Ketchikan elders cleaning up after storm blows roof off

first_imgSoutheast | WeatherKetchikan elders cleaning up after storm blows roof offFebruary 1, 2016 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD Share:Roofing material is seen in the yard in front of Frank and Marge James’ rented home off North Tongass Highway. The roof blew off in the storm earlier this week. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Two Ketchikan elders are cleaning up and looking for a new place to live after the roof of their rented home was blown off during a big storm last week.Marge and Frank James were in bed, not quite asleep after a restless, stormy night. It was past 1 a.m., and Frank James says the lights suddenly went out, and then Marge heard “thunder.”“I said, ‘it’s not thunder,’” he said. “’It’s something else, bouncing across the roof.’”Actually, it was the roof – or the top portion of it, anyway. It peeled off the house during a particularly strong gust. The couple was immediately inundated with water.“Must be over 50 spots in the master bedroom where it was pouring down. I mean literally pouring, not dripping. Pouring. And running down the walls,” he said.The Jameses quickly took action, but they’re both elders and Frank is recovering from heart surgery along with other health issues.“The two of us, we’re not supposed to lift,” he said. “And I’m not supposed to lift period, but I never listen. Anyway, it was a big nightmare.”They did what they could to move items from the wettest parts of the house into the living room, which remained relatively protected, and they worked to minimize the water damage.“We had pots and pans. We ran out of pots and pans all over,” he said. “Pretty soon, we had to put raingear on.”At around 6 a.m., the couple decided it was time to call in the kids and grandkids to help. The family mobilized to move the heavy furniture, and the landlord later sent a crew over to put a tarp over the exposed single-story house.Several days after the storm, the rooms where the leaks were the worst are cleared out, with nearly everything piled in the living room area. The house is chilly, and there’s a damp smell that’s not strong now, but indicates how bad the leaking was.“It was horrible,” Frank James said. “I told everybody when they come in, they always usually take their shoes off and they automatically started, I told them, ‘No, you put them on coming in here and take them off going outside.’”The focus now is on cleanup. Marge James says she’s going to be doing laundry constantly for days.Frank James looks at some of the salvaged electronic equipment and paperwork after the roof of his home blew off early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)“Because the walls in the closet in our room, water was coming in to the closets,” she said. “Everything hanging, on the shelves in there: wet.”At least, clothes can be cleaned. In another room, Frank James says he found some worse damage.“And then I finally went and checked the office, and here all my electronics were soaked down, every bit of them,” he said. “I’ve got a $2,400 model boat in there, and that was soaked.”The model boat is a remote-controlled electronic boat. There also was a lot of legal paperwork that had been stored in the office that needs to dry out, and a couple of real boats out in the yard were hit with pieces of the roof as it broke up and scattered.Right now, Marge and Frank are staying at a local hotel with funding assistance from Ketchikan Indian Community, but they’re looking for a new place to live.“We’re just trying to get someplace to move into, because we can’t stay in this,” she said. “Like I said to him this morning: Those carpets haven’t hit badly yet, but the smell is going to be atrocious.”Frank, who has building experience, says it’s going to take several months of work to get the house into a livable condition again. The couple also will need to replace some household items.Luckily, most of their memorabilia and heritage items are safe, “because most of that kind of thing is in here, as a rule. Like the pictures,” said Marge.While the couple did not have renters insurance, they said they didn’t need any help, other than a new place to move into. But their daughter, Colleen James-Olsen, says they’re just too proud to accept donations.James-Olsen says she is working with Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority in hopes of getting expedited acceptance for her parents at the Shaan Hidi senior housing facility in Saxman.Her parents can’t stay with James-Olsen because of pet allergies, so, she says, while they wait to hear from Tlingit Haida, the family is looking for short-term housing options.Share this story:last_img read more

