[…] immediately once you require help with homework. Any student that’s finding it challenging to I’m a librarian in Puerto Rico, and this is my Hurricane Maria survival story – The Apop… manage her or his assignment work can get in touch with the assignment studio agent on the site. […] Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate » What exactly is a critical response? How can i create a single? The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez is a librarian at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, where she oversees the Research, Labor Movement Collection, Luis Rafael Sanchez Collection and Reference Collection. She is also currently completing her doctorate in history. Her research interests include literature, the environment, archives, Puerto Rican history, and special collections. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez, and first published in theconversation.comI’ve always been fascinated by storms, particularly Puerto Rico’s own history of them. I think it’s because I was born in September 1960 during Hurricane Donna. In its wake, that storm left more than 100 dead in Humacao, the city where I am now a special collections librarian at the University of Puerto Rico.In 1990, Israel Matos, the National Weather Service Forecast Officer in San Juan, told me that, “The tropics are unpredictable.” That comment only increased my interest in storms. Now, with the people of Puerto Rico still reeling from Hurricane Maria more than a month after it hit the island, his words seem prescient.Today I have – if not the honor, then the duty – to describe, firsthand, what it is to live through the aftermath of the worst storm of this brutal hurricane season.Academic crisisSince the storm I haven’t been able to go to work at the library on the Humacao campus. At 88,000 square feet and three stories, the biblioteca is the biggest building on campus, and it’s among the worst damaged by Maria.It’s mold-infested and the roof is leaking, so there’s a lot of work to be done in both repairs and cleaning before students can use it. The mold has gotten into our collection – from books and papers to magazines – and most of the furniture and computers will have to be replaced.According to the general damage report for the University of Puerto Rico, the infrastructure in all 11 campuses of the university system suffered severe losses.Héctor Rios Maury, chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico’s Humacao campus, speaks to staff and students after the storm. Evelyn M. Rodríguez, Author providedThe Humacao campus, located on the island’s eastern side, was the hardest hit, with damages calculated at more than US$35 million. Classes will start again on Oct. 31.Students at the Río Piedras campus, which has been partially closed since Hurricane Irma skirted Puerto Rico on Sept. 6, have had only a week of class so far this year.Five weeks after Hurricane Maria, all the campuses have now reissued their academic calendars and classes are resuming, though in some places the first semester will run through January to make up for lost time.A culture of catastropheStarting on Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria swamped Puerto Rico with 20 inches of rain and battered it with 150 mph winds for over 30 hours.The resulting humanitarian crisis has been widely reported worldwide: 80 percent of the island is still without electricity and there is not enough drinking water.Communications – radio, television, telephones and internet – are now recovering slowly, after weeks of near nonexistence. Having said that, it took me more than two weeks just to write this article, between finding somewhere to charge my laptop and locating an internet connection strong enough to research the data and send a file by email. Eventually I discovered a Starbucks near my house with both electricity and Wi-Fi. Nothing is easy.What outsiders are unable to see, perhaps, is that an entire culture has arisen around the catastrophe caused by Hurricane Maria – one with typically catastrophic traits: material scarcity, emotional trauma, economic catastrophe, environmental devastation.Puerto Ricans are now facing a dramatically different way of life, which means our relatives and friends in the diaspora are, too.Nothing about life resembles anything close to normal. An estimated 100,000 homes and buildings were demolished in the storm, and 90 percent of the island’s infrastructure is damaged or destroyed. Not only are there shortages of water and electricity but also of food, highways, bridges, security forces and medical facilities.It’s unsafe to venture outside at night. An island-wide curfew was lifted last week, but without streetlights, stoplights or police, driving and walking are dangerous after dark.The official tally of missing people varies, with police tallies ranging from 60 to 80 right now. Considering Puerto Rico’s hazardous conditions and limited health care services, that number is sure to rise. We are well aware that epidemic diseases, including leptospirosis and cholera, could come next. Health concerns are further stoked by the delays and disarray of the various federal agencies tasked with handling this emergency.A deep uncertainty looms over our futures. There is post-traumatic stress involved in surviving in an overwhelming situation like this, so as a people we’re now waking up to that psychological pain, too.The outlook from hereIn short, Hurricane Maria has changed the modern history of Puerto Rico. For those who, like me, are curious about such things, the last storm of this caliber was San Felipe