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Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2020

Governor Wolf Recorded Remarks on Extending School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Remarks from Governor Tom Wolf are available for download regarding his announcement today that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor was scheduled to deliver the remarks during today’s briefing with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, but high winds disrupted the satellite feed.Resources for media:Press releaseGovernor Wolf’s recorded remarksGovernor Wolf’s message to students and parentsEducation Secretary Pedro Rivera teleconferenceView this information in Spanish here. Governor Wolf Recorded Remarks on Extending School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 09, 2020last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 29, 2020

Santander pension fund closes in on £10bn after 18% return

first_imgThe £9.5bn (€13.2bn) Santander UK Group Pension Scheme saw an investment return of 17.7% over 2014 as its commitment to real assets proved successful and the scheme lowered risk.The pension fund, which provides retirement benefits to more than 60,000 former and current bank employees, saw its investment return outstrip the 13.3% seen in 2013.It said investment performance was ahead of its benchmark and came as the fund increased hedging levels to nearly 60%, and decreased costs through simplifying administration.Director of pensions at Santander UK, Antony Barker, said there was still a funding deficit in the scheme, which was not helped by falling interest rates – something the fund did not expect to change any time soon. The scheme’s discount rate dropped 90 basis points to 3.6% over the year.“Our fund is close to £10bn now, and we agreed to reduce our quoted equity exposure by a further 5% in favour of real assets, which we have been securing around the globe,” Barker said.Its property fund increased by £296m and now stands at £1.1bn, including a range of properties across the UK and eight new commercial, housing and industrial properties.Barker said the fund continued its approach to find the value in “hairy deals”, which require additional active management.But he added that each new deal had a clear and detailed business plan and exit strategy.The fund owns a concert venue in Manchester, which added a 24.6% return after the Santander scheme launched a raft of changes to the arena and helped increased revenue via advertising.It also implemented a new approach to investing in hedge funds, shifting its entire allocation to hedge fund strategies into the equity of hedge fund managers.“As pension funds worldwide questioned the value in the fees paid to hedge fund managers,” Barker said, “Santander has sought to benefit by reinvesting the proceeds from its own hedge fund exposure into the equity of hedge fund managers themselves – one of the first European pension funds to do so.”Alongside the fund’s plan to shift equity exposure to real assets, it also boosted exposure to government index-linked debt, with total exposure now at £2.5bn from £2bn in 2013.Last week, it acquired a 4% stake in Eurostar, the London to Paris and Brussels train operation, after the UK government sold its stake as part of its privatisation plan.The stake was purchased by Hermes Infrastructure as the asset manager secured a 10% stake on behalf of Santander scheme and other UK pension funds.The common investment fund, the amalgamation of six pension schemes brought together by Santander’s banking acquisitions, said last year it would reduce investment risk as the funding level improved.On an accounting basis, the pension fund is now showing a £116m surplus at the end of 2014, a shift from the £554m deficit seen a year earlier.Read IPE’s interview with Anthony Barker on the scheme’s investment strategy implementationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 23, 2020

Sweet Manufacturing new to national IMCA Modified decal program

first_imgKALAMAZOO, Mich. – The manufacturer of the “Official steering box of IMCA” is new this season to the national decal program for IMCA Modifieds.Sweet Manufacturing of Kalamazoo, Mich., will award steering boxes to champions in each of the five regions for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds. Second through fifth place finishers in each region receive $50 gift certificates. Both the national Late Model champion and IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Late Model champions receive a Sweet-made steering rack.Drivers in both the Modified and Late Model divisions must display two Sweet Manufacturing decals on their race car to be eligible for those awards, which will be presented at the national banquet or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Another 10 steering boxes will be given to Modified competitors at Super Nationals and at the Duel In The Desert.Super Nationals recipients include the main event winner and front row starters, a longest tow qualifier, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions winners, best appearing car winner and the top non-qualifier in points. The winner of the Duel In the Desert main event also leaves Las Vegas with a steering box. Sweet Manufacturing is in its sixth season as an IMCA marketing partner. Information about steering boxes and other Sweet products is available by calling 800 441-8619 and at the www.sweetmfg.biz website. “The Sweet program has grown each of the past few seasons and we’re excited to have our brands linked in another very visible way this season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “They give away thousands of dollars in product and I am grateful for their generosity.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Saints win changed Ferguson plans

