What: Job FairWhere: Hampton Inn Maple Room180 Route 5, White River Junction, Vt.When: Thursday, November 20, 2008v 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Who: FairPoint Communications, Inc.The following technical, line and support positions are available: administrative assistant, central office technician, outside plant technician, splice service technician and translations administrator. People with operational knowledge of electronics, wiring and cabling, fiber optics, computer technology, networking, construction or administration should visit the career link found on FairPoints Web site at www.fairpoint.com(link is external) or stop by the job fair. Ideal candidates will possess a track record of achieving results while embracing FairPoints customer centric culture. These positions will support FairPoints plans to expand its broadband network while delivering an exceptional customer experience.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).###
Tesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:A community storage pilot project using Tesla batteries went live this week in Western Australia, three months ahead of schedule. The 105KW/420KWh pooled storage will act as a sort of locker for excess power produced by homes with solar panels.The project is an unusual one because it pools battery capacity for homes with solar panels. It was funded by energy company Synergy and government-owned Western Power, which sought 52 customers with solar panels on their homes as participants. The 52 shares of the project were snapped up in two weeks, far more quickly than expected, which accelerated the project’s timeline.Participants will each be allotted 8kWh of storage, which they will “fill” with excess power created by their rooftop solar panels during the day. (This is in theory, of course. Solar-generated electricity can flow back onto the grid, but there’s no guarantee that the battery will be charged with solar-generated electrons.) In the evening, customers will “be able to draw electricity back from the PowerBank during peak time without having to outlay upfront costs for a behind-the-meter battery storage system,” says a press release from the government of Western Australia.The model is similar to that of community solar projects, which have become popular in the US. Rather than spend money on expensive solar panels (or batteries, in this case), homeowners can opt in to a collective project. A managing company will put up the upfront costs and collect payment in installations. The Western Australian community battery project will cost participants AUD$1 (USD$0.73) per day for 24 months, although the participants will be able to opt out of the program at any time. Still, if a customer would normally buy electricity from Western Power in the evening after the sun goes down, participating in a program like this should save them money.More: Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australia
By Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo January 17, 2019 For almost a month, Central American security forces used their capabilities to explore various Panamanian terrains during a course the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) taught. The International Course for Land Guides and Explorers, carried out in November 2018, gathered 28 units of the public forces of Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, and Honduras. The second edition of the theoretical and practical course sought to teach regional security corps knowledge, techniques, and the use of technological equipment needed to navigate different terrains. The course also aimed to strengthen the skills of troops that counter narcotrafficking and related crimes in Central America. “Countering narcotrafficking requires our security forces to use this [land exploration] knowledge to locate the corridors organized criminal groups use, often cutting through jungle, mountain, coastal, and riverine areas,” SENAFRONT Second Lieutenant José Chacón, head of the course, told Diálogo. “This knowledge is not limited to fighting narcotrafficking; it’s also very useful in rescue missions, whether due to natural phenomena or to aircraft or vehicle accidents in hard-to-reach areas.” Developing leadership Taught by 12 instructors belonging to SENAFRONT’s special forces, the course was divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced modules, with theoretical courses and hands-on exercises on the ground in the Panama Canal area, the Darién jungle, and the Chiriquí province’s highlands, on the Costa Rican border. The course was conducted with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Panama, which donated first-aid kits, maps, compasses, and global positioning equipment, among other items. “What’s most important about this course is to develop the leadership the students forge as they take the classes,” Major Oriel De Gracia, head of SENAFRONT’s Special Forces Group, told Diálogo. “In addition to capabilities and skills instructors teach, they should be prepared to lead their troops through the best routes and paths to accomplish their assigned missions.” In the first part, participants learned to find their bearings by using natural means, such as the sun, stars, wind, and vegetation. They learned the basics to estimate distances and time elapsed, as well as day and night navigation techniques with a compass. In the intermediate module, instructors focused on topography identification on a map, the different types of coordinates, and map reading in general. Students also learned the concepts of azimuth, encirclement, and triangulation. “The students showed a lot of interest,” said SENAFRONT Second Lieutenant Ariel Alvarado, one of the course instructors. “During the training, they learned many steps and performed excellent procedures, such as patrols.” In the final phase, participants completed their instruction by using technological equipment, such as the Global Positioning System and other computer tools, to manage, export, and save the information obtained. The course also delved into additional subjects, such as evasion and escape, combat tracking, firearms, and basic explosives, and others. “I learned a lot about locating operational targets using methods such as compass-assisted map reading and sophisticated tools, such as the Global Positioning System,” said SENAFRONT agent Jorge Muñoz, a course participant and a member of the Immediate Reaction Force against Narcoterrorism. “These tools help us get to a specific place safely.” High-level course According to 2nd Lt. Chacón, the course dates back to SENAFRONT’s creation in 2008, when the few navigators in the institution were “from former Panamanian defense forces, and all were close to retirement age.” Seeking to train new generations with the support of the U.S. Embassy, SENAFRONT signed an agreement with the Colombian Armed Forces to create a group of instructors in Panama. The first International Course for Land Guides and Explorers was taught in 2010 to Panamanian units. In 2017, SENAFRONT opened the course to regional security forces and opted to make it an annual, international course. “We are proud of our institution being a pioneer in teaching these courses,” Maj. De Gracia concluded. “We gave instruction, and we also participated in similar courses in other countries, and were able to see that our educational level is very good. We are glad that our partner nations’ institutions trust us as instructors.”
