New method helps Vermonters improve local internet accessibilityThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority has launched a mechanism that allows Vermonters to help cover wireless access for their neighborhoods. Available on the VTA website (http://www.telecomVT.org(link is external)), residents can sign up to offer their property silo, top of their barn, roof of their home or office, hilltop, and church steeple to an internet or service provider. Several farmers have already signed up and are offering use of their silos, and the Legislature has listed all of Vermonts public properties. Each site must match and maintain certain criteria, which is available in detail on the companys website. Once registered, an interested service provider will contact the lister directly to organize details. The sites can be offered for free, as public service, or for a lease fee. The new initiative is expected to dramatically increase internet access across the state.
By Dialogo August 17, 2010 Can a social networking site save lives? Can it guide rescue teams to a precise location in Port-au-Prince, Haiti thirteen days after a devastating earthquake shakes the city, and rescue survivors? Yes. Posts by users of APAN (All Partners Access Network) on January 25, 2010 indicated reports of calls for help coming from beneath the rubble at a local market. Within 30 minutes a reply was posted on the site with information on the location of a survivor who had been communicating via SMS. The flow of information via the threads posted on APAN led rescue teams to the market, where they were able to find survivors. In another example of the versatility and rapid response capabilities of the networking site, at the height of disaster relief operations in Haiti, a request for assistance was submitted to APAN by a non-governmental organization in need of 150 tents. Within an hour, a reply was posted indicating that the United States government aid agency, USAID, would be able to assist. Additional posts informed the team that another non-governmental organization stationed nearby had 10 tents available. APAN, a United Stated Department of Defense social networking site, was originally established for the Asia-Pacific region and was successfully used as a vital coordination tool for disaster relief operations during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Previously known as the Asia Pacific Area Network, APAN rapidly evolved into a global site hosting multiple communities and an ever-expanding number of members. APAN today is a platform that connects people and information via a virtual workspace to foster information sharing that reaches across organizational and geographic boundaries. In essence, the site hosts a community of communities. “In the same way that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter revolutionized the way people communicate with one another, APAN is revolutionizing the way we share information with our interagency partners, NGOs, and even with private businesses that join with us to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Sharing this information with Partner Nations is a logical next step,” said General Douglas Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command. This web 2.0 service combines the benefits of unstructured collaboration (wikis, blogs, and forums) and structured collaboration (file sharing, calendar) with the personalization of social networking. As a community of communities, the operational concept is group centric — users join groups or communities of interest in order to observe, participate and/or collaborate. Groups or communities of interest can be geo-centric or issue specific, while users can leverage APAN’s social networking environment to form contacts that cut across the original communities to create new groups of interest. Since its creation, APAN has been an increasingly popular networking tool used by international organizations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and individuals. Some of the areas of interest hosted by APAN include world health issues, environmental concerns, support to civil authorities/law enforcement, conflict resolution, illicit trafficking, security during major events such as the World Cup or the Olympics, and preparation for training and exercises. The APAN platform allows group members to post articles, participate in live discussions and build relationships based on their common interests. The platform facilitates research by providing a data base search method using key words to gain access to content, information and people. The search capabilities can pinpoint the type of expert help or information required to get you in touch with the right people — in the right place and at the right time. For example, if you are looking for an “engineering expert” in Panama, key words like profession, country and language will help you find the right person to assist you on your chosen topic. Other tools like three-dimensional maps, group calendars, multi-lingual chat sites with embedded translation features and discussion forums, make APAN a vibrant hub of information sharing that spans organizations and boundaries. APAN is particularly useful for sharing knowledge and contacts for conferences, events, training and exercise missions, in addition to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), a member of the APAN family, is expanding the functions of APAN to provide more technical support and training for APAN users, in order to increase information sharing among participants who are interested in working alongside the United States Southern Command and among each other. USSOUTHCOM utilizes APAN’s facilities particularly for humanitarian assistance operations and deployments, environmental security, maritime domain awareness, training and exercises. “As USSOUTHCOM moved forward to support disaster relief efforts in Haiti, we found that APAN became an invaluable tool for coordinating with many of our interagency and NGO partners,” added General Fraser. Currently, the site hosts over 300 communities from around the world, but the membership rate is expanding quickly due to APAN’s easy, safe, reliable and free access to information and networking. APAN is currently the best way to network and access information available online to communities of interest around the world: a one-stop site for the ever-expanding and innovative networking connections of the future. For more information on APAN, visit http://community.apan.org
Vehicles went through live-fire, developmental and operational testing that concentrated on force protection, safety, performance, reliability and durability. In the coming weeks, Soldiers in Afghanistan will begin to see 150 new Strykers with a double-V hull, or DVH, design that deflects blasts away from the vehicle and the Soldiers inside. The Stryker DVH, with enhanced armor, wider tires and blast-attenuating seats, went from conception to production in less than one year. “The rapid turnaround of the DVH is responsiveness at its best,” Col. Robert Schumitz, Stryker Brigade Combat Team Project Management Office, project manager, said. “Soldier survivability is the Army’s number-one priority. Once we determined that the DVH effort was an achievable and acceptable risk, we swiftly engaged in executing the robust program.” “The Stryker program has been continually responsive to evolutionary threats,” Schumitz said. “The Stryker DVH is a robust program that has enjoyed the Army’s full support to increase Soldier survivability in Operation Enduring Freedom.” Engineers at General Dynamics Land Systems conceived of the double-V-hull design and tested it at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. “We wanted to take advantage of the V shape and get the center of the vehicle farther away from the ground to aid survivability,” said Mike Cannon, senior vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems. There are 140 Stryker DVH’s already in the Army supply chain, and plans are to field a total of 450 vehicles. By Dialogo May 12, 2011 I congratulate you for this program since it introduces us to new inventions in arms By this summer, Soldiers in Afghanistan will be riding in new Stryker armored combat vehicles that have an improved hull design to protect them from improvised explosive devices and roadside mines. The double-V hull design on the new Styker is a proven technology similar to that found on mine-resistant, ambush-protected, or MRAP, vehicles currently being used in Afghanistan.
