Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc, which supplies electricity to more than 660,000 consumers across the state, is one of dozens of providers facing enormous charges stemming from a severe cold snap last month. The fallout threatens utilities and power marketers, which collectively face billions of dollars in blackout-related charges, executives said. Brazos and others that committed to provide power to the grid - and could not - were required to buy replacement power at high rates and cover other firms' unpaid fees.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Monday fired Italy's special COVID-19 commissioner Domenico Arcuri and replaced him with an army logistics expert, in a signal the government wanted to speed up vaccinations. The move followed growing complaints about Arcuri's handling of the crisis and concern that the anti-COVID vaccine campaign was moving forward too slowly. It is one of Draghi's first major decisions since becoming premier last month and follows his firing last week of the chief of the civil protection agency.
Nearly two thirds of Russians are not willing to receive Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, and about the same number believe the new coronavirus was created artificially as a biological weapon, an independent pollster said on Monday. The Levada Center said a poll it conducted last month showed that 62% of people did not want to get Russia's domestically produced vaccine, and that the highest level of reluctance was identified among 18 to 24-year-olds. The poll, which sampled 1,601 people in 50 regions, also found that 64% of people thought the new coronavirus was created as a biological weapon.
Residents of Yangon lit candles and sang a rendition of Kansas’s Dust in the Wind at a vigil on March 1, following a crackdown by police that left at least 18 people dead, according to the United Nations.Mass arrests were also reported on February 28, and attacks on the press. The AP said on March 1 that one of its journalists had been arrested.Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were charged with incitement on March 1, Myanmar Now reported.Footage here was shared by a Yangon resident who requested anonymity, and shows residents of Ahlon Township gathered on Monday evening. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful
The next mayor of St. Louis will face the same overwhelming challenge that has haunted the current mayor and many of her predecessors: Violent crime is rampant and efforts to address it have failed. The city known for its gleaming Gateway Arch is filled with charming neighborhoods, great restaurants, and top-rated hospitals and universities. St. Louis lists a world-class zoo, art museum, science center, symphony orchestra and botanical garden among its many gems.
Universal Music Group has elevated Ethiopia Habtemariam to chairman & CEO of Motown, reporting directly to UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. She had been president of the label since 2014. According to the announcement, in connection with Habtemariam’s promotion, Motown will have “greater creative and commercial independence to advance its mission of artistic, social and […]
While Netflix had a lot to celebrate after Sunday night’s Golden Globes wins, one superstar collaborator was not joining in the toasting. Taylor Swift took to social media Monday morning to join in complaints already being made by her fans about a line that the singer called “lazy,” “deeply sexist” and “horse shit.” “Hey Ginny […]
Germany's Social Democrats, traditionally the country's main center-left party, on Monday unveiled an election program that seeks higher taxes for top earners and a higher minimum wage while also emphasizing climate protection. Three of Germany's eight post-World War II chancellors so far were Social Democrats — most recently center-right Chancellor Angela Merkel's immediate predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder. The Social Democrats so far are the only party to pick a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 election — Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is also Merkel's vice chancellor — and on Monday became the first to present a draft election program.
Ash and rock fragments have covered roads and buildings in the nearby towns of Fornazzo, Santa Venerina, and Giarre where residents used brooms to sweep volcanic ash on streets.The south-eastern crater is at the epicenter of the activity that started on Feb. 16 and has lit up the volcano seven times in the past days.
Continued flooding plagued eastern Kentucky on Monday morning, March 1, after a heavy rain over the weekend spurred water rescues and a mudslide, officials said.The National Weather Service (NWS) issued multiple flash flooding warnings on Sunday, urging residents to avoid walking or driving through floodwater.Greta Frasure shared footage of Branham’s Creek in Floyd County flooding on Monday morning. Credit: Greta Frasure via Storyful
France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of bribery on Monday (March 1) and sentenced to three years in jail, with two years suspended.Judges found him guilty of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling.The former president - who led France from 2007 to 2012 - had denied any wrongdoing.He said he was the victim of a witch-hunt by financial prosecutors who used excessive means to snoop on his affairs.Prosecutors said Sarkozy had offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for a judge in return for confidential information about an inquiry into allegations that he had accepted illegal payments from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.They said this came to light while they were wiretapping conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer, in relation to another investigation. Sarkozy has 10 days to appeal the ruling.He is the second former president in modern France, after the late Jacques Chirac, to be convicted of corruption.
Here are the new shows to hit terrestrial and cable channels, as well as streaming sites in Singapore this month.
The first season of the 2021 DPC CIS regional league has concluded, with Virtus.pro (VP), Natus Vincere (Na'Vi), and AS Monaco Gambit representing the region in the upcoming Singapore Major.
This guy found the perfect way to spend time with the neighbors. That's how you turn a negative year into something positive!
The California Film Commission has announced the latest round of recipients of the state’s film tax credit, and they include projects from the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Reese Witherspoon and Jason Bateman. In all, the state has reserved $86.9 million in credits for 22 projects. They include Universal’s “Scarface,” a remake set among narco traffickers, […]
Killer the Bichon Frise goes nuts while left home alone, and thankfully it's all captured on a Furbo camera. Hilarious!
Brooklyn tries to jump off a plastic chair, but it goes exactly as predicted. Epic fail!
It only takes one man to sing all six parts of the sextet from Act 2 of Rossini's Opera La Cenerentola. How cool is that?!
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Dominik Graf’s overlong treatment of a key Weimar-era novel affectingly gets to the heart of the love story but is weighed down by an indulgent imagining of empty pre-War decadence.