NRG Energy’s alternative energy division drags on figuresQuarterly losses from the Alternative Energy division of the U.S. power company widened to $29 million year on year but solar farms did their bit for NRG’s Yield infrastructure division. August 9, 2013 pv magazine Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The onset of commercial operations at the huge Agua Caliente and California Valley Solar Ranch photovoltaic projects failed to mitigate disappointing second quarter results for the Alternative Energy division of U.S. energy company NRG Energy Inc. The April-to-June report, released today, announces the commercial operations of 278 MW at Agua Caliente, making it the U.S.’ biggest operating PV project, according to 51 per cent stake holders NRG, even before the final 12 MW come online early next year. The California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) has 127 MW in operation with the remaining 123 MW due by the end of the year and NRG predicts all the units of its 378 MW Ivanpah solar project will be complete by the end of the year. In June, NRG announced commercial operations of two projects totalling 40 MW, acquired from Recurrent Energy, at Kansas South and TA-High Desert and last month NRG agreed to construct, own and operate a 26 MW scheme on Guam and announced plans for a 6 MW rooftop at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas. AE quarterly losses widened Those solar projects, however, could not prevent a widening of quarterly losses to US$29 million for the Alternative Energy (AE) division of the company, from the $14 million lost from April to June 2012. The half year figures paint a similar story with AE including wind farm losses for the first six months widening from $29 million to $55 million year on year. Solar did at least contribute to the improved performance of the company’s NRG Yield infrastructure investment division, which underwent a successful IPO last month. With solar projects at Avra Valley, Alpine and Borrego coming online in December, January and February, respectively, NRG Yield saw quarterly net income leap to $33 million from a $1 million loss a year earlier with a first half income of $40 million, up from just $4 million a year earlier. The relatively small proportion of alternative energy in the NRG Energy portfolio was reflected by the net income figures for the parent company, which has taken a big hit this year from an ‘unseasonably mild’ summer in Texas, which has meant less air conditioning and is sufficient for NRG to rein in its 2013 forecasts. 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A professorship and scholarship program to honor the career of Bernard Lown in advancing public health is being established at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). School officials made the announcement Sept. 10.A professor of cardiology emeritus at HSPH, Lown is recognized for his groundbreaking work on the causes and treatment of heart disease and cardiac arrhythmias and the development of the direct current (DC) defibrillator that has become a lifesaving device worldwide. He is also world-renowned for his dedication to the prevention of nuclear war. In 1960, during the tensions of the Cold War, he was one of the founders of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and in 1980, he co-founded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He and a Russian colleague received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization in 1985.Lown was honored at the Lown Cardiovascular Foundation gala on Sept. 13 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.The Bernard Lown Fund in Cardiovascular Health at HSPH will support the Bernard Lown Cardiovascular Scholars Program, which will train qualified midcareer clinicians, scientists, nurses, and other health practitioners in public health strategies related to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. Participants in the Scholars Program will be degree candidates in the master of public health program or other degree programs at the School. In most circumstances, they will be midcareer physicians working in the developing world. They will be known as Lown Scholars. As part of the program, Lown Scholars may also be brought back to Harvard periodically for short-term stays of one week to several months. The goal will be to create an international community of Lown Scholars who will continue to interact around issues of cardiovascular health, particularly in the developing world.The Bernard Lown Fund in Cardiovascular Health will also support a professorship at HSPH involved in research and teaching focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. The individual chosen to be the Lown Professor may be a cardiologist, epidemiologist, biological scientist, or social scientist representing a range of appropriate disciplines and experience. The fund will also support international conferences devoted to the topic of cardiovascular prevention.HSPH Dean Barry Bloom stated: “Dr. Lown has been enormously generous to the Harvard School of Public Health as a researcher, scholar, and friend, and [he has been] an inspirational role model for me. His vision to bring young physicians and scholars from developing countries to learn and carry out research in preventing cardiovascular disease at our School under the tutelage of outstanding professors, including one that we can honor him with, is a prescient contribution to address the coming epidemic of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. We are enormously grateful for the many gifts he has given us and the world.”“Bernard Lown has been a visionary in recognizing the importance of health in forging bridges and understanding among scientists and people around the world. We welcome the establishment of the Bernard Lown Fund as an ideal realization of the innovative global vision of one of the world’s great physicians and humanitarians,” said HSPH Instructor in Medicine Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF).“It is doubly meaningful given the origins of the fund in the development of the defibrillator, a high-technology device that changed the practice of medicine, which are now being applied to a global vision of health. Far ahead of his time, Dr. Lown has long recognized that true peace in the world will only be achieved when the needs and aspirations of people in the developing world are taken into account. It is therefore most appropriate that the fund will now be used to teach the teachers necessary to combat the burgeoning global epidemic of cardiovascular disease,” Saini added. “The Lown CRF is pleased that the mission of the Lown Scholars Program and the Lown Professorship is fundamentally aligned with ours, and we look forward to many collaborative efforts in the future to sustain Dr. Lown’s unique historic legacy.”
