Are you leaving money on the table by not recommending comprehensive, must-have data protection in every proposal for servers, storage or VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) that you make to your prospects and customers? You could be. Watch this video, also hosted at channel campaign playbook, explaining why Data Protection is a critical criteria when selecting a converged infrastructure solution.In 2016, Dell EMC commissioned the Global Data Protection Index report about the maturity of data protection strategies of 2,200 IT leaders across the 18 most developed nations worldwide. The results of this landmark survey showed vast opportunities for Dell EMC partners to cross-sell comprehensive data protection to their prospects and customers.You may recall reading this report, and it’s worth money in sales to revisit it now because of a key finding: While true IT transformation requires sound data protection, the vast majority of enterprises are still way behind the curve in their ability to provide that. Data Protection Opportunities Are as Big as EverAccording to the survey, 36 percent of organizations had suffered unplanned systems downtime or data loss due to hardware/ software failure or loss of power. The average cost of those losses? $914,000.Of course, since 2016, many respondents may well have deployed data protection solutions. Or they may have just gotten around to upgrading their data protection as part their 2017 plans and budget cycles.Contrary to the above, many IT leaders and their teams are still too busy fighting their day-to-day fires and juggling multiple priorities to have time and resources to get comprehensive, mature data protection in place. That’s where you, as a Dell EMC reseller, can help by adding Dell EMC data protection into every proposal you make for Dell EMC solutions.Fact is, with the explosion of enterprise data, organizations of all sizes simply must have data protection. And it’s absolutely essential for software-defined data centers.Better Together: Dell EMC Data Domain and Dell EMC Data Protection SuiteTo serve your customers as their data protection expert and consultant, you couldn’t have a better partner than Dell EMC. Dell EMC is #1 in the Data Protection1 market. By combining Dell EMC Data Domain with the Dell EMC Data Protection software, your customers can cover the entire data protection continuum, including replication, snapshots, backups and archive and achieve up to 81% lower cost of capacity to protect2 over 3 years vs. the competition.With three core value propositions, it’s:SIMPLE, providing scalable protection with single-pane-of-glass management to reduce administrative burdensFAST, with optimized data deduping and throughputs to meet strict SLA backup windowsEFFICIENT, with highly integrated hardware and software to help reduce costs and better manage risksWhat’s more, Dell EMC data protection portfolio provides specific suites, so you can tailor solutions to your customers’ specific needs: backup, applications, VMware, archive, and cloud-based, long-term retention. The Dell EMC Data Protection Suite Enterprise Edition meets all these requirements. In addition, when combined with Dell EMC Data Domain, your customers can achieve up to 20x faster backup and up to 10x faster recovery for mission-critical apps while eliminating back up impact on servers3.To help you fully capitalize on this must-have, data-protection solution opportunity, we have an array of sales & marketing resources you can take advantage of. They include highly effective sales call scripts and FAQs that you or your sales teams can use to qualify prospects. Customer presentations, infographics and many more assets can help you and your teams highlight core Dell EMC data protection advantages.To find out more about how our Dell EMC Data Domain and Data Protection Suite software can help ensure you’re not leaving money on the table in all your customer deals, visit Dell EMC Data Protection Sales Plays.###1Data Protection defined by Dell EMC as the combination of IDC’s Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Hardware and Data Protection & Recovery Software market segments, IDC 12/17.2Based on ESG whitepaper commissioned by Dell EMC, “The Economic Value of Data Domain,” May 2017. Data Domain deduplication capacity savings based on ESG analysis of call-home support data from over 15,000 Data Domain systems deployed worldwide.3Based on Dell EMC internal testing, July 2016 compared to traditional backup.
