Vermont Town Meetings vote 14-1 against relicensing Vermont Yankee

first_imgFor complete survey findings, go to http://www.CivilSocietyInstitute.org(link is external) on the Web.METHODOLOGYThe Civil Society Institute survey by Opinion Research Corporation was conducted February 19-22, 2010 among a sample of 802 adults comprising 399 men and 403 women 18 years of age and older living in the state of Vermont.  Completed interviews are weighted by two variables,  age and gender, to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total state population, 18 years of age and older. The margin of error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.  ABOUT THE CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTEBased in Newton, MA, the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (http://www.CivilSocietyInstitute.org(link is external)) is a think tank that serves as a catalyst for change by creating problem-solving interactions among people, and between communities, government and business that can help to improve society.   Since 2003, CSI has conducted more than 25 major national and state-level surveys and reports on energy and auto issues, including vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, consumer demand for hybrids/other highly-fuel efficient vehicles, global warming and renewable energy.  In addition to being a co-convener of CLEAN, the Civil Society Institute also is the parent organization of 40MPG.org (http://www.40MPG.org(link is external)) and the Hybrid Owners of America (http://www.HybridOwnersofAmerica.org(link is external)).  EDITOR’S NOTE:  A streaming audio recording of the March 1, 2010 news event at which the Vermont survey results were announced is available on the Web at http://www.CivilSocietyInstitute.org(link is external).SOURCE Civil Society Institute, Newton, MA. MONTPELIER, Vt., March 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ As predicted based on a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) for the nonpartisan and nonprofit Civil Society Institute, the vast majority of Vermont Town Meetings deliberating this week the fate of the Vermont Yankee came out in support of closure of the controversial nuclear reactor by 2012.  The final tally of Town Meetings in Vermont opposing the relicensing of Vermont Yankee was 14-1.  The town of Rockingham was alone in passing a pro-Vermont Yankee resolution and, even then, only by a margin of three votes, according to reports.  Towns voting in favor of shutting down Vermont Yankee were: Thetford, Bristol, Fayston, Brookfield, Montgomery, Woodstock, Moretown, Waitsfield, Danville, Cabot, Huntington, Sharon, and Jamaica. Additionally, Cambridge elected to table the issue.Pam Solo, founder and president, Civil Society Institute, said:  “Our survey pointed to the likelihood that the Vermont Town Halls would come out along the lines of the earlier Vermont Senate vote to close Vermont Yankee by 2012.  With literally dozens of other reactors plagued with similar tritium leaks, we see a clear message here for a U.S. nuclear power industry:   You can’t sell Americans on the notion that you are providing ‘clean and safe’ power at the same time that you are leaking a radioactive substance into wells and other bodies of water.  Citizens in other states may not be able to intervene as directly in reactor issues as Vermonters can, but the Town Hall votes and our survey findings suggest that Americans are unlikely to remain silent about tritium leaks and other legitimate safety concerns.”The Civil Society Institute’s scientific survey of 802 adult Vermont residents was based on Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) polling that took place February 19-22nd immediately before the Vermont Senate vote on Vermont Yankee relicensing.   CSI believes that the findings resonate nationally in that a main driver of deteriorating public support for Vermont Yankee centered on the leaking of radioactive tritium, a problem that also is playing out at 27 or more of the nation’s 104 reactors across 31 states.Key survey findings reported by Opinion Research Corporation included the following:About two thirds of Vermont residents (65 percent) say “reports about Vermont Yankee leaking radioactive tritium into testing wells and surrounding water” make them “more likely to support the 2012 closure of the reactor.”  That includes 44 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents.  Of those Vermont residents who heard about the radioactive tritium leak at Vermont Yankee, nearly four in five (79 percent) said they are concerned about it, including more than half (52 percent) who are “very concerned.”  Only about one in five (21 percent) of this group said that they were not concerned, with just 6 percent saying they were “not concerned at all.”  Even when the 20 percent of state residents who have not heard about the tritium leak are added, the percentage of all state residents who are concerned about the tritium leaks at Vermont Yankee still accounts for 63 percent of the state’s adult population.  Overall, 71 percent of state residents are “less supportive now of Vermont Yankee, the nuclear reactor, than [they] were six months ago.”  That includes 57 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of Democrats and two thirds of Independents.  Given a choice, fewer than one in 10 Vermont residents (9 percent) would ask their power company to use nuclear energy to power their homes, compared to 71 percent who selected “wind, solar and other clean-energy technologies.”The fact that Entergy has been unable to find the source of the tritium leaks makes more than three out of fourVermont residents (76 percent) “less confident in the company’s ability to safely manage a nuclear reactor”.About half of Vermont residents (49 percent) see nuclear power as a “power source of yesterday,” compared to compared to 94 percent for solar, 92 percent for wind and 78 percent for hydroelectric as “power sources of tomorrow” that should play a bigger, rather than smaller, role in the U.S. energy supply picture.  Nine out of 10 Vermont residents (89 percent) say that Entergy — not Vermont taxpayers — “should have to foot the bill for decommissioning Vermont Yankee.”  That includes 83 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of Democrats and 90 percent of Independents.68 percent of Vermont residents would support closure of Vermont Yankee in 2012 “assuming that a combination of increased energy efficiency, clean energy, such as hydroelectric, wind and solar and natural gas could be used to offset the electricity from the reactor.”  That includes 48 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of Independents.  71 percent of Vermont residents would support closure of Vermont Yankee in 2012 “assuming that many new jobs could be created through investments in new clean energy technologies, such as hydroelectric, wind and solar.” That includes 47 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of Independents.  Only 46 percent of state residents trust Entergy to clean up the tritium leaks at Vermont Yankee, compared to 47 percent who do not.Two thirds of Vermonters now give Entergy a low rating for “trustworthiness” — with 37 percent saying “very low” and 29 percent “somewhat low.” Only about one in four state residents (26 percent) give Entergy high marks for trustworthiness.Nearly three out five state residents (58 percent) give Entergy low marks for “competence” — with 26 percent saying “very low” and 33 percent “somewhat low.” Fewer than one in three (29 percent) give Entergy high marks for competence.Four out of five state residents (79 percent) have heard about the tritium leaks at Vermont Yankee.  Only 20 percent have not.last_img read more

