FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Dive Brief:Dominion Energy and SCANA Corp. have agreed to an all-stock merger that company officials say will lower customer rates and help unwind financial obligations related to the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project. SCANA shareholders would receive 0.669 shares of Dominion stock for every share of SCANA — or $55.35/share, a 28% premium on Tuesday’s closing price. That amounts to a deal value of $14.6 billion, including debt, should the agreement be approved by shareholders and state and federal regulators.Dominion says it would write off $1.7 billion in costs related to the Summer plant, allowing it to eliminate customer costs for the project over 20 years, instead of the 50-60 years proposed by SCANA. The deal would give Dominion 6.5 million regulated electric and gas customers in eight states. Dive Insight:SCANA, parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), has been looking for a buyer since late summer, after it and state-owned utility Santee Cooper announced they would abandon construction of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant, having already spent $9 billion in ratepayer cash. The plant was originally estimated to cost less than $12 billion, but mismanagement and problems with reactor design from contractor Westinghouse pushed final cost estimates to $25 billion. SCANA now faces multiple lawsuits and an SEC investigation into whether it misled shareholders about the project, while Santee Cooper could be sold off to pay for the abandoned plant.Dominion says acquiring SCANA could help cushion the blow of the Summer debacle. In addition to a $1.7 billion writeoff of nuclear costs, the company proposes a $1.3 billion payment to SCE&G customers, amounting to about $1,000 for the average residential ratepayer. That would come on top of an additional 5% residential rate reduction, Dominion said in a release, resulting from refunds of previously collected funds and the impact of lower federal taxes. In addition, Dominion said it would complete the purchase of the $180 million gas-fired Columbia Energy Center “at no cost to customers to fulfill generation needs.”Without debt, the deal is valued at about $7.7 billion. SCANA shares were up nearly 22% in pre-market trading.If approved, SCANA would operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dominion, saddling the Virginia-based holding company with the baggage of the Summer plant, but also significantly expanding its rate base.More: Dominion, SCANA agree to $14.6B all-stock merger Merger Deal Between Dominion and SCANA Would Write Off $1.7 Billion for Failed Nuclear Plant
By Dialogo May 11, 2011 A group of Central American kidnap victims have accused Mexican immigration agents of handing them to their captors in northeast Mexico, an official body said. The migrants said officials from the National Migration Institute led them off a bus as they traveled to the US border and handed them to armed men, according to the Federal Institute for Public Defenders. The institute offered legal advice to a total 120 migrants, including 81 Mexicans and 39 foreigners — mainly Central Americans but also six Chinese — rescued in army operations in the state of Tamaulipas in April. Tamaulipas has suffered an explosion of violence for over a year blamed on battles between security forces, the Zetas — a drug gang formed in the 1990s by ex-elite soldiers — and their former bosses, the powerful Gulf cartel. Authorities found the bodies of 72 migrants from Central and South America in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, last August, while 183 bodies have been unearthed from mass graves in the same area since April.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cars covered in Locust Valley after Blizzard rolls through Long Island. (Photo credit: Michael Damm)Long Islanders woke up Saturday to a mound of snow on their front yards, their cars swallowed by a white blanket and streets barely drivable as a powerful Nor’easter swooped in and dropped up to 30 inches of snow on the Island.While many residents will have hours of shoveling ahead after the blizzard, most will be able to fire up some hot chocolate and huddle up next to their television screens because while this massive storm packed a punch, it didn’t come close to National Grid’s estimate of 100,000 customers losing power. In fact, as of 9 a.m., the total was a little less than 11,000 people in the dark.But the storm was dangerous.All major highways in Suffolk County had to be shut down to all non-emergency vehicles, including the Long Island Expressway, Sunrise Highway, Southern State, Northern State, Sagtikos/Sunken Meadow, Robert Moses Causeway, and Ocean Parkway.There have been reports of abandoned vehicles throughout Suffolk County, making it difficult for emergency crews to plow roads and make roads passable.CLICK HERE TO SEND US YOUR PHOTOSA blizzard warning remains in effect in Suffolk County until noon Saturday.The blizzard—dubbed Nemo by The Weather Channel—dealt a blow to public transportation as well, forcing the Long Island Rail Road to suspend service on five of its branches—Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach, Montauk and Oyster Bay—and limiting service on all others.Those traveling by air also saw flight cancellations across all New York airports Friday evening. Flights at Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport are not scheduled to resume until 6:15 p.m. Saturday.It was apparent Saturday morning that Suffolk County took the brunt of the storm.The Nor’easter walloped communities from Lindenhurst to Upton, blasting at least 15 areas with more than 20 inches of snow. The National Weather Service reported that Upton saw 30.3 inches. (UPDATED SNOWFALL TOTALS)Accumulation in Nassau barely reached the one-foot mark, the weather service reported. Bayville, Wantagh and Albertson were hit with more than 11 inches, while people in Seaford, New Hyde Park and Carle Place are likely mocking the storm as a bust after less than four inches fell on them. (UPDATED SNOWFALL TOTALS)The storm also spawned whipping winds that contributed to outages and sent snow sideways making it difficult to walk at times. Strong winds—gusts were measured at more than 40 mph throughout the Island—also contributed to whiteout conditions making driving nearly impossible Friday evening.Traffic was at a snail-like place and drivers reported excruciating travel times across all major roadways. On the Northern State Parkway Friday night, traffic was moving so slow that drivers were cleaning off their cars as they drove because snow was building up quickly. Some had to pull over under an overpass to move heavy snow off their cars.The powerful storm forced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare state of emergencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties Friday night.Many of the outages are in the Town of Brookhaven, LIPA reported on its website, with more than 4,000 residents without power.Two towns—Babylon and Islip—reported less than 100 customers without power.Police and other local officials are urging drivers to stay off the roadways so crews can plow through the heavy snow. Drivers in Suffolk are told to use other roads since all major highways in the county are closed. It’s not yet clear when the highways will reopen.
