Tourism work – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 19:20:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png Tourism work – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 What it’s like to work in Svalbard, a visa-free zone near the North Pole https://newtoncountymotourism.org/what-its-like-to-work-in-svalbard-a-visa-free-zone-near-the-north-pole/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 07:06:12 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/what-its-like-to-work-in-svalbard-a-visa-free-zone-near-the-north-pole/ Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago at the North Pole, is one of the only visa-free zones in the world. But residents who cannot support themselves or find housing can be evicted by the governor. Insider spoke with four locals (one of whom was evicted) about what it’s like to work in Svalbard. Loading Something is loading. […]]]>
  • Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago at the North Pole, is one of the only visa-free zones in the world.
  • But residents who cannot support themselves or find housing can be evicted by the governor.
  • Insider spoke with four locals (one of whom was evicted) about what it’s like to work in Svalbard.

In a world where your passport dictates where you can live, travel and work, there is a semi-frozen haven open to citizens of all countries – no complicated visas or work permits required.

Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago 500 miles from the North Pole, is home to the northernmost human settlement in the world. The 2,300 inhabitants of the capital, Longyearbyen, include people of more than 40 different nationalities, few of whom are “from” Svalbard, strictly speaking.

That’s because you’re not allowed to give birth on Svalbard – one of the many strange rules that govern existence on the remote collection of ice-covered islands.

There are of course surprises, which the city affectionately calls “Svalbard babies” even when they’re big, said Cecilia Blomdahl, a popular content creator based in Longyearbyen, in an interview with Insider.

Other strange rules in Svalbard, inherited from its days as a mining town, include a monthly limit on alcohol (24 beers, half a bottle of fortified wine and a bottle of liquor) and a ban on cats to protect the population. of birds.

But the most important rule of all: Don’t run out of money. And certainly don’t find yourself homeless.

Cecilia Blomdahl's cabin in Longyearbyen, one of the few such houses on the island.

Cecilia Blomdahl’s cabin in Longyearbyen, one of the few such houses on the island.

Courtesy of Cecilia Blomdahl



While the 1920 Treaty of Svalbard allows anyone to live and work on the archipelago indefinitely, its open borders come with an asterisk: you must have enough money to support yourself and a roof over it. of your head, or risk expulsion from the territory.

“You can stay here as long as you can take care of yourself,” Blomdahl said. “It means how you get to work, how you live, your accommodation – nothing will be provided for you.”

Although it is a sovereignty of Norway, employees of Svalbard pay 8% income tax and local businesses pay no tax for the country’s national insurance program (the rate of mainland’s current taxation is 14% and 22% respectively). As a result, there are no retirement homes, public transport, homeless shelters, unemployment benefits or social safety net that you can think of.

No one understands this compromise like Mark Sabbatini, the founder and editor of IcePeople, “the world’s northernmost alternative newspaper”, who was kicked out of Svalbard in 2021 after living in Longyearbyen for more than a decade.

He moved to the island from the United States in 2008 with about $1 million in the bank and ambitions to start an English newspaper, Sabbatini told Insider.

Mark Sabbatini, founder and editor of IcePeople, the

Mark Sabbatini, founder and editor of IcePeople, the “world’s most northern alternative newspaper”.

Courtesy of Mark Sabbatini/Photo by Elizabeth Bourne



While running IcePeople, two of Sabbatini’s apartments were condemned due to environmental issues that he says have been exacerbated by the region’s rapidly warming climate. The first was built above the melting permafrost and the second was located in a newly determined avalanche zone.

“At that time, I didn’t have a lot of money and it was a big scramble every month to scrounge up stuff,” he said. “I was begging, I was borrowing – I wasn’t stealing, but it was pretty close.”

After squatting in a friend’s cabin during the pandemic, Sabbatini succumbed to his last resort: sleeping at the campsite where a guide was killed in a polar bear attack the year before. It was then that the governor gave him the boot.

“I was horribly miserable, but it was absolutely the right decision,” recalls Sabbatini, who now works at a local newspaper in Alaska.

“It’s a very fair system. Your taxes are incredibly low, but in return you don’t get any social support,” he continued. “If you are not paying for this system, why should you benefit from it? »

Cafe huskies Svalbard

“Scheduling the canine employees was much more difficult than the human ones,” Fiala said.