Tipp GAA mourns the loss of a hurling legend

first_imgBorn in Thurles, Co. Tipperary on the 20th of March 1939, Jimmy grew up near to Thurles Sportsfield, now Semple Stadium. Following in the footsteps of his late father Gerry, Jimmy began his hurling career in goal where he won his first Munster Minor medal for Tipperary in 1954.Having lost the All-Ireland final to Dublin, Jimmy had his mind made up goals was no longer for him. In one of many golden spells, Jimmy won his first of three All-Ireland Minor Medals the next year in 1955 following up in ’56 and as captain in ’57.  At the same time with his beloved Thurles Sarsfields Club he collected four county minor hurling titles from ’54 to ’57 as well as a Dr. Harty Cup Medal with Thurles C.B.S. in ’56.Indeed such was his prowess, Jimmy was already a star on the Tipperary Senior team by the time his Minor career had ended.His dedication to honing his skills in the shadow of Thurles Sportsfield proved to be Thurles Sarsfields’ and Tipperary’s gain as this natural hurling genius developed his craft. With an unerring eye and wrists of a craftsman, the hours of practice that Doyle put in proved crucial in many an opponent’s heart being broken for both club and county.His senior career with Tipperary started with a debut in the 1957/58 National League and continued up until his retirement after the 1973 Championship. In what was a hugely successful period for Tipperary Hurling, Jimmy played a lead role as part of successful Tipperary teams. In that time he won six All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals, nine Munster Hurling medals and seven National Hurling League medals. Jimmy also captained the team to All-Ireland victory in 1962 and 1965 and was an All-Ireland runner-up on three occasions.He went on to win eight Railway Cup medals with Munster, while at club level he won 10 Tipperary County Championship medals with Thurles Sarsfields.In all Jimmy Doyle made 39 Championship appearances for Tipperary and was top scorer for the Championship in 1958, ’60, ’61, ’62 and ’64. By the time his retirement came round, he was Tipperary’s all-time top scorer with a career tally of 18 goals and 176 points. This was a record which stood until 2007 when Eoin Kelly edged out in front.Jimmy was named as the GAA’s Hurling Right Full-Forward on the Team of the Century in 1984 and was named in the same position on the Hurling Team of the Millennium in 2000.He was named at Right Half-Forward on the Tipperary Team of the Millennium in 1999.Ahead of all of these he was Texaco Hurler of the Year in 1965.Thurles Town Council paid tribute to Jimmy Doyle as they officially opened the “Jimmy Doyle Road” in his honour in 2012, a road many a supporter now travels on their way to Semple Stadium.Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke paid tribute to the late Jimmy Doyle on hearing of his untimely passing, saying: “The name of Jimmy Doyle will never and should never be forgotten. He was the ultimate sticks-man, a master of his craft not alone of his own age but for all ages. He inspired countless hurlers who wanted to be Jimmy Doyle and who craved the genius he bore with such humility and grace.