Draker Labs, the industry’s leading provider of turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, was recently selected by Con Edison Development (CED) to monitor and control more than 40 MWs of grid-interconnected solar projects in the Northeast, including the 20MW Pilesgrove solar power plant. The Pilesgrove facility is the largest PV plant in the northeastern U.S. The Pilesgrove project was put in service in Q3 and is expected to generate enough clean energy to power over 5,000 homes while reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 1,900 tons per year, the equivalent of removing 3,400 cars from the road annually.Mark Noyes, Vice President of Con Ed Development, commented, “We selected Draker based on the scalability and reliability of their data acquisition system, as well as their ability to deliver an integrated monitoring and control solution to manage the utility interconnection. Draker’s team of dedicated project managers and field engineers were instrumental in commissioning the plant and interconnecting to the utility grid. We look forward to completing additional utility-scale projects with Draker in New Jersey, and beyond.” Draker has worked cooperatively with both CED and its engineering partner, RMT, to develop a secure monitoring and control solution that integrates with the utility’s SCADA system and data historian through a local Human Machine Interface (HMI). Draker provided switchgear monitoring and control through real-time automation controllers manufactured by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). A dedicated team of Draker project engineers provided design and engineering services and onsite installation and commissioning support.”We are delighted to be working with Con Edison Development on their Pilesgrove project and other utility-scale projects in New Jersey. Our ability to successfully serve utility-scale customers like CED with our Utility Suite continues to add to Draker’s industry-leading capabilities and reputation,” said Draker CEO Charles ‘Chach’ Curtis. About Draker Draker Laboratories provides accurate and highly reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial and utility-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets. As a supplier of end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker’s turnkey systems combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive web-based data management system and unmatched customer support. www.drakerlabs.com(link is external)About Con Edison Development Launched in 1997, Con Edison Development focuses on the development, ownership and operation of renewable and energy infrastructure projects in the Northeast. Through acquisitions as well as greenfield development, Con Edison Development has owned, operated and marketed 1700 MW of electric generating facilities. The company has proven expertise in engineering and construction management, start-up and commissioning, and a strong track record of financial stability and regulatory experience. Con Edison Development is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies. More information can be obtained by calling 914-993-2185. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at www.conedison.com(link is external) for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.BURLINGTON, VT, USA ‘ October 18, 2011 – Draker Labs
Tables turned as justices are quizzed by lawyers Mark D. Killian Managing Editor From the usefulness of amicus briefs to protocol for who gets to answer questions during oral argument, members of the Bar had a unique opportunity to fire questions at the Supreme Court during the Appellate Practice Section’s discussion with the court program at the Bar’s Annual Meeting.“Openness is one of the high values of the court and I think it is especially helpful when we do this every year. . . because it gives you an opportunity to come and instead of being peppered with questions from the bench, you get to ask a couple of questions yourself,” Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead told those gathered at the Bar’s June convention in Boca Raton.What follows are some of the questions posed to the justices: • When there are two or more lawyers on the same side during oral argument, is it permissible for a lawyer not already at the podium to rise to answer a question asked his colleague?Anstead said it makes “eminent good sense” that if the lawyer seated is better equipped to respond to that question to do so.“We are generally only concerned with the consumption of the time and getting our questions addressed, because that represents the concerns that the justices have going into the oral argument,” Anstead said. “I see no reason why someone can’t be called up to the podium to respond to a question like that.”Justice Charlie Wells, however, noted the 20 minutes allotted for argument goes fast and that if you waste your time “with people bouncing up and down” you risk breaking the continuity of the argument.“What you are really looking for is the questions the court asks as opposed to a presentation by lawyers,” Wells said. “You want the court to get out on the table the things that are troubling the court. So if you are not in a position where you can answer that, then the person who can had better pop up real quick.”Justice Pariente, who became chief justice a week after the Annual Meeting, also said the justices are less interested in hearing presentations from lawyers before them as getting their questions answered.