Tritium identified in water sample from Connecticut River near Vermont Yankee

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory analysis of a water sample from the Connecticut River has again detected tritium. This sample was taken from the river on November 3 and had a tritium concentration of 1,120 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). No other radionuclides were detected. The VDH announced the finding today.The Connecticut River samples were pumped from a hose below the surface of the water next to the shoreline where the plume of tritium-contaminated groundwater is moving into the river. River water samples obtained on July 18, July 25, and August 8, 2011 from the same location were also positive for tritium. Tritium concentrations in those samples were 534 pCi/L, 611 pCi/L, and 565 pCi/L respectively. To date, no other radionuclides that could have originated from Vermont Yankee have been detected in river water.The Health Department immediately sent the water sample to its contract laboratory to be analyzed for hard-to-detect radioactive materials including strontium-90. Confirmatory gamma spectroscopy and analysis for tritium will also be done.The Health Department contacted Vermont Yankee to find out if their split of the river water sample had been analyzed. Vermont Yankee informed the Health Department on Tuesday, December 20 that its sample was also positive for tritium at a concentration of 1,230 pCi/L.There is no risk to public health. These low concentrations of tritium at the river’s edge are immediately diluted by the greater volume of river water to the point that they cannot be measured.To date, no tritium has been found at the six other locations in the river that are routinely sampled. No radioactive materials that could have originated from Vermont Yankee have been found in active drinking water wells on or off the plant property. One exception is the COB well, a drinking water well located at Vermont Yankee that had not been used since February 2010, which tested positive for tritium in October 2010. The Departments of Health and Public Safety and the Agency of Natural Resources have requested that the COB well be routinely tested. Vermont Yankee has not agreed to do this.This Connecticut River water sample is one of many samples obtained by the Health Department in its ongoing surveillance of the environment for impacts of the radioactive system leaks identified in early 2010. The sample is also part of a broader environmental surveillance program that uses hundreds of air, water, vegetation, milk, soil, river sediment and other samples to determine if Vermont Yankee releases contribute to increases in the public’s exposure to radiation.The sample results confirm the Conceptual Site Model that indicates small amounts of tritium would eventually reach the river. Bi-weekly sampling of the river will continue in accordance with the Vermont Yankee sampling plan. Follow-up samples taken on November 7 and 10 showed no signs of tritium. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the departments of health in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have been notified of the information by Vermont Yankee.  Source: Vermont Dept of Health. Entergy Vermont Yankee 12.21.2011last_img read more

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Brentwood Man Tried to Join al-Qaeda, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal investigators arrested a Brentwood man Friday after a grand jury indicted the 25-year-old for allegedly attempting to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and conspiring to commit murder overseas, authorities said.Prosecutors unsealed the indictment Friday in U.S. District Court charging Marcos Alonso Zea with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and attempt to provide material support to terrorists, among other charges.Zea, who also goes by the name “Ali Zea,” pleaded not guilty Friday through his court-appointed attorney at federal court in Central Islip, where his family sat in the front row.Judge Arlene Lindsay ordered Zea held without bail, agreeing with prosecutors who said “the defendant poses both a risk of flight and a danger to the community.”Investigators tracked Zea’s alleged terrorist activities back to 2011, when he allegedly conspired with others to travel overseas “in order to wage violent jihad on the perceived enemies of Islam, which included the secular government of Yemen,” authorities said.On Jan. 4, 2012, according to the indictment, Zea flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London, where he planned to fly to Yemen in an attempt to fight alongside members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a designated foreign terrorist organization also known as Ansar al-Sharia, but was intercepted by United Kingdom customs officials and was returned to the U.S.That’s when authorities started keeping tabs on Zea, a federal source said.Eight months later, Zea was secretly recorded bragging to another alleged conspirator, Justin Kaliebe, about lies he made to U.K. authorities and discussed Kaliebe’s alleged plans to fight jihad, according to the indictment. Kaliebe, who has since pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists, was allegedly provided money by Zea, who told him in a recorded phone call: “I just hope, my story… the event that happened to me will help you guys move forward, inspire you.”After Zea learned in April 2013 that he was being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, he asked an associate to erase the hard drive on his home computer along with two other hard drives he previously used, according to the indictment.But investigators obtained the hard drives before they could be destroyed and discovered that Zea’s computers contained issues of Inspire, an al-Qaeda propaganda magazine, with articles such as “Which is Better: Martyrdom or Victory?” “Why did I choose al-Qaeda?” and “What to expect in Jihad?”“When the defendant sensed investigators from the JTTF closing in, he engaged in a desperate effort to cover his tracks by attempting to destroy evidence—a tactic that only confirmed his violent aims,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.Nassau County police and Suffolk County police were among a half-dozen law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.Zea was also charged with attempt to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding.“This arrest is a vivid reminder of the threat we continue to face from domestic Islamic terrorists,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, said in a statement.Zea is due back in court Nov. 8 before Judge Arthur Spatt.last_img read more

