January 21, 2021

Governor Shumlin wants Entergy to pay Vermont’s legal expenses

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) April 30, 2011 The Shumlin administration wants Entergy Corp to pay for any legal expenses the state may incur as it defends itself against a lawsuit Entergy initiated against the state two weeks ago.That counterintuitive payment approach is called a ‘billback,’ according to a Department of Public Service official, who assured the Senate Finance Committee on Friday, such legal maneuvers are ‘an age-old tradition.’If the state, for example, was bringing a case in front of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, it could charge Entergy for the cost of hiring experts and lawyers, according to Sarah Hofmann, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Service. The ‘causer,’ or the entity that caused the need for a legal suit, is liable for the cost, she said.The ‘bill backs’ would be effective immediately if the Legislature adopts the new statutory language as part of H.56, the omnibus energy bill, which was unanimously voted out of committee on Friday. The bill will go to the floor of the Senate early next week.The change in statute would make Entergy Corp. liable for the state’s legal expenses, including responses to public records requests and the preparation of litigation in the case, which the corporation lodged against the state in U.S District Court in Burlington.Entergy alleges that the state went back on its word when the Legislature passed a law in 2006 requiring Entergy to obtain permission from lawmakers on a license extension for Vermont Yankee, which is, under a 2002 memorandum of understanding, set to shut down March 21, 2012. The Louisiana-based nuclear power company’s case is based on the question of pre-emption. Entergy argues in its complaint that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which approved a new license for the company in March, has pre-emptive authority over state law.Attorney General Bill Sorrell has said the suit could be protracted and potentially costly if it goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. CORRECTED Just this week, Sorrell’s office may have lost a data mining case heard by the Supreme Court Justices. Cheryl Hanna, a legal expert and professorwith Vermont Law School, wrote in an opinion piece last week that sheanticipates if Vermont loses the case, in which it defended a new law regulating access to physician records, it will likely cost the state about $1 million.A court would rule on who would pay the damages in the Entergy lawsuit, Hofmann said. And the state, if it loses, could be responsible for not only its own legal costs, but also those of the plaintiff.Sen. Randy Brock, R-Grand Isle-Franklin, asked Hofmann: ‘Is it common that if someone sues us that they charge us legal fees for representing us in that lawsuit?’He put it another way: ‘If a state vehicle runs me over and I sue the state, the state requires me to pay for experts hired by the state to testify against me.’Hofmann replied that ‘It’s not unusual to see a bill back for the cost to the causer.’ At the end of the litigation, the federal judge decides who gets awards for attorneys’ fees and costs.The Vermont Attorney General’s office and Shumlin’s legal counsel Beth Robinson support the change in statute.‘We stand firmly behind the language,’ Robinson said. ‘We think it’s the right thing to do.’  Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

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Maryborough is home to this week’s bargain house buy

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago11 Lambert Street, Maryborough sold for $220,000Maryborough is in easy reach of Brisbane, a pleasant drive past the Sunshine Coast and sitting in the Fraser Coast with tourist haven and whale watching powerhouse, Hervey Bay, its close neighbour.Founded in 1847 and playing its part as a major port of entry to immigrants from around the world, its name comes from the Mary River that it sits beside.With three-bedroom homes renting from $260 per week, a mortgage of just $220 per week not only can make for a great family home, but also a sound investment for future retirement.If a home or investment in Maryborough appeals then check out these bargain beauties that are currently on the market:A three-bedroom home, with a self-contained studio downstairs, set on 2ha with a dam, at 77 Neil Street in Maryborough West is asking for offers over $250,000.For something a little cheaper you should check out 13 Ella Street, Maryborough. This three-bedroom renovated home is set on 854sq m for $199,000.Or if you are really after a budget buy try 67 Brugh Street, Aldershot. On the market for only $174,000 the three-bedroom home sits on 1012sq m with a recently renovated bathroom. 11 Lambert Street Maryborough sold for $220,000 on April 20 making it our “Bargain of the Week”.THIS renovator’s delight just sold for $220,000 with at least three other bargain homes on offer in the historic city of Maryborough just 255km’s from the Brisbane CBD. 11 Lambert Street, Maryborough sold on Thursday April 20 with three bedrooms, spacious rooms and sitting on a 819sq m lot.Yes this home needs to be ripped out of the 70s, but there’s nothing more exciting than a home with good bones and a bargain price.With new flooring, a lick of paint, a new kitchen and bathroom and a good dose of landscaping and this home could be a real beauty and all for less than a one-bedroom apartment would cost you in Brisbane.last_img read more

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Clippers sign guard Sean Kilpatrick, continue talks with Tyrone Wallace, C.J. Williams

