NAFCU witness Linda McFadden, president and CEO of XCEL Federal Credit Union of Bloomfield, N.J., will testify on the credit union industry’s need for regulatory relief at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Sept. 16.Today the committee announced the witnesses for the full committee hearing, which is titled “Examining the State of Small Financial Institutions.” The hearing will feature two witness panels: one of federal financial regulators including NCUA, and one of industry witnesses, which will include McFadden.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said, “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to make the credit union industry’s voice heard, especially at a time when the need for regulatory relief is so great. We will continue to push for relief – especially connected to NCUA’s risk-based capital proposal – so that credit unions can be free to focus resources on their members and communities.”The hearing is scheduled for just days after hundreds of credit union officials will be on the Hill making the case for regulatory relief as part of NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus, which is being held this week at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
March 15, 2007 Regular News ABA’s Fellows honor Sonnet A BA’s Fellows honor SonnetNeal R. Sonnet of Miami received the Outstanding Service Award for 2007 from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation at its recent meeting in Miami.The Outstanding Service Award was first awarded by the fellows in 1957 and is given to a fellow who has adhered for more than 30 years to the “highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and to the service of the public.”Among his many accomplishments, Sonnet is a former president of The Florida Bar Foundation, served on a panel to improve community confidence in the criminal justice system after Miami’s “McDuffie Riots” in 1980, chaired the 2002-04 ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants, and was named the ABA’s official observer for the military commission trials in Guantanamo.The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, and law professors whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
Pursuing a scientific career can be a daunting journey. Yet many of us are not taught how to navigate the tasks and challenges—giving a high-quality presentation, surviving the academic job market, and becoming a mentor, to name just a few—as part of our standard scientific training. And even the best mentor can’t provide advice to everyone or cover everything when it comes to succeeding in science and academia. So where can young scientists go for practical, reliable advice?In a tradition that dates back nearly a century, prominent scientists used to dispatch “letters” of advice and guidance to the next generation. In 1936, Nobel laureate Ivan Pavlov offered kernels of wisdom in a letter in Science. More than 80 years later, the letter from the famed physiologist remains as fresh and relevant as his research on conditioning. Countless other scientists have written similar dispatches. The list includes biologist E.O. Wilson’s 2013 book Letters to a Young Scientist and psychologist John Cacioppo’s “A Letter to Young Scientists.” Building on this rich history, we wanted to start our own ongoing conversation with young scientists with a new column: Letters to Young Scientists. Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media >
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GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company (GE), today announced research that could significantly impact the design of future wind turbine blades. Utilizing the power of high-performance computing (HPC) to perform complex calculations, GE engineers have overcome previous design constraints, allowing them to begin exploring ways to design reengineered wind blades that are low-noise and more prolific power-producers.Partnering with the Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, GE’s work focused on advancing wind turbine blade noise prediction methods. Aerodynamic blade noise is the dominant noise source on modern, utility-scale wind turbines and represents a key constraint in wind turbine design. Efforts to reduce blade noise can help reduce the cost of wind energy and increase power output. In fact, GE predicts a 1 decibel quieter rotor design would result in a two-percent increase in annual energy yield per turbine. With approximately 240GW of new wind installations forecasted globally over the next five years, a two-percent increase would create 5GW of additional wind power capacity. That’s enough to power every household in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles, combined.“There’s no question, aerodynamic noise is a key constraint in wind turbine blade design today,” said Mark Jonkhof, Wind Technology Platform Leader at GE Global Research. “By using high-performance computing to advance current engineering models that are used to predict blade noise, we can build quieter rotors with greater blade tip velocity that produce more power. This not only means lower energy costs for consumers, but also a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.” Jonkhof added: “Having access to Sandia’s supercomputer was invaluable in our ability to conduct these experiments and make discoveries that will bolster wind power’s potential. Access and availability to HPC resources offers a critical advantage to companies trying to compete in a global environment.”To ensure that GE’s wind blades do not pose noise issues today, airfoil level acoustic measurements are performed in wind tunnels, field measurements are done to validate acceptable noise levels, and noise-reducing operating modes are implemented in the control system. Better modeling will help maintain the current low noise levels while boosting output.“Sandia and other DOE national laboratories are using high-performance computing resources to tackle complex design problems in wind energy, such as reducing turbine blade noise to achieve significant reductions in cost-of-energy. Sandia helped GE gain valuable insights into blade noise mechanisms and how design engineers can improve their models,” said Matt Barone, of Sandia’s Aerosciences Department, formerly of the Wind Energy Technologies Department.GE’s testing involved Sandia’s Red Mesa supercomputer running a high-fidelity Large Eddy Simulation (LES) code, developed at Stanford University, to predict the detailed fluid dynamic phenomena and resulting wind blade noise. For a period of three months, this LES simulation of the turbulent air flow past a wind blade section was continuously performed on the Red Mesa HPC. The resulting flow-field predictions yielded valuable insights that were used to assess current engineering design models, the assumptions they make that most impact noise predictions, and the accuracy and reliability of model choices.“We found that high fidelity models can play a key role in accurately predicting trailing edge noise,” Jonkhof went on to say. “We believe that the results achieved from our simulations would, at the very least, lay the groundwork for improved noise design models.” [mappress]Press release, August 15, 2013; Image: GE
Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from May 23 – 29, 2016.CHEC out of Swansea tidal game. TLP makes internal changesTidal Lagoon Power plans to retender the marine works package for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project after parting ways with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) which was last year selected as the preferred bidder for the delivery of marine works. In addition, Mike Unsworth has been named as TLP’s new Director of Engineering and Construction, replacing Andrew McNaughton, who joined TLP last year.MarineSpace to assist in SeaGen decommissioningAtlantis Resources has hired Marine Space to provide consenting support for the decommissioning and removal of the SeaGen device from Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. MarineSpace will be responsible for the delivery of the environmental impact assessment for the decommissioning along with securing the necessary permissions for work to commence.James Fisher scores £2.8M Wave Hub jobUnder the £2.8 million contract, James Fisher has been hired by Wave Hub for the installation of four 33 kV rated cable tail extensions from the current dry mate connectors to four developer berths offshore Hayle.Seatricity to share Oceanus 2 dataSeatricity has announced plans to publish core performance data from its recently deployed wave energy converter Oceanus 2 at Wave Hub test site. Seatricity will compare the performance of the device with the theoretical predictions for a full range of wave, weather and tidal conditions, after which the data will be publicly shared.WES teams up with EMEC for wave studyWave Energy Scotland (WES) has started a new project with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to capture the wealth of knowledge and experience amassed in Orkney through testing wave energy devices in real sea conditions. Results from the study are expected to support and inform the wave energy converter (WEC) designs currently under development.Tidal Energy Today
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Margaret RobertsonPartner profits at Withers have soared by over 40% in a bumper year for the international firm, which announced it was furloughing staff in April.According to figures for the year ended 30 June, profit per equity partner rose by 42% to £501,000, while profit stands at £42.1m. Revenue is up 14% at £219.7m.Chief executive Margaret Robertson said: ‘Going into lockdown, we had a full pipeline of work and had experienced a very good financial year thanks to investments made in the prior few years. Although the final three months of the year were quieter in some areas, client demand actually grew in dispute resolution, technology and estate planning and structuring.‘This all led to a strong financial performance. We are approaching next year cautiously but, as a firm focused on private capital, we find our clients are very active in volatile times and we hope that will continue to fuel our growth.’ Withers originally furloughed 57 staff and 21 have now been brought back on a permanent basis. No salaries have been cut, however, and the decision was taken not to reduce or defer partner pay.The firm declined to comment on why it made use of the government job retention scheme..
Wesley Dean has released Magik, the third single from his upcoming new project.Following on from Are You Gonna Save My World and This Thing Called Life, Magik is produced and mixed by Beatriz Artola. Take a listen to the track below:“Magik is a celebration of the human spirit. In this world of unprecedented change, it’s time to believe in our own uniqueness, our own Magik, whatever that is for you,” says Wesley.Magik continues the rollout of new music from Wesley following a hiatus from the industry.Born in Adelaide, Wesley Dean’s musical journey began at a very young age. After winning the 2008 season of Australian Idol, Wesley established himself as one of the brightest emerging new talents in Australia.After a break from the industry, Wesley met his wife and became a father of two, but still he couldn’t find himself parting with his true calling. “I started writing in my home studio – but this time, with a renewed heart for the craft. Now, five years later, I have 20 new songs recorded and ready to release to the world.”
WASHINGTON D.C., United States, CMC – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says six Caribbean countries are among 63 countries worldwide that are eligible to participate in two visa programmes this year.The H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes allow US employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, respectively.The USCIS identified the Caribbean countries eligible to participate in the visa programmes as Barbados, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica.Generally, USCIS said it only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programmes. USCIS also said it may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.Effective January 18, 2014, USCIS said nationals of the identified Caribbean countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes.It said the notice does not affect the status of beneficiaries who currently are in the United States in H-2A or H-2B status unless they apply to change or extend their status. The USCIS said each country’s designation is valid for one year from January 18, 2014.Caribbean Media Corporation Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Six Caribbean countries eligible for US visa programme by: – January 29, 2014 Share Share 29 Views one comment Tweet