Statement by Speaker Symington Regarding the Passage of S. 373, “Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant.”Today the House passed S. 373, “Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant.” This bill will protect Vermonters from a potential financial risk if the Entergy Corporation sells Vermont Yankee to a highly leveraged company, NewCo.The provisions of S. 373 are straightforward. It requires that if Vermont Yankee is sold, the Public Service Board (PSB) must determine that its decommissioning fund has enough assets and financial guarantees to pay for immediate restoration of the site upon closing of Vermont Yankee. If the fund currently is adequate, the PSB will require nothing further. If the fund is inadequate, the deficiency can be alleviated by either adding funds or supplying a letter of credit or other guarantee.When decommissioning does occur, S. 373 assures that the fund will be adequate to cover all costs, regardless of whether the corporation that owns the plant is financially strong or not. S. 373 ensures that Vermonters will not be saddled with the responsibility for clean up costs at Vermont Yankee. When Vermont Yankee was built Vermonters were told that its decommissioning would be fully paid for. This bill ensures that this promise will be kept.
Digital has magnified the marketer’s playground, providing both new tools and new channels for reaching audiences. Despite the innovation, there remains a constant: Marketing abhors a vacuum. “The truth is, if you’re not occupying at least some of the space in your market, it’s guaranteed someone else will,” says Terrill Herbig, president of The BA Group, a credit union marketing firm based in Northfield, Minnesota. “Big banks, community banks and fintechs all are occupying the space of current and potential members, and the competition is only going to get stiffer.”Currently, the financial services sector accounts for 12% of digital ad spending, or around $15.65 billion, according to a 2019 report by eMarketer. “This investment makes it critical for credit unions to find their digital focus, one that not only embraces their brand but helps to define and support overarching goals and communicate relevant messages with target audiences,” says Herbig. “Without a share of the digital pie, it’s difficult for credit unions to elevate their brand, let alone give back to members.”Achieving digital focus will also help a credit union to sharpen its goals and service objectives. These can vary by credit union and segment—for example, brand affinity, product adoption or enhanced relationships. But it requires understanding the tools available and differentiating between the strategic and tactical processes, stresses Herbig. “Strategic activities will define your goals over time as well as the key, measurable objectives to achieve them. Tactical actions, however, are task-related and will provide guidelines on how to best use specific channels and resources, based on their respective strengths. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditJohn Elway waited four years for just this sort of weekend where could actually build around a quarterback instead of sleuthing for one.After declaring Drew Lock his starting QB this spring, Elway used his cache of 10 picks in the NFL draft to score both targets and shields for his second-year passer.Moreover, the Broncos GM injected some serious speed into an offense that averaged a piddling 17.6 points last season — and only 15.9 before Lock’s five-game audition during which Denver averaged 21.4 points. April 25, 2020 Denver QB Drew Lock big winner in Broncos’ infusion of speed Associated Press Denver’s defense hasn’t been the problem, staying stout year after year as the Broncos churned through quarterbacks, coaches and offensive coordinators in the wake of Peyton Manning’s retirement four years ago.“We’ve got to put points on the board, and as Vic said, it’s been very frustrating for all of us the last three, four years because we have not been explosive on the offensive side,” Elway said. “And even really five years. When we won Super Bowl 50, we weren’t very explosive on the offensive side. We were just very good on the defensive side.”From his end, Elway said there weren’t any hiccups in the draft conducted via videoconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.“I thought it went great. There were hardly any issues at all,” Elway said. “I’m sure there’s teams that had some issues here and there and other than Vic’s internet going out on the first day we really didn’t have any issues at all.“So, I think the credit goes to Commissioner (Roger) Goodell. He was taking a lot of heat because there were a lot of people that wanted to push it back, didn’t want to do this, didn’t want to attempt it, didn’t want to stay at home and do it. Everybody wanted to get to their war rooms. And he pushed everybody out of their comfort zone and I think it came off great. Okwuegunam’s 4.49 time at the NFL scouting combine marked the second-fastest 40-yard dash for a 6-5, 250-plus-pound tight end since 2003.He also brings a built-in chemistry with Lock.“I can’t even explain how fired up I am … just to have that chemistry and trust and confidence already established there,” Okwuegunam said. Okwuegbunam also relishes playing with the likes of Jeudy and Hamler on an offense featuring Pro Bowl receiver Courtland Sutton and Fant, last year’s first-rounder.“It’s going to put a lot of strain on the corners and safeties,” Okwuegbunam said, adding that he and Fant will leave the linebackers in their wake, too. “People were craving something live and something the could look at on TV and get excited about.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Elway not only built the Broncos’ draft class with Lock in mind but he did it with Lock on the phone at one point.“The first phone call Vic and I made today was to Drew to find out about Albert and see what he thought about him, because he had a much better junior year when Drew was there than he had last year,” Elway said. Lock had high praise for Okwuegunam, especially his speed.“When Drew gave him the seal of approval we were glad he was our target in the fourth round,” Elway said. “Plus, to put him on the other side from Noah (Fant), he’s a 4.49 guy that can really run at 258 pounds, and a big target in the red zone, so another player with great speed we could add.”Lock’s big arm will be put to use whenever football returns. Elway also drafted center Lloyd Cushenberry in the third round. He’ll get the opportunity to win the starting job next to right guard Graham Glasgow, part of the Broncos’ free agency haul that also features running back Melvin Gordon.Elway added some strength in the sixth round in Fresno State guard Netane Muti, who put up an astonishing 44 reps on the bench press at the combine, the most in eight years at the combine and the fourth-highest total ever.