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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Revenues from tourism in the first six months of 2018 increased by 10 percent

first_imgAccording to the Croatian National Bank (CNB), in the first six months of 2018, revenues from foreign tourists amounted to EUR 3 billion, which is an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, ie EUR 276 million more revenue. The growth of revenues from foreign tourists was recorded in the second quarter of 2018, and from April to June, 2 billion and 558 million euros of revenues from tourism were generated, which is 9 percent more than in the same period in 2017, or 222 million euros more. The share of tourism revenues in GDP in that period was 19,7 percent, or 1,6 percentage points more than last year in the same period.”At the moment, we have already exceeded 100 million overnight stays a month earlier than last year, and what makes us especially happy in the first half of this year, we generated 3 billion euros in revenue from foreign guests, which is 10 percent more than in the same period last year. . Revenue growth in tourism is the basis for further development, investment and increased competitiveness, which is why in our activities, programs and legislative changes we focus on increasing the efficiency of the tourist system, quality growth and diversification of supply. The results achieved so far are a confirmation of the great step forward made towards year-round tourism, but I believe that we will be even more successful in the future.. “, commented Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment and in the nautical charter, more than 28 million tourist overnight stays were realized in Croatia by 09/2018/100, which is a month earlier than last year.RELATED NEWS:THIS YEAR, 100 MILLION NIGHTS ACHIEVED A MONTH BEFORE 2017last_img read more

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Ighalo, Aribo get Europa round of 16 foes as Man U face LASK

first_img Loading… Basel have been drawn against Frankfurt or Red Bull Salzburg. Their second leg was postponed due to bad weather in Austria and will be played on Friday; the German side lead 4-1 on aggregate. Istanbul Basaksehir, debutants at this stage, will play Celtic’s conquerors FC Copenhagen, while Wolfsburg play Shakhtar Donetsk. Below is the full fixture for Europa round of 16 Istanbul Basaksehir vs FC Copenhagen Olympiakos vs Wolves Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen Wolfsburg vs Shakhtar Donetsk Inter Milan vs Getafe Sevilla vs Roma Frankfurt/Red Bull Salzburg vs Basel LASK vs Manchester United FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles ace Odion Ighlo and Compatriot Joe Aribo were pitch against Austrian side LASK and Bayer Leverkusen respectively in the round of 16 of the Europa cup on Friday. Draw for the event held in Switzerland, saw Manchester United pitched against LASK, while Scottish side Rangers faces Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Manchester United new buy Odion Ighalo opened goal account with the club on Thursday contributing in the 5-0 demolition of Club Brugg to earn a place in the round of 16, while Rangers overcame Sporting Braga to qualify. The draw could pass for some form of relief from Manchester United coach      Ole Gunnar Solskjær who had revealed he would love to avoid Inter Milan for now. United, champions in 2017, will be away from home in the first leg against LASK, who will be playing in the last 16 of the competition for the first time. Rangers, who are having their best Europa League campaign since 2011, will host Leverkusen at Ibrox in the first leg. Wolves, who are enjoying their first season in European football since 1981, have been drawn to play Olympiakos. The Greek side reached the last 16 in dramatic fashion, scoring a 119th-minute winner at the Emirates to eliminate Arsenal on Thursday night. Rangers and Super Eagles ace Joe Aribo set for round of 16 battle Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan will line-up against Getafe, who knocked out last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in the previous round. Sevilla, the most successful side in the history of the competition with five wins, face Roma. Read Also Ighalo sends message to Man United fans after debut goal vs Club Bruggecenter_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOGreatest Movies In History Since 198210 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

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Seven Florida Prison Employees Test Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgSeven Florida Department of Corrections employees who work at different facilities have tested positive for COVID-19, agency officials announced late Friday.The officials would not release the positions held by the infected prison workers, but said in a statement that the employees worked for either the corrections department or one of its contractors at five prisons and two probation offices.The employees work at Century Correctional Institute in Escambia County; Everglades Correctional Institution in Miami-Dade County; Florida Women’s Reception Center and Marion Correctional Institution, both in Ocala; Zephyrhills Correctional Institution in Pasco County; and community corrections regional offices in Lake Butler and West Palm Beach.They will not return to work until they have been cleared by health officials, according to the agency.An investigation is now underway to identify inmates and staff who may need to go into isolation after coming into close contact with the infected employees, officials added.Inmate release dates have not been impacted by the ongoing public health emergency. Inmates in FDC custody will be released in accordance with their court-ordered sentence. pic.twitter.com/lKRNAtL1C8— Florida Department of Corrections (@FL_Corrections) March 26, 2020 There are no confirmed coronavirus cases within the inmate population as of 9 a.m. Friday.However, corrections officials say they are working closely with the Florida Department of Health to monitor and contain potential outbreaks in the prison system, which has 143 facilities, more than 23,000 employees and nearly 96,000 inmates.In an effort to prevent the virus from spreading, the department has suspended face-to-face inmate visitations, restricted the intake of county jail inmates and began screening anyone who enters a correctional institution.last_img read more

