The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation to create the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund, which will assist Vermont farms that sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The relief fund will pool contributions from donors and will make grants directly to farmers affected by the storm. ‘Following Tropical Storm Irene, the Agency of Agriculture received calls from many farmers seeking guidance about lost land, lost crops, and lost livestock, as well as calls from Vermonters interested in supporting farmers,’ said Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. ‘Until now, there was no designated fund to which we could direct callers. The Farm Disaster Relief Fund creates a vehicle where we can connect the resources of concerned donors to the needs of affected farmers who have suffered damages from tropical storm Irene.’ The Community Foundation and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross will work together in consultation with local organizations to distribute the funds, which will be used by farmers to replace infrastructure as well as help cover losses sustained from the storm. Representatives from the Foundation and the Agency of Agriculture will meet within the coming week to further define the guidelines of the application process to the Relief Fund. ‘People across the country are interested in helping Vermont farmers. As we all know, many of these farmers lost everything,’ says the Vermont Community Foundation’s President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘These resources will help them get through the next few months and allow them to begin to rebuild, restore, and get back on their feet.’ The Agency of Agriculture works to facilitate, support and encourage the growth and viability of Vermont agriculture while protecting the working landscape, human, animal and plant health and the environment. Visitwww.vermontagriculture.com(link is external) for more information. The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. We are Vermont’s largest and leading homegrown grantmaker. Together, our family of over 600 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, we help keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355 for more information.
Good interior design in the accommodation facility is key to attracting guests because it affects travelers to the whole holiday experience.And how it’s not just a sales slogan is proven by a new survey by Booking.com among almost 19.000 passengers, which reveals that poor interior design ruined the enjoyment of vacation for a quarter (26%) of the world’s passengers.Thus, one in four (23%) passengers from Croatia says that in the past they stayed in accommodation where they did not like the interior design, and 23% even moved to another facility after being disappointed with the interior design.Some of the key elements that would dissuade travelers from Croatia from booking a property are ugly or dilapidated furniture (72%), overcrowded space (57%), small bed (43%), overemphasized and poorly combined colors (33%) and poor lighting ( 32%). On the other hand, a good interior design can create an unforgettable experience for travelers because more than half (57%) of travelers from Croatia claim that comfortable furniture such as a comfortable couch and luxury bedding is one of the best ‘details’ that can make a vacation unforgettable. On the other hand, for as many as four out of ten (41%) world travelers, a decorated interior is more important than the view from the building.”Our research shows how important interior design is to travelers and when it is real, it even inspires them to refresh the decoration in their own home. At Booking.com, we want to enable accommodation owners – small and large, all categories of facilities – to accommodate travelers from around the world, and we want to help them grow their brand and business by making it easier for them to fill their units every day. With minor changes in the interior, the hosts can attract new guests and encourage old guests to keep coming back to them. ” said Pepijn Rijvers, marketing director at Booking.com.Holiday homes take the lead in interior design inspirationThe effect of a beautiful interior design can last even after a vacation because more than half (64%) of passengers from Croatia’s stay in a certain type of accommodation inspired them to redecorate (or really remodeled their home).Inspiration found in other spaces is one of the biggest factors influencing the decision of passengers to redecorate the home because as many as 44% of travelers from Croatia say that the personal style of the host inspired them to do so, and almost one in ten (9%) passengers envied the design. the interior of the building in which he resided.When it comes to the type of accommodation that travelers from Croatia the most inspires in interior design, led by holiday homes, cottages, villas, French holiday homes (46%), and for travelers who choose to stay in these unique accommodation facilities, one third (32%) claim that the most important factor when choosing accommodation is precisely the interior design that inspires them.Will Taylor: If you like larger interventions, consider renovations to create larger common areas for more comfortable family gatheringsFor a great interior design that will keep guests coming back, Booking.com has joined forces with interior designer and lifestyle blogger Will Taylor to offer homeowners interior design tips to get the best impression and guest satisfaction, and advises:Create a catalog of the interior design of your building and indicate where you obtained