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  • Amazon adds 615MW of solar generation to its global renewable energy portfolio

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Amazon will add 615 megawatts of solar projects to its existing and announced renewables portfolio of more than 2.9 gigawatts, the technology and shipping giant said on Thursday.The projects will go up across the world — in Australia, China and the United States — to power Amazon’s shipping warehouses and data centers. Amazon did not say who would develop the projects and declined to comment on what companies were involved in the installations. The largest additions will come in the U.S., where Amazon will add two solar installations in Ohio and another in Virginia, totaling 410 megawatts. Virginia has been a hotspot for corporate renewables procurement in the U.S., but a state law passed last year that requires 100 percent clean energy by 2045 should further boost that trend by encouraging development there.The new solar projects serve as a “critical part” of Amazon’s overall plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 and meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement a decade early, the company said. On Thursday, Amazon suggested it may be able to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, which would outpace its goal to meet that target by 2030.Though a large purchaser of renewables, Amazon hasn’t ranked in the top five corporate purchasers in the U.S. since 2016, when it was the largest annual purchaser, according to the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. Over the past five years, the number of corporate renewables purchasers and the size of those purchases has reached unprecedented levels. In 2016, companies acquired 1.54 gigawatts of renewables, compared to a record of 9.33 gigawatts last year.[Emma Foehringer Merchant]More: Amazon clicks buy on 615 megawatts of large-scale solar Amazon adds 615MW of solar generation to its global renewable energy portfoliolast_img read more

  • Is Operation Choke Point to blame for bank account closures?

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Lauren SaundersPawn brokers, payday lenders, gun dealers, and others claim that the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point and bank regulator pressure are forcing banks and credit unions to close the accounts of legal businesses. But most of those account closures have more to do with the Bush Administration’s 2001 USA Patriot Act than with Operation Choke Point. Banks also close accounts all the time for a variety of other reasons.Complaints about bank account closures and “de-risking” go back a decade, to implementation of the post-9/11 reforms to deny criminals access to the banking system.The National Pawnbroker Association is now blaming Operation Choke Point. But in 2006, pawnbrokers were complaining to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) about the Patriot Act and related anti-money laundering efforts: “Pawn industry members have lost longstanding lines of credit as well as demand deposit relationships in most parts of the country since 2004.”FiSCA, the trade association representing many check cashers, money transmitters, and payday lenders, had the same complaint in 2006: “For the past six years banks have been abandoning us – first in a trickle, then continuously accelerating so that now few banks are willing to service us ….” continue reading »last_img read more

  • Bellco Credit Union goes to Comic Con and kills it!

    first_imgA few weeks ago I got the opportunity to check an item off my bucket list: I finally made it to Comic Con.My son bought us tickets to Denver Comic Con for Father’s Day. After learning of his plan, I checked the website to get the 411 on the big day. When I got to the page, I discovered that one of BIG’s clients, Bellco Credit Union, was one of the conference’s sponsors and would have a booth there.I was blown away. It was a great idea for reaching a new membership segment. Looking for Millennials? This is the place to be. After all, if they can afford elaborate costumes, they certainly know how to manage their money and will make great members.I sent a quick email to Bellco CEO Doug Ferraro and complimented him on a brilliant idea.Aside from Bellco’s presence at Comic Con, I was also excited to find out what was happening at this giant conference. My son picked me up early and we headed to the house of Tom Stacy (BIG’s CTO and fellow Nerd) and decided to take the light rail downtown rather than deal with parking hassles.We hadn’t made it one stop before a group of Harry Potter Hogwarts students, a Ghostbuster, and the girl from Sucker Punch got on the train. We also saw a purple person, but I have no idea what show, game, comic book, or online site this individual came from. I became even more convinced we were in for a pretty wild ride.Upon arriving at the conference, we discovered a robotics and programming area, as well as breakout sessions hosted by NASA. Stars such as Jeffrey Dean Morgan were there signing autographs, along with Cary Elwes, Ralph Macchio and the man himself, Stan Lee. There was even a full X-wing fighter from Star Wars, R2-D2, and almost anything else you can think of related to pop culture on display.I must confess, however, as I headed towards the Bellco booth, I was sort of expecting a classic credit union layout. You know, kind of lame. Sorry, but that’s how credit unions usually do these sorts of things. But I almost walked right past Bellco’s station because it was so … “Comic Con.” They had done an amazing job of creating an elaborate booth that both attracted people (Millennials!) and presented the credit union in an entirely new light. Refreshing, indeed.Bellco had created their very own comic book theme based on the “Tales To Astonish” series (the original birth place of Antman) and had a free standing iPad displaying an application apparently written specifically for the event. The advertising was subtle for Bellco, which was a good thing at this type of show. Their name wasn’t not plastered everywhere. But it was on their displayed credit card and in the cleverly-named Bell Comics logo.It was fantastic to see the level of planning and development Bellco put into this event. Clearly they understood the culture they were stepping into and crafted a message that would resonate with the Comic Con crowd.I’ll follow up with their marketing team to find out how successful this endeavor was. But regardless of the short-term feedback, I’d call this a move a big step in the right direction and suggest that more credit unions “dress up” for events like this and follow suit. 101SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Best Financial technology service expert John Best crushes the reiterated maxim “thinking outside the box” to tiny particles, leveraging his lofty, yet proven, financial technology “innovativeness” for credit unions nationwide. Recently … Web: big-fintech.com Detailslast_img read more

