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_imgThis week’s series of Sex Week events, sponsored by the USC Program Board, raises the question of whether USC provides adequate sexual health resources to students during the other 51 weeks of the year.Victim · Derrick Burts, a former adult film actor, shared his views on reform in the Adult Entertainment Industry during Sex Week at USC. – Christopher Pham | Daily Trojan The answer to this question is located on the second floor of the University Health Center in the Health Promotion and Prevention Services center.The majority of students that visit HPPS come for the free safe-sex supplies, specifically condoms, and HIV testing, which are free during the month of February, according to Christina Li, an HPPS employee.“We like people to come in and talk individually,” said HPPS director Paula Swinford. “But a lot of the work that we do is making sure that the conversations around sexuality happen where the student is, and making an environment that supports risk reduction and protective behaviors.”Li said she believes students should take more advantage of HPPS’ one-on-one resources, and worries that many students might not know they exist.“HPPS doesn’t publicize that you can come and talk about sex,” Li said. “They only publicize that you can come and get HIV testing and that there are condoms.”The center also offers counseling and a Resource Room where students can read up on sexual health and speak to peer health educators, who have been trained to talk anonymously with students about sex and other health-related issues.Though more students visit HPPS for condoms and testing than to talk, Li said this does not mean students aren’t taking full advantage of HPPS, whose main goal is universal prevention rather than individual intervention.These efforts include activities like filling condom buckets campus-wide and training resident advisers to be able to have discussions about sexuality with their residents.Catherine Chan, a freshman peer health educator, said she wishes more students would utilize HPPS’ Resource Room, she also thinks there should be more programming on campus like Sex Week.“Most people think they’re going to get judged for talking about [sex],” Chan said. “That’s why I think programs like Sex Week are good because people can just bring their friends, and it’s not a judgment call.”Cerise Carleo, a freshman majoring in architecture, said Sex Week is a chance to challenge students’ perceptions of sexual health.“[Sexual health education] is still an issue here because everyone has grown up with different backgrounds,” Carleo said. “I also don’t think that it should stop at a certain age. I think you just end up having more questions the more you’re exposed to.”Emilia Ana Cosma, executive director of Program Board’s Women’s Student Assembly, decided to bring Sex Week to USC because she believes that although the health center has a lot of available resources, USC still lacks  programming related to sexuality.“[Sex Week] is a great way to talk about issues like safe sex, HIV/AIDS prevention, STD prevention as well as a lot of related gender and relationship issues,” Cosma said. “But it frames things in a more palatable way to educate people.”Some of these issues will be discussed tonight at 7 p.m. in THH 119 at a workshop with the WSA and the Center for Women titled “Healthy Sex is Good Sex: Navigating the World of Hook-ups and Dating Violence.”“We’ve tried to make it as applicable to a wide variety of students as possible, not only focusing on people who are in relationships,” Cosma said. “But also on people who are dating and just hanging out on The Row and talking about ways to avoid the different things that come up in a real open and honest forum.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2019 at 7:10 pm Contact Nick: To cut Louisville’s four-point lead in the fourth set, Syracuse needed a 10-hit rally. It started with a safe serve from Berkley Hayes. Then, a diving dig from SU senior Aliah Bowllan preserved the rally. Ella Saada had to dive out of bounds toward the scorer’s table to keep an Elena Karakasi mishit alive. The Orange were scrambling. Several hits later, SU regained composure and won the point on a Karakasi kill. The applauding crowd in the Women’s Building rose to its feet. Though Syracuse would lose that set, the defensive performance in the comeback effort indicated a larger trend.While the attacking play from Polina Shemanova was spectacular, as she broke the school’s single game kills record with 36, it was Syracuse’s (8-11, 5-7 Atlantic Coast) defense in its new formation that led it to five-set win over Louisville (15-7, 8-4) on Sunday to give SU a three-game winning streak. Syracuse tallied a season-high 87 digs and 11 blocks in the win.“Going into Notre Dame,” Bowllan said, “We had the feeling we could beat them. And then coming into today we had the same mindset, just staying calm and not getting your emotions too high or too low, just being level headed.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore their road trip to North Carolina a week ago, SU head coach Leonid Yelin and his staff changed the defensive formation, shifting to what assistant coach Derryk Williams called a “setter up” formation. In this new alignment, the setter now sits right behind the middle blockers, picking up any loose balls that the middles or side defenders can’t get to. For some of the players on Syracuse, this formation was a brand new concept, so the coaching staff had to teach them their new responsibilities on the fly. In the first game in the setter up formation, the Orange struggled to build rallies in a three-to-one set loss to North Carolina.In the win over Notre Dame on Friday night, the Orange recorded 74 digs, as the players were starting to grasp the new formation. On Sunday, Syracuse continued that momentum. “We’re playing a new defense and that’s something we had to do was get adjusted to it and get comfortable with,” Bowllan said after the game. “Right now we’re getting a lot of balls up and I don’t think there’s anything we can complain about.”Along with the growing confidence in the defensive formation change, Syracuse’s middle blockers continued to show growth in the Louisville win. Abby Casiano recorded seven kills on ten tries in the win, and her blocking combinations with both Dana Gardner and junior Yuliia Yastrub were key in stifling Louisville’s attack. “I think (Casiano’s) improvement is unbelievable.” Williams said. “We used her when we needed her, and that allowed Polina to take a break once in a while, along with Ella on the outside.” Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorEarly in the second set, Casiano displayed her growth after Karakasi lofted a pass in the middle of the court, and Casiano raced over and jumped in the air, ready to hit the ball. But, she let the ball fly past her, freezing the Louisville middles. Saada then came right behind Gardner, and fired a ball into hole in the Louisville defense. “When she converts,” Williams said, “It makes our lives a lot easier because opposing middles have to wait a little longer to go outside.”Led by the strong defense, SU won the second and third sets, but those were sandwiched by losses in the first and fourth.Then in the fifth set, Casiano rose up again over the middle. The Cardinal defense read the play and shifted the blockers over to cover a trailing Shemanova. This time, Casiano fired the ball through the hole left by the shifted Louisville defense.While the middle blockers and defense performed at a high level against one of the ACC’s best teams, Yelin acknowledged there is still room for improvement.“I think our middles still have to be more involved,” Yelin said, “To make sure they don’t overwork Polina.” Commentslast_img read more