Australia buys Gatwick stake

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BG Group offsets production drop with higher gas prices

first_img KCS-content BG Group offsets production drop with higher gas prices by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut Tuesday 8 February 2011 8:56 pm GAS explorer BG Group beat analyst forecasts yesterday with a 13 per cent rise in fourth-quarter earnings, with higher gas and oil prices offsetting a dip in production. Earnings for the last three months of 2010 rose 13 per cent to $1.06bn, (£659m) though pre-tax profit fell 2.7 per cent to $1.45bn on last year, including charges from disposals and impairments. Revenues rose one per cent to $4.3bn, supporting an 11 per cent rise for the year to $17.2bn. Production volumes fell slightly short of forecasts, falling two per cent in the quarter to 60.7m barrels of oil equivalent, but a 22 per cent rise in global gas prices more than made up for the drop. The firm has raised its full-year dividend by 10 per cent to 21.6 cents per share and repeated its goal to grow by six to eight per cent a year until 2020 after raising estimates for its US shale gas and Brazilian explorations. Morgan Stanley said: “Investors can focus on what is again an exceptionally positive strategy update… targets and resource numbers have not just been reiterated, but in many cases raised by some margin.”BG shares rose 2.1 per cent to 1,470p. Sharelast_img read more

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EA and Swiss subsidiary face Dutch penalties over loot boxes

first_imgAll forms of online gambling are currently prohibited in the country, though this is set to change on 1 March next year with the introduction of the Netherlands’ Remote Gambling Act. This will establish a regulated market and allow operators to apply for igaming licences. Email Address “The KSA has rightly concluded that the definition of games of chance within the meaning of the Gambling Act has been met,” the Court explained. “In view of this qualification and in view of the prohibition on offering online games of chance without a licenxe, the KSA is authorised to proceed with enforcement.” EA and Swiss subsidiary face Dutch penalties over loot boxes The District Court of The Hague has now ruled in favour of the KSA, meaning EA, and its Swiss subsidiary, will be fined €250,000 each week it continues to offer loot boxes in Fifa, capped at €5m. This followed an earlier order, in the wake of a 2018 study, for all video games publishers to remove loot boxes from their titles. Announcing its decision to rule in favour of the KSA, the District Court of The Hague said that the regulator was correct in classifying loot boxes as a game of chance, and as such was right to request the penalties. “Gamers are often young and therefore particularly susceptible to developing an addiction. As such, gambling elements have no place in games.” 29th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher The regulator said this was in breach of the Gambling Act, which makes it illegal for consumers to win a prize or premium, unless from a licensed operator. It has three weeks to comply with the court ruling – handed down on 15 October – which would suggest all loot boxes must be removed from titles such as Fifa 19, 20 and 21 by 5 November. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter While the majority of companies complied with this order, the KSA noted, EA did not, and instead challenged the ruling. The KSA said as the players purchased are determined by chance and the contents cannot be influenced, FUT constitutes form of gambling. It also said that some players have a high value and can be traded by users playing the game.center_img A Dutch court has confirmed gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit’s (KSA) has order to video games giant Electronic Arts (EA) and its Swiss subsidiary to remove loot boxes from the popular football sim Fifa in the Netherlands, or face a €5m penalty. “The KSA believes it is crucial to shield vulnerable groups, such as minors, from exposure to gambling,” KSA chairman René Jansen said. “For that reason, the KSA supports a strict separation between gaming and gambling. The KSA first issued the administrative order subject to a penalty in 2019, on the basis that loot boxes constituted a form of unauthorised gambling under the country’s gambling regulations. Loot boxes are an in-game mechanic that allow players purchase ‘blind boxed’ items for virtual or real-word currency, with the user then randomly awarded a virtual item that can be used in the game. The law had been scheduled to come into effect in July 2020, but was delayed to 1 January in November 2019, but another delay due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pushed the date back to 1 March, with the market set to launch next September. EA uses the mechanic in the form of Fifa Ultimate Team (FUT), where users can purchase a pack of randomly assigned players for their team. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Western Europe Netherlands Tags: KSA EA Loot Boxes Fifa Legal & compliance That study suggested a correlation between playing games with loot boxes and development of an addiction to gambling later in life, prompting the KSA to take action. Topics: Legal & compliance Video gaming Regulationlast_img read more

