UK: Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster Returns to Water

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster Returns to Water Industry news September 22, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Returns View post tag: Frigate View post tag: HMS Share this article UK: Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster Returns to Watercenter_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: News by topic HMS Lancaster’s refit reached a key milestone today as the dry dock housing the Ship was flooded for the first time since September 2010.Since entering upkeep in September 2010, HMS Lancaster has received extensive work to her equipment and systems, with both shafts being replaced, a transom flap fitted, a new coating of underwater paint and refurbished diesel generators being fitted prior to the dock being flooded.The replacement of both port and starboard shafts has required precise engineering from BAE Systems​ Ltd to ensure absolute alignment of the intricate shaft components.The Transom Flap, an extension of the hull structure at the stern of the Ship, acts like an underwater spoiler, reducing the drag of the Ship through the water, making her travel faster while using less fuel; a major efficiency improvement to the Ship in the current financial climate.All of this work, in addition to fitting four refurbished diesel generators will provide a more robust power and propulsion plant, making HMS Lancaster ready for any operational tasking required of her.Her Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Andy Foote, said:“The return of HMS Lancaster to a floating condition is the first of a series of key events as she begins her return to the Fleet. It’s a real morale boost for the Ship’s Company to see her in the water again.”“Today’s flood-up clearly demonstrates the successful partnering relationship between BAE Systems and the Ship. I am most pleased with the extensive marine engineering work that has got us to this important stage of the refit programme.”Work continues inside the Ship with new computer systems, weapon updates and galley refurbishment being just some of the improvements that will bring Lancaster to the forefront of technology when she returns to the Fleet in 2012.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, September 22, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Lancaster View post tag: water View post tag: tolast_img read more

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DR. RICHARD MOSS –14 POINT PLAN TO SAVE AMERICA

first_imgDR. RICHARD MOSS –14 POINT PLAN TO SAVE AMERICADr. Moss discussed his plan to present to the voters of Indiana’s 8th Congressional District to return conservative values and policies to SW Indiana. For nearly six years now we have been represented by a big spending, liberal Republican, a loyal foot soldier of the Republican Establishment, who has disappointed his constituents at every turn. Dr. Moss is an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon from Jasper, IN.“I have a simple Fourteen Point Plan that addresses the major national issues affecting the 8th district, the state, and the country.”#1 JOB CREATION & ECONOMIC GROWTHWe need to bring our corporations back from abroad and encouraging companies here by lowering and simplifying taxes, reducing regulations, and providing an optimal business climate to entice businesses to come to Indiana and put our people back to work with good paying jobs. I embrace the American Free Enterprise system and vigorously reject Socialism.#2 ENERGYI stand strong in support of environmentally sound development of our natural resources, including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. Our energy industry creates good paying jobs, keeps fuel and energy costs down, ensures energy independence, makes Indiana more competitive, and provides revenue for necessary state programs and infrastructure.#3 IMMIGRATIONI embrace a Pro-American Immigration Policy. I support deportation of illegal aliens, e-verify, and exit-entry visa tracking. I would repeal the Immigration Act of 1965 and end chain migration based on family reunification. I would build a wall and secure our border. Border security is national security. I oppose amnesty and birthright citizenship. No driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, or access to our welfare programs. I would end the waves of immigrants entering the country that take jobs from Americans and lower wages, and increase burdens on schools, healthcare, prisons, criminal justice, law enforcement, our safety net, and our local communities and states. Immigration is not an entitlement or right for immigrants. It exists to benefit the American people.