Delegation to NRC: Don’t Delay Vermont Yankee Cleanup

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont congressional delegation today urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure a swift cleanup at Vermont Yankee after the license to run the nuclear power plant runs out.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Represetnative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) signed a letter that was drafted by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders sits on the Senate panel that oversees the NRC, which regulates commercial nuclear plants in the United States.The lawmakers called it ‘unacceptable’ that Entergy, which owns the Vermont plant, could engage in ‘decades of delay’ before cleaning up the site along the Connecticut River at Vernon, Vt. ‘Immediate decommissioning will assure Vermonters that the plant is being disassembled safely,’ the delegation wrote. An immediate cleanup and shutdown of the site also would allow the plant operator to take advantage of the skills of many long-term Yankee employees who otherwise would lose their jobs.In their letter to Gregory B. Jaczko, the commission chairman, the delegation also asked for a meeting with the full commission. Gov. Peter Shumlin would be invited to participate, they added, because of the ‘enormous consequences’ for Vermont and the state’s ‘vital interest’ in the plant’s safe shutdown.Entergy has indicated it favors a so-called ‘SAFSTOR’ decommissioning method, a process that the delegation letter said ‘would let Entergy off the hook’ for cleanup and waste disposal for years or even decades. ‘While Entergy may prefer leaving the plant to sit like an abandoned factory because it has not saved the necessary funds to fully decommission the plant, this is not the safest option for Vermonters,’ Leahy, Sanders and Welch wrote.The drawn-out decommissioning process was used at an idled reactor near Chicago where a frozen pipe burst and 55,000 gallons of radioactive water leaked into a containment building. The discovery of the problem by a night watchman may have kept more pipes from bursting resulting in more serious radiation release.The delayed decommissioning process is more common at plants like the one in Illinois with more than one reactor and trained personnel still on site running the remaining reactors. It is rarely used for single reactor plants such as Vermont Yankee. Similar plants ‘ including Maine Yankee and the Connecticut Yankee plants ‘ were decommissioned immediately after operations ceased, as is common procedure for single atomic reactors of Vermont Yankee’s capacity.Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. 2.28.2011last_img read more

Saint Michael’s receives $214,500 grant from Davis Educational Foundation

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,In this era of debate over the value of higher education, Saint Michael’s College continues to focus on excellence in teaching and learning and on assessing how well student learning outcomes are achieved. Saint Michael’s vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Karen Talentino, is leading the assessment efforts at the college. These include a grant to support training faculty to effectively assess student learning. Saint Michael’s College President John J. Neuhauser was informed last week that the Davis Educational Foundation would award the college $214,500 over three years to support a project titled Promoting Faculty Leadership and Governance in Learning Outcomes Assessment. ‘This is the right time,’ Dr. Talentino said, ‘to improve faculty understanding and to develop faculty leadership in assessment.’ She explained that, ‘The faculty have worked several years revising our curriculum, and have developed a new Liberal Studies Curriculum for students entering the college this fall. We need to implement an assessment program to help determine the level of success of the new curriculum,’ she said. ‘The Davis grant will enable the college to develop faculty leaders in assessment, and to use their expertise in the design and implementation of the assessment program,’ Dr. Talentino said. In the letter to Dr. Neuhauser, the Chair of the Davis Foundation said, ‘Trustees described the proposal as a clear plan built on a clear model represented by an enthusiastic and committed faculty and administrative team.’ The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. Goal is to better assess what students learnThe grant allows for training and supporting faculty leaders (Faculty Fellows) who will guide their peers in the development of assessment strategies for each area of the new SMC general education program, the Liberal Studies Curriculum. That program includes graduation requirements in writing, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, experiential learning and more. Faculty Fellows will coordinate discussions with an Assessment Group, made up of faculty who teach courses for a specific LSC requirement. The Assessment Group will focus on best practices in pedagogy and student engagement, and will recommend an assessment plan for the requirement. The application for the grant, which will be carried out under the leadership of Dr. Talentino, and Dr. Jeffry Trumbower, Dean of the College, states that: The implementation of this program is an integral step in achieving several of the goals in the SMC Strategic Plan 2015 which include: improving student learning and program quality, increasing academic challenge across the curriculum, expanding support for faculty development and integrating student learning throughout the student experience.  Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external)  . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 373 Colleges, and included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.  Saint Michael’s College. July 8, 2011last_img read more

