Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri announced that Christopher Fogg has been named the new Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism.Formerly the Director of Marketing for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fogg has lengthy sales and marketing experience. He has worked with the Vermont Convention Bureau, the Burlington Free Press, and . in Boston.Fogg has an Associate Degree in business administration from North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts. He assumed his position with the Vermont Chamber in March 2003.Fogg replaces Sue Kruthers, who vacated her position to become the Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs.
Keane said: “It’s certainly a good opportunity for us. If you look in the past, the way we have qualified has always been through the play-offs, and of course we would like that to change and finish first. “That second place is certainly up for grabs and we have to be going into this campaign fairly confident enough that we can qualify for the Euros. “If we don’t believe it, we won’t do it. The players have been around for a few years now. If you look at people like (Aiden) McGeady and (Glenn) Whelan, who have been fantastic for us and shown a lot of experience, we need those kind of players and the rest of the team to stand up now. “As a group of players, we are certainly aware now we have got a great chance of qualifying from this campaign. If we believe it, we have certainly got a chance to do that.” If Ireland are to hand Keane a ticket to the third major finals tournament of his international career, they will have to negotiate their way out of a difficult group including world champions Germany. The World Cup winners are hot favourites to win it, while Martin O’Neill’s men should battle it out with Scotland, Poland and Georgia for second place. They launch their campaign against the Georgians in Tbilisi on Sunday evening in O’Neill’s first competitive fixture, and he would happily settle for the same results as predecessor Giovanni Trapattoni got against the same opposition in similar circumstances, a 2-1 victory. The 62-year-old admitted to being nervously excited as he approached a game for which the anticipation has become almost unbearable after a run of eight friendlies since his appointment in November last year. Press Association O’Neil said: “It’s a competitive game and it’s the first time I have managed a competitive game at international level, but I could compare this very, very easily with great big club games that I played both as a player and as a manager. “The feelings are exactly the same – excitement and nervous excitement as well, just looking forward to it – all the same sort of feelings I would have had going in to manage at club level, and certainly as a player.” O’Neill as less than forthcoming when asked about his team selection – whether or not 38-year-old keeper Shay Given starts after coming out of international retirement has been a major topic of debate in recent days – and he insisted his players do not even know yet if they have been selected. He said: “It’s my policy – it has been in all my managerial time. I don’t announce the side too far beyond it. “It’s not as if this is a rugby union game where you announce the squad maybe a week beforehand. This has been my policy, I don’t think it’s been a problem announcing the team on the morning or the afternoon of the game. “At club level, there’s been many a time that I have waited until, let’s say for a 3pm kick-off, to announce the team at 1.30pm or 1.45pm, so I haven’t really changed policy in that aspect.” Having played a flat bat to a series of questions over his team, prompting an enquiry as to whether or not he was tense, O’Neill was asked about Ireland’s last away clash with Georgia, which was played in Germany because of the political situation in the region at the time. Indeed, a parallel was drawn with the current unrest in Ukraine and the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, prompting Football Association of Ireland communications director Peter Sherrard to step in. However, O’Neill later said: “I’m not tense. I’m delighted, I am delighted to be here, absolutely delighted to be here, seriously. “When the game was changed a few years ago, I’m not sure that it was the Republic of Ireland’s doing. “I can possibly – I hate to say this – exonerate myself because I wasn’t there at the time, but we are delighted to be here today, absolutely delighted to be playing the game here.” O’Neill will be even more delighted if he leaves Tbilisi with the Republic’s 100 per cent record against Georgia intact after their sixth meeting. Robbie Keane has urged the Republic of Ireland not to pass up the opportunity to book their place in the extended Euro 2016 finals. Keane and his team-mates secured a berth in the last edition of the tournament in 2012 via the play-offs, a similar route to the one they took to reach their previous major finals tournament, the 2002 World Cup. The expansion of the draw from 16 to 24 teams in France means they have an even better chance of qualification, and the 34-year-old LA Galaxy frontman is determined not to miss out.
Dear Editor,Since the President is arrogating unto himself morality as the justification for his actions toward nomination of Public Officials, I find it instructive to examine the President’s actions with respect to the whole drug bond scenario.Dr George Norton, as Hon Minister of Public Health, lied to Parliament and was involved in a corrupt negotiation, and yet he is still fit and proper, intelligent, impartial, and with the integrity to run the Ministry of Social Cohesion. Former Acting Commissioner of Police Mr David Ramnarine was heavily criticised for transferring fallen Police officers, yet it is okay to transfer a corrupt Minister of Government to a new Ministry. Worse yet, Dr. George Norton is now the Vice-Chairman of the PNCR.Contrast the actions of Kamla Persaud-Bissessar, who fired eleven Ministers in four years while she was Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago.It has become clear that posturing by the President about ‘fit and proper’ and integrity and decency has no deep moral centre. It is all an act put on to penetrate the independence of the Guyana Public Service and to insert his choices into strategic positions.The AFC also asked the people of this nation to lynch the corrupt PPP officials, but forgive the AFC officials. We must still put our trust and faith in Nigel and Cathy Hughes after the entire Sithe-Global conflict of interest fiasco. I reiterate that double standards imply no standards.And this is a very sad situation for the People of this nation. A lot of us feel saddened, but we must arise from this depression.What we have in Government is a set of opportunists pursuing an agenda that the people of this country did not set. The single member of the administration who has voiced genuine concern for the wishes of the people is the Hon Jaipaul Sharma. The actions of this Government, including the breaches of the constitution, the contempt for the Carter Process, and recent calls for the National Assembly to appoint Commissioners, must be interpreted in the context of the double standards they have shown us. An alarm has been sounded throughout the nation. It has become clear to me that the citizens of this country have a problem of dictatorship on their hands, and the potential for electoral malpractice is evident.Can we, the citizens of this nation, do more than just shake our heads in disbelief at our unfortunate circumstances?As a child, I lived through the PNC dictatorship, and was at home hearing the wailing from the funeral procession of Dr Walter Rodney, who gave his life for this country. As a child, adults fought and paid with their lives for me to enjoy free and fair elections and an independent press. As an adult, I inherited a democracy that was hard earned. Now, as an adult, I am shocked to see a reversal and a callous trampling of the democratic values and practices that were so hard earned.Adults of today have a responsibility to create a stable political future, so that our children’s tomorrow may be free of this blight of dictatorship, corruption and political instability.While I was a graduate student at the Royal Holloway University in the UK, our backyard and playground were the fields of Runnymede, where the historic Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. We have inherited a British political infrastructure, but we did not endure the centuries-long struggle of the British people, nor have we endured the struggles of the American people for freedom. Let us be clear that our struggle is not one of PPP vs PNC politics. It is a relatively young struggle for a democratic political culture, an ideal that Government should be of the people, for the people and by the people.When we are governed by ideals, our politics can be graceful. Statesmen and women are elevated into politics by their virtues, not their greed and ambition and gerrymandering. Politics is an act of servant leadership, not to be engaged in for personal remuneration. While the politicians reveal to us daily who they are, we, the people of this country, must hold onto our centre and be the source of light in the darkness.Our struggle for democracy in this country continues, and as we stay calm and press on with it, when we feel afraid to voice our opinions and we feel oppressed by legislation, we must remember that people must not be afraid of their Governments, but Governments must be afraid of their people.Sincerely,Sandra Khan