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

April 1, 2003 News and Notes

first_img Anthony J. Fantauzzi III, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association. Phillip Turner King, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., Orlando, has been elected to membership in ABOTA and Central Florida chapter of same. Todd Katz, president of Tarpon Coast National Bank, has been voted chair of the Florida Bankers’ Association’s Government Relations Committee. Tom Scarritt, president of Scarritt Law Group, joined other trial lawyers in presenting a seminar titled “Proving and Defending Damages” in Tampa. Charles B. Costar III, a shareholder with Zimmerman, Shuffield, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A., Orlando, was appointed the chair’s at large representative on the Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment. Carolyn House Stewart, of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Tampa, has been elected international secretary of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Frank Brogan, of Greenberg Traurig, Ft. Lauderdale, will serve as fund-raising campaign chair for the Broward County Chapter of the United Way. Charles D. Tobin, of Holland & Knight, LLP, Washington, D.C., facilitated a panel discussion titled “Hot Issues in Access, Newsgathering, and Subpoenas,” at the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law conference in Scottsdale, Az. Eduardo Palmer, of Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP, Miami, served as chair of the first annual Miami International Arbitration Conference in Miami Beach. Karen Stedronsky, of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Orlando, co-wrote an article titled “Developing Timeshare in the Bahamas,” which was published in the January 2003 issue of Developments Magazine. McGuire Woods, LLP, Jacksonville, received a Gold IMA award in an independent survey that reviewed and rated the Web sites of the 250 largest law firms in the U.S. T. Spencer Crowley and Jason S. Lichtstein, associates of Gunster Yoakley, were named to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Transportation Executive Committee. Carolyn Delizia, Tyra Read, and Laurie Anton, associates with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., Fort Myers, have been appointed as officers of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers, and will serve as president, vice president and secretary/chapter representative respectively, for a one-year term ending in 2004. Thomas M. Messana, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., was selected to contribute an article to the 2002 Bankruptcy Law Update, a book which provides in-depth analysis of issues impacting bankruptcy practice. Stephen R. Looney, of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., Orlando, participated in a panel discussion titled “Coggins Automotive Corporation: Is LIFO Recapture a Dead Letter?,” at the ABA Tax Section’s S Corporations Committee 2003 midyear meeting in San Francisco. Leslie O’Neal-Coble, of Holland & Knight, LLP, Orlando, was elected to membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Pedro Freyre, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, received the Ghandi King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College in honor of his service to the community, working for peace and unity. Bruce A. Blitman, of Ft. Lauderdale, participated in a panel discussion about mediator ethics at The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators/The Florida Association of Professional Family Mediators’ Advanced Training seminar in Orlando. Stephenie M. Biernacki, of GrayHarris, Tampa, will serve as a teen court judge for the Hillsborough County Juvenile Diversion program. Robert L. Parks, of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, P.A., Coral Gables, was presented with the National Service to Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Club of America in honor of his 20 years of service to the organization. Patrick A. Moran, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, spoke at the Second Annual Forum on Commercial Finance & Asset Based Lending in Las Vegas. His topic was “The Effect of Sarbanes-Oxley Legislation on Public Finance Companies and on the Public and Private Companies in their Portfolios.” Stephen H. Sears, of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Tampa, has been elected chair of the board for a three-year term. Harry S. Cline, of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Clearwater, will serve as president of the firm from 2003-06. David R. Punzak, of Carlton Fields, St. Petersburg, has been elected chair of the Florida International Museum board of directors. Jeff E. Rubin, of Talianoff Rubin & Rubin, Miami, has been reelected chair of the United States Sailing Center, an official Olympic training facility in Miami. He has also been elected treasurer of the creditors’ rights section of the Commercial Law League of America and president of South Miami Hospital Associates. Douglas J. Chumbley, of Carlton Fields, Miami, has been appointed to the Florida Defense Lawyers Association board of directors. April 1, 2003 News and Notes April 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Equities, real assets drive 7.1% return at PensionDanmark

first_imgHowever, the rise in long-term yields over the year had an adverse effect on the portfolio of investment-grade government and mortgage bonds, which returned -1.3%.Nevertheless, the fund said that, over the past five years, a typical member has received an accumulated return of more than 60% on their savings.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive at PensionDanmark, said: “Our goal is to ensure our members get attractive and stable returns on investment year after year.“For five years in a row, we have now delivered positive returns averaging approximately 10% p.a., and that’s very satisfactory.”He added: “Equities gave the best return in 2013. Our investments in infrastructure and property form the stable base of our portfolio, where our aim is to achieve more stable and reliable returns than we can achieve in the more volatile equity markets.”The fund said it planned to increase total assets in infrastructure and real estate from 15% to 20% of total assets over the next 1-2 years.In recent years, it has significantly expanded its investments in infrastructure, with new investments in wind farms, a biomass-fuelled power plant in the UK and gas infrastructure in the Netherlands.The real estate portfolio has also added new investments, including joint ownership of the Magasin department store building on Kongens Nytorv, and UN City, both in Copenhagen, the headquarters buildings for MT Højgaard and NCC in Greater Copenhagen, and housing in Aarhus, Vejle and Copenhagen.Membership of the fund had increased by 9,000 to 642,000 at end-December 2013.Total contributions remained static compared with last year, at DKK10.7bn.The return before pension yield tax to a 40-year-old member was 9.3%, down from 10.9% the previous year.For a 65-year-old member, the fall was sharper, from 9% in 2012 to 3.9% in 2013. PensionDanmark has announced pre-tax returns of DKK9.1bn (€1.2bn), or 7.1%, on its investment portfolio for calendar 2013.This compares with 10.2% for the year before.But PensionDanmark’s total assets had grown to DKK152.1bn by the end of 2013, an increase of 9.4% over the year before.Investments in global equities returned 20.4%, largely because of rising markets, but wind farms and real estate also boosted returns, returning 9.1% and 7%, respectively.last_img read more

