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SDGE customers outraged over summertime high usage charges

first_imgSDG&E customers outraged over summertime high usage charges Posted: August 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe outrage continues over how high SDG&E bills are in San Diego this summer. A number of viewers reached out to KUSI NEWS via email and Facebook to share stories of their bill doubling, even tripling in some cases.Retiree Frank Gibson has drawn his shutters and turned on his fan in effort to stay cool without using his AC. But even though Gibson conserves energy he was hit with a much bigger bill this month.KUSI NEWS learned about Gibson’s issues with SDG&E after he emailed Tuesday, explaining the rates on the KUSI NEWS at 6 weren’t the ones he was paying.That’s because these were the rates of SDG&E “Time of Use Plan” when Gibson and most others are on the Standard Plan which charges customers more per kilowatt hour depending on how much energy they use that month.Standard Plan:Tier one: 0-to-374 kilowatts of energy used = $0.27/kilowatt.Tier two: 375-to-1152 kilowatts of energy used = $0.48/kilowattTier three: 1153 kilowatts and more is considered “high usage,” which is $0.55/kilowattSDG&E follows state mandated rules which went into effect last November. Customers may not not have realized there are three tiers of payment on a standard SDG&E plan. SDG&E wants to remind people- they aren’t price gouging you; they’re following state rules. The utility company also encourages people to sign up for alerts, notifying them when they are about to enter into high-usage territory. It also offers other energy plans, they don’t follow the tiers but instead, the time of day a customer uses energy, which may save the customer money.Gibson showed his bill from June that was just under $70. By July it had nearly doubled. He is not alone in his frustration. Members Facebook group “Santee Ca Today’s Current News and Information” lashed out at Tuesday’s report, one person writing:“This tier system is a crock. We just got our bill today and it was $906 for a 2 person household and we’re both at work all day!!! $272 was a fine for high usage. Gimme a break, we’re living in 100 degree heat non-stop.”Another wrote:“I keep the thermostat at 79-81, all light bulbs are LED, I do one load of laundry a week, only after 7:30PM. If it’s after dark and below 72, I use box fans to blow/suck air to cool the house. And the bill was STILL over $800!! What the hell is going on with SDGE?!”In response SDG&E:“Every year, electricity prices rise in the summer time (per the California Public Utilities Commission summer months are June 1 – October 31) as energy demand from homes and businesses rises across the state. As energy demand goes up, prices tend to increase, similar to other markets. This year, there is also a state-mandated High Usage Charge that gets applied to a customers’ bill when they use four times more energy than the average amount of energy needed to run a household. This average is also known as the baseline allowance, which varies by season and climate zone. Not all pricing plans we offer have baseline allowances and customers can choose a plan that best fits their energy needs.“Per state law, SDG&E does not profit off the sale of electricity to our customers. In other words, the electricity we purchase for our customers is a direct passthrough to their bills, SDG&E does not profit from that transaction. Our earnings come from the infrastructure system required to meet our customers’ energy needs. The power grid is growing more complex each year as our customers have new choices and energy needs. For example, the power grid must be able to support a growing number of electric vehicles and private rooftop solar systems.“At SDG&E, we are committed to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to every family and business we serve. Currently, 45 percent of the electricity we deliver to our customers comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind. The national average among utilities is 8 percent. We are committed to ensuring every family and business we serve has reliable energy to keep the lights on, cool their homes, and power their lives. In fact, we delivered industry-leading reliability for our customers for the past 11 years straight years. ” Ashlie Rodriguez, August 15, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Senator Micciche Talks Impacts Of Wildwood Closure

