On the Blogs: Survey Finds Broad Support for Transition From Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SustainableBrands.com:People across all ages, political standpoints, education and geographies are in favour of a shift to ‘green’ energy, and three out of four believe that it will boost their country’s economy.The backing for renewable energy is clear: In the largest survey of attitudes on the subject* ever conducted, 82 percent favor a change from black to green energy.According to the Green Energy Barometer, conducted by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Danish energy giant Ørsted, and based on interviews with more than 26,000 people across 13 countries, three out of four (74 percent) even think that if their country builds and produces more renewable energy, it will boost economic growth.And there’s every reason to go full speed ahead, says Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen: “We’re at a tipping point. Green energy has become cheaper than black, and the newly released Green Energy Barometer shows an overwhelming public support for a shift from black to green. We owe it to the planet and to future generations to transform our energy systems from black to green. And with the economics and public opinion now supporting a shift to renewable energy, there’s no reason not to speed up the transformation.”The survey is released by the energy company Ørsted, headquartered in Denmark. Over the past ten years, the company has transformed from one of the most coal- and oil-intensive European utilities to the largest supplier of clean energy in Europe. By deciding to stop using coal, selling its oil and gas production and building the world’s largest offshore wind business, the company is today dedicated to scaling access to clean energy. During the last six years, Ørsted has helped reduce the cost of offshore wind power by 63 percent; by 2023, it will have reduced its carbon emissions by 96 percent compared to 2006.More: New global survey reveals that everyone loves green energy — especially the Chinese
With the aim of analyzing the threats affecting hemispheric security and understanding what the responsibilities of international organizations and Colombia’s commitments in the Americas are, the country’s War College, in alliance with the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), is holding an International Strategy Seminar. The event, which is taking place at the academic institution’s headquarters in Bogotá, includes the participation of distinguished CHDS lecturers, such as General (Ret.) Carlos Alberto Ospina Ovalle, the Chief of Defense Chair, and Venezuelan Air Force Brigadier General Boris Saavedra, among others. At the event’s opening ceremony, Major General Jairo Alfonso Aponte Prieto, the director of the War College, invited attendees to conduct an exhaustive analysis of the threats affecting the hemisphere. Along the same lines, he highlighted the academy’s role in generating new dynamics that can serve to neutralize dangers affecting the security of nations: “Criminals will always find an opportunity to violate countries’ borders. That obliges us to look for new and better solutions to respond to this situation; the seminar is the ideal opportunity to make progress on this topic,” he indicated. By Dialogo May 21, 2012
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: https://www.canvas.org Details I love the movies. I relish great storytelling and suspending my disbelief to immerse in another world. Now that she’s getting a bit older, my daughter MacKenzie and I have created a joint hobby of finding films that we may both enjoy. Our collective choices are sometimes restricted to ensure the movie will not leave her with nightmares or looping imagery she may never forget. Recently, as we scrolled through our options, she enthusiastically pleaded to see, “Dolittle.”If you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve likely heard of the original children’s series written by Hugh Lofting, or seen or heard one of the many adaptations for radio, stage or film. The basic premise is that Dr. Dolittle was a physician who learned to speak to animals. His special relationships allowed him to care for and protect creatures from around the world.MacKenzie and I made our reservations and found our way to our comfy reclining seats at a local theater. We delighted as the previews played and we made plans to see a few more movies. As the previews ended, my mind raced as I thought about all the many things that I could have been doing with the two hours in front of me. This movie was not necessarily my first choice.Despite my reservations, as the film started, and we were introduced to the many animals that Dr. Dolittle befriends, I was intrigued. Dr. Dolittle’s host of animal pals, all possessed very different strengths and personal growth opportunities. We watched the characters race through the many obstacles you might anticipate the cast facing. There were life-saving challenges, nasty villains, faulty equipment, internal turmoil, and time constraints. The diverse group overcame these difficulties together. It occurred to me that each animal’s unique traits and capabilities combined with Dr. Dolittle’s strengths, made the positive outcomes possible.Polynesia, known as Polly, a macaw, provides counsel and direction to Dr. Dolittle. Yoshi, a constantly cold polar bear brings strength and a cheerful approach to their adventures. Dab-dab the duck, while forgetful, faces each challenge with joy. The gorilla, Chee-Chee, cares deeply and pushes himself despite his fears. The ostrich, Plimpton plays the pessimist who despite having doubts, jumps in to assist. Jip the dog shines as a loyal and committed friend. Dr. Dolittle himself has a full heart for animals, adventure, and brings together a team that can help other animals and humans.I was struck by the implications for our credit union movement. Most of us are striving to build the best teams possible and win the war for talent. As this playful children’s movie demonstrates, creating diverse teams drives stronger long-term impact. In, Harvard Business Review’s work, “How Diversity Can Drive Innovation,” Hewlett, Marshall, and Sherbin studied, “two kinds of diversity: inherent and acquired. Inherent diversity involves traits you are born with, such as gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Acquired diversity involves traits you gain from experience: Working in another country can help you appreciate cultural differences, for example, while selling to female consumers can give you gender smarts.” The authors share that organizations can exhibit “two-dimensional diversity” when their leaders show, “at least three inherent and three acquired diversity traits.”The study goes on to show that employees in organizations with two-dimensional diversity are 45% likelier to report year-over-year market share growth and are 70% likelier to report that the firm captured a new market. Simply put, growing diverse teams makes good business sense. If you are a leader, now is the time to embrace your inner Dr. Dolittle. I’m not asking you to speak to animals. I am inviting you to consider how you can create an even stronger team by bringing together diverse people who can manifest even more positive change.Here are five ways to get started:Consider both acquired and inherent diversity and assess how your team could be stronger with exposure from new team members. What gaps exist today across your team? How close are you to having three inherent and three acquired diversity traits? Staring down the face of technology challenges, member-experience demands, regulatory pressures, cyber-security fears, scaling concerns, the war for talent, and relevance issues, it’s very easy to focus on subject matter expertise only. As our organizations become increasingly complex, that expertise only grows more critical. Yet, subject matter expertise is not enough. We must build diverse teams. Taking it a step further, we should aim to combine that diversity and subject matter expertise with a mindset for collaboration and openness. At Canvas, in response to both our Great Place to Work feedback and our annual employee survey, we have recently formed two “squads” with the mission of improving two opportunity areas identified through feedback on both surveys. Our commitment whenever we listen, is also to act. As we formed the squads, we invited people from different functional areas and with differing views to join forces, review our employee feedback, and propose new ideas for our credit union to be even stronger. We find working groups, like our squads, are most successful when those participating represent both acquired and inherent diversity.Set expectations and standards for how diverse teams can work well together. Recently, I had the opportunity to see a job posting that Visa created for a Senior Director, North America Product Innovation. I am always curious about how other organizations share their employer brand story and as I read the description, I came to something inspiring. The posting said that they are looking for a “SWAN – someone who is smart, works hard, ambitious and nice.” We know that with diverse people, we will have disparate views. At Canvas, we want that. We also want to maintain our unique culture. Ensuring people know how to engage when they see problems and challenges differently helps ensure stronger outcomes.Create time and space for relationships to grow. Relationships must be nurtured. While we have business outcomes we must drive, in order for a group of diverse individuals to have the foundation to grow into a cohesive and highly functional team, they must have time and space to enjoy fellowship. In this fast-paced world, making this time can sometimes feel like a, “nice to have.” The best leaders know that this is a critical investment in long-term positive results. Engagement builds a cushion of caring. This cushion helps when small disagreements occur. It gives us a reason to listen more closely and find alignment instead of jumping to negative conclusions. One thing Todd Marksberry, Canvas’ CEO, models well is creating that time and space for relationships to flourish. He frequently makes time for fellowship with our board, leadership team, and entire Canvas family. He does the same with external stakeholders and fellow credit union leaders.Build trust by inviting each person’s “delightfully offbeat” nature to shine. At Canvas, we talk about how we want people to bring their whole selves to work. We embrace what makes each of us unique and different. For example, I love the Dave Matthews Band. I get up at 3:50 AM most mornings. I have a boisterous laugh. In some organizations those unique parts of me might be things I’d be asked to quiet while at work. The more your organization can invite people to be fully who they are, the more trusted they will be. This trust will help create space for different viewpoints to be shared, heard, and understood.Celebrate diverse group wins. As you work to create a more diverse team, share successes regularly. When groups with different backgrounds, views, and ideas come together to create positive change for your credit union, elevate both the process and the outcomes. Tell the stories of how people with divergent perspectives shared their thoughts respectfully and came to even stronger conclusions together. After you’ve shared the story, invite others to do the same. People listen when you tell great stories and they repeat behavior they see being celebrated. One of Canvas’ big wins for 2019 was implementing a new intranet, our iCan. As we have shared how the iCan came to life, what has been fun to highlight is just how many people with differing views made it possible. From our first discovery efforts, we started with hearing the voices of our family members to best understand their pain points and needs. All the way through implementation and execution, it was truly cross-functional. That made the final product stronger. You see the pride people across Canvas have for our iCan because so many were a part of making it a reality.Credit unions have many gifts to give today’s consumers and today’s workforce. Imagine a time when people are graduating from university begging to come work for a credit union. We can make that dream a reality. When our teams become more diverse, in both acquired and inherent ways, we will more effectively create a path for vibrant and successful organizations and become a team celebrated, just like Dr. Dolittle’s friends as they met all the challenges that seemed insurmountable.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-attorney from Baldwin was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from a disabled client whose property was condemned to make way for a community center in Westbury, authorities said.Janice Jessup pleaded not guilty Thursday at Nassau County to court to felony charges of grand larceny and scheme to defraud.“This former attorney has been arrested and charged with a high-dollar, elaborate larceny that targeted a severely disabled woman and defrauded the court system and taxpayers of Nassau County,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said the 67-year-old suspect represented a mentally and physically disabled woman in an eminent domain proceeding in which her client was awarded $1.2 million for her property in 2008 to clear the way for construction of the Yes We Can Community Center.Instead of giving her client the money, Jessup allegedly spent it on personal, business and other expenses that included direct payments to herself and members of her family as well as payments to her other clients, authorities said.Jessup allegedly had arranged for another person to impersonate her client when a court-appointed referee twice visited her client’s home to verify the client’s physical and mental capacities while the client was actually living in a care facility, according to investigators.Jessup was disbarred in 2010 while facing unrelated allegations of professional misconduct. The alleged scheme came to light three years later. Jessup, who is also known by the married name Janice Jones, has since moved to North Carolina.Judge Jerald Carter set bail for Jessup at $150,000 bond or $100,000 cash. If convicted, she faces up to 8-1/3 to 25 years in prison. She is due back in court on Wednesday.
“Tourism brings in almost 17 percent of GDP and that is why we need to approach this sector with special care. A new strategy for the development of tourism after 2020 awaits us. Two years will fly by in the blink of an eye, so we need to define new directions and niches of the Croatian economy as soon as possible. In order to extend the pre- and post-season, it is crucial to develop special forms of tourism and maximally adjust the offer to the type of guests we want to attract. We need to know in which region we are targeting what form of tourism and then systematically invest in it. “, said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović at the opening of the conference Can Croatian Tourism 365? – Step 2.The aim of the conference this year is to present and discuss the potentials, opportunities, positive practices and solutions for the development of year-round tourism, and to develop proposals on how to encourage and develop year-round tourism. “The work of all branches of Croatian tourism has already shown results, since revenues from tourism grew in the first quarter of 2018 by 14 percent. Arrivals and overnight stays increased by 19 percent and 24 percent, respectively, in the first 5 months of this year, while in the high season they stabilized and achieved lower growth rates. But our goal should be to brand our specialties and systematically raise the quality of the offer, and not just increase the number of overnight stays and arrivals. This must be the direction of Croatian tourism in the future in order to achieve sustainable and balanced development, reduce the burden on infrastructure and increase revenue”, Said Burilović, adding that the Communities of Health, Cultural and Adventure Tourism, 4 associations and communities of nautical tourism and the Group of unique and luxury hotels under the Stories brand are working on these problems within the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.”To create a destination, we need togetherness, and Croatian tourism can and must develop a year-round offer, these are the conclusions of the first conference, and I deeply believe that these should be our long-term goals for tourism development. We need to connect the coast and the interior, which still accounts for only 4 percent of overnight stays. It looks like we are on the right track, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us. Developing new products, creating new experiences and excellence in every segment are key to success. ”, said the conference organizer Ivana Kolar. “I am convinced that we can have quality year-round tourism, but there are many challenges ahead. Tourism is the main economic branch in Croatia and our attention must be focused on creating a better framework for its functioning. We plan the future on the basis of sustainable tourism development. The sun and the sea are no longer the main reason for coming to Croatia, there is gastronomy, culture, adventure and congress tourism, which today attract many tourists and create a different framework for development. We are bothered by the unfavorable ratio of accommodation capacities, we are not competitive enough here. We want to compare ourselves to the best, and these countries have over 50 have hotel accommodations. This is not the case with us, and that average is falling due to the increase in private accommodation. We need to talk about this seriously. “, said State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić. The conference highlighted the need for destination development as a prerequisite for extending the season, and one of the main topics was cultural tourism, given that we are in the year of cultural heritage.
The news came a day after the sole vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, who clashed repeatedly over the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans.Biden and Harris will travel together to the battleground state of Arizona on Thursday, while Pence will also visit the Southwestern state after starting his day in Nevada. Trump, who revealed a week ago that he had tested positive for coronavirus, remains sidelined from the campaign trail.The first Trump-Biden debate was chaotic, with Trump repeatedly talking over his rival and the moderator, leading some to call for the moderator to have the option of muting participants’ microphones in future matchups. It was not immediately clear how the virtual format would work.Pence, in his debate on Wednesday, defended Trump’s record on the pandemic and other issues under sharp attack by Harris, who said Trump’s failures had cost American lives. The quiet, mostly civil debate was a sharp contrast to the combative encounter between Trump and Biden.With less than four weeks to go until the November election – and more than 5 million votes already cast – the vice presidential debate was unlikely to change many minds in a contest dominated by voter reactions to Trump and Biden.Nevada and Arizona, where the candidates will travel on Thursday, are critical swing states in the Nov. 3 election. Biden has led Trump consistently in national polls, but polls show a tighter race in many of the states that will decide the election. Trump said he would not attend the debate if he was contagious but that he thinks he is now well enough to hold campaign rallies.The Commission on Presidential Debates said the debate would remain a town hall-style conversation and that voters and the moderator will ask the candidates questions from the original debate site in Miami.The Biden campaign welcomed the move.”Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better with Donald Trump’s failed leadership on the coronavirus that has thrown the strong economy he inherited into the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” said deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would not participate in a virtual debate, throwing into doubt the second presidential debate between Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, scheduled for Oct. 15.His words came moments after the commission that oversees the debates said the event would be conducted from remote locations in the wake of his COVID-19 diagnosis.”That’s not acceptable to us,” Trump said on a phone call with Fox Business, adding he thought the virtual format would allow the moderator to cut him off. Topics :
LGIM had long believed this to be the case but was “really pleased to have some real hard concrete evidence to support that assertion”, added Stansbury. LGIM analysis shows direction of travel is towards electrificationThe analysis showed that energy efficiency was “probably the most important technology” for investors to back, he said.“Excitingly, we have found so many bottom-up energy efficiency gains that, in our modelling, as the world becomes richer and flies more and uses more steel and drives further, the amount of energy consumed per person remains broadly flat,” said Stansbury.Policy mattered, but in some areas “just changes the timing”, he said. “With some things, like electric vehicles, technological change means they’re coming anyway.” In LGIM’s modelling of a pathway to a world where warming is well within 2°C above pre-industrial levels – the target set out in the 2015 Paris climate accord – the transition would bring profound geopolitical changes.“This modelling presents a compelling case for long-term investors to act to prepare their portfolios today”Sonja Laud, deputy CIO, LGIMThe asset manager said initial conclusions from its research intimated that the transition would bring “substantial and previously underestimated benefits” to many emerging market countries that currently depended on imported energy and were vulnerable to energy price shocks.Policy action urgently neededLGIM said global co-ordinated policy action was “imperative” to incentivise the rapid changes needed to keep global warming to below 2°C.Its research had concluded that, without such policy intervention, the world was on course for warming of up to 4°C above pre-industrial levels. Analysis from other organisations points to a similar outcome.Sonja Laud, deputy CIO at LGIM, said: “This modelling presents an even clearer economic rationale for co-ordinated policy action and presents a compelling case for long-term investors to act to prepare their portfolios today.”In an opinion piece in the Financial Times today, Anton Eser, LGIM’s chief investment officer, and Stansbury claimed some investors were sticking their heads in the sand.“We worry that some players may be hiding behind the dual nature of the energy challenge as an excuse to continue allocating capital in exactly the same way they always have,” they said. “In our view, investors must treat decarbonisation as the primary challenge, while recognising we must not imperil the need to meet the world’s growing demand for energy.” Investors have more to gain than lose from investing for a world that has kept a lid on global warming, according to analysis by the UK’s largest asset manager.According to a model developed by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), rapid decarbonisation of the energy system could be achieved at moderate cost and would create “trillions of dollars” of investment opportunities.Presenting LGIM’s analysis to journalists yesterday, Nick Stansbury, head of commodity research at the £1trn (€1.2trn) asset manager, said that “as a firm we think the risks are skewed asymmetrically towards investors preparing today in advance of policy action”.“In many areas we can identify that you don’t lose out by doing so if policy action doesn’t come,” he said.