Courtesy of Martin Fiala



Thanks to the local housing crisis, it is easier to find work in Svalbard than accommodation. Despite 2.5 months of total darkness and sub-zero temperatures, the capital city of Longyearbyen is a great place to be an entrepreneur, according to Martin Fiala, one of the co-founders of Café Huskies.

“If you have an idea, you’re probably the only one doing it. [in Svalbard]” he said. “I think if we set this up in a regular town where there are five other cafes or stores on the same block, I don’t think we would be so successful.”

But the region’s remoteness also creates a distinct set of challenges, Fiala explained, particularly when it comes to shipping goods from the mainland.

“If the coffee machine breaks, no one here can fix it and it would take us weeks to get another one,” he said, adding that “there’s a guy in town who knows how to fix it. an industrial dishwasher”.

“As soon as we save a little more money, we want to buy or rent another one and have it in reserve,” he told Insider. “If there’s ever a lunar colony set up, I think we’d be perfect for that. It’s really like a space station here.”

Martin Fiala and his dog

Martin Fiala and his dog, Tequila: “Most of my work is just hiking with my dog ​​in the mountains. The price is that it’s exhausting and chaotic, but it’s pretty awesome”, Fiala told Insider.

Courtesy of Martin Fiala



Fiala and her co-founders all have second jobs, which made launching Café Huskies less financially risky. He studied architecture but currently works as a nature guide – one of many professionals in the local tourism economy with hidden passions.

“Here in tourism you have a lot of people working in hospitality, guiding, driving a truck,” he told Insider. “But he’s also an economist, a chemist, a photographer.”

Why do people from such different backgrounds and careers continue to flock to one of the most remote cities in the world? One answer, according to Fiala, is that the extremity of life in Svalbard serves as a “catalyst” for the best and worst human qualities.

“If you’re depressed and have a drinking problem and you come here, you’ll probably end up drinking all winter,” he explained. “But if you try to finish the book, you will. Life here is complicated.”

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Repair work begins in some storm-hit Alaskan towns | app https://newtoncountymotourism.org/repair-work-begins-in-some-storm-hit-alaskan-towns-app/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 01:54:56 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/repair-work-begins-in-some-storm-hit-alaskan-towns-app/ ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There was extensive damage to some roads and homes in parts of western Alaska from last weekend’s devastating coastal storm, Gov. Mike said Wednesday. Dunleavy after visiting some communities along the state’s vast coastline. “For the most part people are recovering and digging in,” he told a news conference. × This […]]]>

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There was extensive damage to some roads and homes in parts of western Alaska from last weekend’s devastating coastal storm, Gov. Mike said Wednesday. Dunleavy after visiting some communities along the state’s vast coastline.

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Cultural work receives political impetus https://newtoncountymotourism.org/cultural-work-receives-political-impetus/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:52:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/cultural-work-receives-political-impetus/ SHI YU/CHINA DAILY A guideline promotes the development of traditional arts On August 15, the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, China’s Cabinet, issued a national guideline focusing on cultural development during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) , with the aim of promoting socialist culture and […]]]>

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A guideline promotes the development of traditional arts

On August 15, the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, China’s Cabinet, issued a national guideline focusing on cultural development during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) , with the aim of promoting socialist culture and making China a country firmly rooted in culture and art.

“China’s culture and art sectors should be people-focused and uphold high standards,” the guideline said.

On August 17, the CPC Central Committee’s working group for cultural system reform and development released a statement explaining the guideline and its meaning.

“The document in 15 chapters and three sections focuses on a wide range of issues, including a more civilized and healthy cyberspace environment, the creation of literary and artistic works, as well as in-depth studies and the protection of cultural heritage” , the statement said. , adding that culture is the soul of a country and the key to national governance strategy.

“Development will eventually satisfy people’s growing need for culture in their lives,” he said. “Their strength will thus be strengthened.”

The importance of such efforts had been realized even before the guideline. In recent years, works of art centered on traditional Chinese culture, especially theater productions, have been highlighted at several key central conferences.

The document also stressed the importance of strengthening the influence of traditional culture and strengthening national identity and pride.

Honored performances

On September 15, the 13th China Art Festival concluded with a ceremony held in Xiong’an New Area in Hebei Province.