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The coronavirus has begun to take a toll not only on Indonesia’s tourist industry but also on exports, which could further cast a shadow on the country’s economic outlook.Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said in Jakarta on Monday that Indonesia’s palm oil was among the commodities that had been affected as the virus outbreak had caused a delay in the commodity’s shipment to China, one of major buyers of Indonesia’s palm oil.With the decline of trade with China, one of Indonesia’s main trade partners, it would be difficult for the government to reach its economic growth target of 5.3 percent this year. “We expect economic growth will reach only 5 percent if the situation continues,” Hariyadi told reporters, adding that the country had lost about 1.7 million foreign tourists from China, whil… Google Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Indonesia coronavirus impact exports imports APINDO Trade-Minister-Agus-Suparmanto live-animal Facebook Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics :
PFZW, the €161bn pension fund for the Dutch healthcare industry, is planning to cut the carbon footprint of its investments over the next four years by offloading those holdings producing the most CO2 emissions.After conducting an in-depth study, the pension fund concluded it should focus its assets on companies able to “anticipate a sustainable future”.PFZW said companies that had a bigger impact on the environment than their rivals were likely to underperform over the long term, and that it would divest almost all of its coal holdings before 2020, when it expects to have reduced its exposure to fossil fuel companies by 30%. Divestments will focus on energy, utilities and materials, which account for roughly 70% of the CO2 emissions produced by PFZW’s equity portfolio; the pension fund is to re-invest those proceeds in companies that outperform in those sectors. The healthcare scheme will make the divestments in four, quarterly stages, affecting more than 250 companies.However, a spokesman at PGGM, PFZW’s asset manager, said the cost of the divestments would be minimal, as the pension fund “already has the means to identify the CO2 emissions of individual companies”, while the divestments and reinvestments will simply be part of the “regular flow of portfolio changes”.During the staged exclusion process, the pension fund will engage in extensive dialogue with shareholders, encouraging companies to reduce fossil fuels in their business operations.PFZW added that it would increase investments in “solutions” by four times, to 12% of its entire portfolio, over the next four years. These impact investments – covering such things as water scarcity, food security and healthcare access – aim to address climate problems directly. Peter Borgdorff, PFZW’s director, said the portfolio changes would be a major step towards achieving the goals set out in its responsible investment policy, launched in 2014.“Our participants also want their pension capital to contribute to a better world instead of depleting it,” he said.Both PFZW and PGGM said they would welcome similar initiatives from other long-term investors, “as these are necessary to push businesses towards more sustainable behaviour”.They also called on politicians to reach solid climate agreements in Paris to reduce global carbon emissions.Last month, the €345bn civil service scheme ABP announced that it would reduce the carbon footprint of its investments by 25% over the next five years, largely by cutting its equity holdings from 5,000 to 3,500 companies.It also plans to double its ESG investments from €29bn to €58bn.
