Washington Electric Co-op approve expansion of landfill generating plant

first_imgCO-OP MEMBERS VOTE TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF LANDFILL GENERATING PLANT97% Vote In FavorThe members of Washington Electric Co-op have voted overwhelmingly (1,802 in favor, 50 against) to support the expansion of their generating plant at Vermont’s largest landfill in Coventry. Construction will start immediately and the additional generating equipment is expected to be on line in early 2009.The plant, which generates electricity by burning the methane produced by decomposing trash, began operating in July 2005. It had already been expanded once in January 2007. This second expansion will increase the plant’s generating capacity from its present 6.4 megawatts to 8.0 megawatts. The Coventry facility is now generating about two-thirds of all the electricity used by WEC’s members at well below market cost.WEC applied to state regulators for approval of the second expansion in July of this year, and the Vermont Public Service Board issued a Certificate of Public Good on September 17th. Vermont law requires that an electric cooperative’s members also approve such a project following the PSB’s action. WEC’s Board of Directors authorized a special meeting and vote for October 7th, with voting by mail occurring over the past two weeks.Founded in 1939, Washington Electric Co-op is a consumer-owned utility serving over 10,000 member households and businesses in 41 towns in Orange, Washington, Caledonia and a small part of Orleans Counties.last_img read more

How to win social media like Navy Federal Credit Union

first_imgCredit unions have a unique position when it comes to social media. Unlike banks, which are opened to everyone, credit unions have a specific customer base. Members have to be affiliated with certain groups, such as an employer, community, or school. With the smaller, more targeted pool of members and potential members, social media can be viewed as a natural extension of strategic community engagement. The challenge is getting buy-in from credit union decision makers, as well as tracking ROI of social media participation. However, the tide seems to be turning, as research from CUNA Mutual shows that 60 percent of credit unions have been using social media for about 2 years.In terms of goals, brand awareness and customer sentiment are the primary focus of social media for credit unions (35%). Interestingly, many credit unions are viewing their ROI from social media, not in terms of revenue, but engagement. So when asked if they are reaching their goals, 75% responded positively. Measuring engagement is a good start, but as strategies mature, credit unions will also find opportunities to grow and track social media use to product sales. Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) provides a good example of how credit unions can win both brand awareness and ROI using social media.Navy Federal Credit Union – A Case StudyIn January 2012, NFCU increased their Facebook likes from 22,000 to a staggering 770,000 one year later. Their average daily reach increased from 4,692 to 896,782. These results were so phenomenal, Facebook used them for a case study. But first, a bit of background on NFCU. They are the largest credit union in the world, with $50 billion in assets, and 4 million members of the US Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families. Their goal when they began using Facebook was to increase brand awareness and membership. continue reading » 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Digital to the Core: Chatbots, AI, Open Banking and APIs

first_imgA crowded marketplace and the speed at which new technologies are revolutionizing banking makes crafting the right digital presence overwhelming for many financial institutions. Consumers now expect their banking provider to provide a secure, frictionless digital experience — one that’s easy to use, convenient and fits seamlessly into their everyday lives. With competition increasing across the industry, the stakes are high. If your experience falls short and consumers get frustrated, it will drive both money and relationships elsewhere.Fortunately there are multiple emerging digital strategies and technologies that are improving the customer experience for mobile banking users. Voice-enabled platforms, chatbots and AI assistants are emerging as one of the hottest technologies — for both banking providers and consumers alike. This trend is definitely something banks and credit unions must pay attention to.It is no longer a question of if consumers are willing to interact with digital assistants; they are already doing it. Many financial service have successfully launched proof-of-concept tests for chatbots, thanks to recent advancements in conversational interfaces and voice recognition. Regardless of whether the platform is Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Amazon Echo or Google Home, these solutions offer a new avenue of access that reduces friction in the consumer journey. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