Fifteen theatrical productions put on by performing arts troupes across the country stood out among hundreds of applicants to win the Wenhua Prize, the nation’s top performing arts award. The productions reflected the importance of traditional culture and were well received by the audience.

One of the winners was Poetic Dance: The Journey of a Legendary Landscape Painting, inspired by a well-known Song Dynasty (960-1279) painting by Wang Ximeng titled A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains.

Choreographed by Zhou Liya and Han Zhen, the dance drama, produced by the China Oriental Performing Arts Group, has screened more than 150 times in 28 cities since its premiere in Beijing last year, making it a nationwide phenomenon.

“We received many messages from the audience saying that they were deeply touched by the show, not only because of the beautiful dance moves, costumes and sets, but also because they love the traditional culture,” said said Jing Xiaoyong, head of the China Oriental Performing Arts Group, founded in the 1950s. create more stage productions featuring stories from traditional culture.

The play Teacher Guimei, created by the Yunnan Drama Theater, also received the Wenhua Prize. Directed by playwrights Wang Baoshe and Chang Hao, the show premiered in Kunming, Yunnan province last June, starring award-winning actress Li Hongmei in the lead role.

It is based on the life of Zhang Guimei, born in 1957 in Heilongjiang province.

After graduating from Lijiang Normal School, Zhang moved with her husband to Dali in Yunnan, where they both worked as teachers. After her husband’s death in 1996, Zhang moved to Huaping County in Lijiang, where she taught at Huaping Girls’ High School and ran a children’s home.

Zhang has little savings, having donated more than one million yuan ($143,480) to the school over the past three decades. She still teaches at school and lives in her dorm with female students.

Following in his footsteps, many of the school’s graduates chose to work in remote areas.

Last year, Zhang was one of the recipients of the July 1 Medal, the highest honor given to CPC members, given for outstanding contributions to education in mountainous areas.

“The company’s creative team spent 12 years preparing the play,” said Ma Jie, chairman of Yunnan Drama Theater. “Team members often traveled to visit Zhang, interview him and observe his life with the students.”

Ma added that “one of the best ways to create stage productions is to observe real life and inspire audiences with real stories.”

Recognized amateurs

Amateur productions were also shown at the 13th China Art Festival and competed for the Qunxing Prize.

The performances were in line with the directive’s encouragement to further support cultural facilities and activities in grassroots communities.

“Cultural resources will also play a key role in revitalizing rural areas, and farmers are encouraged to organize their own art troupes, poetry festivals and exhibitions,” he said.

For the first time, this year’s Qunxing Prize was awarded to choirs and public square dancers.

A square dance called Together For A Shared Future was one of the winners of Qunxing this year. According to a Beijing Daily report, the routine has proven popular with dance enthusiasts, and more than 3,300 cultural centers across the country have performed the dance, which has been learned by around 60 million people.

“Square dancing has become a daily entertainment for many people. Combining music and dance, it is a fun cultural activity for people to enjoy while enjoying art,” said Wang Weibo, director of the Beijing Municipal Cultural Center.

go online

One of the strengths of the new guideline is the development of cultural and artistic creativity and production involving a wide range of art forms such as literature, theatre, film, television, music, dance and the fine arts. Art institutions are encouraged to create works of art by expanding their online audience.

Traditional Chinese operas, such as Peking Opera, Kunqu Opera and Yuju Opera, have been revived through online streaming performances.

“Online platforms have become a second stage for traditional Chinese art forms, and as the guideline says, a new audience has been created through online platforms,” ​​said Zhao Yafei, from the Cultural Exchange Center. overseas from Beijing.

In 2020, the center launched a series of online programs as part of a collective effort titled Culture Tour of Peking Opera, which invited Peking Opera artists and experts to participate in programs combining performance, master classes and tourism.

For example, Sun Ying, an intangible cultural heritage inheritor and a veteran craftsman working with the Beijing Play Equipment Factory, took an online tour of the facilities on August 8.

The factory produced the costumes worn by the great masters of Peking opera, including Mei Lanfang (1894-1961), Ma Lianliang (1901-66) and Cheng Yanqiu (1904-58).

According to Zhao, the online tour was seen by more than 2 million people, who learned about the masters of opera and how their costumes were created.

The Peking Opera Cultural Tour was launched to mark the 230th anniversary of the birth of Peking Opera, or jingju, which was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.

