Country Walkers ranked 11th nationally by Outside magazine

first_imgCountry Walkers has been named named to Outside magazine s (www.outsideonline.com(link is external)) second annual Best Places to Work list. Country Walkers was ranked No. 11 out of 30 selected companies. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 28, 2009. We are honored to be named as one of Outside magazine s best places to work in 2009, said Timo Shaw, President of Country Walkers. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, this recognition allows us to commend our remarkable staff, whose dedication, hard work, and lively sprit have helped us solidify our reputation as an innovator in adventure travel.Outside s Best Places to Work list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com). The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 30 companies that best enable employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle.  These 30 companies share a common belief: that the secret to success in any economy is empowering employees to live balanced lives and remain committed to their communities and the environment, said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. Our winners know that happy workers are good for the bottom line. So even in the current financial storm, they re offering on-site fitness classes and massage, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, flexible hours, amazing travel benefits, and opportunities for on-the-clock community service.Established in 1979, Country Walkers is the world s leading small-group walking tour provider, offering adventures in more than 75 destinations worldwide. From Vietnam to Vermont and nearly everywhere in between, Country Walkers tours feature local guides who lead guests on journeys filled with behind-the-scenes experiences, authentic cultural immersion, and exceptional cuisine and accommodations. The company recently launched new walking tours in destinations including Egypt, Laos & Vietnam, Maine, Alaska, Utah & Arizona, and Ecuador.ABOUT COUNTRY WALKERSCountry Walkers, based in Waterbury, Vermont (www.countrywalkers.com(link is external)) was established in 1980 and is the world s premier small group walking tour provider. Country Walkers offers well-crafted itineraries for Walking à la Carte, Classic Walking, Hiking, and Private & Custom vacations. All trips highlight superb cuisine, outstanding tour guides, and authentic accommodations. First Choice Holidays PLC is a leading international leisure travel company. It operates from 17 major source markets, has 8 million customers and 72 brands. For more information visit First Choice Holidays PLC www.firstchoiceholidaysplc.com(link is external).ABOUT OUTSIDE MAGAZINEOutside is America s leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www.outsideonline.com(link is external).ABOUT BEST COMPANIES GROUPBest Companies Group was formed in January of 2004, with the purpose of identifying and recognizing best companies around the country.  By using state-of-the art survey and indexing tools, BCG has been able to achieve that purpose on national, state-wide, city, and industry stages.  BCG will partner with B-to-B and consumer media and other business or human resource organizations to publicize the opportunity, encourage participation and to recognize those who are good enough to make the lists of Best Places to Work .  BCG currently manages 25 similar programs around the US and in Canada.  For more information and a complete list of Best Employer programs, visit www.bestcompaniesgroup.com(link is external)  Best Companies Group is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONFounded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits.Source: Country Walkers. Waterbury, VT (April 9, 2009)last_img read more

A workshop on the interpretation of cultural and natural heritage is being held in Vinkovci and Vukovar

first_imgThe workshop is intended for managers and employees of museum institutions and other cultural institutions such as visitor and interpretation centers, tourist guides and guides in protected areas, leaders of tourist boards, heads of travel agencies and anyone who wants to learn how to contribute to creating a sustainable destination. special contents and programs in the field of interpretation of natural and cultural heritage and tourism experiences. Cultural and natural heritage can be a source and means of community life, but in order to be sustainable, people need to be introduced to the tools that will help them do so. For this reason, Vinkovci and Vukovar host the educational workshop “Interpretation of heritage for sustainable tourism development.” The organizers of the workshop are the Association of Tourist Guides of Vukovar and the Croatian Association for Heritage Interpretation – Interpret Croatia, partners in the project “Interpretation of Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development” which was approved for funding in the tender of the Ministry of Tourism “Public tender for co-financing or catering in 2019 ”. Source / photo: Croatian Heritage Interpretation Association The development of sustainable tourism is one of the strategic goals of the Republic of Croatia, including the continental part of Croatia. If we want a sustainable and quality future, we need to educate the community that lives there. last_img read more

