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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_imgSamsung Heavy Industries (SHI), one of major shipbuilders in South Korea, has agreed to pay total penalties of more than USD 75 million to resolve the US government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of a scheme to pay millions of dollars in bribes to Brazilian officials.Beginning in 2007 and continuing until 2013, SHI provided about USD 20 million in commission payments to a Brazilian intermediary, knowing that portions of the money would be paid as bribes to officials at Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil and state-controlled energy company.As explained, SHI made the corrupt payments to secure improper business advantages and to cause Petrobras to enter into a contract to charter a drillship that SHI was selling to a Houston-based offshore oil drilling company, which facilitated SHI executing the sale of the drillship.“Samsung Heavy Industries paid millions of dollars to a Brazilian intermediary, knowing that some of that money would be used to bribe high-level executives at Petrobras and obtain a lucrative shipbuilding contract,” Assistant Attorney General  Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said.“Samsung Heavy Industries caused millions of dollars in corrupt bribe payments to be paid to foreign officials to win business, upsetting what should have been a level playing field for other companies that followed the rules,” U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, commented.SHI entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice in connection with a criminal information charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.Pursuant to its agreement with the US DOJ, the shipbuilder has committed to pay a total criminal penalty of USD 75,481,600. Half of that amount will be paid within 10 business days to the US government, and the other half will be paid within the next 12 months either to the Brazilian government if a separate resolution is reached with Brazilian authorities or to the US government if no such payment is made to Brazil during that 12-month period.In related proceedings in Brazil, Samsung Heavy Industries entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Controladoria-Geral da União (CGU) and Advogado-Geral da União (AGU) and a complementary agreement for the negotiation of a leniency agreement with the Ministério Público Federal (MPF).“We deeply regret the company’s involvement in these events, which is contrary to our values and ethical standards,” Joon Ou Nam, CEO of SHI, said in a separate statement.“Many of the events described in our agreement happened more than a decade ago, and the individuals involved are no longer with the company. Over the past years, we have taken extensive steps, at our own initiative, to strengthen our anti-corruption compliance program to meet the highest standards of compliance and ethics,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (IB) applaudedthe action of Igbaras town for declaring the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army “persona-non-grata” on Jan. 30. Igbaras was the first town in the province this year to pass a resolutionthat declares communist-terrorists as “persona non- grata,” according to 61stIB commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara. “I am also encouraging other local government unit in the province totake a bold step against this group now, and don’t let them enter your peacefulcommunity,” Batara said. He assured the local officials of Igbaras that the army will lendsupport in its mission to end local communist armed conflict. He urged local officials to carry on with helping the government in itsfight against insurgency. “Let us start our 2020 right. The terrorists are no longer significantand we do not want our children and the children of our children to become the nextvictims of their selfish and bloody armed struggle. Let’s do our share in makingthem forever irrelevant,” Batara said.       The resolution was passed by Igbaras Municipal Peace and Order Council,led by Mayor Jaime Esmeralda, in support of the Executive Order 70, which aimsto institutionalize the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communistarmed conflict activities.(With a reportfrom PIA/PN)last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Viewing on a mobile device? Click here. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Angelsl Mike Trout takes batting practice before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, left, talks with this team before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, center, kneels during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (2) raieses his fist during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, center left, raises his fist while kneeling with Andrelton Simmons, center, and Justin Upton, right, during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. 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(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy, right, tags out Los Angeles Angels’ Jason Castro at home during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, left, talks to his team during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Tony Kemp, right, wears a shirt that reads “Black Lives Matter” as he waits to take batting practice before a baseball game between the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Various cardboard cutouts placed in seats at Oakland Coliseum are shown behind a “Black Lives Matter” sign before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. 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(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 24Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ExpandThe wait is over and the Angels will begin the season after a four month delay.Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani remain the core pieces on the Angels with new faces around him including Joe Maddon, who signed a 3-year deal in October, and third baseman Anthony Rendon.While Rendon helps bloster the roster, his debut for the team remains uncertain because of a oblique tightness and is expected to miss the opener against the Athletics in Oakland.He was not listed on the team’s starting lineup as of 4 pm Friday. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

first_imgDALLAS >> Doc Rivers walked toward center court after his Clippers scored in the first half, and he couldn’t express his excitement in printable verbiage.Jamal Crawford drove toward the right side of the basket, and as soon as the defense collapsed, he dumped the ball to Marreese Speights for an easy layup.The play was so pretty, Rivers was about to break one of the Ten Commandments.“(Expletive),” he muttered to himself. “That’s nice.” Play after play, moment after moment, the Clippers looked as how you’d expect the best team in the NBA’s West to look when playing the conference’s worst. They defended, they scored and they won – by a lot – starting their six-game road trip with an easy 124-104 blowout victory.If the score or the Clippers’ 14 wins in 16 games isn’t enough to convince you this team is humming, the details on Wednesday should.There was the moment at the end of the first half when J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin had a 2-on-0 fastbreak. Instead of dropping the ball off for a thunderous Griffin dunk, Redick took the most fundamental of layups, causing both players to start laughing.“At the end of the day, it’s our – we call it ‘cooperation’ — our ability to cooperate right now,” Rivers said.In the third quarter, it happened again. Redick and Chris Paul weren’t on the same page on one play, Redick and the point guard engaged in a quick shouting match. On the very next possession, the Clippers got a stop and Paul hit Redick in transition for a 3, forcing a Dallas timeout. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “When things are clicking, the offense, the pace is right,” Paul said. “The defense? We’re communicating and covering each other’s backs. And, the tempo is right.”In a matter of seconds, the issue was dealt with and resolved, with the Clippers padding their already sizable lead.The Clippers actually trailed by eight early after the starting five couldn’t get going on the offensive or defensive end. But, after a hot start, the Mavericks cooled down and the starters climbed back in the game.The Clipper bench, now full with Wesley Johnson back for the second game after missing time with a heel injury, was spectacular and quickly flipped any momentum.Austin Rivers scored nine points in the first quarter including a pair of 3’s in a 4-second span right at the end of the quarter to put the Clippers ahead for good.He finished with six made 3’s – one less than he’d made in the previous 15 games this season.“It was just a matter of time,” Austin Rivers said. “You continue to shoot the ball.”Seven different Clippers scored at least 10 points led by Austin Rivers’ 22. Chris Paul scored 18, DeAndre Jordan, playing in front of a hostile Dallas crowd, had 16 and eight rebounds and Griffin had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.No starter played more than 27 minutes.“The ball’s hopping,” Paul said. “Everyone is sharing the ball, finding guys. And, the way our defense is…we know how potent our offense can be, but when our defense is rolling, that’s when we’re really having fun.” last_img read more

first_imgLikewise, UEFA has also suspended Juventus-Lyon, which was due to be played next week in Turin.. In this case, it was even more mandatory after the positive for Rugani coronavirus, defender of Juventus, which has forced Juventus to be quarantined. UEFA has yet to rule on the two remaining matches of the Champions League round of 16: Bayern-Chelsea and Barcelona-Naples. The case of the first is more doubtful, but the second will almost certainly be suspended, since Direct flights from Italy to Spain are canceled and that would hinder the arrival of Naples in Barcelona. It is official that Manchester City-Real Madrid due to be played next week will not take place, due to the quarantine that the white soccer team is undergoing after the positive for coronavirus of Thomkins, player of the basketball section. The English team made the suspension official on its website and shortly afterwards UEFA issued a statement confirming the postponement. It is specified that the new date will be announced, although without reference to when it could be.last_img read more