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My job closes for the day, now I can’t afford to eat https://newtoncountymotourism.org/my-job-closes-for-the-day-now-i-cant-afford-to-eat/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:48:10 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/my-job-closes-for-the-day-now-i-cant-afford-to-eat/ Monday is a bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral, so many workplaces are closed for the day. This means that many casual contract workers lose a day’s pay. Three people told Insider how this adds to their struggle to pay food and electricity bills. Loading Something is loading. The UK is preparing for the day […]]]>
  • Monday is a bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral, so many workplaces are closed for the day.
  • This means that many casual contract workers lose a day’s pay.
  • Three people told Insider how this adds to their struggle to pay food and electricity bills.

The UK is preparing for the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. It’s an event widely seen as a profound moment in the life of the nation, and many workplaces are closing out of respect for the late monarch who reigned for 70 years.

Although the measure has broad support – illustrated by the massive line of people who waited for hours to pay their respects to the Queen in state for five days – some low-income and precarious employees dread the grim spectacle.

The UK is currently facing an energy crisis with skyrocketing bills, 9.9% inflation and the pound has fallen to its lowest level in 37 years against the dollar. Some people on casual contracts are stressed by any loss of income and complain they were ‘forced’ to take an unscheduled pay cut because of the Queen’s funeral.

Syd, 29, works full time at a cinema and loses a day’s work on Monday as their workplace in Kent closes.

They said that means they’ve lost £50 ($57), which is equivalent to two grocery stores a week for Syd.

“I know £50 ($57) isn’t a lot of money for some people, but I’m in a position where the only thing I can do – because I can’t work on Mondays – is borrow that money from friends.

“For people in my age group, the queen doesn’t mean much to us. But now we are being forcefully told that we have no right to earn money because an extremely rich died at an advanced age. Then we watch the pomp and ceremony of the queen in state, it’s massively disconnected. It’s offensive,” they told Insider.

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In a similar position is Sarah (who asked that her real name not be used). The 22-year-old student from York, who works in tourism, will lose £60 ($60) with the unplanned bank holiday.

“I’m a full-time master’s student, so the work I do is essential to survival,” she said. Sarah says she is “incredibly stressed” and feels “cheated” about her salary.

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“I’m working really hard to try to survive, especially with the bills going up at the moment. Now the fact that I can’t even go to work and do this because someone died, and I don’t have the choice to be able to earn that money or not is so wrong.”

James is a 38 year old man working on a temporary contract as an IT technician in the North East of England. He is out of work on Monday and will lose £150 ($171), the equivalent of a month’s energy bill.

His job is precarious and his contract ends at the end of the month. He told Insider, “I don’t have any savings and I’m afraid of falling into poverty quickly due to the insane cost of living and lack of opportunities.”

It’s like we have all the wrong priorities as a country. We’ve faced a steady stream of crises since I’ve been in the workforce, and nothing long-term is being done about it. But our leaders can move mountains for something that is so detached from the reality of people’s lives. I find it all quite insulting,” he said.

“the greatest diplomatic jamboree ever”, but for those in the midst of impending economic disaster, it’s not so clear.

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SCO Members Agree to Work on Unified Terrorist List, Foreign Minister Says | Latest India News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/sco-members-agree-to-work-on-unified-terrorist-list-foreign-minister-says-latest-india-news/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:44:59 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/sco-members-agree-to-work-on-unified-terrorist-list-foreign-minister-says-latest-india-news/ Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra said an agreement had been reached at the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on drawing up a unified list of terrorists, separatists and extremist organizations whose activities are prohibited in the territories of SCO member states. The summit was held in the historic city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. Regarding terrorism, […]]]>

Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra said an agreement had been reached at the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on drawing up a unified list of terrorists, separatists and extremist organizations whose activities are prohibited in the territories of SCO member states. The summit was held in the historic city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

Kwatra, who accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the summit, said the prime minister thanked all SCO member states for endorsing Varanasi as the first-ever SCO tourism and cultural capital during the summit. coming year 22-23.

Shortly after, the Foreign Ministry shared a clip depicting the state magnificence of the temple. Varanasi is also Modi’s parliamentary constituency.

India will assume the eight-member SCO presidency and host the next summit.

