FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:German transmission system operator 50Hertz has launched an economic and climate initiative aiming to draw 100 per cent of the electricity delivered from renewable sources by 2032.50Hertz supplies eastern German states and the city states of Berlin and Hamburg with electricity. The TSO is in charge of developing and operating the offshore transmission grid in the German Baltic Sea.Currently, the company’s share of renewable energy in the mix is 60 per cent. It has launched the new initiative under the slogan: ”From 60 to 100 by 2032: for an economy with prospects”.To achieve this, 50Hertz will utilise new approaches to system operation, carry out consistent digitisation of the integration of an increasingly volatile electricity supply, and participate in innovative models of sector coupling to generate heat and produce hydrogen from “green” power.50Hertz CEO Stefan Kapferer said: “The transformation of our electric power supply has entered a new phase. Today’s parallel existence of a conventional fossil generation system and an energy system based on renewable sources is coming to an end. Wind and solar energy must be able to provide ancillary services in the future. We are determined to drive this transition forward, but now with new and full speed. This way, 50Hertz sends a clear signal, not only regarding climate policy, but also and especially to industry policy makers: more and more companies know that renewables are the future, and they want to align their energy supply accordingly. We want to and will support this process.”[Adnan Durakovic]More: 50Hertz goes all-in on renewables German transmission operator 50Hertz begins planning for 100% renewable energy grid
Done correctly, your next strategic planning session should leave your board and leadership team on a major high. Goals will have been set, obstacles discussed, and plans for overcoming those obstacles put in place. Action items will be listed, each item with an accountable owner and due date. With all those details in order, everyone should be excited about the next 12 months.When you return, the entire credit union team, from the C Suite to the teller line, should know the goals and be filled with motivation and optimism. Unfortunately, that’s where many strategic plans stop. Fires come up, distractions happen, and daily tasks become more of a priority than strategy. That’s why the days and weeks following a strategic planning session are critical for keeping forward momentum.Here are three ways we can help you maintain that progress and excitement, keep your strategic plan at the top of everyone’s minds, and ensure action items are being accomplished to achieve your goals:Define OwnersDuring a strategic planning event with YMC, we will outline action items, owners, and due dates. While we think it’s best for the entire leadership team to attend the planning session, we understand that sometimes specific owners or key team members who will execute specific action items can’t be present at the event. In those instances, it’s essential to gather all of the key leaders and stakeholders immediately after the planning session and review the goals and action items with them. This allows you to get their buy-in and helps them understand their role in ensuring your credit union’s success. This meeting should result in one shared vision among the entire team and create an environment where everyone understands what is expected. After that meeting has taken place, keep your strategic planning papers in a highly visible place where they can provide a daily reminder of the vision and serve as an accountability reminder for the owners of the action items.Prioritize Transparency and VisibilityBe transparent about progress, regardless the status of each initiative. If you post your vision and action items where they can be seen on a daily basis, you’ll have no problem measuring progress. The strategic plan should be discussed in every leadership meeting and every board meeting. When action items are accomplished, celebrate the wins. If action items aren’t completed on time, dig deeper to determine what kept that initiative from being successfully achieved. You might find that there is additional work that needs to be done, and you have to hit pause on an action item. Then again, you might find a leader who is task saturated, which means you need to address job descriptions. In other cases, you may be able to identify a weak link on your team, one that requires immediate attention to prevent them from hindering progress for the entire organization.Focused MeetingsWhen gathering with your board or leadership team, you may find it necessary to adjust the focus of your meetings. These meetings must go beyond simple transparency and visibility. Productive weekly leadership meetings should have just four items on the agenda: Ten-minute review of initiative scorecards (week-over-week progress toward specific and measurable milestones)Three-minute reports from each participant updating the status of each department’s commitmentsList of commitments to be accomplished before the next meetingIdentification of critical issues that must be discussed or resolved to maintain forward progress. (Not all of these discussions need to take place within the meeting. Your VP of Marketing and CFO can commit to a “sidebar meeting” during the week to address outstanding questions.) Let any other topic—even an important one—take time and attention away from your priorities, and your strategic plan will drift further and further down your timeline.Remember, the difference between a “very good” planning session and a “great” planning session is that the former inspires the team to pursue significant outcomes, while the latter actually leads the team to achieve those goals. Going from “very good” to “great” will depend on several factors, including the strength of the people in your organization. But even with outstanding people on your team, well-structured planning sessions and consistent post-planning follow-up are critical. These sessions can be converted into action, and the follow-up process enables your organization to maintain your plan’s momentum.Don’t become legalistic about the process, but don’t let it slide either. If you’re going to spend resources (time and money) on your strategic planning event, make sure it does more than just create a document that sits on your shelf and collects dust for the next year. You owe it to the founding members of your credit union to ensure success. And more than that, you owe it to the members who depend on your credit union today and those who will in the future to be the very best you can be. Creating that kind of credit union starts with strategic, member-focused planning. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details