#4 HEALTH CARE REFORMAs a doctor, I know that our current medical system is in need of reform. But I oppose Obamacare and any other attempt to nationalize our medical system. We need free market reform based on competition and choice. We need health care that is portable, affordable, and personal.#5 AGRICULTUREIndiana has up to 70% of its land under cultivation. Corn, soybeans, and tomatoes are produced in bounty. Hog farming is most prominent. Maintaining this elevated level of agricultural production is essential. Reducing regulations and lowering taxes and allowing our farmers to compete and export will help.#6 EDUCATIONOur educational institutions must provide students with marketable skills and classical education that will enable them to find jobs through vocational training and instruction or to enter and succeed in college and find productiveemployment after. I support our community colleges that provide one and two-year associate degrees at reduced cost that are market or job oriented. I encourage parent-teacher based education that is state and locally controlled.#7 BALANCED BUDGETI endorse a balanced budget, and would limit federal spending to a fixed low percentage of the economy or GDP. I would start by reducing spending to pre-Obama 2008 levels other than for increases in inflation and population. I support zero-based budgeting and sunset provisions on all programs to ensure a lean, effective government that, like regular Americans, must live within its means. Our national debt and unfunded liabilities threaten our nation and are unsustainable.#8 STRONG TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUESA strong, moral culture centered on the traditional, intact married family and faith are key elements of our Hoosier and American values and essential to a flourishing civil society.#9 A UNIFYING VISION FOR THE COUNTRY/NOT BALKANIZATIONEveryone is an individual first. I oppose the government’s efforts to balkanize the nation on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, and “class.” We are one nation with one language and one culture. It used to be called the “melting pot.” The Left, the media, many of our schools and campuses, elements within the Democrat Party and some clueless Republicans, reject this and embrace dividing the nation into competing racial and ethnic tribes. This is un-American – and will undermine the country. I embrace the individual, the melting pot, E Pluribus Unum (“From One Many), Americanization, assimilation, one language, one culture. I stand with Martin Luther King and support a merit-based, colorblind society that is founded on “the content of one’s character, not the color of one’s skin.” It has worked for two centuries and should not be abandoned now. But such thinking is under assault. I will defend it.#10 BLUE COLLAR CONSERVATISMWorking Americans are under attack in this country. They have been abandoned by elements within the Democrat Party and foolishly ignored by Republicans. It is time to regain their confidence and win their votes by promoting our energy industry (all fossil fuels including coal, oil, natural gas;#11 REINING IN THE FEDERAL BUREACRACY AND THE FEDERAL COURTS INCLUDING THE SUPREME COURTOur fourth branch of government, the federal bureaucracy, operates under the radar screen. But every year it issues tens of thousands of pages of regulations that have the impact of law with little or no credible Congressional oversight. They are unaccountable, unelected and wield tremendous power. In particular, I would rein in the EPA with its destructive CO2 emissions regulations (among many others) that are closing down coal plants and many other related industries and companies, imposing terrible burdens on Hoosiers, our state and the country.#12 TERM LIMITSI favor term limits as one of the most effective mechanism to end our reckless, out of control federal government by professional career politicians in both parties, their special interests, consultants, and lobbyists that go to Washington, cut deals, grow the size of government and bankrupt our country.#13 REBUILDING OUR MILITARYPresident Obama has gutted our military. American weakness is provocative. When America withdraws our enemies advance as we see around the world with Russia and China on the move, Iran pursuing nuclear weapons, ISIS spreading, and the Middle East in flames. The world is safer and America is safer when America has the strongest military in the world.#14 RESTORING THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTSI defend liberty, private property, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We must put our reckless federal government back into its Constitutional box to increase the circle of liberty for the rest of us. I embrace all ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights but would emphasize three because they have been under assault. They are the First Amendment including free speech and religious liberty, the Second Amendment, the right of self-defense, and the Tenth Amendment regarding state sovereignty. I will oppose those who attempt to take away our God-given rights.