ADManager Plus is a comprehensive web-based Active Directory Management software that supports IT Administrator and helpdesk technicians to effectively control and manage their entire windows based IT network. It simplifies the IT Administrators task by providing template based management of Users, Groups & Contacts and thus it avoids manual, error-prone administrative activities on Active Directory. It also provides web-based Active Directory Password & Account Lockout scheduler Reports through which HelpDesk Technicians can proactively reset & unlock the accounts before the Domain Users raise a ticket to them.ManageEngine ADManager Plus 4.1 includes the following features: * User Management – Allows creation and modification of users in bulk on Active Directory from a CSV file or on user defined templates. * Group and Contact Management – Allows creation and modification of groups and contacts using CSV. * OU Based Administration – OU based Administration for help desk technicians to manage Specific Organizational Units. * Active Directory Reports – 100+ exhaustive Reports on Active Directory Users, Groups & Computers. * Security Reports – In-depth reports on all users passwords in Active Directory & NTFS Permissions granted to them can be generated. * Self-Service Portal – Employees can dynamically update their own personal details on the Active Directory. * Employee Search – Allows employees to search the Active Directory for other employees.Other feature like Windows Vista compatibility, One click user attributes modification and more are integrated into the web based software solution.”ADManager Plus has found a steady rise in its users and this can be well attributed to the robustness and simplicity it provides to the IT Administrator through its unique Active Directory Management and Reporting capabilities. With the inclusion of the new Self-Service Portal feature into the product, our current release provides the enterprise with a complete integrated Active Directory Management solution. So controlling your entire Windows Network is always going to get simpler” said Manikandan.T, the Product Manager of ADManager Plus.About ADManager Plus:ADManager Plus strives to be the world leader in Active Directory Management and Reporting. It counts for many of the world’s leading enterprises and serves a diverse range of organizations, which include a significant number in Banking / Finance / Insurance, Health care / Pharmaceuticals, Education, Hi-tech / IT / Manufacturing and Government / NGOs. The development team takes pride in serving over 500 satisfied customers which also includes several of the fortune 500 companies.ManageEngine ADManager Plus 4.1 is available as download for Windows installations. A 30-day trial with full functionality is available for evaluation. Product pricing starts at $495. For further details on customers, pricing, technical support and the product visit our site at www.admanagerplus.com(link is external)”ADManager Plus benefits our organization in several ways. We use it for reporting on user access returning a very granular report. The processes it streamlines makes my time with ADManager Plus more efficient. The dashboard view helps me keep compliant with my AD details ‘at a glance’. After 1 hour with the demo version of ADManager Plus, I put in the request to purchase. I realized that quickly that I NEEDED this product, and I hated that I had to wait.” said Bill Mead, Network Administrator/Engineer,Parkview Medical Center,Pueblo, Colorado.About AdventNet: Enabling Management Your WayAdventNet provides affordable software in the areas of network applications and database tools. With a broad product portfolio and an active customer base ranging from enterprises, equipment vendors and service providers, AdventNet has emerged as a very affordable and high-quality alternative to expensive software that is common in the industry. AdventNet is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA with offices in NJ, NH, India, UK, China and Japan. It has a well-trained partner base around the globe and thousands of customers world-wide. Visit us at www.adventnet.com(link is external).