State road striping gets messy in Petersburg

first_imgSoutheast | State Government | TransportationState road striping gets messy in PetersburgOctober 12, 2017 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Cones cover slow-drying yellow lines on South Nordic Drive in Petersburg on Thursday, October 12, 2017. (Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)First it was chip sealing that damaged Petersburg vehicles.Now it’s messy road paint on some of those same roads.Motorists are complaining about the state of Alaska’s road painting job this week, with bright yellow line paint smeared along several state roads.The paint has also stained some vehicles and spread in yellow footprints and tire tracks.The Petersburg Police Department directed questions on the striping to the Department of Transportation. The DOT announced the paint was taking a long time to dry and that DOT crews were investigating why that was.Motorists were advised to follow suggestions from the manufacturer for removing the paint.Cones were placed on the new yellow lines. A sign was up Thursday on Haugen Drive warning of wet paint and motorists were asked to avoid driving on the lines.Petersburg Borough Assembly member and former city mayor Jeff Meucci said he had yellow paint on his mirror, running board and bumper and was able to scrub off some of that Wednesday night.“You know as I went home I stopped at my neighbor’s house,” Meucci said Thursday. “She was out scrubbing the heck out of her car and it wasn’t coming off. I hope DOT is a little proactive, other than telling to get out there and seeing what your manufacturer suggests. They should have some kinda, little better, I think it’s all over the place. It’s tough.”Meucci said he was moose hunting Thursday on Mitkof Island and it looked like the crews had a hard time driving in a straight line while painting Mitkof Highway.Petersburg isn’t the only place with problems from state road painting.The Ketchikan Daily News reported on complaints there last month, with the mayor of the Ketchikan Gateway borough ending up with yellow paint on his car too.“First, I’d like to apologize for any inconvenience,” said Lance Mearig, the DOT’s Southcoast Region director. “We have been testing a new painting system both equipment and doing the work ourselves instead of using contract painters. It is the same equipment and materials that we used in Ketchikan.”Mearig said the paint the DOT is using is not drying as fast as it should.“This paint that we are using is designed for low temperature applications,” he said. “It is the first time we’ve used it in Southeast Alaska this year. We’ve had more success in summer and as we’ve pushed painting into the fall, we’re not sure why but it’s certainly not drying as fast as the manufacturer’s literature would have led us to believe.”It’s the second round of problems from a DOT project in Petersburg this year.This summer the state fielded claims in Petersburg over new chip sealing on state roads that led to cracked windshields and chipped vehicle paint jobs. That chip sealing covered up old street markings and led to the painting this fall.DOT painting crews also are scheduled to do work in Juneau after Petersburg, although Mearig said they may use a different paint for that work.Motorists can find instructions on removing this paint from vehicles here.Those who aren’t successful can call Jack Albrecht at the Division of Risk Management at 907-465-2183.Share this story:last_img read more

Laois man to be a part of Australian version of Love Island

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Home News Community Laois man to be a part of Australian version of Love Island NewsCommunity Previous articleSix Talking Points as Killeshin footballers book county final placeNext articleNews Diary: 100 facts on Laois, new ambulances for Irsh Red Cross and Macra open night Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook “My values are a lot more old school than what are floating around today. I was raised by a single mum.  I was in a relationship from when I was 14 up until last year.“I treat women the right way.”He told Australia’s WHO magazine that he wants “someone I can spend the rest of my life with,” and that he thinks he is a “respectful man with a huge heart.”He said: “I was in a relationship pretty much my entire life. When it happens you always think the grass is greener.“I enjoy being in a relationship. I want a companion. All my mates have girlfriends and I’m the one on my own. I want a girl, I want someone I can spend the rest of my life with.”“For a lot of people, it does take me a long time to get to know them. I need to go in there with my barriers down and be prepared to meet new people.”It hasn’t been officially confirmed yet whether Love Island Australia will be airing in Ireland.You can follow Eoghan on Instagram here. SEE ALSO – Some great photos from 2008 Junior Cert Results party Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results A Portlaoise native will be part of Love Island Australia which begins on TV next week.23-year-old Eoghan Murphy, who grew up in Portlaoise but moved to Australia in 2006 when he was 10, now lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland in Australia and has been unveiled as one of this year’s contestants.In a trailer for the show, Murphy, who works as a real estate agent, explains that he was in a long-term relationship up until a year ago. GAA TAGSAustraliaEoghan MurphyGold CoastLove IslandQueensland WhatsApp GAA center_img By Steven Miller – 3rd October 2019 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Laois man to be a part of Australian version of Love Island Facebook GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Active managers stumble in 2019, S&P reports

