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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_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael MuckianThe digital age has arrived at the $18 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va. The institution on Wednesday reported that more than three-quarters of all member transactions involved online or mobile devices during 2014.Specifically, 80% of member interactions—including logons, balance checks and transactions with PenFed —involved a web or mobile device. Comparatively, 15% took place via phone, and 5% involved branch visits, according to PenFed President/CEO James Schenck. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgA third decision was made to reinvest the principal payments on the securities purchased under the asset purchase programme as they matured for as long as necessary.“This will contribute to favourable liquidity conditions and an appropriate monetary policy stance,” Draghi said, adding that technical details would be given later.The central banker made a fourth policy decision to admit regional and local government bonds into the QE programme.“We decided to include euro-denominated marketable debt instruments issued by regional and local governments located in the euro area in the list of assets eligible for purchase by the respective national central banks,” he said.The bank also decided to continue its main refinancing operations and the three-month longer-term refinancing operations as fixed rate tender procedures with full allotment for as long as necessary and at least until the end of the reserve maintenance period of 2017.“Our new measures,” Draghi said, “will ensure accommodative financial conditions and further strengthen the substantial easing impact of the measures taken since June 2014, which have had significant positive effects on financing conditions, on credit and on the real economy.”European stocks rose in early trading today on hopes the ECB would cut rates and announce an increase in the pace of QE.The rate cut was in line with money market expectations.Markets are also keeping a keen eye on US rates, which could be changed by the Federal Reserve at its committee meeting on 15-16 December. The European Central Bank (ECB) is cutting its key deposit rate by 10 basis points to minus 0.30% with effect from 9 December and extending its quantitative easing (QE) programme in several ways, following the meeting of its governing council today.While the size of the asset-buying programme is to be kept at its current pace of €60bn a month, rather than being expanded as some market participants had hoped, the central bank announced several measures to effectively increase it.The deposit rate was the only key rate to be changed, with the interest rate on the ECB’s main refinancing operations, as well as the rate on the marginal lending facility, remaining unchanged at 0.05% and 0.30%, respectively.Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, told a press conference: “The monthly purchases of €60bn under the asset purchase programme are now intended to run until the end of March 2017 or beyond if necessary, or, in any case, until the governing council sees a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation consistent with its aim of achieving inflation rates below but close to 2% over the medium term.”last_img read more

first_img New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile NationsYouPorn’s New ‘Sexy Lingo’ Web App Helps You Flirt in Different Languages Stay on target Facebook is hoping that “like” turns into love. The social-networking firm announced Thursday that it is expanding its online dating service Facebook Dating to two new markets — Canada and Thailand.close dialogclose dialogFacebook Dating first launched in Colombia in September after being unveiled at Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this year.Facebook Dating operates within the core Facebook app, not as a spinoff like Messenger, with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook will recommend matches that users aren’t already friends with, but who share dating preferences, interests and if they choose, mutual friends or groups and events.Facebook hopes to steer clear of the reputation that plagues some dating apps, such as Tinder, for simply enabling hookups or “casual encounters,” instead of fostering meaningful relationships, Facebook Dating’s program manager Charmaine Hung told Huffington Post Canada.The company is also releasing new features to coincide with the launch in the two countries, including one called Second Look, that lets users look back at someone they may have previously passed on.Another feature lets users take a break from the dating scene by putting the service on pause — similar to the “Snooze” button that Bumble implemented on their own service in September. (Facebook says users can still message people they have already matched while on pause.)According to TechCrunch, other new features include the ability to review a blocked list, support for non-metric units (for things like range and height) and more interactive profile content.The expansion to Canada and Thailand will initially begin as signups, Facebook says. Users won’t be able to immediately browse through matches until enough people have opted into Facebook Dating.More on Geek.com:Geek’s Guide to Online Dating7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating ServiceSwipe Right on the Best Thirsty Mobile Gameslast_img read more