first_imgMicciche: “130 people showed up for that meeting, and now we have community members coming to Juneau to help the administration understand that closing down Wildwood does not save money it actually costs the state money.” Micciche: “It’s a great statement from the community. I have never had this number of people come down on their own dime, these are not people with a lot of money,these are folks that realize that the community partnership with Wildwood is working. The partnership is stopping recidivism, turning lives around, and it is remarkably successful.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy’s plan to close a major portion of Wildwood Correctional Complex could have a major economic impact on the Kenai Peninsula. Roughly $12.8 million of the savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska. The other savings would come from closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. The Department of Corrections made the announcement to employees at Wildwood via email shortly after Governor Dunleavy unveiled his upcoming budget plan. Correctional officers, former inmates, and staff at Wildwood Correctional Facility flooded the Borough Chambers to testify against the proposed closures at Wildwood prior to a town hall meeting in February. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), has continually challenged the plan to close parts of Wildwood. Over the last week a number of Kenai Peninsula residents have flown to Juneau to advocate for Wildwood as well. According to budget documents, the move would eliminate 46 jobs and save the state roughly $6 million. Sarah Gallagher, Public Information Officer with DOC: “46 jobs will be impacted, but it is our goal to work with those individuals who wish to stay working within the Department of Corrections.”last_img read more

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Keith Urbans Coming Home Features Julia Michaels Merle Haggard Riff Refresh

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 28, 2018 – 8:14 pm Watch: Julia Michaels 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet Twitter Email The GRAMMY winner released his latest country pop anthem, a collaboration with one of pop’s craftiest songstresses with a riff plucked from country music historyPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2018 – 3:58 pm Keith Urban has released a moving and memorable lyric video for his anthem “Coming Home,” featuring singer/songwriter Julia Michaels.Rolling Stone explains how the riff in “Coming Home” is modified from Merle Haggard’s famous lick in “Mama Tried,” with Urban giving Haggard credit. While there’s room for discussion of how pop production is blending new with old, and acoustic with electronic, Urban’s modified version of the riff takes on a life of its own, sustaining the theme of the song and its upbeat expectations.Those who enjoyed her GRAMMY nominated hit “Issues” or who’ve been fans of her songwriting for artists such as Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, or Demi Lovato know that Julia Michaels is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her strength in verse and harmony, coming in toward the end of Urban’s latest, is warm and riveting at the same time. Urban’s New “Coming Home”: A Riff Apart keith-urbans-coming-home-features-julia-michaels-merle-haggard-riff-refresh Keith Urban’s “Coming Home” Features Julia Michaels, Merle Haggard Riff Refresh News Facebook Speaking to GRAMMY Museum Executive Director and “Required Listening” podcast host Scott Goldman at SXSW on March 16, Urban credited his affinity for collaborations as having made a big contribution to his artistic development. He also spoke about his upcoming album Graffiti U and summer tour. So in addition to the joys of “Coming Home,” Urban’s fans have a lot to look forward to.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Get early access to Elder Scrolls Blades on iOS and Android

first_imgBethesda describes The Elder Scrolls: Blades as a “classic dungeon crawler reimagined.” Your customized character is a Blade, one of the Empire’s top agents, who’s forced into exile. While you’re fleeing, your hometown is destroyed. The company said it plans to add new features to the game after the launch. It’s letting early-access players into the game in waves, but there’s still time to sign up here. Bethesda also provided a full list of supported devices. Early access supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian. Earlier this week, to kick off its celebration, Bethesda offered a free PC copy of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. 3:18 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Elder Scrolls: Blades hits the new iPhone Bethesda is offering early access to The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Bethesda Gaming studio Bethesda said on Twitter Wednesday that The Elder Scrolls: Blades is getting a limited early-access program on iOS and Android. The early access is part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the Elder Scrolls game series. “Ready to play? We’re inviting players in waves, so make sure to keep an eye on your email for the invite,” Bethesda said. As part of our #TES25 celebration, we’re excited to announce that The Elder Scrolls: #Blades is officially in Early Access!Ready to play? We’re inviting players in waves, so make sure to keep an eye on your email for the invite.Here’s the updated FAQ: https://t.co/TZsYW4pnJy pic.twitter.com/2reothr8Zs— The Elder Scrolls (@ElderScrolls) March 27, 2019center_img Comments Share your voice 2 Gaming Mobile iOS 12last_img read more

