Assistant/Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

first_imgAssistant/Associate Professor with 9-month, tenure trackappointment. Primary responsibilities will include teachingundergraduate and graduate courses in family and consumer sciencesand family and consumer sciences education, advising, supervising,and recruiting students, coordinating program concentrations,participating in curriculum development, establishing a researchprogram through collaborations and grant writing, serving ondepartment, college and university committees and participating inother academic functions.last_img read more

Indiana Health Commissioner pushes expected peak into May

first_img Google+ Twitter By Associated Press – April 14, 2020 7 709 Facebook Indiana Health Commissioner pushes expected peak into May CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleMichigan governor: Virus infection curve starting to flattenNext articleMichigan to buy back liquor as Whitmer extends restrictions Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana Health Commissioner, answers questions about COVID-19 infections and its impact on the state as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb listens during a briefing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Holcomb ordered state residents to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s health commissioner says actions aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus have pushed back the expected peak of illnesses in the state and given hospitals more time to prepare.The COVID-19 death toll for Indiana has reached at least 350 people as health officials on Monday reported seven additional deaths.Previous projections had shown Indiana could be seeing a surge of illnesses as early as this week, but Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says that is now expected in late April for the Indianapolis area and the first weeks of May for rest of the state. WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Elkhart fire crews battle blaze while en-route to 9-11 memorial

first_img Facebook Google+ Previous articleIndiana homeless population rising in South BendNext articleKaren Pence says more people are discussing mental health due to the pandemic Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 12, 2020 0 367 WhatsApp Twitter Elkhart fire crews battle blaze while en-route to 9-11 memorial Facebook Pinterest Google+ (Bill Beck/Elkhart Truth) Elkhart Fire crews were en-route for a 9-11 memorial, on Friday, Sep. 11, when they discovered smoke coming from a home in the 1900 block of Roys Avenue.On arrival, crews found heavy black smoke fire coming out the front of the home.More manpower was sent while crews began battling the blaze.A second home sustained exterior damage due to proximity to the original fire.There was no report of any injuries. The fire was ruled accidental.The American Red Cross was notified to provide assistance.last_img read more

News story: UK-India Energy for Growth Dialogue

first_imgThe second UK-India Energy for Growth Dialogue took place in London on 13 September 2018, hosted by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. The Dialogue was part of a wider visit made by Indian Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh.The Energy for Growth Dialogue focused on the shared commitments of both Prime Ministers to clean and green supplies of energy. Both countries are also committed to reducing the cost of developing and deploying clean energy projects.Minister Singh and Secretary of State Clark celebrated progress on collaboration between both countries since the first Dialogue in 2017, particularly on power sector reform and the development of renewable energy.The ministers endorsed a forward action plan for collaboration, and agreed to develop a proposal for a joint programme on Clean Energy for Growth to support the rapid and sustainable growth of India’s energy sector. In addition to key actions to accelerate energy efficiency, this programme may include elements on renewable energy, power sector reform and elements of green finance.They discussed the recent launch of the joint UK-India Centre for Energy Regulation, as well as India’s leadership of the International Solar Alliance.Minister Singh’s visit was set against successful international summits held this week in India on Future Mobility and in the UK on Zero Emission Vehicles, demonstrating continued global leadership by both countries to make transport cleaner and greener. The Minister engaged with industry in business roundtables and visited an offshore wind farm, to see first-hand the steps that the UK has taken to install the largest operational offshore wind capacity in the world.last_img read more

Press release: Statement regarding Grenfell Tower video

first_imgWe are aware that a video is trending on social media showing an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire. The government condemns this video in the strongest terms.Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Media enquiries At a time when the bereaved and survivors are giving testimony to the Grenfell Inquiry and reliving the unimaginable horror of that tragedy, it beggars belief that anyone should do this. Those responsible for this repugnant material are beneath contempt. I know that the police have been made aware of this video and will work to establish whether any offences have been committed. I would urge people not to continue to share this video. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DFcenter_img If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Email [email protected] Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG Office address and general enquirieslast_img read more

