Target’s expansion continues with takeover of old Kmart stores

first_img Email Address* As of November, Target had 1,897 stores nationwide. (iStock) Target has scooped up five Kmart stores as the big-box chain continues to defy the financial havoc brought on by the pandemic.Transformco Properties — the parent of Kmart and Sears — has completed the sale and assignment of five Kmart store leases to Target Corporation, the company announced in a press release. The stores are in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; Jackson, Wyoming; Scotts Valley, California; Wall, New Jersey; and Auburn, Maine.Though the pandemic was a death knell for many retailers, Target has been in expansion mode. The Minnesota-based chain is planning to open up to 40 stores a year, officials said at the company’s third-quarter earnings call last year. As of November, the company had 1,897 stores nationwide.A Target spokesperson confirmed the latest additions, and in a statement said, “we’re excited to bring an easy, safe and convenient shopping experience to new guests.”Read moreTarget to open 40 new stores a year; Q3 income jumpsHere are Manhattan’s priciest retail leases of 2020Target’s big NYC expansion continues with Soho lease It’s a different story for Kmart, which once operated over 2,100 stores across all 50 states. Transformco, which acquired both brands out of bankruptcy, plans to shutter 51 Sears locations and 45 Kmart stores by mid-February, according to USA Today. The company will operate just 182 stores in total following the closures.“We will continue to evaluate our Sears and Kmart footprint, consistent with our overall retail and service strategy,” Transformco said in a November statement.Transformco’s portfolio consists of 59.8 million square feet of real estate. In 2019, Transformco acquired 223 Sears and 202 Kmart stores from Sears Holdings for $5.2 billion.Contact Sasha Jones Full Name*center_img Message* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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‘Shot across the bows’ for Thandi Coaches

first_imgIn cutting the licence held by Smethwick-based Thandi Coaches by seven vehicles for three weeks, Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton described it as “a shot across the company’s bows”.The firm, with a 22-vehicle international licence, had been called before the TC at a Birmingham Public Inquiry after five of its drivers were found to have driven various distances without a card in their digital tachographs. The TC was also considering action against the one-vehicle international HGV licence held by Solihull-based Citywise Logistics, whose sole Director Vajshi Ranavaya was Thandi Coaches Transport Manager (TM).Traffic Examiner (TE) Tracy Love said that the company’s tachograph analysis, using an outside agency, had left a lot to be desired. Nobody was targeting the driver cards. It should have been done by the TM, but he had not even been recording his TM duties as other work when driving his own HGV. Sole Director Sukhi Singh Thandi, who should have ensured it was done, and his twin brother Ajmar Singh Thandi, who ran Thandi Transport which operated service buses, were both very enthusiastic. However, they had been in the game for some time. They had become complacent and training had fallen by the wayside. She accepted that the new system in place provided missing mileage reports.Sukhi Thandi said that they worked on a 13-hour spread over and if anything was over 13 hours, two drivers were put on. All the drivers got job sheets in hand, so if they thought there was a problem they could raise it. Digital tachographs were now used on school runs and the driver cards were downloaded every 24 hours, using radios direct to his laptop.  Units were downloaded every month.The TC said that as with so many operators there had been a failure to match up driver card data with unit data. That was one of the drivers’ hours checking tasks to be done by a TM.For the company, Jim Marsh said that what they had thought was being done by the analysis bureau was not as there were no missing mileage reports.The TC said that the drivers had been abusing the system and that should have been picked up and nipped in the bud. Apart from that it appeared to be a well-run operation.Giving Vajshi Ranavaya a warning, the TC said that he had not done what he would have expected of a TM, but he had not been alone in not realising that.After Mr Ranavaya had said that he did not have a vehicle specified on his HGV O-Licence and that he hired in only very rarely, the TC pointed out that a holder of an O-Licence was required to have a vehicle available at all times. However, he was prepared to be flexible and Mr Ranavaya agreed to either specify a vehicle on the licence by January or surrender it.last_img read more

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South Bend man sentenced for weapons charge connected to drug trafficking

