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
Telecoms data grandmasters, Globacom, has thrown its weight behind Nigeria’s quest to excel at the next Special Olympic World Summer Games slated for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, from Thursday, March 14 to Thursday, March 21, 2019.Nigeria will join other 171 countries to compete for medals in track and field events, featuring athletes with intellectual disabilities; among them being those with Autism, Down’s syndrome and several forms of learning disorders.To boost the Nigerian contingent’s performance at the games, Globacom is sponsoring some of the team members to the Olympics. Executive Director, Legal Services of Globacom, Mrs. Gladys Talabi (left), presenting Globacom’s sponsorship cheque to Miss Teju Ogunlela (centre), At a brief presentation ceremony at its Mike Adenuga Towers head office in Lagos on Wednesday, the company presented cheques to three of the beneficiaries.The beneficiaries who received their cheques include; Miss Tejumola Ogunlela, aquatics; Chima Maduakor – Track and field; Oyinkansola Givens Joseph – Badminton.The donation is meant to cover the cost of training and travel for the individual athletes.Presenting the cheques to the athletes, Globacom’s Executive Director of Legal Services, Mrs. Gladys Talabi said that it was not the first time the company was supporting the Nigerian Contingent to the Special Olympics, recalling that in 2011, Globacom sponsored the Nigerian contingent who returned from Athens in Greece with a total of 27 medals comprising nine gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.Talabi said that the company was sponsoring this year’s participation because it believes in the goals of the games, which include, among other things, to improve lives of the special children, helping them to reach their full potential, and to create greater social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.She commended the young athletes, for their courage and determination even in the face of disability.According to her it was not compulsory that the team should win medals, saying that the fact that they were bold enough to dare in spite of their challenges was victory on its own.“You are already champions for daring to step out to compete on the world stage; your spirit and your courage have made you winners,” she said, adding that Globacom is strongly behind them in their quest to make the country proud.Also speaking on behalf of the Nigerian contingent to the Special Olympics, Mr. Adeola Oladugba was full of appreciation for Globacom.He promised that the team would make Globacom, all the sponsors and the nation of Nigeria in general, proud.Mr. Bode Ogunlela, father of one of the athletes, on behalf of all the parents said that Globacom has contributed to the happiness of the special children.The beneficiaries, who are challenged with different kinds of speech and hearing impediments, also made brave and bold attempts to express their gratitude to their sponsors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 38 points and Stephen Curry hit six three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a lopsided 113-91 win in the first game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.The highly-anticipated meeting between the defending champion Cavaliers and the top-seeded Warriors did not disappoint initially, with sensational dunks by LeBron James and Durant during a see-sawing first quarter.But the wheels came off quickly for the visiting Cavaliers in the second half, with Durant sinking a three-pointer and Warriors center Zaza Pachulia hitting a lay-up on their way to a 10-0 run.The final outcome was all but a formality by the start of the fourth quarter as the Warriors forged 21 points ahead.The Warriors, who had not played in nine days, were rusty at the outset, missing shots close to the basket and looking anxious when they had possession.”Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups,” said Curry. “A little gun shy with our shots. But our defense allowed us to create some momentum until we got our flow.”But the Cavaliers hurt themselves with 20 turnovers, tying an NBA record for a playoff or Finals game.The Warriors, meanwhile, committed just four, tying the record for the fewest in a Finals game.The Warriors and Cavaliers are meeting in their third consecutive Finals, a matchup many predicted when the season began after Golden State signed Durant in a blockbuster move. The Warriors won the 2015 championship but let a 3-1 lead slip last year as James’s Cavaliers finally brought the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Ohio.The Warriors know better than to relax against James and their rivals, Durant said.”We’re playing a great team, we’re playing the champs. You know they’re not going to give up at all,” he said on court.The Warriors improved their postseason record to an unprecedented 13-0 while the Cavaliers suffered just their second loss since the playoffs began in mid-April. “It wasn’t just the third quarter, it was the whole game,” James, who gave up eight turnovers, told reporters after the Cavaliers were outscored by 13 points in the period.”It started with myself having some turnovers, especially in the first half. I pride myself on not turning the ball over and I did it too much.”When asked what was different about the Warriors compared to their two previous Finals, James was succinct.”K.D.,” he said, referring to Durant.”We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us,” he said. The teams will meet again in Oakland on Sunday for Game Two of the best-of-seven series.
Facebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersMaintenance crews at the Public Works Department are gearing up for a second round of winter weather. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thurston County beginning this evening through Saturday afternoon. The storm is expected to bring four to six inches of new snow to the region.“We are prepared to run snowplows both day and night throughout the weekend, and into next week if needed,” said Lucy Mills, Roads Operations Division Manager for Thurston County Public Works.Expanded operations, including 24-hour schedules for county road crews, began this morning. Road Operations regularly maintains a fleet of plows, anti-icing trucks and graders for significant weather events and have spent the past week stockpiling sand and anti-icing agents in anticipation of additional snow accumulations.“When we clear county roads, priority is given to major arterials and those connecting emergency services. We ask our residents to be patient this weekend and know that we are doing everything we can to clear roads as safe and efficiently as possible,” added Mills.Information about roads, including up-to-date information about road closures, snow and ice removal maps, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Thurston County Public Works Winter and Storm Response website. The Public Works Department also provides real-time information about roads on twitter @Thurston_PW.Mills added that, in the event of significant snow accumulations, the best option for residents is to stay at home. However, if traveling is necessary, make sure to drive with adequate snow tires or chains and remember to stay a safe distance away from snowplows operating on roads.In anticipation of the upcoming snow, the Solid Waste Division is also closing the Rainer and Rochester Drop-Box Facilities for the weekend. The Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) is currently scheduled to be open during normal operating hours. However, WARC staff will monitor weather conditions and respond as necessary, which may include early closure.With heavy snow and colder temperatures, Thurston County Emergency Management advises residents to take the following precautions.In case of power outages: Do not run a generator or burn charcoal in an enclosed space. Never operate an unvented gas-burning appliance in a closed room or in a room in which you are sleeping. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide buildup from burning charcoal or a running generator.Do not walk across or touch downed power lines.Avoid overexertion. Pace yourself when shoveling snow.Clear flat roofs of snow.Check on elderly friends and neighbors—before, during, and after extreme weather events.Avoid driving in snowy or icy conditions. If you must drive, keep an emergency kit in your car that includes bottled water and high energy, non-perishable food, an extra blanket, warm clothes, a battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries. Also, please let a friend or relative know when you’re leaving, your destination, and when you expect to arrive.Protect your pets by keeping them sheltered from the cold.Stay tuned to local media for updates and advisories. Keep a battery-powered radio and extra batteries handy.Details on emergency preparedness are available from the Thurston County Emergency Management office at 360-867-2800 or online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em. You can also follow Emergency Management on Facebook at /ThurstonEM and Twitter at @_ThurstonEM