William Byron reveals Hertz scheme for No. 24 Chevrolet

first_imgHertz will put you in the driver’s seat, but we’re not quite sure if their upgrade options include a chance to drive William Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. At any rate, it’s a pretty cool car, and Byron tweeted out the new scheme after the announcement that Hertz will be a primary sponsor for the No. 24 for multiple races in 2018 and 2019 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.RELATED: Byron adds Hertz as primary sponsorlast_img

VIA urges governor to get behind minimum wage and family leave bills

first_imgStephanie Yu – Public Assets Institute, Vermont Business Magazine A rally Monday evening in Montpelier is intended to press Governor Phil Scott to commit to signing two pieces of legislation that are key for a “Movement Toward a Moral Economy:” raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program for the state of Vermont. The event was organized by the Vermont Interfaith Action. The VIA and allied organizations have worked for two years and maintain that these two initiatives are at a critical point in the legislative process and are marching towards a goal of getting the governor’s signature.Paid family and medical leave and increases in the minimum wage are part of Vermont Interfaith Action’s Movement Toward a Moral Economy campaign which launched in 2014 with a series of regional gatherings to present a theologically-based, interfaith platform for addressing the growing gap between the rich and the poor, even in progressive Vermont. They say the two efforts support working families in the state.The event will feature a presentation of the research behind these economic issues and stories of how people are personally affected by them.WHO: The event is open to the public and organizers are expecting a large crowd in attendance. The speakers for the event include:Rev. Earl Kooperkamp – Vermont Interfaith Action, Elise Greaves – Rights & Democracy, Ashley Moore – Main Street Alliance Testimonies from members of the publicWHEN:  Monday, April 23 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PMWHERE: Christ Church, 64 State Street(link is external) in Montpelier, VTlast_img read more

Dominica on Business Insider’s best Caribbean islands list

first_img Share NEW YORK, United States, Monday February 29, 2016 – Business Insider described the Caribbean islands as “bursting with adventurous activities, clear waters, and stunning natural sites.” Yet while lauding the appeal of all the islands, the publication noted that “some have advantages over the others,” prompting it to rank them.The publication’s take on what constituted the best islands encompassed the cost of hotel bookings, the destination’s accessibility, and the range of activities available.The method used to rank the islands involved factoring in each island’s average hotel room costs using data from Hotels.com; the flight time from New York City; the number of attractions listed on TripAdvisor, and the amount of coastline offered per square kilometre, which Business Insider called the “beach density score.”In most instances, the publication defined a Caribbean island as a single country, republic, or territory in the region.Here’s how they placed:25. St Vincent and the GrenadinesDistance from NYC: 6 hoursAverage hotel room cost: $637 per nightLocated in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the island chain of St Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of 32 islands and cays. The relatively deserted islands offer travellers a combination of rainforest adventures, water sports, luxury accommodations, and miles of powder-white sand beaches. Of the 115 activities offered to travellers, 59 of them are either stunning natural sites or parks. The island chain has a moderate beach-density score of 0.22.24. HaitiDistance from NYC: 7 hours and 45 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $107 per nightIn the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has undergone recovery efforts that have brought travellers back to the history-rich island. There are plenty of historic and picturesque attractions to see here, including the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien and the Marche de Fer flea market. It has a low beach-density score of 0.06, indicating that it has relatively little beachfront compared to other Caribbean islands.23. AnguillaDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 2 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $412 per nightIn Anguilla, you’ll find miles of white sand and pristine waters — hence its high beach-density score of 0.67. With romantic beaches like Rendezvous Bay, this is a destination where you can swim and sunbathe year-round. Its list of activities range from swimming with dolphins to sailing on glass-bottom boats.22. GrenadaDistance from NYC: 6 hours and 10 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $206 per nightOnce the world’s most treasured source of exotic spices, Grenada aptly has earned the nickname of Spice Island. Today, it’s home to lush and mountainous terrain where you can fish, sail, hike, or bike. It has a modest beach-density score of 0.35 and 158 different activities that include diving with sharks and turtles.21. DominicaDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $134 per nightIn Dominica, visitors can do everything from