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Take caution to secure your house while on holiday, says helpline

first_imgNews WhatsApp Twitter Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also By News Highland – June 18, 2013 Google+ Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img Previous article47 year-old Polish man charged with Letterkenny murderNext articleUS First Family visit Glendalough News Highland The Crime Victims Helpline is urging people to remain extra cautious regarding security around their homes as we enter the holiday season.The group says people can become more relaxed about their home security during the bright and hot weather periods.The organisation says unoccupied houses are always more vulnerable to burglaries.Maeve Ryan, co-ordinator of the Crime Victims Helpline says there are some very basic steps people can take.”Don’t leave money, cash, and valuables available in your house when you’re going away and make sure it’s secure. We’re also saying when you are on holiday there is always the temptation to not be as careful with your property, bag or belongings. When you’re away you are often easily identifiable as a target by would be thieves, be aware of that”. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Take caution to secure your house while on holiday, says helpline Facebooklast_img read more


Nevada utility announces another round of massive solar-plus-storage projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NV Energy one-upped its huge 2018 solar and storage procurement on Tuesday, announcing three new solar projects totaling 1,200 megawatts paired with 590 megawatts of battery storage.Colin Smith, a senior solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, called the procurement “hulkingly big.” When built, one of the projects — at 690 megawatts — will be the largest solar plant in the U.S., according to tracking from WoodMacThe three solar-plus-storage projects, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, EDF Renewables and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and Arevia Power, should be complete by 2023. Two will be built on the Moapa Band of Paiutes Indian River Reservation, in partnership with the tribe.Aside from their massive size, the contracts also come as a vote of confidence in utility-scale solar-plus-storage, according to analysts. Developer 8minute said its project could run 65 percent of the time during peak summer hours, as opposed to the 29.9 percent availability of the average solar plant in Nevada. “That’s really a paradigm shift from the utility had to take my power whenever the sun was shining to the utility telling us what their customer’s needs are and we design and engineer a power plant to fit those criteria,” said Tom Buttgenbach, president and CEO at 8minute. “The days of renewable equals intermittent and a headache for utilities to integrate into their systems is now reversed to where this delivers exactly what the utility wants.”WoodMac’s Smith said the back-to-back, big-time procurements show that utilities can make the quick transition towards renewable resources that’s under discussion in states and at the federal level through policies like the Green New Deal. “When we go back to the question of, can we make the transition fast enough to help climate change, it’s easy to point to someone like NV Energy, which is a pretty large utility in a pretty large state,” said Smith. “They’re moving towards renewables at a pretty rapid pace.”More: NV Energy announces ‘hulkingly big’ solar-plus-storage procurement Nevada utility announces another round of massive solar-plus-storage projectslast_img read more


Klobuchar says she’d emphasize ‘heartland economics’ as president

first_imgMASON CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar hit the Iowa campaign trail this weekend.“It is wonderful to be back in Mason City on a wonderful sunny day,” Klobuchar said Saturday before joking: “I left my snow globe behind.”Klobuchar kicked off her campaign for the White House eight days ago with an outdoor speech in her home state of Minnesota – during a snow storm. Yesterday Sunday afternoon, Klobuchar met with Iowans in Knoxville and Albia, promising to bring Midwest pragmatism to the Oval Office if she’s the next president.“When you drive the snowstorm in Iowa today, you think about all the people who for so many years that worked hard to earn a living and continue to work hard to earn a living,” Klobuchar said, “and one of the things that I have done in Minnesota because we’ve got a metropolitan area and rural is try to bridge that divide.”Klobuchar,, who has been a U.S. Senator since 2007, calls her approach “heartland economics.”“Making sure we make the case that one size doesn’t fit all, that you’ve got special needs for rural hospitals, that you’ve got special needs for how we run our schools and other things, but it’s also about governing from the heart,” Klobuchar said, “and that means everyone’s got to have everyone’s backs and got to take on some of these special interests whether it’s health care or whether it’s the tech companies.”John Delaney, the former Maryland congressman who’s been running for president since 2017, was in the state this weekend as were two other Democrats who say they’re considering a run for the White House.last_img read more