individual pieces of furniture or accessories. You can get all of this in your favorite local stores where guests can shop in person, as well as through online stores and sites from which they can order and when they return home. See if any of these local stores can offer a discount only for guests of your facility.The bedroom is one of the most important rooms for guests, so invest extra time and money to make the bed as comfortable and cozy as possible. My advice is to arrange multiple layers of blankets and pillows on the bed; so guests can adjust the amount of layers themselves depending on whether they like to sleep in a colder or warmer space.Always choose one higher quality piece of furniture or decoration instead of cluttering the room with too many things, which is not very comfortable and creates a feeling of unrest. That one piece can be a massive vintage mirror in the dining room or a colorful African talisman that you can hang over the couch.Bring a touch of local tradition into your home. Let guests receive a welcome pack that includes ingredients for a local specialty, from afternoon tea to a local dessert.Whether you want the space to look bigger or smaller, color is a relatively convenient way to change the look or feel of a space. If you need to open or illuminate a smaller or darker room, consider painting the walls up to three-quarters of the height and then painting or leaving the top quarter and ceiling white. This will create the illusion of a more open space as it will ‘raise’ the ceiling and reflect more light.Lighting is very important to guests as it can make their stay relaxing and carefree. If you install simple dimmers, you will be able to satisfy different tastes and types of travel, from a romantic vacation to a more practical business trip. Also, a night light in the bathroom is a good idea as it helps guests to cope in the new space at night.Think about safe and considerate details that you can add and make your object special. For example, if your facility is located near a ski resort, why not turn on LED remote-controlled candles that can be easily turned on or off at the touch of a button? This way you will create a pleasant atmosphere without the extra effort of the guests, and it is much safer than real candles. Or if your facility has a nice outdoor space, put blankets in the outdoor seating area so guests don’t get cold in the evening while hanging out or having dinner.If you like larger interventions, consider renovations to create larger common areas for more enjoyable family gatherings or hanging out with friends on vacation. Guests always have their own secluded rest rooms if they wish, while the open living room concept will provide them with an excellent opportunity to socialize.Invest in a professional designer to decorate and photograph your object. Most guests will opt for a reservation based on photos, so investing in a professional photographer is definitely worth it in the long run. Make sure the facility looks exactly like the photos when guests arrive and avoid renting or renting items that aren’t actually there. You want to build trust and honesty with your guests so that their expectations after viewing the photos are met.Think about the location of your facility and why most guests will stay there and how you can make their stay more enjoyable. For example, if your facility is near a beach, install an outdoor sand shower and / or shelf for towels, umbrellas, and other beach props near the front door. Or if your facility is close to a ski resort, larger ski storage cabinets will come in handy so guests don’t clutter up the space they’re staying in while relaxing in the evening.
Kris Thomsen outside her home which is going to auction on March 17. Picture: AAP image, John Gass.It must have been fate that led Kris Thomsen and her husband to their home at 7 Brook St, Kalinga, 21 years ago.The couple was renting in the area and loved living so close to Kalinga Park and Kedron Brook.When they needed to vacate the rental property they were keen to secure something else in the area and were given the keys to look at another rental, which they thought was 7 Brook St, Kalinga.Turned out it wasn’t, but after they couldn’t get into the house they noticed a for sale sign out the front.7 Brook St, Kalinga. Picture: realestate.com.au“We saw a sign out the front that it was for sale, and we loved it,’’ Ms Thomsen said. “It must have been fate, because we weren’t looking to buy.’’The house itself started out on Junction Rd, Clayfield, and was moved to the Brook St site in the nineties.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoIt was highset with three bedrooms, but over their years of ownership Ms Thomsen said they had renovated and built in underneath to make it a four-bedroom home. She said the street had had many comings and goings over the years, with other homes delivered there and removed, but now it was very settled and a “calm environment’’.Her favourite part of the home, known as Willow Brook, is the kitchen which was updated three years ago.7 Brook St, Kalinga. Picture: realestate.com.au“I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and it really works for me, it has a huge amount of storage,’’ Ms Thomsen said.The 1910 home still retains many of its traditional features including leadlight doors and windows and timber floors.The home has airconditioning throughout and ceiling fans.There is also a claw foot bath tub.Ms Thomsen said she would miss the house and being so close to facilities and the quick access to the city through public transport.It will be auctioned today at noon through Lisa Cowan of Ray White – New Farm.
