GDP Script/ Top Stories for Oct 2nd Publish Date: Oct 2nd From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast Today is Monday, October 3rd and happy heavenly birthday to musician Stevie Ray Vaughn. ****Stevie Ray Vaughn – Pride & Joy**** I'm Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Four men wanted for shoplifting and battery at Home Depot in Norcross area Northside Medical Snellville opens at The Grove at Towne Center The Gwinnett Historical Society adding dancing, tool displays to this year's Winn Fair All of this and more is coming up on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe! Break 1 : MOG Story 1: Four men wanted for shoplifting and battery at Home Depot in Norcross area Gwinnett County Police are seeking public assistance to identify four individuals involved in a shoplifting and assault incident at a Home Depot on Sept. 22. Two adult males and two juveniles stole over $400 in power tools, with two of them injuring a store employee during the incident. They fled the scene in a dark grey Chrysler 300. If you have any information, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300 or remain anonymous by reaching out to Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visiting www.stopcrimeATL.com. Tips leading to an arrest and indictment may receive a cash reward........…..read more at gwinnettdailypost.com STORY 2: Northside Medical Snellville opens at The Grove at Towne Center The opening of Northside Medical Snellville, part of The Grove at Towne Center development, was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 45,000-square-foot medical office building and an adjacent 7,500-square-foot medical retail building offer multi-specialty healthcare services, including surgery, orthopedics, women's imaging, and more, bringing quality healthcare closer to home for Snellville residents and the southeastern part of Gwinnett County. Northside Hospital's commitment to expanding healthcare resources in Gwinnett includes several ongoing and upcoming projects, demonstrating their dedication to meeting the region's healthcare needs. STORY 3: The Gwinnett Historical Society adding dancing, tool displays to this year's Winn Fair The Gwinnett County Historical Society is hosting its annual Winn Fair at the Elisha Winn House in Dacula on October 7th and 8th. This event allows residents to experience life as it was in 1818 when the Winn House served as the first seat of Gwinnett government. New activities this year include historical dancing by the Atlanta History Dancers and a tool display in the lighted barn. Visitors can explore the Winn House, learn about its history, watch craft demonstrations, and enjoy live music and food vendors. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with a $5 admission fee (free for children under 12). We have opportunities for sponsors to get great engagement on these shows. Call 770.874.3200 for more info. We'll be right back Break 2: Cumming Fair – OBITS – Slappey STORY 4: Gwinnett semifinalist Gwinnett County Public Schools has unveiled its 25 semifinalists for the Teacher of the Year award. This group includes teachers from elementary, middle, and high schools who were nominated by their colleagues at the local level. The finalists will be celebrated on December 7th, with the top teacher in Gwinnett County to be announced during the event. These educators represent a diverse range of subjects and grade levels, showcasing the district's commitment to recognizing excellence in teaching. STORY 5: Football Update In a historic feat, Seckinger High School's football program secured its inaugural varsity win, triumphing 43-22 over the Oglethorpe County Patriots. Despite trailing 15-0 early on, Seckinger displayed remarkable resilience and evident improvement from the previous season. Meanwhile, the Archer football team delivered a commanding Homecoming victory, defeating Brookwood 34-6 in their Region 4-AAAAAAA opener. Archer showcased a strong performance on both sides of the ball, with their defense preventing Brookwood from scoring touchdowns. Defending state champions Mill Creek commenced their Region 8-AAAAAAA schedule impressively with a resounding 47-7 victory over Central Gwinnett. The nationally ranked Hawks, now boasting a 6-0 record, established a commanding 23-0 lead in the first quarter and an impressive 40-0 advantage by halftime. In another noteworthy game, the Parkview Panthers initiated their Region 4-AAAAAAA schedule with a solid 34-20 win over South Gwinnett. Despite losing running back Trelain Maddox to an early injury, Parkview showcased its depth and a potent passing game, orchestrated by quarterbacks Cooper Frank and Jaiden Jenkins. Coach Joe Sturdivant highlighted the importance of discipline and managing energy levels for future improvements during the upcoming bye week. We'll be back in a moment Break 3: ESOG – Ingles 5 – Lawrenceville Events STORY 6: 8 Gwinnett elementary schools named 'Literacy Leaders' by Georgia Department of Education The Georgia Department of Education has recognized eight Gwinnett elementary schools for their achievements in improving students' reading skills. These schools have been acknowledged as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders for their exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading. Seven schools were recognized for outstanding achievement, while one received recognition for growth. State Superintendent Richard Woods will visit these schools to commend their efforts. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has been investing in professional development and instructional materials to improve literacy outcomes and continues to focus on continuous improvement to meet academic targets in literacy. STORY 7: Gwinnett County Public Schools SAT scores top state, national averages Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students have outperformed both their state and national peers on SAT scores, according to data from the College Board and the Georgia Department of Education. The GCPS Class of 2023 achieved a mean SAT score of 1091 (out of 1600), which is 88 points higher than the national average and 46 points higher than the state average. The Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology (GSMST) has maintained the highest mean SAT score in the state for four consecutive years. While GCPS' mean SAT score slightly decreased compared to the previous year, it still indicates progress in addressing learning loss and improving student outcomes. GCPS Superintendent Calvin J. Watts emphasized the district's commitment to meeting the needs of each student and increasing SAT participation. We'll have final thoughts after this. Break 4: Henssler 60 Thanks again for hanging out with us on today's Gwinnett Daily Post podcast. If you enjoy these shows, we encourage you to check out our other offerings, like the Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast, the Marietta Daily Journal, the Community Podcast for Rockdale Newton and Morgan Counties, or the Paulding County News Podcast. Read more about all our stories, and get other great content at Gwinnettdailypost.com. Did you know over 50% of Americans listen to podcasts weekly? 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Armchair Explorer goes on-location! "Whiskey is a combination of fire, water, wood, time - and feelings." Join host Aaron Millar as he samples a recipe as old as the Revolutionary War; visits a haunted prison that distills one-of-a-kind moonshine; meets a mad scientist blending chemistry and artistry in the glass; and learns the untold tale of the legendary whiskey maker that the world never got to meet. Spanning 600 miles across the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail takes visitors through dozens of craft distilleries where no sip is like the last. Along the way, distillers share the inspiring - and often grisly - stories behind whiskey production in Tennessee, illustrate the process of creating a unique flavor, and of course, offer some delicious pours. Whether or not you're already a whiskey drinker, this episode will have you ready to pour a glass! How about a musical chaser with that glass? The Whiskey Trail has a sister series exploring the soundtrack of America, made in Tennessee! Produced in a documentary style, the Tennessee Music Pathways series takes listeners on a more than 1,000-mile road trip, from Bristol and the birth of country music to Memphis and the start of rock n' roll. Along the way, listeners will hear bluegrass played fast as lightning and traditional Appalachian music performed live in the Great Smoky Mountains. Follow along as host Aaron Millar shops in Elvis' favorite clothing store, bangs drums in the studio that made Uptown Funk, learns to play the spoons and drinks whiskey in a distillery housed in a more than 100-year-old former prison. The Tennessee Whiskey Trail knits together 25 distilleries across the state, offering visitors an immersive experience rich with history, culture, and taste. Learn more and plan your visit at TNWhiskeyTrail.com. The Tennessee Music Pathways is a guide that connects visitors to the rich musical heritage of our state. Visitors can curate their own path based on interests using an interactive guide at TNmusicpathways.com. Follow the conversation on social media using or searching hashtag #tnmusicpathways. TNvacation.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube Thank you to our guests: Heath Clark, Company Distilling companydistilling.com Alex Castle, Old Dominick Distilling olddominick.com Bill Lee, Gate 11 Distillery gate11distillery.com Stanton Webster, PostModern Spirits postmodernspirits.com Nick Bianchi, Lost State Distilling loststatedistilling.com Canaan Brock, Brushy Mountain Distillery brushymtndistillery.com Fawn Weaver, Uncle Nearest Distillery unclenearest.com/distillery Visit Memphis memphistravel.com Visit Chattanooga visitchattanooga.com Visit Knoxville visitknoxville.com Discover Bristol discoverbristol.org Share the show with your friends! Subscribe to the podcast wherever you're listening, follow @armchairexplorerpodcast on Instagram and Facebook, check out Armchair Explorer's website, and learn more about APT Podcast Studios on their website. This series was produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry. Aaron Millar wrote and presented it, Jason Paton did the field recording and production. Theme music by the artist Sweet Chap Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After its award winning premier in 2020, a new production of The Visitors by Indigenous playwright Jane Harrison sees us on the eve of colonisation. The first fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour on the 26 January 1788 bringing with them convicts, disease and violence. The play asks, what if we saw this moment from the Aboriginal perspective? What if they could decide whether or not to let the fleet land? As seven tribal elders watch the fleet arrive they must decide whether to stop them, or welcome them. Regina Botros follows the director Wesley Enoch, the writer Jane Harrison and the cast through the challenges of the play as it reflects, quite poignantly, the current political climate in Australia.
In this bonus, I continue my collaboration with Steve Guerra of the "History of the Papacy" show (https://www.atozhistorypage.com/), and Scott Mcandless of the "Retelling the Bible" podcast (https://retellingthebible.wordpress.com/). In this show we revisit Scott's show on Abraham's three mysterious vistors. I also have an announcement about the final episodes in my main narrative, and a forthcoming book.
Hear about travel to Finland as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Jayne Dear about a one-week itinerary to visit the best of Finland by train. https://amateurtraveler.com/touring-finland-by-train/ Why should you visit Finland? Jayne says, "Many reasons. One of the most notable is that it's the happiest country in the world. For the last six years, it's been declared the happiest country in the world on the World Happiness Report. It's a beautiful country. You probably will have seen more trees than you will have seen in your life." Jayne starts us in the capital of Helsinki. She recommends visiting: Helsinki Central Station: A stunning Art Nouveau train station with a 48-meter-high clock tower. National Museum of Finland: This museum offers insights into Finland's history, including Viking relics, artifacts, and a Russian czar's throne. Market Square: Located by the harbor in Helsinki, it's a vibrant place to witness the local food scene, buy fresh produce, and try unique dishes like moose burgers and reindeer soup. Helsinki Cathedrals: There are two cathedrals to explore in Helsinki—the plain yet dramatic Lutheran Cathedral and the opulent Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, offering a contrasting religious experience. Suomenlinna Fortress: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic fortress on an island near Helsinki was built to deny the Russians access to the Baltic Sea. It's a fascinating place to explore, with military museums, a submarine, and a lighthouse church. While you are in Helsinki Jayne recommends a side trip to Porvoo which is located an hour from Helsinki by bus, Porvoo is known for its traditional wooden buildings. It has an open-air museum, showcasing historic buildings, churches, schools, and farms, providing a glimpse into Finland's rural past. Take the train then to Tampere which Jayne calls the "Manchester of Finland" due to its industrial history. Visitors can explore old warehouses, textile factories turned into museums and unique architecture like the Art Nouveau Fire Station. The city is situated between two lakes, offering picturesque views. For the best views, hike the nearby esker, a gravel hill left by the last Ice Age. While in Tampere, Jayne and her husband also did a homestay where they were able to learn more about life in Finland. Located in Parola, south of Tampere, is the Parola Tank Museum which showcases a variety of tanks and military vehicles, offering insights into military history. Our next stop is Turku which was Finland's old capital. Turku boasts a medieval cathedral and a historic castle. The city's riverside features historic boats, making it an attractive destination for exploring maritime history. If you have extra time, head north to Rovaniemi which is located on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is famous for being the "home" of Santa Claus. Visitors can partake in activities like dog sledding and witness the Northern Lights during the winter months. Whether you want to explore the coffee culture, the Finnish love of board games, the extensive forests, or the Wife Carrying World Championships, Finland is worth a visit.
