Spruce Peak sales hit $70 million ‘in record time’

first_imgStowe Mountain Resort,Spruce Peak courtesy photoVermont Business Magazine Spruce Peak at Stowe has announced a total of more than $70 million in closed and newly signed contracts in 2016, bolstered by the introduction of the 18 four-bedroom Village Townhomes in November 2016. To date, nine townhomes residences have sold, ranging from $1.8 to $2.2 million. Architects and interior designers from Zehren and Associates, a renowned mountain country firm, designed the Village Townhomes with families and multigenerational living in mind. The residences feature four bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room and range from 2,000-2,200 square feet of living space plus a heated garage. The contemporary alpine-designed homes are punctuated with exposed wood beams and 17-foot-high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows that beautifully frame the snow-covered mountains. The kitchens offer details like shaker-style wood cabinets and barn wood kitchen islands with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances.Spruce Peak markets itself as New England’s only true luxury mountain resort community and the “Aspen of the Northeast.”Just off the heels of the completion of its $90 million Village Center, Spruce Peak’s real estate opportunities feature community amenities that are carving the path for the East Coast’s fastest-selling second home market. Residences are centered around a 10,000-square-foot ice rink and the newly opened, Adventure Center—a multi-season activity center that acts as the home base for the Stowe Children’s Ski and Ride School, Stowe Rocks—a climbing gym that replicates some of the local rock formations, a movie screening area, daycare and more. The Village also boasts more than a dozen shops, boutiques, restaurants, and skier service facilities. Located at the base of Vermont’s highest mountain, Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak’s owners also take advantage of the existing 21,000 square-foot spa and pool, a 450-seat performance center, a Bob Cupp-designed mountain golf course, and access to Stowe Mountain Lodge, the most sought after ski-in/ski-out hotel lodging in the east.“When we started this project, we saw the East Coast real estate market was missing a family-oriented luxury solution for second home buyers near Vermont’s most coveted ski destination,” said Spruce Peak at Stowe’s Vice President & Director of Real Estate, Sam Gaines. “Our goal was to create a new residential offering that affords owners the opportunity to seek out their own adventures while providing a safe neighborhood setting where their children can create lasting memories.”Spruce Peak at Stowe is a 2-hour drive from Montreal, a 3-hour drive from Boston and a 45-minute flight from the New York area via Tradewind Aviation’s Northeast shuttle service.About Spruce PeakSpruce Peak at Stowe is a four season, slope-side affluent community located within Stowe Mountain Resort, at the base of Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield in Vermont. The luxury alpine community is the only resort in the Northeast with ski-in/ski-out residences, a 21,000 square-foot spa, a 450-seat performance center, an award-winning Bob Cupp-designed golf course, and 30,000 square-foot Adventure Center with rock-climbing walls and a world-class children’s Ski and Ride School. Spruce Peak at Stowe is located at the base of the tallest mountain in Vermont, and is surrounded by 2,000 acres of preserved wildlife habitat. Spruce Peak at Stowe is a member of the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program. Due to that prestigious designation, Spruce Peak became the first mountain resort in the nation to earn the Audubon International Green Community Award.About Stowe Mountain ResortStowe is an internationally renowned year-round destination. Stowe Mountain Resort, with majestic Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, is filled with activities for every season; golf, tennis, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spa and more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates quintessential New England getaways.Source: Stowe, VT (December 20, 2016) – Spruce Peak at Stowe. For more information, visit www.stowe.com(link is external).  www.sprucepeak.com(link is external).last_img read more

Can You Spot a Liar?

