A third of Pasma Electrical work to replace faulty solar panels

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first_imgElectricians are warning Cairns residents about incorrect and poorly installed solar panels in the region. Nathan Trigilio and Lachlan Pearce of Pasma Electrical have been busy fixing jobs where solar paneling has been incorrectly installed. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEMORE than 75 per cent of solar panels installed in Cairns homes could be at risk of catching fire or being blown away during a storm because of low quality, faults or poor installation.Pasma Electrical boss Bill Melville said he had capped solar panel replacement and repair work at 30 per cent of his business.“We could put on more crews who could retrofit and replace them but the sparkies don’t want to do it because it’s double the work,” he said.“We inherit people’s problems, we want to do new installs.“It’s endemic. If there are 25,000 solar systems in the city then close to 20,000 are underperforming, or illegally installed, or the consumer has bought faulty equipment.”Mr Melville said homeowners who bought “cheap and cheerful” systems not suited to Australian conditions were disappointed when they disintegrated quickly.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Usually six to nine months later when they get their bill they realise the system’s not working,” he said.“One business owner in town had it for four years before he realised it wasn’t reducing his power bills.“I’ve dealt with 500 solar systems which have caught fire. If it was any other industry there would be a class action.”Mr Melville encouraged consumers to buy the best equipment and avoid devices that include a central converter with a DC system.“If there is not an Australian-based warehouse and an Australian landline to call avoid it,” he said. “A normal family, on a 5kw system might spend $5000, but in reality the materials cost more than $5000. Good quality systems start at $1650 per kilowatt.“And buy from a publicly-listed company, so what it says on the package, that is what it is.”last_img read more

Water Resource Minister wants citizens to conserve water

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first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Water Resource Minister, Reginald AustrieMinister for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie wants nationals to become more conscious about water conversation.Water conservation refers to reducing the usage of water.Hon. Austrie made the appeal as he addressed residents of Grand Fond this week, as they witnessed the contract signing for commencement of work on a new water supply project.“Water is life but it’s also a scarce resource. Water is said to be more important than oil in the Middle East because you can live without oil but I’m not sure how long you can live without water. We must not waste it and we must not take it for granted… Let us close the taps and not allow water to run unnecessarily because the water you waste, a million people could do with just one drop of it.”He also noted to residents of Grand Fond that they know all too well about the inadequacies of the current water system in that community, so they too have to be conscious of the water consumption once the project has been completed.Government Information Service 25 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Water Resource Minister wants citizens to conserve water by: – June 15, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

Publix to start one-way isles to further social distancing

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first_imgTo further encourage social distancing, Publix is implementing one direction shopping isles.The grocery chain says the new measure will hopefully create more space between customers searching for items on the same isle by cutting down on the traffic flow:“The health and well-being of our customers, associates and communities are our top priority,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement to WPTV. “To help with customer traffic flow, we have added directional markings, companywide, to our aisles. This will allow customers and associates to better distance themselves while on the aisles.”The news comes in conjunction with other measures such as employees being able to wear gloves and face mask after several Publix employees became ill.The store has also installed Plexiglas barriers between cashiers and customers, and no-touch pay options at some locations.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to Boston College to cap off 3-9 season

