Březen 2013

Finalists gear up to cut power use

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The BC Hydro Small Business Energy Challenge is a way to encourage businesses to take a hard look at their power consumption and see if they can significantly reduce use of electricity, says Hydro's Christy Intihar.

"The object of the contest is to show how businesses can reduce their electricity usage - and their monthly power bill - in a variety of ways including things that don't cost much at all, such as changing behaviour, all without negatively impacting their business operations," said Intihar.

"This is the fourth year of the contest and energy makeovers Power Smart has run with small businesses. Our overall goal is to showcase how real-life small business can reduce their electricity consumption and still run a successful business.

"Hopefully, the contest will inspire other small business owners to decide they, too, could benefit from some of the energy-saving measures they have seen the contestants use," she said.

The two finalists have the next few months to prepare, then will compete head-to-head in July and August to see who can save the largest percentage of power.

In addition to learning how to be energy smart, the winner will be profiled in newspapers and business and trade magazines, will have exposure in BC Hydro social media channels and will receive a certificate acknowledging the win.

The finalists for BC Hydro's Power Smart Small Business Energy Challenge will pit one of Burnaby's top restaurants - the Pear Tree - against Back in Motion, a Richmond rehabilitation and physiotherapy centre that treats injured WorkSafeBC clients.

Whichever manages the greatest percentage cut in energy use during July and August - compared to the amount of power consumed for the same period last year - will be declared the winner in October to mark Power Smart Month.

To help them, the finalists will receive $5,000 to spend on making their premises more energy efficient. They also get an an energy coach to advise them on how best to cut down electrical consumption.

"Restaurants use five times more power than normal businesses. We run a lot of power because we're feeding people. We have heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation, kitchen equipment and lots of lights. We have about 80 light fixtures. I sometimes think my main job here is washing windows, washing glasses and changing light bulbs," said Jaeger.

"I change a lot of light bulbs." Most of the light bulbs in the dining room are halogen, which have a short lifespan.

LED bulbs would draw only a fraction of the power and would last a lot longer but, Stephanie Jaeger said installing those might not be an option.

"LEDs would change the colour of the food. The incandescent bulbs are warmer and they give out a yellow hue, but RGB led tend to be blue and how the food looks is very important," she said. "I don't think we will be going with LEDs."

Pettyfer's attention was concentrated on the enormous hood fan hanging over the gas-fired range that ventilates the kitchen, sucking out cooking odours as well as pulling the air from the dining room.

"We use electricity to heat up the dining room and it all gets pulled into the fan," complained Jaeger. "Then we have to reheat the air again." In the summer, it will be drawing the air-conditioned air out.

The hood was installed two years ago at a cost of $40,000 and Pettyfer said it might be possible to modify the way the fan operates.

"I would like to see if we can put a variable speed motor on the fan so it can be set to lower speeds when it's not necessary to have it going full out," said Pettyfer.

He looked at all the appliances, the heating and air-conditioning systems, thermostats, lighting fixtures and refrigeration units. He came up with 11 recommendations, including a variable speed motor for the fan, high-efficiency motors for the walk-in cooler's evaporating fans, strip curtains on the door of the walk-in cooler, motion sensors to operate lights and fans in the cooler and in both washrooms, changing the lights in the kitchen from incandescent to LED, insulating hot water pipes and installing a low-flow pre-rinse spray valve on a kitchen tap to replace a high-volume valve.

Streetlight switch off

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A scheme to switch off streetlights at night in order to save money will be subjected to a "far-reaching review" after another batch of faulty components has malfunctioned.

Parts of Watford and Bushey have been left without light since Thursday (March 21) after the streetlamps began turning themselves off at random.

This time last year more than 40,000 streetlight components had to be replaced after they were deemed to be the cause of a fault, which saw thousands of streetlights randomly cutting out. Now it has been revealed that the same component has broken once again, and will need to be replaced.

County councillor Stuart Pile, head of highways, said: "This seems like a repeat of the same problem as last year. Some areas suddenly went dark and some were off when they should have been on.