first_imgThe Atlantic:In November, I came across a story that made absolutely no sense to me. A 33-year-old consultant named Niall Rice gave $718,000, little by little, to two Manhattan psychics who promised to reunite him with an old flame. How could someone be so gullible? Rice himself didn’t even seem to know: “I just got sucked in,” he told The New York Times later.As it turns out, it’s much easier to fall for these types of cons than many people think. As Maria Konnikova, a psychologist and New Yorker contributor, explains in her new book, The Confidence Game, grifters manipulate human emotions in genius (and evil) ways, striking right when we feel lovelorn or otherwise emotionally vulnerable. I recently spoke with Konnikova about cons, why they happen, and if there’s any way to avoid becoming a fraudster’s next target. A lightly edited version of our conversation follows.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to tainted tuna

first_imgLate yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a line of frozen tuna tainted with Salmonella Newport is associated with illnesses in 13 people in seven states, resulting in two hospitalizations.Jensen Tuna of Houma, Louisiana, voluntarily recalled the frozen ground tuna product associated with the outbreak yesterday. The frozen tuna is individually packaged in clear, 1-pound bags and only sold wholesale in 20-pound boxes.According to the FDA, the boxes were sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington state, where they were further distributed to restaurants and retail locations from Nov 30, 2018, to Mar 15, 2019. Jensen Tuna imported the fish from JK Fish of Vietnam. Case-patients report eating sushiIn epidemiologic interviews, the CDC said 9 (75%) of 12 people reported eating sushi from a restaurant or grocery store in the days prior to illness. And all who reported eating sushi said the sushi item contained raw tuna or raw “spicy tuna.””The FDA and regulatory officials in several states traced the source of the raw tuna used by restaurants where ill people ate sushi,” the CDC said. “The traceback evidence indicated that the restaurants used frozen ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna.”Patients reported symptom onset between Jan 8 and Mar 20 of this year. Ill people range in age from 29 to 85 years, with a median age of 40, and 54% are female, the CDC said.North Dakota and Washington state each recorded four cases, with Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and New York each recording one case.”Consumers who order sushi made with raw tuna, including ‘spicy tuna,’ should ask the restaurant or grocery store if the tuna is from Jensen Tuna. If you are not sure if the tuna has been recalled, do not eat it,” the CDC said.Third Salmonella tuna outbreak in recent yearsThis is the third food-based Salmonella outbreak identified by the CDC this year; earlier outbreaks have been associated with pre-cut melon and ground turkey.In 2018, the CDC confirmed 16 Salmonella food-related outbreaks, which it defines as two or more people getting sick after consuming the same food or drink. In 2017, the CDC tracked four outbreaks linked to imported papayas.The most recent US Salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna occurred in 2015 and involved 65 cases in 11 states. A much larger Salmonella outbreak sickened 425 people in 28 states in 2012 and involved raw scraped ground tuna products.See also Apr 16 CDC noticeApr 16 FDA updateApr 16 FDA recall noticeCDC Salmonella outbreak pagelast_img read more

Solicitors feel the pinch in spring budget

first_imgSolicitors – with the exception of those in-house – are among the main losers from last week’s spring budget. A combination of higher national insurance contributions and increased taxes on dividends will hit self-employed practitioners, partners and director shareholders, professional advisers said.Meanwhile, chancellor Philip Hammond announced that he is pressing ahead with penalties for lawyers and accountants who advise on tax avoidance schemes subsequently disallowed by HM Revenue & Customs.Jason Collins, head of tax at international firm Pinsent Masons, said that the government appeared to have a ‘working list of those it wished to target’ – and that law firms, QCs and boutique advisers were in the Treasury’s sights. Innocent accountants and lawyers could become ‘collateral damage’, he said. ‘HMRC’s recent strategy on tax avoidance has been to deter people from engaging with it, be they the end-user or adviser. HMRC is ready to utilise its powers as a deterrent.’The Law Society also raised concerns about the new tax avoidance penalty regime, which the chancellor said would come into effect in July. President Robert Bourns said: ‘The Law Society understands the government’s desire to prevent people abusing the tax system through tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. However, everyone loses if these measures stop taxpayers receiving proper legal advice on their tax obligations.’On solicitors’ personal tax liabilities, Peter Noyce, business services partner at professional services firm Menzies, said the announced reduction in dividend tax allowance from £5,000 to £2,000 would increase liability by only £225 a year, ‘but when you add last year’s tax increase of 7.5% on dividend income at all levels this is painful’.Louis Baker, head of professional practices at business adviser Crowe Clark Whitehill, said: ‘The reduction in the dividend allowance will mean that for many firms their service company will now be tax inefficient.’In other measures, the budget announced some support for small businesses hit by next month’s revaluation of business rates.A reduction from 30 days to 14 days for the filing and payment of stamp duty land tax will be delayed until 2018/19, the chancellor said. Bourns said that the delay in implementation will be welcomed by many conveyancing solicitors.The Society also welcomed the chancellor’s announcement of support for new technologies. ‘Solicitors are embracing technology as it fundamentally reshapes the way the legal sector works,’ Bourns said.Noyce said that firms were partly to blame for setting themselves up as targets for HMRC. ‘Law firms haven’t always helped themselves on profit retention and there is a wish to draw out everything they earn rather than building up capital value and retaining working capital for future projects,’ he said. However the added tax hits ‘will hardly encourage retention’.last_img read more