The multimodal logistics services provider had been assigned to handle Customs clearances, port handling and inland transportation of all seven transformers and ancillary equipment.The transformers – each weighing 177 tonnes and with overall dimensions of 7.5 m x 5.7 m x 4.8 m – were loaded on 12 hydraulic axles having a convoy length of 28.5 m.In view of the complexities involved in the movement, Allcargo said it had conducted a complete survey of the 560 mi (900 km) route prior to the movement and had completed a risk analysis statement. The transformers are beingmoved in two lots.The first shipment was successfully delivered within 30 days of its discharge at Mumbai port. Allcargo said the second consignment is currently on the way, with delivery planned within 25 days of discharge.www.allcargologistics.com
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram It’s been more than a decade since policymakers and educators launched concerted efforts to bring technology to the classroom. But for the most part, use of computers at school still falls far short of its potential to improve learning. Those same youngsters who can invent a specialized language for text-messaging, assemble full and varied iPod playlists, create individualized and attractive sites on Facebook and MySpace or display their videos on YouTube can handle more at school than delivering their project reports with PowerPoint presentations. It shouldn’t take another decade for schools to figure that out. But it won’t be easy or cheap. ? Computers offer the opportunity for instruction at each individual’s pace, guided by teachers skilled at recognizing the needs and skills of both. ? The fact that such computer-aided, highly individualized teaching is not available today is not the fault of the teachers or the schools. There simply has not been enough investment – public or private – in developing the software tools to make it possible and then to train educators in how to make maximum use of those tools. ?
Most people are aware of the need for captions to make videos more accessible. But few are familiar with the requirement for audio description for videos, which accommodates people who are blind or have low-vision. Audio description narrates what visually is happening in the video, information that’s not available to someone who can’t see. Think of a radio sports announcer at a baseball game, describing the ground ball hit to the third baseman who throws the ball to the second baseman for the beginning of a double play. That’s similar to audio description. Intro to Audio Description for VideosOn Thursday, January 17, 2019, you can learn more about video audio description when 3Play Media hosts their free Intro to Audio Description webinar at 2:00pm Eastern Time. In the one-hour webinar, Sofia Leivaf from 3Play Media, will highlight the basics of audio description:What is audio description?How to add audio description to online videoVideo player compatibility: which players support itLegal requirements: accessibility laws and complianceHow to create and publish it on your ownDifference between standard and extended audio descriptionWhat tools and features can make it easier to produce audio descriptionAfter the presentation, Leiva will take answer questions from webinar attendees.Who is the Audience for the Webinar?Anyone looking to make their videos more accessible, and those taking the next step beyond captioning their videos, will find useful information and help from the webinar. Wrapping UpIncluding audio description with your captioned video will make your video content more accessible; you’ll reach a wider audience. The free 3Play Media webinar will provide the background and knowledge you need to move forward and add audio descriptions to your videos. I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, January 17, 2019 and register for the free 3Play Media webinar. I’ll be live tweeting during the webinar!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKey Takeaways from HTML5 Video AccessibilityLast week I attended the HTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features & Guidelines webinar from 3Play Media. Guest speaker John Foliot, W3C contributor and accessibility expert at Deque Systems, discussed guidelines for making videos accessible and shared his tips and insights on HTML5 video. Check out the recording of the webinar…In “Accessibility”Free Webinar: Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearningYou’re invited to the Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center free webinar on July 20, 2017, focusing on planning and producing accessible video. The Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearning webinar will teach you the key components needed to produce videos that are…In “Accessibility”DescribeAthon17: Make Video on YouTube More AccessibleI invite you to join me tomorrow, January 26, 2017 at DescribeAthon17 when amateur and professional describers around the world will join together to add audio descriptions to YouTube videos. Working from your home, business, or wherever you have a connection to the Internet, you’ll be part of a group…In “Accessibility”