“If you can get your name out without a question, you are in good shape,” Pariente said. • A bill which failed in the legislature last session would have created a sixth district court of appeal in Southwest Florida. Is the court considering this issue?Anstead said the court has a history of studying the issue, but no recommendation for the new DCA has made it past the subcommittee stage in recent years.“I think that is still an issue that bears examination and study,” Pariente said, noting the proposals made this year in the legislature came without any prior discussion with the court.“We have been told that this year, the new legislature may not be interested in that issue,” Pariente said.Pariente has, however, decided to study the workloads of the DCAs again and the potential need for a new DCA to be created “in a global way so it does not become a partisan football.”The bill this year tied the creation of a new DCA to the approval of any new judgeships. • What is the point of motions for rehearing when on the one hand lawyers are not supposed to reargue something they already argued in their brief and on the other are not supposed to make new arguments?“When I was an attorney, I always thought motions for rehearing at the Florida Supreme Court were a waste of time, because it is hard enough to convince three DCA judges to change their minds and it’s especially difficult to get seven Supreme Court justices to change their minds,” Justice Raoul Cantero said.Cantero did, however, say he had good experiences filing motions for clarifications where he essentially accepted the court’s holding “but said we also argued X and you did not address that.“I thought the court was much more open to that: not asking to redo the merits, but addressing this one issue,” he said.Pariente also noted motions for clarification often “look like motions for rehearing.” • Do amicus briefs help the court in deciding cases?Cantero said in the vast majority of cases amicus briefs add nothing to the case because they simply restate the arguments made by the parties involved.“The amicus briefs I thought were helpful were those that come from a different perspective,” Cantero said. “If the parties are arguing a constitutional issue, they argue a statutory interpretation issue.”Cantero said an amicus is also useful if it educates the court about what is happening on the same issue in other states.Pariente also said it is helpful when truly neutral organizations weigh in on the issue, especially in rules cases.“What we see are a lot of not friends of the court, but friends of the appellate or appellee,” she said. Tables turned as justices are quizzed by lawyers August 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News
NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters recently had some sharp words for the CU regulator.“NCUA should not treat members of the credit union community as Victorian era children—speak when you’re spoken to and otherwise mind your manners and go off with your nanny,” McWatters told the Pennsylvania CU Association’s annual meeting in Hershey last week.The agency “should, instead, renounce its imperious ‘my-way-or–the-highway’ approach and actively solicit input from the community on NCUA’s budget and the budgetary process,” he added.“I champion the right of the regulated to speak to the regulator on the record regarding the expenditure of their limited resources,” McWatters said. Rather than such hearings being “dog and pony shows,” he said, public hearings are “simply a matter of respect and professionalism evidenced through the lens of transparency and full accountability.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… The financial services industry has shifted toward digital banking—perhaps slowly at first, then with urgency at the onset of the pandemic. This shift is creating new member engagement opportunities for credit unions, and the quality of a credit union’s digital interactions translates directly to the quality of the end‑user experience. Such interactions impact member satisfaction positively or negatively based on perceived level of empathy, content quality, relevance, ease of use and timeliness—and, ultimately, how well the credit union knows their members’ or prospects’ identities, needs, financial understanding and product interests.In today’s digital environment, consumer satisfiers—and dissatisfiers—have changed, making the delivery of an exceptional member experience more complex. With over 80% abandonment rates par for the course for banks’ online application processes, the stakes for designing a satisfying experience are higher than ever before.Historically, credit union member engagement has been executed through in-person discussions, written correspondence and telephone conversations. And while members do still value face‑to‑face service, digital access brings a host of new opportunities both for the member and for the credit union. While traditional interactions were typically reactive to member‑initiated visits or calls, in a digital world, software‑based engagement methods take a more proactive approach with the ability to capture additional touch points across various stages of the member journey.
