On the Blogs: Wind, Solar Beat Coal On Price In Colorado

first_imgOn the Blogs: Wind, Solar Beat Coal On Price In Colorado FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Cooperative:Utilities in Colorado are planning to add a lot more renewable energy over the next few years, for a variety of reasons. I’ve looked at a couple of the trends driving this energy transition such as 100% renewable energy commitments from the utilities’ major customers, including towns and cities like Pueblo and Boulder, and major companies like Aspen Skiing Company, Google, Vail Resorts, IBM, Anheuser-Busch, and New Belgium.But perhaps the biggest reason that utilities in the region are pursuing more renewable energy is that the low costs of wind and solar energy have continued to fall, opening up a huge market: replacement power for existing coal plants.Cheap renewable energy has already meant that when utilities needed new power generation in recent years, they have mostly chosen renewable energy. Nationwide, wind and solar power represented about two-thirds of all the new electricity generation capacity that was brought online in both 2015 and 2016, according to the US Energy Information Agency.But as the costs of building new wind and solar projects have kept dropping, renewable energy is now becoming cheaper even than continuing to run existing coal-fired power plants – as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently noted, “Coal is no longer the low-cost fuel.”More: New Wind and Solar Power In Colorado Is Now Cheaper Than Existing Coal Plantslast_img read more

Sarasota Bar honors volunteers

first_imgSarasota Bar honors volunteers More than 120 people gathered at a recent Sarasota County Bar Association luncheon to recognize the important role of nonprofit organizations in the community and the contribution of attorneys who sit on nonprofit boards.Representatives of some 50 area nonprofit organizations and the attorneys who sit on their boards attended the event. Organizations as varied as the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the 4-H Club, Hospice, and the Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association were among those being served by SCBA members.Selby Foundation President Debra Jacobs, who offered the keynote address, spoke to the group about the contributions of attorneys, as well as the tremendous philanthropic efforts made in Sarasota County each year.“Every day is another opportunity for you to make a difference,” Jacobs told the group. “We all have a responsibility to use our gifts to reflect our values.”Outgoing SCBA President Mary Alice Jackson encouraged attorneys to continue to volunteer their time and talents.“My father taught me that being a lawyer meant being a member of the community,” Jackson said. Sarasota Bar honors volunteerscenter_img November 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Four signs you’re ready to make a change

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield I recently had a lively conversation with a credit union friend about missed professional/workplace opportunities due to fear or resistance to change. We each detailed experience we’ve had and what we learned from them. It also included situations we frequently see among our credit union colleagues. Common and reoccurring themes that emerged from our conversation included:Human Resource Roadblocks – There are people in our organizations who “need to go.“ Their attitude, quality of work, and commitment suck the very life out of everyone on the team. Leadership’s inability to address these issues is costing their team and organization dearly. If you’re the leader responsible for this “drain” on your organization, step up and make the change that’s needed – even if there’s fear of critique from the Board or even the members (some of these drains are beloved by members). That’s never a justification for consistently bad performance that undermines your success.Outdated Processes or Technology – There are a lot of unhappy and frustrated credit union people who complain a lot about poor technology, service, and systems, but are unwilling to make the investment to change to something better. I get it: big investments for new systems, due diligence, creating vendor relationships, and training require a lot of money, time, and effort. I’m frequently amazed at the opportunity (income, growth, better service) losses I see from credit unions unwilling to make technology changes when they need to.Toxic Cultures – Many of us have had the experience of being trapped in toxic credit union culture – good people who were once motivated and saw a great future ahead who’ve had the will to live pounded out of them by ineffective and weak leaders who allow the toxicity to occur. I always hold leaders accountable for toxic cultures. They set the tone and own it. People who are trapped in these cultures need to get the heck out of there. I’ve been in this position before; I understand the fear of the unknown. “Where will I go?” “What will I do?” I’ve made the justification that it will get better. I’ve stayed and watched my quality of life go down the drain. I waited too long, but I finally took a leap of faith. It was stressful, I won’t lie. But I can say, hands down, it’s worth it.Are you ready to make a change?Here are four signs you might be ready to make a change:Motivation – If you feel your motivation to do things you enjoy is ebbing, it might be time to make a change. Try to identify what’s draining your motivation and remove the obstacle. There’s nothing more demotivating than working with chronic underperformers and people who could care less.Stress – If your stress is higher than normal, it might be because you’re working hard for better results, but consistently lack the tools (technology, systems, people) you need to get the job done. The stress won’t go away until you can move or deflect the obstacle(s) in your way.Keep up – If the world around you is changing and you’re not keeping up, it probably means you need to make a change. Fear and resistance to change hold us back. If you see the world passing you by, you might want to make some changes before it’s too late. Anxious – If you live in a constant state of anxiety or fear, it’s time to make a change. Credit union work isn’t always easy. It’s a career full of deadlines, challenges, and change. But, with the occasional exception (anxiety created by an exam), work should not create constant anxiety or fear. If it does, you need to evaluate whether you’re at the right place and you might need to make a change.Why it mattersWe operate in one of the most competitive industries on the planet. Our ability to successfully compete will depend on our ability to embrace and manage change. It’s simple: we don’t have a time to spend on ineffective systems, products, or people. Things are never perfect, but we need to have a reasonable chance to win. Thriving in credit union land isn’t easy, and it’s usually a lot of hard work – but if you get to win once in a while, the hard work is worth it. Because at the end of the day, people (members, communities, staff) are better off when we succeed.Changing your situation isn’t easy, but it’s worth it!last_img read more

