Clergy abuse survivors to receive $210M from Catholic archdiocese in Minnesota

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a $210 million settlement to be dispersed among 450 survivors of alleged clergy abuse as part of its bankruptcy reorganization, an archbishop said.The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2015, two years after the Minnesota Legislature opened a three-year window that allowed people who said they had been sexually abused in the past to sue for damages, according to official reports. That resulted in hundreds of claims being filed against the archdiocese.“I recognize that the abuse stole so much from you — our childhood; your safety; your ability to trust; and, in many cases, your faith. Relationships with family and friend relationships in your parishes and communities were harmed. Lives were forever changed. The church let you down. I am very sorry,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said in a news conference Thursday outside archdiocese offices.In a separate news conference Thursday with some of the people who’ve said they were abused, lawyer Jeff Anderson said a formal reorganization plan will now be submitted to a bankruptcy judge for approval, and then it will be sent to the survivors for a vote. Anderson said he expects them to readily approve it.The money will go into a trust fund to pay survivors, with the amount for each person to be determined, Anderson said.Anderson also noted other achievements of the lawsuit. “As a result of these survivors’ courage, there have been 91 clerical offenders in the archdiocese now exposed and listed as credibly accused offenders that had never been listed and exposed before,” Anderson said.This is the second largest settlement involving the Catholic Church in the United States, after a $660 million settlement reached in 2007 by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and 508 people who said they had been abused, according to ABC News Minneapolis affiliate, KTSP-TV.Fifteen Catholic dioceses or archdioceses across the country have filed for bankruptcy, including three in Minnesota, as they sought to protect themselves from growing allegations of sexual abuse by clergy members, according to official reports.A fourth Minnesota diocese, St. Cloud, announced its intention to file in February but hasn’t done so. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘You have a bomb maker out there’: Experts weigh in on the urgent hunt for answers

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The urgent hunt for answers is on after explosive devices targeted CNN’s New York headquarters as well as the homes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Democratic donor George Soros.“You have a bomb maker out there,” former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Steve Gomez said Wednesday.With all four explosive devices discovered within days, Gomez said the bomb maker or bomb makers “built these bombs and deployed them in a short period of time — which means there’s probably explosive materials somewhere out there.”“That’s my biggest concern — that there could potentially be more to come,” he warned.The device at Soros’ Westchester County, New York, home was found Monday night. On Tuesday a package was detected at Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, and the Secret Service “received a nearly identical package in Washington addressed to the Obamas,” officials said. An envelope containing white powder and an apparent explosive device was found in CNN’s mail room Wednesday. It was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, though Brennan is a NBC News contributor and has no public ties to CNN.A suspicious package was also sent to former attorney general Eric Holder.All five packages were sent in manila envelopes with computer-printed address labels with the return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic], the FBI said.Assumed connected ‘until proven otherwise’Investigators will assume all devices are connected “until proven otherwise,” Gomez said.Authorities are also going to look at the Democratic leanings of the victims, Gomez said.The political affiliations of the targets indicate “there could be some type of effort to influence our political interest which would trigger a domestic terror-type of investigation,” he said, “especially” with the midterm election in just two weeks.Gomez called this the “highest priority investigation in the country right now — every resource that is needed is going to be deployed … because our political system is at stake.”Zeroing in on the culpritThere are many avenues law enforcement can explore to find the bomb maker.The suspect may be in an existing Secret Service database of people who have previously made threats to these officials, said former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett.Clues leading to the bomb maker’s identity could be found within one of the devices, from fingerprints on the tape to hairs and fibers or possibly DNA, Garrett said.“Bombers typically like this get caught because they’re not sophisticated” and don’t cover their tracks, Garrett said. Notorious Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was so “methodical” in his attacks and “covered himself so well” for years, Garrett said.Kaczynsk’s first bombing was in 1978 and “over the next 17 years, he mailed or hand-delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated bombs that killed three Americans,” the FBI said. He was arrested in 1996.Investigators are also quickly working to identify the materials used in these devices and where those materials may have been acquired, Gomez said.The pipe bomb hand-delivered to Soros’ suburban New York home was loaded with explosive black powder — a material Gomez said is similar to fireworks powder and can be easily acquired in many states.The fact that the bombs did not explode signals that the suspect is likely an amateur, Gomez said.The bomb maker’s signatureAuthorities will be looking for the so-called signature the suspect used in developing these devices, Gomez said, because the signature — like a fingerprint — is different for every bomb maker.“Every bomb maker has their own way, their own method of building a device,” whether it’s the materials used or how it is put together, he explained.In this case, all devices appeared to be pipe bombs, officials said Wednesday.A bomb maker’s signature could evolve over time.The signature of suspected Austin bomber Mark Conditt earlier this year changed from his first bomb to his seventh and final.“At first he was placing the bombs at the doorstep,” Gomez said. “Then he evolved his signature to where he used trip wires and set the package on a sidewalk.”“That alarmed the bomb tech community,” Gomez explained. “Not only is this person able to deploy these devices and they go off, but now he’s changing his method.”Three of Conditt’s packages detonated at homes in Austin, while another explosive was triggered by a tripwire and a fifth went off at a FedEx distribution center about 65 miles away from Austin. A sixth package was found intact at a different FedEx center. The seventh exploded in Conditt’s car with him inside. He was killed.Conditt was “viewed as one of the most prolific bomb makers” since the Unabomber, Gomez said. “That’s truly amazing in the eyes of the bomb tech community.”He added, “The reality is, this guy is probably going to get caught. The question is, are there other devices out there?”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hybrid estate agency with purple ambitions raises £750,000 ahead of Seedrs launch