II, in 1928.Known in the U.S. as the Great Okeechobee Hurricane, that massive storm was so destructive that it basically plunged Puerto Rico and Florida into the Great Depression a year before the rest of the country.The aftermath of the Great Okeechobee Hurricane in Florida, 1928. NOAAIn some ways, though, Puerto Ricans are well prepared for these challenges, for the history of the island is one of uncertainty and trouble.Puerto Rico has never had a sovereign government. Instead, it has always been bound to some other larger and more powerful state. First it was Spain, which colonized our territory in 1508.Then, since the 1898 invasion, it’s been the United States, a country with which Puerto Rico enjoys a tricky political relationship. That’s very clear right now, as the Trump administration wavers in coming to our aid.Mired in uncertaintyEven before the hurricane arrived, Puerto Rico was facing uncertainty around another major challenge: bankruptcy. Considering lost pensions, jobs and savings, the real financial costs surely exceed by billions the official sum of $123 billion in unpaid government debt.Hurricane Maria has deepened this economic crisis, creating a ripple effect that touches everyone across all levels of society.Everyone is mired in uncertainty. What is the solution to this cascading set of problems? How long will recovery take? What could actually make life better for us? What will we miss? Will anything ever be the same?Among all this concern and confusion, though, some things have become clearer since the storm. On this once-green island, the hurricane blew down and shredded thousands and thousands of trees.The sky is more visible now. Houses once hidden are exposed, and we discern entire communities that that we rarely saw before.A graffiti-scrawled reminder in Puerto Rico: ‘Behind the trees live a lot of people.’ Evelyn M. Rodríguez, Author providedThere’s graffiti popping up across the island, written by someone identified as “JC,” who reminds Puerto Ricans, as a kind of consolation, that “Behind the trees live a lot of people.”Just as new environments are created in areas opened up by the hurricane, with trees and plants sprouting afresh, over time we’ll find that our current uncertainties also fade and transform. A brand new way of life is emerging among all Puerto Ricans – those who stayed, those who left, their relatives and their friends. 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The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Philadelphia: Wells Fargo Violated the FHA Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago On Monday, the City of Philadelphia sued Wells Fargo & Co for predatory lending and violations of the Fair Housing Act. This suit comes just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities may sue lenders for alleged discrimination, according to Reuters.Two weeks before this case, the Supreme Court had ruled that Miami could sue Bank of America for predatory lending practices that allegedly increased segregation.The complaint alleges that Well Fargo had pushed minorities into riskier loans at higher rates, and chargers that this had been an ongoing problem since 2004.”The City of Philadelphia’s investigation revealed that both the resources of the city and the lives of Philadelphia’s citizens have been negatively affected by Wells Fargo’s discriminatory lending practices,” city Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante said in a statement on CNBC. “The Law Department must take action in light of this evidence and halt these discriminatory practices on behalf of the citizens of Philadelphia.”The City said that black borrowers were over twice as likely to receive high-cost or high-risk loans than white borrowers, while Hispanic borrowers were around twice as likely, and home in predominantly minority neighborhoods were 4.7 times more likely to be foreclosed.”The city’s unsubstantiated accusations against Wells Fargo do not reflect how we operate,” Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Goyda said in a statement. “Wells Fargo has been a part of the Philadelphia community for more than 140 years and we will vigorously defend our record as a fair and responsible lender.”The bank continued its defense of itself in its statement.”Wells Fargo has been a part of the Philadelphia community for more than 140 years and we will vigorously defend our record as a fair and responsible lender,” the statement added. “We will continue to focus on helping customers in Philadelphia and its surrounding communities succeed financially, and on expanding homeownership in Pennsylvania and across the United States.” Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Tagged with: FHA Foreclosure Lending Wells Fargo Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Philadelphia: Wells Fargo Violated the FHA Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welborn May 15, 2017 1,117 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago FHA Foreclosure Lending Wells Fargo 2017-05-15 Seth Welborn Previous: Supreme Court: Late Bankruptcy Claims Not Subject to FDCPA Lawsuits Next: Speculation Surrounds the Fed Balance Sheet Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Subscribe
