Español, Press Release, Statement El Gobernador Tom Wolf emitió hoy la siguiente declaración alabando al Senado y a los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes por ofrecer un paquete integral de legislación que aborda la reforma del gobierno:“Si bien gran parte de nuestro esfuerzo este año se centra en abordar la crisis de salud pública de COVID-19, es importante que sigamos priorizando temas importantes como la reforma del gobierno. La legislación propuesta por los demócratas legislativos es significativa y alcanzable, y aplaudo y aliento estos esfuerzos porque un gobierno abierto y transparente es el Gobierno que funciona.“La reforma del gobierno no es un tema partidista, y necesito que estas propuestas y conversaciones continúen. Estos proyectos de ley son pasos importantes en la dirección correcta, y podemos y debemos hacer aún más.“Hace mucho tiempo que reformamos nuestras leyes de financiamiento de campañas, que no tienen límites para dar,” dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Como lo expresó el líder demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes, Frank Dermody, no se debe permitir que las voces de los ricos ahoguen las voces de las familias trabajadoras, especialmente cuando se esconden detrás de grupos sin fines de lucro, por lo que nadie sabe quién está realmente pagando la factura. Felicito al líder demócrata del Senado Jay Costa y al Representante Dermody por su claro compromiso con esta importante reforma.“Además, es hora de que la legislatura siga mi ejemplo y finalmente promulgue una prohibición de obsequios como los proyectos de ley presentados por el Senador Jim Brewster y la Representante Tina Davis. Desde el 20 de enero de 2015, toda mi Administración tiene prohibido recibir regalos de alguien que tenga negocios ante el Estado. El Senador Costa señaló correctamente que los republicanos han controlado la Asamblea General, pero han obstaculizado el progreso de estos proyectos de ley. También deberían poner fin a la práctica de permitir que los cabilderos se doblen como consultores de campaña remunerados. Actualmente, los miembros de un grupo de presión poderosos pueden contribuir a los candidatos, trabajar en sus campañas políticas y luego tratar de influir en los mismos funcionarios que ayudaron a asumir el cargo en asuntos importantes de política.“La falta de acción en estos dos espacios perpetúa una cultura de corrupción que los republicanos de la Cámara y el Senado no han logrado abordar, y la legislación para abordar estos dos temas debería considerarse este otoño”. July 31, 2020 El Gobernador Wolf aplaude a la Cámara, el llamado de los demócratas del Senado a la reforma del gobierno SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
At the end of the year Anah will report on the effectiveness and relevance of the offer. If the results are positive it will be extended to the entire country.The initiative forms part of Ircantec’s work to alleviate energy poverty and the pension scheme’s wider social action policy. It aims to prevent its most vulnerable retirees from losing their independence and encourage them to look after their homes.The initiative was motivated by the results of a survey Ircantec carried out last year, which showed that the vast majority (85%) of respondents did not undertake renovation work in their homes due to a lack of support and resources.The respondents tended to be women living on their own, on average 70 years old, on low incomes of €10,000-€12,000 a year, and owners of houses that are more than 30 years old – and hence most of the time poorly insulated.Fellow French public sector pension scheme ERAFP has also engaged in a housing initiative for the benefit of its members. Large UK pension investor joins IIGCC Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP), the £28bn (€31.8bn) asset pool for 10 UK local government pension schemes, has become a member of the International Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).It is the first of eight such pools to join the group. Dawn Turner, CEO of BPP, said: “Improving our knowledge-base on climate change will benefit our clients as we strive to help them to achieve their investment objectives. IIGCC provides a platform for conversation, information-sharing and collective influence.”Bristol-based BPP is in the process of establishing a network that will assist in delivering on the commitments implied in Brunel’s investment principles and values and considers IIGCC a key organisation in this area, according to a statement.Several of BPP’s senior staff transferred from the Environment Agency Pension Fund, which is also a signatory to the IIGCC. ICGN sticks to its guns on differential ownership rightsThe International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) has reiterated its opposition to differential company ownership rights, calling for benchmark stock indices to disallow shares with differential ownership rights and setting out recommendations for action from investors.In a nuanced briefing note, it acknowledged that not all institutional investors – including some ICGN members – were in favour of exclusion and that global index providers had responded well to concerns relating to dual class shares in their indices.But not enough had been done to protect investors from differential ownership in benchmark indices, according to