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Orange County Lynx: New Year, Better Ride

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSLYNXOrange County Board of Commissioners Previous articleApopka CRA decisions prove that Florida CRA’s are irretrievably brokenNext article1,538 vote-by-mail ballots received for Apopka elections Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 From the Orange County Board of CommissionersAt the February 20th meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, the Board was presented with a presentation and update on Lynx’s goals and accomplishments for last year, as well as its proposed goals for this year by Lynx Chief Executive Officer Edward Johnson. Where the goals for 2018 build off the major emphases for 2017, Lynx was sure to highlight the following during the presentation: Enhance communications; improve service efficiency; establish more partnerships; improve customer confidence in the Lynx system; and increase brand recognition and community involvement.To achieve its goal for enhancing communications, Lynx did the following: Conducted semi-annual briefings for funding partners; provided updates to community stakeholders and local governments; proposed significant public engagement opportunities for Lynx Forward; instituted employee town hall meetings; and improved media engagement. As part of its initiative to improve media engagement, Lynx appeared on the Central Florida Spotlight with Greg Warmoth and participated in various radio and print interviews. In addition, Lynx also took part in panel discussions: The Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) Business of Transportation Panel; OBJ Business of Technology Panel; and the Orlando Economic Partnership Transportation Summit.To help make Lynx more efficient, it avoided $1.7 million of paratransit contractor costs through negotiations and implemented the Mobility Management Service Model. The Mobility Management Service Model is providing changes to the Lynx call center by combining fixed route and paratransit for cross-training opportunities. Additionally, the Model has added private providers to the paratransit system. Furthermore, the Model has offered potential savings of $2 million for Fiscal Year 2018.Another strategy Lynx had utilized to become more efficient was improve its administration by rebuilding its leadership team. In addition, on the administrative side, pharmacy rebates were increased for the future ($400,000), and by eliminating the broker fee, Lynx saved $160K in costs for healthcare. Lastly, Lynx maintained a 3.5% increase in funding partners without raising passenger fares.Lynx also improved its efficiencies through Lynx Forward, by establishing continuous route improvements and starting a Lynx Operations Center (LOC) expansion design to consolidate operations and save on expenses. To initiate the LOC expansion, Lynx purchased remaining NoPetro property with the purpose of eventually eliminating a $250K annual lease.Lynx further improved its efficiencies through cost methods by doing the following: Avoiding an $8 million expenditure for Intelligent Transportation System equipment; establishing a bus mirror rebuild station offering savings of $510 per mirror (new mirrors cost $660 each); saving $500K annually by changing contracts for tire leasing; and modifying its investment strategy to increase income by $200K for Fiscal Year 2017 (anticipating $400K in Fiscal Year 2018).Lynx has created partnerships with the following organizations: Valencia College; University of Central Florida (UCF); Seminole State College; Orlando City Soccer; CareerSource; the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness; City of Orlando; MetroPlan Orlando; Orlando Economic Partnership; Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC); Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA); and the Victim Service Center. By collaborating with Valencia College, Lynx had accumulated $70K in annual revenue. Through its partnership with UCF, Lynx had not only generated $220K in annual revenue but promoted UCF’s new downtown campus (opening Fall 2019) by putting wraps on its buses. Similarly, Orlando City Soccer utilized bus wraps to market transportation for the stadium’s grand opening, as did the Orlando Economic Partnership, whose wraps said “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” CareerSource offered a significant advantage to Lynx through its partnership by assisting with job placement for bus operators and technicians. In addition, the Victim Service Center participated in “Denim Day” and training for bus operators. At the local government level, Lynx established partnerships with the City of Orlando as well as MetroPlan Orlando to discuss the concept of the autonomous vehicle of operations with the City and MetroPlan. Additionally, in the preparation and aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Lynx’s partnerships with OUC and GOAA played crucial roles in helping Orange County residents. Lynx made 2,831 trips transporting lineman with OUC responding to incident reports caused by Irma. For the SunRail Train to Plane program, GOAA offered fuel to help residents evacuate during the hurricane. Furthermore, as part of its initiative to establish more partnerships, Lynx hosted OBJ CEO Roundtables as well as peer transit agencies with asset transfers.In improving customer confidence in the Lynx system for 2017, Lynx put Wi-Fi on fixed route buses and created the Lynx Bus Tracker, Paw Pass Mobile Fare Payment (including a revised procurement method saving $6 million), and the NeighborLink Reservation See and Say Security App mobile applications. Lynx was selected for the OBJ Innovations in Technology Award.To increase brand recognition and community involvement, Lynx encouraged participation from the Executive Team Community Board, preparation for emergency response (i.e. SunRail bus bridges), and offered special shuttles for transit to the Pulse Memorial.Additional areas for major emphasis for 2017 included the following: Institute a safety awards program for vehicle operators; negotiate the ATU 1596 and 1749 Union contracts; offer Safety and Courtesy training for all employees; offer de-escalation training for bus operators, and institute a Department of the Year Award.Lynx’s major areas of focus for 2018 include the following: Continue with the 2017 major emphasis areas; establish a CyberSecurity Program and oversight position; create an Innovation and Sustainability Program; develop an Autonomous Vehicle Program Strategic Plan; establish Central Florida transit vision (high level); seek funding for Vision 2030 Corridors; purchase off-board payment systems for key areas; and host a board retreat. Additional areas for concentration include facilities, establishing a research and analysis section, economic impact analysis, and vehicle procurements.For Fiscal Year 2018, Lynx’s operating budget has been set at $133,483,544 (an increase of $733,846 or .6% from the Fiscal Year 2017 Amended Operating Budget); 49% of this funding is provided by its 4 local funding partners: Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties; and the City of Orlando. In addition, according to the December 2017 Board Report, the total system-wide ridership through September 2017 was 1,943,393, representing a 14.27% decrease over the previous year up to September 2016. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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Black Women’s Lives Matter

