Study: Growth in Midwestern Clean Energy Employment

first_imgStudy: Growth in Midwestern Clean Energy Employment FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Toledo Blade:The number of American workers holding clean energy jobs will soon pass 600,000, and Ohio and Michigan are home to a large portion of the workforce, according to a report released Thursday.The 2017 Clean Jobs Midwest report was compiled by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a non-profit group of business owners and investors. Job figures and economies for Ohio, Michigan, and 10 other Midwestern states (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) were examined.The Midwest added more than 30,000 clean energy jobs last year — a 5.41 percent increase from 2015 — to bring the region’s total to 599,775. Such jobs include those in energy generation roles and those involved in the production and maintenance of hybrid and electric vehicles.“These people are going to work every day with jobs in energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, clean cars, manufacturing, and construction jobs,” said Environmental Entrepreneurs spokesman Gail Parson. “There are twice as many people with clean energy jobs in the Midwest than computer programmers in the entire country.”More: Ohio and Michigan leading the way in clean energy jobslast_img read more

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Compliance: Final rule analysis of TRID changes available

first_img continue reading » 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA’s final rule analysis of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) changes to the Truth in Lending Act-Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated disclosures (TRID) rule is now available. The bureau published the final rule in the Federal Register last week, making it effective Oct. 10, with a mandatory compliance date of Oct. 1, 2018.TRID took effect Oct. 3, 2015, combining separate mortgage disclosures required under the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.CUNA supports a number of the revisions, finalized on July 7, including:Expansion of the partial exemption for certain down payment and homeowner assistance programs;last_img read more

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Good Governance: Board member to CEO? A bad idea!

first_img continue reading » As of this writing I’ve served on five corporate boards of directors and worked with 329 client boards on governance. I’ve experienced three CEO transitions from the board member perspective and helped numerous client boards with the process of new CEO recruitment and selection. In a few cases, a sitting board member had campaigned or was actively campaigning for the CEO job. I have found that circumstance fraught with problems.In the past 24 months, I’ve had a supervisory committee chair tell me he could be a better CEO and a board chair actively suggest to the board in executive session that he should take over. It was clearly a “personality” conflict rather than a performance issue and the full board fortunately ignored his selfish interests. In another case a board chair actively and aggressively critiqued the CEO during meetings, all the while letting other board members know she could do the job. In each of these and other situations, it created a hostile environment not only for the CEO, but also for board relations.In the credit union movement, do we have plenty of board members who could be CEO of a CU? Or course. Should we look to a sitting board member when considering a CEO change? I think not. It creates unnecessary conflict, may lead to hard feelings and can divide a board around personalities rather than competencies. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Mrs. Walter named Franklin County Educator of month

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — Samantha Walter has been named as the Franklin County Schools Educator of the Month.Walter is currently a teacher at Brookville Middle School and teaches 6th grade.She started in August of this year at Brookville Middle School, but is not new to teaching.Prior to starting at Brookville, she was employed in Lawrenceburg School, and the Sunman-Dearborn Schools.Walter was nominated by one of her students.last_img

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Final day Bundesliga drama awaits Werder, Leverkusen

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Kai Havertz takes Fikayo Tomori’s Chelsea shirt RB Leipzig get approval for some fans in stadium at season opening match Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen are bracing for their most important games of the Bundesliga season.This is as relegation looms over the former and a highly lucrative Champions League spot is on the line for the latter in Saturday’s final match day. Champions Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have secured three of the four Champions League spots and Leverkusen would have been in the driving seat for the fourth but for a shock 2-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.That loss allowed Borussia Moenchengladbach to leapfrog them into fourth on 62 points, two ahead of Leverkusen, who must now beat Mainz 05 on Saturday and hope Gladbach slip up at home against Hertha.Playing in Europe’s elite club competition had become even more important for clubs given sharp declines in revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Added the Germany international: “For Saturday,  there is only one goal and that is to win our home game against Mainz.“We must be fully alert from the start and hopefully score an early goal and add to that. “That can put Gladbach under pressure.”“The frustration of the Hertha defeat was big, but we must only look ahead now,” Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Nadiem Amiri said.Leverkusen also have a German Cup final against Bayern to look forward to on July 4.The situation was far more critical at four-time German champions Werder, who took  on Cologne with the prospect of their first relegation since 1980 hanging over them.Werder had spent more time in the Bundesliga than any other club but on Saturday even a win against Cologne might not be enough to knock Fortuna Duesseldorf out of the relegation playoff spot. Werder, on 28 points in 17th place, trail Duesseldorf by two points.To make their task even more difficult, Werder could be without top scorer Milot Rashica after he picked up an ankle injury in Wednesday’s training.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBorussia DortmundRB LeipzigWerder Bremenlast_img read more