“As a result of #SCOSamarkandSummit, India will host the next SCO Summit as the Chairman of the Organization in 2023. We will do our best to assist India, our strategic partner, in the implementation of this responsible mission,” Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov tweeted.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also attended the summit alongside a host of other leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, praised India for taking over the rotating presidency of the regional group based in Beijing.

“Here, I would like to express China’s congratulations to India on assuming the next SCO chairmanship. We, together with other member states, will support India during its chairmanship,” Xi said. during the summit.

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70:30 hybrid working model offered in the Philippines https://newtoncountymotourism.org/7030-hybrid-working-model-offered-in-the-philippines/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 00:57:45 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/7030-hybrid-working-model-offered-in-the-philippines/ A hybrid working ratio of 70:30 (70% onsite and 30% working from home) has been recommended to the government to support economic recovery. This recommendation was made by the Expert Advisory Council (ACE), a private sector advisory group. Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion III, founder of Go Negosyo and head of ACE, said, “My view is […]]]>

A hybrid working ratio of 70:30 (70% onsite and 30% working from home) has been recommended to the government to support economic recovery.

This recommendation was made by the Expert Advisory Council (ACE), a private sector advisory group.

Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion III, founder of Go Negosyo and head of ACE, said, “My view is that I would like everyone to work in the office, we have to learn how to live life. There are exemptions, so we have to balance that, so our group came up with a work ratio of 70:30. »

Concepcion said returning to the office would support growth as the population learns to live with the virus.

He was even optimistic that the national economy could still grow this year despite the weak peso and soaring inflation. While the weak peso may mean some Filipinos lose a bit, he said Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) can benefit from the strong dollar and reinvest their earnings by investing in the country, sending their children in school and starting a business.

READ: Philippines faces loss of IT talent if WFH is scrapped

The private sector is pushing for full reopening and a return to normal activities to support growth, including advocating non-compulsory wearing of face masks to support the tourism sector, in particular.

Making mask-wearing optional, Concepcion said, would send a strong signal to tourists that they are welcome to visit the Philippines, according to the Manila Bulletin.

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Concepcion pushes for a 70:30 hybrid working model – Manila Bulletin https://newtoncountymotourism.org/concepcion-pushes-for-a-7030-hybrid-working-model-manila-bulletin/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 06:16:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/concepcion-pushes-for-a-7030-hybrid-working-model-manila-bulletin/ The Expert Advisory Council (ACE), a private sector advisory group, said it recommended Malacanang implement a hybrid working ratio of 70:30 (70% onsite and 30% working from home). ) to support economic recovery in the country. . Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion III, founder of Go Negosyo and head of ACE, told the Kamuning Pandesal forum […]]]>

The Expert Advisory Council (ACE), a private sector advisory group, said it recommended Malacanang implement a hybrid working ratio of 70:30 (70% onsite and 30% working from home). ) to support economic recovery in the country. .

Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion III, founder of Go Negosyo and head of ACE, told the Kamuning Pandesal forum that his group recommended the 70:30 hybrid working arrangement to President Marcos.

“My view is that I would like everyone to work in the office, we have to learn how to live life. There are exemptions, so we have to balance that so that our group offers a work ratio of 70:30 “, did he declare.

Concepcion pushed this return to the office to support growth and learn to live with the virus, the infection of which has slowed as nationwide vaccination hit 72%.

He was even optimistic that the national economy could still grow this year despite the weak peso and soaring inflation. While the weak peso may mean some Filipinos lose a bit, he said Filipino Overseas Workers (OFW) can benefit from the strong dollar and reinvest their earnings by investing in the country, sending their children in school and starting a business.

Thus, the private sector is pushing for full reopening and return to normal activities to support growth. For example, the private sector has also pushed for the non-mandatory wearing of face masks to support the tourism sector, in particular.

“The private sector kept pushing and we were right,” he said, noting that the crisis had survived all past global crises.

Making wearing face masks optional, Concepcion said, would send a good signal to tourists that they are welcome to visit the Philippines. While Filipinos need to be prepared all the time, he warned against over-preparing and putting in place all the restrictions that stifle people’s freedom.

He also cited the experience of Japan where they made the use of face masks mandatory and yet that didn’t stop them from being one of the worst affected by the Omicron variant.

