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Montpelier designated as a state growth center

first_imgThe Vermont Downtown Development Board today announced that the City of Montpelier has been awarded Growth Center Designation. In action taken Monday by the Vermont Downtown Development Board, the designation comes after several months of discussion between Montpelier, the Downtown Board and its advisory group. Growth Centers were enabled by the legislature in 2005 to encourage communities to plan for denser and mixed use development in areas surrounding the state s downtowns and village centers. I am very pleased that Montpelier has received this designation, which will help support the City in its planning efforts, Governor Jim Douglas. This is why I signed the Growth Center bill, to encourage communities to create more compact and dense mixed use development in appropriate areas.Montpelier s Growth Center is located in the area surrounding and including the City s Designated Downtown. Designated Growth Centers have several important benefits that help support increased development. Of particular importance is that housing and mixed use projects that include an affordable housing component may not need Act 250 review. In addition, the City may also more easily meet the requirements for a Tax Increment Financing District, which would allow it to access state funding to support investment in water, wastewater and transportation in the district.To gain this designation the Town had to show the Downtown Board that it had met state standards including:The Growth Center meets the statutory definition, is included in the Town Plan and is implemented in the Town s bylaws;The Town has or has planned for the roads, water and wastewater systems, and other infrastructure necessary to support the planned growth;The Growth Center be adjacent to an existing Designated Downtown or Village Center, and that the Growth Center support such areas;It protect natural and historic resources both within and outside the growth center;It be designed to accommodate a majority of growth anticipated by the municipality over the next twenty years; andIt include a mix of uses, including affordable housing. This is very consistent with the Governor s promotion of growth in these targeted areas, and with the legislature s Growth Center bill passed in 2005, said Kevin Dorn, Chairman of the Downtown Board and Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. At the same time, we will be reducing development pressures on important natural resource lands outside the designated areas.Several other communities are working toward Growth Center Designation, including Hartford and St. Albans City.For more information about the Growth Centers Program, please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/GrowthCenters.htm(link is external).Source: State of Vermont.last_img read more

Diabetes biggest comorbid factor in COVID-19 deaths: Task force

first_imgNational COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo says diabetes mellitus has been the most common comorbidity in COVID-19 deaths in Indonesia.“Based on data in the past six months, some regions have comorbidity levels of up to 92 percent, with diabetes as the number one factor,” he said during a public discussion on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.He added that the province with the highest number of COVID-19 patients with diabetes was East Java. Meanwhile, the second-most common comorbid disease for COVID-19 patients was hypertension, followed by heart disease, lung and respiratory disorder, kidney disorder, asthma and cancer.“COVID-19 is very lethal to the high-risk group [elderly and patients with pre-existing conditions],” he said.Therefore, Doni said, the government’s first strategy was prioritizing the protection of these vulnerable groups. The second strategy is to reduce the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as deaths and increase the recovery rate, while the third strategy is to increase testing and optimize contact tracing.”We have tested more than 30,000 specimens a day. However, this is still below the World Health Organization’s standard of 38,000 people a day,” he said. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Okyenhene named Life Patron of Ghana Golf Awards (GGA)

first_imgPrimeval Media Ghana Limited, organisers of the Ghana Golf Awards (GGA) has announced that the His Royal Majesty, Okyehene, Osagyefo Ofori Amoatia Ofori Panin, is now the “Life Patron” of the event.The well-respected king noted for his passion for environment and an ardent golfer, will chair the 2014 GGA as well as future events.Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin, was the guest speaker of the maiden edition last year and is expected to add royal touch to the 2014 edition.Jeff Asare, Communications Director of Primeval Media told sportscrusader.com that, the move was to give the event needed clout and glamour it deserves.He said Okyehene is a well-respected king and his acceptance of the gesture marks a significant growth in the life of Ghana Golf.“Our outfit is honoured to have such a noble person as our life patron. It shows that the event has attracted the needed attention and recognition it deserves. “We are happy to have the Okyehene on board and his presence will definitely be a great boost to our success”. He noted.The second edition of the GGA will be held at the Events Haven, Trade Fare Center, La, Accra on Saturday, December 27, at 6pm.In all 20 award winners will be honoured on the night which will also be attended by Sir Sam Jonah, a renowned businessman and an ardent golfer.last_img read more

Vermeil coaches his last game

first_img A head coaching career that included three teams and 15 years in the NFL came to a victorious but frustrating end for the 69-year-old Vermeil on Sunday. As the Chiefs were beating the playoff-bound Bengals to go to 10-6, Pittsburgh was beating Detroit and knocking them out of the playoffs. The Chiefs will be the only NFL team Vermeil coached that did not make it to the Super Bowl. “The greatest thing I take away from here is the value of the relationships and how deep they are,” he said. “They’re not influenced by the scoreboard. Nobody can take those things away.” Vikings fire Tice The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Mike Tice after Sunday’s victory over Chicago. Owner Zygi Wilf announced he would not renew Tice’s contract in a statement less than an hour after the Vikings’ 34-10 win over the Bears in the regular season finale. Tice, who finished his fourth full season with a 32-32 overall record, had already addressed the media before the move was made public. The announcement came via press release after most players had left the Metrodome. “I don’t know who was more shaken by it, him or me,” Tice said of what he called an emotional meeting with Wilf. Capers on way out The Houston Texans will fire coach Dom Capers, but will retain general manager Charley Casserly, a person close to the organization said. The Texans plan to make the announcement today, according to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The team finished the season 2-14, the worst record in the NFL and the worst record in the Texans’ four-season history. The firing would make the second time Capers, 55, has been released from an expansion team in its fourth season. He was let go by the Carolina Panthers in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I didn’t get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar,” he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. “But you’ll get there some day, and I’ll go with you.” Vermeil said he had no plans for the future. “I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I haven’t even thought about calling a moving van.” When he looks back at a lifetime of coaching, Vermeil said he will remember the people. “I think of watching people go through transitions in their career, to go from one level to the next level,” he said. “All those things are very real.” With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it a third retirement means he’s out of football. Honest. Unlike his other two retirements, there’ll be no returning to the profession he loves so dearly, Vermeil tearfully told a news conference Sunday after his Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati 37-3. center_img He had told the team and staff the night before that he would step down after five years with the Chiefs and 15 years in the NFL. His retirement did not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, he teared up and had to pause several times after the game Sunday while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson for giving him an opportunity. last_img read more