Without Your Head's Diablo Joe reviews "AIMEE: THE VISITOR" out now from Full Moon Features! https://www.fullmoonfeatures.com/ @FullMoonFeatures "Scott Keyes is a brilliant but misanthropic computer hacker who generally prefers the company of computers to human beings. But Keyes' life is about to be turned upside-down. Thanks to some code-breaking by his partners Hunter and Gazelle, Keyes is finally able to unlock AIMEE, an incredibly advanced Artificial Intelligence program that appears in the form of a beautiful and seductive woman. But what a smitten Keyes doesn't realize, and what Gazelle soon discovers, is that AIMEE is an advanced infiltration program and has been designed to learn from whoever downloads her, become whatever he most desires, and in the process, to take over, control, dominate, replicate, spread - and ultimately destroy anyone who opposes her." Music: Intro "d'tat" by rainyskip, Underscore: “Alien Landing Party" by Lisa Hammer (Free Music Archive) #AIMEE #AI #AIMOVIE #artificialintelligence #FullMoonFeatures #Horror #Movie #MovieReview #DiabloJoe #WithoutYourHead --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/withoutyourhead/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/withoutyourhead/support
Join us for this week on Breaking Battlegrounds where Chuck Warren and Sam Stone dive into a diverse range of compelling topics with our esteemed guests. In our first segment, Congressman Ralph Norman of South Carolina's 5th Congressional District provides valuable insights into the impact of housing interest rates, the specter of inflation, the looming government shutdown, and his role as a surrogate for Presidential candidate Nikki Haley. We then shift gears in the second segment, featuring political reporter Jon Levine from the Sunday New York Post. Jon takes us on a captivating journey, sharing his experiences dressing as Senator Fetterman and exploring the culinary world of New York's finest restaurants. In the latter part of our discussion with Jon, we delve into the complex world of Hunter Biden and the Biden Administration.Finally, we welcome back Alexander Raiken to provide answers to Chuck's question posed last week. And that's not all! Kiley Kipper delves into two new cases that captivated her attention in this week's Kiley's Corner segment. First, she unravels the mystery of Thea Chase, a 2-year-old who was reported missing, only to be found asleep on her dog, three miles from home, four hours later. Then, we explore the tragic case of Adam Simjee and Mikayla Paulus, a couple who pulled over to help a stranded woman, only for Adam to be shot and killed. This week, Yasmine Hider pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with this shocking incident. -ABOUT OUR GUESTSCongressman Ralph Norman is a lifelong resident of South Carolina's 5th district. After graduating from Rock Hill High School in 1971, he attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. After college, he joined his father's construction business and helped grow it into one of South Carolina's most successful commercial real estate developers.Over the course of his career, Ralph has served with a number of organizations dedicated to improving the community, including the York County Home Builders Association, the Children's Attention Home, the Salvation Army, and the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors.He has consistently demonstrated his dedication to conservative principles. Throughout his political career in the South Carolina House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives, he has consistently voted in favor of limited government, individual liberties, and sound financial policies.Ralph married Elaine Rice Norman on December 28,1974. Elaine also is a lifelong resident of South Carolina, growing up in Belton. Together, they have 4 adult children: Warren, Anne, Mary Catherine, and Caroline, 17 grandchildren.-Jon Levine is a political reporter for the Sunday New York Post. His work covers city, state and national politics. He has worked on significant continuing stories and investigations, including Hunter Biden and the 2020 presidential election. A native New Yorker, he previously worked as a media reporter for TheWrap and Mediaite. His work has been featured on CNN.com, The Atlantic, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. When he's not working, he's thinking about work.-Alexander Raikin is a freelance journalist and a writer interested in medical ethics and bad statistics. His writings have been published in City Journal and The New Atlantis. Alexander is also a research fellow with Do No Harm. He can be found on Twitter at @AlexanderRaikin. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit breakingbattlegrounds.substack.com
This week, Jeremy Vaeni interviews Dreamland Subscriber “Judy,” who is an experiencer whose high strangeness life speaks to the connection between Visitors and the dead. But they also speak to the discrepancy between the literal event happening and the experiencer’s takeaway, as well as the likelihood of such things occurring
Billy Witnessed a murder (Almost) Billy visits the confederate white house Is Taylor Swift more popular then Michael Jackson? Acid Trip Ends in Arrest for Naked Bills Fan Who Covered Himself in Feces, Fell Down 30-Foot Hole Couple Caught on Video Trying to Join the Mile High Club on EasyJet Flight DESIIGNER ORDERED TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER OVER PLANE MASTURBATION INCIDENT 6 university students expelled after ‘disgusting' group masturbation celebration video goes viral Visitors must squeeze through two nude models to view Marina Abramović exhibit Mike Babcock resigns as Blue Jackets coach after phone picture saga Florida man arrested after trying to cross Atlantic in hamster wheel vessel Travis Kelce had himself a week
John 1:9-18 Our church hosts an annual festival for our community. Dozens of local businesses and organizations donate door prizes for us to give out to the folks that visit our campus. Visitors receive gifts they did absolutely nothing to earn. Every year grateful children and parents thank us for gifts God provided through the […] The post God Is Gracious Toward Us first appeared on Reflecting God - Embrace Holy Living.
On the audio version of the latest ep of Chin Stroker VS Punter, Paul and Mike riff-on, react-to and (in some cases) review: 00:00 - Intro 01: 47 - Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Series - REVIEW 13: 00 - WebRcade - emultor discussion 23: 15 - The Last Voyage of the Demeter - REVIEW 29: 47 - Ahsoka 43:40 - Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Paul's take) - REVIEW 49: 00 - Raw Deal - REVIEW 56:25 - The Visitor (1979) - REVIEW Subscribe (and review us) at Apple Podcasts Check out Mike's other show The Rewatch Project Check out Mike's new video series covering 80's action TV shows Rolling Thunder Feedback appreciated at email@example.com and hang with us on facebook Video version of the podcast available on the Chin Stroker VS Punter YouTube Channel
GDP Script/ Top Stories for Sept 27th Publish Date: Sept 26th From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast Today is Wednesday, September 27th, and happy heavenly birthday to musician Meatloaf. **** **** I'm Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Mall of Georgia Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Jackson EMC Foundation awards $37K to agencies serving Gwinnett County residents Contemporary Classics offers 'A Karaoke Riot!' as first production of the season Around the World in the DTL returns to Lawrenceville All of this and more is coming up on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe! Break 1 : M.O.G. Story 1: Jackson EMC Foundation awards $37K to agencies serving Gwinnett County residents The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors has awarded a total of $196,771 in grants, with $37,500 allocated to organizations serving Gwinnett County residents. The grants include: $15,000 to Boy With a Ball in Buford for curriculum materials to support the Velocity Cross Age Mentoring program. This program pairs high school mentors with middle school students in Gwinnett County, focusing on building connectedness, self-esteem, identity, and academic skills. $15,000 to Barrow Ministry Village in Winder for its counseling program, offering affordable counseling services to needy families in Jackson EMC's service area. The program targets individuals dealing with PTSD, anxiety, and family issues. $7,500 to Bethel Haven in Watkinsville for its Mental Health Counseling Program, providing mental health services and therapeutic counseling sessions for distressed children, teens, adults, and families in Jackson EMC's service counties. These grants are made possible through the Operation Round Up program, where cooperative members round up their electric bills to support local initiatives. Since 2005, this program has contributed over $19.4 million to communities served by Jackson EMC. Eligible individuals and charitable organizations in the 10-county service area may apply for Foundation grants, and membership with Jackson EMC is not a requirement.....…..read more at gwinnettdailypost.com STORY 2: Contemporary Classics offers 'A Karaoke Riot!' as first production of the season Contemporary Classics Theatre is set to kick off its new season with "A Karaoke Riot!"—a contemporary adaptation of Clifford Odets' 1930s play "Waiting for Lefty." Directed by Mike Weiselberg, the play offers a unique twist: audience participation. Ticket holders will be part of a special environment where they play the role of "ride share" drivers in a taxi strike, adding an immersive element to the experience. The play combines humor and satire with serious themes, highlighting the importance of fair wages and workplace respect. "A Karaoke Riot!" will be performed on October 20 and 21 at Sweetwater Bar and Grill in Duluth, Georgia. STORY 3: Around the World in the DTL returns to Lawrenceville Lawrenceville is hosting "Around the World in the DTL," a two-day festival in partnership with the Atlanta International Night Market. The event, taking place on the Lawrenceville Lawn, celebrates the city's diverse cultures and communities. Visitors can enjoy an international bazaar with unique items and global cuisine. The festival includes entertainment such as exotic dance performances and cultural showcases. On Friday, "Los Chicos del 512: The Selena Experience – Selena Tribute" will be featured on the Lawrenceville Lawn Stage. Saturday offers a showcase of performances and culinary delights from around the world, with over 50 vendors and more. The event aims to promote cultural diversity and understanding in the community. We have opportunities for sponsors to get great engagement on these shows. Call 770.874.3200 for more info. We'll be right back Break 2: Slappey – Tom Wages - Obits – Cumming Fair STORY 4: Gwinnett County champs lead way at Wingfoot XC Classic At the Wingfoot XC Classic, Gwinnett County champions Jewel Wells and Jameson Pifer stood out. Wells finished 8th in the Varsity Championship Girls race with a time of 18:37, while Pifer secured the 12th position in the Varsity Championship Boys competition with a time of 15:35. Mill Creek's girls, including Wells, placed 13th with 318 points. Wesleyan's girls finished 12th with 307 points. Pifer, along with other top Gwinnett finishers Wood Moore and Eli Griggs, contributed to their respective teams' performances. Mill Creek's boys finished 17th overall. STORY 5: International players boost Providence Christian football's historic start Providence Christian's football team has seen success thanks in part to the addition of international players, including six from Canada, five from Germany, and one each from England and Denmark. These players have contributed to the team's undefeated start to the season. The influx of international talent began under previous head coach Joe Sturdivant, who has extensive experience coaching football overseas. The players seek opportunities to play college football in the U.S., and they have adjusted to the differences in climate, competition level, and speed of the game. Their presence has enriched the school's culture and provided diverse backgrounds on the team. We'll be back in a moment Break 3: ESOG – Ingles 2 STORY 6: Peachtree Ridge defeats Dunwoody in softball Peachtree Ridge dominated Dunwoody with a 10-2 victory in fastpitch softball. Kenadie Garcia excelled as the winning pitcher with an RBI double. A.J. Muhammad, Amiya Hunt, and Mariella Morales played key roles in the Lions' offense. Mountain View had a successful day, winning two Region 8-AAAAAAA games, including a 15-0 victory over Central Gwinnett and a 6-2 win over Dacula. Riley Ashby and Rylie Smith were standouts. Brookwood defeated Duluth 8-0 in five innings, with Lorelei Sullivan and Nya Langlais leading the way. Archer secured an 11-3 victory over Shiloh, with Kaylee Lapides and Mia Johnson standing out. Discovery suffered a 25-8 loss to Chestatee in volleyball. Hebron Christian split their volleyball matches, defeating Franklin County but losing to Oconee County. Key players included Addison Griffin, Malia Silva, and Brooke Thao. STORY 7: Ambulance involved in 'serious injury' crash at intersection of Jimmy Carter Blvd. A serious accident occurred involving an ambulance and a passenger car at the intersection of Jimmy Carter Blvd. and Quails Lake Village Lane. The Gwinnett County Police are investigating the incident. The driver of the car is being treated at a local hospital, while no one from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services was injured. The ambulance was responding to a medical call with lights and sirens on, traveling in the center turn lane due to heavy traffic. The car attempted a left turn in front of the ambulance, resulting in a collision on the driver's side. The investigation is ongoing, and details are preliminary. We'll have final thoughts after this. Break 4: Henssler 60 Thanks again for hanging out with us on today's Gwinnett Daily Post podcast. If you enjoy these shows, we encourage you to check out our other offerings, like the Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast, the Marietta Daily Journal, the Community Podcast for Rockdale Newton and Morgan Counties, or the Paulding County News Podcast. Read more about all our stories, and get other great content at Gwinnettdailypost.com. Did you know over 50% of Americans listen to podcasts weekly? Giving you important news about our community and telling great stories are what we do. Make sure you join us for our next episode and be sure to share this podcast on social media with your friends and family. 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From the Henssler Financial Studio this is your news minute on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast presented by Engineered Solutions. Today is Wednesday, September 27th, and I'm Keith Ippolito. Sleepy Hollow Farm in Powder Springs kicked off its fall season with hundreds of visitors, especially families with young children, exploring its 60-acre pastoral setting. Families had the opportunity to pick from a colorful variety of pumpkins grown on the farm, with options for both eating and decorating. The farm, which originally started as a Christmas tree farm nearly 50 years ago, offers a range of family activities, including a corn maze, corn hole, and more. The revenue generated from visitors helps care for the farm's 200+ animals, many of which are rescues. Visitors enjoyed the outdoor experience and photo opportunities, making it a popular destination for fall outings. The farm's fall season runs until November 4th, and they will reopen after Thanksgiving to sell Christmas trees. For more news about our community, visit mdjonline.com. For the Marrietta Daily Journal Podcast I'm Keith Ippolito. https://www.esogrepair.com www.henssler.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jay Augustine is not new to the Louisiana NOW audience. Augustine has been a guest before on the podcast, as he was the guest speaker at the 2022 Annual Conference. We welcome him back for another interview as he has a new book, When Prophets Preach: Leadership and the Politics of the Pulpit. Jay serves as senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church, in Durham, NC, and as general chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is an accomplished author, respected academic leader, and nationally recognized social justice advocate who speaks for the equality of all human beings. Prior to Dr. Augustine's current pastoral service, he led Historic St. James AME Church (1844), in downtown New Orleans, the oldest predominantly black, Protestant congregation in the Deep South, while simultaneously teaching at Southern University Law Center. He recently served as a visiting professor at North Carolina Central University Law School and as a consulting faculty member at Duke University Divinity School, where he is also a member of the Board of Visitors and a missional strategist. To see Jay's teaching sessions from the 2022 Annual Conference, go here.