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No new tax laws in 10 years

first_imgDespite its compulsion to raise revenue earning, the government has in the past decade not been able to modernise tax-related laws.Official documents show, none of the new laws on value added tax (VAT), customs and income tax, that were initiated in 2009, the year the Awami League assumed office, has been made effective.As a result, the tax authorities have to abide by the old laws and system in collecting and increasing the revenue.The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is still using the law that was enacted in 1991 to collect VAT from the businessmen.The new VAT law, enacted in 2012, was scheduled to make its journey in July 2017. The deadline was, however, deferred by two years in the face of resistance from the business community.As per the new deadline, it is scheduled to come into force in July next.Asked about the matter, former caretaker government’s finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said the amendment to a law should begin at the beginning of a government’s tenure. He said if a law is planned to be made effective at the end of a regime, it creates unwanted situation for the government.“The law is not enough, its full execution is a must,” he added.Many of the taxable people, Mirza Aziz added, are evading VAT while there are nowadays many people in the villages who earn more than Tk 250,000 in a financial year.“Initiatives must be taken to bring them under the tax net.”The target of the revenue has increased by six and half times in the past 10 years.According to NBR, in the fiscal 2009-10, it was given a target of earning revenue amounting to Tk 610 billion, which has been raised to Tk 3,000 billion in the current fiscal year.In 2017, businesspeople protested and demanded separate VAT charges instead of a unified slab of 15 per cent VAT for all. The government backtracked on the deadline.The NBR too did nothing in this regard in the past one and half years.The authorities have not yet fixed the amendable areas in the new VAT law. The NBR just served a notice to the commissioners in this regard in the past month.Also, it requested two universities and a research firm to survey the possible impact of the new VAT law.Under the circumstances, the NBR will get only five months to complete the entire process.NBR member Rezaul Hasan, however, expressed confidence that the revenue board will be able to implement the law in due time.“We’re ready to implement the new law. When the law was introduced in 2017, the businessmen were not ready to comply with the it as they do not have the appropriate software to regulate the VAT payment system. We’ve already directed them in this regard. If they fail to do so this time around, it’s their own fault,” he said.The NBR has in the meantime started redrafting the customs law in 2012.Upon completion of other formalities, the authorities were supposed to execute the new customs law in July 2018, according to officials concerned.The draft law was approved by the cabinet last year but not rubberstamped by parliament. The law might be raised in parliament during the next budget session.The country is currently using the customs law of 1969.The income tax law is also quite old — the one made in 1984.The NBR decided to amend the law 10 years ago. In the meantime, the authorities have just drafted English version of the new law. They are now planning to make it in Bangla, officials said.NBR officials said the final draft of the law would be sent to the cabinet division before the next budget session.If enacted in due time, the NBR is planning to implement the new law in the fiscal 2020-21.“We want the new government to implement new VAT, tax and customs law as soon as possible,” said former president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abul Kashem Khan.He said there would be multi tiers in the new VAT law as per demand of the business community.The laws on customs and income tax, he added, must also have reflections of recommendations made by the businesspeople and the new laws must ensure hassle-free tax payment and business transactions.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

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Memorial Chapel JBMHH Gospel Service Black History Month Celebration

first_imgThe Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service will host a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 6 at the Memorial Chapel, 204 Lee Avenue, at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Myrtle Bowen, senior pastor at Contee A.M.E. Zion Church in D.C. Lt. Col. Bowen is with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. The event is free and open to the public, however, all attendees must present picture identification when entering the installation.  Early arrival is recommended. For more information, contact Edgar Brookins at 202-320-0939 or edgarb@afro.com.last_img

