“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB”

first_img“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertiserscenter_img “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more

EDF teams up with Octo Energy to develop solar-plus-storage projects in U.K.

first_imgEDF teams up with Octo Energy to develop solar-plus-storage projects in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:French utility EDF is launching a major solar-plus-battery storage hybrid initiative in England and Wales as part of plans to double its installed renewable base.However EDF will not be alone, with an ex-state owned green investment fund having also unveiled plans to bring forward at least 1GW of subsidy-free solar farms in the UK, the majority of which are to be developed using trackers and bifacial panels.EDF Renewables’ UK division announced today that it has enlisted the help of Welsh developer Octo Energy to identify and deliver 200MW worth of co-located solar-plus-storage projects throughout England and Wales.Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, director of solar and onshore wind development at EDF Renewables, said the utility was “regularly looking at innovative ways to invest in solar” while expanding its existing portfolio of sites in the UK, which stands at around 1GW, the firm said. “These projects will enable us to contribute to the UK’s green economic recovery from COVID-19 and help the country reach its net zero targets,” he said.The wider EDF Group has the established aim of operating a 50GW renewables portfolio by 2030 alongside another target of becoming Europe’s market leader in energy storage with an additional 10GW of storage by 2035.Meanwhile, there were also further positive signs for a continued rebound in the UK’s solar market as Green Investment Group (GIG) – the Macquarie-owned investment fund formerly of the UK government – unveiled plans to develop 1GW of subsidy-free solar projects and additional battery storage facilities.[Liam Stoker]More: EDF launches major UK solar-plus-storage hybrid huntlast_img read more

Tech Time: Create a data disaster recovery plan

first_imgCredit unions rely on their IT systems to perform nearly all aspects of daily operations. From electronic service delivery to customer records, credit unions cannot afford to have system downtime. Each second a credit union is offline means a possible damaged reputation, decrease in employee morale and loss of revenue.The exact cost of system downtime in a credit union setting varies, and involves many factors. What we do know is that downtime is inevitable and, ultimately, how an organization responds to downtime makes a big difference.Planned vs. UnplannedBoth planned and unplanned downtime disrupt the flow of a credit union’s operations, and require a strategy to minimize confusion and disruption among employees and members.Planned system downtime is mandatory in all credit union IT environments to perform updates, patches and general system maintenance. IT departments typically schedule these downtimes to take place during low-impact operational hours which, in a credit union setting, is often on weekends or evenings. Notifying all affected personnel of the scheduled downtime with specific instructions on the course of action to take during the downtime is imperative to minimize frustration, and overall impact. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What if we turned branches inside-out?