relaxing in hot sulphur springs to swimming on black-sand beaches. The island’s volcanic terrain has created unique sites like the Champagne Reef, where geothermal bubbles make you feel like you’re swimming in a giant bottle of champagne. Plus, there are nearly 40 incredible diving sites to choose from, despite its relatively low beach-density score of 0.2.20. GuadeloupeDistance from NYC: 6 hours and 20 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $140 per nightGuadeloupe is an archipelago of islands where travellers will find 321 different activities to pick from. Its two main islands include Grande-Terre, where beach towns offer white sands and a variety of water activities, and the mountainous Basse-Terre, where you can visit the breathtaking Guadeloupe National Park. It has a low beach-density score of 0.19.19. British Virgin IslandsDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 29 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $278 per nightThe British Virgin Islands offer 204 different activities to travellers, with about 60 different islands to choose from. Check out the ruins and rum distilleries in Tortola, venture into underwater coves in Virgin Gorda, or enjoy a drink at a swim-up bar in Jost Van Dyke. You’ll also find some of the world’s best sailing spots in the British Virgin Islands, which have a high beach-density score of 0.53.18. Turks and CaicosDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 25 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $468 per nightTurks and Caicos has world-class hotels and stretches of uncrowded beaches. Providenciales is a popular travel destination for upscale vacationers, thanks to places like Grace Bay, which was just dubbed the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor users. Turks and Caicos is home to 118 outdoor activities alone, and it boasts a moderate beach-density score of 0.41.17. Trinidad and TobagoDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $185 per nightThe two islands that make up Trinidad and Tobago offer travellers top-notch bird-watching, diving, and rainforest-hiking opportunities. Trinidad is home to lush hills and a bustling nightlife, while Tobago has palm-lined beaches and a serene setting. In total, the islands boast 231 different cultural, natural, and recreational activities for travellers, despite their low beach-density score of 0.07.16. St LuciaDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 35 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $331 per nightIn St Lucia, you can experience modern sites and luxury resorts or delve into old plantations and hidden beaches. Its sulphur springs are ideal for DIY spa treatments, while intimate beaches like Anse Mamin give you the chance to experience your own private paradise. The island has 366 different activities and a low beach-density score of 0.26.15. MontserratDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 35 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $102 per nightIn Montserrat, you can explore stunning volcanoes, ruins, and pristine beaches. Check out all of its 19 attractions before enjoying a sunbath on one of its glistening beaches. The island also has the most affordable hotel rooms on our list. Montserrat has a moderate beach-density score of 0.39.14. Antigua and BarbudaDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 20 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $292 per nightIn Antigua, you’ll come across narrow roads and colourful villages filled with historic sites. Barbuda also has its charm, with reef-filled waters and a large bird population. There are 216 different activities to choose from and such a wide variety of beaches that you could visit a different one each day of the year and still not repeat yourself.13. MartiniqueDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 45 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $132 per nightMartinique is home to a striking variety of landscapes. Its capital, Fort-de-France, boasts a more urban feel, while its northern region has plenty of rain forests, mountains, and miles of beaches. It’s a paradise for outdoor lovers, with around 118 outdoor activities to indulge in. It’s also home to 25 historic landmarks, including the birthplace of Napoleon’s empress Josephine. It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.31.12. BarbadosDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 40 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $210 per nightWhether you’re in search of prime beach resorts, exhilarating nightlife, or breathtaking natural sites, you’ll find them in Barbados. Its capital, Bridgetown, is home to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, which produces the world’s oldest brand of rum. On the west side, you’ll find calm waters ideal for swimming, while the east side boasts wild surf terrain. In total, there are 373 different activities for travellers, and it has a moderate beach-density score of 0.23.11. ArubaDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 20 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $270 per nightDespite a moderate beach-density score of 0.38, Aruba is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations, thanks to resorts that offer prime package deals and more than 350 different activities for visitors. The main town of Oranjestad is filled with pastel facades, landmarks, and