With North Korea border shut, China warns citizens to keep away, or else

first_imgEntry bansIsolated and impoverished North Korea has imposed strict entry bans during past global epidemics, including a 2014 ebola outbreak.North Korea has not reported any coronavirus cases, but experts say its measures in recent weeks go beyond those it took previously.North Korea moved quickly to restrict travel and trade from China, where the coronavirus emerged late last year.The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 and killed more than 3,000 in China and is rapidly spreading around the world.Most flights and trains in and out of North Korea have been restricted, foreign diplomats in Pyongyang were quarantined for a month, and authorities have cracked down on cross-border smuggling.South Korea, separated from the North by the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), has reported nearly 6,000 cases.In January, North Korea told travel agencies that it was closing its borders to travelers from China, Reuters reported, cutting off one of its few sources of external revenue.It is unclear how much trade continues, but sources who work near the border have said much of the official and unofficial trade was affected. Activists who work with North Korean refugees trying to leave through China said the border lockdown has made an already dangerous journey nearly impossible.”At the border crossings, personnel in charge of inspection and quarantine are discharging their duty in a responsible manner to completely keep the virus from spreading to the country,” the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported last month.Topics : Chinese authorities have told people to stay away from the border with North Korea, which has banned people from China to keep out the coronavirus, or risk being shot by North Korean guards, residents of the area said.Residents said the warning came in a printed notice that Chinese authorities in the area issued this week, the latest indication of how seriously North Korea takes the threat of the virus.Close allies China and North Korea share a 1,400-kilometer frontier that is especially porous in winter, when rivers separating the countries freeze, allowing people to cross. “The public security organs will monitor the border 24 hours a day and anyone found will face administrative detention” by Chinese police, authorities said in the notice, which was seen by Reuters.”Violators will be shot,” it said, meaning by North Korean guards.A Jian propaganda official, who declined to be identified, confirmed by telephone that the city’s border control office issued a similar warning in a text message.”During the epidemic prevention period, any activities including fishing on the Yalu River or shouting to North Koreans across the river are strictly prohibited,” the office said in the message, although it stopped short of warning of shots.The official said the wording on such messages may have gone too far in some areas. Reuters could not reach city officials in Baishan. It was not clear if other cities issued such warnings.China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.center_img Residents of the Chinese cities of Jian and Baishan were warned that people who get too close to the border might be shot, according to three people who received the notice, which was reviewed by Reuters.”We’re told that we may get killed if we get too close to the border area,” said one restaurant owner in Jian, which is separated from North Korea by the Yalu River, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.Residents are prohibited from fishing, grazing livestock or throwing rubbish near the river, according to the notice issued this week.North Korea asked China to tighten border controls to avoid its citizens getting shot and killed as North Korea had raised its coronavirus threat assessment to its highest level, it said.last_img read more

Did events like protests and bar reopenings lead to spikes in COVID-19 cases?

first_imgTopics : Over the past 3 months, millions of people have taken to the streets to protest against racism, while bars and restaurants have reopened around the world, as have some factories, food markets and even outdoor concerts.Did any of these events contribute to the spike in COVID-19 infections that are now close to 12 million, with the death toll exceeding 540,000?This is what some experts say: Black lives matter protestsThousands of people took to the streets across the US beginning in late May to join Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality. Protesters also marched to support the movement in cities in Europe and Asia, prompting concerns of surges in new coronavirus cases.Public health experts say there has yet to be conclusive evidence of large-scale spread from these events. “The protests were outdoors in a very large area,” said Dr. Marybeth Sexton, assistant professor of infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. Sexton noted “a lot of attempts at masking, distancing, hand-sanitizing” during the protests that also helped prevent transmission.Reopening of barscenter_img Public health experts have said that bar and restaurant openings in regions including US states like Texas and Florida, Spain and South Korea have contributed to outbreaks of the virus.”The equation for major prevention of this virus is really pretty simple: it’s masks, and avoid congregating indoors and … staying away from people if you’re sick or if you’ve been in contact with somebody who’s sick,” said Dr. Jared Baeten, Vice Dean of the School of Public Health at University of Washington, who called some of the bar and restaurant openings an “unmitigated disaster.”Spain has had to impose restrictions on about 70,000 people in the northwestern region of Galicia following an outbreak linked to bars near the port area of A Marina.South Korea has reported at least 271 cases as of Saturday linked to a handful of nightclubs and bars in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood.On the other hand, thousands gathered in cities across France for the annual June 21 “Fete de la Musique” event just days after it eased strict lockdown measures to take in mostly outdoor concerts in cafes, bars and city squares.Many participants did not wear protective masks but data shows infection rates remaining stable since late May.”The fact that most concerts were outside has helped contain the risk,” said Martin Blachier, head of market access and value with Paris-based epidemiological and disease modeling firm Public Health Expertise.FactoriesAn outbreak in the city of Leicester, which entered England’s first localized lockdown last week, has been attributed in part to working conditions in garment factories.Meat-processing plants around the world have also proved to be coronavirus infection hotspots.last_img read more