USC, Mike Bohn must answer Clay Helton question sooner rather than later

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Moments after USC defeated UCLA 52-35 on Saturday, Trojans coach Clay Helton presented a game ball to “Coach Bohn.” That would be new USC athletic director Mike Bohn, who must now decide Helton’s fate as USC’s coach.That is a decision Bohn wasn’t willing to talk about on Saturday night. “Not today,” Bohn told reporters, “we just beat the Bruins.”MORE: Urban Meyer-to-USC rumors grow with Mike Bohn hiringBohn has a big decision to make with USC finishing its regular season with an 8-4 record and, as of completion of the game, an outside chance to win the Pac-12 South division championship.If Bohn fires Helton, which the fan base wants, he will need to pay off the remaining three years of his contract and whatever buyout a new coach might require. If he brings Helton back because USC won five of its final six games, Bohn must ignore the thousands of empty seats in the LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, as well a 2020 recruiting class that ranks 76th nationally according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, by far the worst since 247Sports started registering rankings in 1999.Bohn could easily see that USC is led by freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis, who passed for a school record-515 yards and four touchdowns against UCLA. But he also saw a game typical of the Helton era, as the Trojans were ahead by only 10 points entering the fourth quarter despite the big numbers from Slovis and four wide receivers (Michael Pittman, Drake London, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Tyler Vaughns) each surpassing 100 yards.“Any of you in here could probably throw for 100 yards with these receivers,” Slovis said, speaking to reporters.USC needs to excite its donors and season ticket holders, many of whom can no longer stomach Helton. Bohn must know this because, in his three weeks on the job, he has talked to anyone who wants to say hello on campus.For his part, Helton talked about USC after the victory as if hadn’t gone 13-11 the past two seasons.“USC is an extremely special place, and always will be,” Helton said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m the coach or you’re the coach. USC is always gonna be special. That doesn’t change. That foundation is 125 years strong.”WOLF: Helton, USC’s future remains uncertain after Notre Dame lossIf Bohn decides to move on from Helton and hires the right coach to replace him, he can get the school back to its glory days under John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll. That is what he was hired to do. But does he want to do it in one month, or wait until a year from now?Helton was far from the only coach with a lot to answer for Saturday. UCLA clinched its fourth straight losing season, the first time that has happened since 1924. Bruins coach Chip Kelly has been a massive disappointment in two seasons, and he will get a new athletic director once Dan Guerrero retires next year. “I think our coaching staff is doing a good job considering what we have,” Kelly said after his team gave up 643 yards to USC. That wasn’t even the Bruins’ worst mark of the season, as their defense surrendered 720 yards to Washington State in September.“We’re a team,” Kelly said. “We don’t blame one side of the ball or one facet of anything else. I think we stick together as a group and that’s what we’ll always do.”For now, Los Angeles has two coaches disappointing its fans.last_img read more

Uganda Cranes back, Museveni to host them Monday

first_imgIn the Group stage Uganda Cranes beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 before settling for a 1-all draw against Zimbabwe. The team went on to fall 2-0 to hosts in the last Group A match to finish second in the group and make it to the Round of 16.But before the game against Senegal the players staged a sit-down strike over pay. FUFA later announced that they will reward every player with US$6,000 (Shs22 million) for qualification for the Round of 16. Museveni meets Cranes earlier. PHOTO PPUEntebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni will host Uganda Cranes Monday, after a bitter-sweet 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt.Uganda reached the knockout stage for the first time since 1978, but a players’ strike, and the resignation of coach Sebastian Desabre have clouded what was supposed to be a great performance by the Cranes.Several players are already back, while others arrive Monday morning, in time for the afternoon meet with President Museveni, soccer governing body FUFA said in a statement.The Cranes fell out 1-0 to Senegal in the Round of 16 in a match played at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Loses his Mind after being called “Fredo,” Trump Weighs in

first_imgCNN says Cuomo was targeted in an orchestrated setup and defended himself when attacked. President Trump is weighing in after CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got into a heated and f-bomb-laced exchange with a man who called him “Fredo.”The reference is to Fredo Corleone, the dim-witted, cowardly middle brother in “The Godfather.”In the video, the “Cuomo Prime Time” host threatens a man who called him “Fredo,” which Cuomo said was like the N-word for Italians.Cuomo threatened to throw the man down the stairs like a punk, among other colorful and off-color phrases and threats. This morning, Trump tweeted, “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN.” last_img read more

Saints look to bust out on winning not to start BCIHL stretch run

first_imgThey opened their semester schedule last Saturday in Burnaby, when they spotted SFU a goal before scoring three unanswered in a 3-1 victory. The WolfPack are led offensively by the trio of Josh MacDonald, Duncan Schulz and Tyler Berkholtz, who have combined for 76 points and sit third, fourth and eighth amongst the league’s scoring leaders. Simon Fraser, meanwhile, looked to have a stranglehold on first place in the BCIHL after starting the season with six consecutive wins, but the Clan have since dropped three of their last seven games.The first of those defeats came in Castlegar on November 16th when the Saints scored nine goals. SFU does boast the league’s top two scorers in Nick Sandor and Jono Ceci, who have 60 points between them. “Both TRU and SFU are tough opponents, particularly at home,” says Dubois. “There’s a lot of skill on both those rosters, so you need to compete at a high level and play a responsible two-way game to have a chance at picking up points in their rinks.” Friday’s game in Kamloops is set for an 8:30  p.m. faceoff while Saturday’s match-up in Burnaby will begin at 7 p.m. Both games can be viewed live at www.FastHockey.com. The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program will look to take sole possession of first place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings this weekend when they face a pair of tough road games to open the second half of their 2013/14 regular season schedule. The Saints will open the trip on Friday night against Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops before traveling to Burnaby for a match-up with Simon Fraser University on Saturday.All three teams are currently tied for first place in the league standings, with Selkirk and SFU (both 10-3-0) having a pair of games in hand over TRU (10-5-0). The swing will give the Saints an opportunity to avenge a pair of road losses to their weekend opponents in October, when they dropped a 5-2 decision the WolfPack and a 5-3 loss to the Clan. “There’s no question that these are two big games to kick off the semester,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We’ve been very successful on home ice up to this point in the season but we need to match that same level of preparation, focus and execution when we’re on the road. It’s a tough trip with a lot of time on the bus, but there’s no place for excuses in games like these; the results are what matter.” Thompson Rivers is riding a hot streak that has seen the team collect eight wins in their past nine games.last_img read more