FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The UK’s electricity system recorded its “greenest” ever month in May after running without coal-fired electricity for a full calendar month.The National Grid, the energy system operator, said the country’s sunniest spring on record helped generate enough solar power to reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded. The bright and breezy weather helped wind and solar power make up about 28% of Britain’s electricity last month, narrowly behind gas-fired power generation, which made up 30% of the energy mix.Meanwhile, the record low demand for electricity during the coronavirus lockdown has left little room for the UK’s last remaining coal power plants to play a role.Since April, the UK’s electricity system has run without coal-fired power for about 54 consecutive days, which has helped the carbon intensity of the electricity grid fall to the lowest average carbon intensity on record at 143 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour.The record was possible, in part, because of the collapse of energy demand in the UK caused by the coronavirus lockdown and two bank holidays in a fortnight. But the chief reason was the unseasonably sunny spring weather, said Roisin Quinn, head of National Grid’s control centre.“Great Britain’s incredible coal-free run has continued throughout May, giving us the first full calendar month – 744 straight hours – of electricity generation without coal since the Industrial Revolution,” Quinn said.[Jillian Ambrose]More: UK electricity coal free for first month ever U.K. electricity grid goes coal-free for first month since Industrial Revolution
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nail Salon (Photo: NCPD)Nassau County police said Tuesday that they believe three armed nail salon robberies over the last eight days are all connected.News that the robberies are related comes one day after another nail salon was hit, this time in New Hyde Park, by a white male armed with a black handgun.Police believe the same man is responsible for at least two previous armed robberies in Valley Stream on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27—both on Rockaway Avenue.All three robberies have occurred on weekdays between 6 and 8 p.m., police said.The suspect enters the business around closing time, brandishes a black handgun and states: “This is a robbery, open the register,” police said.“Merchants should always be aware of their surroundings with emphasis during opening and closing hours,” police said in a statement, adding that businesses should call 911 if they notice any suspicious activity.The man is believed to be between 40-60 years old, with a thin build and between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6, police said. He also uses a mask or bandana to cover his face.The suspect hit Tiffany’s Nail & Spa and Nail Fetish—both in Valley Stream—on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.Monday’s armed robbery occurred at Cleo Nails and Spa on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park. In that incident, the suspect was wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue scarf, black hat and black pants and was armed with a black handgun, when he entered the business and demanded cash. Two customers and one employee were inside the salon during the robbery.Suffolk County police are also investigating two separate nail salon robberies in Islip—Nail Tek and Diamond Nails—that took place less than an hour apart on Dec. 13. In both cases, an armed robber ran out with cash, police said. The two robberies remain unsolved. Police haven’t said if they’re connected to the three in Nassau.Police are asking anyone who can identify the suspect or has any information regarding the robberies, to call the Robbery Squad at 516-573-8040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.
continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Department of Defense informed NAFCU in a letter that, at this time, it would not delay its Oct. 3 implementation date for credit card compliance under the Military Lending Act rule.The letter was signed by Virginia Penrod, chief of staff in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense. She notes in the letter that she has been delegated the authority to act on behalf of the DoD; to date, there are no political appointees named to this office.She was responding to a letter sent to the DoD in March from NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. The MLA rule took effect last October, but it included a one-year limited exemption for credit cards. In her letter, Hunt pointed to a need for more clarity in the rule and urged an immediate extension of the credit card account compliance deadline.
104SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dr. Brandi Stankovic Dr. Brandi Stankovic is an organizational change expert, motivational speaker, professor, artist and mommy who inspires firms globally with her models of leadership, engagement, and award-winning education. She is the … Web: www.cusolutionsgroup.com Details Without an understanding of basic financial concepts, how do you expect to manage your money wisely? The answer is getting educated. Financial literacy is everything because it is one of the greatest challenges people have today. With student loan debt, predatory lenders and a lack of savings for emergency situations, today is the day to change your financial future. Here are 5 kick ass strategies and a bonus 5 financial tools to make a difference today!:AskIf there is something you do not know about money, ask. If there is a bill you cannot pay, ask. 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It allows you to do the things you want to do or build the business you want to build. You do not have to be money hungry, but understand your finances and manage it accordingly.Another great adage by Ben Franklin from the 1700s: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Have a savings plan, create financial goals for yourself and your family.Kick Ass Bonus: 5 Tools To Improve Your Financial Success! Save 15% to 20% of every paycheck. Do this until you build a reserve that will last you three to six months. Ten years ago, this advice would have been a maximum three-month reserve. But with the recent recession taught us it can take much longer to find a job in a crisis situation. Be prepared. Track your expenses. This is the most important part of creating a budget. Get a notebook and keep a log. Or put in an Excel file if you prefer. So often people do not know how much they spend, and therefore how much money they have available for discretionary expenses. 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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old Coram man was arrested Friday for allegedly exposing himself to a teenager in Selden, Suffolk County police said.Arshad Syed Humza was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Syed Humza was driving a 2010 Nissan north on Boyle Road and Strauss Avenue at 5 p.m. when he pulled up to a 15-year-old girl walking along the street, police said. He asked if she needed a ride, but the girl declined, police said. Syed Humzah allegedly continued to follow the teen and asked for directions, police said. When the girl approached his car, Syed Humzah allegedly exposed his genitals to her, police said. The girl went home and notified her parents and was also able to provide authorities with a license plate number, police said. Syed Humzah will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.