first_imgThe following article, slightly edited, is reprinted here courtesy of Red Flag, the publication of the militant youth group FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together.Danielle BoachieWW photo: Brenda RyanOn Feb. 26, 2012, unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin was murdered by a neighborhood vigilante. On July 17, 2014, the murder of unarmed Eric Garner by the New York City Police Department was videotaped, with his last words being “I can’t breathe.” Yet on Dec. 2, the grand jury decided to only indict the man who filmed the murder. On Nov. 24, Officer Darren Wilson was not charged with the fatal shooting of the unarmed Black teen, Michael Brown, back in August. On Nov. 22, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by Cleveland police for playing with a toy gun. The officer has yet to be charged.It is no surprise that a country built on the genocide and enslavement of Black and Brown bodies does not indict white officers for the systematic lynching of Black men. Even though communities of color repeatedly experience violence from the white supremacist system, retaliation to state violence with violence is not accepted. To believe in the fallacy of nonviolence as an effective response is to make the horrifically incorrect assumption that the playing field is equal, and that we can simply negotiate our way through this injustice.No matter how many times I wish it were true, the fact exists: Black lives do not matter in this white supremacist, capitalist society. The social role of the police is to maintain the status quo; contemporary “law enforcement” evolved from the institution of the capture, containment and policing of chattel slaves. Through the decades of work done by the Abolitionist and Civil Rights movements, the Black community has gained access to certain rights and privileges not previously afforded it, but the recognition of our humanity has only rearranged the type of systematic, barbaric violence we receive from our oppressors, the capitalist system of the United States.Certain bodies are fundamentally ineligible for personhood, for personhood is not defined by our status as living beings but through our relationship to the racist West. The dominant narrative in our society perpetuates the anti-Black perception of young Black men as innately violent. The racist and inaccurate correlation between the color of his skin and the supposed threat perceived by white officers must be acknowledged if we want to begin to understand why our people are disproportionately murdered.The country’s increasingly militarized police force is conditioned to see Black men as criminals so as to justify the lynchings. Michael Brown was Black, therefore he was not white. Black bodies are sites of criminalization, for even unarmed, he was perceived as a threat. Even after his death, Brown was not given justice, for the system was never meant to include him.Stop ‘invisibilizing’ Black women!Amidst this sadness, it is crucial not to forget the violence experienced by Black women. As we have seen, dominant discourses often neglect the intersectionality of oppression, and both whites and men are guilty of reshaping the voice and presence of Black women, or ignoring our existence in its entirety. In this case, Black women do not fit the normative narrative of bodies impacted by police brutality, despite the many Black women who have died at the hands of the system.The burden of Black liberation does not rest solely on the experiences of Black men, and should include the experiences of Black women. Yet, discussions of power are constructed to embody cisgender masculinity, leaving the violence inflicted on Black female bodies a peripheral concern. The dismissal, erasure and anecdotal nature of discussions of Black women are a systematic problem.We witness the same brutal, perpetual, white supremacist violence and “invisibilizing” of our existence, yet lack of inclusion of Black women devalues our lives.Let us remember:Tarika Wilson, 26 (Ohio, 2008) — killed by police while holding her 1-year-old child.Aiyana Jones, 7 (Michigan, 2010) — murdered by police while asleep in her home.Miriam Carey, 34 (Washington, D.C., 2013) — unarmed and murdered by police.Shereese Francis, 30 (New York, 2012) — suffocated by police holding her face down on a mattress. She suffered from schizophrenia.Shantel Davis, 23 (New York, 2012) — unarmed yet shot in the chest by police. Her alleged last words were “I don’t want to be killed, don’t kill me!”Sharmel Edwards, 49 (Nevada, 2012) — unarmed with her hands up, five police officers shot her with at least15 bullets.Rekia Boyd, 22 (Illinois, 2012) — shot and killed instantly by off-duty officer Dante Servin while hanging out with friends in a park.Tyisha Miller, 22 (California, 1998) — hit with at least 12 bullets when officers opened fire 23 times.Yvette Smith, 47 (Texas, 2014) — single mother shot by police. Though they claimed she had a weapon, nothing was found at the scene, and the officers were punished for altering their story to reflect this fact.This list is by no means extensive, but it serves as a horrific reminder that we, Black women, are not immune to this violence.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year