first_img Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester City’s shock defeat at Southampton on Saturday night prompted him to scrap his selection plans and go full tilt for the Premier League title. He went on: “I was going to make about seven changes but it was about being realistic. We knew if we could get a result then it put us in a fantastic position and we can make changes later on in the season.” That pre-supposes United do make it past Real, whose manager Jose Mourinho met Ferguson ahead of Sunday’s game and watched on from the directors’ box. However, after losing the title to City last term, there has been a keen desire for the Red Devils to regain their superiority. And Everton boss David Moyes said: “I think 12 points against a club like Manchester United is a big gap to make up. Football doesn’t always go the way it is meant to be but it looks a lot. To be that amount of points ahead is a big thing at this time of the season.” Giggs’ 13th-minute effort, which rolled in off a post after Van Persie had created the opportunity, extended the veteran Welshman’s run of scoring in every Premier League campaign. Indeed, he has now scored in 23 seasons, which Ferguson admitted was a remarkable record. “I think the superlatives have all been used up,” said the United boss. “His legacy lives on he is just a fantastic human being. Again at 38, or is he 39, maybe even 40 he is up and down that pitch all day. He has fantastic energy for the game.” The one downside for United was the loss of Phil Jones, who did a diligent man-marking job on Marouane Fellaini but was forced off 10 minutes into the second half with a calf strain. Jonny Evans also complained of cramp before he was replaced, although Rio Ferdinand was set to come into the United line-up anyway for the Madrid clash. “I had a chat with Jose before the game,” said Ferguson. “He was in good form and we are both looking forward to the game. It will be terrific.” center_img The move paid dividends as first-half goals from Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie proved enough to see off a dogged Everton outfit at Old Trafford. United are now 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Even though it may have an impact on Wednesday’s Champions League duel with Real Madrid, Ferguson believes the changes were worth the U-turn. “As soon as I saw the result at Southampton I thought this was an opportunity for us to get a real comfortable lead,” said Ferguson. “I scrapped the changes I originally planned to make.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Cabaye double downs Hammers

