Tags: NULL Monday 21 February 2011 8:43 pm SPAINISH savings banks are holding around €100bn (£84.3bn) “potentially problematic” real estate assets, according to the country’s central bank.The figure, which for the first time puts a material sum on the extent of the holdings by the unlisted regional banks, known as cajas, is as high as €217bn in total.Governor of the Bank of Spain Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez yesterday said the exposure did not endanger the country’s financial sector as a whole.The Spanish government last week approved laws requiring unlisted regional banks to boost their capital reserves.The law, which the cajas must show they have plans to conform to by September, will require listed banks to hold core capital levels of eight per cent and non-listed lenders to hold ten per cent.Fernández Ordóñez added that the plan was “absolutely necessary.”Spain’s central bank will publish an estimate of the financing needs for each caja next month. Share Show Comments ▼ Spain’s cajas hold £84bn in bad assets whatsapp whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap KCS-content
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Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Faith-based refugee resettlement groups describe what it will take to rebuild program after Trump cuts [Religion News Service] — Daad Serweri had been waiting for five years to come to the United States as a refugee.Having worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, he was eligible to come to the country on a Special Immigrant Visa. His work had made him a target for the Taliban, which now viewed him as “the eyes and ears of the troops,” he said.But in January 2017, Donald Trump took office as president and signed an executive order temporarily suspending refugee admissions. In the years that followed, Trump continued to slash the number of refugees allowed into the country to historic lows.And Serweri suddenly found himself in limbo. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas looks on as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 2 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP“It’s a change in direction. We welcome it. We are very pleased to see it as a church,” Demetrio Alvero, director of operations for Episcopal Migration Ministries, said last week in anticipation of Biden’s announcement, which fulfills a campaign pledge.But Alvero doesn’t expect the actual numbers of refugees physically resettled in the country to change much this year. Instead, he described the numbers Biden has discussed as “an aspirational goal and a signal to all the agencies — the resettlement agencies, as well as the governmental ones — we have a policy shift.”Faith-based organizations have long done the work of welcoming refugees as part of a public-private partnership with the U.S. government. Six of the nine agencies contracted to resettle refugees in the country are faith-based.They include Episcopal Migration Ministries, HIAS, Church World Service, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and World Relief.For the past four years, those organizations asked the Trump administration to raise the refugee ceiling to its historic average: 95,000. Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Faith & Politics, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Mark Hetfield. Photo courtesy of HIASThe HIAS leader explained the pandemic has particularly impacted government officials who work on the front lines of the refugee vetting process abroad. A U.S. policy of holding in-person meetings with refugee applicants — a pre-pandemic practice HIAS has long argued should be phased out in favor of virtual meetings — has hamstrung the process at a time when meeting in person can be dangerous.“The United States will order people deported based on video interviews,” he said before the text of the order was released. “If you can deport somebody based on a video, I think you should also be able to admit somebody that way, especially somebody whose life is in danger.”The text of Biden’s executive order does include a section asking the Department of Homeland Security secretary to “consider” ways to “expand refugee vetting and adjudication capacity,” including “permitting the use of video and audio teleconferencing to conduct refugee interviews and establishing the necessary infrastructure to do so.”Other advocates have raised the alarm that Trump administration policies have severely hobbled the refugee resettlement apparatus here in the U.S.The administration changed the criteria for refugees to qualify for resettlement in the U.S., shutting out many people the faith-based organizations traditionally helped. And with federal funding following the refugees they work with, and fewer refugees allowed into the country, all six refugee resettlement agencies were forced to lay off staff and close offices or programs across the country. Many staff members — some of whom came into the country as refugees themselves — lost their jobs.“You’re not just changing policy for a couple of years; you’re dismantling decades of work and relationships that will be nearly impossible to rebuild,” Jen Smyers, the former director of policy and advocacy for the immigration and refugee program at Church World Service, told RNS in 2019.Indeed, rebuilding the U.S. apparatus decimated by Trump — which agency leaders said resulted in a third of refugee settlement sites closing their programs — will take some time.The drastic changes over the past four years caught refugee resettlement agencies by surprise when the program historically has enjoyed bipartisan support, Matthew Soerens, director of church mobilization at World Relief, said on a recent call with reporters.Moving forward, Soerens said, “we won’t make the mistake of just rebuilding everywhere in the country and presuming that the numbers will be stable at the level that we’re projecting for this year indefinitely — we can’t do that.” Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Daad Serweri. Courtesy photoHe, his wife and their baby just had gotten their visa, he said, and “we worried (the order) might affect our visa, too, because you never knew at that time.