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Vermont Chamber of Commerce names 2011-2012 Top Ten Winter Events

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces the highly anticipated 2011-2012 Top Ten Winter Events.  Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont’s best activities, selected for their diversity, wide appeal, and consistency with Vermont’s brand. Vicky Tebbetts, Vermont Chamber Senior VP, noted, ‘Vermont is known for being a destination in which to relax, reconnect with friends and family, get outdoors, and get back to basics. This year’s Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events feature time-honored traditions as well as contemporary experiences from all regions of the state.’ The Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events take place from November 2011 through March 2012. The winners in chronological order are: Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, November 25 ‘ 27, 2011, 10 am ‘ 3:30 pmWalk back in time during Thanksgiving at Frederick Billings’ 1890 farmhouse. Visitors are greeted by costumed interpreters as they demonstrate cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the historic kitchen. Relax in the Victorian parlor and learn how the American Thanksgiving evolved; ride in horse drawn wagons around the farm fields. Adults $12, seniors $11, students (5-15) $6, ages 3-4 $3, 2 and under free. www.billingsfarm.org(link is external), 802-457-2355. Vermont International FestivalEssex Junction, December 2-4, 2011, Fri. 5 – 8 pm, Sat. 10 am ‘ 6 pm, Sun. 10 am ‘ 5 pmThe Vermont International Festival is a unique, unforgettable celebration of the cultures that comprise our community. Find crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods, and traditional international music, dance and stories. Local cultural and ethnic organizations provide information about their programs with exhibits, demonstrations and workshops. This annual gala offers a fun environment in which to learn and experience new things and appreciate other cultures. Admission is good for the entire weekend: individuals $6, seniors 65+ $3, children 6-12 $3, family passes $15. www.vermontinternationalfestival.com(link is external), 802-863-6713. Christmas in WestonWeston, December 3, 2011, 11 am ‘ 4 pmAn old-fashioned Christmas festival! Tours, sleigh rides, Santa, caroling and more. Experience the Vermont Country Store, the Museum Mill, the Old Parish Church, and many other locations throughout Weston. Free. www.westonvt.com(link is external) or www.yourplaceinvermont.com(link is external), 802-228-5830. Coolidge Holiday Open HousePlymouth Notch, December 11, 2011, 10 am ‘ 4 pmEnjoy the traditions of the season at Plymouth Notch ‘ one of Vermont’s most picturesque villages. Visit the Coolidge Birthplace decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born. Several other historic buildings are also open free of charge. www.historicvermont.org/coolidge(link is external), 802-672-3773. First Night BurlingtonBurlington, December 31, 2011, noon ‘ midnightFirst Night Burlington is Vermont’s largest one-day event, celebrating New Year’s Eve in downtown Burlington. This substance-free performing arts festival is in 20 different venues downtown and is fun for all ages! Adults $18, kids $5, family pack $39. www.firstnightburlington.com(link is external), 802-863-6005. 2012 Stowe Winter CarnivalStowe, January 16-29, 2012The 38th Annual Stowe Winter Carnival, ‘The Greatest Stowe on Earth,’ is a fourteen-day festival that takes place in the heart of quintessential Stowe, Vermont. The town comes alive in late January with a celebration of winter sports and the arts. Events such as the Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball Tournaments, Stowe Schuss Ski Race, and the 12th Annual Ice Carving Festival entice everyone to the outdoors! Free for spectators, some entry fees for participants. www.stowewintercarnival.com(link is external), 802-777-5510. Chester Winter CarnivalChester, February 17-19, 2012Fun for all ages! Events are guaranteed to get one outside for winter fun. Sled races, dog sled rides, skating outdoors and broom hockey warm one’s heart and evoke laughter on the coldest February days! Free admission. www.chester.govoffice.com(link is external) or www.yourplaceinvermont.com(link is external), 802-875-2693. 30th Annual U.s. Open SnowboardingStratton Mountain, March 4-11, 2012, 9 am ‘ 5 pmThe final stop of the Burton Global Open Series and the longest standing snowboarding event on the planet. Come watch as amateurs compete on the same platform as the world’s best riders including Vermont superstars Louie Vito, Hannah Teter, and 2011 defending champion Kelly Clark. Free. www.stratton.com(link is external), 800-STRATTON. Vermont Chili FestivalMiddlebury, March 10, 2012, 2 ‘ 4 pmWarm up with the Better Middlebury Partnership’s 4th Annual Vermont Chili Festival! Taste the best of the best from restaurants and caterers around the state, when they flock to historic downtown Middlebury. Cast your vote for the award-winning chili! The event includes activities for all ages. Adults $3, children under 12 $2. www.bettermiddleburypartnership.org(link is external), 802-388-4126. Green Mountain Film FestivalMontpelier, March 16-25, 2012Expect the best at the Green Mountain Film Festival – one won’t be disappointed. Powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere make this ten-day event an audience favorite. ‘I traveled the world without leaving Vermont,’ is frequent spectator sentiment. Admission fees vary. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org(link is external), 802-262-3423.  The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.last_img read more