Lecture discusses ‘occasions of grace’

first_imgWith some Catholics in a state of “disenchantment and disillusionment,” scholar Colleen Mary Mallon said Catholicism is currently at a crossroads.Mallon spoke to members of the Saint Mary’s College community Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Stapleton Lounge in LeMans Hall. Mallon is assistant professor of Theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.Her lecture, “Near Occasions of Grace: The Gift and Task of Thinking Catholic,” discussed several components of Catholicism including Catholic theological tradition as well as intellectual distinction.In order to remain faithful in this time of uncertainty, Mallon said Catholics must live responsibly and creatively.“The life of the mind is a place where grace happens and that the wholeness of grace, the gift of God’s own life for nothing but love comes to us as an integral, embodied and critical intelligence,” she said. “That is, the livingness of divine love is a gift that animates our choices even as these choices are fully our own, our path.”According to Mallon, beliefs can be seen through actions. Actions, she said, allow one to understand more deeply what it is he or she believes.“If you want to know what I really think and believe, watch what I do,” Mallon said.Mallon relayed an account she once had with a student who had recently lost some friends in a terrorist attack in her homeland of Iraq. Mallon said although this student was struggling, she was able to come to and understanding of the situation because of grace.“I watched how the act of struggling to make meaning is a holy practice, where grace meets us and helps us to stretch to limits we cannot obtain without the accompaniment of the sacred spirit of God,” Mallon said.Mallon also discussed globalization and its effect on the Catholic faith. She spoke about four theological global flows attached to globalization. These flows are the theology of liberation, feminism, ecology and human rights.“The sinking of these global theological flows through the local water table into the roots of our social lives has met with both reception and resistance,” she said. “While some have experienced these … as rivers in dry land, others have experienced these as contaminated waters.”During her lecture, Mallon asked the audience to participate in a discussion. She told the audience to consider two groups of scientists. The first group gathers around a telescope and is scanning the night sky, searching for something. The second group is gathered around a crater. She asked the audience to discuss which of the groups of scientists were more like Christians. After a short discussion, she explained that the group of scientists that best approaches the Christian search for God was the group who was studying the crater.“Christian faith does not primarily concern the human search for God but is ultimately a human answer to God in search of human beings,” she said.Mallon said Catholics have an important task that must be faced.“This is our task: The work of bringing what we say and believe as Roman Catholics into congruency and alignment with how we actually behave,” Mallon said.last_img read more

Entergy Corporation exploring sale of Vermont Yankee

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation announced today that a process is under way to explore the potential sale of Vermont Yankee, its 605-megawatt nuclear plant in Vernon, Vermont.The sale process is being conducted on a confidential basis and no additional details will be released at this time, an Entergy statement said. While no decision has been made to sell the plant, the company expects interest from multiple parties. Entergy shares were up more than a point this morning to $75.70.Central Vermont Public Service spokesperson Steve Costello said in regards to the Entergy announcement, “We’ve continued to talk with them about a possible contract, and have said that so long as there is any hope that the plant can be relicensed and we can create value for Vermonters, we’ll continue to do so. We will certainly be interested to see their progress. Given our confidentiality agreement regarding our negotiations, I can’t add much else, except to say that if it can be shown that the plant can be operated safely, we continue to hope to have it as an option given the jobs and taxes it provides and the possibility of a favorable power contract for Vermont.”Green Mountain Power Corp spokesperson Dorothy Schnure said, “If the plant is sold, and of course deemed safe and reliable, we would support relicensing if there is a meaningful power purchase agreement for Vermont. We have been working hard on a meaningful PPA for Vermont and will continue to do so, but at this point there is nothing to report.”CVPS is the largest electric utility in the state. GMP is the second largest.The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been in the news often over the last few years. It has filed an application to extend its license 20 years beyond its original term ending in 2010. That request suffered a serious blow when it was revealed by Vermont Yankee last January that a radioactive substance, tritium, had been leaking from an underground pipe. Plant officials previously had said there were not any underground pipes carrying radioactive materials. In large part because of the leak and the unreliable information coming from the plant, the Vermont Legislature voted earlier this year to deny that license extension.While the Legislature could revisit that issue, Governor-Elect Peter Shumlin led the fight against the relicensing as Senate president pro tem.The company previously had successfully got state and federal approval to increase the power output of the plant and allow for onsite storage of spent, radioactive fuel rods. Much of the goodwill the plant had developed was lost, however, when part of a cooling tower collapsed in 2007. While there was no leakage of radioactive material involved, it gave relicensing opponents evidence that the plant was not safe enough to continue to operate.The Entergy statement said the plant has an outstanding operational record. It completed 532 days of continuous operation in April 2010, the second breaker-to-breaker run in the last five years. The record run for the plant is 547 days, which ended in 2007.‘Our motivation for exploring the sale of the plant is simple ‘ we want to do whatever is in the best interest of our stakeholders, including the approximately 650 men and women who work at the plant,’ said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. ‘At the same time, we have been successfully resolving any issues to secure Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval for a license extension at the plant, and we have been in negotiations with the local electric companies to finalize a long-term power purchase agreement to ensure the continued output of clean and reliable energy for Vermont utilities.‘We will aggressively negotiate with potential buyers for extension of employment to all current employees as a condition of any sale.’Entergy acquired the plant from Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation in 2002, for $180 million.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and more than 15,000 employees.Source: Entergy Corporation. (NYSE: ETR) New Orleans, La. ‘ 11.4.2010 www.entergy.com/investor_relations(link is external)last_img read more

