Texas power grid CEO fired in wake of last month’s fatal blackouts

first_imgAaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, was fired on Wednesday in the wake of February’s deadly blackouts that left millions without electricity and heat in freezing temperatures.As power grid manager, Magness was given a 60-day termination notice by the company’s board of directors. He has not released a statement yet on his termination, but he informed the board that he will not seek or accept severance pay, according to an updated employment agreement.“The ERCOT Board is expected to begin an immediate search for a new President and CEO, and will continue to discuss the transition plan at future meetings during this time period,” the agency said in a statement.ERCOT, which oversees 90% of the state’s power grid, came under fire for downplaying the severity of the winter weather, according to state legislators. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among a group of state leaders who called for Magness to resign because of his role in one of the worst power outages in U.S. history.“They downplayed the severity of it, at the same time telling me and the public that they were fully prepared for it,” Abbott said at the Feb. 25 hearing. “Texans suffered last week in ways they shouldn’t have to suffer.”Magness, who testified at the hearing, claimed that the scale of forced blackouts was necessary in preventing an even larger energy failure.“We came dangerously close to losing the entire electric system,” Magness said. “I’d say [ERCOT] worked from keeping us from going into a blackout that we’d still be in today — that’s why we did it.”Magness became the second senior official to leave his position at ERCOT while at least six board members have resigned in the aftermath of the blackouts.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Harper Seeks Planning Rules Relaxation for Defibrillators

first_img“Many communities will have been able to install PADs without needing planning permission at all, but I have been contacted by others who found that their preferred location was considered to require planning permission because it changed the appearance of the building. “The Scottish Government is reviewing the planning system and permitted development rights at the moment so I have asked for the issue of Public Access Defibrillators to be included with a view to making it simpler and easier for communities to install a PAD in their preferred location without having to worry about planning permission.” “It is important to protect the built environment from inappropriate development and certainly outdoors PAD cabinets have to be brightly coloured so that people know they are there, but I do not think that anyone could object to more defibrillators being available, particularly in our remoter communities. At present PADs are not covered by permitted development rights, which means that the installation of a PAD may require planning permission depending on the circumstances, location and type of building. However, if permitted development rights were to be extended to include PADs this would remove the need to seek planning permission.Emma said:“Increasing the number of Publicly Accessible Defibrillators is an important measure in improving how we deal with out of hospital cardiac arrests effectively. While they will not be effective in every situation, defibrillators can make a massive difference and be literally lifesaving, and they are simple and easy to use. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Dumfries and Galloway MSP Emma Harper is calling on the Scottish Government to relax planning rules governing the installation of Publicly Accessible Defibrillators (PADs) in Scotland to make it easier for communities to install the potentially life-saving equipment.last_img read more

UCL Review: Sevilla Dump Out ‘Sorry’ Manchester United To End A 60-Year Wait; Roma…

first_imgSevilla have qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) after they surprisingly defeated Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate in their last 16 tie.Substitute Wissem Ben Yedder was the hero for the Spanish side as he scored two goals in four minutes just after coming on to hand his side a 2-0 lead before Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for the hosts in the final ten minutes.Vicenzo Montella’s men thereafter held on for the 2-1 scoreline at Old Trafford thus securing a 2-1 aggregate win over the Red Devils after a goalless affair in the first leg 20 days ago.With the win, Sevilla secure a last eight berth for the first time in 60 years (since 1958).Italian side AS Roma are also through to the quarterfinals after star striker Edin Dzeko scored very early in the second half to give the capital club a 1-0 win over 10-man Shakthar Donetsk who had Ivan Ordets sent off in the second half.Roma secure passage into the last eight on away goals having lost 2-1 in the away leg in Ukraine three weeks ago.Relatedlast_img read more

Holiday Hours for Salem Trash Pickup

first_imgThe City of Salem garbage schedule for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s will be as follows. Each route will be delayed a day.  Monday will be picked up Tuesday, Tuesday will be picked up Wednesday, Wednesday will be picked up Thursday and Thursday will be picked up Friday.  The City of Salem recycling schedule for New Year’s will be as follows. Monday, Jan. 1st will be picked up on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd.  All other days will be on regular schedule.last_img

Pospyhalla’s late 3 pushes Columbus Catholic girls basketball past Gilman

first_imgDons improve to 7-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Natalie Pospyhalla’s 3-pointer with less than five seconds left lifted the Columbus Catholic girls basketball team to a thrilling 42-40 victory over Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus led 26-21 at halftime before Gilman started the second half with a 12-2 run to take the lead.The lead changed hands several times throughout the second half.A 3-pointer from Morgan Albrecht gave Columbus a 37-36 lead with 3:30 to go, and each team exchanged baskets before a pair of turnovers set up the final possession.Albrecht finished with a game-high 17 points, and Marissa Immerfall added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Dons (7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Division). Pospyhalla chipped in nine points, including the game-winner, and six rebounds.Cooper Sherfield led Gilman (2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East) with 14 points.Columbus plays at Greenwood on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 42, Pirates 40Gilman 21 19 – 40Columbus Catholic 26 16 – 42GILMAN (40): Camryn Skabroud 1-8 0-0 3, Taylor Hendricks 1-8 1-2 3, Amanda Wisocky 0-4 0-2 0, Grace Grunseth 5-10 1-2 11, Kayla Chause 3-6 0-0 6, Cooper Sherfield 6-13 2-5 14, RaeAnn Heier 1-3 1-1 3. FG: 17-52. FT: 5-12. 3-pointers: 1-17 (Skabroud 1-8, Grunseth 0-3, Hendricks 0-6). Rebounds: 22 (Sherfield 6). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (42): Morgan Albrecht 7-13 1-4 17, Hailey Roehl 0-1 1-2 1, Baylie Neider 0-8 1-2 1, Maren Seefluth 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Baierl 0-6 2-2 2, Natalie Pospyhalla 3-10 0-0 9, Marissa Immerfall 6-10 0-0 12. FG: 16-48. FT: 5-10. 3-pointers: 5-18 (Pospyhalla 3-9, Albrecht 2-5, Neider 0-4). Rebounds: 32 (Immerfall 8). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Erik Buttlar Promoted to Vice President of Asset Protection at Best Buy

