Stowe Mountain Resort named best golf resort in the Northern US

first_imgStowe Mountain Resort,Thousands of readers have made their choice and selected the ‘Top 125 Golf Resorts’ from around the world, in the 15th Annual Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll. From St Andrews to Scottsdale the regional winners are in and Stowe Mountain Resort was named #1 Golf Resort in the Northern United States.Stowe’s designation as Northern America’s superlative golf resort is the result of recently opened Stowe Mountain Lodge and Golf Club. The 312-room luxury hotel and spa located mountainside in Stowe, Vermont, sits adjacent to a truly unique mountain golf course created by renowned course designer Bob Cupp.  The 18-hole, par 72 ‘wilderness’ course winds dramatically along the lower reaches of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak to an elevation of more than 1800 feet. The resort course is available to Stowe Mountain Club members, as well as guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge. Stowe Mountain Club is a four-season private club with unprecedented golf, alpine and spa facilities located at Spruce Peak at Stowe, Vermont’s newest luxury resort and residential community.Stowe’s newest mountainside amenities and golf course are the perfect complement to the classic Stowe Country Club. Founded in the 1952, the public country club boasts beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens. Occupying what was a turn of the century dairy farm, the course provides 360 degree views of New England’s most celebrated resort town and the surrounding Green Mountains.More about Golf at Stowe Mountain Resort – Stowe Mountain Resort is the first in Vermont to achieve Audubon ‘Signature Sanctuary’ Golf Course Certification from Audubon International. Boasting two of New England’s finest courses both on and off the mountain, Stowe’s long temperate summer days, quintessential beauty and unequaled hospitality, give guests the opportunity to create memories to cherish. Additional accolades earned by the new Stowe Mountain Golf Club include; Golf Magazine’s ‘Top Ten New Golf Courses,’ ‘Top 50 Courses for Women’ and ‘Best Course in Vermont’ by Golfweek. For complete information online visit  http://summer.stowe.com/golf/(link is external).  Source: Stowe Mountain Resort. 4.26.2011last_img read more

Vermont officials announce help for municipalities with storm-related cash flow issues

first_imgState Treasurer Beth Pearce, legislative leadership, and the Shumlin administration today announced a package of measures that will accelerate highway aid and education payments and allow disaster-impacted towns to defer education payments due to the State on December 1.               ‘A key to Vermont’s successful recovery from the disasters that have struck is the ongoing partnership between State and municipal governments,’ said State Treasurer Beth Pearce. ‘The package we are announcing today recognizes that Vermont towns do not stand alone as they work to rebuild. We must continue to exercise flexibility in our financial planning to provide impacted communities with the help needed to fully recover.’ The financial package includes: ·         As was done in September, the Treasurer’s Office will accelerate local highway aid payments that were scheduled to go out to towns on January 15, 2012. The approximately $6.4 million will be disbursed to towns prior to Thanksgiving.·         The Treasurer’s Office also will accelerate education payments this week to local schools of approximately $125 million. These payments were due to be released on December 10.·         Towns significantly impacted by the spring flooding disasters and Tropical Storm Irene may defer for one-time-only a portion of education payments due to the State on December 1, up to the amount of unreimbursed claims. For impacted towns, payment would not be due until February 28, 2012, without any interest applied. If payments were not paid in full by the February deadline, 8 percent interest would be assessed for all outstanding balances, retroactive to December 1. Currently, State statute requires the Treasurer to assess 8 percent interest on any late payments. Legislative leadership is committed to passing the legislation necessary to allow the deferred payments.              ‘We’ve all been impressed with the progress towns have made in rebuilding their local communities and we also recognize the financial strain they are under,’ said Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding. ‘These measures, proposed by the State Treasurer, underscore the State’s commitment to do our very best to provide the assistance needed to enable all Vermont communities to recover from what has been an extraordinary year for storm related damage.’             In addition to Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont communities continue to rebuild from severe storms and flooding that hit the state in the spring.             ‘The legislature is committed to helping communities overcome the enormous challenges these storms have imposed on our state,’ explained Speaker Shap Smith. ‘The goal of this package is to ease the cash flow pressures and take away some of the worries so many municipalities are facing in the aftermath of disaster.’               ‘This one-time deferment recognizes that we all must do what we can to help impacted communities continue their recovery efforts,’ said Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell. ‘These are unique circumstances that require action now to ensure we continue our remarkable rebuilding process.’             Municipalities will be required to prepare a cost estimate of storm-related damages and certify that they have, or are in the process of making, the repairs associated with the estimate in order to document the amount of education tax payment that will be deferred. The estimate can only include costs incurred or reasonably expected to be incurred, prior to February 28, 2012. If a town has received any payments from FEMA, the Federal Highway Administration, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Property and Casualty Intermunicipal Fund insurance program, or private insurance, that amount must be deducted from the education tax deferred payment amount that is being requested. Such payments only apply if they are associated with a town’s original cost estimate for storm related damages.             ‘We appreciate the responsiveness of State and legislative leaders to the needs of our Vermont cities and towns,’ said Steven Jeffery, Executive Director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. ‘Vermont’s recovery effort is something we all have a stake in. I am pleased that we can work together on proposals that recognize our shared commitment to a full and complete rebuilding effort on the part of all our communities.’Vermont State Treasurer’s Office. 11.22.2011last_img read more

