Vermont Law School uses grant to convert historic building

first_imgVermont Law School will use a $250,000 energy efficiency grant to help convert an historic building into a vibrant new center for legal advocacy. The grant was the largest of 14 grants totaling $1.7 million that the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund gave out to colleges, hospitals and other non-profits on June 16.VLS will use the grant to completely renovate 190 Chelsea Street, a two-story building overlooking the South Royalton town green. The building will be historically preserved and upgraded to high standards of energy efficiency using best green building practices.The retrofitted structure will be the home of the South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC), which has outgrown its cramped quarters elsewhere on campus, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC), which operates as a law firm within a law school. The renovated building will give the SRLC 60 percent and the ENRLC 110 percent more space, respectively, than their current locations. Both clinics train law students and provide free legal services to the community.Since 1979, the SRLC has served thousands of Vermont residents who are unable to afford counsel on issues such as children’s rights, immigration, family law, domestic violence, housing, health care and consumer protection. Last year, the SRLC provided approximately $1.5 million in free services. The ENRLC offers pro bono legal representation on environmental matters to organizations and individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal services.“With this support from the Clean Energy Development Fund, the 190 Chelsea project can realize a synergy of environmental, economic and societal impacts that transcend the bricks and mortar required to breathe new life into an old building,” Dean Jeff Shields said. “Through this project, VLS has the distinctive opportunity to restore an historic downtown structure, reduce energy costs and consumption and expand our community and environmentally focused legal aid work.”VLS has raised more than $1.4 million of the $3 million to $3.5 million needed to purchase, renovate and equip the clinics building. A formal fund-raising campaign kicks off in September. Tentative plans call for renovation to start in 2011 and be completed in 2012.The site’s 11,000 square feet will give both clinics increased and improved space for the faculty, staff and student clinicians who often work late at night to meet case deadlines. The building also will become the new home of the VLS Barrister’s Book Shop, which will have an increased product line as well as outdoor and indoor seating that will serve students, faculty, staff and the community.VLS, which has a history of award-winning historic preservation and energy efficiency projects, is working on the 190 Chelsea project with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance and financial incentives to households, businesses and schools to help reduce their energy costs with energy efficient equipment, lighting and approaches to construction and renovation. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is the public agency designated to be the advocate for historic properties in the state.Many of the 190 Chelsea building’s exterior historic features will be maintained, but the interior was long ago altered, so it will be designed to fit the modern needs of the two legal clinics. The building’s insulation, heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and other systems will be brought up to code. The result will be a rejuvenated structure that adheres to U.S. Interior Department standards for rehabilitation and is consistent with the law school’s commitment to environmental stewardship and public service.More information on the SRLC and ENRLC is available on their VLS websites.Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school and has one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).Source: VLS. 6.23.2010last_img read more

Jovetic looks City-bound

first_imgFiorentina have reached an agreement to sell Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City, the Serie A club have confirmed. The 23-year-old has scored 35 league goals in five seasons with La Viola, who finished fourth in Serie A last season, and it appears City’s lengthy pursuit of the versatile forward has come to fruition. A statement published on Fiorentina’s official Twitter account, @ACF_Fiorentina, read: “An agreement has been reached with Manchester City Football Club for the permanent sale of the player Stevan Jovetic.” The Barclays Premier League runners-up, now managed by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, have already strengthened their squad with the recruitment of midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk and winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla, with the latter’s former team-mate Alvaro Negredo expected to follow in the coming days. Striker Negredo’s transfer is yet to be formalised by City, who are on a pre-season tour in South Africa, in the wake of Sevilla’s announcement the Spain international had agreed a move to the Etihad Stadium, but it is clear Pellegrini is working to fill the gaps left in his forward line by the exits of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli. Jovetic – who is as comfortable playing as a lone striker as he is in front of the midfield – finished the 2012-13 season with 13 league goals following a haul of 14 in the previous year. The Montenegro international had missed the entire 2010-11 season in Florence after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in pre-season training. He made his Montenegro debut in 2007 and brought up his 10th goal for the nation in a friendly game against Latvia last August. Fiorentina, meanwhile, have already set about replacing Jovetic’s goals by adding Germany international Mario Gomez to their ranks for a reported 17million euro fee last week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Police arrest man after he set 10 separate fires in the Miami area

first_imgOfficials in Miami’s Little Havana say they have Baker Acted a man who set at least 10 separate fires in the neighborhood.The first of the fires was located Monday around 4:00 am along Southwest Sixth Court and Fifth Street. City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units reported that a recycling bin had been set on fire just a few feet away from a vehicle.As officials put out that fire, they then found a dumpster had been set on fire just a few blocks down the road near Southwest Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue. Officials then put out that fire and then were alerted to another fire.It was reported that fire officials spent much of the morning putting out small fires in a 3-block radius of the neighborhood until authorities were able to capture the suspect who was starting the fires.While information regarding the man’s identity was not released, authorities did report that they detained the man while they wait to review surveillance video and have since Baker Acted him.last_img read more