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The injury-depleted Clippers were in need of a guard, what with Patrick Beverley sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery Nov. 22 and Avery Bradley sitting out for a to-be-determined number of games because of a sports hernia injury.The Clippers filled their vacancy temporarily with Tyrone Wallace and C.J. Williams, two players whose two-way contracts ended last week. The team hoped to have signed either or both to a more permanent deal, but hadn’t done it as of Sunday.So the Clippers signed Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract and plugged him into their rotation for their game Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center. Kilpatrick didn’t start, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he would “throw him on the floor.”In other words, Rivers planned to give Kilpatrick a good, long look because the Clippers had no one else to fill the role of a backup guard with NBA experience. Kilpatrick, 28, had played in 144 games in the NBA with the Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks. Adopting a more serious tone, Rivers described the reasons for the Clippers’ decision to sign Kilpatrick. Rivers said the team continues to negotiate separately with Wallace and Williams, but couldn’t wait for deals to be completed, so they signed Kilpatrick.“We just need downhill guards that attack,” Rivers explained. “That’s what we were thinking. We went through the whole list. We think that’s what Sean does well. He kind of matches our DNA a little bit in what we’ve had this year, with guys that are tough and have an edge.”Kilpatrick’s NBA experience was a plus. Wallace and Williams are rookies. Heisler: Kind words for the Clippers, while there’s still time Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DeAndre Jordan focuses on his present with Clippers, not his uncertain future Kilpatrick is a familiar face for Rivers and the Clippers. Kilpatrick scored his career-high of 38 points during the Nets’ double-overtime victory over the Clippers on Nov. 30, 2016 in Brooklyn. Rivers wasn’t around to witness all of Kilpatrick’s handiwork after he was ejected, though.“I got thrown out of a game?” he joked Sunday.Related Articles “We’re trying to make the playoffs here,” Rivers said. “We’re going to try to sign who we think is the best fit for our team. If Sean comes in and earns it, it’ll be his job. Or we’ll go back to the C.J.s or the Tys. We like them all. We just have to figure out who’s the best fit.“We’re negotiating with all of them right now, and we’ll see how that goes.”MEDICAL UPDATEDanilo Gallinari said he expected to sit out at least two weeks after an MRI exam on Thursday revealed he suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand during a Feb. 22 game against the Golden State Warriors. He has been wearing a protective brace on his hand since Thursday.An earlier X-ray failed to detect the injury.“It usually depends on how you recover,” Gallinari said when asked about a timetable for his return to the starting lineup. “Everybody recovers differently. It depends. I guess it’ll be two weeks more or less. I’m not a doctor, but you’ve got to wait for the swelling to go down.”Gallinari has played in only 19 of the Clippers’ 62 games this season, averaging 15.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting, plus 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 32.3 minutes. He also was sidelined for 38 games earlier because of a gluteus maximus injury.last_img read more

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Hey, MLB! When baseball returns, more mic’d-up broadcasts, please