Once again we sat down with author and entrepreneur Tyler Granger and talked about the Second Annual Windsor Heights Book Fair that will be held on Sunday, October 1st. It will be held at 1141 69th Street in Windsor Heights, Iowa. On hand between Noon and 6PM will be several dozen authors from across the state. Visitors can visit with them and learn more about their work. Here, in this interview, I ask Tyler what drives him to do this massive project, who his partners are, how he has marketed the event and more. Want to know more about a home-grown event that is a true labor of love when it comes to books and authors. Have a listen we think you'll enjoy! Thanks for listening! The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFM, Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour...and on Threads @Insight_On_Business.
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------------------------------- 強化英語課程資訊 ------------------------------- 「社會人核心英語」有聲書課程連結：https://15minsengcafe.pse.is/554esm ------------------------------- 15Mins.Today 相關連結 ------------------------------- 歡迎針對這一集留言你的想法： 留言連結 官方網站：www.15mins.today 加入Clubhouse直播室：https://15minsengcafe.pse.is/46hm8k 訂閱YouTube頻道：https://15minsengcafe.pse.is/3rhuuy 主題投稿/意見回覆 : firstname.lastname@example.org 商業合作/贊助來信：email@example.com ------------------------------- 以下有參考文字稿～ 各播放器有不同字數限制，完整文稿可到官網搜尋 ------------------------------- 國際時事跟讀 Ep.K648: Taylor Swift's Impact on the Economy: Exploring Swiftonomics Taylor Swift, the 33-year-old American superstar, is not just dominating the music industry but also making shrewd business decisions that have a far-reaching impact on the U.S. economy. Affectionately dubbed "Swiftonomics" or "Taylornomics," Swift's prowess extends beyond her musical talents, as she leverages her influence to boost the economy and reshape labor compensation dynamics. 33歲的美國巨星泰勒絲，不僅在音樂行業中占據主導地位，還在商業決策方面展現了深遠的影響，對美國經濟產生了重大影響。這位被人們親切地稱為「斯威夫經濟學」或「泰勒經濟學」的天才不僅在音樂才華上出類拔萃，還藉著自己的影響力來促進經濟增長，並重塑勞動補償機制。 Swift's latest tour strategically targets the spending power of women who have seen increased wages post-COVID-19 and are eager to invest in experiences like live concerts. As the second-richest self-made woman in the U.S. music industry according to Forbes, Swift's global tour is set to include over 140 concerts across five continents throughout 2023 and 2024. 泰勒絲的最新巡演有意地瞄準了在後疫情時代工資增加的女性，這些女性渴望在現場音樂會等場合奢侈消費。根據《富比士》的排名，這位白手起家的女性在美國音樂行業中名列第二富有，其全球巡演計劃將於2023年和2024年在五大洲進行超過140場音樂會。 Alicia Modestino, an associate professor of public policy and economics at Northeastern University, highlights the significant impact of Swift's tour. With skyrocketing ticket prices, record-breaking attendance, and impressive revenues, Swift's tour is leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. 東北大學公共政策與經濟學副教授艾莉西亞·莫迪斯蒂諾強調了泰勒絲巡演的重大影響。通過不斷攀升的門票價格、打破記錄的入場人數和驚人的收入，泰勒絲的巡演對音樂產業留下了不可磨滅的印記。 Each show of her Eras tour has grossed around $13 million, totaling more than $300 million after the initial 22 concerts. Swift's ability to evoke powerful emotions through her music, according to David Herlihy, a professor at Northeastern specializing in the music industry, justifies fans' willingness to pay premium prices for an unforgettable experience. 在她的「時代巡迴演唱會」中，每場演出的總票房約為1300萬美元，在前22場演出後便超過了3億美元。根據東北大學另一位教授大衛·赫利希的說法，泰勒絲通過音樂引起觀眾強烈情感，這正是粉絲願意為難忘的體驗支付高價的原因。 Beyond ticket sales, Swift's tour revenue is supplemented by sponsorships and merchandise sales. Devoted fans seek memorabilia to commemorate their Eras experience, further contributing to Swift's substantial earnings. However, Herlihy acknowledges that costs such as staging, crew compensation, and profit sharing with songwriters do impact Swift's overall earnings. 除了門票銷售外，泰勒絲的巡演收入還來自贊助和週邊商品銷售。忠實的粉絲購買紀念品來紀念他們的「時代」體驗，進一步為泰勒絲的收入做出貢獻。然而，赫利希認為，舞台設計、工作人員薪資以及與詞曲作家的利潤分享等成本確實會影響泰勒絲的整體收入。 Swift's influence extends beyond personal profit, as her presence drives economic activity in cities hosting her concerts. Visitor spending on accommodations, dining, transportation, and various local businesses significantly bolsters the local economies. Notably, a single Swift performance in Colorado was projected to inject $140 million into the state's GDP, while her tour stimulated travel and tourism in regions across the nation. 泰勒絲的影響力不僅僅體現在個人利潤方面，她的存在還推動了舉辦音樂會城市的經濟活動。遊客在住宿、餐飲、交通和各種本地企業上的支出顯著地促進了當地經濟。值得注意的是，泰勒絲在科羅拉多的一場演出被預測將為該州的GDP注入1.4億美元，而她的巡演則在全國各地刺激了旅遊業。 In a surprising move, Swift distributed $55 million in bonuses to her Eras tour crew, showcasing her commitment to equitable compensation and fostering a positive work environment. This gesture aligns with broader trends of employers sharing profits with their workers, especially in a post-COVID era of increased profits and tighter labor markets. 令人驚訝的是，泰勒絲向她的「時代」巡演團隊分發了5500萬美元的獎金，展示了她對公平報酬和積極工作環境的承諾。這種舉動與雇主與員工分享利潤的整體趨勢相符，特別是在利潤增加和勞動市場變得更加緊張的後疫情時代。 As Swift's tour continues to captivate audiences globally, her strategic business decisions underscore her commitment to both artistic expression and economic impact. While her profound generosity sets a precedent, it remains to be seen if others in the entertainment industry will follow suit. Swift's unique ability to combine emotion and capitalism places her at the forefront of a new era of celebrity entrepreneurship, leaving an enduring mark on the economy and labor landscape. 隨著泰勒絲的巡演在全球繼續吸引觀眾，她的戰略性商業決策凸顯出她對藝術表達和經濟影響的承諾。儘管她的慷慨行為樹立了榜樣，但娛樂業中的其他人是否會效仿仍然有待觀察。泰勒絲獨特的能力將情感和資本主義相結合，使她站在名人創業的新時代前沿，對經濟和勞動格局留下了不朽的印記。 Reference article: https://news.northeastern.edu/2023/08/11/taylor-swift-economy-impact/
Come along for what some people call Australia's Roswell. Patreon, Discord, Merch, and all of our wonderful links can be found on the Linktree: https://linktr.ee/allts The Saucer Nest: The 1966 Tully Saucer Nest UFO case is one of the most famous and well-documented UFO sightings in Australian history. It occurred in the small town of Tully, located in Queensland, Australia, and involved multiple witnesses who reported seeing a strange flying object and a mysterious circular depression in a swampy area, which became known as the "saucer nest." Here's a detailed account of the Tully Saucer Nest UFO case: Date and Time: The incident took place on January 19, 1966, around 9:00 AM local time. Witnesses: The primary witness was a farmer named George Pedley, who was driving his tractor near the Horseshoe Lagoon in Tully. He claimed to have seen a disc-shaped, metallic object hovering above the lagoon. Pedley described the object as silver or gray and estimated it to be around 25 to 30 feet in diameter. Object Behavior: According to Pedley, the object emitted a hissing sound, and it appeared to be descending toward the lagoon. As it descended, the object began to emit a cloud of steam or vapor, causing a disturbance in the water and vegetation below. Physical Evidence: After the UFO departed, Pedley and others who arrived at the scene noticed a circular depression in the swampy area near the lagoon. This depression, measuring approximately 32 feet in diameter, became known as the "saucer nest." The plants within the circle appeared to be flattened and twisted, and there was a distinct smell of sulfur in the air. Media Attention: The Tully Saucer Nest case quickly garnered media attention, and it was investigated by local authorities, including the police and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Photographs of the saucer nest and interviews with witnesses were widely covered in newspapers and magazines. Official Explanations: The RAAF conducted an investigation but was unable to provide a definitive explanation for the incident. They suggested that it might have been caused by natural phenomena, such as a waterspout or a tornado, although these explanations were met with skepticism by some. UFO Enthusiast Interest: The Tully Saucer Nest case attracted the interest of UFO enthusiasts and researchers, who saw it as compelling evidence of extraterrestrial visitation. It remains a topic of debate and discussion within the UFO community. In summary, the 1966 Tully Saucer Nest UFO case involved the sighting of a disc-shaped object by multiple witnesses, accompanied by the discovery of a circular depression in a swampy area. Despite investigations by local authorities and speculation within the UFO community, the incident remains unexplained to this day, making it a notable and enduring UFO mystery in Australian history. Tully is a town located in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is known for its picturesque surroundings, agricultural significance, and a quirky tourist attraction called the "Golden Gumboot." Here's an overview of Tully: Location: Tully is situated in the Cassowary Coast Region of Queensland, approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Cairns. It is nestled in a lush, tropical rainforest environment. Climate: Tully experiences a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. It is famous for receiving some of the highest annual rainfall in Australia, which contributes to the region's lush vegetation. Agriculture: The Tully region is known for its sugar cane farming. Sugar cane is a major crop, and the town has a sugar mill to process the harvested cane. Agriculture, including banana plantations, also plays a significant role in the local economy. Tully Golden Gumboot: The Golden Gumboot is a quirky and iconic attraction in Tully. It is a giant gumboot sculpture made of fiberglass, standing at about 7.9 meters (26 feet) tall. The gumboot was built to celebrate the town's reputation as one of the wettest places in Australia. Tully's annual rainfall can be substantial, and the Golden Gumboot serves as a lighthearted symbol of this fact. Visitors can take photos with the giant boot and learn about Tully's rainfall records. Tourism: Tully is a gateway for tourists exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding rainforests. Visitors come to enjoy activities such as hiking, white-water rafting on the Tully River, and birdwatching in the nearby Tully Gorge National Park. The presence of the Golden Gumboot also adds a touch of whimsy to the town's tourism offerings. Southern Cassowaries: The region is home to the endangered southern cassowary, a large flightless bird. Efforts are made to protect these unique birds and their habitat in the Tully area. Tourists often hope to catch a glimpse of these rare and elusive creatures in the wild. Community and Events: Tully has a vibrant community and hosts various events throughout the year, including the Tully Sugar Festival, which celebrates the sugar industry and features parades, live music, and cultural activities. Tully, with its combination of natural beauty, agricultural significance, and the quirky Golden Gumboot, offers a unique experience for visitors exploring Far North Queensland. It's a destination that showcases both the natural wonders and the community spirit of the region.
