Black Lives Matter marches on

first_imgBrooklyn, N.Y.July 18 — Outrage over the unchecked police killing of people of color continues throughout the U.S. Militant protests surged in July after Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota were killed by cops. According to the Washington Post, Castile was the 123rd Black person killed by police in the U.S. during 2016. Despite attempts to demonize and criminalize the Black Lives Matter movement after police were shot in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., the BLM movement is marching on, with growing community, labor and multinational support.Baton RougeThe Baton Rouge community where Alton Sterling was killed by cops on July 5 is under siege by militarized police. The Black working-class community continues to resist. Marie Flowers, at neighborhood protests with her 12-year-old son, said, “Black boys are being killed and this is just the culmination of what has been going on for decades.” ( the influx of Black New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Baton Rouge police “were under orders to be so hard” that evacuees would not settle in the city. Local cops were later publicly exposed as “engaging in racially motivated enforcement, physically abusing prisoners, and stopping, questioning and searching people without any legal justification.” (Times Picayune, July 6)On July 10, police attacked people who were peacefully protesting Sterling’s death, ordering them to disperse but then preventing them from doing so. According to a recently filed American Civil Liberties Union suit, the cops “used excessive force, pointed live automatic weapons at protesters, arrested legal observers and journalists without probable cause, and subjected protesters to indiscriminate mass arrest — all to intimidate them from protesting excessive force in the future.” ( protesters took shelter at a private home, invited by the woman living there, a squad of cops in SWAT gear invaded to arrest them. The National Lawyers Guild has raised $300,000 for bail support and defense of more than 200 arrestees over the past weeks.On July 15, Sterling’s memorial was held at Southern University, a historically Black college. Hundreds of community people came to pay their respects. Speakers included the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.Two days later, a lone African-American gunman killed three Baton Rouge cops and wounded three others in an ambush. This act can only be viewed in the context of the systematic implementation of racist policing and state terror in Baton Rouge, in the South and throughout the U.S.BaltimoreSixty-five people were arrested in a Baltimore anti-police violence protest for Black Lives Matter after they blocked I-83, the Baltimore Expressway, on July 16. Ten of those arrested were under adult age. As of July 18, 23 people were still in jail. Members of the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly were part of the protest. Demands included reallocating money from the police to community programs.Brooklyn, N.Y.The People’s Power Assembly militantly protested in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland. The 28-year-old Black woman was stopped for a minor traffic violation in Waller County, Texas, and three days later was found hanging in a jail cell there. The protesters powerfully cried out for “Justice for Sandra” by chanting: “The whole damn system is guilty as hell! Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail!”The demonstration emphasized how many women of color, including queer, trans and gender nonconforming women, die at the hands of police. Besides Sandra Bland, some of those killed include Shantel Davis, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Kindra Chapman, Kyam Livingston, Yvonne McNeil, Shereese Francis, Rekia Boyd.Buffalo, N.Y.A Black Lives Matter protest on July 13 was one of several rallies and gatherings in Buffalo during the preceding week. A poster carried by a demonstrator listed just a few of the hundreds of Black lives lost to racist police and vigilante brutality: Samuel Dubose, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Tamir Rice, Ramarley Graham, Oscar Grant III, Renisha McBride, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Greg Gunn, Michael Brown, Mario Woods, Laquan McDonald, Walter L. Scott, Akai Gurley.Los AngelesBlack Lives Matter is occupying Los Angeles City Hall. Since July 12, from 50 to 100 people have camped out day and night on the steps of the building. They refuse to leave until the group gets a public meeting with the mayor or until the chief of police is fired. BLM protesters occupied the steps immediately after the city’s Police Commission ruled that the 2015 Los Angeles Police Department killing of 30-year-old Redel Jones did not violate departmental “deadly force rules.”The occupation is receiving firm solidarity from the Brown Berets and many white supporters. The South Central Neighborhood Council, a city entity, unanimously passed a resolution in support of the BLM occupation. A key participant in the BLM occupation is a member of the African-American caucus of SEIU Local 721, Southern California public service workers.In addition to the occupation, 5,000 people marched in support of Black Lives Matter in the city of Inglewood in Los Angeles County on July 10.WisconsinProtests in support of Black Lives Matter are resisting police terror in Wisconsin, a state with some of the worst conditions internationally for Black, Brown and Native peoples.On July 11, the youth- and student-led organization Freedom Inc. held a “Rally for Community Control over Police” at the Dane County Police Department. The youth were there to denounce the decades-long oppression and occupation of Black and Brown communities in Madison. In support were the Young Gifted and Black coalition and other labor and community groups.The multinational protesters demanded the firing of killer cop Matt Kenney, who murdered two residents “in the line of duty.” Most recently, on March 6, Kenney killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson, resulting in mass protests throughout the city. Kenney is still on active patrol duty and training other cops.Another protest demand was to take money budgeted for jails and prisons and redistribute the funds for jobs and community needs such as recreation centers. After a street protest, participants occupied the police department lobby and blocked the doors for hours to make their demands heard.Also on July 11, the Coalition for Justice in Milwaukee sponsored a powerful “We Will Never Stop” rally at Red Arrow Park, followed by a march through the streets. Speakers included the family of Dontre Hamilton, killed by cop Christopher Manney in 2014, and the family of Jay Anderson, killed by a Wauwatosa police officer in June.The rally denounced police terror in Milwaukee and nationwide. Signs demanded justice for Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and others killed by cops. Other signs called for disarming the police, solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and building worker and people power.After the speak-out, hundreds of protesters poured into the streets in righteous rage against the Milwaukee police and Wall Street forces responsible for apartheid-like conditions of people of African descent in Wisconsin. Future Black Lives Matter-related events in Wisconsin include a “March For Awareness” on July 31 at Library Mall in Madison.Contributing to this report were Sharon Black, Gavrielle Gemma, Ellie Dorritie, John Parker and Brenda Ryan.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Maintaining Middle-Income Housing Supply

