Eskom to tap into US bond market
Even though the National Energy Regulator granted Eskom a tariff increase of 24.8% earlier this year, Dames said the tariffs were insufficient to build up reserves to fund the necessary capital expansion to meet the projected growth of the South African economy. “To this end, we have developed a cash flow, income statements and balance sheet forecast that considers the implication of the build programme and capacity additions to the business over the next seven years,” he said. Dames said it was a relief that the government, as a major shareholder, was also embarking on plans to address the challenges faced by the country’s energy sector. Speaking to journalists in Johannesburg on Monday, Eskom CEO Brian Dames said that while it was expected to take substantial efforts from all stakeholders to overcome the country’s rapidly growing electricity demands, Eskom needed to take a leading role to prevent another gloomy picture of blackouts in the country. “The next seven years will be very tight beginning next year, and this will mean we have to maintain and maximise the efficiency of our existing assets as well as ensuring delivery of build programme,” Dames said. Tariff increases ‘not enough’ Dames said that the sustainability of Eskom, as well as national security of electricity supply over the next seven years, depended on effective management of the funding supply for the current and future build programme. The company has already received loans of R21-billion from the African Development Bank and R28-billion from the World Bank to fund the construction of Medupi, but still needs more funds to ensure that all three power stations are up and running by 2017. South African state company Eskom is to approach the US bond market in a bid to raise funds for its capital expansion programme, which includes two coal-fired base-load power stations – Medupi and Kusile – and the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme. 26 October 2010 Medupi, situated outside Lephalale in the Limpopo province, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2012, while operations at Kusile, being built outside Delmas in Mpumalanga province, may follow four years later. Ingula, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, will be fully operational in 2014. This after President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday that the government would spend over R800-billion (including R385-billion for Eskom expansion) on energy infrastructure over the next few years. Source: BuaNews
Why Bulls Wont Play Carmelo Anthony After Trade from
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.Where he’s going next remains unclear.A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.File- This Nov. 2, 2018, file photo shows Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacting during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)When that comes — the only reason why it didn’t happen Monday is because the NBA office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — Anthony will have a new team, though still won’t be back on the floor. The Bulls have no plans to play Anthony and will look to either trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waive him and make him a free agent.The trade ends a short-lived saga in Houston for Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets. He has not played since Nov. 8.Anthony was traded by Oklahoma City to Atlanta in July, a move that preceded the Hawks releasing him to sign with the Rockets. The Bulls, technically, will be Anthony’s fourth franchise in seven months, with likely one more to come before long.“We just had to see how things worked out,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game, and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his career. He was the No. 3 pick in the star-studded 2003 draft class that also included No. 1 LeBron James, No. 4 Chris Bosh and No. 5 Dwyane Wade.
LeBron Kyrie And Draymond All Made History In The Cavs Win
2012Heat @ Thunder228 Missing from this picture: the rest of the Cavs. Kevin Love, the team’s purported third banana, scored just 2 points and grabbed three rebounds, alongside four fouls and two turnovers. As a team, the Cavs had 16 turnovers and 22 fouls. That’s why it took both a historic suspension and a historic two-man performance for Cleveland to upset the Warriors and bring the series back to Ohio.Unfortunately for the Cavs, Green won’t be watching from next door in Game 6. And although LeBron and Co. will be at home, where Elo considers them 59 percent favorites to force a climactic Game 7, Cleveland was also the site of a late-game collapse and a double-digit defeat for the host team in Game 4. So the Cavs are not out of the woods yet — they’ve needed to make history to get this far against the defending champs, and to go any further, they’ll likely have to make some more.