The NCUA board unveiled proposed regulations yesterday which, taken as a whole, would create a more formal and uniform appellate process by which credit unions could appeal regulator determinations. Although these changes may not seem all that important, they are actually much needed reforms that are long overdue. Another proposal would mandate that members have more information before voting on voluntary mergers.Here is why you should care:First in the interest of full disclosure, as I started reading through these proposals last night after turning on game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I fell asleep faster than an old man in a nursing home after taking his evening meds. As a result, I will be describing these in more detail in the coming weeks as I seek credit union feedback. But for this morning there is one specific aspect of the proposal that I want to highlight. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Europe added close to 3.2GW of offshore wind capacity last year, taking the total installed and grid-connected capacity from 12.6GW in 2016 to 15.8GW at the end of 2017 and thus marking a 25% increase in just one year. Including sites with partial grid connection, there are now 92 offshore wind farms in eleven European countries and 4,149 grid-connected wind turbines, WindEurope reports in its annual offshore wind statistics. Illustration; Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/ Statoil (archive)The UK is first with 43% of all grid-connected turbines, followed by Germany (28%), Denmark (12%), the Netherlands (9%) and Belgium (6%), representing the top five markets. Combined, the top five countries represent 98% of all grid-connected turbines in Europe.Fourteen projects were completed in 2017, including the first floating offshore wind farm, with the UK and Germany leading the way in new installations last year by adding 1.7GW and 1.3GW, respectively.Work is currently underway on further eleven projects, also in Germany and the UK. Once completed, these projects will add a further 2.9GW and bring the cumulative capacity in Europe to 18.7GW. By 2020, offshore wind is projected to grow to a total installed capacity of 25GW, WindEurope states.Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, said: “A 25% increase in one year is spectacular. Offshore wind is now a mainstream part of the power system. And the costs have fallen rapidly. Investing in offshore wind today costs no more than in conventional power generation. It just shows Europe’s ready to embrace a much higher renewables target for 2030. 35% is easily achievable. Not least now that floating offshore wind farms are also coming on line.”The average size of installed offshore wind turbine in 2017 was 5.9MW, a 23% increase on 2016. The average size of the grid-connected offshore wind farms in 2017 was 493MW, 34% higher than the previous year.
Published on February 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman Comments Dominic Lamolinara had time to think about his plan.Trying to preserve a one-goal lead with 18 seconds left, the Syracuse goaltender considered the possibilities during an Army timeout, eventually deciding it was going to come down to a one-on-one with a Black Knights scorer and the game on the line. Once play resumed, the plan materialized just as it had in his mind.Army junior midfielder Alex Van Krevel approached the crease from the right side, Lamolinara took two steps out of the net and rotated his stick down, and Van Krevel shot high right off the goaltender’s helmet. The game ended in a flash, and the Orange sideline poured onto the field with Lamolinara in the middle of the celebratory scrum.‘I was looking at the ball the whole time,’ Lamolinara said. ‘I wasn’t really looking away. I wasn’t really directing anybody. I knew that it was going to be me and one other guy, so I just kept my eyes on that the whole time. I got lucky enough to make a good play.’For the second time in as many games, Syracuse head coach John Desko opted to use two goaltenders, Matt Lerman and Lamolinara, in the Orange’s 10-9 win over Army on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. Lerman was between the pipes for the first half, allowing five goals and making four saves, while Lamolinara surrendered four goals and stopped five in his 30 minutes in net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough SU’s first two games, the two-goalie system has helped provide two victories. Against Army and the season opener against Albany, both bent but they didn’t break.‘Dom and Matt have both been playing pretty well,’ Desko said. ‘I think right through the scrimmages to the games, it’s been a nice combination. What we’re seeing in practice the rest of the week has been pretty consistent to what we’re seeing in games.’Army took nine shots in the fourth quarter, and Lamolinara turned back four of them. Before making his final save, the transfer from Maryland received a big test with about three minutes remaining in the game.Army junior attack Andrew Boyd ran toward the goal and sent a low shot into the cage, but Lamolinara dropped down to both knees and stopped it to hold SU’s lead. If it had been split second later, the Black Knights would have tied it up.Lamolinara said Boyd looked nervous and wanted to pass first, so when he finally did shoot, he didn’t set his feet.When Lamolinara entered the game after halftime, the Orange was down 5-4.Army scored with nine seconds left in the half, when attack Conor Hayes ran around the left side of the goal trying to beat SU defender David Hamlin. Hayes stopped quickly in his tracks, forcing Hamlin to do the same, giving the attack just enough time to whip a shot into the lower half of the net on the right side as Lerman tried to drop to make the save.With the ball in the cage, Lerman stayed down on his side trying to process what happened as the Black Knights went into halftime with the lead.