"Gradually the problem has diminished and we believe it is only one batch of components in the lights.

"We have now formally notified Amey Lafarge of this problem. This is a nuisance to us and is really disappointing they didn't get it right the first time."

County councillor Nigel Bell said: "It's completely outrageous and totally unacceptable; it's dangerous for motorists to be driving around in it. "We need a proper explanation and to make sure that tax-payers don't have to pay the bill."

County councillor Steven Giles-Medhurst said: "Virtually every single streetlight has a fault, Ringway have had 800 complaints already.

"It's something to do with the clocks going back, the company assured us it won't happen again but it has. How can we trust that it won't happen again?

"We were all assured the contractor would be held to account for this. A large number of residents have been inconvenienced.

"Questions have to be asked, it beggars belief. Clearly this whole process of turning off the streetlights is a complete farce."

The money saving scheme came under fire at the county council's full meeting yesterday (March 26), where Richard Henry, from Stevenage Borough Council, presented a petition against the part-night lighting.

He said: "We're told we should listen to what people want, yet this decision was made with little or no consultation.

"People including night and shift workers, dog walkers, and carers of people who need support at night are genuinely fearful, huge areas have been plunged into complete darkness. "We should switch back on the streetlights until a proper review is carried out."

Councillor Pile promised a "far-reaching review" into the part-night lighting after the county council elections. He added: "We will be calling for information from just about anyone who is willing to give it.

"Many people say they are very happy with it, most people like saving money, and we can certainly achieve a higher rate of satisfaction by going through this review."

Yamaha FJR1300

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While big-bore fours may miss out on some of the charisma of the twins and triples, there is no argument when it comes to pure seamless strong power delivery, everywhere, big-bore four-cylinder machines like the FJR1300 are where it is at. No current twin or triple can hold a candle to this donk. There is nothing to complain about with this torque-laden motor, it just delivers what you need when you command it. For something better you have to add more cylinders and capacity: cue BMW's more expensive and full-featured K1600GT.

If grip levels are compromised then the new traction control system will step in to save the day. Otherwise unobtrusive, it is there in the background to help save the day should you hit an unexpected slippery patch or get too ham-fisted with the throttle in wet conditions. Get the machine banked on its side out of a low-speed turn, mash the throttle, only for scientific purposes, of course... and you can feel it reign things in smoothly. Riding as hard as we dare, the only time it would intervene is when we provoked it to. The system can also be deactivated should you feel the need for a mono or a skid.

The ride is excellent. Huge 48mm forks sport new more responsive internals, with both ends scoring revised spring rates and damping. Adjustment is simple enough with some thoughtful knobs in the right places to make things easier. The suspension performs remarkably well, softening hard edged bumps, nicely.

Overseas, electronically adjustable suspension is available on the FJR1300 but Yamaha Australia has chosen not to bring the full-spec machine down-under due to cost concerns. The Australian model retails for $24,999 plus on road costs (including panniers), thus it is a premium machine, albeit not as highly specified as found in some overseas markets.

I found ground clearance to be excellent. Chasing much lighter pilots than myself, I did notice them throwing a few sparks from time to time, but I could match their corner speed without dragging a thing. Skinny buggers that have never needed to learn how to ride with a light-on-the-bike riding style to help keep a machine off the deck unlike us, ahem, bigger-bond folk, who learned how to ride 'light' to stop old style suspension from tying itself in knots...

The steering response of the machine felt a little strange at first. It is light and direct enough but at first acquaintance can feel a little vague, that is until you dial yourself into the machine and start working to its strengths.

Braking response is excellent. Strong response with little effort at the lever, backed up by an excellent ABS system. The brakes are linked but a deft touch of the rear brake pedal only while cornering will not activate any front brake at all. Control freaks have nothing to fear, it just works.

In pictures the new FJR does not look all that distinctive from the previous model, side-by-side though the difference is enormous and really does make the previous model look very out-dated. The styling tweaks are not over the top, but clever and really help to bring a thoroughly modern look to the FJR. The new headlights with their stylish LED running lights are a great advance and are matched to cleverly integrated LED indicators. I have never been much of a big fan of LED lights to be honest, but on the FJR they really do look the business, with no touch of fisher-price tackiness that plagues way too many LED lighting systems on the market.

