Country Walkers ranked 11th nationally by Outside magazine

first_imgCountry Walkers has been named named to Outside magazine s ( 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 ( and Best Companies Group ( 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 ( 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 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 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 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

Iheanacho Leads Leicester City to 3-1 Win over Arsenal

first_imgLast season, Iheanacho netted four goals in 20 appearances in the league. They are ninth on the table with 47 points from 37 matches.Compatriot and Super Eagles teammate Alex Iwobi started the game for Arsenal and lasted for 84 minutes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kelechi Iheanacho opened scoring for Leicester City to beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Premier League last night at King Power Stadium.The 21-year-old striker fired Leicester City in front after 14 minutes to justify his starting place.It was his second goal in the Premier League this season for ‘The Foxes’.Iheanacho opened the goal feast, before Jamie Vardy and Rihad Mahrez struck in the second-half to ensure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser earlier in the period counts for nothing.last_img read more

Confident Wisconsin powered by 3 backs

first_imgBret Bielema and the Badgers await the announcement of their bowl destination and opponent, which will come this Sunday, Dec. 5 on the BCS selection show.[/media-credit]The regular season is over, and it’s time to rest for head coach Bret Bielema and the No. 5 in the BCS Wisconsin Badgers (11-1, 7-1). After securing a share of the Big Ten title and likely a Rose Bowl berth, Bielema will allow his squad a chance to recuperate and get conditioned this week. After that, with the Badgers having already compiled a strong recruiting class, the focus turns to bowl preparation – no matter which bowl they enter or opponent they face.“Whoever our bowl prep is, from a breakdown and analyzing it and just putting together a game plan,” Bielema said in his Tuesday press conference. “This is always a difficult time because our coaches are on the road with recruiting, our players are involved with finals and moving forward with the close of the semester, so it’s always a balancing act. But the good thing is you’re at Wisconsin, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to do that.”Playing with anybodyHe’s said it before, but Tuesday Bielema didn’t shy away from proclaiming Wisconsin as a team that can play with any other in the nation.“First off, we lead the nation in fewest penalized,” Bielema said. “That means we’re not beating ourselves. We led the Big Ten in turnover margin, but also led the country in fewest giveaways, which means you’re not killing yourself. As big as a giveaway is, bad thing for an offense, it’s really bad for a defense, because now you’re taking the field after a sudden change.Indeed, the Badgers have committed the fewest turnovers in the nation, with only 35 in 12 games. In penalty yardage, Wisconsin trails only Navy, who has played one less game, 358-320. Additionally, Wisconsin’s turnover margin was also one of the nation’s best – tied for second at +14. The Badgers also tied for first in the nation for fewest turnovers lost (9).Altogether, the Badgers’ efficient play has justified Bielema’s steadfast denial that UW hasn’t run up the score on opponents. In its four November games, Wisconsin has outscored opponents by a 235-84 margin.“Everybody wants to write Bielema or Wisconsin is running up the score,” Bielema said. “Those are our twos and threes that are going out there and playing very, very well, and that’s the guys that fill in for Lance Kendricks when he goes down the back of the end zone and can’t come back in the game. It’s the Montee Ball that started off as our third string running back and won games for us. That’s the stuff that gives me an indication that we could have success against a lot of people.”Running backs a special groupHeading into this season, it would be difficult to find anyone willing to wager that true freshman James White would be the Badgers’ leading rusher. But 12 games and 1,029 yards later, that was exactly the situation. Consequently, preseason Heisman favorite and reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay finished second on the team with 936 rushing yards, and sophomore Montee Ball was third with 864 yards.“Well, I think when we do resume, John will be 100 percent,” Bielema said. “He just hasn’t been able to practice at the level we want…but the guy is one of the finalists for the Doak Walker [Award], he’s a second team All-Big Ten, and we’re having a conversation about getting him in the game. So it is difficult, but I think we’ll be set on things moving forward.”Amazingly, Wisconsin has a somewhat realistic chance to become the first team to have a quarterback pass for 2,500 yards and three running backs each rush for 1,000. Quarterback Scott Tolzien needs exactly 200 yards to reach that feat, while Clay and Ball need 64 and 136, respectively.“Those three guys are all a little bit unique, so they all kind of have their own little package,” Bielema said of White, Clay and Ball. “And all three of them, it’s funny, I came into film last week on Tuesday, and they’re all in there watching film. You go to dinner, and they’re all three sitting down there together, so it’s a special group.”last_img read more