Plainfield, In. — Duke Energy today announced two executive appointments for the state president of Indiana and chief procurement officer, effective Nov. 16, 2018.Stan Pinegar – currently vice president of Indiana government affairs, will become Duke Energy’s state president in Indiana, succeeding Melody Birmingham-Byrd who will become Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief procurement officer.As state president, Pinegar will manage state and local regulatory and government relations, and community affairs. Pinegar, 54, will work with the corporate and regulatory strategy teams to advance the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives. He will also be responsible for the financial performance of the company’s Indianaoperations.Pinegar joined Duke Energy in July 2012 after eight years in leadership roles, including president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Energy Association. In his current role, he is responsible for leading the company’s Indiana legislative affairs team and coordinating regulatory affairs with the executive branch of Indianagovernment.Prior to his appointment with Duke Energy, Pinegar spent more than 20 years leading various trade associations, representing members before the Indiana General Assembly and Indiana regulatory agencies. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and its Taxation, Utility and Environmental Law Sections. He also serves on the board of directors of the Indiana Legal Foundation and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.“Stan’s extensive regulatory and legislative experience has prepared him well for this important role,” said Doug Esamann, executive vice president, energy solutions and president, Midwest and Florida regions. “He has extensive knowledge of Indiana operations, relationships with our stakeholders and a strong understanding of customer expectations. In his new role, he will continue to advocate for policies and practices to meet the energy needs of our customers that are environmentally sound and cost effective.”Pinegar’s successor will be named later.Melody Birmingham-Byrd – currently president of Duke Energy Indiana, will become senior vice president and chief procurement officer. In her new position, Byrd, 47, will be responsible for Duke Energy’s sourcing and supply chain functions for both the company’s regulated and commercial operations.Byrd succeeds Swati Daji who became Duke Energy’s senior vice president of Customer Solutions on Nov. 1, 2018.“Melody has provided solid leadership in Indiana for the last three years,” said Esamann. “She has placed a strong emphasis on serving our customers better and engaging with customers through various forums to understand more clearly what they would like to see from their electric energy supplier. She has created a strong foundation in Indiana and I expect a seamless transition with this change thanks to her efforts.”Byrd has 24 years of leadership and managerial experience in the electric and automotive manufacturing industries. She has served in roles within distribution, transmission and fossil generation. Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, Byrd served as vice president of the Southern Region for Progress Energy Carolinas.Prior to becoming Indiana’s state president in June 2015, Byrd served as senior vice president of Midwest delivery operations, overseeing the company’s electric distribution system in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. This included construction, maintenance, operations, engineering, and resource and project management.
Published on March 15, 2018 at 10:11 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Fortnite was officially released on Sept. 26 for PC, XBOX and PlayStation. It’s a 100 Player vs. Player battle-royale style game that mimics the storyline of “The Hunger Games.” All 100 players get dropped into the same map with nothing but a pickaxe. They then search for weapons and building supplies, such as wood or bricks, all while a deadly storm shrinks the playable map and forces spread-out players to come closer together. The last player alive wins. There are three game modes: Solo, duos and squads, which allow teams of up to four.Bridget Slomian | Senior Design EditorThe casual sports fan might have just heard of Fortnite for the first time when late Wednesday night turned to early Thursday morning, right after the Orange beat Arizona State in a play-in game. Music stars Drake and Travis Scott, along with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, teamed up to play the game with “Ninja,” a former eSport athlete who now streams himself playing video games on a platform called Twitch.The stream garnered over 600,000 concurrent viewers, smashing the Twitch record. The story of the unexpected team gained traction from major outlets, including ESPN and CNN, and was shared often on social media. Many of the players, including Washington and Syracuse forward Matt Moyer, watched parts of the stream when they heard about it.“It was cool to see that it’s not just us playing Fortnite,” Moyer said. “A lot of other people are.”Washington, sophomore Tyus Battle and walk-on forward Patrick Herlihy were the first to discover the game, each finding out about it through outside friends at some point in mid-October.Battle said he downloaded the game at first, but didn’t play it much. Then the game started gaining popularity and Syracuse players started spreading the word — Howard introduced Brissett, Battle showed Moyer — and it quickly became one of the team’s favorite activity.“That’s probably number one, honestly,” Battle said when asked where Fortnite ranks in the team’s off-court activities. “Because we’re usually too lazy to go out, bowling and whatever else. Everyone loves playing video games.”Herlihy said that he, Battle, Brissett, Moyer, Washington and Paschal Chukwu are the ones who regularly play the most. Generally, they’ll play together in four-person squads with whoever is available at the time. The players will sometimes post Instagram stories of themselves playing, including whenever they pull off the difficult feat of winning the game.The team had different answers when asked who the best player was. Washington chose himself, Battle and Brissett. Moyer said that it was Battle, and then added it that it could have been Herlihy. Brissett said that Battle and Washington are, but that he was a close third. Battle said outright that he was the best player on the team. That prompted junior guard Shaun Belbey, who was sitting next to Battle, to shake his head.Chukwu, who said he recently got into the game during the ACC Tournament, didn’t include himself in the list of best players. He said his main focus right now is to hone his building abilities.Bridget Slomian | Senior Design EditorFortnite released a new limited-time edition of the game that features five 20-person squads playing against each other. Chukwu said the goal is for the entire team to compete in that mode at some point when everyone is back on campus.Nearly every SU player who plays Fortnite agreed with Battle in saying that it’s the team’s number one off-the-court activity.