Clever removable louvres in the side of the fairing can be adjusted to keep hot air away from the rider, or in cooler climes direct hot air towards the rider. I never felt any undue heat resonating from the bike, unlike the arse-thigh roasting I copped on the YZF-R1 I rode to Canberra on for the FJR1300 launch!

While better than the last model, the new adjustable screen is still a bit small for my liking. This is not a big sit-in a still air cocoon type machine, probably for styling and sporting reasons. For many riders an aftermarket larger screen will be on their list of wants; the adjustment arms seem man enough to cope with a larger load. In its defence, buffeting, and the dreaded reverse-buffeting is non-existent.

Seating arrangements are excellent, and greatly improved over its predecessor. Adjustable through two positions, 805mm and 825mm from terra-firma, the pew is nicely tailored and well padded. The bars are also adjustable for reach. A generous 215kg load capacity means that the bike is more than capable of taking two large riders and their gear away for the weekend without maxing out the suspension.

CFL bulb safety

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Brian Krushen thought he was saving energy and money by using CFL bulbs, but a few months after putting them in some light fixtures, some had serious safety concerns.

"There were flames, and I just quickly reached out, unscrewed the bulb and took it out," explained Krushen.

The result was a bulb with visible scorch marks near the plastic base. Krushen says his bulb started to smoke shortly after turning his light on, then he saw a flame and smelled an unpleasant odor.

"Well, first thought was to get rid of the bulb. My second thought was 'Wow, how many more of these things is this going to happen to?'" he said.

Krushen contacted the bulb's manufacturer, Sylvania. A spokesperson says this is actually common: when a bulb burns out, it may pop, crack, and emit a distinct odour. People may see light smoke or a charring of the plastic base by the bulb.

Andy Thiessen of the Morden Fire Department isn't buying it. He said he's received a number of complaints about the bulbs, and said they've caused homes to fill with smoke. He has even taken steps to remove them from his own home.

"We know they are causing some problems where they are bursting into flames in the home right in the electrical socket, and it's pretty scary," said Thiessen.

The Underwriters Laboratories, the organization responsible for the safety and testing of the bulbs, said some manufacturers have changed the circuitry to reduce the negative effects when the bulbs burn out. They say people should not be alarmed if they see smoke or flames, however.

"The reality is in investigations of these incidents, we generally find it's just the end of life," said the organization.

But Brian Krushen says he's killing the switch on his CFLs. He said, "If this one flames, how many more have done it, and if they're in an empty house where there have been fires, is that the cause?"

Krushen said he plans to replace all the CFLs in his home with incandescent bulbs while they're still around.

"Since the beginning of 2012 Health Canada has received 18 reports regarding CFLs. Under the authority of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), Health Canada requires mandatory reporting of consumer product-related incidents by industry. Consumers and health care professionals are encouraged to report consumer product-related incidents by submitting an incident report form via the Health Canada website," said Health Canada.

Setting up remote control over the Internet is easy. The app is elegant and powerful. It has presets like Home, Away and Night, which turns off all lights in the house with one tap. You can also program your own schedules, light-bulb groups and dimming levels. Unfortunately, these are only "40-watt" bulbs. Worse, each has a weird cap on its dome; in other words, light comes out only in a band around the equator of each bulb. They're not omnidirectional.

By setting new brightness-per-watt standards that the 135-year-old incandescent technology can't meet, the federal government has already effectively banned incandescent bulbs. And good riddance to CFL bulbs, with those ridiculous curlicue tubes and dangerous chemicals inside. LED bulbs last decades, save electricity, don't shatter, don't burn you, save hundreds of dollars, and now offer plummeting prices and blossoming features. What's not to like? You'd have to be a pretty dim bulb not to realizs that LED light is the future.

