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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Top board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing electricity last week during a deadly winter storm, including many whose frigid homes lacked heat for days in subfreezing temperatures. The resignations are the first since the crisis began in Texas, and calls for wider firings remain in the aftermath of one of the worst power outages in U.S. history. All of the four board directors who are stepping down, including Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday — a day before Texas lawmakers are expected to sharply question grid managers and energy officials about the failures during hearings at the state Capitol. A fifth board member also resigned, and a candidate for a director position who...
    By Paul J. Webber | Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Four board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, including Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. The board members acknowledged “concerns about out-of-state board leadership” in a letter to grid members and the state’s Public Utility Commission, which oversees ERCOT. “Our hearts go out to all Texans who have had to go without electricity, heat, and water during frigid temperatures and continue to face the tragic consequences of this emergency,” the letter read. The other...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week.All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol.SEE ALSO: Gov. Greg Abbott calls on ERCOT leadership to resign during one-on-one interviewREAD: Public notice to the Public Utlity Commission
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, business, weather, Texas
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four board leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing power during a deadly winter freeze last week. All of the board directors stepping down, which included Chairwoman Sally Talberg, live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The resignations are effective Wednesday, a day before Texas lawmakers are set to begin hearings over the outages in the state Capitol. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Board leaders of Texas’ power grid operator resign after outrage over 4 million customers losing electricity in freeze. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Parents of children enrolled in a California public school are calling on the district’s board members to resign after they were caught on video using expletives while speaking about parents and reopening classrooms, ABC 7 reported. Some members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education thought they were speaking in a private virtual meeting, but after several remarks about parents were made, the members realized the meeting was public and parents were listening in, according to ABC 7.  One school board trustee, Kim Beede, used expletives when referring to a social media post, presumably one that was a letter about school reopenings. After Richie Masadas, another trustee, commented on how easy it is for people to hide behind a screen when talking to the board, Beede referred to the post. “[Expletive,] if you’re going to call me out, I’m going to [expletive] you up,” Beede said....
    The organization responsible for managing the flow of electricity from producers to 26 million Texas customers removed the names of its board members from its website. The removal follows threats against the leadership of the organization. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) removed the names of its Board of Directors from its website, according to a report from KTRK ABC13 in Houston. A spokesman for the group said the removal is due to threats being received from board members and senior leadership. KTRK reported ERCOT removed the names and replaced them with the term, “Vacant.” Officials responded and said no one has resigned from the organization. They just took the names down because of threats over the anger about widespread long-lasting power outages during the historic winter storm. At the peak, more than 4 million Texans lost electricity during the storm. Some outages lasted for days. According to PowerOutage.us,...
    Japan’s ruling party has proposed to invite women to attend key meetings - so long as they do not speak – days after its Olympics chief was forced to resign for his sexist comments. Leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party decided to allow five female lawmakers to observe its all-male board meetings during which the women are forbidden from talking. The new proposal comes after a sexism row was sparked by Tokyo Olympics chief, Yoshiro Mori, who claimed that women prolonged meetings because they spoke too much. Toshihiro Nikai (pictured), secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said today that he had heard criticism that the party’s board was male-dominated RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nearly half of Britons think Beijing is a 'critical threat'... Every living president EXCEPT Trump has called me says Joe... Roadmap out of lockdown (but it'll take...
    San Francisco school board president Gabriela López, 30, has defended the decision to rename 44 schools The San Francisco school board president has defended the district’s controversial decision to rename 44 schools honoring historical leaders who have since been branded by activists as racist - including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. San Francisco Unified School District had been criticized for voting by 6-1 last month to change the name of one-third of the city's schools. Parents and residents became concerned when it emerged that historians had not been consulted by the renaming committee. Instead, committee members allegedly used references from Wikipedia and other non-scholarly sources to determine which personalities were racist and problematic.  Several of those citations have now been proven to be factually incorrect, including a false claim that American poet James Russell Lowell did not want black people to vote and that Paul Revere's military activities were tied to...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders are set to host a public hearing where talks about students returning to in-person learning are expected to occur ahead of Wednesday’s vote. Parents and students in the district will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns to the school board tonight. The concern here is whether or not to send kids back to school for in person learning before or after spring break. A resolution was presented during last week’s agenda review meeting and would postpone students’ return to the classroom until after April 6. Related story: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Considers Pushing Back In-Person Learning To April There are a few reasons why these talks happened. The school board says COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County remain high. Plus, some teachers, bus drivers, and staff are concerned about coming back to the classroom before they get the...
