Northstar Vermont Yankee,Vermont Business Magazine Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Kristine L Svinicki and Vermont Governor Philip B Scott have signed(link is external) an agreement to give Vermont regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. Vermont is the 39th state to sign such an agreement with the NRC.Under the agreement, effective September 30, 2019, Vermont assumes responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection and enforcement activities related to the industrial, medical and academic uses of radioactive material.The NRC is transferring 36 academic, commercial and medical licenses for radioactive material to Vermont’s jurisdiction. NRC retains jurisdiction over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, which is currently decommissioning, as well as federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state.Before entering into the agreement, the NRC determined that Vermont’s radiation control program is adequate to protect public health and safety and is compatible with the NRC’s regulations. The proposed agreement was published in the Federal Register for four consecutive weeks for public comment.More information about the Agreement State program, including a list of Agreement States, is available on the NRC’s website(link is external).Source: NRC 9.30.2019
The organising team at Eurobike – billed as ‘the world’s leading exhibition of the bicycle industry’ and taking place from 30 August to 2 September 2017, in Friedrichshafen, Germany – note that this year’s show is ‘on course for success’. For the 26th edition of Eurobike… ‘some 1350 exhibitors from all over the world are again expected at Lake Constance.’“Eurobike is the world’s most important presentation platform in the bicycle industry and is setting another milestone in the now 200-year history of the bicycle with numerous highlights in 2017,” explained Klaus Wellmann, CEO of Messe Friedrichshafen.Many market leaders of the industry will again be represented with their product innovations in Friedrichshafen. Show Director Stefan Reisinger announced, “The bicycle industry is transforming itself, and Eurobike is changing with it. E-bikes and the associated parts, components, and applications are advancing the bicycle as a mobility product as well as fuelling rapid development of performance e-MTBs. Eurobike 2017 will again fill the entire exhibition grounds with trends, topics, and innovations for the 2018 season.”During the Eurobike Business Days from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September, the expo will be putting its exclusive focus on the specialized needs of the global industry. Here exhibitors will be in dialog with more than 40,000 expected trade visitors and 1700 media representatives from around the world.With a mix of ‘entertainment, action and exhibition’, the Eurobike Festival Day on Saturday 2 September is geared toward all bike enthusiasts. In addition to ‘numerous innovations available to visitors for testing, the professionals will give their best in stunt performances on the fairgrounds.’Eurobike 2017 is open from 30 August to 2 September from 09:00 to 18:00 each day. On the Business Days from Wednesday to Friday, the fair will only be open to trade visitors and accredited journalists.www.eurobike- show.com Related
Gophers head into new season with confidence David NelsonOctober 2, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBased on how the athletes spoke Wednesday afternoon at the University Aquatic Center, the Minnesota swimming and diving teams are ready for a big year.The men’s and women’s teams will kick off their 2014-15 season this weekend when they hit the road to take on Arizona State.Despite the loss of talent on both teams after last year’s seniors graduated, the Gophers don’t seem to have lost their swagger.“This team, since I got here, has been going through some rebuilding and some transition phases,” senior distance freestyler C.J. Smith said. “We’ve been doing a great job of holding it together. Now’s finally the time where … it’s all together.”It all came together for the women’s team last February as the Gophers won their third consecutive Big Ten title. However, senior Tori Simenec said the team needs to stay focused to ensure it stays on top.“Other teams have their eye on the same prize that we do,” Simenec said. “And we’re trying to make sure that we want it just as much if not more than the other teams.”The men’s team fell short of its goals after the 2013-14 regular season concluded.Following a fourth place finish at Big Ten championships, the men’s team took 22nd among teams at the NCAA championships.“We certainly left a lot on the table at NCAAs,” Smith said. Though Smith said everyone’s goal is to improve his or her standing at NCAAs, the senior acknowledged that the goal for this season remains to further the program.“We just want to leave this team on a better note than when we came in,” Smith said. “If that means placing higher at NCAAs, so be it. If that means setting this team up so the year after they kill it, that’s what it takes.”The men’s and women’s teams often talked about the closeness of the groups last season, and senior associate head coach Terry Ganley said she’s already seen that closeness come out this fall.“The team has said that themselves … that it’s been the easiest transition for our freshmen coming in,” Ganley said. “It’s a great team chemistry right now.”Simenec and Smith were both quick to rave about the talent within the team’s freshman class.“We got so many good people, so that’s something to be confident about,” Simenec said. “The freshmen are just doing a great job of stepping up and filling the shoes of the people who did leave.”The Gophers appear to be in high spirits as they get ready to face off against the Sun Devils.But no one sounded more excited to start this season than one of the coaches.“I don’t think we’ve ever been in a better place, and I’ve coached here 30 plus years,” Ganley said.