“It was completely in a kind of limbo type of situation for a lot of people like me and a lot of people that have been in worse situations,” he said.Serweri and his family arrived in the U.S. in late February — finally exhaling as they made it through the airport, he said. He knows how lucky they were, how many refugees still were waiting in desperate situations.Nearly four years later to the day, President Joe Biden has signaled an about-face in U.S. refugee policy.On Feb. 4, barely two weeks into his own presidency, Biden signed an executive order he said will “begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program,” positioning his administration to raise the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. from 15,000 to 125,000 in its first full fiscal year. (By comparison, Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama set that number at 110,000 his last year in office.)“It’s going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly damaged, but that’s precisely what we’re going to do,” Biden said.The heads of various faith-based groups involved in refugee resettlement praised the text of the order, posted online Thursday evening.“The refugee (executive order) is great, recognizes that the program needs … a total overhaul after 4 years of abuse and decades of neglect and opacity,” Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), said in an email to Religion News Service.“This really does build back better resettlement!” Hetfield added, in a reference to one of Biden’s campaign slogans.The new fiscal year doesn’t begin until October, but a statement from the White House said Biden will also propose raising the so-called refugee ceiling for this fiscal year, after consulting with Congress.While HIAS and other faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement are feeling hopeful, the twin realities of a global pandemic and the massive amount of work required to rebuild the gutted U.S. resettlement apparatus have many admitting it’s unlikely the U.S. will admit 125,000 refugees anytime soon. 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Photo courtesy of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee ServiceOne thing the past four years have revealed is the need to facilitate important conversations about who refugees are, why the U.S. welcomes them and how that benefits both refugees and their new neighbors, said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.“There is a real opportunity for us to fight fiction with fact,” she said.But once things start moving, agencies such as the USCCB and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service think they can turn things around relatively quickly. The USCCB’s refugee program operates through Catholic Charities sites that run various other initiatives for local communities, meaning their buildings remained open even in places where refugee efforts folded.And it wouldn’t be the first time Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service grew to serve the needs of refugees. After the fall of Saigon in the waning days of the Vietnam War, LIRS transformed from a staff of four to a crisis response operation with a staff of hundreds, according to Vignarajah.As soon as “the election results became clear,” the Lutheran organization and its colleagues “began working overnight, around the clock, to ensure the infrastructure domestically is rebuilt in order to continue to welcome the stranger and to resurrect a lifesaving program,” she said.While anti-refugee sentiment is real, agency leaders also expressed optimism that faith-fueled enthusiasm for refugees — spurred in part, they contend, by opposition to Trump and his policies — could accelerate the program’s resurgence.Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has been reengaging congregations that historically have been committed to refugee resettlement, viewing it “as a matter of faith,” Vignarajah said.“They’ve been sitting on the sidelines, eagerly awaiting a return to this being a bipartisan program, a return to America exercising its global humanitarian leadership,” she said.Hetfield, of HIAS, added, “I know the American Jewish community is really enthusiastic to start welcoming refugees again.“We’ve had a lot more volunteers than we’ve had refugees in the last four years. It’ll be nice to be able to put them to good use and to re-engage with these communities that want to welcome refugees.” In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 A World Relief moving truck with furnishings for a refugee resettlement home in Spokane, Washington. Photo: Viktoriya Aleksandrov/World Relief SpokaneMeredith Owen, policy and advocacy director for Church World Service’s refugee program, said the rebuilding process includes everything from identifying new resettlement sites to hiring and training new staff to leasing new buildings.Even choosing a new location can be complicated: Agencies look for places where there are jobs, affordable housing and faith communities willing to partner with them to support their new neighbors. This also typically requires extensive consultation with local community leaders, such as school administrators.And there are lingering political concerns. Several agency leaders told RNS they worry about anti-refugee sentiment that spiked during the Trump era and helped spur his administration’s refugee reductions.“Anti-immigrant sentiment, anti-refugee sentiment, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, which goes back to Jewish refugees in this country — I think they’re often linked,” said Bill Canny, executive director of the USCCB’s office of Migration and Refugee Service.“We have to be mindful of that. We have to make sure … we recognize the communities that we’re resettling refugees into should be at the same time, in these coming years, working on some of these issues — which are all about kindness to our neighbor, love for our neighbor and, in this case, their new neighbors.” Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Jen Smyers. Photo courtesy of Church World ServiceThey already have allies within the government: After years at Church World Service, Smyers — who previously expressed concern about the “nearly impossible” task of rebuilding what has been lost over the past four years — began a new job this week as chief of staff at the U.S. government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.Before Thursday’s announcement, Serweri said he was feeling optimistic.Within a year of arriving in the U.S., he found a job as a case manager for Iris (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), an Episcopal Migration Ministries affiliate in Connecticut, and he and his wife welcomed their second child.He has seen the impact the policies of the past four years have had on Iris and other agencies, as well as on the refugees they serve.Serweri said he’d heard “good news” from Biden on the campaign trail and is happy that it seems the president plans to treat the refugee crisis as the humanitarian issue Serweri believes it to be — not the political issue it has become in recent years.“Unfortunately it was overpoliticized, and it affected a lot of refugees,” he said.He hopes his neighbors who see refugees in terms of politics will “just for one moment put themselves in the shoes of refugees,” he said. Get to know them, hear their stories, learn how they contribute to the U.S.Understand the challenges that caused them to come to the country when, he said, “nobody and no one would like to voluntarily flee their country of origin. A country is like a mother.”“This has nothing to do with politics,” Serweri said.“It is a very American, sacred value.”This story was originally published by Religion News Service. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS By Emily McFarlan Miller and Jack Jenkins Posted Feb 5, 2021 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Jenny Yang. Photo courtesy of World ReliefThe president generally sets the refugee ceiling ahead of the beginning of the fiscal year in October, but there’s precedent for changing it at other times, said Jenny Yang, vice president of policy and advocacy on refugee resettlement at World Relief. Trump lowered the number from 110,000 to 50,000 his first week in office. Former President Bill Clinton also adjusted it to admit additional refugees from Kosovo.And setting that number at 125,000 wouldn’t be unheard of either: There have been years when it topped 125,000, and it has been as high as 231,700, Yang said.The U.S. has a “moral” responsibility to settle more people than it has in the past few years at a time when an estimated 80 million people are forcibly displaced from their homes, and about 30 million are refugees, Yang said in a Q&A posted on World Relief’s website — a sentiment Biden echoed in his announcement Thursday.“There’s no question we’ve completely abdicated our leadership in refugee resettlement,” Yang elaborated to RNS. “We have this historic low refugee ceiling, but it also has ripple effects where other countries around the world are now not accepting refugees either.”Alvero, of Episcopal Migration Ministries, said Biden is sending the right signals.“We’re back toward making this a humanitarian program, a lifesaving program, and the United States wants to be a leader once again in assisting refugees, both in overseas aid, as well as in resettlement,” he said.But it will take time to rebuild.Agency leaders pointed to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has significantly slowed the process for refugees seeking to come to the United States.“The reality is that we’re still dealing with a pandemic, and that puts real, serious obstacles in the way,” Hetfield said. 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Photographs: Dion Robeson Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Dion Robeson+ 39 Share ArchDaily Australia Area: 210 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/870167/falcon-beach-house-iredale-pedersen-hook-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/870167/falcon-beach-house-iredale-pedersen-hook-architects Clipboard Year: Falcon Beach House / iredale pedersen hook architectsSave this projectSaveFalcon Beach House / iredale pedersen hook architects CopyHouses•Falcon, Australia Architects: iredale pedersen hook architects Area Area of this architecture project Houses “COPY” 2016 Photographs Manufacturers: Austral Bricks, Bluescope, Colorbond, MODWOOD, Original Ceramics, Grating FRP AustraliaTeam:Adrian Iredale, Finn Pedersen, Martyn Hook, Mary McAree, Vincci Chow, Jason Lenard, Caroline Di Costa, Khairani Khalifah, Matthew Omodei, Melissa Loong, Penny Anderson, Sinan Pirie .Deck Area:80 m2Site Area:981m2City:FalconCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Dion RobesonRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. The Falcon House challenges the inappropriate, contemporary approach of destroying the native landscape and topography. The upper level hovers gently as a white object, the lower level is a black shadow, in the middle is a thin zone of grey that reminds us that nothing is ever ‘black or white’.Save this picture!Site PlanThe site is opposite a respected surf break called Gueries, named after an early surfer and resident who still lives behind this site and in his youth, repeatedly drove his car down the dunes forming a blow-out that, ironically now provides the best view to the ocean.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonThe Falcon House is a part time dwelling between city and country, a place for the family to gather and share beach time adventures and create precious memories. It hovers above the ground resting precariously on a series of cranked steel columns and brick piers. It is a homage to the rapidly disappearing built heritage of 1950s’ and 60’s weekender houses built with economy, robustness and restraint.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonThe upper level is purposely neutral, acting as a backdrop that focuses attention to the vast Indian Ocean, a support system of white and neutral surfaces reflecting light and image.
