Green number plate proposed for UK electric cars

Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans.

The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.

The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target of net zero emissions.

But Friends of the Earth said without better financial incentives and more charging points, little would change.

The government is asking industry and the public for their views on how to implement the scheme.

“As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” said the Department for Transport (DfT).

“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking.”

The government said a similar licence plate scheme introduced on a trial basis in the Canadian province of Ontario had led to an increase in electric vehicle registrations.

However, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “While the sentiment seems right, there are question marks as to whether drivers would see this as a badge of honour or alternatively it could foster resentment among existing drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles.

“On the face of it, drivers we’ve questioned don’t seem too impressed – only a fifth think it’s a good idea and the majority said the number plates wouldn’t have the effect of making them any more likely to switch to an electric vehicle.”

Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates urged the introduction of a national scrappage scheme, saying it would “help fund a switch to a cleaner vehicle or greener transport alternative”.

Source: BBC News

Prince Charles urge financiers to invest their trillions to help save the planet

Britain’s Prince Charles has urged big business and the City financiers to invest their trillions to help save the planet by investing in projects that protect the environment.

Speaking to the Evening Standard newspaper, the heir to the British throne said that sustainable but profitable investment was key to combating climate change and preserving biodiversity.

He added: “There are many more people wanting to look for sustainable investment opportunities which would actually direct the money to the most effective things — whether it is regeneration, reforestation, sorting out fisheries and ocean issues to make them more sustainable. Or agriculture and how to rebuild soil fertility, which is completely degraded around most of the world. Because if you can get the soil fertility back again, you can capture carbon much more quickly.”

His intervention comes a month after he set up the Sustainable Markets Council — with the World Economic Forum — bringing together companies, governments and major financial institutions to “transform our market mechanisms to work for, not against, sustainability”.

Source: Evening Standard News

Why need a good night’s sleep?

Sleep is a biological and powerful need, much like food and water. Getting a good night’s sleep is very beneficial to our well-being. This article will highlight why we need a good sleep and the benefits.

Why we need a good sleep

  • Improve Memory  During sleep the neural connectors of our memories are strengthened. The part of the brain responsible for memory storage called hippocampus is restored when we are sleeping. A good sleep is very important in preventing memory loss and improving memory.
  • Improves Heart – Quality sleep improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels which promotes good flow of blood and oxygen in the heart arteries and thereby improve the function of the heart.
  • Decrease depression – When we go to sleep and whenever our body is relaxed it releases the hormones melatonin and serotonin. This hormones help to eliminate/balance the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol making us happier and emotionally stronger.

  • Increases Creativity –  During sleep, the memory is at its peak, the mind restored and the hormones all balanced. The mind has a healthier imagination, making you more creative.
  • Supports Weight loss – A lack of sleep creates a lack of the hormone leptin in the body. Leptin is stored in the fat cells and tells us when to stop eating. The hormone Ghrelin (the hunger hormone) is stimulated, making us hungrier when we’re not.
  • Makes you healthy – The immune system relies on sleep to regain strength to fight against the next days toxins. With a sluggish immune system we let down our guard to many toxins and germs that can destroy the other systems in the body.

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Three Generation rent experimental Eco HMO from UK Council

It is an unusual set-up, pioneered by Kent County Council, which bought the run-down former hotel for £150,000 as part of a regeneration scheme in one of the most socially-deprived areas in the UK.

Almost £1m was spent converting it into a home appropriate for multi-generational living. Situated over five floors, it has three kitchens, five bathrooms and seven bedrooms.

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The family previously lived in three separate homes around the town.

Hospital sister Lizi lived with her fiance Richard, a chef, and Dan. Andrew, who works in a greenhouse nursery, lived on his own, while single mum Charli, who works in a supermarket, lived in another home with her six-year-old daughter Poppy.

Lizi spotted an advert for the experiment after her landlord said he was selling up. She fell in love with the house as soon as she saw it and persuaded the family to move in together.

The house was also designed to ensure it met high environmental standards.

For example, water from the washing machine is recycled for use in the toilet, which means a household of six people uses the equivalent of a two-person household.

Academics are monitoring how warm the house is, how much fresh air it has and how much condensation there is.

The family are privately renting the house from Kent County Council for around £1,750 a month, plus bills – and say living together has helped them save money.

“We’re not all paying rents,” Richard Warrington, whose previous property cost £1,200 per month, explains.

“We’re not all paying separate electricity bills, gas bills, water bills, council tax and everything else. So we’re all now paying one lump sum for the house.”

Source: BBC News

IRA plans to Knockout power supply in England Homes

The IRA planned to knock out the power supply to the south east of England in the final years of its bombing campaign, a former insider has claimed.

Details are revealed in the final episode of the BBC series Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History.

Insiders describe a battle of wits between the IRA and British intelligence.

When the British Government refused to admit Sinn Féin to peace talks in the mid-1990s, Canary Wharf was bombed.