first_imgThe parent company of growing hybrid estate agency nu:move has raised £750,000 to fund its expansion prior to the company’s official crowdfunding launch on Seedrs in a few days’ time.The money, which has come from investors pre-registering to invest in the company, will be used to grow its franchise network from around 20 representatives to in excess of 100.Nu:move’s business model and sales pitch is very similar to Purplebricks’ but, unlike its hybrid counterpart, investors are to be given shares in the profitable parent group that owns the agency, rather than in nu:move itself.Until 2013 Nu Move Group’s key activity was running Nu:1 Capital, a profitable investment platform for new-build student accommodation, buy-to-let and fractional ownership property in the UK and overseas. It has several high-profile clients including Knight Frank, Damac, Emaar, DRW, Select Group and Alliance Investments to name a few.But although it’s been operating the company’s hybrid agency for seven years, it has only recently begun growing the business aggressively and last year it won a Bronze Negotiator award.Hybrid estate agency“We’ve stood back from developing our hybrid agency as we’ve watched much of the competition knock themselves out, but we feel that now is the time to go for it,” Nu Move Group chairman TJ Singh tells The Negotiator.It is offering opportunities to become both territory-based franchisees and associates of nu:move, a network that will be controlled through a regional management structure.Each of the franchises cost between £4,000 and £10,000 depending on how many ‘chimneys’ they cover and then £215 a month for access to admin, training, systems and support.Nu:move was founded by identical twin brothers Aran and Karan Batth while studying for degrees at King’s College London and Cambridge, along with family members Kim and Pam ( all pictured, top).Read more about nu:move.Visit the franchise site: and nu:move site: Nu move aran batth karan batth Kim batth pam patth TJ Singh nu:move hybrid estate agent March 2, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsPam Batth, nu move Online Estate Agents nu move Online Estate Agents 3rd March 2020 at 12:31 pmDear Andrew,Both traditional and online estate agents have felt the impact of Brexit on the property sector, now post Brexit the property sector is showing positive signs and there is a significant rise in buyer and seller is already a successful and profitable hybrid online estate agency and has been successfully running for over seven years. Our hybrid model is unique and we agree that the hybrid model is the future of online estate agency. By the way good luck in your search for a £1,200 a per day consultancy job.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 3rd March 2020 at 1:19 amLet me see – How many online agents who have ever made a profit – NONE. How many have ceased trading? Lots.Why do they cease trading? Run out of money. Where does money come from to fund them? Crowd funding, and more crowd funding, and private investors and if you are a big company the alternative investment market, maybe blue chip companies.Surely there must be one online agent who has made a profit … tepilo – no – gone, emoov – no – gone, hatched – no -gone, u-pad – no -gone, the list goes on … emoov 2 – no profit yet, doorsteps – no profit yet, Purplebricks – no profit yet [it claims to now be profitable – Ed], Yopa – no profit yet, Housesimple – no profit yet and now a free service, easyproperty – original model – failed – new version in place.The only person who makes money when a hybrid or onliner sets up is – crowdfunder who takes a cut of money raised, property portals who list stock, and google and facebook etc who take lots of many advertising the projects. Last on the list is the customer experience.If you want a hybrid model that works – employ me £1,200 a day consultancy – I can build a successful model, and the fee structure would be – cost to run the business plus 23% gross profit. And it would be a service that vendors and landlords and other clients would love.Not – let us cut out the expensive bits – offices etc -because in fact online/hybrids cost more to run than offices on the high street. Funded by – previous years profits – not continuous handouts. Proptech-PR.comLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid estate agency with purple ambitions raises £750,000 ahead of Seedrs launch previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid estate agency with purple ambitions raises £750,000 ahead of Seedrs launchNu:move is owned by a profitable investment platform group and hopes to raise several million pounds to expand from 20 to 100 franchisees across the UK.Nigel Lewis2nd March 20202 Comments1,563 Viewslast_img read more