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Half of U.S. adults use social media. That is, they do according to the latest findings from Universal McCann’s “Media in Mind” study, an ongoing research effort that analyzes how consumers relate to media and products in their daily life. However, it’s worth noting that in this particular study “social media” includes text messaging. Combined with blogging and social networking, these three technologies are used by 50% of U.S. adults for communication purposes. Wait, What Are You Calling “Social Media”?In the 18-34 year-old demographic, the numbers of social media users are even higher: 85% of rely on one of the three platforms to stay in touch with others. Of course, the increase in those who are now texting could be pushing these overall numbers up. It seems that more adults are texting than ever before. Those adults who say that they’ve never sent a text message fell to 41% from 49% last year. Says Graeme Hutton, SVP-Director of Consumer Insights: “We’re definitely seeing continual shifts. The great unwashed – those people who have never sent a text message – is getting smaller all the time.”Side Note: Personally, I find the terminology “the great unwashed (masses)” a little demeaning. The fact is that those at the lower end of the technology-use spectrum don’t use things like text messaging and the internet as much because they are usually economically disadvantaged – an unfortunate condition that has numerous causes including everything from poor educational resources to lack of job opportunities in their geographic region. Lumping this lower-income group into one “great unwashed” group was an unnecessarily cruel way to address those not participating in the social media revolution. That aside, there are still plenty of valuable findings that have surfaced because of this study, including the following new data:1 out of 10 U.S. adults now publish blogs (up from 5% last year)1 out of 5 18-34-year olds publish blogs (up from 10% last year)22% of U.S. adults use IM (up from 9% last year)21% of 18-34-year olds use IM (up from 14% last year) But are these numbers showing a true shift in sheer numbers of users or really just a change in awareness? Hutton says, “Two years ago, asking people about blogs, people were shaking their heads. I think now it’s taking off because social networks are taking off…People may have been doing it before, but may not have realized it. Now they’re recognizing it for what it is.”Although these numbers look promising for our favorite genre, social media, they should probably be taken with a grain of salt. While we do believe that text messaging is an important method of communication, it doesn’t quite fit with what the standard definition of social media is: blogging, social networking sites, and other web properties that engage collective groups of people to drive their content. We would like to see how the numbers really break down among the three “social media” activities they measured, but that data was not immediately available. Source: MarketingVOXUpdate: After contacting Universal McCann to clarify whether or not they really believed that text messaging counted as “social media,” I received this response: “The Media in Mind research bulletin we issued was in fact about emerging media not social media. I think the article took a broad over-arching view of the emerging media reviewed by the MiM research which might lead to that possible reading of the article to put all three media you mention together as “social media”. However, that said, I think your query raises an interesting point. I think we would typically define social media as online applications that aim to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.In exploratory qualitative research, we have undertaken indicates the consumer might take a broader view of what social media might mean. For example, it could be taken by consumers to mean any digital form of personal communication that helps enable peer collaboration and sharing. This softer, less-structured definition is possibly useful in determining possible future growth areas of personal social P2P media from a consumer-centric POV.” sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Features#Social Web#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