Although live streaming content is not a new trend in the digital media realm, as of late it’s certainly receiving a major push from the big players in social media. To stay on top of this trend, credit unions must find a strategy that enables them to participate in live streaming (via social media) in ways that keep them both within industry regulations and still relevant to consumers in a world oversaturated with click-bait marketing content. My recent “BANK ON IT” Podcast guest, Ian Cleary, is the president of RazorSocial.com, and he took some time to discuss live streaming content strategy with us.For social media professionals, platforms like Periscope, Blab and Meerkat are familiar names that specialize in live streaming content. But for companies that look to use these platforms for branding purposes, it is important to understand why the scales of these services are important. Currently, one of the most popular live-streaming-only services is Periscope with 10 million users, which at first glance does seem like a significant amount. That is, however, until you consider that the membership is 10 million users across the world. For social media giants like YouTube or Facebook, that figure is minimal, with each boasting well over a billion users worldwide. Those are figures that yield better results when it comes to branding efforts geared towards a specific demographic. Fortunately, both Facebook and YouTube are gearing up to enter the live streaming space – and that presents a tremendous opportunity for credit unions.Facebook is known to constantly change its algorithm in order to promote one type of content or another. Currently, Facebook has already enabled live streaming via mobile application, and they are actively promoting live streaming more so than traditional forms of content such as blog posts and photos. According to Ian Cleary, financial institutions utilizing live streaming on Facebook can easily obtain extra views just by virtue of participating in this post format, which is currently prioritized to appear more often according to Facebook’s algorithm. Those extra views count as organic traffic, which can potentially convert into extra “likes”, and ultimately extra customers. YouTube, similar in size and premise, is set to release its live streaming option via mobile application over the next coming months.Credit unions should also mix their live streaming content between planned/scripted “broadcasts” and candid live moments. A weekly Q&A session can be a great way for credit unions to connect with consumers by helping them strategize financially for the week or answer general questions for both current customers and potential clients. This is a great strategy for building consumer relationships. For a more spontaneous live session – a credit union can live stream a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcome local customers into their new branch. Credit unions are not strangers to public events, fairs, and promotional outings – which are all prime for live streaming content. However, any credit union should exercise caution to stay within regulations while live streaming. An impromptu stream of customer service interaction can violate a customer’s privacy and create more problems than the opportunities.Ian Cleary believes that financial institutions should try to stick to boosting content that they know customers already like. Promoting or boosting a post that isn’t getting very many likes organically will result in more of the same problem. If your audience didn’t care for something organically, they will care for it even less when it is pushed up their news feed. Facebook offers analytic tools for live streaming that most social media professionals are already familiar with, which means they can analyze the data collected for live streaming the same way they analyze the data of a common blog post. When Google releases the YouTube Live app, credit unions will be able to advertise their live streams against key words that could easily connect a customer, searching for content on personal loans, to a financial expert discussing personal loans via live streaming.If a credit union is not already equipped with live streaming content that could be popular with their audience on Facebook and YouTube, Ian Cleary suggests to analyze what type of content your customers are searching for in order to build live session topics from that data. Then, turning those topics into regular weekly sessions so that you’ll be able to leverage and commit to careful targeted advertising. If a viewer watches 90% of a stream about refinancing their home, the likely-hood that they’re planning to refinance their home is pretty high. At its core, the idea behind live streaming is not necessarily about inventing new content or awkwardly challenging your audience to participate in unfamiliar ways. In fact, Ian Cleary believes, it is just the opposite.“It’s not a completely different world. It’s just a new way of building that relationship and we need to invest a bit of time figuring out how do we do it,” says Mr. Cleary. “We’re still [in] relationships… where we get business through relationships and now we’ve got other opportunities, and different ways of building relationships and we can build relationships at scale.”One last bit of advice Ian Cleary shared for the credit unions looking into live streaming content is to use an application called Wirecast. It allows users to use one live stream and broadcast to both Facebook and YouTube simultaneously. It also allows swapping sources between mobile and PC cameras, so linking people in different locations is very manageable.To hear more about live streaming content strategy, you can find the episode of BANK ON IT Podcast with John Siracusa and Ian Cleary here. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Siracusa John Siracusa is the creator of #BankSocial, the first banking conference dedicated to content marketing and social media for credit unions.He is also the creator of the #CaseStudySummit, a … Web: banksocial2017.com Details