Legendary actress and political activist Rita Moreno gave a talk at Leighton Concert Hall on Thursday, discussing the obstacles faced and joys experienced in her more than 70 years in the entertainment industry.Moreno said when her career first began at the age of 17, she was plagued by stereotypes and was often typecast into a range of narrow, repetitive and degrading roles. “I was playing a lot of roles in films that I didn’t especially like,” Moreno said. “We were constantly playing oversexed girls who were ignorant, who couldn’t read.”Moreno quickly grew frustrated by the lack of diversity in show business at the time and that the fact that she was a Puerto Rican drastically limited the number and kind of roles that were available to her.“It was very depressing to be constantly playing those parts,” Moreno said. “If you were a Latina, there was just no place for you anywhere.”Growing up in New York City as the daughter of a Puerto Rican immigrant, Moreno faced a great deal of discrimination during her childhood. This, compounded by the lack of representation and bias in the the film industry, she said, led to mental health problems in her personal life. “I didn’t have role models then. There were none then — none,” Moreno said. “I grew up thinking that I had no value, that I had no worth.” These problems eventually led Moreno to start going to therapy, a choice she regards as “the best thing” she ever did for herself. Moreno said the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in the black and Latino communities, is still prevalent today.“Latinos and the black community also think you have to be crazy to be in therapy, and of course that’s not so, what you want to do is get rid of your craziness,” Moreno said.Though she faced many trials and tribulations, things started to change for Moreno with her iconic role of Anita in the classic 1961 film “West Side Story,” she said. Moreno spoke at length about the film and the profound influence it had on her. In the character of Anita, Moreno found someone to admire. “She became my role model,” Moreno said. “She respected herself, she had great feelings about herself and I began to see that I felt that way about myself as well.”Moreno has had a long and storied career in film and television. She is one of the few people ever to be awarded an “EGOT,” or an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — four of the entertainment industry’s highest accolades. In addition to “West Side Story,” her career has included hits like a role in the 1970s children’s program “The Electric Company” and the Netflix series “One Day at a Time,” but Moreno said entertainment has never been her only interest. For a long time, she has also been passionate about politics, news, civil rights and other activism.“What really, really empowered me was when I became a political activist,” Moreno said. “It’s a community service when you’re helping people. It takes you away from all the things that matter to you when you’re an actor or actress, when you’re so self-absorbed. It’s served me very well.”Another major topic in Moreno’s talk was the upcoming remake of “West Side Story.” The remake is being directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, and Tony Kushner — the playwright who created “Angels in America” — is writing the script. Moreno is set to be an executive producer for the film and will also be playing the role of Valentina, Doc’s widow, in the remake. “I am so excited that I can barely stand it. I mean, talk about going full circle,” Moreno said.The remake will not be a modern retelling of the story, however. Still set in 1957, it will feature the original’s classic numbers and original style, but this time, Moreno said, special attention was paid to make sure everyone in the film who is supposed to be Hispanic is played by a Hispanic performance, and that young, talented actors and actresses were selected for those roles. “[Spielberg and Kushner] decided that they were going to kill themselves finding Hispanic, young actors and actresses to make the movie,” she said. “All of the Sharks are Hispanic, all of them. Young and Hispanic. Maria is 17 and Ansel Elgort is doing Tony, which is kind of pretty fabulous.”Moreno’s talk ended with a discussion about the state of Hollywood and the film industry today. Moreno said the industry still has a long way to go.“You still see scripts with a breakdown in the script and it will often say ‘prefer a latino for this’ or ‘prefers a black for this’ or ‘prefer a Chinese person for this,’” she said at a press conference Thursday. “When that stops happening, then you know that you have a really fair kind of system going on.”Moreno also said during her lecture that she was hopeful about change, saying representation for minorities has improved from when she first started out in the industry. She cited the recent increase of film representation in the black community as an example of how things have changed.“If nothing else but because the black community has got some great actors and great stars and great movies — I’m so thrilled to death about that, it’s so important,” Moreno said. “Now, we have to get better representation for Latinos, which we don’t have in Hollywood and especially in films. I think we are under-represented.”In the closing minutes of her talk, Moreno focused on the need to keep pursuing better representation for Latinos and other minorities in the entertainment industry.“The door is somewhat open, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.Tags: EGOT, One Day at a Time, Rita Moreno, West side story
Last month, the U.S. Forest Service proposed new loopholes to NEPA that would eliminate advance notice and comment for a host of potentially harmful projects, such as logging up to 4,200 acres at a time, building 5 miles of roads, or bulldozing 4 miles of utility corridors in national forests. At a time when “Fox guards henhouse” is a common headline, this proposal stands out as one of the worst. It would allow the Forest Service to sell off your favorite places for timber, and you wouldn’t know about it until it’s too late. Evans sympathizes with the Forest Service’s predicament, but says the data don’t support cutting out the public. “The Forest Service does struggle with timely project delivery, but its bottlenecks don’t come from its already-short 30-day comment windows. Its delays are caused by the lack of boots on the ground to look for things like rare species and design projects to protect them—what most of us would simply call doing a good job.” Unfortunately, Evans says, the agency’s proposed solution is to get rid of accountability. “If you get