Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT #2 Options for buying solar panels in FloridaFlorida homeowners have plenty of excellent options to own their own solar installation, from cash upfront to PACE financing. Really it’s just a matter of deciding which financing type most suits your needs. Each has their own drawbacks and benefits.#3 Solar Policy InformationFlorida has some very supportive policies for residential solar. In fact, they’re some of the best in the southeast, if not some of the best in the country! On top of all this, the state sees sunny skies perfect for producing good, clean energy. It’s no wonder SolarCity, the largest solar installer in the country just decided to start working in the state in December 2016.#4 Financial Incentives, Rebates, and Tax CreditsFlorida has some excellent policies to encourage the growth of solar, including streamlined interconnection processes as well as guaranteed net metering incentives for customers of investor-owned utilities like FPL.Unfortunately, all those great steps forward are weighed down by the state’s serious lack of financial incentives for solar. While Florida does offer a sales tax exemption and property tax exclusion for rooftop solar, the state doesn’t offer any rebates themselves nor do they mandate utilities to offer them, as in other solar-friendly states like California and Oregon.If you’re looking to go solar in Florida, you’ll have to eke out as many savings as possible, though with the 30% federal tax credit that’s not too hard.Federal Tax CreditAll homeowners across the country who install solar are eligible for the federal residential renewable energy tax credit. This tax credit is equal to 30% of the total installation cost and goes to the owner of the installation (so if a homeowner leases the installation or finances through a power-purchase agreement, the credit goes to the installer though they usually pass these savings on indirectly through a decrease in homeowners’ monthly bills). Originally the tax credit was supposed to phase out at the end of 2016, but lawmakers extended the credit to the end of 2019, which then decreases to 26% until 2021, and 22% until 2022.Unlike tax deductions, tax credits are a dollar-for-dollar reduction, so in essence, homeowners who purchase their installation through cash or loan enjoy a 30% discount on their installation! Homeowners apply for the credit when you fill out your next tax return.What to Do Next?Going solar in Florida is a smart choice to save money and contribute to a healthier environment, but you need to make sound decisions towards financing to ensure you see the financial savings you expect. Choose your financing wisely and take advantage of every tax incentive you’re eligible for! If you do that, you’ll be sitting pretty with a beautiful solar system that helps both the planet and your wallet!To read the entire article, go here. Go solar and cut your utility bill. There is a great advantage of installing a solar panel. you can reduce your electricity bill, you can generate your own clean and FREE energy, Reduced CO2 emissions, Contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment for the next generation. Recently I got solar energy installed from a leading company in Florida called Solar Tech Elec LLC. They are very fast in there work at affordable price with 0% down payment. I strongly recommend them, Call now to know more +1 (727) 488-8634. Florida has some excellent policies to both encourage the growth of the solar industry and make going solar as easy as possible for homeowners. Unfortunately, though, financial incentives like rebates are a huge hole in the state’s solar outlook and their general lack of financial incentives has plagued the solar industry in the state for years. Florida Solar is buoyed up a bit by the state sales tax exemption and property tax exclusion and Florida homeowners are also eligible for the 30% federal tax credit as well.The financial savings is still lower than other states with pro-solar policies, you can still save thousands of dollars going solar in Florida! The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! #1 Are Solar Panels Worth it in Florida? From understandsolar.com TAGSSolar energy Previous articleApopka Fire Station #5 breaking ground this monthNext articleA Hurricane is officially coming to Apopka tomorrow! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 November 15, 2018 at 6:56 am Reply Adam LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Thinking of installing solar in sunny Florida? You’re not alone! 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ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/792409/heliotrope-home-eftychis-architects Clipboard Heliotrope Home / Eftychis Architects Year: CopyHouses•Centurion, South Africa Architects: Eftychis Architects Area Area of this architecture project South Africa Photographs CopyAbout this officeEftychis ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCenturionSouth AfricaPublished on March 08, 2018Cite: “Heliotrope Home / Eftychis Architects” 08 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs Projects Brazil Year: CopyHouses•Casa Branca, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955925/glass-house-angela-roldao-arquitetura Clipboard Save this picture!