As part of the operators ongoing vehicle enhancement programme, Shearings Holidays has now launched free on-board wi-fi on all of its branded coaches.Jane Atkins, Managing Director at Shearings Holidays says: “We are always looking for ways to improve and update our holiday experience and this is a great addition to our branded fleet.“We know our customers are tech savvy and like to stay in touch while away and this is now easier than ever before.”
January 1, 2014 Regular News Broward breakfast promotes professionalism B roward breakfast promotes professionalismIn an effort to promote professionalism and to help familiarize newly licensed attorneys with Broward County’s local legal practice, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, in conjunction with the Professionalism Committee of the Broward County Bar Association, hosted the First Annual New Attorney Orientation Breakfast recently in Ft. Lauderdale.A panel consisting of both circuit and county court judges, as well as local practicing attorneys, discussed the various protocols and division procedures within the 17th Circuit, hoping to help the new Broward attorneys navigate the local practice of law. Rounding out the event were representatives from several local voluntary bar associations.For the new attorneys wanting to get a lay of the land and observe trials and hearings in progress, an extended tour of the main courthouse commenced after the breakfast.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets can play in the Champions League final against Manchester United after being cleared of racial abuse.Uefa has dismissed claims by Barca’s Spanish rivals Real Madrid that Busquets racially insulted full-back Marcelo during their semi-final tie.A statement on Barca’s website read: “Uefa has rejected the complaint filed by Real Madrid.”Busquets is now free to line up against United at Wembley on Saturday 28 May.European football’s governing body said via a statement on its website that it had “decided to dismiss the complaint lodged by Real due to a lack of strong and convincing evidence”.Real posted a video on their website before the second leg showing Busquets allegedly calling Marcelo “mono” (monkey) during Barca’s 2-0 win at the Bernabeu. The incident was one of many in an ill-tempered match during which Real player Pepe and coach Jose Mourinho were sent off.After the game both clubs lodged complaints about each other to Uefa.The second leg at the Nou Camp ended in a 1-1 draw, with Barca going through to the final 3-1 on aggregate.Source: BBC
ALHAMBRA – In the cavernous California Independent Systems Operator control room, the state’s electricity nerve center, staff kept an eye Monday on a digital display that shows moment-to-moment power usage. It’s a number that climbed higher and higher on a day that broke records as air-conditioning units up and down the state tried to crank out cool air. The number jumped past the 50,000 megawatt mark at about 2:30 p.m. “It just keeps getting better and better,” quipped Tracy Bibb, grid operations director. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Demand had peaked at 49,036 megawatts on Friday, which was already 2,500 megawatts more than the previous record. A Stage 2 Emergency was declared at 1 p.m. when energy reserves fell below 5 percent. In that situation, “interruptible” customers who have signed up for the program in return for better-than-usual rates are cut off. “We were bummed out that we had to do the interruptibles, but we understand why we had to,” Bibb said, adding that there was a reduction of 885 megawatts. Usage was expected to reach 52,000 megawatts Monday, he said. Demand on a typical summer day is between 41,000 and 42,000 megawatts. One megawatt serves about 650 households. The number reflects electricity usage for three-quarters of the state; some cities, including Pasadena, Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale, distribute their own power. Cal ISO was founded in 1998 when the electricity industry was deregulated. At the Alhambra control center, tucked away in an office campus, staffers perform a constant balancing act as they match supply from power stations with demand from utilities companies. There is another facility in Folsom. A 6.5 percent reserve is ideal. If reserves fall below 3 percent, a Stage 3 Emergency is declared, and rolling blackouts are necessary. Bibb said that scenario was unlikely Monday, and as of 5 p.m., the threat had passed for the day. The last time that happened was during the 2000 and 2001 energy crisis. ISO operators determine what kind of reduction is needed, and give utility companies a portion based on their size. The companies, such as Rosemead-based Southern California Edison, then determine the blackouts locally. “It’s growth \ the prolonged heat wave,” Bibb said of the current energy crunch. “If this were just for today, we wouldn’t see this kind of levels. But it’s been building up. We need a break in the weather.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!