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first_img Related Something odd happened in the oceans in the early 20th century. The North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific appeared to warm twice as much as the global average, while the Northwest Pacific cooled over several decades.Atmospheric and oceanic models have had trouble accounting for these differences in temperature changes, leading to a mystery in climate science: Why did the oceans warm and cool at such different rates in the early 20th century?Now, research from Harvard University and the U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre points to an answer as mundane as a decimal point truncation and as complicated as global politics. Part history, part climate science, the research corrects decades of data and suggests that ocean warming occurred in a much more homogenous way.The research is published in Nature.Humans have been measuring and recording the sea surface temperature for centuries. Sea surface temperatures helped sailors verify their course, find their bearings, and predict stormy weather.Until the 1960s, most sea surface temperature measurements were taken by dropping a bucket into the ocean and measuring the temperature of the water inside.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) maintain a collection of sea surface temperature readings dating back to the early 19th century. The database contains more than 155 million observations from fishing, merchant, research, and navy ships from all over the world. These observations are vital to understanding changes in ocean surface temperature over time, both natural and anthropogenic.They are also a statistical nightmare.,How do you compare, for example, the measurements of a British Man of War from 1820 with those from a Japanese fishing vessel from 1920 or a U.S. Navy ship from 1950? How do you know what kind of buckets were used, and how much they were warmed by sunshine or cooled by evaporation while being sampled? Water in a canvas bucket left on deck for three minutes under typical weather conditions can cool by an additional 0.5 degrees Celsius than water in a wooden bucket measured under the same conditions. Given that global warming during the 20th century was about 1 degree Celsius, the biases associated with different measurement protocols require careful accounting.“There are gigabytes of data in this database and every piece has a quirky story,” said Peter Huybers, professor of Earth and planetary sciences and of environmental science and engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and senior author of the paper. “The data is rife with peculiarities.”A lot of research has been done to identify and adjust for these peculiarities. In 2008, for example, researchers found that a jump of 0.3 degrees Celsius in sea surface temperatures in 1945 was the result of measurements taken from engine room intakes. Even with these corrections, however, the data is far from perfect and there are still unexplained changes in sea surface temperature.Huybers and his colleagues proposed a comprehensive approach to correcting the data, using a new statistical technique that compares measurements taken by nearby ships.This chart shows annual sea surface temperature changes from different datasets in the North Pacific (top) and North Atlantic (bottom). The blue line indicates the corrected data from this research. It shows greater warming in the North Pacific and less warming in the North Atlantic relative to previous estimates.“Our approach looks at the differences in sea surface temperature measurements from distinct groups of ships when they pass nearby, within 300 kilometers and two days of one another,” said Duo Chan, a graduate student in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and first author of the paper. “Using this approach, we found 17.8 million near crossings and identified some big biases in some groups.”The researchers focused on data from 1908 to 1941, broken down by the country of ship’s origin and the “decks,” the marine observations stored using decks of punch cards. One deck includes observations from both Robert Falcon Scott’s and Ernest Shackleton’s voyages to the Antarctic.“These data have made a long journey from the original logbooks to the modern archive and difficult choices were made to fit the available information onto punch cards or a manageable number of magnetic tape reels,” said Elizabeth Kent, a co-author from the U.K. National Oceanography Centre. “We now have both the methods and the computer power to reveal how those choices have affected the data, and also pick out biases due to variations in observing practice by different nations, bringing us closer to the real historical temperatures.”The researchers found two new key causes of the discrepancies in the North Pacific and North Atlantic.The first had to do with changes in Japanese records. Prior to 1932, most records of sea surface temperature from Japanese vessels in the North Pacific came from fishing vessels. This data, spread