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Bill Doyle’s Town Meeting Poll: No to cell phones, yes to bottle bill, Vermont Yankee? maybe

first_imgSenator Bill Doyle today released the results of his 42nd annual town meeting survey. There were 15,000 returns from 142 Vermont towns and cities, one of the largest returns ever. Responders overwhelmingly support a law that would ban cell phone calling while driving, tougher DUI laws and expanding the bottle bill, while slightly more responders to the survey favored keeping the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant open for another 20 years.Some of the results were as follows: Closest tally VT yankee 45% yes, 41% no, 14% unsureStrongest support were:Ban Cell phones 75%Tougher DUI law 75%Expand bottle deposit 79%Pay more for locally grown foods 63%Require use of motorcycle helmets 90%Below are the full results.Senator Bill DoyleTown Meeting Day Survey – March 201115,000 returns from 142 Vermont Towns and Cities in PercentageQuestionYesNoNot Sure1) Should Vermont Yankee’s license be renewed in 2012?4541142) Should drivers be prohibited from using cell phones while driving?751963) Should Vermont legalize physician-assisted suicide?5037134) Should Vermont have a four-year term for governor?6128115) Should there be a mandatory minimum sentence for repeat DUI offenders791296) Should Vermonters be required to buy health insurance?3150197) Do you have confidence in Governor Shumlin?4330278) Should Vermont continue to require the use of motorcycle helmets?90829) Should law enforcement personnel be permitted to use tasers?56242010) Should Vermont legislature encourage bicycling and walking?71181111) Should Vermont’s bottle deposit law be expanded to include all bottled beverages?7914712) Are you willing to pay more for locally-grown food?63261113) In order to encourage wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, are you willing to pay higher prices?453916last_img read more

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Ameren backs 2050 net zero carbon goal, but plans long coal phaseout

first_imgAmeren backs 2050 net zero carbon goal, but plans long coal phaseout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Ameren has joined the ranks of U.S. utilities pledging to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with a long-range plan that invests nearly $8 billion in renewable energy and accelerates some coal plant closures — although it will retain much of its coal fleet through 2040.Like other net-zero carbon goals, Ameren’s will rely on “further advancements in innovative, carbon-free technologies and constructive federal and state energy and economic policies” to reach its final goal, CEO Warner Baxter said in a Monday statement.In its 15-year integrated resource plan (IRP) released Monday for review by Missouri regulators, the utility serving about 2.4 million customers in Missouri and Illinois plans to invest nearly $8 billion to add 3.1 gigawatts of renewables to its generation mix by 2030, hitting a total of 5.4 GW by 2040. That will allow it to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and by 85 percent by 2040, accelerating by a decade its previous plan to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.Ameren Missouri’s 10.1 GW of generating capacity, measured in terms of 2020 peak summer demand, incudes 5.3 GW of coal, 2.8 GW of natural gas, 1.2 GW of nuclear, 820 megawatts of hydroelectric and 13 MW of solar. Ameren Illinois doesn’t own generation; it acquires generation resources through a procurement process managed by the Illinois Power Agency or through retail electric suppliers.The new IRP and zero-carbon goals accelerate the growth of renewables called for in a Smart Energy Plan the utility filed with Missouri regulators in February. That includes spending about $1.2 billion to acquire two Missouri wind projects with 700 MW of generation capacity expected to be complete by this year and in service in early 2021. Ameren Missouri has also initiated a request for proposals to solicit bids for wind and solar projects; it plans to create a renewable subscription program to expand on existing subscriber and community solar programs. With these avenues for renewables growth, Ameren expects to add about 1.2 GW of solar, 300 megawatts of wind and 900 megawatts of a combination of those two resources by 2030.The timeline for coal plant retirements has also been accelerated for its Sioux Energy Center coal plant, now expected to close by 2028, and its Rush Island Energy Center, which will shutter by 2039. Ameren already planned to close its Meramec Energy Center coal plant by 2022 and two units of its four-unit Labadie Energy Center plant by 2036, removing three-quarters of its coal-fired energy generating capacity by 2040. All remaining coal-fired plants are scheduled to retire by 2042.[Jeff St. John]More: Ameren sets goal of net-zero by 2050, plots major wind and solar expansion in Midwestlast_img read more