The lower level is a short-term place of discovery, the underbelly of the upper level presses against the undulating natural ground. Covered in native species from the adjoining sand dunes and scattered with inhabitable limestone rocks, this place is one to discover and create adventures.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonSave this picture!SectionOur client now has two houses to fluctuate between, the city dwelling and the ocean fringe dwelling. One is dark and heavy, this in contrast is light and liberating. A place of contemplation but also a place to bring the family together. The upper level spaces are loosely defined to allow alternative modes of inhabitation between the quiet moments of being alone and the active moments of young grandchildren scooting around the house and deck.It is robust and easily tolerates the daily abuse of kids play and the beach wanting to invade the house.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonThe house relates to both the built and unbuilt context with sensitivity that rarely exists with recent projects. The elevation allows the ‘natural/ topography of the sand dunes to continue uninterrupted under the house. Local native species fill this area.
It relates to a rapidly disappearing built context, a time of great freedom and utopia, Perth’s heroic modernist period refined to meet stringent budgets for holiday homes. It attempts to capture the spirit of a time now past, a way of living that focused around the beach. Modern materials enable the house to become a glowing night time angel. Save this picture!© Dion RobesonOur client required a house that was capable of fluctuating between active family gatherings and the solitude of a second house away from family.
Spaces were required to find a balance between the generic and the specific, to allow multiple ways of inhabiting the house.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonLarge spaces act as shells for personalization and change. A large deck allows space for all family members to co-exist in different activities. A band of opal polycarbonate provides privacy, wind and sand protection in a safe and controlled environment.Save this picture!Plan SiteThe project developed from commencement as a close consideration between architect, engineer and builder. This initially began as a cost driven approach to place all three parties together. Decisions were made on a basis that enabled immediate cost assessment, surprising dialogue influenced design but ultimately resulted in design outcomes closer to those of the 50’s and 60’s houses. We were happy with this synergy.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonCost was continually balanced with effect (and impact). The house is elevated, this cost more but lifts one above the dunes providing ocean views whilst simultaneously minimising destruction to the site.Ongoing maintenance was also a major consideration, this environment is potentially destructive, building elements, material selection and detailing combine to provide long term solutions to reduce maintenance.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonFalcon House in an old weekender suburb transformed over time by the inevitable suburban sprawl. Now devoid of the modest, low cost holiday homes new homes indulge in a tabula rasa approach removing any sense of native landscape and coastal form.Our Falcon house hovers gently above the native landscape, touching the earth with modesty, respecting the natural topography and demonstrating an alternative form of dwelling that respects the evolution of this place.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonThe house design orientates north, the elevated floor is insulated concrete to provide thermal mass for winter heat gain reducing heating requirements and cost.The plan is configured to create a large deck protected from the intense south west cooling winds. Natural ventilation opportunities are then maximized through all of the house.Save this picture!SketchSave this picture!SketchSave this picture!SketchBuilding elements are designed to protect from summer sun but also intense winter rain and wind. This also minimises ongoing maintenance cost and the associated embodied energy.All materials were selected on a full lifecycle basis with reducing embodied energy being a major concern.Gardens are drought tolerant. Water consumption is minimized and power consumption reduced by natural lighting, low energy consumption fittings and balanced with photo voltaic cells.Save this picture!© Dion RobesonProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Umezu / koyori + DATTSelected ProjectsHaru Cafe / B.U.S ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Falcon Beach House / iredale pedersen hook architects CopyAbout this officeiredale pedersen hook architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFalconAustraliaPublished on May 02, 2017Cite: “Falcon Beach House / iredale pedersen hook architects” 01 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Local NewsBusiness Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 HORSEHEADS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– Our nation’s utilities are at a critical crossroads in the transmission, distribution, and generation of electricity. Renewable integration, power quality issues, and reliability concerns create a desperate need for grid operators to have better diagnostic tools, while the creation of a bi-directional energy flow on the grid is making traditional sensors and measurement equipment that were designed for a one-directional system obsolete. Optical sensors being developed by Micatu, Incorporated, a leader in cutting-edge optical sensing technology, are bridging the measurement gap to modernizing the grid as the industry seeks contemporary solutions. “When grid disruption can be measured, it can be managed,” said Michael Oshetski, founder and CEO of Micatu Incorporated, the first company to