Jazz Fest Weekend Two Kicks Off With Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elvis Costello, Snarky Puppy & More

first_imgDespite a rainy start, New Orleans Jazz Fest kicked off weekend two with a bang today, bringing in tons of heavy hitters to the Fairgrounds for a day of stacked music. Everything from blues to funk to zydeco to jazz and beyond was represented at one of the country’s longest standing festivals. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the event to catch Tedeschi Trucks Band with Jimmy Vaughan and Billy Gibbons, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Snarky Puppy, Gary Clark Jr., George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, and hundreds of others across twelve stages.Fortunately, photographer Marc Millman was on hand to capture the festivites. Check out some photo highlights from the festival below:Brandi Carlile on the Gentilly StageCyril Neville & SwampFunk on the Congo Square StageFlo Rida on the Congo Square StageGary Clark Jr. on the Acura StageLost Bayou Ramblers with special guests Rickie Lee Jones and Spider Stacy on the Gentilly StageNew Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band on the Jazz & Heritage StageSonny Landreth on the Acura StageTedeschi Trucks Band ft. Jimmy Vaughan and Billy Gibbons on the Acura Stagelast_img read more

The whither and why of books

first_imgHere’s a tweet summing up a recent Harvard conference: “Will the Internet age kill the printed book? LOL.”Sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the “Why Books?” conference drew more than 500 attendees on Oct. 29. By late morning, hundreds of their posts had lit up the Twitter airwaves.Conference scholars seemed to reach consensus that traditional books will survive and merge with digital technologies to meet a common goal: to store, retrieve, and circulate words and images.“Old books and e-books do not represent opposites,” said Robert Darnton, a scholar of French history and director of the University Library at Harvard. “They are more complementary than contradictory objects.”The speakers also suggested that books will endure by providing qualities a computer screen cannot. They can be owned and shared, and they have a material amplitude that invites sensory experience. Elizabeth Long, a Rice University sociologist who studies reading, praised books for their comforting heft and for the sentimental value that can make them “a bridge to that prior self.”“Why Books?” was the culmination of two years of planning by a faculty committee co-chaired by literary scholar Leah Price ’91 and historian Ann Blair ’84, both Harvard College professors.“We use books every day,” said Price, but often take them for granted or even forget them. She told the story of a 19th century British librarian who cataloged every book in the Bodleian Library except one. He had been sitting on it for 36 years.The fate of the cozy technology, part of the Western world for five centuries, engenders some anxiety. Both books and readers are moving fast into a digital world “whose shape we do not know,” said Darnton, Harvard’s Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and author of “The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future” (PublicAffairs, 2009).He grew up in an age when scholars sat in library archives armed with pencils and index cards, which would be “embarrassing” now, said Darnton, when younger researchers bring laptops and digital cameras for rapid information storage.But his next book, on politicized Parisian popular songs of the 18th century, will include a CD of music that recaptures sound, “a dimension of the past that is largely missing,” said Darnton. “The new electronic media and the old forms of research belong together.”Harvard computer scientist Stuart Shieber said electronic devices like the Kindle reader are unlikely to eliminate books. For one, e-readers remain inferior to the codex in contrast, color, and resolution. (A modern book is a “codex,” an information-storage device whose sequential but searchable pages are bound between covers.)But Shieber said book and e-book technologies will be nearly equal in readability and navigation soon. By then, readers will favor the slim, portable e-readers, but will still purchase books, which can be shared and owned. “You can’t buy an e-book,” he said. “You can only rent it.”John Palfrey, Harvard Law School’s Henry N. Ess III Librarian and Professor of Law and vice dean of Library and Information Services, said the “vibrant space” of Twitter traffic at the conference illustrated the present  “hybrid moment” that combines books and the Internet.But hundreds of Twitter feeds from a single conference also illustrate the challenge that future scholars face: the sheer volume of what social media creates, to say nothing of the intricate layers of information stored within, say, one author’s computer.“Spiraling nebulae” of information mean that today’s writers “will not and cannot be studied” as writers of the past have been, said University of Maryland English professor Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. Curatorial practices of the future, he said, will rely on computer forensics as much as traditional scholarly acumen.Meanwhile, “you can’t save everything,” said Kirschenbaum, even in an age when libraries at Harvard and elsewhere are busily harvesting data from the Web, including the blogs and tweets of modern discourse.But it’s vital that libraries save more than ever, said University of Pennsylvania humanities professor Peter Stallybrass, especially the unbound ephemera that libraries were not designed to store.Isabel Hofmeyr, a literature professor at the University of Witwaterstrand in South Africa, offered an example of what traditional libraries have missed: “Indian Home Rule,” a 1910 booklet by Mohandas K. Gandhi. This “key archive of Gandhian thought,” she said, has been collected in none of the world’s great libraries.“Print outside the book” is equally important to understanding early African-American poets, said Rutgers University English professor Meredith L. McGill. Digital archiving may help to rescue their work, now languishing in chapbooks and newspapers.In the emerging digital age, libraries as well as books are at a critical juncture, said Palfrey, who is also faculty co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. “I see a brighter future for libraries, but there is anxiety.”Part of that anxiety comes from modern attempts at creating a “universal library,” said University of Chicago historian Adrian Johns. Google Book Search and other systems, he said, are more interested in mining data from books than in the books themselves.But the engineers extracting this mass of information from the print world often don’t understand books very well, said Paul Duguid, an information historian at the University of California, Berkeley. They skip texts when digitizing multiple-volume books; copy the worst editions; and even see books as “the final impediment to getting information,” he said.These engineers of the digital realm need to wake up and smell the printer’s ink, said Duguid. “Material matters, and we forget that.”For all the Twitter traffic from “Why Books?”.last_img read more