© Jomar Bragança+ 24Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Manufacturers: Abatjour de Arte, Amilcar de Castro, Daniel Mansur, Fernando Lucchesi, Inne Móveis, JR Móveis, Marie Camile, Mharmaros, Micheliny Martins Móveis, Miguel Aun, Niura Bellavinha, Persianas e Idéias, Templuz, VallveéDesign Team:Thalita Mattos, Marina RebeloClient:Álvaro Daniel ReisEngineer:WK Construções, Renato PessoaLandscape:Matos e Renault PaisagismoStructure:Humberto BelleiLightning:Júnia CarsaladeCity:Casa BrancaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jomar BragançaRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Located in a gated community in the district of Casa Branca, Brumadinho, next to Inhotim (Museum of Arts) and very close to the city of Belo Horizonte. The region is part of the Rola Moça Park, a huge natural reserve area, listed, full of rivers, waterfalls and trails. The floor plan, succinct, with no lost spaces, gives an impression of a much larger construction than it really is.Save this picture!© Jomar BragançaSave this picture!Plan – LayoutSave this picture!© Jomar BragançaSave this picture!© Jomar BragançaThe desire of a client who has adopted a minimalist lifestyle and who loves gardening, nature and is an amateur musician. He loves playing the drums! It took a lifetime to situate the house, small, to save as much of the existing trees and vegetation as possible! A quick construction, which was done with a reduced team. Almost a dry construction. The calculation that made a structure full of overhanging that gives lightness to the construction, was extremely important. The house consists of two 6x12m modules (maximum size of the steel bar), a 3×12 module, plus the balcony, so as not to waste material. Steel is sold by the kilo.Save this picture!© Jomar BragançaSave this picture!© Jomar BragançaThe Glass House is a simple construction. Metallic structure aluminum window frames, glass, fair-faced concrete finish closings, technocement floor and porcelain tiles in the bathrooms, define the space and capture the surrounding landscape in its splendor. It’s almost a tree house!Save this picture!© Jomar BragançaProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Burke Museum / Olson KundigSelected ProjectsLa Concordia Amphitheater / Colab-19 + Taller Architects + SCASelected Projects Share Area: 192 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955925/glass-house-angela-roldao-arquitetura Clipboard Glass House / Ângela Roldão Arquitetura Glass House / Ângela Roldão ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveGlass House / Ângela Roldão Arquitetura Architects: Ângela Roldão Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Photographs: Jomar Bragança Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2020 Houses ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeÂngela Roldão ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGlass HouseGlass FacadeBrumadinhoGlass HousesSteel HousesGlass InteriorsSteel InteriorsBrazilPublished on January 28, 2021Cite: “Glass House / Ângela Roldão Arquitetura” [Casa de Vidro / Ângela Roldão Arquitetura] 28 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Twitter Facebook Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Previous articleHoroscope: April 21, 2021Next articleStudents react to guilty verdict in Chauvin trial Ryann Booth RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Twitter printDerek Chauvin found guilty in George Floyd caseA jury pronounced Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd after spending 10 hours deliberating, according to The New York Times. The video that helped sentence Chauvin was taken by a teenage bystander.The verdict could send Chauvin to prison for decades and is a rare instance of an acting officer being convicted for murder. President Joe Biden praised the verdict in a nationwide address at the White House but described the justice for Black Americans as “too rare.”“It was a murder in full light of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see,” said Biden. “For so many, it feels like it took all of that for the judicial system to deliver just basic accountability.”Chinese President Xi announces plan to attend Biden’s climate change summitVice President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China attends a trade agreement ceremony at Dublin Castle, Ireland, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)Dozens of world leaders have been asked to join the two-day virtual meeting, which starts Thursday, according to NBC News.Among those invited by President Joe Biden is China’s President Xi Jinping, who plans to attend a U.S. led climate change summit, which will be the first meeting between the two leaders since the arrival of the new U.S. administration.Biden decided to host this event after recently bringing the United States back into the 2015 Paris Agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.Xi will deliver an “important” speech at the summit, said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman at the Chinese foreign ministry in a statement last week.Despite recent clashes between nations, the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters may have rediscovered a common interest in battling climate change.USC survey finds that Californians want to keep remote practices post-pandemicWorking and learning from home could be a practice that California offices