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_imgExploring the idea of a statewide roster of trial judges qualified to try capital cases. Already, it is required that circuit judges presiding over death cases go through a training course. The court asked the Morris Committee, chaired by Eighth Circuit Judge Stan Morris, to consider the idea and make recommendation by October 1. August 1, 2000 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Justice Anstead concurred in result only. Chief Justice Charles Wells concurred and wrote a separate opinion, joined by Justices Major Harding and Barbara Pariente, in which he stressed that effective management of cases will be key to improving the capital appeals process. “We have a rule of judicial administration requiring the chief judges to report to this court each quarter concerning each case which is pending in their circuits in postconviction. The intent of this rule is that these cases are to be a focus on the trial court dockets and progressed each quarter,” Wells wrote. “To be certain that this occurs, we expect the reports to be filed with this court timely and to be complete. However, progressing the case requires that the state attorneys and Attorney General do all that can be reasonably done to have public records produced by various agencies that possess relevant documents and to bring matters which need to be heard to the attention of the trial judges.” Wells promised that the high court will do a better job of managing cases, too. “We are likewise taking active steps in this court to have records timely perfected so that these cases are appropriately progressed while in this court,” he wrote. The Supreme Court “must develop procedures to govern postconviction proceedings once a death warrant has been signed.. . . Further consideration likewise is warranted for a number of serious concerns raised as to the appropriateness of the time limits contained in the proposed rules.” In addition to those issues which must be addressed before adopting new rules, the Supreme Court wants to explore other matters “we feel are vitally important to the streamlining and betterment of the capital postconviction process.” They include: The high court said it must address “critical issues regarding what constitutes an adequate postconviction motion under Rule 3.851.. . . More consideration and revision of the requirements of an adequate motion is required.” Court calls for more capital appeals studycenter_img “We must give adequate consideration to the Solicitor General’s suggestion that this court has authority to adopt a rule of discovery requiring disclosure of records prior to the conviction and sentence of death becoming final,” the justices wrote. The court had feared that current exemptions to Chapter 119 public records laws — that do not end until conviction and sentence become final after direct appeal — would preclude collateral counsel from investigating postconviction claims immediately upon appointment, as the new dual-track streamlined appeals process required. “Another issue of utmost concern is how to ensure the availability of qualified postconviction counsel to handle the increased caseloads that likely will result from the adoption of a dual-track system,” the justices wrote. “This concern appears to be directly impacted by statutes governing the compensation of and scope of representation by registry counsel (those private attorneys on a statewide list who are willing to handle capital appeals).” Court calls for more capital appeals study Associate Editor In the wake of a barrage of criticism, suggestions and confusion surrounding new rules for capital appeals, the Florida Supreme Court has called a time out, saying further study is required. After considering written comments and oral arguments from a total of 16 interested parties, the high court “has determined that it must postpone adoption of new rules governing capital postconviction proceedings until it can thoroughly consider a number of critical issues and concerns,” the justices concurred in a July 14 opinion. Current rules remain in effect until the Supreme Court adopts new ones. While “serious obstacles” remain, the justices said one important step should be taken immediately. They adopted a new rule of judicial administration requiring the chief judge of each circuit to enter an administrative order detailing a plan to “expedite the preparation of transcripts in all cases in which the death penalty is sought and in capital postconviction proceedings.” The deadline for those circuit-wide plans is January 1, 2001. Previously, the justices had proposed a rule to require state attorneys to pay for real-time court reporting in every death case. But in their latest opinion, the justices acknowledged that technology is currently not available in all circuits, and other measures — “such as the use of text editors or alternating court reporters and the management of court reporter workloads — may be necessary to expedite the preparation and finalization of transcripts.” In their opinion, the justices agreed, it should be the circuit court’s responsibility, rather that the duty of state attorneys, to ensure such efficiency measures are put into action. But there’s no way, the justices agreed, to put into action proposed rule changes to speed up capital appeals until a long list of problems are solved: Considering extending recently adopted minimum standards for conflict counsel in capital cases to public defenders, collateral counsel and private counsel who handle capital cases. last_img read more

