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Entergy Nuclear plants continue safe operations at full power following Irene

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,With the brunt of Tropical Storm Irene now past the eastern seaboard, Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont all remain operating safely and at full power. ‘Entergy’s nuclear generating plants continue to operate safely while supplying electricity to the region’s customers,’ said John Herron, president and CEO of Entergy Nuclear.Entergy Nuclear plants began preparations for the storm early in the week, coordinating activities with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, independent system operators and various government officials.While Irene pummeled the eastern coast, critical Entergy Nuclear staff remained dedicated at each site, ready to respond to potential weather impacts.‘Nuclear plants are built to exceed the most severe natural forces historically reported for their geographic area,’ Herron said. ‘But primarily, our ability to serve our regions comes through the power of our people, including those who have remained apart from their families to ensure a safe supply of power for others.’In addition to the nuclear plant staff sequestered at Indian Point, Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee, the company’s utilities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas staged roughly 170 workers and 92 resident utility contractors in the Maryland area to help restore power to the regional grid.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.last_img read more

Shafer discusses Raymon, Williams, Hunt injuries

first_img Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ The bright side, the way Syracuse head Scott Shafer looks at it, is that injuries provide learning opportunities for players.Only SU’s players have faced far too many than Shafer would like. And recent wounds to nose tackles John Raymon and Wayne Williams not only hurt the Orange (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) in the middle of the defensive line, but sting the heart of their head coach, too.“Both of them have come a long way and you’re disappointed when a young man gets hurt and you feel for him,” Shafer said during the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning. “But you also understand that’s a part of this game, unfortunately.”Shafer pointed to SU’s weekly Thursday night injury report regarding Raymon’s and Williams’ status for Saturday’s game against Duke.Raymon tore his ACL last year and was not expected by many to recover in time for this season, but did. But during the Orange’s 24-17 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday, the junior had to be helped off the field in the second quarter and did not return.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe road that Williams, a junior college transfer, took to reach the field for Syracuse was tumultuous in its own way. He originally signed to be part of the Class of 2013 but didn’t enroll at SU until January, then trimmed down about 40 pounds as he learned to play team football.He’s been out the last three games with a lower-body injury.“I’ve seen a lot of growth out of Johnny in dealing with his injury last year and combating through some very difficult times and becoming a stronger young man,” Shafer said. “… Wayne went through a lot just to get here and he was just starting to come on and play pretty well for us and we were excited about his progress. And then he gets nicked up…“Losing a game is one thing, but losing an opportunity to play the game is the other that we’ve been dealing with far too often. But I feel good about the way the kids are fighting through the process.”Near the end of his 10-minute segment of the teleconference, Shafer was asked about quarterback Terrel Hunt’s progress and said nothing’s changed with the quarterback’s recovery.He added that Hunt’s been making progress in his pursuit of a master’s degree since he is set to complete his undergraduate degree “real soon.”“As far as the injury goes, it’s just going to be day by day, week by week,” Shafer said. “We’ll take it at that speed.” Commentslast_img read more