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest South Bend man sentenced for weapons charge connected to drug trafficking (“Court Gavel – Judge’s Gavel – Courtroom” by wp paarz, CC BY-SA 2.0) A South Bend man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.Dedric Strickland, 41, was ordered to serve 60 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.According to court documents, in January, a search warrant was executed at a South Bend residence where Strickland and others were located.During the search, crack cocaine and a loaded handgun were found in the room where Strickland was staying.A loaded AK-47 rifle with the stock sawed off was located in a room on the first floor of the home.Strickland admitted to selling crack cocaine out of the home.Strickland used these firearms to protect the drugs, proceeds of drug sales, and the people at the house where the drug dealing was taking place.This case is being investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department. WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – July 25, 2019 0 243 Pinterest Google+ Previous articleWater levels to go down on Lake Michigan, but remain higher than normalNext articleEast Jackson Blvd. in Elkhart reopening to traffic Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Watch The Beatles’ Surprise Rooftop Performance, Played On This Day In 1969 [Video]

first_img[Video: The Beatles][Originally published 1/30/16] On this day in 1969, The Beatles played their last ever live concert. Having not toured together for several years, nor played before a live audience since 1966, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr performed for the last time together 52 years ago today. However, this wasn’t your typical farewell concert. The group (joined by Billy Preston on keyboards), played an impromptu outdoor set on the roof of the Apple headquarters in London.This concert experience came toward the end of recording what would be their final album Let It Be. The legendary 40+ minute set provided time for five songs to be played in perfection: “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “One After 909” and “Dig A Pony”. Some songs required multiple takes, though few noticed.Related: Lauded Filmmaker Peter Jackson To Direct New Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Doc Using Never-Before-Seen FootageWhile no one was expecting it, this was the most appropriate way for the foursome to close the book. Without hyping up another room of screaming fans, they did what they did best—they played music. It didn’t matter who heard. In fact, the people who did hear the music were perplexed by what was even happening as they walked about their automatic existences, not knowing that these songs would be sung beyond generations to come. The most tangible memory of this fateful performance lives on through this footage, which is featured in Michael Lindsay-Hogg‘s Let It Be documentary.The Beatles – “Don’t Let Me Down” – 1/30/69last_img read more

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Coca-Cola Creates Innovative ‘Plastic’ Bottle Made Entirely From Plants

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe iconic red-labeled beverage giant is turning greener.Coca-Cola officially unveiled its first plastic bottle made from 100% plant materials last month.Instead of being manufactured with petroleum products, the eco-friendly bottle is made from sugarcane and the natural leftovers from its processing.Trademarked as the PlantBottle, the fully recyclable PET plastic bottles are a vast improvement over the 30% plant-based Coke bottles introduced in 2009.Ancient Fruit Shows Promise For Modern Healing“Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials,” said Coca-Cola Global Research and Development Officer Nancy Quan.Since 2009, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion bottles using the current 30% PlantBottle packaging, and has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 315,000 metric tons each year. The soda company isn’t saying when it will start actually bottling with the green container, but it said it is partnering with biotechnology firms “to move from lab to commercial scale.”(READ more at Coca-Cola)Plant This Story Elsewhere – Share Below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Julia Annette Ducote

first_img Memorial contributions may be made to Feeding America www.feedingamerica.org. Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 33 ½ years, Thomas Herman Ducote.Surviving relatives include her daughters, Jeri Ducote Talbert and husband John of Kingwood, Texas, Ellen Ducote Scott and husband Steven of New Braunfels, Texas; son, Thomas “Bubba” Ducote and wife Cheryl of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Amanda Gillespie and husband Matthew, Whitney Ducote, Casey Talbert, Megan Talbert and spouse Jessi Moss, Khriz Williams-Rios, and Emma Scott; great grandchildren, Charles Moss-Talbert, and Thomas Everett Gillespie on the way. Julia retired from Howard’s Auto Supply where she was the Office Manager.Visitation for family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with a Rosary recited at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Shane Baxter officiating.Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.center_img Julia Annette Ducote, 80, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Caring Hands Senior Care Home in Porter, Texas.Julia was born June 13, 1939 in Bronson, Texas to Berdice Jones and Emma Maurine Click Jones.She was a long time resident of Port Neches, Texas and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.last_img read more