Mata has already had a positive impact, starting the move that led to United’s opener against Cardiff on Tuesday. Yet it was the man who converted the chance, Robin van Persie, who arguably has the potential to provide the Red Devils with their biggest boost over the second half of the season. The two-time Golden Boot winner’s 11-match absence has coincided with another sharp downturn in United’s season. And, as Moyes pointed out, Van Persie’s contribution can be the significant difference in turning draws and defeats into victories. “That is why you spend the most money on centre-forwards,” said Moyes. “They are the most valued and most talked-about players. They are the people who can make a big difference by sticking the ball into the net. “Some of our performances have been quite good but the game is about winning. When you want to win, you need people like Robin van Persie, who will get you a goal. “Did I think the performance the other night was better than many of the other games? Actually, no I didn’t. What I had was people who could win me the game.” However, it is the knowledge of how critical such contributions can be that means Moyes is wary of asking too much of Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who had missed almost a month with a groin problem prior to his re-appearance as a substitute against Cardiff, and why they are not certain to start at Stoke. “I need to be careful with them,” said Moyes. “We are more concerned about Robin because he’s been out longer but we are mindful they’re both coming back from injuries and have to make sure they’re ready.” Nevertheless, Moyes has been able to take a more detached view of one of the most hectic days of the season, which the Scot sometimes feels takes on a life of its own, often from the most spurious of bases. “I am surprised so many people believe so much of it,” he said. “I am a football fan. But I hear people picking up stories that we are after certain players when it is a load of rubbish. “It is comic-book stuff.” David Moyes put the ‘closed for business’ sign up at Manchester United just after lunchtime on transfer deadline day insisting he felt far more in control than the hectic final few hours in August. This time around, a far more measured approach has been taken. As Moyes predicted, the targets he was looking at have largely proved impossible to prise out of their present clubs. Yet United were still able to make the biggest impact, splashing out a club record £37.1million on Juan Mata last weekend. “Yes,” said Moyes, when asked whether he felt more in charge. “But that is what we said; I would know more as we went along. “I wasn’t going to come into the club and be able to get all the players we felt we needed. But there were reasons for that. “I had to make sure all the players had an opportunity to show me what they could do. It wasn’t for me to come in and throw people out of the door. “I had to be as fair as possible. We have got one, we will add more to it in time.” Moyes’ first transfer window as United manager ended in chaos, with bids flying in for various players including one for Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao that did not offer enough time for the Spain heavyweights to find a replacement, scuppering the entire deal. The arrival of three men, who remain unknown to United chief executive Ed Woodward, at La Liga headquarters supposedly attempting to force through the transfer of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao exemplified the confusion, with Marouane Fellaini eventually arriving from Everton for £27.5million minutes before the 11pm cut-off point. Press Association
The first group of primary school pupils from the Municipality Centar started with a free summer school of swimming at the Olympic pool Otoka from Monday, June 22nd. For this sports project for primary school pupils, the Municipality Centar has allocated 8.000 BAM.The swimming school is led by the teachers of physical education Adis Musanovic and Mirza Pasic, from the Centre for Sports and Recreation. The first group is consisted of 29 pupils of third and fourth grades from 11 elementary schools from Centar.‘’Children spend two hours a day at the pool, where we teach them the basics of swimming. The first shift ends on Friday, June 26th, the second shift has the term from June 29th to July 3rd, and the third group of pupils is scheduled from July 6th to 10th. Since there is a large number of children in shifts, we have hired another physical education professor registered at the Employment Service of the Sarajevo Canton’’, said Musanovic.As planned, 105 children aged from third to sixth grade will pass this free swimming school that is traditionally being organized by the Municipality Centar in cooperation with the Public Institution Center for Sports and Recreation. Transport is organized for the students of the summer swimming school.The project aims to enable students to take advantage of the leisure time during the summer vacation for sports activities and to, under the expert guidance of the professors of physical and health education, acquire and master the basic elements of swimming, it was announced from the Municipality Centar.(Source: nap.ba)