Speed camera operators have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot counted yesterday (Fri). The trade union Siptu said its members employed by GoSafe overwhelmingly backed industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot conducted on Friday, according to The Irish Times. Siptu organiser Brendan Carr said: “Our members were left with no option other than to vote for industrial action due to the continued refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation which confirms that it is Siptu representatives who have the sole right to negotiate on behalf of its members with management. “Our members have serious concerns relating to working conditions at the company. The employees of GoSafe were frustrated in their attempts to negotiate with their employer as it refused to attend the conciliation services of the State.”Mr Carr criticised what he described as “ the unacceptable practice of Government departments issuing contracts for State services to companies who refuse to engage with the industrial relations bodies of the State”.“This is a completely unacceptable situation when such companies are in receipt of large amounts of public funds.”He said Siptu wrote to Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to its members’ concerns. “Union representatives asked to meet with the Minister to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it prior to any industrial action, which could impact on the operation of measures to ensure road safety. “Unfortunately, the Minister declined to intervene, despite the possible serious implications on road safety which is one of his key responsibilities.”Speed-camera operators vote for strike action was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
More PR woesIvanpah has suffered a variety of public setbacks since it went online in 2014, including reports that birds flying into concentrated beams of sunlight were being killed. One report last year estimated 3,504 bird deaths per year could be attributed to the plant.The plant has not been able to produce as much electricity as its contracts required. Two of the units, under contract to Pacific Gas and Electric, are supposed to produce 640,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, according to The Wall Street Journal, but actually made about 45% of that in 2014 and 68% in 2015. The California Public Utilities Commission in March voted to give plant operators a year to correct the problem.BrightSource, one of three owners, said that performance has steadily improved since the project was completed, and that a “multi-year performance learning curve has always been assumed since the earliest stages of planning.”In an online statement titled “The top five things some media can’t seem to remember about Ivanpah,” BrightSource said that it “remains confident that Ivanpah will operate successfully” over its 30-year life. “It is designed specifically to minimize impacts on native ecosystems, and our comprehensive set of best practices positively address site selection, low-impact design, water usage, air quality and species protection,” the statement says. It adds that bird deaths have been exaggerated, and that unpredictable weather is partly to blame for lower-than-expected output. A fire last week damaged one of three towers at the huge Ivanpah solar thermal facility in the Mohave desert, but the real threat to the facility’s long-term relevance appears to be economics.The incident left metal pipes in steam-generating equipment near the top of the 459-foot tower scorched and melted, according to a report at Wired. The fire is one more PR headache for the world’s largest solar facility.The towers at Ivanpah are surrounded by 173,000 pairs of computer-controlled mirrors, each the size of a garage door, that focus sunlight on a boiler to produce steam and drive a generator. A misalignment of mirrors may have been the cause of the fire, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said, but NRG Energy, which operates the $2.2 billion plant, said it was too soon to tell. The Los Angeles Times said the fire was minor. A plant worker was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher.There was no immediate word on when the tower would be back online. A second tower is undergoing routine maintenance, so the fire on May 19 effectively brought the production of electricity to one-third of capacity. Concentrated solar can only get so much cheaper and won’t enjoy the same decline in operating costs as PV, suggested Adam Schultz, program manager at the UC Davis Energy Institute. “You’re not going to see the same thing with concentrated solar power plants because it’s mostly just a big steel and glass project.”Among other drawbacks, concentrated solar plants need a lot of land. Ivanpah is spread over 3,500 acres, while PV panels can be mounted on rooftops or on small tracts of land in whatever numbers make the most sense for the project.Ivanpah also is complex. Getting hundreds of thousands of mirrors to align correctly is a challenge that makes the plant difficult to run. A glitch can send sunlight slightly off course, as might have been the case with last week’s fire.“The sheer size of these plants make it easy to overlook one little flaw,” Tyler Ogden, an analyst at Lux Research, told Wired. Solar Thermal Plant Blamed for Bird DeathsIf a Solar Plant Uses Natural Gas, Is It Still Green?In Clash of Greens, a Case for Large-Scale Solar Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape Electricity from photovoltaics is cheaperA bigger threat to the plant is a financial one, according to the Wired story. When the plant was still on the drawing boards in 2007, Wired said, the cost of electricity from the facility would have been about the same as making it with photovoltaic (PV) panels. Since then, the cost of PV modules has plummeted. PV-generated electricity has come down to about 6 cents per kilowatt hour while the cost of power from concentrated solar plants like Ivanpah is 15 to 20 cents per kWh. RELATED ARTICLES
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Arnaut Groeneveld’s first international goal helped Netherlands to a 1-1 friendly draw and brought Belgium’s run of four consecutive wins to an end.Roberto Martinez’s side had bounced back in style from their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to France – defeating England, Scotland, Iceland and Switzerland – but had to settle for a draw against their neighbours at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.The hosts had started brightly, taking a fifth-minute lead through Dries Mertens’ 16th international goal, but were pegged back in the 27th minute when Groeneveld – making his first start for Ronald Koeman’s side – slotted in from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Substitute Michy Batshuayi looked threatening during the second half, but was unable to find a goal that would have extended the Red Devils’ winning streak.Follow the leader leader leader ! @dries_mertens14 #REDTOGETHER 🇧🇪#BELNED pic.twitter.com/MfcUNVnIeJ— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 16, 2018Belgium started in ominous fashion and were soon ahead. Donny van de Beek’s headed clearance went only as far as Mertens, who cracked a stunning half-volley into Jasper Cillessen’s top-left corner from 15 yards.A stretching Romelu Lukaku headed over from Mertens’ cross soon after, while Simon Mignolet thwarted a clean-through Memphis Depay midway through the first half.Koeman’s