Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Ron Shems, Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board, are holding public hearings in October on improving Vermont’s environmental and land use permitting processes. The purpose of the hearings is to hear from Vermonters about what works and what needs improvement in the ANR, Act 250 and municipal permitting and appeals processes. ‘It is important to hear from the public,’ said ANR Secretary Markowitz, ‘so we can address real issues people are experiencing in our environmental permitting process.’ Public input is sought on the following questions:How can each permit process best assure predictability and timeliness? How can each permit process best assure transparency and citizen input? What environmental permit processes can be consolidated? How can we avoid duplication in the permit process? How can we lower expenses in the permit process? Should the process be the same for a routine environmental permit (e.g., wastewater) as for a more complex permit (e.g., an Act 250 permit for a large project)? Are there other procedural issues in the environmental protection process to address?‘Our goal is to improve the permitting process where it needs fixing, without reducing environmental protection,’ said NRB Chair Ron Shems. Markowitz and Shems will be making recommendations to the Legislature in January 2012.The public hearings are being held around the state, as follows:Comments are also being accepted in writing and by email. For details, see: http://www.nrb.state.vt.us/news.htm(link is external) or contact Melanie Kehne at the Natural Resources Board at 802-828-3305.##
According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, all the pictures of Bobby Plump’s winning shot in 1954 were not really the winning shot. It turns out to be a picture that was taken in quarter number 1. Roger Schroeder saw the picture and told everyone that Bobby Engle was in the photo. Engle only played the first 4 minutes of the game because of an injury.The real picture did not surface. The picture that was presented to Plump at his 80th birthday party, was a Cincinnati Post photograph. In the winning shot, everyone followed the ball going through the basket, and no one had a picture of Plump shooting it. Tom Kohlmeier’s donation helped pay for the picture that was painted by an artist from the Cincinnati Post photograph. As far as anyone knows, no one has an actual picture of Plump’s shot!
ZENITH WOMEN Bâ€™BALL LEAGUEThe finalists in the last yearâ€™s edition of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Bank and Dolphins, both of Lagos, have done almost everything right to again meet in the final of the 2017 edition.First Bank and Dolphins are the only two teams with unbeaten runs in the ongoing campaign that started in Abuja two months ago. From the FCT to Kaduna (Phase Two), through Asaba (Phase Three) and now Ibadan (Phase Four), these two teams have maintained complete dominance and so, lovers of basketball are likely to see them in the final again in Lagos.This also means First Bank and Dolphins will still be the countryâ€™s representatives in the African Club Championships later in the year.Only on Wednesday, First bank defeated IGP Queens 119-86 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan in continuation of the Phase Four stage. Dolphins also defeated Customs 72-48 to further boost their chances of picking one of the two continental tickets at stake.In another match, Benue Princess defeated First Deepwater 63-49 but both sides will still have to record another win to avoid missing out of the Grand Finale.Only eight teams will make it to Lagos for the Grand Finale out of the 14 teams competing in Ibadan. Six teams will be eliminated from this stage.Meanwhile, the Phase Four of the competition sponsored by Zenith Bank comes to a close today as some of the teams battle to make it to the final phase in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram