FortisTCI engineer leaves Monday for one year in Canada

first_img Related Items:daylon joseph, eddinton powell, engineer, fortisalberta, FORTIStci Recommended for you FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jul 2015 – Daylon Joseph, an engineer with Fortis TCI will leave for a one year on the job training stint in Canada and among the experiences for him will be designing and maintaining electrical and distribution standards and solving technical problems associated with design and operation of lines and equipment. FortisTCI in a media release explained that this opportunity is among the benefits of having a link to the Fortis Group of Companies. Over the year, Daylon will work temporarily at FortisAlberta and the other six months at Fortis Canadian Utilities. CEO of FortisTCI, Eddinton Powell congratulated Daylon Joseph as he explained that the electricity industry is undergoing unprecedented transformation which brings challenges and creates a range of opportunities; he added that “our workforce must be ready to meet these challenges and opportunities.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Editorial: Listen to your Mamalast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer orders Public Utilities Department to investigate every customer complaint of

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Mayor Faulconer orders Public Utilities Department to investigate every customer complaint of high water bills Posted: February 1, 2018 February 1, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer has directed the city’s Public Utilities Department to investigate every complaint of high water bills after some residents have noticed unexplained skyrocketing charges in recent months.The move is the latest in the city’s response to the complaints that have been covered by local media. City Councilwoman Barbara Bry on Wednesday asked the city auditor to look into the utility department’s billing procedures.So far, city officials have discovered several factors that could contribute to high water bills: a 6.9 percent rate increase that took effect on Aug. 1, a one-time billing schedule change that extended the normal 60-day billing period to up to 70 days late last year, warmer months that could contribute to increased usage, meter reading inconsistencies and leaks in homes and irrigation systems, according to the mayor’s office.“San Diegans need to be able to trust that their bills are correct — and that every cent they pay goes to ensuring we have safe, reliable water,” Faulconer said. “I’ve directed our Public Utilities Department to review every complaint to ensure that nobody is being overcharged and to correct any mistakes immediately.”In one case, for example, a resident’s bill jumped from around $200 in February 2016 to more than $1,000 in the most recent billing cycle, with no increase in usage, Fox 5 reported.Those with questions or concerns about their water bill can contact the utilities department at (619) 515-3500 or customercare@sandiego.gov. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

National Bank of Pakistans exchief arrested for corruption in Bangladesh branch

first_imgFormer National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza. Photo: DawnPakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza on charges of corruption in NBP’s Bangladesh branch, reports the Dawn. According to NAB officials, the Bangladeshi citizens involved in the corruption scandal include Saleemullah, Pradeep and Qazi Nizam, adds the English-language daily of Pakistan. The NAB had filed a reference against the former NBP chief and other officials for allegedly misusing their authority by granting and revising financing facilities in the NBP Bangladesh branch that caused a loss of $185 million to the national exchequer, it also says. Implementing the high court’s orders, the NAB arrested Raza and the co-accused, including Imran Butt and general manager Bangladesh Waseem Khan.During a hearing of the bail plea initiated by the former bank chief, NAB apprised the court about the losses inflicted on the national treasury by the accused.NAB further told the court that 16 individuals had been nominated in the corruption reference in all, adding that Raza and former senior executive vice president Zubair Ahmed had been granted bail earlier.last_img read more

Islamic State claims Las Vegas mass shooting Provides No Evidence

first_imgJohn Locher/APPolice officers take cover near the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday.The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying the perpetrator was “a soldier” who had converted to Islam months ago, without providing any evidence to support the claim. The group’s Aamaq news agency released two brief statements hours after the shooting at a country music concert that killed at least 50 people and wounded at least 400. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. IS did not name the suspected shooter, but said he had “executed the operation in response to calls to target countries of the coalition” batting the extremist group in Iraq and Syria. Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, and have said he killed himself after the shooting. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities believe it was a “lone wolf” attack, and the U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no “specific credible threat” involving other public venues in the U.S. The IS group often claims attacks by individuals inspired by its message but with no known links to the group. However, it is not known to have claimed any attacks that were not at least loosely linked to it. Before Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in June 2016, when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. The gunman, Omar Mateen, had pledged allegiance to IS and it claimed the attack. The extremist organization has suffered a string of major setbacks in Iraq and Syria, where it has lost much of the territory it once claimed as part of a self-styled Islamic caliphate. However, the group remains active in recruiting followers on social media, and has repeatedly called for attacks in Western nations. By SAMY MAGDY Sharelast_img read more

