NRG, wind industry leaders say weak RES could cede jobs to Asia, Europe

first_imgA group of representatives from major wind industry companies today released a letter to key members of Congress urging them to strengthen the renewable electricity standard (RES) contained in the draft bill unveiled this week by House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman.“We are concerned that the significantly lower renewable targets currently being discussed, as compared to proposals from President Obama, Chairman Bingaman and Chairman Markey, will severely blunt the signal for companies like ours that manufacture turbines and components to invest billions of dollars to expand production and our workforces in the U.S.,” the letter said.It was signed by representatives of GE Energy, Vestas Americas, Gamesa, NRG Systems of Hinesburg, VT, REPower USA, Broadwind Energy, TPI Composites, PPG Industries, Clipper Windpower and AWEA.“A national RES is one of the strongest policies to promote more renewable energy because the combination of long-term demand and an immediate market triggers investment in manufacturing facilities.  An RES provides specific near-, mid-, and long-market demand that other policies do not offer,” the letter said.The Waxman bill, co-introduced by Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the Energy and Environment  Subcommittee, includes a renewable electricity standard that is less than one-half the level proposed by President Obama and Chairman Markey’s original proposal. AWEA supports an RES of 25% by 2025.The letter also warned, “America is on the verge of losing the wind manufacturing industry to Asia and Europe.  There is significant international trade in wind turbines and the competition to host this industry is intense.  America trails its competition in passing stable renewable energy policy commitments.  Thirty-seven other countries have firm commitments.”AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,000 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.  Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA Web site. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook.Follow AWEA on Twitter.last_img

License tag to fund children’s services now available at your local tag office

first_img April 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News License tag to fund children’s services now available at your local tag office License tag to fund children’s services now available at your local tag office Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The new specialty license plate that will raise funds for legal programs for children is now available.The $25 “Kids Deserve Justice” tag will generate tax-deductible contributions which will be directed to The Florida Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation will then provide legal assistance to needy children through grants to local legal aid organizations that provide direct legal assistance to children. The funds also can be used, for example, to train pro bono lawyers to represent needy children, or work with the courts and other groups on ways the courts and broader justice system can better serve the legal needs of children.“Funding and volunteers for representation for children in court has never been adequate to meet the need,” said Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson. “But now there is a way for Florida’s lawyers to take a small step that will provide a continuing revenue source for children’s legal services. Simply agree to purchase the new Kids Deserve Justice license tag, which is available now.”“We have pledged that we will not take any administrative expenses out of the $25,” Foundation President Terry Russell said, noting some groups have raised up to $600,000 a year through the sale of specialty plates. Russell said the programs which will receive grants generated by the plate sales will serve low-income children who are in critical need of assistance in legal forums to help remove the barriers to their becoming productive and stable adults.Russell said help is provided in a wide variety of situations, including representation of abused or neglected children in dependency court. Other ways include helping parents advocate before school officials to obtain special education testing and services for their children required by law, access to health care, and navigating the system and representing individual foster children to ensure they receive intended services necessary for them to transition successfully out of state care and avoid homelessness.Here are a few examples of how legal aid programs funded by the Foundation have helped children:• Responding to a request for help from a Department of Children and Families contract agency caseworker, legal aid helped a troubled 6-year old boy by advocating on his behalf with school officials who had simply suspended him, sent him home, or Baker Acted him. The boy began receiving the tutoring, speech, and language therapy he needed. With these services, his school behavior improved significantly and he has begun to make academic progress.• Assisting the Florida Department of Education, at its invitation, to review local school district plans to provide educational stability for the homeless, including children in foster care. Legal aid programs also advocated on behalf of foster children to assure they received the services mandated under Florida’s Road to Independence program.• Providing legal representation in a successful grandparent adoption when the mother of a teen parent threatened to have her declared a runaway and take her away from the grandparents who had sheltered her in the years since she fled her abusive home.You may get a “Kids Deserve Justice” specialty license plate by going to your local county tag office. Or, contact The Florida Bar Foundation (sstankiewicz@ for information about having the plate delivered to you. The Foundation can only deliver the $25 plate at your regualr renewal time. If you want the plate before your regular renewal, there’s an additional one-time charge of $18 that goes to the state, plus any local tag agency service fees that may apply, and you must turn in your old tag.“The plate must sell 8,000 copies in five years or be dropped from the program; however, I do not believe the tag will ever run the risk of being removed,” Johnson said. “I have faith that Florida’s attorneys feel strongly about the state’s low-income children deserving legal representation and will show their commitment by purchasing this tag and encouraging their friends and relatives to support this worthy endeavor.”If you have more questions about the plate, go to The Florida Bar’s Web site,, for instructions, a downloadable replacement plate request form, and the location of your local tag office from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. KELLY OVERSTREET JOHNSON, the Bar’s 56th president, was the first in the state to get the new “Kids Deserve Justice” license tag, which generates contributions directed read more