across several different decks, was originally recorded in whole degrees Fahrenheit, then converted to Celsius, and finally rounded to tenths of a degree. Transforming the ‘coastal squeeze’ from climate change Landscape rehabilitator Handel proposes adapting pragmatically to sea-level rise Altered oceans Protecting P-town Warning: Warming ahead GSD students imagine approaches to climate change that save the town’s quintessential New England character Panelists see window for addressing human impact on ecosystems Science Center installation aims to share data, urge action against climate change However, in the lead-up to World War II, more and more Japanese readings came from naval ships. These data were stored in a different deck and when the U.S. Air Force digitized the collection they truncated the data, chopping off the tenths-of-a-degree digits and recording the information in whole degrees Celsius.Unrecognized effects of truncation largely explain the rapid cooling apparent in estimates of Pacific sea surface temperatures between 1935 and 1941, said Huybers. After correcting for the bias introduced by truncation, the warming in the Pacific is much more uniform.While Japanese data holds the key to warming in the Pacific in the early 20th century, it’s German data that plays the most important role in understanding sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic during the same time.In the late 1920s, German ships began providing the majority of data in the North Atlantic. Most of these measurements are collected in one deck, which, when compared with nearby measurements, is significantly warmer. When adjusted, the warming in the North Atlantic becomes more gradual.With these adjustments, the researchers found that rates of warming across the North Pacific and North Atlantic become much more similar and have a warming pattern closer to what would be expected from rising greenhouse gas concentrations. However, discrepancies remain and the overall rate of warming found in the measurements is still faster than predicted by model simulations.“Remaining mismatches highlight the importance of continuing to explore how the climate has been radiatively forced, the sensitivity of the climate, and its intrinsic variability. At the same time, we need to continue combing through the data — through data science, historical sleuthing, and a good physical understanding of the problem, I bet that additional interesting features will be uncovered,” said Huybers.This research was co-authored by David I. Berry from the U.K. National Oceanography Centre.The research was supported by the Harvard Global Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the Natural Environment Research Council.last_img read more

first_imgWhat happened before kids shot kids? Em Grosland and James Scully will star in the world premiere of Nathaniel Sam Shapiro’s The Erlkings off-Broadway. Directed by Saheem Ali, the production will play a limited engagement November 9 through December 13. Opening night is set for November 16 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. View Comments The Erlkings recounts the days leading up to Columbine murders. Taken from public record and personal journals, Shapiro weaves together scenes from the lives of Eric Harris (Grosland) and Dylan Klebold (Scully) as they plan one of the most horrific killing sprees in US history. Scenic design will be by Doss Freel, with costumes by Lux Haac, lighting by Katy Atwell and original musical by Michael Thurber. The play will also star Blair Baker, Matthew Bretschneider, Jonathan Iglesias, Reynaldo Piniella and Kayla Wickes.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that he has appointed 27 year veteran lawmaker Richard Westman of Cambridge to head Vermont’s Tax Department and former Caledonia County Senator and current Director of the Agency of Transportation Rail Division Robert Ide to head the Motor Vehicles Department.Rich Westman, a native Vermonter from Cambridge has represented the towns of Cambridge, Belvidere and Waterville in the General Assembly for 27 years.  Westman will step down to head the state’s Department of Taxes.  Westman will also leave his job at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation where he has served for ten years as the Director of the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan. He takes over from Tom Pelham, who will become deputy Administration secretary.“Rich’s dedicated service in the Legislature, his vast knowledge of our budget and tax structure are invaluable to Vermont at this time,” said Governor Douglas.  “As we struggle through this difficult economic time, Rich will be a great resource and valuable leader at the Tax Department.”“It has been an honor to server the people of Cambridge, Waterville and Belvidere in the Legislature,” said Westman.  “I value the many longstanding relationships I’ve made in the State House both with the staff as well as my colleagues in the Legislature and hope to continue my work with them in this new role.  