SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Tania Armenta, President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque and reappointed Belia Alvarez, Director of Community Relations for Heritage Hotels and Resorts, to serve on the Tourism Commission. Prior to her role as Corporate Director of Community Relations with Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Alvarez also served as General Manager and Regional General Manager within the company. Alvarez commits her time to numerous leadership organizations, including the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber Board, New Mexico Hospitality Association Board of Directors, New Mexico State University School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Advisory Board, Ambassadors for Spaceport America, and the Advisory Board for Visit Las Cruces. Alvarez previously served as Chair for the former Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Board (currently Visit Las Cruces) from 2012-2014. Alvarez is a Las Cruces native. “Both Tania and Belia are incredibly dedicated professionals who will add new perspective to the commission,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “The New Mexico Tourism Department and the tourism industry will be well-served with Tania and Belia on this commission.” STATE News: Alvarez’s professional career in hospitality and tourism spans 23 years. As Corporate Director of Community Relations, Alvarez is responsible for preserving and cultivating cultural partnerships and recognition, managing statewide community relationships and advocating for collaborative opportunities to bring awareness to New Mexico’s culture and tourism. Armenta and Alvarez will each serve 7-year terms on the 7-person commission. With the appointment of Armenta and the reappointment of Alvarez, the Tourism Commission is now represented by three women, the most since 2013. Armenta was 1 of 12 women recently featured on Corporate & Incentive Travel’s cover story titled “CVB Leaders: Remarkable Women Share Insights and Wisdom on Leading a CVB,” along with being named one of Smart Meetings “2016 Smart Women in Meetings” award recipients. Armenta is also a former recipient of the “40 Under Forty” awards by Albuquerque Business First. “I am truly honored to be reappointed to the Tourism Commission by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham,” Alvarez said. “Tourism remains an important economic driver for New Mexico, with continuous year-over-year growth. I remain committed to our remarkably successful New Mexico True campaign and will work diligently to promote and protect the culturally unique tourism resources that we call our own.” “I am very honored to be appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to serve as a member of the New Mexico Tourism Commission,” Armenta said. “Tourism is one of New Mexico’s most effective economic development strategies, and we have tremendous opportunities for increased growth and success in our immediate future.” Visit Albuquerque President & CEO Tania Armenta Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Director of Community Relations Belia AlvarezArmenta’s time with Visit Albuquerque spans 20 years, and she has served as President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque for the past three years. Armenta serves on several national and local boards including the US Travel Association’s Destinations Council, Destinations International DMAP Board and The Jennifer Riordan Foundation Advisory Board, and the New Mexico Hospitality Association Board of Directors as Board Chair.
The High Court has refused the application by ABP seeking a judicial review of the Government’s decision Secretary of State for Transport to grant a Development Control Order for the AMEP project.In her decision Mrs Justice Patterson found against ABP on all the grounds it put forward in applying for Judicial Review, describing their claim as “unarguable.”Peter Stephenson, Able’s Executive Chairman, commented:“Their claims surrounding the so-called Killingholme Triangle…the small area of land which is needed for AMEP…have now been rejected by the hugely detailed and lengthy planning process, overseen by senior planning inspectors, a Government Minister, a Joint Parliamentary Committee—and now by the High Court.’“Every other interest on the Humber—including the Local Enterprise Partnership, the local business community, local authorities, local Members of Parliament and their constituents—have looked on in despair as time after time a development of such importance to the area has been delayed and put in jeopardy by the actions of a single company.“ABP can now seek to challenge Mrs Justice Patterson’s comprehensive rejection of their arguments through an oral hearing but that would once again delay AMEP and yet again highlight that ABP are more concerned with defending their near monopoly position on the Humber against the interests of the whole region and the UK for that matter.”On the other hand, ABP expressed disappointment by saying they will “carefully consider the reasons given before commenting further.”According to the developer, the GBP 450-million project is set to create over 4,000 direct jobs and cover an area of around 900 acres.Image: able
The new global directors have been added in order to spearhead the continued growth of the airline’s transport and logistics solutions in the aerospace, oil and gas, and humanitarian sectors, said Volga-Dnepr.All three global directors are based at Volga-Dnepr’s US office in Houston, and will be responsible for the introduction of the charter sales and marketing corporate business model and management structure for their respective market segments. This will include building industry-based teams in Volga-Dnepr’s regional offices.”We have seen sustained growth in these three sectors over many years and have developed strong working partnerships with leading companies and organisations, that value our transport and logistics expertise,” said Dennis Gliznoutsa, vice president, sales at Volga-Dnepr Airlines.”Axel, Fayçal and Colon are already well-known and highly respected in their respective sectors. These appointments will enable them to focus their energies and share their knowledge and expertise in a way that continues to add the greatest value for our customers.” www.volga-dnepr.com
