OUTA speaks out on NERSA decision

first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Commenting on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (NERSA) decision around Eskom’s request for tariff hikes, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) believes that Eskom has received “more than it deserves”. “It’s a steep increase, 14% is huge. It’s going to hit customers hard and the issue of failure to pay electricity bills will be exacerbated,” Chauke noted.Ultimately, #NERSA’s 9.41% tariff increase which has been granted to Eskom serves to rewards corruption at the expense of ordinary South Africans. pic.twitter.com/p4kuxzlBIb— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) March 7, 2019 Generation TAGSNersaOUTASouth Africatariffs Previous articleEskom notes NERSA decision on MYPD4 and RCA 2017/18Next article2019 promises to be good for US energy storage market Guest ContributorThe views expressed in this article by the author are not necessarily those of the publishers and/or association partners. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher and editors cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information supplied and/or published. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The organisation had objected to the tariff hikes,submitting objections to the regulator during the public participation process. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Eskom had requested NERSA for increases of 15% a year, then upped this to 17% for 2019/20. Read more: Regulator gives reasons for approving Eskom’s RCA Eskom tariff increase UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentcenter_img On the other hand, OUTA has welcomed NERSA’s decision toreview Eskom’s costs, efficiency and performance, its undertaking toindependently value Eskom’s Regulatory Asset Base (RAB), to conduct performanceaudits on the power stations. NERSA said it is considering investigating Eskom’s governance failures andadjusting prices accordingly based on this or the outcome of investigations byother authorities. “We need government to work in an integrated manner, we needa holistic direction from either the Presidency or the Department of Energy.Government is talking restructuring of Eskom but if it was serious about thisit should have interacted with NERSA, without compromising the independence ofNERSA, which should have allowed the prices for the two outer years to bereassessed in the light of the effects of the restructuring,” says RonaldChauke, OUTA’s portfolio manager on energy. NERSA has approved Eskom’s request for tariff hikes to 9.41%, 8.10% and 5.22% price increases for years 2019/20 to 2021/22 respectively. Read more about NERSA’s decision here.#Eskom tariff increases since 2007#Nersa pic.twitter.com/pynu60Cpgh— Mzansi Facts (@mzansi_facts) March 7, 2019 Finance and Policy BRICS The organisation stated that government could have givenNERSA an indication of what that bailout will be spent on and details of therestructuring, so NERSA could consider this in the pricing application. OUTA noted that this is also a decision which reflects the lack of a coherent strategy by government on Eskom’s future and the pricing path, as NERSA apparently didn’t consider the effect of the R23 billion-a-year bailout over the next three years. Image credit: Stock last_img read more

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Counterproductive work behavior and current pandemic

first_imgA “Counterproductive Work Behavior” or ‘CWB’ is the behaviour of an employee that compromises the goals and interests of a business organization. Counterproductive work behaviours are found in many different forms; they can be unpunctuality, theft, fraud, sexual harassment, unwillingness, workplace bullying, absenteeism, mistrust, substance abuse, or workplace aggression, turnover, withdrawal. CWBs are acts of conscious willingness rather than unintentional accidents. This behavior not only influences the quality of work produced by the employees engaging in CWBs but also can adversely affect the productivity of further employees in the company and create undesirable situations for the business or the employer.Social control theory, a term in criminology, mentioned how our relationships, values, beliefs, commitments, and others motivate us not to break the law. At the same time, it also shows us how our surrounding affects us. Engagement in social activities, relations, commitments prevents a person from involving in aberrant activities—the probability of involvement in aberrant activities increases when a person got disconnected from society, and thus CWBs.Organizations have always been making plans to reduce CWBs and improve bonds among employees, organizations, and customers with time-to-time technology changes. However, COVID-19 brought a very sudden change in organizations and employees’ surroundings, not giving them enough time to adjust. The ways we live have been changed completely, causing employees to work from home, not go in social gatherings, wear a mask, make proper distance with everyone, and many other things. This pandemic is not only dangerous to health but also brought economic crises, causing uncertainty about the future and adversely anxiety among employees. The insecurities also develop selfish behavior into individual. Although lock-down is removed at various places, it is advised to avoid gatherings and thus restricting to present physically for any job unless it is essential. Employees have to be virtually present through electronic devices, causing stress and fatigue and an overall reduction in intrinsic motivation resulting in low job performance. Work from home requires continuous monitoring and recording, intensifying negative emotions like mistrust among employees and organizations. The rise in mistrust is also due to health safety factors for the employees who are not working from home. These negative emotions are not only affecting at the individual level but also at the team level. The rise in mistrust is generating arrogant behavior into individuals.Technology has already brought virtual interactions among people, but COVID-19 boosted this, simultaneously reducing face-to-face interactions. To develop a good relation, interactions among employees are essential. Reduction in interaction is acting as a barrier to making social bonds and may cause miscommunication among teams, peers, and other employees.The factors like fear, anxiety, insecurities, selfishness, uncertainty, stress, fatigue, mistrust, arrogancy, isolation, and fewer interactions with people all are the factors that increase the tendency toward aberrant activities, as mentioned in social control theory, and these aberrant activities cause CWBs. To control these CWBs in employees, organizations need to take action very quickly. Organizations can make some changes in their policy so that employees can trust an organization. Arranging regular webinars can help increase interactions among employees and improving psychological health during isolation. To avoid miscommunication, more discussions in teams can be helpful even if it is virtual. Feedback from employees can make the organization better understand the changes in employees’ necessities in this pandemic crisis.last_img read more