rid of public oversight, then nobody knows when you do a bad job. Nobody knows that you logged a stand on top of endangered salamanders.” What if you told your boss at your job that you didn’t want anyone looking over your shoulder? Well, we’re the Forest Service’s boss. We own these lands, and they work for us. We don’t have to go along with this proposal, and the Forest Service needs to hear from you. The comment period for the proposed Forest Service rules ends this Monday, August 26. Visit OurForestsOurVoice.org to comment and learn more. Speak now—it could be your last chance to do so. This isn’t just about tree-huggers having their say. Hunters, locals, recreational users, private landowners, historic preservationists, outdoor guides, city and county governments and tourism boards, Native American communities, and scientific experts will all be shut out of the Forest Service’s decision-making process. All of these groups provide important, on-the ground insights about the landscape that the understaffed Forest Service cannot possibly gather on its own. Why? The Forest Service saysthat the new loopholes will speed up their work. Without public comment andscientific input, they say they can conduct logging projects more quickly tohelp prevent wildfires. Nevertheless, the ForestService says that public input is just too time consuming. Its proposal arguesthat cutting out public input will shave up to 16 months from projecttimelines. An analysis based on Forest Service data obtained under the Freedomof Information Act (FOIA) by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) showsthat eliminating public and scientific input does not actually make the ForestService operate more efficiently. Projects with public input and transparentanalysis actually require less timeper acre than projects developed behind closed doors. That’s because the publichappens to know a lot about the places they love—information that helps locateprojects in the right places for the right reasons. The Forest Service’s proposalis not really about efficiency, wildfires, or bureaucracy. It is primarily an attemptto eliminate accountability from public lands management. The Forest Service is proposing to cut the public from public lands. It’s doing so by gutting the most important conservation law on the books. A law that protects our national forests. You’ve probably heard of the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act—all of which are also under attack by the current administration. But none of them are as important as NEPA—the National Environmental Policy Act. It sounds wonky and boring, but NEPA is the unsung, unheralded hero of conservation in this country. It’s the workhorse that gets the job done, mostly behind the scenes—like a football guard protecting his quarterback, or like R2D2, the robot from Star Wars, who doesn’t get a ton of screen time but almost singlehandedly saves the rebels and takes down the empire. Losing public accountability means losing old growth, losing rare wildlife and habitats, losing backcountry solitude, and losing clean streams and rivers. Over the past 11 years, 71 major logging projects have taken place in the six Southern Appalachian national forests in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. All but one of these projects would have would have been exempt from public and scientific input under the proposed new rules. Thankfully, the existing NEPA rules required public and scientific input for all of them. As a direct result of the NEPA process, around 5,000 acres of commercial logging and associated road construction were dropped because they would have impacted resources like old-growth forests, rare species habitat, scenic views, and pristine trout streams, according to the SELC analysis of Forest Service data. In the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, at least 1 in 5 acres touched by Forest Service management were either added or removed from projects because of public input. “NEPA works, and the datashow it,” says Sam Evans, public lands attorney at SELC. “Forest Serviceprojects decisions are significantly improved by public and scientific input. Ifwe let the Forest Service gut its NEPA rules, none of those improvements wouldhappen in the future.” The proposed NEPA-nixing rules will hit Southern forests harder than any other region. More timber harvests occur here than anywhere else in the country, and essentially all of the logging projects in Southern Appalachian national forests would fit into the 4,200-acre loophole. Data provided by Southern Environmental Law Center Public Input on Forest Projects Nationwide Acres Added to and Dropped from Proposed Timber Projects due to Public Input in the Southern Appalachians This last point is a big one.The Forest Service is staffed by people who love these lands as much as we do.But they already don’t have the resources to do their jobs without mistakes,and they’re under tremendous pressure to put more logs on trucks. According torecords obtained through FOIA, the Forest Service is ratcheting up its timberquotas by 45%—levels of timber production our forests haven’t seen in decades. Atthe same time, the agency is proposing to cut 4,650 full time staff from itspayroll. More acres; less staff; more mistakes. Here’s how it works: beforemaking any decision that could harm water, air, wildlife, or any of the othervalues we depend on from our natural environment, government agencies must gatherinformation, explain their thinking, and accept public feedback. Simple, butcrucial. NEPA is especially important for an agency like the Forest Service,whose job is to balance a number of equally important values, from wildernessto water quality, to recreation, to economic uses like timber and grazing.Finding that balance requires doing the right things in the right places, whichis impossible without good science-based information and input from the peoplewho use and know the forests. Projects like commercial logging, roadconstruction, or clearcutting pipeline corridors, for example, can and dohappen on national forests, and they can be extremely harmful if they’re in thewrong places, like backcountry recreation areas, habitats for rare species, andprecious old growth forests. The explanation doesn’t holdwater. Less than a year ago, Congress gave the Forest Service a specialauthority for projects that would prevent wildfires and a new emergency fund sothey’ll have the money to get them done. The proposed loophole is much broaderthan that: it would allow logging for any purpose—even if it actually increasesfire risk by removing old, fire-resistant, and commercially valuable trees.