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The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry wants to asses spatial plans for Greater Jakarta following widespread flooding that hit parts of the capital on Tuesday.Budi Situmorang, the ministry’s spatial use and land control director general, said officials were “racing against time” to audit the spatial plan from “upstream to downstream”, adding that the uphill areas of Greater Jakarta were particularly problematic due to the construction of villas.”We would like to conduct replanting in the upstream area together with the Environment and Forestry Ministry, because our requirement is that villas can only occupy 20 percent of the total spatial plan,” Budi said in a statement. “We will dismantle [villas] if their number exceeds the limit.” Budi said the building density in Greater Jakarta had clogged many water catchment areas in the area, causing rivers to overflow due to constant rain and often resulting in floods.“The rain [on Tuesday] was torrential, but many water catchment areas are closed due to buildings. Thus, the drainage system did not function properly.”Read also: Complex measures, partnerships needed to deal with floods in JakartaThe ministry was also working with the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s Directorate General for Water Resources, Budi said. “Areas in Bogor and Depok used to have extensive lakes, but the latter have been gradually reduced, so we are working together to prevent any further reduction.”The ministry would identify and go as far as to dismantle buildings, especially those built without permits, in several locations in Jakarta based on Law No. 24/2007 on disaster management. Greater Jakarta was hit by the fourth major floods this year on Tuesday morning following torrential overnight rainfall. According to PetaBencana.id, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) website for real-time flood information, 87 locations across Jakarta had been inundated by floods on Tuesday, which paralyzed part of the capital city and disrupted transportation. (awa)Topics :
Terms of Membership.All members shall be appointed for terms commensurate with the life of the Commission. All members appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.Should a vacancy occur on the Commission, the Governor will appoint a successor, who shall serve the duration of the unexpired term.The Term of the Commission shall commence on the Effective Date of this Executive Order and shall expire on March 31, 2021, the Termination Date of this Executive Order. September 14, 2018 Compensation. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their service, except that such members may be reimbursed for actual travel and related expenses in accordance with the Commonwealth’s travel and subsistence policies.Reports. The Commission shall provide a report to the Governor at least twice; once, prior to April 1, 2020, on the status of the Commonwealth’s activities leading up to the Census 2020; and once, prior to its expiration, on the Commission’s activity, including recommendations for improving the census process, for utilization in advance of the 2030 Census.Meetings and Communications. The Commission shall meet as necessary to carry out the functions of the Commission and, at least quarterly between the Effective Date of this Executive Order and June 30, 2020.Pennsylvania Census 2020 Interagency Workgroup. All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and represented on the Commission shall cooperate and provide assistance as needed to the Commission in performing its functions. The Commission will receive administrative services and assistance from the Center for Local Government Services in the Department of Community and Economic Development.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall be effective immediately.Termination Date. This Executive Order shall terminate on March 31, 2021. Press Release, Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, which will make recommendations for the most accurate count of Pennsylvanians in the upcoming census.“The census data impacts all of us, from the number of seats Pennsylvania has in Congress to the amount of federal funds we revive, to the decisions government, businesses and non-profits make,” said Governor Wolf. “This commission will help our state to have a full and accurate count of our population. We need all people to be counted, from our biggest cities to our small and rural communities. “The commission will coordinate Pennsylvania’s involvement with the census, which occurs every 10 years. The commission will help the U.S. Census Bureau to recruit Pennsylvanians to be census workers, educate the public about the importance of the census, develop partnerships with public and private sectors to achieve an accurate count, and create a strategy to reach hard-to-count populations.The governor will appoint up to 45 members to the commission from businesses, academia, community and nonprofit organizations, religious and health care communities, elected and appointed officials, employees from all levels of government, and the Pennsylvania State Data Center.There are far-reaching implications if Pennsylvania’s population is undercounted in 2020. If the data snapshot does not include all residents, the commonwealth could lose