iStock(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) — A U.S. Marine was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across the southern border outside of San Diego, according to the Marine Corps.“On December 2, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a junior-enlisted Marine with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel for allegedly bringing in undocumented immigrants at the San Ysidro port of entry,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. “The Marine is currently being held in civilian custody. The determination as to the adjudicating authority has not yet been made.”The Marine Corps said that the Marine arrested on Monday had not served as part of the Trump administration’s southwest border support mission. CBP and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are currently investigating the incident, according to the Marine Corps.The San Ysidro port of entry is the busiest land border crossing in the western hemisphere, processing an average of 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians per day.The arrest follows the detention of 23 Marines also from 1st Marine Division who were detained in July for human trafficking, drug distribution, and weapons charges. Of those, six have pleaded guilty to charges at courts-martial, according to the service.“Thirteen Marines submitted and have approved pre-trial agreements requesting separation in lieu of courts-martial or waiving administrative separation boards,” the Marine Corps told ABC News in a statement.”The remaining four Marines are currently in the process of being adjudicated.”The Marines charged with human trafficking this past summer were alleged to have moved undocumented immigrants from locations within the U.S., not across the border.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Bottled water manufacturer Danone-AQUA and soft drink manufacturer Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia have installed rooftop solar power systems at their respective plants, as the companies aim to boost the use of renewables and cut emissions.Danone-AQUA placed more than 8,300 solar panels on the rooftop of its plant in Klaten regency in Central Java in late August.The solar power system, developed by French oil giant Total’s subsidiary Total Solar Distributed Generation, is claimed to be the largest solar power system (PLTS) on a rooftop to be installed by a manufacturer in the province.With a capacity of 2.91 megawatts peak (MWp), the solar power system can generate 4 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity every year. Such an output can contribute around 15 to 20 percent to the power needed for running the Klaten plant’s operations, the company claimed.“Our PLTS is one of the large-scale installations,” I Ketut Muwaranata, the director of Danon-AQUA’s plant in Klaten regency said in a virtual presser on Tuesday, adding that it was a show of support for the government’s renewable energy program.Since late August, Danone-AQUA has generated 521.94 megawatt-hours (MWh) with the solar power system, according to Muwaranata.The company estimated the rooftop solar power system had reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 314 tons in a month, which would be equivalent to planting around 29,776 trees.The launch of Danone-AQUA’s solar power system came at a time when the government was trying to close the gap between the actual share of renewables in the country’s primary energy mix and its target. Regulations stipulate that Indonesia should have reached 17.5 percent renewable energy by 2019, but only 12.36 percent of the country’s energy use that year came from renewable sources.The government is aiming at having renewables account for 23 percent of the primary energy mix in 2025.Read also: RI to break long-term green energy promises at current pace: IESRVera Galuh Sugijanto, the vice president general secretary at Danone-AQUA, said the company was planning to install solar power systems at 17 plants with a capacity of 15.6 MWp in total by 2023.With such capacity, it is expected to generate a total of 21 GWh of electricity and slash the company’s CO2 emissions by more than 16,000 tons.“The collaboration with the government is expected to provide an operational framework and better regulations, and incentives for doubling down our commitment to green energy for us and other industries with similar intentions,” said Vera.Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia also recently launched what it claimed to be the largest rooftop solar power system to be installed at a manufacturing facility in Southeast Asia.With an investment of Rp 87 billion (US$5.8 million), Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia installed the solar power system on the rooftop of its plant in Cikarang in Bekasi regency in West Java.The rooftop solar power system has a capacity of 7.34 MWp and can generate 9.6 GWh every year.Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia estimated that the solar power system could slash the company’s CO2 emissions by more than 9,800 tons every year — nearly three times higher than the estimated annual emissions cut of Danone-AQUA’s Klaten plant .As a comparison, Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia’s solar panels stretch 72,000 square meters and the ones at Danone-AQUA’s Klaten plant stretch 16,550 sq m.Harris Yahya, the director of various new energy and renewable energy at the Energy Ministry, said Tuesday he was expecting more businesses to follow suit as the cost of renewables had become cheaper and the technology had become more efficient despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“If we talk about renewable energy, the challenges are still huge, especially with the COVID-19 situation,” Harris said in Danone-AQUA’s virtual presser.“The demand for electricity is falling drastically. In Java, the decline reached 10 percent. It has an impact on the penetration of renewable energy,” he added.Topics :