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. YEARGAMETEAMNAMESCORENAMESCOREDUO SCORE 101991James WorthyLAL1+2.3+0.5+2.9 20012LALShaquille O’Neal32.2Kobe Bryant26.158.3 Together, LeBron and Kyrie combined for a Game Score of 72.4, the top single-game performance by a duo in the finals since 1984. That means their collective performance topped any by Jordan and Pippen, O’Neal and Bryant, or even James and Wade — and it’s not particularly close. When the smoke cleared on Game 5 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the seventh-biggest finals upset since 1984,1The earliest year for which Basketball-Reference.com has complete game-level data. according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our favored way to get a snapshot of team quality). 2015Cavs @ Warriors224 19871LALJames Worthy32.0Magic Johnson30.962.9 32000Kobe BryantLAL1+3.2+1.2+4.4 1992Trail Blazers @ Bulls228 92000Chris MullinIND3+2.4+0.8+3.2 Biggest NBA Finals upsets according to Elo forecast, 1984-2016 Source: Basketball-Reference.com Of course, Elo doesn’t capture that a certain someone was missing from Monday night’s game. Draymond Green, the Warriors’ all-world defender, playmaker and swag leader was suspended for Game 5 after picking up a flagrant foul from a shot at LeBron’s … [groin] area. The suspension was historic in its own right: According to the Box Plus/Minus talent ratings,2Consider these a slightly lower-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed going back to the 1970s. We’ve used them here in the past. Green is the second-best player to miss a finals game since 1984. (Magic Johnson’s 1989 absence takes the top spot — by a mile.) So take the magnitude of the Cavs’ Elo upset with a grain of salt. 2001Sixers @ Lakers117% 42015Kyrie IrvingCLE5+4.7-0.8+3.8 19904PORClyde Drexler33.9Jerome Kersey26.059.9 20134MIADwyane Wade30.6LeBron James29.660.2 81996Nate McMillanSEA2-0.1+3.4+3.2 YEARPLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSEDOFFENSEDEFENSEOVERALL 19925CHIMichael Jordan33.3Scottie Pippen24.557.8 Among players who played at least one finals game (i.e., those who were not injured earlier in playoffs, etc.)Source: Basketball-Reference.com, Daniel Myers 1993Suns @ Bulls523 2014Heat @ Spurs224 22016Draymond GreenGS1+1.4+3.7+5.1 72016Kevin LoveCLE1+2.2+1.3+3.5 YEARGAMEUPSET ODDS BPM TALENT RATINGS Dray is the second-best player to miss a finals game since ’84 1993Suns @ Bulls321 PLAYER 1PLAYER 2 11989Magic JohnsonLAL1+6.5+1.7+8.3 20165CLELeBron James39.2Kyrie Irving33.272.4 But we shouldn’t let Golden State’s short-handedness take too much away from LeBron and Kyrie’s twin performances in Game 5. They scored 82 of Cleveland’s 112 points, accounted for 15 more with their assists to other Cavs and chalked up two of the top 22 single-game performances in the NBA Finals since 1984, according to Game Score, John Hollinger’s productivity rating. LeBron in particular dropped the second-best stat line of that entire span, trailing only Tim Duncan’s 2003 dismantling of the New Jersey Nets. 19934CHIMichael Jordan38.9Horace Grant23.462.3 1984Lakers @ Celtics127 Top combined average Game Scores for single-game finals duos since 1984 19921CHIMichael Jordan36.9Scottie Pippen28.865.7 2003Nets @ Spurs221 2016Cavs @ Warriors526 19855LALMagic Johnson29.7James Worthy29.158.8 51990Dennis RodmanDET1+1.3+2.3+3.6 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 62015Andrew BogutGS2-1.4+5.0+3.5
The Broncos New Quarterback Is Inexperienced But At Least Hes Not Peyton
By contrast, the average defending champ through 2015 returned a QB with 74.8 career starts and a lifetime AV of 66.5, meaning they were both pretty seasoned and pretty good. And that experience has traditionally been an advantage in the pursuit of a repeat Super Bowl bid. All else being equal, teams whose opening-day QBs have more career AV under their belt tend to perform better in the passing game. For instance, a simple regression would predict a 70-AV QB’s team to pass the ball with a half-standard deviation greater efficiency3According to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) metric. — the equivalent of four-fifths of an extra win over a full season — than that of a zero-AV QB, while a more complex fit suggests the same edge in experience could be worth even more, as much as a full standard deviation of passing efficiency or 1.7 wins. When the Denver Broncos begin their title defense with Trevor Siemian under center on Sept. 8, they’ll be in a rare spot for reigning Super Bowl winners. Last year’s starting QB, Peyton Manning, retired in March, guaranteeing Denver would become only the fifth champ of the Super Bowl era1Since opening day of 1967, because there was no defending Super Bowl champ in Week 1 of the 1966 season. whose opening-day primary quarterback2For the purposes of this entire article, I’ll be referring to a team’s “primary QB” — the player who led the team in dropbacks in a game — as a proxy for its starter, since Pro-Football-Reference’s Game Finder doesn’t provide data on which QB started each game. during the next season was not the same signal-caller who led the way on Super Sunday.And even among that group of new QBs, Siemian is almost uniquely inexperienced. Assuming he ends up being Denver’s primary passer in Week 1, he’ll join another