Vermont Announces Annual Summer ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ Promotion

first_imgVermont Announces Annual Summer ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ PromotionMONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas has announced that the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing will kick off its third annual fuel-themed tourism promotion to encourage visitors and Vermonters to explore the state this summer. “Vermont Fuels Your Vacation” is a 15-week promotion featuring a $100 gas card giveaway every week. Vermont residents and non-residents can register to win at www.VermontVacation.com/fuel(link is external) and gas cards may be used at participating gas stations in Vermont. Entries will be accepted from June 16 through late September with the first gas card giveaway drawing on June 23.”Vermont is well positioned geographically because it is within a 300-mile radius of more than 80 million people who may opt for shorter drives and closer destinations this summer,” said Governor Douglas.Six of ten (59 percent) Americans who are currently planning a trip with their car, truck or SUV this summer will not change their travel plans even with additional increases in the price of gas, according to the Travel Industry of America.Still, travel-related fuel promotions are continuing to grow in popularity. Established in 2006, the “Vermont Fuels Your Vacation” promotion received an average of 240 entries per week last summer. Several inns and lodging properties around the state are currently offering fuel-saving packages and gas card promotions to attract visitors as well.”The cost of gas continues to be a topic of concern for people, so this promotion is definitely a great way to attract visitors and encourage residents to explore all of the great things Vermont has to offer,” said Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. “The ‘Vermont Fuels Your Vacation’ clearly resonates with consumers and provides a positive twist on some of the constant coverage of rising fuel prices.”Visitors make an estimated total of 13.4 million trips to Vermont. Thirty-seven percent of those visitors come to Vermont during the summer, making it the busiest time of the year in terms of total visitors. Total direct spending by visitors adds an estimated $1.57 billion to the Vermont economy annually and supports more than 36,000 jobs for Vermonters.###last_img read more

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Netherlands considers euthanasia for healthy people over 75

first_imgNetherlands Considers Euthanasia For Healthy People, Doctors Say Things Are ‘Getting Out Of Hand’The Federalist 30 June 2017Family First Comment: “In 2016, there were 6,091 reported instances of euthanasia in the Netherlands. Of those, 141 were for patients with dementia. That is up from 12 such cases in 2009. Also for patients with chronic psychiatric illness, there were 0 instances of euthanasia in 2009, but by 2016 that number had risen to 60. “The numbers are small, you could argue,” Chabot writes. “But look at the rapid increase…The financial gutting of the health care sector has particularly harmed the quality of life of these types of patients. It’s logical to conclude that euthanasia is going to skyrocket.”” www.rejectassistedsuicide.org.nzPoliticians in the Netherlands are discussing the possibility of legalizing euthanasia for healthy people. The proposed “Completed Life Bill” would allow any person age 75 or over who decides their life is “complete” to receive euthanasia. It doesn’t matter if they are otherwise perfectly healthy.Under current Dutch law, a person only becomes eligible for euthanasia when they have a terminal illness and are suffering unbearably. Pia Dijkstra, an MP for Dutch political party D66, is preparing to introduce the Completed Life Bill. D66 spearheaded most of the groundbreaking socially progressive legislation for which the Netherlands is famous. They are historically a smaller party—they’ve never had a Prime Minister—but they’ve proven themselves to be politically effective.What Would It Take For This To Pass?D66 would eventually like to legalize euthanasia for any adult who wishes to die. They openly admit that the Completed Life Bill is a step towards realizing that goal. In March, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold was confronted on a political talk show by a 57-year-old man who said he wishes to die. He asked why the Completed Life Bill is only persons age 75 and older. “I have to wait 18 more years. I don’t feel like waiting 18 years. I want it now,” he said.Pechtold replied, “It’s my personal opinion that in our civilization dying is an individual consideration. You didn’t ask to be brought into the world.” He went on to explain that currently there is political support for legalizing euthanasia for healthy elderly persons. “If we want to maintain that support and not disrupt the discussion then we have to take it step-by-step. In 2002 we passed the euthanasia law for unbearable suffering. In my view, Pia Dijkstra can now continue persuading parliament and the country to—in my own words and personal opinion—take the next step for our civilization.”Ironically, the Dutch public news broadcaster decided to include a notice with the number for a suicide prevention hotline directly below where the video of Pechtold’s comments is embedded on their website.If the Completed Life Bill comes to a vote in Parliament, it will most likely pass. Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy has said he is willing to enact it. The question is whether the bill will be placed on the legislative agenda.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/30/netherlands-considers-euthanasia-healthy/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=e8d13aa942-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-e8d13aa942-83911605last_img read more