Legal expert Feri Amsari criticized the letter, saying that the President’s special staffer did not have the authority to decide and appoint a company for COVID-19 mitigation efforts.“There is a clear conflict of interest here as he is also the founder and CEO of the company,” he said. “This is not only embarrassing for the President, but it also gives the impression that our country is playing around in the middle of a disaster.”The letter drew more criticism from social media users, activists and politicians.“Jokowi’s special staffer, Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, sent a letter with the Cabinet Secretary letterhead, asking all district heads in Indonesia to support PT Amartha Mikro Fintek [in the efforts to] mitigate COVID-19. But he himself is the CEO of PT Amartha. How about that?” @soeyoto1 tweeted.Staf Khusus Presiden Jokowi, Andi Taufan Garuda Putra mengirim surat”berkop Sekretariat Kabinet”kepada camat di seluruh Indonesia untuk mendukung PT Amartha Mikro Fintek (Amartha) menanggulangi Covid19Sedang dia sendiri CEO PT AmartaTrus piye Jal?https://t.co/vvNgyKEXJN— S0EY0T0 (@soeyoto1) April 14, 2020 Meanwhile, human rights activist Andreas Harsono tweeted: “I am sure that Harvard teaches ‘conflicts of interest’ on campus. How could a presidential staffer, also a Harvard graduate, in Jakarta use the Palace to make sure his own company’s service is being used nationwide?”I am sure @Harvard teaches “conflict of interests” in the campus. How could a President @jokowi staff, also a Harvard graduate, in Jakarta uses the palace to make sure his own company’s service is being used nationwide? #Stafsus #COVID19indonesia https://t.co/nTqdBdEg84— Andreas Harsono (@andreasharsono) April 14, 2020 Andi has since revoked the letter and issued an apology on Tuesday. He claimed the letter was aimed at supporting the village volunteer program and was done “purely for humanitarian reasons” without using state or regional budgets.“My intention was to do something good and as quickly [as possible] to help prevent and overcome COVID-19 in the villages, which is through direct support by Amartha field teams under my leadership,” Andi said in a statement on Tuesday.In November, Jokowi appointed Andi and six other “millennials” aged between 23 and 36 years old as his presidential expert staff members, whose task is to advise the President on various subjects, including education, entrepreneurship, the creative industry, disabled rights and religious tolerance.Topics : Democratic Party politician Abdullah Rasyid jumped in, tweeting: “When the people are screaming [for help], Jokowi’s special staffer instructed district heads to involve his company [Amartha]. “This action is akin to that of a scalper and is borderline abuse of power. The President should fire him immediately as he is an embarrassment to the Palace.”Disaat Rakyat Menjerit, Staffsus @jokowi instruksikan Camat agar libatkan perusahaannya (AMARTHA). Tindakan Stafsus rasa Calo ini sudah katagori ABUSE OF POWER. Presiden harus sgera pecat, memalukan istana #JkwKKN pic.twitter.com/sdmklJlscf— Abdullah Rasyid (@RasyidDemokrat) April 14, 2020 Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, a special staff member for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, is being slammed for asking district heads across Indonesia to support a COVID-19 relief program led by PT Amartha Mikro Fintek, a company that he owns.In a letter sent to local leaders dated April 1, the 32-year-old staffer — appointed by the President to reflect the ideals of millennials — said his company had joined the Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry’s COVID-19 Village Volunteer program to raise awareness about the disease, as well as to collect information on how much personal protective equipment is needed at community health centers (Puskesmas).“Therefore, we ask that you [district heads] and related village officials support the program to ensure its success,” said the letter, which was printed on paper bearing the Cabinet Secretary’s letterhead.