Do not outsource DEI

first_img“Why do you have to bring in someone from another place to talk to me? You are my neighbor. Why didn’t you just introduce yourself?” It was a conversation that left me stunned, and a little embarrassed. With the best intentions of serving our whole community, I had hired an external consultant to help connect the organization with parts of the community we had not reached. As I stood in conversation with a local business owner, I second-guessed my approach. Had my uncertainty about how to do things just right caused me to neglect basic common sense in human interaction? Did I really need a consultant to show me how to talk to my own neighbor?In my eagerness to take action, I had failed to differentiate where I should outsource support and what must come from within, fully integrated into every business unit, understood and embraced by the whole organization. Once I got over the initial defensiveness, this conversation helped me grow. Years later, knowledge gained through that experience shaped the way Humanidei works with clients. We uncover clients’ needs, then help them set strategies they can carry forward to action, on the right track for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.With Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, this approach is essential: You cannot outsource an authentically inclusive culture. It must come from within. It is not work that can be delegated to an outside consultant or even an internal department. It must be integrated into every business unit, with success metrics set and accountability enforced.This complete integration into your organization will move you from saying the right things about DEI to taking the right actions. It requires important planning on the front end, strategic alignment, resource allocation, and long-term commitment.If you are considering launching a formal program to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, the groundwork you lay now will make all the difference. It is what will ensure that no matter what may happen in your workplace, in your community, or in the world, you have a structure in place to support your employees, value their differences, and respect the unique experiences they each bring forth. Your approach should be designed to sustain for as long as your organization plans to employ unique individuals.Humanidei was founded to help credit unions create more inclusive organizations. We work with clients to assess current organizational climate; identify obstacles to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and build strategies that can be carried forward to an authentically inclusive workplace.By helping you understand the questions to ask and where to find answers in your organization and your community, you will move forward with greater certainty, ready to take your own action for authentic inclusion.Contact us today (info@humanidei.com) to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Uber, Lyft Spend Big, Win in California Vote to Restrict Drivers From Becoming Employees

first_imgSan Francisco-based Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out of California if they lost. They got additional support in the fight from DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates which all could have had their businesses upended if it failed.Labour-friendly Democrats in the Legislature last year passed the landmark law known as AB5 to expand a 2018 ruling by the California Supreme Court that limited businesses from classifying certain workers as independent contractors.The companies sought an exemption, taking their fight to voters with a campaign that included TV ads, mailers and messages that appeared on their app for both customers and drivers.- Advertisement – Shares of both companies surged 11 percent to 13 percent before the opening bell Wednesday after the huge victory.The outcome was a defeat for labour unions that had pushed for a state law aimed directly at Uber and Lyft, mandating they provide drivers with protections like minimum wage, overtime, health insurance and reimbursement for expenses.Supporters of Proposition 22 said the outcome showed voters wanted to preserve the flexibility of the current system. Opponents said the companies had bought their own law and vowed to continue fighting for drivers’ rights.- Advertisement – Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,500 crores) in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections.The titans of the so-called gig economy bankrolled the most expensive ballot measure in state history, which was decided Tuesday with 58 percent of more than 11 million voters choosing to keep drivers classified as independent contractors able to set their own hours.- Advertisement – Opponents said the companies exploit drivers to keep profits high and the ballot measure would deprive workers of rights like overtime pay and workers’ compensation.Supporters said the measure would allow drivers to maintain the freedom to work hours they choose and would provide other benefits.Bill French, 62, a former high school baseball coach who voted for the measure in Huntington Beach, said he retired early so he could supplement his pay as an Uber driver and work when he wants.“I don’t need them to control me and tell me when I’m going to work and not going to work,” French said.More than $225 million (roughly Rs. 1,700 crores) was spent on the race, with unions kicking in about $20 (roughly Rs. 150 crores) million of that.“The obscene amount of money these multibillion-dollar corporations spent misleading the public doesn’t absolve them of their duty to pay drivers a living wage,” Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation said in a statement. “The end of this campaign is only the beginning in the fight to ensure gig workers are provided fair wages, sick pay and care when they’re hurt at work.”The spending, which didn’t account for $30  (roughly Rs. 2,200) coupons Uber Eats and other services offered customers to promote their brands, will likely put future ballot measure funding on steroids, said political science professor David McCuan of Sonoma State University.“What Prop. 22 does is it raises the tide of all ballot measures,” McCuan said. “It sets records that are just going to be blown past the next time. … It makes the parallel route of direct democracy a playground that will be measured in the billions in a few (election) cycles.”The measure had support nearly statewide except in the San Francisco Bay Area and a sliver of coastal counties to the north.Although drivers would remain independent contractors exempt from mandates such as sick leave and expense reimbursement, they would receive some “alternative benefits,” including a guaranteed minimum wage and subsidies for health insurance if they average 25 hours of work a week.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent a letter to drivers late Tuesday thanking them for their support and promising details in coming weeks on how they can enroll in benefits such as accident insurance.The will of the voters could undermine a recent appeals court decision that sided with state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who sued the companies for misclassifying drivers as contractors in violation of AB5.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Treasury Secretary Warren? Progressives Line Up to Press Their Agenda on Biden