As the 2015 auto buying season continues to heat up, many credit unions are reaping the benefits of this year’s activity. One of those credit unions that has experienced stellar results is Alabama Credit Union. So in part two of our Auto Lending Performance series, we invited Alabama CU’s CLO Benson Bolling (one of the coolest names in the biz) on the program to give us the inside scoop on their success — and some practical advice for those looking to achieve similar results. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Millennials think they know a lot about credit. But the numbers tell a different story.More than 7 in 10 millennials said they feel confident about their credit knowledge, according to a recent survey by Experian. If fact, millennials on average estimated they had a score of 654. But it turns out that for many 18-to-34-year-olds, even that was an overestimation. And millennials are less likely to check their credit reports, Experian said.“I would say they don’t understand their credit. … Clearly they don’t know how (credit scores) are calculated,” said Guy Abramo, president of Experian consumer services.Abramo said many people don’t have a strong knowledge of how credit works and how scores are calculated. But most people don’t overestimate the way millennials did. “Most people aren’t overconfident,” he said. continue reading » 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » At Zogo, we spend a lot of time talking to people — about their lives, about their financial worries, about what they wish someone had taught them about personal finance.A few months ago, we launched our “Humans of Credit Unions” page on Facebook. Here, we posted anonymous stories of real-life credit union members about their financial mistakes mishaps. It became a collection of financial lessons learned the hard way.As you scroll through the page, you quickly learn what we here at Zogo already know to be true: lots of people, especially young people, are stumbling into preventable financial pitfalls simply because they didn’t know any better.Every time I need to remind myself of the importance of the work we do here at Zogo, I like to think of something Simran, one of our co-founders, once said to me: “We live in a pretty complicated financial system, and we’re kind of just thrown into it. We’ve heard some pretty bad financial stories from some of our users — crippling college debt, or mismanagement of debt, taking cash and doing irresponsible things with it — that they later regret. If at some point, we’ve helped someone not do that and make the decision they wanted to make, then we’ve done something cool.” 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Photo: Jadrolinija The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure has issued an instruction to postpone the seasonal increase in prices in ferry passenger transport. Namely, at the initiative of the representatives of the Island Parliament, the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, issued an instruction to the Coastal Shipping Agency, according to which the seasonal price increase on all ferry lines in passenger maritime transport will be postponed. The Ministry made this decision in accordance with the current situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic, which affected the overall economic situation in the Republic of Croatia, and the intention of the decision is to enable visits to the islands according to the current off-season price list. islands.
We Americans have many things of which to be proud. But in achieving our manifest destiny and becoming a world power, there are many things that we cannot be proud of. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One such thing is our theft of what is now the state of California from Mexico in the 1800s. The time has come to undo that particular wrong by ceding California back to Mexico. This would be an unprecedented and magnanimous act of introspection.The state of California and the United States would both benefit by such action. The people of California could welcome, openly and without guilt, anyone they felt needed sanctuary from any of our laws.The United States would rid itself of malcontents like Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Brown, not to mention 55 liberally cast electoral votes. Reallocated ICE agents could enforce our laws where they are welcomed. Undocumented immigrants might actually begin to leave our country through California’s open borders.The loser in such a tripartite action, however, would be Mexico. It would reacquire a vastly changed California. Once a lush paradise, but lacking leadership in recent years, it is now plagued by huge debt, the worst overall quality of life of all our states, high levels of legal and illegal drug addiction, and high poverty and crime rates. Many of its cities are in worse shape than Tijuana. So if we need to sweeten the deal, maybe we could offer up Seattle, too.Jim MoorheadScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…
Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday criticised Nigerian and world leaders for not doing enough to help free 219 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago by Boko Haram militants.“In my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you,” she said in a letter to the teenagers, on the eve of the first anniversary of their abduction.“They must do much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed,” she added, calling the girls “my brave sisters”.Yousafzai’s letter, which she said was “a message of solidarity love and hope”, comes as events, including marches, prayers and vigils, were being held to mark the girls’ 12 months in captivity.Islamist fighters kidnapped 276 girls from their school in the remote town of Chibok, in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, on the evening of April 14 last year.Fifty-seven managed to escape soon afterwards but the remainder have not been seen since an appearance in a Boko Haram video in May last year.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed they have all converted to Islam and been “married off”.Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and his government were heavily criticised for their response to the kidnapping but Malala said there were now “reasons for hope and optimism”.“Nigerian forces are re-gaining territory and protecting more schools,” she wrote.“Nigeria’s newly elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to make securing your freedom a top priority and promised his government will not tolerate violence against women and girls.”Malala, 17, also wrote of her own experiences at the hands of militants in her native Pakistan.She was nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.She recovered and became a global champion of girls’ rights to go to school.A fund set up in her name would ensure the girls will continue their education after their release, she said, urging them not to give up hope.“I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you and celebrate your freedom with your families. Until then, stay strong and never lose hope. You are my heroes,” she added.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday said that 800 000 of the 1.5 million people displaced by Boko Haram’s insurgency were children.More than 300 schools have been severely damaged or destroyed between January 2012 and December last year, with at least 196 teachers and 314 schoolchildren killed in that period, it added.Children have increasingly become targets for kidnapping, sexual abuse and forced marriage as well as “weapons of war”, being made to fight alongside militants or used as human bombs, UNICEF said.AFP
A woman who grew up in Decatur County was found dead in an Indianapolis apartment and investigators have named her boyfriend as a suspect in the case.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Abigail Baker, 29, was found deceased in an apartment complex in the city’s northwest side Sunday night.Police were called to the 4600 block of Lynnfield Road after dispatchers received 911 reports of a man screaming outside the apartment that his girlfriend was dead.The newspaper reports that Baker’s boyfriend, Chad Gilman, 38, of Indianapolis, also phoned 911.Police say the investigation led them to discovering Baker had been hit with a hammer during an argument, according to a WISH-TV article, and she had signs of body trauma.Gilman was later arrested on a preliminary charge of murder as prosecutors review the case to make a final determination.Baker graduated from South Decatur High School in 2003.