Membership growth: Strategies for tackling today’s challenges

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben La Macchia Benjamin La Macchia is Senior Vice President of La Macchia Group, a design-build firm and trusted partner of hundreds of financial institutions across the nation. Ben serves as the in-house … Web: Details Deeply ingrained in a credit union’s legacy is the ongoing commitment to understand and better serve members. While this focus was historically tied to credit unions’ SEG relationships, today they have an open market from which to attract new members. The question is how do they attract these members? With the increasing influence of technology in the marketplace, consumers have high expectations for retail experiences. The challenge for credit union leaders is providing an experience that rivals that of successful retailers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.Transforming how credit unions do business and attract membership will be critical to both organic and PFI relationship growth. Members’ best interests are at the heart of the credit union movement, and continuing to adapt to the ever-evolving needs and expectations of the member is what will keep credit unions relevant and competitive in the future. Finding the right balance between technology-driven experiences and the right level of personal attention and service will be critical for brand awareness and success. We surveyed credit unions across the nation to learn how their executives are confronting present day challenges and converting them into future opportunities. We have compiled an industry report that shares:Top challengesTargeted strategiesPeer to peer commentaryInsights for future planningLearn what strategies and tactics have helped others in the industry so you can strategize for the success of your own credit union. What does the future hold for growing membership in your credit union?last_img

The rural office market

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70 million informal workers most vulnerable during pandemic

