Individuals from Vermont’s leading hotels, B&Bs, resorts, inns, restaurants, shops, attractions, and recreation destinations will gather in Woodstock for the Annual Hospitality Gala in November. Celebrating Vermont’s tourism industry and its contributions to Vermont’s economy, the highlight of the Gala is honoring five individuals with the hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards: Borden Avery Innkeeper of the Year, Chef of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, B&B Innkeeper of the Year, and Allied Member of the Year. Award winning businesses/people will:Demonstrate superior management ability as reflected in a successful businessDisplay commitment to training, motivating, and furthering self-improvement of staffPromote and support legislation beneficial to the hospitality industry on local, state, and national levels; andProvide consistent leadership within the community Nominations are being accepted now through September 1, 2011, via an online form. Additional information about the awards and the nomination form are available online from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external) at under Awards and Events section of the Hospitality and Tourism tab.Self-nominations are welcome. Press clippings, letters of reference, and other materials to support nominations are encouraged. Click Here to nominate. Last year’s award winners were: Jim Glanville of the Essex in Essex, Borden E. Avery Inn Keeper of the Year; David Kanal & George DeFina of the Deer Brook Inn in Woodstock, B&B Innkeeper of the Year; Amy Chamberlain of The Perfect Wife in Manchester, Chef of the Year; Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, Restaurateur of the Year; and John Crabbe of the Vermont Tent Company in South Burlington, Allied Member of the Year.
The Brazilian Government launched Operation Ágata 5 on its southern borders in August 2012, deploying 9,000 troops from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines to combat transborder and organized crime while increasing state presence in these regions. The Navy sent 30 ships into the rivers, lakes and seas bordering Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. The Air Force provided Black Hawk and Pantera helicopters, as well as F5 and Super Tucano aircraft for air surveillance. Marines from the state of Rio Grande do Sul were called on for the entire operation. “It is a border operation whose objective is, above all, to repress crime,” said Minister of Defense Celso Amorim. General Carlos Bolivar Goellner, southern military commander, said patrolling the areas between the cities of Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, and Corumbá, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was critical because these areas have the most drug trafficking and smuggling of goods. With Federal Police and other interagency support, the total force participating in Operation Ágata 5 surpassed 10,000 personnel during 30 days. Sources: www.ultimoinstante.com.br, www.sondabrasil.com.br By Dialogo October 01, 2012