ICGN.Investors could therefore take steps, such as encouraging companies with existing dual class structures to introduce sunset provisions that would result in the elimination of such structures over time as the company evolved.Investors could also encourage index providers to stop adding new dual class shares into benchmark indices.ICGN’s opinion can be found here.Earlier this year Swedish state pension fund AP7 settled a lawsuit with Facebook, which had proposed an overhaul of voting rights for different classes of shares. CEO Richard Gröttheim said the victory had saved investors as much as $10bn.Wanted: Pension scheme views on responsible investingInvestment consultancy Aon is seeking the views of pension schemes around the world on environmental, social and governance matters and responsible investment.It has put together a short survey of mostly multiple choice questions that can be completed here:http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eetsqrcoj9xe3105/startEthos tweaks proxy voting guidelinesEthos Foundation, the Swiss pension-fund-backed proxy voting agency, has adjusted its voting guidelines and corporate governance principles for 2018.Next year’s edition specifies Ethos’ criteria for approving a company’s remuneration report. Ethos will pay particular attention to the vesting of deferred variable pay in the form of shares and the information the company provides about this. It expects companies to be more transparent about this aspect of pay. French €9.8bn public pension scheme Ircantec is offering its pensioner members financial support to carry out energy efficiency work on their homes.It is offering to contribute €1,500 towards improvement costs, on top of support available from Anah, the national housing agency, and local authorities engaged in home improvement programmes.Ircantec is also offering a “social loan” of €500-€10,000 at a rate of 0% and repayable over a period of between one and five years.The experimental offer is due to be offered over a period of one year from 1 January to 200 households in Brittany, Pays de Loire, Hauts de France, Grand Est and New Aquitaine. It will primarily target households in areas covered by public housing support programmes.
Stuff.co.nz 9 March 2013Syphilis fuelled by iPhone applications such as Grindr have “come back with a vengeance” among Christchurch’s young homosexual community. Sexual health physicians say the Government needs to take immediate action before the infection spreads into the heterosexual community, where it has the potential to claim the lives of unborn children. Christchurch fielded a fourfold increase in infectious syphilis from 2011 to last year and so far this year 16 people have been treated for syphilis at the city’s Sexual Health Centre – with six of those infectious. Canterbury District Health Board Sexual Health Centre physician Dr Heather Young said sexual health was “one of the most neglected hospital specialties” in New Zealand. “If there is no specific action taken, it [syphilis] has the potential for rapid spread and I fear we will be just sitting here watching a train wreck,” Young said. Infectious syphilis waned in Christchurch late last year but had “come back with a vengeance” this year. Because government funding does not cover most sexually transmitted infections (STI), treatment rests with regional health boards. Syphilis has been on the increase in New Zealand since 2003, with a rise of more than 193 per cent of cases between 2004 and 2006.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8402842/Syphilis-back-with-a-vengeance
Loading… Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes Lionel Messi will retire at the club and has no fears he will now renew his contract. Messi has a clause in his current deal at the club which would see him allowed to leave at the end of any given season should he so desire, but the deadline for exercising that this year has already passed. The Argentine’s future has been central to Barcelona news in recent weeks amid growing speculation that Messi will leave Barcelona, with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claiming he was eyeing an exit at the expiration of his current contract, in 2021. “I see Messi wanting to stay here and I am convinced he will retired at the club, like he has said,” Bartomeu explained to Catalan radio station RAC1 on Tuesday. Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?The Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime “He many years of football left ahead of him and I do not have any doubt he will stay here and with another president after me – we are obliged to renew his deal.”Advertisement Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu together with CEO Óscar Grau will represent the club in any negotiations process and they will be dealing with Messi’s father Jorge. Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Read Also: Video: Che Adams nets 40-yard screamer to open EPL account It is claimed that Messi’s priority is not the length of the contract, but of retaining the clause that allows him to leave at the end of any given season should he wish to do so. Messi, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last month, has spent the entirety of his professional career at the Camp Nou. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump are holding a joint news conference in London.Trump cited this week’s 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Normandy, France.The massive military operation led to the end of World War Two.Trump said the allied invasion rescued civilization in the world.May noted that the invasion solidified the deep-rooted ties between the U.S. and Great Britain. Trump thanked Britain for assistance in the fight against ISIS and the effort to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