The 2014 Cadillac CTS front

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First off, these early images of the 2014 Cadillac CTS reveal pretty much exactly what we expected with a vastly more upscale, high tech design both inside and out. In total, five images arrived in my email inbox this morning with three of them showing portions of the front end while the fourth shows the rear end and the fifth shows the new CTS interior. These images help to piece together the puzzle that is the all new 2014 CTS, joining the exciting information that we brought you last week that the CTS would feature a new 3.6L twin turbocharged engine thumping out a whopping 420 horsepower and 430lb-ft of torque.

Not surprisingly, the 2014 Cadillac CTS wears a set of LED trimmed headlights and foglights that nearly join where they would meet with just a thin portion of the front fascia separating the two lighting assemblies. Surrounding these sharp looking front lights (which are remarkably similar to those found on the new XTS and ATS), are lots of hard lines in the fenders, hood front fascia that create a very fluid form while also providing a vastly more aggressive look than the current CTS.

In addition to the LED trim, the headlights have an elongated form that presents a very upscale design - again similar to that seen on the popular new ATS compact Caddy. Overall, the front end has a big, bold design that will most certainly resonate well with the luxury sedan buyer with the lines from the front fascia flowing up into the hood to give the new CTS an angry, menacing countenance. In the modern era of luxury sedans, looking angry has become commonplace and it looks like the Cadillac designers have hit a homerun with the new CTS front end.

We don't get a very good look at the sides of the 2014 Cadillac CTS but several of the front end shots include a look at the sides with the most significant feature being a set of large, split spoke wheels that add a touch of sporty styling to the new midsized luxury sedan. We get far less visual information on the rear end of the 2014 CTS but from what we can see, the CTS will continue to follow the design of the XTS and ATS with tall, LED filled taillights, an LED light bar running across the top of the trunk lid (under the subtle spoiler) and more sharp lines to bolster the aggressive design.

Finally, the sole interior teaser of the 2014 Cadillac CTS shows a close up shot of the passenger side front door panel and from what we can see - this is an interior layout fit for a true luxury sedan. The low gloss wood paneling in the door panel with exposed grain, a variety of different leather colors with contrasting stitching and suede (or maybe Alcantara) trim looks like something that you would expect out of a premium luxury car - which makes perfect sense considering how much General Motors has worked over the past few years to place the Cadillac vehicles alongside the best luxury models in the world. Even though we only have one closely cropped shot of the interior from the 2014 CTS- it looks amazing.

Between the aggressive, high tech exterior design, the super premium interior finishes and the 420 horsepower twin turbocharged V6 - the 2014 Cadillac CTS is a midsized sedan that should have the folks at Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and BMW shaking in their expensive Italian loafers.

The biggest question surrounding these initial 2014 Cadillac CTS images are whether they are leaked or if they are teasers issued by General Motors. Considering the high quality nature of these images combined with the odd cropping and blurriness of some portions, I believe very much that these are teasers issued by GM. My source who sent them to me (which I greatly appreciate) believed that they were leaked, having been sent to him by someone who claimed just that.

Squeezing More Efficiency Out of Microsoft’s Cloud

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Squeezing more efficiency and density out of bleeding-edge facilities is the next phase in the data center arms race. It's a process that other leading players will be undertaking as they seek to get more mileage out of new server farms that came online in the huge construction boom from 2007 to 2010.

"We're all moving towards constant evolution and improvement," said David Gauthier, Director of Data Center Architecture and Design at Microsoft, who helped design and launch the Dublin facility in 2009.

One key to improvement is relentless review of data from the early operations of new data centers, according to David Gauthier, Director of Data Center Architecture and Design at Microsoft. As it studied the operating data it collected, Gauthier says Microsoft found that it could be more aggressive in its use of free cooling.

"We were being conservative at first, because it was new and we hadn't done it before," said Gauthier. Microsoft had installed a small number of DX (direct expansion) cooling units in the first phase to provide backup cooling if the temperature rose above 85 degrees. The climate in Dublin, which has ideal temperature and humidity ranges for data center operations, never tested those levels. The DX units were retired, making additional power available, which was used to install more servers and cabinets in the data halls.