INTERNATIONAL: ‘We cannot ignore the management of the interface’, insisted Semih Kalay of TTCI. Addressing delegates at the Contact Mechanics 2009 conference in Firenze, he pointed out that a better understanding of the complex forces at play in the contact patch between wheel and rail translated directly into maintenance and renewal costs, which for larger railways could amount to ‘very substantial sums’.Hosted by Prof Andrea Bracciali from the University of Firenze, the eighth International Conference on Wheel/Rail Interaction attracted more than 230 delegates from 27 countries, with 149 papers presented over three full days. Academics, suppliers and operators from across the rail sector came together to share their work and discuss their findings. Topics for the 30 parallel sessions ranged from wheel profiles and rail wear through contact forces and friction management to adhesion, noise and environmental impact. As chairman of the international committee, Peter Mutton from Australia’s Monash University pointed out that the many past papers represented ‘a huge body of work’ which showed ‘just how much has been learned since 1982’. With this in mind, he explained, the focus has expanded from current research to consider industry challenges which could shape the need for future research work. Emphasising this need for closer links between research and application, Roger Enblom of Stockholm’s KTH pointed out that ‘we are living in a market environment’, which had led — in his case — to expectations for increased performance of wheels, with a particular focus on the cost of maintenance and renewals. Thus KTH is working closely with Bombardier’s Västerås plant to try and predict future patterns of wheel wear. Enblom pointed to the challenges posed by interoperability, where railways had adopted different rail and wheel profiles, and the introduction by infrastructure managers of differential access charges dependent upon the track forces imposed by different vehicle types. Making the case for condition-based maintenance, Daniel Magnus of US-based KLD Labs also emphasised the need to ‘treat the wheel and rail as a unit’, using as an example an investigation into flange-climbing derailments caused by the operation on the same route of two vehicle types with different wheel profiles. Rolling contact fatigue continues to drive research into wheel and rail steels, preventive grinding and other maintenance strategies, as well as fundamental research to improve understanding of the mechanisms which initiate and propagate cracks. Many of these areas are being addressed in the EU-funded Innotrack research programme, which is due to conclude at the end of this year. Meanwhile, new phenomena continue to emerge, and Stuart Grassie highlighted the recent appearance of ‘STUDs’ — or Squat-Type Unidentified Defects. These look similar to squats on the railhead, but occur in different places and do not seem to propagate in the same way, he suggested. Failure to identify correctly between potentially harmless and dangerous defects could pose a safety risk on the one hand or unnecessary increases in maintenance costs on the other, he warned, urging the need for further investigation. The next CM conference is to be hosted by Southwest Jiaotong University of Chengdu in September 2012.
The Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN), the sector-based network with members across 21 countries, will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) under the theme Reflections from Our Partners: Diaspora Engagement for Jamaica’s Growth and Development. The JDTAN AGM takes place on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 4 PM US ET and 3 PM Jamaica time and will be moderated by Dervan Malcolm, popular Power 106 Broadcaster of the Saturday morning show, Diaspora Live. Lesleyann Samuel, Chair of the AGM added that “JDTAN has invited these various partners that Taskforces have collaborated with over the years to share their thoughts on the ways the Diaspora has tangibly impacted their mandates and to suggest additional ways to collaborate in achieving Jamaican Vision 2030.” The AGM is open to the public go to, www.JDTAN.org/AGM2020 for details. Other speakers include: Dr Robert Runcie, Jamaican Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools; Dr. Carey Wallace, Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund; Dr. Hansel Fletcher, Loma Linda University; Dr. Elizabeth Molina, Broward College; Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, CEO of the LASCO Chin Foundation; Charles Clayton, Program Director, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Mary McLaughlin, CEO of the Trees That Feed Foundation and Jasford Gabriel, President of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA.) “Mr. Jarret has a special relationship with the Diaspora and we are elated to have him as our Keynote speaker. The Diaspora movement has come a long way and he has been a major part of the transformation. We will learn from his broad experience with Diaspora matters, I’ve heard him present; He truly understands Diaspora engagement,” remarked Leo Gilling, Chairman, JDTAN. The keynote speaker for the AGM is none other than Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica National Group – Earl Jarrett.
