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May 24, 2021

PSC To Vote On Georgia Power Coal and Solar Plans

first_img??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories The Public Service Commission will vote tomorrow on Georgia Power’s 20-year energy plan for the state.It will likely include shuttering about a quarter of the company’s coal-fired units. Meanwhile, the fate of a controversial plan to significantly expand solar across the state is still up in the air.??:??The state reviews and votes on Georgia Power’s long term energy plan every three years.This year, as the result of looming clean air regulations and an ongoing natural gas boom, the plan includes retiring 15 of the company’s oldest and dirtiest coal and oil fired units.PSC Chairman Chuck Eaton says natural gas, nuclear, and renewables are Georgia’s future.“I think the safest bet is that you’re going to see less and less coal. I just can’t imagine approving a new coal plant under these circumstances.”Still, most of the state’s energy comes from coal, natural gas, and nuclear. Less than one percent comes from solar.A proposal sponsored by Commissioner Bubba McDonald would change that and force Georgia Power to more than triple its solar capacity over the next two years.Solar advocates, environmental groups, and the Atlanta Tea Party have joined forces to support the plan. The Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley says it’ll spur Georgia’s solar industry and make the state’s energy market more competitive down the line.“I would love, love to use solar during the peak hours that are so expensive with Georgia Power,” said Dooley. “We need to be proactive and not reactive to things.”Gov. Nathan Deal weighed in earlier this week and isn’t as bullish.“I have great difficulty mandating what an energy portfolio must look like.”Chairman Eaton wouldn’t say how he’ll vote, but hinted that it may not be the right time to be mandating more energy of any kind.“A lot of our supply was based on previous forecasts that occurred while the economy was still booming and humming along. Now that the economy has been constricted and we’re just coming out of the Great Recession, we’ve got too much capacity and so immediately it’s not an issue,” said Eaton.The vote on the solar proposal and Georgia Power’s larger 20-year energy plan takes place at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility last_img read more

May 3, 2021

Michigan couple dies hours apart after 56 years of marriage, family says

first_imgKatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock(Southgate, Mich.) — A Michigan couple who rarely spent a day apart after 56 years of marriage died on the same day in the hospital.Judy and Will Webb of Southgate, Mich., both 77, were holding hands before they died in a hospice center on March 6, their daughter, MaryBeth Webb, told ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.They first connected at the age of 14, according to WXYZ. When Will Webb enlisted in the U.S. military, Judy Webb would write letters to him, their daughter said.“They just became friends and have been together ever since,” MaryBeth Webb said. Will and Judy Webb, both 77 years old, died just hours apart while holding hands on March 6, 2019. They spent their final hours together in hospice care after both battling a series of health complications. https://t.co/EZAyd63avQ— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) March 22, 2019A Michigan couple who rarely spent a day apart after 56 years of marriage died on the same day in the hospital.They first connected at the age of 14, according to WXYZ. When Will Webb enlisted in the U.S. military, Judy Webb would write letters to him, their daughter said.“They just became friends and have been together ever since,” MaryBeth Webb said.Later, Will Webb worked nights as a printer and Judy Webb worked days at a local hospital. She would stay up late to wait for him to get home every night.MaryBeth Webb said her parents are the reason her family is tight-knit.“We just had a lot of fun — a lot of good times,” MaryBeth Webb said.The couple rarely spent a day apart before their health started to decline late last year, their daughter said.In December, Judy Webb’s health began to suffer following a medical procedure that “basically didn’t go well,” MaryBeth Webb told The News-Herald. She suffered from an infection that almost killed her on New Year’s Eve and was then transported to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she remained on a ventilator, their daughter told the Southgate-based newspaper.The next day, Will Webb collapsed from exhaustion, The News-Herald reported.“My dad — seeing her like that — it was too much for him,” MaryBeth Webb told the newspaper. “From that point on, everything that happened to her happened to him in a different place.”When Judy Webb spiked a fever, so did her husband. When she began to suffer from congestion, he got pneumonia, and their health failures continued to parallel each other’s until they died, their daughter said.After Will Webb was put into hospice care, his wife requested that she be placed there too.On the day they died, their beds had been pushed together and they were holding hands, MaryBeth Webb told WXYZ. Will Webb died at 2 a.m., and Judy Webb died just hours later, their daughter said.She continued, “When my dad died, my mom just kind of – she wasn’t responsive at all, verbally — but you could see her pick up her hand and she was rubbing my dad’s hand like, ‘I’ll be there soon.’”MaryBeth Webb said her parents “didn’t want to live without each other,” describing their relationship as “a great love story.”“I’m happy that they went together and don’t have to suffer losing each other, but it’s still hard,” MaryBeth Webb told The News-Herald.The couple leaves behind three daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, according to their obituary.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