May 24, 2020 Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours and the results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing.It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.“Medical confidentiality means the names will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected,” Hull said in a statement. “The duo, who are both asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects, will now self-isolate for seven days — in line with the protocols set out in EFL guidelines — before being tested again at a later date.”Hull, which is immediately above the relegation zone in the second tier of English football, did not say if any of the two are current players. In the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. “Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,” the Democratic governor said during a news conference Sunday.The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward.Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.“I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena — do it! Do it!” Cuomo said. “Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible. And we’ll work with them to make sure that can happen.”___ __A Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday.The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date.The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.In the first round of tests of 748 people, there were six positives from three clubs. All are in seven days of self-isolation. Associated Press The Latest: NY governor says pro teams can resume training
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr NEW YORK — Virginia Tech placed Syracuse in an unfamiliar position on Wednesday.Trailing at halftime, the circumstances for the Orange were much different than they were in its four blowout victories to start the season. SU held double-digit halftime leads in all of those and was able to empty the bench in each game, even giving the walk-ons some time.Not against the Hokies.‘This is a good game for us,’ SU forward C.J. Fair said after SU’s 69-58 win. ‘It tested us, see where our heart was at and see how good a team we are.’Syracuse was able to figure things out in the second half to pull away from Virginia Tech. But SU will face another test from a power-conference opponent on Friday, as the No. 5 Orange (5-0) take on Stanford (5-0) in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship at 5 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The Cardinal dominated Oklahoma State in an 82-67 win in the semifinals, and is off to a strong start to the season after being picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 preseason poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Jim Boeheim said after Wednesday’s game that the Orange couldn’t learn a lot from its four wins — all by at least 24 points — to start the season. Performance against good teams is a more useful barometer of improvement.For the second straight game, SU faces a tricky opponent as it tries to bring home an NIT Season Tip-Off title for the first time since 2001.‘They’re a good team,’ Boeheim said of Stanford. ‘They’ve got guys that can shoot it, handle it. They’re a really good basketball team. That’s what we need. We need another — it will be another tough game for us.’In the four blowout victories in the Carrier Dome, Boeheim was able to give solid chunks of playing time to the top 10 guys in the Orange rotation. After Syracuse’s 78-53 win over Fordham in its season opener, Boeheim said all of those main players would continue get time because they’re all capable of performing.But when it came down to a tough spot, he said the hot hands would remain on the court.Against Virginia Tech, that was the case. On the Madison Square Garden stage, it was the youngsters who took a seat. Freshman forward Rakeem Christmas played three minutes. Freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams played two.For the majority of the second half, three starters — Kris Joseph, Brandon Triche and Fab Melo — combined with Fair and Dion Waiters to create the most formidable attack against the Hokies.‘We’ve had four easy games, and when you get that first tough game, it’s always going to be difficult,’ Boeheim said. ‘And I thought that again we went with the veterans in the second half, guys that have been there, and I thought they did a tremendous job.’Unlike previous opponents, Virginia Tech could compete with Syracuse athletically in long spurts. After Melo came up with an emphatic block on a Dorenzo Hudson shot inside, the Orange pushed the ball in transition, the way it usually does off a defensive rebound.But as Triche went up for a dunk, Jarell Eddie met him at the rim and muscled Triche back, stuffing the dunk.Fortunately for SU, the rebound fell to Fair for an easy putback. But it was a moment this Syracuse team didn’t have to experience in its comfortable wins before Wednesday.