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News  Print This Post Previous: Rising Rates, Squeezed Supply Have Housing Industry’s Attention Next: Five Minutes With: Brian Grow, President, Morningstar Credit Ratings The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Maintaining Middle-Income Housing Supply April 13, 2018 2,230 Views Tagged with: Affordability Home Prices inventory shortages low-income housing middle-income housing Rent prices Single Family Rental Much of the discussion about housing trends of late has focused on the highs and lows. On the upper end of things, home prices are booming and not likely to come down soon. Unfortunately, that trend, combined with nationwide housing inventory shortages and increasing rent prices, has made things difficult for lower-income consumers. But what about the housing requirements of those who fall between those two extremes? A new California bill is designed to address the needs of the “missing middle.”California is home to some of the priciest markets in the country, so living in the state as a middle- or lower-income worker can often mean commuting a long way because home prices near your job are unaffordable. First introduced in February 2018 by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Assembly Bill 3152 would grant property tax exemptions to nonprofit housing developers who rent homes in high-cost areas to middle-income renters at a discount. The property tax discount is similar to one that already applies to lower-income rental housing.Assemblyman Chiu told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, “During the housing crisis, middle-income Californians are in a very tough spot. They don’t qualify for low-income affordable housing, but also can’t afford market rents.”According to the June 2016 California Apartment List Rent Report, California rental prices have been trending well above the national average since around May 2015. Nor is it just a California problem. A November 2017 Apartment List study reported that nearly half of U.S. renters are “cost burdened,” spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent. When you factor in the massive student debt many Americans are carrying, the path to homeownership becomes elusive. That begs the question—if there simply isn’t enough rental stock to accommodate demand, where does that leave the middle-income consumer who isn’t ready to purchase a home, or simply doesn’t desire to?“It’s encouraging to see the California legislature focusing on tax credits intended to help the middle-income renter and not just homeowners,” Beth O’Brien, CEO of CoreVest Finance, told DS News. “It’s a clear recognition on how important this segment of the housing stock is to the workforce.  Over time I’d like to see programs like this geared towards a broader group of market participants so that it can have a greater impact on housing investment, but this is a good start.”Will bills such as California’s Assembly Bill 3152 help ease the pain? Only time will tell. About Author: David Wharton Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Home / Daily Dose / Maintaining Middle-Income Housing Supply Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Affordability Home Prices inventory shortages low-income housing middle-income housing Rent prices Single Family Rental 2018-04-13 David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

