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Providing electricity to Rio de Janeiro's favelas

Providing electricity to Rio de Janeiro's favelas | Alton Towers | Scoop.it
Brazilian electricity company developed a new business model to rebuild trust with and provide services to favelas

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"...energy theft so common in the favelas, its level of non-technical losses and default reached 64.1% and 90.4%, respectively, calling for the development of a new and sustainable business solution...

...the first step taken by the company was to call for regulatory incentives... regulation targeted at low income populations through which local companies had to invest 0.5% of the annual operating income into "energy efficiency programs". These investments included both practical initiatives such as substituting older home appliance (refrigerators, light bulbs, etc) for more efficient models, and education initiatives to make people understand the need to adjust their consumption patterns to levels that would generate an affordable bill... Light also decided to invest in the development and installation of new electricity measurement equipment, targeted to avoid future theft from the overhead cables, as well as modern and more efficient monitoring systems...

Nowadays the average level of non-technical losses and default among the favelas that benefit from UPPs has dramatically dropped, to 11.1% and 1.5% respectively."


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Blackburn College worker admits stealing £21k

Blackburn College worker admits stealing £21k | Alton Towers | Scoop.it

A COLLEGE worker who spent more than £21,000 on a work credit card on holidays, shopping and a trip to Alton Towers has been warned she faces jail.

Shaheda Lorgat, a purchasing officer at Blackburn College, used the card which was meant to buy equipment for students requiring special help.

Preston Crown Court heard how the 42-year-old racked up a catalogue of expenses over a period of more than three years.

Judge Jeremy Baker told her: “Fraudulence in a position of trust carried on over a period of years and obtaining a benefit of more than £20,000 of public money is likely to attract a prison sentence.

“Whether it will or not remains for the judge on the day to decide.”

Lorgat was suspended from her role at the Fielden Street college after an internal audit uncovered ‘financial discrepancies’.

An investigation was launched and the case was handed over to the police.

Among the personal items Lorgat paid for on the college account were:

• A total of £9,031 worth of personal travel costs
• Solicitors bills totalling £2,464
• A total of £8,473 worth of tradesmen’s costs Other items included £465 worth of servics at Alton Towers, £315 worth of personal holiday costs, a supermarket bill of £202, goods worth £245 for personal use and prescription sunglasses worth £153.

 

She pleaded guilty to 19 charges of fraudulent abuse of her position.

Judge Baker adjourned the sentence until September 9 to allow for the preparation of a pre-sentence report as well as a medical report.

Defending, Leila Ghahhary said: “There is a long-standing history of domestic abuse and from that, mental health problems from which the defendant suffers.”

 

The defendant was given unconditional bail until her next appearance at the crown court.

Rachel Curry, director of resources at Blackburn College, said: “The college is satisfied with the outcome of the legal proceedings against a former colleague who was dismissed from our employment over 16 months ago, following an investigation initially triggered by minor financial discrepancies.

"As one of the largest and most financially stable further education colleges in the UK, whilst the situation was unfortunate and regrettable there was no impact on the education and training of our learners.”

A police spokesman said: “Shaheda Lorgat was in a position of trust and used the credit card for her own financial gain.

“The card was meant to be used to buy equipment for pupils with certain requirements, but instead she used it to buy herself things.”

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18th Oct: CBeebies to get 5 acre park at Alton Towers

CBeebies will come to Alton Towers this spring after Worldwide struck a deal with Merlin Entertainments, the owner of the UK's No.1 theme park. The deal means that CBeebies will get a dedicated five acres at the North Staffordshire park in 2014, bringing to life some of the preschool channel's most-loved characters.


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A Scary Night At Alton Towers With Essex Star Sam Faiers - V-Blog (blog)

A Scary Night At Alton Towers With Essex Star Sam Faiers - V-Blog (blog) | Alton Towers | Scoop.it
A Scary Night At Alton Towers With Essex Star Sam FaiersV-Blog (blog)The Only Way Is Essex star Sam Faiers does but we found out she has a loud pair of lungs!

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Alton Towers more than just a theme park - Anglotopia.net

Alton Towers more than just a theme park - Anglotopia.net | Alton Towers | Scoop.it
Alton Towers more than just a theme park
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With a fantastic range of short breaks, you can experience fun like never before at Alton Towers Resort.
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Thomas Cook pays £2,000 to British hotel couple told there was a decomposed body in their water tank

Thomas Cook pays £2,000 to British hotel couple told there was a decomposed body in their water tank | Alton Towers | Scoop.it

Travel firm Thomas Cook has offered a British couple compensation after they drank water from a tank which was contaminated by a dead body.

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Bottomless Elevator 3D Illusion

Bottomless Elevator 3D Illusion | Alton Towers | Scoop.it
3D Illusion of a hole in the middle of the elevator was created to prepare the British public for the launch of Alton Towers Resort's new attraction - Nemesis Sub-Terra. Terrifying ride will take you underground beneath the ...

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21st Nov: Alton Towers fairytale sprinkles magic on job prospects

21st Nov: Alton Towers fairytale sprinkles magic on job prospects | Alton Towers | Scoop.it

New jobs could be created at North Staffordshire's Alton Towers resort. Theme park bosses plan to build a holiday park of 150 lodges there, designed on a fairytale theme.


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£2m plan to improve safety on danger road linking JCB and Alton Towers - This is Staffordshire

£2m plan to improve safety on danger road linking JCB and Alton Towers - This is Staffordshire | Alton Towers | Scoop.it
£2m plan to improve safety on danger road linking JCB and Alton Towers This is Staffordshire Fred Eyre, aged 70, leader of Alton Parish Council, welcomed the changes but said villagers would still like to see further improvements to ease problems...
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