shops, while the island’s outskirts are where you’ll find hidden beaches and beautiful vistas.10. St Kitts and NevisDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 10 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $257 per nightThe two-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis abounds with palm-fringed beaches, soaring mountains, and lush jungle terrain. There are 173 different activities here, which range from natural sites to historic attractions like sugar plantations. St Kitts hosts a more bustling atmosphere filled with nightlife venues and resorts, while Nevis offers a calmer atmosphere. The sister islands have a high beach-density score of 0.52.9. US Virgin IslandsDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 31 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $246 per nightThe main islands of the US Virgin Islands — St Croix, St John, and St Thomas — are home to historic colonial buildings, prime sailing, bustling shopping and nightlife, and hidden coves to explore. Although it has a low beach-density score of 0.1, it has 779 different activities to choose from and ferries that make island-hopping easy.8. Cayman IslandsDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 50 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $281 per nightThere are 443 different activities to choose from on the three islands of Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman is the largest and has a cosmopolitan feel to it, thanks to its array of gourmet restaurants, malls, and the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Brac has some fantastic diving sights and plenty of serene trails. Little Cayman has uncrowded beaches and one of the world’s best wall dives at Bloody Bay Wall. The islands have a high beach-density score of 0.61.7. Saint BarthélemyDistance from NYC: 5 hours and five minutesAverage hotel room cost: $305 per nightSaint-Barthélemy (also known as St Barts or St Barths) has a variety of designer boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, and breathtaking scenery, like stunning mountains, green hills, and glistening bays. Most of its beaches remain crowd-free, making them the perfect place to unwind after exploring all of the 51 activities on the island. The island also has an incredibly high beach-density score of 1.52.6. JamaicaDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 45 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $220 per nightDespite a low beach-density score of 0.09, Jamaica is home to sandy beaches, bountiful banana groves, and 763 activities that range from hiking and bird-watching to snorkelling and shopping. Sample authentic Jamaican cuisine before heading to Rick’s Cafe in Negril, an iconic drinking institution known for its epic sunsets and cliffside views.5. The BahamasDistance from NYC: 2 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $328 per nightWith around 700 islands and incredible beachside properties, the Bahamas is paradise waiting to be explored. It was recently dubbed the No. 1 Caribbean destination for wealthy travellers, with around 703 activities. It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.26.4. CuracaoDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 30 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $171 per nightA favourite destination for divers, Curacao is also home to beaches with calm waters and 253 activities to choose from. Of those 253 activities, 75 are water sports alone. If you’re not a water enthusiast, try exploring the Hato Caves, an elaborate network of stalactites and stalagmites, or hiking the trails of the Christoffelpark. Curacao has a high beach-density of 0.82.3. St Martin/Sint MaartenDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $202 per nightSt Martin is split into two sides: the Dutch half of Sint Maarten, which is filled with bustling nightlife, shopping centres, and gleaming beaches; and the French half of St Martin, which has a quieter ambience, with white-sand beaches and charming mountainside scenery. The island has a very high beach-density score of 1.09 and 388 different activities to enjoy.2. Dominican RepublicDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 40 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $184 per nightThe Dominican Republic is home to some of the Caribbean’s most diverse landscapes of mountains, desert terrain, colonial buildings, and beaches. There are a whopping 1,036 activities to choose from here, despite its low beach-density score of 0.03. Indulge in prime seafood at its beachfront bars or witness four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean that rise above Santiago.1. Puerto RicoDistance from NYC: 2 hours and 40 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $183 per nightPuerto Rico takes the No. 1 spot thanks to its affordable hotel rates and a staggering 1,056 activities travellers can enjoy. Despite its low beach-density score of 0.04, it’s home to tropical terrain that has helped it earn its “Island of Enchantment” name. (Business Insider) Tweet Sharing is caring! 399 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica on Business Insider’s best Caribbean islands list by: – February 29, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Feature – The future is bright at Ennisnag Stud