“Tipperary and Thurles has lost one of its greatest sons the likes of whom we may never witness again. As Tipperary County Chairman, I am privileged to have known Jimmy Doyle, a man of immense hurling ability, who held a huge pride in a sense of place, of who he was and where he was from. His majestic talent was the catalyst of many a Tipperary victory and to him Tipperary will forever be deeply indebted. On behalf of Tipperary County Board we extend our heartfelt condolences to the extended Doyle family on the sad passing of their beloved Jimmy.”Jimmy Doyle – Roll of Honour6 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Medals1958, ’61, ’62 (captain), ’64, ’65 (captain), ’719 Munster Senior Hurling Medals1958, ’60, ’61, ’62 (captain), ’64, ‘65 (captain), ’67, ’68, ’717 National Hurling League Medals1957, ’59, ’60, ’61, ’64, ’65 (captain), ’683 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Medals1955, ’56, ’57 (captain)4 Munster Minor Hurling Medals1954, ’55, ’56, ’57 (captain)8 Railway Cup Hurling Medals1958, ’59, ’60, ’61, ’63 (captain), ’66 (captain), ’69, ’7010 Tipperary County Senior Hurling Medals ~ Thurles Sarsfields1956, ’57, ’58, ’59, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64 (captain), ’65, ’74 (captain)13 Mid Tipperary Senior Hurling Medals1956-’64, ’68, ’69, ’73, ’744 County Minor Hurling Medals1954, ’55, ’56, ’572 County Junior Hurling Medals1955, ’561 County Senior Football Medal19601 Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Medal ~ Thurles CBS19567 Oireachtas Medals1960, ’61, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’68, ’70Right Full-Forward on the Hurling Team of the Century1984Right Full-Forward on the Hurling Team of the Millennium2000Right Half-Forward on the Tipperary Hurling Team of the Millennium1999Texaco Hurler of the Year1965last_img read more

Ashkenazi joins BlueRibbon as strategic advisor

first_img Share Submit Rafi Ashkenazi, the former Chief Executive of The Stars Group, has joined BlueRibbon Software as its strategic advisor, supporting the B2B marketing platform provider in strengthening its foothold across a range of global gaming markets.BlueRibbon praised Ashkenazi’s expertise in the igaming industry, and hopes that his experience from holding a series of c-suite management positions will ‘add to the strengthening of the BlueRibbon brand’.“Having observed the value of the BlueRibbon platform and the traction that the company has created in such a short amount of time with leading tier 1 operators, I am delighted to be joining them in growing the BlueRibbon foothold in strategic markets,” said Ashkenazi.Within the gaming industry, specifically in the newly regulated markets, existing engagement tools are limited and lack the flexibility that operators require. Through BlueRibbons unique and innovative solutions, operators now have the ability to better differentiate their brands and seamlessly adapt to the ever-changing regulatory landscape.”Amir Askarov, co-founder and CEO of BlueRibbon Software, added: “We at BlueRibbon are thrilled to have such a visionary and gaming specialist share in our passion to provide operators and players alike with innovative, next-level engagement tools.“Not only does Rafi bring with him an astounding amount of industry achievements and groundbreaking experience but an insightful eye into the business at large.“Rafi’s addition to our advisory team, reinforces BlueRibbons powerful capabilities and strength in enhancing player loyalty and brand differentiation as it teams up with one of the best minds in the gaming world. Rafi is certainly a feather in our cap, and we look forward to this new and exciting chapter together.” Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more