March 3, 2021

Phish Announces ‘The Siket Disc’ Vinyl Release

first_imgJam band titans Phish have been re-releasing their catalog on vinyl, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, another album will be ready just in time for the holidays. The Siket Disc, an album recorded in 1998 that highlights Phish’s improvisational prowess, will be released on major retailers on December 18th.The tracks emerged from improvisational sessions during the recording of The Story Of The Ghost, and were hand-selected by Page McConnell. The name of the album comes from engineer John Siket, who worked with Phish on a number of albums in the mid-1990s.Of the songs on the album, really only “What’s The Use?” has seen any regularity in live performances. “Quadrophonic Toppling” has made some appearances as well.The vinyl will be released on December 18th, and can be found here.last_img read more

January 18, 2021

Assistance

first_imgPRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS/FUNDRAISINGBuilding 194, 37th Street, Room 114Phone 254-287-00147:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through FridayPrivate organizations desiring approval from the Garrison commander to operate on Fort Hood must submit their constitution and by-laws for review and approval. Any organization interested in conducting a fundraiser event (i.e. bake sale, car wash, etc.) outside their immediate organizational area must obtain approval from the manager of the proposed location and then request approval of the date/time from this office.UNIT FUNDSBuilding 194, 37th Street, Room 114Phone 254-287-9275/96757:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through FridayUnit funds must be used for the collective benefit of all unit members for off-duty recreational purposes as described in AR-215-1, para 5-13, (K). To find out who your Unit Funds Custodian is, call or go by the office.last_img read more

December 9, 2020

Smile: You Are About to Lose

first_imgScientific American: The posed stare-down is a staple of the pre-fight ritual. Two fighters, one day removed from attempting to beat the memories from each other, stand impossibly close, raise their clenched fists and fix their gaze on the other’s eyes as cameras click away. This has always seemed little more than a vehicle for media hype, but new research from psychologists at the University of Illinois suggests that there may be clues in this bit of theatre that predict the results of the fight to come.Specifically, the researchers hypothesized that there’s something about the fighters’ facial expressions in this standoff that reveal the competitive dynamics between them. A subtle, and perhaps unintentional, communication of submission from one fighter to the other. A recognition of the opponent’s power. The smile.Facial expressions have long been thought to be reliable indicators of a person’s true feelings. Indeed, in his book “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals” Darwin suggested that such expressions have evolved precisely because they serve this important function. The smile has attracted much empirical attention and has generally been interpreted as a signal of an individuals’ immediate, as well as long-term, well-being. In a particularly interesting study, the frequency and “authenticity” of smiles in high school yearbook photos tended to predict higher levels of subjective well-being years later.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

October 19, 2020

Topper Boys Soccer Team Wins Over Coyotes

first_imgThe Boys Varsity Soccer Team hosted the Roswell Coyotes Saturday afternoon for the 2019 Homecoming Game at Sullivan Field. It was a physical and hard-fought match. At the end of 80 minutes, the Toppers came out on top 3-1. The Coyotes took the lead early, scoring the only goal for either team in the first half. The Toppers started the second half with relentless offense and clutch defense, tying the game on a free kick by senior Dakota Duran. Persistent offense led to two additional goals for the Toppers by Westley Parker and Isaac Ortega. Pictured is Dakota Duran advancing the ball downfield with a header. Photo by Nate LimbackTopper Isaac Ortega and Coyote Benjamin Simpson fight for possession in the second half. Photo by Nate LimbackSamuel Cirigliano and Nilesh Mukundan defend against a Coyote corner kick. Photo by Nate LimbackSamuel Cirigliano gains possession of the ball midair. Photo by Nate LimbackWestley Parker heads the ball off a goal kick from the Coyote keeper. Photo by Nate Limbacklast_img read more