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Post-doctoral Fellow (3 posts)

first_imgRef.: 503222Work type: Full-timeDepartment: Department of Chemistry (25200)Categories: Academic-related StaffHong KongApplications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow(3 posts) in the Department of Chemistry (Ref.: 503222),to commence as soon as possible for one year, with the possibilityof renewal subject to satisfactory performance and fundingavailability.Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry orBiochemistry. They should have experience in the research area ofsynthetic chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology. Fluency inwritten and spoken English, good organizational skills, a strongsense of responsibility, the ability to work independently andself-motivation are essential. The appointees are expected to workon the projects in chemical biology or medicinal chemistry researchunder the supervision of Professor Xuechen Li. Enquiries about theposts should be sent to Professor Li at [email protected] highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income.The University only accepts online application for the above posts.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Reviewof applications will commence as soon as possible and continueuntil September 1 , 2021 , or until the posts arefilled, whichever is earlier.Advertised: Feb 8, 2021 (HK Time)Applications close: Sep 1, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

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Dean, College of Sciences

first_imgThe University of CentralFloridaDean, College of SciencesOrlando, FloridaTHE SEARCHThe University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications forDean of the College of Sciences (COS). Home to over 1,900outstanding faculty, 12,300 full-time staff, and almost 72,000students, UCF is one of the largest and most dynamic universitiesin the nation. Nearly a quarter of UCF undergraduates are first intheir family to attend college, and nearly half of the students arefrom underrepresented groups. UCF was recently designated aHispanic-Serving Institution.  UCF holds the CarnegieFoundation’s highest designation in two categories: very highresearch activity and community engagement.The College of Sciences (COS) is a unique combination of eightdepartments, two schools, and 11 centers and institutes, that spanthe natural and social sciences. As the largest college at UCF, theCOS includes 14,800 undergraduate and 990 graduate students, 62,000alumni, over 420 faculty, and over 160 full-time staff.UCF aspires to be one of the nation’s leading metropolitanresearch universities, one that is committed to the success ofstudents from all backgrounds; UCF seeks a Dean with the abilityand vision to advance these key aspects of the College’s mission.Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,the new Dean will work with faculty and staff members to improvethe success of a diverse student body, continue the growth inquality and impact of research and scholarship, and lead thephilanthropic efforts of the College. The Dean will work closelywith administrators, faculty and students, alumni, and communitystakeholders to elevate the College’s profile and impact. The Deanwill also engage with other university leaders to advance UCF as apacesetter for higher education innovation, opportunity, andinclusive excellence.Isaacson, Miller is assisting UCF with this recruitment.Applications, nominations, and inquiries  should be sent viawww.imsearch.com/7855.As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCFencourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women,veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members oftraditionally underrepresented populations.As a Florida public university, UCF makes all applicationmaterials and selection procedures available to the public uponrequest.last_img read more