On Friday, Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov and head of emergency service Mykola Chechotkin reassured President Volodymyr Zelensky that the smog does not pose a chemical or radiation threat.Kiev authorities made similar assurances to residents in the capital.”In Kiev, smoke and air pollution are being observed as a result of fires… but there is no radiation,” Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a video address.Officials nevertheless urged locals not to go out without urgent need and to keep their windows shut.The Kiev air pollution hit a city already under lockdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, with 4,662 confirmed cases in Ukraine and 125 deaths.In Kiev, people are allowed to walk outside but only wearing masks and not in groups of more than two. On Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities said the blaze had been largely extinguished thanks to heavy rain.But on Friday a thousand firefighters aided by two planes and three helicopters were still battling a number of small blazes in the wooded area some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Kiev, the emergency service said.The sky became clearer in the evening as Kiev dropped from the top of the list to seventh place in the ranking compiled by IQAir Group.The smog has been blown in by strong winds from dozens of forest fires in surrounding regions, including from the nuclear exclusion zone around the Chernobyl power plant. Thick smoke hung over Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Friday as forest fires smouldered on in the Chernobyl nuclear zone, but city officials said no radiation spike had been detected.The acrid haze hindered visibility all over the city of three million people and the smell of smoke permeated homes as Kiev jumped to the top of high air pollution rankings.A forest fire broke out almost two weeks ago close to the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in 1986 in the world’s worst nuclear accident. Topics :
701 Clear Mountain Rd. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are 20 foot high ceilings in the entrance where an imported crystal chandelier hangs.A circular butterfly staircase with Traveston tiles then leads upstairs. Even the kitchen has views at 701 Clear Mountain Rd. Picture: realestate.com.auThe main bedroom has a raised bed platform, crystal chandelier and an extensive ensuite, which includes a spa bath, double shower, toilet, bidet and floor to ceiling marble tiles.Strong interest continued in the second most popular property this week, which was last week’s most popular property, 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach. Queensland’s most viewed property this week at701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain.IT’S easy to see why Queensland’s most viewed property this week grabbed so much attention.The home at 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain, which has topped realestate.com.au’s list as the most viewed in the state has amazing views — and that’s not all. 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Picture: realestate.com.auThe seven-bedroom home is listed through Scott Gemmell of LJ Hooker New Farm.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoKnown as Mountain Lake Manor it has panoramic views across the rolling hills of Clear Mountain. The views of the rolling hills from 701 Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain are quite impressive. 76 Mallawa Drive, Palm Beach made the most popular list for two weeks in a row.The home was designed by Jared Poole. It has a handcrafted sandstone feature wall and oak timber floors.Third on the list this week was 17 Blackwattle Circuit at Arundel.The home is listed for buyers in the $399,000 to $439,000 price range and has gone under contract.It has four bedrooms and was recently painted.Following on from that home in popularity was 12 Inala Ave, Tugun, The four-bedroom home is listed for interest over $675,000.Rounding out the top five this week was a home at 53 Empress Drive, Carindale. The five-bedroom home is on 746sq m, in a cul de sac.
Healthcare scheme PFZW netted strong returns from commodities in Q2Credit: Darko Stojanovic The healthcare scheme attributed the 1.1% profit on government bonds to a combination of falling interest rates on Dutch and German government paper, market uncertainty, and investors’ expectations that interest rates would not rise soon.PFZW’s inflation-linked bond (ILB) allocation, which returned 7.7%, benefited from a drop in real interest rates and an expected inflation increase.Results within PFZW’s credit portfolio ranged from a 1.4% gain for residential mortgages to a 5.7% loss for local currency emerging market debt (EMD).ABPFunding at the €414bn ABP recovered by 0.9 percentage point to 103.9% on the back of a quarterly return of 2.3%.The civil service scheme said the chances of a benefit reduction next year were almost zero, but warned that a discount would be inevitable if its coverage was still short of 104.2% at 2020-end.ABP gained 7.1% from developed market equity but lost 3.7% on emerging markets. It also incurred small losses on ILBs, EMD and government bonds.The scheme’s credit investments delivered 2.6%, and it also made a profit on commodities (10.7%), private equity (8.4%), infrastructure (5.5%) and hedge funds (7.2%).It added that its combined interest rate and inflation hedge had generated a 0.2% gain. In contrast, it lost 1.7% on its currency hedge.PMT and PME The five largest pension funds in the Netherlands saw their coverage ratio improve by up to 2.9% during the second quarter.However, all five said their recoveries were slowing down, and most have warned that benefit cuts were still possible if funding did not increased to more than 104% by 2020.Quarterly figures, presented today, showed that only BpfBOUW, the €58bn pension fund for the building sector, was well out of the danger zone.With a 2.9% gain, the €203bn healthcare scheme PFZW achieved the largest profit in the second quarter, but was also facing the longest way to recovery. Its funding improved by 0.8 percentage points to 100.8%, but has to rise to at least 104.3% before the end of 2020 in order to avoid reduce pension payments, said Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director.PFZWPFZW gained most on its return-seeking investments (2.3%), with commodities alone yielding 13.1%, largely due to rising oil prices.Its equity exposure delivered 1.8%, while private equity, property and infrastructure generated 2.5%, 4.7% and 1.9%, respectively. Metal industry schemes PME and PMT profited from equities in the second quarterIn part due to a quarterly return of 1.7% in Q2, the €72bn sector scheme for metalworking and mechanical engineering (PMT) saw its coverage ratio improve to 101.9%.It attributed the result in particular to its return portfolio, with equity and property the best performing asset classes. However, it said it had lost money on high yield, due to widening credit spreads.PME, the €47bn industry-wide scheme for metalworking and electro-technical engineering, reported a quarterly gain of 1.5% and said its funding ratio had improved to 101.4%.It credited the return largely to gains on equity (2.9%), property (2.3%) and alternatives (4.2%).With a funding of 117.7%, BpfBouw is still in the best financial position of the five largest Dutch schemes. Its investments returned 2.1% during the past quarter, in part thanks to a 0.3% result on its interest hedge as well as 9.3% from its alternative investments, including commodities.
