Shumlin calls for Vermont Yankee Reliability Oversight Committee, citing tritium leaks

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, citing the on-going discovery of tritium leaks at the plant, instructed the Vermont Department of Public Service to appoint a Vermont Yankee Reliability Oversight Committee.‘I’ve asked the Department of Public Service to organize a Reliability Oversight Committee to provide, in these coming critical months, additional expertise on oversight of Vermont Yankee issues within the state’s jurisdiction,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘I am deeply concerned with Vermont Yankee’s lack of transparency about serious problems that continue to be discovered around the plant.’Shumlin continued, ‘I learned two weeks ago about another well with a tritium hit, and this one is not near the plume we already knew about, but 150 feet away. Then, last Friday, I was told that yet another well had a tritium hit. Vermont Yankee had the samples pulled that showed the new tritium hits, but didn’t test those samples for a few weeks because a piece of equipment was broken.’Shumlin noted that no investigation occurred during those weeks, while tritium levels rose. Plant officials participated in hearings at the Public Service Board about the leaks the Shumlin administration learned about in January of last year, while the samples showing new tritium hits were sitting untested, unknown to anyone at the state, the Governor said.In addition, the Governor has asked Yankee officials to disclose an investigation plan to ensure they are taking adequate steps to deal with the escalating situation.In a related announcement, the Governor has appointed Montpelier attorney Richard Saudek and Vermont Law School professor Peter Bradford to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission.Saudek, who is a partner in the law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek, P.C., has advised legislative committees on issues involving Vermont Yankee and its owner, Entergy Corp. Saudek has also served as Chair of the Vermont Department of Public Service, and as Vermont’s first Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service.Bradford is an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where he teaches ‘Nuclear Power and Public Policy.’ He also teaches utility regulation, restructuring, nuclear power and energy policy. Bradford served on the Public Oversight Panel for the Comprehensive Vertical Assessment of Vermont Yankee, and has served as an expert witness on investment in new nuclear power.last_img read more

Nassau, Suffolk Cops Hosting Police Week Open Houses

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau and Suffolk county police are hosting open houses at their respective headquarters in Mineola and Yaphank for the annual National Police Week events.Nassau police kick off their open house at 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Suffolk police opened their doors Monday and will continue hosting demonstrations starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, which draws the biggest crowds.“The point of this is to educate children as to what the police department does and what they can do for you,” said Det. Lt. Robert Donahue, who leads Suffolk police Crime Stoppers. “It’s a day of fun.”He said the 45-minute demonstration includes Highway Patrol, Emergency Services Unit (ESU), K-9, Aviation and Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC). Crime Scene and ESU investigators will also have educational displays set up.Nassau police exhibits and demonstrations include the Arson/Bomb Squad, Bureau of Special Operations, Mounted Unit, Highway Patrol K-9, Crime Scene, Aviation and Marine Bureau officers and detectives.Police Week is usually accompanied by memorial services for fallen officers. Suffolk police are hosting their memorial service on Friday. Nassau are hosting theirs on Wednesday, May 22.last_img read more

NCUA to bring regulator view to House hearing on burden

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A U.S. House subcommittee hearing on regulatory burden from a regulator’s perspective highlights activities in Congress this week.On Thursday, the House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit will conduct a hearing with a number of witnesses from federal regulatory agencies, including the National Credit Union Administration.Larry Fazio, director of the NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance, has been confirmed as a witness. The subcommittee has not released the full witness list for the hearing, set for 9:15 a.m. (ET) Thursday.CUNA will also be monitoring the following hearings this week:Today and Thursday, 10 a.m. (ET): Senate Banking Committee, “Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Building on the Success of MAP-21 to Deliver Safe, Efficient and Effective Public Transportation Services and Projects.” Transportation officials and other stakeholders will speak; continue reading »last_img read more

4 ways credit unions are awesome on International Credit Union Day

first_imgToday is International Credit Union Day. Let’s take a moment to remember just how awesome it is to be the socially responsible, cooperatively structured, network connected, not-for-profit, member-centric alternative in financial services.Celebrate your cooperative cool. Maybe you didn’t realize that being a cooperative made your credit union cool. Maybe that’s because you didn’t see the data from the National Cooperative Business Association: More than 77 percent of consumers agree that cooperatives:Have the best interest of consumers in mind.Run their businesses in a trustworthy manner.Are committed to their communities.Deliver the highest quality of service.Offer fair, competitive prices. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sequential test control is critical for retailers

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Planning: the region is beginning to recognise the importance of new technology