first_imgIn your lifetime, you’re going to work with someone who you won’t get along with. Often, it’s a personality conflict. Usually when two personalities clash, both parties are partially to blame. If you find yourself in this situation, here are a few tips for getting past the conflict and moving forward.Keep it on the down-low: Obviously when there’s some conflict, you need to find a resolution. The best thing you can do in the process, is to not let it cause division among your fellow employees. When lines are drawn, and allies and enemies are made, it’ll make it ten times harder to resolve the situation. Don’t make it tougher than it has to be.Take five: A back in forth argument usually won’t get you anywhere. You’ll get emotional and will ignore logic and reason. Take a minute to get your thoughts organized and turn those reactions into responses. A clear head always helps when trying to resolve a conflict.Two rights make an argument: You’ve probably heard that “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” While this phrase is weird and puzzling to small children, it’s also right on the money. There’s often more than one way to be successful at a task. Remember when you find yourself in a conflict, that people see things differently and neither way is necessarily wrong. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgHe says that misinformation has turned more conspiracy ridden since 2016 and says that people need to be cautious of posts they may see online, adding to always check a story across multiple news sites in order to verify its legitimacy. (WBNG) — One of the outcomes of the 2016 elections showed that misinformation was prevalent on social media, but Jeremy Blackburn, Assistant Prof. of Computer Science at Binghamton University, warns it’s still very much around in the 2020 cycle. Blackburn says that while more social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are more aware of misinformation and they do try to ban it, it is still readily accessible on other smaller sites, like Reddit, and users are still being exposed to it.last_img read more

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first_imgTopics : “I hoped that if I came in contact with the infection, I would also get some extra money,” said Maria, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, fearing she could damage her career prospects.What happened was quite different.After a patient she visited and swabbed tested positive, Maria was ordered to self-isolate for two weeks. When she got her April salary, it was cut to just 14,000 rubles.Her salary varies from month to month, but the most she makes is 36,000 rubles, working two different jobs and overtime, she said. “I could have contracted the virus, but instead of a bonus, my salary is less than usual,” said Maria, who was only given one surgical mask and a pair of gloves per shift.Healthcare workers across Russia watched Putin promise doctors extra pay and monthly bonuses of between 25,000 and 80,000 rubles to medics and drivers working to fight coronavirus.But when overworked doctors opened their April pay slips, most saw no sign of these generous sums. A ‘cruel joke’ That feeling has compounded frustration in the medical community that they are taken for granted, especially after a recent cycle of “optimization” reforms that closed thousands of clinics.”This looks like a cruel joke to medical workers” already used to unfulfilled promises, says a petition launched last week by the Action union, which is demanding full payouts.The appeal, which calls on the government to widen eligibility for extra payments, has been signed by more than 90,000 people.Konoval said the Kremlin’s vow to pay doctors extra created tension between medics and society at a time when most Russians are struggling economically.”This rumor that doctors get paid a lot of money during the pandemic is unpleasant for doctors who continue to work for a pittance,” he said.Most in the field are unwilling to demand extra pay in a country where the medical profession is regarded as a service, rather than work that should be compensated appropriately.”Patients are telling us that we must be getting a lot of money for working so much,” Maria, the doctor outside Moscow, said. “But nobody complains because it makes no difference,” she said. “I want justice to prevail, but I’m not going to start a war.”center_img Maria, a 24-year-old doctor working outside Moscow, expected to be paid extra if one of her patients tested positive for the coronavirus. Instead, her salary shrank.In a small town 200 kilometers from the capital, she visits patients at home and normally has around three calls a day. But that number surged to 30 in April as the pandemic struck Russia.When President Vladimir Putin promised on TV in April that doctors would get a monthly bonus of 80,000 rubles ($1,100) for treating virus patients, she thought it was compensation for increased risk and workload. ‘Huge disappointment’Many posted photos online of paychecks where the extra money amounted to $10 dollars or less — or nothing at all.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin acknowledged the problem.The government has transferred 27 billion rubles for healthcare bonuses, but regional authorities have only paid out 4.5 billion, he said.”There are problems with payments even in regions most hit by the infection, where the workload on medics is at the maximum,” he admitted.With more than 242,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and cases steadily rising, Russia has the world’s second-highest number of infections.Andrei Konoval, head of the Action union of medical workers, said Putin’s directive lost its punch as it percolated through the healthcare system’s bureaucracy.Some hospitals only added certain staff to “coronavirus teams”, so when others, like Maria, faced the virus they were not eligible for the bonus.In some regions, facilities calculated time in contact with the infection down to the minute to save money.Ambulance crews at some hospitals would only get paid extra for treating confirmed coronavirus cases. “In reality, ambulance teams going out on a call about high blood pressure risk infection even more,” because they have less protection and patients do not know if they are infected, Konoval said.Putin’s bonus promise had sounded “very attractive”, he said, “but it has resulted in huge disappointment among doctors.”last_img read more

