The top renewable energy integrator in the northeast United States, Alteris Renewables, Inc., has introduced new financing options available to homeowners throughout the region that offer solar power systems with no money down. As the first renewable energy integrator to offer residential customers in Vermont and eight other states the opportunity to install high quality solar power systems with no money down, Alteris is committed to bringing reliable, sustainable power to the masses.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (USEIA), while solar energy use is on the rise in the United States, it still makes up only 1% of total energy produced. Cost is often cited as one of the key reasons U.S. consumers are resistant to embracing renewable energy. ‘It is more affordable than ever for homeowners to go green with solar power,’ said Ron French, President of Alteris Renewables, ‘By having finance options that allow residential customers to take advantage of state and federal incentives without a significant cash outlay, we are eliminating cost as a hurdle for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint and their dependence on fossil fuels.’Mr. French points out that the company passionately believes that expanding the use of clean and renewable energy will help build our economy, and create a better, more sustainable lifestyle for us all. “Imagine how significant the impact will be as more homeowners embrace clean energy. If less than one percent of the homes in Alteris’ home market took advantage of the Zero Down Solar programs to install solar systems, it would be the equivalent of planting more than 135 million trees.’Source: Alteris Renewables, Inc. Montpelier, VT, September 21, 2010 Alteris Renewables is the largest design-build renewable energy company in the Northeast, with more than 25 megawatts installed for over 3,000 customers over the past 30 years and more than a dozen offices across seven states, including two in Vermont. Alteris provides solar electric (photovoltaic or PV), solar thermal, and wind energy solutions for commercial, residential, education, government and institutional clients. The company has industry-leading expertise in engineering, design, project management, performance analysis, project financing and renewable energy credit programs. For more information visit: www.alterisinc.com(link is external)
WCAX-TV,This weekend, WCAX-TV News was awarded a New England Emmy for its series ‘Mission Afghanistan.’ Reporter and Evening News Anchor Darren Perron and photographer Lance MacKenzie accepted the award at the 34th annual Emmy Awards Ceremony on Saturday in Boston. Last summer, Perron and MacKenzie followed members of the Vermont National Guard in Afghanistan, showcasing the mission of the Green Mountain Boys. The deployment to Afghanistan of more than 1500 soldiers was the largest mission for the Vermont National Guard since World War II. ‘This deployment had an enormous impact on Vermont; it was a sacrifice for our soldiers and for their families,’ said Perron.Mackenzie called it ‘an honor to receive the award,’ saying he was ‘proud to be a Vermonter.’‘WCAX-TV News will continue telling the stories of the soldiers and their families’ said News Director Anson Tebbetts. ‘While the mission may be finished in Afghanistan, there are many stories to tell about these veterans and their families as they transition back into the workplace and home, ‘said Tebbetts.The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the premier and most recognized non-profit group dedicated to the advancement of excellence in television.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.