New retail technology has evolved exponentially over the past few decades, especially when it comes to analytics. Originally, descriptive analytics was the primary investigative tool used across our industry. These solutions provided only a snapshot of information about past events, often in the form of reports. When the reports were opened, they still required a level of interpretation to determine what—if anything—should be done. The reports did not help to determine the root cause or identify how to solve the finding.Diagnostic analytics came about to answer the “why” for analysts and investigators, using ideas like data mining and data discovery to find correlations in events. From diagnostic, both predictive and prescriptive analytics were born.Predictive analytics used information gathered through diagnostic techniques to make predictions about future outcomes, helping organizations accommodate for these potential events.- Sponsor – Finally, the most recent solution—prescriptive analytics—combines all these ideas to identify opportunities for improvement, and takes the next step, making suggestions designed to remedy these opportunities and capitalize on them. Ensuring corrective action is taken to address the identified problem is what makes prescriptive analytics more effective than a traditional data reporting solution. By automatically turning data into understandable insights and placing them directly into the hands of those who can impact your business, this solution will dramatically help you optimize results.New Retail Technology is Opening DoorsUntil recently, asset protection teams would put exception-based reporting into the hands of a limited number of people within their own department, making their investment one of the best-kept secrets in the company, thus missing out on the true potential to maximize the return on their investment. Furthermore, their data mining or exception-based reporting solution was used in a very limited capacity to identify dishonest behavior.The problem with this strategy is that it virtually eliminates the chance for loss prevention technology solutions to add value in other departments. To combat this, we need to think differently about how we use our loss prevention technology investments, searching for new ways to use old ideas.At a time when the face of retail is changing so rapidly and many companies are cutting expenses in order to either stay competitive or simply survive, it has become critical for every asset protection team to add value throughout the entire organization. I would also stress that senior-level executives do not perceive big organized retail crime (ORC) cases or internal theft investigations as value. Although they may see these results as commendable and even necessary, they don’t see them as adding value. And when the time comes for budget cuts, the number of cases you resolved will hardly be a consideration.In today’s environment, it is critical to offer services the company simply cannot live without. The best way to achieve this is to embed your culture, knowledge, services and technology throughout the entire enterprise. It’s no longer enough to protect profits; it’s time to start thinking about how you can expand them.Increasing ValueIn my previous role, I used a prescriptive analytics solution. We partnered with that particular vendor because they had a progressive view on how data could be used to expand a company’s profitability rather than just catch dishonest associates. In fact, they were also instrumental in helping us extend our technology throughout the entire enterprise. We trained upwards of 700 employees, across all departments, on how to use the solution to enhance the daily functions that fell within their current area of responsibility.Basically, everyone was using the same tool to meet their specific needs. Each user was looking at something completely different than the next. By sharing our loss prevention technology and our expertise, the solution’s value increased exponentially. In addition, the company looked at the department in a different way because we were able to assist them in creating a broad range of successes by targeting their individual requirements and unique challenges.Creative UseDon’t limit yourself by using only POS data. The more data you push through your analytics software, the more uses you will discover. POS data is limited, however, when you add billing, invoicing and inventory data, you have dramatically increased the variety of service you can provide to other departments. Once that has occurred, you can really start to add value that your partners cannot live without. From an investigative standpoint, you will add multiple layers of clarity to what used to be a directional starting point at best.For example, using this combination of data feeds; we offered our analytics to the entire front-end department. The traditional use would be to monitor cashier performance for training concerns as well as dishonesty. By sharing the expanded data, we were also able to help them monitor critical compliance issues and improve customer service. We then offered the loss prevention technology to our merchandising department in order to provide enhanced data designed to maximize shelf space allocation, monitor product specific performance, quickly identify quality issues and sell more merchandise at a profit. Triggers were also established to point out profit erosion and missed sales opportunities.All too often, these decisions are based on emotion rather than factual information. Imagine how the senior executives will perceive your department when you can say your team helped increase sales