first_imgHe was accused of accepting Rp 11.5 billion in bribes and an additional Rp 8.64 billion in gratuities from a number of ministry and KONI officials.The bribe was reportedly given through Imam’s personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, who was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison on June 15.In response to his sentence, Imam said he would consider whether to file an appeal. He continued to deny any involvement in the case.”In the name of God and the Prophet [Muhammad], I did not receive the Rp 11.5 billion,” Imam told the bench as quoted by addition to Imam and Miftahul, the KPK named five other suspects in the case: former KONI secretary-general Ending Fuad Hamidy, KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy and ministry officials Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. They have all been convicted. (afr)Topics : The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi to seven years in prison on Monday for his involvement in a bribery case pertaining to a grant to the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI).Imam was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp 400 million (US$28,074), which would be substituted for another three months of imprisonment if he failed to pay.“Defendant Imam Nahrawi has been found guilty of corruption, together and continuously [with other parties],” presiding judge Rosmina said on Monday. The court also ordered Imam to pay Rp 18.1 billion in restitution within a month after the verdict became legally binding. If he failed to pay, the court would auction his assets to cover the restitution.Imam’s right to run for public office has been suspended for four years after he finishes serving his prison sentence.The sentence is lighter than the prosecutors’ demand of 10 years, a Rp 500 million fine and Rp 19.1 billion in restitution. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had accused Imam of accepting bribes during his term as sports minister from 2014 to 2019 to ensure his approval of a grant proposed by KONI to supervise several athletic events in 2018, including the 2018 Asian Games and the Asian Para Games.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link84Shares Advertisement Xhaka caused a stir (Picture: Getty/Visionhaus)David Seaman believes Granit Xhaka was out of order for his conduct towards Arsenal fans, but hailed Unai Emery’s handling of the situation.Xhaka earned headlines after he told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ and cupped his hand to his ear as he was roundly booed off the pitch in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, and legendary Gunners stopper Seaman is adamant that an Arsenal captain simply cannot behave in that manner.He also expressed his surprise that Xhaka – who removed a picture of him captaining the north London side from his Instagram account in the aftermath of the incident – has not issued a public apology to the Arsenal support, however, he thought Emery was impressive in the manner in which he responded to the awkward scenario. Comment David Seaman slams Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka but praises Unai Emery’s ‘brilliant’ response Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery said in the immediate aftermath of the row: ‘He was wrong. We are going to speak to him and decide with the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.’And Seaman heaped praise on Emery as he slammed Xhaka for his conduct.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Putting his hand to his ear and swearing at the crowd; its just something as an Arsenal captain you cannot do,’ said ex-goalkeeper Seaman.‘You’ve just got to get on with it, get off (the pitch) and deal with it afterwards. I thought Emery was brilliant in the press conference when he said he would deal with it internally.‘The only thing that surprises me is that Xhaka hasn’t come out an apologised to the fans.’Should Granit Xhaka be stripped of the Arsenal captaincy?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Paul Merson defends Granit Xhaka following outburst against Arsenal supportersMORE: Unai Emery urges Arsenal fans to stick with the club after Granit Xhaka incidentlast_img read more

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first_img U.S. Open 2019: Aaron Wise learns from Brooks Koepka’s ‘calmness’ U.S. Open 2019: Justin Rose closes round with 3 straight birdies to take solo lead Tiger Woods said he was “very pleased” to start his U.S. Open campaign under par at a tricky Pebble Beach.Former world No. 1 Woods carded a 1-under 70 to end Thursday’s opening round five shots off the pace. The fist pump …Some pars are better than others.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 14, 2019″It’s typical Pebble Beach where the first seven holes you can get it going, and then after that you’re kind of fighting and kind of hanging on,” Woods told reporters.”I kind of proved that today. I had it going early and had to fight off through the middle part of the round and hung in there with pars. Very pleased to shoot under par today.”Woods said: “As I said, the first seven holes you can get it going, and you can be 4 to 5 under through the first seven holes. And then after that some of those were on the tricky side. They were hard to get it back and close to. Woods — a three-time U.S. Open champion with his last triumph coming in 2008 — battled his way around the course in California, where he had three birdies and a double bogey on the front nine.Despite not playing at his best, 15-time major winner Woods managed to stay within sight of leader Justin Rose. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods scratches, claws way to 1-under 70 “Rosey kind of proved that today, kind of hang in there and fight it off. He had an amazing finish. I was in position to do the same thing, kind of hanging in there and was able to post an under par today.””It seemed like the majority of the guys were under par through the first seven holes, and then nobody was making hay after that,” Woods added. “And it was a little bit tricky.”Three birdies in his last four [email protected] surges into red numbers.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 13, 2019Masters champion Woods will tee off on Friday in a tie for 28th alongside Jason Day, Adam Scott, Carlos Ortiz, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Wallace, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Paul Casey, Jovan Rebula and An Byeong-hun.last_img read more