Entergy statement regarding recent events in Japan

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation released the following statement regarding the earthquake and its aftermath in Japan. Entergy, based in New Orleans, owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. A nuclear power plant in northern Japan has suffered serious damage to three of its reactors. The Vermont Yankee plant has one 605 megawatt reactor. It supplies about one-third of the state’s electricity. Its license expires in 2012. Entergy is in the process of relicensing the plant for 20 more years. Statement:New Orleans, La. ‘ Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) and its employees express their deepest sympathies to the people of Japan during this difficult time. Entergy’s nuclear employees are closely monitoring the situation in coordination with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and industry peers. Working through NEI, we have offered our support and assistance to the Japanese nuclear industry. Entergy’s nuclear plants were designed and built to withstand the effects of natural disasters, including earthquakes and catastrophic flooding. The NRC requires that safety-significant structures, systems and components be designed to take into account the most severe natural phenomena historically reported for each site and surrounding area. In determining the appropriate standards, the NRC includes an added safety margin to ensure that the standards take into account the risk that a future event, such as an earthquake or flooding, could be more severe than any recorded historical event. Systems are designed with multiple contingent backup systems to provide greater safety margins.     In addition to stringent design and construction standards, Entergy and other nuclear operators conduct ongoing programs to ensure plant safety. These programs, which are closely monitored and evaluated by the NRC, include: â ¢        Ongoing risk analysis and design enhancements to address natural and man-made risks.â ¢        Extensive operator training in preparation for extreme conditions, along with drills and evaluations by the NRC.â ¢        The development and implementation of emergency response plans aimed at protecting public health and safety (such as those put in place following Hurricane Katrina); these plans are regularly exercised in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies.      There will be lessons learned from this tragic event. Incorporating those lessons into operating experience is a hallmark of the global nuclear industry. It is worth noting that the natural environment surrounding the nuclear plants in Japan is very different from the environment surrounding Entergy’s nuclear plants. According to information provided to us by NEI, and generally common knowledge in the scientific community, Japan is more susceptible to frequent and intense earthquakes than other developed countries. While it is still early, it appears that the nuclear units’ safety systems functioned properly after the initial effects of the earthquake in Japan. Reports suggest it was the overwhelming tsunami that severely damaged the plant’s cooling capabilities and recovery efforts.      Risk management is an ongoing practice at Entergy, including mitigating environmental, security, safety and mechanical risks, to name a few. The company understands and appreciates that these forces, natural and man-made, require constant vigilance and preparation for the unexpected. Accordingly, the company will continue to monitor closely the situation in Japan, and lessons will be learned and translated to even greater safety and effectiveness to meet the challenges of the most adverse and unexpected events, creating stronger public confidence in U.S. nuclear programs.More information on the nuclear industry and events in Japan can be found at www.nei.org(link is external).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 it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy 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.Additional investor information can be accessed online at www.entergy.com(link is external).      March 14, 2011last_img read more

Views and breezes helped sell this suburban retreat

first_img53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201953-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.He said beautiful sweeping views, nice sunsets off the balcony and cooling breezes were part of the property’s appeal.Mr Hodgson said the seller built the home to live in approximately 13 years ago, but opportunities elsewhere saw them move, so they kept it as a rental. The property sold on July 17. 53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.The two-level residence had five-bedrooms and three bathrooms with plenty of other living spaces for its buyers to enjoy. Mr Hodgson said while the internals were inviting, it was the outdoor spaces that were most relaxing.“If I was living there I’d be sitting there on that back deck having a drink on a Friday,” he said. 53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.There was something a bit different about this Springfield Lakes home, which sold for $645,000.McGrath–Springfield principal, Steve Hodgson, said the thoughtfully designed home at 53-55 Highlands Tce offered an alternative to other listings in the suburb.“It’s not just a brick-and-tile house,” Mr Hodgson said. 53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.Mr Hodgson said the new owners had relocated from chilly Melbourne and were set to enjoy all that warm-weathered Queensland has to offer.last_img read more