It also has views that stretch to Coolangatta beach.“It had to have a couple of separate living areas,” Mrs Preston said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Everyone had their own little zone.”The three-storey contemporary house, which was built in 2012, has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms.The ground level is dedicated to a five-car garage.MORE NEWS: Grand estate’s hefty price hike set to break a record The main bedroom has a spa. The property is three stories with seven bedrooms.On the top floor, there are four other bedrooms including the main, which has a walk-in-wardrobe, ensuite and deck.Mrs Preston said the outlook to Coolangatta beach was one of the house’s best features.They were sad to leave but said it was time to move on. “It’s been a good family home, it’s just time for a change,” Mrs Preston said. It has several living areas. Upstairs is the main living area.At one end there’s the kitchen, living and dining area, which opens onto a covered alfresco area, while there are three bedrooms and a lounge room, which opens onto an alfresco area with pool, at the other. The property at 49 McLean St, Coolangatta was designed for a large family.IT looks like a standard townhouse from the street but little do passers-by know, it has been expertly designed for a large family.Owners Elizabeth and Billy Preston bought the Coolangatta property in 2010 with the intention of demolishing the existing house to build a new one.With eight children between them, they needed to make good use of the 506sq m block. MORE NEWS: Hope Island apartments ‘critically under supplied’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.This 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.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45
Ten Indian seafarers are still unaccounted for following the sinking of the 57,367 dwt bulk carrier Emerald Star in the morning hours of October 13, according to data provided by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.The ship was sailing some 280 km east of the northern tip of the Philippines when it sent out a distress signal due to rough weather brought by a typhoon in the area.At the time, there were a total of 26 seafarers on board the vessel, 16 of which were rescued by nearby ships after the 2010-built vessel sank.There were 26 Indians on board the ship Emerald Star. Amongst them 16 have been rescued and 10 are still missing. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 16, 2017The current search and rescue operation includes a number of Japanese coast guard units as well as Indian Navy’s P81. Relevant authorities earlier said that the efforts are hampered by inclement weather at the site.World Maritime News contacted India’s Ministry of External Affairs for an update on the search and rescue operation, however, they are yet to reply.The Hong Kong-flagged ship was on its way from Indonesia to the port of Lianyungang in China when it encountered difficult weather conditions in the Pacific.World Maritime News Staff
RelatedPosts UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 European Super Cup: UEFA in talks with Hungary following border closure UEFA to allow fans attend Super Cup in Budapest Europe’s best player of the season will be awarded behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak in a ceremony moved from Athens to UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.The European football governing body said Wednesday that the ceremony would take place without club representatives or media but with the players attending. Bayern Munich’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski is among the favourites to win the award after the club’s treble triumph.Last year, Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk received the award.The best female player and the best coach of the year will also be honoured during the ceremony.The rescheduling of the gala evening also affects the draws for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.Both will now take place in Nyon on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 respectively. The best player of the Europa League season will also be honoured on Oct. 2.“All parties involved agreed that public health must continue to be the top priority and it will not be possible to organise an event of this size in Athens,” UEFA said.The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre was initially planned as the venue in the Greek capital.(dpa/NAN)Tags: CL drawPlayer of the SeasonUEFA