Related TopicsCactus LeagueClevelandIndiansMLBSpring Training Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley The Cleveland Indians finally captured their first win of Spring Training on Monday, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5. Here’s Monday’s edition of 5 Notes from the Desert.1. HALLELUJAH! A WIN!It had to happen eventually, but after an 0-4-2 start, the Tribe came through with their first win of Cactus League play.It also is a nice bow on top that the offense was able to put eight runs across. This is a complete anomaly and there’s absolutely nothing substantial to take away from it, but coincidentally in 2015, the two teams with the best Spring Training records in the Cactus League and Grapefruit League were the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets. The two teams ended up facing each other in the World Series.Don’t expect Spring Training to be a big indicator of how a team does when the games count, but it’s an interesting fact nonetheless.2. Four Runs in the First InningIf you were wondering if the Tribe was hungry for a win, their first inning would seem to suggest that. The Tribe scored four runs in the top of the first, as Jose Ramirez and Giovanny Urshela each homered.Ramirez’s solo shot was his second bomb of camp and Urshela hit a three-run shot for his first homer of Spring Training. Urshela would later double, going 2-for-4 with four RBI on the day.2. Shutout SalazarAfter a rough first outing, Danny Salazar pitched three shutout innings on Monday, allowing just one hit. The right-hander struck out two and walked two. He now has struck out seven batters in five innings of work, with an ERA of 5.40 in two appearances.3. Naquin Stays HotTyler Naquin is off to a great start this Spring. The left-handed hitting outfielder went 3-for-4 with three singles, scoring two runs.He is 7-for-15 to start Cactus League play, and although we’re only seven games in, his .467 batting average is impressive.I don’t want to get overly excited, but Naquin is a player I was hoping would impress in camp because of the Tribe’s precarious outfield situation and he could not have gotten off to much better of a start than what he’s done so far.4. Lonnie and Rajai Finally Collect their First HitsTwo days ago, one of my notes from Goodyear was that Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis were a combined 0-for-16 to start the Spring.Both of them finally reached base, as they each singled in Monday’s win over the Dodgers.Davis went 1-for-3 with a two-run single. Chisenhall went 1-for-3 with a single and came across to score a run.5. Up and Down Day for BullpenThe Tribe’s bullpen was not great in Monday’s win, as the middle-inning relievers struggled, but the back end of the pen shut the Dodgers down in the eighth and ninth innings.The Tribe had a 5-0 lead to work with after Salazar left the game at the end of the third inning. Closer Cody Allen worked the fourth inning and set down the side in order, striking out one.Then came the trouble. Joba Chamberlain gave up three earned runs in the fifth inning, his only inning of work. Austin Adams allowed an earned run in the sixth, his only inning of work.Jeff Manship allowed an earned run in the seventh, his only inning of work.But left-hander Giovanni Soto pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Kyle Crockett closed it out in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 inning to earn his first save of the Spring.The different innings that guys appeared in the game is not something to really take into account because Allen will normally be the ninth inning closer, but it’s nice to see Crockett finish strong, as he will be expected to play a big role in the pen this season.Soto and Chamberlain are two guys who I wouldn’t consider to be “locks” to make the team. Soto is still a pretty raw pitcher with plenty of upside and Chamberlain is a veteran just hoping to have a chance to extend his MLB career.Both of them have a lot to gain by impressing in March. Soto has made three appearances and so far owns an ERA of 10.13 while Chamberlain now has a 13.50 ERA in two innings of work. It was nice to see Soto bounce back after getting shelled on Saturday, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning’s work.It’s still early in camp, but we’ll be keeping an eye on those two throughout March to see if either shows enough to be worthy of a spot on the 25-Man Roster.We’ll see if the Tribe can make it two in a row on Tuesday when they return to Goodyear to face the Seattle Mariners.