“If it’s not basketball,” Brissett said, “we are definitely at home playing Fortnite.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Shaun Belbey was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments UPDATED: March 15, 2018 at 10:52 p.m.DETROIT — Oshae Brissett had seen the video game a few times. Howard Washington, his roommate, kept playing it despite Brissett thinking it was boring.Then Washington brought his Playstation 4 down for the game at Miami in mid-February. Washington told Brissett that he just needed to try it again.“I started to get into it playing on his PS4,” Brissett said. “And then, once we got home I downloaded it and got hooked.”That video game is called Fortnite Battle Royale, and it’s not just Brissett who’s been hooked. Fortnite, a free download, was released in late September and by early-February, it set a record with 3.4 million concurrent players. Many of No. 11 Syracuse’s (21-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) players have been caught up in the Fortnite craze as well, as it’s become the most popular team activity off the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s like a team-bonding kind of thing we do to have fun,” Washington said. “Come to practice and talk about it. We watch videos on our phones, like we’re watching film for basketball.”MORE COVERAGE: Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 6 seed TCU10 fun facts you need to know about TCU3 things TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said at his pre-Round of 64 press conference Facebook Twitter Google+
Representative of BiH Kenan Kodro decided to change his surroundings, and his new club Grasshoppers (Switzerland).Grasshoppers has announced through their official website that he has been lent for six months, i.e. until the end of the current season, and they will decide on his future in the summer.Kodro scored seven goals in the Spanish Primera for Osasuna last season, but his team dropped out of the league. Then, he was transferred to Mainz, Germany, where he could not impose, and although Mainz was looking for a way to borrow him during the winter in order for him to have more minutes, Kodro wanted to stay and fight for his place in the team.Kodro will now be a teammate to another new member of Grasshoppers who is also from BiH, Rifet Kapic, who signed for this club after playing for Gorica (Slovenia).(Source: fokus.ba)
Photo by Lynne Ward A group of about 75 women gathered for a cocktail party Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Rumson home of Diane Gooch to show their support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Committee members are, from left, hostess Diane Gooch, Lisa Soderstrom, Kathy Donnelly, Naila Busacca, Geri Skirkanich, B.J. Henderson, Lynn McCabe-Tauro and Lynne Mangini.
By JAKE SEINER | The Associated PressSAN DIEGO — The baseballs weren’t juiced during a record-setting 2019 regular season, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball.They were just flying farther. A four-person committee of scientists found that baseballs this year had less drag on average than in previous seasons, contributing to a power surge that resulted in a record number of home runs. Their report released Wednesday blamed the spike on inconsistencies in the seam …
5G and blockchain are two potentially disruptive technologies that could shape the future of technology and telecommunications. The 5G rollout has already begun in select cities in the U.S. Global coverage is expected to follow in 2020 with the technology becoming ubiquitous in the following years. With 5G and blockchain, here’s what to expect.In conjunction with Internet of Things devices, 5G and blockchain can add an enormous amount of value to the society. Let’s consider the advantages of these technologies and the possibilities they present as well as the challenges that they’ll have to overcome.Internet of Things — with 5G and BlockchainAnalysts have noted the potential of the Internet of Things for a couple of years. However, two significant bottlenecks have impeded its success: security and capacity. With the introduction of 5G networks, though, IoT devices have the potential to become much more widely used.The IoT requires a high-speed, low-latency network.Latency refers to the time interval between the instant when a signal is sent and when it is received. Such low latency is essential for devices to communicate without experiencing significant lag.This reduction in latency is also critical to unlocking another concept called the Internet of Skills (IoS). The idea here is that specialists can work remotely using virtual reality headsets. For such a concept to be fully realized, a low latency network is essential.5G (fifth generation) networks can transmit data at much higher speeds and lower latency than 4G networks. Thus, the Internet of Things can achieve its full potential, and applications such as IoS could be unlocked.Other benefits of 5G include energy savings, cost reduction, and higher capacity.These make it possible for even the tiniest IoT devices to get connected to the ecosystem cost-effectively. 