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New skipper Brathwaite not worried about Windies T20 egos

first_imgNEWLY appointed Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite does not expect a change in leadership to negatively impact the West Indies team.Brathwaite recently replaced St Lucian Darren Sammy as head of the two-time World Twenty20 champions and is officially expected to take charge of the team in the upcoming series against India.Despite being expected to take the reins of the squad over several more seasoned players the 27-year-old claims the initial response has been good so far.“I think a team like this will be pretty easy to lead, from the point of view that the dressing room is a fun place to be. I don’t think it’s a case where I have to negotiate too many egos,” Brathwaite said.“The guys enjoy each other’s company. It’s just a matter for me to go there, do the things that I can do, firstly as a player and then a captain, continue to mould the team that Darren has started to mould, efficiently. The most important thing is getting victories for the West Indies,” he added.Brathwaite claims support from former captain Sammy was key in making the proposed transition to the job seem a lot easier.“He just told me, ‘Congratulations’. He heard it before I spoke to him, and he just said, ‘Congratulations, it’s a big challenge’. He gave me his blessing and as a senior guy appreciated it, which allowed me to ease into the role.”last_img read more

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Mata completes move to Chelsea

first_imgChelsea have formally completed the signing of Juan Mata from Spanish club Valencia. The midfielder, 23, has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and is believed to have cost Chelsea around £24m.Mata, who will be available to make his debut against Norwich on Saturday, scored eight goals for Valencia last season and was captain of the Spain side that won this year’s Under-21 European Championship.AdChoices广告He also has 11 full international caps – and four goals – to his name, and was a member of the Spanish squad that were crowned World Cup winners in South Africa in 2010.His arrival is a huge boost for Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, who was particularly keen to sign another midfielder because Michael Essien will miss much of the season with a knee injury.Mata, who was on Real Madrid’s books as a teenager, has scored an impressive 46 goals in 174 appearances for Valencia since joining them in 2007.He can play wide as well as through the middle, making him a potential asset for Chelsea given their 4-3-3 formation.His signing appears to signal the end of Chelsea’s pursuit of Luka Modric after a number of failed attempts to capture the Croatian playmaker from rivals Tottenham.last_img read more

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Pegasus pumps One million into GFF Super16 Cup tournament

first_imgMANAGING Director of the Pegasus Hotel, one of the flagship names in the industry, Robert Badal, yesterday  presented a cheque for One Million Dollars to president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for the 2019/2020 edition of the GFF Super16 Cup, year-end tournament.Set to be a very competitive tournament with the top eight GFF Elite League clubs battling the top club in eight of the Regional Members Associations (RMA), Badal, in handing over the cheque to GFF president Wayne Forde, said that the company was more than pleased to be supporting the development of the sport and communities in Guyana.“Pegasus has always been contributing to the community and we are happy that we can make a contribution to football which engages hundreds of our youths, it empowers our youths, it develops communities, it prevents crime and, like cricket and other sports, puts Guyana on the map.”Badal also noted that the game elevates the nation when the team does well while recognising that more can be done for the game and sports, nationally.“It’s a perennial problem that we have never addressed the needs of sports in the sense that we ensure that it is properly financed and therefore we can’t develop our youths and Guyana to its full potential without funding sports development, coaching and other activities that train our youths and ensure that they achieve their fullest.So this is our way of contributing to youth development and empowerment as well as development of communities.Forde commended Badal and Pegasus for coming on board for the biggest local knockout tournament.“We are delighted to have the support of the Pegasus Hotel which is an official partner of the GFF. This timely contribution by Mr. Badal will certainly go a far way in helping us to put on a fantastic football show for the nation. I would therefore like to say a deep thank you on behalf of the more than 400 young men that will be given an opportunity to showcase their God-given talent by providing entertainment for thousands of fans throughout the festive season.This year’s GFF Super16 Cup will kick off on Sunday, December 15 at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary. The team emerging the winner on January 1st, 2020 will be rewarded with $2M, while the losing finalist will pocket $1M. The third and fourth places attract purses of $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.last_img read more