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Leahy offers legislative response to NSA surveillance scandal

first_imgby Alicia Freese June 24, 2013 vtdigger.org Senator Patrick Leahy interrupted the immigration debate on the Senate floor Monday to unveil his solution to civil liberties concerns that have been stoked by the recent leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs.Leahy, joined by four Democrats and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a bill to rein in the government’s surveillance authority. The FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 reprocesses some of the Vermont senator’s previous attempts to add privacy protections in the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act (FAA).Leahy told fellow lawmakers ‘the American people also deserve to know whether these programs have proven sufficiently effective to justify their extraordinary breadth.’Vermont’s senior senator also reminded senators that they had quashed his previous attempts ‘to apply stricter oversight over these sweeping authorities.’He described his latest attempt as a handful of ‘commonsense, practical improvements that will ensure that the broad and powerful surveillance tools being used by the government are subject to appropriate limitations, transparency, and oversight.’Leahy’s legislation touches on Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, which have been at the center of the public debate after National Intelligence Director James Clapper identified them as the source of the Obama administration’s authority for the two data collection programs.His bill expedites the sunset provision of the FISA Amendments Act, moving it up from December 2017 to June 2015. That coincides with the date that key provisions of the Patriot Act are due to expire, which, Leahy said, would allow Congress to review surveillance provisions ‘all at once, rather than in a piecemeal fashion.’It also amends Section 215 of the Patriot Act to require the government show that records, in addition to being relevant to an authorized investigation, are also linked to a foreign terrorist group or foreign power. It also increases judicial review of this section.The legislation goes beyond the nucleus of the NSA scandal, addressing an issue that’s been at the periphery of the privacy debate. It puts a June 2015 sunset on the government’s ability to dole out ‘National Security Letters.’The letters, delivered primarily by the FBI, are mandatory requests for information that are accompanied by gag orders preventing the recipient from telling anyone about it. And, in the meantime, the bill requires the government to obtain a court order before enforcing a gag order, eliminates the mandatory one-year waiting period before someone can challenge a gag order, and asks for a public report on National Security Letters.‘When you have these kinds of gag orders on Americans you are going into very dangerous territory,’Leahy said.The bill also requires the Inspector General to report on whether the government is using the relevant sections of the Patriot Act and the FAA in a proper way, and it makes sure the annual review of Section 702, which is already required, covers all of the relevant government agencies.Leahy is one of the first lawmakers to offer a legislative ‘as opposed to a verbal ‘response to the uproar sparked by the revelations that the government has been amassing billions of phone and Internet records of American citizens. The bill on Monday is actually Leahy’s second NSA scandal-inspired proposal ‘on June 11, he introduced legislation requiring the secret court that authorizes NSA data gathering to declassify major legal opinions.Vermont’s other senator has also penned a piece of legislative response to the surveillance leaks. Sen Bernie Sanders’bill takes a more aggressive approach with Section 215 than Leahy’s does. It would put a definitive stop to indiscriminate metadata collection. Sanders’legislative solution would amend the Patriot Act to require the government to supply specific evidence that shows it has reasonable suspicion that records are tied to an identified terrorist suspect before it can start monitoring them.Sanders’bill also requires the attorney general to give reports to all of Congress, rather than restricting that information to the intelligence and judiciary committees.The full text of the FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 can be found here.last_img read more

