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first_imgAttorney General, October 14, 2011 The Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, ordered former junkyard owner Gilbert Rhoades to clean-up the Milton site following its finding of environmental violations earlier this year, including removal of all tires at the site within 90 days. The Court ordered Rhoades to pay $20,000 in civil penalties and Rhoades and his wife, Blanche Rhoades, to reimburse the State $24,857.58 for past investigative costs. The Court’s ruling follows a May 11th hearing in an environmental enforcement action brought by the Attorney General’s Office based on inspections by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.‘This ruling sends a strong message that, although salvage yards can provide valuable services to the community, owners of such operations must follow Vermont’s environmental laws and operate in a safe manner,’ said Attorney General William H Sorrell.In addition to ordering the removal of all tires at the site within 90 days, the Court ordered:permanently enjoined Rhoades from operating a junkyard or salvage yard at the site without first obtaining all necessary permits and licenses;ordered Rhoades to comply with all statutes and regulations governing the handling of hazardous waste;ordered additional soil sampling and removal of lead contaminated soil;ordered Rhoades and his wife Blanche to reimburse the State for $24,857 in past investigative costs; andordered Rhoades to pay the State $20,000 in civil penalties.Since November 2009, the Rhoades have been subject to a preliminary injunction prohibiting them from taking in any new junk, including scrap metal, at the site.Related documents:Ruling on DamagesRuling on the Merits (February 9, 2011)Ruling on Cross Motions for Summary Judgment (November 20, 2009)Ruling on Motion for Preliminary Injunction (November 20, 2009) last_img read more

first_imgArteta is attracted to Willian’s experience and winning mentality (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have tracked Willian before but the deal is now being led by Arteta, who believes he is an ‘ideal’ signing to bring into the squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Brazilian ticks a number of boxes, most notably that he would be an experienced head in an otherwise young – and, at times this season, naive – squad and can help those younger players develop and fulfil their potential.The second big reason is that Arteta feels Willian can add a winning mentality and culture to the squad.Although he watched from the sidelines as Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup last weekend, he has twice won the Premier League as well as the Europa League – finishing as the leading assister that season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite the speculation surrounding his future, Willian has continued to train as hard and diligently as ever and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would have liked to keep him.But the former Shakhtar and Anzhi winger has now ruled out staying at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal’s offer – and the role outlined to him by Arteta – is now the one he favours most. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Aug 2020 12:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares The Gunners’ swoop for free agent Willian is being driven by Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s move to snap up Willian on a free transfer is being driven by Mikel Arteta with the head coach eager to add the Chelsea winger’s experience to his young squad, according to reports.The 31-year-old is out of contract with the Blues this summer and has reportedly elected to join the Gunners after they offered him a three-year deal, with the move expected to be announced in the coming days.While there have been critics of the deal who suggest it has been pushed by the increasingly influential Kia Joorabchian, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Arteta is, in fact, the main driving force. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Why Mikel Arteta pushed Arsenal bosses to sign Willian as Gunners close in on Chelsea star Willian out-scored all but two Arsenal players this season, Aubameyang and Lacazette (Getty)Moreover, Arsenal’s proposed salary is not the most lucrative Willian has been offered – with Inter Miami and another unnamed club offering more – but he is keen to work with Arteta and remain living in London.The connection with Arsenal technical director and compatriot Edu is also said to have played a role in Willian’s decision to pick Arsenal.Willian enjoyed a fine run of form after the season restart, scoring fives times and laying on three assists in his first six Premier League games back in action, ending the season with the most prolific campaign of his career.MORE: Willian to join Arsenal after rejecting late offers from Chelsea and Manchester UnitedMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta puts nine players up for sale including Hector BellerinFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Emily Lu, a senior majoring in media arts and practice and visual and performing arts studies, returned to Hong Kong, she and her sister who attends Princeton University had to quarantine themselves in a hotel room for two weeks to prevent possibly spreading the coronavirus to their family.  With the complications that arise from international flights, travel restrictions and ever-changing border policies, USC’s swift decision to permanently move this semester’s classes online because of the coronavirus forced international students to rapidly plan changes for the semester. “My daily schedule is completely flipped,” said Gaviotis, who returned to Dubai during spring break. “I work at night, I go to classes at night and I sleep during the day.”  