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Two Serbs joins Istres and Cesson Rennes

first_imgRecommended for you Related Items:Aleksandar Stojanović, Cesson-Rennes, handball transfers, Istres handball, Luka Mitrovic Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Ex-Serbian NT profile Aleksandar Stojanovic retires ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTwo more Serbian players will play at French Lidl Starligue in season 2018/2019.The 35-years old right back Aleksandar Stojanovic joined the new member of the French handball elite Istres, based on signing one-year deal (with possibility of extension). He has a huge experience of playing at VELUX EHF Champions League with Kadetten Schaffhausen, RK Celje PL, RK Vardar, RK Cimos Koper and RK Metalurg. Stojanovic is coming to France as TOP scorer of the Turkish league where he played for Antalya.Cesson Rennes will be stronger for playmaker Luka Mitrovic. The 29-years old Serb played for RK Celje PL in the last season, but he missed most of it because of knee injury. Mitrovic played before at RK Gorenje Velenje, but also Norwegian and Danish teams. Cesson Rennes paid PSG EURO bills Meshkov Brest sign Vladimir Vranjes Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Commission to set out mobile phone strategy

first_imgThe big question to be answered by Industry Commissioner Martin Bangemann is whether the institution should take an interventionist or a hands-off role in paving the way for UMTS. Key issues include whether it should lay down the law on providing radio frequencies for the services and licences for the operators.One clear consideration will be paramount for the Commission in deciding its position – the aim that users of the new UMTS services should, like GSM, be able to send and receive information throughout Europe.Another will be whether UMTS should be treated as a completely new technology or should, in part at least, build on what already exists. With millions of ecu having been poured into GSM networks, the latter option would appear to be more likely.The deadline for European companies to submit comments on the issue has been extended for a few weeks beyond the original target of mid-July.For once, officials will also be driven by the challenge of maintaining a European lead in a key information technology sector. GSM has imposed itself as the world’s leading technology for mobile phones after European manufacturers and telephone companies supported it.The US and Japanese, Europe’s main rivals in the mobile phone sector, have set a deadline of the start of the millennium to put their strategies on UMTS in place. “Europe appears to have given itself enough time to get its act together and should not be playing the usual game of catch-up on this one,” said a telecoms industry analyst. Comments from EU industry and governments about Universal Mobile Telephone Systems (UMTS) – the next generation of mobile phone technology – will be sifted over the next month so that the Commission can begin drawing some conclusions about its role in introducing the new service in the autumn.UMTS is a more powerful version of the existing GSM phone technology and will allow users to tune into a multi-media world as well as making ordinary phone calls from their handsets.New features made possible by the technology include connecting to the Internet and sending and receiving images and faxes.last_img read more

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Bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis sent to Obama

first_img“If nobody objected to the bill [passage], I don’t know why they would change their vote on a veto override,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), one of the chief backers of the legislation, said Monday. “This would be the first one under this president, and I think it would be well deserved.”The Obama administration has listed several concerns with the legislation. For one, the legislation could potentially lead to different judges in different courtrooms coming up with differing terror designations about the same country, Earnest said — in contrast to the current process within the administration deeming certain nations state sponsors of terrorism.The White House is also worried that the legislation could open up the U.S. government to legal retaliation by foreign governments — a concern it underscored again on Monday.“The president feels quite strongly about this,” Earnest said Monday. “Our concern is not limited to the impact it could have on a relationship with one country, but rather it could have an impact on our relationship with every country around the world in a way that has negative consequences for the United States, for our national security, and for our men and women in uniform.”Depending on when Obama sends a veto message back to the Capitol, lawmakers could vote to override it as quickly as this month, although the exact timing is unclear and the expectation among some had been that a veto override vote would likely come in the lame-duck session. The timing also depends on how quickly lawmakers in both chambers move an interim spending measure through December 9 that has to pass by the end of this month.“I presume we would not leave until we have a chance to vote on a veto override following” passage of the short-term spending measure, Cornyn told reporters Monday. “We just don’t know what the timing’s going to be. We don’t know how quickly the House is going to move on the [continuing resolution] and we don’t know what sort of things might happen in between.” The White House on Monday received legislation passed unanimously by Congress that would allow families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia — triggering a 10-day timeline for President Barack Obama to either sign or veto the measure.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest emphasized Monday that Obama still plans to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which unanimously passed by the House last Friday on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks and is likely to result in the first veto override of his presidency.Obama has 10 days to act on the measure starting Tuesday, congressional aides said. Sundays don’t count in the 10-day timeframe, so that means Obama must act by September 23 after receiving the legislation Monday night. And with such forceful backing on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers were urging Obama to reconsider his opposition to the measure.“The families of the 9/11 victims have suffered so much and fought so hard for justice,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who led efforts in the Senate on behalf of the measure, said in a statement Monday. “I hope for their sake that the administration will rethink vetoing this bill.” Also On POLITICO Dept. of History ‘We’re the only plane in the sky’ By Garrett M. Grafflast_img read more

