IKEA Begins Selling Solar Panels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Adam Vaughan for The Guardian:Solar panels will join tea lights and spider plants on sale at Ikea stores from Monday, despite huge government cuts to solar subsidies for homeowners.Shoppers will be able to order panels online and at three stores, initially Glasgow, Birmingham and Lakeside, before the so-called Solar Shops appear in all the Swedish company’s UK stores by summer’s end.Ikea’s new foray with energy company SolarCentury marks its second attempt to sell solar panels, after a two-year pilot with Chinese company Hanergy ended last year.The company maintains that despite low wholesale electricity prices and ministers’ 65% cut to solar incentives, after which new solar installations have crashed in the past two months, the technology makes sense for British householders.“Obviously the climate has been changing in the past year in the UK but, nonetheless, our research showed a third of homeowners would really like to invest in solar, and the majority of those are driven by the opportunity to save money,” said Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability at Ikea UK and Ireland.“Even though the feed-in tariff rate has come down, you’re still going to get a 6% rate of return on a solar installation, you’re not going to get that return on an ISA.” She admitted it was “depressing” to see the recent 75% fall in solar power capacity installed by homeowners but said “we see solar as the future”.Full article: Ikea starts selling solar panels in UK stores
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) filed for divorce last month from his second wife, Suffolk County Judge Marlene Budd, three years after the couple first announced that they were divorcing.The lawsuit was dated Nov. 6—four days after Israel won his eighth term over Republican challenger Grant Lally—and the papers were filed Nov. 12 at New York State Supreme Court in Suffolk County, according to court documents obtained by the Press.“The relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably for a period of six months or more,” says the lawsuit, which seeks equitable distribution of the marital property, plus attorney’s fees for the congressman.The couple announced their plans to split in a joint statement issued by the congressman’s office on the eve of their eighth anniversary over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, according to a Newsday report at the time. The reason for the split was not disclosed.Israel has two children from his first marriage. Budd was also married once before. They met while they were serving on the Huntington Town board together and tied the knot in 2003—a year after Israel’s first divorce and two years after he was first elected to Congress.The 56-year-old Congressman recently declined to seek a third term as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after Republicans picked up 13 seats to achieve their largest majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 83 years. The GOP also stripped Democrats of their majority in the U.S. Senate.On Dec. 30, he is scheduled to release a novel, The Global War on Morris, billed as a political satire about a pharmaceutical salesman from Long Island who cheats on his wife with a receptionist while government spies track his movements.Israel represents the Third Congressional District, which includes northeast Queens, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Smithtown. His attorney from the Commack-based firm of Sarisohn Law Partners did not return a call for comment. A representative from his congressional office declined to comment.Budd, 48, was elected to her first term as a Family Court judge in 2005 and is up for re-election in 2016. The judge was served with the papers earlier this month and must reply by the end of this year. She declined to comment.The New York Post first reported that Israel had yet to file for divorce despite the announcement three years prior, but a representative of the congressman dismissed the story as an attempt to smear him two days before Election Day.The case did not yet have a court date or an assigned judge as of this story.
continue reading » Board governance itself is a hot topic and board best practice surveys are a great way to identify key focus areas and what your board might be able to do in each area in the new year.Some examples of these studies include:Public Company Governance Survey (National Association of Corporate Directors, 2016)Leading with Intent: National Index of Nonprofit Practices(BoardSource, 2017)Entrenched or Energetic? Improving Credit Union Board Renewal (Filene & Rotman School of Management, 2015)2017 BDO Cyber Governance Survey (BDO International, 2017)2017 Board Composition and Director Recruiting (Equilar, 2017)Here is a quick view of the main themes coming from these surveys. These themes are well-aligned they are with the current conversations at CUES events and in CUES publications regarding governance practices. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Comment Advertisement Dani Ceballos scored a stoppage-time winner for Arsenal at Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie reserved special praise for Dani Ceballos after the midfielder scored a dramatic late winner in the side’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United.Nicolas Pepe converted a 25th-minute penalty after Chris Basham’s foul on Alexandre Lacazette to put the Gunners in front at Bramall Lane and Mikel Arteta’s side looked to be cruising towards the semi-finals. But David McGoldrick found an equaliser in the 87th minute to set up a tense finish before second-half substitute Ceballos immediately hit back to book Arsenal’s place at Wembley. Advertisement The Spain midfielder beat Henderson to book Arsenal’s spot at Wembley (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard, who extended his loan spell with Arsenal earlier this week, picked up the ball on the right side of the penalty area and snuck a precise shot under the body of Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReacting to Ceballos’ strike following Arsenals 2-1 victory, BT Sport pundit Van Persie said: ‘It was a very good finish. ‘He’s a very clever player because most players would cross it there.‘He waits, he sees that the back-post is free for a cross but he’s guessing, hoping that the ‘keeper gambles.‘I think the ‘keeper doesn’t do great but it’s a great goal. His idea to play it out like that from the first touch to his third touch. ‘Great goal. Beautiful play.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand praised Arsenal for their spirited response to McGoldrick’s late equaliser but felt Henderson should have dealt better with Ceballos’ strike.The ex-United and England centre-back said: ‘As a defender I would be very upset with the goalkeeper there because I’m saying to the goalkeeper, “Nothing goes through the front post”. ‘The goalkeepers’ union might suggest something different but when I was playing that’s how I would feel. ‘I’d tell my goalkeeper, “You defend the near post and if it comes across us defenders have to deal with it”. ‘He shouldn’t be scoring from there for me.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Robin van Persie delivers scathing assessment of ‘vulnerable’ David Luiz after defender signs new Arsenal dealMORE: Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva confused by ‘nervous’ Matteo Guendouzi Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jun 2020 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Robin van Persie hails ‘very clever’ Dani Ceballos after midfielder scores Arsenal’s winner against Sheffield United