“Our nation is at the precipice. Time is running out. Enactment of this plan will get us back on the conservative track in Southwest Indiana. It will move the 8th District, Indiana, and the country in the right direction toward fiscal, economic, moral, cultural, and demographic strength.“I ask for your vote in the Republican Primary May 3, 2016.I will be your conservative champion in Washington. I will not let you down.Thank you.”Richard Moss M.D. Candidate for Congress, 8th District IndianaFOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT D.K. AT 812-661-2298EMAIL: [email protected] WEBSITE: rmoss4congress.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Helping doctors talk to patients about guns

first_img Read Full Story Doctors don’t have good ways to talk to their patients about guns — and that’s why an upcoming conference aimed at helping them do so is important, according to David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.Hemenway was quoted in an op-ed column in the New York Times on November 3, 2014.The conference, titled “Caring for the Patient at Risk for Gun Violence: Medical, Legal, Ethical Issues,” will be the first Continuing Medical Education-accredited conference held on gun violence.“One of the things we really know about guns is that when a gun is in the house, it increases the risk for suicide,” said Hemenway, professor of health policy at HSPH and an expert on the public health impact of gun violence. He said that talking about guns to someone who might be at risk for suicide is important, but acknowledged that the politically-charged debate about guns in the United States makes such conversations difficult.last_img read more

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Gen-Z – An Open Fabric Technology Standard on the Journey to Composability

first_imgOver the last few blogs I’ve touched on Composable Infrastructure – the value and challenges.2 Jun 2016 Reality Check: Is Composable Infrastructure Ready for Prime Time?30 Nov 2015 A Practical View of Composable InfrastructureWe highlighted the three major challenges that must be resolved before the industry can truly achieve composable infrastructure:1)      Lack of software-defined intelligence2)      Lack of new industry standard around a modern IO/Memory fabric at rack scale, which is needed for full composability3)      Lack of industry standard around openness, allowing customers to allocate resources across multiple vendors’ technology.We’ve made positive progress on these fronts.  We continue to address software standards and APIs through:DMTF Redfish(TM) APIScalability in today’s data center is increasingly achieved with horizontal, scale-out solutions, which often include large quantities of simple servers. The usage model of scale-out hardware is drastically different than that of traditional enterprise platforms, and requires a new approach to management.SNIA Swordfish™The SNIA Swordfish™ specification helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers. SNIA Swordfish is an extension of the DMTF Redfish specification, so the same easy-to-use RESTful interface is used, along with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and Open Data Protocol (OData), to seamlessly manage storage equipment and storage services in addition to servers.Chinook spawns and expands RedfishDell, through work in the industry group codenamed Chinook (Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, VMware, and Intel), submitted work in PCIe Switch, BIOS and local storage models to the DMTF SPMF (RedFish).  Chinook submissions to the SPMF for Redfish expand coverage with the goal of addressing all the components in the data center with a consistent API enabling customers and operators to better deal with the velocity of deployment and management of constantly evolving technologies.DMTF Shares Redfish In-Band Host Interface PlansDMTF’s innovative Redfish standard continues its fast progression, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF). Now on version 2016.2 (recently released in final form), Redfish work to date has focused on defining a TCP/IP-based out-of-band interface between a client and a management controller.  