Post-doctoral Fellow (4 posts)

first_imgRef.: 502514Work type: Full-timeDepartment: Research Division for Mathematical andStatistical Science (25510)Categories: Academic-related Staff, Research SupportStaffHong KongApplications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow(4 posts) in Applied and Computational Mathematics, ArtificialIntelligence and Machine Learning in the Research Division ofMathematical and Statistical Science (Ref.: 502514), tocommence as soon as possible on a two-year or three-yearbasis.Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree inMathematics/Statistics/Data Science/Computational Science, or arelated discipline. The appointees will conduct research in varioustopics, including Tensor Networks, Deep Learning and NumericalPDEs, Language and Vision, and Explainable Artificial Intelligenceand other machine learning areas. Enquiries about the duties of theposts should be sent to Professor Michael Ng, Research DivisionDirector, at [email protected] highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income.The University only accepts online application for the above posts.Applicants should apply online and upload a cover letter, togetherwith an up-to-date C.V. including a publication list and a researchstatement. They are also required to arrange two reference lettersto be sent directly by the referees to Professor Michael Ng [email protected] Review of applications will start on November 17,2020 and continue until January 31, 2021 (extended to June 30,2021 ), or until the posts are filled, whichever isearlier.Advertised: Nov 4, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close: Jun 30, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Home is where the start is

