first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, today reiterated that it will be incredibly difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act in 2010 on the question of continued operation of Vermont Yankee unless a power purchase agreement between Vermont utilities and Entergy is filed with the Vermont Public Service Board before November 1, 2009.  In addition, the legislative leaders again noted that before the General Assembly acts there needs to be a requirement in place for Entergy to have enough assets to pay for restoration of the site upon the closing of Vermont Yankee. It would be irresponsible for the General Assembly to make a decision regarding the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee plant without a full understanding of the economic impact that it will have on Vermonters during these touch economic times, said Senator Shumlin. With the market price of power currently at 4.1 cents a kilowatt hour, the claim by Entergy Louisiana that Vermont Yankee will be the cheapest source of power for Vermonters remains to be seen. We have been clear through legislation and communication with Entergy Corporation that the decommissioning fund shortfall needs to be resolved and the Purchase Power Agreement needs to be in place before the General Assembly can act on whether or not Vermont Yankee can continue to operate beyond 2012, said Speaker Smith.  We remain firm on these two points.Source: Senator Shumlin’s office. 10.7.2009last_img read more

first_imgThe forming of the PTF-ELCAC is in compliancewith President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70. “The target given by the President is untilthe end of his term,” he added. Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, JTF-Negroscommander, said on Friday the aim is take down the communist-terrorist group’snorthern and central Negros fronts. In Negros Occidental alone, there is acontinued presence of the CPP-NPA cadres mainly in the first, fifth and sixdistricts, although the military said their number has dwindled in recentyears. “Our target for the northern Negros front andthe central Negros front is up to the end of this year,” he added. BACOLOD City – The military’s Joint Task Force(JTF) Negros looks forward to dismantling two of the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebel fronts on the island by the endof the year.    Army officials applaud the surrender of a firearm of former communist rebel ‘Ka Joros’ to Brigadier General Eric Vinoya (second from right) during the North Negros Peace Summit in Escalante City on Friday. NANETTE L. GUADALQUIVER/PNAcenter_img Vinoya said as the head of JTF-Negros, he istasked to expedite the ending of local communist armed conflict in Negrosthrough various efforts, including focused military operations, communitysupport programs, and working with the Provincial Task Force on Ending LocalCommunist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in the two provinces. “With those two provincial task forces, therewill be a whole-of-nation approach already. There is collaboration not onlyfrom the security forces but also from local government units and nationalgovernment agencies,” he added. Under EO 70, there is a shift from atraditional military-centric approach to a civilian-led way in confronting thecommunist terrorist groups (CTGs) to a whole-of-nation approach, in which themilitary solution should be just one of the many components in addressing thecommunist insurgency.(With a report fromPNA/PN) Vinoya said the fast-tracked operations forthe rest of the NPA’s fronts on the island will follow next year. The Army maintains two brigades in the NegrosIsland: The 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia, Negros Occidental led byBrigadier General Benedict Arevalo, who supervises the 94th, 79th, and 62ndinfantry battalions (IB); and the 302IB stationed in Tanjay City, NegrosOriental headed by Colonel Noel Baluyan.last_img read more

first_imgThe end of yet another NFL season has passed. With the NFL Pro Bowl already in the distant minds of viewers and parties from Super Bowl LIII already cleaned up, all eyes are already on next season.The end of the week marks the time when professional teams start to rebuild their rosters, prepare for the draft and look ahead to what the next season has in store. For some teams, the future outlook is bright, but others find themselves at the top of the draft board after yet another disappointing season.While the NFL off-season is just about to start, the Badger Football off-season is a few months old, and preparation for the draft for those who have declared has already begun.Badger football Head Coach Paul Chryst will say goodbye to 16 graduating seniors this season: guards Beau Benzschawel and Michael Deiter, fullback Alec Ingold, linebacker T.J. Edwards and safety D’Cota Dixon.For these seniors and a few others leaving Madison in pursuit of a roster spot in professional football, their careers as players are just getting started, as several of them are projected to be picked early in this year’s draft in Nashville.Wisconsin football has a rich history of sending players to the NFL draft, many of whom succeed greatly on the world’s biggest stage. There are currently 31 former Badgers in the NFL, including Melvin Gordon as a running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, all three of the Watt brothers — J.J., Derek and T.J., Travis Frederick as a center for the Cowboys, New England running back James White, and Eagles running back Corey Clement.Men’s basketball: As Wisconsin adjusts to life without Trevor Anderson, depth becomes a concernIt wasn’t until the Badgers traveled east for a matchup against in-state rival Marquette last year that the Badgers showed Read…The following departing players will hope to add their names to this list in April.David Edwards (Junior)Edwards entered Wisconsin in 2015 as a tight end and redshirted his freshman season. Since moving to the offensive tackle position at the beginning of the 2016 season, he has become one of the best offensive linemen in the country. Notable accolades include Academic All-Big Ten (2016-18), First Team All-America (2017, AFCA) and First Team All-Big Ten (2018, media).The 6-foot-7, 315 pound Edwards is currently ranked by CBS Sports as the fifth offensive tackle and has been given a second round grade by experts.Beau Benzschawel (Senior)Benzschawel, a part of a senior class who went 42–12, entered Wisconsin in 2014 as a three-star recruit out of Grafton, Wisconsin. After redshirting his freshman season, he emerged as one of, if not the, best offensive guards in the country.Notable accolades include Second Team All-Big Ten (2016, coaches) and First Team All-American (2017-18, consensus).Fittingly, Benzschawel is the highest rated guard by CBS Sports and is projected to be selected in the third round in April.Michael Deiter (Senior)Like Benzschawel and Edwards, Deiter redshirted his first year in Madison. After that, he went on to set a school record of 54 consecutive starts — 24 at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle.He, along with Benzschawel and Edwards, will be remembered for what he did to help protect his quarterbacks and help Jonathan Taylor to a Doak Walker Award and 4,171 rushing yards in Taylor’s first two seasons in Madison.Deiter capped off his college career this season by being named First Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and The Athletic.He is listed as the second-ranked offensive guard (behind Benzschawel) and has been given a fifth-round grade.T.J. Edwards (Senior)T.J. Edwards ended his college career with 53 starts at linebacker, 366 total tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and ten interceptions.He will be particularly known for starting every game for the Badgers’ first ranked scoring defense and second-ranked total defense in 2015.While many experts don’t see T.J. Edwards’ game translating to the NFL, he is the sixth-ranked inside linebacker by CBS Sports and has been given a fifth-round grade.Football: After season of heartbreak, Wisconsin finds redemption in 35-3, Pinstripe Bowl win over MiamiAfter a Badger football season plagued by injuries which hampered preseason expectations, the University of Wisconsin football team (7-5) finished Read…D’Cota Dixon (Senior)Dixon suffered a season-ending injury in week four of his first season in Madison. Since then, Dixon played in 43 games and became a staple in the back end of Chryst’s defense.Dixon’s distinguished Badger career included 179 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and five interceptions. He is a bit undersized for the safety position at the next level, standing at 5-foot-10, 205 lbs, but there have been elite level safeties to succeed at that size, most notably former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.Dixon’s draft prediction has bounced around since the college season came to an end, projected as high as the sixth round in some rankings, but he now is projected to sign as an undrafted free agent after the draft concludes.OthersAlongside the notable names above, defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu and fullback Alec Ingold are both projected to be drafted in the later rounds or signed as undrafted free agents after the draft process concludes.Sagapolu, most known for his backflips, has the higher projection of the two, partly due to the scarcity of fullbacks in today’s NFL. But despite having a hill to climb to find a spot on an NFL roster, Ingold impressed scouts at last week’s Reese’s Senior Bowl, and many believe when it is all said and done, he will be playing in the NFL next season.The NFL Draft will air on ABC and ESPN starting April 25 with round one, rounds two and three April 26 and rounds four through seven April 27.last_img read more

