January 21, 2021

Vermont Yankee public hearing tonight in Brattleboro

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont Public Service Board, which is the chief regulator in the state of Vermont, will hold a public hearing on whether to extend the license of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Brattleboro Union High School. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy wants to keep operating the plant 20 years beyond the 2010 license expiration.last_img

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Egyptian telecom tycoon opens new hotel in Grenada

first_imgSt. GEORGE’S, Nov 23, CMC – Grenada moved closer to having 3,000 hotel rooms after the island’s newest property, Silversands, was officially opened here with a promise to increase hotel room stock by 30 per cent in the coming years.“We will build two more properties on this island, we will start construction next year,” said Egyptian telecoms tycoon, Naguib Sawiris, at the official opening of the US$125 million property comprising 43 suites and penthouse and nine villas.Naguib gave the assurance that his promised investment will become a reality, profits will be re-invested into the country and none of his properties will restrict Grenadians from using the beaches where they are located.He disputed allegations that the beach front to his properties would be private, saying “anyone that tells you this is a private beach, tell them to go have a swim”.Chief executive officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Patricia Maher, said the island now has an estimated 2,000 hotel rooms.“We (have) 2163 licensed and certified rooms and this will bring us closer to 3000. That is good news, that is very exciting,” said Maher, who recently reported that Grenada will surpass its target of welcoming 500,000 guests to the island in 2018.The new hotel is expected to welcome its first guest on December 1 and Sawiris said that 210 people are now employed at theIn a statement, the hotel said that “as the resort becomes fully operational, there will be just over three hundred full-time employees.”last_img read more

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Olympics protest runner Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team.Ethiopian sports officials congratulated team members but made no mention of Lilesa’s silver medal achievement — one of only eight medals won by Ethiopia — and refused to answer any questions about the athlete.On Sunday, Lilesa, who came second to Kenyan favourite Eliud Kipchoge in Rio, crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in a symbolic protest against the repressive Ethiopian regime.The 26-year-old repeated the gesture during the race’s medal ceremony, telling reporters later that he was afraid to go back to his homeland.Reports have suggested that the runner may seek political asylum in the United States, but a spokesperson for the US State Department refused to talk specifically about the case. “We would encourage all governments to respect the rights of individuals to peacefully express their opinions,” said the spokesperson.Lilesa’s agent Federico Rosa had earlier told AFP that the runner would not be returning home after staging his protest, despite Ethiopian government assurances Lilesa would not face any issued if he went back.“I don’t think that there is any way that he will (go back to Ethiopia),” Rosa told AFP earlier on Monday. “There are many people who say that it would not be good for him to go back.”Rosa, who is based in Italy and has been the athlete’s agent for three years, said he did not know exactly what his client was planning to do next, having stayed on in Rio at the end of the games.“I cannot say for sure because I have not spoken to him since just after the race, when we had a very short conversation,” Rosa said.last_img read more

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