Nearly 22 Percent Of Harris County Is Uninsured

first_imgPhoto via PixabayTexas has the highest rate of nonelderly residents without health insurance in the country.Harris County’s uninsured rate is slightly higher than the Texas average, according to a new report by the Urban Institute.Texas has the highest rate of nonelderly residents without health insurance in the country — nearly 20 percent of the population under 65 is uninsured. But according to the report, Harris County’s uninsured rate is slightly above the Texas average at 22 percent. Nationwide, roughly 11 percent of the nonelderly population is uninsured.“So the statewide is high and there are some localities with very high concentrations of uninsured people,” Matt Buettgens, a senior fellow in the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, told Houston Matters. “If you look at different areas of Harris County, you have some suburban areas where the rate is a little over 10% and you have some areas not very far away where the rate is something around 30%.”Buettgens said the discrepancies are due to factors like income distribution, ethnicity, educational level, and citizenship status. “All of those things vary in complex ways, particularly in large urban areas,” he said. “So it’s important to keep track of that, both for policy makers and for people in the local communities doing outreach or for healthcare providers.”Statewide, the report found that over 70% of the uninsured have incomes below 200% of the poverty level, but two thirds are in working families. And 56% of the uninsured are in families that have at least one full-time worker.“So having workers in the family, even full time workers, is not enough to guarantee access to health coverage,” Buettgens said.The study also found that nearly 70 percent of the uninsured in Texas aren’t eligible for financial assistance in obtaining health coverage.“Given that most also have very low incomes, it will be extremely difficult for them to pay the full cost of private health insurance themselves,” he said. “So certainly expanding access to financial assistance for getting coverage is important, and the Medicaid expansion issue is probably the most immediate policy debate that comes to mind there.”Texas was one of 17 states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Sharelast_img read more

The District Reacts to Wilson NonIndictment

first_imgSome of the several hundred demonstrators marching down M Street in Georgetown Saturday afternoon towards the key bridge. The protest focused on Michael Brown’s death and the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson. during a Ferguson Protest in Georgetown, DC, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Erin Schaff)District political leaders and residents criticized the recent decision by a St. Louis County, Mo. grand jury not to indict a White Ferguson police officer for killing an unarmed Black teenager.On Nov. 24, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch announced to a national audience that the county’s grand jury would not hold Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson criminally liable for the killing of Michael Brown. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said that the grand jury decision will “always be controversial.”“The inspection of the grand jury proceedings, the ongoing Justice Department investigation to determine if there has been racial profiling and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department and the Justice Department investigation of possible civil rights violations, as well as potential civil litigation, may still provide closure and justice in the case of Michael Brown,” Norton said.On Aug. 9, Wilson fatally shot Brown. Witnesses have testified to the grand jury and to the media that Brown had his hands up to surrender.Brown’s killing set off weeks of civil unrest in Ferguson and re-ignited a national discussion of African Americans’ relationship with law enforcement officials.Immediately after Brown’s death, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that the city has been sparred Ferguson-like incidents because it practices community-oriented policing, which mandates officers getting to know the residents they protect.D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) is skeptical about Gray and Lanier’s assertion.“If we are honest with ourselves, we recognize what happened that fateful night in August could have happened anywhere in the United States,” McDuffie, who used to work as a prosecutor for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, said. “It could have happened right here in Washington, D.C.”McDuffie admitted at an Oct. 9 hearing of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety that was held at Howard University that he had been stopped numerous times during his life by District police officers.D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), who suggested at the Oct. 9 committee hearing that all police officers may not need to carry firearms, had concerns about the grand jury’s decision and thinks that the District is trying not to replicate what happen in Ferguson.“Here in the District we have held hearing and town hall meetings to assess local police tactics and have implemented a body camera pilot program, yet there is still more work to be done,” Grosso said. “I am committed to working with law enforcement, advocates and residents to discuss meaningful policy solutions to move our city forward on these critical issues.”On Nov. 25, hundreds of activists jammed the streets of downtown in the Mount Vernon Square-Gallery Place area to show their displeasure with the grand jury decision. They held up signs saying that “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and chanted with former D.C. Council at-large candidate Eugene Puryear when he said “Justice for Michael Brown, Racist Cop Shot Him Down.” They ultimately ended up at Lafayette Square, across from the White House.Earlier that day, a smaller number of demonstrators visited the D.C. Police Headquarters, the Office of Police Complaints, the John A. Wilson Building and the transition office of Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) to encourage law enforcement and political leaders to support a strong police civilian review board.Stephon Bell participated in the pre-march rally that took place at the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon. Bell said that the time for talk is over.“We need to galvanize everyone in the community,” he said. “We need to make something happen. Darren Wilson is a superficial issue and we need to look at the root cause of the problem of Black people being killed by police.”Antoinette Wimbish, who also attended the rally, said that the Brown killing has influenced her in other ways.“I wanted to be a police officer,” she said. “Now I don’t. I feel lately that cops are after African Americans and people of color in general.”While the march held up traffic on New York Avenue during rush hour, Alena Banks, who waited patiently for the demonstrators to move on, said that she was not upset.“This is amazing,” Banks said, sitting in her car. “You have all types of people out here for Michael Brown. That’s great.”McDuffie thinks it would be great if District residents continue to be engaged in preventing Brown-like situations in the future.“It begins and ends with you and me,” he said. “Michael Brown’s death would truly be in vain if we do not learn from it and move forward accordingly.”last_img read more