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Notre Dame GRC organizes event for sexual assault awareness

first_imgWei Cao | The Observer Participants in last year’s Take Back the Night event march around Notre Dame’s campus to raise awareness for issues of sexual assault before ending the night with a prayer vigil at the Grotto.The Notre Dame community will come together Thursday evening to attempt to start a dialogue on sexual assault and hear stories from survivors.“Take Back the Night” (TBTN) is an annual event that has been a collaborative effort between Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s for over a decade. This year, Holy Cross College will participate and the event will be sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) at Notre Dame and the Belles Against Violence Office at Saint Mary’s College (BAVO).The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and start at Lake Marian at Saint Mary’s. The march will continue to Notre Dame for the sexual assault survivor speak out, ending at the Grotto with prayers and meditation for sexual assault survivors.“Having a safe and supportive environment in which to share one’s journey of healing is really important, both for individuals and for the community,” Regina Gesicki, assistant director for educational initiatives for the GRC, said.Gesicki said the event signals all three college campuses’ commitment to ending violence of all kinds and to strengthen hope for a future where all play a part in prevention.“We raise our voices, first as individuals so deeply impacted, [and] then in action while marching through campus, and finally, in song and prayer as a community of faith,” she said.Gesicki, the Notre Dame staff representative on the planning committee for Take Back the Night, said the event aligns with the GRC’s mission to create a healthy campus culture and create a community that honors the human dignity of each person.“Interpersonal violence results from someone choosing in a most egregious way to devalue another,” she said. “By supporting survivors, and encouraging intervention in instances of harm, we can begin to recover the dignity and value that each one of us intrinsically possesses.”Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the GRC, said offering a safe space for sexual assault survivors to speak out forces others to face the reality of the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses.“My hope that is when folks hear the stories of their peers they will be compelled to do something about it — not everything, but something to prevent this from happening in the future,” she said. “So as a result, TBTN reinforces the messages of GreeNDot by clearly stating that violence is not ok at Notre Dame and by being part of TBTN you are playing a part to change our culture at Notre Dame.”Survivors of sexual assault may not report for a multitude of reasons such as not wanting to recount the incident or fearing social retaliation Gesicki said.“Take Back the Night provides multiple modalities for those impacted to share their stories, whether through the Speak Out, through chants during the March or through prayer and song at the vigil,” she said. “Being heard by those who support is an important step in healing.”Gebhardt said the silence around sexual assault is created by the disbelief that it happens at Notre Dame campus, despite the data revealed, victim-blaming and the unwillingness to help someone because of not wanting to get involved.“All of these factors create a culture where survivors and victims feel isolated,” she said. “There is no one thing everyone has to do. We just need everyone to do something. If that happens, then Our Lady’s University is a place where violence toward others are prevented and the dignity of all is protected. Ultimately, we live out our mission to be our brother and sister’s keepers.”Tags: Gender Relations Center, sexual assault prevention, Take Back the Nightlast_img read more

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Record breaking 2013 for Northern Power Systems

first_imgNorthern Power Systems (www.northernpower.com(link is external)), a next-generation renewable energy technology company based in Barre, Vermont, reports that 2013 has been its most successful year in its core business ever. Northern Power broke its previous sales records of the NPS 60 and NPS 100 wind turbines with triple digit orders, in terms of number of units, coming from its European markets.Production at the company’s US manufacturing facility in Barre is nearing full capacity and sources are actively being identified to meet additional demand. As a result, Northern Power expects its global fleet of distributed wind turbines to grow beyond 400 units by the end of 2014.The NPS 60 and NPS 100 reliability record continues to improve, recently surpassing 4 million run time hours with over 99% grid-connected median availability without a major incident since coming to market in 2008. This is despite having record cold temperatures in North America and violent storms in Europe. These distributed wind-class turbines are available in a variety of rotor and tower configurations, including two models introduced in mid-2013 that are specifically designed for Class III low wind sites.Northern Power’s strategic partnership with WEG Equipamentos Elétricos S.A., a major Brazilian electrical manufacturing company, is strengthening further. WEG has secured orders consuming full production capacity for 2014 for 2.1 MW turbines based on the utility-scale technology platform licensed from Northern Power.Troy Patton, CEO Northern Power Systems, said, “Our success in 2013 has gone beyond our expectations. By customizing our products to meet specific new market needs, we expect to continue to expand our opportunities for growth in the coming year.”About Northern Power SystemsNorthern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.* Northern Power Systems has almost 40 years’ experience in technologies and products generating renewable energy.* Northern Power Systems currently manufactures the NPS’¢ 60 and NPS’¢ 100 turbines. With over 4 million run time hours across its global fleet, Northern Power wind turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective, reliable renewable energy.* Patented next generation permanent magnet/direct drive (PM/DD) technology uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime.* Northern Power Systems offers comprehensive in-house development services, including systems level engineering, advanced drivetrains, power electronics, PM machine design, and remote monitoring systems to the energy industry.* Some of the world’s largest manufacturers license NPS next generation technology and IP for their utility and distributed wind products and markets.BARRE, VT–(Marketwired – January 29, 2014) – Northern Power Systems www.northernpower.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Regulators fine GMP for wind project noise violations