Catalonia: Tearful Pique haunted by ‘worst experience’

first_img“For a moment I couldn’t believe it. I thought they would try to block the vote but they would try to do it in a peaceful manner,” he added.“It wasn’t like that, but at least the whole world has seen it. This decision has made things a lot worse. It is one of the worst decisions made by this country in 40 or 50 years.“It has only served to separate Catalonia and Spain more and it will have consequences.”Pique’s political stance has seen him targeted by Spain fans when playing for the national team, despite his role in winning the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with La Roja.The 30-year-old has already announced his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.However, he said he will step aside before then if his presence in the Spain camp is deemed a problem by coach Julien Lopetegui or the federation.“I think I can continue going with the national team because I truly believe there are many people in Spain totally against the events that took place today in Catalonia and that believe in democracy,” said Pique.“If not, I will not go. If anyone in the federation thinks I am a problem I don’t have a problem in stepping aside and retiring from international football before 2018.”Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona played in an empty stadiumBarcelona, Spain | AFP |  Gerard Pique broke down in tears describing Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas in an empty stadium as the “worst professional experience” of his life on a chaotic Sunday in Catalonia.At least 92 people were injured as Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations over an independence referendum for the north-eastern region of Spain deemed illegal by the Spanish government.After Barcelona’s attempt to have their game abandoned was dismissed by Spanish league authorities, Barca decided to play behind closed doors in protest at the violent scenes.“The board tried to cancel the game but it wasn’t possible. They came down to speak to the players and we opted to play,” Pique told reporters.“It was very difficult to play the game. It was the worst professional experience I have had in my life.“We have had seven years of demonstrations without violence and what happened today has been seen around the world.”Pique has been an outspoken supporter of Catalonia’s right to self-determination in the face of the Spanish government’s crackdown on preparations for the referendum.He posted a picture on his Twitter account as he voted before the game on Sunday.And he believes the shocking scenes have only served to rupture fractious relations between Catalonia and Madrid even further.last_img read more


Miami voters will have say on Beckham MLS stadium plan

first_imgThe proposal by retired England star Beckham and his business partners includes a 25,000-seat stadium for an expansion MLS club, along with 23 acres of youth football pitches with artificial turf, a 750-room hotel, restaurant, retail and office space plus a 58-acre public park.The commission delayed a vote last week after a presentation by the investment group was followed by hours of public comment both for and against the plan.Those opposed included a group from the First Tee Miami youth golf program based at the Melreese Country Club site.Wednesday’s move by the commission will let voters decide whether to allow the city to change its laws and waive competitive bidding and authorize the commission to negotiate a 99-year lease of the site.If voters approve, a lease agreement must gain approval of four of the five commissioners.On Wednesday, Beckham business partner Jorge Mas went through a list of new provisions added since last week’s presentation. That includes an agreement that no city funding would be used for toxic soil cleanup, a cost that is estimated at $35 million.The group also offered assurances that First Tee Miami could stay put, with a driving range on the site and access to a nearby 18-hole golf course.The Melreese site is just the latest that Beckham has seriously pursued. More than a year ago the England icon had proposed a stadium in a downtown Miami neighborhood in a project that drew criticism over lack of parking and potential increased traffic chaos and sparked fears that low-income residents would be discplaced.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot that would open the door for the Major League Soccer stadium complex on city-owned land that is now occupied by a municipal golf course © Getty/Getty Images/AFP/File / JOE RAEDLEMIAMI, United States, Jul 19 – Miami voters will have their say in November on David Beckham’s latest plan for a Major League Soccer stadium development in the city, after a vote by city commissioners on Wednesday.The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the November 6 ballot that would open the door for the complex on city-owned land that is now occupied by a municipal golf course.last_img read more