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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in California wildfire

first_imgSome fire victims are expected to receive payouts under PG&E’s bankruptcy reorganization plan.PG&E and its utility unit filed for bankruptcy in January 2019, citing more than $30 billion in potential liabilities from California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 linked to its equipment.The company previously reached $25.5 billion of settlements related to wildfires in 2015, 2017 and 2018, including $13.5 billion for victims and $12 billion for insurers, cities, counties and other public entities.Under the settlement with Newsom, PG&E agreed to pay no shareholder dividends for three years, saving about $4 billion, and pursue a “rate-neutral” $7.5 billion financing package that would benefit rate payers. “I am here today on behalf of the 23,000 men and women of PG&E, to accept responsibility for the fire here that took so many lives and changed these communities forever,” Johnson said in a written statement.The Camp Fire killed at least 84 people and destroyed some 18,000 buildings. It is considered the most destructive wildfire in California history.PG&E’s plea deal was reached in March, ending a major roadblock for the utility to emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It came after the utility accepted tighter oversight and pledged billions of dollars to improve safety and help wildfire victims under an agreement with California Governor Gavin Newsom.Under the agreement, PG&E would pay a maximum $3.5 million fine plus $500,000 in costs, and up to $15 million to provide water to residents after the fire destroyed the utility’s Miocene Canal. Topics :center_img Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a devastating 2018 wildfire in Northern California touched off by the utility company’s power lines.The guilty plea, part of an agreement with prosecutors in Butte County, is intended to end all criminal proceedings against PG&E from the Camp Fire, which broke out on Nov. 8, 2018, and destroyed much of the town of Paradise.Bill Johnson, the company’s chief executive officer, entered the plea during a hearing in Butte County Superior Court.last_img read more

From zero to hero: How a closed unit transformed into a 24/7 community hub during lockdown

first_imgIn a further bid to support key workers, staff regularly set aside key items that were liable to sell out and thoughtful customer service assistant Habs, came up with the idea of making care packages of tissue, eggs, milk and sanitizer to give out to key workers and the elderly. “That’s for the community so we tried to make sure everyone could get it,” he says. Once keyworkers realised that the store was willing to go the extra mile, word soon spread and the store was regularly visited by hospital staff. “Key workers rely on a 24 hour shop and we are proud to support them,” he adds.Being open 24/7 also allows for tasks to be spread out over a longer period of time. “Within our 24 stores I think the workflow works better,” says Tabrez. “When you’re open 7-11 you have to cram your work within that time frame. With 24 hours you might not get customer flow at all times, but you can get cleaning done, ordering, stocktaking etc.”He offers a slightly increased wage as an incentive for night workers, but claims that some staff prefer the graveyard shift as the store is calmer and there is less pressure. As Tabrez is a multi-store operator he also has the option of drafting in workers from other stores if there is a staff shortage, adding that he stays in contact with his team via Whatsapp.He is quick to give credit to his staff who manage many of the day-to-day tasks. “I don’t run this operation alone,” he states. “What we’ve found is that we have to have the right structure in place. You give a lot of responsibility to staff and reward them.”Tabrez’s approach seems to be working. “Our entire estate is 40-50% up as people continue to cook from home,” he says. Giving staff more responsibility has also opened up opportunities for the business to expand its store portfolio. “If we bring in our existing managers to look after multiple stores then the sky’s the limit,” he says.He urges other retailers to consider setting up 24 hour stores. “If you have the scope for it, I’d say go for it! Take the plunge!”For more top insights from leading retailers and convenience experts, register now for The Convenience ConferenceThe next session, which features some of The Convenience Awards winners, starts at 2pm today. Speaking at The Convenience Conference, Nisa retailer Tabrez Hussain tells Lumina Intelligence’s Ed Sibley how his Coldharbour Lane store quickly established itself as an essential resource for the local area.,This article was originally published on conveniencestore.co.ukHaving started refurb work on his Brixton-based Coldharbour Lane store in early 2019, Tabrez had faced several setbacks and was desperate to get the doors open. “It was meant to open in Feb, but got pushed back to March,” he says. ”It got to the point where I was putting up lighting!” With the UK on the verge of lockdown, Tabrez knew that he had a golden opportunity to ingratiate the store with its customers. “We opened one and a half weeks before lockdown,” he says. “You could see the tissue pandemic unfolding. We had four pallets of tissues and stuck it in the window with a sign saying ‘opening tomorrow’ – you could literally see people’s eyes lighting up. We had a queue of 40 people outside knocking on the door!”The store’s strong focus on fresh proved an instant hit with shoppers who were eager to experiment in the kitchen, following pub and restaurant closures. “Fruit and veg is our USP because we sell loose produce weighted which the multiples don’t tend to do,” says Tabrez. “We said that’s going to be our focus and we want to build our store around that.” He also concentrated efforts on providing a good chilled food and bakery range and welcomed a hefty uplift in alcohol sales as consumers swapped nights out for nights in.24 hour opening meant that the store could cater to everyone’s needs, including exhausted key workers working unusual shifts. This could be anything from dinner ingredients at 3am to a very early morning pastry. “We can get bakery cooked at 4am so you get them earlier,” explains Tabrez. “Some people start their work commute at 5 or 6am and they won’t have anywhere to get a croissant.”last_img read more