Phillip Bowcock: William Hill points towards a ‘new direction’ on problem gambling

first_img GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Further to presenting William Hill’s new corporate objective ‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’, Group Chief Executive Phillip Bowcock has penned an open letter to investors and sector stakeholders detailing William Hill’s enhanced initiatives on social responsibility and sector sustainability.Bowcock outlines that the industry must undertake a new approach in combating gambling harm in order to regain public trust…______“We have not taken seriously enough the challenge of problem gambling. For too long, we’ve talked about individual responsibility and small proportions of adults who experience problems.Every type of gambling product has the potential to cause harm to our customers. That is something we have to recognise and that harm is something we need to face into.Around 430,000 people today are classified as problem gamblers. That’s too many, but it’s also just the tip of the iceberg. Research from GambleAware estimates that two million people are at risk today.Anyone can become at risk of problem gambling, and some people are especially vulnerable because problems with gambling are deeply connected to a whole host of other social factors like substance abuse and mental health conditions. When gambling does go wrong, it doesn’t just damage one person. It also impacts their families, friends and communities.In the past, we have fallen short on this issue. Public trust in gambling activities has declined over the last five years. Over that same time, we’ve been on a journey to improve the protections we have in place but what’s also true is that we haven’t faced bravely enough into the issues.We want gambling to be a fun part of people’s spare time, which adds to the excitement of the sports they love. Gambling is meant to be a leisure activity, not a source of human misery. That’s why we must recognise the hidden side of gambling and get much better at helping our customers stay safe, in shops and online, in the UK and around the world. Society expects it, our customers need it and a sustainable future for William Hill depends on it.It’s our ambition that nobody is harmed by gambling.Within this section of the website, we explain how we’re setting out on next steps towards that ambition. We’ll be taking action through the products we offer, the protections we have in place for customers and the part we play in making sure people who do experience harm from gambling receive the right help.Central to getting this right is each and every one of us who works for William Hill. Every day, our 16,000 colleagues across William Hill come to work so that people can enjoy gambling, and many spend time with customers up and down the country. I’m determined that our colleagues understand that their instinct to care for our customers is the right one. When we make decisions for the long-term benefit of our customers, our business will be successful in the long run.”___________________last_img read more

Unofficial club websites… a new outlet for affiliate programs?

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Elliott Robinson: Exceeding Expectations in 2019 December 30, 2019 Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 Related Articles Submit STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Are you satisfied with your current affiliation program? For many betting companies a well-tailored program is simply a matter of staying above the surface writes Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE.In times when everyone offers more or less the same to similar types of affiliates, will you follow the well-trodden and overused path, or try going your own way?If you are still with us, it means that you are at least eager to find out more about how to make your affiliate marketing more effective. You probably have tried everything and the results were not as satisfying as you wanted them to be. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst – we have all been there.How about trying something completely different and turning to a type of potential affiliates who are not yet recognized by the market? And we mean… yeap, unofficial football club websites. What the…?! – you could ask. I’m glad that you wish to learn. Unofficial club websites are one of the hottest pieces of cake at the market in terms of a targeted traffic for betting. Still they are surprisingly skipped by the biggest players, who seek their audience elsewhere. We speak about a great share of the market. Top clubs from the English Premier League (EPL) have hundreds of unofficial websites worldwide focused on local fans communities, while they can still have only one official site (even if it has several localizations and unique local content). Unofficial club websites target their communication at the biggest football club fans, who will seek for the updates anywhere. Instead of leaving them on their own, unofficial club websites gather all the desired info mixed with hot gossip and serve them on a daily basis. In many cases, they are far more attractive than the official websites, which remain more abstemious in communication and much more tied by the club PR policy. With their devoted audience, people are coming there every day – sometimes even a couple of times – while at work or while travelling. They, therefore, make a perfect choice to recruit more players to bet online. The unofficial club websites’ target group is made of folks who tend to believe that they know everything about sports and that their opinions are far better than any others. This makes them a dream group to focus your campaign and win some more regular users and – in turn – a higher level of income. Football fans who usually bet with heart, not with their analytical skills, are the ones that build a loyal group of bettors. So, how can you deliver these campaigns? Well, the more straightforward and openly you come at them, the higher the risk of scaring them off. Why not try something more sophisticated rather than just adding simple banners? STATSCORE came up with a dedicated platform for both official and unofficial websites. TeamCenter is a team-themed centre, which brings all the info about the upcoming games, past results, expanded stats, standings, comparisons and of course LIVE data. Each game is covered with a live tracker that provides dedicated animation for every key incident of the game. While these are all displayed on the playing surface alongside the tracking of the ball position, it secures the thrill of participation for the fans and keeps them involved. Since TeamCenter comes with several advertising spaces (including the bands in front of the pitch) and can include your betting odds, it has it all to drive more users to your website. It is a precious content for an unofficial club website and a great commercial opportunity for betting companies to strike affiliate partnerships. The first party gets, for free, a unique add-on to their site and a chance to earn some reasonable commission, while the latter secures greater access to their fanbase. It is a win-win situation.In the highly competitive market of betting, working with affiliates that allow you to differ from the closest competitors is not something to leave for the future, but a question worth answering right here, right now. So, why not start working with unofficial club websites and empower them with ready-made tools to drive an increased number of bets on your website?last_img read more