first_imgPhysical distancing, closed shops and empty roads have changed the daily activities of Tedy Abdullah, a 27-year-old motorcycle taxi driver who partners with ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab. What used to be hectic days that start in the afternoon and go on until the morning after, are now filled with inactivity.  “I can wait for hours with no orders,” said Teddy, who used to earn between Rp 200,000 (US$12) and Rp 250,000 a day. “Now I only earn around Rp 100,000 per day.”Teddy is only one out of the estimated 2 million app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers in the country whose incomes have taken a hit with fewer orders, especially for ride-hailing and shopping services. The number of Gojek and Grab active users declined 17 percent throughout March, according to a Statqo Analytics report. India, with 80 percent of its workforce in the informal sector, has been warned by international NGO Human Rights Watch for its decision to enforce a three-week nationwide lockdown starting March 24 to contain the spread of the virus. The lockdown “has disproportionately hurt marginalized communities due to loss of livelihood and lack of food, shelter, health, and other basic needs”, the organization stated.India then announced a relief package of 1.7 trillion rupees ($22.2 billion) to provide free food and cash transfers to vulnerable populations. Similarly, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has also announced plans to spend Rp 405 trillion on health care, social spending and business recovery programs.Of the total spending, Rp 110 trillion has been allocated for social safety net programs, including Rp 20 trillion to cover 5.6 million laid-off workers and small business owners, and Rp 150 trillion for economic recovery programs for small and medium businesses (SMEs).As part of the move to disburse the financial relief, the Social Affairs Ministry announced on Thursday that 3.7 million informal workers in Jakarta would be given staple food packages, in cooperation with the Jakarta administration. The ministry will disburse Rp 25 trillion for the aid.“I’m very concerned about that, distributing relief through the bureaucratic process. Based on my experience, the bureaucratic process to disburse relief is very long and it doesn’t always reach all those in need,” said Tadjudin Noer Effendi, a labor expert from Gadjah Mada University.Read also: Indonesia advances pre-employment card program to tackle pandemic impactsSmall business owner Marvin Mujito Tanoto, 35, is among those who have yet to hear directly from his bank about loan relaxations, although his monthly orders have plunged by 90 percent. The Surabaya-based batik producer said because of numerous event cancellations, his monthly orders had nearly diminished from what used to be around 50 pieces per month.“I took credit through the KUR with Bank Rakyat Indonesia. To this date, I still receive  confirmation that I have to pay the fixed credit. There is no facility to delay the payment,” he said, referring to the government’s microcredit program (KUR).For travel-related workers at Indonesia’s popular tourist destinations in East Nusa Tenggara, such as the Komodo National Park, which hosts the country’s iconic Komodo dragons, the closure of tourist sites until May 29 has forced them to take unpaid leave.The West Manggarai branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported zero percent occupancy at 102 hotels in Labuan Bajo. Travel guides for the national park have also subsequently lost their incomes.“At the moment, I’m just looking for work on the internet. It may be an alternative to provide for my family,” said M. Buharto, a 32-year-old travel guide in West Manggarai, who is among 200 members of the local branch of the Indonesian Travel Guide Association (HPI) with no customers to serve. Motorcycle taxi drivers may only be the tip of the iceberg for Indonesia’s 70.49 million informal workers, more than half of those employed in the country who are considered the most vulnerable in the economic downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are unregistered, unregulated and unprotected by a proper social safety net, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).“If they don’t work for a day, they don’t get an income,” said Hadi Subhan, a labor expert from Airlangga University, highlighting informal workers’ vulnerability that stem from the way they rely on daily earnings. App-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers drop off customers in front of the Tanah Abang railway station’s gate in Central Jakarta. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)The situation, he added, was exacerbated by a lack of social and health protection for informal workers. “The government has lagged in providing protection for formal workers, let alone  informal workers,” said Hadi.center_img SMERU Research Institute senior researcher Palmira Permata Bachtiar noted that current conditions served as an opportunity read more

Gold Coast mega mansion back on the market at reduced price

first_imgBroadwater views from almost every room in the house.“This residence is perhaps one of Australia’s most outstanding and unique family homes,” Ms Halpin said.“It comes to the market at a time when there is intense buyer interest especially from the Savills global platform and strong activity in the Gold Coast’s ultra-prestige sector.“The property is priced within market expectations and offers the buyer an outstanding opportunity to purchase a truly world-class residence.“With an unrivalled waterfront position, a secure private location extraordinary proportions and superb level of luxury, this spectacular property presents a compelling proposition to the high-end buyer.”The kitchen.The four level mansion features a grand entry foyer with sweeping staircase, multiple formal and casual living areas, seven kingsize bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four powder rooms, self-contained guesthouse, elevator and secure underground parking for up to eight cars.The master bedroom suite has a dressing room and private balcony.One of the bedrooms.The expansive floor plan allows room to convert one of the many bedrooms to an executive home office if desiredThere is a plethora of leisure and entertainment options with a surround-sound home theatre, gymnasium, steam room, yoga studio, meditation/massage room, 25m fully tiled pool, alfresco entertaining with a teppanyaki barbecue.From the air it is a sight to behold. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands is back on the market.A MEGA mansion on the Sovereign Islands has had its listing price slashed by almost $2 million in a renewed marketing push.The Mediterranean-style residence at 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close is back on the market through an expressions of interest campaign above $13 million.Luxury around every turn.Vendors Brian and Eileen Peat bought Grand Vista at auction for $7 million from receivers in 2010 and then spent big bucks transforming it.It was on the market earlier this year at $14.88 million.The residence spans three east-facing blocks, where it commands 55m of water frontage and sweeping vistas of the Broadwater, South Stradbroke Island and Surfers Paradise skyline.Dine in style.Offering almost 2000sqm of floor space, the mansion has recently undergone extensive remodelling to create vast and practical entertaining space, a bespoke gourmet kitchen and luxurious living areas.Love looking at dream homes? Here are a few we found earlier:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe owners have appointed Lisa Halpin, of Savills Gold Coast, to manage the expression of interest campaign which closes on November 1.last_img