Israel decries PGGM decision to divest from banks involved in settlements

first_imgAccording to PGGM spokesman Maurice Wilbrink, PGGM has no opinion on the political fallout over its decision.Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post accuses PGGM of applying double standards, as the manager does not exclude Chinese banks investing in Tibet.In a response, Wilbrink told IPE sister publication IPNederland: “PGGM is engaging in a dialogue with those banks as well. Exclusion is a means, not a goal, and this is also true for the Israeli banks.“We strive to be active shareholders, using our position to encourage companies to change their behaviour. Exclusion of a company can be a measure when there seems to be no hope of such a change of behaviour.”PGGM has excluded Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank as of 1 January 2014 on the grounds of their involvement in the financing of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.As various UN resolutions condemn the settlements as illegitimate – a charge Israel denies – financing them runs counter to PGGM’s responsible investment principles. PGGM engaged in dialogue with the banks prior to excluding and divesting from them, and the talks made it clear the banks had little to no room to stop their financing, in part because Israeli national law prevents them from doing so – a situation that is not expected to change anytime soon, according to PGGM.PGGM is engaging several other undisclosed Israeli companies in dialogue, according to the manager.Three of the five banks PGGM has turned its back on are among the listed investments of €293bn ABP, the Dutch civil servants pension scheme.ABP spokesman Harmen Geers confirmed ABP still invested in the three banks.ABP, too, is engaging in dialogue with the banks, but these talks will not necessarily end in the same result as PGGM’s.Meanwhile, ABP has just excluded and divested from Tepco, the partly state-owned Japanese utility company operating the Fukushima nuclear plant.It said: “During and following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the company structurally engaged in behaviour that runs counter to our standards, including by disregarding public safety.“Repeated attempts by ABP to encourage Tepco to change its behaviour have failed.”PGGM still invests in Tepco.Wilbrink: “Like APG, PGGM is not happy with the results so far, but we are giving Tepco the benefit of the doubt, as the company is implementing a highly complex clean-up operation around Fukushima.“At this point, we do not believe divesting our modest holdings in the company will contribute to a better or faster resolution of the problems at hand.” Israel has summoned the Dutch ambassador to object to a decision by Dutch pensions manager PGGM to divest its holdings in five Israeli banks.PGGM serves as the pensions manager of, among others, the €134bn healthcare scheme PFZW.Dutch minster of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans responded to the row by declaring that the decision to divest was PGGM’s alone, and that the Dutch government had no involvement in the matter whatsoever.Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte repeated the same message during a press conference following the minister council meeting.last_img read more

