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Crush Friday In Floyd, Virginia

first_imgWe welcome folks to join us in Floyd, Virginia for our Crush Friday in Floyd campaign throughout 2018.Floyd’s Crush Friday campaign is a partnership with the VA Tourism Corporation’s state-wide Crush Friday campaign. “Crush Friday” is part of VTC’s ongoing efforts to support U.S. Travel’s “Project: Time Off” initiative, encouraging citizens to utilize unused vacation days.“We are excited to be working in partnership with the VA Tourism Corporation – and local partners – on this 2018 campaign encouraging folks to take that vacation day – and do so in Virginia – and especially in Floyd, Virginia, “ shared Pat Sharkey, Floyd County Tourism Director.Local Floyd businesses and organizations already committed to partnering in the project with the Floyd Tourism Office include: Floyd County Government, Town of Floyd, Floyd Country Store, Floyd Chamber of Commerce, Chateau Morrisette Winery, Chantilly Farm, Five Mile Mountain, On the Water, Riverstone Farm, Stonewall B&B and Floyd Yoga Jam.Crush Friday in Floyd will include suggested itineraries and special promotions starting on Thursdays at noon through the weekend in Floyd. Visitors who come to Floyd before the weekend – by noon Thursday through noon Friday, can stop by the Floyd Visitor Center to pick up their Crush Friday in Floyd passport that offers them special deals and activities. Specials and itineraries will be posted on VisitFloydVA.com website and will change quarterly throughout the year. You have to get to Floyd early enough to be a Crush Friday visitor!Visitors who use their passport are also eligible for Crush Friday in Floyd getaway packages valued at over $500 given away in early 2019 and good through that year.What can folks do in Floyd Virginia? Get outside on the mountaintop– Bike, Hike, Float Floyd; Sip the Spirits (beer, wine, shine) at our wineries, new brewery, distillery and many restaurants; and Move to the Music at numerous venues and festivals Thursday through Sundays. Floyd County is nestled atop the Blue Ridge Plateau bordering 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia.“For a small mountain community, we offer an amazing diversity of things to do and enjoy! And VA Tourism Corporation continues to provide incredible support to communities like ours to help us share about our great offerings”.American workers left 662 million vacation days on the table last year. Of these workers, the millennial sub-set is the most likely to want to be seen as work martyrs. In an effort to be seen as valuable to the company a work martyr is the most likely to forego taking vacation days. The VTC Crush Friday Program is designed to encourage the millennial work martyr to give vacation a try. VTC and its industry partners aim to change that mindset and show the benefit that even one day of vacation can have. Virginia and Floyd Tourism offer a call to millennials to take a well-deserved Friday and crush it in Floyd, Virginia.For more information about Crush Friday in Floyd, go to www.VisitFloydVA.com or contact tourismdirector@floydcova.org or 540-239-8509last_img read more

Security Bruises

first_imgLeading up to U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s visit to India, a major dust up erupted after several of Maharashtra’s top politicians, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and his Deputy Chhagan Bhujpal, threatened to boycott the visit because the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai demanded they produce identification papers to attend presidential events.A consulate invitation to the dignitaries sought details of their birth date, nationality, passport number, and PAN card. U.S. Consul-General Paul A Folmsbee publicly apologized for the security protocol glitch, “I have visited Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and personally apologized. It was just a clerical error.”The apology mollified the Maharashtra government, but the infighting between the U.S. Secret Service and the Indian security agencies was a frequently entertaining and always frustrating backstory dogging Obama’s four-day India visit. U.S. Pres Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama being welcomed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan upon arrival. Chavan had threatened to boycott all Obama events because of U.S.consulate demands that he produce identification papers.The press charter accompanying the president got first whiff of the dogged catfights among the security agencies soon after landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The reporters were whisked to the terminal on three buses, but upon reaching the gates, they were told that the examination of their passports and luggage had been waived and they would be led straight out of the airport.The buses returned to the parked plane, whereupon a customs officer boarded, generally inquiring if anyone had firearms to declare. Told that no one was carrying firearms, he announced that the customs examination was complete. However, Indian immigration officials insisted that regardless of what customs officials decided, they had independent jurisdiction on immigration matters, so the journalists had to return to the terminal for immigration examination.It was a foretaste of the intrusive — and often irrational — security disputes that shut down South Mumbai for the two days of Obama’s visit. The roads between the Mumbai airport and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where Pres. Obama stayed, were locked down, dampening Diwali celebrations in the city, even though Pres. Obama and his entourage did not drive to the hotel, travelling instead on a marine helicopter.  Pres. Barack Obama at a town hall in Mumbai.The Mumbai Mirror reported that a stand off between U.S. security agencies and Mumbai police over a U.S. Secret Service sniper stationed on the terrace of St Xavier’s College, where the president was scheduled to conduct a town hall, delayed Pres. Obama for 20 minutes at the Holy Name School. Reportedly, India’s National Security Guard insisted that it alone was responsible for peripheral security, while the Secret Service could provide Pres. Obama close proximity protection. The standoff was resolved only after the U.S. Secret Service relented and withdrew its sniper from the college.Attendees at various Obama events were subjected to independent security checks by Indian and U.S. security agencies, with the Indian security services typically conducting the examination first and the U.S. agencies performing a screening after people had been processed by the Indian side. Frequently, the agencies argued with each other, often over the insistence by one side to frisk the other’s “VIPs,” who resented the personal intrusion.In one remarkable instance, a U.S. security agent conducting a group search of U.S. reporters accompanying Pres. Obama threatened to blow up “in five seconds” a computer that would not turn on after he called out for someone to claim the computer and the owner, distracted in conversation, failed to hear his call.The US Secret Service and Mumbai police fought over the positioning of a sniper atop the building at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai.The confrontation between the security details reached a head in New Delhi during Pres. Obama’s bilaterial meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, when Indian security officials insisted they would allow only five of the eight American journalists, who were part of the U.S. press pool for the day, in for a brief photo session. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs engaged an Indian security official in an angry verbal altercation. On this occasion, the Indian side relented after Gibbs threatened to pull Pres. Obama out of the meeting.Scott Wilson of The Washington Post, who was part of the reporter’s pool at the event, reported: “At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot. More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious about pulling POTUS (President of the United States), we all made it inside.”Asked about Gibbs’ confrontation with Indian security officials aboard Air Force One at the end of his 10-day Asian trip, Pres Obama responded, “It was for a good cause,” mockingly adding, “I will say that his foot is still bruised.”Meanwhile, security officials, on both sides, are nursing their bruised egos. Ironically, one of the top objectives of Pres. Obama’s visit is security cooperation between the two countries.   Related Itemslast_img read more