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Here's our quick review if the new film Full Moon Features film, Aimee: The Visitor, which is set to release on September 29th on the Full Moon Features streaming app.Aimee is the first film in history to feature a character not portrayed by an actor or designed using digital special effects, but entirely created using modern A.I. technology.Follow us on Social Media: @pvdhorror Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, FacebookWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOyloOb0puVCXDjJ_ZiPYqgVisit our website: https://pvdhorror.com/Special thanks to DJ Cryptkicker for the intro and outro music. Be sure to find his music on social media at @djcryptkicker or the following:https://djcryptkicker.bandcamp.com/album/shock-around-the-clockhttps://music.apple.com/us/artist/dj-cryptkicker/1536351234https://open.spotify.com/album/1KUi9ntDa5eYughfOvfxNY
GDP Script/ Top Stories for Sept 22nd Publish Date: Sept 21st From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast Today is Friday, September 22nd, and happy heavenly birthday to MLB HOF Tommy Lasorda. ****LASORDA**** I'm Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Peggy Slappey Properties. Georgia Gwinnett College ranked most diverse Southern college for 10th straight year Grayson High grad supports versatile missions while serving at U.S. Navy Helicopter Squadron Snellville will hold liquor store license lottery on Sept. 25 All of this and more is coming up on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe! Break 1 : M.O.G. Story 1: Georgia Gwinnett College ranked most diverse Southern college for 10th straight year Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has been ranked as the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college by U.S. News and World Report for the 10th consecutive year. In the latest rankings, GGC secured the top spot for diversity in the Southern region and ranked fourth nationally for ethnic diversity among regional colleges. The rankings are based on data from the fall 2022 semester, with GGC's student body comprising 32% Black/African American, 27% Hispanic, 24% white, 12% Asian, and 4% multi-ethnic students. GGC also earned high marks in other categories, including undergraduate teaching, public schools, least debt, and international student representation.…..read more at gwinnettdailypost.com STORY 2: Grayson High grad supports versatile missions while serving at U.S. Navy Helicopter Squadron Petty Officer 1st Class Johnny Rosario, originally from Grayson, serves as an aviation electronics mate at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3. Rosario joined the Navy seven years ago for educational benefits, having attended Grayson High School and college. He credits his hometown's culture of staying calm and focused in fast-paced environments for helping him succeed in the Navy. HSC 3 conducts various missions, including search and rescue, air assaults, and medical evacuations. Rosario takes pride in being part of the Navy, contributing to national defense, and appreciates the guidance of mentors like Senior Chief Ronnie Mendoza and Chief Sean Fagan. STORY 3: Snellville will hold liquor store license lottery on Sept. 25 Snellville officials are using a lottery to decide which business owner will be granted a liquor store license to operate a package store in the city. Five groups have submitted proposals, and the lottery, scheduled for September 25th at City Hall, will determine the recipient. This decision follows voter approval last November for the issuance of liquor store licenses. Initially, three proposals were approved for the lottery, but two more groups successfully appealed their denial, making a total of five eligible proposals. The lottery includes proposed sites near Main Street, McDonald's, Autobell Car Wash, Hampton Inn & Suites, and QuikTrip on U.S. Highway 78. We have opportunities for sponsors to get great engagement on these shows. Call 770.874.3200 for more info. We'll be right back Break 2: Slappey - Tom Wages - Obits – Cumming Fair STORY 4: The new Elizabeth H. Williams library in Snellville merges literacy with entrepreneurship The new Elizabeth H. Williams Branch in Snellville is unlike any other Gwinnett County library. It shares a building with business entrepreneurs, offering a sprawling library on the ground floor and a Thrive Coworking space for small businesses on the second floor. The facility, costing $10.2 million in special purpose local option sales tax funds, is twice the size of the old Snellville branch and is unique for being the first library in the county to incorporate co-working spaces. Snellville's Mayor, Barbara Bender, sees it as an opportunity to support local entrepreneurs in a city known for its business community. STORY 5: 4-H Farm Friends exhibit continues to connect people with animals at Gwinnett County Fair The Gwinnett County 4-H Farm Friends exhibit at the Gwinnett County Fair continues to provide visitors with the opportunity to interact with farm animals. The exhibit, now in its 32nd year, features cows, a donkey, goats, sheep, newly hatched chicks, and ducklings. Visitors pay $1 per person to see the animals, and the funds raised serve as a significant fundraiser for the Gwinnett County 4-H group, covering expenses for various activities throughout the year. It also offers suburban children the chance to experience farm animals up close and learn about their care. We'll be back in a moment Break 3: ESOG – Ingles 9 STORY 6: Four from Gwinnett Heat up for ASPIRE Awards Four individuals affiliated with the Gwinnett Heat have been nominated for the Fifth Annual ASPIRE Awards presented by the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs. These awards recognize outstanding contributions to support student-athletes with physical disabilities. Ed Shaddix, recently retired athletic director for GCPS, is nominated for the Eli Wolff Award for Advocacy. Jeff Jones of the Gwinnett Heat is a nominee for the Gail Hendrick Award for Volunteerism. Additionally, two Heat coaches, Len Boudreaux and Lynette Swanson, are nominated for Junior Varsity Coach of the Year. The awards banquet will take place on October 22nd in Atlanta. STORY 7: Rebecca Miranda breaks Brookwood career assists record in win over Parkview Brookwood's volleyball team celebrated Senior Night as they defeated Parkview with a score of 25-18, 25-10, 25-23. Rebecca Miranda achieved a career milestone by breaking the program record for career assists with a total of 1,253 assists, surpassing the previous record set in 2019. The win ties Brookwood with Grayson for first place in Region 4-AAAAAAA, both holding 3-0 records. Kate Phelan, Sarah Sanders, and Rayne Williams also made significant contributions to the team's success. We'll have final thoughts after this. Break 4: Henssler 60 Thanks again for hanging out with us on today's Gwinnett Daily Post podcast. 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Haunting from an interstellar and intergalactic source in the back yards of our ancestors and the front lawns of our Latin neighbors. Today we discuss the real tragedies of entities from another planet but also the mysteries of lost technologies from the deepest corners of moldy planet. Dive deep into a dissecting experience with your favorite hosts as we splice genes with alien fugitives and probe every inch of your large intestines with zombie protected legalities and 3rd dimensional goblins! Welcome to Peruvian Visitors! // Follow @Los_Cunados_Bulliez on IG https://instagram.com/los_cunados_bulliez?igshid=MWZjMTM2ODFkZg== Follow @ParanoiRadio on IG https://linktr.ee/Paranoiradio?utm_source=linktree_profile_share<sid=cf5d923e-9ac9-480f-b67c-aee7bf835076 Drop a 5 review on Apple podcast. Thank you ☂️
We look at the BYU game and give our predictions. BYU play by play man Greg Wrubell joins us to talk about the Cougars. KU QB commit Isaiah Marshall is a guest and talks about the start to his season and enrolling early. We take a look at some of the visitors expected for the BYU game.
Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. Your host is Kelly Molson, Founder of Rubber Cheese.Download the Rubber Cheese 2022 Visitor Attraction Website Report - the first digital benchmark statistics for the attractions sector.If you like what you hear, you can subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue or visit our website rubbercheese.com/podcast.If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review, it really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned in this podcastCompetition ends on 20th December 2023. The winner will be contacted via Twitter.Show references: https://vacevents.com/THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER – QEII CONFERENCE CENTRE, WESTMINSTERhttps://vacevents.com/committee/ Bernard Donoghue OBECEO & Director, ALVA, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, Mayor of London's Culture Ambassador. Co-Chair, London Tourism Recovery Board.https://www.alva.org.uk/https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernard-donoghue-obe-0aa9b97/ Bernard has been the Director of ALVA, the UK's Association for Leading Visitor Attractions, since 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications, and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector. In 2017, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Bernard to be the Mayor's Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and a member of the Mayor's Cultural Leadership Board. Bernard is Co-Chair of the London Tourism Recovery Board. He is also Chairman of LIFT, London International Festival of Theatre; Chairman of the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continually operating theatre in the English-speaking world, and also of the People's History Museum, the Museum of Democracy. He has been a member of the UK Government's Tourism Industry Council since 2016. Bernard was named by Blooloop in 2020 as one of the world's 50 most influential people in museums, and in July 2021 won the public vote for the COVID Special Recognition Award from the UK Museums and Heritage Awards for his service to, and leadership of the museums and heritage sector in the UK during the pandemic. Ken Robinson CBE FTS - Founder of VAChttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-robinson-cbe-fts-bb811312/Ken is an independent adviser who speaks and writes on tourism topics. As a "tourism enthusiast" he aims to be a pragmatic pioneer of new initiatives, strategies and solutions to optimise the economic, cultural and social benefits of tourism. Ken's Consultancy companies completed over 1500 assignments, mostly in the UK but also several hundred international projects, beginning over 50 years ago, before the days of mass tourism. He was a founding member of the Tourism Society and supported the formation of the Tourism Alliance, both of which organisations he has served as a board member and Chair, as he has on several other Tourism bodies. Specialising initially in visitor attractions, Ken initiated and subsequently chaired the National Visitor Attractions Conference, VAC, and has been on its Committee ever since. In addition to many clients in the public, private and third sectors, he has advised the UN's International Trade Centre, on national and regional Tourism strategy development. His current focus is to move the industry's thinking from marketing to the critical need to manage future tourism for the benefit of host communities, and to optimise tourist's experiences. Ken was appointed CBE for services to Tourism in 1997, and an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. Paul KellyChief Executive, BALPPA, Chair of VAC https://www.balppa.org/https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-kelly-2714a922/Having been with BALPPA for 11 years and working with VAC for that amount of time as well, Paul started his career in the attractions sector at Thorpe Park in the 80's and then moved on to the London Eye for its opening around the millennium. He has always been involved with visitor attractions. Several more years working within Merlin followed both in the UK and abroad, mainly on business development. Being a BALPPA member for 30 years means, being Chair of the organising committee at VAC keeps Paul in touch with all aspects of the attractions industry. Liz Terry MBEManaging Director, Leisure Media Grouphttps://www.linkedin.com/in/elizterry/ Janet Uttley Head of Business Transformation for VisitEnglandhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/janetuttley/ Transcriptions: Kelly Molson: Welcome to Skip The Queue, a podcast for people working in or working with visitor attractions. I'm your host, Kelly Molson. Season 5 kicks off today with not one, not two, but three excellent guests.On today's episode, I have the pleasure of speaking to Bernard Donoghue, Paul Kelly and Ken Robinson, founders of the Visitor Attractions Conference. You also know Bernard as, Director of ALVA and Paul as CEO of BALPPA.VAC celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and I'm finding out where the idea for the event spanned from, how it's changed and developed over the years. And we take a look ahead to what 2024 has in store for the attraction sector.Unfortunately, fellow Founder; Liz Terry, the Managing Director of Leisure Media Group, and also Janet Uttley, Head of Business Transformation for VisitEngland, were unable to join us on this episode. But stay tuned for lots of insight and to find out how you can get your ticket for the VAC conference this year.Kelly Molson: If you like what you hear, you can subscribe on all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue.Kelly Molson: Bernard, Ken, Paul, it is a treat to have you all on the podcast today. Thank you for joining me. I think this is the first time I've had three guests as well, so this could be interesting. Bernard Donoghue: And three men as well. I mean, it's like a really bad testosterone banana rama, isn't it? Really. Kelly Molson: I'm just a little flower in the middle of you thorns today. Yes, it's a real shame. So, unfortunately, Janet Uttley and Liz Terry couldn't make it along to join us today, which is a shame. But I'm sure that they will get lots of mentions as we talk through some of the things that we're going to chat about today. But first, as ever, I want to start with a little icebreaker. I'm going to ask you all the same thing because I'm intrigued as to whether you ended up doing what you thought you might. So, Ken, I'm going to start with you first. When you were at school, what did you think that you'd grow up and be when you were older? Ken Robinson: I didn't know. Kelly Molson: Had no clue at all? Ken Robinson: No, I didn't have a clue. I was lucky to have a good education. I didn't work at school. And then I got into a job, which was I was very successful at it and it was very boring. So I left. And when I discovered tourism and visitor attractions, it took me over. I didn't decide to do it. It told me that was it. Kelly Molson: Oh, I love it. It's like a calling. Ken Robinson: At the time it was, I was actually sitting in a turret room which had been vacated by Lord Montague. His desk used to face in and I liked that because I didn't have to look at the faces of the visitors going past who might complain, because in those days, buli was very expensive. And then one day I thought to myself, these people are investing their hard earned money and leisure time in making a decision to come here and it's our job to make sure they have a good time. And I turned my desk round and I looked at them all day long and the moment I turned my desk round, everything changed. Kelly Molson: I love that, because you could see the whites of their eyes and how they were engaging with the venue as they turned up. Ken Robinson: Well, it's just such a failure, isn't it? If you've got somebody who makes a choice and spends their time and money, a family decision for many people, and it should be a highlight. And if it isn't, whose fault is it? It's probably the fault of the visitor attraction, given that the person has chosen to go there in not communicating well enough with them about what they've got and what they would find interesting. Kelly Molson: This is such a brilliant story and that wasn't where I was expecting this to go either, Ken. I love it. Paul, what about you, Paul?Paul Kelly: Yeah, I mean, when I was at school, I was interested in sports and that was it, really, and luckily, that dragged me through the various places I went to. But what I was going to end up doing sports. I think once you get into sports quite seriously, you realise fairly quickly that actually you're not going to make it, so you have to find something else. So, laterally, I decided that business was a good idea. So I started doing business studies up in North Wales and for some reason were doing a sandwich course in those days, I think it was called that. One of those, I got placed at Thorpe Park. I don't know why particularly, so there's a group of six of us went