and schools keep after the pandemic dies off, according to CBS Los Angeles. A survey conducted by the University of Southern California and the California Emerging Technology Fund gathered Californian’s feelings about remote work, learning and telehealth after more than a year of integrating these practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Researchers say that they have found hesitancy about each of these practices being swept away, said CBS News. “Now we’re seeing a seismic shift in the way people want to work, learn and manage health visits among those who have broadband access. Those changes give us a real opportunity to cut congestion and carbon emissions,” Hernan Galperin, the study’s lead researcher and an associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, said in a statement.The survey found that 42% of current, full-time remote workers want to keep working from home, and only 17% of those surveyed say they want to go back to their workplaces five days a week, according to CBS News. The adoption of telecommuting, telehealth and remote learning could considerably change the traffic across the state, the survey also found. Posting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blog Class of 1971 celebrates 50 year graduation anniversary and reflects on time at TCU ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Attorney Tony Romanucci, center left, hugs Donald Williams, a key witness in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, during a news conference after the verdict was read, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) What we’re reading: Closing arguments in Chauvin trial, Austin shooting suspect arrested Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Academics at TCU Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin + posts What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Ryann Booth
News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) vigorously opposes the decision made by Zimbabwean authorities to deny journalists access to the country’s vote-counting sites. “This measure, taken just before the election, shows how determined Zimbabwean authorities are to prevent the press from carrying on its work of informing the public. This decision seriously discredits the very transparency of the presidential election,” stated Robert Ménard, RSF’s General Secretary. “The government has never stopped harassing Zimbabwean and foreign journalists, and tightening its control of information, and will do so until the bitter end. It is imperative that the international community sanction President Robert Mugabe and exert all of its influence to re-establish freedom of the press in the country,” added Mr. Ménard. RSF urges the government to reconsider its decision and to allow journalists to freely cover the election on Saturday and Sunday.According to information obtained by RSF, Zimbabwe’s Official Gazette announced on 8 March 2002 that journalists will not be permitted to cover the counting of votes. Furthermore, only polling station managers will be authorised to allow journalists to observe the process.On the same occasion, the Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, declared that non-accredited journalists would be “arrested and prosecuted.” He added that it would be “a very, very long time” before they could “return to their country.” Reports Help by sharing this information November 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more March 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists barred from vote-counting sites Receive email alerts Follow the news on Zimbabwe Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News ZimbabweAfrica to go further ZimbabweAfrica RSF_en Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail News RSF thinks this decision taken just before the election, shows how determined Zimbabwean authorities are to prevent the press from carrying on its work and seriously discredits the very transparency of the presidential election. September 1, 2020 Find out more
News UpdatesAllahabad High Court Grants Bail To Murder Accused Incarcerated For 7 Yrs Without Production Of Any Evidence/ Witness Against Him Akshita Saxena2 Feb 2021 1:55 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court recently granted bail to a murder accused, imprisoned since more than seven and a half years, without production of any material witness or evidence against him in the Trial Court. “Although the offence with which applicant has been charged is a serious one but it is also a relevant factor to consider that the said charge being based on the testimony of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court recently granted bail to a murder accused, imprisoned since more than seven and a half years, without production of any material witness or evidence against him in the Trial Court. “Although the offence with which applicant has been charged is a serious one but it is also a relevant factor to consider that the said charge being based on the testimony of two witnesses, neither of the two have been produced by the CBI in the trial, which is pending since 2013. Even counter affidavit of the CBI is silent with regard to the time frame within which the said two witnesses are to be produced in the trial proceedings,” observed the High Court while allowing third bail application of