LNRCS Identifies with Underprivileged Children

first_imgThe Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has identified with children it considers as underprivileged in Kakata, Margibi County.LNRCS donated food and several school and hygiene supplies to 75 orphans and vulnerable children in that county.The donation, according to LNRCS Secretary General, Fayiah Tamba, is the entity’s way of identifying with vulnerable children, especially those made orphan by the Ebola virus disease (EVD). “The EVD outbreak greatly affected every sector and segment of the Liberian society leaving behind many unfavorable situations that would take time to heal,” LNRCS SG observed.The materials were provided through the Liberia Chapter of the Society by the Turkish Red Cross to help orphans in the Ebola recovery phase.The Coordinator for youth and volunteers of the LNRCS, Arthur Becker, during the donation of the items said, the supplies were intended to assist children who lost their parents and are facing challenges that require humanitarian intervention to improve their circumstances. The Red Cross worked with Margibi County’s Health Team, local authorities, Ebola Survivor’s Network and civil society organizations in identifying orphanages and caregivers that equally benefited from the donation. Mr. Tamba earlier stated that the Red Cross is moving full steam ahead with recovery, “because there are many people who have been left in a vulnerable situation as a result of the Ebola virus that ravaged the country.” “From health problems to loss of livelihood or deaths of the main family breadwinners, many people need our help to get back on their feet”, Mr. Tamba added.He said the Red Cross will continue to provide a range of practical help focusing on the most vulnerable groups including orphan children and single mothers with assistance ranging from cash, food and non-food items to agricultural training and equipment as well as livelihood and skills training.“The ultimate goal of the Red Cross post-Ebola recovery,” according to Mr. Tamba, “is to re-establish the conditions for a quick return to a healthy society, with viable livelihoods, psychosocial well-being, economic growth, and overall human development that can foster a more inclusive society in the future.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks practice with power play adjustment

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks had an extra day between games to work on details and it appears they’ll be continuing to use Marcus Sorensen as one of their forwards on their second power play unit.Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation.Sorensen took Timo Meier’s spot on the Sharks’ second power play unit in Saturday’s practice, as he skated with Joe Thornton, Evander Kane, Gus Nyquist and Erik Karlsson. Kane took Meier’s spot as the net-front …last_img read more

South African to head global nursing society

first_img4 December 2013South African Hester Klopper was appointed president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), at its 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis in the United States last month.She is the first non-North American to head up the 90-year-old non-profit organisation, which has a global network of 492 chapters throughout 90 countries.Klopper is the chief executive of the Forum for University Nursing Deans in South Africa. A research scholar with more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, she has extensive networks in global health, policy development and nursing.She also co-ordinates the PLUME programme, funded by the National Research Foundation in South Africa, which supports the development of post-doctoral research programmes.Klopper’s appointment “marks an important step as we become more internationally global,” STTI chief executive Patricia Thompson said in a statement. “She will be an inspirational leader whose global vision will prove valuable now and in the future.”The newly elected president said she would focus on “servant leadership, connectedness, transformation and gratitude” in her two years of service at STTI.“By their very nature, nurses epitomise servant leadership,” Klopper said. “I am thrilled to see the transformational impact STTI members continue to make on a global scale.”The role of nurses in influencing government policy and enhancing health systems worldwide are also focal points for Klopper. At her direction, STTI has taken the lead in creating the global advisory panel on the future of nursing, which will meet for the first time in Switzerland in March 2014.STTI is a non-profit organisation, which supports the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses in contributing to healthcare worldwide.Founded in 1922 at the Indiana University School of Nursing, the society has more than 135 000 members – including practicing nurses, educators, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others – in more than 90 countries.The society holds non-governmental organisation special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