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Merchants Bankers brings in over $19,000 in cold cash for Special Olympics Vermont

first_imgMerchants Bank Penguin Plunge team.Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, February 4th, 26 employees of Merchants Bank joined over 1,200 enthusiastic individuals at the Burlington Waterfront, to partake in the Penguin Plunge. The event rose over $540,000 for Special Olympics Vermont athletes. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses.As participants and a sponsor, Merchants Bank’s MB Chillynx Team contributed over $19,000 in donations from customers, friends, family and colleagues.Anita Bourgeois, SVP at Merchants Bank stated, “We are thrilled to have participated in the Penguin Plunge again this year. Special Olympics Vermont (SOVT) gives athletes confidence to participate and excel in individual and team sports. I am delighted that our team was able to contribute such a large donation to this amazing organization. Thank you to our customers and employees for their generosity & bravery!”About Merchants Bank: A Vermont-chartered commercial bank established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank. The bank’s business, municipal, consumer, and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, with 31 branches in Vermont and 1 location in Massachusetts, operating as NUVO, A division of Merchants Bank. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank a “Top 200” in America among 851 peers. For more information, go to www.mbvt.com(link is external). Where do you want to grow? (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”)last_img read more

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Emerald ash borer detected in Bennington County

Vermont Business Magazine On July 31st, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service alerted state officials that an emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle was captured on a purple detection trap in the town of Stamford, VT. This location is within five miles of another recent EAB detection in the town of North Adams, MA. This invasive insect was first discovered in Vermont in February, and has also been confirmed in Orange, Washington, and Caledonia counties.State and federal agencies are planning a delineation survey based on tree symptoms to determine the extent of the newly detected EAB infestation. Landowners and other residents of Stamford and surrounding towns are urged to look for signs and symptoms of the insect and report suspicious findings on vtinvasives.org(link is external). Detailed information about the pest and what to look for may be found at the same website. As part of an ongoing effort to detect EAB, the USDA has already deployed purple detection traps at 609 locations throughout Vermont. The traps will be removed and examined in September, at the end of EAB’s flight season.Although it may be hard to see, EAB is likely to be present in other locations within ten miles of known infestations. In southwestern Vermont, this includes all of Stamford and Readsboro, as well as parts of Pownal, Woodford, Bennington, Searsburg, Whitingham, and Wilmington.Moving any infested material, especially ash firewood, logs, and pruning debris, can quickly expand the infestation, so it is critical Vermonters follow the ‘slow-the-spread’ recommendations, available at vtinvasives.org/land/emerald-ash-borer(link is external). One important recommendation is to only buy local firewood.EAB larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves water and sugars up and down the trunk. It was first discovered in North America in the Detroit area in 2002, and over the past sixteen years, it has decimated ash populations. EAB was recently detected in Maine and Rhode Island and is known to occur in 35 states and four Canadian provinces. Ash trees comprise approximately 5% of Vermont forests and are also a very common and important urban tree. EAB threatens white ash, green ash and black ash in Vermont and could have significant ecological, cultural, and economic impacts.A public information meeting is being planned in the Bennington County area for early September and details will be announced shortly.For more information on how you can help slow the spread:See this current map of the infested zone and find more EAB information at vtinvasives.org(link is external)Spread the word, not the bug by watching this video: https://bit.ly/2lZ9flo(link is external) read more

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Board to discuss en banc option

first_imgBoard to discuss en banc option Board to discuss en banc option The Florida Bar Board of Governors will consider a First District Court of Appeal en banc ruling where one judge, in a concurring opinion, strongly criticized a fellow judge.The issue was brought to the board at its July 28 meeting by a member of the Board of Governors. The case involved a criminal appeal of former Senate President and former Escambia County Commissioner W. D. Childers. The board member said the concurring opinion raised serious concerns about professionalism and the limits of judicial independence. It was noted that the concurring opinion in the Florida case did not address the legal merits of the case but instead focused on whether a fellow judge should have recused himself.Bar President Hank Coxe said the matter would be discussed at the September meeting of the Board of Governors. Coxe urged every member of the board to read the First District Court of Appeals’ June 28 opinion and February 2 opinion in Wyon Dale Childers v. State of Florida, case no. 1D03-2154, before the board’s September meeting.Coxe noted that the matter was currently pending before the Florida Supreme Court and that all members of the board needed to read the decision before it could be discussed. August 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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