Changes to the Rules of Criminal Procedure

first_imgChanges to the Rules of Criminal Procedure Changes to the Rules of Criminal Procedure October 1, 2005 telephone Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court’s Criminal Court Steering Committee has submitted to the Court a report proposing amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851, Collateral Relief After Death Sentence Has Been Imposed and Affirmed on Direct Appeal. The committee also proposes new Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.590(b), Time for Filing [Motions for New Trial or for New Penalty Phase] in Capital Cases Where the Death Penalty is an Issue. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposals, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before November 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Judge O.H. Eaton, Jr., 101 Bush Boulevard, Sanford 32773, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3.851 AND 3.590, CASE NO. SC05-1165 Rule 3.590. Time for and Method of Making Motions; Procedure; Custody Pending Hearing (a) Time for Filing in Noncapital Cases. A motion for new trial or in arrest of judgment, or both, in cases in which the state does not seek the death penalty, may be made within 10 days after the rendition of the verdict or the finding of the court. A timely motion may be amended to state new grounds without leave of court prior to expiration of the 10-day period and in the discretion of the court at any other time before the motion is determined. (b) Time for Filing in Capital Cases Where the Death Penalty is an Issue. A motion for new trial or in arrest of judgment, or both, or for a new penalty phase hearing may be made (1) within ten days after the jury returns a penalty recommendation in the penalty phase or (2) if there is no jury, within ten days after all of the penalty phase evidence has been presented to the court. The motion may address grounds which arose in the guilt phase and the penalty phase of the trial. Separate motions for the guilt phase and the penalty phase may be filed. The court may extend the time for filing these motions until ten days after sentence is pronounced on its own motion or on motion of either party. The motion or motions may be amended without leave of court prior to the expiration of the ten day period, and, in the discretion of the court, at any other time before the motion is determined. (b) (c) Oral Motions. When the defendant has been found guilty by a jury or by the court, the motion may be dictated into the record, if a court reporter is present, and may be argued immediately after the return of the verdict or the finding of the court. The court may immediately rule on the motion. (c) (d) Written Motions. The motion may be in writing, filed with the clerk; it shall state the grounds on which it is based. A copy of a written motion shall be served on the prosecuting attorney. When the court sets a time for the hearing thereon, the clerk may notify counsel for the respective parties or the attorney for the defendant may serve notice of hearing on the prosecuting officer. ( d) (e) Custody Pending Motion. Until the motion is disposed of, a defendant who is not already at liberty on bail shall remain in custody and not be allowed liberty on bail unless the court on good cause shown (if the offense for which the defendant is convicted is bailable) permits the defendant to be released on bail until the motion is disposed of. If the defendant is already at liberty on bail that is deemed by the court to be good and sufficient, it may permit the defendant to continue at large on such bail until the motion for new trial is heard and disposed of. Committee Notes (No Change) Court Commentary 2005 Amendment. This amendment provides the time limitations and procedures for moving for new trial, arrest of judgment or a new penalty phase in capital cases in which the death penalty is an issue. The motions must be made (1) within ten days after the jury returns a penalty recommendation, (2) within ten days after all of the penalty phase evidence has been presented to the court sitting without a jury, and (3) it provides the presiding judge with the discretion to allow the filing of these motions ten days after pronouncement of sentence. Rule 3.851. Collateral Relief After Death Sentence Has Been Imposed And Affirmed On Direct Appeal (a) Scope. This rule shall apply to all motions and petitions for any type of postconviction or collateral relief brought by a prisoner in state custody who has been sentenced to