Veterans Join Lawmakers in Call for Extension of Wind Energy Incentive

first_imgHome Energy Veterans Join Lawmakers in Call for Extension of Wind Energy Incentive SHARE Previous articleHSUS Takes Another Stab at Pork Checkoff with Complaint to OIGNext articleAgriculture Secretary Vilsack Comments on Soaring U.S. Exports Andy Eubank SHARE A group of lawmakers joined 40 veterans, many of whom have found post-military careers in the wind energy industry, Wednesday to urge Congress to include an extension of the production tax credit for wind energy in year-end legislation to continue expiring tax provisions. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said the production tax credit for wind is working and should be part of the effort in Washington to help get more Americans working. He added that certainty about tax policy and affordable energy are factors for economic growth. According to Grassley – as much energy as possible should be produced at home to create jobs and strengthen economic and national security.The Senate Finance Committee passed an amendment to extend the production tax credit for wind in August. Legislation to extend the production tax credit in the House of Representatives has 118 co-sponsors.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Veterans Join Lawmakers in Call for Extension of Wind Energy Incentive By Andy Eubank – Nov 29, 2012 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Kickboxing: Dabiri-Erewa hails Adesanya for emerging world champion

first_imgRelatedPosts Masvidal calls for Kamaru Usman rematch Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title Masvidal seeks for Kamaru Usman rematch Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has congratulated Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya for knocking out 185-pound challenger, Robert Whittaker, to become UFC undisputed world middleweight champion. A statement by the NIDCOM Director of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, stated that by the feat, Adesanya has brought honour and glory not only to Nigeria but to all black Africans. The elated Dabiri-Erewa said the feat was something to be proud of.The NIDCOM boss said Nigeria is proud of Adesanya’s performance as he had used his skills to bring honour and glory to the entire country. She urged the youths, especially those in the Diaspora, to emulate Adesanya and be good ambassadors of the country wherever they find themselves. Adesanya is now the second African to win a UFC title after Kamaru Usman became welter weight champion.He knocked out Australian Whittaker on Sunday morning to become the undisputed middleweight boxing champion of the world.Adesanya won the fight in the second round of the UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.His victory capped the young boxer’s remarkable journey in the mixed martial arts.The Nigerian-born fighter needed less than two years and seven fights to clinch the middleweight title.Adesanya has now extended his winning streak to 18 straight wins. The former kickboxing star came into the UFC with 11-0 straight wins.He won the interim middleweight title in Atlanta in April in his sixth UFC fight, dismantling Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236.Tags: Kamaru Usmanlast_img read more

USC and Arizona State to duke it out in the desert

first_imgA two-match sweep of Oregon and Washington State last weekend should give the USC women’s tennis team the momentum it needs to power through the final leg of its road trip, as it takes on Arizona State.USC (13-5, 2-3) looks to avenge its early-season loss to the No. 15 Sun Devils (13-5, 3-2), who beat the Women of Troy on March 16.The Wildcats could not field a full roster, which resulted in a victory for the Women of Troy (13-5, 2-3).Led by No. 11 Jacqueline Cako, ASU boasts four ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams this season.Senior Maria Sanchez will likely face off against No. 19 Kelcy McKenna, who she beat decisively 6-0, 6-3 in their first matchup.Sophomore Danielle Lao will look to keep her two-match winning streak going, as she seeks revenge against Cako after falling 6-3, 6-3 when the two met earlier in the season.The two stars of the road trip, freshman Kaitlyn Christian and junior Alison Ramos, will have their hands full as they square off against No. 106 Micaela Hein and No. 120 Hannah James, respectively.Ramos earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this week for her accomplishments against Oregon and Washington State last weekend, as she went a perfect 4-0 in doubles and singles en route to back-to-back USC victories.It remains to be seen whether sophomore Valeria Pulido will be healthy enough to participate in today’s match, as she suffered against Stanford.The team is looking to build on its two most recent victories.“ASU will be a challenge, but it will be a great opportunity to beat a very tough team on the road,” USC coach Richard Gallien said. “Their team is disciplined and we will need to play well to beat them.”The Women of Troy were supposed to play two matches this weekend, but Arizona was forced to forfeit Saturday’s match because its student-athletes reached a maximum participation limit for the season. Student-athletes playing tennis are only allowed to participate in 25 matches, including tournaments.With a rematch against UCLA looming when the Women of Troy return home, a win in Tempe would be a huge boost to USC’s ego.First serve is at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more