As SPMF continues its open approach, responding to feedback and addressing the needs of the industry, the group’s Host Interface Task Force is working to add an in-band host interface to Redfish. This will allow applications and tools running on an Operating System (both deployment and production) to communicate with the Redfish service, which is managing the system using the Redfish API.Today I’m happy to report progress on #2) lack of new industry standard around a modern IO/Memory fabric at rack scale, which is needed for full composability.Introducing Gen-Z – New Gen-Z consortium to develop scalable, high-performance fabric technology aimed at simplifying data access at rack scale.On October 11, 2016 – A group of leading technology companies announced the Gen-Z consortium, an industry alliance working to create and commercialize a new scalable computing Interconnect and protocol. This flexible, high-performance memory semantic fabric provides a peer to peer interconnect that easily accesses large volumes of data while lowering costs and avoiding today’s bottlenecks. The alliance members include AMD, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium, Cray, Dell EMC, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei, IDT, Lenovo, Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., Microsemi, Micron, RedHat, Samsung, Seagate, SK Hynix, Western Digital and ilinx.Modern computer systems have been built around the assumption that storage is slow, persistent, and reliable while data in memory is fast but volatile. As new Storage Class Memory technologies emerge that drive the convergence of storage and memory attributes, the programmatic and architectural assumptions that have worked in the past are no longer optimal. The challenges associated with explosive data growth, real-time application demands, the emergence of low latency storage class memory, and demand for rack scale resource pools require a new approach to data access.Gen-Z provides the following benefits:High Bandwidth, Low Latency: Simplified interface based on Memory Semantics, scalable to 112GT/s and beyond with DRAM class latenciesAdvanced Workloads and Technologies: Enables data centric computing with scalable memory pools and resources for real time analytics and in-memory applications. Accelerates new memory and Storage innovation.Compatible and Economical: Highly software compatible with no required changes to the Operating System. Scales from simple, low cost connectivity to highly capable, rack scale interconnect.Why do we need Gen-Z?System memory is flat or shrinkingMemory bandwidth per core continues to decreaseMemory capacity per core is generally flatMemory is changing on a different cadence compared to the CPUData is growingData that requires real-time analysis is growing exponentiallyThe value of the analysis decreases if it takes too long to provide insightsThe industry needs an open architecture to solve the problemsMemory tiers will become increasingly importantRack-scale composability requires a high bandwidth, low latency fabricMust seamlessly plug into existing ecosystems without requiring OS changesWhat is a Memory Semantic Fabric?Handles all communication as memory operations such as load/store, put/get and atomic operations typically used by a processorMemory semantics are optimal at sub-microsecond latencies from CPU load command to register storeUnlike, storage accesses which are block based and managed by complex, code intensive, software stacksWhy Now?The emergence of low latency, Storage Class Memory (SCM) and the demand for large capacity, rack scale resource pools, and multi node architecturesGen-Z Consortium MissionCreate a next generation interconnect that will bridge existing solutions while enabling new unbounded innovationDevelop in an open, non-proprietary standards body where adoption, differentiation and innovation is promoted as an industry standard.About the Gen-Z ConsortiumA Transparent Organization: Gen-Z has been formed as a not-for-profit organization, its ongoing development occurs on the basis of an open decision-making procedure available to all interested parties.Wide availability: The Gen-Z standard will be published and available free of charge.End-User Choice: There are no constraints on the re-use of the standard. Gen-Z creates a fair, competitive market for implementations of the standard.Equality: Gen-Z does not favor one implementer over another.As I have said in previous blogs, the path to composability will be a journey that requires new thinking and new technologies.   With Gen-Z in place, along with continued advancement on Open & Standard Software APIs, the industry is now one step closer to enabling a future composable data center.  Now it’s time to get busy and build the future based on these new technologies.In conclusion, truly composable infrastructure is becoming more possible in the future.  At Dell EMC, we’re actively working to make true composable infrastructure a reality in the long run – expanding Redfish/Chinook and now Gen-Z are great examples of Dell EMC working with industry leaders on the journey. We’ve already delivered innovative and transformative solutions like Active System Manager, PowerEdge FX architecture, Open Networking, and G5/DSS 9000 that make progress towards the desired end state.  We are working hard to address the key issues to deliver a true “fully composable infrastructure”.last_img read more

