Benin to install an advanced distribution management system

first_img“The Distribution Management System (ADMS) will help optimise energy distribution, reduce electricity losses and minimise shortages. GE has signed contracts with the government of Benin to helpthe country to meet growing energy needs while developing self-sustainingelectricity systems. TAGSADMSGE Previous articleScholarships transforming the energy sectorNext articleSouth Africa: Things you need to know about the EV market Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. The ADMS will be provide utility Société Béninoise d’EnergieElectrique with algorithms and predictive analytics to enable grid automation. Finance and Policy This article was featured on our sister website Smart Energy International. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GE will also upgrade the utility’s substations andtelecommunication infrastructure at the National Distribution Control Center inCotonou. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector In Benin, GE will supply the country’s first advanceddistribution management system (ADMS) to increase energy reliability andefficiency. The project will help Benin to reduce its energy imports,currently at 85% of the country’s total energy demand.center_img GE Renewable Energy has secured a contract to moderniseenergy transmission and distribution networks in Benin. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development For instance, the system will be able to predict issues,identify the faults on the grid and propose a restoration plan. Generation “This system will also help manage the security and maintain control of the grid, “according to the National Coordinator for MCA-Benin II. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA “This project is aligned with the government’s ambition to efficiently manage the generation from power plants, microgrids and other grid infrastructure to improve the quality, efficiency and availability of power to our customers. BRICS Featured image: Stock last_img read more