the accused. A Single Bench of Justice Manish Mathur further observed, “Prima facie, it appears that without the testimony of corroborating witnesses, evidence against the applicant is circumstantial at best and at present there cannot be any definitive conclusion that the offence with which the applicant is charged can be prima facie made out at this stage and would therefore be dependent upon evidence to be relied upon by CBI in future particularly by producing witnesses to support the same.” Background The Applicant-accused was apprehended in connection to murder of one …He was accused of providing information with regard to whereabouts of the deceased, in pursuance of which the attack upon him was carried out. The first bail plea of the Applicant herein was rejected on merits and the second bail plea was rejected with directions to the CBI court to conclude the trial expeditiously. In the instant, third bail application, it was argued that only 16 of 80 prosecution witnesses had been examined. Of these, two proposed witnesses claimed to be against the Applicant were not produced and there was no indication in CBI’s counter affidavit as to when they will appear. It was urged that the applicant cannot be kept incarcerated for such a long time for no fault on his part. State’s submissions The State Government opposed the bail plea, and submitted that bail cannot be granted merely on the ground of long detention or that the trial of the case had not progressed. It referred to the Supreme Court’s decision in Kalyan Chandra Sarkar v. Rajesh Ranjan @ Pappu Yadav & Anr., (2004) 7 SCC 528, where while setting aside an order of the High Court allowing fifth application for grant of bail, it was held: “In the impugned order it is noticed that the High Court has given the period of incarceration already undergone by the accused and the unlikelihood of trial concluding in the near future as grounds sufficient to enlarge the accused on bail, in spite of the fact that the accused stands charged of offences punishable with life imprisonment or even death penalty. In such cases, in our opinion, the mere fact that the accused has undergone certain period of incarceration (three years in this case) by itself would not entitle the accused to being enlarged on bail, nor the fact that the trial is not likely to be concluded in the near future either by itself or coupled with the period of incarceration would be sufficient for enlarging the appellant on bail when the gravity of the offence alleged is severe and there are allegations of tampering with the witnesses by the accused during the period he was on bail.” Similarly, in Chenna Boyanna Krishna Yadav v. State of Maharashtra & Anr., (2007) 1 SCC 242, it was held that where gravity of the offence alleged is severe, mere period of incarceration or the fact that the trial is not likely to be concluded in the near future either by itself or conjointly may not entitle the accused to be enlarged on bail. Nevertheless, both these factors may also be taken into consideration while deciding the question of grant of bail. Findings At the outset, the Bench noted that not even 1/4th of witnesses in this case had been produced during the trial. “15 witnesses have further been examined during the trial but as on date they do not constitute even 1/4th of the total 80 witnesses that are sought to be produced as prosecution witnesses by the CBI. The applicant has been in custody as an undertrial since 04.03.2013, i.e. more than seven and a half years. The aforesaid factor clearly indicates the changed circumstances between rejection of the second bail application till today. Learned counsel for applicant therefore apprears to be quite correct in his submission that with just 16 witnesses having been examined out of a total of 80 witnesses to be produced by the CBI as prosecution witnesses, there is no hope of trial concluding even in far future, let alone the near future,” the Court noted. It further observed that even though the Supreme Court has held that bail should not be granted merely on the ground of delay in trial in case of grave offences (refer to precedents cited by State), it has not put an embargo upon consideration of long period of incarceration of an undertrial as a factor while considering subsequent bail applications. “It is clearly seen that such a factor can be considered by the Court concerned while hearing subsequent bail applications but the said factor has to be seen along with other relevant factors,” the Bench held. Reliance was placed on Sanjay Chandra v. Central Bureau of Investigation, (2012) 1 SCC 40, where it was held as follows: “Deprivation of liberty must be considered a punishment, unless it is required to ensure that an accused person will stand his trial when called upon. The courts owe more than verbal respect to the principle that punishment begins after conviction, and that every man is deemed to be innocent until duly tried and duly found guilty. When the undertrial prisoners are detained in jail custody to an indefinite period, Article 21 of the Constitution is violated. Every person, detained or arrested, is entitled to speedy trial…” Other grounds taken into account by the High Court for allowing the bail plea are listed as follows: Although in the FIR, allegation against applicant is of firing upon the deceased but in the counter-affidavit