VNRC, Others, Challenge St. Albans Wal-Mart Permit

first_imgMONTPELIER Today the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)and other parties filed legal paperwork challenging an Act 250 permit thatapproves the construction of a new Wal-Mart store in the town of St. Albans. VNRC, Others, Challenge St. Albans Wal-Mart Permit In the motion, the partiescontend that the District 6 commission the local panel that hears Act 250cases in the St. Albans area ignored its own findings when it granted thepermit. For instance, the commissionfound that the store would pollute a nearby brook, would increase trafficcongestion, and could cost as many as 200-297 jobs and cause over 40 businessesto close in St. Albans City. The commission also heard that the projectsdeveloper would pave over prime agricultural soils and that it was questionablewhether the developer would properly reduce the impact of losing those soils.Despite the fact that the commission stated it agreed with all this evidence,the commission granted a permit for construction anyway. If the commission lets thepermit stand as issued, the parties could appeal the case to the EnvironmentalCourt. The conclusions reached bythe commission are simply not supported by their own findings, said SteveHolmes, VNRCs deputy director. The decision is riddled with inconsistenciesand seems to ignore the evidence. ### In their motion to alter, theparties ask the commission to deny the permit for failing to meet several Act250 criteria. Joining VNRC in filing theMotion to Alter the Act 250 permit is alocal group known as Northwest Citizens for Responsible Growth (NWCRG) andnearby farmers Marie Frey and Richard Hudak.  All have been granted party status in the Act 250 process.center_img Web: Also under the permit,Wal-Mart would pay St. Albans City $500,000 to compensate for negative impactsto the city. That, according to Holmes, is a pittance compared with what otherlarge developers have paid other communities. Wal-Mart agreed to pay PimaCounty (in Tucson, Arizona) $35 million roughly two percent of retail salesover 25 years to build a 123,000 square foot store. And, 20 years ago theCity of Rutland and the developer of Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town executedan agreement as part of an Act 250 permit to provide over $3 million in directand indirect impact fees to offset and mitigate adverse effects of the projecton the city. For example, in their April 4decision authorizing the permit, the district commission heavily criticized afiscal and economic impact study of the regional impact of the store  done by Wal-Marts consultant, sayingthe analysis contained flaws and omissions and in part is not credible.  Nevertheless, the commission issued thepermit relying almost entirely on the consultants report, which estimated only40 lost jobs and 12 lost businesses in St. Albans City. The proposed store would bethe largest in Vermont at 146,755 sq ft. It is proposed for Route 7 near exit20 off I-89. A smaller Wal-Mart store of 100,000-square-feet was proposed forthe same site in the 1990s and was denied in part because of impacts onsurrounding communities. The Messenger editorial said &as the city pursues its negotiationswith Wal-Mart, could a deal be struck in which the city and Wal-Mart wouldagree to a set percentage of gross sales being due the city? The store isexpected to generate sales of $60 million a year, if one percent were dedicatedto the city, thats $600,000 a year. About VNRCThe Vermont Natural Resources Council is an independent, nonprofit research,education, and advocacy organization founded in 1963 to protect Vermontsenvironment, economy, and quality of life. Nearly 6,000 households, businesses,and organizations support VNRCs mission. Closer to home, an editorialin the St. Albans Messenger onDecember 1, 2006, suggested that Wal-Mart pay a considerably higher fee to St.Albans City than the amount in the recently granted permit. The Messenger has consistently editorialized in support of Wal-Martbuilding a store in this location.last_img read more

Shankman seeks Bar reinstatement

first_img January 1, 2006 Regular News Shankman seeks Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, David S. Shankman of Tampa has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.The court suspended Shankman from the practice of law for 91 days in a July 7 order for violating Bar rules relating to conflict of interest, entering into a business transaction with a client; conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentations; and failing to act with reasonable diligence in representing a client.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Shankman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jodi Anderson Thompson, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce St., Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, phone (800) 940-4759. Shankman seeks Bar reinstatementlast_img read more

Are England destined for third straight Six Nations title?

