HOLYOKE (AP) — The operator of the New England power grid projects that there will be adequate electricity this winter despite the closing of a nuclear power plant. ISO New England says this will be the first winter without the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts. But officials say the reactor’s retirement coincided with some solar and wind projects and several dual-energy power plants coming online. The power grid operator said that there should be adequate energy even in the event of extreme cold. But it notes that that the grid could be challenged if a major power plant goes offline or if there are major disruptions in the fuel supply chain. Overall New England uses less electricity in the winter than in the summer. The all-time winter power peak in New England was 22,818 megawatts on Jan. 15, 2014. (© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) … [Read more...] about New England Grid Operator: Region Has Enough Power For Winter Despite Station Closing
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BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots have a new kicker. Well, he’s not really new, but he’s “new” for this week. The Patriots have signed Nick Folk to kick field goals again, just over a week after the team released the 35-year-old after he was sidelined by an emergency appendectomy on Thanksgiving Day. In his three games with the Patriots this season, Folk went 7-for-9 on his field-goal attempts and was perfect on his three PATs. The Patriots haven’t had too much luck replacing Stephen Gostkowski, who was lost for the season in October due to a hip injury. First they brought in Mike Nugent, who connected on five of his eight field goals and 15 of 16 PATs in his four games in the Patriots uniform. He was replaced by Folk, who kicked well for three games before his appendix had to be taken out. The Patriots signed Kai Forbath to take Folk’s place, and though he hit a 23-yard field goal in New England’s 28-22 loss to the Texans, he went … [Read more...] about New England Patriots Re-Sign Kicker Nick Folk
More than 1,300 members of the Greater Boston community gathered Nov. 20 for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New England Dinner, "A Night of Heroes," at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, raising over $1.3 million to support well-being and educational programs for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. The dinner's guest speakers, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yossi Baidatz and Israel Bonds President and CEO Israel Maimon, discussed previously classified details about the 2007 Israeli Air Force strike on the Syrian nuclear reactor, which was dubbed "Operation Outside the Box." A group of IDF soldiers also participated in the dinner. The diverse delegation of soldiers included Staff Sgt. J., a Catholic Christian Arab and a fighter in the Iron Dome Battalion of the Aerial Defense program; and Staff Sgt. (Res.) Moshe, who made Aliyah (immigrated) from Tajikistan at the age of 10 and was recognized as a Lone Soldier -- one who voluntarily enlists in the IDF without having … [Read more...] about 1,300 New England Leaders Gather for FIDF Benefit
Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Three racial episodes. Three different outcomes. It’s time to fix Connecticut’s hate crime law. The Hartford Courant Dec. 1 Three troubling recent incidents involving apparent racial bias have brought Connecticut’s hate crimes laws into focus, but the way the laws have been applied has been inconsistent — in only one of the three was a hate crime charge filed, although it easily could have been in the other two. It’s time to revisit the legislation and have a wider debate about the what the law is trying to accomplish. In the first incident, two University of Connecticut students were charged with a hate crime after allegedly chanting the N-word as they walked through a campus parking lot late at night. In the second, an Andover woman was cited for creating a public disturbance at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester after allegedly telling a woman and her daughters, who were wearing hijabs, that … [Read more...] about Editorial Roundup: New England
About a third of the record four million people across Scotland who are registered to vote in next Thursday's general election are not expected to do so.Many simply won't get round to voting this time, while others have never voted.But with disillusionment with politics and politicians said to be on the rise, some say they no longer want to endorse what they they claim is a broken system.'Politicians don't understand the struggles of common people'Clair Ellis, from Armadale in West Lothian, has been unemployed, homeless and a single parent at different points in her life.The 37-year-old says those experiences shaped her view that politics is a "circus" that does little to actually improve people's lives - and that politicians with "lavish lifestyles" are out of touch with the struggles faced by many of their constituents. Ms Ellis believes many promises the parties make before elections are little more than attempts to bribe voters, and that they will "hardly ever come to pass".And she … [Read more...] about Election 2019: Who are the Scots who won’t vote?
Allegations of sexual assault on cruise ships that left or returned to the United States jumped 67% year-over-year between July and September, according to statistics released last month by the Department of Transportation. During that period, the third quarter of the year, there were 35 reported sexual assault incidents on a total of six cruise lines. Of those, the vast majority - 27 - were allegedly committed by passengers, five by crew and three by people who were neither passengers nor crew. That compares with 21 reported cases in the same time span in 2018. So far for 2019, allegations of sexual assault have increased from 60 incidents in the first nine months of last year to 79 during the same time period this year - a nearly 32% increase. There was no increase between 2017 and 2018. There was no clear explanation for the increase, although a lawyer who tracks the cruise industry said pure numbers could be one reason; more people are expected to have gone on a cruise this year … [Read more...] about Reports of sexual assault on cruises in late summer spiked 67% from last year