Cincinnati expects significant savings from new solar project


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WVXU:The city of Cincinnati is expected to put out a request for proposals next month in what could be the largest solar array by a city on city property. The 25 megawatt project would power 25 percent of the city’s energy needs.Energy Manager Michael Forrester stands on one of a dozen possible sites that could power a portion of Cincinnati’s energy needs, the former Center Hill landfill. “This is a great site because it’s large,” he says. “Very rarely in the City of Cincinnati do you have 60 acres of underutilized land that you can put a whole bunch of solar on.” There are two 30 acre plots. Only one would be used.Even if Center Hill is chosen Forrester and the Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability, Larry Falkin, say it is only big enough for half of the project. Additional sites would be needed.Falkin’s office estimates it can place solar panels on that Center Hill field producing about 10,200,000 kilowatt hours per year. That would offset the emissions from just over 800 homes using natural gas or 1,100 homes for electricity-only use.Mayor John Cranley says this is the ultimate “think globally, act locally” project. “The cost of solar is far cheaper than at least 25 percent of our energy consumption,” he says. “So at least for the first 25 megawatts there will be no additional cost to the taxpayers. When it’s literally cheaper to do a renewable source and is better for the environment it’s almost unforgivable not to do it.”More: Planned Cincinnati solar project could be largest in U.S. Cincinnati expects significant savings from new solar projectlast_img read more

Hiring for great member experience


first_imgCreating a great member experience is essential to keeping members and deepening wallet share. And your staff, according to Michael Neill, CSE, are key to creating that outstanding experience.When Neill, a CUES strategic partner and developer of ServiStar® Member Experience Builder, presented the CUES webinar “Hiring Employees Fitted for Great Member Experience,” he defined member experience in two parts:Ease of doing business. How easy do we make it to do business with our credit union? This involves both in-person channels and remote channels (mobile, online). It defines how uncomplicated, how fast and how few hoops it takes to meet a member’s personal needs. “This is the No. 1 predicator of how likely a member is to spend more money with you,” said Neill, president and founder of Michael Neill & Associates, Inc., Atlanta. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Taylor pens new Swansea deal


first_imgDefender Neil Taylor has extended his stay with Swansea after agreeing a new four-year contract. The left-back, who joined the club in 2010 from Conference side Wrexham, has been named in the Wales squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff next week. Taylor admits the progress made by Swansea meant it was straightforward for him to sign a new deal. “It was an easy decision,” he told “I’m glad we’ve managed to get it done early. Both myself and the club wanted it to happen, I’m really happy and focused on Swansea. “We’ve been so successful in recent years and the club is really moving forward now. “Last season was our best yet. We have a young, hungry manager and everything is progressing here both on and off the field. “The training ground is being developed at the moment and each year we seem to be making big strides. “But we know that next season this group of players is able to make another big mark on the Premier League and we’re hoping we can do great things again. “I think we’ll strengthen again this summer, so as a player there is no other place you would want to be right now.” Press Associationcenter_img The 26-year-old, who had been linked with West Brom, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, had 12 months remaining on his existing deal but has ended any speculation about his future. Taylor was a key member of the side which finished eighth in the Premier League last season, making 34 league appearances. last_img read more