Life as a US Soccer Fan during the Cup

first_imgLast week my brother went to work with an Uncle Sam hat to express his excitement for the World Cup. He also bought a portable TV so he could watch the game with Algeria while driving. His loyalty knows no end. His enthusiasm is limitless, and contagious. And I get the impression that my brother is not alone.Brett ready to sell carsWith our economy in the pooper, men and women still in need of work, an oil spill ravaging our coasts, I understand the draw to the World Cup. Something pure, and good and based on skill, mixed with good old fashion National pride and competition.At the end of the US win this week against Algeria, friends were posting congratulations on Facebook, Twitter. Apparently, everyone had watched.My brother sent me a simple text message. It read simply, “Next dog I get I will name Donovan.” A suitable salute to the US Men’s team I think. Perhaps by the end of the Cup, my brother, the die-hard soccer fan will also have named his future children as well. The Gainesville Rattlers, 7 and under rec. soccer team lost every game they played in the summer of 1986. I recall one game where the entire team was on one end of the field, and my brother and I were oddly standing near the goalie, alone.Why? I think we honestly didn’t know what else to do but stand and wait. Soccer was new to our lives and we had yet to fully grasp the rules and certainly did not understand positions.When the coach yelled run, we did. When he said nothing, we did nothing. And so went our glorious season under the shadow of white metal goals and bright orange nets.Although this was not the last time my brother played soccer, it was the last time he was on a soccer team by choice. My twin brother’s heart has always belonged to baseball, well, that was until a few years ago.In or around 2006, my brother started paying attention to English football, or what we across the pond call soccer. The introduction was an easy one. He loves all things British, music, food, history and naturally began to express his Anglophilia by watching British football. He picked a club as all good football fans do, followed their scores, and picked a favorite player.As you may know, many of these guys playing in the Premier League are Americans. As Brett cheered and yelled at refs, pint in hand, he started to cheer for one American in particular, Clint Dempsey. He admires Dempsey’s grit, his enthusiasm for the game, but also, his humanity. And so began my brother’s love of US Men’s soccer.  It started in England, with one ex-pat, and naturally lead back across the Atlantic.In 2009 – 2010, my brother followed the US Men’s team across the United States to watch exhibition games. He dragged his girlfriend, recruited friends and family to join in, and scheduled time with family such that he would not miss a televised game.Brett, Andy, Belinda and Nicholas in PAHe even named his first dog after his favorite player. Meet Dempsey, the Beagle puppy.last_img read more

CUNA pushes for CDFI funding, CFPB exemption language

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As Congress works this week to fund the government past April 28, CUNA will be engaged in the process as it seeks to see 2 particular issues addressed: funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) exemption authority. Funding for the government is set to expire Friday at midnight.Credit unions are among the financial institutions that can be certified as CDFIs for the work they do serving under- and un-banked communities.Certified CDFIs can apply for grants and other awards through the Treasury’s CDFI Fund. The fund was zeroed out for the remainder of this fiscal year (and for the next fiscal year) in President Donald Trump’s budget.CUNA has written to congressional appropriators and issued an action alert to push for CDFI funding, while multiple credit unions have used CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP) to activate members and employees to push for funding as well. continue reading »last_img read more

‘Keep members’ best interests at heart’

first_img continue reading » As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, credit unions are assisting members financially strapped due to a loss of income.Solutions range from emergency loans to deferred loan payments, and waived fees.“We’re here to serve our members in the best ways we can, and the actions we’re taking now are some of the best ways we have to help or serve our members,” says Steve Brown, CEO at Alcoa Community Federal Credit Union. “This was an easy decision for us.”The $45 million asset credit union in Benton, Ark., allows members to defer up to two mortgage payments or three payments on consumers loans at no cost. It’s also implementing an emergency loan program of up to $2,500 with a 12-month term of 2.99% APR. It will waive fees for members who make payments remotely using a card. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Credit card balances hit a new low: What that means for the holiday shopping season

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » To make the upcoming holiday season merry and bright, will consumers start using their credit cards again? It may be too early to tell.As reported in our just-released Q3 2020 Industry Insights Report, since the pandemic started average consumer-level credit card balances have declined across all credit risk tiers from $5,668 in Q3 2019 to $5,075 as of Q3 2020. Total bankcard balances also fell to $723 billion, a decline of more than 10% year over year and the lowest level since Q2 2017.That bucks a three-year trend. Between the third quarters of 2017–2019, consumers consistently increased the balances of their private label and general purpose credit cards, and those increases continued during the fourth quarter holiday shopping season.Declining credit card balances in recent quarters may point to more of the same this holiday season.center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New Capacity Lifts Vattenfall’s Wind Numbers

first_imgSwedish energy company Vattenfall has reported an 18.4 percent increase in wind power generation in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier, mainly due to the addition of new capacity.During the last twelve months, Vattenfall has commissioned the 97MW Aberdeen Bay (EOWDC) offshore wind farm in Scotland, the 29MW Slufterdam onshore wind farm, and 373MW out of a total of 407MW on the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm in Denmark.The new capacity helped Vattenfall generate 4.5TWh of electricity at its wind farms in the first half of 2019, compared to 3.8TWh generated in the same period in 2018.The increase in generation was partially offset by negative price effects, particularly in the UK.”Altogether, underlying operating profit for Vattenfall’s wind power operations increased by SEK 200 million during the first half of 2019, to SEK 1.9 billion, owing to the contribution from the new capacity,” Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall, said.last_img read more