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Entergy third quarter earnings $455.2 million, down 3 percent from 2008

first_imgEntergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today reported third quarter 2009 as-reported earnings of $455.2 million, or $2.32 per share, compared with $470.3 million, or $2.41 per share, for third quarter 2008. On an operational basis, Entergy’s third quarter 2009 earnings were $470.7 million, or $2.40 per share, compared with $487.3 million, or $2.50 per share, in third quarter 2008. Earnings for the quarter were down 3.2 percent. Year-to-date, earnings were down 12.6 percent on $8.2 billion in revenues, which was 18.3 percent lower than 2008. Entergy owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. Consolidated Earnings – Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2009 vs. 2008 (Per share in U.S. $) Third Quarter Year-to-Date 2009 2008 Change 2009 2008 Change As-Reported Earnings 2.32 2.41 (0.09) 4.66 5.33 (0.67) Less Special Items (0.08) (0.09) 0.01 (0.26) (0.18) (0.08) Operational Earnings 2.40 2.50 (0.10) 4.92 5.51 (0.59) *GAAP refers to United States generally accepted accounting principles.Operational Earnings Highlights for Third Quarter 2009Utility, Parent & Other’s results were lower due to higher income tax expense and higher operation and maintenance expense.Entergy Nuclear’s earnings increased as a result of higher revenue from increased production due to fewer planned and unplanned outage days and higher other income.Entergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets’ results improved due to lower income tax expense.”While we continue to experience the negative effects of the slowed economic recovery, we are also seeing the positive benefits from progress in key initiatives in both our utility and non-utility nuclear businesses,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are focused on constantly recalibrating our point of view as markets and government policies react to the financial crisis, managing our own risks and executing as opportunities arise.”Other Business HighlightsBoth Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy Louisiana reached settlements in outstanding formula rate plan (FRP) proceedings that included extension of each company’s FRP for the years 2008-2010.Entergy and the staff of the Vermont Department of Public Service reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which resolves the remaining issues between these parties associated with the approval of the non-utility nuclear spin-off transaction in Vermont. The MOU has been filed with and must be approved by the Vermont Public Service Board.For the eighth consecutive year Entergy was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and was one of only two U.S. utility companies listed. In addition, the Carbon Disclosure Project named Entergy to its Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for the sixth consecutive year.Entergy will host a teleconference to discuss this release at 10:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, with access by telephone, 719-457-2080, confirmation code 4133911. The call and presentation slides can also be accessed via Entergy’s Web site at www.entergy.com(link is external). A replay of the teleconference will be available through Oct. 29, 2009, by dialing 719-457-0820, confirmation code 4133911. The replay will also be available on Entergy’s Web site at www.entergy.com(link is external).Utility, Parent & OtherIn third quarter 2009, Utility, Parent & Other had as-reported earnings of $259.6 million, or $1.32 per share, compared to $286.0 million, or $1.47 per share, in third quarter 2008. On an operational basis, third quarter 2009 earnings were $264.8 million, or $1.35 per share, compared to $303.0 million, or $1.56 per share, in third quarter 2008. Operational results for Utility, Parent & Other in third quarter 2009 reflect the absence of the 2008 adjustment reducing income tax expense (associated with the liquidation of a subsidiary) and higher operation and maintenance expense. Partially offsetting lower results were higher net revenue and other income. The effects of hurricanes Gustav and Ike reduced revenue in third quarter 2008.Residential sales in third quarter 2009, on a weather-adjusted basis, increased 3.2 percent compared to third quarter 2008. Commercial and governmental sales, on a weather-adjusted basis, increased 1.1 percent year over year. Industrial sales in the third quarter were down 6.