Walter Presents passes 100 million streams in the UK

first_imgForeign language drama streaming service Walter Presents has smashed through the 100 million streams landmark in the UK.First launched almost 4 years ago on Channel 4 and its streaming service All 4, the platform’s aim is to champion high quality, award-winning, foreign-language drama from around the world. Walter Presents launched with Deutschland 83 on Channel 4, which became the highest rating foreign-language drama in UK TV history.The brand then rolled out in the US, Australia and a number of European countries but it’s the UK where it’s had the biggest impact.Credit: Walter PresentsAnalysis has shown that British viewers have consumed more French and Belgian series than those from other parts of the world. With almost 18 million views, France has come out on top with series such as 13 Commandments, Tabula Rasa, and Professor T.The Top 5 is:France – 17.6mBelgium – 11.3mSpain – 10.8mNetherlands – 10.6mDenmark – 10.6m2019’s runaway series was the Dutch hit The Adulterer, which launched in April. Outside of Europe the most popular titles have come from South America and Brazil in particular.The fastest binge-watch by British viewers goes to a series from Poland called The Border. In addition, the top 1,769 viewers have made more than one thousand Walter Presents views each!Credit: Walter PresentsCurator of Walter Presents – and the man whom the service was named after – Walter Iuzzolino says:“I always knew British audiences would appreciate great drama regardless of where in the world it originates from and I also knew they wouldn’t be frightened by subtitles. But, if I’m honest, even I could never have dreamed the British would have embraced foreign-language drama quite as eagerly as they have done.”last_img read more

A year later after Ghana’s deadly floods, survivors struggle to cope

first_imgIt’s been one year since deadly floods in the Ghanaian capital Accra.More than 150 people died as heavy seasonal rain turned roads into rivers and caused a petrol station to set on fire.Now, a year later, victims of the tragedy are still trying to rebuild their lives.Katerina Vittozzi has more.last_img

U.S, Britain warn South Sudan to stop violating ceasefire

first_imgSouth Sudan’s President Salva Kiir addresses the nation during an independence day event at the Presidential palace in Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jok Solomun South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir addresses the nation during an independence day event at the Presidential palace in Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2017. REUTERSThe United States, Britain and Norway have called on parties in the South Sudan conflict and their field commanders to stop violating the ceasefire signed last month.The three countries form a group that supported the 2005 accord that led to the independence of South Sudan from Sudan, and are threatening to impose individual or group sanctions for those violating the ceasefire, Reuters reports.Signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the ceasefire is the latest attempt to end a four-year civil war that has killed tens of thousands. It is also designed to allow humanitarian groups’ access to civilians caught in the fighting.It aims to revive a 2015 peace deal that collapsed in 2016 after heavy fighting erupted in the capital Juba.President Salva Kiir’s decision to sack his deputy, Riek Machar, in 2013 triggered the war in the world’s youngest country. It has been fought largely along ethnic lines between forces loyal to Kiir, who is Dinka, and Machar, who is Nuer.The war has forced a third of the population to flee their homes.“We call on all signatories, and the field commanders who answer to them, to immediately end all military operations,” the three Western countries said in a statement.They added that field commanders and their political bosses would be held accountable for violating the ceasefire and impeding humanitarian assistance.There was no immediate comment from the army or the rebels.The ceasefire was to be followed by further talks focusing on a revised power-sharing arrangement leading up to a new date for polls.last_img read more

