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Vermont Yankee expected back on line soon

first_imgAs of today, Vermont Yankee reports that the refueling and maintenance outage is in Day 24 and work activities continue to noticeably wind down. Work at the cooling towers involving the third (and final) phase of the cooling tower upgrades continue, and the safety-related section of the west tower is complete. Also complete is the replacement of service water piping to “A” Emergency Diesel Generator and the routine cleaning of the intake bays.VY completed leak testing of tubes in the main condenser through the use of specialized “dimple” plugs, designed to identify even the smallest of leaks.  The source of power for the outage was transferred to the main transformer.  This allowed the next phase of work on the new Vernon Substation to commence.Preparations for start up continue on the refuel floor. The reactor pressure vessel has been reassembled and is being pressure tested today. In conjunction with this test, control rods will be tested. Tomorrow, the Integrated Leak Rate Test of the primary containment will be started. The test involves pressurizing the primary containment and then measuring the leakage rate or pressure drop over a several hour period.The test of the Emergency Core Cooling System was successfully conducted on Sunday, and all of the Emergency Core Cooling Systems responded as expected, but an unanticipated action occurred during the test. The initiating conditions for the test set the water level higher than normal in the reactor vessel. When the test began and steam valves automatically realigned, some of the excess water (above the steam lines) drained through a steam line to the torus which contains a back up supply of cooling water and is located in the reactor building. According to VY, there were no safety consequences and the incident was not immediately reportable. Still, plant management has taken steps to ensure this is not repeated in future tests. VY has also shared the issue with other nuclear plants. The steam lines will be drained and verified free of moisture.Work on the soil remediation from the tritium leak continued through the outage and is on schedule to be completed in the coming weeks. The rerouting of steam trap piping from the Advanced Off Gas system is complete and the reachable areas of the AOG pipe tunnel have been cleaned.The final stage of the outage will be switching and valve alignment of plant systems from their maintenance mode to their normal operations mode, and conducting final tests in preparation for start up. Once the plant is phased back on the grid, it will take several days to achieve full power. The outage is not considered over until the plant reaches 100 percent power. The staff will continue to test and monitor plant systems during the power ascension.Source: Vermont Yankee. May 18, 2010last_img read more

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Mike Rowland: Sporting Index to spread excitement at Russia 2018

first_img Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index  May 29, 2020 Related Articles Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 UK not leaving EU on October 31 trading on exchanges at 97% October 25, 2019 Mike Rowland – Sporting IndexSBC speaks to Mike Rowland, Head of Marketing at Sporting Index, the market’s leading spread betting operator, on why World Cup Russia 2018 is the perfect vehicle for Sporting Index to display its market and product strengths. ____________________SBC: Why does Russia 2018 represent a significant opportunity for a spread betting operator such as SportingIndex?Mike Rowland: The World Cup is the highlight of the sporting calendar and nothing comes close to matching its popularity both in terms of number of bets made and money staked. Russia 2018 presents a great opportunity for Sporting Index to show how both current and prospective clients can revolutionise their betting with a sports spread bet.With hundreds of unique and innovative markets available, this is a great time for us to demonstrate the excitement a sports spread bet generates from the first kick to the last, and every World Cup twist and turn along the way. While fixed odds betting can undoubtedly bring excitement to any given game, a spread bet on certain markets can ensure that every moment from kick-off to the final whistle counts.Take the eight-goal 2014 semi-final thriller between Germany and Brazil for example. With Brazil 4-0 down after just 25 minutes, it would have been tricky to find a new betting angle in a match that was all but over.  Yet, Oscar’s 90th minute consolation added another goal to the scoresheet and that would have meant tens, hundreds or thousands of pounds to somebody who had taken a position on a market like total goal minutes.SBC: How will you optimise Sporting Index’s partnership channels for World Cup trading?MR: While the World Cup will always bring in a certain level of business for us, the betting industry is still a saturated one and it’s up to us to form partnerships that help us outshine our competitors. Not only will we be increasing our visible presence with current partners, but we’ll also be working heavily on brand awareness with a number of additional channels.Our existing customers are extremely important to us, so we’ll be pushing to keep them excited and engaged throughout the tournament, particularly through the likes of CRM, social media and the return of our increasingly popular ‘World Cup Spread Better’ competition.SBC: How can new audiences be developed for Spread Betting trading during this period?MR: One of our main tasks to ensure we get the most from the World Cup is to educate could-be players on the world of sports spread betting as it can appear daunting to first-timers. While educating on the ‘how to’ side of things, we will also be placing a lot of importance on ensuring our heritage as the original sports spread betting company is acknowledged and known.We will be upping our activity with current suppliers to help spread this message to new clients, but it’s important we also focus on re-engaging players that perhaps only bet on the big events. Meanwhile, social media engagements will help us to grow that brand awareness as well as develop target audiences.SBC: What consumer/viewer trend do you expect to dominate World Cup 2018 trading and engagement?MR: We introduced in-play betting more than 25 years ago and it has continued to grow and evolve year in year out. It’s now on a much larger scale and continues to dominate the thought process of players, so it’s important that we continue to revolutionise this area of the business to ensure every need is catered for. We’re always looking to be industry trendsetters rather than followers and, as the pioneers of the cash out feature, we will continue to offer our players this throughout the tournament, giving them the opportunity to trade in and out of markets and matches.Elsewhere, having a bet that lasts from the first ball that’s kicked to when the trophy is held aloft, and affected by every single minute of every match, also makes our offering unique. Tournament totals such as bookings will have punters excited every time the referee reaches for his pocket while they’ll also have the opportunity to cash out throughout the tournament. If it’s noted that the referees seem to be clamping down on diving or time-wasting early on, then a longer-term market such as Bookings has been known to increase in popularity rapidly.SBC: How should betting stakeholders seek to create long-term player value post World Cup 2018?MR: The industry is more competitive than ever and it’s for that reason that a comprehensive CRM programme is absolutely vital. The World Cup is a standout acquisition driver and our aim is to convert all tournament players into loyal and regular players after the World Cup has finished and then throughout the football season. There will always be the opportunity to upsell our different product offerings, but our communications are also targeted to ensure we deliver our messages and offers in a much more relevant and timely manner to ensure a better conversion rate.________________Mike Rowland – Head of Marketing – Sporting Indexlast_img read more

