Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously endorsed plans submitted by Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy Florida and Gulf Power to “bundle” savings in energy costs fostered by dramatic declines in oil and natural gas prices to customers in a “lump” reduction next month rather than over a series of bills.“Traditionally, these types of savings are spread out over the balance of the year,” FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said in a statement. “However, challenging times call for exceptional measures. I believe this one-time bill decrease is the most effective way to infuse customers with much-needed money as we all navigate through this difficult and unsettling time together.”“This is a truly a no-brainer for me, quite frankly,” PSC Commissioner Julie Brown said. “I appreciate (utilities) taking an early initiative to help their customers in such a time of need.”The utilities said cost savings also will be conveyed to business customers but did not offer a one-cut-fits-all plan.“We think it’s a good day for consumers, including industrial consumers,” said attorney Jon Moyle of the Florida Industrial Power Users Group (FIPUG), a coalition of large electricity users.Utilities are required by state law to pass fuel savings along to customers. Most do it through slight reductions in individual monthly bills over a span of months.The state’s two other investor-owned utilities – Tampa Electric Co. and Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU) – are taking different approaches in incorporating savings in customers’ bills.Tampa Electric said Tuesday it will follow the usual route in spreading about $130 million in savings for customers in their June through August bills and then smaller savings through the rest of the year.“This pandemic has brought economic hardship to so many people; it is heartbreaking,” Tampa Electric President and CEO Nancy Tower said. “This will allow Tampa Electric to provide immediate economic relief to our customers in the fastest way possible – at a time when they need it most.”FPU, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., is offering “special payment schedules” for customers as part of its budget billing program.FPU serves about 118,000 customers of Central Florida Gas, Indiantown Gas, Crescent Propane, and other natural gas users from 10 sites across the state.The state’s 21 municipal utilities, which are not regulated by PSC, announced last week they also will lower bills to reflect the drop in fuel prices.Using a benchmark of 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, here is how utility bills will change for FPL, Duke, Gulf and Tampa Electric customers, according to the PSC:• FPL: A subsidiary of NextEra Energy, with 5 million accounts serving about 10 million people – roughly half Florida’s population – it is the third-largest electric utility company in the U.S.Residential customers who typically would pay $96.04 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will see bills of $73.36 in May.• Duke Energy: The company’s 1.8 million residential Florida customers who typically would pay $129.74 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will pay $102.90 in May.• Gulf Power: Also owned by NextEra Energy, the Panhandle’s largest utility has 350,000 customers who typically would pay $140.43 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. In May, they will pay $84.04.• Tampa Electric: The utility’s 750,000 customers normally would pay $102.19 for 1,000 kilowatt hours. June through August, the same usage will cost $78.82 and then $97.69 a month in September through December. April 29, 2020 at 10:19 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tenita Reid LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Please enter your name here Ah…we had already signed a contract to get a fixed bill every month that stays the same amount each and every month, so no discount for May for us…dang. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Duke Energy You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By John Haughey | The Center SquareMillions of Floridians could see residential electric utility bills slashed by an average of 25 percent in May under a plan proposed by the state’s three-largest privately owned utilities and approved Tuesday by state regulators. Please enter your comment! TAGSDuke Energy FloridaFlorida Power & LightResidential Electric Utility BillssavingsThe Center Square Previous articleOrange County COVID-19 update: new testing sites, continuing shelter in place orderNext articleDeSantis: COVID-19 testing capacity exceeds demand in Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear
Tagged with: Scotland SCVO SCVO publishes book marking 20 years of Scottish charities’ successes 206 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Howard Lake | 6 June 2019 | News The Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament welcomed the book’s publication, saying:“Throughout the past two decades the sector has spoken up for thousands of people across Scotland, with both passion and reasoned analysis in equal measure. This book demonstrates how the third sector is crucial to building a society of which we can all be proud.”You can view a PDF version of the book.The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the national body that represents the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The Scottish third sector turns over £5.4 billion a year and employs 1800110,000 people in over 45,000 organisations. 