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2008.The weak economy continued to depress sales in the industrial sector, but to a lesser extent than second quarter 2009, which reflected a 10 percent decline. Residential and commercial sales increases reflected the absence of two hurricanes that reduced usage in third quarter last year. Industrial sales in third quarter 2009 for large customers reflected continued weaknesses in chemicals and primary metals. Small and mid-sized industrial customers continue to be the industrial segments most negatively affected by weakness in the economy. Increased sales also included contributions from the warmer-than-normal weather particularly from mid June to early July, as reflected in July billed sales, compared to near-normal weather in third quarter 2008.Entergy NuclearEntergy Nuclear earned $200.4 million, or $1.02 per share, on an as-reported basis and $210.7 million, or $1.07 per share, on an operational basis in third quarter 2009, compared to $205.3 million, or $1.05 per share, on as-reported and operational bases in third quarter 2008. Entergy Nuclear’s operational earnings increased as a result of higher revenue from higher generation due to fewer planned and unplanned outage days in the current quarter and increased other income primarily associated with decommissioning trust funds. An impairment was recognized on Entergy Nuclear’s decommissioning trust funds in third quarter 2008 versus no impairments in the current period where gains were recognized on investment transactions. Higher operation and maintenance expense during the quarter and the absence of the 2008 adjustment reducing income tax expense (associated with Massachusetts state tax law) were partially offsetting. Finally, as-reported results were further reduced by the special item for spin-off dis-synergies.Non-Nuclear Wholesale AssetsEntergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets business incurred a loss of $4.8 million, or two cents per share, on both as-reported and operational bases in third quarter 2009 compared to a loss of $21.0 million, or 11 cents per share, a year ago. Business results improved due primarily to lower income tax expense due to the absence of a 2008 adjustment associated with the redemption of an investment that had the effect of increasing income tax expense.OutlookEntergy is reaffirming 2009 earnings guidance in the range of $6.20 to $6.80 per share on an operational basis. As-reported guidance ranges from $6.00 to $6.60 per share and incorporates spin-off expenses for outside services through June 30, 2009, in addition to projected dis-synergies associated with the spin-off of Entergy’s non-utility nuclear business and plans to enter into a nuclear services joint venture.Business SeparationThe announced spin-off of Entergy’s non-utility nuclear business will establish a new independent, publicly traded company, Enexus Energy Corporation. In addition, Entergy and Enexus intend to enter into a nuclear services joint venture, with equal ownership, with the joint venture being named EquaGen LLC. The state regulatory decisions and financing continue as the critical path items in finalizing the spin-off transaction. The transactions are subject to various approvals. Regarding financing, on Oct. 1, 2009, Enexus executed Amendment No. 1 to its credit agreement dated Dec. 23, 2008, increasing the total facility amount to $1.2 billion from $1.175 billion. Enexus will not be permitted to draw down the facility until certain customary and transactional conditions are met on or prior to July 1, 2010. Final terms of the transactions and spin-off completion are subject to the approval of the Entergy Board of Directors.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees.Additional information regarding Entergy’s quarterly results of operations, regulatory proceedings, planned spin-off of its non-utility nuclear business and other operations is available in Entergy’s investor news release dated Oct. 22, 2009, a copy of which has been filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K and is available on Entergy’s investor relations Web site at www.entergy.com/investor_relations(link is external).In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed in (i) Entergy’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, (ii) Entergy’s Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2009, and (iii) Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (b) the uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the January 2009 Arkansas ice storm and recovery of costs associated with restoration, and (c) the following transactional factors (in addition to others described elsewhere in this news release and in subsequent securities filings): (i) risks inherent in the contemplated spin-off, joint venture and related transactions (including the level of debt to be incurred by Enexus Energy Corporation and the terms and costs related thereto), (ii) legislative and regulatory actions, and (iii) conditions of the capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements. Entergy cannot provide any assurances that the spin-off or any of the proposed transactions