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.##
Taarabt’s agent has claimed the midfielder has been told he can leave the club in the next transfer window, but Redknapp believes there is no interest in the Morocco star. Taarabt continues to battle ankle trouble, with Redknapp claiming the 25-year-old struggles to stay in shape. “Milan don’t seem to be interested in him now, no.” Rangers take on West Ham at Upton Park in Premier League action on Sunday, bidding to hit back from 2-1 defeat at Southampton. Brazilian midfielder Sandro was withdrawn from action at St Mary’s last weekend after suffering a knock to the head. The former Spurs star will be fit to face West Ham, but Redknapp admitted Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are still battling hamstring trouble. “We’re not sure who will be fit really, we’ve got to have a look at one or two of them,” he said. “We won’t be sure until we get through today, then we’ll see how they are. “The knock on the head to Sandro was just a thing that happened, he’s recovered fully so hopefully he’ll be okay. “We need to tighten up, but it’s been difficult because I’ve brought some midfielders into the club and they’ve never been fit to play. “We’ve never got them on the pitch at one time, there’s always been a problem. “Sandro’s come in and been injured, Jordon Mutch has been injured, Joey Barton has been injured so it’s been difficult really to get a real settled group in there. “You need midfielders to weight in with goals, they have to score and if they’re not doing that they’re not producing.” Harry Redknapp has told Adel Taarabt to concentrate on getting fit for QPR rather than agitating for a January transfer. Press Association Redknapp said QPR will only entertain Taarabt leaving on a permanent transfer, with the west London club holding out for a £4.5million fee. Taarabt spent time on loan at AC Milan last season, but former Spurs boss Redknapp believes the San Siro club have cooled interest in a long-term deal. “Well I know nothing about that; the first thing he needs to go is to get fit and start playing football here, isn’t it?” said Redknapp. “That’s all we want Adel to do is, to be fit to play for QPR. “I don’t where he’s got the green light to leave in January from, he had the green light to leave in the summer, but there was no one, Milan didn’t come in for him. “He’s always had the green light if somebody wants to pay the money the club wants for him. “If they don’t pay the money he stays here. “But I need him fit, I want to get him fit, he’s a good player, a real talent, I just want to get him out on the training ground every day, get him fit and playing for QPR, that’s my only interest at the moment.
Manchester City defender, Kyle Walker, is facing a massive fine from the club after breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules to host a sex party.He’s also at risk of losing his place in the England national team permanently,The player invited two sex workers to his house who, according to reports were paid £2,200 each for their services.The player’s actions are in stark contrast to a campaign by his club, which Walker has been part of, to get people to stay at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.He has since apologised although he is still expected to face a hefty punishment from the club.“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week. I understand my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. “As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down,” he said.A Man City spokesperson said the club was deeply disappointed with Walker’s actions given the club’s role in the efforts against coronavirus but notes his apology and will be sanctioning him internally.“Footballers are global role models and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of Covid-19, in any way we can.“Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure.”Walker is the latest player to break isolation regulations in the wake of the freeze on football.Earlier Aston Villa star Jack Grealish was reportedly fined £150,000 for ignoring the restrictions only to end up crashing his car into two others.Jack Grealish, following his accidentReal Madrid forward, Luka Jovic is also under investigation in Serbia after leaving isolation to attend his girlfriend’s birthday party.Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was also fined by his club after he left his home to visit his son in hospital, despite a lockdown being in place.