Minnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion

first_imgMinnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bismarck Tribune:Great River Energy aims for 50 percent of its power to come from renewable sources within the next 12 years. A proposed wind farm in south central North Dakota would be a large component of the Minnesota-based cooperative to get there.The GRE board approved the initiative and announced the new goal Wednesday at its annual meeting. “Great River Energy has already met Minnesota’s 25 percent renewable energy standard eight years ahead of requirements,” Great River Energy President CEO David Saggau said in a statement.The 50 percent goal also comes with interim renewable energy goals of 30 percent renewable generation capacity by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025.GRE’s renewable portfolio includes 468 megawatts of wind energy, 50 megawatts of which are produced in North Dakota. Assuming its purchase partner, NextEra Energy Resources, receives the necessary regulatory approvals to build, GRE aims to have 350 megawatts of wind production in the state in 2020 with the addition of the proposed 133-turbine Emmons-Logan wind farm. Success of that project would make it GRE’s largest single source wind power contract.Wind is the cooperative’s second-largest source of power behind its roughly 1,200 megawatts of coal-fired electric generation capacity from its two North Dakota-based power plants. The proposed wind farm would close the gap between the two generation sources, bringing wind production up to 768 megawatts. It would increase the amount of power produced by GRE in North Dakota to 1,800 megawatts, benefiting the cooperative’s Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based membership. “Renewable energy, particularly wind, is currently our lowest-cost option for new generation resources,” Saggau said.More: Power cooperative doubling down on renewableslast_img read more

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British PM Hosts Brazil’s President for Olympic Talks

first_imgBy Dialogo July 27, 2012 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited British Prime Minister David Cameron on July 25, to get some tips on staging the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Welcoming Rousseff to his Downing Street residence in London, Cameron said the Olympic connection provided a “great opportunity” for cooperation between Great Britain and Brazil. Rousseff is among 120 national leaders expected to attend the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27. Cameron said he also wanted to deepen trade ties between Great Britain and Latin America’s dominant power, which overtook Great Britain this year to become the world’s sixth largest economy. Trade between the two countries was worth $8.57 billion in 2011, an increase of just over 10 percent on the previous year. “Obviously we have good opportunities for wide-ranging discussions but also the chance to talk about the Olympics here in London and the Olympics to come in your country next,” Cameron said. For her part, Rousseff expressed, “This is a special moment in time for Brazil-UK relations because Brazil will be the next country to host the Olympic Games in 2016. “It’s our intention to learn lessons from the successful UK experience,” she added.last_img read more

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Bar referral service adds new counties

first_imgBar referral service adds new counties The Florida Bar has added Okaloosa and Walton counties to its Lawyer Referral Service which now covers 48 counties.The Bar added the counties when the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association discontinued coverage of the two counties.The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service is a public service program offered to provide access to the legal system. Nineteen counties are handled by local bar association lawyer referral services.During 2004-05, the Lawyer Referral Service made over 135,000 referrals.Under The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, attorneys charge clients $25 for an initial 30-minute office consultation. Personal circumstances might qualify a client for a free half-hour session with one of a special panel of attorneys willing to handle cases on Low Fee, Elderly, Disability, and AIDS Law panels.More than 1,200 attorneys participate in the lawyer referral service program. Florida Bar members in good standing who have an office in a county covered by the Bar are eligible to join the service by completing an application and submitting a $125 membership fee. The attorney must also carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance.The Lawyer Referral Service is staffed at The Florida Bar headquarters in Tallahassee, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The service also has an online service at www.floridabar.org that is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Prospective clients may reach the service by calling (800) 342-8011 from anywhere in Florida. Bar referral service adds new countiescenter_img November 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

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The truth about social media management