House to Vote on Disaster Aid

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent and Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — Congress returns Monday amidst some of the greatest uncertainty for agriculture in decades, with corn and soybean planting behind schedule, commodity prices low, and trade conflicts with China and Mexico worse than before the Memorial Day congressional recess.The House is scheduled to vote early Monday evening on a $19.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill that includes aid to farmers and ranchers who experienced hurricanes and wildfires in 2018 and flooding this year.The vote comes as the Missouri River again is rising because of continual rain throughout the basin. The Arkansas River is also inundating farm ground in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and locks and dams on the Mississippi River remain shut down as the Corps of Engineers looks for ways to relieve pressure on the system.The Senate passed the disaster bill before leaving for the recess. The House attempted to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but objections from three Republican House members stopped those efforts.The bill — technically the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2157 sponsored by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. — is listed on the suspension calendar and expected to pass easily. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it, although he left on a trip to the United Kingdom and France on Sunday evening.The bill specifically includes just over $3 billion to pay for farmer losses from disasters that occurred in 2018 and 2019. That is expected to cover Midwest farmers who lost stored grain this spring during flooding along the Missouri River basin.The disaster legislation also waives adjusted gross income caps for farmers under the Market Facilitation Program, a move that opens up trade aid to a larger group of higher-income farmers. The provision will become more important to those producers now that the Trump administration is planning a second year of Market Facilitation Program payments.Disaster aid may help farmers recover from past losses, but USDA continues to show historic delays in corn and soybean plantings across farm country. Because of that, the Food and Environment Reporting Network reported Monday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hopes to have a “definite answer” by the end of this week whether MFP payments will be offered to farmers on prevented planting acres. FERN reported Perdue declined to offer other details of the new MFP payment rules.Under the disaster bill, several other USDA programs get specific funding to help farmers, ranchers and forests recover from disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program receives $558 million and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program receives $435 million.The bill also provided $600 million more supplemental disaster nutrition aid for Puerto Rico.For communities affected by disasters, the bill includes $600 million for the Economic Development Administration to provide development grants.For the Army Corps of Engineers, the bill includes under multiple accounts just under $2.5 billion total for various flood and hurricane controls, including repairs and emergency operations, as well as maintenance and natural disaster repairs.The bill also includes language requiring USDA to create a crop insurance program for hemp, starting in the 2020 crop year. Congress removed hemp as a controlled substance under the 2018 farm bill, and now as many as 45 states have some form of legislation to allow for hemp production.While high levels of precipitation are the primary factor in delayed planting, Farm Bureau also said farmers may take into account the Trump administration’s announcement that it will distribute another round of MFP due to the continuing trade conflict with China.“While USDA has not announced the rates, many farmers who may have otherwise taken the prevented planting option may look to plant something in order to participate in the MFP program as the original announcement stated that payments would only be paid on planted acres,” Farm Bureau said.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreportChris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