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Mastic Woman Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mastic woman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk after she was involved in a three-car crash that killed a 35-year-old man in Brookhaven early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.Orlando Heinecker of Bellport was driving a Suburban eastbound on Montauk Highway when he lost control and struck two westbound vehicles–a Jeep driven by Kimberly Michiels and a Ford Focus, driven by Sarah Skidmore at 1:19 a.m., police said.Heinecker, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.Michiels, 35, was treated for minor injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue. Her passenger, 42-year-old Andrea Smith of East Setauket, and Skidmore, 29, of Mastic Beach, were both treated at the same hospital and released.Michiels was charged with driving while intoxicated. She will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the three vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

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Sensory friendly movie experience being offered

first_imgColumbus, IN—YES Cinema in Columbus is offering a special opportunity for individuals living with Autism and other sensory issues to enjoy seeing a film in safe and accepting surroundings. To enhance the viewing experience, theatre lights will be slightly dimmed and the sound volume turned down. Also, audience members can get up, walk around, and talk. Also, since some have strict dietary needs, some gluten-free and casein-free snacks will be available for purchase.This will take place this Saturday and the featured movie is the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie at 10 am. All tickets are $4.00.last_img read more

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Hall of Famer Al Kaline, longtime star for the Detroit Tigers, dies at 85, family friend tells AP

first_img Associated Press April 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDETROIT (AP) — Hall of Famer Al Kaline, longtime star for the Detroit Tigers, dies at 85, family friend tells AP.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Hall of Famer Al Kaline, longtime star for the Detroit Tigers, dies at 85, family friend tells APlast_img

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Simon Smith has become one of SU’s top runners since walking on

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Simon Smith was looking to make his college decision, only one school had offered him a chance to run: Bucknell.Smith had been accepted to Pittsburgh and Syracuse academically, but not athletically. Knowing he still wanted to run, he turned to Google to aid in his decision. A history of Big East titles and Atlantic Coast Conference championships set Syracuse apart.He knew they were good, but he didn’t realize how good. When Smith entered the Syracuse training facility for his first practice, a bold objective was presented to the team from head coach Chris Fox: Win a national championship.Following the end of his high school career where Smith felt he failed to realize his full potential, Smith knew he needed guidance if his running career was to continue. Smith joined the Orange as a walk-on in 2015, which allowed him to develop into a top performer for Syracuse. He now places in the top-five consistently for the Orange and placed seventh on SU in its first meet in Boston in September.In high school, Smith was an accomplished runner, winning the 5000-meter race at the PIAA District IV Championships in 2014, but says that he lacked an understanding for what top-tier running looked like. When he entered the Syracuse training facility for his first practice, a bold objective was presented to the team from head coach Chris Fox: to win a national championship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Simon kind of came in not at the same talent level, accomplishment-wise, as the rest of us,” said Dominic Hockenbury, a junior on the team. “But over the years he has been working just as hard as us, if not harder.”Smith said he knew he had potential but was missing someone to show him the way and allow him to capitalize on it. When Syracuse made good on Fox’s challenge in 2015, winning a national title, Smith found exactly that.“To have won the national title that year, to look at those guys, to see how they function, without having the pressure to perform right away,” Smith said. “I mean when you come in as a walk-on, you are not really used to running at this high a level.” Published on October 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm Contact Eli: [email protected] center_img Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorAs a walk-on, Smith faced a steep learning curve and would not get a chance to perform in a major race until his redshirt sophomore year. He had become accustomed to a winning culture at Syracuse, but still needed to make better use of training. Smith settled on a simple plan, to emulate the best. The underclassman turned to Justyn Knight, an individual national champion in 2017.“Coming here and watching guys like Justyn Knight work out and some of the workouts that they were doing,” Smith said. “I couldn’t even imagine that stuff in high school and now I’m doing some of the same workouts.”Smith finally began to see improvement in his redshirt junior year. He posted personal bests at almost every event that year, highlighted by a 17thplace finish at NCAA Northeast Regionals. Now as a redshirt senior, Smith is regarded as one of the Orange’s top leaders, not because of his willingness to lead, but because of the respect he earned during his rise.“He kind of walks with that confidence that he has worked his way there,” said senior Aidan Tooker. “He is just one of those guys that I think all of the younger guys, whether they say it or not, look up to as a role model. He doesn’t need anyone else’s approval.” Commentslast_img read more