related thereto will be completed, nor can it give assurances as to the terms on which such transactions will be consummated. The transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals and the final approval by the Board of Directors of Entergy.Appendix A provides a reconciliation of GAAP as-reported earnings to non-GAAP operational earnings. Appendix A: Consolidated Earnings – Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2009 vs. 2008 (Per share in U.S. $) Third Quarter Year-to-Date 2009 2008 Change 2009 2008 Change As-Reported Utility, Parent & Other 1.32 1.47 (0.15) 2.32 2.56 (0.24) Entergy Nuclear 1.02 1.05 (0.03) 2.34 2.90 (0.56) Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets (0.02) (0.11) 0.09 – (0.13) 0.13 Consolidated As-Reported Earnings 2.32 2.41 (0.09) 4.66 5.33 (0.67) Less Special Items Utility, Parent & Other (0.03) (0.09) 0.06 (0.09) (0.18) 0.09 Entergy Nuclear (0.05) – (0.05) (0.17) – (0.17) Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets – – – – – – Consolidated Special Items (0.08) (0.09) 0.01 (0.26) (0.18) (0.08) Operational Utility, Parent & Other 1.35 1.56 (0.21) 2.41 2.74 (0.33) Entergy Nuclear 1.07 1.05 0.02 2.51 2.90 (0.39) Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets (0.02) (0.11) 0.09 – (0.13) 0.13 Consolidated Operational Earnings 2.40 2.50 (0.10) 4.92 5.51 (0.59) Entergy Corporation Consolidated Income Statement Three Months Ended September 30 (in thousands) 2009 2008 %Inc/(Dec) (unaudited) Operating Revenues: Electric $2,195,461 $3,209,000 (31.6) Natural gas 24,030 41,981 (42.8) Competitive businesses 717,604 712,903 0.7 Total 2,937,095 3,963,884 (25.9) Operating Expenses: Operation and maintenance: Fuel, fuel-related expenses, and gas purchased for resale 559,129 1,270,160 (56.0) Purchased power 388,308 764,122 (49.2) Nuclear refueling outage expenses 61,441 58,079 5.8 Other operation and maintenance 681,576 636,989 7.0 Decommissioning 50,069 47,515 5.4 Taxes other than income taxes 128,851 140,819 (8.5) Depreciation and amortization 280,641 263,656 6.4 Other regulatory charges (credits) – net (13,224) 30,452 (143.4) Total 2,136,791 3,211,792 (33.5) Operating Income 800,304 752,092 6.4 Other Income (Deductions): Allowance for equity funds used during construction 14,770 10,411 41.9 Interest and dividend income 64,730 37,533 72.5 Other than temporary impairment losses (457) (7,133) (93.6) Equity in earnings of unconsolidated equity affiliates 1,316 1,459 (9.8) Miscellaneous – net 4,423 5,200 (14.9) Total 84,782 47,470 78.6 Interest and Other Charges: Interest on long-term debt 130,132 128,746 1.1 Other interest – net 22,625 33,229 (31.9) Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction (8,252) (5,939) 38.9 Total 144,505 156,036 (7.4) Income Before Income Taxes 740,581 643,526 15.1 Income Taxes 280,414 168,239 66.7 Consolidated Net Income 460,167 475,287 (3.2) Preferred Dividend Requirements of Subsidiaries 4,998 4,998 – Net Income Attributable to Entergy Corporation $455,169 $470,289 (3.2) Earnings Per Average Common Share Basic $2.35 $2.47 (4.9) Diluted $2.32 $2.41 (3.7) Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Basic 193,424,904 190,379,009 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Diluted 195,875,241 194,960,830 Entergy Corporation Consolidated Income Statement Nine Months Ended September 30 (in thousands) 2009 2008 %Inc/(Dec) (unaudited) Operating Revenues: Electric $6,140,823 $7,779,450 (21.1) Natural gas 126,914 185,361 (31.5) Competitive businesses 1,979,259 2,128,077 (7.0) Total 8,246,996 10,092,888 (18.3) Operating Expenses: Operation and maintenance: Fuel, fuel-related expenses, and gas purchased for resale 1,927,692 2,537,498 (24.0) Purchased power 1,034,483 2,132,967 (51.5) Nuclear refueling outage expenses 178,454 165,177 8.0 Other operation and maintenance 2,021,462 1,958,566 3.2 Decommissioning 148,119 140,327 5.6 Taxes other than income taxes 385,649 375,332 2.7 Depreciation and amortization 799,183 756,617 5.6 Other regulatory charges (credits) – net (29,371) 99,970 (129.4) Total 6,465,671 8,166,454 (20.8) Operating Income 1,781,325 1,926,434 (7.5) Other Income (Deductions): Allowance for equity funds used during construction 47,499 28,782 65.0 Interest and dividend income 170,007 143,273 18.7 Other than temporary impairment losses (85,396) (35,193) 142.7 Equity in loss of unconsolidated equity affiliates (442) (2,042) (78.4) Miscellaneous – net (20,468) (2,439) 739.2 Total 111,200 132,381 (16.0) Interest and Other Charges: Interest on long-term debt 383,255 371,793 3.1 Other interest – net 69,406 93,795 (26.0) Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction (26,547) (15,992) 66.0 Total 426,114 449,596 (5.2) Income Before Income Taxes 1,466,411 1,609,219 (8.9) Income Taxes 534,101 544,256 (1.9) Consolidated Net Income 932,310 1,064,963 (12.5) Preferred Dividend Requirements