Vermont Yankee siren test scheduled in VT, NH and MA today at 1 pm

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,This afternoon, December 8, at 1 pm, an audible sounding will be conducted on the 37 sirens located within the Vermont Yankee 10-mile emergency planning zone.The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey, and Winchester. In Massachusetts, the sirens are located in Gill, Colrain, Leyden, Bernardston and Northfield.The three-minute siren testing is being conducted by the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public safety agencies in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the effectiveness of the notification system.Residents with questions on the annual testing can contact their town’s emergency management director or Mark Gilmore at Vermont Yankee at (802) 258-4168.last_img read more

Mora picks up first-ever win against Butte as Corsairs open conference play with a victory

first_imgButte Valley >> Coming in, the Butte College men’s basketball team had never lost to a Justin Mora-led team at College of the Redwoods. Mora and the Corsairs finally found the right ingredients capable of dropping Butte coach Russ Critchfield and the Roadrunners, winning 80-73 on the road in the Golden Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Cowan Gym. Butte falls to 12-7 and 0-1 in the GVC, while Redwoods (7-9, 1-0 GVC) at least temporary moves a game up on the …last_img read more

I have to stick my hand where?!? — The Federation MUST PAY! (GCGX5D) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThese fierce lions guard the geocache. Be sure not to wake them up! Photo by geocacher Altmans3Geocache Name:The Federation MUST PAY! (GCGX5D)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:4/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:To earn a smiley and watch your find count tick up another notch, there are few things geocachers wouldn’t do. We’ve seen geocachers hike for miles, climb mountains, rappel off structures and wade through mud. To find this geocache though, you’re going to have to take it a step further. I won’t give it away (spoilers below in the photos, FYI) but you’ll have to be brave and stick your hand somewhere you’re not entirely sure about. And aside from the bravery, this geocache adds a bit of humor to the geocaching experience, which is never a bad thing. For the hundreds of geocachers who have conquered their fears and gone for it: the results have been overwhelmingly positive. So the question is, are you brave enough?# of Finds:513# of Favorite Points:112What geocachers are saying:“Hahaha!! What an awesome cache!! Thanks so much for the laugh” – sunbeammm“Urban caching is usually not my favourite. This one made lot of fun. When 4 people climbing on a fountain in the middle of a crowded area this is absolutely a joy.” – maulaf_normanne“Oh what a hoot! I had heard stories and tall tales about this one. Nice downtown area with only a few muggles around. Looked and pondered and looked some more. Spent time trying to retrieve something that wasn’t the cache, but in the failed effort to do I was inspired to stick my hand in the right place.” – JoshismWARNING: SPOILER ALERT! Photos:Taunting the beast. Photo by geocacher fatkidsOTWuniteI just hope the lion didn’t wake up after this. Photo by geocacher haley4tnSometimes you just have to go for it. Photo by geocacher hiddenrock When was the last time you had to summon your bravery  in order to make a find? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedDon’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”We’re getting the band back together! — The Tin Pan Alley Band (GC2C1NN) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Paswan’s nephew is chief of LJP student wing

first_imgTransfering the reins of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to the younger generation of his family Union Minister and party President Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday appointed his nephew Prince Raj as the chief of the party’s student wing.Mr. Raj is son of LJP MP Ram Chandra Paswan, who is the younger brother of the Union minister. “Prince Raj has been appointed as the president of the student wing of the LJP,” a statement from the party said.Mr. Raj had also contested in the Bihar Assembly polls in 2015 but lost. In 2013, Mr. Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan was appointed the chairman of parliamentary board of the partylast_img read more