Jason Heffernan and his partner, Esther Bond, in the house they have renovated in Camp Hill. Picture: Jamie Hanson.IT WAS a classic case of buying the worst house in the best street.Surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes, the humble workers’ cottage at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, stood out like a sore thumb.But Jason Heffernan and his partner, Esther Bond, did not mind — they knew the location was worth the gamble.“We’d seen it in the area and went to auction without any intention of acting on it,” Mr Heffernan said. RELATED: Key to Tess and Luke’s huge Block win The first step was the raise the house and dig out another level underneath, so the house could become three storeys.“The basement level is pretty much subterranean,” Mr Heffernan said.“The digout took a good five or six weeks.”This level accommodates a wine cellar, media room, storage room and garage, which is accessed via a side driveway.“That way we were able to hide the garage from the front of the house,” Mr Heffernan said.“I don’t think the council likes or approves three level houses much anymore, so we had to jump through a few hoops to get the three levels, but the block has a gentle slope to the back so it lends itself to three levels.” BEFORE: The living room in the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, before the renovation. AFTER: The living room in the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill.The original, pre-war house is now the top level of the new property and the only thing remaining of it is the timber weatherboard facade.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoA large two-storey extension was also added to the back of the house to create more room.This upper level has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a lounge area, a gallery, a separate toilet, a large deck and a completely self-contained parents’ retreat.Along with the usual master bedroom, ensuite, lounge and walk-in wardrobe, the retreat also comes with a kitchenette, concealed behind wardrobe doors.This incredible space spans 150 sqm and offers 270 degree views from Mt Coot-tha to Hamilton.“You can just hide from the children for days!” Mr Heffernan said. BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen in the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill.The middle level of the home contains a reception area, a study, a guest bedroom and ensuite, a laundry, a separate toilet and open-plan lounge, kitchen, butler’s pantry and dining area opening out to a lower deck and pool area. The end result is a massive family home offering 615 sqm of living space. “We put a lot of hard work into it, but we’re looking forward to the next project now,” Mr Heffernan said. BEFORE: The master bedroom in the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, before the renovation. AFTER: The main bedroom in the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill.The property is being marketed by Joanna Gianniotis of Place – Bulimba and is scheduled for auction on Thursday, November 21.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 2 yearsTotal spend: $1.9m “We lived close by so were familiar with the street — it would have to be the premier street of Camp Hill.” BEFORE: The front of the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill.They ended up bidding for the property and bought it under the hammer.“There was a bit of competition on the day and probably, like most people, we felt we maybe paid a little bit more for the location — just to get in to a pretty special part of Camp Hill,” Mr Heffernan said.Two years on, they have no remorse.“We’d been looking for a project for a little while and it just felt like it was right for us,” Mr Heffernan said.“When we got it, the house was about 90 sqm.“They’d squeezed in three bedrooms, a lounge room, kitchen and bathroom.” BEFORE: The back of the house at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the house at 66 Newman Ave.It was not Mr Heffernan’s first home renovation, but it was definitely one of his biggest.He made sure he was involved in the entire project.“I’ve had the toolbag on with the builder every day — cutting timber, digging holes, managing the issues that arise in a project of that size, putting walls up,” Mr Heffernan said.“(Renovating is) something I’ve enjoyed in the past and I haven’t looked at it as a career, but I’m not ruling it out.”He drew up a rough vision of what he wanted the finished project to look like and brought in an architect to bring it to life. BEFORE: The backyard of the property at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the property at 66 Newman Ave, Camp Hill. MORE: The Block ‘nuisance’ strikes again, buying party house