first_imgIf interest in the recent National Cupcake Week showed us anything, it’s that a huge cottage industry has sprung up in recent years made up of professional bakers working from home. It’s not just cupcakes either. A wide variety of baked goods are being produced professionally in domestic kitchens.Take former Brooklands College graduate Erica Galvin. Having already started up a cake decoration business, she got to the stage where she “wanted to know more”, so studied for an ABC Certificate in Sugarcraft over four years, before returning to fully launch her home business. “I learned so much and was prompted to do things properly as I was really just dabbling before,” explains Galvin. In addition, she worked alongside an established cake decorator for a couple of years, learning the commercial business skills she needed to take her business forward.She registered her business, Iced Innovations, with Companies House a legal requirement and had Environmental Health assess her premises. Still a home-based business, Galvin says she’s often so busy she has to turn work down. “The business has been building all the time over the last three years it’s really grown phenomenally.”Galvin says she didn’t need special equipment to work from home. However she did invest in a big mixer. In terms of start-up costs, there wasn’t a huge outlay, and she buys ingredients as and when she needs them. “You don’t need everything straight away,” explains Galvin, who adds that the initial start-up cost can be less than £500. “From there, you grow as much as your finances allow,” she says.Her first orders initially came from friends and family, but soon she was getting referrals. Although she advertised her business locally, she says having a professional website was key. “I would recommend anyone starting out to get their website done professionally, as it really is money worth spending,” she says. It’s important to portray the right message as, for a home business, your website is your shop window, she adds. Having professional business cards is also very important, says Galvin.In terms of payback she says there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a profitable business within a year, “and you start getting a return straight away”. For bakery graduates thinking of setting up a business from home, she definitely recommends going for it. Although there are some down sides, such as not being able to get away from your ’office’, overall she says it’s fun and very rewarding.Julia Bann, owner of Cake Corner, says that setting up her business was easy, “the hard part was finding customers”. Bann supplies bespoke wedding and celebration cakes throughout Derbyshire. She undertook an ABC Cake Decoration course at Tameside College, before setting up her home business in April last year. Building her business while still at college, Bann was initially producing around one cake a fortnight. All her cakes are home-baked fresh to order, and depending on the time of year, she now produces up to 10 cakes a week. However, she only works part-time as she is now a mother.Getting startedAs for the initial outlay, Bann says the cost was minimal as she built up her tool kit while at college and bought some second-hand tins, from someone who was retiring, to get her started. With the money made from her first orders, she then bought additional equipment and ingredients.Having advertised on local radio and in wedding brochures, she found that “getting out there and networking” worked best for building her brand and marketing her business. She stresses that it’s really important to do your homework before setting up a business at home, and to have an Environmental Health assessment and appropriate insurance, as for a small home business, reputation and integrity is everything, she says.Although a good website is key for a home business, it doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune, explains owner of Gower Cottage Brownies Kate Jenkins. A 2008 Great Taste Award winner, Jenkins bakes 2,000-3,000 chocolate brownies a week, using a domestic oven in her kitchen in Swansea, and says she’s been making a profit since day one. Launching her website in November 2007, she now has over 2,000 regular customers and wholesales to pubs, delis and restaurants. “Turnover will be around £75k this year, and I’m hoping for £120k in 2010,” she adds. Jenkins says that although her website was key to the growth of her business, she doesn’t see the point of spending thousands on it. Hers cost around £300 to set up and does the job perfectly, she says.Cake decorator Lisa Notley, agrees that you don’t need to shell out thousands for a professional website. Running her business Lisa Notley Wedding Cakes, in Dorchester, Dorset, she is hoping to move into a purpose-built kitchen to cope with growth. Currently producing around 100 wedding cakes a year, she set up the business for around £600 and has acquired additional equipment such as new cake stands over the years. She enlisted the services of a self-employed baker to produce her cakes, and gained her initial orders through word of mouth, advertising and attending wedding fairs.Offering total control, no morning commute and low start-up costs and overheads, it’s no wonder so many bakers and cake decorators are starting out on their own door-step.See for more useful information.last_img read more

News story: Live longer, better, healthier: new innovation funding

first_imgRead the initial announcement by Business Secretary, Greg Clark. There will be new opportunities for UK businesses and researchers to apply for funding to develop new products and services that support people living more healthy, active lives as they get older.This is government’s announcement that it will invest £300 million to meet the needs of an ageing society – one of its 4 grand challenges to get funding under the Industrial Strategy Fund, part of government’s Industrial Strategy.It will draw on the expertise of the UK research base and leading industry to innovate and keep people fit, well and active for longer. Find out about new opportunities by signing up to Innovate UK’s newsletter or get email alerts with the latest news. Find out more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Support people as they ageThe UK is getting older as a country. One in 12 people today are over 75-years-old. By 2040, it’s thought this will be around one in 7. We’re also living for longer. A third of children born this year are expected to live to be 100.Up to 98 million will be invested in research and innovation that supports people as they age and their carers’.This challenge will get businesses working on ideas that allow people to live better and independently for longer, building on the research that comes out of academic institutions, research and technology organisations and hospitals.It’s an opportunity to revolutionise the way we age, with products and services that give everyone the best chance to continue to be active and independent.ISCF Wave 2 Healthy AgeingIdentify problems to treat them earlierIdentifying diseases and conditions early is usually the best way to contain them later on. They can be mitigated, managed and made to have a less serious impact on a patient’s quality of life.Once diagnosed, it’s important that a patient gets the right treatment. Through an improved understanding of a disease and its characteristics, it means that the best treatment for the individual can be selected first time.The £210 million being invested in this challenge support the early diagnosis of patients and the development of precision medicine to treat them.The research sector will look at improve how we use the health data we have in the UK to better identify diseases, even before clinical symptoms emerge. This includes sequencing the genomes of 500,000 Biobank volunteers to create a data-rich resource and improve understanding.Using the data available, businesses will be called on to develop innovative new diagnostic tools, medical products and therapies that support the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and improve patient care.ISCF Wave 2 – from data to early diagnosis and precision medicineFind out about fundingThe funding programme for the challenge will run in 2018 and 2019. There will be various funding opportunities for businesses to apply into over the 2 years.It will be made available through UK Research and Innovation, which becomes an official organisation on 1 April 2018, bringing together the 7 research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.last_img read more