“We want to enjoy and see people smile to encourage them to think it’s more fun to be in the Philippines, but you can’t have thousands of people at the beach wearing such funny masks and the Philippines is known for our hospitality that comes through our smile, so let’s not lose that,” he said.

“We have to save the tourism sector, it is very important. Let people come to the Philippines without wearing a mask because how can they take a picture with the masks on,” he added.

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A decades-old dream realized as work begins on a $14.8 million indoor sports complex in Kaikohe https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-decades-old-dream-realized-as-work-begins-on-a-14-8-million-indoor-sports-complex-in-kaikohe/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-decades-old-dream-realized-as-work-begins-on-a-14-8-million-indoor-sports-complex-in-kaikohe/ Artist’s impression of the new indoor multi-sports venue to be built at Lindvart Park in Kaikohe. Photo / provided More than two years after funding was announced – and decades after the idea was first floated – work is finally about to begin on an indoor sports complex in Kaikohe. The new multi-sports gymnasium, the […]]]>

Artist’s impression of the new indoor multi-sports venue to be built at Lindvart Park in Kaikohe. Photo / provided

More than two years after funding was announced – and decades after the idea was first floated – work is finally about to begin on an indoor sports complex in Kaikohe.

The new multi-sports gymnasium,

The $6.2 million grant was announced by former Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones in July 2020 amid tears and jubilation in Kaikohe.

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Agritourism puts vacationers to work — and they love it https://newtoncountymotourism.org/agritourism-puts-vacationers-to-work-and-they-love-it/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 20:40:37 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/agritourism-puts-vacationers-to-work-and-they-love-it/ At 5:40 a.m. on a recent Saturday near the small town of Wrenshall, Minnesota, chickens at the locally laid egg farm were becoming restless. Klay Jaeger and his son, Isaac, spent two nights at the Locally Laid egg farm, where they helped with household chores and slept in the same building as some chickens. (Dan […]]]>

At 5:40 a.m. on a recent Saturday near the small town of Wrenshall, Minnesota, chickens at the locally laid egg farm were becoming restless.

Klay Jaeger and his son, Isaac, spent two nights at the Locally Laid egg farm, where they helped with household chores and slept in the same building as some chickens. (Dan Kracker)

Most people on vacation would still be dozing off. But not Klay Jaeger and his 9-year-old son, Isaac. For them, it was time to get the chickens out.

“Hello!” cried Jaeger the eldest, opening the door of one of the two large chicken coops. “Just get out!” Isaac added.

For around $50 a night, the Jaegers slept in a small outhouse in the chicken coop. It’s two-thirds dormitory, one-third chicken coop – separated only by a few panes of glass.

Agritourism is a rapidly growing industry; think of attractions like vegetable stands and pumpkin patch. Now, some farmers are offering tourists a more intimate experience, which involves sleeping and even working on the farm.

Klay and Isaac Jaeger could actually see the chickens while they were sleeping, and vice versa. “It’s weird having chickens staring at you. But… you get used to it,” Isaac Jaeger said.

Lucie and Jason Amundsen started their “farmed” egg business 10 years ago. They raise 400 chickens themselves and have contracts with seven large breeders who produce eggs for their brand. They also grow pick-your-own berries.

They call this new company their AirB-N-Bawk! The idea came from an article Lucie Amundsen read about a business in Scotland in which customers sleep in a flat above a bookshop at night and volunteer at the shop during the day.

In addition to the dormitory, the Amundsens built what they call the Perch, a small house on stilts in the woods next to the chicken coop.

Both are rustic. Neither has running water; guests use an outhouse. But they have proven popular since opening earlier this summer.

The Amundsens estimate they will earn about $13,000 this year renting the two, enough to add nearly 20% to the farm’s annual profit.

Lucie and Jason Amundsen pose for a photo on their terrace.
This summer, Jason and Lucie Amundsen began hosting guests at their two AirB-N-Bawk rentals, where guests stay on the farm and have the opportunity to help with household chores. (Dan Kracker)

“It’s real money for a farmer,” said Lucie Amundsen. “There’s kind of a sad commentary there, that raising food with integrity isn’t quite enough anymore.”

“It’s just endless spending,” Jason Amundsen said. “So it’s a good way to cover that overhead.”

The Amundsens’ rental farms are part of the booming agritourism industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the sector — which includes everything from corn mazes and farm-grown dinners to dude ranches — has grown into a nearly billion-dollar industry.