U.S. Looks to Europe for Energy Retrofit Model

first_img RELATED ARTICLES How the retrofits are carried outThe key to the residential overhauls in the Netherlands is the use of prefabricated building components to carry out a retrofit in only a few weeks, without disrupting the lives of tenants. Builders use what Energiesprong describes as a “3-D scanning technique” to make roof and wall panels that will become a new enclosure for an existing house.Components can be manufactured accurately and quickly. The panels arrive on the site already insulated, and with wiring and duct work installed. Wall sections are moved by crane and bolted to brackets that have been attached to the house. Houses typically get a new bathroom and kitchen, and the all-electric houses are powered by a 6-kW photovoltaic system on the roof.Homeowners can stay in the house through much (but not all) of the process, and in the end should be able to pay for the €40,000 targeted cost by reducing electricity use by some 15,000 kWh per year. When GBA first reported on Transition Zero in 2014, work was being carried out on “social housing,” government-financed row houses for middle-class and low-income tenants.Transition Zero hoped to expand the program to include 110,000 homes in the Netherlands alone. According to the Energiesprong website, it has since expanded into Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. In time, the net-zero conversions, if carried out on enough housing stock, could help the EU meet its carbon emissions reduction target of 80% by the middle of this century. “The task at hand is to design a replicable system that we can test on a pilot building in a cold climate zone in the U.S.,” Net-Zero Energy Coalition Executive Director Shilpa Sankaran said by telephone.Separately, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has issued a request for proposals from those interested in developing an Energiesprong-style building rehab program there called RetrofitNY. As much as $450,000 is available, and applications will be accepted through July 31. RetrofitNY was announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in February. He called it a first for the U.S. and said the state would set aside $30 million over 10 years to bring a “substantial portion of New York’s affordable housing units to or near net-zero energy over the next decade.” Net-Zero Energy on a Mass ScaleBuilding a Low-Cost Zero-Energy HomeCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero ProjectsZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’To Net Zero and Beyond Thousands of European families are now living in comfortable, energy-efficient homes that were upgraded in a far-reaching program called Transition Zero, all part of an effort to lower carbon emissions in the European Union.Starting in 2010 with a €40 million grant from the Dutch government, a non-profit group called Energiesprong worked with builders to develop a method for upgrading ordinary houses into net-zero-energy performers with prefabricated building components. The process took weeks, not months, and was designed to be a financial wash for tenants — the cost of the upgrades could be financed by the savings in lower energy billsA group of advocates for high-performance buildings hopes a similar model can be successful on this side of the Atlantic. Working with a three-year $500,000 grant from the Department of Energy, a group calling itself REALIZE is adapting the Energiesprong approach to the U.S. housing market and hopes to have a pilot conversion completed by the middle of 2020.The effort brings together three organizations with deep roots in the high-performance building arena: the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Net-Zero Energy Coalition, and the Passive House Institute U.S. Together, they hope to overcome a variety of obstacles that have so far prevented a “mass-scale” approach to building upgrades and limited documented net-zero retrofits in the U.S. to just 31.center_img In New York, carbon goals also a factorAs is the case with the European Union, RetrofitNY is designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The state hopes to cut emissions by 40% by 2030.Design/construction teams are being asked to come up with plans to retrofit as many as six multifamily projects across New York. NYSERDA said design solutions would be required to exclude fossil fuels on site, to be cost-effective, and “be standardized, scalable, and aesthetically pleasing.” In other words, the same list of objectives that REALIZE is working with.The announcement said that NYSERDA views the RFP as a first step in developing a new industry that can carry out net-zero retrofits to residential buildings on a broad scale. “The retrofit solutions developed through this initiative will serve as a national model for cost-effective and highly energy-efficient multifamily housing renovations,” the statement reads.Six awards of $75,000 will be granted.Klingenberg said that New York’s interest grew out of the early RMI meetings, but while RMI was looking for a program that would work nationally, New York officials wanted to move faster and had less variation in climate to worry about. Why net-zero progress is slowNet-zero buildings are still a relative rarity in the U.S. The Net-Zero Energy Coalition’s inventory of houses currently operating at that level in the U.S. and Canada stands at 5,593. Citing data from the Thousand Home Challenge, the group reports that to date only 31 zero-energy retrofits have been documented in the U.S.REALIZE says this is due to several “legacy issues” in the housing industry, including:Lack of industry knowledge on how to design and carry out a net-zero retrofit.A fragmented and complex construction process.A “lack of industry ambition” to develop techniques that could be used on a mass scale.Uncertainty among building owners on a return on investment for a retrofit.REALIZE sees the program developed by Energiesprong as a way of circumventing those problems. In the end, the U.S. program should be able to deliver high-performance homes in two weeks that come with performance guarantees and are paid for with energy savings.“This model employs a process that combines aggregation of demand with a coordinated supply chain to deploy prefabricated, mass-scale retrofits,” a statement said. “Think of it like an IKEA net-zero-energy retrofit!”Can the U.S. approach be as successful as Energiesprong? Klingenberg thinks so, and the focus here on multifamily buildings rather than small townhouses common to European cities will be important.“We’re looking at multifamily projects with a much larger scale impact,” she said. “If and when we get that solution together and have a typology that is very widely existing in the market, I think at that point we can scale up very quickly. That’s RMI’s goal: Getting to the retrofit market and accessing it for climate action. We can’t just rely on the new construction side. We’re not going to make a dent regarding climate. We really need to get to these larger scale multifamily projects.” Progress here to dateThe group in the U.S. is in the early stages of developing a similar program. After a number of preliminary steps this year and next, REALIZE is shooting for a pilot construction project somewhere in the U.S. by the second quarter of 2020.Sankaran said the likely target will be a multifamily affordable housing project of between 30 and 50 units in a mid-sized to larger city.Details on how the retrofits will be carried out are still to be decided, including how and where the building components will be assembled. At the moment, it’s just too soon to tell what a proposed building package would look like, and there’s no guarantee it will be an exact copy of the Dutch model, Sankaran said.“We’re open to whatever the best, scalable, affordable, prepackaged solution is,” she said. “We are trying to replicate the model, not the specific technology.”That said, Sankaran believes the approach probably will mimic the Transition Zero model in that existing buildings will be wrapped in a new exterior. REALIZE is in the process of selecting its engineering/design partner, and by the end of the year should have selected the specific building for the pilot study. Net-zero energy operation is the goal, but it remains to be seen how much on-site energy can be produced by a multifamily building in an urban environment.The target could be a privately owned, affordable housing project, Sankaran said. Tenants would not see their rents increase because they are controlled by federal regulations, but the building owner could see financial benefits from the upgrades that would allow them to build more affordable housing projects.“When they can leverage their debt capacity, it allows them to do more projects,” she said. “That’s some of the intricate math that we’re working through right now.”PHIUS executive director Katrin Klingenberg said by telephone that the Rocky Mountain Institute organized a series of meetings three years ago to test interest in the idea of importing the Energiesprong model into the U.S. PHIUS was a good fit, she said, because the project faced some of the same issues that a transfer of Passivhaus building principles did: How to get a standardized building approach to work in a place with many different climate zones?last_img read more