filed by the CBI, the role of applicant has been limited to providing information of whereabouts of deceased to the actual killers;Aforesaid charges against the applicant have been sought to be proved by the CBI upon testimony of one Nitish Shukla and one other person, although the said other person remains unnamed. Neither of aforesaid two persons have been produced by the CBI as witness in the trial proceedings till date. The counter affidavit is also silent as to when the CBI intends to produce the said two persons as witnesses in the trial.In the counter affidavit, the CBI has doubted the veracity of the complaint itself.The CBI in its counter affidavit has stated that enlarging the applicant on bail could have an adverse effect on the trial since there is a likelihood that the applicant may try to influence the witnesses and tamper with evidence. However, except for a bland statement in the counter affidavit, there is not even a shred of prima facie evidence adduced by the CBI to support such claim. “Upon a perusal of the material on record, it is apparent that without the production of relvant witnesses against the applicant even after seven long years, the charges levelled against the applicant at this stage, at best, are merely charges without any prima facie evidence being produced by the CBI. It is also relevant that apprehension against applicant of influencing witnesses and tampering with evidence is also not borne out by any evidence on record. We cannot lose sight of the fact that the investigating agency has already completed investigation and charge sheet has already been filed before the trial court, therefore presence of accused in custody may not be necessary for further investigation,” the Bench observed while allowing the bail plea. Case Title: Rajiv Pratap Singh v. 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Shares in Purplebricks have today dropped in price to an all-time low following the resignation of the company’s Australian CEO Ryan Dinsdale.Purplebricks issued a statement to Australian media yesterday revealing that it had been mutually agreed that he would exit the business on March 1st next year following a period of transition.He is to be replaced by the company’s global chief operating officer and former Rightmove star Neil Tavender, who was appointed in August to help sort out its troubled sales operation.Following the news, Purplebricks’ share value dipped down to £1.62p, the lowest it has ever reached since it floated on AIM in December 2015. Only six months ago it was at £3.79p.Oz business magazine The Australian Financial Review has reported that territory owners and agents were unaware of Dinsdale’s departure and that they had been told he was on annual leave.Final monthsDinsdale, who until now had denied rumours he was considering quitting the company, has endured a torrid few months at Purplebricks.In June, after denying that its Oz business was struggling, one of its former territory managers then went public with an unflattering insight into its sales operation.Then in August figures were leaked revealing that its sales teams were significantly off target before it then radically changed its fee structure in September.The most recent figures for Australia reveal that the operation lost £12.4 million on a turnover of £13.5 million, and its latest trading update admitted to ‘some challenges’.Purplebricks Ryan dinsdale Australia ryan tavener November 20, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks: all-time share price low after Oz CEO quits previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks: all-time share price low after Oz CEO quitsThe company’s share price dipped to an all-time low of £1.62p today, down from £3.79 six months ago, following the departure of Ryan Dinsdale.Nigel Lewis20th November 201802,508 Views
“Those of us working to create solutions to the climate crisis must model the responsible behaviour that we expect of others, which is why it’s frustrating to see worthwhile events like the Oxford Climate Forum lending their valuable social license to the very companies responsible for causing climate change.”Danny Chivers, environmental researcher and author of the No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change, questioned the message that the partnership was sending out. “If wewant to maintain a liveable climate, we simply cannot afford to extract tar sands oil. By providing services and resources to the tar sands industry, IBM is actively pushing us all towards climate meltdown.“I spoke at the Oxford Climate Forum a few years ago and it seemed like a useful event. However, by accepting sponsorship from IBM, they are undermining any good the event is doing by helping to greenwash this polluting company.”He concluded, “I hope that this sponsorship deal was simply an error, and that the OCF will realise their mistake and drop this inappropriate sponsor.”Ruthi Brandt of the Oxford-based UK Tar Sands Network also criticised the decision. “We are very glad to see students questioning sponsorship deals and using them as an opportunity to discuss the human rights abuses perpretrated by the fossil fuel industry.”The Oxford Hub has defended its partnership with Barclays. A spokesperson said, “We’re working with IBM because the climate forum shares their ambitions of building a smarter planet, as it were. We can’t