  • The power of the human spirit

    first_imgDuring a recent visit to South Africa, I was struck by the legacy and influence of Nelson Mandela on the hearts of South Africans. Beyond his image appearing on buildings and in museums, locals keep his spirit alive in conversation.Imprisoned for 27 years, 18 of those in a cell on Robben Island, Mandela and his fellow inmates referred to the prison as “A Freedom University.” Our tour guide, a former inmate himself, Mr. Sipho Msomi, was imprisoned at the age of 21 for being one of the organizers of a political group to fight apartheid. He shared that Mandela and the inmates recognized that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The tour was a chilling, yet inspiring couple of hours.On the boat ride back to Cape Town I kept thinking about the power in choosing how we react to our circumstances. Nelson Mandela and his fellow prisoners chose to turn their cells into classrooms, the prison into a University of Freedom. They shared information however they could; hidden notes, quiet conversations while doing hard labor at the limestone quarry, and stealing newspapers from the prison guards.Most of us aren’t living in a small cell but sometimes we act like it. Imagine what could be accomplished if we shifted our perception of obstacles to opportunities…From South Africa I went to Kenya to speak at the 20th SACCA (Credit Union) Congress and attended the first ever Women in Co-ops Network Forum in Africa. It was another example of the power of the human spirit. While Africa is a continent that is rising, the gender equity gap is wide. Women still face discrimination in the workplace and are pressing for fundamental rights, from getting an education to having a voice in their government and more.Choosing to be driven, rather than overwhelmed by the challenges, a group of women in our credit union movement in Africa opted to become change agents. Their efforts have ignited a movement that is slowly spreading across the continent, providing opportunities for women to network, find their voice, move into more leadership roles and have a bigger impact in their communities. These change agents recognized a need and created a new path to serve others, without excuses.We all have choices in how we react to circumstances. Sometimes we build our own cells when things don’t go our way. We hunker down and have an ongoing pity party. Maybe we don’t get the job we want, experience workplace changes that we don’t agree with, or think about the million reasons why something is “impossible.”The reality is that dreams, big or small, can be realized. Don’t let a “long” checklist of steps and obstacles hold you back. Start tackling each step. As you take action, you’ll find that the checklist is actually the roadmap to accomplishing your dreams.Take the first step today. As challenges pop up, take a moment to identify at least one opportunity. They exist in every single challenge just waiting to be discovered. Be the agent of change and make 2020 your year of possibilities! 86SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Julie R Ferguson Founded by Julie R Ferguson in 2009, JRF Consulting concentrates on growth and member engagement. Julie is very passionate about helping credit unions create and execute focused and results oriented … Web: www.jrfconsultingservices.com Detailslast_img read more

  • Cab Driver Dead After Oakdale Crash

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 92-year-old taxi driver died after he crashed his cab into a home in Oakdale on Thursday morning.Suffolk County police said Joseph Saccente of West Sayville was driving a taxi northbound on Shore Road when his cab drove across lawns of multiple homes, struck multiple mailboxes and then hit a house shortly after 7 a.m.The victim, who worked for Colonial Taxi, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The preliminary investigation indicates that he may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash, police said.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img read more