I do look forward to working for Governor Douglas and will do the best I can to serve all Vermonters.”Rob Ide is also a native Vermonter from Caledonia County was for ten years a State Senator where he served on the Appropriations and Transportation Committees.  Ide was tapped by Governor Douglas shortly after taking office in 2003 to serve as Vermont’s Director of Energy Efficiency and now serves as the Director of the Agency of Transportation’s Rail Division.  He takes over from Bonnie Rutledge, who has retired.“Rob has been a valuable member of my team since I first took office,” said Governor Douglas. “Rob’s transportation and management expertise will be a valuable asset at the Department of Motor Vehicles.”“It has been a real privilege to serve Vermonters both as a Senator and in the Douglas Administration,” said Ide.  “I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge and building on the very good work that is already being done in the Department.”Richard Westman Bio:Richard Westman was born on March 13, 1959.  He was born into a family that has been on the same land since the 1790’s. He spent his childhood and young adulthood working in the barn on his family’s farm.Rich was educated at Cambridge Elementary School and Lamoille Union High School.  He graduated from Johnson State College with a major in Political Science.At 21, Rich he ran for the Legislature but lost.  At 23, encouraged by Henry Manchester, he ran his second race for the Vermont House and was elected.  He has served in the Vermont House for 27 years.  He has served under both Republican and Democratic Governors and Legislative leaders, and has served through several economic ups and downs.  Rich served on many Committees: Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resources, Government Operations, General and Military, Health and Welfare, Municipal Corporations and Elections, Judiciary, Rules, Joint Rules, and Joint Fiscal. He has been Vice-Chair and Chair of Appropriations, and has just completed five years as Chair of Transportation. In the Republican House Caucus he has served as Assistant Leader and Leader.In 1999, Rich went to work at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC),  becoming the Director of the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan.  He helped launch the plan which, over the past 10 years, has grown to almost $100 million, giving hundreds of Vermont parents and grandparents a way to save for their children’s and grandchildren’s college education.In addition to his service in the Legislature, Rich has also served on a number of  Boards, including as a University of Vermont Trustee, Copley Hospital Board, Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, the Second Congregational UCC church in Jeffersonville, and the Vermont Center for the Book.One of Rich’s proudest achievements was helping to ensure that the Smugglers Notch State Park and reconstructed Conservation Corps campground, was dedicated to the memory of Red Hooper.Robert Ide Bio:Robert Ide is a seventh generation Caledonia County resident.  He was born in St. Johnsbury and raised in Danville.          Ide is a graduate of Danville High School, Vermont Technical College, and the University of Vermont.  He was employed in his family’s feed and grain business in St. Johnsbury, where he was President of the corporation during the divestiture of the Ide family feed stores.Rob has served his town, country and state in a number of capacities.  He served as Selectman for the town of St. Johnsbury.In 1992 was elected to the State Senate, a position he held until March of 2003.  While serving in the Vermont Senate, Rob was a member of both the Transportation, and Appropriations Committees.  At the time he left the Senate, he was the Vice Chairman of both committees.In 1994, Rob was elected by his legislative colleagues to a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State College System.  He has a life long commitment to learning and was instrumental in coining the phrase, “first generation Vermont college student.”Ide stepped down from the Senate in order to accept the appointment as Vermont’s Director of Energy Efficiency in the administration of Governor James Douglas.  In June 2008, Rob transferred from the Department of Public Service to head the Rail Division of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.Rob and his wife Martha Ide now reside in Peacham.  They are the parents of two adult children, Jacob of Richmond, VT, and Elizabeth of Washington DC.  They have one grandchild.Source: Governor’s office. 