‘I think we need these tough games,’ Triche said. ‘I think we responded pretty well. First half was pretty tough. But I think we’re a team of runs. In the second half we got it going a little bit.’Stanford isn’t ranked, nor did the Cardinal receive any votes in the latest Top 25 poll, but it will be an opponent similar to the Hokies in stature. Forward Josh Owens scored 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting in Stanford’s win over Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Wednesday, and the Cardinal’s starting five combined to make 7-of-12 3-pointers.The Orange is a week away from its first true test to date — No. 10 Florida on Dec. 2. The matchup with Stanford provides one more chance to get better before then.‘You don’t get a lot better by beating people by 30 points,’ Boeheim said. ‘I’m glad we played well. We really played pretty well. But you don’t get better in those games.’firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow Selena on Twitter @selenaxng A panel discussion on the media coverage of the June meeting between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China took place Tuesday at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Media Blitz · Director of the USC U.S.-China Institute Clayton Dube speaks in front of panelists about the media coverage of the widely publicized meeting between President Obama and President Xi of China. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe event’s panel featured School of Journalism Director Michael Parks, Interim Director of Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy Geoffrey Cowan and Director of the USC U.S.–China Institute Clayton Dube.The meeting between the American and Chinese presidents, which took place at Sunnylands, Walter H. Annenberg’s Rancho Mirage, Calif. estate, included issues ranging from cybersecurity to climate change, according to Forbes.The meeting, however, also drew incongruent coverage from both the international and domestic press and became a widely discussed topic in popular culture in the two nations.The journalism forum focused on the treatment of the event in the media, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes details of the presidential summit.To begin the discussion, Cowan brought up some of the failures of the American media in the coverage of the Sunnylands summit, including a New York Times article that said First Lady Michelle Obama was going to skip the event.“Michelle Obama was never going to be there, but the fact that The New York Times wrote an article [about it] created a problem,” Cowan said.Dube talked about why the summit was such an important meeting between two world leaders, as well as how the disparate media coverage is a concerning issue.“In GDP, global trade, defense spending … what our two countries do matters, and this is why this meeting is important,” Dube said.In explaining the American media’s presentation of the Sunnylands summit, Dube presented photos from various newspapers, ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Tribune, as examples. Though several news sources paid attention to the political event, approximately half of the major newspapers Dube presented did not contain any stories about Obama’s meeting with Xi.Dube also displayed the three largest Chinese newspapers, all of which featured the exact same stories and included the Sunnylands summit as a headline.“The Chinese stay on message … because [they] have somebody dictating that message throughout,” Dube said.According to Dube, a major issue with American news outlets is that they are commercialized and that the editorial process of the United States’ media focuses on maximizing the sale of news materials.USC students had both comments and concerns on the media’s distribution of information to the American public.“I think it’s interesting that there’s so much more media coverage of [the Sunnylands summit] in China, as if the Chinese citizens are so much more interested in the relationship between the two countries,” said Luke Phillips, a sophomore majoring in international relations and history. “In terms of having good foreign policy, the media has a large responsibility in keeping people informed as widely and as deeply as possible.”Songyu Zhu, a junior from China majoring in history, attended the panel discussion because of her interest in social media.“I think it’s important to also look at social media. Television and newspapers are visual images, not interactions between real people,” Zhu said. “Media can have a positive influence on people if they are offering a wide range of opportunities for people to access information. Through the media, people can learn about the two countries’ cultures and affairs.”The discussion provided an opportunity for USC students to discuss issues of foreign policy and political affairs as well as journalism and the media in American society.Cowan believes that all USC students should seize the opportunities that arise on campus to be a part of discussions about society and international relations.“One of the most valuable experiences USC students have is to go to events that aren’t a part of their classroom experience,” Cowan said. “You’ll be exposed to ideas, controversies and opportunities, and those are among the most exciting things that happen on this university’s campus.”