Vattenfall Looks For DanTysk Turbine Maintenance Squad

first_imgVattenfall has issued a tender seeking wind turbine maintenance services on the 288MW DanTysk offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.The service agreement covers the scheduled maintenance of 54 wind turbines in 2020 and 80 units in 2021. The contract is expected to start in June 2020 and end in June 2021.The services will include the provision of scheduled maintenance tasks including the provision of all consumables, spare parts, tools, data, documentation as well as logistics and accommodation.The tender remains open until 3 July 2019.The DanTysk wind farm comprises 80 Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines installed some 70 kilometres west of the island of Sylt.The wind farm, a joint venture project between Vattenfall (51%) and Stadtwerke München (49%), was fully commissioned in April 2015.last_img read more

Former transgender takes on Obama’s bathroom directive

first_imgLifeSiteNews 17 May 2016Family First Comment: “As someone who underwent surgery from male to female and lived as a female for eight years before returning to living as a man, I know firsthand what it’s like to be a transgender person—and how misguided it is to think one can change gender through hormones and surgery….”“What has arisen is a new breed emerging among young people that falls outside the purview of the LGBT: the gender nonconformists. Gender nonconformists, who constitute a miniscule fraction of society, want to be allowed to designate gender on a fluid basis, based on their feelings at the moment.”President Barack Obama, the titular head of the LGBT movement, has added to the firestorm of confusion, misunderstanding, and fury surrounding the transgender bathroom debate by threatening schools with loss of federal funding unless they allow students to join the sex-segregated restroom, locker room, and sports teams of their chosen gender, without regard to biological reality.His action comes after weeks of protests against the state of North Carolina for its so-called anti-LGBT bathroom bill.As someone who underwent surgery from male to female and lived as a female for eight years before returning to living as a man, I know firsthand what it’s like to be a transgender person—and how misguided it is to think one can change gender through hormones and surgery.And I know that theNorth Carolina bill and others like it are not anti-LGBT.“L” is for lesbian. The bill is not anti-lesbian because lesbians have no desire to enter a stinky men’s restroom. Lesbians will use the women’s room without a second thought. So the law is not anti-L.“G” is for gay. Gay men have no interest in using women’s bathrooms. So the law is not anti-G.“B” is for bi-sexual. The “B” in the LGBT have never been confused about their gender. Theirs is also a sexual preference only that doesn’t affect choice of restroom or locker room.“T” is for transgender. The “T” identifies a person who has undergone hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery, and legally changes the gender marker on his or her birth certificate.The North Carolina law is not anti-T because the law clearly states that the appropriate restroom is the one that corresponds to the gender stated on the birth certificate. Therefore, a transgender person with a birth certificate that reads “female” uses the female restroom, even if the gender noted at birth was male.So, you see, the law is not anti-LGBT. What then is all the uproar about?What has arisen is a new breed emerging among young people that falls outside the purview of the LGBT: the gender nonconformists.Gender nonconformists, who constitute a miniscule fraction of society, want to be allowed to designate gender on a fluid basis, based on their feelings at the moment.I call this group “gender defiant” because they protest against the definition of fixed gender identities of male and female. The gender defiant individuals are not like traditional transgender or transsexual persons who struggle with gender dysphoria and want hormone therapy, hormone blockers, and eventually, reassignment surgery. The gender defiant group doesn’t want to conform, comply, or identify with traditional gender norms of male and female. They want to have gender fluidity, flowing freely from one gender to another, by the hour or day, as they feel like it.Under the cover of the LGBT, the anti-gender faction and its supporters are using the North Carolina bathroom bill to light a fuse to blow up factual gender definitions.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/a-former-transgender-persons-take-on-obamas-bathroom-directiveKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

