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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) UPDATE @ 2:55 PM: A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for Warren County until 4 PM for the southern branch of the line which is currently over southeastern Erie County. Expect damaging winds up to 60 MPH, small hail, heavy rain, and frequent lightning. UPDATE @ 2:50 PM: There is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties until 3:30 PM. An approaching line of storms are producing damaging winds up to 70 MPH, along with heavy rain, and frequent lightning. JAMESTOWN – A strong low pressure system will pass to the northwest today, with its trailing cold front crossing the area in the afternoon. Colder air is expected for the new work week. For Sunday, a High Wind Warning remains in effect until 1 A.M Monday morning for Chautauqua and Erie counties. Southwest winds of 30 to 40 M.P.H with gusts up to 65 M.P.H are expected. Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Strongest winds near the lakeshore. Otherwise mainly cloudy skies with showers and a thunderstorm possible. Highs in the lower-50’s.For tomorrow, the winds will die down a bit although it may still be breezy at times. Rain and snow showers possible with highs near 40.A weak band of Lake Effect snow looks to set up overnight Monday. This may produce at least an inch or two of snow for portions of the Southern Tier, mainly the hills and higher elevations.Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a few snow showers possible. Highs in the mid-30’s.High pressure returns by mid-week putting an end to any leftover snow shower. Temperatures in the mid-30’s for Wednesday, warming up to the lower-50’s by weeks end.last_img read more

first_imgCVPS SmartPower ¢, Central Vermont Public Service s planned meter program designed to reduce customer energy use, costs and environmental impacts while improving storm management and establishing a foundation for future grid automation, has taken a big step forward through an agreement on the rules of the road.Last August, CVPS, the Vermont Department of Public Service and other utilities kicked off collaboration intended to improve electricity metering, storm recovery and efficiency technology statewide. CVPS and the Department of Public Service also announced a new program (CVPS SmartPower ¢) at the state s largest utility that could serve as a model for other Vermont utilities not already involved with meter and grid automation. Through that effort, we have now reached agreement on functional requirements, telecommunications, cost recovery and other elements of so-called smart metering technologies, CVPS President and CEO Bob Young said. This will provide us with a clear view of the rules of the road.Young said a memorandum of understanding (MOU) produced through the collaborative will provide tremendous value to CVPS as it prepares to file its SmartPower plan with the Public Service Board. The company expects to do so by the end of March. Both the MOU and CVPS s plan require PSB approval. Creating CVPS SmartPower ¢ will require the biggest capital investment in our system in our 80-year history, Young said. By developing clear standards jointly with regulators, we have jointly provided not only ourselves, but all Vermont utilities, with a roadmap to the successful implementation of the next generation of meter and grid automation technology. Every kilowatt-hour saved is one we don t have to produceYoung said implementation of CVPS SmartPower ¢ would take several years and is contingent on securing suitable, cost-effective financing for much of the estimated $42 million project, but he said the cost and effort would pay big dividends for customers and the environment. CVPS SmartPower ¢ offers the promise of new rate programs that will help customers reduce their energy consumption, electric bills and environmental footprints, Young said. I believe this program will be one of the most important developments in CVPS history, and will have tremendous value for customers and Vermont. The environmental impacts alone could be substantial. This program, like CVPS Cow Power ¢, will give customers new choices to substantially reduce their impacts on the environment. Every kilowatt-hour saved is one we don t have to produce. For the past several years, we ve worked hard to develop CVPS Cow Power ¢ into an environmentally positive and economically sustainable customer choice, Young said. It s now one of the fast-growing renewable choice programs in the country, and the most successful in Vermont. We see CVPS SmartPower ¢ as the next key step in helping customers do right by the environment, and we ll be at the leading edge of this exciting new technology.Young said CVPS s implementation, if approved, would be done in phases, with an initial focus on improved meter data for customers. We expect to go from 1.92 million meter readings per year to 3.84 million per month, Young said. Overtime, the value of smart meters will expand to not only reading meters, but energy efficiency, storm management and other activities.Words like smart grid, advanced metering infrastructure, and future grid have become common in the utility industry, but there is little consensus on what those terms