205 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 To mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has published a limited edition book highlighting some successes of Scottish charities during that period.The book, Charities, Scotland & Holyrood: Twenty Years Delivering Change, highlights 20 key voluntary sector campaigns which resulted in legislation being created for the benefit of people in Scotland. The book was launched at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.It features examples of 20 years of charities working with the Scottish Parliament, and examples of charities prepared to challenge, persuade and influence the body. Book launchDr Alison Elliot OBE, ex-Convener of SCVO, spoke at the launch event this week about the achievements of the sector since the opening of the Scottish Parliament. Some of those who were involved in driving the campaigns were also present.Dr Elliot then accompanied SCVO’s Chief Executive Anna Fowlie to the Scottish Parliament itself where they presented a copy of the book to Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP.Anna Fowlie said:“Scotland’s voluntary sector has long played an important role in our society. However since the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament 20 years ago, new avenues have opened up that allow Scotland’s charities to work in close partnership with elected members and government to develop and champion legislation that has ultimately transformed our society for the better.“Partnership is a key theme emanating from the 20 campaigns highlighted in this book. By working together we see that collective strength and identification of common purpose can be harnessed to create change.” Advertisement 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
News Reports ZimbabweAfrica News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today that the Zimbabwean authorities have abandoned the prosecution of 44 Daily News journalists who were to have been tried by a Harare court on 12 October on charges of working without an accreditation issued by the Media and Information Commission, the government-controlled body set up to regulate the news media.The 44 journalist and their defence lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, went to the court on 12 October but none of the court officials including the judge in charge of the case knew about the hearing.The head of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), which publishes the Daily News, said the attorney-general’s office evidently decided it could not continue the prosecution after Kelvin Jakachira, the first Daily News journalist to tried on these charges, was acquitted on 31 August. “The government is too embarrassed to proceed with the prosecution so they decided to let the case slowly die a natural death,” the head of the ANZ said.————————————————————————–02.09.2005 Jakachira acquitted in first victory over one of the world’s harshest press lawsReporters Without Borders today hailed the 31 August acquittal of Daily News journalist Kelvin Jakachira on charges of violating the Zimbabwean government’s press law by working without being accredited with the Media and Information Commission (MIC), which is under the government’s close control.There had been concern that Jakachira’s conviction would have set off a wave of arrests of other Daily News journalists on similar charges.Judge Priscilla Chigumira based her verdict on Section 82 of the press law – the so-called Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) – according to which a journalist may continue working in the interval between filing a request for accreditation and receiving the MIC’s answer. The MIC never responded to Jakachira’s request.”This was a fair verdict and constitutes a victory over one of the world’s most draconian press laws,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We congratulate the entire Daily News staff, especially Kelvin Jakachira and the newspaper’s 44 other journalists, who were all awaiting this ruling.”The organisation added: “However, this success is just one grain of sand in Robert Mugabe’s vast repressive machinery and we will remain vigilant alongside the Daily News and all of Zimbabwe’s independent journalists.”———————30.08.2005 – Concern that verdict in Daily News journalist’s trial could set grim precedentReporters Without Borders voiced “great concern” today about the verdict and sentencing expected tomorrow in the trial of Daily News reporter Kelvin Jakachira, who faces up to two years in prison for working without government accreditation. His conviction could open the way for the arrest and trial of the banned newspaper’s 44 other journalists.”President Robert Mugabe’s government clearly likes to crush all those it dislikes but the Zimbabwean judicial system still has a chance to salvage its honour by reaffirming its independence and fairness and by rendering justice to the journalists of the Daily News,” the press freedom organisation said.”There is no alternative to Jakachira’s acquittal,” Reporters Without Borders added. “If he is not acquitted, those trying to negotiate a solution to Zimbabwe’s crisis – above all the International Monetary Fund and the South African government – will just have to include the case of these journalists in their list of conditions.”Jakachira is being tried for working without accreditation from the governmental Media and Information Commission (MIC). The 44 other journalists employed by the Daily News and its sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday, have been charged with the same offence and are due to be tried together in Harare on 12 October.A press law known as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) requires journalists to be registered with the MIC, a media regulatory body that is closely controlled by the government. Since the end of last year, the penalty for offenders has been two years in prison.Jakachira said during his trial that he submitted an accreditation request to the MIC but never got a reply. Article 82 of the AIPPA says a journalist may continue working in the interval between the submission of an accreditation request and the MIC’s decision. Jakachira’s lawyers cited this article as grounds for dismissing the charges but the judge, Priscilla Chigumira, ruled that the trial should go ahead.Jakachira is the first journalist to be tried for violating