first_img Strikes from Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy put impressive Newcastle in a commanding position, but Mike Williamson’s own goal in first-half injury time set up a more competitive second half. West Ham, buoyed by the arrival of Ravel Morrison, displayed greater fight and Carlton Cole should have scored the equaliser but also butchered the simplest of chances. Newcastle added their third four minutes into injury time when Cabaye curled a free-kick around the wall, off the left post and into the net. The result means West Ham slip back into the relegation zone while Newcastle have concluded their four-match losing run in all competitions. The Magpies in full flow were great to watch but they will face few more accommodating back fours than Razvan Rat, James Collins, Roger Johnson and Matt Taylor. Cabaye and Remy benefited from some woeful defending and had the Magpies been just a little more clinical, the contest would have been over by half-time. Injury-hit West Ham’s shortcomings in defence were exposed in the opening minutes when Cabaye threaded a terrific pass to Remy. The Frenchman outfoxed Johnson and Collins and having created enough room to take a shot, sent the ball narrowly wide of the left post. Andy Carroll squandered a glorious chance to decorate his Upton Park return with a crucial goal as Newcastle ended their three-match losing run in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 win. Carroll, back from a long-term foot injury, made his second appearance of the season as a 62nd-minute substitute and was guilty of an awful miss against his former side. With West Ham trailing 2-1 and the match finely poised, the England striker had the goal at his mercy after being teed up by Stewart Downing only to loft his attempt high over the crossbar. When Cabaye was given the opportunity to put Newcastle ahead in the 16th minute, he seized his chance. Yoan Gouffran darted infield and found Cabaye, who took two touches and passed the ball into the net with West Ham’s passive defence all but waving him through. It was turning into the Cabaye show as the French midfielder set up Moussa Sissoko with a long pass, which should have been buried, before shooting just wide himself. The half-hour mark saw West Ham’s first chance, but Downing stabbed the ball straight into the arms of Tim Krul. Any hope that Downing’s attempt might inspire the Hammers faded almost immediately as Newcastle capitalised on more shambolic defending to surge 2-0 ahead. Sissoko floated in a cross that should have been cleared with ease, but instead Remy was able to glide unmarked into the six-yard box and stab home. Remarkably given the run of play, West Ham pulled one back deep into first-half injury time and this time Newcastle’s defence was at fault. Rat provided the cross to Cole, who chested the ball down and muscled his way through two defenders, Williamson adjudged to have got the final touch as the ball found its way past Krul. The goal seemed only to be a momentary lapse in concentration as Cabaye tested Adrian early in the second half, but slowly West Ham began to display some stomach for the fight. A hint of complacency had crept into Newcastle’s play and it was now the Hammers who were driving forward. Cole should have rounded off Matt Taylor’s hard work by dispatching the equaliser but instead he blundered over a simple chance, steering the ball wide with the target at his mercy. Carroll’s first appearance of the season at Upton Park was greeted by a loud cheer, but when the stage beckoned for the England forward to deliver he skied the ball into the stands. Fittingly, it was the brilliant Cabaye who supplied Newcastle’s third goal in the 95th minute. Press Associationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

The Latest: NFL’s Tampa Bay Bucs have 3 people test positive

first_imgThe team said those areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified, the Bucs said in a statement, “and are following the established protocols, which include a 14-day quarantine period.” The team did not identify three people who tested positive.Team headquarters is remaining open under the first phase of the NFL’s reopening plan.Earlier this week, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility after three players and two staff members tested positive.___ The Latest: NFL’s Tampa Bay Bucs have 3 people test positive More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Toronto Maple Leafs will not comment on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private.Toronto is deferring to the NHL’s policy on handling test results, with the league providing updates on testing totals and positive tests without disclosing the identities of affected clubs or players. Judd Moldaver, Matthews’s agent, did not respond to requests for comment.According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month, and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Three members of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the Bucs have closed affected areas of the building. Matthews had 47 goals and 33 assists in 70 games before the suspension of the season on March 12.Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stayed with Matthews in Arizona for the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to the Toronto Sun he tested negative for the novel coronavirus and is no longer in Arizona.Arizona has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,246 new positive cases of COVID-19, exceeding Thursday’s single-day high of 2,519 cases.The league said Friday that it has tested more than 200 players at club facilities during voluntary training since June 8, with 11 testing positive.___ June 20, 2020 Associated Press French soccer authorities are allowing fans back into stadiums from July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000.Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August.The federation’s executive committee will discuss the new measures and the specifics of the new calendar on Monday.The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.___last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