News story: Home office seeks partners to deliver its super-complaints system

first_imgThe criteria for becoming a ‘designated body’ were the subject of a consultation last year with respondents overwhelmingly supporting the 9 standards suggested. These include a requirement that prospective organisations: It is vital that the public have confidence in policing. While the current police complaints procedure is robust in tackling individual complaints about a particular police officer or incident, it is sometimes too slow to capture major, cross-force issues within policing. We are looking for a select group of organisations to become designated bodies who will be able to raise super-complaints and ensure these systematic issues are being properly addressed. have considerable experience in representing the interests of the public will work to improve policing are able to demonstrate the capability to carry out their role effectively The government’s response to this consultation has now been published.The Home Secretary will be responsible for designating the successful bodies.While super-complaints are already well established in the commercial and financial sectors this will be the first time they are used in the public sector.The super-complaints system, set out in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will complement existing complaints procedures. Once a policing super-complaint is received, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services will work with the Independent Office for Police Conduct, College of Policing, and others as required, to review the evidence provided by the designated body and agree an appropriate response. The Home Office has set out how organisations can apply to become ‘designated bodies’, so that they can raise issues or concerns on behalf of the public about patterns or trends in policing which are, or appear to be, significantly harming the interests of the public.The regulations have been laid in Parliament today.Organisations who feel they can contribute to the improvement of policing will have 6 weeks to apply from 3 April, and must demonstrate that they fulfil the 9 criteria set out in regulations. The new system will be operational later this year.Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd said:last_img read more

Creating a Better World with Technology: What Government IT Leaders Told Us at the Digital Transformation Summit

first_imgThe conversation on digital transformation in government is building and we’re excited to hear it and add to the noise. We value the thoughtful exchange of ideas and exploration of issues — it’s one of the traits that keeps Dell EMC innovative.At the recent Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Summit in Washington, D.C., we brought together leaders from industry and the federal technology community to discuss how agencies can take action now to make digital transformation a reality. There were many great conversations, but I’d like to highlight four key takeaways from government IT leaders at the event.Workforce Transformation —Tapping New Talent and Technologies to Enable Mission Accomplishment   Just like any business, government depends on the talent of its workforce to thrive. Several panelists focused on the need to attract more great minds, particularly millennials, into federal government service. It’s acknowledged that federal pay and perks are not what millennials could command in the private sector. To compete, government has to offer something more. Federal service, if powered by the right technology, appeals to millennials’ sense of mission, desire to tackle big challenges and determination to help a greater cause, whether that’s providing aid following a natural disaster or helping America win in the cyber war. Technology enables this, making information easily accessible on mobile devices, supporting quick data analysis and more, so employees can quickly make informed decisions and take action.Technology can also elevate roles across the workforce. Andrew Hallman, head of the CIA Digital Innovation Directorate, looked at how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning would revolutionize the agency’s intelligence-gathering capabilities, in turn eliminating some of the more time-consuming tasks of intelligence analysts’ jobs. Instead, analysts can now focus their attention on deriving actionable insights from the data.IT Transformation…Ongoing Process, Not One-time Event  Summit participants continued to urge federal agencies to take their own IT transformation journey. Washington, D.C. Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli contributed an insightful perspective on this process.Vemulapalli recognized digital transformation is an ongoing process that is sustained over time, but said too many government agencies consider it a single event. Other types of infrastructure, like our transportation systems, are built with an understanding that ongoing, regular maintenance is a given and that roadways will need to scale to changing population needs. As Vemulapalli noted, roads are built, fixed and repaved regularly. In contrast, IT systems are acquired, installed and operated, and 15 years or more may pass before they are replaced. While the gaps left by aging IT systems are different from potholes in the road, the consequences can be much more damaging, creating cybersecurity gaps that could leave citizens’ personal information or even national security at risk. Government leaders recognize this challenge and are ready to take action.Security Transformation—Public and Private Sectors Need to Join Forces  This leads us to one issue that can’t be ignored in any federal IT discussion – cybersecurity. Grant Schneider, acting CISO and senior director, National Security Council, focused on cybersecurity from a unique angle, namely, service provider expectations and the technologies that underpin federal cybersecurity strategy.A key takeaway? Effective cybersecurity requires a public-private partnership. Schneider added a perspective on how private companies can provide the best value to government in the partnership. He looks for five things from service providers. First, technology must be simple. He added that tools must be agile enough to solve next week’s issue, but still capable of integrating seamlessly with existing tools. Schneider also stressed the need for affordable solutions. Finally, he said that securing systems is essential, but they must also be easy to use. Employees bypassing security controls is too common as they seek to get work done. The integration of security platforms must be seamless.   Making Transformation a Reality—It Requires DisciplineAnother common thread throughout the discussion was the recognition that the technology agencies need in most cases is there, but that culturally agencies are being held back. Speakers offered solutions to drive action from this perspective as well.Great ideas can be simple and obvious. And so is Army Chief Data Officer Thomas Sasala’s common-sense approach to transformation. He noted the key to making things happen starts with discipline. Once a decision to shut down a legacy system is made, it must be executed. For the Army, he added, the big test is how to keep critical systems operating while also upgrading IT.It’s essential to hear from IT leaders on the front lines of agencies’ digital transformation efforts. They inspire us and can help us map out the right solution to accomplish mission needs. As their trusted advisors, we are determined to support their critical work. At Dell EMC, we’re committed to empowering these outstanding public servants to lead their agencies to success.Were you able to join us at the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Summit? Let us know what you took away from the event.last_img read more

