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Legislative leaders give Entergy November 1 deadline for new Vermont Yankee power contract

first_imgWe have established this firm deadline in order to allow sufficient time for an orderly and thorough review of any agreement by the Public Service Board and then by the Vermont General Assembly.   July 28, 2009Mr. Jay ThayerC/O MacLean, Meehan and Rice45 Court StMontpelier, Vt 05602 Dear Mr. Thayer: Speaker Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today sent a letter to Entergy Corporation to inform them that it will be very difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act on the question of continued operation of the Vermont Yankee plant unless a power purchase agreement is reached between Entergy and Vermont utilities before November 1, 2009. The letter is pasted below.  Even if those reliability concerns are resolved in the plant s favor, the Vermont General Assembly cannot in good conscience approve continued operation of Vermont Yankee without a thorough analysis of the economic impact of continued operation compared with other current and emerging alternative power supplies.  The contract and its details are critical to the central issues of economic relative to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that the legislature must consider.  Sincerely, Vermont Yankee has provided significant benefits to the people of the State of Vermont. Unfortunately, these benefits have been overshadowed by recent examples of operational missteps that have given us, and many Vermonters, serious pause about continued operation of the plant from a reliability standpoint.  We are writing to inform you that it will be exceedingly difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act in 2010 on the question of continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station unless a power purchase agreement between Vermont utilities and Entergy is filed with the Vermont Public Service Board before November 1, 2009.   Senator ShumlinPresident Pro TemRepresentative SmithSpeaker of the House We have established this deadline in a spirit of cooperation, not confrontation.  We know that you have a complex negotiation to complete in uncertain financial times.  The State of Vermont also faces many financial challenges that will drain our time and energy during the 2010 session. We are determined that all of our decisions in 2010 be based on good information that is well analyzed. To achieve that goal, we must insist on the schedule set out above for completion of your power purchase agreement with Vermont utilities. Source: Shumlin’s officelast_img read more

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What the Frack?

first_imgA plume of methane flares at a natural gas hydrofracturing site in Wetzel County, W.Va. Photo: Ray RenaudRose Baker can no longer drink the water from her well. About four years ago, natural gas drilling companies came into Wetzel County, a rural area in West Virginia near its border with Pennsylvania. Now, Baker and her neighbors have to keep their taps turned off, as their wells are full of methane and a long list of hazardous chemicals.“We didn’t have a problem until they started drilling here,” Baker says.Natural gas development has increased exponentially in the past decade in the United States, fueled, in part, by the search for a cleaner-burning domestic fuel source. But does the environmental harm inflicted by extracting the gas outweigh its benefits?Wetzel County sits atop the second largest natural gas deposit in the world. The Marcellus Shale stretches from New York through Pennsylvania and West Virginia and into parts of Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. Contained within this formation could be as much as 516 trillion cubic feet of gas — enough to meet the country’s needs for roughly twenty0 years based on current usage levels (however, only 50 trillion cubic feet, or two years worth, is recoverable using current drilling techniques).Until recently, shale gas, which is contained in small pockets within this rock thousands of feet beneath earth’s surface, had been too costly to tap. Technological advances in a process called hydraulic fracturing — hydrofracking, for short — have changed that. The process involves pumping millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at extremely high pressure into a well to cause cracks in the rock so the trapped gas can escape. Of the 750 different chemicals used in fracking fluid, 29 are known or possible carcinogens. Most of the others have not been tested or researched for their toxicity.In November 2008, Baker’s neighbor and sister-in-law, Bonnie Hall, noticed her water had turned gray and started to smell bad after a second gas well was drilled near her home. A water test came back positive for methane and the toxic chemicals benzene and toluene. Chesapeake Energy and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection both said the cause was spilled gasoline from her neighbor’s property — a mile away. Hall blames the pollution on the gas well being drilled through her aquifer.“That’s kind of scary, because that’s our drinking water supply they’re going through to get to this natural gas,” Hall says.The gas industry disputes the claims of Baker, Hall, and others.“We have multiple layers of steel casing and cement that, if done properly, ensure that the hydrocarbons and fracturing fluids cannot, in any way, shape or form, communicate with freshwater aquifers,” says Travis Windle, a spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a natural gas industry group. 1 2 3last_img read more

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Here’s a financial literacy test you need to pass

first_img 64SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s generally useful to be literate in at least one spoken and written language. But that’s not the only kind of literacy that matters. We need to be savvy about managing (and growing!) our money, too. Here’s a financial literacy test that will help you figure out where you are on the road to financial success.Answer the following questions without reading below them until you’re done:1. What is your net worth?2. Is it more important to pay off high-interest rate debt or save for retirement first?3. When should you start saving for retirement?4. How much money will you need to have accumulated for retirement?5. Do stocks, bonds, or real estate grow fastest over long periods?Now let’s review each question and what your answer reveals.What is your net worth?There isn’t exactly a right or wrong answer to this question, though an answer of $0 or negative $100,000 would clearly be undesirable. Instead, the way to get this question right is to know what your net worth is, roughly. continue reading »last_img read more