and that you have processes in place to monitor for any missed opportunities that occur in the future.Your pricing department can also benefit. Automated patterns can quickly identify pricing errors such as product selling below the intended retail or even items selling below cost. You can also help illustrate which promotional strategy was most profitable for a specific item. And why not give the technology to your operations counterparts so they can pinpoint execution deficiencies and then create a more impactful and targeted store visit strategy?Finally, place the software in the hands of your store-level managers. This will allow them to identify areas of opportunity and adjust as their market demands. These are just a few examples, as the possibilities for expansion are limitless.Build a Strong PlanBefore you begin, you will need to educate yourself on which new retail technology is right for you and your organization. What old technology do you currently have, and how can you use it in a different way? What new retail technology will your company benefit from?Selecting your solution provider is a critical step in this process. Failed technology and long implementations can kill your ideas and your reputation. It is important that you select your solution providers carefully. They can make or break a program implementation. I see a lot of buzzwords, such as “prescriptive analytics” and “artificial intelligence” being used across the industry. Although a solution provider might enjoy using the latest and greatest terminology, it is your responsibility to validate that they actually offer the specific services they advertise.Finally, embedding your technology into other departments is not as easy as it may sound. Be aware of the fact that you may be perceived as overstepping your bounds. With that said, take the time to share your information in a manner that promotes partnership and teamwork.As loss prevention technology becomes increasingly useful across all departments within an organization, the opportunity to elevate the importance of your department grows. By capitalizing on basic data that is readily available and using it for purposes outside of the traditional asset protection wheelhouse, you will drive improved results and increase efficiencies in other departments, thus earning respect and adding value across the entire enterprise.This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated August 8, 2017. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
On NBA fan engagementI was yesterday at the Boston Celtics game, and there was a lot going on besides the pitch. There were a lot of gadgets and bling bling. And it was good. I liked it. Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/carl_bayernanalytics.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.At Boston’s annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the main focus is on U.S. sports. But people come from all over the sporting world, and the globe, to exchange ideas and learn about what’s happening in the major U.S. sports. This was important enough for FC Bayern Munich, one of the best practitioners of the most popular sport on the planet in the middle of its season, to have its head of match analysis, Michael Niemeyer, come to Sloan — and catch a Celtics game in between sessions.He came by our booth at Sloan to talk to us about how Bayern and its recent coaches, especially current boss Pep Guardiola, are embracing analytics even as some U.S. coaches are free to ignore it as a sideshow. Listen to or download the interview via the player above. And read highlights from the conversation below. On the difference between Bayern and U.S. teamsOur job is seen differently in the U.S. You have data people who are not sitting out in the coaching office. … I think that you have to be in the coaching office. If you sit somewhere else, you never get it on the pitch. It won’t work. The only way it works is you have to sit right next to the coach. On in-game analytics-driven coachingNiemeyer: For me, the one thing that really has to come is the exchange from the analytics under the roof, the exchange between us with the bench. It’s not allowed in soccer.Carl Bialik: During the game.Niemeyer: During a game.Bialik: To say, hey, we picked up on this tendency.Niemeyer: Yeah. We can do it in halftime, and we do, but you’re not allowed to exchange during the game.Bialik: And if you could, that makes your department a lot more valuable.Niemeyer: Yeah, of course, of course. On Pep GuardiolaAs he came to Bayern, the first thing he said was: “The match analysis department is the most important department for me.” The second thing was: “I see a big part of my work in the auditorium.” The auditorium is the place where he has video sessions. If you want to bring your ideas to the pitch, you have to use these technologies and you have to use match analysis. On technology[Players] have laptops or iPads where they can see — we have an online platform similar to Facebook where they can discuss. And it’s an exchange platform.