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,by John Herrick vtdigger.org(link is external) Green Mountain Power will be required to constantly monitor sound coming from wind turbines, which could provide the most detailed assessment yet of a noise issue concerning some residents living near wind farms. The Vermont Public Service Board fined the utility $1,000 last week for exceeding sound limits it placed on the Kingdom Community Wind farm, which was approved in 2011. In place of a larger civil penalty, regulators asked the utility to implement a continuous sound-monitoring program for one year. Regulators said it will cost the utility approximately $109,000 to implement the department’s proposal. The board said GMP cannot recover these costs from ratepayers.The utility is required under its certificate of public good to keep the noise level at the 63-megawatt wind project on Lowell Mountain below 45 decibels on average over one hour outside nearby homes. Regulators determined the company violated the sound limits in winter of late 2012 and early 2013. GMP says the sound violations were caused by snow buildup on the turbine blades.Anti-GMP signs are outside a house at the foot of the access road leading to the turbine site. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDiggerThe company has since installed cameras and weather-monitoring equipment to detect snow accumulation on the blades. Since GMP installed this equipment, no other violations have been reported.The Department of Public Service this spring drafted a continuous sound-monitoring proposal, which Green Mountain Power supports and has agreed to implement. Regulators determined it would be “more constructive” to require the utility to implement this plan rather than pay a larger monetary penalty.Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a group opposing the wind project, told the board the methodology of the sound monitoring proposal is flawed and the experts hired to assist its implementation have developed projects that have caused complaints from neighbors about noise.Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia said the details of the proposal are still being worked out, but it would be “scientifically based and rigorous.” He said the department does not know when the plan will be implemented.The department is still evaluating the order and has the option to ask the board to reconsider it, he said.GMP spokesperson Dotty Schnure said the company has collected 10,934 total hours of sound monitoring data, and has exceeded the regulatory limit for four hours. She said GMP is committed to operating the wind project within its permit requirements.She said GMP shuts down the wind turbines when weather causes ice or snow accumulation. She said this has always been part of the company’s operating procedure.The utility again announced on Tuesday it had met noise standards for the latest reporting period from August 20 to Sept. 9. The utility hired the research firm(RSG) to conduct the report, and critics say the studies are not scientific because they discard data when wind speeds are high near recording microphones and during certain precipitation events.The department’s proposal requires noise sensitive receptors, or microphones, to be placed around residents homes with direct exposure to the turbine noise. A second microphone would be shielded from the turbines to measure background noise, which is used to control for other noises in the area.The data will be collected continuously and downloaded for review, according to the proposal. The data would then be summarized for monthly reports. The acoustical consulting firm hired by the department, Acentech Inc., drafted the proposal.Outgoing board member John Burke said in his dissent he would have preferred a substantial fine be imposed on GMP and would not have ordered the continuous monitoring.“While the only winner then would have been the State’s general fund, all the parties would begin to realize that working on noise issues is important and that more is gained by working together than by the “my way or the highway” attitude that appears to have prevailed here,” he said.Burke said no matter what data results from this monitoring, it will likely be criticized and its ultimate value will be diminished, in his opinion.Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, does not support the methodology outlined in the department’s sound monitoring proposal. She also said the firms hired by the department have a history in designing wind projects that have caused harmful noise.Wind proponents say studies show wind turbine noise does not cause harm, but some residents in Vermont say turbines interfere with sleep and cause nausea.last_img read more

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