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first_img During a meeting representatives from the Honduran and United States governments discussed two main topics: training in the fight against transnational organized crime and the recent operations of humanitarian assistance in Honduras. The meeting took place August 14th while the U. S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Honduras. In Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital, Mr. McHugh met with Honduran Minister of Defense, Samuel Armando Reyes Rendon; Honduran Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Fredy Santiago Diaz Zelaya; the General Commander of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Francisco Isaias Alvarez Urbina, and the new U. S. Ambassador for Honduras, James Nealon. In Honduras a new and revolutionary information sharing platform is being tested, the Cooperative Situational Information Integration (CSII) system, an application that is being developed by the U. S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). “In regards to information sharing, Honduras is making an effort to have technological equipment that will allow us to improve surveillance over our airspace in order to then generate information that will be processed and shared with the proper recipients, including all the relevant and accurate information with SOUTHCOM to then become capable of countering transnational organized crime,” Major General Fredy Zelaya said in an interview with Diálogo during the IX Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) 2014, held the first week of April in Guatemala City. The U. S. Army’s top leader’s trip to Honduras is a follow-up to Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández’s visit to Miami, Florida, where the Honduran President held meetings with SOUTHCOM Commander, U. S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly. On August 13, Mr. John McHugh paid a visit to the Joint Task Force-Bravo, in Soto Cano, where he was greeted by COL Kirk Dorr, JTF-B Commander; COL Rollin Miller, Army Support Activity Commander; and JTF-B Command Sergeant Major Nelson Callahan. “I can’t stress enough the importance of the contributions to the security of the region that Joint Task Force-Bravo has made,” McHugh told the Task Force members. “Your commitment to building and sustaining partnerships with the Central American nations will help strengthen their security capacity, disrupt transnational organized crime and improve citizen security which is the foundation for stable, prosperous and democratic societies,” he added. McHugh also said it was vital that service members of Joint Task Force-Bravo know that their hard work does not go unnoticed. “We’re deeply appreciative for what you do on a day-to-day basis in Central America. The work that you are doing is important, in fact invaluable, to the future growth and stability of this region.” Soto Cano Air Base (commonly known as Palmerola Air Base) is a Honduran military Air Force Base located south of Comayagua in Honduras. It houses between 500-600 U. S. troops and is also used by the Honduran Air Force Academy. The airbase became operational in 1981, changing Toncontin, Tegucigalpa, the old location of the Honduras Air Force Academy, to Palmerola. Their mission is to conduct and support joint operations, actions, and activities throughout the joint operations area maintaining a forward presence in order to enhance regional security, stability, and cooperation. Thank God for opening a window of hope for the victims of injustice such as myself, a victim of intellectual abuse and physical health by known delinquents. Let there be justice for all, for those who are righteous. Thanks for the news.USA. I like your news. You are the best It’s great. By Dialogo September 08, 2014last_img read more

first_imgVoluntary bar leaders will receive a short course in leadership, association finances, building Web sites, member recruitment, and nurturing its young lawyers at the 2002 Bar Leaders Workshop.The annual workshop for voluntary bar association officers and staff will be held July 26-27 at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach – home of the PGA Tour Headquarters and The Players Championship on the Sawgrass Stadium Course. Workshop planners hope the sun-kissed beaches and pristine golf courses will draw voluntary bar leaders, staff, and their families to an educational and fun-filled leadership retreat.“We hope to meet or exceed the wonderful time we had in Sarasota,” said Bill Joel, president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the host bar association. “The workshop gave us the opportunity to meet and interact with other bar leaders from around the state. It was very beneficial to learn how other voluntary bar associations have addressed issues that face all of our organizations, such as how to generate non-dues revenue and how to increase membership.”The opening keynote address will be given by Sandy D’Alemberte, president of The Florida State University. D’Alemberte served as the fourth dean of the FSU College of Law and was the 1991-1992 president of the American Bar Association. Each year, the workshop closes with insightful advice given by various past presidents of voluntary bar associations and an invitation to the 2003 Bar Leaders Workshop will be extended by the Southwest Florida co-hosts — Clearwater, Hillsborough, and St. Petersburg bar associations.The annual program, coordinated by The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and Florida Council of Bar Executives, gives voluntary bar officers and staff an opportunity to network and discuss problems faced by the attorneys who volunteer as members local associations.