Dell EMC President’s Circle 2017 – That’s a Wrap!

first_imgCo-authored by Joyce Mullen president, Global Channel, OEM & IoT, Dell EMC and Jay Snyder, senior vice president, Global Alliances, Dell EMCThe Dell EMC President’s Circle recognizes top partners who have delivered exceptional results over the course of a year. As we announced at Global Partner Summit 2017, our winners are rewarded with an extravagant grand prize trip for two to the luxurious Gleneagles® Hotel in Scotland.Prestigious Scottish five star hotel and golf resort of Gleneagles, Perthshire, ScotlandSpanning our entire partner ecosystem—Solution Providers, Distributors, OEM and Global Alliances—we have tracked various financial metrics over the course of the year … And the results ARE IN!Please join us in congratulating the following partners:Solution Provider and DistributorAhead LLC (USA)Atea A/S (Denmark)Axians (France)CDI (USA)CDW (USA)Computacenter EMEA (Pan EMEA)Comtek (Russia)Data Blue (USA)Data Solution (Korea)Data#3 (Australia & New Zealand)Hilal Computers (Middle East)Ingram Micro (USA)Insight (USA)Itochu Techno-Solutions Corporation (Japan)ITPunkt (Central & Eastern Europe)LTA RH Informatica (Brazil)Maticmind S.p.A (Italy)NCS Pte Ltd (Singapore)Presidio (USA)RoundTower Technologies (USA)Sapta Tunas Teknologi (Indonesia)SHI International (USA)Systech Sistemas E Tecnologica (Brazil)Team Computers (India)Tech Data (USA)Trustnet Mexico (Mexico)Unitech-Rio Comercia E Servicios (Brazil)Worldwide Technology (United Kingdom)Worldwide Technology (USA)Zones (USA)OEMArrow Intelligent Systems (Americas)M2M (EMEA)AlliancesGlobal Partner of the Year           HCL Technologies (India)Americas Partner of the Year      IBM (USA)EMEA Partner of the Year            Vodafone (United Kingdom)APJ Partner of the Year                 Dimension Data (South Africa)SI Partner of the Year                     TCS (TATA)SO Partner of the Year                   DXCCSP/Telco Partner of the Year    SwisscomIndustries Partner of the Year    Schlumberger SISWe want to personally thank these partners for their extraordinary efforts and commitment to the Dell EMC Partner Program over the past year. Thanks to our tight partnership, you continue to delight our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey. With you by our side, we are unstoppable. We have so many top notch partners that were in the running during this extremely tight race, and even more that will be formidable forces in future contests. To all of you, we say thank you.If your name isn’t on this list, don’t fret … You have another opportunity to claim the top spot next year. Stay tuned for those details, and make sure to register for our upcoming Global Partner Summit, April 30 – May 3 in Vegas, where we will unveil the next President’s Circle destination.We can’t wait to celebrate all of the winners in Scotland this June. It’s sure to be a trip of a lifetime!Again, congratulations!last_img read more

