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100 years later, Hotel Vermont to rise again in Burlington

100 years later, Hotel Vermont to rise again in Burlington

first_imgSOURCE Hotel Vermont BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Photo: Artist rendering of proposed Hotel Vermont courtesy of Hotel Vermont The ground will be broken Wednesday for a LEED-certified hotel as local developers Jay Canning and Chuck DesLauriers announce the commencement of construction on the new 125-bedroom Hotel Vermont and Hen of the Wood Restaurant in Burlington. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller will attend the groundbreaking event starting at 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2011. It’s expected to open in 2013.Hotel Vermont will open at 41 Cherry Street in Burlington 100 years after the original Hotel Vermont first welcomed guests on the corner of Main Street and St. Paul Street.  The property will be locally developed, owned and operated with design, construction and management teams all Burlington-based.  NBT Bank and the US Department of Agriculture collaborated to finance the project. The family of developer DesLauriers has owned and operated lodging and hospitality businesses inVermont since the 1950’s.  Co-developer Jay Canning said, “As locals with many years of hotel experience, we have worked to create a uniquely Vermont lodging experience in our hometown. HotelVermont will be the city of Burlington’s own.”Israel Smith of Smith Buckley Architects in Burlington teamed with Kim Deetjen of TruexCullins Interiors to utilize design features such as hardwood floors and luxury shower and bath areas in guestrooms.  Green design practices and indigenous materials have also been a focus, with the development team expecting LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  PC Construction of Burlington was selected as the general contractor.Hotel Vermont will stimulate the senses of leisure and business travelers seeking an authentic “Vermont” experience that exudes comfort and casual warmth while encouraging productivity. Public spaces indoors and out will be comfortable and complemented by thoughtful food and beverage offerings throughout the day. The hotel lobby features a wood-burning hearth, granite-clad central core area, and materials including reclaimed red oak flooring.Juniper Lounge will serve morning pastries and coffee as well as farm-inspired “carbon-negative” cocktails (using ingredients that balance our carbon footprint), limited-production beer and wine and small plates throughout the day.  An outdoor terrace with an open hearth will overlook the Burlington waterfront and the 7,500 square foot Harbor Terrace, Burlington’s first green roof and garden, which Canning and DesLauriers opened in 2007. Bronze sculptures on the rooftop by artist Richard Erdman of Williston, Vermont assure an eye-catching view, whatever the season. The hotel will also offer two water-view function rooms with 1,100 square feet of space for meetings and events.Hotel Vermont will be the Burlington home of one of Vermont’s favorite restaurants, Hen of the Wood Restaurant, featuring acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine by 2011 James Beard Award nominee Chef Eric Warnstedt.The hotel and restaurant will bring 70 new jobs to Burlington and both are scheduled to open in April 2013.last_img read more

Barca, Real launch Osimhen enquiry

Barca, Real launch Osimhen enquiry

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barcelona and Real Madrid will reportedly do battle to land the signature of Lille forward Victor Osimhen this summer. The 21-year-old Nigeria international joined the Ligue 1 side last summer for £19 million and has been impressive so far this season. He has scored 15 goals and assisted a further five in all competitions this season for the French outfit. And his performances have attracted the attention of some of Europe’s big hitters, Le10Sport claim. The report suggested both Barca and Madrid contacted Lille during the January transfer window to discuss the possibility of a midseason move. Both Spanish sides are searching for reinforcements up front and see the youngster as an ideal candidate to fill the void. Los Blancos forward Karim Benzema and crocked Barcelona striker Luis Suarez are entering the twilight of their careers and will need to be replaced. It was expected that Barcelona would look to add a number nine in January but no striker came in. It was reported that Lauturo Martinez is their main target, but there are concerns over the cost of such a move. Neither Barca nor Real were able to complete a deal for Osimhen but the recent report suggests that they still have unfinished business with him. Osimhen scored twice in five Champions League group-stage appearances earlier this season, including a goal against Chelsea at the start of October. Lille will be in a strong position when it comes to any potential negotiations, though, as the former Wolfsburg youngster is signed to the Ligue 1 side until the summer of 2024. The French team could be able to offer Osimhen the caveat of playing Champions League football once again next season should they qualify. They are currently in fourth spot in Ligue 1, just six points behind third-placed Rennes. Barcelona and Real Madrid, meanwhile, are still separated by three points at the top of La Liga after both won their respective games at the weekend.Tags: BarcelonaLigue 1Real MadridVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Sir Elton John performs his new songs for USC students

