first_imgNew South Wales makes history for Australian tourismNSW has made Australian tourism history, setting several new national records and a series of NSW all-time records for overseas visitation, Minister for Tourism and Major Events announced today.Mr Marshall said no other State had ever achieved such strong results in an International Visitor Survey, with NSW welcoming just over four million overseas visitors who spent $10.1 billion in the State in the year ending June 2017.“This is a tourism result of epic proportions thanks to the hard work the NSW Government has put in since 2011,” Mr Marshall said.“This momentous achievement is a credit to the strength of our tourism strategies, the quality of our tourism industry and our ability to attract and secure major events.”Mr Marshall said that rural and regional NSW was also setting visitation records.“Rural and regional NSW posted its highest volumes of international visitors, nights and expenditure on record, welcoming 813,000 international visitors who stayed 14.8 million nights and spent $1.1 billion, up more than 22 per cent,” Mr Marshall said.“We will continue to focus on driving international visitation into Sydney and out to rural and regional NSW communities, putting tourism dollars into local economies, generating jobs and driving investment in the regions.”NSW exceeded Victoria by over 1.2 million visitors and $2.6 billion in spend and Queensland by 1.4 million visitors and $4.9 billion in spend.Sydney received 3.75 million international visitors who stayed 77.7 million nights and spent $9.03 billion.Chinese visitor expenditure to NSW has exceeded the $3 billion milestone for the first time ($3.01 billion).China continues to drive our tourism growth, with visitors up by 11.7 per cent, nights up by 20.4 per cent and expenditure up by 17.1 per cent. There was also significant growth in visitors from the USA (up by 13 per cent), Korea (up by 16 per cent), Japan (up by 18 per cent), Germany (up by 11 per cent), India (up by 12 per cent) and Indonesia (up by 27 per cent).Source = Destination NSWlast_img

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first_imgAccording to the Leicester City manager, things are very good at the team and nobody should think about replacing him right now.Leicester City is currently in the seventh position in the English Premier League table with 31 points.The team has won 9 times, drawing 4 and losing 8.But after every defeat or “bad draw”, many are calling manager Claude Puel to resign.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“To finish seventh during the first half of the season with all the problems we’ve had, it’s a very good performance,” he told Sport 360.“If people think our place is sixth or higher, this is not the truth, it’s not possible. If seventh or eighth is bad then this is crazy.”“I think we need to give time to the truth, and not believe it is possible for all players to play all the games,” added Puel.“We drew in the cup with Manchester City, one of the best teams in the world, and lost to the lottery of penalties. In the FA Cup, we played with eight players who won the title. It was an experienced team.”last_img

first_imgThere still time to be a part of the most exciting event this year! Register now for Commodity Classic 2016—the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show held March 3-5, in New Orleans. Sign up today by clicking here.“We’re thrilled to be bringing Commodity Classic to New Orleans for the first time ever – a city famous for great food and Southern hospitality,” said Alabama soybean farmer and American Soybean Association (ASA) Commodity Classic Co-Chair Sam Butler. “It’s going to be a world-class event with a bigger-than-ever trade show, terrific educational and networking opportunities, and lots of exciting new things planned for our growers.”Full registration includes admission to what will be the largest trade show in Commodity Classic history; a ticket to ASA’s Awards Banquet on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m., (based on space availability, and not guaranteed), access to all educational sessions, the Friday general session, the main stage presentations on the trade show floor, Saturday’s evening of entertainment, featuring award-winning country music group Sawyer Brown, lunch and snacks served at the trade show, and for growers, their families, media, state and/or national commodity organization staff, full registration also includes the welcome reception on Wednesday evening. To view the complete 2016 schedule click here.Full registration also entitles attendees to complimentary access to video recordings of all 2016 educational sessions, which will be available online following the 2016 Commodity Classic.The fee for full registration is $190 for dues-paying members of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Sorghum Producers. After January 14, that cost increases to $215.Attendees who are not members of these associations can register for $290 until January 14.  That cost increases to $315 following the deadline.In addition, discounts are available for spouses and youth.  Children 14 and under can attend at no charge when accompanied by a registered adult. One-day registrations are also available, with early registration discounts ending on January 14 as well.Hotel reservations can be made by clicking here.Optional tours are also available to help attendees experience New Orleans to the fullest. From a voodoo queen to unique cuisine, farmers and their families can explore one of the nation’s most fascinating cities thanks to a line-up of unique optional tours. For complete tour details including costs and schedules, visit www.CommodityClassic.com/optional-tours.Along with all the exciting speakers and presentations during Commodity Classic 2016, ASA will also hold its Awards Banquet on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. The annual dinner, sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB), DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto BioAg, brings together ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit the U.S. soybean farmers and industry.Awards are presented for ASA membership and association outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support. The banquet entertainment this year features comedian Jay Hendren, an Ohio farmer who draws from his experiences for some good-clean humor.Commodity Classic is a once-a-year, can’t-miss event for America’s soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. You’ll see the latest innovations first-hand. Hear game-changing ideas from the people who created them. Meet growers and ag leaders from across the nation. Talk one-on-one with top agribusiness representatives at this incredible event. If you’re passionate about agriculture, you need to be here.Follow Commodity Classic on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to use #Classic16 in all your post to keep up with the conversation! For further information check eBean News, www.soygrowers.com and www.CommodityClassic.com.last_img

first_imgIt’s rare. It’s uplifting. It’s inspirational.There’s something unique and something memorable about meeting a person who is absolutely certain of their path in life, a person who exudes an uncommon comfort with themselves and their place in the world. So, this being the season for inspiration, I put in a call to Sister Miriam James Heidland, just to get a reminder of what commitment can mean.“It’s a very beautiful life,” Sister Miriam said of her vocation with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. “It’s a life of witness; it’s a life of sacrifice; it has a purpose. It’s a lifelong, eternal commitment to Christ as his bride. It’s a complete and total commitment to Jesus.”Now, you might think that sounds a little nutty. I might think it sounds a little nutty. Heck, not all that long ago, Sister Miriam would have thought it was a little nutty.You see, Sister Miriam James Heidland used to be Sharon Heidland. She graduated from Woodland High School and went on to be a scholarship volleyball player at the University of Nevada, which competes at the highest level of college athletics. There were boyfriends and there were parties and there was the life of a typical college student. But, to hear Sister Miriam tell it, there also was a profound emptiness.“I thank God that I don’t live the life I used to live — destructive,” Heidland said. “Like many people, my idea of success was being famous and having a glamorous life. But by the time I was 21, I was already an alcoholic; I was broken; I was longing for more.”last_img

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