In a statement to the Daily Trojan, the University said it is reviewing the new laws. USC did not comment further. Ting said in the press release that the proposed bills aim to make college admissions fairer by making information about alumni and the effect of donor connections on admissions public. According to a press release from the office of Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), who authored one of the bills, the investigation initiated a conversation about the legal ways those with connections in higher education can influence their children’s college applications and sway their admissions decisions. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed three higher education reform bills into law Friday. The bills are part of a six-bill suite introduced in March by Democratic assembly members following the FBI’s investigation into the college admissions scandal, in which students were accepted to USC and other selective universities through bribe money and falsified athletic profiles. The bill only applies to schools that receive state funding, meaning only the UC and CSU systems would be bound by the policy. Governor Gavin Newsom advanced legislation to make college admissions processes more equitable following Operation Varsity Blues. The bills aim to make alumni donations more transparent at colleges. (Photo from Steven Pavolov/Wikimedia Commons) AB 1383 restricts publicly funded universities’ ability to admit students who do not meet the standard conditions of admission — a practice known as “admission by exception.” The law states that each case of admission by exception must be backed by specific rationale. AB 136, the third bill in the package, excludes donations made to the Key Worldwide Foundation and the Edge College & Career Network, the organizations accused of running the student-athlete scam, from tax exemption under the Personal Income Tax Law. William “Rick” Singer, who coordinated the scheme, used the Key Foundation and the Edge College & Career Network as cover-ups for the large sums of money used to bribe athletics staff and university officials to falsely designate applicants as athletic recruits. Assembly Bill 697 will require California colleges and universities to disclose preferential treatment given to applicants with personal relationships within the institution. Colleges will be required to release statistics about the number of applicants with a connection to a donor or an alumnus of the institution and the number of those applicants accepted into the institution whose admissions profile would not otherwise be considered eligible for admission. The law requires three senior campus administrators to approve admissions cases in which applicants do not meet eligibility requirements but show “high potential for success and leadership in an academic or special talent program at the campus” like athletics and fine arts recruitment. “We must strive for a level playing field in the college admissions process so there can be equal opportunity for all,” Ting said. The press release also stated that the mandatory disclosure of data will be analyzed alongside state funding such as the CalGrant. The law will go into effect in 2020, and colleges and universities will be mandated to release preferential admission data from the 2019-20 academic year by June 30.
In 2018, Jamaica welcomed over 4 million visitors, generated over USD $3 billion in revenue and contributed to 11% of the island’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2019, earnings were estimated at USD 3.7 billion as a result of new accommodations, like the AC Hotel and Ocean Coral Spring Hotel, being open. Already faced with billions of dollars in losses as a result of COVID-19, Jamaica’s tourism ministry has begun planning the reopening of its industry in order to help save the county’s economy. Like many ministers of the Jamaican government, Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has accepted that the coronavirus (COVID-19) may very well be around for months to come, and thus, the focus has shifted to the reopening of the economy, safely. Prior to COVID-19, the ministry had projected that Jamaica would earn over USD $4.4 billion this year. In recent years, Jamaica’s tourism industry has seen significant annual growth and was on track to become “the fastest-growing sector in Jamaica”, according to Bartlett. Minister Bartlett, however, said that he believes the tourism industry could begin to recover as early as September. But even if tourist travel does return to normal then, the damage has already been done. The cancellation of major events like Reggae Sumfest, which recorded over JMD $1 billion in earnings last year, has already put a damper on travel to the island for the remainder of the year. Local economists have predicted that tourism revenue could fall short of up to USD $3 billion because of COVID-19. Minister Bartlett said the protocol for the reopening of the industry is almost completed and will be rolled out shortly. “We have always thought that travel and tourism could be affected but never halted, and now we have come face to face with that reality,” Bartlett said. “It entails a whole range of responses that the workers of the industry will have to make and also quite a bit of infrastructure adjustment that the hotels will have to make, as well as the transportation subsector,” Mr. Bartlett said. The shutdown of many of the island’s hotels and tourist attractions have crippled the industry. In April, the minister revealed that of the 160,000 people that work in Jamaica’s tourism industry, 120,000 of those workers had already been laid off. The remaining 40,000 people were only working for a few days a week, for a fraction of their normal pay. Other focus areas, he said, include “certification requirements for guests coming in at the airports… the use of beaches, swimming pools and things like that”. “It will also involve some changes at the airports and the seaports. So, it’s a pretty comprehensive set of protocols covering all points of entry, as well as the experience of the visitor within the destination,” he added. And while the minister remains hopeful for a speedy recovery, the fact remains that Jamaica will not see a tourism recovery until the United States and the United Kingdom return to normalcy. Bartlett said that COVID-19 was the improbable event that no one could have predicted. Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Ed Bartlett Although the Minister has already began establishing the reopening protocol, the tourism industry will not see a reopening for weeks. Many Jamaican hotels are still being used as quarantine facilities for locals and also house Jamaican nationals that are expected to return to the island under the controlled re-entry program. He revealed that when he went to the airport in March, prior to the island closing its borders, and saw that there were zero arrivals, “it was a shock of the recognition that COVID-19 had in fact arrived and affected travel tourism in a very profound way”.