September 26, 2020

D&G’s New State Of The Art Hospital To Keep Royal Title

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNHS Dumfries and Galloway are pleased to announce that the new multi million pound state of the art hospital that is currently under construction on the outskirts Dumfries, close to the Garroch roundabout, by the A75 will keep it’s royal title.The New hospital will open as Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.  Permission has been granted by the Royal Naming Team to transfer the name to the new build on the outskirts of Dumfries.[vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/cRRuCCQe0Bc”]The new £200 million facility is reported to open later in 2017, the hospital will have 344 single rooms, an emergency care centre and a new combined theatres complex.  New models of care and the latest technologies will enable staff to provide patients with the highest standards of care.last_img read more

August 16, 2020

Elrod Hendricks pitched well in this loss (Blue Jays series review)

first_imgOK, we lost 2 of 3 from the Jays. That was not good but before we figure out what went wrong, let’s look back to the year 1978. It was a good year for the Birds (90 wins). However on July 26, the last-place Jays hosted Baltimore. A pair of now deceased left-handers started on the mound. It was Mike Flanagan for the Birds and Tommy Underwood for the Jays. And Baltimore had a good start as the “Big Bopper” Lee May singled in a run.Flanagan stopped the Jays in the home half of the first. And that was the extent of the good news.Otto Velez opened the Jays second with a double. Flanagan didn’t get another out. Velez doubled again in the first. Nine runs went up on the board. In the next three Toronto at-bats, the Jays added 15 runs. Only the relief work of outfielder Larry Harlow and catcher Elrod Hendricks stopped the Jays’ attack. May had a big day with 2 homers and a double. The O’s scored 10 runs and lost by two touchdowns. Final score; Toronto 24, Baltimore 10. Oh, gosh.So back to the present. What happened to our offense? We were shut down in the opener by Dustin McGowan who hadn’t pitched effectively in the Majors since 2011. And there are no excuses. Baltimore had owned this hurler in the past. In 13 games against the Birds, McGowan was winless in three games and his ERA was nearly 7 runs a game.The good news was Chris Tillman was brilliant again.There was more non-hitting on Saturday. Only some late-inning Orioles magic pulled this one out. Saturday’s hero was Bud Norris who again gave the Birds a strong pitching effort. Youngster Jonathan Schoop broke the offensive silence when he doubled in the seventh giving us a 1-0 lead. It held up until two outs in the ninth. Tommy Hunter lost a save and Norris a win when Colby Rasmus went yard.Steve Lombardozzi came to the rescue when he tripled in the 12th. David Lough spayed a hit to left to bring in the winning run in the 2-1 loss.Sunday was kind of a disaster. Ubaldo Jimenez did not pitch well and we got squashed 11-3. No it’s not time to find another pitcher. Jimenez will find it. The good news here is Chris Davis finally cracked the code for his first homer of the season. Matt Wieters followed that shot with his third homer of the year. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

August 12, 2020

Here’s why Trump can call Kaepernick an S.O.B.

first_imgEARL OFARI HUTCHINSONJust in case you thought that Trump went way off the reservation in virtually calling former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick an SOB to loud crowd hoots at a campaign rally for Alabama Senate Republican candidate Luther Strange, he didn’t. The truth is that Trump has kept a vengeful close eye on the Kap-NFL debacle from day one. Last march at a post victory rally in Louisville, Trump virtually commanded NFL owners not to even think about bringing him back into the league. To quote, “they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”Any owner who dared to sign Kap almost certainly would get that dreaded nasty tweet, and probably a lot more Trump bombast about betrayal, and disgust, at daring to sign him. Trump has got a thing about Kap for several reasons, to him, perfectly good reasons. The first is the owners. He really didn’t have to saber rattle the owners with the threat of a “nasty tweet,” not one was going to sign him anyway. Several owners played footsie with the press about considering him for a possible spot on their team roster. But they made it crystal clear that the fans would be in wholesale revolt against their team if they signed him.That’s another reason, the fans. There was just enough anecdotal stuff from informal polls, surveys, angry letters from fans and hostile talk about Kap from sports radio jocks to cement the owner’s tacit decision to make him NFL unemployable.To many, this duck for cover by the owners behind the fans, seemed ludicrous. Since when have billionaire owners and their GMs ever considered what the fans wanted in their player personnel decisions? The don’t, but Kap was totally different since there appears to be just enough antipathy and rage against him from a big swatch of the NFL fan base to make their claim of fan concern credible. Trump is aware of the legion of fans that disdain Kap, and felt comfortable shouting to the Alabama campaign rally that the NFL owners should give him and anyone else who disrespects the flag and the national anthem a swift boot out of the NFL. The crowd ate it up, because many of them are exactly the kind of fan that the NFL owners have in mind who would rebel against Kap on an NFL team.last_img read more