India Today Woman Summit 2014: Heroines Forever

first_imgLaxmi says that the psychological and physical effects of an acid attack hits you like a ton of bricks. Her body felt like it was on fire and no help was forthcoming from bystanders. Her eyes were the only part of her face that was spared, because she reflexively put her arms up in front of her face when the acid splashed onto her. But she could not see and could only hear sounds of traffic zooming by as she lay helpless on the road.The real horror of her condition struck her after she was released from the hospital. Comments and barbs were commonplace. It was just one part of the misplaced backlash from relatives, friends and acquaintances.She did not let the negativity get her down and converted the barbs into positivity. She let herself be inspired by all the people who thought her life was over. She drew strength from the fact that each step of the way her parents were supporting her.In a society that values women for their appearance, the biggest struggle was accepting herself with her reconstructed face and let her beauty shine through. She stepped out of the house a full three years after her acid attack and would don burkhas to cover herself up. A process of self realisation led her to finally shed the burkha because she wanted the beauty of clothes she had tailored herself to shine through.Arunima Sinha, who was pushed out of a train for refusing to give in to the bullying of thieves, went on to become the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. She was stranded on the train track for seven hours, unable to push herself out of the way of oncoming trains. She finally gave in and broke down when a few rats nibbled on the bloodied remainder of her leg. But she didn’t give up and held on till the next morning when she was finally discovered by villagers and taken to the Bareilly district hospital.advertisementWhile Arunima was bedridden and unable to even sit up without assistance, she decided to take up a sport, a challenging one that would instil her lost sense of confidence. She wanted to give her family, who were shattered after her accident, a reason to smile again.She met opposition every step of the way. She was turned away by numerous trainers, who said she was crazy to even be attempting such an expedition. She had to come to terms with her disability and work around that, putting focus on her strong points learnt while she was a national level volleyball player.Finally, a mountaineer, who was awestruck by Arunima’s conviction agreed to train her. He did not have the heart to turn her away after she made the long journey to meet him. Her sherpa was simultaneously awed and exasperated by her doggedness. At every difficult step of the climb, he suggested they turn back, but Anurima refused each time. She ran out of oxygen but persevered on, believing that God would not let her down this time.Getting back one’s self-conviction after a soul-shattering experience is fraught with far more prejudice for women. Both Laxmi and Anurima were not cowed down by the immense odds they faced and the manifest burden of the accident they carried. Converting the horrific incidents in both their lives into empowering ideas helped them recover their sense of self and is a testimony to their strength.I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror one and a half months after the acid attack: LaxmiMy campaign song for Indian Idol is based on my experience: LaxmiA few miles from the summit, the road was strewn with bodies of climbers. There I made a vow to reach the top for them as well as for myself: Arunima.(On her live-in partner) We didn’t want to get married because everyone does it: Laxmi.If I turned back when I was so close, I would have been regretting it today: Arunima.last_img read more

Sports Monday Rockets Surprise The Warriors And Astros Begin Spring Games

first_imgBen Margot/APChris Paul lays up a shot in the Rockets’ 118-112 win over the Golden State Warriors Saturday. X The Astros won two out of their first three spring training games this weekend, while one of the heroes of the World Series team found a new home.Plus the Rockets stunned the Warriors on the road without James Harden.In the audio above, the Houston Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech joins us from the Astros’ Spring Training home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to discuss those and other developments in Houston sports. Sharecenter_img 00:00 /09:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Millennials Reflect on Social Justice During Trump Era

first_imgNine years ago the worship center of The First Baptist Church of Glenarden was packed with thousands who displayed optimism as the churched teamed up with D.C.-area radio station WHUR for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s holiday forum just days before then president-elect Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.Residents in Prince George’s County gathered at The First Baptist Church of Glenarden on Jan. 7 to listen to pastor T.D. Jakes. (Photo by Hamil Harris)Fast forward four years, on Jan. 15, the church will host another King forum where a panel of millennials are going to be asked about how they plan to take up the social justice banner at a time when President Donald Trump is in the White House and is focused on reversing many of the gains President Obama championed, including several that applied to King’s dream of racial harmony.“Often millennials get a bad rap for being ‘self-adsorbed’ and part of the ‘me’ generation but this is an opportunity for them to talk about advancing Dr. King’s dream of racial harmony,” WHUR News Director Renee Nash told the AFRO. She added that the station’s general manager wanted to make sure the panel included a cross section of millennials from across the Baltimore and Washington areas.Panelists will include Jade Agudofi, president of the Howard University Student Association and Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle: Baltimore Rising, a think tank focused on finding solutions to the social ills in the Baltimore community. The group was started in 2010 but after the death of Freddie Gray their profile grew even larger.“People are so triggered by Trump and his ridiculous[ness] but the problem, when its time for elections, the [only] option is going with another Democrat and we are feeding into a system that is electing the same type of leaders because both Democrats and Republicans are molded into each other,” Jackson, 29,  said. “It is time for Black people our age to build the power and  infrastructure to build our own leaders.”On Jan. 7, the worship center of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden was filled with people who had come to hear Bishop T.D. Jakes. Jakes, who pastors to a 30,000 member congregation in Dallas, tailored part of his message to millennials who, he said, are no longer looking for “Superman,” in the pulpit. “They want Clark Kent.”Jeremy White, who worked in the Obama White House in the Office of Faith Based Initiatives, said that it is time for ministers to reach out to a new generation of church goers because the old model is not working.  He said people are not looking for a “4th generation son of a preacher to lead them, but someone who can relate to their struggles.”Nash said, “The church has always been at the center for people of color for hope and transformation.  We want to use the umbrella of Dr. King’s birthday to have an honest conversation and take that conversation back to our homes for further dialogue.”last_img read more