the AIPPA. The verdict and sentence which Judge Chigumira hands down tomorrow will serve as a pointer to what the government intends to do with the rest of the Daily News’ staff. “This case is very important and many of us are having sleepless nights over it,” one of the newspaper’s journalists told Reporters Without Borders. “If Kelvin Jakachira is convicted, we think the government will have all the other journalists arrested and prosecuted on the same charges in one fell swoop.”Gripped by a political and economic crisis of unprecedented dimensions, Zimbabwe is on the verge of bankruptcy and the government has approached several countries including South Africa for emergency financial aid. President Thabo M’Beki’s government has agreed to consider the request but has set several political conditions including negotiations with the opposition. The IMF has meanwhile begun 11th hour talks with Harare about its debts. If they fail, Zimbabwe could be soon be suspended from the Fund. November 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Follow the news on Zimbabwe ZimbabweAfrica October 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government abandons prosecution of 44 Daily News journalists Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell September 1, 2020 Find out more
Science and Technology NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet To go along with the stunning 1.8-billion-pixel image, a new video offers a sweeping view of the Red Planet. From NASA/JPL-Caltech Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 11:09 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website NASA’s Curiosity rover captured its highest-resolution panorama of the Martian surface between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSNASA’s Curiosity rover has captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface. Composed of more than 1,000 images taken during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the composite contains 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape. The rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, used its telephoto lens to produce the panorama; meanwhile, it relied on its medium-angle lens to produce a lower-resolution, nearly 650-million-pixel panorama that includes the rover’s deck and robotic arm.Along with an almost 1.8-billion-pixel panorama that doesn’t feature the rover, NASA’s Curiosity captured a 650-million-pixel panorama that features the rover itself Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSBoth panoramas showcase “Glen Torridon,” a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. They were taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, when the mission team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sitting still with few tasks to do while awaiting the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings from the same vantage point several days in a row. (Look closer: A special tool allows viewers to zoom into this panorama.)It required more than 6 1/2 hours over the four days for Curiosity to capture the individual shots. Mastcam operators programmed the complex task list, which included pointing the rover’s mast and making sure the images were in focus. To ensure consistent lighting, they confined imaging to between noon and 2 p.m. local Mars time each day.NASA Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada guides this tour of the rover’s view of the Martian surface.“While many on our team were at home enjoying turkey, Curiosity produced this feast for the eyes,” said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which leads the Curiosity rover mission. “This is the first time during the mission we’ve dedicated our operations to a stereo 360-degree panorama.”In 2013, Curiosity produced a 1.3-billion-pixel panorama using both Mastcam cameras; its black-and-white Navigation Cameras, or Navcams, provided images of the rover itself. Imaging specialists carefully assemble Mars panoramas by creating mosaics composed of individual pictures and blending their edges to create a seamless look.Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Curiosity’s Mastcam. JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington and built the Navigation Cameras and the rover. Make a comment Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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 Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 27 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
October 18, 2019 1,254 Views Tagged with: HUD Investment Opportunity Zones Sign up for DS News Daily Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago HUD’s Carson: Opportunity Zones Helping Foster Partnerships The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Investment, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago HUD Investment Opportunity Zones 2019-10-18 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago At the Real Deal’s annual Showcase & Forum, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Director Ben Carson discussed the success of Opportunity Zones, which provide tax benefits to developers who invest in thousands of distressed areas across the country.“Through Opportunity Zones, the federal government is helping foster partnerships between people who may have never sat at the same table before,” he said. “Community leaders, public housing advocates, investors, builders, state officials and federal officials.”According to Director Carson, HUD will give preference to developers and investors who build affordable housing in federal Opportunity Zones when it comes to certain grants. He also responded to criticism as to whether the program will actually incentivize investment in low-income areas.