  • ‘Removed from the streets’: Endicott man convicted on felony drug charges

    first_imgBroome County District Attorney Michael Korchak says “another drug dealer has been removed from the streets of Broome County.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — An Endicott man has been found guilty of possessing drugs with the intent to sell them in Broome County Court Monday morning. Flynn has also been convicted of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a misdemeanor. Korchak says his office will continue to work with law enforcement to “rid” the community of drug dealers. He also says they will continue to aid drug users in getting help. At the time of his arrest, officers found Flynn to be in possession of 21.5 grams of powder cocaine, 82 grams of crack cocaine, 74.9 grams of heroin, drug packaging materials and digital scales to weigh narcotics. Flynn was arrested in June 2019 by the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force and indicted by a grand jury in August 2019. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 49-year-old Bilal A. Flynn has been convicted of seven counts of criminally possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree, all felonies.last_img read more

  • The two reasons why Arsenal favour Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery

    first_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal are ready to tempt Brendan Rodgers away from Leicester City (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will approach Brendan Rodgers about replacing Unai Emery because they want a manager who speaks good English and has a strong media profile, according to reports.Emery’s 18-month tenure as Gunners boss came to an end of Friday morning after he was sacked with Arsenal eighth in the Premier League.The Spanish manager led PSG to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla but struggled at the Emirates after succeeding Arsene Wenger last year. Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal on Friday morning (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the club while the board draw up a a shortlist of potential managerial candidates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCarlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Mauricio Pochettino have all been linked with the position but the Daily Mirror say Leicester City manager Rodgers is high on the list of targets.It is claimed Arsenal will look at appointing a manager with a strong media profile and excellent communication skills, two things which were said to be flaws in Emery’s armoury.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Liverpool and Celtic boss Rodgers fits the bill and, under his leadership, Leicester have climbed to second in the Premier League table.Asked about the speculation linking him with Arsenal on Friday, Rodgers said: ‘We’re at the beginning of something here [at Leicester].‘My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting. The two reasons why Arsenal favour Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emerycenter_img Advertisement Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This 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.‘Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in.‘There’s disappointment whenever a coach loses his job. Unai has proved himself over a number of years. I have sympathy for him.’Arsenal, who dropped to eighth in the Premier League under Emery, travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Sunday.MORE: Petit names the top three candidates to replace Emery after Arsenal sackingMORE: Kroenke wanted to give Emery more time at Arsenal before sacking Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 5:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link775Shareslast_img read more

  • Housing project locked down; resident positive for COVID-19

    first_imgClose contacts of Patient No. 585 would be tested. As of yesterday, 40 residents have submitted specimens for testing. Mayor Elvira Alarcon said the lockdown covered 64 houses. The lockdown started on Monday, July 13, hours after the resident’s test result was released by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. Alarcon ordered policemen to guard the entrance and exit points of the housing project. ILOILO – The municipality of Batad locked down for five days a housing project after a resident tested positive for coronavirus disease  2019 (COVID-19). The patient was a farm worker. She had fever and cough on June 28. The local government unit (LGU) of Batad would provide the needs of the locked down families such as food and water, among others. The COVID-19-positive resident was a 56-year-old female (Patient No. 585) now confined at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The patient had herself checked by a doctor on June 30 at the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, Iloilo. She was diagnosed with community-acquire pneumonia (moderate risk). During the lockdown, said Alarcon, there would be contact tracing. On July 8 she insisted on going home despite having fever. The next day she consulted a private doctor. She had difficulty breathing and had allergy. She was eventually taken to WVMC where she was tested. “Wala man sia sang may ginkadtoan, sa uma man kag tapos sa baybay,” said Alarcon./PNlast_img read more

  • Aurand leads Laurel Highlands Sprints to Hesston checkers

    first_imgHESSTON, Pa. (May 20) – Ron Aurand was the Saturday night winner when the Laurel High­lands Sprint Series ventured to Hesston Speedway.Runner-up in the 20-lapper for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars was Nathan Gramley and Drew Ritchey was third.Aurand and Reed Thompson drew front row starts and Aurand set the fast pace with Thompson close behind. Within a few laps, Scott Lutz moved into second with Gramley, Ritchey and Steve Kenawell Jr. settling in behind him.Gramley had taken over second before the only caution of the race came on lap 16. When the green came out again, Aurand took off and took the win with Gramley, Ritchey, Lutz and Ke­nawell in tow.The next race for Laurel Highlands and round three of the Summer Showdown will be Sunday, May 28 at Bedford Speedway.Feature results – 1. Ron Aurand; 2. Nathan Gramley; 3. Drew Ritchey; 4. Scott Lutz; 5. Steve Kenawell Jr.; 6. Reed Thompson; 7. Ryan Lynn; 8. Rob Felix; 9. Jonathon Jones; 10. Brad Mel­lott; 11. Joe Zap; 12. Judi Bates; 13. Rob Bartchy; 14. Mike Alleman; 15. Jim Kennedy; 16. Coltt Lepley; 17. Mike Wenrick.last_img read more