This week is a biggie for males; it’s make or break time. Not only is today the ticking time bomb of Valentines Day, but this weekend is President’s Day, a three day minefield of disappointment, miscommunication, and “Saying we won’t get each other anything doesn’t actually mean don’t get me a gift!” confrontations. I’m joking of course; this is a weekend to look forward to for the romance and splendor of being in the presence of the ones you love. Luckily for males, we can spend the rest of the year being Neanderthals as long as we step up around Valentines Day and make the grand gesture all women deserve. V-Day is a double edge sword though. It’s great if you pull it off, it’s curtains if you don’t so the pressure is on.This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of whatever metropolitan area you are in and embrace the natural beauty of nature. A trek through the woods with your sweetheart can be just as romantic as a night at a fancy French restaurant. We suggest heading to what our voters picked as the Best Small Mountain Town in the Blue Ridge, Hot Springs, N.C.This little hamlet bubbles with romance and love – literally, the hot springs feed the Jacuzzis at the resort. Take a hike on the Appalachian Trail or a winter picnic to Max Patch before an amorous soak in the springs: the perfect romantic weekend getaway in one of our favorite towns.View Larger Map
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By Dialogo June 09, 2009 Rio de Janeiro, June 8 (EFE). – Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said today that his government will make every effort to recover the bodies of the 228 victims of the Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean a week ago. “We have found 17 bodies, but the government will continue its efforts, using the Navy and Air Force, so we can find all the bodies, if possible,” Lula said in his weekly radio program. The head of state said that they will do everything “in our power” to find whatever they can, especially the remains of the victims, “because we know what it means for the families to receive their missing loved ones.” “At this moment of grief (the rescue) will not solve the problem, but it will be a huge relief to know that the families can bury their loved ones,” added Lula. According to the latest official information, French and Brazilian boats have recovered 17 bodies of the passengers of Air France’s Airbus, as well as parts of the aircraft. The French airline confirmed that the serial number on a blue back seat recovered on Saturday corresponded with the Airbus that flew flight AF447 a week ago, and disappeared from radar hours after taking off from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The bodies and objects recovered at sea will be transferred to the Brazilian city of Recife, where one of the two command posts was set up by the authorities in charge of rescue efforts, and where they perform the identification efforts. The searches are concentrated around a radius 220 km long, centering on the point where the plane is believed to have crashed, approximately 704 kilometers from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, about 1296 km from Recife and close to the uninhabited cliffs near the city of Sao Pedro.
For 16 years, FLA has worked to help impaired lawyers September 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News For 16 years, FLA has worked to help impaired lawyers Mark D. Killian Managing EditorFlorida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., responded to more than 800 telephone calls and personal interviews with impaired attorneys, judges, and law students last year.Of those calls, 172 resulted in new cases, bringing the total number of formal cases opened by FLA since its inception 16 years ago to 2,353, according to Michael J. Cohen, FLA’s executive director.“Being able to share in and watch attorneys, law students, and judges find a program of recovery from substance abuse and psychological disorders is an unparalleled honor,” Cohen said. “The fact that the message is getting out that these illnesses are not indications of moral weakness or personal failing, but are treatable conditions, is a testimony to the prevention and education efforts of the FLA staff and volunteers.”Cohen said a large number of telephone and hotline calls to FLA were not opened as formal files, but were referred to local 12-step and FLA support meetings, or to health care providers. Cohen said for the year ending June 30, FLA had 352 open files.Cohen said last year also showed a dramatic increase in both calls received and files opened compared to the previous several years.“Whether such an increase was the result of the tragic events of September 11, the economic stresses being experienced in the legal profession, or a combination of these and other factors cannot be precisely determined,” Cohen said. “It is, however, the staff’s opinion that these circumstances played, and will continue to play, a part in this year’s FLA operations.”Cohen said the largest number of cases opened during the past year (45 percent) were voluntary contacts, made either by the attorneys themselves (30 percent) or through interventions performed at the request of concerned family members, colleagues, or judges (15 percent). Of those files, 15 percent represented voluntary depression/stress and psychological cases, while 30 percent were chemical dependency cases. Six formal interventions were performed during the year, either by FLA staff or by concerned judges, colleagues, or family members with FLA consultation.The number of new files opened as pre-admission or conditional Bar admission cases represented 27 percent of new files (25-percent pre-admission, 2-percent conditional admission).