58 Hibiscus Lane, Holloways Beach QLD, 4878Holloways Beach comes with not only proximity to one of Cairns’ most popular swimming spots but also laid-back, local restaurants and cafes and a small shopping village.Several parks, playgrounds, resorts, BMX track, kindergarten, tennis and basketball courts, croquet and Australian rules clubs, the Men’s Shed, book club and a boat ramp round out this jewel on the northern beaches. It is also only 10 minutes from James Cook University, a major shopping centre and the city’s domestic and international airports.Surrounded by mangrove flats and creeks, Holloways — as the locals call it — is home to some great recreational fishing spots.Visitors flock from all over the Far North for the suburb’s markets, an eclectic mix of second-hand goods, locally made food and clothes.The area is believed to be named after farmer Richard Holloway who came to Cairns in 1910 and worked in the area in 1926.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe area was officially named Holloway in 1951, renamed Holloway Beach in 1971 and then Holloways Beach in 1981.In 2002, the area was gazetted as a suburb of Cairns.Holloways Beach offers a variety of homes and townhouses to suit any budget but is one of the few places in the city offering the chance to own truly beachfront property.Residents of Holloways Beach enjoy walking down the road for a coffee or beer at Strait on the Beach and watching amazing sunrises and sunsets, not to mention seeing the moon rise up over the Coral Sea.A host of charming small businesses and popular recreational facilities complement the suburb’s picturesque tropical coastline, including Vitalia’s Italian Restaurant, Holloways Pizza & Pasta, the Bamboo Snack Shack and Richard’s Salt and Pepper Takeaway.The suburb is also home to children’s author Kim Crijns who wrote Luki Saves Lives.Forty-nine houses have been sold in Holloways Beach over the past years with a median price of $400,000.Homes spend on average 50 days on the market and the beachside real estate is some of the most tightly held with residents keeping the same property for an average of 13.6 years.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still haven’t reached Pele’s level according to Brazilian legend Tostao. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football since their respective debuts and are regarded as two of the greatest ever. However, World Cup winner Tostao was quick to explain why the Barcelona and Juventus forwards can’t compare to Pele quite yet. He told FIFA.com per IBTimes: “I think Pele was better than all of them. For me, there’s no comparison. Pele was far more complete. He had every quality that a forward could have. He didn’t have one defect. Loading… “Messi’s spectacular, but he doesn’t head the ball like Pele did, he doesn’t shoot as well with both feet, he doesn’t pull off the moves that Pele did. Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional player, but he doesn’t have the ability that Pele had and he doesn’t pull off the incredible passes that Pele did. “If you take the qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, put them together, then you’d have a player to compare to Pele!” The former midfielder also addressed Diego Maradona’s standings in the ‘GOAT’ debate. “Maradona was spectacular, but he wasn’t on Pele’s level physically, he didn’t score the numbers of goals Pele did,” he explained. Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo while in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff. “Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 When Pele himself was drawn into the Messi vs Ronaldo chatter, he opted for Ronaldo as he is “more consistent”. “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pele told YouTube channel Pilhado per Daily Mail. “I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.” Despite his glowing praise of the duo, Pele still arrived at a simple conclusion when deciding who is the best of all time – himself. “It is a question that is difficult to answer,” he begun when asked who is the best. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic
Mike Ashley will share out £1million between Newcastle’s ancillary staff if the Magpies beat Arsenal on Sunday. Press Association Press Association Sport understands club owner Ashley will hand the windfall to non-playing and coaching staff if Alan Pardew’s men end a difficult season in style. The Gunners will arrive at St James’ Park needing a victory to guarantee a top-four finish with north London rivals Tottenham, who face Sunderland at White Hart Lane, hot on their heels. Newcastle secured their Barclays Premier League status with a 2-1 win at QPR last weekend, but desperately want to end their campaign with three points having lost 3-0 to neighbours Sunderland and 6-0 to Liverpool in their last two home games. The Magpies could yet finish as high as 10th if they beat Arsenal, although even that would fall short of expectations after last season’s heroics.