death and whose conviction and death sentence have been affirmed on direct appeal. It shall apply to all postconviction motions filed on or after October 1, 2001 . , by prisoners who are under sentence of death. Motions pending on that date are governed by the version of this rule in effect immediately prior to that date. (b) Appointment of Postconviction Counsel. (1) Upon the issuance of the mandate affirming a judgment and sentence of death on direct appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida shall at the same time issue an order appointing the appropriate office of the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel . or direct the trial court to immediately appoint counsel from the Registry of Attorneys maintained by the Commission on Capital Cases. The name of Registry Counsel shall be filed with the Supreme Court of Florida. (2) Within 30 days of the issuance of the mandate, the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel , or Registry Counsel, shall file a notice of appearance in the trial court or a motion to withdraw based on a conflict of interest or some other legal ground. Motions to withdraw filed more than 30 days after the issuance of the mandate shall not be entertained unless based on a specific conflict of interest as set forth in section 27.703, Florida Statutes. (3) Within 15 days after Capital Collateral Regional Counsel , or Registry counsel, files a motion to withdraw, the chief judge or assigned judge shall rule on the motion and appoint new postconviction counsel if necessary. The appointment of new collateral counsel shall be from the Registry of attorneys maintained by the Commission on Capital Cases unless the case is administratively transferred to another Capital Collateral Regional Counsel. (c) Preliminary Procedures. (1)(No Change) (2) Status Conferences. The assigned judge shall conduct a status hearing conference not later than 90 days after the judicial assignment, and shall hold status conferences at least every 90 days thereafter until the evidentiary hearing has been completed or the motion has been ruled on without a hearing. The attorneys, with leave of the trial court, may appear by telephone electronically at such the status conferences. Such requests Requests to appear electronically shall be liberally granted. Pending motions, disputes involving public records, or any other matters ordered by the court shall be heard at the status conferences. (3) – (4) (No Change) (d) Time Limitation. (1) Any motion to vacate judgment of conviction and sentence of death shall be filed by the prisoner within 1 year after the judgment and sentence become becomes final. For the purposes of this rule, a judgment is final: (A) – (B) (No Change) (2) No motion shall be filed or considered pursuant to this rule if filed beyond the time limitation provided in subdivision (d)(1) unless it alleges : that (A) the facts on which the claim is predicated were unknown to the movant or the movant’s attorney and could not have been ascertained by the exercise of due diligence, or (B) the fundamental constitutional right asserted was not established within the period provided for in subdivision (d)(1) and has been held to apply retroactively, or (C) postconviction counsel, through neglect, failed to file the motion. (3) All petitions for extraordinary relief in which the Supreme Court of Florida has original jurisdiction, including petitions for writ writs of habeas corpus, shall be filed simultaneously with the initial brief filed on behalf of the death-sentenced prisoner in the appeal of the circuit court’s order on the initial motion for postconviction relief filed under this rule. (4) – (5) (No Change) (e) Contents of Motion. (1) Initial Motion. A motion filed under this rule is an initial postconviction motion if no state court has previously ruled on a postconviction motion challenging the same judgment and sentence. An initial motion and memorandum of law filed under this rule shall not exceed 75 pages exclusive of the attachments. Attachments shall include , but are not limited to , the judgment and sentence. The memorandum of law shall set forth the applicable case law supporting the granting of relief as to each separately pled claim. This rule does not authorize relief based upon claims that could have or should have been raised at trial and, if properly preserved, on direct appeal of the judgment and sentence. As to If claims that were raised on appeal or should have or could have been raised on appeal are contained in the motion, the