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Feature – The future is bright at Ennisnag Stud Tags: Horse Sport Ireland Breeding Feature – The future is bright at Ennisnag Stud Ennisnag Stud is located in the heart of Kilkenny just off the busy M9 motorway. This family owned stud is managed by brothers Andrew and Niall Hughes and lies on 240 acres of some of the country’s best limestone grassland.The breeding operation at Ennisnag Stud is home to some of the best pedigrees and bloodlines in the world, as Andrew Hughes outlines this week to Horse Sport Ireland:“There are 24 broodmares in today, 21 of which are due to foal in 2020. These foals are by some of the best stallions in the world such as Cornet Obolensky (BWP), Zirocco Blue VDL (SF), Stakkato Gold (HANN) and Chacco Blue (MECKL). We have 18 yearlings, 15 two-year-olds, 19 three-year-olds, 11 four-year-olds and 15 other horses between the ages of five and nine.“We have been working on our breeding plan over a 15-year period. I began to source the top jumping mares in Europe with the aim to improve our Irish Sport Horse heard. We have tried to cover these mares with the top-ranked stallions to produce top class show jumpers. Our next step is to breed top stallions through our breeding programme. We decided to put this plan into action three years ago, and our first batch of Irish bred stallions are now coming of age. We will have 4 four-year-olds which we have kept entire for the ISH Studbook inspection next year. We have 6 two-year colts and 7 yearlings with the same aim, to keep them entire and bring them out for inspection in the Irish Sport Horse inspections.center_img Lithium V.S pictured following being awarded Preliminary Approved status at the 2020 HSI Stallion inspections“I’m very excited for next years batch in particular, we have a full brother to Beezie Maddens 12-year-old stallion Darry Lou. This colt is owned by Cian O’Connor and we intend to produce this stallion the same way through the inspection process and then through the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Series.“Following our recent success at the inspections with our stallion Lithium V.S. (KWPN) (2016 by Etoulon VDL (KWPN) out of Zuidam Lana V.S. (KWPN) by Guidam (SF) bred by H.H de Vries. and owned by Ennisnag Stud, I would like to congratulate Alison Corbally and the breeding department in Horse Sport Ireland for an extremely well organised inspection. The likes of this inspection are on par with any of the inspections we see in other European studbooks.“It is very disappointing that there are not more spectators present to see the stallions available in this country being put through their paces and that more stallion owners are not all bringing their stallions out for inspection. It is an extremely educational day for any breeders or producers to attend. We are very lucky to have the calibre of judge and rider in this country to judge and educate us. Captain Geoff Curran did an excellent job riding the Sport Horses that passed stage one of the inspections the first day which allowed them to progress to the ridden section in stage two.”Breeder and producer of young horses Damien Griffin gave an insight into how they prepared for the Horse Sport Ireland Stallion Inspections:“In order to prepare Lithium for these inspections we broke him in March/April time last year and we let him off to develop. We then brought him back into work in October 2019. Our main objective at this time for this horse was to have him prepared and sufficiently schooled to achieve preliminary approved status at the ISH Stallion inspections. This horse has a great brain, temperament and plenty of scope, our next aim is to produce him through the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Series as a five, six and seven-year-old.“Then, Denis Lynch, who part owns him will take the ride and hopefully Lithium will begin his international career with Denis. I am a strong supporter of the stallion inspections and I have been attending the inspections for over 20 years with both Irish Draughts and Sport Horse stallions, they are a necessity to ensure quality and show we are growing in the right direction and progressing with our European counter parts.“If I need to be critical on anything, I find it’s a long day for young stallions to be out and waiting around to progress through each stage of the inspection. However, I was lucky enough to have two stallions out for inspections this year. Along with Lithium, I had Carneyhaugh Trojan, a 2016 stallion by For Pleasure (HANN) out of Carneyhaugh Allegro (ISH) by Don Juan De La Bouverie (SBS). He is bred and owned by Paddy Breen and passed stage one and will complete stage two in next year’s Irish Sport Horse Stallion inspection  – so it’s worth it when your stallions pass stage one and receives preliminary approved status.”Ennisnag Stud’s stallion herd is growing with the addition of two exciting new stallions to the yard. Ronan Tynan’s, ISH approved stallion, Warrenstown You 2 has just arrived in the yard. This stallion is 22 years of age and has an impressive performance history with Tholm Keane. Good Luck (BWP) has been in the yard for over a month. Andrew said, ‘We are not currently covering external mares with Good Luck as there is a fertility issue and we will just be testing him on our own mares for this breeding season.”Andrew Hughes finished up by saying he is very optimistic for Ennisnag Stud’s future.“We are all excited to see our breeding operation growing and coming together after 15 years in the making. Our aim is to have one of the best breeding and production yards in the world and to assist in putting Ireland back on the map as a destination for talented young and International show jumpers.” 25 March 2020, 19:26last_img read more

