Palmetto gets $20 million credit line for its solar and energy efficiency installation marketplace

For homeowners that want to go green, but have trouble figuring out how to do it, Palmetto Clean Technologies has the answer. The company has an army of salespeople to pitch the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency, and will connect would-be clean energy consumers with financing options, installers, and software to monitor and manage their equipment. What Palmetto lacked, until the new $20 million credit line it has received from the utility-backed investment firm, Energy Impact Partners, is a way to smooth its revenues while it fronted the costs of solar panel acquisitions and installation. “One of the big problems that we’re solving for in our industry is the Chinese wall between project finance and corporate finance,” says Chris …

America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world’s 5G plans

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The US-led offensive against Chinese tech firm Huawei is creating big problems for mobile operators as they start building the next generation of wireless networks. The international rollout of 5G has become a front line in the broader clash over advanced technology between the United States and China that is reshaping the relationship between the world’s top two economies. The United States doesn’t have a heavyweight globalcompetitor to Huawei in telecommunications equipment. The Chinese firm’s biggest rivals are Ericsson (ERIC) of Sweden and Nokia (NOK) of Finland. But they have struggled for years with losses and job cuts while Huawei has powered ahead, generating annual revenue of more than $100 billion, building a strong base in China …

This Interactive Map Shows You Just How Much Climate Change Will Affect Your Hometown

Climate change is one of the biggest threats currently facing the planet, if not the biggest threat. So much so that the World Economic Forum has warned we are “sleepwalking into catastrophe”. The planet is already starting to feel some of the effects of this change, from the record-breaking heatwaves in Australia to the number of extreme weather events in the US. Yet, it can be extremely hard to picture how something as seemingly abstract as climate change will affect us in the future – and this is where Matt Fitzpatrick from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science steps in. Fitzpatrick and his colleague Robert R. Dunn have built an interactive map, matching 540 urban areas across the US and Canada to towns and cities whose contemporary …

Instagram confirms that a bug is causing follower counts to change (Updated)

Update: Instagram says the issue will be fixed by 9AM PST on Thursday. Update: we’re expecting to have this issue resolved by 9 a.m. PST tomorrow. We understand this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to get things back to normal. — Instagram (@instagram) February 13, 2019 Instagram confirmed today that an issue has been causing some accounts’ follower numbers to change. Users began noticing the bug about 10 hours ago and the drastic drop in followers caused some to wonder if Instagram was culling inactive and fake accounts, as part of its fight against spam. We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working …

Italian Sculptor Creates Marble Masterpiece In 7 Years And People Cant Believe Its All Marble

Cappella Sansevero, a chapel in the historic center of Image credits: Francesco Queirolo, is one piece in particular that leaves patrons puzzled. It portrays a man breaking free from a delicate, elaborately carved net, helpfully assisted by the presence of a winged angel. According to the museum’s website, the sculpture is steeped in symbolism. SomaSantutxu SomaSantutxu Image credits: Image credits: “In his book Istoria dello Studio di Napoli (1753-54), Giangiuseppe Origlia rightly defines this statue as ‘the last and most trying test to which sculpture in marble can aspire.’ The reference is naturally to the virtuoso work on the net, which amazed famous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travelers, and continues to astound tourists today.” iamalsout ancienteurope “In this regard, the story …

Crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 die from toxic hooch in India

New Delhi, India (CNN)Indian police have launched a crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 people were killed drinking toxic moonshine in the country’s north, police said. In a press conference Tuesday, Khanduri said police have arrested two suspects accused of selling the illicit liquor. Indian moonshine deaths raise concerns over food safety “From our investigations, we have found that the chemical was transported from Haridwar to Saharanpur,” he told CNN, adding that authorities were waiting for test results to confirm the chemical used. The investigation into the poisonous liquor is ongoing and eight people, including the two sellers, have been arrested, police spokesperson Shalin Sharma said. About 400 liters of illicit booze was seized during joint operations by police in …

Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

Polish Photographer Travels Across India To Show How Incredibly Beautiful Its Local People Are