Being in a relationship with a mentor is an honor and encourages feelings of gratitude and appreciation. The mentee has the responsibility of structuring a successful mentoring relationship, making requests of the mentor, acknowledging and receiving the mentor’s offers, and creating intentionality in the outcomes of the relationship.Before your first conversation with a potential mentor, be prepared to offer your thoughts to the following questions:What is your goal?Over what timeframe?Why is that important?What difference will be noted and by whom?Are you looking for enhanced subject matter expertise, to evolve your leadership presence, or both?Regardless of whether a mentor makes an offer or you make a request, the outcome of success in the relationship is incumbent on the mentee. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
(WBNG) — Several Upstate New York towns are vying for a shot at a makeover in a new television series, and some of them are right in your backyard. HGTV’s new upcoming series, Home Town Takeover, is looking for the next small town with a population under 40,000 to be their next project. “We have a very tight-knit community. I think that’s the biggest thing and I think it also wanted a town with architecture, and we have a lot of historic architecture around here,” said Tiffany. Meanwhile, Deposit says it’s looking to fix up a lot of the older homes and State Theatre while preserving the history. The creator of the video submitted for the application, Julie Tiffany, says Deposit’s main attraction is the Delaware River. “We really need the most change on our Washington Avenue because that and main street coming into the avenue, we’re talking about a gateway project,” said Jackson. “We want people to come into the town and understand our history.” Endicott, Deposit, and Walton are all going for the chance to be that project, each with a set goal in mind. Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson specifically mentioned wanting to reshape Washington Avenue as well as creating a park nearby with something that no other town in the area has. She says she wants to also enhance boutique stores, so more people shop locally. Both towns, along with Walton, submitted their applications and are looking forward to the community coming together to fix up their towns, whether they win or not.
Mar 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Afghanistan and Myanmar have joined the company of countries hit by H5N1 avian influenza with the confirmation today of the virus in chickens in both countries, according to news service reports.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) laboratory in Italy detected the virus in chickens from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and the eastern province of Nangahar, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Afghan officials had reported finding an H5 virus in poultry and wild birds 4 days ago.A joint statement from the FAO and the Afghan government said birds in the affected areas would be killed immediately, their owners would be compensated, and poultry markets would be closed and disinfected, AFP reported.The story said the FAO warned last month that avian flu would be “virtually unavoidable” in Afghanistan because of its location on bird migration routes.Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan on the south and east, recently reported an H5 virus in chickens on two farms in its Northwest Frontier province. Pakistani officials are awaiting confirmatory test results from a European Union laboratory and have said the virus is highly likely to be H5N1, according to the AFP report.H5N1 avian flu has also been reported in Iran, Afghanistan’s neighbor to the west. Iranian officials reported in mid-February that the virus had killed 153 swans in a wetland area.Tests by an FAO lab in Bangkok today confirmed the H5N1 outbreak in Myanmar, according to another AFP report.Myanmar’s military government reported Mar 13 that an H5N1 outbreak had been discovered in the central town of Mandalay. The government had run its own lab tests but also sent samples to labs in Thailand and Australia, according to AFP.A veterinary official in Mandalay said the virus might have come from migratory birds or chickens imported from China, the story said.Health officials have destroyed 12,500 chickens and quarantined 43 farms near Mandalay since the outbreak was found, AFP reported. The government lifted its news blackout today and printed a full page of information about avian flu in a state-run newspaper.The FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) said they were sending experts to Mandalay, and the WHO said it had given the government enough oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat 100 people, though no human cases have been reported, according to AFP.A Myanmar-based WHO official, who declined to be named, told AFP, “We are also giving them equipment including masks and gloves. We are very satisfied with their work. They’ve done their best. They are stepping up surveillance measures.”In other news:Malaysia today reported a new outbreak of H5N1 in an “eco-park” and a village in the northern state of Perak, according to AFP. Last month Malaysia reported H5N1 on one chicken farm, the country’s first outbreak since late 2004.Initial tests pointed to avian flu in the deaths of hundreds of poultry in a kibbutz in southern Israel, AFP reported. Dead chickens were also found in communities near the kibbutz in the Negev desert, the story said. Israel has had no confirmed H5N1 outbreaks.