Top Stories’You Are Dragging Your Feet; This Concerns Citizenry’s Rights’ : Supreme Court Pulls Up Centre Over Non-Installation Of CCTVs In Central Probe Agencies LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 March 2021 11:43 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Union Government for seeking more time regarding the installation of CCTV cameras in the offices of Central probe agencies such as CBI, NIA, NCB etc.On December 2, 2020, a bench headed by Justice RF Nariman had issued directions to install CCTV cameras in all police stations across the country to check instances of custodial torture. The…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 Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Union Government for seeking more time regarding the installation of CCTV cameras in the offices of Central probe agencies such as CBI, NIA, NCB etc.On December 2, 2020, a bench headed by Justice RF Nariman had issued directions to install CCTV cameras in all police stations across the country to check instances of custodial torture. The Central Government was directed to install CCTVs in the offices of Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), National Investigation Agency(NIA), Enforcement Directorate(ED), Narcotics Control Bureau(NCB), Directorate of Revenue Intelligence(DRI), Serious Fraud Investigation Office(SFIO).The matter was posted today for reporting compliance. Before that, the Central Government had circulated a letter seeking adjournment. Expressing displeasure at the letter seeking adjournment, Justice Nariman told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, “We are getting a distinct impression that you are dragging your feet. What kind of letter you have circulated?”.The Solicitor General replied that adjournment was sought having regard to the ‘ramifications’ of the order.”What ramifications? We are not concerned about the ramifications”, Justice Nariman shot back. “This concerns the rights of the citizens. This concerns the rights of citizenry under Article 21 of the Constitution. We are not accepting the excuses given in the letter”, the judge added.Following this, the Solicitor General requested the bench to ignore the letter seeking adjournment.The SG submitted that funds allocation for CCTVs are to be made by the State Government. Then Justice Nariman invited SG’s attention to paragraph 19 of the December 2, 2019 order, which had two parts – one was regarding the constitution of a Central Oversight Body and second was regarding CCTVs installation in central agencies.”We are not concerned with the Central Oversight Body today. We are concerned with the second part of the paragraph”, Justice Nariman explained.”You tell us the funds that are allotted”, Justice Nariman told the SG.The SG requested for ten days time to file an affidavit responding to the query of the court.Following this, the bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy, passed the following order:”We heard Solicitor General Shri Tushar Mehhta. The directions in Paragraph 19 of our order dated 2nd December 2020 have not yet been followed. We direct the Union to file an affidavit within 3 seeks stating exactly how much financial outlay is required and the time line within which they are going to carry out the directions contained in the second sentence of parapraph 19 of the aforesaid order”.The bench also examined the chart submitted by amicus curiae Senior Advocate Sidharth Dave regarding the timeline sought by state governments to follow the order of the Court.The bench was not pleased with the responses given in the affidavits of State Governments.The bench directed the States to make budgetary allocations within one month from today for the purposes of complying with the court directions and to install the CCTVs within four months after that. In other words, States have been given 5 months from today to install CCTVs in police stations. For poll-bound states of West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and the UT of Puducherry, time has been given till December 31, 2021.The State of Uttar Pradesh has been given nine months time (3 months for budgetary allocation and 6 months for implementation) having regard to its vast territorial extent and huge number of police stations. Likewise, the State of Madhya Pradesh has been given 8 months time (2 months for budgetary allocation and 6 months for implementation).The case will be next considered after Holi vacations.The directions for CCTV installation were passed by a bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose in the case Paramvir Singh Saini v Baljit Singh.”As most of these agencies carry out interrogation in their office(s), CCTVs shall be compulsorily installed in all offices where such interrogation and holding of accused takes place in the same manner as it would in a police station.”, the bench had held.As per the directions, CCTV cameras are to be installed at all entry and exit points; main gate of the police station; all lock-ups; all corridors; lobby/the reception area; all verandas/outhouses, Inspector’s room; Sub-Inspector’s room; areas outside the lock-up room; station hall; in front of the police station compound; outside (not inside) washrooms/toilets; Duty Officer’s room; back part of the police station etc.,CTV systems that have to be installed must be equipped with night vision and must necessarily consist of audio as well as video footage.The Court also clarified that victims of custodial torture will have the right to seek the CCTV footage of interrogation by police agencies.”A person has a right to complain about human rights violations to the National/State Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Court or the Superintendent of Police or any other authority empowered to take cognizance of an offence. It shall further mention that CCTV footage is preserved for a certain minimum time period, which shall not be less than six months, and the victim has a right to have the same secured in the event of violation of his human rights.” Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Employers could soon be banned from blanket testing staff for drugs oralcohol, unless they can show that not doing so would have a direct health andsafety impact on their businesses. The Information Commission, which promotes good information handling practice,has suggested the ban in its fourth, and final, part of the EmploymentPractices Data Protection Code. The code advises employers on how to comply with the law when handlinginformation on the health of their employees, and covers the operation of OHschemes, medical examinations, drug and alcohol testing and genetic testing inthe workplace. Under the latest proposal, which is being consulted until 27 February,checks would be restricted to staff such as machine operators, where there is aspecific safety risk. The intention is that employers will need to satisfy strict reasons fortesting, so that employees’ rights are fully protected under the DataProtection Act. However, the move could mean firms having to completely rethink how theyapproach testing and medical records. Employment lawyers have suggested that companies will need to look closelyat the questions they include on medical questionnaires. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said the issues in the code were of”real, practical relevance to many employers, and those they employ”.The move comes as the TUC has said workers do not get sufficient protectionagainst the increasing use of “unjustified and degrading drink and drugtesting by over-zealous employers”. Testing, it argued, has doubled in the past decade, with one in eightcompanies testing staff for drugs, and four out of five bosses saying theywould be prepared to test their employees if they felt productivity was atstake. Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: “No-one is suggesting thatit is acceptable to be high or drunk at work, but staff who may have drink orrelated problems need help, not disciplinary action.” www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. IC recommends ban on random drug and drink testing on staffOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today
“In all, we now believe 1,889 people have perished this year while making such journeys, 1,600 of these since the start of June,” said Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson, telling reporters in Geneva today that over the past few days, at least three vessels having overturned or sunk.The first and largest of these incidents occurred on Friday when a boat reportedly carrying at least 270 people overturned near Garibouli to the east of Tripoli. Nineteen people, one of them a woman, survived.“The Libyan coastguard has since recovered the bodies of 100 others, including five children under the age of five and seven women, but the remaining passengers are feared drowned,” said Fleming.According to survivors’ reports, the boat was packed full and more people were pushed on board before they departed. The boat suddenly flipped trapping the people on the lower deck. To support the search and recovery operation, the Libyan coastguard has requested body bags, equipment, medical help and manpower.In a second incident on the evening of Saturday, 23 August, a damaged rubber dinghy was recovered by the Italian Navy 20 miles from Libyan territorial waters. Seventy-three people were rescued, and 18 bodies recovered. Ten people are believed still missing. The passengers were mainly from Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Sudan.In a third incident, on Sunday evening, 24 August, a fishing boat carrying roughly 400 people capsized north of the Libyan coast in bad weather conditions. The Italian navy and coastguard, in a joint operation with a nearby merchant ship, rescued 364 people. So far 24 bodies have been recovered and more are feared dead.The main departure country for Europe is Libya, where the worsening security situation has fostered the growth of people smuggling operations, but also prompted refugees and migrants living there to risk the sea rather than remain in a zone of conflict.“UNHCR’s Tripoli office receives daily calls from refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable people expressing fear for their lives and making desperate requests for food, water, medicine and relocation. Those who choose to leave for Italy are taking longer and riskier journeys through new ports of departure such as Benghazi,” said Ms. Fleming.This situation demands urgent and concerted European action including strengthened search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, ensuring that rescue measures are safe and incur minimum risks for those being rescued, Ms. Fleming added. As more refugees and migrants risk their lives at sea to reach Europe, mostly Eritreans, Syrians, and Somalis, urgent action is needed including in finding legal alternatives to these dangerous journeys.In 2011 around 1,500 people died trying to cross into Europe; in 2012 around 500; in 2013 over 600 and so far in 2014 over 1,880, according to UNHCR. In 2011 an estimated 69,000 people arrived in Europe; in 2012 some 22,500; in 2013 some 60,000; so far, in 2014 124,380. As of 24 August, the majority of them – 108,172 people – arrived in Italy.“It is of vital importance that survivors of these tragedies, who often have lost family and friends, be given immediate access to psychological support once they are disembarked. UNHCR has also called for procedures to be put in place to allow for identification of the bodies recovered at sea, providing quick and clear information so that families are not subjected to unnecessary additional suffering,” Ms. Fleming added.[mappress]Press Release, August 27, 2014; Image: UNHCR/M. Sibiloni UNHCR: Deadliest Week for Refugees View post tag: Refugees View post tag: News by topic The past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting that at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies. View post tag: Deadliest Authorities View post tag: Navy August 27, 2014 View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today UNHCR: Deadliest Week for Refugees View post tag: Naval View post tag: UNHCR View post tag: week Share this article