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first_img Published on November 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — It’s finally over.Syracuse’s downward spiral of a season — one that was effectively over when SU fell out of bowl contention, and one that felt over well before then — officially met its end with the final whistle of the Orange’s (3-9, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) 28-7 loss to Boston College (7-5, 4-4) on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. Having dropped nine of its last 10 games, Syracuse finishes the injury-plagued season with just three wins for the first time since 2008.“It was one of those years, very difficult season for us,” SU head coach Scott Shafer. “We had a lot of uncontrollable moments, a lot of things that weren’t easy for our kids and our coaches, to be honest with you.”Some of the season-long themes carried through Saturday’s loss, like SU’s special teams woes and its defense turning in another stout performance to keep its offense within distance despite its continued inability to sustain drives.When the Eagles’ Myles Willis returned Saturday’s opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, it resembled the returns by Duke and Pittsburgh to the end zone that were called back in SU’s last two games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut this one counted, and BC took all of 12 seconds to generate more points on a special teams return than SU did all season.Quarterback AJ Long provided the equalizer near the end of the quarter with a 4-yard run for a score. But that would be his lone highlight in the game — even with a restored starting offensive line.He finished 7-for-18 passing for 59 yards and didn’t add much, if anything, to his case for taking Terrel Hunt’s job next season. Austin Wilson’s last pass attempt of the game, a fourth-quarter interception, didn’t either. As the most-tested youth SU has, their struggles cast doubt on the Orange’s future.“Looking from the outside in, everybody would see this as, ‘Ah, this was a poor season,’” Long said. “It was a poor season football-wise. But by far … this is my favorite season of football I’ve ever played.”The SU defense forced a fumble to end BC’s next possession, but after instigating a chippy mini-brawl with the Eagles, SU had to put Riley Dixon to use for one of his nine punts.Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy hit wide receiver Sherman Alston on a wheel route for a 26-yard touchdown, exposing a Syracuse secondary that will be much more unproven next year, when cornerback Brandon Reddish and as many as three safeties are gone.A pair of rushing touchdowns, including a 42-yard score by Baldwinsville native Tyler Rouse, ran up the final margin of victory for Boston College.As SU’s players slowly walked off the Alumni Stadium field, they were surrounded by fans invading the field in celebration of a team that has one more game on its schedule.“It’s tough because you have to think and understand why and, at the same time, what we didn’t do wrong,” senior left tackle Sean Hickey said of the season. “… There were some things that we couldn’t control, but there was a lot that we could’ve.”Syracuse’s seniors didn’t leave without positive notes — Prince-Tyson Gulley dashed through a hole in an SU offensive line one last time for a 30-yard gain, and outside linebackers Cam Lynch and Dyshawn Davis were tackling machines for one final game.But now, the future of SU is in the hands of its youth. For weeks, Shafer has spoken positively of the experience his underclassmen have received due to the myriad of injuries that befell the Orange.At face value the on-field results, for the time being, don’t forecast much success for Syracuse going forward.“You never work to go 3-9,” SU left guard Rob Trudo said. “But I mean, there’s nothing you can do about it. You just get played the wrong cards sometimes.”Only time will tell for certain if the Orange’s youth is handed a better deck. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Retirement reception for Wellington Fire Department employee Bill Hellard to be held Friday

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first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Karen Rowe · 307 weeks ago Congratulations, Bill, on retirement. Enjoy all the time available to do what you want, when you want. Thank you for always helping us at GKN. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Bill HellardSumner Newscow report — Wellington Fire Department employee Bill Hellard will be having a retirement party at the Wellington City Public Safety Building on Sept. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.There will be a come-and-go reception with cake and refreshments served. For more information contact: 620-326-7443. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Iowa school superintendents say small funding increases won’t do

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first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa lawmakers head into the third week of the 2020 legislative session and school funding has already become a key topic. The state has increased spending for K-12 students in recent years, but education advocates are convinced state leaders could be doing more.The past few school-funding increases have been between 1% and 2%. Roark Horn, executive director of School Administrators of Iowa, says people in charge of the school districts are telling him that isn’t enough to keep up with their annual costs.“You think about the increase in health insurance costs, [that] would be an example,” says Horn. “Those are not something districts can necessarily contain.”Horn’s group is asking for a 3.75% increase in state funding to help with those rising expenses. In a statement, Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’ll propose a 2.5% hike, but declined to say whether she’d endorse anything beyond that amount.She says her increase builds on “historic investments in K-through-12 funding.” But those who want to see more school spending say that can be misleading – since recent hikes don’t match with inflation.Horn says the school administrators realize that what the governor is proposing is a larger increase than what they’ve seen in recent years. But they still feel they owe it to students and parents to ask for more.“It’s really not enough to be able to provide the education that I think Iowans expect out of their schools,” says Horn.After accounting for salaries, he adds, most districts only have about 20% of their funds left to deal with extra – but important – costs, such as health insurance and facilities. He says cutting into salaries, which are negotiated, is hard because they want to attract quality teachers.last_img read more

Boardroom decisions to ponder

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first_imgMuch has been discussed here and elsewhere about pending action at the XV IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) World Championships in Athletics. Track and field is, by far, Jamaica’s most successful sport. Its biennial showpiece happens in the Chinese city of Beijing, competition lasting from August 22 to 30. It marks a highly anticipated revisit to the Bird’s Nest Stadium, where Jamaica’s sprinters staged a major coup at the Olympics in 2008. In six events, including the sprint relays, five gold medals went to the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz. That a season-long, high-riding, twice-convicted drug cheat, Justin Gatlin, is part of the USA’s spoil-the-island party only enhances the hype. One expects, following a telling London Diamond League experience, the big man himself, Usain Bolt, will make it a spectacle that only dreams can envisage. That excitement aside, there will be boardroom decisions to ponder. From them will surface a separate brand of doubts, drama, and disappointments. Come August 18-20, the hosts, the IAAF, will be holding their 50th congress. Being an even-numbered staging, elections for official positions in the hierarchy will be held. It is a contradiction of sorts that Jamaica does not have a single post in the structure of the existing world governing body. Such a distinction could be considered almost automatic, given the nation’s international high profile in the sport. In a determined attempt to correct that, four individuals have been sent forward to ‘face the music’. Dr Warren Blake, not without negative murmurs behind the curtains, holds the top spot in the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). A seasoned politician, he will contest for a place on the IAAF council. The association’s general secretary, Garth Gayle, rumoured to be looking at Blake’s chair in next year’s local polls, will vie for technical committee membership. The quartet of hopefuls is completed by JAAA’s third vice-president, 1996 Atlanta Olympics 400 metres hurdles gold medallist, Deon Hemmings-McCatty, and road racing organiser, Alan Beckford. Respectively, they will be hunting women’s and cross-country committee status. Beckford, who is not on the executive of the association, was co-opted for the exercise. Foster’s Fairplay quizzed the straight talker, who co-founded and is currently chief organiser for the Jamaica College-hosted Hugo Chambers 10K. There was anxiety as to his thoughts about being sent to the polls, while not an elected member of the JAAA executive. “Having been involved in road racing for more than 30 years, and cross country as well, I think the executive of the JAAA would have seen my qualities and, knowing that I was integrally involved in many a way, with the growth of distance running in Jamaica … hence, this is the reason they selected me,” he said. The die is cast, for better or for worse. The country awaits the outcome.last_img read more