continue reading » Pulling in a third party to bolster your security needs will increase your overhead a little bit. In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at three reasons why hiring a credit union security consultant may be worth it in the end.Popular bars employ certified security personnel as bouncers to keep the riff-raff at bay. The president’s secret service members provide a constant additional layer of safety. Even evil masterminds populate their underground lairs with henchmen. The fact of the matter is if you’re trying to operate in peace, but you’re also exposed to the myriad of unknown public and private forces, you may want to consider hiring a third-party security consultant. Here’s why:1) They Are Not Bound by Political TiesOf course, this isn’t to say that the security experts don’t vote in elections; rather, they have no vested interest in the inter- and intra-office politics going on in your credit union. While some staff are tasked with many duties, and some departments may occasionally struggle against each other for funding or influence, security consultants have only one job: they’re there to protect the interests of the credit union, and that’s that. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
State construction firm PT Rekayasa Industri has begun building a 255-kilometer pipeline that will supply gas for industries between Cirebon, West Java, and Semarang, Central Java.Rekayasa Industri, known as Rekind, broke ground on the US$169.4 million project on Wednesday, 14 years after the company won a bid for the project in March 2006. The company had struggled to secure a reliable gas supplier but overcame the issue in partnership with oil and gas-related government agencies.“There is a big industrial client potential in West Java and Central Java,” said Rekind president director Yanuar Budinorman on Wednesday, adding that the pipeline project was expected to “support the competitiveness of industries on Java Island”. Building downstream gas infrastructure enables more households and industries to use Indonesia’s sizable gas reserves and it is very likely to become the country’s fuel of the future, replacing oil. Indonesia has a commitment to increase gas consumption to at least 22 percent of total energy consumption by 2025. Gas contributed 18 percent in 2018.Rekind said in a statement that it aimed to charge a $0.36 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) toll fee for channeling gas, slightly higher than the national average fee of $0.35/mmbtu. The pipe is able to accommodate between 350 and 500 million metric standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of gas.The Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas), which sets national average toll fees and conducts pipe project bids, said it would next conduct a bid for a gas pipeline connecting Dumai in Riau and the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone in North Sumatra.“We will also work on pipeline project bids forwarded by various companies for 193 regions,” said BPH Migas head Fanshurullah Asa.Topics :
11-15 Cleveland Terrace, Ormiston.A BRISBANE home, named after an Irish legend about being forever young, has more than doubled in size since its humble beginning just after the Second World War.Known as Tir nan og, the Ormiston home was built in 1947 and bought by its current owners, Dr Ruth Best and her husband in 1987.Since then it has been through two renovations and extensions both with the aim of remaining true to the original feel and architecture of the home.The house is on a 2499sq m block of land at 11-15 Cleveland Tce and overlooks the Raby Esplanade Park.The U-shaped house has four ironbark verandas. Inside is a formal lounge room with an original fireplace, built-in book shelves and french doors. The open-plan kitchen has granite benchtops, splashbacks, AEG appliances and is next to the informal family room. Cozy central space. Heaps of storage space in the kitchen. Bath bliss. Cute cubby in the garden. Idyllic lunch zone.“About two years after we bought it, we did the first renovation and extension and then we did a second extension about 1995,” Dr Best said. “We decided to keep the style true to the original home, although obviously it is much bigger.”Her favourite thing about the house is the large verandas on different sides, which means no matter the weather there is always a comfortable spot to sit outside.“One faces the bay and the other faces into the garden, so it is very protected,” she said. “Also being a large property, we have four neighbours and we are also very protected from the neighbours. Loads of room for a dinner party.“Both of us appreciate that it is quiet and I guess private, but we have the best neighbours ever.“We are going to miss it (the house). It did take us a long time to decide that it is time to let another person have it.”“We loved being here, it is close to a lot of amenity, schools, shops, and walking distance to the train station. “And the other delightful thing is it is so much cooler than Brisbane with the breeze coming off the bay.” The home is open for inspection from 10-10.30am Saturday January 20. Lovely space to laze away in the shade.The main bedroom has an ensuite with twin vanities with granite benches, a doorless double shower with bench seating and a circular window which allows bay views. The main bathroom has a deep, freestanding bathtub. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoOff the end of the west veranda there is a fully self-contained double guest bedroom with ensuite, which was once where the single car garage was.Dr Best was originally a tenant of the home when she first started her medical practice in the area.She was approached by the owner about 18 months later to see if they would like to buy it and they have lived there ever since. A favourite spot in the sun.