Bar none: The hottest places to raise a glass at home on the Gold Coast

first_imgThere’s no queues here! 23 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoHaving a glitzy outdoor wine, wet or mini bar is the cherry on top of the Manhattan.“You can use it as part of the decor — it really can become quite a feature of the home,” she said.“Drink service is a vital part of any event, usually you just set up a trestle table or use the kitchen, it doesn’t facilitate a smooth running party.” Drinks with a water view. Picture Glenn Hampson.“We are originally from Adelaide and being up here, a lot of the lifestyle is outdoors, so we wanted to create a large, multipurpose area.”The cabana is complete with a bar, pizza oven, fire pit and television and serves up stunning water views while overlooking the pool.Mrs Panepinto described the stone-edged design as “industrial and classy.”The mother-of-three said the cabana and bar is a definite selling point of her newly-listed home.The Panepinto’s extensively renovated the residence over nine months to create a “luxury home, suitable for a family.”Gold Coast party planner Decinda Macdonald of Sugar and Spice Events said more people are choosing to party at home.“You save venue hire fees when you do it at home and you don’t have to work within a package. You can bring in whatever you want — and you can generally party as long as you want to,” Ms Macdonald said. Raising the bar doesn’t get much higher than this penthouse at 63/2890, Gold Coast Highway Melissa and Vince Panepinto enjoy a drink at home at Hope Island. The house has one of the hottest bars in new Gold Coast property listings. Picture Glenn Hampson.PARTY venues don’t come any more exclusive than this.Guests are being left shaken and stirred by the stunning bars which have become an eye-catching feature of high-end homes.At Hope Island, vendor Melissa Panepinto said the waterfront views at her residence were the best enjoyed with a lychee or espresso martini.That’s what the Panepinto’s most often concocted for their visitors from an envy-inducing home bar setting.“People always say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but I say my bar is,” Mrs Panepinto said. Pull up a customised chair at this bar at 1 Rokeby Crt, Nerang.center_img Cheers! This wine rack is both a feature and functional at 14 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.“We love even hiring a flair bartender or a local bartender to serve, it takes it from a service bar to being part of the entertainment.”Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate, who is marketing the Hope Island property, said its bar is one of the best on the Gold Coast property market.“In potential buyers’ top must-haves, the bar is up there,” Mr Phillis said.“It’s a great place for family and friends to relax and entertain.”But the Gold Coast is not lacking when it comes to lavish properties with a wet bar to match. Whether it’s sipping a cocktail at a mosaic patterned bar in a Surfers Paradise penthouse, fetching the champagne from a glittering temperature-controlled wine cellar with an engraved nod to the fine wines of Bordeaux and Pauillac, or cracking a cold one at a motorsport-inspired wet bar, there’s something to suit every taste. Raise a glass to this luxe space at 12-14 Knightsbridge Parade West, Sovereign Islands. If you like pina coladas, this tropical-inspired bar at 139 Strawberry Rd, Bonogin is for you.Ms Macdonald said when it comes to designing or modifying a home bar permanently, a timeless or monotone style is best.Then you can add a garnish for special occasions.“For a New Year’s Eve party you might have some beautiful balloons, some high end Waterford Crystal glassware,” Ms Macdonald said.“You could go so far as creating a cocktail to suit the event. The options are all there — get creative.”last_img read more