CMO happy with immunization award

first_imgLocalNews CMO happy with immunization award by: – April 20, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dr. David Johnson (file photo)Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson has disclosed that a regional award for Dominica on the extended program of immunization is an achievement for the health ministry.Dominica captured the 2011 Surveillance Award from the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the Caribbean Sub Region in Recognition of Excellent Report at the 28th Caribbean EPI Mangers’ Meeting held in Barbados in March.Dr. Johnson believes that the efforts of staff of the ministry are one of the main reasons behind the award.“Just recently we got the first place for a program referred to as the expanded program of immunization. Every year different CAREC member countries are awarded and Dominica is one of them. The Ministry of Health has a basic package of immunization for children for vaccine preventable diseases, those vaccines are given free to children,” he said.He said the Ministry of Health has a very high coverage for most of the vaccines that are available.“We monitor the situation very closely. We have coverage’s of above 99%; our nurses are very hard working. We ensure that the kids get their vaccination, we follow them up, we look for adverse vaccine reaction,” he further explained. He said Dominica also has a robust program where its vaccines are concerned.“We manage our patients, follow up with them and do so much more. This is why we have achieved the first place among the other CAREC member islands. We are happy about that”.He said Dominica will continue to enhance its services where vaccination is concerned.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 11 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Mr. Derek Alan Archer

first_imgMr. Derek Alan Archer, age 31, of Moorefield, Indiana, entered this life on August 22, 1985, in Madison, Indiana, the loving son of, Alan J. Archer and Michelle Lynn (Holder) Wind. He was raised in Moorefield, Indiana where he grew up on the family farm. Derek was a 2004 graduate of the Switzerland County High School in Vevay, Indiana. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2008 in landscape and horticulture design from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Derek was united in marriage to the love of his life, Trisha Rae Allen. This happy union was blessed with two children, James Hudson and Poppy Louise. Derek and Trisha shared nine loving years of marriage together until he lost his courageous battle with leukemia. Derek was currently employed as a landscape designer for Bella Outdoors in Burlington, Kentucky, for the past two years. He was a former landscape designer for Brentwood Inc. in Alexandria, Kentucky, for eight years. Derek was raised in the Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Pleasant, Indiana. Derek will be remembered for his love of his adoring children, his family, riding his ATV ranger and raising giant pumpkins every year. Derek will be deeply missed by his loving family and abundance of friends. The past seven weeks, Derek put up a courageous fight with leukemia with his family right beside him cheering him on and praying for him. Derek’s battle ended with his loving family by his side at 6:50 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews, Kentucky. Derek will be deeply missed by his loving wife: Trisha Rae Archer of Moorefield, IN; his son: James Hudson Archer of Moorefield, IN; his daughter: Poppy Louise Archer of Moorefield, IN; his father: Alan J. Archer and his companion: Carlyn Wilburn of Pleasant, IN; his mother: Michelle Wind of Madison, IN; his brother: Adam Archer and his wife: Carly of Moorefield, IN; his nieces and nephews: Halle, Adalyn, Beckham and Jett; his paternal-grandparents: John D. and Mary Leo (Lewis) Archer of Moorefield, IN; his maternal-grandparents: Carol Ann (Lee) Holder Williams and her husband: Milford of Bennington, IN; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Greg and Traci Pavy of Vevay, IN; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Rodney Allen of Ridgeland, SC; his brother-in-law: Tyler Allen and his fiancée: Heather Thomas of Vevay, IN; his maternal grandparents-in-law: James and Sharon Ray of Vevay, IN and his several aunts, uncles, cousins and abundance of friends.He was preceded in death by his maternal-grandfather: Earl Holder, died July 23, 1991; his paternal-great-grandfather: John Kendrick “Ken” Archer, died April 24, 1982; his paternal-great-grandmother: Elberta Mae (Osborn) Archer, died June 6, 1999; his maternal-great-grandparents: Robert and Nellie (Puckett) Holder; his maternal-great-grandparents: Charles and Thelma (King) Lee; his paternal-great-grandfather: Clyde A. Lewis, died January 2, 2001 and his paternal-great-grandmother: Leona (Fish) Lewis, died November 16, 1995.Friends may call 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Switzerland County High School, 1020 West Main Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, July 24, 2017, at 7:00 pm, by Pastor Chris Clemans at the Switzerland County High School, 1020 West Main Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Private Graveside Services and Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Caledonia Cemetery, Moorefield, Indiana Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for Derek’s children % Trisha Archer. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more