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Stubbs, Puzz send Panthers into Niclai

first_imgJake White and AJ Stubbs each had 15 points, Isaac Puzz added 14 more and the McKinleyville Panthers boys basketball team beat its rival, the Arcata Tigers, 70-56 Monday night, breaking a tie between the two teams for third place in the Big 5 Conference and securing the last available ticket to the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament.“We love to battle with Arcata,” McKinleyville head coach Sonny Tripp said. “We knew tonight was going to be a great game.”The Panthers showed up prepared, quickly …last_img read more

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South Africans told: ‘Go Open’

first_img17 February 2005The Go Open Source campaign is an R18-million investment by Hewlett-Packard, the Shuttleworth Foundation and the CSIR to promote the use of open source software among South African home users, scholars and small businesses.IT entrepreneur and “afronaut” Mark Shuttleworth has sponsored a number of projects to promote South African awareness, uptake and growth of open source (OS), a model of software development that challenges traditional forms of copyright and intellectual property.The drive behind the campaign is to make OS software easily available to all users that want it, irrespective of where they live or work.Shuttleworth built his company Thawte using OS software. His foundation nows sponsors a range of educational projects, including Go Open Source and Translate.org.za.The most visible aspect of this campaign is the world’s first television series devoted to open source software. “go_open” is a 13-episode series that highlights the benefits of OS techology for home users with features like “On the Web” and “Geek of the Week”.According to Go Open Source, South Africans spend R6-billion a year on software licences, and 80% of that leaves the country.To encourage the use of OS software at home, Go Open Source offers free copies of the OpenCD on its website. This CD contains a number of OS programmes that are useful for the desktop user, including OpenOffice and the graphics programme GIMP. These are full products containing all the features one would expect from expensive, proprietary programmes.‘Free, as in freedom’The term “open source” (OS) refers to software for which the source code is publicly available. Generally, the software is distributed free with the source code.Not all OS software is free, however, and advocates often qualify the term by saying: “Free, as in freedom”. With OS, the user has the freedom to view the source code, the freedom to make changes, and the freedom to distribute the software.OS refers to the ability to view the source code, which allows developers to improve, make changes or translate the programme. These improvements can then be added to the original programme, to the benefit of all users.For popular OS programmes, this means that there may be hundreds of thousands of developers contributing to and improving the programme, in a collaborative manner.This model of software development challenges traditional forms of copyright and intellectual property.One of the primary benefits that OS software development offers is the ability to translate programmes into whichever language is required with relative ease.Since its release in November 2004, the OS browser Firefox has already been translated into Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, seSotho and seSotho sa Leboa – all translations facilitated by non-profit organisation Translate.org.za.Southern SmileGovernments, including South Africa’s, are driving much of the interest in OS software around the world. For developing nations particularly, OS may offer many advantages over traditional proprietary software. The most obvious of these is cost, but OS also offers increased flexibility and reduced dependence on software vendors.This uptake of OS software in the Southern Hemisphere has been dubbed the “Southern Smile”.The SA Government Information Technology Officers’ Council has committed itself to exploring the possibilities of OS use, and to making software procurement choices based on merit, “giving OS software and proprietary software equal opportunities to be selected”.The council also recognised that “OS software offers significant indirect advantages”.Although South Africa is widely recognised as a vocal advocate of OS, the country has yet to match Brazil in terms of adoption of OS technology.In 2003, Brazilian president Lula da Silva committed the largest economy in South America to the adoption of OS software, with the head of that country’s IT Institute saying that paying software licensing fees was economically unsustainable.It is no coincidence that governmental OS use is being pioneered in the same southern nations that have called for compulsory licensing of patented medicines. In both cases, it is felt that the intellectual property rights of multi-national corporations are priviledged over the needs of developing nations.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more