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share It’s that time of the year when Six Nations Rugby returns to our screens, with five physically intense rounds of competition spread across February and Match.England head into the Championships as favourites, with back to back triumphs, including a Grand Slam in 2016, but could the Red Rose’s impressive form be set to crash in early 2018?Joe Lovelace, Head of PR at Marathonbet, has been discussing England and who the bookies say are their closest rivals: “Under Eddie Jones, England have been imperious, winning 22 out of a possible 23 Test matches, deservedly heading into the championship as the bookmaker’s favourites. “A third straight Six Nations would be impressive but a host of injuries to key players makes this even tougher. “But if England’s young players stand up, be counted and take their opportunity, retaining the title and claiming a Grand Slam is very possible. “England and Ireland are hot favourites, it could all come down to the last round where Twickenham plays host to these two teams in what will be a mouth-watering encounter.”All eyes could well fall onto that fixture in the final round, with England seeking revenge for their sole loss under Australian coach Jones, with Ireland triumphing 13-9 in the final game of last seasons tournament.However, could customers be backing a certain nation who showed great resurgence in an impressive 2017: “Unsurprisingly the majority of our punters at Marathonbet have been backing England to win a record third straight Six Nations, with a few backing a Grand Slam along the way, but ultimately believing they’ll come up trumps overall. “For the first time in a while though we’ve seen a number of punters backing Scotland to go all the way – testament to an impressive 2017 that saw them beat Ireland, Wales and Australia with Gregor Townsend’s expensive brand of rugby.”Would Scottish success be a surprise given recent Six Nations performances? And could we see a change of nation propping up the table? Lovelace added: “Scotland won’t be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side last year. “They’re considerably better odds than France and Wales to win this season’s championship and our punters’ activity backs this up with many backing them to claim Six Nations glory at 7/1. “Wales are unusual outsiders at 15/1 to go all the way despite having the experienced British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, this is mainly down to them missing a host of star players through injury and introducing a new brand of free-flowing rugby.“Italy are destined for the wooden spoon once again, there doesn’t look to be much hope of them not losing all five games – we’ve priced them at 500/1 to win the tournament to back this up.”Amongst all the talk of potential Six Nations winner and losers, Lovelace went on to discuss the current state of rugby union betting, and what can be done to ensure it grows and increases its appeal: “Betting on rugby union and Six Nations has improved over the past few years but there is a long way to go for it to compete and rival the likes of football, tennis, darts and other sports that have a far higher level of activity from our punters. “Educating customers around the variety of markets the betting industry has to offer will go a long way to showing punters that rugby union has as much to offer as any other sport has to offer. Rugby isn’t seen as a traditional betting sport, this perception needs to change going forward.”last_img read more

Solskjaer searches for answers to save Man Utd season

first_imgRashford’s recent form has helped paper over United’s lack of depth up front after they opted not to replace Romelu Lukaku, who left for Inter Milan in August.United’s midfield looks desperately short of creativity in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba and with Jesse Lingard struggling to find his best form. Scott McTominay is also currently sidelined with a knee injury, depriving the side of steel.And despite boosting their defence with the signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window at considerable cost, United do not look like a cohesive unit at the back.Maguire’s arrival has not had the same galvanising impact that Virgil van Dijk’s signing had at Liverpool, with United recording just three clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Only Norwich and Tottenham have had fewer.Solskjaer did not sound over-confident that the January transfer window would yield obvious solutions.“We are a young team and with the injuries we’ve had and illness it shows more and that’s something we are looking at,” he said.“If there is something there for us I’ve got the backing to do something but if it is not the right thing we won’t do anything.”Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leicester midfielder James Maddison, as well as Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, have all seen their names linked with a move to Old Trafford.The problem is that January is a notoriously difficult time to persuade clubs to part with their best players. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said nobody he wants to keep will be leaving the King Power Stadium this month.Alongside the constant speculation over Pogba’s future, Solskjaer may have another headache, with reports that veteran defender Ashley Young has opened talks over a move to Inter Milan.“We can’t weaken ourselves. We’ve got to strengthen ourselves if any movement is going to happen,” Solskjaer said.Share on: WhatsApp SolskjaerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s demoralising defeat against Manchester City in their League Cup semi-final laid bare their desperate need for reinforcements if they are to salvage anything from their stuttering season.United conceded three first-half goals in a match at Old Trafford for the first time since May 1997 on Tuesday in their chastening 3-1 first-leg loss against Pep Guardiola’s men.Bernardo Silva’s wonder strike, Riyad Mahrez’s cool finish and an own goal from Andreas Pereira put City well on course for a third straight final before Marcus Rashford gave the hosts faint hope for the second leg on January 29.The defeat was another stark reminder that United are light years behind the standards set by Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and defending champions City.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said there would be no easy solutions as United attempt to claw their way back to the top of English football.“I’ve said before it is not going to be a quick fix and the two teams you are talking about are probably two of the best teams in the world,” he said.“That’s the task we have ahead of us, it’s something that we’ve started. You can see we are still a way off but we’ve started something that needed doing.”The problem is that the shoots of recovery are hard to decipher, with United short of technical quality and fight against City.United have had some impressive performances this season — including a 2-1 victory at City in the league last month, wins against Chelsea and Spurs and a draw at home against Liverpool.But they have stumbled badly against sides they would expect to beat, losing to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Ham, and face a tough battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.– United flaws –There are problems for Solskjaer to solve all over the pitch.last_img read more