Sir Elton John performs his new songs for USC students

first_imgMusical icon Sir Elton John captivated students Monday night at Bovard Auditorium with a performance of songs from his latest studio album in an international effort to promote music education.Rocket man ·Iconic singer/songwriter Elton John, pictured at a prior performance, performed at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on Monday in an event sponsored by Visions and Voices and the USC Thornton School of Music. – Photo courtesy of Magic 107.5 FMJohn’s performance came from a partnership with his label Capitol Records, USC Thornton School of Music and the Visions and Voices Arts and Humanities Initiative.John’s visit to USC is one of his only two performances at a university, and the only one in the United States. John previously performed at his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music.Chris Sampson, the vice dean of the division of contemporary music at Thornton, said Capitol Records reached out to the university because it was a school of similar stature to the Royal Academy of Music.Sampson said the experience of students seeing John perform and interact with him them directly was incredible.“The value of his trip is hard to calculate,” Sampson said. “It’s immeasurable. Just to be able to see that level of professionalism is priceless. The opportunity to get insights and talk with such an iconic music figure is so rare.”The show had three segments: performances of John’s songs from past albums, a question and answer portion and a debut of five songs from his newest album, The Diving Board, which is set to be released on Sept. 24.When he addressed the audience, John used humor and personal anecdotes to promote his belief that music is a fluid and ever-evolving art form.“My newest record is by a 66-year-old man and not a 26-year-old man singing ‘Rocket Man,’” John said. “It’s more mature.”Though John’s latest album will be his 30th solo album, he stressed the said the work of young artists has had a huge impact on his career.“There is a certain energy in this audience now: youth,” John said. “I pay tribute to the young. I have faith in the young and I love listening to new music.Some students said that they gained a deeper insight into John’s artistic process by listening to him talk so frankly during the question and answer portion.“It gave me an idea of what’s going on in his head and how you release an album at this point in his career,” said Mannat Kaur, a first year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in global medicine. “I think it’s great that he’s receiving inspiration from newer artists and reinventing himself in his more mature album.”In addition, John encouraged students to listen to every genre, ranging from gospel to hard rock. John said when he was younger growing up in the United Kingdom, American music was one of the greatest influences that led him to learn how to play the piano.“Music has been a constant champion of life,” John said. “It’s been everywhere I have. From my lowest point to my highest point.”John’s belief of supporting the younger artists despite cultural and musical differences translated into the organization of the show, which incorporated students from the Thornton School of Music. Sampson said during orientation over the summer, Thornton students from the Thornton Symphony and the Thornton Chamber Choir were asked if they would like to perform with John. The students were then selected based on which instruments were needed for the performance.“Elton brought his complete band,” Sampson said, “but what they needed were choirs and members of our symphony to take that sound to the next level.”In addition, students who filled the packed audience in Bovard felt the night was a meaningful experience.“Being able to see anyone so influential to the music industry is necessary to a music student like myself to remind me to always pursue my studies and dreams in this field, and to always draw from all the music around me,” said Drew Mikuska, a sophomore majoring in music composition.Some students, such as Alex Hoffman, a freshman majoring in film and television production, said that despite John’s long track record of successful idols, at the event they were able to see a rejuvenated artist.“He’s inspired by younger artists and extremely open to development in music and conversation,” Hoffman said. “He doesn’t sound like someone bitter about getting older.”Sampson said the next big name performer to come to USC will be the Beach Boys on Oct. 25 for Parent’s Weekend.Follow Jordyn on Twitter @jojoholmeylast_img read more

UEFA Fine Man City Liverpool over Crowd Trouble

UEFA Fine Man City Liverpool over Crowd Trouble

first_imgManchester City have been fined 15,750 euros (£13,644) by UEFA for the “throwing of objects” by their fans during the 2-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on 1 October.Zagreb have been fined 20,000 euros (£17,326) for the same offence and “acts of damages” at Etihad Stadium.The Croat club have also been banned from selling tickets to their away fans for their next European match. Liverpool have been fined 10,000 euros (£8,663) after a pitch invasion.Fans ran on to the pitch after their 4-3 Champions League win against Red Bull Salzburg on 2 October.Salzburg have been fined 3,250 euros (£2,815) for the throwing of objects by their supporters during the game at Anfield.Elsewhere, Ajax have been fined 50,000 euros (£43,315) for the “acts of damages and crowd disturbances” during the club’s 3-0 win against Valencia.Ajax have been banned from selling tickets to their away supporters for their next European match, while the club have also been handed an 18,000 euro (£15,593) fine for the “improper conduct” of the team during the same match, in which six Ajax players were shown yellow cards.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Manchester United ‘interested’ in Abdul Majeed Waris

Manchester United ‘interested’ in Abdul Majeed Waris

first_imgTrabzonspor chief executive Burak Gurdal has confirmed United’s interest in striker Abdul Majeed Waris.Louis van Gaal’s assistant Ryan Giggs reportedly flew to Turkey last week to watch the 23-year-old Ghanaian in Tranzonspor’s 2-0 Europa League win over Lokren.”We have not have any direct offers however, we know Manchester United are scouting Waris and keeping close tabs on him,” Gurdal said.”Not just Waris, we have a few players are being closely watched.”We only signed Waris two months ago and are not interested in selling right now, but you never know what will happen in the future.”Waris joined the Turkish outfit from Spartak Moscow in September and has not scored in 13 club appearances this season. He started in Ghana’s final World Cup group game against Portugal, which the Black Stars lost 2-1.last_img read more