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Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to rule out move away from Celtic this summer

first_imgArsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to rule out move away from Celtic this summer Arsenal have identified Odsonne Edouard as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to have ruled out a summer move away from Celtic after outlining his intention to help the Scottish champions secure a 10th straight league title next season.Edouard, 22, has racked up 22 goals and seven assists in the Scottish Premiership this term and his outstanding form has reportedly attracted strong interest from Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 and the Gunners have identified Edouard as a possible long-term replacement for the Gabon international, but Celtic are determined to keep hold of their prized possession. Advertisement Advertisement The Frenchman has had an outstanding campaign with the Scottish champions (Picture: Getty)Celtic manager Neil Lennon recently confirmed the club were in discussions with Edouard over a contract extension and the Frenchman looks set to commit his future to the Glasgow giants.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEdouard, the league’s top scorer by a distance, has been a huge part of Celtic’s success this term and hopes to secure a ‘historic’ 10th title in a row with the Bhoys next term.‘Every season we want to win the title,’ he told Celtic TV.‘This year is nine in-a-row and next year I hope it is 10 in-a-row. This will be historic for the club.‘It’s very important for the club, for the fans, for the team, for all of the staff. ‘We now need to go back to work for next season and I hope that we can win this title for 10 in-a-row.’center_img Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas, who also enjoyed two spells with Celtic, has been massively impressed with Edouard and believes the striker would make a good like-for-like replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, rather than Aubameyang, at the Emirates.‘He could certainly play at Arsenal because the way they play, his style would be more than suitable for it,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘The problem is getting the judgement right over whether he’s ready right now, playing every week for Arsenal compared to who is there already.‘I’m a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette, and Edouard has got quite a bit of Lacazette in style within his game. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He certainly would not come to England straightaway and score 20 to 25 goals in a season unless Arsenal find a renewed belief and they get the whole team right. ‘It’s got potential, absolutely, but I’m not convinced that they will go and buy him. The reason is that in Scotland, Celtic are gauging him as a £40m player. ‘This will come down to what Edouard wants. If he wants to leave, then he will leave. Celtic will take the cash rather than have a player who is not committed to the cause because historically that’s what they have done – with [Moussa] Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ryan Fraser makes transfer decision amid Arsenal and Tottenham interestMORE: Jens Lehmann slams Unai Emery and says former manager was ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShareslast_img read more

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Mildred C. Brackman

first_imgMildred C. Brackman, age 92 of Batesville, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at her home.  Born April 27, 1925 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Clara (Nee: Enneking) and Leo Kleine.  She married Harry Brackman May 4, 1946 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg and he preceded her in death November 15, 2001.An accomplished seamstress, Mildred was self taught and could sew, quilt, needlepoint and cross stitch.  She made her children’s clothing growing up and in later years made doll clothes, baby blankets, Christmas tree skirts and stockings for the grandchildren.  She dearly loved her grandchildren and making things for them.  An excellent cook and baker, her family will miss her pies, donuts and homemade noodles.  Mildred also had a green thumb and enjoyed working in her flower beds and in the garden.  The kids teased that all she had to do was look at something and it would grow.  Other interests included tending to her hummingbirds and reading.  She kept several hummingbird feeders around the yard and delighted in watching them.  An avid reader, she was a regular visitor to the library until just recently.  Her family described her as selfless and nurturing, always wanting to help and do for others.Mildred is survived by her daughters Edna Thompson of Houston, Texas, Helen Gillman of Brookville; son Urban Brackman of Batesville; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren with another one on the way.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her son Martin (Slim) Brackman; sister Caroline Duerstock and brothers Elmer and Martin Kleine.Visitation is Monday, October 30th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or St. Michael’s School.last_img read more

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USC places 10th overall in first event