Bronco — Brian Griese, who replaced John Elway in 1999 — as the only opening-day primary QBs for a defending champion whose prior career featured both zero career starts and zero points of career Approximate Value (AV). So, given Siemian’s lack of experience (let alone his meager draft pedigree), we’d expect him to lead a passing attack that’s fairly lousy. But even if Siemian spearheads a passing offense with a DVOA index4Which sets DVOA on a common scale where 100 is league average and a standard deviation in either direction is 15 points. of 90, two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than NFL average — as the average zero-AV opening day starter has during the Super Bowl era — it would represent an improvement to the Broncos’ passing attack.Simply put, Denver won the Super Bowl last season in spite of its passing offense, not because of it. In terms of passing efficiency, the Broncos were an entire standard deviation worse than league average last season, which equated to the NFL’s eighth-most inefficient aerial attack. And Manning himself was awful, producing the worst season of any Super Bowl QB in history. His backup, Brock Osweiler, wasn’t great either, but if Siemian’s 2016 performance can mimic Osweiler’s more than Manning’s, the Broncos will still be better through the air than they were a year ago.And with a defense as dominant as the Broncos still possess, that might be enough to contend for another Super Bowl, even given Siemian’s historic inexperience under center.
Ohio State womens hockey looking to make up points in standings at
OSU sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 7-2.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team continues its road stand over the weekend, as it is set to travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth to take on the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday.Over the last few weeks the Buckeyes (8-17-1, 4-15-1) have focused on getting goals off rebounds. That led to 11 goals last weekend in two games at Minnesota State.“I think we just implemented what we had been practicing all week (by) taking pucks to the net,” assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “When we did that we either ended up scoring or drawing a penalty or we got a great scoring chance. So (it’s) a pretty simple concept, but sometimes you just have to reiterate.”Junior forward Claudia Kepler said that the offense ignited because of the players’ determination.“We talked as a team and we decided we needed to move the puck a little faster and pick our head up and be confident with the puck,” Kepler said. “I think when we did those little things goals started coming.”Duggan thinks the team needs to carry this improved mindset into the weekend series against the Bulldogs.“I hope some of the girls are a little bit confident going into this weekend and translate what they did,” Duggan said. “Just taking it to the net and not giving up a good shooting opportunity and getting those second and third chances.”The team also cites its focus on small details as a reason for its improved offensive play.“For the most part it was doing the little things and moving the puck well as a line and as a team in general,” Kepler said. “We need to continue to do those little things and win our battles.”The Buckeyes believe that their offense starts with stout defensive play in front of sophomore goaltender Alex LaMere.“If we can take care of our own end then the offensive zone will hopefully just come,” Duggan said. “So we can pick up where we left off against Mankato with getting pucks to the net and scoring some goals.”Knowing the opponentMinnesota Duluth (9-16-1, 6-13-1) currently sits five points ahead of the Buckeyes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings heading into this weekend’s series. The Buckeyes expect to have a pair of close contests, but they’re looking to take their momentum from last weekend’s sweep to Duluth.“It’s a lot of the same stuff,” Duggan said. “Duluth is a great team and we always play them really tight. They’re always really good games between the two programs.”Minnesota Duluth, OSU coach Jenny Potter’s alma mater, is currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Its last win came against the Buckeyes on Dec. 12. The two teams know each other well, and the Buckeyes are expecting two hard-fought contests.“Duluth is a tough team to play against, especially in the corners,” Kepler said. “They like to battle, so if we win our battles and we do the little things like we did this past weekend, I think we’ll have a good couple games up there.”The games are set to begin this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota, at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday.Beyond the Bulldogs After squaring off with Minnesota Duluth, OSU is slated to take on a team that is on a different path than the Bulldogs, in No. 2 Wisconsin. The Badgers boast a seven-game unbeaten streak and a 24-1-1 record overall. The two-game series is scheduled to be in Columbus with games on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.