first_img Canaccord joins S&P/TSX Composite index 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Skeptics say ‘buyer beware’ as high-flying Tesla joins S&P 500 Related news By asset class, international equity managers fared the best, with almost half (46%) of managers beating their benchmark in the year to June 30.Conversely, small cap managers performed worst, with 88% lagging their benchmark.In part, this reflects the fact that small caps led the way in the first half, with the S&P/TSX Completion index edging out the S&P/TSX 60 index.The report also noted that 88% of dividend and income equity fund managers underperformed their benchmark to June 30.In the longer term, the vast majority of active managers are falling short of their benchmark, S&P reported.It notes that 94% of active managers underperformed the S&P/TSX Composite index in the three years to June 30, and 88% underperformed over five- and 10-year periods.“Things were particularly bleak for the dividend and income equity fund category, as no manager was able to outperform the benchmark over the 10-year period,” the report said.The report also noted that less than half (46%) of the Canadian equity funds that existed 10 years ago were still active in June.The Canadian-focused equity category fared worst, with less than 35% of funds remaining active over 10 years. When the world caught Covid, diversified investors stayed healthy Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords IndexesCompanies S&P Dow Jones Indices Canadian equity markets enjoyed a strong first half of 2019, but most active fund managers lagged their benchmarks, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.The latest semi-annual report from S&P, which compares actively-managed Canadian mutual funds with their benchmarks, finds that the vast majority (over 85%) of Canadian equity managers underperformed the S&P/TSX Composite in the 12-month period to June 30. James Langton last_img read more

BMW unleashes M3’s inner speed freak with CS edition

first_img Should you buy it? With some industry pundits suggesting that the pace of both electric vehicles and autonomous automobiles is accelerating quicker than originally thought, the golden age of unrestricted horsepower and track-worthy cars might be coming to an end. If you believe that, then get your kicks in before its too late. M3s made BMW’s reputation, and the latest CS is probably the best one yet.RELATED advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS When is it coming? The M3 CS will be available starting in second quarter 2018. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch. Full coverage of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSBMWM3Los AngelesL.A. Auto ShowNewsBMW AGBMW M SeriesCars and Car DesignCulture and LifestyleSports Carscenter_img What is it? Another limited-run, special-edition model from those power-crazed folks at BMW‘s M division, the M3 CS is a 453-horsepower, four-door sport sedan that is also — supposedly — practical for everyday use.Why does it matter? Because there are just not enough cars on the road that, courtesy of state-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology and a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 280 km/h. And, ensuring that the CS is not just a demon at the Stoplight Grand Prix, its suspension largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. It’s also fitted with Adaptive M suspension, meaning it will perform both on the road and on the track. Extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic has kept the sport sedan extremely light, around 25 per cent lighter than a standard M3. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Derek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 BMW M3 CSDerek McNaughton, Driving We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 BMW M3 CS last_img read more