first_imgBigger Electric Vehicles In my last SharediDiz blog article, I just had to admit it: I’ve always been a branch hater. When I need to get something done, visiting a branch has always been the absolute last resort.But maybe I was being a little harsh. A lot of people still like branches. They can make people feel more connected and safer, and that’s important too. Even with online account opening, branches are still important to membership growth. Members like having an actual place with actual people where they can get answers and assistance.But here’s a Big Idea: what if that place was … all over the place?Moving branches closer to membersOf course, making branches mobile isn’t a new idea. After all, the concept behind the hot dog cart dates back to ancient Greece.What is new is the impending convergence of several technical and social factors that are going to make mobile branches much more possible, very practical, and far more capable in the next few years. Global Connectivity Even in cities, cell networks don’t have stable, high-speed data connections everywhere. But within a year or so, StarLink’s satellite internet connections will cover all or most of North America, and soon after that the entire globe.It’s going to revolutionize life in thousands of rural and underserved communities across the US. It’s a big country; what if you could send a fully functional mobile branch anywhere, with no worries about connectivity for real-time transactions? Sure fancy-schmancy electric luxury cars got the EV ball rolling. But the next big EV revolution is working vehicles.Rivian, for one, is set to start selling electric pickups and SUVs soon, but they’re also in the process of building a gigantic factory to fill Amazon’s first order of 100,000 electric delivery vans. Plenty of room in there for a mobile branch, right?Or take a look at Canoo’s electric car; it doesn’t take much imagination to turn that rolling living room into an office.And you just know someone’s going to build some sort of folding metal robot popup in the back of a Tesla Cybertruck, or maybe in a trailer. The first credit union to do this will officially become the Coolest CU on Planet Earth.Plus, the batteries in an EV can easily power all the equipment and lighting a mobile branch needs without a generator, and with plenty of range left over to reach your most remote members.center_img  More than ever, people are used to getting their daily necessities (and frivolities) delivered to their doorstep. With a mobile branch, you could deliver full service to your members one at a time. Imagine an app or website that lets members schedule a visit when the mobile branch is in their neighborhood, with a little map that shows you when it’s getting close.Or, take a cue from food trucks, and park in predictable spots on certain days. Need an AwesomeCU Branch? Load up the app to see a map showing the nearest one, or book an appointment and it’ll drop by your office this afternoon.It’s really about serving more people better.Fleets of electric mobile branches connected to space sure do sound cool and techy, and you’d score big green points for your CU’s brand and maybe get on the evening news. But is that the only point?Of course not.The deepest roots of credit unions are in serving people and communities who need them most.Depending on how you count them, around 25 – 30% of US households are “unbanked” or “underbanked”, meaning they don’t have even basic accounts, or they’re using “alternate providers” like payday lending, rent-to-own, pawn shops, etc.There are plenty of reasons for this, but one big one is just plain physical availability; there are lots of “banking deserts” in the US where there’s simply no place within a reasonable distance to open an account or take care of everyday transactions.There are also quite a few banking deserts in cities in low-income neighborhoods, where people have to depend on high-cost or predatory options for basic necessities. Maybe postal credit unions could help figure out how to put mobile branches at all of the Post Offices in these neighborhoods and towns?Mobile branches could be a powerful way to bridge these gaps, to reach members in rural towns or underserved areas in cities. And they could also be a powerful driver of membership growth. Instead of being visible and present in just one neighborhood, your branch could be visible and present in dozens of communities every week. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Details The App Agelast_img read more

JFSE Wraps Up Excavation Project for Seatek in India

first_imgJames Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) has completed an excavation project for Seatek in the Kandla Gujarat region of North-west India.The company deployed its shallow water Twin R2000 tool for post-lay trenching and backfilling of an HDPE pipeline with concrete sinker blocks over a distance of 7.5km.The pipeline was trenched to 1.5m top of pipe in an intertidal zone with 7m tidal variation.Delzad Karani, director at Seatek, said: “This was a very challenging element of our overall project and it was essential we found a solution. The JFSE team delivered a great service from beginning to end.”Kenneth R. Mackie, managing director at JFSE, added: “Our shallow water capabilities and personnel, who had experience in operating under similar conditions, provided the client with a time and cost-effective solution to overcome the very particular demands of this excavation.”last_img read more

LIVE: Uganda vs Congo Brazzaville at Mandela Stadium

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Standings  P W D L F A PtsEgypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3Ghana            1   0    1  0 0 0  1Uganda          1   0   1   0 0 0  1Congo             1   0   0  1 1 2   0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe Tweets LIVE: CRANES LIKELY LINE-UP: 1 Robert Odongkara (GK), 12 Denis Iguma, 2 Joseph Ochaya, 4 Murushid Jjuuko, 5 Isaac Isinde, 6 Tony Mawejje, 8 Khalid Aucho, 13 Moses Oloya, 10 William Luwagga Kizito, 17 Farouk Miya, 11 Geoffrey Massa (C).Group ESaturdayUganda v Congo Brazzaville 4pmSundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmUganda Cranes, already off to a great start to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, face a nervy 9o minutes against Congo Brazzaville today without their first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango.Other than Onyango, Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is expected to maintain the squad that stunned Ghana by holding them 0-0 away in their opening match last month.last_img read more

