Vermont Yankee. 11.3.2011 Northstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is back on line after completing its twenty-ninth refueling and maintenance outage. Control room operators returned the plant to service on Tuesday, November 2 at 11:52 pm. Operators will gradually raise the plant’s output to full power over the next few days. Entergy Nuclear Site Vice President Mike Colomb said the successful outage was due to the excellent craftsmanship and safety focus of all the workers. More than 850 craft workers supplemented the Vermont Yankee staff for the 25 day, round-the-clock outage work.The work scope during the outage involved replacing approximately one third of the fuel assemblies in the reactor and maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.Refueling and maintenance outages are scheduled every 18 months and the influx of outage workers represents a major economic benefit to the area.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
In order to maintain high water quality in the county’s water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water from Monday, November 27 through Saturday, December 23.Stronger disinfectantPBCWUD will use a stronger disinfectant process to produce chlorine residual instead of a chloramine residual during the preventive maintenance process. Customers served by PBCWUD may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period. These temporary conditions will not cause any adverse health effects.Those who are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine can keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerators for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate.Seek professional adviceUsers of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish, and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method of removing chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water.Anyone needing more information on this change in the water treatment process may call the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department at (561) 740-4600, option #1.To find the most up-to-date information concerning the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department water distribution and wastewater collection systems, follow the department on Facebook and Twitter @PBCWUD.For more on Palm Beach County initiatives, click the link: PBC launches challenge to end homeless youth
For more information about the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health or call the Health Department’s Women’s Health Coordinator at 360-867-2516. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – A federal grant will help Thurston County improve the health of local girls. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Funding will be used to offer the Girls Circle program to middle-school age girls and continue efforts of the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health.In early 2011, the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health determined that reducing violence against women and girls was their top priority. “We came to consensus as a Coalition and decided investing earlier made sense, said Karmel Shields, YWCA Executive Director. “The Girls Circle program builds on strengths, those of local girls and our community”. The YWCA of Olympia is taking the lead in bringing the science-based Girls Circle prevention program to Thurston County.Research shows that Girls Circle reduces alcohol use, improves the ability of girls to form healthier bonds with others and promotes academic achievement. The University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy has signed on to evaluate ThurstonCounty Girls Circle to determine the program’s potential to influence beliefs and behaviors thatreduce risk for health consequences of violence and abuse.“Improving health outcomes among local girls requires us to be mindful that healthy relationships are key – those with caretakers, friends and significant others.” said Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston County Health Officer. “Unfortunately, experiencing aggression and coercion within adolescent dating relationships is not uncommon.”If Thurston County meets performance expected by the Office on Women’s Health, an additional 4 years of grant funding is possible. “We are looking forward to helping the Coalition tackle their priorities for women’s health” said Jim Cooper of TOGETHER!. TOGETHER! will lead local efforts to promote awareness of the Coalition’s prevention priorities and the science behind them.Current members of the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health are:Behavioral Health ResourcesCHOICE Regional Health NetworkCommunity Action CouncilCommunity Youth ServicesFamily Education and Support ServicesGroup Health CooperativePhysicians of Southwest WashingtonPlanned ParenthoodProvidence St. Peter HospitalSafePlaceSea Mar Community Health CentersSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Sound Breastfeeding NetworkStonewall YouthThurston County Chamber of CommerceThurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s OfficeTOGETHER!United Way of Thurston CountyYWCA of Olympia