18 Chart-Topping Examples of Kindness in 2015

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHere’s a way to start your New Year with a full heart!  We’ve collected our favorite stories from 2015 to remind you how good humanity can be – 9 acts of kindness from adults, and 9 from kids and teens. Which good deeds are your favorite?1. Man Builds Tiny House for Homeless Woman Sleeping in the Dirt (WATCH)The kindness of Elvis Summers has gone down in Good News Network history after he whipped up a tiny shelter for his homeless friend in only 5 days. Since his initial construction, Summers has hosted several tiny house building events in L.A. and crowdfunded over $80,000 to construct more houses. (Full story here…)2. Firefighters Pay it Forward–Big Time–After Waitress With Heart of Gold Picks Up TabWhen a young New Jersey waitress picked up the tab for some firefighters struggling against a neighborhood blaze, it sparked another good deed after the civil servants found out she had been struggling in her own way, using a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy a wheelchair accessible van for her father. (Full story here…)3. UK Football Stars Buy Hotel, Invite Homeless to Stay For WinterManchester United football stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs scored big time when they bought an old Stock Exchange building at £1.5 million for UK homeless folk to keep warm in the winter. (Full story here…)4. Elderly Strangers Step In To Help Struggling Young Man Tie His TieA senior couple in the subway showed how kindness crosses boundaries. They noticed a young man dressed to the nines but struggling with his necktie. The photo above was snapped by a pedestrian who overheard the exchange and it has been shared almost a million times on Facebook. (The wife looks like she is kindly blocking the view so no one spies on the young man being tutored.)5. Woman Buys Entire Toy Store to Donate to Kids in Homeless SheltersCarol Suchman wasn’t playing around for Christmas this year – the New York woman bought the entire inventory of a toy store going out of business and donated it to the local homeless shelters. (Full story here…)6. Homeless Man Spends Hours Pushing Cars in the Snow, Now His Luck is Turning AroundShelby Hudgens hadn’t been able to push himself out of homelessness since his house burned down, but that didn’t stop him from helping others whose cars were stuck in the snow. After a news crew interviewed him about his three hours of good Samaritan exercise, a GoFundMe campaign was set up for the generous man, which gathered over $23,000 in donations. (Full story here…)7. Orphan Burn Survivor Gets Over 185,000 Christmas Cards, $300K in DonationsThe internet wasted no time in stepping up to help little Safyre Terry have the best Christmas ever in 2015. Gifts, Christmas cards, and donations poured in after she sent out a Facebook plea asking for holidays cards to decorate with this year. As an update, she received a card and note from President Obama, and university students are now building her a prosthetic hand. (Original story here…)8. Karma Comes Back Around for Man who Broke Religious Rule to Help BoyOne good deed has led to another for a man who broke a tenet of his religion to help a little boy hurt in an accident. Even though Sikhs are never supposed to take off their turbans in public, Harman Singh removed his and used it to help an injured boy. The reward for the poor college student was even more beautiful than his kindness. (Full story here…)9. Find Out Why A Step-Father’s Photo Got 15 Million Views in 24 HoursIt had already been discussed that the biological father would walk Brittany down the aisle, but as a last-minute surprise, dad grabbed the hand of her step-father so they could give away their daughter together. (Full story here…)And Now, For Our Favorite Kids of 2015…1. Teen Volunteer Wins $70,000 SUV in Charity Raffle, Then Stuns CrowdSuper volunteer Erin Byrnes beat the odds and won a free car at only 13-years-old. Having a heart of gold, however, Erin immediately wowed the crowd by donating the car to the charity that had conducted the money-raising raffle. (Full story here…)2. When a Cheerleader with Down Syndrome was Bullied, 3 Players Walked Off the CourtDee Andrews’ has always had a unique way of dancing, but when bullies started criticizing her sweet cheerleading moves during a game, three eighth-graders on the Lincoln Middle School basketball team walked off the court to defend her. Dee has since described their actions as “sweet, kind, awesome, and amazing.” (Full story here…)3. Kind-Hearted Boy Helps Blind Deer Find Food Every Day Before SchoolBambi’s got nothing on this duo: every day before school, this little boy took the time to walk a blind deer from grassy patch to grassy patch to make sure he had enough to eat. Inspired by his kindness, one of the neighbors called a local rescue group to help the little deer. (Full story here…)4. High School Kids Start Food Pantry to Keep Classmates From HungerThe students of a North Carolina high school have opened their hearts – and their pantries – to fellow students in need. Filled with toiletries and non-perishables, the supplies have made a great difference to the needy teens attending the school. (Full story here…)5. Boy Who Emptied Piggy Bank For Vandalized Mosque Gets Big SurpriseJack Swanson had put away $20 in pennies to buy himself a shiny new iPad, but when he heard about a place of worship being vandalized, the boy pulled out every stop in his piggy bank to contribute. His good deed did not go unnoticed, however, when an Islamic attorney heard about his donation and sent along an iPad, courtesy of the American Muslim community. (Full story here…)6. Quick-Thinking Teen ‘Befriends’ Couple to Thwart Kidnapping in ProgressA detective in the making, Malyk Bonnet saved the day after watching over a scared-looking woman who was being abducted by an old boyfriend. Once the kidnapper asked for bus fare to a town 25 miles away, Malyk knew he had a chance to step in and possibly help. That is just what the brave teen did. (Full story here…)7. Teen Walks Home Old Man With Groceries, Photo Goes ViralChristian Trouesdale walked his way to internet fame after walking old man Bob and his groceries home from Aldi. The young teen has since kept in contact with Bob after sharing the news of their popularity. (Full story here…)8. Teen’s Simple Question Saves a Man’s Life, Baby Is Named After HimJamie wasn’t expecting to save a life when he went out to the cafe that day, nor was he probably expecting the man to call him ages later and say that he and his new wife had named their baby after him. (Full story here…)9. 30,000 US Teens Converge on Detroit in Massive Christian Volunteer Clean-up30,000 hardworking teenagers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church spent an entire week cleaning up the downtown Detroit city area along with 70,000 abandoned houses. (Full story here…)MAKE Someone’s New Year Warmer–SHARE This… (Top photo, Ed Yourdon, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

IB13: Descente Introduces Poron Xrd Chamois – Creates Body Armor for your Bits?