The Buckeyes are moving on in the NIT, as Tuesday night in Columbus at Value City Arena they took care of business, topping the Akron Zips 72-63 in overtime. The win puts Ohio State to the round of 16 in Region 4, as they look to win their third NIT Championship, first since 2008. Three Buckeyes had three players each chip in 18 points, junior Marc Loving, Sophomore guard Kam Williams, and freshman guard JaQuan Lyle. Akron junior center Isaiah Johnson led the Zips with 16 points in the loss. Senior forward Reggie McAdams added 12 in the defeat.The Zips led at the half 29-25, while the Buckeyes outscored them by four in the second half to send the game to overtime, where in OT they dominated Akron 10-1 for the 9-point win.Ohio State shot 34.3% from the field on the night, while the Zips shot 32.9%. Ohio State moves to an all-time record of 55-13 against MAC opponents, it was the first meeting between the two teams since 1989. Akron finishes the season with a mark of 26-9.The Buckeyes will play the winner of #2 Florida vs #7 North Florida on Thursday night. Matt Loede Related TopicsAkron ZipsIsaiah JohnsonKam WilliamsMarc LovingNITOhio State Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
Share UWF Men’s Soccer Chosen First in GSC Pre-season Poll Aug. 7, 2008 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (August 7, 2008) – The University of West Florida men’s soccer team, looking for a league-best third consecutive title in 2008, topped the Gulf South Conference pre-season poll, it was announced on Thursday by GSC Commissioner Nathan N. Salant. The Argonauts collected four of seven possible first place votes among the league’s head coaches, marking the team’s seventh straight season as the pre-season favorite.“I’m shocked,” said West Florida Head Coach Bill Elliott. “We have graduated 18 players over the last two years, and in theory we are in a rebuilding year. Montevallo made the final four last year, and they return many of their starters. It’s not that I think we’re lacking talent; I’m surprised anyone would pick us this year because of the players we have lost.”UWF finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 18-2 and a flawless 6-0 mark in regular season conference play. The Argos’ losses came in their first and last games of the year, with an 18-game winning streak between the two.Senior defender Nolan Intermoia (Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest HS), a three-time All-GSC honoree, earned a unanimous selection to the pre-season All-GSC Team. Freshmen Frank Cope (Mobile, Ala./UMS-Wright HS), Richard Dixon (Hanover, Jamaica/Royal Palm Beach HS), Kian Mikhchi (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS), and Paul Willoughby (Huntsville, Ala./Grissom HS) were the team’s representatives on the GSC Top Newcomers list.UWF will start the 2008 season on the road, facing non-conference opponents Flagler and Thomas. The Argos will face Flagler on Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Thomas on Sunday, August 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow all the action on www.GoArgos.com.2008 GSC Pre-season Men’s Soccer Release Print Friendly Version
UWF pulled to within two at the midway point of the fourth but couldn’t finish the comeback, as the Lady Bucs scored the final 10 points in the contest. Norquest also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. The Argonauts used a 10-3 run to open the third quarter to grab a 35-32 lead. The Lady Bucs answered a few minutes later with a 12-0 run to regain the momentum just before the fourth. Live Stats Columbus State 12/4/2019 – Noon Preview Full Schedule Roster “Our team is like a lighter,” UWF head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said. “We have glimmers of really good play but then the flame goes out. We just need consistent effort to keep the flame going.” Next Game: Watch Live UWF fell behind 14-6 early and fought back to get within 29-25 at the halftime break. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Despite getting a career-high 27 points from Danielle Norquest, the UWF women’s basketball team fell to Christian Brothers, 66-54, at Canale Arena on Monday. CBU (2-2, 1-1) shot 46 percent and made 11 3-pointers. Lauren Taylor had 18 points – on 5-of-8 from outside – and 10 rebounds, while Brynne Lytle finished with 17. UWF (2-4, 0-2 Gulf South) had its second-highest shooting game of the year but was outscored 32-14 in the paint. UWF will return to action in 10 days when they open a 4-game homestand at the UWF Field House against Columbus State on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Noon. Print Friendly Version
FIFA official tests the pitch prior to USA vs. Germany.RECIFE, Brazil — More than an hour before the game, U.S coaches and players inspected the field at Arena Pernambuco in the aftermath of the torrential rains that have snarled traffic and caused flooding throughout the city before the 12 p.m. ET kickoff against Germany.With the rain slowing, kickoff isn’t expected to be delayed. However, the conditions will be an issue. It could increase the chances of a sloggy tie, which would send both teams through.The rain is expected to continue the rest of the day, with the forecast calling for a 100 % chance of rain at kickoff. It drops to 80 percent by 3 p.m., just as the game will be ending.FTW: First-hand account of the floodingA strong American crowd is expected, but reports of bus issues and delays have left some fans and scrambling for a way to get to the game.U.S. Soccer announced that there will be no warmups on the field prior to the game. They will be taking place behind the nets.Multiple streets are flooded in Recife after a day of heavy rains ahead of the U.S.-Germany match. According to the National Natural Disasters Monitoring and Alerts Center, the city received 2.36 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, which corresponds to at least a fourth of the amount expected in the entire month of June.The weather prediction today is of cloudy skies and scattered storms in the city.Still, the game will go on as planned, and the U.S. team is already in the stadium. The U.S. Men’s team tweeted a photo of their driver braving the flooded streets to get to the stadium, and Fifa has already announced that the game will not be delayed or cancelled. The U.S. men’s team has faced a series of serious weather issues in its games across the north and northeast of Brazil. Before the Americans’ World Cup opener in Natal, the city’s civil defense forces evacuated locals from their homes and faced mudslides in the days before the U.S.-Ghana game.In the Amazonian city of Manaus, players were quickly drenched in sweat in the muggy heat, and officials called a water break during the U.S.-Portugal game.