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Four of the top 10 teams in country to play in Paradise Jam

first_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 27th November, 2019 14:51 IST Four Of The Top 10 Teams In Country To Play In Paradise Jam Oregon coach Kelly Graves is excited to bring his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the holidays. WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago Akshay Kumar sports the same t-shirt for ‘Housefull’ & ‘Good Newwz’, Netizens react Associated Press Television News First Published: 27th November, 2019 14:51 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves is excited to bring his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the holidays.The No. 1 Ducks will play three games in three days at the Paradise Jam Tournament beginning Thursday, including the finale against No. 8 Louisville on Saturday. Oklahoma State and UT Arlington are also in the Ducks’ bracket.That’s only half of a loaded field that will spend Thanksgiving off the continental U.S. Second-ranked Baylor, No. 5 South Carolina and No. 17 Indiana are in the other bracket. The Lady Bears and Gamecocks will face off on Saturday, too. The eight teams in the tournament haven’t lost a game this season, going a combined 37-0.“We play three really good teams back to back to back. None of them have lost yet. And they all pose different challenges. Oklahoma State, Texas-Arlington, and then Louisville,” Graves said. “It’s going to test us. We knew this stretch would, and after those three games we go home for South Dakota State. These are five NCAA Tournament teams that we play back to back to back in lots of different time zones. We’ve got our work cut out for us and our bench is going to need to come up really big in that tournament.”Usually Thanksgiving tournaments might have one or two good teams, but to have four of the top 10 in the same field makes the Paradise Jam loaded.“It’s like an Elite Eight or Final Four with really good teams playing in the same place,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “We will see a lot of great basketball down there.”Both Walz and Graves said that if their team’s look ahead to Saturday’s matchup, there is a good chance they could falter before that game.“Oklahoma State just dismantled a really good Rice team,” Walz said. “Texas-Arlington is also good. Our depth is going to get tested.”This is the first time this season that so many top teams will be in the same place. So far, of the top 10 teams, only South Carolina and Maryland have faced each other. That will change this week.South Carolina coach Dawn Staley would love to see an early season women’s doubleheader like the one the men have with the Champions Classic that features Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State.“I think it would create a lot of buzz, even if we played it during the day. I would like to see that game on ESPN like the men’s game,” Staley said. … I think it would be a great thing.”The tournament this weekend in the Virgin Islands will only be available to watch on a streaming service.Here are a few other tidbits from the tournament:ALL IN THE FAMILY: The Gerlich family loyalties will be divided Saturday when UT Arlington faces Oklahoma State. Krista Gerlich is the coach of the Lady Mavericks and her daughter Bryn plays for Oklahoma State. This will be the first meeting between them. Bryn, a sophomore, is averaging about 7 minutes a game.CHALLENGING TRIP: Washington State will be the only program to face three-ranked teams in the tournament. The Cougars (4-0) play Baylor, South Carolina and Indiana. The Cougars already have an impressive win at Boise State and have won their first four games for the fifth time in program history — the last came in 2015-16.“I’m happy for this team. We’re at a different level in practice compared to last year. We’re seeing real signs of growth and we’re proving it by winning some early games,” coach Kamie Ethridge said. “I think that’s a reflection that we’re better than we were a year ago. It feels like we’re going in the right direction.”___Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at AP women’s college basketball: and center_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US 9 months ago Greece: Powerful quake rattles island of Crete 9 months ago Chile police committed Human Rights Violations during protests: HRW 9 months ago This is the Vivo X30 5G with Super Telephoto periscope camera  COMMENT 9 months ago Bangladesh tribunal sentences 7 militants to deathlast_img read more