down to Thorpe Park to work there and I actually started working on the rides.Paul Kelly: I'm not sure what it had to do with business at the time, but I'm glad somebody thought it did. And I couldn't believe that was a job that you could do, you could be paid for, because I came from the north at that point and there wasn't an awful lot going on in the 80s and actually be paid. Everyone enjoyed themselves, fantastic atmosphere, parties every night. I'm sure it's still like that. And it was just amazing. And from that moment on, regardless of what happened after that, including other colleges, other bits and pieces, effectively, I never left. Kelly Molson: It's always going to be in that sector. Paul Kelly: Yes. Kelly Molson: Excellent. Great. Bernard, same to you. Bernard Donoghue: Well, this may come as a surprise, but my grandfather was in the Irish Guards, my father was in the Grenadier Guards, my brother was in the Royal Marines, and I had a very large collection of action men. I genuinely thought I would probably end up in the army. And actually, I got an offer after university to go into the Household Cavalry. I don't think I've ever told anyone this before. Anyway, it just clearly I didn't pursue the application. It wasn't for me at all. Got really into politics. So I started working in the House of Commons, House of Lords and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and then I've just been in sort of lobbying, campaigning, political world ever since. But I still miss the uniforms. Can't deny it. Kelly Molson: I think we'd like to see you in that uniform, Bernard, if I'm not going to lie. So from the lobbying aspect, which is obviously a really big part of the role that you currently have, how did the attractions bit kind of slot into those? Where did the two join up? Bernard Donoghue: It's a really odd coincidence. I was trustee of a charity that Diana, Princess of Wales, was a patron of, and I was working full time for a charity that she was a patron of. So when she divorced Prince of Wales, now the King, she reduced her patronages down from 187 to six. And I happened to be involved with six of them. I went to work for her as a deputy private secretary, press secretary. But of course, the moment she died, which was August 31st, I had no job. Suddenly I was unemployed. And I got contacted by a woman who Ken will certainly know, probably Paul will, too, by Sue Garland, who used to be Deputy Chief Executive of VisitBritain, who'd heard me speak at something and said, "Well, we're just about to create this post of government affairs liaison. Would you be interested to working on the role while working on what you do next?”Bernard Donoghue: And that was in August 1997. And here I am still. Ken Robinson: But also, can I add something to that? Because I was lucky enough to be sitting in the room on many occasions when Bernard would give his briefing at meetings that were held by VisitBritain. And it was always a highlight of the day because Bernard, in those days, never pulled his punches. I'm not saying he does now, but he would just explain to everybody in the room what was going on with all of the political parties, which we never understood, and explain what we ought to be doing in order to best put our case. So it was really no shock when he turned up at ALVA, because I would say this if he wasn't here, he was the star of the show there, and that expertise that he showed has blossomed in the job that he's doing now. Kelly Molson: This is lovely, isn't it? Aren't you all nice? Bernard Donoghue: This is love in.. Kelly Molson: Probably why you all work together, right? You will get on so well. Right, back to you, Ken. Unpopular opinion, please. Ken Robinson: Most visitor attractions do not deliver full value for money to most of their visitors. Kelly Molson: Okay, Paul and Bernard, do you agree with this? Will our listeners agree with this? Is this an unpopular opinion?Paul Kelly: Did you use the word most, Ken? Ken Robinson: I did. Paul Kelly: I'll go for some, not most. Bernard Donoghue: Yeah, I'll go for some as well. One of my favourite programmes is Yes, Minister. And whenever you'd hear something off the wall, bonkers, they would say, that's a very brave opinion, Minister. That's a very brave opinion, Ken.Ken Robinson: Now's not the time to justify it. I'll do that on another occasion. Kelly Molson: Yeah, we will invite you back and we can do that one on one, Ken. Paul, what about you? Unpopular opinion? Paul Kelly: Well, I'm guessing that anybody that's worked in a theme park will probably have the same opinion I have. So I worked at Thorpe Park, which was 450 acres, two thirds of which was water. And at the end of the day, when you were walking out, and in those days, that could be 9, 10 o'clock at night, it was beautiful. On a late summer's evening, calm waters, walking through a park which had just been cleaned and tidied and ready for the next day. It was fantastic. And we all had the same opinion once were down the pub discussing the day. It's just a shame we have to let people into theme parks because it's the absolutely beautiful place without them there. So sometimes people let the parks down. Kelly Molson: That's a good one. That is a good one. Yeah. And you don't want to let them in to see the beautiful bit either, do you? Because then there'd be people there. It wouldn't be serene. Paul Kelly: No, I mean, those evenings, if there was still time, we'd go windsurfing on the lakes, cable water ski around the back. And it was just a shame that all these people came in every day and messed it all up. Kelly Molson: Yeah. Well, I'm pretty sure that most people who've worked in theme parks aren't going to disagree with you on that one, Paul. Good one. Bernard, what about yours? Bernard Donoghue: Even though I chair a theatre and I know how important the revenue is, I'm not a fan of selling drinks and food to people in theatres because they just make a noise. I can't bear it. I mean, it depends. I mean, it depends if it's a panto or something like that. Completely fine. Ken Robinson: Oh, no, it's not. Bernard Donoghue: It kind of allies to what Paul was saying as well, which was I don't know whether it's an unpopular opinion. I think it's probably a popular opinion. But visitor behaviour, whether it's in a theatre, a museum, an art gallery or wherever, has completely deteriorated post lockdown. Some people's behaviour is getting worse and it's very difficult to know what to do about it. Kelly Molson: Yes, agree. I don't think that's going to be very unpopular at all, actually, considering some of the things that we've seen recently. Thank you all for sharing. Okay, let's get back to the serious bit. The Visitor Attractions Conference. It's 20 years old this year. If you are listening and you're not familiar with it, one, why the hell not? And two, you need to grab a ticket today. It's the leading networking and learning event for visitor attractions across the UK. And I first visited in October 2019 and it was the first sector specific conference that I had been to. We'd been working in the sector for probably about three or four years, had never really at that point kind of gone all out on our like, "This is what we're going to niche and this is what we're going to specialise in."Kelly Molson: So I was kind of doing a bit of a fact finding mission really, and I came along and it absolutely blew me away. I think it was one of the friendliest conferences I've ever been to. I think you'd created an environment where everybody was really welcome, no stupid questions. Everyone from speakers to guests where kind of felt like they were all on the same level, really happy to answer questions that you had, really happy to talk to you. And I think that was for me. I came away from that event, I went back to my team and said, "This is where we should be. This is the event for us, this is where we should be attending, these are the people that we should be speaking to." And I've absolutely loved every minute of that. Kelly Molson: I mean, the next one I went to was a virtual one. So it was very different to the 2019 event, but still excellently organised. So firstly, thank you for making that happen. But where did the idea for the VAC come from in the first place? How did this come about? Ken Robinson: So we have to remember that the world was very different over 20 years ago. Really, really very different. Not just a question of internet or pre COVID and all those things and pre Olympics, but just very different. And attractions in those days thought and acted and communicated in their sectoral associations. Historic houses talked to historic houses, curators of museums talked to curators, bishops talked to priests, zoologists talked to botanists, but they didn't talk across the sectors. There were two exceptions to that. One was that in Visit England or English Tourist Board, there'd always been a committee there which was across the sectors, but the other one was ALVA. Now, when ALVA was formed, it was a 1 million visitors plus club for attractions, with 1 million plus visitors a year. Ken Robinson: Subsequently, groups of attractions, particularly English Heritage, National Trust, were involved originally associates, but it was a 1 million plus club and that's only 1% of the attractions in the United Kingdom had over 1 million. And it was very London centric. And ALVA had a five objectives, four of which were about government. And the interesting thing was that I was very good friends all through this time with Lord Lee, who know a very big part of the early success, pre Bernard of ALVA. I said to John Lee, “Look John, could you not change your name to ALVA and be involved with all the visitor attractions because they badly need something which glues everybody together and we need to get across this away from this sectoral stuff.” Ken Robinson: And everybody was talking about historic houses, talk about the house museums, talking about the continents of the museum but they weren't talking about visitors. They weren't talking about how you communicated with the visitors or what they were motivated by or how you could better manage things for visitors, give them better they weren't doing that. So John agreed with this and I've got the original papers here. I looked them out that I was asked first of all by ALVA in December of 2001 to write a paper on the future of ALVA which is headed: ALVA in the Future Representing All Visitor Attractions. Then after that the conversation went on and we realised that if were going to have some kind of overall event we couldn't do it without the National Tourist Board, we couldn't do it without Visit Britain, Visit England. We needed their input.Ken Robinson: We needed them to talk to DCMS and make sure it would happen. And also we wanted to do this not on a commercial basis but being by the industry, for the industry, run by the industry, not for profit. And that was a problem because we wanted to do it in the QE II Centre because we wanted to be in the centre of everything and that was going to cost an extraordinary sum of money and there wasn't that much money that could in that first year come originally from VisitEngland. So the partners in this, the partners being ALVA, BALPPA, Paul's organisation, Leisure Media the wonderful Liz Terry and her magazine which has forever been behind this event for no recompense whatever and myself put up 5000 pounds each security in order that the thing would happen. Ken Robinson: You said, "We'll stand the risk, let's do it.". So in 2004 I wrote the briefing of the first conference and I found from a 2003 the government asked for a list of topics that would be discussed in order they could work out whether or not they might like it and it's still here. What I like about it is it would do quite well for this year's conference. All those topics are still relevant. So that's where it came from. That's where it came from. We wanted it to have at the time the lowest possible attendance fee to get the highest number of people there. We wanted to involve everybody. Ken Robinson: And the cast list for that 2004 event, my goodness me, absolutely fantastic cast list in terms of the people we had for an initial event and you can imagine when it was announced and everybody was behind it ALVA was behind it. BALPPA, I should have mentioned that Colin Dawson, Paul's predecessor was an absolute stalwart of the conference in the early years he stood by know, when times were tough and that's where it came from. Kelly Molson: That is phenomenal. It was really putting your money where your mouth is, isn't it? By all of you actually personally investing in this thing to bring it to life. You don't hear many things happening in that way anymore, do you? It's all about getting investment and asking other people to make the commitment to it and take the risk. Ken Robinson: Well, we have a company now, I should say. We have a company called VAC Events, and we are all equal. The four of us are equal shareholders, that's to say, Bernard and ALVA, BALPPA and Paul, Liz and myself, for no benefit. Martin does it for us, but we are the people that carry the can, if you like, and I don't think we've ever had anything out of it apart from a nice lunch at Christmas, but apart from that, it's a great feeling of doing something. When you say everybody is very friendly and talks to one another. That's why they're all in the same business. Bishop, curator, zoologist person running a heritage railway, they're all in the same business. Kelly Molson: Obviously, the first event was a success. You've been on and you've done many, what, 20, 20 events since that first one. How have you seen it kind of change and develop over the years? So what did that first conference look like compared to what this year's will look like? And how have you kind of evolved it over that time to keep it relevant to your audience? Paul Kelly: Well, I think so. My involvement directly has been the last ten years, so I'm halfway through chairing for this one, but I was actually there at the early ones because I worked at that time. I was working at the London Eye, just across the river, and I was good friends with Colin Dawson at the time. I'd worked with him at Thorpe Park and he for some people, may well remember Colin as entertaining Princess Diana on a log flume in 92, 3 and 4. Paul Kelly: And I was there. It's hard to tell, but I was actually there. I'm not in any of the photos in Paris Match and all of those places. I have a couple of myself here. I didn't get anything signed by Princess Diana and sent over to you know, bitterness takes a while to and I've joked with Colin over this many years. Colin was there, but if you look closely behind the scenes, you'll find I was there too, but so I was great friends with Colin over many years and still am. He was obviously contacting everyone he knew about this conference. He was working for BALPPA at the time. I was working for the Two Swords Group, had the operational contract for the London Eye. Paul Kelly: So I went to the first one and I suppose my impressions of the first one was for somebody who hasn't been there before, the QE II is extremely impressive as a conference center. I don't go to many that look like that around the UK. Most of them normally the ones I go to are in attractions, they're slightly different so it was hugely impressive both on its location and what was across the road and how things went and I was a little bit starstruck I suppose, for the first one. Now I get the opportunity to sit on the stage and look out at everybody and have a slightly different view on it all, but still think it's an extremely impressive environment to do that. Paul Kelly: And I think the biggest change for me, and I think we may cover a little bit later, is how we've broken up the afternoons into separate segments and sections where people can go along to a smaller, informal group discussing a topic that they particularly want. And I think the thing I also like about that is the amount of people who want to go to more than one of them that are on at the same time and are almost complaining there's too many things to go to, which I think is hilarious, which means it's really good. And hopefully that means that next time they'll really think about which one do I want to go to, obviously I want to go to more than one, but I'm going to pick my best one. Paul Kelly: So I think for me, that's probably the biggest change over time. But what doesn't change for me is the team that we have putting these things together, which we're actually relatively slick at. Everyone gets the chance to put their opinions and I'm glad we don't record those meetings and it works out really well. And I think as a team, it's amazing how long we've stuck at it and stuck together. Kelly Molson: I'd love to be on a little fly on the wall for those meetings. Have you ever had a fallout about something? Bernard Donoghue: Yes, we're frequently violent. It's a visitor experience in its own right, I think. Kelly Molson: I'll pay for it. Bernard Donoghue: We reflect