House fronts have fallen into the street after a sewer collapsed in Manchester. The front of two houses have collapsed thanks to the sinkhole
House fronts have fallen into the street after a sewer collapsed in Manchester. The front of two houses have collapsed thanks to the sinkhole
Patterson was among five Rangers players ordered to self-isolate for 10 days after local media reported they had attended a party in Glasgow which was broken up by police. Rangers advanced 9-5 on aggregate. "He's had a whirlwind week," Gerrard told RangersTV.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have apparently been braving quarantine using the buddy system. Both stars took to social media Thursday night to declare that they’ve come together as a band, called Silk Sonic, with the first taste of new music coming in one week. “We made an album!!” enthused .Paak on Instagram. “Y’all get […]
Hyundai Motor has so far avoided a chip shortage that has plagued global automakers, largely maintaining its stockpile of chips last year and even accelerating purchases towards the end, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The shortage has forced production cuts worldwide, including at Volkswagen and General Motors, prompting Germany and the United States to ramp up efforts to resolve the shortage. Other than Japan's Toyota Motor, which said this month it had enough chip inventory to last it about four months, Hyundai and its sister firm Kia Corp are the only global automakers to have maintained a stockpile of low-tech chips that helped them keep up production.
The 15-time major winner underwent surgery to stabilize compound fractures of his tibia and fibula, after the grisly accident on Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff said Woods, 45, would not face criminal charges in the crash. "Woods was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for continuing orthopaedic care and recovery," Harbor-UCLA Medical Center interim CEO Anish Mahajan said on the hospital's Twitter account.
It is now my pleasure to introduce your host for today's call, Ms. Stacey Jurchison, senior director of investor relations and corporate communications at Altimmune. Leading the call today will be Vipin Garg, our chief executive officer. Additional members of the Altimmune executive team participating on the call today are Will Brown, our chief financial officer; Scot Roberts, our chief scientific officer; and Scott Harris, our chief medical officer.
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Lana Condor has had shiny black hair even before many of us got to know her as Lara Jean, but she just changed up her natural color for a fun pastel pink shade. Condor showed off the new bubblegum color in a gorgeous Instagram selfie on Thursday evening, proving pink is her color.
Woman who set herself on fire in Lesbos refugee camp may face arson chargesPregnant Afghan woman, who has not been named, forced to give testimony to a prosecutor from her hospital bed The new refugee camp on Lesbos was created in a few days after the fire that completely destroyed the Moria refugee camp that was a first reception and registration centre for asylum seekers, one of the largest in Europe. Photograph: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Images
Rio Tinto will contribute $20 million (US$15 million) to the Western Australian Government to help fund a new hospital at Tom Price in the state’s Pilbara region.
Rio Tinto has to date awarded contracts valued at over $385 million (A$500 million) to local Western Australian and Pilbara Aboriginal businesses to support the latest development of its Greater Tom Price Operations.
Boo Buie scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, sparking Northwestern to rally past Minnesota 67-59 on Thursday night, bringing an end to a 13-game losing streak that stretches back to Dec. 29. Buie opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 run as Northwestern (7-14, 4-13 Big Ten Conference) surged into its first of the game and turned what had been a Minnesota cruise into a battle. Miller Kopp added 15 points, 10 after halftime, for Northwestern.
India's coast guard found 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea, an Indian foreign ministry official said on Friday, adding that the survivors would not be allowed to enter Indian territory. Another refugee was missing, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said on Thursday, giving news of the rescue. The United Nations refugee agency had raised the alarm earlier this week over the missing boat, which had set off on Feb. 11 from Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, where refugee camps have been established for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled neighboring Myanmar.
High hopes: drones join fight to save New Zealand’s rarest dolphinNumbers of Māui dolphins have been slashed by fishing and other threats, with only an estimated 63 adults remaining in the wild Māui dolphins are only found on the west coast of New Zealand’s north island Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Alamy
Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in. The moment came days after the nation reached the devastating milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths and ahead of a meeting with the nation’s governors on plans to speed the distribution even further.“The more people get vaccinated, the faster we’re going to beat this pandemic,” Biden said at the White House ceremony, noting that his administration is on course to exceed his promise to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.“We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days,” Biden said. “That’s weeks ahead of schedule.”All told, more than 45 million Americans have been administered at least one dose of the approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna since they received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in December, with more than 20 million receiving both required doses.As part of the ceremony, four front-line workers — a pair of emergency medical technicians, a school counselor and a grocery store worker — received vaccine doses on live television, part of the White House’s efforts to build confidence in the vaccination program.Biden predictions that by late spring there will be enough vaccine to administer to anyone that wants it, but that hesitance of the vaccine will limit the number of people who want it. “We’ll have the vaccine waiting,” Biden said, predicting that point could come within 60 to 90 days.He promised a “massive campaign to educate people” about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, in hopes of stimulating demand as the nation aims to vaccinate about 80% of adults to reach herd immunity and end the pandemic.Biden said he planned to tour a U.S. military-run mass vaccination site in Houston on Friday, one of several ways his administration is aiming to speed injections, particularly once supply increases.Biden noted the promise of a third vaccine receiving approval as soon as this weekend, as Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose candidate undergoes review by the FDA.“We have a plan to roll it out as quickly as Johnson & Johnson can make it,” Biden said.Meeting with governors, Biden appealed for their help in passing his $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” which provides funding to expand vaccination and testing as well as economic relief for people struggling during the pandemic.“The economic toll of this pandemic continues to tear through our country as brutally as the virus itself,” Biden said.Biden also warned that variants could continue to spread, leading to more cases and hospitalizations. He appealed to Americans to keep up with social distancing measures and wear face coverings.“This is not the time to relax,” he said.(AP)
The boxer accused Hulu of "tone-deaf cultural misappropriation" and said its series represents "systemic racism."