Conservative Group Hosting Dunleavy Fiscal Policy Events
McKee said there are advantages to the group hosting. Dunleavy’s office on Monday announced five public events around Alaska next week, plus a planned appearance on a statewide radio program and a Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce event. He also has proposed constitutional amendments on taxes, spending and the annual check Alaskans receive from the state’s oil–wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. The state faces a projected $1.6 billion budget, and Dunleavy has faced pushback for a budget proposal that includes sweeping cuts to education, the university system, health and social service programs and Alaska’s ferry system, and tax collection shifts that would benefit the state but cost some local governments. Legislators so far have shown little interest in his proposals to change the collection of certain taxes related to fisheries and petroleum property. Jeremy Price, a former Americans for Prosperity–Alaska state director, is a deputy chief of staff to Dunleavy. McKee, who was announced as Price’s replacement earlier this month, said he worked with Dunleavy communications director Mary Ann Pruitt on the meetings idea. He said he hasn’t spoken with Price since becoming state director about these events. The five events listed as public are being hosted by Americans for Prosperity, which online describes the events as private and lays out terms by which attendees must abide. The release from Dunleavy’s office did not mention the affiliation.Ryan McKee, state director of Americans for Prosperity–Alaska, said he understands why there might be confusion. He said the group is renting the space and has the right to remove anyone who is disruptive and make sure the venues aren’t over capacity. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Begich said Dunleavy is obligated to promote “open and transparent public forums” and should cancel the Americans for Prosperity–hosted events. “We would love opposing viewpoints. We’d love questions,” McKee said. “We really want this to be a discussion.” But he said Tuesday that the event is open to all on a first come, first served basis. He recommends people register in advance. Details on registration weren’t mentioned by Dunleavy’s office until Tuesday, after questions about the event were raised. ”I don’t think it would have been proper for the governor, in a recession, when he is cutting a lot of things, I don’t think him spending a bunch of money on a tour would have probably been the best move,” McKee said, adding later that the group is not paying for anyone outside its own staff to attend. He said Dunleavy’s office worked with Americans for Prosperity–Alaska and the Alaska Policy Forum to help host and organize the public forums. He said he hopes other groups host similar events to help further the policy discussion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Most of the events on the fiscal policy tour announced this week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office are being hosted by a conservative political organization, prompting blowback. Panelists for the events, as described by Americans for Prosperity–Alaska, include Dunleavy and other state officials, a regional director of the group and the executive director of the Alaska Policy Forum, whose self–described mission is to promote policies “that grow freedom for all.”McKee said the idea of having forums where people could ask questions of those involved in crafting Dunleavy’s budget was pitched to the governor’s office. Dunleavy wants to give voters a say on new or higher taxes and replace an existing spending limit some see as too lax. The dividend measure is aimed at ensuring the dividend program is not changed without a vote of the people. Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow said by email that Dunleavy is planning events or meetings working with various interested parties. McKee said his group supports the proposed constitutional amendments dealing with taxes and spending. It has not taken a position on the dividend piece, he said.