Although India’s population growth has been steadily decreasing since the beginning of the 1990s, the country still ranks as the second most inhabited. The 1,3 billion people that live there equate to about 17.5% of the total world population. #1 Portrait of a beautiful Kalbelia gypsy named Suman, taken at Pushkar fair grounds #3 Portrait of a cute gypsy boy, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds #5 Beautiful Suman from Kalbelia caste, portrait taken at the annual fair in Pushkar #7 Portrait of an old Rajasthani woman, taken in the streets of Pushkar #9 Portrait of an old Rajasthani herder taken on the cold morning at the camel fair #11 Portrait of a little Rajasthani boy, dressed as a Hindu …

Smoking Cannabis As A Teen Linked To An Increased Risk Of Depression In Young Adulthood

Depression directly affects one in six adults over the course of a lifetime – and everything from pollution and artificial light to the bacteria that live in our gut could be (at least partly) to blame. Now, a new paper published in JAMA Psychiatry also links the mental illness to cannabis smoking as a teenager. Previous research has suggested that cannabis use moderately increases an individual’s risk of developing depression. While others have found no significant association when other variables are taken into consideration. Still others suggest cannabis use may actually decrease symptoms. The result is a mixed bag of results with no clear consensus of how cannabis affects mental health, at least as far as depression is concerned. Researchers from the University of Oxford, UK, and McGill University, Canada, have …

‘Know your heart risk like your Pin code’

Poor heart and artery health can also lead to heart failure, kidney disease, arterial disease and vascular dementia. So, health bodies are leading efforts to improve the detection and treatment of three conditions that contribute to CVD – atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – over the next 10 years. These conditions often have no symptoms, which is why health experts are recommending people take up free NHS health checks for all over-40s at GP surgeries, some local pharmacies and shopping centres. They also urge people over 30 to take the Heart Age Test. Related Topics NHS Heart disease Strokes Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

State Of Emergency Declared After 50 Polar Bears Invade Russian Town

A state of emergency has been declared in Novaya Zemlya, after more than 50 polar bears invaded the group of islands north of Russia. Now that climate change has caused the Arctic sea ice to shrink back, polar bears are spending more time hunting for food on land, putting them and humans at a greater risk of encountering each other. One such meeting ground is the town of Belushya Guba, which has seen 52 polar bears in the town and surrounding area, with roughly 10 constantly roaming around the settlement. Locals have been “chased” by the polar bears, and many of the thousands of residents are now “afraid to go outside”, the Siberian Times reports. “Parents are wary of letting children go to …

Feds charge Rikers Island guard with smuggling drugs to jail

NEW YORK – Federal authorities have charged a Rikers Island correctional officer with smuggling drugs into the New York City jail. Court records unsealed this week show 23-year-old Simon Gordon faces bribery and drug charges following an investigation by the city’s Department of Investigation. Gordon was released Monday on $25,000 bail. His defense attorney declined to comment Wednesday. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

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#1 This applies to both romantic and platonic relationships! #3 Don’t feel ashamed about feeling the need to spend time hiding away from the world – take the time you need to rest and repair #5 Society as lead us to believe that our ultimate goal is to be beautiful because according to the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy beauty = value. Beauty standards exist, they are narrow and limited, some people fall into the category of what is considered “beautiful” and some don’t. The truth is we don’t need to be beautiful!!! It’s not the most important in life – we are so much more than that. Let us be weird, ugly, gross, have bad taste. It doesn’t mean we’re …

Lady Gaga Performs ‘Shallow’ Without Bradley Cooper At Grammys And Delivers

Lady Gaga’s performance at the The singer took the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday night to showcase her duet from the hit romance “A Star Is Born.” Gaga performed sans co-star Bradley Cooper, but the number was all the more extra for it. picked up three awards for her album “Joanne” and the record-breaking song from the film. a surprise appearance with Michelle Obama was certainly a highlight for all the Little Monsters at home, nothing could compare to a solo Gaga gig, especially considering her outrageous dance moves. Gaga is set to perform the duet live with Cooper at the Academy Awards later this month, where she’s nominated in multiple categories. manage to impress an audience …