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Ray White Surfers Paradise’s mega auction The Event kicks off today

first_imgMORE NEWS: Location a standout More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Not surprisingly locals are leading the charge, eyeing off properties that they believe have strong future growth potential.“However, interstate buyers have also been very active, particularly from Sydney and Melbourne where the markets have passed their peaks. “The Gold Coast is definitely looking pretty good from their perspective.”He said they have had much more enquiries about the properties going under the hammer than they anticipated. However, he said they were going to be “extremely realistic” about their expectations on the day. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, 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 to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 Up to 3000 people are expected to come and go throughout the day. Pic Mike Batterham“We know that the market goes in cycles, at the moment it’s correcting after three really strong years of good growth,” he said.He said it was ideal for buyers as prices were becoming more realistic.While he remained tight-lipped on the properties he thought might attract the most interest, Mr Bell said there seemed to be more people willing to sacrifice their dream home in favour of one in a better location.He said the Gold Coast had been recognised for its economy’s strength and diversity in recent years, including its low unemployment rate, which was making it an appealing place to live.“Based on these fundamentals alone there is compelling value in the Gold Coast property market at the moment,” he said.“We’re experiencing this daily through the level of inquiries our offices are receiving, including some instances where interstate buyers have flown in just for the day to undertake inspections.”The Event is being held in conjunction with the Home & Living Expo.center_img Ray White’s The Event kicks off today. Pic Mike BatterhamThousands of house hunters will pass up a public holiday at the beach in the hope of snapping up property at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s annual mega-auction event today.The Event lives up to its name with more than 100 properties set to go under the hammer at Benowa’s Royal Pines Resort from 10am.Prospective buyers from across the country will vie for a range of properties, from million-dollar waterfront mansions and rural retreats to family homes and entry-level apartments.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said it was unlike any other auction event. Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s chief executive Andrew Bell.“It’s the biggest auction event in the country every year,” he said.“We’re proud to have that one the Gold Coast.“(There are) 2000 to 3000 people that come throughout the day.”He expected this year’s event to attract plenty of interstate buyers following a rush of interest in the city over the past few months.“We’ve seen a significant resurgence in interest in the Gold Coast property market in the past few months,” he said.MORE NEWS: Why auctions are a good idealast_img read more

Higher oil prices boost ConocoPhillips profit

first_imgU.S. oil major ConocoPhillips recorded an increase in earnings in the first quarter of 2018 on the back of higher oil and gas prices and lower expenses. ConocoPhillips on Thursday reported first-quarter 2018 earnings of $0.9 billion compared with first-quarter 2017 earnings of $0.6 billion.Earnings were higher compared with the first quarter of 2017 due to higher realized prices, reduced depreciation expense and lower exploration expense, partially offset by a first-quarter 2017 financial tax accounting benefit related to the Canada disposition.Excluding special items, the company’s first quarter 2018 adjusted earnings were $1.1 billion compared with a first-quarter 2017 adjusted loss of $0.2 billion.Special items for the current quarter were primarily driven by premiums on early debt retirement and unrealized losses on Cenovus Energy equity, partially offset by favorable outcomes from pending claims and settlements.Production excluding Libya for the first quarter of 2018 was 1,224 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOED), a decrease of 360 MBOED compared with the same period a year ago.The company’s total realized price was $50.49 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE), compared with $36.18 per BOE in the first quarter of 2017, reflecting higher average realized prices on a more liquids-weighted portfolio.Conoco’s second quarter 2018 production is expected to be 1,170 to 1,210 MBOED, which reflects seasonal turnarounds. The company increased full-year 2018 production guidance to 1,200 to 1,240 MBOED to reflect first-quarter out-performance and a change in disposition assumptions.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Doctors’ education and license, concern for Medical Professionals

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Doctors’ education and license, concern for Medical Professionals by: – June 6, 2011 Share 178 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GIS NewsMedical professionals here have underscored the education of doctors, and their code of ethics must be addressed.They met at Fort Young Hotel Monday at a consultation on the medical professional bill, agreeing that the practice of medicine in Dominica must be adjusted to address existing problems.“We now seem to have to legislate the code of ethics for registered medical professionals,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr David Johnson, as he listed “critical issues” that have to be dealt with.Among them are post-registration, education and training of doctors, qualification to practice, “duration of registration, and license to practice, specialist registration, complaints of the public, misleading signage, advertisements or persons holding out themselves to be what they are definitely not, false assumption of title of specialist,” Johnson disclosed.The medical legislation, under review, was developed in the 1930s.Ophthalmologist Dr. Hazel Shillingford Ricketts has spoken out against a deficiency in the number of medical consultants here.“The deficiency at the consultant level is filled by foreign medical doctors on technical assistance. These doctors do not participate in administration and management level activities… and they do not participate in the various positions required of the medical practitioners on the medical boards…this has resulted in the few Dominican consultants being overworked.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more