A Refuge For the Sportsperson

first_imgSome of the custom-made rifles and shotguns can take months to create, requiring a series of fittings to ensure it fits the unique needs of the owner/shooter. Bignell explained it was comparable to an expensive automobile or wristwatch – something that increases in value over time and can be handed down from generation to generation. “These are the things you look for when you’re looking at the quality of a gun,” he said.“I see the craftsmanship,” of the guns that come to the shop for work, said riflesmith Bill Supple. “We’re trying to keep this alive.”The shooting school offers all levels of shooters the skills to become more proficient in shotgun and rifle shooting.“This is a school with a curriculum,” said head shooting instructor Kevin Sterk. “It’s no different than any other school.”For Sterk, sporting clays, trap or skeet shooting, is a sport, really not unlike other sports in the ability that is needed to become good at it. “The eyes tell the hands what to do,” he said.Sterk is a National Sporting Clays Association (the governing body for the sport) level III instructor. He’s been working for Griffin & Howe for many years, starting as a part-time instructor. Seven years ago, he took over as a full-time instructor after retiring from a career in the automotive industry, becoming the head instructor two years ago.He works with all age groups, from young adolescents to people in their 80s, offering instruction on how to shoot and break clay discs, or introducing someone to the sport, offering them a day outside with family and friends and the fun that comes with learning to do something well.“I can be 80 years old and still do this,” he noted, “if my eyes hold up.”Increasingly, “The long-range stuff is big right now,” Polanish said. Griffin & Howe has recently designed a long-range precision rifle on both an aluminum frame chassis for target shooters and a lightweight version on a synthetic stock for sportsmen and women, both models shooting under a 1⁄2 MOA. Shooters can get instruction with their rifles and optics to prepare for any type of hunting trip around the world or enjoy a few hours shooting steel targets with its school rifles. The school’s rifle range is a state-of-the-art 700-yard range, the longest range in New Jersey, with covered shoot house, electronic targets and heating during the winter months.The school offers a number of marksmanship instruction packages for shotguns and rifles, for individuals and groups, as well as for corporate and private events.All staff members are trained in first aid, trauma and are National Rifle Association-certified in numerous courses such as basic pistol, rifle, shotgun, range safety and NSCA Level 1 and 2 Instruction, according to Polanish. By John Burton |ANDOVER – Removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic and industry associated with northern New Jersey, nestled in the rolling forested hills of Sussex County is the Griffin & Howe Shooting School at Hudson Farm Club.On the grounds of the sprawling 3,800 acres, Hudson Farm Club offers bucolic landscaped farmland with several ponds and lakes, a foundation that supports various charities within the community, and one of the most attractive shooting layouts in the country.“There is a lot of rich, deep history with us,” said Steve Polanish, who manages Hudson Farm and serves as CEO for Griffin & Howe Firearms and Shooting School, a 94-year-old firearm company that operates at the location offering its clients tradition, history and services for the sportsperson, whether accomplished or just beginning.Steeped in local history, Hudson Farm was once a dairy farm, and in the early 1900s railroad magnate John P. McRoy commissioned the New York architect Clarence Curter to design the 20-room estate house. The property was donated to The Hudson Guild, a charitable organization who ran the property as a camp in 1920. Among its acclaimed triumphs, the creation of the Appalachian Trail was conceived in the estate house in 1921.In addition, the location has a strong commitment to the area communities, Polanish said. One-quarter of membership dues are allocated for the farm’s charitable foundation, which provides support to a number of community-based, educational and environmental organizations, such as Birth Haven, Project Self Sufficiency, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the New Jersey Audubon Society, among others.“We give a lot of consideration to what we support,” he said.But for many members and the general public, the Griffin & Howe Shooting School is the draw.Griffin & Howe has provided a variety of services for decades, allowing neophytes to learn the basics about shooting and hunting, and for the more experienced, to hone their marksmanship skills with Griffin & Howe’s Shooting School, featuring accomplished shotgun and rifle instructors.For those in the market to increase their collections, Griffin & Howe offers a gun shop with a wide array of choices, especially for high-end shotguns, many with elaborate and decorative engravings in the bulino (Italian) or blackleaf (often seen on British makes) style and highly polished wooden stocks – some retailing for mid-six figures, such as the extremely rare triple barrel Boss & Co. shotgun that recently sold. Griffin & Howe has an extensive 5,500-square-foot gunsmith shop, with five gunsmiths on-site for repairs and upgrades for owners; and for the truly discerning, clients can construct custom and unique rifles and shotguns, built specifically to the owner’s requirements and needs, highlighting the smiths’ craftsmanship.“The best of the best in that specific price point,” said Guy Bignell, Griffin & Howe’s past president and CEO.“Every one of our guns is completely different,” said Polanish. And the work done by the smiths represent “craftsmanship and a legacy,” hallmarks of the company’s heritage, he stressed. Griffin & Howe was founded by New York cabinetmaker Seymour Griffin in 1923, who became interested in improving his own hunting Springfield rifle after reading President Theodore Roosevelt classic book “African Game Trails.” Shortly after, Griffin joined forces with James V. Howe, who was managing a Philadelphia metal machine shop.The two began operating out of a New York City loft, offering custom-made and customized rifles and shotguns. The company was eventually purchased by Abercrombie & Fitch, when it was an outdoor outfitter and a prominent one. The gunmaker attracted the attention of celebrities and outdoorsmen, such as author Ernest Hemingway and Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, and U.S. Army General and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who relied on the company for hunting trip requirements.The Griffin & Howe Shooting School at Hudson Farm Club offers ammunition, equipment and clothing for clay, wing shooting and big game hunting needs.Hudson Farm Club, which has been operating since 1997, provides a year-round outdoor experience for its members and Griffin & Howe clients. Covered shooting facilities are available during inclement weather.There are any number of members and clients who use the shooting school for relaxation with family, colleagues and friends with overnight accommodations to get away from the everyday hustle of work. The farm has the ability to sleep up to 44 people on-site in comfort with a full time chef. The location is in the process of constructing its own 6,000-square-foot greenhouse, which will contribute vegetables for the club’s farm to table dining services.“We’re not gun dealers,” Bignell said, pointing out the services and environment provided go beyond a simple retail transaction. “We are in the luxury lifestyle business,” he explained, “with an emphasis on firearms.”To book a shooting lesson or corporate event with the Griffin & Howe Shooting School please call 973-398-2670 or visit www.griffinhowe.com.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Giants part ways with Hunter Strickland, Gorkys Hernandez