In place of the DX units, Microsoft added a less energy-intensive backup system to address "just in case" scenarios of unusually warm weather. It used adiabatic cooling, in which warm outside air enters the enclosure and passes through a layer of media, which is dampened by a small flow of water. The air is cooled as it passes through the wet media.

But Microsoft has now shelved the adiabatic systems in its most recent data halls, as Dublin's weather simply doesn't require it. "The climate in Dublin is awesome," said Gauthier.

Microsoft designed the contained hot aisles so they could easily use cabinets of different heights, with one enclosure fitted with some 40U cabinets and some 48U cabinets, for example. This allows the company flexibility if it opts to use different server vendors. It has also narrowed the hot aisles themselves, which frees up more space for servers n each data hall.

These refinements, along with advances in processor power and efficiency, have helped boost Microsoft's server power

Other recent refinements include the installation of energy-saving LED lights tied to motion sensors, meaning Microsoft uses less energy to power its lights, and only uses them when staff are present in a room. It has also adopted white cabinets, which can save on energy since the white surfaces reflect more light. This helps illuminate the server room when less intense lighting.

The focus on energy savings extend to the backup power systems. Microsoft uses short-duration UPS units, which provide about 1 minute of runtime during a utility outage before shifting load to the building generators. This approach allows Microsoft to forego a huge battery room in favor of a smaller enclosure within its power room. Rather than cooling the entire power room to protect the battery life, the enclosure is air conditioned, using ony eneough energy to cool a small space instead of the entire room.

Installs Solar Panels in Memory of Alumnus

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Last week, the school's Buckman Hall for science and mathematics at Walnut Grove and Mendenhall roads was converted into a life-sized science lab, as 72 solar panels were installed on the roof. The result will be energy savings for the school, energy conservation for the environment and learning opportunities for students.

The solar project is in memoriam of Edwards, who graduated from St. Dominic in 2003 and Christian Brothers High School in 2007. Edwards is the son of Scott and Margaret Edwards. His sister Maggie is a junior at St. Agnes, and his brother Taylor graduated from St. Dominic in 2009.

"From the time Ryan Edwards enrolled at St. Dominic, everyone knew he would become a special young man of great faith and conviction," said Barbara Daush, president of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School.

Edwards was passionate about the environment and leaving resources for future generations. He worked for the University of Tennessee-Knoxville recycling center, where his nickname on campus was "Cardboard Eddie." Edwards even helped his father apply for a grant to add solar panels to his East Memphis dental office.

Preparing to graduate in May 2012 with a degree in environmental studies, Edwards died in an accident last March at age 23. After his death, his family and friends wanted to find a meaningful way to memorialize him.

"The goal of this initiative is to excite, inspire and educate a whole new generation of students to follow in Ryan's footsteps," Murphy said. "With the installation of solar panels in Buckman Hall, we will be able to create solar energy for our science building and at the same time explore an exciting new curriculum that will bring environmental science to life for all our students."

St. Agnes-St. Dominic claims it's the first local private school in the area to install solar panels. To date, $65,000 has been raised to fund the solar initiative.

The cost of installing solar power is approximately $4 per watt. Solar panels on the roof of Buckman Hall will create the energy needed to power lights and equipment.

When completed, the system will generate enough electricity to reduce carbon emissions by 14 tons. That's the equivalent of taking three cars off the road every year.

Additionally, an educational display center will be offered for students and teachers to use in math, biology, chemistry and physics classes. Data will be accessible via a user-friendly display that will include general science information, real-time solar power data, a weather station and other raw data to be used in the classroom.

Local artist and St. Dominic parent Landon Despeaux is donating an art piece in memory of Edwards. The piece, which will be created from recycled and found objects, will be housed near the solar education display in Buckman Hall.

On Earth Day, April 22 at 1:30 p.m., the school will have a ceremony celebrating the installation of the solar panels and thanking the donors who made the project possible.