Stripe updates its product stack to prepare European businesses for SCAcompliance

first_imgOn Tuesday, Stripe, the online payments platform provider, announced that it has upgraded its products to be compliant with Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) under the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2). This announcement comes just after Stripe confirmed that it has acquired Touchtech Payments, a Dublin-based payments start-up. Touchtech Payments is a provider of advanced SCA-compliant authentication technology for Europe’s fintechs and challenger banks, like N26, TransferWise, and many more. From 14 September 2019, all the authenticating online payments in Europe will be required to comply with the SCA, which is a new European regulation introduced to reduce fraud and make only payments safer. It will be applicable to customer-initiated online payments within Europe, which includes most card payments and all bank transfers. To be SCA compliant, online payments platform need to have additional authentication mechanism in their payment flow. It should have at least two of the following requirements: Something the customer knows like a password or PIN Something the customer has like phone or hardware token Something the customer is like fingerprint or face recognition Making online payment platforms compliant with this regulation will not be an easy task for individual banks and payment providers across Europe. Additionally, a new step in the authentication can also cause some friction in payments and hinder user experience. So, to ease this process, the Stripe payments platform will take up the responsibility of analyzing each transaction to check whether it needs an additional authentication required or not. If required, Stripe will authenticate the transaction with appropriate new technologies. Updates are made in the following products: The Payment Intents API This new Payment Intents API will enable businesses to easily build SCA-compliant fully-customized, dynamic payment flows. This API tracks the state of payment and triggers additional authentication when needed. Upgraded Stripe Checkout Stripe Checkout, a smart payments page, enables businesses to start accepting payments with just a few lines of code. The latest version of Stripe Checkout is capable of dynamically detecting when SCA is required and triggers authentication when necessary. Dynamic 3D Secure provides an additional layer of authentication for credit card transactions. 3D Secure 2 support Stripe supports 3D Secure 2 on the new Payments Intent API and Checkout. 3D Secure 2 aims to address all the limitations in 3D Secure 1 by introducing “less disruptive authentication and better user experience.” With this authentication process, businesses and their payment providers are can send more data elements on each transaction to the cardholder’s bank. This data may include payment-specific info like shipping address, the customer’s device ID, or previous transaction history. The cardholder’s bank can then use this data to calculate the risk level of the transaction and take a suitable response. Upgraded Stripe Billing Billing makes recurring billing process for SaaS and subscription-based companies smoother. Along with SCA-compliance, the company also announced that the product is now available for all the businesses in Europe. Tara Seshan, product manager for Stripe Billing, said in a press release, “With Stripe Billing, companies of all sizes now have access to advanced invoicing tools that will also help them comply with SCA and VAT requirements.” In the next few weeks, the company plans to roll out tools in the Stripe Dashboard for business already using Stripe to make them ready for SCA. Read the official announcement on Stripe’s website. Read Next Former Google Cloud CEO joins Stripe board just as Stripe joins the global Unicorn Club Stripe open sources ‘Skycfg’, a configuration builder for Kubernetes 3D Secure v2: a new authentication protocol supported by Stripe for frictionless authentication and better user experiencelast_img read more