CBS News: The shape of a CEO’s face can predict his company’s financial performance, according to a new study in which researchers analyzed photos of 55 male chief executive officers of Fortune 500 businesses.The crucial feature: Facial width. Corporate leaders with faces that were wide relative to their length — such as Herb Kelleher, the former CEO of Southwest Airlines — tended to lead better-performing companies than CEOs with narrower faces, such as Dick Fuld, the long-faced final CEO of Lehman Brothers, the study found.This finding follows research that has shown that the ratio of facial width to height is correlated with aggression in men. This relationship between face shape and behavior, which is thought to be related to testosterone levels, has not been shown to hold for women.Other research has shown men with wider faces are more likely than those with narrow faces to behave unethically. In a previous study using a computer game, researchers found broad-faced men were less trustworthy than other men.In the new study, Elaine Wong at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her colleagues looked at the batch of CEO photos, along with information about the companies’ financial performances and letters to shareholders.Read the whole story: CBS News More of our Members in the Media >
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Gazprom informed that, as of today, geophysical surveys have been completed for the subsea section of Nord Stream 2 and geotechnical investigations are underway.Reportedly, detailed surveying is planned to be conducted along the pipeline route in the near future.The design of the subsea section and the pipeline landfall in Russia is being developed. The national reports and the consolidated report on environmental impact assessment are under preparation.In March 2016, the pipe supply tendering for the Nord Stream 2 project was completed. The contracts were awarded to Europipe (40 per cent), OMK (33 per cent), and ChelPipe (27 per cent). Gazprom signed pipe supply contracts with the above companies in April 2016.In addition, the Company called for tenders to lay the deep-water section of the pipeline, with the exception of coastal areas.Gazprom said it expects the gas pipeline to be commissioned before late 2019.
Athlone musician, Nur Felix, is releasing his latest music video on YouTube today. An Athlone artist says he is using his platform as a musician to spread love, joy and truth, because there are too much darkness and sadness in the world.Nur Felix is releasing his latest music video, called All the men, on YouTube today, and he is also launching his weekly series, Songs from my kitchen, on Instagram, where he’ll sing a new song, unplugged, every week. Roy Zetisky directed the music video for All the men.Mr Felix is celebrating 10 years in the music industry and describes his genre as inspirational, conscious music. Most of the songs he writes are inspired by life events and things he observes.All the men was among those songs birthed from life’s observations, he said.“It is sad that the society we live in today, is not what it was. Relationships are not what it used to be years ago. We live in an era of swipe left (on dating sites) and easy hook-ups. People don’t want to engage in authentic relationships, instead they want instant gratification and one-night stands – and then some dip into depression,” Mr Felix said.Growing up, Mr Felix was shy and quiet. He was encouraged to take up drama to get out of his shell, and he has never looked back since.“I got out of my shell by doing the extreme – getting into the entertainment industry,” he laughed.He is not just passionate about music, but also about making positive changes in society. Last year he collaborated with a Canadian singer and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, to produce a song about peace. The pair’s song, called Peace Date, took fifth place at the International Peace Song Awards, which happened in Los Angeles, America, beating thousands of other entries from across the world. Children from Manenberg Primary School feature in the music video.“I believe one has a responsibility as an artist. People must be able to take away something from your concert and implement whatever they take away to enrich their lives. There are a lot of darkness and sadness in the world, and a lot in the entertainment industry that perpetuates that darkness. I just want to spread the light,” Mr Felix said.Catch Mr Felix with his weekly uploads of Songs from my kitchen,@felix.nur on Instagram.