memorandum of law shall contain a brief statement as to explaining why these claims are being raised on postconviction relief. The motion shall be under oath and shall include: (A) a statement specifying description of the judgment and sentence under attack and the name of the court that rendered the same; (B) – (E) (No Change) The memorandum of law shall set forth the applicable case law supporting the granting of relief as to each separately pled claim. As to claims that were raised on appeal or should have or could have been raised on appeal, the memorandum shall contain a brief statement as to why these claims are being raised on postconviction relief. (2) (No Change) (f) Procedure; Evidentiary Hearing; Disposition. (1) (No Change) (2) Duty of Clerk. Upon the filing of a motion for postconviction relief, the clerk of the trial court shall immediately forward the motion and file to the assigned judge. A motion filed under this rule shall be immediately delivered to the chief judge or the assigned judge along with the court file. (3) Answer. (A) Answer To Initial Motion to the initial motion. Within 60 days of the filing of an initial motion, the state shall file its answer. The answer and accompanying memorandum of law shall not exceed 75 pages, exclusive of attachments and exhibits. The answer shall address the legal insufficiency of any claim in the motion, respond to the allegations of the motion, and address any procedural bars. As to any claims of legal insufficiency or procedural bar, the state shall include a short statement of any applicable case law. (B) Answer To Successive Motion to a successive motion. Within 20 days of the filing of a successive motion, the state shall file its answer. The answer shall not exceed 25 pages, exclusive of attachments and exhibits. The answer shall specifically respond to each claim in the motion and state the reason(s) that an evidentiary hearing is or is not required. (4) (No Change) (5) Case Management Conference; Evidentiary Hearing. (A) Initial Postconviction Motion. No later than 90 days after the state files its answer to an initial motion, the trial court shall hold a case management conference. At the case management conference, both parties shall disclose all documentary exhibits that they intend to offer at the evidentiary hearing, provide an exhibit list of all such exhibits, and exchange a witness list with the names and addresses of any potential witnesses. All expert witnesses shall be so specifically designated on the witness list, and copies of all expert reports shall be attached. At the case management conference, the trial court shall: (i) – (iii) (No Change) (B) – (D) (No Change) (6) – (7) (No Change) (g) – (h) (No Change) (i). Dismissal of Postconviction Proceedings. (1) A prisoner under sentence of death in this state, through counsel or pro se, may file a motion to discharge counsel and to dismiss pending postconviction proceedings. (2) The assigned judge shall review the motion and schedule it for hearing. The prisoner shall be present at the hearing. (3) The trial judge shall examine the prisoner at the hearing and, if it appears the prisoner is incompetent, shall order the prisoner to be examined by not fewer than two nor more than three qualified experts, who shall file reports with the court setting forth their findings. Thereafter, the court shall conduct an evidentiary hearing and enter an order setting forth findings of competency or incompetency. (4) The trial court shall not proceed if the defendant is found to be incompetent. (5) If the prisoner is found to be competent, the court shall conduct a complete (Durocher/Faretta)inquiry to determine whether the prisoner knowingly, freely and voluntarily wants to discharge counsel and dismiss pending post conviction proceedings. (6) If the court determines that the prisoner has made the decision to knowingly, freely and voluntarily discharge collateral counsel, the court shall enter an order discharging counsel and dismissing all post conviction proceedings. (7) A copy of the motion, the order, and the transcript of the hearing or hearings conducted on the motion shall be forwarded to the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida within thirty days. Court Commentary 2005 Amendment. The amendments provide for the appointment of Registry Counsel in areas of the state that are not served by a Capital Collateral Representative Counsel. Counsel are allowed to appear at hearings electronically to authorize both telephonic and video appearances.last_img read more

