SOUTH BURLINGTON, VTiTech US, Inc. (iTech), a Vermont based company that specializes in Software Services and Application Development, has been named by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC-EF) as one of its 50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses. The official announcement will be made during the 23rd Anniversary CelebrAsian Annual National Business Opportunity Conference 08, on May 27-29 at the Hilton Washington hotel in Washington, DC. A special presentation will take place at The White House on May 28, and at the Excellence Awards Gala Dinner at the Hilton Washington the same evening. All of us at iTech are honored to receive this recognition from the USPAACC, the White House and our congressional leaders, said Kishore Khandavalli, the CEO of iTech. The growth has come from our ability to hire and retain good, high quality people. This recognition really validates the hard work and successes that weve had as a company We congratulate our 50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses for generating robust growth over the yearsyet another indicator that through innovation, hard work and ingenuity, Asian Americans are at the forefront as engines of growth in our national economy, said USPAACC-EF National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. To qualify for the ranking, companies must be owned by one or more Asian Americans (at least 51% ownership), among other eligibility criteria. Based on percentage revenue growth over three years, selection was determined through direct applications and nominations. All finalists and winners were independently verified by the accounting and consulting firm of BDO Seidman, LLP.The Conference connects the largest number of Asian American suppliers with buyers from Fortune 500 corporations, the Federal government and small/minority-owned business community. Through pre-scheduled one-on-one matchmaking meetings, participants learn about contract opportunities in the era of globalization and outsourcing, different procurement trends and requirements to enhance competitiveness in the marketplace.
Ski film legend Warren Miller’s latest flick, Children of Winter, features much of the expected big air action. But this one jumps around the world with a diverse cast of characters to not only show off chops but also expose the fun side of playing on the mountain in winter. Former World Cup speedster Daron Rahlves hits the Alps in Austria but is also filmed at Sun Valley, Idaho, with Colby West and Seth Wescott, who play in the half-pipe, while Michael Franti provides the après-ski soundtrack. He’s not the only musician featured. At Okemo in Vermont, Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard rides with friends Eric Fawcett of N.E.R.D, Adam Gardner of Guster, and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies, before the boys jam in an impromptu classic rock cover band. Other cool footage includes Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley meeting up with former opponent Takehiro Sakamoto in the Japanese Alps.
Today, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac held a working meeting with representatives of county tourist boards. In addition to the Minister, the meeting was also attended by State Secretary Sandra Herman and the Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. All participants in the meeting agree that the opportunity for development certainly “lies” in the use of EU funds, but also in the harmonization of the Ordinance and timely guidelines for the implementation of work and programs as well as the exchange of experience and knowledge. Representatives of regional tourist boards presented concrete problems to the minister and associates and suggested proposals in order to better adapt to the COVID situation, expressing satisfaction with this form of cooperation. Minister Brnjac thanked those present for their work so far and pointed out that such coordination will be held more often in order to better implement strategic and operational plans. “You are the backbone of our system. I believe that through open dialogue and timely exchange of information, we can contribute to a better and more systematic solution to the challenges in the coming period. “, Minister Brnjac emphasized. Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac pointed out that now is the opportunity for a strategic turn, both in the organization of the tourism sector and in finding the best solutions for the coming period. “We have started the initial administrative steps to develop a long-term sectoral strategy called the Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Tourism until 2030. For the first time, we are in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Study. These are documents on which it is important to reach an agreement between the private and public sectors because they will determine the further direction of tourism development.” Minister Brnjac added and called on representatives of tourist boards to cooperate and proactively communicate.
USC coach Kevin O’Neill is very adamant that the Trojans’ identity is its defense, and that it needs to stop its opponents in order to have a chance to win.The Trojans (13-11, 5-6) deviated from their defensive-minded strategy in their first game against Oregon State, allowing the Beavers (9-14, 4-8) to score 80 points in a loss in January.“That was a stretch of the season where we relied too much on help [defense], and on [junior forward Nikola Vucevic] to change shots,” said junior guard Jio Fontan.Trojan played hard against the Beavers and it paid off.On Thursday, the Trojans displayed a renewed defensive toughness, defeating the Beavers 67-56 at the Galen Center.It was the first win in four attempts for O’Neill against Oregon State.“We played really good half-court defense,” O’Neill said. “We made some great hustle plays to get back in transition.”After trailing 11-6, the Trojans held the Beavers scoreless for more than seven minutes, going on a 12-0 run behind four points from senior forward Alex Stepheson.USC later went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead, and went into halftime leading 37-23.Oregon State cut USC’s lead to as little as five points in the second half, but the Trojans kept their defensive intensity, limiting the Beavers to 56 points, which was only one more than their season low.“We played more aggressively and smarter on defense,” Vucevic said.The Beavers are also renowned for their defense. They employ a 1-3-1 zone defense that is notorious for causing opposing teams to commit many turnovers.Oregon State came into the game leading the nation in steals, averaging 10.14 per game, and having committed less turnovers than their opponents in 14 of 22 games.The 1-3-1 zone defense did little to frustrate the Trojans though.The Beavers had nine steals, compared to five for USC, but the Trojans did a better job capitalizing on Oregon State’s mistakes, converting 28 points off turnovers, which was 18 more than the Beavers scored.The Trojans had 14 turnovers, compared to 19 for Oregon State.The Trojans were led by Vucevic, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.Stepheson had nine points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Donte Smith contributed 13 points off the bench.Freshman guard Maurice Jones fouled out with eight points and a game-high six assists.Oregon State had a balanced attack, with 10 players scoring at least two points, and no Beaver scoring more than 11 points.The Trojans next host Oregon on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Coming into their Los Angeles road trip, the Ducks have won four of their last five Pac-10 Conference games, including their last two.Ducks’ senior forward Joevan Catron is the reigning Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Ducks sweep Washington State and then-No. 20 Washington last weekend.In those two games, Catron averaged 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.USC fell at Oregon on Jan. 13, 68-62. In that game, which was the opening night of Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks led by as many as 20 points in the second half.Catron did not play because of an injury in the first match-up between the two teams.