“I’ve always loved the weight room,” Muti said. “So, that was a big thing for me.”Elway didn’t exactly neglect his defense.After trading for veterans Jurrell Casey and A.J. Bouye earlier this year, Elway selected Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia and Arkansas D-tackle McTelvin Agim in the third round, Wake Forrest inside linebacker Justin Strnad in the fifth and North Dakota State edge rusher Derrek Tuszka in the seventh. “We had to get some speed and we had to get some talent on that offensive side and some explosiveness,” Elway said Saturday after adding fleet tight end Albert Okwuegunam, a teammate of Lock’s at Missouri, and light-footed Florida wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland to the mix.That followed Elway’s selections of two of the fastest members of this deep class of wide receivers in first-rounder Jerry Jeudy of Alabama and Penn State speedster KJ Hamler in the second round. With all this added firepower, the Broncos expect to both catch up to and keep up with the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.“We need to score more points whether we’re playing the Chiefs or not,” coach Vic Fangio said. “But obviously playing against them, you’re going to need to. So, that was part of it and it’s always good to be fast.“Hopefully we’re a harder offense to defend now once it evolves and we get to playing games.” read more
Wateford’s Colin Dunford is hoping that the experience of 2015 will give his side a good chance at the Gaelic Grounds.Tipp FM’s build-up to live commentary on the big match gets underway shortly after 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon – our coverage will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.Tipp FM will also bring you live coverage of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final between Tipperary and Limerick from 2 o’clock on Sunday with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Church Street, Templemore. Ronan Maher made his comments as the Premier County continue their preparations for Sunday’s provincial decider.Tipp beat the Deise by five points in last year’s final.The Thurles Sarsfields man knows victory won’t be easily won. read more
CALMAR — Top-ranked Newman scored six runs in the third on their way to an 8-1 win at South Winneshiek on Tuesday evening in non-conference baseball. Newman is now 7-0 on the season and travel to 9th-ranked St. Ansgar in an early-season showdown of ranked Class 1A teams. MARSHALLTOWN — Clear Lake’s Ashley DeLong and Tate Storbeck won the Class 1A state co-ed golf tournament on Tuesday at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown. DeLong and Storbeck won the tiebreaker over Maddy and Ethan Streicher of Edgewood-Colesburg after both pairings finished regulation with a 73. Clear Lake’s other entry of Mattie Krause and Easton DeVries finished 27th with a 90. In the 2A state co-ed tournament at Cedar Pointe in Boone, Mason City’s Thea Lunning and JJ Wickman finished fifth with a 77, two shots behind the champions Taylor Sedivec and Nathan Petrak of Johnston. The Mohawks’ other entry of Sophie Lunning and Jackson Wickman finished with a score of 102. MASON CITY – NIACC softball players Hannah Faktor and Kaci Sherwood both were selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association junior college Division II all-Midwest Region first team.Faktor, a freshman who was also a first-team all-NJCAA Region XI selection, was selected to the all-region team as a catcher. She hit .416 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs.Sherwood, a sophomore who was also a first-team all-NJCAA Region XI selection, was selected to the all-region team as an infielder. Sherwood hit .453 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs.DMACC placed five players on the all-Midwest first team. Kirkwood had three on the first team and one on the second team, Iowa Central landed two on the first team and three on the second team, and Iowa Lakes had two on the first team. — other baseball last nightCharles City 5, Decorah 3Humboldt 21, Forest City 4 (5 Innings)West Fork 13, Rockford 0 (5 innings) — other softballHampton-Dumont 6, Osage 3Nashua-Plainfield 16, West Hancock 5 ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS — Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren will take over as the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference after Jim Delaney’s retirement at the beginning of 2020. Warren will begin duties in September and work alongside Delaney for a few months. Warren has been with the Vikings since 2005 and was with the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions prior to that. He has also served as a sports agent and an attorney. Warren says he’s thrilled to become the new Big Ten commissioner.Warren says he is grateful for the opportunity to take over the Big Ten.Warren is a former college basketball player at both Penn and Grand Canyon State, and has a Master’s degree from Arizona State and a law degree from Notre Dame. CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs and the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2. Lindor hit a solo home run in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run homer in the fifth. Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers added back-to-back homers in the seventh. Shane Bieber (5-2) gave up solo homers to Marwin Gonzalez in the second and Eddie Rosario in the sixth. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven-plus innings. MANLY — Central Springs scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the first and held off Clear Lake for a 3-2, six-inning lightning-shortened win in high school softball last night, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Abby Pate had two hits and two runs batted in for the Panthers. Central Springs is 7-4 overall and will host Garner-Hayfield-Ventura tonight. Clear Lake drops to 2-2 on the season and will travel to Algona tonight in North Central Conference play. The baseball matchup between the two schools was halted in the top of the 5th with Clear Lake leading 14-2, but it is not an official game under IHSAA rules since five innings must have been completed. read more