Kentucky has to win two more games to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1975-76. And if the Wildcats succeed, the stats we have suggest that they’re a notch or two more dominant than those Hoosiers were.Getting data on Kentucky is easy: The Wildcats’ every game has a digital box score that’s been compiled and analyzed by the likes of Ken Pomeroy and our own March Madness predictions. But Indiana’s statistical record from its undefeated season remains in the analog age, locked in scans of stat sheets.To truly measure the 32-0 Hoosiers’ greatness, we’d want to compile the schedule and results of every Division I team that year. Unfortunately, that would involve inputting dozens of data points from hundreds of image files. And our favorite speed typist was busy.1Seriously, we asked him. So we simplified our analysis: We entered the scores of every Indiana game, then adjusted the Hoosiers’ average margin of victory by the average margin of victory of each of its opponents that season.2Accounting for home-court advantage. That gave us an estimate of Indiana’s Simple Rating System scores, which otherwise aren’t available for teams that far back.3We checked how well this technique estimates SRS for teams from the Big Ten — Indiana’s conference — and the SEC — Kentucky’s — for more recent seasons. We found it’s very reliable, with an r-squared of 0.96 against actual SRS for seasons since 1984-85. The distribution of its errors is approximately normal, with mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.26, allowing us to create a confidence interval around its predictions and estimate the likelihood that Indiana’s true SRS was greater than or less than the known SRS ratings of more modern teams.What we found is that Kentucky has been slightly better, relative to its opposition, than Indiana was. Kentucky’s SRS is 29.05, meaning it would beat an average team on a neutral floor by about 29 points. Indiana’s estimated SRS is 27.49. Though that’s just an estimate, we can be fairly confident — about 90% sure — that Kentucky is the more dominant team. (Again, these are estimates only relative to the average team each season — the question of which team would win head-to-head is an entirely different one.) We also did a bit more data entry from those NCAA.org scans of old team stat sheets to compare Indiana’s core stats with Kentucky’s. Our former ESPN colleague Dean Oliver, now with the Sacramento Kings, developed four factors to describe teams’ style of play. We estimated these for Indiana,4We had to guess what share of its and its opponents’ rebounds came on the offensive side of the floor, because offensive and defensive rebounds weren’t listed separately in the stat sheets that year. To that end, we estimated from trends in recent college data (paywalled) and in the NBA that 35 percent of rebounds by Indiana and its opponents were of the offensive variety. and we also computed each undefeated team’s pace of play and its points scored and allowed per 100 possessions.Indiana was better than Kentucky in a few ways: It allowed fewer points per possession, shot for a slightly higher effective field goal percentage, forced a greater rate of turnovers and allowed slightly fewer free-throw attempts per shot from the floor. But in every other respect, and every net measure, the Wildcats best the Hoosiers.Of course, Kentucky is trying to finish as undefeated champion in 2015 — it’s not chasing the 1975-76 Hoosiers or perfection. Or, as Kentucky coach John Calipari keeps emphasizing to the media when they ask about his team’s quest to finish 40-0, “We know we’re not perfect. We’re undefeated, but we’re not perfect.” The coach is right, and he’d be just as correct if he were describing the 1975-76 Hoosiers.Both the 2014-15 Wildcats and the 1975-76 Hoosiers are great teams — probably among the 25 best teams relative to their competition in the last 40 years of men’s college basketball. But neither team ranks as the best in recent decades. What sets apart Kentucky and Indiana is that they managed to win all their close games and remain undefeated. Indiana won two games in overtime, and five more by five points or fewer. Kentucky has also won two OT games, and two other games by five points or fewer. Each team played nailbiters against Notre Dame: Indiana won by three on Dec. 11, 1975, while Kentucky won by two on Saturday to advance to this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis.We have reliable SRS data going back to 1985. Eight teams rank ahead of this season’s Kentucky squad, including two previous Kentucky teams: the 1996 two-loss champs, and the 1997 national runners-up. Those 1997 Wildcats — along with the No. 1 team on our list, the 1999 runners-up, the Duke Blue Devils — provide a warning to this year’s Kentucky squad that the best team usually doesn’t win the NCAA tournament. Even among the eight teams of the last 30 years that were more dominant than Kentucky has been so far this year, just two won the title.