Fraser Coast home takes top gong

first_img Queensland Small Lot Housing Sterrantino Developments Queensland Display Home Rochedale, Sabdia Constructions MORE: Queensland Bathroom of the Year Redland Bay, Darren James Interiors The kitchen at the Hervey Bay winning home.Starting with a handmade front timber entry door pivoting to align with an internal American oak VJ feature wall, which itself has horizontal lining, studs, and on the face routed out to accommodate laser cut steel shelving. The feature wall was complemented by American Oak flooring, that was secret nailed and finished in whittle wax to create a vibrant and light theme throughout the home. Queensland Renovation/Addition Project Burleigh Heads, Mactech Constructions The owner will enjoy this property for years to come.Mr Clark said he was proud to use local carpentry colleague Stuart Jones, from Hervey Bay Timber and Joinery, on the intricate project that demanded weeks of dedicated craftsmanship.Mactech Constructions took home the Renovation of the Year for work carried out to a three-storey concrete home. Mr Clark said the project was set high on a hill with sweeping views of one of the main entrances into the area. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Queensland Project Home Jimboomba, Stroud Homes Brisbane South Queensland Home of the Year Urraween (Wide Bay), Essentially Residential Queensland Kitchen of the Year Redland Bay, Darren James Interiors Queensland Specialised Housing Caboolture, Halcyon Constructions QLD FULL LIST OF WINNERS Queensland Apprentice of the Year Corinda, Dougie Newham Queensland Affordable Housing Park Ridge, Villa World Queensland Apartment of the Year Ascot, Mirvac Timber is the heart of the home.He said they were honoured to be chosen to build this home where they could use and appreciate the decades of experience that contributes to a very special result for a residence of this magnitude.“Our clients said they wanted to build a home for them and for their children for generations to come,” he said.“Essentially Residential certainly achieved this – in the client’s own words – ‘it is hard to imagine a better place to put down your roots’.”He said timber was the heart of the home and credited the amazing results to a combination of his own experience and attention to detail from his team of subcontractors. Development capitalises on city views Queensland Townhouse/Villa Development Besal Construction Queensland Recognition of Outstanding Acheivement by an Apprentice Goondiwindi, Tim Tribe Queensland Apartment Complex South Brisbane, Aria Property Group Developer ditches cookie-cutter design Colin and Michelle Clark from Essentially Residential took home the Home of the Year, Custom Built Home of the Year and the Queensland Trades Workmanship Award for work carried out to the Fraser Coast property.Colin and Michelle Clark from Essentially Residential took home the Home of the Year, Custom Built Home of the Year and the Queensland Trades Workmanship Award for the Fraser Coast property. Queensland Professional Major Builder Springwood, Plantation Homes Queensland Professional Small Builder/Renovator Tingalpa, RedKem Constructions A Hervey Bay home has taken out the top gong and two additional awards at this year’s HIA-CSR Queensland Housing Awards.A HERVEY BAY home has taken out the top gong and two additional awards at this year’s HIA-CSR Queensland Housing Awards, held on Friday, November 2. Mactech Constructions took home the Renovation of the Year on a three-storey concrete home at the 2018 Qld HIA Awards. This is what the home looked like before. Queensland Display Home Interior Design Metricon Homes Qld Queensland Bathroom Design Redland Bay, Darren James Interiors Queensland Outdoor Project South Brisbane, Aria Property Group Queensland Spec Home Dayne Lawrie Constructions Queensland Kitchen Design Chapel Hill, Darren James Interiors After Mactech Constructions’ renovation.The judges said there was an extremely high level of workmanship throughout this project.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“The details have been carefully resolved and thought through and the attention to detail can’t be faulted,” they said.“The design has been carefully crafted to maximise the connection between the rooms, to create a private master retreat area, to create seamless internal and external spaces and to capture the expansive views that are available from the site in a manner that creates a beautiful home. “The ability of Mactech Construction to work with a difficult build and still supply a cost effective solution is a testament to the skill of the team. “The outcome is a striking outcome. “The extension works seamlessly with the existing section of the house creating a building that looks like it has always belonged on the site.” Queensland Townhouse/Villa of the Year St Lucia, Sunland Group Queensland Commercial Interior Design Riverland – Brisbane Visual Builders / Burton & Carter Queensland Interior Design Professional Gold Coast, Ros Hemley, The Interior Space Queensland Innovation in Housing Sunshine Coast, Saltair Constructions Other winners on the night included Sunland Group, who won the Townhouse Villa award for the Shea Residences project in St Lucia; Jux, who won the renovation and addition project $600,000 to $1 million and VL Constructions won the $1 million to $2 million category for ‘The Green House’ in Samford Valley. Queensland Property Styling Brisbane, Makeover Co Qu eensland GreenSmart Sustainable Home DJG Projects Queensland Interior Design Professional – commendation Brisbane, COMMENDATION to Maree O’Shea Queensland Residential Interior Decorate Underwood, Darren James Interiors Queensland Residential Interior Design Gold Coast, The Interior Spacelast_img read more