first_imgOk, we’re pretty sure Descente’s intent was never to create a protective chamois, but in the pursuit of comfort that’s basically what happened. In one of the more innovative approaches to chamois design we’ve seen in a while, Descente looked to Poron XRD – the same material used in body armor like G-Form’s reactionary knee pads. When Descente investigated using Poron XRD for chamois they found that it was great at absorbing low speed vibrations for long term comfort, but under hard impacts (think potholes, mounting your CX bike, etc) the added protection of the instantly stiffening material was a welcomed bonus.Just how do you go about adding impact absorbing foam to a chamois? Descente has the details next. Poron XRD is an incredible material, but an entire chamois made out of the stuff would be heavy, and honestly probably horrible. To make it work, Descente uses a thin foam cover and then sandwiches the black foam pictured to the left and the Poron XRD as seen by the yellow sections. The result is a chamois that Descente says is probably the most comfortable they’ve tried.In 2014, the Poron XRD chamois will only be found in their top of the line Full Gas bib short. In addition to the technologically advanced chamois, the shorts have a race cut combined with their Compress Tech fabric for a high end short worthy of the term “Full Gas.”Instead of silicone grippers of any kind, the Full Gas Bibs use a 2.5″ compression band around the thigh. Both men and women get a Full Gas design, each built with the same technology with the men’s short going for $200 and the women’s at $180.last_img read more

Colliers adds associate VP to retail group

first_imgSummer Jackson joined Colliers International in Greater Phoenix as an associate vice president in the Retail Group. She joins Associate Vice Presidents John Jackson and Larry Miller on their team.“Mrs. Jackson came from a competitor where she started the retail leasing division eight years ago,” says Bob Mulhern, senior managing director of Colliers. “Her experience in building and working with a team has been impressive and we look forward to her expertise within the Colliers team. Summer has strong experience and focus in tenant representation and handling of Class A mixed-use projects, which will be a great benefit to Colliers clients.”Prior to her positions in real estate brokerage firms, Jackson served in corporate real estate for Charming Shoppes, working on their real estate portfolio in the Northwest and Midwest states.The Jackson/Jackson/Miller team, with a combined 35 years of experience, will continue to focus on sales and leasing of retail properties in the Southwest. Each of the team members is very active in ICSC.  Jackson most recently has been the chair of Southwest Idea Exchange and a member of the ICSC NextGen Program Planning Committee. Jackson was 2013-2015 ICSC NextGen Arizona and New Mexico Chair, as well as the 2015 Southwest Idea Exchange Co-Chair.Current clients include companies such as: NorthStar Realty Finance, Aegon, Irvine Company, Howard Hughes Corporation and North American Development Group. Client History also includes large companies such as: Disney, DDR, MetLife, Sun Life Financial, Parkway Properties, Clarion, LNR Property, LLC, Donahue Schriber and Kimco amongst many others.last_img read more