About Puget Sound Energy Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Washington state’s oldest local energy company, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com. Submitted by Puget Sound EnergyOLYMPIA, Wash. – Puget Sound Energy’s Rock the BulbTM: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 is returning to Thurston County to give even more of the energy company’s residential electric customers the chance to save energy and hundreds of dollars on their electric bill with free light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Rock the Bulb will be held at the Lacey Fred Meyer at 700 Sleater Kinney Rd. SE, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.New to Rock the Bulb, customers can receive LED bulbs in addition to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Customers who attend Rock the Bulb can exchange up to 15 of their old inefficient incandescent bulbs for the same number of free ENERGY STAR®-qualified energy-saving bulbs, choosing from a variety of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and up to five LED bulbs.“This is the first time we have ever offered our customers LED bulbs at a Rock the Bulb event and we are thrilled to be able to provide them with the opportunity to try LED lighting in their homes,” said Casey Cochrane, PSE’s local government and community relations manager.LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy while producing the same quality and brightness of light that customers are used to getting from incandescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR-qualified LED bulbs have a lifespan of up to 25 years and ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL bulbs can last up to 10 years and use up to 78 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. The average incandescent bulb can last up to 1,000 hours or one year. While an LED bulb isn’t significantly more efficient than a CFL bulb, its long life makes it more cost effective. LED bulbs are also dimmable, making them a great solution for kitchen and dining room lights.In advance of Rock the Bulb, PSE’s Rock the Bulb Street Team will be visiting a variety of local community events, festivals and public locations, engaging customers with free CFL bulbs and Rock the Bulb Backstage Passes. Customers who bring the Backstage Pass they received in their PSE bill or the Backstage Pass postcard they received in the mail — along with their PSE account number — will receive two bonus CFL bulbs, for a total of 17 free bulbs.At Rock the Bulb exchange events, customers can participate in energy efficient games and activities, learn more about PSE’s programs to help save energy and money, and learn how to stay safe around electricity and natural gas at home. Customers who visit all three activity stations and take a pledge to be more energy efficient at home will receive a free WaterSense®-labeled premium-efficiency showerhead. Local radio stations will also broadcast live from the Rock the Bulb exchange event to encourage customers to participate, be more energy efficient, and give customers a chance to win prizes.At Rock the Bulb’s most recent stop in Thurston County this year, nearly 700 Yelm customers exchanged their old incandescent bulbs for nearly 11,000 CFL bulbs, saving a total of $44,000 per year in energy costs. Rock the Bulb will host a second exchange event offering free LED and CFL bulbs in exchange for incandescent bulbs the weekend of Oct. 27-28 in Bellevue, Wash. (location to be announced).For more information on Rock the Bulb: The-Re-Energize Tour 2012 visit PSE.com/RocktheBulb. To learn more about energy-efficiency rebates and incentives to Re-Energize your home, call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit PSE.com/ReEnergize.
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. a private non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County, marked a milestone by holding a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday to announce the building of an urgently needed new shelter facility.The new shelter, located in Monmouth County, will be the largest of its kind in the state and is slated to open by year’s end. It will be able to house 45 women and children at a time, up from 25 at its current location. The location of the new facility will be kept confidential, to protect the occupants.“Over the past five years, we have had to turn away more than 400 women and their children who needed our help. We simply don’t have the room,” said Anna Diaz-White, executive director of 180. “By doubling our capacity, we are in a position to help so many more people in our community.”With hardhats and shovels, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, 180 Turning Lives Around Executive Director Anna Diaz-White, elected officials and major donors gathered at the headquarters of New Jersey Natural Gas to celebrate the new facility.“Never forget what we’re really doing here – we’re saving lives,” Guadagno said.As part of the ceremony, 180 Turning Lives Around received a $100,000 grant from HopeLine from Verizon.HopeLine from Verizon connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, and funds organizations nationwide while protecting the environment.Additionally the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, who has partnered with 180 Turning Lives Around for over a decade, providing funding for 180’s 2NDFLOOR® Youth Helpline, and assistance to 180’s clients through the JBJ Soul Kitchen, will be presenting a check. Donations will also be made from the Knight Foundation and New Jersey Natural Gas.Attending the ground breaking were Kathy Eliis, executive vice president & chief operating officer of New Jersey Natural Gas, Sen. Jennifer Beck, John McCarthy, B2B Director, Verizon Wireless, and Fran Lobl, vice president of Faith & James Knight Foundation.
The largest metropolitan areas are governed by metropolitan municipalities, while the rest of the country is divided into district municipalities, each of which consists of several local municipalities. Since the boundary reform at the time of the municipal election of 3 August 2016 there are eight metropolitan municipalities, 44 district municipalities and 205 local municipalities.(Image: South African Local Government Association (SALGA))Local government and municipalitiesLocal government in South Africa administers cities and smaller regions. These are known as municipalities. There are three categories of municipality.Metropolitan municipalities – defined as category A – govern the major city regions.District municipalities, category C, are for wider areas outside the cities, like counties in the US and UK.Districts are further divided into local municipalities, category B.Chapter 7 of the Constitution explains the different categories:Category A – Metropolitan: A municipality that has exclusive municipal executive and legislative authority in its area.Category B – Local: A municipality that shares municipal executive and legislative authority in its area with a category C municipality within whose area it falls.Category C – District: A municipality that has municipal executive and legislative authority in an area that includes more than one municipality. South African municipalities, grouped by province (Image: Paul Berkowitz Research)The country has 278 municipalities: eight metropolitan, 44 district and 226 local.Metropoles have a choice between two types of government: the mayoral executive system where the mayor has the authority, or the collective executive committee system.*Updated: 6 November 2015Source: South African Government Communication and Information SystemWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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