5G networks will allow for the interconnection of a lot more devices simultaneously. It is estimated that there could be up to 100 billion IoT connections by 2025. The rise of 5G networks will undoubtedly play a major role in the growth of the industry in the coming years.While 5G has the potential to resolve one of the major bottlenecks that have hindered the rise of IoT, other problems remain. Malicious devices could create problems within the networks. The increase in the volume of payments and transactions between the numerous interconnected devices could pose a challenge for the current financial infrastructure.Financial infrastructure is where blockchain comes in. As these IoT devices become more widespread, they can take advantage of the security, decentralization, and immutability of blockchains.Decentralized blockchains can be used as an underlying protocol layer with reliablly security for settling transactions and smart contract conditions between IoT devices. Decentralized blockchains also allow for the identity of IoT devices to be safeguarded and guaranteed. Presently, these devices are identified via cloud servers which store their identification data in databases.Such data could be stolen or compromised. Just like VPN software can help protect the identity of individuals online, with decentralized blockchains, secure hashing algorithms, and asymmetric cryptography can be used to guarantee and protect the identities of those devices.The scalability of blockchain is a major bottleneck that will have to be overcome before it can be applied to the IoT.Digital Ledger Technology must be able to handle a very high number of transactions every second. Currently, though, this is not the case. It is possible, though, to defer most of the necessary transactions to a second-layer blockchain that runs atop the main ones such as the Lighting Network on BTC or LTC.However, since all devices must have individual addresses and on-chain transactions, scalability needs to improve on both layers. Blockchains can benefit from the massive increases in bandwidth and range as well as the reductions in latency that 5G networks provide. These network improvements could lead to many more additional nodes joining public blockchains.The increases in network participation that would result from increased connectivity on devices such as mobile phones and tablets will lead to better security and decentralization. Blockchain functionality can also be improved by the adoption of 5G in several ways. For example, smart contracts currently rely on oracles, which transmit external data to the contracts.Such information can only be relayed with internet access. 5G networks can facilitate the use of these oracles in remote areas.Also, devices that are connected to the internet can prove to be a more reliable and trustworthy source of the necessary off-chain data than the oracles. When IoT becomes a lot more widespread than it currently is, blockchain will be able to amass more data from 5G-powered IoT devices.These 5G empowered IoT devices are going to generate a massive increase in data transfer. Though blockchains are distributed data storage systems, such massive amounts of data cannot be stored on-chain. If they are not stored on-chain, they’re left open to attacks.A possible workaround involves storing hashes of data on-chain with links that point to external storage sites.Other decentralized protocols such as OrbitDB or the InterPlanetary File System could be used for the external storage. External storage will result in stronger security than other centralized alternatives. Additionally, if the data is tampered with, the hash tag will change, thus drawing attention to the breach.This multifold combination of 5G, blockchain, and IoT will facilitate the rise of smart homes, driverless vehicles, and smart cities. Within the coming decade, several traditional industries including mining, agriculture, and drilling, will likely see automation through an IoT network of billions of smart devices and sensors communicating over a high-speed 5G network.ConclusionOnce the 5G rollout is complete, and the network becomes ubiquitous, the IoT industry will experience major growth as smart devices become ever more widespread. However, the bottleneck of scalability will have to be overcome. When it is, we can expect to see a major revolution in the way we live and work. Follow the Puck Michael Usiagwu is the CEO of Visible links Pro, a premium Digital Marketing Agency committed to seeing your brands/company and products gain the right visibility on the search engine. He can be reached via [email protected] Michael Usiagwu Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Tags:##technologytrends#IoT#Trends
Liverpool loanee Kane signs new extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have penned Herbie Kane to a new contract and extended his loan spell with Doncaster Rovers.The 20-year-old midfielder has starred for League One side Rovers this season, scoring six goals from 26 appearances.”It is massive, coming from a massive club like Liverpool, so I’m happy,” Kane said after signing the new deal.”I was excited to get it done. It took a lot of hard work to get this, but thankfully it is done. Hopefully I can carry on working hard and get to where I want to be.”On his spell with Donny, he added: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, to be honest, I’m just trying to do as well as I can for myself and help the team, but also trying to improve.”Hopefully people at Liverpool notice that I’m doing well, and hopefully when I come back to Liverpool it will impact it.”My aim is to come back in the summer and try to make a footprint. I’m hoping I come back in the summer and impress the manager in pre-season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth to reward Ramsdale with bumper contractby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are set to award goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a new contract.According to TEAMtalk, the England under-21 international is set to get a new deal that will double his wages.Ramsdale has starred in the Premier League for the Cherries, playing all eight clashes for Eddie Howe’s team.The youngster has beaten out the likes of Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc for the starting spot.And it appears that his wages will reflect his current status in the squad a little more, if he decides to sign the renewal.
YouTubeThe Jameis Winston crab legs story was one of the craziest of the year in college football, and based on a clip from ESPN’s “Draft Academy,” we may not have had the whole story after all. On the “Combine” episode of ESPN’s series, while going through interview practice with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, Winston went into detail about the crab legs incident, explaining that a Publix employee had “hooked him up” with the free food before someone else called security on him.This certainly changes the story, and seems like it could be an NCAA issue, especially if this is a common occurence. We’ll continue to update on this new development as more unfolds.