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Two people were killed and damage was estimated at £150m in the attack in February 1996.

In June of the same year, the IRA exploded what was reported as the largest bomb to be planted in Great Britain since World War Two.

More than 200 people were injured in the blast in Manchester and significant damage to infrastructure caused.

The final programme in the landmark BBC series, presented by Darragh MacIntyre, includes first-hand accounts of the campaign in Britain after the IRA ceasefire was temporarily abandoned in 1996.

Source: BBC News

Eco top tips for UK Homes

Making your home eco friendly is a win-win, as it will offer you comfort living, financial savings and above all save the planet from the effect of climate change. The following tips will provide you with a greener home, heavier wallet and a safer planet;

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  • Insulation – The most eco effective thing to do is to insulate your home. Insulation of your home is to to prevent heat loss, therefore reducing the amount of heating required. 35% of heat is lost through the walls, 25% through the roof, 15% through the floor, 15% through draughts and 10% through the windows.  Wall insulation can save up to £135 pa on energy bills and loft insulation could save up to £175.
  • Boilers – An energy efficient boiler will make a significant savings; the Energy Saving Trust estimates this to be up to £200 pa for the equivalent of 1.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
  • Eco lighting – Energy saving light bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs. On average they cost less and can save you up to £40 pa.
  • Secondary glazing – A secondary glazing system installed on your window is a great way to keep energy from escaping your home. A whole house fitted with secondary glazing could save you 40% of your energy bill in a year
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Other tips worth considering is installation of Biomass for heating, underfloor heating, solar energy for electricity and heating and renewable energy for electricity and heating.

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EPL Footballers gets Rochdale Home Tech firm to £1M Turnover

Simkiss Home Automation, a Rochdale-based smart home technology firm in UK, reached £1M turnover in its last financial year, ending September 2019.

The entrepreneur Mr Paul Simkiss said the smart home technology is attracting interest from English Premier League footballers to assisted living providers, the latter of whom want to improve the lives of residents and check that they’re safe.

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Paul Simkiss founded Simkiss Control Systems in 1999 but set up a second business – Simkiss Home Automation – in 2017 after spotting a gap in the market when he installed smart tech in his own farmhouse.

As well as being able to control all aspects of his home’s technology through a display panel, the 48-year-old can check everything remotely via a mobile phone app, including monitoring his CCTV to controlling the lighting, blinds, TV, music system and several other features.

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Mr Simkiss admits he fell into the smart home market by chance.

“I was looking at doing some work in the farmhouse that we had,” he recalled. “I thought if I was rewiring the place I would look at home automation. I installed technology from a company called Legrand into the house.

The home automation side of the business currently accounts for £1m of the group’s total £7m turnover but Mr Simkiss predicts it will reach £8m by 2021 as the company’s overall turnover doubles to £14m.

Source: Rochdale News

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20 Properties damaged as mains water pipe burst in Tipton UK

A burst water main caused widespread property damage. Discoloured water gushed metres into the air and flooded Park Lane West in Tipton.

A house partially collapse due to the burst main on Monday afternoon (14/102019), South Staffs Water confirmed.

Tipton

Dramatic pictures from Park Lane West in Tipton, Birmingham, showed external walls had given way completely.

Pete Aspley, wholesale service delivery director at South Staffs Water, said: “Due to the burst water main, around 20 properties on Park Lane West appear to have been damaged, one of them severely.

Tipton water burst

“We have a team on site who are working with the emergency services and we are in contact with the people affected.

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How to be Debt Free

Majority of us have debts which range in various degree, size and complexity. The most important thing about debt is how it is managed and the effect it has on our general wellbeing. This short article is about the most effective and affordable way to manage your debt and thereby being debt free in no time.

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REVIEW YOUR DEBT

The starting point is to have a comprehensive review of your total debt in a simple format that provide an overview of all your creditors and the amounts you owe. The total amount of debt and interest paid on each of the debts is very important to place priority to the sequence and affordable amount to payable. The best option is to have a debt payment plan bases on affordability and priority with categories such as non-negotiable, large amount, high interest, negotiable, small amount, low interest etc.

 

REVIEW YOUR INCOME AND EXPENDITURE

It is very important to review your income and expenditure with the aim of increasing your disposable income. There are several ways of doing that which will be a topic on its own. Our focus here is to maximise income and minimise expenditures as much as possible to have the much needed disposable income to manage debt effectively.

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TALK TO YOUR CREDITOR

Always let your creditor know as soon as possible if you are struggling or aware of a situation that will affect you making payment. Using your payment plan call all your creditors to negotiate an affordable amount and frequency of payment you can maintain. Most creditors will work with you to set an affordable minimum payment plan as long as possible.

 

REGULAR REVIEW OF PAYMENT PLAN

Once you have been able to set affordable payment plan with all your creditors, it is even more important to maintain and review your payment plan regularly to aim at making affordable adjustment where necessary to clear off your debt as soon as possible. Also don’t forget to seek financial help and advice either free or paid.

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