Northern Ireland have not won since August 2011, when they defeated the lowly Faroe Islands 4-0 at home, losing eight and drawing five of the subsequent 13 games. Their home form has been a particular cause of disappointment, drawing with Azerbaijan and Luxembourg during the current World Cup qualifying campaign and losing 2-0 to Israel in their previous outing at Windsor Park. He feels playing for his country helped him climb the ladder and reminded Liverpool teenager Ryan McLaughlin – who has recently made himself unavailable for international duty in a bid to focus on his fledgling club career – of that. “For me international football is a massive shop window,” he said. “Some lads are not getting a sniff in their first team…but if you can do it here, then not only your club is going to notice but also other teams who could take you on loan and get you in, get you fit and get you first-team football. “It’s a no-brainer for me but I don’t know for others, how they’ve been advised or what’s going on behind the scenes. “For me the chance to play international football at such a young age (as McLaughlin) is something you can’t beat and I find it hard to understand. “You talk about Ryan and I know him, he’s a good lad and it’s disappointing he won’t be used but he wants to focus on getting into the Liverpool team first. “I’ve spoken with him and it will just take time, he’ll hopefully come back and play for us.” The meeting with Fabio Capello’s Russia represents another chance to restore the feelgood factor to a ground that has become an increasingly unsettled environment for the home side during their lean patch. McAuley appreciates the supporters’ recent frustrations and has assured them the players share the sentiment. “We need to put some results back into it. We’ve been not getting results when we thought we should have but it’s about not getting frustrated too,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than coming away and getting frustrated through not getting results and getting frustrated at ourselves. “It’s never nice, even worse when you’re getting booed off by your own crowd. It’s like you’ve let the whole country down really and nobody appreciates that you’ve run about and tried and you take that away with you. You take it to heart a bit but you can’t carry it around with you and take it back to your club. “The thing is there is so much time between games and that’s when it can become frustrating.” Despite the trials and tribulations that come with being a Northern Ireland player, West Brom regular McAuley remains a vocal advocate of international football. The 33-year-old has more perspective on the issue than most, playing semi-professionally in the Irish League until 2004 and gradually working his way up to the Barclays Premier League via Lincoln, Leicester and Ipswich. Gareth McAuley admits Northern Ireland’s long winless run has cut the players deep and left them desperate to restore some pride with a positive result against Russia on Wednesday. Press Association
The Clarets were relegated at the weekend despite a 1-0 win at Hull and will make a swift return to the Sky Bet Championship after just one season in the big time. Potential suitors were already circling around star striker Danny Ings before the drop was confirmed, but chief executive Lee Hoos has already indicated that the club will not have to sell as a result, and midfielder Arfield is hopeful Sean Dyche’s men can start once again with the team spirit they have forged largely intact. “We have managed things well and the whole point of building a squad is to try to hold on to what you have and then build from there. “I can’t predict the future and what might happen to individuals, but last time we were relegated we were forced to sell players to balance the books. “We won’t be in that position next season and we are now in a position where we can remind the players what we are capable of and that the best way to get to the Premier League is to stick with us and help take us back there.” Scott Arfield is confident Burnley can keep the bulk of their squad together to mount a bid for an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League. He told the club’s official website, www.burnleyfootballclub.com: “I think that is massive. What the gaffer has built here is a side with great ability, but it’s also about the team spirit and togetherness we’ve got. “Once you’ve had a taste of this division, you want to get back here as soon as possible and that’s definitely what we’ve got to do next year. “I think the majority of the squad will still be here next season. The way the players come in and talk about the club every day and the buzz to come in every day in training. “The boys that are in contract know it’s a fantastic place to be and we want to get back to what we did last season and get back to the Premier League. “The bigger picture is massive and I think what the gaffer has instilled is that belief to go and attack teams and the freedom to go out and play. “It’s a manager you want to play under and the longer he stays at the football club, I’m sure it will be in really good hands.” Hoos had earlier confirmed that the club’s healthy financial situation means there will be no fire sale this summer. He said: “We are in the fortunate position right now where we will not be forced to sell anyone for financial reasons. Press Association