St. Agnes-St. Dominic is working with parent Jeff O'Connor of Inman Solar on the project. Inman Solar is a full-service solar photovoltaic systems integrator serving commercial and residential customers nationally with offices in Atlanta and Memphis.

Samsung 13W LED bulb

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Samsung might be a big name in smartphones and televisions, but when it comes to lighting they are still working on getting their name out there. The company has had products available for some time, but they've yet to differentiate themselves from the competition or deliver a lamp that was particularly notable. Samsung's newest offering for home buyers is the 13W A19, which is currently available at Lowe's for $30.

The 13W LED is a 60W-equivalent that runs at an indoor-friendly 2700K and produces 900 lumens (69 lumens per watt). It's omnidirectional, as you'd expect from an A19, but it is not Energy Star approved, meaning it won't qualify for discounts in certain areas and it doesn't have this seal of approval that many buyers look for. The lamp is rated for 25,000 hours, as is typical, and is dimmable. Other information is hard to find unless you have the packaging in front of you, but with it you can find the CRI (80) and details about cost savings.

On the exterior, Samsung went with a design that is extremely similar to the popular Lighting Science Group Definity A19, which combines a large heatsink with a flying saucer-like container for the LEDs on the top. The build is better then LSG's, with heftier aluminum on the heat sink and a nicer diffuser for the LEDs, but it's still what most consumers would consider to be an unconventional design. It also doesn't have a bulb-like design, as found in Cree's new LED lamps. The Samsung weighs 6.5 oz (186g), which is not unreasonable but it's a bit on the hefty side.

I've been testing the Samsung 13W LED for a few weeks and while it's gotten the job done, I can't see any compelling reasons to choose this bulb. The light quality is fine and I do like 2700K for home lighting. 900 lumens offers a nice increase in the brightness level compared to some other products - most 60W equivalents are 800 lumens (Energy Star guidelines call for a minimum of 800 lumens) so some people may appreciate the extra brightness while others won't want or need it. The Samsung 13W is quiet, has no perceptible delay when turned on, and is completely buzz-free. Also it seems very well built, but ultimately these are minor factors.

If you are in the market for a new LED bulb and you want a premium product, you can get Philips' L Prize Winner bulb for $28 right now. It also produces 900 lumens, but it does so while only consuming 10W. If you are like the vast majority of consumers and you mainly care about price, there are cheaper lamps out there, many of which are better products,. This includes the 60W-equivalent Cree which is $13 and offers a shape most consumers will prefer. Philips' redesigned A19 LED, which isn't cheap for what it is (yet, prices will drop) is still $25 for a 830 lumen, 11W lamp.

While Samsung's product isn't at all bad when viewed on its own, it has no unique benefits and can't stand up to the competition in 2013′s rapidly accelerating lighting market.

The new Cree LED light bulb 'is affordable, guaranteed for 10 years, and saves 84% more energy than the standard incandescent bulbs.' It's right up Ian's alley. You do know he runs and helps fund his own environmental action nonprofit--right?

You can check out a sweet shot of Ian posing with one of these new light bulbs by clicking on the Just Jared link above. Is it any wonder Nina Dobrev finds him so incredibly appealing?

Is it such a great idea to have someone like Ian Somerhalder touting the merits of an environmentally friendly light bulb? No one will notice the product, as they'll be far too busy staring at The Vampire Diaries star.

Troubled bar lodges appeal

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THE landlord of a trouble-hit bar revealed today he is appealing against a decision by Blackpool Council to close the premises down.

Oggies Bar on Queen Street in the resort had its licence revoked earlier this month by councillors who heard there had been a raft of violent incidents there.

But Alan Ogden, who only took charge of the premises in January this year, said he would be lodging an appeal against the ruling and claimed he had not been given enough chance to turn the nightspot around.

He said: "I am going to lodge an appeal and in the meantime we are still open."

A lot of the problems were down to the old tenant and when I re-opened the bar, a lot of the old customers who were the ones causing the trouble, were still coming in.

But now we have made a lot of changes.We have new door security and a refusal button on the till so we can show the police when we have refused drunks.