‘Boracay back on track after Ursula’

first_imgBautista said residents andestablishments, for now, have to use power generator sets as source ofelectricity as they are still working on ways to totally restore power in thetown. BORACAY – Acting mayor FrolibarBautista of Malay town said this world-famous tourist destination is getting“back on track” after the damages left by typhoon “Ursula.” Trucks of private haulers, accordingto Bautista, were seen moving in areas affected by the typhoon to help cleandebris, tree branches, scattered leaves, and household garbage piled up inbeach fronts and main roads. Officers of the Bureau of Fire Protection remove tree branches blocking the road. Malay acting mayor Frolibar Bautista on Friday said Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is getting “back on track” after the damages left by typhoon “Ursula.” BFP MALAY Volunteers and municipal governmentemployees were also directed to remove tons of trash from beaches with the helpof government officials, organizations and stakeholders who aimed to bring thesituation back to normal in the island.  In its advisory, the municipalgovernment was coordinating with gasoline stations to ensure that the supply offuel in the island will not hamper the daily needs of motorists, businesses andresidents. In Malay, the typhoon totally damaged600 houses while 4,300 others were partially destroyed with 29 personsinjured.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) “Maymga resorts at hotels na ang nagdadala ngkrudo papunta sa isla dahil hindi kaya ng mga gasoline stations ang demand dito,” Bautista said. “Nagtambakng basura at debris itong bagyo at New Year. Nakipag-usaptayo sa mga private haulers sapaghakot ng mga basura at mga kahoy  nanasira ng typhoon ‘Ursula.’ Mahirapgumalaw ang mga tao dahil hindi pa totally na-restore ang kuryente saisla. May power sa Caticlan ngunit mula Sambiray papuntang Dumlog, walang kuryente,”Bautista on Friday said.last_img read more