Early Arrival: 2022 Kia Stinger leaks on dealer websites ahead of debut

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 [photo: Citrus Motors] Kia’s sporty Stinger sedan is due for an upgrade this year, with details coming from the company during an official event seven days from now.It’d appear a dealership in California either didn’t get that memo – or scheduled their web updates a week early – as clear-and-plain images of the 2022 Stinger GT have surfaced online.Citrus Motors in Ontario, California, have posted a quartet of 2022 Stingers: a brace each of GT1 and GT2 models. Exterior changes are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, though the headlamps and taillamps seem slightly altered while the exhaust tips have grown to cannon-like proportions. advertisement One can usually rely on dealerships to try and outmuscle their competition by being the first to — well, whatever they think will help them sell more cars, really. In this case, rushing the list of their inventory in search of rounding out the sales board seems to have spilled the beans on Kia’s updated Stinger a week early.Also up Kia’s sleeve is its take on the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5. Shadowy teaser images show a crossover-like vehicle called the EV6 that’s sharply styled with the type of fastback hatch area common on so-called ‘coupe’ SUVs. We’ll have full coverage of the Stinger’s – and perhaps the new EV’s – official reveal on March 16. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | RELATED TAGSKiaStingerSedanNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesSpeed & Performance2022GTKiaNon-LuxuryStingerTurbov6 COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] Greater variance can be seen inside, with a new 10.25-inch infotainment screen taking the place of the car’s old 8-inch tablet. The brand’s new logo also pops up on the car’s steering wheel, marking the second time we’ve seen it in production after the Carnival minivan that appeared in February. Powertrain is listed as a V6/8sp auto – and the pictures do show an engine bay with a slightly revised plastic shroud – but we’ll reserve judgement on output details since dealer websites aren’t always the last word in accuracy.An interesting detail are the build tags shown for these machines. They list a production date of January 2021 along with the associated VIN. Something else they list is the car’s GVWR, which is the total safe weight of a vehicle when loaded with passengers and their gear. It’s gone up about 250 lbs, which means Kia either found a way to permit more carrying capacity for Stinger; or the 2022 model has gained weight. We’ll note the axle weight ratings remain the same as last year. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2[photo: Citrus Motors] ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Heavy Rainfall Affects Sections of Westmoreland

first_imgHeavy Rainfall Affects Sections of Westmoreland Local GovernmentMay 21, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedUSF and Local Authority Agencies Open Resource Centre in Waterford Persistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the parish, Rev. Hilma Tate, told JIS News that her team was out in the field to ensure that all disaster emergency shelters across the parish are on full alert, in the event that the rains continue and families have to vacate their dwellings.“I am confident that up to 97 per cent of them will be ready to accommodate persons,” she said.The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation if there is heavy flooding, so as to protect and preserve lives.“I am also advising residents and especially students trying to get home from school during these heavy downpours, not to attempt to cross flooded roadways and  bodies of water that appear ‘suspicious’.  If possible, seek the help and assistance of adults and avoid playing in the waters. Adults who may have to relocate quickly and who may need assistance to do so should call the Parish Council, the Police or the Fire Brigade,” Rev. Tate advised. RelatedNational Fire Management Plan Sound – ODPEM Advertisementscenter_img RelatedLabour Day Improvement Works for St. James Infirmary Story HighlightsPersistent heavy rainfall in sections of Westmoreland on May 19 and 20 left some major roadways across the parish inundated and badly damaged and in many cases, inaccessible to vehicular traffic.Some of the worst affected areas are: McNeill Lands, Frome, Little London, Three Miles River, Grange Hill, Petersfield, Bethel Town, Chester Castle and adjoining communities.The Coordinator is advising residents, especially those residing in flood-prone and low-lying areas, to be on the alert and to vacate their dwellings without hesitation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Men taken to hospital following explosion in Annagry

first_img By News Highland – January 24, 2020 Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 24thNext articleCE Supervisors back industrial action News Highland Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Men taken to hospital following explosion in Annagry Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Facebook WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Google+ Two men were taken to hospital yesterday evening following an explosion in West Donegal.Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of an industrial accident which occurred at around 5pm outside of a private premises in Annagry.Two men were taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to serious facial injuries. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Campaigning Against Populism and Racism Training in Athens