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Driving Nigeria’s Teen Football Development  Â

first_imgOver the years, COPA Coca-Cola has made huge difference in the lives of many young people, by connecting and engaging teens with the prospect of attaining their football dreams whilst also encouraging them to bond, form new friendships and acquire significant social skills through team involvement.In this year’s edition of the tournament themed “COPA Coca-Cola Gives You More,” participation has been expanded to 5,000 schools across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Abuja, a quantum leap from the 2016 games which had 3,000 secondary schools from 32 states.Furthermore, the beverage giant has stepped up on the reward for players by introducing an Education Trust Fund worth N22 million for each player that makes it to the top three positions. “At the national level, players in the top three teams and the top schools will benefit from an education trust fund totaling N22 million as well as cash prizes totaling N2 million respectively. There is also the golden boot for highest goal scorer, plaque for MVP, Golden gloves for best goal keeper and a trophy for the national winner,” Onyebuoha d.He noted that the Education Trust Fund was included to cater for their educational needs just so to ensure that they are better prepared for their future.”There is also the promise of football pitch makeovers worth over five million naira in total, for the winning team in all the 36 states and FCT, Abuja.Certainly these are the best of times for Nigerian teens to take advantage of the competition, enjoy the best of football experience which COPA Coca-Cola offers as well as get rewarded for their football passion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2017 edition of Coca-Cola’s grassroots sports initiative, COPA Coca-Cola has officially kicked off with over 100,000 teens registered by the Nigerian School Sport Federation, NSSF, across 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.“Football is more than just a game; it is a passion that a lot of teens connect with because of the emotion and excitement that is associated with it. Football gives them an identity and a chance to learn leadership skills. When they play, they give everything for the game. They sweat; push hard on the pitch and give their all. What better way to encourage their passion, than to provide them with a platform that helps them harness their skills in the game while also rewarding their passion for the game,” Cletus Onyebuoha, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola, stated.It is an open secret how growth of Nigerian football has been hindered by lack of commitments to grassroots development. At the moment, the country has an insignificant number of football academies in the country to nurture several hidden talents. There is also very little being done in offering proper initiatives that would encourage the interest of young people in the sport, which explains why the country continues to lose so many young talents.last_img read more

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Loughmore Castleiney living up to dual club status

first_imgWith some criticism from clubs on the backlog of fixtures, the Mid-Tipp club have been one of the worst affected.They’ll play their hurling quarter final against Borrisoleigh this weekend, and their football quarter final next weekend against Kilsheelan.However, their manager Declan Laffan says the run of matches doesn’t bother them as long as they’re winning… Dual club Loughmore Castleiney are, so far, the only club in the county through to the quarter finals of both the senior hurling and football competitions in the county.Should Eire Og Annacarthy overcome Arravale Rovers in the county senior football preliminary quarter final, they’ll be the second.Loughmore Castleiney last won both county senior hurling and football finals in 2013, and have been to the fore of both competitions in subsequent years.last_img read more

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Herbert Addo wants to build a super team ahead of the new league season

first_imgHead Coach of Inter Allies Herbert Addo is satisfied with the state of his current team as he sets sights on building a super team ahead of the new Ghana league season.The veteran coach has been tasked with building a new team for the Tema side after a host of players departed for foreign leagues in the transfer window.The club have however augmented their squad with Premier League experience with Kwame Baah and Isaac Twum joing from Heart of Lions as well as Prince Baffoe from Kotoko joining the club.The club drew 1-1 with Hearts of Oak in their latest pre-season friendly in a game which saw Addo face his former employers. For Addo, the standard of the team was appreciable.”I was happy with the standard of the team technically and tactically. But we still have a lot of work to do,” he told Joy Sports“I don’t think we have a better team to start the league, I want to have a super team and by the time the league starts some of the players have really gelled. “I am very happy because I am going to play two more high level games. It’s a thing for a Ghanaian player to be psychologically prepared before the start of the league.”Herbert Addo returns to Inter Allies after guiding the club to a sixth placed finish in the league two seasons ago as well as a second placed finish in the MTN FA Cup.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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