Leafs end skid with 4-3 win over defending KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes

first_imgThe winless streak is over for the Nelson Leafs.Patrick Martens scored with six minutes remaining to snap a 3-3-tie and power the Leafs to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday in the South Okanagan City.The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Heritage City franchise.Nelson held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2 before Kam Crawford scored on the power play midway through the third period to tie the game.However, Martens beat Jordan Gluck for the winning tally late in the third period.Nelson opened the three-game Okanagan road trip with losses in Princeton to the Posse 4-2 and in Kelowna, a 6-3 setback to the Chiefs.Matti Jmaeff, with his second goal in as many games, Brett Norman and Max Mois also scored for the Leafs, which out shot the Coyotes 42-34.Andrew Walton has a bounce-back game to register the win in goal.The Leafs, 13-8-0-1, maintained a slim one-point advantage over the third-place Castlegar Rebels in Murdoch Division standings.Beaver Valley leads the Murdoch by a single point over Nelson.Both Beaver Valley and Castlegar have played three fewer games than the Leafs.elson concludes a six-game set away from the NDCC Arena Thursday in Fernie against the 14-4-0-1 Ghostriders.The Leafs return home Saturday to host the Grand Forks Border Bruins Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs made it two straight over the defending KIJHL champions. Nelson posted a 5-3 win over Osoyoos in early October. . . .Nelson, down to 14 players, was missing captain Tyler [email protected]last_img read more

Draymond Green expected to return at end of five-game trip

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device TORONTO — Uncertainty lingers on when Draymond Green will play in a game or even practice. Green provided some clarity on his return after missing nine of the past 11 games because of a sprained right toe.“He feels like he’ll be able to play by the end of this road trip,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Meaning one of the last couple of games. But again it’s day-to-day. We’ll see.”The Warriors (15-7) will …last_img read more

From security guard to CEO

first_img30 June 2003Some 20 years ago, a young Mogwailane Kenneth Mohlala left his rural homestead on the outskirts of Steelpoort in Limpopo Province for the beckoning lights of Johannesburg, City of Gold. Today Mohlala is acknowledged as the man who has made the city lights glow even brighter.His has been a spectacular rise – from a security guard to president and CEO of a company with an annual turnover in the region of R2.5-billion. Since his appointment two years ago as head of City Power, Johannesburg’s electricity utility, the company’s performance has improved dramatically.Mohlala’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. In 2002, the man known affectionately as MK scooped the Impumelelo Businessman of the Year Award and the African ICT Public Service Delivery Achievers Award.In 2001, when he took charge of City Power, Mohlala found staff morale at an all-time low. “There were a lot of inefficiencies in the system in terms of cost management and customer service management,” Mohlala recalls. “There was no expenditure on the network, as the operating and capital budgets were slashed.”With Mohlala at the helm, the company has recorded a dramatic turnaround, from an indifferent performance to a healthy R12-million profit after tax in its first year as a corporatised entity. The company’s capital expenditure in the 2003/2004 financial year is a massive R246-million.Mohlala attributes his success to his “street-wise” management style. “You can’t manage an organisation through textbooks,” says Mohlala. “You must apply your learning to your context. You must think on your feet and be decisive.”There is nothing like consensus management for Mohlala. “Managers fail because they are not decisive.” But he qualifies this: “Of course, you will be working within the rules of the organisation at all times.”Mohlala has also cultivated good relations with employees, and restored staff morale. “When I came in, I made sure that I met each of the 2 000 employees in person. Even today, I eat in the company canteen with the rest of the staff. Trade union leaders know my door is always open.”Mohlala started his working career as a security guard at Eskom College in 1984, where he powered his way through the ranks, reaching the position of customer service regional manager for the North West, Northern Cape and Free State. At the same time, he was studying through correspondence, completing a Bachelor of Administration degree. He is now on the verge of completing his MBA.Mohlala is also a non-executive director of seven companies and a chairman of two others. His activities are not confined to the boardroom, though. He is a gym fanatic, keen golfer and avid reader. “I read a lot of management books and magazines,” he says. He is also a regular speaker at conferences.A religious manOn Saturdays though, Mohlala can be seen clutching a Bible and dressed in a grey designer suit, white shirt and maroon tie – full church uniform – as he makes his way from his home in Glen Vista to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, west of Johannesburg. This African independent sect advocates strong family values underpinned by polygamy.A profoundly religious man, Mohlala follows the teachings of the church to the letter. “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink.”Quizzed on whether he would consider taking a second wife, his response is categorical. “Absolutely. I believe in polygamy. It is better than cheating. It’s honest. I intend practising it.” But when asked whether he has anyone in mind, he responds with a chuckle: “No, I’m still searching.”According to Mohlala, his wife Melita, a highly qualified entrepreneur in the furniture business, would not object to him taking a second wife.Asked how he manages to juggle his diverse roles, Mohlala waxes philosophical: “If you want to get work done, give it to a busy man.”Changing mindsets at City PowerBut it is City Power that takes up most of his time and energy. “When I arrived, the company was structured as a city department, and the workers thought of themselves as municipal workers. They had a different focus and a different organisational culture.”Mohlala set to work, giving the organisation a corporate look and feel. He notes with pride the progress the company has made.“We have created a key customer section to service 11 000 of our major clients. Our call centre is up and running. There has been a substantial improvement in street lights across the city. We have converted our accounting system from Municipal Accounting to the General Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP). We are also working on activities such as the management of overdue accounts. We have improved our database and the quality of our data management.”The company has also implemented a new billing system called SAP, which has led to revenue collection increasing to more than 95 percent.Proud of empowermentBut it is the company’s empowerment record that is the source of most pride to Mohlala. “We have put new structures in place and successfully positioned the company in relation to the government’s transformation agenda. We comply with the skills legislation and have made affirmative appointments.”He is quick to point out that City Power has exceeded the requirements of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission’s scorecard. According to Mohlala, the company spent R220-million in products and services procured from black companies in the last financial year, an improvement of some R40-million over the previous year.Most of the services engaged were in fields as varied as information technology, power restoration, meter reading and security. Mohlala expresses overall satisfaction with the performance of black companies contracted by City Power.In terms of City Power’s staff profile, Mohlala says 60 percent the staff in senior positions are now black. He expresses regret, however, that women still constitute only 18 percent of management in the organisation.He fiercely defends the virtues of affirmative action. “Oh yes, I’m a product of affirmative action,” he asserts. “I give tribute to those who died so that we can have a better life.”But Mohlala is not about to rest on his laurels. “We must continue to improve service delivery and satisfy customer service.”Mohlala is quick to acknowledge the challenges facing the company. The company loses over R200-million as a result of non-technical losses – losses incurred as a result of illegal connections to the system and cable theft. Defaulting ratepayers also owe some R270-million to City Power, and “a more concerted effort must be made to collect the debt”, Mohlala says.But Mohlala is unfazed by these challenges. “I’m a workaholic and I have a passion for life. But I also make time to be on my own. It helps me to reflect, to take stock of what I do. I only participate in activities that add value to my life.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Commissioner green-lights Kia proposal that sends No. 1 pick to San Miguel Beer