“People complained that Opportunity Zones are just a way for rich people to get richer,” he told the audience. “The fact of the matter is that the rich are going to get richer anyway.”According to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions earlier this year, homes in Opportunity Zones are cheaper than the average home.The report found that roughly 80% of these zones had median home prices in the Q2 2019 that were below the national figure of $266,000, and that half had median prices of less than $150,000.Additionally, Compared to the surrounding regions, median Q2 2019 prices in about one in four zones were less than 50% of the typical value in the Metropolitan Statistical Areas where they exist. Within Opportunity Zones, 86% had median Q2 2019 sales prices that were less than the median sales price for the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Roughly 26% had median sales prices less than half the figure for the MSA. Only 14% had median sales prices that were equal to or above the median sales price in the MSA.“Opportunity Zones are among the poorest areas of the country, with some of the lowest home prices. This should come as no surprise because the zones are designed to be in or alongside economically distressed neighborhoods,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. “But the differences between these and other areas in most parts of the nation are stark. The numbers provide key benchmarks for how much room there is for these areas to grow and how much new investment they need.” Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD’s Carson: Opportunity Zones Helping Foster Partnerships Share Save Previous: How Prepared Are Homeowners for Natural DIsasters? Next: CFPB’s Constitutionality at Stake Print This Post
LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Previous articleDonegal Prize Bond wins €20,000 after 38 yearsNext articleThe 23rd Earagail Arts Festival gets underway News Highland Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – July 9, 2011 Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Councillor concerned over Derry Peace Bridge safety Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Derry councillor is expressing concern at the number of people crossing the Foyle Expressway in busy traffic to get to the new Peace Bridge.Councillor Colly Kelly says since the Peace Bridge opened two weeks ago the area in around the entrance at the Foyle Expressway has been extremely busy with thousands of people visiting there on a daily basis.However, he says a number of people haven’t been using the pedestrian crossings at the back of the Guildhall and at Water Street to get to the bridge, and there have already ben a number of near misses.Cllr Kelly says while it may take a little longer to use the pedestrian crossing, it’s important that people do so WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Newsx Adverts Twitter WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week
GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook WhatsApp By admin – July 20, 2016 Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says the commitments to those in mortgage arrears in the Housing Action Plan published yesterday represent a major U-turn from the Programme for Government commitments.In particular, Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson pointed to the dropping of a dedicated new court for arrears cases and a commitment to amend the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears as examples of promises broken.Deputy Doherty says while there was much to be welcomed in the Programme for Government’s promises on mortgage arrears, many of those commitments have been watered down……Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/p.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Previous articleSecurity alert ongoing in StrabaneNext articleAppeal for witnesses after off licence robbery in Derry admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Government hasn’t followed through on mortgage arrears promises – Doherty Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme WhatsApp Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published
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Starting the 15th #cometNEOWISE may be visible in the evenings! (~9:30pm)Plus #Venus, #Mars, #Jupiter, #Saturn, & the #Moon… so much to observe in the sky this week. @AnthonyJCook2 has your weekly Sky Report, now available every Friday. Listen here:https://t.co/ASwMMQERXp pic.twitter.com/dvkD3nR5Zz— All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory (@AllSpaceCnsdrd) July 10, 2020The event is not unheard of but somewhat rare — mostly due to Mercury’s close orbit to the sun, which will obscure the planet at the end of the month. What is particularly noteworthy about the current alignment is how close four of the five planets — Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — are to each other.“Usually they’re more spread out,” Danly explained. “To get all four visible like that is a very beautiful sight.”Mercury will be gone by the end of the month, but the other four planets will be marching across the sky all summer long.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Will Tudor/iStockBy TOMMY BROOKSBANK, ABC News(NEW YORK) — If you’re looking to watch something out of this world while quarantined at home, turn off the TV and look up at the sky.Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible to the naked eye across the continental United States for the next two weeks, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed in a statement to ABC News.“We’re very lucky to have such an eye-catching lineup this summer,” Dr. Laura Danly, curator at Griffith Observatory, said. “We tend to take for granted all this stuff that is going on over our heads, but if you tune in you can see our solar system at work.”It’s going to take a little effort to catch the celestial beauty unless you’re an early riser. All five planets appear within the hour before dawn only, very low in the east. You’ll need a clear view of the horizon, and a pair of binoculars wouldn’t hurt to spot Mercury. A comet will also be visible without a telescope.