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British ornithologists track cuckoo birds migration route

first_img Society warns cuckoo bird in danger of extinction The group not only tagged the birds with backpacks, which cost about £2,000 each, but also named them (Lyster, Chris, Clement, Martin and Kasper) and allowed others to track their journey via Google Maps. Unfortunately, only two of the group managed to survive the journey (Lyster and Chirs, though there is still some hope for Kasper) from Norfolk in England to the Congo and back, but the collars did provide a clear map of the migration routes of the birds, which oddly, were quite different for each bird, even as they all ended up in nearly the same place for their winter stay. Citation: British ornithologists track cuckoo birds migration route (2012, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-british-ornithologists-track-cuckoo-birds.html All of the birds made it to the Congo, it was in coming back that they ran into trouble. To do so, they have to stop and fill up twice; once before crossing the Sahara desert, then again before crossing the Mediterranean Sea. And though the test was of just of one small group migrating once, BTO members are already hypothesizing that it’s possible the birds might be finding it more difficult to fill up properly before crossing the big hazards, than in years past, which would account for fewer of them surviving the trip north.One surprise the group found was that the cuckoos all veered slightly west, towards Cameroon, before heading due north, for the return trip, which shouldn’t have been a surprise after all, as that allows for traveling over the narrowest part of the desert. There are other hazards as well though, they found, one bird, Martin apparently met his demise after wandering into a violent hail storm.Despite the losses, the team views the study as a success. Much more is now known about the migration of the cuckoo bird and because of that, some efforts might begin to help more of the birds survive the round trip each year, thus preventing them from disappearing altogether. Lyster, pre-migration. Image: BTO More information: www.bto.org/science/migration/ … yster/finding-lystercenter_img (Phys.org) — Nowhere it seems, are bird watchers more enthusiastic than in Britain, where groups congregate to watch and discuss the most intimate details of their favorite fowl. Of consternation to such groups however is the decline of several favorite species, one of which is the cuckoo, which has seen a nearly fifty percent drop in numbers in just the past couple of decades. Making matters even more frustrating has been the lack of data on the birds which might offer clues as to why their numbers are dropping. Now, one group, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has taken matters into its own hands by capturing and fitting five wild cuckoos with tiny radio backpacks to allow for tracking of the birds during their annual migration. The hope is that by tracking the birds to see where some die, efforts can be made to help them survive. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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KMC chalks out plan to develop Hatgachia model bustee as an ideal

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has made up a comprehensive plan to develop its model bustee at Hatgachia in Dhapa area as an ‘ideal’ one. The civic body will give a fresh coat of paint to the houses in the slum situated adjacent to the road and will then adorn it with paintings of freedom fighters and other great men who has made the state proud. The paintings will also have short messages of the famous personalities.”Our aim is to curb the tendency of littering the walls of the houses in the slum. When there will be such paintings, people will hesitate to spit or make the walls dirty. This will prevent visual pollution which is a common sight, particularly in the slums,” a senior official of the Bustee Development department of KMC said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The slum dwellers, particularly the young ones, lack moral values. And for developing a model slum, it is important to instill such values within them. We are hopeful that this act will be a step in that direction,” said Swapan Samaddar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development). It may be mentioned that Hatgachia bustee has already been developed as a model slum and finishing touches are now being given. The slum has a children’s park, community hall, primary school, health centre and playground. The department has also taken up initiatives for social awareness to uplift the lifestyle of slum dwellers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We are holding camps in the bustees where officials from our department will interact with the slum dwellers. The programme will be taken up in all the 16 boroughs of KMC, with the aim to educate them about cleanliness, hygiene and similar other practices,” the official added. Celebrities from the field of sports, entertainment and literature are being roped in for conducting such programmes successfully. It may be mentioned that KMC has planned to develop nine slums in the city into ‘model slums’, to ensure that people in these areas get the basic civic amenities. “The basic aim is improvement in the socio-economic condition of these slums. The concept of model bustee is to ensure basic civic amenities like drinking water, drainage system, toilets and lighting facilities at every house. However, we will create additional infrastructure wherever there is availability of space,” Samaddar said.last_img read more