As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, students are scrambling to balance their focus between the outbreak and their academics. Singapore, South Korea and Poland are a few of the countries that require all individuals who have entered the country to use a government tracking app during their self-quarantine. Poland’s app necessitates users to send periodic selfies to prove their location, notifying the police if there’s no response within 20 minutes. Though reluctant to replace live lectures with recordings, Iwanejko said she may need to in the future because of a shift in her mental health from an increased sense of urgency throughout her day. With more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, Hong Kong began implementing electronic wristbands that track the location of its user on March 19. “If I don’t go to class live so I can ask questions and see the teacher talk, it’ll be tougher for me to stay up to date on my classwork,” said Gaviotis, a sophomore majoring in economics and mathematics. “I feel like if I actually go to the class on time, I’m more enticed to do it.” “If you’re working in breakout sessions in a classroom, you can still overhear certain things or say something to the entire group or walk over and look at somebody else’s work,” Yang said. “Those things can’t be built organically into something like Zoom.” When asked for a comment on specific accommodations USC has made for international students, USC redirected the Daily Trojan to the University’s online guide for students.  Many students from countries outside of the United States find the loss of an on-campus, in-person college experience has undercut their original expectations for their spring semester in Los Angeles. “I’m very happy with how quickly USC made the decision to close classes and go into Zoom,” Gaviotis said. “If they hadn’t told us before spring break, I would’ve been stuck outside of Dubai and wouldn’t have been able to come back to my family.” With daily schedules entirely altered, students are finding difficulties in adjusting to unfamiliar routines.  Yang’s experience is shared with many students overseas who were forced to make drastic changes to their daily schedules.  USC created the Student Basic Need Fund to assist students who have encountered unexpected financial burdens due to the coronavirus, which is open to the entire student body. Even with USC requirements to record lectures, international students have struggled with adjusting to the new format, often choosing between missing the class live or attending during problematic hours. (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) “After a week of attending classes [in my timezone] and waking up late, I felt a difference in my personal well-being,” Iwanejko said. “It’s harder for me to manage my time more effectively because I have less time between when I wake up and my classes.” On top of transitioning to a new time zone, Iwanejko also didn’t have a Polish SIM card, prompting police officers to physically check up on her nearly every day of her two-week period of self-quarantine. On every visit, police confirmed Iwanejko was in quarantine and Iwanejko would explain her phone situation. Yang contributes to her group project in her own time, removed from the active discussion and moments of creative bursts among her classmates during the sessions. “It’s discouraging, especially as international students,” said Zuzanna Iwanejko, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law who is taking her classes from Poland. “We went to USC to physically be there and get to know our professors and use the resources USC provides for us.” “I think out of 14 days, they came 10 times, one of which was twice in the same day,” Iwanejko said.  The University recommended all students who must travel overseas to contact the Office of International Services to address potential visa complications amid ongoing travel restrictions across the world.center_img Colleges across the nation have swapped in-person lectures with online classes in an effort to curb face-to-face interactions due to the coronavirus. Following USC’s decision to transition all classes to online mid-March, many international students immediately dispersed to their home countries.  Using Gulf Standard Time, Dubai is 11 hours ahead of California, a nearly perfect reversal of mornings and evenings. The United Arab Emirates temporarily blocked visa holders from entering the country on March 19, less than a week after the University declared classes would be moved online. “I’ll stay connected with my other friends who are also going through this … just being a support system for each other since these are nearly unprecedented circumstances,” Lu said. Some overseas students have faced an additional obstacle during their reentry: government-mandated quarantines.  Angelos Gaviotis begins his day after the sun is past its peak, around 3 p.m., joining his family for breakfast when they are eating lunch. By the time Gaviotis prepares for his classes, the Dubai skyline outside his window is dark — Gaviotis peers at his bright laptop screen starting at 8 p.m., his classes often lasting until 5 a.m. “I have four routers in my house … and I still get kicked out,” Iwanejko said. “There are some classes that are definitely harder, especially big lectures, because I have so many people, the server is overcrowded [and] I tend to get kicked out of the system.” “It just doesn’t seem real right now,” said Audrey Yang, a freshman majoring in neuroscience and economics, who is attending classes from Taiwan. “I don’t have a routine anymore, which is really messing up everything because I feel like I’m slacking on assignments at the same time.” To adapt to the new online format, Yang’s professor adjusted the class to utilize more breakout sessions — none of which Yang can attend as they run from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. in her local zone.  