Donald Trump, more than a month since his last day in the White House, turned late night’s heads as New York prosecutors finally acquired the former president’s tax returns. Among the hosts poking fun at the long-awaited moment was Jimmy Kimmel. “I wonder how many pages of the Cheesecake Factory menu he snuck in there,” […]
Queens resident Dana Smith was diagnosed with fulminant Hepatitis B and underwent a liver transplant in January
(Bloomberg) -- Texas lawmakers’ attempt to understand why the state’s power system failed last week yielded plenty of blame but few clear answers on how to prevent a similar crisis in the future.In two marathon hearings Thursday, lawmakers grilled the state’s biggest power providers, its grid operator and regulators about the blackouts that left more than four million homes and businesses without heat, light and water during a deep winter freeze.Executives from Calpine Corp., Vistra Corp. and NRG Energy Inc. blamed natural gas-supply shortages, grid disturbances and a lack of communication from the grid operator known as Ercot. Ercot, meanwhile, said it simply followed the rules and direction set by the Public Utility Commission which, in turn, said it lacked authority to tell Ercot what to do.“This is the largest trainwreck in the history of deregulated electricity,” Republican Senator Brandon Creighton said.The historic outage caused as much as $129 billion in economic losses, and the impact to individual companies is only starting to emerge. Some electricity providers wracked up huge losses, fueling a possible credit crisis. Oil and gas producers saw their output halted. And dozens of people died.Key Highlights:Calpine, Vistra and NRG said natural gas shortages affected their ability to operate. Not only did freezing weather shut in some gas production, the blackouts ordered by grid operator Ercot compounded cut power to pipelines.The companies also said plants were forced offline after the flow of electricity on the grid -- called frequency -- plunged. That contradicts the version of events presented by Ercot.Vistra and NRG chief executive officers both said that their companies would not pass high energy prices from the event onto their customers.Ercot anticipated that blackouts were possible four to five days before the grid emergency occurred. Calpine’s CEO, however, said it wasn’t warned that a grid emergency was possible.All times Eastern.Texas’ $9,000 Power Price Cap ‘Didn’t Work,’ Regulator Says (11 p.m.)Texas’ $9,000-per-kilowatt-hour maximum power price didn’t work during recent blackouts, Public Utility Commission Chairwoman DeAnn Walker said during a state House of Representatives hearing.The rate was set to entice generators to produce more power or for customers to consume less when reserves get low, and it has worked well during summer peaks, mostly because big industrial customers don’t want to pay the stiff bill, Walker said.During the power outages, the PUC ordered Ercot to keep the price at the cap to try to maximize generation, and prices were at or above that level for seven straight days, yet millions were still in the dark for days.“It didn’t work, and we have to fix that,” Walker said. “It’s a very complicated issue and I don’t have any ideas right now, but we need to work together to figure that out.”Power Outages Main Cause of Oil, Gas Shut-Ins (7:38 p.m.):The state’s top energy regulator said that power cuts were a bigger problem for oil and gas producers than ice.While some wells were shut-in preemptively as a safety measure, “time and time again, the number one problem we heard from operators was the lack of power at their production sites,” said Christi Craddick, chair of the Texas Railroad Commission. “The oilfield simply cannot run without power.”Neither the Public Utility Commission nor the grid operator understood how interdependent the gas and power industries were, she said.Utility Regulator Blasted by Lawmakers (6:00 p.m.):Texas’s utility watchdog came in for scathing criticism from senators for disavowing any responsibility for last week’s disaster.“I would contend you are choosing not to leverage the authority we are giving you and that’s a serious problem,” Senator Creighton told Public Utility Commission Chairwoman DeAnn Walker after she declined to offer suggestions on how the state’s power market ought to be reformed.CenterPoint Says Rotating Outages Were Impossible (5:50 p.m.):Rotating outages became impossible within an hour of blackouts being ordered, due to supply shortfalls, CenterPoint Energy Inc. Executive Vice President Kenny Mercado said.Going into the event, “we felt confident we could achieve a rolling approach,” he said. “By 2:24 a.m. we could no longer rotate customer outages.”The company cut power to 1.4 million customers at the peak. Two substations tripped because of under-frequency, Mercado said.$9,000 Energy Price Necessitated by Computer Glitch (4:40 p.m.):The $9,000-a-megawatt-hour price cap imposed during the power crisis was necessary to ensure that all available generation was being offered to the grid, Public Utility Commission of Texas Chair DeAnn Walker told lawmakers.That price cap is meant to be in place whenever there is a load-shed event, she said. But a computer glitch on Ercot’s system was lowering the price as the grid operator built up reserves to stabilize the grid on Feb. 15. That lower price was discouraging gas generators from bidding in.