Green Mountain Coffee to Add Manufacturing Facility in Knox County, TennesseeWATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), has announced it has chosen Knox County, Tennessee as the future home of a new manufacturing and distribution facility for the Green Mountain Coffee segment. The Company has closed on the purchase of a 334,000 square foot building on a 31 acre parcel of land in Knox County for approximately $10.4 million. The new site will support the brand’s national expansion and continued growth in the single-cup business.The Knox County site is the latest in a series of expansions for Green Mountain Coffee, which maintains its headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont. In 2007, new K-Cup(r) production lines were added to its Waterbury plant, and the company opened a second manufacturing site in Essex, Vermont. The Tennessee facility will focus primarily on the production of K-Cup portion packs for the Keurig(r) single-cup brewing system and will expand to other packaging formats as needed.Said Scott McCreary, Chief Operating Officer of Green Mountain Coffee, “As we continue to experience tremendous growth – particularly in the single-cup category – we need to ensure that we have the capacity to meet increasing demand for our products and that our production processes are as efficient as possible. Knox County’s central location allows us to reduce our distribution costs and shorten our delivery lead times, even as we serve new customers in a broader geographic region.”Green Mountain Coffee chose the Knox County region in part because of the shared commitment to creating a sustainable future. Knoxville was designated as one of 12 Solar America Cities by the U.S. Department of Energy, and the community has taken an active role in understanding and addressing social and environmental issues. Green Mountain Coffee is working with McCarty, Holsaple & McCarty, a Knoxville-based architectural firm experienced in environmental design, to help maximize and enhance the energy-efficient attributes of the building.”We are extremely excited about joining the Knoxville community and feel that the region, the community and the people we have met are just what we have been looking for in a new location,” said Jon Wettstein, VP of Supply Chain Operations at Green Mountain Coffee. “Vermont is our home and we look forward to continued growth within Vermont. The new Tennessee site will be the perfect complement to our existing facilities, which will allow us to meet our aggressive projections for growth in the years ahead.”The Knoxville Chamber was the lead entity in a team, which included economic development partners at the Tennessee Valley Authority and the State of Tennessee Department of Economic Development, that recruited Green Mountain Coffee to Knoxville. Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and Knoxville City Mayor Bill Haslam were instrumental in sharing insights on the region and providing support throughout the site selection process.”We’re thrilled that Green Mountain Coffee is coming to Knoxville,” said Mike Edwards, the Knoxville Chamber’s President and CEO. “It is a high-growth company with a strong passion for the environment and its employees and suppliers, and it is a leader in the arena of corporate social responsibility. Green Mountain Coffee is going to be a tremendous addition to the Innovation Valley.”About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee segment sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) single-cup brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.
Vermont youth are part of an increasingly influential consumer group. A 2010 Harris Interactive Poll reports that today’s 8 to 24 year olds in the U.S. spend approximately $239 billion annually. However, despite this spending power, the same poll reports that among the top worries of this age group are not having enough money and concern that their parents will lose their jobs. How can parents and teachers help youth reconcile their spending habits with a challenging economy? That question and more will be addressed as part of the 6th annual Vermont Jump$tart Coalition personal finance conference for teachers and parents on March 17 in South Burlington.The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of individuals, organizations, and businesses who work to improve the personal financial literacy of Vermont’s youth. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Conference Center. The cost is $30 for the full conference or $20 for lunch and the keynote address. Registration information is available at www.VtJumpStart.org(link is external) or by calling toll-free in Vermont (877) 242-8550. The deadline for registration is March 11.The keynote address will be delivered by Janet Bodnar, the editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. She is a recognized expert in the field of children’s and family finances. Her book, ‘Raising Money Smart Kids,’ was a finalist in the personal finance category of the Books for a Better Life awards. In her lunch-time address, Bodnar will discuss simple and effective ways in which adults can teach kids how to manage money.‘I have learned from more than 15 years of writing about kids and money that, no matter how old they are, kids will always come to their parents for advice,’ explained Bodnar. ‘Nothing a parent tells them is too basic. A little information goes a long way.’Conference participants may choose from nine breakout sessions. The day will conclude with a conference-wide program demonstration of a Concert for Financial Literacy, a personal finance school assembly program featuring live musicians and offered by Vermont’s credit unions.The conference is financially supported by People’s United Bank, VSAC, VSECU, and Community National Bank.