seats in Congress, receive billions of dollars less in federal funds for a variety of services and programs, and the data used by the public and private sector could be impacted.Census Day is April 1, 2020.The full text of the Executive Order 2018-05 is below.WHEREAS, every 10 years beginning in 1790, as mandated by the United States Constitution, the Census of Population and Housing has been taken by the U.S. Government to count all persons and housing units in the United States to reapportion the membership of the U.S. House of Representatives among the States and for other purposes; andWHEREAS, the next decennial census will be conducted on April 1, 2020; andWHEREAS, the 2020 Census will be used for Congressional reapportionment, redistricting, and for legislative redistricting, such that having a complete and accurate count of Pennsylvania’s population is essential for the fair representation of the citizenry in the U.S. Congress, the General Assembly of this Commonwealth, and the legislative bodies of local government; andWHEREAS, individuals, businesses, local governments, and nonprofit organizations will rely on census data for planning and decision-making; andWHEREAS, it is well established that certain households, special populations, and hard-to-enumerate areas are at risk of being under-counted and under-represented; andWHEREAS, the populations that have traditionally been under-counted have a significant presence throughout this Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, the state and federal governments will use information gained through the census, including population counts, housing and other data, to distribute billions of dollars in funding to essential programs, including health care and human services programs that are intended to help low-income children and their families; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth and its local jurisdictions utilize census data to provide descriptions of the social and economic characteristics of geographic areas and population groups to determine those areas and groups’ funding needs for infrastructure projects, economic development programs, job training, schools, and other activities; andWHEREAS, it is important to the Commonwealth that a complete and accurate census count be obtained; andWHEREAS, to achieve a complete and accurate census count, the Commonwealth must support efforts to share address and other geographic information with the U.S. Census Bureau and other census partners, work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the recruitment of Pennsylvania Census workers, and implement communication strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas; andWHEREAS, to achieve a complete and accurate census count, it is important to involve representatives of the private and public sectors, Pennsylvania’s local governments, state agencies, and other important stakeholders.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of this Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the laws of the Commonwealth, do hereby establish the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, (hereinafter referred to as “Commission”) as hereinafter set forth:Mission. The Commission shall recommend methods and policies to facilitate the most complete and accurate census count in the year 2020, including implementing strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas.Functions. The Commission shall coordinate the Commonwealth’s involvement in preparing for the decennial census and recommend actions necessary to complete the following:Coordinate the Commonwealth’s involvement in the U.S. Census Bureau’s recruitment of Pennsylvanians to assist in a variety of census-related activities.Promote and educate Pennsylvanians regarding the importance of the census.Develop partnerships between the public and private sectors to maximize resources used to achieve a complete and accurate count.Implement cooperative arrangements among local governments, non-profit organizations, and other public and private entities to share addresses and other geographic information.Develop and implement strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas. Composition.The Commission shall consist of up to 45 individual members appointed by the Governor, including representation from business, academia, community and nonprofit organizations, religious communities, health care communities, elected and appointed officials and employees from all levels of government, and the Pennsylvania State Data Center, as necessary. The Governor will designate a chairperson or chairpersons who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.The following individuals shall serve as ex-officio members:(1) A representative from the Office of the Governor(2) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs(3) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs(4) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs(5) Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women(6) Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs(7) Secretary of Aging(8) Secretary of Agriculture(9) Secretary of Banking and Securities(10) Secretary of the Commonwealth(11) Secretary of Community and Economic Development(12) Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources(13) Secretary of Corrections(14) Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs(15) Secretary of Education(16) Secretary of Environmental Protection(17) Secretary of General Services(18) Secretary of Health(19) Secretary of Human Services(20) Secretary of Labor and Industry(21) Adjutant General(22) Secretary of Revenue(23) Secretary of Transportation(24) Director of Emergency Management(25) Insurance Commissioner(26) Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner(27) A legislator appointed from each of the four legislative caucuses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Each member may designate a person to represent them on the Commission. 