Marsha Francis, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate vying for the western St Thomas seat, is feeling pretty confident about her chances. According to her, the comrades are already celebrating and as a daughter of the soil, she is confident that she will be victorious. Francis, who was made aware of the low voter turnout, says that she knows for sure that the comrades came out to vote. “Especially in my division! Comrades definitely showed their support. I believe that the constituency is depressed and as a daughter of the soil I have experienced it too. People are unsatisfied with level of representation so it’s time to move on,” she said. Francis told reporters that she sees herself as a hard worker who is ready to rebuild her constituency.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#2009 in Review#web#Weekly Wrap-ups#Year in Review In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – the first and still the best weekly newsletter for tech news and reviews – we present our end-of-year series profiling the best web products of 2009. We tell you our picks for Best Mobile Apps, Best Consumer Apps, Best Semantic Web Apps, and more. Also in this weekly wrapup, we take a look at Facebook’s new privacy controls, and ask whether Google and Yahoo! are giving away too much control over user identities to Facebook and Twitter. As well, we check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs). Plus: this week we released our new premium report, about the Real-Time Web!Order Our New Premium ReportThis week, we launched our newest premium report: The Real-Time Web and its Future. To create this report, we conducted interviews with 50 companies and individuals that drive innovation in real-time technology. The first copies of the report went out on Monday, and here’s what some of the first readers had to say about it:“The report is excellent – a great synthesis of why the real time web is different, what changes, what doesn’t and what the industry needs to do in order to press forward.”– John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks“Recommended.”-Hewlett-Packard Official News“Fresh… Great information. Not the same old same old stories that we’ve all heard.”– C.C. Chapman“…all there is to know”– The Next WebWe’re flattered by the initial praise, and we hope you’ll check out the report for yourself! Take a look at the Table of Contents and this sample chapter, and keep an eye out for the 2-report package that allows you to save money on previous reports when you buy our latest installment.Buy Now >>Web Products In what’s become an annual tradition, over December ReadWriteWeb will present our ‘best of’ posts for 2009. These are a series of 10 articles that will examine the top web products in categories ranging from consumer web apps to RSS and syndication platforms. Our first 5 articles went up this week…Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009We kicked off the series with a look at the top mobile web products of the past year. This is a subjective list of editorially selected products, but one which includes some of the biggest names in mobile web applications for 2009. Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009Every year at ReadWriteWeb, we look at hundreds of new web apps aimed at everyday users. Occasionally, we come across a service that stands out from the pack because it offers a novel solution, disrupts the way incumbent market leaders do business or changes the way we experience the Web. Here is our list of the top 10 consumer web apps of 2009.Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 20092009 has seen a lot of Semantic Web and structured data activity. Much of it has been driven by Linked Data, a W3C project which gained momentum this year. The 10 products we’ve picked out for this end-of-year review are ones that have done interesting things with data. Connecting to other data, building new applications with data, sharing data, and more. Top 10 International Web Products of 2009Thriving tech communities exist around the globe, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, and the success of internationally-based web products serve as a reminder to all of us that innovation knows no borders.Top 10 RSS & Syndication Technologies of 2009The web isn’t about pages any more. Now it’s about streams, feeds and syndication. Only one service makes a repeat appearance this year.Your Favorite Mobile Apps: Facebook, Tweetie, Google Maps, Foursquare, and MoreLast week we surveyed you, the ReadWriteWeb community, about your favorite mobile applications. We asked for your top five mobile apps and ended up with nearly 200 different mobile apps in the post and comments! In this post we reveal the full results. We discovered that you like social networking on the go (Facebook, Foursquare), Twitter clients (Tweetie, Twitterrific), Google (Google Maps, Google Mobile), and innovative mobile-focused apps (Evernote, Shazam).Amazon Announces Record Sales For Kindle While B&N Misses Deadline Amazon announced this week that November was its best month ever for Kindle sales. According to Amazon, the $259 Kindle is the “most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product across all product categories on Amazon.” Barnes & Noble is also seeing strong demand for its new nook e-reader, but is unable to fulfill current orders before Christmas. The company has also delayed shipments to its stores until December 7.SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Microsoft: Office Web Apps for your Mobile – Let the Confusion BeginWhat exactly from Office Web Apps and Office Mobile 2010 can you use on your mobile right now and what will be available when the product ships next spring? We take a sky high look and see if we can make sense of things, so you know what to do if you when giving Office a try on the mobile.ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.How Startup Companies Can Change the WorldWhile startup companies are often asked about their monetization and member strategies, it’s rare that they’re asked how they plan on changing the world. At this week’s Supernova Conference in San Francisco, speakers attacked the subject of social chance and how it applies to business models, technological expertise and mass distribution. SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb TrendsIdentity Wars: Google & Yahoo! Bow to Facebook & Twitter Yahoo! announced this week that it is adding Facebook Connect across many of its properties. Also Google Friend Connect announced the inclusion of Twitter as a top-level log-in option. These moves will be convenient for users, but may not be good for the future of the web. We’re worried that the Royalty of the web’s last generation has crowned these two leading social networks as the Royalty of the current generation in a deal that offers traffic and money, but that could suffocate the most creative developments of the open, distributed web.Google Dumps Gears for HTML5 It’s official: Google is ditching its homegrown Gears offline web app API in favor of backing HTML5 for the win. Now that the Chrome browser is becoming available for Mac, and the Snow Leopard OS doesn’t play nicely with Gears, a Google rep confirmed the company has decided to trash the whole works and wait for HTML5, even though the spec isn’t yet ready and isn’t supported by commercially available browsers.How Facebook’s New Privacy Changes Will Affect You In a late night post on Facebook’s company blog, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a round of upcoming changes that will affect all users of the social network. Specifically, the changes focus on new privacy controls for information sharing. For Facebook’s user base, now 350 million strong, the updates represent a major overhaul as to how privacy is handled on the site.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. 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Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While people who use Dropbox and Box worry about security, users of services like Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud seem more concerned with implementation issues. Is that a sign of dangerous complacency, or is it only natural that the level of of security concerns vary between different online storage services?Natural or not, that variation is clearly in place, according to a recent report from a tech-support community site FixYa. Note that while FixYa lets post questions to the community at large in the hope of getting a helpful answer, it differs from typical tech sites by covering a much wider set of consumer products and services – from washing machines to strollers.Taking a look at its own question and answer database, the folks at FixYa put together a synopsis of the issues that are the most relevant to public cloud services. The results were intriguing, particularly because of where the most expected cloud-storage bugaboo – security – was ranked (or not ranked) among the services outlined.Security Yes? Security No?Security topped the list of most commonly asked questions about Dropbox, coming in at 40% of issues raised. Storage limits came in at number two, with file syncing was the number three concern on the list.Security was not quite as big an issue for Box users, tied for first place with upload issues, each accounting for 25% of issues reported. Backup file questions ranked third.Perhaps most striking, though, was the fast that for iCloud and Google Drive users, security wasn’t a ranked issue at all. The problems listed all deal with application-specific issues.For Google Drive help-seekers, missing folders was the top-reported problem, at 30% of questions. Syncing files and Google Doc auto-conversion were the second- and third-ranked questions, respectively.Syncing information figured more prominently for users of Apple’s iCloud, with the number two and three ranked questions centering around syncing with non-Apple devices and syncing between devices in general. The biggest reported question was very application-specific: 35% of users had questions about Apple’s Mountain Lion OS X operating system update and its affect on iCloud.Who Cares About Security In The Cloud?This disparity is notable because it seems to run counter to the popular perception that all such public online cloud services carry fears about security. It may very well be that iCloud and Google Drive consumers are just as worried about security, but they’re just not expressing it on community support sites. But it seems odd that security isn’t part of the conversation about these services.Actually, it may not be that odd at all – a very public hack of Dropbox this summer has led corporations like IBM to block Dropbox, iCloud and similar online storage services. Consumer identification of security problems may be associated with the Dropbox brand and the similarly named Box service.There seems to be a public perception that the Google and Apple services are secure and don’t required much attention about security. (Though companies like IBM don’t share that opinion.)Those services may very well be relatively secure, but almost any individual account can be broken into unless strong security guidelines are followed. An online storage service can be as secure as Fort Knox, but if someone has the right key, the gold in your account is up for grabs.