NegOcc guv mum on dep’t heads’ suspension

first_imgThe governor admitted he got both positive and negative feedback about the sentiments of the rank and file employees of the provincial government. “I don’t want to discuss these cases. I think it would be unethical for me to discuss these cases that have been brought forward,” he added. “Let the proper forum handle that. I hope they will be able to proceed judiciously,” Lacson said. Jalandoni, on her part, was slapped with a 60-day suspension, but for a different administrative charge./PN Earlier, Renelo Lastierre, president of the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees, denied there was demoralization among provincial government employees of Negros Occidental. “We have to do what we have to do. I don’t want to talk about the cases publicly,” he said. Salado’s suspension is due to the alleged failure to study and evaluate the creation of new positions by the province in its annual budget for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, On Monday, Lacson ordered the 60-day preventive suspension of Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. and Mambukal Resort head Ellen Marie Jalandoni pending investigation of administrative charges against them. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental’s Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson refused to comment on the recent suspension of two department heads of the provincial government. The oversight was believed to have led to excesses in the personal services (PS) cap allowance from P106,134,890.46 in 2015 to P595,224,524.03 in 2019, resulting to the disallowance of the said amount in 2019 and prohibition on Province of Negros Occidental to provide for additional PS items until such time that the PS cap is observed.” The governor designated Budget officer IV Gemma Rose Flores as officer-in-charge of the budget office while Tourism Operations officer II Cheryl Decena oversaw the Mambukal resort. “It’s the prerogative of the executive branch to discipline department heads and even rank-and-file employees. We have to respect it and just perform our respective obligations,” Lastierre said.last_img read more

Man, 33, hangs self

first_imgAccording to police investigators, Tingson and his wife had a heated argument prior to the incident. Tingson’s lifeless body was discovered around 5:50 a.m. on Aug. 3, the police added. The 33-year-old resident Louie Tingson was believed to have committed suicide, police said. BACOLOD City – He was found dead hanging from a tree in Barangay Sum-ag. Officers of Police Station 9 ruled out foul play in the incident./PNlast_img

Carlos: I almost joined Chelsea

first_img “I was still playing in Brazil with Palmeiras when Aston Villa came in for me in 1995 but they couldn’t afford the deal,” he explained. “After that, I went to Inter.” Carlos, of course, endured a difficult season in Italy but then went on to establish himself as one of the finest left-backs of all time, after joining Madrid in 1997. He won three Champions Leagues and four Liga titles with the Blancos, while he also lifted the World Cup in 2002. Brazil have not been crowned world champions since, but Carlos is optimistic about his country’s latest crop of young players. “Vinicius Junior and Rodrigo of Real Madrid are the future, along with Flamengo’s Gerson,” he declared. “These are the guys I am most excited about. “All three are fantastic players and they will be very successful.” As for his own position, Carlos believes that compatriot Marcelo is now the reference point for all aspiring left-backs. read also:‘Ronaldo was the best’ – Carlos, dismisses Messi, CR7 comparison “I feel like I was an example to follow after what I achieved, just like what Marcelo is doing now in Real Madrid,” he argued. “People will follow Marcelo just as they followed me.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Brazil legend, Roberto Carlos, has revealed that he was “very close” to joining Chelsea in 2007, only for the transfer to collapse at the last minute. Former Madrid star Roberto Carlos The former defender was a free agent at the time, having parted company with Real Madrid after 11 trophy-laden years at Santiago Bernabeu. “I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea,” Carlos told Goal after the Challenge Heineken Legends. “Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce. “But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract. “It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and (former chief executive) Peter Kenyon. “Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn’t work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer. “It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.” Carlos also revealed that he could even have ended up in England as a 22-year-old.center_img Promoted ContentBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kidslast_img read more

This week in Indiana history recognizes the birth of 500 co-founder

first_imgGreensburg, IN—This week in Indiana history, on January 12, 1874, Carl Fisher, an entrepreneur who helped make automobiles a viable form of transportation, was born in Greensburg. He co-founded the Prest-O-Lite Co. in 1904, which developed acetylene gas vehicle headlights distributed nationwide.He was co-founder and president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of the annual 500-mile race and testing ground for new automobile technology. Fisher was a proponent of the Good Roads Movement to expand and improve the nation’s road networks. He advocated the construction of U.S. transcontinental roads, which enabled long-distance travel by automobile. He also developed Miami Beach into a major resort destination.last_img

Stockton Springs Ambulance Service to host “Run For Your Life” 5K-10K

first_imgSTOCKTON SPRINGS — The Stockton Springs Ambulance Service is hosting its first annual, “Run For Your Life” 5K/10K on Saturday, Sept. 19 around picturesque Cape Jellison.Day of registration is at 7:30am at the Stockton Springs Town Dock.   For advanced registration and more info contact, Jen Skala at 949-4323 or visit sub5.com.All proceeds go to benefit the ambulance equipment fund.   The first 50 participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img