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PREMIUMIndonesia raises spending for COVID-19 as G20 pledges coordinated response

first_imgForgot Password ? Topics : Google Linkedin Indonesia is preparing new measures that include cash transfers for underprivileged families and laid-off employees affected by COVID-19 and fundraising for health care, as the G20 nations pledge a coordinated response to the coronavirus to prevent spillover effects on the economy.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government was considering raising the amount of social funds for more than 15 million underprivileged families, adding the government would also roll out a training program and provide Rp 1 million (US$ 61.24) for laid-off employees for three months.“We will help our communities to survive and receive essential goods while also obeying the government’s policy to reduce activities to contain the spread of the virus,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a teleconferenced briefing on Tuesday following a meeting with finance ministers and central … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Facebook Indonesia finance-ministry COVID-19 budget-reallocation stimulus-package health regional-government budget-deficitlast_img read more

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Buyers building at The Orchard

first_imgFirst homebuyer Denni-Elle White. Picture: Shae Beplate.THE first homes are under construction at large-lot estate The Orchard in Jensen.Townsville couple Denni-Elle White and Daniel Baker, along with their three children, are one of the first buyers to start building.Ms White said after much searching they had found their perfect place to call home.“We were searching for a large block where we could build our dream home and not leave the area,” she said.“The most important thing to us was to find a place that had a real community feel, where the kids could play outside and safely ride their bikes in the street.”“From the moment we entered The Orchard, we got an immediate sense of quality with beautiful entry statements and landscaping giving it a real feel of privacy.“We can’t wait to finish our new home and move in.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The popular estate is close to St Anthony’s school, shops and the new Ring Rd extension.It has large, fully-serviced lots designed for family living with room for a pool, shed or topark a boat.Ms White and her family are building with Townsville builder GJ Gardner Homes.Their home will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a media room and study.The open-plan design includes a large outdoor entertaining space and the family have plans to put in a pool and shed.The Orchard is a $43 million large-lot residential development by longstanding local developer Elements NQ in the heart of Townsville’s northern growth corridor.For more information visit www.theorchardnq.com.au or call Penelope Slogrove on 0439 749 700.last_img read more

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Riyadh to host 2020 FIBA 3×3 World Tour final

first_img Loading… Chinese city Chengdu will host from May 30 to 31 and Mexico City will be the stop on June 20 and 21. Utsunomiya in Japan will take centre stage between July 11 and 12, the last event before Tokyo 2020. The circuit will then move to Czech capital Prague on August 1 and 2, Swiss Olympic capital Lausanne on August 21 and 22 and Hungarian city Debrecen on August 29 and30. Montreal in Canada will be the venue on September 5 and 6, Los Angeles will host on September 19 and 20 and a yet to be decided Chinese city will welcome action onOctober 17 and 18. A Middle Eastern end to the season will see competition in Saudi city Jeddah on October 23 and 24, Abu Dhabi on October 30 and 31 and then the final in Riyadh. “For the fans, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour will be the best preview of our urban discipline at the Games,” Sanchez added. “It will also be the ultimate preparation for the best 3×3 players in the world before the Olympics. “In fact, we will arrive in Japan two weeks early, with the fifth Masters of the season in Utsunomiya, followed by a Pre-Olympic Acclimatisation Camp for our bestathletes to get used to the Japanese climate and deliver the best show possible to the fans.” Read Also:Egypt triumphs at FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup 2019 Serbia’s Novi Sad won their fourth title on last year’s World Tour, winning the final in Utsunomiya. A dunk contest and shoot-out competition take place at each World Tour event. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Riyadh will host the final of the 2020 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3×3 World Tour. The announcement means yet another event will take place in Saudi Arabia as the country makes a huge push to increase its sporting portfolio. FIBA have also confirmed that the regular season will feature 13 events, or Masters, the highest number ever. The season-opener in Doha on April 2 and 3 will be the earliest World Tour action ever, while the final in Riyadh on dates to be confirmed in November will be thelatest. Total prize money has also been increased from $2.1 million (£1.6 millon/€1.8 million) to $2.8 million (£2.1 million/€2.5 million), for what will be the ninth editionof the circuit. The expanded Tour comes with 3×3 basketball set to make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 this year. “It is a big year for 3×3 and we’re excited to see our number one competition – the FIBA 3×3 World Tour – continue to expand so quickly,” said FIBA 3×3 managingdirector Alex Sanchez. “We’re proud to attract new amazing cities like Riyadh for the Final and – at the same time – to return after many years to exceptional cities where World Tour historywas made.” The World Tour was launched in 2012 and features teams representing cities. They qualify for the Masters through worldwide tournaments and the FIBA 3×3 team ranking. After the 2020 opening in Doha, the new season will move from Qatar’s capital to Manila in the Philippines between May 2 and 3. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more