Analysts see big job cuts on horizon for U.S. coal mining sector as demand continues downward

first_imgAnalysts see big job cuts on horizon for U.S. coal mining sector as demand continues downward FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The clearest sign yet that America’s Coal County is headed for widespread job cuts: The amount of coal being produced per U.S. miner is at the lowest level in eight years. Productivity has slid 11% this year alone. The last time it was this low was in 2011, when coal companies ended up cutting almost half their workers in a downturn that lasted more than four years.It underscores the intense pressure facing U.S. coal producers. For years, they relied on exports and metallurgical coal used for steelmaking to offset shriveling demand from U.S. utilities. Now even those markets are suffering as the global economy slows, liquefied natural gas becomes cheap and plentiful in Asia and President Donald Trump’s trade war churns away. The bottom line: U.S. production is expected to slide 10% this year, and jobs are at risk.“It’s highly likely there will be more layoffs,” said Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America union. “I don’t think there’s any question.”Cutbacks are already underway. On Monday, Peabody Energy Corp. said it plans to close an Illinois mine and lay off about 225 workers. Blackhawk Mining LLC idled four West Virginia mines last week and fired about 340 people. And in September, Murray Energy Corp. shut mines in West Virginia.“People are going to have to get laid off,” said Andrew Cosgrove, a mining analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. “They’re going to have to close mines.”The moves reflect the confluence of woes pummeling the industry. Electricity producers are shunning the fuel in favor of cheaper natural gas, wind and solar. Global prices for coal shipped to power plants have plunged by more than one-third in the past year in both Europe and Asia. And met coal prices fell last month to the lowest since January 2017.More: America’s coal country is heading for another wave of layoffslast_img read more

Cuomo signs death benefit bill for families of frontline workers

first_imgGovernor Cuomo said this new bill provides death benefits to the families of frontline workers who lost their lives fighting the coronavirus in New York. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill during his daily coronavirus news conference on Saturday. He said this bill gives coronavirus death benefits to the families of state and local government employees who have been working on the front lines in response to the virus.last_img

Del Potro Stuns Federer in Four Sets to Berth S’Final

first_imgUS OPENArgentina’s Juan Martin del Potro stunned Roger Federer thursday in four sets to reach the US Open semi-finals. The 24th seed won 7-5 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to reach the last four, thrilling his large contingent of supporters in New York.He goes on to face top seed Rafael Nadal, who earlier beat Russian teenager Andrey Rublev. Del Potro’s victory means Federer and Nadal will end another year having never played each other at the US Open.Top seed Nadal is now also guaranteed to keep hold of the number one ranking ahead of Federer.However, an out-of-sorts Federer was no match for Del Potro, who returned 48 hours after his epic five-set win over Dominic Thiem to produce another thrilling victory.“I honestly was only thinking about tonight,” said Federer, 36.“My head didn’t even wander during the match. I knew it was going to be a tough one.”Del Potro, 28, beat Federer to win his only Grand Slam title in New York in 2009, and eight years later he delivered another blow to the 36-year-old on Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I think I played my best match of the tournament,” said the Argentine.“I played everything well. My serve was good, I hit my forehands as hard as I possibly could.“This is my home court too. The fans make me feel happy every time I play here. I hope against Rafa the crowd will be cheering for me again.”The Del Potro forehand is among the biggest weapons in the game but his backhand, which has been hampered in recent years after four wrist surgeries, held up superbly.After the pair split the first two sets with a break apiece, the match turned on a gripping third-set tie-break in which Federer saw four set points slip by.Del Potro would not be so profligate, hammering a magnificent backhand on his first chance to clinch the set, drawing a huge roar from the Argentine and his supporters high in the stands.A desperate Federer smash into the bottom of the net drew gasps from the crowd as he offered up a break point at 2-2 in the fourth, which Del Potro snapped up with another blistering backhand return.Federer’s evening ended with him taking evasive action at the net from a massive Del Potro forehand, and then swinging a wild volley way over the baseline when threatening to break back.It was Del Potro’s night and, four years after his last Grand Slam semi-final, he closed out the match after two hours and 51 minutes to set up a chance at a second US Open crown.“I don’t know what the turning point was, maybe I got lucky,” he said. “I can’t believe I am back after all my injuries and surgeries.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more