first_imgSocial media is a powerful driving engine for commerce. The argument could be made that no other channel has the potential to influence as many purchases as social. But social media doesn’t get the credit it deserves because most marketers think of it in a linear fashion. Your credit union posts something, it gets a certain level of engagement, and then after six months there’s no telling what those posts did to contribute to growth.Nearly every marketer has struggled with social media management and ROI tracking at some point, and many have gotten so fed up that they’ve decided social media isn’t worth the hassle. That’s a shame, because they’re missing out on a powerful tool.How Social Media Influences Purchase DecisionsTo demonstrate this point, we conducted an informal and totally unscientific experiment. We went around and asked Third Degree employees how social media has influenced a recent purchase. From Millennials to Boomers, married-with-kids to single-and-loving-it, early tech adopters to ehhh…not so much, Third Degree employees come from a variety of demographic and psychographic profiles. And while the responses varied slightly, everyone sang a similar tune: social media influences purchase decisions.One clicked on a sponsored post for car tires and ended up making an appointment. Another used a similar path to conversion from another sponsored post, buying a lamp at Target. That’s trackable social media ROI as long as the website can capture the conversion and tie it to that referral click.Out of 17 responses, those two were the most direct and easy stories for tracking ROI. And that’s where most marketers stop when it comes to social measurement. However, the other 15 people shared stories of indirect influence. This type of influence is harder to track but incredibly powerful.From restaurant recommendations to finding a plumber, everyone told stories of how social media directly influenced their purchases in a major way. The influencing force wasn’t some brand’s post or promoted tweet, it was the stories other people were sharing about the brand.Social media has become a huge word-of-mouth referral tool for consumers. The days of calling 20 friends to see what dentist inflicts the least amount of pain are gone. Instead, people get online to share their experiences in venues like Facebook, and others rely on that information to help them make decisions. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, information from friends carries a 97% trust rate compared to a 48% trust rate for marketing messages.3 Ways You Can Get Better at Tracking Social Success1. Track those easy conversions.When someone clicks on your content, lands on your site, and then converts, it’s pretty easy to track. The key is making sure you have the right tracking tools in place. You should have the capability to see what happens all the way from referral to close. The good news is that these tracking tools can be incorporated into your current site. In many cases, you’ll even be able to track those who they leave your site and come back later.2. Find ways to stir engagement.Have you ever heard the case study about a brand giving ROI credit to social media when that brand wasn’t engaged on social media? We haven’t either. That’s because companies who actively engage on social media are the ones who are more likely to get referred. Don’t box yourself into traditional social media channels. Ask your members to review you on Yelp (it’s an increasingly influential social referral driver). Invite some local bloggers to participate in your financial fitness program. Get creative and showcase your brand in ways that will get users talking about you online.3. Listen, ask and compare.It’s hard to make direct connections between referrals and ROI, but that doesn’t mean referrals aren’t helping your business. If Sally asks about a good place to get a car loan and her friend replies with your credit union name, there’s a very real chance Sally will come to you for a loan. Your analytics won’t be able to trace that loan to the most influential part of Sally’s decision process, but you can find some measurable data to help you understand the influence social media is having.Use tools to listen: When people talk about you, what are they saying to each other? That feedback is often different than what you’ll hear directly. Listening to social media can help you identify what you’re doing well and where the issues are. Start tracking how often you are mentioned and in what context.Survey your members: Ask them if social media has ever influenced their purchase. When a new member signs on, find out what brought them to you.Website referrals from survey data and social listening results can provide a better picture of how much social media is driving business for your credit union. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jared Miller Jared helps Third Degree clients identify how marketing and advertising can support their business goals while carrying the brand experience to digital and social platforms. From market research to strategic … Web: www.thirddegreeadv.com Detailslast_img read more

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How technology brings families together when they’re far apart

first_imgMayhood said as soon as the service ended, Melony’s mother called her crying to try to explain how much it meant to her to be able to put her daughter to rest. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — The coronavirus has kept families physically apart, even in their time of need. “It was a lot of phone calls, making sure that everybody could get connected to the Facebook page that I set up… but it worked, and in the end that’s all that matters,” Mayhood told 12 News Tuesday. Despite these challenges, technology has allowed one family to come closer together in time of tragedy. Because New York has banned public gatherings, funerals have had to be changed to accommodate a much smaller number of attendees. Laurie Mayhood of Maine Cemetery was contacted by the mother of Melony Strong, a local woman who passed away recently. center_img Melony’s mother, Sophia Strong, said the way everyone came together for her daughter’s service is something she will never forget. Mayhood decided to livestream Melony’s funeral Monday so her mother and other far away loved ones could be part of the important day. Mayhood said it was difficult to get going, but it was worth it. The mother lives in Delaware and is unable to travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Oh that was so wonderful, I will always remember Laurie from the Maine Cemetery, she was so helpful with everything,” Strong said. “It was just a beautiful service, to see that there, and to see my old hometown, because we lived right across the street from the cemetery, so it was like going home again.”last_img read more