Heisler: Whatever the Clippers are, they’re not going anywhere

first_img“We gonna say hi because we know each other,” Johnson said. “You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers’ — even though I’ll be wink-winking like (laughing uproariously and batting one eye theatrically). You know what that means, right?”We know what that means. Maybe they’ll work out hand signals, like thumb over George’s shoulder, hitchhike-style, means he’s outta there.Meanwhile, this summer’s biggest free agents are a few feet down the Staples Center hall in a dressing room about half the size of the Lakers’ palatial suite of rooms. With Magic looking as if he has heard that neither intends to leave, you can’t even find speculation linking Griffin and Paul with the Lakers amid the drivel on the internet.Kimmel asked Magic about CP3, too. Magic, who would certainly say hi to him, too, let it pass without comment, or wink.Of course, the first question is the Clippers commitment. This could be dicey since Steve Ballmer has owned them for three seasons with the team suffering devastating injuries at the end of these last two, not to mention Blake’s broken hand after punching out the equipment manager … after which there were, indeed, reports of Denver-Clippers trade talks about Blake and a giant package of Nuggets.New York area papers are now speculating on a Carmelo Anthony-for-Griffin trade, following the lead of a GQ piece in January headlined, “The One Trade That Would Fix Two Teams.”’They only missed by two teams. An eighth grader could tell you that neither team would have changed much. The Clippers would still be pretty good, the Knicks awful.Happily for the Clippers, the going price on Carmelo shouldn’t be remotely that high. With his age (32), salary ($26.2 million) and reputation (declining), and Knicks president Phil Jackson’s stated aim of getting rid of him, the Knicks are likely to have to take a young role player like Austin Rivers and a high-priced veteran like Jamal Crawford, the two Clippers whose names came up when Phil shopped Melo at midseason.You can imagine how heavy Clippers hearts have been since Griffin left in Game 3, even as they continued to battle, coming from 3-2 behind in Game 6 in Utah behind Paul, averaging a gaudy 27-10-5 in this series.Tipping off the despair they’re sucking up, the usually gracious Paul went off on a reporter who asked a routine-enough question after the Clippers’ Game 5 loss in Staples Center, about whether they would be back for Game 7.“What?” exclaimed Paul, as if slapped across the face. “What you think? I’m on the team. What you gonna say, ‘Nah, it’s over?’ That’s what you want to hear? Yes! C’mon man, you’ve been doing this long enough. Seriously, right?”Seriously, right. CP3 could almost certainly put up these numbers nightly, like Russell Westbrook or Steph Curry, but he’s a Real Point Guard as opposed to their hybrid versions.Of course, maybe Steph and Russell have it right. The Clippers are always saying they’re at their best when CP3 is at his most aggressive, but it takes an injury to Blake before CP3 throws unselfishness to the wind.Utah coach Quin Snyder has spent the past three games with his center, Rudy Gobert, sinking back into the lane on pick-and-rolls, letting CP3 come off with shooting room.Interestingly, it’s similar to what opponents did with Jazz icon John Stockton, another Real Point Guard. Former Lakers coach Del Harris once told me he had his guards go under screens on their pick-and-rolls, knowing how reluctant Stockton was to shoot.Ah, memories. ESPN play-by-play man Mark Jones reminisced about the old days, musing how much he missed the Delta Center … forgetting that he was sitting in it … although it has since been renamed EnergySolutions Arena and now Vivint Smart Home Arena.Memory used to be a luxury Clippers fans couldn’t afford, but this is a new day, little as you could convince Lakers fans of that.“There’s going to be some kind of sunshine for him at some point,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers after Griffin went down. “You’ve just got to weather this storm.”So must they all. It’s been a long one if you count Donald Sterling’s 32 seasons, although in comparison Ballmer’s have been a day at the beach. As Wavy Gravy said at Woodstock, “There’s always a little bit of heaven, even in a disaster area.”Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. Actually, insiders say the answer is no. Both love it here and want to stay.Normally, this kind of speculation is meaningless, with free agents prone to leaving on a whim. In their case, however, the speculation has been right as long as both players have been here, with both having already signed new contracts with nary a presentation from another team.If “here” could mean staying in the area while joining the Lakers, that doesn’t appear to be the case.With the Lakers dying to land a star, Magic Johnson is making no secret of his plans to pursue Indiana’s Paul George, a 2018 free agent whom the Pacers might move if he turns down their extension offer.You’re never in the dark for long with Magic, who went on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and hinted that he’s targeting George when asked what he would say if he ran into him somewhere. Clippers forever.No, really. This isn’t a tribue to Chris Paul, much as he deserves it, as do they all for the professionalism they have shown after losing Blake Griffin once more.This is about their future, precarious as it looks, even if they escape their usual first-round exit in Sunday’s Game 7 … which would leave them to face mighty Golden State, looking at their usual second-round exit … after which CP3 and Blake can opt out and become free agents.Of course, this is irresistible to the press, which frames every reverse as the end of the current era, as in: Has Griffin/Paul played his last game as a Clipper?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more