    Liverpools phenomenal dominance makes Ferguson happy he retired This Is How Much Your Third Stimulus Check Will Actually Be GameStop Leaders Pocket Millions on Way Out After Record Week (Bloomberg) -- GameStop Corp.’s record week saw shares double after activist investor and Chewy Inc. co-founder Ryan Cohen was added to the Board -- and now leaders of the video-game retailer are cashing in millions before heading for the door. At least two company insiders sold more than $2.6 million worth of stock on Jan. 13 when the shares posted record gains and rallied to the highest level in more than five years, regulatory filings show. Shares of the Grapevine, Texas-based company, which doubled this week, fell about 1.3% in late trading Friday. © Bloomberg GameStop doubled this week after activist Cohen added to board Chairman Kathy Patterson Vrabeck sold $1.4 million of shares at an average price of $27.99...
    Calls for the removal of USA Water Polo CEO Christopher Ramsey and board chairman Michael Graff were joined on Tuesday by at least 10 Olympians as well as former U.S. national team players and coaches, and ex-USA Water Polo and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee board members. Terry Schroeder, member of four Olympic teams and coach of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. men’s Olympic team,  is among more than 200 individuals who signed an online petition shortly after it posted Tuesday. Citing what it characterized as “the alarming history” and “pattern of behavior by the leadership of USAWP,” authors of the petition, who include former U.S. Olympic team captain Christopher Duplanty, requested the USA Water Polo dismiss Ramsey, the organization’s CEO since 2006, and Graff, the Irvine-based national governing body’s longtime board chairman. “As members of USAWP, we have no confidence in the judgement and leadership of Mike...
    Packers claim former All-Pro DT Damon Harrison off waivers The Best Royal Photos of 2020 Trump-appointed federal media agency CEO blasted in letter by Radio Free Europe leaders Leaders of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty blasted the Trump-appointed CEO of the U.S. federal media agency. In a letter obtained by CNBC, leaders within the network criticized Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Pack has shaken up the ranks of the agency and its networks' leadership, installing fellow loyalists of President Donald Trump in key roles. © Provided by CNBC Michael Pack Leaders of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty blasted the Trump-appointed CEO of the U.S. federal media agency. Load Error In a letter obtained by CNBC, leaders within the network criticized Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Radio-Free Europe/Radio Liberty is considered a non-federal broadcasting network, but...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top school board is making history, electing an all-female group of leaders for the first time in its 46-year existence. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education chose three women for its 2021 leadership posts, in elections held Wednesday. Sandy Holloway, of Thibodaux, will remain as board president. Kira Orange Jones, of New Orleans, will become vice president in January. And Ashley Ellis, of Monroe, will serve as secretary-treasurer. The 11-member education board — with eight elected members and three appointees of the governor — oversees policy and finance decisions affecting more than 700,000 public school students. The panel touted its history-making officer slate in a statement. “I am encouraged to serve with two other amazing leaders on this all-women leadership team," Holloway said in the statement. "I am looking forward to the exciting and valuable work ahead that we can all achieve together...
    Donald Trump removed and replaced nine members of the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board on Friday and replaced them with loyalists like Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Politico reported. The move comes ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration in January as speculation continues to swirl around a possible coup. According to the publication, members of the board were notified by Joshua Whitehouse — the White House liaison to the Department of Defense — of the removals. Michael Bayer, former board chair, claimed that several board members received a form letter notifying them of their termination. “In my experience, I was very surprised that the White House would, at the eleventh hour, adjust an advisory board that for 19 years has had a record of nonpartisan support with the department,” he said. According to Politico, the removals are a continuation of the Trump administration’s plan to “clean out the Defense Department” as his...
    Republican leaders in the Michigan legislature are traveling to the White House to meet with President Trump as his team plots a strategy to stop the state from certifying President-elect Joe Biden as the winner. Trump will huddle with House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Friday after the duo accepted an invite from the president, according to the Associated Press. The focus of the meeting is not yet known, although Michigan has been one of the states the Trump campaign has hammered the hardest with its effort alleging electoral misconduct and voting irregularities. Chatfield and Shirkey have been mum on their travel plans. Neither the speaker nor the majority leader’s office responded to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner. The Friday meeting comes after a dizzying week in Detroit where a bevy of the Trump team’s allegations of misconduct are centered....