At Dell Technologies, people are a priority

first_imgThat should be an obvious statement.It should. But not everyone recognizes how fundamental people are to a technology company. In fact, at Dell, our stated purpose is to create technologies that drive human progress. This purpose has been consistent for many years, and it’s centered around people, all people. Not only the customers we seek to serve, but also our employees, suppliers and individuals who work in our supply chain. Through our reach, technology and global workforce, we’re dedicated to creating a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet. It’s not just something we say – it’s something we do. And I’m proud of what Dell has accomplished in its supply chain, including in the two years since I joined the company.Our FY19 annual Corporate Social Responsibility report shows Dell Technologies will complete or exceed more than 75% of our 2020 Legacy of Good goals ahead of schedule. And we’re not done. Recently we announced our 2030 social impact plan, Progress Made Real. This new plan is the foundation for how we’ll begin tackling the greatest challenges facing businesses and the world over the next decade. Our commitment to driving human progress, our transparency about how we’ll do it, and our passion for making it real, are reasons I chose to build a career at Dell.Respect and transparency – prove it … For Dell’s Supply Chain, it’s important we live and drive our purpose into our supply base. We’re proud of the work we’re doing to support our supplier communities and promote respect and equal rights for all. So proud, in fact, we publish an annual supply chain report highlighting our work to ensure a responsible supply chain. This includes programs focused on understanding and mitigating risk and efforts to continuously improve our supply chain’s performance. We work in a way that promotes collective intelligence and encourages collaborative efforts. We work together with peers, industry groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to find better ways to identify and mitigate new and existing risks. Our philosophy is to listen, learn, train and partner with workers and suppliers to bring forth the best ideas.Got it. But what can a single company do?We can help drive the industry; by their nature, technology supply chains – even amongst competitors – are highly intertwined. What happens in the Dell supply chain can have ripple effects throughout the industry. We’re a founding and full member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. Through the RBA, we continually evolve collective standards for the whole sector to work towards and use audits to verify the lived experience of our workers. The RBA ensures the worker voice and feedback are at the heart of the audit process.Dell upholds and implements the RBA Code of Conduct for our own operations. We expect our suppliers to abide by the Code with the same approach adopted with their own suppliers. The RBA Code establishes standards for safe and responsible working conditions alongside environmentally sustainable operations in which workers are treated with respect and dignity. Dell’s own manufacturing facilities, as well as those of our key suppliers, are audited for conformance to the RBA requirements in ethics, labor, environment, health and safety, and management systems.Dell expects our suppliers to uphold the rights of workers in our supply chain by following both the RBA Code of Conduct and our Vulnerable Worker Policy, which applies to all workers including temporary, migrant, student contract and direct employees. These are designed to protect workers and ban behaviors that represent a risk of human trafficking or child labor at any stage of our supply chain. In addition to these policies, we train factory managers on how to identify human trafficking and forced labor risk signals.Though the RBA audit is robust and comprehensive, any single audit includes risk of missing individual issues. It’s important we supplement the RBA’s audit with other engagement vehicles, ensuring anyone within our supply chain has multiple opportunities to share information, and not only in an interview with auditors.How do you do that? We provide additional engagement vehicles, so workers feel safe and able to provide honest feedback. Workers can access our grievance mechanisms at any time. In China, our contracted auditors even provide communication cards that include Dell’s helpline information for use by workers interviewed during audits of factories in our first and sub-tiers. We understand some workers may not be comfortable discussing certain issues at the factory. Alternatively, they might remember relevant facts after an interview, or are unsure their truthful cooperation with auditors will be viewed favorably by management. In any situation, they can use this helpline to reach us directly.Fundamentally, we promote a non-retaliation environment, where anyone can feel secure in providing feedback. This is reinforced through the combination of communication cards distributed by auditors to workers at the given facility, alongside the helpline which can be accessed from either inside or outside the factory. We also reinforce this non-retaliation principle directly with supplier management. These vehicles help create an engagement path, whether or not that engagement occurs at the facility.We stress the importance of the workers’ voice and make it easy to reach us so we can act when there is an issue to be addressed. For instance, through one of our engagement vehicles, we recently discovered incidences of a supplier falsifying data on working hours completed. By contrasting information provided by a worker to the data collected in an audit report, we were able to investigate a serious non-compliance. As a result, we implemented a corrective action plan that included additional internal controls with