Rankings should not count the Trojans out


first_imgI don’t really understand how national rankings work.Of course, I understand the premise of voters and polls based on point differentials and strength-of-schedule statistics. I’ve read plenty of explainer columns that break down the variety of factors that are put into deciding the national rankings for teams every week. But when it comes down to it, national rankings are consistently subjective. How do you judge the quality of dozens of football teams playing wildly different matchups? How do you factor in the effects of injuries and away games, or the impact of a short week for a Friday night matchup? Is a win over a No. 3 team really that much more important than a win over a No. 6 team?The list of questions goes on and on, but at the end of the day, the same general conclusion can be drawn. The AP and Coaches’ Polls are many things, but most often, they’re inaccurate in some way or another. And the place where these rankings cut the least slack is the Pac-12.Last week, Washington fans exploded on social media after a barrage of comments from ESPN about the team’s opening schedule. The fans’ reactions ramped up to full-on outrage when ESPN commentator Quint Kessenich compared the first three teams of the Huskies’ season to a trio of vanilla cupcakes on air during the channel’s broadcast of the game.The comments came after Washington head coach Chris Petersen bemoaned the East Coast broadcasting bias that causes big-ticket Pac-12 games to kick off as early as 11 a.m. on some weekends. Commentator Kirk Herbstreit fired back on ESPN College Gameday, saying coaches should be “thanking ESPN” for covering the games at all. Another commentator described Petersen as “irascible and cantankerous.”Fans lashed out on Twitter, but the flames died down quickly after several days, especially after Washington beat down Cal in a 38-7 victory. It’s easy to not be angry, of course, when your team is ranked at the top of the Pac-12 and the top 5 of both national polls. But whether it’s noticeable or not, the Pac-12 suffers from the same bias that Petersen cited from top to bottom. And this season, the Trojans have taken some of the harder hits.In making this argument, of course, I have to acknowledge the struggles of this year’s USC football team. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold has underperformed mightily, tumbling from the inarguable Heisman frontrunner to simply become a competent quarterback (this is something, however, that still shouldn’t be taken for granted). Injuries have plagued the front five of the offensive line, and special teams have been mediocre at best. The defense has been the sole highlight of this year’s season, and that’s rather reflective of the lack of success of a team that was most touted for its offense before the season.So no, I’m not here to claim that USC deserves better than its current ranking. But last week, a specific game reminded me of how quickly and mightily the Trojans will be punished for taking losses that are rather typical in a competitive conference.After bobbing up and down in the top 10, the Trojans tumbled nine places from No. 5 to No. 14 after losing to Washington State. It was an understandable drop to take — after all, the team had been cruising for a bruising for weeks after kicking off the season by struggling to put away Western Michigan at home. But the Cougars weren’t exactly cupcakes. At the time, the team was ranked No. 16, and since then has climbed to No. 8. Quarterback Luke Falk is a certified superstar, rising from walk-on status to pass Marcus Mariota in the Pac-12 all-time passing records as he quickly becomes a sleeper candidate for the Heisman. Combine that with the fact that the Trojans had to travel to Pullman, Wash. on a short schedule while dealing with a litany of injuries — and a staph infection — and the loss is rather understandable.You know what’s not understandable? A No. 3 team with a Heisman frontrunner falling to an unranked opponent’s second-string quarterback at home. That’s what happened last Saturday when Iowa State upset Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Of course, this is part of the beauty of college sports — pretty much any team can beat any other team on any given Saturday, regardless of rank or Heisman candidacy. But what’s even harder to understand is how the same Sooner team somehow only fell to No. 12. That’s right — a loss to an unranked, battered team at home dropped Oklahoma the exact same number of spots as a loss on the road to an up-and-coming team did to USC.After Saturday’s game, senior captain Chris Hawkins shook his head in frustration as he considered the next week’s rankings, which had yet to be released.“They don’t take us seriously,” he said with a shrug.Hawkins was right. The polls don’t take this team seriously, and they might not for the rest of the season. But national voters would be foolish to turn their TVs off before catching this weekend’s Pac-12 games — especially when it comes to the Trojans.With the offense slowly warming up, and key players returning from injury, this team is on the cusp of reclaiming its preseason glory. Darnold has settled into solid production; the young corps of receivers grows every week, and the defense remains one of the most formidable in the country.The time for underestimating USC has officially come to its end. Let’s hope that next week’s polls will take due note.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs Thursdays.last_img read more

World’s oldest woman caught in the midst of family dispute


first_imgThe whereabouts of the world’s oldest woman, 117-year-old Violet Moss Browne, remains a mystery after she was reportedly moved from her home by relatives as a family feud boils over her care and treatment.According to relatives who care for Browne at her Duanvale, Trelawny home, she was supposed to be taken to hospital for a medical appointment on Saturday but has not been seen since.Relative refused to bring her back homeChristo Davis, Moss Brown’s grandson, told the Jamaica Gleaner that a woman he identified as Karen Samuel took the matriarch last weekend but has refused to return her to her home.“Karen Samuels told me she was instructed by Barry Russell (Moss Brown’s son) to take her to the hospital to get her hydrated,” he said. “She (Samuels) did not take her back, and we, who have been here with her all these years, have no idea where she is now.”Samuels subsequently confirmed that she was instructed by Russell to remove Brown from her home and not to reveal her whereabouts to anyone.Not pleased with treatmentRussell, who lives in Miami, later told the newspaper that he was not pleased with the treatment his mother was receiving at home and he accused her grandchildren, with whom she lived, of being greedy and uncaring.She is alive and well“I made the decision to move my mother because her greedy grandchildren were not taking good care of her,” said Russell. “I am not going to reveal her whereabouts to them . . . . She is alive and well.”However, granddaughter Lelieth Palmer, the daughter of Moss Brown’s son, Harland Fairweather, who was the world’s oldest person with a living parent prior to his death earlier this year, told the Jamaica Gleaner that since her father died, there had been a family dispute as to who should care for Moss Brown.“She was removed because of this dispute,” Palmer said.The decision to remove Moss Brown from her Duanvale home has also not gone down well with other members of the community and her church family, who view her as a community icon.The Jamaican supercentenarian, shot to fame earlier this year after her status as the world’s oldest person came to light. She has since received many courtesy calls including from the country’s Governor General, Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader peter Phillips.She is also due to be visited by representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records.last_img read more

CANU unearths cocaine in package shipped to Guyana


first_imgTwo persons are currently in custody following a drug bust at a local shipping company’s bond in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, the Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly said.Atherly in an interview with Guyana Times said the drugs were unearthed about a week ago at the terminal and a male and female were arrested. The two were hauled in for questioning after a package, which contained about 136 grams of cocaine, was unearthed.“It came in in a parcel addressed to someone, a box,” the head of CANU said, while opting not to disclose whether the package arrived in the duo’s names, or if it they were the ones sending the package.He would only say that no one had been charged yet as the investigation into the seizure continues. Atherly explained that this seizure was not the first for the year as there has been one for at least the past three weeks by the department.In addition to this, he said the Police have also seized some illegal drugs.A total of 121,305.8 pounds of narcotics was seized in the year 2017, according to the National Anti-Narcotics Agency. Statistics for last year’s drug seizures are yet to be released to the public.This was revealed in September last year when the Agency launched its annual report on the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN), which seeks to provide comprehensive data on drug supply-and-demand interventions for evidence-based policy and programme development.Law enforcement agencies have seized a total of 55,139 kg of narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000 kg of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes.last_img read more