Tokyo on 15 October.Fugard’s plays have been performed around the world from the early 1960s onwards, establishing him as a major artist.“The passion in his works stems from a deep sense of justice and a feeling of personal moral responsibility to give voice to the weak and voiceless – in turn giving his plays universal meaning,” the Japan Art Association said.His first novel, Tsotsi (1980) was made into a film that won the Oscar for the best foreign language film in 2006, and he received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2011.In April this year, his latest play, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, premiered in New York, with Fugard, now 82, appearing on stage in an acting role for the first time in 15 years. The play, with the same cast, will run at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre from 30 July to 17 August.Fugard joins an illustrious list of former recipients of the award, including playwrights Arthur Miller and Tom Stoppard, filmmakers Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and Jean-Luc Godard, and performers John Gielgud, Pina Bausch, Sakato Tojuro and Sophia Loren.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_img Mr. Holness said he is very pleased that the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and its Capital Market venture saw it fit to finance a company like GWest to realise its dream of building an expansive one-stop shop medical facility in Montego Bay. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s economic climate is so positive that banks are once again lending money for productive enterprises. Mr. Holness added that it is also good business sense that GWest is now looking at going on the Junior Stock Exchange and giving the public a chance to be a part of its ownership. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s economic climate is so positive that banks are once again lending money for productive enterprises.Delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the GWest Medical Centre in Fairview, Montego Bay, on November 2, Mr. Holness added that it is indeed a good sign for the country’s economic future, and that the Government sees it as a strong vote of confidence for the policies that are in place.“The data are showing that loans for productive enterprises are increasing, not just for consumption but for productive enterprises. That is a very good sign for growth,” the Prime Minister noted.Mr. Holness said he is very pleased that the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and its Capital Market venture saw it fit to finance a company like GWest to realise its dream of building an expansive one-stop shop medical facility in Montego Bay.“For providing the investment for this facility, the Government is very pleased and we want to call out NCB and NCB Capital Market for taking the risk and providing the loan to make this possible,” the Prime Minister said.“It is also a vote of confidence in the economic direction that banks are now willing to look at investments and calculate the risk and absorb them in their portfolio, and actually lend,” he added.The Prime Minister said it was not that long ago when the criticism was that banks were reluctant to lend money to high-risk investments, preferring to offer loans to businesses that were deemed “riskless”.“It is a very good look for our economy when the banks are willing to finance companies like GWest. We certainly need these kind of investments to keep our economy growing,” he argued.Mr. Holness added that it is also good business sense that GWest is now looking at going on the Junior Stock Exchange and giving the public a chance to be a part of its ownership.“I would encourage Jamaicans to try and own a piece of GWest by way of the stock market,” the Prime Minister said.The GWest Centre was established by a group of Jamaican medical and business professionals. It is housed in a modern multipurpose commercial complex and provides a wide range of high-quality medical services in the same location. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Tourism and Business leaders from the World’s Best Island Destination will file out on Sunday for a one week trek through the United States. Some countries call it a fam trip, but with business, investment and tourism to be pitched to potential interests, the Turks and Caicos is labeling the stride as the Premier’s North American Tourism, Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz. Beginning in Atlanta, moving on to Dallas and Houston with a stop into Chicago, New York and Boston the team representing the Office of the Premier, the Ministry of Tourism, the Tourist Board, TCHTA and Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) will be led by Hon Porsha Smith, Minister of Tourism. Through luncheons and evening meetings the group will meet with as many as 600 executives to promote the islands at venues including the City Club of Buckhead, rooftop at the Knickerbocker and the Crescent Club. The Office of the Premier says the benefit of the strategic meetings with these six cities in the five days is a maneuver for short and long term growth. “The overall benefits of the Sales Blitz to the Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to be increases in tourist arrivals, the broadening of opportunities for investment and building on the strategic direction for bringing sustainable year-round stimuli to the economy, particularly to the hospitality sector and especially to the small and medium sized businesses locally.” You can follow me on Twitter @DeeCaribbean, we will have your regular highlights. TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled Related Items:Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz, ministry of tourism, Portia smith, premier rufus ewing, Premier’s North American Tourism, TCHTA, the Tourist Board, Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more