Stuff.co.nz 24 November 2013Experts say New Zealanders seeking child pornography are increasingly demanding younger victims and more violent abuse.“Some people confuse these images as being virtual, but they are real images, they are crime scenes,” said Alan Bell, national director of ECPAT, which is dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of kids.Last week the world’s two biggest search engines, Google and Microsoft, announced a crackdown on online paedophiles, introducing new search filters and technology to wipe indecent videos.In New Zealand, a bill creating tougher penalties for online child sex abuse trading passed its first reading in Parliament last Thursday.The Department of Internal Affairs has already blocked 34 million attempts within New Zealand to access at least one of 582 child sex abuse sites blocked by government filters since 2010.Although many of these attempts are generated by pop-ups, malicious software and a small group of heavy users, the sheer number was described by one cyber security expert as “mind-boggling”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/9435784/Kiwis-bombard-banned-child-porn-websites
18 April 2014:Major General Chris Olukolade, a military spokesman, says a report stating that most of the girls had been freed was incorrect but was “not intended to deceive the public.” Parents insist that more than 200 girls are still missing. The military has not rescued any of the girls. 7 May 2014:The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag hits 1 million tweets and US First Lady Michelle Obama joins the online campaign, posting a picture of herself on photo-sharing site Instagram holding a piece of paper with the hashtag on. Nigerian police offer 50 million naira (£180,000; $300,000) for information that could help track the girls down.12 May 2014:Boko Haram release a new video claiming to show around 130 of the abducted girls at an unknown location. In the video, the group’s leader says he will not free the girls until authorities release all imprisoned militants. He also says the girls have converted to Islam. 14 April 2014:Reports from media local that over 200 girls form Chibok had been kidnapped by boko haram islamist militants, on 14 April.15 April 2014:Parents and some girls who escaped say more than 200 students were seized from their school in Chibok in north-eastern Borno state by gunmen overnight. A local government official confirms the incident, saying the exact number of missing students is unclear but puts the number at around 100. 2 May 2014:Nigerian police say militants are holding 223 girls, after 53 of the initial 276 girls who were abducted managed to escape. He explained the higher figure by saying pupils from surrounding schools had gone to Chibok to take exams, as it was believed to be safe. 16 April 2014:Nigeria’s military says most of the girls managed to escape or were freed and releases a statement saying only eight girls are still missing. 6 May 2014:Barack Obama says the “heartbreaking” abduction” may be the event that helps to mobilise the entire international community” to finally act against Boko Haram. He says US experts are being dispatched to help find the girls. Eleven more girls are abducted by gunmen from nearby areas of Borno state. 23 April 2014:Nigerians take to social media to show their anger at the government response and Ibrahim M Abdullahi, a lawyer in Abuja, sends the first tweet using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls 1 May 2014:Desperate parents in Chibok stage a protest calling on the government to do more in the search for the missing girls. Protests are also staged again in towns and cities across Nigeria. 17 April 2014:Locals say many remain unaccounted for and parents of the missing girls head into the Sambisa forest near the Cameroonian border to search for them. On their return they say they did not see any Nigerian soldiers in the forest. 13 May 2015:Silent protest held in Abuja, almost a year after the abduction, Protesters asking for answers and demand for government and international help 14 May 2015:Newly elected president of Naigeria Muhammadu Buhari has promised to do everything in his powers to save the more than 200 hundred abducted girls of Chibok from the hands of Boko Haram.