As the number of Americans working on farms has declined, Dawn Thilmany, a Colorado State University professor who studies agritourism, said the number of people looking for ways to learn about agriculture has increased.

At first, Thilmany had trouble understanding this idea. She grew up on a soybean, corn, and hog farm in Iowa. She was eager to get to the big city and leave the chores of the farm behind.

“But to anyone who hasn’t figured that out or hasn’t yet had a grandpa or grandma on the farm who couldn’t, they just want a touch of Americana. And for a lot of people, that’s a big dose of Americana,” she said.

For the Amundsens, vacation rentals have helped financial results. But they also rekindled their enthusiasm for agriculture.

“A lot of times we fall asleep and just hear laughter in the fields,” said Lucie Amundsen. “I did not expect so much joy.”

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The work of nine artists features in the Northeast Tobago project https://newtoncountymotourism.org/the-work-of-nine-artists-features-in-the-northeast-tobago-project/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 06:38:50 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/the-work-of-nine-artists-features-in-the-northeast-tobago-project/ Features Corey Connelly 57 minutes ago From right, Chief Secretary Farley Augustine, Dr. Faith BYisrael, Region Representative, Belle Garden and Nathisha Charles-Pantin, Secretary of the Food Security, National Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development Division unveil the painting “Fisher Folk” by Avian Orr of Delaford at the North East Tobago UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Art […]]]>

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From right, Chief Secretary Farley Augustine, Dr. Faith BYisrael, Region Representative, Belle Garden and Nathisha Charles-Pantin, Secretary of the Food Security, National Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development Division unveil the painting “Fisher Folk” by Avian Orr of Delaford at the North East Tobago UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Art Trail, Belle Garden Multipurpose Facility on Tuesday. -David Reid

Works by nine of Tobago’s artists can now be seen publicly in communities at the Man and Biosphere Forest Reserve in a pioneering initiative to marry concern for the environment with artists’ talents of the island.

In October 2020, the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the oldest legally protected forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere, received the prestigious Man and Biosphere Designation from the United Nations Educational Organization, Science and Culture (UNESCO), becoming the largest UNESCO-branded site in the world. English-speaking Caribbean.

Northeast Tobago includes 15 villages, ranging from Belle Garden in the east to Moriah in the north.

The Man and the Biosphere program is an intergovernmental science initiative that seeks to establish a scientific basis for improving the relationship between people and their environment.

It promotes innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable.

Tomley Roberts, president of the Tobago Visual Arts Association and contributor to the Art Trail, speaks at the launch. -David Reid

At the launch of the North East Tobago Art Trail on Tuesday at the Belle Garden Multipurpose Facility, project curator Tomley Roberts said the initiative was conceptualized about three years ago as part of a larger plan to give an artistic touch to this part of the island.

Roberts, an art teacher at Speyside High School, said team members from the ERIC (Environmental Research Institute, Charlotteville) met with village artists, students from Speyside High School and others stakeholders on ways to celebrate the designation.

He said the first initiative was to install the life-size Ah Ahwe Own sculpture at the Bloody Bay Recreation Site on June 7, 2022.

Roberts, who designed the sculpture, said it symbolized the biosphere reserve’s importance in promoting harmony and synergy between communities and nature.

The art trail, the second initiative, features exhibits at specific sites in Northeast communities.

Roberts, whose painting Hand in Hand with the Environment is on display in Delaford, told Sunday Newsday: “This is an important initiative that showcases our talent here in Tobago and also shows sensitivity to the environment, as these pieces are now installed in man and the biosphere forest reserve, showing exactly what our way of life is and some of the things we do.

He chose a painting by Avion Orr, Fisher Folk, to emphasize his point. It was unveiled at the launch by THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine, Food Security, Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development Secretary Nathisha Charles-Pantin and Member of the Belle Garden/Glamorgan congregation, Dr. Faith BYisrael.

“Fishermen pulling the boat out of the water is part of our tradition, as is planting and dancing cocoa. These are very important attributes of our cultural heritage that we have tried to immortalize, in a sense, because they are now permanent exhibits and they would be shown all over Tobago.

