first_imgA coalition of business leaders is doing everything it can to create jobs in Vermont. A new website, www.vermontcpr.org(link is external), has arrived on the scene to support revision of Vermont’s permitting process in order to pump life into the Vermont economy. The website urges legislative initiatives to make meaningful changes to the Act 250 process this legislative session.Sponsored by the Coalition for Permit Reform (CPR), the goal of the new site is to mobilize individuals to encourage the legislature to enact reform that creates a more consistent, more predictable and more timely permit process, while preserving Vermont’s existing environmental protections.In his inaugural address Governor Douglas stated, “We have two great economic advantages– our natural environment and Vermonters themselves… However, the choice we face today is not between jobs and the environment. It is a choice between both or neither.” The www.vermontcpr.org(link is external) site delves deeper into choices that are ripe now: problems with the current permit process, innovative and sensible solutions, tips for contacting legislators, the text of several reform bills; and a legislative update page and an alert page to follow proposed bills as they move through the House and Senate.Chuck Nichols, Vermont Chamber Senior Vice President and a founding member of the Coalition, noted, “The Coalition developed the site to cut through the rhetoric: as a simple resource for Vermonters, providing accurate information regarding various permit proposals currently in the legislature.”The Vermont Coalition for Permit Reform is a broad-based coalition of statewide and local organizations that are dedicated to enacting common sense reform to Vermont’s environmental permitting process.Nichols observes that the legislature does not operate in a vacuum. “By developing www.vermontcpr.org(link is external), we encourage Vermonters to educate themselves; get involved in the issues. This is a call to action to preserve the environment we all value while ensuring that Vermont remains a viable choice for the quality of life we seek this year, next year, and for our children.”last_img read more


first_imgThe presentation was held by representatives of the Swiss company BikePlan – Mountain bike specific planning and destination development; Adrian Greiner and Jan Oggier, after the trail hunting, ie determining the current situation on the field. With the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination, the final presentation of the Master Plan of bike tourism on the island of Lošinj was held yesterday at the Museum of Apoxyomenos in Mali Lošinj. Photo: TZ Kvarner Side dish: Bicycle & Mountainbike specific planning and destination developmentcenter_img According to the above, the Master Plan of Bike Tourism was created with the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination, and includes the construction of trail centers and new bike trails / trails, as well as reconstruction of trails and signalization in the entire island of Losinj, Cres and on smaller islands.  “Cycling has been very popular in Europe and the world in recent years and one of the most important products for us with which we can extend the tourist year. Our wish is that in cooperation with all stakeholders in tourism in the coming years we will become a famous “bike friendly” destination in the Mediterranean according to the vision of the final concept of the Master Plan of bike tourism. In addition to investing in trails, we will work on improving all other services related to bike tourism, from accommodation, gastronomy, transport, natural experiences, cycling services, to strengthening the local scene with the greatest possible involvement of the local population.believes the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković.last_img read more


first_imgAccording to Portuguese mediaBoth Cristiano and his family are still in their Madeira residence waiting to be able to return. In previous days, his flight had not been authorized to undertake this trip. COVID-19 complicates Cristiano’s return to ItalyAir traffic restrictions imposed to slow the expansion of COVID-19 in Europe are complicating the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from Madeira to Italy to join the training of his team, Juventus.Ronaldo, according to the Récord newspaper, had planned to leave Madeira on Sunday to start a 14-day quarantine before joining the training.However, the current state of emergency in Spain has changed the player’s initial plans. that, according to the newspaper, they went through travel on his private plane to Madrid for his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, and their children to stay in the Spanish capital, before continuing the trip to Turin.The plan frustrated, Ronaldo is expected to travel to Italy today directly with an eye toward returning to his team’s work on May 18.Ronaldo and his family traveled to Madeira in March to visit the mother of the Portuguese crack and decided to stay in his mansion on the island while the situation in Italy was clarified., one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing his return to Turin for a possible return to Serie A. This Sunday, the private plane of the Juventus player landed in Funchal, picked up several members of his staff, according to Portuguese media, and re-embarked for Turin. The striker is already preparing his return. The plane passed through Madrid and arrived at Funchal, where it remained for an hour and loaded several belongings of the player in addition to three occupants. From Madeira, and more specifically, from the Cristiano Ronaldo airport, he left for Italy although still without the player, who is expected to do so soon. center_img Cristiano is called up for this Tuesday when Italian football will start with individual sessions at the facilities of each team. The Turin club asked its foreign players to return to start work, although as they arrive they will have to keep 14 days of quarantine, which will delay the return of the 7 to the Vinovo facilities. last_img read more


first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning persons to desist from dumping waste irresponsibly as this can lead to imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000.In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, Environmental Officer Candacie Thompson zeroed in on mechanics and explained that complaints have been received in the past of these persons dumping waste oil in dangerous ways. She reminded that mechanic shops are required to be authorised by the EPA as she appealed to these shop owners to desist from dumping hazardous waste in ways which could cause damage to the soil and even pose danger to human and possibly marine health.Waste oil dumped carelessly outside a mechanic shop on the East Bank of DemeraraAnother officer, Jasmine Adams, told this publication that persons can be fined up to $100,000 for breaking these laws. She explained, “We have regulations which are basically laws that have to be followed as it relates to waste management and their penalties for disobedience of those laws so littering of a public place there is a fine of $50,000 per person and $100,000 for a business”.It was noted that the EPA usually issues a citation order for clean-up or litter removals to be conducted. If the defendant defies this order, he/she is then taken before the courts.The clean-up order is different from the litter removal order in that two days and 14 days are granted respectively. These orders are issued based on the severity of the situation at hand. But irrespective of these timelines, an officer from the agency will visit the reported location to conduct checks to see whether the order was respected or not.“If you do not then you violate the citation order which is a legal document and it immediately becomes a court situation,” Adams noted.This process, according to her, requires witnesses and evidence, meaning that citizens will not be charged if caught in the act.Instead, a complaint would have to be filed after which an officer will visit the location to investigate. This would see persons in the area being interviewed and the delinquent would even be questioned for the agency to understand why the unlawful activity is being conducted and how often, among others.Subsequent to this investigation, a report would be submitted to the executives, who will determine the way forward.The officer pointed out, “Waste oil is considered a hazardous waste and you have the natural effects whereby you’d have rainfall and the oil would be washed into the drains and it would cause clogging, it would cause pest infestation because mosquitoes and stuff like that dwell where oil is. It does make for a very unsightly environment and it contaminates the waterways and so on”.Adams said that while such complaints are made frequently to the EPA, respondents are usually compliant as they fear being hauled before the courts. She, nevertheless, reported that the agency has seen repeat offenders before. In such cases, the fine is either doubled or tripled “depending on the level of disrespect”. Further, a person can be jailed for three to six months for such offences.last_img read more