“FLA continues to provide monitoring and evaluation services to The Florida Bar for those attorneys placed on probation due to either conditional admission, diversion, or disciplinary sanctions,” Cohen said. “This year, the percentage of such cases rose slightly to 19 percent.”In addition, Cohen said, 9 percent of new files were evaluations performed by FLA or an FLA-certified health professional at the request of the Bar. In such cases, FLA’s determination regarding the existence or non-existence of a recognized impairment, and recommendations regarding the type of treatment to be used and terms of probation to be imposed, have generally been adopted by the Bar or referee, Cohen said.“As has historically been the case, the majority of callers indicated they became aware of FLA through advertisements in The Florida Bar News or The Florida Bar Journal and through articles regarding FLA that have appeared in those publications this year,” Cohen said. “However, a high percentage of voluntary callers said they became aware of FLA through the organization’s Web site ( www.fla-lap.org ), which registered 13,461 hits on just the homepage for the year.”The FLA Web site, which now includes links to other related sites, a listing of events in Florida and the United States, and individual pages that provide a comprehensive bibliography and resource listing, gives a description of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, allows registration for FLA’s annual workshop, provides guidance and information for law students, and permits access to downloadable monitor reports and other forms online.Cohen said the FLA network of volunteer attorneys and attorney support groups “remains strong and committed.” The FLA hotline directory currently lists more than 400 recovering attorneys, judges, medical practitioners, and lay persons who have volunteered to assist members of the profession with the problems encountered by lawyers in recovery from substance abuse or psychological impairments, Cohen said. There are currently 25 weekly chemical dependency attorney support groups which meet throughout the state.“In addition, the seven facilitated support groups for attorneys suffering from psychological impairments and/or dual diagnosis issues are well attended. . . and continue to draw extremely favorable responses,” Cohen said.He also said about 35 percent of FLA’s income is now self-generated. The sources of those funds were monitoring and registration fees paid to FLA by clients (8 percent) and by the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Department (24 percent), income derived from the FLA annual workshop (2.5 percent), and interest income (.8 percent). The balance of the FLA operating funds are received from the Bar’s annual allocation.“Education regarding attorney impairment and recovery remains one of the primary missions of the FLA program and staff,” Cohen said. “Due to the continued efforts of the staff, consultants, volunteers, and the Bar, such functions continue to bear fruit in terms of lives and careers saved.”Cohen said FLA’s staff continues to make presentations at all Florida law school orientations, other than the University of Miami, which did not request FLA attendance. Presentations on chemical dependency and stress also were made by FLA staff at all the Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing with Professionalism seminars around the state.FLA also instituted a joint program with the Mental Health Screening Project in 2002 to provide interactive, confidential screening (through either telephone or the Internet) for alcohol abuse, depression, bi-polar disorder, and eating disorders. The screening instruments can be accessed from either the FLA Web site or by calling (888) 214-1540.“The project will run through the end of 2002 and should provide some valuable statistics regarding the extent of these impairments within the legal profession in Florida,” Cohen said.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While the National Credit Union Administration’s revised risk-based capital (RBC2) proposal contained many changes wanted by the Credit Union National Association, the organization believes further changes are needed.The proposal was approved by the NCUA board Thursday by a 2-1 vote, with board member J. Mark McWatters casting the dissenting vote.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle called the proposal a “solution in search of a problem,” particularly given the likely costs to credit unions.NCUA Director of Examination and Insurance Larry Fazio estimated that the one-time costs for credit unions to read the rule and make the appropriate operational changes to be approximately $5.1 million. He also estimated an annual cost of less than $1 million from credit unions in labor for new call report requirements. continue reading »
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text Thank you for tuning in to episode 81 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.When it comes to the future of member service, the role of traditional branches and headquarters, as well as workspaces in general, has begun to shift. On this week’s episode, I sat down with Mark Alguard, President and Director of Client Strategy at Momentum, to learn more about how the global pandemic and trends around remote work are transforming the way credit unions will likely look and operate in the future. Mark and I chat about many of the facilities challenges credit unions are currently facing, as well as the short and long-term trends in planning, designing, and building. We also discuss effective strategies to drive technology solutions, the need to think deeper about the branch as an experience, and how member’s expectations of credit unions are changing. Mark also shares his thoughts on how credit unions can remain competitive despite so much disruption. In the leadership and life hacks portion of