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud brian proffitt Tags:#Apple#Box.net#cloud storage#enterprise#Google Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and the playoffs begin Saturday. And with that in mind, we’re going to shake things up a bit with regard to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.Until now, we’ve ranked every team according to a projection of its true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. (For more details on the original methodology, see our introductory rankings post.)But this week, with many teams resting key players in preparation for the playoffs, we’re ranking every team according to its projected playoff power rating. This means we’re projecting every team to be at “full strength” in terms of minutes given to players who will be available for the postseason, instead of only projecting for the next week. Playoff probabilities and expected end-of-season wins are still driven by projected minute distributions over the next few days, but the power ratings themselves have been geared to capture the talent that each team is bringing into the playoffs.With the playoffs being emphasized more in our ratings, it’s fitting that the San Antonio Spurs rank in the top two for the first time since early February. They’ve won 11 straight games, a run backed up by the underlying talent of one of the league’s best teams.The Atlanta Hawks also benefit from our switch to “playoff power” — while Thabo Sefolosha’s bizarre season-ending injury hurts their chances of winning the championship, we’ve boosted the playing time for many of their good players who have consistently been listed as day-to-day in the injury report in recent weeks.As for teams on the fringe of the playoffs, we noted last week that the Boston Celtics were basically a coin flip to make the playoffs, battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for one of the two remaining postseason slots in the Eastern Conference. A week later, the Celtics have all but completely claimed their spot; our model now gives them a 98.9 percent probability of making the playoffs.By the same token, the Heat have almost completely dropped out of the race, with just a 2.4 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That leaves the Nets and Pacers to fight over one spot with two games left per team. Our calculations give Brooklyn the inside track largely because of the team’s possession of the tiebreaker over Indiana, in addition to an easier remaining schedule (the Nets face the No. 9 Chicago Bulls and No. 23 Orlando Magic; Indiana faces No. 7 Memphis and No. 15 Washington).Out West, the race for the No. 8 seed is between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Pelicans have the edge in our simulations. Oklahoma City is marginally more talented, according to RPM, and is even projected to win fractionally more games on average, but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Thunder.In no small part because of those tiebreakers, there’s a 45 percent probability that the Nets and Pelicans will be the final two teams to slip into the playoffs when the season ends Wednesday.
Related Items:#Investturks, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, November 9th, 2016 – Invest Turks and Caicos today launched its “Empowering MSMEs” campaign with the goal of empowering small business owners to fulfil their entrepreneurial ambitions by ensuring financial and technical support through the Government’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) programme.April 2016 saw the commencement of the Government’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) programme which is managed by Invest Turks and Caicos with support from the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade. Governed by the MSME Development Ordinance 2015, the programme makes provision for the Government to provide Concession Orders to qualifying locally-owned businesses operating in any of the identified priority business sectors. The Concession Orders permit the company or start-up to specific benefits, namely: Cash Grant, Customs Duty Reduction and/or Technical Assistance depending on the size of the business.Invest Turks and Caicos is encouraging locally owned small businesses and start-ups to take advantage of the opportunity and apply for financial or technical assistance or customs duty reduction. “Local business owners can now feel a sense of empowerment with access to various assistance” says, Alexa Cooper-Grant, Vice President of Small Medium Enterprise Development. Additionally, there is complete guidance and support through Invest TCI and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). Business owners who are interested in applying receive one on one consultation with representatives of the CED and Invest TCI who offer support with formulating a business plan and completing the application process.Donna Gardiner, Owner of Caicos Tea Company and recent recipient of $10,000 cash grant, up to $10,000 in technical assistance and $10,000 customs duty exemption, stated, “Working with Invest TCI and the CED has been an awesome experience”. Ms. Gardiner, further stated, “I would encourage small business owners to take advantage of the opportunity and apply for the MSME assistance. The process has been very easy and it was a great help to get my business off the ground”.As part of the Empowering MSMEs campaign and to coincide with Global Entrepreneurs Week, the Vice President of Small Medium Enterprise Development will visit the various islands to provide one on one consultation to small business owners interested in applying for MSME assistance. The dates are as follows:November 14, Salt Cay – 9:00 am- 4:00 pm – Salt Cay LibraryNovember 15, Grand Turk – 8:30 am -4:30 pm – CED Office, Windmills PlazaNovember 16, South Caicos – 10:00 am – 4:30 pm – District Commissioner’s OfficeNovember 17, Middle Caicos– 10:30 am- 1:30 pm – District Commissioner’s OfficeNovember 17, North Caicos – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – District Commissioner’s OfficePersons interested in applying are advised to call our office at 338 4779 to make an appointment and to visit Invest TCI’s social media pages @investtci on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp For more information on the MSME Programme, visit our website at www.investturksandcaicos.tc/msme or call our office at 338 4779.