first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Aiken (S.C.) Standard:MTU America flipped the switch last Wednesday in celebration of its new solar panel field in Graniteville. To create the solar panel field, MTU America collaborated with Sol America, SCE&G, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, Key Equipment Finance and Aiken County.They were praised by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster for working together and break new ground in the generation and transmission of energy. We commend them, as well.Solar power is gaining in popularity, and the County’s willingness to embrace such technology means our leaders are looking to the future.“The kind of innovation reflected here with this solar power, that’s what is going to take us into new dimensions in South Carolina,” McMaster said. “We are on the way up, and if we don’t mess it up with high taxes and heavy regulations, the future here is incomparable to anything else in the rest of the country. I congratulate all the leadership in Aiken County, this company and all those involved for making great decisions to produce wealth, prosperity and happiness.”Aiken County and MTU America aren’t the only entities going solar. North Augusta entered into an agreement with Clean Energy Collective, or CEC Development LLC, to enroll in the SCE&G Community Solar program. This agreement will help the city offset some, or all, of its electric use and save on energy costs.MTU America will see a benefit from its solar panel field, as well. According to Dan Kaminski, senior manager of purchasing for MTU America, “Under the current program with SCE&G, it (MTU America’s system) is feeding SCE&G’s grid. After 10 years, we can continue feeding the grid, at a wholesale rate, or we can bring it into our own grid. We’ll be putting it on our on grid because it will offset our peak demand, which is for air conditioning on hot, sunny days when the solar field is doing its thing. It’s a perfect match.”Utilizing solar power is not only good for the environment, but the pocketbook, as well, and it’s good to have City, County and business leaders so enthusiastic about such technology.Editorial: Solar power is good for economy, environment Editorial: The Solar Pocketbooklast_img read more

first_imgBloomberg, who was attacked during his first debate Wednesday by the other Democratic rivals vying to unseat Trump, is spending unparalleled amounts of money on his advertising campaign.According to campaign disclosures filed this week, the Bloomberg campaign has spent $409 million on his run through January, with most of the money funding a TV advertising blitz. It has spent $87 million on Google and Facebook ads, according to Democratic digital firm Bully Pulpit Interactive. .Hawkfish describes itself on its LinkedIn page as “a new startup to build state-of-the-art data and tech infrastructure for Democratic candidates, good causes and common sense solutions.”Ex-Facebook chief marketing officer Gary Briggs, former Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck hold senior positions and on Thursday, CNBC reported that Hawkfish had hired ad executive Tim Castree, who was previously North America CEO of WPP Group subsidiary GroupM. Other staff and advisors include alumni from Google, ad tech firm The Trade Desk and Goldman Sachs, according to their LinkedIn profiles.Eric Kuhn, who has described himself as the first agent in Hollywood to focus on social media during his time at United Talent Agency, has also joined Hawkfish as a senior advisor working on digital organizing and influencers, a signal that the campaign could build on its recent controversial strategy of paying popular Instagram meme accounts to post content.The campaign has said that Hawkfish will continue to be funded “in a big way” through November, regardless of whether Bloomberg wins the nomination.”Bloomberg is not only the best funded, but candidly far and away the most sophisticated with data,” said JT Kostman, a data scientist who worked on social media strategy for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.By using social network analysis to identify the most influential people and targeting them to share messages, Hawkfish is able to create a sense that “everyone is saying this,” he said.Hawkfish says that it has previously done work for Democratic candidates in 2019 state elections in Virginia and Kentucky, but calls Bloomberg’s campaign “our first major customer.”The campaign said Hawkfish sees itself as competing with the digital team run by Trump’s now campaign manager Brad Parscale in 2016, running a data-driven operation to create content and push paid ads to target voters.The name, according to the campaign, comes from Bloomberg’s interest in marine life. When he was mayor of New York, he installed giant fish tanks at City Hall and the offices of his financial news and data firm Bloomberg LLC are known for housing aquariums.  US Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s campaign has pumped $25.7 million into the billionaire candidate’s little-known digital arm Hawkfish since he entered the race last November, according to disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.Hawkfish LLC, which was founded by the former New York mayor in 2019, has been rapidly hiring tech executives, data scientists, software engineers and machine learning experts to try and counter Republican President Donald Trump’s digital advantage ahead of the November 2020 election.The company, which is based out of the Bloomberg campaign’s midtown Manhattan headquarters, now has at least 200 employees.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMadeline Holitzki edged into the top ten in 50 meter butterfly (10th) and ninth in 50 meter breaststroke.The up-and-coming swimmer also finished 20th in 50 meter backstroke,  to go with a 17th 100 meter individual medley.Samuel Matthew placed 13th 200 meter IM, 18th in 50 meter butterfly, 15th in 100 meter backstroke, 11th in 100 meter breaststrokeMatthew Holitzki checked in with a 21st in 100 meter IM, 20th in 50 meter butterfly, 23rd in 50 meter backstroke and 17th in 50 meter breaststroke.”I have seen so much improvement in all of the swimmers regardless if it was their first year or they have been swimming over five years,” Afford said.”They have been diligent to change their technique — the basis of their propulsion in the water and continuation in the sport to avoid injury. “It was so great to see the older swimmers inspire the younger ones and begin to take a leadership role in the team,” she added. ” It was so great to have the seniors volunteer coach and promoting team spirit.”As the season concluded in Nanaimo, the Neptunes handed out the team awards.Female Aggregate: Sage Cowan                        Male Aggregate: Samuel MatthewMost Improved Female Swimmer: Jaylen RushtonMost Improved Male Swimmer: Lachlan Bibby-FoxBest New Female: Ohia WintraubBest New Male: Logan WrightMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 1-3: Devan AndrusakMost Sportsmanlike Male Div. 1-3: Matthew HolitzkiMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 4-8: Nava SachsJunior Spirit Award: Madeline HolitzkiSenior Spirit Award: Sage CowanExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 1-3: Sabien EdneyExcellence in Mental Strength Male Div. 1-3 : Rohan MoolaExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 4-8: Katie DeJongCoaches Award Female Div. 1-3: Olivia CowanCoaches Award Male Div. 1-3: Cameron Bibby-FoxCoaches Award Female Div. 4-8: Joanna BlishenCoaches Award Male Div. 4-8: Samuel MatthewLeadership: Emma Borhi and Hannah Sachs A handful of Nelson Neptune swimmers took to the road to see how they stack up against the best in the province at the B.C. Summer Swim Association Championships held recently in Nanaimo.Madeline Holitzki, Samuel Matthew, Matthew Holitzski and Jaylen Rushton were the only Neptunes to attend the provincial meet but still registered very impressive results.”I am happy with the results as it was most of the swimmers’ first provincial meet,” said Neptune skipper Rebecca Affortd.”Almost every race, especially in preliminaries, was a best time with most of them taking off about two or three seconds.Rushton recored the best finish of a Neptune, placing seventh in 50 meter butterfly.Rushton also had a two top-20 results — 11th 50 meter breaststroke and 15th in 100 meter freestyle.last_img read more

first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 27,259 WITNESS 79TH RUNNING OF ‘GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL’ ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–In his first-ever try in graded stakes competition on the main track, longshot Melatonin made it look easy in taking Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in gate to wire fashion under Joe Talamo. Owned by Tarabilla Farms and trained by David Hofmans, the 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy won the Big ‘Cap by 4 ¼ lengths while covering the mile and a quarter distance in 2:02.01.Fresh off a 3 ¾ length allowance win going a mile and a sixteenth on Feb. 5, Talamo and his agent, Scott McClellan, lobbied forcefully for a chance to try the deep waters of “The Granddaddy of Them All” on Saturday.“Joe was instrumental in running in this race,” said Hofmans, who, along with Talamo, won his first career Big ‘Cap. “Joe and his agent were insistent that we go. After his last race, he said we have to run here. Joe was convinced after his last race. He said he loves this track, he’s so strong and he had so much horse left, I think he wants to run even farther, and I was convinced he was a miler.“I breezed him seven eighths the other day with Joe and was convinced to go here. Without California Chrome (who is committed to run later in the month in the Dubai World Cup), it opened up. We expected to be on the lead.”Off at 16-1, Melatonin paid $34.60, $13.80 and $6.00. The Big ‘Cap represented his fourth win from 11 career starts and with the winner’s share of $600,000, he increased his earnings to $768,552.