first_img More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Water and Power has released its Annual Report for 2015, indicating the utility generated more than $261 million in operating revenue and invested more than $86 million in system improvements.The report also showed PWP has contributed over $18 million to the City’s General Fund to support vital public services.PWP reported key accomplishments in the annual report including the continuous work on the Glenarm Repowering Project which will provide 71 megawatts of clean, natural gas-fueled power to the city. The project is expected to significantly improve the local power generation and provide clean, efficient and reliable power by 2016.PWP also completed and submitted the Environmental Impact Report for the city’s Non-Potable Water Project, achieved respective ratings of AA+ and AA affirmed by Fitch Ratings for water and electric revenue bonds, and is on target to achieve a Renewable Portfolio Standard of 40 percent which exceeds the state goal.The utility also replaced approximately 40 utility poles and 14.6 miles of underground cable and overhead lines, as well as 2.5 miles of aging water mains, and provided various school programs, online educational tools, publications, incentives and more than 60 workshops to encourage water and energy conservation.With the ongoing drought creating challenges for water agencies, PWP conducted over 60 public workshops, campaigns and incentive programs to educate and engage the public as the city strives to comply with a state-mandated water goal of 28 percent.PWP’s processes for water waste monitoring and reporting have also been bolstered with combined efforts estimated to save approximately 1,700 acre-feet of water per year.PWP introduced a variety of tools that enable customers to report and receive outage information by phone, mobile device, or online.The annual report also mentioned that investment in emerging technologies to improve communication and convenience, streamline data, and encourage water conservation and energy efficiency continues to be an ongoing priority for PWP. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy latest #1 Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year Published on Monday, May 9, 2016 | 8:41 pm Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Police targeted in bomb attack in Derry

first_img Twitter Police targeted in bomb attack in Derry Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Previous articleCalvin Harris: I’m not on Rihanna’s albumNext articleSecond shooting in 24 hours in Derry News Highland Facebook Twitter Police officers have been targeted in Derry which saw their vehicle damaged by an explosive device.According to the PSNI, it was “extremely fortunate” that no one was killed or badly injured in the incident in the Creggan Heights area of Derry at about 8.40pm last night.It is believed that a pipe-bomb type device may have been thrown at the police vehicle, hitting it and causing damage to a rear door.A hole was also blown in the hedge of a nearby garden.SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said that local people had been left shaken.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/pat1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 3, 2014 Pinterest Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD

first_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – November 27, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Pinterest Update – The mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District has confirmed a meeting is likely to take place next week to discuss the signing of a contract to bring up to 350 asylum seekers to live at former student accomodation on the Port Road in the town. It’s expected the meeting will be attended by officials from the government.Council Chief Executive John McLaughlin confirmed this morning that officials from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth have contacted him today seeking a meeting, and Cllr Coyle says he’s anxious to facilitate that as quickly as possible.Cllr Donal Coyle says people seeking refuge should be welcomed with open arms, but he’s concerned at the level of secrecy over the plan. After speculation was first raised at a meeting earlier this year, a request from Donegal County Council for clarification was acknowledged, but no information was given.Cllr Donal Coyle says a meeting is urgently needed to discuss services, and ensure that those moving in to the centre have adequate facilities and proper living conditions…………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dpdonalc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Confirming the plans today, Minister Roderic O’Gorman says a Friends of the Centre group will be established, and government departments are working to ensure all necessary supports are provided.He says steps to replace direct provision are continuing, but while that process is ongoing, it’s important that asylum seekers are accomodated in proper settings.Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle is welcoming the minister’s approach………….Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/tpfri1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Previous articleLogan and Dooher understand the responsibility as Tyrone ManagementNext articleTyrone Chairman confident with new management team News Highland Department Statement in full -As a result of a nationwide tendering process for accommodation for international protection applicants, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will open a new accommodation centre in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in late January 2021. The Centre will be able to provide accommodation for up to 60 families who will arrive on a phased basis. The centre will be managed by Bridgestock Care, a service provider with many years’ experience providing services to asylum seekers in Ireland, including existing centres in Ballyhaunis, Ennis, Sligo and Tullamore.Direct Provision is a whole of government system of service provision and the Department is also working with other Departments including the Department of Health and HSE, the Department of Education and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure that the necessary services are in place to support the residents.Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD said, “I am pleased to see the opening of the Port Road Accommodation Centre, which provides for independent living in own door apartment units. The accommodation is in line with the National Standards for Accommodation Centres adopted in 2019 and which will come into effect on the 1st of January 2021.” “The White Paper on ending Direct Provision is currently being drafted and my Department is currently engaging with departments and agencies on how to replace the current system of Direct Provision. In the meantime, we must ensure that people who arrive in Ireland seeking asylum have access to suitable accommodation. ”“I know that Letterkenny is a very welcoming town and I look forward to the establishment of a Friends of the Centre Group which will help to promote integration opportunities between residents and the local community.” Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Update – Government officials to meet with Letterkenny MD News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Major winter storm moves from Midwest to the East Coast to start the week

first_imgABC NewsBY: BRITTANY BORER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Over 100 million Americans are under winter weather alerts this morning from Minnesota to Maine as the storm continues to track eastward.Heavy snow is coming down this morning across the Great Lakes and Midwest and moderate to heavy rain is falling across the Ohio Valley into the Southeast.Overnight in Chicago, there were reports of 1 inch of snow per hour snowfall rates and quarter-mile visibility.By Sunday evening, snow will spread across the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic reaching Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.Snow spreads through New York City overnight and continues along the I-95 corridor throughout the day on Monday with the heaviest snow falling during the afternoon hours.By Monday evening we could see a period of mixing and even a transition to a cold rain for coastal areas. Any freezing rain or sleet will make travel hazardous as hard surfaces will become icy.The heaviest snowfall totals of a foot or more will remain west of the coast and into higher elevations and New York and Philadelphia have a good chance of seeing 6 to 12 inches of snow with Washington, D.C. and Boston looking at totals in the 3 to 6 inch range.Elsewhere, a series of systems will move across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California over the next few days bringing heavy rain.There is a risk for flash flooding across southwest Oregon and Northern California where they could see as much as 5 inches of rain.Additional snowfall of 1 to 2 feet is expected along the Cascade mountain range through Monday evening with an avalanche warning having been issued for the region from Lake Chelan southward to I-90 through 6 p.m. on Sunday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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US Navy Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Energy

first_img The US Department of the Navy (DON), Western Area Power Administration (Western), and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power hosted a ceremony Aug. 20 at Naval Air Station North Island, California, commemorating an agreement to construct a 210 megawatt (MW) direct current solar facility to benefit 14 DON installations.The agreement, signed last month, is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity.Adding solar power to naval installations will help diversify the DON’s shore energy portfolio and provide long-term cost stability.At 210 MW, the solar facility will contribute 21 percent of the power needed to meet Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015.[mappress mapid=”16725″]Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Navy August 21, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Energy Share this article View post tag: energy View post tag: purchase US Navy Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Energy View post tag: renewable View post tag: US Navy View post tag: largestlast_img read more

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