Tony Cascarino urges Manchester City to sign Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisement Advertisement Comment Cascarino says Aubameyang is a good replacement for Jesus (Picture: Getty Images)‘I don’t consider Jesus to be a natural finisher like Agüero or Aubameyang. That said, he has reasonable technique, is not bad in the air and has some pace.‘Guardiola will feel that, if City are to challenge Liverpool for the league title next season, he will need to sign a striker who can push Agüero for his place.‘Agüero is 32 and I don’t think his body shape is conducive to continuing strongly into his mid-30s. He is powerful and muscular but does not have a flexible, supple body, as shown by his recent run of niggling injuries.‘Aubameyang has a good fitness record so it may well be that City offer big money for him if he is available, despite his relatively advanced age of 31.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I have never had any doubt about Aubameyang’s talent, only his workrate, but I noticed that Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal head coach, got him to work his socks off in the recent wins away to Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.‘Arteta hasn’t stopped talking about the importance of Aubameyang to the team, and I think that gives a clue as to how Guardiola feels about him.‘The two Spanish managers like to play the game the same way having spent so much time together at the Etihad Stadium. Aubameyang for Jesus would be a big upgrade.’MORE: Leicester City pair Ben Chilwell and James Maddison major doubts for Arsenal clashMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother tells Mikel Arteta to stop playing the striker as a winger for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Aubameyang is yet to sign a new deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino says Manchester City should sign Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a replacement for Gabriel Jesus.The Gabon international’s contract at the Emirates is due to expire in 2021 and he is yet to commit his future to the north London club.Aubameyang is reportedly demanding a new three-year deal worth up to £250,000 a week amid strong interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.However, if no contract agreement can be settled, Cascarino believes the 31-year-old would be the ideal candidate to challenge Sergio Aguero for the No.9 role at City.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCascarino told The Times: ‘Gabriel Jesus has been at Manchester City for 3½ years and has never knocked on the door hard enough for Pep Guardiola to think, ‘Right, he’s in the starting line-up for the next ten games’.‘I suspect the manager will aim to bring in another striker this summer, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang top of his list if he does not sign a new contract at Arsenal. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 10:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link223Shares
Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Jul 2020 1:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link375Shares Mikel Arteta sends class message to Unai Emery after former Arsenal boss is appointed new Villarreal manager Advertisement Arteta had a class response when asked about Emery’s new role (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has made the classy move of congratulating former Arsenal boss Unai Emery on his new role as Villarreal manager and thanked him for the work he carried out at the north London club.While Emery got off to a good start as Gunners coach, leading his side on a 22-match unbeaten run, things began to sour after the north London side lost the Europa League final to Chelsea, denying them a route back into the Champions League.The Spaniard was unable to lift the team at the start of this campaign and was eventually sacked at the end of November and replaced by Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe ex-Manchester City coach has seemingly boosted the morale of the squad and despite the fact that the Gunners are set to finish outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years, the season can still end on a high if they are able to beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup.ADVERTISEMENTOn Thursday, it was announced that Emery will return to Spain to manage Villarreal and speaking before Arsenal’s clash against Watford on Sunday, Arteta was full of praise for the man he succeeded.‘Well first of all congratulations for the new job,’ Arteta said. Arteta has improved the mood in the camp (Picture: Getty Images)‘He’s going back to Spain. He’s a manager that has a lot of experience there a has been very successful there.‘I wish him all the best from our side. There are a lot of people here who liked him a lot and have huge respect for him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Thanks from myself for what he did here with the players and trying to improve to the team and the squad and I wish him all the best from our side.‘Hopefully, things will go well for him.’MORE: Alexandre Lacazette explains differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery at ArsenalMORE: Robin van Persie reveals he had one doubt about leaving Arsenal to sign for Man UtdFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment
Construction is starting on the North Shore Display village with the sod being turned for the “Innovation House”.TOWNSVILLE’S northern growth corridor continues to boom with construction starting on North Shore’s $8.5 million 17-home display village.The slab was poured this week on Stockland’s Innovation House, which uses sustainable and innovative product suppliers. The house will become the centrepiece of the display village.North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the display village was one of several job-generating projects under way at North Shore as confidence in Townsville continues to grow. It follows a land release that triggered the building of 20 new homes while construction is under way at the new $40 million state primary school.“It looks like a scene from the television show The Block at the moment,” Mr Astorquia said.“On one street, we have around 100 trades working and from there you can see both the new school and display village coming out of the ground. Right now, there is more than $60 million of construction activity happening in this one precinct and we will be making some more announcements on some other great projects shortly.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Builder Darren Finlay of Finlay Homes with North Shore porject director Andrew Astorquia at the site of the new Innovation House.Renowned builder Darren Finlay is building the Innovation House, which will serve as North Shore’s Sales and Information Centre.Mr Finlay said the house would be an off grid, 9.5-star rated home with GOLD Level Accessibility and include voice-activated automation. “We went to our suppliers to ask them to be part of the project and showcase their most sustainable and advanced products in the house,” he said.“The response has been overwhelming with more than 30 coming on board with incredible products that will become the future of building and living.“We are using concrete that recycles fly ash – the waste generated by coal mining – a solar and battery system that takes the home completely off the grid and a new generation thermosphere airconditioning system that not only uses less energy, it eliminates mould.”Mr Astorquia said the project would showcase how futuristic and sustainable living was available now by bringing the best product suppliers together in one house.
The agreement also maintains key elements of the ESAs’ current governance structure, with the Council stating that it “ensures a key role for the national competent authorities”. EU pension funds will not be directly tapped for money for the bloc’s pension supervisor under changes to the European financial supervision system agreed by EU lawmakers.The European Commission had proposed a new funding system for the European supervisory authorities (ESAs), including industry contributions to help fund the three regulators: the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), the European Securities and Markets Authority and the European Banking Authority.Instead, the agreement reached by the EU Council and the European Parliament this month “preserves the existing system of contributions”, which currently come partly from the EU budget and partly from national regulators, the Council said in a statement.Member states and observers can make voluntary contributions. Pension funds will not be asked to pay a levy to fund EIOPAThe Commission had wanted to replace ESAs’ management boards with independent executive boards with full-time staff. Under the current governance model, member states have a seat on the board of supervisors – the main decision-making body – while six members of the board of supervisors sit on the management board.PensionsEurope, the Brussels-based European pension fund association, had expressed concern that the Commission’s proposal would have sidelined member states’ influence within EIOPA.Matthies Verstegen, senior policy adviser at the association, told IPE: “Pension funds are still very much embedded in national social and labour law, so it’s good that national supervisors continue to have a strong role in EIOPA’s governance structure.“We also welcome the fact that EIOPA’s role and powers in overseeing pension funds will broadly remain the same.”The two other ESAs have been assigned new responsibilities and powers.Under the agreement, the European Securities and Markets Authority will be given direct supervision powers over third country “critical benchmark administrators” and certain data reporting service providers.The European Banking Authority, meanwhile, has been granted powers to play a stronger role in relation to money laundering and terrorist financing.The agreement between the Council and the European Parliament confirms several aspects of the position the Council adopted last month. Barring technical finalisation of the legal text and its expected formal adoption by both EU bodies, it wraps up a lawmaking process that was kickstarted by the Commission two years ago.