How to Get What You Want

first_imgIt is infinitely more likely that you are failing to produce the results you want because of a lack of execution than a lack of knowledge. It is almost certain if you know what you want, that you also know what you need to do to have it.If it isn’t a lack of execution that is preventing the result you want to achieve, then it is almost certainly a lack of patient persistence. If you do the right thing long enough, you will eventually have what you want.If you know what you want and do not have it despite knowing what you need to do and patiently persisting, then your strategy for producing that outcome isn’t right. You can do almost everything right and be off in just one critical area. If you find the distinction between your strategy and someone who already has what you want, making a change will almost surely get you what you want.This is the recipe for achieving what you want to achieve. First, get great clarity about what you want. Two, learn what it is you need to do to have it and execute. Three, patiently persist until you achieve the result. Four, make any necessary adjustments and repeat. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Electric vehicle success depends on better batteries, smarter charging

first_imgFigure 2: Battery in an EV. (Source: Nissan)Smart ChargingBatteries are the key challenge for running electric vehicles. Several studies address the issue by highlighting how batteries and smart charging could also be the key to reducing energy sector emissions, thus increasing efficiency. The main problem is the simultaneous charging of electric vehicles at the same time because it is a power and network problem. Batteries have remained an elusive problem to solve for electric vehicles, as engineers try to develop a way to make them last longer and manage their end optimally (Figure 3).Figure 3: Components of an electric vehicle.“Large-scale electric vehicles can offer ample electric storage capacity, but if all users were to load their cars in the morning or evening at the same time, the power grids would be stressed,” explains Dolf Gielen, director of the Innovation Center and IRENA technology. “Charging times are therefore fundamental.”The autonomy of an electric vehicle does not depend only on the capacity of the batteries installed, but is affected by the temperature of the environment in which it operates, the consumption of the auxiliary services on board, and the type of driver’s driving.An advanced smart charging approach is vehicle-to-grid (V2G), already tested in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Denmark; the technology allows the columns to “talk” with the networks, using the car battery it is connected to like a storage system.With V2G applications, the electric car ideally becomes a large mobile battery, powered by renewable energy produced and managed in a bidirectional way. Depending on the needs, the available energy is transferred from the house to the car or the network, with an economic return for those who supply it. In these smart grids of the future, cars will also become an essential link in the clean energy value chain.The application of V2G also leads to other advantages: In addition to reducing pollution and indirect environmental protection, there will be economic advantages both for the operator and for the vehicle owner. The energy stored in the batteries can be used to satisfy part of the local energy demand — to lower the peaks of the load profile. This reduces stress on the power plants, reduces the energy present in the distribution system, and consequently reduces losses. The lowering of the peak, therefore, allows for reducing the cost of electricity during periods of maximum load. One of the critical aspects of the development of V2G is to create and spread stable, standard overtime for communication with smart grids. The electric vehicle must integrate perfectly with the electrical system, so the charging process requires excellent communication between the vehicle, the charging column, and the network.Various studies have investigated appropriate standards for communication between the vehicle and network management systems. Various projects have examined the opportunities for using IEC 62056 DLMS/COSEM, exploiting technical aspects of the protocol for forwarding information to intelligent network management systems — such as a load balancing controller.An alternative approach is to use the IEC 61850 protocol to support communications between substation automation systems for purposes such as energy flow management among renewable energy resources. A specific extension has been proposed to allow interaction with various V2G ISO/IEC 15118 interfaces. Figure 4 shows how this reference project proposes a combination of ISO/IEC 15811 and IEC 61850 protocols to implement end-to-V2G communication.Figure 4: Vehicle charging station using V2G communication. (Source: Fraunhofer)STMicroelectronics’ ST2100 STreamPlug integrates a configurable Arm9 core capable of supporting multiple HomePlug AV or HPGP ports. The device is designed to enable a single-chip solution to various smart use cases such as EV charging. The Arm core provides sufficient processing power to host intelligent charging applications and protocol stacks such as IEC 61850 or DLMS/COSEM, as proposed for communication with intelligent network management systems (Figure 5).Figure 5: Block diagram for ST2100. (Source: STMicroelectronics)The electric vehicle scenario covers many technologies. Right now, the market is dedicating its resources to infrastructure that can support network capacity, rather than increasing overall electricity production. The use of photovoltaic energy as energy harvesting to power battery-powered cars helps make car journeys much more affordable. Electric mobility creates opportunities for new products and services that include maintenance and operation of vehicles, installation, operation, maintenance, and service of recharging points, software solutions for energy management.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Smart Grid for Electric Vehicles.” Electric mobility will change the energy and automation market, contributing to significant investment in smart cities. These changes coincide with the evolution toward a cleaner, more decentralized, and digitized environment. Electric vehicle (EV) charging could create local constraints and stability problems on electricity grids and reduce the environmental benefits of electrification. Investment and infrastructure to support electric mobility will change significantly from one place to another.The infrastructure will have the objective of distributing energy — in combination with grid edge technologies, such as microgrid and intelligent buildings — and integrating it into smart grids, in order to fully exploit the flexibility of electric mobility while allowing the stability of the energy system.The battery market will make electric vehicle efficiency more convenient, and smart charging services will reduce costs. Digitization will help simplify and improve the customer experience — supporting efficient infrastructure management, as well as enabling new services such as shared mobility. And charging stations will acquire the right to become hubs for smart city services.Battery for EVOne of the main factors to take into consideration is the capacity and efficiency of the battery. The performance of the vehicle and, above all, its autonomy depend on them. The parameter that measures efficiency is given by the energy used per kilometer and is generally expressed in kWh/100 km or km/kWh. The capacity of a battery, on the other hand, expresses the amount of energy that it can hold and equals the full fuel in the tank of a traditional car; the relationship between its value and consumption indicates the average theoretical autonomy of the vehicle (Figure 1). Continue Reading Previous Logic Technology: NXP iMX8M COM board for ARM Quad-CoreNext HCC Embedded introduces SafeexFAT file system solution for failsafe data storage Figure 1: The autonomy expressed in miles varies with the capacity of the battery (kWh) for seven different efficiency values (miles/kWh) (Source: InsideEVs).The increase in battery capacity for the same size unit is the center of attention for the leading market players who want to announce greater autonomy without having to modify the vehicles substantially. A Bloomberg study, based on a survey involving 50 companies in the automotive sector and accumulators, points out that in 2010 the price of lithium batteries was well over $1,000 per kWh and that in 2025 it will reach $100 per kWh (Figure 2). Now, lithium-ion batteries guarantee to maintain an 80% efficiency for a longer duration, on average 8 years, compared to those with nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) technology. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Components, Digital last_img read more