the madness that some of our visitors demonstrate on site so in that case I think we're rooted in the industry. The first one that I went to was in 2011, so I just joined ALVA at that point. And the first one I spoke, it was in 2012 and I've been doing the same kind of slot ever since. I do a kind of State of the Nation in the morning because ALVA obviously gets loads of data and information and we publish all of our visitor figures and all the rest of it, and actually we collect and commission much more data now than we ever used to. So I share all of that in the kind of Donoghue half hour copyright. Bernard Donoghue: What's lovely I mean, Paul's absolutely right is that over the last twelve years I think we've seen a real move from people desperately wanting to speak about their successes to being really open about what hasn't worked, which of course is far more interesting and useful. So there's been a really lovely shift from people saying, "No, I don't have to do the propaganda stuff.” Actually, I'm going to tell you what it was like, why it was a disaster and what we learned from it. And that's so useful. So you do get this real honesty coming from the speakers who know that's what they find useful too. So why not share it? I think the other one is I do a presentation about, is there core behaviours of successful visitor attractions regardless of type?Bernard Donoghue: And there are there's about ten of them, but one of them is the ability to foster creative partnerships with unusual suspects. So the presentations that are most fascinating for me is where a visitor attraction, it doesn't matter whether it's a cathedral or whether it's a museum or gallery or theme park, have teamed up with someone that you wouldn't expect them to team up with to tell the story of their people and places and collections in a new, innovating, exciting way. And those are fascinating, absolutely fascinating. So I love those. There's much more of that. Kelly Molson: Fantastic. Well, on that note, I want to know from each of you who has been the most inspiring speaker that you've had at the conference over the past 20 years. Ken, let us start with you. Who do you think would be on your list for that? Ken Robinson: I had a look through the programs going back to 2004 and came up with the following names which surprised me, actually. I think originally our first most inspiring speaker was Simon Jenkins, the columnist of the Times, who had very strong views, which didn't necessarily agree with what government and others were doing. He did give a very inspiring presentation and then there are some people who perhaps we would expect less. The most single most surprising speaker was somebody called Tristram Mayhew, who titles himself as the Chief Gorilla of Go Ape and in a room full of suits and quite smart dresses and trouser suits, Go Ape shambled onto the stage in a car key shirt and proceeded to explain how he'd done things differently. And frankly, it was riveting. We had a chap called Tony Berry from the National Trust who gave presentations. Ken Robinson: His first one was just stunnning, you know, in the days when HR was less popular, Tony Berry would tell you why you should be interested and he was absolutely amazing. And Sue Wilkinson, incidentally, of the National Trust, who was the person responsible really for dragging the Trust from its sort of old form to its new marketing orientated thinking about its supporters future success? She was terrific. And the other person I would mention another Tony, I don't know whether or Tony's there's Tony Butler from the Museum of East Anglian Life, who again, when Bernard was talking about people talking about doing things differently and it inspires you. Some of those examples are very interesting, but not easy to copy. Ken Robinson: In other attractions, we always look for things that do go across the piece, so anybody can learn from the lessons within the example that we're talking about. And incidentally, we do have arguments in meetings, it's about whether particular speakers and particular topics are the way of doing things. And generally speaking, when we all have a good go at it comes out better than it did when anybody said, “Well, I know what the right answer is. No, you don't. Let's all talk about it. So that works.” So you get these people that actually inspire and they light up the room, not because of clever graphics and not because of a forceful way, but they light up the room because of the originality of their ideas. Now, I'll come to my number one. Ken Robinson: I'm sorry about this, because he's sitting on my screen down there, and that's young Bernard, who since he joined our there you go. That's the top half that works. You should see the bottom half doesn't work. He's just had pins put in it. Kelly Molson: Just for our listeners here, Bernard is given a little muscle strong arm salute on screen here. Ken Robinson: Bernard combines the latest immediate knowledge of talking to people across the industry with an absolutely amazing gift of the gab, with a power of communication. And he's unstoppable. And we wouldn't have stood him for all these years if he wasn't. So of all the years and all the speakers, the consistent best is Bernard. But we have had other people, often surprising, who take know, you don't expect it, you think you're going to listen to ordinary session, all of a sudden it takes fire. Kelly Molson: Bernard, what have you got to say to that? Bernard Donoghue: What I say to Ken is there are packets of cash going from London to the south coast with immediate effect. Delighted. Thank you very much. It's really lovely, actually. I've tried to change things every year to do partly political, but also partly about good practice and who's doing what and who's interesting. I'll tell you what, one of my favourite speakers, and it was in a conversation, one of the things that we've introduced is a sort of conversation with slot, which works really well, actually, because a bit like this, you're off script, you respond to people. Liz chaired a conversation last year, so were in Birmingham last year and it was all about HR issues and of course, it know, coming out of COVID and cost of living crisis and recruitment challenges and all of those kind of stuff. Bernard Donoghue: And Tina Lewis is the director of people at the National Trust. National Trust, getting great repertoire here. She came out with an idea that they're doing at the National Trust and I've implemented it in the three organisations that I chair and it's made the biggest difference. So the National Trust, they will pay the rent deposit for your flat if you need them to. So if you're going through a cost of living crisis and you can't get up the cash to put down a rent deposit on your flat, they'll do it for you. You can't get up the cash to put down a rent deposit on your flat, they'll do it for you. That was such a transformational thing to hear. You could almost hear the gasp in the room of people going, "Oh, my God. Yeah, if we can, let's do that." Bernard Donoghue: And I've now introduced it. As I say in the organisations that I chair, not many people have taken it up, but the fact that we've said it has made such a difference to people. I mean, as it is at the Trust, actually, there's been a relatively small number of people at the Trust who've taken it up, but the very policy decision, the very communication of it, just spoke volumes about an organisation that cares about its staff, and particularly those staff who are on really limited budgets. So there's been loads and loads of speakers over the course of the last few years, but that for me was a nugget which has changed people's lives and has been implementable. Kelly Molson: I think that's the key to that part, isn't it, is that it's an incredible thing that they've done, but the fact that it can be implemented someone has listened to that talk. They can take that away, take it to their board, take it to whoever needs to okay that, and they can put that into action like that straight away. That's the power of a really good initiative and a good speaker to be able to deliver that as well. Paul, what about you? Please don't say Bernard. I think he's had enough praise today. Bernard Donoghue: No, keep going. Kelly Molson: No. Paul Kelly: You're OK, Bernard? We'll leave that one where it is, shall we? If we can squeeze Bernard into the room next. Right, so one special mention I wanted to give, actually, which is one of the years not too long ago, we invited Simon Calder to speak, the travel journalist, and I have to say I wasn't convinced, because clearly he's not working in one of our attractions and doesn't necessarily know the industry pretty well. But I have to say, he was hugely entertaining, had done his homework, was hugely knowledgeable, and so he was absolutely excellent. But I think the most important thing for me is that he left us and he said to me, “Enjoyed it so much, I'll come back later.” And I said, “Yes, of course you will.”Paul Kelly: So he went away and he came back at the end of the day to talk to all the people that he'd seen early in the day, because he loved the atmosphere and he wasn't required to do that. And he came along. And for that I have to put a special mention in one for myself to actually listen to the others when they say, “This will be good”, and secondly for him, for actually doing a bit and actually coming back later. And he was a fabulous addition and outside of our industry. So my inside the industry one is somebody I ended up working with because I was with the Two Swords group and then they were bought by Merlin with Nick Varney and his Merry Men. Paul Kelly: So Nick and his team had obviously been in the industry a very long time at this point, dipped in and out of theme parks and attractions. But Nick didn't actually do many talks. You wouldn't actually hear him speak about too much. I'd heard him speak over in the IAAPA trade show held in Orlando every November, and he was absolutely brilliant. And then Ken managed to get him to speak at VAC one year. And again, he was absolutely excellent. And this fits in nicely because now that he's retired from Merlin, he's speaking again this year. So I think that will be really interesting because he's absolutely excellent. Ken Robinson: And by the way, guys, just to show you that we know what we're doing here, this is 2004, okay? And it says here the recipe for success. Nick Varney chief executive, will talk about the components for commercial success. And that's before. So we've got him first and look what happened. Kelly Molson: I'm really looking forward to that interview, actually, and I think it would be really interesting to see how he differs now. He's kind of outside of the sector, and I think that the format that you've got him in. So that's the interview with Liz, isn't it? On stage? I think that's going to be a really great format as well. I've seen that work really well in the past where she's interviewed people and it just feels really comfortable and really conversational. I think that brings out the best of people. Bernard Donoghue: Kelly, do you want to know who's been of most variable quality? Kelly Molson: Oh, yes. Bernard Donoghue: Tourism Minister. I mean, without doubt. I mean, we've been going 20 years now, therefore we've had 20 tourism ministers, had one a year, like Christmas cards. And some of them have completely got the industry completely understood. It delivered a barnstorming speech, and then the next year you'll get the annual Tourism Minister pop up and they'll read something flat, banal, uninteresting. And we're so torched by the experience that we don't invite the one next on the year. So we're always banging on about this. Tourism is very good at job creation. In fact, we've created 20 Tourism Minister jobs in years, but they are of variable quality. Ken Robinson: The best we ever had, Bernard, I think, by far, was John Penrose, when he had completed his review of the industry and got very clear views, which he put to government. Unfortunately, government didn't do it, as they usually don't, but he was good and people liked him and gave him a high rating. I think the next best was probably Margaret Hodge, who was very good and spoke from the heart. But as you say, when we look at every year, we look at a rating of every speaker and the meeting after the event, we go through those ratings and decide, those that got good ratings, why did they get it? Was it intrinsic to their character, their nature, their topic? Was there something special? And those who didn't, why was that? Was it our fault? Ken Robinson: Did we not brief them properly? Or was it never going to be any better? Ken Robinson: And that way we managed to manage the conference. So know the attraction sector. We sometimes forget that over half of all visits to visitor attractions in the UK are free of charge. We forget that the majority of visitor attractions are medium and small businesses. We forget that there are charitable and commercial attractions. We must be able to bring this whole sector together and move our thinking forward in the way that Bernard has just explained in terms of what he does with ALVA. And the other thing that Bernard mentioned was ALVA's research now. Ken Robinson: 20 years ago, you had to wait until the annual book came out from Thames Tower and then eventually from the centre of luck look to page 16 and there would be numbers, but very little interpretation of what those numbers meant. Now, Bernard is behind much of the work that is done now with ALVA. But the key to it is it's not just numbers, it's interpretation. And because of the communication skills, when ALVA put out a message, it is interpreted. It says why it was a successful year or what was mitigating against that. And that's so important in trying to move our case forward. Kelly Molson: But it's important in improving the content that you give your audience at the conferences as well, right? If something isn't working and you've got a process of evaluating why that hasn't worked and how you improve on it for the next one. Let's just focus on why should people attend VAC this year? What is in it for them? What's on the agenda? What have they got to look forward to and how can we get them to book a ticket? Bernard Donoghue: I'll happily go first and go quite niche, actually. One of the things that I do now outside of ALVA, or because of ALVA is that I co chair the advisory board for VisitLondon. So essentially chair the London tourist board. And I do that with Kate Nichols of UK hospitality. And we created the London Tourism Recovery Group during COVID So my suggestion would be Sadiq Khan. So we've managed to get the Mayor of London to come along and speak at this anniversary conference. And it's not just because he's the Mayor of London and it's the 20th anniversary, but it's because he's the first ever Mayor of London that hazard one of his four political priorities, culture and tourism. That's number one. Bernard Donoghue: Number two is that he put his money where his mouth was and he funded the Let's Do London Recovery campaign, which was both domestic and international with the industry. We delivered it with London and partners, but he put up the lump sum behind it. And third, he completely gets that tourism and heritage and culture is both where you grow jobs and we're very good at it, but it's also where you grow people. It's where you grow people in terms of their cultural literacy or their sense of community or their independence or their sense of history. And therefore knowing where you come from enables you to be a better future citizen, if you like. Bernard Donoghue: So my quick blast would be we've got him doing a welcome, but also saying why visitor attractions and tourism are so important to him and to the economy and the politics of London. So that's not to be missed. Kelly Molson: That is a big draw. Absolutely a big draw. Paul, you mentioned earlier about the variety in splitting up that second session, that second part of the day with the seminars and the smaller talks that you do as well. That for me, as an attendee, is really valuable because you can kind of pick and choose what's relevant to you and go along and see lots of different talks. What do you think is the draw for people to come to the conference this year for you? Paul Kelly: Well, I was just jotting down, thinking about it's a little bit. An extension of what Ken was talking about is that it's the variety of what we do in one place is greater than anywhere else. And all the conferences I do because of the nature of what we do each end of the spectrum. So we've got talks about people who run charities to people who run hugely commercial operations. We've got people doing talks on which are free to get into those who are quite expensive, but focus on value for money. And you've got those that are indoor, those that are outdoor. When I spent my time business development at Merlin, they were always focused on a balanced portfolio. And a balanced portfolio meant making sure that right