first_img ← International Debate Education Association needs a Website Manager! Deadline: 17 February 2014Open to: participants from the Council of Europe countries, priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority backgroundVenue: 7-12 April, Athens, GreeceDescriptionIn May 2014, a few months from now, the 28 EU countries will vote for a new European Parliament. Populist and extremist parties tell you they don’t like Europe, whilst at the same time doing everything to win more European influence. A shift towards a more extremist EU parliament is expected. This will have a major impact on the policies of the EU and its neighbouring countries. It will lead to more hate speech, to worse treatment of migrants and minorities, to more division across the continent.“Your vote can UNITE” Campaigning against Populism and Racism offers you the opportunity to get involved in the UNITE campaigns against extremist and populist parties and movements. The conference will tackle questions such as: What can you do against intolerance, racism, and xenophobia? How can you become active on a European level or in your own country? How can you get involved in our European campaign?Practice and theory are offered. A series of methods, trainings, lectures, (political) debates for people from all over Europe: the EU, Russia, Balkans and Caucasus will be organized. Participants from all these regions are invited to apply for this conference. The conference will take place near Athens (GR) and will start on Monday 7 April 2014 at 18:00 with a transfer from Athens to the venue. Departure from Athens is foreseen for 12 April 2014 after 12:00.EligibilityThe conference is planned for around 75 participants (living in the countries of the Council of Europe) who represent (inter)national human rights, antiracist, antifascist, refugee, and minority rights organisations. Active grass-roots groups from all over Europe are also invited. Participation is rotated from one conference to another. Priority will be given to nominations from young delegates (under 30 years old) with a minority background. Preference is given to those organizations that are interested in actions against racism and populism around elections.Participants should act as multipliers, spreading the information to as many people as possible. The organizers will try to reach an equal balance of female/male participants and a good geographical distribution. Each organization can nominate only one delegate. The conference language is English. All participants are expected to have at least basic knowledge of English.CostsParticipation fee The participation fee of the conference depends on the country where the nominating organization is based:120 Euro for participants from: A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S;60 Euro for participants from: BG, CY, CZ, E, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK;50 Euro for participants from: AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ.It is free for participants from Greece.Full board and lodging as well as bus transfer to the venue and complete program are included. Organizations that paid their 2014 supporter fee to the UNITED Network will receive a 50% reduction of the participation fee.Contribution to travel costs:For participants travelling from: A, B, CH, D, DK, F, FIN, GB, I, IS, IRL, L, N, NL, S UNITED can contribute maximum 75% to the costs of your travel, not more than 250 Euro;For participants travelling from: BG, CY, CZ, E, EE, H, HR, LV, LT, M, P, PL, RO, SI, SK, UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 280 Euro;For participants travelling from: AL, ARM, AZ, BH, BY, GE, KZ, KY, MK, MNE, MD, RS, RUS, TR, UA, UZB, XZ UNITED can contribute maximum 85% to the costs of your travel, not more than 325 Euro;For participants travelling from Greece, UNITED can contribute maximum 80% to the costs of your travel, not more than 50 Euro.Please look for the cheapest and most environmentally friendly possibility to travel.  The organizers strongly encourage you to travel by night-train, bus or other cheaper means of transport to Athens. For distances (one-way) under 800 km they can only contribute to costs of train or bus.In order to be eligible for a contribution to your travel costs you are expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your travel expenses providing an original invoice and all original tickets to UNITED. The organizers can only contribute to travel costs made for the direct return route between your place of residence and Athens. UNITED also asks you to find out if there are alternative possibilities of funding your participation.  Since there are limited sponsored places, delegates that can cover (part of) their own travel costs have a higher chance to be selected. The cost of your visa can be reimbursed by UNITED on the base of an original invoice from the Embassy.ApplicationIn order to apply, please fill in the application form until 17 February 2014.Visit the official web-site. Reddit Tweet Call for papers: Solidarities in Europe Workshop 2017 Study Session For Equal Participation, Budapest Similar Stories Campaigning Against Populism and Racism Training in Athens LinkedIn 0center_img Vacancies at the European Stu­dent Think Tank → +1 Share 0 Media/Communications Intern at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. February 9, 2014 Published by aana last_img read more

