Orange County shines in national solar recognition program

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here From the Orange County NewsroomFor its efforts in making solar power easier to obtain and more affordable for residents and businesses to install, Orange County Government has recently been awarded Gold-level recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored program known as SolSmart.SolSmart is a national nonprofit designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers them to expand local solar markets. SolSmart strives to cut red tape, expand solar availability and make it possible for more American homes and businesses to access solar energy to meet their electricity needs.“We are thrilled that Orange County has been recognized for its commitment to streamline, and to help so many residents and business owners go solar,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “Our successful solar co-ops are a testament to our dedication to sustainability, as well as the hard work and commitment of our staff. Florida’s outlook is bright for solar and Orange County’s solar co-ops are helping to lead the way.”To achieve this designation, Orange County has optimized its permitting process to speed approvals, provided specialized training to its plan reviewers and inspectors, and offered the convenience of online permitting.  Solar permits are typically approved within 24 hours.Orange County has also invested in the expansion of residential solar by teaming up with Solar United Neighbors of Florida and launching solar co-ops. This co-op model allows interested residents the opportunity to leverage significant savings in a bulk contract with solar providers.  Its first solar co-op in the summer of 2016 had a record-setting 515 participants and was the state’s largest and most successful endeavor of its kind at that time. Of those households, 79 installed solar through the co-op, including Orange County Mayor Jacobs and her family.Within the last two years, 2.2 megawatts of solar capacity has been installed on 235 homes around Orange County.  That’s a $4.6 million dollar economic investment in Central Florida and a carbon offset of more than 86 million pounds.These significant investments in permit streamlining and residential assistance through co-ops have allowed Orange County to be the first County in the state of Florida to receive Gold-level designation for its solar efforts.To learn more about solar energy, visit the Orange County Solar and Clean Energy webpage at or contact [email protected] or 407-836-1400. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSOrange CountySolar Previous articleCracking the sugar code: Why the ‘glycome’ is the next big thing in health and medicineNext articleAmazon goes from books to a trillion-dollar valuation Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Undeclared war is real war: WW editorial

first_imgThe White House and the Pentagon, with their totally illegal assassination of Iran’s leading general, Qassem Soleimani, have opened up a new era of confrontation that could plunge the Middle East into more war, suffering and devastation. As the U.S. rushes thousands more troops to the area, the cost of war in both human lives and dollars for the Pentagon and its military contractors keeps mounting.According to the  U.S. Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war. This was reaffirmed by the War Powers Act of 1973, during the U.S. war in Vietnam.The Democrats currently have a majority in the House while Republicans control the Senate, the more powerful of the two and long considered a millionaires’ club. How are they responding to the recent usurpation of power by the executive branch of the government?A few young, newly elected Democrats in the House like Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, as well as Bernie Sanders in the Senate, have strongly condemned Trump’s move and called for getting U.S. troops out. They reflect the fact that the prospect of more undeclared wars is deeply unpopular in this country.The Democratic Party leaders, however, have a history of backing every imperialist war of the past. “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” was a favorite slogan of anti-war protesters during the Vietnam War — a thoroughly bipartisan disaster.Will the Democratic Party leaders limit themselves to playing to public opinion and criticizing Trump where that gets them votes? What about taking a stand by demanding that Congress reassert its right under the Constitution as the sole body empowered to declare war? The U.S. government, with bipartisan support, has waged wars around the world for generations – without ever declaring war.The Korean War of 1950-53 — with its scorched-earth destruction inflicted on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — killed millions of Koreans and nearly 40,000 U.S. troops, according to official figures. Congress never declared war. The Pentagon called it a “police action.”More than 3.4 million people died in the Vietnam War. The overwhelming majority were Vietnamese. Nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers also died. Congress never declared war.The U.S. has been bombing countries in the Middle East and sending young soldiers to their deaths there for decades. Congress has never declared war.The Democratic Party has a majority in the House of Representatives. It could demand that the government live up to the Constitution and not attack other countries without a declaration of war. Such a demand could be the opening wedge of a broader struggle NOT to go to war, declared or undeclared.The undeclared war that devastated Vietnam became so unpopular that in 1973 Congress passed the War Powers Act, restating the requirement that a president get approval from Congress before committing the U.S. to an armed conflict.However, as the New York Times pointed out on Jan. 7, “Congress’s control over decisions about going to war has been eroding for generations, and administrations of both parties have established precedents that undercut the resolution as a meaningful check on presidential war-making authority.”For the peoples of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen, wars promoted by the U.S., whether declared or undeclared, are real. They have killed millions and reduced vast sections of these lands to rubble. This area, which includes North Africa, had once been described in the West — the imperialist countries of Europe and North America — as the cradle of civilization. For centuries, these societies existed together in relative peace. Many shared a religion — Islam — as a buffer against the Christian Europeans. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain and France invaded these resource-rich areas and turned them into lucrative colonies. Germany tried to seize control over them in World War II, but lost. After that war, the anti-colonial struggle liberated them from at least direct political control by the weakened colonial powers. For decades since then, U.S. imperialism has been trying to recolonize them — in essence, if not in name. Its brazen assassination of Soleimani is part of that effort.The only answer to this brutal history is to rebuild a united, working-class anti-war movement here, independent of both capitalist political parties. It will draw its strength instead from the millions in this country eager to fight exploitation, repression, racism, sexism, xenophobia, injustice and inequality, while building solidarity against imperialism and war.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Military no longer bothered by critical blogs

first_imgNews News News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Asia – Pacific Organisation ———————————– News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts ————————- Create your blog with Reporters without borders: Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survivalcenter_img Follow the news on Asia – Pacific After blocking access to several blogs on 17 May, a spokesman for the army yesterday said it would no longer crack down on blogs “critical of the army and members of the government.” Col. Pita Driti said the military authorities “no longer felt concerned by comments published in these blogs.” He said the military had a “thick skin” and was “no longer offended by criticism.” Reporters Without Borders condemned the decision of the military authorities, on 17 May 2007, to block access to blogs “critical of the army and members of the government” on the pretext that they pose a “threat to national security”. May 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military no longer bothered by critical blogs June 2, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific The worldwide press freedom organisation said it objected to the misuse of the “national security” argument to step up control of the Internet. “This is an unprecedented step in Fiji. In a country where the press is regularly threatened by the authorities, the new policy of filtering the Net is very worrying”, it said.Army commander, Colonel Pita Driti, announced that access to news websites and blogs containing “lies and representing a threat to national security” would be made impossible from 17 May 2007.Several blogs were offline from 18 May, including resistfrankscoup and fijishamelist, but many of them changed their addresses to get round the censorship. Col. Pita Driti said there was “still an active state of emergency and people must be aware that some freedoms need to be restrained, including freedom of expression.””When we catch up with these bloggers, we will take them to our military quarters and explain to them how their remarks constitute a threat to the country”, he said.Army chief Frank Bainimarama took power in Fiji in December 2006. He said he wanted to allow the media a degree of independence, while giving himself the power “to stand in the way of those who would try to take advantage of the situation to incite people to disturb the existing peace”. Since the coup, numbers of opponents have been detained threatened and on occasion, beaten. June 7, 2021 Find out more 21.05.07 – Interim government closes websites critical of the army or party leaders RSF_en to go further June 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

PCC Men Basketball’s Deandro Worrell Signs with McMurry University

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Sports PCC Men Basketball’s Deandro Worrell Signs with McMurry University From PCC LANCER ATHLETICS Published on Monday, March 30, 2020 | 6:41 pm Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Top of the News More Cool Stuffcenter_img Lancer Deandro Worrell signed a scholarship with McMurry University (photo by Michael Watkins)Pasadena City College men’s basketball sophomore forward-center Deandro Worrell has signed to continue his playing/educational career with NCAA Division III McMurry University in Abline, Tx. For Worrell, it’s going back to his home state of Texas for the two-year letterman as the 6-foot-6 talent originally came to PCC from El Dorado High in El Paso.Worrell averaged 8.2 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds a game, fourth in the South Coast Conference. His 61.1 percent field goal shooting efficiency (99 of 162 attempts) was second in the 11-team SCC. Worrell raised his play in the eight North Division games when he averaged 9.5 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2 assists per contest, helping the Lancers finish 5-3 in a tie for second place with LA Trade Tech in the division.One of Worrell’s best games was in an overtime loss at Compton as he scored a career-high 23 points, making 10 of 12 from the floor, and grabbed 17 rebounds. He twice had 20 rebound games in conference play and blocked seven shots in a win over Rio Hondo. Nicknamed “DJ”, he recorded eight double-doubles in points and rebounds. Worrell also was 10th in the state and second in the SCC in blocked shots with a 2.0 average.Over two seasons, the post player totaled 325 rebounds and appeared in 55 games. Raising his level of play as a sophomore, Worrell played in all 28 games (started 24) for the 2019-2020 Lancers under head coach Michael Swanegan.At McMurry, Worrell will play as a junior for the War Hawks in the American Southwest Conference in 2020-2021. 191 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Catholic schools in Derry and Castlederg earmarked for closure