Officials say most Americans not at risk of coronavirus

first_imgThe top US public health officials today said the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, is not a threat to the average American citizen.”Americans should know this is a potentially very serious public health threat, but Americans should not worry for their own safety,” said Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).Azar was joined by Robert Redfield, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, and Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.Azar began and ended the press conference by imploring the Chinese government to accept the US’s offer to send experts from the CDC to aid in the response efforts.”We are urging China, more cooperation and transparency are the most effective options you can take for an effective response,” Azar said. Azar said the United States first offered assistance on Jan 6, and most recently reiterated the offer yesterday.During the press conference, Azar was alerted to the news that China had agreed to allow a team of international experts led by the World Health Organization to come to China to work on the virus, which he welcomed.No ongoing spread among US casesAll officials at the press conference offered assurances about the US response to the five confirmed 2019-nCoV cases identified in Washington state, Illinois, Arizona, and California. So far, none of the cases have resulted in secondary transmission, they said, and all patients have cooperated with the CDC in gathering as much information as possible about the illness.”We have no evidence of human-to-human transmission in the United States,” said Messonnier. “All the cases have been directly transmitted from China.”Redfield said the CDC decided to increase surveillance efforts in US airports. Now 20—up from 5—of the nation’s largest and busiest airports will practice enhanced screening of passengers traveling from China. Late yesterday the CDC also issued a level 3 travel advisory, suggesting US citizens avoid all nonessential travel to anywhere in China.Redfield and Messonnier said an important part of the enhanced screening will be educating passengers to look for possible symptoms of 2019-nCoV, as patients may be asymptomatic at the time of travel. The experts urged both travelers and their physicians to take precautions if an upper respiratory illness and fever follow a recent trip to China.Throughout the press conference, the officials referenced past experience in Asia with coronavirus diseases SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), and avian flu, suggesting the US has the tools to help combat the new coronavirus outbreak.Symptomatic transmission as likely driverFauci explained that China was currently using both the antiviral remdesivir and the antiretroviral drug Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) on a compassionate basis on some nCoV patients. Both treatments, used against Ebola and HIV, respectively, are unproven against the novel coronavirus.Fauci said monoclonal antibody–based therapies will be the next step in developing a possible treatment for the virus, as will a phase 1 clinical trial of a potential vaccine.He also addressed concerns about whether the virus could be easily spread by asymptomatic carriers. “The driver of respiratory outbreaks is symptomatic people, not asymptomatic carriers,” said Fauci.FDA launches nCoV siteIn related news, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday it was taking key actions to develop nCoV countermeasures.The FDA also launched a landing page, or website, for 2019-nCoV information.”We are committed to keeping the American people informed as we prepare and respond to emerging public health threats, including the novel coronavirus,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Legislation, and International Affairs Anna Abram, in a press release. “The agency is committed to ensuring safe and effective medical countermeasures are available as quickly as possible to protect public health.”The FDA said the first step will be developing diagnostic tests that will quickly identify the coronavirus. Such tests would likely be able to benefit from the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization pathway, and developers are urged to follow the links and guidelines provided by the FDA.See also:Jan 28 WHO news releaseJan 27 FDA press releaseFDA 2019-nCoV websitelast_img read more

Polaris Systems Adds to Sales Staff

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  GREENSBORO, NC — Polaris Systems, a Greensboro, NC-based software development company, has announced the addition of Robert Hillman to its sales management staff. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hillman has been involved in the high-performance industry with notable companies in Ohio and Florida. His background includes experience in sales, management and IT capacities. He brings a wide breadth of knowledge and understanding of both the daily and strategic business of warehouses, shops and retail operations. His racing background includes drag race, circle track and boats, including offshore and inboards. Hillman will be responsible for sales in the southeast region. Polaris Systems provides specific software solutions to automotive engine rebuilders, machine shops, diesel and fuel injection shops and distributors, heavy duty truck and fleet shops and high-performance manufacturers and distributors. The company provides three basic software packages for small, medium and large businesses. For more information about Polaris Systems, visit:,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Orval Hart Receives Mid-Year Community Asset Award