enhanced management oversight and operational planning processes. Offering off-site feedback channels to workers allows us to gain more information on working conditions and engage workers to address their concerns.What else is on the horizon?We want to use our direct experience with a robust, responsible program to drive success and capability deeper in our supply chain. Currently, we’re piloting a model with two of our larger supplier partners to assess and increase the efficiency of their own supplier audit organizations. We’ll leverage process improvement best practices developed from this engagement to share with other suppliers. Our model includes training and consultation, as well as shadow audits and management system reviews. Examples listed below:Develop baseline of competencies/skills through surveys to target efforts and bridge gapsReinforce skills for Social Environmental Responsibility (SER) focus areas (capability-building training in both 2018 and 2019; reaching auditors who perform multiple functions and have not yet received specific SER training)Provide auditor training and interview techniques for worker engagement and soft skills development to help less experienced auditors develop competences for raising more complicated topics, such as recruitment feesEstablish appropriate risk assessment processes and ensure the cascade into other stages of the supply chain to enable targeting of high-risk areasTrain-the-trainer for sub-tier suppliers and create a training structure and tracking mechanismImplement a governance system, including executive sponsorship, and robust tracking of key performance indicatorsThat’s a lot…anything else?Quarterly business reviews (QBR) with suppliers are critical to our supplier management program. These reviews include scorecards, reward performance and drive continuous improvement. Key executives attend QBRs and help determine future business awards, supplier resources, and policy, as well as progress, towards aligned goals. Examples of sustainability performance in the scorecard include:RBA audit score – points for higher scores and timely completion of corrective action plansConflict Minerals – score for timely and complete submission of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and driving out high-risk smeltersForced Labor – monitor and flag inappropriate recruiting behaviors, including charging workers for health fees, resulting in reduction of points, high-level escalations, and potentially negative business award decisions when risks of forced labor are discovered and not remediatedThis is great work – how do you keep it going?In addition to QBRs, we rely on peer support and recognition. In 2018, we awarded a supplier for “Commitment on Continuous Improvement in Working Hours in 2017” in front of a room of their supplier peers. The session shared lessons from our worker training and included a panel on “How to improve worker well-being.” New supplier orientations are hosted every quarter and include training on the full RBA code, our vulnerable worker policy, webinars, and best practice networking events. We’re committed to promptly investigating concerns raised through audits, media/NGO reports, or through discussions with our procurement and supplier quality teams; and acting to address as appropriate.Workers have their specific reach within a site, making them an important partner for long term success. We’re working with our suppliers to communicate directly with workers in our supply chain. For instance, we help drive long-term and sustainable change by delivering training to workers through their mobile phones. All workers at these suppliers’ factories – whether direct, temporary, students, migrants, contract or any other type of line worker – are eligible and encouraged to participate in this training.In 2018, over 50,000 workers completed training courses on our expectations and policies related to forced labor, health, and safety. In a follow-up survey, 93% of workers understood our policy to prohibit the charging and payment of recruitment fees, a notable increase from the prior result of 87%. We also saw an increase in the number of workers understanding all and any overtime must be voluntary, from 88% to 93% in 2018.We’ve extended this tailored training practice to other opportunities. For instance, in 2018 we expanded our on-site service provider training into additional countries. This training focuses on worker interview techniques and clarifies management system requirements. As an example, we partnered with an NGO and peer set to bring management consulting on forced labor risks to key suppliers in Taiwan.We shared research on labor and recruitment costs from the RBA’s Responsible Labor Initiative with suppliers. This allowed for cost quote analysis of labor brokers to identify risk of costs borne by the workers. Taiwanese labor laws and some cultural norms allow recruiting fees that are against Dell’s and RBA’s code of conduct. Dell’s continued vigilance reinforces to the suppliers’ management Dell’s expectations and the importance of their adherence to the RBA code. We expect the same of their suppliers and do not permit forced labor in any tier of our supply chain.What’s the takeaway here?Transparency and collaboration enhance our ability to deliver a responsible and effective supply chain, which we view as critical to our company’s success. We need everyone working together to protect our planet, to create a more diverse and inclusive world, and to put technology to work where it can do the most good. Our industry’s programs must continue to evolve and adapt as risks emerge and shift. We’ll continue talking to workers, suppliers, NGOs and peers to understand and address these risks. Why? Because at Dell Technologies, people are our priority.I have thoughts!If you have ideas or suggestions, you can contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