Third gold for Briana Williams as Jamaica sweeps sprint relays

first_imgBRIANA Williams claimed her third gold medal on Sunday’s third and final day of the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands on Sunday when she led off her country to an emphatic win in the 4x100m relays.Jamaica swept the sprint relays when the U20 Boys team held off a stern challenge from the Bahamas in a thrilling finish.Williams, who had already claimed u20 sprint double title, blew away the field at the start to hand over well clear. The change was not smooth but Reid unleashed her long legs along the backstretch to re-establish the huge lead before handing off to Ackera Nugent who handed off to Kemba Nelson who stormed across the line to stop the clock in 44.25s, a championship record.Trinidad and Tobago were well back in 45.11 seconds while Barbados were third in 45.52.The u20 Boys was more keenly contested as the Bahamian team of Ure Mills, Rico Moultrie, Adrian Curry and Joel Johnson pushed Jamaica’s team of Oblique Seville,  Vashau Vascianna, Xavier Nairne, and Ryim Robertson to the line but ran out of real estate.The winning time was 39.46s with the Bahamas right there in 39.48 for second place.Barbados picked up the bronze medal with 40.18sJamaica’s u17 girls took their race in 45.63 over Trinidad and Tobago 45.73 and Bermuda 47.47.In the boys’ equivalent, Jamaica were easy winners, running away with the race to win in 41.59 over the Bahamas 42.18 and Trinidad and Tobago 42.45s.last_img read more

The hack is whack — NBA needs to fix fouling abomination

first_imgI think what he was really saying was:We need to bar this stuff but the owners will be the ones to decide.If Silver is off to a happy start, no small accomplishment these days, he doesn’t rule with an iron hand as David Stern did in a happier, if less prosperous, age.If Stern made an egregious error or two — like rejecting the Lakers’ Chris Paul trade in a classic conflict of interest as commissioner and de facto New Orleans owner — he ruled absolutely with a league-wide interest.Despite assertions to the contrary, Stern was even-handed enough to draw down on his marquee teams.Ask the Lakers, who lost Paul. Ask the Knicks, who lost a 1997 series with Miami that they led, 3-1, after Stern suspended five of them, who had to serve their penalties in shifts in Games 5 and 6 in order for New York to have enough players.By the end of Stern’s 30-year reign in 2014, there were enough insurgent new owners to make Dallas’ Mark Cuban mainstream. That’s why the NBA took such a hard line in the 2011 labor negotiations, which slashed the players’ share of revenue from 57-43 to 50-50.It’s also why the union and its new director, Michelle Roberts, are girding for another knockdown, drag-out fight in 2017, with both sides expected to opt out of the current agreement.Barring hacking would be easy: Just adopt the same rules on fouling off the ball for the first 46 minutes that they use in the last two.If not, there’s no telling how far someone like Popovich will take it.As a basketball term, hacking came in with Shaquille O’Neal, whose name and giant teddy-bear perona lent themselves to constructions like “Hack-a-Shaq.”Happily for the Lakers, it was more of a chic term than a weapon.Nobody did it to O’Neal much, not even Pop. If he had, the Lakers might have one or two fewer titles.Popovich said he did’t think it was right. To his credit, he never changed his tune, even as his team got old and he was obliged to grasp for any gimmick to keep it afloat.With his team back on top, Pop kept hacking away, as needed. It had become a principle with him; anything less seemed like not doing all he could to win, however unseemly.“I’m torn in the sense free throws are part of the game,” Popovich said in March. “Just like if another team doesn’t play good defense, you try to take advantage of it. If they have people who don’t shoot free throws, you try to take advantage of it. The goal is it to win.“Does it look bad? Does it look ugly? It looks awful. There you have it.”Whatever it is, the tactic has turned this series.The Spurs tied the series by pulling out Game 2 in overtime after putting Jordan on the line 17 times, to make six.In game 5, with the series tied and nothing going right — the Spurs starters were a minus-30 in Tuesday’s first half — San Antonio brought the Clippers to another screeching halt, putting DJ on the line 16 more times.Jordan made seven but it hardy mattered. The more he hit, the more likely Pop figured he would miss the next one.When DJ made three of four in one stretch, Pop had Patty Mills foul him again. This time, Jordan missed both.Riveting as this may be, it’s not basketball the way I conceive of the game.I’d like to think this is hacking’s swan song.On the other hand, I’d like to see it go out in style with Pop hacking, say, Cleveland forward Tristan Thomas (64% at the line this season) down the stretch of Game 7 of the Finals, prompting cries of agony they can’t keep out of the league offices if they soundproof the place. By (jump) hook or by crook …To be sure, the Spurs have done nothing illegal or immoral to take a 3-2 lead over the Clippers.On the other hand, this series may be the farce that finally prompts the NBA to pull its thumb out of wherever it has been and bar the abomination that “hacking” has become.There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue. Before Game 5, a Clippers staffer I talked to argued in favor, asserting the principle of not legislating to protect players’ weaknesses. On the other hand, the fans hate it — appropriately, in my mind.That means the TV people — the ones who’ll soon be putting up $2.7 billion a year — hate it, too.And that, one can hope, should take care of that. Next case.When Commissioner Adam Silver tweeted that Game 2 was “bad television,” adding that he, himself, was “on the fence,” the significance lay in the fact that he had chosen to acknowledge the issue at all.Going farther, Silver promised “full-throated” discussions.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more