“What a tremendous effort,” said Talamo. “I think I need some Melatonin right now to calm down from it…We had a great trip and he broke real sharp. I just put him up there and fortunately he was going so easily. When I got to the first turn, they backed off him a bit so I was able to give him a breather and he opened up turning for home.“I told Elizabeth (wife) when I left for the track today that I thought we had a big chance. I didn’t think we’d win like that but it was pretty exciting…Ever since coming to California, aside from winning the Santa Anita Derby, this was a huge, huge goal of mine. This is one of the biggest races in California and to do it at Santa Anita in front of a crowd (27,259) like this, it’s just icing on the cake.”Ridden by Abel Lezcano, Hard Aces rallied stoutly late to tag favored Effinex by a half length for the place. Off at 22-1, Hard Aces paid $19.20 and $7.20.Effinex, who was second to American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 and who had been idle since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 27, was well poised in second position, a half length off the winner a quarter mile from home, but lacked the necessary rally and finished third under Mike Smith.Off at 7-5, Effinex paid $2.80 to show.“He ran great,” said Smith, who had won the last three Big ‘Caps, dating back to 2013 with Game On Dude. “That was his first race back in just over three months…Going a mile and a quarter. I mean, that was impressive…He got to them but by the three eighths pole I felt him take a big breath and once he got his air, he didn’t put his head back down and take off again!”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Donworth, who was the second choice in the wagering at 5-2, was rank throughout and ran up on the heels of the winner around the far turn, resulting in a stewards’ inquiry. After a brief review, it was determined Donworth, who finished seventh, had caused his own trouble and the original order of finish was confirmed.Fractions on the race were 22.82, 46.28, 1:10.81 and 1:36.47.last_img read more

first_imgSTAYS IN VEGAS: Idle since running a close second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, Stays in Vegas is a four-time minor stakes winner who is two for two at a flat mile on turf. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has one local work for her return, with the rest of her breezes coming at Hollendorfer’s Northern California base, Golden Gate Fields. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, or KMN Racing, LLC, or LNJ Foxwoods, Stays in Vegas has good tactical speed and will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Alex Solis. A first-out maiden winner of the 5 ½ Juan Gonzalez Stakes on July 4 at Pleasanton, Stays in Vegas can be expected come with her “A-race” in the Senorita. Race 9 (of 11)  THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS                                                            Fourth Watch–Joe Talamo–120Mirage–Alonso Quinonez–122Decked Out–Edwin Maldonado–124Kiss N Scat–Martin Garcia–122Sheeza Milky Way–Santiago Gonzalez–120Swift Lady–Rafael Bejarano–120Be Mine–Tyler Baze–120Compel–Brice Blanc–120Stays in Vegas–Alex Solis–122First live race post time on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Saturday for simulcast wagering at 7:15 a.m. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:40 p.m. PDT. SWIFT LADY: Aptly named, this Florida-bred will try two turns for the first time as she comes off an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Feb. 14. By the Awesome Again stallion Awesome of Course, she’s trained by Bob Baffert and although she was ridden to three consecutive wins by Martin Garcia, will be handled for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. Owned by Baoma Corporation, Swift Lady bids for her fourth consecutive win and is clearly the speed of the field.THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–Recent stakes winners Decked Out and Swift Lady, along with classy comebacker Stays In Vegas, head a wide open field of nine sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita. DECKED OUT: Dead last early in a field of nine, Decked Out came running late to post an impressive 2 ¾ length victory in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes here on April 9. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother, Keith, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss will cut back in distance a furlong and be handled for the first time by Edwin Maldonado, as “Team Desormeaux” is away in Kentucky to contest the Run for the Roses with Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator. Third to Swift Lady three starts back in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Decked Out will hope for a fast pace and clear sailing. Owned by Voss or Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out closed good ground to be fifth, beaten one length in her only try at one mile on turf, the China Doll Stakes, here on March 12.last_img read more