mean, for utilities or customers. CVPS developed the name CVPS SmartPowerTM so it could define its specific effort and stay away from confusing terms that have different meanings to different audiences.When announcing the collaborative effort to define a common set of guidelines for new metering technologies last summer, Department of Public Service Commissioner David O Brien said he hoped the CVPS program would be the first step toward an even broader statewide effort that would provide both the kinds of improvements Young described, and broader improvements to the transmission grid in Vermont.Young said he viewed CVPS SmartPower ¢ as critical to the company and its customers. This single investment has the potential to revolutionize how we read meters, respond to power outages, and reduce electrical consumption, Young said. It can open the path to a whole new world.last_img read more

first_imgRecently dubbed the “Mick Jagger of Payments,” CSCU CTO Tom Davis joins us to discuss red hot topic of mobile payments, particularly Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Wallet vs. … well, the list goes on — and where CUs fit. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_imgNote: The following is an excerpt from 30 Ideas to Build and Live Your Brand. For a free copy of the complete book, click here.Your brand is everything your financial institution does and stands for – products and services, customer service, branch appearance, marketing collateral, employee appearance and even restroom cleanliness. Any one of these details can make or break your brand, which means you need to monitor them regularly and audit them occasionally.Similar to a marketing audit, a brand audit assesses the marketing collateral in the branches – how you display it, if the look and message are consistent on every piece and whether it is neatly displayed or looks cluttered. In the audits we have conducted for clients, we typically have found too many pieces with a look and message that are all over the board and lack consistency.Mystery shops by an objective third party (not an existing member) are an important piece of your brand audit. An effective auditor talks to your branch employees, taking note of how they greet people and how they treat people. He or she inquires about products and services and may attempt to open an account. This type of feedback from an objective source goes a long way in helping you measure the true member or customer experience. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgCoudriet says he hopes more places in the community will begin creating similar opportunities over the coming weeks. “We’ve been in the space of the sanctuary now. Starting this Sunday we’re going to be in cyberspace live streaming our services in a number of ways,” he said. “More people than attend our church currently will be able to see and benefit from the service and encouragement we hope to bring,” VESTAL (WBNG) — New York State’s ban on large gatherings has put churches in our area in a unique position. “People are going to be looking for community like never before, and I believe that many churches and organizations are going to be there to fill that need,” he said. Coudriet says the church is still coming up with ways for members to interact person to person. center_img “Faith compels us especially in difficult times to reach out and to make sure that no one is left behind,” said Pastor Joe Coudriet of Family Life Church in Vestal. Pastor Coudriet says the church has responded to that call by going online. “Each week our church leaders are going to be trying to contact our church members finding out how they are, do they need anything?” he said. last_img read more

first_imgOSM plans to establish a new ship management company in Bergen, that will house 30 staff from KGJS while staff in Singapore and Manila will be transferred and co-located with OSM’s existing organizations in Singapore and Manila. The new ship management company in Bergen will be owned 100% by OSM, which will be responsible for managing 37 ships that currently belong to the KGJS fleet. “We are also proud to become part of the maritime cluster in Bergen, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s strongest. Whereas our hometown Arendal historically played a key role in Norway’s maritime legacy, we will now soon be able to call Bergen our second home in the country.” “Over time we aim to provide even better services through close interaction between our customers and our combined knowledgeable and experienced staff and crew, because as we say in OSM, it’s all about people,” he noted. As disclosed, the partnership will enable KGJS to access leading technology that will enhance safety and efficiency, as well as procurement advantages from the scale of OSM. OSM Bergen will be headed by Ole-Johan Haahjem, currently CEO for KGJS Fleet Management. Around 1,300 KGJS seafarers are also set to be transitioned. KGJS currently has 37 vessels under management, including newbuildings and vessels under third party management, while OSM has 150 vessels under full technical management and another 400 vessels under crewing management. Norwegian shipmanager OSM Maritime (OSM) will be taking over management responsibility for 37 vessels currently operated by Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi (KGJS). “We’re both proud and respectful of the trust KGJS is showing us through the agreement we’ve now entered into,” says Tommy Olofsen, executive chair of OSM. On another hand, it will strengthen OSM’s position in Norway, and particularly in the bulk and tanker segments. Bjoern Sprotte, CEO of OSM, said that the companies would like for both employees and customers to experience the transition as business as usual. Illustration; Flickr/Kees Torn The agreement includes a transfer of business from KGJS to OSM of all technical, crewing and support functions in Bergen, Singapore and Manila. The transfer is expected to be completed by August 3, 2020. “The shipping industry faces major challenges ahead in terms of technology and environmental regulations. Tackling these challenges demands scale and depth of competence,” Geir Mjelde, CEO of KGJS, added.last_img read more

first_imgAll of the new infections China reported Tuesday were people returning from overseas. Shanghai authorities say the two cases confirmed there in the past 24 hours were students who had returned from schools in Britain and the United States. (AP) BEIJING – Almost 11 million students began taking China’s university entrance exam Tuesday after a delay as the country worked to bring down coronavirus infections. The grueling two-day university entrance exam can be a key determinant of a student’s future and was pushed back weeks from its scheduled date. The exam is believed to be the first mass gathering event since the virus outbreak and administrators are enforcing strict rules to prevent infections, including proof of wellness, social distancing and the wearing of masks.center_img Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus line up for the first day of China’s national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. AP/ANDY WONG last_img read more

first_imgJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo now needs a miracle to win this season’s European Golden Boot.Advertisement Luca Gaglione and Giovanni Simeone netted the goals for the hosts as they got one over on the newly crowned Scudetto winners.Ronaldo remains on 31 league goals for the season – four behind Golden Boot leader Ciro Immobile after he netted for Lazio against Brescia earlier on Wednesday.Read Also: Italy legend set to named Juventus coachThe former Real Madrid star sits behind Immobile (35 goals) and Robert Lewandowski (34) in the standings with just one game of the Serie A season left to go.Juventus face Roma in the final matchday of the Serie A season on Saturday while Lazio take on Napoli at the same time.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Portuguese forward failed to score as Juventus were beaten 2-0 by Cagliari on Wednesday night. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love With8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO, Canada – Led by a masterful century by former Canadian all-rounder Abdool Samad, the first by a Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) player over the last two seasons, the former six-time Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) Premier League champions crushed Toronto Cricketers Sports Club by 88 runs as the Elite League continued at the Terry Fox ground, Scarborough here on Sunday.Playing in only his second game of the 2017 season, Samad, the brother of former Guyana and Canadian opener Fazil ‘Terminator’ Sattaur, entered the fray with HACC in dire straits at 61 for four after winning the toss and opting to take first strike.The elegant right-hander, who also represented Canada at the ICC World Cup, shared two face-saving partnerships, firstly adding 45 for the fifth wicket with former Guyana and West Indies B team opener Krishna Arjune, whose contribution was 32, and 86 with his skipper Azib Ali Hanif, another former Guyana national wicketkeeper batsman.Dominating both partnerships, Samad, who migrated to Canada at the age of 15, took the attack to all the Toronto Cricketers bowlers, blasting eight sixes and four fours in the process before he was well caught on the backward square-leg boundary for 105.Hanif, in his first year at the helm of HACC, was left undefeated on 23 when the reduced 49 overs expired as HACC reached a challenging 221 for seven. Taseem Khan was Toronto Cricketers’ best bowler with two for 14 from three overs.Toronto Cricketers, who entered the round as the leading team in the division after winning the Premiere League in 2016, never threatened and struggled throughout their innings before being bowled out for 133 in 39.2 overs as HACC bowlers kept them in check.Off-spinner Tyrone Persaud, bowling late in the innings, ended with the impressive figures of three for 10 from 3.2 overs while there were two wickets each for left-arm spinner Manish Walia and Bim Bodhoo for 22 and 38 runs respectively. Arjune, bowling off-spin, chipped in with two for 36 from his full quota of 10 overs.Having won the Premiere League for an unprecedented six consecutive seasons, HACC stumbled in last year’s inaugural Elite League season, bowing out in the semi-finals to eventual winners Victoria Park Cricket Club.With four wins and three defeats, coupled with a rained-out game, HACC are aiming to be among the four teams in this year’s playoffs. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu. USC mounted an early 10-0 lead at Washington last Saturday and prevailed to improve its overall record to 5-1 at the midway point of the season.But as the Trojans trotted off a damp CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the overwhelming mood was that of frustration. They didn’t score enough — held without a point in the second half. They committed far too many penalties. And hey, what’s up with Matt Barkley?Smell the roses · Former USC coach Pete Carroll always maintained that his main objective was to win Rose Bowls, not national titles. – Daily Trojan file photoThe tone from fans and others who follow the program suggested something went drastically wrong in the Emerald City, but no, no, the Trojans did pull off the win — their third straight.“This isn’t about anybody’s numbers or Heisman or any of that,” USC coach Lane Kiffin reminded everyone during his post-game news conference. “This is about winning games.”Sure it is. That, of course, is obvious.  But that’s hardly the whole picture.Fans are growing increasingly frustrated each week — even with the winning, and, really, they deserve to be.On one Rivals.com message board: “Does anyone truly think [Lane Kiffin] is a good play caller?”Another added: “This is what I see: an offense that seems to try to move while the hand brake is on, and the hand on the hand brake is the coach.”USC might still be going 60 miles per hour, but these Trojans were supposed to be cruising at 90, right?In the months leading up to the season, we were told by Kiffin this team had the “perfect Trojan” in Barkley under center. This squad had the eventual “best ever” at wide receiver in sophomore Marqise Lee. This wasn’t endless media speculation; these definitive declarations came directly from the mouth of the coach, the head of the program.Internally, the bar was set quite high. The athletic department launched a “We Play” campaign, intended to highlight a number of goals for the upcoming year such as playing for keeps, playing to dominate and playing to finish.USC plopped a billboard with Barkley on it in Westwood, just a couple blocks from the campus of crosstown rival UCLA.Most of all, USC talked about “unfinished business,” using the words uttered by the senior signal caller during his announcement to return to school as a catchphrase for T-shirts, wristbands and other merchandise — anything to make a buck.As much as Kiffin, his coaching staff and his players have referenced “prep, not hype” — a slogan that has been painted on the sidelines at Howard Jones Field since spring practice — the hype around the program for the last 10 months has been unparalleled.And for what? To sell a couple extra tickets?Kiffin’s predecessor, Pete Carroll, who coached the Trojans from 2001-09, excelled in terms of channeling expectations. Even with people around Los Angeles and around the sport fixated on the Trojans, the internal goal always remained: to own the Rose Bowl.Owning the Rose Bowl was twofold. It involved winning the conference title to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 and beating UCLA, which plays its home games in the Rose Bowl stadium. Both were clear and simple objectives, and USC exercised quite a bit of control in achieving them by just winning the contests on the schedule. In fact, Al Davis’ “just win, baby” mantra would have fit the program quite nicely.Instead, USC, in 2012, watched the expectations grow like wildfire. And if anything, it just added fuel.It scripted the narrative of finishing business, implying a grand finale in South Beach by securing a bid to the BCS national championship game at Sun Life Stadium near Miami. It talked about amassing style points.“There is a showtime element,” Kiffin said about playing in Los Angeles on the eve of the season. “There is a style factor to it.”The problem lies in that these standards hardly leave any room for error. Lose once and your national championship hopes suffer rather substantially. Lose again and they’re gone.Win only by a touchdown or two and the reaction becomes: That’s all?Playing for the BCS title game places a team at the mercy of pollsters and computer rankings — it has to pass the eye test or fit a mathematical formula just right. In playing for the Rose Bowl, it needs to be atop the Pac-12 standings. Subjectivity dictates the former. Wins and losses dictate the latter.Of course, a national championship remains the foremost goal, but why add the extra attention? Why make it so obvious?USC, at present, faces a situation in which it’s expected to win each week and win decisively, as if the team is part of some sort of beauty pageant.Heightened expectations, of course, are a part of college football. Carroll’s teams still dealt with them. And any team ranked in the top 10 and any program carrying a pedigree similar to that of USC faces them. But those expectations are usually external. They come from boosters or commentators.In this instance, comparatively, USC set the expectations: finishing its business. And darn it, it was going to look good doing so.The problem is, right now, this team doesn’t look all that good. No wonder everyone around Los Angeles is so grumpy.last_img read more