For television information go to:http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/feature/?id=4385Kinrade, Team Canada one win away from Spengler Cup titleChip off a little rust and what did we find — plenty of offence from Team Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup.Matt Duchene scored twice and added an assist as Team Canada criused to a 5-1 semi-final victory over HC Fribourg on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.Since Canada lost its first game of the tournament to German team Adler Mannheim on Boxing Day the squad had outscored the opposition 10-1 in two games.Jason Spezza, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Canadians, who feature Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade on the blueline.The 27-year-old Kinrade has been tabbed by national media as one of the no-names on the roster that features the likes of NHLers like Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Bernier, Carlo Colaiacovo, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Gagner, Matt Duchene, Cam Barker and Ryan Smyth.Kinrade, who played for the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after a great minor hockey career, was invited to the roster by Hockey Canada due to a shortage of Canadian defencemen playing in Switzerland this winter, which benefits Kinrade, Maxim Noreau and Travis Roche.And the players have not let the coaching staff, or teammates, down, playing solid minutes.”It’s a dream come true,” Kinrade, who plays for SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga told Tim Wharnsby of Hockey Night in Canada.”In my career, I’ve bloomed late. When I was eligible for the Canadian under-20 team I wasn’t even close. But to be part of this team the last few days has been surreal.”Devan Dubnyk, in his second straight start, made 25 saves to register the win in goal for Canada.Team Canada, an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup, advances to the championship against the winner of Sunday’s late game between host HC Davos and Vitkovice Steel.TSN is scheduled to televise the Spengler Cup Final Monday (December 31) at 3 p.m. PST.See complete television schedule at:http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/197934/la_id/1.htm Team Canada made it look easy in the final of the Spengler Cup Monday, dumping the host club and defending champion HC Davos 7-2 to capture the title for the 12th time.Canada’s Patrice Bergeron, finishing the game with four points, scored 46 seconds into the game and Canada never looked back.It was Canada’s first Spengler Cup title since 2007.John Tavares and Team Canada captain Ryan Smyth each scored twice while Jason Spezza and Derrick Walser added singles for the winners.Raphael Diaz and Dario Bürgler replied for HC Davos.Canada outshot the hosts 39-30 making a winner out of netminder Devan Dubnyk — his third consecutive victory in the tournament.The Team Canada roster included Nelson native Geoff Kinrade who keyed a defence that allowed five goals in four games and outscored its opponents 17-3 during the final three games.Team Canada meets HC Davos in final of Spengler CupTeam Canada has a date with the defending champs in the final of the 2012 Spengler Cup.The host club edged HC Vitkovice Steel 5-4 in the second semi final Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.The game is a rematch of an early round robin contest between the two teams, a game won 5-0 by Team Canada.Patrick Kane scored in the final minute of regulation time to give HC Davos the thrilling victory.HC Davos is the defending champion.Canada is an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup Tournament.
If she exists at all, she would be deep inside the bamboo groves and dense scrub along the San Gabriel River bed, away from human eyes.A mother mountain lion and at least one cub are reportedly roaming the river bed from the Whittier Narrows Nature Center in South El Monte at least as far south as the gate of the Whittier Narrows Dam in Pico Rivera.The cat was first sighted several months ago by motorists, who apparently came across her late one night on a road near the Nature Center, said Mickey Long, natural areas administrator for Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.Equestrians also report mountain lion tracks and signs of the animal’s kills in the sandy banks and trails of the river bed.“We are undecided yet as to whether we have a mountain lion or not,” Long said. “Large dogs have not been ruled out.”County officials have posted signs in Whittier Narrows warning of possible danger.Long has worked Whittier Narrows since 1971 and has never encountered a mountain lion.“There’s never even been a rumor of a mountain lion track,” he said.Long said the rumored beast could be a bobcat, although there has never been a bobcat sighting in Whittier Narrows that he can remember.Bobcats are much smaller than mountain lions, but larger than domesticated cats. They have short tails, tufted ears and spotted coats. Their diet is mainly smaller animals, such as birds or rabbits.If a mountain lion is roaming the narrows, it would be a surprise to field biologists like Long.Mountain lions typically don’t like to come so close to urban environments, and the game to be had in the river is fairly limited. The place is teeming with rabbits, raccoons, birds and stray dogs, but a mountain lion’s preferred meal is deer. Long said deer are few and far between in the narrows.Equestrienne Pat Cravey is convinced a mountain lion and one cub or more have made the narrows its feeding ground and possibly its home.