PacifiCorp gets final approvals for $3 billion wind power expansion

first_imgPacifiCorp gets final approvals for $3 billion wind power expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge News:PacifiCorp will proceed with a $3bn wind and related transmission expansion plan after it received two final state approvals needed to advance the Energy Vision 2020 initiative, said officials at the utility holding company.Plans call for adding three new wind projects totaling 1.15 GW of power generation capacity and a new 140-mile (225 km) transmission line in Wyoming, and repowering 900 MW of existing facilities in Washington state and Wyoming.The new wind projects will increase the amount of owned and contracted wind capacity on PacifiCorp’s system by more than 60% and will add enough new wind energy to power more than 400,000 average homes by 2020, according to the utility.PacifiCorp, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, says that repowering older wind farms will boost electricity output by more than 25% and extend the life of wind turbines.The final regulatory approvals were from the Utah Public Service Commission on 22 June and Idaho Public Utilities Commission last Friday.PacifiCorp owns two utilities: Pacific Power, whose service territory includes northern California, Oregon and southeastern Washington; and Rocky Mountain Power, covering eastern Idaho, and much of Utah and Wyoming. PacifiCorp now estimates its total investment for the Energy Vision 2020 projects will be “just over” $3bn, a reduction from the initial $3.5bn cost projection estimate when they were first announced in April 2017.More: Buffett utility gets final approvals for $3bn wind expansionlast_img read more

The top ways millennials are using technology

first_imgIt’s a simple fact: Millennials love their technology. We don’t need a 10 year study to prove what we constantly see – young people with their noses stuck in a smart phone, tablet or laptop. It doesn’t matter the situation; Instagramming their food, snapping selfies on a stick, or reading the latest post on Reddit, even sleeping with their phones next to their heads. It’s hard to get a millennial away from their “lifeline” and it’s become a lucrative way for marketers to reach them. One could argue it’s becoming just about the only way.So how can an advertiser use this to their advantage? What ways are Millennials using technology that would allow a brand to naturally engage them? Below we’ve provided 4 ways that they’re using technology, and how marketing managers can join their conversation.Technology Allows Millennials to Stay Close with Friends and FamilyDuring a recent Nielsen survey, over half of millennials said that new technology helps them be closer to their friends and family. While many others complain about how technology has divided us, Millennials use it to maintain an almost constant state of contact with their loved ones through texts, social media and video calls. Some other numbers paint a pretty vivid picture for exactly how Millennials use technology to stay in touch. Here are some fun facts from the survey: continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more