first_imgThough rain initially put a damper on things, the season has finally teed off for the USC men’s golf team.After being forced to withdraw from the Husky Invitational in Seattle last month because of rain, the Trojans secured a 10th-place finish Tuesday at The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The invitational, which began Sunday, marked the first event they completed this season after its opener was rained out.The course’s desert environment, however, proved to be a challenging task for an inexperienced Trojans team.“This was our first event,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “We go into every event hoping to place first, it was disappointing because we didn’t even come close.”But the Trojans won’t be subjected to that same desert landscape they encountered at The Prestige for the remainder of the season.USC finished 10th at 3-under-par with a final score of 861 — 29 strokes behind first-place Oregon, which posted a score of 832 in the 16-team field.Washington took second at 834, while Stanford finished third with 840.“It’s a little different around the green, more grainy than we are used to playing on,” Zambri said about the course at PGA West.Sophomore Ramsey Sahyoun had the second-highest finish for USC, leading it to the final round of The Prestige.Sahyoun tied for 24th overall at 3-under-par.On the front nine, Sahyoun’s 1-over-par and three birdies helped nullify the double bogeys.He completed the back nine with three birdies and finished 2-under-par.This is the second best finish for Sahyoun — the first coming from his play at Gifford Intercollegiate last season.But freshman Anthony Paolucci, who made his debut for USC, proved to be the team’s top finisher, tying for 17th overall.Also playing individually, Paolucci finished 5-under-par.In his final round, Paolucci, who began on a shotgun start on the 10th hole, had 3-under-par on the front nine, 3-under-par on the back nine and seven birdies total.Despite a 10th-place-finish, Zambri said the Trojans played well over the course of the three days.“We had one player shoot a couple rounds under par,” he said. “Another player played three solid rounds and finished well.”Others opened with solid performances as well.Junior Sam Smith tied for 39th at The Prestige at 1-over-par. Fellow junior Martin Trainer tied for 49th at 3-over-par. Sophomore Jeffrey Kang tied for 55th at 4-over-par. Senior Steve Lim tied for 64th 8-over-par.The team hopes to take their experience from The Prestige and continue to improve over the course of the upcoming months of the season.As Zambri discussed the need to work on better ball control and manageable targets, the Trojans will head east later this month to Alpharetta, Ga., on Oct. 23 to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championship.The event will be hosted by Georgia Tech.last_img read more

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Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s Basket Ball event to be held virtually

first_imgDue to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s primary fundraising event, the Basket Ball gala, will be held online this year. The April 25 live stream event will raise money for coronavirus relief. “I’m a little nervous about it,” Juli Boeheim told The Daily Orange. “We’ve never done anything like this.” Traditionally held at Turning Stone Casino, the Basket Ball — which Boeheim described as the foundation’s “breadwinner” — normally nets about $500,000 in donations. The Boeheim family and Syracuse men’s basketball players dress in tuxedos and typically mingle with guests.But an event like that would be impossible at this time. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that 195,031 people in New York have tested positive for COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has infected more than 1.8 million worldwide and killed 118,304. Eleven people in Onondaga County have died, county executive Ryan McMahon announced on Monday.“This is the toughest time in our history and I firmly believe we’re going to get through this,” Jim Boeheim told NBC3, which is broadcasting the gala. So instead, the Boeheims will hold the 21st annual Basket Ball event in their Fayetteville home, partnering with NBC3 and CNYCentral. It’ll feature the whole SU men’s basketball team on a Zoom call, a surprise musical performance and special VIP appearances. The first hour will be broadcast on NBC3 at 7 p.m. on April 25, and the second half can be found online at CNYCentral.com and Facebook Live. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the years, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation has raised nearly $5.5 million for cancer research as well as for children in need within the central New York community. “We don’t take a dollar for granted, that’s for sure,” Boeheim said. Recently, the Boeheim Foundation donated $50,000 to Mercy Works, a Syracuse-based nonprofit, to feed Syracuse city school children during the pandemic. Next week, Mercy Works will provide between 4,700 and 5,000 kids with boxed lunches, Boeheim said. Another cause supposed was David’s Refuge, an organization that supports caregivers of children with special needs.It also gave $3,000 to Belle Grove Missionary Baptist Church to fund grocery distribution for 200 families, and one of the foundation’s upcoming initiatives involves buying laptops and iPads for students who need them to learn remotely. “We’re never at a loss for where to put the dollars. There’s always way more needs than we would like there to be, but that’s just the way it is,” Boeheim said. The Basket Ball raises money with both a live and silent auction, sponsorships from local businesses and ticket sales — though this year is, of course, free to “attend” with an online stream. “I’m just hopeful it’s going to bring all of us together for one cause and for each other,” Boeheim said.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

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Got Styrofoam? Middletown Will Recycle It