‘Today, more than ever, we need to advance financial literacy among Vermont youth,’ said People’s United Bank Director of Marketing and Community Services Kathy Schirling. ‘We are pleased to again partner with Vermont Jump$tart to bring educational opportunities to teachers and parents, both whom are key groups in teaching our children personal financial skills.’The conference breakout sessions are organized within three tracks: Personal Finance, Communications, and Innovations. In the Personal Finance track, a series of workshops are offered that are aimed at building personal financial knowledge and skills. In ‘Money Personalities,’ participants will learn how personality traits impact how we each handle money. ‘Improve Your Credit Score!’ will give attendees a primer on how credit scores are calculated and how to build healthy money management habits. In the final session, ‘Making Money and Making a Difference,’ participants will learn about socially responsible investing and review core investment concepts.Workshops featured in the Communications track will give educators and parents a look at a range of programs and topics that allow for better communication and understanding of personal finance. In ‘Fund Your Passion,’ attendees will hear from a seasoned fundraiser about how to raise money for an educational finance project or cause. ‘Money Matters,’ will present ideas for communicating to children about money. The final workshop offering in the track, ‘Money Amalgam,’ gives attendees a quick overview of a range of financial literacy competitions and some new investor education programs.The third track, the Innovations track, focuses on school-based programs teachers can use to teach students personal finance. In ‘Leveraging Volunteers for Financial Literacy,’ participants will learn how to start a Junior Achievement program in their schools and the role of parents and community volunteers. ‘Performance Based Learning’ examines the National Endowment for Financial Education’s High School Financial Planning Program and the applied learning approach emphasized throughout the program materials. The final presentation, ‘Financial Fitness for Life,’ examines the latest financial literacy program for grades K-12 offered by the Council for Economic Education.‘The day provides participants with a wide variety of workshop choices, along with the opportunity to talk with others who have an interest in personal financial education,’ said Gregg Mousley, Vermont Jump$tart President.Teachers participating in the conference will receive five hours of continuing education credit. For more information, visit the Vermont Jump$tart web site.
City Sports has announced that it will open a new store in Burlington, Vermont, next summer at the former Borders bookstore location, marking the Boston-based brand’s latest retail venture in New England and its first in the Green Mountain state.Scheduled for a June 2012 opening, the City Sports Burlington store will be located at 35 Church Street, complementing the robust Church Street Marketplace with the retailer’s signature offering of athletic footwear, apparel and equipment.”Being from Boston, we’ve always regarded Burlington as an epicenter of an active, fitness-oriented lifestyle in New England and a community we’ve wanted to be a part of for quite some time,” said City Sports President and CEO Jeff Connor. “The present opportunity to bring City Sports to Vermont and enhance the unique Church Street culture could not be more perfect, and we look forward to kicking off Summer 2012 with the opening of the Burlington store.”The Burlington shop will mark City Sports’ second store to open in the New England area in under a year, joining the Wellesley, Mass. location that opened September 2011. For more information on City Sports and updates on the Burlington location, please visit citysports.comAbout City Sports:An award-winning specialty athletic retailer headquartered in Boston, City Sports is the premiere destination for urban athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts. The company operates 21 metropolitan stores across the East Coast, with locations in Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Atlanta. City Sports offers a comprehensive assortment of performance footwear, equipment and apparel from leading athletic and special niche brands, as well as its proprietary “CS by City Sports” line, all focused on outfitting the athlete who participates in running, triathlons, training, cycling, swimming, yoga and tennis. City Sports was named one of 2010’s “50 Best Running Stores in America” by the Independent Running Retailers Association in conjunction with Formula4Media.www.citysports.com(link is external)SOURCE City Sports BOSTON, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/
Warning that ‘American democracy in endangered,’ US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted and secret campaign spending by corporations on US elections. The first constitutional amendment ever proposed by Sanders during his two decades in Congress would reverse the narrow 5-to-4 ruling in Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission. In that controversial decision almost two years ago, justices gave corporations the same First Amendment free-speech rights as people. ‘There comes a time when an issue is so important that the only way to address it is by a constitutional amendment,’ Sanders said of the effort to override the court decision that he labeled ‘a complete undermining of democracy.’ Sanders’ Saving American Democracy Amendment would make clear that corporations are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as people and that corporations may be regulated by Congress and state legislatures. It also would preserve the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press. It would incorporate a century-old ban on corporate campaign donations to candidates, and establish broad authority for Congress and states to regulate spending in elections. Sanders proposal in the Senate is a companion measure to a constitutional amendment introduced in the House by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). ‘The dominance of corporations in Washington has imperiled the economic security of the American people and left our citizens profoundly disenchanted with our democracy,’ the congressman said. ‘I look forward to working with Sen. Sanders to save American democracy by banning all corporate spending in our elections and cracking down on secret front groups using anonymous corporate cash to undermine the public interest.’ Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, praised the proposal. ‘Sen. Sanders’ amendment returns us to shared understandings that democracy is for people. Public Citizen applauds and endorses the amendment, and thanks Sen. Sanders for his long-time campaign to reduce excessive corporate power.’ Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, also applauded the amendment. She said it would ‘root out the rank corruption of our elections by for-profit corporations.’ No other amendment proposed in the Senate, she added, ‘has so definitively confronted the twin problems created by judges who have improperly granted rights to corporations, without democratic consent, and who have used their seats on the bench to favor the wishes of corporate CEOs.’ A proposed amendment originating in Congress must be approved by a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate in order to be submitted for consideration by the states. Ratification by three-fourths of the states is required to amend the Constitution. To read the amendment, click here. For a fact sheet on the amendment, click here. Sanders’ office, WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2011
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News: About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void.The federal government counts four new coal projects on a list of planned power plants nationwide. Three of those face long odds, and none will be able to replace the millions of tons in lost coal demand resulting from recent retirements, even as the Trump administration has vowed to revive the ailing industry.The developer of a proposed 320-megawatt unit in Wyoming is facing jail time after pleading guilty to stealing government cash. A Kentucky coke plant that would have generated electricity as a byproduct has been scrapped. And a planned $2.1 billion plant in Georgia has idled.The sole U.S. coal facility under construction: a tiny plant being built by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.The dynamic amounts to an existential crisis for the U.S. coal industry. While coal still accounts for roughly a third of U.S. power generation, the industry is slowly contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables. American Electric Power Co. Inc., one of the country’s largest coal-burning utilities, recently announced plans to build a $4.5 billion wind farm in Oklahoma . PacifiCorp, another coal-centric power company, has similar plans to upgrade its wind fleet while slowly transitioning away from power plants fueled by the black mineral.Utilities entered 2017 with plans to retire 4.5 gigawatts of coal — or 2 percent of 2016 U.S. coal capacity — and add 11 GW of natural gas and 8.5 GW of wind, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.The trend has prompted a series of rescue efforts. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has proposed a $15-per-ton subsidy for utilities burning Appalachian coal In Congress, there is an effort afoot to expand tax credits for power plants that use carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). (Both efforts hint at coal’s long-term challenges and the reason for the dearth of planned coal plants.“There are two big risks for coal generation right now. One is gas prices stuck at low levels for a long time. Second, developers take on a lot of environmental risk in the future,” said Travis Miller, who directs utilities research at Morningstar Inc. “So environmental risk might not be a risk for four years, obviously referring to the presidential administration, or eight years.Full article: Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant? ‘Don’t Expect Major New Coal-Fired Plants’ in the U.S.
Report: Nuclear Energy in ‘Terminal Decline’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Nuclear energy is in irreversible decline across the world, with the construction of new units appearing to bottom out, a new report found.“The deterioration of the situation is accelerating,” warned Paris-based nuclear consultant Mycle Schneider at the U.S. launch of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report.The 10th annual edition of the report provides a grim assessment of the worldwide nuclear industry. According to the report’s 2017 edition, the mean age of the world’s 403 reactors in operation as of July 1 is approximately 29 years while the mean age at retirement of the 169 reactors that have shut down was roughly 25 years.In addition to perceived safety risks, he said aging fleets are incurring increased production costs as utilities see declining consumption rates and shrinking customer bases. Nonetheless, global nuclear generation increased by 1.4% in 2016, thanks to a 23% increase in China, but nuclear power’s share in the global generation mix fell to 10.5%, the report said.The report shows that the number of units under construction declined for the fourth year in a row, from 68 reactors at the end of 2013 to 53 by mid-2017 before V.C. Summer’s two additional units were scrapped in South Carolina and a third unit came online in China. Thirty-seven of these reactors under construction were behind schedule, with 19 of them reporting further delays over the past year, the report said.More: ($) Report: Nuclear industry in terminal decline as China is set to miss 58-GW goal