‘There was nine or 10 seconds left. We expected them to come down and play hard to finish the half, as you would expect from them,’ Lerman said. ‘I thought defensively we played pretty well. A couple goals we probably should’ve had back, myself included.’Lerman struggled somewhat in the second half, as that final goal was the third goal of a three-goal run for the Black Knights. Army attack Garrett Thul, who finished with three goals on the day, had beat Lerman five minutes earlier with a hard shot from 25 yards out.At the start of the second half, Lamolinara ran to his goal while Lerman walked to the sideline and got a pat on the back from Desko. With Lerman’s day over, Lamolinara had to try and keep the Orange in it.And with two game-saving stops, Lamolinara helped Syracuse earn a gritty win. ‘This one definitely felt good because we got a win for the team,’ Lamolinara said. ‘I was able to hold on to what Matt started in the first half, and it felt really good to do that for everybody.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Dr. Kelly Greco, the assistant director of outreach and prevention services for USC student Health, sets up for a suicide prevention discussion. The event was cut short because no students showed up. (Julia Rosher | Daily Trojan)USC Student Health held two open discussions centered on suicide prevention on Monday. These were the only USC-hosted events for National Suicide Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about suicide. However, the discussion was cut short after no students showed up — not a single seat was filled during both sessions. While the lack of attendees may have dampened the intended discussion, professionals still emphasized the need for open forums among students and faculty. “The reality [is] that student populations are experiencing seemingly more distress yearly,” said Dr. Robert Mendola, the division’s executive director and division chief for student mental health. “We have to identify what’s going on and how to prevent this trend.” The discussion was meant to inform students about a suicide prevention tactic titled “Take 5 to save lives,” which presenters said can take as little as five minutes to implement. The tactic includes educating students on signs of suicide, self-care, awareness and the importance of reaching out to professionals.The forum was also meant to address the increased risk of suicide among marginalized groups including the LGBTQ community. “What we do see is that the [suicide] rates are very high for the LGBTQ community,” said Dr. Kelly Greco, the assistant director of outreach and prevention services. Throughout this week, USC will be emphasizing the importance of spreading awareness among peers across social media platforms. There will also be a large focus on encouraging students to participate in an ongoing dialogue that extends far past this week. “This is a topic and dialogue that needs to be continuous throughout the year,” Greco said. The Engemann Student Health Center has started working with the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps evaluate a campus’ needs for mental health services and creates comprehensive systems, programs and policies tailored toward mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. By integrating the Jed program onto campus, the health center can pinpoint specific issues to target that are present in the well-being of USC students. “Our efforts are increasing because our resources are increasing,” Mendola said while referring to the addition of 10 new therapists to the counseling center’s resources. “By increasing our therapists by 10, we’re not just increasing direct service to students, we’re increasing our availability to engage in programs.” An example of a new program the center is offering comes in the form of “Feel Better” workshops, which cover topics on anxiety, resilience and other issues present on campus. The workshops encourage proactive student participation in a safe environment; however, they will only take place during the beginning of the semester. Another resource mentioned was Trojan Care for Trojans, an anonymous request form available to all students if they feel worried about a peer. “The undertone of all of this is how do we create a campus driven by a culture of student wellbeing?” said Paula Swinford, the director of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPresque Isle- Presque Isle Gas and Electric has been working around the clock to restore power to the area.They currently only have 5 more outages to restore. Power went down on Tuesday morning and it has been a struggle to get full power restored due to high winds and snowy conditions. Some residents have not had power for 3-4 days.The area should have full restoration by the end of the weekend.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sanctuary Superintendent Jumps into Freezing River for a Good CauseNext APS Selects Construction Management Company for Facility Needs Assessment