“In addition to the leadership workshops, the elegant resort offers recreational and cultural activities for the entire family,” said Diane Gill, executive director of the Jacksonville Bar and program coordinator “We hope to continue to provide creative, yet practical, approaches to managing voluntary associations.”Gill introduced a few new workshops to address the needs of voluntary bar association members. Connie Pruitt, executive director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, will moderate a session on effectively developing your association’s board of directors. On the other hand, Michael Faehner, president of the Clearwater Bar Association, will lead a discussion on ways to groom the young lawyers for leadership roles and ways to keep the young lawyers involved in association activities. Larry Gill and Thomas Burns, certified public accountants, will discuss the three deadly sins of association finances.Additionally, registrants and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy great food and entertainment at the Ribs, Rock ‘N Roll dinner.To register for the workshop, go to the Bar’s Web site, to download the registration brochure. For more information or a faxed copy, contact the Bar’s voluntary bar liaison, Toyca Williams, at (850) 561-5764 or [email protected] The registration fee, $85, includes all conference materials, boxed lunches, a continental breakfast and breaks. The Friday evening dinner is a separate ticketed event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Bar Leaders Workshop set for July 26-27 July 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Bar Leaders Workshop set for July 26-27last_img read more

first_img Proposed jury instructions (criminal) Proposed jury instructions (criminal) April 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases submits the following new instructions to the Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases and invites all persons to comment to the Committee on the proposals. The Committee proposes new instructions for:6.3 Attempted Felony Murder Previously published in The Florida Bar News, December 1, 2005; Republished in conjunction with 6.3(a).6.3(a) Attempted Felony Murder – Injury Caused by AnotherThe committee invites all interested persons to comment on the proposals, which are reproduced in full below. After reviewing the comments received in response to this publication, the Committee will make final recommendations to the Florida Supreme Court. Comments must be received by the Committee in both hard copy and electronic format on or before April 21. Mail your comments to Judge Terry D. Terrell, chair of the Standard Jury Instructions Committee in Criminal Cases, c/o Les Garringer, Office of the General Counsel, Office of the State Courts Administrator, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1900. The electronic copy must be e-filed to [email protected], as a Word document. 6.3 ATTEMPTED FELONY MURDER – FIRST DEGREE [ENUMERATED FELONY] [NON-ENUMERATED FELONY] §§ 782.04(1)(a) and 777.04 § 782.051(1) and (2), Fla. Stat. The instructions on attempted first and third degree felony murder have been deleted. See State v. Gray, 654 So.2d 552 (Fla. 1995). Before you can find the defendant guilty of Attempted Felony Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. ( Defendant) [committed] [attempted to commit] a (crime alleged). 2 . While engaged in the [commission] [attempted commission] [escape from the immediate scene] of (crime alleged ), the defendant [committed] [aided or abetted] an intentional act that is not an essential element of (crime alleged ). 3. This intentional act could have but did not cause the death of (victim) . (Crime alleged) is defined by Florida law as (define the crime) . In order to convict the defendant of Attempted Felony Murder, it is not necessary for the State to prove that the defendant had a premeditated design or intent to kill. Lesser Included Offenses No lesser included offenses have been identified for this offense. Comment Section 782.051(1), Fla. Stat., applies where the defendant is alleged to have committed or attempted to commit a felony enumerated in section 782.04(3). Section 782.051(2), Fla. Stat., applies where the defendant is alleged to have committed or attempted to commit a felony not enumerated in section 782.04(3), Fla. Stat. This instruction was adopted in 2006. 6.3(a) ATTEMPTED FELONY MURDER – INJURY CAUSED BY ANOTHER § 782.051(3) Fla. Stat. Before you can find the defendant guilty of Attempted Felony Murder, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt: 1. (Defendant) [committed] [attempted to commit] a (crime alleged) . 2. (Victim) was injured during the [commission] [attempted commission]of an escape from the immediate scene of the (crime alleged) by an individual other than the person(s) [committing] [attempting to commit] [escape from the immediate scene of] the crime alleged) . (Crime alleged) is defined by Florida law as (define the crime) . In order to convict the defendant of attempted felony murder, it is not necessary for the state to prove that the defendant had a pre-meditated design or intent to kill. Lesser Included Offenses No lesser included offenses have been identified for this offense. Comment Section 782.051(3), Fla. Stat., applies only where the defendant was committing or attempting to commit a felony enumerated in section.782.04(3). This instruction was adopted in 2006.last_img read more