FCCs Pai proposes fix to giving Lifeline subsidies to dead people
The FCC is proposing some “administrative” changes to its Lifeline subsidy program to root out fraud and abuse of the program. SOPA Images Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is looking to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the government’s phone subsidy program for the poor. But he’s not ready to cap the budget on the program just yet. On Monday, Pai’s office began circulating its latest proposal for cleaning up the program, which the government’s General Accounting Office stated in its 2017 report is rife with waste, fraud and abuse. The latest proposed action is what the FCC is calling an “administrative clean-up” but it doesn’t tackle some of the more controversial items on the agency’s to-do list, such as instituting a funding cap and excluding wireless resellers from participating in the program. The FCC is still considering those issues separately, according to a senior FCC official.The biggest fix to the Lifeline program in this proposal is making sure that subsidies go to people who are alive. A three-year audit of the program by the GAO in 2017 found that more than $1 million per year had gone to fake or deceased individuals. And more than a third of customers receiving the subsidy could not be confirmed as eligible for the program. The FCC said this is the kind of abuse it’s trying to address in this latest proposal. Specifically, the agency will put in additional requirements to ensure that carriers enrolling subscribers can verify the person is still living. It will also prohibit carriers from incentivizing employees or agencies tasked with signing up new customers by paying commissions for the number of customers they enroll. The $1.5 billion subsidy program known as Lifeline is designed to help low-income families pay for phone service by giving out a $9.25-per-month subsidy. Created in 1985, Lifeline was initially designed to provide discounts on traditional phone service for qualifying low-income families. It was revised in 2005 to add prepaid wireless mobile plans to the mix. It was expanded yet again in 2016 to help pay for broadband service. However, Lifeline has proven controversial as fraud and abuse of the program have been rampant throughout the years. The FCC under two previous chairmen has adopted measures to fix the problems. Democrat Julius Genachowski, appointed by President Obama during his first term in office, put into place a system that would root out duplicate applications and ensure that only one person in a household got Lifeline benefits. In 2016, Tom Wheeler, Obama’s second term pick for FCC chairman, created a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier, which has yet to be fully deployed. The program went live in March 2018 in six states: Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In June, it expanded the verifier to 11 more states: Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The FCC said on a call with reporters on Monday that the identity verifier will be rolled out to the rest of the country by the end of this year. Pai’s FCC opened an inquiry in 2017 asking whether it should cap the program and exclude wireless resellers from offering Lifeline service. Critics say that these changes would gut the program and leave millions of poor Americans without phone service. Roughly 70% of Lifeline participants subscribe to service from a reseller. This latest proposal does not address the question of whether to cap the program’s funding or to eliminate resellers, FCC officials said. Pai’s latest Lifeline proposal has not been made public yet, and it’s not clear when the FCC will vote on it. Originally published August 19, 2:51 p.m. PTUpdated August 20, 12:48 p.m. PT: Added more details about efforts by previous FCC administrations to fix Lifeline problems. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Post a comment Share your voice 0 Tags The FCC’s looking to kill off robocalls for good (The… 5:26 FCC
Protesters Topple Confederate Statue In North Carolina
Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument.“I was a little bit shocked people could come here and come together like that,” said Isaiah Wallace, who is black.Wallace said he watched as others toppled the statue. He hopes other Confederate symbols elsewhere will follow.