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Will 2020 US Open survive escalating Covid-19 health crisis?

first_imgBy Russell Fuller-BBC tennis correspondentTHE US Open is, for the moment, still on. And yet there is increasing pessimism within tennis that the tournament can survive the United States’ escalating health crisis.Lastuesday, the US reported more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases: a new daily record.Cases in New York have fallen sharply since April, but concerns over quarantine – both on arrival, and when travelling on to Europe to prepare for the French Open – have not yet been allayed.World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas could speak for many when he says: “I am 50:50.”“I personally would go and play, but if things get worse and our health is in danger, then the US Open and everyone involved should suspend the event for this year,” the 21-year-old told Sportsworld on the BBC World Service.“The mood has gone south in the last week or two,” was the way someone else put it, with one agent no longer expecting the championships to go ahead.The US Open is scheduled to be played behind closed doors in New York from 31 August, but if it is to be cancelled, the decision is likely to be taken by the end of this month.The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, invested a lot of political capital in giving the US Open the green light last month, but in recent days has had to introduce a 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving from no fewer than 19 US states.Florida, which is either a home or a training base to so many professionals, is one of the states on the list. Will players be granted an exemption?And how will the Spanish, Italian and French governments view the arrival of players and their entourages from New York for the delayed clay court season?The European Union Council is still recommending a ban on non-essential travel from the United States. The advice will be updated every two weeks, although it is for member states to decide who should be exempt, and whether a period of self-isolation is required.Jamie Murray has won the US Open mixed doubles title for the past three years, and admits staying in Europe to play “seems like a less stressful option right now”.“I think that will potentially come to a head soon with the ATP and US Open,” he continued.“And I’d imagine for the ATP, it would be very difficult to support the US Open going ahead if the draw has to quarantine coming back to Europe where they have two Masters Series and another Grand Slam.“From my point of view as a player, you just want stability. Right now we don’t have that. There have been a lot of things changing with not that fantastic communication I’d say.”There is also the issue of fairness. If the EU Council’s advice is followed to the letter, then on the grounds of nationality, barely half of the women’s top 40 will be free to travel to Palermo and Prague for the resumption of the WTA Tour.Many are desperate to start playing again. The American number one John Isner has congratulated the US Tennis Association for their “forward thinking” in going ahead with the US Open, and Serena Williams committed to playing last month.Overseas players have been more circumspect, or in Nick Kyrgios’ case, scathing. “Selfish” and “stupid” is the Australian’s take on the US Open proceeding as things stand.Novak Djokovic – who has told Serbia’s Sportski Zurnal he has been the target of a “witch-hunt” for his part in the ill-fated Adria Tour – says he is “not sure” whether he will play.He has been more vocal in his opposition in the past, though, while Rafael Nadal – another to have expressed reservations – is officially keeping “all options open”.Both have said they will play in the Madrid Open the week after the US Open, with Djokovic making clear he wants to compete in Rome as well before the French Open gets under way on 27 September.In some ways, though, the prospect of a US Open without Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer – who will not play again this year – is the least of the USTA’s worries.The organisation has had to cancel all five ITF World Tennis Tour events scheduled to take place in the US in August “to ensure the health and safety of all those involved”.There is still no word on the entry deadline, which – in a normal year – would be just 10 days away.“I don’t think we know from day to day if it’s going to happen,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert told Today on BBC Radio 4.“I mean, right now in Florida, it’s five times worse than it was two weeks ago.”last_img read more