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: Details Personality types are mainly only attributed to humans, but what if we applied these same characteristics to your Financial Institution? Credit unions are made up of many different personalities (members, employees, volunteers), but those in leadership positions and the internal culture that they create generally dictate the overall personality type of a given credit union. Is your credit union highly competitive and extremely status-conscious? Or does your credit union like exploring new ideas and tend to work more steadily and laid back?There is never a right or wrong type to be, but exploring some of the benefits as well as some of the drawbacks associated with each type may help build a solid foundation for the future of your credit union.The type A personality is most often thought of as the alpha, the go-getter, or an aggressive type. There are many great benefits to running your credit union as a type A, including being extremely ambitious and proactive. It’s great for those who have a vision of becoming a larger, more progressive, credit union. When there is an objective to be met, you WILL meet it. Your ship is run on a rigid schedule and the staff knows these schedules and rules and follows them to your satisfaction. While there are many benefits to being a Type A credit union, there are also a few major drawbacks. Does it sometimes feel as though you have taken on more than you can handle? While you may want to be an over achiever, sometimes it just won’t be possible because you’ve spread yourself too thin by taking on too many projects at once. Also, while you view your credit union as an outgoing and highly ambitious brand, others may view it as a bit over the top, too aggressive, or even inconsistent. Those members and small businesses who are adverse to working with big banks may be discouraged by your type A personality traits. While you may be the nicest and friendliest credit union around, it is possible that your take-charge, hard line attitude may scare off some potential members. They can perceive your credit union as less personal and empathetic because of your bank-like demeanor.Type B personalities are characterized as more laid back, quaint, and easy going. This tends to be the general stereotype for most single sponsor or SEG-based credit unions because they serve a select group of members, which in turn makes those members feel more engaged. Type B credit unions tend to work at a steady pace without many distractions because they are less likely to be concerned with meeting hard deadlines and sometimes have less aggressive goals. Members already have certain expectations of type B credit unions because their peers and business associates also do business with the credit union and years of very little change has allowed everyone to get comfortable with status quo. The employees of type B personality credit unions also live at lower stress levels because the competitive nature is much less than those with a type A personality, and many times the sales pressure is non-existent. One drawback to being recognized as a type B personality is that you may be viewed as lackadaisical or less driven and therefore considered a perfect candidate for a merger by other credit unions. How potential members perceive you may also be affected by your type B personality traits. Because you’re not aggressively growing or making changes, your brand may gain reputation as less progressive or behind the times, and members may fear that you’ll be unable to provide them with the products and services they are looking for.So what personality type is your credit union? There is no clear cut line as to where one type ends and where one begins, which means your credit union could be both. You could be highly proactive and have a strong ambitious attitude, but you may accomplish your goals in a less stressful, more reflective way. Or, you may have little competitive drive but be highly status-conscious and rigidly organized within your financial institution.What type do you strive to be? What traits will help your credit union get to where you want it to be, and what changes will make to get there?last_img read more

