first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Long Island Business News:A few months ago, the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood plugged into the sun with a little help from a new solar program. EmPower Solar, in Island Park, built a 1 megawatt solar power plant owned by NextEra Energy Sources on their 212-acre campus.Through the Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island’s community solar program, approved in 2016 but only leading to completed projects now, solar energy pumped into the electric grid generates energy credits used by other customers. “We are injecting power into the grid at one location,” David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar, said. “We credit accounts virtually with virtual credits we create at that power plant. With community solar, we can pay you rent for hosting a system. And we sell the energy off site.”Community solar is the latest path to grow solar on Long Island, letting people, essentially, buy power from each other. It provides more financial fuel for photovoltaic power.“Community solar is a huge deal. It’s a major, new advantageous program for Long Island. It’s a game changer,” Schieren said. “It’s very flexible.”Community solar essentially allows people to set up solar projects as private power plants, which caught on in some other states, although it’s new to New York. While in the past people typically generated their solar, community solar lets someone generate power, which it pours into the grid. In return, the generator gets a credit for that amount which can be used by customers elsewhere.More: New Financing Options Light Up Solar Projects Community Solar Will Be a Boon For Long Island, Developer Sayslast_img read more

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first_img International cooperation These achievements are the result of the international support El Salvador is receiving to fight drugs. On March 6, the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, delivered vehicles, speedboats and technological equipment worth US$455,000 to support the GCC’s work. “The GCC represents an historic partnership between the U.S. government, the police and the Armed Forces, who are joining forces to combat transnational crime through counter-narcotics operations,” Aponte said at the time. The U.S. assistance to El Salvador is based on the Letter of Agreement for the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) of January 2009, which facilitates the GCC’s coordination with the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South), based in Key West in the U.S. state of Florida. The GCC also has collaborated with Operation Martillo, an effort led by the JIATF-South to neutralize transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit area, according to Viera Santamaría. “The operation is an example of working with partners to combat drug trafficking. Through all of its coordinated actions, the group cooperates indirectly with these regional efforts,” he said. During the past year, Operation Martillo has focused its efforts on the northwestern region of Honduras and northern Guatemala, according to the FAES. It’s believed 80% of the drugs smuggled into the U.S. pass through the northern regions of Honduras and Guatemala, according to FAES. “As a result of the work carried out by the Monitoring Center, El Salvador has not become a key drug trafficking area,” said Howard Cotto, the executive director of the National Anti-Drug Commission (CNA). “El Salvador isn’t a mandatory stop, but it’s an alternative.” Big achievements By Dialogo October 29, 2013center_img Since the formation of the GCC in March 2012, more than 500 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana worth an estimated US$12 million have been confiscated. On July 18, the GCC received information about the entry of a suspicious van with Costa Rican registration that was traveling from Nicaragua to Belize. The GCC quickly established a checkpoint – complete with military and police personnel and sniffer dogs – in the municipality of San Martín in the department of San Salvador to inspect the vehicle. They eventually found 460 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated worth of US$11.5 million. The driver of the van, Nicaraguan citizen Juan José Matamoros, 36, and Costa Rican José Francisco González, 34, were charged with international narco-trafficking and are awaiting trial. They are facing prison sentences of up to 15 years, according to Jorge Cortez, the chief prosecutor of the FGR’s Special Drug Trafficking Crimes Unit. On Aug. 20, residents of the Sihuapilapa village in the municipality of Teotepeque in the department of La Libertad, 52 kilometers southwest of San Salvador, notified the GCC that marijuana crops were hidden in a sorghum plantation, leading to the seizure of 667 marijuana plants. “We have strong evidence that the mountainous and remote areas of our country are being used to plant marijuana,” said an official of the PNC’s National Anti-Narcotics Division, whose identity was withheld in accordance with security protocols. “There is likely more in the area where this seizure took place.” SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – The Cuscatlán Joint Group (GCC), an interagency task force, is spearheading the effort to weaken the intricate narco-trafficking networks that use the country as an alternative route for shipping drugs into the United States. The primary mission of the GCC – made up