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Laird Hamilton, Tom Barrack share strategies for taking risks

first_imgOn Wednesday night in Bovard Auditorium, the USC Marshall School of Business and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies hosted Tom Barrack, founder of Colony Capital, and Laird Hamilton, big-wave surfer and innovator.  During the session, Barrack and Hamilton shared their views on risk taking and overcoming individual fears in order to live a more exciting and fulfilling life.Barrack is a USC alumnus and trustee of USC. As chairman of Colony Capital, Barrack has invested approximately $60 billion in assets around the globe, and was named the world’s greatest real estate investor by Fortune magazine.Hamilton is an American surfer who has conquered some of the most dangerous waves around the world. He has also popularized stand-up paddleboarding and invented several products and surfing techniques.The event was moderated by David Belasco, the co-director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and part of his class, BAEP 470: “Taking the Leap: The Entrepreneurial Mindset,” which is offered every spring.The event started with the speakers sharing what they each have in common. Barrack, a businessman, and Hamilton, a top athlete, said that they have a similar mindset because every day they encounter risk-filled events.“I have more in common with Tom than I do with 90 percent of the people I surf with, and that has to do a lot with how our minds work,” Hamilton said.Hamilton grew up in Hawaii, but because he was born in California and did not look like his classmates, he had a difficult time fitting in as a child. He explained how surfing served as his emotional outlet.“The ocean was the only place where I could find equality,” Hamilton said,Barrack grew up with an inner struggle that urged him to become something more than ordinary.“You always have two options in life: if you like opera, you can either listen to the opera or you can play in the opera,” he said.Barrack said that he felt ordinary as a kid, because he did not have any exceptional talents.“I never had any of the tools [to amplify his talents], so I had to find other tools as I was moving along, and one of the tools I found was preparation and perseverance, and quite honestly, absorbing more pain than anyone else,” he said.Belasco asked the speakers how they looked at risk and what mental and physical preparations went along with risk.   “Risk is a moment,” Barrack said. “Fear is in every corner, and uncertainty is what governs every aspect of your breath, and risk is about taking that uncertainty and saying ‘That’s my advantage.’”Hamilton said that he has a similar approach to risk.  “Fear of what could happen stops people from doing almost anything … but the willingness to risk and put yourself on the line and be present — that is the key.”The speakers also talked about how taking advantage of the fears and embarrassments of daily life have made them more successful.“The most important thing with fear is its usefulness, what you do with it and how you use it,” Hamilton said.Daniel Park, a senior majoring in business administration, asked the speakers how they saw the light during their darkest times.“You don’t see the light in the darkness,” Barrack said. “You see the light whenever it comes.  You need to keep taking risks and defying resistance.”Eduardo Dillon, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering explained that this event encouraged him to learn to take risks.“The biggest takeaway I got from this event was that you need to take risks, and it goes along with a quote that I always go by which says, ‘Living a life without risks is living the safest and slowest suicide,’” Dillon said.last_img read more

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Hearts to float more Shares

first_imgThe Board Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Togbe Afede XIV, has revealed that the Club will be embarking on another shares floatation exercise to attract more capital and resources into the Club.The Board Chairman said the floatation of the shares will further help the team get a strong financial backing in the near future, after the first one failed to meet its desired target.Though no date was given for the second floatation of shares, sources close to the Hearts of Oak management have revealed that the activity will take place within the next six months.Togbe Afede XIV also revealed that the Club will be embarking on a nationwide supporters registration exercise; one that will help them identify the number of supporters the Club has and what can be done for the Club in terms of funds generation.last_img read more

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Jordan Spieth: Unfair to compare me to Tiger Woods

first_imgJordan Spieth is trying to ignore the inevitable comparisons that are being made between him and former world number one Tiger Woods, the American whizzkid said on Wednesday.When the 21-year-old Texan won the US Masters in April he became the second youngest recipient of the coveted Green Jacket after Woods. Spieth followed up his pillar-to-post success at Augusta National by landing his second major victory in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay last month but he said it was far too early in his career to mention him in the same breath as his compatriot.”I think the parallels that are drawn between me and Tiger are unfair,” the world number two told reporters on the eve of the 144th Open at St Andrews.”This is an early timetable. When people ask me about those kind of parallels I try and shake it off because it’s not the same.”The 39-year-old Woods has had a torrid time in recent months and goes into the year’s third major ranked 241st in the world. Spieth, however, said he was in awe of the 14-times major winner’s golfing achievements.”I certainly have an appreciation for how Tiger could continue to keep winning majors at just an unbelievable percentage of the amount that he played in because it’s not easy,” the youngster explained. “It’s very challenging. You have to be at the top of your game and the top of your mental game. All the skills have to be there and for him to consistently do it is a completely different level that nobody I think who is playing now has seen.”Jack (Nicklaus) coming before and Arnie (Palmer) and (Ben) Hogan, that’s the category that you should be paralleling.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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