first_img January 26, 2018 Weekly Update: Working for Fair Congressional Maps, Saving Taxpayer Dollars, and Revitalizing Communities The Blog,  Weekly Update On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania’s Congressional Maps (drawn in 2011) are unconstitutional. The governor expressed his support for fair districts in the commonwealth stating, “I strongly believe that gerrymandering is wrong and consistently have stated that the current maps are unfair to Pennsylvanians. My administration is reviewing the order and we are assessing the executive branch’s next steps in this process.”Governor Wolf also announced that PAC Worldwide will expand in Northampton County, creating more that 160 new manufacturing jobs for residents in the region. On Tuesday, he pleased to announce his approval for seven business development projects which are projected to create more than 2,300 jobs throughout the commonwealth. The governor continued to listen to business owners, industry leaders, and hardworking Pennsylvanians and announced new manufacturing jobs across the commonwealth.“Two of the most important components that businesses look for when they’re considering moving or expanding into another state is if the state has a selection of pad-ready sites to choose from, and if it has the energy infrastructure to power their growth,” Governor Wolf said. “These projects approved today address both of those issues, placing Pennsylvania at a competitive advantage over other states and creating thousands of jobs. This is great news for the six counties in which these projects are located.”On Wednesday, the governor expressed his support for Congress, as they finally reauthorized funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years. The governor has advocated for CHIP to be fully funded since its funding expired in September, and he expressed gratitude that 180,000 children across the commonwealth will now have access to high-quality health insurance.“I am relieved Congress has finally reauthorized this critical program after months of uncertainty for the Pennsylvania families who access health care for their children through CHIP,” Governor Wolf said. “I am thankful to those in Congress who have made CHIP reauthorization a priority.”Governor Wolf believes that all public officials have a role in making government work better for the citizens of Pennsylvania. He has made Government that Works one of his top priorities, and introduced the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME) to modernize government. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf released an annual report highlighting more than $217 million in savings for taxpayers during the 2016-17 fiscal year through GO-TIME. Since 2015 this office has saved more than $373 million, while simultaneously improving services for citizens across the commonwealth.Lastly, as February approaches, the governor issued an official proclamation declaring it Black History Month in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is currently the home of nearly 1.5 million African Americans, and the governor is proud to honor the history and contributions of African American individuals in our state and throughout the nation.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 21 – January 27, 2018Monday, 1/22/18Governor Wolf Announces Prison Inmate Population Drops for Fourth Consecutive Year After Record ReductionPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Supreme Court Order on 2011 Congressional MapsTuesday, 1/23/18Governor Wolf Releases GO-TIME Annual Report Highlighting Over $217 Million in Savings for TaxpayersPennsylvania Launches New Interactive Database for Drug Prescribing and Overdose InformationGovernor Wolf Announces Approval of Seven Business Development Projects Projected to Create More Than 2,300 Jobs StatewideGovernor Wolf Announces Investments in 79 Community Development, Infrastructure Projects in Monroe and Surrounding CountiesBlack History Month, 2018Wolf Administration Issues Statement on CHIP ReauthorizationWednesday, 1/24/18GO-TIME: DCED Collaboration Saves $140,000 per Year, Reduces Local Government PaperworkPennsylvania Ranked ‘Most Improved’ for Animal Protection LawsGovernor Wolf Announces PAC Worldwide to Create More Than 160 New Manufacturing Jobs Through Expansion into PennsylvaniaWolf Administration Approves Third Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Begin Serving PatientsThursday, 1/25/18Hundreds Join Wolf Administration in Chester for Cabinet in Your Community EventFriday, 1/26/18Governor Wolf, DEP Taking Action to Reduce Backlogs, Improve Oversight, and Modernize Permit ProcessGovernor Wolf to Enlist Non-Partisan Mathematician to Evaluate Fairness of Redistricting MapsHighlights from TwitterI have long said that gerrymandering is wrong and the current map is unfair. I will not accept a partisan gerrymander or a map that is unchanged from the one drawn in 2011.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 22, 2018 Congratulations to the @Eagles on an incredible win in Philadelphia tonight. #FlyEaglesFly to the #Superbowl!— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 22, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgMichael Nellemann Pedersen, investment director at PKA, said: “PKA is a robust pension fund, and that gives us the option of giving pensioners an extra boost.”Alternatives performed well last year, PKA said, returning 7%.It said it now had approximately DKK72bn invested in alternatives, a category that does not include emerging-markets debt or high-yield bonds.Within this category, investments in catastrophe bonds returned 15.7%, the pension fund reported.PKA has DKK10.2bn invested in catastrophe bonds, which are insurance-linked securities that transfer a specific set of risks from an insurer to investors.The first catastrophe bonds were issued in the 1990s in the wake of Hurricane Andrew in the US in 1992.PKA said its investments in offshore wind farms gave it a return of 7.2% last year, while property returned 7.5% and direct private equity generated 21.7%.Over the last few years, alternatives have produced an average annual return of 7%, it said.Nellemann Pedersen said PKA would continue its alternatives strategy in 2016 and gradually increase its allocation to this area.“We expect to have 25% of our investments in alternatives in a few years’ time compared with 22% today, corresponding to an increase of DKK10bn,” he said.He said the fund was taking the same stance with its real estate investment.“Alternatives ensure stability in the portfolio also in those years when the returns on traditional investments in equities and bonds are modest,” he said.The pension company’s global shares portfolio returned 4.8% in 2015, while the global bond portfolio produced a 1.2% return.PKA said its administration costs per member had fallen by DKK50 per member in 2016 to DKK400 per member.Over the last five years, these costs came down by 25%.Member contributions rose to DKK7.5bn in 2015 from DKK7.3bn the year before.Total assets rose to DKK235bn, up from around DKK215bn. Danish labour-market pensions administrator PKA reported a 1.7% overall return on investments for 2015, down from the 10.9% it produced the year before.But it said alternatives performed well, with catastrophe bonds generating 15.7%.PKA, which runs three pension funds for employees in the healthcare and social-care sectors, said the 1.7% return was higher than the benchmark return, meaning its investment activities had in fact produced DKK5.6bn (€751m) more than the market average.Members’ pension savings will be credited with 4.8% in account interest for 2016, in line with the 2015 level paid out.last_img read more

first_img7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach is going under the hammer on October 27.CARS bogged on the streets of Nobby Beach might seem laughable now, but in the 1960s getting stuck on sandy tracks was part of daily life.One of those residents was Leon Williamson, 92, who is preparing to farewell her family beach house.The block and property now.It is the first time the property has hit the market in 50 years and is expected to attract plenty of interest when it goes under the hammer this month.Mrs Williamson and her late husband John paid $14,500 in 1968 for the five-bedroom Mermaid Beach property in Chairlift Ave East.Her daughter, Robin O’Neill, said the couple moved from Hervey Bay and decided Nobby Beach would be the best place to raise their four children.“When we moved into the house there was only bitumen from Albatross Ave to Seagull Ave so on many occasions dad and his two sons would have to assist motorists who had bogged their cars in the sandy road near Lion’s Head (between Seagull and Petrel Ave),” Mrs O’Neill said.“It was just a very carefree life with sand dunes everywhere and sand up around all of the fences. We spent our days going to the beach and to school.”The view of the beach from Magic Mountain, Nobby Beach in 1969. Picture supplied by Robin O’Neill.Leon Williamson holding Digger the dog. This photo was taken at Nobby Beach in September, 1969. Picture supplied by Robin O’Neill.Ms O’Neill recalled regularly climbing Magic Mountain to soak up the view.“There was the chairlift but we always used to climb the hill,” she said.“There was no fencing or anything and it didn’t have any of the vegetation that is there now.”Ms Williamson lived in the house for 50 years – she recently moved to Brisbane and reluctantly put her property on the market.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The only changes to the house were the aluminium windows and a new kitchen upstairs. The old kitchen went downstairs,” Mrs O’Neill said.“Apart form that it’s very original.”7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach.7 Chairlift Ave East, Mermaid Beach.The residence has three bedrooms on the second floor as well as a kitchen, bathroom and living areas.A self-contained living area and two more bedrooms are on the ground floor.“It will be a sad day for Leon when the house is sold as she enjoyed Nobbys so much,” Mrs O’Neill said.Ron London is marketing the property and said it offered a range of possibilities for investment, renovation or redevelopment.“The value of this property is underpinned by its prestige address and exclusive, irreplaceable position,” he said.The property is going to auction on October 27.last_img read more