Why renewable energy boards need a technical person

first_img TAGS2020 – Issue 4corporate governanceREIPPPP Previous articleThe big question: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on economic growthNext articleDigitisation is a ‘must’ to manage the network’s complexity 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 While early developments (such as in South Africa’s REIPPPP rounds 1 and 2 or similar) often had some financial wiggle room, competition and experience are driving down all margins. This focuses the mind on the importance not only of protecting an investment but also of maximising return and optimising performance. For any project, the key metrics are always the same – time, cost and quality. There are variations on the theme, which depends on the project’s stage and the technologies used, but the key performance indicators (KPIs) all come back to the three components of time, cost and quality. The article first appeared in ESI Africa Issue 4-2020.Read the full digimag or subscribe to receive a print copy. A gap in this approach [the major responsibilities of the board] is that protection is not the same as optimisation. Board members should be required to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the workings of the company to be answerable for its actions, yet able to stand back from the day-to-day management of the company and retain an objective, longer-term view. This focus requires the board to be provided with and to be able to check and challenge reports about: The key challenge is understanding the best course of action to take. You could be within budget and not utilising any contingency. Still, if your project is late and this jeopardises your PPA, even if this is only to reduce the term, this reduces the asset value should you sell the project on. By Chanda Nxumalo, Managing Director, Harmattan Renewables The technicalities What does this look like for a renewable energy company? During the operational phase, you could be tracking the generation of a solar PV or wind plant by revenue and be meeting your KPIs. The reason for tracking well could be because everything ran as was expected, but it could also be because the irradiation or wind resource on-site is higher than the original forecast, masking poor plant performance. Some metrics would make this obvious to a technical person when it isn’t necessarily obvious to others. During construction, CAPEX and contingency spend, quality of installation works and completion according to schedule form the key drivers. The primary project management metrics state that if one of these goes awry, resource needs to be thrown at one or both to resolve the issues. Often this definition is interpreted as solely focusing on the finances of the company. How many board notices have you seen requiring a Chartered Financial Analyst qualification? This is because directors still spend the bulk of their time on quarterly financial reports, audit reviews, budgets, and compliance. • plant performance;• the root causes of problems; and• remedial action for any deviation from norms. How should you develop the other board members? Where the bulk of your value is your assets, such as with renewable energy plants, effective boards need to have a broad mix of skills, knowledge and experience. The board must support robust discussions about the technology, the practices and structures in place and set the tone for optimising the asset. A board needs innovators and problem solvers, challengers and strategic thinkers. In short, it needs engineers! AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector A board needs innovators and problem solvers, challengers and strategic thinkers. In short, it needs engineers! BRICS Following this, it is expected for the board to provide strategic guidance and hold to account the management team on how best to run the plant. Featured image: [NYUL] © In addition to having the right board composition, companies must provide training and ongoing education. Boards typically have a lot of information available to them in these areas but may not fully understand the materials they receive. Recent events inspire this article, where a technical advisory services firm was assigned to assist in resolving issues related to distressed assets. It was noted throughout these appointments, that the majority of renewable energy asset boards are commercially and legally very knowledgeable, but lacking in technical experience. Education should also be structured so that boards receive training annually. Invite experts and professionals in various fields to board meetings, to talk about specific topics. This will allow the board to understand what competitors are doing, global trends and issues with technologies, and to learn about current best practices in operations and asset management. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development New board member training should be provided to get them up to speed on the technology, relevant technical terms, risks and issues along with any project-specific issues. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Research shows that higher-performing boards review not only robust non-financial metrics, but also shape strategy and drive risk management. They can delve into the detail of the business or play devil’s advocate. Finance and Policy Without this expertise, renewable energy boards cannot play their most important role: intervening with substantive input about strategic decisions early enough to make a difference. Without these focused technical conversations boards cannot fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities in the long term. To reiterate, by improving the technical capabilities of the board, issues can be addressed earlier, leading to improved asset performance. ESI The major responsibilities of the board of directors include a strategic function in providing the vision, mission and goals of the organisation; developing a governance system for the business; a monitoring and control function; and a fiduciary duty to protect the organisation’s assets and members’ investment. A gap in this approach is that protection is not the same as optimisation. However, the board is also responsible for making sure the assets of the company are kept in good order. This includes the company’s plant, equipment and facilities, as well as the people who work for the company, and it is in this area that there are often shortcomings. What is the purpose of a board for a renewable energy plant? To answer this question, let’s first unpack boards in general. According to the Institute of Directors’ Standard for the Board, its fundamental purpose “is to ensure the company’s prosperity by collectively directing the company’s affairs, while meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and relevant stakeholders”. Generationlast_img read more