AARP and Key Senators Urge Companies to End Age Bias in Recruiting on Facebookby Jennifer Valentino-DeVries for ProPublica The largest advocacy group for older Americans and the two top members of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging are calling on employers and tech companies to stop limiting recruitment ads on Facebook and other online sites to younger workers.“It appears age discrimination is alive and well in the digital era,” Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP, said in a statement on Friday.“We urge online platforms to take the steps needed to ensure they’re not supporting age-biased recruiting and hiring practices. And we continue to call on all employers to end bias in their employment practices,” she said.Maine Republican Susan Collins, who chairs the Senate Aging Committee, and Pennsylvania Democrat Robert Casey, the ranking minority member, wrote to Facebook, Google and LinkedIn on Dec. 22, asking them how many employment ads on their platforms are targeted by age group, and what safeguards they have to prevent employment discrimination based on age. The companies have until the end of January to respond.“By targeting employment advertisements to specific age groups, certain users may be denied the ability to view job opportunities,” Collins and Casey wrote. “While targeted online job postings can benefit both employers and workers, this technological advancement can also become an avenue for discriminatory practices if not properly managed.”AARP and the senators were reacting to a Dec. 20 report by ProPublica and The New York Times that dozens of the nation’s leading employers, including Facebook itself, narrow their audience for job ads on Facebook and other platforms by age. The ability of advertisers to direct their messages at specific groups is a cornerstone of Facebook’s business. But such micro-targeting becomes controversial when it fosters discrimination in legally protected categories such as race and age. ProPublica has reported that Facebook also accepted ads aimed at “Jew-haters” as well as housing ads that discriminated by race, gender, disability and other factors.On the same day that the employment-ad article was published, a class-action complaint alleging age discrimination was filed in federal court in San Francisco against major employers for denying job opportunities to older workers by preventing them from receiving recruiting ads on Facebook. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Communications Workers of America and its members, as well as all Facebook users 40 or older.ProPublica found that Google and LinkedIn also allowed the purchase of employment ads targeted by age. After being contacted by ProPublica, LinkedIn changed its ad-buying portal to prevent advertisers from using age ranges unless they affirm the ad is not discriminatory. Google and Facebook acknowledged that they allow advertisers to display ads based on the user’s age, and defended the practice.“Used responsibly, age-based targeting for employment purposes is an accepted industry practice and for good reason: it helps employers recruit and people of all ages find work,” said Rob Goldman, a Facebook vice president. A Facebook spokesman said the company is in touch with the AARP and the Senate Aging Committee.The AARP, which has more than 35 million members, and the senators also said the widespread targeting of ads to younger workers online shows the need to update the 1967 law that prohibits bias against people 40 or older in hiring or employment.“Technological advancements require new attention,” LeaMond said. “The methods of discrimination have changed and its tools now include algorithms, dropdown boxes and pattern recognition.”Casey has proposed legislation to strengthen the age discrimination law by making it equivalent to statutory protections based on race and gender. He said the issue of age targeting in online employment ads is new to him.“We still have to learn a lot more,” he said in an interview. “One of the problems is the awareness of the law and the intensity with regard to how employers approach compliance on age discrimination is at a very low level” compared with other forms of bias.Other groups besides AARP also expressed concern in response to the article. “This kind of discriminatory redlining is just the tip of the iceberg, and it must stop,” Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, a nonprofit that seeks to strengthen protections for workers, said in a Dec. 21 statement.“To hear that certain employers might not make job ads visible to those people, it’s disheartening,” Maura Porcelli, managing director of the Senior Community Service Employment Program at the National Council on Aging, said in an interview. “The data shows that older adults are valuable members of the workplace, with expertise and very low turnover. 