of Subsidiaries 14,993 14,971 0.1 Net Income Attributable to Entergy Corporation $917,317 $1,049,992 (12.6) Earnings Per Average Common Share Basic $4.73 $5.48 (13.7) Diluted $4.66 $5.33 (12.6) Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Basic 194,044,214 191,444,611 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Diluted 197,382,562 197,064,629 Entergy Corporation Utility Electric Energy Sales & Customers Three Months Ended September 30 % % Weather- 2009 2008 Change Adjusted (Millions of kwh) Electric Energy Sales: Residential 11,213 10,671 5.1 3.2 Commercial 8,131 7,997 1.7 1.0 Governmental 663 649 2.2 1.6 Industrial 9,473 10,110 (6.3) (6.3) Total to Ultimate Customers 29,480 29,427 0.2 (0.7) Wholesale 1,164 1,431 (18.7) Total Sales 30,644 30,858 (0.7) Nine Months Ended September 30 % % Weather- 2009 2008 Change Adjusted (Millions of kwh) Electric Energy Sales: Residential 26,206 26,055 0.6 0.7 Commercial 20,842 20,922 (0.4) (0.3) Governmental 1,802 1,805 (0.2) (0.4) Industrial 26,402 29,217 (9.6) (9.6) Total to Ultimate Customers 75,252 77,999 (3.5) (3.5) Wholesale 3,864 4,160 (7.1) Total Sales 79,116 82,159 (3.7) September 30 % 2009 2008 Change Electric Customers (End of period): Residential 2,335,387 2,308,250 1.2 Commercial 330,922 328,070 0.9 Governmental 15,652 15,344 2.0 Industrial 47,647 49,199 (3.2) Total Ultimate Customers 2,729,608 2,700,863 1.1 Wholesale 29 29 – Total Customers 2,729,637 2,700,892 1.1SOURCE Entergy Corporation. 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first_img The United States has removed Guatemala from its human-trafficking “watch list” of countries, an act that recognizes the actions taken by the Guatemalan government against this plague, the Central American country’s foreign ministry said on 30 June. “By removing it from the watch list, the U.S. government recognized the actions taken by the Guatemalan state in this area,” the Ministry of Foreign Relations maintained in a press release. Those actions are reflected in police efforts to combat that offense, the implementation of the Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Human-Trafficking Act, the official statement added. The foreign ministry highlighted the opening of two shelters specialized in responding to the needs of both child and adult victims of human trafficking and the issuance of the Interinstitutional Protocol for the Repatriation of Victims of Human Trafficking, including boys, girls, teenagers, and adults. “With this result, the state ratifies its commitment to creating the security conditions that will enable the comprehensive personal development of its population, promoting the prevention of and the fight against this offense and the reinsertion of victims into society, as well as effective criminal prosecution and punishment of those responsible for human trafficking,” the foreign ministry specified. By Dialogo July 05, 2011last_img read more

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first_imgTopics : A spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 for directing hush payments to pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed they had affairs with Trump. The US president has denied having the encounters.Cohen, 53, was sent to a minimum-security camp at Otisville in upstate New York, about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of New York City.He had pressed to be released early due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hammered New York state and surfaced in prisons around the country. Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to US President Donald Trump, will be released early from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters late on Thursday.Cohen, who has served less than one year of a three-year sentence, will serve the rest of his time in home confinement, one of the sources said. Before his release, he will have to undergo a two-week quarantine to ensure he does not have symptoms of COVID-19, according to the source, who asked not to be identified.Roger Adler, Cohen’s lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said that as of Thursday night Cohen was still incarcerated in the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution.center_img Last month, a federal judge denied the request, saying Cohen should accept the consequences of his crimes rather than invoke the pandemic to justify his freedom.”Ten months into his prison term, it’s time that Cohen accept the consequences of his criminal convictions for serious crimes that had far reaching institutional harms,” US District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan wrote.The judge said that Cohen’s attempt to “single himself out for release to home confinement appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”last_img read more

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