across your business, you have every aspect covered. Paul Kelly: So everything balances indoor, outdoor, UK, Europe, USA, whatever it is. And I think with our conference, that's what we try and do, we try and balance all of those types of different types of operations so that everything is covered, not to the point where it's too thin and you don't learn anything. And that's the key to it, is that we go into the depth. And the depth, I think, is greater now because we do those breakout sessions and we've got time to do in fact, we double up for those three different areas just for that afternoon. So I think those are the things, if anyone asks me why they should come, it's about the variety.Kelly Molson: Regardless of size of your attraction as well. And actually, from my perspective as a supplier to the industry, it's just as valuable to come along and learn and understand what's going on in the sector. You don't have to be an attraction to come along and take part and be educated about what's happening in the sector. What about you, Ken? Ken Robinson: Well, I think that those of us who have stood on the stage at the QE II Centre and looked at the people who have come can see that there aren't any slumbering faces out there. There are people making notes, people nudging the person next to them, people looking round when we ask a question. We now have a sort of red and green card system for, do you agree? Don't you agree? Which we sometimes use, which is very interesting, engaging the mood of the room. And I think that the thing about VAC is don't be lazy if we're going to come to VAC. Don't be lazy. If you're coming to VAC, l And jot down what questions you might like to ask those people or what you'd like to learn from that session. Write it down, don't think you can remember it at the time. Ken Robinson: Bring it on a note with you when you come and then you will find, and we all know this, that the networking that happens at the end of the day and in the breaks at VAC it's like a family wedding in a way. I mean, everybody wants to talk to everybody else and it's so valuable. I think everybody who goes away from VAC should have a good few things that day, which they say, “I wouldn't have thought of that if I hadn't been there”, or even, “I disagree with that”, but it's made me realise what my true opinion about that is equally valuable. But don't be a lazy attendee. Come and participate, come and enjoy, come and learn, come and take back benefit to everybody that works with you. Kelly Molson: Yeah, I couldn't agree more. I think that thing about not being scared to ask questions is really valid as well, Ken, because this happened to me, actually. I went to one of the seminar sessions, and this is back in 2019 and was really inspired by one of the speakers about it was Julez Osbek, who was at Continuum Attractions at the time, and she talked about marketing segmentation, but had a completely different perspective on it in terms of not doing it demographically, just talking about age brackets and things like that. And it was really interesting. I didn't get a chance to ask a question during the seminar, but I found her afterwards and she was very approachable, very happy to answer my question. And then I stalked her on Twitter and got her to come on to the podcast afterwards to talk about it. Kelly Molson: But that's for me, what VAC is about. It's the openness that people are really willing to share. So don't be afraid to go and find the speaker that you've been inspired by and go and ask them the question afterwards, because everyone's really happy to talk about their topic and they're really happy to help people. That's my little key takeaway from it anyway. Right, so it's going to be on Thursday, the 5th October. This podcast episode is launching on the 20th September, so you haven't got long to go and get your tickets, so make sure you do. It is the 5th October, the QE II Conference Centre in Westminster. The website address is vacevents.com. That's Vacevents.com and you can get your ticket there. All of this information will be in the show notes, so don't worry if you didn't get time to scribble that down. Kelly Molson: While I've got you all, though, because you all are in the sector and you've got lots of insights to share. I want to know from each of you what you think that attractions should be focusing on and what 2024 might look like for the sector. Paul, what about you? Start with you. Paul Kelly: So I've been chatting to some of our operators. We have some very large operators around the UK asking them how it's going? And unsurprisingly, you could have said the same question 20 years ago, what's our biggest challenge? It's the weather. It's not actually the cost of living crisis, it's not COVID you can put plans together for those things and you can work on it, but the weather always is a little bit of a challenge. So this summer inverted commerce has been quite hard to focus on what we can deliver when the days have been half decent. Actually, we've done quite well, we always do relatively well, certainly in our sector, I'm sure the others will agree, in a recession. Paul Kelly: So the key seems to be, and I'm going to put it out, I haven't quite found the right words for it, but I'll develop this once I've spoken to a few more. What every attraction for me has to have is an opportunity for people to downgrade what they did slightly. What they're doing is they're ringing it up and saying, "Can't afford to do this, have you got something that's almost like that?" But whether it's a slightly different experience, less time, one day less so whatever the packages are that people are offering, there has to be one rung lower than it was before to still encourage people to come along because they're not able to reach the same heights at the moment that they did previously. But they still want to have that family experience that day out, create those memories. Paul Kelly: All of those things are still relevant. And if you don't have that opportunity, then they'll either go elsewhere or they won't go. So, again, it's managing. So I'm not talking about huge discounts, I'm talking about being relatively clever in what you package and what you put together to make sure they still attend and they still get what they perceive to be value for money. But unless you have that option then I think they won't come. Kelly Molson: Really great advice, Paul. Thank you. Bernard, what about you? Bernard Donoghue: Like Paul, actually, especially since Lockdown ended, but actually for about the last five or six years I've noticed a particular thing which is where visitor attractions have got reserves, and that's a big if by the way, particularly in the course of the last couple of years. Actually, especially since Lockdown ended, but actually for about the last five or six years I've noticed a particular thing which is where visitor attractions have got reserves, and that's a big if by the way, particularly in the course of the last couple of years. So it comes back to Paul's point about kind of ensuring yourself against the excesses of the weather and making sure that you're still particularly a family attractive visitor attractions that'd be one. Second is cost of living crisis, certainly for the average customer, but also the energy costs for visitor attractions too. Bernard Donoghue: Just crazy amounts of money that visitor attractions are now paying i If you're a zoo or an aquarium you can't turn down the temperature of your botanics you're a living reef. So we're going to have to find some way out of that. And that means that actually for many organisations it's going to be as financially challenging over the next twelve months as it has been over the last two. And then I think the third, and this is a continual for me and Kelly, you and I have talked about it before, but it forms the last session of the day at the VAC conference which is diversity and inclusivity. And my feeling is that every visitor attraction should be critically honest about who comes, who doesn't, why they don't come and what are you going to do about it?Bernard Donoghue: And in particular those organisations who in receipt are government money or public money or who had COVID loans from the UK taxpayer. If their visitors don't look like the community in which they're housed, they have a moral question at the heart of their business. That's it. If you want to take public money you need to have an audience that looks like the diversity of the public. And that's a challenge. I get that, I completely get that. But I think that making sure that we are as accessible in every conceivable way, economically, physically. Accessible to people and that they see their stories and themselves reflected in their collections and people and staff and volunteers and board members, I think that's the biggest challenge of the sector as it is indeed to many other sectors. Bernard Donoghue: But I think we're doing some amazing things and we need to shout about it and we need to share and we need to learn from each other. Kelly Molson: Absolutely agree. And that session is going to be a really great session. That's one not to miss. Ken? Ken Robinson: Well, I would say two things. First of all, as far as our visitors are concerned, I think there is a bigger polarisation now than there ever has been between those who have money and can still afford to do things and are not much impacted by the current circumstances, despite everything. And those who haven't and those who haven't have got to find ways of saving money, getting more for their money. There are so many things they can do that are free and alternatives that charged attractions find it difficult. I think we have to remember that the biggest number of attractions in the United Kingdom are heritage based attractions and they weren't purpose built like many of Paul's members, the attractions are purpose built for entertainment. But heritage attractions have got a bigger responsibility or museums housed in historic buildings. Ken Robinson: And all the time they're having to cut their costs and finding life difficult. Money isn't going into maintaining that National Heritage. And that's a real big long term challenge, one that government can't ignore. So government has a vested interest in the health of our businesses because the more healthy they are, the less will fall back on the state eventually. One last thing, I would like to mention Martin Evans and the tourism business. Ken Robinson: For the last I don't know how many years, Martin has been the person who has put together this event for us. He has to do the heavy lifting. He is backed up by our conference organisers, who are also very efficient. And the other person that I wouldn't like to miss from this, because if she could have been here today, you would have got a different flavour, is the wonderful Liz Terry and the support that her organisation. That's Liz's Organisation, her hard work in Leisure Media Group. She publishes Attractions Management magazine. Ken Robinson: She has never asked for anything from this conference and she gives it great support, without which we wouldn't have made 20 years, as I said earlier. And also a big shout and a screen for Liz. Kelly Molson: That is lovely. Thank you. I'm sure Liz will very much appreciate that. We won't forget her. Don't worry, she'll be on the credits for this podcast. I always ask our guests to leave us with a book recommendation for our listeners. So a book that you've loved, a book that you've enjoyed as part of your career growth can be absolutely anything. So, Paul, what would you like to share with us today? Paul Kelly: Oh, I tell you what, books are a bit highbrow for me. Yes, Bernard agrees with that. So I'm from the north, so I used to travel a lot when I was working North America. Commuting a little bit. So I did read a little bit then, but I very quickly swapped over to podcasts things that I download. I watch Silent Witness from the 90's, early 2000s repeatedly. I like Meet Marry Murder, which is one of the cable channels, so I'm quite simple. So I don't really have a book recommendation. I think when I have time to read, I will look forward to reading what somebody else recommends. Kelly Molson: Well, I will take Silent Witness as a recommendation because I love Silent Witness, Paul. Oh, so good. Never miss an episode, ever. So, OK, they go I mean, I can't give it away as a prize, but go and check out Silent Witness if you haven't. Bernard, what's yours? Bernard Donoghue: Well, I've been on this before and I remember my recommendation and it sounds really facile, but it was absolutely true, was Ladybird Books when I was a kid, and then that's how I got into history and heritage and storytelling and absolutely loved them. And I've still got loads of them, which is a bit sad, actually. I'm currently confined to home with a broken ankle. So I've been going through my big Bernard book of books, of all the ones that I haven't got around to reading, and the one that I've enjoyed most and has really surprised me is Lucy Worsley's biography of Agatha Christie. Absolutely fascinating. I thought I knew her. I thought I knew all about her. I know all of her characters, I've watched every conceivable film and TV program, but what a fascinating woman. Bernard Donoghue: So that's the one that I've loved this summer. Kelly Molson: Great recommendation. Yeah. I wondered what were going to get from you, actually, because you've had a lot of time on your hands to go through that book pile. Bernard Donoghue: It was either going to be Agatha Christie or the Argos catalogue. Honestly, it could have gone. Kelly Molson: It's not Christmas yet. You only do the Argos catalogue at Christmas. Ken, over to you for our last recommendation. Ken Robinson: Well, the best book quite hard to get hold of now, but I can supply copies is Action For Attractions, the National Policy Document, written in 2000. But if you want something other than that, then I have just finished reading a book which everyone else read years ago called Sapiens, which is about this thick, that's to say two and a half inches thick. For those of you listening. It's by somebody, I've just had to look him up because I couldn't have remembered it, by Yuval Noah Harari. And it's entitled A Brief History of Humankind. And what's so interesting about it is it goes through segments explaining the great moves that have happened to us humans since we appeared on this Earth. Ken Robinson: And I found the whole thing fascinating to read in one go what took me a long time, particularly the last bit, which talks about how commerce has changed the world and what we're all doing, and that's, after all, what we're doing at VAC. We are engaged in the kind of commerce that is to entertain, amuse and give enjoyment to our visitors, and at the same time keep the heritage of the country going and keep an awful lot of people employed, so I recommend Sapiens. Kelly Molson: Ken, that's a great book. It took me a really long time to read as well, but it is an absolutely fascinating book. I would totally back up your recommendation there. Have you read the next one as well, Homodeus? Ken Robinson: No one a year is enough for me. Kelly Molson: Well, I've got a toddler, so reading doesn't come easy for me right now. But Homodus is next on my list to read because that's the next one on from Sapiens and it's supposed to be a really good read as well. Right, listeners as ever, if you want to win a copy of Ken and Bernard's book, retweet this episode announcement with the words, I want the Vax books and you will be put into a prize drawer to win them. And also, do go and watch Silent Witness, Paul's recommendation, because it is blooming brilliant. I love it. Thank you all so much for coming on to join me today. I've really appreciated it. It's been a fascinating kind of deep dive into the Visitor Attractions Conference. I genuinely love this conference. It is one absolutely not to be missed. Kelly Molson: I mean, there might be a speaker called Kelly at this one. This is so I'll be there. Come and see me too. But no, thank you. It's been wonderful. As I said, we will put all of the info in the show notes. We'll put all of the connections to Paul, Ken and Bernard too. So if you've got any follow up questions that you want to ask them, I'm sure they'd be really happy to help. But it's vapevents.com. Go and grab your ticket now. Thank you, guys. Ken Robinson: And I have to tell you, Kelly, we are going to spend our time at our next committee meeting thinking of impossible questions for you for when you're speaking at VAC.Kelly Molson: Oh, God. Do it. I love impossible questions. Put me on the spot, Ken. I'll enjoy it. Kelly Molson: Thanks for listening to Skip the Queue. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review. It really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned. Skip The Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. You can find show notes and transcriptions from this episode and more over on our website, rubbercheese.com/podcast.