first_img– Advertisement – “I believe that if Joe Biden is in the White House, it changes the dynamic where people know that there will be a president who will sign these things into law,” Ms. Jayapal said. “And that will help us a lot.”“That’s the question: Are Republicans going to continue to be enablers of an outrageous Trump agenda even when he’s out of the White House?” she added. “Or are they actually going to start speaking for their constituents?” And without enough Democratic allies in the Senate, there is almost no chance that the chamber will pass even the agenda that Mr. Biden supported in the run-up to the election, such as lowering the eligibility age for Medicare to 60 from 65.“If Mitch McConnell was ultimately to control the Senate, it would dramatically lower the ceiling of what’s possible legislatively and increase the urgency of appointing good people to the executive branch to make things happen there,” said Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a sister organization of the Progressive Change Institute, and an ally of Ms. Warren’s.Progressives have not abandoned hope of passing legislation, either, even if a Republican Senate makes doing so much more difficult. They are optimistic that there is broadly palatable legislation that the Senate may still pass, including a coronavirus relief bill, a $15 federal minimum wage and investment in infrastructure.- Advertisement –center_img The database, which now has from 500 to 600 names, covers everything from cabinet positions to under secretary posts in more obscure executive-branch offices and bureaus, like the president of the Export-Import Bank and the director of the Patent and Trademark Office. The group hopes to deliver the list to the Biden transition team by the end of the week.Progressives recognize that their work on appointments and policy may be much harder if there is a Republican Senate, as appears increasingly likely. It may not confirm appointments to key government posts whom Republicans view as too far left, a course of action that Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, has already suggested he would pursue.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Luis Suarez joins Atletico Madrid from Barcelona

first_imgAtletico Madrid have signed striker Luis Suarez from Barcelona, the Spanish clubs said on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six-year stint at the Camp Nou.Barca’s statement said Atletico will pay the Catalans six million euros ($7 million) in bonus payments to sign the 33-year-old.The Uruguay striker, who is Barca’s third all-time top scorer with 198 goals in all competitions, had a year left on his contract with the club. “Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to a medical and the formal agreement of a new contract for the Uruguayan striker with our club,” Atletico said in their statement.Suarez will give a farewell news conference on Thursday.Barca added: “Barcelona would like to publicly express its gratitude to the player for his commitment and wishes him all the success in the future.”Suarez will replace Alvaro Morata in Atletico’s front line after the Spanish striker was loaned to Juventus for a season with an option to buy. Suarez, who joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, leaves the club having won the Champions League, four La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey trophies.The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Ronald Koeman, who is keen on changing the old guard and rebuilding the squad, with 33-year-old midfielder Arturo Vidal also completing a permanent move to Inter Milan.Despite a turbulent season with Barca dogged by injuries, Suarez still hit 16 goals in 22 La Liga starts to finish as the fourth top scorer in Spain’s top flight. Atletico’s top scorer was Morata with 12.Suarez becomes the third striker in recent years to switch between the two La Liga clubs after David Villa was sold to Atletico in 2013 while Antoine Griezmann moved to Barca last year.While Villa became an instant hit, scoring 13 goals in Atletico’s 2013-14 league title-winning campaign, Griezmann has yet to hit the same heights at Barca following his 120 million euros ($140.86 million) move.Atletico struggled for much of last season without Griezmann and will hope the capture of Suarez will significantly improve their chances of challenging Real Madrid and Barca for the title.Suarez had also been linked with Serie A side Juventus and took an Italian exam in an attempt to get an EU passport to be eligible to play as a European player as the Turin side’s non-EU player slots were already filled.However, Italian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had evidence the language exam taken by Suarez to obtain Italian citizenship was rigged.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Working parents, pensioners could be pushed out of city rental market