first_imgMany years ago, you might remember, Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman played in a spring training game with a Hall of Fame third baseman chirping in his ear as he tried to guess which pitch was going to be a fastball. Chipper Jones, the Atlanta legend, was in the ESPN broadcast booth, along with the regular ESPN broadcast crew, and the banter between Freeman — who was mic’d up for the game — and the folks in the booth was great entertainment.  “We have amazing fans in baseball,” McCullers said. “There is so much emphasis on making the game shorter, or this and that, but in baseball the fans that we do have are amazing, and the TV and revenue is going up every year. That’s coming from somewhere. The big narrative is that people don’t like baseball, or whatever the case may be, but I don’t think that using different ways to grow the game is a bad thing, ever. Anything within reason is great. Maybe more stuff during BP? That could be cool.”He paused for a moment. “There definitely is an opportunity,” he said. “People like this.” The best part, though? Freeman was on first base with two outs when a pop-up was launched high into the air. “Here we go. Watch this! There’s wind, boys! There’s wind, there’s wind!” as he raced around the bases to score, as the wind-whipped baseball fell to the ground and everyone in the booth howled with laughter.Of course, this didn’t happen years ago. It happened not even three weeks ago, in early March, though anything that happened before the truth of the coronavirus pandemic really set in seems like a lifetime ago. Here are some highlights from Freeman’s mic’d up experience, which immediately went viral on social media. Freeman wasn’t the only player mic’d up during a TV broadcast this spring. The Cubs had a game — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were outstanding — the Mets had a game and so did the Mariners and Red Sox and others. Each one caused a social media stir. Each one struck a chord with fans and players alike. Each one made the television viewing experience more enjoyable, and that’s what we all — MLB and the fans and the players — want. At some point in the future, though nobody knows when, baseball will return. We will finally get our Opening Day and we will once again hear the crack of the bat, the pop of the catcher’s mitt and the roar of the crowd. And we have one request: More, please.MORE: The Randy Johnson bird game, as told by the bird’s familyMore players mic’d up. More banter. More insight. More personalities. More laughs. More bleep’d out words. More authenticity. More inside baseball. More of everything, please. This wasn’t the first mic’d up experience, of course. We’ve seen guys mic’d up in the spring before, and during exhibition-type events like the All-Star Game. Those have been great, too. But, again: More, please. Sporting News was at spring training when the Freeman game aired and we asked players for their thoughts on the mic’d up concept. First, this: Do you like it? That answer was a resounding yes. “Here’s all you need to know: I watched a baseball game. Sean Doolittle watched a baseball game at home, on his own volition, because he thought it was cool,” the Nationals reliever told SN. “Between the film I watch, and sitting in the bullpen for like eight innings watching a game, I get enough baseball. I normally want a break when I’m away. But it was cool.”Doolittle watched the Mets play the Cardinals.“I was flipping through channels and I caught it,” he said. “And Jeff McNeil was in the middle of a sentence and spanks a double the left-center and I was like, ‘That’s sick.’ That’s really cool, you know? I think it’s fun.”The Cardinals weren’t mic’d up in that game, but they were part of the fun, whether or not they knew what they were getting into. “I got on first base and Pete (Alonso) was like, ‘Hey, just want to let you know I’m hot right now.’ I was like, ‘Hot as in it’s hot outside?’ ” Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman recalled with a laugh. “And then I heard him talking to himself and figured out, ‘Oh, he’s got a mic on.’ I had no idea what he was talking about at first.”MORE: The 15 things we miss most about baseballLance McCullers Jr., spent the spring healthy and getting ready to return to the majors after a year recovering from Tommy John surgery. His Astros weren’t part of one of the mic’d up games, but he’s been friends with Alonso since high school, and he talked with his buddy.“He really likes it. He thinks it’s a useful tool to help grow the game, to get baseball’s personalities out there,” McCullers told SN. “Baseball players are some of the most marketable people in the sports world, but they’re not marketed at all. Regardless of why it’s become that way, the only thing we can do now it try to move forward and make that more of a focus.”And that’s the question we asked players: How does baseball move forward with this idea that, while not exactly novel — the NFL has been mic’ing up players since 1967 and Steve Sabol’s NFL Films company helped football’s popularity soar — could still be an incredibly powerful tool as MLB tries to solve its seemingly eternal player-marketing issues. SN asked about the possibility of making mic’d up opportunities a regular part of regular-season games.“I would imagine it’s going to happen,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said. “This game’s evolving every day. It’s fun.” We reached out to MLB, too. It was clear from talking with both sides that a couple of guidelines would be necessary. Let’s start with this: A source at MLB said the league is always interested in bringing fans closer to the game, but the league also recognizes and respects the concentration and focus required to play in a MLB game. That follows almost exactly what players told SN.  “Full-on interviews can be great during spring training,” Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty said, “but when you’re actually out there trying to compete in a regular-season game, it’s a little bit different when you’re going up to the plate and that game really does matter to your team’s won-loss record, that one game or one at-bat could be the difference.“I couldn’t have somebody trying to have a conversation with me when I was trying to pitch. Now, if I was mic’d and you could hear us going back and forth in the dugout, that’s different.”OK, so the full-out on-field interviews are gone, and that’s fine. They’re fun but far from necessary. The NFL’s success with on-field mic’d up players was never about interviews. It was always about letting players be themselves and showing those personalities to the fans. That concept works in baseball, too, though not everyone would be on board. That wasn’t the only hesitancy, though. “The little battery pack you have to clip on could become a side detractant,” Josh Reddick said. “You’re so used to your uniform being a certain way, then you feel something there that’s not normally there, that could throw you off in the batters box. You just never know. It could be an uncomfortable level you don’t want to deal with. Some guys it probably wouldn’t bother, but a lot of guys would probably pass in the regular season.”So not everyone’s in. Great. No problem. Don’t need chatter from all 26 players on the roster anyway. Not all 26 players have the type of personality MLB wants to sell anyway. One, maybe two guys per game. And, as the MLB source pointed out, live listens haven’t been part of the equation in the past. With good reason. “It would also have to be censored,” Edman said. “You wouldn’t want to be hitting and worrying about what you’re saying. You want to be focused on your at-bat. If you missed a pitch and say, ‘Oh s—,’ and worry about that.”“I’m sure some of it would be beep! beep! beep! beep!,” Martinez said with a grin. “But it’s just funny to listen and watch them interact.”Again, fine. No problem. So with the restrictions in mind — no actual interviews for players in the action, nothing live and only players who want to participate — let’s blow this idea out when baseball finally returns, whether it’s in 2020 or, heaven forbid (because of what it would mean coronavirus has done globally) in 2021. And even the skeptical players, as they see the benefits, would come around. The MLBPA should be all-in on an idea that would showcase the best personalities in the sport. “There might be some of us, myself included, who might feel a little bit weird putting a mic on for a game,” Doolittle said. “It’d be a little different. But I think the more guys that do, more guys around the league would get more comfortable doing it. It won’t be viewed as something that somebody’s doing just to try to get attention or something. I think we’ve already seen how good it is for the game.”MORE: Neutral-site playoffs aren’t ideal, but might necessary in 2020Have players mic’d up during batting practice, in the bullpen and in the dugout. Share clips liberally throughout a game. And not just with national broadcasts on ESPN and FOX, but on the local networks, too. The national broadcasts have had mics in the bases in the past, for “Sunday Night Baseball” and for postseason games, but make that a regular feature. And put cameras in the bases for new but unobtrusive angles, too — not to keep going back to the NFL, but think about how much fun the pylon cam is — and really show a different view of the sport.Give the people what they clearly want. last_img read more

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