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Zona Norte, located in the city of Tijuana, Mexico, is a neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife and red-light district. It is situated just north of the city's downtown area and is bordered by the U.S.-Mexico border to the north. Zona Norte attracts visitors from both sides of the border, including tourists, locals, and individuals seeking entertainment and adult-oriented activities.One of the most prominent features of Zona Norte is Avenida Revolución, the main street that runs through the neighborhood. Avenida Revolución is lined with numerous bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops, making it a bustling and lively area, especially at night. The street is often filled with people enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, music, and street vendors offering food, drinks, and souvenirs.Zona Norte is particularly known for its adult entertainment establishments, including strip clubs, brothels, and bars offering adult-oriented services. These establishments cater to individuals seeking such experiences, and it's important to note that they operate legally within this designated area.While Zona Norte has a reputation for its adult entertainment, it also offers other attractions and activities.There are restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, from traditional Mexican dishes to international fare. Visitors can also find street art, local markets, and craft stores where they can purchase traditional Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs.It's worth mentioning that Zona Norte has faced challenges related to safety and security, primarily due to the presence of organized crime and illicit activities. Visitors should exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings when exploring the area, especially at night.In this episode, we take a look at the growing violence in the plaza as rival cartels continue to look to increase their power and to diversify their revenue stream.(commercial at 7:38)to contact me:firstname.lastname@example.org:Report: Cartels fighting for control of brothels and strip clubs in Tijuana's 'tolerance zone' (borderreport.com)This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5080327/advertisement
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Rutgers started out last year going 3-0. Then only found one win the rest of the way. My guest today says this years team has a completely different vibe though. How different? We'll find out Saturday in The Big House. With us today is Rutgers beat writer Pat Lanni from NJ.Com and The Newark Star-Ledger
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Welcome to the daily304 – your window into Wonderful, Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Today is Tuesday, Sept. 19 Plan a visit to the tasting room at Hawk Knob cidery-- Cheers! *clinks glasses*…Get an adrenaline rush with a guided adventure in Almost Heaven…and Moundsville's Palace of Gold is named on the the 40 most beautiful places in the United States...on today's daily304. #1 – From ROVOLOGY – Birdsong and bluegrass music provided the soundscape for an entertaining and informative afternoon recently at Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider near Lewisburg. Against a backdrop of picturesque mountain views, CEO/Founder Josh Bennett poured out generous cider samples for guests. Bennett took a number of detours on his way to producing cider commercially. From working on a Montana cattle ranch to training horses in Florida, and from driving a tractor trailer, to starting a business in disaster relief, Bennett developed skills that would serve him well later. After three years in Germany with the U.S. Navy, he took advantage of the GI Bill and studied agriculture and agronomy at West Virginia University. Ending up a few counties from where he grew up, Bennett found his calling. In 2014, Hawk Knob, named after a nearby mountain, opened its hard cider operation. Hawk Knob's tasting room opened in 2015 and the fledgling business took flight. Today, Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider is a small, hands-on operation with a big reputation for producing dry, complex beverages full of character and flavor. Bennett and his team still hand-sort their heirloom and modern apples, then press, age, and blend them. To learn more or plan a visit, check out www.hawkknob.com. Read more: https://rovology.com/united-states/west-virginia/hard-cider-makes-for-easy-sipping-at-hawk-knob-appalachian-hard-cider/ #2 – From WBOY Clarksburg – West Virginia is known for its outdoor recreation and adventure opportunities. If you're visiting or even live in the Mountain State and want to dabble in some thrill-seeking activities, a guided adventure will help you check off items on your bucket list but with an expert there to ease your nerves and keep you on track. There are lots of places to raft with a guide in West Virginia. Right now it's Gauley Season but you can also opt for beginner-friendly trips on the Upper New. Guides also operate on the Cheat River and Shenandoah and Potomac rivers farther north. Wanted to try rock climbing? NROCKS Via Ferrata in Circleville offers a climbing experience with rungs and cables that are fully guided and will allow you to have all the adrenaline and views of climbing without the technical skill of the true rock climber. Other guided trip options include horseback riding, caving, off-roading, zip lining and more. Check out www.wvtourism.com to start planning your Almost Heaven adventure! Read more: https://www.wboy.com/wv-outdoors/guided-trips-for-first-time-adventurers-in-west-virginia/ #3 – From THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER – West Virginia's own Palace of Gold has been named one of the “40 Most Beautiful Places in the United States” by Business Insider magazine. The palace in Moundsville was founded by followers of Hare Krishna in the 1960s. Because of its high ornamentation it is sometimes referred to as “America's Taj Mahal.” The palace is the site of the annual Festival of Colors during which participants throw powdered colors into the air to celebrate the arrival of spring and passing of winter. Visitors are welcome to tour the palace and grounds, which include a rose garden and pond. Visit www.palaceofgold.com to learn more. View the Top 40 list at Insider.com. Read more: https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/community/2023/09/palace-of-gold-in-marshall-county-listed-among-most-beautiful-places-in-u-s/ Find these stories and more at wv.gov/daily304. The daily304 curated news and information is brought to you by the West Virginia Department of Commerce: Sharing the wealth, beauty and opportunity in West Virginia with the world. Follow the daily304 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @daily304. Or find us online at wv.gov and just click the daily304 logo. That's all for now. Take care. Be safe. Get outside and enjoy all the opportunity West Virginia has to offer.
(Lander, WY) – The KOVE 1330 AM / 107.7 FM Today in the 10 interview series Coffee Time continued today with host Vince Tropea, who recently spoke with Owen Sweeney, the Executive Director for the Lander Chamber of Commerce, and Helen Wilson, the Executive Director for the Wind River Visitors Council. Sweeney and Wilson stopped by to talk about the September Business After Hours happening this Thursday, September 21. The Wind River Visitors Council has joined forces with the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce and Wyoming Economic Development Association to host the Wyoming Working Together Conference's Thursday evening reception as part of the Lander Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours. The reception will serve as an informative celebration of Lander-South Pass City's designation as a Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Gateway Community. (The Business After Hours portion of the evening will be catered by Bunks BBQ and takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 209 Main Street.) Hear all about it from Sweeney and Wilson in the Coffee Time interview below! Be sure to tune in to Today in the 10 and Coffee Time interviews every morning from 7:00 to 9:00 AM on KOVE 1330 AM / 107.7 FM, or stream it live right here.
In this week's First $1,000 segment, we hear from a Washington, DC tour guide who specializes in mocktail-making and sober-curious visits. You don't need to drink (alcohol) to have a good time! Side Hustle School features a new episode EVERY DAY, featuring detailed case studies of people who earn extra money without quitting their job. This year, the show includes free guided lessons and listener Q&A several days each week. Show notes: SideHustleSchool.com Email: email@example.com Be on the show: SideHustleSchool.com/questions Connect on Twitter: @chrisguillebeau Connect on Instagram: @193countries Visit Chris's main site: ChrisGuillebeau.com If you're enjoying the show, please pass it along! It's free and has been published every single day since January 1, 2017. We're also very grateful for your five-star ratings—it shows that people are listening and looking forward to new episodes.
The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay features the 10-story Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower. The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is dedicated to showcasing the area's rich maritime roots. The museum's exhibits spotlight fishermen, ship captains, skilled craftsmen, inventors, and lighthouse keepers, among others who have contributed much to the area for centuries. Under the same management is the Death's Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, which traces the area's commercial fishing tradition. Among the museum's most popular offerings is the Door County Lighthouse Festivals that are held each spring and fall. The festivals include tours that highlight all 11 of the lighthouses of Door County and three additional lighthouses to the south. Sam Perlman In addition, Cana Island Lighthouse, built in 1869, is owned by Door County and managed by the Door County Maritime Museum. Visitors are taken across a causeway to the island via hay wagon, and tours include a sweeping view of Lake Michigan and the Door County peninsula. Sam Perlman, Deputy Director and Development Manager for the Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., is interviewed in this episode. Averie Shaughnessy-Comfort, executive director of Presque Isle Lighthouse in Pennsylvania, co-hosts. Cana Island Lighthouse, USLHS photo by Dan Reis.
On the most recent episode of Before the Hedges, DawgNation's Jeff Sentell zeroed in on three big pieces of recruiting news for the 'Dawgs. 1) The back-to-back national champions are set to host their potential biggest recruiting weekend of the year for South Carolina. All-American DL Aydin Breland from California headlines this list. 2) The recent Chris Cole commitment was big. Very big. Cole should be seen as much more than just the seventh-highest-rated commitment for the nation's top class. 3) The recent decommitment of MASSIVE 3-star DL Michai Boireau caught a lot of eyes recently. Where do the 'Dawgs now stand with the 6-foot-5, 365-pound senior at Creekside in Metro Atlanta? The "Big Five" topics in this week's show also featured: -- Another great DawgNation conversation with All-American WR commit Ny Carr. He's made a remarkable turnaround in his life over the past year and is playing the best football of his career. -- A Gameday in the life of a typical recruit on a big gameday weekend You can catch "Before the Hedges" every Wednesday at 8 PM on the DawgNation Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. "Hedges" also now streams every Wednesday night on the DawgNation.com home page
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VCU's Board of Visitors is set to meet to decide if buildings will be demolished to make way for new construction; Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the Republican House and Democrat-controlled senate all proposed $100 million for a billion-dollar project in Richmond; Attorney General Jason Miyares and his team have received an $80 million dollar settlement from Monsanto for environmental contamination; and other stories