commercialize optical sensing technology. “Disruptive technology like Micatu’s optical sensing platform allows grid operators to accurately measure voltage, current, temperature, and vibrations. Micatu is the only technology provider driving measurement to this level of insight, giving users actionable intelligence that helps them provide safer, more reliable power.” While optical sensing technology is not new, Micatu’s commercialization of an optical sensing platform is unique and becoming widely recognized as a safer and more accurate way to measure voltage and current on the grid. The platform measures the electric field using light passed through an optical crystal instead of passing electrons. It can measure distribution lines ranging from 4kV to 72kV. “Optical sensors cannot be saturated, which makes them much safer than the traditional sensors that reach saturation and explode or combust and potentially cause wildfires. Micatu’s 72Kv optical sensor has been tested with a 175kA transient and passed with zero saturation and no damage,” said Oshetski. “You just don’t have the same risks with optical sensors that you find with legacy equipment, like open electrical circuits that may harm field crews, equipment overheating, or explosive failures. It is nearly impossible for optical sensors to cause a catastrophic failure, and they do not require the forced outages of PT or CT installation.” Micatu’s optical sensing technology leads the industry in accuracy, with some testing up to +/- 0.5% accuracy on both voltage and current due to the speed at which the platform samples measurements. The Micatu platform’s sample speed is one of the fastest in the industry, taking 15,000 samples per cycle. This level of granularity is unprecedented but necessary with the influx of distributed energy resources. Legacy equipment, such as PTs and CTs, have much smaller sample sizes and cannot measure at this same level. There are also several essential metrics that Micatu’s optical sensing platform will measure that other measurement tools cannot. While legacy PTs and CTs can provide voltage, current, phase angle, and harmonics, Micatu’s optical sensors can also detect the power quality and harmonic distortion resulting from renewables and non-linear loads. “Data is the new currency of the grid, and a utility can only be as reliable as the data it collects,” said Oshetski. “That’s why data accuracy is so critical to software systems such as the Advanced Distribution Automation Systems (ADMS), which has become the gold standard in grid operations. Micatu’s optical sensors provide the most accurate data in the market and seamlessly integrates with this and any grid operations software.” Another benefit of Micatu’s optical sensing technology is the modularity of the platform. With overhead, underground, and groundless options available, optical sensors can be easily deployed where they are most needed to collect data and enable seamless distribution automation applications for the next generation of the grid. Legacy measurement equipment does not offer underground options. For many use cases, Micatu’s sensors can be fully installed within three hours and require a smaller crew than a PT or CT installation. This results in lower costs for utilities, and in some cases, utilities can save up to 50% of their total costs compared to PT and CT solutions when deployed inside a substation, for example. Micatu’s optical sensing technology is created to be flexible. The platform will grow with the grid, providing “hot-swappable” technology that can be easily upgraded to leverage new capabilities from advances in chip and software designs. The optical sensors offer opportunities to have one platform that feeds real-time grid measurements to a utility’s selected software system. To learn more about how Micatu’s optical sensing technology platform is helping to modernize the grid and mitigate disruption, download our white paper HERE. About Micatu Micatu is a driver of next-generation optical sensing technology. The company provides solutions for highly accurate grid measurements and analytics through a modular, optical sensing technology platform that is safer, more accurate, and more affordable. Micatu’s optical sensing technology platform helps customers collect real-time data and grid visibility necessary for increased use of renewables and grid modernization. To learn more about Micatu’s product portfolio and industrial solutions, please visit www.micatu.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005240/en/ CONTACT: Michelle Hargis, Mercom Capital Group [email protected] 512-215-4452 (office) 817-798-5257 (mobile) KEYWORD: NEW YORK UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE UTILITIES HARDWARE ENERGY DATA MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING SOURCE: Micatu Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Twitter Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDonegal colleges to contest MacLaron deciderNext articleWild Atlantic Way being officially launched in Dublin News Highland Facebook By News Highland – February 27, 2014 Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal could lose over 30 post offices following Dail vote – Pringle Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The Dáil last night voted down a motion which would have guaranteed the future of the post office network. The motion was moved by members of the technical group, including Donegal South West Deputy Thomas Pringle.TD’s instead approved a government counter-motion which fell short of guaranteeing the survival of smaller post offices.The Dail’s public gallery was packed with members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union as the vote was held.This morning, Deputy Pringle told Highland Radio News that if the campaign does not continue, Donegal could lose over 30 post offices…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/pringpostofficevote.mp3[/podcast] Facebook
AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – January 28, 2019 Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Shock and sadness across Donegal following fatal crash Pinterest WhatsApp Four men in their 20s have died following a single vehicle crash in West Donegal last night.Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene of the collision near Magheraroarty in Gortahork just before 9pm.The four occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene.It’s not known at this stage how the crash happened and investigations are ongoing.The road remains closed this morning to facilitate a technical examination.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says during this time of great loss, support from the community is vital:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pearse-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Fr Séan Ó Gallchóir is the Parish Priest in Gortahork:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/gortahorkpp1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleDCC urged to take more pro-active approach in clean-up of derelict buildingsNext articleDonegal students encouraged to consider career in tourism/ hospitality News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan
US Joint Ice Center (JIC) Antarctic sea ice extent data, the longest continuous series of its kind for this part of the world, are compared with direct passive microwave-based estimates to assess their overall consistency both spatially and temporally in the period 1979–88. Using ice edge position as a proxy for ice extent, the comparison reveals close agreement in most years, in monthly averaged ice edge positions in all Antarctic regions at the time of maximum ice extent, and also in autumn and spring in the Ross and Weddell Seas. Unexpectedly, JIC relative overestimation prevails during both autumn and spring in some other areas. Previously noted differences in JIC and passive microwave total Antarctic extent in 1979–80 result mainly from problems in the Ross Sea. Reasons for the various discrepancies may lie in differences in the methods used to produce the datasets especially in spring but those in autumn seem to often arise for other reasons. It is found that the prevalent discrepancies in the Ross Sea in 1979–80 as well as those in spring in other regions from 1981 coincide with periods of ice extent change and the evolution/intensification of ice extent anomalies.
February 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Snow Men’s/Women’s Basketball Prepares For SWAC Championships Written by Tags: Snow Men’s basketball/Snow Women’s Basketball/SWAC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTWIN FALLS, Idaho-The match-ups are set for the 2019-2020 Scenic West Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. In the women’s bracket, the No. 4 seed Snow College will take on No. 5 seed Colorado Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The men’s team enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 3 seed Southern Idaho on Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Should the Lady Badgers advance, they will take on No. 1 Salt Lake C.C. on Friday at 12 noon. The championship game will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29.If the men get past Southern Idaho on Friday, they will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Salt Lake C.C. and No. 4 USU Eastern or No. 5 Colorado Northwestern on Saturday in the championship game, beginning at the conclusion of the women’s championship game. Brad James
Image: NextDecade will build the gas liquefaction and export facility. Photo: courtesy of LEEROY Agency from Pixabay. Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor Mubadala Investment has signed an agreement to acquire $50m of NextDecade’s common stock in a private placement.Under the terms of the deal, NextDecade will issue the common stock to Mubadala at a price of $6.27 per share.Mubadala said that the investment will strengthen NextDecade’s capital position as it continues to develop its Rio Grande LNG project, which is estimated to cost more than $15bn, in Texas, US.NextDecade chairman and CEO Matt Schatzman said: “We are honored to welcome Mubadala, a leading global investor, as a shareholder in our company.“Mubadala brings a valuable perspective on large-scale infrastructure investment and the growing role of LNG in the Middle East and other markets around the world. We look forward to a strong and lasting partnership.”Rio Grande LNG plant to be commissioned in 2023Planned to be commissioned in 2023, the 27mtpa Rio Grande LNG plant will comprise a total of six liquefaction trains each with a capacity of 4.5mtpa.As part of the project, NextDecade will build the gas liquefaction and export facility, along with the 225km-long Rio Bravo feed gas pipeline.Mubadala midstream executive director Khalifa Al Romaithi said: “We are pleased to make this investment in NextDecade. We strongly believe that the Rio Grande LNG project is optimally positioned to provide a highly competitive export route for the abundant gas resources of the Permian Basin and a compelling commercial proposition for LNG customers, Permian producers and NextDecade shareholders alike.“Our investment also reflects Mubadala’s positive outlook on the global gas market and the growing role of gas in the energy transition.”As per the terms of the agreement, Mubadala will have the right to contribute a certain capital amount in NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project, subject to final investment decision expected in the first quarter of 2020.NextDecade’s subsidiary Rio Grande LNG will be responsible for the development and operation of the LNG export terminal. The feed gas pipeline will be built and operated by NextDecade’s another subsidiary Rio Bravo Pipeline. The investment will boost NextDecade’s capital position as it develops the $15bn Rio Grande LNG project in Texas