Conduct staff audit at GECOM and investigation into employment practices

first_imgDear Editor,Having noted the most recent development of what appears to be a controversy over the ethnic composition of the staff and employment practices of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I believe there should be an immediate public declaration of its list of employees and related information.I am of the opinion that given the sensitivity of this issue, the national importance of GECOM and the need for it to be fair and unbiased in all aspects of its operations, including employment practices, the onus is for it to make the information public immediately in an effort to prevent a potentially dangerous and divisive situation from escalating.While I believe that meritocracy must be of primary consideration, I reject any notion perpetuated by those who seem to be peddling a particular agenda for a desired outcome, that Indo-Guyanese are not interested in seeking employment with GECOM or lack the required competency.Further, I also believe that the issue which was raised by one of the Commissioners representing the Opposition, Robeson Benn, should have been supported by him presenting relevant information being mindful of the national sensitivities. If his assertions are not merely spurious, then his position would have been informed expectedly based upon related information which should have been presented.Similarly, the statement by Government represented Commissioner Vincent Alexander that the burden of proof lay with the Opposition, is utterly unacceptable and must be seen as a willful attempt to divert from a very serious accusation. With the allegation of influencing the employment process being levelled against at least one Commissioner representing the Government and the potential for it to aggravate racial tension, that burden cannot escape the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of GECOM.Given that I, like many others, was not privy to what actually transpired at the meeting during which the issue was officially raised, the expectation would be for all views to be freely articulated with resolution being foremost and corrective mechanisms implements if deemed necessary without delay. GECOM cannot and must not be immune to democratic practices.This responsibility lies explicitly with the Chairman who must at all times ensure that the Commission remains professional despite disagreements and not appear as trying to suppress an issue, more especially this sensitive one in question. It is therefore extremely disappointing that GECOM has not yet presented to the public relevant employment information which could dispute Benn’s assertion. The apparent reluctance thus far opens interpretation for a worrying conclusion of credence to Benn’s statement.Many are extremely concern over this issue which alleges deliberate attempts to discriminate against Guyanese Indians and remain mindful of similar accusations levelled against the Administration after it assumed office in 2015. Many cases of firing allegedly because of their race were reported and to date it appears these have been brushed aside.Efforts to prevent any Guyanese, in this case Indians, from being considered for employment or have their information deliberately altered for the same purpose, is a transgression of their constitutional rights, a blatant attempt to marginalised, racial discrimination and a potent tool to sow the seeds of disharmony in an already fragile society.Given the triumphal and racially toned utterances of some who are associated with the current Government and who seem infatuated to impose one group over the others, this recent development at GECOM can further give credibility to the perception that Guyanese Indians are being targeted thereby imposing a belief that they may not necessarily belong.This action can serve to further frustrate Guyanese Indians, thereby forcing many more to continue to seek solace overseas bringing into question the deliberateness of the said action. Guyanese Indians, like all other groups, have and continue to make invaluable contributions to the building of this nation and any form of discrimination against them will undoubtedly have negative national impact. Beyond GECOM, the Government has a responsibility to intervene, not in piecemeal manner, to address issues such as these.I was pleased at President David Granger’s comment on the issue that his Government does not influence the employment practices at GECOM. While that is most heartening to know, in the interest of national unity and his commendable action of establishing the Social Cohesion Ministry, he must order an immediate investigation to reveal the truth in keeping with his proclivity for Commissions of Inquiry. Anything otherwise will convey a frightening message to Guyanese Indians and inflict further damage to the already flagging social cohesion efforts.In the interim, mechanisms must immediately be implemented to safeguard the interest of Guyanese Indians who have applied and those who are in the process of applying to GECOM.Sincerely,Rajendra Doodnauthlast_img read more