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – February 13, 2012 Catholic schools in Derry and Castlederg earmarked for closure Pinterest Twitter Newsx Adverts Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp The BBC reports that St Peter’s High School in Derry has been earmarked for closure following a major review of Catholic education.Immaculate Conception College in the Waterside will stay open, but it is understood St Eugene’s in Castlederg will also close.The Commission on Catholic Education is to release a report later confirming the closure of a number of schools.Others will be told to amalgamate. Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterestcenter_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Google+ Previous articlePlans which will see LYIT merge to be unveiled todayNext articleFuneral of Buncrana murder victim takes place today News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

Patna High Court (FB) Halts Construction Of Bihar Sunni Waqf Board’s Proposed Office Located Adjacent To New HC Building

first_imgNews UpdatesPatna High Court (FB) Halts Construction Of Bihar Sunni Waqf Board’s Proposed Office Located Adjacent To New HC Building Sparsh Upadhyay18 March 2021 10:37 PMShare This – xtill further orders, no construction or related activity whatsoever shall be undertaken or continued by any person or authority in relation to the subject structure: Patna High Court’s Full BenchNoting that the ‘Structure’ poses serious security concerns for the Judges, lawyers, litigants, staff and security personnel alike, the Patna High Court’s Full Bench has halted the construction of a Bihar Sunni Waqf Board’s Proposed Office located adjacent to HC’s new building. It may be noted that the Patna High Court had, earlier this month, taken judicial notice of a ‘huge…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNoting that the ‘Structure’ poses serious security concerns for the Judges, lawyers, litigants, staff and security personnel alike, the Patna High Court’s Full Bench has halted the construction of a Bihar Sunni Waqf Board’s Proposed Office located adjacent to HC’s new building. It may be noted that the Patna High Court had, earlier this month, taken judicial notice of a ‘huge structure’ situated on the north side, adjacent to the newly inaugurated Centenary Building of the Patna High Court. In view of the Bye-Law no. 8(1)(A) of the Bihar Building Byelaws, 2014, the Full Bench of Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh, Justice Vikash Jain, Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, Justice Rajendra Kumar Mishra, and Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh observed, “Taking note of Bye-Law no. 21 of the Byelaws, we are of the view that such structure should not be permitted in close proximity of the High Court Building” The background of the matter In order to ascertain the legitimacy of the building/huge structure, the Court had earlier called upon the Registrar General and the Court Officer and had inquired from them, as to whether any information had been given to the High Court prior to the erection of the building. In response to this, the Registrar General had informed the Court that the District Magistrate and the Municipal Commissioner were called by him a few days ago and he had inquired about the legitimacy of the structure, however, they could not offer any satisfactory reply at the time. In views of this submission, the Court had opined “The existence of the structure in such close proximity of the High Court building, apart from causing an incessant disturbance in court proceedings, prima facie, poses serious security concerns for the Judges, lawyers, litigants, staff and security personnel alike.” State’s submission On Monday (15th March), the Advocate General for the State of Bihar submitted before the Court that subject structure, was being constructed by the Minority Welfare Department, Government of Bihar, on a property belonging to the Bihar State Sunni Waqf Board, for use as Musafirkhana, office of the Bihar Sunni Waqf Board and for some other uses. On a query made by the Court, it was contended that no permission for the construction had been obtained from the Patna Municipal Corporation as no such permission is required in view of ByeLaw no. 8(1)(A) of the Bihar Building Byelaws, 2014. He submitted that the building is being constructed on the basis of a plan prepared and approved by the Government Architect. He stated that the structure in question is about 40-45 feet high and stands approximately 30 feet away from the boundary wall of the High Court Building. Court’s observations Having perused Bye-Law no. 21 of the Byelaws, the Court opined that the construction of the multi-storied structure was in clear breach of relevant Bye-law Accordingly, the Court directed that till further orders, no construction or related activity whatsoever shall be undertaken or continued by any person or authority in relation to the subject structure or any other structure exceeding 10 meters in height within a radius of 200 meters from the boundary wall of the High Court without prior leave of this Court. Lastly, the matter was directed to be listed on 12th April, by the day prior to which the respective respondents have been asked to file their respective comprehensive affidavits on the issues involved in the case. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

IT jobs cuts will not help ‘loosen skills bottleneck’