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–It was a quiet first month on the job for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, but there’s plenty of time left for the new front office executive to make noise this offseason.The process of creating a buzz began in earnest Friday at Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline as Zaidi elected to non-tender reliever Hunter Strickland and outfielder Gorkys Hernández, making the duo free agents.The Giants also agreed to terms with second baseman Joe Panik and …last_img read more

Erik Karlsson scratched late from Sharks game with injury

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Erik Karlsson’s injury appears to be more serious than Sharks coach Pete DeBoer originally thought.Karlsson left the ice early during Sharks pregame warmups in Tampa Saturday, getting scratched just before the puck dropped in his team’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Karlsson is dealing with a lower-body injury that kept him off the ice for a large chunk of the third period of the Sharks win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday. After the game, DeBoer said he limited …last_img read more

COP 17: we must all ‘keep our promises’

first_img7 December 2011While the Durban climate summit may not be able to produce a legally binding second commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, developed countries need to give guarantees that they will sign for a new commitment period post-2012.This was the view expressed at COP 17 on Tuesday by the BASIC countries, an informal negotiating group comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), currently taking place in Durban, is also the 7th meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire at the end of 2012, unless renewed.The BASIC group is negotiating a common goal at the talks, and wants to see an outcome that will further benefit developing countries using the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.Although not formally recognised by the UN, the bloc was formed in November 2009 to act jointly at the Copenhagen climate change summit.“We are in favour of a legally binding instrument but, most importantly, we need to have an important response plan post-2020, and that starts with the Kyoto Protocol,” said the director of environment in Brazil’s Ministry of External Affairs, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.He said the group demanded to know what the international climate response plan would be after 2020, when voluntary emission reductions ended.South Africa’s Environment Minister, Edna Molewa, said: “We urge all countries to honour their commitments. There must be compromises with the knowledge that the outcome may not satisfy all of us.”It was also important that all the Cancun agreements were operationalised after the Durban conference to allow some form of progress moving to COP 18 in Qatar next year, Molewa said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more