World Cup Today with Colin Murray – Wednesday, July 9

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first_imgColin Murray is joined by Steve Bunce and Matt Holland to discuss the day’s news, with a twist, and to look ahead to the semi-finals of the World Cup.Listen to the World Cup semi-final between Holland and Argentina on Wednesday night live on talkSPORT, kick-off 9pmlast_img

Uganda see off Burundi in CECAFA opener

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first_img0Shares0000Uganda Cranes players celebrate one of their two goals against Burundi during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 7 – Hosts Uganda saw off a nervous second half before beating Burundi 2-1 in their opening Group A match of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on Saturday evening.Fahad Bayo and Bright Anukani got the goals for the Cranes while Cedric Rurasenga scored the consolation for the Burundians. With the victory, Uganda move top of the group with maximum points and will face Djibouti in their second match on Monday while Burundi will face Somalia.The cranes were in total dominance of the opening half and were a beauty to watch. Within the opening 25 minutes, they were already 2-0 up and looked so comfortable in front of their adoring home fans.They broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, Anukani hitting the back of the net with a brilliant low shot from 20 yards out after a poorly defended ball landed kindly on him.Burundi’s day went from bad to worse when they had to change their centre back pairing after Muryano Musa picked up an I jury and was replaced by Issa Hakizimana.Uganda continued their dominance in the match and were 2-0 up in the 24th minute with Anukani on e again playing a key role.The midfielder put Bayo through on goal with a brilliant through pass and the burly forward did the rest by slipping the ball under Burundi keeper Fabien Mutombora’s arms.On the half hour mark, the impressive Anukani had a chance for his second of the day but could not keep his header down unmarked off a Mustafa Kiiza corner.On the other end, a tad of complacency saw Shafik Kagimu lose the ball in a dangerous area but luckily for him, Abedi Bigirimana failed to punch him by taking a rushed shot that went wide when he had acres of space in front of him.Anukani continued to terrorize the Burundi backline and he created two more chances that should have wrapped up the game. Another brilliant pass between the defenders landed on Paul Willa, but his shot from the right went wide.A minute to the break  Anukani clipped over a pass destined for Bayo, but the striker’s looping g header went just over.Three minutes into the second half, Uganda should have been safely 3-0 up, but Bayo’s effort from the right hit the crossbar with the Burundi defense caught napping.Burundi kept the fight on and they halved the deficit on the hour mark from the penalty spot, Cedric Rurasenga sending the keeper the wrong way after Revita John had handled the ball inside the box.The goal gave Burundi hope and they should thank their lucky stars for Uganda’s glaring misses just five minutes later.Okello who had been exciting in the middle of the pack dribbled into space inside the box, but his low shot came off the bar. The rebound fell kindly on Viane Sekajugo with a gaping g goalmouth, but the winger shot over.Having dodged a bullet, Burundi piled the pressure, but could not get the best quality ball in the attacking third.They almost snatched a draw at the death, but Chancel Ndaye’s well delivered freekick rolled across the face of goal with no one to touch it into an empty net.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jamie Vardy set for a two-week absence with injury?

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first_img1 Reports – Jamie Vardy set for a two-week absence with injury Jamie Vardy is set for up to a fortnight out through injury, according to reports.BBC Radio Leicester said on Sunday that the 28-year-old – one of the stars of the season – is to have minor groin surgery and will sit out for one to two weeks.There has been no comment from Leicester, who need Vardy’s goals to maintain their title challenge.The England international has netted 15 Premier League goals this season, including a record run of scoring in 11 consecutive games, although he has just one in his last six.Leicester’s form has dipped slightly too, failing to score in a run of three games that has yielded two points.They host Tottenham in the FA Cup next weekend.last_img read more