Senior named finalist for playwright award

first_imgTags: Ambrotypes, Beckwith Theatre Company, Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, Emerging Playwright Award, Kaitlyn Farrell, ND senior named finalist in Beckwith Theatre Company Notre Dame senior Kaitlyn Farrell was recently named one of three finalists in the Beckwith Theatre Company and Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival’s “Emerging Playwright Award” competition.The contest is designed to recognize young playwrights between the ages of 18 and 30 living or studying in Michigan or northern Indiana. Though Farrell’s play, titled “Ambrotypes,” did not win the competition, she received $250 for being named a finalist.”She didn’t win, but it was awesome exposure in the local arena for work,” senior Robert McKenna, who played Jason M. Hawley in the play, said. “Everyone has to start somewhere.”The play was originally commissioned for ND Student Players, an on-campus theatre troupe, but it was not performed as scheduled in the fall and was not re-scheduled.“In January, one of my original actors [McKenna] came to me and said, ‘this play needs to be put on,’” Farrell said. “That’s sort of how it got started again.”Farrell said she worked with McKenna to acquire funds from the student players and began the process of casting the show.Around the time Farrell began preparing to stage her work at Notre Dame, she submitted “Ambrotypes” to the Emerging Playwright’s competition.“I had written the play in about three weeks over the summer, but over Christmas break, I spent another week editing, [and] I added another scene. … It wasn’t until spring break that they called me and told me I was a finalist,” Farrell said.Farrell said she originally got the idea for the play when she visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Photography and the American Civil War” exhibit last summer, she read about the work of Alexander Gardner, a Scottish immigrant who became a battlefield photographer. Gardner became the subject of “Ambrotypes,” which fits into the genre of historical fiction.Since Farrell was named a finalist, the Beckwith Theatre Company staged a reading of the play at the beginning of April, she said.“That may have been one of the better things to happen to us,” freshman Nick Lindstrom said, who played Alexander Gardner in the ND Student Players production. “Kaitlyn got the chance to see complete strangers perform it, and they interpreted the script in an entirely different way than she did. She brought that back and it helped shape her vision.”The Notre Dame production was staged one week later, April 24-25, in the Washington Hall Theatre Lab.“It was my first time directing a full-length play,” Farrell said. “I tend to be more quiet, and I’m definitely more interested in script analysis and playwriting, and it’s pretty rare that playwrights get to direct their own work, so it was definitely a good experience.”Farrell said the production was based on a very collaborative process.“I loved just watching the show, listening to the words that I wrote. … It’s a very kind of transcendental experience. Just sitting there, and I know what the next line is going to be, but I’m always surprised by how they present it,” Farrell said.After she graduates, Farrell plans to move back to her home state of New York.“My hope is to maybe get an apprenticeship at a theater. I would love to work in script analysis, but my hope is to continue playwriting as well,” she said. “I would like to get the play published this summer, but sometimes you need to have a full-scale production before they’ll publish it.“I’ve just loved being able to share my work with other people.”last_img read more

Josh Young & Emily Padgett Are Engaged

first_imgNo filter needed. #engagementphotos photography by Melanie Fiander of Fiander Foto @FianderFoto pic.twitter.com/EyycrHvcwo— Josh Young (@joshpaulyoung) January 13, 2017 View Comments Josh Young & Emily Padgett(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)center_img Broadway wedding bells….how sweet the sound. Tony nominee Josh Young and stage fave Emily Padgett are engaged. The two shared the news on Twitter and Instagram with some stunning photos of the moment he proposed during their Bermuda vacation.Padgett will return to Broadway this spring in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her additional credits include Sweet Charity, Bright Star, Side Show, Rock of Ages, Grease and Legally Blonde. Young starred on Broadway in Amazing Grace and garnered a Tony nomination for the most recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. His additional credits include national tours of Les Miserables and Evita.Best wishes to the happy couple!last_img read more