of the National Civil Police (PNC), the Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES) and the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) – is to fight the shipment of large quantities of drugs passing through the Central American nation. The Anti-Drug Monitoring Center (CMA) at the International Airport of El Salvador provides intelligence on the possible trafficking of narcotics into the country. This information is transferred to the Interagency Anti-Narcotics Operations Center (COAI), which plans operations against narco-traffickers that are carried out by the GCC. Authorities from the PNC, FAES, FGR, the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Immigration and the Interior Ministry’s Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) form the COAI. “[Thanks to the GCC], the procedures have been streamlined,” said Artillery Lt. Col. Luis Enrique Viera Santamaría, who represents the FAES within the GCC. “We used to have to wait for personnel from San Salvador to arrive with the equipment to transfer procedural information to other parts of the country. [Everything] is faster now because we have the appropriate technological equipment for the operations.” The GCC operates out of the Second Air Brigade in Comalapa in the south-central department of La Paz. last_img read more

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December 19, 2020

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first_img Raymond O. Gross, Sixth Judicial Circuit judge, of Clearwater, has been presented with the University of South Florida President’s Distinguished Citizens Award, for his public service. A dministrative Judge Amy Karan of Miami-Dade County’s Domestic Violence Division, Major Harriet Janosky of Miami-Dade Police De-partment’s Domestic Crimes Bureau, and Sarah Lenett of the department of human services, represented the 11th Judicial Circuit as delegates in the “Urban Domestic Violence Summit,” sponsored by the Vera Institute.Judge Mary Lupo and husband/trial attorney Edward Ricci, were honored at a dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., as they were inducted into George-town’s “1789 Society,” which honors donors whose lifetime contributions exceed $1 million. January 15, 2003 Regular News Benchmarkslast_img read more

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first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr $300 million/46,000-member Piedmont Advantage Credit Union, Winston-Salem, N.C., with 102 full-time equivalent staffers, subscribes to a highly strategic method for performance management, incorporating both self-assessment and regular coaching, and has successfully united pay for performance.“The process starts in the fall with the development of our strategic plan,” shares HR & Learning Manager Laura Engle, a CUES member. “Based on corporate goals, we have started to create departmental plans that trickle down to individual staff goals. During the first quarter, we hold a common date for reviews, but it’s not a one-time deal; it’s a cumulative effort from a year-long process, instituted from strategic goals.”The process looks like this:The strategic planning process formulates goals in the fall which sets the stage for performance management.In January, each staff person completes an online self-assessment, using HRN Management Group’s PerformanceProThe employee’s supervisor uses the same format, recognizing accomplishments, strengths, and areas for coaching. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_imgAcross all demographics, it’s clear that consumers are comfortable with the idea of making referrals; with over 50% of all respondents indicating they’ve done so.Then we inquired whether or not consumers were likely to act on referrals they’d received.    Making a referral is one thing, but making a purchase as a result of a referral from a friend or family member is another.  Clearly however, the results speak for themselves: In our survey, more than 70% of our survey participants indicated that they’d made a purchase based on the recommendation of a friend or family member.So how do results compare when we segment by age group?  Easy answer: It’s virtually the same across all age ranges:  18-24 year olds are just as likely to have made a purchase on the basis of a referral from a friend as consumers aged 45 plus.  Statistically speaking, referrals and recommendations from friends are valued by the majority of consumers.This is good news for Credit Union marketers.  With credit union customer satisfaction at 92%, credit unions have a highly engaged and loyal customer base to draw upon.  And with millennials responding positively to reviews and recommendations, and willing to both make referrals and make purchase decisions based upon those referrals, credit unions can now leverage some of the lowest-cost and most effective marketing methods to engage with millennials.It should no longer be challenge for savvy digital marketers at credit unions to convince their executives that modern digital marketing methods should include online reviews and referrals, and could potentially become the lead acquisition strategies for younger demographics.We’d love to hear your stories about what’s working to attract millennials to your credit union, and how reviews and referrals have made their mark for you. It’s clear that when it comes to attracting millennials to your brand, this represents a great opportunity to solicit reviews from millennials, and to publish reviews to millennials. These are solid methods for attracting new customers from this demographic.Will millennials participate in referral programs?What about referral behavior?48% of millennials say word-of-mouth influences them more than TV ads. For credit unions looking to save money on their advertising budget, this is good news indeed.  When it comes to word-of-mouth marketing – also known as referral marketing – millennials are just as likely to make referrals as any other demographic.  In fact, youthful millennials aged 18-24 are 16% more likely to have referred their friends and family to products that they’ve eventually purchased.  Only seniors aged 65+ are near as likely to have made a referral in the past resulting in a purchase. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Parker Neil Parker is the VP Product Management and Marketing at RewardStream. Neil has 20 years experience in Product Management and Marketing at companies such as Glenayre, Infowave, Sierra Wireless, Contigo … Web: rewardstream.com Detailscenter_img In our recent credit union marketing survey, we learned that credit union marketers across the nation are interested in attracting a youthful demographic.  No big news here: especially since the average age of a credit union member is 47 in the United States and 53 in Canada, and that despite warnings to the contrary millennials continue to be willing to conduct their finances with traditional institutions like banks and credit unions.So credit unions want to attract millennials, and millennials are willing to bank with credit unions.  What’s the challenge?Well – apparently – digital marketing efforts in the credit union sector continue to lag modern marketing trends, making it more challenging for credit union marketers to reach this critical mass of millennials – 92 million of them in the US alone.In fact the survey results showed us that credit union marketers are holding onto the belief that traditional marketing methods like Direct Mail (89% of respondents) Radio (64%) and Billboards (59%) are still effective marketing methods, when these methods are clearly not the way to reach millennials.While millennials still consider TV to be a primary source of brand influence over them, radio and billboard score dead last amongst ideal media via which millennials can be reached and influenced. A recent Instabrand survey showed that 91% of millennials would consider buying a product if a friend recommended it.  But as we’ve learned very few marketers are using referral marketing to grow their member base despite it being considered the most effective means to attract new customers.If word-of-mouth and referral marketing are the right means to attract new customers, will referral programs be as effective at attracting millennials for credit union marketers as for every other age bracket?We were interested in learning whether or not consumers across all age groups acted in a similar fashion when it came to reviewing and referring products and services.If middle-aged members will refer their friends to your credit union, will millennials do the same?We conducted a survey to find out whether millennial consumers are more or less likely than other age groups to post and read online reviews, to make referrals, and to make purchases as a result of referrals that they receive from others.  We were also interested in understanding if more mature consumers behaved measurably differently than millennials when it came time to make online referrals, reviews and recommendations.Are millennials more or less likely to post online reviews?Across all consumers, the percentage of people willing to post an online review still falls well below 50%.   In fact, as you’ll see below, more people value online reviews than are willing to post them … (representing an interesting gap in expectations). But when we segment by age group, some more interesting trends emerge.Perhaps not surprisingly, the combined millennial demographics (18-34 years old) are more likely to have posted online reviews for products and services than consumers that fall into Generation X or Baby Boomer cohorts.  Amongst millennials themselves, 18-24 year olds are more likely to have written online reviews than 35-54 year olds, with “older” millennials aged 25-34 being the most active group.Still, with more than 30% of 35-54 year olds comfortable with the idea of posting online reviews, statistically this shows that credit unions can rely on a broadening swath of their customer base to feel comfortable with the idea of making an online review of the institution even though this practice is not yet mainstream.  This represents an opportunity to solicit reviews and recommendations from all customers that can be shared in digital marketing campaigns.Are online reviews important to millennials when making a purchase decision?Similarly, when asked whether or not online reviews are important when making a purchase decision, well over 40% of all participants indicated that reviews were important, with more than 60% of those people in the millennial cohort indicating that online reviews are important.last_img read more

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first_img Hate Crime,  Remarks,  The Blog,  Videos ‘Stand Against Hate’ GatheringPhiladelphia, PATRANSCRIPT:The acts of hatred aimed at the Jewish community this week were acts of hatred aimed at us all.The desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia was an act of desecration all of our core values.The threats against JCCs across PA were threats against our common humanity.These acts of hatred are wrong, and they have no place in Pennsylvania, or in the United States.I am calling on the United States Department of Justice to investigate these cowardly actions for what they truly are – hate crimes against the Jewish community and everyone in Pennsylvania.And I have directed the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security to work hand in hand with our partners in local law enforcement to help find those responsible for these actions.The vandalism and bomb threats aimed at the Pennsylvania Jewish community these past few days are reprehensible, and will fail in their attempts to instill fear.We are all here today to take a stand against these vile actions, and to say to those responsible that this kind of hatred and intimidation will not be tolerated in this Commonwealth.I am proud to see so many members of different faiths here to show that no one should be afraid, because as Pennsylvanians we stand together against acts like these.Pennsylvania is a place founded centuries ago on the idea that all are welcome, and can practice their faith and culture as they see fit.And we still live by that grand idea today, because ours is an open and welcoming state.We live by that idea not only because it is right to do so – it is – but also because its smart.We want to continue the rich tradition of openness and inclusiveness, so that when people are choosing where to go to school, where to begin their professional lives, where to start their business, or where to raise their family, they know that Pennsylvania is open to them.Actions like the ones we have seen recently present the opposite picture of Pennsylvania – and paint us as a place that is closed off and small minded.That is not what Pennsylvania is.Instead, PA is a Jewish day school hosting a Martin Luther King Day of Service to benefit their local community in Pittsburgh; it is the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia collecting food to donate to the hungry; it’s the Muslim community and labor leaders raising funds to rebuild the vandalized cemetery – it’s people reaching across lines of religious faith and cultural heritage to help one another – that is what Pennsylvania is.Pennsylvania is a place where we come together to accept and support each other.So these senseless acts are not what Pennsylvania is.Hatred has no place in this Commonwealth – any time – any where.Thank you.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf March 03, 2017 Remarks by Governor Wolf at ‘Stand Against Hate’ Gathering in Philadelphiacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgPME, the €45bn pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering industry, has invested €25m in starting technology firms in its own sector.It said that the investment – through a new fund which co-operates with local technical universities – was designed to boost the industry it represented.The fund, Innovation Industries, targets investments in Dutch companies specialising in areas such as semi-conductors, ICT and cybersecurity, nanotechnology, healthcare, and food production.A number of these companies are expected to be spawned by research from universities in Delft, Twente, Eindhoven, and Wageningen, as well as the research institutes TNO (technology), ECN (energy and transport), and DLO (agriculture). Other investors have already committed €75m to Innovation Industries, which is to issue risk-bearing capital – in particular equity – to approximately 20 firms.So far, PME and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are the largest investors, with the universities of Eindhoven, Twente, and Wageningen contributing €1.5m each.Other investors include TNO, innovation funds of the Dutch counties of Overijssel and Gelderland, and some private investors.This is the first time PME has invested in start-up companies or companies in its own sector. However, it changed this policy as part of its new environmental, social, and governance policy introduced last April.In a clarification of its new position, the metal scheme described investing in the future of its sector as “an important additional motivation”, adding that its participants were keen on such a policy.It added that the investment fund was supported by several high-tech firms that had placed their pensions with PME. The scheme did not provide details about the companies.According to PME, the relatively limited scale of the investment was not unusual for a niche destination. The scheme emphasised that the investment was nevertheless useful, as it was beneficial for the industry, innovation, and the local economy.Innovation Industries was selected following consultations with the Dutch Investment Institution (NII) about the options for local investment.The metal pension fund said it expected a solid return proportional to the relatively high risk of investing in start-ups.However, it put the risk into perspective by explaining that it would be limited because of knowledge-sharing between the universities and research institutes. It added that the new firms would also be coached while growing.PME further said that costs incurred by the investment fund would be “at the lower end of the spectrum” compared to other similar funds in Europe.last_img read more