control the investments that they make, but what we can control is the quality of the conference, which will be very, very high.”They continued, “[Tar sands] in particular may not be the most environmentally sustainable process, but broadly speaking, IBM and other organisations working at the conference, for example Unilever, are really committed to a more sustainable future, and that’s the point that we’re trying to get across here.”OUSU has so far been advertising the Oxford Climate Forum. An email shown to Cherwell from the organising committee to a member of OUSU Environment and Ethics’s Divestment Campaign justifying the decision read, “We are by no means indulging in green wash nor trying to justify IBM’s involvement with fossil fuel extraction. I hope you understand our position and that you are still willing to help us advertise our conference so that we can have as big an impact as we can with both attending companies and students.”Many students at Oxford have responded negatively to the news. Abi Enlander, Environment and Ethics Trustee at Magdalen College, told Cherwell, “It’s a tricky one with the Hub because they do a lot of good work here and it must be hard getting enough funding without resorting to big companies that often, unfortunately, have these sort of ties. Obviously it’s ideal for any charity to ensure they’re only funded by ethical sources, but in today’s financial environment this often isn’t a reality that can be achieved.”She added, “There also seems to be a big difference in receiving money from companies that invest in tar mining than, as investors, actually giving this project the money it uses to sustain itself; perhaps the Climate Forum should reconsider its sponsorship from IBM as it does seem somewhat ironic given what the event is trying to achieve.”Tar sands are loose sands containing bitumen (tar) – a dense and highly viscous form of petroleum. According to the 2009 study by IHS CERA, the production of bitumen and synthetic crude oil emits more greenhouse gases than conventional crude oil. The environmental issues associated with tar sands range from water pollution to soil erosion to possible carcinogenic effects. Tar sands have only recently become viable for oil companies due to the high extraction costs involved.IBM and Barclays were unavailable for comment when approached by Cherwell. Activists have criticised Oxford Climate Forum, after it emerged that the main sponsor invests millions researching oil extraction.The main strategic partner of the event is IBM, which promotes research in tar sands, a controversial and expensive form of sourcing fossil fuels. The Oxford Hub, which helps organise the event, has also received criticism for its partnership with Barclays, which is an investor in tar sands.The conference, which is due to be held from 7th-8th February at the Saïd Business School, will have a particular emphasis on careers in sustainable industries.IBM’s sustainability initiative, ‘Smarter Planet’ recently opened a Natural Resources Solution Centre in Calgary, Canada to promote “smarter” processes for the petroleum and mining industries. According to a document recently released by IBM, “The Canadian NRSC has the distinction of being the first Centre of Excellence to focus specifically on creating solutions for Canada’s resource industries, such as oil sands petroleum production and Canadian hard rock mining”.The news comes a week after the OUSU Council passed a motion at its 1st week meeting, requesting that the University “puts safeguards in place to ensure the University does not indirectly invest in fossil fuel companies”.A spokesperson for the Forum said, “IBM will be present at our event and hold a stall at our careers fair because they have been very generous in their sponsorship with us and the Hub as a whole, but the message of our event is very clear.“The large companies that will be present at our careers fair will be offering positions in their sustainability departments rather than advertising the usual consulting positions.”Several local activist groups have criticised the partnership. Louise Hazan, Climate Campaigns Manager for People and Planet, an Oxford-based, nationwide student activism network, said, “If it’s wrong to wreck the climate by extracting fossil fuels, People & Planet believes it’s wrong to accept sponsorship from companies who profit from and actively support the continued extraction of fossil fuels.
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We welcome the opportunity to work with the MOD to provide mental health support to serving personnel. A significant minority of servicemen and women develop mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. We know they can delay seeking treatment while in the Armed Forces, with some preferring to come forward for help after they have left the military. Left untreated, mental health problems can become more complex and have a devastating impact on those with the condition, as well as their loved ones. It’s vital that people seek help as soon as they notice a change in their mental health. Combat Stress has delivered a 24-hour Helpline service since 2011. With almost a century’s experience of supporting veterans with mental health issues, we have the knowledge, expertise and understanding to assist serving personnel. This number will complement the range of mental