“We’ve just seen where she’s taken her animals, the bones, we’ve found entrails,” Cravey said.Cravey walks the river bed from the Pico Rivera Sports Arena to the dam twice daily. On her treks she has spotted signs she believes are those of a mountain lion – paw prints, kill sites and feces densely packed with the hair and bone of some unfortunate critters.Recently, Cravey went on a search for the mysterious big cat. On a narrow path of soft sand cutting through the scrub, she stopped to circle a possible paw print.The print fits some of the characteristics of a puma track, its fingertips are rounded and the center of the print resembles a pyramid with the top chopped off.But the area is home to packs of stray dogs – some pretty hefty and as capable of killing a rabbit as any mountain lion. The prints could come from a large dog, Long said.The narrows is packed with predators. As Cravey walked toward the dam, a Red-tail hawk flitted out of a bamboo grove, a coot in its clutches. Signs of life-and-death struggles between creatures of the narrows are visible all along the river bed – from scuff marks in the sands to bleached and forgotten bones.Along the sandy banks of the river, Cravey spotted what could be mountain lion excrement.“That’s probably hers,” she said, taking a closer look.“Nothing but fur and bones,” she said, breaking the dung apart in her fingers. “A high-protein diet. And that’s big. That would probably be her size.”Cravey walked for hours along the sunlight-dappled tracks and trails, the sounds of civilization far away. She’s out there, Cravey believes, and perhaps the cat was watching the whole time.Leaving the river, Cravey came across a fellow equestrienne, Susan MacClean of Hacienda Heights, riding a sleek, auburn appendix quarter horse named Miss Katie. MacClean has traveled the horse trails in Whittier Narrows since 1987, she said.Cravey asked her if she had seen any signs of a mountain lion. MacClean said she hadn’t really looked for any.“Coyotes, yes,” MacClean said. “There’s one out there right now that is the mangiest looking thing.”MacClean said she has noticed a decline in the number of stray dogs roaming the narrows, something she thinks could be caused by a mountain lion, or who knows what.One thing Cravey and Long share, though they have never met, is a desire to help the animal. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
We all know that blood clotting has kept us alive many times. We would never have survived childhood scrapes and cuts had it not been for a cascade of responses in blood that builds a network of fibers quickly upon which a scab of tissue stops the flow of blood and begins repairs. That first network of fibers must be flexible enough to withstand stretches and strains that are likely to be ongoing as the child runs to mom (or a wounded soldier gets airlifted by medics). How is the strain distributed to keep the network from tearing? Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wanted to know, and Science Daily told about their findings. In short, individual fibers of fibrin become stiff when they stretch. As they stiffen, the less-stretched fibers nearby have the flexibility to take up some of the strain. Dr. Michael R. Falvo explained: “So in effect, strain stiffening in the individual fibers acts to distribute strain equitably throughout the network and thereby strengthen it.” This simple yet elegant solution is pregnant with possibilities. The article said that “their findings may bring about a better understanding of this remarkable strengthening mechanism and may help to guide new design strategies for engineered materials.”Long-time readers will recall that the blood-clotting cascade was one of Dr. Michael Behe’s examples of irreducible complexity in his classic book Darwin’s Black Box. Here we see a second aspect of evidence for intelligent design in the same subject: research into the design of blood clotting leads to human design solutions. One can envision better fishing nets, a more robust electrical grid, or a better internet because of the concept of strain distribution discovered in fibrin networks already at work in your body. Can anyone find anything in this story for which Darwin can take credit? It’s intelligent design from every angle.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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“It changes everything,” she said. “It means everything to me.”Evans became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League on Tuesday night, going in the fourth round to Warriors Gaming, which is operated by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. A former college and semipro basketball player, Evans is now the esports league’s first female pro, one of the 126 players who will make between $33,000 to $37,000 per season, plus benefits and team housing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments The league also monitored communication between players more carefully at this year’s combine, removing several players for sexist remarks.That kind of harassment isn’t new to Evans, or women in esports in general. One of the biggest challenges for women is finding teammates for games that rely so heavily on teamwork. Female gamers can try to ignore an offensive, trash-talking opponent — and there are plenty of those in the 2K community.But just like in real life, you can’t defend a pick-and-roll if your teammates aren’t willing to communicate.Evans has done most of her competitive gaming with a coed team — right now, five of its 12 players are women — and that’s helped her thrive as a shot-creating small forward.Her experience when gaming outside that team — with both teammates and opponents — hasn’t always been as rosy.“I’ve had sexual remarks put towards me,” she said. “I get told I should be back in the kitchen. ‘2K is not for women,’ I’ve had that. There’s no question about that.”Evans also got loud pushback on social media when she announced last month — on her 30th birthday, no less — that she’d qualified for the draft.“That’s the only time that it’s been discouraging for me,” Evans said. “In that moment, because it was a great moment for me, and I felt like people ruined it.”Other gamers at Tuesday’s draft were eager to welcome Evans and Novin.