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Lamar Odom, Sabrina Parr Celebrate Anniversary After Split

first_imgOdom and Parr got engaged in November 2019, just three months after they first stepped out in Atlanta together. In August, the pair announced via Instagram that their wedding was set to occur in Miami on November 11, 2021.Earlier this month, however, Parr revealed that the twosome had chosen to pump the brakes on their romance. “Y’all know I’m honest and transparent so I have to be the first to let you guys know that I am no longer engaged to Lamar,” she wrote an Instagram Story post on November 4. “This has been a difficult decision for me to make but it is the best for myself and my children.”The Cleveland native then suggested that Odom needed to work on himself, adding: “Lamar has some things that he alone has to work through. I love him dearly but I am no longer able to be by his side while he seeks the help he so desperately needs. I wish him all the best and I am asking that you pray for everyone involved.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Made it in time for our one year anniversary,” she captioned the pic, adding a kissy-face and a prayer-hands emoji.Back On? Lamar Odom and Ex Sabrina Parr Celebrate Anniversary After SplitLamar Odom and Sabrina Parr. MEGAAdditionally, Parr reflected on the day that Odom popped the question. “😫 😫 just a year ago today… me and Lamar got engaged!!!” she wrote on her Stories, sharing a video of the moment following the proposal. “Everyone thought that the proposal happened at the restaurant, but it actually happened privately BEFORE we got to the restaurant! That will forever be our little secret.”In her next Instagram Story update, the fitness trainer shared a video where she revealed her plans to go on a “quick little getaway.” The clip showed her wearing the same shirt as the pic of the former Los Angeles Lakers player kissing her cheek.- Advertisement – During their engagement, Parr revealed that the couple chose to abstain from sex until marriage. “Him and I don’t even have sex, believe that or not,” she told Hollywood Life on December 11. “Once Lamar got saved, he developed a relationship with a pastor and there’s a lot of things he just wants to grow, areas he wants to grow in, and things he wants to improve on as a man. And as a man, the pastor suggested to him, it’s not godly if Christians like to have sex before marriage.”Odom was married to Khloé Kardashian from 2009 until they split in 2013. Though their divorce was put on hold in 2015 after he suffered a near-fatal overdose, they finalized the case in 2016.The former athlete shares daughter Destiny, 22, and son Lamar Jr., 18, with ex Liza Morales.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Giving love another try? Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr celebrated the one-year anniversary of their engagement one week after calling it quits.On Wednesday, November 11, the duo took to their Instagram Stories to reflect on their relationship. Odom, 41, reshared a photo that Parr, 33, posted of the retired NBA star kissing her on the cheek.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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St. Mary’s Pastor Resigns Amid Controversy

first_imgBy John BurtonCOLTS NECK – It has been a turbulent week for St. Mary’s Parish and its members.Parishioners have been reeling from recent revelations that the Rev. Michael Fugee, who had been accused of groping a boy a decade ago, was part of several parish youth group trips even through he was prohibited from unsupervised contact with children in accordance with an agreement he signed with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.The reports about the Arch­diocese of Newark priest’s participation resulted in several resignations, in­clud­ing St. Mary’s pastor, the Rev. Thomas Triggs, and youth group ministers, Michael and Amy Lenehan.Following morning Mass at St. Mary’s Tuesday, May 7, most of the parishioners were unwilling to speak about the situation.“I don’t know what to say,” said one older woman, who would not give her name. “It’s sad to lose a pastor.”“I feel the whole situation is unfortunate,” said Bill Barnett, a parishioner for more than 30 years, adding he felt Triggs’ resignation “was an overly excessive treatment.”Another woman, who also wouldn’t give her name, said she believed the parish and its members would move forward and be stronger than ever.The Rev. Michael Fugee of the Newark Archdiocese was convicted 10 years ago of inappropriate touching of a boy while serving in a North Jersey parish. The conviction was overturned for procedural reasons. Fugee then was admitted to a special pretrial program, given two-years probation and signed the agreement with the prosecutor’s office.Officials at St. Mary’s, the Diocese of Trenton and the Archdiocese of Newark have been dealing with the public outcry that developed when media reports surfaced about Fugee’s involvement with St. Mary’s youth weekend retreats, including his having heard confessions one-on-one.A diocesan spokeswoman said officials were unaware of Fugee’s participation in the St. Mary’s retreats until receiving media inquiries. The priest had not received permission nor had he filed a letter of suitability with the Chancery Office that is required of all priests from outside the diocese to be allowed to work within the diocese.Last week, Bishop David M. O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton, which includes St. Mary’s, accepted Triggs’ resignation. Triggs had been pastor at the 1 Phalanx Road church for six years. Triggs’ last action before resigning was to accept the Lenehans’ resignations as parish youth ministers.Fugee tendered his resignation from the priesthood Thursday, May 2. Newark Archbishop John J. Meyers accepted the request, which now is sent to the Vatican for final approval.Triggs conducted an information meeting for parishioners on Friday, May 3, and announced his resignation Sunday, May 5, at Sunday’s Masses.During Masses a statement from O’Connell was read. “The troubling events of the past week and the unrelenting scrutiny that have surrounded them in the media and within your parish have made it clear to me that a change in parish leadership is in the best interest of all concerned,” he said.A statement from Triggs was also read at Masses. He said views expressed by parishioners at the informational hearing, “made it clear to me that the good of our parish can only be served if I step down as pastor.”O’Connell planned to assign an administrator to oversee the parish until he selected a pastor. Triggs will be on sabbatical until he receives his next assignment.last_img read more