    Our community has begun a renewed reckoning with racial injustice. What a reckoning requires is more than hollow apologies, insincere Black Lives Matter statements, or shallow diversity initiatives. Unfortunately, the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO) is clearly rejecting a true reckoning. Its most recent news conference on Nov. 10 shows it has failed to grasp the harm of its actions. At the news conference, its former PAC leader and board members trotted out the “results” of a superficial investigation that looked only at the most narrowest of questions – whether one photo and message was created with racist intent – rather than the deep introspection and listening about the harm that SVO’s history and pattern of racially-charged campaigning has caused. Clearly, SVO wants to move on quickly so it continue operating as it so chooses. We have yet to see sincere commitment by SVO and therefore will not support SVO’s current leadership...
    By Andrea Shalal and Dave Graham WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico and Argentina have delayed a key meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank until after the Nov. 3 U.S. election, delivering an early setback to plans by the bank's new U.S. chief to install vice presidents from smaller countries. Wednesday's meeting of the IDB's 14-member board was abruptly postponed at the request of Argentina and Mexico, the IDB press office said, adding that a majority of the board backed the three nominees from Honduras, Ecuador and Paraguay. No new date has been published on the bank's website. One source close to the process said the two countries could in theory delay the vote for three months under the bank's rules. Mexico and Argentina want to wait until after the U.S. election before voting on the basis that support for IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone, the first U.S. citizen to head the...
    Los Angeles public school campuses are unlikely to reopen before January, at the earliest, as the county’s rising COVID-19 infections prevent in-person classes for the vast majority of students in the nation’s second-largest school district, two leaders from the school board told The Times. L.A. Unified School District Board of Education President Richard Vladovic and Vice President Jackie Goldberg cited similar concerns in separate interviews: safety foremost, but also the academic disruption that would result from changing schedules and classes so close to the end of the semester. “If you look at a calendar, it would be difficult to do,” Vladovic said of a mid-semester switch. “I think best-case scenario is there’ll be some form of return in January, whatever that is.” “It’s more complicated than anyone could imagine on a school site — the complexities and the interrelationships, because of our varied instructional programming,” he added. ...
    By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press President Donald Trump's campaign said Thursday that it will ask a federal appeals court to force North Carolina to revert to stricter absentee ballot rules. The plaintiffs, which include the state and national GOP, said in court documents that they will file an emergency appeal asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene after a federal judge issued a mixed ruling on the mail-in ballots. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Osteen blocked a procedure by which North Carolina absentee voters could fix ballots missing a witness signature by returning an affidavit. Under that procedure, announced by the state elections board in September in response to another lawsuit, voters would not have had to start a new ballot over and have it witnessed again. However, Osteen said that he would permit smaller problems such as incomplete witness addresses to be fixed without voters completely...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. A simple step toward trust for new Presentation board When Presentation High School President Holly Elkins released the findings from the external investigation into past reports of sexual abuse at the school, she issued an apology, and the Board of Directors stepped down as a direct result of the report (“Catholic school releases sex abuse report, apologizes with heavy hearts,” July 10). The new Board of Directors, announced on Sept.1, includes many members of a former PHS advisory board, several of whom, including the new board chair, previously issued public statements declaring their unwavering support of Mary Miller, the former school president, and expressed harsh criticism of me and other survivors and advocates. Since joining the board, they have yet to issue a statement in support of the survivors. If the new board is to...
    The Wall Street Journal poured cold water on President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition. The newspaper’s right-leaning editorial board published an op-ed Friday dismissing the president’ repeated threats to reject an election loss as just another one of his provocations, and insisted he lacked the necessary support to pull off such a constitutional assault. “President Trump’s insistence on saying the opposite of whatever the press demands is a source of more than a little of his political success as well as many self-defeating blunders,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote. “The media and intelligentsia have worked themselves into a frenzy over imaginary fears that Mr. Trump will somehow remain in office by force if he loses the 2020 election.” The president’s term legally ends Jan. 20, 2021, and the Constitution would install House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as chief executive if Congress hasn’t certified a winner, and Democrats hold onto their House...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An advisory board of tech industry executives will guide the new Virginia Tech campus in northern Virginia that was instrumental in luring Amazon to the region. The school announced Monday that Hunch Analytics CEO Sanju Bansal will chair the board. Top executives from Qualcomm, Boeing, KPMG, Northrop Grumman and The Carlyle Group will also serve on it. Virginia Tech's 65-acre (26-hectare) Innovation Campus will be located in Alexandria's Potomac Yard neighborhood, just down the road from Amazon's HQ2 project that will bring 25,000 high-paying jobs. Amazon cited the plans for the campus as a prime factor in its 2018 decision to choose northern Virginia after a nationwide competition to land the tech giant. Classes at the campus are currently being held online because of the pandemic. The campus will be based out of tech's existing location in Falls Church until the Alexandria campus is ready. Construction...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. AC Transit, the East Bay’s dominant bus system, faces an era of difficult choices as the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag down the economy and erode the transit district’s revenues. At a time like this, the district needs elected officials who understand and can soberly and realistically confront the financial and operational challenges ahead. That’s why voters should reelect incumbents Joe Wallace in Ward 1, Greg Harper in Ward 2 and Chris Peeples for the at-large seat. In normal times, the district provides transportation in the East Bay and to San Francisco. During the pandemic, most of the transbay service has been suspended, but the district’s local routes continue to be critical for getting essential workers to and from their jobs. Related Articles Editorial: Reelect Pilecki, Nejedly, Causey to standout sanitary board Editorial: Prop. 22...