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Shot of a mature couple sitting on their sofa using a laptop and digital tablet At Broadley’s, we don’t want you to get left out in the cold! Poorly functioning heating units or high energy bills are cause for fall (and winter) woes. Purchasing a more efficient heating unit may be able to help with both of these problems. Along with making a purchase, there are at-home and Broadley’s-professional maintenance options to utilize. Below are 5 energy solutions to keep you comfortable as the seasons change.1) Boiler – Gas water boilers are not only more energy efficient than forced air-furnaces, but they provide better indoor air quality and more comfortable heat. Boilers are most commonly compared to forced-air furnaces. The difference is that furnaces involve ductwork. Air is pushed by a blower across heated coils and is delivered to rooms via ductwork. A boiler doesn’t require ductwork, but instead uses water to transport heat through pipes. Boilers use natural or liquid propane gas to heat your home, whereas furnaces use coils and air.Boilers are better for your home than furnaces in many ways; air quality, temperature and cost. Furnaces blow air around, which can dust and dirt particles to flow around the room if filters aren’t continually cleaned and changed. Boilers don’t blow air around, so air quality is better in your home. Boilers also allow for better temperature control in your home because you can control the heat in each room, accordingly. Forced-air furnaces produce more dry air, lacking moisture that is important in the winter months, along with inconsistent heating of rooms. These are reasons we believe a high-efficiency boiler may be right for you! Through October 30th, receive a $500 rebate when you purchase a high-efficiency heater or boiler with Broadley’s. 2) Tankless Water Heater – While initial cost may be higher than other heating units, tankless water heaters generally use 30-50% less energy annually. This type of water heater is becoming more popular and is more energy efficient than other common units. Unlike other units, tankless heaters produce warm water instantly and operate on natural gas or propane. The last family member to take a shower will no longer get a cold shower! Because of this capability, water is only heated when it is needed and helps save on energy and utility costs. A tankless water heater also generally serves a longer life than storage tank heaters.3) Ductless Mini-Splits – Another energy efficient heating option is a ductless mini-split. These systems require one wall-mounted indoor unit along with an outside compressor, but no ductwork is required, ie. “ductless”. These units are much more energy efficient than typical heating units, not only because there is no ductwork for air to escape to, but also because they are able to speed up and slow down, instead of shutting off when the room or home gets to the desired temperature. Shutting off and restarting uses a large amount of energy. Like a boiler, these units move air around to all areas of the house and heat consistently.4) Check home for drafts & insulation– Each year, you should inspect your home to make sure there are no places that air could escape. If you are heating your home and that warm air is escaping through cracks and crevices, you are essentially wasting energy. It is important to caulk or fill in any cracks or crevices in doors, ductwork and windows. Drafts can also be found in electrical boxes. Another tactic to keep heat in, is to cover drafty windows and patio doors with plastic film. Checking and/or adding insulation to your home can also have a direct effect on the efficiency of your heating unit, reducing any wasted energy.5) Maintenance & Emergency Service – Regardless of the unit you have, it is always important to maintain your systems. By annually or semi-annually having your system inspected, you extend the life of your unit. At Broadley’s we offer a yearly maintenance service contract which includes the service to your unit. To view details of that agreement, you can find the link at the bottom of our homepage at broadleys.net. In addition, Broadley’s now offers emergency service after regular hours for any problems that may happen that need to be dealt with immediately before leaving you in the cold.Whether you have a current heating unit that works to fulfill your needs, or if you are looking for a new one, Broadley’s offers you these energy solutions. High-efficiency units save on energy bills and all around make your life easier. Servicing and maintaining your home and your heating and cooling units also aid in the transition from warm to cool weather. For all of your energy solutions, call the comfort specialists at Broadley’s at 609-390-3907.
Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on local action to tackle coronavirus.The impact of coronavirus has been deeply felt.And yet thanks to the extraordinary action that this country has taken, it is now in decline at a national level.The number of positive new cases is now below 1,000 a day and the number of recorded deaths yesterday is 25.I am pleased to report there were no deaths in Scotland for the fourth consecutive day and that there is currently nobody in intensive care with coronavirus in Northern Ireland.So we have been able, carefully, to ease the national restrictions.And alongside the easing of these national restrictions, we have increasingly taken local action.In May, we shut Weston Hospital to new admissions after a cluster of cases there.Earlier this month, we closed 2 GP surgeries in Enfield and a meat processing factory in Kirklees.And the Welsh Government has