Mohegan Gaming wins Athens integrated resort tender

first_imgCasino & games Email Address Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has won the tender process for a new integrated casino resort at the former site of Hellinikon International Airport in Athens.The decision was made unanimously by the Tender Committee of the Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP), who chose Mohegan’s INSPIRE Athens bid over Hard Rock International’s own proposal, which would have featured six giant buildings that will tower up to 200 metres tall.The Mohegan Integrated resort includes a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, a convention centre and shopping and dining sites, as well as a casino.Mohegan gaming’s resort was designed by Steelman Partners and will be constructed by Greek company GEK TERNA.“It is our hope that INSPIRE Athens would be the catalyst that sparks the entire development of the Hellinikon area into the coveted Athenian Riviera, forever redefining the modern identity of Greece,” Mario Kontomerkos, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment’s chairman and chief executive said in an October statement when the integrated resort plan was unveiled.The site of the former international airport has been vacant since 2001, with the tender process for a resort on the site facing frequent delays. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greece Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has won the tender process for a new integrated casino resort at the former site of Hellinikon International Airport in Athens. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img 22nd January 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Mohegan Gaming wins Athens integrated resort tenderlast_img read more

N.E.M. Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgN.E.M. Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about N.E.M. Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the N.E.M. Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: N.E.M. Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileNEM Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc offers all classes of life and non-life insurance products to the personal and corporate sectors in Nigeria. Personal products include travel, motoring, professional indemnity, goods in transit and fire and special perils. Products for small-to-medium businesses include cover for burglary, product liability, fidelity guarantee, personal/group personal accident, travel, money and motor insurance. Corporate products include cover for general business, marine, aviation, oil and gas, engineering, bonds and motor insurance. NEM Insurance Plc was established in 1948 as an agent for Edward Turner & Co.; became a Nigerian branch of NEM General Insurance Association Limited of London in 1965; and merged with Vigilant Insurance Company Limited to transact all classes of general insurance. The company has expanded its operations into the West Africa sub-region in 2009 through its subsidiary NEM Insurance (Ghana) Limited which subsequently merged with Regency Alliance to form Regency NEM Insurance (Ghana) Limited in 2016. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. NEM Insurance Company (Nigeria) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Investing in oil: I wonder if a BP-Shell merger could be a possibility?

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With the crude oil price stagnating around $40 for the past few months and no solution to Covid-19 yet in sight, investing in oil is a risky business and oil companies are out of favour with investors.Premier Oil is merging with Chrysaor, and rumours abound that Tullow Oil might be next in line for a takeover. No less than 36 US oil and gas companies had declared bankruptcy by August. But with pressure piling on, even the majors are in trouble and as both Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB) and BP (LSE:BP) appear to be struggling, could a merger be on the cards?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It’s not out of the question. Back in 2004, a recognised energy analyst, Fadel Gheit, argued BP would make an ideal merger partner for Shell. Of course, it never transpired, and both continued to forge their own paths. But for BP and Shell, those paths seem to be increasingly similar.Shifting from investment in oilThere is massive pressure on oil giants to clean up their act and move into renewable energy. The pressure comes from governments, activists, shareholders and consumers. All of whom are increasingly aware of the need to ‘save the planet’. Rystad Energy reports that the oil majors will need to streamline their portfolios massively if they want to improve cash flow, cost efficiency, and maintain their competitive edge.Shell is restructuring and focusing closely on reducing costs to reach its net zero target by 2050. It confirmed this will mean changing the types of products it sells, such as low-carbon electricity and biofuels, hydrogen and more. BP is doing the same. They are now working towards very similar goals and a merger would allow for major cost-cutting initiatives to progress. It would also help them achieve their carbon-neutral targets more efficiently. No strangers to M&AIt may come as a surprise, but in the UK between 1932 and 1975, BP and Shell were merged in a joint marketing venture known as Shell-Mex and BP. It stopped making sense as the two companies were building independent paths internationally.In 1998, BP merged with Amoco, in a deal considered the largest oil industry merger ever, worth around $48bn. At which time, BP Amoco became the largest UK company, with a market cap above $140bn. It also became the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the US. Shell is no stranger to mergers either, most recently its acquisition of BG Group, a UK oil and gas production company, which completed in 2016. As BP and Shell have long been considered rivals, there may be alternative companies that shareholders would deem a better fit for an M&A process. Other supermajors I think may consider a proposition are Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eni, ExxonMobil, or Total. BP has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 13, earnings per share are 15p and its dividend yield is around 8%. Shell’s P/E is 6, EPS is £1.52 and the dividend yield is 5%. BP currently has a market cap of $42bn and Shell’s is around $35bn, confirming they’re no longer the giants they once were. Nevertheless, I think they still have plenty to offer and I’d buy shares in either of these companies. They have decades of experience under their belts, are restructuring to ensure survival, and they maintain a global reach. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 | More on: BP RDSB See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

House of Agostos / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

first_img Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses 2011 House of Agostos / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Portugal Architects: Pedro Domingos Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Santa Bárbara de Nexe, Portugal Projects House of Agostos / Pedro Domingos ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse of Agostos / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGText description provided by the architects. The transformative substance of this project consists of a parcel of land (950m2), that is integrated into the agricultural system of Barrocal and a small house in ruins (80m2). The ruin of traditional genesis, displays the characteristics of the vernacular architecture of the Algarve. Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe strategy consists on clarifying the limits of the central space of property – a void enclosed by the ruin and the “hedges” and the upland trees. The clearing delimited of this emptiness is made with the recuperation of the existing ruin defining the western boundary, with the construction of a new wing set back from the existing group, establishing the northern boundary and the setting of a water tank at the south end of the plot. Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe pre-existing house consisting of three interconnected cells contains the rooms and their bathrooms. The north wing is built into the ground and articulates the topography with two built patios of similar proportions, one is a northern extension of the kitchen and the other a western extension of the living room. Save this picture!The main entrance of the house is made through the space that lies between the pre-existing house and new wing – a space of transition and fracture between the two wings. The water tank is built similarly to the abundant irrigation tanks of this region. A water container of pure form emerges from the ground.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessmodeLab Approach WorkshopArticlesUniversity at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences / HOKArticles Share Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 34 Share Year:  CopyAbout this officePedro Domingos ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSanta Bárbara de NexePortugalPublished on May 23, 2012Cite: “House of Agostos / Pedro Domingos Arquitectos” 23 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” ArchDailylast_img read more

Public loses interest in leaving a charitable legacy

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. What has caused this decline? The plummeting stockmarket, the pensions crisis, and the cost of longterm care for older people are all contributory factors according to the research.Theresa Dauncey, LPC’s director, said: “The research demonstrates the timeliness of this campaign and underscores the importance of charities working together to increase legacy income for the entire sector.” LPC is launching a free will writing guide, produced the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, to promote legacies. A survey for the Legacy Promotion Campaign (LPC) has found that more people than ever will not leave a charitable bequest in their will.NOP carried out the research for the LPC and found that 40% of 50-65 year olds were not likely to include a charity in their will. Fifty four per cent felt leaving charitable legacies were of “little importance”.The LPC reports a jump in the number of people who will not consider leaving a legacy at all from 39% to 48% since September 2002. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Public loses interest in leaving a charitable legacycenter_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 21 April 2003 | Newslast_img read more

iCoins launches free ebook on 7 Secrets to Facebook Fundraising

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Facebook Online currency iCoins has published a free ebook “7 Secrets to Facebook Fundraising” which shares practical advice on how to use the social networking website to raise funds for a charity or nonprofit organisation.The book was written by social marketing strategist and coach Sara Waller.She commented: “Facebook fundraisers can learn how easy it is to raise funds safely, legally and quickly. They will learn how easy it is to build a database of prospective donors and how to keep those valued donors happy and encouraged to donate regularly.” Howard Lake | 6 October 2008 | News  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis iCoins launches free ebook on 7 Secrets to Facebook Fundraisinglast_img read more

Workers, Indigenous march from El Alto to La Paz to confront coup attempt

first_imgPublished on on Nov. 6. Translation by John Catalinotto.Nov. 6 — [Rightist opposition leader] Fernando Camacho could not leave the airport to get to La Paz. The inhabitants of the city of El Alto went to the airport entrance and did not let him leave. They spent the whole night until early in the morning so that the opposition leader from the city of Santa Cruz would not set foot in the political center of the country.La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 5Camacho had announced [his plans] the night before, after the 48 hours he had given President Evo Morales to leave the government ended. In the public meeting he read a letter of resignation from Morales and affirmed that he would return from La Paz with the same letter signed by him.His arrival at the airport awakened the expected reaction. El Alto is one of the territories where there is greater support for Evo Morales and a strong popular organization, with movements such as the Federation of Neighborhood Councils and the Parents of Families of El Alto.Camacho had to return to Santa Cruz without the signed resignation and without having raised the popular support capable of demanding it. At the entrance to the airport there were about 2,000 people, many women, with hats, large skirts, colorful fabrics, and men of the people committed [to defend Morales’ government].“Let him go to his Santa Cruz; he mistreats us, he hits us, he discriminates against us, calling us Indians; let him go, we don’t want him here,” said a woman surrounded by the picket line.“This is our homeland; we voted for Evo and our [expletive] vote will be respected; El Alto on its feet, never on its knees,” said another woman at her side.The voices of each of the people present repeated their defense of Evo Morales and their decision to prevent a right-wing government from returning, particularly by force. In Bolivia this means denouncing not only neoliberalism, but also the historical exclusion and contempt for Indigenous peoples and the poor.A demonstration of strengthThis Tuesday’s [Nov. 5] mobilization [defending Morales] was the biggest in recent times. At the head was the [labor federation] Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), with its leadership, its distinctive helmets, as well as the blasts of dynamite that seem to rumble up into the mountains. Columns descended from El Alto to La Paz crossing the city, with miners, Indigenous communities, neighbors, workers.“From Santa Cruz they want to rule all the Bolivian people; we are not going to accept that. The Bolivian people are constituted by our culture, where there are miners, peasants, Indigenous people, an endless number of cultures and ethnic groups, and we are all Bolivians, and we are  mobilized across all sectors to demand that respect,” said Juan Carlos Huarachi, COB secretary.People applauded the mobilization as it passed through the streets of La Paz. It is known that the power deployed by the movements that support and defend the process of change is one of the central factors in confronting the attempted coup d’état. The mobilization’s goal is both to dissuade the opposition from confrontational actions and to show that the Bolivian political process is not limited to merely staying in the government. This process has broad support.The columns reached the center of the city where a ceremony was held in the presence of President Evo Morales, Vice President Álvaro García Linera, the COB leadership and the different movements that took part in the action.Morales called for “confronting, rejecting, and defeating the coup d’état of the racists who are trying to regain political power ( … ) once again discrimination has returned, once again humiliating the people. They wrap themselves in the Bolivian flag to kick their brother,” he said from the grandstand of the crowded plaza.The president reflected on the current situation and stressed that one of the objectives of the rightist actions is to damage the country’s economy, one of the most stable in Latin America.“This strike, under the pretext of fraud and coup, is meant to damage the economy; they want to destroy what we have built with a lot of effort, a lot of struggle.”His speech was given in the context of having managed to force Camacho back to Santa Cruz, with the certainty that the coup attempt still continues, but is in one of its most acute and desperate phases. That’s why Evo Morales referred to the need to avoid provocations, to avoid unleashing violent episodes, and highlighted the actions of the police: “We can’t exchange bullets among brothers.”Rightists claim fraud, but deny auditCamacho first proposed that Morales should resign within 48 hours, after [Camacho’s] seizure of public institutions, closure of borders and his coming to La Paz. Now that he has not succeeded, he has again threatened to try to return to La Paz this Wednesday [Nov. 13]. The leader of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, which seeks to build national leadership, is acting in an escalation that the COB secretary describes as “desperate.”The vice president of the national leadership of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), Gerardo García, makes the same analysis: “He [Camacho] no longer knows what to do; his desperation to reach the government has made him do childish things like coming with a letter of resignation to our president, knowing that our people are going to rise up. They are going to defend themselves.”Desperate and dangerous, Camacho advances in a climb which he cannot reverse, and at every step he doubles his bet without achieving the results he promises. Yes, as part of his plan, he has succeeded in isolating Santa Cruz, unleashing opposition violence in its streets, as well as in the streets of Cochabamba and, to a lesser extent, in La Paz.For this violence, he counts on shock groups that he has brought to La Paz, who act camouflaged within the opposition protests, such as the one he organized on Tuesday night in the center of La Paz. The aim is to generate the largest possible river of discontent. The other opposition figure is Carlos Mesa, who came in second in the presidential elections on Oct. 20. Although Mesa is not in charge of the street mobilizations, he calls for them to be redoubled and asks for the resignation of the president, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and new general elections.Both Mesa and Camacho reject the ongoing audit of the votes, in which the Organization of American States and the Council of Election Experts of Latin America are present. “If one is sure there has been fraud, one should be happy to take all the evidence to the international organizations,”  Morales said during the ceremony.Camacho seeks to speed up events and Mesa, in the media background, validates the escalation. In this context there was an accident in a helicopter in which Morales was flying on Monday afternoon, Nov. 4. Was it an accident or an attack? The investigation in progress has not yet yielded results.In this context, days, nights and dawns of uncertainty are expected in Bolivia. There are still about 10 days before the audit is completed and the results are made public. The leader of Santa Cruz seeks to achieve his objective before that date. But those who support the process of change led by Evo Morales have shown once again their capacity for mobilization, defense, the will to fight to defend a historic political project and prevent those who always excluded the humble from returning to political power.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Saucy Aussie Rove McManus Headlines

first_img Community News 128 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Ice House presents comedian and host Rove McManus for one show only on Thursday, July 31. James P. Connolly (Comedy Central, VH1, HBO) will join him.Rove McManus started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian but has gone on to become Australia’s most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television. Rove got his first TV gig on community television, hosting his own Tonight Show, The Loft with a budget of $500 a week. In 2000, he hit the prime time schedule with Rove Live on Network Ten. His decade long tenure on the weekly, talk/comedy show established him asAustralia’s most popular television personality. Rove Live has played host to some of the planet’s biggest names, with the likes of Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, The Duchess of York and U2 taking time out to chat with Rove. At the same time, Rove’s production company, Roving Enterprises produced: two scripted comedy series (Skithouse and Real Stories), a weekly sports panel show (Before The Game), a nightly news review program (The Project) and the ARIA Awards , which Rove has also hosted three times.Throughout all this, Rove maintained his standup comedy, touring nationally and appearing at the 2010 and 2013 Just For Laughs Festivals in Montreal. He has also been a three-time recipient of Australia’s most prestigious television award, the oddly named “Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality”.Rove is currently based in Los Angeles, where he was a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, presenting his “Rove Across America” segment. In 2011, he returned to Australian TV with ROVE LA, a weekly talk show for FOX 8 in the heart of Hollywood. For series two, ROVE LA moved home to the famous Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. In 2014, Rove hosted Fox’s game show Riot, produced by Steve Carrell.Rove McManus will perform one (1) show on July 31. The complete show schedule for July 24 through August 3 is listed below:Thu. 7/24 – 7 Comedians for $7 – 8 p.m.; $7Fri. 7/25 – Call for DetailsSat. 7/26 – Call for DetailsSun. 7/27 – Comic Hypnotist Mark Sweet – 7 p.m.; $12.50 / Fernando Flores’ Comedy Meltdown – 9 p.m.; $12.50Mon. 7/28 – ClosedTue. 7/29 – ClosedWed. 7/30 – Rudy Moreno’s Wednesday Night Funnies – 8 p.m.; $12.50Thu. 7/31 – Rove McManus featuring James P. Connolly – 8 p.m.; $15Fri. 8/1 – Call for DetailsSat. 8/2 – Call for DetailsSun. 8/3 – Call for Details – 7 p.m. / Bobbie Oliver’s Sunday Best (Privately Produced, Special Event) – 9 p.m.; $10/$15There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend. The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (626) 577-1894 or visit Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Top of the News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty 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 Nightlife Saucy Aussie Rove McManus Headlines From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 3:17 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News 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. More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Construction to start on Smarter Travel project

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsConstruction to start on Smarter Travel projectBy John Keogh – April 23, 2015 770 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print WhatsApp Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleAccess to pollsNext articleCulture and chips to be bigger and better John Keogh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Advertisement  by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WORK is due to begin this summer on an improved walking and cycling track along the banks of the Shannon from Corbally to Plassey.The Limerick Smarter Travel project, which will run from the Guinness Bridge in Corbally to the UL Boat Club in Plassey, has been warmly welcomed by both Limerick City and County Council and the University of Limerick.Senior engineer Pat O’Neill said Limerick Smarter Travel has taken into consideration that the planned refurbishments are located in a special area of conservation.“To date, every effort has been taken to make sure the proposed improvements are in keeping with the qualities and character of the locale, while addressing the needs of local residents and visitors to the area.“The construction of the new walking and cycling surface will wind around trees and historic structures. This type of construction reduces the impact of development on the bank but also promotes universal accessibility to this nature area,” explained Mr ‘Neill.Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan said he believes the refurbished walkway will entice people to leave the car at home.UL President Professor Don Barry said: “The University of Limerick is the most beautiful campus in Ireland, but not only is it of benefit to staff and students, it is also a place that the people of Limerick and the surrounding areas can enjoy.“The UL Smarter Travel Scheme is a significant initiative on campus, the central aim of which is the promotion of sustainable travel patterns among our 15,000 UL staff and students, encouraging walking, cycling, taking the bus and car sharing.”The new walkway will begin where the Park Canal meets the River Shannon, following the path along the River Shannon to the Boat House in Plassey and joins with existing walking and cycling paths on the campus grounds.Three new footbridges will be constructed along the route and the existing bridge will be widened.New public lighting, signage and CCTV will also be installed along the route.For more information on the project and other Limerick Smarter Travel initiatives, go to TAGSCllr Kevin SheahanCorballyDon BarrylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Smarter TravelPlasseyThe University of Limerick last_img read more