“I feel like this is going to send shockwaves through the country and hopefully they can bring down other racist symbols,” he said.The Durham protest was in response to a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Authorities say one woman was killed Saturday after one of the white nationalists drove his car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters.Although the violence in Virginia has prompted fresh talk by government officials about bringing down symbols of the Confederacy around the South, North Carolina has a law protecting them. The 2015 law prevents removing such monuments on public property without permission from state officials.In response to the statue in Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted: “The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”After the statue fell, several dozen protesters congregated on the street in front of the old courthouse. Some took pictures standing or sitting on the toppled soldier, in front of a pedestal inscribed with the words “In Memory of the Boys Who Wore The Gray.” Police cruisers blocked off the street, and officers looked on — some filming. As it got dark, rally participants began to peacefully disperse.Robin Williamson, who works downtown, arrived in the area about an hour after the statue came down. Williamson, who is black, said he can sympathize with people who are upset with the state of racial discourse in the country.“People feel that with Donald Trump as leader, racists can be vocal,” he said.He said that while Confederate monuments have been defaced in other cities, it was surprising to see an entire statue brought down by protesters.“This is a little bit more intense because they took the whole statue down,” he said. Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier Monday at a rally against racism.Activists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924. A diverse crowd of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. Twitter account @Worldeventsbible Share The moment a Confederate statue is pulled down in North Carolina pic.twitter.com/NYXoIbxZ3H— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 15, 2017
New Details Of Plane Crash In Trinity Bay Local Group Drove Spike
Share Tuesday, March 5, 2019Top afternoon stories:National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB)An NTSB engineer inspects memory boards from the cockpit voice recorder of Atlas Air Flight 3591.New Details Of Plane Crash In Trinity BayThe pilots of the cargo plane that crashed into Trinity Bay on February 23 lost control of the aircraft approximately 18 seconds before the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) stopped recording, according to the investigation the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) is conducting.The NTSB said in a news release that the review of the cockpit voice recorder also indicates the crew of Atlas Air Flight 3591 were in communication with Houston air traffic controllers and were being provided radar vectors for the approach into Bush Intercontinental Airport.NTSB investigators are also validating the data recorded by the flight data recorder, which arrived at the agency’s lab on Sunday night.Photo provided by the Anti-Defamation LeagueApproximately 25 Patriot Front members and associates demonstrated in front of the George Washington statue at the University of Texas in November of 2017.Local Group Drove Spike In White Supremacist Activity In 2018Activity by white supremacist groups spiked nationwide over the past year. One of the most active is a Texas-based organization with Houston ties.The Anti-Defamation League tracked 1,187 instances of propaganda by white supremacist groups in 2018, nearly triple the number in 2017. More than a quarter of those stemmed from one Texas group: Patriot Front.“It’s an alt-right group. It’s a relatively new group that started last year. Their founder and leader is a guy named Thomas Rousseau who’s from Dallas,” said Dena Marks, senior associate director of the ADL’s Southwest Regional Office. Patriot Front leaflets campuses and neighborhoods and organizes flash demonstrations.“There was one that happened last year at an ice house on West Alabama, where some Patriot Front members came in and started yelling at people who were holding an immigration information session there,” Marks said. She asks that anyone finding Patriot Front flyers notify the ADL.Texas House of RepresentativesTexas State Representative Ron Reynolds.Texas Lawmaker Proposes Reparations For Descendants Of Sugar Land 95State Representative Ron Reynolds has filed legislation proposing that Texas pays $95 million in reparations to the descendants of 95 African American prison inmates who were forced to work in a Sugar Land plantation while they were serving their time in the 19th century. The remains of the inmates are often referred to by members of the community and elected officials as the Sugar Land 95.A contractor discovered the remains in February of 2018 while working on the initial phase to build a career and technical center for the Fort Bend County Independent School District. The inmates were part of the convict lease system, which started in Texas in 1867.The issue has sparked controversy on what to do with the remains and Fort Bend County and the school district are currently negotiating a permanent plan.Reynolds’ legislation is a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to require payment of the reparations. He told News 88.7 his goal is that each descendant of the 95 inmates receives $1 million. Reynolds said the money could come from the state’s General Revenue Fund or from the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly referred to as the Rainy Day Fund.