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Pence visits Franklin County High School

first_imgBrookville, In. — Freshman U.S. Congressman Greg Pence recently visited students at the Franklin County Community High School. Superintendent Dr. Debbie Howell and Principal Keith Isaacs provided Pence with a tour of the school and Congressman Pence addressed Mr. Ebren’s Economics class and Mr. Stacy’s U.S. History class.last_img

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Viola M. Huber, 88, Brookville

first_imgViola M. Huber, age 88, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday afternoon December 16, 2019 at Reid Health in Richmond.Born May 14, 1931 in Franklin County, she was one of three children born to the late Alfred & Mabel A. (Hoff) Huber.Viola worked for many years at FCN Bank in Brookville where she began her career as a book keeper on November 17, 1952, having held various positions, before retiring as V.P. on April 25, 2003. She was a member of the Franklin County Historical Society, chairperson of the Franklin County Heart Association and was previously President of the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary where she also served as secretary for several years; and served as general chairperson of the annual poppy sales. Viola was also a charter member of the Career Girls Home Ec Club and a former member of the Red Hats Organization.Viola enjoyed bluegrass music and attended the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival in Wilmington, Ohio as well as Bill Monroe’s Outdoor Bluegrass Festival in Brown County. She bowled in various tournaments alongside good friend Mary Lorenz when she was a member of the FCNB bowling team. Viola loved to travel to various states and enjoyed cooking and baking for family functions. She is well known for her homemade pies, cakes, noodles and german potato salad. Her homemade cookies were enjoyed at Franklin County blood drives.Survivors include a sister, Sylvia Precht of Blooming Grove, Indiana, a brother, Marvin Huber of Brookville, Indiana. Also surviving are close friends Jerry and Vickie Banks of Florida; their children Brittany Banks and Destin Banks; and grandchildren Cole, Cayman and Campbell Stranahan.Family & friends may visit from 4:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home and will be officiated by Rev. David Johnston. Burial will follow in St. Jacobs United Church of Christ Cemetery, 29959 Blue Creek Road, Sunman, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jacobs United Church of Christ Cemetery Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Huber family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com.last_img read more

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Fitzgerald out for season

first_imgIreland wing Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with the knee injury sustained in Saturday’s 22-15 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Italy. Press Association Fitzgerald, a first-half substitute at the Stadio Olimpico, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee only 12 minutes after replacing Keith Earls. “Luke will now require surgery once the swelling settles down and will not return before the season ends,” read a statement released by his province Leinster. last_img

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Long focused on form in uncertainty

first_img The former Reading man did just that on Friday night, this time in the green of Ireland, when he came off the bench to cement a 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia with a 79th-minute strike. He could not have chosen a better moment to do so in new manager Martin O’Neill’s first game at the helm and with assistant Roy Keane looking on. O’Neill started with skipper Robbie Keane playing as a lone striker and if he persists with that system, Long knows he will have to do something special to get ahead of a man who claimed his 62nd senior international goal in the game. He said: “Robbie has got the record that he has – 62 goals, is it now? – and it’s obviously going to be tough to get in there. “But I’ll just have to bide my time, like I have done, come off the bench and try to make an impact and show what I can do. “But it’s a whole new set of players for the gaffer. He only knows two or three of us from playing underneath him, so first impressions are very important and hopefully I gave a good impression of myself.” The 26-year-old Ireland striker came close to joining promoted Hull on deadline day in August, but despite receiving assurances from manager Steve Clarke that he is wanted at the Hawthorns, talks over a new deal have stalled. Long, who scored his first goal of the season in the 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at Chelsea last Saturday, has been linked with a move away in January, but for the time being is thinking of nothing other than cementing his place in the team. He said: “I have always been wanted there. The gaffer said he wants me, I am a big part of his plans and I enjoy playing for him as well. “I am just concentrating on my football at West Brom and if a new contract doesn’t get sorted out, then I’ll have to look at pastures new. “But at the moment, I am letting that take care of itself.” Long has started only five league games for the Baggies so far this season with injury interrupting his progress. However, he is currently the man in possession and knows he needs to increase his goal tally if he is to remain there. He said: “I picked up an injury after the second or third game of the season and missed out for two or three games, and then the lads were flying, so it was hard to get back into the side. “But I got the nod against Crystal Palace and then again against Chelsea, and I feel like I am playing well and hopefully I can keep my place in there. “You can do so well on the pitch, but it’s goals which keep you on there, so I am trying to tighten up on that and hopefully I can keep scoring between now and the end of the season.” Press Association Shane Long is happy to concentrate on his football despite admitting he does not know where his future may lie. last_img read more

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