first_imgBefore the machine’s arrival, Maloney said residents would often put Styrofoam with other recyclables. It would end up in Middletown’s single-stream recycling collection as a contaminant, causing problems for the entire recycling process. When Styrofoam wasn’t mistakenly mixed with recycling, it was being thrown into the garbage. While this was the correct action to take, it was not an environmentally conscious one. Maloney explained that Styrofoam takes up a lot of space in a landfill. By saving space in the landfill, Maloney said the county is also saving money. New Collection Sites at Recycling Yard, Train Station What he did not expect was for the machine to be constantly jam-packed, nearly two months after its debut. “Most people will do everything they can to not throw things into the garbage if they think it can be recycled,” Maloney said. “The problem is Styrofoam had no alternative (for recycling) around here or anywhere close.” By Raven Rentas Three collection bins, and the recycling machine itself, are located at the Middletown Recycling Center, and two collection bins can be found at the Middletown train station. The Middletown Recycling Center is located at 52 Kanes Lane and is open Thursday through Monday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Middletown train station’s collection bin is always available. It is located toward the back of the train station’s parking lot on Church Street.  “Styrofoam is not really heavy, so we don’t get charged a lot to bring it to a landfill, but the impact it has in volume is huge,” Maloney said. “The education process is ongoing and we’re going to try to step it up each time,” Maloney said. Maloney was introduced to a concept similar to the Styrofoam recycling machine seven years ago at a conference. After seeing one in Sussex County, his interest in the idea grew. “I’ve always seen Styrofoam as a problem, both environmentally and economically,” he said.center_img Maloney explained that over the course of a week, employees will pick up Styrofoam from the two collection sites and fill up an entire 40 cubic yard container. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when the recycling center is closed, workers will process Styrofoam through the recycling machine. At least two people put the Styrofoam into a machine where it travels down a shoot and gets chopped up. Maloney said it then gets melted down and “comes out looking like soft serve ice cream.” Employees eventually stack it down to pallets, bringing the Styrofoam to its final condensed form. This form is sold to Princeton Moulding Group, a local company that uses the recycled Styrofoam to make pictures frames and molding for construction. According to recycling supervisor Joe Puzzo, the condensed form of Styrofoam is around one-hundredth the size of the standard product. Maloney said from the Christmas season to now, the department of public works has reduced bulky Styrofoam into five condensed pallets. There are multiple steps to this drastic transformation.  Middletown is home to the only two collection sites in Monmouth County that accept Styrofoam, a brand of expanded polystyrene (EPS), the plastic foam that is often used in packaging. It is commonly used to protect electronics, furniture and other fragile items in shipping. The township’s sustainability efforts are nowhere near complete. Maloney said the township is expecting to establish another collection site in the Bayshore area, possibly near Port Monmouth, in coming months. MIDDLETOWN – When Middletown Township revealed its Styrofoam recycling machine Dec. 26, public works director Ted Maloney expected it to be filled with leftover packaging from the holidays.  “It’s been a whole continuous stream of it (Styrofoam) coming into the recycling center, so it’s great,” Maloney said. “There’s really no slowing of the stream, that’s for sure.” The collection bins are surrounded by other recycling containers as well, for items such as cardboard and paper. Although both sites are in Middletown, Styrofoam recycling is available to all residents in the county. The collection bins are labeled to remind citizens which plastic foam is acceptable.  The Styrofoam recycling machine is just a small part of Middletown’s efforts to be more sustainable. According to Maloney, the township switched from dual stream recycling to single stream several years ago. Maloney said they also introduced the phrase “strive for five,” to remind its residents of the five materials they are allowed to recycle. He said they tag recycling carts that have nonrecyclables in them. They do this to educate residents while also making it easier for the recycling collection company to identify which carts are contaminated.last_img read more

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Road Food — Leafs trek to Okanagan for three-game set

first_imgAfter spending most of the month of October at home, the Nelson Leafs take to the road, playing eight of the next 11 games away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.The first games happen this weekend when Nelson travels to the Okanagan for three Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games beginning Friday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights.Nelson has feasted pretty well at home, winning five straight games to climb back into the Murdoch Division race.The Leafs, 10-5, trail front-running Beaver Valley Nitehawks by six points in the Murdoch Division — and second-place Castlegar Rebels by five points.Tonight in the Central Okanagan, Nelson meets a dangerous North Okanagan squad struggling in the standings with just eight points and last in the Okanagan Division, but a team that forced the Leafs to rally from a two-goal deficit to score a 3-2 victory earlier this season in the Heritage City.Of note, the winning goal came off the stick of Brendan Smith on the power play with 19 seconds remaining in the game.Saturday, Nelson faces Kelowna Chiefs. The teams met on opening night. Kelowna, second in the Okanagan Division with a record of 7-3-2-2, won on the score sheet but had the points stripped after the KIJHL found the Chiefs had an ineligible person on the score sheet.Sunday Nelson concludes the road trip in Summerland against the Steam.Nelson doubled the Steam 4-3 October 11 in Nelson.Smith top Leafs scoring paradeVeteran utility player Brendan Smith continues to lead the Leafs in scoring with 13 points with five goals and eight assists.Jordan Davie is tops in goal scoring with eight. Leafs captain Rayce Miller listed as day to dayNelson team captain Rayce Miller is still reeling from a puck to the face during the Sunday, October 18 game against North Okanagan.Miller practiced with the team but remains a game time decision.Defending KIJHL champs top team in leagueThe reigning KIJHL champs from Kimberley remain tops in the entire league with 28 points.The Nitros are two points in front of Beaver Valley Nitehawks and three ahead of Castlegar Rebels and Kamloops Storm heading into weekend play.last_img read more

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