  • MDI baseball team crushes 3 home runs to beat Bucksport

    first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island baseball team opened the 2019 season by losing to Bucksport in walk-off fashion. When the two teams met again Tuesday, the Trojans came away with a walk-off win of their own — in a much different manner.MDI homered three times Tuesday en route to a 12-2 win over Bucksport in Bar Harbor. The victory, which was solidified when Drew Shea’s second home run of the game activated the 10-run rule in the fifth inning, avenged the Trojans’ season-opening loss to the Golden Bucks last month and gave the team a third straight win in the midst of a tight Class B North playoff race.MDI’s Kyle Nicholson makes a running catch during the fourth inning of a high school baseball game against Bucksport on May 21 in Bar Harbor. Nicholson had two hits for MDI in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“We’re playing good ball right now,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said. “It can be hard to find that consistency at first with such a young group, but we’ve been able to get that in these past few games. … Today, we just came out, had fun and hit the ball really well.”Porter Isaacs gave MDI (8-5) a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he hit a three-run blast over the center-field fence for the team’s first home run of the season. The Trojans then extended their lead to 5-0 on RBI singles by Sam Keblinsky in the second inning and Quentin Pileggi in the third.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport (5-7) got on the board in the top of the fourth with a pair of RBI doubles to cut MDI’s lead to 5-2. After pitcher Sam Mitchell got out of a jam to keep the Golden Bucks from cutting further into the lead, Sam Keblinsky hit an RBI double to score Kyle Nicholson before being caught stretching at third.Three batters later, Shea hit a fly ball that appeared headed for the gap in right-center field. Instead, with just the right amount of wind pushing it, the ball cleared the fence for a two-run home run.“Drew has a very good approach where he’s going to try and hit it to that gap,” Pooler said. “You hit the ball as hard as he does, and those line drives turn into big flies sometimes.”After the Trojans added one more run in the fourth inning to make the score 9-2, Shea got another turn to bat in the fifth. With two runners on base, the senior slugger homered for the second time to bring an end to the game.Keblinsky led MDI with three hits on the afternoon as Isaacs, Nicholson, Pileggi, Shea and Nick Corson had two apiece. Mitchell earned the win on the mound for the Trojans with seven hits and two earned runs allowed in 4 2/3 innings of work.MDI’s Sam Mitchell pitches during the second inning of a high school baseball game against Bucksport on May 21 in Bar Harbor. Mitchell allowed just two runs in 4 2/3 innings of work to earn his second win of the season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLTy Giberson, who homered for Bucksport when the Golden Bucks and Trojans met last month, had two hits for the visitors. Jacob Ames added a single and a double for Bucksport, which also got hits from Cam Grindle, Tyler Hallett, Ryan Howard and Dylan Wight.The Trojans moved on from that April 18 loss to Bucksport rather quickly, but it was still weighing on their minds as they took the field Tuesday. Isaacs’ early blast gave fourth-place MDI the momentum it needed to avoid putting itself in another tight game with the Golden Bucks.“We’re all really happy,” said Isaacs, whose home run assistant coach Brent Barker called a “moon shot.” “It feels a lot better [to be where we are now] than it did at the start of the season.”Bucksport, which remained in third place in Class C North despite the loss, will host Sumner (4-9) at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 22. The Golden Bucks will then play 4:30 p.m. road games against Dexter Thursday, May 23, and George Stevens Academy on Monday, May 27, before finishing the regular season with a rematch against Sumner at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, May 29, in Sullivan.MDI’s next game will be back at home against Belfast (7-6) at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The Trojans will then take on John Bapst (5-7) at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 24, at Husson University before hosting Ellsworth at that time Monday, May 28, to close out the regular season.“I always say to these guys, ‘Hey, we’ll worry about tomorrow after today,’” Pooler said. “We’ve got a tough road ahead still with three good teams left and then the playoffs, but I’m happy with where we are at this point. We’re getting hot at the right time.”center_img Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Postslast_img read more