Internet strengths often highly vary from country to country, leaving students with poorer connections finding themselves unable to consistently attend Zoom classes. Poland’s unsteady internet connection prevents Iwanejko from being able to join meetings with her video on, making her the only student in her Chinese language class without it. “I really am a morning person,” said Iwanejko, whose classes run until midnight. “Just having everything in the evening influenced my participation a little bit because I’m more tired in the evening, perhaps less engaged.” Centered on group projects, Yang’s studio class required students to create an experimental game exploring speculative design methods. “With everything going on, it’s just so depressing that you feel like this isn’t that important anymore,” Audrey Yang said. For Katherine Yang, a sophomore majoring in media arts and practice, returning to Hong Kong created an array of problems for her core classes. In a studio class for her major heavily based on discussion and collaboration with other cohort members, the transition to online meetings has offered clear shortcomings. As a member of USC’s hip-hop dance team Chaotic 3, Lu used her passion for hip-hop to help cope with her situation as she danced in her hotel room to pass time. Lu and other members of Chaotic 3 began sending videos of themselves to each other dancing from their respective locations, continuing the group’s engagement despite being separated. “Having to just watch the recordings and trying to work with my group members at other times, it’s a big loss for me,” she said. Though the University has required all online lectures to be recorded, students across the globe are united in their struggle in maintaining the momentum from the first half of the semester amid the change in their environments. Despite the inevitable timezone conflict, students said they’d rather be in the safety of their own homes. “Ultimately, would you rather be stuck in the U.S. or stuck in your home country?” Katherine Yang said. “I think a lot of people would prefer the latter.”last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities have confirmed that the search for the missing plane flying Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala to South Wales has been called to an end.The aircraft carrying the striker from Nantes disappeared on Monday, losing contact with air traffic control near Casquets lighthouse – around eight miles north west of Guernsey in the English Channel. “Those who met Emiliano described a good-natured and humble young man who was eager to impress in the Premier League.“The response from the football community has been truly touching and we place on record our sincere thanks to those who have sent messages of support.“We also thank everyone involved with the search and rescue operation, and continue to pray for Emiliano, David Ibbotson and their families.” The search reconvened on Thursday morning, but was called off in the early afternoon after officials felt they had exhausted their options.A statement from Harbour Master Captain David Barker, released by Guernsey Police, reads:”My team have just met to review the search and rescue operation which has been underway since the plane disappeared on Monday night.”Despite the best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, which has covered an area of approximately 1,700sq. miles – with a significant amount of this searched more than once – and having examined mobile phone data and satellite imagery, we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or passenger.”There has been over 24 hours of continuous searching, with 80 hours combined flying time across three planes and five helicopters. Two lifeboats have also been involved, as well as assistance from various passing ships and fishing boats.”We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.”The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.”Next of kin have been informed of this development, and my thoughts go out to the family of the pilot and passenger at this most difficult of times.”This has been a very thorough and extensive search, co-ordinated from the Guernsey-based Joint Emergency Services Control Centre and has seen exemplary co-operation from all countries involved, for which I would like to extend my personal thanks.”The final aircraft searching for the missing plane and those on board has now landed. Although we are no longer actively searching, the incident remains open and we will be broadcasting to all vessels and aircraft in the area to keep a look out for any trace of the aircraft. This will continue indefinitely.”3.15pm Update.Please read the attached statement.Unless there is a significant development, there will be no further updates pic.twitter.com/jbEIFMB3zi— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019Tributes continue to pour in for the missing 28-year-old as well as pilot Dave Ibbotson.In a club statement on Thursday, Cardiff owner Vincent Tan said: “Monday evening’s news shook everyone at Cardiff City FC to the core.“We were looking forward to providing Emiliano with the next step in his life and career.last_img read more