Govt taps into Treasury for $6.4 billion

first_imgThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), six months into its second financial year, has already tapped the treasury another .3 billion, in addition to the 0 billion Budget for 2017.Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday tabled the first financial paper for 2017Parliament sitting on Friday where legislators heard of monies being withdrawn from the Treasuryfor a period outlined between January 1 and December 31, 2017.The Financial Paper, No 1/2007, as presented by the Finance Minister, details the expenditure being divided into $143.6 million to be used on recurring expenditure to be used by the Ministry of the Presidency and the Finance Ministry.Of that allocation of $143.6 million, the document detailed, $130 million will be utilised by the Finance Ministry, not only for recurring expenditure, but the money also provides for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.According to the Financial Paper, “this amount ($130 million) includes provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, office space, and operating supplies, furniture and equipment.”This money has been represented as subsidies and contributions to localFinance Minister Winston Jordanorganisations.Meanwhile, provisions have also been made for the Department of Innovation and Education Reform, housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.The Financial Paper outlines the additional spending on this department. One of the glaring increases for this department is the more-than 700 per cent increase in employment cost for its contracted employees – up from an originally voted provision of $899,000 to more than $6.3 million.This department is also slated to receive, under Capital Expenditure, in excess of $3 million for the provision of furniture and equipment.Another of the beneficiaries of the largesse supplementary provisions from the national coffers is the Public Infrastructure Ministry.While some of the provisions represent inflows from foreign-funded projects, in excess of $1.4 billion were taken from the national coffers in order to meet expenditure related to the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at $300 million, a final payment on the rehabilitation of the MV Lady Northcote, in addition to money “to meet the increased cost of vehicle.”Other projects for which Government has expended additional sums of money relate to the construction of highway overpasses to be constructed at Houston, Eccles, Peters’ Hall, Diamond, and Providence East Bank Demerara.According to the Financial Paper, “this supplemental request is premised on the fact that the government has successfully completed negotiations with the IDB to utilise uncommitted balances that would have been cancelled as at March 31, 2017…The final disbursement date has consequently been revised to December 31, 2017.Another $160 million have been allocated for repair to the sinkhole project in the vicinity of the Kitty Pump Station.Other projects to benefit from the allocations include several of the large road repairs and construction, and the upgrade of the power grid at almost $2 billion.It was explained in the Financial Paper that the provision represent an inflow from the IDB to facilitate the payment of mobilisation advance and other areas under the programme, including the supervision of civil works and management of the project.The bond and advances were supposed to have been paid in 2016, according to the Finance Minister, but this did not obtain.last_img read more


Kasarani turns electric as Stars face Walias

first_imgWith the government earlier this week announcing that entrance to the stadium will be free, FKF used the tickets they had already printed for the game to ease access of fans into the stadium with security tight from the outside perimeter to inside the stadium.Harambee Stars fans rush in to get seats inside the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am happy that the government made entrance to the stadium free, but I am not happy that they printed tickets. This money they have used to print tickets should have been used to pay maize farmers,” one of the enthusiastic fans told Capital Sport.Fans started streaming into the stadium from as early as 9am, everyone eager to get a seating spot at the 60,000 seater facility early enough.Fans wait outside City Hall for shuttle buses to the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSecurity has been very tight with administration police, regular police, General Service Unit and National Youth service officers taking patrol. Office on horse-back are also at all entry points to ensure law and order as the fans stream in.Tens of buses are also in the Central Business District ferrying fans to the stadium with those donated by the County Governor Mike Sonko lining up outside City Hall to pick up fans.Word is that President Uhuru Kenyatta is also expected to attend the match alongside his deputy William Ruto and former premier Raila Odinga.Ethiopian fans cheering in the stadium as they wait for the clash. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFans are meanwhile optimistic that Stars will shine brighter than the Walia Ibex and inch closer to an African Cup of Nations appearance.“I am very optimistic we will win today. 3-1. Olunga, Wanyama and Kahata to score. We have a good team,” One of the fans stated. Another added “These Ethiopians cannot beat us today. 2-0. We don’t want much. Just two goals are enough for us.”The match kicks off at 4pm.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars fans cheering the team on at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – If you are planning to attend the Kenya versus Ethiopia 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier and you are nowhere close to the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, then you better start planning to watch the game on television.As at noon, the stadium was already 80pc full with thousands of other enthusiastic fans queuing outside for match admission tickets to get in, almost four hours to kick off.last_img read more