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Pakistani cricketers must learn from Sachin: Miandad

first_imgFormer captain and director general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Javed Miandad has urged Pakistani cricketers to learn from the achievements of Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar.Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad feels that the players are happy to brag about their performance in media.Former Pak captain and director general of PCB Javed Miandad. AP”We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on field that is not happening and it is a big let down for the nation.””I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field.”They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hear him making tall claims about his performances or achievements.He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from,” the veteran of 124 Tests insisted.Miandad also called on captain, Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should channelise it properly.”He shouldn’t be playing the way he is. Imran Khan is a great example of how a captain should perform. Imran lifted the team in the 1992 World Cup. Afridi needs to start doing that himself. He did it during the World T20 Championship so he is perfectly capable of delivering,” Miandad said.advertisementHe emphasised, “He (Afridi) has immense talent which he does not utilise properly at times.”Urging the players to take the current one-day series against New Zealand seriously Miandad said,”Unfortunately what I noticed was that the players didn’t appear serious about their business in the first match in Wellington they took things lightly. In international cricket this is not acceptable.”Pakistan who are currently engaged in an ODI series against Kiwis failed to replicate their performance in Tests against the hosts and lost the series opener by nine wickets after being bowled out for just 124 runs in 37.4 overs.Adding greater significance to ongoing series in view of the upcoming World Cup, Miandiad reiterated that losing it could have a big impact on their performances in the mega event. .”It is important for the players to realise that once they get into a losing streak it will be difficult for them to come out of it in a high pressure event like the World Cup,” the former batsman cautioned.”The players must realise they are fortunate to get such a series just before the World Cup,” Miandad said while expressing his surprise at the relaxed attitude of the players in the first match.”They need to realise the significance of the World Cup when every Pakistani is praying for their success. The tournament comes once in four years and everyone expects the team to fire in the World Cup.””No excuses can be accepted and the players must also realise that if they perform well in the World Cup how much of a boost it would be for Pakistan cricket which is facing so many problems,” he added.”The players just need to get more serious about their performances. I believe they have the capability of winning the series in New Zealand and also doing well in the World Cup but for that they need to focus on their short comings and strengths and use them properly,” Miandad said while pinning hope on the present ODI outfit.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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10 months agoCasemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid return

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Casemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid returnby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCasemiro is excited to be back in the Real Madrid team this week.The midfielder featured in the Club World Cup semifinal against Kashima Antlers.Casemiro said, “I’m so happy to be back playing with my teammates. It’s been a harsh lesson but I’m back now and I’m ready when the coach needs me. I would like to thank the doctors and the physios for how much they’ve helped me and the kindness they’ve shown. “They’ve been keen to get me back playing. Now I have to get back match-fit so I can play like I was doing before the injury. “We go away with the job done, we’re very happy. We have to respect the opposition, it’ll be a tough game. If they’re in the final, they’re there on merit. We’re eager to win the final because it’s a hugely important title for us. We have to head into this game as we always do, this club always demands the best.” last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngsters

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngstersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blocked loan moves for the club’s younger players. Angel Gomes was among the United U23 players who were looking for first-team football with a loan move this month.But the MEN says Solskjaer has blocked those plans.Gomes made a cameo appearances in the Boxing Day win over Huddersfield.Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood are also on the fringe of the first team and could appear throughout the season. last_img read more

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