Students tour Washington, DC over break

first_imgWhen many students left campus last week for spring break, first-year Master’s of Public Diplomacy students Justin Chapman, Jung-Hwa Kang and Amanda Lester headed to Washington, D.C. for a networking tour of America’s capital.The trip, which took place from March 14 to March 18, was entirely planned by the students.It was billed as a “roving conference” where the participants received advice, information and even job opportunities from senior practitioners of public diplomacy to share with their classmates.An MPD tradition over the last few years, faculty serve only the role of connecting participants with experts in D.C. they could potentially meet or sources of funding that may be available.In their time in the capital, the MPD students managed to make more than a dozen meetings with high-level officials from the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of State and many other organizations while also making time to meet with alumni of the graduate degree program currently living in D.C.Chapman said that meeting Capricia Marshall, a former U.S. chief of protocol and White House social secretary in the Clinton administration who is currently ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council, was one of their most memorable experiences.“[Ambassador Marshall] told us to grab every opportunity that we can. If someone asks ‘Who can do this,’ say ‘I can,’ then figure out how to do it,” said Chapman, who is also the project fellow at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. “Make yourself invaluable.”Marshall’s advice also stuck with Kang, who is still forming her nascent career goals.Kang said that it set her free from guilt, reinforced the mindset she had been carrying and inspired her to walk out of her comfort zone.“People often ask me what my plan is after completing the MPD program,” Kang said in an e-mail to the Daily Trojan. “They sometimes raise their eyebrows when I say that I am still exploring and figuring out my path, since I am learning a lot of new things in  the MPD program.”The participants plan to share the information they collected in a report that will be internally distributed to students and faculty in the MPD program. The information will also be used to plan next year’s trip.Along with building a stronger network for graduate students, the trip also has the intent of attracting interest to USC and the public diplomacy program. The participants had the opportunity to talk about their academic experiences thus far.“We met with undergrads from Syracuse University who were interested in the program,” Chapman said. “The people we met with now have information and knowledge of the program and can recommend it to students.”This year’s trip, under the auspices of Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Ernest Wilson III and MPD Director Nicholas Cull, is one of many that seeks to provide public diplomacy students with opportunities for learning and future employment.“I see the trip as an important part of the transition to the workplace for students in the program, both because it exposes students to potential employers and because it reminds people in the field of the program and its work,” Cull said.According to Cull, past networking trips have been taken by MPD students to Vietnam, India, China, Indonesia and Brazil.But the participants swapped the excitement of an international location with a feeling of validation about their career goals.“This trip opened my eyes to everything that can be done with the skills I’m learning in the MPD program,” Lester said. “Besides receiving helpful career advice at our meetings, it was inspiring to talk to people who are doing public diplomacy every day, facing its challenges, believing in its promise and still searching for answers to the field’s biggest questions.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 9, 2020

Joe Schmidt contender for All Blacks Head coach in 2019

first_imgThe chief executive of New Zealand Rugby says Joe Schmidt is a contender to become the All Blacks head coach in 2019.Current head coach Steve Hansen is expected to step down after the World Cup in Japan that year, the same time Schmidt’s contract expires with Ireland.CEO Steve Tew has confirmed they “would like to have Joe back”, and also refused to rule out the prospect of Lions head coach Warren Gatland taking on the role. Both Ireland and the Lions are in action tomorrow, with Joe Schmidt’s side facing the USA from 10pm, and the Lions taking on the Crusaders at 8.35am.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 28, 2020

Stoke announce free away travel for Premier League fixtures

first_imgThe Potters are undertaking an initiative to take advantage of the increased TV revenue to supplement transport for supporters while again freezing ticket prices for a fifth year“As a club we are conscious that following football can be an expensive business, especially at a time when so many people are feeling the squeeze financially,” Scholes said in a statement.“We work hard to try and provide our supporters with value for money which is why we have not increased our ticket prices since being promoted to the Premier League in 2008.“However, we realise how expensive following the Club away from home can be for supporters and we’re delighted to be able to offer free coach travel and hope it encourages more of them to give us their fantastic backing away from home.”New manager Mark Hughes takes his team to Anfield to face Liverpool on August 17 for Stoke’s opening game of the 2013-14 season.Stoke have launched an initiative that will see the club offer free coach travel to home supporters for all 19 Premier League away games next season. As revealed by Goal back in January, discussions took place between all 20 top-flight clubs, led by Potters chief executive Tony Scholes, as they looked to introduce a scheme across the division.And following the proposals, Stoke have again led the charge, revealing that the increase in TV revenue played a role in the decision.“As a club we are conscious that following football can be an expensive business, especially at a time when so many people are feeling the squeeze financially,” Scholes said in a statement.“We work hard to try and provide our supporters with value for money which is why we have not increased our ticket prices since being promoted to the Premier League in 2008.“However, we realise how expensive following the Club away from home can be for supporters and we’re delighted to be able to offer free coach travel and hope it encourages more of them to give us their fantastic backing away from home.” New manager Mark Hughes takes his team to Anfield to face Liverpool on August 17 for Stoke’s opening game of the 2013-14 season.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 26, 2020