first_imgIT jobs cuts will not help ‘loosen skills bottleneck’On 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Job cuts in the technologysector will not tackle its severe skill shortages, a recruitment company haswarned.IT staffing companyPlexian claims that the current round of job cuts, by companies such as Philips,Ericsson and Cisco, will not release new talent into the job market. Roy O’Brien, directorof Plexian, said, “The majority of staff being shed is at more juniorlevels such as the relatively unskilled helpdesk staff or junior programmers.The biggest shortage of skills is at the higher end of the skills market.”Restructuring atPhilips, Ericsson and Cisco could make more than 12,000 staff redundant. Manyof these will be staff with outdated skills or low skill levels.O’Brien said, “Alot of the redundancies can be seen as cutting back corporate fat. We’ll onlysee a significant loosening of the skills bottleneck once companies are forcedto cut more aggressively into healthy bone and muscle.”We are seeingsome senior staff being released, but not nearly enough to put a dent incurrent demand.”Consumer electronicsmanufacturer Philips reported a slump in profits of 82 per cent for the firstquarter of 2001. The company warned that the hard times could continue in thenext quarter following the economic slowdown in the US.There is speculationthat Ericsson could cut 6,000 jobs to tackle profitability, and Cisco issued aprofit warning last week along with plans to lay off 8,500 people.Other cutbacks in theTMT sector this year include Intel cutting 5,000 jobs, Nortel announcing 15,000job cuts and Motorola deciding shed a further 4,000.O’Brien says the cutsare unlikely to last long. Research published this month by the IT Associationof America estimates that 900,000 new IT jobs would be created in the US thisyear, compared to 1.6 million last year. By Richard Staines Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Demonstrating the use of a class of min-max smoothers for D-region event detection in narrowband VLF phase

first_imgThis paper describes the use of a class of non‐linear smoothers for the identification of interesting phenomena in narrowband very low frequency (VLF) transmission phase caused by perturbation events in the D‐region of the ionosphere. The LULU smoothers, named for their smoothing of upward (L) and downward (U) peaks in a signal, usually used for image processing tasks, are described and examples are shown where these operators are used to automatically isolate and identify features in the phase of narrow band transmissions received at high and high‐middle latitudes (Antarctica and Marion Island, respectively). Identification of solar flare events, electromagnetic ion cyclotron wave precipitation and substorm injection events are demonstrated, showing the potential for this technique to be used for space weather monitoring.last_img read more

USNS Spearhead Makes First Mission Stop in Honduras

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Makes First Mission Stop in Honduras View post tag: Honduras Share this article View post tag: Mission Authorities USNS Spearhead Makes First Mission Stop in Honduras View post tag: americas July 21, 2015 USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command, arrived in Honduras, for its first mission stop during Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15), July 11.Spearhead’s deployment to the region exemplifies the U.S. commitment to cooperative partnerships in the Caribbean, Central and South America.The ship’s arrival to Honduras not only serves as a means to assist the local community, but also continues to strengthen ties with countries in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress mapid=”16526″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USNS Spearheadlast_img read more


first_imgCHRISTINE H. KECK  IS MANAGING DIRECTOR, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, CENTERPOINT ENERGY   With the February 2019 acquisition of Vectren Corporation by CenterPoint Energy (CNP) Christine leads Federal advocacy and policy engagement for CNP, enterprise-wide, covering the regulated gas and electric utility operations which now encompass 8 states as well as the company’s non- regulated subsidiaries which have a nation-wide footprint.  With the Vectren acquisition, CNP is now the 2nd largest natural gas utility in the United States, serving more than 7 million metered customers. This builds upon Christine’s efforts since 2008 leading public policy, strategy and external engagement initiatives for Vectren and its subsidiaries, advancing public policy critical to addressing and improving our Nation’s pipeline infrastructure, the nexus between domestic energy production and independence with defense and national security, energy efficiency, regulatory regimes and tax policies. In 2015 Christine was recognized with the national “Energy Champion” award by the Energy Services Coalition, in recognition of her efforts to advance the use of performance-based contracting and for her efforts in successfully securing a 3-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy. Christine is active in energy industry associations, including the American Gas Association, the Edison Electric Institute,  the Federal Performance Contracting Coalition,  the National Association of Energy Services Companies and the Energy Services Coalition, for which she is the past board president. Prior to joining the company in 2008, Keck served as Senior Vice President, Southern Region Corporate Lending Executive for Evansville, Indiana based Old National Bank. Christine began her career with Old National as part of the Bank’s Management Training program, and worked in a variety of capacities, primarily in the Commercial and Corporate Lending groups. In October of 2018, Christine was elected as Chairman of the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serving in this capacity to October 2020. In July 2019 Christine became the Chairman of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. In recognition of her community service and leadership, Christine was recently awarded the Sara B. Davies Award by Leadership Evansville. She has also been a finalist for the Athena award in 2018, 2014 and 2012.  EDUCATIONChristine attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has received several professional certifications including the prestigious designation of “CRC”, Credit Risk Certified, by the Risk Management Association, a national organization dedicated to the use of sound credit and lending practices in the financial services industry. LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, AND RECOGNITIONSChairman, SW Indiana Chamber of Commerce of Board Trustee, University of Southern IndianaChairman St Vincent’s Hospital (Ascension Health) Foundation BoardBoard Member, University of Evansville Schroeder School of Business Dean’s Advisory BoardFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more