first_imgThe Beermen are expected to make 6-foot-7 Christian Standhardinger the No. 1 pick in Sunday’s PBA rookie draft.Commissioner Chito Narvasa approved the trade on the same day that Kia officials held a press conference to explain the “unconventional basketball philosophy” behind their decision to make the deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We want to be competitive, but we have a different approach,” said Kia governor Bobby Rosales, whose team will get San Miguel reserves Jay-R Reyes, Ronald Tubid and Rashawn McCarthy, plus the Beermen’s 2019 first-round pick.“I think [Standhardinger] will be a great asset to any team, it just so happens that the philosophy of our basketball team is we like to play unconventional basketball,” said team manager Joe Lipa. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Give us a chance to prove this philosophy,” Rosales added.It was that philosophy that paved the way for Narvasa’s approval.“They said it’s in their philosophy that they want players who are hungry,” said Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ateneo eyes semis bonus The trade that has everyone up in arms is going to push through, and credit—or criticism—should go to the Kia Picanto, whose officials justified their decision to deal away a precious No. 1 pick for San Miguel Beer’s bench mob.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READlast_img read more

CEU shocks Flying V, advances to D-League Finals

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CEU 72 – Wamar 19, Aquino 13, Casiño 12, Ebondo 11, Manlangit 11, Jeruta 4, Arim 2, Uri 2, Cruz 2, Fuentes 0.FLYING V 67 – Teng 19, Thiele 13, Torres 8, Banal 7, Paredes 6, Salamat 6, Austria 3, Tampus 3, Cañada 2, Dionisio 0.Quarters: 12-18, 32-39, 51-54, 72-67.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University dug deep and stunned Flying V, 72-67, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to oust the top seed and move on to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.Orlan Wamar kept the Scorpions afloat with 17 points built of four treys, on top of two rebounds, while Art Aquino emerged as the biggest thorn in the side of the Thunder with his 13-point, 10-rebound performance.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hans Thiele had a chance to tie the game for Flying V at in the final minute, but he botched his shot from up-close, allowing Ebondo to seal the game with three freebies in the waning seconds of the game.“I just told my players to stay focused and stick to our gameplan,” said Garcia.The Scorpions will now prepare for Cignal HD in the best-of-three Finals, starting on Tuesday.Leading Conference MVP candidate Jeron Teng bowed out with 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while Thiele got 13 markers and four boards in the exit.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT JK Casiño also added 12 markers and five boards, JJ Manlangit had 11 points and nine rebounds, as Rod Ebondo took care of the dirty work with his 11 markers and 18 boards.“I’m so proud of my players because they gave their best. That’s how we’re able to make it here,” said coach Yong Garcia, who made the Finals in his first conference at the helm for CEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Scorpions became only the second fourth-seed to advance to the championship series, following the footsteps of Tanduay in the 2016 Foundation Cup.CEU crawled back from a 13-point deficit, 25-12, and slowly chipped away the lead before finally zooming ahead 58-57, thanks to a Manlangit jumper at the 7:18 mark of the fourth quarter. Korea downs China for AVC bronze Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Can

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent. last_img read more