Opening post-break weekend reminder of Orioles’ tough road ahead

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)The Orioles couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in Arlington.A three-game sweep in which they outplayed the Texas Rangers in every facet of the game lifted the Orioles to a season-best 13 games above .500 and seven victories in their last eight games.Watching Ron Washington’s club repeatedly kick the ball around the field and run itself out of innings provided a new appreciation of how fundamentally sound the Orioles have been throughout the 2013 season. Three quality outings from Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Chris Tillman reminded how the top three-fifths of the Baltimore rotation can compete with just about anyone in the American League.But as the dust cleared and the Orioles landed in Kansas City to begin a four-game series on Monday night, a look at the AL East standings showed just how difficult the final two months of the season will be.Possibly their most impressive series of the season moved the Orioles only one game closer in their chase of the division-leading Red Sox after Boston took two of three from the Yankees at Fenway Park. And Baltimore moved no closer to the white-hot Tampa Bay Rays, who swept the Blue Jays in Toronto to give them 13 wins in their last 14 contests as the hottest team in baseball.Those realities aren’t meant to bring fans down from their weekend high, but they offer a snapshot of how incredibly small the margin for error will be over the final 63 games of the regular season in the Orioles’ bid to advance to the postseason for the second straight year. Of those remaining games, 35 will come against teams with winning marks and only 28 against clubs sporting records below the .500 mark entering Monday’s action.The old adage of needing to beat the clubs you’re supposed to beat while holding your own against top competition might not be enough to prevail in a division that sports four teams with winning records in the final week of July. Even the underachieving Blue Jays have been a thorn in the Orioles’ side this year, winning seven of the 13 games the clubs have played this season.The Orioles are a remarkable 33-22 against teams currently owning a winning record while going just 23-21 against clubs who sit below .500 on July 22. Of course, that deviates from the aforementioned mantra for success and speaks well for the Orioles’ ability to rise to the challenge of playing the top teams this season, evident by their combined 9-4 record against Texas and Detroit, the two teams who’ve won the last three AL pennants.But the Orioles do need to take better advantage of their opportunities against sub-.500 clubs down the stretch and that will start with the Royals in Kansas City this week. To say they need to at least take three out of four would be an overstatement — Tampa Bay and Boston face off in a four-game set of their own beginning Monday — but anything less just makes the climb that much taller in September. With the season-long performance of the Red Sox and the play of the Rays over the last month, there is no time for a breather or to go into cruise control against the lesser competitors in the league.The eyeball test suggests the Orioles are a better team than the 93-69 outfit from a year ago as they certainly hit better and play better defense than the 2012 club. Their starting pitching appears to be coming together in a similar manner to the way it did in the second half last year, which will help a bullpen that hasn’t been as dominating starting with closer Jim Johnson and his six blown saves.But the division is better than it was a year ago from top to bottom and Buck Showalter’s club hasn’t been as fortunate, going just 13-14 in one-run games after last year’s historic 29-9 mark. That was to be expected and shouldn’t be misconstrued as a knock on what the Orioles have accomplished this year, but there is no consolation or handicap for the smaller amount of good fortune, either.An impressive three-game sweep over the Rangers was the perfect way to start the proverbial second half for the Orioles, but the weekend showed how steep the climb will be to win their first division title since 1997. The Orioles will have their opportunities against Boston and Tampa Bay — they have 12 games remaining with the Red Sox and seven with the Rays — and those clubs will experience slow spells at some point, but the challenge will be to capitalize while minimizing their own pitfalls in the process.As well as the Orioles have played entering their 100th game of the season Monday night, they haven’t been quite good enough in the AL East. The standings say as much, though they would be the second wild card if the season ended today, putting them in the unenviable position of being the road team in a one-game playoff like they were last year.But the Orioles are fully within striking distance, meaning it’s time to steamroll the clubs who don’t own such a luxury.Because they’re not going to be able to count on very much help in their quest.last_img read more