“The signal was being sent to dispatch that there was sufficient generation on the system,” Walker said. “When those signals were being sent, generation was backing down.However, she said that the state needs to review whether the price cap should be kept so high for so many days.Ercot Saw Blackout Potential Days Beforehand (3:40 p.m.):Grid operator Ercot anticipated that blackouts were possible four to five days before the grid emergency occurred, Chief Executive Officer Bill Magness told lawmakers.Modeling indicated that the state could be short on power supplies on the mornings of Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, he said.A notice to conserve energy was issued publicly on Feb. 13, according to an Ercot presentation. A blackout warning went out on Feb. 14, hours before the outages began.Calpine Says It Wasn’t Warned of Blackouts (3:15 p.m.):Calpine Chief Executive Officer Thad Hill said Texas’s grid operator did not warn the company ahead of time that a grid emergency was possible.“I felt that when I went to bed Sunday night that we were in good shape,” he said. He also said he wasn’t aware of any plan for shifting from rolling blackouts into controlled blackouts. “Nobody communicated to us directly on that.” As a result, Calpine wasn’t able to warn customers in a timely fashion, he said.Vistra, NRG Say Costs Won’t Pass to Customers (1:29 p.m.):Vistra and NRG executives said that their companies would not pass high energy prices from the event onto their customers. Spiking gas prices during the event offset the revenues made from selling electricity at the $9,000-a-megawatt-hour price cap, they said.“There was a significant amount of wealth transfer from power to gas,” Vistra Chief Executive Officer Curt Morgan said. “We’re the guy sitting in the middle, getting it from both ends.”READ ALSO: Texas Cities Fret as Power Bills Mount in Wake of BlackoutsGas-Supply Issues Fueled Outages (12:27 p.m.):Calpine, Vistra and NRG all said gas-supply shortages affected their ability to operate. Not only did freezing weather shut in some gas production, the blackouts ordered by Ercot compounded the issue as power was cut from pipeline compressors necessary to transport the fuel to power plants.“If natural gas is compromised, the power system is going to be compromised,” said NRG President Mauricio Gutierrez. While NRG had contracted gas supplies, low pressure on pipelines feeding the system affected the company’s ability to run plants at capacity. Vistra’s Morgan said that, despite having 90% of plants available to run, “we just couldn’t get the gas.”Calpine’s Hill said in written testimony that the company lost one gas-fired unit after a gas supplier lost electricity. He later said the company lost 40% of its gas supply on Tuesday, after the blackouts were ordered.Grid Operator, Generators Disagree on Grid Issues (11:12 a.m.):Vistra, Calpine and NRG said they had plants forced offline after the flow of electricity on the grid -- called frequency -- plunged during the early morning of Feb. 15, when blackouts were first ordered. Their comments contradict the version of events presented by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, known as Ercot, which manages most of the state’s grid.“We have examined this, we haven’t seen it,” Ercot’s Magness said in testimony before the Texas senate. If plants did go offline in tandem with the dip, it would only have been around 10 units, a number dwarfed by the total that was offline due to weather and gas-supply issues, he said.Maintaining frequency at around 60 hertz is critical to keeping the grid stable. Ercot operating protocols say a deviation of 0.2 hertz “for a long period” could cause damage to generators and customer equipment. On the day of the blackouts, frequency dipped to 59.4 hertz for 4 minutes and 23 seconds, according to an Ercot presentation. It fell as low as 59.3, according to Bloomberg data.NRG’s Gutierrez said the dip “threatened the majority of the fleet” but ultimately only caused one plant to go offline. Calpine’s Hill said in written testimony that two of the company’s natural gas-fired power plants tripped offline for the same reason.Vistra was within three minutes of losing Comanche Peak nuclear plant because of low frequency, Morgan said. “We came dangerously close to losing the system,” he said.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards escaped Denver with a 112-110 victory Thursday night when Facundo Campazzo missed a hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer. Rui Hachimura added 20 points for the Wizards, who swept the season series with the Nuggets and completed a 3-1 trip out West. Denver got 34 points from Jamal Murray, 24 points from Nikola Jokic and 18 from Michael Porter Jr.
The Mavs traded Seth Curry to Philadelphia for a draft pick and Josh Richardson in November.