first_imgErik Buttlar has been promoted to vice president of asset protection at Best Buy. Buttlar began his career with Best Buy since 1990, serving as a store manager and regional media manager before becoming a director supporting merchandising, inventory, and loss prevention in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. In 2007, he was promoted to senior director of asset protection, a position he held up to his most recent promotion to vice president of asset protection.Buttlar is a strong supporter of the loss prevention/asset protection community and currently serves on the editorial board for LP Magazine.Congratulations Erik!- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-month

first_imgBarcelona ace Dembele scoffs at claims of paying pal €15,000-a-monthby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Ousmane Dembele has scoffed at claims he is paying a friend to make sure he does things on time.Dembele continues to upset management and senior players with his poor timekeeping.And Radio Marca reported that Dembele is paying one of his entourage €15,000-a-month to keep him on the straight and narrow.However, Dembele has denied the story with a reaction on Twitter with several disparaging emojis.https://t.co/LP7RBIAFNp— Ousmane Dembélé (@Dembouz) December 19, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoThomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to the club.While Thomas started the match against Espanyol last week, he has often been left out of Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for the biggest matches.”Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico,” he said after the game.”To be happy you have to play in important games and feel stronger, more confident.The Ghanaian wanted to clarify his statements and went to social media in order to do so.”On Saturday after the match I made some statements that were not understood well,” he wrote.”I want to explain myself better.”Atletico is the club where I want to be and I would like to keep growing as a player, for the club and for the fans.”And it’s true that I feel like I can be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day.”I do not want to be content and that is good [as I look to become] the best player that I can be.”Merry Christmas and Aupa Atleti!” last_img read more

The Islanders Shouldnt Be This Good

New York/New Jersey preeminence notwithstanding, the Islanders still have major problems on the business end of their operation. The team has the worst attendance in the NHL. The Devils and the Rangers might both be bad (and they are), but at least their fans are still showing up to watch hockey games (attrition can be fascinating, after all). Islanders fans have been notoriously absent for the last 20 seasons, but that’s because they were constantly given a reason to be absent. The team is good now, yet still the Barclays Center in Brooklyn had thousands of empty seats whenever they played there. (Attendance at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale has been far better, suggesting the Isles should probably play every game at that arena — and they will the rest of the regular season.)It’s hard to predict what the Islanders are capable of in the playoffs. They’re currently ranked 3rd in PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage, which might suggest they’re in the position they’re in because they’ve been more lucky than good. Puck luck is real, and it might be favoring the Islanders so far this season. But that doesn’t mean it’ll hold for the playoffs.Lucky or otherwise, if they continue winning at their current rate they’ll amass 102 points. That would be the franchise’s best total since the 1983-84 season, which is also the last time the Isles reached the Stanley Cup final. That team lost to some 23 year-old kid named Gretzky.Neil Paine contributed research to this article. It’s been a long time since the New York Islanders were any good. Despite a few playoff berths here and there, the Islanders’ past decade has been defined more by venue changes, managerial shakeups, another venue change, and losing John Tavares, its franchise player and captain to free agency. From the middle of the 1970s through the middle of the 1980s, the Islanders were among the NHL’s elite franchises, but they’ve mostly been a punchline since. But that narrative could be shifting this season.The Islanders currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan division, two points behind the Washington Capitals with a game in hand and a superior goal differential. In fact, they’ve already gained more points in 65 games this season than they did during all of last season. Any team would be expected to struggle immediately after failing to re-sign a player of Tavares’s caliber — only five players have scored more points than Tavares since his rookie season in 2009-10 — but the Islanders have somehow flourished.Goaltending has been key to that success: Isles netminders Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss have split time almost equally and boast the NHL’s third and fourth best save percentages, respectively, while their combined save percentage paces the league. Goaltending is as bad as it’s been in a decade across the NHL, but apparently no one sent the memo to Lehner or Greiss.The exceptional play between the pipes has been bolstered by an emphasis on improving the defense by new coach Barry Trotz — who was hired fresh off a Stanley Cup win with the Capitals — and new president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello, who won three Stanley Cups in New Jersey with a similar, defense-first philosophy. In 2017-18, the Isles gave up a league-high 296 goals. So far in 2018-19, they’ve given up a league-low 157. At their current rate, the Isles will surrender nearly 100 fewer goals in 2018-19 than they did just a season ago.But Tavares is missed on offense: The Islanders rank in the bottom third of the league for goals scored, and none of their players rank among the top 65 point getters. Last season’s rookie of the year Mathew Barzal is having a solid second season, leading the Islanders with 52 points.This doesn’t necessarily rule out the Islanders from winning the biggest prize: Defense can still be enough to prevail in this sport. The 2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks ranked 17th in goals scored and second in goals allowed during the regular season, and things ended up working out pretty well for them.Whether the Islanders finish the season as Stanley Cup champions remains to be seen, but what is clear is that for the first time in a very long time, they’re at the very least the kings of the New York metro area (yes, New Jersey Devils, we’re counting you). This isn’t exactly unfamiliar territory — the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1979-80 to 1982-83 — but it’s territory they haven’t set foot in for a while. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,1Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. the Islanders haven’t been the outright best team in New York/New Jersey since 1992-93. read more