    New York City (CNN Business)A group of 17 companies, including Zillow and M.M. LaFleur, has signed a pledge to add at least one Black member to their board of directors within a year. The Wednesday announcement was made by founding members of the Board Challenge, an initiative to increase Black representation in corporate boardrooms. It's the latest notable step forward in Corporate America's movement to increase diversity and undo anti-Black business practices in the wake of George Floyd.Board Challenge Co-founder Guy Primus said the initiative serves as a primary step in creating change in US boardrooms. Primus, who also serves as CEO of Valence, a network of more than 10,000 Black professionals, also said the Black community is receiving a groundswell of support from Corporate America in 2020."The Board Challenge offers a tangible, measurable commitment for companies and leaders looking around asking 'What can we do?'" Primus told CNN Business...
    BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. – The Buncombe County Board hosted a meeting on August 4, to discuss the idea of supporting reparations to Black people for the era of slavery and Jim Crow laws. During the meeting, board members voted 4 to 3 in support of reparations, passing the resolution. Commissioner Brownie Newman spoke in support of the resolution, "The civil rights era is not over, will still have a lot of work to do.” Commissioner Amanda Edwards drafted the resolution and clarified that "It is not a plan to write checks but to invest in programs and services for the communities of color." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Another resolution was unanimously approved to declare racism a public health crisis. According to board members this is a commitment to eliminate racial disparities in education, law, and housing. Click for more from Fox Carolina.
    Furious that the National Organization for Women has yet to remove President Toni Van Pelt over allegations of racism, a group of state chapter leaders have started a social media campaign to push her out of office. Over the month of July, the California NOW chapter is hosting Facebook live streams with 20 other state chapter leaders who will demand Van Pelt’s resignation and discuss their experiences with racism in the organization more broadly. The point of the campaign, California NOW president Kolieka Seigel said in a recent broadcast, is to “address systemic racism within our own ranks, to uplift the experiences of women of color and to collectively tell our story.” “This is about state and grassroots leadership beginning to hold ourselves and our organization accountable and charting a path forward, ” she said, adding that the chapters are also calling for an oversight committee to monitor the leadership...
    Much like how Facebook failed its own audit regarding civil rights and hate speech today, the Board announcement is disappointing for anyone who hoped for stronger content enforcement on the company’s social networks. In 2017, we learned that Facebook was well aware of Russian meddling long before the 2016 election began, but the company did little to stop those efforts. Zuckerberg’s handling of Donald Trump’s tweets around May’s Black Lives Matter protests made it clear he was sticking with a “hands off” approach. Facebook allowed posts that Twitter chose to hide, claiming that they glorified violence. More recently, Facebook pulled Trump campaign ads because they violated the company’s hate speech policy. That’s a sign the company might finally be willing to push back against notable public figures. The widespread advertiser boycott, #StopHateforProfit (which News Brig’s parent company Verizon also signed), also led Facebook to say it would expand its hate speech policy...
    Shutterstock Para Ef/La Nacion, Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Eighteen months ago, in a belated response to criticism of how Facebook polices content, the company announced it would create an Oversight Board to weigh in on dangerous misinformation campaigns that have overtaken the platform. The new Oversight Board, appointed in May, pledged to “focus on the most challenging content issues for Facebook, including in areas such as hate speech, harassment, and protecting people’s safety and privacy.” It would have the power to issue binding decisions that affect Facebook and Instagram. Since the announcement, critics of the company have been hopeful but skeptical that the Oversight Board—which is comprised of academics and politicians—will bring any sort of meaningful reform in the companies’ content moderation practices. The board is technically independent of Facebook and would ideally take up the thorny matters of balancing free speech and...
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