Why sustainable design is important for credit unions

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Saunders Bob is a founding partner of Momentum (www.momentumbuilds.com), which is a national provider of strategic facilities services to the financial industry, as well as higher education. Strategic operations … Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details About half of U.S. construction is going green.Sustainable or ‘green’ design is one of the most influential factors to impact the design and construction industry – some say that even reinforced concrete and structural steel pale in comparison. But make no mistake, green buildings aren’t just for those concerned with environmental awareness. In fact, green buildings currently comprise 48% of all commercial and institutional construction in the U.S., with nearly 3.6 billion square feet of building space achieving LEED-certification. Considering that the LEED rating system didn’t exist until 2000, this is quite an impressive set of statistics.What is LEED-certification?LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a set of universal best practices and guidelines pertaining to sustainable design and green buildings, including a green building certification program. Owners, architects, and construction managers seek LEED-certification to ensure that their facilities conform to a rigorous set of planning, design, construction, and operational standards. While achieving LEED-certification is not a simple endeavor, it serves as a great tool in ensuring that you are making the most of your membership’s investment.It gives a competitive advantage.The AIA (American Institute of Architects) links sustainable design to ‘the creation of communities, buildings and products that contribute to the enduring prosperity of all living things.’ If you think about it, you apply similar principles every day as you manage your credit union – striving for consistent, measurable growth and long-term success. Why not apply a similar approach to the ownership and operation of your facilities? After all, your facilities should reflect your core values. Sustainably designed facilities will not only help you stand out from the crowd, but as a community leader, you’re entrusted to be the guardian of your organization’s resources and a responsible building owner as well. We feel confident in stating that ignoring sustainable design can be short-sighted and even ill-advised.Benefits gained:Leading edge design and deployment tacticsFacilities are less expensive to maintain and operateMore effective use of land and local natural resourcesHealthier, cleaner, more productive work environmentIncreased social capital and community awarenessAligning member needs.For a credit union, perhaps more relevant is how sustainable design can align directly with the people helping people philosophy. Members already appreciate the fact you’re diligent and prudent in managing their money. When you integrate this way of thinking into the design and management of your facilities, the social capital that you can gain is significant. Plus, you’ll have an effective and efficient facility that not only looks good, but provides a healthy work environment for staff and members, and outpaces the average facility in terms of life cycle performance and energy consumption.View the seven reasons for sustainable design. Continue reading about how sustainable design is impacting Momentum. See the full article on Momentum’s website.last_img read more

When you come to a fork…

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bitcoin was once viewed as a promising alternative to the US dollar and other fiat currencies that are controlled by federal governments or national banks. Bitcoin was appealing and newsworthy because it offers near real-time transfer of value (compared to 1-3 days for a bank settlement), anonymity, and virtually free transactions versus credit card merchant charges of 1-3%.Bitcoin: The good old daysIn its first few years starting from when Bitcoins were first minted (or mined in Bitcoin parlance) in January 2009, the currency had limited practical use, limited to transfer between Bitcoin miners and a few computer geeks. Bitcoin ATMs, which allowed individuals to insert dollars in exchange for a piece of paper – the digital representation of a Bitcoin wallet – began to appear. Robocoin, the first ATM vendor of its kind, installed early Bitcoin ATMs in Vancouver and Austin, starting in October 2013. This allowed non-miners to exchange real currency for Bitcoin currency and participate in the promise of a global currency that knew no international boundaries, had no exchange fees, and could be used universally around the world.It could be argued that December 2014 was the peak of merchant acceptance of Bitcoin, a major component of that promise. Bitpay, a startup that enabled merchants, including brick and mortar stores, to accept Bitcoin, purchased the rights to rename the St. Petersburg Bowl, an annual NCAA college football postseason game played in St. Petersburg, Florida, to the Bitcoin Bowl. Leading up to the game, Bitpay enabled many local merchants in downtown St. Petersburg and around the stadium to accept Bitcoin. Several Bitcoin ATM vendors also stepped in and installed Bitcoin ATMs. continue reading »last_img read more