Dodgers place Carlos Frias on disabled list with a stiff back

first_imgThe Dodgers’ starting rotation took another hit Sunday morning when right-hander Carlos Frias was placed on the disabled list with a sore back.Frias said he first began experiencing tightness in San Francisco. He had grabbed his back during his following start at Chicago and was tended to by the training staff, but pitched through it and also pitched in Arizona.The Dodgers decided to shut him down until after the All-Star break.“It doesn’t hurt me other than when I’m on the mound trying to throw really hard,” Frias said in Spanish. “It didn’t start as anything that was painful. It was bothering me and uncomfortable, but the doctor advised me the more I kept pitching with the discomfort, the worse it was going to get. “Our main thing is that we didn’t want him to change anything (in his mechanics) that could end up hurting his arm.”Frias — who is 5-5 with a 4.39 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) — was scheduled to pitch Monday.Mattingly, per his M.O., was keeping the replacement starter close to his vest. It turned into a twisted game of 20 questions.“We can go down the whole list, but I’m not going to tell you,” Mattingly said.Mattingly had narrowed it down to someone who could throw 90-100 pitches, likely ruling out relievers or a Juan Nicasio-started bullpen game. Mattingly said after the game that Eric Surkamp — a former left-hander for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox — would be called up on Monday, but refused to confirm him as the starter. Coulombe would likely be sent down in the corresponding move.It was also unlikely that the same pitcher Monday would get the follow-up Saturday start.“You know how we use our roster and we try to use that spot,” Mattingly said. “Nothing’s safe.”Joc moves down to No. 7 spotMattingly shook up his batting order on Sunday, moving rookie Joc Pederson down to the No. 7 spot and leading off with Kike Hernandez with the Mets starting rookie left-hander Steven Matz.Mattingly said he did not anticipate this to be a permanent move.“It was more the dynamic of today’s lineup,” Mattingly said. “We’ve been talking about doing it against the lefties, about doing something different.“For a while, we had Yasiel (Puig) up there, but we wanted to put Yasiel more in the middle part of the order. So this is what we’ve done today.”Hernandez led off the game with a single — one of the Dodgers’ three hits Sunday — and finished 1 for 4. Pederson went 0 for 3 with one strikeout.Around the hornCarl Crawford was put into the No. 2 slot as the designated hitter in his first game of rehab for Triple-A Oklahoma City. … The Dodgers recently signed non-drafted free agent catcher Garrett Hope, who was a two-sport standout at the West Virginia University. He also was a fullback for the football team. … Mattingly said top Cuban signee Hector Olivera began “running the curve” in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but that no timetable for his return has been set and that he was not sure how far this injury will set back Olivera’s bid to join the major-league club. … Mattingly said reliever Chris Hatcher has not started throwing and remains in the strength-building aspect of his recovery. “They said if I shut down now, I should be good to come back after the break.”The Dodgers recalled left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe, who joked that he is close to earning a free flight with his frequent traveling. In five previous stints with the Dodgers this season, he has allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings in four relief appearances. He has seven strikeouts and has held opponents to a .240 batting average.But Frias’ injury could be a red flag for a rotation that has already lost starters Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy to season-ending injuries.But Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he is confident it is an injury that can be resolved rather quickly, even adding that the team thought Frias had a good chance of returning for his following start but that the team did not want to take that chance.“I’m not that concerned because it was not anything structurally,” Mattingly said. “It wasn’t a disc or a problem with his back. More of a tight muscle. It had gotten a lot better, but not to a point where he could just throw.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more