health services, including our Departments of Community Mental Health, which we provide for our serving personnel. It is important to deliver a holistic service to ensure our Armed Forces have every opportunity to access the help and care they need and deserve. We must do all we can to provide easy access to the support available. Wellbeing is not just about physical fitness but mental fitness too. Perhaps as we can’t see it, and are less inclined to step forward, mental fitness has not received the attention it deserves. The brain is just another muscle we must look after. By choosing to work with Combat Stress, we are deliberately choosing to work with the leading organisation in the country for providing this specialist mental health service. We are changing the stigma associated with mental health. It’s a complex science and there is always room for improvement. Therefore we will be building a stronger and deeper partnership with Combat Stress to deliver the best possible service for our people. Every hour of every day our safety, security and way of life are protected by our courageous Armed Forces personnel. They are always there for us – often risking life and limb and making huge personal sacrifices – and we must be there for them in their own time of need. Mental illnesses caused by life on the battlefield can have a devastating impact on our brave heroes and their families. It is our moral and professional duty to ensure that we do all we can for our world class troops. That’s why we have commissioned the new 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline and will spend an extra £2-million a year on mental health services for the next decade on top of the £20-million we already spend each year. I will personally be working with all the service chiefs to make sure there isn’t a single person in the forces who doesn’t know where to turn in times of trouble. 0800 323 4444 will be targeted at serving personnel and their families – allowing them to access the help, advice and support they need anywhere, anytime. The MOD currently has a network of 20 ‘hub and spoke’ mental health centres, comprising of 11 hubs and a further nine teams. Regular visiting clinics are also held at other military centres across the country.Last year the MOD launched its Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy focusing on preventative measures to protect our personnel. MOD also partnered with the Royal Foundation, a charity setup by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to improve training and education alongside the strategy to promote mental fitness.There are a range of services provided by partners working with MOD and through the Armed Forces Covenant, including the NHS, other Government departments and charities which serving personnel, veterans, and their families can access.EndsNotes to editors:· You can read Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s OpEd here.· Defence images can be found on www.defenceimagery.mod.uk.· The UK Armed Forces Mental Health Annual Statistics: Financial Year 2016/2017 can be found here.· For more information, please contact the MOD press office on 020 7218 7907. Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces Major General Martin Bricknell said: The Combat Stress helpline is the only service in the country, tailored towards the Armed Forces community, which talks to callers whilst simultaneously providing practical help by calling the emergency services if needed.Alongside this announcement, the Defence Secretary has also agreed to spend an extra £2-million a year for the next ten years to improve mental health services in the Armed Forces on top of the £20-million per year that is currently committed. The additional money, which brings the total planned spending to £220-million over the next decade, will be put towards an increase in mental health specialists and bolstering existing provision.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today (25 February) pledged to increase funding for Armed Forces mental health services to £220-million over the next decade and launched the new 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline.The new number – 0800 323 4444 – will be open and ready to take calls from midday today (Sunday). It will be backed up by a major internal communications campaign on mental fitness across the services.The Armed Forces mental health services will also be boosted by an extra £2million a year, it was announced today.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: 0800 323 4444 will act as a memorable and accessible gateway to mental health services for service personnel and their families.Combat Stress – the leading veterans mental health charity – has been commissioned to run the new helpline service for serving troops 24 hours a day. The new line will be backed up by a deeper partnership between the MOD and the charity and run by a team of specially-trained professionals. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) will provide additional funds to enhance Combat Stress’ existing service – predominantly aimed at veterans – and are working together to develop information sharing processes with the military to ensure any serving service personnel in crisis are provided with the appropriate support tailored for their needs.Chief Executive of Combat Stress Sue Freeth said: