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Germany hails Biden’s move to halt Trump-ordered troop cuts

By on February 8, 2021

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — The German government has welcomed President Joe Biden’s decision to formally halt the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman argued on Friday that the troops’ stationing there is “in our mutual interest.” Last year, then-President Donald Trump announced that he was going to pull out about 9,500 of the roughly 34,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany, but the withdrawal never actually began. Biden said Thursday that the pullout would be halted until Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reviews America’s troop presence around the globe. Trump announced the troop cuts after repeatedly accusing Germany of not paying enough for its own defense.last_img read more

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Solar-plus-storage contracts in Hawaii hit record low prices

By on December 31, 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:This week Hawaiian Electric Company sent seven new solar-plus-storage contracts to state regulators. Six come in at record-low prices for the state, under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.The projects, which now await regulatory approval, would add 262 megawatts of solar and 1,048 megawatt-hours of storage distributed over three islands. The company said the projects will provide power “in place of volatile prices of fossil fuels,” which it quotes at about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. AES, Innergex, Clearway and 174 Power Global are developing the projects.“It’s hard to overstate the scale of this announcement,” said Dan Finn-Foley, a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.If the state’s public utility commission approves the power-purchase agreement contracts, it would mean a big boost for the U.S. storage market. WoodMac currently logs 1.4 gigawatt-hours of energy storage installed in the nation, with just 75 megawatt-hours in Hawaii. According to Finn-Foley, Hawaiian Electric’s projects would nearly double what’s installed in the U.S. and grow Hawaii’s market exponentially. Taken together, the projects would also rank as the second-largest storage announcement ever, just behind the recently approved Moss Landing project in California.But that’s not even the most thrilling part of this announcement for clean energy analysts. “What’s even more notable is the range of PPA prices,” said Finn-Foley.Past solar-plus-storage prices in Hawaii came in at 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2016 and 11 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2017. One of the projects announced this week by Hawaiian Electric is more expensive than the latter price — 15 megawatts of solar and 60 megawatt-hours of storage at 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. But another 90 megawatts of solar and 360 megawatt-hours of storage came in at what Finn-Foley called a “jaw-dropping” 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. That means that from 2016 to 2019 solar-plus-storage PPA prices in the state dropped by 42 percent.More: Hawaiian Electric announces ‘mind-blowing’ solar-plus-storage contracts Solar-plus-storage contracts in Hawaii hit record low priceslast_img read more

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SCOTUS rules CFPB structure unconstitutional, declines ABA’s petition to hear FOM case

By on December 17, 2020

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court today issued its decision in the lawsuit brought by Seila Law challenging the CFPB’s single-director structure, determining that it is unconstitutional. In addition, it declined to hear the lawsuit brought by the American Bankers Association against the NCUA over the agency’s 2016 field of membership (FOM) rule.NAFCU has long held that the CFPB’s leadership structure should be reformed to a commission-based model to ensure transparency and accountability and supported legislative efforts to do so.“With today’s Supreme Court decision allowing the President to remove the CFPB Director at will, it is essential Congress advance legislation establishing a bipartisan commission at the bureau to promote greater transparency, accountability and long-term stability,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “A bipartisan board offers stable, long-term leadership that would better provide for the needs of consumers. NAFCU will continue to advocate for Congress to pass legislation reforming the CFPB’s single-director leadership structure into a bipartisan board.”In its CFPB decision, the Supreme Court found that the bureau’s “leadership by a single individual removable only for inefficiency, neglect, or malfeasance violates the separation of powers.” Despite its unconstitutional structure, the court said the agency may continue to operate, so long as the director is subject to removal by the president at will. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to fight analysis paralysis and regain control

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first_img continue reading » The coronavirus pandemic changed life as we know it, essentially overnight, from the way we do business to the strategies and plans we had put in place at the beginning of the year. This is what, LT. Jason Redman, a retired Navy SEAL, leadership expert, and bestselling author, would call a life ambush.Redman describes a life ambush as an event that may have left you feeling:overwhelmed to the point of shutting down;filled with anxiety, sleeplessness, or irritability;overcome by shame, guilt, and anger;buried in conflict, miscommunication, and chaos; ordogged by emptiness and lack of purpose or meaning.The onset of the coronavirus pandemic has changed our office culture and relationships and placed some unexpected obstacles in our way. As we walk the path to recovery, it’s important to rely on key tools and strategies to ensure we are always leading and pushing our companies and teams forward. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Redesign and new name for entering European markets: Cycling product Bicikademija stanica – Bikademy

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgThe whole story works extremely simply. The Bikedemy application is downloaded, a tour is selected, a check-in is made at each given location as a confirmation that the last tour, when all the default locations have been passed, you have passed the “exam” and that’s it. After passing all the exams of a particular Studio, Bike Students also receive an award. In addition to new tours, ie studies, old Studies such as: all five Slavonian counties, Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Istria 1 and Istria 2 and the island of Rab are also available on the application. Do we want to develop cycling tourism? Here is a great opportunity for all destinations to make their tours and studios, in a different and innovative way. In addition, it is a Croatian tourist, and soon export, product. “Bikademy is not only for athletes, but for all people who love cycling and cycling. The bicycle is ideal for touring regions and cities, and this corona crisis has only enhanced the use of the bicycle in everyday life. We will certainly represent successful people from various branches of the economy who use the bicycle in everyday life and for whom the bicycle is a lifestyle.”Adds Herceg. Already existing cycling product The bicycle academy has experienced its new design and is becoming a new brand under the name Bikademy consisting of a new one Web pages i new Android apps. The platform is primarily intended for an increasing number of cyclists, both foreigners visiting our country and domestic, and thus can serve as a an excellent tool and added value in the tourist offer of the destination. The team that worked on the rebranding consists of: Tin Horvatin, Boris Predmerski, Berislav Petrović and Krešimir Herceg. For Croatia prizes provides GIANT Croatia. Bikademy is an innovative and interactive cycling tourism concept (Made in Croatia) that promotes certain areas as ideal cycling destinations.  In addition to the redesign and the new application, Herceg points out how they opened two new studios – Zagreb and Berlin. For example, Studio Zagreb consists of seven locations or Exams: Ban Josip Jelačić Square, Maksimir Park, Jarun, Bundek, Lake Savica, NSB, Mirogoj. It is planned to go out on European market, and mostly for that reason, the complete content is in English, he points out Krešimir Herceg when asked what the new functionalities of the application are, he adds: “In addition to the design and creation of the new Bikademy brand that we have been developing over the past few months, we have also developed a new application that is more functional, easier to use and closer to users. ” Herceg points out. It is an interesting concept that destinations present through Studies consisting of natural and cultural heritage sites that represent Bikademy Exams. Also, at this time of the coronavirus pandemic, it is a new way of outdoor recreation that connects active life with tourism, natural and cultural heritage. Which is extremely important due to local consumption, especially in the pre- and post-season, as well as when the borders are “closed” due to the epidemiological situation. last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset Counties

By on October 16, 2020

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of new funding through the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career program to assist the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center (GJCTC) in the creation of two new welding training programs in the region.“With these Manufacturing PA grants, GJCTC will have even greater capacity to strengthen the region’s workforce,” Governor Wolf said. “By providing funding to help individuals get the welding skills that are in such high demand in the area, we and GJCTC are helping businesses fill open positions while helping people get the skills they need to land good-paying, secure manufacturing jobs. It’s truly a win-win for the greater Johnstown area, and a great example of how the state and our educational institutions can work together for the greater good.”The programs were created as the result of collaboration with regional manufacturers in the private sector who determined that the supply of welders in the area was not meeting the high demand in the region.The grant will provide a total of $300,000 in funding to GJCTC for the creation of two separate welding training programs, both called “Learn Where You Earn.” The first program will be offered in Bedford County and provide a 720-hour welding training to adults at a GJCTC satellite campus within the facilities of Mission Critical. The Bedford program is expected to provide 25 job seekers with high-level welding certifications. The second program will be offered in Somerset County and will provide a 200-hour metal inert gas (MIG) welding training at a satellite campus within J&J Truck Bodies. The Somerset program is expected to provide 40 job seekers with MIG welding credentials.“GJCTC is excited to be a part of this important initiative for our region,” said Tricia Rummel, supervisor of adult education at GJCTC. “These training programs will not only benefit individuals seeking to improve their skills and find employment, but it will also benefit local businesses and the community as a whole.”The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career grant is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that allows the workforce to advance and the company to grow and compete in a rapidly-evolving economy. Eligible applicants include technical and trade schools, school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop new and innovative training programs and partner with two or more companies.The Training-to-Career grant is one of three components of Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative, along with Industrial Resource Centers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program, that was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset Countieslast_img read more

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A stunning Sovereign Islands mansion could be yours for a cool $3.995 million

By on October 6, 2020

first_img14 Westminster Court, Paradise Point.IT comes fully-equipped with an automated theatre room and the armchairs to match, but there is something even more dramatic to sit back and watch at this mega home — the views. The sprawling mansion at 14 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands was designed to take advantage of the spectacular outlook, according to homeowner Mark Sutcliffe. The home was inspired by Jared Poole’s mammoth house designsThe wine cellar is one of the standout features in the home which Mr Sutcliffe said is also the biggest talking point.“When we have guests or friends over they comment on two things as soon as they enter, the view and then the wine cellar, in that order too,” he said. “I have been running a trucking business in Brisbane for the past 15 years and the traffic is taking its toll so I have decided to move to Brisbane with the family. Sit down and enjoy theatrical sunsetsMr Sutcliffe said he and his family first moved to the Soveriegn Islands in 2007 and this home was their latest project. “It was designed by Jared Poole,” Mr Sutcliffe said.“I’ve always been a big fan of his work and have seen some of his designs on the Island so when my wife and I found this block we got him to help bring our ideas to life.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe homes was designed around big open spaces and high ceilingsMr Sutcliffe said the dream was to open the front door and see the view throughout the house and build a wine cellar that would act as an art piece. “I spent a lot on engineering to perfect the clean lines and big open spaces with the soaring ceilings,” he said. “That was our vision, to have a home that was a little more squared and open.” Views captured perfectly from the bedrooms.“I have a feeling we will be back on the Sovereign Islands in the future.” One of these mega features includes a commercial-grade sliding door. The sliding door opens to reveal an entertaining area and provides a seamless open plan living space. There’s enough space to moor a boatThe 2014-built home is poised on a 752sq m block and has five ensuites bedrooms including a spa with views and custom wardrobe in the main bedroom.last_img read more

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Geopolitical risk re-emerges as top worry for pension professionals

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgGeopolitics pose the biggest short- to medium-term risk to the global economy for the majority of pension professionals and consultants, according to a survey.A fifth were more worried about inflation, while 16% ranked growth rates as the biggest risk and 7% were most concerned about central bank policy.The survey was carried out last month by PineBridge Investments, a multi-asset manager, during the annual conference of the UK’s pension fund trade body last month. Asset managers were also surveyed.They also ranked geopolitics as the biggest risk, but they were less sanguine about the risk posed by central bank policy and inflation. One quarter and 11%, respectively, identified these as the biggest threat to the global economy. Credit: (stephan) The UK’s pending exit from the European Union and the collapse of coalition talks in Germany may also be upsetting the natural order of things for investors, PineBridge said.At the start of 2017 geopolitical risk was high on the agenda of many investors, with elections due in France (April/May), the Netherlands (March) and Germany (September). Fears seemed to recede as populist, anti-immigration candidates were defeated, although this week has seen coalition talks in Germany collapse with chancellor Angela Merkel hinting at a return to the polls.A survey carried out by Allianz Global Investors earlier this year – during April and May – also found that geopolitics was the number one concern for institutional investors, eclipsing fear of rising interest rates or economic slowdown.Of the 755 investors surveyed from across North America, Europe and Asia, 44% said that geopolitics represented a major risk to investment performance. More than 90% saw event risk as a threat, compared with three-quarters the year before.PineBridge’s survey also asked pension professionals and consultants about their passive and active investments.The survey found a wide dispersion in the take up of passively managed assets. A 40-60% passive to 40-60% active ratio was the most common balance (25%), followed by a 20-40% passive/60-80% active split (17%).Just over a fifth (22%) of respondents to PineBridge’s survey expected global equities to perform best over the next 12 months, and 17% backed emerging market equities. Steve Cook, co-head of emerging markets fixed income at Pinebridge Investments, said: “The results surprised me, as I believe geopolitical risk is currently quite low by recent standards. Presumably, respondents are nervous with regard to Korea, Iran, and other potential flashpoints.”last_img read more

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Thematic session: Offshore transport, installation, and removal

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgThe oil & gas and offshore wind markets offer room for a range of dedicated vessels, carrying out activities from installation of oil and gas infrastructure, of offshore wind foundations, turbines and of substations through to decommissioning of topsides and jackets.Offshore Energy can confirm Edward Heerema, President of Allseas, will be speaking as well as representatives from Van Oord and Boskalis.This session looks at the latest additions to the global fleet, from purpose-built to multi-purpose vessels, from vessels able to operate in shallow water and in deep water, nearshore and far offshore.Hubert Schaafsma will moderate the session, part of the Offshore Energy conference program, which includes 4 keynotes and nine thematic sessions, this technical content Thematic Session will take place on Tuesday 23 October, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs. Find out more on the full program here. Offshore Energy 2018Offshore Energy attracts a global audience of offshore energy professionals and features an exhibition where over 600 companies will showcase their products and services. Offshore Energy covers both the exploration and production of the conventional energy resources, oil & gas, and the renewable part of the energy mix such as offshore wind and marine energy. It is the place to find out where the future of energy is headingThis year’s Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference will be held on (22), 23 & 24 October 2018.Source: Navingolast_img read more

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Bacolod eyes more ‘quarantine hotels’

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgIt also tapped private hotels to house all returning OFWs required to spend 14 days in quarantine on arrival in the city. Councilor Israel Salanga, chair of the Action Team on Returning OFWs, welcomed the group and facilitated their transportation to a hotel, where they will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. They comprise the fourth batch of the “Malasakit Voyage” passengers who have returned to Bacolod since April 28. Novero said authorities here somehow managed to control the spread of the viral illness but expressed concern over the homecoming of OFWs. Councilor Renecito Novero, chairman of the city’s Quarantine Center Action Team (QCAT), said the city government will be tapping seven more hotels intended for returning migrant workers.  Councilor Renecito Novero. BACOLOD CITY PIO The city government is committed to strictly observe the health protocols on handling returning OFWs, he said.center_img Last week, two groups of Bacolodnons stranded in Metro Manila and Palawan arrived in separate vessels at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port here. The city government also has a quarantine facility at the Mariano G. Medalla Integrated School, where eight students of the University of the Philippines -Visayas spent their 14-day quarantine before they were sent home last week./PN BACOLOD City – Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are expected to return here this week. “Mabudlay magpangita sang ila (OFWs) ilistaran. We are trying our best. Kabay pa makahangop ang mga kautoran ta di ri sa Bacolod,” Novero said.The city government has converted public schools to serve as quarantine facilities for OFWs and suspected COVID-19 patients.  As part of its preparation, the city government here will be setting up more quarantine facilities for the OFWs’ mandatory 14-day quarantine.last_img read more

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