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Study: Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Prevent Coronavirus

first_imgHowever, federal regulators have warned against the use of hydroxychloroquine except in hospitals and formal studies, due to the the risk of side effects, especially heart rhythm problems.Boulware’s study included 821 people in the United States and Canada living with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was at high risk of getting it due to their job, such as doctors, nurses and ambulance workers who had significant exposure to a sick patient while not wearing their full protective gear.The participants were randomly assigned to take either the nutrient folate as a placebo or hydroxychloroquine for five days, beginning within four days of their exposure.After 14 days, 12 percent who were on the drug developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, versus 14 percent in the placebo group.Boulware says the difference was so small, it could have occurred simply by chance.The results were not any different among another group who were taking zinc or vitamin C, which some people believed could help hydroxychloroquine fight the coronavirus. A malaria drug that President Trump reportedly took in an effort to prevent the coronavirus has proven ineffective against the disease in a study.Results of that study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that hydroxychloroquine is no better than placebo pills keeping the virus at bay.However, the drug also does not seem to cause serious harm. About 40 percent of people taking it for the study had side effects, mostly mild stomach problems.“We were disappointed. We would have liked for this to work,” said the study leader, Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota. “But our objective was to answer the question and to conduct a high-quality study,” because the evidence on the drug so far has been inconclusive, he said.Hydroxychloroquine has long been used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.Trump recently took a two-week course of the drug, along with zinc and Vitamin D, after two White House staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The president had no effects from the course, according to the results of his latest physical, which were released by his doctor Wednesday.last_img read more

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New Online Courses To Create Safer Sporting Environments

first_imgTwo new interactive training courses are now available online to help create safer, fairer and more inclusive environments for all people involved in sport. The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) course and Complaint Handling course have been developed through the Play by the Rules partnership and complement the existing ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Discrimination and Harassment’ modules which are also available online.“Member Protection Information Officers are an important resource in sport,” Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive Officer, Simon Hollingsworth said.“They are responsible for providing information and support in regards to a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when a complaint or concern is raised in any sports environment.“This new training package will ensure that the knowledge and expertise required for this role is fully supported and maintained.”The MPIO course features seven online modules: MPIO Introduction, The MPIO Role, Complaint Resolution Procedures, Member Protection and the Law, Child Protection, Harassment and Discrimination and Ethical and Practical Considerations.The course also includes a three-hour face-to-face workshop, which will be delivered through state/territory departments of sport and recreation. The online and face-to-face components of the course are free.The Complaint Handling course features more specific information about the complaints process, including how to mediate and investigate complaints.Play by the Rules Co-chairs, Craig Martin and Helen Szoke, said: “These courses will not only assist sport to manage and resolve member issues and concerns, its greatest value will be in the development of expertise that can promote and create a positive club/sport culture for current and future members.”All of the courses have been developed in consultation with sports experts who work in these areas. They are succinct, user-friendly and feature case studies, practical scenarios and incorporate the latest interactive technology.For more information, please click on the following link to be directed to the Integrity in Sport section of the Australia Sports Commission’s website: Related LinksNew Online Courseslast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City midfielder Sterling: Liverpool ideal for Salah

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Sterling: Liverpool ideal for Salahby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling isn’t surprised by the success of Mohamed Salah at Liverpool.Sterling says former club Liverpool is the ideal stage for the Egyptian.Speaking with 360 Sport, Sterling said: “I’m not surprised (by how well Salah’s done).“He’s gone to Liverpool and it’s clicked for him.”Every player has a moment when they are good, very good and then it clicks. He’s been exceptional.”But it’s about how you maintain it – and he’s maintained that perfectly and that’s a credit to him.” last_img read more