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sydney Morning Herald:Big Oil is under pressure, unloved and on sale.Energy giants from Exxon Mobil to Royal Dutch Shell are struggling back to their feet after a three-year oil slump, while also fighting to prove they can survive for decades to come amid an accelerating shift to clean energy.So getting dumped by the world’s biggest investment fund wouldn’t be welcome news.Norway’s $US1 trillion ($1.25 trillion) sovereign wealth fund said on Thursday that it wants to sell about $US35 billion of shares in oil and gas companies to make the nation “less vulnerable” to a drop in crude prices.Norges Bank Investment Management has nearly 380 investments oil and gas investments worldwide, the majority of which are in the US. If the strategy is implemented it will have an enormous impact on the market as the fund is amongst the top ten largest institutional investors in some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. It holds stakes worth more than US$5 billion in Shell, US$3 billion in ExxonMobil, and US$2 billion in Chevron, BP and Total.Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis director of finance, Tom Sanzillo, said the move as a reminder that ongoing low oil prices were a continued risk.“The Norges Bank recommendation that the Norwegian Fund remove oil and gas stocks from its benchmark indexes reflects the long-term deterioration of these stocks,” Mr Sanzillo said.“Oil and gas stocks are no longer stable providers of cash or value added contributors to institutional investment funds. The bank’s decision now incorporates the risks from these increasingly speculative investments.More: For sale: $25 billion oil shares dumped by world’s biggest fund seek new owner Big Oil, ‘Unloved and On Sale’
Chevron CEO says low-cost shale has forced capital discipline on oil industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:For Mike Wirth, the future of Big Oil lies at home, under the dusty fields of West Texas. As he celebrates his first year as chief executive of Chevron Corp., Wirth sees the Permian Basin as a plentiful source of high-quality crude for years to come, but that’s not all. The low break-even costs to pump in the Permian are forcing Chevron to be more efficient everywhere, Wirth said, from the deepwater platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to its liquefied natural gas plants.In a time of transition, where everyone from politicians to shareholder activists is bashing Big Oil, shale’s success is forging a new reality, Wirth said: Lower your costs, or die. Shale “has forced us to get smarter about how we do everything else,” Wirth said in an interview in Houston. The cost of Gulf of Mexico projects is at “levels we would never have imagined a decade ago,” he added. Chevron isn’t becoming more efficient “because we were dumb then and we’re smart now. We’re doing it because we have to.”As Wirth prepares to present his new strategy to investors in early March, his message is one of never-ending belt-tightening, always preparing for even lower energy prices and strong competition. It’s a lesson that came from his days rising through the oil refining ranks at Chevron: bad margins one year could turn even worse the next.“Let’s not bet on high prices,” Wirth said, sitting in a conference room in the company’s Houston offices, with pictures of old Chevron retail logos on the wood-paneled wall behind him. It is a popular theme with shareholders in the energy industry who saw many companies spending billions in mega-projects that never delivered the expected returns. In Chevron’s case, investors endured half-a-decade of intense capital spending on developments in the Gulf of Mexico and enormous LNG projects in Australia, only for the oil price to crater in 2014. Famously, at one Australian venture, Gorgon, costs swelled by almost half to $54 billion.“Everybody was investing in these kinds of things,” Wirth said. But “it’s unlikely we’d see that confluence of events come together again. I certainly don’t see that in the foreseeable future.”More: Texas shale forces Big Oil cost revolution, Chevron CEO says
Slovakia to convert coal plant to combined heat and power unit using natural gas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Engineering International:A coal-fired district heating plant in Slovakia is to be upgraded to a CHP facility running on gas engines.Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor TTS Martin to supply the engines to the plant, which is operated by state-owned utility Martinska teplarenska. The plant will be equipped with three Rolls-Royce Bergen natural gas engines and four hot water boilers, replacing the entire existing coal operation.As well as electricity, the engines and boilers will supply over 28 MW of heat to most of the 60,000 population of the cities of Martin and Vrutky.The upgrade of the district heating plant is part of Martinska teplarenska’s strategy towards sustainable power supplies instead of coal operations. The company made a strategic decision to replace its coal plants with gas-fueled reciprocating engines and gas boilers.The Martinska teplarenska plant is due to be operational in 2020 and will be Rolls-Royce’s second plant using B35:40 Bergen gas engines in Slovakia. The first – for district heating company Teplaren Kosice – will be commissioned later this month, generating a total of 37 MWe of heat and power.More: Slovakia coal plant refitted with gas engines for CHP