Pupils from De La Bat School for the deaf and hearing impaired, the Lalela Project and Vista Nova took part in an interactive Shakespeare Schools Festival SA drama workshop ahead of the upcoming festival at the Fugard Theatre. The 10th Shakespeare School’s Festival South Africa (SSFSA) kicks off on Tuesday March 3 at The Fugard Theatre.The 35 Cape Town schools taking part this year will each have to prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice. In the months leading up to the festival, the SSFSA hosts several interactive workshops for pupils and teachers, making resources available to equip participants and ensure the successful staging of their plays.The SSFSA is an educational programme aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts.SSFSA prides itself on being a fully inclusive event that welcomes all pupils, including those with different abilities and challenges. In previous festivals the De La Bat School for the deaf (using South African Sign Language) and the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired delivered renditions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth respectively. Both schools will again be part of the festival this year.The festival, pioneered by founder Kseniya Filinova-Bruton from Educape, has grown from an event with 20 participants to one that attracts more than 2 000 youth each year across the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.SSFSA helps explore pupils’ acting potential in a fun, developmental way, while making their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. The festival will also be presented in Johannesburg, Durban, George and Makhanda.The Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Fugard Theatre runs from Tuesday March 3 to Saturday March 14. Performances start at 7pm and tickets are available through 021 461 4554 and www.thefugard.com
SHARE Police confirm Minnesota mosque was attacked, FBI takes lead BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) Someone apparently threw a bomb through the window of a suburban Minneapolis mosque on Saturday as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging the imam’s office but not injuring anyone, an official said.The local police department tweeted that a preliminary investigation shows that a destructive device caused the explosion, “in violation of federal law,” and that the FBI has taken the lead in the investigation.The blast happened at around 5 a.m. at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, south of Minneapolis. There were 15 to 20 people inside the mosque when the blast happened, and worshippers managed to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota said in a news release.The society’s director, Asad Zaman, said at a news conference that a witness saw something being thrown at the imam’s office window from a “van or truck” before the blast. WCCO-TV reports that he said it may have been a fire bomb. Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director, said a worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away afterward.The mosque, which primarily serves people from the area’s large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails, Omar told the Star Tribune .“It was 5 a.m.,” Omar said. “The whole neighborhood was calm. People were supposed to be sleeping, that’s how peaceful this should be. I was shocked to learn this happened.”Trevin Miller, who lives across the street, told the Star Tribune that the explosion woke him up, saying that he felt it on his “insides.”Yasir Abdalrahman, a worshipper at the mosque, said the explosion was “unimaginable.”“We came to this country for the same reason everyone else came here: freedom to worship,” Abdalrahman said. “And that freedom is under threat. Every other American should be insulted by this.”An FBI spokesman didn’t immediately reply to a phone message seeking further information about the investigation.The mosque serves as a religious center and community organizing platform for Muslim activists and leaders in the area, said the society, which is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: August 5, 2017 4:16 PM EDT
FIFA Women’s world cup 2015 Football: Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup – report The tournament’s official logo for the 2022 Qatar World Cup is seen on the wall of an amphitheater, in Doha, Qatar, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoun The tournament’s official logo for the 2022 Qatar World Cup is seen on the wall of an amphitheater, in Doha, Qatar. REUTERS/Naseem ZeitounFootball’s world governing body, FIFA, on Wednesday released the match schedule for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by Qatar.The tournament will begin November 21 at Al Bayt Stadium in the northern city of Al Khor with the hosts Qatar in action while the final will be played on December 18 at Lusail Stadium in Doha.“Exactly two years after that historic occasion on 15 July 2018, the unveiling of the match schedule for the next edition invites the football world to dream of a new beginning – one that, now, has a precise time and place to start,” FIFA said in a statement on its website.The group stage will be spread over the course of 12 days and will feature four matches a day to give all teams “optimal rest” between their matches and promise fans a “full and exciting schedule,” according to FIFA.FIFA said that the local kick-off times (GMT +3) for group matches had been set for 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. Meanwhile, the concurrent kick-offs for the final round of group games and knockout-stage timings will be 6pm and 10pm.A graphic showing the match schedule for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. COURTESY: FIFAGroup stage games for each matchday will only be assigned to a stadium and kick-off time after the final draw, which will be held after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.“Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation,” FIFA said.According to FIFA, due to the location of all of Qatar’s stadiums within a 40-mile radius, fans might be able to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.Related Qatar to grow thousands of trees for the 2022 World Cup