“Male, female, dog, cat, frog, I don’t care,” said Alexander Bernstein, a returning player with 76ers Gaming. “If you’re the best in the world, I feel like you deserve to be able to play.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES MOST READ Chiquita Evans poses for photographs with Brendan Donohue after being selected as the 56th pick overall by the Warriors Gaming Squad at the NBA 2K League draft Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in New York. Evans is the first woman selected in the esports league. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the loudest applause of the night.Someone put a microphone in front of her and asked her how it felt. That’s when she finally choked up.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Evans was one of two women who qualified for the 2K League draft this year through the league’s online combine. The other, Brianna Novin, was not selected but could still sign as a free agent.The NBA runs the league in coordination with 2K game publisher Take-Two Interactive, and it did not have any women for its inaugural season. Prior to last year’s draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the lack of gender diversity “a disappointment for all of us so far.”The league set out to solve that problem by holding focus groups with top women gamers to spot potential barriers. One key problem: Data showed that male players weren’t passing the ball to their female teammates — something that wasn’t accounted for when the league analyzed players to build the 2018 draft pool.“It made us put more emphasis on how good a player was when they got the ball in their hands,” said 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue. “That’s the only part of it they can control.”ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed That doesn’t mean the women won’t face extra skepticism. Kimanni Ingram, another draft-eligible player, has played with Evans and respects the way she has navigated blowback from male gamers.But even his compliments Tuesday came with a qualifier.“She has the basketball IQ for a girl,” Ingram said. “Most people would be like, ‘I’m playing with a girl. She’s not going to know what to do.’ She knows what she’s doing. You can tell.”News of Evans’ selection traveled fast. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about her prior to a game against Boston.“I think that’s really cool that she’s passionate and inspired and broke a barrier,” Kerr said. “That’s awesome.”“Esports has become a huge thing now,” said Kevin Durant, Evans’ favorite player. “More people who enjoy the game might get an opportunity to be professionals and make some money for themselves and make some money. I think it’s cool.”Female gamers have had difficulty breaking into pro esports. Among the most popular circuits, League of Legends Championship Series and the Overwatch League have each had just one female player. Those women both received ample praise and criticism on social media.The NBA wants to help Evans and Novin manage that. The 2K League has a transition program based on the NBA’s rookie symposium, and it added sessions specifically for Evans and Novin to help them navigate their potential barrier-breaking roles, including help with social media.One item 2K hopes to change soon: The video game still does not include any female players. Unlike EA Sports’ NBA Live series — which includes WNBA rosters and the ability to create female players — NBA 2K is still male-only. Donohue says 2K is working to add women to future versions of the game.That’s not bumming out Evans right now. She’s already building out her to-do list for her new home in Oakland. James Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors No more sessions as a trainer at Planet Fitness. 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Perhaps no team has been harder hit by injuries than the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finally got some encouraging news with point guard Ricky Rubio’s and all-star big man Kevin Love’s return to practice.It’s still going to be a while before Rubio, who tore the ACL in his left knee last season, can join them in games. But just seeing him a little closer to a return is one of the first health positives this injury-plagued team has seen this season.Rubio has started to do some light 5-on-none work in practice for the Timberwolves, his first on-court work in the long, grueling rehabilitation process.Meanwhile, Love, who has yet to play this season because of a broken right hand, also joined in the instructional portions of practice on Sunday — a welcomed sight for a team that has played the last three games with just nine players.”Just having them five-on-(none) gives you a sense that when you get them back we’ll be pretty good,” coach Rick Adelman said after practice. ”We can’t wait for them. We have to go out there and play. But it gives us a sense.”Love is expected back at the start of December, while Rubio is hopeful to return to game action sometime in the middle of next month.Rubio was injured in a game against the Lakers on March 9. Losing him coincided with several other injuries to turn a promising season south in a hurry, and the bad luck has followed the Wolves into this season. Love broke his hand less than two weeks before opening night. Chase Budinger is out three to four months after having surgery on his left knee and Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle), J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) have all suffered injuries.Roy will undergo arthoscopic surgery on his knee, which is an ominous sign for a player who retired two years ago because of knee injuries.