side then took full advantage of Timothy Castagne’s wayward pass, Depay sliding across the face of goal for Groeneveld to slot under Mignolet from eight yards.Quincy Promes came agonisingly close to handing Koeman’s side the lead soon after, but his fizzing left-foot strike from 25 yards crashed back off the post, while Eden Hazard clipped just past the upright as the sides went into the interval level.Belgium’s Batshuayi – who replaced Lukaku at the break – and Youri Tielemans both flashed efforts wide of Cillessen’s right-hand post within minutes of the restart.The closing stages saw Mignolet paw away Nathan Ake’s header, before the lively Batshuayi almost won it at the other end late on, only for Cillessen to push away his instinctive effort, ensuring a share of the spoils. What does it mean: Belgium fade away after electric startAfter four wins on the spin and an early goal, it would not have been a surprise to see Belgium punish their visitors even further. Netherlands are rejuvenated, however, and – after a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Germany last week – demonstrated they are made of sterner stuff under Koeman.Depay delivers for DutchThe Lyon forward was full of his usual tricks and flicks but had the substance to back up his style. His pass for Groeneveld’s leveller was clinical and he was unlucky not to cap his sparkling display with a goal.Batshuayi blows his chanceBatshuayi looked lively during a second half disrupted by a raft of substitutions, but the Valencia striker will know that the only way to either displace or partner Lukaku in Belgium’s first-choice XI is to finish chances when they fall his way.What’s next?Both sides return to Nations League action in November. Belgium face Iceland and Switzerland in League A Group 2, while Koeman’s side take on World Cup winners France and then Germany in Group 1. read more
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane hails goalscorers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with their Brazilians for the 2-0 win over Osasuna.Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo stole the show with their goals and Zidane praised the Brazilian pair.”I”m happy for them,” he explained.”Sometimes we forget that they’re both teenagers and we saw the emotion of scoring at the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu.”I liked Rodrygo’s control, and scoring here for Vinicius was very important so he’s very happy.”Madrid were tight and compact defensively, finally keeping a clean sheet, which pleased the coach.”It’s what we’ve been looking for,” Zidane admitted.”I think we’re better and we’ll try to continue this way.”When we don’t have the ball, everyone is worried about recovering it and then with the ball we know the quality we have.”
zoom Dry bulk shipping companies Safe Bulkers and Eagle Bulk Shipping have been added to the Russell 3000 Index as part of Russell indexes annual reconstitution.“We are very pleased to be included in the Russell 3000 Index as it provides us with increased visibility within the investment community,” Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.Membership in the Russell 3000® Index means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000® Index or small-cap Russell 2000® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.The Russell US Indexes are designed as the building blocks of a broad range of financial products, such as index tracking funds, derivatives and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), as well as being performance benchmarks for active investment strategies. Approximately USD 8.5 trillion in assets are benchmarked to Russell’s US indexes.
TOKYO – Snoopy may be joining Sony.Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. said Monday that it is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown.Sony Music Entertainment signed a deal with DHX Media, based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to acquire 49 per cent of the 80 per cent stake DHX holds in Peanuts.Under the deal, Sony Music will own 39 per cent and DHX 41 per cent. The family members of Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, will continue to own 20 per cent of Peanuts. The parties hope to complete the acquisition on or about June 30, according to Tokyo-based Sony.Sony said it sees Peanuts as “world class,” and hopes to use its character business expertise to strengthen the brand and push the business to grow. Snoopy and other Peanuts characters are extremely popular in Japan, featured in a variety of everyday goods from T-shirts to plastic chopsticks.The comic series was translated into Japanese decades ago, becoming an instant hit.DHX is a leading children’s content and brand company, known for Strawberry Shortcake as well as producing children’s shows, in addition to Peanuts.Sony has a range of characters under its wings, including those from its PlayStation video games. Its film division makes the Spider-man movie series.Peanuts began as a comic, first published in American newspapers in 1950. It’s now carried in 2,200 newspapers around the world in 21 languages. In 2020, it will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Schultz, who used to say that all he wanted to do was to “draw funny pictures,” died in 2000.The popularity of Peanuts stems partly from its ability to connect with a wide audience through its poetic portrayal of a children’s world, exploring with sensitivity and humour themes such as failure, heartbreak and pursuit of music.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama
ROME — After a raucous session, the Italian Senate has approved a national budget law that was tweaked in a bid to satisfy European Union concerns.Much of the Italian government’s planned spending in 2019, which won passage in Parliament’s upper chamber about 3 a.m. Sunday, satisfies the expensive campaign promises by Italy’s populist coalition. Those including rolling back pension changes and guaranteeing income for the jobless or underemployed.Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government is rushing to win final approval of the budget in the lower Chamber of Deputies later this week. The EU commission could trigger sanctions if the revised budget doesn’t pass by Dec. 31.Opposition parties are blasting the budget as short on investments to revive Italy’s struggling economy.The Associated Press
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Friday slated to inaugurate the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers on Saturday. With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “All the station buildings have at least two TOM (Ticket Office Machine) counters with one counter located at a lower height for facility of differently-abled commuters,” the DMRC said. This would be the second metro corridor in Ghaziabad, after the Blue Line, which links Delhi to the neighbouring city in Vaishali. The extension of Delhi Metro’s Red Line will connect residents of Ghaziabad to with various parts of the National Capital Region (NCR). “Currently, commuters have to rely on other modes of transport from Dilshad Garden to reach Sahibabad and further to Ghaziabad. Now with extension of metro, connectivity to Mohan Nagar from Dilshad Garden could also improve considerably,” he told reporters during a preview of the new corridor. After the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will span 336.6 km with 244 metro stations. The DMRC’s span in Uttar Pradesh would be 52.85 km.