Afelokhai joins Akpeyi, Ezenwa in battle for Eagles’ number one shirt

first_imgEnyimba Goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has finally been given the opportunity to stake his claim to the Super Eagles number one shirt.He is replacing the custodian of the position Francis Uzoho, who was injured at the weekend in a Spanish second division game.Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr disclosed yesterday that Afelokhai and the other two regular goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa would get equal opportunity to fight for the position ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the international friendly with Uganda this month.Nigeria will travel to Johannesburg to keep a date with the Bafana Bafana in the race to Cameroun 2019 and return to take on Uganda three days later in Asaba.In the first encounter between the Super Eagles and South Africa in Uyo, the Bafana Bafana ran away with a 2-0 victory. But Rohr is boasting that his lads will get their pound of flesh in Johannesburg.Speaking through Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, Rohr said he chose to replace the injured Uzoho with Afelokhai due to the Enyimba goalkeeper’s recent form, adding that he would give them equal opportunity to grab the number position.The Franco-German said he is not worried by Uzoho’s absence because any of the keepers in camp is good enough to mount the sticks in Johannesburg.Rohr also revealed that he has been working on getting his team ready for the game in South Africa, saying he is currently reviewing past videos of matches featuring the Bafana Bafana to have a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses.He added that arrangement has been concluded to ensure the early arrival of the players in their new camp in Asaba, which will hold the international friendly against Uganda immediately after the African Nations Cup qualifier in Johannesburg.“The three goalkeepers now have the opportunity to prove their worth in training to ascertain who gets the first team shirt. There is no automatic shirt for any of the goalkeepers invited for the game.“Our camp will open on Monday in Asaba, Delta State and we are expected to depart Asaba on a chartered flight on Thursday or Friday for South Africa.After the game in South Africa, the Super Eagles will return to the country for the international friendly against Uganda taking place in Asaba,” he said.Newsmen learnt that one of the former regular goalkeepers in the team would be dropped after the matches if Afelokhai proved better than them.This is because the coaches want to maintain only three goalkeepers in the team at every campaign.last_img read more

Kenai’s Annual Soapbox Derby This Saturday

first_imgThe derby was held along Kenai’s Spruce Street until 2015. Hamann says the new location is a slower, but more technically demanding course… A BBQ will be held at 5pm on Friday. Hamann: “Since it’s in a parking lot, we had to take some trailers and build some ramps and handrails and stairways to get a little bit of elevation to race off of. That’s the biggest change.” Hamann: “It’ll actually kind of draw the race out a little bit and the cars will have to be a little bit better tuned. So it’ll be much more important the driver’s skills not weaving around. It’ll have some good points to it, for sure.” Organizer Scott Hamann says the derby will be held at the Kenai Multi-purpose building, behind the Challenger Learning Center…center_img The winner of Saturday’s race will have the option to represent the Kenai Peninsula in the Ohio nationals or claim a $1,000 scholarship. Drivers build their own cars from kits, with adult supervision. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2017 Kenai Soapbox Derby will be held this Saturday, May 20th, at 10am.last_img read more

Media Watch – January 29th

first_imgHITC says West Ham United should show interest in Aden Flint who, it has been widely reported, was the target of Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this month.Bobby Reid has been tipped as another Seagulls target, according to SoccerSouls.German club Kaiserslautern are the latest side to be linked with Gustav Engvall, according to the Bristol Post.While Nathan Baker saw red for his challenge of Josh Scowen at the weekend, the Bristol Post believes the tackle during City’s 2-0 win over QPR was worthy of a yellow card only.The Post reports on club CEO Mark Ashton’s comments to the BBC, as he revealed plans to make Saint-Etienne forward Loïs Diony’s time with at the club permanent.And with reported Everton target Joe Bryan confirming to the Post his intentions to stay at BS3 this season, The 4th Official looks at alternative players the Premier League side should consider instead.Finally, Luke Freeman has told Get West London that he would still be a City player if he received an acceptable contract offer.last_img read more