COUNTY News:Los Alamos County Council will consider the adoption of multi-year increases to the Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) water and sewer rates at two public hearings. Beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, the public hearings will be conducted during the council meeting in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.The Board of Public Utilities voted Oct. 16 to approve the rate increases, giving the green light to forward ordinances 02-299 for water rates and 02-298 for sewer rates to the Council for possible adoption. Both ordinances are structured to increase rates yearly over the next three years. Specifically, water rates would increase each year 5, 4.25 and 4 percent respectively. Sewer rates would increase each year 6, 3 and 2 percent respectively.“These complex water and sewer infrastructure systems are essential to the economic prosperity and public health of our community,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. “These increases will allow us to replace our aging infrastructure, especially the White Rock wastewater treatment plant.”To educate the community on the need for these rate increases, the DPU aired a documentary on Los Alamos PAC 8 regarding the troubled condition of the water and sewer infrastructure nationwide. Additionally, two public meetings on Los Alamos’ infrastructure challenges were held in White Rock and the Los Alamos townsite in October. More information, including the draft ordinances and frequently asked questions are available on the DPU website at https://ladpu.com/2019Infrastructure-Rates.Direct questions to the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.
The Financial Inclusion Fund’s (FIF) free national debt advice service is set to close after the government axed its £25m-a-year funding. Last month, the financial secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban, confirmed that funding for the free face-to-face advice service, which has operated since 2005, will end in March. The project helps around 100,000 people every year to manage their debts. Its closure will mean the redundancy of 500 debt advisers, at a time when the demand for debt advice is predicted to soar. Tobias Stapf, FIF project manager in London, said: ‘Last year the FIF debt advice service was found by the National Audit Office to provide “value for money” because it is saving significant amounts for the government, the courts [and other bodies]. ‘Time and time again it has been shown that timely and expert intervention in debt problems can prevent debts spiralling out of control and help people get their lives back on track.’ A Treasury spokeswoman said government had already announced a free and impartial national financial advice service.
Simon Lindsey has become the second fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to be selected for a judicial post. The associate partner at Hampshire firm Greenwoods has been appointed deputy district judge on the South Eastern circuit.
Proxim Wireless has introduced two new BeamX backhaul radios – the MP-10250-SRX and the QB-10250-LKX, to deliver improved performance and simplify the installation process for customers. BeamX is Proxim’s advanced beam steering technology, which first came to market in 2018 with the introduction of the successful Tsunami MP-10250-BSX Point-to-Multipoint Base station.The addition of the Tsunami BeamX subscriber unit to the Point-to-Multipoint range provides the ability to install extremely efficient Point-to-Multipoint networks in overcrowded RF environments. Working in tandem with the MP-10250-BSX beam steering base station, the newly launched MP-10250-SRX offers improved link performance. The tight, steerable, and bidirectional beams between the Base Station and Subscriber Unit deliver greater range, and when combined with the secondary look-ahead scan radio built into all BeamX products, significantly improves the performance of the automated interference avoidance technology. The introduction of the QB-10250-LKX radios speed deployment of point to point networks by eliminating the complicated and time-consuming antenna alignment process. Now a rough alignment between endpoints is enough for the unit to take control of the setup. Once setup is complete, the always-on BeamX intelligence ensures the link remains optimized to take full advantage of the system’s high throughput capability. As an added benefit in urban nLOS environments, the Quickbridge 10250 BeamX series can help find the right reflection angle from a nearby wall or building to facilitate connectivity. For more information, click here.
1 Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes his side’s embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Coventry City could be a ‘blessing’.Jordan Willis opened the scoring for the hosts, before a Charlie Adam penalty brought the teams level in the second half.However, Jack Grimmer netted in the 68th minute to hand the Sky Blues a famous win in Hughes’ 200th game for the club.Despite the early exit from the FA Cup, the 54-year-old feels defeat could benefit his side in the long run.“The fact we’ve gone out, even if it’s a little bit raw at the moment, might help us. “At the moment we don’t want to discuss Premier League games but maybe when we wake up on Monday the reality clearly has to be our league form.“But in the long term, certainly until the end of the season, it might be a blessing for us.”Earlier on Saturday evening, Joey Barton told Matchday Live he felt Hughes was on ‘borrowed ground’ and the fans had had enough.Yet the Welshman is adamant nothing has changed regarding his position.“Has it changed anything (his future) markedly from this afternoon? Is it any different from the situation after the Newcastle game? I don’t think it is.“It just highlights we need to do better. “ Hughes seemed devoid of ideas as the League Two side held on for a famous win