Tamika Whitlock Labidie addresses the launch of the North East Tobago UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Art Trail. -David Reid

Other artists involved so far are Jason Nedd, Earl Manswell, Chris Thomas, Coryse Wright-Kerr, Israel Melville, Quishang Jacob and Janina Awals.

Roberts, who is also the president of the Tobago Visual Arts Association, said visitors as they pass through northeast Tobago will now have the opportunity to stop and take photos of the pieces.

“It will be like a nostalgic affair, reminiscing about some of the things we have here in Tobago. In short, it is a whole development of the purple (creative arts) and orange (cultural goods and services) economy,
making sure to use our cultural heritage and monetize it so that our artists and visitors coming to the island can benefit from it.

He said it is very important for people to see works of art on public display.

“Most people would have had the privilege of looking at art in a gallery, but now what we’ve done, and which I think is very iconic in Tobago, is we’ve now taken the art and introduced it into the environment where people live.. So now they can see the artwork and develop an appreciation for it.

Saying that the future looks bright, Roberts said, “We have a lot to look forward to in terms of artistic development on the island.”

Welcoming the artistic trail, THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine said Tobago needed to capitalize on its vibrant creative sector.

“We should devote more time and resources to those in the creative arts, and that includes the visual arts,” he said.

Augustine recalled many years ago that Tobagonians knew all the artists on the island, but he lamented that this was no longer the case.

“At some point people started telling their kids that it’s not a profession to do, because you can’t make money out of it, until you become an adult and you realize that a work of art can be a down payment for a car.”

Augustine told the artists that they are important for the development of Tobago.

“You are helping to document the life and lived experience of our people, the history of our people. Hundreds of years from now the world will see how we live today from the snapshots you may have painted or sculpted with your hands.

Augustine told the audience that the Man and the Biosphere designation “signals to the world that Tobago is an extremely important ecological space – a space that requires our constant attention.”

But he said that for too long the rainforest had been just ‘cutting off a road and going around it

“What happens with these installations is that they force people to stop and look, take a picture and understand how our people for many generations have lived in harmony with our environment.

Augustine said some of the practices depicted in the pieces are worth preserving for future generations.

“In our 60th year (of independence), we can celebrate the way we live as a people and tell young people that some of these practices are worth keeping.”

He remembers that as a child, his late grandmother made quilts and taught basket weaving in village groups.

“For a while, as a kid, I thought those things were symbols of poverty.”

Augustine said his views changed over the years, especially when he got married. Joking that his wife had “taken” me to a trade store for shopping a few days before Christmas, Augustin recalled seeing “all sorts of prices for baskets”.

He said he regretted not having learned the craft of basket weaving from his grandmother. His children, he added, also did not learn the skill, because for them it was not a “modern and progressive” activity.

In his address, Augustin also said that the signs in the village needed to be replaced.

“Those signs around the island that say ‘Welcome to the Villages and Drive Carefully’ – these now need replacing and they need to be improved with much more liveliness so that when our visitors move on the island, they will actually feel inclined to stop at the welcome sign.

He added that the signage should also reflect the uniqueness of the respective villages.

“Every community on this island has something they are good at and they are great at what can be celebrated. This should be celebrated in the “Welcome” signs.

He asked the Administrator of the Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transport Division to start this project in the new fiscal year.

Augustine said there was also a need for permanent signs at the beginning and end of the designated Man and Biosphere area.

He urged Tobagonians and visitors to preserve the art trail.

Food Security, Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development Secretary Nathisha Charles-Pantin said the beautiful works of art will enhance the tourism product in northeast Tobago as well as the pride and the friendliness of its inhabitants. She added that it will also attract international visitors.

Stating that ecotourism is a key contributor to revitalizing and stabilizing the island’s economy, Charles-Pantin said, “Economic opportunities are poised to be derived from the biosphere reserves of northeastern Tobago. .

“This designation attracts opportunities for more local, national and international partnerships that are important for collaborative management.”

Further, she said the initiative espouses the division’s work to conserve and sustainably manage the use of Tobago’s natural resources while valuing and showcasing our rich natural heritage.

Charles-Pantin praised ERIC and other collaborators for conceptualizing the project, which she said is “an exciting sight”.

A project of ERIC, the initiative is funded by the Office of the Chief Secretary, the divisions of Food Security, Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development and Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and transport; the United Nations Development Program Small Grants Programme; and Woodside Energy.

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