UK Politicians call for ban on alcohol advertising

first_imgMail Online (UK) 18 July 2012 Ministers should consider banning  television and cinema adverts that  promote alcohol to stop children from seeing them, claim MPs. They also want to investigate whether drink firms should be stopped from  sponsoring major sporting events such as football matches or the Olympics. MPs from the Health Select Committee said drinks makers should only be allowed to promote their products at events that adults attend, such as wine-tasting fairs. They pointed out that a similar law already exists in France. The MPs also said they support the  Government’s plan to bring in a minimum price for alcohol to try to cut the rising toll of binge-drinking on society.

Maori women lead assault statistics

first_imgStuff 10 December 2014Maori women are more likely to become assault victims than other New Zealanders, police data shows.Recorded crime victim statistics, recently released by police, showed about one in five assault victims in the last four months was a Maori woman. Yet they make up just 7 per cent of the population.A family member, such as a partner, ex-partner, parent or sibling, was the most likely person to carry out the assault.The figures, previously only available to police and some policy makers, show the various permutations of crime and its victims.For Europeans, Asians and Indians, men were more likely to be assaulted than women, but for Pacific Islanders and Maori, women were more likely to be victims.Family violence rates for Pacific Islanders were almost double those of Europeans and Asians. Maori were not far behind.

Parents claim UK schoolgirls skipping school to avoid gender-neutral bathrooms

first_imgNewsHub 7 October 2019Family First Comment: The harm of gender ideology in schools…“Other parents’ claim their girls are refusing to urinate all day, have stopped drinking to avoid needing to use the bathrooms, and are staying home from school if they are menstruating.”A UK primary school is under fire after changing its bathrooms to be gender-neutral.Students returned to Deanesfield Primary School in West London after their summer break in September to the new bathrooms, and parents are furious.Teaching staff and parents told the Mail on Sunday female students are deeply uncomfortable sharing bathrooms with male pupils.They claim female children are avoiding the bathrooms and even skipping school to do so, reports the Daily Mail.Parents say they were not informed of the changes until their children had returned to school.Angry parents launched a petition outside the school’s gate in September, reports news site National File.One parent, who has two young girls at the school, said the bathrooms are not private enough.READ MORE:

Groin injury knocks out Onazi again for 10 days

first_img Onazi who joined the Roosters in the January transfer window on a one-and-the-half year deal, copped the injury in the 1-1 draw with Gozetepe earlier this month. The combative midfielder was subbed off for Ismail Aissati in the eight minute after feeling some discomfort in his groin. “I suffered a small groin pain and I did not want to aggravate it that was why I asked to be replaced,” he told Sports Extra.Advertisement Loading… “I’m gradually getting better but will be out for some days, say 10 (days).” The Nigeria international has already missed the game against Konyaspor and looks set to miss Saturday’s home clash with Kayserispor. He has made four appearances for Mehmet Özdilek’s team thus far and willhope to make a return against Kasimpasa in a fortnight. Read Also:Mixed feelings as former Eagles stars Mikel, Onazi clash in Turkey Denizlispor is currently placed tenth with 24 points after 21 games and are four points adrift of European places. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee Denizlispor midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, is set to spend a couple of days on the sidelines after picking up a muscle injury.last_img