first_imgOrval Hart, center right, of Los Alamos at a 2009 award ceremony for winning the road race at the World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Hart also took home first place overall that year. Courtesy photo Capt. Orval Hart in his Civil Air Patrol uniform receives a mid-year Community Asset Award. Courtesy photo By BERNADETTE LAURITZENChampions of Youth AmbitionsLos AlamosI always believe in admitting when you make a mistake. We all make them, so admit it, apologize, and set out to make things right. If it becomes a habit and part of your character, apologizing won’t be an insurmountable obstacle.During 2019, Champions of Youth Ambitions regular Jackie Hurtle nominated someone for a Community Asset Award. The local nonprofit has recognized folks annually since 2009. When the nomination was made, unfortunately I titled the file 2020. The awards are generally held in January of February for the previous year. When the list came out one of her nominees was missing.I began to conspire with local YMCA CEO Rob Wilkinson for a surprise recognition. It would take us a while, but a plan was underway. Then the world changed, and plan B would be to find the nominee, apologize for my error and invite him to the next ceremony. One reason being my error and two because the community needs some good news.I am thrilled to say White Rock resident Orval Hart was not mad at me. I asked him a few questions then planned a doorstep, contactless delivery. One of my favorite things to know is a person’s favorite cookie, so the gift idea was brewing exponentially.During high school, Hart was a day camp counselor for the Pasadena YMCA, and for the Alhambra YMCA. That was back in the day when a leader might take 10-12 kids on sightseeing tours of Los Angeles, constantly counting to see that you still have everyone in tow or camping in the mountains. He graduated high school in 1957, spent three years in the Army, which he believes prepared him for college at California Polytechnic in Pomona. He learned computers on the college’s first computer and made a career out of it. He worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab, with software for deep space unmanned missions, and with Hughes Aircraft, NATO air defense system based in Milan, Italy, before coming to Los Alamos in the fall of 1970.Hart and his wife have four children, 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was nominated by Jeremy Smith and Jackie Hurtle for his work with various races and pickle ball for the YMCA. He is an avid cyclist still today.“Staying active is a way of life for me, having raced bicycles for 45 years here and in Europe, mainly Italy,” Hart said. “It keeps balance in your life, clearing your mind for the other things in life.”The day of the drive by recognition, Hart was impeccably dressed as it was a Sunday … the Saturday delivery was rained out. Earlier that day, he had cycled to Bandelier and back, a regular activity. According to Hart, the ride has gotten, “dramatically slower,” which he reports could be totally possible at 81. While I didn’t request permission to state his age, I have a feeling he would forgive me in order to inspire his community to get out there, staying safe and balanced, of course.Champions of Youth Ambitions, C’YA celebrates their sixth birthday this week. Check us about at read more

PHOTO: Cape Sharp Tidal Deploys First Turbine at FORCE

first_imgCape Sharp Tidal has deployed the first OpenHydro open-centre turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, on Monday. Atlantic Towing’s Kingfisher towed the Scotia Tide deployment barge from West Bay to the site early Monday morning. Once in position the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine was lowered to the sea floor in a 4-hour operation on an ebb tide, Cape Sharp Tidal informed.“During the remainder of this week’s deployment window, we will be focused on completing the grid-connection to FORCE’s subsea cable, and delivering Nova Scotia’s first in-stream tidal energy to the Provincial power grid. In the next few days, we’ll connect the turbine cable tail and our Y-shaped connector cable by lifting each from the sea floor and joining them on the deck of Atlantic Towing’s Beaver Barge,” the company explained.Several marine companies were involved in the operation including Atlantic Towing, Seaforth, Mike Huntley and RMI.last_img read more

Agents have eye on traditional QS markets

first_imgFor British QSs and engineers its tough enough fighting off your immediate rivals in the market right now. EC Harris saw its revenues drop rather sharply earlier this year, while WSP’s results last week were flatish.But having just spoken at Mipim to David Hitchcock, head of building consultancy at CB Richard Ellis, it looks like the big agents are now gradually encroaching on their surveying and engineering turf, providing another headache for already stretched consultants.CBRE has a smallish presence in QSing and engineering, as it stands, with about 50 staff in both fields in the UK at the moment. But Hitchcock says they want those numbers to double over the next three years, such has been the success of those businesses.The likes of Gardiner & Theobald and Mott MacDonald don’t need to panic just yet, because Hitchcock is clear that CBRE aren’t expanding just for the sake of revenue, and growth will only continue if margins are high.Plus, the CBRE QSs and engineers don’t really compete with stand alone consultants as they are, but work for clients as part of CBRE service. Their engineers do maintenance and retrofitting, rather than new build.Still, if CBRE do expand further into these areas, then it’s possible that their clients will increasingly plump for their internal QSs rather than go to the market. CBRE, just like Aecom, seem keen to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for clients, and their enviable contact book of global corporates means this could be a threat to the Gleeds of this world.Davis Langdon has said they will try to climb up the value chain, offering a ‘McKinsey like’ service to clients from the word go. If consultants are to compete with CBRE, they may have to do the same – climb up the value chain just as CBRE tentatively climb down.last_img read more

Hansom: Result!

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more