EXPLAINER: Why the power grid failed in Texas and beyond

first_img Pinterest TAGS  Pinterest Facebook Twitter EXPLAINER: Why the power grid failed in Texas and beyond Previous articleCockburn, Dosunmu lead No. 5 Illini past Northwestern 73-66Next articlePandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s Digital AIM Web Support Twittercenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Facebook DALLAS (AP) — The power outages tormenting Texas in uncharacteristically Arctic temperatures are exposing weaknesses in an electricity system designed when the weather’s seasonal shifts were more consistent and predictable — conditions that most experts believe no longer exist. This isn’t just happening in Texas, of course. Utilities from Minnesota to Mississippi have imposed rolling blackouts to ease the strain on electrical grids buckling under high demand during the past few days. And power outages have become a rite of summer and autumn in California, partly to reduce the chances of deadly wildfires. But the fact more than 3 million bone-chilled Texans have lost their electricity in a state that takes pride in its energy independence underscores the gravity of a problem that is occurring in the U.S. with increasing frequency. WHAT HAPPENED IN TEXAS? Plunging temperatures caused Texans to turn up their heaters, including many inefficient electric ones. Demand spiked to levels normally seen only on the hottest summer days, when millions of air conditioners run at full tilt. The state has a generating capacity of about 67,000 megawatts in the winter compared with a peak capacity of about 86,000 megawatts in the summer. The gap between the winter and summer supply reflects power plants going offline for maintenance during months when demand typically is less intense and there’s not as much energy coming from wind and solar sources. But planning for this winter didn’t imagine temperatures cold enough to freeze natural gas supply lines and stop wind turbines from spinning. By Wednesday, 46,000 megawatts of power were offline statewide — 28,000 from natural gas, coal and nuclear plants and 18,000 from wind and solar, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid. “Every one of our sources of power supply underperformed,” Daniel Cohan, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University in Houston, tweeted. “Every one of them is vulnerable to extreme weather and climate events in different ways. None of them were adequately weatherized or prepared for a full realm of weather and conditions.” The staggering imbalance between Texas’ energy supply and demand also caused prices to skyrocket from roughly $20 per megawatt hour to $9,000 per megawatt hour in the state’s freewheeling wholesale power market. That raised questions whether some power generators who buy in the wholesale market may have had a profit motive to avoid buying more natural gas and simply shut down instead. “We can’t speculate on people’s motivations in that way,” said Bill Magness, CEO of ERCOT. He added he had been told by generators that they were doing everything possible to provide power. WHY WASN’T THE STATE PREPARED? Gas-fired plants and wind turbines can be protected against winter weather — it’s done routinely in colder, northern states. The issue arose in Texas after a 2011 freeze that also led to power-plant shutdowns and blackouts. A national electric-industry group developed winterization guidelines for operators to follow, but they are strictly voluntary and also require expensive investments in equipment and other necessary measures. An ERCOT official, Dan Woodfin, said plant upgrades after 2011 limited shutdowns during a similar cold snap in 2018, but this week’s weather was “more extreme.” Ed Hirs, an energy fellow at the University of Houston, rejected ERCOT’s claim that this week’s freeze was unforeseeable. “That’s nonsense,” he said. “Every eight to 10 years we have really bad winters. This is not a surprise.” In California, regulators last week ordered the state’s three major utilities to increase their power supply and potentially make plant improvements to avoid another supply shortage like the one that cropped up in California six months ago and resulted in rolling blackouts affecting about 500,000 people for a few hours at a time. “One big difference is that leadership in California recognizes that climate change is happening, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in Texas,” said Severin Borenstein, a professor of business administration and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley who has been studying power supply issues for more than 20 years. WHY THE NEED FOR ROLLING BLACKOUTS? Grid operators say rolling blackouts are a last resort when power demand overwhelms supply and threatens to create a wider collapse of the whole power system. Usually, utilities black out certain blocks or zones before cutting off power to another area, then another. Often areas with hospitals, fire stations, water-treatment plants and other key facilities are spared. By rolling the blackouts, no neighborhoods are supposed to go an unfairly long period of time without power, but that was not always the case this week in Texas. Some areas never lost power, while others were blacked out for 12 hours or longer as temperatures dipped into the single digits. WHEN DO THEY OCCUR? Rolling blackouts are usually triggered when reserves fall below a certain level. In Texas, as in California last August, grid operators tell utilities to reduce load on the entire system, and it is up to the utilities to decide how to do that. In Texas this week, grid operators and utilities knew about the dire weather forecast for at least a week. Last weekend they issued appeals for power conservation, and ERCOT tweeted that residents should “unplug the fancy new appliances you bought during the pandemic and only used once.” The lighthearted attempts at humor were lost on residents, few if any of whom were told in advance when their homes would lose power. Once the outages started, some utilities were unable to provide information about how long they might last. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE ROLLING BLACKOUTS? Start with the obvious steps: When power companies or grid operators warn about trouble coming, turn down your thermostat and avoid using major appliances. Of course, those steps are sometimes easier said than done, especially during record-breaking temperatures. Like in other places, Texans might be more willing to adjust their thermostats a few more notches if regulators imposed a system that required households to pay higher prices during periods of peak demand and lower rates at other times. “People turn up their furnaces now because there isn’t a financial incentive for them not to do it,” Borenstein said. Experts also say more fundamental — and costly — changes must be made. Generators must insulate pipelines and other equipment. Investments in electricity storage and distribution would help. Tougher building codes would make homes in places like Texas better insulated against the cold. Texas, which has a grid largely disconnected from others to avoid federal regulation, may have to rethink the go-it-alone strategy. There could be pressure for the state to require power generators to keep more plants in reserve for times of peak demand, a step it has so far resisted. “The system as we built it is not performing to the standards we would like to see,” said Joshua Rhodes, an energy researcher at the University of Texas in Austin. “We need to do a better job. If that involves paying more for energy to have more reliability, that’s a conversation we’re going to have to have.” ——— Koenig reported from Dallas, Liedtke reported from San Ramon, California. The AP’s Paul Weber contributed to this story from Austin, Texas. WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessStateUS News WhatsApplast_img read more

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