the show, Mark shares what inspired him to take the job and how that inspiration has changed over the course of the last year. We talk about the need to practice making difficult decisions, developing friendships with your team, and why it’s important for young leaders to be vulnerable. We also learn about his passion for high altitude hiking and how it helps him recharge after a long week at the office. As always, we wrap up with the rapid-fire section of the show. Mark shares that he was a bit of an underachiever in high school, but that it didn’t stop him from reaching his dream of becoming a businessman. He also tells us about his favorite book by Charles Dickens, why he thinks it’s important to spend time with family, and the TV personality/gardener he thinks of when he hears the word success. There’s a lot of great stuff in this conversation that you won’t want to miss. Enjoy!Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Mark:Mark Alguard, President and Director of Client Strategy at Momentummalguard@momentumbuilds.comhwww.momentumbuilds.com/LinkedIn | Facebook | TwitterShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that Mark and his team at Momentum are doing here. Read the New York Times article about technologies in the work place hereShout-out: Bob Saunders, Vice President of Strategic Partnership at MomentumShout-out: Michael Scott from The OfficeShout-out: Mark’s family Shout-out: VistageShout-out: Maurice SmithWant to learn more about high-altitude hiking? Check out this great article from REI CO-OP! Shout-out: North Cascades National Park Shout-out: Olympic PeninsulaShout-out: University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of BusinessAlbum mentioned: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk HotelShout-out: Jill NowackiBook mentioned: David Copperfield by Charles DickensShout-out: Monty Don Shout-out: Big Dreams Small Spaces on BBC TwoPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Maurice SmithIn This Episode:[02:10] – Welcome to the show, Mark![02:45] – Mark shares what his company hears from credit unions about returning to the office.[04:20] – Mark believes the challenge now is to go back to a new normal and still have the benefits of working from home.[06:15] – What do you see in the branches?[09:01] – Mark believes that this will change the way members interact with their credit unions.[10:18] – Mark shares what credit unions need to be thinking about now and for the next few years.[13:35] – What do you think credit unions need to do to stay relevant in this ever-changing financial market?[15:08] – Mark discusses what he will be most proud that his team accomplished a year from now.[16:27] – Mark speaks about what inspired him to take the position at Momentum and how the inspiration has changed over the past year.[18:22] – “My part went well” is something his team hears him say all the time.[19:47] – Making hard decisions is something Mark has had to cultivate.[21:42] – Is there a mistake you see young leaders make?[23:21] – Marks shares some advice that he was given early in his career.[24:20] – Mark speaks about some mentors he has had in his life.[26:47] – Hiking is what Mark does when he has a day off and needs to recharge.[29:03] – What did you want to be when you grew up?[29:26] – Marks shares his daily routines.[30:34] – What is the best album of all time?[31:16] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[32:17] – Looking good has become less important over time, and spending time and being with the family has become more important.[33:08] – Who is the first person who comes to mind when you hear the word success?[34:18] – Mark shares some final thoughts with the listeners.[35:12] – Mark, thank you so much for being on the show today! 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
Chairman of DIP Peter Falkenham said: “In 2018, both the spread of our investments and our risk profile were put to the test. In order to make our investment portfolio as robust as possible, we have composed it of a range of different assets, and in particular our real estate investments have helped to ensure good returns.”Falkenham said the real estate result was achieved partly through positive market conditions but was also the fund’s efforts to develop and optimise the management of its existing property portfolio.“At a time when global equity markets are challenged, the property market shows itself to be stable and over the next few years we expect to increase our real estate portfolio.” he said.Real assets accounted for 16.3% of DIP’s investment portfolio at the end of 2018, up from the 14.8% allocation to the asset class a year earlier.In January, DIP and the Lawyers’ and Economists’ Pension Fund (JØP) bought a stake in a Danish office complex from Sampension in what JØP said was the biggest commercial property deal ever done between pension funds in Denmark.DIP said it was continuing in its talks with JØP about their plans to merge, and had asked its members to vote on the consolidation on 29 April.The pension fund said the merger would place the resulting joint pension fund among Denmark’s top 10 largest funds and give it access to more lucrative investment opportunities. The Danish Pension Fund for Engineers (DIP) plans to grow its real estate portfolio further after the asset class generated a 12.8% return for 2018.The result helped cushion losses in other areas, resulting in a full-year loss of 1.7% on its investment portfolio, according to its annual report.DIP – which is one of two pension funds for engineers in Denmark – described 2018 as an eventful and challenging year for the pensions sector.While total assets remained broadly unchanged at the end of December 2018 from the year before, at DKK41bn (€4.4bn), DIP said that over the past five years they had risen from DKK33bn in 2013.