August 12, 2020

Column: Mayweather takes a hit for The Money Team

first_imgFloyd Mayweather, right, of the U.S. claps as Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa strikes a pose during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Mayweather said he has signed to fight Nasukawa for a bout promoted by Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo. (Katsuya Miyagawa/Kyodo News via AP) It looked like easy money, and there’s no one more qualified to judge that then the founder and titular head of The Money Team.But sometimes chasing a pile of cash is more difficult than it seems.Floyd Mayweather Jr. found that out when he went looking for money in Japan. The deal, or so he thought, was to perform a three-round exhibition before what he said was a small group of wealthy spectators for “a very large fee.”Turns out Mayweather got hoodwinked. And then he quickly got out of town.He wanted no part of a rising young Japanese kickboxing star, even though he outweighed Tenshin Nasukawa by 30 pounds. A guy could get hurt in a real fight, especially if the rules weren’t all in his favor.The problem was, Mayweather had appeared at a press conference Monday in Tokyo in which the fight was announced. He posed for pictures with Nasukawa, and talked about how their New Year’s Eve bout would be an epic event.So he had to backpedal. And fast.Mayweather said he was blindsided by promoters at the press conference and went along when they said the fight was scheduled, with the rules to be figured out later. He said he didn’t even know who Nasukawa was.Fair enough. But Google is available in Japan, and it didn’t take Mayweather long to find out a few things about his opponent.Or maybe he just read an Instagram post from Joe Rogan, the UFC fight announcer who knew a little more about Nasukawa.“He’s a true striking genius,” Rogan said of the 20-year-old. “I doubt Floyd is going to agree to any rules that allow Tenshin to kick, but if he does, it could be a terrible night for him. This kid is the truth.”Whatever it was, Mayweather left Japan as fast as he could.And, really, who could blame Mayweather. He’s made a career — and made himself immensely wealthy — out of picking just the right opponent at the right time and this wasn’t the opponent or the time to get back in the ring.But in doing so he may have damaged his brand, if just a bit. Mayweather doesn’t do contrition well, but contrite he was in a lengthy post that didn’t exactly cast him in a favorable light.“I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions,” Mayweather wrote.If that’s so, then perhaps Manny Pacquiao better go looking for another opponent for his next fight. Actually, Pacquiao already has, with plans to fight Adrien Broner in January.Still there’s a good chance the two could meet in May in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first fight. By then they might have made enough boxing fans forget what a snoozer the first fight was to pay big money for a rematch between two 40-something boxers.With Mayweather, it’s anyone’s guess. He already announced the Pacquiao fight for December, you might remember, though it will not happen then.And now he claims he’s just an old retired boxer trying to make a little spending money by giving speeches and small exhibitions.Who’s going to pay big money to see that?It’s hard to argue with what Mayweather has done in a career more spectacular for the amount of money he’s made than the epic fights he’s been in. He turned himself into a marketing phenomenon beginning with his 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya, and has made more money than even he can count.He also conned people into believing his fight with UFC fighter Conor McGregor was a legitimate match, before easily dispatching him in his last lucrative exhibition.But the Mayweather brand is getting old, and so is his appeal. He’s reduced to being the “opponent” in fights like the one he was planning in Japan and even his sycophants have to be getting the idea by now that they’re being played.A second fight with Pacquiao holds little intrigue after the dull affair the two put on in 2015. Like the proposed fight in Japan it’s strictly a money grab by the founder of The Money Team.In the end, Mayweather couldn’t run fast enough from a young opponent in Japan.We should all think about running if his next press conference is to announce a fight with Pacquiao.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more