closed factories in Anglesey and Wrexham.We have put in place a system to tie together local and national action, based on insight provided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, working closely with Public Health England and the NHS.Analysis is based on 3 levels of spread.Individual cases are identified and managed by NHS Test and Trace.When many cases are found in 1 setting, be it a care home for instance, a factory, or a hospital, that is classified as a cluster, and that will be dealt with largely by the local Director of Public Health, who has statutory powers to close individual organisations.When Public Health England or the new JBC identifies clusters that are linked to one another, that is defined as an outbreak and a range of local and national actions may be needed.Decisions are taken through our Local Action Committee Command structure. It works as follows.If PHE or the JBC spots a problem that needs attention or the local Director of Public Health reports up a problem through the Regional Health Protection Teams, then the outbreak is assessed at the daily Local Action Committee Bronze meeting.Issues of concern are raised to the Local Action Committee Silver meeting, which is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer.And problems requiring ministerial attention are then raised to the Local Action Committee Gold meeting.Yesterday, I chaired an emergency Local Action Committee Gold meeting specifically to deal with the outbreak in Leicester.Unfortunately, while cases in most parts of the country have fallen since the peak, in Leicester they have continued to rise.The 7-day infection rate in Leicester is 135 cases per 100,000 people, which is 3 times higher than the next highest city.Leicester accounts for around 10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week.And admissions to hospital are between 6 and 10 per day rather than around 1 a day at other trusts.Over the past fortnight, we have already taken action to protect people in Leicester.We deployed 4 mobile testing units and extra capacity at the regional test site.We provided thousands of home testing kits and extra public health capacity to boost the local team.This afternoon, I held a further meeting with local leaders, with Public Health England, the JBC, the Local Resilience Forum and my clinical advisers, followed by a meeting of the cross-government Covid Operations Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister.We have agreed further measures to tackle the outbreak in Leicester.First, in addition to the mobile testing units that I mentioned earlier, we will send further testing capability, including opening a walk-in centre.Anyone in Leicester with symptoms must come forward for a test.Second, we will give extra funding to Leicester and Leicestershire councils to support them to enhance their communications and ensure those communications are translated into all locally relevant languages.Third, through the councils, we will ensure support is available for those who have to self-isolate.Fourth, we will work with the workplaces that have seen clusters of cases to implement more stringently the COVID-secure workplaces.Given the growing outbreak in Leicester, we cannot recommend that the easing of the national lockdown, set to take place on the 4 July, happens in Leicester.Having taken clinical advice on the actions necessary, and discussed them with the local team in Leicester and Leicestershire, we have made some difficult but important decisions.We have decided that from tomorrow non-essential retail will have to close.And, as children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday, staying open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers as they did throughoutUnfortunately, the clinical advice is that the relaxation of shielding measures due on the 6 July cannot now take place in Leicester.We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester.We will monitor closely adherence to social distancing rules and will take further steps if that is what’s necessary.The more people following the rules, the faster we will get control of this virus and get Leicester back to normal.We will keep all of these local measures under review and we will not keep them in place any longer than is necessary.We will review whether we can release any measures in 2 weeks’ time.These Leicester-specific measures will apply not just to the city of Leicester, but also to the surrounding conurbation, including for example, Oadby, Birstall and Glenfield.I know that this is a worrying time for people living in Leicester and I want you to know that you have our full support.We do not take these decisions lightly, but with the interests of the people of Leicester in our hearts.I want everyone in Leicester to know that we have taken every one of these decisions to protect them from this terrible virus.We must control this virus. We must keep people safe.These actions are also profoundly in the national interest too because it’s in everyone’s interests that we control the virus as locally as possible.Local action like this is an important tool in our armoury to deal with outbreaks while we get the country back on its feet.Mr Speaker, we said that we do whatever it takes to defeat this virus.And we said that local action would be an increasingly important part of our plan.The virus thrives on social contact, and we know that reducing social contact controls its spread.So precise and targeted actions like these will give the virus nowhere to hide and help us defeat this invisible killer.I commend this statement to the House.