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Group Urges Vermont Yankee License Renewal

first_imgGroup Urges Vermont Yankee License RenewalAt PSB Hearing They Note that Plant’s Power is Criticalfor Vermont’s Economy and Quality of LifeMontpelier, VT/September 15, 2008 – The Vermont Energy Partnership, a diverse group of more than 90 business, labor, and community leaders as well as individual energy experts today reiterated its strong support for the license renewal of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon.At the Vermont Public Service Board hearing Monday on the license renewal of the plant and through written remarks, more than a dozen Partnership members will comment on the plant’s importance and how it serves the public good. They addressed its safety record, its economic importance, and its role in mitigating pollution and keeping Vermont clean.Below are excerpts.On the Plant’s Overall Importance to Vermont”Vermont Yankee is a safe, highly scrutinized, and well operated facility that provides clean power to the region. Its license should be renewed. The continued operation of Vermont Yankee is vital to Vermont. It provides abundant and low-cost electricity, is an important component of our diverse power supply, produces practically zero greenhouse gas emissions, and provides substantial economic benefits for Vermont’s economy. For economic and environmental reasons, Vermont’s Yankee’s license renewal makes compelling sense.”Brad FerlandPresidentThe Vermont Energy PartnershipOn the Electricity Challenges at Hand”Today, Vermont Yankee produces about 70 percent of all electricity produced in Vermont. This baseload production is without carbon, sulfur, mercury, or nitrogen oxides, all of which contribute to air pollution. Any substitute will require additional transmission and sightings. With today’s technology, our baseload supply cannot be achieved through a combination of conservation, efficiencies and alternative supply. The alternative would have to be either coal or gas-fired generation creating pollution.”Milt EatonFormer Vermont Secretary of Development and Community Affairs and Retired U.S. Department of Energy OfficialOn Environmental Benefits”Vermont can proudly say it has one of the lowest carbon emitting electricity portfolios of any state in the U.S. largely because of Vermont Yankee’s operation. For over thirty years, Vermont Yankee has been providing Vermont with one-third of its electricity without emitting carbon, nitrogen and sulfur dioxides that destroy air, water and land quality.”Jennifer ClancyEnvironmentalistOn Economic Benefits”The value of Vermont Yankee for the Windham County community is immense. The plant provides hundreds of jobs and large tax revenues. Should Vermont Yankee not be re-licensed, Windham County would lose a major contributor to our economy. The electric rate, because of Vermont Yankee, helps to keep many of our local employers competitive in the world market.”Dart EverettBusiness Leader, Brattleboro, VTOn Safety”Vermont Yankee’s safety culture and practices ensure that the plant is one of the safest places in Vermont. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has nuclear energy experts at Vermont Yankee daily. These highly qualified individuals make sure that Vermont Yankee adheres to rigorous and comprehensive safety programs. Vermont Yankee has an excellent safety record and has consistently been given the NRC’s highest annual safety rating – green.”Dennis McMahonCommunity Leader, Chittenden County# # #last_img read more

Coal generation falls to just 12% of Tennessee Valley Authority’s power supply in first quarter

first_imgCoal generation falls to just 12% of Tennessee Valley Authority’s power supply in first quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chattanooga Times Free Press:For the first time in more than six decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority got more power from renewable sources than from burning coal during the first three months of 2020.With electricity sales down due to the mild weather and COVID-19 virus shutdowns, TVA used its coal-fired power plants to generate only 12% of its power needs in the past quarter. A generation ago, TVA’s coal plants supplied more than two-thirds of the utility’s electricity.Last month with most schools, restaurants and stores shut down, TVA at times turned off its 25 remaining coal-fired units and relied entirely upon its nuclear, hydro, natural gas, solar and purchased power supplies to meet the electricity needs in its seven-state region.Despite President Donald Trump’s appeal to TVA and others to revive “beautiful coal,” TVA has phased out more than half of the 59 coal-fired units it once operated, including the shutdown of its last unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky in February. At the same time, abundant rainfall pushed up power production at TVA’s 29 power-generating dams and the addition of more solar farms in the Tennessee Valley boosted power generated from the sun.The biggest share of TVA’s power, 43% in the first quarter, came from TVA’s seven nuclear power reactors in Tennessee and Alabama. TVA is studying whether to add even more atomic power by building the nation’s first small modular reactor to help supply Oak Ridge, Tennessee.TVA was not alone in turning to wind, solar and hydro power, rather than coal, for its power this year. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis reviewed government data on energy production across the United States and found electricity generated by renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days [and throughout the month of April].[Dave Flessner]More: TVA getting more power from renewables than coal this yearlast_img read more

Regulators issue policy proposal designed for CECL consistency

first_imgNCUA, along with the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, issued a request for comment on a proposed interagency policy statement on allowances for credit losses. The proposed policy statement is designed to promote consistency in the interpretation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) credit losses accounting standard, which introduces the current expected credit loss (CECL) methodology.The proposed statement describes the measurement of expected credit losses using CECL and updates concepts and practices detailed in existing supervisory guidance that remain applicable. FASB agreed this week to defer the effective date of CECL for credit unions and other institutions to 2023, while it is effective for certain public companies in 2020.The agencies also are requesting comment on the proposed interagency guidance on credit risk review systems. The guidance presents principles for establishing a system of independent, ongoing credit risk review in accordance with safety and soundness standards. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Financial inclusion as a driver of growth

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » CUNA’s research shows that credit unions that are intentionally financially inclusive  grow memberships, loans, and assets faster, without harming portfolio quality. CUNA Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was joined by other credit union leaders for a webinar Thursday on the business case for serving Latinx consumers.Latinx in the U.S. are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group, and half were unbanked or underbanked compared to one-third of whites in 2017.CUNA evaluated Coopera’s Hispanic Outreach Program, which provides demographic analytics, consulting services, and training to help credit unions with outreach and service to the Hispanic/Latinx market.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Editorial: Be thankful for those who give of themselves for others

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionOn this day of Thanksgiving, many face challenges, meager challenges and challenges so monumental that others among us can’t begin to comprehend how they get by.It’s so hard to be thankful sometimes when it seems the world just keeps pouring it on.But our area is full of people who truly care about others and who sacrifice a bit of themselves to help others in need.Today, for example, there are hundreds of people right in our area who are serving Thanksgiving meals to people in need or people who just need the company. These meals don’t happen on a whim. They take months of planning and organizing and solicitation of volunteers. Someone stood in a hot kitchen and precooked all those turkeys and mashed potatoes and vegetables and pies. They took time out of their evenings and weekends. Other individuals and companies donated the food for the meals, the plates and utensils, the kitchen facilities and the places to hold the meals. Others donated cash to help pay for it.Parents brought their children to help, both to impart on them the joy of giving and to remind them how blessed they are compared to others. Many are taking this Thanksgiving morning to deliver those meals to those who can’t leave their homes, leaving their warm homes for cold cars packed with packages of food.All this giving for just one event.It’s flat-out amazing when you think about what people do around here to help others and to serve their community throughout the year.During the natural disasters in Texas, Florida and the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had people who actually took time off from their jobs and away from their families, got on a plane and went there, helping feed people or provide medical care or assist with the cleanup. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We have people serving on community boards and school boards and in charitable organizations and hospitals and senior centers and church groups for no pay, no recognition. They probably even have to put up with some grief from people. The jobs are hard, and we know what a sacrifice it can be to serve. The most gratifying high notes in our communities are those involving the acts of young people.College students venture out to help their adopted hometowns, doing everything from organizing and staffing blood drives to fixing up elderly people’s property to raking leaves at the homes of senior citizens to sprucing up historic sites to leaving homemade hats and scarves on trees for the homeless to take.The generation that often gets criticized for its selfishness is in no short supply of individuals willing to invest their time and energy into helping others. Fear not; the future is safe in their hands.Whatever you do in the community, however you serve, whatever big or little contribution you might make to bettering the lives of others, it is appreciated. People’s lives are better for what you do. Your community is better.Today, when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, let’s make sure we remember to thank the givers. We have people around here who regularly go on missions to other countries to provide needed water, sewer treatment and medical attention.Every day, teams of volunteers go out into the community and rebuild Little League fields, clean up graffiti from bridges and buildings, rake the leaves and mow cemeteries so families can more appropriately honor the people they’ve lost.We have people raising money for victims of tragedies like car accidents and fires for medical care or to help offset the families’ expenses.We have people buying toys for children so they have a nice Christmas and people who organize trucks and volunteers to deliver the presents. We have people who regularly prepare care packages for soldiers serving overseas, giving them a touch of home even though they’re thousands of miles away.Throughout the year, people donate and package backpacks for hundreds of local children who come from impoverished homes, making sure these kids have food and school supplies so they’re at their best to learn.We have people who volunteer on the nastiest nights of the year to staff emergency shelters so that the homeless have a place to escape the cold.We have people with construction skills who donate their time and effort building homes for poor families, allowing them to provide a safe place for their children and have pride in home ownership.last_img read more

COVID-19: Malang university develops safety chamber to minimize patient contact

first_imgIn addition to the safety chamber, the university has also designed a coverall suit made from waterproof material with a built-in face mask that only costs Rp 200,000 and can be used up to two times.“One of its advantages is that medical workers don’t need to wear boots as the suit covers their body from head to toe, with the exception of their face and palms,” Thontowi said.As the materials used in the suits are scarce, they would only be used at the UMM Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Thontowi, however, said he had given the blueprints and samples of the protective suit to the East Java and West Java provincial administrations to be replicated, adding that the hospitals would not file a patent.The COVID-19 coronavirus has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system, with reports of inadequate medical supplies and deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge. (mfp) Topics : Thontowi said that the half-body model cost around Rp 2.2 million (US$134.43) to make while the full-body model cost around Rp 2.5 million, adding that the device would be mass-produced for other referral hospitals.“If previously the patient was transported by nurses or medical workers who had to dress like astronauts, with this safety chamber, both the patient and the staff will be safer because the proper isolation method had been applied,” UMM Hospital director Djoni Djunaedi said.He added that the hospital would continue to add new features and make improvements to the chamber, such as adding a breathing apparatus and using adhesive to prevent leakage, to increase the patients’ comfort during examination.“The maintenance is easy, just clean it with alcohol, or just use detergent,” Thantowi said. Academics and volunteers at the Muhammadiyah University of Malang (UMM) in East Java have developed a safety chamber to allow medical workers to examine patients while minimizing their potential exposure to COVID-19.The newly developed safety chamber is made from fiberglass and is meant to shield patients and minimize direct contact with medical workers. The university’s hospital has made two variants, one that covers the upper half of the patient’s body and one that covers their entire body.“The half-body model is used for examination and treatment, while the full-body one is used to minimize exposure when the patients are being transferred inside the hospital so that the patients won’t transmit the disease and the medical workers won’t catch it,” UMM Hospital’s COVID-19 response team coordinator Thontowi Djauhari said on Monday.last_img read more

Unai Emery reveals what he told Arsenal players at half-time in fightback against Man Utd

first_imgUnai Emery reveals what he told Arsenal players at half-time in fightback against Man Utd The Spaniard encouraged his side in the dressing room after a lacklustre first half (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says he spoke to his Arsenal players about playing with more calmness in the second half of Monday night’s draw against Manchester United as they fought back from a goal down.The Gunners went behind to a Scott McTominay strike just before half-time, though levelled the scores in the second period through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose effort was initially – and wrongly – ruled out by the linesman.Emery felt his side kept United at bay well in the first half, though instructed them to play with more intention to score at the half-time break – and felt they could have got a winner too. Comment Emery felt Arsenal could even have nicked all three points at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)‘But also we had good chances to score the second goal, with Bukayo [Saka] and the second with Reiss Nelson after a good action with [Joe] Willock.‘But also they had some chances to score. So after I think the team deserve two draws.’He added to BBC Sport: ‘I want more – more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing. We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Emery felt his side gave up several chances to United on the counter before the goal (Getty)Asked about the result, Emery told Sky Sports: ‘It’s not the best result, but I think the draw is far for the two teams after 90 minutes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The first half for example, they started pressing a lot, but we controlled the match with good positioning, not letting a lot of chances.‘At the end of the first half we let them have three transitions, and the third was a goal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And second half we were speaking in the dressing room: be calm and our objective was to score one goal and after to try to find our moment to get the possibility to win the match.‘But really after our goal, little by little, they imposed also, they pushed with their supporters here and we struggled.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 10:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link160Shareslast_img read more

Gold Coast mansion looks like a five-star holiday resort

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 This Ashmore property looks like a tropical resort.WHY book an overseas trip to a tropical resort when you can buy your own on the Gold Coast?This waterfront mansion has a seemingly endless list of luxury features usually reserved for holiday havens.A glass encased wine display, home theatre, spa and steam room as well as an outdoor oasis with 12m pool, cabana and firepit are among the Ashmore property’s lavish offerings.Ray White Broadbeach agent Sam Guo, who is marketing the property with Julia Kuo, said the owners had spent months renovating the Riverbank Court house. The alfresco area has a servery and barbecue.Property records show they spent more than $30,000 installing the swimming pool alone.“They’ve completely transformed the house,” Mr Guo said. “The pool area is all brand new — it’s like a resort.”“They also opened up the kitchen and they turned the living area into a wine cellar.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s a resort-style (house) and perfect for a big family.”The six bedroom home is on a sprawling 1244sq m block and has two self-contained apartments. A combined kitchen, living and dining room, which includes the 60-bottle glass encased wine display, forms the centrepiece of the home. MORE NEWS: Coast’s best indoor pools All the living areas are open. There are endless relaxation options outside.It opens onto an alfresco area with a servery and barbecue through stacker doors, which offer a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living. A cascading travertine staircase leads down to the pool with a cabana, sunken sitting area, and firepit, all of which overlook the water.Inside, there are four bedrooms, all with ensuites and walk-in wardrobes, on the top floor. The main bedroom could be mistaken for a five-star presidential hotel suite.It has a terrace overlooking the water, sunken spa and steam room as well as a custom dressing room, which features a shoe and handbag display. The main bedroom could be mistaken for a lavish hotel suite. It certainly looks like a million-dollar property. The property on Riverbank Court has been renovated. MORE NEWS: From dull to modern haven: inside a top renovation The main bedroom ensuite includes a spa and steam room. Mr Guo said house hunters were attracted to the home’s dual living options and private position.“We’ve had a lot of inquiries,” he said.“The dual living is attracting a lot of people and also the pool and outdoor area.“Also at the back, it’s quite private.”The house is on the market under an expressions of interest campaign.last_img read more