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Mourinho battle means nothing – AVB

first_img After enjoying so much success since leaving Mourinho’s side, Villas-Boas has a lot to thank the current Chelsea boss for. “I think there is always an influence because, when you’ve worked so close together for seven years you learn methods that not only brought Jose so much success but you want to get to know those methods and apply them as well,” Villas-Boas said. “There are probably lots of things in my organisation I do similarly to him, of course. “I don’t think there’s anything to prove. Jose’s career speaks for itself and I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far and what I’ve achieved.” Villas-Boas’ fractured relationship with Mourinho is not the only sub-plot to Saturday’s London derby, of course. Villas-Boas was entrusted with bringing the glory days back to Chelsea in 2011, but his reign lasted just 257 days. He accused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of “quitting” on him, and it is clear that the sacking still riles the Spurs boss to this day. The constant talk of Chelsea and Mourinho got to the club’s former manager towards the end of Thursday’s media conference, when he responded to another question about the club from one reporter with: “I don’t care about Chelsea.” The reason for Villas-Boas’ bluntness is clear. Chelsea have moved on and so has he. Villas-Boas moved a step closer to rebuilding his reputation last season when he led Tottenham to within a whisker of Champions League football after accumulating a record points total. And the Portuguese has defied his critics even more by guiding Tottenham to seven wins from their opening eight games despite the loss of Gareth Bale, who scored 26 times for Spurs last season. The one loss Spurs have incurred this season has been against Arsenal, however, raising doubts over whether Tottenham can achieve the big wins over their rivals that will be required if they are to finish in the top four. Villas-Boas admits Saturday’s game against the Blues will be a real litmus test for his new-look side. “These are the early stages of the season, but it’s against these teams that you’re able to measure the type of challenges that you can do,” Villas-Boas said. Villas-Boas hopes to have Aaron Lennon and Danny Rose available for the derby, but Younes Kaboul is doubtful and Etienne Capoue remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Emmanuel Adebayor will also miss out as he has been ill since his return from compassionate leave. The out-of-favour Togo international had been told he would have to train with the development squad, but Villas-Boas has revealed that the former Arsenal man will join in with first-team training instead from next week. Villas-Boas and Mourinho will be in opposing dugouts for the first time on Saturday when Chelsea visit White Hart Lane in the Barclays Premier League. For seven years Villas-Boas worked as a scout for Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, but the pair split in 2009 and they have barely spoken since. Andre Villas-Boas has played down the importance of his personal battle with Jose Mourinho ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with Chelsea. Villas-Boas wanted to become Mourinho’s assistant at Inter, but the 50-year-old rejected the idea, leaving his protege to pursue his own career in management that has so far seen him take the reins at Academica de Coimbra, Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham. The frosty relationship between two of the most highly-rated minds in management has been a source of debate for many years, but Villas-Boas thinks any personal battles will take a back seat on Saturday. When asked how much his broken relationship with Mourinho mattered to the game, Villas-Boas said: “In my opinion not a lot. “In the end we try to serve the players as much as we can. “The game is theirs and the history of both clubs completely surpasses our achievements. “I would say that we should, in my opinion, be secondary figures to a spectacular game that means a lot to the fans and much more to the players.” Villas-Boas insists the split was amicable, and the Spurs boss mainly put on a diplomatic front when talking about his former mentor in front of the media on Thursday. The Tottenham manager revealed that he had talked with Mourinho in August at a League Managers’ Association meeting and he spoke of his respect for his opposite number. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wilder Wants Negotiations with Joshua to Remain Private

first_imgDeontay Wilder believes an undisputed title fight with Anthony Joshua will finally be agreed when contract terms are kept “silent” between both world heavyweight champions.Wilder defends his WBC belt against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this weekend, and then unified champion Joshua fights Andy Ruiz Jr on his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1.Talks for a Wilder-Joshua fight have faltered in the past due to disagreements about terms, but the American insists a deal can be agreed if the discussions remain private. He exclusively told Sky Sports: “I want to be able to get in the ring and fight, you know, and give the people what they want, but I think how this is really going to happen – when everything goes silent.“ There’s too many people that are involved in this. There’s too many media, fans, everybody. The thing about people, everybody got an opinion about how it should go, this should go this way, this should go that way.“It’s like with the Tyson Fury fight, nobody knew that fight was going to happen. Kept it silent for a reason, and then all of a sudden it came out.“It was the biggest fight and exciting fight around and I think this is the same way it’s going to happen, the Joshua fight. It goes silent, everybody comes together and we’re able to sort it out that way and then we make an announcement.”Wilder must first overcome Breazeale before he can consider his next career move but remains open to offers for the fight with Joshua.“The great thing about this – all parties are still in discussions, it’s like no door is closed.“Nobody’s mind is closed from the idea of it happening, and that’s the great thing about it. I think this fight will happen. I’m going to take every bit of my power to make this fight happen and I hope they do the same.“I want it to happen for the fans and I’m sure the fans want it to happen and as I said, once it goes silent, that’s when the fight will be made.”Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel echoed the stance of his fighter, saying “Yes, being in the paper and the negotiating and the problem with it is, if you don’t respond, then ‘oh, he’s not interested’. If you do respond, some fans for him, some are against him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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