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first_imgFirst Subsea has delivered beach landing cable protection systems for three export cables at the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.First Subsea secured a contract in February for the three 250m long systems, which it delivered to Jan De Nul at the end of March.According to the Lancaster-based company, the protection systems were designed to suit an export cable diameter of 158mm with a bending radius of 2.37m.“The delivery deadlines were challenging but with the close cooperation and support of our client we successfully delivered another project with great positive feedback,” said First Subsea Project Manager Ross Carrington.Jan De Nul completed the installation of the three export cables at the wind farm in August under the EPCI contract.Formosa 1 Phase 2 will comprise 20 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines which recently produced first power some 6km off the west coast of the Miaoli district in the Taiwan Strait.The 120MW wind farm, an extension to the existing Formosa 1 Phase 1, is expected to be fully operational by next year.last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool’s principal owner John W Henry says being part of the club’s triumphs in the past 14 months has been the highlight of his career despite his multiple successes with the Boston Red Sox. Since June 2019, Jurgen Klopp’s team have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and, after a 30-year wait, the English league title.Advertisement Liverpool’s James Milner kisses the Premier League trophy Henry’s Fenway Sports Group also owns baseball franchise the Boston Red Sox, who ended their own 86-year trophy drought with a World Series victory in 2004, following up with further wins in 2007, 2013 and 2018. But the American believes what Liverpool have achieved surpasses those achievements. Loading… “The fact that we are champions of England, champions of Europe, the Club World Cup, the Super Cup is just an extraordinary accomplishment by this organisation and by these players,” he told liverpoolfc.com.“To be involved with that, to have been a part of it has really been the capstone of my career and I think all of us who have been a part of Fenway Sports Group.”Henry thanked the players and staff, highlighting the impact of Klopp and the team around him.“I could go on and on about Jurgen and how his heart is larger than his frame, how his enthusiasm affects all of us positively every day,” he said.As Klopp plots more successes, veteran Liverpool midfielder James Milner has warned his team-mates it would be “criminal” for them to lose focus after their Premier League triumph.Premier league champions LiverpoolThe players are currently on a break before pre-season begins but Milner, who also won two titles in three years with Manchester City, says they have to be switched on when they return.“I think it’s getting that balance right. We have to enjoy it because we know how hard it is to win trophies,” the 34-year-old told Liverpool’s website.“We’ve been very good to do it but also lucky to win the amount of trophies we have had this year.“Trent (Alexander-Arnold) thinks it’s absolutely easy, he just turns up and wins trophies every year but I can assure you, with the amount of years I’ve had in my career, it’s not that easy.” Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet KnowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldSurprising Things Women Found Attractive 50 Years Ago Read Also: Infantino to ‘respect’ any ethics committee decision – FIFAHe warned his teammates against letting their standards drop.“We have a couple of weeks to enjoy this and enjoy being champions and then, as soon as next season starts, it’s down to the fans to carry on enjoying it and enjoy being champions for us,” he said.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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first_imgNo. 5 Argonauts Prepare for No. 3 Fighting Knights Share April 5, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – For the second time in 10 days, fifth-ranked West Florida will host of the top teams in the NCAA Division II. On Friday, West Florida (14-5) will face third-ranked Lynn (16-2) at 1 p.m. at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex.West Florida has won 12 of their last 13 matches. The only loss during the stretch was an 8-1 defeat to top-ranked BYU-Hawaii. West Florida has won two straight and were leading on Sunday against 16th ranked Barry, however the match was called when the rain arrived.Sixteenth-ranked Tammy Kevey (Auckland, New Zealand) leads the Argonauts with a 15-5 singles record. Suzana Cavalcante (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the fourth-ranked singles player in the nation, has played every singles match in the first position and has posted a 12-3 record. West Florida also has two ranked doubles teams. The sixth-ranked team of Kevey and Mandy Septoe (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) are 16-3, while 14th ranked Cavalcante and Paola Arevalo (Cali, Colombia) have posted a 12-4 mark.Lynn will face the NAIA-number one Auburn Montgomery on Thursday prior to arriving in Pensacola. Entering action on Thursday, Lynn is 10-0 on the road and 6-1 against ranked opponents. Eighteenth-ranked ranked Victoria Weltz is 8-6 in singles this season. Her teammate, 40th ranked Gedvile Norkute, is 15-0, including 11 singles win in the third position.A free cookout will be offered during Friday’s matchPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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