2 Golden Square, Hendra.The main bedroom had a walk-in-robe and ensuite. All of the bedrooms had ceiling fans and built-in-robes. 2 Golden Square, Hendra sold under the hammer.PRICED out of inner city New Farm and Teneriffe buyers have started to switch their focus to Hendra.Two registered bidders vied to secure a home at 2 Golden Square, Hendra at auction, which eventually went under the hammer for $1.025 million.Marketing agent Marion Sheerman of Ray White New Farm said she had noticed a trend that Hendra, also close to the Brisbane CBD, was becoming of more interest to those who may have been priced out of, or couldn’t find what they wanted, in the tightly held New Farm and Teneriffe area. 2 Golden Square, Hendra.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoShe said one of the bidders trying to buy Golden Square was a local, while the other was based interstate.The interstate buyer was successful and will keep the property as an investment.Ms Sheerman said the property had been in demand, with two other interested parties who had been unable to buy under auction conditions. 2 Golden Square, Hendra.Bidding started at $750,000 and stalled at $975,000 before resuming and selling for $1.025 million.“It (the house) was built at the end of 2016 and then the owners rented it out for a year, repainted it and put it on the market,’’ she said. The five-bedroom home had an outdoor dining area and a swimming pool as well as a large backyard.
David and Pam Slight enjoy caravanning. Picture: Renae Droop/RDW Photography“Lock and go’’ might top retirees’ real estate wishlists, but as the Grey Nomad trend continues to grow, onsite caravan storage is also becoming a sought-after commodity.Halcyon Glades at Caboolture is among the over 50s communities with secure caravan and boat storage onsite, and joint managing director Bevan Geissman said it was a feature gaining popularity.The community comprises 217 homes, a swimming pool and leisure facilities, and also has an area for 60 caravans and boats.“There’s been a real upswing in residents seeking secure caravan storage in the past five years,” Dr Geissman said.He explained that in the wake of the global financial crisis, many Baby Boomers had chosen to holiday overseas, but as the Australian dollar’s value plunged, a holiday on home soil was far more appealing.“They stay home, travel more and enjoy all the same things as they would overseas, but in their own backyard,” he said.Dr Geissman noted an unexpected benefit of onsite caravan storage was that it added an extra level of interaction within the community. “It’s become a bit like a work shed where people come together to work on their vans,” he said.As a result, Halcyon will further accommodate the trend in future developments by offering storage at more of their new communities.David and Pam Slight bought a home at Halcyon Glades almost two years ago and said caravan storage had sealed the deal.“Before we lived here, we were renting out our family home and living in our 22-foot caravan while travelling and working,” Mr Slight said.Halcyon Glades offered them a different option where they could downsize, have their van on hand and also enjoy the community’s resort-style facilities.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“It’s great because your van is securely stored and there’s power and water available,” Mr Slight said.“When it’s time to go away, you can bring it up to the house to load up, and when you come back you can unload.”After travelling much of Australia, the Slights have their next trip scheduled for later this year when they’ll head to the Northern Territory and return via the coast of Western Australia.In the interim, Halcyon’s gated community will give them peace of mind about the security of their home.Halcyon Glades is located just off the M1 at Ardrossan Rd, Caboolture.New two and three-bedroom homes are currently available from $409,000 in the lifestyle community.
3News 5 November 2013After the first rush of same-sex couples exercising their new right to marry, the number tying the knot has evened out to about 13 a week, statistics suggest. According to Statistics New Zealand 117 gay couples married in the six weeks between August 19 and the end of September. Of the 117 same-sex marriages so far, there were slightly more female couples (61) getting married than male couples (56). Forty of them were overseas couples and 47 were transfers from civil unions.One-third of same-sex marriages of overseas residents compares with 10 per cent of opposite-sex marriages. (2798 – 10% = 2518)The 117 same-sex marriages was about four per cent of the 2798 marriages registered for the entire three months of the September quarter.Despite the new marriage laws, 33 same-sex couples still chose civil unions, which have been available since 2005.Summary – 77 same-sex ‘marriages’ v 2,518 marriages (NZ couples)http://www.3news.co.nz/Same-sex-marriages-pass-100-mark/tabid/423/articleID/320134/Default.aspx#.UnhFc9T2-Ul