Celtic’s CL ambition not to lose 7-0 – Rodgers

first_imgUEFA Champions League Celtic’s Champions League ambition? Not to lose the first game 7-0 – Rodgers Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 22:05 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Brendan Rodgers Celtic Getty Images UEFA Champions League Celtic Celtic v PSG PSG After suffering at the hands of Neymar last season, the Hoops boss is determined not to let it happen again Brendan Rodgers has joked that Celtic’s ambition for the Champions League this season will be to avoid a repeat of last season’s 7-0 opening-night loss.Celtic went to Camp Nou and were destroyed by a rampant Barcelona side, for whom Neymar was in particularly fine form.The Hoops will meet the Brazilian ace again on the first night of this season’s competition, though they will play host this time to Paris Saint-Germain, who spent €222 million on the 25-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Bhoys 11/10 to beat PSG +2 handicapAnd with Bayern Munich and Anderlecht also in Group B, Celtic face an uphill task to reach the next round.When he was asked a supporters’ question and answer session what the aim for the European campaign is, Rodgers said: “Try not to lose the first game 7-0. We’re playing against 11 motorbikes, aren’t we?Scott Brown Celtic Barcelona 13092016“But listen, I want us to be playing European football after Christmas, that’s the aim. “The games against PSG and Bayern are going to be great nights. And the one thing I will say is this: having been a manager around the world and inside some of the biggest stadiums, there is a noise at Celtic Park you just don’t get anywhere else.”Celtic equipped themselves admirably against stern opposition last term after that chastening loss, fighting back to draw twice against Manchester City and pick up a point against Borussia Monchengladbach on their way out of the competition.They start their campaign this season on September 12 against PSG at Celtic Park.last_img read more