first_img Published on February 24, 2018 at 6:41 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Open ice was the only thing between Logan Hicks and Robert Morris goalie Elijah Milne-Price.Hicks corralled the puck with her stick, dragging it to Milne-Price’s glove side before attempting a backhanded wrist shot. The goalie had no trouble stopping Hicks’ shot, securing the puck between her glove and two pads.There were still 18 minutes left in the second period, but Syracuse wouldn’t earn a clean look on goal the rest of the game.Missed opportunities like Hicks’ breakaway and poor offensive execution did in Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 College Hockey America) in its 4-0 loss to No. 9 Robert Morris (20-7-4, 14-3-3) on Saturday. The result was the Orange’s second shutout loss in as many days, the first time SU has been held scoreless on a weekend since late September, during its season-opening series against Bemidji State. It’s a concerning sign for a Syracuse team that begins CHA playoffs on Thursday.“They’re a good team, but we made them look really good,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “That’s 10 times we’ve been shut out … it’s been three of the past four games. That’s pretty frustrating.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange fought from behind for most of the game thanks to an RMU goal just more than two minutes into the contest. But just like in Friday’s game, Syracuse was the more aggressive team in the first period, outshooting the Colonials, 12-7.In a seven-minute stretch in the first period, SU attempted 10 shots to RMU’s two. It began with an Alysha Burriss backhander shot into Milne-Price’s chest protector off a 1-on-1 opportunity. Later, Lindsay Eastwood followed her shot attempt from the blue line with a feed to Stephanie Grossi by the crease, but Grossi’s shot was blocked. That was followed by a nice move by Kelli Rowswell, which got her by a Colonials defender creating a good look, only for her shot to be stopped. The rebound deflected to Hicks, who had a seemingly wide-open scoring chance on the right side of the goal, but the attempt was deflected away by a Robert Morris defender.It was the most dominant stretch of the game for the Orange, but it came away empty-handed.“We just couldn’t put the puck in the net yesterday or today,” Eastwood said. “And obviously to win a game you have to score, so that hurt us.”While SU’s early season struggles against Bemidji State were attributed to lack of experience and practice time, this weekend’s ineptitude was unexplainable. Contrary to its play against Rochester Institute of Technology earlier in the month, Syracuse failed to produce any high-quality looks on Milne-Price. Its offensive possessions were also often limited to one shot, as the Colonials usually cleared rebounds.The majority of the Orange’s shots went straight into Milne-Price’s “breadbasket,” Flanagan said, and Syracuse didn’t spend enough time in its offensive zone. It was partially a result of SU’s poor forechecking, which led to long RMU possessions that ended with good looks at the net.“Same problems as yesterday, all originating from the defensive zone,” freshman defender Kristen Siermachesky said. “It’s been stuff we’ve been working on a lot. We’re getting there.”Syracuse needed to win both games this weekend in order to secure a first-round bye in the CHA playoffs. Instead, it didn’t even score a goal. With the memories of its six-straight CHA final losses, the Orange knows its offensive struggles need to be remedied, and soon.The first chance for Syracuse to prove whether its offense will regain its mid-season form will be on Thursday in the first round of the CHA tournament, against No. 6 seed RIT. Playing the team that it outscored 22-3 in four games this season will be a good opportunity for the Orange to break out, but it knows that in order for that to happen, this weekend has to be forgotten.“We can’t dwell on it. If we dwell on it we’ll be done on Thursday,” Flanagan said. “We still have a chance, we have to do it the hard way, win three games in three nights, I’ve seen teams do it, and it can be pretty neat.“So, let’s just do it the hard way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more