We have also recruited new staff who have all done their Challenge 25 training in connection with refusing to serve under-age drinkers, and there are also four members of staff who are personal licence holders.

"On top of that, all the electrical testing which had not been done, has now been done."

A council panel revoked the licence following a town hall hearing on March 6, but the venue had 21 days in which to lodge an appeal. It is allowed to remain open until any appeal is heard.

Evidence put before councillors by the police, who had called for the licence to be reviewed, included two assaults last year where victims suffered broken jaws, and one occasion where a male customer was found drunk and naked.

The panel also saw CCTV footage from February 24 this year, of a man being punched, and another customer exposing himself with no action being taken by door staff.

Up until January this year, the bar had been run by Ian and Kelly Calvert who handed back their licence after the police applied for the review.

They said they had been "naive" about how difficult the premises were to control.

Mr Ogden, who has previously been in charge at other Blackpool venues including The Jaggy Thistle and the Bierkeller, said he had not been given long enough to make the required changes at the bar.

He added: "It takes time to get things up to scratch."

"We have also changed 38 emergency lighting fittings and we have refurbished the cellar of the premises in full."

"I felt I was not given enough chance to turn it around, but we are getting there now. "I want our customers to know we are still open as normal, with karaoke on seven days a week."

The council's health and safety team also gave evidence at the hearing, raising a number of issues in relation to electrical testing which had been overlooked.

"The event is family-friendly and is truly a team-building experience," he said. "All stadium and street lights will be turned off. The lighting volunteers alone will be responsible for how well that part of the building is illuminated. When they see the resulting photograph, they will recognize their accomplishment. With this image being made available to the world, they will have pride in their part in making it happen."

Energy Saving School Lighting Improves Infrastructure

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In recent years, the issue of gaining access to energy saving school lighting products has been a pressing one for many of the public schools across the country. While the technology has become readily available for more and more commercial centers, hospitals, offices and retail businesses, many schools still find it difficult to cope with the costs involved with acquiring these types of eco-friendly products from the best lighting manufacturers and providers.

ILLUMINEX, Inc., a highly respected company that has years of experience in dealing with quality LED and induction commercial lighting, has stated, however, that many schools have started expressing more interest in technologically advanced school lighting, mainly due to the long term benefits that it can provide them with.

According to the company's representatives, energy efficiency and long life are the two most important advantages that this type of lighting can bring. Additionally, the specific qualities associated with each of the two technologies - instant lighting and design flexibility for LED lights and the benefits associated with induction lights - provide higher efficiency, reliability and resilience under virtually any circumstance. These are qualities that many schools have been seeking for a very long time due to the lack of quality provided by older lighting products.

School lighting systems based on induction and LED technologies provide environmental friendly ways of lighting up classrooms and hallways that do not disrupt the daily activities of students and teachers due to flickering, humming, and buzzing associated with traditional fluorescent lights; also, they promote a more natural setting that, according to various studies, can significantly encourage the development of mental skills and the studying performance of students - yet another reason why these lighting products are rapidly gaining popularity among schools in the entire country.

The combination of the numerous environmental friendly benefits and the reduction of health risks due to the elimination of various harmful substances that older lighting products depend on accounts for the increased popularity of "green" school lighting, and opens up new avenues when it comes to offering school children a brighter future through improved education environments.

Polycem's proprietary Betona lightweight concrete tiles are made in Michigan and comprised of 50 percent recycled glass from fluorescent light bulbs. Designed for the designer, Betona tiles can be produced in any color and display any artwork - which means customization is standard and design options are limited only by the imaginations of the client and Polycem design staff.

The company's search for a production-level printer that could deliver total creative freedom, higher operational efficiency and minimal environmental impact ultimately led to Durst. "The Rho 800 HS represents a significant upgrade to our printing process," said Jameson Goorman, President of Polycem. "It gives us the best available technology to substantially improve our ability to deliver the most creative tile designs at very good prices and on very fast turnarounds. Our team of designers comes up with some visually stunning tiles for our customers. Now we can do a better job executing their designs, and do it much faster.