Public Works staff to be paid but union wants evidence

first_imgLocalNews Public Works staff to be paid but union wants evidence by: – November 23, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Public Works employee. Public Work staff has been given the assurance from the Board of Directors of the Corporation that all outstanding payments will be made before the end of this month.Public Works Staff staged protest action this week, to force the authorities to address their grievances.Among them include the nonpayment of salaries and lack of contracts from government.Chairman of the Board of Public Works Richard Didier says he was satisfied with the outcome of a meeting held on Tuesday, where the Union representatives were present. “The Directors met with the Union to discuss the issues going on there. We had a fruitful discussion pointing out the constraints being faced by the corporation in its cash position. The union understood the situation however they are of the view that something positive should come from the Corporation and have requested that we give confirmation on certain aspects as to the time of repayment. Other issues relating to the collective agreement and as well as gratuity for workers who were working with the Public Works garage. These issues will be addressed. We are asking the workers to be tolerant to the corporation and we are working to ensure that the monthly and fortnightly workers are paid,” he said.Meantime General Secretary of the Public Service Union Thomas Letang says in the absence of a written agreement from the Board members, protest action will continue.He says the Union will not accept any oral agreement.According to him, the Union will only be satisfied when several aspects of the collective agreement are addressed.“Whatever the Board comes up with should be given to us in writing. We will accept nothing verbally. They need to convince us that whatever they decide will be implemented. It is only at that time we will meet with the board and decide whether we will continue protest action or we will put a hold on it,” he explained.He said in the absence of that, protest action will continue.Dominica Vibes News 4 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Okon Thrilled With Athletes Performance At AFN All-Comers

first_img Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Performance Director,Gabriel Okon is thrilled with the performances of athletes at the AFN All-Comers competition held in Akure at the weekend and he said the future’ is bright’ for track and field in Nigeria. ‘With Ofili and a couple of our athletes who opened their campaign this season with 54 seconds runs,I believe we can get them to improve to a sub 52,51 seconds before the African Championships in Algeria in June and get the qualifying time to qualify for the Olympics in the 4x400m. I am really excited,’Okon added. In the women’s 100m,Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha ran an 11.52 seconds lifetime best to race to the top of the world list. Her 11.37 seconds performance in the final was aided by a massive 7.6mps trail wind while Glory Patrick won the 400m in a new 54.50 personal best, beating her previous best of 54.88 seconds which she ran in 2017. ‘Esther Okon, a junior athlete from Akwa Ibom ran 53.77 seconds,a personal best which qualifies her for the World U-20 Championship holding in Kenya in July. Read Also:AFN: All is set for All-Comers competition in Akure We are confident more personal and world-leading performances will be achieved in Ado Ekiti at the end of the month when the first AFN Classics holds at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium,’ said Okon who challenged Ojeli to race to a new lifetime best to honour the late Oluyemi Kayode, a member of the silver medal-winning 4x100m quartet to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona,Spain who died in October,1994 in Arizona,United States of America. The Ado Ekiti was named in the memory of the 200m specialist who finished seventh in the event at the 1992 Olympics. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… A sizeable number of athletes ran new personal bests on the track in their first competitive race of the year and Okon believes it is a positive sign of what to come if the athletes are given the motivation and training that they need. ‘The performances at the AFN All-Comers event blew my mind. Imagine having athletes running fast times in a season opener.This is great encouragement for us at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to provide more competitions for them so that they can perform to their optimal best,’said Okon who has coached Team Nigeria track and field athletes to several Olympics and World Athletics Championships. Ifeanyi Ojeli of Making of Champions track club ran a first ever sub 21 seconds of his young career,racing past the finish line in 20.94 seconds. The performance shot him to the top of World Athletics list of performances released on Tuesday. Ojeli obviously continued where he stopped last year when he ran 45.91 seconds in the 400m,his first quarter mile race inside 46 seconds when just about a year earlier,he was struggling with a 46.9 seconds. Another athlete who ran a new personal best is Favour Ofili,the University of Port Harcourt undergraduate student who improved her time in the 200m from 23.24 seconds achieved in 2019 to 23.07 seconds in only her first race in 2020. Ofili is now the fastest 200m athlete in the world so far this year and looks on course to becoming the eighth Nigerian woman to run a sub-51 seconds over the 400m in the all-time list. Currently ranked 16th in the Nigerian 400m all-time list,Ofili ran a new 51.51 seconds personal best at the World Athletics Championships in Doha,Qatar to top the Nigerian list last year.last_img read more