Gordon named new CEO at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

first_imgBrattleboro Memorial Hospital,The Board of Directors of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has announced the appointment of Steven R Gordon of Newton, Massachusetts, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment will be effective in early March of next year, according to Kirsten Beske, Chair of the BMH Board of Directors. Gordon will be replacing Barry Beeman who announced his intentions to retire from the position at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital earlier this year. Gordon brings more than 25 years of experience in health care and hospital management to BMH.‘I am pleased to report that we had a very comprehensive and broadly inclusive recruitment process. We conducted a national search and reviewed an outstanding group of candidates. Our decision was ultimately unanimous to offer the position to Steve Gordon. We believe he possesses the necessary strategic skills to lead BMH in its mission to provide outstanding care to the Brattleboro community. Steven brings extensive experience working with physicians and hospital leaders in the development of growth strategies as well as strong operational and fiscal discipline,’ said Beske in making the announcement.Gordon responded, ‘The high quality patient care and excellent reputation of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, its physicians, employees and staff were instant draws for me. I am inheriting an institution that makes a difference in the lives of so many in the community and I look forward to continuing its exceptional services for patients and leading BMH into the future.’ Gordon most recently served as President of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for the overall management of the hospital. At Good Samaritan, Gordon provided leadership direction successfully positioning the hospital organizationally and financially.Before arriving at Good Samaritan, Gordon was the Chief Administrative Officer for Children’s Hospital Boston, running their Waltham campus. He also served previously as the Vice President for Physicians and Business Development at Newton Wellesley Hospital, and was the former CEO of Parkland Hospital in Derry, NH.Gordon received a bachelor of arts (with honors) from Tufts University where he also obtained a master’s degree in environmental health engineering. Subsequently, he earned a master’s in health administration from the University of Minnesota. The new BMH President and CEO is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.A lifelong Rotarian, Gordon has always been actively involved in the local community, serving on such boards as the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for Youth, and the local school. In addition, he was active with the local Boys and Girls Club in his past community.Gordon is a Massachusetts native and he and his wife Sharon, who is a nurse, have family in Keene. They look forward to becoming part of the Brattleboro community.‘We are excited about Steve’s selection as the new BMH CEO,’ said Beske. ‘He brings a depth of understanding of both the challenges and opportunities of working within a community hospital environment, as well as a broad variety of experiences with physician alignment models and networks. He will be a terrific asset to the hospital.’ Source: BMH. 12.14.2010last_img read more

Pakistani industry group pushes government to back renewable energy

first_imgPakistani industry group pushes government to back renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Nation:The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has stressed upon the government to focus on renewable energy as the country has tremendous potential to generate power through wind, hydro and solar.The renewable energy would bring manifold benefits to the national economy as it would reduce cost of doing business, promote industrialization, encourage investment, create plenty of new jobs and enhancing exports.RCCI president Malik Shahid Saleem while talking to the delegation of local company, “NINGBO green Light Solar”, said that green energy sources like wind and solar were getting key focus on the global level as they were viable sources of energy at affordable cost.The government could reduce its reliance on expensive power plants and fossil fuel imports in favour of cleaner, more accessible electricity for people and businesses, he added.He also referred to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) report where it stated that Pakistan’s current power mix has an over-reliance on outdated fossil fuels technology and seasonal hydro-power generation, roughly split in a ratio of 70:20:10, being 70pc thermal and 20pc hydro, with nuclear power making up most of the rest.Malik Shahid Saleem asked Government to adopt IEEFA’s proposed energy model to 2030, aimed at providing a cheaper, more diversified electricity generation system for Pakistan and therefore greater energy security, is roughly split in a ratio of 30:30:30:10 between 30pc renewables, 30pc thermal, 30pc hydro, and 10pc nuclear power.More: Govt urged to focus on renewable energylast_img read more

How credit unions piggyback marketing on Amazon Prime Day

first_img continue reading » Amazon Prime Day has become a cultural phenomenon in the short time since the ecommerce company created it. The now two-day event is part megasale, part brand marketing event, and part Prime account recruiting drive, all rolled into one. It may be one of the most successful commerce-created “holidays” ever. Amazon promised over a million deals globally.It’s a big day for financial institutions and their products, as well, because all those juicy bargains consumers slaver over have to be paid for. Prime Day generated an estimated $4.19 billion in sales globally in 2018 and Coresight Research projects it could hit $5.8 billion in 2019.Numerous consumer websites and even some business sites go bargain crazy, publishing tips and tricks for maximizing discounts and gaming the various cash back, percentage-off, rewards granting, price protection and other variations on payment card features during Prime Day and similar events.“Marketed almost as much, if not more, than Black Friday, Amazon Prime Day has forced financial services brands to shift their marketing strategy and create buzz ahead of time,” writes Alexa Dalessandro, Research Analyst at Comperemedia, a Mintel Company, in a recent report. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 questions with SWBC Financial Institution Group’s Mark Hein

first_imgCUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Mark Hein, CEO of SWBC Financial Institution Group for a quick interview with just 3 questions:(0:32) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(4:12) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(8:43) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about SWBC’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more