Restrictions on Movement and Gatherings in Effect Until April 20

first_img Share AnnouncementsBusinessCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Restrictions on Movement and Gatherings in Effect Until April 20 by: – April 2, 2020 Share Share Nighttime and weekend lockdowns, a limit to the number and placement of bus passengers, and the suspension of liquor licenses are among restrictions outlined in the amended Statutory Rules and Order No. 15 of 2020 which came into effect yesterday April first as measures to contain and manage the number coronavirus cases on island.SRO No 15, signed by His Excellency, the President Of Dominica, Charles Savarin, is also called the Emergency Powers (Curfew) Order, 2020.The order states that for 20 days – until April 20th, no one should be out in public places between the nighttime hours of 6pm and 6am on weekdays.In the daylight hours between 6am and 6pm persons are allowed out only to provide or access essential services.On the weekends, no one is allowed to be in public places from 6pm on Fridays until 6am on Mondays except for essential services.Restrictions are outlined specifically for Easter weekend. From 6pm on Thursday, April 9th until 6am Tuesday, April 14th, no one should be out in public places.Persons can be exempted from those guidelines if they possess written authorisation from the Police Commissioner.The full list of guidelines can be found here: SRO No. 15 Emergency Powers (Curfew) Order, 2020.pdfcenter_img Tweet 402 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Win In Soccer Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Lady Pirates soccer team hosted EIAC rival Batesville and fell 5-1.The Lady Bulldogs found the back of the net with 13 minutes left in the first half scoring off a direct kick. The halftime score was 1-0 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs who outshot the Lady Pirates 15-1 for the half. Batesville scored the clinching goal with 29 minutes to play. The Lady Pirates found the back of the net with 17 minutes to play off an Emma Overmyer corner kick that bounced off a Batesville defender. That goal was Overmyer’s first varsity score. The Lady Bulldogs regrouped and connected quickly scoring at the 12, 11 and 5 minute marks for the 5-1 final.The defensive line and midfield for the Lady Pirates did an outstanding job pressuring the Lady Bulldogs all night as the visitors controlled the tempo and possession for the majority of the match. McKella Lynette had a solid night in goal making 23 saves on 28 shots on goal. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 34 shots total to Greensburg’s 4 shots on goal.The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in EIAC play.The JV Lady Pirates also fell to the Lady Bulldogs 4-0.Emily Lowe made 14 saves and the Lady Pirates were not able to record a shot.The Lady Pirates will be back in action at noon on Saturday versus Oldenburg Academy. This game will follow the boys match at 10 AM.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Allardyce reveals Bony interest

first_img “He seems to be able to roll a lot of defenders and hit the ball in the same movement. He is a threat in the air and it will be very interesting for our lads to compete against someone in such good goalscoring form and hopefully on the day we can keep him quiet.” Bony may have been one striker to pass Allardyce by but the Hammers have their own prolific forward back for this weekend. Summer signing Diafra Sakho, who has scored six goals in eight league appearances so far, has recovered from a back injury and should be involved. Fellow new recruit Enner Valencia could also start his first game after working his way back to fitness and, along with Carroll and his other forwards, Allardyce is pleased with the wealth of talent he has in attacking areas. “We’re looking forward to having Diafra back, I’m not sure he’s ready to start a match yet,” he added. “Having Enner back, Andy getting more and more match fitness; Carlton Cole and Mauro Zarate, our attacking options are the best we have ever had. “There are a number of combinations we can now play to break down the opposition. It was nice to score two goals to come from behind at West Brom and it has put us all in a very confident mood having won two games in a short period of time. “Game three coming up on Sunday is now a big test for the lads, can we make it a third one in the space of eight days? For us it is trying to maintain our results record and try and get more points on the board. If we can get three, what a great week that would be.” Allardyce said: ” We signed Andy Carroll and it was one or the other. “It couldn’t be both and we ended up getting a deal done with Andy so our interest (in Bony) ended because we couldn’t do both. We didn’t have enough money in the budget that year. “We spent big money on Andy and the rest had to be proportioned out for the considerable amount of other players we needed at the time.” While Bony has been drawing plaudits for his performances in Garry Monk’s side, Carroll is still working his way back to full fitness after suffering the second long-term injury since his loan switch from Anfield was made permanent. The duo are likely to lead the line for their respective sides when Swansea and West Ham meet at Upton Park on Sunday and Allardyce admits preventing Bony adding to his 18 league goals in 2014 will be tough. “I think it is very difficult to stop him,” he added. “In the main it’ll be about not only the defenders but the team as a whole stopping the supply. If you work hard on shutting down their midfield and wide areas and limit the supply then that is the best way forward but that won’t happen all the time. “When I say we have to get tight on him, we have to be aware of him without getting too tight because he is very strong and very skilful and to knock him off the ball is not an easy task. Press Association Allardyce revealed he had been scouting Bony when the Ivory Coast international was in prolific form at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 but a move never materialised as he was able to strike a deal with Liverpool to sign Carroll on a permanent basis instead. Bony completed a move to the Swans and has been in scintillating form, scoring more Premier League goals in the calender year than any other player. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce passed up the opportunity to sign Swansea forward Wilfried Bony – with Andy Carroll brought in instead. last_img read more