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Recap Nine mile queues and severe delays on M6 due to overrunning

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision There have been severe delays on the M6 motorway in Cheshire this morning after an overnight closure for roadworks overran. The Northbound carriageway was closed until around 7.30am due to the over-running white lining works from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich /  Holmes  Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford) Roadworks were scheduled to be completed by 6am. according to traffic data company Inrix. A Highways England spokesman said:  “M6 northbound between J18 and J19 Is now open, overnight roadworks have been removed sufficiently that traffic can use, workers are removing the final part of the closure. “Delays of at least an hour on the approach, with around 9 miles of queues.“ Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes   Congestion was reported as far back as junction 16. Other roadworks operated by Highways England overnight – including on the A50 Westbound between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge and on the M6 southbound between junction 11 and junction 10 have finished as planned. Read More’He battled until the very end’ – Grieving family’s heartache as ‘inspirational’ dad-of-four loses cancer fight at age of 47 (Image: Inrix) Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive  08:10End of live feedThis is the end of our live feed. Residual delays are reported to continue.07:57Breakdown reported within residual delaysOne lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane two (of three) is blocked, breakdown has occurred within the residual delays of the earlier over-running roadworks between J18 and J19. 07:35Nine miles of queuesA Highways England spokesman said:M6 northbound between J18 and J19 Is now open, overnight roadworks have been removed sufficiently that traffic can use, workers are removing the final part of the closure. Delays of at least an hour on the approach, with around 9 miles of queues. “07:2875 minute delays reported75 minute delays reported on M6.07:19All lanes now openInrix now reports all lanes have reopened07:11One lane has now reopenedInrix now reports one lane has reopened.07:07Cheshire East ask motorists to consider alternative routes due to ongoing delaysA Cheshire East Council spokesman said:Slow northbound from J17 at Sandbach – please consider using alternate routes and drive with care.” 07:06Closure now being liftedA Highways England spokesman said;Closure of the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 is in the process of being removed. J18 northbound entry slip will reopen, followed by the main carriageway. “06:49Work ongoingA Highways England spokesman said: “Overnight closure of the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 remains in place, work to complete the white lining has overran. We are working to get this done as quickly and safely as possible, so that the road can be reopened.”06:44Delays of around 50 minutesWe’re getting reports of delays of around 50 minutes06:44Delays back to junction 16Traffic England is now reporting issues back towards junction 16.06:2530 minute delays against expected trafficTraffic England is now reporting 30 minute delays against expected traffic, with delays now reported back past junction 17.06:23Delay causing congestion – police confirmA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Overnight roadworks on the M6 NB J18-J19 remain in place. Highways England are making to assist contractors remove the closure. It is causing some delays at the moment.”last_img read more

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Shane ONeill president of Chellomedia and chief

first_imgShane O’Neill, president of Chellomedia and chief strategy officer of Liberty Global, was last night awarded the Digital TV Europe Lifetime Achievement award.The award, which recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual who has contributed to the success of the pay TV or broadband industry over the course of their career, was awarded to O’Neill for his service to the cable industry over the last 12 years.During last night’s award ceremony, which was held in central London, a video was played featuring messages from various friends and colleagues of O’Neill, including Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, chairman John Malone and Bob Geldof.As well as his work in the European cable industry, O’Neill has established a charitable foundation that funds the education of 5,000 children in Africa who have been orphaned by Aids.The other awards handed out last night were:Digital TV Europe award – Simon Calver, CEO LovefilmIndustry Leader – Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO, Modern Times GroupMarketer of the Year – Asanga Gunatillaka, head of commercial and strategy, TV, Virgin MediaContent Executive – Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and AfricaNew Media Executive – Holl Knill, head of Sky Player and mobile TV, BSkyBTechnology Leader – David Wood, deputy director, EBU Technical, European Broadcasting Unionlast_img read more

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