first_imgEXPERTS are warning the latest Rental Affordability Index results are a wakeup call, with working families and pensioners among those being pushed to the edge.The May RAI, out today, warned that working parents and pensioners were being priced out of rental markets in the city, with affordability dropping in every metropolitan area except Perth.Brisbane’s north to northwest was particularly grim, with rankings of severely unaffordable, unaffordable and moderately unaffordable spread across most suburbs there except for Chermside and Northgate. Brisbane’s south to southeast suburbs were mostly ranked moderately unaffordable, but several postcodes were “unaffordable” for the average household including Hemmant, Gumdale, Ransome, Wakerley, Carbrook and Cornubua, according to the findings. National Shelter executive officer Adrian Pisarski said house price inflation was not just locking people out of ownership and putting much greater pressure on rental markets “which remain unaffordable”He said the escalation was displacing “low income households into the margins”.SGS Economics and Planning partner Ellen Witte – whose firm backed the study with National Shelter and Community Sector Banking – warned more people would be pushed out of metropolitan areas.“The RAI shows that working families – not just low income households – are now being priced out of Australia’s metropolitan rental markets,” she said. “Housing for pensioner groups is also in a particularly critical situation, given their additional needs and service-dependence.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago Working parents were among those expected to be pushed away from the inner to middle city because of rental unaffordability. Picture: ThinkstockThe RAI found the average household looking to rent in Greater Brisbane would pay 25 per cent of their total income to a landlord – a situation that was twice as grave for pensioners.“Most postcodes in inner to middle Brisbane remain moderately unaffordable to unaffordable. The situation is similar in the Gold Coast area,” the RAI report said. “The situation for pensioner couples is even worse, with rents across the inner to middle ring suburbs severely unaffordable – this household faces rents up to 59 per cent of total income. Rents are also extremely unaffordable in the CBD area.”The situation was slightly better in the rest of Queensland, with the average rental household looking at rents that were around 24 per cent of total income.“Rents are most affordable in places where the least opportunities are in terms of jobs, services and education,” Ms Witte said.“This is especially concerning for older working women who are reaching retirement and have not been able to build up their superannuation – these people have nowhere to go. On top of that, living further out of the city poses extra challenges such as poorer access to transport, services and health care.”center_img Rental Affordability Index for households with $80,000 income: Greater Brisbane, December quarter 2016. Source: RAI Reportlast_img read more

Thaw Brawl brings IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods to LaSalle

first_imgLaSALLE, Ill. – IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will be part of Thaw Brawl programs at LaSalle Speedway Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31.Both Modified features are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Friday’s main event pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start while Saturday’s headliner pays $1,200 to win and a minimum of $120 to start.Northern SportMods race for $600 to win and $80 to start on Friday and $650 to win and $100 to start on Saturday.Payouts for both divisions could increase with additional sponsorship. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Illinois State points will be awarded in both divisions; Modifieds also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points.There is no entry fee and pit passes are $40 each day. Pit gates open at 1 p.m., the grandstand opens at 2 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.Adult general admission is $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. Kids ages 11 and under are free both days.  VIP seating each day Is $45 and reserved seating for kids is $5. Reserved seating for adults is $60 when purchased in advance. A two-day VIP seat or two-day sky box seat is $90 and two-day reserved seating for kids is $10.Weekend fan parking is $20. A weekend VIP motorhome spot runs $40.The Thursday. March 29 open practice session is from 6-10 p.m.More information about the seventh annual Thaw Brawl, sponsored by Hoker Trucking, is posted on the www.lasallespeedway.com website.last_img read more

United Rebel Sprint Series heads to Dodge City for Saturday showdown

first_imgBy David Smith Jr., OKTidbits  DODGE CITY, Kan. – The POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicks back into racing action this coming Saturday night, June 1 as they make their se­cond appearance of the season at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., in a showdown with the track’s Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Car division.   Brian Herbert will come into the night’s racing action as the current point leader while two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton is just four-points behind.  Drivers making up positions three through 10 in the early season point standings include Kade Hagins, Tracey Hill, Aaron Ploussard, Dalton Webb, Martens, Andy Shouse, Steven Richardson and Brandon Anderson.   Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with race action slated for a 7:30 p.m. start time.  Grandstand adult general admission is $15 while kids ages 11 and under will be admitted for free into the grandstands. All pit passes are $30.   Twenty-eight drivers competed in that first event back in April at Dodge City and officials expect about that many this weekend for the $700 to win feature finale. This event will be a tune-up for the upcoming third annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals that are set to take place June 13-15.  More information pertaining to the URSS can be obtained by accessing the tracks official web­site www.unitedrebelsprintseries.comand their Facebook page: United Rebel Sprint Series. Ques­tions and inquires about the series can be answered by calling series president Rick Salem at 785 475-7010.last_img read more