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Danica Pension, Denmark’s second-biggest commercial pension provider, recorded a 9% increase in labour market pension scheme clients in 2016.It announced the figure in connection with the release of its full-year financial results. Danica Pension’s total profit before tax was DKK2.22bn (€299m), against DKK1.96bn in 2015.It said that premiums from business customers with more than 200 employees increased by about DKK900m, due in part to an increase in the number of these clients.Per Klitgård, Danica Group CEO, said: “We are pleased that so many companies in 2016 chose Danica Pension for their employees, and we see the trend continuing into 2017, as we have welcomed several major customers – companies as well as in the labour market pension area.” The pension provider will increase its focus on handling large customers, he added. A spokeperson for Danica, which manages DKK380bn of assets, told IPE that it does not disclose the name of clients.Last October one of Danica’s competitors, PKA, the DKK250bn labour-market pension provider, launched a drive to win new business from the country’s big providers. The Danica spokesman said that it has “no comment on PKA or other firms in the business”.Danica said its strategy to grow its market share in Norway and Sweden resulted in a 17% increase in premiums in Norway relative to 2015, and a 13% increase in premiums in Sweden.It said the growth in total premiums in 2016 – more than 14% – also reflected the effect of it strengthening its collaboration with Danske Bank, aimed at “ensur[ing] attractive pension offers and comprehensive solutions for both personal and business customers”.The full-year figures Danica reported for its pension products are largely in line with early return figures it announced in January, as reported by IPE.It reiterated its view that the results show its investment strategy, which the provider has modified to increase direct investment, is working. Danica said it was able to provide “a satisfactory and attractive return” in 2016.Klitgård said: “We are pleased that our investment strategy is now really paying off, to the benefit of our customers in the form of attractive returns in 2016. “Our strategy [is] creating long-term, robust portfolios, so that major political events such as Brexit and the US presidential election do not expose our customers’ savings to unnecessary risk. We succeeded in this respect, providing our customers with strong absolute returns while taking a prudent approach to risk.”The return on its Balance, Link, and Select products was 5.5% before tax in 2016, with the lifecycle product Danica Balance producing an overall return of 5.7% before tax.A customer with a medium-risk profile in the Balance product would have received a return of 7.5%, according to the pension provider, placing it second among Danish commercial pension companies in terms of returns.Expenses fell by DKK52m – roughly 4% – in 2016, and now account for 0.36% of provisions, according to the provider.Last year Danica Pension made it possible for private investors to invest directly in its property portfolio, and it said that “our customers showed great interest in the product”.
Image source: Kingston District CouncilDespite a slow start, the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina dredging program is now making positive progress, the Kingston District Council said in the latest project update. The work is progressing smoothly, with sand and seagrass movement around the western breakwater is now under control and dredging of the entrance channel is well underway.“Unfortunately, due to the enormous amount of sand and seagrass build up, a few more weeks is required before the Marina will be open to recreational fishers. The facility will remain closed at this time,” the council said.Maria Creek Boat Launching FacilityWithin the next week or so, the marina visitors will see excavators begin work in Kingston to re-open the Maria Creek Recreational Boat Launching facility, according to the council’s update.Work will begin on the southern side of the groyne removing seagrass and sand to create a buffer that will help prevent seagrass and sand from entering the channel.Once a suitable buffer is achieved, work will begin inside the channel to excavate seagrass and sand. Excavation work is expected to take many weeks to complete.Once excavators have done all they can an assessment of depth within and outside the channel will be conducted to determine dredging requirements.If dredging is required, council’s dredge will be mobilized to Maria Creek. The facility will remain closed at this time, the council said.
Unix Line, a Singapore-based shipping company, was fined USD 1.65 million by a US court for concealing illegal discharges of oily water.The company was placed on probation for a period of four years and ordered to implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan as a special condition of probation.Established in 1990, Unix Line is a full subsidiary of MOL Chemical Tankers — formerly known as Tokyo Marine.The shipping company previously pleaded guilty to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.Specifically, Unix Line admitted that its crew members onboard the Zao Galaxy, a 16,408 gross-ton, ocean-going motor tanker, operated by the company, knowingly failed to record in the vessel’s oil record book the overboard discharge of oily bilge water without the use of required pollution-prevention equipment.The dumping occurred in January 2019 during the vessel’s voyage from the Philippines to Richmond, California.The ship arrived in Richmond in February 2020 where it underwent an inspection from the U.S. Coast Guard.Examiners discovered that during the voyage, a Unix Line-affiliated ship officer directed crew members to discharge oily bilge water overboard, using a configuration of drums, flexible pipes, and flanges to bypass the vessel’s oil water separator.“Deliberately concealing illegal discharges of oil waste into our oceans is a federal crime we will not tolerate,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This sentencing shows that polluting our oceans and misleading the Coast Guard will cost you.”